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GRATZ, PA - The Dave Brickell 1-2 punch of powerful harness racing pacing females - freshman Dream Dancing and sophomore Crew Sock Hanover - were the headline attractions during an excellent 2-day stand of state Fair Sire Stakes racing during the Gratz Fair in this central Pennsylvania town. Dream Dancing set a new track record for her division with a 1:58.3 victory during two-year-old action on Sunday, knocking a tick off the nine-year-old mark of Blissful Artist. Brickell, also trainer and co-owner with Mitchell York, was in the sulky behind the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy, moving to the lead between the quarter and the half, and en route to the finish she also became the fastest two-year-old on the fair circuit this year and also the only horse to set two divisional track records, adding to her alteration in the Butler books. The next day, during sophomore action, the Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, sitting just off a wicked :27 duel to the quarter, moved down the backside the final time and drew clear late in 1:56.1, lowering her own standard for fastest mile of the local fair year, which she set here last week, by a full second. Kyle Bolon was in the sulky behind Crew Sock Hanover, winner of her last four fair starts, for Team Brickell / York. The sophomore pacing colt Find One More recorded his fourth 2:00 victory at the Pennsy fairs in 2019, double that of any other horse, taking his Sire Stakes race in 1:58.2. The altered son of Western Terror, a graduate of the "B" Fair Sire Stakes division who has now been victorious in three straight against the "A"s, defeated stablemate Way To Close by a half-length for driver Tony Schadel and trainer/brother Todd Schadel, the latter co-owner with his wife Christine. The pairing of driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III accounted for a sweep of the major action for sophomore trotters. First up was the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who was three-wide from fifth from before the three-quarter pole, yet still reduced his group's fair seasonal best to 2:01.3 for the Lone Wolf Stable. Then came 2018's divisional Fair Championship winner, RT Gloria De Dios a daughter of Muscle Massive, who wired her field in 2:02.3. It was the fourth straight win for RT Gloria De Dios, owned by the Brocious Racing Stable Inc., and her eighth triumph at the Keystone twicearounds this year, tying her at the top of that particular list. The other horse at the top of the victories column is the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotting gelding Penance, who overcame a hard grinding trip for a 2:04.1 win, giving him triumphs in five of his last fair six starts. It will cause little surprise to note that Penance was driven by Kyle Bolon, trained by Bob Rougeaux III, and is owned by Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The Delmarvalous - Life'sarealbeach freshman pacing gelding Life's Marvalous won in 1:59.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, the fastest mile by a baby pacing colt this year and his third straight fair triumph. Roger Hammer and Kyle Bolon each drove four winners during the two days to tie for sulky honors, while Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III topped the training side by sending out four winning charges. The Pennsylvania fair season ends this coming Friday and Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fair, with freshman in action on Friday starting at 1 p.m., and then sophomores on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. This will be the last chance for contenders to secure enough points to be eligible for their $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. From the MSOA,, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

WATTSBURG, PA - After a cool but sunny Monday of racing two-year-olds, the skies threatened the three-year-old action on Tuesday at the Erie County Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town, but a recently-rare show of cooperation by Mother Nature - and hard work by the harness racing track crew - allowed the three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid to circle the twicearound in 2:00.3, just 2/5 of a second behind the all-time Wattsburg standard. In his division of the "A" PA Fair Sire Stake for his class, Under Paid and driver Aaron Johnston were in charge for the mile, posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.3, and 1:31. The weather was again cool and breezy, not conducive to record miles, but Under Paid came home in :29.3, just two ticks shy of the all-tyime local mark shared by Venier Hanover and Midway Island. Under Paid has now won three straight - his fair debut, a pari-mutuel Stallion Series event, and then here at Wattbsurg - with trainer Ron Burke taking a rare dip into the fair waters and emerging successful for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phil Collura. A Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes champion in 2018, the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios has continued her solid form into her sophomore season, becoming the first horse in 2019 to win six times in the "A" Sire Stakes level with a 2:05.4 victory, fastest trotting clocking of the meet. Now a twelve-time career winner, RT Gloria De Dios was driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The most impressive horse on the Monday card for two-year-olds was the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta trotting gelding Penance, who won his fifth "A" fair event in 2:06.3, just three-fifths shy of the divisional track record set by Tag The Lady ten years ago. Penance, who also was a winner of a division of the Arden Downs Stake the night before the Adios, has the same connection as RT Gloria De Dios - driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC, whose patriarch for many years was "Lefty" Brocious. Bolon visited Victory Lane twice on both Monday and Tuesday to emerge as the short meet's top driver with four victories. Roger Hammer trained three baby winners and added a sophomore win to take honors as the leading trainer with four triumphs - Hammer was not on hand on Tuesday, as he was attending the funeral of Mr. Gerald Kelly, a longtime Hammer patron and one of the most respected men in the Mid-Atlantic area, unflinchingly kind and calm while operating a moderate stable until his recent passing at age 81. The Pennsylvania fair circuit is right back in action at Stoneboro PA Thursday (freshmen) and Friday (sophomores), with the racing scheduled to start at 11 a.m. This will be the last stop on the "western" swing of the circuit; the four stops after Stoneboro will be two-day and fair sessions at Bloomsburg and Gratz, as the horses make a final charge to qualify for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. (Last year's Fair Championships, remember, were the "coming-out party" for Aflame Hanover, who won a Messenger elimination this past Saturday, and goes for $500,000 in the Triple Crown event this Saturday at Yonkers.) From the MSOA,  Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the PHHA partnership

CHESTER PA - The three-year-old Larry Karr upset older fast-class stock in the $18,000 pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, during the final card of the 2018 harness racing season, which saw many familiar faces - and one new one - resting atop the horsemen's statistical competitions. An altered son of A Rocknroll Dance, Larry Karr has now won three straight races, with his triumph in the final Philly feature of the season done "the hard way," going first-over. Favored Mach Pride had put up early splits of 28.3 and 57.3 over a "sloppy +1" track that seemed to get a little muckier as the day wore on, then had the winner come up to him at the 1:25.4. Through the stretch Larry Karr responded to the urging of Yannick Gingras, who had four successful drives on the getaway card, going past the pacesetter by ¾ of a length in 1:54.1, with pocketsitting Sevens Hope A another half-length back in third. The sophomore's human namesake, Lawrence Karr, is co-owner of the sharp pacer, who looks like he could do some damage in winter series (only $59,746 lifetime earnings), along with Frank Baldachino, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Larry Karr's victory was one of three wins on the day for trainer Ron Burke, who picked up his seventh Harrah's training title, this season harnessing 130 winning charges. In the percentage competition, requiring one starter for a trainer every two cards, "Orange Crush" Julie Miller earned her first Harrah's laurel after a .479-.475 decision over Jim Campbell. Two very familiar names divided up the driving crowns. George Napolitano won his fifth consecutive Philly dash title, and his seventh overall, with a 271-252 edge over Tim Tetrick. Tetrick himself has won five sulky victory titles at Philly - and in the track's 13-year history, only Cat Manzi, who won the first driving crown, has put his name in this column other than this year's 1-2 finishers. In the UDR chase (one start per card minimum for drivers), Tetrick reversed the tables on Napolitano, posting a .356 UDR for the season vs. Napolitano's .348. "Timmy T" has now won three straight local UDR championships and seven overall here; George Nap has three, Yannick Gingras has two, and Cat Manzi also won the first UDR title here to close the very select roster of driving champions on the local scene. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Fans trying to solve the $13,000 featured pace on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono had a hard time in their deciding - one horse was sent away at 2-1, with three others at 5-2. That quartet finished 1-2-3-4, with the winner being the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore gelding Record Machine in 1:54 over a "good" track. Record Machine got the jump on his field early, moving to the lead after the 27.2, then getting a big-time breather to the 57.4 half. From there he was able to sprint home for driver Eric Carlson in 56.2, downing Bag Pipe Major by a length, with Atomic Seelster third and Just My Kinda Guy (the lukewarm 2-1 favorite) fourth. Gilbert Garcia-Owen trains the winenr of $65,775 this season for his father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., had three sulky successes on the card; his brother Anthony, Matt Kakaley, and Ãke Svanstedt each had a brace. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

CHESTER, PA - Scuola Hanover won her fourth straight race, and took archrival Bettor Trix N from the ranks of the unbeaten on U.S. shores, in taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:52. Big City Betty and Miss Hill got away 1-2 in the featured field of eight, with the former passing the first two poles in 27.3 and 56.2. Bettor Trix N, who had won all four of her east coast starts and was the 6-5 second choice, started uncovered down the backstretch, with the 1-2 favorite Scuola Hanover enjoyed a perfect cover trip past the 1:24.2 3/4s and into the stretch. The A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly proved the strongest in the latter stages, with a personal last split of 27.4 putting her two lengths clear of Big City Betty at the finish; Miss Hill was another neck back in third and ¾ of a length ahead of Bettor Trix N. Scuola Hanover had passed the $200,000 career earnings marker with her previous win, in a division of the Simpson Stake at Philly, and this victory now boosts her earnings to $215,798 for trainer Andrew Stafford, who is also co-owner with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. David Miller recorded his third victory of the afternoon behind the winner. Harrah's Philadelphia had had two cards out of its first 111 this year where two winners paid $50 or more - with Wednesday's racing, it's now added on two more in the last six. First on the longshot brigade Wednesday was Let's Roll, who showed competitiveness in good company but still was allowed to escape at 34-1, whereupon driver Brett Miller got her home off a second-over trip to return $70.80. Brett now has six $50+ winners at the meet, one behind the leader Eric Carlson, with whom he is tied wth two $100+ winners. The other bomber pilot on the Wednesday card was Dexter Dunn, who rallied Lexi Tee from third inside to catch 2-5 favorite Trix Are For Kids while paying back $2 win tickets with $59.40. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will be dark for live racing this Sunday afternoon, October 28, following the night before where there will be some good racing 100 miles north up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Artsplace broodmare Arterra has produced a pair of million dollar winners in If I Can Dream ($1,990,276) and Western Terror ($1,164.174); her 2015 foal by A Rocknroll Dance, Davids Coming Home, may not have the lofty credentials of the other two mentioned here, but he may be coming into his own right now, as he captured the $13,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night. Driver Matt Kakaley sent the sophomore gelding right to the top, putting up fractions of 27, 56.2, and 1:24.2, then withstood a charge from potential pocket rocket Record Machine while stooping the timer in 1:53.1, a lifetime mark. After racing only three times at two, Davids Coming Home now has seven victories in 2018 for owner Steven Cetinsky. FINISHING LINES - The draw for the Breeders Crown Open Pace and Open Trot will be held tomorrow at a noontime press conference at The Downs. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship card, with twelve Breeders Crown finals, is this Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. ... "It all comes down to the Breeders Crown!" From the PHHA /Pocono Downs

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Andrew McCarthy sat patiently with Grand Teton while This Is The Plan blazed around The Red Mile and surged by all his competitors in the stretch to take the second of two harness racing divisions for the $225,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Al & Michelle Crawford, in 1:48.1 on Sunday, Oct. 7. Ideal Feeling circled past This Is The Plan to lead heading through a :26 opening quarter but soon lost the lead as This Is The Plan sprinted back to the top heading to a :53.2 half mile. This Is The Plan widened his lead circling the final turn as Ideal Feeling chased from second and Dorsoduro Hanover advanced gradually from first over into third. Past three-quarters in 1:20.1, This Is The Plan slowed into the stretch and lost the lead to Dorsoduro Hanover sliding by first over. Grand Teton, from third over, came charging through the center of the course after Dorsoduro Hanover and eased past nearing the wire. Odds On Lauderdale, from last, rushed for third while This Is The Plan held fourth. A colt by A Rocknroll Dance, Grand Teton won his third race from 16 starts and his eighth from 28 overall, earning $454,152 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Jimmy Takter trains the $9.60 winner. American History vaulted off cover and seized victory at the wire to take the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:48.3. Thinkbig Dreambig took the lead with Hayden Hanover in second and Done Well third. Past the quarter in :27.1, Thinkbig Dreambig continued his speed to the half in :54.4 while Courtly Choice, from fourth, tipped first over and supplied cover to Stay Hungry heading into the final turn. Courtly Choice drew closer passing three-quarters in 1:21.2 but stalled into the stretch while Thinkbig Dreambig dashed towards the finish. Stay Hungry moved three wide and American History four wide while Done Well weaved through competition and into contention late. American History had the most speed late to get a neck up on Stay Hungry in second while Done Well edged out Thinkbig Dreambig for third. Returning $17.40 to win, American History won his eighth race from 17 starts this season and his 11th from 21 overall, earning $592,065 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Andrew McCarthy drove the Tony Alagna trainee. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2018 -- Dan Rawlings enjoyed the most productive day of his career Saturday at The Meadows, winning seven of the day's 13 races, including a Keystone Classic division with Scuola Hanover. E Dee's Well Said took the other split of that $61,500 stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. Rawlings, a 37-year-old Maine native who's been based at The Meadows since 2009, swept the early Daily Double and was on his way. He won at odds ranging from 3-5 to 14-1 and brought three home for trainer John Sullivan. "When I looked at the program," he said, "I thought I could win two races. I had horses that were competitive in competitive classes. Everything just worked out real well. Once the favorite ran. Once I got a good second-over trip. Another time, a horse that could have beaten me got buried. I made some good decisions and had a little luck. It happens." Rawlings had extra incentive, as his son David was in the paddock, celebrating his sixth birthday. In the Keystone Classic, Rawlings sent Scuola Hanover to the front at the quarter, and the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi turned back the determined uncovered bid of Cult Icon and downed her by a length in a career-best 1:52. Dreams On Me was a close-up third in the Lightning Lane. "I didn't pop the earplugs when she was challenged," Rawlings said. "She heard the horse, pinned her ears and wanted to go on. I just let her do it." Andrew Stafford trains Scuola Hanover, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $192,531, and owns with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. E Dee's Well said entered the Keystone Classic off a stunner -- a second-place finish in the Jugette at 62-1. She showed that was no fluke when she launched a first-over move that erased a 5-1/2-length deficit and carried her to victory for Jim Pantaleano in 1:53, also a life mark. Ana Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Aldine Hanover third. "I haven't changed anything on her," said winning trainer Christen Pantaleano. "She's had so many bad posts, and she's been chasing horses for so long. I think the Jugette pushed her confidence over the edge." She said the daughter of Well Said-Eternity's Delight, who lifted her career earnings to $146,702 for C Jimmy D's Racing, would be pointed to the Simpson. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Vague Traces sprang an 11-1 upset despite racing outside most of the back half. The 6-year-old Always A Virgin-Village Junior gelding triumphed in 1:50.1 for Tony Hall and trainer Sarah Andrews and now has banked $328,416 for owner Michael Jurczykowski. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $12,500 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows          

CHESTER, PA - The John Simpson Sr. stakes series, honoring the late Hall of Fame horseman and executive, got underway at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with two-year-old harness racing filly action, with over $190,000 in combined purses for three divisions of pacers and two of trotters. In the first pace, the Well Said- Lady's Portrait filly Renaissance Lady K was sent to the front by driver George Napolitano Jr. before the 27.3 quarter, then the pair got to the half in 56.3. Favored Philly Hanover launched uncovered from fourth at that point, and made some headway before the leader got to the ¾ in 1:24.1; the chalk then continued to reduce the margin through the stretch, but Renaissance Lady K held gamely to post a neck decision while lowering her mark four seconds to 1:52.1. Norm Parker trains the winner for veteran owner Robert Key. In the other sidewheeling division, Rockn Philly, who did not have a good outing upon returning to her "home track" for a Liberty Bell contest last week, definitely brought her "A" game today while winning in 1:53.4. Victor Kirby sent the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Philadelphia to the lead after the 27.4, rested to the half in 57.2, and then powered home in 56.2 - 27.4 while unthreatened, boosting her earnings to $118.038 for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of CC Racing LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. Turning to the trotters: The "Trot Man," driver Mike Simons, showed he knows 5/8-mile track geometry in the first section, going out from the rail with Pilgrims Lass against two outside leavers, forcing one to tuck before letting favored Navarone Hanover go past the 28.2 quarter, and then racing in the golden seat through middle splits of 58.3 and 1:27.4. As first-over Big Weezy grinded to a short lead headstretch, Simons ducked to the inside, and gradually his Muscle Mass - Goodtimesstarthere filly erased Big Weezy's narrow advantage and got to the wire a neck to the good in a personal best of 1:57.1. Pilgrims Lass has now won two straight for trainer Scott Andrews and owner Edward Andrews. The Donato Hanover - Glide About miss American Kosmos, 3-for-4 lifetime and the 1-9 favorite of the crowd, found herself having to take a two-hole trip behind determined 38-1 shot Sigilwig, who set fractions of 28.4, 58.3, and 1:27.3 in their cut. At the ¾ pole driver George Brennan eased American Kosmos to the outside, and she trotted nicely down the center of the track to win in 1:57.1, at the wire a length ahead of Meadowbranch Vicki, with the gallant Sigilwig holding for third. Julie Miller trains the quick filly, whose only loss came when she made a break, for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow. Stella Jane, looped early and out well past the 28.2 quarter before getting the lead, went on with fractions of 58.4 and 1:27.3, then had enough to withstand the horse that parked her early, Southwind Percy, by a neck in 1:57 after a stretch battle in the last division. George Napolitano Jr., getting a stakes win on both gaits, guided the daughter of Crazed - Naughty Nana for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Crawford Farms Racing. FINISHING LINES - With a carryover from yesterday in the Pick 4 pool, this afternoon's quad-win bet drew a lot of attention, with its 50-cent minimum and 15% takeout. Horses paying $7.60, $13.00, and $2.20 in the first three legs didn't really hint at a mega-payoff, but when $64.60 winner Inner Peace nosed out favorite He's Gone in the bet's final contest, a 50-cent ticket was worth $7441.90. (Had the favorite held, the payoff still would have been a generous $676.50.) From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 1, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo and Prospect Hill rolled through their respective Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions and were looking to complete sweeps in Saturday's $253,000 championships at The Meadows. Instead of coronation, they got comeuppance, upset by Proof in the colt and gelding pacers division and Osterc in the colt and gelding trotting division. The Meadows hosted all four PASS $253,000 freshman championships, with the distaff titles going to Sylph Hanover and Windy Corner. The exciting card turned into a celebration of long shots, as the favorites went 0-8 in the championships and $50,000 consolations. De Los Cielos Deo had been the most impressive PASS performer, winning his preliminary legs by a combined 9 lengths en route to a five-race career unbeaten streak. When he powered past the 16-1 Proof at the quarter and held that lead turning for home, it appeared he would pad his streak. But Proof, a Diamond Creek Racing homebred son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred, is no slouch, finishing first or second in his first five starts. He kicked by De Los Cielos Deo for Scott Zeron and downed him by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:51, with Semi Tough third. "I didn't expect to get that good a trip from post 7," said winning trainer Brian Brown. "We were the only one who really left. It turned out perfect for us. That's why Scott is driving. I wasn't at all confident in the stretch. That's an awfully good horse you're trying to get around. My horse today was just better." Brown said Proof, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, likely would be pointed to the Metro Pace. Osterc entered the championship in fine form, with three straight PASS victories, but his chances appeared limited from post 9. Indeed, when Prospect Hill was stalking from the pocket into the final turn, it appeared only a matter of time before he gobbled up the leader. But the favorite made an unforced break, and Osterc and Yannick Gingras were able to hold off White Tiger by a head in 1:56.4 to claim the crown. Demon Onthe Hill completed the ticket. "I've felt him better than I did in the warm-up today. He got a little bumpy a few times, but his attitude is just phenomenal," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions the son of Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshoecomes, who now boasts a bankroll of $226,401. "That's why he keeps winning. These 2-year-olds -- they keep on surprising me all the time." Christina Takter and Goran Falk own Osterc, who was named for Thomaz Osterc, a member of Takter's staff who, Takter says, was treated for, and recovered from, a serious illness and is now back performing his duties. Takter said he hasn't decided on the colt's next race. In the other championships: $253,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers. Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign dominated the preliminaries; when they sat 1-2 at the three-quarters, it looked as if the titans would duel once again. But 13-1 Sylph Hanover sustained a long first-over bid for Matt Kakaley and edged the rallying Philly Hanover by a neck in 1:51.4. Warrawee Ubeaut saved show. "We changed her style a little bit to race from the back," said Ron Burke, who trains Sylph Hanover and Warrawee Beaut. "I think today that was the move because the front end's not holding, so you're racing against a variance on the lead. She came first in a long way two starts ago here and won, so she has it in her. The owners did a good job with her. They picked her out; we just bought into her." Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli campaign the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan, who's eligible for the She's A Great Lady and the Kentucky Standardbred and now has earned $207,072 $253,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters At 12-1, Windy Corner made her first-over move stand up, triumphing in 1:55.3 for Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Magical Beliefs closed well for second, beaten a neck, with Fate Smiled third. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll was winless in PASS preliminary legs, but Marcus Miller said she had shown him that she could compete at that level. "I wouldn't say I was surprised, although the way the race set up definitely surprised me," he said. "I always knew she had go, and she's been getting better all the time. Early on, we were real conservative with her, teaching her the right way to race. I think it set her up to be able to make that move down the backside today and carry it. The last sixteenth or so was anxious, but she was very game." Her bankroll now stands at $173,389. PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The consolations went to 9-5E Mass Fortune K (colt and gelding trot), 9-2 Art Lecture (filly pace), 28-1 Fade Into You (filly trot) and 5-1 Captain Malicious (colt and gelding pace) . . . Saturday's upset bug also bit Windsong Leo who was seeking his eighth straight win in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace but finished fourth after a rough trip from post 8. The victory in 1:50.3 went to Phoenix Warrior N for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Steven Moss. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) raced five divisions of freshman pacers in the second of three $30,000 preliminary legs on Saturday night under absolutely glorious conditions at The Red Mile. The temperature was 80 degrees and the wind still as the fillies took to the track at 7:00. The Ohio connection of trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page began the evening by winning the first of two filly divisions with heavy favorite Edge Of Eternity. With the field scratched down to a mere handful of five, Page took the initiative and send his charge out for the lead, rated friendly fractions then sealed the deal with a 26.4 end to the 1:53 mile. Louphoria (Scott Zeron) rallied wide to be second and Cash Reward (Yannick Gingras) third. The winner is by A Rocknroll Dance, bred by Red Mile track announcer Gabe Prewitt and James McLaughlin who sold her to current owners Mark Robinson, Richard Lombardo, Bluestreak Boys and Bob Heckhoff's RBH Ventures for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) last fall. Beautyonthebeach became a repeat winner in the KYSS series for Doug McNair who chose to race her with cover this week and that notion worked to perfection. There was plenty of pace in the race with Summer Charm (Andy McCarthy) setting lively fractions through the 1:23.4 three panels just as Beautyonthebeach was escorted to the leader by live cover. McNair then tipped his charge wide for the drive and she was doing her best pacing under the wire while striding out to a 4 ¼ length win for the 1:51 record. Summer Charm held up well for the place and Mollydooker (Zeron) went a solid uncovered trip to be third. James Avritt of nearby Lebanon bred and owns the winner and was again present to enjoy the effort and accept the trophy. Magic Joe Lindy (Zeron) seared the red clay in 1:51 to win the first of three divisions for colts & geldings. Zeron changed tactics with the striking gray American Ideal colt, leaving from post 8 into a brief four-hole tuck before advancing on leader Egomania on the backside to take over by the 55.3 second half. Chris Page popped the deuce with Egomania at the 1:24.1 three-quarters for a run at the top one but Magic Joe was more than up to the challenge and drew away to a 2 1/4 length win under minimal urging for the new record. US Captain (Doug McNair) closed to take the place away from Egomania. Magic Joe Lindy is rare Lindy Farms pacer and made the third homebred winner for that storied Standardbred nursery on the weekend. With trainer Domenico Cecere in route to Ontario to prepare others for the upcoming Champlain stakes, assistant trainer Patritzio Ancora tended to the winning duties on this occasion. Hurrikane Emperor (Andy McCarthy) impressed again with his powerful closing kick, mowing down a pretty stout field from well back to take a 1:50.4 record for trainer John McDermott, Jr. The pace was hot early with Major Deception (Zeron) prominent through speedy numbers then succumbing to an assault from a fresh Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they straightened up for the drive. That one was dead game right to the wire, despite his gritty effort Bettor's Wish could not resist the winner's late surge. Can't Beach That (Peter Wrenn) was third. Hurrikane Emperor has now won 5 of 6 starts including a sweep of the New Jersey Sires Stakes earlier this summer for breeders Jonathan Klee Racing and Kuhen Racing who are joined in ownership of the Hurrikane Kingcole scion with Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. Andy came back to win the last of the stakes with the unbeaten repeat KYSS winner, Captain Trevor, another sharp looking Captaintreacherous colt for trainer Tony Alagna. Leaving for position early then moved to the front at the three-eighths, McCarthy and Captain Trevor yielded to race favorite Blood Money (Gingras) near the half before finding a seam mid-stretch and going by the leader willingly for the 1:52.2 score. Caviart Rockland (McNair) held third after a first over bid. Captain Trevor was bred by Bay's Stable and Riverview Racing and sold in Harrisburg for $75,000 to current owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and the eponymous Captain Trevor Racing which represents Joe Barbera, Leah Cheverie and Myron & Stephanie Bell's Riverview Racing. Racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, August 30 with the second leg for 3-year-old KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2018 -- Rock N McRoll zipped to the front, held off the late challenge of Trillions Hanover and scored in 1:53.2, fastest in Wednesday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Skater Chick, Unspoken Promise and May Bride Hanover also taking splits. Tony Hall fashioned a stake double behind Skater Chick and May Bride Hanover. It was just the second career start for Rock N McRoll; she didn't she the lead at all in her career debut. But she responded well when Dave Palone asked her for early speed, and she dug in late to hold off Trillions Hanover by a neck. Pretty N Fast completed the ticket. "I think she'll find her way into the sires stakes program," Palone said. "She just was a little behind. I love the way some of the trainers set them up with a start or two until they get feeling good about themselves before they throw them to the wolves. This filly is not short on ability or attitude." Linda Toscano trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-McGibson for Cherry Creek Stables, Camelot Stable, Little E and Enviro Stables. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Hammered down to 1-9, Skater Chick extended her winning streak to three by moving three wide down the backside and prevailing under wraps in 1:53.3, matching her career best. Able Hanover was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Typhoon third. "She has a lot of ability, but she's still a little green," Hall said of the daughter of Sweet Lou-Ram Rocker. "She was kind of in and out, so I figured it would be better just to get out rather than fight with going between horses. She was good." Mark Harder conditions Skater Chick for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Garth Bechtel. Unspoken Promise wasn't quite sure what she was being asked to do, but ultimately, she straightened out and dashed through the Lightning Lane to overtake the pace-setter, Sweet Cherry, by a neck in 1:54.4. Dark Rhapsody earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Pucker Up for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Howard Taylor and Fanning Racing LLC. "She was a little snaky going down in through there," Pantaleano said. "She's had a little issue running in and getting on the right line; that's why I took her inside. She needs a little more practice. She has some go. She has some skills for sure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features The Meadow Cheer, a $180,862 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The cream of the State-sired two-year-old pacing crop contested three divisions of the second preliminary of their division's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the first division Stonebridge Soul went to the top, but she was passed first by Treacherous Reign near the 27.4 quarter, then by Sylph Hannover, who went a big second quarter to grab the lead well before the 55.1 half. Sylph Hanover continued on a tear to the 1:22.3 3/4s - a 54.4 middle half, but in the stretch the Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover miss Treacherous Reign was able to pass the pacesetter to stop the clock in 1:51.1, a half-length better than Sylph Hanover, with a flying Sweeter Lulu another 1¼ lengths back in third. That 1:51.1 was significant in several respects. It was a lifetime mark for the winner, now 2-for-3 in her career; it set a season's record for the division on 5/8-mile tracks; and it tied her as fastest baby filly overall with three fillies who went that fast on bigger tracks (Tellitsassymae, Key West, and Glorious Virgin). Andrew McCarthy handled the speedy miss for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Dana Parham. The second division featured She's Allright, who won a Sire Stakes at the start of her 3-for-3 beginning to her career, but her fortune did not carry on this night despite 1-5 favoritism. She's Allright moved to the lead in front of the stands after a 27.3 quarter and was able to stroll to the half in 58.1, but then she really had to turn on the jets as Blue Ivy made a big move in the 27.1 backside (1:25.2 3/4s) and into the turn, and when dueling with Blue Ivy She's Allright made a midturn break. Blue Ivy thus had a two-length lead headstretch, but the A Rocknroll Dance - Philadelphia miss Rockin Philly, who was used in tucking third early, moved outside nearing the top of the lane and had a huge late kick, winning in 1:53.2, 4¼ lengths ahead of railshooting 60-1 shot Sweet Lucy Lou, with Blue Ivy third. Driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who had teamed at Philly earlier in the day to take a 2PC Sire Stakes division with Crimson And Chrome, were the guiding forces behind the winner, who took a new mark for owners CC Racing LLC and Jo-Ann Looney-King. The third section was a showdown of unbeatens and previous PaSS winners, Warrawee Ubeaut (2-for-2) and Bestseller Hanover (3-for-3). Bestseller Hanover made the lead at the 3/16 en route to a 27 opener, but Warrawee Ubeaut was underway soon after that point to command just past the 3/8, getting the middle clockings in 56.2 and 1:24.3. Bestseller Hanover had stayed tight in the pocket, came out in the lane, and paced home well, but Warrawee Ubeaut had a 27.3 last quarter in her to equal her lifetime mark of 1:52.1, with Bestseller Hanover second, a length back, and Izzy Hanover another ¾ lengths back in third. Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke are the team behind Warrawee Ubeaut, and a comparison between this filly and a colt counterpart from the same two horsemen, De Los Cielos Deo (also a Philly winner in the afternoon), is apt in that both horses look like they haven't shown their best yet, that although undefeated, they haven't been fully extended. This is a thought certainly cheering to the ownership of the victorious Sweet Lou - Great Memories filly: Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Six divisions of Stallion Series baby pacing fillies will be the highlight events on the Monday card at The Downs. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2018 -- When Larry Karr met Larry Karr, the earth moved. Reunited now after several years apart, the pair will try to recapture the magic when Larry Karr, the human, sends Larry Karr, the 3-year-old colt he co-owns, after Adios orchids. The 52nd edition of the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with a pair of eliminations that go as races 12 and 13. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the July 28 final. Larry Karr leaves from post 2 in race 13 with Yannick Gingras at the helm. The eliminations card also includes a pair of stakes for freshman pacing colts as well as a number of "big score" wagering opportunities: a $7,500-guaranteed Pick 4 (races 4-7), a $5,000-guaranteed Pick 5 (races 11-15) and a $2,748.90 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 15). First post for the eliminations card is 1:05 PM. A New Jersey resident, Karr is well known in the business world as the associate general counsel for the North American operations of Ingredion Incorporated, a manufacturer of food ingredients. But he's just as prominent in harness racing, particularly as a partner in many horses trained by Ron Burke. Karr's father owned Standardbreds and took young Larry with him when he raced at Monticello, the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Roosevelt. "I sometimes say that my legal job gets in the way of my horse racing activities," Karr jokes. In 2015, Karr was reviewing weanlings at Diamond Creek Farm's annual open house when Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek called one of the youngsters to his attention. "He mentioned that the dam of this colt was Emily Car, same last name as mine but spelled differently. He was a good-looking colt. About eight months later, Adam asked me if he could name the colt Larry Karr. I was happy to consent." Karr and his partners tried to buy Larry Karr at his subsequent yearling auction and set a ceiling of $30,000. When another bidder hammered him down for $35,000, that seemed to be that. But storybook romances don't end that way. "He showed ability at 2 but got sick later in the year," Karr says. "We heard he was available and began pursuing him on and off about a month ago. His prior owners are very decent folks. I'm not sure if our interest in this horse is due to his performance or to his connection with me. I hope it's a little bit of both." That's how C. Kevin Thomas and the estate of James Thompson sold Larry Karr to Larry Karr and his partners -- Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Frank Baldachino. As Adios contenders go, the credentials of the equine Larry Karr are a little light. The A Rocknroll Dance gelding has banked just less than $20,000 in his career, and although he's entering the Adios off three straight wins at Hoosier Park, those victories have been in overnights rather than stakes. "It's undoubtedly a major step up," Karr says, "but he's pretty well staked. If we can get him to step up even a little bit, he'll be well worth what we paid for him." Karr may not know exactly what to expect of his namesake come Saturday, but he considers one outcome unacceptable. "We've been joking that if the horse doesn't do well, my co-owners will say, 'Larry Karr stinks.' I never want to hear that." Here are the Adios eliminations fields in post position order with trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 10-1 2. No Easy Day Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley 8-1 3. American History Tony Alagna/Yannick Gingras 7-2 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Brett Miller 6-1 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 10-1 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Dave Palone 8-1 7. Done Well Brian Brown/Tim Tetrick 5-2 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Corey Callahan 9-2 Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Rene Allard/Simon Allard 6-1 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 4-1 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 2-1 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 10-1 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 9-2 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Andrew McCarthy 8-1 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 10-1 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/David Miller 8-1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WEST CORK, IR - Its being quite a week for Kieran Sheehy who is Stud Farm Manager at Moran Stud Farm who enjoyed success at Tipperary race course during the week and on Saturday evening Sheehy took the High grade Trot at Lissangle with Vivo De Bassiere .   Sheehy sent the nine year old to the front after half a lap and was never in danger easing to a 10 length victory.   Reclamation a three year old daughter of A Rock N Roll Dance showed she can handle all surfaces when landing the Grade F E & D Pace .A winner on the hard track in Portmarnock last week she followed up with a facile win on grass this week .Jointly owned by Bill Donovan from Florida and IB Stables in Baltimore she will be aimed at The M50 Skip Hire three year classic in mid July.   Tadhg Murphy who holds the trainers licence at IB stables had a smile as broad as the harbour in his native Baltimore when his son Eoin took the saddle race with Hail Spartucus.   Eoin a 14 year student has definitely inherited the family genes giving a polished performance on the winner who is owned by the Hill family owners of Hillside Farms.   John O Mahony and Luke Kelleher two of our up and coming drivers both got on the score sheet . O Mahony got Moorside Captain through "the eye of a Needle" up the inside of Panarc in the final eighth of a mile to take the G & G1 Pace.   The runner up driven by novice driver Kevin Myles will win soon but today was another learning curve . Meadowbrach Demon and Luke Kelleher are a formidable pairing and took the High Grade Pace. Rhyds Dilemma and then Supreme Sunshine both led but with 3 furlongs remaining Kelleher sent "The Iron Horse " alight and ran out a three length winner .   Heather Breeze and IB A Magican served up a titanic battle in the opener and the former was not to be denied winning by a head .   Dream De Broeuts has showed promise in his three previous runs and got the better of Un Boss in another photo finish.Once again a winning distance of a head for owner driver Patrick Hill .   Sunday 8th July is the next West Cork meeting in Drimoleague.   by Tim Kellerher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race One 1. Heather Breeze S Jennings 2. IB A Magician D Murphy 3. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr DIST Hd 4 TIME 2.39.8 Race Two 1. Dream De Broeuts P Hill 2. Un Boss J O Mahony 3. Banialouka K Sheehy DIST Hd Dist TIME 2.55.9 Race Three 1. Moorside Captain J O Mahony 2. Panarc K Myles 3. Splash The Cash DIST 4 9 TIME 2.46.9 Race Four 1. Reclamation D Murphy 2. Brywins Starship R Kingston 3. Brywins Picasso L Kelleher DIST 1 1/4 6 1/4 TIME 2.38.9 Race Five 1. Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher 2. Supreme Sunshine J Boyle 3. Wellfield Ghost J Manning Jnr DIST 3 1 1/2 TIME 2.42.2 Race Six 1. Hail Spartacus E Murphy 2. Fairdays Bret C O Driscoll 3. Coalford Commander S Twomey DIST Dist 5 TIME 2.38.6 Race Seven 1. Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 2. Alineka Darche T Murphy 3. Bolero De La Fye D Murphy DIST 10 5 TIME 2.43.4

WILKES-BARRE PA - After the heaviest kind of favorite - the $2.10 to win variety - took each of the first two $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on a chalk-laden Monday night, the third winner, racing in the tenth, paid more to win ($48.60) than the previous nine visitors to Victory Lane had returned combined. The upset was posted by the Somebeachsomewhere filly Destiny Hanover, who took a new mark in 1:52.2 in a race during which she had some help, but showed she knew what to do with good fortune. Simon Allard had her sitting third-inside as favored Serene Stride ranged up along pacesetting Pass Line Bluechip early on the far turn, then sent her scurrying up the pegs as the leader broke and went to the infield, allowing pocketsitting Aldine Hanover to dash through and grab the lead, with the winner on her bumper. In the stretch Allard took his charge to the Pocono Pike and got a nose advantage over Aldine Hanover late in tallying for trainer Jake Leamon and the ownership of David Van Dusen, Michael Cimaglio, and Stephen Demeter. The first of the heavy stakes chalk to make the Pocono winners enclosure was the A Rocknroll Dancer filly Sidewalk Dancer, who won her second straight race with a 1:51.3 clocking. Brett Miller had the winner on the lead before the quarter despite the outermost starting slot six, and she paced home in 55.2 to be 1½ lengths clear on the money for trainer Chris Oakes and the partnership of Northfork Racing Stable, Omar Beiler, and Dennis Coons. Alexa's Power, the Lismore Final winner, had a bit of a harder time from her outside starting assignment, but she defeated her six rivals in 1:53. Driver Tim Tetrick was content to tuck the Somebeachsomewhere miss in fifth early, then went second-over and three-wide nearing headstretch, with a determined charge into a 55.3 last half getting her a half-length decision over Aims Whisper for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder.  

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