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WILKES-BARRE PA - There will be over $2 million on the line this Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on its harness racing Super Stakes Saturday harness racing card, but while the races for the three-year-olds will provide exciting contests and help provide early season pecking order, the main focus will be on one event.   The Showdown.   The Clash of the Titans - Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, and Wiggle It Jiggleit - in the $500,000 Ben Franklin FFA Pace Championship, race 11 on the 14-race card Saturday at Pocono, which is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first post.   Here's an overview of the evening's activities, led of course by the Franklin:   $500,000 BEN FRANKLIN FFAP CHAMPIONSHIP (race 11 of 14 - consolation race 7)   Defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit got the best of the post draw among the three Indiana-sired winners in the Franklin eliminations - but then again, the other two are not noted for their quick starting speed, although they may need to show some to get the major share of the purse in the Franklin, which became a field of ten when Shamballa and Always At My Place deadheated for third in an elimination.   The four-year-old son of Mr Wiggles, trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC, shows five "clean" calls of "1" (no parked-out symbols) at the quarter among his charted lines, and being somewhere near the front has been part of driver Montrell Teague's basic modus operandi as "Wiggle" has won 31 of 38 career starts and $2.630,760 lifetime, including an easy-looking 1:48.1 score in his Franklin elimination (in which he drew over $73,000 of a $76,500 show pool). What might happen after Wiggle It Jiggleit gets the top (if he goes for the lead) makes for the drama of the story.   The five-year-old Always A Virgin stallion (are the last two words an oxymoron?) Always B Miki will start from post seven for driver David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter, and his ownership of Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. "Miki" has forged much of his reputation as an unstoppable finisher deluxe, with several pace-controlling moves made midrace on the straightaway of a big track. He shows only one "clean 1" at the first split on his lines, in a field of six when he was 1-20* in a Meadowlands race earlier this year, but he also has shown the ability to sit outside and still be razor-sharp in the stretch, as he was at Pocono last week when he was hung the better part of ¾ of a mile, mostly uncovered, and still had strong strides to the wire to equal the 1:47 world record for 5/8-mile tracks, set by Sweet Lou in the Franklin Championship here in 2014. He may face a similar trip on Saturday - but he's shown he can handle it.   The horse that hung Always B Miki, Mel Mara (driven by Corey Callahan), should be mentioned here, as the seven-year-old Lis Mara stallion, trained by Dylan Davis for Robert Cooper Stables LLC and J&T Silva Stables LLC, drew the rail for the Franklin Championship. But Mel Mara has seldom shown early speed racing recently -which may be a strange thing to say for a horse who's been ahead at the half in 3 of his last 5 races, but he has been parked at the quarter in all three, making second-quarter moves to the top. "Mel" does not figure to benefit from the "inside geometry" of post one as much as many would.   Freaky Feet Pete was in front most of his Franklin victory, with the son of Rockin Image setting a world record of 1:47.1 for his division in his easiest of triumphs (you heard a lot of "He didn't look like he was going that fast!" comments after his elim). But again, like Always B Miki, the only raceline he shows with a "clean 1" at the quarter was a 1-20* early-season win at Hoosier. Trace Tetrick, Tim's brother, who will be putting his 1.000 lifetime UDR at Pocono on the line here (last week was his first visit to the mountain oval) for trainer Larry Rheinheimer and owners Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer.   With all these horses of superior and variable mid-race tactics - gathered together in a powerpacked field that collectively has earned $11.8M in their careers and has an average mark of 1:47.4 - the trip, combined with some racing luck, will probably tell the tale in this great free-for-all showdown.   (By the way, Luck Be Withyou, the defending Franklin champ, will be racing in the Consolation this year, from post 1. He won his 2015 elim from post 8 and his final from post nine - and went wire-to-wire, with "clean 1"s, in both contests.)   $500,000 EARL BEAL JR. 3CT CHAMPIONSHIP (race 12 -- consolation race 5)   Lost a bit in the uproar about the speedy Franklin elimination show last Saturday was the fact that Southwind Frank, the favorite for the August 8 Hambletonian, suffered only the second loss of his career. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill, driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke and Southwind Frank Partners, was limbed out most of the first 3/8s before getting the top and went on to fast fractions before getting edged at the end by a game Bar Hopping in 1:52.1. The Beal elim was only "Frank"'s third start of the year, and first since June 4, and he figures to be a bit better this week, although again needing to overcome post seven in a field of nine.   Bar Hopping, who caught Southwind Frank late in posting the upset last week, may have an even more difficult road to hoe on Saturday, as the pillshake was unkind enough to give him the outside in the field of nine for trainer Jimmy Takter and the ownership of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. But the son of Muscle Hill will be driven by Tim Tetrick, who showed the best ability to cope "against the odds" on Elim Saturday - of the nine eliminations, seven were won by favorites, and Tetrick drove the other two: Bar Hopping ($24.60) and 3PF Newborn Sassy ($8.20).   If these two get involved in vicious early dueling, there is a horse who has proven he has a wicked closing kick - and he lives right down the shedrow from Southwind Frank. That would be Burke trainee Dayson, an altered son of Conway Hall who has never lost in his career when flat (11 for 14, with three breaks). That pattern looked in serious jeopardy as late as midstretch last week, but driver Jim Morrill Jr. got a furious late kick out of Dayson for a 1:52.3 tally, and from post two he might again be in prime position to "pick up the pieces" for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Rossie Smith.   $500,000 MAX C. HEMPT 3CP CHAMPIONSHIP (race 10; no consolation - only 13 in elims.)   Racing Hill and Control The Moment were 2-3 behind Hempt non-eligible Betting Hill in the recent $1MC North America Cup at Mohawk, and both followed on their fine showing in Canada by winning their respective Hempt elims. For the Hempt Championship, Racing Hill has the better draw, PP2 vs. PP8, and the Roll With Joe colt, trained by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill of the U.K., was the faster elim winner, winning in 1:49.1 under a hold the last 1/16 by driver Brett Miller.   However, few people would be surprised if the Well Said colt Control The Moment gave a giant accounting of himself despite landing behind the 8-ball at the post draw. The Brad Maxwell trainee, owned by the Control The Moment Stable, won in 1:49.3 last week, snapping home in 27 last Saturday to hold off 2015 divisional champion Boston Red Rocks, who has post six in the Hempt Final.   If one were looking for an upsetter in the Hempt, one could make a case for the Art Major gelding Talk Show, who starts in the middle of the field of nine for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Steve Elliott (also the trainer of Boston Red Rocks). The timer malfunctioned during his elim, and it wasn't until after the race that it was noted that Racing Hill blitzed the third quarter in 26.3 to hold off a spirited challenge from Talk Show - who was four lengths off the lead at the half, meaning he went his third quarter raw in 25.4! Such pure speed, under perfect circumstances, could find Talk Show in the thick of things in the Hempt final.   $300,000 JAMES LYNCH 3FP CHAMPIONSHIP (race 9 - consolation race 6)   Last year's division champion Pure Country went 10-for-10 in her freshman campaign. This year, largely due to some early-season sickness, the road has not been as easy for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Diamond Creek Racing, but as trainer Jimmy Takter notes, "She's won the two biggest races of the season for her division so far, the Miss Pennsylvania (at Pocono) and the Fan Hanover." Last week Pure Country showed her grittiness by overcoming a first-over trip to win in 1:50.1 for driver Brett Miller, as she looks to raise her "majors" record to 3 for 3; the two foes who were within a half-length of her at the wire start on either side of her Saturday: Blue Moon Stride, getting post eight after a second, and Darlinonthebeach, in post six after closing for third.   We mentioned Newborn Sassy earlier as one of two non-favorites, both piloted by Tim Tetrick, to win an elim, and on Saturday the Western Ideal miss, trained by co-owner Jo Ann Looney-King for herself and partner CC Racing LLC, will begin from post three off her 1:51.3 elimination tally. I Said Diamonds, that elim's chalk who came up just short after not having raced in 29 days, certainly has a license to be better off of that race, and will start from post two.   ANOTHER STAR WILL BE AT POCONO SATURDAY   Well-known baseball superstar Pete Rose will be making an appearance at The Downs at Mohegan Sun at Pocono before the evening's races (and may well stay and bet a few, if his past performances are any indication).   Wristbands to attend the session with Rose will be distributed starting at 1 p.m. in the Racing Lobby. There are a limited number of wrist bands, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The session with Rose will take place between 4 and 6 p.m. Only authorized photos will be distributed.     AND TO END, THE FIELDS FOR THE "BIG FOUR" ON SUN STAKES SATURDAY (post, horse, driver, trainer):   $300,000 JAMES LYNCH 3FP CHAMPIONSHIP, race 9:   1, JK Fannie, David Miller, Nancy Johansson;   2, I Said Diamonds, Matt Kakaley, Matias Ruiz;   3, Newborn Sassy, Tim Tetrick, Jo Ann Looney-King;   4, Lindwood Beach Girl, Yannick Gingras, Mark Steacy;   5, Skinny Dipper, Andrew McCarthy, Ross Croghan;   6. Darlinonthebeach, David Miller also listed, Nancy Johansson;   7, Pure Country, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter;   8, Blue Moon Stride, McCarthy also listed, Mark Harder;   9. Penpal, driver/trainer Pat Lachance.   $500,000 MAX C. HEMPT 3CP CHAMPIONSHIP, race 10:   1, More Dragon, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke;   2, Racing Hill, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna;   3, Western Fame, George Napolitano Jr., Jimmy Takter;   4, JK Will Power, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke;   5, Talk Show, Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott;   6, Boston Red Rocks, Tim Tetrick, Steve Elliott;   7, Katies Rocker, David Miller, Jim Campbell;   8, Control The Moment, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell;   9, Big Top Hanover, Gingras also listed, Ron Burke.   $500,000 BEN FRANKLIN FFAP CHAMPIONSHIP, race 11:   1, Mel Mara, Corey Callahan, Dylan Davis;   2, Shamballa, Scott Zeron, Rick Zeron;   3, Wiggle It Jiggleit, Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis;   4, State Treasurer, Tim Tetrick, Dr. Ian Moore;   5, Sunfire Blue Chip, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter;   6, Freaky Feet Pete, Trace Tetrick, Larry Rheinheimer;   7, Always B Miki, David Miller, Jimmy Takter;   8, All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke;   9, Rock N' Roll World, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke;   10 (2T), Always At My Place, Gingras also listed, Ron Burke.   $500,000 EARL BEAL JR. 3CT CHAMPIONSHIP, race 12:   1, Reigning Moni, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter;   2, Hollywood Highway, John Campbell, Staffan Lind;   3, Truemass Volo, Eric Goodell, Doug Hamilton;   4, Dayson, Jim Morrill Jr., Ron Burke;   5, Trolley, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller;   6, Brooklyn Hill, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson;   7, Southwind Frank, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke;   8, Dice Man, driver/trainer Ãke Svanstedt;   9, Bar Hopping, Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter.   There will be a release sent out shortly after noon tomorrow, with any scratches, final driver changes, and morning line odds.   PHHA / Pocono          

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association announce that there will be $30,000 divided by order of finish among the horses finishing sixth through tenth in the Ben Franklin Free For All Pace Championship on this Saturday night's $2M+ Sun Stakes Saturday harness racing card at The Downs.   There were three eliminations of the Franklin Pace this past Saturday night at The Downs, with the first three horses in each to move on to this Saturday's rich Championship. But Shamballa and Always At My Place finished in a dead-heat for third in their elimination, and the decision was made to go with a ten-horse field in the Franklin Championship, with the standard nine horses on the gate and whoever drew "10" starting as a trailer in the second tier. The PHHA and Pocono jointly made the decision to have all starters receive some form of compensation in view of the unusual circumstances.   Here is the field for the Franklin Championship, which will be race 11 on Saturday's 14-race program:   1 - Mel Mara 2 - Shamballa 3 - Wiggle It Jiggleit 4 - State Treasurer 5 - Sunfire Blue Chip 6 - Freaky Feet Pete 7 -- Always B Miki 8 - All Bets Off 9 - Rock N' Roll World 10 - Always At My Place   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association / The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Just days after enjoying his first North America Cup win with Betting Line, harness racing driver David Miller is preparing for more fireworks ahead. Miller's attention this Saturday is focused on the all-star cast assembled for eliminations for Grand Circuit stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Among Miller's drives is older male pacer Always B Miki, who last weekend recorded the fastest mile in Canadian history when he won the Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:47.1, in the second of three eliminations of the Ben Franklin Pace. In the first elimination, Miller will drive Ideal Cowboy. Always B Miki's elimination includes world champion Mel Mara, who defeated Always B Miki in a 1:47 mile in the Open Handicap at the Meadowlands Racetrack on June 4 and was supplemented to the Franklin for $30,000, and Canadian half-mile-track record-holder Rockin Ron. Always B Miki, who has won seven of nine races since returning from injury in October 2015, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. "I'm sure they'll be rolling in there, there will be some fireworks, but (Always B Miki) should be fine," Miller said. "You'll see some good miles this weekend. It's hard to tell, if it's a good night and the weather is great, how much they could go. It's going to be interesting to watch these guys. I'm excited." Other horses in the Franklin eliminations include 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, both in the first division, and 2015 Breeders Crown 3-year-old male pacing champion Freaky Feet Pete. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete are the favorites in their elims, at 9-5 and 2-1, respectively. The top three finishers from each Franklin elimination advance to the $500,000 final on July 2 at Pocono. "I think we're going to see some really fast miles this year," Miller said. "There are so many of those older pacers that are really good horses. I think people like to watch good horses race. I sure do. If people don't get excited about that division, they're really not a fan." Harness racing's fastest mile on a five-eighths-mile track was set at Pocono, a time of 1:47 by 5-year-old stallion Sweet Lou in 2014. The time for the fastest race mile, on a track of any size, is 1:46.4 and shared by Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere, Warrawee Needy, and He's Watching. Last weekend in the Gold Cup, Always B Miki was sixth for the opening quarter-mile before starting to make his move on the backstretch prior to the halfway point. The 5-year-old stallion tipped out three wide off the final turn and powered to a 3-1/2 length victory over Shamballa. "Around the last turn, he was really swelled up," Miller said. "He was right up on the bit in the last turn. "I know he always fires when I move with him, but he did that fairly easy. He was wrapped up there. I was real happy with him. But I don't want to brag on him; I'll let him do the talking, so to speak." Saturday's card at Pocono also features two eliminations for each the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, and the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Miller will drive Brooklyn Hill in the first of the two Beal eliminations, New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Katies Rocker in the second of the two Hempt divisions, and JK Fannie and Darlinonthebeach in the Lynch elims. The top four from all those eliminations plus the fastest fifth-place finishers advance to their respective finals, also July 2. The finals for the Beal and Hempt go for $500,000 and the Lynch for $300,000. "Hopefully I can get everyone qualified (for the finals) this week and we'll be ready for the following week," Miller said. Absent from this weekend's festivities is Betting Line, who was not staked to the Hempt. Last Saturday, the colt carried Miller to his first North America Cup victory in Miller's 16th appearance in the million-dollar event. Miller raised his right arm triumphantly as the tandem crossed the finish line. "That was pretty exciting," Miller said. "I'd wanted to win that for a long time. Over the years I thought I had some decent horses, but somehow it didn't seem to work out. I was pretty excited there." That's not to say there were no anxious moments. Miller and Betting Line were in fifth place, 7-1/2 lengths from leader Control The Moment, when the field was only one-quarter-mile from the wire. "I was a little concerned around the last turn," Miller said. "At the head of the stretch, I was like, uh-oh, these guys are getting away. But you know what, I hadn't really started to ask my horse yet. I was trying to let him follow up on his own. When we got into the stretch I pulled his earplugs and he started marching. Before I got to the tote board, I thought, he's got it; he's going to win this." After finally getting to grab the elusive prize, what does Miller do to top the experience? "Win it again," Miller said laughing. "That would be all right. It doesn't get old." For Saturday's full card at Pocono, click here. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. by Ken Weingartner

"I felt good in January, and that part hasn't changed," Teague said with a grin Saturday (July 4) after watching Wiggle It Jiggleit capture the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by 1-1/2 lengths over Artspeak in 1:48.2. "He doesn't disappoint. Even in his loss, I wasn't jumping off the bandwagon. He's a good horse. I still think he's one of the best 3-year-olds I've ever had." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 13 of 14 career races for owner Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. His only loss came June 20 in the North America Cup, where he was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover by three-quarters of a length. On Saturday in the Hempt, Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead following a :26 opening quarter-mile, fought off a first-over challenge from Pierce Hanover on the backstretch, and then pulled away down the stretch. Artspeak finished second, followed by In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover. "When he cleared to the front I knew he had a pretty good shot at it," Francis said. "Wakizashi has a big kick on the end of it but he wasn't making up much ground. Halfway down the lane nobody got close to him and I knew they weren't going to catch him then." Montrell Teague, who won the Hempt in 2011 with Custard The Dragon, was taking nothing for granted. "I was looking everywhere; I was looking for anybody," he said. "I saw Timmy (Tetrick with Wakizashi Hanover) pull three wide and that's when I popped the earplugs and stepped on the gas because I know how good his horse is coming off cover." Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, gave George Teague Jr. his fourth Hempt trophy. He trained Custard The Dragon as well as 2009 winner Johnny Z and 2008 champ Badlands Nitro. The gelding's next assignment will be the Meadowlands Pace. With the triumph, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $607,242. But the most important thing for Teague was the two people with whom he is sharing the ride. "Montrell and Clyde Francis are the best part for me," Teague said, adding about Francis, "We're like brothers. He works his (butt) off." Wiggle It Jiggleit  Luck Be Withyou overcomes post nine in Franklin triumph                               The $500,000 Ben Franklin free for all pace turned out to be as thrilling as a front-end win can be as Luck Be Withyou held on by the shortest of noses over Domethatagain in 1:49 on Saturday (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Domethatagain, driven by Simon Allard, left from the rail off the gate, but Luck Be Withyou and George Napolitano Jr. took command before the turn from post nine. Luck Be Withyou led through a quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55, which were favorable fractions in the eyes of the 4-year-old horse's owner, John Craig. "I didn't think it was so bad when it was :26.2, because he got the lead in :26 last week in the slop, with a half in :53 and change," he said. "When I saw :55 at the half, I said 'There are good horses back there like Foiled Again and State Treasurer and they are going to come at him. I hope he has enough.'" Luck Be Withyou kept on chugging through three-quarters in 1:21.4. He was a length clear at the top of the stretch, with only Domethatagain coming at him up the rail. It took a long look at the photo before Luck Be Withyou was declared the winner, with favored State Treasurer third. Luck Be Withyou paid $10 to win as the public's second choice. "He had just enough," Craig said with a grin. "It's hard to explain to people the adrenaline rush you get when you see a race like that." Luck Be Withyou, by Western Ideal-Trim Hanover, is trained by Chris Oakes, who got some credit from his owner. "All the credit goes to those who work on the horse," he said. "I just watch and pay the bills." Luck Be Withyou Pinkman bounces back to win Beal in world record score                                           Pinkman rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting a gate-to-wire win in Saturday's (July 4) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, holding off stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in a world-record 1:51.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pinkman, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and driver Yannick Gingras got the lead with a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and then controlled the race from there, going to the half in :56.2. Centurion ATM made a first-over bid on the backstretch, getting within a head of the leader, but was unable to get to the front. In the stretch, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman held off Uncle Lasse to his inside to post his fourth victory in five starts this season. Pinkman's time was the fastest-ever mile by a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Crazy Wow finished third followed by Centurion ATM. Last week, Pinkman finished second to Wicker Hanover in his Beal elimination and was found to be sick. "I can't complain about the trip, the fractions, everything went his way," Gingras said about Pinkman's performance in the Beal final. "He's got that intimidating speed; he can leave the gate so good. Last week leaving the gate I knew he wasn't quite right because he didn't leave the gate like he did today. Usually the first couple steps he just snaps right out. "Today he was back to himself and I don't even think he's a hundred percent. I'd say last week he was 50 or 60 percent and he was probably like 90 today. I think Jimmy can get him even better than this." For his career, Pinkman has won 10 of 13 races and earned $924,300 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "I saw him open up at like 5-1 (odds) tonight and Crazy Wow was 3-5 or something," Gingras said. "They've got to start giving him credit. He doesn't do it flashy, he does it the way he did it today, but he gets it done. He's a winner." Pinkman  Bettor Be Steppin wins wild Lynch Memorial  What was a wide-open race on paper became a wide-open finish as Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan got up to win the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.4. The race was heated from the start as The Show Returns gunned to the lead from post nine for driver Tim Tetrick. Favored Stacia Hanover (Scott Zeron) cleared to the lead in a first quarter in :26, with the outer flow setting up going to the half. Bettor Be Steppin wasn't a part of that forward flow, however, as she was shuffled back to last. According to her connections, stablemate Divine Caroline (David Miller) was getting the better trip "At the half I thought we were dead," said trainer Joe Holloway. "She was fourth on the rail, fourth or fifth, just totally boxed. Divine Caroline was on the outside, loaded with pace, so I was hoping to see her go. I was trying to watch them both and at the half I thought the only shot I had was Divine Caroline." Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller), a 50-1 longshot, came first-over with Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) third-over through a half in a swift :54.1. They paced through three-quarters in 1:21.4 before the leaders began to struggle and the closers came closing. Momas Got A Gun (Jim Morrill Jr.) was sitting third on the rail and somehow found room inside. She stuck a head in front before Single Me (Brian Sears) and Bettor Be Steppin came from way out. From the far outside, Bettor Be Steppin stuck a nose in front of Single Me at the wire. Momas Got A Gun finished third by a neck. The win was the fourth in seven starts this year for Bettor Be Steppin. She paid $33.60 to win. The 1-7 exacta paid $895.60 and the 1-7-6 trifecta paid $10,958.10. "This was a good horse last year," said Ted Gewertz, who co-owns the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally filly with Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables. "She was having a little trouble earlier in the year. [2014 Horse of the Year] JK She'salady didn't make the final, so that helped." Bettor Be Steppin T.J. Burkett and Ken Weingartner / U.S. Trotting Association  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Most of the stars in 2015's early-season harness racing firmament will be gathered at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, with 3YO pacers of both sexes, 3YO trotting colts, and FFA pacers looking to earn spots in the $1.8M "Sun Stakes Saturday" Championship events of their divisional stakes a week from Saturday (July 4). Here's an early look at each of the four groups of horses competing in this Saturday's eliminations:   BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR-ALL PACE   (two $30,000 eliminations in races 7 and 9, with the top four plus fastest fifth-place horse returning for the $500,000 Championship)   The first Franklin elim is headed by the richest horse in the history of harness racing, Foiled Again, who will be leaving from the middle of the nine-horse field for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. The evergreen 11YO went over $7M in career earnings in winning the Battle Of Lake Erie on June 12, and of course few will forget his 2013 Pocono campaign, winning the elimination and final of both the Franklin and the Breeders Crown, taking his lifetime mark of 1:48 in the Franklin elim.   The biggest threat to Foiled Again may be Domethatagain, who won the $529,000 Levy Final at Yonkers in April, and who produced a $60 shocker in the Franklin elims last year by nosing out Captaintreacherous over his "home track" of Pocono. Trained by Rene Allard, Domethatagain will start from post six, with Tim Tetrick the early listing for sulky duty, and he will coupled in the wagering with his Allard barnmate Big Boy Dreams (PP3, driver Brian Sears).   In the second Franklin elim, any number of angles could play out:   --There is the Ron Burke stable coupled entry of Clear Vision (PP4, Brett Miller) and Bettor's Edge (PP6, Matt Kakaley), who between them have won over $3.85M in their careers;   --There are the last two Pennsylvania Horses of the Year for outstanding performances in Open overnights, Dynamic Youth (2013, PP7, Andrew McCarthy) and Dancin Yankee (2014, PP8, Brett Miller also listed);   --There is another sharp Rene Allard trainee, Bigtown Hero (PP2, brother Simon Allard driving), who has won three straight, and who had half of North America's 1:20-or-less clockings to the ¾ last year, both of them here at Pocono;   --And there is State Treasurer, recent winner of the Gold Cup at Mohawk and the Molson Pace at London, but who will have to translate his Canadian form to local success after starting from the outermost post nine for driver David Miller.   EARL BEAL JR. 3YO COLT TROT   (three $25,000 eliminations in races 3, 5, and 12, with the top three coming back for the $500,000 Championship)   In the first Beal elim, Habitat (PP3, driver Jim Morrill Jr.) will look to be carrying on his fine 2015 form, with wins in the Dexter Cup and two New York Sire Stakes. Just to his right in the field of six will be Cruzado Dela Noche (David Miller), who was second, beaten only a half-length by Uncle Lasse in a 1:51.4 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contest at The Meadows at the end of last month.   The second Beal cut will find the most attention on Pinkman (PP5 in a seven-horse field, Brett Miller), 2014 national champion and Breeders Crown winner, and undefeated in 2015, winning a Sire Stakes at each of three of Pennsylvania's racetracks. Just for good measure, he'll be coupled in the betting with his Jimmy Takter barnmate Whom Shall I Fear (PP4, Yannick Gingras), the full brother to Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick.   Also to be respected in this division are two recent double Sire Stakes winners, New Jersey's Guess Whos Back (PP3, Brian Sears) and Pennsylvania's Wicker Hanover (PP7, Andrew McCarthy).   In the third elimination of the Beal, the current Kings of New York (Crazy Wow) and Pennsylvania (Uncle Lasse) will clash. Crazy Wow (PP2, Yannick Gingras) comes off an open-length score in the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon, and has shown the ability to repair a mistake with breathtaking speed. Uncle Lasse, saddled with the outside post six for driver Brett Miller, has been to many eyes nearly as impressive in the PA Sires as his Takter stablemate Pinkman, going 3 for 3 and with that 1:51.4 triumph at The Meadows.   MAX C. HEMPT 3YO COLT PACE   (three $25,000 eliminations in races 6, 8, and 10, with the top three coming back for the $500,000 Championship)   The first elim for "the glamour division" matches up last year's divisional champion Artspeak and his closest 2014 challenger In The Arsenal. Artspeak, starting from post six for driver Scott Zeron, has had four good starts in 2015, although after winning his first two starts in NJSS competition, he "only" had a 2-5 slate in the North American Cup, but in both cases he did not have the easiest of trips. In The Arsenal had opened his year with four straight wins, including an NA Cup elim, before finishing fourth in the final; here he may have a slight positional advantage as he begins from post four in the field of nine, with Brian Sears listed to drive.   The middle Hempt heat has at its center (literally, as he begins from post five) the speedy Wiggle It Jiggleit. The colt had shown amazing speed in taking his lone start of 2014 and all 10 of his 2015 starts prior to the NA Cup Final, but cutting a searing pace of 25.1, 53.3, and 1:21 proved just a bit too much, although he held gamely to miss by only ¾ of a length to Wakizashi Hanover in a sterling 1:48.   Wakizashi Hanover, who will begin from post four in a field of eight for driver Tim Tetrick in the third elimination, had tipped his hand with a strong 4-3-1-0 opening to this year's campaign in Pennsylvania, and then conquered all in Toronto, coming from behind to take his elim and then being a successful pocket rocket in the Final. He'll face a major challenge here from Lost For Words (David Miller), undefeated in four 2015 starts and winning thrice in the Pa Sires; his challenges will be a three-week vacation and post seven.   JAMES LYNCH 3YO FILLY PACE   (three $20,000 eliminations in races 4, 11, and 13, with the top three coming back for the $300,000 Championship)   The first elim for the Lynch features the 2-3 finishers in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship for this division, with Stacia Hanover, who missed a neck in finishing second, returning with first-time Lasix as she begins from PP6 in the seven-horse assemblage for driver Scott Zeron, while Wicked Little Minx (PP4, Brett Miller) was only a length from taking it all in the Jersey finale.   Wicked Little Minx is trained by Nancy Johansson, the daughter of Jimmy Takter, and Johansson also conditions the main horse of interest in the second elimination, JK She'salady (PP1 in a field of eight, Tim Tetrick). The "Lady" was undefeated in a 12-race campaign to become the first 2PF to be elected Harness Horse of the Year, but this race represents her first possible crossroads, since she comes off a 4-5 pair of starts in the Fan Hanover at Mohawk the last two weeks. Sassa Hanover (PP4, Yannick Gingras), a Fan Hanover elim winner, and The Show Returns (PP6, John Campbell), second in the Fan Hanover final, should provide challenging competition.   Two horses from the huge barn of Ron Burke, uncoupled in the betting because of separate ownership, will get their fair share of attention in the third Lynch elim. Southwind Roulette, named co-Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Horse of the Year in 2014, starts from post two for Matt Kakaley after two seconds and a third, beaten a total of 1¼ lengths, in recent Pennsylvania stakes competition, while Happiness (PP5 in the seven-horse field, Yannick Gingras), shows a New Jersey Sires win, and was fourth in the NJSS final.   The first race on the monstrous, in quality and quantity (16 races), Saturday card at Pocono is 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono

It would be easy for trainer Ron Burke to be confident as he prepares Sweet Lou for Friday's $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. After all, his 5-year-old pacer brings an eight-race win streak to the event, with an unprecedented stretch of speedy miles to go with it. But Burke knows Sweet Lou isn't the only horse streaking into the Dan Patch. Dancin Yankee, the last horse to defeat Sweet Lou, also is among the pacers in the nine-horse field. Dancin Yankee, racing out of the stable of trainer Amber Buter, brings a six-race victory streak to the Dan Patch. It will be the first meeting between the two horses since Dancin Yankee won the Van Rose Memorial Invitational on May 3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sweet Lou finished third, but since then has gone undefeated. "I think Lou is running into another horse that is racing as good as anyone in the country," Burke said. "I'm actually nervous. I think that horse is super sharp, career sharp, too. "There are other horses that could win too, but both those horses are on long win streaks. I think that's going to be a great race." Sweet Lou has won eight of 11 races this year and earned $791,500 for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. His wins include the Ben Franklin Pace, William R. Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, and Roll With Joe. His 1:47 victory in the Ben Franklin is the fastest ever on a five-eighths-mile track, breaking the previous mark of 1:47.2 that was shared by Dancin Yankee and Pet Rock. Sweet Lou has won each of his last five starts in less than 1:48, which is a record. He has been driven during his win streak by Ron Pierce. For his career, the son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future has won 30 of 66 races and $2.90 million. He was the 2011 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer and earned $1 million at age 3, but picked up only four wins and $348,638 at 4. "I'm just so happy he's winning," Burke said. "It's enjoyable to watch him race right now. I've been such a believer all along and for him to do what we thought he could, nothing feels better." Burke, who on Saturday moved past Virgil Morgan Jr. to become the winningest trainer in harness racing history, also sends Bettor's Edge to the Dan Patch. The 5-year-old gelding has won six of 19 races this season and earned $421,781. He was second to Sweet Lou in the Franklin and Haughton and fourth in the U.S. Pacing Championship. Dancin Yankee has won 14 of 21 races this year and $315,140 for owners Baron Racing Stable and Rich Lombardo. The 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest won the preferred handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in each of his last three starts. The remainder of the field is Thinking Out Loud, Night Pro, Carol's Comet, Heston Blue Chip, State Treasurer and Our Lucky Chip. "It ended up being a really good field," Burke said. Following is the field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Dancin Yankee, Tyler Buter, Amber Buter, 8-1; 2. Thinking Out Loud, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 6-1; 3. Night Pro, Peter Wrenn, Dale Decker, 20-1; 4. Carol's Comet, Aaron Merriman, Ron Potter, 15-1; 5. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 4-5; 6. Heston Blue Chip, Corey Callahan, Linda Toscano, 15-1; 7. Bettor's Edge, Ricky Macomber Jr., Ron Burke, 10-1; 8. State Treasurer, Jody Jamieson, Ian Moore, 4-1; 9. Our Lucky Chip, Trace Tetrick, Jason Miller, 30-1.  By Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

I Luv The Nitelife, who was named the best 3-year-old female pacer of 2013 in both the U.S. and Canada, is ready to return to action after being sidelined last November because of a fractured knee. She will compete in a qualifier Saturday morning at the Meadowlands, with the hopes of returning to stakes action in September. "Swim and train, that's been her program," said trainer Chris Ryder, adding happily, "Now we get to swim and race. That's better than training." I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races last year and $1.25 million for Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Valley Forge, Lynch Memorial, Jugette and Mistletoe Shalee. Her 1:48.4 time in the Valley Forge is the world record for a 3-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track. For her career, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune has won 17 of 25 races and $1.94 million. No female pacer in history has won more money at ages 2 and 3. Ryder hopes to have I Luv The Nitelife, who suffered a minor setback because of atrial fibrillation in early June, ready for the Milton Stakes in mid-September. "She's going to qualify a couple times and then we'll look for an overnight or two," Ryder said. "She's training very well. Everything is good with her. "It's exciting. It's tough to get a horse like this. It's a little crushing when they go down. You get a little used to winning those big races; you can't take it for granted. When it's gone, you realize there's a hole there. And it's near impossible to fill." Father Patrick, who is 6-for-6 this year and will bring a 15-race win streak to the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands, also is entered to qualify on Saturday morning at the Big M. Other Hambletonian eligibles in the qualifier are Billy Ruffian, DD's Hitman, and Uva Hanover. On the pacing side, North America Cup winner JK Endofanera and Fan Hanover winner Uffizi Hanover are among 3-year-olds entered to qualify. Sweet Lou, the winner of six consecutive starts including the Ben Franklin Pace and William Haughton Memorial, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $40,000 A-2/A-1/FFA handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands. The seven-horse field also includes Captaintreacherous, Thinking Out Loud, and Golden Receiver. Maven, the sport's top older female trotter in 2013, is the 2-1 favorite in Friday's $30,000 A-2/A-1/FFA handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands. Coraggioso is the 3-1 second choice in the field of seven, which also includes Maven's stablemate D'Orsay. Maven and D'Orsay are the only females in the race. Dancin Yankee, who sits just outside the Top 10 in harness racing's weekly poll, goes for his sixth win in a row Saturday night in the preferred handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He is the 5-2 morning line choice; Bolt The Duer is the 3-1 second pick. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

This Week: Landmark Stakes, Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y.; and Hambletonian Maturity, Meadowlands Pace eliminations and Mistletoe Shalee eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit schedule gets underway on Friday afternoon (July 4) at Historic Track with a total of nine Landmark Stakes events for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. On Saturday (July 5), the Meadowlands has the $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, a pair of $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations for 3-year-old pacers and a lone $25,000 elimination in the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries are available at this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was led by the Sun Stakes Saturday card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sebastian K opened the featured portion of Sun Stakes Saturday with the fastest trotting mile in history and McWicked, Sweet Lou, and Father Patrick followed by putting their names into the record book with stakes victories. Sebastian K won the Sun Invitational for older trotters in 1:49, setting the tone for a fast night of world-record efforts. McWicked captured the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers in 1:47.3, Sweet Lou won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers in 1:47 and Father Patrick closed the stakes portion of the card with a 1:50.2 triumph in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. Fancy Desire won the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers in 1:49.2, which equaled the stakes record. Sweet Lou captured the Ben Franklin Pace by a neck over stablemate Bettor's Edge in a world record time of 1:47. Sweet Lou extended his win streak to five by capturing the Ben Franklin Pace by a neck over stablemate Bettor's Edge in 1:47, which broke the previous world record of 1:47.2 for the fastest ever by a pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Foiled Again was third as trainer Ron Burke swept the top three spots. Father Patrick made a 1:50.2 mile look easy, as he was all alone at the wire to win the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot. The mile was a world record for 3-year-old trotting colts on a five-eighths-mile track and it was one-fifth of a second off the all size world record. Father Patrick was alone at the wire, finishing the mile in front by 2-3/4 lengths. Nuncio was second and Datsyuk third. McWicked was McBest in winning the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial in 1:47.3, a world record for 3-year-old pacing colts on a five-eighths-mile track. At Press Time made a mild rally in the stretch, but it was not enough to get past McWicked, who won by 2-1/4 lengths. At Press Time was second and All Bets Off was third. Fancy Desire and driver George Napolitano Jr. grabbed the lead early and held off Sayitall BB by a head to win the Lynch Memorial in 1:49.2. Uffizi Hanover finished third. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 390; 2. Tim Tetrick - 364; 3. Ron Pierce - 250; 4. Brian Sears - 170; 5. George Brennan - 164.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 628.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 285; 3. PJ Fraley - 189; 4. Joe Holloway - 137; 5. Julie Miller - 110. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 146.5; 2. Burke Racing - 145.75; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 134.5; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 82; 5. Father Patrick Stable - 50. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at the Meadowlands, Mohawk Racetrack, Balmoral Park and Yonkers Raceway. Action begins on Friday at the Meadowlands with the third leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares and at Mohawk with eliminations in the Maple Leaf Trot for older open class trotters. The power-packed Saturday card at the Meadowlands features the Meadowlands Pace final for 3-year-olds, the William Haughton Memorial for free for all pacers, the Mistletoe Shalee final for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Stanley Dancer for 3-year-old male trotters, the Delvin Miller for 3-year-old filly trotters, the Golden Girls for open pacing mares, and a leg of the TVG Series for open trotters. Also holding Grand Circuit Stakes on Saturday will be Balmoral Park (Hanover events for 3-year-old colt pacers and 3-year-old filly pacers) and Yonkers Raceway (Sheppard eliminations for freshman pacers). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Uffizi Hanover won the biggest race of her career so far at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the 2013 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers, after losing the previous week. Last weekend, Uffizi Hanover finished second to Cinamony in her elimination for Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The filly started from post seven and raced to the front in a :54.4 opening half-mile before losing the lead in the stretch. This weekend, she starts from post No. 1 with driver David Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Horses from post one have a 14.5 win percentage at Pocono Downs, compared to 7.6 percent from post seven. Prior to last weekend's elimination, Uffizi Hanover led at the halfway point in just one of her previous 15 career starts. She also finished second in that race. "I think she will be better this week," Miller said. "She had the outside last week and I decided to leave with her and she got used a little bit early. That's really not her style. "This week, if I can get away close I think I'll be in good shape. She surprises us all the time." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, and the $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Uffizi Hanover has won four of 16 lifetime starts and earned $594,500 for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. She entered her Lynch elim off a victory in the Fan Hanover Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack on June 14. Fancy Desire and Weeper, who won the other two Lynch eliminations, are 3-1 and 4-1, respectively in the final. Fancy Desire drew post four and Weeper got post eight. Cinamony will leave from post six and is 6-1. Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

It’s another great weekend of super star racing at Pocono Downs. Four major stakes finals, two $100,000 Invitations plus two big purse consolation races. Let’s just hope the weather is perfect like last week. So the majority of the handicapping this weekend is all at Pocono Downs. We also go to the Meadowlands on Friday night for their $22,500 overnight trot, seems that it’s the debut of world champion Wishing Stone and the debut of $1 million winner last year, Spider Blue Chip and the return of Mistery Woman, the lone mare in the field against nine male rivals. It’s not everyday you have such top quality horses racing in an overnight event AND also in the field are top notch trotters Undercover Strike, Yonkers Trot winner Deweycolorinthelines Il Mago and more. Good Luck! $22,500 Trot B-2/B-1/A-2 Handicap The Meadowlands 6th race FRIDAY – Excellent overnight race with real top class trotters. I think Spider Blue Chip should be in prime shape to cut loose in his debut for trainer Chuck Sylvester and pay a price. He was so good, ten wins last year, going against some very good trotters. Use Mistery Woman and Wishing Stone in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace James Lynch 3Y0 Filly Consolation Pocono Downs 5th race SATURDAY – Despite finishing fourth last week to Weeper in her big mile, Someislandsomewhere looks to stand out again this field. Two starts back she was on a three-race winning streak and now looks ready to win again. Use Tyra and Allstar Rating in exotic plays. $75,000 Pace Max Hempt 3Y0 Colt Consolation Pocono Downs 6th race SATURDAY – Another foal of Somebeachsomewhere heads this consolation race. Somestartsomewhere has not returned to form of last year but now draws into a race where he should be able to dominate like he did back in May when he won a PASS division. He should be primed to dominate in here. Use Some Playa and Doo Wop Hanover in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Invitational Pocono Downs 7th race SATURDAY – Well matched field here will provide plenty of racing action. I think Dancin Yankee, even for new barn and driver, can lay over this field despite outside post having won four of his last five starts. Use Clear Vision and Meirs Hanover in exotic plays. $100,000 Trot Invitational Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – After last week amazing performance I am convinced that Sebastian K is the second coming of Greyhound. Have not seen a horse with such fire and desire to win he seems to be daring the others to even consider coming after him. Despite being handicapped with post seven, the “Barefoot Wonder” should rewrite Market Share’s world record on a five-eighths mile oval of 1:50.2. Use Modern Family and Market Share in exotic plays. $300,000 Pace James Lynch 3YO Filly Final Pocono Downs 9th race SATURDAY – Although beaten last week as betting favorite, I look for Uffizi Hanover to come back stronger today from the rail. She is the class of the field and does her best racing from off the pace, which she will have to come from in this strong final. Use Weeper and Fancy Desire in exotic plays. $500,000 Pace Max Hempt 3YO Colt Final Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – They will be flying in this final as everyone wants the winners share of the rich purse. I see McWicked making his big move after the opening quarter like he did last week and rolling on the rest of the mile. Use All Bets Off and At Press Time in exotic plays. $500,000 Pace Ben Franklin Final FFA Pocono Downs 11th race SATURDAY – Beaten by the passing lane last week, I know that Captaintreacherous will come back with a vengeance in here despite having to start from post eight. Figure on him leaving and then getting two-hole trip behind Sweet Lou, which will make for a classic matchup in here. Use Sweet Lou and Foiled Again in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Earl Beal, Jr. 3YO Colt Final Pocono Downs 12th race SATURDAY – This is will be a great showdown between Jimmy Takter’s two top trotters. I have to give the edge to Father Patrick despite his outside post as he is the reigning champion and undefeated this season just as his stablemate Nuncio. Only difference is that Father Patrick has yet to be really tested, which could be tonight and when pushed he should score with ease. Use Nuncio and Datsyuk in exotic plays. 

Nuncio spent a lot of this past winter learning to use his natural talent in a more productive way, and it shows. The 3-year-old trotter, who is 3-1 from post two in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is undefeated in four starts in 2014 after a barn change following his 2-year-old season. New trainer Jimmy Takter concentrated on teaching the son of Andover Hall to conserve and use his speed judiciously and driver John Campbell said he's passing the course so far. Last year, Nuncio led at the half-mile point in eight of his 10 races. This year, he's been no better than third at the halfway point of any race and not seen the lead until the stretch. "I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "He just got so aggressive and so wound up at the end of last year that you just couldn't rate him at all. That was to his detriment in a couple races and it cost him winning. Jimmy trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way and raced him that way and he's started to figure it out, so I can be a little more aggressive with him at the gate. "He left a little bit last week and didn't get wound up. I'm very happy with his manners so far. He's been very relaxed and that's important because if they're worked up and you're fighting with them, you just take away energy. He's always been able to go; speed hasn't been an issue ever with him. It's more been just manageability." Nuncio won his Beal elimination last weekend by a half-length over Datsyuk in 1:52.2. His previous three wins this season all came in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Last year, he won five of 10 races and never finished worse than second on his way to $461,074. His earnings were third most among 2-year-old trotters, behind Takter-trained colt Father Patrick and Takter-trained filly Shake It Cerry. Four of Nuncio's second-place efforts were against Father Patrick, in the eliminations and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial and elims and final of the Breeders Crown. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes and a division of the Reynolds; he also was runner-up to Muscle Network in the Valley Victory. Father Patrick, who received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter, also won his Beal elimination last week. He drew post No. 8 for the final and is the 5-2 morning line favorite with driver Yannick Gingras. "I'd certainly rather have the two hole than outside, that is for sure, but once we get in to the race, everybody will know at the quarter whether it's good or bad," Campbell said. "But going in to the race, I'd rather be down inside." Father Patrick won his Beal elim by 2-1/4 lengths over Harper Blue Chip in 1:52.4. He is 4-for-4 this year and brings a 13-race win streak into the Beal final. Last year, Father Patrick won 10 of 11 races, including the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the Wellwood Memorial and the Peter Haughton Memorial. His only setback came against Nuncio in July. "This is the first time all year that he'll be asked to go," Gingras said. "He's more than ready after four easy starts." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications  

WILKES-BARRE PA - One of the best evenings of the North American harness racing season will take place this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as a constellation of stars will be after big money on the $2,271,000 Sun Stakes Saturday card. Three of the races carry purses of $500,000: the Ben Franklin Pace for free-for-allers; the Earl Beal Trot for 3YO males; and the Max C. Hempt Pace, also for 3YO males. The night will also feature the $300,000 James Lynch Pace for 3YO fillies; horses racing in these four Championship events earned their spots by their high finishes in elimination races this past Saturday, on the fastest card in harness racing history, with an average winning time of 1:49.2. In addition, there will be two $100,000 Invitationals, one on each gait, and consolation races for the three-year-old pacers who did not earn spots in Saturday's Championships. Here's a short look at the four "main events," plus the two Invitationals: FRANKLIN FINAL Last week's Franklin eliminations produced two miles in 1:48 or better: 29-1 shot Domethatagain upset defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in 1:48 in one cut, while Sweet Lou, the FFAer with the hottest current form, won the other event a tick faster. And that group does not even mention Foiled Again, the richest harness horse of all-time at $6.25M, who was fourth after the death-like "tuck-then-first-over" trip. Foiled Again got the most-inward draw of all the horses mentioned here, starting from post three for Yannick Gingras. Sweet Lou starts to his immediate right for Ron Pierce, while Domethatagain (driver Simon Allard) moves from post one, which was key to his shocker last week, to post five - which is merely the most winning post at Pocono. Captaintreacherous is behind the 8-ball in the Franklin field, starting one from the outside in the field of nine for driver Tim Tetrick - but remember that "The Captain" overcame post nine last year in heroically winning the Hempt Final. BEAL FINAL The Franklin Final is race 11 on the 16-race card Saturday; the event after that matches the Hambletonian hopefuls together. And if anyone asks you who you might like in here, you can take the easy way out and say "Jimmy Takter," as the Hall of Fame trainer sent out both Beal elim winners, Nuncio (1:52.2) and Father Patrick (1:52.4), both notching their fourth victories in an unbeaten 2014. Something will have to give there on Saturday (barring a dead heat), and on post position Nuncio would seem to have a decided edge, starting one from the inside in post two for driver John Campbell, while his stablemate Father Patrick drew one from the outside in the field of nine, post eight, for driver Yannick Gingras. But Takter has said right along that he thinks Father Patrick could be "one of the greatest trotters of this era," and with 14 wins in 15 starts, it's hard to disagree with him. (The one horse to beat him, though? Nuncio!) HEMPT FINAL Race 10 gathers together the three-year-old male pacers in the Hempt. This division is often called the "glamour division" of the sport (Captaintreacherous used it as a springboard to be the only North American harness horse to earn $2 million during 2013), but throughout much of last year and all of this so far, it has been a division looking for a leader to emerge - something that might happen in the Hempt. Most impressive in most eyes in the Hempt elims last week was McWicked, who will be starting from post three for driver David Miller. McWicked was used hard during his elim, yet still paced home in hand in 1:48, and a repeat performance might vault him to the top of this group. Sure to be in the argument for supremacy are the other two Hempt elim victors, At Press Time (1:48.2 last week, post five in this field of nine for driver Yannick Gingras) and All Bets Off (1:48.3, post eight, Matt Kakaley). LYNCH FINAL This group, taking to the track in race 9, is another still searching for its 2014 standardbearer. Up until last week, the obvious choice seemed to be Uffizi Hanover (post one, driver David Miller), who won her Breeders Crown championship last year and recently swept the Fan Hanover Stake in Ontario. But as the favorite last week, Uffizi Hanover was caught late by Cinamony (post six, Corey Callahan), and in the slowest of the three elims to boot - 1:50.3. The other two eliminations were clocked in 1:49, only a fifth of a second off the divisional world record set by I Luv The Nitelife at Pocono, and both Fancy Desire (post four, George Napolitano Jr.) and Weeper (post eight, Dave Palone) are sure to put in their bids for the section's current crown in the Lynch. SUN INVITATIONAL TROT The story here in race eight is Sebastian K S, undefeated in three starts in this country as his formerly Swedish-based trainer Ake Svanstedt transferred his stable to North America over the winter. With wins in 1:50.1, 1:50.2, and 1:50.3 and being one of the most physically-imposing trotters of recent years in the eyes of many followers, Sebastian K S will be the horse to beat, even though he will start from the outside in the field of seven for Svanstedt, also his driver. Not to go down without a fight is Market Share, the leader of his class the last two years, and the holder of the 1:50.2 record for fastest mile ever trotted on a 5/8-mile track, which he accomplished at Harrah's Philadelphia a month ago. With his main rival outside, and drawing post three for driver Tim Tetrick, Market Share may be ready to take on the current King. USTA INVITATIONAL PACE When the Franklin drew only 14 entrants and nine were to go through to the final, a consolation event was not to be in the cards, so Pocono, led by Director of Racing Rick Kane, scheduled this $100,000 contest for horses who did not make the Franklin final or were not entered last week. The entire field gathered for Saturday's race 7 has had its moments of glory, but the one of the latest and perhaps greatest one came from Dancin Yankee (post eight, driver Tyler Buter), who at Pocono on May 17 won in 1:47.2 - which put his name next to that of Pet Rock as the authors of the fastest miles ever on a five-eighth mile track. Considering that the average lifetime mark of this field of nine is 1:48.2, Dancin Yankee will have to work hard from his outer draw if he is to revisit Pocono's winners circle. Post time for the $2.2+M Sun Stakes Saturday 16-race card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be 6:30 p.m. No true fan of harness racing will want to miss this exciting, contentious racing spectacle. From the PHHA, for Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The great card of racing this past Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, primarily populated by elimination races for this Saturday's $2.2M Sun Stakes Saturday, flirted with the divisional world record table on more than one occasion without any new names being set down, but the card as a whole did produce one record - according to the USTA's Trotting and Pacing Guide, it was the fastest card ever in harness history, with an average win time of 1:49.2 for the 16 races. The T&P Guide history notes two occasions when a race card's average win time was 1:49.3 - on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at The Meadowlands, a 13-race card (p. 297, 2013 T&P Guide), and 52 weeks ago to the day at the same track (Saturday, June 22, 2013), when the Sun Stakes Saturday elim card produced the same 1:49.3 average over 14 races (p. 288, 2014 T&P Guide). This past Saturday's 1:49.2 average included two trotting miles - a 1:52.2 by Nuncio and a 1:52.4 by Father Patrick in the two Earl Beal Trot elims. In all, of the 16 races, 11 miles went 1:50 or better; 8 went 1:49 or better; and 3 went in 1:48 or better - and those three came consecutively: Domethatagain upsetting his Ben Franklin Pace elim in 1:48, McWicked taking the fastest of the Max C. Hempt Pace elims in the same time, and then Sweet Lou taking the other Franklin elim in 1:47.4. Of the ten stakes races on Saturday, six horses took lifetime marks and Sweet Lou matched his. Only Father Patrick did not rewrite his lifetime mark. There were four season's record's set, one equaled and of the ten stakes races, eight were won by Pennsylvania sired horses. This Saturday's Sun Stakes Saturday card will include the finals of the Franklin (FFAP), Hempt (3PC), and Beal (3TC), all worth $500,000, plus the $300,000 James Lynch Final (3PF), the $100,000 Sun Invitational trot (which, according to some reports, may actually help the 1:50 count, if you can believe that) and the $100,000 USTA Invitational pace, plus consolation races for the four major races as they fill, plus a strong undercard (this past Saturday's non-elim races averaged 1:49.3 themselves). The draw for the card will be held tomorrow; a story on the entries and the post draws for the major races will be distributed in the afternoon. Post time for Saturday's Sun Stakes Saturday card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is set for 6:30 p.m. If you can't come to Pocono, be sure to stake out your local track or favorite off-track wagering site. You will not want to miss this card. From the PHHA for Pocono Downs

June 22, 2014 - A trio of handicappers highlighted this weekend's action in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs thanks to the appearance of Sebastian K in the TVG FFA Series by earning triple digit gains for the week. Meanwhile, Mark McKelvie took on a $200 loss to back up towards the field as the leader now has a slim $14.50 lead over second place handicapper Brandon Valvo. The trio, which had the best performance of the fifteen handicappers, was Ray Garnett, profit of $247.50; Gordon Waterstone, $150; Bob Zanakis, $125. Three additional handicappers showed smaller profits for the week. Friday night's big winners were Ray Garnett's $50 exacta partial wheel of three horses ($150 cost) which paid $375; Rusty Nash's 4 horses $20 partial exacta wheel ($80) paying $150; Ann Stepien's $75 win ticket paying $120; Gordon Waterstone's $250 win wager paying $400; Bob Zanakis' $50 two horse exacta partial wheel ($100) paying $375. Standings as of June 20, 2014 - Leg 14 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie ($200.00) $1,318.00   2nd Brandon Valvo $0.00 $1,303.50 $14.50 3rd Derick Giwner ($24.43) $710.57 $607.43 4th Bob Zanakis $125.00 $65.50 $1,252.50 5th Earl Paulson ($150.00) ($80.50) $1,398.50 6th Brian McEvoy $12.50 ($302.50) $1,620.50 7th Ray Garnett $247.50 ($360.95) $1,678.95 8th Josi Verlingieri ($85.30) ($518.75) $1,836.75 9th Sally Hinckley $0.00 ($689.80) $2,007.80 10th Gordon Waterstone $150.00 ($703.20) $2,021.20 11th Dennis O'Hara ($240.00) ($1,177.60) $2,495.60 12th Ann Stepien $69.20 ($1,258.90) $2,576.90 13th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($1,538.00) $2,856.00 14th Rusty Nash $50.00 ($1,592.40) $2,910.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($2,722.00) $4,040.00   This week, the handicapping Shoot-Out moves to Pocono Downs for Saturday’s stakes-laden card including the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial (3yo Open Pace), $300,000 James M Lynch Memorial (3yo Filly Pace), $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial (3yo Open Trot) and $500,000 Ben Franklin (FFA Pace) in addition to any possible consolations which may be carded.  For further information regarding the Handicapping Shoot-Out, you may visit the contest website http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org Visit our blog at HANA Harness Blog. Keep up with the latest HANA Harness Handicapping Contest.

In another dramatic finish in the career of world champion pacer Captaintreacherous, the two-time Pacer of the Year suffered a neck loss Saturday in his $25,000 elimination division of the Ben Franklin Free-For-All for older pacers at Pocono Downs. The loss came to the second longest shot on the tote board, Domethatagain, who at odds of 29-1, were totally overlooked by the betting fans, but driver Simon Allard got the job done. Allard make good use of the rail at the start, leaving and parking Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick to the opening quarter mile in :26. After the half mile marker in :53.2, Captaintreacherous looked comfortable on the lead as Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras came first-over with Sunshine Beach (Brian Sears) second-over. Past the three-quarters in 1:21, Captaintreacherous was still the strong horse as Foiled Again could not collar him. But as they came down the stretch, Allard sent Domethatagain into the passing lane with a ton of speed and they not only collared Captaintreacherous, but was able to pass him by before the wire and hold him off for the head triumph in 1:48.  Bettors Edge(Matt Kakaley) was third with Foiled Again fourth and making it to the $500,000 final next week. Sunshine Beach was the fastest of the fifth place finishers from both divisions and he will make the final too. “The horse had had an infection in his knee,” Simon Allard said about Domethatagain. “He is now fresh and feeling really good. I did not think he would be that good tonight. I actually thought I could be in the top three. It was quite something beating those three monsters, Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again and Sunshine Beach. I don’t see why he won’t race this good next week.” It was a lifetime mark and the fourth win in nine starts this year for Domethatagain. Trained by Rene Allard, Domethatagain is a five-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight and is owned by Allard Racing Stable, Robert Hamather and Bruce Soulsby. Domethatagain paid $60.20 to win. In the second Ben Franklin division it was all Sweet Lou once again. The five-year-old son of Yankee Cruise has truly come into his own over the last two months and posted his fourth straight victory for driver Ron Pierce. It was Allstar Legend and driver Scott Zeron first on the lead with Bolt The Duer (Mark MacDonald) second, but by the opening quarter mile in :26.4, MacDonald sent Bolt The Duer to the front. That lead was short lived as before the half mile pole, Pierce had Sweet Lou in gear and on top in :54 seconds. From there Clear Vision (Matt Kakley) came first-over with Modern Legend (John Campbell) second-over, but Pierce and Sweet Lou would have nothing of the sort in the way of a challenge and by the three-quarters in 1:20.4 they already had a four length lead. Then in the stretch, Sweet Lou was on cruise control, winning by five open lengths in 1:47.4, the fastest mile of the night and it tied his lifetime mark. Bolt The Duer was second with Captive Audience (David Miller) and Allstar Legend fourth to round out the nine finalists. “He is just unbelievable,” said Ron Pierce of Sweet Lou. “He does it so easy. He can cover a lot of ground with ease. He did it all on his own tonight. I was just a passenger. Everyone is worried about us next week. We are definitely the horse to beat in the final.” It was the fourth win in seven starts this year for Sweet Lou. He is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, L. Karr and P. Collura. As the 1-2 favorite, Sweet Lou returned $3.00 to win. By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

This weekend we are straying from the norm and handicapping all the elimination races at Pocono Downs. They are some great races and, of course, next week’s finals will be superb for sure. Yes, on Friday is the $50,000 TVG Trot at the Meadowlands, but I feel its Sebastian K all the way even after being off for so long. But the action will be fast and furious at Pocono Downs Saturday night. Good Luck! $25,000 Trot Earl Beal Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 3rd race – Last week was a close call for Nuncio and he gets the call again in here again, but the margin could be a neck too as Datsyuk has been razor sharp this season. Use Datsyuk and Don Dorado in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace James Lynch Memorial 3YO Fillies Elims 4th race – If not for starting from the outside in post eight, Act Now would be a shoo-in against this field. She has won her last two starts impressively and has shown she can handle an outside post and has great closing speed. Use Weeper and Gallie Bythe Beach in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Earl Beal Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 5th race – Some say they were toying with the field last week, but Father Patrick just held on at the wire for a neck victory. Favorite for the Hambo needs to not cut it so close this week as the competition continues to improve. Father Patrick is unbeaten this year in three starts and should take another. Use Harper Blue Chip and Sumatra in exotic plays.  $20,000 Pace James Lynch Memorial 3YO Fillies Elims 6th race – Was no easy task picking a winner in here as field is very competitive. I am going with Allstar Rating as she draws the rail, has shown she can win from off the pace and has been close to the action every week. Use Beach Body and Fancy Desire in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Max Hempt Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 7th race – Despite costly break last week in NA Cup at Mohawk, Always B Miki should be able to rebound in here from good post position. Has tons of speed and ability, rested and once on the lead will not be caught. Use Limelight Beach and Bondi Hanover in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace James Lynch Memorial 3YO Fillies Elims 8th race - No can deny that Uffizi Hanover is now the queen of the 3YO pacing fillies after her easy victory in the Fan Hanover final last week. She has seemed to regain her winning form from last year and two starts back she showed she can win from and outside post too with an amazing :25.1 last quarter mile. Use Tyra and Also Encouraging in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Max Hempt Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 9th race – Looks to me that All Bets Off is the horse to beat with four wins and a second in his five starts this year and on all size tracks. This $7,000 yearling purchase has now won $387,000 lifetime and is headed to victory lane once again. Use Cammikey and Western Vintage in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Ben Franklin FFA Elims 10th race – This race could be as good as the final next week. I have to come back with Captaintreacherous after his super strong effort last week in 1:49.2 in his 2014 debut. Pacer of the Year last two seasons may not lose a single race this year. Use Foiled Again and Sunshine Beach in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Max Hempt Memorial 3YO Colt Elims 11th race – It was a toss-up between Bushwacker and McWicked and I am going with Bushwacker. He has been racing over this oval last two starts winning from both on and off the pace and has touted as the real thing. We will find out as McWicked is also a top competitor. Use McWicked and Somestarsomewhere in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Ben Franklin FFA Elims 12th race – Even with a couple of weeks off, Sweet Lou has really come back to form this year with three straight wins against the best pacers around and will take another in here. Use Bolt The Duer and Clear Vision in exotic plays.

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