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LEXINGTON, KY-- Night two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile was highlighted by four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colt trotters, which were contested on Thursday, Oct. 1.   Milligan's School sat a pocket trip after failing to clear the lead into the first turn, and slid up a seam in the stretch to draw off to a 2-length win in 1:56.3 in the opening Bluegrass round. Holding the top spot through fractions of :29.3, :58.3, and 1:28 was Dominion Beach. Into the far turn, Waitlifter K supplied a challenge from first over, while Metatron had an opportunity to fan off the cones and prepare for a wide stretch drive. While in control, Dominion Beach drifted slightly off the pylons, which prompted Milligan's School to trot by to his inside. Metatron was the fiercest closer down the center of the track, but could not out-sprint Milligan's School and Andy Miller at the finish. Waitlifter K held on for third, while Make Or Miss got fourth.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Milligan's School, a $4.40 winner, is owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller. The earner of $128,494 in 10 starts this season was bred by Richard and Joyce McClelland.   "That's still pretty fresh on my mind, what happened the other night [his break on Sept. 11 at The Meadows]," Julie Miller said. "When we were sitting in the two hole here I said 'Come on, let's make sure we take advantage of this big opportunity.' It was a misfortune [the break], but we bounced back tonight. That's all you can do."   "I've been really pleased with this horse," Miller also said. "From the word go, he's just done everything I've asked. Andy [Miller] gets along with him great, and I expect a lot of good things from him."   The second split was claimed by Taco Tuesday, who benefitted from a patient drive and battled home to finish narrowly in front of Hollywood Highway in a 1:58.2 mile. Runner-up Hollywood Highway set the tempo for most the mile, putting up fractions of :30.2, :59.4, and a third-quarter in 1:29.1 thanks to the pressure of first-over Desert Runner. Taco Tuesday tracked Desert Runner two-wide into the far turn, tipping wide into the stretch. Desert Runner held the lead shortly during the stretch, while Hollywood Highway continued to battle for control, and Taco Tuesday edged into a length of the battle. Into the final sixteenth, he got a neck in front of Hollywood Highway to pull off a 12-1 upset. Finishing third was Desert Runner, and fourth was Honor Above All via disqualification of Coughlin for a lapped-on break.   Sired by Cantab Hall, out of the Yankee Glide mare Be My Baby, the James Wilhite-bred colt is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, R. Rudolph, and F. Baldassare, trained by Frank Antonacci, and driven by Andy Miller. Taco Tuesday, in his maiden-breaking score, pushes his seasonal earnings to $39,565 in six starts.   "If you watch how we are with our two-year-olds, we don't race them very early," Frank Antonacci said. "This guy I had staked to the Peter Haughton, so I really thought a lot of him all winter. Then you fall into some bad grooves and make some baby mistakes, and it doesn't take long to be in October and have $7,000 on your card."   "He just got into a couple of bad spots where he got too aggressive," Antonacci said in response to the colt's history of breaking. "When you're trying to race horses and get them back mentally, it's a little challenging sometimes. But it was nice to have Andy [Miller] qualify him last week [at Lexington]. Obviously it paid off tonight."   The pocket trip resulted in victory again in the third division, with Lagerfeld stalking tempo-setter Southwind Flash before pouncing out of the pocket in progress to a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:57.4. Southwind Flash passed the quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.4 before being challenged by Mavens Way, who broke into the first turn due to interference by Sutton, also off stride. Mavens Way broke before three-quarters, leaving a gap for Lagerfeld to edge out of the pocket. Timed in 1:29.4, Lagerfeld began his bid in the final quarter of a mile. By the final eighth, his nose emerged in front of Southwind Flash and the margin gradually grew as the 6-5 favorite hit the line in front. Claiming the third and fourth spots were Brownie Hanover and Kanthaka.   Trained by Jimmy Takter, the son of Yankee Glide, out of Yankee Paco mare Southern Senorita, paid $4.60 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Lagerfeld has now earned $279,709 in eight starts this season, with this win being his third.   "He got the perfect trip," Jimmy Takter said. "He got a little lucky with a couple of horses breaking in the first turn, but it's a tricky track tonight and last night was the same. It's maybe slightly better today, but it's very sticky at the rail and a lot of horses have a problem to find some legs there."   "It's normally like that when it's a very windy day with two-year-olds," Takter also said in regards to the benefit of coming off the pace. "It's always tough to cut the mile, and on the backside there's a very tough wind. We got a perfect trip, but I don't want to take anything away from this horse. He almost made $300,000 and he's a great potential colt."   In a wire-to-wire performance, 7-2 third choice Dupree was a winner in 1:57.3 over 1-2 favorite Bar Hopping, who began to challenge for the lead heading into the far turn. Dupree set fractions of :29.3 and :59.4 before being confronted by Bar Hopping first over. The two were stride for stride through a 1:30 third quarter before Dupree edged away from Bar Hopping after he drifted off the turn. Bar Hopping could not recuperate the lost ground off that turn and solely chased Dupree to the line while holding off third-place finisher Cloud Nine Hanover and fourth-place finisher Celebrity Pilatus.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Courant A B, the Andover Hall colt out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle paid $9.40 to win. This was his second win out of seven starts this season, with the victory pushing his seasonal earnings to $114,031. He is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt.   "He's a real nice horse," assistant trainer Bernie Noren said. "We've always had high thoughts for him and today he showed up as the horse we thought he was gonna' be. I think he likes the big track, but he raced really good last time [in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final]. He was sick before that, but he's come back and we gave him two races, and now he's getting back to himself again."   Grand Circuit action resumes tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2, with three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace and the $292,200 Bluegrass 2-year-old colt pace. Post time is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meetings at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 23), each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller & Paymaq Racing's Maker A Yankee (Marcus Miller) scoring the come from behind victory.   The daughter of Yankee Glide sat off the early duel while maintaining striking position throughout the middle half.   She entered the stretch two lengths from a battle between race favorite Maeve Quaider (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) and Lookin Sharp (Mike Simons).   She out closed Lookin Sharp in the final steps winning by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:57 for her second career win. She returned $13.40. The second division saw Candy Lane (Ake Svanstedt) upset favorite Whitelake Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).   The daughter of Cantab Hall led the first quarter, but yielded to the heavy effort soon after.   They were one-two until the stretch, when Candy Lane drove out of the pocket to win by nearly a length, stopping the clock in 1:58.4.   Twice A Night (Jackie Ingrassia) finished third.   It was the second straight win for Candy Lane ($16.20), who is owned by Melby Gard Inc.   The Melby Gard / Ake Svanstedt connection struck again in division 3, as Gracie Hanover sprung the mild upset.   The daughter of Andover Hall followed the blueprint of the previous winner, leading the opening quarter, and yielding to race favorite Twill Be Done (Mike Simons) shortly after.   Gracie Hanover vacated the pocket, winning the sprint home by 2 lengths in the end, stopping the timer in 1:58.2. She paid $9.20.   The fourth and final division went to Jimmy Takter trainee Kathy Parker (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).   The daughter of Andover Hall drafted behind the determined speed of Windowshopper (Ray Schnittker) until three-quarters. At that point, she engaged the leader, and was able to sprint away to win by 3 lengths in a series fastest 1:56.3.   Hot Curry (George Brennan) rallied up for place, while Windowshopper held third.   Kathy Parker ($2.20) has now won four of her last seven starts for owners Christina Takter, Joyce Mc Clelland, Brixton Medical and R A W Equine. Mike Bozich

Monte Cristo Spur collected his third win in the last four starts — a 10-1 upset, no less — when he roared through the lane and captured Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   With Major Athens fronting the field through a swift 1:23.4 three quarters, trainer/driver Dick Stillings was content to keep Monte Cristo Spur in fourth along the pylons. Stillings showed him racetrack around the final turn, and the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella found another gear and rolled home in 1:53.4, a head better than the rallying Hot Type. Tall Cotton earned show. Richard Davis campaigns Monte Cristo Spur, who extended his career bankroll to $175,516.   Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

Harness racing three-year-olds took front and center stage at Harrah's Philadelphia on Labor Day afternoon (Sept. 7th). The PA Stallion Series Championships each carried a purse of $40,000. In the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, it was Courant A B and Knutsson Trotting's Colbert (Ake Svanstedt) getting the victory. The son of Cantab Hall settled in to an early pocket spot behind the speed of Julie Miller trainee Mesmerized (Andy Miller), by the opening quarter in :27.2. After a rated :30.2 second quarter (:57.4 half), race favorite Jackson's Minion (Tom Jackson) rushed up to challenge for the lead, with Colbert committing to the outside. The battle continued past three-quarters (1:26.1), and that's when Jackson's Minion went off stride. Colbert was able to move wide past the breaker, and out duel a game Mesmerized in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:57. It was the 3rd career win for Colbert, who now has over $82,000 in career earnings. He paid $7.60 to win. The 3-year-old filly trot went to Chuck Sylvester trainee Murderers Row (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Donato Hanover settled into an early third behind the speed of 9-time winner Sistas (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) who was first to the quarter in :28. After a rated half (:57.3) Murderers Row moved up to challenge for the lead. They were on even terms at three-quarters (1:26), and the battle continued all the way through the stretch drive. Murderers Row was able to get the neck out in front at the wire for the win, stopping the timer in a career's best 1:55. Sistas settled for second, while Wouldn't Itbesweet (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was Murderers Row's 3rd straight win, and 6th career tally, moving her lifetime earnings just shy of $150,000. She is owned by Steve Jones, Ted Gewertz, and Mary Kinsey. She paid $8.00. Owner Ted Gewertz was in the winner's circle once again, this time with Apricot Sour (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Well Said had a brief encounter with long shot Eloquently Stated (Yannick Gingras) at the quarter-pole (:27.2), but was able to steer past and rate the second quarter (:28.4). After sprinting away at three-quarters (1:23), she found herself all alone at the wire, winning by 6 lengths stopping the clock in a career best 1:52. Favorite Dobre Povedane (Corey Callahan) finished second, while Repeat Please (Dave Palone) was third. It was the 6th career win for the Anette Lorentzon trainee, who now has earnings just short of $85,000. She paid $6.80 to win. The upset of the day came in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, as Shirley Le Vin's Parklane Eagle was given a clever Brett Miller drive to win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to establish early position behind the speed up front. Julie Miller trainee Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller) and race favorite Trading Up (Yannick Gingras) battled by the quarter in :26.4. After Badiou Hanover secured the lead from post 8, he had to deal with parked out long shot Techtor Hanover (Corey Callahan) at the half (:55.3). As Techtor Hanover started to fade, Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) drove aggressively three-wide up to challenge at three-quarters (1:23.3). As they came into the stretch, Brett Miller was able to weave Parklane Eagle through traffic, out sprinting Trading Up in the final 70 yards to win by a head, stopping the clock in 1:52.3. Badiou Hanover finished a game third. It was the 7th win for Parklane Eagle ($28.80) pushing his career totals to over $132,000. He is trained by Pete Foley. Michael Bozich

The richest harness racing Sire Stakes Championship series begins Saturday night.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for three-year-olds.   Each of the four divisions will also have a $60,000 Consolation race; the total program on Saturday at Pocono will distribute purses of $1,770,000.   COLT PACERS $350,000 Championship - race 12 $60,000 Consolation - race 5   Championship record: 1:48.4, McWicked, 2014 (fastest Championship in PA history)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Yankee Bounty   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Lost For Words   Most of the attention in the "glamour division" will be focused on Wakizashi Hanover, already a winner of over $840,000 this year, including the North America Cup Final, and regarded as second-best on the North American scene to the amazing Wiggle It Jiggleit.   Wakizashi has driven post five for the Championship, and as usual trainer Joann Looney-King has tapped Tim Tetrick to drive the altered son of Dragon Again for the Tri County Stable of Nova Scotia.   The sophomore has experience over the track, winning a Hempt elimination and then finished fourth from a difficult draw, and following that outing up with a second to "Wiggle" in the Battle of the Brandywine.   It's unusual to see a defending champion and a leading prelim pointswinner regarded as "outsiders" in the field, but Yankee Bounty and Lost For Words, respectively, are not only figurative outsiders, but the literal outsiders as well in the field of eight.   Yankee Bounty, starting from post seven for all-time Sire Stakes driving champion Dave Palone,does come off a 1:49.3 win in a Sire Stakes prelim, while Lost For Words (post eight, David Miller) was the only three-time winner in the Sires prelims.   COLT TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 11 $60,000 Consolation - race 4   Championship record: 1:52.4, Father Patrick, 2014   Defending champion from 2YO year: Billy Flynn (the only 3YO who did not qualify for these finals)   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Wicker Hanover   Wicker Hanover and Uncle Lasse were both three-time Sires prelim winners.   Wicker Hanover, an Explosive Matter colt who has done well on or off the pace, will start from post six for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ross Croghan, and the Christer Haggstorm Racing Stable Inc., while the Donato Hanover colt Uncle Lasse, third in both the Hambletonian Final and the Colonial, drew post two for driver David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter, and owners Solveig's Racing Partners and Goran Falk.   A horse conspicuous by his absence is Pinkman, #2 in the prelim pointstandings while achieving three victories, but when he won the Hambletonian trainer Takter chose the Triple Crown road for him, and he goes Saturday night at Yonkers in the Yonkers Trot, the second Crown leg.   But even with two recent losses to Crazy Wow, in the Colonial and Yonkers Trot elim, Pinkman likely would have been a big favorite here, and using the "glass is half full" theory, the race is much more competitive this way.   FILLY PACERS   $350,000 Championship - race 10 $60,000 Consolation - race 3   Championship record: 1:49, Economy Terror   Defending champion from 2YO year: Southwind Roulette   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Somewhere Sweet   Perhaps the best testimony to the contentiousness of this division all year, and in theory here Saturday, is the fact that prelim pointleader Somewhere Sweet won only once in the prelims.   But the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, trained by Brian Brown for Miller's Stable, has been a very consistent miss, winning half her ten seasonal starts and never finishing worse than fourth, and she draws the favorable post two for driver David Miller.   There were two two-time prelim winners in this division, but for Saturday they had the misfortune of drawing the two outside spots on the gate: Serious Filly (PP7, also trained by Brown, Tim Tetrick listed) and Safe From Terror (PP8, trainer Ron Burke, also listing Tetrick on the early sheet).   FILLY TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 9 $60,000 Consolation - race 14   Championship record: 1:51.3, Check Me Out, 2012 (fastest trot Champion ever)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Wild Honey   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Sarcy (not entered), Smokinmombo #2   Last year's divisional champion Wild Honey has come back sharply in 2015, with a win in the Hambletonian Oaks Final and two Sire Stakes wins.   The Cantab Hall filly is likely to be held as the horse to beat despite drawing post eight for driver Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter, and the ownership combine of Takter, Fielding, Liverman, and Fielding.   Jimmy Takter is also the trainer of Sarcy, who was #1 in the prelim points, but that filly has not raced since finishing fifth in the Oaks Final on August 8 and has not won since June 25, so she is not entered in the Championship.   But Wild Honey is certainly a fine "backup plan."   FINISHING LINES   Dave Palone has 38 career wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, and the driver in second needs a telescope to see him even though winning five Championships last year - Yannick Gingras, with a total of 12.   We know Yannick will not duplicate that output in 2015, as he will be driving Pinkman at Yonkers on Saturday.   Palone, however, has a call in three of the four Championships, and there are two to-be-resolved double calls in the race he currently is not listed on.   The PA Sire Stakes Championship series for two-year-olds will be held on Friday, September 11, at The Meadows, with the same $350,000/$60,000 purse structure. In between, Harrah's Philadelphia will host the eight $40,000 Championships of the PA Stallion Series - the three-year-olds on a special card this Monday, Labor Day, and the two-year-olds the following Thursday.   Jerry Connors

August 29, 2015 - Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) circled the field and drew off in the Sundsvall Open after gaining the lead mid-stretch for patient reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. The Daniel Reden trained, Stall Zet owned import from the US now has a 17-9-7 slate from 41 career starts, with 4,916,572SEK earned. Clocked in 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63) the small athletic mare raced with shoes and trailed the field much of the way in this Gr. I International UET Masters Series Sundsvall Open (1SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart) during a quick pace set initially by Creatine driven by Johnny Takter. Creatine battled Royal Fighter early and then faded after several others including On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Torbjorn Jansson for trainer H-R Stromberg made a decisive move in the final turn and held second timed in 1.10.3kr. Third finishing Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsolo Egral-Supergill) at 24/1 for Wilhelm Paal and trained Holger Ehlert, first engaged Creatine in the last bend and took over with Oasis Bi in the hunt along with rallying On Track Piraten. None of these could match the quick closing speed of Delicious. Oasis Bi finished fourth for Bjorn Goop about seven lengths behind the winner with Royal Fighter a distant fifth for Jennifer Tillman and Creatine sixth. Traveling Man, El Mago Pellini and Global Money completed the field after the scratching of Rocky Winner. As noted the fast fractions were illustrated by a time of 1.05.2kr for the first 500 meters and 1.07.9kr at the 1000 meter mark. The field was underway after one recall. Bergsaker’s Sundsvall Monte Open (60,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Figaro Sanna with Jenny Brunzell aboard. Timed in 1.13.4kr this eight year-old gelded son of Spotlite Lobell-Strands Sparkling-Running Sea recorded his 12th career win in 50 starts for owner Happy People Racing AB. Also on the Bergsaker card was the Lars Lindsbergs (175,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters turning start distance handicap) and Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet) was the winner timed in 1.12.5kr for Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Jorgen Westholm. Unique Julia and Bethel Hanover were next to the line. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) contest today was won by Aristocat Boko (8g From Above-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) and teamster Johnny Takter timed in 1.12.6kr, his 15th lifetime win in 63 starts. Stall HGS owns this winner. Thomas H. Hicks

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Bigtown Hero, who already has two appearances on the harness racing sport's all-time list of "horse who have hit the 3/4s in 1:20 or better," missed by a tick becoming the only horse ever with three such appearances, winning the $24,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night.   Bigtown Hero, an altered son of American Ideal, certainly didn't have it easy, either -- he was outside with cover until favored Bandolito cleared Bushwacker past a 26 opener, then rolled up raw to grab the top early on the second turn, en route to hitting the half in 53.1.   Driver Simon Allard, sulkysitting for trainer/brother/Pocono leader Rene, opened up lengths on Bandolito down the backstretch, with Bushwacker taking other crack outside, but both were well-behind when the timer tripped at 1:20.1 with a quarter to ago. Bandolito ate fractionally into the winner's lead late, but was still shy of him by 3/4 of a length at the finish, with Quick Jolt coming from the clouds for third, a half length behind Bandolito and a length ahead of Bushwacker.   Allard Racing Inc. and Yves Sarrazin own the speed merchant, who hit the 3/4 in 1:19.4 last September 20 here en route to taking his mark of 1:47.3, and then on November 8 posted the fastest half (52.2) and 3/4s (1:19.1) in 5/8-mile track history before tiring in a race where Mach It So beat State Treasurer in 1:48. Both of these miles were also at Pocono.   Also at Pocono Saturday were a pair of $24,000 trots. Wind Of The North, an altered son of Cantab Hall who equaled a division world record of 1:51 here last year, needed only 1:53.3 Saturday to report home first for trainer Daryl Bier, co-owner with Joann Dombeck; in the other division the Andover Hall filly Sistas, 3-for-3 in Stallion Series competition, handled a big class rise, a predominantly male field, and a predominantly older field in 1:55 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owners Albert and Michelle Crawford. (Napolitano, who had 100 wins in July, won three times here Saturday to put him at 98 for August, with sessions at both Philly and Pocono tomorrow possibly letting him achieve a rare "consecutive double century" of winners; the win with Sistas was also his 500th in 2015.)   FINISHING LINES -- The Sunday August 30 card of tomorrow/today is the last Sunday action for the year at The Downs ... Next Saturday night Pocono will be hosting the $1.7M Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Night, with $350,000 Championship races for the four classes of sophomores, plus consolations and other features.   Pocono / PHHA  

August 26, 2015 - US-bred Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide-Missy’s Goal) rallied late for a nose win in tonight’s C Th Ericssons Memorial (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) for harness racing reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Clocked in 1.12.4kr the winner recorded victory ten in 20 career appearances, now for earnings of 2,073,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable and Adelaide J. Skoglund and exported by the US in October 2012. Today’s clocking was reported to be a new SWE record for the distance by a foreign-bred trotter. The winner’s dam Madame Volo has also produced High Bridge 1:52.3 ($271,910). Pacesetter Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third finishing veteran Spring Erom (10m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic), a 25 time career winner, another two lengths in arrears. Adams Hall, sire of Candor Hall, is a son of Garland Lobell-Amour Angus. US-breds Lucky Charm Hanover and Nato Dream were sixth and seventh in the field of seven. Thomas H. Hicks

DAYTON PA - To be a strong candidate for consideration into becoming a member of the sport's pinnacle, the Hall of Fame, a non-trainer/driver should have solid credentials, such as not only continuing but enhancing the credentials of a major breeding farm, consistently having top horses in the top ranks in the sport, and performing respected committee work on many of the sport's most elite committees and boards.   It also doesn't hurt to have the hottest horse in the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes circuit. And Charles Keller III, who will be on the Hall of Fame ballots that should be distributed starting next week, can tick off all of the above boxes.   Keller is the co-owner of Connie Jean, a two-year-old trotting filly by Cantab Hall-Eclat Hanover, and on Thursday she kept her PA fair record perfect after five starts with a victory at the Dayton (PA) Fair. The time of 2:09.3 wasn't as important as the fact that Connie Jean is still looking for a conqueror as she rolls along for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and Keller's co-owners Charles Keller IV, Dan Bittle, and Brett Bittle.   Other babies with impressive records who raced at Dayton were the pacers Well Lets See (Well Said-Lioness Hanover), taking a colt event in 2:03.3, fastest freshman mile and running his record to 8-6-0-2, and filly Devious Behavior (Dragon Again-Ideal Sign), now 8-7-1-0 after a 2:06.4 win. Both sidewheelers are campaigned by Team Delaware - driver Brandon Givens, trainer Kevin Lare, and owner Frank Chick - who are having a tremendous first year at the Keystone twicearounds.   The sophomores took to the Dayton track Wednesday, and a 2:00 mile was rung up by Slick Rain, an altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale, who took a quick liking to "country cookin'" after a steady diet of city food at Harrah's, for trainer/driver Wayne Long and owner Janice Hertzog.   Other horses continuing impressive form sprees Wednesday were pacing gelding Royaltyhasarrived, now 8-7-1-0 after a 2:01 tally for driver Brady Brown and trainer Steve Schoeffel; Betterthanrevenge, a pacing filly who is now six for six on the fair circuit after a 2:02.4 victory for hot trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst; and the trotting gelding Wimborne Hanover, last year's 2YO champion who is now 7 for 9 after winning in 2:02 (top trotting time) for driver Schoeffel and trainer Bill Daugherty Jr.   Brandon Givens led the drivers standings at the two-day meet with four victories, one more than Dave Brickell, Wayne Long, and Chris Shaw. On the trainers side, they had to put sideboards on the trophy, as no fewer than eight horsemen harnessed two winners to tie for the top of that category: Dave Brickell, Harold Brocklehurst, Mike Gillock, Roger Hammer (season's leader in both driving and training), Kevin Lare, Todd Schadel, Steve Schoeffel, and Jason Shaw.   Pennsylvania fair legend Walter "Boots" Dunn will be the genial host for four days of racing at the Crawford County oval at Meadville starting on Monday; high noon will find the first race going to the gate each day.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

After the cancellation of the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes program for three-year-olds yesterday, harness fans got to see some talented two-year-olds on the track today (Thursday) at the Wayne County Fair.   Roger Hammer had two geldings run their fair records to 7-6-1-0 in the racing for the freshmen. He posted the fastest time on the pace with the Nuclear Breeze - B T Falcon gelding Billy's Falcon, whom he owns, trains, drives, and bred.    (We should note, though, that despite that lofty record, Billy's Falcon is fractionally behind in the seasonal pointstandings to the McArdle-Timeless Classic gelding Mclassic, who has an 8-4-3-1 tally after winning at Waynesburg Monday.)   Also 7-6-1-0 on his tour of Pennsylvania is the Donato Hanover-Gaytanes gelding High Octane, this time home in 2:08.2 for owner/trainer/driver Hammer.   Hammer's A Little Laid Back, the leader among baby trotting fillies, lost a four-race winning streak when she ran into the Cantab Hall-Eclat Hanover buzzsaw miss Connie Jean, now four-for-four at the country twicearounds after a 2:10 win for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and owners Charles Keller III (the Hall of Fame nominee), Charles Keller IV, and Dan and Brett Bittle.   Trainer/driver Schadel also posted the fastest trot time in the FFA event with the SJ's Caviar mare Caviar Call Girl, a 2:07.3-29.3 winner for himself and wife Christine, also the breeders.   It seems only appropriate, five days after the tenth anniversary of their Vivid Photo winning the Hambletonian, that Hammer and Schadel both sat atop the training and driving lists with three winners during the abbreviated session.   Brandon Givens drove a pair of winners as he continues his comeback, with his seasonal totals 59-20-9-7-.463, and he sits fourth in the sulky statistics behind Hammer (44), Chris Shaw (37), and Brady Brown (24).   Next week the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes circuit makes two stops.   First will come the action at the Washington County Fairgrounds, the site known as Arden Downs during its Grand Circuit days, where sophomores will go Monday and freshmen Tuesday, both days at 10.   The circuit then moves on to the (relatively) nearby Dayton Fair, for action starting at high noon on Wednesday (three-year-olds) and Thursday (two-year-olds).   Jerry Connors

Owner/driver Jackie Ingrassia was ready for war in Stallion Series action at the harness racing meeting on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 12) at Harrah's Philadelphia. She hit the board with all 3 entrants out of 6 divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters, including a win with 48-1 long shot Turn The Paige ($98.40). It was the first career win for the daughter of Cantab Hall, as she was able to hold off a furious stretch rally from Loveable Grace (Dave Miller) to prevail. Ingrassia also had a second with Ardwyn Hanover (131-1), and a third place finish with Sun Catcher (57-1). The fastest of the six divisions was in race 7, where Purple Haze Stable's Ameliosi (Dave Miller) won easily in 1:59. Other division winners included Ron Burke trainee Rule Of Hall (Yannick Gingras), who paid $58.00 to win, Pete Foley trainee Global Inspiration (Corey Callahan), Brett Bittle trainee High Beam Hanover (Tim Tetrick), and Mary Martin's Wishicouldfish (Dave Miller). Each event carried a purse of $20,000. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with 3 divisions of PASS action featuring 2-year-old filly trotters in action. Post Time is 12:40 PM. Mike Bozich

The Pure Ivory series continued Monday night at the harness racing meeting at  Mohawk Racetrack with two $12,000 divisions. The rookie trotting fillies had to deal with fog and a track rated two seconds off due to showers that started in the afternoon and carried into the evening's races. In the first division, Safekeeping went gate to wire to win her career debut for driver Jack Moiseyev and trainer Charalambos Christoforou. The daughter of Muscle Hill was sent to the front by Mosieyev to grab the early lead in the field of six. Rose Run Reanna, who finished second in the first leg, was pressing at the leader around the first turn, but made a break and left the ball in the court of Safekeeping. The Christoforou trainee posted fractions of :31.1, 1:03.1 and 1:33, over the track rated as "Good", before trotting home comfortably in :29 for the 1 ¼ length victory in 2:02. Hills Angel, who was third turning for home, trotted home in :28 to finish second, while Crazy Wild Desire sprinted home in :27.3 to get up for third. Safekeeping, who is owned and bred by Banjo Farms and Christoforou, had qualified twice before making her career debut Monday. The victory earned her a $6,000 pay day in her career debut, while the clocking of 2:02 was a fifth slower than her mark of 2:01.4 taken in a baby race. A $2 win ticket on Safekeeping returned $4.90. The second division featured Thisladysdynamite, the opening leg winner, in a scratched down field of five. Despite finishing third in the opening leg, the public made Dustin Jones trainee Pennies From Above the 3/5 favourite over Thisladysdynamite. Driven by Jones, Pennies From Above got away in third just behind Thisladysdynamite, but the opening leg winner made a quick move in the second-quarter to the front for driver Doug McNair. After posting panels of 1:01.2 and 1:32.1, Thisladysdynamite led the field into the lane with Pennies From Above coming to the far outside to take a shot at the leader. The Jones trainee powered her way up beside Thisladysdynamite in mid-stretch and pulled ahead in the final eighth to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.1. Sound Of Music finished third. A daughter of Cantab Hall, Pennies From Above is owned by Jean Pierre Barjon of Vanves, France. The rookie trotting filly is a full-sister to O'Brien Award winner Wheeling N Dealin and was purchased for $120,000 as a yearling at last year's Harrisburg Sale. Monday's maiden breaking victory came in just the second career start for Pennies From above and increases her earnings to $7,440. She paid $3.40 to win. The $35,400 Pure Ivory series final will take place next Monday (August 17). Mark McKelvie

East Rutherford, NJ --- Wild Honey came up big in the Hambletonian Oaks. Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed up to win the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for the second consecutive year as Wild Honey captured the race for 3-year-old female trotters by 1-3/4 lengths over Rules Of The Road in 1:52.2 on Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack. Bright Baby Blues finished third and Livininthefastlane was fourth. It was Takter’s fifth Hambletonian Oaks victory. It was Gingras’ fifth win of the day. This duo won the 2014 edition of the Oaks with Lifetime Pursuit. “This is fantastic,” Takter said. “This little filly, she overcomes her size. She’s not a very big filly, but she’s got a big heart and she gives her all every time and I’m just so happy and proud of her. I’m so happy to be here, especially with John Fielding who has been with me so many years.” Rules Of The Road (Corey Callahan) and Sarcy (Johnny Takter) battled for the early lead, with Rules Of The Road emerging on top in an opening quarter-mile of :27. Gingras and Wild Honey then made their move, taking the lead on the backstretch and trotting middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.1 before holding off a first-over challenge from Bright Baby Blues coming off the final turn. Lock Down Lindy, who won her Hambletonian Oaks elimination by two lengths over Wild Honey last weekend, went off stride on the backstretch and was not a factor. Wild Honey, who was the 6-5 favorite, is a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. She has won 13 of 19 career races and earned $838,488. She is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. “Emotion is a huge part of the game, especially when you win a race like this,” John Fielding said. “I just said to Jimmy and my brother Jimmy and my friends here from Toronto, I’ve been trying to win this race for 20 or 25 years. Finally, after a lot of perseverance we got the job done here, so I’m pretty happy and pretty emotional.” Wild Honey by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

All eyes were on the heavy 1/9 favourite L A Delight in Thursday night's final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Raceway and she did not disappoint. The Bob McIntosh trainee cruised to victory over five other rookie pacing fillies in 1:53.4 to take the $36,800 series finale. Driven by Randy Waples, L A Delight, who won the second leg of the series, made a second-quarter move to the lead to grab the front from round one winner Shes Lights Out. After posting a half of :58, L A Delight was challenged first up around the final turn by 24/1 shot Bad Lightning and the fillies dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Bad Lightning was no match for the heavy favourite, as L A Delight pulled away from her challenger and cruised home easily in :27.3 for the 4 ¼ length victory. Bad Lightning turned in a good effort to finish second, while Shes Lights Out was third. "It looked like that (a training mile), but you take them however you get them," said Al McIntosh, co-owner of L A Delight following the race. "We are very pleased with the way she's coming now and it looks like better things could be ahead." A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacing filly now has four wins from five starts this season for earnings of $70,080 L A Delight is eligible to the upcoming Eternal Camnation and Shes A Great Lady Stakes and McIntosh indicated that both are likely on the horizon for the filly along with Ontario Sires Stakes action. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $2.10.   Also on Thursday night, the first round of the Define The World series was contested for two-year-old trotters. A field of eight competed in the $12,000 first leg of the three-week series event. Blenheim was sent off as the 3/5 favourite for trainer/driver Per Henriksen and the veteran conditioner sent the son of Yankee Glide to the front. The public's choice got to call the shots in the middle-half posting panels of :59 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Brad Maxwell trainee Bucketlist Hanover and driver Randy Waples shot up the rail from fourth to overtake the lead from the heavy favourite. Stablemate Deep Impact also had plenty of trot on the far outside to set up a tight finish between the Maxwell trainees. At the wire, Bucketlist Hanover prevailed by half a length over Deep Impact for an 11/1 upset. Lean Hanover rallied for third, while Blenheim finished fourth. A son of Cantab Hall, Bucketlist Hanover was making his career debut Thursday evening and is now one for one for owners Van Camp Trotting Corp. and Maxwell. The rookie trotter was purchased for $11,000 as a yearling at last year's Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on Bucketlist Hanover returned $24.60. The second leg of the Define The World will take place next Thursday (August 13). Mark McKelvie  

Harbor Racing's Newcastle (Corey Callahan) was dominate in the featured event on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   It was a trot for non-winners of 5 races of $50,000 lifetime going for a purse of $16,000.   Starting from post 4, the 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall came away an early 3rd, before brushing to the top shortly after the quarter-pole.   From that point, he was able to maintain the advantage, winning b a length stopping the clock in 1:55.3.   Special Action (Scott Zeron) finished second, while Ralph R (And Miller) was third.   It was the 6th win out of 12 starts for the Jenny Melander trainee, all coming this season,   Driver Core Callahan and George Napolitano Jr. each had 4 wins on the card.   Live racing continues Thursday, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   Harrah's Philadelphia

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

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