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CHESTER, PA - Streaking classriser Bella Ava held off a late bid from favored classdropper Winnerup to take a new mark of 1:53.2 in the $13,600 harness racing trotting feature on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Dexter Dunn made two moves to control the pace with the daughter of Cantab Hall, opened up ground on the second-over Winnerup down the backstretch and around the far turn, then stayed strong while trotting her last half in :56.1 to defeat her main rival by 1½ lengths. It was the fourth straight victory, stepping up every time, for Bella Ava, who is trained by Jenny Melander for the JPS Racing Stables LLC. In a pair of $11,600 co-features on the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Philly, driver Tyler and trainer Todd Buter shipped in with a pair of horses who had won exactly one-third of their lifetime starts - and both improved on that percentage by coming home first. The faster of the two was the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable, who came uncovered into a :55.2 back half yet still won comfortably in 1:52.1, giving him 18 wins in 52 career starts. Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs own the talented trotter. The same ownership foursome are also the sponsors of the Muscle Massive gelding Two AM, who came out of the pocket headstretch, had his prospects not hurt when pacesetting Broadway Athena briefly went offstride, and then scored in 1:53.1 to bring his career scorecard to 29 wins in 85 starts. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The veteran Cantab Hall gelding Crystal Fashion boosted his lifetime earnings to $1,737,094 with a hard-fought 1:51.4 victory in the $17,200 trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday afternoon. Jordan Stratton moved his horse to the outside just nearing the :56.3 half, and grinded long and hard at the pacesetting Pat Matters. The battling pair went the third quarter in :27 and continued their battle into the stretch, where Crystal Fashion was finally able to establish his superiority. Pocketsitting Lord Cromwell cleared up the inside to grab second, just ¾ of a length behind, with Rich And Miserable third and Pat Matters fourth.   Crystal Fashion ran his lifetime win record to 19 victories in but 45 lifetime starts, many of them against the best of his generation. Jim Campbell conditions the winner for Fashion Farms LLC. There were a pair of $14,000 co-features on the card, one on each gait. On the trot, Anthony Napolitano, now four wins away from 3000 career victories, sent Mississippi Storm, another Cantab Hall gelding, to the front and got a relatively moderate :57.1 half. This enabled the trotter to flash a :56 kick home to finish out a victory in 1:53.1 for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. In the pacing co-headliner, the Royal Millennium gelding Prairie Panther and driver Tyler Buter wanted the early lead, and was willing to be parked until the 3/8 pole to make the top. But from there, Prairie Panther sped home in :55 to complete a 1:51.2 triumph. A 38-time winner in 79 career starts, Prairie Panther raised his lifetime earnings over $350,000 with the win for trainer Michael Deters, also co-owner with Laurie Lee Poulin. Driving honors on the day were not decided until the last race, as Joe Bongiorno, Tyler Buter, Jim Morrill Jr., Anthony Napolitano, George Napolitano Jr. and Jordan Stratton had notched two victories on the card until that point, and only Stratton was not in the last race. Taking the day's title was Joe Bongiorno with a 1:51 victory behind Reflect Our Flag, whose trainer Jennifer Bongiorno matched her brother with three wins on the card. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

MILTON, JUNE 18, 2020 - The inaugural Prospect Series kicks off this Saturday, June 20 at Hanover Raceway with three harness racing divisions for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Jack Darling will harness two fillies in the opening leg of the Prospect Series, Races 5, 7 and 9 on the 2 pm program, and is hoping for good things from both Dreamadreamforme and Twin B Hello. "Dreamadreamforme, she actually won a Grassroots up there last year at Hanover," said Darling. "But her first start she didn't race very good so I thought I'd put them both in and see how they do and go from there. Hope they can move up, if not then they will stay in the Prospect." Dreamadreamforme will start from Post 3 in the second $7,100 Prospect Series division with Jason Ryan in the race bike. The Betterthancheddar daughter heads into the race off a 1:56.4 victory in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a fifth-place result in her sophomore debut at Georgian Downs on June 9. Last season the filly toured the Hanover half-mile in 2:00 in the Aug. 24 two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event. Ryan will steer Twin B Hello from Post 5 in the third division, and the pair will be looking to match or improve on the second-place result they posted in a June 9 start at Georgian Downs. The Sunshine Beach daughter was also second in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Twin B Hello last year as a two-year-old, she was okay, but she really wasn't even good enough for the Grassroots. She's actually come back better this year," noted Cambridge, ON resident Darling, who also owns both fillies. "She seems a little better, so we'll try her in there and if she gets better we can always upgrade to the Grassroots, but for now that's a good spot for her." The Prospect Series is open to two and three-year-olds sustained to the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Like the OSS program's Gold and Grassroots events, Prospect Series events are numbered one through five and horses may only be entered in one of the corresponding events (i.e. Prospect Series No. 1, Grassroots Series No. 1, or Gold Series No. 1). However, should a Prospect Series leg fail to attract enough entries, horses can be entered in the corresponding Grassroots or Gold Series event. Throughout the summer horses competing in the Prospect Series will accumulate points toward one of nine spots in their respective $15,000 final, to be held Friday, Sept. 25 at Grand River Raceway. As with the corresponding events, horses are only able to declare into one post season finale - either the Prospect Series Final, Grassroots Semi-Final or Super Final. Starting fees for the Prospect Series are $100 and each division will race for $6,500 plus starting fees. Starting fees can be paid by cheque, made out to Ontario Sires Stakes, MasterCard or Visa. Like all events conducted under the AGCO Rules of Racing, horses must meet the added money qualifying times to be eligible for the Prospect Series. For additional information about the Prospect Series visit the Ontario Sires Stakes website or contact OSS program administrator Allison Glynn at aglynn@ontarioracing.com. To watch Saturday's Prospect Series opener tune into the Hanover Raceway live stream on the track's website, Facebook page or YouTube channel. Programs are available for download at the Hanover Raceway website. The first race gets under way at 2 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will go postward in Races 5, 7 and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

RYONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 7, 2020--Down-the-roaders I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan, $6) and Elysium Lindy (Dan Dube, $27.40) proved best Saturday night (March 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps. I'm Some Graduate, from assigned post position No. 5 in the adult-table pace, had few issues in maintaining his current form. He worked around pole-sitting I'marocknrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno), then finished what he started (:27.1; :57, 1:24.2; 1:52.2) after a weak, first-over attempt by Tremendous Play (Jason Bartlett). 'Legend" chased in vain, beaten a couple of lengths, with Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) a non-threatening third.   Luciano N (Austin Siegelman) and Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For I'm Some Graduate, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Larry Karr, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (fourth in last five tries). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $18, with the triple returning $68. Elysium Lindy also went the distance in a strange week's marquee trot. From the pole, he was seemingly content to sit behind Weslynn Dancer (Bartlett)...until the latter "wanted to go back to the paddock or something," Bartlett said. At any rate, after two-moving to the lead, Weslynn Dancer found herself out in the air, serving as a fortuitous 'pick' for Elysium Lindy. That one was more than accepting of the largesse, completing his appointed rounds (:27.1; 56.4; 1:25.1; 1:55) a length in front of cone-skimming Mostinterestingman (Siegelman). Third went to Stormy Kromer (catch-driver Bongiorno), with even-money choice Melady's Monet (Brennan) fourth after having to go wide early around Weslynn Dancer.   Arabella's Cadet (Stratton) picked off the final envelope, ahead of the self-imposed grief of Weslynn Dancer. For fifth choice Elysium Lindy, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owned Panic Stable and trained by Andrew Harris, it was his fourth win in eight '20 tries The exacta paid $178.50, with the triple returning $713. From Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Andy McCarthy put Elysium Lindy in play early, and the veteran trotter took care of the rest, pulling off a 10-1 surprise in the featured $31,250 high-end conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 7-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy displayed a burst of speed at the start from post six and had the lead around the first turn before yielding the front to 3-5 favorite Misslarose, who has been doing good things of late against the likes of Pappy Go Go and JL Cruze, as the quarter was reached in :28.4. The second quarter saw little in the way of action, but on the way to three-quarters the outer flow developed with Winning Lyric, Kenziesky Hanover and Eye Ofa Tiger As gaining ground on the rim. At the head of the stretch, Misslarose looked strong on the point with Kenziesky Hanover still going well on the outside as McCarthy waited for just the right moment to move Elysium Lindy from the pocket. That moment came at the sixteenth pole, when Elysium Lindy split rivals - Misslarose to his inside and Kenziesky Hanover to his outside - and got up on the wire to win by a hard-fought half-length over a game Misslarose. Kenziesky Hanover finished third.   "Paul Gagne and Anthony MacDonald sent me this horse," said winning trainer Andrew Harris. "And I can't thank them enough. He's been so good and the only reason he threw a couple of clunkers in his last two starts was he was hitting the bike. We got that sorted out. Andy Mac is just a magician. I love that guy." Elysium Lindy, making his first appearance at the Meadowlands since March 8 of last year, returned $22.60 to his backers as the fifth choice in the wagering in the seven-horse field. He completed the mile in 1:53.3, equaling his lifetime best on a chilly night when the track variant was -2. He's now won 28 of 133 lifetime starts and earned $428,467 for owners Panic Stable. A LITTLE MORE: Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras both recorded driving triples on the program while McCarthy guided two to victory lane. ... Ron Burke and Harris, the top two trainers in the Big M standings, each had a pair of winners. ... Despite 3-5 shot Caviart Jane, 6-5 Obrigado and Misslarose all tasting defeat, six favorites still emerged victorious on the program. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,187,146. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2020 -- Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his harness racing class and huge heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to down Icanflylikeanangel by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Cherry Peep finished third.   Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts career earnings of $1,085,908. Speaking of winning off the bench, Touchamatic was inspired by "Windy," her stablemate, to take Tuesday's co-feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, off a five-week layoff. She prevailed in 1:53.3 on the front end. Long shot Magic Forces rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dark Force completed the ticket. Touchamatic, an 18-time winner last year, triumphed for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury, giving the trio a sweep of Tuesday's features. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch lifted her career bankroll to $436,122. Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card.   Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $900.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEBANON, OH. - Walter White, one of the Midwest's most consistent check-getters in the Open trotting ranks, broke through at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) to capture the track's $22,500 feature for squaregaiters in 1:54.1. The 8-year-old winner of over a half million dollars topped Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and Whata Swan (John DeLong) to shake a string of four straight place and show finishes at the top level. Driver Jeremy Smith left enough to slip into third during the first half mile, which featured quarter-mile clockings of :28.3 and :56.4. Shortly thereafter Jeremy and Walter White rushed up outside to challenge the favored pacesetter and eventual runnerup. Lapped on to the leader at the 1:25 station, the James Eaton trainee drew onto even terms by midstretch and surged ahead in the final strides. Walter White paid $25.40 to win and the exacta with the public choice Sweet Mr Pinetucky returned $89.20. The winning son of Cantab Hall is owned by Robert Silberberg. The final pair of Claim To Fame series out of the eight that are currently underway at Miami Valley kicked off with first leg action for $12,500 claiming mares and $8000 claiming horses and geldings. Dont Mach Mia (Trace Tetrick) and M E Radar Girl (Brett Miller) won the two mares splits in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Dont Mach Mia beat Crazy Bad K (Jeremy Smith) and Sweet Western (Brett Miller) to the wire as an odds-on favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three was one of five entrants claimed out of the two 9-horse fields. She raced for owner Rene Allard and trainer Tyler George in the first leg, but will be part of the Larry Finn Stable in her next outing. M E Radar Girl made her first start from the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable a winning one after a claim from a $10,000 event eleven days earlier during the first week of the Miami Valley meet. Co-owned by Carl Howard of Fazoli's Restaurants fame, the 7-year-old Radar Sign lass bested Galyns Gift (John DeLong) and Keystone Nikki (Trace Tetrick) in the first leg. Winners in the quartet of $8000 divisions for males were Colossal (Trace Tetrick, 1:54.1, $5.00), New Patrol (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $8.60), N Expense (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $9.00) and Putnams Attack (John DeLong, 1:53.2, $8.40). A total of nine horses including a lone winner (N Expense) were collared out of the four divisions via the claim box during first leg competition. From Miami Valley Raceway    

CHESTER, PA - The millionaire racing racehorse Dayson overcame adversity in starting position and racing fortune to win the $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, able to rally after a fast half to win in 1:54.1. The victorious Conway Hall gelding was part of the quick early tempo, as driver Yannick Gingras had him four-wide early, then backed off and tucked midpack as Sylvesteramericanit wound up on the lead after a :26.4 quarter, Armageddon Seelster wound up in the pocket, and Izoh had to take a lot of fresh Philly air in the two-path. Things proceeded in that fashion to the :55.4 half, and then Gingras moved his trotter quickly two- and three-wide to get by the embattled leaders before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Dayson continued on authoritatively to win by two lengths over Armageddon Seelster, who came through between horses to claim second place. Dayson pushed his career earnings to $1,136,677, and he furthered his reputation as a frequent winner, scoring for the tenth time this year and the 35th in his career, putting up a success ratio in the vicinity of 45% in both categories. Ron Burke conditions the talented veteran for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. The Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm, who actually was the favorite in last week's top class while finishing second, saw the earnings combination break right for him, and he took advantage of a single-level drop to win the $14,500 co-feature trot in 1:54.2. Like Dayson, Mississippi Storm did not have it easy - parked early before tucking in for driver Marcus Miller, then having to move uncovered late in the backstretch - but he stayed on to get the job done by 1¼ lengths over closing Kinda Lucky Lindy. Mississippi Storm has now earned six figures in each of the last two seasons for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. Marcus Miller and George Napolitano Jr. each recorded three wins on the Thursday card at Philly. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 featured harness racing events on the Friday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia saw Ilana Z Tam take a lifetime mark of 1:52 in the contest for pacing mares and Consus Victory earn a new 1:55.1 speed badge in a trotting race. The Bettor's Delight mare Ilana Z Tam was away third behind Odds On Clearwater and favored Tarryn A Strip, and with no outside tier advancing the winner could wait inside until late in the backstretch to go after the leader. Ilana Z Tam quickly made the front on the far turn, with Tarryn A Strip backing out to follow her, but she could not catch winner in the lane, coming up two lengths short. Trainer/driver Pat Lachance also co-owns the victorious distaff with Z Tam Stables LLC. Vinnie Ginsburg settled the Cantab Hall sophomore colt Consus Victory in the two-hole behind Blue And Bold, then had clearance to move out near headstretch, and the three-year-old took it from there, drawing clear by four lengths over the pacesetter. Consus Victory is now two-for-two since teaming with Ginsburg for trainer Jonas Czernyson and Consus Racing Stable Inc. George Napolitano Jr. continued with his winning ways on either end on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, posting five victories on the Friday Philly card. Napolitano has participated in 14 cards at Philly and Pocono over the last two weeks, and he has recorded 47 sulky successes during that period - 25 at Harrah's and 22 at The Downs. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Mississippi Storm, advancing without cover through the last half, wore down pacesetter Muscle M Up late to win the $17,500 trotting harness racing feature in 1:53.3 on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Crazy About Pat, going for his third straight win, was out on his second move to the top nearing the :27.3 quarter, made the lead, then yielded to Muscle M Up, who had been limbed with cover from the outside post eight until "Pat" cleared, nearing the second turn, with the half accomplished in :56.2. The Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm started his long uncovered grind soon after that pole, and wasn't far off the leader when he passed the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Through the stretch the battle narrowed down to these two, and Mississippi Storm proved the better late for driver Pat Lachance, with the 3/4-length decision boosting his earnings to $282,424 for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. In a $14,500 subfeature trot, the Muscle Hill gelding Jack Vernon made the same type of strong backstretch move that carried him to the lead last week in a race where he finished second. That outing was his first in over three months, and this week, in his second start back, Jack Vernon was that much better, carrying his advantage to the wire in a 1:54 victory. Corey Callahan drove the winner of $323,573 for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Thomas Lazzaro and Michael Casalino Jr. 27-year-old driver Marcus Schoen, a lieutenant in the powerful trotting brigade of trainer Marcus Melander, enjoyed the first sulky success of his young driving career when he guided the Donato Hanover freshman colt Hopeyousteponalego to a maiden victory in 1:58.4. The pair came first-over into a 57.3 last half and still won handily for Team Melander and the ownership of Courant Inc. FINISHING LINES - All three Grand Circuit winners during the opening day of the championship meet at the famed Red Mile used their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, held here at Philly, as a springboard to victories in the two-year-old colt stake - Gangster Hanover, EL Ideal, and Amigo Volo, the last-named setting a 1:52.3 world record for 2yo trotting geldings. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Despite an absence from harness racing of 33 days, the Cantab Hall gelding Final Dream showed he was ready for his opposition in the $16,000 trotting feature on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, going by late to post a 1:56.2 victory. Driver George Napolitano Jr. positioned Final Dream in a lively outside flow, followed cover to the stretch, then tipped wide to catch Miss You Kelly in deep stretch and go on to a one length success for trainer Christie Collins and owner Howard Jacobs. The victory continued a hot streak for "George Nap," who is currently third in North America with 482 driving wins this season, third behind Aaron Merriman and Tim Tetrick. Between Pocono and Philly, Napolitano has visited Victory Lane 28 times since last Wednesday's program at Harrah's, including four times on this card. A $14,000 co-featured pace saw the American Ideal gelding Warrawee Total sit a pocket trip, gain into a :55.2 last half to take a short stretch lead, then photo out a late-kicking Walleywalleyinfree in 1:53.3. George Brennan guided Warrawee Total to his second victory in three starts for trainer Eddie Sager and The Right Move Racing LLC. The more seasoned performers contested $12,500 events on both gaits. On the trot, Di Oggi forced a fast early pace, then sat in reserve until the stretch when he came up the inside to win in 1:55.3. Trainer Francisco Del Cid also drove the victorious son of Crazed for Whiskey Trail Stables LLC. On the pace, the favored Panspacificflight gelding Control Tower got away in the two-hole for driver George Brennan, stalked pacesetting Maroma Beach, then outrushed him home to win by a length in 1:51.1. The winner of $368,541 is trained by Nick Surick for Dynasty Racing South. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 21, 2019- Favored Darling Mearas S (Ake Svanstedt, $4.60) threw down the gauntlet Saturday night (Sept. 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot. Despite no previous small-track experience and having to requalify after two Tioga breaks, Darling Mearas S beat the boys and made them cry. Offering high speed from post position No. 4, Darling Mearas S was gingerly-handled early after making the lead. She was apparently emboldened soon thereafter, stuffing Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett) in behind. A :27.1 opening quarter-mile gave way to a rated :57.4 intermission, and the lass was gone. She widened passing a 1:26.4 three-quarters, taking 2½ lengths into the lane. The margin was 4¼ lengths by the time she hit the wire in 1:54.4. There'sademonimme (George Brennan) lasted for second after trying it first-up, with Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) third. Eye ofa Tiger AS and a returning Melady's Monet (Eric Goodell) rounded out the payees. For Darling Mearas S, a 6-year-old Swedish homebred daughter of Cantab Hall trained by her driver for owner Snogarps Gard, it was her second win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.80, the triple returned $170 and the superfecta paid $493. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA -  The trotter Macmorris Hanover and pacing mare Part-Time Hanover were the winners of the twin $16,000 harness racing features at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Driver Pat Lachance saw two hard-leaving rivals to his inside break early in the trot, and he guided the sophomore Cantab Hall gelding Macmorris Hanover up to sit a pocket trip. The winner had clearance along the inside in the stretch and had just enough to edge Raceace, who made a remarkable recovery after being one of the early breakers, by a head in 1:56.2 for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and the partnership of Ben Mudry, Douglas Millard, Timothy Murray, and Howard Taylor. The Western Ideal mare Part-Time Hanover, claimed for $12,000 four weeks ago, continued a big upturn in her form by taking her opposition virtually coast-to-coast in 1:53.3 to run her record to three wins in four starts for her new connections. The 56-1 shot Odds On Clearwater made a sweeping move off the final turn and appeared to get a short advantage in upper stretch, but Part-Time Hanover gave a full-time effort and regained the lead to win by ¾ of a length for driver Eric Goodell, trainer Marc Mosher, and owner Jordanna Roman. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly A Beach Cowgirl escaped a shuffle down the backstretch, then came roaring home to win a $12,500 pace for fast-class mares in 1:54.2. Pat Lachance was also in the sulky behind this winner, guiding her for trainer Brett Bittle and owner Yankeeland Partners LLP. George Napolitano Jr. drove six winners on the Friday card - he put two of them on the lead and maintained his advantage, and he came first-over with the other four. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Plainville, MA --- Whiskey Lindy decided his own fortune as he led the harness racing field for almost 7/8th's of the mile in very even fractions en route to winning the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Sept. 13). Driver Drew Monti took an immediate lead from the pylons with Whiskey Lindy before Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) came from the outside and settled on the front. That take-over was short lived as Whiskey Lindy popped out before the quarter and reclaimed the dominant position. The race continued to the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 with no movement, but a luking Hs Marcia waiting to make her move. That came at the top of the stretch where Campbell pulled and began driving vigorously. Monti matched his enthusiasm and they both urged their trotters all the way to the wire where Whisky Lindy held on to the win by a head in 1:56. Whiskey Lindy ($3.00) remains perfect on the year, winning his third straight race in 2019. The 5-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Rum Boogie is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The top trot of the afternoon went to Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) who left from post seven to take the lead and once there, never looked back as he won the $10,500 conditioned event in 1:55.4. Shorething Fashion ($5.00) is owned by Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh with Eaton doing the training. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are drawing near and evidence of that is 2- and 3-year-old horses making their early starts in preparation of that series. On Friday, 3-year-old pacing gelding Good Heavens (Drew Campbell) went wire to wire in 1:54.4 in the $10,000 non-winners event. Good Heavens ($2.20) now has four wins this year for owner Nancy Longobardi and trainer Ivan Davies. The MASS kicks off its 2019 season on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals worth $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m., there will be a $31,282 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. The MASS kicks of its 2019 season on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals worth $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m., there will be a $31,282 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2019 -- Continuing his harness racing comeback following a lengthy layoff, millionaire Il Sogno Dream overcame a demanding opening quarter and captured Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Conditioned Trot. Although sidelined most of the first six months this year, Il Sogno Dream now has two wins and as many seconds in his last five outings. On Tuesday, he was three wide for much of the 27.2 opening panel before clearing to the lead for Aaron Merriman near the three-eighths. The 8-year-old son of Cantab Hall-La Reve held off the late charge of Gee Wizz George to down him by a length in 1:54, with Mac Deeno third. Chris Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $1,128,533, for Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Tony Hall and Merriman each collected three wins on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $2,412.72 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Although a half length winning margin might not suggest so, the Muscle Hill - Cooler Schooner freshman trotting gelding Real Cool Sam was absolutely in control in hisharness racing division of the $184,018 final preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for his group Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller were looped out of the gate as Big Oil was hustled to the top, but the double world champion methodically made his way forward to the lead in :29.1, with his rivals showing respect and letting him get to the half in :59. Rome Pays Off, a winner in his only Sires start, came uncovered and gained through and past the 1:28 three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Rome Pays Off grudgingly gave ground, but Big Oil still looked fresh in the pocket and ready to mount a big Pocono Pike dash. But you don't get to be the active all-time leading moneywinning driver without a knowledge of your horse and the opposition, and Miller, knowing his charge was not to be passed, sat "Coolly," with Big Oil getting to within a half-length but not in a menacing fashion; Rome Pays Off stayed on for a good third. Real Cool Sam is undefeated in seven starts, winning three Sire Stakes, the Peter Haughton elim and final, and a PA All-Stars division. Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC have seen their trotter earn $294,038 already, with many big stakes to come. The other Sires cut went to the Cantab Hall - Oh My Darlin colt Capricornus, 3-4 in the Haughton, and here a winner in his Sires bow in 1:55.2, equaling his mark. Tim Tetrick sent the winner to the top not long before the :28.2 quarter, then kept King Alphonso, who had been parked behind him early, out almost to the :57.4 half before yielding the lead and letting his rival carry the lead past the 1:26.4 three-quarters and into the stretch. Capricornus went to the Pocono Pike and was able to overhaul the tough leader, then held off EL Titan rallying to his inside by ¾ of a length, with King Alphonso third. Marcus Melander appears to have another good trotting colt in the two-time winner for the JJ Stable. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last PaSS race revealed the following eight horses with the most points: 1. Real Cool Sam; 2. King Alphonso; 3. EL Ideal; 4. Gangster Hanover; 5. Amigo Volo; 6. Can't Say No; 7. Chestnut Hill; 8. Swiss House Onfire. The 2YO Sire Stakes Championships will be held at Philly (where they go eight-wide) on Sunday, September 8. On the Stallion Series side, there were four divisions, with the Muscle Hill - Oyster Kronos colt Beyond Kronos going the fastest mile of all the babies by remaining undefeated in three StS races, with his 1:54.4 time a new mark. Beyond Kronos grinded first-up and worked to defeat pacesetting Askmelater Hanover, hard-used early, by a neck for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell, and owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder. Town Victor wound up as leading prelim pointwinner on the strength of three wins and a third in the StS, including his 1:55.3 win Sunday for driver Matt Kakaley, which gave him a new mark. The Winning Mister - P Town Girl gelding is already a five-time winner for trainer Rich Gillock, co-owner with Barbara Richardson. The other two Stallion Series winners broke their maidens: Maesterdaemon, an Andover Hall - Angel Pie colt who won in 1:58 for Team Melander, driver Mattias and trainer Marcus, and the S R F Stable; and Don Grigio, by Donato Hanover - Crazy Grigio, home in 1:57 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and Crawford Farms Racing. Again, the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last StS race revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. Town Victor; 2. Beyond Kronos; 3. Matter Of Focus; 4. (tie) Loyal Fox Hanover and Saxon; 6. Don Grigio; 7. Libero Hanover; 8. (tie) Spring Roll and Stickler Hanover. All of the Stallion Series Championships will be held here at Pocono (where we go nine-wide) on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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