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Sunday marked the start of the 2020 harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A ten-race program was highlighted by the $15,000 Open Trot on a day that included a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway at the track. The Open featured a field of just five participants, one of which was the track's defending Horse of the Year Cash Me Out. The millionaire trotter was assigned post position five for his first start of the season and wound up making a break after suffering broken equipment. Invader Shorething Fashion (Andover Hall) drew the rail for the season's first feature and though the Mike Eaton trainee got away third in the early going, the six year old came storming home in the stretch to record the win in 1:58.1 on a pleasant February afternoon in the Spa City. Mister Muscle (Mark Beckwith) carved out reasonable fractions on the lead in the Open but wound up having to settle for second-best while Mr Cool Seaeyre N (Larry Stalbaum) finished third. Shorething Fashion's driver Jay Randall piloted a pair of winners on opening day as he sat behind Certify (Credit Winner) who was the winner of the first race of the 2020 racing season. In the Open, Shorething Fashion paid $8.60 to win and led an exacta with Mister Muscle that returned $31.20. Live racing continues on Monday with a President's Day matinee that is set to kick off at 12 Noon. The afternoon will feature several $1 food and beverage specials as well as a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool. The Pick Five begins in the matinee's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Winbak Farm of Ontario and the Angus Hall syndicate have announced that Angus Hall, 2, 1:54.4z; 3, 1:54.3 ($830,654), has been retired from stallion duty. "Angus Hall has left an incredible impact on trotting pedigrees for generations to come," said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. "We are very thankful that we got to stand him for as long as we did." Angus Hall was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in 2019. His sire, Garland Lobell, is a member of both the Canadian and Harness Racing Hall of Fame. His dam, Amour Angus, is a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Angus Hall is a full-brother to Andover Hall, 2, 1:56.2s; 3, 1:51.3 ($875,047), and Conway Hall, 2, 1:57.2; 3, 1:53.4 ($818,884), who have had both had successful stallion careers of their own. "It has been a wonderful experience from the time Angus Hall was purchased as a yearling to his retirement as a Hall of Famer," said Bob and Lynda Stewart, Angus Hall syndicate members. "We feel blessed to have been a part of his journey." Angus Hall had a successful racing career. At 2, he won a Breeders Crown elimination, Champlain Stakes division, John F Simpson Stakes and Valley Victory Stakes elimination. He was second in a Bluegrass Stakes division and Campbellville Stakes division. At 3, Angus Hall won a Hambletonian elimination and Matron Stakes elimination. He was second in the American-National Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes division, Hambletonian Final and World Trotting Derby heat. Before Angus Hall stood at Winbak Farm of Ontario, he stood at Glengate Farms. "Glengate Farms was extremely fortunate to initially secure for stud, and syndicate Angus Hall," said Jim Bullock, owner of Glengate Farms. "It's not an overstatement to say as a stallion, Angus Hall immediately became a dominant force in Ontario racing. From the outset, his offspring showed up in both unprecedent quantity and quality within the Ontario Sires Stakes." Angus Hall has stood at Winbak Farm of Ontario since 2006. "When Glengate Farms suspended its stallion station in 2006, Angus Hall was clearly the number one trotting stallion in Ontario," said Bullock. "While many farms sought him out, in my mind Joe Thomson and Winbak Farm represented the perfect relocation for Angus Hall. I was pleased to have Angus Hall's stallion career continue unabated and managed by the very professional folks at Winbak." Angus Hall is the sire of 6 Canadian Millionaires including Peaceful Way, 1:51.4 ($3,245,055), Majestic Son, 3, 1:52.2s ($1,993,157), Elusive Desire, 1:52.1 ($1,383,848), Winning Mister, 1:51.3 ($1,142,759), Frenchfrysnvinegar, 1:52 ($1,111,627), and Laddie, 3, 1:54s ($1,029,920). His offspring have earned $104,377,525. He is the sire of 280 who have won $100,000 or more. "The induction of Angus Hall to the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame this past year is a most fitting recognition of his stallion accomplishments as Angus Hall begins a well-deserved retirement," said Bullock. Angus Hall was the leading stallion in the Ontario Sire Stakes from 2003 to 2007 and he was the second leading trotting stallion from 2008 to 2012. "Angus Hall's legacy will continue to grow as he has become a successful broodmare sire," said Woods. "With over 15 Angus Hall-sired broodmares in the Winbak Farm broodmare band, Angus Hall will continue to be on Winbak Farm pedigree pages for years to come." Top horses that have Angus Hall as their grand-sire include Millionaires, Pinkman and What The Hill. He is also the grand-sire of Impinktoo, who has a record of 1:49.4. "We would like to say thank you to the Angus Hall syndicate for allowing us to stand Angus Hall for 14 years," said Woods. "We also want to thank the breeders and trainers who have continued to support Angus Hall and his offspring for more than a decade." From Winbak Farm  

Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quccelle) took the featured Feiser Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) Saturday at Kincsem Park as he overcame a 40 meter handicap to score at 6/1 in 1.18.7kr. Sandor Varga teamed the Csaba Lakatos trainee that was bred by Stefan Melander. The 12/8/1 Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second for pilot Andor Angyal and 16.1/1 Kings Call (6g SJs Photo-Marima Eme-Adams Hall) took third for Emese Vezer, On the undercard two year olds contested an event for 400,000Huf and raced over 1800 meters autostart. 7.7/1 Farya BD (2f Andover Hall-Fanciulla) scored for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. This one was bred by Albison Marius in Romania.  The 7/2 Be Happy (2m Com Muscle-Keep Smiling-Valley Guardian) was second for Lajos Marton and 64/1 Bambino (2m PJ Punjab-Oka Sun-Wall Street Banker) was third. Race time was 1.23.9kr. Three year olds battled in the Nabob DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) with victory to 11.3/1 Australian Gold (3f From Above-Kaychmeifyoucan MS) with Emil Csordas up. Aurora (3f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet) took second for Gyorgy Horvath and Angelina Jolie (3f PJ Punjab-Siberie-Lejacque d’Houlbec) was third. Race time was 1.22.3kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - The trotter Freshette Hanover and the pacer Tango Dancer N were victorious in the $16,000 feature races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday, the next-to-last day of the 2019 harness racing meeting. First up was the Andover Hall sophomore trotting filly Freshette Hanover, who overcame some recent camera shyness (three straight seconds) with an authoritative 3¾ lengths victory, reducing her mark by 4 2/5 seconds in a 1:55.2 victory. David Miller sent the three-year-old first-over and cleared to the lead before the three-quarters, finishing out strongly for trainer Christopher Freck and owner Susanne Kerwood. In the pacing feature, Tango Dancer N was limbed to the quarter, then maintained control of the throttle from there, holding off pocketsitter Windsong Parisian by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:53.2, last quarter :27.4. The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, favored by $4 in the win pool over third-place finisher Betcha Baby, was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer/owner Kelvin "Red" Harrison. In a $14,500 distaff pace, Islay N left for position, was shuffled during some early moves to the lead and had to attack first-over, but the Stonebridge Regal mare was able to wear down favored Lincoln's Girl N to post a ¾ length decision in 1:51.3, equaling her North American best. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner of $216,332 for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who is winning his first Philly seasonal training title this year. The 2019 season at Harrah's Philadelphia comes to a close this Sunday, with the first of twelve races set to begin at 2:05 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Driver Tim Tetrick continued his blistering winning streak at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, capturing seven of the day's twelve races to give him 22 harness racing victories during the last four cards in which he participated locally. Six of Tetrick's seven wins came on the front end, which went 10-for-12 on the day, but his win in the $16,000 co-featured trot with Grover Hanover did not. The Andover Hall gelding was a pocket rocket in catching frontstepping Choco Charlie by 1¼ lengths while taking a new mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. Tetrick moved Missile Seelster to the lead past the stands in the $16,000 co-featured pace, but Cecil Casanova, who had had early command, made a quick brush at the half for driver Scott Zeron to control the throttle and then withstand Missile Seelster by 1¾ lengths in 1:53.4 for his second straight win. Peter Foley trains the Ponder sophomore gelding for All Star Racing Inc. The public was aware that Tetrick and just about whomever he drove might be tough to beat; all seven of his winners were favored. However, the crowd was not attuned to the chances of the Deweycheatumnhowe gelding One Direction, who took his field on the engine by 3 3/4 lengths for Pat Berry in 1:56.1 - and returned $195.80 for a $2 win ticket. Two Jackpot Hi-5 players, however, filled tickets behind the mega-longshot with the right favorites, so that the 7-8-3-5-2 winning combination was not on a unique ticket, bringing the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover to $7009.65 for the Thursday card. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

MONTICELLO, NY-- A short five-horse field assembled behind the harness racing mobile gate for the first race, a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Series, at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov 14) and when the starter said "go" Bob Hechkoff immediately sent Five Towns to the lead and they led Lady's Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. In hot pursuit of the leaders were Muzzy's Muscles (Joe Faraldo); Cheeky Little Miss (Tony Verruso) and ER Shane ( Joe Lee) and once the horses passed the by the first quarter, strangely the order never changed as Five Towns showed the way to the finish line to score a 2:00.3 triumph. Schwartz's trotter was second and Muzzys Muscles took home the show dough.Cheeky Little Miss finished fourth and earned fifth money "It's certainly an oddity when the horses finish in the exact order that they lined-up after the start," acknowledged NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "Obviously the short field played a part." Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns, a 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, notched his eighth seasonal victory and paid a paltry $3.50 for win. He's owned by RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing LLC and trained by Kyle Spagnola. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Northfield, OH-- Jazmin "the Little Flower" Arnold is really beginning to make a name for herself. The diminutive lady from Xenia, Ohio, just keeps doing what she knows best and that is driving harness racing winners and recently in the midwest region of the Billing Trotting Series On Sunday evening (Nov. 10) Arnold scored again when she reined Celebrity Pegasus to a romping six-length 1:55 triumph over Kelly "Sky" Walker's, Keystone Blade, in the $6000 Billings Trot. For the rising star it was her 22nd driving victory this season. True, more that half were on the Ohio County Fair circuit, but since gaining her full license she has been dominating her veteran Billings competitors at many pari-mutuel venues. Her victory on Sunday was her third consecutive - all with different Herman Hagerman-trained horses- at Nothfield Park. Her journey to victory on Sunday took an overland route from when she hustled Celebrity Pegasus to the lead from the five-hole and after wicked early half-mile fractions of :27.3 and 55.3, her trotter finally made the front. And once on top Arnold kept the pedal to the metal and the 7-year-old son of Andover Hall led the competition by the third stanza in 1:24.4, and through the stretch Celebrity Pegasus cruised to an easy victory. After parking the winner in the early going "Sky" Walker's Keystone Blade hung on for second money while Lavern "Michigan" Miller took home the show dough with Sea Fearher. The winner, owned by Morgan Hagerman, returned a $4.80 mutuel. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Despite a mercury reading dancing on the edge of 50o, the three winners of the $15,000 features on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono all posted lifetime harness racing marks. The Art Major gelding Benson Boys N perforce took a new best of 1:52 in a pace for males, as the race was his U.S. debut. Unraced at two and three but now 6-for-13 in his last two seasons, Benson Boys N swept wide off cover on the far turn, was kept out wide by the pocketsitting Boys Turn moving outside at headstretch, but still won the stretch battle of the "Boys" by ¾ of a length. Tyler Buter drove the promising import for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Northfork Racing Stable and Alan Johnston. The Pet Rock sophomore filly Throwing Shade put in a big mile in her second start for Team Allard, winning in 1:52.4 by over four lengths. Simon Allard, driving for brother/trainer Rene, got a spot leaving, then moved the filly at the 3/8 to gain the lead by the half. None of her rivals in this feature split for pacing distaffs could go with her in the second half, and she looks like a good acquisition for Allard Racing Inc., Jordan Derue, and Bruce Soulsby. In the feature division for trotters, Choco Charlie steadily came on in the last quarter, wearing down leader Play It Again As by a length in 1:54.4. Tyler Buter also had sulky duty behind the sophomore altered son of Andover Hall for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Buter and Eric Carlson led the driving colony with three winners each on the Tuesday card. Pocono has only three cards remaining in its 2019 season: this Saturday and the following Tuesday, and then closing night on Saturday, November 16. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

DAYTON, OH. - For the third straight Thursday night, a new winner emerged in the weekly $17,000 Open Handicap Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   This time it was 23-1 longshot Elmo Blatch (Cameron McCown) who topped Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.4. It was a night when horses were aided by strong gusting winds down the backside, but were slowed by an equally strong headwind in the stretch.   Northmedo Mission (Dan Noble) cut the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4 and 1:25) before Pine Dream (Josh Sutton) and then Elmo Blatch moved up to challenge around the final bend.   It was the first time McCown had driven Elmo Blatch, who won nine races and $100,000 in 2018 but had been struggling to regain that form this season. The 6-year-old son of Andover Hall now sports a pair of seasonal scores and has banked another $26,045 in 2019. He is owned and trained by David Lough.   Earlier on the program Hollywood Dayton presented the third annual All Grey Halloween Handicap featuring eight grey or roan pacers who compete regularly at the local five-eighths mile oval. Roan Color (Josh Sutton) bested Payne For Pres (Trevor Smith) and Marc Mellow Man (Jeremy Smith) in a competitive race for a $10,000 purse.   Sutton was content to sit mid-pack in the early going before moving first up on the outside approaching the halfway point. From there, the 4-year-old roan son of Marced Card ground down his fellow grey foes before reaching the wire first in 1:53.4. Trainer Ken Terpenning's Strike Point Racing LLC owns Marc Mellow Man.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

CHESTER, PA - On Wednesday afternoon Harrah's Philadelphia started its serving of Liberty Bell Series stakes action with $180,800 on the line in three harness racing divisions of freshman male action for each of the both gaits. Despite a rainy day during which the track was rerated from "good" to "sloppy," four of the six winners took lifetime marks, and the other two winners, both pacers, came home in 55.1. Form held up in the first two of the trotting contests. The Father Patrick - Muscle Amour gelding Saxon rallied out of the pocket to catch pacesetting DD's Redemption in his division, stopping the timer in 1:56.3 (good) in posting a half-length victory. A double winner in PA Stallion Series action, Saxon was handled by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell for the Runthetable Stables. Loyal Fox Hanover looked like he might be facing difficulty after PA Fair Championship winner Stickler Hanover got to the half in 1:00 in their section, but the altered son of Andover Hall - Lady Luck Hanover grinded into 57.1 - 28.1 back fractions to get by the stubborn pacesetter by 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1 (sloppy). Loyal Fox Hanover, a Stallion Series winner who was second in his Championship, was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Chuck Sylvester, who is a co-owner along with Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. The one trotting cut that saw the chalk defeated was also the fastest division on that gait, and it was won by the Muscle Massive - My Winning Way K colt Moveoutofmyway K in 1:56 (sloppy). Yannick Gingras tipped his colt out of the pocket midbackstretch and immediately got the lead as the pacesetter broke, and then the pair were able to ward off the late burst of favored Patriarch Hanover by a half-length. Norm Parker conditions the first-time stakes winner for owner Robert Key. Contrasting with the trotting events, the contests for baby pacers saw no favorite emerge victorious. The fastest winner was the Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles, who was sent to the top by Tim Tetrick, then came home in :55.1 - :27.2 for a 1:51.4 victory (good). Tell Them Lou was three-quarters of a length back in second and favored Manticore third behind the PA Stallion Series Championship winner, who is trained by Ray Schnittker and is co-owned by him with Dr. John Egloff, Max Hempt, and Steven Arnold. Brian Sears sent Father Nuno, the Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure colt who is a full brother to Captaintreacherous, to the top in his division, and like Lake Charles, Father Nuno posted back splits of :55.1 - 27.2 to complete the mile in 1:53.1 (sloppy), 2¼ lengths ahead of favored Mac's Big Boy. The brother team of trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere are the sponsorship behind the impeccably-bred baby. The one pacing winner who did post a new mark was also the longest shot of the six stakeswinners at $30.60: the Sweet Lou - Keystone Dawn mare Keystone Dash, who rallied from the pocket for driver Andrew McCarthy to overhaul pacesetting favorite Starship by a nose in 1:53.1 (good). The youngster, a PA Stallion Series winner who is owned by Ãke Svanstedt Inc., had not raced in 33 days, but despite any layoff Svanstedt horses usually come out ready for a big mile, as did Keystone Dash today. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia    

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2019 -- Rainbowinthewest peeled off cover through the final turn and roared by the harness racing leader, Tequila Talkin, to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Rainbowinthewest was following the live cover of Kate's Massive until driver Brady Brown asked her for go in the lane. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded beautifully, downing Tequila Talkin by 2-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:53.4, while Kate's Massive saved show. Robert Rougeaux III trains Rainbowinthewest, who extended her career earnings to $128,271, for Brocious Racing Stable and Lone Wolf Stable. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships as well as the annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. First post is 1:05 PM. For full race results and enteries click here. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Plainville, MA --- It's as simple as this: he's a win machine. Shorething Fashion took his fourth straight harness racing victory at Plainridge Park in the $14,000 Open trotting feature on Friday afternoon (Sept. 27). Driver Nick Graffam released Shorething Fashion from the gate and shot right to the front, opening up a two-length lead in :27.4. From there he coasted unencumbered to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.3 maintaining a gapped advantage over Neverdie (Mitchell Cushing) who was trying to stay close through the journey. Rounding the final bend, Graffam held firm lines and sat still while Shorething Fashion continued to trot strong on the point heading into the stretch. Quicksilver Kemp (Drew Monti) joined Neverdie in late pursuit down the lane but Shorething Fashion was the strongest at the wire where he won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2. As mentioned it was the fourth straight win, but also the fifth win in the last six starts for Shorething Fashion ($4.40) who pushed his earnings to $40,604 this year. The 5-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-Tyg Hanover is owned by Bob McHugh and Mike Eaton, who also trains the winner. The secondary feature was the $12,000 conditioned trot that was won by Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) who led the entire race and held off a late charging Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) to win by a head in 1:57. The Lindy Racing Stable owns Whiskey Lindy ($2.80) who is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicks off its 2019 season this Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park with the 3-year-olds competing in four divisions. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals with an estimated value of $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. Post time for Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) is 2 p.m. and there will be a $49,624 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

The even-money harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) took today’s Breeders Crown (males, purse 50,063€, 1900 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller. He raced in the pocket until the final turn after being denied the front, and he held off 10/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Golde Chip) reined by Jorgen Sjunnesson in the final strides. Orlando Jet raised his career earnings to 370,751€. Third was pacesetter 9/1 Halva Von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey) and teamster Thorsten Tietz. The undercard included the Breeders Crown Mares (purse 57,215€, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and it saw 1.13.1kr timed and 5.9/1 odds Alegra B (5f Andover Hall-Galea) score for Conrad Lugauer. The 1.9/1 Goldy Stardust (6f Quick Crown-Timely Stardust) was second for Michael Nimczyk. Third was 21.9/1 Super Queen C (6f Offshore Dream-Freiha Haikant) teamed with Jaap Van Rijn. Aged performers also were on stage for the Thomas Philipps (purse 10,728€, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.13.3kr timed victory went to Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Perj) with trainer Gerhard Mayr at the lines. Khalid (6f Lets Go-Lisboa) took second for Roland Hulskath and Gustavson Be (6g Juliano Star-Gioioca Caf) was third for Victor Gentz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2019 -- There was no floating like a butterfly for Stinglike A B K; he powered right to the top and widened his lead late to capture Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. Hydration took Wednesday's companion feature, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace, in similar front-end fashion, scoring in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Strollin Stable. Tony Hall pointed Stinglike A B K to the front, and the 3-year-old son of Andover Hall-Winning Missbrenda brooked no challenges, prevailing in a career-best 1:56.2. Just Fly Beyond was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Bellesvictorysong third. Rich Gillock trains the winner for owner/breeder Bob Key. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race program while Aaron Johnston enjoyed a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $182,052 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the program offers a carryover of $4,545.21 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a $190.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                              

Goshen, NY – Celebrity Farms Sam Stathis has announced that his stakes winning harness racing trotter, Celebrity Maserati, will be standing stud for the 2019 season at Leatherstocking Equine Group in New York. His stud fee will be $2,500. Sired by Andover Hall from the SJ’s Caviar mare, Arlanda Hanover, Celebrity Maserati was a $198,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:53 as a three-year-old at Pocono Downs. At age three he was the winner of the Dexter Cup Trot Final at Freehold Raceway and was first and second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In the Dexter Cup, it was only the second start of the season for Celebrity Maserati, who defeated Jimmy Takter’s world record holder Dontyouforgetit in 1:58.3, an early lifetime best clocking, making him a season’s leader for most of the year.  From seven foals out of Arlanda Hanover, six made the races and Celebrity Maserati was the fastest and top money earner. He has a full brother, Orlando, who was a $175,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:54.4f and his Celebrity Maserati was favored that year to win his division of the prestigious Hambletonian Trot, but fractured his ankle on the first turn and still was able to come home faster that any other horse in the race. Celebrity Maserati was also one of the horses rescued from the devasting fire at the Olympia Training Center (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) on March 16, 2016 that took the lives of 12 Standardbred race horses. Between his injuries in the Hambletonian and then the fire, Stathis decided it was time to stand his big beautiful black stallion at stud. “He is such a magnificent looking horse,” said Stathis, “That I felt it was time to put him to stud publicly. I know he will do very well in NY as he was a major stakes winner (Dexter Cup) on a half mile track and has taken fast records on all size tracks.” All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call 607-847-9996. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms

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