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Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven filly and mare harness racing pacers has been assembled for the featured race on Friday afternoon (March 6) at Freehold Raceway, the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap. It's scheduled as the 6th race, with a post time of 2:10 PM EST.   Faithful Desire, from the barn of Robert Bongiorno, is the likely favorite. She won a NW $15,000 pace at Yonkers Raceway back on February 14, pacing the mile in a sharp 1:54.4. She finished fourth and fifth in her two most recent tries at the level. This will mark her first start at Freehold since January 19, when she won this class. Joe Bongiorno will drive.   When Sharks Fly, from post position six, figures to be the most formidable opponent. She won two races in a row earlier in the meet, and was most recently second in a NW $6,000 pace back on February 28. Jim Marshall III will drive for trainer Donna Marshall.   Fear My Shadow, Last Flight In, Askmysecretary, Sue's Night Out, and Bronskimackenzie complete the septet. The latter two have also won at Freehold this year, and will seek to bounce back off seventh and sixth-place finishes, respectively, behind When Sharks Fly last out.   The first of ten races at Freehold on Friday will be at 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- The father/son harness racing team of trainer Robert Bongiorno and his driver/son Joe combined with 13-1 shot Meadowbranch Lulu to win the $30,000 Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotting filly feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The younger Bongiorno positioned Meadowbranch Lulu, a daughter of Explosive Matter, second behind pacesetting Reigningblackswan, then proved to be a "pocket rocket" down the stretch, overhauling the leader by a length, with Northern Grace seven lengths further back in third. The winner took a new career mark of 1:54.3 for owners John DeVito and Rocco Manniello.   At press time, driver George Napolitano had posted four victories on the Tuesday Pocono card, bringing his North American-leading total to 703 for the year. His two nearest rivals, Aaron Merriman and two-time defending dash champion Ron Wrenn Jr., are both racing at Cleveland's Northfield Park, and at press time had posted two and three victories, respectively, so far in the evening, bringing the 2015 score as this is written to Napolitano 703, Merriman 693, Wrenn 666.   After trailing his two competitors virtually all year, Napolitano grabbed the top with an incredible week of 32 victories last Monday to Sunday, posting 15 triumphs in three cards at Pocono and 17 in four cards at Harrah's Philadelphia.   PHHA/Pocono    

Nichols, N.Y. -- Uncontested through a sensible early pace, odds-on harness racing favourite B Yoyo used a :27 third-quarter surge to evade his six trailing rivals in Saturday (August 29) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs, ultimately edging clear for a decisive 1:53 triumph.   Vinny Ginsburg wasted no time with the 5-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra, seizing command from Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) in the first hundred yards. The two continued unchallenged through early sectionals of :27.3 and :57.1, and B Yoyo turned up the tempo at first asking from Ginsburg, edging clear of Bourbon Bay by two lengths through a 1:24.1 three-quarter split while a first-over bid from Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) failed to materialize. B Yoyo remained strong to the end, holding clear by 2-1/2 lengths under intermittent whip taps while Bourbon Bay and Six Bax were both driven to give chase late. The 1:53 win was B Yoyo's third consecutive success, and the 15th of his career.   Bob Bongiorno trains B Yoyo for Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 30) afternoon, with a 13-race program headlined by five preliminary divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotters. Post time is slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

 A middle move into a contested pace sent 2-1 favourite B Yoyo ($6.00) to the front in Saturday (August 22) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at  the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs, and the 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding edged clear of his seven rivals for a 1:52.4 score in the Roll With Joe Eve feature. Vinny Ginsburg attended the early pace while inside three other leavers, allowing E R Ellie (Jim Meittinis), Skates N Plates (Aaron Byron), and Canadian Wildcat (Mike Simons) to alternate on the lead before commencing a first-over rally on the clubhouse turn with B Yoyo. After Canadian Wildcat reached race's midpoint in :55.2, B Yoyo ratcheted up the pressure, taking over midway on the backstretch and edging clear at will. B Yoyo authoritatively established the lead through a :28.3 third quarter, but 22-1 outsider Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) loomed a major threat after working out a second-over trip. Still, B Yoyo proved superior, edging clear to defeat Six Bax by 2-1/4 lengths. Jailhouse Jessica (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied from third-over to take third, while E R Ellie saved fourth after she was compromised by traffic on the far turn. Bob Bongiorno trains B Yoyo for Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos. Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with a hat trick on the 10-race card, teaming up with Marc Major trainees Highland Yankee ($31.60, 1:55.2) and Geronimo Fame ($8.40, 1:57.2), along with Mike Sinclair trainee Keystone Trevor ($4.80, 1:56). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 23) afternoon, with first post on the stakes-studded card set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. James Witherite

EAST RUTHERFORD (June 12, 2015) - The elements came together perfectly for some fast times in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday evening. With temperatures approaching 90 degrees and a great deal of humidity, the one mile oval at The Meadowlands was lightning fast for the 12-race harness racing program. The mile that had the grandstand buzzing came in the sixth race, upper-level condition trotting event. A field of seven accomplished trotters with plenty of class lined up behind the gate, including the prohibitive favorite Master Of Law, who was sent off as the 1/2 choice. Master Of Law is known for his explosive late kick, but tonight would change his tactics and take control of the race as the field went past the opening quarter. From there, the five year old gelding would establish strong fractions of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:23.3 before turning for home with a two length lead. World Cup was tracking from third position and Joe Bongiorno angled his trotter in the stretch and as soon as he was shown racetrack, World Cup found another gear. Master Of Law fought back gamely and the two hit the wire together, noses apart, but the nose in front belonged to World Cup, stopping the timer in 1:50.4. Master Of Law was a game second with the mare Clementine Dream third. World Cup won for the 17th time in his career, with earnings of $332,845. The 1:50.4 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the six year old son of Yankee Glide. He is owned by Carly L Roman and trained by Bob Bongiorno. Another mile that lit up the teletimer came in the first race, where Beach Granny stormed to a 1:49 winning performance in a filly and mare condition pacing event. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere cleared the lead past the half-mile pole in 54.1, paced a powerful 27.1 third quarter while leading the field and was able to fend off Wicked Little Minx to score in a lifetime best performance by nearly four seconds for Scott Zeron and trainer Steve Elliot. The 1:49 clocking was the fastest mile for any pacing mare this season, but that would only last for a few hours. In the 11th race on the program, Hot List by McArdle, coming off a blowout win at Goshen lowered the national season's mark for the pacing mares, with a 1:48.2 performance in a condition event while rallying up the pylons to catch Monkey On My Wheel. The win was the 27th of her career that now includes earnings of over $380,000. Hot List  with a 1:48.2 performance In other action, Aldebaran Eagle took a big step on the Road to the Hambletonian with a blowout win against a strong condition trotting group in 1:52.1, a lifetime best performance. The stakes winner as a two year old took over on the back stretch and never looked back, trotting home willingly in 28-seconds flat. This son of Muscle Hill is owned by Aldebaran Park Inc, and driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Jonas Czernyson. There were two divisions of the second leg of the Cathedra Dot Com for pacing mares on Friday night. The first division saw a repeat winner in Real Drama (Real Desire) who set a new lifetime mark, winning in 1:50.4. The second division was a runaway as That Woman Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) bottomed out the field to score by many, also in 1:50.4. The $20,000 Final will take place on Friday, June 19th. At the betting windows, total handle was up nearly 10 percent, with the on-track handle up nearly 40-percent as nearly 10,000 spectators flooded the Big M oval to watch the camels and ostriches do battle. Both $.20 cent jackpot Super Hi-5 carryovers continued to grow, as the 5th race carryover swelled to $155,451 and the last race carryover now standing at $129,920. Racing returns with a 13-race program on Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

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