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WILKES-BARRE PA - Eight $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the two repeat winners from the six divisions of the first round at The Meadows coming at Pocono in consecutive races for the Hall of Fame harness racing team of David Miller and Jimmy Takter, and all eight winners posting new lifetime marks.   First up for Miller-Takter was the fastest of all eight of Monday's winners, Electric Lemonade, who won in 1:57.2 but needed every bit of it to post the pocket rocket tally over a stubborn pacesetting Hot Mess Hanover by a neck. Electric Lemonade was the first of three siring credits for Cantab Hall on the evening, and the 2-for-2 filly is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   The other repeat winner was the Donato Hanover filly Perfect Lady, also making the most of a pocket trip in finishing 1¾ lengths clear of the first-over Lucky Rose in 1:58.4. Team DvMiller/JiTakter were repeat winners as noted, and so was the ownership triumvirate of CTakter/JoFielding/JiFielding, this time pairing with R A W Equine Inc, who saw their filly remain a Perfect Lady in two career starts.   Trainer Takter then went on to post a consecutive triple with a second daughter of Cantab Hall, Bridal Suite, a winner in 1:58 for driver Corey Callahan. For the third straight race pocket tactics worked for a Takter trainee, as Bridal Suite, unusually for a Taker trotter a 10-1 proposition, overhauled frontstepping Blacksirenpedia by a half-length for the partnership who also owns fastest winner Electric Lemonade, Chrstine Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   In the last division of the evening, Cantab Hall finished out his siring triple with Can't I, who came her own last quarter in 28.2 despite a first-over trip to win by 5¼ lengths in 1:57.4 for driver John Campbell, trainer Bob Stewart, and breeders/owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and R.R. Fuller.   Also with a multiple siring credit was Donato Hanover besides the mentioned-above Perfect Lady, he also fathered All Set Lets Go, who certainly is at the start of her career, as this 1:58.1 triumph was already the third of her baby campaign. All Set Lets Go rallied from the pocket into a 58.4 last half to overhaul pacesetter Trixie Dust by a head for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and the McMullen Stable LLC.   Only three of the winners here were the people's choice; joining Electric Lemonade and All Set Lets Go as a winning favorite was the Andover Hall filly Bonnie Lou, who brushed to the top in front of the stands, then held off the determined uncovered bid of EZ Passer by a nose in 1:58.2. Andrew McCarthy performed sulky duties for trainer Donald Wiest, also co-owner and co-breeder with Ed Kimmel.   The father/son team of driver/son Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv combined to produce a winner in the Yankee Glide miss Youvegotitwhatittakes, who certainly hadwhatittakes in overcoming a first-over journey to get past pacesetter and first-round winner Its Hallright by ¾ of a length in 1:59.2 for owners Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing, and Louis Willinger.   The Explosive Matter filly Explosive Legacy pulled from the pocket before the ¾ and outfooted another winner from The Meadows, One Class Act, by 1¼ lengths in 1:58.2. Victor Kirby was at the lines of the winning filly for trainer/breeder Morgan McInnis, co-owner with Brian Kleinberg.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - The twin $15,500 featured conditioned events on the Saturday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono fell to a longshot, trotter My Love Bi, and a big favorite, pacer Bettor's Edge, the latter's victory coming just after heavy rains hit the racetrack.   The track was fast and the temperature a balmy 87 degrees when the trotters went gateward for their feature, the second of 14 races Saturday at Pocono, and the conditions suited the Donato Hanover mare My Love Bi as she tallied in 1:53.3 and, unusually for a George Napolitano Jr.-driven horse, paid $21.20 to win.   "GNap" got a 27.2 backstretch brush out of My Love Bi to clear to the 3/4s, and the pair maintained the lead to the wire, with the three-year-old Cufflink Hanover next in line, 1¼ lengths back. Trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, My Love Bi is owned by Garcia-Herrera's son Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who just this week took charge of his father's string racing at Harrah's Philadelphia and already has posted a fine 10-2-1-2-.322 record in his first three days as a trainer.   Pocono hosted three sub-1:50 miles on the card, and they all came while the temperature was still in the 80s. When the rain came before the tenth race and changed the track condition to "sloppy," there was also a further six-degree dropoff in temperature to 75. None of these factors bothered the veteran Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor's Edge, who raised his career bankroll to $1,846,065 with a two-length victory in 1:50.2 through the off going.   Meadows star Tony Hall came over to Pocono to drive on Saturday night and made a quarter-move as the route to victory for Bettor's Edge($2.80), who came home in 27.3 in scoring for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stable LLC.   From the PHHA/Pocono Downs Media Department    

The Gr. I International Sprintermaster Final (928,830SEK to winner ($109,000 US), 1609 meters autostart) at Halmstad, Sweden, went to 2.15/1 second favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.09.3kr and piloted by Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains the US import that was campaigned by Jimmy Takter. Uncle Lasse now has a 12-9-5 slate in 36 career starts, with earnings of 8,543,357SEK. Second in the Halmstad final was 8.3/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) and driver Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This pair defeated Uncle Lasse in their elimination, timed in 1.10.6kr. The 2.6/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldide-Credit Winner) took third in the final for Bjorn Goop and trainer Melander, French Laundry was unplaced for Johnny Takter as was 1.6/1 wagering choice Southwind Mozart. The eliminations (first) went to 6.9/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) for the Eriksson/Lugauer team timed in 1.10.6kr. The 0.53/1 Uncle Lasse was second for Kihlstrom/Melander and 1.73/1 Telecommando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-Sj’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop/Wim Paal. The elims were raced over 1609 meters for 125,000SEK first money. The second elim went to 1.77/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Mass-Alldide-Credit Winner) timed in 1.11kr for Goop/LMelander. 0.38/1 favorite Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, ahead of 14.83/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover), the third place finisher for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Elim three was won by the quick 1.09.5kr clocked Southwind Mozart (4m Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone-Mack Lobell) off at 0.56/1 for trainer/driver Veljo Heisanen. 7.97/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Third was 15.76/1 Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. On the undercard was the Travronden for 75,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event with ten starters and trainer/drivers. 9.33/1 The Way I Am (5g Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) scored in 1.13.3kr with Petri Salmela driving. The 8.6/1 Sylvester America (5m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was a close second driven by trainer Jerry Riordan for Riordan Stables HB. Third was 4.08/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) for trainer/driver Reijo Liljendahl. Saturday’s V75 Halmstad program was an excellent one led by the StoSprinern Final for four year-old mares. The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was Italy’s Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and North American owners David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. The winner earned 557,298SEK in this 1609 meter autostart contest and now has a 6-3-2 slate in 1 starts. She was off at 1.18/1 odds and won her second straight. Bacio (4f Muscle Hill-Lily Kronos-Varenne) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander, Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Timo Nurmos. The card also included the V75 Gold over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEWK first prize. Veteran Harry Haythrow (10g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) scored at 17.2/1 timed in 1.12.2kr. Another aging star, Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflicken-Prince Mystic), took second for Orjan Kihlstom and third went to Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) with Stefan Soderkvist the pilot. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money went to well-bred US registered King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) at 10.6/1 odds. He started from post 12 and was timed in 1.10.9kr to defeat post one Trust Launcher (8g Gallant Baron-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust) with Peter Untersteiner driving in this 12 horse field. Third was the Erik Adielsson teamed Emmett Brown (5m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo). Divisionist was fifth in this group. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner in the 2640 meter voltstart contest went to Bravo Navarone (5m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for Erik Adielsson clocked in 1.14.3kr as the even-money favorite. The Halmstad card also showed other interesting winners. A Klass II event for 100,000SEK over 2140 meters autostart went to 1,3/1 Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) won the 100,000SEK first prize Breeders Course timed in 1.14.2kr at 2.2/1 over 2640 meters distance handicap, overcoming a 20 meter penalty. The Summer Mares for 100,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprint went to Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) at 1.15/1 for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. This top mare scored her third straight victory and now has 18 wins in 66 career starts. She was timed in 1.10.7kr. Three year-olds battled in the 75,000SEK first money Euro Classic Next Year with victory to 1.96/1 Ultra Bright (3f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. High Beam Hanover and Gwenda di Quattro were next across the line, both by Cantab Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

  East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands took place under overcast skies with a slight tailwind in the homestretch and the temperature in the low 70's.   The presence of the great Moni Maker was felt in the morning's first race when Grandma's Moni swept by her competition in the stretch, finishing the 2:00.2 mile with a 27.1 final quarter. Grandma's Moni is by Donato Hanover out of All Our Moni, a daughter of Moni Maker.   Tim Tetrick held the filly in third before fanning her off cover in the stretch and she sailed by the early leader Can't I (John Campbell) who was a game second after cutting the mile. Grandma's Moni was retained by her breeders, the Moni Maker Stable and is trained by Frank Antonacci. She looks special.   The pacing colt Lindythefourteenth made it a very good day for trainer Frank Antonacci, winning in 1:55 / 27.4 from just off the pace for Scott Zeron. The Lindy Farms Somebeachsomewhere homebred from Antoinette Hanover was racing at his third venue in three career starts, all wins. Rock The Boat (Andy Miller) was second and Long Beach (first foal of American Jewel) was a closing third for Tetrick.   True Friends was a 2:01.2 winner in her first outing for Dave Miller and trainer Nifty Norman. Miller sat behind leader Ethanol as the field trotted by three-quarters in 1:32.2, inherited the lead when that one went off stride then held sway through the stretch. Blacksirenpedia (Campbell) rallied late to be a good second and Casaubon (Tetrick) survived a first over bid to be third. The winner was a $70,000 buy at the Harrisburg sale for Mel Hartman, Nifty's Enzed Racing Stable and RAW Equine.   Trainer Kevin McDermott's Donato Hanover x Emmamazing filly Envy Hanover was the race three winner. Yannick Gingras sent Envy Hanover out to the early lead, yielded to Campbell and Allbassnotreble through easy middle fractions then went by under mild urging through the 28.3 end to the 2:01.3 mile. Allbassnotreble held grimly for second and Amber Ella (Tetrick) flashed good late foot to get third. Jeff Gural's Little E LLC is the owner of the $50,000 Harrisburg purchase.   Trotting colts came around with race four where Beach Credit impressed with a 1:59 win for Dave Miller. Being the last to the lead after several early changes, Beach Credit tacked a 29.1 final panel onto the mile with something in reserve. Wutan (Gingras) was second best from the pocket and Break Free made a late gain to be third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor paid $45,000 for the Credit Winner colt in Lexington.   Oddball and Kabang (Scott Zeron) traded blows through the stretch of race five with Oddball (Andover Hall x Little Rigs) prevailing in 200.1 / 28.3 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. John Fielding owns the winner, a $25,000 Lexington sale yearling.   Takter colts were one-two in the sixth with Sir John F (Brett Miller) getting up over the Italian bred Ready Cash colt Victor Deo IT (Gingras) in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:59.1 / 28.3. Put in play early from the outside, Sir John F sat a pocket as Golden Kronos led until the stretch then split rivals for the win. Victor Deo was a very good second while Golden Kronos held third. John & Jim Fielding, Herb Holland and Kevin Mc Kinlay own the winner, a $45,000 buy in Lexington last fall.   Tony Alagna fillies were one-two in the first pacing filly race with Ann Hill (Campbell) emerging from the pocket to track down stable-mate Everyone's Watching (Zeron) in the last strides of a 27.3 end to the 1:55.3 mile. The winner is a Tom Hill homebred Roll With Joe from Taxi Fare Hanover.   Jimmy Marohn, Jr picked up the drive on Caviart Malin for Nifty Norman and got her home, closing into the 27.3 final quarter of a mile in 1:55.4 mile. Let's Have A Party (Tetrick) and Beautiful Hill (Campbell) were across the track for second and third. The winner is a Well Said filly from Pretty Major owned by Caviart Farms who paid $20,000 for her at Harrisburg.     The Stohler Stable homebred Captain Velocity won today for driver Tim Tetrick, cutting the mile and drawing away powerfully in the 27 flat final quarter of his 1:55 mile. Incidentally, he becomes the twelfth 155 credit already this season for his sire Somebeachsomewhere, information (as well as bagels) courtesy of Murray Brown.   Tony Alagna trains Captain Velocity and it's entirely possible that Trent Stohler placed him with Tony when they broke camp at Sunshine Meadows due to the similarities this colt shares in both name and appearance (and perhaps talent) with Tony's champion Captaintreacherous. Deo De Janiero (Joe Bongiorno) was second and American Dreamer (Campbell) a drifting third.   Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands includes an elimination for next week's Meadowlands Pace and the $250,000 Graduate finals with Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit slated to square off in the featured tenth race.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old filly trotters on tap for Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $53,411.   In the fastest of the three divisions (1:54.3), Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz's Womans Will (Marcus Miller) scored the minor upset over Pennsylvania State Champion and heavy favorite Broadway Donna (Dave Miller). The daughter of Donato Hanover got to the front end, but yielded to the favorite just beyond the quarter.   She maintained her pocket position until the top of the stretch, when she tipped wide and won the sprint home by a head. Kathy Parker (Yannick Gingras) was third. It was the sixth win for Womans Will (first of the season). The victory put her over the $450,000 mark in career earnings. She is trained by Julie Miller.   In the first division (Race 3), it was Hot Curry (Tim Tetrick) getting the job done. The daughter of Muscle Massive came from off the trot today, using a strong first-over brush to overpower the leader before three quarters. She won going away. It was the fifth victory of the season for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi, and Lawrence Karr. Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras) finished second, while Pink Pistol (Jim Marohn Jr) rallied strong for third. 1:56.1 was the clocking.   The third and final division was taken by Double Exposure (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Donato Hanover used a live outer flow to her advantage, drafting behind the first-over Windowshopper (Ake Svanstedt), who faded to finish fifth. Double Exposure won her division by one length, stopping the clock in 1:55.4. Miss Tezsla (Brett Miller) was second, while Ultimate Shopper (George Brennan) finished third. It was the Tony Alagna trainee's fifth win in seven career starts, and her first of the season. She is owned by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman.   Harrah's Philadelphia will race live on Monday, July 4th, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

Although Southwind Frank sports the divisional crown and rightfully so, he is surrounded by harness racing rivals seeking to snatch that glistening accessory on every occasion he places a hoof upon the track. In this Saturday's (June 25) $25,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Trolley tosses himself into the fray, to not only derail the champion's journey to the Hambletonian, but to launch his own bid to sport the crown. "He already thinks he is the king of the barn," said Erv Miller, the colt's conditioner. "I'm standing in front of his stall right now (Thursday, June 23) and I already had to put three or four boards higher on it than what is normal for the other horses because he always tries to jump over it to get out. He is trying to talk and play with everyone else in the barn to let them know he's there." A son of Donato Hanover and the Duke Of York mare Lakeside Bride, who is a half-sister to stakes-winner King Conch, Trolley was purchased for $30,000 by Paymaq Racing, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The royally bred colt, whose granddam, Conch, is a daughter of the legendary Bonefish, may not have acquired a legion of devoted followers due to his brief career (3-2-0-0, $43,501), however, his connections are confident he will stake his claim for the throne when he begins trotting from post position three in Saturday's ninth race with Marcus Miller guiding him. Trolley, despite being lightly raced, is 6-1 on the morning line, but will have to face stiff opposition in Southwind Frank (post position eight, 5-2), Love Matters (post position two, 3-1), Bar Hopping (post position six, 4-1) and Lagerfeld (post position four, 5-1) to advance to the $500,000 final on July 2. The colt certainly merits attention as he defeated 2015 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld in his only performance this season at Pocono and also outlasted Earn And Burn, who is out of a full sister to millionaire Dejarmbro, for his maiden breaking score last year at the same venue. "He has done everything we have asked of him," Miller said. "We also have very high hopes for him. After that race last year, he came out of it with what we thought was a foot abscess. When it did not come out, we found a small spot on his coffin bone that we thought might have been bothering him so we just gave him time. He's a big, strong horse and has came back very well. We have a schedule planned for him, but he will tell us where to go whenever he is ready." Trolley is short on experience but Miller feels his natural ability and mind will allow him to ascend to the elite ranks of his division. His trainer's only question is if he can manage the horse appropriately. That speaks volumes coming from a trainer with Miller's resume. "Our concern is keeping him sound," Miller said. "He's a healthy horse so that's not the issue, but he is just such a good-feeling animal. We worry he is going to tear himself up in the barn with all the energy he has. "The other day he was out running in the paddock and just enjoying what he was doing so much I had to go out there and stop him. He is a well-mannered horse, but he just puts everything into anything that he does. Once he actually starts racing more, rather than take that kind of activity down a notch, I'm wondering if he will go the other way and think even more of himself." The colt is staked to all the engagements his colleagues will be contesting throughout the year, but Miller will be cautious regarding in which spots Trolley performs. "He is eligible to everything," Miller said. "We do believe in him because he is a very nice horse. We put him on the lead in his first (stakes) race and he did it, then finished. In his second race, he sat right in the pocket for us without being asked and made his move on his own. Not many horses, especially trotters, with limited experience have enough of a mind to do that for you. "We are very pleased with him and are very excited for not only this race, but the rest of the season. It's all up to him. We just have to listen to what he says and keep him happy." Below are the fields for the two Earl Beal Jr. Memorial eliminations on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. $25,000 7TH RACE ELIMINATION:   1, Brooklyn Hill by Muscle Hill,  David Miller, Jonas Czernyson;   2, Dayson by Conway Hall,  Jim Morrill Jr., Ron Burke;   3, Milligan's School by Yankee Glide,  Andy Miller, Julie Miller;   4, Jimmy William by Cantab Hall, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter;   5, Jack Vernon by Muscle Hill, Tim Tetrick, Randy Beeckman;   6, Dupree by Andover Hall, Ãke Svanstedt, Ãke Svanstedt;   7, Reigning Moni by Donato Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter;   8, Truemass Volo by Muscle Massive, Eric Goodell, Doug Hamilton;   9, Hollywood Highway by Muscle Massive, John Campbell, Staffan Lind.   $25,000 9TH RACE ELIMINATION:   1, Dice Man by SJ's Caviar,  Ãke Svanstedt, Ãke Svanstedt;   2, Love Matters by Explosive Matter,  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter;   3, Trolley by Donato Hanover, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller;   4, Lagerfeld by Yankee Glide, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter;   5, Iron Mine Bucky by Explosive Matter, George Dennis, Greg Haverstick;   6, Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill, Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter;   7, Promise Delivered by Muscle Hill,  Andrew McCarthy, Staffan Lind;   8, Southwind Frank by Muscle Hill, Gingras also listed, Ron Burke;   9, Leggs Matter by Explosive Matter,  David Miller, Robert W. Clark.   Ken Weingartner  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, last year's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, made her harness racing three-year-old debut a successful one Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.1.   Despite not having raced in eight months and three days, since she suffered her only loss when making a break on the lead in her Breeders Crown elimination, the Pocono faithful backed the daughter of Donato Hanover to the tune of 3-5, and she rewarded their confidence. Driver David Miller sent the ten-time winner to lead after the 28 quarter, tripped the beam in 57.2 and 1:26.3 midrace, then sprinted home in 27.3 to win by 1¾ lengths over early leader Spicedbourbongirl. Kathy Parker was third, two lengths behind Spicedbourbongirl and an equal distance ahead of second choice Double Exposure, who went first-over here but had to settle for fourth in her first start since winning the Goldsmith Maid Final last November. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $558,392 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC.   Ginny Weasley upheld the quickly(in No.Am.)-established fact that Ãke Svanstedt trainees are race-ready no matter how long a layoff, rallying into a 56 last half to overhaul pacesetter Sunset Glider by 1¾ lengths and take a new mark of 1:55 in another division. The Andover Hanover filly had not raced since May 17, but she was certainly ready to run her Sire Stakes record in 2016 to 2-for-2, with Lucas Wallin handling sulky duties for Svanstedt and owners Torp Trotting Inc.   In the third division, Ultimate Shopper kept her 2016 tally undefeated after a pair of starts, taking the lead off the first turn, pushing favorite Woman's Will hard before surrendering the lead to her, then moving again in the stretch and running down that foe to post a two length win in 1:54.3. Tim Tetrick was the pilot for the daughter of Yankee Glide, whom trainer Anette Loretzon co-owns with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.   Rose Run Parker, still the fastest trotter of 2016 by virtue of his Meadowlands victory in 1:50.4 one month minus one day ago, worked his way past favored JL Cruze in front of the stands, got a relative middle half breather of 57.3 despite a parked rival on his shoulder, then motored home in 28, with JL Cruze unable to make up stretch ground, in winning the $25.000 winners-over trot in 1:53. The altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, now with a 67% win percentage in 2016 (6-for-9) and a 68% win percentage lifetime (34-for-50), tallied Sunday night for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Tomorrow will be a very big day at The Downs, both in the race office and on the racetrack. The eliminations for this coming Saturday's eliminations for the $2M+ Sun Stakes Saturday to be held on July 2 will be DRAWN MONDAY MORNING AT 9 A.M. (horsemen please note), with a release previewing their races going out midafternoon. At night, five divisions of PA Stallion Series sophomore trotting fillies will be in the feature spotlight.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, the 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year for 2015, makes her 2016 debut on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing sophomore misses will be conducted over three divisions.   Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover - Broadway Schooner trained by Jim Campbell for owner / breeder Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope PA, went undefeated in the first nine starts of her freshman campaign, along the way taking the three preliminary Sire Stakes legs she contested and then the $351,000 Championship event.   In a singular case of bad timing, though, Broadway Donna made a break in her tenth and what would turn out to be last start of 2015, opening up a 3½ length lead after a brush to the ¾ but then losing gait at Mohawk in her Breeders Crown elimination, thus failing to qualify for the next week's Crown Championship. But the quality of her two-year-old campaign in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Kentucky (she was a major stakes winner in all three states) carried her to North American divisional honors.   Broadway Donna comes back to the racing wars off of three straight wins in qualifying events. She will be starting from post two in the fourth race field of nine, with her regular driver, Hall of Famer David Miller, set to pilot her. Her main opposition may come from Spicedbourbongirl, victorious in the first Sire Stakes prelim on May 7 at The Meadows, and 4-for-5 this year for co-owner / trainer / driver Jeff Gregory.   Each of Sunday's three Sire Stakes divisions contains a May 7 Meadows winner from the first prelim. Race 6 will feature Ginny Weasley, a daughter of Andover Hall who overcame post eight in winning in western Pennsylvania. Ginny Weasley will be starting Sunday having been away from the races for 33 days, since a second in a PA All-Stars event at Pocono, but trainer Ãke Svanstedt has become known for sending out a ready-to-win horse when any member of his stable goes behind the gate. Svanstedt's lieutenant Lucas Wallin, who guided her to victory at The Meadows, again will be in the sulky as Ginny Weasley starts from the middle of the nine-horse field.   Fastest of the three winners during the Meadows first preliminary was the Cantab Hall filly Pink Pistol, who closed from sixth at the half to show her heels to the field in 1:55 flat. Trainer Rob Harmon has again tapped driver Jeff Gregory for Sunday's eighth race Sires division, with the pair starting two from the outside in post seven.   Aside from the Sire Stakes fillies, another trotter who will attract his fair share of attention on Sunday is JL Cruze, the Older Trotting Male of the Year in North America in 2015, who has drawn the rail in a field of eight contesting a $25,000 winners-over event in race 10. The Crazed gelding, one of the few trotters in history to possess a sub-1:50 mark which he earned at The Meadowlands by winning in 1:49.4, has won four of six races this season, but in his last start he made a break while on the lead of the Maxie Lee Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 29. Trainer Eric Ell and driver John Campbell will be looking to get the star trotter back on course against a field which includes Rose Run Parker, whose 1:50.4 victory in New Jersey on May 20 still stands as the fastest trotting mile of the season.   On Monday, five divisions of the sophomore trotting fillies will battle it out in the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action. Much of that night's attention will be on Goodtogo Hanover (race 5, post 5, trainer Bill Zendt, driver Brian Zendt), a first round prelim winner and also a Currier and Ives winner at the Zendts' home track of The Meadows, as she makes her first 2016 start away from her base.   PHHA / Pocono

Vernon, N.Y. -- Regina Dewhurst's Pounce K ($10.80) sprinted clear and never looked back in the top-level harness racing $7,500 Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 3) evening.   Chris Lems vaulted clear with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover gelding through a :27.1 quarter mile, out-sprinting all five of his inside rivals. He would go unchallenged through a comfortable :58 middle half, sprinting clear off the far turn as the first-over Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) worked into second over Keystone Thomas (Robert Leslie), who gapped the pocket off the far turn. Pounce K held clear of Winding Hill by 1-1/2 lengths in the end, completing the mile in 1:53.4 over fast going. Odds-on favorite War Hero (Howard Okusko, Jr.) stalked Winding Hill's cover en route to a third-place finish.   David Dewhurst trains Pounce K. For driver Lems, the featured win was one of three on the nine-race program, with the other two aboard Reve Royale ($3.80, 1:55.1) and Winbak Meadow ($5.30, 1:57).   Another nine-race card is on tap at the Miracle Mile on Saturday (June 4). Post time is set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

With odds-on favorite Prairie Fortune breaking in the stretch after sustaining first-over pressure for a joint lead, McKenzie's Star ($9.80) was able to circle the field en route to a 1:58.1 victory over sloppy going in Saturday (May 21) evening's harness racing featured $8,500 top-level trot at Tioga Downs.   Fern Paquet, Jr. retreated to the tail of the field with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover mare, waiting until pacesetter Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart, Jr.) faced pressure from Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) on approach to the final turn before vacating the pegs. McKenzie's Star made gradual gains after fractions of :28.4, :58.3, and 1:27.1, working closer on the turn before a three-wide bid by Dream Rocker (Aaron Byron) carried her four-deep in the stretch. McKenzie's Star circled the field, drawing off to defeat Dream Rocker by a length, while the worn-down Warrawee Preferred was a farther half length back in third.   Trainer Allie Berube co-owns McKenzie's Star with Jerry Clark.   Paquet led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, while John Cummings, Jr. tallied two triumphs.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 22) afternoon, with the first of 13 races due off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Regina Dewhurst's Pounce K ($16.60) made sustained progress from race's midpoint en route to a two-length harness racing victory in Friday (May 20) evening's featured $7,500 top-level Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems was in no hurry with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover gelding, sitting last but one in the initial stages while Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) engaged Ulster (Brian Russo) in a speed duel through fractions of :28 and :56.1. As the battle intensified on the backstretch, Pounce K began his extended uncovered bid, working into second on the far turn as Winding Hill claimed an outright lead. Pounce K ultimately reeled in Winding Hill at the eighth pole, stretching out his lead and holding two lengths clear of a resurgent Ulster for a 1:55 win. Walk the Floor (Angus MacDonald) rallied from last to take third.   Dave Dewhurst trains Pounce K, now a 20-time winner.   John MacDonald led all drivers with a treble on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 12-race card on Saturday (May 21) evening, featuring a pair of New York Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First post is slated for 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The front end proved the place to be in three $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Synonymous Hanover, Lookin Sharp, and Modern Mercury all parlaying leads at the half-mile pole into new career marks.   Synonymous Hanover made a sharp brush to the top on the second turn in her All-Stars division, "stole" a 1:00 middle half, then sprinted home in 28.1 to hold safe early leader Ginny Weasley, trying to come back in the Pocono Pike, by 1¼ lengths in 1:56. Brett Miller handled the daughter of Andover Hall in her victorious 2016 debut for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Scott Bice.   Andover Hall quickly earned a siring double credit in the next All-Stars heat, where the winner, Lookin Sharp, was probably the most impressive winner of the night, powering straight to command from the outer post nine and commanding her field by 4¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Lookin Sharp, in her second start of the campaign, certainly lived up to her name for driver David Miller, trainer John Butenschoen, and owners William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware Inc.   The third division saw the Donato Hanover filly Modern Mercury regained pace control in front of the stands the first time, then making her advantage stand up for one complete lap more, tallying by two lengths in 1:56.1. Trainer Charlie Norris was in the sulky behind the winner of two straight for owners Carrie Norris and Anthony Klis III.   On Sunday night, inaugural Pennsylvania Classic Final winner Check Six returns to town, heading three divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. His Ron Burke stablemates JK Will Power and Big Top Hanover, 2-3 in the Classic Final to complete the Burke "sweep," all also among the entered, as are the three winners of Pennsylvania All-Stars divisional action this past Sunday - Another Daily Copy, Voltaire, and The Catamount Kid.   From the PHHA

Harness racing driver David Miller returned recently from his winter break feeling refreshed and ready to go. He hopes the same is true for Shake It Cerry as she prepares for her seasonal debut Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Shake It Cerry, a 5-year-old female trotter who was the Dan Patch Award divisional champion at ages 2 and 3, as well as Trotter of the Year at 3, returns from her winter layoff in the $25,000 Open Handicap at the Big M. The seven-horse field includes 5-year-old gelding JL Cruze, who was last year's Dan Patch Award honoree for best older male trotter. JL Cruze, who is 2-for-2 this year, will start from post seven with John Campbell driving for trainer Eric Ell and is the 9-5 morning line favorite. Shake It Cerry, who leaves from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 second choice. Shake It Cerry heads to her debut off a 1:55 qualifier win on April 9 at the Meadowlands. She finished three-quarters of a length ahead of multiple-stakes-winner Crazy Wow and a length in front of Bee A Magician, who was last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter and the 2013 Horse of the Year. "She qualified really good," Miller said. "She seems sharp and in great shape. It's her first start, so we'll have to see. But I think she will have a good year. The way she looks right now and the way she qualified, I wouldn't see why not." For her career, Shake It Cerry --- a homebred daughter of stallion Donato Hanover out of the mare Solveig --- has won 28 of 44 races and hit the board a total of 37 times. She has earned $2.48 million for Solveig's Racing Partners, a Christina Takter-led ownership group that includes all the breeders of Shake It Cerry (under the name Solveig's Breeders). Shake It Cerry's victories include two editions of the Breeders Crown, Kentucky Filly Futurity, Goldsmith Maid, Elegantimage, and Merrie Annabelle. Last year, she won five of 16 races and earned $423,155, which was first among 4-year-old female trotters and third among all 4-year-old trotters in North America. Miller started driving Shake It Cerry at the end of last year. He was 2-for-2 with her, including a victory in the $200,000 TVG Mares Trotting Championship on Nov. 20 at the Meadowlands. Miller previously was the driver of Swedish star D'One, winning the Breeders Crown (where Shake It Cerry finished second) and Allerage Mare Trot before the mare returned to Europe. "D'One went back home, so that was good timing there," Miller said about landing behind Shake It Cerry. "Jimmy put me on her and I was happy to get her, believe me. What I like about her is she's a very classy horse. She's a real professional. She knows what she's doing out there. You have to appreciate ones like that." The New Jersey-based Miller, who was named 2015 Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, spent much of the winter in Florida before returning to action in the Northeast in mid-March. Miller, who ranks No. 3 in harness racing history in purses with $199.5 million and No. 6 in wins with 11,661, has driven in at least 2,328 races each year since 1995. "I hadn't had a break for a long, long time," said Miller, who was voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2013. "I've raced year-round since like 1987. The winters get long. It was nice to get away. It was a good move; I enjoyed it. I just got away from the racing for a little bit. I took my own horses down (to Florida) and worked with them, which I enjoy doing. "I came back feeling good and it wasn't tough to get going again. I've been doing this my whole life, so it was fine. I'm getting back in the groove. It's time to get back to work." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA      

East Rutherford, NJ - As the beginning of the "Championship Meet" on May 7 draws near more of trotting's elite are embarking on their racing season.   The marquee match-up on Friday night at The Meadowlands pits 2015 Trotter of the Year JL Cruze against multiple Dan Patch award winning mare Shake It Cerry in a $25,000 Open Handicap trot. These two finished just a nose apart in a 1:49.4 world and track record in last season's Graduate Final over this same mile oval nine months ago.   Shake It Cerry is making her first start of the year off a winning 1:55 qualifier last week. The champion daughter of Donato Hanover is closing in on $2.5 million in career earnings for owner Solveig's Racing Partners and trainer Jimmy Takter. She finished 2015 strong with a convincing win over top mares in the $200,000 TVG FFA Championship final for David Miller, who will drive on Friday.   JL Cruze returned in good form following his winter hiatus and has won both of his 2016 outings including a 1:53 score here two weeks ago. It was a Cinderella season in 2015 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr and Steve Iaquinta who got way more than they bargained for when trainer Eric Ell brought JL Cruze home from the Harrisburg mixed sale for $30,000. He'll again be driven by John Campbell, who played a large role in the many successes of last year. Both trotters are preparing for the inaugural edition of the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff scheduled for a special Mother's Day matinee card on May 8.   The Meadowlands will be giving away tickets to the Monster Jam in Mat Life stadium later this month and you can enter to win a Kentucky Derby trip as well.   It was announced yesterday registration is now open for the "Championship Meet Survivor Challenge". Top prize is $2,000 and a seat in the 2017 World Harness Handicapping Challenge.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Trotting action in Sweden is stepping up as preparation for the 2016 Elitloppet is underway. Last evening at Solvalla the Solvallaserien III (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the latest US import, Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) at 1.8/1 for Stefan Melander, also trainer and owner through Stall TZ. Timed in 1:57.1 mile rate the easy winner defeated 24/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) hanlded by Ulf Ohlsson and 8/1 Calno de Pebrisy (4m Ouragon de Celland-Peggy de la Noe-Capriccio) hanlded by Magnus Jakobsson. The winner now shows career earnings of 7,152,027SEK and 10 wins in 30 lifetime appearances. Several other interesting tilts were on the card. The Deleva Kalls (five year-old  mares, 40,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter0Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) handled by owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This half-sister to Scarlet Knight recorded her 10th career victory in 28 starts. Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) was next to the line driven by Jorma Kontio and Diamond River (5f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran performers battled in a distance handicap event over 2640 meters for 40,000SEK first prize. The top five money winners faced a modest 20 meter handicap and the top three finishers overcame the penalty. The 2.1/1 Opitergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), from Italy, recorded the win for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. This one now has 15 wins in 47 career starts. Co-favorite Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath with third to Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. Also on the Solvalla card were victories by Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson in a three year-old colt event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. This colt now has seven wins in nine career starts. Destiny Am (3m Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Three year-old fillies also raced for 100,000SEK first money and Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took that event for Torbjorn Jansson. Undine (3f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) landed second for Kihlstom. Four year-old mares battled for 80,000SEK to the winner with Kryssa Futura (4f Saxo de Vandel-Simb Regatta-Turbo Thrust) victorious for Magnus Jakobsson driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. On Tuesday at Eskilstuna, in the Kungsfors Grus AB race for 35,000SEK to the winner, the victory went to Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) clocked in 1:54.1f (mile rate) in a 1640 meter volt start contest, a volt start world record. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Charrua Forlan (6g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg ahead of the Kenneth Haugstad reined Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) that Lars Friberg conditions. The race winner Shadow Woodland was bred and is owned in Finland and this was his initial 2016 appearance. His career slate is 18-8-5 in 45 starts, now for 1,670,893SEK earned. ATG announced that several notables are aiming to prep before month end. Nuncio is set to start April 13 at Solvalla in The Onions race over 1640 meters autostart, his second 2016 appearance. Delicious is expected to race April 21 in a sprinter distance event at Bollnas and Anna Mix is anticipated to enter for the April 30 Olympiatravet at Aby for trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

When Emilio and Mary Rosati bought trotting mare Real Babe at the 2012 Harrisburg Harness Racing Mixed Sale, the plan was for the daughter of Donato Hanover to continue racing in the USA before heading to Australia to become a mother.  As a two and three year old she won $223,478 for trainer Ray Schnittker before she was bought by Emilio and Mary and transferred to trainer Mark Harder. The mare has won eleven races since the purchase and thirteen in total with a career best mile of 1:52.2.  After starting her Australian career with Jayne Davies in Victoria, the mare hasn’t raced for more than a year and is now under the care of .Belinda McCarthy  Real Babe will make her Sydney debut on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Emilio Rosati is looking forward to seeing her race again. “My wife Mary loves trotters and in 2012 when we were at Harrisburg, I said to her you won’t find a better bred trotter so we bought her to race and then breed with,” Rosati said. “She had three starts in Victoria but she wasn’t right so we had her looked at by the vets and she was diagnosed with a soft palate. She has had an operation to try and help with the problem and we also had an embryo taken from her and put into a surrogate mare last year as well.” Real Babe trialled on Monday at Menangle finishing second and ran a personal time of 1:56.4. “I think she is going to improve off the run on Saturday night but in saying that she will be competitive, Belinda and Luke are very happy with her and I’m looking forward to seeing her race again. “I’m not sure how long Mary and I will keep her racing for, I wait for my horses to tell me when they’ve had enough and then I retire them.  If she is still racing well then she will continue on past the next breeding season and we would look at taking another embryo from her.” Rosati is still enjoying the thrill of breeding and owning this year’s Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown winner Astride.  The colt by Somebeachsomewhere will be set for the Breeders Challenge later in the season and is enjoying a quiet break. “I’ve won some good races as an owner but to win the Gold Crown with a horse that we’ve bred is very exciting for us and is something that we will hope to do into the future. “My broodmares and the foals get everything they need and get looked after really well, I’m expecting to breed some nice horses going forward because I have some of the best broodmares in the country.” Rosati confirmed Real Babe will join his band of broodmares when her racing days are over. “That’s where she will end up but hopefully she wins a few more races on the track first!” Greg Hayes

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