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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Highalator and Great Vintage battled from start to finish in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, and when the dust cleared, Highalator emerged victorious in a national season's-best equaling 1:48.1. Highalator, the 2-1 second choice, and Great Vintage, the 6-5 favorite, were both away from the gate quickly in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, with Great Vintage hitting the quarter on the point in :26.3. David Miller moved Highalator to the lead just before the half in a snappy :53.4 as 39-1 longshot All Down The Line was making progress racing on the rim. Andrew McCarthy decided getting trapped in the pocket was not for him, so he moved Great Vintage back to the top with a quick burst of speed at the five-eighths. After three-quarters was reached in 1:21.4, the pair went toe to toe through the stretch. Highalator vacated the pocket with more than an eighth to go, but could not wear down a game Great Vintage until the pair reached the sixteenth pole, at which point Highalator surged to a 1¼-length win. Emeritus Maximus rallied for third. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere paid $6.20 to win for owners Jenny Bier (who also trains) and Joann Dombeck while establishing his lifetime best in winning for the 17th time in 35 career starts. On May 5, Easy Lover Hanover was the first to go 1:48.1 in 2018, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. CAPTAIN CRUSH: Meadowlands Pace hopeful Captain Deo gave trainer Tony Alagna and his people plenty to think about after the 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere destroyed an overmatched group of conditioned pacers by 9¼ lengths in a lifetime-best 1:50.2 earlier on the Big M card. "I'm going to talk to my partners and we can make a decision Monday," said Alagna, as to whether Captain Deo will head to Toronto next week for the North America Cup eliminations. "I was very pleased with his effort. I believe he wins in 1:49 easily if they don't slow the pace so terribly during the second quarter." A LITTLE MORE: Harness racing's pot of gold got a bit bigger after the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner. The carryover now stands at $247,880. ... Brett Miller drove four winners on the card, Eric Abbatiello and David Miller had three apiece while Andy McCarthy had two as the foursome accounted for all of the winners on the card. ... Total wagering on the 12-race program was $2,229,706, with an average number of starters per race of 8.41. Both numbers were down when compared to the comparable program from a year ago when $2,995,671 was bet on a card that saw an average of 9.08 starters per race. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

CHESTER, PA - The only mare in the field, the four-year-old Archangel distaff Celebrity Ruth, showed her heels to the field in the $18,000 feature on "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a new lifetime best of 1:53.3. David Miller sent Celebrity Ruth charging after the lead first-over down the backstretch, and the mare responded with a 26.4 individual back split to clear before the ¾ and open a sizable lead on the far turn. She maintained a 1 ¾ length margin at the wire over Watkins, who escaped a shuffle and came back on. Celebrity Ruth, unraced at two, now has a career record of 17-8-8-0-$427,613 for trainer Trond Smedshammer and White Birch Farm. Another four-year-old trotter went even faster, 1:53.1, in the $17,000 co-featured event, as Top Flight Angel made a successful 2018 bow, leading every pole to tally by 3 ¼ lengths. The product of Team Orange Crush - trainer Julie Miller and husband-driver Andy - equaled the lifetime mark he set in a preparatory qualifier here at Philly for the Legendary Standardbred Farm. On a day where favorites won the first six races (though one was a dead-heat), Izoh sent the chalkplayers scrambling for cover with a pocket rocket rally over pacesetter Classic Belisima in 1:54.2, the Crazed gelding's fastest ever, while returning $104.60 for a $2 ticket. Another wife-and-husband team, driver Jackie and trainer Frank Ingrassia, got the job done with Izoh, whom Jackie co-owns with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Yonkers, NY-- Post positions have been drawn for the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace and $111,444 Lismore Pace set for Yonkers Raceway this Saturday night, May 26th.   The 28th edition of the Rooney, one of Yonkers' premier event's for the sport's glamour division, offers six 3-year-old colts and two geldings. Inaugurated 1989, the Rooney pays homage to the Hall of Fame founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers and patriarch of the Rooney Family.   Elimination winners Trump Nation with "Maine Man" Jason Bartlett in the bike drew post position four, while Decoy, Dave Miller handling the reins, is saddled with the outside eight hole.   Miller, who has won this race three times, including last season with Downbytheseaside will have his work cut out for him behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jimmy Takter trains for Brixton Medical, R A W Equine and Joe Sbrocco. Decoy won his elim going away, by 8½ lengths in a 'good' 1:54.   Bartlett, the perennial leading driver at Empire City Casino's historic half mile oval, has never won the Rooney. Trump Nation took over early a week ago, making the lead from an eventual breaker and holding sway. He won by a head in 1:53.3. his fastest purse mile of the season.   The Betterthancheddar colt enters the final with new co-ownership (Evan Katz and Crawford Racing) and a new trainer in Chris Oakes.   The field, with declared drivers is as follows: 1-Minnie Vinnie (Tim Tetrick), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton listed), 3-Springsteen (Brian Sears), 4-Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett), 5-Jimtastic (Eric Goodell), 6-Major Authority (Yannick Gingras), 7-Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller).   The 14th Lismore, companion event to the Rooney, was carded as the fifth race. Lone elimination winner Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube) landed in post No. 2 among the octet of 3-year-old pacing.   The field, with declared drivers...1-Solitary (Brent Holland), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube), 3-Believe in Me (Brian Sears), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Jason Bartlett), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan) 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick), 7-Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miler).   First post for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM.   by John Cirillo, for Yonkers Raceway  

Drawing post six at Yonkers Raceway may not qualify as relief in many instances, but trainer Jim Campbell was at least a bit thankful to see Alexa's Power receive that starting spot for Saturday's $111,444 Lismore Pace final. "At least she didn't draw the eight-hole again," Campbell said with a laugh. "She moved in a couple spots." Alexa's Power has made two previous starts at Yonkers Raceway this month and started from post No. 8 both times. She won the first, a division of the Reynolds Memorial, and finished fifth in last week's elimination for the Lismore. Each time, Alexa's Power had the fastest last quarter-mile in the race. She closed with a :27.3 panel in the elimination to make up more than seven lengths and finish 1-3/4 lengths behind winner Jewels Forreal. Post No. 8 at Yonkers produces winners at a 3.8-percent rate while post six is at 7.8 percent. Post one leads the way, at 18.6 percent. "She raced really good last week and had a lot of pace finishing," Campbell said. "She's been finishing with a good kick. Over there (at Yonkers) you just have to hope for a good trip because it is such a trip-biased track." Alexa's Power, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award-winning mare Michelle's Power, is owned by breeder Jeff Snyder and his son Michael. She is a full sister to stakes-winner Mac's Jackpot and her family also includes Canada's 2012 Horse of the Year Michael's Power as well as Hall of Famer Cam's Card Shark. The filly won three of 13 races last year and earned $90,654 despite battling some health issues midway through her campaign. She is 2-for-3 this season with $19,783 in purses. "She was good last year, but she ran into some good fillies and a little bad luck," Campbell said. "I'm happy she's gotten off to a good start because she trained back really good this year. Hopefully she can keep it going." Alexa's Power is the 5-1 third choice on the morning line in the Lismore, which is for 3-year-old female pacers. Pass Line Bluechip, the winner of five of nine races this year and second by a head to Jewels Forreal in the elimination, is the 8-5 favorite. Jewels Forreal is the 9-2 second choice. Saturday's card at Yonkers also includes the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. Springsteen is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Racing begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Lismore is race five on the 12-race card and the Rooney is race six. Following is the field for the Lismore Pace, with drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds. 1. Solitary, Brent Holland, Nick Surick, 12-1; 2. Jewels Forreal, Dan Dube, Ron Burke, 9-2; 3. Believe In Me, Brian Sears, Brett Pelling, 9-1; 4. Pass Line Bluechip, Jason Bartlett, Wayne Givens, 8-5; 5. Python Blue Chip, George Brennan, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Alexa's Power, Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, 5-1; 7. Checkered Past, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 20-1; 8. Reign On Me, Brett Miller, R. Nifty Norman, 7-1. Following is the field for the Art Rooney Pace, with drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds. 1. Minnie Vinnie, Tim Tetrick, Gareth Dowse, 6-1; 2. Kwik Talkin, George Brennan, Rob Harmon, 5-1; 3. Springsteen, Brian Sears, Rene Allard, 9-5; 4. Trump Nation, Jason Bartlett, Chris Oakes, 3-1; 5. Jimtastic, Eric Goodell, Andrew Harris, 20-1; 6. Major Authority, Mark MacDonald, Andrew Harris, 20-1; 7. Babes Dig Me, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 10-1; 8. Decoy, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 7-1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - David Miller had the hot hand Friday night at the Meadowlands, winning three times on the 10-race harness racing card. The Hall of Famer scored in the first race - a New Jersey Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old pacing fillies - with 3-5 public choice Hypnotic Tale (Hypnotic Blue Chip-Born Storyteller) in 1:53.1, which lowered her previous lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds. Miller's second score came with the Domenico Cecere-trained Hat Trick Habit, who prevailed in a lifetime-best 1:54 as the 9-5 public choice in the fourth race conditioned trot before he completed his three-bagger with Super S Yzerman in the ninth race "Dash for the G Notes" pace in 1:53 as the 3-1 second choice. In the process, Super S Yzerman lowered his previous lifetime best by four-and-one-fifth seconds. CHURN, BABY, CHURN: Chalk players had a nice night, as the first five races were taken by the post-time choice and a total of six favorites scored on the program. Two other races were taken by the second choice. A LITTLE MORE: The Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five was hit. The lucky player holding the combination of 7-8-5-1-9 in the eighth race cashed in for $10,522. ... All-source wagering was down 18 percent over the corresponding card from last year. The primary culprits being one five-horse field and another that was scratched down to four. The total wagered was $2,030,038. ... The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 saw one simulcast player at Pompano Park the only bettor to survive nine legs. The payoff was $17,070. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $226,062. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Gates open at 9:30 a.m., with the first race at Pimlico slated for 10:30 p.m. and the Preakness scheduled to go at 6:48 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Pompano Beach, FL…February 28, 2018…Pompano Park will host the Miller-Tetrick Challenge on Saturday night with both super-stars—David Miller and Tim Tetrick— seeking superiority for the benefit of two worthy charitable organizations—the Make-A- Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   The event, organized by the Florida Amateur Driving Club pits Miller, 53, a winner of over 12,000 races and $222,000,000 in purse earnings for harness horse owners, against Tetrick, 36, who has well over 10,000 wins and close to $190,000,000 in purse winnings, in a team event also featuring many of the top amateur drivers in the sport.   Miller and Tetrick will serve as captains of their respective teams consisting of 21 amateur drivers in a five race competition with the winning team awarded bragging rights with both of the aforementioned charities becoming beneficiaries of the friendly-but highly competitive—competition.   Miller, who will be competing for the Make-A- Wish Foundation, said of his upcoming Pompano Park appearance, “I just love what the Florida Amateur Driving Club is doing here. It’s not only a pleasure to be participating, it is a true honor. Like the Make-A- Wish Foundation people say, ‘one moment changes everything,’ and we know that our efforts will make many moments possible to change the lives of our children.”   Tetrick will be in the sulky for the benefit of New Vocations, an organization that provides a “safety net” through rehabilitation, education and placement for retired racehorses.   In speaking about New Vocations, Tetrick said, “You know, our horses give their hearts and souls with every stride on the racetrack and I believe that, after they are done in that phase of their career, we should help them in their next career, whether it be as a pleasure horse or as a therapeutic horse.”   In a joint statement, F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs and Treasurer Tom Eichas echoed the sentiments of both Miller and Tetrick saying, “This is what our sport needs—making it an important vehicle that can benefit worthy charities and their recipients throughout North America.   I think it’s great that two of our sport’s best drivers have turned into two of our best philanthropists in working on behalf of our sport and its image—great horsemen they are but, even more important, even greater men.”   The festivities at Pompano Park get under way Saturday night with post time set for 7:20 p.m.   John Berry

Owners and trainers looking for a little divine intervention on Hunter Cup night have had their prayers answered with the news that star American harness racing driver David Miller is ready and able to pick up catch drives. Affectionately known as ‘Purple Jesus’, Miller is a Hall Of Fame driver in the U.S. who has driven more than 12,000 winners and accrued more than $222 million in stakes. Victorian fans will be well aware of his family’s reputation in the sport too given his cousin Brett Miller was in Australia for the World Drivers Championships 18 months ago and set the sand alight with a blazing track record at Echuca during the series. David Miller has travelled abroad before to drive in Europe but has mostly spent his time in the US where he has become a legend of the sport winning America’s biggest race, The Little Brown Jug, on three occasions. And for those that aren’t aware, Miller partnered with Always B Miki to pace the fastest time ever recorded – 1:46.0 – in the Red Mile at Kentucky in 2016. Always B Miki is likely to make his mark here too given he is currently available to Australian breeders through Alabar Stud. Having already had success in New Zealand whilst holidaying across the ditch, trainers can call the racing office if they have a suitable drive for Miller at Melton on Saturday night. Trots Media

United States Hall of Fame harness driver David Miller is in for a busy working holiday. After driving at Alexandra Park last Friday night, the American harness driver has secured seven drives at Addington on Friday night in which he will compete in his own set of racing colours. He’ll then venture on to new ground, quite literally, when he competes on the grass track surface at Motukarara in five races on Sunday. Not only will he face a grass surface, but he’ll have the unique opportunity to compete in a standing start event, a format not used in the USA and Canada. Two of Miller’s drives on Sunday will be in standing starts over 2810m, including a drive on Boomer Bailey in the Motukarara Pacers Cup. Which will also be a new aspect given he predominantly races over one mile events in his homeland. Miller started driving at age seventeen in his home state of Ohio, before forging his way into the big time race circuits. He’s had remarkable success during his career, including three Little Brown Jugs, and became the tenth driver in North American history to reach 10,000 career wins. But the horse he will probably be most connected with in international harness folklore is when he combined with the world’s fastest pacer – Always B Miki. The duo scorched their way into the history books on the Red Mile surface in Kentucky in 2016, when Always B Miki paced 1.46 flat marking the fastest ever mile paced by a Standardbred. HRNZ Marketing

One of the world’s best ever drivers will be showcasing his skills in New Zealand over the next fortnight. And for Hall Of Fame horseman David Miller that will hopefully mean his first time race driving on grass at Motukarara on Sunday week. Miller is accompanying Kiwi horseman Richard “Nifty” Norman, who has been based in North America for much of his career, when Norman returns home this week. So Miller will bring his driving bag and is available for drives at Alexandra Park this Friday, at Addington the following Friday and at Motukarara the following Sunday. Trainers interested in using his services should either contact the clubs involved or Cran Dalgety. “It is great to have a guy like David driving down here and Nifty tells me he is really looking forward to it,” says Dalgety. “So I’d love to see him get some drives up there (Auckland) and then of course down here. “Apparently he is really looking forward to having a go on the grass.” While Alexandra Park’s right-handed track and the grass at The Mot may be relatively new experiences for Miller, not much else in harness racing is. He has driven around 13,000 winner in his extraordinary career and the winners of over US$10million in a season a remarkable 13 times. Michael Guerin

ANDERSON, Ind. - In a topsy-turvy harness racing season for the older male pacers, the main consistent factor in the division's two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations at Hoosier Park was driver David Miller, as the leading active sulky-sitting money leader handled both winners, Dealt A Winner and Mach It So. Dealt A Winner, the leader pro tem of the division with three straight 1-2 finishes against top company, was quarter-mover number two in his elim, as Mel Mara came out to go around early leader Keystone Velocity past the :27.1 opener, with 6-5 favorite Dealt A Winner ($4.40 to win) and Miller right on that one's back then going on to the lead near the :54.4 half. The three-quarters was reached in 1:22.3, and with 7-5 second choice All Bets Off having his first-over bid stall, the stretch challenge came to the pacesetter's left, with Keystone Velocity and Split The House firing strongly on the inside. Dealt A Winner dug deep and maintained a neck margin over Keystone Velocity on the money, stopping the clock in 1:49.3, with "Velocity" nosing out Split The House for the deuce. Manhattan Beach (closing well) and All Bets Off were the others who advanced to next week's final. Dealt A Winner, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is trained by Mark Silva for owner Jeffrey Snyder. Dealt A Winner Mach It So scored his first victory since the William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 15, and in the process tied the Hoosier track record for older pacing geldings of 1:48.2 in his wire-to-wire score. Miller sent the altered son of Mach Three right to the top and was one of few drivers in the early races who kept his pacesetter rolling, setting fractions of :26.1 and :54.3, before meeting the challenge of favored Sintra as that one brushed from fourth towards the 1:21.1 three-quarters. Mach It So and Sintra went at it head-to-head the first half of the lane, but then the chalk tired into the wind, and Mach It So maintained the advantage by three-quarters of a length on the money. McWicked, last most of the way, came with a wicked late roar to grab second by a half-length from Missile J. Rock N' Roll World and Sintra got the final two spots for next week's final. Though perhaps not a recent winner, Mach It So got his ninth check in 10 starts against top company, and the Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, now has 2017 earnings of $515,903 and a career bankroll of $2,206,647 for Bamond Racing LLC. He returned $11.00. Mach It So "Both of my horses were good tonight," said Miller. "I was able to get them in a good position. Dealt A Winner has had a good streak of form, but Mach It So was sharp tonight, too. It should be a great race next week." By Gerry Connors, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Rainbow Room, with David Miller in the sulky, won the first of two harness racing eliminations of the Breeders Crown 2-year-old Filly Pace at Hoosier Park Friday night in 1:52.3. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, and breeder Vieux Carre Farms, Rainbow Room drew away in the stretch to win by 3 lengths. Rainbow Room (Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue) left brightly with Firestorm and Percy Bluechip but overtook that pair to get to the top and stay there through fractions of :26.3, :56 and 1:24.1, staying in full control to the wire. Firestorm, who followed third most of the way, was all out to take second. Come See The Show came up the rail for third. Majorsspeciallady was fourth with Rock On Ladys fifth. "I was worried about cutting the whole mile but she still had pace at the end," said Holloway. Rainbow Room was the 6-5 favorite, paying $4.60 and goes to the final with a career bankroll of $359,624. By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16... What The Hill, who was disqualified after winning this year's Hambletonian for interference, converted off of a similar pocket trip to find redemption with a 1:51.4 stakes record victory in the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke pupil followed behind Long Tom and driver Tim Tetrick as they posted fractions of :27.1, :55.4 for the half and 1:23.3 for three-quarters. Into the stretch, driver David Miller angled What The Hill off cover and fed the colt open racetrack where he was quick to respond. What The Hill then breezed past Long Tom to capture the rich final and also earn a new speed badge in the process. Dover Dan rallied to finish second, three lengths behind the victor. Long Tom faded to third. "I figured I would be following Timmy there (Tetrick and Long Tom) and I was only hoping that someone didn't try to remove on him," said Miller from the winner's circle. "But the trip worked out great. The horse that was first in, I believe was Bills Man. He didn't get to us so I was able to sit in right to the head of the stretch and then my horse exploded." What The Hill lowered the stakes record by three-fifths of a second which was previously held by Majestic Son (2006), Lucky Chucky (2010), Market Share (2012) and Royalty For Life (2013) for their 1:52.2 victories. The 1:51.4 clocking was also one-fifths of a second off of the track and Canadian record. "I was flabbergasted that no one came out and let them go to three-quarters in the race they did and let David get out this time," said co-owner Jerry Silva, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic with What The Hill's sire Muscle Hill. "Not like in the Hambo when they were all alongside of him and we got disqualified for the first time in 92 years, which I still have doubts about them disqualifying us in that race." What The Hill notched his fifth victory of the season and eighth lifetime. With the win, the trotting colt now boasts career earnings of $630,747 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms. What The Hill paid $7.60, $5.10, and $3.70, combining with Dover Dan ($8, $4.80) for a $ 35.70 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-7 (Long Tom, $4.20) triactor was worth $292, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-2 (Bills Man)] returned $474.80. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Blue Moon Stride converted off a perfect second-over trip to win Saturday's $256,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in a harness racing stakes record 1:48.4. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old pacing mare and driver David Miller followed up their 7-1 upset victory in last week's elimination with a mild 6-1 upset in Saturday's final. Post-ten starter Witch Dali blasted out from the outside to grab the early lead and post a :26.1 opening-quarter. Wrangler Magic and Pure Country, the 6/5 favourite, were both seeking the lead early and parked around the first turn. Pure Country cleared to the lead nearing the half, but paid a big price by pacing a :53.3 opening-half. Lady Shadow came out from fourth and committed first up at the half, providing cover for Blue Moon Stride, who was pacing sixth. Pure Country and Lady Shadow dueled by three-quarters in 1:21.1, while Miller was just waiting for the stretch in a perfect second-over spot. Blue Moon Stride rocketed off cover in the lane and surged to the lead. The Harder trainee stormed home in :27.2 to win by three-quarters of a length over a charging L A Delight. Frost Damage Blues finished third, while Darlinonthebeach was fourth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Blue Moon Stride appears to have found her best stride with Miller in the sulky. The duo have now won three races in a row when working together and the four-year-old is arguably at her best right now. "She's very sharp right now," said Miller. "I talked to Mark (Harder) last night and he assured me that she was coming into the race in great shape and he was absolutely right. "She's beaten the best ones the last three weeks pretty handily, so yes I'm pretty high on her." Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride is now four for 13 this season with $243,119 earned. The Harder trainee earned her 14th victory Saturday and pushes her career earnings over $950,000. The clocking of 1:48.4 lowered the Milton Stakes record by a full-second. The previous mark of 1:49.4 was set twice by Rocklamation in 2012 and 2013. A $2 win ticket on Blue Moon Stride returned $14.30. The $2 exacta with runner up L A Delight ($8.50, $4.60) paid $100.50, while the $1 Trifecta including Frost Damage Blues ($3.80) paid $323.20. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 31 - Back in the care of harness racing trainer Casie Coleman, six-year-old McWicked could surpass $2 million in career earnings with a strong performance in Saturday's $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Following his four-year-old campaign, Mcwicked departed from Coleman's barn and was moved to trainer Steve Elliott, who conditioned the son of Mcardle for his five-year-old season and the first part of his current six-year-old season. "He didn't win a race at four with me and the owners just decided to try him with somebody else," Coleman said. "He went away for a little while, but then they asked me to take him back and I did." Mcwicked's five-year-old season was cut short after sustaining an injury in the June 2016 Roll With Joe Pace, where he flipped his palate and underwent corrective surgery. "I thought he could go with [Always B] Miki and [Wiggle It Jiggleit], I really did," Mcwicked's former trainer Steve Elliot said in an interview last year. "He's a fast, fast horse and he's handy. He doesn't ever grab a line. Sitting in the two-hole, drivers want to get him off the fence. Pull the right line and he takes off. You don't know how much horse you've got until you pull and then you have to watch you don't catch a wheel. He's just that kind of horse. He's a very good horse and circumstances didn't dictate that." Mcwicked, a 21-time winner with $1,992,206 earned for owner S S G Stables, made his 2017 seasonal debut on February 12 at Pompano Park, where he won the $12,500 Open Handicap in 1:50.4 devoid of breathing issues from which he had suffered in the past. "I didn't have any issues with him as a three-year-old with his breathing, but as a four-year-old we started having some issues with that," Coleman said. "Like I'll use the laser machine and laser his palette and take the tongue tie out and stuff along those lines. It's a constant thing you've got to work on because once they have a breathing issue you never know when it's going to come up." After racing ten times this season for Elliott, Mcwicked returned to Coleman's barn and proceeded to win the Preferred at Mohawk on June 3, followed by the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:48.2 on June 17. "I just put him back to the way I had [trained] him," Coleman said. "I don't really know what they were doing with him--I wasn't really concerned with how they rigged him up and trained him because I knew my way worked with him as a three-year-old and he's been seeming to respond." Prior to last Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations, Mcwicked had finished fourth in three consecutive starts, including in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park as the 2-1 favourite. "He didn't race badly at Hoosier, but I was expecting more out of him," Coleman said. "He came up with an abscess in his foot, which we've actually been working on for a little while. He's actually been racing in an A-bar shoe right now just because he has some problems with his foot." Finishing third in his 'Pacing Derby' elimination, Mcwicked paced a 1:48.3 mile with a :25.4 final quarter, coming in six-lengths off of elimination winner Rockin Ron. "Everything seems great [heading into the Pacing Derby]," Coleman said. "I wish he was a little bit better on that foot--he trained yesterday (Tuesday); he trained really good. He's sharp and feeling good, but we still have a little bit of an issue with his foot but I think that will be fine by the time we get to Saturday." McWicked will start from the rail in Saturday's big race and will have the driving services of David Miller. "The rail isn't necessarily the best place to be--I mean, I'll take it over the nine or ten any day. Like it's hard for a horse to race on the front-end and get off the rail, so I'm hoping he gets away mid pack, follows some cover and hopefully works out from that spot." Update on Summer Travel After winning the Dream Maker Final in a stakes-record 1:50.3 on August 7, Coleman trained two-year-old Summer Travel was scheduled to race in last Saturday's Nassagaweya Stakes, but was scratched due to sickness. The Western Ideal colt was not the only Coleman rookie to be scratched, as filly Play The Bell, the winner of this year's Battle of The Belles, was also pulled from the Eternal Camnation. "They trained early (last) week and they were awesome--couldn't have been better," Coleman said. "But then on Thursday, the both of them started to snot but were eating good and feeling good. On Friday they were a lot more snotty and started to cough, still seeming to feel fine until Saturday morning we came in and saw Summer Travel had a temperature of 104 [Fahrenheit] and Play The Bell had a temperature of 102, so obviously we had to scratch them." "We've been treating them; they're on antibiotics. They seem to both be responding quite well--their snot pretty much cleared up and their temperatures are fine. Still, they both do have a little bit of a cough, but it is much, much better." The signs of improvement gave Coleman enough confidence to enter both rookies in this Saturday's Grand Circuit events at Mohawk. Summer Travel will compete in a $96,880 Champlain division, while Play The Bell will start in the $169,381 Champlain Filly Stakes. "They're both going to be a touch-bit short because I can't train them as much as I'd like to," Coleman said. "We've got to let them get over the sickness. Obviously, if at all they are not ready by Saturday, we're not going to take a chance and race them, but I think we'll be okay." Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby card at Mohawk features 12-races and over $1.4 million in purses. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Ray Cotolo

WILKES-BARRE PA - Hall of Fame harness racing driver David Miller, second on the all-time money list (he passed Ron Pierce on Hall of Fame Day) and the leading active driving earner with John Campbell retired, took all three $54,785 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, two of them with youngsters garnering their second Sires triumphs, and the other with a maiden who was "graduating" to the Sire Stakes off two Stallion Series seconds. Ironically, the fastest winner was the previous maiden, the Broadway Hall-Designable colt Patent Leather, who gained cover behind Samo Different Day late in the mile, then outrushed his foe at the end to win by a neck in 1:54.2. Patent Leather, atypically purchased as a yearling by Hall of Fame nominee Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms LLC, looks like he might be a good $10,000 purchase (the dam was a $483,000 winner) under the tutelage of trainer Jim Campbell, and here he paid $24.80 to win as by far the longest shot in the field of five. Miller, Campbell, and Fashion Farms doubled up behind 7-1 prospect Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall (Broadway Hall's sire) who rallied to put the first blot on Cinderella story Hockey Hanover's past performances, taking a nose triumph in a personal best 1:56.4. Hockey Hanover (Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover) is the winningest two-year-old trotter in North America with eight triumphs, and he entered the Sunday contest undefeated (five Fair Sire Stakes and all three of his Stallion Series starts), but the unbeaten designation was just put by the boards as the $100,000 yearling edged the $10,000 yearling, with a $350,000 yearling, 1-10 favorite and Peter Haughton winner You Know You Do, making a break and all but taking him out of Championship competition. (Crystal Fashion's dam, by the way, is Window Willow, a full sister to the millionaire Lolique, who was such a slow learner as a youth that his trainer John Wagner put him in the box as LOLIQUE; in his three-year-old qualifying debut, he beat defending Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo and started getting a lot smarter). Miller other triumph was with 1-10 shot Scirocco Rob in 1:55.3, but even the heavy favorite, by Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties, tried to make heavy work of his victory, losing all but a half-length of a 2 1/4 length stretch lead but persevering on to keep Max's Beast at bay for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. An unofficial tally of this division's top pointwinners at their preliminaries' conclusion reads: Crystal Fashion and Lawmaker (tied for #1), Scirocco Rob and Toast Of Lindy (tied for third), Maxus, What's The Word, and Fashionwoodchooper and Quality Kemp (tied for seventh); Final Dream is "on the bubble" as ninth and AE1 if all of the top eight declare for the Championship, with Max's Beast tenth and AE2. The $252,000 divisional Championship will be held at Pocono on Labor Day, September 4. Monday at Pocono, there will be seven divisions of the final prelim for this two-year-old trotting colt group, and with that many horses in play, the competition for places in their Championship should be quite fierce. PHHA / Pocono

Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) on Sunday (August 20) with a purse of $263,100 for harness racing sophomore pacing Colts & Geldings at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big long shot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval in Nichols, NY. In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who would take charge with a first quarter in :27.4, and a half in :55.4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) would battle and take the lead to the three-quarter mark in 1:21.4. Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven) would watch this speed duel from the third. Owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, the 3 year-old colt would charge down the stretch like he was shot out of a cannon. Heaven's Gait ($4.50), would win in 1:49.2. He would win for the fifth straight time. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would fire late to finish second. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) came up late to finish third. In the EBC final ($257,850) for sophomore pacing fillies, it was big long shot Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who was victorious. Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears), would put up all the early fractions, :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.3. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) would put on pressure during the whole race. He was parked almost the whole way and would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), who is owned by NLG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, would take advantage of a second over trip. The 3 year-old filly blew right by Clear Idea (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Third place went to Ameriway (Corey Callahan). Obvious Blue Chip ($57.50), would win for fourth time this season and the fifth of her career. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) shocked the field to win the Roll With Joe ($163,000), with a track record for aged geldings at 1:47.4.. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) would hit the first quarter in :26.1. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) would then continue the fast pace hitting the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark) would follow Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) with a second over trip. Dealt A Winner ($72.50), who is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, would go three wide at the top of the stretch flying to the lead and tack record. He would fall short of the world record for aged gelding pacers for a five-eighths mile track by one-fifth of a second. The 5 year-old would win for the 13th time in his career. Rockin Ron hung on for second with Sunfire Blue Chip getting third. Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) would win the third leg of the Ms Versatility ($40,000) setting a new track record for all trotters in 150.4. Oho Diamond (Brett Miller) would lead into the first quarter in :27.1. Pasithea Face S (Muscle Hill) would take over as they went by the stands for the first time. She would follow with times of :55.1, 1:23.4, 1:50.4. Pasithea Face S ($3.40) didn't have it easy though. She battled the first over PL Hill (Corey Callahan) all the way from the three-quarter mark and holding on by a quarter-length. PL Hill (Kadabra) finished second with entry mate Oho Diamond (Ken Warkentin) getting third. Pasithea Face S is Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. She won for the fifth time this season getting a new lifetime mark. She was just one-fifth of a second off the world record for aged mares for a five-eighths mile track. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 21) post time for the 10 race card begins at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

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