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WILKES-BARRE, PA -Crossfit minded his manners, controlled the front end from an improved post, and easily won the $12,800 claiming handicap trotting harnes racing feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Tyler Buter hustled the Donato Hanover gelding to the lead in front of the stands, rated the half, then got a 56.4 back half out of him to finish out the mile in 1:54.4, with pocketsitting Mr Houdini a non-threatening 1¾ lengths back at the wire. Crossfit can be a chancy proposition - he had run in two of his last three starts, but he won the two before that - and was on top behavior today for trainer Susan Marshall, also co-owner with John Marshall.   Trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt made a cameo appearance at Pocono to drive the sophomore Swiss House Onfire in a $10,400 contest, and horse and driver made short work of their task by stepping home in 1:54.1, last half :56.3. The altered son of Muscle Hill - Brooklyn, a $335,000 yearling with a loaded pedigree who has limited success to date, may be finding his best form right now as he took a new mark here for S R F Stable. Another interestingly-bred horse winning impressively was the Trixton four-year-old Celebrity Rolex, unraced at two and three and now a winner of four out of six starts after a 1:56.2 - :28.1 tally. The $180,000 yearling, whose sire and dam Angelette Hanover can be traced in the near past to "super dam" Amour Angus, was driven by Fern Paquet Jr. for trainer Jennifer Sansone and Celebrity Farms, who purchased the fast trotter just prior to the start of his racing career. George Napolitano Jr., Pocono's perennial leading driver, got hot near the end of the card and ended his Tuesday at the mountain oval with five victories. FINISHING LINES - 100 miles south at Harrah's Philadelphia, Caviart Ally, getting ready for her Breeders Crown eliminations this Saturday at Hoosier, won a Tuesday morning qualifier in 1:50.4 by 25¼ lengths for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. In the Crown elim, Caviart Ally drew post four, while divisional queenpins Shartin N and Kissin In The Sand drew the outside posts eight and nine, respectively. From the PHHA / The Downs

HARRINGTON, DE - George and Tina Dennis Racing's Faithfulandtrue ($2.40, Mike Cole) was a 1:55.4 harness racing winner in the Wednesday $13,500 conditioned trot feature at Harrington Raceway.. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover gelding recorded his second straight win after reeling in leader Need Luck N in the stretch for his 15th career win. The Joe Columbo-trainee set a track record last week for 4-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:54.4 win.   Driver Montrell Teague had 3 wins on the card. Allan Davis and Art Stafford Jr. had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule through October 21. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Donato Hanover gelding Crossfit made it two straight and four of his last seven when he won the $12,800 harness racing trotting feature Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while equaling his mark of 1:54.2. Andy Miller sent the favored winner first-over and had a battle-royal with pacesetting Striking Encore from the backstretch onward, with Crossfit finally separating himself from his hard-trying rival by 3½ lengths at the finish. Trainer Susan Marshall co-owns the winner of $129,160 with John Marshall.   The Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Tito Rocks won a "nw2" pace in a clocking faster than usual for the class - 1:50, by far a lifetime best, and a good tightening mile that he'll need on Sunday, when he has post five at Philly in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for his division. Here George Napolitano Jr. put the talented three-year-old on the lead and let him ramble in :26.4, :55.1, and 1:22.1 in the big victory for trainer Robert Cleary and Royal Wire Products Inc. Also impressive was the Muscle Hill - Possessed By Lindy freshman trotting colt Lindysmusclemania, who ran his lifetime tab to 2-for-2 despite the outside post eight and covering the mile in 1:55, a personal best. The strong colt, trained and driven by Ã…ke Svanstedt for Stall Droad AB, may be one to keep an eye on for further development. The ream of the Pennsylvania-sired two-year-olds will be on full display at The Downs this Saturday afternoon for their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Card. Among the Championships, the consolations, and the overnight races, $1,286,000 in total purses will be offered at Pocono Saturday. A more detailed preview of the Championship card is upcoming.  From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON -  August 29, 2020 - Hey Livvy took command going to the half and stormed home to capture the $220,000 Armbro Flight on Saturday night's North America Cup undercard at Mohawk Park. The five-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover capitalized on an early break by the favoured Atlanta and a mild tempo set by second-choice Plunge Blue Chip, who was backing off the pace after a :27.3 opening panel. Hey Livvy blazed to the top near the half in :55.2, and then took her own breather to the tune of 1:23.3 to the three-quarters. The mare then opened up at the behest of driver Trevor Henry, turned away late attacks from Felicityshagwell S, who finished second, and Plunge Blue Chip, who finished third, and brought home victory by two lengths in 1:51.2. A late-rushing Superlative picked up the fourth-place cheque. To see race replay click here. "I had no idea that [Atlanta] had run," Henry said. "It might've changed things, but I didn't know she'd run." Jeff Gillis trained Hey Livvy to her sixth victory of the year and 18th lifetime. With her first stakes score, the Pennsylvania-sired, Kentucky-bred mare will add $110,000 to her previous total of $246,343 for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ellen Ott, and Trevor Henry. Henry commented on his delight in owning the mare after the race. "I got part of this horse given to me because I got along with her; she was so hard at the start - and she still is hard to drive," Henry said, laughing. "But she still is a fast mare and you appreciate it when she wins." Hey Livvy paid 12.70 to win. By Nicholas Barnsdale, for Woodbine Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2020 -- It took Whats The Word more than a quarter to reach the front post 8, but he was unassailable once there, drawing off to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Once Whats The Word crossed over, he discouraged the formation of an effective outside flow and scored handily in 1:53.3. Just Maybe The One rallied for second, beaten 3-3/4 lengths, while Rainbowinthewest earned show.   Scott Betts trains the winner, a 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your Word Is Good who pushed his career bankroll to $365,005, for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Stephen Moss and Keith Pippi. Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Tony Hall three n the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers --a $188,756 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as an $18,225.31 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

CHESTER, PA - The Donato Hanover gelding Crossfit, parked to the 3/8 to gain command in the $13,600 harness racing featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, proved tough in the stretch while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:54.2, with the 19-1 shot turning back the late-closing 1-9 shot Winnerup by 1 ¼ lengths. Corey Callahan was in the sulky behind the winner of $122,760, who is trained by Philly's leading conditioner, Ron Burke, for owner Joe Sbrocco. Burke also trains the fastest diagonally-gaited winner of the Thursday session, the Muscle Hill gelding Goes Down Smooth, who left the field well behind in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2, just two ticks behind Scirocco Rob's divisional track standard. The winner of $259,127 was two lengths ahead at the :28.1 quarter, seven lengths up at the :56 half, ten lengths clear at the 1:23.3 three-quarters, and had 1¾ lengths over his nearest rival at the finish for driver David Miller and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala, and James Martin. While feature favorite Winnerup could not overcome the pronounced Philly track bias against closers, the Holiday Road gelding Henderson Seelster was able to come from second-over in taking the $11,600 co-feature in 1:53.3. Tim Tetrick had the favored earner of $223,384 behind first-over Bluebird Jesse, then in the stretch the pair was able to outfoot that determined foe by a neck for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia            

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

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