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East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will have harness racing just two nights this week with the Saturday card a casualty of a NY Jets late afternoon game in Met Life stadium. As a result, we are left with a particularly strong Thursday program featuring ten full fields of what would be the usual Friday fare.   The twin features are $15,000 conditioned races for pacing mares (race 6) and trotters (race 7), both competitive blends of veteran performers.   Fan favorite Melady's Monet (Dave Miller) will make his return to the races in the seventh coming in off a pair of impressive qualifiers after a five month hiatus. Hermann Heitmann is now training the $1.3 million winner, who is just a few weeks from his 10th birthday, for Melady Enterprises.    "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" for this Thursday's card is Meadowlands' GM and Little Brown Jug second announcer Jason Settlemoir. He'll be followed by Pete Kleinhans next Thursday with Dave Little closing out the month at the mic.   Thursday may also be "Your Lucky Day" with the lead promotion returning gambling losses for the day to one fortunate Players Club member and double points on all live harness wagers.   The usual array of guaranteed wagers are in place and free program pages for some of those are available via the world wide web.   Post time is 7:15 PM.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - On Saturday night The Meadowlands will host the final Grand Circuit races of their 2018 season. The finals for both the TVG Championship and Freshman Fall Final Four will be raced on a card that will boast nearly $3 million in purses.   The $1 million TVG Series was launched in the hope that it would mirror the Breeders Cup Classic where the season's top 3-year-old performers would face older rivals in the season ending battle. The Open Trot Championship will see that concept come to fruition and in a year filled with great performances promises to be the race of the season for the trotting set.   Six Pack and Tactical Landing are the consensus top contenders for year end honors in the sophomore colt trot division and both have been declared for the TVG final, which could well also determine the outcome of that poll.   Six Pace drew an invitation via his world record Kentucky Futurity win for Ake Svanstedt who trains and drives the colt and owns him in partnership with Jeff Gural's Little E; LLC, Stall Kalmer and Lars Berg. He is the fastest 3-year-old trotter in harness racing history via his 1:49.1 Futurity victory and has earned over $1 million on the season.   Tactical Landing (Brian Sears) has lived up to his potential with a magical second half of the season in the Jimmy Takter barn highlighted by an imposing Breeders Crown win for the Tactical Landing Stable which resulted in his TVG invitation. He won his Kentucky Futurity split in his personal best time of 150.2 and has earned more that $600,000.   The TVG will serve as the "rubber match" between the pair as Tactical Landing prevailed in a Hambletonian elimination while Six Pack took the Futurity final over his rival.   Just last season What The Hill used a TVG Championship win to seal the deal for year end honors for the sophomore trotting colt division.   Their assignment is certainly not an easy one as the Championship also contains Yonkers International Trot winner Cruzado Dela Noche and TVG point leader Will Take Charge among a very accomplished field of nine.   Also, in the TVG Mare Pace Championship upset Breeders Crown winner Percy Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley) represent the sophomore ladies after trainer Ron Burke accepted the invitation for his interest as Burke Racing along with partners Weaver Bruscemi, Purnell & Libby and Don Emond. Percy Blue Chip has returned dividends of more than $400,000 since her September purchase for the group.   At the top of the standings for this division is Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) who has dominated the older mare division all season and could become the first older pacing mare to earn over $1 million in a single season in this race for trainer Jim King, Jr and owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King.   The TVG Open Pacing Championship has SSG Stable's McWicked at the top of the heap points-wise for trainer Casie Coleman and after his scintillating 1:47.3 in the grips win for Sears last Saturday he'll take some beating in the final as he tries to wrap up the Horse of the Year title.   The TVG Open Mare Trot is led by Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) in points and performance off her second consecutive Breeders Crown win for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination. 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover makes her return for the Burke barn after a freshening and Ice Attraction is a player for Svanstedt as well.   The $1.8 million Freshman Fall Final Four will send ten to post in each of the four divisions in the final big money Grand Circuit event of the season for the 2-year-olds.   Complete information on the draw will be available later today on The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - The upcoming weekend of racing, featuring eliminations for the $1.8 million Freshman Fall Final Four and an overnight peek at a few of the sport's veteran stars looking forward to the $1 million Grand Circuit TVG Championships will serve as a hearty appetizer to nearly $3 million worth of finals on Saturday, November 24. Friday's headliners are a pair of $20,000 Open Handicap events both of which contain TVG eligible looking for a tightner before the final. The Open Mare Pace is led by Pure Country (Y. Gingras). The TVG Final will be the swan song for the great mare whose retirement following the TVG has already been announced. The triple Dan Patch award winner will race sans hopples for the first time on Friday as she closes in on $2.5 million in career earnings for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing and trainer Jimmy Takter. The Open Trot boasts the point leader in both the TVG Open and Mare division squaring off for $20,000. After a sparkling beginning to his season that placed him atop the TVG leaderboard, Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) has not had his finest form for the past few months and looks to reclaim that position in these late stages for owner Mac Nichol. Ice Attraction's campaign took an opposite course with early season struggles giving way to a successful fall including a World Record equaling performance at The Red Mile and a remarkable trip to gather the place in the Breeders Crown final. Andy Miller drives on Friday for owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt and partners Sipple, Burroughs and Little E, LLC. Saturday night brings a few elimination races for the Grand Circuit season's curtain call for the freshmen. Fifteen trotting colts entered the Valley Victory and after a pair of elimination races the top ten of those will pass through to next week's $435,900 final. It's an even group with the seasonal late bloomers making a last grab for the gold ring before winter training. The Governor's Cup drew 13 colt pacers and after three colts accepted a bye into the $469,300 final ten are left to battle over the seven remaining berths. Breeders Crown winner Captain Crunch (S. Zeron) brings the strongest resume to this one for trainer Nancy Johansson and the partnership of 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stable and Caviart Farms. Both the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid and $391,250 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies respectively did not require elimination races and those two groups head directly into next week's finals. For good measure, the Saturday card also includes TVG Open Pace point leader and likely final favorite McWicked facing four others in an overnight Open Handicap. Post time for both nights is 7:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - Entries for the lucrative Freshman Fall Final Four stakes were taken today at The Meadowlands. Both filly races, the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid required no elimination races, the Governor's Cup a single elimination and the Valley Victory with two elimination heats on Saturday, November 17.   All of the $1.8 million finals will be raced on Saturday, November 24.   The ten pacing fillies entered for the $391,250 Three Diamonds will go directly to the final and are listed in alphabetical order with driver and trainer:   Alkippe T.Tetrick L.Toscano Beautyonthebeach D. McNair G. McNair Love At First Bite A. McCarthy J. Takter Michelon's Filly M. Miller E. Miller Prescient Beauty D. McNair G. McNair Renaissance Lady K B. Sears N. Parker Summer Charm T. Tetrick R. Burke Sylph Hanover M. Kakaley R. Burke Warrawee Ubeaut Y. Gingras R. Burke Zero Tolerance D. Miller J. Holloway   The ten trotting fillies entered for the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid will go directly to the final and are listed in alphabetical order with driver and trainer:   Asiago B. Miller J. Takter Can't Touch It B. Sears J. Takter Caviart Jenny A. McCarthy N. Johansson Evident Beauty D. Miller R. Norman Fate Smiled M. Kakaley R. Burke Jezzy's Legacy R. Schnittker R. Schnittker Miss You Kelly T. Tetrick B. Lauer Princess Deo A. McCarthy N. Daley Sonnet Grace Y. Gingras R. Burke Stella Jane C. Callahan J. Butenschoen   The $469,300 Governor's Cup drew 13 declarations. The conditions require that byes to the final be offered to the top money winners in descending order. The connections of Captain Crunch and Reigning Deo declined the bye and will race in a single $20,000 10 horse elimination race with three colts to be eliminated from the final.   Accepting the three offered byes were the connections of Blood Money, Semi Tough and Sugar Factory. Those three will join the seven moving successfully from the elimination race to next week's final. The elimination winner will draw from posts 1-6 for the final.   The elim entrants are listed here in alphabetical order with the driver and trainer.   Artie's Ideal M. Miller E. Miller Captain Crunch S. Zeron N. Johansson Duddie's Lor A. McCarthy N. Daley Escapetothebeach T. Tetrick T. Alagna Lyons Johnnyjnr T. Tetrick J. Gillis Mac's Power D. Miller M. Silva Mangogh B. Miller B. Saunders Reigning Deo A. McCarthy B. Pelling Waterway B. Miller T. Alagna Yacht Week C. Lind S. Lind   The $435,900 Valley Victory took 15 declarations and will require 2 $20,000 elimination races. Elimination winners will draw from posts 1-6 for the final.   The elimination entrants are listed here in alphabetical order with the driver and trainer.   Battenberg C. Callahan J. Holloway Chin Chin Hall P. Wrenn M. Wrenn Divine Spirit A. McCarthy B. Pelling Forbidden Trade B. McClure L. Blais Gangham Style KS E. Abbatiello A. Svanstedt Hudson River B. Sears J. Takter No Drama Please A. Miller J. Miller Prospect Hill A. Miller J. Miller Quiksilvr Bluechip A. McCarthy L. Wallin Reign Of Honor D. Miller R. Norman Seven Hills C. Callahan J. Butenschoen Southwind Avenger D. Miller R. Norman Super Schissel Y. Gingras J. Takter Trix And Stones S. Zeron C. Jamieson Union Forces S. Zeron D. Cecere   The draw for the elimination races will be completed later today and available on the Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands      

East Rutherford, NJ - The inaugural edition of a new stake for New Jersey sired 2 year-old trotters christened the "Garden State", a joint effort by the SBOA of NJ and The Meadowlands, will make it's debut on Saturday, November 10.   The colts race in the Saturday opener where three Father Patrick rookies will face three by Trixton for a purse of $50,000.   Reign Of Honor comes in to the Garden State hot on the heels of his mild upset score in last week's $221,540 Kindergarten final. The Father Patrick gelding broke maiden in style with the Grand Circuit stake for owners Deo Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable and Tom Pontone. Nifty Norman trains and David Miller drives Reign Of Honor.   It is a very competitive group of seven in the $55,000 filly division led by a pair of Trixton fillies, Evident Beauty and Princess Deo, both of whom have been in fine recent form.   Evident Beauty converted the difficult Red Mile double, winning both weeks of Grand Circuit racing in 1:54.4 to go along with her runner up finish in the Peaceful Way. Nifty Norman trains the winner of $178,582 on the year for Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine. Dave Miller has the drive.   Princess Deo raced to a win and a second in Lexington then used a sharp close to nab the place in the Kindergarten filly final. She's at $145,546 seasonally for Deo Volente, Tom Pontone, John Fodera and trainer Noel Daley. Andy McCarthy drives.   The Meadowlands is giving away donuts to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the opening of the new grandstand, stick around for the doughy delights on both Friday and Saturday.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands' live racing weekend is again highlighted by Friday's Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers and trotters with two divisions of each gait and sex going for $10,000 in purses and important points toward the rich finals next Saturday, November 3.   Trainer Linda Toscano sends out a triumvirate of talented trotting prodigies in Hanna Dreamgirl (Andy McCarthy) and Global Pageant (Scott Zeron) going forth in race 1 while Sister's Promise (Zeron) competes in the third, all are currently in position to make the $235,000e final.   In the pacing filly department, Nancy Johansson fields three with JK Mardi Says (McCarthy) going it alone in race 4 is currently in pretty good shape to move on to the final after last week's win, while in the second race both Sweet Diamond (David Miller) and JK American Beauty (McCarthy) need to score some points to advance.   Nancy also trains Izzy Hanover who is not racing on Friday but currently sits 7th in the standings.   Saturday's races are pari-mutuelly satisfying with large, competitive fields and the standard horizontal guarantees.   Saturday night is enriched by the Breeders Crown finals at Pocono where you can take advantage of the reduced 15% take-out right here at The Meadowlands while you play the live card for the best of both worlds.   Friday's promotion is a innovative idea titled "Random Acts of Kindness" where you may have a gift bestowed upon you as you enjoy the racing by doing no more than being there.   Post time for the live is 7:15pm on both nights. Be advised that first post for the Breeders Crown simulcast at Pocono is 5:30pm.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands          

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands plays host to the penultimate preliminary leg of the popular Kindergarten Classic series, fielding eight $10,000 divisions freshman trotters and pacers among the ten race Friday card.   The sixth and last leg will be raced on Friday, October 26 at The Meadowlands followed a week later by the $150,000 finals for all divisions on Saturday, November 3.   This week's races are compelling what with several talented late bloomers entering the last few legs trying to accumulate points enough to make the finals.   Tony Alagna has seven going including five in the colt pace led by a pair of Captaintreacherous colts in Odds On Boca Raton and Waterway who are coming from Grand Circuit events at the recently concluded Red Mile speed fest.   Nancy Johansson fields five freshmen, featuring a precocious pair of pacing fillies she recently unveiled in Lexington with 1:52ish winning efforts in late-closers. Both Sweet Diamond and Caviart Darlin' are making last minute bids at the Kindergarten final golden ring while gaining valuable racing lessons.   Saturday's dozen races are of the overnight variety with large fields and some promising pari-mutuel puzzlers on the menu.   Also among Saturday's highlights is the 3rd Annual Pork Roll eating competition which begs the question "How much pork roll can you eat in two minutes?". Well, that mystery will have a conclusion and the winner will be $500 richer after the 4th race.   Post time both nights will be 7:15 pm and you may find both free program pages for the guaranteed horizontal wagers and Dave Brower's Race Reviews on the Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

  East Rutherford, NJ - At the request of the New Jersey Racing Commission The Meadowlands has submitted a revised 2019 live harness racing schedule application comprised of 76 dates with the addition of eight racing dates in September.   Monmouth Park has submitted an application for 20 Fall Thoroughbred dates at The Meadowlands, racing Friday & Saturday from October 4 through December 7.   The Meadowlands, in conjunction with the SBOA of NJ, continues to make every effort to secure a purse subsidy for 2019. If that purse subsidy should become a reality,   The Meadowlands would add $1 million from the sports betting proceeds and will attempt to work with the management and horsemen of Monmouth Park with the ultimate goal 83 live harness racing dates and the preservation of the fall stakes program.   With the subsidy at the discussed level of $20 million with $6 million of that directed to Meadowlands purses plus the $1 million from sports betting we should be able to increase overnight purses by 75% beginning in January as well as maintaining all of the existing stakes that we raced in 2018.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

Lexington, KY - The postponed third and last $30,000 leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-olds was raced on Monday at The Red Mile on a cool, overcast evening with the track rated "Good". There was no wagering on the races due to the postponement. American History went another big mile tonight, going under the wire in hand to Yannick Gingras with the greatest of ease in 1:49. The pair settled in fifth early as first Decoy (M. Johansson) then Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter) ripped off fast fractions, then came uncovered and went right by the leader just off the last turn and opened up a long lead while restrained. Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) went another big trip here to be second and Rush To Judgement (Matt Kruger) was third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a son of American Ideal, for owners Brittany Farms (also the breeder) Marvin Katz and American History Racing. He went through the ring at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $150,000. The colt trot was won by Classichap in 1:53.2, driven tonight by Corey Callahan for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Callahan left for position and was rewarded with an up close view of the speed duel that developed just in front as Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) and Wolfgang traded blows through the 1:23.4 three quarters. From there it was easy with an opening at the rail providing a clear path to victory. EL Platinum (M. Johansson) rallied up for the place and Wolfgang won the showdown for third. Classichap is owned by the Purple Haze Stable who bought him from breeder Hayley Moore at the Lexington sale for $95,000. He went over $100,000 in career earnings with tonight's win. The first of two pacing filly divisions got things underway and Cuts Like A Knife (Marcus Miller) was the winner for local connections, trainer Kevin Thomas and owners Cotton, Francine and Julie Nash. Marcus took the uncovered route with the filly rolling up on Hurikane Express (Corey Callahan) around the second turn and wearing that one down late for the win. Cabowabocuttie (Pete Wrenn) was third. Diamond Creek Farm bred the winner, a $55,000 (LSYS) purchase. Lindy Farms continued their strong roll in the KYSS program winning with yet another homebred, this one the Somebeachsomewhere filly Belle in a career best equaling 1:53.2. Marcus Miller picked up the drive with the defection of Dave Miller after last night's cancellation and gave Belle a perfect steer, landing the pocket behind eventual second place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) and getting out just when she needed to for a half-length success. Fine Art (Callahan) was third. Belle is trained by Domenico Cecere. Gingras also drove Ciao Dolce to a win in the first filly trotting race for trainer Bob Stewart in 1:55. Yannick sat in third as Lily Stride (M. Miller) cut the fractions, found a seam in the stretch then wore that rival down in the drive. Bandol Rose (Chuck Norris) was third. Kjell Andersen owns the winner, a $300,000 LSYS graduate bred by Steve Stewart, D. Robinson and Black Creek Farm. Pat Matters, catch driven by Jimmy Takter for trainer Paul Kelley, took the second filly trot split in a new record for her of 1:54.2. Takter sat chilly as first Nixie Volo (Callahan) then Live Laugh Love (Wrenn) took turns on the lead through moderate fractions then split rivals late with good trot to get up. Nixie Volo held second and Supergirl Riley (M. Miller) closed to be third. The Patricia Stable bred and owns the winner, an Explosive Matter filly. The $2 million finals of the KYSS are a part of the championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes races for 3-year-olds from last night's canceled card will be streamed via Facebook live on the Red Mile Racing page starting at 7:00 pm.   There will be no wagering on these races and they will not be simulcast to other locations or any race streaming service.   by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile              

Lexington KY - The Sunday night card at The Red Mile has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions after day long rains in Kentucky.   The last leg of the 3 year old Kentucky Sires Stakes will be raced tomorrow at 7:00 pm as non-betting races and there will be no broadcast of those races.   The overnight races from the Sunday card have been canceled and the owners of horses to have competed on the card will receive $200.     Nick Salvi    

Lexington KY - Saturday night at The Red Mile brought with it the third leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year old pacers as they make their last stand toward point accumulation for the $2 million finals on September 16. The KYSS covered the first five races on the card on a night that saw the track listed as good after afternoon showers. The pacing colts kicked the card off and the result was an upset when Major Deception (Brett Miller) scored in 1:51.3 at odds of 15-1. Miller put the Captaintreacherous colt from Loving Caroline into play early, released Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they neared the 56 half then slid out for the drive through the 26.3 final quarter to win over the closing 45-1 Pyro (Andy McCarthy) and Bettor's Wish in a photo. Race favorite Hurrikane Emperor was carried very, very wide off the last turn then rallied for fourth. Tony Alagna trains the winner for In The Gym & Martha Frank Stables, Rob LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco. He was a $130,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale buy from Diamond Creek Farms. Captain Trevor continued the Captaintreacherous parade to the winner's circle and completed a sweep of the three KYSS preliminary legs with a front end 1:52.3 win for Andy McCarthy. Sent out from post 7, he cleared stablemate US Captain just past the 27.4 quarter, rated a 57 half as Can't Beach That (Dunn) ranged up gradually through a 28 third panel then moved away from that rival with a 27.3 closing quarter for the "W". American Mercury (B. Miller) closed well to get up for third. Captain Trevor was a $75,000 Harrisburg purchase for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. Bay's Stable and Riverview Breeding sold the colt as a yearling at the auction. Blood Money (McCarthy) won the third colt division from off the pace in 1:52.3. Race favorite Magic Joe Lindy (Dube) was forced to pay a heavy price to get the early lead from Egomania, stretched out through a sub 27 second quarter to clear in 55.1 then faced a hard rush from Caviart Rockland as Blood Money enjoyed a perfect second over trip. Once in the stretch, McCarthy fanned his mount wide to take over then held the late charging Waterway (B. Miller )off for the win. Yacht Week (Christian Lind) rallied up for third at 99-1. Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing owns the homebred son of Sweet Lou from Blood Diamond who was winning for the second time in the series. Beautyonthebeach completed a Daily Double sweep for driver Brett Miller and a personal sweep of the series legs with an effortless 1:52.1 front end domination of the second race field of fillies. Bet down to 1-5, Beautyonthebeach bounded along on an easy lead, shook off token pressure from Edge Of Eternity (Cameron McCown) then sprinted off in a 27.1 end to the mile. Louphoria (Dexter Dunn) was a good second and Hurrikanekrazylady (Dan Dube) won a tight photo for third. Jim Avritt, Jr bred and owns Beautyonthebeach while Gregg McNair trains the Somebeachsomewhere filly from Precocious Beauty. Dexter Dunn put a winning steer on Summer Charm for trainer Ron Burke and owner Tom Dillon to capture the second filly stake. After leading the field around the first turn, Dunn released race favorite Blue Ivy (Dube) for a few steps then retook just past the 28.3 opening split. From there, he rated the Bettor's Delight filly from Lover Of Art kindly, called on her as they spun around the second turn to an open a lead that carried them to the wire in 1:53.4. Blue Ivy cut into that margin but fell short to settle for place while Margret Hill (McCown) closed it up a bit late for the show. Brittany Farms bred the $60,000 Lexington Yearling Sale purchase. The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. Live racing resumes tomorrow night with the 3 year old trotters and pacers going forth in their last leg of the KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - Five divisions of the $30,000 third and last leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on Thursday evening at The Red Mile on a pleasant but overcast evening with the track rated good to start the card after a brief shower just before the 7:00 post time and deteriorating slightly as the evening wore on. The team from Lindy Farms led by trainer Domenico Cecere and driver Scott Zeron enjoyed another terrific night in the KYSS series with three winners and a pair of thirds in five starts on the card, all with homebreds. The Antonacci family also bred a fourth KYSS winner in Run Lindy Run under the KR Breeding stable name. Two of those wins were in filly divisions with the last stake on the day another stage for the fearless Taylor Swiftly to perform, leaving her competition wondering why she's gotta be so mean with another effortless win, her third consecutive in the KYSS series. Beginning from post 7, Taylor Swiftly was three wide through much of the 28.1 opening quarter to make the lead, relinquished it to eventual second place finisher Whispering Oaks (Yannick Gingras) until headstretch where Zeron found room to fan wide for the drive and she rolled on by for the 1:56.1 win. Nomo Volo (Kruger) closed to get third. Taylor Swiftly is from the first crop of Trixton out of the Valley Victory mare True Diva, was bred by and is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. The greatest threat to Taylor Swiftly's KYSS supremacy also resides in the Cecere barn in the improving Lindy Pearl. That filly became a double leg winner for Zeron when she shrugged off the constant hounding of a very game Strip It Down AS (Elliott Deaton) through fair fractions then trotted away impressively to a 4 1/4 length score through a 28.2 end to the 1:56 mile. Made the even money favorite off her 1:55.1 score in leg #2, Lindy Pearl has demonstrated a great fondness for the Bluegrass. Strip It Down AS, in a particularly gritty effort, held for part of a place dead-heat with Hyperbole (Yannick Gingras). The winner is by Muscle Hill from the mare Possessed By Lindy. Lindy's Crazy Hall kept the "Lindy" name in lights when he went gate to wire in 1:56.1 for Zeron in a colt division. The slight 2-1 favorite left sharply to an immediate lead, put Reign Of Honor in the pocket then rated friendly fractions, kicking home in 28.4 to hold off a serious late bids from both Shake N Bake (Deaton) and Memo (Kruger), second and third respectively by three parts of a length. Lindy's Crazy Hall is a product of more Lindy Farms homecookin', by Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy's Gone Crazy. The first of the two colt divisions opened the card and Forecast (Corey Callahan) parlayed a lovely second over trip into a career best 1:55.3 win for trainer John Butenschoen. The favorite players fell prey to immediate disappointment when the 1-5 favorite Don't Let'em broke well before the start and was out of the race before it began. Seizing the moment was driver Matt Kruger who put longshot High Into The Sky on the lead and set hasty fractions that left him unmolested through the 56.4 half until Signore Cardin (Zeron) rolled up uncovered by the 1:27.1 third panel with Forecast drafting just off his back. High Into The Sky battled valiantly, deflecting Signore Cardin's bid but could not resist Forecast who closed into the 28.2 final quarter for his second win in the stakes series. The winner, a son of Cantab Hall from Downpour, was purchased by Butenschoen on behalf of his longtime owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick from breeder Diamond Creek Farms at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $70,000. Run Lindy Run, having flashed great speed but undone herself with breaks in several prior efforts, rewarded her faithful followers with a front end masterpiece at 7-1 for Corey Callahan (a stakes double for the driver) in 1:56. Trainer Ron Burke has been looking for answers with the talented Cantab Hall x Tough Girl Lindy lass and found the right one tonight as she led unchallenged all the way, holding off Asiago (Gingras) and the late trotting Mother Teresa (Zeron) for her first pari-mutuel score. Run Lindy Run was a Harrisburg bargain at $25,000 for Burke, who owns the filly alone under the Burke Racing Stable, LLC banner. KR Breeding is the breeder. The freshman KYSS pacers take to the track on Saturday night in the last of the preliminary legs for that group. Up to date point standings for the series is available on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website. The top-10 point-earners in each of the eight divisions will return for the $2 million KYSS finals on Sunday (Sept. 16), with a special afternoon post time of 3 p.m. The eight $250,000 finals will be the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair, which will take place that day from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Also, several musical acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery among the performers. The racing program will be kicked off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The $30,000 second leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers was raced on another perfect Lexington evening over the venerable Red Mile clay oval. The track was fast and so were the horses. The glamour boys, a strong field of eleven colt pacers, were the last of the six stakes to be raced but provided the anticipated fireworks when American History (Andy McCarthy) and Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton) waged a homestretch throw down that went to the wire with American History edging his rival in the final strides for the win in 1:48.1. It required hot early fractions of 26.3, half in 53.3 for the top two to get things settled up front with Thinkbig Dreambig the leader at that point. Facing token pressure, the leader got a bit of a breather on the bend with American History hot on his heels, anxiously awaiting the "go" command from his driver. That call came about mid-stretch and the pair battled valiantly through 26.4 quarter right until the very end with the winning margin just a neck. Leg #1 winner Grand Teton (Jimmy Takter) went a remarkable trip from the second tier to be third. American History is a Brittany Farms bred son of American Ideal and was a $150,000 Lexington yearling. He races for the breeder along with partners Marvin Katz and American History Racing whose principals include trainer Tony Alagna as Alagna Racing, Joe Barbera, Leah Cheverie, In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick) and Myron & Stephanie Bell's Riverview Racing. Trotting colts opened the card with a single division of ten and Tactical Landing was the winner over stablemate and leg #1 winner Wolfgang (Stratton) in a new personal best of 1:51.4 for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. Wolfgang had taken over from Eurobond just past the opening quarter when Takter rolled up with Tactical Landing and took over at the 55.4 half. After an easy third panel, the winner kicked home in 27.1 to hold Wolfgang at bay by a length. Haveitalltogether (Peter Wrenn) was third. Tactical Landing is owned by the eponymous Tactical Landing Stable who famously gave $800,000 for the Muscle Hill brother to the great Mission Brief at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS). Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables are the breeders. Pacing fillies split neatly into a pair of sevens and Dance Blue continued to make her case as the filly to beat in the $250,000 final 3 weeks hence with a convincing 1:51 win for Andy McCarthy. Taking over from Neverforgetwhour by the 54.4 half, Dance Blue was afforded a turn two breather by McCarthy and had plenty left for the 28 second sprint home. Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) held up well for second with Pure Paradise (David Miller) third. Trainers Nancy and Marcus Johansson have their Rock N Roll Heaven filly as fit as a fiddle for owners Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Goran Anderberg. She was a $50,000 LSYS buy from breeders Steve Stewart, Cotton and Julie Nash. Hurrikane Empress (Peter Wrenn) continued the current hot streak in KYSS stakes for trainer John McDermott, Jr. with a career best equaling 1:52 win in her division. Wrenn sat a good pocket with the Hurrikand Kingcole filly, found room inside mid-stretch to get by the leader then lasted over the furious rally of Belle (David Miller) whose late charge fell a mere head short. Sun Shines Bright (Stratton) was third after setting most of the fractions. The winner is a homebred, racing for the interests of Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno. Bandol Rose upset trotting fillies in the first of two divisions, converting a perfect trip into a 14-1 score over Urban Legend (Marcus Johansson) in a new mark of 1:53.1 for trainer/driver Charlie Norris. Leaving the gate for position behind mile cutter Urban Legend, Bandol Rose and Norris sat licking their collective chops as race favorite Pat Matters (Takter) took a hard run at the leader through a 28.1 third panel before going off-stride, leaving the winner a clear path to victory. Passionate Miss (Wrenn) closed for third. Bandol Rose is a Cantab Hall homebred, racing for Ron Ruggles' MT Pockets Stable of Florida. Defending KYSS final winner Top Expectation (Stratton) was a gritty 1:53 winner in the second filly trot. Settled mid-pack around turn one, Stratton sent his filly after the lead through a sub 27 second quarter to take over by the 55.2 half, took immediate pressure from Deschanel (McCarthy) then held off rivals on both sides for the win, a new record for her. Deschanel held her ground for the place and Nixie Volo (Corey Callahan) was gaining up the inside late to be third. Erv Miller trains the winner for Daniel Plouffe who had to go to a bid of $120,000 to buy the Cantab Hall sister to My MVP from breeder Dunroven Stud at the Lexington sale. The top point earners from all division will meet for $2 million worth of finals on September 16 as a part of the Fayette County Fair event here at The Red Mile. Live racing will resume at 7:00 pm on Saturday at The Red Mile. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile    

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) raced five divisions of freshman pacers in the second of three $30,000 preliminary legs on Saturday night under absolutely glorious conditions at The Red Mile. The temperature was 80 degrees and the wind still as the fillies took to the track at 7:00. The Ohio connection of trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page began the evening by winning the first of two filly divisions with heavy favorite Edge Of Eternity. With the field scratched down to a mere handful of five, Page took the initiative and send his charge out for the lead, rated friendly fractions then sealed the deal with a 26.4 end to the 1:53 mile. Louphoria (Scott Zeron) rallied wide to be second and Cash Reward (Yannick Gingras) third. The winner is by A Rocknroll Dance, bred by Red Mile track announcer Gabe Prewitt and James McLaughlin who sold her to current owners Mark Robinson, Richard Lombardo, Bluestreak Boys and Bob Heckhoff's RBH Ventures for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) last fall. Beautyonthebeach became a repeat winner in the KYSS series for Doug McNair who chose to race her with cover this week and that notion worked to perfection. There was plenty of pace in the race with Summer Charm (Andy McCarthy) setting lively fractions through the 1:23.4 three panels just as Beautyonthebeach was escorted to the leader by live cover. McNair then tipped his charge wide for the drive and she was doing her best pacing under the wire while striding out to a 4 ¼ length win for the 1:51 record. Summer Charm held up well for the place and Mollydooker (Zeron) went a solid uncovered trip to be third. James Avritt of nearby Lebanon bred and owns the winner and was again present to enjoy the effort and accept the trophy. Magic Joe Lindy (Zeron) seared the red clay in 1:51 to win the first of three divisions for colts & geldings. Zeron changed tactics with the striking gray American Ideal colt, leaving from post 8 into a brief four-hole tuck before advancing on leader Egomania on the backside to take over by the 55.3 second half. Chris Page popped the deuce with Egomania at the 1:24.1 three-quarters for a run at the top one but Magic Joe was more than up to the challenge and drew away to a 2 1/4 length win under minimal urging for the new record. US Captain (Doug McNair) closed to take the place away from Egomania. Magic Joe Lindy is rare Lindy Farms pacer and made the third homebred winner for that storied Standardbred nursery on the weekend. With trainer Domenico Cecere in route to Ontario to prepare others for the upcoming Champlain stakes, assistant trainer Patritzio Ancora tended to the winning duties on this occasion. Hurrikane Emperor (Andy McCarthy) impressed again with his powerful closing kick, mowing down a pretty stout field from well back to take a 1:50.4 record for trainer John McDermott, Jr. The pace was hot early with Major Deception (Zeron) prominent through speedy numbers then succumbing to an assault from a fresh Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they straightened up for the drive. That one was dead game right to the wire, despite his gritty effort Bettor's Wish could not resist the winner's late surge. Can't Beach That (Peter Wrenn) was third. Hurrikane Emperor has now won 5 of 6 starts including a sweep of the New Jersey Sires Stakes earlier this summer for breeders Jonathan Klee Racing and Kuhen Racing who are joined in ownership of the Hurrikane Kingcole scion with Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. Andy came back to win the last of the stakes with the unbeaten repeat KYSS winner, Captain Trevor, another sharp looking Captaintreacherous colt for trainer Tony Alagna. Leaving for position early then moved to the front at the three-eighths, McCarthy and Captain Trevor yielded to race favorite Blood Money (Gingras) near the half before finding a seam mid-stretch and going by the leader willingly for the 1:52.2 score. Caviart Rockland (McNair) held third after a first over bid. Captain Trevor was bred by Bay's Stable and Riverview Racing and sold in Harrisburg for $75,000 to current owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and the eponymous Captain Trevor Racing which represents Joe Barbera, Leah Cheverie and Myron & Stephanie Bell's Riverview Racing. Racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, August 30 with the second leg for 3-year-old KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile  

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on a perfect, cloudless Saturday night at The Red Mile with temperatures in the mid 70's at the 7:00 post time. There were five harness racing stakes, three filly divisions and two colt races, all for a purse of $30,000. Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter swept both colt divisions with a talented pair of freshmen from his barn of trotting all stars while Dave Palone won two of the filly divisions for Lindy Farms and trainer Domenico Cecere. The colts opened the card and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em made amends for last week's miscue with a workman-like 1:55.2 win with Takter in the sulky. Handicapped with post 10, Takter patiently moved his charge away from the gate, stayed wide as he navigated around several breakers in tune one then ground to the front just after High Into The Sky (Matt Kruger) took the field by the quarter. Once Don't Let'em crossed over to the top the race was, for all intents and purposes, over. Takter set a moderate pace then widened his lead to 6 1/4 lengths at the wire while asking the colt for nothing. High Into The Sky held nicely for second while Buckeyeonbroadway (Randy Jerrel) trotted well to be third. The winner is a Brittney bred son of Muscle Hill, racing for the interests of the breeder with partners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. He was an $80,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS). Super Schissel repeated his leg one win as the Uncle Peter colt took over near the half and held sway in 1:56.4. With heavily favored Greenshoe again undone by a break well before the start, first Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn) then Lindy's Crazy Hall (Palone) took turns on the lead before Takter and Super Schissel arrived on the scene. Once again the Takter tactics paid off, at $15.60 return to his mutual backers and $15,000 prize to owners Al Libfeld and the red hot Perry Soderberg as their $115,000 LSYS buy from Coyote Wind Farms came home a 2 ¼ length winner. Reign Of Honor and Lindy's Crazy Hall followed him across the wire. Taylor Swiftly reprised her love story with The Red Mile, becoming a KYSS repeat winner with her remarkably easy 1:55.3 score for Dave Palone. Leaving from the seven hole, Palone eased the Trixton filly around turn one, wore past early leader and eventual place finisher Asiago (Takter) near the 57.3 half, got a 29.3 third quarter breather then won as she pleased with a controlled 28.2 end to the mile. Longshot Highway To The Sky (Mike Wilder) rallied for third. Taylor Swiftly is a Lindy Farms homebred from True Diva and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Palone, Cecere, Lindy Farms juggernaut came right back in the third race to score a $50 upset win with yet another homebred filly, this time it was the Muscle Hill lass Lindy Pearl taking a nice 1:55.1 mark for the group. Starting from the rail after a series of unfortunate post draws, Lindy Pearl was settled in the pocket by Palone as the speedy yet erratic Run Lindy Run (Wilder) reeled off fair fractions before jumping off stride as the field neared turn two. This development left Lindy Pearl fresh on the lead with heavy favorite French Press (Andy Miller) launching an unsuccessful uncovered bid. Lindy Pearl was well up to the task here, closing out the mile with a 28.2 final quarter an handy 2 1/4 length winner over So Romantic (Ken Holliday) and Graceful (Pat Lachance) with something left. Ma Was Right got up over favored Whispering Oaks (Takter) in the shadow of the wire to put visiting Down Under reinsman Dexter Dunn in the Red Mile winner's circle for the first time in the New Zealander's stateside tour. Dexter settled his charge in third as Whispering Oaks cut the mile, shifted out around the last turn to engage then eyeball the leader mid-stretch and edged by late in 1:57. Atonement (Wilder) took third. The Muscle Hill filly, a $100,000 LSYS purchase by the All Laid Out stable, was winning for the fourth time in seven starts for trainer Noel Daley. She was bred by the Moni Market Breeders. The freshman pacers take to the clay oval tomorrow evening in their second KYSS leg. Post time is 7:00. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile

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