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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 18, 2018 -- Treacherous Reign stretched out previously unbeaten Warrawee Ubeaut the first quarter, then wore her down late to pull off the upset in Saturday's $180,862 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over three divisions, with Sylph Hanover and Bestseller Hanover taking the other splits. Warrawee Ubeaut had won three straight -- including two PASS splits -- to start her career, but Treacherous Reign and Andrew McCarthy refused to release her early, forcing her to a brisk half of 54.4. Sensing the leader's vulnerability, McCarthy pulled the pocket with Treacherous Reign at the three-quarters; they surged near the wire to down Warrawee Ubeaut by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Rockn Philly earned show. "I wanted to make her (Warrawee Ubeaut) work a little bit the first quarter," McCarthy said. "She had to go pretty good fractions after that. My filly was feeling really strong at the three-quarters. The pace was starting to slow down, and I wanted to make sure I didn't get buried." Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. Sylph Hanover was unhurried early, and it nearly cost her, as she needed a serious uncovered bid to track down the game Sweeter Lulu and down her by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:52.1. Sweet Chrome followed cover for show. "She's been getting a little hot the last couple starts," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "So we wanted to do things quietly, not get her revved up. I wanted to make one late run with her. She finished great, that's for sure." Ron Burke conditions Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli. The stretch drive became a page-turner for Bestseller Hanover, as she was attacked by Stonebridge Soul on the outside and She's Allright in the Lightning Lane. The ending was happy, though, as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror prevailed in 1:52.4 for Dave Palone, trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms. Stonebridge Soul was a head back in second with She's Allright third. "We didn't do any pacing until the eighth pole home," Palone said. "We turned it into a sprint. It would've been tough to catch her from there. We probably came that last eighth in 12 and change." It was one of five wins for Palone on the 13-race card. The freshman fillies will contest one more preliminary PASS leg -- Aug. 24 at Harrah's Philadelphia-- before returning to the Meadows Sept. 1 for the $252,000 championship. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: the Tarport Effrat, a $162,012 PASS, and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

MILTON, ON - August 14, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover avoided a second-quarter jam up to win Tuesday's $37,000 Whenuwishuponastar Series Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight rookie pacing fillies competed in the finale of the three-week Whenuwishuponastar Series. Trainer Tony Alagna sent out the strong duo of round one winners Key West and Tall Drink Hanover. The betting public made Key West the heavy 1-5 favourite, but a second-quarter incident likely cost her a third-consecutive victory. Carousel and driver Doug McNair blasted off the wings of the gate to grab the early lead and post a :27.4 opening-quarter. Tall Drink Hanover got away third, while Key West was following fourth. As the field entered the backstretch, driver Andrew McCarthy angled Tall Drink Hanover to the outside, which turned out to be the winning move. Carousel appeared to pull herself up, leading to Tarryn A Strip and Key West getting into a jam up collision. Key West made a break due to the interference. The favourite did reset to stay in the race mid-pack. Meanwhile, Tall Drink Hanover scooted away and posted fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover cruised home in :27.4 to collect her second win in four starts. Key West grinded through the mix up on the outside around the final turn and ultimately finished up in :27.3 to cross the wire second, beat 3 ½ lengths. Deb finished third, while Abuelita Hanover and Beach Bar finished in a dead-heat for fourth. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase and is owned by Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. The Alagna trainee has followed up back-to-back third-place finishes at The Meadowlands with a pair of wins at Mohawk Park. "She's pretty nice this filly, does everything right, covers a lot of ground and really handy," said McCarthy after driving Tall Drink Hanover for the first-time Tuesday. "We got lucky coming out of the first turn, we missed that carnage...we weren't going a helluva lot at that stage, so I thought I would get her out and getting her moving and try and get her up front there close enough and I just got lucky that I did move her when I did." On the heels of Captain Ahab's Dream Maker victory Monday, Tall Drink Hanover gave the Alagna barn its second series victory in as many nights. "This filly has been improving," said Alagna post-race. "She came from the Harrisburg Sale as opposed to the Lexington Sale, like Key West did, and she's been on the improve and we were just lucky that Key West and this filly didn't get in trouble when that filly of Doug's (McNair) made a break or pulled up on the front." Tall Drink Hanover established a new career-mark with her 1:52.1 clocking and has now earned $27,900 for her connections. She paid $15.80 to win. Tuesday evening's card also saw Dancer Hall collect his fourth Preferred victory of the season for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Paul Reid. The four-year-old was a coast to coast in 1:52.3 over four rivals in the $34,000 top-trot. The victory was the seventh in 12 starts this season and 15th overall for the Reid trainee, Dancer Hall has now earned $136,000 of his $235,650 career earnings this season for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. He paid $3.30 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2018 -- While horses usually don't bet, in Tuesday's $188,111 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, De Los Cielos Deo hit a rare trifecta: he extended his career unbeaten streak to five; he completed a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs; he vaulted over $100,000 in earnings. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Crimson And Chrome and Captain Victorious taking the other splits. De Los Cielos Deo quarter-poled to the front for Yannick Gingras and cruised home in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than the first-over Proof. Ehrmantraut earned show. The victory continued the PASS domination of De Los Cielos Deo, who captured his four wins by a combined 9 lengths. Ron Burke, who trains the son of Captaintreacherous-Lisjune -- a $140,000 yearling purchase for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel& Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC -- said he would train the colt up to the $252,000 PASS championship (Sept. 1 at The Meadows) rather than seek a prep race. "I don't worry about getting starts for these kinds of colts," Burke said. "I'd rather save starts than get starts. Bad horses need races. Good horses will train themselves up. It took me forever to learn that. "He has top-range potential. For as long as we've been training him down, I've said this is easily the best colt we've had since Sweet Lou. Before the year's over, I think he'll do something special." Victorious in his only previous PASS start, Crimson And Chrome made it two straight by erasing a 3-length deficit in the lane for Tim Tetrick and downing Semi Tough by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Air Force Hanover completed the ticket. "He kind of struggled early," said winning trainer Jim King, Jr. "He had lots of determination, lots of good things to like about him, but it didn't come that easy to him. So we just took our time with him. We were mostly concerned with making him a good 3-year-old. We're underway for that; it's a good start." Tim Tetrick LLC owns the Sweet Lou-McSauna gelding, who's eligible for the Liberty Bell, the Simpson and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Captain Victorious found himself in an unfamiliar first-over chase but made the most of it for David Miller, holding off Sugar Factory by a neck in a stake-fastest 1:51.2. Cruise Captain was third. "It wasn't the trip I wanted to give him," Miller said. "He got a little rough when the gate folded, and that cost him getting away. He went a big trip first over. He was pretty game." Julie Miller conditions the son of Captain Treacherous-Belclare for Andy Miller Stable, Jean Goehlen and Caroll Huffman. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice shot the Lightning Lane and made it two straight with a 1:53.4 score for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka now boasts $526,067 in career earnings. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

MILTON, ON - August 13, 2018 - Captain Ahab remained undefeated with a dominating performance in Monday's $39,000 Dream Maker Series final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A full field of 10 rookie pacing colts and geldings squared off in the finale of the three-week event. Captain Ahab went off as the 3/5 favourite, as he entered the final undefeated in three starts, including a convincing first leg score. The Tony Alagna trained son of Captaintreacherous was to team up with driver Andrew McCarthy, but travel issues for McCarthy led to veteran reinsman Paul MacDonell picking up the assignment. Best In Show got the affair rolling by storming out to the lead and posting a :27 opener. A charged-up Shipshape sat in the pocket, while stablemate Captain Ahab got away third. The heavy-favourite got his cue from MacDonell entering the backstretch and made an effortless move to the lead, pacing by the half in :55.1. Despite Captain Ahab rolling right along on the lead, several of the rookies got jammed up entering the far turn. Blank Canvas, who was also undefeated entering Monday's final, moved to the outside from sixth before the half and came with a hard first-up attack at the leader on the far turn. The undefeated rookies were side by side at three-quarters in 1:23.3. Captain Ahab didn't shy away from the pressure and instead stepped his game up a level. The Alagna student put away Blank Canvas at the top of the lane and proceeded to pull away from his rivals with ease to win by 3¾ lengths in a career-best equaling 1:51.1. Best In Show finished second, while Captain Nash was third. Blank Canvas dropped back to finish eighth. "I just barely scratched the surface here tonight," said MacDonell post-race. "There was so much left in the tank and he does it so easy. He's got a great future." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab is currently the top colt from sire Captaintreacherous' first crop of two-year-olds. The undefeated rookie is the second foal, first colt, out of Western Ideal mare Acquavella, who is a full-sister to 2014 Metro Pace champion Artspeak. With his fingerprints all over the family, Alagna had an easy-decision to make when deciding to pursue Captain Ahab as a yearling. "I trained the mare Acquavella and she was meant to be a great mare, got hurt early and she was responsible for Artspeak because I went back and bought Artspeak because I liked the mare so much," said Alagna. "Training the mare and knowing what kind of ability she had, she got hurt and never got to live up to her potential, so when we saw this colt, being by Captain, it was a no-brainer." Captain Ahab has now earned $36,500 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. Alagna noted Captain Ahab will remain in Ontario and compete in upcoming Grand Circuit events at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with eyes on the September 22nd Metro Pace. Captaintreacherous, who won the Metro Pace as a rookie in 2012, is enjoying a tremendous start to his career as a stallion. Alagna trained the two-time U.S. Pacer of the Year and is proud of what he is seeing unfold this season. "We started with 18 Captaintreaherous, 17 are racing and I think 12 of them have already won and taken marks," said Alagna. "We're very proud of what he has done so far." Captain Ahab's next start is scheduled for the Nassagaweya Stakes on Saturday, August 25. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the $37,000 Whenuwishuponastar Series final headlining an 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2018 -- When trainer Ron Burke confided to longtime owner Mark Weaver at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale that De Los Cielos Deo was his top-rated colt in the auction, Weaver thought he had a pretty good idea what was coming. "Usually, we can't afford Ronnie's No. 1 picks," Weaver says. "We were pleasantly surprised to get him, and we're really happy now." Happy, indeed. The son of Captaintreacherous-Lisjune has won all four career starts, and in Tuesday's $188,111 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, he'll be looking to complete a sweep of PASS preliminary legs. He goes from post 4 in race 1 with Yannick Gingras at the helm. De Los Cielos Deo didn't come cheaply, as Weaver and his partners -- Mike Bruscemi (they're Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby) had to give $140,000 for the colt. "Believe it or not, we were prepared to go to about $300,000," Weaver says. "He's a half to I Luv The Nitelife, a fabulous filly who made close to $2 million, and Ronnie loved him as an individual. Anytime you can get one with that pedigree, you jump at the chance." De Los Cielos Deo has captured his four starts by a combined 8 lengths; he's won on the front, with quarter-pole moves and by stalking from the pocket. The only potential rap -- every race has been on a five-eighths-mile track. "I don't think bigger tracks will be a problem," Weaver says, "and I'm not sure he'll have to worry about a half-mile track until the Little Brown Jug." After the Sept. 1 $252,000 PASS championship at The Meadows, De Los Cielos Deo is eligible for the Metro -- "That will be his first test against the rest of the world" -- a pair at the Red Mile and the Breeders Crown. "From the day we bought him, he's probably been the most hyped horse we've had," Weaver says. "It reminds me of the Sweet Lou hype. They don't always come through, but so far, he has." Burke will send out four others in Tuesday's PASS, with Pyro (race 3, post 1, Matt Kakaley) probably the most interesting. When the mares he bred to Sweet Lou produced exclusively fillies, Burke and his partners went looking for a Sweet Lou colt and found him in Pyro, who is out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Whetstone Hanover. "We bought him for $75,000 as a weanling," Weaver says. "That's a lot more than people thought we should have paid for him." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The cream of the State-sired two-year-old pacing crop contested three divisions of the second preliminary of their division's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the first division Stonebridge Soul went to the top, but she was passed first by Treacherous Reign near the 27.4 quarter, then by Sylph Hannover, who went a big second quarter to grab the lead well before the 55.1 half. Sylph Hanover continued on a tear to the 1:22.3 3/4s - a 54.4 middle half, but in the stretch the Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover miss Treacherous Reign was able to pass the pacesetter to stop the clock in 1:51.1, a half-length better than Sylph Hanover, with a flying Sweeter Lulu another 1¼ lengths back in third. That 1:51.1 was significant in several respects. It was a lifetime mark for the winner, now 2-for-3 in her career; it set a season's record for the division on 5/8-mile tracks; and it tied her as fastest baby filly overall with three fillies who went that fast on bigger tracks (Tellitsassymae, Key West, and Glorious Virgin). Andrew McCarthy handled the speedy miss for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Dana Parham. The second division featured She's Allright, who won a Sire Stakes at the start of her 3-for-3 beginning to her career, but her fortune did not carry on this night despite 1-5 favoritism. She's Allright moved to the lead in front of the stands after a 27.3 quarter and was able to stroll to the half in 58.1, but then she really had to turn on the jets as Blue Ivy made a big move in the 27.1 backside (1:25.2 3/4s) and into the turn, and when dueling with Blue Ivy She's Allright made a midturn break. Blue Ivy thus had a two-length lead headstretch, but the A Rocknroll Dance - Philadelphia miss Rockin Philly, who was used in tucking third early, moved outside nearing the top of the lane and had a huge late kick, winning in 1:53.2, 4¼ lengths ahead of railshooting 60-1 shot Sweet Lucy Lou, with Blue Ivy third. Driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who had teamed at Philly earlier in the day to take a 2PC Sire Stakes division with Crimson And Chrome, were the guiding forces behind the winner, who took a new mark for owners CC Racing LLC and Jo-Ann Looney-King. The third section was a showdown of unbeatens and previous PaSS winners, Warrawee Ubeaut (2-for-2) and Bestseller Hanover (3-for-3). Bestseller Hanover made the lead at the 3/16 en route to a 27 opener, but Warrawee Ubeaut was underway soon after that point to command just past the 3/8, getting the middle clockings in 56.2 and 1:24.3. Bestseller Hanover had stayed tight in the pocket, came out in the lane, and paced home well, but Warrawee Ubeaut had a 27.3 last quarter in her to equal her lifetime mark of 1:52.1, with Bestseller Hanover second, a length back, and Izzy Hanover another ¾ lengths back in third. Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke are the team behind Warrawee Ubeaut, and a comparison between this filly and a colt counterpart from the same two horsemen, De Los Cielos Deo (also a Philly winner in the afternoon), is apt in that both horses look like they haven't shown their best yet, that although undefeated, they haven't been fully extended. This is a thought certainly cheering to the ownership of the victorious Sweet Lou - Great Memories filly: Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Six divisions of Stallion Series baby pacing fillies will be the highlight events on the Monday card at The Downs. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Chester, PA --- De Los Cielos Deo ($2.20) remained undefeated with a 1:51.3 victory on Sunday (Aug. 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia, brushing from third with a circuit to go and holding his ground handily in the second of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   After yielding to Captain Victorious (Marcus Miller) and Odds On Boca Raton (Scott Zeron) on the first turn, Yannick Gingras brushed from third with the son of Captaintreacherous and Lisjune just beyond a :27.3 first-quarter sectional and continued on to rate a :56.2 half.   Up the backstretch, Odds On Boca Raton re-emerged and forced the pace to quicken once again, but De Los Cielos Deo held his ground to a 1:23.4 three-quarters split.   While Odds On Boca Raton kept grinding away, reaching the leader's neck upon cornering for home, De Los Cielos Deo remained steadfast to the winning post, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths while under a Gingras hand drive. Odds On Boca Raton held second, half a length better than pocket foe Captain Victorious.   De Los Cielos Deo earned his fourth career win in as many starts for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi.   His 1:51.3 mile equaled his lifetime mark established at The Meadows in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event there in July. The winner's share of the $47,828 purse lifted De Los Cielos Deo's career earnings to $82,039.   In the $47,828 third division, Love Me Some Lou ($12.00) used second-over cover to nose out Semi Tough en route to a 1:50.4 victory, just one-fifth of a second shy of Rock N Roll Heaven's track record for juvenile pacing colts. Corey Callahan drove the son of Sweet Lou and Shark Lightning for owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere.   The $48,228 first division saw Brian Brown trainee Proof ($6.00) push clear early and parry a first-over challenge from Ehrmantrout to lower his lifetime mark to 1:51.3. Driver Scott Zeron carried the colors of Diamond Creek Racing behind the son of A Rocknroll Dance and Ginger And Fred who now has won three of his four races to date.   Tim Tetrick homebred Crimson And Chrome ($9.40) upended odds-on favourite Sugar Factory in the $47,828 final division, recording a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4. Tetrick drove the Jim King Jr.-trained Sweet Lou-McSauna gelding.   As the fifth-race 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 saw multiple winners cash for $408.98, Wednesday's (Aug. 8) Hi-5 will feature a $4,371 carryover. Post time for the 14-race card is slated for 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

MILTON, ON - July 31, 2018 - Trainer Tony Alagna and driver Brett Miller teamed up to sweep Tuesday's opening round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series with a pair of Captaintreacherous fillies.   A group of 17 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $14,000 divisions.   Tall Drink Hanover converted off a two-hole trip to break her maiden and win the first division in 1:53.2. The daughter of Captaintreacherous shot home in :26.1 to defeat Beautyonthebeach by half a length.   Abuelita Hanover and Beach Bar finished third and fourth, respectively.   A $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Tall Drink Hanover shipped in off a pair of third-place finishes in the Kindergarten Series at The Meadowlands. She is owned by Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC.   Tall Drink Hanover paid $7.60 to win.   Key West unleashed a stunning :25.4 last-quarter to win the second division in 1:52.4 for Alagna and Miller.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous swept up to the lead on the first turn and dictated the tempo, posting fractions of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:27.   Prescient Beauty, who entered Tuesday's contest two for two, shot out of the two-hole just before three-quarters to set up a final-quarter spring.   Key West briefly surrendered the lead, but reclaimed in the final-eighth with her powerful strides and the help of a drifting Prescient Beauty to win by a little less than two-lengths.   Deb finished third, while Tarryn A Strip was fourth.   Key West was a $130,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The daughter of Captaintreacherous already has a mark of 1:51.1 and is now two for three for owners Brittany Farms and Brad Grant.   A $2 win ticket on Key West returned $2.50.   Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - July 30, 2018 - Captain Ahab and Best In Show were victorious in round one of the Dream Maker Series on Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 12 two-year-old pacers were split into a pair of $14,000 opening leg divisions of the Dream Maker. The annual series has been used as a launching pad to stardom over the years. Captain Ahab appeared to never break a sweat in cruising to a 1:52.4 victory in the evening's first division. The son of Captaintreacherous and driver Andrew McCarthy took their time at the beginning and got away fourth, while Tyga Hanover paced out to the lead and posted a :29 opener. With little tempo up front, Captain Ahab was given his cue to move in the second-quarter. The Tony Alagna trainee effortlessly claimed the lead well-before the half and paced by that station in :58.4. Captain Ahab went to work in the back-half, pacing a :27.2 third-quarter and a :26.3 final-quarter to secure the victory at odds of 1/9. Shipshape, also from the Alagna barn, finished up strong along the pylons with a :26.2 final-quarter to cross the wire in second, 2¾ lengths back of the winner. Tyga Hanover finished third, while Sauble Play was fourth. Captain Ahab is now three for three in his young career. The son of Captaintreacherous came to Mohawk Park off back-to-back wins in the Kindergarten Series at The Meadowlands, including a national season's best 1:51.1 mile on July 20. Captain Ahab is owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is the second-foal from a full-sister to Artpseak. A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.40. Best In Show, the third-foal from World Champion Put On A Show, was able to shoot up the rail to capture the second division in 1:54.1. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Best In Show fired off the wings of the gate and was able to tuck in behind the first-leader Captain Nash, who would control the tempo throughout. Captain Nash posted fractions of :27.1, :57.4 and 1:27.3 to lead into the lane. Best In Show was able to capitalize on the rail opening up and fired home in :26.1 to get by Captain Nash by half a length. Planet Hanover finished third, while U S Captain, the 3/5 favourite, finished fourth after sitting sixth for most of the mile. Best In Show is owned by Richard Young and Joanne Young, who were also co-breeders of the son of Bettors Delight from their world champion mare, Put On A Show. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was making his second career start Monday after finishing fourth in a Gold event on July 23. A $2 win ticket on Best In Show returned $6.30. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A pair of Whenuwishuponastar Series divisions headlines an 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

CHESTER, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday featured six $20,000 sections of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old pacing colts, and in the end two hot stallions came away with honors-even, as Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou each fathered three of the winners. Fastest of the sextet of winners was the first on the racetrack, Latissimus Hanover (dam Ladyking), who never looked back from the pole while taking a mark of 1:52.2, burning home in 55 - 27.1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Ray Schnittker, the latter co-owner with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Hall of Fame ballot finalist Ted Gewertz. Captain Disomma (dam Ramona Disomma) went first-over and still was able to catch favored Hilarious Lou by a half-length in 1:54.1, a personal best, for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and Anatolia Farm LLC. Rounding out the Captaintreacherous sweep of the card's first three races was the longest shot on the board, 20-1 Captain Panko (dam P Note Blue Chip), who tipped wide from second-over and was along by a neck over No Pulse Richie, tallying in 1:54.3 in his purse bow for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc and William Wiswell. Corey Callahan also drove two of the Sweet Lou colts who won in Stalion Series competition, including two for trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere. The second-fastest StS victory was turned in by first-time purse starter Love Me Some Lou (dam Shark Lightning), who cut the pace in front of Captain Hill, then held that one off by a neck in a 1:52.3 mile which featured back fractions of 55.2- 27.3. The "1:52.3" number was also achieved by his stablemate Sugar Factory (dam Cam Swifty) in a Meadowlands baby session; on Sunday, his first purse outing, he fronted the field from the quarter while winning safely in 1:54.4, with big back fractions of 55.4-27.3. The two winners for Team Cancelliere were the only chalk to prevail in the Stallion Series. The other victorious son of Sweet Lou was Costello (dam Laughandbehappy), who got a relatively soft half on the engine, then had enough in a 27.3 last quarter to withstand Flameproof Hanover by a length while taking a personal speed badge of 1:54.2. Matt Kakaley sulkysat for trainer Ron Burke, who knows a thing or two about Sweet Lou, and the oft-winning partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura. The sire whose offspring earned the biggest check of the night was Mr Cantab, as his double world recordholding son Homicide Hunter took a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event in 1:52.1. The gelding moved to the lead early for driver George Napolitano Jr., got to rest to a 57.2 half, then despite being off 28 days sprinted home in 54.3 - 27.1, winning easily by 1½ lengths over Smalltownthrowdown, who caught the pocket horse Moonshiner Hanover to take second. Chris Oakes conditions the winner of $1,255,907, who raised his lifetime win percentage over 50% (34 for 67) for Crawford Farms Racing, and Homicide Hunter also took a bigger lead at the top of the Great Northeast pointstandings. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The first four of five divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were conducted in lovely weather, with a slight stretch headbreeze, but there was a 180-degree shift in the direction and intensity of the wind, and the addition of rain from the heavens, when the "featured division" of the Sires, containing three of the five winners in recent PA All-Stars action here, went postward. And the adverse weather seemed to have absolutely no effect on the prohibitive favorite De Los Cielos Deo ("from the heavens of God"), a Captaintreacherous - Lisjune colt who won by 3¾ lengths in 1:52.4. The unfolding of the race was interesting. Four of the seven contestants left quickly into a headwind, with the Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo pacing three-wide to the 1/8 under the guidance of Dave Palone, then moving to the top just past the 27.3 quarter. He was quickly confronted by his stablemate No Mas Amor, who seemed fated to racing first-over if he didn't make something happen, and driver Anthony Napolitano did, going around his stablemate before a 54.3 half - coming his own second panel in the vicinity of 26.3 with the tailwind. No Mas Amor backed things off into the now-headwind to reach the ¾ in 1:24, but De Los Cielos Deo was right on his back then out on the far turn, and despite bearing out slightly at headstretch, the winner finished powerfully in drawing off. Ehrmantraut stayed close most of the way and was second, 2¼ lengths clear of Duddie's Lot, who photoed No Mas Amor for third. But they were all way behind De Los Cielos Deo, undefeated in two purse starts and four trips gateward, who has as good a right as anyone to consider himself numero uno among the babies right now for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Brian Brown started a consecutive stakes double with the Sombeachsomewhere - Allamerican Cognac colt Air Force Hanover, recording a personal best of 1:52, a season's record for all freshmen on 5/8-mile ovals. Air Force Hanover, an even-money favorite to main foe Captain Malicious at 7-5, actually outleft his lefthand rival, but Captain Malicious came blasting through from the inner spot, forcing tucks in a monstrous opening quarter of 25.3, with the winner into the two-hole, where he stayed during moderated middle splits of 54.3 and 1:23.1. Driver Simon Allard tipped Air Force Hanover out at headstretch, and while the pacesetter held gamely, the pocket rocket had enough firepower to get a head up on the money. He is owned by Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and William Donovan. Proof remained undefeated - in two purse races and four lines overall - with a well-earned victory in 1:52.2, a new mark and a season's record for about 18 minutes until his Team Brown stablemate broke it. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. had to go the overland route from midpack with the son of A Rocknroll Dance - Ginger And Fred at the 5/8, but the pair made the lead in the lane and dug in to withstand Bring The Thunder, who followed tightly on his back, by a half-length. Diamond Creek Racing owns the successful favorite. After opening his career with three straight "2"s on his charted lines, Captain Victorious was finally able to make the breakthrough in his Sire Stakes division with a 1:53 victory. Marcus Miller hustled the son of Captaintreacherous - Belclaire right to the top despite the outside post seven, then yielded to favored Blood Money at the 26.4 quarter. Captain Victorious sat behind a long battle between the leader and first-over Semi Tough in a 56.2 back half, went to the Pocono Pike, and rallied for a length victory over the tough Semi Tough, who photoed the previously-unbeaten Blood Money for second. Julie Miller conditions the victorious freshman for the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Jean Goehlen, and Caroll Huffman. Two longshot colts were separated by a nose at the end of their division, and their names are as related as their proximity at the finish, as Pyro edged Aflame Hanover to take a mark of 1:54. Pyro was still sixth and inside early in the stretch, but as the front horses softened a bit, Pat Berry was able to circle his live horse out to four-wide and just caught Aflame Hanover in the shadow of the wire; favored Lyons Night Hawk, after a troubled trip, was another ¾ of a length back in third. Pyro is a Sweet Lou colt out of Whetstone Hanover who started a Sires double for trainer Ron Burke, and he is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, Phillip Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A season's leader for two-year-old pacing colts on 5/8-mile tracks (De Los Cielos Deo) and mile tracks (No Mas Amor), both from the powerful Ron Burke stable, will start side-by-side in the fifth and final tenth race division of a first round Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for this group on Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. De Los Cielos Deo ("from the heavens of God") was the fastest of Pennsylvania All-Stars winners here on July 1, putting in a 27 last quarter to stop the timer in 1:53. A former's mile track season's leader by virtue of his 1:52.3 win at Gaitway (with his own last ¾ in 1:21.3!), the son of Captaintreacherous - Lisjune will be driven by the sport's all-time winningest driver, Dave Palone, making a rare Pocono appearance, with the pair starting from post four. Don't put those translation dictionaries yet - just outside De Los Cielos Deo will be his Burke barnmate, No Mas Amor, "no more love," the Sweet Lou colt's name explained by the name of his dam, No More Loving. No Mas Amor went wire-to-wire at Meadowlands in 1:52.2, last quarter 26.4, which was tied by Stag Party three days later and Captain Ahab three days after that. Trainer Burke has engaged Anthony Napolitano to sulkysit behind No Mas Amor from post five, Pocono's winningest spot. The other four PA All-Stars winners are all back at Pocono on Saturday: Lyons Johnnyjnr, who will start just outside of De Los Cielos and No Mas Amor; Blood Money (race one, post four); Lyons Night Hawk (race three, post five); and Proof (race four, post three). There is also a "double stakes winner" in this Sire Stakes collection, as Aflame Hanover (race three, post three) comes to Pocono with two PA Fair Sire Stakes wins, the latter at York this past Saturday in 1:58.3, faster than anyone has traveled on the Keystone twicearounds this season at press time. On Sunday, six divisions of this group's Stallion Series horses will contest their first preliminary leg action. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trainer Tony Alagna is undoubtedly hoping he can carry his momentum from one night to the next. Alagna, who has a total of five horses in the two Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday night, started his weekend in a big way, winning four times on the Friday program at the Meadowlands. The trainer got things going in the first race with Mollydooker ($4.20 to win as the second choice, Brett Miller driving) in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Great Vintage completed the mile in 1:55.1. Treacherous Reign ($4.60 as the second choice, Andy McCarthy) took race four, a division of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old fillies on the pace. The time for the mile was 1:53.1 for the daughter of Captaintreacherous. Odds On Boca Raton ($9.00 as the second choice, Scott Zeron) won the sixth race, a Kindergarten for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. The Captaintreacherous product stopped the clock in 1:53.4. Alagna's four-bagger was completed in race 13, as Captain Ahab ($5.40 as the third choice, McCarthy), won another Kindergarten for juvenile male pacers. Sired by Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab hit the wire in 1:52.2. A LITTLE MORE: The Big M's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 was extremely popular, as the pool reached the $100,000 mark for the first time since May 19. A total of $112,478 was poured into pot, and the odds of the winners in the sequence were 2-1, 3-1, 6-5 and even-money, leading to a payoff of $73.10. ... McCarthy guided Mother Bonnie to a 12-1 upset in the 12th race for NJSS 2-year-old filly trotters, giving him career win 2,000. ... A pair of lucky players went 10-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $6,989. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $273,937. In the event no one hits the jackpot Saturday, the wager will have a mandatory payout on Friday, July 13. ... All-source wagering on the card was $2,318,503. ... Racing resumes Saturday at the Big M with a special post time of 6:35 p.m. Food and drink specials, the 1st annual Wiener Dog Derby, a fabulous fireworks show and eliminations for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will all be a part of what promises to be a big night. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first stakes event of the year for two-year-olds, raced as five $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for pacing colts on Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, saw all five divisions beat 1:55 by winners making their betting bow, and had no winner starting from inside post six. The fastest two-year-old of 2018 is De Los Cielos Deo, who won at Gaitway in 1:52.3, his own last ¾ in an incredible 1:21.3! And he wasn't even the favorite in his All-Stars race, as he and another son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Malicious, were both sent off at 1-1, the latter the slight choice, perhaps because he had post seven in his eight-horse division, and "Cielos" starting to his right. But it was the last-named colt who won, as De Los Cielos Deo added the 5/8-mile track season's record to his already-impressive resume, winning in 1:53. The winner, whose name translates to "from the heavens of God," was midpack outside at the quarter in 27.4, with Captain Malicious third and frontward-bound; after he made the top, Yannick Gingras got the front with De Los Cielos Deo, reaching the half in 57 and the 3/4s in 1:26. It was then that the serious pacing got started, and De Los Cielos Deo had a last quarter of 27 in him to hold off Captain Malicious by a half-length in 1:53, which gave the winner a second seasonal best. Ron Burke conditions the precocious baby (his dam is Lisjune) for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. The former season's recordholder for baby colts at 1:53.4, Lyons Night Hawk, also won a division, from post eight as well, and in 1:53.3 - 56 - 27.4, his fastest time. The son of Sweet Lou - Weapons Against, who sat the pocket behind pacesetting favorite Semi Tough then caught him by a neck , would have rewritten his own (at the time) seasonal best for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Gareth Dowse, and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound ... ... if another Tetrick/Dowse/"Mound" horse, the Well Said - Stolly Up Bluechip colt Lyons Johnnyjnr, had not 22 minutes earlier won in wire-to-wire fashion from post six in 1:53.2 - 55.3 - 27.3, putting him temporarily at the top of the hill. The clocking was also a mark for Lyons Johnnyjnr, who is owned by Joseph-Lyons Mound. Proof made the lead past the quarter from post six and set the pace, blistering home in 54.1 to lower his best clocking to 1:53.4 while withstanding a pocket rally from Captain Victorious by a neck. The son of A Rocknroll Dance - Ginger And Fred was driven by David Miller for trainer Brian Brown and Diamond Creek Racing. Sire Sweet Lou got a second stakes credit and another winner from post eight, and Diamond Creek Racing had a consecutive owning double, when Blood Money came home in 55.3 - 27.1 to win in 1:54.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Out of the mare Blood Diamond, Blood Money had previously won a Meadowlands a.m. session in 1:53.4. Tim Tetrick drove a third winner in a $30,000 Sunday Pocono race when he got a ferocious late rally from the Bettor's Delight mare Diva's Image, who won a blanket finish in a Great Northeast Open Series race for pacing mares in 1:49, a new mark and a season's record. Tetrick was locked in much of the mile with the Jennifer Bongiorno trainee, then found room in front of a gapper late on the turn, swung widest, and thundered past everybody nearing the wire. The pointleader in her Great Northeast division, Diva's Image is owned by Joseph Bongiorno LLC, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro, and J&T Silva Stables LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - OK: you just had many great horses race at your track on the previous card in the $2,120,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships Night. So what can you possibly do for a followup the next night, Sunday, July 1? Well, here's what The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is doing - it has scheduled five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old colt pacers. The top pacing colt trainers of the last few years all have multiple entries in the stakes sessions - Ron Burke has seven in, Brian Brown five, Ray Schnittker four. Despite the fact that raceday is the first day of July, the collective fields already have ten horses who have won in 1:56 or better, including six who have gone 1:54 or less (baby races and pari-mutuels treated equally throughout). There are eight horses in the All-Stars who have already twice crossed the wire first, including three who have beaten 1:55 in each of their two victories: Semi Tough (race 3, PP1, Burke), Blood Money (race 5, PP7, Jimmy Takter), and Captain Malicious (race 7, PP7, Schnittker). And that listing doesn't even include the fastest two-year-old of 2018 at the time of this writing, De Los Cielos Deo. This member of the Burke Brigade, on June 18 over the Gaitway mile track, won in 1:52.3 while coming his own last three-quarters in an astounding 1:21.3, in his second lifetime start (he won the first, but "only" in 1:56.4 - 27). De Los Cielos Deo, a name which is a Spanish/Latin hybrid meaning "from the heavens of God," does have un infierno de une mala posicion (a hell of a bad position) drawing the 8-ball, just outside of his fellow son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Malicious, in the seventh race, the last of the five All-Stars divisions. That's how you follow up a $2M+ card featuring the stars of today - load up the next card with the stars of tomorrow. FINISHING LINES -- Pocono will have a sixth $30,000 race on Sunday night, a Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for pacing mares. Caviart Ally, who won in the GNOS last week from the rail at Philly and paid $72.20 to win, finds the other two series winners starting from more difficult spots: L A Delight from post six and Tequila Monday from post eight. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - June 25, 2018 - Captaintreacherous, the two-time US Pacer of the Year and winner of $3.1 million, sired his first pari-mutuel harness racing winner on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Capitano Italiano, a $77,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, delivered as the public's betting choice in 1:54.3 for owner Bruno Comegna, trainer Nicky Comegna and driver Chris Christoforou. The sixth-foal from Pro Bono Best mare On The Catwalk, Capitano Italiano was bred by Riverview Breeding LLC, Steve Stewart and The Bays Stable LLC. He is a half-brother to past New York Sires Stakes champions Social Scene and It Was Fascination. Capitano Italiano left from the rail and got away second in the early stages of Monday's contest. Driver Christoforou circled the Comegna trainee to the front in the second-quarter to lead by the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.2. In the stretch, Capitano Italiano sealed the deal with a final-quarter of :27.1 for the 1:54.3 victory. Monday's start was the first-time Capitano Italiano was paired with driver Christoforou. "Well-bred colt, very quick, very efficient, very professional and he raced great," said Christoforou. "I picked up the program and saw I was driving him and was very happy about that." Capitano Italiano is eligible to Woodbine's Grand Circuit events for rookie pacing colts, including the Metro Pace. A superstar on the racetrack, Captaintreacherous is wasting little time making noise as a sire. As of June 25, 2018, a total of 19 Captaintreacherous two-year-olds have taken a mark in a qualifier or race with eight of the 19 posting a mile of 1:55 or better. De Los Cielos Deo is currently the fastest son or daughter of Captaintreacherous. The Ron Burke trainee posted a 1:52.3 mile on June 18 at Gaitway Farm. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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