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Beaten 26 lengths in her lone qualifier, TSM Money Dragon didn't generate a lot of wagering attention for her debut Monday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. But she blew up the tote board when she saved ground and scored at 127-1, returning $315.80 for $2 across the board. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Dragon Again-Tsmshowmethemonet for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The big upset helped assure that the Pick 5 would go uncovered. Indeed, Tuesday's Pick 5 at The Meadows features a carryover of $1,908.23. Elsewhere on the card, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace also featured an upset when Hidden Land, the longest shot in the field at 11-1, moved three wide into the final turn and brushed wide through the stretch for Tony Hall to triumph in 1:52.3. Coffee Addict was second, 1/2 length back, with Ubettorbeturlife third. Brad Irvine conditions Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who boosted her career bankroll to $122,707, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Dave Palone and Hall each piloted three winners on the 15-race program. Evan Pattak                              

Last for most of the race, Coffee Addict was widest and fastest in the lane as she scored a narrow victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Coffee Addict still trailed by 4 lengths at the top of the stretch when the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen roared into high gear for Wilbur Yoder, nailing early leader Stucklikeglue by a nose in 1:53. The first-over Jaded Dream was a close-up third. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for James C. Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder and Yoder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Foiled Again, mired in one of his worst seasons when it comes to harness racing victories turned the tables on Saturday night capturing the first of two US$35,000 preliminaries in the Breeders Crown Open pacing division at Woodbine as an 8-1 outsider. The richest Standardbred of all time, Foiled Again entered the contest with nearly $7.2 million banked throughout his storied career but this year had just one victory in 17 starts prior to Saturday night. The lack of wins didn't stop driver Yannick Gingras from giving Foiled Again a good steer as he got away third in the early stages as Melmerby Beach and Paul MacDonell sprinted out through a :26 1/5 quarter to take control. Arthur Blue Chip was a distant second in the opening quarter with Foiled Again third. Gingras waited until the :54 2/5 half had been clocked before setting Foiled Again, an 11-year-old son of Dragon Again to the outside. The gelding knew exactly what to do as he grinded his way up to the leader through a 1:22 1/5 three quarter clocking and then shifted into high gear in the homestretch scoring quite safely in 1:50 flat. The victory was number 85 in the career of Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. JK Endofanera was sent off as the heavy favorite but he trailed from the start and closed briskly for second as the 6-5 choice. Arthur Blue Chip squeezed in late for third with pacesetter Melmerby Beach and McWicked also advancing to the final. "Every win is special with him," said Yannick Gingras the winning driver. "He's the greatest horse I've every driven." The driver suggested that the wins have come with more spacing this year in parts due to Foiled Again's age and an abundance of poor post positions. "When he draws outside you have to use him too much early and he just can't finish after that. Usually I know how good he's going to be when we come through the final turn," said Gingras. "Tonight he latched on to me and I knew they weren't going to beat him."   Foiled Again  

London, October 9, 2015 -- Evenin Of Pleasure, one of the most consistent performers in Ontario over the past two seasons, got his moment in the harness racing spotlight on Friday night at The Raceway when he captured the first ever Oktoberfest Classic Invitational Pace. Leaving from post five in the $50,000 contest, driver Alfie Carroll pointed by the five-year-old son of Dragon Again straight to the front in the seven-horse field and led through a quick opener of :27.3, before stealing an easy second quarter and leading through the half in :56.4. At that point, race favourite Lets Drink On It moved up to press the pacesetter and the top pair sprinted together past three-quarters in 1:24, with Push Back moving up into contention third. In the stretch, Evenin Of Pleasure was able to fend off the challenge from both rivals with a :29.2 final quarter to stop the clock in 1:53.2. Lets Drink On It was able to hold on to second over a closing Push Back who was third. The victory capped off a big week for Carroll who was the leading driver at The Raceway last season. He captured the $100,000 Ellamony Pace last Sunday at Flamboro Downs with Sandbetweenurtoes for trainer Richard Moreau who also conditions Evenin Of Pleasure for owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. Evenin of Pleasure was winning for the fourth time this season and pushed his career bankroll to just over $435,000 with the victory. Racing resumes at The Raceway this Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. first race post time. Greg Blanchard  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- Coffee Addict moved first over to wear down a stubborn Stuck Like Glue and capture Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stuck Like Glue endured a parked-out 26.4 first quarter before reaching the front from post 9. Under Wilbur Yoder's urging, Coffee Addict inched away in mid-stretch and downed her game rival by 1/2 length in 1:51.4. Certified Ideal was a non-threatening third. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $391,678 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Brian Zendt piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll. While he's used to racing for richer purses, trainer Joann Looney-King said the owners of the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding -- the principals of Tri County Stable -- deliberately picked the Keystone Classic for his final Breeders Crown prep. "This was what we did instead of qualifying -- $34,000 is better than nothing," she said. "The owners stuck with their schedule. He's done enough traveling. He's still 3, and we want him to last a while longer." In the Keystone Classic, Wakizashi Hanover controlled the mile for Tim Tetrick and scored in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of My Hero Ron. Allbeef N Nobull earned show. With the victory, Wakizashi Hanover soared over $1.2 million in career earnings. "He looked good -- never popped the plugs," Looney-King said. "He's been putting in steps lately, but today he looked on his game. So we're ready." Yankee Bounty also prevailed on the front end, but he needed a late wake-up call from Yannick Gingras to complete the job. "It wasn't so much that he was tired, but he got a little lonely on the front," Gingras said. "He was by himself a long way and wanted some company." The pocket-sitting Badiou Hanover was second, beaten a head, while Cooperstown rallied for show. The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, is having an unusual year, with $282,140 in earnings but only two victories. Gingras, for one, isn't disappointed. "He's raced good against a good crop of 3-year-olds," Gingras said. "He's been there all along. Not many wins, but the bottom line is the last column. That's what matters."   $89,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Chef Lee and Colbert each captured a division of Tuesday's companion feature, an $89,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Chef Lee inherited the front when the leader, Mesmerized, broke stride near the quarter pole, and he made the most of it, digging in late to score in 1:54.4 -- matching his lifetime best -- for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Norm Parker. Don't Mind Me was second, a head back, with Suit And Tie third. "The lead was where I wanted to be, although Mike always likes to take it easy on the horse," Parker said. "I know he fights hard on the front end." The late Rex Parker, longtime Standardbred owner, bequeathed Chef Lee to his nephew Norm, and the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding has been the gift that keeps on giving, pushing his career bankroll to $192,614 . Parker said his final start this year will be in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Colbert had little trouble disposing of his competition, grabbing the lead early for Tetrick and rolling to victory in 1:54.4, fastest of his career. The first-over New Castle was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Boots N Chains completed the ticket. "I drove him for the first time his last race, and he got locked in and pretty grabby," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I could race him again and draw a spot where I could cut it. I thought he'd go a pretty big mile, and he did." Ake Svanstedt conditions Colbert, a son of Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting. In the $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Barn Girl -- recently acquired privately for Burke by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- returned instant dividends when she shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 3 lengths in 1:54.1, with Whata Donato third. The 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $199,716 in career earnings. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Wilder enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2015 -- Dismissed at 37-1, Toddler Tantrum blew up the tote board Friday at The Meadows when he roared by the favorite in the lane to capture a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows. The $108,000 stake for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Fernando Hanover and Allie's Cruiser taking the other splits. Toddler Tantrum saved ground for most of the mile and trailed the 1-5 favorite, Ideal Jimmy, by 4 lengths turning for home. But the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think brushed wide through the lane for Eric Goodell and scored in 1:53.2. Bank Shot Hanover rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Ideal Jimmy, weary from an extended first-over move, saved show. "I really thought he had a chance," said Tim Twaddle, who trains Toddler Tantrum for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "This was the toughest division on paper, and I thought he'd need some luck to win. But he was outstanding. He'll go to the Simpson at Vernon Downs, and that will be it for him this year." Sent off at 8-1, Fernando Hanover got the jump on favorite Sam McSmith when he pulled the pocket down the backside for Mike Wilder and defeated his rival by 6-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:52, fastest of the stake. Early leader Blake North finished third. "He felt very nice in the two hole; I was hoping he wasn't playing possum with me," Wilder said. "With the conditions today, windy and cool, I thought that was a heckuva mile." Ron Burke conditions the Dragon Again-Fashion Ecstasy gelding, who collected his first stake victory, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and JJK Stables. Burke notched another Keystone Classic victory when the pocket-sitting Allie's Cruiser kicked by the favorite, McDave, in the stretch to down him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54. Safensound Hanover earned show. "He's a little more aggressive than he was early in the season, but I've loved this colt," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I think he'll make a top 3-year-old. He has a great attitude, and he's great gaited." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Larry Karr campaign the son of Yankee Cruiser-Santastic's Filly. $122,800 Keystone Classic, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Southern Cross, Major Matter, Iron Mine Bucky and Treasure Keys K each took a division of Friday's co-feature, a $122,800 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Southern Cross hadn't been on the lead at any point in his three-race career, but he blasted to the top for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden handily in a stake-fastest 1:56.4. Nathaniel was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Mr Right third. "They told me he might be a little grabby in the post parade; he was pretty grabby all the way around," Merriman said. "But his gait is flawless. He dragged me right out of there, and I let him do his thing." Ake Svanstedt trains Southern Cross, a Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven gelding, for Vanersol Inc. Iron Mine Bucky converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:57.1 for George Dennis, and he also may have punched his ticket to a pair of rich late-season stakes. "He's come a long way," said Greg Haverstick, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream for Iron Mine Branch. "He's getting better, faster, stronger. He has the Breeders Crown and the Matron, and if George says he's good enough to go, we'll go." Cufflink Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Can We Have Fun completed the ticket. When Alexander Hanover drifted off the pylons down the backstretch, Major Matter shot through the opening -- a bold yet risky move that paid off when Major Matter defeated Alexander Hanover by a length in 1:57.2. Roccos Tacos was third. "If a man moves over, I'll certainly try to take advantage of it," said winning trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who bred and owns the Explosive Matter Tahiti Springs gelding with Regina Beinhauer. "You could have got two horses up inside. I'll take my chances when I get them." Goodell and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows feature a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $91,800 trot and a $69,000 pace. The card also offers a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

With Wiggle It Jiggleit idle following his sensational two-heats triumph Thursday's (Sept. 24) winning the prestigious Little Brown Jug at the harness racing meeting in Delaware, Ohio, Wakizashi Hanover journeyed to Hoosier Park on Saturday (Sept. 26) to take on the highly acclaimed Indiana local hero Freaky Feet Pete in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy pace. It was not only a contest between two of the top three rated pacers in North American but also a race between the Tetrick brothers Tim versus Trace. Both siblings are listed among the top 10 race-winning drivers this season. Wakizashi Hanover is one of two horses to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit while the brilliantly fast Freaky Feet Pete finished second earlier in the year to Wiggle It Jiggleit. On this occasion, Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, overtook front-pacing Freaky Feet Pete and younger brother Trace Tetrick, deep in the stretch by a quarter-of-a-length in 1:48.4. "He's a wonderful horse," said trainer Joanne Looney-King, of the Jim King Stable of Harrington, Del. "He just is the horse of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about [Wakizashi Hanover] on the racetrack or in the barn." A three-year-old altered son of son of Dragon Again and Western Gesture Wakizashi Hanover has reached millionaire status, now one of three $1-million winners. During his sophomore campaign he has won the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell series, finished second in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, and third in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial as well as a third in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final. Wakizashi Hanover, owned by Tri County Stable, has now won nine races with three seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this season. Lifetime in 21 races, he has 11 wins, six seconds and two thirds in his career and won more than $1.1 million in purses. On the same program at Hoosier Park, the great trotting mare Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, showed her prowess scoring a 1:53 victory in the Centaur Trotting Classic. The now five-year-old scored an easy victory coming from fifth on the final turn to overtake and overpower her rivals winning comfortably by 1-1/2 lengths. Finishing second was Wind Of The North, trained and co-owned by Daryl Bier of Smyrna, Del. Bee A Magician who has won 41 of 61 career races has a huge race coming up Oct. 10 afternoon, the Yonkers International Trot. Marv Bachrad

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2015 - Although all harness racing fans, participants and bettors were still assessing the impact of Wiggle It Jiggleit's sensational triumph in Thursday's (Sept. 24) rendition of the Little Brown Jug, the anticipation for Wakizashi Hanover's trip to Hoosier Park on Saturday (Sept. 26) to take on local hero Freaky Feet Pete in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy was at fever pitch. It was a contest of brother versus brother, one of two horses to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and the measuring stick for just how talented 'Pete' truly is. Unfortunately, despite being valiant in defeat, Pete hit the wire second while Wakizashi Hanover took home the trophy, purse and blanket by a quarter of a length in 1:48.4. "If I would have had the nine hole and Trace and his horse would have six the hole, the result could very well have been much different," said winning driver, Tim Tetrick, in the winners' circle. "Pete is a very talented horse and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I also know my brother's driving capabilities. I know if I had the nine I would have to gun right out there just like he did. You aren't left with any other option. This horse, though, has little bit of everything. He has enough gate speed to leave to put himself in a good position and then has high speed when called upon to supply it. He paced the fastest last quarter of the night to win this. I'm very happy with his effort." There was certainly no drama, as the showdown in the 12th race commenced right when the field took their noses off the gate. Trace Tetrick drove right to the lead and dared Wakizashi Hanover and his sibling to go with them. Freaky Feet Pete traveled his first panel in 26.2 with is rival sitting in the garden spot directly behind him. After a half in 54.2 and three quarters in 1:22, Freaky Feet Pete was pulling away from Wakizashi Hanover at the top of the lane, but his competitor had plenty more to give. The North American Cup victor wore down the leader late in the homestretch for a score in his first appearance over the Anderson oval. "He's a wonderful horse," said conditioner Joanne Looney-King, of the son of Dragon Again and Western Gesture. "He just is the horse of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about him on the racetrack or in the barn." His share of the purse money boosted Wakizashi Hanover to millionaire status during a sophomore campaign that included wins in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell, a second in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, a third in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and another third in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final. Wakizashi Hanover, who is owned by Tri County Stable, paid $3.80 for those who backed him, while Freaky Feet Pete offered $2.10 and third place finisher Vague Traces paid $5.60. The winner's record now stands at 15-9-3-2 for the season and 21-11-6-2 for his career. He has banked more than $1.1 million. The competition between Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete was merely one component of an outstanding 14 race card with plenty of Grand Circuit action, such as Hoosier Park's most lucrative event for the diagonally gaited in the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes, and the $150,250 Elevation Pace. It was a short field comprised of only five 2-year-old trotting fillies, but Sunset Glider swiftly disposed of her rivals in the first division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes (race 2). In rein to Yannick Gingras, the daughter of Cantab Hall and the Yankee Glide mare Highland Glider, who is conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Liebfied, hit the finish line a head in front for her second win in five career parimutual trips. Her record now stands at 6-2-2-2 and the win lifted her earnings to more than $100,000 while tripping the timer in 1:56.1. She paid $7.20 to win with Woman's Will ($2.10) and Wildflower ($3.20) rounded out the trifecta. Topville Cadillac illustrated she is a force to be reckoned with beyond the Indiana Sire Stakes program, as Hoosier State's champion daughter of Rockin Image and the Electric Yankee mare Topville Cyberwave, went to the front and held off all challenges to lower her own track record and lifetime mark to 1:52 in her $125,900 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes. Piloted by Tyler Smith for her co-owner and trainer Alvin Miller, the most expensive yearling purchase ($95,000) at last year's Hoosier Classic Sale is a half-sister to fellow Indiana champs Radar Contact, Always About Katey and Sapphire Martini. Also owned by Ted Comerford and Twila Hart, Smith placed this 2-year-old pacing filly right on the lead in the evening's 7th race where she led the field through fractions of 27.3, 55.4, 1:24.3 prior to entering the winners' circle. Although she was finishing swiftly at the end, Darlinonthebeach could not reel in Topville Cadillac who paid $5.60 to win and had to settle for second place. She paid $3.20 and third place finisher Lyons River Pride provided $2.10 to bettors. "I hope I didn't sound silly when I said earlier she was still green and there is still so much more for her to give," Smith said. "She really is still learning though and it seems like there is no bottom to her. I did drive her one sister, Always About Katey and you would have to push on her to do her work, but mentally she was sharper. This filly is very professional, she just needs to learn more. I think she is a very exciting horse and I'm thrilled to be driving her." Next up was Call Me Queen Be in her $127,150 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl was sent off the post time favorite at 9-2 in the ninth race. Steered by Scott Zeron and trained by Ross Crogan, the filly, who is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham, was content to allow the other members of the field to do the heavy lifting as Can't Touch This led the way with fractions of 27.1, 56.4 and 1:26.3 before Call Me Queen Be exploded in mid-stretch along the pylons to win by a length in 1:54.4. She paid $3.00 for the victory, while Yankee Moonshine provided $3.00 for her second place finish and JK Fannie yielded $4.40 for her third. "Not many 2-year-olds would come up on the inside the way she did when they only have a few races under their belt," Zeron said. "She is just absolutely push button to drive though and two fingers. She does get worked up for the races, as she just about flipped over the in paddock before coming out on the track and she won't stand in the winners' circle, but she has a lot of ability. I think she will only improve with time." He was sent off the 3-1 selection in the $150,150 Elevation (Race 11), and American Passport illustrated why he finished second in his Metro Pace elimination earlier this season. The Tony Alagna pupil, who was driven by Scott Zeron, races as a homebred for Brittany Farms and is also owned by Alagna as well as Riverview Racing. It was 81-1 outsider Allie's Cruiser who established all the early splits of 27.2, 56.2 and 1:52.2. Just when it appeared to be bombs away, the faltering leader was overwhelmed by first Manhattan Beach, then Mindtrip and ultimately American Passport. The son of American Ideal and the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show, tripped the timer in 1:52.2 for his maiden breaking victory. His resume now stands at 7-1-3-0 and he has collected $107,546. The colt was headed to Lexington after cooling out from tonight's performance and paid $8.00 to win. He was followed home by Mindtrip ($9.40) and Big Top Hanover ($6.00). "We always knew this colt had a tremendous amount of ability," Alagna said. "He trained down excellent and we were not surprised he was second in the Metro elim. Then he drew the 10 hole for the final and he has experienced some other things that are part of bad racing luck. But he also wanted to always go fast and kind of do what he wanted to do out there. He has really started to understand what is job is and you can rate him now so he can carry that speed. We are very excited about this win and look forward to racing him in Lexington. We are not sure whether he will race once or twice, that depends on how he does, but then it's the Breeders Crown after Kentucky." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 29 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit By Kimberly French

DAYTON, OH. - Drivers Josh Sutton and Randy Tharps each got "one for the thumb" late on the Saturday night (September 26) harness racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, scoring five victories apiece. Based on Sutton's pari-mutuel payoffs, the defending driving champion's hot evening wasn't all that unexpected. Patrons who bet $2 on each of Sutton's five winners profited by $15; while Tharps' $2 backers reaped a $66 profit for their $10 in $2 win wagers. Sutton started his evening off with a bang, winning the first race with Killean Cut Kid (1:51.4, $4.80). He followed that up with victories in the third behind Hobbys Hobbit (1:54, $4.40), fifth with Avalance Hanover (1:51.1, $6.80), eighth with Fudge (1:52.3) and eleventh with Dress The Part (1:51.3, $4.20). Tharps' big night didn't warm up until the fourth when R O I (1:52, $24.00) got his first win. Friskies Cheapsuit (1:53, $12.40) captured the sixth, Kaffir Kemp (1:56, $19.40) trotted home a winner for Tharps in the ninth, Harnessnitencanada (1:53.3, $7.60 copped the tenth, and Rocknroll Special (1:53.4, $12.60) capped Tharps' big night in the thirteenth. Randy Tharps is the winningest African-American harness driver in history with 4,942 triumphs good for over $22 million in purse earnings. Neither Sutton or Tharps sped the fastest mile of the night, however. That honor belonged to driver Chris Page who captured the $12,000 Open Pace in 1:50.4 with Dedi's Dragon. It was the second straight open class victory for the five-year-old son of Dragon Again, who is owned by J. E. McGill, B. K. Carsey and J. L. Benson and trained by Walter Haynes Jr. Hollywood Dayton Raceway reminds trainers of nominees to the $135,000 Dayton Pacing Derby and the $135,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, to be raced this coming Friday night, October 2, that the entry box closes at 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon for Friday, including these two lucrative Grand Circuit Stakes. Gregg Keidel

HARRINGTON, Del. - Some of harness racing's top older pacers will descend on the hub of Delaware Monday September 21 for the 9th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational at Harrington Raceway. Carded as the 8th race on a 13 race program, eight pacers with combined lifetime earnings of nearly $13 million will duke it out in a showdown of some of the sport's elite older pacing ranks, including three-time Quillen champion (2010, 2011, 2014) and the richest horse of all-time in harness racing, Foiled Again (2/1, Yannick Gingras). The 11-year-old Dragon Again gelding is coming off a difficult trip in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Three local interests are in the field, including Bandolito (5/1, Daryl Bier) who is one of just two horses in the field with a recent win over the track. Milford, Delaware based trainer Josh Green will send out $1.3 million winner Dancin Yankee and Harrington-based Just a Jolt Is a two-time defending Governors Cup champion over the Harrington oval for trainer Jim King Jr. A fresh threat from north of the border, Canada-based Shamballa (5/2, Rick Zeron) enters in terrific form and fresh off a second place finish in the $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby Final. The Quillen will be the payoff leg of a $7,500 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool (Races 5 - 8), featured in conjunction with the USTA's strategic wagering program. The race is named in honor of the late Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who devoted his life to public service and always looked out for the best interests of horsemen. Quillen was also a board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair and was a regular at the races. Post time for the Monday program is 5:30 p.m. The field for the Quillen is listed below: $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway - Race 8 1 - Foiled Again (2-1, Yannick Gingras) Owners: Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables Trainer: Ron Burke 2 - Shamballa (5/2, Rick Zeron) Owners: Tao Racing and Rick Zeron Stables Trainer: Rick Zeron 3 - Mach It So (5/1, Tim Tetrick) Owners: Bamond Racing LLC, Trainer: Jeff Bamond Jr. 4 - Bandolito (5/1, Daryl Bier) Owner: Daryl Bier, Trainer: Daryl Bier 5 - Dancin Yankee (25/1, Ross Wolfenden) Owner: Baron Racing, Richard Lombardo Trainer: Josh Green 6 - Great Vintage (7/1, Bret Miller) Owners: C Takter, D Fielding, N Anderberg, G Falk Trainer: Jimmy Takter 7 - Doctor Butch (15/1, David Miller) Owner: Ken Jacobs Trainer: Linda Toscano 8 - Just A Jolt (25/1, Victor Kirby) Owner: Janet Hudson Trainer Jim King Jr. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

It was quite a day at the harness racing meeting at  Harrah's Philadelphia on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). There were 3 divisions of The Liberty Bell Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, as well as a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace which featured two pacers at the doorstep of one million dollars in career earnings. Division 1 of the Liberty Bell went to upsetter Trading Up (Scott Zeron). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was 3 wide much of the first quarter before finally clearing the lead just before the half. He was able to hold off the heavy favorite My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Blood Brother finished third. It was the 5th career win for Trading Up ($15.00), who is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. He is trained by Tony Alagna. Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was a dominant winner in the second division. The son of Dragon Again battled a game Badiou Hanover (Scott Zeron) the entire mile to secure the win in a time of 1:51.3, while in hand at the finish. It was the eleventh career win for the Joann Looney-King trainee, and his third straight. Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) was third. It was a lifetime's best performance for Allbeef N Nobull (Matt Kakaley) in division 3 of the Liberty Bell. The son of McArdle sat pocket behind the speed of Rise Up Now (Tim Tetrick), before roaring up the passing lane to win in 1:50.2. Paparazzi Hanover (Dave Miller) rallied for second, while McArdles Lightning (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the 8th career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Emond, Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi. He paid $4.40. Ken Jacob's Doctor Butch is harness racing newest millionaire. The 5-year-old son of Art Major was victorious in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace, which pushed his lifetime earnings over the one million mark in his 94th career start. He now has 26 career wins, 9 on the season. The 8-year-old Nova Artist, who was also in the race (finished 7th) is also nearing the plateau. He has career earning of $961,267. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano. Michael Bozich

Taking advantage of a pocket trip, Icommandmyspirit ($5.50) kicked on in the final yards to defeat 6-5 pacesetting favourite Arodasi in Friday (September 4) evening's $14,000 Mares Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   The 5-year-old Dragon Again mare outsprinted K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) en route to the first turn, working clear through a :26.3 initial quarter before yielding to Arodasi (Mike Simons), who brushed aggressively from fourth with a circuit to go.   Icommandmyspirit drafted along through a :55.3 middle half before John Cummings, Jr. turned up the pressure on Arodasi off the far turn.   The two dueled in upper stretch, with Icommandmyspirit ultimately prevailing in 1:50.1 by half a length.   Southwind Trini held third off her tracking bid, while Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) failed to pose any threat throughout. K J's Caroline faded to finish last of the quintet.   Ross Croghan trains Icommandmyspirit for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello.   Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with four wins on the 11-race program.   He reeled off a natural hat trick to kick off the evening, winning aboard Hercu Lindy ($6.70, 1:57), Twin B Alibi ($7.40, 1:56.3), and Frenchmen ($2.80, 1:56.4) before teaming up with Somedreamsomewhere ($6.20, 1:55) in the evening's ninth race.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Woodstock, Virginia— Both harness racing drivers Scott Woogen and Betsy Brown tried to cut into driver Billy Carter’s lead on Thursday at the Shenandoah County Fair. In the 1st of eight races, Lotto Jet broke her maiden after going right to the lead early on.  While leading Que Sera Sera up the back stretch, the three trailers broke behind them.  Via Veneto made up 9 lengths at the ¾ pool was guided to the outside by Scott Woogen and he made one last lunge, but just could not get up in time just missing at the wire.  Lotto Ticket, a daughter of Muscle Mass is trained by Betsy Brown and driven by Alvin Lineweaver. After the opener the skies opened up and conditions outside made it not possible to race for about a ½ hour.  Once the rain let up the track crew worked on the track and racing resumed. Sandhurst had a very good day, but by no means was it easy for him.  When the gates opened in the 1st heat Sandhurt sat back off the pace and that allowed Early Storm and I’m A Royal Wigam to go to the lead.  When the field moved to the backstretch for the final time Sandhurst circled up and around I’m A Royal Wigwam and the only horse left to take over was Early Storm.  Turning for home William Carter guided the gelding by Dragon Again to the lead and never looked back.  Sandhurst is owned by Leon Harris and trained by Leon Harris. The fastest trotting event on the day was in the 3rd race when Sun Chimes (Betsy Brown) scored in the Open Trot.  The gelding by Great George Two went to the lead early and opened up on the field, but going up the backstretch the first time Stylish Image applied a lot of pressure.  Stylish Image pressured him until they reach the far turn when Pixel Queen tipped out three wide.  Pixel Queen was able to circle around Stylish Image, but just could not get by Sun Chimes who won both of the trotting heats on the day. Live racing returns to the Shenandoah County Fair on Friday where there are six races and on Saturday there are ten races. By Michael Carter, for the Shenandoah County Fair

The richest harness racing Sire Stakes Championship series begins Saturday night.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for three-year-olds.   Each of the four divisions will also have a $60,000 Consolation race; the total program on Saturday at Pocono will distribute purses of $1,770,000.   COLT PACERS $350,000 Championship - race 12 $60,000 Consolation - race 5   Championship record: 1:48.4, McWicked, 2014 (fastest Championship in PA history)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Yankee Bounty   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Lost For Words   Most of the attention in the "glamour division" will be focused on Wakizashi Hanover, already a winner of over $840,000 this year, including the North America Cup Final, and regarded as second-best on the North American scene to the amazing Wiggle It Jiggleit.   Wakizashi has driven post five for the Championship, and as usual trainer Joann Looney-King has tapped Tim Tetrick to drive the altered son of Dragon Again for the Tri County Stable of Nova Scotia.   The sophomore has experience over the track, winning a Hempt elimination and then finished fourth from a difficult draw, and following that outing up with a second to "Wiggle" in the Battle of the Brandywine.   It's unusual to see a defending champion and a leading prelim pointswinner regarded as "outsiders" in the field, but Yankee Bounty and Lost For Words, respectively, are not only figurative outsiders, but the literal outsiders as well in the field of eight.   Yankee Bounty, starting from post seven for all-time Sire Stakes driving champion Dave Palone,does come off a 1:49.3 win in a Sire Stakes prelim, while Lost For Words (post eight, David Miller) was the only three-time winner in the Sires prelims.   COLT TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 11 $60,000 Consolation - race 4   Championship record: 1:52.4, Father Patrick, 2014   Defending champion from 2YO year: Billy Flynn (the only 3YO who did not qualify for these finals)   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Wicker Hanover   Wicker Hanover and Uncle Lasse were both three-time Sires prelim winners.   Wicker Hanover, an Explosive Matter colt who has done well on or off the pace, will start from post six for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ross Croghan, and the Christer Haggstorm Racing Stable Inc., while the Donato Hanover colt Uncle Lasse, third in both the Hambletonian Final and the Colonial, drew post two for driver David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter, and owners Solveig's Racing Partners and Goran Falk.   A horse conspicuous by his absence is Pinkman, #2 in the prelim pointstandings while achieving three victories, but when he won the Hambletonian trainer Takter chose the Triple Crown road for him, and he goes Saturday night at Yonkers in the Yonkers Trot, the second Crown leg.   But even with two recent losses to Crazy Wow, in the Colonial and Yonkers Trot elim, Pinkman likely would have been a big favorite here, and using the "glass is half full" theory, the race is much more competitive this way.   FILLY PACERS   $350,000 Championship - race 10 $60,000 Consolation - race 3   Championship record: 1:49, Economy Terror   Defending champion from 2YO year: Southwind Roulette   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Somewhere Sweet   Perhaps the best testimony to the contentiousness of this division all year, and in theory here Saturday, is the fact that prelim pointleader Somewhere Sweet won only once in the prelims.   But the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, trained by Brian Brown for Miller's Stable, has been a very consistent miss, winning half her ten seasonal starts and never finishing worse than fourth, and she draws the favorable post two for driver David Miller.   There were two two-time prelim winners in this division, but for Saturday they had the misfortune of drawing the two outside spots on the gate: Serious Filly (PP7, also trained by Brown, Tim Tetrick listed) and Safe From Terror (PP8, trainer Ron Burke, also listing Tetrick on the early sheet).   FILLY TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 9 $60,000 Consolation - race 14   Championship record: 1:51.3, Check Me Out, 2012 (fastest trot Champion ever)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Wild Honey   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Sarcy (not entered), Smokinmombo #2   Last year's divisional champion Wild Honey has come back sharply in 2015, with a win in the Hambletonian Oaks Final and two Sire Stakes wins.   The Cantab Hall filly is likely to be held as the horse to beat despite drawing post eight for driver Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter, and the ownership combine of Takter, Fielding, Liverman, and Fielding.   Jimmy Takter is also the trainer of Sarcy, who was #1 in the prelim points, but that filly has not raced since finishing fifth in the Oaks Final on August 8 and has not won since June 25, so she is not entered in the Championship.   But Wild Honey is certainly a fine "backup plan."   FINISHING LINES   Dave Palone has 38 career wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, and the driver in second needs a telescope to see him even though winning five Championships last year - Yannick Gingras, with a total of 12.   We know Yannick will not duplicate that output in 2015, as he will be driving Pinkman at Yonkers on Saturday.   Palone, however, has a call in three of the four Championships, and there are two to-be-resolved double calls in the race he currently is not listed on.   The PA Sire Stakes Championship series for two-year-olds will be held on Friday, September 11, at The Meadows, with the same $350,000/$60,000 purse structure. In between, Harrah's Philadelphia will host the eight $40,000 Championships of the PA Stallion Series - the three-year-olds on a special card this Monday, Labor Day, and the two-year-olds the following Thursday.   Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - Imagine Dragon and Momas Got A Gun both punched their tickets to the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on September 5 with strong victories in $191,609 fourth and final round preliminary action Saturday at The Downs.   Imagine Dragon lowered her mark a tick to 1:51.1 for trainer Frank Antonacci and Lindy Farms of Connecticut in taking the first division. Driver Scott Zeron had three pieces of luck with the daughter of Dragon Again, and the first two did not augur well: he had to tuck third early, and he had to rethink a quarter-move when pacesetter Better Said showed no sign of wanting to give up the lead. But his third piece of luck was good - for victory: pocketsitting Triple V Hanover moved outside for the drive, and Zeron was able to guide Imagine Dragon to the famed Pocono Pike, winning easily late with a strong finishing kick. 31-1 Doll Fins, the longest shot on the board, shot through deep in the Pike for second, 1½ lengths behind the winner and a neck ahead of favored Better Said. Safe From Terror, one of two horses with two prelim wins coming to tonight (the other, Serious Filly, was absent here), was photoed out of third, and Triple V Hanover completed the checkgetters.   Momas Got A Gun had not raced at the mountain oval since July 4, where she had a stretch lead and missed just a neck in the $300,000 Lynch Final. Saturday the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was on the right side of a neck decision, as she made two moves to control the pace, coming her last half in 54.2 to stop the timer in 1:50.1, a national season's mark and a personal best. Somewhere Sweet came at the winner late directly to her left, but Jim Morrill Jr. kept his filly going to win by a neck for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and Albertan owner Geoffrey Martin. Slight betting favorite Doctor Terror, first-over here, was 1¼ lengths further back in third; Well Hello There and Southwind Roulette, the defending divisional Champion, getting the last two paydays.   The official pointstandings are tabulated by the PA Harness Racing Commission, with money earned in the prelims used as a tiebreaker if the need arises, but an initial tabulation after tonight's two races showed the following: the eight spots available for the Championship were earned by Safe From Terror (88 points on a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 basis), Imagine Dragon and Somewhere Sweet (tied at 85), Serious Filly (78), Momas Got A Gun and Storm Point (tied at 73), Arts Jem (60), and Southwind Roulette (58); spots in a 9-horse $60,000 Consolation were earned by Doctor Terror (56), Better Said (48), Triple V Hanover (47), Doll Fins (42), Deli Beach (32), Seeking Nirvana (27), Ginger Tree Alexis and Macarena Mama (tied at 25), and Well Hello There (24).   (Again, these are unofficial numbers; also, the race of participation depends on who drops in: if one declares in for Saturday, one declares for both races as eligible - you can't refuse the Championship for the Consolation, and those with fewer points, if declared, may make the Consolation if horses listed above don't drop in.   In the $30,000 Open pace, the Always A Virgin 4YO gelding Always At My Place came with a 1/5 of a second of the divisional world record when he won in 1:48.1, just off Mach It So's world and track record, stamping himself as a force to be reckoned with on a national level. Winning for the fifth time in succession, Always At My Place did it despite taking the first-over route, pacing his back half in an incredible 53.1 to tally for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the owning partnership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura while taking a new mark and equaling Rockeyed Optimist's season's record.   FINISHING LINES - A reminder for those planning to attend or watch the $2M+ Super Stakes Saturday card next week are reminded that the first race is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., as there is a giant fireworks show planned for after the races.   PHHA / Pocono

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