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CHESTER PA - The Explosive Matter gelding Major Impact certainly did have a major impact on the racing Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, closing strongly to rally by favored Clive Bigsby in the $17,000 featured trot and returning $106.80 to win. Driver Marcus Miller had Major Impact on the back of the favorite and advanced behind his cover, then swung wide behind him as he made a three-move move to the lead at headstretch. Major Impact proved the quickest late to win by a neck over Clive Bigsby in 1:56, tallying for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and Christine Baggitt. Both trainer and driver went to the local lead in the longshot standings with the triple-digit victory. Driver Marcus Miller tied Eric Carlson and Brett Miller with two $100+ horses at the meet - and Marcus has had only two $50+ horses in all, whereas the other pair is tied in that category with seven - while Baggitt became the first trainer to have two $100+ horses at the meet, and only the second conditioner to have more than one $50+ winner, after leader Mike Dowdall's four. Marcus Miller also led an unusual beginning to the Philly Thursday card, winning the first race and leading a Millerfecta, as Andy, Brett, and David Miller won the next three races in succession. In the $14,500 co-featured trot, Magic Night and driver Yannick Gingras rallied up the inside and bettered Yuge by a neck in 1:55.4. The victorious Kadabra gelding had gapped in the pocket behind favored pacesetter Crazshana much of the last half, but found better strides in the lane and beat out the closing Yuge, with Crazshana third. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC co-own the winner with J&T Silva Stables; driver Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for their third success of the afternoon, which included the second straight win of the impressive A Rocknroll Dance sophomore pacing filly Reclamation, now two-for-two since "shipping " in from Ireland via Wales. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Media Buzz proved that he's not fake news when he stalked Classic Banker from the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A closing second last week, Media Buzz generated luke-warm support stepping up to the Preferred Handicap. However, when Dan Rawlings gave him the perfect pocket trip, Media Buzz responded by downing the 1-1 Classic Banker by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Steve Bush trains Media Buzz, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding who extended his career bankroll to $170,160, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. Dave Palone collected four wins -- including three for trainer Trent Stohler -- on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2018 -- Trailing by 4-1/2 lengths and wide at the half, Outburst exploded through the final turn and captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $14,000 Conditioned Trot. Outburst appeared to be gapping cover when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones. But the 7-year-old Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady gelding found his best stride late, holding off the rallying Media Buzz by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3 over a "good" surface. Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Outburst, who won for the 19th time over the past two seasons and lifted his career bankroll to $685,352, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four victories for Palone on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

CHESTER, PA - Tymal Reign set most of the pace in the $14,500 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, but the pocketsitting Ameliosi had inside room and from mid stretch ... inched ... up ... with ... every ... stride ... and ... finally ... nipped the winner in the final few feet, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. Ameliosi, a daughter of Explosive Matter trained by Jenny Melander for owner John Devito, took command on the first turn, hung favored Tymal Reign past the 27.3 quarter and was thereafter content to sit behind that one through the middle splits of 56.1 and 1:25.2. The winner kept on grinding just inside the pacesetter, and just did get by by the shortest of margins under the urging of Marcus Miller, on a day when quick last quarters were not to be found. There were a pair of $14,000 co-features, one on each gait. On the trot, the finish may have been even closer than in the feature, as the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding American Steele set the pace, holding off closing favorite Dunsinane Hall by no more than a couple of inches. A win is a win, and this win in 1:57.2 was a lifetime mark for American Steele, who was kept rolling to the wire by the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., for trainer Rob Harmon and the partnership of Harmon Racing Stable LLC and Harvey Eisman. The pace was taken by Western Showgirl, who posted only her second career win, yet broke $50,000 in lifetime earnings, shedding her previous 29-1-14-7 "bridesmaid" pattern by winning in 1:57.1. Owner/trainer Ray Barnes sent her on a first-over mission, opened a good-sized lead when the pacesetter gave way midturn, then maintained a safe 1½-length margin to the wire with the Western Ideal mare. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Hockey Hanover roared through the sloppy stretch and overtook his stablemate, Southwind Cobra, at the wire to capture Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Hockey Hanover trailed by 5 lengths into the final turn when he found another gear for Jim Pantaleano and downed Southwind Cobra by a length in a career-best 1:55.2. Explosive Leggs finished third. Ron Burke trains Hockey Hanover, who last year won both the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship and the PA Fairs title, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. The 3-year-old Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $146,469. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race card while Greg Wright, Jr. fashioned a training/driving double. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

A grand card of harness racing trotting took place this day at Hamburg, Germany led by the Gr. I Grosser Preis von Deutschland (purse 150,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters). The  56/1 (PMU odds, 11/1 on ATG) outsider Hesiod (4m Explosive Matter-SJs Sentiment-SJs Photo) scored in gate to wire fashion for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Petri Salmela. PS Horse AM owns the winner that recorded his 15th career victory in 30 starts, now for 175,718€ earned, 75,000€ of which was earned today. Windsun Farm of Canada (Harkey Harkness) bred the winner. Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-Shes Gone Again) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Stefan Melander, for Courant AB, at 4.9/1 odds. Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied four wide around the final bend, after being shuffled from post one, to be a closing third, handled by owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois for trainer Yves Boireau, this one off at 5.4/1 odds on PMU and 15/1 on ATG. Prosperous (4g Prodigious) and favorite Tsunami Diamant (4m Gustav Diamant) completed the top five. Giveitgasandgo and Heart of Steel battled for supremacy early, could not pass Hesiod, and drifted into obscurity in the late going. Race time was 1.12.1kr. The undercard included other great action. The three year olds battled for a 30,000€ purse over 2200 meters autostart with that victory to Great Gatsby As (3m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) and driver Heinz Wewering, for trainer Erwin Bot. Two year oldsraced for a 30,000€ purse over 1680 meters autostart. Marylin Monroe Bo (2f Andover Hall-Sweet Home Alabama) took that one for trainer/driver Thorsten Teitz over the Chapter Seven filly Arquana As, that Robin Bakker teamed. A 50,000€ purse event for non-winners of 50,000€ named the Deutschland Cup, raced over 2200 meters autostart, saw Mister Ed Heldia (4m Conway Hall-Lady Heldia) win for driver Michael Nimczyk over Hugo Lobell with Rick Ebbinge up.. Aged campaigners were also on the stage for a 30,000€ purse and the winner of this 1680 meters autostart event was General Bianco (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna) handled by trainer Peter Untersteiner. The seven year old Pine Chip mare Shadow Gar was second for Carl Johan Jepson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Wanda Polisseni does not know what will happen in Saturday's C$340,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park, where her Purple Haze Stables' Phaetosive meets harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 Atlanta and No. 2 Manchego. But she already knows how she will feel about her filly at the end of the day. "It's a tough race, but she will do the best she can," Polisseni said. "And whatever she does, I'm all for it and I will be very appreciative. My horses never have to win for me to be happy. I love them and I want them to be healthy and have a good race and do the best they can. "Those other two fillies are absolutely terrific," she added. "There are a lot of people that want to see them, myself included." Hambletonian champion Atlanta and Hambletonian Oaks winner Manchego will be meeting for the second time this year. Manchego, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, won the first encounter by 1-3/4 lengths in the Casual Breeze Stakes on Aug. 24 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Phaetosive, who finished second to Manchego in the Hambletonian Oaks, will join them for the first time this season. The trio met once last year, in the Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. Manchego won, capping a perfect 12-for-12 campaign, while Phaetosive finished third and Atlanta fourth. In the Elegantimage, Manchego is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the seven-horse field, followed by Atlanta at 7-5 and Phaetosive at 8-5. "It's a hell of a race," said Trond Smedshammer, who trains and drives Phaetosive. "I'm sure (Atlanta) is going to be looking for a rebound. They're going to be racing, that's for sure. Hopefully I can sit close enough to be a part of it." Saturday's Woodbine Mohawk card also includes the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters, C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, two eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers, and two eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers. Phaetosive, a daughter of Explosive Matter out of Phaeton, has won five of seven races this year and heads to the Elegantimage off a win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 2. For her career, the filly has won nine of 14 races and never finished worse than third. She has earned $657,717. "I love her; she's terrific," Polisseni said. "She is gutsy. I can't describe it, but she is gutsy. I love her form and I love to watch her race." Phaetosive had breathing problems earlier this season, but the issue was corrected with a minor procedure rather than surgery, which would have prevented her from racing in the Hambletonian Oaks. She also tied up the day prior to her first race following the Oaks, Aug. 21, but recovered and won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. "It's something you've got to watch with her," Smedshammer said about the tying up. "She's done it before. She hasn't done it since, but we've been obviously very careful watching her schedule. It's not a big problem, but it's something you've got to watch." Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables ranks sixth among all owners in purses this season, with trotters Perlucky and Classichap joining Phaetosive as six-figure earners. Polisseni's past stars included millionaire Dejarmbro and Blacktuxwhitesocks, who were both New York Sire Stakes champions. Blacktuxwhitesocks also won once in Norway. "I love all my horses, each of them for a different reason or something special," Polisseni said. She added, "Every horse in every race deserves to get a cheer at the end of the race." Racing at Woodbine Mohawk begins at 7:25 p.m. (EDT) with the Metro eliminations. The Peaceful Way follows as race three, the Wellwood race five, Canadian Trotting Classic race seven, and Elegantimage race 10. The She's A Great Lady elims are races six and eight. Complete entries can be found here. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named "The Atlanta" in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. Following is the field in post-position order for the Elegantimage Stakes. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-8/5 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-6/5 3-Alloveragain-Randy Waples-John Bax-30/1 4-Blonde Magic-Jody Jamieson-Tom Durand-20/1 5-Jordan Blue Chip-Tim Tetrick-Mike Keeling-20/1 6-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-7/5 7-Sneeker Hanover-Paul MacDonell-Duane Marfisi-30/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER, PA - Ameliosi and P L Hercules both made a stop in the Harrah's Philadelphia winners circle on Thursday afternoon after winning their respective divisions of the $14,500 featured class for trotters. Ameliosi worked his way to the front for driver Victor Kirby, then had to be good to first repel favored first-over Dot Dot Dot Dash and then hold off potential pocket rocket Cantabs Lightning. But successive 28.4 quarters on the end of the mile saw Ameliosi home first in 1:55.3 for trainer Jenny Melander and owner John Devito. The daughter of Explosive Matter brought her lifetime earnings to $275,432. P L Hercules took his second victory in his last three starts, using his good gate speed to secure a pocket trip behind pacesetting Turn The Paige, then rallying to just get a nose nod in 1:55 under the guidance of George Napolitano Jr. Tony Poliseno conditions the victorious altered son of Majestic Son, now with $292,337 on his card for Winstar Farm. Provisional driver Jeremy Morrison capped his first day of pari-mutuel driving in a big way, guiding home the Credit Winner sophomore gelding Fashion Forever to a 1:55.1 tally in the day's finale. The 28-year-old Morrison did well in his pari-mutuel bow, finishing fifth while beaten only 1½ lengths with the Jim Campbell trainee Thisguyisonfire in the P L Hercules co-feature, and then got a late assignment to guide Fashion Forever for Campbell when originally-named sulkysitter David Miller did not compete on the card. Morrison handled the pressure of driving a 3-5 shot like a veteran, going out for a pocket trip, sitting patiently when the first-over came up, and then taking his shot when the uncovered horse faded, getting by the leader in a matter of strides and winning as he pleased for Fashion Farms LLC. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

DAYTON, PA - Venier Hanover, last year's two-year-old terror of the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit but not really finding his form in 2018 until a couple of starts ago, picked a great time to run his current winning streak to three - he paced the fastest mile of the two-day stand at the Dayton (PA) Fairgrounds, 2:01.2, in winning Wednesday's Sue Brickell Memorial, guided by Sue's brother-in-law Dave Brickell, whose brother Dean, Sue's husband, joined him for a satisfying winner's circle scene. The gelded son of Well Said, also trained by Dave Brickell and co-owned by him with Mitchell York, had not had a bad year in 2018, winning over $12,000, before his victory skein started. But first he beat out the fastest fair pacer of the year in PA, Love Cut (1:57.2), and then last week derailed Cirrus De Vie as that foe went for his seventh straight triumph. On Wednesday, the last quarter in Venier's victory was 28.4, with the timing of the impressive win just perfect. In the other "A" cut, Cirrus De Vie got another win streak started by defeating Love Cut in 2:02.2. Trainer/driver Roger Hammer co-owns the only seven-time fair winner on the PA circuit with Vicki Fair. The fastest trot of the week also went to Team Hammer-Fair, as the Explosive Matter filly Blow Back came home first in 2:05.3. Blow Back had ended Critical Hanover's four-race win streak at Honesdale in their last start, and here at Dayton she ran her own recent record to 4 wins in 5 starts in the "A"s. Thursday's action, devoted to two-year-olds, saw the "A" pacing filly division go faster than the colts, with the Well Said miss Sure R Lookin Good living up to her name and keeping her fair record unblemished after two starts by posting a 2:03 mile. Eric Neal, having a marvelous streak of driving form, handled the quick miss for trainer Robert Krenitsky Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. The swiftest baby trotter was the Donato Hanover colt Oceanato Hanover, home first in 2:07 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine. Oceanato Hanover went 3-for-3 in "B" company before stepping up to the "A" ranks, and the rise had hardly slowed his momentum, as he is now 3-2-1-0 in the higher classification. "Oceanato" was one of five driving and training wins for Todd Schadel during the Dayton meet, putting him on top in both columns, and increasing his summerlong stranglehold on both leads. The PA fair circuit next moves to Meadville PA and the Crawford County Fair, the home track of the late Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Famer Walter "Boots" Dunn. Racing will go there next Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., a change from the originally-posted time, and at the scheduled 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 conditioned events, one on each gait, were featured on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. The trotters were up first, and the Explosive Matter gelding Major Impact lowered his mark to 1:55.2 in winning by 1 1/4 lengths over pacesetting favorite Scirocco Imsosmart. Victor Kirby rated his charge third-inside then moved out late on the turn as the first-over faded, with the winner coming home well under confident handling for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and owner Christine Baggitt. In the pace, the Western Ideal gelding Palomar had driver Tim Tetrick help him snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat while taking a new mark of 1:52. Palomar had tucked fourth from the outside post eight, then moved out behind cover at the ¾, and was gaining when he put in a few funky steps midturn. But Tetrick quickly got him back on target, and Palomar rallied to catch Aleppo Hanover right on the money by a nose for trainer Jim King Jr. and the Paton Racing Stables Inc. Ubanji, one of the "French Foreign Legion" of trotters imported from that country to try their luck on U.S. shores, was ready at first asking, going a strong mile on the engine while stopping the timer in 1:55.1 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ed Gannon Jr., and owner Frank Canzone. The ten-year-old altered son of Jag De Bellouet came over to these shores with lifetime earnings of $320,696 and qualified second, and the local fans picked up on him right away as he paid $3.60 after his 1¼ length triumph. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Featured at the start of the racing week at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon were a pair of $16,000 conditioned events, one on each gait. The pacers were up first, and their race was taken by the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore colt I'm A Big Deal in 1:51.3. A Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner in 1:50.2 on May 19, I'm A Big Deal was sent right to the front by driver George Napolitano Jr. and held sway the rest of the way, with No Easy Day making it no easy day for the winner of $119,594 in the stretch, but the "Big Deal" still had enough to tally by 1¼ lengths. Chris Ryder trains the colt, and he co-owns him with Craig Henderson and Robert Mondillo. On the trotting side, Scirocco Rob, third in the recent Beal Consolation, enjoyed the downturn in opposition, posting a new mark of 1:53 for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. The altered son of Explosive Matter, coming first-over, was resisted the length of the 27.3 third quarter by pacesetting Im Your Captain, but through the last quarter the winner of $158,210 asserted his superiority, clear by 6½ lengths over Im Your Captain at the wire. Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. are the owners of the talented sophomore. Leading driver Tim Tetrick continued his recent hot form, bringing four horses home first in the Wednesday afternoon sunshine. From PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been a long time between drinks for harness racing's 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman, but his extended wait to return to the winner's circle is finally over. The Jimmy Takter trainee, who last won on May 29, 2016 in a stakes event in Sweden, took the featured conditioned trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52 by a half-length over Misslarose. Opulent Yankee finished third. Prior to his score in Sweden, Pinkman's previous North American victory came in the October 10, 2015 Kentucky Futurity, two months after he hoisted Hambletonian hardware. Friday night, driver Andy McCarthy was in the sulky as Pinkman, who never saw the rail, was in a live second-over flow heading for three-quarters. He tipped off his cover in midstretch and rolled to his 19th career win in 42 starts for owners C. Takter, John and Jim Fielding, J. McClelland and H. Liverman. Lifetime, the 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter has earned $2.65 million. As the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, Pinkman returned $8.00 to win. Lindy The Great, the 3-2 public choice, broke stride before the quarter. HAMBO HOPEFULS: The Paula Wellwood-trained Southwind Chrome crushed an overmatched field in a non-winners of two earlier on the card. The Hambletonian eligible, a son of Chapter Seven, was driven by Scott Zeron and completed the mile in 1:54 as the 1-5 favorite for his first-ever win in his fifth start. Zephyr Kronos, trained and driven by Takter, won a non-winners of three later in the evening. The son of Ready Cash, another Hambo eligible, scored on the front end in 1:53 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering. A LITTLE MORE: The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $262,148. ... One lucky player walked away with $11,470 after being the only bettor to survive eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-9. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race card totaled $1,767,338. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Jim Kunkel celebrated his 71st birthday on Monday, but that wasn't the day this week he was most looking forward to enjoying. Not when his homebred trotter Moosonee is racing. Moosonee, a 3-year-old gelding bred by Kunkel and his wife Sandra, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first of two Currier & Ives Stakes divisions Wednesday (June 6) at The Meadows. Moosonee, who is eligible to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, has a win and a second in two starts this season for trainer Chris Beaver. "I just want to get up and enjoy every day at this stage of my life," said Kunkel, who lives in south-central Massachusetts and breeds and races under Winterbeary Farm. "The greatest thrill will be sitting and watching that baby race tomorrow afternoon because if you're into horseracing there's nothing better. This has been such a pleasant surprise that we're numb. I'm just in awe of him. "We're just two average country bumpkins here that probably don't deserve this kind of horse." Moosonee is a son of Explosive Matter out of the Kunkels' stakes-winning mare Lady Andover. His second dam, Lost Lady One, was a New York Sire Stakes champion and Breeders Crown runner-up. Last year, Moosonee won a division of the Keystone Classic, his only victory in 10 starts, and was second in the Madison County and divisions of the Bluegrass and Arden Downs stakes. The gelding hit the board a total of seven times and earned $64,710. "Chris took him along slowly," Kunkel said. "He always raced good. He didn't have much racing luck, but he was always around the finishing line." This year, Moosonee debuted at The Meadows with a win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes over returning series champion Fashionwoodchopper and then finished second to You Know You Do, last year's Peter Haughton Memorial winner, in a division of the sire stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In his victory at The Meadows, driver Aaron Merriman made a three-wide move off the final turn to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54 on a sloppy track. "When you're racing against those horses, you're going to find out how good you really are," Kunkel said. "When (Merriman) took that horse off the turn that day and came three wide with him, he just blew by them. I just sat in shock watching it on the computer." Kunkel's uncle Joe and father John were involved in harness racing and Kunkel, who is retired after working in the automobile, school bus, and insurance businesses, has enjoyed horses for as long as he can remember. "I've been around Standardbred racehorses since I was born," Kunkel said. "I worked every summer when I was in high school at the old Foxboro Raceway. I went to college in Boston and spent more time at Suffolk Downs than I did in the classroom. Once you get hooked, you're hooked." Moosonee is one of seven Hambletonian eligible horses in Wednesday's Currier & Ives. The others are Rich And Miserable, Patent Leather, and Banker Twentyfive in the first division and Meadowbranch Ricky, Crystal Fashion, and I Know My Rights in the second division. Kunkel is not thinking about the Hambletonian at this point. "I've been around this long enough to know you don't get too high, you don't get too low," Kunkel said. "I think he can compete. Whether he can dominate, that's a whole different story. But it's been a dream come true for us. It's been nothing but a tremendous thrill. I can't wait for tomorrow when he races again. The best driver, a great racetrack; what more could you ask for." For Wednesday's complete Meadows entries, click here. Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2018 -- Media Buzz secured the lead past the quarter and went on to capture his second straight win in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Media Buzz zipped to the front from post 6 and found himself in the pocket behind Fly Past Hanover. But Dave Palone preferred the point and moved the 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding to the front. Media Buzz held off the late charge of Mac Deeno and downed him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3 while Fly Past Hanover saved show. Steve Bush trains Media Buzz, who lifted his career bankroll to $123,510, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA - Five divisions of the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old colt trotters went gateward Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the current parity in the group was reflected by the fact that three divisions went in 1:55 and the other two in 1:55.1. Two of the 1:55 winners were altered sons of Explosive Matter, and that pair also became the only members of the group to win in both Stallion Series prelims. The first to earn this distinction was Lindy's Big Bang, who made every pole a winning one while coming home in 28.1 to take a new speed badge for trainer Nifty Norman and driver David Miller, the latter co-owner with Melvin Hartman and David McDuffee. With all the great stakes racing in Pennsylvania on Sunday between Harrah's and Pocono, the other double StS winner, Rich And Miserable, was the only visitor to either Victory Lane to come from behind cover and go on to win. Driver Tyler Buter tipped the winner wide from second-over headstretch and handled him confidently through the lane in lowering his mark for trainer Todd Buter and owners Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. Sire Cantab Hall also saw two of his sons trot to victory in the Stallion Series action. First up was For A Dreamer, who gained command in front of the stands and went on to be the other 1:55 winner, a time which equaled his mark taken in a qualifier. Corey Callahan handled the sulky assignment for trainer Bob Stewart and the partnership of Bluestone Farms, S. Steven Arak, Brianna Fenn, and Norman Corn. Cantab Hall is also the sire of the gelding Mississippi Storm, who went coast-to-coast in taking his division in 1:55.1, only a tick off his career fastest. Mississippi Storm tacked on a 28 kicker for driver Jim Morrill Jr. to raise his stats to wins in half of his dozen lifetime starts for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. The other 1:55.1 winner was the Muscle Hill gelding Spartan, who made an early move to control the throttle and went on to post his second straight victory and lower his mark. Andrew McCarthy was in the sulky for trainer Anette Lorentzon, who co-owns the sophomore with ACL Stuteri AB. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association announces that Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Explosive Matter, to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   Hanover Shoe Farms has been a longtime partner with the MSOA's scholarship program, donating breedings for the past several years that have helped the sons and daughters of area horsemen with their college expenses.   "We can't thank Hanover enough for their continued support," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Our scholarship program would not be as successful as it is without the support of partners like Hanover."   Explosive Matter took a lifetime mark of 1:52.3 and earned over $1.5 million in his career. The son of Cantab Hall stands for a fee of $5,000.   The breeding will be auctioned on the website OnGait.com starting today (Thursday, February 22) at 12PM. The auction will run for seven days. Jeff Zidek          

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