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Calvin B (Chris Lems) would capture the harness racing featured Open Pace ($11,400) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 7). The favorite Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take the lead just before the first quarter. Putting up early fractions :26.1, :55.3. Calvin B (Bettor's Delight), who is owned by Delores Smiel and trained by Heidi Rohr, went first over and took control just before three-quarters. He would put them away in the stretch to win in 1:50.0. Geez Joe (Atlee Bender) would charge late and come up to finish second. Dreams Beachboy (Jimmy Whittemore) would take third. Calvin B ($10.80) would win for the seventh time this season and won for the 28th time in his career. Lems would also get a win with Mac's Black Hat ($4.60). Leading driver John MacDonald would win three on the night. He got victories with Cam's Lucky Sam ($2.60), A Fool For Mark ($2.80), and Yule Love It ($10.00). Live Action returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 13) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2017 -- Medusa knocked a tick from her own track record for older harness racing mares when she zipped to the front for Tony Hall and blazed home in 1:49.4 in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Once Medusa pocketed Sassa Hanover and secured the lead, she was racing only the clock. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical posted fractions of 26.3/54.4/1:22.1/1:49.4 en route to her 1-1/4-length victory over Sassa Hanover. Hurricane Calleigh rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts career earnings of $612,656, and owns with Tom Pollack. Elsewhere on the card, Smart Balance provided the day's tote board fireworks when she took a Non-Winners of 1 conditioned race for trainer/driver Cory Kreiser at 177-1. Nicole Foster and Kreiser own the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Ring Pop, who returned $451 for a $2 across-the-board wager. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $71,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch Stable's Bit Of A Legend N and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton won the 11th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:52.1 Monday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight stallion never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win over pocket-sitting Mach It So and All Bets Off, who rallied well for third. It was his seventh win of the year and 40th of his career. It was a bit of a homecoming for Tritton, who was stabled at Harrington Raceway for nearly a decade before moving to the New York circuit in 2015. The annual event celebrated the memory of former long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a regular at the racetrack and was a member of the Board of Directors at Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. Quillen passed away 13 years ago to the day of this year's event. Knoblauch, passed away earlier this summer and was a long time supporter of harness racing. Two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested in their first leg of stakes action. Heavily favored Transitioning Joy ($2.40, Montrell Teague), a Barber Pole colt, did not disappoint his backers in the first division. Owned by Joy and George Teague Jr., "Joy" set all the fractions in his 1:54.3 narrow win for trainer Clyde Francis over Slick Tony, who was a game second, and Friendsrforever. A photograph was needed to separate the top two. Transitioning Joy is a son of Barber Pole. Jim King Jr.'s Evolution Tour ($3.80, Victor Kirby) won the second division in 1:55.3 over America First and Fulla Nitro. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding set all the fractions in his decisive win for his owner/trainer. Richard Pollucci's Christen Me ($6, Jordan Stratton) won the overnight feature, a $17,500 Open event for trainer King Jr. in 1:53. Matthew Sparacino      

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton in the bike was more than good enough Saturday night (Sept. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play early from assigned post position No. 6, Bit of Legend N stuffed Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) behind him, making the lead before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. He then engaged in out-and-out equine theft, 'stealing' a 30-second next substation (:56.4 half),. That made the job of ever every non-Kiwi in the race much tougher. Bit of Legend N finished his work night (1:25.1, 1:52.3), whipping Cooperstown (Greg Merton) by a unpressured length. Somewhere in L A, The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his sixth win in 20 '17 tries. The exacta paid $25.20, with the triple returning $153.50. Frank Drucker

Cracking New Zealand bred harness racing five-year-old Lets Chase The Dream will resume after an absence of almost five months and will have his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr when he contests the $7 Pints At JPs Every Friday Night Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A winner at 13 of his 33 starts and $469,123 in prizemoney, Lets Chase The Dream was purchased by prominent West Australian owners Beth Richardson, Danny Roberts and Sue Beven after the horse finished a nose second to Classie Brigade at Rangiora on April 23 this year.    Hall said that Lets Chase The Dream, to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night, had been nominated for the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship series at Gloucester Park in November and December. “We’ll take it easy for a while to see how he goes,” Hall Snr said. “He’s a little bit underdone, but is pretty fit. We will try to lead and he should go well. We don’t want to hand up to Thereugo. He’s working on a par with my good horses, Ohoka Punter and all of them.” Lets Chase The Dream (Bettor's Delight) is an M3-class pacer and should prove far too good for his lower-assessed rivals. He came to Perth in April 2016 when Chris Lewis drove him at his two appearances at Gloucester Park, for a win over Mach Time and Ideal Tyson in a prelude of the WA Derby and a 2m second to Chicago Bull in the Derby final. He was an outstanding two-year-old who twice beat superstar Lazarus in rich Group 1 events. He beat Lazarus by a neck in the $100,000 Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park in March 2015 and scored by a length over Motu Premier and the fast-finishing Lazarus in the $156,400 New Zealand Sires Stakes at Addington in May. Shandale was fourth and Chicago Bull finished ninth in the latter event. As a three-year-old, Lets Chase The Dream twice finished second to Lazarus in Group 1 feature events in New Zealand. At his latest start, in a Group 3 classic at Rangiora on April 23 this year, Lets Chase The Dream raced in the breeze in the middle stages of the 2600m event before gaining the one-out, one-back trail at the 1400m. He was switched three wide on the home turn and burst to the front 90m from the post before finishing a nose second to the fast-finishing Classie Brigade, rating 1.55.3, with the final 800m taking 54.1sec. Ken Casellas  

Sixteen-year-old Corey Peterson has bright prospects of landing his first city-class winner at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he drives smart five-year-old Harry Hoo for ace harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr in the $20,000 TABtouch Inter Dominion Starts November 24 Pace. He also has excellent prospects in an earlier race, the www.perthinterdominion.com.au Pace, in which he will drive stylish last-start winner Mcclinchie. Harry Hoo, a winner at 12 of his 48 starts, drops in class and has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier seven in the 2536m event. He was tenth on the pegs at the bell before finishing strongly into sixth place behind Shandale over 2130m last Friday night. He led when running a splendid second to El Hombre two starts before that. Harry Hoo (Bettor's Delight), who has a losing sequence of nine, will clash with The Errol Ashcroft-trained mare Forever Remembered, who will start from the outside of the front line, but looks a realistic chance in this moderate company. She is capable of unwinding a spirited late burst, similar to her sparkling sprint which carried her to a thrilling victory over Maia Maguire and Foxy Dame three starts ago. Mcclinchie impressed at his first start for Hall when he finished strongly from fifth at the bell to beat El Hombre and Messi over 2536m last Friday night. Mcclinchie will start from the No. 4 barrier on the front line, with El Hombre on the outside at barrier nine. El Hombre, to be driven by Chris Lewis, was gallant in defeat behind Mcclinchie last week after racing in the breeze for most of the journey but gets a good chance to turn the tables this week. Ken Casellas

Superstar pacer Chicago Bull will start the most ambitious campaign of his illustrious harness racing career when he contests the $25,000 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he is forward enough in condition to notch his 23rd victory at his 35th start, despite drawing out wide at barrier seven. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr was somewhat guarded in his prediction, saying: “he will go close.” Chicago Bull (Bettor's Delight) will be making his first appearance for eight weeks and will be strongly fancied to extend his winning sequence to seven. He took his earnings to $932,049 when he began speedily from the No. 4 barrier, set the pace and won convincingly from The Bucket List and Our Jericho at a 1.55.9 rate over 2130m on July 14. The five-year-old is being set for the rich summer carnival treble of the TABtouch Inter Dominion championship, the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup. His clash in the Inters with sensational New Zealand five-year-old Lazarus should provide spectacular action. Hall hinted that his son Gary Hall Jnr would drive Chicago Bull conservatively and would rely on the gelding’s renowned dazzling finishing burst. Hall Snr holds a strong hand in Friday night’s race in which he will also be represented by Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz. Stuart McDonald will drive Run Oneover from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line and Nathan Turvey has been engaged to handle Beaudiene Boaz, who will start from the inside of the back line. Hall Snr who has won the Porter Memorial with Make The Rules (1999), Its Written In The Stars (2000) and Crusader Banner (2015), said he expected Run Oneover to prove hard to beat, predicting that the six-year-old would set the pace and would not be placed under undue pressure. Run Oneover led from barrier two and after a scorching third quarter of the final mile in 26.8sec. held on doggedly to win from Our Jimmy Johnstone last Friday night. Hall Snr said that $1 million pacer Beaudiene Boaz was “going super” and was poised for a strong effort at his first start for eight weeks. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri will be represented by Sheer Rocknroll (resuming after a spell) and Jambiani (a fast-finishing last-start winner). Sheer Rocknroll, to be driven for the first time by Morgan Woodley, is a winner of 22 races and should be prominent from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Sheer Rocknroll, the only mare in the race, warmed up for her first-up assignment after an absence of 12 weeks with a most impressive trial win at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she led and won by four lengths from talented stablemate Im Full of Excuses, rating 1.56.2 over 2185m. Shannon Suvaljko will drive Jambiani, who will start from barrier four on the front line. Jambiani was a 95/1 outsider driven by McDonald when he was fifth, three back on the pegs at the bell, before flashing home to beat Ideal Alice and Run 0neover at a 1.55 rate in the 2536m August Cup last Friday week. The Michael Brennan trained The Bucket List will have admirers from barrier five. Now an eight-year-old, The Bucket List finished solidly when second to the pacemaker Bettors Fire in the Porter Memorial 12 months ago. Adding further interest to Friday night’s event will be the return to racing of seven-year-old Simply Susational, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainer Skye Bond. He will start from barrier two on the back line and is capable of unwinding with a powerful finishing burst. Dual WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy (Clint Hall) and Americanbootscoota (Chris Lewis), a winner at eight of his past 13 starts, fared badly in the random draw and face difficult tasks from barriers eight and nine, respectively. Ken Casellas

WILKES-BARRE PA - Pasultimatedelite N ($28.80) delighted in getting the ultimate good trip in the pocket, then came on to catch odds-on pacesetter Marlee B to win the $16,500 harness racing mares pacing feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Andrew McCarthy, guiding his fourth winner of the night, sent the daughter of Bettors Delight to the lead in the 26.3 initial stanza, then yield to the quarter-move of Marlee B and sat behind her through middle splits of 55 and 1:23. When crunch time came, Pasultimatedelite N could summon a little more than her rival, winning by a length and lowering her lifetime mark a tick to 1:51.2. Mark Kesmodel conditions the career winner of $289,165 for owners Patrick O'Brien and George Hartman. Tomorrow morning The Downs will be conducting the draw for the four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for two-year-olds, with $50,000 consolations also on the docket if they fill. These races will be conducted on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, when Pocono will be switching over its Monday post time to the twilight time of 4:30 p.m., a start time in effect for that day for the rest of the meet. PHHA / Pocono  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his harness racing opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night (Aug. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In the hunt early from assigned post position No. 6, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quarter-mile. A rated, :29.1 next substation (:55.4 half) was going to make the people's preference tough to catch. Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) tried it from first- and second-over, respectively, as Bit of a Legend N found a 1:24.2 three-quarters. He widened to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held Caviart Luca at bay. The margin was measured three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3. Bakersfield (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach hit the line together for third, with Mach it So settling for the final pay envelope. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 17 '17 tries. The exacta paid $33.50, with the triple returning $89.50 (Bakersfield third) and $92 (Melmerby Beach third). Prior to the race, Tritton spoke of von Knoblauch, who passed away early this month at age 90. "Harry was a gentleman who enjoyed racing and not afraid to spend money to get good horses. His daughters want to keep the stable going, and I'm fortunate to train for them." Bit Of A Legend's official lifetime record is as follows; Down Under - 63 starts for 20 wins, 15 seconds and 4 thirds for $810,101 North America - 45 starts for 17 wins 10 seconds and 4 thirds for $1,101,920 Total - 108 starts for 37 wins, 25 seconds and 8 thirds for $1,939,521 Bit Of A Legend Yonkers offers up the sixth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

Arsenic (Bettor's Delight) has been a favorite of the betting public. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer had been the top choice of the bettors in six consecutive starts competing at four different harness racing tracks heading into his try in Saturday night's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Arsenic was once again the favorite on Saturday and would wind up first over in the $11,250 feature. Billy Dobson piloted the four year old pacer as he cruised past the leader before opening up a big lead. Arsenic prevailed by better than three lengths in a mile paced in 1:52.3. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson who holds a big lead in the local driver standings. The Arsenic victory was one of three on the night for Rohr whose Beachy Dream prevailed earlier in the night. Her Burkes Bandit scored in the evening's finale to complete the training triple. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 31 - Harness racing trainer Dave Menary was expected to win Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker at Mohawk Racetrack, but it was the least likely of his two starters to come through with the victory. Menary trainee Trump That was the overwhelming favourite in a field of five two-year-old pacing colts and geldings competing for $14,000. Trump That enjoyed a two-hole ride and took the lead in the stretch, but couldn't kick away from his rivals and got picked off by a charging Dragon Time and driver James MacDonald. Dragon Time sat fourth throughout the opening stages before hitting full flight in the stretch and getting up to win in 1:53. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight paced a :27.3 final-quarter to win by a half a length. Brackley Beach finished third, while Albergo Hanover was fourth. Webmaster Hanover showed the way until the top of the lane and posted fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:24.2. He faded back to finish fifth. Owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Larry Menary and Alan Alber, Dragon Time was a $50,000 purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Bettors Delight gelding now has two wins in four starts and $19,180 banked. Dragon Time paid $11.20 to win. Dragon Time The $39,800 Dream Maker Series final will take place next Monday (August 7). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A special post time of 6 p.m. is in effect due to the RCMP Musical Ride performance taking place during Tuesday's card. Mark McKelvie

Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight) was the runner-up in the 2016 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Peter Tritton-trained standout wound up second best to former harness racing Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. On Saturday night, Bit Of A Legend N was dismissed at odds of 15-1 as he took part in his second consecutive $260,000 Gerrity Pace. Driver Jordan Stratton sat patiently with the talented eight year old as a grueling pace was being set. There wasn't a dull moment throughout as top rivals were slugging it out from the word "go." The opening quarter went in 26.4 before the first half was clocked in 54.3. The field bunched up after three quarters in 1:21.2 and longshot Bit Of A Legend N powered up three wide around the final turn. From fifth at the head of the stretch to first at the wire, Bit Of A Legend stopped the timer in 1:50.3 exacting his revenge from last year's defeat in the Gerrity with an impressive win in the ninth annual installment of the race in honor of the former Chairman of the Board at Saratoga who passed away in 2005. 36-1 shot Mach It So (Dave Miller) came on for second while Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller) earned the show spot. Bit Of A Legend N returned $32.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $1,037 and $5,295, respectively. Bit Of A Legend N The fourteen race program featured a track record performance by Funknwaffles (American Ideal) in the NY Sire Stakes as he became the fastest three year old pacer in track history by prevailing in 1:50.4. Funknwaffles Also, the fastest trotting time and pacing time of the year were set on Saturday as Gural Hanover (Matt Kakaley) trotted to victory in 1:54 and Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller) scored in 1:49.2, the third fastest time in track history on what was a sensational night of racing at Saratoga. Luck Be Withyou Heaven's Gait - New York Sire Stakes Live racing continues on Tuesday evening featuring NY Sire Stakes action with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2017 -- Cult Icon used a decisive first-over move to carry her to victory in a stake-record 1:53.1 in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Real Fine and Dance For Kisses taking the other splits. Cult Icon was third down the backside when she targeted the leader, Ana Hanover, with a brush so powerful it took her driver, Tyler Smith, by surprise. "They told me she doesn't like to do a lot of work, but when I moved her, she went right on by," Smith said. "Off the turn I called on her, and she paced straight through the wire. I think she'll get even better. She really hadn't seen fractions like she saw today, and she paced right through them." Cult Icon held off Round The Beach by 3/4 lengths while Ana Hanover saved show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 established by Rusty's Bliss in 2013. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stable and Stately Gaits Stable. Real Fine had faced the starter four times, including baby races, and jumped it off on three occasions. But winning driver Dave Palone exonerated her from blame. "I always loved her attitude, and a lot of those mistakes really weren't her fault," Palone said. "She's a sweetheart of a filly; she tries real hard. I think she'll go nowhere but forward from here." In Monday's stake, Real Fine moved first over from third before heading back to the cones for a quick breather. She came on again in the lane and downed Come Get The Cash by 1/2 length in 1:55 with early leader Fine Art third. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall had to use Dance For Kisses twice -- once for an early seat from post 8, once when she challenged the leader three wide near the three-quarters -- but the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Thirsty For Kisses, responded beautifully, prevailing in 1:56. Some Renditions was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Pink It Up completed the ticket. "We had a 35-1 shot loose on the front end, so I wanted to make sure I was in the outer flow," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about that (being three wide), but she kept hold of the bit and kept marching forward." Justin Lebo trains Dance For Kisses for Crawford Farms Racing. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Sand Tart, a $159,852 PA Sites Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Bettors Up, driven by Doug McNair, pulled off a 11-1 upset by a mere nose in the $440,000 Fan Hanover Final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. Bettors Up got away third while Agent Q and Al Mar Got A Fever battled for the early lead into the first turn. A parked out Agent Q stuck the front as they blasted by the quarter pole in :26.4. Bettors Up then made a quick rush to the lead before the :55.1 half. The 9-5 heavy favourite, Idyllic Beach, who was sitting fourth, was hoping to catch second-over cover so when Al Mar Got A Fever made a bid for the lead from third, the bettor's choice followed. Bettors Up remained the leader as they passed the three-quarter marker in 1:22.1. Agent Q, who was sitting second, was fed open racetrack and added pressure to Bettors Up. The pair dueled strides before the wire but Bettors Up poked a nose in front to score the victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Agent Q was second in the photo finish and Tequila Monday finished third. Idyllic Beach was advancing from fourth to third but broke stride momentarily, which resulted in her finishing fourth. "I thought (she held on)," said McNair. "I got my hopes up a little bit after and I kind of had to relax a bit. She is not a very big filly so I wasn't quite sure." "There wasn't a lot of leavers," he added. "I actually tried to get away in the two-hole behind Dave [Miller and Agent Q]. It didn't work out. But it actually worked out the right away for us. I had to revoke her back to the lead and she did the rest." The daughter of Bettor's Delight and Fresh Idea, who is trained by Scott McEneny, notched her second victory of the season and eighth career triumph. With the win, the filly lifts her career earnings to $456,499 for Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. "She had a good week," said trainer McEneny. "She drew well and she raced really tough last week so I was very happy with her race last week. Things worked out tonight." Bettors Up finished second her in her elimination behind Tequila Monday. Bettors Up paid $24.40, 10.40 and $4.80, combining with Agent Q ($10.40, $5.50) for a $280.40 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-5 (Tequila Monday, $2.60) triactor was worth $782.70, while a $1 superfecta [1-7-5-4 (Idyllic Beach)] returned $3,649.35. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 14 - Following a second-place finish to odds-on favourite Tequila Monday in an elimination for the Fan Hanover last week, Bettors Up, a Bettor's Delight filly from the Western Hanover mare Fresh Ideal, returns for the $440,000 final on Saturday's (June 17) North America Cup harness racing undercard. "She was a pretty good filly last year--she won in 1:51 in a division of Pennsylvania Sires [Stakes at The Meadows]," said Scott McEneny, who trains Bettors Up for owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny. Over 14 starts in her career, Bettors Up has won seven, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) and a division of the Eternal Camnation last year, compiling $227,749 in earnings. She has made four starts this year, improving from a seventh-place finish in her debut against conditioned mares on May 6 to a sharp 1:51.1 victory on June 2nd ahead of the Fan Hanover eliminations. "Coming back up here to Canada we had a tough spring to get them ready," McEneny said, "A lot of rain, so getting some fast miles in them was tough. She had a couple of starts under her belt, but then I put her on Lasix [May 26] and it seemed to help her. We had missed three weeks [after scratching sick from a Sires Stake], so she needed that race because she's not a really good trainer; she's really lazy. "She's not a very big filly, but she's filled out over the year. She doesn't wear very long hopples--she just has a big heart. We paid $15,000 for her and she has a good pedigree, but her biggest problem is her size." As a two-year-old, Bettors Up's only other stakes venture following PASS action was in the Three Diamonds at Woodbine Racetrack. She finished sixth in the final. "The final of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes was at Chester and she just didn't like that track," McEneny said. "When I raced her there the first time, she hit her knee real badly (because she never wore knee boots), and so I was fighting a bad knee the whole year. "Then we had six weeks off before any other stakes, and I think she just got a little stale; just wasn't sharp." Last Saturday, Bettors Up was sent to the front, attempting to wire the field in the second of two Fan Hanover eliminations before being caught in the final strides by Tequila Monday, who won by a length in 1:50.4. "I knew she'd be good because she likes to race tough. When she won in [1]:51, Doug McNair raced her first up," McEneny said. "I think she got a little lazy up front in the elimination, plus I thought we could've gotten the third-quarter to be a little slower; Scotty Zeron [driving Shes Watching] was coming kind of hard, so she went a big third-quarter but still came home in :27. I was pretty happy with her." Tequila Monday got the better of Bettors Up in their elimination, while Idyllic Beach took care of business in the other split. The elimination winners will likely be the favourites at post-time, but McEneny feels his filly, who will start from the rail, can be right with them and be a player. "That was a tough filly that beat her," McEneny said. "Some of the other fillies, like Idyllic Beach, we've beaten before, so I think she can go with them. It's going to come down to who gets the right trip and there are four, five, six good fillies in there. It's not going to be a cake walk for anybody." Here is the field for Saturday's $440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes. 1. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight (Doug McNair/Scott McEneny) 2. Al Mar Got A Fever by Third Straight (Trevor Henry/Mike Weller) 3. Shes Watching by Rocknroll Hanover (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 4. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere  (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5. Tequila Monday by American Ideal (Brian Sears/Chris Oakes) 6. Action Majesty  by Royal Mattjesty (Sylvain Filion/Gregg McNair) 7. Agent Q  by Western Terror (David Miller/Aaron Lambert) 8. Future Headlines by Sportswriter (Tim Tetrick/Colin Johnson) 9. Roaring To Go by Art Major (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 10. Dancing Shadows K  by Shadow Play (Randy Waples/Rod Boyd) Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2017 -- Looking for a sharp prep before tackling the best in her division, Brazuca found the right spot in Monday's Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where she rolled to victory in a harness racing stake-record 1:51.3. The $80,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Beach Club, Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double behind Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon. Brazuca earned just less than $90,000 at 2 and was beaten only 6-1/4 lengths in the Breeders Crown final. But Tom Cancelliere, who trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times for John Cancelliere, said he wanted to ease her back into a demanding schedule, which continues with the June 24 James Lynch Memorial eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "We wanted to start her out in a spot where she would be good and work her way up," he said. "She came back super this year, no problems at all. But it's such a long year. We'll be racing them all the way to November." On Monday, Brazuca had little trouble handling post 7, as she zipped to the lead for Corey Callahan and downed Traceuse Hanover by 3 lengths, with Stairwaytothestars third. The time erased the 1:52 mark jointly held by Icommandmyspirit and Keystone Riptide. Beach Club opened a 6-length lead at the top of the stretch but nearly lost it all to the late charge of Tori Hanover, who fell a head short. Bridge To Tomorrow finished third in the 1:53.2 mile. "I think she just waits a little bit on the point," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I would have preferred to follow, but when you're the favorite like that and you've got a chance to control the numbers, you take it. I really wasn't worried. I thought she was a winner at the sixteenth pole, I thought she was a winner at the wire. She's a big, lanky filly who shut down a little bit." Ron Burke conditions Beach Club, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sand Speed, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and Larry Karr. Sitting in the pocket with Sweetest Emotion, Tony Hall was pondering whether to angle outside or dive into the Lightning Lane when the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Sweet Paprika made the decision for him. "She got a little rammy in the middle of the last turn," Hall said, "so as long as I had the option, I figured I'd go outside. She dug all the way through the wire." Sweetest Emotion defeated the rallying Queen To Me by 3/4 lengths while early leader Freakonomics completed the ticket. Nifty Norman trains the winner for Pinske Stables, Enzed Racing Stable and Carter Pinske. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Shesasmokinlady shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:52.1 for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz. The 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol extended her career bankroll to $199,765. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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