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Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Saturday (Oct 13) with coverage of the 2018 $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot from Yonkers Raceway.   The International Trot field is full of talent including Triple Crown winner, Marion Marauder; 2018 Elitloppet winner, Ringostarr Treb; and 2015 Prix d' Amerique champion Up And Quick.   Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Yonkers International Trot beginning at 2:30 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Joining the duo will be co-host Jessica Otten who will provide analysis, with pre- and post-race analysis.   Also being offered is a Pick 4 being offered in conjunction with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) that encompasses two races at Belmont Park and two races at Yonkers Raceway. The races include the $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational, the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes, and the $100,000 Floral Stakes.   The first 4,000 patrons on track that head to the Empire Club will receive a free Yonkers International Trot Hat. Also available on track will be a speciality craft beer garden featuring 16 different craft beers.   Also available to patrons wagering online through empirecitybets.com will be a 15% rebate (except place and show) for all wagers made on the Saturday program.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   by Michael Bozich, for the Mike & Mike Post Time Show

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 11) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jerry Riordan, the trainer of Ringostarr Treb; Alex Dadoyan, Executive Director of the SOA of New York; and Gabe Prewitt, the announcer at the Red Mile. Riordan, the trainer of Ringostarr Treb, joins the show for the first time this week to discuss his start trotters chances in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. Ringstarr Treb is having a big year, including a victory in the 2018 Elitlopp that is held annually in Sweden. He was cleared to race in the United States following a qualifier win on October 3rd where he was timed in 2:00.1 in a 2,200 meter qualifier (1-3/16 miles). Dadoyan, the Executive Director of the SOA of New York, will talk about the race itself and what fans can look forward too while they are on track Saturday. He will also discuss the two invitational races that Yonkers has added to the illustrious program. Prewitt, the announcer at The Red Mile, talks about the end of the Grand Circuit meet which was highlighted by Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 mile on Saturday afternoon. Prewitt will discuss the meet and his thoughts on all the happenings from the historic track and also talk about the upcoming meet at Pompano Park. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 3) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by owner/trainer, Nancy Johansson; Joe Faraldo, from the SOA of NY; and Kurt Becker, from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Owner/Trainer Johansson, joins the program this week to talk about the recent purchases from the Lexington Selected Sale. She will talk about what went into the decision to purchase the horses, and some of the things that she looks for when at the yearling sales. Faraldo, from the SOA of NY, will discuss the upcoming 2018 International Trot. Faraldo will discuss what goes into selecting and getting the horses to the United States for the big race. Post Time will be live from Yonkers Raceway next Saturday to cover the $1 million dollar race.   Becker, an announcer at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, discusses what goes into being the announcer at such a big event. He will talk about what kind of research goes into the position and what he looks forward to each year. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 26) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mike Saftic, who just surpassed the C$100 million mark in career earnings; Jessica Dowse, the caretaker of Courtly Choice; Steve Searle, the trainer of Spirit O'Mar; and Jeff Gesek and Caroline Vazquez with Pacing for the Cure. Saftic, who surpassed the C$100 million mark in career earnings, joins the program to discuss his career and how he got into the sport of harness racing. Saftic will talk about some of his experiences in the sport and what he is looking forward to going forward. Dowse, the caretaker of Courtly Choice, joins to talk about the star colt who recently won the Little Brown Jug. She will talk about the colts mannerisms and how he is in the barn. Searle, a long-time Illinois horsemen, won the Pleasac Championship in Illinois on Super Night with Sprit O' Mar. Searle will discuss his colt and what is next for him. Gesek and Vazquez join the program this week to highlight activities going on with Pacing for the Cure. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce another addition to their live remote schedule for 2018. World-champion Foiled Again will take to the track at Shenandoah Downs on September 29 and Mike and Mike will be doing a live remote to cover the event. The broadcast from Shenandoah will begin at 2:00 PM and run for three-hours with Michael Carter and Mike Bozich calling the action from the historic track. The duo will present interviews throughout the day with the connections of Foiled Again, and some of the people facing the great champion. Foiled Again will conduct a meet and greet with fans following his race where patrons can get a photo taken with him. The weekend of September 29 and 30 features a Seafood Fest Weekend, featuring Pro Shuckers Seafood Catering from Annapolis, Maryland. They will be on site serving up Chesapeake Bay caught oysters, steamed shrimp, clams and more. Enjoy Seafood Fest during the races with live entertainment in the party tent, or take some home on the way out. First race Post Time at Shenandoah Downs on Saturday and Sunday is 2:00 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug 21) with coverage of the 2018 Casears Trotting Classic, live from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana.   The Trotting Classic, which features 2018 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover is stacked with talent who will be trying to take down the $200,000 prize. Crazy Wow (Marcus Melander) draws to her inside coming off a strong victory in the Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Casears Trotting Classic beginning at 8:00 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Joining the duo will be regular correspondent Jessica Otten, Garnet Barnsdale, and Robert "Goldsheet Bob" Eppich.   Patrons on track can will be greeted with a free hat giveaway and can receive them beginning at 11 am from Club Centaur. Also, beginning at 5:00 patrons can enjoy the all-new Fan-Tastic Fridays. There will be $1 programs, $2 drafts at select outlets, and $3 pints at Dan Patch Brewhouse.   Patrons can also participate in the Beat The Boss contest beginning at 5:00 for a chance at winning $250.00 Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   From Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, will be taking a behind the scenes look at The Little Brown Jug Thursday morning (September 20) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Brower, who is part of the broadcast team; Jason Settlemoir, the Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer; and Missy Rothfuss, the Outrider at the Delaware, Ohio oval. Brower, who is also a member of the Meadowlands broadcast team, took over for the late Sam McKee as part of the Little Brown Jug broadcast in 2017. Brower will talk about what goes on behind the scenes during the telecast. Settlemoir, General Manager at The Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, will join the program to talk about his role on the Little Brown Jug team, which includes Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer. Rothfuss, who is also the Outrider at The Meadows, will talk about her responsibilities on the race track, which includes keeping the horses, horsemen and horsewomen safe. She will touch on all aspects of outriding, as well as her personal feelings on what it means to work the Little Brown Jug. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight the 2018 season, as it came to a close last weekend. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

At a young age, Pat Woods knew that he wanted to be involved in harness racing in some capacity. While most get involved in the business because of family ties, Woods started out at as a fan. "I spent most Saturday nights in the summer running around the grandstand at Kawartha Downs when I was a kid," Woods said. "My neighbor always had a horse or two racing so we would go and watch." At fifteen years of age, Woods got a job working for George Davey Racing Stables looking after the broodmares, foals, and race horse layups. He went on to groom one of Davey's 3-year-old Sire Stakes contenders named Kendal Christopher. Woods spent 5 years with Davey before moving on to the breeding side of the business. After one year at Kendal Hills Stud Farm, Woods was hired by Dave Heffering's Tara Hills Stud. During that time, he graduated from the Canadian Horseshoeing School. "I was fortunate enough that David Heffering gave me a leave for 4 months, and time to apprentice after I graduated while working for him," Woods said. "He has always been a supporter of industry people bettering themselves. He was very instrumental in me being where I am today in this industry." Wood's went on to manage Oak Knoll Stables in Campbellcroft, Ontario for six years before joining Winbak Farm's Ontario location as their Farm Manager. Woods knew he made the right decision after traveling down to the Maryland Farm to meet with Owners Joe and JoAnn Thomson and General Manager Garrett Bell. "I was attracted to want to work for Winbak for a few reasons," Woods explained. "They have bred and raised some of the best horses in the sport like Muscle Hill, Bettors Delight, and Rainbow Blue. They also have one of the best stallion rosters at the Ontario farm. It will give me a chance to be a part of improving racing in North America." Woods has stayed plenty busy in his new role, especially during the busy sales season. "At the current time, we are very busy prepping the London Select Sale horses. Our days are filled with grooming, standing, cross tying, bathing, and exercising the yearlings," Woods explained. "We have visitors coming to the farm frequently to inspect the yearlings before the sale this time of year. We are also weaning foals and catching up on the maintenance of the farm before we are back in breeding season again." Woods and his staff focus on showcasing the yearling's manners, athleticism, and conformation for the buyer. They also spend a lot of time with hands on work, which include brushing and handling the yearlings to earn their trust. As far as what the future holds for Woods, it's actually pretty simple. "Enjoy life, spend time with my kids and keep Winbak Farm of Canada running smooth," Woods said. "Larry and Jackie Drysdale left things in great order here. They were such wonderful people to work with. I cherish the friendship that I gained working with them." By Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 30) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mitchell Cushing, a regular driver on the Maine circuit; Casie Coleman, trainer of champion McWicked, Garrett Bell, General Manager at Winbak Farm; and Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack Cushing, a regular driver on the Maine circuit, became a household name on Monday when he scored during the Windsor Fair with world-champion Foiled Again. Cushing joins the program to discuss how he got into the sport of harness racing and to take the duo through his trip with the big horse. McWicked was able to score the upset over Lazarus N on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Trainer Casie Coleman joins the program to talk about her star horse and what may be next for him. Garrett Bell, General Manager at Winbak Farm, will talk about the upcoming Goshen Sale on Saturday, September 9th. Winbak is currently second in wins and earnings for a breeder this season. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Without question, Tom Pollack and Jeff Cullipher's filly pacer Wisdom Tree has been dominating throughout much of her sophomore season. She has won nine of twelve races as a 3-year-old, with five of those wins coming against New York Sire Stakes competition. She also has a Grand Circuit triumph to her credit. Bred by Winbak Farm, Wisdom Tree is out of the first crop of Betterthancheddar, and out of the dam Wisdom. "She (Wisdom Tree) was a half-sister of a horse I owned with Randy Bendis called Rich Wisdom," said Pollack. "We had some success with him, and he ended up getting hurt." Rich Wisdom won over $142,000 as a two-year-old. "We saw Wisdom Tree was kind of a looker out of a new sire (Betterthancheddar) and we decided to take a swing." Pollack, along with co-owner Jeff Cullipher purchased Wisdom Tree at the Lexington Select Sale for $28,000. Things didn't start well for the Jeff Cullipher trainee. After a pair of winning qualifiers, she had to wait until her 8th career start to break her maiden in a New York Sire Stakes event at Monticello. "We knew she had a ton of talent, but were concerned about her getting around the smaller ovals," Pollack said. She went on to win 2 of her next 3 starts, but finished a tough luck 7th in the NYSS Finals at Yonkers. "We drew the 8 post, and she was actually loaded with pace in the lane," said Pollack. "Her driver that night (Tim Tetrick) said she could've easily finished 2nd or 3rd if she could've stayed on her feet. She was just going too fast." As great of a 3-year-old season as she has had to this point, it didn't get off to a good beginning. "She got kind of sideways behind the gate in her first start of the season, and I thought 'oh man' here we go again," said Pollack. "Jeff (Cullipher) assured me this was different. Then she went on to catch fire." She went on to win 7 of her next 8 races, including the Nadia Lobell, a Grand Circuit event at Hoosier Park. As far as what's next, co-owner Tom Pollack maybe eying a potential Breeders Crown appearance if all goes well. "We have actually kicked around discussions of supplementing her to the Breeders Crown. We are thinking about it," said Pollack. Her next start will be at Yonkers for the last leg of the New York Sire Stakes, followed by the finals a few weeks later. She is staked to three events at Hoosier Park through October (Pegasus, Circle City, and the U.S.S Indianapolis), as well as the Matron in November at Dover Downs. Wisdom Tree's half-sister Smart Girl will be selling (Hip #239) at the upcoming Lexington Sale in October. by Mike Bozick for the Mike & Mike Show

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 30) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mark Hall, photo editor for the USTA and Hoof Beats; Brian Sears, who scored his 10,000th career win Sunday; Mark McKelvie, from Woodbine Mohawk Park; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces Casino and Racetrack. Hall, photo editor for the USTA and Hoof Beats, joins the program to discuss him being voted into the Communicators Hall of Fame. Hall who's photography work is well known throughout the industry will talk about his career in Harness Racing and how he got involved in the sport. Sears, scored his 10,000th career win on Sunday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway. Sears joins to talk about the milestone and what may be next in his illustrious career. McKelvie, from Woodbine Mohawk Park, joins to highlight the big racing program coming up this Saturday featuring world-champion Lazarus. McKelvie will talk about the happenings at the track that night and what fans can look for during live racing. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 22) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jamie Macomber, trainer of Beckham's Z Tam; Ryan Clements, creator of Off and Pacing and Catch Driver; Jeanine Gesek, from Pacing for the Cure; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces. Macomber, the trainer of Beckham's Z Tam, joins to talk about her champion colt who just won the Prix D' Ete at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Macomber will talk about how he has grown since winning the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park last year, and what the plan may be for the remainder of the season. Clements, the creator of Off and Pacing and Catch Driver, will discuss their new game that they recently created. Catch Driver allows players to be the driver of their horse and make the decisions that could help or be a detriment to your chances of winning. Clements will discuss the thought process that went into making the new game. Gesek, from Pacing for the Cure, joins to discuss their event coming up at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 7. The Pacing for the Cure foundation helps those who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For more information, visit pacingforthecure.org. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug 11) with coverage of the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes, live from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana. The Dan Patch will feature champion Lazarus N who has taken North American harness racing by storm since coming in from New Zealand. His last start, a qualifier at The Meadowlands, was visually impressive as he won over Lather Up in 1:48.3 and had a final quarter of 25.3. He is a winner of 35 of 45 lifetimes starts and has raced at different distances throughout his career. Lazarus N is the richest Down Under Standardbred of all time with earnings of just over $2.6 million (US). He was Pacer of the Year at age two and three and has only missed the board once in his entire career. This will be the first pari-mutuel US start for the star New Zealander. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Dan Patch beginning at 8:30 p.m. via their website that will run for two hours. Jessica Otten, a normal correspondent for the program will be co-hosting the live remote for the first time. Otten, a native of Michigan, has worked with Mike and Mike since the inception of their live remotes three years ago. Since joining the Post Time team Otten has filled many roles including winners' circle analyst, paddock analyst, social media coordinator, and she also writes a monthly article for the program. Joining the trio on the program will be, Taylor Johnston. Johnston, a native of Ohio, has worked with Post Time with Mike and Mike for the last year working at various live remotes throughout their schedule. Johnston will be providing winners' circle and paddock reaction throughout the evening. Hoosier Park will have a lot going on throughout the entire Dan Patch Festival Weekend as they celebrate their 25th year hosting the big race. The first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a souvenir rocks glass set beginning at 2:00 p.m. Patrons on track can compete in a $10,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Handicapping Contest that will allow them to select the winners of races 5 thru 12 with the top handicapper receiving $5,000. For those bringing their family to the racetrack, there will be a plethora of things going on. There will be special giveaways from the winners' circle, outdoor fair foods, and much more. The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival featuring over 20 bands, free family activities, beer gardens, food trucks and more! Live racing on Saturday will commence at 6:30 p.m. In 2017, the Dan Patch Stakes All Bets Off fought off all challengers throughout the first three-quarters of the race, but when Sam McKee Memorial (2017) winner Check Six engaged him, it proved to be too much to handle. The race has a long storied history of being one of the year's top older pacing races. Mike and Mike will return to Hoosier Park on Hoosier Pacing Derby night in September. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mile Show

Chester, PA --- De Los Cielos Deo ($2.20) remained undefeated with a 1:51.3 victory on Sunday (Aug. 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia, brushing from third with a circuit to go and holding his ground handily in the second of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   After yielding to Captain Victorious (Marcus Miller) and Odds On Boca Raton (Scott Zeron) on the first turn, Yannick Gingras brushed from third with the son of Captaintreacherous and Lisjune just beyond a :27.3 first-quarter sectional and continued on to rate a :56.2 half.   Up the backstretch, Odds On Boca Raton re-emerged and forced the pace to quicken once again, but De Los Cielos Deo held his ground to a 1:23.4 three-quarters split.   While Odds On Boca Raton kept grinding away, reaching the leader's neck upon cornering for home, De Los Cielos Deo remained steadfast to the winning post, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths while under a Gingras hand drive. Odds On Boca Raton held second, half a length better than pocket foe Captain Victorious.   De Los Cielos Deo earned his fourth career win in as many starts for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi.   His 1:51.3 mile equaled his lifetime mark established at The Meadows in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event there in July. The winner's share of the $47,828 purse lifted De Los Cielos Deo's career earnings to $82,039.   In the $47,828 third division, Love Me Some Lou ($12.00) used second-over cover to nose out Semi Tough en route to a 1:50.4 victory, just one-fifth of a second shy of Rock N Roll Heaven's track record for juvenile pacing colts. Corey Callahan drove the son of Sweet Lou and Shark Lightning for owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere.   The $48,228 first division saw Brian Brown trainee Proof ($6.00) push clear early and parry a first-over challenge from Ehrmantrout to lower his lifetime mark to 1:51.3. Driver Scott Zeron carried the colors of Diamond Creek Racing behind the son of A Rocknroll Dance and Ginger And Fred who now has won three of his four races to date.   Tim Tetrick homebred Crimson And Chrome ($9.40) upended odds-on favourite Sugar Factory in the $47,828 final division, recording a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4. Tetrick drove the Jim King Jr.-trained Sweet Lou-McSauna gelding.   As the fifth-race 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 saw multiple winners cash for $408.98, Wednesday's (Aug. 8) Hi-5 will feature a $4,371 carryover. Post time for the 14-race card is slated for 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season with coverage of the 2018 Hambletonian, live from Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in New Jersey. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Hambletonian beginning at 3:00 PM via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com that will run for three-hours. Jessica Otten will join the duo providing interviews from the winners' circle, pre and post-race reaction, and handicapping analysis of the stakes laden program at The Meadowlands. Also joining the duo will be Daily Racing Form handicapper Garnet Barnsdale. Barnsdale will join Carter and Bozich during the broadcast to analyze the program.   The Meadowlands has a sixteen race program with multiple stakes throughout the entire program. First post at The Meadowlands on Saturday night is 12:00 noon. Gamblers will have a plethora of guarantees to swing at on Saturday afternoon. The guaranteed wagers begin in race one where the 50-cent Pick 5 will carry a $50,000 guarantee, in race three the 50-cent Pick-4 will carry a mark of $50,000, andandthe final guaranteed wager will begin in race eight, featuring a Pick 4 guaranteed at $75,000.   The Meadowlands will also have a multitude of promotions going on throughout the day. A commemorative Hambletonian baseball cap will be given away to adults, while a Hambletonian horse key chain will be given to kids (with paid admission). A Hambletonian Hat contest which will feature $1,000 in cash prizes will be available for patrons on track. Sign up will take place at the track level promotions table and judging will begin after Race 4.   Backyard events will include a food truck festival, Backyard Fan Zone Tent which will feature a driver autograph session between 10 and 11:30, Live music by Tramps Like Us, carnival rides/games, Free pony ridges, and Free face painting.   Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   From Post Time With Mike & Mike

As racing fans across the globe peruse the headlines of the 2018 Hambletonian, they are not likely to come across the name Met's Hall very often. That's quite all right with part owner and driver Andy Miller, who is more than comfortable with the underdog role.   The 3-year-old colt by Cantab Hall-Met's Inn made headlines at age two, but has since been lightly raced. "We brought him back slowly after his 2-year-old season," Miller said. "He still had issues with soundness so we kind of had to take our time with him." He is in the first of two Hambletonian eliminations at The Meadowlands on Saturday afternoon.   Bred by Winbak Farm, Met's Hall caught the eye of yearling manager Jim Ladwig early on. "I thought he was a nice colt with lots of potential," Ladwig said. He went on to the Harrisburg Sale, where he was purchased for $132,000 by Stroy Inc, along with Andy and Julie Miller.   Despite some soundness issues that have hampered the colt thus far in his racing career, Miller says Met's Hall has a real big gait and a whole lot of speed. That speed was on display in his second career start, as he set the track record for 2-year-old colt trotters (1:55.1) at Harrah's Philadelphia in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event. He suffered his first defeat in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination race, and had to settle for fifth in the finals after a less than desirable trip. He was also battling respiratory problems, which sidelined him for close to a month after the race.   He bounced back well to wrap up his freshman campaign with wins in the PASS Consolation, Kindergarten Classic, and The International Stallion at The Red Mile before finishing second in The Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. "He didn't really get around the track at Hoosier all that well," Andy Miller said. "He got an inside trip and shook loose late and was really charging at the wire. We were very happy with his performance."   As a 3-year old, the jury is still out. "He's got a lot bigger and stronger from his 2-year-old season, but we had to take our time with him because of the soundness issues," Miller said.   "We pointed him to the Hambo, so hopefully that pays off." After a trio of qualifiers at The Meadowlands, he has improved in each of his three pari-mutuel starts in his sophomore season, with the latest being a win in 1:53 in the Reynolds Memorial at The Big M. When asked what sealed the deal in terms of entering the Hambo, Miller said the victory in the Reynolds was the dealmaker. Met's Hall drew post 3 in his Hambo elimination, and is 10-1 in the morning line.   The Miller team have been close to the Hambo Trophy in recent years, with Devious Man in 2017 (3rd placed 2nd) and Sutton in 2016 (2nd), but have yet to win the elusive crown. When asked what it would mean to win The Hambletonian, Andy Miller admitted it's the race every horsemen strives for.   As for Winbak Farm, it would be their third Hambletonian trophy. They won it in 2005 with Vivid Photo, and 2009 with Muscle Hill.   by Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike & Mike

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