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LEXINGTON, KY--Jim Campbell trainee Cantab Fashion collected his fourth consecutive win from five starts career when trotting to an open-length 1:55.3 victory in the final harness racing division of the $343,000 Uncle Peter Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms, on Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Red Mile. Away fourth at the quarter, Cantab Fashion sat off a :29.2 opening quarter set by 3-2 favorite Prospect Hill before tipping off the rail and moving first over for the top spot past a :59.3 half. Cantab Fashion took control midway around the final turn and held a two-length margin on Final Claim, left first over, and Prospect Hill heading to three-quarters. Cantab Fashion continued on the front with a widening margin by three-quarters in 1:28. The 2-1 second choice trotted through the stretch under wraps as Kings County, rallying three wide from second over, took second ahead of Battenberg popping from the pocket for third and Prospect Hill holding fourth. A colt by Cantab Hall, Cantab Fashion pushed his career bankroll to $64,500 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller sat behind the $6.20 winner. Aldebaranwalkabout stormed home widest on the course to pull a 29-1 upset in the $86,000 first division following a disqualification of race-favorite Don't Let'em. Wittyville took the top from the inside with Brady Bunch getting away second and 4-5 favourite Don't Let'em floating into contention third. Past the quarter in :29, Don't Let'em took the lead and trotted uncontested to the half in :57.2. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt pulled first over from fourth with Sheena's Boy rounding the final turn and marched to match strides with tempo-setter Don't Let'em by three-quarters in 1:27.1. Sheena's Boy retreated into the stretch as Takter kept Don't Let'em, drifting off the rail, on stride through the lane. Brady Bunch, off the rail trip, angled towards the center of the track while Wittyville slid through a gap at the inside and Aldebaranwalkabout, trailing the on-stride pack throughout, charged through the center of the course. Don't Let'em went into a pace in the final sixteenth of the mile and broke strides nearing the wire. Aldebaranwalkabout surged and snagged the second spot in a photo with Brady Bunch third and Wittyville fourth. Because of the break, Don't Let'em was disqualified to eighth, placing Aldebaranwalkabout as the race winner. Returning $61.20 to win, Aldebaranwalkabout, a Muscle Hill colt trained by Jonas Czernyson, won his second race from five starts, earning $53,300 for owner Aldebaran Park Inc. Andrew McCarthy sat in the bike. William Wellwood Memorial winner Green Manalishi S cruised as the 1-9 favorite to a 1:56.1 open-length victory in the $85,000 second Bluegrass split. Driver Tim Tetrick placed the Marcus Melander trainee third behind pacesetter Dylan The Great through a :29.2 opening quarter. Green Manalishi S made his move for the lead midway through the backstretch and brushed to the front at the half in :58.1. Super Schissel edged first up from fourth moving into the final turn as Dylan The Great lost ground to the inside and Green Manalishi S opened his lead. Through three-quarters in 1:28.1, Green Manalishi S held a three-length lead while Trix And Stones, from off cover, rallied through the center to take second from Super Schissel in third and Dylan The Great holding fourth. Winning his fifth race from seven starts, Green Manalishi S, by Muscle Hill, has now compiled $343,257 in earnings for owner Courant Inc. Tim Tetrick drove the $2.10 winner. Chin Chin Hall ranged to the top from off cover in the stretch to pull a 14-1 upset in the $86,000 third division of Bluegrass in 1:55.4. Positioned fifth as Amico Mio Bi, Forecast and Union Forces battled three wide for the lead to the quarter, Chin Chin Hall sat off a :28.1 opening quarter set by Union Forces circling to the front. Amico Mio Bi, shuffled to third, flushed first over as Hudson River strode into contention past a :57.2 half. Amico Mio Bi overtook Union Forces moving around the final turn and left Hudson River uncovered. Chin Chin Hall angled off the rail and caught cover second over as Amico Mio Bi trotted past three-quarters in 1:27.2. Hudson River moved to the lead into the stretch as Chin Chin Hall kicked off cover and gradually progressed to the front heading to the line. Hudson River held second from Forecast lunging towards the rail for third and Amico Mio Bi lengths behind in fourth. Paying $31.60 to win, Chin Chin Hall, a colt by Cash Hall, won his first race in his second start career, earning $43,000 for owners David Mc Duffee and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Peter Wrenn sat at the reins for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile Friday, Sept. 28 with two-year-old filly trotters competing in four divisions of the $373,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes and two-year-old filly pacers in three divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes. The program starts with a first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Stag Party and driver David Miller put on a show to win the $890,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casie Coleman trained two-year-old harness racing pacing colt came first-up on the final turn from fourth and proceeded to turn the Metro final into a laugher by drawing away with ease in the lane for a 4¼ lengths victory in 1:50.4. "My horse was full of pace the whole way and around the last turn I had a pretty good feeling that he was going to go all the way," said Miller, who had never won the Metro before during his Hall of Fame career. "It's a great feeling, I can't explain it. I had been wanting to win this race a long time too." De Los Cielos Deo blasted from post-ten to claim the early-lead, posting a :27.1 opener. Race-favourite Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy angled out from sixth heading towards the half, flushing out Stag Party and Miller from fourth. After reaching the half in :55.4, De Los Cielos Deo faced final-turn pressure from Stag Party, while Captain Ahab was situated second-over. De Los Cielos Deo held a length advantage at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Stag Party powered by De Los Cielos Deo and stormed away to the blowout victory. Captain Ahab, who came into the Metro final undefeated, came up empty in the lane after getting the perfect trip and faded to finish ninth. Semi Tough finished second after a two-hole trip, while Shake That House and Lyons Night Hawk finished third and fourth, respectively. "My plan all along was to try and get Andy (McCarthy) in front of me," said Miller about his trip with Stag Party. "He wouldn't take the bait and he ended up following me second-over, which I wasn't happy about." A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party's dominating effort gives trainer Coleman her second Metro title to go with Sportswriter record performance in 2009. "From day one he's been real special," said Coleman of Stag Party. "He stressed me out a little bit the last couple of weeks. I don't think I've ever had a race where I honestly text the owners and said we might be scratching tonight and go on to win the final the next week." "His issues were all just colt soreness. I literally x-rayed this horse top to bottom two or three weeks in a row...I was ready to tell them we're shutting him down for the season and bringing him back as a three-year-old." A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party has now earned $642,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "We've had a lot of luck in this business and we've had a ton of fun and this one is really special because my thoroughbred partner Fred Hertrich actually bred the horse so it makes it extra special," said John Fielding after capturing his first Metro. "I've had horses with Casie for a couple years now and been absolutely thrilled with the job she does. Her and her team have done an amazing job and this colt is really special." Coleman is currently undecided on when Stag Party's next start will be but did note the Metro winner will be pointed towards the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and Breeders Crown. Stag Party paid $5.30 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Delaware, OH - Courtly Choice and David Miller rebounded from a potentially damaging break in the first heat and got up in the shadow of the wire in the second to win the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, Thursday evening at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of seven hanress racing pacers were sent on their way for the $436,560 final heat, the first elimination winner Lather Up (Montrell Teague) left from post two and outsprinted the second elimination winner Dorsoduro Hanover into the first turn and controlled the fractions of :27, :54 4/5 and 1:21 2/5. Coming down the lane for the final time, Lather Up looked like the champ, but weakened in the lane allowing Courtly Choice to win by a neck in a four horse photo finish in 1:49 4/5. In the final print, Dorsoduro Hanover rallied for second. Lather Up finished third and Hayden Hanover fourth. The three-year-old son of Art Major is trained by Blake MacIntosh and owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Piouffe and Touch Stone Farms. With his fifth Jug victory, David Miller joins William Haughton and Mike Lachance with the most driver titles. "The first heat he raced great, but I felt horrible," noted Miller. "The only way to make it better was to win." "He puts up a big fight. He's game. I give him a lot of credit." The second elimination was action packed from the start. Courtly Choice made a costly break in stride and was last in the field of six. Andy Miller sent Hayden Hanover to the early lead pass the quarter in :26 2/5. The "triple crown" contender, Stay Hungry (Doug McNair) took command before the half mile in :55. Miller sent Courtly Choice three wide down the backstretch and was in contention at the three-quarters in 1:22 4/5. As the field turned for home Stay Hungry stayed strong and crossed the line ¾ of a length ahead of the late charging Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Courtly Choice. To see the final heat race video click here. Before the connections made it to the winners circle, the 'inquiry' sign was posted for possible interference between Stay Hungry and Dorsoduro Hanover in the first turn. After a lengthy review, Dorsoduro Hanover (timed in 1:51) was placed the winner and Stay Hungry was disqualified and placed fourth. Courtly Choice and Hayden Hanover also qualified for the final. Stay Hungry was later scratched from the second heat. In the first $102,720 elimination, Lather Up protected his rail position and led the field of seven through the into the first turn and past the opening quarter in :27. Done Well was the first to challenge when Tim Tetrick came to the outside before the half in :55 3/5. This Is The Plan, who sat second for the entire mile, put forward a late effort, but Lather Up used a :26 4/5 last quarter to cross the line in 1:49 3/5. This Is The Plan was second, 1 ½ lengths back. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller) and Done Well finished third and fourth to advance to the final. Originally, Courtly Choice was ineligible for the 73rd LBJ, but his connections elected to pay the $45,000 supplemental entry fee after winning the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace Final on July 14. With the winner's share, Courtly Choice now sports $952,704 on his career earnings card. $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket I'm Your Captain (Andy Miller) used a four wide move around the final turn to defeat Hill Street (Yannick Gingras) and Maxus (Jimmy Takter) to take the Old Oaken Bucket in 1:55 2/5. The pacesetting Treasure Tee (Trevor Henry) faded to fourth. I'm You Captain is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing and trained by Julie Miller. The Muscle Hill colt has won four out his last seven starts. $107,000 Ms. Versatility Trot Final David Miller and Broadway Donna used a perfect second over trip and defeated NF Happenstance (Jack Parker, Jr.) by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53 1/5. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) was third, another two lengths behind. Broadway Donna is trained by Jim Campbell and has amassed $1.4 million for Fashion Farms. $40,418 Standardbred Colt Pace Workin Ona Mystery (Tim Tetrick) defeated stablemate Air Force Hanover (David Miller) in 1:50 3/5 to take the freshman colt pace. The field raced in post-position order through the first three quarters of the mile in :27, :54 3/5 and 1:22 2/5. Tetrick tipped the eventual winner off the rail and cruised home in :28 1/5 to establish a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in three career starts. The Captaintreacherous colt is conditioned by Brian Brown for Jim Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and the Wingfield Brothers. $48,218 Standardbred Colt Trot Prospect Hill (Andy Miller) took the lead as the field approached the half mile station and never looked back to win the $48,218 Standardbred by 2 ½ lengths over Final Claim (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 1/5. The son of Muscle Hill has won seven of nine seasonal starts for Stroy Inc. and trainer Julie Miller. $111,554 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Rockathon (David Miller) took the opening division in 1:52 over Slick Mick (Tim Tetrick) and Born To Be Bad (Andy Miller). Trainer Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley own the gelded son of Pet Rock who has pushed his career earnings to $338,615. The second $55,777 division went to the heavily favored Bounding Dragon and Dan Noble in 1:51. The winner went gate to wire for owners Alan Keith and Melanie Atley and trainer Mike Roth. The ultra-consistent Bounding Dragon has finished in the top two places eleven times this season. $133,906 Ohio Breeders Championship Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) went gate to wire to win the opening division in a stakes record 1:51 3/5. The Pet Rock gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Trainer Brian Brown returned to the winner's circle in the second $66,953 division with Dislocator (Chris Page). Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Internet Stable own the Big Bad John colt who defeated Seattle Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Authentic Hanover (Tyler Smith) in 1:54 4/5. $111,704 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Baron Remy (Chris Page) and McVenus (Trace Tetrick) took the two $55,852 divisions in 1:53 and 1:52 2/5 respectively. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - The $129,706 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters highlighted the Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. Delaware's all-time leading driver David Miller made his presence known early this week when he piloted Pattis Main Man to victory in the first division. Pattis Main Man led gate-to-wire, but had to hold off a late rush by the bettor's choice, Wittyville (Chris Page) by a neck in 1:56 3/5. The freshman son of Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Mike Sowers of McArthur, Ohio. Pattis Main Man was bred by Midland Acres and has five wins on the season. Never Say Uncle (Aaron Merriman) and Rose Run Urban (Peter Wrenn) completed the superfecta. With the win, David Miller increased his all-time win total at Delaware to 224. In the second $64,853 division, Kayne Kauffman used a patient drive with Cumberland Gap to win in 1:57 1/5. When the gate wing opened, Oh So Pine (Dan Noble) and Cumberland Gap battled for the early lead. The eventual winner yielded to Oh So Pine through the opening fractions of :28 2/5 and :58 2/5. Cumberland Gap took the lead just before the ¾ mile pole in 1:27 3/5. Oh So Pine tried to rally one more time in the lane but came up a ½ length short. Cumberland Gap won for the sixth time in 11 seasonal starts for owner/trainer Renee Bauslaugh of Delaware, Ohio and breeder Charles Stillings of DeLeon Springs, Florida. The final time equaled the Wishing Stone colt's lifetime mark. The 20 race Jugette Day card on Wednesday will kick off at 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Delaware, OH - Ohio-bred champion Lather Up and supplemental entry Courtly Choice, drew the coveted rail positions in their eliminations for the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 20th at the Delaware County Fair. Lather Up is a homebred son of I'm Gorgeous and has won $738,965 for Gary and Barbara Iles. He has won 14 of 19 career starts including the $760,000 North America Cup and the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final. Lather Up will be driven by Montrell Teague and is trained by Clyde Francis, the same connections that won the 2015 Little Brown Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Courtly Choice has won nine starts this season and has banked more than $700,000 lifetime. The bay son of Art Major is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice is conditioned by Blake MacIntosh and driven by the four-time Jug champion David Miller. Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace his connections could pay the $45,000 supplemental payment. Drawing post #4 in the second elimination is Stay Hungry, who is looking to become the 11th horse to win pacing's "Triple Crown." It has been 15 years since No Pan Intended accomplished this feat. The Sombeachsomewhere - My Little Dragon colt has won $1.1 million, including the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry is owned by Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman, trained by Tony Alagna and will be piloted by Doug McNair. The first four finishers in the $102,720 eliminations will return for the second heat. The winner of the $436,560 final heat will be declared the 73rd Jug champion. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: $102,720 - 1st Elimination (first four finishers return for second heat) PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Lather Up (Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis) 2. This Is The Plan (Andrew McCarthy/Chris Ryder) 3. Babes Dig Me (Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna) 4. Done Well (Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown) 5. Key Advisor (Chris Page/Tony Alagna) 6. Nutcracker Sweet (Jordan Stratton/Jimmy Takter) 7. Wes Delight (Yannick Gingras/Chris Oakes) $102,720 - 2nd Elimination (first four finishers return for second heat) PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Courtly Choice (David Miller/Blake MacIntosh) 2. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller/Julie Miller) 3. Hitman Hill (Brett Miller/Chris Oakes) 4. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair/Tony Alagna) 5. Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 6. Decoy (Jimmy Takter/Jimmy Takter) $436,560 - 2nd Heat Post time for the Thursday card will be 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The combination of the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super day and the inaugural Fayette County Fair brought out a large crowd to The Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16. While several music acts performed on two stages, including rising star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, eight $250,000 KYSS finals highlighted the 10-race card that also included a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The revamped KYSS program was in full evidence on Sunday as seven different stallions were represented in the winner's circle, with the only two-time winner being Yankee Glide, who was just retired from active stud duty at the age of 24 by the Lexington-based Kentuckiana Farms. The first KYSS final was for 2-year-old male trotters and it appeared odds-on favorite Don't Let'em, who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, was on his way to victory as the field of 10 came out of the last turn. But Don't Let'em suddenly went on a break, which paved the way for the two-hole sitting Forecast to take advantage and score a 1:53.4 victory. Shake N Bake (Tim Tetrick finished a length behind in second and just ahead of show finisher Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn). Corey Callahan was in the sulky for trainer John Butenschoen behind Forecast, who won for the fifth time in nine starts while posting a career best. A $70,000 yearling purchase and owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Forecast now has career earnings of $186,650. The son of Cantab Hall was bred by Diamond Creek Farm. Callahan and Butenschoen teamed up for a second KYSS champion with the 3-year-old filly trotter Nixie Volo, who redeemed herself after making a break in last year's final. Leaving from post 8, Nixie Volo was parked the entire mile but was still able to hold onto the lead she finally secured in deep stretch to win in a career-best 1:51.1. Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) was a head back in second, with Live Laugh Love (David Miller) third. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Nixie Volo was a $22,000 yearling purchase and now owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, 83 Racing and the University of Kentucky football team's offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. With her fourth win of the year Nixie Volo boosted her seasonal earnings to $215,486 and career total to $286,786. She was bred by Jorgen Jahre Jr. Beautyonthebeach swept her way through the trio of 2-year-old filly pace preliminaries and she had no problems in the final as she cruised to a 1:51 victory. Doug McNair was in the sulky as Beautyonthebeach quarter-pole moved to the front where she led the rest of the way to win by two lengths over Margret Hill (Miller) with Summer Charm (Matt Kakaley) third. Trained by Gregg McNair, Beautyonthebeach is a Jim Avritt Sr.-homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the standout mare Precocious Beauty. The was her fifth in eight starts and equaled her career mark set in the second KYSS leg. Her earnings now stand at $181,343. Whispering Oaks sprung a 16-1 upset in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Whispering Oaks left fast from post eight, but after taking the lead soon yielded to heavy favorite Taylor Swiftly. That odds-on choice held the lead turning for home but in deep stretch gave way to Whispering Oaks, who crossed the wire in 1:54. Ma Was Right (Dunn) was able to get up for second late, just ahead of Taylor Swiftly (Scott Zeron). A daughter of Father Patrick, Whispering Oaks is a $100,000 yearling purchase of Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the win was Whispering Oaks' third of the year and came after three consecutive second-place finishes in the KYSS prelims. Her career-best effort increased her earnings to $124,574. Whispering Oaks was bred by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. While the remnants of Hurricane Florence slowly made their way into the Bluegrass on Sunday, it was Hurrikane Emperor who captured the KYSS final for 2-year-old male trotters. Already the winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, Hurrikane Emperor became a two-state champ with a 1:49.3 victory for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Joh McDermott Jr. Hurrikane Emperor led at every call to best the pocket-sitting Blood Money (Gingras) by a head, with favorite Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) third. A son of Hurrikane Kingcole, Hurrikane Emperor was bred and is owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. The win was his sixth in eight starts, bringing her earnings to $214,400. The $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers went to favorite Dance Blue and driver Andy McCarthy in 1:51.1. Defending divisional champ Band Stand (Doug McNair), who went off at odds of 68-1 on the toteboard, finished a neck behind in second, with Cabowabocuttie (Zeron) third. Winless last year at two, Dance Blue won for the sixth time in 12 starts this year, bringing her career earnings to $241,880. A $50,000 yearling purchase from breeders Steve Stewart and Julie and Charles "Cotton" Nash, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Katz, Goldband and Goran Anderberg Eurobond outgamed Tactical Landing in the stretch to capture the KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. With Wolfgang (Gingras) on the lead and Tactical Landing and trainer-driver Takter first-over, driver David Miller waited patiently along the inside. In deep stretch Miller found room with Eurobond and he was able to urge his charge to the wire a head in front of Tactical Landing in 1:51.3. Classichap (Callahan) rallied for third as Wolfang tired to fourth. A son of French stallion Love You, Eurobond is owned by breeder Lindy Farms of Conn. In partnership with Robert Rudolph. The win was just his second in a dozen starts this year and lowered his previous mark by more than two seconds. Domenico Cecere trains Eurobond, who increased his earnings to $152,900. The rich program was capped off by a 1:48.1 victory by American History in the KYSS final for 3-year-old male pacers. Driven by Gingras for trainer Tony Alagna, American History used a final quarter of :26.1 to get past leader Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton) in deep stretch to win by one length. Grant Teton (McCarthy) was third. A son of American Ideal, American History was a $150,000 yearling purchase and now owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. The win was the seventh of the year for American History, who earlier this year posted a 1:47 victory at the Meadowlands. The effort boosted American History's earnings to $472,285. Two $50,000 KYSS consolations opened up the card. The 2-year-old filly trot consolation went to Mother Teresa in 1:55.2 for driver Zeron and trainer Cecere. The daughter of Father Patrick is a homebred of KR Breeding. The consolation for freshman male pacers went to Waterway, who won in 1:50.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Alagna. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was bred by Brittany Farms and is owned by Alagna & Begley Stable, Santo Barbera, David Silverman and Joseph Barbera. Three KYSS consolations were held on Saturday night. Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass) won the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:54.3 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman; Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover) won the 2-year-old male trot in 1:55.4 for trainer-driver Brian Connor, who shares ownership with Janice Connor, Arden Homestead Stable and Caroline Gerry; and Cruise (Sweet Lou) won the 2-year-old male pace in 1:52.4 for driver Christian Lind, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes  

Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice prepped for next week's Little Brown Jug with a 1:52 win in a qualifier Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia with regular driver David Miller in the sulky. The colt set all the fractions, going :28 to the quarter, :55.4 to the half and 1:24.2 to three-quarters over a surface labeled "good." "The rail wasn't that great, so Dave kept him two wide the whole way," trainer Blake MacIntosh said. "We just wanted to make sure everything was good. Dave couldn't be happier with him, so we're very happy. He was real good. We'll head to the Jug next week." The 73rd Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers is Sept. 20 at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio and is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Stay Hungry won the first two -- the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes -- and will attempt to become the 11th pacer to complete the sweep. The most recent Pacing Triple Crown winner was No Pan Intended in 2003. Courtly Choice was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but is eligible to supplement to the race thanks to his win in the Meadowlands Pace. The fee to supplement is $45,000. The colt's owners have already spent nearly $100,000 to supplement to the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace, where Courtly Choice finished fourth for his only loss in his past seven races. "What's another $45,000?" MacIntosh said with a laugh. "Everybody wants to win the Jug. There are three races that you always want to win: the Meadowlands Pace, the North America Cup, and the Jug. Hopefully we can get two out of three. We'll see what happens." The Little Brown Jug, which contests eliminations and final on the same day, is expected to feature three of North America's top-rated horses. Courtly Choice is ranked No. 5 in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while North America Cup winner Lather Up is No. 8 and Stay Hungry is No. 10. In the first Little Brown Jug future pool, Lather Up was the 3-1 favorite followed by Courtly Choice at 9-2 and Stay Hungry at 6-1. The second pool opens Sunday. The draw for the Little Brown Jug is Saturday. Courtly Choice will enter the Jug with a three-race win streak while Stay Hungry and Lather Up both have won back-to-back starts and three of their last four. "Those three horses are on top of their games right now," MacIntosh said. "It's going to be an exciting race. I hope the crowd shows up and everybody enjoys it." Courtly Choice has won nine of 12 races this year and earned $655,393 for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. For his career, the son of Art Major out of Lady Ashlee Ann has won 11 of 24 starts and $708,744. Miller is a four-time winner of the Little Brown Jug -- he got his first with No Pan Intended -- and will be attempting to equal the record for career driving victories in the event. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance share the mark with five each. MacIntosh will be making his first appearance in the Little Brown Jug. "I know I'll be nervous," MacIntosh said. "It's going to be an exciting day." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Courtly Choice made his Yonkers Raceway debut Tuesday night (Aug. 28th), toying with his foes in the $173,500 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. The 1-20 favorite ($2.10), in rein to Dave Miller, was a two-move, 6½-length winner in the first ($86,750) division). Away third from post position No. 6, he dusted early (:27, :56.1; 1:23.3) leader Rockapelo (Jason Bartlett) right after the three-quarters, opened a coupled of lengths into the lane, then widened as he pleased in 1:51.1. Cheese Melt (George Brennan) won the scrum for second at 78-1, with Rockapelo holding third and Ostro Hanover (Brian Sears) fourth. For Meadowlands Pace champ Courtly Choice, the son of Art Major has won nine of his dozen seasonal starts ($655,393) for co-owners (as part of Mac and Heim Stables)/trainer Blake Macintosh, Daniel Plouffe, Hutt Racing and Touch Stone Farms. The exacta paid $56, the triple paid $183 and the superfecta paid $772. "He's a lot of fun," Miller said. After this rare sire stakes appearance, Macintosh said Courtly Choice is Ohio-bound for both the Jug Preview and Little Brown Jug. Tuesday night's second (also $86,750) and final grouping saw Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron, $12) prevail from first-over. Away fourth from post No. 3, Ghost Dancer hooked last season's statebred champ, Jersey Jim (Jordan Stratton), after that one's intervals of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.2. 'Jim,' the even-money favorite here, owned a length lead off the final turn, but tired. Ghost Dancer whipped the rival on his back, Twin B Tuffenuff (Brennan), by a half-length in 1:54.1. Jersey Jim salvaged the bottom of the ticket, with Keystone Tenacious (Jim Marohn Jr.) fourth. For third choice Ghost Dance, a Millar Farms homebred American Ideal colt trained by Rick Zeron, he's now 3-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $165.50, the triple paid $435.50 and the superfecta paid $1,495. "I couldn't hold him the last time he was here (late July)," Zeron said. "Tonight, he was much more manageable and when I asked him in the last turn, he went." New York Sire Stakes return here Thursday, Sept. 6, with the Mike Cohen Pace (3-year-old fillies, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 26, 2018- Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice is invading Yonkers Raceway for the first time Tuesday night (Aug. 28th), coinciding with the $173,500 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Post time for the 10-race card is 6:50 PM, with the pair of $86,750 statebred events going as races 7 and 8. Courtly Choice drew post position No. 6 in the opening division, with Dave Miler again driving for co-owners (as part of Mac and Heim Stables)/trainer Blake Macintosh, Daniel Plouffe, Hutt Racing and Touch Stone Farms. For the season, Courtly Choice has eight wins in 11 starts ($612,018), entering off a down-the-road win in the $272,025 final of the Empire Breeders at Tioga (1:48.3). His 1:47.1 life-best did come in that $701,830 Meadowlands Pace last month. Tuesday is just his second New York Sire Stakes appearance of the season, having won a Memorial Day event at Vernon (1:48.4). He's only made one other small-track start, winning last season's $50,000 consolation of the NYSS at Monticello. If Courtly Choice gets a challenge, it's probably going to come from Heavenly Sounds (Jim Mahon Jr., post 3). The Rock N Roll Heaven colt, trained by Bruce Saunders for M&M Harness Racing, has won six races and more than $137,000 this season. He was snappy sire stakes winner here (1:52.4) late last month. Tuesday night's second and final group includes Macintosh's Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald, post 7), himself a six-figure performer this season ($102,307). Jersey Jim (Jordan Stratton, post 2) has not raced back to his frosh sire stakes championship form, while Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron, post 3), Keystone Tenacious (Marohn Jr., post 4) and Ideal Feeling (Jason Bartlett, post 8) were all finalists in the Empire Breeders Classic. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

MILTON, ON - August 25, 2018 - Marion Marauder and Ariana G captured Saturday's star-studded Maple Leaf Trot eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 16 older trotters were entered in the eliminations and split into a pair of $40,000 eight-horse fields. The top-five finishers from each elimination punched their ticket to next Saturday's $651,000 final, while eliminations winners also earned the right to select their post. Marion Marauder surpassed $3 million in career earnings with a 1:53.1 victory in the first elimination. Driven by Scott Zeron, Marion Marauder didn't get off to the greatest of starts and got away fifth in the field of six. Pinkman left from the outside to claim the lead and posted a :27.2 opening-quarter before slowing things down for a :57 opening-half. Crazy Wow came first up from fourth on the far turn, allowing Zeron to situate Marion Marauder second-over. Pinkman reached three-quarters in 1:25. In the stretch, Marion Marauder came off cover and powered by his rivals with ease to come home in :27.3 for the victory. Dancer Hall rallied from sixth with a strong final-quarter to finish second, beat just a length. The top-five finishers were rounded out by Emoticon Hanover, Pinkman and Crazy Wow. The first elimination saw a pair of scratches, leaving only one horse (I Know My Chip) to be eliminated. A five-year-old son Muscle Hill, Marion Marauder entered Saturday's contest a little less than $5,000 away from the $3 million mark. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee is now five for eight this season and continues to add to his impressive resume. "It's uncharted territory for us. I don't know how many there is but there isn't many," said Keeling about Marion Marauder's earnings milestone. "He's just fun to race and fun to watch...you just kind of watch and go 'how does he get this done' but him and Scott just get along so well. It's been a great ride and I hope we get to keep going." Marion Marauder's victory Saturday was his 19th career score for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. He paid $3.90 to win. The second elimination saw Ariana G and driver David Miller breakthrough for a 1:52.4 score. Defending champion Hannelore Hanover did the work on the front, storming out to post opening-fractions of :27.3 and :56.2. Ariana G angled out from fifth just after the half and made the long journey first-up to get into third and three-lengths from the lead at three-quarters. Hannelore Hanover reached the third station in 1:24.2 and was ready for a stretch battle with Will Take Charge, who enjoyed a two-hole ride. However, the lead pair didn't have the trot to fight off Ariana G. The Takter trainee powered up to defeat Will Take Charge by a neck, while Hannelore Hanover finished nearly three-lengths back in third. Guardian Angel As and Warrawee Roo grabbed the final two spots in next week's final. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill, Ariana G was teaming up with driver David Miller for the first time Saturday, which Miller noted was a breath of fresh air. "For sure. I've raced against her for about three or four years now and she's one tough cookie," said Miller. "I thought this was a way tougher division. I raced her to get her into the final and she surprised me. She was loaded around the last turn and finished it off against two good horses." Ariana G is four for eight this season and has earned $375,515. The World Champion increases her career numbers to 25 wins and more $2.3 million earned for owner-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. A $2 win ticket on Ariana G returned $23.60. The draw for next week's $651,000 final took place following the elimination. 1. Crazy Wow 2. Dancer Hall 3. Marion Marauder 4. Ariana G 5. Will Take Charge 6. Warrawee Roo 7. Hannelore Hanover 8. Emoticon Hanover 9. Guardian Angel As 10. Pinkman AE: I Know My Chip by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHESTER, PA - Hall of Famer David Miller guided two-year-old pacing fillies May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick to their third Pennsylvania Stallion Series victories on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each their third straight triumph after skipping the first leg, and he may have a hard decision to make as to which filly to guide in the group's Championship race here on Labor Day Monday. Skater Chick, a daughter of Sweet Lou - Ram Rocker, had to do some fancy skating down the backstretch for Miller during her win. She was positioned second-over behind Serena Said, who had had steering issues throughout, and when that filly bore out a path just past the 5/8, Miller guided his filly right through two-wide to go up and tackle the pacesetting Unspoken Promise. From there, Skater Chick had relatively clear sailing, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Alkippe, who came up the inside to catch Unspoken Promise for second, in 1:54.2. Skater Chick is trained by Mark Harder for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste, and Garth Bechtel. In no way did the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover have it easy in taking her third straight Stallion Series contest. Miller took a 4-tuck early with his charge, then grinded up uncovered and was able to seize a small lead on the far turn, which she extended into the stretch. That jump was good enough to keep her clear of Michelon's Filly, who had been hampered by dull cover but came flying late to reduce the winner's advantage to a half-length at the end of the 1:53.1 mile. Nifty Norman conditions the streaking freshman, who had the fastest mile in StS prelim competition with a 1:52.3 win at The Meadows, for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Trillions Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Tulu Hanover, went straight to the lead in her Stallion Series cut, got to the half in a relatively slow 57.4 half-mile under Brett Miller's guidance, then scurried home in 55 - 27 to winning by an easy 4½ lengths in 1:52.4, fastest of all the Thursday divisions and a personal best. Trillions Hanover became a winner in an StS contest for the second straight time for trainer Tom Fanning and the ownership of Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stables LLC, and the J L Benson Stable Inc. The Somebeachsomewhere - Foxy Lady miss What A Fox benefited from the red-hot hands of driver Andrew McCarthy to post an upset in her division, holding off 1-5 favorite Darn Tootn Hanover by a neck to take a maiden mark of 1:54.4. McCarthy sent his filly first-over down the backstretch, grinded to the lead shortly after turning for home, then held off the steady late rush of the favorite, who came from sixth at the ¾ pole, to triumph for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners (ties broken by money won): 1. (tie) May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick, 3, Trillions Hanover, 4. Rock N McRoll, 5. Sweet Cherry, 6. Margret Hill, 7. Unspoken Promise, 8. Michelon's Filly, 9. Able Hanover, 10. Another Beach Day. Sire Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies go in two divisions of their finally preliminary round on Friday's card at Philly. Double winners Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign drew into separate divisions, and seem likely to be the crowd's choices as they go postward. From the PHHA Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Hall of Fame driver David Miller won five of the six divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Miller was victorious in the first five Stallion Series contests, opening the stakes competition with the Muscle Hill - Brooklyn colt Kings County, who stepped his last half in a very impressive 56.2 to take a race mark of 1:56.4 by 11¼ lengths. A winner in his only other Stallion Series start, Kings County is trained by Domenico Cecere for Lindy Farms Of Connecticut. Next up was the Cantab Hall - Defiant Donato colt Cantab Fashion, who went his last half in 57.3 to take a maiden mark of 1:57 while 10¼ lengths of his field for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. Cantab Fashion had made a break in his only other purse start, also in the Stallion Series. Miller, Cecere, and Lindy Farms united again in the winners circle in the next cut with the Cantab Hall - Southwind Catlin colt Union Forces, who won by "only seven" lengths. A winner in the Stallion Series in his only other purse start, Union Forces is co-owned by Lindy with Robert Rudolph, David Anderson, and John Fielding. Aldebaranwalkbout, who had made a break in a Sire Stakes in his only start for a purse, enjoyed the drop to the Stallion Series level, showing his heels to the field by 13¾ lengths in the fastest time of the six stakes races, 1:55.2. Jonas Czernyson conditions the promising son of Muscle Hill - Aldebaran Turnpike for Aldebaran Park Inc. In his fifth win, Miller's horse, the Cantab Hall - We've Got it All gelding Loving Life, did not even cross the wire first, as although rallying he didn't appear to have enough to catch the frontstepping Final Claim. But in deep stretch Final Claim lost his gait, and with Loving Life only a neck back of the galloping winner at the wire, he was elevated upward in the 1:57.2 mile. Nifty Norman trains Loving Life, second and fourth in his other two Stallion Series starts but a maiden no longer, for the Pinske Stables and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc. The purple-and-white colors of Miller could be found on the lead in the last division with Zandover for almost ¾ of the mile, but then Kate's Massive swept by the tired pacesetter, ending any dreams of a 6-for-6 stakes night. Kate's Massive, a Muscle Massive - Sister Kate colt driven by Charlie Norris for trainer Ray Paver and owners Harry and Iris Horowitz, held off Explosivebreakway, a full brother to Phaetosive, by a half-length at the end of the 1:57 mile, with the 4-for-6 pacer who has won three in a row taking a new mark. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners: 1. Faithfulandtrue; 2. Crossfit; 3. Forecast; 4. Cantab Ed; 5. Kate's Massive over 6. Ntl Guard Hanover, both with the same points but Kate's Massive getting the edge on the tiebreaker of money. Similarly, next there is a five-way "tie" in points among Dudelookslikealindy, Final Claim, Kings County, Living Life, and Union Forces, but Kings County and Union Forces get the 8-9 placing because their two wins earned them the most series money, and they will either get in if somebody defects or will "shake" for the final Championship spot on the 8-wide Philly track. From the PAHH/Pocono Downs

Courtly Choice (David Miller) won the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($272,025) in a track record for 3-year-old colts of 1:48.3. It was just one of many big races at Tioga Down on Sunday afternoon (August 19). Courtly Choice ($2.80) would pass Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) and lead to the first quarter in :26.4. He guided them to the half in :54.4, with a pretty sharp :28 second quarter. As they reached the backstretch, the second choice in the betting, American History (Yannick Gingras) went first-over from third and applied pressure. Courtly Choice led them to three-quarters in 1:21.1, using a :26,2 backside quarter. As they rolled around the far turn the race was still up for grabs. As they reached the top of the stretch, Miller asked for more and he responded winning it easily in 1:48.3. American History had to settle for second best on the day, Real Surreal (Cory Callahan) came up to get third money. Courtly Choice is a 3-year-colt by Art Major. Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. The winner of the Meadowlands Pace, won for the eight time in eleven starts this season. It was career win number 10. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) too sweet for the field in the EBC final ($270,425) for sophomore pacing fillies. Youaremycandy ($2.20) went to the lead going to a first quarter of :27.3 and taking them to a :56.3 halfway mark. I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) was still close as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.2. Owned by William Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, Youaremycandygirl found another gear and left them all in her dust gliding home and hitting the mile in 1:50.4. Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.) came up and finished second. I'm Trigger Happy settled for third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her sixth win this season and the 15th victory of her career. In the most exciting race of the day, Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy) charges late to shock the field in Roll With Joe open pace for a purse of $143,000. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) went to the front leading them to a first quarter in :26.4 and the half in :54.4. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) went first over to engage Rockin Ron on the back stretch. They hit the three-quarter mark at 1:21.1. The two raced as a tandem all the way around the final turn. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) went three-wide at the top of the stretch. Western Fame ($32.20) came from last at the top of the stretch going four wide. Owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, he flew down the stretch and just got by Dealt A Winner to win in a lifetime best of 1:48.4. Dealt A Winner settled for second best losing by just a head. Rockin Ron held on to finish third. Western Fame is a 5-year-old horse by Western Ideal. It was his fifth win this year and the 15th time he has stepped into the winner's circle in his career. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) wins the Artscape ($161,000) open mares pace. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) took them to a first quarter in :26.2. Shartin N ($3.30) went first-over from fourth and took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she put up all the rest of the fractions (:54.2, 1:22.2, 1:50.0). Caviart Ally came out the pocket to put up a late challenge but had to settle for second money. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) took third place. Shartin N is a 5-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 14th win in 18 starts this season. She now owns 21 career victories. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) wins the first division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000) in leg #3. Ice Attraction ($3.40) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:53.2). Owned by Little E LLC, D. Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs and trainer Ake Svanstedt, she was followed by pocket sitter Pink Pistol (Tim Tetrick). Pink Pistol popped the pocket and gave everything she had but fell just short to finish second. Barn Bella (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Ice Attraction is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. It was her first win this season and her 10th career victory. Broadway Donna (David Miller) easy winner in the second division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000). Broadway Donna ($2.90) went to the front and led the field gate-to-wire (:27.1, :56.4, 1:24.2, 1:52.1). Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she shook off the late pressure by second place finisher NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) to secure the win. Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Broadway Donna is a 5-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win this year and her 21st career victory. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24). It starts Corntastic weekend with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

AUGUST 15, 2018 - On Wednesday evening the top two-year-old pacing colts and fillies in Ontario made Grand River Raceway their stage for the second straight week, and Stag Party wrote his name in lights with a commanding track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record performance in the second Gold division. Starting from the advantageous Post 1, Stag Party moved smartly off the gate and parked Battle of Waterloo champion Bronx Seelster through a :26.3 quarter. When Bronx Seelster finally backed into the pocket driver David Miller took his foot off the gas and Stag Party cruised to a :55.4 half and a 1:24.3 three-quarters. In the stretch Miller asked the fan favourite to pick up the tempo once again, and Stag Party drew away to a five length victory in 1:52.3. Bronx Seelster finished second and Stag Party's stablemate in the Casie Coleman barn was third. "I wasn't expecting to break the track record with him, but I thought he'd be pretty good," said Coleman. "I wasn't expecting that kind of a mile, but he did it well in hand and Dave hardly had to speak to him much finishing, so I was real happy with him." The 1:52.3 mile shaved two-fifths of a second off the 1:53 track and Canadian record set by two-year-old pacing colt Tarpon Hanover in the 2012 Battle of Waterloo Final and took a full second off the 1:53.3 Ontario Sires Stakes record for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on a half-mile track established by Warrawee Needy at Flamboro Downs in 2011. Coleman conditions the son of Bettors Delight and My Lady Day for her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, John Fielding of Toronto, Mac Nichol of Burlington and McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, Ontario. The partners acquired the colt for $125,000 at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and have watched him record three wins and one second through his first four starts, banking $113,900. Stag Party will make his next start in the August 25 Nassagaweya Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park and, as long as he continues to impress his connections, will follow that up with several more starts against the best young horses in North America. "He's got the four big ones at Mohawk next, the Nassagaweya, Champlain and the Metro, so he'll be gearing up for those ones next," said Cambridge resident Coleman. "I might have to dodge a couple of those Ontario Sires Stakes, just with how busy his schedule is going to be. I'll play it by ear when we get up closer to it." Miller made the trip to Grand River specifically to drive Stag Party, to get a feel for the colt before they head into the open stake events, and the New Jersey resident was pleased with the youngster. "I was really impressed with him. I told them, when I got off the bike, I said I'll be there when he races next week. That's a pretty good stamp of approval," said Miller with a chuckle. "He left the gate very well and his manners were good and I'm excited about him. I baby raced probably 500 babies this year and I had to go all the way to Canada to get one like that." The other $96,400 pacing colt Gold division was captured by Battle of Waterloo runner-up Bettors Wish, who cruised home to a two and one-half length victory in 1:55. Keystone Concrete finished second and Coleman trainee Better Up was promoted from fourth to third when his stablemate Sporty Mcsportster, in rein to Miller, suffered interference in the stretch from eventual third-place finisher Sports Teen. As a result, Sports Teen was placed from third down to sixth, behind Sporty Mcsportster. Guelph resident Paul MacDonell piloted fan favourite Bettors Wish to his second Gold win for trainer Chantal Mitchell and owners Chris Ryder of Allentown, New Jersey, Bella Racing Ltd. of Delaware, Ohio, Fair Island Farm Inc. of Versailles, Kentucky and Kenneth Solomon of Coral Springs, Florida. The Bettors Delight son was a $20,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and has posted four wins, one second, one third and earnings of $185,438 in his first six starts. Trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson swept the $97,200 pacing filly divisions with Battle of the Belles champion Quebec Blue Cup and runner-up Ideation Hanover. Both fillies controlled the tempo from start to finish, with Ideation Hanover cruising from Post 1 to a 1:55 victory in the first split. Kylie Seelster finished one length behind the fan favourite in second and Menary trainee Blossom Onthebeach was third. Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Alan Alber of Thornhill, Ontario share ownership of Ideation Hanover. The Bettors Delight daughter was a $50,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and boasts a record of two wins, two seconds, one third and $101,600 through five starts. Quebec Blue Chip romped to her third straight victory over the Grand River oval, pacing under the wire seven lengths ahead of favourite Sweet Young Thing and Crisp Mane in 1:56. Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Bruce Norris of Caledon East own the Sportswriter daughter, who was a $40,000 purchase from Harrisburg. Through six starts she now has four wins, one second and one third for earnings of $167,488. "I kind of figured both fillies would be on the front, and that's the way it worked," said Menary, who will also give the fillies a chance to test their skills against the best in North American in the upcoming Eternal Camnation Stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 25. "In the last couple weeks I think they've earned the opportunity," said the horseman. "Hopefully they can carry this, translate it to the bigger track." The two-year-old pacing colts and fillies will return to Gold Series action on September 28 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the fourth of five regular season events. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 27 with the fourth Grassroots event for the three-year-old trotting fillies. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Budding freshman filly Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) picked up her third win in five career starts on Friday night, when she dominated a field of six in the $30,000 Geers Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Tioga Downs. She brushed to the top at the quarter and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:52.1 under minimal Dave Miller encouragement.  The ownership group of Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz leaned on a familiar lineage when purchasing the filly for $30,000 at The Lexington Select Sale in 2017. Her dam (Feelinglikeastar) is a full sister to Hall of Famer Rainbow Blue, who is the dam of another Joe Holloway trainee Rainbow Room (p, 1:51.2 F, $467,880). Bred by Winbak Farm, Zero Tolerance is out of sire Heston Blue Chip's (p, 1:48 F, $1,781,881) first crop. "Zero Tolerance was a great looking filly," said Winbak Yearling Manager Jimmy Ladwig. "She was very racy and I loved her." The Holloway trainee started her career with a pair of successful qualifiers at The Meadowlands, in preparation for a June 29th pari-mutuel debut against fellow freshman fillies. She went on to win in 1:51.3 (:27.1 last quarter) as the prohibitive favorite. "She came off the gate and got away 5th, and came a tremendous three-quarters," said Holloway. "She came home good but she had to because Yannick got free with St Somewhere so we had to go on, but I was very pleased with that." St Somewhere did avenge that loss, however, in the very next meeting between the two, a Sire Stakes event at Tioga. "We got caught. St Somewhere was on her back," Holloway explained. "She managed to get out and catch us at the wire but once again, it was a strong back half and a strong last quarter." Zero Tolerance's next scheduled start was another New York Sire Stakes event, this time at Yonkers, where she was scratched sick.  She was right back in the box the very next week however, for her most recent outing, an overnight affair at Harrah's Philadelphia. She was sharp on the front end that afternoon, winning in 1:53.1 under minimal urging.  Going into her race Friday night, Holloway was optimistic. "She's been training good. I know the Yonkers race was for a lot more money, and I wish I was going for that, but we stayed away from going to Canada, and stayed away from going on the half, so these types of races will get us into September." That strategy paid off as Zero Tolerance coasted to her third career triumph.  When asked what's down the road for Zero Tolerance, Holloway confirmed her first big start will be The Kentucky Stallion Management at Hoosier Park. From there, she will head to The Red Mile, followed by the Breeders Crown, and then back to The Meadowlands for the Three Diamonds Stakes.   As far as her ceiling goes, Holloway once again is optimistic. "Dave Miller called it early on. He thinks she is as good as Rainbow Room was at this time last year. So far, she hasn't proved that she isn't." by Mike Bozich, for Post TIme with Mike & Mike

CHESTER, PA - New York invader Lyons Steel got a rest in the second quarter and then sprinted home in 54.3, reaching the wire in 1:51.2 - usually good enough to win a $16,000 conditioned pace at Harrah's Philadelphia. But on Wednesday afternoon, the Sombeachsomewhere gelding Penzance Hanover, stalking him in the pocket, had just a bit more on the end, pirating the victory away from the frontstepper by a nose under the guidance of David Miller. Penzance Hanover had made a break early upon coming to Philly last time out, but he impressed the crowd enough in his recovery, from 14½ lengths out at the quarter to only 1¾ lengths behind at the wire (though seventh), that they made him the 4-5 favorite. And Penzance Hanover rewarded the confidence, though it took longer than desired for the public and trainer Eric Ell, also co-owner with Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., Steve Iaquinta, and Toby Rekoon. George Napolitano Jr. guided five winners home first on the Wednesday card, for five different trainers. Napolitano is second to Tim Tetrick in the local standings, and they rank next to each other (Tetrick fourth, Napolitano fifth) in the national yearly totals. George is also the leading sulkysitter 100 miles up the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The "glamour division" of the sport, the three-year-old pacing colts, come to Philly Town for weekend Pennsylvania-sired action. Friday's card features three divisions of a PA Stallion Series contest, while on Sunday such well-known horses as Well Done, Wes Delight, Hayden Hanover, and Babes Dig Me will be doing battle in three sections of Sire Stakes competition. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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