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

CHESTER, PA - It was a beautiful Sunday (July 10) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with comfortable temperatures and little wind. Horsemen, fans, track employees, and friends gathered in the winner's circle after the fourth race to remember Ben Stafford Jr., who passed away earlier in the week. Stafford, who had more than 650 driving wins in his career, was a frequent participant at the Chester oval. The action was fast and furious as well, as the day saw two miles go under 1:50. Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stable's Ideal Cowboy (Dave Miller) and Dylan Davis trainee Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) both stopped the timer in 1:49.4 in their respective races. The featured event was a Winners Over $25,000 lifetime, going for a purse of $25,000. The race featured free-for-all pacing superstar Rockeyed Optimist, who has maintained his sharp form, winning his last three. The top contender was Luck Be Withyou, who was coming off of a stellar performance in the Ben Franklin Consolation, with a gate-to-wire triumph in 1:47.4 at Pocono. Luck Be Withyou (George Napolitano Jr) went right to the front, and was clear for most of the mile. Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) came grinding first-over, inching forward for much of the final half. As the field straightened away for the stretch drive, Rockeyed Optimist completed his persistent grind, wearing down Luck Be Withyou inside the sixteenth poll to win in a time of 1:50.4. Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stables, and Battaglia, and is trained by Steve Elliott. It was the 5-year-old gelding's 26th career win in start number 50. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The horses were as hot as the temperature at Ocean Downs on Thursday July 7 setting 3 Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes and also Track records.   Kent County with Corey Callahan in the bike took control by the half mile marker, pulling away by 6 ½ lengths in 1:57 erasing the stakes and track record set by GooGoo GaaGaa back in 2012 for 3 yo colt trotters with a purse of $28,150. Kent County is owned by Robert Shahan and Donald Marine and Shahan also trains. Seafood Scrappy was second.   In the first division for filly pacers, Eternal Ring got the perfect pocket trip in the $15,525 split behind Toms Treasure, at the top of the stretch it turned into a three horse stretch drive when Miss Read challenged the leaders to the wire with Eternal Ring getting the victory, setting the Stakes and Track record for 3 yo pacing fillies in 1:53.1 Allan Davis was the reinsman for Bobby Glassmeyer.   The third Stakes and Track record of the night went to Next Success setting the 3 yo pacing gelding record of 1:53.2 in the first division for pacing colts and geldings by a head over Power To Perform. Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing Inc and Bay Pond Racing are the owners, Les Givens trains and Jim Morand was the pilot. Purse for the race was $15,725.   The $28,000 race for filly trotters went to the Winbak owned and bred Triple Bottom Line with Jeff Fout getting the training and driving duties. Triple Bottom Line maintained a length victory over Rock The Game stopping the timer in 2:00.   Jim Morand and Les Givens teamed up to take the second division for filly pacers with Use Your Noodle ¾ of a length in front of Takeittothebank in a quick 1:54.3 mile. Use You Noodle is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Faragalli III, Feeney and Johnson. This division went for a purse of $15,675.   The last stake of the night was the $15,875 second division for pacing colts and geldings. Vic Kirby picked up the assignment behind Double Miles for trainer John Wilkerson. Jeff Fout pulled All Artist up the backside on the leader getting a nose in front by the ¾ pole but Double Miles found another gear and crossed the wire in front in 1:55.2 for owners Michael & Linda English.   Maryland Sire Stakes action will start on Sunday July 10 with the 2 year olds.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

Ideal Rocky hasn't found himself in many ideal situations this season, but trainer John Butenschoen remains a fan of the 3-year-old pacer and hopes his luck can change in Saturday's lone Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine finishers in the elimination will advance to the $736,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final on July 16 at the Big M, where they will join bye-recipient Racing Hill. Saturday's card also includes the Graduate Series championships for trotters and pacers as well as two Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old female trotters. Ideal Rocky's luck certainly was no good in the draw for the Pace elimination, as he got post 10 in the 10-horse field. In his previous start, he had post eight in a conditioned race at Mohawk and got stuck on the outside for most of the mile. Before that, he had post eight in his North America Cup elimination and failed to advance to the final. And he had post six in the six-horse New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, where he finished third despite a :26.1 last quarter-mile. "It is what it is," Butenschoen said. "That's part of horseracing. "The horse is a good horse. It's a long season and hopefully he'll get his chance to show it somewhere down the line here. You just hope things will turn around at some point." Ideal Rocky, a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover --- the 2005 Meadowlands Pace winner --- out of the stakes-winning mare Eternity's Delight, was purchased for $47,000 under the name Rocabybaby Fashion at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Last year, Ideal Rocky won a division of the International Stallion Stakes and defeated future Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks in both the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and the Lou Babic. For his career, Ideal Rocky has won five of 20 races and earned $263,873. Ideal Rocky heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a qualifier on July 2 at the Meadowlands. He finished second, sandwiched between Pace hopefuls Good Living and Check Six. "I was real happy with his qualifier the other day and (driver) Corey (Callahan) was real happy with him," Butenschoen said. "We figured we'd throw our hat in the fire again. The only silver lining (to the Pace elimination draw) is that he only has to beat one horse, and if he can't beat one he doesn't deserve to be in the final." Ideal Rocky wasn't eligible to last week's Max C. Hempt Memorial, which was won by Racing Hill. Following the Meadowlands Pace, the colt is eligible to the Adios and New Jersey Classic. "The schedule is impossible," Butenschoen said. "Everyone asks what you have to do to get owners or keep owners in the business, and staking is one of the major obstacles. It's expensive as all get out if you were to pay them into every week, and they're not easy miles. "Do you pay them into everything and then pick your races as you go? Or do you just opt to take out something? We picked our spots. The horse has been good on a mile track. We know if he's healthy he's going to have several weeks in a row, so it might not hurt to skip a week." The Meadowlands Pace elimination includes, from post one through nine: Talk Show, Lyons Snyder, Another Daily Copy, JK Will Power, Boston Red Rocks, Manhattan Beach, Good Living, Check Six, and Control The Moment. Check Six, from the barn of trainer Ron Burke, won this year's Pennsylvania Classic, where stablemate JK Will Power finished second. JK Will Power also finished second in the Hempt Memorial. Control The Moment, last year's O'Brien Award winner in Canada, finished third in the North America Cup, behind Betting Line and Racing Hill. Betting Line wasn't eligible to the Meadowlands Pace. "It's very rare that these horses can go out there and be good from beginning to end," Butenschoen said. "They're going to trade blows as they go along. Hopefully (Ideal Rocky) is right at the right time if we do draw inside. "We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

As our contest is closing on June 25th for the $10,000 fantasy stable, we will be forwarding some of the more notable harness racing participants selections. Scott Zeron, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras among others. Our first fantasy stable selections come from Corey Callahan: Rose Run Speedster- the number of ontario eligible to year olds is down, meaning less competition and greater opportunities to make good money with a capable trotting colt. This one showed an excellent qualifier with a big kick on the end Thorne Seelster -  kind of along same lines by being Ontario sired. Seems Anthony likes her athleticism and I like her pedigree. Full brother is the dam of a top performer and he was a winner at 2 also, so that's encouraging. Bourbon and Barley - Anthony seems really high on this one and I drove her mother quite a bit. She was an iron tough, classy mare. She could leave with the car!! Eligible to lucrative Ohio program. Kingston Seelster - the dams first foal was a speedy youngster so taking a shot that this one is too. He's getting a lot of attention at "the stable" so I'm assuming he's a favorite. Corey Callahan

When trotter Wings Of Royalty was preparing for this season, trainer George Ducharme thought the 4-year-old was acting better than at any time during his previous two campaigns. After watching the stallion nip multiple-award-winner Pinkman by a nose last Friday at the Meadowlands, Ducharme is starting to think it is more than just an act. Wings Of Royalty is 2-for-2 this year after his career-best 1:51.4 win last weekend at the Big M. On Saturday, he returns to action in the first round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. The Graduate Series, which features three preliminary rounds and a $250,000-guaranteed final, is restricted to 4-year-olds. "I was very happy with the way the horse trained back," Ducharme said. "He was out for three months (during the winter) and really physically changed. He just got bigger and stronger. "Training down, he acted a lot better than he had at any time during his 2- or 3-year-old year. I wasn't sure how much he would improve speed-wise, but after the other night I think there's still a little room. Hopefully he can improve a little more, which he will have to do to go with the company he's going to be in with." A total of 13 horses entered Saturday's Graduate opener. Wings Of Royalty and driver Corey Callahan will start from post one in the first of two $50,000 divisions. The remainder of the field is Whataworkout, Canepa Hanover, Honor And Serve, Homicide Hunter, and Crazshana. The second division features Pinkman --- a divisional Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3 --- as well as two 9-for-9 horses this season, Canadian-based Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip. The rest of the group is Crescent Fashion, Fashion Creditor, Centurion ATM, and Crazy Wow. Subsequent preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series will be held June 4 at Mohawk Racetrack and June 12 at Tioga Downs. The final is July 9 at the Meadowlands. Wings Of Royalty has won 12 of 32 career races and earned $417,645 for breeder/owner Raymond "Chip" Campbell Jr. A Massachusetts resident, Campbell also bred and owns Wings Of Royalty's sire, stakes-winner RC Royalty, and owned Wings Of Royalty's dam, Sparkling Cider, for more than a decade. RC Royalty also sired 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who was trained by Ducharme and co-owned by Campbell. The maternal family includes 1990 Hambletonian winner Harmonious and Wings Of Royalty's fourth dam, Egyptian Jody, also is the fourth dam of recently retired star female trotter Maven. "Sparkling Cider came from a very nice family," Campbell said. "She really elevated the group of mares that I had at the time. We take pride in (breeding horses). My wife and kids are involved and my parents also before my father passed away. So you do take great pride in being able to breed them, foal them out, raise them, and then have them go off and compete with the best." Wings Of Royalty last year won eight of 20 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. He won the Massachusetts Sire Stakes championship and, thanks to dual eligibility, finished second to Habitat in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He finished fifth in his elimination for the Hambletonian and 10th in the same-day final (won by Pinkman) after drawing post nine. He finished fourth in the Zweig Memorial. "He was a good horse last year; he just was always it seems a step behind the top ones," Ducharme said. "He really impressed me the other night, coming from off the pace and everything. I'm hoping he can hang with those horses this year. "We just paid him into the 4-year-old events, so hopefully he'll be competitive in there and we can see what the future holds after that. After the other night I'm thinking he could turn into the horse that I hoped he would. I'm looking forward to it." Campbell said the plan is to race Wings Of Royalty for at least this season and next year. "We thought we better look at it as a two-year program; 4- and 5-year-old," Campbell said. "We understand how big the step is at 4. We didn't know if he was going to be able to get up two or three more notches, which he was going to have to in order to compete with the best. "Part of our schedule was not a mile like (1:51.4) in May," he added with a laugh. "He more than fulfilled any expectations we had on that night. That mile certainly impressed us enough to give it a shot against a very nice group (this weekend). We hope the horse puts on a good performance. "This game can give you a lot of thrills. If we could ever figure out how to put it in a bottle --- yeah, there are ups and downs --- but the ups are thrills that are difficult to get anywhere else." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male and female pacers.  by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

For the second consecutive year, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen is bringing a son of stallion Yankee Glide and the mare Celebrity Liza on to the Hambletonian trail, but there is little family resemblance between last year’s colt, Boots N Chains, and this year’s hopeful, Hititoutofthepark. “It’s kind of like watching “Twins” with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. “Physically they’re nothing alike. Hititoutofthepark reminds me more of the Yankee Glide colt I had, (state-bred stakes-winner) Valley Of Sin; kind of about the same gait, same size. “Boots N Chains was a little heavier, thicker type of horse. He was really kind of laid back. This horse here can get a little aggressive on the track at times. They’re two completely different kinds of colts.” Hititoutofthepark is among 15 Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing in Saturday’s (May 14) Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows. Hititoutofthepark is in the third of four $41,000-plus divisions and will start from post five with Corey Callahan in the sulky. He is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The seven-horse field also includes Hambletonian hopefuls Granite State, Treasure Keys K, Milligan’s School, and Desert Runner. Milligan’s School, a multiple open stakes winner last season, is the 7-2 second choice. Hititoutofthepark won his 2016 debut on May 7 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, beating defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld by a head in 1:55. Last year, Hititoutofthepark won five of 11 races and earned $128,820 for owners Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and VIP Internet Stable. His victories included divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All-Stars, and Tompkins-Geers Stakes. He was scratched sick from the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship because of a 103-degree temperature. In his start prior to the PaSS final, Hititoutofthepark won by three-quarters of a length over Lagerfeld despite going off stride early in the race. “He had a real good year last year,” Butenschoen said. “We could have had a little bit more money on his card. We didn’t really know what we had. We raced him in Pennsylvania mainly and gave him one shot in Lexington. He raced well there (finishing second in an International Stallion Stakes division) and we turned him out. “Hopefully he’ll be OK for this summer and we’ll have some fun with him.” In addition to the Hambletonian, Hititoutofthepark’s stakes schedule includes the Arden Downs, Currier & Ives, Keystone Classic, Matron, and Yonkers Trot. “We’re not trying to gear up only for the Hambletonian,” Butenschoen said. “It’s just a shot at it. There are a bunch of partners in on him and we thought we’d give it a try and see what happens. We try to zig when other people zag. If it fits his schedule when it comes up we’ll take a look at it then. “I’ve looked forward too many times in the past. I’ve had all kinds of great plans coming out of (winter training in) Florida and horses get sick or making breaks and you’re left scrambling, so I try not to look too far ahead. I kind of knew where his first three starts where going to be and then we’ll see what happens afterwards.” Butenschoen hoped to have Boots N Chains pointed toward last year’s Hambletonian, but the colt never got on a roll after a 2-year-old campaign that saw him win a division of the Simpson Memorial Stakes and post runner-up finishes to French Laundry in the Kindergarten Classic championship and Muscle Diamond in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. “I thought he was going to come back really well, but he just didn’t seem to get any faster from (age) 2 to 3,” Butenschoen said. “He didn’t make that next jump up. Hititoutofthepark, we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll make that jump. But they’ve both made money for me, so I’m not going to complain about either one.” Other Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing on Saturday in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes are morning line favorites Tight Lines (3-1 in the first division) and Mikkeli Hanover (5-2 in the second division) as well as Alexander Hanover, Breedlove, Hollywood Highway, Lagerfeld, Love Matters, Marion Gondolier, Sliding Home, and Southern Cross. Tyson is the 2-1 morning line pick in the fourth division, followed by Lagerfeld at 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

With many of the regulars racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, driver Corey Callahan took full advantage and won six races on the 12-race harness racing program at the Meadowlands Saturday night. A win behind Mel Mara in the featured $17,500 conditioned pace were among Callahan's half-dozen. Callahan urged the 4-5 favorite right to the top, cut fast fractions and never had an anxious moment, scoring by 5 lengths in a lifetime-best 1:48.2 for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Robert Cooper Stables (Boca Raton, FL) and J&T Silva Stables (Long Beach, NY). National Seelster and My Hero Ron finished second and third, respectively. Callahan's six pack came with Amped Up ($3.60 to win) in the second race, Backdraft Hanover ($3.20) in the fourth, Mel Mara ($3.80) in the seventh, Alexie Mattosie ($4) in the ninth, Calvin B ($13.20) in the 10th and Ourea Nourrir ($13.80) in the 11th. SUPER JACKPOT: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover for the next program to $204,233.16. Total wagering on the card was $2,887,281. Next week, the Meadowlands will alter its schedule. The track will go dark for live racing Friday and then race Saturday (May 7) at the usual 7:15 p.m. before a special Mother's Day program on Sunday, May 8, which has a special early post time of 12:40 p.m. Stanley Koper of Chicago, IL was the winner of the World Harness Handicapping Championship Final Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Koper qualified via betamerica.com and finished the competition with a total of $1,100 to top the standings, and took home the grand prize of $16,600. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

The fourth and final preliminary rounds for the two Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacers were featured at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night, with two $15,000 divisions in both the male and female categories looking to earn or solidify their spots in next Sunday's $30,000 Championships..   In the first division for males, Sentencing Memo was dismissed at 7-1 despite a win and two seconds so far in the Weiss, and at the ¾ he was still fifth as third-over. But Maxdaddy Blue Chip (7-5*), Iwillmakeyousaywow (9-5), and Options Are Adream (7-2 trying to rebound from his first lifetime loss last week in his ninth start) had mixed it up through scintillating fractions of 27, 54.2, and 1:21.4 (in a series for "nw 2 races lifetime as of 1-1-16," remember), and Sentencing Memo was full of pace when turned loose by driver Corey Callahan turning for home, striding home 2¾ lengths better than Iwillmakeyousaywow in 1:50.2, 1 3/5 seconds faster than his lifetime mark taken in a Weiss win, and three ticks faster than the 2016 series standard. Eric Foster conditions the sophomore altered son of Western Terror for shrewd owner Arty Foster, who paid all of $2200 for the horse as a yearling.   The only Weiss favorite to win in the night came in the other division for males, as Perfect Bet, who won his series debut in 1:51.2, was put on the lead by driver Scott Zeron and got a cheap half of 56.4, then scurried home in 55.1 to complete a 1:52 package that put him 1¼ lengths ahead of Connecting Flight. This four-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding seems to be peaking at the right time for trainer Jeffrey Smith and owner Aimee Scheid.   Iwillmakeyousaywow and Sentencing Memo, with two wins and two seconds in the four Weiss prelims, are tied for the top of eligibles for the Weiss Championship next Sunday, followed by Midnight Lightning, Options Are Adream, Bettor Memories, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, Perfect Bet, Rollaroundtheworld, and Connecting Flight as part of the nine "automatics."   It was clear from draw day that the final Weiss Series female prelim was going to have an alternate look from the previous three weeks, as Candy Corn Hanover, who had taken her first three career starts in three Weiss wins, was not entered. But the change in look was more radical than imagined - the two winners had one lifetime win between them entering the night, and after their victories, neither was an automatic qualifier for their Championship!   In the first distaff cut, Heavenly Bet came off a hard-charging third last week in a Weiss division that was her seasonal debut, and she had red-hot Anthony Napolitano behind her - and she still was sent off at 12-1. But the filly by Bettor's Delight (ironic name for the sire of an overlooked horse) got into a fine cover flow and charged home in 1:53.1, lowering her baby mark by 2/5 of a second, in defeating Southwind Tango and American Image, in that order - with those finishes earning them a Weiss Championship spot after each having a 1-2-3 finish in the three other Weiss legs. The highly-regarded Ava N Ella, unraced at two but opening her sophomore campaign with four straight wins, made a miscue going to the ¾ as the favorite and in her initial Weiss appearance, and thus will not get in the Championship; Heavenly Bet, owned and trained by Michael Sinclair, will now have to hope for a defection or two above her if she is to get in the nine-horse open draw Weiss finale.   In the second section, the Rocknroll Hanover filly JK Fannie was thought by many in attendance to have the proverbial snowball's chance in the fiery underworld when she was eighth and last at the stretch call, but Hall of Famer John Campbell rallied the three-year-old, a winner of $60,000 at two with five board finishes, into a slowing pace to post her first career win in her first seasonal (and obviously Weiss) start, getting a nose up on pocketsitting Black Widow Baby in 1:53. Favored pacesetter Some Fancy Filly, unbeaten in two seasonal and Weiss starts then taking last week off, was just a head away in third on the money. Nancy Johansson, who knows a little about pacing fillies whose name begins with "JK," is the winner's conditioner for the 3 Brothers Stables.   The top nine Weiss fillies after the four prelims are Candy Corn Hanover, (tie) Some Fancy Filly and Southwind Tango, (tie) Mystery Writer and American Image, Albany Girl, Winners Over, She Can Cruse, and Pandaman Sea; Heavenly Bet is tied for tenth, and JK Fannie is twelfth.   PHHA / Pocono    

DOVER, Del--- For the second time in three days, driver Jim Morand and trainer Les Givens collaborated to win a $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old Final with a Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing-owned pacer. This time, it was with Next Success, a 1:52.4 winner of the colt and gelding final after the foursome had combined on Tuesday, for Use Your Noodle's filly pace winner, at Dover Downs. It was closing day of the track's 47th season and the annual meet ending awards were also handed out on Thursday, April 14. For the seventh consecutive season, Corey Callahan was leading driver. Dylan Davis won the leading trainer title for the third straight season. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Delaware Valley U.S.Harness Writer's Association's Horse of the Meet award. Next Success began his charge to catch race-favorite John's Dream and Tim Tetrick in mid-backstretch. Morand pulled the altered son of Veeza-Quick Question out of fourth and hastily reached the leader on the final turn. After a short stretch racing together Next Success took over and sped to his second straight victory lowering his lifetime mark to 1:52.4. John's Dream held second in front of Power To Perform and Tony Morgan, third. Stellar City, owned by Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo, won the $20,000 DSBF consolation. The Rustler Hanover-Armbro Summer gelding trained by Dylan Davis with Tim Tetrick in the bike notched a 1:53.4 lifetime record beating Seboomook Dreamer (Allan Davis) and Canthelpbutwin (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively, to the finish line. On the regular program, driver, Callahan, trainer, Davis, and owner Howard Taylor joined forces for another win when Secretsoftheknight won his second in-a-row taking the $11,000 Male pace in 1:51.2. The Mach Three-Doc's Reward seven-year-old was followed home by Feel Like a Fool (Tetrick), second, and Movie Sequel (Vince Copeland), third. . Jim Morand, Corey Callahan and Vic Kirby had two winning drives each. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor had doubles. Dover Downs would like to thank all its horsemen, the harness media and its fans throughout North America for their support. Live Racing in Delaware continues a week from Monday, April 25 at Harrington Raceway. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Dover Downs Restaurants and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Phone 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Second round action for pacers of both sexes in the Bobby Weiss Series of contests at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono brought some fast times and spirited racing to the Sunday night card. The first division for males had end-to-end action, with Settlemoir leaving to the top and Iwillmakeyousaywow, the fastest winner at 1:51.4 last week, having to go three-wide well past the 1/8 and two-wide past the scorching 26 opener to take command, keeping the lead through middle splits of 54.1 and 1:22.2. But underway from midpack was the Camluck gelding Midnight Lightning, who had been reserved off that swift pace, and the battle between two of the first-round winners became joined as Midnight struck on the far turn and into the stretch, finally wearing down the game Iwillmakeyousaywow, gallant in defeat, by a head in 1:51, with Settlemoir, who had swung wide in the stretch, missing taking the whole shebang by a half-length while moving fastest of all at the wire. Matt Kakaley guided the four-year-old Midnight Lightning to a new mark by a full second in the hard-fought triumph for trainer Shaun Vallee, co-owner with D P V Racing Stable. Driver Corey Callahan took the other two Weiss divisions for "the boys," using fast last quarters to guide sophomore geldings back to Victory Lane. In the first, Options Are Adream kept his record unblemished in eight career starts, going to the lead off the first turn and then coming home in 27 flat to turn back early leader Rollaroundtheworld in 1:52. The son of If I Can Dream joined Midnight Lightning as a two-time winner in the Weiss for trainer Dick Lewis and owners David Banks and Layfield Horses LLC. Callahan and Sentencing Memo came home even faster in the other Weiss male division, sprinting home in 55.1 - 26.4 to defeat first leg winner Maxdaddy Blue Chip while equaling his career best of 1:52. The son of Western Terror used a more favorable draw this week to turn the tables on his conqueror of seven days previous for trainer Eric Foster and owner Arty Foster. In the four divisions of the female sector, the only division that matched two first-round Weiss winner saw Candy Corn Hanover remained undefeated in her two-start career, sitting second-over while first-up Southwind Tango, the other winner last week, battled pacesetter Nip's Beach Girl through a 27.4 third quarter, then rolled by them both late in 1:52.3, reducing her mark by 4/5 of a second. The Dragon Again filly was again handled by Anthony Napolitano for trainer Travis Alexander and the Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC. Candy Corn Hanover paid $32.80 in her debut victory, but the fans caught on quickly and she paid only $4.80 tonight. Similarly, Some Fancy Filly went from a $50 win mutuel last week to a $3.20 for $2 proposition in her Weiss cut, and she too made it two straight in the series while lowering her mark 2/5 of a second to 1:53. David Miller, who added two winners at The Downs to the five he brought home at Harrah's Philadelphia in the afternoon, was sulkysitting behind the Somebeachsomewhere-Fancy Filly filly for trainer Nancy Johansson of JK She'salady fame and owners Courant A B. Mystery Writer, who had to settle for second last week behind Some Fancy Filly, bounced back to record her sixth win of the year in another division for the females, going out in 26.4 then coming home in 56.3 - 28 and needing every bit of her 1:54.2 clocking to withstand American Image by the shortest of margins. Jim Morrill Jr. drove the Sportswriter mare for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. The final Weiss cuts for the ladies saw the Somebeachsomewhere filly Albany Girl parlay a pocket trip to a career-best win in 1:55 while winning an exciting three-way stretch duel with Winners Over and Q T Pie Hanover. Brett Miller got the sulky call from trainer Jimmy Takter as Albany Girl won for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Joe Sbrocco. Tomorrow night Monday racing returns to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with a post time of 6:30 p.m., completing the basic four-day-a-week Saturday-through-Tuesday schedule that The Downs will be using for the greater part of the year. Highlighted on the Monday card will be the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing male trotters - the platform which helped spring JL Cruze to North American divisional honors last year and a 1:49.4 record. From the PHHA  

DOVER, Del. --- World champion JL Cruze and two $20,000 2nd leg preliminaries are the headline events on a strong 15-race program at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. JL Cruze, fresh from a season's debut 1:53 victory last Friday at Meadowlands, the 2015 Dan Patch Award winning Trotter of the Year, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinto, performs before the home folks for the first time in the $36,000 Open Preferred trot in the 10th race. A pair of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old Filly trots enter the second and final preliminary round. The top 5 point-getters return on April 13 for a $100,000 final. Purchased after his 3-year-old season, JL Cruze, under the conditioning of Eric Ell and driving of Hall of Famer John Campbell, the gelding began his 4-year-old career at The Meadowlands sweeping all of the track's winter series. He added both the Graduate final and Hambletonian Maturity to his tremendous record of 16 wins, 2 seconds in 21 races banking $627,456. Along the way he became the fastest trotter in history over a one-mile track with a 1:49.4 triumph in the Graduate final. In the $36,000 Preferred trot, JL Cruze takes on Gural Hanover, with Andrew McCarthy, a $728,124-lifetime winner owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Panhellenic and Burke Racing stables, Aci Stuteri and Kjell Johansson's Somebody AS. Driven by Corey Callahan, already a 2-time feature winner at the track. Two other starters, Frank Chick's Awsome Valley with Tony Morgan and Mike Casalino's Tough Mac with Art Stafford Jr., were winners last start. The other starters are Indiana champ Bluebird Reverend and Montrell Teague for owners Bob Reeser, Denise Dennis, Jan Johannsen and Holly Case, Five Towns piloted by Tim Tetrick for LA Express Stable, and Callam Racing's steady Spunky Jack reined by Roger Plante. The 2nd of two $20,000 DSBF prelims seems a preview of next week's $100,000 final .Both Kevin Switzer's Jasmine K (Teague) and JCraparotta&PBerry Racing's Epic Smash (Pat Berry) were impressive 1st leg winners while Jane Dunavant's homebred Cicada's Song, already a winner of 6 of 9 lifetime races, was parked-out the entire mile and still finished second beaten only three-quarters of a length. The rest of the card features a strong array of quality trots. USE YOUR NOODLE, DELLA DONNE shine on Tuesday Use Your Noodle and Della Donne came through with impressive victories in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old filly pace divisions on Tuesday, April 5 at Dover Downs. Fashion Sundown closed well to win the $24,000 Mares Open. Jim Morand made good use of a 2-hole trip to overtake race-favorite Apple Bottom Jeans (Montrell Teague) in deep stretch to score a 1:52.3 lifetime mark in the first $20,000 prelim. The win was the second straight for the Artzina-Lo Gophobia sophomore beating the DSBF freshman champion. Use Your Noodle is trained by Les Givens for owners Feeney, Johnson, Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing. Eternal Ring (Jonathan Roberts) has been racing well but had to accept a third-place finish. Della Donne and Corey Callahan made up for a disappointing second last week by chalking ups a 1:54.3 victory, also a new personal mark, coming from post 8 and on the mid-backstretch went four-wide to get the lead and pull off to a convincing victory. The Dylan Davis-trainee won for the fourth time this year in five starts for Brit Evans, Tina Clark and Foulk Stables who own the Art Director-Chloes Silver Star filly. Fiftyshadesofrusty (George Dennis) cut out all the fraction until Della Donne flew by in the stretch to victory. Rowdy Patti (Tony Morgan) picked up third money. The top eight point-getters return next Tuesday for one of a weeklong cavalcade of $100,000 DSBF finals. Fashion Showdown who finished February and began March with powerful Mare Open wins, returned to the winner's circle after Corey Callahan raced behind leader Empress Deo (Allan Davis) collared the leader nearing the finish line and scored a 1:52 victory for Chris White, her fifth success of the year. Craig McInnis conditions the Village Jolt-Catch The Show six-year-old who now has banked $$63,480 this year and $218,885 lifetime on 19 wins. Paradise Lost (Vic Kirby) finished third with Sage N (Tim Tetrick) and Sassa Hanover (Morand) out-of-the money. In an $18,500 pace for eight four-year-old distaffs, Tom Kemp's Mezzanine Fashion notched her first win of the season in 1:53.2 when Tim Tetrick guided the Well Said-Catch The Show mare home. Little Sandyloam (Teague) was second in front of Girlofyourdreams (Callahan). Only Money Inc.'s Truth And Liberty won her fourth consecutive trip to the winner's circle with Tim Tetrick in the bike steering a 1:53.1 success in a $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. A Total Truth-Jazzy Hall four-year-old, she overtook and held off Tataria (Wolfenden) for her sixth win of the season. Eternal Sunrise (Callahan) was the show horse. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan drove three winners each, Tim Tetrick, George Dennis, Jim Morand and Allan Davis and trainer Les Givens had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Fancy Colt, driven by Tony Morgan, and T's Electric piloted by Corey Callahan won separate divisions of the Thursday, March 25 harness racing co-feature paces at Dover Downs. George Dennis wins five. Fancy Colt won for the third time this meet registering a 1:51.2 triumph in the first of two $10,500 divisions. Veteran Tony Morgan was I the bike behind the Always A Virgin-Fanciful Hanover gelding owned by Crissman Inc., in the competitive eight-horse field. Tim Crissman conditions the 17-time career winner who now has banked $174,287. Race Me Villa (Montrell Teague) was right there a close second with Hide Me Away (Russ Foster) the show horse. Corey Callahan drove T's Electric past Feel Like A Fool (Vic Kirby) just after the opening panel and continued to lead the rest of a 1:51.4 mile. A :28 last quarter proved just enough to hold off fast finishing Maximum Terror (Ben Stafford Jr.) and Feel Like A Fool in the finish line photo. Steve Blood owns the Village Jolt-Quip Hanover gelding trained by Richard Robertson Jr. The win was the second of the year for T's Electric, who has won 16 races and $150,534 lifetime. George Dennis continues on a hot tier driving five winners on the winningest week in his career at Dover Downs. Dennis has won 14 races; Monday 2, Tuesday, 4, Wednesday 3, and 5 Thursday with two-trainer wins. In the driver standings, he now has won 112 races this meet good for fourth place. Tony Morgan, Corey Callahan and Jonathan Roberts also collected driving doubles. A $60,000 Invitational/ Handicap led by the first start of the year for 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, caps an outstanding program which includes a $36,000 Preferred and $33,000 Delaware Special on Monday, March 28. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. - Happy Easter from Dover Downs Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Rockin Rambaran made the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 besting Rock N. Roll Jet in a 1:52.3 photo finish at the harness racing meeting at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 3. With meet leading driver Corey Callahan at the controls for owner-trainer Arty Foster, Rockin Rambaran needed his ninth start of the year to produce his first victory, while on two occasions, he finished second. Rock N' Roll Jet (Jonathan Roberts) was second with All Gold (Ross Wolfenden) closing well to take third. In the sub-feature Male pace, driver Allan Davis left his seven foes in Disarrei, when GRP\J Partners pacer Disarrei overtook front-pacing Cambassador (Tony Morgan) in the stretch for a 1:52.4 triumph. Summer Camp (Jonathan Roberts) finished third. Disarrei is a five-year-old by Cheyenne Rei-Unspeakable Joy, who won his second of the year. Joe Hundertpfund trains the winner of $136,290 lifetime Corey Callahan, Jim Morand and Allan Davis had two wins apiece, Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad                            

DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan and Somebody As made it look easy rolling to a second consecutive victory in the $24,000 Open/Handicap trot on a windy and chilly Wednesday, March 2, at the harness racing meeting at Dover Downs. Somebody As and Callahan got away quickly from the outside to take the early lead and continued to extend the margin until turning for home when War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick picked up the pace in the stretch to close within a half-length at the wire in 1:54.3. Owned by Kjell Johansson and breeder ACI Stuteri, the seven-year-old altered son of Striking Sahbra-Noblesse AS, conditioned by Anette Lorentzon, recorded his third win in four starts this season and victory number 24 and $475,583 in lifetime earnings. Winemaster Hanover (Toby Lynch) edged Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) for third money. Jack Parker Jr. found room along the passing lane and led a cavalcade of trotters to the finish line in a lifetime record 1:55.4 clocking to win the secondary feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old event. It was the third win of the year with three seconds in eight starts for the RC Royalty-Becca J gelding, who now has banked $34,700 for owner Jim Moore III. Stirling Diva (Tetrick) closed for second in front of Kolbee's Star (Callahan), third. Ragazzo Dolce. a classically-bred Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce gelding driven by Jim Morand for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, returned to the winner's circle for the first time since January when he won eight races in-a-row, poured it on in the stretch on the way to a 1:55.1 triumph in one of three $12,000 trots on the supporting card. Enrico AS (Allan Davis) was next best with Awsome Valley (George Dennis) the third-place finisher. Tim Tetrick drove PL Incoming to a lifetime best 1:57 score in a second $12,000 trot, this one for 4&5-year-olds. Winsun Cobra (Pat Berry) and Dance For Me Sasha (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable own the Kadabra -Kaparah gelding trained by Josh Green, who won for the first time in 2016. Tetrick returned in the final $12,000 trot, to guide odds-on favorite Maestro Blue Chip to his fourth-straight victory in 1:54.1. The Credit Winner-Up Front Holsey horse is trained by Jim King for Richard Pollucci. A 29-1 shot Brew Master (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Eskimo Joe (Callahan) was the show horse. Tim Tetrick drove three winners and Corey Callahan had a double, Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad

Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred pace on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29, on the Leap Year edition of Dover Downs harness racing. Unlike last week when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a 2-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan took over guiding Lucan Hanover, a six-year-old Western Ideal-Lauren Order gelding, the rest of the way in front and then pulling away with a: 27.1 final panel to a decisive 1:49 conquest over some of the sport's top-class pacers now racing. Tony Morgan and Doctor Butch closed along the passing lane to nip Mustang Art for second. The win was the 20th of his career for the $825,626 lifetime winner. Blazing Bobby Sox, owned by Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr., won for the fourth time this year notching a career fastest 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Male pace. Sectionline Rock (Tim Tetrick) closed well to pick up second money. Apollo Seelster (Yannick Gingras) was the show finisher. It was the 12 lifetime win for Blazing Bobby Sox, a The Panderosa-Liamatters five-year-old gelding. Robert Cooper Stables' Go Collect N was an impressive 1:51.2 winner in another pace for young horses winning the $13,500 event for his third win in five races since arriving from New Zealand. Corey Callahan steered the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. Since arriving in North America, the Gotta Go Collect-No Parking N gelding has in addition to three wins, three seconds in his seven starts. Swappertunity (Jim Morand) finished second for the second straight time. Rednickyachtclub (Allan Davis) was third. In another $13,500 division Yannick Gingras drove JT to a 1:52.2 score for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Brucsemi and Burke Racing Stable. An altered son of Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach, it was his second straight win in five races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) closed swiftly along the passing lane for second. Roll Big (Callahan) was the third finisher. Local favorite Just A Jolt made it to the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 in his seventh start as Tim Tetrick got the Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding away quickly and never looked back for a 1:50.3 victory to win a $12,500 Mile pace. Four Staces (Callahan) finished second with Papa Ray (Allan Davis) going a tough trip for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis had three wins each, Tim Tetrick, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. FASHION SHOWDOWN VERSUS SEVEN IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Fashion Showdown, an impressive 1:51.1 winner in last week’s $20,000 Mares Open Handicap faces seven rivals on Tuesday, March 1 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Corey Callahan will drive Chris White’s Fashion Showdown, a winner of three Opens already in 2016. Among her opponents, Jeff Clark’s Springforth, with George Dennis driving, has been right there in recent starts with a win, three seconds and a third in her last six starts. Another competitor in top form is Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s Matinee Dragon handled by Jonathan Roberts. Not to be overlooked are Sage N, a two-time winner in her last three races, and Tim Tetrick piloting from the outside for C.V Iannazzo, JFE Enterprises and Triple D Stables, Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella with Tony Morgan, John McGill’s hard-hitting No Respect, and from the rail, B Stern and Vic Kirby stepping up in class for owners Steve Moss, Hal and Helene Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. A $15,500, a $15,000, a $14,000 and $12,000 distaff paces for 4&5-year-olds, top a strong undercard. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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