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Friday, October 30, 2015, 10:08 PM DAYTON, OH. - Despite being the youngest horse in a full field of Open Mares at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (October 30), Somewhere Sweet also showed why she was the richest harness racing horse in the $12,000 feature race. The sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who finished third in the Jugette five weeks ago, driver Chris Page and Somewhere Sweet sat chilly in mid-pack through brisk early fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.4, then swept to the front on the final bend and held off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Electric Dancemove (Jeff Nisonger) to win by open lengths in 1:52.2. Brian Brown trains the talented lass, owned by the Miller's Stable Inc. The winner's share of the purse pushed the winner's 2015 bounty over $200,000 after winning just one race and earning $11,634 at age two. Driver Jason Brewer scored a 'grand slam' on the program, triumphing with four horses all from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable. Medoland Lindeylou copped a $5000 conditioned pace for female pacers in 1:53.1, Forceful Gale captured a $6000 conditioned trot in 1:57.1, State Street Liz won a $5000 distaff pace in 1:53.4, and Flying Crystal won the mares $8000 to $10,000 claiming handicap in 1:53.3. Kayne Kauffman also enjoyed a successful evening by scoring his own four-bagger to strengthen his second place position in the current local driver's dash standings. Kauffman, who recently eclipsed $10 million in career purse earnings, won the opening two races with Winbak Jake for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj in 1:56.1, then steered trainer Vince Gomez's Chantal to a 1:53.2 tally in a $6500 claimer. He capped off his quarter of victories with Artistic Fusion from his own stable in a $7500 top conditioned event; and notching the nightcap with Virgin Girl for conditioner Katie Dircksen. Keep It Sweet (Chris Page) equalled the local track record for four-year-old trotting mares when she scored in 1:55.1 in a $6000 trot. Owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Chris McGuire, Keep It Sweet topped Speed Hanover (Shawn Barker II) and Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). Racing resumes Saturday night (October 31) with a 12-race Halloween-themed program featuring a $12,000 Open Pace and an $11,500 Open Trot. Gregg Keidel

Freehold, NJ --- Brian Brown is enjoying the best season of his harness racing career, and it got even better last weekend when the Ohio native won his first Breeders Crown trophy with older female pacer Color's A Virgin. Now the 51-year-old conditioner will look to keep the good times rolling when he sends three horses to stakes engagements Friday at Hoosier Park; Lost For Words in the $285,500 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers and Serious Filly and Triple V Hanover in the $100,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Also on Hoosier's card Friday are the $265,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters, $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, and $140,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Monument Circle features the pride of Indiana, Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete, and the sport's No. 1-ranked horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit. The two stars split two previous encounters. Brown has been a force on the Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania sire stakes circuits, but is now also making noise on the Grand Circuit. Last year's highlight came when Color's A Virgin won the Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, which is Brown's base in central Ohio, providing Brown with his top open-stakes victory at the time. Of course he has seen some disappointments along the way since then. Color's A Virgin had a chance to give Brown his first Breeders Crown last year, winning her elimination but then finishing fourth in the final as the 1-2 favorite. This year, he saw Lost For Words lose the Little Brown Jug by a nose to Wiggle It Jiggleit in an epic battle. Lost For Words also finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Milstein Memorial and was second, by a neck, to Artspeak in the Tattersalls Pace. And one race prior to Color's A Virgin's Breeders Crown triumph, Brown watched Lost For Words lead his race into the stretch before finishing third behind Freaky Feet Pete and Artspeak. So when Color's A Virgin won by a nose over Sandbetweenurtoes to claim her Crown, Brown was understandably elated. It was the 1,079th training victory of his career. "Tonight was very rewarding," Brown said after the race Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. "To finally get over the hump in a major race, hopefully it will open the gates and we can be here again." "I'm glad for Brian," said winning driver David Miller, who is also an Ohio native. "He's a great guy and works hard. He deserves it." After spending his childhood summers watching his father Robert H. Brown and uncle William Brown campaign horses around Ohio, Brown fulfilled his dream to become a driver in 1981 at the age of 16. He won nearly 250 races over the ensuing decade, but turned his attention to training in the early 1990s. Brown's stable has already set career highs this year with 141 wins and $3.27 million in purses, bettering his previous highs of 106 victories and $2.11 million in earnings set just last season. He had three Breeders Crown finalists last weekend, with Spider Man Hanover finishing seventh among 2-year-old male pacers and Lost For Words finishing third. Color's A Virgin had shown signs of illness during the previous week, but came up big. "I was getting more disappointed (as the night went on)," Brown said. "Lost For Words came up a hair short and I thought my 2-year-old would be great and he didn't race as well as I expected. We were worried (Color's A Virgin) might be getting sick, but she was great jogging and we were all relieved, but we had no idea we'd come here and win. I was just hoping for money with her. David did a bang-up job and put her in the right places. "It was wonderful." Color's A Virgin also gave breeder/owner Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm its first Breeders Crown win. "Bruce and the guys get her ready on the farm and she comes to me to race and I have to thank them or we wouldn't be standing here," Brown said. "And what can you say about David Miller? He won five Breeders Crowns (Saturday)." On Friday, Lost For Words and Miller will start from post seven in the Monument Circle. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who has won 19 of 22 races this year and earned $1.84 million, will leave from post one with Montrell Teague at the lines for trainer Clyde Francis. Freaky Feet Pete, with 13 victories in 15 starts this season and $633,024, is in post three with Trace Tetrick driving for Larry Rheinheimer. Hambletonian winner Pinkman leads the Carl Erskine, which also includes Colonial winner Crazy Wow and Yonkers Trot champion Habitat. Following are the full fields in post order for Friday's stakes events. Monument Circle: 1. Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2. Yankee Bounty, 3. Freaky Feet Pete, 4. Nobles Finesse, 5. My Hero Ron, 6. Cooperstown, 7. Lost For Words, 8. Americanprimetime, 9. Roland N Rock, 10. The Big Year. Carl Erskine: 1. Homicide Hunter, 2. Suit And Tie, 3. Uncle Lasse, 4. Pinkman, 5. Muscle Up The Goal, 6. Dont Rush, 7. Muscle Diamond, 8. Crazy Wow, 9. Bluebird Reverend, 10. Habitat. Hoosier Park Pacing Derby: 1. Foiled Again, 2. All Bets Off, 3. Limelight Beach, 4. Bettor's Edge, 5. JK Endofanera, 6. Let's Drink On It. Crossroads of America: 1. I'm So Fancy, 2. Muscle Baby Doll, 3. Smokinmombo, 4. Livininthefastlane, 5. Fox Valley Yoko, 6. Churita, 7. Armatrading, 8. Speak To Me, 9. Bright Baby Blues, 10. You're Majestic. USS Indianapolis Memorial: 1. Mystical Treasure, 2. Serious Filly, 3. Rockin Good, 4. Sassa Hanover, 5. Devil Child, 6. Better Said, 7. Southwind Roulette, 8. Triple V Hanover, 9. Bettor N Better, 10. Feetonthedashboard. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO - The Champ is back. Colors A Virgin, last year's champion harness racing three-year-old pacing mare in the U.S., showed her true colors Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in the $250,000 U.S. ($324,350 Cdn) Breeders Crown mare pace. In the driving rain and wind, Colors A Virgin nosed out Sandbetweenurtoes at the wire. It looked as if Katie Said, driven by John Campbell, would prevail on the far outside after she made a big move. But just as she was about to claim the lead, she went off-stride. That gave Colors A Virgin the lead. Katie Said had followed the cover of Colors A Virgin going around the far turn. Colors A Virgin had experienced a topsy-turvy kind of season. She came into the race with seven wins in 17 starts and earnings of almost $160,000. But last year she won 13 of 18 starts and more than $530,000. But similar to many three-year-old fillies making the transition to the older ranks, she needed time to make the adjustment. Her form showed improvement in October. She came into the race with consecutive wins at Hoosier Park in Indiana and The Red Mile in Lexington. She made it three in a row at three separate tracks with the win in the Breeders Crown. With her latest wins, she surpassed $1 million in lifetime earnings. She is trained by Brian Brown for breeder/owner Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. "This mare was the 2-5 favorite last year and had a tough trip and no flow," Brown said. "Tonight was very rewarding, but I have to tell everyone and give congratulations to Tony O'Sullivan. He took the mare to Jersey and up here and he's the one who really got her turned around... To finally get over the hump in a major race, hopefully it will open the gates and we can be here again." Colors A Virgin was driven to victory by David Miller, who tied a Breeders Crown record with four wins in a single night of racing. Tim Tetrick set the record three years ago at Woodbine. "The trip worked out all right," Miller said. "I wasn't so sure she was going to get there or not. John's horse running helped. He was going by, but you know what, she got it done. She dug in at the head of the stretch. It was tight (at the wire). I turned around and Sylvain (driven by Sandbetweenurtoes) must have thought he got beat. I was thinking about going down to the tunnel, but that would have been pretty embarrassing to have him turn around and go back. I'm glad for Brian (Brown). He's a great guy. He works hard. He deserves it." Brown said he was worried about Colors A Virgin's health just 24 hours earlier. "She came off the truck yesterday, took her to the field and turned her out and the right nostril just had mucous flowing out of her. I turned her out and jogged her this morning and she jogged great, with very little mucous," Brown said. "We were worried she might be getting sick, but she was great jogging and we were all relieved, but we had no idea we'd come here and win." Colors A Virgin paid $15.00, $6.50, $4.60. Sandbetweenurtoes paid $7.10, $3.50. Venus Delight, the favorite in the field of nine at slightly more than 3-2, paid $2.90 to show. The exacta paid $82.50. The trifecta paid $910.55. By Perry Lefko

Delaware, OH --- The Brian Brown training stable captured both $23,100 divisions of Thursday’s (Sept. 24) Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers at his home track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, with his friendly neighborhood Spider Man Hanover capping the sweep with a world-record 1:51.4 performance. In the first division, Mr Right Hanover led from start to finish, surviving an inquiry for getting rough gaited in the stretch, to win in 1:53.4. Spider Man Hanover, with David Miller in the sulky, sat in third around the first turn behind More Dragon and Mr D’s Dragon, then slung his way to the front as the field approached the quarter in :28.3. From there, Spider Man Hanover hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 before shaving three-fifths of a second off the world record for a 2-year-old male pacer on a half-mile track. The margin of victory was 3-1/4 lengths for Spider Man Hanover, the 1-9 favorite who is stabled regularly at the fairgrounds. More Dragon finished second and Mr D’s Dragon was third. On Golden Ponder and He's Watching shared the previous world record of 1:52.2. Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal out of the mare Stolly Up Bluechip, is a full brother to Shady Daisy winner Stacia Hanover. He has won four of seven races this year, finished second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and earned $189,300. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman. "This colt gets over the ground so well and has high speed," said Miller. "He has always been talented but was a little too aggressive. That one race in Pennsylvania he was just bad (eighth in a Sire Stakes race on Aug. 20). I'm not sure why but I got with Brian and we made some equipment changes to give me more control and he has just improved ever since. "I was a little concerned about putting him on the front but with that first quarter in :28.3 that definitely helped. I just didn't want to have to come first up with him into a :56 half. Even coming to the three-quarter pole I was still trying to rate him but he was well within himself and very strong. "The world record is a little bit of a surprise but he is a very nice horse. He just showed today what we have already known." Dave Palone, harness racing’s winningest driver in history with 17,199 victories, guided 1-5 favorite Mr Right Hanover to the triumph in the opening division. Granite finished second and Gleneagles was fourth-placed-third after Fernando Hanover was dropped a spot for violating the breaking rule. There was only win and place betting in the five-horse race. Mr Right Hanover led through fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.4. He was challenged by Gleneagles on the backstretch and a three-wide move from Fernando Hanover on the final turn, but marched to victory by a half-length. A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Mouse Hanover, Mr Right Hanover has won three of eight races for trainer Brian Brown and earned $41,349. He is owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith, and Milton Leeman. "He's really been a good horse all along," said Brown, "but the problem was he didn't want to pass horses until we opened up his bridle for the Arden Downs, because in the Sire Stake before that he should have won but just came out and hung there. In his last Sire Stake he was good again but he was locked in and had nowhere to go. "I did not tell Dave to put him on the front. Actually I warned him about it because yesterday front end speed was not holding up here. But he's Dave Palone. He's also driven the horse before and he knew what to do with him." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

Freehold, NJ --- When trainer Brian Brown won last year’s Jugette with Color’s A Virgin at his home track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, he called the victory “beyond a doubt a win I cannot describe or explain.” So what would it be like for Brown to win his first Little Brown Jug this year with either Lost For Words or Rise Up Now? “I don’t know to tell you the truth, but I’d sure like to find out,” Brown said. Lost For Words is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first of two first-heat eliminations for Thursday’s $677,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by Fazoli’s, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rise Up Now is 10-1 in the second elimination, which features world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the 4-5 morning line choice from post five. Fifteen 3-year-old male pacers entered the race, which this year is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown, and requires a horse to win twice in the same day. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to Thursday’s $324,960 second heat. If an elimination winner captures the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the three heat-winners will return for a $135,400 race-off. The Little Brown Jug will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Lost For Words posted a win last year on Jug Day in the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. Now the colt will try for another Jug Day triumph, this time in the big race itself. He enters the Little Brown Jug with four wins in 11 starts this season and a total of 10 top-three finishes. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words has earned $336,974 this year for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words won his first four races this season, with three of the victories coming in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and heads to the Jug off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 5 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Leaving from post eight in the PASS final, Lost For Words got the lead in an opening quarter-mile of :25.4 and remained on top through fractions of :54.3 and 1:21.2. He was outkicked in the stretch, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Wakizashi Hanover and a quarter-length in back of My Hero Ron. The winning time was 1:48.1, establishing the record for the fastest mile in PaSS championship history. “It was his best race this year,” Brown said. “Having the outside and getting to the quarter in :25.4 and still getting home in (1):48.2 with a :27 quarter on the end, that was his biggest race so far. He’s had a few races where he didn’t race good, and that was probably as much me kind of changing his Lasix around. But he shows up every week.” Rise Up Now, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Northwestern, has won seven of 15 races this year and earned $141,902 for owners Strollin Stable, King McNamara, William Robinson, and Country Club Acres. The gelding, who won his first six races of the season, finished sixth in the PaSS final and was fourth in a division of the Liberty Bell Series at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sept. 13. “He hasn’t been at his best lately, but he trains here, so maybe the (half-mile track at the fairgrounds) will be a little kinder to him,” Brown said. Brown, though, does not think his horses have a home-track advantage by being stabled at the fairgrounds. “I don’t think so because Delaware is such a good track that most horses are going to get around this track pretty good,” Brown said. “They’ve got it so good right now. Our track man, Wayne Byus, between him and Greg Coon, they have this thing unbelievably fast this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jug sets up right that you’ll see the fastest Jug ever.” Although Brown, an Ohio native who lives in the city of Delaware, is seeking his first Little Brown Jug champion, he was the trainer of 2014 winner Limelight Beach for the early portion of the horse’s career. Brown trained Limelight Beach at age 2 and until July of his 3-year-old campaign, at which time trainer Ron Burke and a group of partners purchased the gelding from a majority of Limelight Beach’s owners, with the exception of the brothers Charles, Robert, Thomas, and William Wingfield. “Sure I would have liked to be the one who trained him and was in the race, but I’ve had no ill feelings from that time up to this day,” Brown said. “The Burkes have been great to me and the Wingfields, they’ve been coming to Delaware for 50 years probably and they got to watch their horse win the race. And it wasn’t like a bad deal for the other owners. The horse made money racing and they sold him for good money. It wasn’t a terrible deal for anybody.” One day prior to this year’s Jug, Brown will try to win his second Jugette, which is for 3-year-old female pacers. Brown sends out three of the race’s 12 entrants --- Triple V Hanover, who got post No. 1 in the first elimination; Serious Filly, who got post No. 1 in the second elimination; and Somewhere Sweet, who will start from post five in the second elimination. The top-four finishers from the Jugette’s two eliminations advance to the same-day final. A horse must only win the final to win the Jugette. “I like all three of my fillies,” Brown said. “Triple V is kind of a speed horse. With a good draw she could be pretty tough in there. Somewhere Sweet is the handiest one of the three. She’s a little smaller and can race either way. “Serious Filly might be the one to have the most trouble, but has been really good here lately. I’m not sure (the half-mile track) will work to her kind of racing. She’s more of a grinding type horse instead of a speed horse. I’m not sure how she’ll do. She’s trained good here, but training is a lot different than racing.” Below is the field in post order for the $677,000 Little Brown Jug with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Someone messed up in Delaware, Ohio and forgot to include Empire Classic winner Mosquito Blue Chip in the mix when they drew for the Jugette today, so they rebooted, this time with a dozen fillies. Trainer Ron Burke, who has four entered, got screwed as he lost his rail positions with Bettor N Bettor and Band Of Angels, and wound up with both leaving from the three post. And Sassa Hanover, who originally drew the three in the first elimination, wound up with the six on the redraw. The fact that only 12 fillies are entered in the Jugette is disappointing. There is no Peelers, Jewel, Nitelife or Put On A Show, in her prime, to scare folks away. I guess everyone’s too busy promoting their better fillies for beating up on the slow poke sire stakes competition and getting them ready for the Super Duper Gold Plated Sire Stakes Finals. The Rocknroll Hanover filly, Wicked Little Minx, who starts in the first elimination for Brett Miller and Nancy J, is the only filly not bred in either New York or Pennsylvania. Six are from the former and five from the Keystone State—all by SBSW. We’re always hearing about how great the Ontario program is. Where are they? Must be resting up for the OSS Gold Series. But the next Gold leg is October 1 and the final is the 10th. The Burke Barn entered four, while Delaware based Brian Brown has three going. Folks love to rip Burke for overloading fields, but where would the sport be without him? There would only be eight entered without Burke. Many races at B tracks, like the Quillen, Indiana Pacing Derby/Dan Patch, Molson and Battle Of Lake Erie would be hurting without his contribution of starters over the years. Gural recently passed one of his goofy rules to limit him, but it did more harm than good. Last year 22 entered the Jugette, leading to a pair of seven horse eliminations and an eight. Burke had seven in and Brown three [including the winner], just like this year. Jimmy Takter and Casie Coleman, both of whom took a pass for 2015, had three and two entered, respectively. The field was more eclectic, as there were five Ontario breds and a pair from Indiana. There were only three from New York, because their Night of Champions was four days before the Jugette. This year it was eleven days prior to the race. And of course, there were thirteen from Pennsylvania. And the cherry on top was that the Always A Virgin filly, Color’s A Virgin, bred in Indiana, won the race last year. Let’s hope there are better results from the boys tomorrow. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Limelight Beach on Saturday will race in Ohio for the first time since winning last year's Little Brown Jug. Not counting, of course, all the times co-owner Charles Wingfield has enjoyed replays of Limelight Beach racing in the Jug from his Kenton, Ohio, home. "I'd hate to say how many times I've watched it," said a laughing Wingfield, who is joined by brothers Robert, Thomas and William as part of Limelight Beach's ownership group. "It would be a bunch. That (win) is our biggest thrill in racing." Limelight Beach is among the 10 horses in Saturday's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older male pacers at Scioto Downs. State Treasurer, who last weekend won the Canadian Pacing Derby for his fourth victory in a row, is the 7-5 morning line favorite. Limelight Beach finished third in the CPD. Saturday's "Super Night" card at Scioto Downs also includes the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for older trotters, where Wind Of The North is the 2-1 morning line choice, and eight $225,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championships. In addition, there will be a fundraiser for driver Brad Hanners, who was diagnosed recently with kidney cancer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Noble Memorial is race No. 3 and the Ewart Memorial is No. 14. Limelight Beach, trained by Ron Burke, has one win in 15 races this year but has earned $186,986 as the result of picking up a check in 13 starts. He finished second to stablemate All Bets Off in the Prix d'Ete two weeks prior to his third-place finish in the Canadian Pacing Derby. His earnings from the CPD pushed his career purses to $1.01 million. "Last week he was really good; he finished ahead of some awful nice horses," Wingfield said. "He's only won one time, but he's doing alright. With the caliber of horses he's racing against and the purses, you don't have to win them all. He's respectable, I think. It's just nice to have a horse like him to follow around." Limelight Beach is owned by Wingfield Brothers, Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and M1 Stable. Charles Wingfield was among the horse's original owners, with his brothers being added to the ownership prior to the beginning of Limelight Beach's 3-year-old campaign. The remainder of the current group came on board in July 2014. The gelding began his career with trainer Brian Brown, winning divisions of the Bluegrass, International Stallion, and Arden Downs stakes at age 2. Last year Limelight Beach's wins included the Jug and divisions of the Bluegrass and Circle City. He won an elimination for the Breeders Crown, defeating McWicked by a half-length, but was scratched sick from the final. Wingfield is looking forward to seeing Limelight Beach in Ohio again, even though he faces a tough task in the Ewart. In addition to State Treasurer, the field includes All Bets Off, Graduate Series champion Doo Wop Hanover, and Levy Series winner Domethatagain. "It's a horserace," Wingfield said. "I was hoping State Treasurer wouldn't be there. He is really on a roll. But there are a lot of them in there that are just tough to beat. Who knows? You just hope for the best. "A lot of the family is going to make it," he added. "They don't get to see him race (in person) very often. Everyone is excited." Following is the field in post order for the Ewart Memorial with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. State Treasurer, David Miller, Ian Moore, 7-5 2. Mykindachip, Jason Brewer, Jim Dailey, 15-1 3. Limelight Beach, Chris Page, Ron Burke, 10-1 4. Let's Drink On It, Aaron Merriman, Joe Seekman, 12-1 5. Doo Wop Hanover, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Steve Elliott, 7-2 6. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 4-1 7. Domethatagain, Dan Noble, Rene Allard, 12-1 8. Kanaris, Josh Sutton, Joe Seekman, 20-1 9. Bigtown Hero, Dave Palone, Rene Allard, 8-1 10. Somewhere In L A, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 Following is the field in post order for the Noble Memorial with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Southwind Pepino, Hugh Beatty, Hugh Beatty, 6-1 2. Gural Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1 3. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver, 5-2 4. Kirty Dream, Josh Sutton, Jeff Hochstetler, 15-1 5. Wind Of The North, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 2-1 6. Rompaway Galaxy, Chris Page, Krista Harmon, 5-1 7. Major Athens, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 12-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Louisville, KY --- Harness racing trainer Brian Brown and his ownership group had their eye on Spider Man Hanover long before he went through the ring at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, so they were thrilled to purchase him. Especially for the price. “We all really liked him and he was one of the top ones we wanted to bring home,” said Brown. “We loved his pedigree and then we were even more sold on him when we went to see him. We were prepared to go much higher for him as we thought he would go for at least $60,000, so we were very pleased we paid $40,000 for him. Actually we were in shock that’s all we had to give. The only reason I can think of that he didn’t go for more was he was on the smaller side, but he was very well built.” The son of Western Ideal and the Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip will seek to become a state champion when he competes on Friday (Sept. 11) in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He will have the services of regular pilot David Miller in the ninth race on the card at The Meadows and will begin his mile from post position four. Owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman, Spider Man Hanover is the fourth choice on the morning line at 5-1 behind Check Six (3-1), Big Top Hanover (7-2) and Ideal Jimmy (9-2). There certainly is a lot to like about this colt’s family tree as his dam earned just shy of $200,000 during her racing career. His granddam, the Presidential Ball mare Stasia’s Girl amassed $142,774 on the track and she foaled another $100,000 winner in Cascata by American Ideal, p,1:51.2s, $145,414). Spider Man Hanover is also a full brother to Stacia Hanover p,3,1:49.2 ($238,746), who was last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner and this year’s Shady Daisy champion. He is also a half-brother to Seashell Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, p,3,1:51.4f, $99,245) and an unnamed American Ideal weanling colt. “His family was what initially attracted our attention and then of course seeing how well his sister raced at two,” Brown said. “We knew he had ability right off and had high hopes for him right away.” Spider Man Hanover certainly has illustrated his potential. He won his first qualifying race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on June 10 and was second in his second trip to the gate over the same oval on June 19. The colt made his career debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3 and was just out-finished for the triumph by the heavy favorite Allie’s Cruiser. He broke his maiden on July 15 at the same facility with David Miller at the lines for the first time in a $53,548 Sire Stakes event. Then it was on to The Meadows on July 25 where Spider Man Hanover collected his second career win in a $43,548 Sire Stake. He followed that up by coming home eighth and last in an $81,113 Sire Stakes race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 20. The colt rebounded, however, with his third career triumph on Sept. 1 at The Meadows in a $70,714 Sire Stakes race. To date, he has banked $91,405, has a resume of 5-3-1-0 and a mark of 1:51.3f. “You can just throw that one race out,” Brown said. “He did not race well at all and David suggested some things after he came back with him, so we put a jaw cord on him and it was very helpful. Right from the start he tended to get a little aggressive when it was time to race and we have tried different things to help calm him down as well as focused on what he was doing. But with the jaw cord and him beginning to learn his job, we think he is headed in the right direction. He could tend to be pretty grabby and the equipment change helps David control him a bit better. We anticipate that he will race well on Friday.” After Spider Man Hanover’s championship engagement, he’ll begin his travels outside the Keystone State with Kentucky, Ontario and New Jersey on his itinerary. “We would like to race him twice in Lexington and then we plan on taking him to the Breeders Crown,” Brown said. “His last race will hopefully be the Governor’s Cup. We like that it’s at the Meadowlands and think that will be a great spot to end his season. “We really think a lot of him and are looking forward to how the rest of the year unfolds. He is not tremendously big, but he is well made and has the talent to be a very nice horse for us. We have high expectations for him and we think he will fulfill them.” Below is the field for the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for freshman pacing males, with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1 - Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1  2 - Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8-1  3 - Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal  - Dave Palone-Ron Burke-7-2  4 - Spider Man Hanover by Western Ideal - David Miller-Brian Brown-5-1  5 - Yankee Artillery by Somebeachsomewhere -Corey Callahan-Aaron Lambert-6-1  6 - McDave by McArdle  -Andy Miller-Robin Cruise-10-1  7 - Ideal Jimmy by Western Ideal -Marcus Miller-Robin Cruise-9-2  8 - JK Will Power by Somebeachsomewhere  -Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-10-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

I'm Some Graduate, who began his career in softer company, took another step upward when he scored the fastest win in Tuesday's $212,142 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at the harness racing meeting at  The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Ideal Jimmy and Spider Man Hanover taking the other splits. Trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere often start their youngsters off slowly, allowing them to gain confidence and experience before testing them. That's the case with I'm Some Graduate, an $80,000 yearling acquisition. "He's on the schedule we wanted for him," said Tom Cancelliere of the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Jugette winner Western Graduate. "I start everything in the stallion series." "If they're good enough, they'll go to the sires stakes." "Then, with a little prayer and a little help, they'll go wherever they can go." In the Tyler B, I'm Some Graduate made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick, was shuffled back to third and roared through the stretch to triumph in 1:51.1, lowering his lifetime mark by 4.3 seconds. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths back, with Big Top Hanover third. "He's real smart and does everything the way you want him to do it," Tom Cancelliere said. "He doesn't look like the rest of the "Beaches," he doesn't act like the rest of the "Beaches." But he races great." Ideal Jimmy has made a living coming from well back, and he was true to form Tuesday, launching a relentless first-over bid that carried him to victory in 1:52.1, 6 lengths better than Sam McSmith. Genovese rallied for show. "He was a little bumpy in the first turn in his early starts," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "But (taking him back) has been working good enough that I've been letting him do it." Robin Cruise conditions Ideal Jimmy, a homebred Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for D.R. Van Witzenberg. Speaking of coming from well back, Spider Man Hanover was last by 9 lengths at the half before getting into gear third over for David Miller. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Lip Bluechip was widest and fastest in the lane, tripping the timer in 1:53. McDave was second, 1/2 length back, with early leader JK Will Power third. It was the third PASS win for Spider Man Hanover, and it followed a troubling performance in the most recent leg, when he missed by 45-3/4 lengths. "He raced really, really bad last week," David Miller said. "When you take off the gate, you're taking a chance, but my main concern was trying to make sure he finished with pace." Brian Brown trains Spider Man Hanover for Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman. Elsewhere on the card, Cowgirl Hall was racing off a layoff of nearly a month, and she was parked twice in the mile. Nevertheless, she dominated the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, scoring in 1:53, 4-1/4 lengths ahead of Kandian Klub. Dough Dough completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who captured her third straight and boosted her career bankroll to $763,428, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three wins on the 15-race program for Palone. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

The Carl Milstein Memorial, Northeast Ohio's premier harness race, is scheduled for its second edition on Friday, August 14. The Grand Circuit event has attracted the best sophomore colt pacers in the sport of harness racing.It has been confirmed by owner George Teague Jr. that pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit will enter this year's Milstein. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 15 of 16 career starts, earning nearly $1 million. His most recent win was a 1:47.4 victory in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace on July 18. Wiggle It Jiggleit will race once more before coming to the Flying Turns. He drew post two in the $319,400 Cane Pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday (August 8). "We have had some great horses race at Northfield over the years, but we have never had a horse come with a resume even approaching that of Wiggle It Jiggleit's," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. Wiggle It Jiggleit's only loss came in the $810,000 North America Cup on June 20, when he finished second to Wakizashi Hanover. Joann Looney-King, the trainer of Wakizashi Hanover, has also pointed her horse to compete in the Milstein. Eight-time winner Wakizashi Hanover has finished in the top three in 14 of 16 starts, earning nearly $750,000. His most recent effort was a third-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace. He prepped to take to the stage in Cleveland in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday (August 4), winning in 1:53.1. Roland N Rock, who has won 18 of 21 starts, is expected to be in the entry box for the big event. The Iowa-bred was undefeated as a freshman in 14 starts and has won four of seven starts so far this year. Trainer Brian Brown is expected to have a Milstein entry this year with Lost For Words. He just finished third in the $400,000 Adios Final at The Meadows on August 1. Lost For Words has won nine of 21 starts, including three consecutive victories in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes this year. He sports earnings of almost $400,000. The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980's. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January, 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. The Carl Milstein Memorial will be well supported with an undercard featuring multiple $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers and trotters, three $20,000 Opens and numerous contests and promotions trackside. The Milstein crowd will enjoy food trucks on the outdoor apron from 6 to 10 p.m. and Northfield Park dice games and the Majic 105.7 prize wheel with Chip Kullik from 7 to 9 p.m. Classic Rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. ESPN Cleveland WKNR's Bruce Hooley will be broadcasting live from 5 to 7 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 signature buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Due to the expected large crowd reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. First race post time for the Carl Milstein Memorial card is 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always FREE at Northfield Park. Ayers RatliffW

WASHINGTON, PA, July 31, 2015 -- Forget the driver. Don't care about the harness racing trainer. As he prepares for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, all Lost For Words wants is his masseuse. Although Lost For Words has banked $330,642 in his career and is undefeated in this year's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, massage isn't a fun reward. Rather, it's therapy, part of a series of treatments -- including chiropractic -- designed to ease the horse's sore back. Trainer Brian Brown changed shoes on the son of Well Said-Thou Shalt Not prior to the July 4 final of the Max Hempt. He slowed late in the mile and didn't bounce right back. "When you're racing horses like Wiggle It JiggleIt and In The Arsenal, you look for advantages to make your horse better," Brown said. "So we went to a glue-on shoe, and he didn't take to it well. He was getting thinner on us. His blood came back good, he scoped good, so I'm pretty sure it was because his feet were hurting, and I'm pretty sure that affected his back." In last week's Adios elimination, Brown switched Lost For Words back to shoes with pads, and the colt responded, losing by only a neck to 37-1 long shot Cooperstown. Lost For Words has enjoyed four massage/chiropractic treatments over the past two weeks, and Brown says he has noticed a difference. "I can't tell you he's 100 percent sound," the trainer said, "but Bill Irvine, who helps me with the horse, said he trained a great trip Thursday." Brown has mapped out an ambitious campaign for Lost For Words, keeping him eligible to a slew of stakes, including the Little Brown Jug, the Breeders Crown, the Battle of the Brandywine, the Carl Milstein, the Windy City Pace and a pair of events at The Red Mile. In the Adios, Lost For Words may have an edge -- Brown's gaudy .559 UTR at The Meadows this season. Brown attributes his success to his decision to train his horses in Florida over the winter. "We were ahead of most because of the harsh winter everyone had up here. When my 3-year-olds came out of Florida, they were really ready." Brown's percentage will be tested Saturday when he races 11 horses, including three fillies in the $125,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo. Lost For Words and David Miller leave from post 6 in The Adios. In addition to the Adios, the powerhouse card features five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation (Brown sends out Rise Up Now), the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-olds and four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. First post is 12:20 PM, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. The Adios field, in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning-line odds: 1 .Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser --Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 2. Dude's The Man by American Ideal --Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 5-2 3. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere --Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 10-1 4. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark --Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere --Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 6. Lost For Words by Well Said --David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 7. My Hero Ron by Well Said --Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 8. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa -Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 15-1 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight --Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 8-1 Saturday's Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. They include: Early Pick 4 (races 4-7) -- $7,500 guarantee Adios Pick 4 (races 9-12) -- $20,000 guarantee Adios Pick 3 (races 12-14) -- $7,500 guarantee Pick 5 (races 13-17) -- $10,000 guarantee In addition to the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, the powerful program includes five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation and the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-old pacers. First post is 12:20 PM, with the Adios final set for approximately 4 PM. During the card, Junior Achievement, The Meadows' charity partner for Adios Week, will offer autographs from sports stars at its trackside Legends Tent and will stage a raffle and a Chinese auction. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Louisville, KY --- Bruce Trogdon and Brian Brown did not anticipate Color’s A Virgin would take home the harness racing hardware in the 2014 edition of the Jugette, but both men hope to return to the Delaware County Fairgrounds winner’s circle on Wednesday (Sept. 23) after this year’s version with Serious Filly. “It’s a tough group with a lot of nice fillies,” said Trogdon. “I don’t think she’s quite ready to beat the likes of JK She’salady, but I’m hoping Serious Filly will provide me with the opportunity to defend our Jugette crown.” By Somebeachsomewhere and out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Seriously, Serious Filly will continue her quest to be ranked in the upper echelon of her division when she leaves from post seven in her C$35,000 elimination of the Fan Hanover Stake on Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk Racetrack. Trace Tetrick will be holding the lines when the filly competes against reigning Horse of the Year JK She’slady, Better Be Steppin, The Show Returns and Bedroomconfessions. “We don’t have her quite where we want her yet,” Brown said. “We are trying some different things with her such as shoeing, because she gets a little rough and likes to toss in some steps during her miles. She has ability though and is like Color in that she is fine with coming first over. “Although she did not win last week in her race at Hoosier Park, I was very encouraged by her performance (second against older females) and am looking forward to racing her in Canada. That race was exactly what I wanted to see before taking her there.” Serious Filly is the first foal out of Seriously, who netted just under $280,000 during her racing career and was third in the 2010 Jugette. Trogdon purchased Seriously’s dam, the Die Laughing mare Serious Smile, in 2002. Seriously is a half-sister to Artbitration (Artiscape p,4,1:52s, $727,129), Blissful Smile (Blissfull Hall p,5,1:50.2s, $$778,734) and Serious Damage (Allamerican Ingot p,1:52.2f, $160,654). Serious Smile is a daughter of the Tyler B mare So Cozy, who earned just under $900,000 on the racetrack and was the 1987 Dan Patch Award winner for 2-year-old pacing fillies. As a broodmare, So Cozy produced six $100,000 earners from 16 foals. “I love this family,” Trogdon said. “Even if Serious Filly does not perform extremely well on the racetrack, she will definitely be an addition to the broodmare band. She really is bred to be any kind of horse. She is a very big filly and we only raced her four times last year because she was pretty rough gaited, so we quit with her in August to give her time to grow into herself.” The filly collected two wins and $14,675 in purse money from her abbreviated freshman campaign, but has really come to hand this year while racing primarily in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program. Serious Filly has compiled a record of 5-4-1-0 this year while amassing $80,522 and established her lifetime mark of 1:53.2f on May 2 in a PaSS race at The Meadows. In her last race at Hoosier Park on June 5, she paced the fastest final panel of all seven horses in the field (:27.2) and stopped the timer in 1:51.4, two lengths behind Stable Eyes. “I really liked how she finished up that race,” Brown said. “I told Trace to just take it easy with her and let her do her thing out there, just like he does with Color. This filly also doesn’t like to be rushed and can really take a lot of air, which is also similar to Color. I was pleased to see her coming at the end of the mile, but again she put in a step in the stretch. The competition in Canada certainly will be quite tough, but I think she will give a good account of herself.” Although Trogdon and Brown are seasoned veterans and realize champions are rare rather than the norm, they do have high hopes for Serious Filly as the year continues. “She is staked to everything and we think she is on the right path to becoming a very nice racehorse,” Trogdon said. “All we can do is provide her with the opportunity and keep working on straightening her gait out.” “She is bred to be an extremely nice horse,” Brown said. “She has the speed and the right attitude, but she is still a little green and that could be why she is still putting steps in her races. I think as the year goes on, she will show she belongs with the best fillies in her group. Canada will be the first step in seeing exactly what we have. She has been able to win while still not being right on gait. She won’t be able to do that against these quality horses on Saturday night.” This filly is not the only horse Trogdon and Brown will be shipping north of the border, as Color’s A Virgin is entered in a C$35,000 elimination for the Roses Are Red final later in the evening. The champion mare captured her first two engagements of 2015 at Hoosier Park, before finishing seventh in her next two starts. She then was second on May 29 in a $21,000 Mares Invitational again at Hoosier Park, before returning to the winner’s circle in the same class at the same facility on June 5. “We think she is 90 percent back to herself,” Brown said. “Trace was much happier with her last week than he has been, as he told me she did feel like the same horse as last year. When we took her up to Miami Valley (for the Chip Noble Memorial), she tied up and came out of the race dehydrated. We’ve been drenching her every day and pumping her full of fluids. She might not win up in Canada, but we think she is on the way back. We were not sure what the problem was, as she never did this last year, but we have a handle on it now. “Candy (Candy’s A Virgin) was eligible for this race too and was doing really well, but she popped a gravel so she is taking some time off.” Trogdon feels he might be to blame for Color’s A Virgin's health situation. “I turn her out and let her eat lots of grass at the farm (Emerald Highlands) between all her races,” he said. “This program worked really well for her last year and I’m thinking I did not give her enough time to do that before we raced her at Miami Valley and then back at Hoosier Park. From now on, I’ll make sure I don’t do that to her again.” Despite his affinity for his female homebreds, Trogdon also has a vested interest in the North America Cup eliminations on the same card. “We bred and raised Hurrikane Ali (Rocknroll Hanover-She's The Greatest),” he said. “We sold him in Lexington as a yearling (2013, $63,000). Even though we do not own him, it would be terrific to see him win the North America Cup since we had him as a baby.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

There were three divisions of The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (May 21) each going for a purse of just over $71,000. In the first division, it was Miller's Stable's Somewhere Sweet (Dave Miller) scoring an impressive five length victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rolled right to the front, tripping the quarter beam in :27.1. After a rated second quarter of :29.1 (:56.2 half), the Brian Brown trainee began to draw away, getting the back half in :56.2, completing the mile in an in-hand 1:52.4. It was her fourth career win of eleven starts, and her third in the last four. Better Said (Tim Tetrick) was making her 2015 debut after going two for five in the win column as a two-year-old. She rallied on for second, while Moma's Got A Gun (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $6.60. The track was downgraded to good for the second division, in which trainer Brian Brown continued his winning ways with Serious Filly (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was taken off the early pace, but shifted into gear shy of the half. She mounted a persistent first-over bid, and was able to grind past pace-setter Aria Hanover (Brett Miller) to win by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:53.3. Imagine Dragon (Scott Zeron) shook loose late to close for second, while Doll Fins (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, Serious Filly remains undefeated in 2015, a perfect four for four. The winner paid $14.40. Trainer Brian Brown was looking for the sweep in Division three, as he sent out the heavy favorite Triple V Hanover (Dave Miller). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was taken off the early pace, but brushed hard towards the top after the quarter (:28), not clearing until the half (:56.2). The tough trip took its toll in the stretch, as Art's Jem (Tim Tetrick) closed fast up the inside to win, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Southwind Roulette (Yannick Gingras) finished second while Deli Beach (John Campbell) finished third. It was the third seasonal win in five starts for the daughter of Art Official, who is owned by CC Racing. The Joann Looney-King trainee paid $19.60 to win. Michael Bozich

The weather is heating up and so is the harness racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This past week saw the first appearances of both the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and The Stallion Series, those showcases for younger horses which bring the finest horses and horsemen to the Downs to strut their stuff for big purses. We also saw Open pace and Open trot action on Saturday night for the first time in 2015. It all leads to a jam-packed edition of the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK:  RISE UP NOW If you follow sports, it's likely you're familiar with the term "meteoric rise." It's often used (maybe overused, to be frank) when an athlete ascends from anonymity to great success in a short period of time. In the case of Rise Up Now, a 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, he's got a name that seems to fit that term, and he's lived up to it and then some this season. In his 2-year-old season, he picked up just one win in seven races. Yet he started the season off sizzling in overnight races at The Meadows, ripping off three straight victories right away. His next start was on May 9 in Pennsylvania All Stars action at Pocono, a tough test that he passed in stellar fashion by gutting out a win by a nose in a career-best time of 1:50:2. On Saturday night in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, Rise Up Now, trained by Brian Brown, was a 2-1 second choice behind Blood Brother, who also won an All Stars race last week and set some nasty fractions on the lead. Driver Simon Allard provided a canny drive for Rise Up Now, sending him first-over on the back before sliding into the pocket behind Blood Brother. In the stretch, Rise Up Now wore down Blood Brother by a length-and-a-half in 1:51:3 on a sloppy track. Five wins in five races while soaring from the lowest condition ranks to Sire Stakes action: I do believe we can freely use that "meteoric rise" term in this case. Other top pacers this week include: Alexas Jackpot (George Napolitano Jr., Marty Fine), who followed up an Open win at Harrah's at Philadelphia by winning Pocono's first Open pace of the 2015 meet in 1:49:3, which matched a career-best and was fastest of the week at Pocono despite coming on a sloppy track; Catalea Seelster (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), a mare whose victory in a $15,000 claimer on Sunday night in 1:52:3 was her fifth in a row, with the last four of those victories coming at Pocono; and Caviart Shelley (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), a mare who gutted out her fourth consecutive condition win on Wednesday night in 1:51:3, a new career mark. TROTTER OF THE WEEK:  CLASSIC MARTINE In the first $30,000 Open trot of the season, a pair of distaffers shared the pre-race spotlight. This was by no means a slight on the male horses in the race, all of whom were accomplished veteran trotters with many big wins and copious earnings to their credit. But Classic Martine and Shake It Cerry are no ordinary mares; they rank among the finest in the world. In their previous meeting on May 3 at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio, Classic Martine, the 5-year-old Classic Photo star from the Chris Oakes barn, overcame a #9 post and 15-1 odds to upend heavily favored Shake It Cerry, who struggled to sixth. This time around, Classic Martine got the betting love at 1-5. Driver George Napolitano took her to the front end and rated the pace very well, making it very unlikely that anyone would run her down in the stretch. Classicality, who had the pocket trip, and Shake It Cerry, who started slow but moved up aggressively around the final turn, both attempted to rally. But Classic Martine never looked worried, keeping a nice margin all the way to the line as she won by 3½ lengths. Her winning time of 1:53:1 was achieved without much urging at all. Right now, it doesn't matter the age or gender facing her, because Classic Martine is going to be a handful for anyone lining up to take her on. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Razor Ramone (Anthony Napolitano, Eric Ell), who arrived from Harrah's and powered his way to a condition win on Saturday night in a career-best 1:53:3; Scorcher Hall (Tom Jackson, Greg White), who moved up in class and racked up his second straight condition won on Tuesday night in 1:55; and It's Not Over (Jim Morrill Jr., Matias Ruiz), who, despite being laid off for two months since a victory in his previous start in California in March, returned strong with a condition win on Tuesday night in a career-best 1:54:1. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK:  MARATHON MAN When a couple of leaders broke stride late, this trotter with Brandon Simpson in the bike came storming home to win a condition on Tuesday night at 75-1 for a $152.60 payoff on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK:  SCOTT ZERON Zeron made the most of his lone appearance at Pocono for the week, ripping off four victories on Sunday night, more than any other driver on the card that evening. TRAINER OF THE WEEK:  BRIAN BROWN Brown, whose base is in Ohio, continues to win big in Pennsylvania, following up success last week in the Pennsylvania All Stars races with a pair of Sire Stakes winners on Saturday night. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at Jim Beviglia

WILKES-BARRE PA - To modify a Southern expression to its current "home," harness racing trainer Brian Brown is "hotter'n a two-dollar Pennsylvania pistol on a Saturday night."   Trainer Brown, trainer of 2014 divisional and Jugette champion Color's A Virgin and a resident of Delaware OH, may be having himself a two-day party late this September at the famed half-miler, as he already has five different Pennsylvania Sire Stakes-winning three-year-old pacing horses, three fillies and now the two colts who continued the hot trainer's winning ways Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, being among the four winners in the $226,168 first leg of their Sires action.   As the track turned "sloppy" for the fifth race Sires division (Pocono is about 150 miles northeast of Baltimore as the crow flies, and the Preakness rain started about two hours before the storms hit northeast PA), Rise Up Now remained undefeated in five outings this year, tucking in the pocket down the back and then catching leader Blood Brother in the stretch to post a 1½-length 1:51.3 over a newly-christened "sloppy" track. Blood Brother had snapped off splits of 26.1, 55.3, and 1:22.2, but the 53 usage in the odd-numbered quarters did not allow him to hold off the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and driver Simon Allard, who piloted the Brown trainee for King McNamara of Florida, the only non-Buckeye in the ownership group which includes the Strollin Stable, William Robinson, and Country Club Acres.   Brown is now two-for-two seasonally with the Well Said colt Lost For Words, who reclaimed the lead down the backstretch, opened up four lengths turning for home, then held off the late charge of the game little Allbeef N Nobull to win by 1½ lengths in 1:51.4 in the night's second division, when the track was still "fast." Lost For Words, a finalist in both the Governors Cup and Breeders Crown last year, was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for the three Ohioans who share in Rise Up Now's ownership and another Buckeye, Richard Lombardo.   For years Brown has done very well in the Pennsylvania program, but this year his numbers are only slightly short of unbelievable. He's perfect in five Pocono starts, and at The Meadows he sports a 13-9-3-0 tally, for a Keystone State total of 18-14-3-0 - which produces a mind-boggling state UTR of .870!   McArdles Lightning teamed with driver Anthony Napolitano to post a 6-1 upset in taking the first division, coming from last at the half in the seven-horse field and blitzing his own back two quarters in 54.2 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:51. Steve Elliott conditions the McArdle ridgling (double thoroughbred Triple Crown racewinner American Pharoah is also a ridgling) for the Lightning Stable.   In the final Sires heat, Wazikashi Hanover was a pocket rocket in catching last year's 2YO Sires champion, Yankee Bounty, by 1¼ lengths, with the time on the sloppy track 1:52. Yankee Bounty overcame the outside "eight-ball" to post splits of 27, 57, and 1:24.4, but "Wazikashi," a Dragon Again gelding, was relentless and gained into the 27.1 kicker for trainer Joann Looney-King and the Tri County Stable. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. joined trainer Brown as a double winner in the Sires races.   ***** Also on the Pocono Saturday card were two $30,000 Open events, one for each gait, which were carded in anticipation of next Sunday's $150,000 Invitationals to be raced at the other track that Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association services, Harrah's Philadelphia.   Last year's divisional champion Classic Martine will have an interesting decision to make about "trying the boys" after taking the $30,000 Open trot by 3½ lengths in 1:53.1 on a fast track for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes. The daughter of Classic Photo, owned by Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Ed Gold, made the lead in 27.3, "stole" a 30-second second quarter, and then dashed home in successive 27.4 panels to defeat Classicality, with 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry coming from seventh at the half to claim third, another length behind.   On the pacing side, Van Rose Memorial winner Domethatagain and second-place Alexa's Jackpot met again, but this time, two weeks later, the post position advantage was reversed (1-4, respectively, in the Rose to 8-3 Saturday), as was the result, with Alexa's Jackpot winning in 1:49.3 in the off going. Domethatagain motored to the top in 26 flat from his next-to-outside starting berth Saturday, but Alexa's Jackpot was put on the move soon thereafter by George Napolitano Jr., who took both Opens, and posted splits of 54.1 and 1:21.4 en route to the 1¼-length triumph. Trainer Marty Fine shares ownership in the winner with the Highland Thoroughbred Farm.   ***** The week's racing comes to an end at Pocono Sunday night with four $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings. Many horses holding promise of developing into good horses are in the Stallion events; one of the more promising is Gallic Beach, making his first start of the year but showing a half-length loss in 1:50.2 at Lexington last fall. He's a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, a daughter of Western Hanover whose dam is Galleria and whose SBSW half-sister is double Breeders Crown elim winner Galliebythebeach.   PHHA / Pocono

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