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Even horses can use a pal, or in this case, a palomino. Dr J Hanover recently started enjoying daily paddock time with a palomino quarter horse named Zippy, who is the "mascot" at harness racing trainer Tony Alagna's stable, and the buddy system seems to have produced favorable results when it comes time to race. Dr J Hanover has won two of his last three starts, including a world-record 1:46.4 effort in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series on June 3 in Canada. "They go out together every day," Alagna said. "When we first put them out together they played really hard. I think it just kind of woke (Dr J Hanover) up a little and piqued his attention. Since then he's really gotten better. I don't know if that's all of the reason why he's gotten better, but I'm not going to find out by taking him away." Dr J Hanover, who is a gelding, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $240,000 Graduate Series final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. The Graduate Series, which featured preliminary rounds at the Meadowlands, Mohawk and Tioga Downs, is reserved for 4-year-olds. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $240,000 final of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, the $41,880 Reynolds for 3-year-old female trotters, a single elimination for the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, and the seasonal debut of Hambletonian contender Walner in a conditioned race. Dr J Hanover, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare So Perfect, was in Alagna's stable at ages 2 and 3, winning eight of 19 races and earning $326,773. The majority of his success last year came at Yonkers Raceway, where he won six times. On the Grand Circuit, he finished third in the Messenger Stakes, Little Brown Jug, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. The horse sold at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale, where Alagna had the top bid of $280,000 for new owners Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc, Steven Wienick, and Irwin Samelman. "That horse came so good last year at midseason; he just got better and better and better," Alagna said. "I think he was showing us that he was going to continue to improve. That's why I bought him out of the sale for a new partnership, because I felt like he was going to continue to improve. He's a gelding so he can hopefully race a long time." Dr J Hanover started slowly this season, in part to drawing outside posts (seven or eight) at Yonkers in three of his first four races. He was fifth in the first round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands, but won at Mohawk with his 1:46.4 mile, which established a world record for a 4-year-old in addition to being the fastest mile in Canadian history. He followed that victory with a 1:48.3 score in the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. He then finished fifth in the Gold Cup Invitational at Mohawk, where he got parked from post eight in an opening quarter-mile of :25.4. "He's definitely getting better and getting stronger," Alagna said. "His last couple races have been phenomenal. Even in the Mohawk Gold Cup he got hung pretty hard and still hung in there tough to be fifth. I'm really happy with how he's been racing." Dr J Hanover heads to the Graduate Series final off a 1:50.3 win in a qualifier on July 1 at the Meadowlands. The Graduate final also includes Sintra, who has won five of seven races this year and is the 3-1 second choice, and Boston Red Rocks, who is 5-1. A group of horses - Lyons Snyder, Check Six and Western Fame - are 8-1. "I was happy with the way he qualified and these are horses he's been racing against, so as long as he's sharp and on his game there's no reason he can't be there on the wire," Alagna said. "It just depends on how the trip works out. Doug (McNair) is coming down to drive him and he knows the horse and has gotten along with him well. Hopefully everything works out." Alagna on Saturday also will send out two horses in the $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination, Mr Varsity and Western Hill. The top seven finishers will advance to the $700,000 final on July 15. They will be joined in the final by three bye recipients based on seasonal earnings: Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro, and Miso Fast. Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, last season's top male 2-year-old, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Meadowlands Pace elimination. Filibuster Hanover is the 4-1 second choice, followed by Blood Line at 5-1. The elimination winner will draw from post one through six for the final. Western Hill was second to Downbytheseaside in their North America Cup elimination and then finished fifth in the final from post nine. He heads to the Pace elim off a 1:50.1 win in a conditioned race. For his career, the son of Western Ideal-Cosmo Blue Chip has won six of 15 races and earned $134,507 for breeder/owner Tom Hill. Mr Varsity, a son of Roll With Joe-Bronzer Babe, has won three of seven career races and earned $21,024 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. He is 1-for-2 this season, with a 1:50 win in a conditioned race. He is scheduled to be sold at the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale on July 16 at the Meadowlands. "Western Hill has been fantastic coming back," Alagna said. "He was really good the other night. He ended up first over a long time against aged horses and had a nice colt, R J P, following him and he fought him off down by the wire. He was fifth in the (North America Cup) final from an impossible spot, but he raced his heart out. We definitely wanted to give him a shot in the Pace. The post position (nine) isn't ideal, but he's a strong closer and maybe Doug can work something out." "Mr Varsity was really good in his first start. His next start there were big fractions up front and he was kind of stuck in an impossible spot. He was just too far back with poor cover, but I thought he raced well to even be fourth. I figured we'd take a shot and put him in there. We'll see how it works out." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 15 - Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna is set to make his fifth appearance in the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 when he sends Western Hill, a Western Ideal gelding from the Art Major mare Cosmo Blue Chip, from post nine with Doug McNair driving the 20-1 morning-line shot. In 2013, Alagna won with, the favorite, Captaintreacherous and was third with stable mate Wake Up Peter. He is aiming for his second win in "The Cup", trying with Artspeak (who was fifth in the 2015 edition) and Racing Hill (second in 2016). "We tend to choose specific families of horses when we go to purchase yearlings,"Alagna said regarding his capability to send contenders into The Cup year in and year out. "If you follow the families of horses I've had in the North America Cup, they all usually come from great maternal pedigrees, so I feel that contributes greatly to get horses to the North America Cup for us." Going for a one-million dollar prize, Alagna does not have a ritualistic routine to ready his contenders for the race. "They kind of tell you going into the race what they're looking for," Alagna said. "[Western Hill] raced well in his start before [The Cup] eliminations, so he didn't require a lot of work. He pretty much had a couple of [training] trips before each race and has seemed to respond well." Leading up to The Cup, Western Hill, who is owned by Tom Hill, only raced twice, off a two-year-old campaign consisting of four wins in 10 starts. In his first start of the year, he lagged off the gate but sprinted home to finish seventh and followed that effort with a 1:51.4 victory against overnight stock at Mohawk. He's entering The Cup off his fastest mile to date, a 1:51.1 runner-up off-the-pace finish to elimination winner Downbytheseaside. "We had this horse last year but we didn't get him ready this winter," Alagna said. "Another trainer got the horse ready and qualified him, then we got the horse back after that. We made a few adjustments and got him back on the routine we had him on the year before and that's why the horse has responded as well as he has." Racing from far off the pace, on the front, and mid-pack, Western Hill has displayed a versatile racing style, though Western Hill's fastest race came off a trip. "Against these kind of horses, he's definitely better off a trip," Alagna said. "He likes to run horses down; he likes a target. Some of the races he was in last year he had to be forwardly placed just because I thought he was good enough to win either way and we couldn't take any chances of getting him into a traffic jam coming from off the pace." Alagna's past contenders, Captaintreacherous, Artspeak, and Racing Hill, entered The Cup as favorites or as major contenders. Western Hill approaches the event as a longer shot needing the correct circumstances to propel him to victory. "When you have a longer shot, you have less pressure, but you still want to see the horse continue to improve," Alagna said. "That's what we're looking for, especially with post position nine it makes [winning] a little bit tougher. We're going to need some speed up front; we're going to need a decent pace to be able to get money from the nine-hole. But we have a horse that was 15, 20-to-one in his elimination, so you hope the horse improves and then move onto the next stakes race and hope for a better post position." Alagna has in mind what he expects to see from Western Hill in the North America Cup final, but admits he doesn't get in his driver's ear and knows things don't always go as planned. "I'd probably say he's going to come from off the pace, but one thing about me is I never tell anybody that drives for me what to do," Alagna also said. "Things change too quickly--we had She's Watching in a [Fan Hanover] elimination and the plan was to come from off the pace because she has such a big last quarter in her, but nobody was on the gate so [Scott Zeron] left off the gate and got her in third. "So many things can happen once the gate folds and drivers have to make the split-second decisions they are paid to make." Here is the field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. 1. Ocean Colony (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 10-1 2. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 3-1 3. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick/Ray Schnittker) 8/5 4. Fear The Dragon (David Miller/Brian Brown) 2-1 5. Sports Column (Chris Christoforou/Blake MacIntosh) 25-1 6. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry/Dr. Ian Moore) 20-1 7. Ozone Blue Chip (Brett Miller/Ron Coyne) 25-1 8. Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 15-1 9. Western Hill (Doug McNair/Tony Alagna) 20-1 10. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 20-1 Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 3 – Fans that came to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening witnessed history, as four-year-old pacer Dr J Hanover paced the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained son of Somebeachsomewhere and driver Doug McNair took full advantage of wild fractions to come away with a 1:46.4 victory. The clocking not only set a new Canadian record, but also established a new World Record for a four-year-old gelding. “I thought around the last turn he felt good,” said McNair following Dr J Hanover’s historic mile. “At the head of the stretch he still felt good and then half way down the lane I thought he had a pretty good shot (at the record), but I couldn’t believe it after.” Dr J Hanover was fired to the front by McNair in a field of six and posted an opening-quarter of :26.2. Boston Red Rocks and Brett Miller swept up to take the lead entering the backstretch, but they immediately had company in the form of Lyons Snyder and Yannick Gingras. The half flashed up in :53, as Lyons Snyder powered by Boston Red Rocks and continued to set a wild pace entering the far turn. Positions went unchanged in the third-quarter, as Dr J Hanover sat third and three-lengths back, while Lyons Snyder hit three-quarters in 1:20. In the stretch, Boston Red Rocks angled out and paced by Lyons Snyder, while Dr J Hanover followed the path and eventually tipped off his back to set up a two-horse battle. Boston Red Rocks tried his best to fight off the outside pressure, but Dr J Hanover was too much to handle and powered by to win by a length at odds of 15-1. Saturday’s $67,230 Graduate leg was the first time McNair had driven Dr J Hanover. “They just told me he had pretty good gate speed,” McNair commented. “He had been racing on the small tracks the last six or eight starts, so they told me if I got him out of there he should perform well and they were right.” Trained by Alagna for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman, Dr J Hanover was winless in nine starts heading into Saturday, but that is quickly forgotten after his record performance. “He made the front pretty easy,” McNair noted. “I kind of had him shut down at the quarter-pole, but Brett (Miller) came around and we just kept pacing. “When Yannick (Gingras) came, they went :53 and 1:20 and when Brett came back out (at the top of the stretch) he gave me cover again and when I kicked off cover he felt like he was really pacing and I was surprised to see that kind of a mile.” Dr J Hanover now has career numbers of nine wins and $387,961 earned. He paid $32.90 to win. The clocking of 1:46.4 breaks the Mohawk and Canadian record of 1:47.1, which was set last June by Always B Miki. Dr J Hanover is now also a World Champion, as he broke the four-year-old gelding mark of 1:47.2, which was held by Bettor Sweet and Wiggle It Jiggleit. He also equaled Warrawee Needy’s overall record for a four-year-old pacer. Dr J Hanover The other $67,230 Graduate division didn’t feature any records, but did have a thrilling finish. Dave Menary trainee Sintra battled back to edge out Western Fame in 1:49.3. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sintra made a second-quarter move to the lead from third to take command away from Western Fame. Jamieson’s charge posted middle-half fractions of :53.3 and 1:21. In the stretch, Western Fame was angled to the outside and got by Sintra for a moment, but the Menary trainee wouldn’t quit and fought back to win by a nose. Easy Lover Hanover shot up the rail late to finish third. “I knew he was going to have to dig deep,” said Menary about his feeling at the top of the lane. “I knew he really dug back in and was by the horse after the wire,” said Menary about his feeling at the wire. “He’s a good enough horse that he was passed and he dug. That’s the kind of a horse he is.” A four-year-old gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra improved his 2017 record to four wins in five starts with his triumph Saturday. He is now a 12-time winner with career earnings exceeding $400,000 for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. Sintra paid $3.90 to win. Sintra Over on the trotting side, Ron Burke trainee Dayson prevailed in a photo finish over Trolley to win the $100,845 12-horse Graduate Series Trot. Driven by Gingras, Dayson grabbed the lead in the second-quarter, but had to deal with pressure by first-over challenger Warrawee Roo throughout the middle-half. After trotting a third-quarter in :28 to reach that station in 1:24.1, Dayson put away Warrawee Roo, but immediately had to deal with Trolley, who had been sitting second-over with driver Marcus Miller. Dayson and Trolley went toe-to-toe down to the wire, with the leader holding on to win by a nose in 1:52.3. “I thought maybe he got me in the last step,” admitted Gingras post-race. “My horse had raced on the front a few weeks in a row…I really wanted tonight to race him from the back if it was a shorter field, but I was in a tough spot and if I took him back I would’ve got away about sixth or seventh, but my horse raced another big mile.” Broadway Donna, who had captured the opening leg of the Graduate, didn’t have her usual punch in the lane and finished third. A four-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall, Dayson was winless in three starts heading into Saturday’s outing. He now has 20 career wins and earnings of over $700,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC and Rossie Smith. Dayson paid $4.40 to win. Dayson Saturday’s card also featured a pair of 11-horse $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions, as many Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-old pacers were putting in their final preparations ahead of next week’s eliminations. Hurricane Beach and driver Louis Philippe Roy captured the first division in 1:50.3. The Luc Blais trainee went gate-to-wire to score his second win of the season. A gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere and North America Cup eligible, Hurricane Beach set fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.1, before scooting home in :28.3 to capture a division of the race named for his sire. Lawrencetown Beach finished four-lengths back in second, while Sports Column was third. Roy’s victory with Hurricane Beach Saturday was the first Grand Circuit victory of his career. Following the race, he noted that some equipment adjustments made a big difference for his charge. “We trained him with different equipment last week and he was too grabby,” said Roy. “So (Blais) put back the equipment he had before cause he couldn’t relax like he did tonight with the other equipment.” Hurricane Beach, who was winless in three starts as a rookie, came into Saturday’s start with only $12,180 in earnings. His bankroll now sits at $47,180 for owner Determination. A $2 win ticket on Hurricane Beach returned $14.40. Hurricane Beach Another son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the second division to make it a perfect sweep for “The Beach” in his own race. Despite never seeing the rail, Macs Jackpot and David Miller came from way back to score a 42/1 upset. The Jim Campbell trainee sat eighth and on the outside throughout the majority of the mile, but was able to pick up the pieces when leader Richard Hill tired in the lane. Richard Hill cleared to the lead just after the opening-quarter and posted fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1. In the stretch, Richard Hill had to fight off Frontier Seelster, but that took its toll and the backfield came to life. Macs Jackpot followed Stealth Bomber down the lane and was able to surge by all his rivals to win by a neck in 1:51.4. Stealth Bomber edged out Richard Hill for second. Trained by Campbell for owner Jeff Snyder, Macs Jackpot overcame post-nine to score his second victory in six starts this season. “We had planned on trying to get him into the race, but with a big field and all, a lot of guys were taking a shot,” said Miller following the race. “He ended up fourth-over and was out the whole way, but he was just kind of feeling pretty comfortable until the last turn and then he did get interested and finished it up good.” Macs Jackpot is eligible to next week’s Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. He paid $86.30 to win. Macs Jackpot The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations will take place next Saturday (June 10). Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

East Rutherford, NJ --- She's Watching raced only twice last year, but it was enough to get harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, as well as others, to want to keep watching. A three-quarter sister to Dan Patch Award-winner and world champion He's Watching, She's Watching was 2-for-2 before a hairline fracture in her left hind ankle sidelined her the rest of the season. She's Watching is back now and preparing for her 3-year-old campaign and Alagna is looking forward to her return. The filly pacer qualified on Friday at the Meadowlands, winning in 1:54.1 with a :26.1 final quarter-mile, with Scott Zeron in the sulky. It was the second qualifier of the year for She's Watching, who was second in 1:54.2 (last quarter in :26.2) on May 6 at the Big M. "I was very happy," Alagna said about She's Watching, who is a daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Baberhood. "We were very high on her last year and she got hurt. It was nothing major, she just needed some time. We thought it was in her best interest to put her away and let her heal up. So far this year she's been great." She's Watching, a $200,000 purchase at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, is owned by Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. She won her career debut in 1:53.3 last July and then won the opening leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series in 1:52.1 at the Meadowlands. "I thought she was as good as anything out there before she got hurt," Alagna said. "She won in (1):52.1 in her second lifetime start and you don't see many 2-year-old pacing fillies that do it as impressively as she did it that early. "We're very happy with how she's coming back. Someday, hopefully in the long-distance future, she'll be heading to (be bred to) Captaintreacherous. She was bought with Captaintreacherous in mind and that's the ultimate plan for her when it's all said and done." She's Watching   She's Watching was one of 13 horses in the Alagna Armada at Friday's qualifiers. Other winners were 3-year-old male trotter Signal Hill and 3-year-old male pacer Art Scene. Signal Hill (Muscle Hill-Special Appeal) captured his qualifier in 1:55.4 with Brett Miller driving for owners Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella. A $250,000 yearling buy whose family includes 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster, Signal Hill won twice last season, with one of his victories coming in a division of the Champlain Stakes. "He was better today," Alagna said. "I've got a couple more adjustments to make on him, but I was happy with the way he did it today." Signal Hill   Art Scene (American Ideal-Lover Of Art) won his qualifier in 1:54 with Zeron driving. The colt is owned by Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners, and Americam Art Stable. Art Scene   Other notables from the Alagna Stable were 4-year-old male trotter Winter Harbor (Muscle Hill-Spectacular Bay) and 3-year-old male pacer Odds On Delray (Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon). "Overall I was happy with the whole bunch," Alagna said. "Winter Harbor, first time back, no trotting hobbles this year, was very good. Odds On Delray was a little foot sore getting out of Florida, but he's getting better. I think we're close to getting him to where we need him to be." Three-year-old filly trotter Hillarmbro (Muscle Hill-Armbro Emma) got the morning's first win, with trainer Trond Smedshammer driving. She won in 1:54.4 for owner Purple Haze Stables as she prepped for the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 19 at the Meadowlands. Chezatter (Explosive Matter-Chez Lucie), another Purple Haze-owned 3-year-old filly trotter in Smedshammer's barn, finished fifth in her first qualifier of the season, timed in 1:57.3. She won her elimination for the Doherty Memorial last year and finished second to Ariana G in the final. She also won her elimination for the Breeders Crown and finished fourth in the final. "I was a little bit concerned about (Chezatter)," Smedshammer said. "She's been very nervous. I've been up here a couple times to train and she's been very nervous both times and she was nervous today. She must have tied up because (driver David Miller) said she let go of him and got on the right line really hard and had no trot, which is not like her. Hopefully we'll get her straightened out. "Hillarmbo was good today. A little bit too aggressive, but she was good." Cufflink Hanover (Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire) prepped for the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by winning in 1:54.4 for driver David Miller and trainer John Butenschoen. Cufflink Hanover, owned by Crawford Farms Racing, went off stride in a qualifier two tries back, but has won back-to-back qualifiers since an equipment adjustment to raise the gelding's head. "I'm very happy with him here today," assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen said about last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, who joined the family's stable this year. "He's been real good the last two. "We raced against him quite a bit last year and I thought he had a very good year. He seems strong. He seems like a horse that isn't the best on the front, so going on the front last week we were real happy with him. He was on the front a long way again today and he just seems to get a little bit lost out there. But he was good so I was really happy with him. David was real happy with him too." Other winners today were 3-year-old female pacer Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover) in 1:53.3 for driver John Campbell, trainer Linda Toscano, and owner Ken Jacobs; 3-year-old male pacer Summer Side (Well Said-Beachy Lady) in 1:52 for driver/trainer Ray Schnittker and owners Schnittker and Howard Taylor; and 8-year-old male pacer Mel Mara (Lis Mara-M L Revrac) in 1:50.3 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Dylan Davis, and owners Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Click here for the complete charts. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Columbus, OH --- Although she certainly enjoyed her recent vacation, harness racing's  Donna Lee was also anxious to return home, for a young lady she dotes on was sure to be exhibiting signs of separation anxiety. “I’ve never been away from Caprice this long,” she said in reference to two-time O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill. “The only time we have been apart is when she went to Tony (Alagna) after she was broken as a yearling for a couple months, but I got her right back.” Purchased by Tom Hill for $55,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, Caprice Hill is a daughter of Kadabra and stakes winner Bramasole. Conditioned by Lee’s son, Tony Alagna, the now 4-year-old mare has amassed $992,401 in purse money from a record of 25-15-7-1. Her resume includes victories in the 2015 edition of the $311,600 Peaceful Way, the $192,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Super final that same year and the $149,000 Matron Stake in 2016. Caprice Hill, who is a half-sibling to Bramalea Hanover (Windsong’s Legacy, $288,512), was also second in last year’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and has been incredibly consistent throughout her career. “She is just perfect,” said Lee, who oversees the mare's day-to-day care for her son. “She never does anything wrong. She has been like that from the first day I had her. We just show her what she needs to do and it immediately clicks; she knows right away what her job is and she loves her job.” Caprice Hill has definitely been the perfect student as not once has she ever went off stride, even as a youngster. “I tell people all the time and they don’t believe me,” Lee said. “One of the first times I was jogging her, another horse was out there and the driver was playing around. She decided she wanted to go with them and she did, but she did it all on the trot. Right after that is when I called Tony and told him we had something special on her hands. “He didn’t believe me either and was kind of like ‘Don’t fall in love’ but when he trained her down in 2:02, he asked me if I wanted to see my filly train and of course she was just perfect. I think that’s when he started to agree I was right about her.” Performing almost solely in Canada, Caprice Hill has not received anywhere near the attention her former stablemate Racing Hill has, but then again, that stallion did capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown final, the $500,000 Messenger, the $400,000 Adios final and the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final. Now standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio, Racing Hill is also owned by Hill. “Tom was so lucky to have Caprice and Racing Hill in the same year,” Lee said. “Caprice is the first horse he bought and to have that kind of success with not just her, but Racing Hill, is a blessing. “I think Caprice would have been talked about more if she had raced outside of Canada more often, but she loves it up there and the air is good for her.” Lee is referring to the allergies Caprice Hill has battled throughout her career. “She is allergic to oats first of all,” she said. “We had a veterinarian make a serum for her that she has done quite well on, but it was a problem for her. It is something she had to overcome and she has.” One of the reasons Lee feels Caprice Hill is so successful is her attitude and how much she enjoys competition. “She loads herself on the van,” Lee said. “All you need to do is drop the gate and stay out of her way. She knows when it is time to race and can’t wait to get there. If she has a week off and she sees other horses get on the van on a Friday or Saturday night, she gets mad. She starts bucking and kicking because she doesn’t want to stay home; she wants to go.” It has already been determined this will be the last season the mare will appear on-track prior to heading to her second career in the breeding shed. However, the process has already commenced for Caprice Hill to be a mother. “Tom decided he wanted an embryo transfer this year and she was bred to Muscle Hill,” Lee said. “We just checked her and she didn’t take, so she will return to him for another try. “She is used to her big stall with a window and her BFF next to her. When she is bred she might get nervous because she’s not used to the routine and it may throw her off. We’ll see what happens and go from there. “I have to get her ready for stakes season and we are looking towards the second week in June to bring her back.” All the mare’s connections are looking forward to a very exciting 2017 with their charge. Caprice Hill returned from her winter vacation with a terrific coat and put on some weight, which will only aid her in taking on the likes of world champion Hannelore Hanover. “She is just a happy horse,” Lee said. “She is definitely fat, but not in a bad way and she just has a great attitude. This is a tough season to face older horses, but we think she is in a position to show she belongs. Hopefully we can take her to Lexington this year because I think she would love it and literally fly there. “I know this year is it and she will be retired. It will be very hard not to see her every day and she is always paying attention to me, too. She has a stall guard, but is always craning her head out to look in the office and see what I am up to. “She really is just the perfect horse and they so rarely come along. She is a pleasure.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

YONKERS, N.Y. - Pacing mare Bedroomconfessions is the dominant force in Yonkers Raceway’s Filly and Mare Open Handicap in the early stages of the 2017 racing season. After finishing second in her first start of the year February 3, she has strung together back-to-back victories in the distaff feature for harness racing trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna and co-owners Myron and Stephanie Bell of Riverview Racing, LLC. With $61,250 in the bank this year, she leads  all distaffers in purse money earned two months into the year. “She’s a beautiful, beautiful mare,” Myron Bell admired. “We really enjoy racing her.” Despite Bedroomconfessions’ early-season success, it’s unusual for Bell to race a mare this late into her career. Now a 5-year-old, Bedroomconfessions was nearly retired to be bred to two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous, who Bell stands at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. “Bedroomconfessions was supposed to be bred to Captaintreacherous this year, but we wanted to race her this winter to see if she improved as a 5-year-old,” Bell said. “This is the first time we’ve raced a mare this long in a long time, but I’d be foolish not to because when you have a mare that’s good - she’s good enough to be on the board all the time - that’s important.” Bedroomconfessions is a homebred for Bell by American Ideal. Bell purchased her dam Turnoffthelights  as a yearling for $20,000 at the urging of his wife, Stephanie. “She picked out Turnoffthelights. She knows I like the family,” Bell explained, referencing a long line of champions including La Paloma and Her Ladyship. “I have great respect for the family. I knew she wasn’t going to be a star on the racetrack, but I like the blood and then I bred her to American Ideal, so that’s how that came about.” In her three years of racing thus far, Bedroomconfessions has established herself as one of the most consistent mares in the sport. Her 13 victories include a division of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 2015 and she rarely misses the board in stakes company. Overall, Bedroomconfessions has finished in the money in 32 of her 56 races, good for $770,420. Being a homebred has made the ride with Bedroomconfessions all the more special. “When you buy a yearling or you breed a yearling and you race them at 2 and 3 in the major stakes races, it’s a pleasure. She’s been a good mare for us for years now,” Bell admired. “Breeding your own horse and they turn out as well as they do, we’re very proud of her, very proud of her.” Despite her impressive resume, Bedroomconfessions scarcely visited the hilltop oval at Yonkers at ages 2 and 3. She made her first local appearance in 2015 when she finished third in the Lismore Pace before winning a division of the New York Sire Stakes and finishing off the board in the Sire Stakes Final later in the same year. Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 17, 2017 - Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $8.70) gave nothing else a shot Friday night, easily winning the harness racing Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Bedroomconfessions threw down an early gauntlet, making the lead-from post position No. 7-before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, she zipped the modern way, finishing her foray with intervals of :55.4, 1:24 1:52.1. Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) yielded for the pocket and watched the winner get away as Bedroomconfessions opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a never-in-question length-and-a-quarter. Empress Deo was second, with a season-debuting 6-5 choice Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett), Regil Elektra (Jordan Stratton) and Bettor N Better (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Bedroomconfessions, a repeating 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (same combination as a week ago) paid $74.50, with the triple returning $189. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 10, 2017- Harness racing favored Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $4.30) was first home from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bedroomconfessions watched as pole-assigned Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) was the lone leaver. The other lasses quickly demurred through soft early intervals of :28.2 and :57.1. Passing the intermission, Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) took out of third, giving the people's choice a lass to latch onto. Empress Deo maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, after buried alive a week ago, Bedroomconfessions had no issue finding an open lane here. She powered past the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2. Empress Deo held second, with Delightful Dragon, Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) and a pocketed Arielle Lynn (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Bedroomconfessions, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $6.80, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $22.80. Frank Drucker

East Rutherford, NJ ---Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna signed the ticket for the sales topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, and it won't take the trainer much time to get familiar with the horse. Alagna purchased Dr J Hanover for $280,000. Dr J Hanover, a 4-year-old gelded pacer, spent his first two years in Alagna's stable, winning eight of 19 races and earning $326,773. The majority of Dr J Hanover's success came last year at Yonkers Raceway, where he won six times. On the Grand Circuit, he finished third in the Messenger Stakes, Little Brown Jug, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. In addition, Alagna bought 4-year-old pacing stallion American Passport for $135,000. American Passport also raced in Alagna's stable at ages 2 and 3, winning five of 27 races and earning $314,656. The two horses were sold as part of dissolving partnerships. "Some partners wanted out, some wanted to stay in; we'll wait until the dust settles and see who's staying in," Alagna said. "It will be new partnerships put together for both horses." One of the new partners on both horses will be Canada's Brad Grant. "Brad and I have had great luck," Alagna said. "He bought Wake Up Peter from me, he bought Sandbetweenurtoes, Revenge Shark, Witch Dali; he's had a great run with horses that we've had. These fit what Brad is looking for. They'll be nice horses for the 4-year-old year." Dr J Hanover, named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms, was purchased as a yearling under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare So Perfect and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Alagna will target the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers for Dr J Hanover's first test. "He's back training," Alagna said. "We gave him a nice proper break, so he'll be ready for the Levy if everything goes well. We'll play it by ear. If he's getting beat up in the Levy we won't continue and we'll get him freshened up and get him ready for the 4-year-old restricted races. "With the way the races are, and the money they're going for at Yonkers, and if you have a horse that's a half-mile track specialist, why not? Dr J Hanover got so good on the half, and that made him a horse. You normally don't find that. He learned to leave the gate fast." American Passport is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Star Of The Show. He sold as a yearling for $29,000 under the name Rose Run Rascal at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother is a half-sister to both Ideal Treasure, who is the dam of 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, and stakes-winner Ideal Matters. The family also includes world champion Hit Parade. "I like his speed," Grant said. "He's a very fast horse. I think he's got a lot of upside ahead of him. He's lightly raced. I really think he's got a lot of racing ahead of him." Grant purchased last year's top seller at the January sale, trotter Lindy's Tru Grit, for $125,000. He also purchased then 3-year-old Easy Lover Hanover, who capped last season by winning the Progress Pace, for $70,000. "Brad's already got Easy Lover (Hanover)," Alagna said. "He's got (multiple) opportunities to race for good money in the 4-year-old restricted (races). We'll do the right thing and get American Passport ready for the 4-year-old year. I'm not going to rush him to be ready for the Levy because I don't think he's ready to do that yet. But he's got a lot of upside. "There are a lot of 4-year-old restricted races and then by midseason hopefully he can step up. There's no (Horse of the Year) Always B Miki, no Racing Hill, no Betting Line. You take a lot of horses out of the mix, so he's got a shot to make some serious money." A total of eight horses sold for at least $100,000 at this year's sale, compared to two horses last year. Following Dr J Hanover on the list was 4-year-old pacing stallion Gerries Sport, who was purchased for $145,000 by trainer Josh Green as agent. Last year, Gerries Sport won five of 20 races and earned $187,978 while racing for trainer Richard Moreau. He finished second to Betting Line in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. Multiple-stakes-winner Katies Rocker, a 4-year-old gelded pacer with $405,069 in career purses, sold for $140,000 to Howard Taylor. The horse raced for trainer Jim Campbell at ages 2 and 3. In addition to the eight horses to top $100,000 this year, 4-year-old pacer Western Fame and 4-year-old trotter Lagerfeld were each hammered down for more than $200,000, but neither reached his reserve price. Cinamony, a 6-year-old mare pacer, was the top seller among the ladies, going for $90,000 to Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm. Mullen plans to breed the mare, who won 25 of 89 races and earned $532,404 in her career. Cinamony is a half-sister to stakes-winner Fear The Dragon and her second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Mattaroni. "She had a good record and she was racy looking," Mullen said. "Mattaroni is a pretty nice family." Below are the top sellers from Monday's sale. Horse--Sire-Dam--Buyer--Consignor--Price Dr J Hanover (4gp) - Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$280,000 Gerries Sport (4hp) - Mach Three-Perfect Sport-Josh Green, agent-Northwood Bloodstock-$145,000 Katies Rocker (4gp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Just Wait Kate-Howard Taylor-Peninsula Farm, agent-$140,000 American Passport (4hp) - American Ideal-Star Of The Show-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$135,000 Bentley Spur (5gt) - SJ's Caviar-Sweetie Spur-Richard Banca-Northwood Bloodstock-$135,000 Missile J (4gp) - American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter-Scott DiDomenico-Preferred Equine, agent-$115,000 Rodeo Romeo (5hp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Southwind Vanna-Chris Ryder, agent-Preferred Equine, agent-$110,000 Voracity (4gp) - Sportswriter-Lu Lu Q-Burke Racing-Preferred Equine, agent-$105,000 Cinamony (6mp) - Art Official-Armbro Cinnamon-Mark Mullen-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Latest Desire (7gp) - Real Desire-Latest Design-Virgil Morgan Jr.-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Bettor Rock On N (8gp) - Bettor's Delight-Jingle Belle Rock-William Hartt-Preferred Equine, agent-$85,000 Fine Diamond (4hp) - Rock N Roll Heaven-Yellow Diamond-S. Descheneaut-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Newcastle (5gt) - Cantab Hall-Blushed-Cad Gregory-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Elliesjet N (7mp) - Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose-Chad Foulk-Northwood Bloodstock-$70,000 Tipitina (7mp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly-Rene Allard-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 The Rock (5gp) - Sportswriter-Shy Ticket-Tyler Buter-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 Complete results of the sale are available at www.tattersallsredmile.com. Ken Weingartner

To win a Breeders Crown is a great accomplishment. To reach 1,000 harness racing wins is a great accomplishment. Both together? Well, that's a combination not even Reese's can top. Tony Alagna on Saturday got his 1,000th victory as a trainer when Racing Hill won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers in a stakes-record 1:48 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. As he looks forward to starting on his next 1,000, one of the horses he will be watching is Western Hill in Thursday's Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. Western Hill is 5-1 on the morning line in the Matron for 2-year-old male pacers. He will start from post four in a field of eight, with Brett Miller driving. Mark Harder's Boogie Shuffle is the 5-2 favorite from post five. In other Matron events Thursday for 2-year-olds, Sortie, who won a Breeders Crown elimination and finished third in the final, is the 2-1 morning line favorite among male trotters; multiple-stakes-winner Fine Tuned Lady is the 9-5 choice among female trotters; and New York circuit standout Planet Rock is the 5-2 favorite among female pacers. Western Hill, bred and owned by Tom Hill, has won four of eight races this year and earned $62,910. He won Pennsylvania's Stallion Series championship and finished fourth, beaten three lengths, in Downbytheseaside's world-record-equaling 1:49 mile in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. He was sixth in his elimination for the Breeders Crown, missing a spot in the final by a half-length. "He was too far back in his Crown elimination," Alagna said. "They charted his last three-quarters in 1:22.3 but he was just too far back. He raced great and came out of it great. He trained back very well. It's a tough bunch (in the Matron) but I think he fits. "The horse showed ability, he just didn't act like he was ready to go with the top colts right off the bat," continued the trainer, referring to the decision to compete in the Stallion Series rather than the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. "He was a little slower getting started, but he's always shown a quick turn of speed. I wanted to race him where he would feel good about himself. It's made him a horse. It's taught him how to race and gave him confidence. "I truly believe the horse can go with the better colts." Alagna's stable has earned $4.63 million this year, good for fourth among all trainers in North America, and won 125 races. In addition to the exploits of millionaire Racing Hill, he has enjoyed success with a group including Caprice Hill, Dr J Hanover, Signal Hill, Blameitonthenight, Everyones Watching, and Awash. He picked up his second Breeders Crown trophy with Racing Hill, to go with the one he garnered in 2013 with 3-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous. That Racing Hill's triumph also gave him career win No. 1,000 was, as Alagna noted, "perfect timing." "It was great," said Alagna, who started his own stable in 2009. "I looked about a month ago and knew we were getting close, but I hadn't paid much attention to it lately. I didn't even realize that night until it was up on Twitter. It was very, very good to see that." Racing Hill finished fourth in his Crown elimination, which Alagna attributed to not shipping well to the Meadowlands for overnight detention, but rebounded to take the final by three-quarters of a length over Manhattan Beach. "I was tickled to death," Alagna said. "The trip worked out great. He still had to respond and get the job done and he was terrific. To not only win it, but to be the fastest Breeders Crown 3-year-old race ever says a lot to the track that night and to the horse and everything involved leading up to that race. "I truly believe that in his elimination he would have been equally as good. I thought we were really ready to go. I felt better about him than I'd felt in a long time, until he got off the truck. I was really concerned. And I was right, he wasn't himself. It just feels good to know that all the things we did to change the way he traveled and everything going into the final worked out and we were right on the money. It was a great feeling." Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, N.J. -- In an impressive and record fashion, the last Breeders Crown winner of the harness racing season is Racing Hill.   Racing Hill took the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and held off 60-1 Manhattan Beach to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in a stakes record of 1:48 on Saturday (Oct. 29) at The Meadowlands.   The previous record of 1:48.3 was held by Somebeachsomewhere, which he took in 2008.   The 2-1 second choice, driven by Brett Miller and trained by Tony Alagna, paid $6.40, 5.40, and 2.80 to post his fourth win in his last six tries.   "I was loving every bit [of the battle on the front]. They were still pacing hard around the last turn, and this colt felt like his old self tonight. I had a big handful of horse into the last turn, and coming off of the last turn, I knew he was a winner," said Miller. "This was special here. I have loved this colt all year, and I had so much confidence in him, and I knew Tony would get him back good again."   The win was the second Breeders Crown title for both Miller and Alagna.   "To say [the last few months] have been easy would be a downright lie. We had bad luck in the [Little Brown] Jug; he got parked the whole mile. Last week, I was there when he got off the truck for the detention barn, and he was wringing wet with sweat, and I said 'We just left our race on the truck tonight.'," said Alagna. "He raced that way on Saturday, so I put the groom, who has done a tremendous job with the horse, on the truck, and we shipped him in a boxed stall by himself on a dull truck yesterday just so he wouldn't get all worked up, and it did the trick. I knew he was a good horse, and he showed it tonight. We had some troubles getting his earplugs out in the last turn [in] the Meadowlands Pace. Not to take anything away from the winner, but this horse has just been a model of consistency all year." Split times were 26.3, 53.0, and 1:20.2, with a final time of 1:48. Manhattan Beach, driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, paid a solid $23.40 and $12.40 for second. "Not bad, but not what we wanted. We wanted to win this race; this is the race I thought we had the best chance to win tonight. You know what the thing is, sometimes you make the lead, you want the lead," Burke said. "I give Yannick (Gingras) credit, he made everyone try to pace around him and the horse dug in and was game all the way to the wire. I think it might be Check Six's best mile ever. My horses were ready tonight, I'm happy with them all, but things just didn't work out." Check Six, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, finished third and paid $3.40 Fernando Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick and also trained by Burke, finished fourth. The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the last of the 12 championship races held over the two-day weekend at The Meadowlands. by Lou Monaco, for Hambletonian Society  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Stolen Glimpse surged down the center of the track and by Western Fame battling at the pylons to upset in the first of two harness racing divisions for the $416,000 Tattersalls in 1:49.2 at The Red Mile. Check Six took control through a :26.4 opening quarter, soon losing it to Western Fame down the backstretch. Western Fame led through a :54.1 half before being challenged by Dr J Hanover into the far turn. Past three-quarters in 1:22.2, Dr J Hanover took a short lead from Western Fame, who fought back to take the lead midway through the stretch. Ambushed by Lindy Beach from second over, Dr J Hanover, Check Six, and Stolen Glimpse, Western Fame maintained control up until the wire, when Stolen Glimpse got his neck in front on the grandstand side. Earning $228,695 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Stable 45, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, Stolen Glimpse, by Art Major out of the Jate Lobell mare Jated Love, won his third race in 19 starts. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Brian Sears, he returned $41.40 to win. "We played a little game today," Mickey Burke Jr. said, "we pulled his back shoes and the horse seemed to really respond to it, plus Brian [Sears] drove him perfectly." "I think Brian just drove a perfect race," co-owner Jerry Silva said. "I didn't expect him to do as well as he did. But Ronnie [Burke] expected him to be a top horse at the beginning of the year, but then he sort of became an average horse, but today he showed he's much better than an average horse." Stolen Glimpse Racing Hill took control at the quarter and held onto command to win the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:49.4. He set fractions of :26.4, :55, and 1:23.2 before being confronted by Big Top Hanover from first over. Lyons Snyder chased the two battling through the stretch from third while American Passport drifted towards the center of the track attempting to sweep by Racing Hill. Big Top Hanover cut into Racing Hill's lead through the stretch, but managed only for second. By Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals, Racing Hill won his 11th race in 23 starts, amassing $1,462,876 for owner Tom Hill. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Brett Milller, he paid $3.80 to win. "This is a tremendous colt, but to be honest, I have to start racing him a different way," Brett Miller said. "I've been racing him very aggressively all year and the colt's just getting tired of doing all the work. I was kind of planning on not leaving today, but he drug me out of there and we ended up on the front. I just have to start taking better care of him. I have to start racing him from off the pace." Racing Hill By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - Tony Alagna sends out three of the ten pacers competing in the $204,040 Simcoe for harness racing three-year-old pacers on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Voracity, American Passport, and Tom Hill will all challenge and neighbor the 4-5 morning line favorite Betting Line, starting from posts seven, eight, nine, and ten respectively. His inside-most starter, Voracity has one win in ten starts this season, which came in a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52.2. Competing mainly on the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) circuit this year, his most recent open stakes appearance was in the $100,000 Battle of Brandywine Consolation II, where he finished fourth. He enters the Simcoe from a second-place finish in an OSS division on Saturday, September 3. "He's coming around," Alagna said. "Last week was one of his better efforts; a much-improved effort. He's coming into the race in good shape." Winning four of nine starts last year, including an elimination for the Metro Pace, Voracity, a son of Sportswriter from the Mcardle mare Lu Lu Q, has earned $376,469 in his career, taking a mark of 1:51.2 at Mohawk. "When we first started off [his three-year-old season], he wasn't as sharp as I thought he should've been," Alagna said. "He had a good winter and I expected him to come out stronger than he did in his first couple of starts, but now he seems to be rounding back into form." Corey Callahan will drive Voracity for owners Brad Grant, Alagna Racing, and John Fodera. "It's a tough bunch, but if he races as good as he has been, he can definitely pick up a cheque," Alagna said. "He can leave for position, but he can also sit. He likes to be involved." Alagna's star two-year-old pupil last year, American Passport, enters the Simcoe from a third-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the $240,475 Empire Breeders Classic. "He was very good in a [New York] Sires Stake [at Tioga Downs] and in the elimination [for the Empire Breeders Classic], but he was a little sick in the final," Alagna said. "We scoped him and his blood work was also really out of whack. We've rectified his blood-work and he scoped clean training." American Passport has raced 11 times this year, winning two and earning $299,176 over his career. Since failing to qualify for the North America Cup final, American Passport has raced in the Max Hempt Memorial, Adios, and Cane Pace. He broke in both the elimination for the Hempt, not qualifying for the final, and for the Adios, regaining his stride to make the $400,000 final, where he finished seventh stalking a fast pace. Then, in the Cane Pace, he trailed the field throughout, passing horses to finish eighth. "Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for him," Alagna said. "Or the only time he ever had luck was bad luck. He had one start where he came up sick, then he had one start where he had a bad trip. And when it seemed like we had everything solved with him, he came up sick in the Empire Breeders Classic Final." Scott Zeron pilots the son of American Ideal, from the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show, for owners Brittany Farms and Alagna Racing LLC. "Although Betting Line is in another league against these horses, if he's as good as he was in his two starts before the Empire Breeders Classic final, he's as good as anybody in there," Alagna said. The final member of the Alagna Armada is Tom Hill, an American Ideal colt from the Real Desire mare Baberhood. Earning $48,265 in his career, he has raced entirely on the conditioned circuit this year, making his first move into the Grand Circuit ranks. "He's been really good racing against non-winners up here," Alagna said. "He was very good on Monday night [September 5] and we decided to take a shot to see how he stacks up, so we can get an idea of where we should go for the rest of the season." Making five starts at Mohawk heading into the Simcoe, Tom Hill has won twice, with two seconds and a third. He has three wins over 10 starts this season. "He's a very talented colt," Alagna said. "He has a lot of speed, but we've had to wait on him a little bit. He wasn't quite ready to go with the better colts, but the more he races the better he gets. Now's a good time to put him against them since he's been so good up at Mohawk." Randy Waples will drive Tom Hill for owner Tom Hill. "If he trips out, he can get money here," Alagna said. "He's extremely fast off a helmet; loves a covered trip. He can pace home as hard as any horse when he's on his game." Alagna's trio drew next to Betting Line, a winner of $1,792,922 including 16 wins in 23 starts. He races from post 10 as he goes for his eleventh win in 12 starts this year. "He's in a class of his own against those kind of horses," Alagna said. "But it's a big field, he drew the outside and there could be a lot of activity, so we'll see what happens." The Simcoe Three-Year-Old Pace goes as Race 10 on Saturday's 13-race program. Here's the field for the $204,040 Simcoe: 1. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 2. Major Hill - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - David Menary 3. Cruise Patrol - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - James Ciaran Morrison 4. Nocturnal Bluechip - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Mark Steacy 5. Magnum J - Big Jim - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 6. Easy Lover Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Trevor Henry - Ben Wallace 7. Voracity - Sportswriter - Corey Callahan - Tony Alagna 8. American Passport - American Ideal - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 9. Tom Hill - American Ideal - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman By Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Dr J Hanover has made winning a habit this year at Yonkers Raceway. On Saturday, he will try to continue his success at The Hilltop in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old pacers. The Messenger is the second jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Dr J Hanover is joined in the eight-horse field by multiple-stakes-winning stablemate Racing Hill, who is on the verge of $1 million in seasonal earnings. Both horses are trained by Tony Alagna, who won last year's Messenger with Revenge Shark. Dr J Hanover has won six of seven races this year, including five of six starts at Yonkers, and earned $148,700. He raced exclusively in conditioned races this year at Yonkers before heading to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to win the $200,000 Battle of the Brandywine Consolation I on Aug. 20. Scott Zeron has driven the horse in all of his races this season. Dr J Hanover is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, John Cancelliere, and the Dr J Partners. "He's been great," Alagna said about Dr J Hanover, who last year won one of four races and earned $10,057. "Yonkers has really made him a horse. We've been able to educate him and get lots of nice miles in him in the non-winners (conditions). We felt good taking him over there to Pocono and he was fantastic. We thought he definitely deserved a chance to go in the Messenger because he's been so good at Yonkers. "He's maturing and Scott has done a great job educating the horse. He's really helped this horse learn to be a successful horse. He's done a very good job racing him the right way." Dr J Hanover, named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms, was purchased under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare So Perfect and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Following his campaign at age 2, Dr J Hanover was gelded. "Last year he didn't show up like we thought he should," Alagna said. "We castrated him at the end of the year when we put him away and he came back this year much better. I think that's part of the equation. Maybe just another year of maturing helped him too. But we weren't going to take a chance and wait another year and find out we should have done it, so we took care of it last year when we put him away. "I think he's got the potential to be a very useful stakes horse. I don't know that he's going to go out and beat Betting Line or Racing Hill or any of those horses, but I think as far as the rest of them he's as good as anything out there right now. We're very pleased with him." Dr J Hanover will start the Messenger from post seven with Zeron at the lines. Alagna's other entry, Racing Hill, will leave from post three with regular driver Brett Miller. Racing Hill has won four of 10 races this year and earned $961,702 for breeder/owner Tom Hill. His victories include the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios and he finished second in the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and the Battle of the Brandywine's $500,000 main event. The Messenger will be Racing Hill's first try on a half-mile track. "He's had a good week and trained very good on the half (mile track) here at Gaitway," Alagna said, referring to the training center where his stable is located in New Jersey. "It's a very flat half-mile track here at Gaitway, so if they can get around here they can usually go anywhere and be OK." Alagna said Racing Hill scoped sick following his second-place finish to Casie Coleman's Betting Line in the Battle of the Brandywine. "Casie's horse was phenomenal; we weren't beating him," Alagna said. "But I didn't think we should lose lengths in the stretch, so I scoped him and he scoped with some mucous. We treated him and he scoped back clean yesterday. "I'm happy with how he is and pleased with how he's coming into the race." Control The Moment, who was not staked to the Messenger, won the Pacing Triple Crown's first jewel, the Cane Pace, on Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands. The third jewel is the Little Brown Jug, which is Sept. 22 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. Following is the field for the Messenger Stakes. $500,000 Messenger Stakes 3-year-old pacers Race 9/Post 9:50 p.m. (EDT) PP - Horse - Sire- Driver - Trainer 1 - Stonebridge Beach - Mach Three - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance 2 - Don'tcallmefrancis - Rocknroll Hanover - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke 3 - Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 4 - Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 5 - Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - George Brennan - Ron Burke 6 - Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Nicholas Devita 7 - Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 8 - Manny - American Ideal - Chris Lems - Jessica Okusko Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The combination of harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna has been red hot at Mohawk Racetrack and Thursday night the hot streak continued. Alagna sent out three horses on Thursday's 10-race card and all three scored victories with Waples in the sulky. The successful evening for the duo began in the opening race, as rookie trotting colt Signal Hill broke his maiden with a 1:58.3 score. The son of Muscle Hill, who sold for $250,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, was making his third career start and trotted home in :27.4 for the victory. Signal Hill is owned by Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill Vintage Babe gave Waples and Alagna their second victory with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third-race. The sophomore pacing filly was competing at the non-winners of two or $25,000 lifetime level and shot home in :27.3 for her third career score. The daughter of Vintage Master is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Jodi Siamis. Vintage Babe The third victory of the night for Waples and Alagna came in the eighth-race, as Winter Harbor picked up his second consecutive victory. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill grinded away first up throughout the middle-half and pulled ahead in the lane for a 1:56.1 score. A $240,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Winter Harbor didn't make his three-year-old debut until August 5th and now has two wins from three starts to improve his career record to three wins in six starts. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Little E LLC and Winter Harbor Partners. Winter Harbor The combination of Waples and Alagna is winning at almost 50 per cent this season at Mohawk. They will team up twice on Friday's card with a pair of impressive ladies. Ontario Sires Stakes star Caprice Hill will be looking for her fifth win of the season in the Casual Breeze Stakes, while four-year-old pacing mare Bedroomconfessions has won four of her last five starts and goes for another victory in the Mares Preferred. Waples was not the only driver to win three races Thursday, as James MacDonald scored a Hat Trick on a day he won't forget. Earlier on Thursday, MacDonald and his wife welcomed their first child into the world and that evening the new Dad put in a strong night at the office. He won two of the first four races and completed the Hat Trick in the ninth-race with 29-1 longshot Amoureuse Hanover. MacDonald now has 80 wins this season at Mohawk and sits fourth in the Driver Standings. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with two $97,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze highlighting action. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Double Exposure was slowed by sickness last year, but not much else has prevented the harness racing 3-year-old filly trotter from making frequent trips to the winner's circle. Last season's Goldsmith Maid winner, Double Exposure is among two horses from the stable of trainer Tony Alagna entered in Saturday's eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Double Exposure will race in the second of the two elims while O'Brien Award-winner Caprice Hill is in the first division. Double Exposure, who didn't make her career debut until Sept. 30 last year, has won six of nine lifetime races and earned $265,511 for owners Brittany Farms and Mel Hartman. She won four of five starts in 2015, culminating with her victory in the Goldsmith Maid last November at the Meadowlands. "She was under the radar last year, but if anybody doesn't know that she exists this year I feel sorry for them," said Myron Bell, racing manager for Brittany Farms. "She's a player. I don't know if she's the best, but she's certainly a competitor." Double Exposure is a daughter of Donato Hanover, the 2007 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year, out of the stakes-winning mare KD Girl. Originally named Princess Egg, she was KD Girl's second foal. "I loved her dam KD Girl," Bell said. "I tried to buy her numerous times. I looked at the first foal of KD Girl, it was a Muscle Hill colt that was a disaster. He was a $5,000 yearling. When we went to see Double Exposure, a beautiful Donato (Hanover) filly, we were prepared to buy her. She only went for $50,000. I would imagine everybody thought the Muscle Hill didn't make it, so they didn't like the mare. They made a huge mistake. She's a very top quality mare." Double Exposure heads to the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations off a win in a consolation division of the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. She also has a win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes this year. "She needed a couple starts," Alagna said. "We had to go to Pennsylvania with her right off the bat and that's not really her cup of tea, the five-eighths-mile racing. But she really was good the other day at Vernon; she did it very handily. "We're looking forward to getting her back on the big track at the Meadowlands. Hopefully she's ready to go. I'm not scared of any filly when she's on her game." Double Exposure will start her Hambletonian Oaks elimination from post six with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Her 10-horse division, from which the top five finishers advance to the $500,000 Oaks final on Aug. 6, also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Broadway Donna and Breeders Crown champion All The Time. Caprice Hill, owned by Tom Hill, is in the first Oaks elimination. She will start from post five, with Tetrick also listed to drive. Her division includes Zweig filly champion Flowers N Songs and stakes-winner Womans Will. It will be Caprice Hill's first race at the Meadowlands, although the filly has qualified there three times. Last year, Caprice Hill won seven of 10 races, including the Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes championship. For her career, the daughter of Kadabra-Bramasole has won 10 of 14 starts --- all in Canada --- and never finished worse than third while earning $578,696. "She's been very good up there and we're looking forward to bringing her back down here," Alagna said. "We're looking forward to seeing how she stacks up against the best. She's come back bigger, stronger; a lot more mature. She's been solid. Other than finishing second to Flowers N Songs (in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association Stakes on May 28), and she scoped terrible that night, she's been very good." Post positions for the $500,000 Oaks final will be drawn and morning lines assigned on Monday (Aug. 1) at the Hambletonian press conference and post positions draw, at 4 p.m. in Victory Sports Bar at The Meadowlands. The draw will be streamed live on the Meadowlands website. Elimination winners draw for inside posts one-five and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. The $300,000 John Cashman Jr. Memorial, $284,000 Cane Pace, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 6. Hambletonian Day post time is noon. Below are the fields for the two Hambletonian Oaks eliminations: Post Position-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Side Bet Hanover - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson - 8/1 2. Unica Steed - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 6/1 3. Black Broadway - Brett Miller - Michael Eaton - 20/1 4. Dream Child - John Campbell - Linda Toscano - 15/1 5. Caprice Hill - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna - 5/2 6. Dancing In Thehall - Andrew McCarthy - Ake Svanstedt - 10/1 7. Womans Will - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 3/1 8. Windowshopper - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 20/1 9. Ginny Weasley - Scott Zeron - Ake Svanstedt - 15/1 10. Flowers N Songs - David Miller - Paul Reid - 4/1   Post Position-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Wildflower - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 20/1 2. Celebrity Eventsy - John Campbell - Staffan Lind - 6/1 3. Spicedbourbongirl - Jeff Gregory - Jeff Gregory - 30/1 4. Synonymous Hanover - Andrew McCarthy - Chris Oakes - 20/1 5. All The Time - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 9/5 6. Double Exposure - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna - 8/1 7. Miss Tezsla - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 8. Broadway Donna - David Miller - Jim Campbell - 8/5 9. Southwind Pearl - Scott Zeron - Jonas Czernyson - 12/1 10. Gracie Hanover - Corey Callahan - Ake Svanstedt - 30/1   Ken Weingartner

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