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Southwind Frank turned the tables on rival Marion Marauder (Muscle Hill), winning Saturday's $500,000 Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, for harness racing 3-year-old trotters by a half-length in 1:52.4. Bar Hopping (Muscle Hill) finished third and Sutton was fourth. Marion Marauder got the better of Southwind Frank in the Aug. 6 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, beating him by a nose, but this time the winner's circle trip went to Southwind Frank. In the Colonial, Sutton took the lead as the field left the gate, with Southwind Frank second as they reached the opening quarter in :27.1. Yannick Gingras moved Southwind Frank, the 6-5 favorite, to the front exiting the first turn and led the field to the half in :56.4. By then, the 8-5 Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron already were on the move first up, but were unable to get past Southwind Frank. The time to three-quarters was 1:24.3. "I was glad to be inside on the (first) turn and save a little ground," said Gingras, driving Southwind Frank for trainer Ron Burke. "I wanted to control the race, so I moved to the lead. I got some decent fractions and that definitely didn't hurt. "At the half, when (Marion Marauder) came, I would have liked to had him a little further away than first over. But I kicked the plugs on my horse on the backstretch and in the last turn he felt pretty strong trot-wise. In the stretch, there were no anxious moments. It was half a length, but it was a measured half a length." Despite the victory, Gingras thought Southwind Frank was not at his best. "He was better (tonight); I don't know about much better," Gingras said. "I think he's a better horse than this even. I just believe in this horse so much and I don't think we've seen the best of Southwind Frank. That just goes to show you how dominant of a horse he is. He still gets the job done." Southwind Frank has won six of nine races this year and earned $910,023. For his career, the son of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy has won 17 of 21 starts and banked $1.69 million. The colt is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Southwind Frank With three different leaders in the last 50 yards of the $200,000 Consolation I, it wasn't until the shadow of the wire until the Yankee Glide colt Lagerfeld finally took final control to win by a neck over Iron Mine Bucky in 1:53.2, a personal best, with Hollywood Highway just another half-length back in third. Iron Mine Bucky was out to the entire :27.4 quarter to get the lead, then hung early challenger Dominion Beach through fast middle splits of :55.2 and 1:23.3, with Hollywood Highway and Lagerfeld racing two-three along the inside behind the duel, moving inside and outside, respectively, for the stretch drive. Hollywood Highway surged to the lead midstretch but couldn't sustain his bid, with Iron Mine Bucky fighting back to the front, but Yannick Gingras had enough trotter in the last strides to earn the triumph. Lagerfeld, who won the 2015 PA Sire Stakes championship and a 9-2 proposition here, is trained by Jimmy Takter, and with this win he topped the half-million dollar mark career-wise, with his total now at $522,443 for the ownership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Mavens Way surged past stablemate Double L Lindy in the final strides to win the $100,000 Consolation II by a neck in 1:54.1. Lima Cadillac was third. Driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, Mavens Way won for the second time in seven races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $93,447. The colt is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Mal and Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable and Esa Hietakangas. The son of Muscle Hill-Doris Deo has won three of 16 lifetime starts and earned $141,724. Mavens Way, the 9-5 favorite, was sixth in the first half of the race as Lima Cadillac took the field to the marker in :56.4. Mavens Way worked his way to the front heading around the last turn, but went wide and hung in the stretch, allowing Double L Lindy to take the lead on the inside. Mavens Way's late burst, though, secured the victory. PHHA/Pocono also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

After seeing Sutton come within a photo finish of winning the Hambletonian earlier this month, co-owner/driver Andy Miller believes the 3-year-old colt can remain in the picture among the division's best trotters the rest of the season. Sutton's next opportunity arrives Saturday when he competes in the $500,000 Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The race is part of Pocono's Super Stakes Saturday and also features the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers and the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers. The Colonial's nine-horse field includes the top six finishers in the Hambletonian, which was won by Marion Marauder. He beat Southwind Frank by a nose and Sutton by a neck, with that trio followed by Waitlifter K, Bar Hopping, and Milligan's School. Sutton, trained by Miller's wife Julie, will start from post seven and is 6-1 on the morning line. Marion Marauder, leaving from post two with Scott Zeron at the lines for trainer Paula Wellwood, is the 5-2 favorite. "He raced super in the final of the Hambletonian," Miller said. "I'm very happy with third, but to be that close, if things had gone a little differently maybe he could have gotten there. He got close to a win at least." Sutton, who battled health and soundness issues earlier this year, has won four of 17 career races and earned $280,306 for owners Andy Miller Stable, Jason Allen, and Doug Allen. Over his last five starts, Sutton has posted a win, two seconds, and a third. His only off-the-board finish came in his Hambletonian elimination, where he was fourth. "He's really been good his last three or four starts," Miller said. "He had a few issues earlier in the year but the last month or so he's been on his game. He's been pretty sharp. "I think he's a major player. I don't know if he's the best, but I think he's a major player in the 3-year-old ranks and might go on to be a nice aged horse after that. He's a fast horse, it's just a matter of keeping all the pieces of the puzzle in place." Sutton is a son of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover out of the stakes-winning mare I Wanted Wings. He was purchased for $40,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. "We liked his family and the way he looked," Miller said. "He's a very nice looking horse." Last year, Sutton had two wins - including a track-record 1:54.4 effort at The Meadows - and three second-place finishes among his first six starts. He then got post eight in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, also at The Meadows, and was parked for three-quarters of a mile before going off stride in the stretch. From there, he had two off-the-board finishes at Lexington's Red Mile and was shut down for the year. "He had a pretty good year until the luck turned," Miller said. "After the sire stakes final, things kind of went bad for him so we quit with him. But he was always very nice. He has a lot of speed and is a very talented horse; things just didn't always work out for him." Earlier this year, Sutton won a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2. The time is tied for the fastest mile of the season by a 3-year-old trotter. Dayson, another Colonial contender, shares the mark. Marion Marauder (1:51.3), Bar Hopping (1:51.4), Southwind Frank (1:52.1) and Waitlifter K (1:52.3) also are among this year's 10 fastest 3-year-old male trotters meeting in the Colonial. "Hopefully with a little racing luck we can be close somewhere and get a good piece of it," Miller said. The Miller Stable also sends out Milligan's School in the Colonial. Brian Sears is listed to drive the colt, who has won eight of 25 races and earned $490,226 for owner Stroy Inc. "He's a very nice horse," Miller said. "He's honest and goes about his work. He's close all the time. He almost always races very good." First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Below is the field for the Colonial, followed by the fields for the Valley Forge and Battle of the Brandywine. $500,000 Colonial 3-year-old trotters Race 12/Post - 10:35 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Dayson - Conway Hall - David Miller - Ron Burke - 5/1 2. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Paula Wellwood - 5/2 3. Milligan's School - Yankee Glide - Brian Sears - Julie Miller - 12/1 4. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 15/1 5. Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 20/1 6. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 3/1 7. Sutton - Donato Hanover - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 6/1 8. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 9. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Matt Kakaley - Andrew Harris - 10/1   $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine 3-year-old pacers Race 13/Post - 11:00 p.m. PP-Horse_Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman - 5/2 2. Boston Red Rocks - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 6/1 3. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 4/1 4. Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Nicholas Devita - 15/1 5. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 5/1 6. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 7. JK Will Power - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1 8. Control The Moment - Well Said - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell - 3/1 9. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - Scott Zeron - Ron Burke - 20/1   $350,000 Valley Forge 3-year-old female pacers Race 11/Post - 10:10 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan - 12/1 2. Lindwood Beachgirl - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Mark Steacy - 4/1 3. Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - John Campbell - Chris Ryder - 5/1 4. JK Fannie - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - Nancy Johansson - 15/1 5. Shezarealdeal - Western Ideal - Marcus Miller - Ross Croghan - 20/1 6. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Nancy Johansson - 3/1 7. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder - 6/1 8. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - George Napolitano Jr. - Matias Ruiz - 10/1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5/2 Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA -- This Saturday evening, the $2,279,500 Super Stakes Saturday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono should go a long way towards the "pecking order" in the three major groups of harness racing three-year-olds featured in the main events: the Battle of the Brandywine for colt pacers, the Colonial for colt trotters, and the Valley Forge for filly pacers. The format of these stakes calls for the top moneywinners to gathered together in the "marquee event" for their divisions, with the group with the next-highest bankrolls to meet in a "Consolation I" event and, for the colts, then on down to a "Consolation II" event. The fillies did not have enough entrants to have a full field at a Consolation II level, so they will have two events, the $350,000 Valley Forge Pace as race 11 and the $150,000 Valley Forge Consolation I as race 7. Both gaits of colts will have three events: the $500,000 Colonial Trot as race 12, the $200,000 Consolation I in race 8 and the $100,000 Consolation II in race 4; working on the same purse structure as the Colonial events, the Battle of the Brandywine will be the 13th of 14 races at The Downs on Saturday, with its Consolation I as race 9 and its Consolation II as a race 5. Here's a look at the competition in each of these top sophomore stakes, followed by a preview of the three $50,000 Invitationals interspersed throughout the blockbuster Saturday card. BATTLE OF THE BRANDYWINE (3PC; stakes record 1:47.4, Sunshine Beach, 2013, Pocono) A "Big Three" of horses generally thought at the head of this class has emerged over the last two months, and they will all be meeting at "The Battle" on Saturday, the first time they have gone head-to-head-to-head since the final of The North America Cup Final at Mohawk on June 18. The winner that night in Ontario was Betting Line, a son of Bettor's Delight who is trained by Casie Coleman for the partnership of West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. Since the NA Cup win, a 1:47.4 triumph which still stands as the fastest clocking of the year by a 3YO, Betting Line has tacked on four victories to bring his current skein to eight: three Ontario Sire Stakes Gold events, and then a first venturing across the U.S. border last week in the Milstein Memorial at Northfield, where the colt overcame an off track and the briefest of skips in stride near the ¾ to be a clear winner. Betting Line drew post one in the nine-horse Battle field on Saturday, with hot-driving Hall of Famer David Miller again scheduled to be in the colt's sulky. Another member of the "Ohio Miller clan," Brett Miller, is set to drive Racing Hill, a son of Roll With Joe who is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill. Racing Hill last competed on July 30 at The Meadows in the Adios Final, where he went a race that will be long-remembered, especially by Pennsylvanians: parked most of the way to the half over "sloppy" going in 52.1, believed to be the fastest half-mile clocking ever posted on a 5/8-mile track, Racing Hill showed his courage by drawing away from his opposition despite his strength-sapping opening half. Racing Hill was second in the North America Cup Final, beaten only a length despite having to make two moves, and took the Hempt Final right at Pocono, so he certainly figures to be highly-competitive Saturday. The third member of "The Big Three" is Control The Moment, a son of Well Said trained by Brad Maxwell for the "hometown" (Philadelphia's only 100 miles away) Control The Moment Stable. This colt has had hard luck at post draws on several occasions -- he was third in the North America Cup Final from post nine and then a parked-the-mile fourth in the Hempt Final from post eight - but he then beat Racing Hill by a nose in the Meadowlands Pace Final, and his last race was a win in the Cane Pace at The Meadowlands. Unfortunately, his penchant for poor luck at post draw time returned for the "Battle," as he will start "behind the eight ball" for driver Brian Sears. Last year's two-year-old champion Boston Red Rocks is in the Battle field, as is Check Six, the Pennsylvania Classic Final winner at Pocono, third in the Meadowlands Pace Final and second in the Adios Final after arguing viciously with Racing Hill early. The entire field (post, horse, driver, trainer): 1, Betting Line, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2, Boston Red Rocks, Tim Tetrick, Steve Elliott; 3, Racing Hill, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna; 4, Another Daily Copy, Corey Callahan, Nicholas Devita; 5, Check Six, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6, Western Fame, Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter; 7, JK Will Power, David Miller also listed, Ron Burke; 8, Control The Moment, Brian Sears, Brad Maxwell; 9, Big Top Hanover, Gingras also named, Ron Burke. COLONIAL (3TC; stakes record 1:52.1, Googoo Gaagaa, 2012, Philly) The two horses separated by a nose at the wire in the Hambletonian Final - Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank - will draw much of the attention, will several other top contenders appearing ready to step up if those two do not bring their "A" game. Marion Marauder got the nod on Hambletonian Day for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Paula Wellwood, and owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, taking both his elimination and the final to run his current winning streak to five. The son of Muscle Hill, known for his devastating late kick, drew post two in Saturday's field of nine, but does have one unknown fact about him: he has never raced on a track size below the 7/8-milers on his home circuit of Mohawk/Woodbine. Southwind Frank, last year's two-year-old champion and the winner of the Beal Final at Pocono earlier this year, will begin from post six for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and Southwind Frank Partners. Another son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank won 11 of 12 races at two, and this year he has five wins and three seconds in 8 starts - with the margins of defeat a nose, a neck, and a half-length. This consistency, along with his arsenal of available tactics, should again make him a difficult customer in the Colonial. But by no means do the major players stop there. There's Bar Hopping, who won his Hambo elim and actually was the favorite in the final, where he was beaten less than two lengths; Dayson, like Southwind Frank a Ron Burke trainee, a 14-time winner over two years who has never lost when he stayed flat; and Sutton, who posted the fastest time in this division in 2016, 1:51.2, in a qualifier, and who was third, just a neck off, in the Hambo Final. The entire field (post, horse, driver, trainer): 1, Dayson, David Miller, Ron Burke; 2, Marion Marauder, Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood; 3, Milligan's School, David Miller also listed, Julie Miller (she and husband Andy are from the Illinois Millers, not the Ohio Millers); 4, Hititoutofthepark, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 5, Love Matters, Yannick Gingras listed, Jimmy Takter; 6, Southwind Frank, Gingras also listed and likely to drive, Ron Burke; 7, Sutton, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 8, Bar Hopping, Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter; 9, Waitlifter K, Matt Kakaley, Andrew Harris. (An interesting sidelight to the Colonial: in the "big race" and consolations, there are a total of nine entrants, including Hititoutofthepark and Love Matters, who are scheduled to compete Tuesday afternoon in a Pennsylvania Sire Stake at The Meadows.) VALLEY FORGE (3PF; stakes record 1:48.4, I Luv The Nitelife, 2013, Pocono) After a slowish start to her 2016 season - anything would seem "slowish" after you go ten for ten as a two-year-old and are voted national champion - the Somebeachsomewhere filly Pure Country roared back to top form with five straight wins, including the Fan Hanover Final and Lynch Final, against her division's best. Trainer Jimmy Takter then tried her twice against "the boys," and she did quite nicely: a fourth in the Cane Pace, nosed out of third, and then a second to Betting Hill in the Milstein. Welcome back to the filly ranks, Pure Country! But here's the catch - you drew the extreme outside in the nine-horse field. However, the Diamond Creek Racing-owned filly has faced - and overcome - adversity many times in the past, and Brett Miller will be in charge of finding a way to get her to the winners circle on Saturday. Trying their best to stand in her way will be the likes of Blue Moon Stride and I Said Diamonds, second to Pure Country in the Lynch Final and Miss Pennsylvania Final, respectively, at Pocono; Darlinonthebeach, a two-time winner against Pure Country (the only horses who can make that statement); and the "new kid on the block," Kiss Me Onthebeach, who had never been better than third in a stake during 17 career starts prior to racing in a PA Sire Stakes at Pocono last Saturday - where she proceeded to win in 1:48.3, a divisional world record, knocking a tick off the mark set by I Luv The Nitelife in winning this race in 2013. The entire field (post, horse, driver, trainer): 1, Call Me Queen Be, Scott Zeron, Ross Croghan; 2, Lindwood Beachgirl, Yannick Gingras, Mark Steacy; 3, Kiss Me Onthebeach, John Campbell, Chris Ryder; 4, JK Fannie, Corey Callahan, Nancy Johansson; 5, Shezarealdeal, Marcus Miller (an Illinois Miller), Ross Croghan; 6, Darlinonthebeach, David Miller, Nancy Johansson; 7, Blue Moon Stride, Andrew McCarthy, Mark Harder; 8, I Said Diamonds, George Napolitano Jr., Matias Ruiz; 9, Pure Country, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter. THE INVITATIONALS The $50,000 Hanover Shoe Farms Mares Invitational Pace is first up in race 3, with Divine Caroline, last year's 3PF champion, squaring off against Anndrovette, four-time divisional champion, and Katie Said, who came from eleventh at the stretch call to finish third in the Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands in her last start. One could make a logical case for many of the starters in this field, which collectively has won over $8 million. The $50,000 Sebastian K Invitational Trot, named of course after the great horse who went the fastest trotting mile ever, 1:49, right here at Pocono, has attracted a talented group who also hs earned in excess of $8 million collectively, and has a sub-1:50 trot in JL Cruze, who was divisional champion last year. Shake It Cerry, the mare who was 2014's Trotter of the Year, is in sharpening form, but the one to beat in race 6 may be Obrigado, not off the board in 10 starts this year against the division's best, with four wins and $435,430 to his name in 2016. The $50,000 Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association Invitational Pace, slotted just before the "big three races" in race 10, features the likes of Luck Be Withyou, 2013 Breeders Crown Final winner and 2015 Franklin Final winner over the track; Always At My Place, who went a world record 1:47.2 mile in this very race one year ago; and Mel Mara, fastest of all of this field this year when winning in 1:47, just a tick off the all-time race record. First post for Saturday's superstar card at The Downs is set for 6:30 p.m. A release with driver changes and morning lines will be distributed tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. In addition, former defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers Joe Greene will be on hand for autographs and photos from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. in the Racing Lobby. This is a wristband-only event, and wristbands will be distributed at 1:00p.m., one per fan, while supplies last. Only authorized photos will be signed and will be distributed at the signing. Fans are encouraged to get here early, with lots of great benches and tables available on the apron, and tables on the patio. As always, admission and parking is free. In addition, the trackside bars will be selling ice cold beverages, and there will be several food trucks to satisfy even the hungriest fan! Post Time is set for 6:30p.m. PHHA / Pocono

Hambletonian champion Pinkman went off stride at the start, opening the door for his eight rivals in Saturday's (Aug. 22) $500,000 Colonial Trot for 3-year-old male trotters, and Crazy Wow was the one to take advantage. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, won the Colonial by 1-1/4 lengths over The Bank in 1:52.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Uncle Lasse finished third and Wicker Hanover was fourth. Crazy Wow, sent off at odds of 9-1, was the third choice in the betting behind 1-5 favorite Pinkman and Uncle Lasse. The Bank and Uncle Lasse are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, as is Pinkman. Uncle Lasse took the early lead and remained on top through fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23.3. Canepa Hanover made a first-over bid, but was unable to pass Uncle Lasse. Crazy Wow, who enjoyed a trip following the leader, took charge in the stretch and pulled away to victory. "I wanted to follow Pinkman, but it didn't work out that way," said Tim Tetrick, who drove Crazy Wow for trainer Ron Burke. "He made a break and I got a perfect trip out of it." "I sat the two hole and my horse responded well." "He felt good. He's a big strong horse and he's great to drive. He works at it, he's got a great attitude, and he likes to win." Crazy Wow has won five of nine races this year and earned $542,537. For his career, the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gain has won 10 of 20 starts and banked $775,465. He is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. "It's a big win," Burke said. "He's a good horse that I think can go with them all the time when he gets the chances. In the big races, I think he will acquit himself well. He'll have some more chances to race against these." Crazy Wow's future schedule includes the Canadian Trotting Classic in September at Mohawk. Yannick Gingras, who drove Pinkman, was unsure why the gelding went off stride. Pinkman, the winner of 14 of 18 lifetime races, had never made a break in a pari-mutuel race in his career and wound up last in the nine-horse field. "I don't know," Gingras said. "I was just taking him to the gate and he made a break." Colonial Consolations If you backed Centurion ATM in the $200,000 Consolation I and saw driver Ake Svanstedt pull his horse out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarters to battle favored Whom Shall I Fear, you had to be encouraged, for Svanstedt is one of the best sulksyitters in the world. Centurion ATM went right to the lead and strode off to a 1-3/4 length win in 1:53.3, a tick off of his lifetime record. Svanstedt, whose world champion Sebastian K was retired to stud during special on-track ceremonies earlier in the card, is also the trainer of Centurion ATM, a son of SJ's Caviar, who is owned by Courant A B and Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Sebastian K's sponsors). Muscle Diamond, second in the Breeders Crown at the end of last year but slow to find top form this season, may have turned a corner in the $100,000 Consolation II, coming from second-over to win a five-horse across-the-track finish in 1:53.2, equaling his lifetime mark while defeating Cruzado Dela Noche by three-quarters of a length. Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III is a co-owner of the son of Muscle Hill with trainer Brett Bittle, Dan Bittle, and Charles Keller IV. Ken Weingartner

The two top-rated horses in 2015 North American harness racing, the three-year-old geldings Pinkman and Wiggle It Jiggleit, will continue their battle for #1 status in the sport this Saturday night during the $2,435,000 Super Stakes Saturday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, going in consecutive races – first Pinkman in the $500,000 Colonial Trot, and then Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Pace.   The three three-year-old races, which include the $350,000 Valley Forge Pace for fillies, are filled according to 2015 moneywinnings –the nine having the highest seasonal bankrolls are gathered in the “main event” races, with the next nine in order in Consolation I, and the nine after that in Consolation II.   Another high-profile event Saturday is the $100,000 Sebastian K S Invitational Trot, a race which will double as a retirement ceremony for the trans-Atlantic champion who will be honored in special on-track ceremonies before he heads to stallion duties. Ironically, the likely favorite is the Sebastian K S is JL Cruze – the #3-ranked horse in North America, and the one who defeated “Sebastian” by a nose in his only 2015 outing before his retirement.   Here are profiles of the Big Three three-year-old events, followed by a look at the Sebastian K S Trot and other powerful races on the Saturday card:   COLONIAL TROT -- $500,000 main event race 11; $200,000 Consolation I race 7; $100,000 Consolation II race 3. Stakes record: 1:52.1, Googoo Gaagaa.   Pinkman, fresh off his two-heat, world recordsetting victory in The Hambletonian, was aided by the draw with post two in the field of nine. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive Pinkman, a son of Explosive Matter who has eight wins and one second in nine seasonal starts, with his mark the 1:51 world record for 3TG in the second heat of the Hambletonian, and his $1,170,965 in 2015 earnings raising his career total to $1,737,625. (By the way, his chief foe in the Hambletonian, the filly Mission Brief, will be racing in Pennsylvania some 27 hours earlier, heading the $174,000 Moni Maker Trot at The Meadows Friday night.)   Pinkman will be find some familiar faces on the track beside him Saturday, as five of the nine Colonial entrants are, like he, part of the trotting superstable of Jimmy Takter. The “other” quartet – Uncle Lasse (PP3, driver David Miller), The Bank (PP6, Takter listing himself), Canepa Hanover (PP8, John Campbell back in the sulky), and French Laundry (PP9, Brett Miller) – are not just “makeweight” entrants either, with combined seasonal earnings of $900,000 among them.   Crazy Wow (PP1, trainer Ron Burke, driver Tim Tetrick) and Wicker Hanover (post five, Noel Daley, Corey Callahan) seem to have the best chance to upset the Takter applecart. Crazy Wow was third in the Beal Final here in June, behind Pinkman and Uncle Lasse, while Wicker Hanover handed Pinkman his only defeat of the year, in the Beal eliminations.   BATTLE OF THE BRANDYWINE -- $500,000 main event race 12; $200,000 Consolation I race 8; $100,000 Consolation II race 4. Stakes record: 1:47.4, Sunshine Beach.   Wiggle It Jiggleit, an altered son of Mr Wiggles, has achieved slightly-higher earnings than Pinkman so far – $1,189,144, while winning 15 of 17 starts and showing speed, maneuverability, and courage. The winner of the Hempt Final here at Pocono early this season, Wiggle It Jiggleit will have driver Montrell Teague alert early, as he will be starting from the rail, and Teague’s job will be to get him to the front at some point without a terrific usage of resources, the fate which befell him in the recent Cane Pace, where he was involved in fractions of 25.4, 52,1, and 1:20.4 before tiring to fourth in the stretch.   The four horses who have finished ahead of Wiggle It Jiggleit in his lifetime (he raced only once at two, winning here) are all in the big Battle. Wazikashi Hanover (PP7, trainer Joanne Looney-King, driver Tim Tetrick, #7 in the North American polls) caught “Wiggle” in the stretch drive of the North America Cup at Mohawk, while the 1-2-3 Cane finishers are also here – in order of that race’s finish, Dealt A Winner (PP9, Mark Silva, David Miller), Artspeak (PP8, Tony Alagna, Scott Zeron), and Dude’s The Man (PP2, Jessica Okusko, Corey Callahan). The “Dude” also won the last big-money race for this division in Pennsylvania, the Adios at The Meadows on August 1.   VALLEY FORGE PACE -- $350,000 main event race 10; $150,000 Consolation I race 7; $75.000                Consolation II race 3. Stakes record: 1:48.4, I Luv The Nitelife.   A division desperately looking for a leader after a series of different winners in most of this year’s major events to date may find one emerge from the Valley Forge Pace.   The biggest 2015 bankroll in the collection of nine misses belongs to Bettor Be Steppin, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight who will begin from post four for trainer Joe Holloway and driver Corey Callahan. Over half of the seasonal winnings of Bettor Be Steppin came right at Pocono, when she won a multi-horse close finish to capture the $300,000 Lynch Final, taking her mark of 1:50.4.   In finding other ways to measure this evenly-matched group, the biggest career bankroll belongs to Sassa Hanover ($634,440, PP7, trainer Ron Burke, driver Yannick Gingras), while the fastest speed mark is held by Moonlit Dance (1:49 winning the recent Mistletoe Shalee Final, PP6, trainer Tony OSullivan, driver David Miller). Both of those fillies show solid credentials in their achievements and their connections, and are likely to contribute to this fairly-wide-open affair.   OTHER BIG RACES SATURDAY   The $100,000 Sebastian K S Trot (race 5) marks the return to the races after a five-week break of the Cinderella story JL Cruze, who started to build a following while winning the Weiss Series here in the spring, and has gone on to win 16 of 18 starts and over $600,000 for trainer Eric Ell, with John Campbell returning from a recent minor injury to guide “JL” from the middle of the nine-horse field. Along the way, JL Cruze has become the third-fastest trotter of all-time, behind only Sebastian K S and Enough Talk (1:49.3 at Colonial) when he won the Graduate Series Final in 1:49.4.   The card kicks off with a bang, as national stars Cinamony, Krispy Apple, Ooh Bad Shark, and Yagonnakissmeornot collide in the $50,000 Hanover Shoe Farms Pace for mares.   The $50,000 U.S. Trotting Association Pace for free-for-allers may turn out to be the national coming-out party for the unheralded Always At My Place (PP2, trainer Ron Burke, driver Matt Kalaley), who goes for his sixth win in a row after missing the world record for 4PG by a tick here last Saturday, stopping the timer in 1:48.1 while pacing his own back half uncovered in 53.1 and winning under a hold.   The 14-race card at Pocono Saturday will start an hour earlier than usual, with first post listed at 5:30 p.m. The racing is part of a weeklong celebration of Pocono’s 50th Anniversary, with fireworks after the races and an appearance by Pete Rose during the day’s activities.           Jerry Connors

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that three breedings are being offered via auction to benefit the MSOA's Scholarship Fund.   This year, the MSOA welcomes back a familiar face and a new partner to assist with the scholarship funding effort. For the second straight season, horse owner and MSOA member Ted Tomson of Brackenridge, PA has donated two breedings to trotting stallion Tom Ridge, on the roster at Nandi Farms in New Freedom, PA for a fee of $3,500.   Tom Ridge, a World Champion son of Muscles Yankee, has a mark of 1:50.2 and banked over $886,000 in his racing career.   The MSOA is pleased to welcome Hanover Shoe Farms to the team, as the nation's leading farm has donated a breeding to Crazed, valued at $4,000.   Crazed, a million-dollar winning son of Credit Winner, is no stranger to Pennsylvania racing, as a past winner of the Colonial Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia.   "We are pleased to have the Tomson family and Hanover Shoe Farms work with our program this year," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We have had some great partners donate breedings in recent years, including Green Acquisition Corporation, owner of Trainforthefuture, and Fran Azur, owner of Hypnotic Blue Chip. The MSOA Scholarship Fund is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these folks and their generosity has helped to benefit a lot of young men and women."   The breedings will be listed on the website  www.ongait.com The 14-day auction opens April 1 and ends at noon on April 15, 2014.   One Crazed breeding is available to the top bidder. Two Tom Ridge breedings are being offered. The underbidder will be contacted by the MSOA and offered the second breeding at the price of their bid as soon as the auction has closed. Terms are 10% down (non-refundable), remainder due upon live foal.   For more information, call 724-228-3644 or email, msoa@themsoa.com.

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 – After a victory and a pair of second-place finishes in his last three starts, Punxsutawney is certainly rounding into form heading into the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, Saturday at Mohawk. The talented son of Glidemaster finished second in his elimination, beaten only a neck, to Master Of Law in 1:53.4 at odds of 10-1. Prior to last week, Punxsutawney finished second in the $75,000 Zweig Memorial Consolation before winning his division of the $100,000 Colonial Trot. “He raced very well in his elimination. His first quarter was :27.3 and his final quarter was :27.3, you can’t ask for much more,” said trainer John Butenschoen. “He’s had a very good week. We left him in Canada at Ideal Training Center and he’s coming into the race as good as we can expect.” Punxsutawney will leave post two with morning line odds at 12-1 for driver Corey Callahan. Things didn’t go as planned earlier this season for Butenschoen and Punxsutawney. “He started off the year so good,” said the veteran conditioner. “He won his first two races then he started making breaks and we didn’t know why. We tried everything to figure it out and later we found out it was his front feet. He played around with him, tried different shoeing and we settled on putting glue-on aluminums on, which seems to help, along with swimming him. We then put trotting hobbles on him too. That was more psychological than anything because he was so accustomed to making breaks.” When Punxsutawney wasn’t putting his best foot forward on the racetrack, Butenschoen always had the confidence from owner Jerry Graham “Jerry had a lot faith in the horse and was very patient, which is sometimes hard to do in this game,” Butenschoen said. “He’s been in the game for many years and trained so he knows what it’s all about. We didn’t feel the pressure or be under the gun to figure this horse out, which was a blessing because he always knew this horse had what it takes.” The lightly-raced youngster will look for his biggest victory of his career in the 38th edition of the classic. The bay has a 3-2-0 record from nine starts along with $113,639 earned this season. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out and how much speed there is up front. Wheeling N Dealin raced a lot better last week and I expect him to be even better. Royalty For Life is a horse you can’t overlook as well as both elimination winners. There may not be a (1):50 (1) :51 trotter, but there are a lot of nice horses in this field. It seems like a fairly wide-open race and we don’t mind being a longshot.” Butenschoen admires the qualities of his young trotter. “He’s a good, happy horse. His attitude is great and he always tries. As a trainer, that’s one thing that you have to admire. He’s got a lot of talent with a ton of speed, so hopefully that continues to show up. Obviously we thought enough of him this season because we staked him heavily. He started off the year so well, so hopefully we can end it the same way.” Beginning from post position two is something the veteran conditioner isn’t going to argue about. “I’m not complaining,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. "That’s just fine with me. Corey (Callahan) has done a great job with this horse and they seem to be a good match together. Corey can race him anyway he wants, which gives him options.“ Both elimination winners Master Of Law and Your So Vain were allowed to pick there post positions. Master Of Law picked post two with Your So Vain beginning from post three, respectively. In his career Punxsutawney has banked $252,104 with a 5-4-0 record from 18 career starts. The $16,000 yearling purchase was bred by Audray Farm of Punxsutawney, Pa.   by Greg Gangle for WEG  

Gotta pick some more winners. Right now I stand at picking horses in 80 races with just 31 winners, not good enough. I went three for seven last week and lost $4.80. We are still in the minus earning column at  -$31.40 going into this weekend. The big action is all around North America. On Saturday we went with the two elimination divisions of the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Raceway but Sunday is the big day with the Zweig Memorial Trots at Vernon Downs and the Miss Versitility at Tioga Downs. Some chalk, of course, but some opportunities to make a score too! $360,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Open 10th race Vernon Downs – It’s the return of best sophomore trotters in the nation in another classic matchup. Spider Blue Chip, Royalty For Life, Smilin Eli and Corky head the field. Despite drawing the outside post nine and coming off a rough go in the $500,000 Colonial Trot, I am going back again with Royalty For Life. This is his “home turf” per say and I am sure after last week that Brian Sears with either get him out of the gate well enough to get to the front or will find some cover and make amends for last weeks loss. $150,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Fillies 7th race Vernon Downs – Not the greatest group of fillies and there are two major standouts in the field. To Dream On may dream of her great season last year but she is 1 for 8 in 2013 and is touch and go if she will make a break or not. Definetly is the class of the field but too many poor miles makes me toss her out. Frau Blucher will be the race favorite despite starting from the far outside in post nine. Last start she was second to stablemate Classy Martine in $120,000 PASS and despite poor showing in Hambletonian Oaks she should be able to score in here. $75,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Open Consolation 8th race Vernon Downs – Punxsutawney showed some major true grit in his last start, getting parked first-over and grinding it out in the $100,000 Colonial Trot consolation with a lifetime best 1:53.2 clocking. Faces (with the exception of All Laid Out) a softer field in here and if he can repeat his effort from last week he should be able to out trot this bunch. $40,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Filly Consolation 6th race Vernon Downs – This is a very well matched field of subpar trotting fillies. You can just about make a case for anyone in the field to be a winner. Time To Kill is the only one in the field who is winless this year in eleven starts. Nothing to brag home about but she was a $351,000 winner last year and has been facing the best fillies in the nation every week. Now that none of them are in this race she should be the top choice and rightly so. $40,000 Miss Versatility Trot Mares Open (leg #4) 6th race Tioga Downs – Let’s see, Maven has won 5 of her 7 starts this year and is coming off a week’s rest. D’Orsay is coming in off a lifetime best 1:51.4 victory in her last start and they are coupled together as an entry? Enough said. Real Babe could be a factor along with Personal Style and Beatgoeson Hanover, but with Maven and D’Orsay coupled together there is no other real choice in the race. $40,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 4th race Mohawk Raceway – Tie down your seat belts, here we go again. Can’t even take up the space to write all the names of the top horses in this race. They are all top class and this division of older pacers has been great all season long. Gonna go with Bolt The Duer again. Last week he set the world record on a half mile track with his 1:49.2 victory in the $275,000 Gerrity Memorial, showed amazing gate speed on a half mile and I look for him to hopefully repeat that same effort again. $40,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 10th race Mohawk Raceway – Once again, every horse in this race is a household name to a harness racing fan. It’s a shame any of them will be eliminated but only the first five return for the final next week. A Rocknroll Dance was able to tie Bolt The Duer’s world record of 1:47.4 last week at Pocono Downs. He draws a good inside post here and figures to get some great cover so that Tim Tetrick will weave his way through the field to victory lane.

The three-year-old trotting picture is wide-open once again as Spider Blue Chip set the world record for three-year-old geldings on a five-eighths mile track with a 1:52.2 triumph in the $500,000 Colonial Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono DownsSaturday. The rich in purse and history Colonial started off with Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) going to the early lead with Spider Blue Chip content with the pocket-trip to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. But the pressure was put on right away as Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life (Brian Sears) was on the move first-over and coming after the leaders at the half mile marker in :54.1. Corkey (Dave Miller) was following second-over. Down the backstretch Royalty For Life kept the pressure on as he collared Smilin Eli at the three-quarters in 1:23.1 but the first-over effort proved fatal to Royalty For Life as he began to fade as the field started down the stretch. Corkey tipped three-wide on the final turn but it was Spider Blue Chip and Peirce who moved to the passing lane and was able to look Smilin Eli in the eye and pass him by to win by a half length. Corkey was third. Sired by Andover Hall, it was the sixth win in ten starts this year for Spider Blue Chip. He surpassed the former world mark of1:52.4 that was co-held by I’m The Answer and It’s Complicated. Trained by Chuck Sylvester, Spider Blue Chip is owned by David McDufee  of Florida and Melvin Hartman of Ontario. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Spider Blue Chip paid $10.20 to win. “I just wanted to get on Smiln Eli’s back,” Ron Pierce said. “and see what would happen from there. I knew that they would let Brian cross over (with Royalty For Life). I was kinda licking my chops down the backstretch. I knew we just had to wait for some racing room.” “I knew we were in tough tonight,” Said trainer Chuck Sylvester. “I knew if there was a battle that we could get a great trip and that’s how it worked out.” A video is attached. by Steve Wolf

After his big victory in his elimination division of the Hambletonian, Creatine showed racing fans he is for real and he showed them once again with an easy wire-to-wire triumph Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a lifetime best1:52.2 victory in the $200,000 Colonial Trot consolation for three-year-olds. Driven by Mike Lachance, Creatine left from post four and the race was all but over. To Dream On (Yannick Gingras) elected to race against the colts and grabbed the two-hole trip at the quarter in :27.2. But as the field came to half mile, Pluto and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter came charging first-over as To Dream On went off-stride at the half mile in :55.3 so Pluto dropped right into the two-hole spot as they raced down the backstretch. By the three-quarters in 1:24, Creatine was firmly in control as Possessed Fashion (Brian Sears) was first-over with Vibe Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley). But coming down the stretch it was all Creatine, who won by three and three-quarter lengths. Sired by Andover Hall, Creatine posted his fourth win of the year and paid $3.00 to win. He is trained by Bob Stewart and was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek racing of Wellsville, PA. Johny Rock and driver Andy Miller made perfect use of the passing lane to capture the $200,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation in a lifetime record of 1:48.3. It was Rockin Amadeus (Yannick Gingras) who shot out of the starting gate to take early command with Johny Rock in the two-hold spot through the opening quarter mile in a speedy :25.4. Sweet Talkin Satin (Tim Tetrick) came first-over at the half in :54.2 and started to pressure the leaders down the backstretch with Olde Time Hockey (George Napolitano, Jr.) following second over. At the three-quarters in 1:21.2, Rockin Amadeus was still in command with Sweet Talkin Satin collaring the race leader. As they straighten down and started down the stretch, Andy Miller shot right into the passing lane with Johny Rock and they passed everyone by to win by three lengths. Sweet Talkin Satin was second with Raockin Amadeus fading to third place. Sired by Rocknroll Hanover, it was the fourth win this year for Johny Rock. He is trained by John Butenschoen and is owned by William Wellwood, Jean Geohlen and Eugene Schick. In the $150,000 Valley Forge consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies, Nikki Beach and driver Ron Pierce made it look easy as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere led from start to finish and won in a lifetime best 1:50. Pocket-sitting Live Entertainment (Yannick Gingras) was second with first-over Carols Desire (Matt Kakaley) finished third. Nikki Beach held the field at bay the entire mile and won by two and one-quarter lengths for her third victory on the season. She is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. By Steve Wolf

In the second race $75,000 Valley Forge consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies, UF Dragon’s Queen (Dragon Again) and driver Dave Miller took the early lead from Ideal Ginny (Andy Miller) and then led the John Butenschoenrest of the mile to score in 1:50.3 by one and one-quarter lengths over Ideal Ginny and Mistresstothestarts (Matt Kakaley). It was UF Dragon’s Queen’s fourth win this year for trainer Kelly O’Donnell and the Up Front Racing Stable of Amherst, Ohio. She paid $2.20 to win. Punxsutawney (Glidemaster) was able to mind his manners and stay on stride and return to his winning ways with a parked-out-the-mile 1:53.2 lifetime mark in winning the third race $100,000 Colonial Trot consolation for three-year-old colts. Driven by Corey Callahan, Punxsutawney was caught on the outside early from post five as Wheeling N Dealin (Yannick Gingras) cut the mile with Lindy’s Tru Grit (Tim Tetrick) sat the pocket trip. But Punxsutawney was not to be denied and kept grinding it out, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and then pulling away to win by three and three-quarter lengths. It was Punxsutawney’s third win this year. He is trained by  and owned by Jerry Graham of Salem, IL. By Steve Wolf

Ok racing fans, looks like we are on a minor positive roll now...Gotta pick some more winners. Right now I stand at picking horses in 73 races with just 28 winners, not good enough. I went five for six week and won $4.80. We are still in the minus earning column at -$26.60 going into this weekend. The big action is at Pocono Downs with the Battle of Brandywine and Colonial Trot but we are also trying our luck at Saratoga for the Joe Gerrity Memorial and at Charlottetown Driving Park for Gold Cup & Saucer final. Some chalk, of course, but some opportunities to make a score! $500,000 Battle of Brandywine 3YO Open Pace 12th race Pocono Downs – It’s the return of Captaintreacherous, rested and once again fit and ready to race. Tough to go against this colt, who is undefeated in six starts this year. With $250,000 winners’ share of the purse the competition will not be lying down and letting him win for fun. Mach It So is on a five-race win streak, seven of nine wins this year, Sunshine Beach, Some Kinda Beach and Lonewolf Currier will make the race interesting but from a decent inside post (4), I see the “Captain” winning once again. $500,000 Colonial Trot 3YO Open 11th race Pocono Downs – Looks nearly like the same field from the Hambletonian final two weeks ago and I am looking at about the same results once again. Royalty For Life, despite outside post eight, has been awesome and with a week’s rest should be ready to do battle once again. It’s never a walkover against this group but he has been razor sharp last four starts and a repeat of any of those efforts and We Will See him in the winner’s circle again. $350,000 Valley Forge 3YO Filly Pace 10th race Pocono Downs – Six of the nine fillies in this classic matchup are all coming off victories in their last start and you can actually make a case for most of those six making it into the winner’s circle. Of course I Luv The Nitelife looms the class of the field having won seven straight but  Somwherovrarainbow, Love Canal, Shebestingin, Novascotia Hanover and Jerseulicious are no slouches either. Great looking race but with I Luv The Nitelife getting a week off from racing her heart out most of the season, I can only see her being ready for action and winning in here even if she gets parked out most of the mile. $275,000 Joe Gerrity, Jr. Memorial FFA Pace 8th race Saratoga – I saw Foiled Again on a half mile in the Battle of Lake Erie and he ended up being a non-factor in the race as the betting favorite. With a little rest since his last start he could fare better in here but I don’t think so. Thus I am going with Bolt The Duer (post 5). Always in the hunt against the best in the country but provided he can handle the half mile oval he may be able to return to his winning ways in here. $200,000 Colonial Trot Consolation 3YO Colts 7th race – Despite lack luster effort in the Hambletonian final, Creatine made people stand up and take notice after he won his Hambo elimination heat on the front end in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Lightly raced so far this season he should be primed for a big effort and handle this group. $200,000 Battle of Brandywine Consolation 3YO Colts 8th race Pocono Downs – Another great race where most of the field has a good shot at winning. Rockin Amadeus and Johny Rock figure to be the favorites and rightly so but I am looking at Resistance Futile to win in here and perhaps pay a decent price. In his last start he got perfect cover and scored in a lifetime best 1:49.2 with a :26.4 last quarter mile. Has good inside post (2) and with some early cover he can come on later in the race to win. $60,000 Gold Cup & Saucer Final Open Pace 14th race Charlottetown Driving Park – This is the Little Brown Jug of Canada as thousands of people will be attending this classic race. And this year it has drawn some top pacers from North America, all coming to little PEI for Old Home Week. All three trial winners from last week have a good shot at repeating and thus I am going with Hillbilly Hanover. Has good post (3), won his trial in a romp in 1:51.4 and whether he tries to cut the mile or gets any live cover early he will tear into this field.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2013 — Valley Of Sin blazed to a track record 1:52.3 in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division Friday at The Meadows, locking up his spot in the PASS championship. However, the jubilation in his corner quickly turned to concern when he exhibited the effects of an injury apparently suffered during the race. The $237,045 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Smoke, was contested over three divisions and was the final qualifying PASS leg. Its Complicated and Bluto — each on the outside looking in at the championship before the Hickory Smoke — captured the other splits to secure spots in the final. The Meadows will host all four $260,000 championships for 3-year-olds Friday, Sept. 13. Valley of Sin launched a powerful first-over move from fourth for Corey Callahan and drew off to triumph by 6-1/2 lengths over Lindy’s Tru Grit, with Possessed Fashion third. The time, a stakes record, also knocked a tick from the track record for sophomore colt trotters established by Magic Tonight last year. After the staff of trainer John Butenschoen examined the son of Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover in the winners’ circle, they unhitched his sulky and walked him gingerly back to the paddock as he favored his left front leg. “He felt absolutely awesome during the race,” Callahan said. “In the last turn, he put in a funny step on me. I just eased him through. He really wants to do it.” VIP Internet Stable and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable own Valley of Sin, who is eligible for next week’s Colonial. Its Complicated began the evening ranked 10th in PASS points. But using Lasix for the first time, he hustled to the front for Eric Ledford and hung on to down High Bridge by a neck in 1:53.4. Smoother Ride earned show. Kris Hite, who conditions the SJ’s Caviar-Before The Rain gelding for Hatfield Stables, called Lasix a factor in the winning performance. “I think Lasix was pretty big,” Hite said. “He got beat in his last two starts when he got a little tired late. It’s been a long time since I had one in the PASS final — won all three divisions and made a break in the final. Hopefully we get a little better luck this time.” Tied for ninth in PASS points with Vibe Blue Chip and facing that rival in his split, Bluto needed a big race to make the final. He got it . . . and a break. Though he finished second to Vibe Blue Chip, he was awarded the win when Vibe Blue Chip was disqualified to sixth for interference around the final turn. Show Ticket was promoted to second while Longwell was fourth-placed-third. Dave Palone drove the son of Donato Hanover-Blur for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Louis Camara and Jim Fielding. $80,000 PA Stallion Series — 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters In Friday’s companion feature, Team Six got away as poorly as usual but moved well behind cover to capture his division in 1:54.3, matching the stake record set last year by Wing Tips. Also taking $20,000 splits were Rossini, Hampton Beach and Sailer Eddie. Winning driver Mike Wilder anticipated a sluggish start from Team Six and got exactly what he expected. “They told me to get his attention and babysit him for the first eighth, and after that he should be fine,” Wilder said. “That’s exactly what he was. He really did nothing wrong.” The son of Yankee Glide-Armbro Vanquish mover quickly behind the live cover of Cantab Abs, brushed by him in the lane and bettered him by 3 lengths. Ruddy Rusty completed the ticket. Robin Cruise trains Team Six for Peggy Hood, Mystical Maker Farms, Paymaq Racing and Jorgen Jahre, Jr. Rossini worked out a cozy pocket trip and exploded late for trainer/driver Jim Raymer and owner Harbor Racing Stable to prevail in 1:55.3, a head better than Born To Fight, with Hep third. “In the better group, you have to learn to sit to go with them, and he’ll do that,” Raymer said. “I really think he can go in 1:53, but he likes 1:55.” Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

A star-studded harness racing cast, including Fan Hanover winner American Jewel, Hambletonian winner Market Share, and Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance, headlines the fifth annual Super Stakes Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, slated for Sunday (August 19) afternoon.

There was a time when owner Richard Gutnick would have considered seeing two of his horses win stakes races at his home track as the best day of his harness racing life.

Googoo Gaagaa is ready to return to harness racing action. The record-setting 3-year-old trotter will face seven rivals in Thursday's $20,550 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund event at Ocean Downs in Maryland. Among his foes will be Windshield, who is 6-for-6 this year and the winner of 14 of 16 career starts.

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