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September 8 - September 16, 2017
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November 17 - December 2, 2017
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December 7 - December 30, 2017
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March 31 - May 6, 2017
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September 1 - December 9, 2017
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ARCHANGEL SETS WORLD RECORD 1:50 IN CASHMAN ELIM

MANALAPAN, NJ – July 27, 2014 – Sebastian K won his sixth in seven starts but the spotlight was on Archangel who set a mile track world record with a 1:50 flat effort in the first of two elimination races for the John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Meadowlands.


Archangel with the teletimer in the background.


The top five from each $50,000 elim advance to the $300,650 Cashman Final on August 2.

Archangel [$12.40], a five-year-old son of Credit Winner, was, according to driver Yannick Gingras, “sitting on a big mile.” That was what the Ron Burke trainee delivered in the seventh race, clicking off quarters of 26.1, 54.4 and 1:22.3 before crossing the wire a length and three-quarters ahead of Maple Leaf Trot winner Intimidate in the 1:50 mile.


Archangel


Market Share was two and a quarter back in third with Your So Vain and Sevruga also making the cut.

Archangel, racing for Legendary Standardbred Farm of Mt. Morris, NY and Clare Semer of South Palm Beach, FL, picked up his second win of the year, finishing on the board in half his 10 starts. Lifetime, he has 16 wins, 10 seconds and two thirds from 41 starts for earnings of $1,026,351.

The black stallion was unraced in 2013 when he was bred to 43 mares and has nine registered foals this year.

The fastest all-time trotter, Sebastian K, won the second Cashman elimination, the 11th race, with a 1:51 mile, well off his best of 1:49 on June 28 at Pocono.


Sebastian K


The eight-year-old, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, was a three and a quarter length winner over Mister Herbie. Uncle Peter was third while Appomattox and Arch Madness also made the final.

Sebastian K, sent off at odds of 1-9, posted his sixth win in seven starts, improving his US bankroll to $352,278 toward a career total of $2.6 million, racing for the Knutsson Trotting Inc of Vero Beach, FL.

In the $40,000 Lady Liberty eliminations for free for all pacing mares, Drop The Ball [$11.60] was a half length winner over Jerseylicious who edged out Charisma Hanover in the 1:49.2 mile, the fourth race.


Drop The Ball


Nine of the 10 starters advance to the $177,750 final, joining Rocklamation, who had a bye. In addition to the top three, the others will be Shelliscape, Somwherovrarainbow, Aunt Caroline, Shebestingin, Mattie Terror Girl and Krispy Apple. Finishing last was Anndrovette, who will miss the final unless there is a scratch.

Drop The Ball, driven by Corey Callahan and trained by Ross Croghan, is a six-year-old by Western Terror who has banked nearly $1.4 lifetime for Floridians Let It Ride Stables, Mentally Stables and Dana Parham.

In a $35,000 prep for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for three-year-old trotting fillies, the fifth race, Shake It Cerry [$6.80] was a half-length winner of 4-5 favorite Designed To Be with a length and a quarter to Lifetime Pursuit in third in the 1:54.4 mile.


Shake It Cerry


Shake It Cerry, driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Jimmy Takter, was last year’s divisional champion and Breeders Crown winner. She has won six of seven starts this year and 14 of 18 lifetime for earnings in excess of $1 million for owner-breeder Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ.

Free for all pacers tuned up for next week’s US Pacing Championship with a $40,000 event, the sixth race, and Sweet Lou [$2.80] tossed in a last quarter in 26 seconds to win by a length and three-quarters over Captaintreacherous. Thinking Out Loud was third.


Sweet Lou


Sweet Lou, winner of seven of 10 this year, including the William Haughton Memorial, extended his winning streak to seven with the 1:47.3 mile. Ron Pierce was at the lines of the Ron Burke trainee.

The five-year-old has earned more than $2.7 million, competing for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura.

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SONS OF CHAPTER SEVEN CAPTURE DEXTER CUP ELIMINATIONS

Signaling Grand Circuit action is truly imminent, a pair of $24,000 Dexter Cup eliminations were contested on Saturday (April 29) afternoon at Freehold Raceway and two sons of Chapter Seven, Another Chapter and Lord Cromwell, served notice they are prepared for their sophomore seasons as each triumphed in his respective contest ...

LONGSHOTS RULE TO TRIGGER $61,958 LATE PICK FOUR CARRYOVER

Longshots stole the show during the Late Pick Four on Friday at the Meadowlands, triggering a massive $61,958 carryover into Saturday's program. Friday's Late Pick Four attracted a total pool of $97,193, the second largest pool of the year ...

TOP PACERS AT THE MEADOWLANDS ON SATURDAY

Several more stakes stars of last season will make their return to the races on Saturday night at The Meadowlands ...


MEADOWLANDS TO ADD DAVE BROWER AND GABE PREWITT TO BROADCAST TEAM

The award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast will have a decidedly different look when the Championship Meet begins on May 5 ...

EI EI O READY FOR DEXTER CUP ELIMINATION

Brian Burton has no idea what to expect in the weeks ahead, but he is looking forward to finding out ...

BIG WEEKEND AT THE BIG M

The Meadowlands has an intriguing and eventful weekend on the horizon, hosting eleven races on both Friday and Saturday evenings with stakes types beginning to populate the card and the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Challenge final on Saturday ...


ELITE GROUP OF PACING MARES SET TO BATTLE

Mention this year’s group of older female pacers to Mark Harder and the longtime trainer can only shake his head in amazement ...

MEADOWLANDS TO RENAME US PACING CHAMPIONSHIP IN HONOR OF SAM MCKEE

The US Pacing Championship, long one of the signature events on Hambletonian Day, will be renamed The Sam McKee Memorial beginning this August in honor of the track’s Hall of Fame announcer and broadcaster who passed away March 8 at the age of 54 ...

ANDY MILLER SWEEPS FEATURES DURING FOUR-WIN NIGHT

The Meadowlands winner’s circle was painted orange on Saturday night as Andy Miller swept the co-featured upper level paces en route to a four-win night during the 11-race program ...




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