Bar Hopping

The Zweig Memorial in the books

Vernon, N.Y. -- Bar Hopping ($2.60, part of entry) and Flowers N Songs ($18.40) proved victorious in their respective main events of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old trotters on Sunday (July 24) evening at Vernon Downs.   Bar Hopping used an aggressive middle move to seize command in the $300,000 Zweig main event for colts and geldings, brushing from fifth and clearing just after a :57 half mile. The son of Muscle Hill would go on to face pressure from Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan) on the far turn, but edged clear upon straightening for home. Bar Hopping subsequently held sway of a late bid from pocket rival Milligan's School (Andy Miller) to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.1. Milligan's School narrowly held second from Love Matters (Brett Miller) and the leveled-off Hititoutofthepark, who shared third in a dead heat.   Tim Tetrick drove Bar Hopping, now a 3-time winner, for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, the Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   In the $140,000 Zweig event for fillies, Flowers N Songs vaulted off third-over cover to eclipse 5-4 favorite Womans Will for a 1:53.4 victory. Yannick Gingras settled well off the pace with the Deweycheatumnhowe filly, floating off the pegs at race's midpoint to stalk cover provided by Womans Will (Andy Miller) and Fad Finance (Jim Morrill, Jr.). In upper stretch, Flowers N Songs circled four-wide, finding her best stride at the eighth pole and slingshotting clear to a 1-3/4 length victory over the aforementioned pair. Womans Will narrowly held second, while Fad Finance stayed on for third.   Paul Reid trains 7-time winner Flowers N Songs for Robert Key.   In the consolation divisions for colts and geldings, Sutton ($7.20, Andy Miller, 1:52.4) and Waitlifter K ($7.90, Matt Kakaley, 1:52.3) captured the winner's shares of the $75,000 and $30,000 events, respectively. Double Exposure ($3.70, Tetrick, 1:54.4) and Hillosophical ($44.80, David Miller, 1:53.4) proved victorious in the $35,000 and $15,000 consolation events for fillies.   No Clouds Bluechip, Dime a Dance prevail in NYSS   The Zweig night undercard featured a pair of $60,200 New York Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old pacing fillies, with Roll With Joe fillies No Clouds Bluechip ($13.20) and Dime a Dance ($4.50) both proving narrowly victorious.   No Clouds Bluechip yielded to 1-2 favorite Penpal (Pat Lachance) after a :56.3 half mile, maintaining a clear pocket trip through the far turn before vacating the pegs at the eighth pole and dueling to a half-length win in 1:51.3 via a :26.3 last quarter. Scott Zeron drove the daughter of Roll With Joe and B J's Sunshine for trainer John Berger.   Dime a Dance rallied from farther off the pace in her event, sustaining strong uncovered gains on the far turn en route to a mid-stretch lead. Upon collaring Time On My Hands (Jason Bartlett), the daughter of Roll With Joe and Hat Dance Hanover was forced to stave off a late lunge from Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald), who split foes out of the pocket to just miss by a neck. Dime a Dance and driver Matt Kakaley prevailed in 1:53.3 for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 28) evening; first post is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Haras des Trotteurs

$260,000 Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot

Addington are excited to announce their new harness racing business partner - Haras des Trotteurs will have exclusive naming rights to the Group One Dominion Handicap Trot. Pat Driscoll, Principal of Haras des Trotteurs is thrilled to be starting a partnership with Addington. "Haras des Trotteurs is privileged to be associated with Addington by sponsorship of such a time honoured event as the Dominion Trot. We are delighted and privileged that in conjunction with this sponsorship we will also be associated with a number of other domestic trotting races which will be confirmed throughout the year. At Haras des Trotteurs we are committed to breeding world class trotters in New Zealand and Australia." Addington’s Racing Manager Brian Rabbitt is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 season will see a stake increase for the richest trotting race in New Zealand.  “The increase from $250,000 to $260,000 for this prestigious race is in recognition of its status as the premier race for trotters within New Zealand.” 2016 will see the continuation of the highly successful ranking system for the Dominion that was introduced last year for the first time to determine the field.  The Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot will be held on Show Day Friday, 11 November 2016. Keryn McElroy  

Len Clement

Len's bucket list finale

After 10 months and near 15,000kms later Bendemeer horseman Len Clement will complete the dream of driving at every harness racing track across New South Wales at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow. And while the Wards Accounting Group Pace (1609m) may not seem significant to some, it will be for Clement. At the beginning of the season the retired Clement set himself a bucket list - Len's Bucket List - to drive in a race at all the tracks he had not previously. Having been involved in the sport for more than three decades, the 59-year-old had only driven at 11 tracks before embarking on this trip last September. And now this well documented journey is at the end. "This is the finale!" Clement said. "We finally have a run at Menangle and even though we haven't drawn too well I'm just happy to be going around. "I've been to Menangle a few times as a spectator but have never driven there. "I'm not sure if I'll like the track or not as there aren't enough corners for me . . . I'm used to driving on a much smaller track." From Eugowra, to Albury and even out to Broken Hill, Clement will tick off the 1400m circuit at Menangle behind his pacer Atara Blue Chip, which he acquired along this expedition. However, it is not the easiest test the lightly raced seven-year-old gelding has faced, especially considering his last and only win came more than three years ago. Ironically, Clement's last win in the sulky was also in 2013, behind Lifeslittlesecret at Tamworth in February 6. And this same mare is the horse Clement began Len's Bucket List with at Dubbo on September 13, 2015. After sticking with Clement through the Western Districts, the Riverina, Canberra, Sydney and back to the Riverina, Lifeslittlesecret was forced to the sideline with a potentially career-ending respiratory problem. Clement still determined to fulfil his dream reached out to his fellow horsemen and women and was offered many horses to complete his quest. "I always say it but the people and friends we have met and made along the way has been great," Clement said. "It is something my wife Christine and I will never forget "We have made life-long friends on this trip and it has certainly exceeded our expectations." AMANDA RANDO

Karalta Boomer

Boomer gives Walters four for the weekend

After producing a driving treble in Hobart last Friday experienced harness racing reinsman John Walters continued his good form in Launceston last night with another outstanding drive to secure a last-stride win aboard Karalta Boomer in the Crown Lager Pace over 2200 metres. Walters, 53, had the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old perfectly positioned in the one-out-one-back position after travelling 400 metres with the well-backed Dasher Hiouli setting a solid pace in front. Dasher Houli (Rohan Hillier) looked to be travelling like the winner when he slipped clear turning for home but when Walters allowed his charge more rein the gelded son of Major In Art ran to the leader and they settled down to a two-horse war all the way up the home straight with Walters able to get everything from his charge to win by a half-head. It was Karalta Boomer's seventh win of the season and coupled with his six minor placings he has career earnings of almost $30,000. Karalta Boomer was bred by his owners Lyndon and Gail Menagon who own and operate Big Park Stud that is one of the largest standardbred breeding operations in the state. Peter Staples

Saturday night proved a good one for Alabar's Sportswriter with feature harness racing wins at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Tabcorp Park Melton. Sportswriter progeny won four races at the two venues, two wins at each, including a pair of Group 3s. Niki No No (Sportswriter-Benelise) notched win No.14 of her career, delighting connections including Melton on-course MC and trots media personality Rob Auber. The four-year-old mare captured the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace (Group 3) for trainer Kari Males, benefiting from a master Greg Sugars drive. Sugars, who is third on the SBG Accountants Metropolitan Drivers Premiership, second on the Melton Saddlery State Drivers Premiership and third on the National Drivers Premiership, has driven Niki No No to all her victories. On Saturday night from the pole he trailed leader Starzzz Of Icon before switching to the outside instead of the sprint lane in the straight, Niki No No balancing up and sprinting past Snip Of Grand for a narrow win in a 1:57.9 rate over 2240m. Niki No No won the 4YO Mares Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Bronze Final earlier this month and has saluted in four races from 13 starts this season. Among Niki No No’s 14 career victories are an Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Fillies Final (Group 1) at two and a Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks (Group 1) at three. VIDEO: NIKI NO NO TAKES THE EMPIRE STALLIONS VICBRED PLATINUM PACE Later on the Melton program Burrumbeet horseman Michael Stanley continued his strong form by taking out the VHRSC Graduate with Spiritwriter (Sportswriter-Striking Spirit) in 1:59.4. The three-year-old gelding is raced by the burgeoning Go Racing group, whose members include Sky’s Gareth Hall and Dave Stanley. Spiritwriter crossed smart polemarker Stuover out of the straight the first time in the 2240m event and Stanley controlled the remainder of the race. VIDEO: SPIRITWRITER WINS THE VHRSC GRADUATE Now a six-time winner from 17 starts, Spiritwriter possesses a sharp sprint. He got home in 55.8s on Saturday night after a 62.8s opening half. And Stanley hardly moved a muscle, Stuover getting within a neck of the winner at the finish. At Menangle Shezallapples (Sportswriter-Apple Sorbet) looked first class, last month’s Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge (Group 1) winning two-year-old filly out-punching race favourite Manly Mach from the chair over the mile in 1:54.3 for reinsman Jimmy Douglass and trainer David Thorn in the Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sales Stakes (Group 3). Shezallapples And ex-Victorian Egodan (Sportswriter-Full Pleasure) won the Sweet Lou Woodlands Stud Pace for Kevin Pizzuto and Nathan Jack, the four-year-old gelding clocking 1:53.5 to notch a 10th career victory at start number 30 for owners AD Investments. Egodan Cody Winnell

JULY 23, 2016 - Reigning division and North America Cup champion Betting Line captured his sixth straight harness racing victory in the second of two $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. Starting from Post 8 in a skirmish that also featured the number one and two point earners in the three-year-old pacing colt division, Magnum J and Sintra, Betting Line eased away from the starting gate and watched from sixth as Magnum J and Arsenic duelled to a :26.3 opening quarter. Magnum J was still in control at the :55.2 half, but Semi Automatic, Sintra and Betting Line had shifted into the outer lane and were threatening by the 1:22.1 three-quarters. Rolling off the turn driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph shifted Betting Line into overdrive and, in spite of a few wonky steps, the colt laid down a :26.4 final quarter to claim his sixth straight victory and second straight in Gold Series action. Sintra was three lengths back in second and Magnum J held on for third in the 1:50 mile. "We're not exactly sure what he did just quite yet," said trainer Casie Coleman of Betting Line's awkward stretch drive. "JD (Drury) said he couldn't have felt any better, he was just jogging, and he never spoke to him, just sitting there on him like a passenger and all of a sudden he just got all out of gear. "We don't see anything on the track, and I don't see any marks on him where he touched himself or nothing, and JD said once he gathered him out of it he was perfect and pulled up good," Coleman continued. "It's kind of a head scratcher for us, but he has had a tendency in the past, when he gets all by himself alone on the front he just kind of looks at stuff - that's why he wears that big shadow roll - but every once in a while he sees something. He did do it right at the wire in the Somebeachsomewhere, not near as bad as that tonight, but yeah, I wish we could, obviously, 110 per cent correct whatever that problem is, but we really don't know." Overall Coleman was very pleased with the way Betting Line raced in his first start since having a splint treated in early July. "I was really, really happy with the way he was steering tonight," said the Cambridge resident, who shares ownership of Betting Line with Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "That splint actually took me almost two weeks before I could even train him." The son of Bettor's Delight and Heathers Western will enjoy one more week of relative leisure before his schedule shifts into high gear. Following the fourth Gold Series Leg at Georgian Downs on August 7, Betting Line heads to Northfield Park for the August 13 Carl Milstein Memorial, followed by the Battle of Brandywine at Pocono Downs on August 20. The final Gold Leg goes postward Sept. 7 at Mohawk and the Campbellville oval also hosts the Simcoe Stake on Sept. 10, before Betting Line heads back to the U.S.A. for the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 22. "He gets pretty busy now, so I was glad to be able to give him a little bit of a break, in this little gap," said Coleman of the winner of $1,224,922. "He needed that time." Betting Line Betting Line will be joined in the Carl Milstein Memorial by his Ontario rival Sintra, who has also been invited to the August 13 event. "Instead of being a 'paid into' event, this year it's an invitational and Sintra's been invited to that, so that's going to fit pretty big on his radar," said trainer Dave Menary of the Mach Three colt he owns in partnership with Brad Gray of Dundas and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. While Sintra settled for his second runner-up finish behind Betting Line, his stablemate Nvestment Bluechip took home the Gold Series trophy from the first division. Starting from Post 5 driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat fired Nvestment Bluechip off the gate and reached the opening quarter in :26.3. The pair then settled in behind fan favourite Gerries Sport, who led the field to a :55 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters. Jamieson tipped Nvestment Bluechip out as the colts turned for home and the Shadow Play son was able to reel in the favourite and grab his first win of the season in a personal best equalling 1:51.1. Gerries Sport finished a neck back in second and Nocturnal Bluechip was three-quarters of a length back in third. "Tonight's, I think, a pick me up for the horse and our ownership group, and Jody and I," said Menary. "I mean he was supposed to be the star of the barn this year, where Sintra's had the limelight so far. "He come back so good, and maybe he got thrown to the wolves a little bit early," added the trainer. "He was in pretty tough, and he had the odd bad post, and nothing really lined up, but the money's in the bank, he's a good horse and hopefully this is a step in the right direction, that he's turned the corner." The win was the first in seven sophomore starts for Nvestment Bluechip, who won four of 11 outings at two, including three Gold Legs and his Champlain Stakes division, in addition to finishing second in the Super Final and third in the Breeders Crown. "He was just a good horse, he just did it week-in-week-out. He did it on the five-eighths, seven-eighths, he did it in the pocket, off the pace, locked in, on the front end," said Menary. "Now, there's so many good horses. When you're two you're able to win a little bit slower, you can get by with a few flaws and little bit of bad luck, but when you're three they can all go so fast, there's so many good horses, you can't get by with bad luck or flaws." Cambridge resident Menary shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Denis Breton of Welland and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Saturday's win boosted the colt's lifetime earnings to $452,303 and he will be looking to pad that total further when the three-year-old pacing colt titans gather for the fourth time on August 7 at Georgian Downs. Nvestment Bluechip The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Mohawk on Monday, July 25 with Gold Series action for the two-year-old trotting colts. The colts will make their second Gold Series appearance in Races 2, 3, and 8, with the Campbellville oval's first race rolling in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

Reigning National Horse of the Year Wiggle It JiggleIt (Mr Wiggles) came to the Saratoga Racetrack for the first time on Saturday night and was the harness racing 1-9 betting favorite in the 8th annual $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. Driver Montrell Teague blasted the superstar pacer out early but after seeing he was parked in a fast opening quarter backed off a bit and waited for things to sort out. Wiggle It Jiggleit then blasted up alongside leader All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) and took over the lead in a half of 54.4. After stealing a third quarter breather, Wiggle It Jiggleit sprinted away in a 27.1 final panel to win by two lengths in 1:51. Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) closed quickly up the rail and won the photo for place with All Bets Off earning the show spot in the $260,000 Gerrity. Though the track record wasn't ever in jeopardy on Saturday night, the fans who came out in full force to see the harness racing superstar roared in appreciation as the talented four year old made his way back for the winner circle presentation. It was victory number ten in fifteen starts this year for Wiggle It Jiggleit who is owned by George Teague Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC and trained by Clyde Francis. Wiggle It JiggleIt earnings are now $2,999,000 from 42 starts for 33 wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds. There was over $600,000 in purse money battled for on the evening's fourteen race card at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night as the summer schedule is in full swing with racing every Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 7:05pm each night.   Mike Sardella     Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night $45,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Tyler Buter, $43.60) and Sapphire City (Brent Holland, $8). Undercover Strike, from post position No. 5 in the weekly featured trot, closed from third-over in the lane to pick off a solid, first-over Shake it Cerry (Dan Dube) by a half-length in 1:54.1. Invading Muscle Up the Goal (Brian Sears) led through early stations of :27.2 and :56.3 before 'Cerry' upended him. She owned a length lead into the lane, only to be nailed late. Resolve (Ake Svanstedt), in his first local start since the 2014 Yonkers Trot, was third. It wasn't the smoothest of trips for the 3-5 choice. Assigned outside his six rivals, he floated from the gate, but found no seat and took back to last. Out and moving by the half, he wound up second-over behind Shake it Cerry, who left the cones right at the same time. Resolve wound up gapping the lass, then flattening late to be beaten two lengths, with E R Ellie (Larry Stalbaum) and Lady's Dude (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For sixth choice Undercover Strike, an 8-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding owned by Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Tom Milici, it was his ninth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $164, with the triple returning $622. The week's featured pace saw Sapphire City, put in play from post No. 6, stalk Great Vintage (Dube). After subsections of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.1, Great Vintage was about to wear out his welcome. Before he did, he towed Sapphire City to the passing lane, which he used to whip a second-over, slight 2-1 choice Keystone Velocity (Sears) by a nose in 1:52.2. Polak A (Andy Miller) was a credible, first-up third off the layoff, with Dream Out Loud N (Buter) and UF Rockin' Dragon (Eric Abbatiello) settling for the remainder. For second choice Sapphire City, an 8-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, he's now 5-for-20 this season (50 career wins). The exacta paid $38.40, the triple returned $153 and the superfecta paid $852. Frank Drucker

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 23 - It may have taken a little longer than expected, but State Treasurer scored his first win of 2016 in style Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee captured the $34,000 Preferred Pace in 1:48.4 over six harness racing rivals Saturday. Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer got away fourth and was sent towards the front in the second-quarter. The Moore trainee was used hard, as he cleared Nickle Bag, who posted an opening-quarter of :26, for the lead at the half in :53.3. Despite the tough second-quarter, State Treasurer continued to power along around the final turn and paced a :27.3 third-quarter to reach the third station in 1:21.1. In the stretch, State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded by holding off a late push from the gritty Nickle Bag to win by half a length in 1:48.4. American Virgin finished third, while the other Moore trainee, Rockin In Heaven, was fourth. State Treasurer entered Saturday's contest winless in nine starts this season after winning nine of 19 and almost a $1 million last season en route to being named the Canadian Horse of the Year. The son of Real Desire now has 31 career wins and $2,022,430 earned over the course of his career for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $5.80 to win Saturday. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - On Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Anthony Napolitano returned to nighttime sulky action for the first time since a racing accident here on May 31, and there were no signs of rust visible on his driving skills - in fact, in races three through ten at The Downs Saturday, if your last name wasn't "Napolitano" you did not gain admittance to the harness racing winners circle, as big brother George won five of the octet of contests, and Anthony triumphed in the other three.   The last in this string of Napolitano victories went to George, again the winningest driver at the mountain oval, and the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Bushwacker in the $18,000 pacing feature, setting the pace and coming home with a pair of 27.2 back quarters to win in 1:50. Life wasn't easy in the stretch for the 1 to 2 favorite, however, as Dreams Beachboy - and "Ant'ny Nap" - made a charge up the Pocono Pike, but came up a half-length short to the Chris Ryder trainee, who boosted his earnings to the very brink of half-million-dollar status -- $499,587 - for owner Henderson Farms.   Anthony got revenge on George, and added a fourth winner on the night, by taking the $15,500 featured trot with Armor Hanover, an altered seven-year-old son of SJ's Caviar who won in 1:52 to not only take a new mark but also equal the national season's record. George set the pace with Cufflink Hanover, the favorite and a three-year-old taking on older stock, but "Armor" and Anthony blew right past them down the backstretch and went on to win by six lengths, with Valley Of Sin edging Cufflink Hanover for the deuce. Trainer Doug Berkeley has apparently found the key to the winner of two straight, who had made breaks in three of four starts before his current modest win string, and Doug shares ownership with Leslie Berkeley.   It looked as if the 1:48.4 posted by Soho in the first race, a $15,500 pace, would stand as the quickest mile of the night, but then in the twelfth race Andrew McCarthy, who swept the early Daily Double, then guided the Always A Virgin gelding Vague Traces to a scintillating win in 1:48.2, a new mark and not a bad mile for a horse who came east to be under Ross Croghan's care five starts back and started out in "nw $3000 L5." But the potential has always been there for Vague Traces - he won his first baby qualifier in 1:55.2, as year-older stablemate He's Watching looked on and nodded approvingly, and then last year at three he twice finished third behind two other Indiana-sired horses of some renown, Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete, as they traded late-season wins at Hoosier. Off this mile, with Vague Traces coming his own back half in 52.3, coverless brush to the lead included, and winning by 7¾ lengths, the Phil Wiley-owned warrior might develop into a horse not out of place in this year's magnificent FFA crop, headed by the two aforenamed Hoosier horses - and the one who was a year ahead of them, "Miki" something or other.   (And THEN ... all of the above writing was finished as the 15th and final race was going to the gate, and what happened in that $14,000 trot? We kid you not -- the brothers Napolitano finished in a dead-heat for win, giving George six wins on the night and Anthony [he of the supposed "rust"] five! The camera was called on but could not separate George's favored Zooming and Anthony's second choice Upfront Billy, who crossed the aperture of light together in 1:53.3, coming within 3/5 of a second of the world record for a "heater" on a five-eighth mile track and obliterating the old trot DH mark at the only oval to have three triple -dead-heats for win in harness racing history.)   Pocono / PHHA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Pure Country continued her relentless march to a second straight harness racing divisional title, capturing her fifth consecutive victory in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake action at The Meadows, part of the Adios eliminations card. Shesasmokinlady took the other division in the $159,350 event for 3-year-old filly pacers known as the Romola Hanover. Pure Country won all 10 starts at 2 en route to her Dan Patch Award. While she's lost three of nine outings this year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana appears to have elevated her game to a new level, with victories in the finals of the Fan Hanover and the Lynch and two straight PASS splits. "I've never driven a filly like her," winning driver Brett Miller said. "I don't know if I've ever driven a colt like her. She might be the best horse I've ever driven. To race at the top level like this every week and be that good -- it's amazing. She's one of the smartest fillies I've ever sat behind, and she has the heart of a champion. The couple times I got beat with her, it was probably my fault." In the Romola Hanover, Pure Country grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move, easily thwarted the first-over challenge of I Said Diamonds and defeated the pocket-sitting Darlinonthebeach by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50. Shezarealdeal earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, who now boasts $1,276,610 in career earnings, for Diamond Creek Racing. Shesasmokinlady also made the front past the quarter for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz and had just enough in the tank to hold off Newborn Sassy by a nose in 1:50.4. Call Me Queen Be completed the ticket. "I figured if I got away third today, I wasn't sitting," said Paver of Shesasmokinlady, who now has $144,795 in her bankroll. "She usually doesn't get tired, but she looks for a horse to race. A horse never really got to her until late." Although she may reach the PASS final or consolation leg, Paver said a stakes payments snafu has left Shesasmokinlady with only one definite stake engagement -- the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Saturday's program also featured five divisions of this event; as with the other stakes on the card, this one became "Miller Time." Miller won two splits, giving him four stakes victories on the day, while trainer Michael Hall enjoyed a stake double. The highlight for Miller and Hall was the 1:51.1 win by Dismissal, which lowered the stake record of 1:51.3 previously held by Icommandmyspirt and matched earlier in the day by A List Hanover. Hall owns Dismissal, a daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty. The other three splits went to Terror at Night, Kryptos and Square Dancer. A List Hanover saw her stake record fall, but she turned in a huge performance, challenging first over for longer that winning driver Dan Rawlings intended. "The more I grabbed her, the more her gait became less than perfect," Rawlings said. "So I let her go as fast and as far as she could." Gingertreescarlett finished second, 3 lengths back, with Nip's Beach Girl third. Hall trains and leases A List Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Nadia. Terror At Night also converted a first-over trip to victory, edging by early leader Hug A Dragoness by 1/2 length in 1:51.4, a lifetime mark. Donna's Beach completed the ticket. "She's one of the laziest fillies I've ever driven," Miller said. "You have to make her do her work. When she made the front, she thought the race was over. If you're on the front, it's not as bad, but if you're passing somebody, she pulls up as soon as she gets by." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) took today’s Q+ Enghien featured Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse €120,000, 4150 meters, 15 International starters) clocked in 1.17.1kr, stepping home by three lengths for harness racing driver Eric Raffin. Off at 5.4/1 the winner is trained by Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie G&F Raffre. Second was 2/1 Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) was second in a close battle, for Charles J.Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon. 12.6/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was third for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 9.4/1 Swedishman (10g Gogo-Valgana) was fourth for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche. 20/1 Bahia Quesnot was fifth for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. The Enghien Prix Montmartre (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) went to 21.3/1 odds Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) for J-M Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 4.8/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) was second for Matthieu Abrivard in a close finish with 6.1/1 Rooibus (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop trains Rooibus for B.S. Stable HB. The race was clocked in 1.13.5kr. 1.3/1 favorite Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) easily took the Prix de Rome (purse €85,000, 2875 meters, 15 European starters) as the Philippe Allaire owned and trained lass was timed in 1.14.8kr. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the winner to her sixth win in ten career starts now for €263,050 and she’s emerging as a good one, as was her dam. 92/1 United Love (3m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) rallied to be second for Eric Raffin. 18/1 Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) held third for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Francoise Laroche bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Axevalla Sweden, the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, nine starters) went easily to FR invader Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.12kr. Harness racing driver Erik Adielsson drove the Sofia Aronsson trainee that Franck Leblanc owns. She now has  a career slate of 11-8-6 in 37 starts for 7,229,354SEK earned. Off at 3.26/1 Anna Mix defeated .67/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) and the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden driver/trainer team. Third was 12.3/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) and Bjorn Goop for trainer Dan Widegren. Repay Merci, Solvato and Tumble Dust were in the beaten field. The prior day at Axevalla there were three events for 100,000SEK first money. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. Pasquale Ciccarelli owns this 14 time winner in 32 starts for the career. Another 2140 meter autostart test went to .66/1 favorite Je T’aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The other 2140 meter test, for three year-old fillies, was won by Caddie Lisieux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) at .79/1 and clocked in 1.15.2kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one. The Broad Bahn filly Flo Jo Keeper was second with trainer/driver Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

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Vernon, N.Y. -- Bar Hopping ($2.60, part of entry) and Flowers N Songs ($18.40) proved victorious in their respective main events of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old trotters on Sunday (July 24) evening at Vernon Downs.   Bar Hopping used an aggressive middle move to seize command in the $300,000 Zweig main event for colts and geldings, brushing from fifth and clearing just after a :57 half mile. The son of Muscle Hill would go on to face pressure from Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan) on the far turn, but edged clear upon straightening for home. Bar Hopping subsequently held sway of a late bid from pocket rival Milligan's School (Andy Miller) to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.1. Milligan's School narrowly held second from Love Matters (Brett Miller) and the leveled-off Hititoutofthepark, who shared third in a dead heat.   Tim Tetrick drove Bar Hopping, now a 3-time winner, for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, the Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   In the $140,000 Zweig event for fillies, Flowers N Songs vaulted off third-over cover to eclipse 5-4 favorite Womans Will for a 1:53.4 victory. Yannick Gingras settled well off the pace with the Deweycheatumnhowe filly, floating off the pegs at race's midpoint to stalk cover provided by Womans Will (Andy Miller) and Fad Finance (Jim Morrill, Jr.). In upper stretch, Flowers N Songs circled four-wide, finding her best stride at the eighth pole and slingshotting clear to a 1-3/4 length victory over the aforementioned pair. Womans Will narrowly held second, while Fad Finance stayed on for third.   Paul Reid trains 7-time winner Flowers N Songs for Robert Key.   In the consolation divisions for colts and geldings, Sutton ($7.20, Andy Miller, 1:52.4) and Waitlifter K ($7.90, Matt Kakaley, 1:52.3) captured the winner's shares of the $75,000 and $30,000 events, respectively. Double Exposure ($3.70, Tetrick, 1:54.4) and Hillosophical ($44.80, David Miller, 1:53.4) proved victorious in the $35,000 and $15,000 consolation events for fillies.   No Clouds Bluechip, Dime a Dance prevail in NYSS   The Zweig night undercard featured a pair of $60,200 New York Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old pacing fillies, with Roll With Joe fillies No Clouds Bluechip ($13.20) and Dime a Dance ($4.50) both proving narrowly victorious.   No Clouds Bluechip yielded to 1-2 favorite Penpal (Pat Lachance) after a :56.3 half mile, maintaining a clear pocket trip through the far turn before vacating the pegs at the eighth pole and dueling to a half-length win in 1:51.3 via a :26.3 last quarter. Scott Zeron drove the daughter of Roll With Joe and B J's Sunshine for trainer John Berger.   Dime a Dance rallied from farther off the pace in her event, sustaining strong uncovered gains on the far turn en route to a mid-stretch lead. Upon collaring Time On My Hands (Jason Bartlett), the daughter of Roll With Joe and Hat Dance Hanover was forced to stave off a late lunge from Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald), who split foes out of the pocket to just miss by a neck. Dime a Dance and driver Matt Kakaley prevailed in 1:53.3 for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 28) evening; first post is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
WILKES-BARRE PA - Homicide Hunter went to the lead past the quarter, then trotted successive 27.3 panels home to hold off first-over Crazshana by a half-length in the $25,000 winners-over handicap trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the final clocking of 1:51.1 missing the divisional world record for harness racing four-year-old trotting geldings by a single tick.   And with Pocono being Pocono in the five-eighth mile track category, especially on the trot, Homicide Hunter didn't even get a track record out of the brave effort. The 1:51 standard was achieved by Wind Of The North here in 2014, and then JL Cruze in a mountain stop last season. The altered son of Mr Cantab, owned by Crawford Farms Racing, did lower his mark from the 1:51.4 he posted in winning the Meadows Maturity on June 18, and raised his bankroll to $622,013.   The teaming of driver Eric Goodell and trainer Chris Oakes was a very fruitful one for both parties this weekend, as Homicide Hunter's win at Pocono added to the three times the two paired successfully on Wiggle It Jiggleit's Gerrity night at Saratoga 24 hours earlier. Even more remarkably, Goodell had a horse he was driving fall down while in contention at The Meadows on Monday, didn't get back into the sulky until Friday - and after this race had posted a 14-6-2-0-.508 tally since coming back!   An altered son of Crazed also accounted for the $18,000 sub-featured trot, as Crazy About Pat led at every pole under the guidance of Andrew McCarthy in recording a new mark of 1:53.1. Paul Kelley conditions the six-year-old earner of $663,899 lifetime for the Patricia Stable.   PHHA / Pocono  
STICKNEY, IL - A fourteen race Sunday card at Hawthorne featured three divisions of leg three of the Incredible Finale Stakes. The Incredible Finale is for Illinois-bred harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A storm prior to races left the track sloppy to open the card as race three was the first division of the Incredible Finale. Favored at off time was Gabe Henry. Moving to the early lead was Fox Valley Sparty through the quarter in :29. Sork moved early on the backside to take over for driver Kyle Husted through a half in :57.4. On the turn, Sork was challenged again by Fox Valley Sparty through three quarters in 1:27.4. In the stretch, Fox Valley Sparty and Dale Hiteman were challenged by Gabe Henry and Todd Warren as Gabe Henry went on to a length and a half score. Fox Valley Jeter closed late for second while Fox Valley Sparty finished third. Final time for the mile over the sloppy going was 1:57.1. Owned by Carol Graham and trained by Thomas Graham, the colt by Henry Clay returned $3.60, $2.40, and $2.20. Fox Valley Jeter paid $3.20 and $2.20 while Fox Valley Sparty paid $3.00 to show. The second division of leg three of the Incredible Finale had Sporty Redhot as a heavy post time favorite for driver Todd Warren. Sent for the lead was Sporty Redhot but Spirited Encounter beat him to the lead through the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, Spirited Encounter maintained his lead through the half in :58. On the turn, Sporty Redhot ranged up to challenge through three quarters in 1:27. In the stretch, Sporty Redhot gained the lead but had to hold off the move of multiple horses and held on to win by a length. Fox Valley Reggie finished second while Fox Valley Inferno was third. Final time for the mile was 1:56.4. Owned by Alan Beals and trained by Kim Roth, the gelding by Sportsmaster remained undefeated from three lifetime starts and returned $2.80, $2.40, and $2.10. Fox Valley Reggie paid $16.60 and $6.60 while Fox Valley Inferno returned $2.40 to show. Race seven was the third division of the Incredible Finale as the track was upgraded to good. Sullivan took the wagering action and was sent off as the favorite. Making the early lead was Uptown Sleaze while pressed by Fox Valley Nemitz through the quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch Fox Valley Nemitz was pushed by Sullivan through the half in :59.1. In the turn, Casey Leonard and Sullivan assumed command, covering three quarters in 1:27.4. In the lane, Sullivan was all out but Fox Valley Nemitz and Dale Hiteman came back to catch him nearing the wire. Uptown Sleaze held third. Final time for the mile was 1:57.3. Owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Joel Smith, the gelding by Richess Hanover paid $9.60, $3.00, and $2.20. Sullivan returned $3.20 and $2.60 while Uptown Sleaze paid $2.40 to show. Jim Miller
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Driver Kevin Cummings took the spotlight on closing day at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 24) as he guided home five winners on the nine-race harness racing program.   Cummings was the two-time defending driver's champion at Buffalo Raceway but a broken arm in an off-track mishap early in the year put him on the sidelines for several months and thus eliminated his chances of a three-peat.   But Cummings managed to climb his way up the standings once he returned and finished in third place with 95 victories despite his shortened year. Jim Morrill Jr. took the title with 131 wins.   On Sunday, Cummings started the day by directing Freaky Flyer to a $58.50 victory and followed that up with wins aboard Sea Deuce ($4.20), Western ($4.40), Catch The Wave ($3.50) and Babe In The City ($8.20).   Vintage Fenom and driver Denny Bucceri produced the biggest bomb of the day as the duo combined to produce a $80.50 win price.   David McNeight III had a driving double while Richard Roth had two training wins.   Buffalo Raceway also announced its award winners for the 2016 campaign. That Horse JD was selected the Pacer Of The Year, Noble Legend earned the Trotter Of The Year award, Morrill Jr. took Driver Of The Year honors while JD Perrin captured the Trainer Of The Year title.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  
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