DAYTON PA - Another day on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, another track record - on Thursday it was the harness racing freshman Delmarvalous pacing gelding Marvalous Artist lowering the divisional mark at the Dayton Fair in Armstrong County PA to 2:00.2. And it was another trip behind the starting gate for the Dragon Again filly Camera Lady, another victory - she's now undefeated after 10 fair stops, and she has a clear lead among all North American freshmen with 11 visits to Victory Lane. Marvalous Artist and his story is as good as any distillation of the effect that Roger Hammer has had on the Pennsylvania county fair circuit. His 2:00.2 mile here Thursday knocked 2/5 of a second off the old Dayton mark of Western Cafe, who also was trained and driven by Hammer, and who set the old record in the fifth race on August 16, 2002. You know who won the sixth race that day in 2002? R N Artist - the dam of Marvalous Artist, and Western Cafe's stablemate in the Hammer shedrow! R N Artist would go on to win her three-year-old Fair Championship the next season, and with five fair triumphs already this year Marvalous Artist has to be one of the favorites for his Championship on October 8, as only one other 2PC has five fair wins this year - that would be Artists Ruffles, who is trained and driven ... heck, if you don't know the answer to that question, you haven't been paying attention. But even Hammer so far hasn't found a way to derail Camera Lady, who after a win in 2:04.4 with a last quarter of 28.1, is now 10 for 10 at the fairs and having posing for the winners circle camera 11 times in her still-brief career, two more times the North America's next-winningest baby, the pacing colt Bigtime So N So, three times more than the next pacing filly, Prettyfaceuglyways, and four up on the top trotter, the filly Cinderellas Dress. It hasn't been hard for "Smilin'" Dave Brickell, the filly's trainer/driver and co-owner with Mitchell York, to live up to his nickname this summer. On the freshman trotting side, of note was the Crazed gelding Crazy Clyde, who has now strung together five straight victories at the fairs after his 2:06.3 win here for driver Brady Brown and trainer Jason Bresnhan, the latter co-owner with Marilyn Bresnahan and Clyde Bresnahan, whom he hope is not the source of inspiration for the horse's name. It should also be noted that both divisions of fillies went faster: Prayers Do Matter (2:06.1) and Brauti Hanover (2:06). The latter filly was driven by Steve Schoeffel, second at the meet with five driving victories, two behind Chris Shaw. Chris's brother Jason was top conditioner with six harnessed charges coming back with a win. The circuit, already 2/3 over (13 out of 20 stops completed - that seems impossible), now pulls into Meadville PA and the Crawford County Fair for racing on Monday and Tuesday - its first session After Boots, the legendary and irreplaceable Walter "Boots" Dunn, who passed away earlier this year after making Meadville and the Pennsylvania fair circuit in general a much better place to be since anybody - even Roger Hammer - can remember. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horseman's Association
WILKES-BARRE PA - There had been eighteen divisions of preliminaries in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies - five in the first round at The Meadows, seven in the second round at Philly, and six Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - and eighteen different winners, before the seventh and final third round prelim stepped onto the track. And "nineteen" proved the magic number, because that last heat yielded the first repeat winner and the pointleader through three rounds - even if her name is sorta spelled wrong. She's So Marvelous, a daughter of Delmarvalous ("DELMARVA" = DELaware, MARyland, VirginiA, the legendary "Eastern Shore" that has produced champions from Adios Harry to Wiggle It Jiggleit), won for the second time in Stallion Series action, here equaling the 1:55.2 lifetime mark she first took in winning an StS event at The Meadows. The filly quarter-moved past Traceuse Hanover after the 27.4 opener, got a cheap 59.2 middle half, then sprinted home in 28.1 to defeat the pocketsitter by 1¼ lengths for most of Team "Wiggle" - driver Montrell Teague, trainer Clyde Francis, and owner George Teague Jr. Inc., who co-owns She's So Marvaelous with K&R Racing LLC. The main reason there were no other repeat winners stems largely from the fact that five of the seven winners broke their maidens in triumphing Monday night. The only other non-maiden winner (and in an overnight, although her only other Stallion action was a nose loss) was the Dragon Again filly Pink Gardenias, who like the other winners established a personal speed badge with her 1:54.1 triumph, quarter-moving and winning for owners Crawford Farms Racing and a trainer/driver pairing that had some slight recognition factor with Pocono fans: Chris Oakes and George Napolitano Jr. If any one race looked like it might have a repeat Stallion Series winner it would have been the third, the first stakes contest of the night, with three previous winners going to the gate - so in a field of five, it was the two non-winners who were in the photo for win, as the Western Terror filly Freakonomics, 2-3 in her previous StS races, who came from last at the half, storming up the Pocono Pike to win by a head over potential pocket rocket Ella Christina, with the time of 1:53.1 lasting through the evening as the fastest winning clocking among the babies. "George Nap" also had sulky duty here for trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham. Sire Somebeachsomwhere sired three of the evening's stakes winners, including a first-time starter, 19-1 shot V String, who at the half had only a breaker beaten, but rallied for a head tally over 32-1 shot Cruiseninstride in 1:54.4, pacing her own last half in 56.1. Andrew McCarthy drove the undefeated filly for trainer Noel Daley and the partnership of The OK Corral and Dr. Andrew Roberts. The other winning daughters of Somebeachsomewhere were both trained by Ron Burke. One was the "enigma" of the division, Emily R Hanover, who in her first charted line at Gaitway came a middle half in 53.2 (a two-year-old on June 6!), then further prepped with a 26.3 last quarter baby outing - and then once at the races finished back on a sloppy track and followed up with two breaks. But she won here in 1:54.3, last half in 55.4, for driver Keith Kamann (his first sulky victory since September of 2013), just a tick behind the winning time posted by stablemate Beach Club, guided by Matt Kakaley, a race earlier. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weave Bruscemi LLC own shares of both mares; their partners are Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr on Beach Club, and Michelle Yanek and W.J. Donovan on Emily R Hanover. The final winner was Love Love Me Do, an aptly-named daughter of Rocknroll Hanover who "stole" a 59.3 half under the guidance of Marcus Miller, then jetted home in 56 to keep rallying Gemma's Beach Girl a neck behind in 1:55.3. Trainer Erv Miller's Ervin Miller Stable Inc. co-owns Love Love Me Do with Tanah Merah Farms LLC and George Golemes. (Love Love Me Do reminds one of an overheard conversation between two youngsters: "Do you mean that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?") With the fourth and final preliminary, August 29 at The Meadows, next on the itinerary for this group before the best come back to The Downs for their $40,000 Stallion Series Championship on Monday, September 12, the unofficial divisional pointstandings after tonight's racing at Pocono looks like this: 1. She's So Marvelous, 80; 2.-3. (tie) Bettor Be Steamin and Freakonomics, 75 each; 4. Imadragonlady, 70; 5. Alone Hanover, 65; 6.-7.-8. (tie) Gemma's Beach Gal, Love Love Me Do, and Pink Gardenias, 60 each; 9. Cocktail Time, 58. And with 35 points for a win and 25 points for a second, and seven other fillies having already amassed 40 or more points, there are only two sure bets for Pittsburgh on the 29th: this list will not look the same afterwards, and there will be some great, competitive racing. PHHA / Pocono
WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2016 -- She's So Marvelous grabbed the early lead and sailed to a comfortable victory in a stake-fastest 1:55.2 in Wednesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Alone Hanover, Bettor Be Steamin, Cocktail Time and Imadragonlady taking the other splits. Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis teamed for a pair of stake victories (She's So Marvelous, Alone Hanover), as did Vic Kirby and trainer Jo Ann Looney-King (Bettor Be Steamin, Imadragonlady). She's So Marvelous is a daughter of Delmarvalous, who won the 2010 Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows for trainer George Teague, Jr. Montrell Teague didn't drive his father's Adios winner -- Brian Sears was aboard that day -- because he was still a teenager learning the ropes. Nevertheless, he said it was special to win with She's So Marvelous, who's campaigned by George Teague, Jr. Inc. and K&R Racing. "It's sentimental for us since we had the stallion," he said. "We didn't breed this one so she's not a homebred, but the Delmarvalous connection was the main reason we bought her. She kind of blew the turns when we first raced her at Pocono, but she handled the track a lot better here." After a 30 second-quarter breather, She's So Marvelous had no real challengers, downing Alexa's Princess by 2-1/2 lengths. The pocket-sitting Lees Cruisetta was third. Alone Hanover was only a tick slower than her stablemate, scoring in 1:55.3 on the front end. Traceuse Hanover finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Freakonomics completed the ticket. "She's been a nice filly training down all year," said Francis of George Teague, Jr. Inc.'s daughter of Dragon Again-All Night Long. "She wasn't all we thought, but she's come on to be pretty good." Bettor Be Steamin shot the Lightning Lane and, though hesitant near the wire, kept her nose in front of Pink Gardenias to capture her career debut in 1:57 for owner Tim Tetrick LLC. Angie Hanover earned show. "I don't think she's ever been in a passing lane, and she was kind of lost down there," Kirby said. "Once she got the hang of it and got straight, then she went right on." Asked jokingly if he would advise owner Tetrick that he, Kirby, would be driving the filly the rest of the season rather than Tetrick, he said: "That's up to him, but he might give me the call anyway." In the $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Monte Cristo Spur was pressured nearly every step nut triumphed convincingly in 1:53.2 for trainer/driver Dick Stillings and owner Richard Davis. See The Wind was second despite a brutal trip, 2-3/4 lengths in arrears, with Well Spiced third. The 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella now boasts $227,248 in career earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features the Sand Tart, a $190,036 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell series at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller charge McDave (Marcus Miller) with a gate-to-wire score. The son of McArdle set fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:25.3, before sprinting away to win by a wrapped-up 2 lengths in 1:53. It was the fourth career win for McDave ($3.20), who is owned by Ron Michelon, and Dave and John Prushnok. Race two featured Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) as the heavy 1-5 race favorite. An upset was in the cards however, as Joe and Vince Barbera's JJ Flynn (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) used a pocket trip to pick up the win. The son of Western Ideal won by two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:52.3. It was the first career win for JJ Flynn ($13.80) in eight career start. He is trained by Chris Ryder. Division three saw Tony Alagna trainee Sam McSmith best the field. The son of McArdle settled in behind the early speed of the outside leavers. He was able to successfully quarter-brush from that point, holding the lead until the finish, completing the mile in 1:54.1. It was the third win in four starts for Sam McSmith (Tony Morgan), who is owned by Andray Farms and David J. Miller. He paid $10.80. In the fourth and final division, it was He's Marvalous (Marcus Miller) springing the upset ($29.20). The son of Delmarvalous settled into the pocket behind the speed of favorite Pretty Boy Hill (George Brennan). He vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch, going on to a two length win in 1:52. He is owned by Badlands Racing and The L.A. Express Stable's, and trained by Erv Miller. It was one of four wins on the day for Marcus Miller. Michael Bozich
Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2014 Black Book 1 Yearling Sale catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. You can download the catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our “My Black Book” program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a “QR reader” application from your Smart Phone’s “App Store”, and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. This year’s Harrisburg Sale proudly presents 1125 fabulous yearlings, including yearlings by first year sires Roll With Joe (37), Manofmanymissions (21), Big Jim (17), Broad Bahn (9), Up The Credit (5), Vintage Master (3), Delmarvalous (3), and Big Bad John (2). Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app – follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone’s needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company
One of the sires who regularly makes the sires list in both North America and Australasia is the proven son of Western Hanover in Badlands Hanover. Earning $756,00 in his race career, he took his mark of 1:50 at two at Colonial Downs which as a one turn track had a speed rating 2-3 seconds quicker than anywhere else at the time. So there were doubts about the significance of the time because of where it was taken. However any doubts about his credentials as a sire have been long put to bed by his outstanding record at stud. North America - Stakes Won $49,778,000 Winners 525 Sub 1;53 - 97 Sub 1:50 - 10 His winners include such standouts as Tug River Princess, $1,858,219 (1:49:3) Badlands Nitro, $1,605,608 (1:50) Mr Wiggles, $1,195,099 (1:49.1) Delmarvalous $905,691 (1:48.2). His NZ record is no less significant. To date he has sired 349 winners including the derby winner Badlands Bute $311,000 along with such talented types as Highview Badlands $142,000, Ohoka Rebel $132,000 and Cast Adrift $104,000. But it is as a sire of fillies/mares that Badlands Hanover has really made his mark as a sire in NZ. How is this for a list of his super impressive filly/mare winners in NZ. Nearea Franco $439,000, Beaudine Bad Babe $404,000, Western Dream $328,000, Flying Pocketlands $255,000, Natal Franco $117,000 and Belletti $109,000. Total stakes earnings for Badlands Hanover are in excess of $8,190,000 which is a great achievement with stake money at the level it is in NZ. In Australia he has sired 86 winners who have won more than $3,250,000 including the age group star Chariot King $489,000. Several NZ imports such as Sneakyn Down Under $ 450,000 have kept his name in the spotlight but one import in particular has done an incredible job and that of course is the iron horse, Washakie $1,810,000 1:50. He continues to perform at the highest level long after many of his former age group rivals have since retired All up worldwide, Badlands Hanover's stock have won in excess of $60,000,000 and he is quickly closing in on 1000 winners. Overtaken in many breeders eyes by some the high profile imports of the last few years, Badlands Hanovers record shows that at a $ 3,000+gst service fee, he is outstanding value in today's breeding marketplace. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar
Winbak Farm is currently in the prime of the 2013 harness racing breeding season, with 3 months left - breeder's have plenty of time to breed their mares but they should be booked soon.
Delmarvalous, p, 3, 1:48.2 ($889,123) will stand at Delaware Valley College for the 2012 harness racing breeding season. The son of Badlands Hanover and the Scoot Herb mare Prymetyme Scootie won 14 of 43 career starts - including the Oliver Wendell Holmes at age three.