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New Zealand born harness racing superstar Dexter Dunn won the $69,500 Allerge Farms Fillies and Mares Open trot yesterday (6th September) at The Red Mile with Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill, setting a new mares world record for trotters of 1:49. Dunn was also the winner on two other occasions that day winning the $270,000 Tattersalls Pace 3 year old Open with Dancing Lou in a time of 1:49.4 and with Down Under trainer Chris Ryder's top pacer Bettors Wish was successful in the other division of the $270,000 Tattersalls Pace 3 year old Open. The outstanding 3yo colt out toughed and fought off the high class pacer Captain Crunch to win in a time of 1:48.4. These wins take Dunn's 2019 season wins to 314, and over $8.7 million in stake earnings. Another Down Under trainer driver combination broke champion mare Shartin's 14 race winning streak. The down under duo of trainer Brett Pelling and driver Andrew McCarthy won the $87,000 Allerge Farms Mares Open with top US mare Caviart Ally. McCarthy sat third throughout the running with the daughter of Bettors Delight while Shartin lead from the gate in her usual tactics. Hitting the half in 54.3, Caviart Ally soon made her move to sit outside Shartin and having her measure in the home stretch in a time of 1:48.3. It was driver Andrew McCarthy's 196th winner for the season and extended his stake earinings for 2019 to over $5.1 million. It was also trainer Brett Pellings 35th winner for the season and taking his prize money earned to over $1.4 million for 2019. Gold Class N impressing in North America. The New Zealand bred and formerly New Zealand trained Gold Class won at The Red Mile on Friday in a time of 1:51.1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Trent Stohler. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won half (eight) of her 16 North American starts this season. Her impressive 4 length victory stated that her future of racing in the US is bright. Gold Class was previously trained in New Zealand by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins where she was a winner in a very lightly raced down under career. Monday 30th September   Harrington Raceway DE Gotta Minute N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $12,000 Senor Macray A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000 Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500 Raksmach N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $6,000 Johnny Disco A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $5,000   Plainridge Park MA Mach Doro A – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $14,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Chancellor Cullen N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Whats In The Sky A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $16,000 Christen Me N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $20,000     Tuesday 1st October Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $12,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Classy Chapel N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $17,000 Majestic Moment N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $17,000   Fryeburg ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:58.2, Stake: $2,900     Thursday 3rd October   Monticello Raceway NY Ideal Tyson A – Time: 2:00.3, Stake: $3,300   Saratoga Harness NY Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Northern Assassin A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,500 Vinny Gambini N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $12,500 Our Positano N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $17,000   Fryeburg ME Ideal Legacy A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $3,600   Flamboro Downs CA Smooth Mara N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $7,000     Friday 4th October   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Brilliant Strike N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500   The Red Mile KY Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $12,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $27,000 Lady Dela Renta A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $42,000 Sudden Change N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $20,000   Fryeburg ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $2,900   Saturday 5th October   Freehold Raceway NJ Machtu N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $6,300   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Saying Grace N – Time: 1:48:4, Stake: $17,000   Saratoga Harness NY The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $8,000 Vasari N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,000 Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $18,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Motown N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,000 Star Commander N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $8,500   The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $9,900   Yonkers Raceway NY Mach Time N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $17,000 San Domino A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $42,000 Military Master A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000 Don Domingo N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $27,000   Fryeburg ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $3,500     Sunday 6th October   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Weona Sizzler A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $14,500 Tact Tate N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $14,500   Saratoga Harness NY Mr Cool Seaeyre A – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $11,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $15,000   Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Brigadierbronski A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $15,000     Click here for previous weeks articles     Carter Dalgety

LEXINGTON, KY—Driver Dexter Dunn refused to seat Manchego in the pocket and circled the Nancy Johansson trainee to the front, speeding around The Red Mile to take the $69,500 What The Hill Allerage Farms Mare Trot—sponsored by the What The Hill Syndicate and Hickory Lane Horse Farm—in a 1:49 mile, eclipsing the all-age world record for trotting females, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Hannelore Hanover hustled for the front moving to the first turn before Manchego moved to command past a :26.3 opening quarter. Manchego maintained her speed to a :53.3 half as Plunge Blue Chip floated first over from third moving to the final turn. Passing three-quarters in 1:21, Plunge Blue Chip ducked behind Manchego and tipped back outside straightening for the finish but gave chase in second as stablemate Ice Attraction finished farther behind in third. “Looks like it’s time to put away the summer suit and get the wet gear on,” Dunn said after the race as overcast skies in Lexington began to turn to drizzle following an evening of showers. “[I have to give] absolute credit to the track staff—I was actually out this morning having a cup of coffee at the bottom turn [and saw them] scraping the track and it was pretty bad. The condition they got it in right now is a credit to them. “She had been racing great all year [and in] tough company but she’s just a great mare and a pleasure to sit behind,” Dunn also said. “I was trying to slow it down as much as I could going to the half and it still popped up fast. I heard Ake get on my back around the turn before we straightened up but [Manchego] was never letting a horse pass her today; she was swelled up.” Besting the previous world record for trotting mares of 1:49.1 set earlier this year by Atlanta at the Meadowlands, Manchego—a four-year-old mare by Muscle Hill—won over a fast track before rains downgraded the surface to “good”. Black Horse Racing owns the Brittany Farms LLC-bred mare who has collected 24 victories from 39 starts and earned $1,847,980. She paid $4.00 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Treacherous Reign overpowered her harness racing competition in the $163,100 American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes  for three-year-old pacing fillies, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile as she grounded out a first-over trip to win by a length. Beautyonthebeach was sent forward from post 6, but 4-5 favorite Tall Drink Hanover quickly swooped by just after a :26.2 opening quarter. She maintained the lead to the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:22.1 but could do little to resist Treacherous Reign as the field of 11 turned for home. Driver Dexter Dunn kept the Tony Alagna trainee to task down the lane and held off Beautyonthebeach to stop the clock in 1:49.4. Queen Of The Pride had late pace and moved up for third. Tall Drink Hanover, who Alagna also trains, faded and finished seventh. "A lot of people forget that she did win the Fan Hanover, defeating Warrawee Ubeaut," Alagna said after the race. "Of course, Warrawee Ubeaut has gotten better over the course of the year, but this is a very nice filly in her own right. The other filly got used pretty good--Tall Drink Hanover--to get to the front, but she definitely didn't look like she was on her game today. Not to take anything away from this filly; she came first over the hard way at the half and got the job done." The $50,000 Lexington Select yearling purchase collected her 11th win from 26 starts, and she has now earned more than $680,000 for Alagna Racing, Big Al's Stables, Let It Ride Stables, and Dana L. The daughter of Captaintreacherous, bred by White Birch Farm, paid $12.20 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Sept. 28 with seven total Bluegrass dashes. The sophomore pacing colts compete in three divisions of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes while the three-year-old trotting colts race in two divisions of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes and the three-year-old trotting fillies race in two divisions of the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Nicholas Barnsdale, for The Red Mile  

DAYTON, OH. - Manchego not only won the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby over a talented field of older male trotters, the 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill obliterated the Hollywood Dayton Raceway track record and established a new World Record for trotting mares on a five-eighths mile oval. The 1:50.1 clocking shaved a fifth of a second off the previous best by both Mission Brief and Emoticon Hanover. Driver Dexter Dunn left the gate alertly, despite entering the Derby off a three week layoff. Manchego sped to the lead and showed her heels to the field through :26.3, :54 and 1:22.2 intervals.   Widening her lead with every stride the $1.7 million winner increased her commanding margin to nine lengths at the culmination of her record setting mile. Sent off as the second choice on the tote board, Manchego bested Fiftydallarbill (Tim Tetrick) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) and paid $5.80.   Nancy Johansson trains Manchego for owner Black Horse Racing of New Jersey.   Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) upset a field that included five millionaires to capture the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby. The 10-1 long shot topped McWicked (Brian Sears) and Western Fame (Dan Noble) by a length and a quarter in 1:48.3. Western Fame made the pace through :26.1, :53.3 and 1:20.4 splits before McWicked came calling around the final bend with Jimmy Freight in tow. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) joined the trio of combatants and it looked like anybody’s race until Jimmy Freight pulled away in deep stretch.  “I was hoping I could follow McWicked in this race and it worked out perfect,” said Zeron in the winner’s circle. “Scott DiDomenico does a great job with this horse and I’m real happy for owner Adriano Sorella, who was here tonight.”   Jimmy Freight returned a $23.20 mutuel.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

LEXINGTON, KY--Making his first foray into harness racing Grand Circuit company, Carter Pinske trainee Amigo Volo vaulted to the top entering the stretch to win in a world-record 1:52.3 when taking the third of three divisions of the $315,500 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot--sponsored by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz--on Thursday, Sept. 26 at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Ready For Moni floated to the front passing a :28 opening quarter while King Alphonso yielded for the pocket and Amigo Volo raced third. Ontopofthehill, positioned fifth, tipped first over into a :56.3 half and flushed Amigo Volo two wide into the final turn. Amigo Volo advanced to match strides with Ready For Moni passing three-quarters in 1:25.4 while King Alphonso slid from the pocket through a gap in cover straightening for the finish. Both King Alphonso and Ready For Moni lost stride through the lane as Amgio Volo strode clear of his competition, chased by Cafe Americano in second and Rome Pays Off in third. "He always showed talent down in Florida," Pinske said after the race. "He just lacked maturity. He's a little funky with his mouth; a little funky with his shoeing and stuff like that. It was one of those things where he'd train good one week and then he'd have a poor week. When we got him up north and we got him gelded, he turned into a horse then." Owned by the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller, Amigo Volo won his third race from seven starts, earning $168,646. The Father Patrick gelding was bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre had Dexter Dunn in the bike and paid $14.40 to win. The prior world record for a two-year-old trotting gelding was 1:53.1 co-held by Outburst (2013) and Real Cool Sam (2019). Gangster Hanover hustled past 4-5 favorite Back Of The Neck to win the $104,500 opening Bluegrass division drawing away in a 1:52.3 mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sat fourth with Gangster Hanover while Back Of The Neck led the field to a :27.1 opening quarter with stablemate Expectations sliding into the pocket. Svanstedt floated the Father Patrick colt from the cones passing a :55.4 half and blitzed Back Of The Neck circling the final turn. Gangster Hanover struck the front past three-quarters in 1:25.4 and widened his lead through the stretch as Stonefire US, off at 97-1, rallied towards the center of the course for second. Hobbs snagged third from Back Of The Neck fading to fourth. Co-owned by Svanstedt with S R F Stables and breeder Brittany Farms (which bought into 25 percent of the colt as a yearling after the Harrisburg Sale), Gangster Hanover won his third race from five starts, earning $114,522. He paid $18.20 to win. "It's the only horse I bought at Harrisburg," George Segal of Brittany Farms said after the race. "I liked the pedigree; I liked the horse. My advisors helped me and everything worked out fine. Normally [these horses] show their best right here. [Ake Svanstedt's a] great trainer. He's got great horses that he's developed here--Six Pack among others." Dexter Dunn also drove Svanstedt trainee EL Ideal to a maiden-breaking 1:52.2 mile when taking the second division of Bluegrass. It's Academic swept to the front from the outermost post in the field of eight while EL Ideal sat second to a :27.1 first quarter. Berkery J, racing third to the backside, pulled first over and crossed over to control passing a :55.4 half before It's Academic tipped from second to retake command rounding the final turn. EL Ideal tracked the pocket-popper's move and ranged past the new leader through three-quarters in 1:25. The Muscle Hill colt maintained command through the lane while pursued by 1-2 favorite Capricornus in second. Big Oil kicked off cover for third. "He's been in some really good races as a two-year-old," Dunn said after the race. "He was a little off his game last out but Ake and Sarah said that today he felt great and he showed it. He's a big-strong guy and the big track definitely felt like it helped him a lot." Bred by Erkki Laakkonen and owned by Emp Invest Oy, EL Ideal has earned $122,682 from six starts. He paid $18.20 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Friday, Sept. 27 with a nine-race card highlighted by four divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot and two divisions of the $280,500 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Satin Dancer took her field coast-to-coast in winning the $17,500 featured trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, equaling her lifetime harness racing mark of 1:53 under the guidance of Dexter Dunn. The Big Stick Lindy five-year-old mare had favored Two AM stalking her through fractions of :27.2, :56.2, and 1:24.3, but Satin Dancer sailed on smoothly on the front end, withstanding Two AM by a length for trainer Travis Alexander. A champion in Indiana at two and three, earning just over $600,000 in his first two years of racing, Satin Dancer now has a lifetime bankroll of $727,040. A large carryover was brought into a mandatory distribution of the Rainbow Pick 5 pool (pick winners in the last five races), with the resultant jackpot up for grabs a staggering $320,237.30. Satin Dancer paid $10.60 as the fourth choice in the Rainbow Pick 5 opener, bringing the record of favorites to 0-for-10 for the night, but things stabilized somewhat thereafter with two favorites, a second choice, and a third choice winning the other Rainbow races, so that a successful 20-cent ticket on the winning 5-4-6-1-9 combination brought $1,280.94 to its backers. The big jackpot helped bring about a total handle for the Pocono card of $621,081 from its followers far and wide. There were a trio of $17,000 co-features, one for each sex of pacers and one on the trot. The American Ideal gelding Daamericansky lowered his mark to 1:49.3 in one of the paces, making the early lead in :26.3 for driver Marcus Miller, yielding to favored Quatrain Blue Chip and sitting behind the sophomore through middle splits of :55.3 and 1:22.3, and then gaining into a :27 last panel to post a length victory. Mark Silva conditions the winner of two of his last three for owner Jean Claude Dessureault. In the mares pace co-feature, the Art Professor mare Robyn Camden lowered her mark over three seconds, making two speed moves to control the pace through :26.2, :55.2, and 1:23 for driver George Napolitano Jr., then burning home in :27.1 to complete a 1:50.1 package for trainer Rene Allard. The mare is owned by Jason Osullivan of Ireland, was bred in Great Britain, and has now won 19 times in 31 Transatlantic starts. The trotting co-feature saw three-year-olds finish 1-2 ahead of their elders, as the Yankee Glide gelding Amador held off late-closing Explosivebreakway by a nose in 1:54.2 for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Joseph King. For Amador, it was his second straight win and fourth in his last seven. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - August 29, 2019 - Rookie harness racing trotting fillies stepped into the Grand Circuit spotlight for the $195,597 Champlain Stakes on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 18 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of divisions. Father Patrick filly Panem broke her maiden with a 1:55.4 score in the first split. The Nancy Johansson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn circled to the top from second going to the half and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before trotting home in :29.1 to secure the victory by a length and a half. She Rocks Kemp finished second, while Heat Wave Hanover was third. Panem had been winless in five starts entering the Champlain, but did have a pair of runner-up finishes along with a third-place effort. "She's not the easiest to drive, but if you talk to her nicely and just let do her thing, she can punch out a good mile," said Dunn about Panem. "She was getting a little bit lost on the front...so I just gave her a chirp and got her going. She's still learning, but the ability is there and she's got a nice future." Panem Panem is a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing and has now earned $62,206. She paid $9.90 to win. Panem Spoiled Princess spoiled the undefeated record of Whose Blues with a 1:55.2 victory in the second division. Dunn steered the daughter of Trixton to the victory to give the New Zealand native a sweep of Thursday's stakes. Race-favourite Whose Blues moved to the lead in the second-quarter from second, but got company quickly in the form of She Must Be Magic, who took the lead at the half in :56.4. Whose Blues angled out nearing three-quarters, which was reached in 1:25.4. Spoiled Princess and Dunn sat patiently in fourth during the opening-half, before getting underway and sitting three-lengths from the top at three-quarters. In the stretch, Spoiled Princess tracked down Whose Blues and overtook the undefeated filly to win by a length and half. Sheer Energy finished third. Spoiled Princess improved her record to three wins in six starts with the Champlain score. She has now earned $89,649 for owner/breeders Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcing Ent LLC. "To have a homebred and win this is fantastic," said McNerney. "We went easy with this horse from the beginning and didn't want to race a lot, we want to take our time and it's paid off." Spoiled Princess paid $10.30 to win. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings headlines the 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

New Zealand’s very own ten time driving premiership winner Dexter Dunn continues to go above and beyond the public's expectations of his North American harness racing sojourn. Since heading to the northern hemisphere to expand his career just over 12 months ago, Dunn has gone ahead in leaps and bounds by picking up some quality stock to drive. Highlighted by the Chris Ryder trainer Bettors Wish, Dunn has also picked up the drive on top trotting filly Millie’s Possession. Currently he has driven 278 winners, and won over $6.4 Million dollars in stake money this season in North America. Bit Of A Legend wins 50th careers race. Gallant Down Under pacer Bit Of A Legend, won his 50th career race at Yonkers on Saturday . The 10yo Stallion paced the mile in 1:52.4 around the half mile (800m) track and extended his career earnings to over $2.5 million. Bit Of A Legend is trained by Peter Tritton and has been driven by Jordan Stratton in North America. Formerly trained by Cran Dalgety in New Zealand, he was the winner of 20 races and over $800,000 in New Zealand and Australia, including the Australian Breeders Crown twice at ages 2 and 3, and the New Zealand Yearling Sales 2yo Open Final. A stallion by Bettors Delight, Bit Of A Legend is building a very strong CV for a future in Breeding. Bit Of A Legend, winning his 50th career race at Yonkers   Monday 19th August   Harrington Raceway DE Delishka N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $17,000 Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Liberty Rose N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $23,000   Tuesday 20th August   Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $11,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Rockin The Boys A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $12,500 Somwherenbrookln N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $8,500   Yonkers Raceway NY   Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $13,500 Armbro Courage N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $18,500 Shebang N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $18,500     Wednesday 21st August   Batavia Downs NY Electric Chapel N – Time: 1:57.2, Stake: $3,300   Thursday 22nd August   Ocean Downs MD Gotta Minute N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $8,200     Friday 23rd August   Saratoga Harness NY Bontz N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $12,500 Misty Memory N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $7,760   The Meadows PA Gold Class N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $11,200 Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $9,000   Tioga Downs NY Glenferrie Bronte N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $4,200   Yonkers Raceway NY Statesman N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,500 Hez Orl Black N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $22,250 Bronze Over N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $24,000     Saturday 24th August   Batavia Downs NY Harry Hoo N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $9,500 Tullow N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $12,500 In Runaway Bay N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $10,000   Northfield Park OH Uncle Lile A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $6,500 Elrama N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $7,000   Saratoga Harness NY Itsonlyrocknroll A – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $4,500 Kenrick N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $12,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Christen Me N, 3rd Bettors Spirits N Chumlee A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,500 Teo Enteo N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $8,030   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $11,000 Soho Chelsea A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY None Bettor N – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $46,000 San Domino N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $30,000 Bit Of A Legend N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $30,000 Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $24,000 Joe Bongoirno & None Bettor A winning The Battle of Lake Erie in all aged Track Record of 1:49 a few weeks earlier   Sunday 25th August   Tioga Downs NY Ascot Encounter A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $6,000     Click here for previous weeks articles     By Carter Dalgety

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 24, 2019--It was a 'Non-Bettor's Wish' Saturday night (Aug. 24th) during Yonkers Raceway's harness racing eliminations for the 64th Messenger Stakes. Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn), the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into the second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, summarily disposed of his five rivals in a non-wagering elim. A pole-sitting second early in the $40,000 off-the-card elim, Bettor's Wish took over from American Mercury (Tyler Buter) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. After a pedestrian, 58-second intermission, Escapetothebeach (Corey Callahan) tried it first-up from fourth. Bettor's Wish led through a 1:26.1 three-quarters, eventually holding off American Mercury by a half-length in 1:53.2. Escapetothebeach backed away but held third, with Branquinho (Jason Bartlett) fourth. That quartet goes into next Saturday night's (Aug. 31st) $500,000 finale of the Messenger. Lyons Johnnyjnr (Dan Dube) and Captain Trevor (Jordan Stratton) completed the order. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt has hit the board in 22-of-23 career tries (13 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, $1,131,600). He now has eight wins and three seconds) in 11 '19 tries ($859,544). Chris Ry8der co-owns (with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm & Bettor's Wish Partners) and trains. "He was just so great, so easy to drive," Dunn said. "I can't wait for next week." The remaining half of the Messenger field was to be decided later this evening in the second, $40,000 elim, part of the dozen-race wagering program. The on-the-card, $40,000 elim saw Aflame Hanover (Callahan, $6) finish what he started. From post position No. 3, he never had an issue (:27.4, 56.3, 1:24, 1:52), whipping pocketed pole-sitter U S Captain (Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. Waterway (Joe Bongiorno), paired with the runner-up as the 17-10 wagering choice, was a closing third, while 37-1 rank outsider Reigning Deo (George Brennan) was a ground-saving fourth to advance. Buddy Hill (Eric Goodell) and Air Force Hanover (Stratton) were fifth and last, respectively. For second choice Aflame Hanover, a Russell Hanover gelding co-owned by (trainer) Linda and Tony Schadel, it was his fourth (consecutive) win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.60, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. "He was super," Callahan said. "He did everything I asked. His hopple hanger broke, but that didn't bother him." Aflame Hanover traversed the Keystone State exclusively, only leaving (before Saturday) to finish fifth and fourth, respectively, in the elim and final of Mohawk's North America Cup. Saturday's pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace, None Bettor A (Bartlett, $2.30) in 1:50.4; --Trot, Will Take Charge (Stratton, $8.70) in 1:54.4. Undeservedly reduced to sidebar status were... --American History (Bongiorno, $5.60), who matched the all-age track record (1:50) in winning the $37,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap after teletimer-torturing intervals of :26.2, :53.1 and 1:20.2; --Double-millionaire Bit of A Legend N (Stratton, $4.60), who grinded out a 50th career win (in his 150th life start), winning the $30,000, 11th-race pace (1:52.4). Open draws for next Saturday's four-pack of stakes--$$500,000 Yonkers Trot No, 65, Messenger, $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot and $122,224 Lady Maud Pace--take place Monday afternoon (Aug. 26th). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

LEXINGTON, KY--Chris Ryder harness racing trainee Bettor's Wish--off five days rest--paced a meeting's best at The Red Mile when winning the third of three $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) opening-preliminary divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:47.4 on Thursday, Aug. 15.   Driver Dexter Dunn darted Bettor's Wish to the lead while Captain Trevor floated towards the top nearing a :27 opening quarter and eventually crossed over to control the field into the backside. Dunn soon angled the son of Bettor's Delight from the pocket and retook the lead prior to a :54.2 half. From there Bettor's Wish paced to three-quarters in 1:21.4 and finished the mile under minimal encouragement with a :26 final quarter. Captain Trevor cut into the leader's margin late when finishing second while Backlight rode the pylons for the mile and finished several lengths behind in third.   Co-owned by Ryder with Bella Racing Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners, Bettor's Wish won his seventh race from 10 starts this season and his 12th from 22 overall, surpassing $1.1 million in earnings. The Brittany Farms-bred colt paid $2.10 to win.   Can't Beach That pounced on pacesetter Dancin Lou to take the opening KYSS division in 1:50.   Driver David Miller placed the Brett Pelling-trained Somebeachsomewhere colt in the pocket moving to a :27.1 opening quarter and stayed put at the pylons to a :55.3 half. Doc's Hooligan pulled first over from fifth moving to the far turn and progressed to apply pressure to Dancin Lou passing three-quarters in 1:23.4 but retreated through the stretch. Can't Beach That angled outside of Dancin Lou into the final eighth and powered past to win by three-quarter lengths. Dancin Lou held second from Skip To My Lou, who rode the pylons for third.   Owned by breeder Melvin Segal with partners Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eddie Gran, Can't Beach That--out of the Kentucky-based broodmare Cannae Cammie--won his fourth race from nine starts this season and his fifth from 18 overall, earning $84,104. David Miller steered the $4.00 winner.   Trainer-driver Dan Noble swooped the field with odds-on favorite Native's Sweetlou to take the middle KYSS split in 1:49.2.   Egomania left for the front while Pyro sat pocket through an early clip of :26.3 and :54.2. Noble had Native's Sweetlou positioned seventh approaching the final turn and tipped the Allamerican Native gelding to race third over, gapping cover, as Western Exposure led the two-wide tier to three-quarters. Western Exposure pressed Egomania through the third station in 1:22 and took a narrow lead through the stretch. Noble fanned to the center of the course with Native's Sweetlou and brushed by tiring horses in progress to a length victory. Pocket-sitter Pyro snuck through a seam inside for second while Western Exposure, rough-gaited at the end, settled for third.   Leased by Chuck Grubbs, Native's Sweetlou won his fourth race from 11 starts this season and his sixth from 22 overall, crossing $100,000 in earnings. The Thomas Cave-bred gelding paid $3.40 to win.   Race-favorite and defending KYSS champ Beautyonthebeach managed slow fractions on the front while battling a far-turn blitz from Blue Ivy to take the sole split of KYSS for three-year-old pacing fillies.   Summer Charm charged for the front from the outside while Margret Hill tucked into the pocket and driver Doug McNair protected position from the pylon post circling the first turn in third. McNair then moved the Somebeachsomewhere filly off the pegs past a :28 first quarter and cleared control entering the backside. Blue Ivy sat fifth and pulled wide to venture uncovered through a :56 half with Alii Nui and Salutation in tow.   Blue Ivy accelerated towards the pacesetter and took a slim lead as the pace quickened towards three-quarters, timed in 1:23.3. Beautyonthebeach drifted from the pylons exiting the turn but quickly angled towards the cones straightening into the stretch. Blue Ivy backed through a wall of horses while Summer Charm attempted to pull pocket but threw several bad steps. Beautyonthebeach faced little challenge in the final strides to win in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 with Ali Nuii rallying from off cover to take second while Salutation paced widest of all to finish third.   A homebred filly out of Precocious Beauty for James Avritt Sr., Beautyonthebeach won her second race from nine starts this season and her seventh from 22 overall, earning $319,873. Gregg McNair conditions the $2.80 winner.   Kentucky Sires Stakes action resumes Sunday, Aug. 18 at The Red Mile with trotting freshmen contesting in the second preliminary of their events--three divisions for the colts and three for the fillies. The 15-race program starts at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).     By Ray Cotolo for The Red Mile

Harness racing Kiwi duo too classy. New Zealand born, and now American based trainer Chris Ryder teamed up with fellow kiwi reins men Dexter Dunn to win the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, with top three-year-old pacer Bettors Wish. Dunn simply outdrove the rest of the field. The pair found the front end from the three post early and ran a first half in a pedestrian 57 seconds, something unheard of in the open pacing ranks. From there Dunn knew, “If he got beat from there it would have to have been an off night”, so control was taken from that point as they blistered the last half in 53.3 to complete the mile in 1:50.3 on the half-mile track and win by 3 ½ lengths. With that victory, the 3yo son of Bettors Delight took his earnings to $1,096,600, joining the million dollar club and it was his 11th win of his career. It was also trainer Chris Ryder's 40th win of the season and notched his stake earnings to over the $1.7 million mark. Dunn continues to make a huge impact in the North American scene. Dexter has won 261 races this season and over $5.9 million in prize money to date. Top Down Under trotter Speeding Spur N bagged his first North American win impressively today Sunday the 11th of August. The 8yo son of Pegasus Spur was seen flying home to win the $148,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Tioga Downs, in a track record time for trotters of 1:52.4. The successful driver, Brian Sears commented after the victory, “He’s a classy horse, he knows what it’s all about” as he was extremely impressed with the Woodlands Stud owned trotter. Now trained by Linda Toscano, he promises plenty more to come in his North American career as he looks to expand his top quality reputation for a future breeding career. Previously prepared in New Zealand by John and Joshua Dickie, Speeding Spur was the winner of over $1.1 million including nine Group 1 victories across New Zealand and Australia. Sunday 4th August Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $7,000 Statement Made A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $14,500 Piccard A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $11,000 Our Positano N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $7,000   Tioga Downs NY Hugh Hefner N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $6,000   Monday 5th August Monticello Raceway NY Kamwood Laughter N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,500   Plainridge Park MA Buckeye N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $7,200 Rock Diamonds N – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Glengarry Knight N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake, $16,000   Tuesday 6th August Monticello Raceway NY Power Dreaming N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $5,500 Kenrick N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $5,900   Yonkers Raceway NY Abraxas Blues N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $18,500   Thursday 8th August Monticello Raceway NY Lettucerocku A – Time: 1:57.3, Stake:$3,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $14,500 Bronze Over N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $18,500   Friday 9th August Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Backup A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $17,050 Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $19,750   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Queen Lostris N – Time 1:52.1, Stake: $12,500   Saratoga Harness NY Misty Memory N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $7,250 Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $7,250   Yonkers Raceway NY Simply Sunsational N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $22,250 Kept Under Wraps A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $18,500 Miss You N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $30,000   Saturday 10th August Batavia Downs NY Kiwi Tintin N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $9,000 Lightning Raider N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $4,900   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Bravo Tex N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $12,500 Torrid Bromac N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Military Master A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $24,000 Mickey Gee N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $30,000   Sunday 11th August Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Mister Ohanzee A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $12,500 Our Max Phactor N – Time: 1:49.4, Stake: $30,000 Bright Diamond N – Time: 1:49.4, Stake: $11,000   Ocean Downs Get Outta Eyre N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $3,500   Tioga Downs NY Ascot Encounter A – Time:1:53.0, Stake: $6,000 Speeding Spur N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $148,000 Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $9,000     Click here for previous weeks articles     Carter Dalgety

Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (August 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. "I was happy when I saw the fractions," admitted Dunn. "If we would have got beaten from there, it would have been a rough night. The fractions were pretty slow, but it all pays the same." Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3 ½-lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star-Western Ideal) is owned by the partnership of Christopher Ryder, Bella Racing LTD, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. Saturday's victory is the 11th score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Chris Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Following in succession after Bettor's Wish were Captain Victorious, Century Farroh, Yankee Boots, Southwind Ozzi, Rockie Got Framed and Workin Ona Mystery. American Mercury was scratched sick. Bettor's Wish returned 3.80 to win. The race was in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. It is the richest invitational event in harness racing for pacers. Two races prior to the main event, Dancin Yankee captured his fourth straight $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Dancin Yankee left from the gate, initially taking the lead before letting the heavy favorite, Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith), reclaim the top just past the :26.2 opening quarter. He received the garden trip through times of :54.4 and 1:21.3 before making his move in the stretch and winning by ½-length in 1:49.2. The clocking equaled Northfield's track record for Five Year-Old and Up Pacing Horses, set by All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) in 2017. Ron Burke trains Dancin Yankee for the Burke Racing Stable. Chris Page was in the bike. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Nine time winning New Zealand harness racing drivers premiership Champ, Dexter Dunn shone on Hambletonian Day, Saturday 4th of August at The Meadowlands. Dunn who departed New Zealand for the US just on 12 Months ago, has been the winner of 255 races and over $5.5 million US in stakes earnings to date. The champion reinsman competed in 14 of 16 races on Hambletonian Day, and was seen winning the $186,000 Dr. John R Steele Memorial FFA Mares Open aboard Nancy Johansson’s trotter, Manchego. The 4yo daughter of Muscle Hill trotted the mile in 1:50. Since Dunn has entered the US he has been nothing short of outstanding. He was seen finishing a gallant 2nd in the $500,000 Hamiltonian Oaks, aboard the Jim Campbell trained Millies Possesion. Leading into the Oaks as tote favorite, the 3yo daughter of Possess The Will was unbeaten from eight race day starts. Dunn was the winner of 2,226 races in New Zealand and over $22 Million is prize money. Australian born Andrew McCarthy won the $100,362 Shady Daisy for 3yo fillies aboard Tall Drink Hanover. McCarthy steered homed the 3yo Captaintreacherous filly home in 1.48 for Trainer Tony Alagna. He also finished a respectable 2nd in the Lady Liberty FFA Mares Open aboard Caviart Ally behind champion mare Shartin N. McCarthy took himself to 137 victories for the season and extended his stakes earnings to over $3 million. “It doesn’t get any better than that”, says Meadowlands commentator as Shartin N crossed the line in the $183,500 Lady Liberty FFA Mares Open. Setting a new mares world record of 1:46.4. The champion mare is taking trainer Jim King Jnr and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick, on a ride of a lifetime as she continues her domination of the Open Mares division in North America.  Monday 29th July Batavia Downs NY Quick Draft A – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $4,900 Northfield Park OH Supreme Mach N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $7,000 He Can Fly N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,700 Plainridge Park MA Tisadream A– Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $12,000 Mach Doro A – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $14,000   Tuesday 30th July Yonkers Raceway NY Blacknsweet Adda A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $13,500 Kept Under Wraps A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $13,500   Wednesday 31st July Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $12,5000 Monticello Raceway NY Power Dreaming N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $5,000 Saratoga Harness NY The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $6,000   Thursday 1st August Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $8,000 Plainridge Park MA Neon Sky N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $7,200 The Spinster N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $5,800 Scarborough Downs ME Jay Bees Grin N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $5,000 Scioto Downs OH Lion Rock N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $15,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Brookies Prince N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $13,500 Ima Tragedy N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $18,500   Friday 2nd August Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Backup A – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $7,000 Nicol Shard N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $8,000 Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Delishka N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $14,500 Anytime N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $11,000 Saratoga Harness NY Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $15,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Soho Jackman A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $24,000 Down Under Trifecta - 2nd Statesman N, 3rd Simply Susational N   Saturday 3rd August Batavia Downs NY Iammrbrightside N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $11,000 Tullow N – Time: 1:56.2, Stake: $9,500 Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Shards Halo N – Time: 1:49.1, Stake: $20,000 Meadowlands NJ Shartin N – Time: 1:46.4, Stake: $183,500 (Mares World Record) Northfield Park OH He Can Fly N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $11,800 Uncle Lile A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $6,500 Saratoga Harness NY Lockton Luck A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $10,000 Scioto Downs OH Sammy The Bull N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $17,500 The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Weona Sizzler A – Time: 1:50.0, Stake: $14,000 Yonkers Raceway NY Major Crocker A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $30,000 American Boy N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $30,000 Bit Of A Legend N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $24,500     Click here for previous weeks articles     by Carter Dalgety

East Rutherford, NJ -- Pacing and trotting harness racing mares met at The Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 3) in respective stakes on the Hambletonian Day program.   In the mares trot, the $186,000 Dr. John Steele Memorial, Manchego won her second straight, taking her foes wire-to-wire in a stakes record 1:50.   Dexter Dunn took Manchego to the top off the gate, while Hannelore Hanover settled in second and Top Expectation followed in third. There was no movement behind the leader as Manchego cut fractions of :26, :55.2 and 1:23.1 and Darling Mearas S rushed up first-over, attempting a duel.   Manchego held strongly to pass the wire first, with Hannelore Hanover getting some late foot to finish second over Darling Mearas S.   Manchego is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners Black Horse Racing.   In the mares pace, the $183,000 Lady Liberty, Shartin N continued to dominate the division while setting a world record of 1:46.4 with Tim Tetrick in the bike.   It was never in doubt that Shartin N was in control, taking the top over a quick-leaving Apple Bottom Jeans and paving the path to victory with a :26 first quarter. Kissin In The Sand led the second tier with a slight challenge, as Youaremycandygirl made a move and swung three-wide as the half went in :53.4 and three-quarters was posted in 1:21.   Then, Shartin N sprinted away from the field, with Caviart Ally closing on the rest to follow, while Shower Play passed tired ones to pick up the third spot.   Shartin N is trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Pollucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick LLC.   by Frank Cotolo, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Odds On Lauderdale continued his resurgence from an early-season slump by taking the Dash For The G Notes Final at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Worldly Deo, who started the year just two for his first 11, was third at the rail to the half before moving first-over after leader Dragonology with an authoritative brush, grabbed the lead on the far turn to open up an almost 3-length lead, then cruised through a final quarter of :26.4 to score in a lifetime-best equaling 1:49.1 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Odds On Racing for his second straight decisive win. It was three-quarters-of-a-length back to a non-threatening Machiavelli. Jackamino was third. Odds On Lauderdale, who was driven by Dexter Dunn, returned $2.60 as the 1-5 favorite and has now won eight-of-40 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $159,174. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn, Scott Zeron and Yannick Gingras all recorded driving doubles on the card. ... All-source handle totaled $2,249,038. HAMBO DAY IS HERE: The 94th edition of the Hambletonian will serve as the centerpiece for a 16-race, stakes-filled card that gets underway Saturday (Aug. 3) at noon. Greenshoe is the one to beat in the second of two Hambo eliminations while his Marcus Melander-trained stablemate, the unbeaten Gimpanzee, will be favored in the first elim. The $1 million final will be Race 12 on the card. Other equine stars who are on the program include: Defending Horse of the Year McWicked taking on 1:46 pacer Lather Up in the Sam McKee Memorial Guardian Angel As (John Cashman Memorial) 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover (John Steele Memorial) Current leading Horse of the Year candidate Shartin N (Lady Liberty) Captain Crunch and Bettor's Wish, arguably the sport's best rivalry, will go toe-to-toe in the Cane Pace. CATCH THE ACTION: In the event you are not local, or can't make it out to the track, the Hambletonian Day card will be available live in its entirety on the internet at playmeadowlands.com and on the Big M's Facebook Live page. The CBS Sports Network will have a live 90-minute presentation of the Hambletonian Day card. Host Gary Seibel and co-host Dave Brower will bring three lives races into living rooms across the country, they are:  $280,000 John Cashman Memorial for free-for-all trotters (4:10 p.m. post time)  $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies (4:40 p.m.)  $1,000,000 Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters (5:14 p.m.) There will be six wagers on the program that could bring huge payoffs that will offer a low 15 percent takeout: 20-Cent Survivor Pick-6 (Race 1) 50-Cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7) with a guaranteed pool of $50,000 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 7), which has a carryover of $7,000 and will have an estimated pool of $25,000 50-Cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11) with a guaranteed pool of $100,000 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 11), which has a carryover of $53,000 and an estimated pool of $150,000 50-Cent Pick-4 (Races 13-16) with a guaranteed pool of $50,000 By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

CHESTER, PA - All Champy, who usually uses off-the-pace tactics, and driver Dexter Dunn adjusted well to a speed-favoring bias at Harrah's Philadelphia, ranging up to the lead off the first turn and going on to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $18,000 "Trottin' Thursday" feature at the southeastern Pennsylvania oval. Despite a sick scratch and 21 days away from the races, All Champy was in top racing shape for trainer William Wyatt and owners Howard and Joshua Kaufman, fending off a long uncovered bid down the backstretch from Majestic Marvel then staying strong to withstand pocketsitting Shivered by 3½ lengths. The Explosive Matter gelding has been in explosive form all year, with eight wins and $127,915 amassed already this year, raising his lifetime total to $200,672. In a $14,500 co-featured trotting contest, the Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah had to go first-over, not the preferred tactic at Harrah's this week, but he finished powerfully to win by two lengths over Spee Club in 1:54.2. Pat Lachance drove the winner of $174,210 for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, co-owner with Donald La Montagne. The hot-driving Tim Tetrick added four victories on the Thursday card to the five wins he had here yesterday. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

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