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CHESTER, PA - A pair of "pocket rockets" found their way home first to take the $11,200 co-featured harness racing events, one on each gait, at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. On the pacing side, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding Gingras Beach made the top from post eight, yielded to Full Send, and stalked the leader to the final turn, where he pulled out, made the lead, and then withstood a late move from Rogerthat Bluechip while taking a new mark of 1:52.3. George Brennan was in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. In the trotting co-headliner, the Donato Hanover mare Across The Pond, leaving from post two, yielded the front to Bosch past the quarter, waited in the two-hole, then guided her mare to the passing lane and rallied her to victory over the pacesetter in 1:56.3, also a new best. Despite two post eights and a post seven in her only three previous starts of the year, the crowd let the ladies get away at a big price, as Across The Pond paid $61.80 to win for driver Jacqueline Ingrassia and trainer/husband Frank Ingrassia; the driver is also a co-owner with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran. Three races later, another driver in green and red colors was in the winner's circle after posting a bigger surprise than the one turned in by Across The Pond. Victor Kirby sent Bo Knows, making only his second lifetime start, up uncovered down the backstretch after 1-9 pacesetter Light Up The Park, and Bo certainly knew what to do, grinding down the leader and drawing clear in the stretch for a new mark of 1:54 while returning $110.40 for a $2 win ticket. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - A trio of three-year-old harness racing trotting fillies, already dropped in to go in next Wednesday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action here at Harrah's Philadelphia, got nice warm-ups six days in advance Thursday at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, with two winning and the other a bang-up second in mixed company overnights. Next Level Stuff won the day's $13,600 feature in 1:54 for driver Tim Tetrick. A daughter of Sebastian K, Next Level Stuff was spotted third early, and when his filly's most dangerous opponent, Bully Boy, made a break before the half, Tetrick could wait until late on the backstretch until starting forward to try to gain the lead. Grapple Hanover put up a brave showing on the front end, but Next Level Stuff was able to wear him down by a length, making her 2-for-2 this season and 8-for-12 lifetime. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $179,055 for the Runthetable Stables. The Donato Hanover miss Creature Of Habit also got help from miscuing opposition in lowering her mark to 1:54.2 earlier on the card. In fact, four different horses who were first or second at the time made a break during the race; the last one, Ava Kathryn, had a four-length lead at headstretch, but she tired and succumbed to the late onslaught of Creature Of Habit. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky for trainer Nifty Norman and the partnership of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. Another well-regarded Sire Stakes entrant, last year's $300G+ winner Sherry Lyns Lady, was a very solid second to the developing Captain Krupnik in a 1:54.2 mile. Sherry Lyns Lady, in her seasonal bow, tucked from the outside post eight, then came uncovered as Captain Krupnik, a son of Conway Hall, got a :30 panel two breather to a :58.2 half for driver Dexter Dunn. The filly steadily trotted to "the Captain" for pilot Tim Tetrick but came up 1¼ lengths short as Captain Krupnik has now won three of his last four starts for trainer Jenny Melander and Belmar Racing And Breeding LLC. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Fastest of the two-year-olds learning their early lessons at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Wednesday morning was the Art Major - Brownsville Bomber pacing colt Frazzleberry, who posted a clocking of 1:57. Chuck Connor Jr. had Frazzleberry in last early, but the freshman responded when asked for speed, pacing his individual last half in :57 to win for trainer Janice Connor and the partnership of Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. An intriguing winner during the morning session was Derailed Hanover, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the notable mare D Train, the dam of champion racehorse and sire Donato Hanover. The $150,000 yearling let nothing get in her way in the 1:59.4 victory, heading straight for the lead and snapping home in :29.1 for driver Mark MacDonald, trainer Paul Kelley, and the ownership of P K Racing Stable, Hall of Famer James Simpson, and Thomas Pontone. Driver Tyler Buter took the other three freshman trots, with Mister Boinga, an altered son of Bar Hopping - Boinga, in 2:02.3 and with the Credit Winner - Jesse's Con gelding Credit Con in 1:59.3; he also was successful with the Credit Winner - Mischief Lady filly Shady Shenanigans in 2:03. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

MILTON, ON - June 29, 2020 - The speedy five-year-old mare Hev Livvy continued her recent hot-streak by stepping up to capture a loaded harness racing edition of the $36,000 Preferred Trot on Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. An accomplished field of 10 lined up for the top-level trot with Ben Baillargeon's duo of Musical Rhythm and P L Jill carrying favourite-status, while Hambletonian winners Forbidden Trade and Marion Marauder were also in the field. Striding to the top from an outside starting spot, P L Jill fronted the field through panels of :27, :55.1 and 1:23.3. Muscial Rhythm followed his stablemate with a two-hole trip. Marion Marauder committed first-up from fifth trotting around the final turn, with rivals angling out to latch onto cover. Hev Livvy and driver Trevor Henry got stacked up in the outside flow, sitting sixth and five-lengths off the lead turning for home. In the stretch, P L Jill looked to step away from rivals and opened up a couple lengths. Hev Livvy delivered a strong stretch-rally, surging by rivals and nailing her fellow-mare P L Jill at the line to win by a head in a career-best 1:51.2. To watch the video race replay, click here.  Mass Fortune K came through to finish third, while Forbidden Trade rallied from ninth with a :26.3 final-quarter to finish fourth in her second start of the season. Trained by Jeff Gillis, Hev Livvy has been known for being streaky over the past couple of years, strining together miscues, but also top results. The five-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover has now won two of her last three starts, mixing a runner-up finish in between. Hev Livvy is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ellen Ott and Trevor Henry. Monday's victory increases her 2020 earnings to $54,640 and career earnings to $199,563. A $2 win ticket on Hev Livvy returned $14.30. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2020 -- Tad Krazy Hanover moved powerfully first over and romped to a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Tough Tootsie took the other division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The series honors the memory of the late Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the 2:00 Club at The Meadows. It's one of four late-closing events kicking off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Tad Krazy Hanover was third near the three-quarters when Aaron Merriman sent her after the leader, BL Super Sally. The 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Tune Kronos It cruised to the top and drew off to score in 1:57.2. DJ's Midnight Jazz was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Linnea Hanover third.   Justin Pirillo trains Tad Krazy Hanover for Dylan Fazio. Elsewhere on Wednesday's card, Blue Ivy extended her winning streak to seven -- five to close her sophomore campaign plus two this year -- with a 1:51.4 triumph for Merriman in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Trot. When Touchamatic finished second, she provided an exacta sweep for the mares' trainer, Bill Bercury, and owner, Renee Bercury.   Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $16,406.18 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                        

LEBANON, OH. -Hello Peggy Sue! Good bye heart! The 5-year-old Donato Hanover lass, named after the 1957 Buddy Holly tune, won the hearts of her current faithful harness racing followers on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 4) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $24,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:54.2 for driver-trainer Brady Galliers over a sloppy surface. She topped Majestic Player A (Walter Haynes Jr.), who was making his U. S. debut and Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick), who has captured a pair of Open Trot victories already this season. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, Peggy Sue paid $11.60 to win. Coupled with the Down Under newcomer (Majestic Player A), the exacta returned $35.20; while the 50-cent trifecta including Sweet Mr Pinetucky paid $51.35. The 10-cent superfecta with last week's winner, Party At The Banks (Chris Page), grabbing the final spot was worth $18.41. Peggy Sue lowered her lifetime best clocking by one tick with her 12th career triumph, boosting her earnings to $166,570. She is owned by Galliers Racing LLC. Galliers and Peggy Sue left the gate with alacrity, allowing only Sweet Mr Pinetucky to settle in front of her as the leaders passed the first quarter timer in :27.4. After middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26, the winner popped the pocket early in the stretch and closed in :28.2 to secure her first victory in open company. Three first leg divisions of the R. J. Brown Memorial Series for trotters that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime were also contested on the Tuesday program. Winners of the $10,000 contests were This Man Raps (1:58.1, Kayne Kauffman, $38.60), LaDolfina (1:59.3, Brett Miller, $3.60) and Ms Toni (1:59, Josh Sutton, $12.80). The second leg will chase $12,000 purses on Feb. 11, followed by a $20,000 championship tilt on Feb. 18. Four fields of $5000 fillies and mares claiming pacers went head-to-head in the first elimination round of their Survivor Series, with the top five finishers from each division advancing to Round 2 next week. The surviving ladies after that round will meet to crown a champion in a $15,000 final-also on Feb. 18. First Round winners were Nice Trip (1:54.4, Tyler Smith, $3.20), Lucky Seven Of Lodi (1:55.1, Jeremy Smith, $16.60), Kelseys On Cruze (1:56, Cameron McCown, $17.80) and Virginnaire (1:55, Kyle Ater, $8.80). From Miami Valley Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 11, 2020--It was a change of tactic for the harness racing trotter Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night (Jan 11th), serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover--from assigned post position No. 4--made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The latter put up intervals of :27.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3, with minimal first-up grief from just-over-even-money favorite Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). Swansea owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was unable to stall the pocket sitter. Lean Hanover edged out and by, the margin a head in 1:55.1. Hill of a Horse (Brent Holland) rallied for third, with Trotting Grace (Matt Kakaley) and Obrigado (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. Will Take Charge backpedaled to last among the half-dozen.   For third choice Lean Hanover, a now-7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned by Wellwood Enterprises & Karen Carroll, it was a successful seasonal debut for an 18th career victory. The exacta paid $34.20, the triple returned $406 and the superfecta paid $723. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady) took today’s Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. II, purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Off at 2.2/1 odds this Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee, owned by Bruni Racing, recorded her second victory in France and raised her life earnings to 118,589€. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner’s last 200 meters was in 1.06.6kr. The 5.1/1 Amele Grif (3f Varenne-Sunrise Grif) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 65/1 All Wise As (3f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) was third, handled by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhelmsen. The 21/1 Amber Prad (3f Timoko) was fourth for Gocciadoro and fifth went to 2/1 Grayline (3f Sam Bourbon) for Erik Raffin and owner/trainer Julien Dubois. The winner’s dam raced competitively on the USA Grand Circuit for Jean Pierre Dubois. The Gr. II Prix Artiste Hemard (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, four year old mares) saw 10/1 Fleche du Yuuca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) rally in the lane to victory clocked in 1.13.9kr for driver Jean Philippe Dubois. His Ecurie Victoria Dreams is the owner with Philippe Moulin the trainer. It was her fourth victory and she now sports life earnings of 164,170€. The 9/10 favorite Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers) was second with Jean-Michel Bazire up for Albert Rayon. 38/1 Feerie Wood (4f Rockfeller Center) was third with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines. Earlier in the Prix de Chirlon (purse 38,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four year old mares) 2.8/1 Fine Colline (4f Village Mystic) was a 1.11.3kr timed winner with Matthieu Abrivard the owner/trainer/driver. The victory increased her career earnings to 98,600€ and she traveled her last 100 meters in 1.04.8kr. 4.2/1 Fiesta du Belver (4f Roi de Coq) was second for Gabriele Gelormini, ahead of 26/1 Fregate Island (4f Timoko) reined by Bjorn Goop. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2019 -- Harness racing trotter Donatover grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move and was unthreatened thereafter in capturing Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Donatover was away third when Dave Palone sent him after Final Breath on the point. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover-Anonyme Hanover easily repelled the challenge of Pass The Vape and downed him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4. Final Breath saved show. Tim Twaddle trains Donatover, who extended his career earnings to $192,588, for Micki Rae Stables. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a $13,091.61 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 12-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A pair of $15,000 trots headlined the Tuesday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both winners scoring in 1:55.2 just before heavy rains necessitated a downgrading of the track surface. First to Victory Lane was the Donato Hanover mare Mystical Wynn, who parlayed a pocket trip into a neck decision over heavy favorite Grandma Heidi, who had set the pace. Anthony Napolitano drove the Bob Baggitt Jr. trainee for the Kelly Walker Stable LLC. Joining forces with trainer Frank Kamine and the ownership of A 1 Racing for the first time, the E L Titan sophomore filly Play It Again As took a lifetime mark in winning the other feature event. Despite being off for 23 days, Play It Again As set the pace from the quarter and had enough to withstand first-over Choco Charlie by a half-length under the guidance of Simon Allard. Top pace on the evening was a $14,000 event for distaffs, in which the Bettor's Delight mare Medusa raised her lifetime earnings to $997,778 with a victory in 1:51.1 over a track which by this time had been listed as "sloppy." George Napolitano Jr. put the favored winner on the lead, and she stormed home in :55.1 despite the adverse conditions to defeat longshot KG Rocks by four lengths for trainer Randy Bendis, who also co-owns the veteran mare with Pollack Racing LLC. George Napolitano Jr., who recently notched his 10,000th career driving victory, won four of the last five races to give him sulky honors for Tuesday, and he has now recorded 4,993 career wins at the mountain oval. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her harness racing career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit's Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backstretch before reporting home a safe half-length in front of She Rocks Kemp in 1:55.3 for driver Victor Kirby. As the 8-5 favorite, the winner of two of 11 lifetime starts returned $5.40 to her backers. In other Kindergarten action, Hen Party ($15.60) went wire-to-wire to defeat 1-5 public choice Annabelle Hanover by 1¼ lengths in a filly pace for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke in 1:52.4 while Ideal Perception ($7.60) held off Force N Fury by a hard-fought nose in 1:51.3 in a pace for colts and geldings with Joe Bongiorno in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna. Hall Of AM S ($5.00 as the favorite) took another filly trot, completing the mile in 1:55.2 to finish 1¾ lengths in front of Scorched Romance for driver Mattias Melander, who is the brother of winning trainer Marcus. In a non-betting race before the start of the regular card, Sky Castles scored in a division for trotting colts and geldings for driver Mitch Cushing and trainer Andrew Harris in 1:55.1. TROLLEY ON TIME: The Erv Miller-trained Trolley hit the Meadowlands' winner's circle for the first time since May 18, scoring by 1¾ lengths over Max as the 3-5 favorite in 1:54.4 in a $25,000 conditioned trot for driver Marcus Miller. A LITTLE MORE: A $20,922 carryover from last Saturday led to a total pool of just over $150,000 in the 50-cent Pick-5. Those who cashed had to be sharp, as the fourth leg of the wager was won by 39-1 chance Princess Holly N. The odds of the other four winners were 4-5, 8-5, 2-1 and 9-2. The payoff was $3,054.15. ... 25-year-old Kasper Foget was a winner in his Big M driving debut, guiding For A Dreamer to victory lane in the 11th race at odds of 5-1. The native Of Denmark was a champion European driver in the under-25 division. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,294,868. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The World Of Rocknroll mare Clarebear took another successful step up the class ladder at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning her third straight with a 1:52.1 harness racing victory in the $17,500 mares pacing feature on the Tuesday twilight card. Driver Eric Carlson was insistent on the lead going out of the gate, then after getting early pressers to take back, in a :27 opener she yielded to the brushing Baron Remy in front of the stands. Baron Remy continued on to middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.1, but it was Clarebear who showed the most late speed, using the Pocono Pike to overhaul the pacesetter by 1½ lengths. The winner, who is trained by David Russo for the Cavalli Veloci Stable LLC ("cavalli veloci" is Italian for "fast horses"), boosted her lifetime bankroll to $298,983. There were a pair of $15,000 trots as co-features. In the first, the Donato Hanover three-year-old gelding Crossfit advanced with cover, went on uncovered after his cover broke on the far turn, then caught pacesetter Fire'N Woodshed by a half-length while taking a new mark of 1:55.4. Matt Kakaley drove the winner for trainer Ron Burke and owner Joe Sbrocco. In the other trot, 30-1 shot Darty was four-wide early in going to the lead and maintained the advantage to the wire as the outer tiers were stagnant, with pocketsitter Voodoo Man closest at the wire, a half-length behind, at the end of the 1:56.1 mile. Marcus Miller was at the controls of the sophomore altered son of Yankee Glide as he won for trainer John Butenschoen and the partnership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, David Miller, In Over My Head Stable, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. In a $14,000 mares pace, The Charging Moa N ran her North American record to two-for-two while lowering her mile record to 1:51. The daughter of Changeover has lived up to her name in both starts here - last week charging up three-wide on the far turn and going on to an impressive score, this week charging three-wide in front of the stands for driver Tyler Buter to clear before the second turn and going on to a 1¾ length victory over $990,778 winner Medusa. Trainer Rob Harmon looks like he has a mare who will be climbing the class ladder for Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Winners Circle Racing LLC, Howudoin Stable, and Richard Lerner. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Harness racing driver Kevin Wallis "called an audible" guiding the Donato Hanover gelding Mystical Wynn around the final turn at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the change in strategy helped provide the route to a 1:55.4 victory in the Tuesday twilight card's $15,000 trotting feature. Wallis and Mystical Wynn sat third most of the way behind favored pacesetter Bella Ava and pocketsitter Bag O Chips, who suffered broken equipment during the mile. Wallis started to tip his trotter outside midturn to mount a late charge, but when Bag O Chips went to the outside at the same time, Wallis headed back to the inside to utilize the famed Pocono Pike, and through the lane Mystical Wynn was able to edge Bag O Chips by ¾ of a length after a protracted battle. Robert Baggitt Jr., in charge of a hot stable currently, trains the five-time winner in just fourteen lifetime starts for Kelly Walker Stable LLC. The $14,000 co-feature for pacing mares boiled down to a stretch battle between favored Jewels Forreal and Modesta, both of whom had been no worse than third in their last five starts without winning. It was the So Surreal mare Jewels Forreal who was able to post the victory in this contest, winning over Modesta by a length in a lifetime best 1:50.3. Marcus Miller drove the winner of $239,188 for trainer Bob Cleary and owner W J Donovan. Anthony Napolitano took driving honors on the night with four visits to the winners circle. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

BLOOMSBURG, PA - The nasty weather that had hindered much of the "western swing" of the Pennsylvania fair circuit could even find the horses and horsemen when the action shifted east, to a planned two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet at the Bloomsburg PA Fairgrounds. Overnight rain gave the northeastern Pennsylvania oval a pounding that forced Monday's racing for three-year-olds to be cancelled. But it couldn't stop one of the best performances in Keystone State fair history from taking place on Sunday. Vulcan Hanover, a two-year-old altered son of Donato Hanover - Variety Girl trained by Michael Whitaker for owner Shantae Gant of Mansfield LA, went the fastest trotting mile ever by a two-year-old in the history of the Pennsylvania fair circuit when he won in 2:00.2 in his division of the "A" Sire Stakes. The clocking lowered by a tick the former colt standard of three horses, all set at Bloomsburg - Light Headed and Brannan Hanover (both 2006) and Keystone Bentley (2018) - and also eclipsed the 2:00.3 filly mark set by Nicole Hanover at Gratz in 2017. With a post draw inside of the dominant force in the division so far, six-time winner Penance, driver Eric Neal used the positioning to take the early lead, with Penance in behind him through fractions of :30.2 and 1:00.1. Penance vacated the two-hole to challenge Vulcan Hanover before the 1:30.2 three-quarters, and the two freshman battled each other around the turn and into the stretch; only late did Vulcan Hanover draw off to defeat his game rival by 1½ lengths. The next horse in the field was 25 lengths behind them. The epic win was the second of Vulcan Hanover's "A" Fair Sire Stakes campaign. The clocking proved to be not only the fastest of the year on the trot for all fair categories (including age), but it also beat the time posted in the only division of Sunday's "A" colt pace, the 2:00.4 winning time of Life's Marvalous for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Action for baby trotting fillies produced their fastest clocking of the circuit's year, 2:02, by the Father Patrick - Cocktail Attire miss Cocktails N Dreams, who is undefeated in three fair starts for her co-owners, husband/driver Tony Schadel and wife/trainer Linda. And the trotting baby distaffs' other division went to the Explosive Matter - Dreamgirl Lindy miss Lindy Pretty Lady in 2:03, her fifth "A" victory and increasing her lead as the biggest pointwinner in all of the divisions of the circuit so far. Kyle Bolon was in his usual sulky spot for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC. And we note the King Of The "B"s, the A Rocknroll Dance - Real Espresso colt Caffeine Buzz, won his eighth race on the junior part of the circuit this year for driver Branden Smith and owner/trainer Roger Hammer. Smith was the only driver to win two races on Sunday, so the "veteran" of 53 lifetime drives, all this year, can say he's already won a driving championship. His boss, Roger Hammer, trained both of Smith's winners and Life's Marvalous, who as was mentioned above he drove himself, to be the leading trainer during the shortened meet with a trio of successes. Unless there is a monsoon or other such calamity, the next two sets of races on the PA Fair Circuit will not be washed out - for they will be held at the Gratz Fairgrounds, an all-weather track. A two-day Sire Stakes meet will be held there this coming Saturday and Sunday, and then the Gratz Fair meet proper will race on Sunday the 15th and Monday the 16th. The final stop of the year for the local fairs will be back at Bloomsburg on Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st, where the competition will be keen to ensure earning enough points to make the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5.  From the PHHA/, MSOA, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There was one sure way - and it was the only way - to cash a ticket on a favorite during the Labor Day Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. You bet on a Julie Miller-trained harness racing horse. Julie combined with driver/husband Andy to send out four horses on the twelve-race Pocono card. All were favorites; all won and took lifetime marks; and none of the other eight favorites could get home first. Two of Team Orange Crush's winning quartet were two-year-olds: the Father Patrick - Bell Power trotting filly Becky Kronos, who broke her maiden in 1:57.4 for Bruni Racing Team AB; and the Sombeachsomewhere - Pleasure Beach pacing filly The Bethinator, an import from Hawthorne who ran her lifetime mark to 4-for-5 with a 1:53.4 victory for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. The sophomore Donato Hanover filly American Kronos, last seen in an Hambletonian Oaks elimination, found Tuesday's easier company to her liking as she tallied in 1:53.3 for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow. And then there was the Muscle Hill four-year-old American Moni, the last foal out of the champion mare Moni Maker. He hadn't won at two and three in limited attempts; in 2019 before Tuesday's race he had a first and two seconds before eliminating himself with a break over sloppy going. Here American Moni put it all together as the Pocono players' heavy chalk, stepping to a 1:53.3 best clocking for the Moni Maker Stable. The two younger performers won by 1¾ lengths and ¾ of a length, respectively; the latter two won by 8½ and 7¾ lengths, respectively. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley continued his dominance of the top class at the Meadowlands - the $21,000 Preferred Handicap - winning the Big M's weekly trotting feature for a fourth straight start Friday night. The Erv Miller student faced a tough task. The Ron Burke-trained In Secret was seeking his fourth straight win, and after Trolley sped away from the gate to grab the lead around the first turn, Yannick Gingras then moved In Secret to the top. The half-mile marker was hit in :55.4 with In Secret (the 2-1 third choice) on the point, Trolley in the pocket and 9-5 second choice Sutton - who was making his seasonal debut - sitting third. On the far turn, rather than wait for the stretch drive, Marcus Miller popped Trolley out of the pocket just before the three-quarter-mile marker and went after the leader, securing the top with a quick move with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Through the lane, Trolley showed his foes why he's the "King of the Meadowlands", easily going on to a 1-length win in 1:52.4. Rail-sitters Sutton and Two AM rallied to get second and third, respectively, as In Secret weakened to fourth. After winning his previous start as the 2-5 choice, Trolley's followers were rewarded Friday with a $4.40 win payout for the 6-5 favorite. The 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who has now won six of his last seven outings, won for the 15thtime in 29 career starts (52 per cent), good for earnings of $334,459 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. A LITTLE MORE: Four drivers recorded driving doubles on the card: Dexter Dunn, Gingras, Pat Berry and Anthony Napolitano. ... Wagering in the 50-Cent Pick-4 came close to the $100,000 mark, as a total of $98,085 in action was taken. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,690,822. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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