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CHESTER, PA - The Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters ran her harness racing record to 4-for-5 since joining the Nifty Norman barn in winning the $17,500 featured trot in 1:52.2 on Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. George Napolitano Jr. was on the move after a :26.4 opening quarter with the four-year-old to gain the top, and she rolled on to midrace fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.1. In her last start at Philadelphia, a 1:52.2 clocking enabled her to draw away from her competition; here Scioto shipper What's The Word made her stay to task to record a 1¼ length victory, with Henderson Seelster, who made a break early, came from far out of it to be only another neck back at the finish. The 1:52.2 clocking equaled the lifetime mark that Pat Matters had established in her previous start. Since teaming with Norman for the Patricia Stable, the mare has lost only in a Miss Versatility leg against the likes of Hannelore Hanover. In the trotting division of $17,000 co-features, Explosivebreakaway, a sophomore altered son of Explosive Matter and a full brother to Phaetosive, regained his winning ways with a good two-move victory from the outside post eight in a lifetime mark 1:54.1. Tom Jackson rallied the three-year-old wide off the final turn and went on to a length victory over Captain Morgan for trainer Fred Grant, also co-owner with Janice Rubin, Steve Katz, and Murray Brown, as Explosivematter won for the seventh time in fourteen career starts. In the pacing section, the American Ideal gelding JK Musicman was involved in tough early fractions, but he had enough capacity to maintain his advantage and lower his mark to 1:51.2, staying 1½ lengths ahead of rallying favorite Trump That. Eric Carlson drove the Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trainee for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Tioga Downs plays host to a leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Friday (September 13). They will feature freshmen harness racing pacers and trotters in four non-betting races. Each will race for a purse of $10,000. The first of the Kindergarten races features 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trainer Tony Alagna will send two time winner Ideal Perception (Matt Kakaley) as well as Captain Barbosa (Andrew McCarthy) to the starting gate. Ideal Perception (American Ideal-Southwind Siren) has won two New York Excelsior A series races in his six lifetime starts. Captain Barbossa is a colt by Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty. He has won over $45,000 in his career with four seconds and a third in eight career starts. The second Kindergarten race is for freshmen trotting colts and geldings. The John Butenschoen trained Swipe Right (Mike Simons) has won two races in seven starts in 2019. He is a colt by Explosive Matter-Online Exclusive. Overised (Matt Kakaley) is the other two time winner in the field. Trained by George Ducharme, he is a colt by Explosive Matter-Afterimage. He is going for his third straight victory. The third Kindergarten race features 2-year-old trotting fillies. Winter Olympics (Wally Hennessey) looks to be the horse to beat. The filly by Muscle Mass-Olympic Dreams won a leg of the Ontario Sire Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9th. Trained by Ake Svanstedt, she also has a second place finish in just three lifetime starts. Her lifetime earnings are over $35,000. The last of four Kindergarten races features freshmen pacing fillies. The three horse field includes the Nancy Johansson trained Love For Sail (Captaintreacherous-West Side Glory) and JK Finendandy (American Ideal-JK Fine). Love For Sail (Andrew McCarthy) has a win, a second, and a third in four lifetime starts. JL Finendandy (Matt Kakaley) has two seconds in four career starts. They will take on the R. Nifty Norman trained Anthem (David Miller). The filly by Sweet Lou-Monkeys Can Sing has a win, two seconds, and a third in just six starts. The four non-betting races will be mixed in with the 13 pari-mutuel races on Friday. The Kindergarten 2 year old colt pace will take place in between pari-mutuel races one and two. The Kindergarten colt trot will be between pari-mutuel races two and three. The Kindergarten filly trot will run in between pari-mutuel races three and four. The Kindergarten filly pace will take place between pari-mutuel races four and five. Post time for this exciting card is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                          

CHESTER, PA - The Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Chiplosive, returning to the form that helped him capture a Pennsylvania All-Stars and a PA Stallion Series division in recent outings, brushed to the lead at the half and wasn't challenged from there in the $16,000 harness racing trotting feature in 1:55.4 at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. After a :27.3 first quarter, driver George Napolitano Jr. put the Trond Smedshammer trainee into motion, securing the lead at just about the :56.3 midpoint. None of his opposition had enough rally in the second half, with Chiplosive reaching the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then coasting home 2¼ lengths ahead of the closing Amador to post his fifth seasonal victory for Purple Haze Stable LLC. In a $14,500 pace for high-level females, the Western Paradise mare Lovineveryminute found room on the final turn, swung wide, and got to the front late in posting a $59.20 upset in 1:51.2. Tony Morgan, second in North American lifetime driving wins with 16,000+ to his credit, got Lovineveryminute to be most photogenic in a finish where five horses were separated by a length, boosting her earnings to $515,316. Carmine Fusco trains the winner for Brian and Ira Wallach Racing. Tim Tetrick drove four winners on the day; Dexter Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. had three victories each. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Driver Jay Randall had a renaissance year of sorts last year at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the veteran reinsman has picked up right where he left off this season. On Wednesday's card, the 58 year old Randall piloted back-to-back winners and four on the night. Jay drove winners in two of the three $9,000 co-features for New York sired trotters and both for trainer Bob Gale. Randall moved first over with the Gale-trained Frank Hanover (Credit Winner) approaching the half on his race's favorite Aerial Flight (Jimmy Devaux). Those two slugged it out for nearly a half mile before Frank Hanover emerged victorious in 2:00. The three year old trotter had finished second in three consecutive starts at Saratoga before recording his fourth victory of the season on Wednesday night. The win was the second straight on the card for Randall who guided John Podres' Hot Tip (Mystery Chase) to victory in a conditional pace. Jay's third winner of the night came when he piloted the Brett Derue-trained It Aint The Whisky (Explosive Matter) to a front-running score. It wasn't until the Wednesday finale when Randall completed his grand slam guiding Gale's RC's Lady Royale (RC Royalty) to an upset in the $9,000 nightcap. RC's Lady Royale parlayed her pocket ride to victory and sprung the upset at odds of 25-1. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - Longshots ruled the roost at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, as three horses paid over $50 on one card for the first time locally in just short of two years. Buy In (Art Stafford Jr.) got the bomber brigade going by winning the seventh race and paying $77.80; second in the race was 70-1 proposition Surf The Web, who returned $146.60 for a $2 place ticket. In the very next race, Hall of Famer David Miller rallied Gambler's Tale from far back to return $70.20 to the horse's scattered backers. The biggest was yet to come, however, as Ginger Tree Carey (Allan Davis) went past the favorites in the eleventh race and returned a $120.60 mutuel. It was the first time since August 16, 2017 that three horses paid $50+ to win during a card; on that day, Allan Davis also drove the third bomber. The victory was Davis's second $100+ horse of the meet, tying him with Anthony Morgan in that category. For David Miller, his third $50+ winner put him level at the top with Morgan and Dexter Dunn at three. The $16,000 featured trot saw the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Capt Chaps Hanover brush to the lead down the backstretch, then hold off the late charge of favored Biodetti Hanover by a nose in a lifetime best 1:55. Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke trainee for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - All Champy, who usually uses off-the-pace tactics, and driver Dexter Dunn adjusted well to a speed-favoring bias at Harrah's Philadelphia, ranging up to the lead off the first turn and going on to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $18,000 "Trottin' Thursday" feature at the southeastern Pennsylvania oval. Despite a sick scratch and 21 days away from the races, All Champy was in top racing shape for trainer William Wyatt and owners Howard and Joshua Kaufman, fending off a long uncovered bid down the backstretch from Majestic Marvel then staying strong to withstand pocketsitting Shivered by 3½ lengths. The Explosive Matter gelding has been in explosive form all year, with eight wins and $127,915 amassed already this year, raising his lifetime total to $200,672. In a $14,500 co-featured trotting contest, the Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah had to go first-over, not the preferred tactic at Harrah's this week, but he finished powerfully to win by two lengths over Spee Club in 1:54.2. Pat Lachance drove the winner of $174,210 for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, co-owner with Donald La Montagne. The hot-driving Tim Tetrick added four victories on the Thursday card to the five wins he had here yesterday. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob was pointed to the front of the pack by David Miller in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, and the winner of $324,173 never looked back in a 1:53.1 harness racing victory. Showing a recent win in this class and sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Scirocco Rob was parked most of the :27.3 first quarter to get the lead, then got to the half in :56. Thisguyisonfire came uncovered from fifth at the midpoint, posing a tough challenge to the leader before the 1:24.3 three-quarters and battling with him all the way home, but Scirocco Rob withstood his pesky rival by a half-length. The winner is trained by Mark Silva for owners Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. Yannick Gingras had sulky honors on the day with four victories, three of them on the lead and one first-over. In fact, those were the only two positions that yielded winning trips at Philly Thursday except the first race, where Cuz I'm Rockin came out of the pocket for Allan Davis and grabbed the victory - at a $128.40 win price. Pennsylvania-sired action for three-year-old trotters tomorrow at Harrah's features three divisions of the Sire Stakes and four sections of the Stallion Series. No one was able to win twice in the first two preliminary legs of the PaSS, but four of the six winners to date are gathered in the eleventh race division - Marseille, Explosivebreakaway, White Tiger, and 2018 divisional champion Osterc. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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

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