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Do the best Standardbred harness racing pacers hail from down under? Well, we may have the answer to that question by the end of the week. Given the heroics of Shartin following her purchase last year from the Victorian stables of Dean Braun, the Tintin In America mare has firmly established herself as the best and most dominant pacing mare in the world right now. And if you require further proof, check out her replay from Saturday’s $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, part of Hambletonian day. Her deeds in North America this season are sensational; she has won 13 of 17 races this year and 20 of 30 lifetime for earnings of $764,857. Feature race victories include $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers, $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester, $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, Ohio and the $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk in Canada. Shartin is prepared by Jim King Jr and handled by ace reinsman Tim Tetrick, she is owned by Richard Poilluci and Jo Ann Looney-King. But while the efforts have been sublime in her new conditions, her former trainer is the least bit surprised with what she’s been able to achieve on the other side of the globe. Braun purchased the filly as an unraced commodity from the Prebbleton (near Christchurch) stables of Grant Crabbe. Under his tutelage, Shartin displayed enormous ability which resulted in victories in both the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks while also finishing as the runner-up in the Queensland Derby behind the Mark Purdon prepared The More The Better. But her finest moment came when she sat parked outside subsequent Chariots of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu and beat him in a time of 1:52.5 at TABCORP Park, Melton. And that victory came in the middle of winter. “I knew how good she was and I happily told those close to me but the money at the time was too good to ignore, this is the business we’re in,” Braun said. “I’ve been in contact with the connections since she’s been up there and I’m thrilled with her success, it’s awesome to see her doing so well. “I sold Nike Franco before this filly and I told them this filly would do a better job and Nike has been super during her time up there also, it’s good for everyone involved.” As it stands, Shartin is the leading money earner this season for pacers in North America. Only Hambletonian winner Atlanta has earned more. So, there’s no question Shartin is the leading female pacer in the world. But who holds the title for male pacers? That title could easily be given to Lazarus, the wonder from down under, as he prepares to make his official North American debut this coming week. The Bettors Delight entire was sold from the stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen earlier this year for massive money on the basis of a racing/breeding proposition. Now owned by Taylor Made Stallions, Lazarus has been placed in the care of legendary horseman Jimmy Takter. Following a sharp schooling recently at the Meadowlands, the $3.68 million earner looked as good as ever when he defeated recent North American Cup winner Lather Up in an official Meadowlands trial in 1:48.3 the following week. And that form has a chance to be franked with Lather Up headlining the nominations for the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night. Lazarus will head to the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana later this week. Depending on how he performs in the Dan Patch, Lazarus's next major target has been confirmed as the Canadian Pacing Derby, which has eliminations on August 25 and the final on September 1 while the Breeders Crown at Pocono is another key target. By seasons end, the best male and female pacers could both hail from down under. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands Open Series at Pocono 1:48.4 $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley (Towards the second part of video) $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk

Harness racing's brilliant pacer Jilliby Kung Fu won’t race again this year. The Gr.1 Chariots of Fire winner was scheduled to trial last Tuesday at TABCORP Park, Melton but was a scratching owing to some concern with some swelling in his leg. And a trip to the Ballarat Veterinary Equine Clinic has confirmed the worst possible news. “He has a small hole in his tendon.” A devastated trainer Marg Lee said. Jilliby Kung Fu hasn’t raced since finishing second behind Wrappers Delight in the Gr.1 $125,000 VICBRED Super Series 4yo Final on July 7. Connections passed on a trip to Cambridge for the Jewels back in June and also chose to bypass the recent Queensland winter carnival opting to give him plenty of time for several features later this year. “It’s terribly disappointing; you devote so much time and energy into these horses hoping that everything is right. “He’ll go for a break now and we’ll start again in time to come.” The upcoming Breeders Crown series is obviously out while the big targets later this year, the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion are also off the table. The Inter Dominion is being staged back on the east coast of Australia after being held in Perth at Gloucester Park for the past three years. The Grand Final is scheduled for December 15 at Melton. Jilliby Kung Fu has won 16 of his 33 starts while banking more than $500,000 in stakes. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News

A field of eight of the sports best three-year-old colts and geldings have RSVP'd "Yes" to compete in harness racing's richest Invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night, August 11. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. They will all converge on the Northeast Ohio oval on Saturday in Northfield's premier event of the season. Headlining the field of eight is Ohio-sired Lather Up, champion of the $1,000,000 (Canadian funds) North America Cup at suburban Toronto's Woodbine/Mohawk Park in June. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Fresh off of a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. Springsteen, winner of the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono on June 30, enters the Milstein off an impressive score in New York Sires Stakes competition at Yonkers Raceway in his most recent outing. Rene Allard conditions the career earner of $522,048. Jimmy Freight ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. He is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Always A Prince will race outside of Indiana for the first time when he lines up behind the Northfield Park staring gate. A winner of 11 of 13 career starts, Always A Prince crushed the field by over seven lengths in an Indiana Sires Stakes Final in his most recent outing at Hoosier Park on August 1. Multiple Delaware stakes winner Slick Tony will step into Grand Circuit company for the first time in Saturday's Milstein. 80-year-old owner/trainer/breeder George Leager and his wife Nola paid only $500 for Slick Tony's dam, Queen Kathy. Slick Tony has rewarded the Leagers with 15 victories in 19 lifetime starts, and nearly $300,000 in earnings. Making the longest voyage to Northfield is Iowa fair stakes legend Minnie Vinnie. A winner of 18 of 23 career starts, Minnie Vinnie had a profitable voyage east earlier this year when he finished second in the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Rounding out the Milstein field is the late-blooming Thinkbig Dreambig. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the winner of over $125,000 in just nine lifetime starts. The powerful field has combined to win 87 races and $2,769,468 in purse earnings. They certainly arrive at Northfield in top form, as seven out the eight horses in the field were victorious in their most recent efforts. The Carl Milstein Memorial post-position draw will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7. It will be race 11 on a 16-race program that will also include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace for veteran Ohio-breds and multiple divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. First race post time is 6:00 (Eastern), with the Milstein scheduled for an approximate 10:00 start. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

An extraordinarily well-bred pacer has scooped one of the most prized trotting titles on the calendar with Emerald Stride claiming the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic. A delighted trainer-driver David Miles swept past leader Always Ready via the sprint lane to salute in the Redwood Day feature at Maryborough today. “Unbelievable,” Miles told Rob Auber on Trots Vision post-race. “I was having a look on Friday at the honour roll for this race and some great trainers and drivers have won it. To be amongst them now is really special.” Miles said prolific owner Emilio Rosati would be “stoked” with the Group 1 triumph by his two-year-old filly, who’s not only sired by pacing great Bettors Delight but is out of Emilios Stride, a half-sister to US Pacer of the Year Well Said. “We did qualify her as a pacer, she just wasn’t quite fast enough,” Miles said. “The day we switched her over we knew she was something special. “I always thought she was a trotter, but she was paid up for the APG and it’s a lot of money to pay up for those series, so we tried to get her to that series. She trialled as a pacer at Bendigo one morning and Rod Petroff drove her and said, ‘I think she’s a trotter’. “A week later she went to Melton and run a mile in five, they don’t do that after only have the trotting shoes on a week.” That trotting destiny was fulfilled with victory in today’s $50,000 Classic, when Emerald Stride ripped off the second row to challenge favourite Always Ready for the lead before settling on leader’s back and pouncing late. “To land where she did off the second row was amazing,” Miles said. “When the barrier draw come out I was really shattered because I thought if she drew the front line she was going to be super hard to beat and to win off the back row here is very hard to do. “(Behind) leader was the perfect spot in this sort of race. It was very windy. The leader did a great job, that wind down the back straight really hurt the horses out in the open and I just had the perfect trip.” Michael Howard

Saturday’s Derby Weekend at Berlin Mariendorf featured the Filly Derby (purse 91,877 euro, 12 starters) and 1.4/1 Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) scored timed in 1.13.4kr with Robin Bakker at the lines for trainer Paul Hagoort. Two lengths back in second was Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) with trainer Dion P. Tesselaar driving. Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash-Yewel Boshoeve) was third driven by Heinz Wewering and also trainer by Tesselaar. Fourth was Isabella Granata (3f Corleone-Granata Aas) reined by trainer Rudolf Haller. Sunday is the 123rd edition of the Deutsches Traber Derby for a purse of 215,633 euro and the Super Trot 2018 carrying a 70,000 euro total purse, Saturday at Enghien the FR two year old fillies were on stage in race two for 32,000 euro and raced over 2150 meters autostart. Girls Talk (2f Brilliantissime-Be My Girl) scored with a front end journey in 1.17.94 with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire. This great gaited filly races unchecked. So far in 2018 the offspring of Brilliantissime (2011 m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) have excelled in qualifying races. Three year olds also contested at the monte discipline for a 58,000 euro purse over 2875 meters voltstart, with 5/1 Fleo Lila (3g Timoko-Sally de Neuliac) scoring in 1.17.6kr for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Anne. Forbes Delo (3m Saxo de Vandel-Reverie d’Ar) was second for jockey Adrien Lamy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The stress factor hit fever pitch in the final strides but Brent Lilley’s recent addition held off fast-finishing Kyvalley Finn to claim the Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby. Stress Factor delivered Lilley his fourth victory of the day, following earlier Redwood Day success with El Paco, On Fast Forward and Kyvalley Blur, with the Derby winner holding on by a half-head for driver Chris Alford and new owners John Wilkinson, Fred Crews, Bruce Morrison, Denise Morrison, Gary Dowling and Robert Owen. The syndicate purchased the Majestic Son gelding in June and he went three-from-three with today’s Group 1 triumph at Maryborough. “Victorian Derbys are always something you aspire to win and to pull it off was great,” Lilley told Trots Vision post-race. “He looked like he was holding them off fairly comfortably but (Kyvalley Finn) come late. We were all pleased the line come up when it did.” Alford worked to the lead from gate three, with Andy Gath’s polemarker Reils taking leader’s back and his stablemate Scallywag Sam sitting in the breeze, punching a back-straight head wind that had challenged front runners throughout the day. Despite little pressure on the leader throughout the 2690m long-distance Derby the pace remained honest. “Probably could have gone a bit slower, but he just wanted to keep rolling along pretty strong,” Alford said. “They don’t get a chance to race much over 2600m if ever – just today – it’s hard to know if they’re going to finish it off and all of the ones back in the field are in the same boat. “I thought we were holding on pretty good until about the last 50. (Kyvalley Finn) did rush through really quick but I did think we hung on on the line.” For Alford the result will ease some of the pain of having his usual drive for this class, Wobelee, sidelined by injury, and Stress Factor appears well poised to deliver more success for connections. “He was really brave,” Alford said. “He really fought it out well. He did a good job and hopefully he can keep going for the Breeders Crown.” Michael Howard for Trots Media

The reigning Great Southern Star champion, Sparkling Success, has been invited to compete in the US $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway in New York on October 13 after resuming from a five month break at Maryborough this afternoon. The six-year old son of Great Success was issued the invitation by Yonkers Raceway’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Bob Galterio and the Racing Secretary Steve Starr and was immediately accepted by trainer John Meade. “I’m being realistic, I’m a dairy farmer from country Victoria taking on some of the best trainers in the world, some people would say I’m no chance of winning over there but what an opportunity this is going to be,” Meade said. “I’ve got nothing to lose, my wife Mary and I have decided to sell the cows and from the end of August we won’t have to worry about milking them anymore. “I’m not someone who can sit on my backside for long so I’ll concentrate on getting the farm right and train a few horses and what better way to spend the first few months of not having to worry about milking the cows by spending some time in the USA.” Sparkling Success is expected to leave Australia on September 15 and Meade will meet the gelding on arrival. “I haven’t travelled horses before so I have a lot of talking to other trainers to do, Brent Lilley is at Maryborough today so I’ll be having a chat to him about how he got Maori Time across to Sweden in such good condition. “I wouldn’t mind having a chat to Mark Purdon at some stage as well because he travels his horses quite a fair bit so hopefully I get the chance to bump into him between now and when I leave.” Meade confirmed the short term goal will be the Breeders Crown Trotters Graduate at Melton, a race he beat Maori Time in last year. “The Breeders Crown race would be nice to win again, he won it narrowly last year and it is on a couple of weeks before he leaves so it fits in nicely. “I am going to stay with Jonas Czernyson while I’m in New York, Duncan McPherson from Aldebaran Park has already made contact with me and offered to help me out which is great because I haven’t dealt with too many people in America before. “If everything goes to plan in the USA I might leave Sparkling Success there until Christmas, he needs to do five weeks quarantine before he can come back to Australia, so if I brought him home straight away after Yonkers he will miss the Inter Dominion anyway, I guess it all depends on how he is going, if he is racing competitively it makes sense to stay.” Harness Racing Australia Chief Executive Andrew Kelly believes the invitation was another step forward for Australian trotting. “To have Maori Time competing in the Elitloppet and now Sparkling Success invited to the International Trot in the same calendar year should be a clear indication how much the Australian trotting industry is respected on the world stage,” Kelly said. “On another issue it is great to see as soon as an opportunity like this arises, men with international experience like Aldebaran Park’s Duncan McPherson offering their assistance to John and Mary with Sparkling Success.” Greg Hayes

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Always at My Place (George Brennan, $12.80) finished what he started Saturday night (Aug. 4th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from assigned post position No. 6, Always at My Place worked around Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett), making the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. He then pilfered a 29-second next subsection (:56.1 intermission), which would serve him well. While this was transpiring, 3-10 choice Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) had slipped in fourth from his remanded outside seven-hole. He was then second-over behind Robbie Burns N (Greg Merton). Unfortunately for the people's preference, that tow didn't help and Evenin' of Pleasure was three-deep into a :26.4 third quarter (1:23). All the while, Always at My Place owned a length-and-quarter lead into the lane. Doctor Butch slipped off the cones, Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) advanced inside and Evenin' of Pleasure was trying to sustain his bid. He couldn't. In fact, no one could as Always at My Place prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.3, matching his season's-best effort. Doctor Butch was second and Pacing Major N third, with Evenin' of Pleasure and Barimah A (Brent Holland) settling for the minors. For second choice Always at My Place, a 7-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was her fifth win 42nd career) in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $155, the triple returned $489 and the superfecta paid $2,661. Sunday's (Aug. 5th) 'French' matinee offers a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

AUGUST 4, 2018 - Balmy temperatures set the stage for fast harness racing miles at Woodbine Mohawk Park during the Campbellville oval's Civic Holiday celebration Saturday night, and none of them were faster than the 1:48.3 clocked by Jimmy Freight in his fourth straight Gold Series victory. Firing away from Post 6 in the second $96,400 Gold division, Jimmy Freight took command before the :26.1 quarter and driver Louis Philippe Roy opted to maintain the sharp pace through a :54.1 half and 1:21.3 three-quarters. Turning for home just over two lengths on top, Jimmy Freight had opened up a three and three-quarter length margin on pocket-sitter Backstreet Shadow by the 1:48.3 finish. The Downtown Bus was four more lengths back in third. "The only thing I didn't like with Backstreet Shadow, Doug's (McNair) horse, being on my back is that that horse can be really quick," said Roy to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Jason Portuondo in the winner's circle. "So I just wanted to make sure we didn't turn it into a sprint for the last quarter, because I think that horse, for a quarter or an eighth, he can be as fast as Jimmy. The only thing, I don't think for now he can handle, he can't carry that speed. "All of these horses, most of them can come a 26 second last quarter, just the same as Jimmy, so if he is too far (back) going into the last turn, I think that is the only way he can get beat," the reinsman added. Jimmy Freight will make his next start against some of the top colts in North America in the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park next Saturday, August 4, and the Sportswriter son will be looking to improve on the fourth-place finish he posted in the July 14 Meadowlands Pace. "Jimmy is leaving Tuesday morning, going to Andrew Harris for the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park Saturday," said trainer Richard Moreau. "We are hoping for a good post, fingers crossed." Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario owns Jimmy Freight, who has posted seven wins, one second, two thirds and one fourth in 11 starts this season, banking $306,639. With his flawless record of four wins in four Gold Series starts the colt also has a commanding 200 points in the division standings. Jimmy Freight The first Gold division was captured by St Lads Neptune, making his first visit to the winner's circle since the season opener at Flamboro Downs on May 20. Starting from Post 5, St Lads Neptune and driver Jody Jamieson landed in third behind early pacesetter When You Dance. The pair remained on the rail through the :28.2 quarter, :56 half and 1:23 three-quarters, but when space opened up behind the duelling leaders in the stretch Jamieson fired the fan favourite into an open lane and St Lads Neptune sprinted to a one and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50.3. Yacht Seelster finished second and When You Dance rounded out the top three. "I'm ecstatic," said driver Jamieson, who shares ownership of St Lads Neptune with his father Carl Jamieson of Rockwood and Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Ontario. "He responded well after a tough trip to, and at, Ottawa two weeks ago (July 22) - he scoped sick with a guttural pouch infection and pimples and the lot. After being treated with antibiotics for over a week we couldn't train him like we would have normally, so we were concerned about his fitness. "That's one of the reasons I was hesitant to move him tonight, even as the betting favourite," the Moffat resident continued. "Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and lately I've need to be quite lucky." The win brings the Mach Three son's sophomore record to two wins and three seconds in eight starts for earnings of $149,020. With a total of 130 Gold Series points, St Lads Neptune sits second in the division standings. The top 10 point earners following the fifth Gold leg, at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 1, will advance to the season ending Super Final. St Lads Neptune Next on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes calendar is the third Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, August 7. The fillies will compete in Races 2, 6, and 8 on the 7:30 pm program. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- Shartin N won Saturday's $197,400 Lady Liberty for pacing mares, taking the lead on the backstretch and holding off Pure Country and Blue Moon Stride in 2:04.1 in the 1-1/8 miles race at the Meadowlands. The margin of victory was a half-length. Caviart Ally was the early leader, hitting the first quarter in :26.4, followed by Apple Bottom Jeans, Call Me Queen Be, Shartin N. Call Me Queen Be took a brief lead, but was overtaken by Shartin N by the time the group reached the half in :54.3. Shartin N controlled the fractions from there, getting to three-quarters in 1:22 and the mile in 1:50. Pure Country was third over at three-quarters and made a late rally, but was unable to get to the front. "We kind of got messed up leaving out of there," winning driver Tim Tetrick said. "My mare has made a break or two off the gate, so I was trying to be a little careful. I got lucky to get out there. She's done nothing but be great, and she did it again today. She doesn't always win by a lot, but she gets it done." Shartin N is a 5-year-old daughter of TinTin In America out of Bagdarin. She has won 13 of 17 races this year and 20 of 30 lifetime for earnings of $764,857. She is owned by Richard Poilluci and Jo Ann Looney-King. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Shartin N paid $3.20, $2.20, $2.10. Pure Country paid $3.40 and $2.60. Blue Moon Stride paid $6.20. Shartin N 91-1 DREAM TOGETHER UPETS IN TROT East Rutherford, NJ - Dream Together (Bob McClure) was the winner by a neck of the $154,800 Dr. John Steele Memorial Trot for older mares on August 4 at The Meadowlands. The four year-old mare is trained by Luc Blais and owned by Determination Stable of Montreal.    Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) was first to the lead at the :27 first quarter and held that lead through the :55 half and the 1:23.3 three quarters.  When the field hit the trop of the stretch, Ariana G was still on the lead, but Dream Together was on the move from fourth place and overtook the leaders for the win in 1:51 3/5, her first win since mid May. Ariana G faded to fifth and Broadway Donna (David Miller) closed strongly to be second, Caprice Hill (Doug McNair) was third.  Dream Together returned $105.60, $49.60 and $25.20 and topped a $1,031 exacta with second place finisher Broadway Donna ($6.20, $6.40).  The trifecta was $2,883.40 with third-place finisher Caprice Hill ($9.00). From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Western Joe angled off the pylons in the stretch and fanned four- wide around a group of horses, including even-money favorite McWicked, to win Saturday's $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers at the Meadowlands. The time for the race, contested at 1-1/8 miles, was 2:02. McWicked, the even-money favorite, finished second and Filibuster Hanover was third. Filibuster Hanover led the field to the opening quarter in :26.1 before All Bets Off got to the front and reached the half in :54.4. Miso Fast challenged All Bets Off as they reached three-quarters in 1:21, with McWicked on the move three wide on the final turn. The field hit the mile in 1:48.2. Western Joe was second behind Filibuster Hanover around the first turn and remained inside, shuffling between fifth and sixth place, before the stretch. "I didn't know what was going to happen," winning driver Scott Zeron said. "He's the type of horse that can always leave for position and just stay in. I don't think re-moving would have been the right option. At that time, sitting third on the rail with the kind of speed we were going up the backside and around the last turn was perfect. He runs out a little bit, so when I was able to feed him racetrack to the outside, I knew he was going to get up." Western Joe, a 4-year-old stallion trained by Chris Choate, is a son of Western Ideal out of Ante Fay. He has won nine of 22 races this year and 18 of 51 in his career. His lifetime earnings are $462,655 for breeder/owner Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies. Sent off at 5-2, Western Joe paid $7.60, $3.00, and $2.80. McWicked paid $2.80 and $2.60. Filibuster Hanover paid $5.40. The McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away in 2017. From the Meadowlands Publicity Office      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 4, 2018 - Tactical Landing took the tactical route outside to avoid inside traffic and win the second $100,000 Hambletonian Elimination, the ninth race, on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Jimmy Takter driven and trained three-year-old son of Muscle Hill scored his third consecutive win, crossing the wire in 1:52.2. He returned $14.80, $7.80, $7.20. It was a quarter length back to Patent Leather ($50.20, $36.20) in second and Fashionwoodchopper ($21.40) in third by 1 ¾ lengths. Also advancing to the final were fourth place Alarm Detector and Classichap in fifth. The Tactical Landing Stable of Perrysburg, OH owns Tactical Landing, who was only making his sixth career start. "He's inexperienced, but he's a strong horse to go heats," said Takter. "We got pushed out on the back side. He was three wide for a while there. I mean, this is the Hambletonian, a lot of sh*t happens. It’s a crazy race, horses going in and out.  This horse has three lifetime starts never been in a stake race, and being that professional that he was today, I was so impressed with this horse. I’m proud of this guy." Six Pack, the 2-5 favorite, hooked wheels in the stretch, finished sixth and will miss the $1 million Hambletonian Final. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Stay Hungry, driven by Doug McNair, charged down the stretch to win the 64th edition of $281,000 Cane Pace by 1 1-2 lengths over 60-1 longshot Grand Teton in stakes record-tying fashion of 1:47 3/5 to take the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, contested as the seventh race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Trained by Tony Alagna, Stay Hungry, who finished third to Courtly Choice in the Meadowlands Pace, overtook Grand Teton for his third win of the season, ninth of his career and setting a new stakes record and career mark. Stay Hungry tied the stakes record set by Dealt A Winner, driven by David Miller and trained by Mark Silva, in 2015. The O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry rewarded his backers by paying $9.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Grand Teton paid $40.20 and $15.60 while Babes Dig Me, with Brett Miller in the sulky, finished third, paying $9.40. "He has high, high speed. So if put you him in the right spot and there's lots of fractions he's gonna pay something and be real close," said McNair. This was McNair's first career Cane Pace win for McNair and the second for Alagna, who won in 2013 with Captaintreacherous. Stay Hungry races for the ownbership of Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario and Irwin Samelman of Las Vegas, NV. Subsequent legs of the Triple Crown include Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York on Sept. 1 and The Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

EAST RUTERFORDS, NJ - August 4, 2018 - Atlanta blazed the fractions but it was Crystal Fashion who got up at the wire to win the eighth race, the first of two $100,000 Hambletonian Elimination heats on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Crystal Fashion, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Jim Campbell, crossed the wire in 1:50 1/5, for a neck victory over the filly, Atlanta, with 5 ½ lengths back to Met's Hall in third. The time equaled the stakes and track record for a 3-year-old trotting gelding. Evaluate and Hat Trick Habit finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to advance to the $1 million Hambletonian Final. "I liked my chances to make the final," said Tetrick. "I tipped him to chase the mare down. My horse made up a lot of ground [from sixth] to catch that mare." Crystal Fashion paid $10.00, $4.20, $3.00. Atlanta, sent off at 8-5, returned $3.60, $3.00. Met's Hall, 40-1, paid $9.60 to show. The winner, a son of Cantab Hall, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and races in the name of Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department      

East Rutherford, NJ- August 4, 2018 - The 2016 Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder returned to the scene of his greatest harness racing victory to win the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial for open trotters, the sixth race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. He is the first Hambletonian winner to take the Cashman, formerly known as the Nat Ray Trot, since Mack Lobell, who won the Hambletonian in 1987 and the Cashman in 1988. He trotted the 1 1/8 mile distance in 2:06 with a mile time of 1:51.4, matching his Hambletonian clocking. I Know My Chip (Victory Kirby) got to the 26.1 first quarter at the head of the dozen horse pack, soon overtaken by Marion Marauder, who then led the field to the 54.2 half. The 2017 Horse of the Year and the sole mare in the race, Hannelore Hanover, was three-wide and moving to the lead, going three wide, and held it to the 1:23.2 three quarters. As the field turned to go home, Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) came off the rail to challenge Hannelore and while those two were battling it out in deep stretch, Marion Marauder ranged up on the outside to win by a neck over Will Take Charge in 2:06. Hannalore Hanover was third by a half-length. "He just has the will to win," said winning driver Scott Zeron. "It's just a matter of me getting him into the race, which has been difficult some places. But when he's within reaching distance, doesn't he always seem to get up? "The trip couldn't have worked out any better," Zeron added. "He needed that whole quarter to get to the front. When he did, (In Secret) was at my wheel and I noticed that Yannick had made that three-wide move, which was even better. To follow him through the back half of the race was great. It was good for my horse not to have to cut the entire mile and an eighth. I couldn't be any happier with the way it went." Marion Marauder returned $10.40 $4.60 $3.00, the exacta with Will Take Charge ($5.20 $3.20) was $41.60 and the 8-1-12 trifecta with Hannelore Hanover ($2.10) was $140.00. The winner is owned by Ontario residents Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling and is trained by Paula Wellwood. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

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