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Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli proudly announce that superstar harness racing colt trotter Greenshoe will retire to Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of his 3-year-old campaign to commence stallion duty at the world’s foremost nursery in 2020. Greenshoe burst onto the harness racing scene in early June of his freshman year, winning his first 2-year-old race in 1:55 with a last quarter of :27.3. He would go on to win his next four races at 2, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final in 1:53.3. Greenshoe made his highly anticipated return to the races as a 3-year-old in May of this year and has once again electrified industry participants and fans alike with his unparalleled speed, stamina, and determination. Greenshoe has thus far won seven of his nine sophomore starts, including both the New Jersey Sire Stakes leg and the final, his Earl Beal elimination, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, his Hambletonian elimination, the Zweig Memorial and, most recently, a Kentucky Sire Stake leg in 1:50.4 with a last quarter of :26. Greenshoe has trotted sub-:27 final quarters in each of his last five starts. To date Greenshoe boasts a record of 1:50.1 and $843,223 in earnings. According to Sabine Kagebrandt, managing director of Courant Inc., Greenshoe is slated to appear in three more races this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes final on Sept. 15, the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 6 and the Breeders Crown on Oct. 26 (eliminations the week before if necessary). It is possible that Greenshoe will also start in the TVG final at The Meadowlands on Nov. 23. A former $330,000 yearling purchase from breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, Greenshoe is from the first crop of the trotting stallion Father Patrick and the first foal out of Designed To Be 3,1:51.3f ($656,166), she by Donato Hanover. While sporting the most modern of bloodlines, Greenshoe’s pedigree still makes him accessible to mares by preeminent stallions Muscle Hill and Chapter Seven. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, has been an avid Greenshoe fan since the colt’s first 2-year-old race. Dr. Jablonsky says, “It is with much joy and satisfaction that I share this announcement with the harness racing world today. I fell in love with Greenshoe the first time I saw him race and could envision his spot in our stallion barn very early in his career. To me, he is the horse of a generation. He can do things that I haven’t seen other horses do. His acceleration is magical and his gait is a thing of beauty.” Courant’s Anders Ström says, “Greenshoe showed early talent in training during the spring as a 2-year-old and showed his capacity in his performances early on. He is, in my opinion, the most capable and technically most perfect gaited horse since Muscle Hill and there are perhaps only ten horses like this born in a century. With his ability, conformation and pedigree, I am looking forward to his career as a stallion and will of course be breeding my best mares to him.” Hanover President Russell Williams adds, “Over nearly a century, Hanover has built the greatest Standardbred broodmare band in existence, and we continue to add at the top. Potential stallions of Greenshoe’s caliber do not come along often, but when they do, they belong in our stallion roster. The Greenshoe yearlings of 2022 will begin a new page in trotting history.” The response to the syndication of Greenshoe is expected to be overwhelming. Although shares won’t be formally sold until after his fertility exam in December, we encourage all those who are interested in becoming a Greenshoe shareholder to contact Dr. Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com to discuss the syndication. From Hanover Shoe Farms

GRATZ ,PA - The three-year-old Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, who went last year unbeaten at the Pennsylvania county fairs, now has five wins in the 2019 Fair Sire Stakes "A" program, and she gave definite notice that she'll be tough in her upcoming Fair Championship. She paced the fastest mile of the year at the Keystone fairs, 1:57.1, in winning during the Sunday program for sophomores at the Gratz Fair, who conducted races for two-year-olds the day before during a two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet. Crew Sock Hanover took the uncovered route against the pacesetting April Ava, who cut fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.4 in trying for a fifth win during an undefeated run at the fairs. But Crew Sock Hanover proved the stronger filly late, winning by 3½ lengths for driver Kyle Bolon and trainer David Brickell, the latter co-owner with Mitchell York. Veteran horseman John Wagner, making a rare appearance on the local fair circuit, lowered the season standard for sophomore pacing colts behind the Western Terror gelding Find One More, a winner in 1:57.3, a circuit-leading third 2:00 mile of the year. Wagner, who owned a horse on the program, got several drives that might normally go to Tony Schadel, who was competing at Philly in the freshman Sire Stakes Championship card, and he catch-drove the winner for Tony's brother and the horse's trainer Todd Schadel, also co-owner with wife Christine. Wagner also guided the Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset to his seventh win of the year at the fairs for co-owners Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. Andovers Asset was one of several horses to go atop the fair seasonal standings with their seventh victory in "A" company; others were the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, a 2018 Fair champion driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc.; and the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotter Penance, who overcame the trailing post seven for Team Bolon / Rougeaux / Brocious. In addition to the two sophomore pacers who lowered the circuit's best time at Gratz, the 2:02.4 mark for three-year-old trotting colts was reached for the fourth time, here by the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, owned by the Lone Wolf Stable and another successful teaming for driver Bolon and trainer Rougeaux. The other 2:02.4s were turned in by Andovers Asset (twice, but not at Gratz) and Grover Hanover. Given the above results, it will surprise few that Kyle Bolon tied for leading driver of the meet at four wins with Shawn Johnston, nor will it be a shock that Bob Rougeaux III and Roger Hammer dead-heated on the training side by harnessing four winning charges. There are only two more chances for horses looking to solidify their berths in the eight $25,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Fair Championship at The Meadows on October 5. The trotters and pacers will go this coming Sunday and Monday during the Gratz Fair, then move on to Bloomsburg for fair action on Friday the 20thand Saturday the 21st to wrap up their 2019 tour of the Pennsylvania twicearounds. From the PHHA, MSOA, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

CHESTER, PA - The cream of the harness racing Pennsylvania-sired two-year-olds took center stage at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, contesting four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, along with attendant $50,000 consolations.   The Championships were formful, with all four favorites winning, and three Philly track records were set, including one in a consolation, along with a world record and two stakes records.   Here is a summary of the main events, in the order they occurred, with a paragraph on the division's consolation at the end. TROTTING COLTS Real Cool Sam sat coolly off a red-hot pace set by Amigo Volo, then powered home in the last quarter to win his Championship in 1:53.4, which took a full second off the divisional world record for geldings, which Real Cool Sam and Amigo Volo shared, and also lowered the stake record of 1:54.2 set by Stormin Normand in 2011.   George Napolitano Jr. left swiftly with Amigo Volo, but needed virtually all of a :26.4 opening quarter to clear EL Ideal for the lead. The field got to the half in :56, with Big Oil coming first-over at that point and Real Cool Sam following that one's cover.   Normally second-over is a good spot to be, but when Big Oil couldn't continue progress nearing the 1:24 three-quarters and Amigo Volo opened daylight, it looked like an upset might be in the cards. But David Miller tipped the baby three-deep on the far turn, and Real Cool Sam ate up the ground through the lane to remain undefeated after eight starts with a two length victory. The altered son of Muscle Hill - Cooler Schooner (his dam holds the Philly track record for baby fillies) ran his earnings to $420,038, with a rich part of the season still upcoming. Trainer Jim Campbell and owners Fashion Farms LLC, who won a Championship with sophomore trotting filly Millies Possesion yesterday at The Meadows, have a superstar in the budding with this powerful freshman. The Muscle Hill - Order By Hill colt Rome Pays Off set a divisional track record of 1:55 in the consolation despite the tough tuck-then-first-over trip. Despite the arduous journey, Rome Pays Off won handily for driver Mattias Melander, trainer Marcus Melander, and the S R F Stable while tying his lifetime quickest mile first achieved at The Meadows in a Sire Stakes win. PACING FILLIES The Captaintreacherous - Tulu Hanover filly Lyons Sentinel had three wins and a second (by a neck) in her Sire Stakes prelims to be her division's leading pointwinner, and she continued her dominating form with a 1:52 victory in her Championship event.   JK First Lady and Baby Your the Best argued most of the 27.3 quarter, with the latter getting the top just past that point and Tim Tetrick already on the move with Lyons Sentinel. The winner of $274,830 brushed to the lead in front of the stands, then reached the middle fractions in :55.4 and 1:24, with the outer tiers clogging and the pocket horse not quite keeping up.   This left Lyons Sentinel with a clear path to the wire, and Lyons Sentinel proved equal to the challenge, holding off a resurgent Baby Your the Best, who photoed out JK First Lady for second, by a half length. Jim King Jr., who has the senior mare ranks covered with Shartin N, has a nice one in the baby division as well for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. In the consolation, the Captaintreacherous - Mesmerize Blue Chip miss Marloe Hanover broke her maiden in fine style, moving to the lead in front of the stands and then throwing twin 27.2 quarters coming home to defeat favored Annabelle Hanover in 1:52, lowering her qualifying mark by seven seconds. David Miller guided the developing youngster for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese, and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. TROTTING FILLIES Sister Sledge joined her colt counterpart Real Cool Sam in remaining undefeated while winning her Sire Stakes Championship, while also matching her sophomore colleague Millies Possesion in winning all four prelims and her Championship after the 1:55.1 victory. The respect that the daughter of Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors has earned was shown early when only polesitting Sherry Lyns Lady left hard while just inside her, with Sister Sledge making the lead in :28 and then getting a soft half in :57.3. The pace picked up to a 1:25.4 three-quarters clocking as Sorella came up first-over, and through the stretch Sister Sledge saw her lead shrink as Sorella kept coming and Shishito trotted powerfully from a wide lane, but the "Sister" ran her record to 7-for-7 by a margin of half length (the first time she's won by less than a length); Shishito was another neck back in third.   Trainer Ron Burke, who had two Meadows Sire Stakes winners Saturday, and driver Yannick Gingras, who won with the Burke-trained Warrawee Ubeaut the day before, are the braintrust behind the winner of $264,562, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Muscle Hill - Emmylou Who filly Solsbury Hill got things relatively easy on the front end for driver Scott Zeron in the consolation and still had an open lead almost to midstretch, but the Donato Hanover - Madam Hooch miss Ginger Tree Bren came flying four-deep off the far turn for driver David Miller and closed to dead-heat the pacesetter in 1:57. Steve Cook trains Ginger Tree Bren, who broke her maiden, for the ownership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen; Rick Zeron conditions Solsbury Hill for Howard Taylor, Rojan Stables, and W J Donovan. PACING COLTS David Miller ended his 2YO Sire Stakes Championship Day with two consolation wins and two Championship winners, guiding the Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover colt Papi Rob Hanover to a track record-setting and stakes-equaling mark of 1:50.2. There were a host of outside leavers, with "Papi Rob" and Miller getting away fifth, but after a :26.3 quarter Miller asked his colt for a big brush, and the answer was "Yes" as the winner cleared at the :55.1 half. Adriano Hanover came first-over to the 1:22.2 three-quarters but couldn't sustain, and it was Manticore, the horse whom Papi Rob Hanover had passed at the half, who was closest at the wire, 3½ lengths back. (Ironically, the 1-2 Championship finishers were tied for seventh in the pointstandings and just did get into their finale. Papi Rob Hanover had broken his maiden with a 1:50.4 win in his last PaSS prelim, and his clocking today knocked a tick off the ten-year-old track record of Rock N Roll Heaven while tying the ten-year-old stakes record first set by One More Laugh. Brett Pelling trains the winner of $176,295, developing at an accelerated rate right now, for owner David McDuffie. Matt Kakaley hustled the Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle's Jackpot colt Mac's Big Boy from fourth at the quarter to the lead just past the 3/8, then went on to a 1:52.1 win in his consolation, missing his mark by just a fifth. Ron Burke conditions the Sire Stakes and All-Stars winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and the Wingfield Five LLC. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe vaulted off cover at the top of the stretch and soared to a six-length victory in a 1:50.4 mile when winning the first of two $30,000 divisions of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for three-year-old harness racing trotting colts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at The Red Mile.   Driver Brian Sears placed the Father Patrick colt in the pocket while Guaranteed battled Thunder through a :27.4 opening quarter. The pacesetting duo continued to match strides through a :55.1 half and past three-quarters in 1:24.3, but began to falter turning into the stretch as Sears mounted his charge three wide.   Greenshoe glided to the front and widened his lead through the stretch while under pursuit from Pilot Discretion in second. Chin Chin Hall finished third.   Winning his seventh race from nine starts this season and his ninth from 13 overall, Greenshoe has accrued $843,223 in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. Marcus Melander conditions the Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz-bred colt who returned $2.20 to win.   Super Schissel held off a pocket-popping charge from odds-on favorite Don't Let'em to take the second KYSS colt split.   Also driven by Brian Sears, Super Schissel followed cover rounding the first turn as Don't Let'em floated towards the lead after a :29.2 opening quarter. He accelerated up the backstretch as Super Schissel drew alongside before yielding command to the Per Engblom trainee past a :56.4 half. Super Schissel then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25 in progress to a 1:52.3 victory. Don't Let'em finished a neck behind in second while Manatlas finished six lengths farther back in third.   An Uncle Peter colt bred by Coyote Wynd Farms, Super Schissel won his second race from 10 starts this season and his sixth from 23 overall, earning $324,067. Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg own the $4.60 winner.   Super Schissel   French Cafe cruised off a pocket trip to a three-and-a-quarter length victory in the first of two KYSS divisions of sophomore trotting fillies.   Caterina Hall cleared command from French Cafe heading to a :28 opening quarter while Queen Of Trixs raced from third. She continued on the front through a :55 half but faced a challenge around the final turn as driver Andy Miller moved French Cafe off the cones. Miller pushed French Cafe to the lead passing three-quarters in 1:24.3 and extended her lead through the stretch, trotting to a 1:52.3 victory while Queen Of Trixs gave chase in second. Celebrate It All closed from last for third.   A homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, French Cafe won her third race from seven starts this season and her sixth from 16 overall, earning $132,900. Julie Miller trains the daughter of Father Patrick who paid $3.80 to win.   French Cafe   Strip It Down As surged back to the lead when headed in the stretch to win the first KYSS filly division.   Driver Elliott Deaton dashed the odds-on favorite to the front heading to a :29.1 opening quarter. She faced no challenge through a :57.4 half but lost the lead when Dark As A Pocket lunged outside from fourth and stuck a head in front nearing three-quarters in 1:26.4. Dark As A Pocket clung to the lead through the stretch but gave way as Strip It Down As powered through the inside to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:54.1. Refined kicked off cover for second while Dark As A Pocket settled for third.   Owned by breeders Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, Strip It Down As won her third race from five starts this season and her fifth from 12 overall, earning $75,929. Anette Lorentzon conditions the Archangel filly who paid $3.40 to win.   Strip It Down   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 7 with two $30,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and a single $30,000 split for three-year-old pacing fillies. The card starts with first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

CHESTER, PA - The cream of the Pennsylvania-sired harness racing two-year-olds, many of whom have established North American credentials already, will be coming en masse to Harrah's Philadelphia this Sunday afternoon, as the southeast Pennsylvania track hosts four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, along with $50,000 consolation events for each of the four groups. The freshman with the biggest reputation is the Muscle Hill - Cooler Schooner trotting gelding Real Cool Sam, who is the highest-ranked two-year-old in the North American Top 10 polls. Real Cool Sam is undefeated in seven career starts, including three Sire Stakes outings, and he has already tied two world records for age, sex, and gait - 1:53.1 for a mile track in winning the Peter Haughton Final on Hambletonian Day, and 1:54.4 for a 5/8-mile track in his next start, a Sire Stakes contest at The Meadows. The stake and local track records look to be in jeopardy with the weather cooperating on Sunday, and Real Cool Sam might be able to better his dam's 1:54.2 mile here as a freshman, the fastest trotting mile by a two-year-old ever at Philly. Real Cool Sam will begin from post three in Sunday's ninth race for driver David Miller, trainer Jim Campbell, and the ownership of Fashion Farms LLC. The Pennsylvania filly counterpart of Real Cool Sam has been his fellow trotter Sister Sledge, a daughter of Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors, who will begin from post two in the eleventh race for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. Sister Sledge is undefeated in six career races, and she was the only horse in the four categories of freshmen to post a win in each of the four Sire Stakes prelims. Sister Sledge is also loaded with speed - in fact, her 1:53.4 win over the Pocono 5/8-miler is a full second than any male in this division has gone over that size of track, which is also Philly's size. The speed concept is not limited to the trotting side of the Sire Stakes, either, as the filly Sweet Ace and the colt Papi Rob Hanover share the 2019 standard for any baby on a 5/8-mile track, 1:50.4. Papi Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover, in fact, needed that clocking in the final Sire Stakes preliminary for the win to get enough points just to get into the Championship. The racing fortunes again smiled on Papi Hanover when he drew post one for his twelfth race Championship for driver David Miller, trainer Brett Pelling, and owner David McDuffie - although starting just to his right is the prelim pointleader Adriano Hanover, a three-time winner in the preliminary legs. The Sweet Lou - One Ace Too Many filly Sweet Ace posted her 1:50.4 clocking not in a Sire Stakes contest, but in a division of the Arden Downs stake on Adios Day. In the Sire Stakes she has recorded a first, a second, a third, and a fourth, and she'll have to be at her best in the tenth race from post six for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. (Incidentally, the equine Larry Karr, named after the owner, goes in race five at Philly on Sunday.) Making the task harder for Sweet Ace, and indeed any filly in the field, is the fact that the two leading pointwinners, Lyons Sentinel and Rocknificent, will begin from post one and two, respectively. Lyons Sentinel has a 6-3-3-0 lifetime record, with the three losses by a nose, a head, and a neck, and she holds a two-one edge on Rocknificent in August head-to-head matchups. As noted, also carded will being $50,000 Sire Stakes consolation events for the next-highest pointwinners in the preliminary battles, with pacing fillies in race two, trotting colts in race three, trotting fillies in race six, and pacing colts in race seven. Over $1.3 million in purse money will be distributed during the Sunday extravaganza at Harrah's Philadelphia, with first post set for 12:40 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There was one sure way - and it was the only way - to cash a ticket on a favorite during the Labor Day Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. You bet on a Julie Miller-trained harness racing horse. Julie combined with driver/husband Andy to send out four horses on the twelve-race Pocono card. All were favorites; all won and took lifetime marks; and none of the other eight favorites could get home first. Two of Team Orange Crush's winning quartet were two-year-olds: the Father Patrick - Bell Power trotting filly Becky Kronos, who broke her maiden in 1:57.4 for Bruni Racing Team AB; and the Sombeachsomewhere - Pleasure Beach pacing filly The Bethinator, an import from Hawthorne who ran her lifetime mark to 4-for-5 with a 1:53.4 victory for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. The sophomore Donato Hanover filly American Kronos, last seen in an Hambletonian Oaks elimination, found Tuesday's easier company to her liking as she tallied in 1:53.3 for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow. And then there was the Muscle Hill four-year-old American Moni, the last foal out of the champion mare Moni Maker. He hadn't won at two and three in limited attempts; in 2019 before Tuesday's race he had a first and two seconds before eliminating himself with a break over sloppy going. Here American Moni put it all together as the Pocono players' heavy chalk, stepping to a 1:53.3 best clocking for the Moni Maker Stable. The two younger performers won by 1¾ lengths and ¾ of a length, respectively; the latter two won by 8½ and 7¾ lengths, respectively. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - August 30, 2019 - The Father Patrick colt Synergy got up the rail to win by the narrowest of margins in Friday's $182,876 Champlain Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A full field of 10 rookies met up for the Grand Circuit contest. Per Engblom trainee Synergy went off as the slight favourite over Luc Blais' Port Perry and the two rookies would be connected throughout. Synergy and driver Yannick Gingras moved up to the top from second moving into the backstretch. Port Perry and driver Bob McClure followed and zipped up to lead the field by the half in :57.2. Horse Trader applied first-up pressure going to three-quarters, sitting a length away from Port Perry in 1:26.4. Port Perry put away the outside rival in the stretch, but drifted off the rail just enough that Synergy could shoot through in deep stretch. The rookies hit the line in a photo finish that saw Synergy reach up to win by a nose in 1:55.4. Horse Trader finished third, while Scamp and Nylander finished in a dead-heat for fourth. "I wasn't sure honestly, it was really tight," said Gingras of the photo finish. "I had the momentum going across, so I knew I had a chance, but it was too close to call. "When Bobby (McClure) came I was happy to let him go. My horse is really good, but he hadn't raced in a month and he's been on the front a few times, so I was definitely happy to follow somebody." Synergy was making his first start since finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial on August 3 at The Meadowlands. The Engblom trainee has now won three of four starts and earned $121,854 for owners Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and David Anderson. He was a $275,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Synergy returned $5.20. Friday evening's program also saw a jaw-dropping performance from Youaremycandygirl in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The four-year-old mare was making her debut for trainer Richard Moreau and made an immediate statement. Driver Louis Philippe Roy angled Youaremycandygirl out from third approaching three-quarters and immediately surged up alongside Seaswift Joy N, who reached the third marker in 1:23.3. Youaremycandygirl was in full flight swinging into the lane and stormed away from her rivals with an incredible :25.3 final-quarter to win in 1:49.1. Owned by W Donovan, Youaremycandygirl picked up her second win in 10 starts this season. The career-earners of $1.5 million now has 20 career victories. She paid $19.20 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening with the $1.6 million Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Pacing Derby card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 featured harness racing events headlined the Friday afternoon racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the co-feature for trotters, the Father Patrick gelding Divine Spirit overcame the difficult tuck-then-first-over trip to win in 1:56.3. Remarkable De Vie put up the early fractions of :28 and :58.2; by the 1:26.3 three-quarters he had engaged the leader and soon gained the advantage, and through the stretch the sophomore was able to stay 1½ lengths ahead of gaining favorite Navarone Hanover. Trainer Brett Pelling co-owns the winner with Lindy Farms of Connecticut; for driver Andrew McCarthy, the success was one of six on the afternoon card for him. In the co-headliner for pacing females, the Bettor's Delight mare Ilana Z Tam went out to get the pocket behind Ponder The Odds, watched that one put up timer action of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:23.3, at the last-named station while engaged in battling favored first-over Tarryn A Strip, then shot up the inside to achieve a simple one length victory over closing Odds On Naples in 1:52.4. Trainer/driver Pat Lachance also shares ownership of the winner with Z Tam Stables LLC. In a $14,500 pace for fast-class mares, the sharp Roll With Joe mare Queen Lostris N made every pole a winning one to lower her mark to 1:51.2 and spoil the U.S. debut of Imprincessgemma N. George Napolitano Jr. sent the winner of $182,336 right to the front and put up splits of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:23.3; Imprincessgemma N, who got a 3-tuck early, had to come first-over, and despite a persistent grind came up a length short. Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the leading trainer at Harrah's Philly, conditions the winner for Gilberto Garcia-Herrera. FINISHING LINES - Harness royalty comes to Harrah's Philly on Sunday for Great Northeast Open Series action: #1-ranked Shartin N tops the mares pace, while 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover is set to go in the open trot. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

MILTON, ON - August 29, 2019 - Rookie harness racing trotting fillies stepped into the Grand Circuit spotlight for the $195,597 Champlain Stakes on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 18 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of divisions. Father Patrick filly Panem broke her maiden with a 1:55.4 score in the first split. The Nancy Johansson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn circled to the top from second going to the half and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before trotting home in :29.1 to secure the victory by a length and a half. She Rocks Kemp finished second, while Heat Wave Hanover was third. Panem had been winless in five starts entering the Champlain, but did have a pair of runner-up finishes along with a third-place effort. "She's not the easiest to drive, but if you talk to her nicely and just let do her thing, she can punch out a good mile," said Dunn about Panem. "She was getting a little bit lost on the front...so I just gave her a chirp and got her going. She's still learning, but the ability is there and she's got a nice future." Panem Panem is a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing and has now earned $62,206. She paid $9.90 to win. Panem Spoiled Princess spoiled the undefeated record of Whose Blues with a 1:55.2 victory in the second division. Dunn steered the daughter of Trixton to the victory to give the New Zealand native a sweep of Thursday's stakes. Race-favourite Whose Blues moved to the lead in the second-quarter from second, but got company quickly in the form of She Must Be Magic, who took the lead at the half in :56.4. Whose Blues angled out nearing three-quarters, which was reached in 1:25.4. Spoiled Princess and Dunn sat patiently in fourth during the opening-half, before getting underway and sitting three-lengths from the top at three-quarters. In the stretch, Spoiled Princess tracked down Whose Blues and overtook the undefeated filly to win by a length and half. Sheer Energy finished third. Spoiled Princess improved her record to three wins in six starts with the Champlain score. She has now earned $89,649 for owner/breeders Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcing Ent LLC. "To have a homebred and win this is fantastic," said McNerney. "We went easy with this horse from the beginning and didn't want to race a lot, we want to take our time and it's paid off." Spoiled Princess paid $10.30 to win. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings headlines the 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2019 -- Sister Sledge did it all in Wednesday's $180.502 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. She extended her career unbeaten streak to six, completed a sweep of PASS preliminary legs and triumphed in a stake-record 1:54.1. In the other division of the Delmonica Hanover, as the stake is known, 11-1 Shishito rallied from well back to spring the upset. Throughout her streak, no rival had been closer than a length to Sister Sledge at the finish. That was the case Wednesday as well, as she forged to the lead from the rail for Yannick Gingras and defeated the first-over Sorella by 2-1/2 lengths, with Aperfectcrystal third. "She has a crazy amount of speed; she hasn't been tired yet," Gingras said. "Today I actually was hoping a couple would leave and we could race her from behind. But nobody left, so she took things in hand." The time erased the stake record of 1:55 established by Can't I in 2016. The daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors now has banked $138,563 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sister Sledge figures to be the heavy favorite in the $250,000 PASS championship, which is set for Sept. 8 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Shishito was away sixth for Aaron Merriman and trailed by 7-1/2 lengths at the half before picking up live cover and beginning her advance. She edged Sans Defaut by a head in a career-best 1:55.1 while Sherry Lyns Lady earned show. "She's been good every race so far," said Per Engblom, who conditions the daughter of Father Patrick-Yoga for Black Horse Racing and John Fielding. "I think she's a very nice filly. She's pretty much fully staked after this." Engblom noted that Shishito is dually eligible in Pennsylvania and Kentucky and appears to have earned a berth in each state's sires stake championship. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Wednesday's subfeature became a showcase for Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim Campbell, who teamed for a double with Next Level Stuff and Madame Sherry. Miss Wilia took the third split. Next Level Stuff vaulted to the front from post 7 and never let the pocket-sitting Perth Angel De Vie get close, downing her by 3-1/4 lengths in a stake-fastest 1:56. Andela completed the ticket. "We had hopples on and off her, and we ended up taking them off," Campbell said of the daughter of Sebastian K-Nantab, who overcame mid-season gaiting issues to win two consecutive stallion series splits. "She does have a nice way of going. Hopefully, she'll mature a little bit more." Miss Wilia also scored her second straight stallion series victory by moving first up for Dave Palone and defeating Keystone Candace by 4-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Early leader Path Of Totality saved show. Rick Zeron trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Athens for owners/breeders Charles Receski and Thomas Brice. "Rick called me this morning and advised me to be careful getting her away," Palone said. "She sat in nice and comfortable. When I moved her, she marched right up to the leader; from the middle of the last turn, I never thought anybody would get her." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a carryover of $1,100.72 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEXINGTON, KY--Off at odds of 120-1, Strip It Down As reeled in tempo-setter Asiago and nailed the 1-9 favorite on the wire to upset in the first of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) harness racing divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies at The Red Mile on Saturday, Aug. 24. Asiago took control early and faced little challenge while setting a clip of :28.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Driver Elliot Deaton had Strip It Down As positioned third and sent the son of Archangel after Asiago rounding towards the top of the stretch. Asiago led by open lengths into the sixteenth pole but Strip It Down As cut into the leader's margin and stuck a head in front at the finish in a 1:52.4 mile. Asiago settled for second while Back Splash gave chase a couple lengths back in third. Returning $242.80 to win, Strip It Down As won her second race from four starts this season and her fourth from 11 overall, earning $60,929. Anette Lorentzon conditions the filly for owner-breeder Acl Stuteri Ab and co-owner Kjell Johansson. Driver Andy Miller placed French Cafe on the front and set a slow tempo when going coast to coast with a 1:54.3 mile in the second KYSS filly division. The Julie Miller-trained daughter of Father Patrick took command from Whispering Oaks in second and Caterina Hall in third. French Cafe controlled the speed through fractions of :29 and :58 before enduring minor first-over pressure from Fade Into You circling the final turn. Race-favorite Queen Of Trixs sat second over passing three-quarters in 1:26.1 before angling towards the center of the track for a final-quarter sprint. French Cafe maintained the front through the lane while Queen Of Trixs gave pursuit from second, with Fade Into You holding third. Winning her second race from six starts this season and her fifth in 15 overall, French Cafe has earned $117,900. The homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld returned $5.20 to win. Chin Chin Hall hustled off cover in the stretch drive to take the opening division of KYSS for sophomore trotting colts in 1:52.4. Sheer Muscle moved for the lead with Thunder venturing wide to take control past a :29 quarter. Pilot Discretion, sitting third, brushed for the front and cleared command while accelerating towards a :56.4 half. Super Schissel tipped first over and ranged forward to match strides with the leader nearing three-quarters in 1:25.2. Chin Chin Hall followed from second over and fanned wide at the head of the stretch. Pilot Discretion clung to command as Super Schissel stalled between horses before Chin Chin Hall kicked past the two in progress to a two-and-a-quarter length victory. Pilot Discretion held second while Super Schissel settled for third. A Walnut Hall Limited-bred gelded son of Cash Hall, Chin Chin Hall won his third race from five starts this season and his fifth from 12 overall, earning $259,680. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions the $4.40 winner for owners Oldford Racing LLC and David McDuffee. Stalking dueling leaders around the final turn, driver Andy Miller sent Yankee Glide gelding Zack's Got The W towards the center of the track to grab victory in the second KYSS colt division. The Erv Miller trainee sat pocket to Manatlas, who passed the first quarter in :27.4. Seven Hills, racing fourth, angled first over and marched towards his stablemate after a :56.1 half. The pair raced side by side when approaching three-quarters in 1:24.4 while Andy Miller moved Zack's Got The W from the pocket to the outside of the battling leaders when straightening for the finish. Zack's Got The W dashed to the lead nearing the finish while Guaranteed, also stalking the leaders, rallied even wider for second. Seven Hills held third. Owned by Ervin Miller Stable Inc, Greg Gillis and Harvey Eisman, Zack's Got The W won his second race from 11 starts, earning $34,120. Fredericka and Elizabeth Caldwell bred the $19.20 winner. KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Aug. 25 with two $30,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and a $30,000 single 12-horse dash for sophomore pacing fillies. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

INDIANA ,PA - The weather was kinder than it has been recently as the Pennsylvania fair circuit checked into the Indiana County Fair, with seven of twelve scheduled races for two-year-olds conducted Thursday and all fifteen heats for three-year-olds raced on Friday. The Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman harness racing trotting gelding Penance atoned for two breaks in stride in pari-mutuel Sire Stakes races, putting up the fastest time of any performer on the Thursday card, 2:07.1 (one filly and both colt "A" paces were among the washouts). Penance, who is the circuit's fastest baby trot this year with a 2:02.4 at York and also was the winner of an Arden Downs division the night before the Adios, now has a 5-4-1-0 scorecard at the fairs, with Kyle Bolon guiding him to victory at Indiana for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Perhaps the biggest disappointment among the washed-out races was that the baby pacing filly Silly But Serious did not get a chance to become the first six-time fair winner of the year. The opportunity to become a six-time fair winner did fall to Andovers Asset, a three-year-old trotting gelding who raced Friday, but that one had to settle for second behind the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who won in 2:05.3 for the co-fastest trot time of the meet (equaled by the filly Grandma Anna in her "B: Sire Stakes division). Bob Rougeaux III returned to the Indiana winners circle after Cantab Ed, handled by Chris Shaw and owned by the Lone Wolf Stable, won his first race of the year. But the spotlight on Friday, and indeed for the meet, fell on the sophomore pacing fillies, as the two "A" Fair Sire Stakes winners both went over three seconds faster than any other winner this meet. First to Victory Lane was the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, now three-for-three at the fairs (including a 1:59 win in a "B" cut at Clearfield) after a 2:01.1 tour of the Indiana oval for driver Eric Neal, trainer Scott Betts, and owners Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts. Even faster was the Western Ideal miss More More More, winning in 2:00.1 fifteen minutes later for meet speed honors while posting her third straight victory. Also the divisional speed leader by virtue of her 1:58.4 mile at Dayton last week, More More More is enjoying as hot a current roll as are his owners, driver/husband Tony and trainer/wife Linda Schadel. The victory patterns among trainers and drivers contrasted wildly from Thursday to Friday. Seven different drivers won the seven heats conducted Thursday, while seven different drivers also won Friday - among the 15 races that day. Kyle Bolon and Chris Shaw both added a triple on Friday to the race they won Thursday to emerge as the meet leaders with four sulky successes. Seven different trainers also won on Thursday, but on Friday five trainers rang up doubles during the long card. Again there was a tie at the top, as Michael Brocklehurst and Bob Rougeaux III both were among the doublers on Friday and the winners on Thursday to dead-heat with three training triumphs. The Keystone fair circuit next goes to the northwest corner of the state and the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA, with noon first posts scheduled for two-year-olds on Monday and three-year-olds on Tuesday From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will feature the fourth and final preliminary round of action for Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old harness racing trotting colts - two divisions of the $184,018 PA Sire Stakes, along with four divisions of the PA Stallion Series competition. No horse was victorious in all of the first three prelim rounds of the Sire Stakes, but the tenth race second division, which on paper figures to be a slightly-tougher cut, features a horse who was victorious in both his PaSS starts - the double world champion Real Cool Sam, who starts from post four for driver David Miller, trainer Jim Campbell, and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC. An altered son of Muscle Hill - Cooler Schooner, Real Cool Sam set world records in his last two starts. He equaled the 1:53.1 standard for baby trotting geldings on a mile track, first set by Outburst in 2013, when he won the Haughton Memorial final (for which he skipped a Sires prelim), and then at The Meadows he equaled the divisional world record of 1:54.4 set by Amigo Volo a week earlier. Real Cool Sam is undefeated in six career starts, and has earnings of $248,134. Two other single Sires winners will go against him Sunday: Rome Pays Off (post one, trainer Marcus Melander, driver Mattias Melander), a winner at The Meadows in his last start; and Chestnut Hill (post seven, trainer Nifty Norman, driver Tim Tetrick), who won at Philly on August 9. In the other division, the Father Patrick - Margarita Momma gelding Amigo Volo, who at Philly first set the 1:54.4 divisional world record that was equaled by Real Cool Sam in that one's last start, has drawn the rail for the team of trainer Nifty Norman and driver David Miller. His only other start in the Sires was a neck defeat to Gangster Hanover, a two-time Sires winner who is sitting out this last prelim. Gangster Hanover is part of the Ã…ke Svanstedt stable, and Svanstedt has two single-time Sires winners going against Amigo Volo: Swiss House On Fire (post five, driver Yannick Gingras) and King Alphonso (post six, Svanstedt up); the latter is actually the divisional pointsleader with a win and two seconds in the competition. The battle for high finishes will determine who earns enough points to qualify for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and consolation, to be held September 8 at Harrah's Philly. The competition should be equally fierce in the Stallion Series races, which will have their Championship here at The Downs on Monday, September 9. Three horses have two Stallion Series wins apiece so far, and the fourth race StS division matches two of them: Town Victor, the leading pointwinner in the Series so far with two firsts and a third, and Saxon, who is undefeated in his only two Stallion Series starts. The other double winner is Beyond Kosmos, also unbeaten in a pair of StS contests, who will go postward in the sixth race. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ready Cash colt Ready For Moni stalked the speed for the first half of the mile and then pounced on the final turn, surging to a four-length victory to trot the fastest mile of the three $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for two-year-old trotting colts on Sunday, Aug. 18 at The Red Mile.   The Per Engblom trainee sat in the pocket to a :27.4 first quarter while Father Figure protected position from the pylons to lead briefly. Hit Show parked when trying to take the lead around the first turn but promptly ducked to fourth as Father Figure maintained his speed towards a :56.2 half.   Ready For Moni pulled from the pocket rounding the final turn and edged past the pacesetter after three-quarters in 1:26.2. From there Ready For Moni scooted clear of Mcmatters rallying off cover to take second from Legion Of Honor holding third.   Winning her second race from three starts, Ready For Moni has earned $21,500 for owners John Fielding, Lindy Farms Of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hartfield. Jimmy Takter drove the $2.80 winner.   Ontopofthehill vaulted off cover to take the first division of KYSS for two-year-old trotting colts, stopping the clock in 1:57.   Uncle Ed launched for the top from the outside while Father Dunn moved into second and Bold Moves into third. Ontopofthehill sat sixth past a :29.3 before catching cover from St Martins, who marched uncovered towards the leader through a :58.4 half and drew to equal terms by three-quarters in 1:28.1.   Driver Chris Page pulled Ontopofthehill off cover for the stretch drive while St Martins lost momentum and went on a gallop. Uncle Ed battled back at the pylons but managed only to hold second, three-quarter lengths behind the winner, while Hemisphere rallied from last to take third.   Owned by Elite Trotting, Ontopofthehill won his first race from six starts, earning $34,021. Ron Burke conditions the Brittany Farms-bred son of Muscle Hill who paid $4.20 to win.   Expectations protected the front and turned away a first-over challenge to take the final KYSS colt split in 1:55.4.   Driver Mattias Melander pushed the Marcus Melander trainee from the pylons but yielded the lead to Sheena Soldier heading to a :28.3 opening quarter. Melander then swung the Muscle Hill colt around Sheena Soldier to take command moving up the backstretch. Sermon, sitting third, tracked his move but got caught first over while matching strides with the leader past a :56.3 half.   Sermon stuck to Expectation's side passing three-quarters in 1:25.3 but soon faltered through the stretch. Rays The Limits, stalking the speed duel from fourth, angled towards the center of the course and rallied for second while Jax Reddy came from last for third.   Bred by Dunroven Stud LLC, Expectations won his first race from five starts, earning $61,899. Vicky Trotting Inc. owns the $3.60 winner.   Odds-on favorite Ms Savannah Belle travelled overland to win the fastest of the three $30,000 KYSS filly splits by a one-and-a-quarter lengths when trotting a 1:55 mile in the opening division.   Driver Jimmy Takter positioned the Muscle Hill filly fifth while 117-1 shot Oblivion landed on the lead past a :29 opening quarter. Takter then tipped the Per Engblom trainee first over and gained on the leader past a :57 half while flushing cover from Fortune Telln Lady heading towards three-quarters in 1:26.2.   Ms Savannah Belle fanned towards the center of the course moving to the top of the stretch and slid to control as Guinevere Hall hustled through a seam at the inside to take second, one-and-a-quarter lengths behind. Caviart Guilia closed for third.   A homebred filly for Al Libfeld, Ms Savannah Belle won her first race from four starts, earning $39,658. She paid $3.20 to win.   With early leader Caviart Eva going on a break past the quarter, Crucial inherited the top and held command for the remainder of the mile to take the second filly split of the KYSS.   Caviart Eva cleared the front from post 7 circling the first turn while Crucial slid into the pocket ahead of Molto Bene racing third. Following a :29.2 opening quarter Caviart Eva began to gallop and retreated towards the rear of the field while Miss Kendra D angled first over to challenge the leader after a :59.2 half.   Miss Kendra D drew closer to the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Father Patrick and raced only a neck off the lead past three-quarters in 1:28.4 but began to stall when turning for the finish. Molto Bene went on a break from the pocket, which also knocked Sentebale, Hecate and Billie Claire off stride in the backfield all while Crucial clung to a slimming lead. She hit the finish a neck better than Shishito, who closed from second over to take second. Miss Kendra D settled for third.   Winning her third race from four starts, Crucial has accrued $67,623 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, William Donovan, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page piloted the $3.20 winner.   Violet Stride took the final KYSS filly division going coast to coast, trotting the mile in 1:56.   Driver Chris Page pushed the daughter of Trixton towards the front from the center of the gate, leading Julia C to a :28.1 opening quarter. The Mark Harder trainee faced little pressure heading to a :57.3 half while Do You Wanna Dance, positioned fourth, edged first over but stalled rounding the final turn.   Violet Stride continued to lead Julia C passing three-quarters in 1:27.2 as the pocket-sitter mounted her bid for the stretch drive. However Julia C broke midway through the stretch while Page dug into Violet Stride to hit the finish ahead of Cover Girl closing from last for second. Heaven, stalking the top two, took third.   Winning her first race from five starts, Violet Stride--bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre Jr. of Norway--has earned $19,250 for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. She paid $11.40 to win.   Kentucky Sires Stakes action continues at The Red Mile on Thursday, Aug. 22 with two-year-old pacing colts and fillies competing in $30,000 divisions for the second preliminary. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Headed by the undefeated Sister Sledge, the $181,105 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies will be held in three divisions during the twilight card on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There will also be five $20,000 Stallion Series divisions throughout the card. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors filly Sister Sledge may be named after the musical group who had a hit with the song "We Are Family," but Sister Sledge has been distancing herself from her competition "family," winning her four races by a cumulative 13¼ lengths. A two-time Sire Stakes winner, the faster of which came in 1:55.1 for the quickest time yet posted in her PaSS division, she is also the fastest freshman trotter of either sex on a 5/8-mile track with her 1:53.4 win in a Pennsylvania All-Stars win here at Pocono. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Sister Sledge will begin from post three in the tenth race second division for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Her two main competitors have drawn the two outermost posts in this field of seven: the Muscle Hill - Kadealia miss Sorella, a Sire Stakes and Arden Downs winner who starts from post six for trainer Staffan Lind and driver Tim Tetrick; and the Muscle Hill - Armbro Deja Vu filly Hello Tomorrow, coming off a 2-3 summary in the Doherty Memorial, beginning just to her right for trainer Per Engblom and driver David Miller. The eleventh race third division brings together three babies who have already won in the Sire Stakes: the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel distaff Queen Of The Hill, a double Sires winner starting from post five for trainer Per Engblom and driver Yannick Gingras; the Father Patrick - Demoiselle Hanover filly Sherry Lyns Lady, second in the Doherty final, beginning from post three for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick; and the Muscle Hill - Anonyme Hanover miss Aldabra Hanover, an 11-1 upsetter in her Sires win, who will start between these two rivals for trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy. Sans Defaut is the only previous Sire Stakes winner in the third race first division, and the daughter of Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy, also a PA All-Stars winner here, is sure to have many backers as she begins from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. Four of the five Stallion Series divisions contains a winner from the second StS preliminary leg: Perth Angie De Vie (race 4), Burberry (race 6), Heart N Soul Deo (race 7), and Rebecca Clark (race 9). The seventh race division also contains first round StS winner Path Of Totality. The fastest of the StS winners, Dune Hill (1:56.2), is also on the Monday Pocono card - but she is upgrading to Sire Stakes competition. The Monday twilight card at Pocono is set to begin at 4 p.m. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Father Patrick sophomore gelding Divine Spirit was reserved off a very fast pace by driver Eric Carlson, with the pair rallying in the last 3/8 to just get up in the $15,000 featured harness racing trot on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Divine Spirit was away sixth as P L Ketchup had to go a burning :26.4 quarter to get by fellow speedster Papi Hanover. Those two remained 1-2 past a :55.4 half, with the winner moving outside past that call and then getting cover from Trixar well before the 1:24.1 three-quarters. P L Ketchup looked as if he might survive to the wire despite the taxing pace, but Divine Spirit was moving fastest of all late and took a new mark in 1:54 while defeating P L Ketchup by a neck. The victory was the first of the season for the gelding, who is trained by Brett Pelling and co-owned by him with Lindy Farms of Connecticut. In a $14,000 co-featured mares pace, slotted in race ten, the A Rocknroll Dance mare Sidewalk Dancer became the first favorite to win on the card when she tallied for driver George Napolitano Jr. in 1:51. Sidewalk Dancer was on the move at the :26.3 quarter, made the lead and got a :56.1 breather to the midpoint, then went 1:23.1 to the three-quarters and kept some nice distaffs at bay in the lane, winning by 3¼ lengths over Brunhilda for trainer Chris Oakes and the ownership of Northfork Racing Stable, Omar Beiler, and Dennis Coons. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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