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Fashion Creditor (Mike Merton) would charge late and emerge with the harness racing victory during the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs Friday night (August 18). Just after the race started the big favorite Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr.) would go on a break. Wind Of The North Jeff Long) would take advantage and lead into the first quarter in :27.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) would takeover before the half. He would control the fractions hitting the half in :56.0 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. He would go on a break just after that. Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner) would take advantage of this going first over and charging down the stretch to out duel Wind Of The North (second) to win in 1:53.2. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would come up for third. Fashion Creditor ($10.20), who is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning would win for the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his career. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would win the Fillies and Mares Open 1-2 Handicap ($10,000). K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would lead to the first quarter in :26.3. However Godiva Seelster (Mickey McNichol) would take over right after the first quarter and lead all the way to the stretch. K J's Caroline ($10.20), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, would ride in the pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. She would pull out and run down Godiva Seelster (second), to win by a head in 1:51.4. Classic Carpet (Mike Simons) would finish third. K J's Caroline would get her fifth win of the season and the 36th victory of her career. There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 19) because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. Racing returns on Sunday (August 20) with a nine race card featuring the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for sophomore pacing colts & geldings ($263.100) and 3 year-old fillies ($257,850). Also the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($163,000) will be featured. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs      

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Devious Man sneaked his way along the inside of the stretch after a pocket trip behind harness racing favorite Long Tom and won Saturday's (July 1) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Long Tom finished second and Ariana G, the first filly to ever compete in the Beal, was third after racing first over from prior to the half-mile point. Devious Man, who started from post seven and was sent off at odds of 15-1, got the lead on the first turn and took the field to the opening quarter-mile in :27.1. Long Tom brushed to the front as the group passed the grandstand for the first time and led to the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Once in the stretch, driver Andy Miller maneuvered Devious Man inside to the "Pocono Pike" and went down the road to victory. "I worked out the trip I wanted," Miller said. "I left the gate a little and he crossed over to the front. (Long Tom) moved and I was able to let him go just before the half and sat on his back until the open stretch. He's really fast off of cover and he enjoyed the trip." Devious Man, owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, has won four of five races this year and earned $403,410. His wins this season also include the Empire Breeders Championship. He was second by a head in his Beal elimination. For his career, the son of stallion Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, has won 11 of 17 and earned $711,643. He was last season's New York Sire Stakes champion for 2-year-old male trotters. "He raced good a couple weeks ago in the Empire Breeders (Championship)," Miller said. "He's just a super nice horse." All nine horses in the Beal final are eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Devious Man Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Consolation "Tim Tetrick" and "$92.40 to win" are not word combinations you usually read in the same sentence, but Tetrick rallied the Donato Hanover colt Backstage Pass, the longest shot on the board, from far out of it to just catch pacesetting favorite Muscles Jared, who had been hard-pressed on the lead, by a nose and take the $75,000 Beal Consolation in 1:55, lowering his personal mark by a tick. A frequent winner at 2 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey stakes company, Backstage Pass now has a lifetime record of 10 wins in 20 starts, 2-for-3 since he came under the care of Pocono "Trot Man" Mike Simons (who like Tetrick wears green and gold), and earnings of $119,540 for owner Jessica Smith. Backstage Pass Ken Weingartner --- PHHA/Pocono also contributed to this story  

Less than a week ago, harness racing trainer Julie Miller was uncertain whether she would send Devious Man to the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Devious Man's performance in last Sunday's Empire Breeders Classic made the decision easier. Devious Man won the EBC championship by four lengths over Bill's Man in 1:52.2, prompting Team Miller -- Julie and husband Andy -- to enter the colt in the Beal. The event for 3-year-old trotters attracted 23 horses, including award-winning filly Ariana G, so three eliminations will be contested Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Devious Man is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the second division. Giveitgasandgo, coming off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, is the 5-2 favorite in the first elimination and New Jersey Sire Stakes filly champion Ariana G is the 2-1 choice in the third. The top three finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final July 1. Eliminations for the Ben Franklin for older male pacers, Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, and James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers are also on the Saturday card at Pocono. Devious Man, owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, is undefeated in three races this year. For his career, he has won 10 of 15 starts and earned $455,393. "We were on the fence about going to the Earl Beal, but that last start solidified that he deserved a chance," Julie Miller said. "We were really happy with that start. You couldn't have mapped it out any better; when Andy (came off cover from second over) he just scooted down the lane. "He didn't have to over-exert himself in his last couple starts, so we should have a nice fresh horse going to the Earl Beal. These starts this year have been confidence boosters. I'm really pleased with that." Of Devious Man's 10 lifetime wins, nine have come in races restricted to New York-bred horses. But the colt did win on the Grand Circuit last season, capturing a division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:53.2 at Lexington's Red Mile. The clocking was the sixth-fastest win time of 2016 for a 2-year-old trotter. "He was solid last year and he won in Lexington so I thought he could maybe step up to the Grand Circuit level, but you don't want to put that kind of pressure on them," Miller said. "You don't want to over-stake them or over-train them trying to work on a schedule. We pretty much let him decide how he was going. "He trained down good this year. He gave me every indication we could enter him in these kinds of stakes races. I know he's only faced New York company so far this year, but he's raced really well. I think he deserves a chance against open company in the Earl Beal." Devious Man is among a group of 19 Beal participants eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Devious Man, a son of Credit Winner out of the mare Miss Garland, is a half-brother to 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo. "If my horse can work it out, that's great for us," Miller said. "I think he's a smart horse and a very versatile horse. No matter the size of the track Andy can drive him the way the race develops for him. We don't always have to be on the front, we don't always have to have cover. "There are three (Beal) divisions, which shows there are a lot of nice horses. No one is bowing out. But I feel confident in our chances. He's given us no reason not to give him a chance." Ariana G, who received the 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old female trotter in the U.S. and Canada, is bidding to become the first filly to win the Beal in its seven-year history. She is this year's fastest 3-year-old trotter, with a mark of 1:51.1. Her trainer, Jimmy Takter, has won the Beal three times. For a look at all the entries for Saturday at Pocono, click here. ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date - Track - Event - First - Second - Third May 6 - Freehold - Dexter Cup - Lord Cromwell - Gustavo Fring - Southwind Cobra May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - Long Tom - Yes Mickey - Deacon Tony May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - What The Hill - Southwind Cobra - New Jersey Viking May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Sortie - Giveitgasandgo - High Glider May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Andy M - Gustavo Fring - Stealth Hanover May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Common Parlance - Brown Bear - Brand New Key May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Stick With Me Kid - Bill's Man - Top Flight Angel May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Devious Man - Lord Cromwell - Aces And Eights May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Enterprise - Swell Chap - Meetmeinthemiddle June 2 - Meadowlands - NJSS Final - Long Tom - King On The Hill - What The Hill June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Fraser Ridge - Meme Hanover - Muay Hanover June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Moonshiner Hanover - Giveitgasandgo - Lars Perry June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Sortie - Dover Dan - Always A Good Time June 9 - Mohawk - Goodtimes Elim - International Moni - Guardian Angel As - Jake June 9 - Mohawk - Goodtimes Elim - Enterprise - AWOL Hanover - Shake It Off Lindy June 9 - Vernon - EBC Elim - Bill's Man - Such An Angel - Stick With Me Kid June 9 - Vernon - EBC Elim - Devious Man - Swell Chap - Lord Cromwell June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Rubio - Muscles Jared - Di Oggi June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Dover Dan - Moonshiner Hanover - Sir John F June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Giveitgasandgo - President Lindy - Andy M June 17 - Mohawk - Goodtimes - International Moni - Mass Production - Seven And Seven June 18 - Vernon - Empire Breeders Classic - Devious Man - Bill's Man - Stick With Me Kid June 24 - Pocono - Earl Beal Jr. Elims - July 1 - Pocono - Earl Beal Jr. Memorial - July 9 - Pocono - PA All Stars - July 15 - Meadowlands - Stanley Dancer Memorial - July 22 - Meadowlands - Tompkins-Geers - July 29 - Meadowlands - Reynolds - Aug. 5 - Meadowlands - Hambletonian - Hambletonian eligible in bold Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH --- When he first became acquainted with the then yearling colt, Paul Kelley definitely wanted to bring him home. Yet he swiftly banished such reveries from his mind, for he knew Such An Angel was a harness racing horse with a price tag that would bust his budget. After all the son of Credit Winner-Michelle’s Angel was a full brother to world champion and Yonkers Trot winner Archangel and last year’s Empire Breeders Classic victor Dante. He simply could not afford him, but on this occasion, Kelley’s dream became a reality. “I was talking with Sam Caruso, the horse’s co-owner, and he asked me if I liked this colt,” said Kelley. “Of course I told him yes. I thought he was an extremely nice horse, but I knew he would go far too high for me to ever get him. That’s when Sam said he wanted him and I told him there was no way that colt would go for under $200,000 at the Lexington Sale. Well, he bid on him and got him for $110,000. I don’t know how it happened, but it sure was a bargain. Then after Sam bought him Wanda Polisseni came in on him too.” Such An Angel will attempt to make his sophomore debut a victorious one, when he and Brian Sears leave from post six in a field of seven at Vernon Downs on Monday (May 29) in a $39,900 New York Sire Stakes engagement. His task, however, will not be a simple one as the field includes Dexter Cup winner Lord Cromwell (Jason Bartlett, post three), last year's NYSS freshman champion Devious Man (Andy Miller, post four) and the talented Another Chapter (Scott Zeron, post one). “I really like how he came back from the winter,” Kelley said. “He looks great and we are really looking forward to this season with him.” Purchased from the aforementioned 2015 edition of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Such An Angel is the fourth foal from his prolific dam, who collected $436,921 from her racing career. Her dam is 1991 Dan Patch Award winner Almost An Angel. With that type of heritage, the colt obviously had some significant expectations to live up to, which Kelley feels he has done exceedingly well as he banked $145,695 as a freshman, equaled Saratoga’s track record of 1:57.4 in only his fourth start and was third in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. “Unfortunately he should have more money on his card, but around the end of August and beginning of September we started having some problems with him, as he was battling allergies,” Kelley said. “He was not sick, but after he came out of the Sire Stakes final and the race down in Lexington (fifth place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes) he did not scope clean. “We were working on him, but it’s hard to fight allergies because it has so much to do with environmental conditions and the weather. He was never completely sick, but it limited his ability to have that final kick at the end of his races. In both the final and in Lexington he had to come first-over and he just did not have that extra push to get him by.” Steered in eight of his trips to the post by John Campbell and the other two contests by his co-owner Caruso, Such An Angel compiled a record of 10-4-1-1 and captured four of his first five races. With the exception of his appearance in the Bluegrass State, the colt competed exclusively in New York Sire Stakes company. The plan for the colt this year is to send him to other events than those within the confines of the Empire State. “He is Hambletonian eligible, but we have two more months before we can think about that,” Kelley said. “He is eligible to all the big stakes races and I think he deserves a chance to prove himself on the Grand Circuit. He’s really big-gaited and although he can get around very well over a half-mile track, I think he will love the bigger tracks. We would love to be at The Meadowlands with him on Aug. 5, but we will just let the horse tell us what he wants to do. He will have the opportunities to do and we are very excited about him.” There is another horse in Kelley’s barn that he is quite enthused to return to racing in defending Dan Patch Award and world champion Obrigado. The 7-year-old trotting superstar will make his second qualifying appearance on Saturday at The Meadowlands. He won his first qualifier at Vernon Downs on May 19 in 1:58.1. “We missed the Cutler and will be missing the Maxie Lee with him, but that was by design,” Kelley said. “We were taking our time with him and would have had to rush him to get him ready. It wasn’t that he needed extra time as he came back looking great and looks great now. In fact, he seems like he’s more than ready to get himself back in the game, but it’s a long year and last year he seemed to get a little tired in the fall, although he did come back and win the TVG final. “What also helped was that other race being added in Massachusetts at Plainridge that gave us one more thing to point towards a bit later on so we can take our time with him and pick and choose our spots. We are bringing him to Scioto again for the Charlie Hill on June 10 and I am really looking forward to racing him again this year. He seems ready to go and as good as ever.” ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date – Track – Event – First – Second – Third May 6 – Freehold – Dexter Cup – Lord Cromwell – Gustavo Fring – Southwind Cobra May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – Long Tom – Yes Mickey – Deacon Tony May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – What The Hill – Southwind Cobra – New Jersey Viking May 20 – The Meadows – PASS – Sortie – Giveitgasandgo – High Glider May 20 – The Meadows – PASS – Andy M – Gustavo Fring – Stealth Hanover May 20 – The Meadows – PASS – Common Parlance – Brown Bear – Brand New Key Hambletonian eligible in bold by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

WILKES-BARRE PA – Tuonoblu Rex, a son of Credit Winner recently come to the U.S. from Europe, is finding life on this side of the Atlantic very enjoyable, grazie mille. The Italian-bred harness racing five-year-old made the lead past the quarter in the $20,000 Sunday trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then rolled right along en route to a 5½ length win in 1:53.1, a clocking even more impressive considering a “sloppy +1” oval and the chilly 41oF (5oC) temperatures.   Team “Orange Crush,” driver Andy Miller and trainer/wife Julie, and owners Stable Why Not may have themselves a legitimate summer free-for-all competitor, as “Rex” followed up his 1:52.1 stateside debut at The Meadowlands two weeks ago with this impressive victory, which raised his career bankroll to $209,918.   In the $18,000 pacing feature, Cruise Patrol, starting from post two for driver George Napolitano Jr., took the preferred pocket spot in an off-the-gate lineup, then sprinted home in 54.1 to catch pacesetting favorite Mr D’s Dragon by two lengths in 1:51. The son of Bettor’s Delight pushed his earnings to $141,056 for trainer Mike Dowdall and owner Colleen Dowdall.   PHHA / Pocono

Anja (Credit Winner) scored her second consecutive local win at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon in what was the first half of a double on the harness racing card for trainer Dave Dewhurst and driver Jimmy Devaux. The three year old filly, who showed promise as a freshman last year, set her lifetime mark two weeks ago at the Spa in a non-winners of two race lifetime trot. On Thursday, Anja was back in town to compete in a $7,500 race for New York sired trotters after making a break in the Weiss at Pocono last week. Devaux got a second-over journey for the sophomore filly who raced the majority of the mile on the outside. Anja trotted quickly in the stretch and powered away to win by a length and a half in 2:00.3, a time that is just a fifth of a second off of her lifetime mark. Devaux and Dewhurst teamed up for a win later on the card with veteran trotter Choke Hold (Conway Hall) who came on late to prevail in 2:00. It was the first victory on the season for the thirteen year old highstepper who has been a Dewhurst trainee for several years. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Gotalottacredit (Credit Winner) lasted on the lead in the harness racing feature for New York sired trotters on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. When the favorite broke at the start, Gotalottacredit took advantage and moved out to the front end in the $8,030 feature contested over a sloppy track. Mark Beckwith piloted the Dave Dewhurst-trained trotter and asked the 7-1 longshot for all he had turning for home as fellow longshot Kandy Krush (Claude Huckabone Jr) closed in. Gotalottacredit held on to prevail in 2:00.4 for his third win of the season while Kandy Krush had to settle for second. Starlingmoon (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Gotalottacredit completed a driving hat trick for Mark Beckwith who has been on a tear of late. Live racing continues on Saturday at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella    

Gotalottacredit (Credit Winner) sprung the upset in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst trainee sat the pocket in the $7,500 conditional trot for New York Sired highsteppers and wound up on the lead when the race's front-runner made a break heading to the three-quarter pole. Gotalottacredit held off the late challenge from rival Intensify (Phil Fluet) before stopping the timer in 2:00.3 on a cold, windy March night in Saratoga. Longshot Yessir I'm Royal (Brian Cross) earned the show spot. Gotalottacredit, who was driven to the upset victory by Jimmy Devaux, returned $31.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $126 and $797, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

February 10, 2017 - Rocky Winner (9m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo) narrowly scored a victory in the Gr. III Prix Jules Roucayrol (purse €80,000, 2925 meters) timed in 1.13.6kr for harness racing reinsman Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Jorgen Westholm. Nortronic KB of Sweden owns the winner that was sent off at 5.2/1 odds. 2/1 Truman Dairpet (10g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was second driven by trainer Nicolas Ensch and third was 19/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (8m Oh James-Olympe du Boafard) with Edourd Coubard-Meunier driving. Ulk Medoc and Perfect Power ended fourth and fifth in the solid field. Rocky Winner The Quinte)+ Prix Ocargues (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) this day at Cagnes-sur-Mer went to 1.15.1kr timed, barefoot and 2.4/1 Beerscott (6m General Pommereuu-Oscotia) reined by Arnault-Albert Chavatte. 1.1/1 favorite Cote Ouest (5g Goetmals Wood-Island Dream) with Franck Nivard up finished second for trainer Ch.A. Mary. Scuderia Bolgheri Srl bred this one. Third was 16.4/1 Bridget Landemer (6f Quinoa du Gers-Ismie de Landemer) for driver Romauld Mourice. On February 8 at Aby (SWE) there were several interesting winners. 13.5/1 Muscle Lane (3g Timoko-Londirobks-Muscles Yankee) scored in 1.17.1kr over 2140 meters volt start in a race worth 50,000SEK to the winner. Stefan Soderkvist drove this Robert Bergh trainee that is owned by Perma Energy. 3/1 Astoria As (5f Conway Hall-Brooklyn As-Like A Prayer) scored in 1.1.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK first prize in another event. Kevin Oscarsson was the pilot for trainer Peter Arnqvist. 10./1 Bourbon du Nord (g Racer Bourbon-Heresia Forix-Carmody Lobell) won a 2640 meter volt start event worth 30,000SEK to the winner, timed in 1.17.3kr for driver Peter Ingves and trainer Stefan Nordahl. Watch for tomorrow’s Prix de France with Bold Eagle at the start against 13 top flight rivals. Thomas H. Hicks  

Columbus, OH --- Although his behavior is certainly not deceitful, dishonorable or underhanded, harness racing New York Sire Stakes champion Devious Man does have a mischievous glint in his eye, which warrants special surveillance and lends credence to his name. “He’s a horse with lots of personality, that’s for sure,” said Julie Miller, the colt’s conditioner. “He’s a character; always nickering around the barn. He already knows he is a talented horse and he wants the attention from everyone else for it.” Owned Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Stroy Inc., Devious Man is a newly turned 3-year-old son of Credit Winner-Miss Garland. Selected by the Millers and purchased for $62,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, the colt is the 12h foal out of his prolific dam and is a half sibling to Goodlookngirl (Giant Hit, $154,088), Celebrity Shark (Dream Vacation, $139,528), Broken Record (Muscles Yankee, $134,858) and the multiple Dan Patch Award winner, O’Brien Award winner, world champion and 2005 Hambletonian victor Vivid Photo (S J’s Photo, $3.27 million). “He stood out to us right from the beginning,” Miller said. “We were prepared to go higher for him, but were happy to get him for what we paid. We were surprised though with this pedigree and the fact he is a half-brother to a Hambletonian winner. He was a little on the smaller side and the mare is older, so maybe that is why, but he was very nicely gaited from the beginning.” From his sole season of racing, Devious Man has amassed a record of 12-7-1-1 and banked $308,233. The colt commenced his career on June 30, 2016 at Monticello Raceway in a $22,200 New York Sire Stakes event. He lost by a mere neck. He then broke his maiden in his next trip to the post on July 13 at Buffalo Raceway in the same company prior to finishing third on the same circuit at Vernon Downs. Devious Man’s next engagement was the Peter Haughton Memorial where he was fourth in his $20,000 elimination and fifth in the $294,450 final on Aug. 6 at The Meadowlands. His journey in the final, however, was quite eventful and impressive despite the fact he broke behind the gate. After spotting the field a ton of real estate, Devious Man, who was steered by regular pilot Andy Miller, gobbled up ground to finish extremely well once he returned to trotting. “That was one of those things where he didn’t mind his manners,” Miller said. “He got hot going to the gate and did not keep his mind on what he was doing, which with him you need to keep him focused. He’s the kind of horse that will pay more attention to the birds flying around than his business. But Andy and I were really pleased with how he performed in the race once he was back on stride. That was quite a big move he made to finish where he did.” After the miscue in the Haughton, Devious Man returned to the Empire State for his New York Sire Stakes schedule where he reeled off five consecutive triumphs, including the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final on Sept. 24 at Yonkers Raceway with ease. He then traveled to the Bluegrass State where he earned his sixth win in a row by capturing his $56,000 division of the International Stallion Stake on Oct. 6 at Red Mile by a hard fought neck over the talented Simply Volo from the John Butenschoen barn. Devious Man’s next engagement would be a $20,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown, but he failed to make the final after an eighth place finish behind Walner. Sent off as the public’s third selection behind Dan Patch Award winner and world champion Walner, the colt certainly had a valid reason for the worst finish in his young career. “He displaced his palate that night so he had a breathing problem,” Miller said. “He did not hit What The Hill’s wheel (the second place finisher) but he got on that line and veered in when it happened. Fortunately, it was not a serious enough problem that required anything other than some extra care, but it was unfortunate it happened on that night.” Although he was scheduled to compete in the $147,100 Matron Stake at Dover Downs on Nov. 3 to conclude his freshman campaign, Devious Man was scratched shortly before that race. It was not related, however, to the breathing issue he endured in the Breeders Crown elimination. “He ended up ripping his right front shoe off on the ship down to Dover and drove a nail up into his hoof wall,” Miller said. “It’s not the first time he’s done that, but this time was more serious and it wasn’t something we could fix right away so he could race. That is when we just turned him out for the winter. “He can be a handful and you have to watch him all the time, but it’s only because he is such a good-feeling horse. He is very playful; but he loves to trot. Even when he’s out there bucking and rearing, he comes right back down into his gait.” As to what Devious Man’s 2017 campaign consists of, expect to view him on the New York circuit and select open stakes engagements, which could include the Hambletonian. The Millers finished third in the trotting classic last year with Sutton. “I am very happy with how he came back in,” Miller said. “He put on weight and grew taller. He looks great, but now you have to hope his mind matured as much as the rest of him. This is a horse that needs to mind his manners and be kept to his task. He has talent, but he needs to learn to stick to his business when he’s out there. Andy was always very happy with him last year and said he always had something left in the tank, which is what you want. “We will follow the same plan with him as we did last year. People say you should always stick to what the horse does best. This horse got over all those different New York surfaces and then transferred that form to the Red Mile. That is another thing you want to see. “We know Walner is definitely the big horse in this division and he will be tough to beat, but we think we have a nice horse. “The Hambletonian for him? We will see how it goes, but getting there is in the family.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

DOVER, Del.---- Tim Tetrick drove Maestro Blue Chip to his 13th harness racing victory of a $238,000 winning season to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Purchased a year ago by Richard Pollucci, the handsome son of Credit Winner-Up Front Holsey raced off-the-pace until rushing to the lead on the final turn and sped to a 1:54.1 score. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well to finish second in front of mid-Western invader Il Mago (Vic Kirby). Maestro Blue Chip has now earned $316,673 lifetime. The win was third of four during the day for Tetrick. The fast Delaware-bred Go Byem made a big move on the backstretch to take the lead and Jim Morand drove his fourth winner on the card coasting to a 1:54.1 decision in $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot secondary feature. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing own the Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go gelding who won for the third time in 2016. Uva Hanover (Tetrick) was the early leader and finished second. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) took third. Owner Pollucci, trainer King and driver Tetrick combined to win the $12,000 conditioned trot with Frost Free Hanover, also with a 1:54.1 clocking for his third win of the year. Steel Reserve (Kirby) and Tirade Hanover (Corey Callahan) pick up second and third money respectively. In addition to four wins by Jim Morand and three for Tim Tetrick, driver Vic Kirby and trainers Les Givens and Leigh Raymer had doubles.   FOUR LUCRATIVE MATRONS, FOUR DSBF 1ST LEG PRELIMS THURSDAY It’s a stakes day Thursday, Nov.3 at Dover Downs. Four rich Matron Stakes for two-year-olds top the program. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) also gets underway with its  freshman pace, 1st of 2 legs, split into four $20,000 divisions. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Story Inc.’s Devious Man with Andy Miller, the New York Sire Stakes champion, a winner of seven races and $308,233 is the one to beat in the Matron colt pace. Money Macintosh, also owned by Story Inc. and trained by Julie Miller, heads the opposition but must overcome post 8. Trainer Ron Burke has two starters. Karr, Piatt, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Southwind Cobra and Yannick Gingras and Snowstorm Hanover, fresh from the Breeders Crown with Matt Kakaley driving for Weaver Bruscemi, Baldachino, Colluri and Burke Racing.  Bill Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware’s $363,990-winner Fine Tuned Lady drew the rail with Corey Callahan in the $148,700 Matron frosh filly trot. Robert Key’s homebred Winter Sweet Frost, driven by Scott Zeron, and Temple Ruins (GIngras) racing for Yanek, Strieber, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing lead the opposition. The $170,000 Matron Filly Trot is led by a pair for Ken Jacobs owned from the Linda Toscano Stable. Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick) leaves from the outside post 8 while Robin J (David Miller) drew post 4. The richest Matron for two-year-old colt pacers features Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Tom Lazzaro’s Every Way Out (Tim Tetrick) and Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick). KDK Standardbreds’ Almost Cut My Hair (Kevin Switzer Jr.), seeks to rebound after his first loss after six consecutive wins, in one of three $20,000 DSBF 1st leg prelims. George Teague Inc.’s Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague), winner of the recent Harrington DSBF $100,000 Final, put a three-win streak on the line in another $20,000 prelim. Another Teague homebred contender, Daylen (M. Teague) and Tina and Brian Clark’s Automatic Dragon (Vic Kirby) tangle in the first $20,000 DSBF division. A third Teague owned contender Daiymir (M.Teague) is the one to beat in the second section.   There is no live racing on Sunday, Nov. 6. Next Thursday, the four lucrative Matron Stakes for three-year-olds, plus the 2nd leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund freshman stakes are the features. Friday and Saturday are dark days at Dover Downs. No racing this Sunday. November Sunday racing will be featured onNov. 13 and 20 with a  post time of 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Weekday racing, Monday through Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sent off the 1-5 favorite, Broadway Donna lost stride in her attempt to sweep by pacesetter Fad Finance, who won one of the three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.1 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. Trotting a quarter in :28.1 and a half in :56, Fad Finance led Unica Steed, Gracie Hanover, and Broadway Donna into the far turn. Broadway Donna progressed towards Fad Finance to match strides with her at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 before stalling in her bid in the stretch and losing stride. Gracie Hanover circled around Broadway Donna, lunging to take second while Fad Finance remained in control. Unica Steed finished third. Owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables, Fad Finance, by Credit Winner out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, won her tenth race in 21 starts, earning $306,556. She is trained and was driven by Trond Smedshammer and paid $12.00 to win. "I didn't know how much David [Miller on Broadway Donna] had left, so it certainly made me feel better when she jumped," Trond Smedshammer said. "Then Ake [Svanstedt on Gracie Hanover] came late, but my filly has felt good all day today. She gave a real good effort." "She can win in [1]:54 at Saratoga, so the big track doesn't really pick her up that much, but [The Red Mile]'s nice. I was able to pull her shoes off for the first time today. It's always nice over the clay here." Ginny Weasley circled by the 1-5 favorite Celebrity Eventsy and drew away to win her division of the Bluegrass in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Celebrity Eventsy grabbed the front from Ultimate Shopper and cleared through a :28.1 opening quarter. Ginny Weasley, trotting in third, was hesitant to pull first over, eventually committing to move outside after a :57 half mile, carrying with her Southwind Hope second over and Double Exposure third over. Ginny Weasley brushed by Celebrity Eventsy after a 1:26 third-quarter and kicked away from the field as Celebrity Eventsy faltered. Southwind Hope moved into second while Double Exposure came down the center of the track to take third. Winning her sixth race in 18 starts, Ginny Weasley, by Andover Hall out of the Donerail mare Donepunk, has earned $159,763 for owner Torp Trotting Inc. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and paid $9.00 to win. Losing the lead in the backstretch, Side Bet Hanover found room to trot up the pylons in the stretch to win the final division of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1. Side Bet Hanover led through a :28 first quarter before Gin And Lindy tipped first over from fifth and brushed to the lead after a :56 half. Into the far turn, Gin And Lindy held control as Womans Will advanced first over, keeping Side Bet Hanover in the pocket from third after they trotted three-quarters in 1:24. Gin And Lindy drifted off the rail into the stretch. Womans Will took the lead to her outside while Side Bet Hanover emerged up the pylons into second, soon sprinting past Womans Will to claim victory. Wildflower closed down the center of the track to finish third. Side Bet Hanover, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover, won her fifth race in 18 starts, earning $175,336 for owner Srf Stable. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $9.00 to win. "[Gin And Lindy] was starting to get a little leg weary in front of me and I had plenty of trot," Corey Callahan said. "I was hoping I could shake free because she was so good in her last start up in Canada [in the Elegantimage]; she didn't get any room, but she found room today and shot by very strong." "I'm sure she'll be back next Sunday and hopefully she'll give us a good run." By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - My Happiness E P emerged from a tough spot before exploding home in the stretch to take the featured $40,000 fifth leg of the Miss Versatility for free for all trotting mares at the Meadowlands Friday night, kicking off the track's abbreviated two-week September harness racing schedule. The 8-year-old daughter of Credit Winner came back from more two months on the shelf to score in a conditioned event on September 3 at Pocono Downs, which prepared her to take on a tough Big M field that included 2-1 second choice Jewels In Hock, who had raced well against division giant Hannelore Hanover in her three previous starts. The post time favorite, 6-5 chance Charmed Life, reached the lead in :28 and was permitted to march on the front end through fractions of :56 and 1:23.2. Charmed Life was clear by a length and half at the head of the stretch, but My Happiness E P, who appeared to have no shot racing in fifth at three-quarters in a dull second-over flow, tipped off cover and sprinted home in :27 to get up by a head in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Barn Doll got up for second with Charmed Life hanging on for third. My Happiness E P, the 5-1 fourth choice in the wagering, paid $12.80 in winning for the second time this year in seven starts for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ake Svanstedt and owners Pal Granlund and Thomas Grini. HOT HAND ANDY: Andy Miller led the driver colony with four winners on the program, among them 2-year-old colt trotter Fly On, who scored in 1:56 in the third leg of the Kindergarten Classic for freshmen colts and geldings. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Maestro Blue Chip ($6.80, Victor Kirby) broke the Harrington Raceway 4-year-old trotting horse track record Wednesday with a 1:55.2 win in the featured harness racing $17,500 Open Trot. The Credit Winner stallion left from post position eight and set all the fractions in his win over a stout closing Strong Hope and Spunky Jack. Trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, Maestro Blue Chip continued his banner season with more than $210,000 earned this year in achieving his 12th win of the year. Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and Robert Leblanc's Hemi Seelster ($5, Montrell Teague) captured the $10,000 sub-feature with a 1:55.1 triumph for trainer Josh Green. Montrell Teague had four winners on the program. Art Stafford Jr., Allan Davis, Jim Morand and Victor Kirby each had two wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

Nichols, N.Y. -- Trainer Julie Miller swept both $54,500 New York Sire Stakes events for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings as part of a Sunday (August 21) afternoon harness racing grand slam at Tioga Downs.   Devious Man ($3.10) proved most impressive among 2-year-old trotters to negotiate sloppy going on the 14-race card, drawing clear at will after rating a :59 first half in his Sire Stakes division, carded as race nine. The son of Credit Winner and Miss Garland edged away from his four rivals on the far turn, posting a 5-3/4 length win over Swell Chap (Tim Tetrick) and Royal Casanova (John Campbell) in 1:55.3. Andy Miller drove Devious Man for Stroy, Inc.   Devious Man's stablemate Money MacIntosh ($9.80) prevailed three races earlier, but would have to work a good bit harder to do so. Andy Miller angled the son of Credit Winner and Apple Plush first-over on approach to the backstretch, working to wear down Stick With Me Kid (Jason Bartlett) through a :28.1 third quarter before digging in to stave off the late-rallying Zack's Zoomer (Marcus Miller) by a nose in 1:56.2. Another Chapter (Brett Miller) saved third after being mired in traffic on the far side, while odds-on favorite Such an Angel failed to catch the field after an early break in stride.   The Millers also accounted for one of the four Empire Breeders Classic eliminations on the card, posting a 39-1 upset with Redneck Rally ($80.00) in the day's fifth event. The 3-year-old American Ideal ridgling sustained first-over gains up the backstretch to force a :27.3 third quarter, wearing down prohibitive favorite Roll Away Joe (Jim Morrill, Jr.) and holding off a belated push from Artmagic (Campbell) in 1:52.1.   American Passport ($3.90) captured the other Classic elimination for colts and geldings (race eight), brushing with a circuit to go and parrying a stout challenge from Talk Show (Morrill) in 1:51. Scott Zeron drove the American Ideal colt for trainer Tony Alagna.   In the Classic eliminations for fillies, No Clouds Bluechip ($3.80) and Penpal ($5.80) proved victorious.   No Clouds Bluechip had little trouble prevailing in the day's fourth event, working to a clear lead, turning aside an extended first-over push from Soft Idea (Zeron), and holding pocket rival Major Millie (Jason Bartlett) at bay in 1:53. Brett Miller drove the Roll With Joe filly for John Berger.   In the seventh, Penpal made perfect use of live cover through a :55.4 middle half, drafting behind Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley) before swinging three-wide off the far turn. The daughter of American Ideal rallied to collar both pocket rival Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) and pacesetter WIshy Washy Girl (Morrill) in 1:51.3 with trainer Patrick Lachance in the bike.   The fields for the Empire Breeders Classic finals, scheduled for Sunday, August 28, are as follows (post position, horse, trainer, asterisks denoting elimination winners), with final drivers to be available later in the week:   EBC Filly Pace - $239,225 1 - Soft Idea - Toscano 2 - Wine Snob - Schnittker 3 - No Clouds Bluechip* - Berger 4 - Wishy Washy Girl - Brainard 5 - Penpal* - Lachance 6 - Angels Rockn Pink - Oakes 7 - Major Millie - Elliott 8 - Right Stuff - Toscano 9 - Dime a Dance - Burke AE1 - Rock Me Baby - Lind   EBC Colt & Gelding Pace - $240,475 1 - Ideal Son - Fanning 2 - Missile J - Toscano 3 - American Passport* - Alagna 4 - Fresh Cut - E. Miller 5 - Redneck Rally* - J. Miller 6 - Fine Diamond - Burke 7 - Stolen Glimpse - Burke 8 - Craftship - Alagna 9 - Artmagic - Smedshammer AE1 - Nox Vegas Bluechip - Foley   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 26) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Credit Charger (Credit Winner) scored his first career local victory on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the young trotter did it in the evening's $8,000 harness racing feature. Trained by young conditioner Evan Hoagland, Credit Charger added lasix a few weeks ago and after finishing fourth, posted a pair of second place finishes leading up to his try in the Wednesday feature. Frank Coppola Jr. picked up the catch drive behind Credit Charger and situated the three year old trotter in the pocket in the early going. After riding the coattails of front-running longshot Lindy'ssweetdreams (Jim Devaux) throughout, Credit Charger popped the pocket at the head of the stretch and cruised by to win in a career best 2:00. Lindy'ssweetdreams finished second at odds of 25-1 while Whiskey Hangover (Brian Cross) came on to earn the show spot in a race in which the odds-on favorite didn't hit the board. Credit Charger, who returned $7.80 to win, is owned by Hoagland Racing LLC. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

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