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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

CHESTER, PA - Scuola Hanover won her fourth straight race, and took archrival Bettor Trix N from the ranks of the unbeaten on U.S. shores, in taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:52. Big City Betty and Miss Hill got away 1-2 in the featured field of eight, with the former passing the first two poles in 27.3 and 56.2. Bettor Trix N, who had won all four of her east coast starts and was the 6-5 second choice, started uncovered down the backstretch, with the 1-2 favorite Scuola Hanover enjoyed a perfect cover trip past the 1:24.2 3/4s and into the stretch. The A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly proved the strongest in the latter stages, with a personal last split of 27.4 putting her two lengths clear of Big City Betty at the finish; Miss Hill was another neck back in third and ¾ of a length ahead of Bettor Trix N. Scuola Hanover had passed the $200,000 career earnings marker with her previous win, in a division of the Simpson Stake at Philly, and this victory now boosts her earnings to $215,798 for trainer Andrew Stafford, who is also co-owner with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. David Miller recorded his third victory of the afternoon behind the winner. Harrah's Philadelphia had had two cards out of its first 111 this year where two winners paid $50 or more - with Wednesday's racing, it's now added on two more in the last six. First on the longshot brigade Wednesday was Let's Roll, who showed competitiveness in good company but still was allowed to escape at 34-1, whereupon driver Brett Miller got her home off a second-over trip to return $70.80. Brett now has six $50+ winners at the meet, one behind the leader Eric Carlson, with whom he is tied wth two $100+ winners. The other bomber pilot on the Wednesday card was Dexter Dunn, who rallied Lexi Tee from third inside to catch 2-5 favorite Trix Are For Kids while paying back $2 win tickets with $59.40. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will be dark for live racing this Sunday afternoon, October 28, following the night before where there will be some good racing 100 miles north up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

LEXINGTON, KY--Sent the 6-5 second choice, Cantab Fashion got the jump on 3-5 favorite Green Manlishi S and outsprinted his competition to take the third of three divisions of the $275,600 Trixton International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by the Trixton Syndicate, on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Red Mile in 1:51.4 to collect his fifth-consecutive victory. The Jim Campbell-trained colt by Cantab Hall trotted into third while Battenberg swooped to the lead ahead of Union Forces getting the pocket. By the first quarter in :28.1, Cantab Fashion tipped off the rail and rushed to the front before accelerating the tempo to a :55.2 half. Green Manalishi S moved first over heading into the final turn and marched towards the leader's wheel heading to three-quarters. Past that marker in 1:24, Green Manalishi S continued to dig into Cantab Fashion in the stretch before the eventual winner entered another gear and edged to a length and a half victory at the wire. Union Forces held third from Battenberg fourth. Surpassing $100,000 in career earnings, Cantab Fashion competes for owner-breeder Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller drove the $4.60 winner. Pulling pocket past the quarter, the Domenico Cecere-trained Muscle Hill colt Kings County trotted fast fractions in progress to a 1:52.3 victory in the first division of the ISS. Hudson River took the lead towards the inside with Kings County tucking into second and Trix And Stones third. Following a :27.4 opening quarter driver David Miller angled Kings County off the cones and circled to the lead in the backstretch. Gaining separation and speeding clear, Kings County led Hudson River through a :55.2 half. Slowing the tempo to three-quarters, Kings County still held control as Hudson River gradually reeled in the leader and readied to pull off the rail passing three-quarters, timed in 1:24. Kings County turned into the stretch and remained extended to the line as Trix And Stones rallied three wide to take second ahead of Chin Chin Hall, off a rail trip, closing through the center for third. Kings County, competing for Lindy Farms of Connecticut, won his fourth race from nine starts, propelling his bankroll to $142,782. Sent the 3-2 favorite, he paid $5.00 to win. Super Schissel circled to the lead past the quarter and held command under a tight hold from driver Yannick Gingras to win the second ISS division in 1:54.3. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt by Uncle Peter moved for the lead through a :28.2 opening quarter and pocketed early pacesetter Brady Bunch heading into the backstretch. Odds-on favorite Demon Onthe Hill, racing fifth, pulled first over passing the half in :56.4 before flushing cover from Sheena's Boy heading into the final turn. Passing three-quarters in 1:26.4, Sheena's Boy went on a gallop and interfered with second-over Demon Onthe Hill turning into the stretch and left Super Schissel with an uncontested lead. Brady Bunch edged off the rail and gave pursuit along with Lindy's Crazy Hall towards the pylons and Demon Onthe Hill recouping ground towards the center. Super Schissel finished about a half length ahead of Brady Bunch cutting into his margin at the wire while Demon Onthe Hill edged Lindy's Crazy Hall in the photo for third. Owned by Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, Super Schissel won his third race from eight starts, collecting $107,500 in earnings. Jimmy Takter trains the $13.00 winner. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 5 with freshman pacing fillies competing in four divisions of the $245,000 ISS, all sponsored by Blue Chip Stallions, while freshman filly trotters race in five divisions of the $324,500 ISS, three of which are named for Walner and sponsored by the Walner Syndicate and two of which named for Muscle Hill and sponsored by Southwind Farms. The 12-race matinee gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY--Joe Holloway trainee Zero Tolerance vaulted from off cover and nailed pacesetter Queen Of The Pride to win the second of three harness racin divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by the Artspeak Syndicate and Winbak Farm, in 1:51 on Friday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile. Driver David Miller positioned the daughter of Heston Blue Chip in fifth as Queen Of The Pride posted a :27.2 opening quarter on the front. She's Allright, sitting third, flushed first over as Beautyonthebeach angled off the rail from fourth heading toward a :55.1 half. Zero Tolerance, still fifth, entered the flow third over. She's Allright pressured Queen Of The Pride to three-quarters while Beautyonthebeach fanned three wide along with Zero Tolerance in behind. Past that station in 1:24, She's Allright stalled as Queen Of The Pride accelerated into the stretch. Beautyonthebeach rallied but hanged from off cover while Zero Tolerance rallied widest of all to slide past Queen Of The Pride in the final strides. Beautyonthebeach took third from She's Allright fourth. Winning her seventh race from nine starts, Zero Tolerance competes for owners Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, earning $241,291 in the process. She paid $5.60 to win. Stonebridge Soul paced to the top early and withstood late pressure to win the $90,700 first division of Bluegrass in 1:52.1. The Chris Ryder-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere cleared command from early-leader Bestseller Hanover at the quarter in :28. High Reward, sitting third, edged first over past a :57 half to apply pressure to the pacesetter around the final turn with Blue Ivy in tow second over. Maintaining a short lead by three-quarters in 1:25.3, Stonebridge Soul turned away High Reward in the stretch. Blue Ivy kicked off cover from second over and began a pursuit towards the center of the track with Louphoria wider and Sweet Lucy Lou weaving through competition towards the inside. Stonebridge Soul extended to the line as Blue Ivy snagged and held second from Louphoria charging home for third. Sweet Lucy Lou took fourth. Winning her third race in eight starts, Stonebridge Soul, owned by Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo, has earned $116,790. Dexter Dunn piloted the $5.60 winner. Prescient Beauty blew off cover and swept to a length victory in 1:51.1 to take the final division of the Bluegrass filly pace. Undefiable took the lead as Annie Hill pushed through at the rail for the pocket. Prescient Beauty sat seventh as Undefiable paced the first quarter in :29.1. St Somewhere, away fifth from post nine, edged off the rail heading to the half and sprinted to the top following a :56.4 half. May Bride Hanover tracked the backside brush, with Prescient Beauty on cover, but travelled uncovered into the final turn. St Somewhere's lead narrowed to three-quarters, timed in 1:24.3, as May Bride Hanover dug into the pacesetter on the outside. Prescient Beauty tipped three wide into the stretch as May Bride Hanover retreated and St Somewhere continued on the lead. The odds-on favorite surged to the front late in the mile to best St Somewhere with Annie Hill chasing third and Jk Mardi Says snagging fourth. A homebred for owner James Avritt Sr., Prescient Beauty, a daughter of Art Major, won her fourth race in nine starts, collecting $178,537 in earnings. Doug McNair drove for trainer Gregg McNair and paid $3.40 to win. Overcoming post 10, the Jim Campbell-trained Muscle Hill colt Cloud Nine Fashion stayed undefeated with a 1:55.3 victory, her sixth win career, in the fourth of four divisions for the $373,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Friday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile. The 8-5 favorite floated away seventh to the quarter while Sister’s Promise progressed past early leader Whispering Oaks through a :28.1 opening quarter. Cloud Nine Fashion moved off the rail in the backstretch and flushed cover from Speed Titan heading to a :57.4 half. Speed Titan ranged toward tempo-setter Sister’s Promise circling the final turn. Cloud Nine Fashion, positioned fourth, kicked off cover following the 1:27.3 third-quarter. She advanced to the lead through the stretch as Speed Titan fought towards her inside and Conway Kellyanne, from third over at 132-1, launched through the center of the course. Cloud Nine Fashion held a length margin on the line as Conway Kellyanne snatched second from Speed Titan in third and Whispering Oaks fourth. Earning $113,875 in her six victories, Cloud Nine Fashion, racing for Fashion Farms LLC, returned $5.40 to win. David Miller sat in the bike.   Even-money favorite Evident Beauty caught cover moving into the final turn and gradually progressed to the front in the stretch to take the $93,000 first division of Bluegrass in 1:54.4. Double-digit contender Southwind Storm swept to the top from post eight as Mother Teresa inherited the pocket spot from the rail and Graceful tucked into third. Southwind Storm trotted to the quarter in :29.1 and sped to the half while widening her lead. In front by two-and-a-half lengths through a :57.1 half, Southwind Storm continued leading around the far turn while Asiago, from fourth, gradually reeled in the pacesetter from first over, carrying Global Pageant second over and Evident Beauty third over. Asiago advanced to the lead past three-quarters in 1:26.1 as Evident Beauty kicked three wide from fourth. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee slowly gained ground through the stretch and took a narrow lead on Global Pageant taking second nearing the wire before winning by a neck. Asiago held third while Golden Tricks checked in fourth. Owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc., Evident Beauty, a filly by Trixton, won her second race from six starts and collected $146,332 in earnings. David Miller drove the $4.00 winner. Jim Doherty Memorial and Peaceful Way winner The Ice Dutchess claimed her third-consecutive victory with a 1:54.4 on-the-front performance. Driver Yannick Gingras placed the Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Muscle Hill fourth as Bella’s Rose Power paced to the quarter in :29.1. Gingras angled wide with The Ice Dutchess before entering the backstretch and brushed to the top heading to the half, timed in :57.4. Starita, the second betting choice and positioned fifth, tipped first over heading into the final turn and stalled a touch before rolling towards leader. The Ice Dutchess remained on the lead by three-quarters in 1:26.4 and coasted through the stretch with Starita besting Bella’s Rose Power in a photo for second and Ma Was Right finishing fourth. Winning her fifth race from eight starts, The Ice Dutchess has compiled $395,915 in earnings for owner Coyote Wynd Farms. She paid $3.00 to win. Noel Daley-trained Trixton filly Princess Deo weaved through competition at the rail and held off a late charge from favorite Special Honor to win the third Bluegrass split in 1:55.1. Hanna Dreamgirl left for the lead from post eight and cleared from Scirocco Donnahill through a :28 opening quarter. Princess Deo, positioned third, stuck to the inside as Jezzys Legacy moved first over with Fade Into You and Special Honor on cover heading to the half. Hanna Dreamgirl continued on the lead through a :57.2 midpoint. Jezzys Legacy applied minor pressure to Hanna Dreamgirl rounding the final turn as Fade Into You and Special Honor mounted their wide bids heading by the 1:27.1 third-quarter. Fade Into You kicked to the lead in the stretch as Jezzys Legacy lost ground and Hanna Dreamgirl clung to position. Princess Deo, shooting around fading pocket-sitter Scirocco Donnahill and through a seam at the pylons, powered to command entering the eighth pole. Special Honor lunged late towards the center of the track but settled for second a half length behind. Fade Into You finished third ahead of Hanna Dreamgirl fourth. Owned by Noel Daley, Deo Volente Farms LLC and John Fodera, Princess Deo won her second race from eight starts, compiling $72,106 in earnings. Andrew McCarthy sat behind the $16.00 winner. The four divisions of the Norman Woolworth Memorial were sponsored by Arden Homestead Stable, Et Gerry & Peter Gerry, Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, Stoner Manor, Inc., Menhammar Stuteri Ab, Jorgen Jahre, Jr., Lawrence DeVan and William DeVan, Jr. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile Saturday, Sept. 29 with five divisions of the $367,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, and a single dash of the $126,000 American Ideal Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management. Racing gets going Saturday with first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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

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