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WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Racing Hill, the 1-5 favorite, overpowered the field as he captured his elimination in the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:49.1, while Manhattan Beach found late racing room to take Saturday's other $25,000 harness racing elimination at The Meadows. Those two will be joined in next Saturday afternoon's $400,000 Adios final by Check Six, Lyons Snyder, More Dragon, Fernando Hanover, Another Daily Copy, American Passport and Big Top Hanover. Big Top Hanover earned his berth in the field of nine as the fifth place finisher with higher career earnings. Five of the six entrants trained by Ron Burke made it through to the final. The draw for Adios post positions is set for Tuesday at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live! The connections of Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach will choose their post positions, with the others drawn randomly. Racing Hill boasted the strongest credentials in the field, having won the final of the $500,000 Hempt Memorial and finishing second in the Meadowlands Pace and the final of the North America Cup--each of those a $1 million event. If that grueling schedule of five tough races in little more than six weeks took anything out of him, it wasn't evident in his Adios elimination. The son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals made the front with an extended quarter pole move for Brett Miller and thwarted the first-over challenge of Pick Six to down him by 3/4 lengths. Early leader Lyons Snyder finished third. "He's just ultra-sharp," said Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. "He felt so good coming out of the Meadowlands Pace--he was so fresh and jogged great--that I felt good about bringing him here. "If the final had been an open draw, I probably would have preferred that he sit in so we could make the final. But with the new format this year, it's important that you get to pick your post--especially with a bunch of Burke horses making the final. You don't want to draw the 9 hole against a big entry." The victory pushed Racing Hill's lifetime bankroll over $770,000. Manhattan Beach saved ground for most of the mile before Matt Kakaley sent him through a seam in mid-stretch. He held off the Lightning Lane charge of his stablemate, Fernando Hanover, to defeat him by a neck in 1:50.2, a career best. Another Daily Copy, who fronted the mile, saved show. Kakaley said he wasn't worried about being pinned late. "If I'd had to wait for the passing lane, he'd have got through," he said. "There was no worry there. He raced really good in the Meadowlands Pace, and he raced good today. He was sneaky good a few starts before the North America Cup. Hopefully he brings his 'A' game next week." Burke conditions Manhattan Beach, a Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers. As thoughts turned to Tuesday's draw for post positions, both camps seemed to be heading in the same direction. "The inside here is tough to get off," Miller said. "I got away fourth today from the rail, and I was leaving just about as hard as I could. I could live with post 3, but I think I'd rather have post 4, right around there." Kakaley's reasoning was similar. "I don't want the 1 or 2 hole ," he said. "Probably 3 or 4." Evan Pattak

Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna had three wins and driver Simon Allard's two of his four driving wins came in seven divisions of Stallion Series action for two-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday afternoon (July 20) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $20,000. Alagna's first win came with Tom Hill's Beautiful Hill (Corey Callahan). The daughter of Well Said was able to brush to the front past the quarter, to win under wraps in 1:55.3. It was her first Pari-mutuel start. Alagna's second win came in the very next race, this time with Perplexed (Joe Bongiorno). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere drafted in the pocket, and was able to close up the passing lane to win in 1:56.4 for owners Adriano Sorella and Dan Cohen. Alagna's third win came in the very last division with Cloud Diva (Simon Allard). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere drafted patiently in the 3-hole, before driving out before 3-quarters and grinding out the win in 1:56.2. The fastest of the Stallion Series was in the fifth division, as Let It Ride Stable's and Mr. Dana Parham's Blinky Beach (John Campbell) stopped the clock in 1:54.1. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was able to brush to the front and stay on for trainer Ross Croghan. Other winners included My Sister Lucie (Allard), Gemma's Beach Girl (Callahan), and Caviart Makin (Jim Marohn Jr.). The miles were 1:56, 1:56.1, and 1:56. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2016 -- Of the 12 competitors in the 50th edition of the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows, Racing Hill may have the strongest credentials. He won the final of the $500,000 Hempt Memorial and finished second in the finals of both the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace, each a $1 million stake. Those harness racing performances pushed his lifetime bankroll to $757,528; victory in the Adios final would make him a millionaire. But the road to those laurels has been demanding -- five tough races against elite competition in a little more than six weeks. After a workload that heavy, will he be sharp in his Adios elimination? Trainer Tony Alagna says the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Deals remains in top form. "He's come out of it in great shape, so we made the decision to take him to the Adios," Alagna said. Racing Hill is the 8-5 morning line favorite in race 8, the first of two Adios eliminations, with an approximate post time of 3 PM. He goes from the rail with Brett Miller driving. The Adios final is set for Saturday afternoon, July 30. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with the better career earnings, return for the final. Alagna noted that Racing Hill earned a bye into the Meadowlands Pace final, giving him a valuable week off. "He came out of that race great," Alagna said. "He ripped around the field with his tail over his back. That made the decision easier. He trains lightly between races, no kind of speed. He tells you what he wants as far as work goes. He carries his weight well, and he's good to himself. All those things help." He said Tom Hill, owner of Racing Hill, gives him considerable leeway on the colt's schedule. "The Hills are very good that way," he said. "They told me to make the decision based on what I saw." He indicated Racing Will likely would have two weeks off following the Adios to freshen for his next engagement, the Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah's Philadelphia. Alagna also sends American Passport into the Adios -- he and Scott Zeron leave from post 5 in the second elimination, race 9. The son of American Ideal-Star Of The Show finished a strong second in the June 4 Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk but is winless in five outings this year and hasn't raced since July 1. "He's had bad luck and needed to regroup," Alagna said. "He qualified very good the other day. Based on what he did last year, I don't think the Adios is a stretch for him at all." The Adios eliminations card offers two strong supporting stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- the Romola Hanover, a $159,360 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post Saturday is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

JULY 18, 2016 - From the moment Soiree Seelster arrived in Tony O'Sullivan's barn she was so laid-back the Puslinch resident occasionally wondered if something was wrong with the harness racing two-year-old pacing lass. "I was actually talking to Sylvain (Filion) about it tonight, she's, you know, she's just really, really relaxed, she always has been. She just takes everything in stride; she doesn't shy away from anything," O'Sullivan explained. "She worries me sometimes, because she's so quiet at home you think there's something wrong with her, but there's not. "When she gets to the races she sharpens up a bit, but even then, she's just very, very professional," he added. "Her attitude is really, really good." On Monday evening Soiree Seelster did her best to calm all of O'Sullivan's worries with a victory in her $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack. In rein to Milton resident Filion, Soiree Seelster eased away from the centre of the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Royal Point paced by the quarter pole in :27.3. Heading for the :57.1 half Soiree Seelster stepped into the outer lane behind fan favourite Sir Native and Thorne Seelster, and the trio of fillies made steady gains on the leader through the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Soiree Seelster was less than two lengths behind the leader and a sharp finishing kick propelled the filly to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Thorne Seelster finished second and Royal Point was five more lengths back in third. "Sylvain's taught her how to race in both the qualifiers, plus her two races," noted O'Sullivan. "Obviously we got the win tonight, but I love the way he's bringing her along." Monday's outing was Soiree Seelster's second in the Gold Series. The daughter of Big Jim and Smilesplace finished a hard-closing third in her July 5 OSS debut after logging a second in qualifying action on June 25 and a third on June 10, all three over the Mohawk Racetrack oval. O'Sullivan shares ownership of Soiree Seelster with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. The group purchased the filly out of the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale for $53,000 and have recouped $47,600 through two starts. "She was a really good looking strong filly, as you can see on the track, and we kind of liked the pedigree and the cross and decided to just take a swing on it," recalled O'Sullivan. "She never really had a bad day - I mean I never get very high on them until they qualify - but we liked her all winter." Soiree Seelster will make her third lifetime start in the August 12 Gold Series event at Mohawk. Soiree Seelster The other two Gold Series divisions on Mohawk's Monday evening program were captured by Future Headlines and Blameitonthenight, both piloted by Milton resident Randy Waples. Sent off as the favourite in the first division, Future Headlines took command heading by the three-quarters and powered home a one and one-half length winner in 1:55. Windy Sport and Bid Writer rounded out the top three, making it a sweep for daughters of Sportswriter. Waples engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto and David Heffering of Port Perry, ON. Monday's outing was Future Headlines' first, coming after a 1:54.4 win in a July 8 qualifier at Mohawk. Future Headlines Blameitonthenight captured the third Gold division, controlling the tempo for much of the mile and then waging a fierce duel with Yaris Bayama in the stretch, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:53.2. Out Of Sight finished third, three lengths behind the duelling leaders. Trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ shares ownership of Blameitonthenight with Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY and Donna Ozment, also of Manalapan. The Mach Three daughter is now two-for-two after capturing an overnight event at Mohawk on July 12. Blameitonthenight Many of the fillies in Monday's Gold Series event will make their next start in the Battle of the Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 25, with the final slated for Aug. 1. The freshman pacing fillies will return to Gold Series action, and Mohawk Racetrack, on Aug. 12. On Tuesday, July 19, the Campbellville oval will welcome the two-year-old trotting fillies for their second Gold Series start. The fillies will face off in Races 2, 3, and 8, with racing getting under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 16, 2016 - Mohawk Racetracks fans enjoyed a double feature of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday evening as both the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing colts competed in a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. First up were the trotting fillies and 2015 division champ Caprice Hill was an easy winner in the opener. The Kadabra daughter and driver Randy Waples took command before the half and were on cruise control for the remainder of the mile, reaching the finish in 1:54. Pocket-sitter Emoticon Hanover was one length back second and Flowers N Songs was three more to the rear in third. "She's just a one of those special animals that just come around every once in a while in a guy's career," said Milton, ON resident Waples from the winner's circle. "She has no flaws; she's perfect gaited, she does everything you want her to do, and she loves her job. And she's got a big motor in her." Waples engineered Caprice Hill's third win in four sophomore starts for New Jersey-based trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. The winner of $754,377 has only been bested once in seven Ontario Sires Stakes starts and only four times in 14 career starts. While Caprice Hill picked up her sixth Gold Series trophy, the second division went to a filly earning her very first. Starting from Post 7 in the seven-filly field, driver Jody Jamieson allowed Jarette AS to ease away from the starting gate and settle in at the back of the pack while Radiant Beam, Jangone and Tymal Tempest skirmished for position at the front. Radiant Beam won the early battle, reaching the quarter in :28.2, but fan favourite Tymal Tempest took over before the :56.3 half. Catch A Mission started the forward march from the backfield, pursued by Jarette AS and Royal Charm and it was those two fillies who thrilled fans with their late stretch combat, battling through the wire in 1:53.2. Jarette AS emerged the winner by a head, leaving Royal Charm with the second-place finisher's spoils. Catch A Mission was three and one-half lengths back in third. "She's a nice little filly. She wasn't the smoothest until she got into full gear in the stretch, and then she just trotted by," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "I was real impressed" Jamieson added that he felt fortunate to be asked to drive Jarette AS for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, KY and Kjell Johansson of Sosdala, Sweden. The Striking Sahbra daughter made her first five sophomore starts south of the border, shipping north after a July 10 contest at Pocono Downs. A Grassroots winner at two, Jarette AS now boasts a sophomore record of three wins, one second and earnings of $70,675 through six starts. The second OSS feature saw Streakavana kick things off with an impressive victory for new owners Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton and trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON, who acquired the two-year-old pacing colt on July 10. In rein to Sylvain Filion, Streakavana left smartly from Post 2, allowed The Dark Shadow to control the pace to the :27.1 quarter, but then went straight back to the front. Brave World and driver Doug McNair came calling heading for the :56.3 half, but Filion opted to maintain his position and urged Streakavana forward to the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Once the Big Jim son had shifted into overdrive he simply pulled away from the field, reaching the wire four and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:52.2. "I was hoping to get covered up by one of the favourites, but nobody showed up, just Dougie (McNair) kind of come late and his horse got a little steppy, so I decided to keep going," explained Filion. "And when I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch, he just took off." The Dark Shadow followed Streakavana into second and Yogi Bayama was driven into third-place by Yves Filion, Sylvain Filion's father. The Milton resident had driven Yogi Bayama to a Grassroots victory at Mohawk on July 7 and encouraged his father to move Yogi Bayama up to the Gold Series level. "He was a little upset when I told him I was going to try the other colt, but he understands," said Filion of the conversation with his father, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on August 3. Similar conversations may continue to take place over the remainder of the season, as Filion also captured the second Gold Series division with Tony O'Sullivan trainee Happy Trio. The colt fired away from Post 5 to reach the quarter in :27 and then allowed Sports Column to take command heading for the :57 half. Sports Column continued to lead the field through the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but when Happy Trio stepped out of the pocket he was able to accelerate past the heavy favourite and claim a neck victory in 1:53.2. Sports Column settled for second and Big Bad Bill was well back in third. "My horse raced great," said Filion of Happy Trio, who had finished second to Sports Column in the Gold Series season opener. "I couldn't get to him(Sports Column) last time, and tonight we were able to go by him. It's either his wasn't 100 per cent or mine's getting better." Puslinch resident O'Sullivan conditions the Mach Three colt for his partners Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. In three starts Happy Trio has tallied one win, one second and earnings of $79,870. "They're both nice colts, they're both very nice colts," said Filion of Streakavana and Happy Trio. "They're still green, they're still learning, so I expect they'll go even faster miles next time out." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 11, while the three-year-old trotting fillies head to Georgian Downs on August 7. On Monday evening, July 18, the two-year-old pacing fillies will return to Mohawk for their second Gold Series event, facing off in Races 2, 4, and 9. The first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The main catalogue and past performances booklet for the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale is now available for download on the Tattersalls Sales Co. website, tattersallsredmile.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog App for the iPad. The print catalogue will be mailed later this week, and also priority shipped to racetracks and training centers in both the U.S. and Canada. Sale manager David Reid said that with the current postal situation in Canada, buyers there are asked to use the website or Equineline app for download, or pick up the print versions wherever they train and race. The sale is the kickoff to Hambletonian week at the Meadowlands, as it will be held Sunday, July 31 at noon, in the racetrack's back paddock. There are 149 horses in the sale, including 49 2-year-olds, plus an expected supplement. "We have racehorse reductions from large operations that are planning for the fall yearling sales, and offering high-quality horses that are ready to go on and be profitable for their new owners," Reid said. "I believe I've seen more of that "continued success" from horses bought at our recent Meadowlands sales than I ever have before." The sale includes reductions from Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms, Burke Racing and partners, and Tony Alagna and partners. Reid urges customers to take a good look at the significant number of 2-year-olds in the sale, as there are several stakes colts and fillies that will be offered. "Like we always say, there's something for everyone at these Meadowlands sales, and buyers will find horses with outstanding earning potential for wherever they race," Reid said. From the Tattersalls Sales Co.  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 9, 2016) - Tom Hill's Racing Hill drew post position four and was installed as the 9-5 favorite for the harness racing $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace next Saturday, July 16 during the post position draw held this evening. Racing Hill is trained by Tony Alagna, who won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, and will be driven by Brett Miller. By virtue of being the top seasonal money-earner in the field, Racing Hill elected to take a bye to the final. Earlier on Saturday, Control The Moment ($4.00), driven for the first time by Brian Sears, stormed home with a 26.2 final quarter to win the lone Meadowlands Pace elimination by a length in a lifetime-best 1:49.2. Lyons Snyder finished second with JK Will Power third. Check Six was fourth. "He is a really nice horse and did everything that I asked him to do tonight," said Sears, who won the 2005 Meadowlands Pace with Rocknroll Hanover. "The opportunity knocked to be able to drive this horse and I was really looking forward to it. I know he races well from off the pace and everything worked out well." Control The Moment By winning the elimination, Control The Moment earned the right to draw for post positions one through six and will start from post three. He was made the 5-2 second choice on Dave Little's morning line. The complete field for the Meadowlands Pace is as follows: 1. Another Daily Copy - Trace Tetrick - Nick Devita 30/1 2. Good Living - T.B.A. - Tom Cancelliere 30/1 3. Control The Moment - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell 5/2 4. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 9/5 5. Lyons Snyder - David Miller - Mark Silva 9/2 6. Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott 6/1 7. Manhattan Beach - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke 20/1 8. JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 8/1 9. Check Six - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 15/1 10. Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott 25/1 Justin Horowitz

  East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands took place under overcast skies with a slight tailwind in the homestretch and the temperature in the low 70's.   The presence of the great Moni Maker was felt in the morning's first race when Grandma's Moni swept by her competition in the stretch, finishing the 2:00.2 mile with a 27.1 final quarter. Grandma's Moni is by Donato Hanover out of All Our Moni, a daughter of Moni Maker.   Tim Tetrick held the filly in third before fanning her off cover in the stretch and she sailed by the early leader Can't I (John Campbell) who was a game second after cutting the mile. Grandma's Moni was retained by her breeders, the Moni Maker Stable and is trained by Frank Antonacci. She looks special.   The pacing colt Lindythefourteenth made it a very good day for trainer Frank Antonacci, winning in 1:55 / 27.4 from just off the pace for Scott Zeron. The Lindy Farms Somebeachsomewhere homebred from Antoinette Hanover was racing at his third venue in three career starts, all wins. Rock The Boat (Andy Miller) was second and Long Beach (first foal of American Jewel) was a closing third for Tetrick.   True Friends was a 2:01.2 winner in her first outing for Dave Miller and trainer Nifty Norman. Miller sat behind leader Ethanol as the field trotted by three-quarters in 1:32.2, inherited the lead when that one went off stride then held sway through the stretch. Blacksirenpedia (Campbell) rallied late to be a good second and Casaubon (Tetrick) survived a first over bid to be third. The winner was a $70,000 buy at the Harrisburg sale for Mel Hartman, Nifty's Enzed Racing Stable and RAW Equine.   Trainer Kevin McDermott's Donato Hanover x Emmamazing filly Envy Hanover was the race three winner. Yannick Gingras sent Envy Hanover out to the early lead, yielded to Campbell and Allbassnotreble through easy middle fractions then went by under mild urging through the 28.3 end to the 2:01.3 mile. Allbassnotreble held grimly for second and Amber Ella (Tetrick) flashed good late foot to get third. Jeff Gural's Little E LLC is the owner of the $50,000 Harrisburg purchase.   Trotting colts came around with race four where Beach Credit impressed with a 1:59 win for Dave Miller. Being the last to the lead after several early changes, Beach Credit tacked a 29.1 final panel onto the mile with something in reserve. Wutan (Gingras) was second best from the pocket and Break Free made a late gain to be third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor paid $45,000 for the Credit Winner colt in Lexington.   Oddball and Kabang (Scott Zeron) traded blows through the stretch of race five with Oddball (Andover Hall x Little Rigs) prevailing in 200.1 / 28.3 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. John Fielding owns the winner, a $25,000 Lexington sale yearling.   Takter colts were one-two in the sixth with Sir John F (Brett Miller) getting up over the Italian bred Ready Cash colt Victor Deo IT (Gingras) in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:59.1 / 28.3. Put in play early from the outside, Sir John F sat a pocket as Golden Kronos led until the stretch then split rivals for the win. Victor Deo was a very good second while Golden Kronos held third. John & Jim Fielding, Herb Holland and Kevin Mc Kinlay own the winner, a $45,000 buy in Lexington last fall.   Tony Alagna fillies were one-two in the first pacing filly race with Ann Hill (Campbell) emerging from the pocket to track down stable-mate Everyone's Watching (Zeron) in the last strides of a 27.3 end to the 1:55.3 mile. The winner is a Tom Hill homebred Roll With Joe from Taxi Fare Hanover.   Jimmy Marohn, Jr picked up the drive on Caviart Malin for Nifty Norman and got her home, closing into the 27.3 final quarter of a mile in 1:55.4 mile. Let's Have A Party (Tetrick) and Beautiful Hill (Campbell) were across the track for second and third. The winner is a Well Said filly from Pretty Major owned by Caviart Farms who paid $20,000 for her at Harrisburg.     The Stohler Stable homebred Captain Velocity won today for driver Tim Tetrick, cutting the mile and drawing away powerfully in the 27 flat final quarter of his 1:55 mile. Incidentally, he becomes the twelfth 155 credit already this season for his sire Somebeachsomewhere, information (as well as bagels) courtesy of Murray Brown.   Tony Alagna trains Captain Velocity and it's entirely possible that Trent Stohler placed him with Tony when they broke camp at Sunshine Meadows due to the similarities this colt shares in both name and appearance (and perhaps talent) with Tony's champion Captaintreacherous. Deo De Janiero (Joe Bongiorno) was second and American Dreamer (Campbell) a drifting third.   Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands includes an elimination for next week's Meadowlands Pace and the $250,000 Graduate finals with Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit slated to square off in the featured tenth race.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Trainer Tony Alagna thought Racing Hill came into this year flying under the radar, but the colt is getting his share of attention now following a second-place finish in the North America Cup and a win in his Max C. Hempt Memorial elimination last weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Racing Hill is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Hempt final. The event, for 3-year-old pacers, is part of Pocono's Sun Stakes Saturday card that also features the Ben Franklin for older pacers, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, and James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters. A homebred colt for owner Tom Hill, Racing Hill has won six of 15 career races and earned $333,666. He won his Hempt elimination by three lengths over Katies Rocker in 1:49.1, which is the fastest mile of the season by a 3-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Racing Hill will start the Hempt final from post No. 2 with regular driver Brett Miller. "He came out of his elimination good and trained back good (Wednesday)," Alagna said. "It's a competitive field of horses so we'll see how it works out. A lot of the horses that drew outside are speed horses so I think there is going to be plenty of activity. "As long as I bring the horse there in good shape, I'll let Brett do the rest." Last year, Racing Hill won five of 10 starts, including divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes as well as his elimination for the Breeders Crown. He finished eighth in the Breeders Crown final, but was only 5-3/4 lengths back after a first-over bid around the final turn on a "good" track at Woodbine. "He kind of got a messed up trip in the Breeders Crown otherwise I think he would have done better," Alagna said. "He had some really good races last year and kind of flew under the radar coming back this year for no real reason. He's a quality horse and he's showing that now." Racing Hill began this year with a nose loss to 4-year-old Major War in 1:49.2 at the Meadowlands. In his next start, he was second to War-N-Munn in a conditioned race at Mohawk despite a :25.4 final quarter-mile. Then he finished third from post nine in his North America Cup elimination despite going off stride briefly in the stretch. "I've always liked the horse," Alagna said about Racing Hill, who is a son of Roll With Joe out of the mare Chasing Ideals. "He raced good last week and hopefully we have similar luck this week." Control The Moment, who was voted Canada's top 2-year-old male pacer last year, won the remaining Hempt elimination and will start the final from post No. 8 with Randy Waples driving for trainer Brad Maxwell. Control The Moment, who captured his elim by a half-length over Boston Red Rocks in 1:49.3, is 7-2 on the morning line. New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Katies Rocker is 4-1 and Boston Red Rocks, who received the U.S.-based Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male pacer last season, is 5-1. Below is the Hempt Memorial field followed by the fields for the remaining stakes Saturday at Pocono: $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial (Race 10; estimated post time 9:31 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - More Dragon - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ron Burke - 20/1 2 - Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 5/2 3 - Western Fame - George Napolitano Jr. - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 4 - JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 6/1 5 - Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott - 8/1 6 - Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 5/1 7 - Katies Rocker - David Miller - Jim Campbell - 4/1 8 - Control The Moment - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell - 7/2 9 - Big Top Hanover - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 15/1 $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial (Race 9; estimated post time 9:08 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - JK Fannie - Jim Morrill Jr. - Nancy Johansson - 10/1 2 - I Said Diamonds - Matt Kakaley - Matias Ruiz - 5/1 3 - Newborn Sassy - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King - 4/1 4 - Lindwood Beachgirl - Yannick Gingras - Mark Steacy - 12/1 5 - Skinny Dipper - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan - 20/1 6 - Darlinonthebeach - David Miller - Nancy Johansson - 3/1 7 - Pure Country - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5/2 8 - Blue Moon Stride - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder - 6/1 9 - Penpal - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance - 15/1 $500,000 Ben Franklin (Race 11; estimated post time 9:55 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Mel Mara - Corey Callahan - Dylan Davis - 6/1 2 - Shamballa - Scott Zeron - Rick Zeron - 8/1 3 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis - 5/2 4 - State Treasurer - Tim Tetrick - Ian Moore - 15/1 5 - Sunfire Blue Chip - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 6 - Freaky Feet Pete - Trace Tetrick - Larry Rheinheimer - 3/1 7 - Always B Miki - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 8 - All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 20/1 9 - Rock N' Roll World - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ron Burke - 30/1 10 - Always At My Place - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 10/1 Always At My Place starts from the second tier $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial (Race 12; estimated post time 10:20 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Reigning Moni - Scott Zeron - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 2 - Hollywood Highway - John Campbell - Staffan Lind - 15/1 3 - Truemass Volo - Eric Goodell - Douglas Hamilton - 12/1 4 - Dayson - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ron Burke - 3/1 5 - Trolley - Marcus Miller - Erv Miller - 6/1 6 - Brooklyn Hill - David Miller - Jonas Czernyson - 5/1 7 - Southwind Frank - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 5/2 8 - Dice Man - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 20/1 9 - Bar Hopping - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

Tony Alagna won the Pepsi North America Cup three years ago with Captaintreacherous and the New Jersey-based harness racing trainer is back again this year hoping to advance three horses to the lucrative June 18 final. Alagna's Highlandbeachycove and Racing Hill are in the first of two nine-horse Cup Eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The two will start on opposite ends of the gate, with Highlandbeachycove and driver Scott Zeron leaving from post No. 1 and Racing Hill and driver Brett Miller leaving from post No. 9. American Passport, Alagna's remaining entry, will start from post No. 8 in the second elim, with Zeron at the lines. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the C$1 million final. Racing Hill and American Passport both won divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes last year at Lexington's Red Mile. Both horses have raced twice this year without a win, but Alagna is pleased with the way the two colts are heading to the North America Cup eliminations. American Passport went off stride while battling for the lead in the stretch in his seasonal debut at the Meadowlands on May 21, but rebounded to finish second by a half-length to Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line in 1:50.1 in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes last Saturday at Mohawk. "We thought we had him in good shape going into his first start and it looked like he was going to go a good mile, he just needed a little bit more fine-tuning before the Somebeachsomewhere," Alagna said. "We worked on a couple things, took his hobbles in a little bit, and he trained back good and we expected him to be back on his game in Canada. And he was very good. He was back to his old self." American Passport is owned by Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jodi Siamis. He is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Star Of The Show. He sold 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 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, and stakes-winner Ideal Matters. The family also includes world champion Hit Parade. For his career, American Passport has won three of 13 races and earned $212,534. "He's an extremely high speed horse," Alagna said. "He's showed that he can sprint as hard as anything. It's just a matter of keeping him strong and healthy. I think he'll take care of the rest." Racing Hill, a homebred colt for owner Tom Hill, heads to his North America Cup elimination with two second-place finishes this season. He finished second by three-quarters of a length to War-N-Munn in a conditioned race at Mohawk last Saturday despite a :25.4 final quarter-mile and finished second by a nose to Major War in 1:49.2 in his seasonal debut in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. "He was very good up there," Alagna said about last week's effort. "We just needed a nice start over the track to make sure we were ready for (this) week. All systems are go. Last year he was a good-sized horse but he's even bigger and more muscular this year. I think he's got a big shot too." Racing Hill, a son of Roll With Joe out of the mare Chasing Ideals, has won five of 12 career races and earned $140,926. Highlandbeachycove was unbeaten in his first two races this year, but finished ninth in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes last weekend. Alagna said the horse scoped sick following the race. "He was loaded with mucous, everything down deep coming from his lungs," Alagna said. "He didn't get the best trip, but he still shouldn't have gotten tired like he did. He's a much better horse than that. "We're going to treat him and put him back in and give him a shot. He jogged back good, never missed a meal, had no temperature or anything like that. He just scoped bad. Hopefully we'll get him cleaned up." Highlandbeachycove has won three of eight lifetime starts and earned $40,388. He is owned by Alagna Racing, Eagles Soar Partners, Joe Sbrocco, and Alan Alber. The colt, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Rockn Highland, sold for $100,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale. His dam is a half-sister to millionaire Armbro Animate as well as Artistic Vision, the mother of 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and $2-million-earner Clear Vision. Saturday's card at Mohawk also features two eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers and three eliminations for the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer 1st Elimination 1. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 2. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 3. Control The Moment by Well Said (Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell) 4. Lyons Snyder by Well Said (Sylvain Filion - Mark Silva) 5. Beast Mode by Rock N Roll Heaven (Sylvain Filion - Robert Reid) 6. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight (David Miller - Casie Coleman) 7. Im Some Graduate by Somebeachsomewhere (John Campbell - Tom Cancelliere) 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover (Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen) 9. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) 2nd Elimination 1. Nocturnal Bluechip by Bettor's Delight (Paul MacDonell - Mark Steacy) 2. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover (Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott) 3. Brookdale Sonny by Bettor's Delight (Mike Saftic - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) 5. Michaels Victory by Rocknroll Hanover (Sylvain Filion - Mark Silva) 6. Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 7. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 8. American Passport by American Ideal (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 9. Magnum J  by Big Jim (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Manalapan, NJ --- When announcer Larry Lederman went through the driver changes for Monday's eighth-race harness racing qualifier at Gaitway Farm, spectators shared a few puzzled looks when Fredi Herrera was named on the No. 1 horse, Southwind Cruze, from the stable of trainer Julie Miller. As it turned out, Herrera and Southwind Cruze were making their career debuts together. A 33-year-old native of Guatemala, Herrera has spent more than half his life in the U.S. working for harness racing stables in Chicago and New Jersey. He began working as an assistant trainer for Julie and Andy Miller in December. His new employers were impressed with his abilities and encouraged him to get a driver's license. Several weeks ago, Herrera received a license that enables him to drive in qualifiers and fairs. Paul Stafford, another Miller Stable assistant who knew Herrera from his days in Chicago, helped Herrera with the process. "I knew him from Chicago, but when you work with someone you gain respect for their horsemanship," Julie Miller said. "He was really talented and had a good set of hands and willingness to learn under Andy on the driving aspect of it. We wanted to give him a chance with some horses that he's been training down for us. He's been really successful and we're really proud of him." Herrera drove in four qualifiers on Monday. He drove two 2-year-old trotters for Miller and also picked up drives from Tony Alagna and Scott DiDomenico. His best finish came with DiDomenico's 6-year-old trotter Panamanian Hanover, a second, although he missed victory by only 1-1/2 lengths with Southwind Cruze while finishing fifth. "I was a little nervous, but it's good," Herrera said. "I want to start qualifying now and see if I'm good or no good. Maybe I can make it. This is my plan." Herrera came to the U.S. in 1999 and spent 10 years in Chicago before moving to New Jersey. "I've never done anything else but work with horses," said Herrera, who was an assistant trainer at multiple stables before joining Team Miller. "I like it. I'm happy." Miller was happy to see Herrera on the track for his first drives. "We hope he continues to qualify and has success, wherever the journey takes him," she said. Ken Weingartner

Ontario sired sophomore fillies were the main attraction Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and harness racing upsets was the theme of the night. The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (S.B.O.A) Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies featured award winners in both the pacing and trotting divisions. O'Brien Award winner L A Delight was seeking her 13th consecutive victory in the $173,329 S.B.O.A Filly Pace Final, but Good Will Hanover stole the show. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Good Will Hanover went to the front and never looked back en route to a career-best 1:50 victory. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee posted fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.4. L A Delight got away fourth from post-four for driver Randy Waples, but was forced to come first up entering the final turn. The heavy 2/5 favourite never really got close to Good Will Hanover and had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Mayhem Seelster, who blasted out from the nine-hole to get away third, finished three-quarters of a length behind the winner in second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. Good Will Hanover won her elimination last week in 1:51.1, which was over a second faster than L A Delight's 1:52.2 victory last Saturday. The Dr. Moore trainee went off at odds of 6/1. "Our filly had a lot of speed last year and again this year, but she has a little bit of a mental type issue and it takes a lot to calm her down," said Moore, who noted he has two caretakers looking after his filly. "They've done a heck of a job with her keeping her calm, we had to walk her a lot and that of sort of thing, but she did very well and it's certainly worth it." A daughter of Big Jim, Good Will Hanover won four of seven starts last year and now has two wins in three starts as a sophomore. Moore didn't have any instructions for Christoforou, but the race didn't play out the way he envisioned. "When (Christoforou) drives them once, he pretty well gets a feel for them and knows what he wants to do," Moore said. "I thought maybe (L A Delight) might go to the front and we may be in the two-hole is what I was thinking, but it didn't shape up that way." Owned by Glb Stable of Lakeview, Nova Scotia, Good Will Hanover now has career-earnings of $263,759. Dr. Moore noted that the S.B.O.A Stakes champion will be pointed towards the upcoming Fan Hanover stakes. Good Will Hanover paid $14.10 to win. Flowers N Songs trotted up a storm to split the favourites late and win the $174,329 S.B.O.A Filly Trot Final. Most eyes were focused heavily on O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill, who entered the Filly Trot final off a 1:53.1 elimination victory and was made the heavy 1/5 favourite. The Tony Alagna trainee got away fourth for driver Waples, but was almost 10 lengths behind the leader at the opening-quarter. Major Muscle posted a snappy :26.4 first-quarter, but the lead was short-lived. Celebrity Eventsy, the other elimination winner, trotted up from third to first moving to the half for driver Sylvain Filion. After a :55.3 half, Waples sent Caprice Hill first up to challenge Celebrity Eventsy, who reached the third-marker in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Caprice Hill closed in Celebrity Eventsy searching for the victory, but neither filly had nearly as much trot as Flowers N Songs. The Paul Reid trainee stayed along the pylons in mid-pack until the stretch, when driver Doug McNair found clear room and the 23-1 longshot blasted through to trot a tremendous final-eighth for the victory in 1:53. Caprice Hill finished 2¾ lengths back in second, while Celebrity Eventsy was third. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Flowers N Songs finished second in her elimination, 3½ lengths behind Celebrity Eventsy. The Robert Key homebred has been tremendous this season with six victories and five runner-up finishes from 12 starts. Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs now has career earnings of over $147,000. Her clocking of 1:53 knocked more than three-seconds off her previous career-best. A $2 win ticket on the Reid trainee returned $48.90. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

After he hit the wire first on March 19 for his first victory in more than 1-1/2 years, Mel Mara’s connections were understandably ecstatic, not only because any win is cherished, but because this one was so incredibly rewarding for harness racing trainer Tony Alagna and his team. “We are so thrilled to have our stable mascot back,” said the 7-year-old pacer’s conditioner. “He has been so good to us over all these years, but he had several issues that required us to give him over a year off and at this age you never know if they are going to come back. “Actually, he was scheduled to go in the January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands and we raced him one time before that as a gauge to see if he would go in the sale. He did not race very well (seventh on Jan. 16), but I felt that was only because he was not provided with an opportunity to show us his best. That is why we did not put him in the sale and we really cannot be any more pleased with how he proved himself.” A son of Lis Mara and the Matt’s Scooter mare M L Revrac, Mel Mara will seek to collect his second triumph of his comeback journey on Saturday (March 26) when he takes on seven rivals in a $16,000 non-winners contest at the Meadowlands. The horse will be steered by Scott Zeron and will leave from post position seven in the seventh race. Mel Mara is tied for fourth choice (6-1) on the morning line, but has paced the swiftest mile (1:49.1) of the year in this field. “Not only did he win, he was impressive in his last race,” Alagna said. “He was first over on a night the weather was not very cooperative and just powered home. With that race under his belt he should only improve and I think he will be extremely competitive in any spot we decide to put him in from now on.” Owned by Brittany Farms and Riverview Racing, Mel Mara has amassed $463,024 from 48 trips to the gate and his record stands at 11-7-2. As a 2-year-old he only managed one win from five starts but was a respectable fourth in the $317,800 Woodrow Wilson. After an eighth in a $40,400 elimination of the Metro Pace, which was captured by A Rocknroll Dance, he was put on the shelf with some minor ankle issues. The time to grow into himself was more than fortuitous as Mel Mara returned at age three in terrific form. He earned just under $340,000 from 20 starts in top company and established his lifetime mark of 1:49.1. The highlights of his season included a win in a $100,600 division of the Bluegrass Stakes over Sweet Lou, Bolt The Duer and Dapper Dude, a win over Michael’s Power in a $132,600 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final and a fourth in the $300,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super final. After a strong second in his $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination, Mel Mara was an unlucky seventh in the final after leaving from the 10 hole. “He is just such a classy horse,” Alagna said. “That was a very tough group of horses to compete against and he showed up every time. After that huge win down in Lexington he went right up to Canada and beat the Jug winner (Michael’s Power) on a half(-mile track). I think that goes to show what kind of talent he has always possessed and what kind of heart.” Like many horses, Mel Mara did not exactly excel during his 4-year-old year. From 16 pari-mutuel miles he was 3-2-0 and banked just over $67,000. As a 5-year-old he raced on four occasions with two wins and a third and brought home $14,400 in purse money. That is when Alagna realized several physical issues were hampering how he raced and it was decided to turn him out in September 2014. “With all that he has done for us as a very nice stakes horse we wanted to do what was right by him,” Alagna said. “There were a couple things bothering him. They weren’t serious and all he needed was time. That was when we decided to be patient and give him all he needed. We probably even gave him too much time, but it is better to give them too much rather than not enough. Besides this horse is a favorite of ours and we would go above and beyond for whatever he needs.” Mel Mara made the first step in his return on Jan. 2 with a second in a qualifying race at the Meadowlands. He followed that up with the same placing in another qualifying contest the following week before finishing seventh in a betting engagement. He was then given the month of February off and was sixth in another qualifying race on March 5. On March 12, the gelding was sixth again in a non-winners of $17,000 but his final quarter-mile was :26.4 against horses that were in racing shape. That race sharpened him for his 11th career score. Now that Mel Mara has once again returned to the winner’s circle, Alagna is not exactly certain of what his racing future may consist of, but he definitely knows this: “He is an absolute pleasure to have in our barn,” he said. “Not only is he the consummate professional and completely well-mannered on the track and off, he has an excellent personality. He is a very fun horse and is one of those you look forward to seeing every day. I can’t stress enough how good he was to us and we are so excited our patience paid off for him to still be with us. He is a very important part of our stable and we have a lot of confidence in him for the rest of the season.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, U.S. Trotting Association Social Media and Publicity Manager Allison Conte and Emily Gaskin, Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino at Hoosier Park have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Incumbent trustees Marly Pinske, Leah Cheverie, Lillie Brown and Corey Callahan were re-elected to the board. Also elected was the existing slate of officers: President Marlys Pinske; Vice-President Nicola Abrams; Secretary Leah Cheverie; and Treasurer Lillie Brown. Alagna is one of the most successful trainers in the sport, with earnings just shy of $25,000,000. Among his most successful horses are 2012 and 2013 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous, who is standing his second year at stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania; 1015 O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill; and 2012 Kentucky Futurity champ My MVP. He opened his public stable just six years ago after stints as an assistant trainer with several top operations. He has been a strong financial supporter of the HHYF Drive For Youth Fundraiser. You can learn more about Tony at his website, www.alagnaracing.com. "I am honored to have been given the great opportunity and responsibility to serve as HHYF trustee," Alagna commented. "HHYF is an organization near and dear to my heart, due to the fact that I attended many camps as a child. I hope to be a positive voice to help take HHYF into the future and give back what harness racing has given me." Conte has been a driving force behind the USTA's social media initiative since joining the organization in May of 2014. She graduated from the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Allison served as a caretaker in the Ron Burke stable during college, working with the richest pacer of all time, Foiled Again, among others. Allison also spent time working with HHYF Leadership campers in 2015. Conte looks forward to working more closely with the organization "HHYF represents something incredibly important, our future. I love the organization and admire everything they do and the passion with which they do it. Spending time at the leadership camp was one of the highlights of last summer for me. I'm thrilled to be an active part of something I believe in so wholeheartedly," she said. A resident of Pendleton, Ind., Gaskin graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural communication and joined Hoosier Park in 2012. Emily has an extensive background in harness racing. Her family, Ernie and Darla Gaskin, own and operate Crimson Lane, a training center just south of Hoosier Park. Gaskin also worked as a reporter for Horseman and Fair World and Harness Racing Update as well as owning the Indiana-sired warhorse Jammin'Joshua. She was named winner of the 2014 Breakthrough Award by the United States Harnes s Writers Association. "Our new trustees bring a vibrant and energetic perspective to HHYF," said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "While we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, looking forward to the next 40 years is equally as important, and having Tony, Allison and Emily as trustees will provide fresh viewpoints." Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation makes a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this release, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or keith@hhyf.org  

Harrisburg, PA --- Senena Esty is proud of her boy, but it is hard to say goodbye. Esty's Spring Haven Farm consigned colt trotter Kadillac, who was Tuesday's sale-topper at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The Ontario-eligible yearling, a son of stallion Kadabra out of the mare Proactive Gal, was purchased for $260,000 by Clark Beelby. Kadillac's family includes stakes-winner Bramasole, who also is the dam of this year's Peaceful Way winner Caprice Hill. "It's hard to see him go because I've spent every day with him," Esty said. "I try to be professional, but I've shed a few tears. I'm very proud of him. He just grew to be an outstanding individual. He's the nicest trotter I've ever sold." Kadillac was joined at the top of Tuesday's sale prices by colt pacer Sovereign Deo, who sold for $190,000 to Tom Hill. Sovereign Deo is a son of Mach Three out of World Of Her Own. His second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty and his family includes stakes-winners World Of Rocknroll and Rock N' Roll World, plus Worldly Treasure, who is the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Captaintreacherous. Tony Alagna, who trained Captaintreacherous, will train Sovereign Deo. "Basically, it's the same family as Captaintreacherous," Tom Hill Jr. said. "Tony liked the horse. I spoke to Tony several weeks to go, he phoned me up, and his exact words were 'Wow, what a jaw-dropper he is.' He has a great conformation and the pedigree is second to none. "In my opinion, he was the best pacing colt in the sale. I think the price proved that. I'm very happy with the purchase. My dad wanted him and he step up. Fortunately, we got him. We'll just hope for a little bit of luck and take it from there." Through two days at the Standardbred Horse Sale, a total of 650 horses were sold for an average of $39,396. The average is a drop of 15.7 percent compared to the average of $46,748 for 535 horses last year. Standardbred Horse Sales Company President Pete Spears said some of the drop was the result of the Pennsylvania's budget impasse that led Gov. Tom Wolf to threaten to halt horse racing in the state. Negotiations are continuing to resolve the issue. A total of 398 Pennsylvania-eligible horses have sold for an average of $38,573. "After two days it's clear that the recent problems in Pennsylvania have had an adverse effect on the sale's results," Spears said. The price for Kadillac topped last year's Tuesday sale-topper, which was $225,000 for colt trotter Gotalottacredit. "I never try to have expectations because you don't want to set yourself up for disappointment," Esty said about Kadillac's price. "We're just a farm family and we just try to make a living doing what we love. But as the sale got closer and he looked the part, I thought hopefully he would bring $100,000." Esty bought Kadillac, who was bred by Dunroven Stud, as a weanling in November 2014. "He had a very good family and the conformation to go with it," Esty said. "It just looked like he had the potential to grow into a very nice colt." After watching Kadillac bolt through an open gate, Esty thought he had true potential. "He was in a group of 10 other colts and got past the gate," Esty said. "He got past me pretty quick. But, boy, you should have seen him trot. That was the day I knew I had something there. "He was quite the special colt so I had to pick out the perfect name for him." David Meirs III understands how Esty feels. Meirs' Concord Stud Farm raised and consigned Monday's sale-topper filly trotter Future Secured, for $500,000. The price equaled the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and was the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. "It's not fully sunken in," Meirs said. "It's something I'm going to cherish. I sensed by whom was looking at the filly there was a chance (for a high price), but I've been there. I've done this now for more than 40 years. There are so many times you sit there and think you've got that one. "But when she hit $400,000 it was like being in a race. I saw multiple hands going up in the air and I almost had to catch myself; I was turning white. I starting thinking 'Where are we going here?' It was that thrill, but that's only part of it. Now I want her to do well. Nothing is going to make me happier than seeing this horse go forward and do well for the owners, and I can be a part of that." Meirs began to think Future Secured could be special when he watched her trot alongside her dam, 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname, in the field. "I did not start to truly appreciate the filly until I watched her mom going through the field with her," Meirs said. "She would go stride for stride, exact same motion in the front. Her mother is a kind filly, but a little tough. But I think you need a little bit of that toughness to be a good racehorse. But what I enjoyed about this filly is that she's gaited exactly like mom." Meirs is no stranger to success --- Concord Stud Farm also consigned, as agent, last year's sale-topper Brooklyn Hill for $390,000, for example --- but he takes nothing for granted. "It's like the racing game," Meirs said. "You have your highs and you have the lows. When you have the high, cherish it. "There are a lot of keys to success, but it's not just one person. It's family; my family is involved very closely in the business. I've got a very good staff of people. We work seven days a week and we take a huge amount of pride in the product we come out with. We put a lot of time and effort into these youngsters to get them here to this point. It gives us a lot of self-satisfaction." Day Two Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 385-C-T-Kadillac-Kadabra-Proactive Gal-Clark Beelby-Spring Haven Farm-$260,000 499-C-P-Sovereign Deo-Mach Three-World Of Her Own-Tom Hill-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$190,000 2022-C-T-Wild Whiskey-Cantab Hall-Bourbon Belle-Joe Holloway-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$130,000 557-F-T-By A Neck Hanover-Chapter Seven-By A Nose Hanover-Andy Miller Stable, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$105,000 316-C-P-Must Be Luck-Camluck-Fashion Sureal-Dave Menary-All American Harnessbreds-$100,000 367-C-T-Change Page-Chapter Seven-Order By Credit-Michael Pozefsky-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$100,000 402-F-T-Royal Witch-Kadabra-Royal Tennis-Benoit Baillargeon, agent-Preferred Equine Mkt. Inc., agent-$100,000 442-C-P-Twin B Rockstar-Rocknroll Hanover-Sugar Sugar-Brian Brown-Twinbrook Farms-$100,000 390-F-P-Crooked Halo-Big Bad John-Real Lady Katie-Jeff Webster-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$95,000 410-C-P-Beach House-Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue-Harry Locke-All American Harnessbreds-$92,000 Ken Weingartner          

Vernon, N.Y. -- A quartet of $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary events headlined Friday (October 23) evening's harness racing trotting program at Vernon Downs, and driver Tim Tetrick made the absolute best of both his drives on the card.   In the evening's eighth race, Tetrick took his time with Tony Alagna trainee Double Exposure ($3.90), commencing a first-over bid on the backstretch en route to a three-length triumph over Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) and pacesetter Hollywood Hill (John Campbell). The 2-year-old Donato Hanover filly captured her third career win in as many starts in 1:55.1, edging away from her competition in similar fashion to two prior outings at The Red Mile.   "The Intimidator" completed his double with the Chuck Sylvester-trained Dog Gone Lucky ($2.50) in the 10th event, employing a drastically different tactic with the 2-year-old son of Lucky Chucky. Dog Gone Lucky dueled early with Southern Palms through a :26.4 initial quarter, working to the fore before rating a 1:00.3 middle half and subsequently scampering clear of his four rivals for a decisive 5-length win. Southwind Flash (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied into second, and Labatt Hanover (David Miller) flattened off the far turn yet still held third.   Earlier Kindergarten Classic events were taken by Celebrity Express ($4.20, John Campbell, 1:59.1) and Legal Lady ($88.00, Jan Johnson, 1:55). Celebrity Express took charge in his split after stalking a :30 initial quarter, backing down the middle half before using a stout :27.3 closing sectional to hold clear of Brownie Hanover in deep stretch.   The speed mark of the evening among the freshmen belonged to Legal Lady, who at 43-1 was also the highest-priced winner of the night. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe worked first-over through the far turn to wear down pacesetter Radiant Beam (Jim Marohn, Jr.), digging in late to stave off a late charge from Lookin Sharp (Corey Callahan) for the upset victory.   The top point-earners through this year's Kindergarten Classic preliminary events will contest a pair of rich finals next Saturday evening, October 31.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 24, 2015), with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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