Dont Rush

Christoforou triumphs in Gold action

JUNE 30, 2015 - Twelve days ago harness racing trainer Dustin Jones made an unanticipated return to the race bike behind his top trotting colt Dont Rush, a return that had a direct impact on Tuesday evening's Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "Chris (Christoforou) had got hurt that night in the parade, and I wasn't really prepared to drive him," said Jones of his last minute return to the race bike in the June 18 overnight. "Chris wanted me to leave with him and I said, you know what, if I leave with him and I get parked I'm going to be mad at myself. I said, I'll just put him in the back." Jones eased Dont Rush off the gate from Post 6 in the three-year-old conditioned event and the pair raced along well behind the leaders before closing hard to finish two and one-half lengths back in third. The mile may not have been the one Christoforou would have crafted, but it did cause Jones to firm up a decision he had been toying with since the start of Dont Rush's sophomore season. "He did trot his last half in :56.1, but I thought he was working too hard, his legs were going fast and he wasn't grabbing the track good enough, so I changed his shoes," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "I've been debating about that all year because I knew he was going to have to gain a few seconds, because he's not a very big horse." Jones switched Dont Rush's front footwear from steel to aluminum, which lowered the colt's gait a little bit, and the result was immediately apparent to Christoforou as he rolled in behind the gate for Tuesday evening's $105,000 Gold Series division. Lining up at Post 9 the Campbellville, ON resident opted to send Dont Rush to the front and the trotter looked every inch a division champion as he cruised home to a four length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. "Dustin made a great change and lightened his front shoes, and the colt's gait was much more efficient," said Christoforou after the race. "I have never raced him that way before, but with 11 horses in the field, and having the 9 hole, I was reluctant to risk getting him caught in traffic. He responded well and showed his class tonight." The win gives Dont Rush one Gold trophy, one Grassroots trophy, and one third-place result in overnight action through three sophomore starts and boosts his season earnings to $63,900. Jones, who shares ownership of the homebred son of Infinitif and Color Me Pretty with Greg Judson of Athens, ON, says last year's division champion will now begin preparations for the July 15 Gold Leg at Grand River Raceway. Dont Rush One race after guiding Dont Rush into the Mohawk winner's circle, Christoforou paraded onto the racetrack with another trotter benefitting from a recent equipment change. Like Dont Rush, Muscle Up The Goal captured his Grassroots division at Mohawk on June 4, but when the colt made a break in his Goodtimes elimination at the Campbellville oval on June 12 trainer Rob Fellows decided to add trotting hopples to his equipment bag. Christoforou and Muscle Up The Goal gave the hopples a test run in a June 23 qualifier at Mohawk, posting a two and one-half length win in 1:57.2, which had fans sending the duo off as their fourth choice in Tuesday's second Gold division. Starting from Post 1, Christoforou allowed the trotter to coast away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting fifth at the :27.2 opening quarter clocked by Raising Richard. With Olympic Son and Rubber Duck serving as a wind break, Muscle Up The Goal stepped into the outer lane heading for the :57.3 half and maintained that position through the 1:27.2 three-quarters. When Christoforou asked the Muscle Mass son for an additional gear, Muscle Up The Goal kicked home to a one and one-quarter length win in a personal best 1:55.4. "Muscle Up The Goal showed a lot of ability early last year then got hurt. It's been a long road back for him, but the addition of trotting hopples has seemed to help him tremendously," said Christoforou. "He got a nice trip tonight and raced very good." Rockwood, ON resident Fellows conditions Muscle Up The Goal for Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. Before being injured early in his freshman campaign the trotter scored two Gold Series victories. In just seven lifetime starts Muscle Up The Goal now has four wins and earnings of $150,600. Muscle Up The Goal Like Dont Rush, Muscle Up The Goal will now turn his attention toward the third Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt calendar on July 15 at Grand River Raceway. After a break for Canada Day, Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, July 2 with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

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Trainer cops ten years disqualification

On 25 June 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) concluded an inquiry that commenced on 11 February 2015 in relation to licensed trainer, Mr Michael Day (Snr) fraudulently obtaining payments from an owner for the training of a standardbred horse that never existed. Mr Day (Snr) was interviewed by HRNSW Stewards on 5 May 2015 and provided false information during that phase of the investigation. On 15 May 2015, Mr Day (Snr) was again interviewed and made admissions in relation to his fraudulent conduct. Mr Day (Snr) was issued with three (3) charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) as follows: CHARGE 1- Pursuant to AHRR 241: 241.  A person shall not in connection with any part of the harness racing industry do anything which is fraudulent or corrupt. The particulars of this charge were that Mr Day (Snr) between 2009 and 5 May 2015, by way of dishonesty and deception, received money for training fees and other expenses from an owner for a horse referred to as ‘Miriyan’, a horse that did not and does not exist. CHARGE 2- Pursuant to AHRR 243: 243.  A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. The particulars of this charge were that Mr Day (Snr) between 2009 and 5 May 2015, by way of dishonesty and deception, received money for training fees and other expenses for a horse referred to as ‘Miriyan’, a horse that did not and does not exist. These actions, involving dishonesty and deceit are detrimental to the Harness Racing industry. CHARGE 3- Pursuant to AHRR 187(2) & (7) as follows: 187.    (2)  A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. (7)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence. The particulars of this charge were that Mr Day (Snr), in an interview with HRNSW Stewards on Tuesday 5 May 2015, gave false and/or misleading information in relation to an investigation being conducted by HRNSW Stewards into this matter. Mr. Day (Snr) pleaded guilty to all charges by way of written submissions. In respect of the charge proven pursuant to AHRR 241, Mr Day (Snr) was disqualified for a period of 10 years. In respect of the charge proven pursuant to AHRR 243, Mr Day (Snr) was disqualified for a period of 5 years. In respect of the charge proven pursuant to AHRR 187 (2) & (7), Mr Day (Snr) was disqualified for a period of 2 years. All disqualification periods were ordered to be served concurrently. Effectively, Mr Day (Snr) is disqualified for a period of 10 years to expire at midnight on 24 June 2025. In determining penalty, Stewards considered the conduct of Mr Day (Snr) to be dishonest, deceitful and calculated at the highest level due to the length of time over which the offence took place, the measures undertaken by Mr Day (Snr) and the continuation of the conduct. In addition, Stewards were mindful of Mr Day’s (Snr) guilty plea, his conduct in recanting the initial false and misleading evidence and the effect such conduct had on the investigation. Stewards were also mindful of the effects of his conduct on the image, reputation and integrity of the harness racing industry. Reid Sanders - Harness Racing New South Wales  

Monica Thors - Indicted on nine charges of animal cruelty

Thors indicted on animal cruelty charges

A South Jersey harness racing trainer and cinematographer has been indicted on nine counts of animal cruelty, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday. The indictment comes after officers from the NJSPCA seized several horses and a goat from a South Harrison Township farm where Monica Thors, 55, of Mullica Hill, was planning to shoot a documentary about the care of harness racing horses. Thors, who has worked for decades in harness racing and horse photography, had to euthanize three horses in 2013 for chronic foot infections. Neighbors who complained to the NJSPCA said she had been excessively filing the animals' hooves — a claim Thors later denied when she contacted the South Jersey Times to discuss her case this spring. She had obtained permission from bankruptcy courts in May to have a veterinarian of her own choosing examine her horses, which are in state care, after successfully arguing that the animals were her way of making a living. However, she said was still having problems finding a vet to work with in the weeks that followed. In the meantime, Thors has argued in civil court that the condition of her horses has deteriorated while they were in state care. She said on Tuesday that she needed to consult with her attorney before discussing the matter any further. Thors acknowledged that her horses had chronic laminitis — an inflammatory condition that causes lameness — beginning in the fall of 2013, but said that she had been compassionately caring for them with some success when her seven horses and goat were seized in December 2014. Officials with the SPCA also said that her horses were overweight, and that Thors had failed to comply with recommendations to change their diet. She is charged with third-degree animal cruelty the deaths of four horses that had to be euthanized: According To Prince, a 7-year-old standardbred stallion; According To Hoyle, a 14-year-old standardbred stallion; Aspiration, a 7-year-old standardbred mare and Princess Grey, a 13-year-old standardbred mare. All of the horses were overweight and suffered from chronic laminitis. Thors also faces five counts of fourth-degree animal charges for allegedly "causing serious bodily injury, also by failure to provide care" to four more horses and a goat, all of which were also said to be overweight and suffering from hoof problems. Andy Polhamus Reprinted with the permission of NJ.Com - Check site here

Meadowbranch Dj  and connections

First Anglo-Irish Inter Dominion heat

It was Ireland and Meadowbranch Stables who dominated the first leg of the Anglo-Irish Inter Dominion series. The curtain raiser to the inaugural competition was held at York Harness Raceway on Saturday over 2400m where Meadowbranch Dj (5-1) stamped his authority on the high-class field with a ten-length victory in a new British record of 3’00”08. Drawn three, the winner took up the running early for driver John Richardson and held his position throughout, making his race-winning move with half a lap to go when surging clear in record-breaking fashion. Brywinsmagicpotion (drawn 6) – who finished a well-beaten second – could be considered unlucky as, while the winner broke clear, he was trapped last with seven lengths to make up. Meadowbranch Romeo, stable companion of the winner, fended off Saunders Mach 3 for third who failed to justify his short price. The disappointment of the race was Sepia Sands who, despite being popular in the betting, struggled throughout from the worst draw of all and was already two lengths down after the first turn. After the race, winning driver John Richardson said, “He’s always been a stayer, he hasn’t been on form but he’s come back good today”. When asked about his confidence going forward co-trainer Mark Flanagan confirmed “There are some good horses in the series and you don’t just win it over one race. Four races to keep a horse on the boil, it’s going to be tough.” He also said both of his horses hadn’t quite been on form coming into York which suggests there could be even more improvement over the coming heats.  This isn’t the first opportunity for the Flanagan team to send a pacer over to the Australasian Inter-Dominion, who had Sable Matters entered in the 1997 renewal. Three weeks before, Mark Flanagan tells the story, the future three-time winner of the series Sir Vancelot was actually beaten in a workout by Sable Matters, however Flanagan’s charge unfortunately failed to make the race due to breaking a side bone. Meadowbranch Stables are now in a very strong position going into the second heat where they will also have home advantage at Portmarnock on July 26th. Meadowbranch Dj receives the maximum eight points for his clear-cut success with Brywinsmagicpotion snatching six points and MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO four. Saunders Mach 3 picked up two while all four other runners collect one each. Unfortunately both Meadowbranch Josh and Meadowbranch Demon were withdrawals early on in the card and will face an uphill struggle in the next three legs. The overall heats winner, decided in the finale at Portmarnock on 9th August, will represent Great Britain and Ireland at the $1.8 million TABtouch Inter Dominion series ran at Gloucester Park, Perth Australia in December. Result – Anglo/Irish Inter-Dominion 2015 – Round One 1st        MEADOWBRANCH DJ             7yr old; Real Artist x Search for Cam             Owner: Meadowbranch Stables & Noel Cowden             Trainer: William Flanagan             Driver: John Richardson   2nd       BRYWINSMAGICPOTION             8yr old: Camotion x Life’s Magic Girl             Owner: James Gammie             Trainer: Theresa Haythornthwaite             Driver: Alan Haythornthewaite   3rd       MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO             7yr old: Fantastic Western x Churchill Queen Owner:  Meadowbranch Stables & Watson             Trainer: William Flanagan Driver: Noel Ryan By Michael Andrews British Harness Racing Club      

The 6-year-old State Treasurer, purchased for a mere $6,500 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a multiple-stakes-winner with more than $1 million in earnings for harness racing owners Sally and Allan MacDonald and Paul and Sophie MacDonald. Earlier this year he won an unprecedented third Molson Pace and last season he captured the Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington's Red Mile. He also missed by only a neck in last year's Breeders Crown Open Pace, finishing third. Last weekend, State Treasurer won his elimination for Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers from post nine by a neck over Dynamic Youth in 1:50.3 over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He will start the final from post four with David Miller driving for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "We refer to him as our once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Sally MacDonald, who lives on Prince Edward Island. "When we stop and think about all the people we've met and the traveling we've done, it's basically all because of him. It's been just such an enjoyable time with him." Luck Be Withyou, who won the first of the two Franklin eliminations last weekend, drew post nine for the final. George Napolitano Jr. will drive for trainer Chris Oakes. Saturday's card at Pocono also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $75,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. State Treasurer has won four of seven races this year. The four victories have come in his most recent five outings - despite starting from inside of post seven only once - and include the Molson Pace and Gold Cup Invitational. His setback came in the Battle of Lake Erie, where he was fifth by 1-3/4 lengths from post seven at half-mile Northfield Park. "We're very happy with the way he's been racing of late, that's for sure," said Paul MacDonald, who lives in Toronto and is Allan MacDonald's nephew. "We've been drawing poorly it seems quite a bit lately, but that's horse racing. It's certainly tough with such a strong group of older pacers when you're drawing on the outside. I don't think we'll continue to get the breaks we've been getting in some of these races. You just can't do that all the time against such a good group of horses." State Treasurer is a son of stallion Real Desire out of the mare Ideal Treasure, who is a full sister to stakes-winner Ideal Matters. His third dam is world champion stakes-winner Hit Parade. Allan MacDonald selected State Treasurer as a yearling. It was the first horse ever owned by Sally, Paul and Sophie. "My husband had been involved (with horses previously) but we decided to put this horse in my name," Sally MacDonald said. "He thinks I'm his good-luck charm." Said Paul, with a laugh, "Some people say I'm probably ruined now with him as the first horse. "It's been fantastic. Just to be there and participate against an incredible group of horses has been the highlight. Dr. Moore has said he's never had a bad race and I think what he means by that is the horse always gives 110 percent. He may get a bad trip, or the draw may be terrible, or the flow doesn't work out the way that you hope, but the horse is always giving it his best. "We've just had such a great time with this guy. We owe a lot of it to Dr. Moore. He's been just super with him." State Treasurer, who has been trained by Moore throughout his career, has won 25 of 78 career races and earned $1.08 million. He banked a career-best $464,311 last season. "He's an awesome horse to be around," Sally MacDonald said. "He's got a terrific personality. Everybody that sees him likes him. "It's just been such a good-news story with him." Following is the Ben Franklin field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Domethatagain by Bettor's Delight -  Tim Tetrick, Rene Allard 2. Foiled Again by Dragon Again -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 3. Clear Vision by Western Hanover -  Brett Miller, Ron Burke 4. State Treasurer by Real Desire -  David Miller, Ian Moore 5. Dynamic Youth by Bettor's Delight -  Andrew McCarthy, Aaron Lambert 6. Mach It So by Mach Three -  Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr. 7. Captive Audience by Art Major -  Jim Morrill Jr., Doug Berkeley 8. Vegas Vacation by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 9. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal -  George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes   Following is the Hempt Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -  Brett Miller, Ken Sucee 2. Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight -  Jim Morrill Jr., Tom Fanning 3. Lost For Words by Well Said -  David Miller, Brian Brown 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -  Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis 6. In The Arsenal by American Ideal  -  Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison 7. Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -  Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King 8. A Bettor Hat by Bettor's Delight -  Yannick Gingras, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight -  Andy Miller, Chris Ryder   Following is the Beal Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Pinkman by Ezplosive Matter -  Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 2. Cruzado Dela Noche by Muscle Massive -  David Miller, Nancy Johansson 3. Centurion ATM by Sjs Caviar -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover -  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 5. Crazy Wow by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Wicker Hanover by Explosive Matter - Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley 7. Shoot The Thrill by Explosive Matter -  Tim Tetrick, Dirk Simpson 8. Boots N Chains by Yankee Glide -  Andy Miller, John Butenschoen 9. Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - John Campbell, Ake Svanstedt   Following is the Lynch Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight -  Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 2. Deli Beach by Somebeachsomewhere -  John Campbell, Brett Bittle 3. Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott 4. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 5. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven -  David Miller, Joe Holloway 6. Momas Got A Gun by Somebeachsomewhere -  Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr. 7. Single Me by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Ross Croghan 8. Wicked Little Minx by Rocknroll Hanover -  Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson 9. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder   Following is the Sun Invitational field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. My Love Bi by Donato Hanover -  George Napolitano Jr., Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 2. Hot Shot Blue Chip by Revenue S -  Joe Pavia Jr., Jonas Czernyson 3. Sebastian K by Korean -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Daylon Miracle by Pegasus Spur -  Simon Allard, Rene Allard 5. JL Cruze by Crazed -  John Campbell, Eric Ell 6. Gural Hanover by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 7. Classic Martine by Classic Photo -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway ended the first half of  the 2015 harness racing year with its largest win payoff of the season. It was big balloons, or gros ballons for the French audience Tuesday afternoon, when 72-1 Jesse's Story ($146) overcame post position No. 12 in the second tier to win the $21,000, eighth-race trot. Jordan Stratton, or Jordan Stratton for the French audience, did the honors as "Jesse" won the mile-and-one-quarter event in 2:28.3. The 5-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse is trained by Mike Forte for Rags to Riches of PA. She defeated 3-2 favorite Dreamsteeler (Jason Bartlett) by a neck, with 18-1 Time Will Tell All (Tyler Buter) third. In addition to the biggest win mutuel of the season (Hypnotist's $136.50, also driven by Stratton, was the previous target), this race produced the largest exacta ($1,394) and what would have been the largest triple had it required all three finishers to cash. As it turned it, the 12-2-all combo returned $14,021. Not surprisingly, the Tuesday Pick 5 went unclaimed, so Thursday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,984.48 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After a dark Wednesday (Viva Canada Day), the Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - Early-season divisional bragging rights will be certainly on the line this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when the northeast PA track hosts the $2,268,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, featuring the $500,000 Championships for the Ben Franklin FFA pace, the Earl Beal Jr. three-year-old colt trot, and the Max C. Hempt three-year-old colt pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch Championship for three-year-old filly pacers.   All four of these events have consolation events, and there are three other Invitationals/Opens on the monster card, with the top racing grouped in races 2-12, in this fashion:   R2 $30,000 Mares Open Pace R3 $30,000 Open Pace R4 $50,000 Lynch Pace Consolation R5 $75,000 Sun Invitational Trot R6 $75,000 Hempt Pace Consolation R7 $75,000 Beal Trot Consolation R8 $75,000 Franklin Pace Consolation R9 $300,000 Lynch Pace Championship R10 $500,000 Hempt Pace Championship R11 $500,000 Franklin Pace Championship R12 $500,000 Beal Trot Championship   Also, perhaps especially with the "open draw" system Pocono uses in these major stakes, it is important to understand the success rates of the various posts at the nine-across Pocono track, to see what horses gained or lost in position from their elims and relative to their finalists foes:   PP4 17.1% PP5 15.0% PP3 14.4% PP2 13.4% PP1 12.9% PP6 10.3% PP7 10.0% PP8 6.6% PP9 5.2%   Here, then, is a preview of the horses to competing on Sun Stakes Saturday:   BEAL 3YO COLT TROT   A couple of weeks ago, this race was thought to be a likely runaway for the Jimmy Takter stable, but things have changed a bit since them. Takter still did qualify two for the race - Uncle Lasse, who bravely rallied to take his elim, and 2014 divisional champ Pinkman, who was just caught late while second in his elimination. But now a few other names are thought to have more than a ghost of a chance.   The winners of the other two elims, Cruzado Dela Noche (trained by Takter's daughter Nancy Johansson) and Wicker Hanover, have earned respect in recent weeks. Crazy Wow went a hard trip in his elim and finished just behind Uncle Lasse. And Takter's fellow Swedish expatriate Ã…ke Svanstedt also qualified a pair, including the fast-improving Centurion ATM.   The field (post, horse, trainer, listed driver; there are no coupled betting entries on the entire card; * denotes elim winner):    1. Pinkman by Ezplosive Matter -  Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 2. Cruzado Dela Noche by Muscle Massive -  David Miller, Nancy Johansson 3. Centurion ATM by Sjs Caviar -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover -  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 5. Crazy Wow by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Wicker Hanover by Explosive Matter - Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley 7. Shoot The Thrill by Explosive Matter -  Tim Tetrick, Dirk Simpson 8. Boots N Chains by Yankee Glide -  Andy Miller, John Butenschoen 9. Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - John Campbell, Ake Svanstedt   FRANKLIN FREE-FOR-ALL PACE   In his elimination, State Treasurer, who had drawn post nine, did what not too many horses do at Pocono - come from far behind to win. And even fewer winners are ninth at the 3/4s and eighth turning for home. Dr. Ian Moore should be pleased that this weekend "The Treasurer" will be starting from the fourth position, with David Miller, who along with Brett Miller and Scott Zeron were the two-win elim drivers last week, watching development unfold to work out a winning trip.   Luck Be Withyou, the other Franklin elim winner, got a great start from post eight from speedmaking superstar driver George Napolitano Jr., but it is doubtful whether the pair can make the top that quickly this time around, as they are stuck with the outside post nine, and having that many others aware of the need to get some forward positioning. If it rains, however, score an extra point for the Chris Oakes trainee, as he added his sloppy track win last week to his 2013 Breeders Crown 2PC Championship at Pocono, also conducted in the slop.   1. Domethatagain by Bettor's Delight -  Tim Tetrick, Rene Allard 2. Foiled Again by Dragon Again -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 3. Clear Vision by Western Hanover -  Brett Miller, Ron Burke 4. State Treasurer by Real Desire -  David Miller, Ian Moore 5. Dynamic Youth by Bettor's Delight -  Andrew McCarthy, Aaron Lambert 6. Mach It So by Mach Three -  Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr. 7. Captive Audience by Art Major -  Jim Morrill Jr., Doug Berkeley 8. Vegas Vacation by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 9. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal -  George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes   MAX C. HEMPT 3YO COLT PACE   What a collection of talent will face the starter in this event! The three divisional winners - Artspeak (1:50), Wiggle It Jiggle It (1:50.1), and Wakizashi Hanover (1:50.4) - all have established sterling credentials, and if one of these three wins, hewould be the leader pro tem of this powerful and deep division.   Not to be discounted, in many people's eyes, are Lost For Words, who had to brush to the lead from far back early and held on well in his first start in three weeks, and In The Arsenal, who looked like he might catch Artspeak until taking a couple of less-than-perfect steps sliding to the famed Pocono Pike passing lane.   1. Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -  Brett Miller, Ken Sucee 2. Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight -  Jim Morrill Jr., Tom Fanning 3. Lost For Words by Well Said -  David Miller, Brian Brown 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -  Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis 6. In The Arsenal by American Ideal  -  Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison 7. Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -  Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King 8. A Bettor Hat by Bettor's Delight -  Yannick Gingras, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight -  Andy Miller, Chris Ryder   JAMES LYNCH 3YO FILLY PACE   The filly with the proper authority to say "I'm #1" will be greatly clarified after this contest, especially since 2014 Horse of the Year JK She'salady continues to be a puzzle and finished fifth in her elim, not making this Championship.   All three eliminations went in 1:51.3, so there's no looking to time to help sort the top contenders. Posts, though, may be of some aid: Stacia Hanover, winning last week in her first Lasix start, drew post three; Momas Got A Gun shook post six; and The Show Returns will have to start from the outermost spot in the nine-horse field.   Also likely to draw attention are Sassa Hanover, hard-used in finishing second to The Show Returns, and Bettor Be Steppin, second to Stacia Hanover coming off a sick scratch and drawing the rail here. The latter filly is conditioned by Joe Holloway, who also trains the other second-place finisher, Divine Caroline.   1. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight -  Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 2. Deli Beach by Somebeachsomewhere -  John Campbell, Brett Bittle 3. Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott 4. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 5. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven -  David Miller, Joe Holloway 6. Momas Got A Gun by Somebeachsomewhere -  Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr. 7. Single Me by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Ross Croghan 8. Wicked Little Minx by Rocknroll Hanover -  Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson 9. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder   OTHER TOP RACES   The $75,000 Sun Invitational Trot marks the seasonal debut of Sebastian K S, who astounded the world last year when he trotted the Pocono 5/8-mile surface in 1:49 - making him the fastest trotter in the history of harness racing. "Sebastian" drew post three for trainer/driver Ã…ke Svanstedt; his main competition may come from JL Cruze (post five, trainer Eric Ell, driver John Campbell), who has built on his powerful performance in the Weiss Series here in the spring to post a 2015 record of 15-13-2-0, including two recent defeats of the vaunted Father Patrick.   1. My Love Bi by Donato Hanover -  George Napolitano Jr., Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 2. Hot Shot Blue Chip by Revenue S -  Joe Pavia Jr., Jonas Czernyson 3. Sebastian K by Korean -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Daylon Miracle by Pegasus Spur -  Simon Allard, Rene Allard 5. JL Cruze by Crazed -  John Campbell, Eric Ell 6. Gural Hanover by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 7. Classic Martine by Classic Photo -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes   The $30,000 Open pace finds JK Endofanera, a top division contender at both two and three and a winner of over $1.5M, drawing post nine - and getting an interesting barn change to Jimmy Takter. "JK" has a first and a second in three seasonal starts so far without going a bad mile.   The $30,000 Open Mares pace matches Anndrovette, coming into 2015 off a mind-boggling four straight Older Pacing Mare of the Year titles; Yagonnakissmeornot, who while not always winning has many big victories and is usually close against the best company around; and Radar Contact, the Betsy Ross winner at Philly and a multi-winner in Meadowlands Opens.   It's a giant, dynamite card, with the first of the evening's 14 races slated for 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015-Yonkers Raceway has announced its latest purse increase, beginning with Monday's (July 6) harness racing program. Nearly every class is hiked substantially. The increase now brings the three weekly Opens/Open Handicaps (Trot, Pace, Filly and Mare Pace) to $48,000 (from the present $42,000), while the popular Open Handicap for 4-year-olds pacers goes for $35,000 (from $25,000). Young horses also benefit, as in non-winners of two parimutuels or $20,000 (purse now $20,000, up from $15,000), non-winners of four PMs or $40,000 (purse now $25,000, up from $17,000) and non-winners of six PMs or $60,000 (purse now $30,000, up from $20,500). Only the $12,500 and $20,000 claimers remain at their present purse levels. "We are pleased to again offer a pure increase," Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio said. "It continues our commitment to presenting the finest harness product possible, and we encourage all horsemen and fans to see for themselves. "We understand that there are any number of tracks currently open, but between the increased overnight purses and our tremendous stakes program, Yonkers remains unquestionably the best place to race." For more information, or to obtain a condition sheet, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. The Raceway's live schedule remains Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 PM. Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Weekend elimination winners Artspeak and State Treasurer moved into the Top 10 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while idle trotter Bee A Magician remained No. 1. Artspeak, a 3-year-old male pacer, won his Hempt Memorial elimination by a head over In The Arsenal in 1:50 over a sloppy track last Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He joined the rankings at No. 7 this week. State Treasurer, a 6-year-old male pacer, captured his Ben Franklin Pace elim from post nine by a neck over Dynamic Youth in 1:50.3 at Pocono. He moved into the ratings at No. 8. Hempt elimination winners Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in this week’s poll. Four-year-old trotter JL Cruze and 4-year-old pacer Doo Wop Hanover complete the top five. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 7 – 6/30/2015 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (26) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 331 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (7) 3pg 12-11-1-0 $350,742 290 2 3 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 7-6-1-0 $506,918 263 4 4 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 247 3 5 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 131 6 6 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 5 7 Artspeak 3pc 5-3-1-0 $119,075 99 -- 8 State Treasurer 6ph 7-4-0-1 $141,746 78 -- 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 68 9 10 Pinkman 3tg 4-3-1-0 $107,340 60 7 Also: Mission Brief (58); In The Arsenal (53); Uncle Lasse (27); Lady Shadow (22); Canepa Hanover (15); The Show Returns (11); Shake It Cerry (10); Wrangler Magic (9); Crazy Wow, Yagonnakissmeornot (6); Barn Doll, Obrigado, Stacia Hanover (5); Luck Be Withyou (3); Foiled Again, Natural Herbie, Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

United Kingdom – Earlier this season the British Harness Racing Club (BHRC), which governs harness racing throughout England, Scotland and Wales, has adopted Cobalt testing procedures and thresholds for their race horses. Already testing horses in 2015, the thresholds for Cobalt in the UK are 100 micrograms per litre of urine and 25 parts per billion in plasma. The UK authorities became aware of problems with people using Cobalt for racehorses back in 2013. The issue back then became of world-wide concern to many of the 23 countries that have legalized wagering on harness racing. “The BHRC introduced threshold levels in April 2015,” explained BHRC Secretary, Kirsty Lee, “This came about following on from the World Trotting Conference in March. The BHRC have also added approval for the Hong Kong Jockey Club laboratory to screen for Cobalt.” Over the past year more than half of the countries in the world that have harness racing have adopted rulings prohibiting excessive amounts of Cobalt in a racehorses system. The racing authorities in Ireland are right around the corner. “Our intentions in Ireland is to follow the UK route,” said Mark Flanagan, Chairman of Standardbred Horse Racing Ireland. “Hopefully we will be in a position shortly to announce our intention to test for Cobalt.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters gets underway Wednesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R and leading driver Denis St Pierre is just two wins away from his 4,000th career victory. The Quebec-Bred Series gets underway early on the program in the first and third races. Through the month of July there will be four weeks of elimination competition with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. The first race is headed by the filly Double Chance, who starts from the rail for driver Sylvain Lacaille. The daughter of Majestic Son enters the race off a sharp 2:01.3 triumph in her last start, her first win in just two starts this season for owner/trainer Serge Nadeau of Scott, QC. Other contenders in the race include Gros Bill (post six) and National Trace (post 5). The second division for colts in the third race spotlights what may be the two best horses in the series, Intouchable and Promesses Imperial. Intouchable was bred to be a winner and looks the part after his first start of the 2015 season. He is sired by Angus Hall from the top mare Iceberg Angus, thus making him a full brother to top performer Maximuscle, who recently won the Quebec-Bred Series final for older trotters. Trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC, Intouchable may have been winless last year at age 2, but still earned more than $26,000. Now age 3, Intouchable wowed the fans in his first start of the season at Rideau Carlton with a 1:58.3 triumph and starts from post two in the third race for trotting master Mario Charron, who is also the reinsman for Maximuscle. But hometown fans also have their favorite in the race, Promesses Imperial, who starts from post three for owner/driver Jerome Lombar of Bromont, QC. The homebred son of Imperial Angus is on a three-race win streak at the Hippodrome 3R and in his last start took a lifetime mark of 2:01.3 on the Trois-Rivieres half mile oval. The late bloomer Seeyou Meh, is also a contender in the race and starts from the rail for driver Robert Shepherd. He has but one start in his career, but that was a winning effort in 2:02 at Georgia Downs. After scoring his fourth driving quadruple at 3R this past Sunday, leading driver Denis St Pierre is just two wins away from achieving career milestone victory number 4,000. He is listed to drive in six of the ten races on the program. Post time Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Jeffrey Bamond had one aim when he got into the harness racing industry and that was to race horses. The breeding side of the industry was not something he really wanted to get into but he has accumulated some outstanding racemares over the years and when it gets to the point where their racing career are coming to an end, Jeffrey prefers to sell those mares rather than breed from them. One of those special mares Jeffrey has raced over the last few years is the daughter of Artiscape in Shelliscape. Sold as a yearling through Lexington for $25,000, Shelliscape became a bit of a Breeders Crown specialist during her career. As a two year old Shelliscape ran fourth in the Breeders Crown Final and as a three year year she finished a top second to the outstanding filly American Jewel 1:48.2 ($1,834,823) in the Breeders Crown final of that year. At four she was too good for the great racemare Rocklamation 1:48.3 ($2,266,129) in the Breeders Crown Final that season and repeated the dose as a five year old with Rocklamation again running second to her in the Breeders Crown final. By the time Shelliscape called time on her racing career she had racked up 16 wins for stakes totaling $1,153,540 with a best time of 1:49.1. Shelliscape is still the fastest mare over a half mile track in the history of the sport. The sire of Shelliscape in Artiscape needs no introduction as he has been an elite sire for well over a decade. His stats are outstanding with stakes earnings to date of $96,788,768 with nine millionaires and 33 in 1:50 The dam of Shelliscape is the smart Direct Scooter mare Shell I Scoot 1:54.1 ($233,862) who apart from Shelliscape has also produced VC Scooter 1:51.4 ($391,355) Shell I Attack 1:54.1 ($191,422) and Scoot To Connect 1:53.1 ($171,184) Shell I Scoot is a half sister to the Artsplace mare Framed Print 1:54.3 ($66,220) who has produced the high class son of The Panderosa in Print It 1:50 ($838,755). Jeffrey has put Shelliscape in foal to the leading sire Somebeachsomewhere and plans to offer her for sale later this year. " The plan is to sell her at Harrisburg in November but I am open to offers before that. " The breeding side of the industry is not my thing and this is the first mare I have been left with at the end of her career," Jeffrey told Harnesslink earlier this week. Bamond Racing has also recently started importing racehorses from the Southern Hemisphere and Jeffrey is happy with how things have gone to date. " It has gone really well to date with no problems at all. " To be honest it has all gone better than I thought it would," Jeffrey said. With Bamond Racing committed to racing horses, the sale of a great racemare such as Shelliscape is a wonderful opportunity for a breeding farm or breeding partnership to acquire such a high profile commercial mare. Harnesslink Media

JUNE 29, 2015 - It was an evening of harness racing upsets at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday as the province's top three-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed in a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Lightly regarded Big Moment and driver Trevor Henry kicked things off in the first division, sprinting down the stretch to nab pacesetter J Js Delivery in a photo finish. Just a nose separated Big Moment, J Js Delivery and Mr Carrotts, with all three colts hitting the wire in 1:51.2. Fan favourite Go Daddy Go, Big Moment's stablemate in the Bob McIntosh barn, finished one length back in fifth after spending much of the mile in the outer lane. "He's got one real fast brush to him," said Arthur, ON resident Henry after the race. "You can use it in the middle of the mile or late in the mile. Tonight it worked out better late in the mile." Starting from Post 8, Henry and Big Moment sat near the back of the field through much of the race, closing from sixth at the top of the stretch to claim their first Gold Series win. A regular competitor on the Grassroots circuit last season, with two wins and a fourth-place result in the year-end championship, Big Moment made his Gold Series debut in the May 29 season opener at Western Fair Raceway, finishing fourth. "They qualified him, I think it was three times, and he just got better and better," noted Henry, who drives the homebred son of Camluck for Hall of Fame horseman McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his partner Max Newham of Merlin, ON. "He's a nice big horse." Monday's victory boosted Big Moment's sophomore record to two wins, one second and one third in six starts for earnings of $74,760. Big Moment While not an upset of the same magnitude, the other Gold division saw second choice Drachan Hanover reel in heavy favourite Physicallyinclined in the stretch. Starting from Post 6, driver Rick Zeron fired Drachan Hanover to the front before the :26.2 quarter, but allowed Physicallyinclined and driver Paul MacDonell to take over heading for the :55 half. Content to follow the favourite through the 1:23 three-quarters, Zeron waited until the top of the stretch to ask his colt for another gear. Drachan Hanover responded in impressive fashion, sailing home to a 1:50.2 personal best. Physicallyinclined settled for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, with Robert Hill well back in third. "He got a little excited last week in the consolation of the North America Cup. He had the rail, and I was trying to rate him into the gate, and he threw his head in the air and I lost him, so (trainer) Marcel Barrieau did some changes on him and he said he'd be better tonight," said Zeron after the race. "Marcel did a great job with him and the colt was right on point tonight. "I knew we had a big hill to climb to beat Physicallyinclined, Paul MacDonell's, but I thought if I could stay close to him I'd have a shot at him at the head of the lane, so it was a picture perfect race. He's a great horse, he's a great colt." The win was the first in five starts for Drachan Hanover, who was the number two colt in the freshman pacing division last season with one Gold Leg win and a runner-up result in the Super Final. Barrieau, of Les Cedres, QC, trains the Jeremes Jet son for Lloyd MacLean of Inverness, NS and Kenneth Rankin of Port Morien, NS, who offered up a modest $4,500 to acquire the colt at the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was a real good horse last year, he just needed to put a few things together," noted Oakville, ON resident Zeron. "He's full of himself this colt. "He's getting better and stronger every week. In the Somebeachsomewhere I told Marcel that I'd like to race him up near the front end and he gave me the green light to go, and he got a little tired coming for home and two horses got by him," Zeron continued. "We drew bad in the NA Cup elimination, lost him in the Consolation, so it's quite rewarding having him bounce back tonight going for $105,000. He's back on track now and hopefully we don't have to have any more bumps in the road." Drachan Hanover Like Big Moment, Drachan Hanover finished fourth in the May 29 season opener and their wins on Monday put the pair at the top of the three-year-old pacing colt standings with 58 points. The duo will have to wait until July 25 to add to their point tally, when the sophomore pacing colts return to Mohawk Racetrack for their third Gold Leg. Next up on the action-packed Mohawk Racetrack Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are the three-year-old trotting colts, who will battle in a pair of Gold Legs on Tuesday, June 30. Ontario Horse Racing

Cornsilk and Pelicanrama, two of the best mares ever raced in this country, head up a strong contingent of broodmares to be offered at the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale, to be conducted by Graeme Board & Company at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale on Sunday, July 26.   A dual Vicbred winner and Breeders Crown champion, Cornsilk ($555,046) is the dam of four sub 2:00 winners including the recent Victoria Gold Chalice winner and NSW Oaks runner-up Delight Me.   Pelicanrama, a former Australian 2YO of the Year and winner of a massive $730,271, has to date left five winners, two of which have earned more than $100,000 in Soho Tokyo and Soho Highroller.   Other classic-winning or placed mares listed in the catalogue are Generally Outspoken (WA Gold Bracelet), the WA Sales Classic winners Jupiters Darling and  Soho Cannes, the NZ Sales Graduette winner Luva Rum Ball, Lombo Portrait, Lombo Silhouette, Soho Monroe, Soho Nike, Schonbrunn, Country Change and Pinevale Spirit.   The dams of the $100,000 Club winners Greyhawk and Three Pints, Soho Monroe (two Breeders Crown heats) and others in Soho Daytona, Soho Wonder, Soho Shanghai, Triple Trent, Valens and Ricimer will also be offered.   There’s sisters or half-sisters to a host of top flight performers including Manifold Bay, Surprise Package, Lombo Skyrider, Uncle Wingnut, After The Reckoning, Fake Spirit, Secret Desire, Silver Lined Pocket, Mustang Fighter and Adayspay.   The mares have been served by highly credentialed stallions such as Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Rock N Roll Heaven, Shadow Play, Roll With Joe, Betterthancheddar, Auckland Reactor, Caribbean Blaster, Alta Christiano and Blissfull Hall.   For a copy of the catalogue send an email to graemeboard56@gmail.com or phone Peter Dow 0412 195 986.   Catalogues are also available from Tamarin Park (Sue Markwell 0413 923 333).   Pedigrees are available on the website www.graemeboard.com     Click on the Soho Standardbreds Reduction Sale link.   Peter Wharton

One harness racing barn that has been having a great run in New South Wales this season is the stable of Kevin Pizzuto. While most of the bigger barns in the state have 60-70 horses in work Kevin only works a team of 24 at any one time. The smallish size of the team hasn't stopped Kevin chalking up 71 winners to date this season and he currently sits fifth on the New South Wales premiership. Kevin buys most of his stock in from New Zealand. " I have a lot of contacts in New Zealand who recommend horses to me and I watch them race and if I think they would suit the style of racing here I have a go at buying them." " When I think they are on their mark here I on sell them to North America or interstate and it is a system that has served me well," Kevin told Harnesslink this week. Two New Zealand horses that are doing a fine job from the Pizzuto stable are Freyberg and Alta Jerome. " Freyberg wasn't very expensive but he has done a great job since joining the stable a couple of years ago. " He has a best time of 1:51.7 and has banked $220,000 for me so I have a bit of time for him". "Alta Jerome has only been here eight months but has already won over $100,000 and looks a horse with a bit of a future." "He ran an unlucky fourth to Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire and has kicked on since then so he could have a big season coming up,"Kevin said. Not only is Kevin importing New Zealand horses but he has now taken to importing his staff from New Zealand as well. Former New Zealand junior driver Jack Trainor landed at Kevin's barn and has not looked back since. As of today Jack sits eighth on the New South Wales driving premiership with 65 wins for the season and just recently won the Rising Stars driving title in New South Wales. Kevin is now looking for another young Kiwi driver to boost the staffing ranks. " There is room for another young driver in the barn." "We have to use outside drivers a lot for a few of the team which I rather wouldn't do and there is a great opportunity here for a young driver to get established in the industry." "As long as they have a good work ethic, they will get plenty of opportunities to prove themselves here, " Kevin said. With the success that Jack Trainor has had from the Pizzuto barn, there will a few New Zealand junior drivers tempted by the opportunity. Harnesslink Media

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COLUMBUS, MN. - With the repeat winner (Show Runner) of the first two $8000 Mares Opens of the Running Aces summer harness racing season relegated to taking on the boys Wednesday (July 1), Party Hangover Two (Steve Wiseman) took full advantage with a come-from-behind 1:54 victory over Free Girl (Luke Plano) and De Valeria (Tim Maier) on Tuesday night. In just her fourth start of the year, the four-year-old daughter of Party At Artsplace notched her second victory-the first coming in an Open II affair at Cal Expo. Following a break leaving the gate last week, Wiseman cautiously placed Party Hangover Two in sixth in the early going, but was out and racing third-over by the :57.2 halfway point. After advancing to fourth with an aggressive three-wide move at the three-quarters station, the winner flew home in :28 flat to open up a 3-1/2 length lead at the wire. Owned B & D Arnstine, Steve Chambers and Kathy Plested, Party Hangover Two now sports seven career victories and $77,541 in earnings. In a pair of qualifying races prior to the regular program, two drivers got their first wins ever at Running Aces. For 19-year-old qualifying driver Brady Jenson, in his first season in the sulky, it was quite a thrill to guide the trotter DD's Tiger to a neck victory in 2:02. In the pacing qualifier Tony Morgan, one of the winningest drivers in harness history with 15,094 scores, got his first-ever Running Aces triumph as well. Morgan was in town to test-drive Shadow's Image, who responded with a nine-length 1:56 mile, for a prospective new owner. Gregg Keidel  
WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Brett Miller won with two daughters of Somebeachsomewhere, as five divisions of a $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired two-year-old pacing fillies were held over a sloppy track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Brett Miller rallied Heels On The Beach out of the pocket and into a 28.2 final quarter to take the fastest division in 1:53.2 by 1½ lengths for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Bradley Grant. Brett then handled the homebred Pure Country in winning in 1:54.1, with back panels of 55.2 - 26.3 after a quarter-move making people sit up and take notice. Jimmy Takter conditions the promising miss for Diamond Creek Racing.   The clocking of 1:54.1, and the winning tactic of quarter-moving, were matched by the Well Said filly Eloquent Grace and Yannick Gingras, in triumphing for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of the Burke Racing Stable, Ed Gold, Howard Taylor (who has not driven a losing horse in two days short of two years), and the J&T Silva Stables. Well Said then completed a siring double while David Miller completed a driving double behind I Said Diamonds, wire-to-wire in 1:54.2 - 56 - 27.3 for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes.   David Miller's earlier success came with the only non-favored winner of the quintet, Tipton Teeez (though as the $5.40 second choice she paid less than favored Heels On The Beach's $6.00). Quarter-moving was again a winning path to Victory Lane, as the Western Terror miss stepped home in 28 to complete a 1:56.4 package for trainer Brian Brown and owner Jennifer Brown.   ******* Wednesday finds the All-Stars action continuing with seven divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies going after $210,000.   Incredibly for July 1, fully thirteen of the baby trotting misses already show marks in 2:00 or better, most of them in qualifiers, the fastest being the 1:58 of the Donato Hanover filly Womans Will (race 12, post two, driver Andy Miller). Two other horses to note are Broadway Donna (race 11, post three, driver David Miller), who won a p/m event in 1:58.2 at Philly, and who is out of a mare who is a full sister to Cooler Schooner, who set her amazing 1:51.3 world record here at Pocono; and the "hunch play," Kathy Parker (race 10, post one, driver Jimmy Takter), named after the journalist to be installed into the Communicators Hall of Fame this weekend at Goshen.   All-Stars action closes out on the first Friday card of the season at The Downs, with six divisions of freshman colt pacers racing for a bounty of $180,000.   Trainer Ron Burke has 14 entrants among the sextet of events - including, would you believe, SIX horses who show at least two winning lines and have never tasted defeat? Such a wealth of Burke talent will lure the world's winningest driver, Dave Palone, over to Pocono Friday, where he already has calls in five of the six events.   But the fastest of the 24 entered babies who have already won in 2:00 or better (four in 1:55 or better) is not a Burke member, but Brooklynite (race 3, post two, driver Corey Callahan), a son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Joe Holloway barn who took an overnight at Philly in 1:54.2, matching a mark he first reached in a Meadowlands 2YO qualifier.   Jerry Connors
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes' first leg were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) equaled the track record for sophomore pacing fillies with a 1:52.1 romp over Nella's Bus and Gigi Deo. Trained by Ross Croghan, Totally Rusty recorded her 13th win in 16 lifetime starts. A daughter of Rusty's For Real, she was a 13-length winner in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover Downs on April 8. The track record is now co-held with Seboomook Fool Yah, who achieved the feat in 2014. Henry Faragalli III's Fancy Sound ($2.80, Jim Morand) took the first division in 1:54.1 over Cedar Hall Heiress and Fountain Pen. Fancy Sound, a Les Givens trainee sired by Veeza, set the pace throughout in her victory. Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the final division with a front end win in 1:53 over Love Forbidden and Littlesandyloam. Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her 11th win in 14 career starts. It was one of four winners on the program for Kirby. Richard Lombardo and David Kryway's Also Encouraging ($5.20, Allan Davis) won the overnight feature, the $16,000 Mares Open in 1:52.4 for trainer Josh Green. It was the fifth win in eight seasonal starts for the daughter of No Pan Intended. Matthew Sparacino
Tamarind changed his tactics but the result was the same Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows as he captured his third straight in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Customarily a closer, Tamarind zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman in a snappy 27.1 and was able to withstand the two-pronged late challenge from Trustworthy Kid outside and Tall Cotton in the Lightning Lane. The 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos prevailed by 1/2 length over Tall Cotton in 1:53.2, with Trustworthy Kid a close-up third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who extended his career bankroll to $665,044. In Tuesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Whata Donato stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then charged by in the Lightning Lane for trainer/driver Doug Snyder to defeat Cowgirl Hall by a neck in 1:54.4. Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who now boasts $280,276 in lifetime earnings. Evan Pattak
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