Day At The Track

WILKES-BARRE PA - Two-year-old pacing colts three divisions strong will contest their $180,855 third harness racing preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There will also be four $20,000 divisions of third prelim action for the group's Stallion Series races. There have been two double winners so far in the Sires competition among these babies, and as expected both were made the early favorite in their respective divisions. First to see action will be the Western Ideal - A And G'sconfusion colt Adriano Hanover, starting from post three in the fifth race second division for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. Adriano Hanover is undefeated in four lifetime purse starts, and he has a division of the Arden Downs Stake to his credit as well as the two PaSS wins, all recorded at The Meadows. He has a mark of 1:52.2, taken in Sires competition August 10. That same afternoon the Somebeachsomewhere - Road Bet colt Cattlewash went a tick faster in winning his Sire Stakes cut; in fact, both of his Sires wins have come in 1:52.1. Also a Pennsylvania All-Stars divisional winner here at Pocono, Cattlewash is just a head away from a perfect career, as he was nipped by Seeyou At Thebeach (a rival he faces Sunday) in their Arden Downs cut. Cattlewash will be driven by Yannick Gingras in the tenth race third division as the pair start from post three for trainer Ron Burke. The third race first Sire Stakes division matches up the other PaSS winners from the first two legs, Caliber and Father Nuno. The Sweet Lou - Allstar Rating gelding Caliber, who won in 1:52.1 to tie his Burke Brigade stablemate Cattlewash for fastest clocking in the Sires divisional competition, has a positional edge as he starts from post three, with Gingras also slated for sulky action. Father Nuno, a Sombeachsomewhere colt out of Worldly Treasure, must surmount the outside post seven for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Tom Cancelliere. The only double winner in the Stallion Series, the Captaintreacherous - Lets Groove Tonite colt Captain Groovy, is unbeaten in three lifetime outings, having also won a PA All-Stars division here, and his 1:52 StS win at The Meadows on July 3 is a clocking faster than any Sire Stakes horses have posted. Matt Kakaley has the driving assignment Sunday from post five for driver Ray Schnittker in the eleventh race fourth Stallion Series division. Each of the other three StS sections Sunday features a previous winner in the competition: Lake Charles, Lyons Music, and Cinnamon Hill. The PA Sire Stakes / Stallion Series action continues at Pocono on Monday, with two-year-old trotting fillies invading the mountain oval.   PHHA / Pocono

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs has an action packed harness racing day set for Sunday with the Grand Circuit stakes Roll With Joe FFA pace, Artiscape FFA pace for mares, Miss Versatility for trotting mares and the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for New York sired 3-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Stakes purses on the day total more than $800,000. The $170,000 Roll With Joe (race 7) features 2018 Horse Of The Year McWicked who when he look down the starting gate from post six will be pleased not to see this season's division leader Lather Up among the competition. McWicked at the ripe old age of eight can still make his own luck, remains a formidable opponent for anyone and will likely be the public's choice here. Brian Sears has the drive for trainer Casie Coleman and owner Ed James as SSG Stables. The $137,000 Artiscape (race 5) saw only four rivals drop in to take on the current "Queen of the Course", Shartin N. While her story may by now be familiar to racing fans, Shartin's ability is clearly extraordinary. She became the fastest female Standardbred ever via her 1:46.4 win at The Meadowlands in the Lady Liberty, the 12th success in 13 tries this season for Shartin N and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The $40,000 third of four Miss Versatility legs (race 4) offers eight solid mare trotters with last week's Joie De Vie stakes winner Custom Cantab right back at Tioga to take on seven worthy rivals. Custom Cantab overcame a bad post, slight interference early on and a first over move into Atlanta to win impressively at long odds last Sunday. She will not offer that type of value this time around as she begins from the rail for Dave Miller and trainer Chris Beaver who owns her in partnership with Don Robinson and RBH Ventures. Zero Tolerance (Dave Miller) is clearly the girl to beat in the $232,700 EBC filly final (race 8). She has ruled the NYSS scene all season and raced competitively in Grand Circuit stakes as well. Joe Holloway trains Zero Tolerance for Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The $238,200 EBC colt final (race 9) could be a showcase for a small town colt with big talent to shine. There may be no defense strong enough to thwart Hickfromfrenchlick who starts from post 1 for Matt Kakaley. Since paired with Kakaley, the "Hick" is shooting 100% from the field while needing no assists or picks as he's taken it right down the floor from the word go each time. The money is on the line here and it's a chance to show just how clutch the Ray Schnittker trained colt is under pressure. Nolamaura Racing, LLC and TC Spatorico share ownership with Schnittker. First post on the Sunday card is 1:00pm. More information may be found on the web. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2019 -- The last time we heard anything of Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri, he was clinging to life after being whacked in the bloody turf war between his Sopranos gang of New Jersey and their New York rivals. That was in 2007. Yet Paulie Walnuts will race at The Meadows in Saturday's Florida Pro, a $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Of course, it won't be Tony Sirico, the actor who portrayed Paulie Walnuts in the long-running HBO series The Sopranos. Rather, it's his harness racing equine namesake, a promising youngster who's seeking his first stakes win for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Bill Mullin. The Florida Pro goes as races 1, 2 and 10, with Paulie Walnuts and Mike Wilder leaving from post 3 in race 2. First post is 1:05 PM. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover) was bred by Steve Jones of Cameo Hills Farm. Jones, who likes to have fun with foal names, is a Sopranos devotee. "I watched that show religiously from start to finish, and Paulie Walnuts is my favorite character," Jones says. "He has so many quirks -- his mannerisms, his rings, the way he holds his hands, the way he tilts his head. He's certainly a favorite of mine. I wanted to use his name somewhere along the way." It wasn't the first time Jones dipped into Sopranos lore for a foal name. In 2001, he named a baby Mr Bada Bing after the topless joint that Tony Soprano's gang operated. "He was a full brother to Deweycheatumnhowe, but he wasn't as successful," Jones recalls. Mullin, meanwhile, is a fan of the Paulie Walnuts character as well. "I didn't miss too many episodes," he says. "What I remember about Paulie Walnuts is that skunk hair-do." Mullin picked up Paulie Walnuts when Taylor shifted him from the Gareth Dowse stable and made only a few rigging changes, including a switch to aluminum shoes behind. Has Mullin seen anything of the casual violence of Paulie Walnuts in his equine namesake? "Not at all," Mullin says. "He's a gentleman, a pro. He picks up on everything you want him to. In his first couple starts, he showed that he has speed, and I think he wants to be a racehorse. "He's not staked to much this year, but if he performs well in the four or five shots he has remaining, he'll have more next year." Can he win Saturday? You bet, or as Paulie Walnuts might say, "Fuhgeddaboutit." Saturday's program also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a $1,319.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. Paulie "fuhgeddaboutit" Walnuts in Meadows PASS

Richard Young purchases a racehorse (yearling) at the Harrisburg Horse Sale and discovers it has a defective heart. OK..., now you decide: Should Richard (Who found out immediately about the horse from his vet) be able to return the racehorse (yearling) or not.....??? Hear it all in 12 captivating minutes on the HARNESS RACING ALUMNI SHOW......!!! This weeks sponsor Bill Haughton Equine Insurance   From Fred Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show        

ANDERSON, IN.- Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 14 with the fifth round for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Both $47,500 divisions brought the betting public's choice to the winner's circle, with wins by Kota's Swan and Measuredperfection. Measuredperfection, who had been sidelined for a few weeks, delivered an impressive gate-to-wire performance as the favorite in the second division of action. Leaving from post five in the field of eight, Measuredperfection and Trace Tetrick wasted no time and went straight to the lead as soon as the race began. Sophia Lia with John De Long grabbed the coveted pocket seat and followed intently through opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:3. Just after the half, Verlin Yoder urged co-favorite Grand Swan to make her move toward the lead. When the field hit the third quarter in 1:26:1, Measuredperfection maintained her lead while Sophia Lia was tracking from second and Grand Swan was advancing with every stride. As the field turned for home, Measuredperfection still had some left in the tank and held her challengers at bay to cross the wire in 1:53:3 with a final quarter of :27:2.  Grand Swan fought hard and got up in time for second while Sophia Lia trotted evenly for third. Measuredperfection paid $3.80 to win at the betting windows. "We were able to get out to the front easily," driver Trace Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "The trip worked out like I thought it would. She did everything I asked and trotted strong all the way to the wire, she was strong tonight." Trained by Ron Burke, Measuredperfection finished third in the first round of the stakes action in May before being sidelined. After a winning qualifier last week, Measuredperfection recorded her third win of the season from four starts and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $324,390. The daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC, Measuredperfection has now won seven of 17 lifetime starts. Earlier in the evening, the first division produced another gate-to-wire effort from post-time favorite, Kota's Swan. Using her customary front-stepping tactics, Kota's Swan and Sam Widger found their way to the winner's circle to record their third straight stakes victory and second straight Indiana Sires Stakes win. When the gate opened, Kota's Swan went straight for the lead while the 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final champ, Kissesforall with Peter Wrenn, also left alertly for position from post eight. Kota's Swan held onto her lead through opening fractions of :27:2 and :56:4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Kota's Swan bolstered her lead through the third quarter in 1:25:4 and trotted strong through the stretch, only to be challenged by a fast-charging Always Be With You with Michael Oosting a few strides before the finish line. Kota's Swan crossed the wire first, stopping the clock in 1:55:0 while Always Be With You had to settle for second. Summit City Swan with Brandon Bates also staged a late rally to round out the trifecta. Kota's Swan paid $3.20 to win for her betting backers. "She's gotten a lot more solid the more we race her," trainer Jeff Cullipher revealed after the win. "She's pretty easy on herself, which is always helpful." Kota's Swan, the daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick, now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $207,051 for owners Pollack Racing LLC and Jeff Cullipher. Bred by Double A Acres, the filly has now won nine of 26 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 15 with a 14-race card featuring two divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Thursday's card will also be highlighted by a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool in races three through six and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High 5 pool in race 14. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

The 20¢ Northfield Park Single Six was solved down by a sole combination for a lofty $20,287.64 return on Wednesday (August 14). The hefty payoff was hit by a patron watching and wagering on the action at the Flying Turns in person. The Single Six wager premiered on October 13, 2018 and has become very popular with punters chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14-percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20¢ wager carries over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Wednesday's result is evidence that the 20¢ wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offering handicappers monstrous jackpots. By Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Batavia, NY --- $107,000 was up for grabs when the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) and the winners of both divisions put in stellar performances. The first $53,000 split was won by Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) who took no prisoners in a gate to wire victory. Merga Hanover was floated off the gate by driver Matt Kakaley for the first eighth of a mile while the rest of the field set up, then he gunned her to the front and controlled the rest of the mile. After getting to the half in :57.2 with the trailing horses in single file, Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) pulled first up with The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) right behind her trying to push the issue. Merga Hanover continued to set the pace to the three-quarters, around the turn and into the stretch with the competition unable to make up any ground. Kakaley gave his filly her head down the lane and Merga Hanover was quickly on cruise control, pacing away to a handy two-length win in 1:55. "I eased her out of the gate because I never drove her before," said Kakaley. "But I let her pace the last turn and she coasted home. It was all her." The win vaulted Merga Hanover into the NYSS points lead for her division, now with 175. It was the fourth win in only five lifetime starts for Merga Hanover ($6.90) and it pushed her earnings to $86,866 for owners Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and William Donovan. Ron Burke trains the winner. Merga Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm. The second division went for $54,000 and provided a sizable upset for the betting public when Movie Town (American Ideal-New Hollywood) came off the pace and lit up the board at 20-1. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) left and took the lead before giving it up to Major Battle (Jim Morrill Jr.) past the quarter. The race proceeded to the half without any changes when Turnthefrownaround (Matt Kakaley) and Movie Town (Tyler Buter) both rolled up in the outer flow to start chasing down the front runner. Major Battle hit the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with positions remaining the same behind him; that was until the top of the last turn when Movie Town tipped three-deep and started to make her move. Buter fed Movie Town the lines and she was fully engaged, passing the inside horses easily and stretching out to a two-length win in 1:57. Movie Town ($43.60) scored her second NYSS win of the year for owner Bay Pond Racing and trainer Jeff Stafford. Winbak Farm bred Movie Town. Three divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Wednesday with the following results. The first Excel "A" event in the third race was a dead-heat between Alleyesonme As and Sus) Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip-Twincreeks Jewel) Driver - Jason Bartlett  Owner - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Trainer - Anette Lorentzon  Breeder - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $2.10 Sus (Art Major-Outtathisworld) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - Yankeeland Partners Trainer - Brett Bittle  Breeder - White Birch Farm Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $8.70 Charm And Grace (American Ideal-Another Hanover) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - John Dwyer Trainer - John Mongeon  Breeder - Kentuckiana Farms and Marvin Katz Time - 1:57.2  Mutuel - $4.20 Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day) Driver - Matt Kakaley  Owner - William Donovan Trainer - Ron Burke  Breeder - Frederick Hertrich III Time - 1:55.2  Mutuel - $4.30 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 16), which is the first Friday of racing this meet. Post time for the first race is 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Driver Jay Randall had a renaissance year of sorts last year at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the veteran reinsman has picked up right where he left off this season. On Wednesday's card, the 58 year old Randall piloted back-to-back winners and four on the night. Jay drove winners in two of the three $9,000 co-features for New York sired trotters and both for trainer Bob Gale. Randall moved first over with the Gale-trained Frank Hanover (Credit Winner) approaching the half on his race's favorite Aerial Flight (Jimmy Devaux). Those two slugged it out for nearly a half mile before Frank Hanover emerged victorious in 2:00. The three year old trotter had finished second in three consecutive starts at Saratoga before recording his fourth victory of the season on Wednesday night. The win was the second straight on the card for Randall who guided John Podres' Hot Tip (Mystery Chase) to victory in a conditional pace. Jay's third winner of the night came when he piloted the Brett Derue-trained It Aint The Whisky (Explosive Matter) to a front-running score. It wasn't until the Wednesday finale when Randall completed his grand slam guiding Gale's RC's Lady Royale (RC Royalty) to an upset in the $9,000 nightcap. RC's Lady Royale parlayed her pocket ride to victory and sprung the upset at odds of 25-1. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2019 -- Shuffled to seventh at the half, Future Spin threaded her way through horses in the lane to pull off the 25-1 shocker in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Future Spin had plenty of late pace, but Jason Merriman had to find a seam for the 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape-Buy In Hanover. When he did, Future Spin burst through to score in 1:55, a head better than Sewonandsewforth, who was parked the mile. An Original Dragon finished third. Dan Walski trains Future Spin, who won for the first time in 15 starts this year, for Walski Stables LLC. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features a pair of events for freshman colt and gelding trotters: a $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the program will offer a $1,319.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, PA - Tim Tetrick, the leading harness racing driver at Harrah's Philadelphia, continued on his recent hot run with five sulky successes on the Wednesday afternoon card, winning the featured trot, finishing first in one of the two co-featured paces, and just getting edged in the other co-feature. The richest purse of the day was a $16,000 trot, which was taken by Captain Morgan, a four-year-old son of Cantab Hall who has raced lightly (this was only his 14th career start), but has shown much promise. Here Tetrick sent the winner of two straight right to the lead, put up fractions of :27.2, :56.1, and 1:25.1 over a track that had been reclassified as "fast" after earlier rain had evaporated, then dug in to handle a last quarter threat from pocketsitter Lapped By Lindy to get to the finish line a half -length to the good in 1:54.3. Staffan Lind trains the developing winner for Lind Racing Stable LLC, Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth, and Kemppisuojalampistable. The Well Said three-year-old gelding Brassy Hanover, second in the Hempt Championship behind Shake That House but still eligible to "n/w 3 races lifetime," showed his class in his $14,000 pacing co-feature, taking a new mark of 1:50.4. Brassy Hanover came out to follow cover down the backstretch, was left raw at the ¾, then motored home in 28.1 to leave 80-1 shot Random Hanover eleven lengths in arrears and the others even further back. Eric Good owns the Eddie Dennis trainee. Favored V O Joe took the other $14,000 co-feature in 1:53.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr., but not until Joe McDude and Tetrick rapidly ate up stretch ground to be only a half-length shy at the wire. But Napolitano appeared to have the distance to the wire measured with the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding, with the pacer making it two straight for trainer Robert Cleary and the ownership of Allen Wenc and Joseph Hughes. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The field of seven assembled for Saturday's $30,000 fast-class pacing event in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is one of the "winningest" collections of seasoned veterans, with a 43% success rate this year and 38% lifetime, and three of the most frequent visitors to Victory Lane are the favorites. Tabbed as the 5-2 morning line favorite from post four is None Bettor A (9 wins in 12 starts this year, 25-for-70 lifetime), with new trainer Andrew Harris selecting the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., to handle the Bettor's Delight gelding. None Bettor A had won nine straight races, including a GNOS event, before finishing third behind last season's Horse of the Year McWicked in the Gerrity Pace at Saratoga in his last start; he draws inside his two main rivals here, but he also has not raced since that July 20 mile at Saratoga. Starting just to his right is Highalator (10-for-21 this year, 31-for-67 lifetime), with Jenny Bier using regular driver Richard Still behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Winner of the Franklin Consolation, the Van Rose Pace, and a leg of the GNOS at The Downs already this year, Highalator is a known lover of the brick-red Pocono surface, as his 13-for-21 lifetime record here attests to; he's rated at 3-1 in the morning line. Drawing the outside post seven is the Shadow Play gelding Backstreet Shadow (8-for-17 this year, 15-for-34 lifetime) for trainer Ron Burke and driver Pat Berry, and his 7-2 early evaluation likely would have been better with a better post position draw. Backstreet Shadow has won his last three races in impressive fashion, staring with a 1:47.4 victory at The Meadowlands, then a 1:48.4 win on Adios Day at The Meadows, and then back to the Jersey miler where on Hambletonian Day he lowered his mark to 1:47.3, with a last quarter of :25.4. Another longtime Pocono favorite, Scott Rocks (post two, trainer Hunter Oakes, driver Fern Paquet Jr.), would break the $1,000,000 lifetime earnings mark with a first or a second here - appropriate for a horse who has paced in 1:50 or faster at Pocono for six straight years. Slick Tony, Havefaithinme N, and Beach Boogie are the early mutuel outsiders, but all have shown they can be very competitive with some racing fortune. The top pointearners in GNOS preliminaries earn their way into Monday, September 9's $100,000 GNOS divisional Championships at Pocono, to be held at the distance of 1¼ miles. This Great Northeast Series event starts a big racing week at Pocono, with Pennsylvania-sired two-year-olds in stakes action the following two cards: the pacing colts on Sunday and the trotting fillies on Sunday. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia racetracks

Janis Clements, a longtime Sacramento, CA resident and mother to California based trainer, Robin Clements, passed away at age 89 on August 13th 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Born in North Dakota, Janis and her family moved to Newton Iowa after losing their farm in the Great Depression. Her grandfather, an immigrant from Germany had built several homes for his children one of which Janis and her family lived. Being a city girl at heart, Janis moved to Oakland California with an aunt and became a model for hand and foot wear. During this time she met her future husband Ray Caldwell, where the young couple then moved to Sacramento and had two sons, Larry and Michael. Being too young as Janis would later say, the couple divorced amicably. At this time Janis went to work at McClellan AFB where she then met her next husband Dr. Robert Clements a prominent orthodontist in Sacramento. There they had their only daughter, Robin. Again divorced, Janis never married again. While still working at McClellan AFB, Janis met Milton Ludwig and the two hit it off instantly. After a 35 year relationship, sadly Milton passed away in 2015. In 1978, Janis went to work for Lloyd Arnold and Golden Bear Racing part time in the gift shop during the races. Janis quickly was a hit with the little gift shop and after a few years Lloyd helped Janis get into the SEIU union for para  mutual clerks selling tickets at Golden Bear. Once retired from McClellan, Janis went full time as a clerk where she worked many of the California tracks for almost 20 years. Also a horse owner in the early 1980’s, Janis would frequent Cal Expo to watch her daughter’s horses race, one horse in particular was Franky Provolone who was Janis’ favorite. In lieu of flowers etc. donations can be made with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. By Robin Clements, for the CHHA

This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Artiscape, Roll With Joe, and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: A busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Saturday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs with the $330,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $135,000 Zweig Memorial Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be a $35,000 consolation in the filly division. Saturday's Grand Circuit action will also be featured by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. On Sunday (Aug. 18), Grand Circuit racing will be contested at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males, and a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch, came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. Lather Up and Montrell Teague captured the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Linscott Photography. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Aug. 9). After equaling the world record with a 1:46 performance three starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, driver Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished 2-1/2 lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The 4-year-old homebred son of I'm Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Iles. It was recently announced that a 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Dexter Dunn and Bettor's Wish won the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. JJ Zamaiko photo. Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (Aug. 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3-1/2 lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star) is owned by the partnership of trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing Ltd, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners. Saturday's victory was the 11th lifetime score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 721; 2. Yannick Gingras - 536; 3. David Miller - 414; 4. Dexter Dunn - 404; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 309. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 663; 2. Tony Alagna - 282; 3. Jim King Jr. - 274; 4. Marcus Melander - 249; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 221. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 182; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 127.1; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 114.6; 4. Courant Inc. - 107.5; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Woodbine Mohawk Park will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Tioga Downs will offer Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Aug. 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Gabe Prewitt, Anthony MacDonald, Joe Zambito, and Jordan Stratton. Prewitt joins the program this week to talk about the happening at The Red Mile. The Kentucky Sire Stakes kicked off this past week in Lexington with some big names taking center stage. The pair will discuss some of the performances he has witnessed and how it may translate to Grand Circuit week. MacDonald will discuss TheStable.ca and their PEI initiative that has taken place over the past couple of weeks where they enter a horse into the Gold Cup & Saucer. He will discuss what goes into that promotion and talk about Brave World who will be in the Gold Cup consolation on Saturday night. Zambito, the track announcer at Batavia Downs Gaming, makes his debut on Thursday to talk about the 2019 Night of Champions at Batavia. Zambito has been a race caller at the storied track for several years, and he will discuss some of his experiences through the years. Stratton joins the program to discuss his recent trip to Ireland where he was for the Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend. Stratton will discuss some of the experiences he had during the event and what it felt like to win a race in Ireland. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

After giving Hanna Dreamgirl the opportunity to boost her confidence, owner Ken Jacobs and trainer George Ducharme will give the filly the chance to reestablish herself on the Grand Circuit. Hanna Dreamgirl will bring a three-race win streak to Saturday's (Aug. 17) $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters at Vernon Downs. All three of the filly's recent victories came in the New York Excelsior "A" Series, which is the tier beneath the state's top sire stakes level. In the start prior to her win streak, Hanna Dreamgirl finished 10th in a division of the Reynolds Memorial. She had not won a New York Sire Stakes division since her 2019 debut in early May. Last year, while in the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, she had a win in each the NYSS and Kindergarten Classic Series and finished third in the James Doherty Memorial. She also picked up checks in the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. "Ken wanted to drop her down (to the Excelsior Series) and I fully agreed," Ducharme said. "She was just chasing along in the sire stakes and was losing interest. She needed that (change). It seems to have really pumped her attitude up. "This is going to be a pretty good jump for her, but Ken was willing to take the chance and see how she does back in the company we thought she would be able to go with." The Zweig's main event for fillies includes Evident Beauty, whose four wins this year include a division of the Delvin Miller Memorial and the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, as well as Reynolds Memorial division winner Starita and Continentalvictory division winner The Ice Dutchess. Jacobs purchased Hanna Dreamgirl, then named Empress Crown, for $125,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale. The filly is by Chapter Seven is out of Shipps Empress. For her career, Hanna Dreamgirl has won seven of 24 races, hit the board a total of 15 times, and earned $176,972. "We should get a better read on whether she can go forward the rest of the year after Saturday," Ducharme said. "Against the competition she's been in, it's hard to tell where she is, but right now she seems mentally more prepared than she was even a month ago. "I really believe a lot of it with these horses is mental. They get chasing every week and they get discouraged. She seems better around the barn and on the track. She seems happier." Hanna Dreamgirl is eligible to several stakes in the coming months, including the Hudson Filly Trot, Bluegrass, Kentucky Filly Futurity, and Breeders Crown. "She is a good solid gaited filly and you can leave with her or you can race her from behind," said Ducharme, who trained Hanna Dreamgirl in Florida during the winter. "The biggest thing is can she make this next step up to go with the top fillies. If we can get her turned around, there is plenty of money left in the fall for her. That was our goal." Racing begins at 6:10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Vernon Downs. The card also includes the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, featuring Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe and his stablemate Green Manalishi S. Beal Memorial winner Marseille also is part of the nine-horse field. For complete Saturday entries for Vernon Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs will host the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit harness racing stakes on Saturday, August 18.   The Zweig (race 9) has drawn the two Hambletonian elimination winners in Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S, both of whom reside in the Marcus Melander stable.   Green Manalishi S (PP#2 Tim Tetrick) has won half of his six starts this season for owner Anders Strom's Courant, Inc. including a 1:50.3 career best when his prevailed after a long uncovered bid in his Hambo elim. He made his way to the front in the final, eventually succumbing to winner Forbidden Trade.   The enigmatic Greenshoe (PP#6 Brian Sears) came into the Hambletonian as the heavy favorite. He won his elim in 1:50.2 and looked for all intents and purposes to be the final winner despite an eventful trip when he trotted boldly up to Forbidden Trade mid-stretch, but did not go by. Greenshoe has amassed $586,500 in seasonal earnings for Courant, Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli.   The $135,000 Filly Zweig (race 8) is a very strong and competitive field led by NJSS final winner Evident Beauty (Dave Miller). She's won four of seven and is leading money winner in the field at over $200,000 this season for owners Mel Hartman, Little E, LLC and R A W Equine. Nifty Norman trains the filly.   Both of the Zweig races will be housed in a stakes barn where they must be checked in by 8:00pm on Friday evening. Call the Racing Office at (315) 829-6825 for details.   The NYSS for 2-year-old pacing colts supports the feature with a pair of divisions racing for a purse of more than $50,000.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs