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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2020 -- Tamar followed live cover down the backside, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Tamar was sixth when Jim Pantaleano edged her out behind Broadway Kabam, who continued to gain ground despite a parked-out trip. When the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-High Gear Sahbra shed cover, she outkicked Kellie's MVP in the Lightning Lane and defeated her by a length in 1:54.4. Broadway Kabam saved show.   Carl Cocciolone trains Tamar, who lifted her career bankroll to $139,265, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a $41,861.95 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Cash Hall sophomore gelding Coventry Hall looks like he is finally growing into his pedigree, recording his second harness racing win in his last three starts with an effortless 1:54.4 triumph in a $10,400 trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon. Coventry Hall is out of the mare Canland Hall, which makes him a three-quarter brother to Hall of Famer Cantab Hall and a full brother to the half-million dollar winner Chin Chin Hall. The $210,000 yearling raced in stakes exclusively in his first ten starts at two and three, with a second in a Tompkins Stake and thirds in Reynolds, Currier & Ives, and Geers competition. Away from stakes company on August 14, Coventry Hall broke his maiden in 1:53.3 at Harrah's Philly, then followed that race up with a fourth in the Zweig, with only the likes of Ready For Moni, Back Of The Neck, and stablemate King Alphonso ahead of him. At Pocono on Tuesday he went right to the lead and never looked back, 3½ lengths ahead of his nearest competition at the wire for trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt and Enghavegaard Aalborg APS, and with that pedigree perhaps now he has enough confidence to be a factor in the late-season classics.   The track's winningest driver, George Napolitano Jr., and Marcus Miller each had three victories during the card - including one each in the same race: the camera could not separate Broadway Promise (Miller) and Striking Encore (Napolitano) at the end of an $8800 claiming trot that went in 1:55.3. There will be a carryover of $200,733.90 in the Rainbow Pick 5 (have a unique ticket with the winners of the last five races) when racing resumes on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. From the PHHA / The Downs

CHESTER, PA - Pacesetting Goes Down Smooth held off a long uncovered challenge from harness racing favorite Arabella's Cadet to win the $14,400 fast-class trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. David Miller got the victorious four-year-old altered son of Muscle Hill to the lead near the ¼, rated the half, then braced for a stern challenge of Arabella's Cadet, who went her own third panel in :27.1 to attack the leader. Goes Down Smooth had enough to resist the hard-fighting mare by 1¼ lengths in 1:52.3, just a fifth off his lifetime record taken here two starts ago and missing Stealth Hanover's divisional track standard by three-fifths.   A winner of 11 out of 40 career starts and $269,227, Goes Down Smooth is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Bill Switala and James Martin. In the $13,600 co-feature on "Trottin' Thursday" at Philly, the improving Cash Hall gelding SVF Cash Deposit grinded to the lead on the far turn and went on to a lifetime mark of 1:55.2, keeping closer Yankees Beast two lengths in arrears at the finish. Andrew McCarthy drove the winner for owner/trainer Justin Lebo.   For Sunday's $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisional Championships for three-year-olds at Philly, No Lou Zing was established as the early favorite in the colt pace, Amigo Volo in the colt trot, defending champion Sister Sledge in the filly trot, and the undefeated Party Girl Hill in the filly pace. Party Girl Hill's race, with the likes of Rocknificent, track recordholder JK First Lady, and 2019 PaSS and national champion Lyons Sentinel, will likely attract the greatest interest, as it has arguably four of the division's top half-dozen fillies all against one another. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 19, 2020 -- Tamar belatedly found the wide-open Lightning Lane, barreled through and captured Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. When driver Jim Pantaleano and Tamar found themselves blocked behind dueling leaders out of the final turn, they initially abandoned the cones to look for a seam. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the duo gladly accepted the offer and scored in 1:56.2, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Long shot Cincinnati Miss completed the ticket.   Carl Cocciolone train Tamar, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-High Gear Sahbra who boosted her career bankroll to $115,309, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $6,020.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Grove City, Ohio - Only Take Cash was money in the bank, hitting the board in 12 of 13 races on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Only Take Cash, daughter of Cash Hall - Ambro Affair by Garland Lobell was a seven-time winner for trainer Robert McIntosh, his stable and ownership group of Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, earning $462,708. The biggest win of 2019 for Only Take Cash was the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park. Only Take Cash was bred by Robert McIntosh Stables and CSX Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. Aaron Merriman drove Only Take Cash to five of her seven wins, "She is a very smart filly for her age with a great attitude. I was blessed to pick up the drive." Only Take Cash will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information, click here. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

CHESTER, PA - Perhaps the end of the 2019  harness racing season a week from this Sunday will be the only thing that can derail the Tim Tetrick Express at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the recent electee into the Hall of Fame added four more winners on Wednesday afternoon at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, including victories in both co-features and a win in one of the two co-featured contests. Both the trotter SVF Cash Deposit and the pacer Bigonpersonality N made successful brushes down the backstretch for Tetrick en route to their triumphs in the $16,000 top-level events. The Bettor's Delight gelding Bigonpersonality N ran his record to 3-for-4 in North America with a 1:53.3 victory, 2½ lengths to the good of Missile Seelster, for trainer Jim King Jr. and the partnership of Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King - the Superfecta of Shartin N fame. The Cash Hall gelding SVF Cash Deposit is also a recent addition to the local scene, though he only came from as far as Running Aces in Minnesota. But he looked very good Wednesday while taking a new mark of 1:56.3, 4¾ lengths ahead of favored pacesetter Choco Charlie, for owner Elvin Zimmerman, who had been training the improving diamondgaiter before turning him over to the care of Justin Lebo before this start. The veteran Muscle Mass gelding Rubber Duck won his third straight in the trotting sector of the $14,500 co-featured class, with Tetrick moving him to the lead in front of the stands and then just riding along behind as the favorite won by 4½ lengths over first-over Perfect Stick. The winner of $585,949 posted a sharp clocking of 1:53.4 in the cool conditions for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil. The only headliner Tetrick missed was the $14,500 pace, in which the Tellitlikeitis sophomore gelding Ollie's Ztam overcame a 34-day layoff in rallying from the pocket for driver Yannick Gingras to catch a strong pacesetter in Quality Bud by a neck in 1:51, equaling his lifetime mark. Ron Burke has taken over the training of the promising sophomore for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Frank Baldachino. Tetrick has now posted 44 victories during the last nine cards on which he has competed at Philly. From Harrah's Philadelphia

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) is the favorite for the Trotter of the Year award this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel and has a chance to be the Horse of the Year as well. On Sunday afternoon, the millionaire won the Open Trot for the eighth time this season. Brett Crawford sat behind the Kyle Spagnola trainee who cruised to an easy lead to overcome his assigned outside post position. After making it to the top with ease, the eight year old traveled unopposed in a first half that went in 58 seconds. Never facing much of a challenge, Cash Me Out checked in at three quarters in 1:26.4 and began to expand his lead around the final turn. Cartier Volo (Frank Coppola Jr), another nominee for Trotter of the Year this season, sat the pocket to Cash Me Out and finished second in the mile that was clocked in 1:55.4 on a snowy afternoon in upstate New York. Cash Me Out paid $7.90 to win and led an exacta with Cartier Volo second that returned $28.80. Trixie Dust (Alek Chartrand), the runner-up to Cash Me Out last week, finished third on Sunday and completed a triple that came back $116.50. Cash Me Out, who is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY, has piled up twelve wins in 2019 and now has 49 victories in his 198 lifetime starts en route to over $1.1 million in earnings. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. There will a $1,396 carryover in the Pick Five pool. The Pick Five is a 50 cent minimum wager and starts in the matinee's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2019 -- Barn Girl rolled to her 11th harness racing win this year -- and 24th over the past two seasons -- with a front-end victory in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The only mare in the field -- as she often is -- Barn Girl forged three wide to the lead for Aaron Merriman and blunted the backside bid of Whats The Word. The 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall Turquoise Sweetie held off the Lightning Lane charge of Pass The Vape by a head to score in 1:54.2. Donatover, parked the entire mile, was a game third. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $858,878, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall collected four wins and Dave Palone three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the card features a $29,563.70 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5.. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Considering Bob McIntosh has been training for 48 years, and considering he is tied with Ron Burke for second place among harness racing trainers in Breeders Crown wins, one almost has to heed McIntosh's statement about filly trotter Only Take Cash as a warning. "This one's kind of special," said McIntosh, whose 16 Breeders Crown victories place him behind only Jimmy Takter. McIntosh realizes, however, that it's unknown how "special" will translate on the track in Saturday's Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Only Take Cash is in the first of the two $25,000 eliminations, where she is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind 2-1 favorite Evident Beauty. When Dovescry is the 9-5 favorite in the second elimination. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the $500,000 final Oct. 26 at Mohawk. Evident Beauty edged Only Take Cash by half a length in September's Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk while The Ice Duchess won the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial. "Evident Beauty sat on (Only Take Cash's) back and just nailed us at the wire," McIntosh said about the Elegantimage. "When you race against the good ones it just comes down to the trip sometimes. I don't see anybody in the field just that dominant. It looks like a pretty close race to me. There's some very, very nice horses in there." McIntosh feels Only Take Cash is right up there with the best of them. She has won 15 of 19 career races, earned $648,561, and is a two-time Ohio Sire Stakes champion. This year she has hit the board in all 10 starts with seven wins and $376,421 in earnings. The homebred filly, by Cash Hall out of Armbro Affair, is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle, and Marv Chantler's Mardon Stables. "She's been amazing," McIntosh said. "She hasn't had that many starts but she's come up big every start. She's just been a dream come true. She's been special from day one and has a good attitude. She had an amazing 2-year-old year and this year just as good." The trainer is especially impressed by her gait and her grittiness. "She's not big, but she has no wasted motion in her gait," he said. "The biggest thing about her is, she'll give you 120 percent. She wants to win. You can't train that into them. They're either born with it or not." The best news for McIntosh is how Only Take Cash looks heading into the race. "I trained her a little bit this morning and she was as sharp as she can be," he said on Thursday. "When I came in this morning I was very pleased. She's healthy, she's sound, ready to go. The rest is up to her and the driver. It's just going to come down to trips, but I couldn't be happier with how she's going into it -- knock on my wooden head she stays healthy." If she gets the trips her trainer wants, McIntosh could add to his Breeders Crown wins, which is a source of pride for him. "I was in front for a while and then Jimmy came along," said McIntosh, who is in the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. "But it's been a great series for me. I love the Breeders Crown. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown, and I think that's a good thing. It's at the end of the year, you're going against the best, and if you can pull that one off you stamp yourself as one of the best of the year." Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Mohawk. The card features Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers plus older female trotters. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Open Trot, Open Pace and Mare Pace. For complete entries, click here. Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds are tonight, with a 7:50 p.m. post time. For entries, click here. By Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown    

MILTON, ON - September 12, 2019 - Trainer Bob McIntosh will send his Ohio-bred harness racing star Only Take Cash from the rail into her first major Grand Circuit foray, the $376,000 Elegantimage Final, this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A daughter of Cash Hall bred and owned by Bob McIntosh Stables Inc. and co-owned by Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, Only Take Cash has raced almost exclusively on the Ohio Sires Stakes (OHSS) circuit. With 14 wins from 17 starts, Only Take Cash has accrued nearly $600,000 in earnings and made Bob McIntosh the third trainer in harness racing history to earn over $100 million in purses.   "I didn't realize I was only the third guy to do that so that made it a little extra special," McIntosh said. "It feels great."   Only Take Cash made her Grand Circuit debut on Aug. 23 when winning an $83,123 division of the Casual Breeze at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McIntosh staked her lightly due to her broodmare, Armbro Affair, not producing high-earning offspring.   "This filly trained good all spring," McIntosh said, "but I thought 'Oh, she's just a sires stakes filly in Ohio that'll be enough.' But then after she showed her stuff last year in Ohio, I did put her in a few more things this year. She had to prove herself to me first."   Only Take Cash dominated the OHSS as a two-year-old, losing on one occasion. She won the $275,000 championship by over five lengths and maintained her top-level form to defend her title in the $300,000 championship this year.   "It was pretty evident about halfway through last year that she was a little special," McIntosh said. "She's the ultimate professional filly. She has no wasted motion or gait--you can leave with her, take her back, do anything you want; she's got the most efficient gait of any trotter I've ever trained. She's not real big, but she's compact and just special."   Trevor Henry pilots Only Take Cash from post-one. After many outside draws in OHSS prelims, McIntosh joked that he "was starting to get a little suspicious." But - while drawing well as the 3-1 second choice on the morning line--Only Take Cash faces her toughest competition to date, with Hambletonian Oaks-winner When Dovescry starting from post-three, Zweig Memorial-winner The Ice Dutchess from post-nine and Evident Beauty from post-ten.   When asked if she can compete with the top fillies, McIntosh said "That's the million-dollar question I guess. I'll say this: she won't embarrass herself. Anything this filly does is not going to shock me. I think we can make a little noise and get a good paycheck out of it. And to get it all that would be extra nice. Hopefully we snag a prize. If we snag the big one, there'll be a lot of celebrating. It'll be a long night."   The Elegantimage Final, carded as Race 10, is the companion feature to Saturday's headlining event, the $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Frosh trotting fillies also compete in the $405,000 Peaceful Way Final while the two-year-old trotting colts contest in the $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial. The 12-race program also features two eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady and two eliminations for the Metro Pace. Saturday's card starts with first-race post at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2019 - Only Take Cash and Evident Beauty scored harness racing Grand Circuit victories in Friday night's Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casual Breeze for three-year-old fillies saw a pair of $83,123 divisions contested. Ohio Sires Stakes star Only Take Cash returned to the track where she won her career debut to collect a comfortable 1:54.4 victory in the first split. The Bob McIntosh trainee and driver Trevor Henry circled to the top in the second-quarter from the two-hole and never had an anxious moment en route to a 2¼ length score. Only Take Cash took the top spot heading to the half and posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:26 before a final-quarter of :28.4. Special Honor finished second, while Dark As A Pocket was third. A daughter of Cash Hall, Only Take Cash now has five wins and $158,811 earned in seven starts this season. The McIntosh trainee has won 13 of 16 career starts and amassed an impressive $434,311 in earnings for Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. The Casual Breeze Stakes was Only Take Cash's Grand Circuit debut after racing in strictly Ohio sired events this season. A $2 win ticket on Only Take Cash returned $3.10. Evident Beauty scored a blowout win in the second division for driver David Miller and trainer 'Nifty' Norman. The landscape of the second split took a hit when race-favourite The Ice Dutchess made a break early in the second-quarter when tracking Evident Beauty. The eventual winner was parked around the first-turn seeking the top, clearing shortly after her rival's miscue.       Evident Beauty reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.3 before trotting away from rivals with a 27.4 last-quarter to win by 6 lengths. Angies Luckeylady finished second, while Sonnet Grace was third. A daughter of Trixton, Evident Beauty is putting together a strong sophomore campaign with five wins and $281,444 earned in nine starts. The Norman trainee came into Friday's start off a second-place finish to The Ice Dutchess in last Saturday's Zweig Memorial at Vernon. Evident Beauty's career numbers now sit at eight wins and $555,260 earned for owners Mel Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc. She paid $5.60 to win. The Nancy Johansson barn might have had a miscue from The Ice Dutchess, but they did find the winner's circle in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred with star Kissin In the Sand. The four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere moved to the lead in the second-quarter for driver Yannick Gingras and took off on rivals with a :27 third-quarter (1:22.2). Kissin In The Sand finished the job with a :27.4 kicker to hold off a push from a drifting Double A Mint to win in 1:50.1. Windsun Glory finished third. The victory for Kissin In The Sand is her second consecutive at Mohawk Park and her second in 11 starts this season. The career winner of more than $1.1 million now has 19 victories to her name. Kissin In The Sand paid $3.70. Live racing continues Saturday evening with the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes on tap. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Heather Vansickle's Weslynn Quest set a new harness racing track standard of 1:53.3 in her $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Friday night, August 16 at Scioto Downs. Reined by Tyler Smith for trainer Chris Beaver, the 16-1 longshot bested seven rivals in the second of two OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Manofmanymissions had finished third, sixth and fifth in her previous OSS contests. Weslynn Quest, who was unraced as a freshman, picked up her fifth career victory in 12 starts and upped her lifetimei bankroll to $61,250 for her connections. "She's had some issues in the past and has been a little tough to manage at times," noted trainer Chris Beaver. "We switched her to an open bridle tonight and that seemed to help." Aunt Percilla, who had held off her rival until the final strides after taking command of the race just past the half, put in a game performance to be second by a neck at 4-1 for driver Danny Noble, while 7-2 Aunt Rose was third, another length back, for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Weslynn Quest is the second foal out of the Windsong's Legacy mare Weslynn Legacy 4, 1:56.4s ($105,006) and is a half-sister to Weslynn Dancer (by Deweycheatumnhowe 5, Q1:53.2 ($398,898). In the first OSS division Only Take Cash, the 1-5 public's choice, was an easy winner for Aaron Merriman in 1:54.2, using wire-to-wire tactics to notch her fourth win of the season and 12th lifetime victory. The daughter of Cash Hall, who is trained by Bob McIntosh for Robert McINtosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, was last season's 2-year-old champion and now has $117,250 in seasonal earnings and $389,390 in her career coffers. "She's awesome," said an impressed Merriman after the win. "She's simply push-button and there's no end to her. Last year we raced her from behind a lot and I really didn't want to give her that much air tonight and would rather have had an easier trip but that was the way things worked out. She's solid and seemed to handle it well." Only Take Cash held off second-place finisher, 5-1 Refined (Brett Miller) by 1¼ lengths, with 45-1 longshot Buckeye Starlet notching show honors for Chris Page. The bay filly by Cash Hall is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4s ($430,997) and is a half-sister to Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968); A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2f ($33,866) and Fit Bit (by Muscle Mass) 2, 2:00.3f ($22,173). With the four legs of this series now complete, the top eight point and money earners of the 3-year-old trotting fillies are: Only Take Cash (141 points, $68,500); Pure Chance (109 points, $52,500); Aunt Rose (103 points, $49,500); Refined (78 points, $37,500); Weslynn Quest (71 points, $33,500); Back Splash (65 points, $31,000); Bella's Rose Power (54 points, $25,000); and Stone In Love (50 points, $25,000). Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, August 17 at Scioto Downs with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts in races two, four and six. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio State Development Fund Administrator              

Last week, trotting mare Cartier Volo (Cash Hall) won her first career Open Trot. The Margaret Spagnola trainee has finished in the top three pretty much every week but it wasn't until she was dq'd into a win last Tuesday night that the five year old scored her first harness racing Open victory. This week, Cartier Volo drew post two in the six-horse installment of the $15,000 Open for trotters. Frank Coppola Jr sat behind Cartier Volo as she moved first over and surged past the race's leader who clocked the first half in 57 seconds. Cartier Volo struck the lead in three quarters of 1:27 but had to hold off the late bid from out-of-towner Wings Of Royalty (Jay Randall) who came charging hard. The chase proved futile and the race's lone lady, Cartier Volo, stopped the timer in 1:56.1 for her fourth win of the season and second consecutive in the Open. It was a big-time upset as the Spagnola trainee paid $48.80 to win. Wings Of Royalty was second while Mugshots Bro (Jimmy Devaux) finished third. The exacta and triple in the six-horse Open came back $232 and $534, respectively. Coppola piloted four winners on the card including one with the Kyle Spagnola-trained Waiting On A Woman who dead-heated for win with rival Notmeitsyou (Phil Fluet) in the undercard to the Open, the $12,500 Winners Over trot. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

There were six participants in Sunday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the track's top trotters slugged it out for their share of a $20,000 purse. Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) continued his march towards the $1 million mark in lifetime earnings on Sunday as he went coast-to-coast in the Open Trot. Driver Mark Beckwith moved the seven year old out to the early lead and Cash Me Out faced no formidable challenge while cruising through a soft middle-half. After checking in at three quarters in 1:27.3, Cash Me Out had plenty left to trot away from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:56 for his fifth victory of the season, four of which have come in the Saratoga Open. The race's favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) got the pocket trip behind the eventual winner and wound up as the runner-up while Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out, a former star of the New York Sire Stakes, continues to be one of the track's top trotters on a year-in, year-out basis and now has lifetime earnings of over $950,000. Kyle Spagnola trains Cash Me Out for the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY. The race's 2-1 second-choice in the wagering on Sunday, Cash Me Out paid $6.30 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $10.80 and $32.60, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

As driver Peter Wrenn walked to the Red Mile winner's circle alongside Chin Chin Hall after their victory in a division of last week's Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, he wore a big smile while rubbing and patting the horse's side, followed by several fist pumps. Patience and faith had been rewarded. Making only his second career start, and first in more than two months, Chin Chin Hall got his first victory by defeating a field that included five trotters with Grand Circuit or state-restricted stakes triumphs to their credit. Chin Chin Hall, a three-quarter brother to award-winning Cantab Hall, won by 1-1/2 lengths over Hudson River in 1:55.4 over a surface labeled "good." The time was one-fifth of a second off the night's fastest trotting mile. "A few of those horses (in Chin Chin Hall's race) had been there and done it," Wrenn said. "As a group we decided to see where he was at and put him in there. We thought he could trot along there and not get embarrassed. "He wasn't even stressed afterward. He came out of the race great. That was exciting for everybody involved. To come out of the woods with a maiden trotter in September and win on the Grand Circuit, that's pretty fun." Chin Chin Hall is trained by Wrenn's wife, Melanie, and owned by David McDuffee and Gene Oldford Farms. The horse, a son of Cash Hall out of Canland Hall, was purchased for $50,000 at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. In addition to Cantab Hall, who received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter in 2003, Chin Chin Hall is a half-brother to Ontario Sire Stakes winners Constance Hall and Campbell Hall. The family also includes Dan Patch Award winner Cameron Hall and Hall of Fame broodmare Amour Angus. "The last couple years we've been buying in Ohio," Wrenn said. "Mr. McDuffee wanted to feel the waters out a little bit in Ohio. Mr. Oldford has been a client of mine for a long time and he's always interested in buying a yearling or two at the sale. We combined those two guys and picked (Chin Chin Hall). "We liked that maternal family; that's a great family. We were looking for a sire stakes-type colt that may be competitive somewhere and we took a chance. If you get one that tries out of (that family) you've usually got a pretty good chance of doing something." Chin Chin Hall won two qualifiers before making his debut in a maiden race for 2-year-olds on July 14 at Hoosier Park. He went off stride in the stretch while second to eventual winner Woodside Charm. "He trained like a nice horse most of the winter," Wrenn said. "When he got up north, he kind of lost his gait for a while, but he got it back, just as babies will do. He wasn't quite ready to qualify early so we waited a bit. We qualified him twice and I put him in an overnight and he knuckled over in the stretch. He was a little weak behind and made a break. We gave him time and he's come back good ever since that little break." The goal was to have Chin Chin Hall ready for the Kentucky Sire Stakes, which began in mid-August, but the horse required more time to mature. "He's a growthy colt," Wrenn said. "He grew a lot over the winter and he's still growing. He's getting it together again. He needs to race. He needs some good confidence builders at race speed. He always could go enough. I qualified him a week before the (Bluegrass) and he qualified like a nice horse. It was a bad day here -- rain, deep mud -- and he qualified like the horse we were hoping. "We have patient owners. It worked out well. Sometimes good owners make good horses. They're both great guys. They've been in the game, they understand it, and that goes a long way." Next for Chin Chin Hall is Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at Red Mile, where he will compete in the first of three divisions. He is also eligible to the Breeders Crown and Valley Victory Stakes. "(The Breeders Crown) wasn't on the radar two months ago, but as of last Thursday it's been on the radar," Wrenn said. "We'll let him tell the story. You'd hate to have him spotlighted and disappoint everybody. I don't think he will because he usually puts in a good effort. That mile last week did him a wonder of good. We'll know a lot more Thursday evening, whether he's the real deal or what direction he might go. "But he's been a nice colt, a fun colt to be around. He's got his quirks, but he craves work, which I like, and he never misses a meal, which is another thing I like. He's got some good characteristics to him. The end of the mile seems to be his deal. We'll see where he's at. "It's a lot of fun. I've been here before, where you see it, you hope everything is good, and the next week you say, darn it, he's not as good as we thought. You hate to talk. But I'd take a whole barn like him, that's for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2018 -- Rebounding from an uncharacteristic break, Barn Girl rolled to an easy front-end victory -- her 28th over the last two seasons -- in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Barn Girl jumped it off at Scioto Downs as the 1-2 favorite and finished seventh, it marked the first time in 18 starts that she wasn't first or second. Aaron Merriman remained aggressive with the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, gunning her to the point in 27.2. She shrugged off the first-up challenge of Dreamsteeler and defeated her by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2, with Glidinthruparadise third. Barn Girl is now 55-106 in her career for a gaudy win percentage of 52.4. She's earned $734,668 for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Brady Brown and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the The Meadows

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