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Five divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old filly trotters were contested Friday, each carrying a purse of just over $57,000.   In the first division, it was Speak To Me (Muscle Massive) remaining undefeated, going on to an easy victory in a time of 1:55. It was the first of three training wins for Jimmy Takter, and one of four driving wins for Yannick Gingras. That's So Ironic finished second, while Matter Hatter was third. Speak To Me is owned by Brittany Farms.   In Division two, it was Smexi (Explosive Matter) closing fast up the passing lane for the win. The Takter trainee drafted behind the speed of eventual third place finisher Kirsi Hanover, and won the sprint home in a time of 1:57. Favorite Kelsey's Keepsake was second. Smexi is owned by the Fieldings, Christina Takter, and Herb Liverman, and was driven by Yannick Gingras.   In the third division, it was Wild Honey (Cantab Hall) picking up her second career win. She was fast off the gate and never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:57. Love Me Madly finished second, while longshot Mercer County was third. Wild Honey is owned by the previous winners connections, and was also piloted by Yannick Gingras.   Division four went to Blessings Counted (Muscle Massive). The Beinhauer trainee brushed to the lead just shy of the half, and went on to a convincing win in a time of 1:57. She is owned by Regina and trainer Rick Beinhauer, and was driven by Dan Rawlings. Bright Baby Blues finished second, while Avalon Hall was third.   In the fifth division, it was heavily favored Gatka Hanover (Muscle Massive) scoring an impressive victory. The Ron Burke trainee remains a perfect three for three, stopping the timer in 1:57. She is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, Hendler and Bruscemi, and was driven by Matt Kakaley.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Hall Of Terror posted the fastest winning time among six $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The races were for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. Hall Of Terror (Western Terror-Maytime Hall), driven by Mark MacDonald and trained by Erv Miller, won in 1:53:1, his second straight Stallion Series victory. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: R N Nate (Nuclear Breeze-R N Artist), driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Roger Hammer, in 1:54; Royaltyhasarrived (Western Terror-Her Mattjesty), driven by Dan Rawlings and trained by Steve Schoeffel, in 1:55:2; Final Gesture (Shark Gesture-Real Girl), driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Linda Toscano, in 1:54; My Hero Ron (Well Said-Erma La Em), driven by Mark MacDonald and trained by Erv Miller, in 1:54:4; and Letsmakeawish (Western Terror-Dynamite Donna), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:53:4. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2014 -- Freshman trotting fillies got their first taste of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action Friday at The Meadows, and that taste was sweetest of all for Livininthefastlane, who triumphed in a stake-fastest 1:56.1. The $xxx event known as the Meadow Gladys was contested over seven divisions, with Kelsey's Keepsake, Gatka Hanover, Iluvmyjimmychoos, Sweet Thing, Wild Honey and Speak To Me taking the other splits. Brian Sears and trainer Julie Miller teamed for a pair of Meadow Gladys wins (Livininthefastlane, Kelsey's Keepsake), as did Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter (Wild Honey, Speak To Me). Livininthefastlane broke stride at the gate in the PA All Stars -- her career debut -- so Sears let her settle before moving her first over. "She raced really big last week but was a little hesitant at the gate and made a break," Sears said. "But I had a lot of confidence in her, and she was pretty handy tonight. She's what I thought she is." She downed Jersey Strong by 1-1/2 lengths, with Annalina third. Marvin Katz, Al Libfield and Sam Goldband campaign the daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise. Iluvmyjimmychoos provided the most dramatic Meadow Gladys victory, charging through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to make up 2 lengths and score in 1:57 at first asking. April Rose was 3/4 lengths back in second while Byfleet Hanover completed the ticket. "You don't want to hit the gas with these things too quick -- they're just babies," Palone said. "She felt good in the lines, but you never know how they'll react when you head them into the passing lane. She was a real professional -- hit a big gear finishing." Nancy Johansson trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Yankee Valentine for Crawford Partners and James Crawford. Gatka Hanover captured her career debut in the PA All Stars and made it look even easier in the Meadow Gladys, scoring on the front end in 1:57.1 for Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Tracy Hendler and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Matter Hatter was second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Bright Baby Blues third. "I didn't want to rush her," Kakaley said of the daughter of Muscle Massive-Girlie Tough. "If anybody left, I would've just left them go and moved her to the front easy without getting her too worked up. Once she gets there, she's relaxed. She trotted 57 the back half easy as any horse can do it." In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Pop Cop shot the Lightning Lane to score in 1:51.1 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. D Mac was second, 1/2 length back, with the pace-setting Windsong Jack third. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight-Pop Queen gelding extended his career bankroll to $221,627. Dan Rawlings drove three winners on the 15-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2014 -- Royaltyhasarrived converted a relentless uncovered move to victory in 1:55.4, fastest split of Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. The event was contested over five divisions, with Sammy Said, Hall Of Terror, Smiling Terror and Cartel taking the other splits. Dave Palone, who piloted six winners on the 16-race card, enjoyed a stake double behind Sammy Said and Cartel. Royaltyhasarrived was coming off a trip both disastrous and promising in the PA All Stars; he was parked every step but was making up ground late while individually timed in 1:54.4. Winning driver Dan Rawlings, who was aboard that day as well, figured that made his horse the best -- particularly with Monday's addition of earplugs. "Last week I couldn't get him in a hole, I couldn't hold him," Rawlings said. "It was kind of embarrassing; it took a little pride out of me. But he definitely was fast enough. Being honest, I didn't think I would lose this race today. If he learns a little more to go with his natural ability, he might be able to go with the sires stakes horses later on." The Western Terror-Her Mattjesty gelding defeated Hillbillyrootdiggr by 4-1/2 lengths, with Caserati Hanover third. Steve Schoeffel trains Royaltyhasarrived for Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Jerry Dedoszak and Michael Munn. Sammy Said vaulted to the early lead for trainer Mark Harder and owner Fox Hollow Farm, the held off B Well by a head to triumph in a maiden-breaking 1: 56.2. UF Larry Alltheway earned show. After Sammy Said trailed throughout in his PA All Stars split, Harder was looking to shake up the youngster. "Mark said to put him in the hunt," Palone said. "He thought the horse was a little better than he showed the first start. We didn't plan on getting stuck on the lead. I was impressed with the little guy. He gives you a good try." Smiling Terror began his career with two front-end victories in qualifiers, but in Monday's stake, he angled off the cones from fourth for Mike Wilder and scored at first asking in 1:56.3. Given Up Terror raced well uncovered for second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Battle Cruiser third. "He got to move a little bit in both qualifiers, so we knew he was capable of making moves," said Steve Owens, who conditions the Western Terror-ASAP Or Sooner gelding for Last Laugh LLC. "He had to back out around them in the last turn; that's a hard move for young horses. Elsewhere on the program, Nice Party won her seventh consecutive race in a conditioned Fillies & Mares event -- a remarkable turnaround from her sophomore campaign in 2013, when she lost all five outings. Tony Hall drove the daughter of Party At Artsplace-Nice'n Big for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns with Tom Pollack. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Albatross, a $236.060 PA Sites Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. By Evan Pattak

The S & P Racing Stable's Jets Are On ($4.90) completed a series sweep in the $38,000 M&J Oil and Lube final for distaffers, while Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton's Nitro Seelster ($10.40) outsprinted a trio of Ron Burke trainees in the $46,000 Nichols True Value final on Sunday (June 29) afternoon's Tioga Downs program.   The two late closing series finals served as co-features on the 13-race card, with the M&J Oil and Lube final looking to be a showdown between preliminary winners Jets Are On and Godiva Seelster. Neither mare was prominent early, as Happy Apples (Matt Kakaley) and Evil Fight (Jeffrey Long) were embroiled in a cutthroat duel to a :54.4 half mile.   On the backstretch, Jets Are On swept three-wide, pushing to the lead into the far turn and drawing clear by five lengths at head-stretch. Godiva Seelster (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sustained a late bid from farther back in the field, rallying well to take second, reducing Jets Are On's winning margin to two lengths in a 1:53.0 effort. Always Flash-n (Aaron Byron), who stalked from the pocket, was able to shake free from the fading pacesetters to save third.   Corey Braden drove Jets Are On for trainer Luanne Case.   In the Nichols True Value final for male pacers, Nitro Seelster sustained a bid off the live cover of Real Illusion (Brandon Simpson), edging clear of Ron Burke trainees Pappy's Pal (Matt Kakaley) and Shark Fantasy (Dan Charlino) while holding off a strong late charge from Agood Time to Rock (Dan Rawlings) en route to a 1:52.3 victory. Sean Bier tipped the four-year-old Camluck gelding off cover at head-stretch, pulling clear late for a two-length triumph.   Agood Time to Rock chased late after suffering an awkward start, re-rallying to just take second from his stablemates, the pocket-sitting Shark Fantasy and the pacesetting Pappy's Pal (third and fourth, respectively).   Doug Hamilton trains Nitro Seelster.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday evening, with the Independence Day card set to begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

A harness racing pair of Meadowlands Pace contenders earned strong confidence builders Saturday night. First up was Beat The Drum, who showed early speed, caught a bit of a shuffle, moved first over as the 2-1 second choice and just kept on coming to win a non-winners of four event in 1:50.1. Beat The Drum will likely make his next start in a Meadowlands Pace elimination for Bender Sweden Inc and trainer Staffan Lind. Dan Rawlings guided the son of Tell All to his new lifetime mark. Not to be out-done was the Art Official colt Let's Drink On It, who faced seven older rivals in the sixth race B-2 event for $18,000. Moving to the half mile pole, the 4-5 betting choice made the lead through a sharp 54.2 half mile, then paced a 54.1 back half mile to win by over four lengths over the veteran Silent Swing in an extremely sharp, and lifetime best 1:48.3. Currently eighth on The Road to The Meadowlands Pace, Let's Drink On It is owned by Seekman, Bond, Hewitt and Boido Jr, trained by Joe Seekman and was driven to victory by his regular pilot, Tyler Smith, who had a career night, winning five races on the program. It's safe to say that Odds On Equuleus has left his 0 for 15 three year old campaign behind him. Tonight at The Meadowlands, he flashed the turn of foot that caught everyone's attention as a two year old, winning tonight's $30,000 Free-For-All Hanidcap in a lifetime best, 1:48.2. Leaving from post position three and sent off as the 2-1 second choice, Marcus Miller gathered Odds On Equuleus back towards the rear of the field, settling in next to last through an opening quarter of 26.2 and a rapid half-mile of 53.3, established by Aracache Hanover. He awaited the move of Wake Up Peter, who in turn flushed out Dovuto Hanover, positioning Odds On Equuleus third over through three-quarters of 1:21.3 Turning for home it appeared to be anyone's race, with Aracache Hanover grimly holding onto the lead, Dovuto Hanover grinding away first over and Wake Up Peter gathering momentum off cover. But then, seemingly in an instant, Odds On Equuleus appeared widest of all in deep stretch and accelerated dramatically to win going away, pacing the final quarter mile in 26 seconds flat. Wake Up Peter was a very solid second and Dovuto Hanover a game third. The winner is owned by Odds On Racing and trained by Tony Alagna. For the second consecutive night, live handle at The Meadowlands showed slight gains over the previous year, gathering momentum into the strongest month of the meet. Next weekend begins the Championship stretch at The Meadowlands. Friday night features New Jersey Sire Stakes for the two year old trotters, while Saturday night carries the freshmen pacers as well as eliminations for The Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee and William Haughton Memorial. Also on the card is the $450,000 est. Hambletonian Maturity for four year old trotters at one mile and one eighth, with a field that could hold up to 16 entrants. The intriguing matchup in that event is that of 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life pitted against the 2013 Hambletonian Oaks Winner (and Horse of the Year), Bee A Magician. Please note that while the Friday July 4th program will begin at 7:15 P.M., Saturday July 5th will carry a special 6:30 P.M. post time, with fireworks to follow the live racing program. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

The first official night of summer brought a huge crowd out for Cameltonian III and the feeling at The Meadowlands was electric. The Saturday night card produced a handle of $2,573,155 which was an increase of $496,320 from the same night last year, which also featured the camel and ostrich races. That represents a 24-percent increase over last year. On-track handle was also up slightly. On the racetrack, three series finals were contested and Dan Rawlings, in from The Meadows to drive the card, won a pair of them among three for the night. First among them was the $23,900 Flower Child trot where eventual winner Star's Photo was sent away at 10-1 despite wins in both preliminary legs. Starting from the outside ten post, Rawlings drifted out with Star's Photo looking for position, found none and patiently waited for the live cover of McKenzie's Star just past the quarter. That one's early move toward the lead was repelled by the favored Sina and Greg Merton through honest fractions. Star's Photo tipped wide willingly for Rawlings and opened up a few mid-stretch then coasted in for a two length score in 1:55.2. Calipari rallied up for second after an eventful trip and longshot Dash For The Cash third, triggering a $1 trifecta payoff just shy of $2,000. Leading trainer Ron Burke conditions the winner who he owns as Burke Racing in partnership with Weaver Bruscemi. Rawlings was back in the winner's circle after the $25,100 Caramore pacing final with Joe Azarow's stable star Relentless Dreamer. Always one to pack a powerful late kick, Relentless Dreamer landed near the back early and gradually followed cover up toward Duel In The Sun who was enjoying a very friendly pace on the front end. Off a 1:23.3 three quarters, the field was closing in on the leader and Relentless Dreamer was fanned widest of all with the most pace to get up on the wire in 1:51.1. The winner is trained by his owner and has been a solid performer here at The Meadowlands for the past few years. He may not win a bunch of races, but he's always coming and tonight he and Dan Rawlings timed the move perfectly. The win pushed him well past the $100,000 mark in career earnings. Pacing mares competed in the $23,900 Cathedra Dot Com final and Carolsideal picked an excellent week to score her first win of the season in 1:51.4 for Jeff Dauplaise. She was settled mid pack as KZ Beach Girl and Mojarra Hanover took turns on the lead past a 55.1 first half. Race favorite The Summer Wind rolled up first over, assumed the lead in the stretch and was moving like a winner but could not resist the late bid from the winner who had live cover as far as she needed. Carolsideal is driven, trained and owned by Jeff Dauplaise in partnership with his mother Carol as Saddle Rock Stable. The Saturday night card produced a handle of $2,573,155 which was an increase of $496,320 from the same night last year, which also featured the camel and ostrich races. That represents a 24-percent increase over last year. On-track handle was also up slightly. Live racing returns on Friday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. We also get our first look at the two year olds this coming weekend with the New Jersey Sire Stakes for the juveniles beginning Friday evening. For more information go to playmeadowlands.com by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Broadway Socks won a division of the Stallion Series on Tuesday night for her fourth consecutive win overall, highlighting the action for three-year-old trotting fillies at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six Stallion Series divisions held, each with a purse of $20,000. Broadway Socks (Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin), driven by Dan Rawlings and trained by David Wade, won her split in 1:55:2 to keep her streak alive. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: Sincerely Yours S (Cantab Hall-Kemp's Emilie), driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Jonas Czernyson, in 1:56:3; Outsourced Hanover (Donato Hanover-Oaklea Opal), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:55:4; Nitro Nittany (Explosive Matter-Miss Nittany), driven by Howard Parker and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:54:4; Here's Ethel (Equinox Bi-Overtookthem), driven by Brett Miller and trained by Sharlene Dufford, in 1:57:2; and Bikini So Teeny (Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon), driven and trained by Charlie Norris, in 1:55. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 13, 2014 -- Windsong Jack stalked his stablemate, Visible Gold, from the pocket, then brushed past him in the lane to score a narrow victory in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. As the field turned for home, Eric Ledford had clearance inside and outside with Windsong Jack and opted to attack outside. The 4-year-old Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile gelding had just enough track to down the 3-5 Visible Gold by a nose in 1:52 on a "good" surface. Brooklyn Flight finished third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Jack, who vaulted over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 14-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

Sweetheart Dance was successful, despite being parked the entire mile, in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap on Thursday (June 12) in Northfield Park's 10th race. She is trained by Kent Sherman for Pittsburgh, PA owner Keith Kippi. Dan Rawlings was aboard for the winning drive. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somkindasweetypie-Life Sign) started from the outside and was parked every step of the way, through fraction of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.4. Sweetheart Dance struck the lead at the top of the stretch and bested her competition by ¾-length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Ride A Cowboy, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover, Viewish, Stacked Deck, African Violet, So Long My Love and Haley Louise. Thursday's win was the fifth victory this year in 13 starts. It bolstered her career win tally to 17 and her lifetime earnings to $193,491. She returned $20.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Trainer Jimmy Takter sent just two horses to compete in the Currier & Ives Grand Circuit harness races for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday afternoon at The Meadows racetrack in Washington, PA. It was no surprise to the betting public that both fillies won since they are two of the top rated fillies in the world, Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, continued her unbeaten streak in 2014 to three straight as she overpowered the field in the first race $31,120 division. The daughter of Donato Hanover left from post six for driver Ron Piece, went right to the lead, held the field at bay and won by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.2, the last quarter mile over the fast track in :27.4. Take The Money (Dave Palone) was second with Jessie’s Song (Brian Zendt) was third. Owned and bred by Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Winsor, NJ, Shake It Cerry paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming favorite. Takter made a return trip to the winner’s circle in the eighth race third division when Lifetime Pursuit, also driven by Ron Pierce, also led the field from start to finish, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Passing Jetta (Mike Wilder) was second with Wesfiftyfirst (Tony Hall) third. It was the first win in three starts this year for Lifetime Pursuit. Sired by Cantab Hall, Lifetime Pursuit also paid just $2.20 to win as the wagering favorite for owner/breeders Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. The second division, fourth race, saw David Wade’s top filly, Broadway Socks, leave quickly from post seven for driver Dan Rawlings and they also never looked back, winning by three open lengths in 1:56. Global Magic (Ron Pierce) was second with Glisten Hanover (Marty Wollam) third. Sired by Broadway Hall and co-owned by David Wade with Gerald Brittingham, William Peel, III and Polly Hilliard (who bred the filly), it was the third straight win and fourth victory in five starts this year for Broadway Socks. She paid $3.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

When trainer David Wade saw Broadway Socks, well, she knocked his socks off. "I fell in love the moment I saw her," said Wade, who sends the 3-year-old filly trotter into Wednesday's second of three divisions of the Currier & Ives Stakes at The Meadows. "What a conformation, and I liked her video. I told my wife (Ann) that I was going to buy this filly or go home empty. I was only going to buy one, and I liked her so much that I didn't want to buy another filly and end up disappointed." Wade bought Broadway Socks, a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall out of the mare I Gotta Feelin, for $35,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He owns the filly with Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. Broadway Socks has won six of 13 career races and earned $110,866. She won a division of the Arden Downs last season and heads to the Currier & Ives off a win in her division of the Historic-Coaching Club Oaks at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on May 25. She starts her Currier & Ives division from post seven with regular driver Dan Rawlings and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly trotter, is the 2-1 favorite in the first division and Lifetime Pursuit is the 2-1 choice in the third division. Both fillies will be driven by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter. "I think (Broadway Socks) is as good as she's ever been right now," Wade said, adding with a laugh, "I've never been in with Shake It Cerry and I'm not looking forward to when I am." Broadway Socks is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, but will not participate in the race because Lasix is prohibited. Broadway Socks began racing on Lasix this year and has won three of four starts. "I'm not going to race without Lasix," Wade said. "It's not fair to the filly." Broadway Socks' stakes schedule includes the Circle City, Zweig Filly Trot, Buckette, and Arden Downs, plus the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All Stars, and Keystone Classic. The Pennsylvania circuit includes the likes of Merrie Annabelle and Breeders Crown winner Shake It Cerry, world champions Cooler Schooner and Designed To Be, plus Breeders Crown runner-up Struck By Lindy and Merrie Annabelle runner-up Lifetime Pursuit. "In Pennsylvania, I might be in the top 10," Wade said. "There's a lot better than I am. There are four or five capable of setting world records, and they have. But if (Broadway Socks) stays healthy, she can make a nice bit of money, I hope." Broadway Socks has finished among the top three in 10 of her 13 races. She went off stride the three times she failed to hit the board, all last season. "She can be a little quirky," Wade said. "I tell my wife that she reminds me of her; she wants what she wants now. She's a little impatient. "My wife understands completely." Wade also sends Miley Hanover out in the third division of the Currier & Ives. Miley Hanover, who has won two of five races this season, is 5-1 on the morning line. "I thought she should have won her last start, but she bled and folded up like a tent in the stretch," Wade said. "She's on Lasix this week and we'll see how we can do." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

It was another extraordinary week of harness racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, one that featured a world record performance and some exciting Grand Circuit races. But the two horses that won the major honors this week are a pair of veterans who appear to be peaking at a time when most others are either winding down their careers or already retired. Let's take a look at their exploits as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: ANDERLECHT While it's not unusual for a nine-year-old pacer to be winning races, most of those veterans do so in the lower claiming ranks. Since arriving from Yonkers, this stallion has taken on some top-flight condition pacers and showed them how it's done. On May 17, he absolutely blitzed a group of non-winners of $15,000 in the last five races with a monster mile of 1:48, which would have been a track record were it not of Dancin Yankee beating him to the punch a few races earlier with a 1:47:2 mile. After a mile like that, it was obvious that he would be the favorite facing the same condition group on Saturday night. Yet the concern for Anderlecht, trained by JD Lewis, was that the ripping time from the previous week would leave him a bit winded this time out. When Getitoffyourchest made an aggressive move past him on the back stretch, it looked like maybe those fears would be realized. Driver Simon Allard didn't panic though, biding his time until the stretch when he cut loose Anderlecht for another move. He rallied past Getitoffyourchest to win by a 1 ½ lengths, posting another scorching winning time of 1:49:1. Can this veteran move up in class off these two wins and beat even more accomplished pacers? Based on these performances, it seems like horses of all ages and classes should be wary. Other top pacers this week include: Somwherovrarainbow (Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway), whose win in a Preferred pace for mares on Sunday night came in 1:48, the fastest time ever posted by a female pacer on a 5/8-mile oval; Stanhope (Anthony Napolitano, Steve Salerno), who moved up in class to win his second straight condition pace on Sunday night, this one coming in 1:51:4; and Ella's Twin (George Napolitano Jr., John Barchi), a mare who churned her way to her third straight claiming win on Wednesday night, this one in 1:54:3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: CHERRY TREE NICOLE For a trotter to be a consistent winner week after week, it generally has to have a decent amount of getaway speed. Being close to the early lead takes a lot of variables out of a race, so the horses that can fire out of the gate well every race usually give themselves a good chance to win. Cherry Tree Nicole has virtually no leaving speed, yet the mare has been one of the most consistent winners since arriving from California in April. The pattern for her races has been pretty much identical. She tends to start slowly, out-pacing just a couple horses in the large field around the first turn. On the back stretch, the mare starts to make steady advancement, and, in the stretch, she blows by everyone. That strategy led her to victories in three of her first four races at Pocono. Tuesday night was a tougher test because she was moving up in class to the $10,000 claimers. Plus, she was switching barns, racing for the first time under the banner of trainer Steve Salerno. Yet for all the changes, the results turned out to be strikingly similar. Cherry Tree Nicole, an eight-year-old mare with an impressive 65 career wins coming into the race, started in her usual lethargic way. When it counted though, driver Matt Kakaley had her in gear, and she coasted by the tiring leaders for a win in 1:57:2. Who said you can't come from off the pace and win consistently? This gritty mare will have none of that nonsense. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Stitch In Time (Tyler Buter, Amber Buter), who captured Tuesday night's featured condition trot with a flying rally in a career-best 1:54:4; A Crown For Lindy (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who picked up his second straight claiming win on Wednesday night with a victory in 1:55; and Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings, David Wade), who followed up a Stallion Series win at The Meadows with a victory here on Sunday night against other three-year-old fillies in the Historic Series, posting a career-best 1:55 in the process. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: PRINT IT After winning at 22-1 on April 26, this 12-year-old pacer did it again on Saturday night with Tyler Buter in the bike, defeating a claiming group at 32-1 for a $66 payout on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Buter One of a seemingly endless cadre of excellent drivers plying their trade at Pocono, Buter was hot this week, racking up five wins including a three-bagger on Saturday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: STEVE SALERNO Year in and year out, Salerno is a force at Pocono, and he's been picking up steam of late, including a training double on Sunday night and three wins for the week. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs    

The Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Eastend Eddie ($9.10) made his return to Tioga Downs a winning one, pulling clear after making a three-wide push off the final turn en route to a 1:52.2 victory in Monday (May 26) afternoon's $14,000 Open I Pace.   The six-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding floated into midfield, stalking a pressured pace disputed by Prairie Jaguar, Fireyourguns, and Electrofire.   With Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.) pushing clear to a :27 first quarter and Electrofire (John Cummings, Jr.) moving first-over to maintain a pressured pace after a :55.2 half mile, Dan Rawlings moved Eastend Eddie second-over to track live cover to the far turn, subsequently swinging three-wide on the far turn. Eastend Eddie responded instantly to Rawlings's move, pushing to the lead in the final 150 yards and drawing clear for a handy victory. Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) split rivals late after being boxed in to save second, while Electrofire was an out-kicked third.   Live racing resumes at Tioga Downs on Saturday, May 31, with first post at 6:15 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2014 -- Broadway Socks not only routed the field by 8 lengths in her division of Friday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series event at The Meadows, but she also established a stake record of 1:55.2 in the process. The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was conducted over six divisions, with Explosive Attitude, Passing Jetta, Czech It Out, Indoor Voices and Glisten Hanover also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone (Explosive Attitude, Czech It Out) and Mike Wilder (Passing Jetta, Indoor Voices) each enjoyed a stake double. With five wins overall on the 15-race card, Wilder has collected 15 victories over the last three programs. Although Broadway Socks earned $84,260 at 2 and reached the championship of the PA Sires Stakes, trainer David Wade had no reservations about dropping her back to the stallions series this year. "We weren't ready for the sires stakes yet -- too early," he said of his $34,000 yearling acquisition. "We're not ready to go in 1:54. We'll be ready to go faster than that eventually, but we're not there yet. But if I kick her back up (to the sires stakes), I'll miss both finals. But $10,000 here is nice money. There are no guarantees in the sires stakes. She's eligible to other stakes -- a couple of things in the Midwest late in the year." Her time erased the old stake mark of 1:56.3 established by Sephora De Vie in 2011. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin to her front-end romp for owners Gerald Brittingham, William F. Peel III and Wade. Explosive Attitude, whom owner/trainer Arlene Cameron describes as "evil" away from the track, moved smartly first over from fifth and easily captured her second straight stallions series split in 1:57.4, matching her career best. Glams K rallied for second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Keystone Harper third. "On the track she's perfect; in the barn, it's another story," said Cameron of the diminutive daughter of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream. "Some days it takes a half hour to catch her in the stall. She'll wheel on you, or she'll come at you with her mouth wide open. I just try not to get mad at her and let her do her thing. You can't manhandle her or fight her and think you'll get somewhere with her because you won't. She'll win every time." Passing Jetta had failed in all five of her previous starts, but she brushed confidently from third into the final turn and drew off late, breaking her maiden in 1:58.1. Exclusive Photo came from far back for second, 5 lengths in arrears, while early leader Winky Dink earned show. "They told me she would be a little excited going to the track but not to pay any attention to that," Wilder said. "They were right. First step on the racetrack, she was a class act. She was fantastic to drive, and she's very smart. I couldn't have asked her to do her job any better." Jonas Czernyson conditions the daughter of Lear Jetta-Europass for Team JC Stable, Joanna Callahan, Aldebaran Park and Trish Foulk. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Sam Hill found late racing room and notched his second consecutive victory in 1:51.4, a nose better than Justified, with Good Day Mate completing the ticket. Greg Wright, Jr. drove for trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The 8-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding now boasts career earnings of $264,389. Saturday's Preakness Day card at The Meadows is highlighted by the Stenographer, a $199,400 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters which features the season's debut of Shake It Cerry, the 2013 divisional champion. She goes in the second split, Race 8, from post 7, with Ron Pierce piloting. First post Saturday is 11:25 AM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 30, 2014 -- Classic Martine, Pennsylvania's divisional co-champion in 2013, successfully launched her harness racing 4-year-old campaign Wednesday at The Meadows by overcoming post 9 and cruising to victory in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Classic Martine earned a share of the PA championship when she and Frau Blucher finished in the fastest trotting dead heat ever in the sires stakes final at The Meadows. There was no such drama Wednesday, as Dan Rawlings pushed her to the lead in 27.3 and gave her a 30.2 second-quarter breather. The daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days scored in 1:55 on a sloppy surface, 2-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie. Mistress Valentine was third. Chris Oakes trains Classic Martine, who extended her career bankroll to $553,724, for Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. Rawlings and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 14-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features four divisions of an $80,000 PA Stallions Series stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

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