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There were six divisions of PA Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 22), each going for a purse of $20,000. The first division went to the front-stepping Moneycounts De Vie (Tim Tetrick). The son of Andover Hall took the lead shortly after the quarter pole, going on to win in a time of 1:59.1. It was the first career win for the Dirk Simpson trainee, who was coming off of a double digit length qualifying romp. He is owned by Desyllas Racing, Bill Beck, and James Bafia. Division two saw TNT Rusty (John Campbell) make every call a winning one. The son of Explosive Matter is now a perfect two for two in his young career, trotting the mile in 1:58.4, which was the fastest of the day in the series. He is owned by trainer George Ducharme, Paul Fontaine, and Alfred Ross. In the third division, it was Raymer, Moss, and Solomon's, Mr Right (Vic Kirby) scoring on the front end. The son of Donato Hanover was able to hold of a late surge from Desert Runner (Ake Svanstedt) to pick up the victory in a time of 2:00. It was the first career win for Mr Right, who is trained by Leigh Raymer. Division four went to Mahlon Martin's Twin B Ammunition (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The son of Explosive Matter swept on by past the quarter pole and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:59.2. It was the second straight win for the Bennie Magliochetti trainee, in his fifth career start. In the fifth division, Frank Antonacci trainee Elysium Lindy (Scott Zeron) scored the upset win. The son of Cantab Hall sat in the pocket behind another long shot Cloud Nine Hanover (Charlie Norris) until the stretch, when he sprinted past to win in a final time of 1:59.3. The heavily-favored Yes Sir Officer (John Campbell) broke at three-quarters. It was the first career win for Elysium Lindy, who is owned by K R Breeding. Another upset took place in the last, as Courant A B's Dollar Grin (Lucas Wallin) closed in time to pick up the win. The son of Cantab Hall was perfectly positioned second over, bailing off that cover in the lane to narrowly gun down favorite Shady McCoy (David Wade) in 2:00.2. It was the first pair-mutuel start for Dollar Grin, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt. Michael Bozich

Sire Donato Hanover was the biggest All-Star on a night when state-sired two-year-old trotting fillies raced for $210,000 in Pennsylvania All-Stars competition, as he sired five of the seven winners during the Wednesday night action at  the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The quickest of the seven winners could have been predicted by pedigree students: it was Broadway Donna, a Donato Hanover out of Broadway Schooner, a full sister to world champion Cooler Schooner, who had the harness world buzzing when she set a 1:51.3 world standard here as a 2YO.   Broadway Donna, now undefeated in three outings and two pari-mutuel starts, quarter-moved to command and won by 5 ¾ lengths in 1:55.3 for driver David Miller, trainer Jim Campbell ("Cooler"'s conditioner), and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC.   Of all the winning trainers and drivers in the seven All-Star events, only trainer John Butenschoen tallied twice, once with a Donato Hanover   His was Twill Be Done, who took the lead past the quarter and went on to a 1:58.4 triumph for driver Mike Simons, the local "Trot Man," who is also co-owner with Christopher Giaccio and Albert Abdala III.   Rounding out the Donato Fivesome, in order of faster clockings, were Woman's Will in 1:56.4 for driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and owner/breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz; Windowshopper, who made every pole a winning one in 1:57 for trainer-driver Ray Schnittker, also co-owner with Charles Iannazzo; and Grand Canyon, home in 1:58.1 for driver John Campbell, trainer Nancy Johansson, and owner/breeder Diamond Creek.   Butenschoen's other winner was Lookin Hanover, a daughter of Andover Hall who personally came home in 28.2 despite a first-over trip to tally in 1:58.1 for driver Corey Callahan and owners William Wiswell and M And L Of Delaware Inc.   The night's other stakes winner posted the second-fastest time among the fillies: Whitelake Hanover, a daughter of Explosive Matter who opened up an insurmountable lead down the backstretch and stopped the timer at 1:56.3 for driver Joe Pavia Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes.                                                                  * * * * * * *   Late driver changes and top three morning line choices for the big four Championship races and the Sun Invitational Trot to be held on Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono, plus the first three choice in the morning line:   $75,000 SUN INVITATIONAL TROT No late driver changes Top three choices: JL Cruze, Sebastian K S, Classic Martine   $300,000 JAMES LYNCH 3PF CHAMPIONSHIP Jim Morrill Jr. will drive Momas Got A Gun; Brett Miller, originally listed, will stay with Wicked Little Minx Top three choices: Sassa Hanover, Stacia Hanover, Momas Got A Gun   $500,000 MAX C. HEMPT 3PC CHAMPIONSHIP No late driver changes Top three choices: Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, Artspeak   $500,000 BEN FRANKLIN FFAP CHAMPIONSHIP Simon Allard will drive Domethatagain; Tim Tetrick, originally listed, will stick with Mach It So Top three choices: State Treasurer, Vegas Vacation, Luck Be Withyou   $500,000 EARL BEAL JR. 3TC CHAMPIONSHIP Brian Sears will drive Crazy Wow; Yannick Gingras, originally listed, will stick with Pinkman Top three choices: Uncle Lasse, Pinkman, Cruzado Dela Noche   Jerry Connors

Tamarind changed his tactics but the result was the same Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows as he captured his third straight in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Customarily a closer, Tamarind zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman in a snappy 27.1 and was able to withstand the two-pronged late challenge from Trustworthy Kid outside and Tall Cotton in the Lightning Lane. The 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos prevailed by 1/2 length over Tall Cotton in 1:53.2, with Trustworthy Kid a close-up third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who extended his career bankroll to $665,044. In Tuesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Whata Donato stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then charged by in the Lightning Lane for trainer/driver Doug Snyder to defeat Cowgirl Hall by a neck in 1:54.4. Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who now boasts $280,276 in lifetime earnings. Evan Pattak

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Harness racing stakes action for two-year-old Pennsylvania-sired horses kicked off Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with six divisions of a $180,000 event for trotting colts and geldings.   The fastest winner was Trolley, who set the pace and came home in 57.2 to win by a head over pocketsitting Earn And Burn in 1:56.1. Both of the top two finishers were sons of Donato Hanover, and Trolley is out of the Duke Of York-Conch mare Lakeside Bride, so it was a royal pedigree battle to the wire (Earn And Burn is out of a full sister to millionaire Dejambro), with Trolley the winner for conductor Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller, and the ownership of Paymaq Racing, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis, and Louis Willinger.   Longtime prominent Pennsylvania horsemen Bob Key had a pair of homebred winners, including one who was the longest shot on the board in his race and who won under unusual circumstances. Treasure Keys K (Encore Encore) was sitting third behind pacesetting Milligan's School and pocketsitting Truemass Volo when those two got tangled up on the final turn, inheriting the lead and going on to win for trainer/driver Charlie Norris in 1:59.2.   Key's other winner was Boyz N Guitars, a Muscle Massive colt who came his own back half in 57.4 uncovered to catch the leader, Dominus Hanover, and tally in 1:58.3 for Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell and trainer Chuck Sylvester.   Donato Hanover had another siring credit in the All-Stars, Sliding Home, who is out of the 2010 Hambo Oaks-winning mare Bar Slide. Sliding Home quarter-moved to command and came home with twin 29.3 quarters to win easily in 2:00 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Jonas Czernyson, and the Consus Racing Stable - and be the only "chalk" to prevail in the six races.   Corey Callahan had the only driving double in the Sunday stakes, as he also went to Victory Lane with Hititoutofthepark after an eventful trip - away sixth and parked every step until the 5/8, where his 27.4 individual third split powered him off to a three length win in 1:57.3. The impressive son of Yankee Glide, a full brother to All-Stars 3YO winner and Beal finalist Boots N Chains, is trained by John Butenschoen for the Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable LLC.   The other All-Stars section went to Regina and Rick Beinhauer's homebred Major Matter, who made every pole a winning one in 1:58.3. The altered son of Explosive Matter stepped home in 58.3 with Rick Beinhauer, who also is the trainer, in the sulky.   All-Stars action for babies continues this coming week, with pacing fillies on Tuesday, trotting fillies on Wednesday, and pacing colts on the first Friday night card of the year at Pocono - the day before the $1.8M Sun Saturday Stakes Championships.   PHHA / Pocono  

There were three divisions of the PA Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters on Thursday afternoon (June 25) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $73,000. In the first division, it was Julie Miller trainee Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) remaining perfect in 2015. The daughter of Donato Hanover got away an early third from post one behind the outside speed of Onda Di Mare (Tim Tetrick) and Bright Baby Blues (Dave Miller). After a :27.2 opening quarter, the eventual winner successfully brushed to the top. After a rated half of :56.4, Livininthefastlane extended her lead, as race favorite Smexi tried to gain first over. After three-quarters (1:25.3), the leader drew off to win by four lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.3, just one fifth of a second off the track record for 3-year-old filly trotters. Livininthefastlane is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. She paid $5.40. Onda Di Mare battled back for second, while Bright Baby Blues finished third. In the second division, it was Jimmy Takter trainee Wild Honey (Yannick Gingras) picking up her twelfth career win out of fifteen starts. The daughter of Cantab Hall went right to the front setting fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26, 1:54.1. She was able to avenge last week's narrow loss to Smokinmombo (Aaron Merriman), who enjoyed pocket position throughout, but could not get to the leader in the stretch. Wild Honey ($3.20) is owned by Christina Takter, Herb Liverman, and Jim and John Fielding. Wild Honey now has over $500,000 in career earnings. Smokinmombo was second, while Lady Clarabella (Dave Miller) finished third. In the third and final division, another Takter trainee Sarcy (Corey Callahan) got the job done. The daughter of Donato Hanover waited for the speed to settle before brushing to the top to win her fourth straight. She made her move after an opening quarter of :28.4, which was set by Matter Hatter (Tim Tetrick). After a :57.3 half, Sarcy was challenged by the second favorite in the wagering Spirit To Win (Brett Miller). They battled past three quarters (1:26), with Sarcy edging clear. Nifty Norman trainee Magic Marker (Dave Miller) swooped up three wide, but had to settle for second, while Spirit To Win finished third. Sarcy (1:54.4) is owned by Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, and John and Jim Fielding. She paid $4.00. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - There will be a tremendous amount of great horses and great harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono between this Saturday's eliminations and next Saturday's $1.8M worth of four Championships on Sun Stakes Saturday (July 4). But the stakes spotlight will not go dark in the four cards in between at the mountain oval, as Pennsylvania All-Stars action for two-year-olds will be featured on each of the four cards in between.   The Pennsylvania All-Stars, for state-sired horses, have traditionally been gathered in a 10-day period in proximity to the Fourth of July until this year, when the crowding of the stakes schedule suggested moving the 3YO events to May, to give eligibles some stakes competition before the Grand Circuit events got in high gear. The 2YO races are staying in their usual spot, which has been the introduction of many future stars to the sport in recent years. Trotting colts are featured on Sunday, June 28; pacing fillies two days after that; trotting fillies the next day; and then the pacing colts on Friday, July 3, as Pocono expands to a five-card-a-week schedule during summer's "prime time."   Sunday's trotting colts are divided into six divisions of a $180,000 event. There are already sixteen "winners" in the races, mostly in qualifiers/non-purse baby races, although one has won a pari-mutuel race and one a Fair Sire Stakes at Bloomsburg. Of these, seven already have winning lines timed in 2:00 or faster.   Two of the youngsters, the Donato Hanover colt Mr Right and the Cantab Hall gelding Alexander Hanover, have already taken a win in 1:57.3f. Mr Right earned his record in a June 12 non-purse baby event at Pocono for trainer Leigh Raymer, and was made the 2-5 favorite in a June 21 local overnight, but his uncovered move in that event was resisted by Alexander Hanover, who went wire-to-wire for trainer Bill Popfinger.   On Tuesday, five divisions of freshman pacing fillies will answer the starter's call in $150,000 worth of competition. 19 of these babies already have wins, again mostly in 2YO-restricted events, with 16 already having broken the 2:00 barrier.   The fastest of the group to date is the Somebeachsomewhere miss Pure Country, who took a Meadowlands qualifier in 1:54.4 - 26.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter, who is also rumored to be good with the occasional trotter. A daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Danika P, has won in pari-mutuel competition, a Meadows overnight in 1:55.4f for trainer Ron Burke. (Takter and Burke - together again.)   PHHA/ Pocono  

Harness racing trainer Jim Mc Donald held the hot hand at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (June 17), sweeping both features en route to hitting the "grand slam" with four winners on the program.   While Mach Me Not and Dominum Deo won their respective $9,500 pacing and trotting Winner's Over events, it was Mc Donald, himself, getting the festivities underway by piloting Pacing Pretty Stables four year-old Looney ($3.00) to a come from behind win in a lifetime best 1:58.2.   Two races later, the nine year-old Mach Three mare Mach Me Not, trained by Mc Donald for the S S G Stables and driven by Bruce Ranger, nailed her stablemate, Artful Impulse (Andy Santeramo) in the last two strides to score a narrow win--a half length--in 1:53.1 for her second win in a row and 34th lifetime in 201 starts.   Surging to the lead early before yielding to her stablemate, Mach Me Not, though drifting wide in the lane, managed to get up in the late stages on the strength of a :27.2 finale.   Goldstar Rockette (Mickey Mc Nichol) finished third in the mile while Real Nice Girl and Lady Ideal completed the quintet of talented mares.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "She left like a rocket-ship but then Andy (Santeramo) took his mare (Artful Impulse) and put her on the lead so I did get a good trip back of her. When I pulled turning for home, I guess I must've pulled on the right line a little too hard because she was drifting out pretty good in the lane. But it all worked out at the wire."   Mach Me Not paid $2.40 for her popular win.   The very next event, Santeramo got a bit of revenge on Ranger when he guided The Muscler, also trained by Mc Donald for lessee Carl Mc Donald, to a nose victory in 1:57.1, edging out Gray N Cloudy (Ranger) in the very last stride.   The Muscler won for the fifth time this semester, good for a seasonal bankroll of $19,250. He paid $7.20 to win.   Mc Donald achieved his "grand slam" the very next race when Ranger guided Dominum Deo to a photo finish win over Illusionsndreams (Santeramo) in a lifetime best 1:54.4--that win coming in the Winner's Over feature for trotters.   This four year-old son of Donato Hanover, last halfway through the mile, found some room turning for home and mowed down the competition with a :56 final half complimented by a :28.2 finale.   Dominum Deo, now with four wins for the year, sent his earnings to $20,845 for 2015 and $69,980 lifetime.   Gold Savage (McNichol), prominent all the way, finished third while Tug River Dylan and My Revenuer completed the first five in the sextet.   Dominum Deo, second choice on the board at 9 to 5, paid $5.60 to win.   Racing continues Saturday night with a 7:30 post time scheduled for the eight race program.   John Berry 

Smokinmombo - especially her nose - foiled a Team Takter "sweep" of the three divisions of the $222,867 second leg Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event held Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   When the early smoke cleared, Smokinmombo found herself sitting second behind Wild Honey, the 1-10* Takterite who had won a division of the Sires first leg.   Wild Honey maintained the lead to approaching deep stretch, but the Explosive Matter filly Smokinmombo had an explosive last 50 yards to hang the smallest margin of victory on the chalk in 1:53.4, completing one sweep in this, the night's third division -- all Wednesday's winners took lifetime marks.   Aaron Merriman handled Smokinmombo, now a winner of three straight, for trainer Chris Beaver, who is also co-owner with Synerco Ventures Inc and James Gallagher.   Sire Explosive Matter had a double Sires credit Wednesday, as his daughter Smexi overcame the outside post nine to post the biggest Sires victory margin, 1¼ lengths, while stopping the clock in 1:53.3.   Corey Callahan handled the filly, who won her second consecutive race, for Jimmy Takter and her ownership of Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding.   The Donato Hanover filly Sarcy emerged as the only repeat Sires winner as she warded off the late charge of Day Lily to win by a neck in 1:53.1.   Yannick Gingras had sulky duties for Takter, with wife Christina and the Fieldings in the ownership combine of Sarcy, now with a winning string of three, along with Oakwood Farms.   Jerry Connors

Whata Donato challenged Cowgirl Hall before the three-quarters, then eased by her in the lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Whata Donato was third when trainer/driver Doug Snyder sent her after Cowgirl Hall. The pair dueled through the final turn until Whata Donato moved clear, downing her rival by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.1 over a sloppy surface. Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who now boasts $266,776 in career earnings. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings and trainer Bruce Riegle each enjoyed a double on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

There were two opens valued at $30,000 each at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (June 14). The open pace was race six on the fourteen race program. It featured two of the top three finishers from the Jerry Taylor Invitational, including winner Great Vintage (Dave Miller) and third place finisher Mach It So (Jason Bartlett). The race favorite however was Doctor Butch (Scott Zeron). The 5-year-old son of Art Major finished fifth in the Jerry Taylor two starts back, winning his last start in 1:48.2 at the Big M. He was forwardly placed at the start, leading at the quarter-pole (26.4). Mach It So quickly vacated the pocket to take the lead, hitting the half in :55.1. Long shot Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) made mild headway first over, but was unable to gain past three-quarters (1:22.4). In the stretch, Doctor Butch was able to close home in :26.3 to win for the 25th time in his career, stopping the timer in 1:49.2. Mach It So finished second, while Great Vintage closed for third. Doctor Butch is owned by Kenneth Jacobs, and trained by Linda Toscano. He paid $5.00. In the open trot (race 10), Tom Fanning trainee Possessed Fashion (Jason Bartlett) was the lukewarm favorite. The son of Donato Hanover left well for early position from post 3, settling in behind battling leaders at the quarter (:27.3). Linda Toscano trainee Uva Hanover (Dave Miller) and Jimmy Takter trainee Not Afraid (Corey Callahan) battled for the lead with the latter being used hard to clear from post 8. After the tempo settled down at the half (:56.1), Jim Raymer trainee Rossini (Andrew McCarthy) mustered up a first over challenge. They battled to a three-quarter time of 1:24.3. Not Afraid put away the long shot's challenge in the turn, but could not hold off Uva Hanover down the stretch. The 4-year-old won by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:53.2, a lifetime's best. Possessed Fashion got up for second, while Not Again tired to third. Uva Hanover is owned by Stake Your Claim Stables and Martin Sternberg, and paid $8.40 to win. Driver Dave Miller had five wins on the program. Michael Bozich

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 12 - Bee A Magician set a Canadian record in her harness racing return to Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Armbro Flight eliminations. A fantastic group of 17 older trotting mares were split into two $35,000 eliminations to qualify for the $272,000 Armbro Flight final. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, headlined the first elimination and continued her impressive five-year-old season with a Canadian and track record performance of 1:51.1. Driven by Brian Sears, Bee A Magician got away in fourth and sat in that spot through the opening-half. Around the final turn, Sears sent the Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee first up to challenge the leader Handover Belle and edged ahead to the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Bee A Magician trotted home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by four-lengths and establish a new Canadian and track record. Classic Martine finished second, while Allie Labrook was third. "I was really happy with the way things worked out," said Sears following the race. "She was really good tonight scoring down and I think the cool weather might have helped her a little bit too." Bee A Magician has now won five of six starts this year. All six of her starts have been made over the course of the last 41 days, but Sears said that didn't show Friday night. "She was razor-sharp tonight, I was really happy with her." A daughter of Kadabra, Bee A Magician now has 36 career victories and added to her bankroll of over $3 million. The clocking of 1:51.1 erased the former track record of 1:51.4 set by Perfect Alliance in last year's Armbro Flight final. Perfect Alliance also set the former Canadian record of 1:51.2 in May last year at Woodbine. A graduate of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Bee A Magician has now won 15 of 17 career starts at Mohawk. She returned $2.80 to win. Bee A Magician The second elimination saw another heavy favourite visit the winner's circle. Shake It Cerry extended her win streak to three in a row with a 1:52.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Shake It Cerry made a second-quarter move from fourth to take the lead at the half in :56.1. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Shake It Cerry pulled away from her rivals in the lane and trotted home under no urging from Gingras in :28 for a 2 ¾ length victory. Rockin With Dewey finished second, while Bax Of Life got up for third. Charmed Life and Frau Blucher rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Gingras talked about a pending matchup with Bee A Magician. "Bee A Magician is tough and she's a great mare," said Gingras. "She won just as easy as myself, so it's going to be a great matchup." A four-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Solveigs Racing Partners. She now has three wins from six starts this season and 26 in her career. Shake It Cerry's career earnings sit at over $2.1 million. She paid $2.60 to win. Shake It Cerry The Armbro Flight final will take place next Saturday (June 20) as part of the Pepsi North America Cup card. The post positions for the final were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup in the $272,000 final. 1. Bax Of Life 2. Classic Martine 3. Shake It Cerry 4. Rockin With Dewey 5. Bee A Magician 6. Charmed Life 7. Frau Blucher 8. Harley Momma 9. Handover Belle 10. Allie Labrook AE: White Becomes Her Mark McKelvie

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2015 -- Dan Patch Award winner Pinkman strolled to a workmanlike win in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but it was his stablemate, Uncle Lasse, who stole the show, blazing to a harness racing track- and stake-record 1:51.4 -- despite losing two shoes in the race. Wicker Hanover captured the other division of the $191,217 event, known as the Super Bowl, for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Leaving from post 6, Uncle Lasse was three wide through the turn before making the front in 27.2. Winning driver Brett Miller indicated that was not exactly where he wanted the son of Donato Hanover-Solveig, a full brother to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. "Three deep around the first turn here -- that's usually disaster," Miller said. "He was a little warm, and I couldn't get him in behind another horse. I kind of had to move him to the front. For that colt to overcome that alone, that just shows you what kind of horse he is." The challenges appeared to mount for Uncle Lasse as he threw the right rear shoe, then the right front shoe. "I was really concerned about it, but he didn't miss a beat," Miller said. "He acted like he still had the shoes on." Uncle Lasse opened a daylight lead and held off Cruzado Dela Noche by 1/2 length, with Soboro Hanover third. Jimmy Takter trains Uncle Lasse, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Solveig's Racing Partners. Uncle Lasse's time eclipsed the stake record of 1:52.4 established by Magic Tonight in 2012. It also is the fastest mile ever trotted at The Meadows by a 3-year-old colt, breaking the previous mark of 1:52.3 set by Valley Of Sin in 2013. Pinkman's win was much less dramatic. In fact, about the only dramatic things about the laid-back Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster gelding are his lifetime statistics -- eight wins in 10 starts, more than $600,000 in the bank. "We always joke around about who's the best one in Jimmy's stable -- he's got a bunch of them," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "His name doesn't always come up in the conversation. He's not flashy. It's not like he trained back down that great. He just goes about his business. He can get a little bit lazy. I didn't try to get his attention. I knew he would be good enough to win." Pinkman relinquished the early lead to Bobs Hope, reclaimed it, and scored under wraps in 1:53.3. Honor And Serve shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Cue Hall earned show. Takter conditions Pinkman for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. David Miller had Wicker Hanover in the pocket behind Walter White, who had been trying to switch to the pace for Brett Miller for much of the mile. Around the far turn, he got his wish and broke stride, but David Miller already had steered Wicker Hanover clear of trouble. "The other horse was having trouble when he went by me going to the half; he wasn't trotting good," David Miller said. "I could hear Brett trying to talk him out of it. So I just edged over, and Brett's horse finally ran. It worked out well. He felt good and strong tonight." Wicker Hanover went on to prevail in 1:53 for trainer Noel Daley and owner Christer Haggstrom Stable, 2-1/2 lengths better than Chef Lee. Shoot The Thrill completed the ticket. The son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal held off the determined challenge of Sand Tilly Lace to defeat her by a neck in 1:51.4. Early leader Phone Terror was third. David Miller drove Certified Ideal, who now boasts $338,772 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - What's the surest sign that harness racing is about to enter its "prime time" of the year?   Is it the shipping of stables from warmer climes to the North?   Is it the start of the many classy stakes scattered throughout the season?   Is it the return of the weekly "Top Ten" poll?   No, no, and no.   The surest sign of harness racing's ready to enter the seasonal "fast track" is, ironically, a group of colts or fillies going slowly an extra lap of a racetrack before the beginning of a morning race. Their drivers are talking back and forth, to each other, to the starter, and to their horses, getting them ready for when the starter springs the gate in front of them - and they start out in their first "baby race."   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered three races exclusively for two-year-olds during its Thursday morning program of qualifiers.   The first winner was the Shadow Play filly Miss Read, who rallied from the pocket with a 28.2 last quarter (2:01) to defeat another late charger, Nip's Beach Girl, for driver Howard Parker. Trainer Leigh Raymer may have a bargain on her hands here, as the filly cost her and Tyler Raymer only $5500 despite the fact that the mare had produced three $100,000 winners - and now has a promising baby to her credit.   Team Raymer came right back with a Donato Hanover colt, Mr Right, whom Tyler sent to the top after the quarter, then flashed home in 58.3 - 29 to complete a 2:01.3 victory for Leigh, who co-owns with Stephen Moss, Harold Solomon, and Helene Solomon. Mr Right, aptly-named to date, was a $25,000 yearling purchase, and he is out of a dam who is a sister to the $600G winner Somebody To Love.   In the third baby race, driver Brewer Adams stole a 1:05.2 half with the American Ideal colt Gaius Crastinus, then zipped him home in a pair of 29s to hold off first-over Kiss Baby Kiss, wrapping up the package in 2:03.2. Jennifer Sabot conditions the colt, out of a dam whose sister is well-known $1M winner Feeling You, for owner/breeder Marilee Keene. (The winner, by the way, is named after one of Caesar's most trusted lieutenants in the Gallic Wars - yes, I had to look it up.)   PHHA / Pocono              

Making her much-anticipated return to the races off her 2014 Horse of the Year campaign, the 3 Brothers Stables' JK She'salady ($2.10) sustained a first-over bid to beat seven New York Sire Stakes ($110,000 added total purse) foes as part of an all-stakes harness racing card on Monday (May 25) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   The 3-year-old daughter of Art Major and Presidential Lady was in no hurry through an initial :55.2 half mile, stalking from fourth as Single Me (Brett Miller) took command from Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) with a circuit to go. On the backstretch, Tim Tetrick moved the undefeated JK She'salady first-over, steadily closing in on Single Me through three-quarters in 1:22.3, working up to the lead at the top of the stretch. Off the corner, JK She'salady kicked clear by two lengths, kept to task in a 1:51.2 victory over Single Me and a stalking Divine Caroline (David Miller).   Nancy Johansson trains JK She'salady, who improved her career record to 13 wins in as many starts. JK She'salady The three other New York Sire Stakes winners on the afternoon were Bettorhaveanother ($2.50, Jim Morrill, Jr., 1:51), Bettor Be Steppin ($2.30, Corey Callahan, 1:51.2), and Rock Me Gently ($11.20, Scott Zeron, 1:52).   The Memorial Day program also featured the first leg of the new Graduate series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, with two $37,500 divisions carded on each gait. Both pacing divisions resulted in track records, as Doo Wop Hanover ($2.20) powered clear of his six rivals on the backstretch en route to a 1:47.4 score. The 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire drew off by 7-1/2 lengths after sustaining his middle move, keeping clear of Rock Out (Scott Zeron) and Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald), both of whom passed early pacesetter Lyonssomewhere (Andy Miller) after the latter tired from dictating a :53.4 half mile.   Hall-of-Fame driver John Campbell was in the bike for Doo Wop Hanover's mile, which knocked two fifths of a second over the previous all-age pacing record at Tioga. Steve Elliott trains Doo Wop Haover for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks.   Not even 40 minutes later, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.90) broke the track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings, turning aside Three of Clubs (Brian Sears) in a 1:48.1 Graduate win. Tim Tetrick drove the 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, pushing clear with a circuit to go before prevailing in an extended battle through the far turn. Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) stayed on well from the pocket to maintain third after pushing the pace early.   Another Elliott trainee, Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, the A and B Stable, and Joseph Battaglia.   Four-year-old trotters contested their Graduate divisions earlier in the afternoon, with distaffer Shake It Cerry ($2.90) beating the boys in the five-horse first division. After getting away at the back of the pack, the Donato Hanover mare steadily advanced to the front through a :55.2 half mile, opening up at will for a 1:52.4 score over Sumatra (David Miller) and Datsyuk (Charlie Norris). Trainer Jimmy Takter handled the driving duties aboard Shake It Cerry, who is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Likewise, Opulent Yankee ($6.20) drew clear of his rivals at head-stretch in the other Graduate division, edging clear of the late-rallying Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) and Resolve (Ã…ke Svanstedt) in a 1:52.3 triumph. Andy Miller drove the Muscles Yankee gelding for trainer Julie Miller and owners Little E, LLC, Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir, and David Stolz.   Tim Tetrick led all drivers on the card, registering a grand slam on the 13-race program.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (May 29) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. Horsemen are advised that this week's draw schedule provides for Friday's races to be drawn on Tuesday (May 26) morning, while the Sunday (May 31) and Monday (June 1) programs will be drawn on Wednesday (May 27) morning. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

Whata Donato stalked the leader from the pocket, then blazed through the stretch to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trainer/driver Doug Snyder hustled Whata Donato to the lead but willingly accepted the cover of Cowgirl Hall. In the lane, Whata Donato swung wide to overtake the leader and held off the lightning lane charge of Boo's Party Girl to down her by a nose in 1:54.3. Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $252,396. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak - The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2015 -- Livininthefastlane beat the field -- and a raging thunderstorm -- Saturday at The Meadows when she scored in a stake-record 1:53 in a $193,364 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over four divisions, with Wild Honey, Sarcy and Magic Marker taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Wild Honey and Sarcy. Livininthefastlane's victory was hard earned. She was looped from the gate and had to step lively for Andy Miller to make the front in 27.2, then hold off the strong late challenge of Smexi to down her by a neck. Matter Hatter finished third. The time erased the old Stenographer mark of 1:53.4 established by Maven in 2012. "I didn't want to use her quite that much early, but she responded. She's a good filly," Miller said. "She's grown up, and she's a lot easier to handle than she was last year. If she has a little luck, she could have a very big year." Julie Miller trains Livininthefastlane, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Andy Miller said Livininthefastlane likely will take several weeks off before her next engagement. Shortly after Livininthefastlane triumphed, a gully gusher inundated the track, forcing a brief delay in the program and costing Wild Honey any shot at breaking the new stake record. Wild Honey, who won 10 of 12 starts and $439,703 at 2, was sharp nevertheless, quarter-poling to the lead and winning geared down in 1:55.1. Sweet Thing was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Smokinmombo earned show. "She's awesome," Palone said. "I'm just trying to get it done as cheap as I can this early in the season. She finished well within herself -- just a beautiful filly to drive. She's not a real big, stout filly, but she's as quick as a cat and so versatile." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. Sarcy also quarter-poled to the front for Palone and needed all her determination to thwart the first-over bid of Sky Hanover, who fell a head short. Gatka Hanover completed the ticket. A daughter of Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire, Sarcy triumphed in 1:54.4 for owners Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. "I had to use her twice," Palone said, "but I really felt the whole way through the stretch my filly would fight (Sky Hanover) off. I was happy with her. That's a good mile in these conditions." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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