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East Rutherford, NJ — Heavy public choice Evident Beauty marched to the front for harness racing driver David Miller and never looked back, scoring in the $124,000 first division of the Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13).   The New Jersey-bred daughter of Trixton stopped the timer in 1:52.3, equaling her lifetime best.   Evident Beauty, trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and RAW Equine, displaced Beautiful Sin from the lead at the :28.3 opening quarter. From there a soft :57.3 half gave the 1-5 favorite the confidence she would need. Cloud Nine Fashion and Tim Tetrick made a strong coverless challenge at the half and looked on the verge of going by the favorite through three-quarters timed in 1:25.3.    But once into the homestretch, Evident Beauty was driven by Miller and found her best stride to turn back Cloud Nine Fashion with a :27 final quarter.   Miss Trixton finished third behind the winner, who returned $2.40 as the prohibitive favorite.   "I felt pretty confident," Miller said after the second-half duel. "My mare held strong."   The $126,500 Del Miller division saw Millies Possession remain undefeated, capturing her seventh straight career outing in impressive fashion. The Fashion Farms LLC homebred by Possess The Will scored in 1:53.2.   Dexter Dunn rated Millies Possession in the early stages, allowing Starita to cut fractions of :28.1 and :57.3 before taking any interest. Dunn moved up methodically as Sears and Starita hit three-quarters in 1:26 and were in control. But in the homestretch, Millies Possession just kept eating up ground and devoured the leader, eventually drawing clear with a :27.2 final quarter. Queen Of Trixs was airborne in closing late for second, with The Ice Dutchess finishing third.   Also sent off as the public choice, Millies Possession returned $3.00 to win.     "I knew we were going slow, but at the moment she seems to overcome these kind of trips," said Dunn of Millies Possession, who last week was parked the mile winning the Reynolds and followed it up with another overland journey.   The victory capped a huge night for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms, who captured the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity earlier in the night with Crystal Fashion. by Jay Bergman, Meadowlands Media

Goshen, NY --- Getting to compete in the annual Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Hall of Fame Trot is an honor. Winning the race makes it even better. "Even better? That makes it the best," said grinning driver David Miller, who won Sunday's $10,000 harness racing event, which pitted five Hall of Famers against three of the evening's inductees at Historic Track. "I think I was second in it one time, and I finally got to win it. Put that in my column too. "I won the Legends (Day Trot at Canada's Clinton Raceway) earlier and now I've won the Hall of Fame race," he continued, adding with a laugh, "Hopefully that's not telling me something." Miller won the Hall of Fame Trot with Zagster, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Nick Surick. Zagster was second at the quarter, but soon took a lead he never relinquished on his way to a half-length victory over CR Blazin Beauty, driven by Jimmy Takter, in 1:56.4. The time was the fastest ever at Historic Track by a trotter older than the age of 3. Joining Miller and Takter in the race were Hall of Famers Brian Sears, Dick Stillings, and Wally Hennessey as well as Linda Toscano, Joe Holloway, and Blair Burgess, who were being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday night at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located adjacent to Historic Track. Sears finished third with Marley's Guy followed by Toscano with Osprey Vision, Stillings with Well Connected Kid, Holloway with Lucius Vorenus, Burgess with Gwally, and Hennessey with Campbellini. "It's a lot of fun," Miller said. "It's an honor. There is a lot of tradition here and these guys have all put in a lot of time and had a lot of success. It's just fun to come back, meet up, and get to race." Trainers Toscano and Holloway were making their first purse starts as drivers in a number of years. Toscano's most recent was in 2008, Holloway's in 2003. Burgess had made six starts this year and 21 in 2018. "I had a good time," Toscano said. "I was nervous about it going in, but (trainer) Dave Russo is awesome. He found a horse for me when my horse couldn't make it and the horse was as safe as a church mouse, he did everything I asked him to do, and I had a really good time. "I drove in a qualifier on Tuesday because of this (race) but before that it was a while. Everyone talked me into doing this and I really had a good time. It was fun." Toscano, Holloway and Burgess were not the only Hall of Fame inductees to get in on the action Sunday at Historic Track. Renowned owner Ted Gewertz, also a member of the 2019 HOF class, was co-owner of the winner of the day's first race, Lights Come On, in a division of a New York Excelsior Series A race for 3-year-old male trotters. Lights Come On won in 1:57 with Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Anette Lorentzon. Bartlett won three of the nine races on the card. He also won with Lucky June Bug in 1:59 in a division of the Excelsior Series B for 3-year-old male trotters and with Liquorstoreblues in 1:59.1 in a division of the Excelsior Series A for 3-year-old female trotters. Andy Miller, though, was the day's big winner among drivers, capture four events. He won with Ev's Girl in 1:58.4 in a division of the Excelsior Series A for 3-year-old female trotters, Reckless Image in 2:01.2 in a division of the Excelsior B for 3-year-old female trotters, Amal Hall in 1:58.4 in a division of the Excelsior Series A for 3-year-old female trotters, and Jason's Camden in 1:57.1 in a division of the Excelsior A for 3-year-old male trotters. The day's remaining race was won by driver Scott Zeron with Boo Thang in 1:58.1 in a division of the Excelsior Series B for 3-year-old male trotters. For Sunday's complete charts, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (June 26) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by David Miller, Ayers Ratliff, and the crew from the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Jim Beviglia, Rick Kane, and Jenn Starr. Miller will hop into the driver's seat to talk about a slew of stakes drives he has coming up on Saturday at Pocono. He will drive Zero Tolerance, Proof, Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam and Swandre The Giant on an action packed Sun Stakes Saturday program. The pair will also talk to Miller about Knockdown Dragout, the superstar two-year-old who set a National Season's mark during a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia, and discuss his Legend's Day trot victory at Clinton. Ratliff, from MGM Northfield Park, will join to discuss the 2019 $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic set to take center stage Saturday night. The field is highlighted by Guardian Angel AS who draws the rail for trainer Anette Lorentzon and 2018 champion Marion Marauder. The pair will talk about the race and what promotions the facility has going on Saturday night. Starr, Beviglia, and Kane from the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono join to talk about their action packed program coming up on Saturday night. Sun Stakes Saturday has produced some of harness racing's greatest champions and it is a star studded program once again. The pair will discuss the races with the group and also let fans know what they can expect on track that evening. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association

The Downtown Bus (Tim Tetrick) charges late to win a leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 10). The five-eighths oval at Nichols NY played host to two harness racing divisions of the Graduate Series for both pacers and trotters. All divisions raced for a purse of $50,000. In the first division for pacers all eyes were on the two favorites, Courtly Choice (David Miller) and Lather Up (Montrell Teague) but it was The Downtown Bus ($25.20) to steal the show. The Downtown Bus went straight to the lead and hit the first quarter is :26.0. Courtly Choice then took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led at the halfway point in :54.0. Lather up went first-over as they headed around the second turn and pressured Courtly Choice all the way down the backstretch. Courtly Choice still had the lead as they reached three-quarters in 1:20.0. By the time they got to the stretch he had put away Lather Up. The Downtown Bus, who is owned by trainer Jeffrey Gillis and Ellen Ott, followed in the pocket seat for the whole trip. He would find an opening on the inside and squeeze by just before hitting the finish line in a career best of 1:48.2. Courtly Choice settled for second. Lather Up managed to hold on for third. The Downtown Bus is a 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his third win this season and his 14th career victory. Late moving Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) wins second division of Graduate Series for pacers. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) went straight to the lead and put up all the early numbers (:26.2, :55.1, 1:21.1) Backstreet Shadow ($10.00), who is owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott Di Domenico, was second-over going around the last turn and went three-wide in the stretch to go by and win in 1:49.1. This Is The Plan held on for second. Done Well (Dexter Dunn) finished third. Backstreet Shadow                                                Backstreet Shadow is a 4-year-old gelding by Shadow Play. It is his fourth win this season and 11th career victory. Custom Cantab (David Miller) wins the first division of the Graduate Series for trotters. Custom Cantab ($5.40) went to the lead before hitting the first quarter mark in :28.0. She stayed in control to led to a half of :57.3. Muscle M Up (Ake Svanstedt) went first over and the two battled around the final turn with Custom Cantab hanging on to the lead and hitting three-quarters in 1:24.2. Custom Cantab Custom Cantab, who is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Svanstedt, dug down deep in the stretch and won in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Muscle M Up was second best with Mississippi Storm (Tim Tetrick getting third money. Custom Cantab is a 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab. It was her first win of 2019 and her 16th career victory. Crystal Fashion (Tim Tetrick) hangs on to capture the second division of the Graduate series for trotters. Crystal Fashion ($7.40) Put up all the early numbers (:28.3, :58.1, 1:26.1). He battled Fiftydollarbill (David Miller) all around the final turn. Fiftydollarbill actually stuck a head in front in the stretch. Crystal Fashion, who is owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, found another gear and won in 1:53.3. Fiftydollarbill was second best. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) was trapped in the pocket and had to settle for third. Crystal Fashion Crystal Fashion is 4-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his second win in 2019. He now owns 15 career victories. Tim Tetrick drove five winners on the day including three Graduate Series races. His other two wins came with Captain Deo ($2.50) and Manofmanyimages ($10.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Monday matinee featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The 14 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Tom Fanning might not have a shoo-in to reach the Fan Hanover Stakes final, but he likes Trillions Hanover's chances with shoes on. Fanning watched his 3-year-old female pacer qualify last weekend at The Meadowlands in 1:50.2 with a shoe missing, after which he was quick to quip with a grin, "She probably goes 1:49 with four shoes." She can try Saturday (June 8), when she races in the first of two Fan Hanover harness racing eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nineteen 3-year-old filly pacers were entered in the Fan Hanover, including Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut and O'Brien Award winner Tall Drink Hanover. The two will meet in the second of the two C$35,000 eliminations, which also includes Three Diamonds Stakes winner Prescient Beauty and budding Ontario star Sunny Dee, who is 8-for-8 this season. The top five finishers from each division will advance to the final on June 15. Saturday's card also includes two eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers and a prep race for the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Trillions Hanover has won five of nine career races and finished second twice, earning $65,650 in purses. She was last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion for 2-year-old filly pacers. "She didn't train down like she was going to be something special," Fanning said. "She just trained down like a normal horse, a little on the lazy side, but never gave us a problem. She didn't get sick, didn't tie up. When she got into a race, she just got better and better. She's got a good attitude. You don't have to coddle her like a lot of fillies. You train her, you turn her out, you jog her, she eats. She does her work. She's good that way." Trillions Hanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Tutu Hanover. She was purchased under the name Thompson Hanover for $20,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Falcon Racing, J L Benson Stables, and VIP Internet Stable. "She was pretty nasty; I think that turned a lot of people off," Fanning said about the filly at the sale. "But she got over that and is really a sweetheart now. She's got a great attitude. She just wants to beat horses, she really does." Trillions Hanover has raced twice this season, beating 4-year-old Reclamation (handing the mare her only loss in seven starts this year) before going off stride in her second at Harrah's Philadelphia. "She has a little trouble at (Philly) in the turns, but we kind of got that straightened out," Fanning said. "We thought if she qualified well last week at the Meadowlands we would send her up for the Fan Hanover. She qualified really well. She only had three shoes, but we got through the race. "She should benefit from that qualifier. I've been training her, but not a lot fast. So that was a really good tightener for her. I think she will really step up off of that and she's showed legitimate speed. She wasn't completely done in the qualifier either, so that was a good sign. She can go, and she has some class to her as well. We'll see what happens." Trillions Hanover, who will be driven by David Miller, is 8-1 on the morning line. The favorite in the first elimination is 2018 Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Beautyonthebeach, at 3-1, followed by Treacherous Reign at 7-2. She is a Tony Alagna-trained stablemate to Tall Drink Hanover, who is 4-1 in the second elim. Last year, Tall Drink Hanover won the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk, where Treacherous Reign finished in a dead-heat second with Prescient Beauty. Treacherous Reign is 2-for-2 this year while Tall Drink Hanover beat older foes in her only start of the campaign. "She had a great first start," Alagna said about Tall Drink Hanover. "She was very impressive. We felt like she had good fitness, so we didn't want to race her back last week. It's such a long year. The way she raced in her first start off a layoff, I think her fitness is there. We tuned her up a little bit (Monday) morning so she seems like she's going to be firing on all cylinders. "Treacherous Reign started out great last year and just got tired toward the end of the season. I should have put her away earlier than I did, but thankfully she's come back good this year. (Driver Dexter Dunn) was tickled to death with the way she raced the other day. She showed good pace on both ends of the mile. "I feel very good about them." The favorite in the second elimination, at 5-2 on the morning line, is Warrawee Ubeaut. She paced 1:48.3 last year to become the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history and is off to a 2-for-2 start in 2019. "She's been great," trainer Ron Burke said. "She couldn't be any better. If anything, she's been better (than last year) because she's calm; she'll let you do what you want, not what she wants. I'm thrilled with her." Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) at Mohawk. For Saturday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

CHESTER PA - A pair of older performers who have had Breeders Crown harness racing success in the past showed they may be ready to fit in with the best of their divisions with impressive qualifying victories at Harrah's Philadelphia Tuesday morning. Shnitzledosomethin, the distinctively-named four-year-old son of Fred And Ginger, was a wire-to-wire winner for trainer Dylan Davis and driver David Miller in 1:52.4, with back fractions of :55.3 - :27.1. The winner of $597,782 first came to national prominence with a second-place finish in the Crown at two at his "home track" of Hoosier Park, and last year he won a Crown elimination and was fourth in the Crown Championship. Muscle Diamond, a seven-year-old son of Muscle Hill with a mark of 1:50.1, rebounded off a vacation of three-plus months with an engine triumph in 1:56.3, marching home in :56.4 - :28.1 for trainer Brett Bittle and driver Andrew McCarthy. Despite racing only 55 times in his first five racetrack campaigns, Muscle Diamond has amassed $785,699, a good portion of which came from Breeders Crown Championship finishes of second at two and third at three. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

Chester, PA — Coleen Dowdall's Cruise Patrol ($4.80) earned his third harness racing win in four starts at the current Harrah's Philadlphia meet, cascading down the center of the track to prevail in the last yards of a 1:51.2 mile in Sunday afternoon's (April 28) featured $18,000 top-level pace.   The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight entire gave way to standouts Blood Line (Andy McCarthy) and Mach It So (David Miller) on approach to the first turn and was content to draft behind early splits of :26.4 and :55.2, only to be locked in by the first-over Nuclear Dragon (Yannick Gingras) up the backstretch. Just after Blood Line reached three-quarters in 1:23.2, George Napolitano Jr. found room to angle Cruise Patrol off the pegs in front of a fading Nuclear Dragon — but behind the 15-1 Rollinlikethunder (Art Stafford Jr.), who circled three-wide to pass stalled cover and challenge Blood Line for the lead turning for home.   As Rollinlikethunder struck the front off the corner, Cruise Patrol took aim down the grandstand side. In the final yards, Cruise Patrol lifted to the lead, collaring Rollinlikethunder by a half length. Blood Line narrowly held third over Mach It So, who was just one-paced up the open stretch.   Mike Dowdall trains 17-time winner Cruise Patrol.   In the sub-featured $17,000 upper-winners pace, Closing Statement ($2.40) issued a powerful statement, jumping from second-level conditioned company and completing a first-over grind to defeat Romantic Interest by a length in 1:52.4. Dexter Dunn drove the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding for trainer Mark Harder.   The fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5 was again hit by multiple players, resulting in a $13,944.84 carryover to Wednesday's (May 1) card. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Pappy Go Go now has two of the three fastest miles in North American harness racing during 2019 after he demolished a field by 6 3/4 lengths in the $18,000 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday afternoon. George Napolitano Jr. held early position with "Pappy" from post four as the three inside him left, then pulled his trotter out just before the :27.4 quarter. Golden Son moved from the pocket just in front of him, and Napolitano briefly had his trotter three-wide before circling to the lead entering turn two, before the :56 half. Pappy Go Go had a full head of steam down the backstretch and reached the three-quarters in 1:24, and he had no slowdown in him in the lane, equaling the time he posted at Pocono on March 30, which is just a fifth behind Insomniac's 1:51.4 at Miami Valley on April 5. Andrew Harris trains the impressive winner, who now has 28 career wins and $155,517 in earnings, for Michael Goldberg Racing. If you have missed the "backstory" on Pappy Go Go, it is an interesting one. He is bred by William Andrew, who lives in Alberta - not a noted haven for trotters. He is a five-year-old gelding by the Prince Edward Island-based stallion Tad The Stud (whose second-fastest son has a mark of 1:57.2), and "Pappy" sold for $4,000 at a Nova Scotia yearling sale. 13 of those 28 career wins came during an undefeated sophomore stakes campaign in the Maritimes, and now based on his twin 1:52s it looks like Pappy Go Go may soon be facing a very elite brand of competition. There were a pair of $14,500 subfeatures on the Philly "Trottin' Thursday" card. The first was taken by the top Maryland campaigner Hybrid Henry, who made every pole a winning one while winning in 1:54 for driver David Miller, 2¼ lengths clear of his opposition. Arlene Cameron conditions and owns the Cam's Rocket gelding, who now has lifetime earnings of $240,211. The Cantab Hall gelding Perseverance was sent away quickly from the pole by driver Corey Callahan to protect pocket position behind the speedy Zagster, then was able to move outside for the stretch drive and catch the pacesetter by 1¾ lengths in 1:55.1. The Eric Ell trainee, a winner of $198,832, recorded his second consecutive victory for owners Ken Wood, Tribbett Racing, Bill Dittmar Jr., and Steve Iaquinta. The drivers of the subfeature winners, Callahan and Miller, had the hot hands on the Thursday card, visiting Victory Lane four times each. Harrah's Philadelphia will conduct its first nighttime card of 2019 tomorrow night (Friday), with first post at 6:30 p.m. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover heading into race 5 is $11,972.22. Harrah's Philly will also conduct Friday evening cards on May 17th, September 6th, and October 4th. Another soon-upcoming alteration to the normal Philly schedule is that there will be a special card of live racing on Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4, with first post at 12:40. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - Sophomore pacing males with stakes ambitions were in the spotlight on Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a pair of $16,000 "nw 5 races" events complemented by two $14,000 "nw 3 races" contests. Just Plain Loco proved strong early and strongest late, making two moves to win the first of the $16,000 splits in a personal best of 1:53.2. David Miller had sulky duty behind the Well Said gelding for harness racing trainer Tom Fanning and owners Paul Lang and Falcon Racing LLC. In the other feature cut, the Sweet Lou colt Love Me Some Lou was extended further than many 1-9 shots are, with a game Annihilation charging at him in back fractions of 55.4 - 27.2, but Love Me Some Lou won his seasonal debut in 1:52.2. David Miller had sulky duties behind the Tom Cancelliere-trained third-place finisher in the Breeders Crown; Tom's brother John is the owner. In one of the $14,000 classes, the Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station was put on the lead by driver Corey Callahan and made every pole a winning one while lowering his mark to 1:52.3. Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables team up behind the winner along with a pair of July Hall of Fame inductees, co-owner Ted Gewertz and trainer Joe Holloway. In the other subfeature section, the Sweet Lou gelding Skip To My Lou had to go first-over into a 54.2 final half for driver Dexter Dunn, but he didn't seem to have any problem with the journey, winning nicely in 1:52.1 to equal his mark. The hot Robert Cleary barn guides the fortunes of the winner for Royal Wire Products Inc. Trainer Marcus Melander, the 2018 Rising Star Award winner, teamed up with a pair of former Rising Star winners to break the maiden status of two nice three-year-old trotting fillies who took new marks. Miss Trixton (Trixton - Possess The Magic) was guided by Yannick Gingras (2003 Rising Star winner) to a 1:55.1 victory for Order By Stable, and then Matter Of Fact (Explosive Matter - Chips N Caviar, from the "Winky" family) fronted her field in 1:55.2 for Tim Tetrick, who won the Rising Star in 2007, and Vicky Trotting Inc.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2019- Rich and Miserable (Dave Miller, $11.80) snapped odds-on Swansea (George Brennan) at the line Tuesday night (Apr. 23rd), winning the $73,000 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Away last among the octet from post position No. 7, Rich and Miserable saw 4-5 favorite Swansea-he of the 3-for-3 preliminary-round resume-make the lead well before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. Eight-holer Joey Bats (Jason Bartlett) floated out, then moved to engage the leader from the second turn, passing a :56.3 half-mile. 'Joey' eventually jumped in Turn 3, leaving a pocket-inheriting Whether or No Fi (Yannick Gingras) as Swansea's closest pursuer..Chasin' Dreams (Jordan Stratton) was making some inroads in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, with Rich and Miserable chasin' Chasin' Dreams. Swansea, meanwhile, owned a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, but Rich and Miserable was widest and fastest. From 10 lengths out of the intermission, he whipped Swansea by a schnoz in 1:55.1. Whether or No Fi, Chasin' Dreams and No Excuses (Scott Zeron) came away with the remainder, while an outrun Omaha Omaha (Tim Tetrick) and misbehavers Joey Bats and Henderson Seelster (Mark MacDonald) brought up the rear. For third choice Rich and Miserable, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter gelding co-owned by Buter Farm, Lynette Buter, William & Carol Fuhs and trained by Todd Buter, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.40, the triple returned $157 and the superfecta paid $602. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1st (winners over $150,000 lifetime through that same date ineligible). Rich and Miserable also earned an SOA-paid $10,000 bonus. A $35,000 series consolation was won by MVP Luke (Miller, $4, part of entry) in 1:56.4.   BY FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Director

Chester, PA -- Entering from a string of respectable efforts from off the pace in Open company at Dover Downs, a change of tactics proved beneficial for Tiger Thompson N ($3.20) in his Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing debut on Sunday afternoon (April 14), as he delivered a crushing 7-3/4 length blow to his rivals in the featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   "He's been finishing off really well; his last quarters have been really strong," said driver Dexter Dunn of the 6-year-old Big Jim gelding who could only muster a third-place finish in his previous effort at Dover after being hemmed in.   In his local debut, Dunn angled Tiger Thompson N out from third early to brush clear of Bettorever (Tony Morgan) after a sharp :26.3 initial quarter. After clearing with a circuit to go, Tiger Thompson N controlled middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.2 before drawing off in earnest through the final turn to lead by six at head-stretch. Ultimately, Tiger Thompson N capped his lifetime-best 1:50.3 mile with a :28.1 closing split and plenty of energy in reserve.   "He still had the plugs in; he was doing it pretty easily," Dunn said of Tiger Thompson N's local debut. "He went a strong mile today on the front and hopefully he can keep that form up."   Jack Roger (David Miller) circled a collapsing second flight to take second at 23-1, while Dash Of Danger (Kyle Husted) emerged from last at the top of the stretch to finish third.   Trainer Josh Parker acquired Tiger Thompson N in November along with co-owners Nanticoke Racing Inc., Stephen Messick and the Prestige Stable. So far, the eight-time winner has won three times for his American connections.   For Dunn, the featured win was the cornerstone of a driving hat trick: the New Zealand national also teamed up with Final Justice ($13.00, 1:54.3) and Zampara ($21.00, 1:53.3).   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (April 17), with first post set for 12:25 p.m. Eastern and a $4,507.07 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in race five.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

The finish of the August 5, 2017 $1 million Hambletonian, was the subject of two judge's inquiries, and resulted in the winner of the richest race for sophomore trotters being disqualified and placed out of the money for the first time in Hambletonian history. The appeal of that judge's decision has been finalized and purse monies from the event held 18 months ago were recently order disbursed by the NJ Racing Commission. What The Hill, driven by Dave Miller and trained by Ron Burke, was fourth in his Hambletonian elimination heat, but came roaring back in the final heat of the Hambletonian to win in 1:52.3. The inquiry light was flashed and after reviewing the race for two incidents - International Moni's break in the first turn and Guardian Angel AS going off stride in the stretch - both were deemed interference breaks, and What The Hill was placed ninth behind Guardian Angel AS, who galloped when the wheel of What The Hill's sulky struck his hoof. Second-place finisher Perfect Spirit, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, was placed first, his owners SRF Stable entered the winner circle and accepted the Hambletonian trophy, and they will now receive the disputed part of the purse totaling $275,000 as well. The judge's ruling, which also suspended David Miller for three days for careless driving, was appealed and eventually heard by the Office of Administrative Law as a contested case. In a ruling dated March 26, 2019, the NJ Racing Commission adopted the decision of the Administrative Law Judge, which confirmed the initial judge's ruling and ordered the purse money held in escrow be paid. The earnings of the participants and the race history will now officially reflect the following in finish order: Perfect Spirit receives difference between 2nd and 1st place money: $275,000.00 Devious Man receives the difference between 3rd and 2nd place money: $117,000.00 Enterprise receives the difference between 4th and 3rd place money: $36,000.00 Bills Man receives the difference between 5th and 4th place money: $27,000.00 Victor Gio T receives the difference between 5th and 6th place money. $35,000.00. The remaining 6-10 finishers, including What The Hill who was placed 9th, received the $10,000 starter's share of the purse.   What The Hill went on to win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown as well as the TVG against older trotters, and was voted Dan Patch honoree for his division. Now standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio, he attracted 140 mares in his first year at stud and will welcome his first foal crop this year. Perfect Spirit continues to race as 5-year-old in Sweden and has earned over $1 million.   Moira Fanning

Chester, PA -- Diamond Creek Racing's Grand Teton ($3.60) kicked his 4-year-old harness racing campaign off with a bang, dismissing the mid-stretch challenge of double millionaire Mach It So for a 1:51 win in the $18,000 featured pace on Sunday (April 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   A stakes winner in 1:48.1 at three, the son of A Rocknroll Dance took full advantage of his class edge in the upper-level pacing event, letting Mach It So (David Miller) clear midway on the first turn before surging to the fore at the end of a :27.2 first quarter and pulling the pace back to a :56.1 half.   "I knew the move to make was going to the front," said driver Yannick Gingras.   Grand Teton remained uncontested as he picked up the tempo on the backstretch, posting a 1:23.2 three-quarter split. Off the home turn, Gingras asked Grand Teton for a bit more pace, and the nine-time winner responded immediately. He just as easily turned aside Mach It So's pocket rally with a sixteenth to go, edging away by 2-1/2 lengths. Cruise Patrol (George Napolitano Jr.) narrowly missed second after stalking the top pair throughout.   "I asked him, but then he paced away," Gingras said of when Grand Teton faced his lone challenge of the mile. "He responded and he had some left. He raced really well."   Per Engblom trains Grand Teton, who eclipsed the half-million dollar mark in career earnings.   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (April 11), with a 14-race card slated for a 12:25 p.m. first post.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Robyn Camden, the undisputed queen of harness racing in the British Isles, makes her eagerly awaited debut in the USA at the Meadowlands on Fridays program Dec 21st and thousands of her fans in the UK and Ireland are expected to stay up late and logged on to their laptops in order to see her majesty strut her stuff on the world stage for the first time.   Now trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman the 3 year old filly will be driven on the night by David Miller having qualified impressively last week at the Meadowlands "with loads to spare" according to David Miller. Bred by the Camden Stud in Yorkshire, England, the filly is by Art Professor (1:47.4) out of Keystone Havoc which has already thrown millionaire Keystone Horatio (1:48.4) and she made top price at the annual York Sales in October 2016 when the hammer fell at £15,200. New owners All Out Syndicate represented by accomplished horseman Clive Kavanagh and partners, the filly was broke in on return to Ireland by Christy Foran and conditioned for racing by Clive Kavanagh and renowned trainers Christy and Geoff Dunne in Kildare whose facility at Porterstown is adjacent to the world famous thoroughbred stronghold known as The Curragh. Undefeated in 12 races at 2 and 3, the filly has beaten the best of her generation both colts and fillies and even all aged company proved to be no match for her in 2 races in 2018 at her home track Portmarnock. With multiple track records and numerous awards to her name and nothing left to prove in her homeland, the connections Clive Kavanagh and partners hatched an audacious plan to send her to the US to resume her career and to see just how far the filly could go on the big stage. Jonathan Dunne, regular driver of the filly (alongside Clive Kavanagh) recommended Nifty Norman to take charge of her on arrival in New York in September and all has been quietly gearing up for her debut since then. Reputed to be sparkling in training a big run is expected by connections and the eyes of a nation will be on her come Friday night at the Big M to see if her unbeaten run can continue against stiffer opposition. Also in Friday's line up is old adversary Reclamation, who was also campaigned at 2 and 3 in Ireland and the UK, and despite 7 attempts she failed to beat Robyn Camden, although she came close to doing so at times. Reclamation of course is now 2 wins from 2 starts since her arrival in the US and has a record of 1:53.4f to her name. It remains to be seen whether Reclamation can finally lower the colours of Robyn Camden and a lot will be down to who has acclimatised better to being trained in the States. Both pacers will have to achieve a lifetime best however to defeat the race favorite, Delightful Feather on the night who is a winner of half of its ten starts and has a record of 1:52.1m., Whatever the result on the night, both Robyn Camden and Reclamation have a bright future this side of the atlantic and hopes are high these fillies who spent their formative years in Ireland can carry the luck of the Irish with them in their careers Stateside. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will have harness racing just two nights this week with the Saturday card a casualty of a NY Jets late afternoon game in Met Life stadium. As a result, we are left with a particularly strong Thursday program featuring ten full fields of what would be the usual Friday fare.   The twin features are $15,000 conditioned races for pacing mares (race 6) and trotters (race 7), both competitive blends of veteran performers.   Fan favorite Melady's Monet (Dave Miller) will make his return to the races in the seventh coming in off a pair of impressive qualifiers after a five month hiatus. Hermann Heitmann is now training the $1.3 million winner, who is just a few weeks from his 10th birthday, for Melady Enterprises.    "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" for this Thursday's card is Meadowlands' GM and Little Brown Jug second announcer Jason Settlemoir. He'll be followed by Pete Kleinhans next Thursday with Dave Little closing out the month at the mic.   Thursday may also be "Your Lucky Day" with the lead promotion returning gambling losses for the day to one fortunate Players Club member and double points on all live harness wagers.   The usual array of guaranteed wagers are in place and free program pages for some of those are available via the world wide web.   Post time is 7:15 PM.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Corey Callahan was a major player in the two Kindergarten Classic trotting events at the Meadowlands Saturday night, an evening that saw four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds with total purses at more than $780,000. 'The Captain' drove 1-9 favorite Seven Hills in the $221,540 colt and gelding trot, but after beginning his career with four powerful wins, the son of Muscle Hill-Southwind Maywood went off stride in the first turn, losing all chance. "He's still really immature," said Callahan. "Vinny (Ginsburg, driving Lucky Weekend) kind of crossed over on me and I had to grab hold of him a little bit and he made a break." That opened the door for 7-1 second-choice Reign Of Honor to break his maiden at a most opportune time. David Miller kept the gelded son of Father Patrick-Margarita Momma in a live cover flow, came alongside leader Divine Spirit at the top of the stretch, before powering past that foe to go on to a convincing 5¼-length score in 1:55.3. Memo was second with Reve Toujours third. "It definitely opened the race up," said Miller of the early break by the favorite. "And around the first turn I wasn't real happy with my spot. But I got cover past the half." Reign Of Honor, trained by Nifty Norman, returned $17.60 to his backers for owners Deo Valente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable and Tom Pontone. Callahan guided an upset winner in the $236,060 filly trot, steering 17-1 shot Stella Jane to victory lane in 1:54.4. Tim Tetrick blasted Sister's Promise away from the gate from post 10 and Callahan went with him from the eight hole. After making the lead at the quarter, Stella Jane yielded to Sister's Promise and the duo raced 1-2 around the track. Stella Jane vacated the pocket in mid-stretch and rolled to 2¾-length score in 1:54.4. Princess Deo rallied for second with Sister's Promise holding third. Global Pageant, the 9-5 favorite, went a tough first-over trip, wilted and finished eighth. Stella Jane, trained by John Butenschoen, returned $36.20 for owner Crawford Farms Racing. "She really has been good all year," said Callahan. "She's been handy, so we just shot out of there and everything worked out well. I had a lot of trot in the last turn." It was a case of too close to call in the Kindergarten Classic for filly pacers on a card that featured four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Odds On St Lucie and Michelon's Filly finished in a dead heat in the $148,700 event in a mile that went in 1:52. Alkippe was a head back in third. Brett Miller sent 6-1 shot Odds On St Lucie to the top in search of her third straight series win. She would never relinquish the top. Even-money favorite Michelon's Filly started to inch her way toward the leader after popping out of the four hole at the half. Three-quarters was reached in 1:24.2 as Michelon's Filly and Marcus Miller continued to march closer while racing uncovered. Through the stretch, Michelon's Filly bravely continued on, and at the wire, the photo finish cameras could not separate the pair. Odds On St Lucie, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure, paid $5.20 to win for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Odds On Racing. She's now five-for-10 lifetime and has earnings of over $100,000. The Erv Miller-trained Michelon's Filly returned $2.60 for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson and now has six wins in 13 starts and also a bankroll that just breaks the six-figure barrier. "I thought I was out there way too long," said Marcus Miller of Michelon's Filly. "She paid me back for taking care of her in her last few starts. She was as game as possible. They were both digging right to the wire." Escapetothebeach went a perfect trip on the way to taking the $173,800 colts and geldings pace in 1:51.3. It was three-quarters of a length back to Mac's Power. Waterway was third while 8-5 favorite Southwind Ozzi finished last in the field of 10. Waterway and Brett Miller fired right to the top and cut out all of the fractions as Andy McCarthy sat right behind with Escapetothebeach. In deep stretch, Waterway bore out while weakening on the lead, allowing Escapetothebeach a pathway to victory. "He raced really good tonight," said McCarthy. "I got him to hustle out of there pretty good and I got the trip I wanted. He had a lot of pace. I was quite confident if I got out, I was the winner. I kept edging to the outside (in deep stretch) hoping I'd get room, but it wasn't coming, so I looked and it looked like it was starting to open up to the inside, so I switched him back there and he went right through." A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape, Escapetothebeach returned $16.00 to his backers for trainer Alagna and owners Alagna & Inthegym, J. Sbrocco, R. Leblanc and W. Donovan, and now has three wins in 12 lifetime starts and earnings of $124,728. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player became the second in as many nights to walk away with a $10,000 score in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. Friday night, the winner had to go 10-for-10 but on Saturday, all it took was five out of 10 to hit big. ... Yannick Gingras drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan, Brett Miller and David Miller had two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race program reached a meet-best $2,539,969. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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