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Roll With Joe favored to win Messenger Stakes

Yonkers, NY (Sports Network) - Roll With Joe, winner of the Meadowlands Pace, heads a field of six three-year-olds for Saturday's $401,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. The Messenger is the final leg of pacing's Triple Crown.

Trained by Ed Hart, Roll With Joe will leave from post three with Ron Pierce driving. The colt, the 3-5 morning-line favorite, is co-owned by its breeder Winbak Farm along with Blue Chip Bloodstock, Stephen Demeter and Not To Worry Stable.

For the year Roll With Joe has five wins in 13 starts for $1,449,225. In addition to the Meadowlands Pace the colt won the Battle of the Brandywine and was second in the Breeders Crown race for three-year-old male pacers and the Little Brown Jug. Roll With Joe was sixth in the Cane Pace as the 3-5 favorite.

"He's coming into this race in great shape," Hart said. "We're looking forward to it and ready to go."

Here is the complete field for the Messenger in post position order: Sea Venture, Jason Bartlett, 10-1; Mojo Terror, Brian Sears, 5-1; Roll With Joe, Ron Pierce, 3-5; Sir Ziggy's Tam, Pat Lachance, 8-1; Keystone Velocity, Dan Dube, 30-1 and Rollwithitharry, Jim Morrill Jr., 15-1.

Post-time for the mile pace is approximately 8:50 p.m. (et).

Betterthancheddar won the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, and Big Bad John won the middle race, the Little Brown Jug. No Pan Intended was the last Triple Crown champ in 2003.

11/09 11:42:00 ET