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WILKES-BARRE PA - The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) is back in action at the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks this weekend, with an open pacing event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night and an open trot at Harrah's Philadelphia the next afternoon. Saturday's open pace at Pocono brings together four of the top five horses in the GNOS divisional standings, with the only double winner in the series to date, Rodeo Romeo, drawing the rail and being accorded 2-1 favoritism for driver Eric Carlson and trainer Chris Ryder. In his last start, Rodeo Romeo was third in the Commodore Barry Pace at Philly, behind top 4YO Filibuster Hanover and the talented Australian import Heaven Rocks A. Second in the GNOS standings, and parading second, will be Rockeyed Optimist, who has come to good recent form for trainer Jake Leamon, with Anthony Napolitano in the sulky behind the horse who has a first and a second in the competition. The other two Top Five horses, Bettor's Edge (#4) and Mach It So (#5), didn't fare nearly as well at the post draw, getting the outside post seven and post six, respectively. On Sunday afternoon at Philly, the open trot has drawn a full field of nine. Accorded early favoritism from the rail is Such An Angel (driver George Napolitano Jr.), who comes off a lifetime best victory of 1:52.2. This will be the toughest field Such An Angel has ever faced, including millionaireness Broadway Donna, a two-time divisional champion, and four other horses who have bankrolled over $400,000 in their careers. With pointsleader Agent Q and eight of the top dozen in the standings behind her, totaling six of the seven GNOS division winners so far, in Toronto this weekend in eliminations for next Saturday's $365,000 Roses Are Red Pace, the mare pacing event did not fill. From the PHHA/Harrarh's & Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The ABC Garland mare I M Fishin won her third straight harness racing preliminary in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting mares Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the fastest of the three $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final prelim in a lifetime best 1:56.1. Anthony Napolitano, the meet's leading driver, moved I M Fishin out of third early to gain command in front of the stands, then powered home with the mare in 57.3 - 28.1 to win by a neck. Via Lattea IT, the white mare, had to settle again for a second - her third in three Weiss starts - while Corrupt was third behind the winner, trained by Jody Riedel for Super Mile LLC. The other two Tuesday Weiss winners both stopped the timer in 1:56.4 to record new marks. The Chapter Seven mare Myrna Myrna also moved to command in the homestretch the first time and went on to a 2¼ length victory for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Scott Betts, and owner Timothy Betts, while the Muscle Massive filly One Fine Lady lowered her lifetime tab over three seconds in overcoming a first-over journey for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Aaron Lambert, the latter co-owner with Kenneth Tucci and Kenneth Schwartz. In unofficial standings (please check with the Pocono Race Office for the official list) calculated immediately after the races, the top ten pointwinners in the preliminaries, in order, are: I M Fishin, Myrna Myrna, Ms American Muscle, Corrupt, Baby Wants, Miss Ruby, One Fine Lady, Puma Blue Chip, Dewitonemoretime, and Via Lattea IT. The top horses declaring in will race for $30,000 in their Weiss Championship during the evening portion of the doubleheader of racing on Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4; if enough horses declare in, there will be a $15,000 consolation event held during the afternoon racing that day. Narcian Jewel rallied all the way up the deep Pocono Pike from last at headstretch to take a $14,000 co-feature for pacing distaffs in a lifetime best 1:51.4. The Shadow Play mare laid off a contentious pace, then had the most blast in the last sixteenth to tally for driver Pat Berry, trainer Frank Petrelli, and Wish Me Luck Stables LLC. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Red-hot driver Anthony Napolitano swept the $15,000 tri-features, one on the trot and two on the pace, in Tuesday harness racing action over a "good" track later downgraded to "sloppy" at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Napolitano triumphed in both halves of the Early Double, first guiding the Yankee Glide gelding Danish Design to a head victory over Boinganator in 1:57.3 in the trot headliner. Danish Design had won his first four starts of the year at Northfield before being photoed in his last start there, and he made a swift adjustment to the Pocono scene for trainer Kris Rickert, co-owner with Benjamin Gordon and Dante Scattolini. The Articulator gelding Lucbobski showed his appreciation for the switch from tough company in the Sagamore Hills Pacing Series at Yonkers by winning at first asking over the mountain oval, making the lead after the quarter and going on to a 1:53.4 triumph in the off going. Lucbobski got into the "nw 4 races" class on an earnings AE, but he "won himself out" by triumphing here for trainer Tom Shay and owners Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Thomas Finelli and Tom Lazzaro. "ANap" completed his sweep of the Pocono features with the American Ideal gelding A Farmboys Success, who after posting a pair of seconds in his first starts for trainer Ron Burke took a new mark here of 1:53.1 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Not only did the win give Burke a feature race victory at both Pennsylvania tracks (Camera Lady at The Meadows), it bought him to nine wins at the young meet to lead the conditioners - and eight of those wins have come through the sulkysitting of Anthony Nap, who himself had a total 17 victories through the Tuesday features. No equine winner in any race before the 10th race final feature was even born when John Wagner last guided a horse home first at Pocono. But the veteran pilot of over 5200 wins revisited Pocono's Victory Lane for the first time since July 15, 2011 after piloting the Arlene Cameron-trained Speed It to a 1:56.1 engine triumph. The winner, who raised his bankroll to $291,807, is owned by Richard Hans of Googoo Gaagaa fame, and a Hans animal usually means exotic breeding - Speed It is by Googoo Gaagaa's sire, the pacing-bred Cam's Rocket, and in his maternal family can be found international stake winner Promising Catch and several other $100,000 earners on the trot. PHHA / Pocono

Hightstown, NJ --- After sitting out last winter to recuperate from the lingering effects of a racing accident, Anthony Napolitano is happy with his results so far this winter. Napolitano is the leading harness racing driver at the Meadowlands in 2018, with 26 wins, and hoping for continued success throughout the year. Napolitano, who notched 175 of his 200 wins in 2017 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, plans to continue racing at the Meadowlands on Fridays even after Pocono opens March 17. He also plans to race once a week at Yonkers, where he has picked up 15 wins this season. This Friday, Napolitano has 10 drives on the Meadowlands’ 13-race card. “Meadowlands Harness Live” airs from 9-10 p.m. on SNY (SportsNet New York) and features races seven through nine. “I feel good,” Napolitano said. “I feel like I’m just getting started. Things are looking good for the future; hopefully we can keep it going.” Napolitano was injured in an accident May 31, 2016 at Pocono. He was sidelined for nearly two months, returning to action at the end of July, but decided in November to take additional time away from the track. In March 2017, Napolitano returned to the sulky and recorded 200 wins and $2.64 million in purses the rest of the way. “I rushed it back,” Napolitano said. “It was a struggle for me. I had to make a decision, whether to shut down shop and regroup, or continue the way I was going. It wasn’t good for me. I wasn’t comfortable in the bike and I couldn’t get horses up on the bit. I wanted to be a hundred percent. “Last year I took off to rest my back. I was happy I was able to take off the winter and heal the right way because if I had kept pushing myself the injury could have lingered throughout the rest of my career. It definitely worked.” The 36-year-old Napolitano, the younger brother of perennial Pocono driving champ George Napolitano Jr., has won 2,491 races in his career and earned at least $2 million in purses the past three years. Until recently, Napolitano spent the winters driving at Florida’s Pompano Park. He started driving at the Meadowlands during the winters in 2015. In his first winter, November 2015-March 2016, he won 48 races -- second best among all drivers during that time frame -- and produced a positive 20-percent return on investment (ROI) for his backers. Overall at the Meadowlands since November 2015, Napolitano has won 15-percent of his races, 94 of 625, and produced a positive 23-percent ROI. His ROI is the best among all drivers during that time span. “I’m just happy to be in the mix of things,” Napolitano said. “I’m going to try to stay at Yonkers on Thursday and Meadowlands on Friday throughout the year instead of quitting them completely. I’m going to try to keep my foot in the door this year and see how it goes. I’m just thankful I can go to these tracks and people are willing to use me.” He also is thankful to feel completely healthy. “It makes you appreciate what you’ve got,” he said. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Anthony Napolitano and Eric Carlson had the hot hands Friday night at the Meadowlands, as each harness racing driver found their way to the winner's circle three times. After winning five times last Friday, "ANap" kept the winners coming by scoring with Flamingo Pete ($12.60 to win, 1:58.1 for the mile) in the second race conditioned trot, Northern Assassin A ($7.00 as the favorite, 1:53.3) in the ninth race conditioned pace and Star Studded Cast ($6.60 as the favorite, 1:58) in the 12th race conditioned trot. Carlson's winners came with Joyful Game ($15.80, 1:54.2) in the third race fillies and mares conditioned pace, Rossini ($5.20 as the favorite, 1:57.3) in the eighth race conditioned trot and It Really Matters ($29.80, 1:57.1) in the 10th race conditioned trot. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player hit big in the Pick-5 (Races 3 through 7), as the one ticket that had the winning combination of 9-6,9-5-9-7 was worth $30,385.20 for a 50-cent bet. ... The Pick-4 remained popular as many winners shared in the total pool of $70,580, with each cashing in for $560.85 for a 50-cent wager, despite two favorites and one 5-2 shot winning during the sequence. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five once again failed to result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $108,155. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,601,550. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. One lucky player crushed the Pick-5 at the Meadowlands Friday night. After a total of $47,663 was poured into the pool for the wager that spans races 3 through 7, when the dust cleared, one ticket had the winning combination of 9-6,9-5-9-7, good for a payoff of $30,385.20 for a 50-cent bet. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Anthony Napolitano has been doing good things at the Meadowlands for the last three winters, and Friday night at the Big M, he was without question the big man on campus, winning five times on the 13-race harness racing card. Napolitano had help. With Yannick Gingras absent, 'ANap' drove trainer Ron Burke's stock, and the duo teamed up to win four times on the card. Their winners were Noble Prize ($5.20 to win as the favorite, 1:56.3 for the mile) in the fourth race conditioned trot, Jaded Dream ($7.20, 1:53) in the fifth race conditioned pace for fillies and mares, Stormont Wizard ($5.40 as the public choice, 1:53.4) in the ninth race conditioned trot and Misslarose ($3.60 as the chalk, 1:55) in the 12th race conditioned trot. Napolitano capped his big night in style, scoring in the 13th race fillies and mares conditioned pace with 12-1 chance Heavenly Bet ($26.80, 1:53) for trainer Brianne Good, who recorded a training double on the card. A LITTLE MORE: Marcus Miller also had a big night, guiding three winners on the card. ... The Pick 4 was popular as usual, as the second biggest pool of the year, $88,456, was wagered. The return for a 50-cent bet was $209.15 with favorites winning the last three legs. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,524,710. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five once again failed to result in a single-ticket winner, and as a result, the carryover crept ever closer to the $100,000 mark, just a little over $3,000 short at $96,484. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Lis Mara gelding Ontario Success had quite the adventuresome trip going from last at the quarter to first at the finish in the $20,000 pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, but he got the job done nicely for harness racing driver Anthony Napolitano in 1:51.2 with the temperature in the cool mid-50s. Ontario Success did not leave, but the two primary quick starters, Milliondollarwave and Maxdaddy Blue Chip, hooked wheels coming out of the first turn, with several of the horses directly in behind them having their chances severely compromised in the ensuing melee. Napolitano had to go wide in front of the stands to avoid major trouble, but indeed would suffer relatively minor difficulty and went up to third going to the second turn. Off that bend Ontario Success started a first-over journey, wore down El Bloombito, who had emerged with the lead after the early trouble, then held off the second-over Bruce's Magic by a length. Ron Burke trains the winner of $425,430 for his family's Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Pocono will race as usual Sunday night at 7:30, and then on Monday it switches over to that day's post time at the mountain oval for the rest of the year, 4:30 p.m. The Labor Day Monday card is a great one - the $1.2M+ Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for two-year-olds, featuring the undefeated trotting filly Manchego and other stars of the future. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA – Homicide Hunter and Call Me Queen Be won the $25,000 winners-over features over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, but the big news continued to be the hot longshot hands of harness racing driver Anthony Napolitano – who for the third straight card brought home a $50+ winner.   Anthony started his current streak in the last race of last week’s racing, capturing Tuesday’s 14th event with Ideal Fashion at $68.00. He struck again on Saturday with eleventh race bomber Perseverant ($53.80), and the localites who had climbed on the ANap bandwagon didn’t have to wait long for their reward on Sunday, as in the first race he rallied Serious Savannah from far back to light up the tote board at $58.20. Anthony now has 1/3 (5 of 15) of the $50+ winners so far in 2017 at the mountain oval.   Homicide Hunter, the second-fastest trotter ever on a North American 5/8-mile track by virtue of his resounding 1:50.1 triumph here last year, continued Saturday’s success in the winners-over ranks for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes. The pair had tallied with Scott Rocks and Split The House the day before, and on Sunday their streak ran to three when the Mr Cantab gelding Homicide Hunter made the lead at the ¼ and then drew off to a 1:54.1 triumph in the off going.  Homicide Hunter now has a bankroll of $752,163, and he is owned by Crawford Farms Racing.   In the pacing mares winners-over event, Call Me Queen Be notched her first victory since winning last year’s Breeders Crown 3PF Championship, with the Somebeachsomewhere mare stopping the timer in 1:53.2 for trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham. Jim Marohn Jr. got the millionaire right to the front despite the outermost post nine, yielded to quarter-mover Regil Elektra, and then went to the Pocono Pike and made up ground into the 55.4 last half, withstanding the relentless first-over charge of Frost Damage Blues by ¾ of a length.   PHHA / Pocono  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 7, 2017) - Forgotten on the tote board in a talented and deep field, J A T O scored a 25/1 harness racing upset in the $20,000 featured trot at the Meadowlands on Friday night. J A T O, the former two-time New York County Fair Sire Stake champion, has blossomed into a high-level trotter in the barn of leading trainer Ron Burke. Favored Melady's Monet moved to the front from his outside post position before a half mile in :56. Meanwhile, Anthony Napolitano, who is expected to become a Friday night regular in the Meadowlands driving colony, had J A T O perfectly positioned in a second-over trip following Crosbys Clam Bake. Past three-quarters in 1:25.1, Napolitano tipped J A T O three wide and grinded by Melady's Monet in deep stretch to win by a neck in 1:54.1. B Yoyo rallied for third with Muscle Diamond fourth. J A T O paid $52.60 for a $2 win bet and keyed a $2 trifecta worth $1,906.40. It was J A T O's 33rd lifetime win from 52 career starts. His earnings move to $155,648 for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Burke Racing, J&T Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith. J A T O In the co-feature, Penpal turned in another jaw-dropping performance for trainer/driver Pat Lachance. The stakes-placed 4-year-old mare settled in last for the first half mile before launching an eye-catching move three-wide to make the front by the top of the stretch. From there, the career earner of more than $300,000 opened up to win by two lengths in 1:51.4, last quarter in :27.1. Penpal is nominated to The Golden Girls, Lady Liberty, and TVG Mares Pace. David Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. posted driving doubles. Total handle was $2,507,013. Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race program headlined by a $20,000 conditioned pace. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

WILKES-BARRE PA - Sweet Beach, unraced in 21 days and with only one trip behind in the gate in the last 41, paced back to his pedigree (and rumored sharp training reports) in taking the final harness racing feature race of the year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a $20,000 conditioned pace, in 1:51.2 over "sloppy +1" going in 40 degree temperatures. The five-year-old altered son of Somebeachsomewhere - Sweet Paprika, she a half-sister to Sweet Lou and Bettor Sweet with $6.2M in racetrack earnings, profited from an early break by favorite Alta Jerome N, taking early command then letting Theartofconfusion A go to the top past the quarter. Driver Anthony Napolitano bided his time with Sweet Beach, then came out of the 2-hole and wore down the pacesetter by a half-length for his second straight win, having taken his mark of 1:50 in his last race. Tom Cancelliere trains the talented pacer for brother/owner John. Rangers Sureshot, claimed by Ron Burke last week for $17,500, stepped up to $25,000/$30,000 company on Saturday and took the $18,000 high-level claiming handicap pace in 1:52.3, just a tick off his lifetime mark. Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes, who won both the dash winning and percentage titles in their respective categories, were trying for their sixth straight win in this class and had favored Freeneasy Hanover on the lead, but the victorious Palone Ranger gelding made a big sweeping move late on the backstretch to join the leader on the turn, and Rangers Sureshot proved a half-length better tonight than the gritty Freeneasy Hanover. Matt Kakaley handled the sulky duties behind Rangers Sureshot for trainer Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC / Weaver Bruscemi LLC - and that trio went home with both the first and second-place finishers in the race, as they claimed Freeneasy Hanover for $25,000 as well. Earlier, Windsun Stetson joined Terror Aint A Fool as the only two-time "bombers" of the Pocono meet when he won race two for driver Eric Carlson and paid $50.20, as Windsun Stetson had paid $72.20 in victory only three weeks earlier. Carlson wound up with four of the last six $50+ horses in 2016 at Pocono - while Terror Aint A Fool can add the two longshot victoires here to the distinction of being the first $50+ horse at The Meadows in 2016!   PHHA / Pocono    

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Napolitano brothers, George Jr. and Anthony, added to their 1-2 standings in the 2016 drivers' victory race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night, each winning three races on the 15 race harness racing card.   Anthony had the early hot hand, winning with Gurl Band K (3rd), Crazy Smart (5th), and Sure You Are (6th), while George caught fire late and tallied with Black Queen (8th), Charles Ray (11th), and Undercover Beauty (14th). Anthony holds an 11-8 edge for the three cards so far this racing week at Pocono, but for the month of October, George is slightly ahead, 19-17, in the 7 cards (99 races) conducted so far.   And there is a driver who has more October wins at Pocono than either George or Anthony! Simon Allard won only once on Monday, with Yolo Hanover (11th), but that victory was his 20th of the month so far - nearly three visits to Victory Lane per card. Among the three, they have taken 56 of the 99 races conducted so far in October at the mountain oval.   PHHA / Pocono    

WILKES-BARRE PA - Wilberforce rolled to his third straight harness racing victory on Sunday night, never looking back in the $20,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and crossing the wire 2¼ lengths to the good in 1:53.3.   Driver Eric Carlson wasn't fastest away with the gelded son of Caviar Crown, but he used the track geometry advantage of starting from the rail to maximum effect, never letting his outside early pursuers get around him and then forcing them to drop in behind by the 27.2 quarter under pain of being parked the duration. From there things were fairly easy for Wilberforce, as he notched middle splits of 56.2 and 1:25, then trotted home strongly for his tenth triumph of the year. Uncle Hanover came up the Pocono Pike to take away second late from pocketsitting Stonebridge Combat behind the winner, who pushed his seasonal earnings over $100,000 for trainer Kris Rickert, co-owner with Dale Wareham.   The three-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding Double L Lindy, unraced at two, has really found his trotting form in recent starts and went even faster than the feature horses, posting a 1:53 win on a 53-degree night in a $16,000 event. A winner of only one of his first 11 career starts, Double L Lindy has now won four straight, including this smashing mile which saw him 19¾ lengths to the good at the wire. Anthony Napolitano, who had posted ten victories in his last three Pocono cards at press time, handled the promising youngster for trainer Ake Svanstedt and the ownership of Lindy Farms of CT, Joe Sbrocco, Paul Van Camp, and Little E LLC.   In the $18,000 featured pace, Michael's Victory ran his current winning streak to three with a 1:51.3 victory, overcoming a first-over trip and holding off second-over Perfect Bet by a head. Simon Allard, also with les mains chaudes recently (23 victories in October), sulkysat behind the sophomore Rocknroll Hanover gelding, whose dam Michell's Victory is a ¾ sister to the $1.3M-winning Rare Jewel, for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeffrey Snyder.   PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - Allbeef N Nobull and Bourbon Bay, which sounds like a very good dinner, were the winners of the $15,500 featured harness racing events on the pace and trot, respectively, on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Allbeef N Nobull swung four-wide headstretch from third-over and, still some 3 1/2 lengths out approaching midstretch, took advantage of a big late kick and a helping tailwind to run down YS Lotus in the final strides to post a neck tally in 1:51.2. The son of McArdle showed precociousness since his earliest racetrack days, where on July 9 of his freshman year he debuted with a 1:59.2 - 28.4 win at the Martinville IL Fair, and he has continued that ability to run his bankroll to $288,872 one start shy of his fiftieth race, winning tonight for driver Mike Simons, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Donald Eamon, Howard Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In contrast to the hard late charge Allbeef N Nobull put in to gain his victory, the Sand Vic gelding Bourbon Bay had an easier time in taking his feature, leaving in 27 to discourage any early challengers, continuing on quickly and hitting the wire in the clear while posting a time of 1:52.3. Anthony Napolitano had sulky duty behind the winner of $238,048 for trainer Ake Svanstedt, who assumed the trotter's training four starts back and already has rung up two wins and a third with him for Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Rossie Smith. FINISHING LINES - Pocono's and Philadelphia's strength were evident through the Grand Circuit card at Lexington's Red Mile on Saturday. Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, respectively 1-2 in the recent Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and both by Somebeachsomewhere, both equaled the world record for two-year-olds of 1:49 first set by Pocono's co-track recordholder Sweet Lou; in another division of this two-year-old colt pacing stake, the Dragon Again gelding Dragnet Alert, trained by Oakes, set a divisional world record of 1:49.2. The other division of this stakes was won by Chip Walther, trained by Erv Miller and driven by his son Marcus, King of the Pocono Longshots - who paid $84.80, or less than half of what baby filly Zane Hanover paid ($189.80) for Miller and Miller in a division of the filly stake one race before Chip Walther won! The Napolitano brothers were dominant at Pocono Saturday, with Anthony recording five victories and George Jr., one ahead of his brother atop the local driving standings, visiting Victory Lane four times. Jim Marohn Jr. continued a hot recent hand with three scores; the evening's other two winners were driven by Mike Simons and Eric Carlson, and the way the aforementioned trio were going, it may not be surprising to learn that Carlson and Simons handled the two longest-priced horses of the night. PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - It may not be the optimal way to get tight - making two moves in a Sire Stakes race against Valley Forge harness racing winner Darlinonthebeach - but the McArdle filly Lispatty was certainly ready in her next start, the $15,500 featured distaff pace on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, quarter-moving to the lead and then winning by five lengths in 1:50, knocking over two seconds off her lifetime mark.   Envious Hanover and Single Me were a distant next-closest at the wire to Lispatty, who was driven by Anthony Napolitano for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who was completing a training double, with his winning chargers driven by different Napolitano brothers - George had guided the early winner. Lispatty, who has an outside chance to make her Sire Stakes final and a very good chance to make her Sires consolation, is owned by Garcia-Herrera's son Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who got his trainer's license recently and is doing well guiding the fortunes of the Garcia-Herrera string at Philadelphia.   The 1:50 clocking of Lispatty was bettered in a $14,000 conditioned pace for females, as Gallie Bythe Beach posted her second straight victory, with her Tuesday time of 1:49.1 just a tick off her lifetime mark. Mike Simons moved the impeccably-bred (Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria) mare to the lead past the quarter, and Gallie Bythe Beach took it from there, storming home in 54.2 to win by six lengths for trainer John Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC, who saw their mare come within an eyelash of the $750,000 career earnings plateau ($749,898 is now her actual number).   PHHA / Pocono      

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

Stirling Debutant, 1-for-25 in two seasons of harness racing entering the 2016 campaign, completed a clean sweep of the Bobby Weiss Trotting Series for distaffs at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking all four preliminary legs and then romping to a 1:57.3 victory over sloppy going in the $30,000 series Championship on Tuesday night to keep her seasonal record unblemished after those five starts.   Stirling Debutant tucked third late on the first turn, then was moved uncovered by red-hot driver Anthony Napolitano before the half to gain on runaway leader Coherent, a maiden who had had gaiting problems but showed no misbehavior and much speed while posting an astounding 27.1 opening quarter over the offtrack, carrying on to the half in 56.4. But reality in the form of the 1-9 favorite set in late on the backstretch as Stirling Debutant cleared to the lead well before the 1:26.2 3/4s, coasting home to win by 12½ lengths over Squeals Of Delight, with Amorous Flirt, Coherent, and Baba Daba Do picking up the other checks in that order.   The chalkplayers, who had wagered $5165 of a $6708 win pool and $6139 of a $6861 show pool on the favorite, had a few anxious moments after the race, as driver Marcus Miller made an objection against Anthony Napolitano and Stirling Debutant, claiming that they had caused his charge Grandma Jan's Gems, who finished sixth, to go offstride around turn one. If the objection had been allowed, the maintenance department may not have had enough light bulbs for the increased demand from the tote board (Squeals Of Delight 39-1, Amorous Flirt 41-1, Coherent 40-1, Baba Daba Do 60-1), but after reviewing replays the judges let the finish under the wire stand as official.   A four-year-old daughter of Credit Winner, Stirling Debutant had been trained by Christie Collins for owners J M F Racing LLC in the four prelims, but in the week before the final she was purchased by the combine of Randy Bendis, Thomas Pollack, Jack Piatt II, and R. Lewis Hauber, and transferred to the barn of former Downs training leader Steve Salerno. And whatever technique the old team found to turn around Stirling Debutant, it continued in the Weiss Final for her new connections.   Finishing seventh and last in the Weiss Final was 7-1 second choice Ready Any Time, who made a break before the first turn. Her driver was David Miller, and the incident was about the only false step put in by a Miller-driven horse on Tuesday. David entered the night with $199,964,811 in career driving earnings, and was looking to join his fellow Hall of Famers John Campbell ($295.9M) and Ron Pierce ($215.3M) as the only members of the $200 Million Drivers Club.   In his pre-Weiss drives, Miller posted a 7-3-3-1 tally, good for $29,320, putting him at $199,994,131, and if his filly could have lived up to the morning line (and the tote board) and finish second in the $30,000 Weiss Championship, the $7500 check would have put Miller over his goal. Instead, the break took out his best chance at reaching the magic $200M number this night, and despite a second ($2125) and a third ($1020) in post-Weiss drives, he came up just shy, with Miller's nightly earnings $32,465 (10-3-4-2) and his career tally oh-so-close to getting him the keys to the club at $199,997,276 (in hand-kept records to be verified by the USTA). The native Buckeye will be taking his familiar purple and white colors (garnished with a reddish-brown on this card while racing over the sloppy oval) to Harrah's Philadelphia tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon, where the morning line projects him to earn over $8,000 and thus reaching the exclusive $200 Million Club and joining Campbell and Pierce.   **********   Pocono's next racing action will take place on Saturday; while the Thoroughbred world conducts its famous Kentucky Derby, Pocono will feature its only doubleheader program of the year. The first card of ten races is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.; the highlight of the sunshine racing will be three $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars race for state-sired three-year-old trotting colts, headed by last year's two-year-old Sire Stakes champion, Lagerfeld, making his seasonal debut.   After the completion of the early card, the focus will go over to the runners until the Derby is conducted, and then a 14-race evening program will begin soon after the Derby is official, with an anticipated start of 7 p.m. Highlighting the nighttime action will be the inaugural edition of two races for the best Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacers, the $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for males and the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania for females.   The fields for these two races were decided by elimination races held last Saturday, with an open post draw for the finals. Driver Yannick Gingras handled both Classic elim winners for trainer Ron Burke, and he chose to go with the faster elimination winner, Check Six (1:50.4, post four, 5-2), with David Miller picked to guide JK Will Power (1:51.1, post three, 3-1).   Also a highlight of the evening card is the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace, named after the late local harness writer, which brings together some of harness's best free-for-all pacers.   With final drivers and morning line odds announced today, here are the fields for the three Saturday night feature races (post - horse (driver) - morning line odds):   Race 6 -- $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace   1 - Take It Back Terry (Matt Kakaley) - 4-1 2 - P H Supercam (David Miller) - 6-1 3 - Hall Bro (Brett Miller) - 20-1 4 - Luck Be Withyou (George Napolitano Jr.) - 10-1 5 - JK Endofanera (Yannick Gingras) - 5-1 6 - Rockeyed Optimist (Tim Tetrick) - 3-1 7 - Cooperstown (Anthony Napolitano) - 12-1 8 - Bushwacker (Jim Morrill Jr.) - 15-1 9 - Bit Of A Legend N (Andrew McCarthy) - 5-2   Race 11 -- $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Pace Final   1 - Ivy League (Yannick Gingras) - 6-1 2 - Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) - 5-1 3 - Sail To The Beach (George Napolitano Jr.) - 12-1 4 - Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) - 5-2 5 - Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) - 4-1 6 - Pure Country (Brett Miller) - 3-1 7 - I Said Please (Anthony Napolitano) - 15-1 8 - Save The Treasure (Jim Morrill Jr.) - 20-1 9 - I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley) - 10-1   Race 12 -- $561,5000 Pennsylvania Classic Pace Final   1 - Big Top Hanover (Matt Kakaley) - 4-1 2 - The Catamount Kid (Jody Jamieson) - 6-1 3 - JK Will Power (David Miller) - 3-1 4 - Check Six (Yannick Gingras) - 5-2 5 - Lyons Snyder (Scott Zeron) - 5-1 6 - Western Dynasty (Tim Tetrick) - 15-1 7 - JJ Flynn (Brett Miller) - 12-1 8 - Duke Of Delray (Andrew McCarthy) - 20-1 9 - Manhattan Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.) - 10-1   PHHA / Pocono

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