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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Historically, the Meadowlands is a track where a horse can win from well off the pace, but Alotbettor N took that to an extreme in taking the featured high-range conditioned pace at the Big M harness racing on Saturday night. Bushwacker, the 9-2 third choice in the wagering, was on the point from the start to the head of the stretch, but nearing three-quarters there was a live flow coming after the leader, with the train being led by 2-1 favorite, Dover Downs shipper Penzance Hanover. Driver Vinny Ginsburg had Alotbettor N in the flow but had much to do since he was seventh in the eight-horse field with a quarter-mile to go racing fourth over. The duo proved up to the task. Ginsburg steered Alotbettor N to the outside for the stretch drive and the pair fired home in :27 to record a half-length win over McThriller. Stonedust finished third. "Alotbettor is such an honest horse," said winning trainer Jenn Bongiorno. "And he absolutely loves it when we bring him back to the Big M. I wasn't surprised at all how he won the race because I know he loves to come from off the pace and never gives up." Alotbettor N returned $16.60 to win as the fifth choice in the wagering after completing the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. For his career, the 8-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Falcons Flybye has won 25-of-88 starts and banked $259,415 for owners Joe Bongiorno, Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro. On the driving side of things, Yannick Gingras had what for him is a typical night at the salt mine, visiting the winner's circle four times on the 13-race program. Gingras scored with McClinchie N ($3.80 to win as the favorite) in 1:51.3 in the first race conditioned pace, Blacklight ($3.80 as the favorite) in 1:52.2 in the fourth race for pacers who were non-winners of two, Spaghetti Eddie ($9.20 as the third choice) in 1:51.3 in the 11th race conditioned pace before capping his night off with U F Rockin Dragon ($4.40 as the favorite) in 1:52.1 in the 12th race conditioned pace. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast player betting into the Catskills hub was the holder of the only ticket that lasted six legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and was rewarded with a payout of $14,376. ... Ginsburg, Andy Miller and Dexter Dunn all had driving doubles while Nick Surick trained a pair of winners. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool saw $108,946 in bets. Those who had 28-1 shot Mach N Cheese in the first leg and then went on to cash collected a hefty $3,874. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,782,432. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Chris Lakata hopes it's best to be "Lucky" this weekend at The Meadowlands. Lucky Weekend, trained by Lakata, starts from post eight with driver Vincent Ginsburg in Saturday's $221,540 Kindergarten Classic Series championship for 2-year-old male harness racing trotters at the Big M. The gelding, purchased last month by Richard Mishkin for $45,000 at the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, has won five of nine races and is among the season's 10 fastest 2-year-old male trotters, with a mark of 1:54.2. He went off stride in his first start for his new connections on Oct. 12, but rebounded with a Kindergarten win a week later. He was scratched last week because of sickness. "There are a lot of horses that are sick now; it seems to be going around," Lakata said about Lucky Weekend, a son of Lucky Chucky-Weekend Vacation who was trained previously by Chuck Sylvester. "He seems to be better now. "He seems like a nice solid horse. He's got a great attitude and is a very happy horse. I really like everything about him. He was already on his way to looking good before we got him. He made a break the first week we raced him so we changed a couple things and he was really good his last start." The Meadowlands hosts four Kindergarten championships on Saturday. In addition to the final for 2-year-old male trotters there is the $236,060 final for 2-year-old female trotters, $173,800 final for 2-year-old male pacers, and $148,700 final for 2-year-old female pacers. Post time is 7:15 p.m. (EDT) for the program's first race. Lakata, a former longtime assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Ron Gurfein, is in his fourth year operating his own stable. His barn at Joie De Vie Farm in New Jersey typically numbers five to 10 horses. Lucky Weekend's appearance in the Kindergarten championship is Lakata's first trip to a Grand Circuit final with his own stable. "Some weeks are great, and some are not so great," said a laughing Lakata, who grew up near Saratoga and began working with horses there after graduating from high school. "Sometimes you think you're a genius, and other times you look in the mirror and ask yourself if you know what you're doing. I've been doing it all my life, so I'm used to it. "I don't think I could work indoors in an office. As soon as I started (with the horses) I liked it. You're around all kind of people and they all blend together. It's a lot of fun." Lucky Weekend faces a field that includes 4-for-4 Seven Hills, trained by John Butenschoen, and Divine Spirit, trained by Brett Pelling. The horses, which were tied atop the Kindergarten standings, both enter the final off back-to-back wins in the series. This will be Lucky Weekend's final start of the year. "I think (Lucky Weekend) is as good as the others in there," Lakata said. "We'll find out. I hope he's as good this week as he was in his last start. He should be OK." For Saturday's complete entries, click here. For the Kindergarten standings, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Vinny Ginsburg and trainer Tony Alagna were the big stars at the Meadowlands Friday night, as each scored three times on the 10-race program. The potent pair teamed up to win twice on the card, first with Odds On Stephanie in a conditioned event for filly and mare pacers. The 3-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure scored as the 1-5 favorite in 1:53.4 in the second race to win for the second time in her career. Ginsburg and Alagna scored again in the ninth race with 5-2 second choice Odds On St Lucie in a division of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old fillies on the pace. The daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure completed the mile in 1:53.2, winning for the third time in eight career starts. Ginsburg's third winner of the night came in race seven behind the Chris Lakata-trained Lucky Weekend, who came back to win despite yielding the lead at the three-eighths. The son of Lucky Chucky-Weekend Vacation hit the wire in 1:56 after going post ward at odds of 5-1 in a Kindergarten division for freshmen colt and gelding trotters. Eric Abbatiello drove Alagna's other winner of the night, Escapetothebeach, in the fifth race Kindergarten for pacing colts and geldings. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape hit the wire in a lifetime-best equaling 1:52.2 after going off at odds of 3-1. A LITTLE MORE: There was one very happy simulcast player in the Buckeye State. Only one ticket - sold in Ohio - had all 10 winners in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10, and returned $8,444. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached a meet-high $76,960. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $1,340,547. ... Marcus Johansson and Victor Kirby each recorded driving doubles. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WILKES-BARRE PA - All three divisions of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) - for open pacers, open trotters, and mare pacers -- have filled this week, which means three heats of competitive action for $30,000 each at the eastern Pennsylvania tracks this weekend. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will play host to the open pacers on Saturday evening. Accorded 5-2 morning line favoritism is More The Better N, a son of Bettor's Delight who made his U.S. debut a successful one this past Sunday at Philly, rallying from far back to post a 1:49.4 tally. A winner of $445,168, More The Better N drew the challenging post seven in a field of eight for driver Vinnie Ginsburg, trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Robert Cooper Stables LLC and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Highalator, starting from post two for driver Eric Carlson, is no stranger to winning over the Pocono oval, and having posted a career-best 1:48 at The Meadowlands two starts ago, he is rated the early second choice at 3-1 in the GNOS contest, tenth on the mountain oval's card. The action goes south 100 miles on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for the two races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. First up will be the sixth race open trot, with Guardian Angel AS, who set a track record of 1:52 for four-year-old trotting horses when he raced here on June 24, given the early nod at 5-2 from post five for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and owners Kjell Johansson and the ACL Stuteri AB of John Erik Magnusson, who passed away last week. The son of Archangel will be going for his fourth win in five seasonal starts on Sunday. Co-second choices at 3-1 are Such An Angel (post one, driver George Napolitano Jr.), who won an Open handicap at Yonkers in the time of 2:24.2 for 1¼ miles last time out, and the two-time divisional champion mare Broadway Donna (post two, driver David Miller), who won here in the GNOS on June 10. Pacing mares will take to the track in race eleven, with the 5-2 early choice Tequila Monday beginning from post six in a seven-horse grouping. The daughter of American Ideal, to be driven by Eric Goodell for trainer Chris Oakes and the partnership of Northfolk Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey, won a GNOS event at Pocono on June 3, and she missed just a head to Newborn Sassy in a distaff handicap pace at Yonkers in her last race. L A Delight, who won a GNOS contest here on May 27 and has been consistently-close to the best of her group since, is held at 3-1 early as she begins from post three for driver Yannick Gingras. The Great Northeast Open Series contestants are trying to earn enough points to make their way into their division's GNOS Championship - all three of the groups will go for $100,000 over 1¼ miles at Pocono on Sunday, September 2, also the card featuring the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for three-year-olds. From the PHHA/Harrah's & Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After finishing a solid second and third, respectively, in his two preliminaries, Mike's Powerhouse upped his game Saturday night, saving his best effort for the Caramore Series Final, winning the $20,850 harness racing feature at the Meadowlands for non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 on the pace. Driver Vinny Ginsburg, who won three races on the evening, put the 6-year-old gelded son of Camluck on the lead around the first turn from the rail and hit the quarter in :26.2. The eventual winner got a :57.3 breather through the middle half as Rockinwiththebest, the slight 3-2 favorite, popped out the four hole at the three-eighths and inched his way toward the leader on the rim. But Mike's Powerhouse brought just enough through a final quarter of :26.4 to hold off the late-charging Astor, who finished a neck back. Rockinwiththebest held on for third. Byby Landon, the slight 3-2 second choice, was blocked in the pocket and had to settle for fifth. Mike's Powerhouse returned $11.80 to win as the third choice in the wagering and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 for trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. RED MAN, BLACK INK: Driver Eric Abbatiello continued to endear himself to value players Saturday, guiding one 6-1 shot and a 9-2 chance to victory lane. This after his 22-1 score on the Friday card. FAVES NOT FAB: After post-time choices went only 2-for-9 on the Friday program, the chalk players probably felt they were due for a big night Saturday, but it wasn't to be. The first 10 chalks failed before Music Is Art clicked at 4-5 in the finale. For the race week, favorites went 3-for-20 (15 percent). A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down when compared to the comparable card from a year ago, with short fields the main culprit. During the course of the night, four fields had but six betting interests at post time. On last year's card, the average numbers of starters per race was 8.2. This year, it was 7.2. Last year, the total wagered was $2,229,350. This year, it was $1,878,057, a decrease of 15.8 percent. ... One lucky player betting into the Elite Turf Club hub raked the pot in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five. He or she who held the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-8-6-2-5 in the ninth race cashed in for $16,154. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $265,472. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - Summerlike conditions greeted harness racing fans at The Meadowlands on Saturday evening, with temperatures in the low 80's bringing out a large crowd for the annual Beerfest and Battle of the Burgers. Odds on Equuleus (Vinny Ginsburg) made it back-to-back Big M scores with a win in the feature, a $17,500 conditioned event, unleashing a wicked 26 second final kicker to rally up in time for a three-quarter length win in 1:48.4. Mr D's Dragon (Christian Lind) blasted off the wings to take the early lead, with Iwillmakeyousaywow (Daniel Dube) taking a two-hole tuck past the opening quarter in 26.4. Shortly after the field settled up the backstretch, Driver Jordan Stratton was on the attack first over with the New Zealand bred Iammrbrightside N, who was imported to the U.S. in early spring. Ontario Success (Dan Charlino) followed that live cover up second over, with the 9-5 slight favorite Odds on Equuleus setting things up third over in the flow. Mr. D's Dragon continued to stand tall after putting up crisp fractions, by the half in 54.1 and three-quarters in 1:22, but it was ultimately Odds on Equuleus who tipped 4-wide down the lane and made up the four-length difference from sixth to outsprint his rivals and hit the line first in 1:48.4. It was the 20th victory of his career, and a seasons best effort. Mr D's Dragon held on for the second spot, with Iwillmakeyousaywow staying on late to be third. Odds on Equuleus Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,349,707. Live racing continues at The Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday nights with a first post of 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz  

East Rutherford, N.J. -- The Rock and Roll Stable's Americanprimetime ($7.40) was resolute amid early pressure, turning aside two early harness racing challengers and setting fast fractions en route to a 1:49 triumph in the featured $17,500 top-level pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 25) evening.   Joe Bongiorno had the accelerator down early with the 4-year-old American Ideal entire, battling with Vapour N (Pat Berry) and Art History (Victor Kirby) through a :26.2 first quarter and refusing to yield. While Vapour N eased off the pace, Americanprimetime would not shake off the challenge of Art History until well after a :53.4 half, subsequently gaining separation on the field through the far turn. Americanprimetime amassed a 3-1/2 length lead in upper stretch, but was fully extended in the last eighth to stave off a massive rally from Jacksrluckytoo (Jim Marohn, Jr.), who circled three-wide off the far turn and closed boldly to miss Americanprimetime's 1:49 mile by a scant head. Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) circled from the rear of the field to take third, a farther 3-1/2 lengths back.   Rick Dane, Jr. trains Americanprimetime, now a 7-time winner.   For Bongiorno, the featured win was one of five on the 12-race card. Vinny Ginsburg also accounted for five driving wins on the evening, including the $15,000 Dash for the "G" Notes mini-series final for first-level conditioned pacers with Vague Traces ($2.20, 1:50).   Kate Repetto was crowned the 2016 Ms. Hot to Trot at the Meadowlands and Alicia Blanks the runner-up, taking a $5,000 grand prize and $2,500 second prize, respectively.   Both 20¢ Jackpot High 5 wagers carry over to next Friday's (July 1) program, with $21,976.73 going to the fifth-race High 5, and $267,769.47 added to the closing-race High 5 should one bettor take down the entire pool.   Despite one fewer race on the card in comparison to the corresponding Saturday program in 2015, total all-sources handle increased by $178,363.   Friday evening's program is due to commence at 7:15 p.m. Eastern. Fans and horsemen alike are advised that the Saturday (July 2) card carries a special first post of 6:30 p.m. For full information on racing, dining, and events at the Meadowlands, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

William Donovan's 6-year-old pacing gelding Ashley's Husband ($16.60) sustained a first-over grind into a :54.4 last half to take Saturday (March 26) evening's harness racing featured $16,000 top-level conditioned event at The Meadowlands. Vinny Ginsburg wanted no part of the early pace, rating Ashley's Husband off dueling leaders Dynamic Youth (Joe Bongiorno) and Real Nice (Andy McCarthy) through a :27.1 quarter before tightening in on the backstretch as the pace slowed. After a :56.1 half, Ginsburg edged Ashley's Husband first-over, pushing Dynamic Youth to a :28.2 third quarter before wearing him down at the eighth pole. Ashley's Husband accelerated to the winning post for a 1:51 triumph, evading both Real Nice, who chased up the pegs, and the second-over Jacksrluckytoo (Jim Marohn, Jr.). Favorite Mel Mara (Scott Zeron) kept even off third-over cover, but posed no threat in the accelerating late pace, finishing fifth. The Kyle Spagnola trainee earned his 25th career win, and his second of the year in nine tries. Scott Zeron led all drivers with three wins on the night, teaming up with Watkins ($7.20, 1:55), Bettor Memories ($15.20, 1:52), and McArdles Lightning ($2.60, 1:51.2). A carryover in excess of $31,000 spurred $151,096 of new money in the 50¢ Pick 5, which returned $2252.30 to correct backers. As races 9 through 12 were cancelled due to a lighting malfunction on the clubhouse turn, the Late Pick 4 paid on all tickets with Ashley's Husband in race 7, McArdles Lightning in race 8, and any horses in races 9 and 10. The 1-4-all-all late Pick 4 returns $4.75 on every 50¢ wagered. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, April 1, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT. The fifth race Jackpot High 5 carryover has grown to $12,633, while the same wager in the final race boasts $154,428 in added money. MEADOWLANDS FORCED TO CANCEL REMAINDER OF SATURDAY PROGRAM DUE TO POWER OUTAGE Due to a power outage that affected the track lights around the first turn and paddock area, the Meadowlands was forced to cancel the remainder of Saturday night’s racing card. Eight of the 12 scheduled races were completed before the outage. The outage only affected lights in those areas. The rest of the facility has power and continued to operate normally. The Meadowlands was already scheduled to be closed Sunday in observance of Easter. Daytime simulcasting will be conducted at Winners Bayonne Off-Track Wagering. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 12, 2015 - It was all in the family when Vincent Ginsburg captured top driver honors and Vincent Fusco Jr. was the leading trainer when the 109-date Freehold Raceway meet concluded on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Ginsburg is the nephew of Fusco In the driver standings, Ginsburg posted 154 wins from 875 starters for earnings of $573,914. Finishing second was Eric Abbatiello with 148 wins and $586,070 while Stephen Smith topped earnings with $632,072, with 133 wins for third place. Rounding out the Top 5 are James Marshall III with 123 wins and Joseph Bongiorno with 78. Fusco led the way in the trainer standings with 72 wins and $223,271 in earnings. The Top 5 also included Nick Surick with 49 wins, John Urbanski with 40, Kelvin Harrison with 26 and Robert Bongiorno with 25. The 2016 meet opens on Friday, January 1, with qualifiers in the morning at 9:30 a.m. and the first pari-mutuel race at 12:30 p.m. Entries for the opening day card will close at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 while the box for qualifiers will close at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015. "I am looking forward to the 2016 racing season," said Freehold's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Karen Fagliarone. "We have the Standardbred Development Fund for two year olds scheduled in the fall next year, and I am optimistic that we will offer fuller fields. Our stake schedule also includes the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres, the Dexter Cup, the Lady Suffolk, the Charles and Helen Smith Trots, the Lou Babic Paces, the Harold and Marion Dancer Trots, and a late closer which will be scheduled sometime in September. The Open Space Pace is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016." Live racing will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays plus three Mondays: January 18, February 15 and September 5. "Our draw schedule will remain the same with the exception of Martin Luther King Day," Fagliarone said. "We are hopeful that we can get together a race to honor Martin Luther King Day. I have reached out to Montrell and George Teague, and they have both expressed interest. The race will be held the prior week, though, to accommodate their schedule." By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

Nichols, N.Y. -- Uncontested through a sensible early pace, odds-on harness racing favourite B Yoyo used a :27 third-quarter surge to evade his six trailing rivals in Saturday (August 29) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs, ultimately edging clear for a decisive 1:53 triumph.   Vinny Ginsburg wasted no time with the 5-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra, seizing command from Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) in the first hundred yards. The two continued unchallenged through early sectionals of :27.3 and :57.1, and B Yoyo turned up the tempo at first asking from Ginsburg, edging clear of Bourbon Bay by two lengths through a 1:24.1 three-quarter split while a first-over bid from Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) failed to materialize. B Yoyo remained strong to the end, holding clear by 2-1/2 lengths under intermittent whip taps while Bourbon Bay and Six Bax were both driven to give chase late. The 1:53 win was B Yoyo's third consecutive success, and the 15th of his career.   Bob Bongiorno trains B Yoyo for Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 30) afternoon, with a 13-race program headlined by five preliminary divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotters. Post time is slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

In a highly competitive harness racing field, Account Rollover was able to defeat five different Caramore division winners en route to completing a series sweep in The Caramore at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite, Account Rollover (Rocknroll Hanover) showed good speed early in the mile, made an aggressive move to the lead past the quarter in 27.1 and took charge down the backstretch. Driver Vincent Ginsburg was able to rate the speed of Account Rollover and was able to steal a 29-second, second quarter before picking up the tempo around the far turn, taking the field past three-quarters in 1:24. At this point, the favorite got a fresh challenge from the second choice, Long Live Rock who was pressing the pace first over. As the field turned for home, Account Rollover maintained his lead on Long Live Rock, Kings Barns was trying to rally off cover while Dragon Lore was looking for racing room between horses. But, Account Rollover was able to hold everybody off to score the win in 1:51. Account Rollover won for the third consecutive start and eleventh time in his career for trainer James Eaton and owner Robert Silberbeg. His driver, Vincent Ginsburg found the winner's circle three time on the night. In other action, Ontario Success won the upper-level condition pacing event for the second consecutive week, holding off favored Odds On Equuleus in a sharp 1:50 performance that included a 26.2 final quarter while taking the field wire to wire. Ontario Success (Lis Mara) was one of three winners on the card for Joe Bongiorno, who earned the win for trainer Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Meadowlands Pace-eligible Badiou Hanover made his presence felt on the Saturday program, winning for the third consecutive start and the first time at The Meadowlands. The gelded son of Well Said put forth a lifetime best effort, winning a non-winners of three condition event in 1:50.2 for trainer Julie Miller and owners, Pinske Stables and James Simpson. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 was not hit once again and the carryover now stands at $165,662, while the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 also went unclaimed and that carryover grew to $144,277. Total handle was flat when compared to the same date in 2014, but when compared to the night of the North America Cup in 2014, The Meadowlands handle this year showed a 15-percent increase. Racing resumes on Friday, with the preliminary round of the Ms. Hot To Trot competition with post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

The first of the Dash For The "C" Notes mini-series this week at The Meadowlands got underway on Thursday night with the filly and mare pacers. It was contested in four divisions requiring a horse finish first or second to guarantee a spot in the $25,000 harness racing Final next week. The word of the night was upset. The first division saw a mild upset as SGT Molly Pitcher (9/2), who led early in the mile, yielded to pressure and re-rallied to score the win in a lifetime best 1:51.2 for driver Vincent Ginsburg. The winner was trained and owned by Robert Ginsburg Jr. Next up was another upset as Antigua Hanover overcame post 10 to score a sharp first over victory at 8-1. Forced to press the pace uncovered after leaving smartly from the outside post, Antigua Hanover just kept on coming wearing down favored Best Boss to win in 1:52.1. Antigua Hanover was driven to victory by Andy Miller for Amber Buter and owners Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter. The third division was captured by 11-1 Weekend Getaway and Yannick Gingras. Entering the contest off a seven week layoff, Weekend Getaway went first over, wearing down Marty Party on the far turn and then holding that mare at bay through the stretch to win in 1:51.2, easily a lifetime mark. Weekend Getaway is trained by Phil Fluet who co-owns the mare with Keith Franklin. The final division also featured an upset winner as Deliciouslynaughty worked out a perfect second over trip to score the victory at 12-1. The race became wide open when 3/5 favorite, Bring Them Home, broke on the first turn. Deliciouslynaughty tracked cover and chased down Rhapsody Rose who did the work on the lead to score in 1:52.4 for John Campbell. The winner was trained by Mark Ford who also owns the mare. The $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 in both races went unclaimed. The fifth race carryover stands at $1,797.86 while the last race carryover has grown to $71,788.83. Post Time for the Friday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Sweeping three-wide on the backstretch to pounce on a pressured pace, Pan Luis Obispo ($6.00) drew off for a 4-1/4 length win in Friday (August 15) evening's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Vinny Ginsburg kept the four-year-old No Pan Intended mare well off a :54.2 first-half battle between Inittowinafortune (Aaron Byron) and Keystone Wanda (Corey Braden), moving a closer second-over on the backstretch before making a three-wide push past the fading Keystone Wanda. Pan Luis Obispo continued into the lead at the apex of the far turn, taking over from a softened up Inittowinafortune past a 1:22.3 three-quarter split. She drew clear of her six rivals at will through the stretch, keeping pocket rival Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) 4-1/4 lengths at bay for a 1:51.2 triumph. Cloris Hanover (Brandon Simpson) was an even--but all-out--third off her ground-saving trip.   Robert Bresnahan trains Pan Luis Obispo for winning owner Robert Bresnahan, Jr.   While only able to muster a second-place finish in the featured event, leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. registered a Friday night grand slam, winning with R U Ideal (1:54.1), O Narutac Rockette (1:54.4), Wallstreet Hanover (1:58.4), and Winbak Heavenly (1:53.2).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Saturday (August 16) evening, with first post slated for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Fresh off a pair of harness racing open wins at Saratoga, Obrigado ($8.70) pounced from a rated tracking trip to take the $15,000 Open Trot on Saturday (August 9) at Tioga Downs, equalling the all-age track record of 1:52.3 in the act.   From the outset, Aaron Byron kept the four-year-old Boy Band gelding well off an ambitious pace set by Wisenheimer (Jim Marohn, Jr.), only starting to move a closer second on the far turn after a 1:23.2 three-quarter split. While pressing on the far turn, Obrigado gained into a joint lead coming to the top of the stretch, driven out in the final sixteenth to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Macs Bad Boy (Mike Simons) rallied off a stalking trip to narrowly take second from Wisenheimer, while odds-on favorite Traverse Seelster (Brandon Simpson) simply had too far to rally, finishing fourth.   The mark, shared by Manningly and Autumn Escapade, also gave Obrigado outright ownership of the track record for four-year-old trotting geldings, eclipsing the past record of 1:54.3 shared by Martino and Brookroad Knight.   Trainer Paul Kelley co-owns Obrigado with the partnership of Higgins, Weaver, and Stable 45.   Later in the card, Pan Luis Obispo ($13.20) sustained a first-over bid to prevail in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, wearing down Inittowinafortune in 1:51.4. Vinny Ginsburg handled the driving duties of the four-year-old No Pan Intended mare for trainer Robert Bresnahan and owner Robert Bresnahan, Jr.   Live racing resumes on Sunday (August 10) afternoon, with a stakes-laden program headlined by the finals of the Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired three-year-old pacers. Post time is 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Saturday night at The Meadowlands was pleasant weather-wise with temperatures in the 50's and little to no wind while the action on the harness racetrack was hot right from the start. The sixth race was the $63,000 What Baron final, remembering one of the great pacers of the early years at The Meadowlands and it turned out to be a slugfest. Captive Audience and Wake Up Peter were both in line for a sweep and Dave Miller made a bold early statement, flaunting the impressive early speed of Captive Audience through the 26.3 opening quarter while Scott Zeron and Wake Up Peter could not find position from his outside post and were forced to press on for the lead. The pair met at the half in a demanding 53.3 and went toe to toe from that point forward. At the wire, it was Captive Audience prevailing in a close photo while Wake Up Peter had to settle for the place after an absolutely paint peeling effort. The time of 1:48.3 was a new career best for the winner, trained by Corey Johnson for Debbie Element and Mac Nichol of Ontario. The $55,800 Artistic Vision final (race 11) pitted favored American In Paris, questing for a series sweep, against JK Letitgo who had her own reign of terror interrupted by a pair of losses to her rival in the series legs. Jim Morrill, Jr was intent on the lead with American In Paris and set honest fractions as JK Letitgo made a bid around the final bend, taking a bravening tuck passing the 1:21.4 three panels. In the stretch, JK Letitigo emerged from the pocket and wore down the favorite to win in 1:50-. Driver Jonathan Roberts had this in the post-race interview, "I wanted to be close up, the fractions were fast enough that I thought she had enough to win. She actually was good enough last week but had no room in the stretch". The winner is trained by Joshua Parker, he is a partner in the filly with Nanticoke Racing, Barry Spedden and Kevin Evans. On the pari-mutuel front, Saturday's first race offered a Pick 5 carryover of $30,782 which attracted $140,596 in new money and those first few winners were not easy to have. Pierce came into the opener, a $30,000 instant series for Non Winners of 2 races with a perfect record, he had never won in 18 previous races. Tonight would be a different story as driver Scott Zeron, who had spoken to this particular horse's penchant for keeping himself classified in a Friday paddock interview, pressed to the lead passing the three eighths and held on in a photo for the 1:51.2 maiden breaker at odds of 8-1. The second race was the fast class A-2/B-1 pacers going for $22,500 and it was bombs away here when Rockin Wizard scored from off the pace for Mike Wilder in a new personal best of 1:49- returning $75.40 for a $2 win bet. The suspense continued to build when Jamaican Cowboy and Vinny Ginsburg won the fourth race from the clouds at 19-1. The will pays leading into the fifth and final leg of the bet revealed one uncovered combination and every held combination returning either $120,000 or $60,000 on the wager. In the end it was 5-1 shot Moonliteonthebeach scoring in a new record of 1:51 for Jonathan Roberts resulting in a published payoff of $60,140 for each fifty cent wager with the correct combination. The fifth and final preliminary leg of the Legends vs. Phenoms Driver Challenge was contested Saturday night as well. For the Phenoms, it was the same story as Scott Zeron swept each of the five preliminary legs, doing so this time with 79 points. On the Legends side, it came down to the final race as Dave Miller and Corey Callahan were tied after 12 races. Miller won the finale with OK Fame and took the $2,000 prize with 94 points. The 10 drivers qualifying for the Championship Round on Saturday April 26th, which will offer a $15,000 first place grand prize are Dave Miller, Corey Callahan, John Campbell, Jim Morrill Jr., Scott Zeron, Joe Bongiorno, Vincent Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr., Steve Smith and Mike Wilder. The championship round will be contested over a limited number of races and all ten drivers will have the same number of drives, giving them all an equal opportunity to take home the grand prize. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

The $47,650 final of the Winter Survivor Series saw Hacienda saved the day for his more highly regarded entry-mate Cane Ridge with a 1:51.2 score for Vinny Ginsburg at the Meadowlands Satuday. Cane Ridge's convincing win in the second prelim drew favoritism and Andy Miller sent him right to the front from the rail, the preferred position based his past performance. The fractions were fast but fair, however when the competition began to engulf the pace setter on all sides, trainer Doug Dilloian, Jr.s focus shifted from the tiring leader to his "other" horse Hacienda who was closing the widest and the fastest. At the wire Hacienda prevailed in a tight photo over Mc Rusty with Malosi N third. Darius Oshidar owns the winner. The six week "Legends vs Phenoms" Meadowlands drivers' tournament kicked off Saturday, with the top point earner of each distinction awarded a $2,000 prize. Scott Zeron was the leader at every call for the Phenoms and had his bounty salted away by race ten. The Legends, though fewer in number, were far more contentious in their competition. The Millers, Andy (who seemed to relish the opportunity to race a few on the lead with Yannick Gingras across the river all night) and David swapped the point lead back and forth several times and as they lined up for the twelfth and final Dave's lead was a tenuous five points. Dave Miller put the favored Pembroke Dewey on the lead and parked out Andy's weak bid with Corey Road to unceremoniously close him out and take home the $2,000 top prize. The competition will continue over the next several weeks with the final for the driver tournament schedule for Saturday, April 26th. The Drivers and Points will be updated at PlayMeadowlands.com throughout the tournament. On the equine front, two $20,000 divisions of the Clyde Hirt pacing series highlighted the card. One was rather formful while the other division resulted in a shocker. In the first split, a pair of leavers from outside posts made for a lively pace with first Avatartist then Burkentine Hanover clearing to the front through a 27- quarter and 54.2 half. Alexa's Jackpot took a bold run at Burkentine past the 1:21.4 three panels and was moving like a winner as Dave Miller desperately sought a seam for Avantartist. Once that fissure appeared, Miller guided him through a tiny opening up the cones to win by the slimmest of margins (and survive an inquiry to his course in the stretch) over Alexa's Jackpot in 1:50.1. Burkentine Hanover was a brave third. That gives Avatartist wins in both legs and he'll merit serious consideration in what shapes up to be a very competitive $83,000 final next Saturday night. Tony O'Sullivan trains the son of Rocknroll Hanover for W. Hill, P. Harrison, M. Saftic and J. Walker all of Ontario. Division two began largely as predicted with a couple of longshots battling away on the front and heavy favorite Wake Up Peter well situated second over around the final bend when he suddenly and unexpectedly went off stride. That left the long uncovered bid by Teresa's Beach well rewarded with a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 and his backers wallet's a little fatter with a healthy $29.20 return on investment. Bree's Creek was up for the place with a late rush and Stars Above landed third resulting in a trifecta payoff of over $4,000. Brett Brittingham was in for the drive for trainer Johnny Waite and owner Leslie Betts, all of Delaware. In addition, Tyler Smith earned his first career Meadowlands driving victory with Arsenal in the 4th race C-1 Pace. The Meadowlands showed slight gains both on-track and in total handle for the Saturday program. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

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