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The Joe Seekman Stable’s Let’s Drink On It, the winner of Balmoral Park’s Invitational two Saturdays ago, has a notable date Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He’ll compete in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Championship for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Let’s Drink On It was a close-up third in his elimination last weekend in New Jersey, finishing only one length behind the 1:50 winner Always B Maki for Seekman, a former Michigan horseman who now resides in Beecher, Illinois. The 50-year-old conditioner has been racing his horses both on the Chicago circuit and in Indiana.  Let’s Drink On It was timed in 1:50.1, rallying from seventh and last at the half-mile pole with last two quarters of :27.1 and :26.3 for his four-owner partnership that includes Joe’s wife Tina. Let’s Drink On It was the runner-up in both Maywood’s Windy City Pace and Little Brown Jug Final in Delaware, Ohio. ICF Star Belongs: Speaking of The Meadowlands, Al’s Hammered, the No. 1 aged Illinois bred pacer, had a strong debut at the New Jersey track, dropping only a head decision in the $30,000 A1 Free For All Pace. The second place finish put another $7,500 on Al’s Hammered card, his first start since his former Balmoral based owner and trainer Bob Phillips sold the 5-year-old ICF pacer to long-time Illinois horseman Harry Von Knoblauch, formerly of Beecher and now a Pennsylvania resident. Tim Tetrick raced Al’s Hammered out of the four-hole through fractions of 27.4, 54 flat and 1:21 by the pacesetting State Treasure to ended up seven and last but less than 3 lengths behind the 19-1 winner Asian. Al’s Hammered, who now races out of the barn of trainer Peter Tritton, went off as the 7-2 second choice behind the 6-5 sixth place finisher Clear Vision. Left Out to Dry: Through the years I’ve frequently categorized the 8-post at Maywood Park has its “dreaded 8-hole” and for good reason. It always produces a low-percentage of winners and 2014 has been no different with only a 5.7 winning percentage rate on the half-miler. Who would have thought that its sister track Balmoral Park with its one-mile oval would produce an even lower percentage winning post? Nevertheless, the 10-slot at the Crete, Illinois big track has been a graveyard for bettors and trainers and owners with horses coming out of that outside post. It’s supplying winning horses this year at a meager 4.6 per cent frequency. Both tracks are generating a higher than customary percentage of winning favorites. Balmoral is at 43 per cent, a lofty figure for a mile track while Maywood has a high-than-normal winning favorite clip of almost 47 per cent for a half-miler. Numbers Will Grow: The Balmoral Park horse colony will be getting much needed boost with the racing season over at Hoosier Park in near-by Indiana. Some of their drivers, including Illinois native veteran Sam Widger, are also expected to now compete on the local circuit. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Admitting he was pleasantly surprised with Jilliby Royal’s win at Melton last Friday, harness racing trainer Glen Craven has had to alter his plans slightly. While he always believed Jilliby Royal has his share of ability, Craven didn’t expect the gelding to beat his more fancied rivals. Based on his victory, Craven will aim slightly higher, beginning with the Sires’ Classic on Ballarat Cup night, December 13. “I went into the race knowing he would keep up, but I didn’t think he was good enough to win,” Craven said. “It was a step up in class and I was waiting to see if he could handle it. “He was travelling well on the corner and got home well…is was a bit of a surprise. “I will give him a bit of a freshen up now then have a look at the Sires’ Classic.” With Craven in the cart, Jilliby Royal trailed the leader before sprinting to a three-metre win from $1.30 favourite, Menin Gate, which was gallant after facing the breeze. After setting the pace, Cosell was nine metres away third. Unbeaten from two starts, the three-year-old rated 1:57.7 for the 2240 metres, covering the last half in 57.4 seconds. Bred and owned by the Craven Family Group, Jilliby Royal is by Art Official from good producer, Boorcan Queen, which boasts six winners from eight starters. The family traces back to topliner such as Classic Garry, Newbold Penny, Provocative Lennytheshark, Led Suitcase, Penny Veejay, Blissfull Boy and Nolarama. “His dam has done a good job and she was sent to Art Official as there is a lot to like about him,” Craven said. “He’s by Art Major from a good broodmare and he beat Somebeachsomewhere.” PAUL COURTS

The best son of Art Major in Art Official has had a slowly start to his siring career down under but just lately they have started to pop up everywhere and yesterday's meeting at Riverton continued that trend. The debutante filly Drive The Dream from the Wayne Adams barn at Invercargill had looked ok at the local trials but was not seen as a winning chance by most punters. Drive The Dream only qualified on the tenth of October and punters took a wait and see approach with the filly to their detriment.. Away well from the stand from barrier nine at the 2200 metres start, Drive The Dream was parked for the first lap in showery and slushy conditions for driver Craig Ferguson before grabbing a trail behind the race favourite Courage To Fly with a lap to go. Following Courage To Fly everywhere, Dream To Drive peeled off his back at the 200 metres and swept on by for an emphatic first up win. Run on a slushy track in showery conditions, Dream To Drive paced the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:51.9 with closing sectionals of  59.6 and 30. A daughter of the Holmes Hanover mare Seldom Home, Drive The Dream is the second winner from the mare with the first one being the very talented Telemecanique 1:52.1 ($132,936) The win was a bit of a tonic for Wayne who is in hospital at the moment and he has a bit of time for the filly which he has had for a couple of months. " I brought her off Mark Jones for a syndicate down here and we are very happy we did. She had a couple of little issues and Mark thought the smaller stable would suit he said. " We have had the chiropractor to her and she has gets the massage treatment as well and she has really responded to it. "Craig really likes her and I think she has got a good future" he said Whilst neglected in the betting by most punters, Drive The Dream did go out 7/12 in order of favoritism yesterday so someone was awake to her potential.  Harnesslink Media  

Art Official, the biggest stake winning son of Art Major had his first winner in New Zealand last night when Grumpy Possum was successful at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park. A 3 year old filly from the Christian Cullen mare Panforte, Grumpy Possum broke through for her maiden win at just her third start and for the third time in her brief career she drew barrier eight. Trainer Brian Hughes was in a  jovial mood when asked about her run of bad draws. "I don't think someone upstairs likes us the way she keeps drawing eight" he said when talking to Harnesslink this morning. Brian has liked Grumpy Possum from early on in the piece but has taken his time with the leggy filly. "She qualified as a 2 year old but she was a tall gangly filly so we turned her out to give her time to fill out into her frame. "She showed plenty of speed at two but just needed to strengthen up" he said. Pushed out of the gate from barrier eight by driver Tony Herlihy, Grumpy Possum worked forward three wide early before finding the lead after 600 metres. Tony then immediately handed up to the second favourite Bettor Ace and Grumpy Possum got a lovely drag until they turned for home where she took the passing lane and scooted away for an easy win with Tony sitting quietly in the bike. Grumpy Possum paced the 2200 metres in 2:49.9 with closing sectionals of 59.1 and 29.1 Brian is not making any big plans as yet for the Art Official filly and will take it a race at a time at present. "She is a lovely pacer and a pleasure to do anything with. "She is just getting bettor with racing and I quite like her" he said Grumpy Possum is from the first New Zealand crop of the son of Art Major in Art Official. Art Official never won a race at two but from an early 3 year old he started to make his name and his stock in New Zealand look like doing the same. Eleven qualified at two last season but were put aside without racing in much the same way as Grumpy Possum and have started to show up at trials and workouts this season. The progress of the Art Officials will be watched with interest by breeders in New Zealand as Art Major is fully booked at $11,000 and Art Official, who is his best son only stands at $3,000. Harnesslink Media    

With smart and calculated drives by Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach won the prestigious Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio Thursday in straight heats. In order to win the Little Brown Jug a horse must win two heats on one day to be declared the winner. Both Let’s Drink On It and Limelight Beach won their elimination divisions and earned posts two and one respectively in the final and they both made the most of their post positions. Gingras left quickly with Limelight Beach with Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) dropping right in behind him in second place. They went to the half mile marker in an easy :57 and then the action started to begin. Somewhere In L A and driver Brett Miller came first-over and gave outside cover to Beat The Drum but it was McWicked and driver David Miller in sixth place on the outside who had the crowd on their feet as they tried to loop the field three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:23. Then on the final turn for home, Gingras looked behind him, saw Let’s Drink On It right on his helmet and backed his horse up so that when they started down the stretch, Tyler Smith would have no room to get loose with Let’s Drink on it and the tactic worked perfectly. Once starting down the stretch, Gingras urged his horse home and they won by one and one-half lengths in 1:50.4. Let’s Drink On It could find no room and was a strong second with Somewhere In L A third. Oddly, today was the first time this year after 12 starts that Limelight Beach had won a race and then to cap it off winning the Little Brown Jug in straight heats. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, Limelight Beach is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $4.00 to win. They had purchased Limelight Beach earlier this season and prior owners, Charles Wingfield and his brother, stayed on as co-owners. “We just had too much fun with his last year,” said Charles Wingfield, “And we stayed through this race right here. It’s amazing. I can’t believe it.” “I had two great horses to drive in the Jug today,” Yannick Gingras said. “People asked me who I liked better and I said Lyonssomewhere over Limelight Beach, but this horse came up huge today. He went two big heats today.” “We kinda got lucky in the first heat,” Gingras said, “but in the second heat he was tremendous, he was scary. I was looking at the program and I know there was not a lot of speed in the race and my horse the people had to respect his speed. Tyler’s (Smith) horse got out of the gate better than I thought. I kept my horse moving along. I did not want to go slow and he put in an awesome performance. Let’s Drink On It takes first heat of Jug Harness racing driver and 21-year-old local native, Tyler Smith, took Let’s Drink On It three-wide in the backstretch and was able to grind it out to win the $103,600 first heat of the Little Brown Jug. The race began with Lyonssomewhere (Yannick Gingras) shooting right to the lead from the start of the race with At Press Time (Matt Kakaley) grabbing the pocket seat. They raced that way past the opening quarter in :26.4. Then going to the half mile marker in an easy :54.4, Beat The Drum (Ron Pierce) came first-over to challenge and following his cover on the outside was Let’s Drink On It and Tyler Smith. Once they hit the backstretch, Smith moved three-wide with Let’s Drink On It and after the three-quarters in 1:23, had cleared past Beat The Drum and was coming after pacesetter Lyonssomewhere. Then half way around the final turn, Let’s Drink On It had collared Lyonssomewhere when Gingras’s horse went off-stride and had to be pulled off to the inside as Let’s Drink On It shied to the outside and Matt Kakaley with At Press Time just avoided Lyonssomewhere. Let’s Drink On It was able to regroup right away and Tyler Smith urged him on home to win by one and one-half lengths over At Press Time with Beat The Drum third and also making the final was On Golden Ponder (John Campbell) in fourth place. Let’s Drink On It covered the one mile race in 1:51 and at odds of 3-1 paid $8.80 to win. “He was good today,” Smith said, this horse ain’t got a real lot of gate speed. The way it lined up I figured I would be third or fourth and have to come first-over. But luckily Ron (Pierce) came out first and we were able to get a little cover until the backside. I was able to crossover by the last turn, but Yannick’s (Gringras) horse, I don’t know if I could have beaten him but we were gonna take a good crack at him. “I am happy to win,” Smith said, “and to be in the big race. It would mean the world to me to win this race. I would give back all the races I have won just to win the Jug.” Sired by Art Official, Let’s Drink On It is trained by Joe Seekman and is owned by Tina Seekman, L. Bond, H. Hewitt and V. Boido, Jr. Limelight Beach takes second Jug elimination Limelight Beach picked the perfect spot to win his first race of the 2014 season in 13 tries, capturing the $103,600 second heat of the Little Brown Jug. Given a masterful drive by Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach was able to sit and draft in second place behind pacesetter and 3/5 favorite McWicked and driver David Miller. They went in Indian-style to the opening quarter in :27 and then easy half mile in :55.2 before the action began to heat up. Somewhere In L A and driver Brett Miller came first-over with He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) following the outside flow to the three-quarters in 1:22.4. Then Somewhere In L A and McWicked were ready to lock horses down the stretch but it was Gingras with Limelight Beach, pulling off the rail, sweeping three-wide and looping both horse to win by a half length in 1:51. Somewhere In L A was second with McWicked third and Sometimes Said (John Campbell) fourth and making it to the Jug second heat. Trained by Ron Burke, Limelight Beach is sired by Somebeachsomewhere and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $12.00 to win. “Everyone is supporting trainer Brian Brown this week,” trainer Ron Burke said, “and we are just reaping the rewards from his work as we got this colt from him. Horse was good today. We knew he was better than the other colt we have in. Having the other horse (At Press Time) in the final too is great. Yannick (Gingras) thinks we can get to the lead easy. We have won two Jugette’s and hopefully we can finally win the Jug.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

As one of last season's top 4yr olds with his five wins incuding the 4yr old Emerald on Jewels day, Franco Nelson looks sure to be one to follow over the comimg weeks. He had his first public run for the new season at the Rangiora's workouts on Wednesday and put paid to a moderate C1 and faster field over the 2600m, coming home his last 800m in 57.6 and 400m in 28.7. John was very pleased with his charge. "Yea he went really good mate. Very happy! We'll give him a trial next week and then reassess. He's a chance to run in the Avon City Ford (26 September), but otherwise the classic a couple of weeks later." In terms of the other fast class pacers in the stable, there has been some mixed news. "Elios has had a setback and has gone out. He'll probably not be back racing now until December." Pure Power and Jivin Cullen both raced in the Maurice Holmes Vase last Friday and were a bit disappointing. "I did go pretty hard with Jivin Cullen, but he was still entitled to go better than he did."  "Pure Power had a bit of an off night and we are hoping for better this week in the Hannon." Both will carry on in their push for places in the 2014 cup field.   Some of last seasons younger brigade are also getting close to race day. "Say My Name has really filled out now and looks superb. He ran a nice second at the Rangiora workouts. We will most likely go to the Forbury Sires Stakes heat with him." Robbie Burns who impressed first up last season and stable newcomer Little Grin are both getting close to workouts and trials and can be expected to be seen in the next couple of weeks. The "babies" had an early season run on Wednesday as well, with Sales purchase Code Black (Bettor's Delight - Chritian Watch) getting the big tick from John. "He came out of the gate well and travelled good throughout. He took the passing lane good and went to the line full of running." "He can have a short break now and then he'll be back. We'll be targeting the Young Guns with him for sure." The Art Official colt Ruffalo went a pleasing run in the same workout. Courtesy Robert Dunn Racing      Click here to visit site      

YORK PA - The York County Fair, in the southcentral county of Pennsylvania which once was home to the Capital City of the United States of the same name, didn't host any Presidents during its two days of harness racing on Monday and Tuesday. But it was the third-to-last stop of the local fair circuit this year, did crown two more divisional pointstandings champions, bringing the year's total to three - the first, of course, being the Princess of all North American freshmen. Tropical Terror ran her remarkable record to 15-14-1-0 on Monday, "two-year-old day," by capturing the faster of the two Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes divisions in 2:02.1. The campaigners of the Western Terror filly, Team Shaw - driver Chris; Chris's brother, trainer Jason; and Jason's son, owner Mason - may have enjoyed this one a little more, because their filly defeated her one conqueror, second-place finisher Keystone I Wish, although to the credit of the place horse she narrowed the other's advantage from 11 lengths at the quarter to 2½ at the wire. Tropical Terror, the winningest freshman in all of North America, had clinched her divisional title, and the blanket in the stable's colors presented at the fair banquet associated with the USTA District meeting (the Shaws' will be their blue and white), three stops ago at Wattsburg. Surprisingly, the second-winningest 2YO on the continent, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, has not yet clinched the colt section, despite posting his 12th win of the year, and eighth in succession, in 2:04, three races before Tropical Terror. And that's because a 2YO with 11 victories, Marshmallow Pulse, is also a PA fair regular, and in fact won the fastest of the division's three PaFSS cuts with a 2:03 mile the race after Nippy. Oh - did we mention that Nippy and the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Marshmallow Pulse are also members of the Team Shaw stronghouse? Among the "Terror," Nippy (15-12-3-0), and "Pulse" (14-11-3-0), the trio have an awesome record of 44-37-7-0 - unheard-of consistency for babies, especially on the sometimes rough-n-tumble county fair circuit. Among the three, they have bankrolled $90,081 this summer for the college scholarship fund of owner Mason Shaw - which he won't need until 2030, as he is currently "also a two-year-old." The first of the two other horses to clinch a divisional pointstandings title raced in the very first contest of the meet - Police Navidad, an altered freshman son of Muscle Massive who assured his mathematical clinch in the division with his ninth seasonal triumph, putting him one off the North American victory lead among all baby squaregaiters. The gold and blue blanket will be going to trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel for owner/mom Virginia, owner/wife Kathy, and Lander Stables LLC. The third already-assured blanket will be of dark green and white with black edging, as the three-year-old Art Official gelding Mister Chaos clinched his crown by winning in 2:00.2 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and D And P Racing LLC, with Chris Shaw the sulky deputy here. Ironically, that was not the fastest mile of the meet, as 15 minutes later the Real Artist gelding Ruffled Up won in even time for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Mister Chaos is now poised to attempt to become something not achieved since the fair circuit pointstandings' historical records were preserved starting in 2002: the first horse to win both his pointstandings blanket and the Championship Final at age two and three. There are two more fair stops to make - Gratz this weekend (Sept. 14-15) and Bloomsburg (Sept. 18-19) -- before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse with a chance to do the "double double," the Western Terror filly La Fiesta, does currently have a slight lead in her pointstandings, but she'll need her "A" game to handle a pacing miss who, along with Nippy, has the PaFSS's longest current win skein at 8, TSM Soul Sister, a McArdle filly who also won at York for driver Todd Cummings, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Fom the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

Dubbo Harness Racing Club has announced the line-up for its stallion service auction. Thanks to the generosity of some of New South Wales’, Victoria’s and New Zealand’s leading breeding establishments, the club has secured services to several outstanding stallions. On offer are Shadyshark Hanover thanks to Goodtime Lodge, Art Official or Auckland Reactor courtesy of Alabar, Live Or Die and Mcardle from Nevele R Stud, Robin Hood via Yirribee and American Ideal, which resides at Woodlands Stud. All money raised goes directly into prizemoney, which has seen events such as the club’s flagship feature - Red Ochre Mares’ Classic – elevated to Group status. The tender opens on Monday, September 9 and closes at 5pm on Monday, September 16, 2014. Bids can be placed via the club’s site www.dubboharnessclub.com.au and clicking on ‘Trading Ring’ or by contacting Brett Wrigley on 0407 995 930 and Lester Hoy on 0457 647 919. The club has extended a “huge thank you” to the studs for their generosity, which is a driving force behind the growth of the local industry. PAUL COURTS

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2014 -- When The Meadows hosts Friday's final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing colt and gelding pacers, it may seem like Act 2 of the 2014 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. That's because the $199,980 stake has attracted Adios champion McWicked as well as Somewhere In L A and Let's Drink On It, who along with McWicked won Adios eliminations. First post Friday is 6:55 PM. Following the Adios, McWicked easily captured a PASS division but saw his five-race winning streak snapped in the $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield Park, where he dead-heated for second. "He raced great, but I thought he could have been a little better than what he was," said Casie Coleman, who trains the son of McArdle-Western Sahara for SSG Stables. "He came out of it quite good. He's had a real good week training, and I've been very happy with him." She indicated McWicked, whose dominance during his winning streak has made him a legitimate candidate for divisional honors, will be pointed for the PASS championship and the Little Brown Jug, with the balance of his schedule to be determined. McWicked goes from post 4 in the first division, race 8, with David Miller aboard, and he'll renew acquaintances with Somewhere In L A, who finished a length behind McWicked in the Adios final. The Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A gelding leaves from post 7 for Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. Since the Adios, Somewhere In L A has won both his starts, including a strong performance in The Meadows' Preferred Pace last week. Let's Drink On It endured a tough trip in the Millstein and had to settle for fifth. In Friday's PASS, he's landed in the wide-open second division (race 10), where he leaves from post 6 for Tyler Smith. "He couldn't get into the race in the Milstein," said Joe Seekman, who conditions the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vince Boido, Jr. "When you have good horses inside you, it's suicidal to try to leave. I hope he gets away a little closer. He's been training good, and he's healthy. Also in the second division is Bob Key's Mattamerican, winner of the Adios consolation. He'll try to overcome post 8 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Norm Parker. The $260,000 (est.) PASS championship for this division is set for Sept. 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia. MANDATORY PAYOUTS FRIDAY. Because Friday is the last program of the Mountain Laurel meeting, there can be no carryovers in the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the last Superfecta on the card. These wagers all are "must pay." In addition, the Pick 5 sports a carryover of $1,660.11. Since the Washington Trotting Association meeting begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, there will be no discontinuity in live racing. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The Wal and Joe Hennessey memorial is set to headline the 12-dash harness racing card on Thursday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 7 p.m. Six horses will contest in this year's Wal and Joe Hennessey, it has become a landmark race of Old Home Week and this year is sure to be no different. Fresh off pacing a mile in 1:55.4 Narragansett has been enlisted as the morning line choice in the signature event. Owned by Foxyhall Racing, the five-year-old gelding has four victories on the year. A finalist in this year's Governor's Plate, the Jason Hughes trainee draws into post 5 in the compact field of six. Hughes will handle the driving duties. Newcomer Camstock Lode has drawn the rail for new owner Dr James Shive of Nova Scotia, He comes to red soil from Monticello, a half-mile oval in New York. He was a winner two starts back in 1:55.3. The seven-year-old Cams Fortune gelding is now trained by Dr. Trevin Shive. National Driving Championship finalist Ryan Ellis will do the driving off of the rail. Oakmont, Bonnys Mac, Carrera Angel and Sa Summers Luck complete the compact field of six. The Shive connection will look are also in action one race prior in the tenth race, Officially Rusty will put his three race win streak on the line against a stiff group of competition. The three-year-old Art Official gelding picked up his last victory in truro, a 1:57.3 score for driver Ryan Ellis. Ellis will be back in the sulky Thursday night. Perfect Escape has drawn post 2 for owners Jack Keenan and Joseph Dahl, the five-year-old McArdle gelding comes into the race showing two miles in 1:55.4. He drops back after not qualifying for the final of the Premiers Pace on Saturday night. Jackie Matheson trains, while Marc Campbell will pick up the catch-driving call after Gilles Barrieau committed to the rail horse Panacotta. Tempo Seelster, Pictonian Walton and Unstoppable Speed round out the power packed field. Bo Ford

WILKES-BARRE PA - No winner had a particularly easy time of it in their respective divisions of the $225,049 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes fourth and final preliminary leg for harness racing three-year-old filly pacers Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but Katie Said, Sandbetweenurtoes, and Cinamony all had enough within them to make it back to the Pocono winners circle. Katie Said posted the fastest clocking of the three divisions, a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4, and she also had the shortest win margin, a nose, and the least amount of time spent in the lead, about 10 feet. Katie Said, a daughter of Well Said trained by Julie Miller for the Andy Miller Stable Inc and Black Horse Racing, rode the wave off cover provided by the "Beach"s - first-over Beach Story and second-over Beach Gal -- to get into the race after being last at the quarter. The raw Beach Story struck the lead into the final turn, was ground down by Beach Gal in midstretch, but then she in turn was just nipped in the last two strides by the game Katie Said and driver Marcus Miller. Not all that many horses rally from behind at the speed-favoring Pocono track, but nationally-ranked Sandbetweenurtoes made it two straight winning closers on the night when she won the second section in 1:50. The Larry Remmen-conditioned Sandbetweenurtoes was put on her toes by driver Brett Miller swinging wide off the last bend, and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere outrushed passing lane shooter Allstar Rating to get the decision by a half-length. The Mistletoe Shalee winner remains perfect after eight seasonal starts for owner Bradley Grant. The Pocono faithful thought that it would again be "Miller time" in the third cut, hoping driver David Miller could follow Marcus and Brett to Victory Lane with the 2013 Breeders Crown winner (at this track) Uffizi Hanover, but Uffizi's late rally was 1 ¾ lengths short of Cinamony and driver Corey Callahan at the wire in 1:50.2. The phrase "speed-favoring Pocono track" normally is not complemented by the phrase "parked to the half for the lead," but that's the 26.3 / 53.3 fate that befall the victorious daughter of Art Official, making her victory even more notable. Trainer Alexander Rice Jr. and the owning partnership of Alexander Rice Sr . and Michael Horn saw their $3500 Harrisburg yearling purchase also lower her mark a tick with the triumph. With the four preliminary legs of the Sire Stakes completed, the points (earned on a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 finish basis) were *unofficially* added up, and came out this way: 1. (tie) Cinamony and Sandbetweenurtoes, 105 points each (ties in the top eight don't matter because you get in if you declare); 3. (tie) Allstar Rating and Also Encouraging, 90; 5. Beach Gal, 85; 6. Weeper, 70; 7. Someislandsomwhere, 64; 8. Southwind Silence, 52. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship rules call for eight starters, so AE1 would be Katie Said, raising her total to 48 with the win tonight, and AE2 would be Tyra at 43. The PA Sire Stakes Championship for this group will be held Sunday afternoon, September 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia. *Official pointtotals will be calculated by the Harrisburg Office of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission.* Pennsylvania Harness Horsemans Association    

HONESDALE PA - The second half of the dual-phase harness racing meet at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast PA town, the "PA Fair Sire Stakes" portion after the "county fair" portion, ended yesterday, with many familiar storylines in place at the wire: Roger Hammer, who set the Honesdale track records on both the pace (Alastor Hanover, 1:56.2) and trot (Vivid Photo, 2:02) in 2010, again in 2014 had the fastest mile, a 2:00.4 outing by the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rockabella, for whom Hammer is owner/trainer/driver, in a division of the FFA pace Wednesday. Like most of the week's miles at Honesdale, the early pace was conservative, but the final quarter was impressive (28); The most interesting fair division so far, the two-year-old filly pace, had seen Keystone I Wish stop Tropical Terror's win streak at eight earlier in the week; on Thursday the fillies, who had deadheated at Bedford, drew in separate divisions: and both won: first the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish for trainer / driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with his wife Christine; and then the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw; The 2PFs went in races 3 and 4; races 1 and 2 were for the 2TFs, and both Schadel and Shaw won one each of these two as well - both catchdriving for owner/trainer Boots Dunn: the Glidemaster filly Shewontkissandtell and the Tom Ridge filly Isabella Carina. Driving doubles seemed to be the order of the day in the Thursday Fair Sire Stakes for babies: on the colt side, Marc Mosher guided both trot winners, while on the pace Chris Shaw paraded back twice; Well-known amateur horseman Alan Schwartz made a rare venture over the New York state line profitable as he won with R'lene Jetta, a Lear Jetta sophomore filly he owns, trains, and drove; And of course the ongoing success of Hurricane Shaw, the trio mentioned above. After Chris drove seven winners during the first session and Jason trained five, all for his two-year-old son Mason the owner, Team Shaw went 6-5-5 during the second two-day section. FINISHING LINES - Roger Hammer also trained the fastest winner of the opening day of the two-day meet in Waynesburg PA (358 miles southwest of Honesdale) yesterday, with the Rustler Hanover baby gelding Rustlercafe distancing a Quaker State field in 2:02 for driver Steve Schoeffel, who won three times on that card. There will be a full summary on the Waynesburg meet appearing after today's racing for three-year-olds. Publicity Office of PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

HONESDALE PA -- Hurricane Shaw blew through this northeastern Pennsylvania city this past Sunday and Monday during the fair harness racing meet, offering $100,000 in purse money, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds here, but the prize that they probably wanted the most eluded them, instead going to the horse that figured to be the one to beat. "Hurricane Shaw" here refers to an owner, 2-year-old Mason Shaw, who before lunchtime Sunday, 3YO day, saw his horse earn over $9500 and had his stable go 8-5-3-0 over the two days; his father, trainer Jason Shaw (who also trains, quite successfully, for the accounts of other owners), who won five times during the meet; and his uncle, driver Chris, who had six visits to Victory Lane. Chris now sports a 51-48 edge in driving triumphs over Steve Schoeffel, who will wait for fair action to return to his western Pennsylvania part of the state, at Waynesburg; Jason now has a 38-31 edge over the Schoeffel barn on the conditioning side. The win that they probably most wanted, though, was with Tropical Terror in a division of the two-year-old Fair Sire Stakes filly pace. Tropical Terror, a daughter of Western Terror, had been the only horse in any division to go eight-for-eight at the first eight 2014 PA fair stops, and the Shaws were of course hoping for number nine. But victory number 8 had been in a dead-heat with Keystone I Wish at Clearfield last week, and this filly had shown her talent with a 2:00 score at Gratz earlier. And it was Keystone I Wish who got the nod when the two squared off at Honesdale, in 2:02.4 (just 2/5 off the fastest mile of the meet, which was recorded by the 3PF La Fiesta, who closed in 28.2 for the team of guess who). But Tropical Terror was gallant in defeat, making up 6½ lengths on her rival from the half, only to come up ½ length shy of the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish, trained and driven by Todd Schadel and owned by Todd and wife Christine. The clocking was also only a tick off the local divisional standard set by Car-Lin's Stardurst in 2003. Fastest trot of the meet was a 2:06.4 triumph turned in by the Pistols N Spurs gelding Must Be A Pistol, owned by Michael Brocklehurst, in a division of the FSS 3TC. The race was notable for two reasons: 1) Faust, who had just rewritten the Bedford trot mark to 2:00.4, made a break with a four-length lead coming into the stretch; and 2) it was the first drive at Honesdale for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst in at least 22 years, the furthest-back the USTA records go, and possibly his first-ever trip behind the gate there. The Shaw clan will hope for their luck to continue at the Honesdale 2-day meet, which will begin tomorrow. Pennsylvania fair racing will also be conducted on Thursday 358 miles to the southwest, at the Greene County fair in Waynesburg, which will also race on Friday. The three meets within the six-day period will find some $290,000 in purses offered to the cream of the Keystone twicearound circuit. Publicity Department, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CLEARFIELD PA - The four-day harness racing meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair concluded on Wednesday, with $107,784 in total purses distributed in the quartet of days among the best of the Keystone State's fair competitors. Clearfield, (relatively) centrally- located in the state, always draws one of the biggest pool of entrants, and local fans enjoyed 34 heats of racing during the meet. The tightest finish of the meet, by definition, occurred on Tuesday in a division of the two-year-old filly pace, when Tropical Terror, a daugher of Western Terror, is the only fair campaigner to win at all eight of the season's initial stops, maintained that distinction while finishing in a 2:03.3 dead-heat with Keystone I Will, fastest of this group at the fairs off a 2:00 mile at Bedford. The Art Official filly Keystone I Wish is trained and was driven by Todd Schadel, while Tropical Terror tallied for trainer Jason Shaw and driver Chris Shaw. There were five divisions of the two-year-old colt pace that day, with Team Schadel accounting for two and Team Shaw (whose brace included the fastest winner Marshmallow Pulse in 2:03) taking two more. The fifth was won by R N Nate for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, who will take his present six-race win streak behind the gate tomorrow (Friday) at Harrah's Philadelphia. On the trotting side, the highlight would be the remarkable performance of trainer Bill Daugherty Jr.'s three-year-old colts, both of whom are now six for seven at the twicearounds after Clearfield victories. Fly Past Hanover, an altered son of Cantab Hall, has lost only in a photo when Faust set the all-age Bedford track record of 2:00.4, while the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm posted the Clearfield meet's fastest trotting time of 2:03.4. ("Charm"'s Clearfield counterpart on the pacing side would be Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who won in 2:01 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer.) Handling the two Daugherty powerhouses throughout the summer has been the fair circuit's leading driver, Steve Schoeffel, who with four wins on the week now has 48 wins in eight stops; Schoeffel's main rival, Chris Shaw, visited Victory Lane via sulky six times at Clearfield to raise his win total to 45. The Shaw/Schoeffel duel on the driving side is paralleled on the training side as well, as Chris's brother Jason harnessed five winners during the session to currently enjoy a 33-31 edge over horses out of the Schoeffel barn. Perennial "fair king" Roger Hammer is third in both categories, with 19 driving wins and 20 training triumphs. The fair circuit now moves to the far northeast of the state, at the Wayne County Fair at Honesdale, which will stage its "fair meet" on Sunday and Monday and its "2-day meet" on Wednesday and Thursday. Next Thursday also sees the start of two days of racing at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg, 358 miles away from Honesdale. (Miss the turn for Honesdale and you'll be in New York; miss the turn for Waynesburg and you'll be in West Virginia ... yes, Pennsylvania is a big state.) by Jerry Connors for the PA Sire Stakes Fairs

Not even rainy conditions and a sloppy track could dampen the Adios Pace eliminations for three-year-olds colts at the Meadows Saturday as Somewhere In L A, Let’s Drink On It and McWicked all scored decisive triumphs in their respective divisions. The first three finishers from each $50,000 preliminary round return for the $400,000 final next Saturday afternoon. The first division saw driver Brett Miller give Somewhere In L A ($8.00) a golden second-over trip behind Journeyman (Scott Zeron) and they were able to top three-wide on the final turn and gun down pacesetter Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) to score by an impressive four and one-half lengths in 1:50. His mile was the fastest of the three divisions and a lifetime mark for Somewhere In L A. Second was Bushwacker (Dave Palone) and Carracci Hanover (Matt Kakaley) finished third to make the final. Race favorite Limelight Beach faded to fourth place. It was the fourth win this year for Somewhere In L A. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by J & T Stable, Deo Volente Farms and TL P Stables. Let’s Drink On It ($3.20) and driver Tyler Smith made a quarter move brush to the lead over Mattamerican (Dave Palone) and then held the field at bay to win his division by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:50.2. Beat The Drum (Brett Miller) closed well in the short field to be second and Cammikey (Brian Zendt) was able to grind it out first-over for third place and a spot in the final. “It was a little much going to the three-quarters in 1:21.4,” Said Tyler Smith after the race, “But he was up to it. “My horse is so much better from off the pace. He is wicked off the pace but did not get to do it tonight. But he was good tonight. He can do it either way as long as you don’t rough him up early. He is such a nice horse.” Sired by Art Official, it was the fifth win in nine starts this year for Let’s Drink On It. He is trained by Joe Seekman and co-owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Dond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido, Jr. McWicked ($2.40) and driver David Miller went off as the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite and did not disappoint his backers as they sped away to an easy three and one-quarter length victory in 1:50.4. Bondi Hanover (Scott Zeron) was the first on the lead, then At Press Time (Matt Kakaley) took command by the opening quarter mile and then they gave way to McWicked before the half mile marker. Brioni (Yannick Gingras) tried a first-over attempt to no avail. At Press Time was able to finish second with Stevensville (Mark MacDonald), who was third-over, closed well enough to finish third. “He was pretty comfortable,” David Miller said. “And he did it pretty easy. “He is an easy horse to rate. I knew Yannkick was just sitting out there so I took advantage of it. I didn’t want to leave real hard. I was waiting to see what would happen. He does not have to be on the lead. He can race just as well from off the pace.” Sired by McArtle and trained by Casie Coleman, it was the fifth win in eight starts this year for McWicked. In his last start he scored in 1:47.3 in winning the $500,000 final of the Max Hempt at Pocono Downs. McWicked is owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

HUGHESVILLE PA - The national newspaper USA TODAY runs a feature in its upper left-hand corner of the Sports section called "Names You Need To Know." After Thursday's conclusion of the two-day harness meet at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville PA, our modification of this "header" is "A Name and a Number You Need to Know." The number is "2:00.3." The name is "Shaw." "2:00.3" is the fastest time recorded at the six stops to date on the 2014 Pennsy fair tour. It was first achieved last Sunday by Mister Chaos, a three-year-old Art Official gelding trained by Bob Rougeaux III for owners D&P Racing LLC. Mister Chaos then came back three days later, during Wednesday's sophomore action at Hughesville, and equaled his season standard for Rougeaux and D&P. Then a third 2:00.3 appeared, unexpectedly - on Thursday, during two-year-old action. Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale colt (out of the mare Marshamarshamarsha - Brady Bunch fans, go explain that name to the others), overcame the outside post, brushing from last after the 30 quarter to the lead in 1:00.1 en route to clockings of 1:30 and the prized 2:00.3. Marshmallow Pulse now has four wins and two seconds in six starts. The name "Shaw"? Well, we can start with Marshmallow Pulse's driver, Chris Shaw. Chris also happens to have been the driver of Mister Chaos in his two miles of 2:00.3. But there are many more Shaws. Marshmallow Pulse is trained by Chris's brother Jason, and the precocious baby is owned by Jason's son Mason - who is now the same age as Marshmallow Pulse! In all, Shaw/Shaw/Shaw had five wins over the two days at Hughesville. Another of the five winners was another impressive freshman, Tropical Terror, who became the only horse to win at each of the six Pennsylvania fairs to date when she triumphed Thursday in 2:03.1-1:00. A daughter of Western Terror, Tropical Terror is tied as the winningest freshman in all of North America - and her 2:01 at Gratz had been the local marker for two-year-olds of either sex until "Pulse" eclipsed her in the 26th and final race of the two-day session. In all, Chris Shaw had seven wins in the two days, bringing him within range of last year's fair champion (and a North American UDR leader in 2013) Steve Schoeffel, who "only" had four wins, with Schoeffel now having a 38-36 advantage (remember, after only 12 cards of racing). Schoeffel's four sulky triumphs were all from his own barn, so Jason Shaw's five wins now makes the trainers' score Team Shaw 26, Team Schoeffel 24. From a breeding standpoint, Schoeffel's most interesting horse would be the freshman trotting colt Chiney Babco, who racked up his fifth straight win on Thursday. Chiney Babco is interesting because he is a Shark Gesture colt out of an Artsplace mare - Schoeffel reported that he couldn't get the horse to pace all winter, but he showed an inclination to trot, and with a quintet of victories and over $13,000 on his card already, Schoeffel showed his good judgment and horsemanship with that "conversion." FINISHING LINES - The fair circuit in PA now moves southwest to Bedford PA, for Monday and Tuesday racing beginning at 11 a.m. Last year Bedford rejoined the circuit for the first time in 23 years, and this year's it is hoped they get both cards in, instead of having one washed out, as happened in 2013 ... And in referencing "Marshmarshamarsha" again, those of you watching too much TV Land can tell your friends why a colt out of a mare named Pilgrims Pebbles has a perfect name in Bambam Lauxmont ... From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association  

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