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Oh No Three Oh (Jeff Long) charges in the stretch to win featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16). Kabu (John MacDonald) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.0, 1:25.4). Oh No Three Oh ($4.70) found himself in fourth after three-quarters . Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, he went three-wide at the top of the stretch and blew by just before the wire to win in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) came up to finish second. Kabu held on to be third best. Oh No Three Oh is an 11-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his third win of the season and his 35th career victory. Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) wins the fillies and mares pace feature ($6,500). It's A Miracle (Truman Gale) led the way to all the early fractions (:28.1, :56.4, 1:24.3). Jaclyn Hanover ($3.70) sat in the pocket all the way to the stretch. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she popped the pocket and ran down It's A Miracle and held off the late charge of second place finisher, Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) to win in 1:52.4. It's A Miracle held for third. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her fourth win this season and career win number 17. MacDonald and Michael Miller each had driving doubles. MacDonald got his other win with Choke Hold ($9.10). Miller went to the winner's circle with Ex Crown ($4.50) and American JJ ($19.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 17) featuring the Dr. Harry M. Zwieg Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies ($180,000) as well as the Zweig Memorial elgible for all 3-year-olds trotters ($350,000). There will also be two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. Post time for the 10 race card is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute harness racing telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network, which has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, also will air the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial Trot, featuring Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2016 Hambletonian and Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. "We are proud to continue the 40-year tradition of televising the Hambletonian," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "Daytime harness racing is an exciting and colorful sport and I believe every year harness racing fans of all levels anticipate and expect to watch the Hambletonian on the first Saturday of August. "Along with our broadcast partners the New Meadowlands and the United States Trotting Association, we remain committed to giving fans an entertaining and exciting TV option." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of award-winning harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a former host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 26th straight Hambletonian broadcast. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's most respected handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower, a staple of The Meadowlands airwaves, hosts the nightly broadcast of "Racing from the Meadowlands" as well as the SportsNet NY Meadowlands live television programs. Brower is an alumnus of Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". He is the author of the bestseller Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races. New to the Hambletonian coverage this year is Canada's Greg Blanchard. Blanchard will provide pre-and-post race interviews, along with information from the backstretch throughout the day. The Director of Racing at Ontario-based Western Fair for the past eight seasons, Blanchard has previously worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto as a television commentator, hosting both network and simulcast broadcasts for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeds and also served as Manager of Media Communications for the Standardbred division. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group have been executive producers of the Hambletonian broadcasts for the past 26 years. The award winning team will be lead by producer Peter Lasser and director David Newman, both Hambletonian and harness racing broadcast veterans. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 93rd Hambletonian show will re-air Saturday night, Aug. 4 at 8:30 p.m. [EDT]. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country in more than 99 million homes nationwide. CBS Sports Network televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Arena Football League. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

After a world record performance on Saturday, Six Pack vaults to top spot in Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Week 9.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg Unleashed a stunning world record 1:50 going first over from post eight in his Dancer division, NYSS star set a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC, Ake Svanstedt looks for back-to-back Hambos, “He’s a tough horse.  I had a lot of power coming into the last eight” -AS 2 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Goodtimes winner underwent a procedure, missed three weeks & dominated his Dancer division in a career best 1:51.2 to go three-for-three this season, leads the Takter Hambo battalion 3 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband 2017 Peter Haughton Memorial winner finished a solid second to Six Pack [1:50.2] in the Dancer off a second [1:50.2] in a Big M overnight against older horses, strong Takter back up plan 4 Crystal Fashion Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Cantab Hall colt with three wins & three seconds (two nose losses) in six starts this season, upset the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial in a career best 1:51.4, did not race last two weeks 5 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award & Wm. Wellwood Memorial winner, Goodtimes elimination winner in 1:53.1, came up sick & third [1:53.2] in that Final, set a fast pace & finished third [1:50.4] in the Dancer 6 Classichap Trond Smedshammer, Purple Haze Stables Held off Tactical Landing in 1:51.1 on July 6 @ The Big M for his first career win, rallied for second [1:51.4] behind Wolfgang in the Dancer, Smedshammer trainee ramping it up at the right time 7 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc  PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs, second to Six Pack in his Beal elimination, a strong fourth [1:52.2] in that Final, attacked first over & finished fourth in his Dancer division, his tenth career start 8 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc 2017 Dan Patch Award winner was second [1:52.4] in a track record NYSS @ Tioga Downs, had a knee boot issue in his Beal elimination, broke again in the Dancer & goes into regroup mode 9 Southwind Chrome Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, Dreamville Stable Sleeper for Marion Marauder connections, second [1:51.2] in a track record EBC, third [1:51.2] to Classichap & Tactical Landing on July 6 in only sixth career start, did not race last two weeks 10 Tactical Landing Jimmy Takter, The Tactical Landing Stable $800,000 brother to Mission Brief has come a long way in a short time in Takter’s “boot camp”, gained confidence with an easy first win in 1:53.3 @ The Big M on July 13, only his fourth career start     .

At Mikkeli Finland the featured international Prix Saint Michel event raced over 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of 140,000 euro, went to rallying 2/5 favorite Heavy Sound (6g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) clocked in 1.09.5kr (151.82 mile rate) and driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Daniel Reden. The winner recorded his fifth 2018 victory in seven starts and his 16th for the career in 34 appearances. His career earnings are now 676,080n euro, The 8.1/1 Pastore Bob (5g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was a game second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. 37/1 Workout Wonder (6m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was third for driver Tommi Kylliainen, ahead of 44.1 Midnight Hour and 14/1 Elian Web. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Wolfgang retains the top stop in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 7.  Crystal Fashion jumps up to fourth place after his upset win in the Beal Memorial. The first jewel of harness racing's Triple Crown is the Hambletonian.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Won his Goodtimes elimination & Final in 1:52.2 & 1:52.1 to kick off 2018 two-for-two, off last two weeks, Dancer Memorial eliminations next, “I think he’ll be a big time factor in the Hambo” -YG 2 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg NYSS champion started off his season four-for-four, set a track record of 1:51.2 in the EBC Final, won his Earl Beal, Jr. elimination in 1:53.3, a solid second [1:51.4] from post nine in that Final 3 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc 2017 Dan Patch Award winner finished second [1:52.4] in a track record 1:52.2 NYSS @ Tioga Downs, broke [eighth] in his Beal elimination, “We think he got stuck in his knee boot” -MM 4 Crystal Fashion Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Grand Circuit winner at two has three wins & three seconds (two nose losses) in six starts this season, converted a perfect trip two-hole to upset the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial in 1:51.4 5 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs, won a N/W 4 @ Pocono in 1:53.3, second to Six Pack in his Beal elimination, a strong fourth [1:52.2] in that Final in only his ninth career start 6 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award & William Wellwood Memorial winner at two, took his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, came up sick & finished third [1:53.2] in that Final, broke [seventh] in his Beal elimination 7 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband P. Haughton winner & Wm. Wellwood runner up, won PASS division in 1:53.2, rebounded off a break in the PA All-Stars @ Pocono Downs with a sizzling second [1:50.2] in a Big M overnight 8 Southwind Chrome Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, Dreamville Stable Finished a close second [1:51.2] in a track record EBC, cruised to break his maiden in his Big M debut in 1:54, late-blooming son of Chapter Seven for Marion Marauder connections off last week 9 Samo Different Day Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Hit the board in 11 of 13 as a major stakes player at two, grinded gamely first over to finish second by a head [1:52.4] with a final quarter of :27.2 in a Big M overnight on June 29 10 Moosonee Tim Tetrick, Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm LTD Explosive Matter gelding has stepped up this season to win divisions of PASS [1:54] & Currier & Ives [1:53.4] @ The Meadows, finished a close second [1:52.1] in a Beal Consolation KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman PATENT LEATHER RICH AND MISERABLE 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick Scirocco Rob MEADOWBRANCH RICKY 1:56.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras LAWMAKER Run Director 1:52.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh ALARM DETECTOR Benoit Baillargeon Trevor Henry Fiftydallarbill CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 06/16 Goodtimes Final Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras Stormont Ventnor ALARM DETECTOR 1:52.1 06/23 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD Mission Accepted Jeff Conger Ryan Stahl PATENT LEATHER LAWMAKER 1:53.2 06/23 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt EVALUATE FASHIONWOODCHOPPER 1:53.3 06.23 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD MANCHEGO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras CRYSTAL FASHION Mississippi Storm 1:52.4 06/30 Earl Beal, Jr. Mem PcD CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick SIX PACK LAWMAKER 1:51.4    

Wolfgang remains on top of Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week Six.  Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Dominated his Goodtimes elimination & final in 1:52.2 & 1:52.1 to go two-for-two this season, took last week off & Stanley Dancer Memorial eliminations next 2 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg Freshman NYSS champion fresh off a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final @ Vernon Downs, cruised in his Earl Beal, Jr. elimination in 1:53.3 to go four-for-four this season 3 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc 2017 Dan Patch Award winner set the pace & finished second [1:52.4] in a track record 1:52.2 NYSS @ Tioga Downs, then broke & finished eighth in his Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial elimination 4 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26, won a N/W 4 @ Pocono on June 12 in 1:53.3, second to Six Pack in his Beal elimination only his eighth career start 5 Southwind Chrome Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, Dreamville Stable Lightly-raced son of Chapter Seven broke his maiden with ease in his Big M debut in 1:54 on June 22, same connections who won the 2016 Hambo with Marion Marauder come bursting on the scene 6 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award winner set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial at two, Goodtimes elimination winner & third [1:53.2] in Final, broke & finished seventh in his Beal elimination 7 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband P. Haughton winner & Wm. Wellwood runner up, won PASS division in 1:53.2, broke [ninth] as the heavy favorite in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17 & did not race last week 8 Patent Leather Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Second [1:54] in a Currier & Ives division, won a PA All-Stars division in 1:52.3, second [1:53.3] in a Beal elimination 9 Crystal Fashion Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Grand Circuit stakes winner at two, took a Currier & Ives division in 1:56.3, nosed out in a PA All-Stars division in 1:52.2 & second [1:52.4] by a nose to Manchego in his Beal elimination 10 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, fifth [1:55.3] in first qualifier behind Fourth Dimension on June 2, second [1:53.2] in Big M qualifier on June 23   KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman PATENT LEATHER RICH AND MISERABLE 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick Scirocco Rob MEADOWBRANCH RICKY 1:56.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras LAWMAKER Run Director 1:52.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh ALARM DETECTOR Benoit Baillargeon Trevor Henry Fiftydallarbill CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 06/16 Goodtimes Final Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras Stormont Ventnor ALARM DETECTOR 1:52.1 06/23 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD Mission Accepted Jeff Conger Ryan Stahl PATENT LEATHER LAWMAKER 1:53.2 06/23 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt EVALUATE FASHIONWOODCHOPPER 1:53.3 06.23 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD MANCHEGO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras CRYSTAL FASHION Mississippi Storm 1:52.4  

Wolfgang vaults to number one in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 5.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Opened up his 3YO season dominating the Goodtimes in 1:52.2 & 1:52.1, Takter said, “This is a special horse.  He was really big & immature last year, but got better & better.  I don’t think we’ve seen a limit in him yet.”  Stanley Dancer Memorial is next. 2 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Dan Patch Award winner with a mark of 1:52.4 won his second qualifier @ the Big M in 1:53.3, set the pace & finished second [1:52.4] in a track record 1:52.2 NYSS @ Tioga Downs on June 15 3 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award winner who set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial won his 3YO debut in a Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.3, a roughed up third [1:53.2] in Final 4 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg 2YO NYSS champion @ made it three-for-three in 2018 @ Vernon Downs, 1:53.1, 1:52.1 and a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final on May 28, did not race last two weeks 5 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband Peter Haughton Memorial winner in 1:54.2 & Wm. Wellwood runner up, won three Big M qualifiers, broke & finished ninth as the heavy favorite in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17 6 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26 in only his sixth career start, won a N/W 4 @ Pocono on June 12 in 1:53.3 7 Moosonee Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm Ltd. Won a PASS division in 1:54 @ The Meadows, second to You Know You Do @ Pocono Downs on May 26, won a Currier & Ives division in career best 1:53.4 on June 6, did not race last week 8 Patent Leather Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Son of Broadway Hall was second [1:54] to Moosonee on June 6, won a PA All-Stars division in 1:52.3 on June 17, Jim Campbell was also second by a nose with Crystal Fashion in 1:52.2 9 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, first qualifier was a fifth [1:55.3] behind Fourth Dimension on June 2, did not race/qualify last two weeks 10 Samo Different Day Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second Matron Final, fourth [1:54.1] in his 3YO debut, fourth [1:53.1] in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17   KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman PATENT LEATHER RICH AND MISERABLE 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick Scirocco Rob MEADOWBRANCH RICKY 1:56.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras LAWMAKER Run Director 1:52.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh ALARM DETECTOR Benoit Baillargeon Trevor Henry Fiftydallarbill CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 06/16 Goodtimes Final Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras Stormont Ventnor ALARM DETECTOR 1:52.1            

There is some movement in Week 4 of Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian.  Wolfgang moved into the second spot off his dominate Goodtimes performance.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Dan Patch Award winner with a mark of 1:52.4, fifth [1:55] in a Big M qualifier May 19 on sloppy track, rallied in :27 to win a Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 on June 2, did not race/qualify last week 2 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Matron Stake upsetter & Valley Victory runner up, won his second qualifier in 1:54 on May 19, dominated his Goodtimes elimination in career best 1:52.2, post four in Final 3 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena Set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial, O’Brien Award winner took two Mohawk qualifiers, then won his 3YO debut in a Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.3, post three in Final 4 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband Peter Haughton Memorial winner in 1:54.2, second in the Wm. Wellwood, won three Big M qualifiers in 1:54.1, 1:55.3 on sloppy track & 1:53.2, second [1:54] in a fourth qualifier on June 9, post eight in PA Allstars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17 5 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg NYSS champion @ made it three-for-three in 2018 @ Vernon Downs, 1:53.1, 1:52.1 and a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final on May 28, did not race last week 6 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, first qualifier was a fifth [1:55.3] behind Fourth Dimension on June 2, did not race/qualify last week 7 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc Son of Andover Hall rallied to win PASS division in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26 in only his sixth career start, drew the rail in a N/W 4 @ Pocono on June 12 & won in 1:53.3 8 Samo Different Day Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second in the Matron Final, second [1:53.4] in a qualifier on May 26, fourth [1:54.1] in his 3YO debut @ Big M on June 8, post four in PA Allstars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17 9 Moosonee Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm Ltd. Kicked off his 3YO season winning a PASS division in 1:54 @ The Meadows, second to You Know You Do @ Pocono Downs on May 26, won a Currier & Ives division in career best 1:53.4 on June 6 10 Captain Morgan Christian Lind, Staffan Lind, Lind Racing Stable, Bender Sweden Inc, Roy Holth, KemppiSuojalampi Stable Cantab Hall colt won his first two starts this season, including a PASS division in 1:54.1 in the slop @ The Meadows, then was second [1:52] to Evaluate on May 26, did not race last two weeks KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman PATENT LEATHER RICH AND MISERABLE 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick Scirocco Rob MEADOWBRANCH RICKY 1:56.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras LAWMAKER Run Director 1:52.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh ALARM DETECTOR Benoit Baillargeon Trevor Henry Fiftydallarbill CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1  

No changes in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 3 top ten list. ank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Won Dan Patch Award & Valley Victory in 1:53.3, owns a mark of 1:52.4, fifth [1:55] in a Big M qualifier May 19 on sloppy track, rallied in :27 to win a Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 on June 2 2 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. 1:52.4 Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, Team Orange Crush on board in last two Hambos, first qualifier was a fifth [1:55.3] behind Fourth Dimension on June 2 3 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena Chapter Seven colt set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial, won two Mohawk qualifiers on May 14 [1:57.4] & May 21 [1:55.4], did not qualify/race last two weeks 4 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband Peter Haughton Memorial winner in 1:54.2, second in the Wm. Wellwood, has won three Big M qualifiers in 1:54.1, 1:55.3 on sloppy track & 1:53.2 on May 26, did not race last week 5 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg NYSS champion @ two kicked off his 3YO season with three straight wins @ Vernon Downs, 1:53.1, 1:52.1 and a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final on May 28, did not race last week 6 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc Son of Andover Hall & stablemate to Fourth Dimension rallied to win PASS division in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26 in only his sixth career start, did not race last week 7 Captain Morgan Christian Lind, Staffan Lind, Lind Racing Stable, Bender Sweden Inc, Roy Holth, KemppiSuojalampi Stable Cantab Hall colt won his first two starts this season, including a PASS division in 1:54.1 in the slop @ The Meadows, then was second [1:52] to Evaluate on May 26, did not race last week 8 Samo Different Day Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second in the Matron Final, second [1:53.4] in a qualifier on May 26, did not qualify/race week 9 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Upset stablemate Samo Different Day to win Matron Stake in 1:55.3 & second in the Valley Victory Final, won his second qualifier in 1:54 on May 19 & did not qualify/race last two weeks 10 Moosonee Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm Ltd. Explosive Matter gelding kicked off his 3YO season winning a PASS division in 1:54 @ The Meadows, then finished second to You Know You Do @ Pocono Downs on May 26, did not race last week, post four in first division of Currier & Ives @ The Meadows on June 6     KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4  

Freehold, NJ --- Ken Warkentin gets up early Sunday morning and hops into the car to head to a hockey rink. Although he spent the better part of Saturday calling harness racing at Freehold and the Meadowlands, finishing work around midnight, he is energized. When he arrives at the rink, he will not be playing in a game, though. He puts on black pants, a striped shirt, and gets ready to have a new kind of fun. The 58-year-old Warkentin is in his first year as a USA Hockey official. Warkentin is no stranger to hockey. He grew up in Toronto and was starting to skate at the same age he was learning to walk. He played organized hockey in youth leagues, high school and college, and for several winters was on as many as four teams at the same time. As an adult, he continues to play hockey in recreational leagues. But now Warkentin is enjoying another side of the sport. Earlier this year, at the urging of his wife, Warkentin completed an officiating class and is now a certified Level 1 USA Hockey official. He has worked 10 games so far, for ages 10-and-under (Squirt) and 8-and-under (Mite). “It’s quite challenging and intense,” Warkentin said. “But being out there with the kids, and the game, it’s just a lot of fun. It’s high-octane fun. “I’ve had nothing but pleasant experience so far. No parents have thrown rotten tomatoes at me yet.” Warkentin is paired with a more experienced official in each game as he gets more comfortable in his role. Unlike the NHL, which has two linesmen and two referees, these games are worked by only two officials. “You’ve got to skate your tail off and know the rulebook inside and out,” Warkentin said. “It’s a team effort between two guys and you have to work together. It’s really all about positioning, but you need to hustle. “The games I’ve watched experienced officials do, it looks like they’re doing nothing. It looks like they’re standing in one spot the whole game. It just comes with experience to be in the right position; to see what is going on and being in position to make the right calls. It’s a real challenge, but it’s a lot of fun.” Warkentin officiates mostly on Sundays because of his schedule. He drives up to an hour to get to the various rinks and has worked primarily travel league games. “These kids are fast and they’ve got skill,” Warkentin said. “You’ve got to be on your toes and laser focus for three 15-minute periods. It’s a fast game and split-second decisions. You can’t stop the game and ask to think about it. You have to see what you see and call it right away. It’s kind of like the races, in a way. When I call races, I don’t think, I react. “Of course, you’re going to make mistakes. The professionals make mistakes all the time. But everyone here knows you’re not only developing the players, you’re trying to develop the referees. We’re all in the same boat. You just have to be honest when you mess up. You apologize and move on.” Warkentin, who has a Level 2 USA Hockey coaching certificate and has helped at clinics in the past, would like to work his way up the officiating ladder. “I’d like to challenge myself and do higher levels,” Warkentin said. “You only get out of something what you put into it. I’m taking this seriously. This means a lot to these kids and their coaches and their parents. When I get my assignment, I can’t stop thinking about it all week. I want to do it right. “Even if I’m up at 6 a.m. after a late night working, I’m not tired. I’m excited. I can’t explain it. When I get on the ice, there is something magical about it.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 21, 2017) - Six days ago, she finished third at nearly 100/1 odds behind world champion Hannelore Hanover in the Miss Versatility. Tonight, the previously unheralded mare Oho Diamond broke that superstar's track record, winning a conditioned trot at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, one-fifth of a second faster than Hannelore Hanover's record set in that race six days ago. Oho Diamond, a 6-year-old mare by Ken Warkentin who is owned by Dan Clements and trained by Renaldo Morales III, moved to the front for driver Brett Miller after a :27 opening quarter. From there, Miller had Oho Diamond comfortably on the lead with the talented 3-year-old colt Victor Gio chasing from second. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, Oho Diamond just kept going while comfortably in front, tacking on a :27.4 final quarter to stop the teletimer in the record time. "She has always had a ton of ability but she's been a little fussy," explained Miller. "I got her going and just kept her going. When three quarters flashed up that fast, I kind of smooched at her a little bit because it felt like she was going track record time. Even though she doesn't have as much money on her card as some of those other mares, she proved she can go with them tonight." Oho Diamond has now won 18 times from 56 career starts good for $184,648 in lifetime earnings. She is eligible to the TVG Mares Trot series at the Meadowlands. Miller and Morales teamed up to win in the other division of the featured overnight trot with P L Jill, who also dropped out of the Miss Versatility on the Pace Night undercard. Takter wins three Kindergarten divisions. In second leg action in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds, Jimmy Takter won three divisions with filly trotter Dab Hanover, colt trotter Hill Street, and colt pacer Grand Teton. Takter added another win with Hambletonian-eligible Achille Duharas, to make it four wins on the card. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,010,474. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by the Tompkins Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on the road to the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Osprey Vision was in focuduring Buffalo Raceway's $8,200 co-featured trot on Friday night (July 14) as he went a lifetime best 1:57.1 over the fast harness racing track to produce a surprising $23.60 victory over Serious George.   Lucky Pablo ($18.00) kept the upsets going in the co-main event by breaking an 0-for-20 streak in 2017 with a head victory over Shawnee Magic in 1:59.3.   It was all Osprey Vision in the opener as David McNeight III sent him right to the top. Establishing fractions of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.0, it appeared the only trotter to have a chance to catch Osprey Vision was Before I Die. But his hopes were quickly dashed as he broke stride allowing Osprey Vision to hit the wire uncontested. Serious George (John Cummings Jr.) was 3-1/4 lengths back and picked up the second place check with Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) rolling into third.   Owned by Marissa Russo and trained by David Russo, the 8-year-old gelded Osprey Vision (Ken Warkentin-Summerhill Hallie) now has six wins in 24 starts, pushing his seasonal earnings to $43,214 and $142,947 lifetime.   It was a real tussle in the second $8,200 trotting race with Shawnee Magic, Trotting R T, and City Kid all enjoying the front end before hitting the opening panel in 29.1. With Shawnee Magic (Kevin Cummings) hitting the half in 58.2, Lucky Pablo was sixth but first over and on the move.   Grinding it out to the top in the stretch, Lucky Pablo (Monti) got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the favored Shawn Magic by a head while a game City Kid (Larry Stalbaum) finished in third.   Lucky Pablo (Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess) is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and is trained by Maria Rice. The win moved the 5-year-old gelding's winnings to $20,980 this year and to $97,317 in his career.   McNeight III, Cummings Jr., Stalbaum and Monti all produced doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was the perfect recipe for harness racing success on Friday night (April 14) for The Bronx Bumper in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,200 trot.   Drawing the pylons in a six-horse field and mixing in the services of driver Jim Morrill Jr., The Bronx Bumper ($3.10) made it look easy in posting a 2-1/4 length win over Kahoku in a seasonal-best 1:57.2 on the fast race track.   The Bronx Bumper and Kahoku were fortunate to head to lead early as the remainder of the field was scattered thanks to breaks by City Kid and Lucky Pablo. It became a two-horse breakaway as The Bronx Bumper, using fractions of 28.4, 58.1 and 1:28.0, brought Kahoku along in second.   In the stretch, The Bronx Bumper faced no challengers and was able to trot away from Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) and third place finisher Ali De Vie (Ray Fisher Jr.).   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, it was the sixth victory in 14 starts this season for the 8-year-old gelded The Bronx Bumper (Ken Warkentin-Carolina Hall). The win pushed his 2017 earnings to $30,284 and $183,889 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Larry Stalbaum each finished the evening with three victories while Kevin Cummings had a pair. Trainers Kirk Desmond and Sarama each doubled.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There is a $488 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Meadowlands Racetrack, will conduct a workshop for those interested in learning to call races on Saturday, June 17, at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called more than 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 17 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, anchors the Meadowlands show on SNY, has also been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, www.kenvoice.com. The workshop was last conducted in 2015 with announcer Tom Durkin as the instructor. The day's events will start at 8 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2-year-olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $40 for adults and $10 for high school and college students. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. As a tribute to Sam McKee, the late Meadowlands announcer who started calling races at age 14, the USTA and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation have teamed up to provide travel grants, if needed, for high school and college students attending the class. For more information or to sign up, contact Ellen Harvey at ellen.harvey@ustrotting.com or call 732-780-3700. Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, N.J. -- In the words of racecaller Ken Warkentin as City Hall ($5.00) entered the harness racing winner's enclosure on New Year's Eve, "You can't stop him; you can only hope to contain him." Any way you look at it, there was no fighting City Hall in Saturday's (Dec. 31) featured $35,000 Auld Lang Syne Invitational at The Meadowlands, as he stalked a hot pace from second-over before vaulting clear to a 2-1/4 length victory in 1:49.3. Brett Miller floated the 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding into mid-division in the initial stages as Doctor Butch (Jim Marohn, Jr.) sprinted clear to control early splits of :26 and :54.3 over fast going. Approaching race's midpoint, City Hall angled second-over behind the live cover of 33-time winner Clear Vision (Joe Bongiorno) and worked closer through the far turn before pointing three-wide off the far turn. City Hall vaulted to the fore at the eighth pole and drew off smartly as Doctor Butch and Clear Vision dueled into defeat. Lucan Hanover (Vinny Ginsburg) rallied into second at 20-1 from third-over spotting, while 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach (Drew Monti) sustained a strong stand-side rally to narrowly claim third over his stablemate. The win was City Hall's fifth in a row after he used a :26 last quarter to evade top-level conditioned pacers in his last appearance on December 16. Amber Buter trains the now 33-time winner for Gene Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. New Year's Eve Pick 5 pays $41k Despite a 17-1 shot in So Take That being the longest-price winner in the sequence and a pair of favorites living up to their billing, the evening's 50¢ Pick 5 returned $41,671.75 on the 3-6-10-8-4 combination, over 53 times the corresponding win parlay. Thisguysarockstar (5-1, Greg Merton), So Take That (17-1, Corey Callahan), Pickwick (4-5, Brett Miller), Dash of Danger (2-1, Merton), and Alberto Contador N (6-5, Marohn) proved victorious in the sequence. Players combined to wager $2,473,933 on the 13-race card. The 2017 season at the Big M kicks off Friday, January 6; post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

6/1 odds Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candella-Armbro Goal) won today’s Konung Gustaf W:s Pokal (928,830SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International) clocked in 1.12.7kr and driven by Peter Untersteiner, also the trainer. Italy’s 34/1 Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) landed second for Enrico Bellei with third to 35/1 Payas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) with Johnny Taker driving. US import Uncle Lasse was unplaced. The fillies battled in the Gr. I International Drottning Silvia’s Pokal also for a winner’s prize of 928,830SEK. 2.3/1 second wagering choice Princess Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Mansia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) scored the victory timed in 1.13.1kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) took second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to 2.1/1 favorite Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is USA/Canada owned by Jeffrey Snyder and David Goodrow. Thomas H. Hicks

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