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Ever since the beginning, Alan Katz and his brothers have enjoyed watching JK Endofanera. "He's been a pleasure from Day One," said Katz, who owns the 4-year-old male pacer with brothers Ron and Steve under the 3 Brothers Stables moniker. "He hasn't put in too many bad races. He's just a good horse. He came back good this year and he's getting better as the year goes on, which is a good thing." JK Endofanera will be looking for his third consecutive win when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Last week, he won his CPD elimination by 1-3/4 lengths over favorite Shamballa in 1:50.1 over a track labeled "good" because of rain. Two weeks prior to the elim, the Jimmy Takter-trained JK Endofanera and driver Brett Miller stormed home with a :26.2 final quarter-mile to capture the Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing super," Katz said. "Hopefully all systems are go. Jimmy has done a good job with the horse, a real good job. We're hopeful he'll get a good chunk of the purse on Saturday night." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$685,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. JK Endofanera, a homebred son of Art Major-Presidential Lady, has won 18 of 36 career starts and finished worse than third only six times. His victories include the Governor's Cup at age 2 and North America Cup, at Mohawk, and American-National Stakes at 3, helping him to earnings of $1.72 million. He has won three of four career races at Mohawk. State Treasurer also will be trying to extend a win streak in the Canadian Pacing Derby final. The 6-year-old Ian Moore-trainee has won three consecutive races, including his CPD elimination by a neck over All Bets Off in 1:50.1, and seven of 13 overall starts this season. For his career, State Treasurer has won 28 of 84 races and $1.44 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. All Bets Off won this year's Confederation Cup and Prix d'Ete. The Canadian Pacing Derby field also includes previous champion Foiled Again, who won the event in 2012, as well as Dan Patch Award-winner McWicked, who was voted the sport's top 3-year-old male pacer in 2014. Limelight Beach won last year's Little Brown Jug and is less than $40,000 from $1 million in career purses. "It's an interesting race," Katz said. "That's why they race them, there are no locks. You've got to be at the top of your game every week against this caliber. You need some racing luck, a lot can go wrong. They're not machines. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." The Katz brothers also will be hoping for the best for JK Fannie, who is in Saturday's She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. JK Fannie, who is winless in six races this year, will start from post nine with Matt Kakaley listed to drive for trainer Nancy Johansson. JK Fannie, a homebred daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-JK Soundofmusic, lost nearly two months of training because of illness during the winter, so she could improve as the season goes on. She has two second-place finishes and one third-place finish among her most recent four starts. "She's a nice filly," Katz said. "She was really sick in December, but made a miraculous recovery. We're surprised she came so quickly. We're really looking forward to her later races (this year). She's staked to everything. She's a big, strong filly. "We hope she does well. She'll need a good trip just to get a piece of it (Saturday). She's in tough. If she gets a check we'll be happy. But it's exciting to have two horses in the big races. That's why you're in the business." Following is the field for the Canadian Pacing Derby with listed drivers and trainers: 1. McWicked, Jody Jamieson, Casie Coleman 2. State Treasurer, Randy Waples, Ian Moore 3. JK Endofanera, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 4. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 5. Shamballa, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron 6. Nirvana Seelster, Doug McNair, William Budd 7. Limelight Beach, John Campbell, Ron Burke 8. Captive Audience, TBA, Colin Johnson 9. Foiled Again, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke 10. Piston Broke, Sylvain Filion, Rob Fellows by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

There were 3 divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action for freshman pacers on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $81,000 each. In the first division, it was Jt45 and Burke Racing's Big Top Hanover (Brett Miller) springing the upset. The son of Western Ideal latched on to live cover at the half, and was able to out close leader Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) to pick up the win. Heavy favorite Spider Man Hanover dropped back sharply through the field and was distanced in the end. It was the first career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who completed the mile in 1:52.4. He paid $69.20 to win. In division two, another Ron Burke charge Check Six (Yannick Gingras) was victorious. The son of Somebeachsomewhere showed tactical speed from post 7, putting him in position for a quarter brush, which he utilized just after the quarter. He led the rest of the way, winning by two lengths in 1:53 I'm Some Graduate (Tim Tetrick) closed sharply to be second while Allie's Cruiser (Matt Kakaley) closed up the inside for third. It was the fourth straight victory for Check Six, who returned $5.00. He is owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Bill Switala, and James Martin. Division three completed the Ron Burke sweep as JK Will Power took advantage of a perfect trip to win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere prevailed in a stretch duel over another Burke trainee Manhattan Beach (Yannick Gingras) to prevail in 1:53.1. JJ Flynn (Brett Miller) finished third. It was the second career win for JK Will Power, who is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. He paid $5.00. Michael Bozich

The undefeated Pure Country completed her sweep of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes preliminary legs, and Newborn Sassy set track and stake records in Wednesday's PASS action at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. The $212,776 event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over four divisions, with Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Be taking the other splits. Pure Country was on top early in her split when Skinny Dipper made a nasty break that scattered the back markers and left I Said Diamonds, sitting on Pure Country's bumper, as the only real competition. "I heard the horse in the three hole make a break," said winning driver Brett Miller. "When I looked at the tote board, I saw there was a big gap, so I thought I should take advantage of that and go a slow second quarter." "I think she can go with anybody." "She doesn't have to be on the front." "In my opinion, she can race better off the pace." "I've been putting her on the front to stay out of trouble." Pure Country triumphed in 1:52.3, 3/4 lengths better than I Said Diamonds. Hug A Dragoness earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana who's now perfect in five starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. After launching her career poorly in a July 9 PASS leg, Newborn Sassy retreated to the PA Stallion Series, where she gained confidence and put her game together. In the Meadow Cheer, she saved ground, then zipped home for Tim Tetrick in 1:51.1, fastest ever for a 2-year-old filly pacer at The Meadows. Weeper held the previous track and stake mark of 1:51.4. Early leader Shesasmokinlady was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Peachy third. "We started her out a little steep there -- she wasn't quite as ready as she should have been, perhaps," said Jim King, Jr., who conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton -- a $37,000 yearling acquisition -- and owns with CC Racing. "It was a tough winter in Illinois where she started, so we got a little bit of a late start." "She's developed very well." Shezarealdeal grabbed her second PASS win with an uncovered backside burst that carried her to victory in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than Princess Fabulosa. Yankee Moonshine finished fourth-placed-third. "The horse on the front didn't look that good," winning driver Marcus Miller said, "so I thought if I could keep pacing hard when we hit the turn, I could get by her. "She's really quick, so I wasn't too surprised." "I put her on the front too many times in a row." "Today, just following for a half, she was brave." Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Shezarealcaesar for Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal made it two straight when she found late racing room to score in 1:51, matching her career best. Angels Delight was a nose back in second while Just A Bee completed the ticket. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last, who boosted her career bankroll to $391,283, for trainer Randy Bendis and owners Bendis, Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 15-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features the $174,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which has drawn Hambletonian runner-up Mission Brief and Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey. The Moni Maker goes as race 3 on the program, which begins at 6:55 PM.                                                          Evan Pattak

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 14, 2015 - JK Endofanera and harness racing driver Brett Miller used a valiant stretch drive to overtake a field of ten in the 22nd installment of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With a final time of 1:48.4, JK Endofanera was able to take advantage of the long Hoosier Park stretch to score his third win of the season for trainer, Jimmy Takter. Leaving from the coveted rail position, JK Endofanera was quick off the gate but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Ricky Macomber Jr. had Bettor's Edge on a mission from post nine. Bettor's Edge was the first to get a call through a snappy opening panel in :25.3, while Lyonssomewhere and Andy Miller benefitted from a pocket trip with the rest of the field sorting out early position. Lyonssomewhere made a move to the front approaching the second station but his lead would be short lived as Yannick Gingras had the post time favorite, Foiled Again, pointed to the front. The quick tempo continued as Foiled Again reached the front at the half mile mark in :53.1 and was joined immediately feeling the pressure from Clear Vision and Trace Tetrick on the outside. As the field passed the three-quarter clocking in 1:21.1, Clear Vision was able to put away Foiled Again but looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced himself for the cavalry charge behind him. JK Endofanera appeared to be buried at the top of the stretch as he was sitting eighth at the pylons turning for home. Matt Kakaley had All Bets Off well placed at the top of the stretch as they made a valiant bid for the lead but his biggest threat was still behind him. Miller found late racing room, asked his mount for more, and JK Endofanera exploded past his rivals with a :26.2 final quarter to get the win by two and a half lengths. All Bets Off held on gamely for the second place finish while Clear Vision rounded out the trifecta. As the betting publics' second choice, JK Endofanera returned $6.40 to his backers. "The race definitely didn't shape up like I hoped," Miller noted in the winner's circle with a laugh. "I was buried on the rail and when we were coming around the last turn I honestly thought to myself, it's all up to God now." "I know the track and I know how long this stretch is, we definitely used it to our advantage tonight," he continued. "Jimmy (Takter) told me when he got this horse that he is the real deal and after the last few races, I've had a lot of confidence in him. He definitely showed how good of a horse he is tonight. It was a great race; this is actually a race I've always wanted to win." Trained by Jimmy Takter the four-year-old son of Art Major-Presidential Lady notched his third win from eight starts in 2015. With the win, JK Endofanera pushed his lifetime bankroll to $1,712,088 for his connections at the 3 Brothers Stables. Hoosier Park's Dan Patch Stakes saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 22nd edition of Hoosier Park's signature event to the track. The wagering front also success and offered significant value to the horseplayer with the continuation of a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 15. With an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m., Saturday's 14-race card will feature the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old divisions. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14. Featuring the largest purse in the 21-year-history of the event, ten of the top rated older pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. The 2015 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. and be supported by an all-star undercard includes Indiana Sires Stakes and overnight series action. The 2015 Dan Patch field boasts combined career purse earnings over $17 million and includes five millionaires and two World Champions. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995. Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, with $7.09 million in career purse earnings, headlines the ten horses entered in this year's Dan Patch Stakes and will play the role of morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 from post two. The 11-year-old World Champion pacer will make first appearance in the race, and third Hoosier Park start, with regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Burke has enlisted Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver, Ricky Macomber Jr., who visited the Dan Patch winner's circle in 2000 and 2002, to drive Bettor's Edge from post nine. Bettor's Edge and Macomber Jr. finished second in the 2014 edition of the Dan Patch to stablemate Sweet Lou in a track record setting mile of 1:47.2. Joining Foiled Again and Bettor's Edge from the Burke Stable on Friday will be Limelight Beach from post seven, All Bets Off from post eight, and Clear Vision from the trailing post position ten. JK Endofanera will join the stellar cast of entrants and be a main contender for the 2015 Dan Patch title from the coveted rail position. With over $1.5 million in career earnings, the Jimmy Takter trainee has been tabbed as the 3-1 morning line second choice. Brett Miller has been listed to drive both JK Endofanera and World Champion Clear Vision. The 2015 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:   1. JK Endofanera Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: Brett Miller 3-1 2. Foiled Again Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Yannick Gingras 5-2 3. Lyonssomewhere Tr: Julie Miller Dr: Andy Miller 8-1 4. Captive Audience Tr: Douglas Berkeley Dr: Andrew McCarthy 20-1 5. Duc Dorleans Tr: Jacques Dupont Dr: Peter Wrenn 15-1 6. Let's Drink On It Tr: Joe Seekman Dr: Travis Seekman 20-1 7. Limelight Beach Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ed Hensley 12-1 8. All Bets Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley 6-1 9. Bettor's Edge Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 10-1 10. Clear Vision Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Brett Miller 4-1 Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available as part of the Strategic Wagering Program for the Dan Patch race. The wager will have a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 9:44 p.m. A 10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool will also be available to racing fans on Friday's 14-race card. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 5:55 p.m. (EST). Hoosier Park's most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil. Hoosier Park's event is named after the early 1900's racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch born in Oxford, Indiana. Now, 100 years after his birth, the great pacer is still remembered every year at Hoosier Park with this signature race. Since its inception in 1994, the Dan Patch Stakes has drawn the very best older pacers in North America. Previous Dan Patch winners include World Champions and harness racing greats like Pacific Fella, Jenna's Beach Boy, Maltese Artist, Won The West, Mister Big, and Sweet Lou. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes finals, sending the purse money to be distributed throughout the evening over the $800,000 mark. Emily Gaskin

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Pure Country put an exclamation point on trainer Jimmy Takter's Hambletonian/Oaks-winning weekend as she remained undefeated with the easiest of 1:53.2 victories in one of four divisions of the $253,980 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The fabulous filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Montana was directed to the front early by Brett Miller, reaching that station in 28 and then getting a walk to the park with a 58 half. Up came Shesasmokinlady on a big first-over move, and out came the earplugs as Pure Country got to the 3/4 in 1:26, and she then finished in 27.2 under a stretchlong hold by Miller in winning by 2 1/4 lengths. Heelsonthebeach, who had sat second behind the winner through much of the mile but was past by Shesasmokinlady nearing the 3/4, came back in the lane for second, with Shesasmokinlady settling for third.   Pure Country is the only filly to have won in each of the first three Sire Stakes legs, and she is 4-for-4 in purse competition, having started her career here with a PA All-Stars win. She was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek.   Fastest of the four miles was the 1:52.1 hung up by Yankee Moonshine (Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee), moved early to command by driver Matt Kakaley and then holding off the late charge of Princess Fabulosa by 3/4 of a length while taking a new mark. Ron Burke trains the fast baby for the ownership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and JT45.   In this victory, Yankee Moonshine was the only non-previous Sires winner to tally (she was 2-3 in her earlier prelims), and she was the only winner to have raced for a purse since the July 17 Meadows Sires leg, having won an Arden Downs event on Adios Day. She was the 6-5 second choice behind 4-5 chalk Ivy League (Somebeachsomewhere - See You At Peelers), who was in perfect second-over position when she lost her momentum in the final turn and finished back.   The Well Said-Silkandidamonds filly I Said Diamonds moved to second-place in the divisional pointstandings behind Pure Country by becoming a "pocket rocket" under the handling of David Miller and earning a new speed badge of 1:52.3. The winner now has two triumphs and a second in the Sire Stakes, with Paul Holzman doing the conditioning for owner Omar Beiler, Susan Oakes, and Dennis Coons.   Another two-time Sires winner, and giving Somebeachsomewhere a siring double, is Call Me Queen Be, out of the mare Preppy Party Girl, who also came out of the two-hole, just nipping pacesetting Shezarealideal by a head in 1:52.4. Scott Zeron handled sulky duty for trainer Ross Croghan and owners Dana Parham and the Let It Ride Stables Inc.   PHHA / Pocono      

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sunday (August 9) afternoon's program at Tioga Downs was headlined by a sextet of Geers Stakes for harness racing 2- and 3-year-old pacers, with six different drivers and five different trainers prevailing in the races worth a combined $246,930 in purses.   Five three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested a single $56,664 split, and Tony Alagna trainees Revenge Shark ($3.50, part of entry, Brett Miller up) and Dreams Beachboy (Scott Zeron) took the top two spots. After My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) established the lead early and controlled a :55.2 first half, Revenge Shark commenced a first-over rally, pushing clear after a :26.4 third quarter and narrowly holding off his stablemate for a 1:50.2 win. My Hero Ron was a resurgent third after giving way, and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund standout Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague), while making up four lengths of ground down the grandstand side in the final quarter, only could muster a fourth-place finish.   Alagna Racing, LLC and Bradley Grant own Revenge Shark, an entire son of Cam's Card Shark.   While Alagna trainees swept the top two positions in the lone event for 3-year-old male pacers, Erv Miller trainees prevailed in two of three splits for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, all of which were contested for just over $28,000. McDave ($5.80) and Marcus Miller prevailed off a pocket trip, just collaring 3-4 favourite Talk Show (Zeron) for a 1:52.1 triumph, while Aaron Byron mounted a belated rally with Ideal Jimmy ($7.40) to just collar Safensound Hanover (David Miller) and Do Over Hanover (Tim Tetrick) from off cover in a 1:53.2 score.   Ed Hart trainee Rock Power ($36.60, Jim Marohn, Jr.) pulled off a major upset in the other division for 2-year-old male pacers, holding off a stout first-over challenge from Manny (Mike Simons) to prevail by a half-length in 1:52.4. Favourite JJ Flynn (Tetrick) enjoyed a cozy second-over trip behind Manny, but failed to fire off the far turn.   A quartet of 2-year-old pacing fillies vied for $56,776 in their non-wagering event, and Blue Moon Stride (Andy McCarthy) held sway from a late-charging JK Fannie (Tetrick) after controlling an easy pace. The Rocknroll Hanover filly turned in a 1:54 effort for trainer Mark Harder.   Likewise, four 3-year-old pacing fillies competed in a non-wagering $47,664 event, and Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) proved a gutsy winner in 1:53, turning aside a first-over challenge from Crescent City (Tetrick) and subsequently staving off a late charge from Strut My Stuff (McCarthy) to prevail by a half-length. Ed Lohmeyer trains the daughter of Western Ideal.   The featured overnight race was a $14,000 Open Pace, with Believe This Bob ($39.20, Byron) setting the pace and narrowly holding off a late charge from 4-5 favourite El Bloombito (Tetrick) to prevail in 1:50.1. Joe Skowyra trains the 7-year old Beach Romeo gelding for Mary Ann Larrimore.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 14) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Columbus, OH --- Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner Spirit To Win died Monday in a jogging accident, according to a tweet posted by All American Harnessbreds, which is headed by Spirit To Win’s breeder and co-owner Fred Hertrich III. "We are extremely sad to announce that our filly and 2015 Hambo Oaks elim winner Spirit to Win died this morning in a jogging accident," tweeted Hertrich. Hertrich shared ownership on Spirit To Win (Cantab Hall-Celebrity Spirit) with Noblock Racing Stable. Trained by Dustin Jones, she had five wins in 11 career starts with $185,630 in earnings. Spirit To Win and driver Brett Miller scored in 1:52.2 to win the second Hambletonian Oaks elimination this past Saturday.  Additional information will be posted when available. The post position draw for the Oaks will take place on Monday afternoon and the Hambletonian Society is expected to make a statement at that time. USTA Communications Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 25, 2015 – Split The House gave harness racing trainer James “Friday” Dean his third Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic victory and Wicked Little Minx overcame post 10 and a first-over trip to win the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey as the spotlight was on New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers on Saturday night, July 25, 2015 at the Meadowlands. In the hands of Randy Waples, Split The House [$8.60], a son of Rocknroll Hanover – Shake The Junk, got up for a half-length tally over Revenge Shark [Cam’s Card Shark] while 6-5 favorite Artspeak [Western Ideal], the Dan Patch divisional champion at two, was third by a length and a quarter in the 11th race. The $200,000 New Jersey Classic and the $100,000 Miss New Jersey are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  Friday Dean harnessed previous winners Big Jim in 2011 and Panther Hanover in 2012 “He’s a nice horse with all the parts,” said Waples of Split The House.  “His only flaw was that he was silly behind the gate, But he’s turned the corner [after some equipment changes]. “I just wanted to draft as long as I could [behind Artspeak],” Waples added.  “Then he swelled up and dug in.”  Split The House, bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, paced the mile in 1:48.3 A $60,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, Split The House was unraced at two and has now won seven of nine starts, including three straight.  He has banked $162,158 for Ontario owners Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph. Split The House Wicked Little Minx captured the filly companion race, the Miss New Jersey, the seventh race. “She’s like a big diesel truck,” said winning trainer Nancy Johansson of the Rocknroll Hanover – Beachy Lady filly who was driven to her second win of the year by Brett Miller.  She coasted past Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal], who cut most of the mile.  It was two and a half lengths to 6-5 favorite The Show Returns {Rocknroll Hanover], who had limited room trying to slip up the rail and finished third. Wicked Little Minx [$6.60], a $50,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden, improved her record to two wins, one second and three thirds from eight starts this year and 10 of 19 in-the-money lifetime.  Her $109,199 earnings this year lifted her total to $157,234.  She was bred by Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Wicked Little Minx In other racing action, Graceful Vision put forth a sparkling debut, winning a maiden event for two year old filly pacers in 1:52.3.  The 1/2 favorite made a backstretch brush to the lead, dueled around the far turn and sprinted away from the competition to score and impressive maiden-breaking score with Steve Smith in the sulky.  She is owned and trained by Erv Miller. Graceful Vision Sayitall BB was a drop and pop winner, scoring an emphatic 1:50 triumph in the upper level condition event for the pacing mares.  On the heels of a troubled trip, the Breeders Crown winning mare earned a nice confidence building win which could set her up nicely for the Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, with eliminations (if necessary) next Saturday night.  Sayitall BB was driven by Joe Bongiorno, one of two wins on the program for him and is trained by Ron Burke who co-owns the mare with Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sayitall BB The Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed again on Saturday night and that carryover now stands at $219,579 into the Friday, July 31st racing program. Darin Zoccali

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Brett Miller won with two daughters of Somebeachsomewhere, as five divisions of a $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired two-year-old pacing fillies were held over a sloppy track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Brett Miller rallied Heels On The Beach out of the pocket and into a 28.2 final quarter to take the fastest division in 1:53.2 by 1½ lengths for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Bradley Grant. Brett then handled the homebred Pure Country in winning in 1:54.1, with back panels of 55.2 - 26.3 after a quarter-move making people sit up and take notice. Jimmy Takter conditions the promising miss for Diamond Creek Racing.   The clocking of 1:54.1, and the winning tactic of quarter-moving, were matched by the Well Said filly Eloquent Grace and Yannick Gingras, in triumphing for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of the Burke Racing Stable, Ed Gold, Howard Taylor (who has not driven a losing horse in two days short of two years), and the J&T Silva Stables. Well Said then completed a siring double while David Miller completed a driving double behind I Said Diamonds, wire-to-wire in 1:54.2 - 56 - 27.3 for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes.   David Miller's earlier success came with the only non-favored winner of the quintet, Tipton Teeez (though as the $5.40 second choice she paid less than favored Heels On The Beach's $6.00). Quarter-moving was again a winning path to Victory Lane, as the Western Terror miss stepped home in 28 to complete a 1:56.4 package for trainer Brian Brown and owner Jennifer Brown.   ******* Wednesday finds the All-Stars action continuing with seven divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies going after $210,000.   Incredibly for July 1, fully thirteen of the baby trotting misses already show marks in 2:00 or better, most of them in qualifiers, the fastest being the 1:58 of the Donato Hanover filly Womans Will (race 12, post two, driver Andy Miller). Two other horses to note are Broadway Donna (race 11, post three, driver David Miller), who won a p/m event in 1:58.2 at Philly, and who is out of a mare who is a full sister to Cooler Schooner, who set her amazing 1:51.3 world record here at Pocono; and the "hunch play," Kathy Parker (race 10, post one, driver Jimmy Takter), named after the journalist to be installed into the Communicators Hall of Fame this weekend at Goshen.   All-Stars action closes out on the first Friday card of the season at The Downs, with six divisions of freshman colt pacers racing for a bounty of $180,000.   Trainer Ron Burke has 14 entrants among the sextet of events - including, would you believe, SIX horses who show at least two winning lines and have never tasted defeat? Such a wealth of Burke talent will lure the world's winningest driver, Dave Palone, over to Pocono Friday, where he already has calls in five of the six events.   But the fastest of the 24 entered babies who have already won in 2:00 or better (four in 1:55 or better) is not a Burke member, but Brooklynite (race 3, post two, driver Corey Callahan), a son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Joe Holloway barn who took an overnight at Philly in 1:54.2, matching a mark he first reached in a Meadowlands 2YO qualifier.   Jerry Connors

Jimmy Takter trainee Katie Said (Brett Miller) took the harness racing featured pace on Friday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia. It was an open affair for fillies and mares going for a purse of $30,000. Starting from post two, Katie Said was taken off the early pace, settling down into sixth as Gallie Bythe Beach (Tim Tetrick) and race favorite Inittowinafortune (Scott Zeron) battled through a :26.3 opening quarter. As the pace settled down up top at the half (:54.4), long shot Rockaround Sue (Dave Miller) emerged first-over, with Katie Said establishing second-over position. After three-quarters (122.4), Katie Said circled around cover to challenge for the lead. She went on to win by a head, holding off the late surge of Ooh Bad Shark (Allan Davis) who settled for second. Request For Parole (Yannick Gingras) finished third. It was the second win for the daughter of Well Said ($12.20) for her new connections, as she completed the mile in 1:51.2. It was her twelfth career win in twenty-eight starts. Michael Bozich

This was a particularly fun week of harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono because each of the four nights hosted either the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes or the Stallion Series. Since we had that unique phenomenon occur, I thought I'd give the Weekly Awards a break and simply focus on the races that went down in those two unique series. For those who are unaware, the Sire Stakes pit the best 2 and 3-year-olds in the state of Pennsylvania against each other through the spring and summer months with big stakes on the line, eventually wrapping up in finals which carry purses in the six figures. The Stallion Series also feature the freshmen and sophomores of the racing world, and although the horses that compete here are usually a notch below the Sire Stakes competitors and the purses are a bit lower, the winnings a horse can accumulate through the preliminary legs and the finals can be quite substantial. This week we got a look at the cream of the crop of three-year-old trotters of both the male and female gender. Here are some of the highlights: 3-YEAR-OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS SIRE STAKES TROT (Saturday night) The sport of harness racing's most prestigious race is the Hambletonian, and the way it appears now, we at Pocono witnessed the favorite for that race on Saturday night. Pinkman, from the barn of Jimmy Takter, won the 2-year-old Breeders Crown championship to end 2014 and started his 3-year-old campaign off with back-to-back dominant Sire Stakes wins. He didn't disappoint at Pocono on Saturday night, handling a tough field on the front end in a rapid 1:53 with Brett Miller in the bike. Oddly enough, the horse that could challenge Pinkman for 3-year-old honors is his stablemate Uncle Lasse, who cruised to his third straight Sire Stakes win in 1:52:2, the fastest time of the three divisions held on Saturday night. Brett Miller once again drove for Takter. The lone close Sire Stakes battle came when Wicker Hanover, with Andrew McCarthy in the bike for Noel Daley, won a wild stretch battle by a nose over Walter White in 1:53 for his second straight Sire Stakes win. 3-YEAR-OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS STALLION SERIES TROT (Sunday night) Just as the Sire Stakes held form, the Stallion Series races the following night blew that form up. Not one of the favorites in the five divisions came home a winner, as several broke stride early to end their chances. Give credit to those horses who came up big while the favorites faltered, such as Pierre and Colbert, who each picked up their maiden victories, and Paging Doctorlindy, who was racing for just the third time in his career. Mesmerized posted the night's fastest time in the Stallion Series with a seven-length romp in 1:53:4. Joe Pavia Jr. did the driving for trainer Frank Antonacci, who later scored a second win with Paging Doctorlindy. Meanwhile it was an up-and-down night for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. He had two heavy favorites come up empty, but got a boost when Colbert knocked off odds-on favorite Hurrikane Jonny K in his split. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES STALLION SERIES TROT (Tuesday night) Once again it was a Jimmy Takter trainee who stole the spotlight. Lilu Hanover, a filly who's had problems staying flat in the past, shook all that off in her division. With Takter doing the driving as well, she rolled to a four-length win and posted Tuesday night's fastest Stallion Series time of 1:54:1 in the process. Favorites Seduce A Stranger and Manhattan Miss also delivered on their odds-on promise to win splits. There were some mild surprises though. Wouldn't Itbesweet, with McCarthy aboard for trainer Jenny Melander, knocked off favorite Fashion Voyager in a fierce stretch duel. And Sistas, a 9-2 shot just joining the Chris Oakes barn, uncorked a late move from the pocket with George Napolitano driving to upend 3-5 Takter trainee Speak To Me in the night's biggest upset. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES SIRE STAKES TROT (Wednesday night) It looked for all the world like we were headed to a Jimmy Takter sweep of the three Sire Stakes divisions on Wednesday night. First Smexi, with Corey Callahan in the bike, overcame a #9 post to win her split as a 3-5 shot in 1:53:3. Then Sarcy, benefitting from the late scratch of likely favorite Livininthefastlane, controlled matters on the front end with Yannick Gingras driving to win her division in 1:53:1. In the night's final division, Wild Honey, another Takter horse and winner of 11 of 13 lifetime starts, was a 1-9 favorite and appeared to be on her way to victory on the front end. But Smokinmombo, trained by Chris Beaver, pounced from the pocket late and outfinished the heavy favorite to win by a nose in 1:53:4, providing a thrilling exclamation point for this exciting collection of stakes races. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia, 

There were two sensational mares making their second start of their 4-year-old campaign on Wednesday (June 3) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia. Brad Grant's Sandbetweenurtoes and Joe Davino and Pat O'Brien's Act Now were in action in the feature, an upper-conditioned level pace for fillies & mares. Sandbetweenurtoes was eight for eleven in her sophomore campaign, earning more than $250,000, while Act Now bankrolled more than $300,000 in her three-year-old season. As the wings closed, Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller) left aggressively for the lead, but so did others, including Cinamony (Yannick Gingras) from post eight. They battled through an opening quarter of :27.1. Sandbetweenurtoes was able to secure the lead shortly after, getting the half in :55.1. Fifteen time winner Coffee Addict (Corey Callahan) emerged first-over but failed to gain, hampering the efforts of Act Now (Dave Miller) who was caught behind stalling cover. After three-quarters in 1:23, Act Now began to make progress, but not before Sandbetweenurtoes was able to sprint away, winning by two lengths, stopping the clock in 1:51. Cinamony narrowly held second, while Act Now finished third. It was the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere's first win of the season, and her ninth overall. She is trained by Larry Remmen and paid $6.20 to win. In other news, Yannick Gingras had five driving wins on the day. He won four of the first five on the card. Corey Callahan checked in with two, while Scott Zeron drove 81-1 Attention Seeker to a huge upset victory in Race 13, keying a $3,327.60 late daily double payoff. Live racing returns Thursday at 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2015 -- Dan Patch Award winner Pinkman strolled to a workmanlike win in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but it was his stablemate, Uncle Lasse, who stole the show, blazing to a harness racing track- and stake-record 1:51.4 -- despite losing two shoes in the race. Wicker Hanover captured the other division of the $191,217 event, known as the Super Bowl, for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Leaving from post 6, Uncle Lasse was three wide through the turn before making the front in 27.2. Winning driver Brett Miller indicated that was not exactly where he wanted the son of Donato Hanover-Solveig, a full brother to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. "Three deep around the first turn here -- that's usually disaster," Miller said. "He was a little warm, and I couldn't get him in behind another horse. I kind of had to move him to the front. For that colt to overcome that alone, that just shows you what kind of horse he is." The challenges appeared to mount for Uncle Lasse as he threw the right rear shoe, then the right front shoe. "I was really concerned about it, but he didn't miss a beat," Miller said. "He acted like he still had the shoes on." Uncle Lasse opened a daylight lead and held off Cruzado Dela Noche by 1/2 length, with Soboro Hanover third. Jimmy Takter trains Uncle Lasse, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Solveig's Racing Partners. Uncle Lasse's time eclipsed the stake record of 1:52.4 established by Magic Tonight in 2012. It also is the fastest mile ever trotted at The Meadows by a 3-year-old colt, breaking the previous mark of 1:52.3 set by Valley Of Sin in 2013. Pinkman's win was much less dramatic. In fact, about the only dramatic things about the laid-back Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster gelding are his lifetime statistics -- eight wins in 10 starts, more than $600,000 in the bank. "We always joke around about who's the best one in Jimmy's stable -- he's got a bunch of them," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "His name doesn't always come up in the conversation. He's not flashy. It's not like he trained back down that great. He just goes about his business. He can get a little bit lazy. I didn't try to get his attention. I knew he would be good enough to win." Pinkman relinquished the early lead to Bobs Hope, reclaimed it, and scored under wraps in 1:53.3. Honor And Serve shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Cue Hall earned show. Takter conditions Pinkman for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. David Miller had Wicker Hanover in the pocket behind Walter White, who had been trying to switch to the pace for Brett Miller for much of the mile. Around the far turn, he got his wish and broke stride, but David Miller already had steered Wicker Hanover clear of trouble. "The other horse was having trouble when he went by me going to the half; he wasn't trotting good," David Miller said. "I could hear Brett trying to talk him out of it. So I just edged over, and Brett's horse finally ran. It worked out well. He felt good and strong tonight." Wicker Hanover went on to prevail in 1:53 for trainer Noel Daley and owner Christer Haggstrom Stable, 2-1/2 lengths better than Chef Lee. Shoot The Thrill completed the ticket. The son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal held off the determined challenge of Sand Tilly Lace to defeat her by a neck in 1:51.4. Early leader Phone Terror was third. David Miller drove Certified Ideal, who now boasts $338,772 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "I expected him to do this," driver Brett Miller after he guided Lone Survivor to the fastest time in the three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (May 27).   Lone Survivor (Art Major-Wenditone) cruised to an easy six-length victory in 1:53.4 in taking his $39,900 leg.   In other Sire Stakes activity, K-Rock was nearly as impressive after notching a 3-1/4 win in 1:54.0 while J Eagle Feather found the winner's circle for the first time in his brief four-race career by covering the mile in 1:56.0.   Miller took the blame for Lone Survivor's fifth place finish last week in Sire Stakes competition at Tioga Downs and was more than ready for redemption.   "I drove this horse so bad last week," Miller said. "He's a nice colt and I knew he was ready tonight."   Sitting fourth headed down the backstretch, Miller went three-wide and paced away from the field. Quickly opening up a five-length edge at the top of the stretch, Lone Survivor ($5.40) finished with a six length advantage over runner up Artistic Major (Pat Lachance) and Americanprimetime (Rick Dane Jr.) at the wire.   "I wasn't worried at all going up the backstretch," Miller said about the final half-mile. "I was feeling good about him. I just let him go and he did his thing," added Miller about Lone Survivor's big backside move.   Trained by Sam De Pinto, it was the first victory in three seasonal starts for Lone Survivor, now a winner of $21,532 this year and $86,491 lifetime.   K-Rock had to tussle with We Think Alike in the opening panel scrum and that proved to be the right move.   Posting fractions of 27.0, 56.1 and 1:24.2, K-Rock never looked back and disposed of the remaining six entrants easily by 3-1/4 lengths.   "I didn't want to sit third and get caught in traffic," winning driver Matt Kakaley said of the decision to send K-Rock to the top.   Enjoying a four-length advantage at the top of the lane, Kakaley admitted that K-Rock was throttled down in the drive for the wire. "He was kind of spent but still raced good. I think a 1:24.2 mark to the three-quarter pole is a pretty good time for this track."   Southwind Masimo showed some good closing speed to take the place position while Masterson (Jim Morrill Jr.) rallied for the show spot.   K-Rock (Rock N Roll Hanover-Sunduel A) is a 3-year-old gelding that is owned by Eugene Kurzrok and trained by Ron Burke.   It was his second win in four starts in 2015 and pushed his seasonal winnings to $38,862 and $74,688 lifetime.   J Eagle Feather went gate-to-wire and held on to beat the highly-regarded Sicily by a neck in 1:56.0. A final sizzling quarter-mile of 26.4 secured the win for J Eagle Feather.   Using some soft splits of 29.3, 59.2 and 1:29.2, Morrill Jr. said in the winner's circle, "We got away with some cheap fractions. He's never cut the mile before and still is very green. The only time I asked of him was in the last quarter mile and he responded."   Sicily (Kakaley) took the hard-luck second place position while Maurice (Lachance) was third.   Trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Kj Stables LLC, J Eagle Feather (Bettor's Delight-Town Feather) picked up a nice check for $19,600 his first place effort.   He has been in the money three times in four career appearances.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, Nobettorplacetobe tripped the timer in a solid 1:54.3 time to register the $7.20 decision for driver John Cummings Jr.   In the other leg, Coaster (Kakaley) posted a popular $2.20 score in 1:58.1.   Tonite We Rock covered the mile in 1:57.4 for driver Jack Flanigen to take the $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series event.   Kakaley and Morrill Jr. each finished the evening with driving triples.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race program scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (May 14), each going for a purse of approximately $63,000. Solveig Racing Partner's Uncle Lasse checked in as the heavy favorite in division one. The son of Donato Hanover is coming off of a solid freshman campaign, banking $350,000 in 2014, including a tough loss to Pinkman in the Valley Vic at Woodbine. He showed solid early speed at the start, but had company in the form of Suit And Tie (Mike Simons) who took the lead by the quarter in :27.4. That lead was short lived however, as Uncle Lasse quickly went back on the offensive, re-taking the lead by the half in :57. After putting away a first-over challenge from Shoot The Thrill (Tony Hall), Uncle Lasse began to pull away at three-quarters 1:25.1. He went on to win easily from that point, stopping the clock in a lifetime's best 1:53. Bob Key's Cue Hall (Dave Miller) rallied up for second, while Explosiveday (Tim Tetrick) rallied for third. It was the fifth career win for Uncle Lasse out of fourteen starts. He is trained by Jimmy Takter, and was driven by Brett Miller. The second division went to another Jimmy Takter trainee, Whom Shall I Fear (Yannick Gingras). The son of Cantab Hall was one of three horses coming into the race undefeated in 2015. At the start, it was Real DJ Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) taking command. The favorite however quickly brushed to the front after the quarter (:28.2). They remained that way throughout the middle half, which went in :57.2. Consus Racing Stable's Pierre (Scott Zeron) mustered a lukewarm first-over bid, but began to stall rounding the final turn. In the stretch, it was down to Whom Shall I Fear and Real DJ Hanover, with the former winning the stretch duel. The final time was 1:54.1. Pierce Wave Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished a distant third. Whom Shall I fear is owned by The Whom Shall I Fear Stable. Trainer Jimmy Takter remained hot in the third division, as The Bank came from off the trot to win. The son of Donato Hanover finished second in a Breeder's Crown elimination last season, and was coming off of two sharp qualifiers in preparation for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. The Bank was taken off the trot at the start, as Sixteen Encores (Dave Miller) and Divisionist (Charlie Norris) left for the lead from the outside. Sixteen Encores made a break at the quarter, and that left Divisionist with a sizable lead. After the half, Boots N Chains emerged first over to challenge, with the eventual winner latched on to that cover. They fanned across the track at the top of the stretch, with The Bank kicking clear to win by a length, stopping the timer in 1:56. Wicker Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) finished second, while Boots N Chains finished third. The Bank is owned by Christina Takter and Goran Falk, and was driven by Jimmy Takter. The fourth division featured the heavily favored Pinkman. The Breeders Crown Champion of a year ago is coming off of two sharp qualifiers at the Meadowlands in preparation for his 3-year-old campaign. He went right to the lead at the start. After hitting the quarter in :28.1, Pinkman went into beast mode. He posted a :56.1 middle half, a back half in :55.3, and an impressive clocking of 1:52.2, a track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters. Bobs Hope (Corey Callahan) finished second, while Soboro Hanover (Brett Miller) finished third. Pinkman is owned by Takter, the Fieldings, Mc Clelland, and Liverman, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. Michael Bozich

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