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Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick) won the first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing trotting colts and geldings ($39,900) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 15) and in doing so he set the track record for 3-year-old colts with a time of 1:52.2. It was one of the three divisions of NYSS that raced Friday. Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) made his 3-year-old debut. He would lead to a first quarter in :27.0. He would work hard getting the lead. He led them to the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Helpisontheway ($5.00) sat back patiently and would make his move in the stretch to blow right by to win in track record time and beat his personal best by two seconds. Fourth Dimension settled for second. Classichap (Trond Smedshammer) finished third. Helpisontheway is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Trained by Linda Toscano for owners Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC., and Little E LLC. It was his second win in 2018 and career win number three. The second division of the NYSS ($40,600) went to Voss Volo (Corey Callahan). Yuge (Scott Zeron) led the pack into a first quarter of :27.2. Cruising In Style (Anthony MacDonald) took over and led to a half in :56.3. Voss Volo ($9.50) went to work in the back stretch rushing by to take over before hitting three-quarters in 1:24.4. Owned by Pinske Stables and William Wiswell, while trained by John Butenschoen. He would just cruise in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. On The Ropes (Ake Svanstedt) came up to finish second. Sevon Iron (Tim Tetrick) was third. Voss Volo is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner). He won for the first time this year and secured career win number two. The Veteran (Tim Tetrick) easily won the third division of the NYSS ($39,600). The Veteran ($3.00) went gate-to-wire putting up all the numbers (:29.0, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:54.1). Owned by W. Donovan, S Michaels, J Winske and trainer George Ducharme, the colt never had an anxious moment. Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) was second best. Fashion Forever (Corey Callahan) finished third. The Veteran is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his third win of the season and it was career victory number five. Tioga Downs returns to live action with a 13 race card on Saturday (6-16) starting at 6:15. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

Amazing Sevens (Chapter Seven) outclosed his rivals to prevail in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Spagnola-trained four year old was only lightly raced last year after having a strong freshman campaign in 2016. This season, Amazing Sevens has displayed his early-career form and on Thursday was the public's even money favorite in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters. Frank Coppola Jr. sat behind Amazing Sevens as they sat patiently off the pace before picking up cover heading to the half. Amazing Sevens fanned off his cover around the final turn and powered past his competition to prevail by almost four lengths in a mile clocked in 1:59.3. It was the third win in eight seasonal tries for Amazing Sevens. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Tioga Downs will welcome three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes NYSS) for trotting colts and geldings on Friday (June 15). The first division ($39,900) will feature the sophomore debut of Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears). The 2-1 morning line favorite hasn't raced since his win in the Valley Victory final ($464,650) at the Meadowlands on 11-25-17. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. He won eight of eleven starts as a 2-year-old, amassing almost $400,000 a season ago. The second morning line choice at 5-2 is Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick). The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven has won a leg of the NYSS and a finished fourth at the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) earlier this year at Vernon Downs. Linda Toscano trains the colt owned by Camelot Stable, The Bay's Stable, and Little E LLC. The second division ($40,600) morning line favorite is Tito (Marcus Miller) at 5-2. Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis WIllinger, while trained by Erv Miller. The 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass is looking for his first win of 2018. He won four races as a freshman trotter. The second choice for the second division is Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), who won his first race of the season during a leg of the NYSS on 6-6-18 at Buffalo. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is trained by Dan Dailey for owners A. Dailey, J. Crawford IV, R Lombardo, and D. Brenner. He is the second choice at 3-1 even though he beat the morning line favorite (Tito) his last time out at Buffalo going gate-to-wire. The third division ($39,900) features morning line favorite Don (Jim Morrill Jr.). Trained by Julie Miller and owned by Andy Miller Stable and Little E LLC, the 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner has won two legs of the NYSS this season. He picked up those wins at Vernon Downs (May 11) and Buffalo Raceway (June 6). The second favorite is Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) at 3-1. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven didn't race as a two-year-old and even though he is winless in three starts, he was impressive in the EBC final at Vernon Downs. He charged late in the stretch and finished second to Six Pack by half a length. Owned by Dreamville Stable and trained by Paula Wellwood, he will go for his first win of his career at the five-eighths mile oval in Nichols, NY. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 15) starts at 6:15. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                            

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) dominates 3-year-old trotting fillies in the Empires Breeders Classic (EBC) Final (238,613) at Vernon Downs on a spectacular Memorial Day matinee. She not only set the mark for sophomore trotting fillies. Her time of 1:50.3 is the fastest mile ever by a trotter at the Miracle Mile. More records fell on this day as well. After Seven Karats (Yannick Gingras) led going into the first quarter that went in :26.4, Atlanta ($2.60) blew by to take over. Owned by H A Taylor, B J Grant, and trainer Rick Zeron, the sophomore filly would cruise into a second quarter of :53.3. She would start to pull away heading for the final turn. Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) would pull first-over from third and try to chase her down. Atlanta led them to three-quarters in 1:24.0. As she made the turn for home she kept getting faster and faster. She would cruise home in a last quarter of :26.3 and set the overall track record in 1:50.3 beating out the old record set by Intimidate in 2013 (1;51.0) . Plunge Blue Chip would be four lengths back and finish second. Super Girl Riley (Marcus Miller) finished third. Atlanta is a three-year-old filly by Chapter Seven / Hemi Blue Chip. She is now three for three in 2018 and seven for twelve lifetime. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) narrowly holds off late charge by Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron), to win the EBC Final ($223,673) for sophomore trotting colts. Six Pack ($2.90) would take over the lead from Clive Bigsby (Andrew McCarthy) just before hitting the first quarter mark in :26.2. Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick) would go first-over and pressure Six Pack all the way down the back stretch. Six Pack who is owned by Little E LLC., Stall Kalmer, and trainer Svanstedt , hit the halfway mark in :54.0. He would shrug off Helpisontheway and hit three-quarters in 1:22.2. Six Pack would slip away and looked to be an easy winner, but Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) would gobble up ground with every stride in deep stretch, but fell just short and settled for second . Clive Bigsby finished third. Six Pack who is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass / Pleasing Lady, tied the track record for sophomore trotting colts set earlier in the day by The Veteran (Scott Zeron), winning in 1:51.2. It is the third time in the winner's circle in three starts this season and it was career win number seven. The Veteran (Scott Zeron) won the EBC Consolation for trotting colts. Owned by W. Donovan, S. Michaels, J. Winske, and trainer George Ducharme, The Veteran ($4.90) went gate-to-wire to win in 1:51.2. Don (David Miller) was second best with Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) getting third money. The Veteran is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his first win of the season and it was his third career victory. His time of 1:51.2 set the record that was later tied by Six Pack. Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) flew late down the stretch to beat her entry mate Fury Road (Andrew McCarthy) to win the EBC Consolation for sophomore trotting fillies. Owned by Little E LLC., Van Camp Trotting Corp and trainer Svanstedt, Lucky Ava ($3.40) ran down Fury Road to win in 1:53.4. Mooshka Stride (Tim Tetrick) finished third. The Miracle Mile also welcomed three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt pacers. Courtly Choice (David Miller) took the first division of NYSS ($40,600) with a track record time of 1:48.4. Rockapelo (Tim Tetrick) had a slight lead hitting the first quarter in :26.3. Courtly Choice ($4.10) went off stride right after the start but quickly recovered to lead just after the first quarter. He put down all the rest of the fractions (:55.1, 122.3, 1:48.4). Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) finished second with Real Surreal (Scott Zeron) getting third. Courtly Choice is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Touch Stone Farms, and trainer Blake Macintosh. The 3-year-old colt is by Art Major. He is now two for two as a sophomore and has won four races overall. The second division of the NYSS ($40,600) went to American History (Yannick Gingras).   American History ($3.00) took over before the half and cruised home to win in 1:49.1. Rock Lights (Scott Zeron) was second best with Heavenly Sound (Andrew McCarthy) finishing third.   American History is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. He is owned by Brittany Farms LLC., Marvin Katz and American History Racing while trained by Tony Alana. It was his first win this season and it is career victory number four.   My Delight (Marcus Miller) charged late to win the final division of the NYSS ($40,600).   My Delight ($30.80) passed second place finisher Lyons Steel (Corey Callahan) to win in 1:49.4. Ostra Hanover (Jim Taggart Jr.) was third best.   My Delight is a 3-year-old colt by Betterthancheddar. Owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Homer Hochstetler, he won second time this season and the fourth time in his career.   Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 1) with a post time of 6:10.   For more information go to   by John Horne, for Vernon Downs                

Like many harness racing owners, Richard Gutnick heads into this season with hope for his 2-year-olds, but in Gutnick's case it is quite literal. Among his horses generating optimism is homebred trotter Hatikvah, which is Hebrew for "the hope" and is the title of the poem-turned-song that became Israel's national anthem. "I always liked the sound of it," Gutnick said of the name. "It is the Israeli national anthem, but it also means 'the hope.' And what better name for a horse but 'the hope' because we're all dreaming. In 2012, I felt like I lived a dream. I'm hoping to relive that dream in the future with the horses." In 2012, Gutnick's trotter Chapter Seven was named Horse of the Year, his Market Share won the Hambletonian and captured divisional honors, and Gutnick himself was named harness racing's Owner of the Year. Gutnick entered this spring with three 2-year-olds in his stable. Hatikvah is a son of Chapter Seven out of Southwind Confetti. The colt is a full brother to Tribute To Seven, a filly who was slowed last year by surgery to remove a bone chip but who competes in the Empire Breeders Classic on Memorial Day at Vernon Downs. Hatikvah and Tribute To Seven are trained by Linda Toscano. "Tribute To Seven has got a big engine, and I think Hatikvah has an even bigger engine," Gutnick said. "I have high expectations for him. We've got a long way to go but he does everything right and everything easily. You can't ask for more at this stage. But I'm trying not to get too high because when you get too high it's a longer fall." Gutnick's remaining 2-year-olds are Magnificent Seven and Radical Roy. Magnificent Seven, bred by Gutnick and Bill Augustine, is a son of Chapter Seven out of stakes-winner Southwind Cocoa. Gutnick shares ownership of the Ed Hart-trained colt with Joseph Lozito Jr., Tom Pontone's TLP Stable, and Ted Gewertz. Ontario-bred Radical Roy is a son of Royalty For Life out of Radical Janey, who is a full sister to Canada's 2006 Horse of the Year Majestic Son. Gutnick shares ownership with trainer John Bax and Don Allensen. "I love watching the (2-year-olds)," Gutnick said. "When the other ones are coming back, you already have expectations. With the babies, you're not really sure what to expect. Even though Hatikvah has looked phenomenal, you really don't know until they get behind the gate and go head to head with other horses. Then you'll see which ones have the determination and attitude to go on. "But to me, I love this time of year. It's the fruition of a long wait. I love racing. The breeding is OK, but the wait is murder." In addition to his 2-year-olds, Gutnick's stable includes three homebred 3-year-old trotters: Tribute To Seven, Crime Fighter, and Seven Knights. Market Share, now age 9, has been retired. His last race was Nov. 11 at the Meadowlands and he completed his career with 32 wins in 100 starts and $3.79 million in purses. He was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner, for best 3-year-old male trotter in 2012 and best older male trotter in 2013. The gelding, trained by Toscano and driven primarily by Tim Tetrick throughout his career, counted the Hambletonian, Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot, and Canadian Trotting Classic among his wins. Gutnick said an attempt to get Market Share a home at the Kentucky Horse Park was unsuccessful, but the horse is turned out at Tetrick's farm, where Tim's wife Ashley has been getting Market Share accustomed to being ridden. "Whatever makes the horse happy," Gutnick said. "I got in the business for my love of the animal. You have to do what is right. He doesn't owe us anything; we owe him a lot." Ken Weingartner  

Harness racing three year old colts and geldings took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday night. There were two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore trotters that went for purses of $91,550 and both were won by three year olds by sire Chapter Seven. Lord Cromwell (Chapter Seven- Oh Oh Its Magic- Credit Winner) was moved out to the early lead by driver Jim Morrill Jr. and the Ed Hart trainee rebuffed the challenge of the favored Eye Ofa Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) en route to a career best win in 1:54.3. Lord Cromwell prevailed in a local start last week which served as a nice prep for the sophomore trotter who registered the biggest victory of his young career on Wednesday night. The win time served as a new lifetime mark for Lord Cromwell and was just a fifth of a second off the all-time track record for three year old trotters. Eye Ofa Tiger As had to settle for second but extended his streak of finishing first or second to eight consecutive starts. Swell Chap (Chapter Seven- Gia-Lindy Lane) recorded his first Sire Stakes victory on Wednesday as he went coast-to-coast with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The Todd Rooney-trained trotter sizzled through a first quarter of 27.3 before backing things down and getting a fairly soft middle half. Swell Chap held strong in the stretch to record his fifth win on the campaign, stopping the timer in 1:55.4. Cresurrey (Credit Winner), part of a Trond Smedshammer-trained entry, wound up as the runner-up to Swell Chap on Wednesday night. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga on Saturday night when two year old trotting fillies are featured. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---With competing in the New York Sire Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic and having just won the Zweig consolation already this year, Ostrich Blue Chip came into today's race at Plainridge Park with a solid harness racing resume. And her class showed as she won the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 29). Ostrich Blue Chip (Greg Merton) got away fourth as Shorething Fashion (Chris Long) took the lead. But as that one cleared the quarter in :28, Merton pulled Ostrich Blue Chip and went to the front and that would be the final lead change of the race. Ostrich Blue Chip was motoring along comfortably up the backstretch when Back Stage (Ivan Davies) tried his luck and performed admirably for a while, trotting stride for stride with the favorite to the three-quarters in 1:27.1. But past that station, the curtain came down on Back Stage and Ostrich Blue Chip started trotting away from the field. With a sizable lead heading for home, Merton had her wrapped up early and she cruised to a one-length victory in 1:55.3. It was the fourth win in six starts for Ostrich Blue Chip ($3.20) and also her third in a row. The 3-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven is owned by the Fred Monteleone Stable LLC and is trained by Frank Antonacci. In the $10,000 co-featured condition trot, Tuff Lil Tune (Jim Hardy) tracked the heavy favorite Donomoni (Greg Merton) from third until the three-quarter pole when Hardy pulled the big trotter and drew even with the leader. From there the two trotted side-by-side down the lane before Tuff Lil Tune got the edge and won by a head in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the second win in three starts this year for Tuff Lil Tune ($23.20) and also his second win in a row. The 4-year-old Muscle Mass gelding is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski and is trained by Scott Rollins. Greg Merton had another Grand Slam at Plainridge on Tuesday winning with Muscana (1:56.2, $3.20), Fast N Victorious (1:54.1, $3.40), The Date Rocker (1:54.4, $3.80) and Ostrich Blue Chip (1:55.3, $3.20). Jim Hardy also had a driving triple and trainer Scott Rollins sent two of his students to the winner's enclosure for pictures. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.   From the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 24 - Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector improved his harness racing undefeated streak to four with a series record 1:56 victory in Thursday's Define The World final at Mohawk Racetrack. Scratched down to a field of five rookie trotting colts, Alarm Detector was sent off as the 1/9 favourite in the $34,800 event for the team of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. Cantabernet left from the centre and grabbed the early lead, while Alarm Detector sat just to the outside of the leader passed the opening-quarter in :28.2. Henry was cautious with the heavy-favourite and eventually was able to get Alarm Detector around Cantabernet once the field straightened out into the backstretch. Alarm Detector led by the half in :58.1, before ramping up the tempo :28.3 to lead by a length and half at three-quarters in 1:26.4. In the stretch, Cantabernet angled off the pylons to try and take a shot, but Alarm Detector cruised home in :29.1 to secure the victory by 2 ¼ lengths. Will Can Go finished third. Following the race, Henry talked about securing the lead around three-eighths. "We had a little trouble (clearing), they make it a little tougher when you're going for some more money," Henry said. "But I was just trying to be safe with him and take my time and hopefully get there without making a mistake and he did." Alarm Detector is a perfect four for four with his victories adding up to a combined 18 lengths. "He's good gaited and he's willing. He wants to do it and he likes to do it," said Henry, who added "there is more there" when asked if he's yet to let the rookie loose. Although there was a couple anxious moments early, trainer Baillargeon noted Thursday's race was a good learning experience. "It got a little bumpy at the quarter when we were still three-deep and :28.2, he hasn't done that (before)," Baillargeon said. "Trevor told me that he hit the bike after the first turn, so it got him rattled up a little bit, but he came out of it and survived and it's part of the learning." A $110,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Alarm Detector has now earned $38,400 for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena heading towards Grand Circuit events. Baillargeon plans to race Alarm Detector in next week's Champlain Stakes, followed up the William Wellwood Memorial. Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Freehold, NJ --- When he first began racing, Enterprise sometimes looked for the quickest way to exit the track. Over time, though, he seems to have settled for the fastest way to the harness racing winner’s circle. Enterprise is 5-for-5 in his career as he heads to Saturday’s C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Last week the Marcus Melander-trained colt won his Goodtimes elimination by two lengths over AWOL Hanover in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. The Goodtimes is one of the major stakes on the road to August’s $1 million Hambletonian. Last year’s Goodtimes winner, Marion Marauder, went on to win the Trotting Triple Crown (Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot, Kentucky Futurity) and received awards for Trotter of the Year in the U.S. and best 3-year-old male trotter in Canada. Nine of the 10 Goodtimes finalists are eligible to the Hambletonian: Enterprise and fellow elimination winner International Moni as well as Shake It Off Lindy, Jake, Southwind Woody, Seven And Seven, Southwind Cobra, AWOL Hanover, and Guardian Angel As. Saturday’s card at Mohawk also includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, and the C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Enterprise will start the Goodtimes from post four with driver Tim Tetrick. The colt, owned by Courant Inc., raced only once last year, winning by 9-1/2 lengths in 1:58.1 at Harrah’s Philadelphia in December, and worked his way through conditioned-level competition before facing stakes-caliber foes. “He was very immature,” said Melander, who began training Enterprise in late summer last year. “When he saw an exit (from the track) he wanted to go out. I trained him on the straight track all fall and in November he felt great and ready to go. He felt like a good horse but I wanted to race him once to see how he was. He was still very immature in that race. If you take a look at it, you’ll see he was going like a snake down the stretch. But he had plenty left.” A son of Chapter Seven out of the mare Shes Gone Again, Enterprise is a half-brother to New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Guess Whos Back and his family includes Dan Patch and O’Brien awards winner Poof She’s Gone. Enterprise was purchased for $100,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale. Enterprise prepped for the Goodtimes with wins in conditioned races at the Meadowlands before capturing a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. “I didn’t mind that he didn’t race much last year,” Melander said. “If he wasn’t ready, he wasn’t ready. It was good in a way because he didn’t have to race against the best ones right away, even if he probably could. He needed the experience, that’s for sure. He’s behaving pretty good; at Mohawk (last week) he was perfect. I’m very happy with how his races have been going so far. It’s exactly how we planned. “He moves so easy, even though he’s a pretty big horse. He’s got speed, but he never gets tired. Of course that will happen when he faces tougher horses; maybe it will happen in the final on Saturday. But he’s a very strong horse. He’s got the tools to be a good horse.” The 25-year-old Melander trains 30 horses in central New Jersey. In addition to Enterprise, he has a Hambletonian hopeful in colt Long Tom, who earlier this season won the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Melander’s uncle, Stefan, won the 2001 Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight. “It’s still several weeks until the Hambletonian and anything can happen,” Melander said. “But I wouldn’t trade either of my horses for anyone. I couldn’t be happier right now. We’ll see what happens. I try to not think about the Hambo, I just try to think about the next race. I feel pretty calm about that. We just take one race at a time because I know a lot of things can happen on the way. Of course, that’s what we’re aiming for. But you never know what will happen. It’s a long road.” Following is the field for the Goodtimes with listed drivers and trainers. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1 - Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - Brett Miller-Frank Antonacci 2 - International Moni - Love You - Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 3 - Jake - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 4 - Enterprise - Chapter Seven - Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 5 - Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6 - Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - David Miller-Tom Durand 7 - Mass Production - Muscle Mass - Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 8 - Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 9 - AWOL Hanover - Donato Hanover - James MacDonald-Luc Blais 10 - Guardian Angel As - Archangel - Brett Miller-Anette Lorentzon ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date – Track – Event – First – Second – Third May 6 – Freehold – Dexter Cup – Lord Cromwell – Gustavo Fring – Southwind Cobra May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – Long Tom – Yes Mickey – Deacon Tony May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – What The Hill – Southwind Cobra – New Jersey Viking May 20 – Meadows – PASS – Sortie – Giveitgasandgo – High Glider May 20 – Meadows – PASS – Andy M – Gustavo Fring – Stealth Hanover May 20 – Meadows – PASS – Common Parlance – Brown Bear – Brand New Key May 29 – Vernon – NYSS – Stick With Me Kid – Bill’s Man – Top Flight Angel May 29 – Vernon – NYSS – Devious Man – Lord Cromwell – Aces And Eights May 29 – Vernon – NYSS – Enterprise – Swell Chap – Meetmeinthemiddle June 2 – Meadowlands – NJSS Final – Long Tom – King On The Hill – What The Hill June 3 – Meadows – Currier & Ives – Fraser Ridge – Meme Hanover – Muay Hanover June 3 – Meadows – Currier & Ives – Moonshiner Hanover – Giveitgasandgo – Lars Perry June 3 – Meadows – Currier & Ives – Sortie – Dover Dan – Always A Good Time June 9 – Mohawk – Goodtimes Elim – International Moni – Guardian Angel As – Jake June 9 – Mohawk – Goodtimes Elim – Enterprise – AWOL Hanover – Shake It Off Lindy June 9 – Vernon – EBC Elim – Bill’s Man – Such An Angel – Stick With Me Kid June 9 – Vernon – EBC Elim – Devious Man – Swell Chap – Lord Cromwell June 10 – Pocono – PASS – Rubio – Muscles Jared – Di Oggi June 10 – Pocono – PASS – Dover Dan – Moonshiner Hanover – Sir John F June 10 – Pocono – PASS – Giveitgasandgo – President Lindy – Andy M June 17 – Mohawk – Goodtimes – June 18 – Vernon – Empire Breeders Classic – June 24 – Pocono – Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Elims – July 1 – Pocono – Earl Beal Jr. Memorial – July 9 – Pocono – PA All Stars – July 15 – Meadowlands – Stanley Dancer Memorial – July 22 – Meadowlands – Tompkins-Geers – July 29 – Meadowlands – Reynolds – Aug. 5 – Meadowlands – Hambletonian – Hambletonian eligible in bold by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

The Last Chapter (Drew Monti) takes the harness racing featured Williams Auto Trot at Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (May 21). This exciting race showed many lead changes until the top of the stretch. The 3 year-old Chapter Seven gelding took over and won with ease. Chapter Seven ($2.90) owned by Richard Gutnik, Joe Losito and the TLP Stable turned the mile in 1:56.2. Royal Casanova (Jim Taggart Jr) came up to take second. TT Conway (Jim Marohn Jr) finished third. Tioga Downs is dark this Friday and returns to live action on Saturday night (May 27) at 6:50pm. There is a special Sunday (May 28) start time of 6:50pm. New York Sire Stakes return Sunday night as 3 year-old trotting fillies take center stage. Memorial Day Monday (May 29) post time is 1:00 pm.   For more information go to   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Freehold, NJ --- Lord Cromwell and driver John Campbell moved to the lead on the backstretch and were never threatened from there, cruising to a 5-1/4 length win in Saturday's $143,737 Dexter Cup for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters in a stakes- and track-record 1:55 at Freehold Raceway. Gustavo Fring finished second and Southwind Cobra was third. The Dexter Cup is the first Grand Circuit event for 3-year-old trotters on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands. Southwind Cobra, who started from post five, took the early lead from Sir John F and reached the opening quarter-mile in :28.1. Lord Cromwell, the 4-5 favorite, was on the move after Southwind Cobra hit the half in :57.3 and was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:26.4. "I knew they were going to trot out of there and he's actually better from behind," Campbell said. "Once I spoke to him at the five-eighths, he was gone. He actually finished well within himself. I was very happy with the trip. He was very handy. I think he's got a pretty good future." Said winning trainer Ed Hart, "I loved the post position. A lot of it is post position on a half-mile track. We drew good and John drove him perfect and everything worked out. "He's got a big set of lungs. He just goes." Lord Cromwell, bred and owned by Carolyn Atherton, is not eligible to the Hambletonian. The horse was limited to four starts last year because of sickness and complications from being gelded. "Looking right now, I'm sorry that we didn't," Hart said about the Hambletonian. "You never know. He's staked a bit lightly. Last year we couldn't really stake him heavily." Lord Cromwell paid $3.60, $2.80, $2.40. Lord Cromwell The previous stakes record of 1:55.3 was set by Anders Bluestone in the 2009 Dexter Cup. Anders Bluestone shared the track record for a 3-year-old male trotter with Keystone Activator. "He was super today," Hart said about Lord Cromwell. "He's just a really nice horse." Lord Cromwell, by Chapter Seven out of the mare Oh Oh Its Magic, is 2-for-2 this year and won two of his four races last season. He has earned $97,588 in his career. Campbell, who is retiring in July to become president of the Hambletonian Society, won for the 10,655th time in his Hall of Fame career. He pushed his lifetime purses to $299.61 million. He ranks first all-time in driver earnings, leading No. 2 Ron Pierce by $84 million, and is ninth in wins. Driver Yannick Gingras won both $36,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. In the first division, Gingras guided Princess Aurora to victory by 4-3/4 lengths over Sparkle Plenty in 1:57. Royal Pinot finished third. Princess Aurora, trained by Jimmy Takter, is owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She is 2-for-2 this season and has won five of 13 career races, earning $309,277. Princess Aurora, who is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, is by Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Vulcanize. Princess Aurora In the second division, Romancing Rachel won by five lengths over Celebrity Ruth in 1:57.3. Southwind Prius was third. Romancing Rachel is trained by Ron Burke, who owns the filly with Howard Taylor and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. It was her first win in four tries this year and second victory in 15 career starts. She has earned $59,655. Also eligible to the Oaks, Romancing Rachel is by Muscle Hill out of the mare Tady's Comer. Romancing Rachel Ken Weingartner

Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Chapter Seven’s book is full and closed for the 2017 harness racing breeding season. The second leading trotting stallion at Harrisburg in 2016, Chapter Seven’s first crop featured 2016 Breeders Crown winner and World Champion Walner (2, 1:51.3, $487K). We are grateful for the support of his breeders and shareholders. Bettor’s Delight Book Closed Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Bettor’s Delight book is full and closed for 2017. The world’s leading pacing sire, Bettor’s Delight’s progeny have banked over $200 million on the track. Sire of 2016 O’Brien Horse of The Year and Little Brown Jug Winner, Betting Line and 2016 O’Brien 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year and Jugette winner LA Delight, Bettor’s Delight is truly a living legend.

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Walner (Tim Tetrick) was the easiest kind of winner of the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a track and stakes record 1:53 by 4½ lengths on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The record had been 1:53.2, shared by Pinkman (2014) and Manofmanymissions (2010). Walner is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Ken Jacobs. Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) was second and Sortie (Andy McCarthy) was third. The early pace was set by Moonshiner Hanover who got to the :28 first quarter alone at the lead, after an early break by Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan) left the second spot temporarily empty. Walner was up front to take away the lead at the three eighths, and he was in front at the :57 half. Jake (Sylvain Filion) tried to overtake the lead from fifth and got up to third at the 1:26 three quarters, with Moosnhiner Hanover second inside him along the rail. When the field straightened for home, the son of Chapter Seven got mild urging from Tetrick and the two put distance between them and the field for an unpressured win in record time. "He can do it either way," said Tetrick. "He's got a ton of ability and he's very special. I just wanted to get around there safe and make sure I didn't mess it up. I knew I had a good horse, so if I got him in there with decent fractions I knew he would be hard to catch." "I was nervous this time because I expect big things from this colt, said trainer Linda Toscano. "He's a good colt, he has a great attitude. He loves his job." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Osvaldo Blue Chip (Chapter Seven) extended his winning streak on a rainy Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The two year old trotter had a solid summer of harness racing primarily in Excelsior Series competition and in Thursday's $8,000 trot for New York Sired high-steppers, the freshman completed a hat trick.  Trained and driven by Jay Randall, Osvaldo Blue Chip cruised by nearly a dozen length in his previous start just one week after breaking his maiden. Seeking a three-bagger on Thursday, he once again started from post position one and quickly was moved to the lead by Randall. Osvaldo Blue Chip suffered only a few anxious moments before stopping the timer in 1:59 over a tracked labeled 'good.' In eleven starts in his freshman campaign, Osvaldo Blue Chip has now recorded three wins to go with three seconds and a pair of thirds. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

It took a year for harness racing owner Ken Jacobs to find a hole with Walner --- and that was a hole in the wind.  Walner trotted a world-record 1:51.3 on Oct. 6 at Lexington’s Red Mile, a mark that came one year to the day after Jacobs purchased the colt for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. It was Walner’s fourth win in five races this season and established the horse as one of the top Breeders Crown 2-year-old male trotting contenders. “I look for holes in horses,” Jacobs said about selecting Walner, a son of 2012 Horse of the Year Chapter Seven out of the O’Brien Award-winning mare Random Destiny, at last fall’s yearling auction. “When I can’t find a hole, those are the ones I’m interested in. And I try very hard to find a hole. There were no holes in (Walner) at all.” On Saturday night, Walner will compete in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He is the 3-1 morning line favorite, starting from post five in a 10-horse field with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Linda Toscano. Walner’s elimination also includes Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion What The Hill, New York Sire Stakes champion Devious Man, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo, and stakes-winners Dover Dan, New Jersey Viking, Long Tom, and Southwind Cobra. “Isn’t that amazing?” Jacobs said. “It’s the luck of the draw. What are you going to do? I didn’t like the draw but it is what it is. We’ve got to beat them all anyway, so what’s the difference.” Walner won two qualifiers at the Meadowlands before capturing his career debut in 1:55.4 in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. In his next start, at Saratoga, he went off stride in the first turn but stormed from more than 16 lengths back to win by 1-3/4. He went off stride in his only loss, a division of the Kindergarten Series, but rebounded to win in the next round of the Kindergarten in 1:53.4 at the Meadowlands and then in 1:51.3 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington. His 1:51.3 mile is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old male trotter and trails only filly Mission Brief’s 1:50.3 in the record book. “I’ve been very cautious with him because I knew he was a really nice horse,” said Jacobs, who has received inquiries about selling the horse, but emphasized he is not for sale. “I’d like to have a horse in the Hambletonian next year, so I didn’t want to over-race him at 2. He’s a pretty awesome horse and we still don’t know how fast he can go. But we know he’s fast.” Jacobs, the leading owner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, is known for his successes with a number of pacers, including 2012 Breeders Crown champion and Dan Patch Award-winner Heston Blue Chip, but has bought more trotters in recent years. He won NYSS championships last year with trotters Jewels In Hock and Allerage Echo. “I got into trotters a couple years ago,” said Jacobs, who said he bought four trotters and four pacers last year and has a similar plan this year. “I love to see a trotter trot. It’s different. I enjoy it. If I can get a horse in the Hambletonian, it will fulfill my goal. My bucket list, if you will. I’ve been lucky to reach so many of my other goals. This is a big goal for me.” The second Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old male trotters finds stakes-winner Bill’s Man as the 3-1 morning line favorite, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer John Butenschoen. Breeders Crown finals for older pacers and trotters will be held Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands and the championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will follow on Oct. 29. Eliminations are unnecessary for the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot, so those horses will advance directly to their respective finals. Eliminations for the Mare Pace and 2-year-old filly trotters will be Friday and eliminations for the remaining 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be Saturday, all at the Meadowlands. Post positions for the Open finals will be drawn live Friday and posts for the 2- and 3-year-old finals will be drawn Saturday. Elimination winners draw for inside posts one through five for the finals. For Friday’s complete card, click here. For Saturday’s complete card, click here. For more information visit or Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BCrown16 and on Facebook at Fans can also go to, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. Ken Weingartner  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sweeping to command off a :55.1 half, Walner gradually drew clear of his rivals and sprinted home in the stretch to win one of five divisions for the $280,000 International Stallion Stakes in 1:51.3, beating Southwind Frank's harness racing world record of 1:52.2 set at The Red Mile in the International Stallion Stakes last year. Dover Dan grabbed the lead through a :28.1 opening quarter, with Fraser Ridge trotting second and Muscles Jared in third. Walner flew from fourth to the lead marching into the far turn. Leading by three-quarters in 1:23.3, he kicked away from Dover Dan, who drifted enough to allow Fraser Ridge room to trot at the pylons. Fraser Ridge got up for second and Dover Dan for third while they trailed Walner by lengths at the wire.   Linda Toscano trains Walner, a Chapter Seven colt out of the Ken Warkentin mare Random Destiny. A winner of four in five starts, he has earned $78,750 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Tim Tetrick drove the $2.40 winner.   "I told Linda that it felt like I was at [the half] in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25" Tim Tetrick said. "But when it flashed up [1]:23, I thought 'Oh shoot!' He went to the wire, plugs in, and I asked him a bit, but he trotted all the way to the wire."   "He's a great colt; I've liked him from day one," Tim Tetrick also said. "Even when I got to sit behind him down at [Pinehurst Training Center] I've liked him. He only had one little mistake, but he's a good horse."   "He acted like the real deal right from the first day," Linda Toscano said. "He has a lot of the same traits his father does; he loves his work, he's a big, beautiful-gaited horse, and he gets over the ground so easy that you have to be careful you don't go too fast with him."   "I figured [he'd go] 1:52, and I would've been happy with that, but 1:51-and-a-piece is just unbelievable," Kenneth Jacobs said. "We were very patient with him, and now we're waiting for the Breeders Crown if we can get lucky enough to win that."   "I've never had a trotter this good," Jacobs also said.   Southwind Cobra popped out of the pocket in the stretch, trotting to a 1:53.3 win over New Jersey Viking and Signal Hill.   Soho Hanover took command from Southwind Cobra, brushing to the lead after a :28.3 first quarter. Money Macintosh was racing third, Sir John F fourth and 1-2 favorite New Jersey Viking fifth. After a :56.2 half, Signal Hill was flushed first over by Shivered, boxing in New Jersey Viking into the far turn. Money Macintosh edged out of third and provided Signal Hill cover heading to three quarters. Losing stride, Money Macintosh forced Signal Hill three wide through a 1:25.2 third quarter.   Southwind Cobra tipped off the rail and trotted to the lead in the stretch. Signal Hill stalled towards the center of the track and New Jersey Viking fanned towards the center of the track, recouping ground trying to gain the lead, only able to come a half-length shy of victory.   By Muscle Hill out of the Broadway Hall mare Caerphilly, Southwind Cobra won his second of nine starts this season, earning $62,672 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jack Piatt II, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, he paid $22.60 to win. "I raced my horse on the front last week and I don't think that's the place for him," Yannick Gingras said. "I knew there were good horses behind me, but I knew I had a lot of trot, too. He likes to track down horses, and he raced this way well this afternoon. It was a matter of whoever would get there first." After losing to Snowstorm Hanover in their $55,250 Bluegrass division, International Moni slid by Snowstorm Hanover to win their division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:53.1. Patton was the early pacesetter, trotting the first quarter in :28.1 before losing the lead to International Moni midway down the backstretch. Snowstorm Hanover tracked his backside brush, following his cover and eventually clearing the lead through a :56.1 half. Such An Angel soon pulled first over into the far turn, bringing Meme Hanover into the mix heading to three quarters. Timed in 1:25.1, Snowstorm Hanover held command. Meme Hanover angled off Such An Angel's cover as she faltered through the stretch. From third over, Mountain Of Love began flying down the center of the track after Snowstorm Hanover, who was also under pursuit by International Moni attempting to slide up the pylons. The two matched strides approaching the wire, with International Moni getting a nose in front of Snowstorm Hanover. International Moni, by Love You out of the Speedy Crown mare Moni Maker, won his first race in eight starts this season, compiling $77,795 in earnings for owner Moni Maker Stable. He is trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Scott Zeron. He paid $7.80 to win. "I thought it was close; we were wheel-to-wheel at the wire," Scott Zeron said. "I love this horse. He just needed to get stronger throughout the year just like he showed today; I double-used him. He's a really nice animal to sit behind. He does that job for me and I just have to put him into play." "This is a special win on a lot of different levels," Frank Antonacci said. "This horse is 25, 30 years in the making and a little outside-of-the-box thinking, and Moni Maker didn't lose many photos, so that was good to see. We're proud of this horse." Devious Man grinded first over to the lead and held control as Simply Volo lunged at him for second in a 1:53.2 mile. Clearing the lead through a :28.4 quarter, Simply Volo led down the backstretch. Long Tom brushed to the lead from fourth, taking control after a :56.2 half. He led around the far turn as Devious Man gradually edged out of third to the outside, coming alongside Long Tom at three-quarters in 1:25. Devious Man inched to the lead in the stretch. Long Tom chased at the rail while Simply Volo fanned out of the pocket towards the center of the track, hesitating for a few strides before charging towards Devious Man. He came a half-length short of passing Devious Man, while Long Tom trotted home third. Winning his seventh race in 11 starts, Devious Man, by Credit Winner out of the Garland Lobell mare Miss Garland, has now earned $308,233 for owner Story Inc. Trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller, he paid $3.40 to win. "My horse is really game," Andy Miller said. "He has been pretty good all year; the only hiccup he had was in the Peter Haughton when he made a break at the start. He has been bustling around those New York tracks, so he dug in pretty good [to hold off Simply Volo]." Bill's Man powered by race-leader What The Hill to win his division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:52.3 over Don Dream and Shake It Off Lindy. Unchallenged through splits of :28.1 and :56, What The Hill held control into the far turn. Shake It Off Lindy drafted from the pocket while Bill's Man, circling by Fly On as he lost stride into the turn, moved into third. He continued pulling towards What The Hill passing three-quarters in 1:24.3 before taking the lead into the stretch. Shake It Off Lindy had no room to trot as Don Dream tipped from off the cones and stormed down the center of the track. Don Dream moved into second and Shake It Off Lindy into third as Bill's Man hit the line. Bill's Man, by Credit Winner out of the Yankee Glide mare Silver Springs, won his second race in 11 starts this season, earning $70,441 for owners William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware LLC. Trained by John Butenschoen and driven by Corey Callahan, he paid $16.40 to win. "I was planning on following Andy [Miller on Fly On], but he got a little rough," Corey Callahan said. "It looked like he was going to lose him, so I went ahead and went three deep to go around him. By the time I was already halfway by, he had run and we were in a good spot." "This is a really good horse," Callahan also said. "Looking at his lines, he has been there in the lines where he hasn't run. He has shown us a lot of trot all along. He probably would've won [last week] if I asked him to go on, but I was trying to be careful with him since he jumped in his last couple times. I wanted to keep his confidence up, and it helped, so I'm not at all surprised by this effort today." "We're absolutely thrilled to death," John Butenschoen said. "We're in Lexington, and we won a race; hoot hoot, hit hit, hooray. Whatever, it's fun." "He is Breeders Crown eligible, and he has the Valley Victory later on, maybe even the Matron," Butenschoen also said. "We're going to see how he comes out of this race first, and then play it by ear." Grand Circuit action at the Red Mile continues Friday, October 7 with four divisions of the $255,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. Friday's card also features a $3,038 Pick 5 carryover, which covers races two through six. First race post for the seven-race card is 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

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