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WILKES-BARRE PA - Five divisions of the harness racing Pennsylvania Sire Stakes two-year-old trotting fillies were featured in their second preliminary round Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with all five cuts producing new lifetime marks, and the division pitting three of the first round winners providing the fastest victory, a 1:54.4 by That's All Moni.   The victorious daughter of Cantab Hall had to grind uncovered against favored Fine Tuned Lady, but she came her last quarter in 27.4 to overhaul the chalk, who had made the lead in front of the stands, by a neck on the money. Yannick Gingras again successfully teamed with Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter to keep That's All Moni undefeated after a pair of starts for the ownership of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   The other repeat winner was also a daughter of Cantab Hall, Dangle Then Deke, who swung three-wide headstretch under the guidance of Tim Tetrick and stormed her own last split in 28.1 to win by 1¾ lengths over Voxy, who rallied from the pocket. The 6-5 favorite kept her record unblemished after three starts for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia.   Sire Explosive Matter also had two progeny among the quintet of Pocono feature winners Tuesday. The first was Chezatter, who was a pocket rocket with a 56.2 last half in her to get a neck up on pacesetting Sienna Hanover in 1:55.2. David Miller handled the winner for trainer Trond Smedshammer and the Purple Haze Stable LLC.   Also an Explosive Matter-sired winner was Yooper, who went her second half in 57 while uncovered to stop the clock in 1:56, 1½ lengths ahead on the horse on her back the last half, Donato Fashion. Matt Kakaley got the driving call from trainer Dean Eckley for owner/breeder Clifford Grundy.   The only other favorite besides Dangle To Deke to win in the event (though's Yooper's $8.20 was the biggest price of the bunch) was the horse to follow "Deke" into the winners circle, the Muscle Massive filly Treviso, who was parked past the ¼ for command, then put in a 28.2 last quarter to win in 1:56.3, extended to win by a nose over the game first-over Princess Aurora. Treviso is trained and driven by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris and Klis Brothers Stable.   FINISHING LINES - Driver Anthony Napolitano, sidelined through injury since a May 31 far turn racing mishap at The Downs, is back and ready for sulky duty, scheduled to drive in qualifiers here tomorrow (Wednesday) and during the next purse card here, scheduled for Saturday. Anthony was second in the Pocono dashwinning derby behind his brother George at the time of the accident, and he was also doing well in expanding his regular sulkysitting to The Meadowlands and Yonkers.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Eight $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the two repeat winners from the six divisions of the first round at The Meadows coming at Pocono in consecutive races for the Hall of Fame harness racing team of David Miller and Jimmy Takter, and all eight winners posting new lifetime marks.   First up for Miller-Takter was the fastest of all eight of Monday's winners, Electric Lemonade, who won in 1:57.2 but needed every bit of it to post the pocket rocket tally over a stubborn pacesetting Hot Mess Hanover by a neck. Electric Lemonade was the first of three siring credits for Cantab Hall on the evening, and the 2-for-2 filly is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   The other repeat winner was the Donato Hanover filly Perfect Lady, also making the most of a pocket trip in finishing 1¾ lengths clear of the first-over Lucky Rose in 1:58.4. Team DvMiller/JiTakter were repeat winners as noted, and so was the ownership triumvirate of CTakter/JoFielding/JiFielding, this time pairing with R A W Equine Inc, who saw their filly remain a Perfect Lady in two career starts.   Trainer Takter then went on to post a consecutive triple with a second daughter of Cantab Hall, Bridal Suite, a winner in 1:58 for driver Corey Callahan. For the third straight race pocket tactics worked for a Takter trainee, as Bridal Suite, unusually for a Taker trotter a 10-1 proposition, overhauled frontstepping Blacksirenpedia by a half-length for the partnership who also owns fastest winner Electric Lemonade, Chrstine Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   In the last division of the evening, Cantab Hall finished out his siring triple with Can't I, who came her own last quarter in 28.2 despite a first-over trip to win by 5¼ lengths in 1:57.4 for driver John Campbell, trainer Bob Stewart, and breeders/owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and R.R. Fuller.   Also with a multiple siring credit was Donato Hanover besides the mentioned-above Perfect Lady, he also fathered All Set Lets Go, who certainly is at the start of her career, as this 1:58.1 triumph was already the third of her baby campaign. All Set Lets Go rallied from the pocket into a 58.4 last half to overhaul pacesetter Trixie Dust by a head for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and the McMullen Stable LLC.   Only three of the winners here were the people's choice; joining Electric Lemonade and All Set Lets Go as a winning favorite was the Andover Hall filly Bonnie Lou, who brushed to the top in front of the stands, then held off the determined uncovered bid of EZ Passer by a nose in 1:58.2. Andrew McCarthy performed sulky duties for trainer Donald Wiest, also co-owner and co-breeder with Ed Kimmel.   The father/son team of driver/son Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv combined to produce a winner in the Yankee Glide miss Youvegotitwhatittakes, who certainly hadwhatittakes in overcoming a first-over journey to get past pacesetter and first-round winner Its Hallright by ¾ of a length in 1:59.2 for owners Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing, and Louis Willinger.   The Explosive Matter filly Explosive Legacy pulled from the pocket before the ¾ and outfooted another winner from The Meadows, One Class Act, by 1¼ lengths in 1:58.2. Victor Kirby was at the lines of the winning filly for trainer/breeder Morgan McInnis, co-owner with Brian Kleinberg.   PHHA / Pocono

The even-money favorite, Spartakus Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Volganna-Lemon Dra), captured Saturday’s featured Ugyvivo DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters  autostart) over a rain soaked Kincsem Park course in Hungray, timed in 1.20.7kr for trainer/driver Sandor Varga and CZE owners Antioch Arani SRO. The winner was bred in Italy by Allevamento La Nuova Sbarra SRL. 2.7/1 Sanger MS (4g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Nyires (9m Tony Oaks-Viragos-Surefire Lobell) was third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and fourth was Sante You SM. The co-featured Faustus DIJ (purse 400,000SEK, 1800 meters autostart) went to 9/10 favorite Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) with trainer Veljko Mazsity driving, timed in 1.20.9kr. The Hilco Bt. owned campaigner defeated 5.7/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) handled by Tibor Hajnal. Third was 10.2/1 Bebops Cassandra (6f Bebop-Topaz Remington-Rosalind’s Guy) and teamster Csaba Lakatos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, July 12, 2016 -- Fine Tuned Lady zipped to the front at the quarter and blew away the field, scoring in a stake-record 1:55.1 in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. The $195,560 event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over five divisions, with Dangle Then Deke, Broadway Idole, Thats All Moni and Sianna Hanover taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a stake double behind Thats All Moni and Sianna Hanover. Fine Tuned Lady was away second before Corey Callahan moved her to the point. She widened her lead from there, defeating the rallying Treviso by 7-1/2 lengths, with Star's Edge third. The time lowered the stake mark of Lifetime Pursuit by a tick. Asked to list her strengths, Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen, could only beam. "Her strengths? Everything," he said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess, who's campaigned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "She's great to drive. You just feel like you're floating out there. If you don't have a watch, you don't know how fast you're going." James Bafia, a Chicago Blackhawks fan who owns Dangle And Deke, named her for hockey maneuvers that involve deception. Yet there was nothing tricky about the win of Dangle Then Deke. She powered to the front at the quarter for Tem Tetrick, prevailing in 1:57.3 and remaining undefeated after two starts. Nicole Matters was second, 1/2 length back, while Tanya's Dance earned show. "She's taken a liking to the five-eighths, and she likes to race," said Dirk Simpson, who conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles, a $28,000 yearling acquisition. "She's a nice, honest filly." When Sianna Hanover was parked through the opening panel, Gingras passed up an opportunity for a seat. "Had there been nobody outside me, I might have (taken a seat)," he said. "But there were already horses making moves from the back, so I didn't want to do it at that point. She doesn't mind that kind of trip. She's a top-class filly." It proved the winning decision, as Sianna Hanover rolled to a 2-3/4-length victory over French Press in 1:57.1. Princess Aurora completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, 15-1 outsider She Wore Red moved second over for Callahan, trainer John Melsheimer and owner Joyce McClelland to triumph in a career-best 1:54.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than Princess Pablano. Barn Girl was third. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann extended her lifetime bankroll to $145,575. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Nevele R Stud is thrilled to announce another exciting addition to their already elite trotting sires ranks, in the form of arguably North America's best young square-gaiter in recent years Father Patrick t2, 1:52.2f; t3, 1:50.4f ($2,600,571) - the richest and fastest son of champion harness racing sire Cantab Hall. The US and Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year in 2013 and US 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year in 2014, Father Patrick was an exceptional racehorse, winning 23 races and $2.6 million in stakes. As a 2-year-old Father Patrick won 10 of his 11 starts with 7 of these in sub 1:55 times, including a world record performance of 1:52.2 when taking out a Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs. His major victories at 2 included the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final, the $365,000 Wellwood Memorial by five and a half lengths, the $280,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, the Champlain Stakes (again by a margin of five lengths) and the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, Lexington. As a 3-year-old, Father Patrick was the richest standardbred of the year, winning a massive $1.7 million in stakes in a very fruitful season that saw the outstanding youngster record back-to-back victories in the Breeders Crown, as well as wins in the Beal Memorial, Canadian Trotting Classic, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Zweig Memorial, American-National Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. Father Patrick took his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 when defeating recent Elitloppet winner Nuncio in the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs. His time remains the fastest ever recorded by a 3-year-old colt or gelding on a 5/8ths of a mile track and the equal fastest by any 3-year-old trotter. Trained by Jimmy Takter throughout his career, Father Patrick was rated by the legendary conditioner as the "best horse" that he had ever trained  - high praise when you consider Takter has had the likes of Moni Maker, Malabar Man, See You At Peelers, Pampered Princess, Kadabra, Passionate Glide and Pinkman, to name  just a few,  through his barn over the years. Father Patrick is certainly the complete package when it comes to choosing a stallion for your trotting broodmare this season, as he not only boasts unrivalled racetrack performance but also some of the best bloodlines available in the world. His sire Cantab Hall is currently the leading US All Age Trotting Sire and was himself a million dollar plus earning US 2YO Trotting Colt and Trotter of the Year. Cantab Hall has established himself as one of the most influential trotting sires in North America, having sired the winners of over $59 million, 168 $100,000 earners, 29 in 1:53 and 7 millionaires including Wild Honey, Explosive Matter,  Uncle Peter and Pastor Stephen. Father Patrick's maternal line is no less illustrious with his dam Gala Dream (by Enjoy Lavec) also leaving, in addition to Father Patrick, another US 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year and millionaire square-gaiter, Pastor Stephen t3, 1:52.8 ($1,058,188) and the $100,000+ earners Whom Shall I Fear t3, 1:52.8 ($163,935) and Stan The Man 1:53.6 ($182,144) from 6 foals of racing age. His second dam Maple Frosting (by Valley Victory), also an outstanding producer, has left the world champion 2005 US and Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year Chocolatier t3, 1:53 ($1,328,250) (making it an incredible three US 2YO Trotting Colts of the Year in the first two generations), along with the multiple stakes race winner Sugar Trader t3, 1:53.8 ($734,610). Chocolatier has since gone on to be a successful sire in Sweden with his best offspring to date the  champion mare Your Highness (SEK9,000,537) - the winner of the Copenhagen Cup, Olympic Trot and Oslo Grand Prix so far in 2016. Standing at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and commanding the same service fee as his sire, US$20,000, Father Patrick served a restricted book of mares whilst still racing in 2015 and has had a terrific book of close to 130 mares this year.  His first crop of foals look outstanding types and can be viewed on the Diamond Creek Farm website (www.diamondcreekfarm.com) and Facebook page. Available in Australasia via frozen semen, Father Patrick's fee for the 2016-17 season is NZ$9,000 +GST (AU$9,900 incl GST). The service fee is pay on live foal and he is included in the Nevele R multiple mare discounts. There is limited semen available and bookings will be taken on a first in first served basis. For more information or bookings please visit nevelerstud.co.nz or phone the Nevele R office 03 349 8627, Nikki Reed 0274 346 401 or from Australia free-phone 1800 150 855.

WILKES-BARRE PA - Sire Cantab Hall emerged as the star of the show during five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old trotting colts Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as he was the father of the three fastest winners.   Quickest of the quintet was President Lindy, who made a big move during the third quarter, then coasted home to win a laugher by 8 lengths in 1:57 in his first victory. The colt is handled by Team Orange Crush, driver Andy Miller and trainer/wife Julie, and he is owned by Andy Miller Stable Inc. in partnership with Gty Stable and Lindy Racing Stable, the latter also the breeder. Second-fastest Tuesday winner was Rubio, who rallied from the pocket into a 56.3 last half, going outside in the stretch while Snowstorm Hanover on his back ducked to the Pocono Pike, with Rubio more photogenic by a neck.   The 1:57.2 final time made Rubio the only winner NOT to take a lifetime mark, as he won his purse debut at The Meadowlands in 1:57 for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Jimmy Takter, and owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Brixton Medical Inc.   The other Cantab Hall winner was Affair Of Honor, who had his task lightened when favored Chromeo broke in the pocket headstretch, as he went on to win by two lengths in 1:57.4. The colt is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick.   The braintrust behind Affair Of Honor is driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen: with the win of Affair Of Honor, they have now combined for seven stakes victories since May 15. Win #6 was in another All-Stars cut with the Yankee Glide colt Giveitgasandgo, who came up first-over on the turn and was getting the measure of pacesetter Phi Alpha when that one lapsed from stride late. The final time of 1:58.2 includes a 27.3 personal kicker for the winner, owned by Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc., David Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   The other All-Stars winner was Fact Of The Matter, an Explosive Matter colt who swung three-wide off the final turn and certainly finished explosively, winning by 5½ lengths in 1:58.1. And the fact of the matter is that Fact Of The Matter, now unbeaten in two purse starts, hails from one of harness racing's hottest stables - that of his breeders, Rick and Regina Beinhauer. With this win Rick Beinhauer has won with the last five charges he's sent to post, and as a driver he's now won half of his dozen seasonal starts. From the PHHA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 27 - A return to his local track turned into yet another convincing harness racing victory for Musical Rhythm Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee was a four-length winner in Monday's eight-horse $34,000 Preferred Trot. Musical Rhythm is now six for six at Mohawk this season and a perfect 11 for 11 on the WEG Circuit in 2016. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall was making his first start Monday since finishing sixth in a leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs on June 12. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm trotted along in mid-pack until getting his cue to march on first up around the final turn. Fearless Man, who had made a second-quarter move to the lead, led the field around the far turn and held a narrow advantage over the first over challenger at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm powered right on by Fearless Man and pulled away from his rivals with ease. The Baillargeon trainee trotted home in :28.2 for the comfortable victory. Whiskey Tax, who led at the opening-quarter, finished second, while Olympic Son was third. Musical Rhythm now has 11 wins from 13 starts this season for earnings of just under $200,000. He is owned by Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Monday's victory is the 20th career score for Musical Rhythm and pushes his career earnings over $295,000. He paid $3.20 to win. Musical Rhythm Top trotters were the main attraction Monday evening, but it was a pair of overnight performances that caught the attention of many. Five-year-old gelding Domitian Hall won the evening's fifth-race, a $20,000 overnight event, by just over 10 lengths in a stunning 1:51.2. The clocking was a new career-best for the son of Justice Hall and became the nation's fastest trotting mile of the season by an older male trotter. However, the same class was split into two races and four-year-old Rubber Duck would match Domitian Hall's mark with his own 1:51.2 mile later in the evening. The son of Muscle Mass knocked more than three-seconds off his previous career-best with the national season's record-equaling mile. In the fifth race, Domitian Hall and Jonathan Drury got away seventh and marched their way towards the front in the middle-half, ultimately grabbing command at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. The five-year-old finished off his mile with a :26.4 final-quarter for the blow out victory. In the ninth race, Rubber Duck sat in the three-hole until making a move to the front around the final turn for driver Jack Moiseyev. The five-year-old had to deal with Cash For Gold pressing him throughout the lane, but the Julie Walker trainee was game and held him off with a :28 final-quarter. Domitian Hall was making his debut for new trainer Carmen Auciello Monday night. He now has five wins in 21 starts this season and 14 throughout the course of his career. Rubber Duck picked up his second win in six starts this season Monday. His impressive mile gives him six career victories. Musical Rhythm held the previous season's mark for an older male trotter of 1:52, taken on March 7th at Woodbine. The fastest trotting mile overall this season in Canada is 1:51, posted by Hannelore Hanover in the Armbro Flight Final on June 18th at Mohawk. Monday's card also featured three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Bee In Charge took advantage of a stretch break by the leader to win the first division in a career-best 1:54.3. The gelded son of Manofmanymissions is a half-brother to the great Bee A Magician. Chris Christoforou guided the Per Henriksen trainee to his third win of the season. Zagster was able to convert off a second over trip from driver Trevor Henry to win the second split in 1:55.2. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Shannon Henry and now has two wins on the season. The final division featured a trio of horses (Will Take Charge, Dia Monde and Tony Soprano) coming out of the Goodtimes Final. Will Take Charge, who finished second in the Goodtimes, grabbed command in the second-quarter and never looked back en route to a career-best 1:53 score. The gelded son of Kadabra was driven to his third win of the season by Paul MacDonell for trainer John Bax. Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Stefan Melander’s Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) took today’s 1640 meter autostart HKH Prins Daniel V75 Gold (400,000SEK to the winner) clocked in 1.09.8kr (1:52.31 mile rate). Melander drove the 4.8/1 odds third choice and earned an Elitloppet invitation as a result of the win, his 13th in a career that also shows six seconds in 30 starts for earnings of 2,937,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable. 1.1/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baine) was second today for Erik Adielsson, ahead of 13/1 Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. 8/1 Mosaique Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up and 12/1 Food Money reined by Jennifer Tillman ended fourth and fifth with Magic Tonight sixth for Orjan Kihlstom and Cool Keeper seventh. Today’s HKH Prins Daniels resulted in the winner Volstead and Magic Tonight to be added to the Elitloppet lineup. The group named so far follows: Magic Tonight Volstead Call Me Keeper On Track Piraten BBS Sugarlight Nuncio Voltigeur de Myrt Resolve Propulsion Un Mec d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko The Elite race is shaping up to be competitive and interesting to see Nuncio and Timoko do battle. Thomas H. Hicks  

Chef Lee whipped up a new "Specialty of the House" Wednesday at The Meadows -- a 59-1 upset harness racing victory in the $16,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Mike Wilder hustled Chef Lee from post 9 to the front, where he released the lead to I Know My Chip. The 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding stalked I Know My Chip from the pocket and edged him by a neck in the Lightning Lane in a career-best 1:53.3. TSM Photo Bugger finished third. Norm Parker trains and owns Chef Lee, who now boasts $216,914 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features two stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters: a $167,303 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The streak and buzz surrounding Musical Rhythm continued to grow after another dominating harness racing victory Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee squared off with eight rivals in the $34,000 Preferred Trot and once again was a no doubt about it winner. Musical Rhythm left from post-four and quickly crossed over to the pylons to get away fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon, while Fearless Man cut a quarter of :27. The tempo slowed down in the second-quarter and that was Baillargeon's cue to fire the heavy-favourite to the front. Musical Rhythm trotted by the half in :56.4 and raised the tempo around the final turn to reach to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm bid farewell to his opponents and quickly opened up a six-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go. Under no urging from Baillargeon, the four-year-old son of Cantab Hall cruised by the wire in 1:53.2 for a 6¾ lengths victory. O Narutac Perfetto finished second, while Windsun Revenge was third. Musical Rhythm extended his current win streak to 11 with Monday's victory. The Baillargeon trainee was making his first start since winning the Don Mills Series final on April 23. The four-year-old standout has now won 13 of 14 starts since being purchased for $33,000 last November by Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Musical Rhythm has been a great investment for his connections, as he has earned them $169,300 in 14 starts. Monday's Preferred victory was the Baillargeon trainee's second win in two cracks at the WEG Circuit top trot. His previous Preferred win was a career-best 1:52 performance on March 7 at Woodbine. Musical Rhythm is expected to make his next start against Grand Circuit four-year-olds in The Graduate Series opening leg on May 21 at The Meadowlands. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm Monday evening returned $2.70. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Elysium Lindy, the only horse coming into Monday night's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for trotting males with two consecutive harness racing victories, made it three straight with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:55.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Jim Marshall III put the son of Cantab Hall on the lead early, reaching the quarter in 27.4, then combined a stretch headwind with a rating of his sophomore's speed and hit the half in 58 flat. That conserving of energy likely aided his cause greatly, as he was able to turn away the challenge of 9-5 second choice Magenta Man through a 1:26.1 3/4s, then continued on gamely to the wire to deny Dominus Hanover "pocket rocket" status by a neck, with Celebrity Bugatti, a three-time series winner who was the 7-5 chalk despite the outside post nine, closing very strongly to be third, just a half-length further behind, after being outside virtually the entire mile.   Elysium Lindy, with two wins and two seconds in his four Weiss preliminaries for owner George Beck, was second in the pointstandings behind Celebrity Bugatti, who was undefeated in three Weiss prelims before Elysium Lindy caught him late in the final preliminary. This time Elysium Lindy took control of the throttle and kept control of the race to the wire, running his seasonal tally to 7-4-3-0-$48,000 and his lifetime bankroll to $67,460, with tonight's clocking only 2/5 off the personal best he posted last week.   As driver Marshall left the winners circle, his wife, trainer Donna Marshall, gave him a kiss as everyone headed back to the paddock. Elysium Lindy turned back to look at them at that particular moment - but he's a gelding, so his reaction was of utter indifference.   PHHA / Pocono  

Pink Pistol rocketed through the lane to pull off a 10-1 upset in the fastest division of Saturday's $161,047 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over three divisions, with Ginny Weasley (13-1) and Spicedbourbongirl (9-1) completing the long shot parade in the PASS opener. Jeff Gregory enjoyed a stake double behind Pink Pistol and Spicedbourbongirl. Pink Pistol hadn't raced in a month, as Rob Harmon, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-August Revenue for Harmon Racing Stable, Knightstalker Stable and Lynne Mondrick, gave her an extended break to help cure her gaiting problems. "She needed to go home and not ship so much," Harmon said. "She has a little tying-up issue, and shipping is not her best thing. She'll stay right here in the sires stakes. She's eligible for a couple in Canada, but she has to show us that she's back to herself before we start going up there." In the Stenographer, she got away third, saved ground and brushed through the stretch to triumph in 1:55, 1-1/2 lengths better than Sunset Glider, with Candy Lane third. It was the fifth win for Pink Pistol in eight lifetime outings. Ginny Weasley never had won a stake, but Lucas Wallin nevertheless used her twice -- once for early position from post 8, once to pursue the leader second over. She avoided the breaking Moots out of the final turn and scored in 1:55.1, a career best. Miss Tezsla was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Black Broadway earned show. "She showed a lot of speed last year, and I won at the Meadowlands with her earlier this year," Wallin said. "So we told the owner to give her a little break and aim for the stake races. The trip went great today, but she won pretty easy." Ake Svanstedt trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Donepunk for Torp Trotting, Inc. Spicedbourbongirl also collected her first stake victory when she zipped past the 1-5 favorite, Womans Will, in the lane and prevailed in 1:55.4 for owner William B. Weaver III. Womans Will saved place, 1/2 length in arrears, while Kathy Parker completed the ticket. "She won pretty handy at Pocono in an overnight, so we thought we might as well give her a shot against the better girls," said Gregory, who also conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-All In The Muscles. "It was only her second start of the year, so I didn't want to abuse her. I was hoping I could get lucky and save some ground." $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Saturday's card also featured a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly trotters -- yet another showcase for Goodtogo Hanover, who won her seventh consecutive race. Witnesstheprincess and Shelovesumore also took $20,000 splits. As Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the top from post 7, driver Brian Zendt, noticed an unusual problem. A GoPro camera attached to her sulky to capture live images had loosened and flipped. The images transmitted may have been upside down, but the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall stayed atop her game, winning in 1:56.2 "I don't know if it (the GoPro) bothered her, but it was rubbing her," Zendt said. "She was a little extra hot today. I thought she was a little quieter last time. I didn't plan on being at the quarter in 27.2, but as you could see, I was a passenger." Keystone Taylor finished 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Best Of Dreams third. Bill Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover and owns with Gary Saul. Witnesstheprincess rebounded from a pair of break-marred outings to collect a front-end victory for Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the daughter of Andover Hall-Mystical Moonlight with Synerco Ventures and Michael Robinson. Mystical Power earned place, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Glidinthruparadise finished third. "She had a couple good starts here earlier this year, but we had some issues with her shoeing and her feet," Merriman said. "She wasn't getting over the track. Chris made some adjustments and thought she would be better. She really showed it today." Shelovesumore emerged from several months of vexing medical issues to rally for a 1/2-length victory -- at 20-1 -- over Summer Moonshine in 1:57.1. Explosive High finished third. Tony Hall drove for trainer Sharon Donella, who owns the homebred daughter of War Paint-Wasador with Kathleen Quinn-Hodel. "It's been a torturous three months," Donella said. "She had some problems with her cycle. Then she got a real bad sinus infection. We finally got the hormones worked out, the sinuses cleared up, and we got us a horse." In the $22,500 Winners Over 10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked powered to a front-end victory in 1:49, fastest ever at The Meadows by an older pacer. Fred And Ginger held the previous mark of 1:49.2 Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power, who boosted his career bankroll to $417,244, for trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

Elysium Lindy, let go at 21-1 despite a win and two seconds in the first three preliminary legs of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overhauled 1-5 favorite Celebrity Bugatti in the shadow of the wire to post a 1:55.1 win in one of two $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary round for this harness racing group Tuesday night. In the other division, Magenta Man was on his best behavior and posted a 1:56.1 victory.   Celebrity Bugatti came into Monday's race having gone a perfect 3-for-3 to date in the Weiss, and in midstretch he looked ready to complete a sweep of the prelims. But the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy had another idea, being moved outside from third late on the final turn by driver Jim Marshall III, and then kicking into overdrive in the last 1/16 to get a head decision while lowering his lifetime mark, posted in a Weiss event last week, by a tick. Donna Marshall trains the developing youngster for owner George Beck.   Magenta Man had finished second to Celebrity Bugatti in a Weiss cut last week after making a break in his only other start in the series, but this week all systems were "go" as the four-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee, bet down to 3-5 favoritism, was put on the lead and held off a spirited late charge by Explosive Yankee to post a ¾-length victory. "Magenta" and "orange" may not be two colors you often see together, but for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller (collectively known as "Team Orange Crush"), along with owners Little E LLC and RBH Ventures Inc., the sight of Magenta and Orange in the Pocono winners circle after next Monday's $30,000 Weiss Series Championship would be beautiful indeed.   Despite tonight's upset, Celebrity Bugatti was still the #1 prelim pointwinner for this group; behind him in line in qualifying for their Championship are Elysium Lindy, Dominus Hanover, Steed, Taxed To The Max, Explosive Leggs, Magenta Man, and (tied) Sweet Royalty and Dominion Beach.   The $30,000 Weiss Championship for trotting distaffs headlines the Tuesday night card at The Downs. Stirling Debutant will likely be a heavy favorite from post three for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Steve Salerno after sweeping her four prelims, and her task was made easier by the fact that the Todd Schadel duo of South Side Hanover and Real Caviar, #2 and #3 in the prelim pointstandings with five prelim victories between them, were not dropped in for the Championship. They will reportedly be heading to The Meadows Saturday afternoon for the 2016 debut of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action in a three-year-old trotting filly event, to be drawn tomorrow.   PHHA / Pocono    

Celebrity Bugatti put himself into the driver's seat of Bobby Weiss Series action for harness racing trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, running his record to 3-for-3 in the series while posting the fastest clocking among the $15,000 third leg prelims, 1:54.3.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. had the Muscle Massive stallion in front at every call and felt no pressure at all, with a 27.3 opener and a 57.4 back half that left him 3¼ lengths clear at the finish. Chris Oakes has taken over local care of the speedy trotter for owners Herman Hagerman, Johnny Yoder, and Dan Rawlings.   Two other horses besides Celebrity Bugatti had won in each of the first two legs, but Steed did not enter the third leg, and Dominus Hanover, 1-10* in the betting, finished worse than second for the first time in 11 seasonal starts when he came up third in Taxed To The Max's 1:56.2 victory. Dominus had a soft 59.1 lead to the half, but he didn't have the necessary 57.1 sprint home, as the Yankee Glide four-year-old gelding Taxed To The Max slid up the Pocono Pike from the pocket, grabbed command, then held off Explosive Leggs late for trainer Neal Ehrhart and owners Keystone Trotters LLC while lowering his mark by 2 2/5 seconds.   "Max"'s driver was Anthony Napolitano, who fashioned seven winners (to brother George's six) on Saturday here, yet still often gets away at high prices - despite a Weiss second last week, "Max" paid $18.20 to win, joining other recent "A Nap" winners who paid $20.80 in another race tonight, $26.20 and $20.80 in his two wins last night, and $69.80 among his seven Saturday winners, only one of which was favored! (Not to mention his $197.00 tally a week ago Sunday!)   The other Weiss winner Monday, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy, lowered his speed badge by an even greater margin - 4 1/5 seconds - as he parlayed a pocket trip to a neck victory over Apostles Creed in 1:55.2. Driver Jim Marshall III, trainer Donna Marshall, and owner George Beck saw their developing three-year-old put himself in a good position to make May 9's Weiss Championship for this group, as he now has two seconds and a win in series competition.   Something will have to give in the fifth race division of the fourth and final preliminary leg of Weiss action for female trotters Tuesday night. South Side Hanover (post one, trainer/driver Todd Schadel) and Stirling Debutant (Anthony Napolitano driving for trainer Christie Collins from post six) are both 3-for-3 so far in the series, and whoever takes the Tuesday contest will stamp herself as the one to beat in the $30,000 Championship a week from Tuesday. Races 3 and 4 Tuesday are also part of the distaff Weiss action.   PHHA / Pocono  

Musical Rhythm scored his 10th consecutive victory Saturday night in the harness racing $42,600 Don Mills Trotting Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee crushed his five rivals with a five and a half lengths victory in 1:52.4 to easily sweep the three-week Don Mills Series. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm got away third before brushing to the front in the second-quarter. The 1-9 favourite posted fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before trotting home confidently in :27.1 for his eighth victory of the season. Hillsonator finished second, while Musical Rhythm's stablemate Grana Padanno was third. Musical Rhythm was purchased for $33,000 last November at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale and has since won 11 of 12 starts and earned $152,300 for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm improved his career totals to 17 wins and over $200,000 earned with his Don Mills Series final victory. Following Saturday's race, Ben Baillargeon explained what his initial expectations were for Musical Rhythm. "I liked about him that he fit the non-winners of three or $75,000 and the General Brock Series," said Baillargeon. "I thought he was a nice horse, a fast horse and he showed a quarter in :26.4 as a two-year-old, so that's what I look for at the sale, I like when they have speed. "For some reason this year he has put it together and he has been nothing but good for me. The hopple broke the one time he ran at the gate or else he would be perfect." While Musical Rhythm has exceeded expectations, his connections are enjoying the pleasant surprise and have staked him heavily to top events this season. "We put him in the Graduate Series starting in a month at The Meadowlands, so he will probably race one time before we go there," noted Baillargeon. "But this week he is going to hit the field." Musical Rhythm's victory gives Baillargeon his second consecutive Don Mills Series final win. Last year, Etruscan Hanover won the series finale in a record 1:52.2. Musical Rhythm has quickly made a name for himself in 2016 and Baillargeon noted he isn't sure just how good the four-year-old can be. "I know he's a better horse off a helmet because he wants to go when you pull on the right line, but time will tell." Four and five-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015, were eligible to the Don Mills Trotting Series. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Blossom Series final will highlight the 10-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Delicious earned an Elitloppet invitation today for her victory in a mare's race at Bollnas worth 35,000SEK to the Orjan Kihlstrom piloted winner. Timed in 1.12kr the seven year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra was the prohibitive favorite in the 1640 meter autostart contest, her fifth straight victory. Daniel Reden trains Delicious for Stall Zet. 11/1 Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) was second for Kaj Widell, ahead for third finishing 21/1 Pippi (9f SJ’s Photo-Astrids Lady-Laddie Blue Chip and driver Marcus Hultman. The 14/1 Talk The Talk (6f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) was fourth for Ulf Olsson and fifth went to 32/1 Elles W.Phedo(10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita-Rapido) for Ove A. Lindqvist. Delicious joins Timoko as the first two to receive Elitloppet invitations. Delicious has a 20-9-7 slate in 45 career starts for earnings of 5,701,572SEK. The last five Elitloppet winners include Magic Tonight, TYimoko, Nahar, Commander Crowe and Brioni, with the race record of 1.09.5kr held by Timoko. On the undercard a 1640 meter autostart event for 30,000SEK to the winner, went to 3.4/1 Ilikeitlikethat (5m Crazed-Dido Hanover-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.13.1kr for Marcus Hultman and trainer Per C. Johansson. The winner has 3-0-0 slate in four 2016 appearances with this win, his third straight in a career that numbers only 11 starts. 16/1 Second dam of this winner is Divine Victory (Valley Victory-Armbro Divine). Dashing Kimberly was second for Jennifer Tillman. The day before at Solvalla saw the 100,000SEK first money Avelsfoseningens Jubile for mares over 2140 meters voltstart go to 3/1 Coca de Vie (5f Chocolatioer-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander. 10/1 Pimpinette Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Indeed Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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