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Bloomsburg, PA---The final stop of the 2014 Pennsylvania fair season staged the first phase of its harness racing action on Thursday and Friday, with Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes the features over the half-mile oval in this northeast Pennsylvania town. (This Tuesday and Wednesday, the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes will ring down the final curtain on this year’s circuit.) In a season where pacers had dominated the headlines heretofore, the Fair Sire Stakes here saw the trotters take center stage, with all four divisions of the diamondgaiters posting the fastest clockings of the fair circuit for age, sex, and gait. (A certain two-year-old pacing filly also got her name on that list, too, but more on her in a moment.) The sophomore trotting gelding Millertown Road put it all together Friday over the track where he trains, going wire-to-wire in 2:00.2, last quarter 28.3, to post the summer’s fastest trot mile over the Pennsy twicearounds. The son of Malabar Millennium took the faster division of his event by defeating Faust, who had held the season’s record, for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Jim McGettigan, and owner Edward McGettigan Jr. Other winners in this class were Fly Past Hanover, giving driver Schoeffel 2/3 of this section with his 11th win of the year, and Mr Weaver, who won his last eight Fair Sire Stakes starts en route to nine triumphs on the season. Earlier, the filly Hearts Content had matched Faust’s 2:00.4 trot mark for 2014 with an exciting wire-to-wire victory over an onrushing Cantabs Lightning in the fastest 3TF cut. Racing on the lead as is her wont, the daughter of SJ’s Caviar opened a big enough margin that her major rival couldn’t catch her as Hearts Content tallied for driver Roger Hammer and the Dunn Stable of trainer Walter “Boots” Dunn. A day earlier, driver Steve Schoeffel still had his name next to the fastest 2TF, but it was the Muscle Massive miss Missive replacing Mooksie on the top of the charts after a 2:01.4 triumph. Schoeffel also trains Missive, who led all the way for owners Kathy Schoeffel and the Lander Stable LLC. Two trotting geldings both went in 2:04 to set the standard for baby trotting males. First up was The Master, with Steve Schoeffel earning himself another line in the 2014 record books by sulkysitting behind the Glidemaster gelding for trainer Syl King Jr. and owner Mahlon Martin. Fifteen minutes later, the SJ’s Caviar gelding Music Man De Vie wrote his name alongside that of The Master by matching his time for driver Marc Mosher and trainer/lessee Clifton Green while defeating Schoeffel’s Police Navidad, who is still tied for most wins by a baby trotter in North America with 10. The one pacer posting a PA fair season’s mark was the winningest two-year-old in all of North America, the Western Terror pacing filly Tropical Terror, who ran her remarkable record to 17-15-2-0 with a 2:00 victory for Team Shaw – driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. The 2:00 equaled the clocking of Keystone I Wish, who has hung the only two defeats on Tropical Terror – and who finished behind “TT” Thursday after a fierce duel the last quarter. Team Shaw’s 2PG Nippy won for the 14th time of this season earlier in the card, putting him second in victories among all U.S./Canadian freshmen. Also worth a mention is Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who posted the fastest clocking of the meet, 1:59.3, in winning Friday for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer; Ruffle Up had three magic miles this summer, while no other horse could post more than one. A report on the Bloomsburg Stakes will follow this Wednesday’s action, and a summary of the entire 2014 fair season will be issued shortly after that sending. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horseman's Association 

Mach It So and Golden Receiver raced to a dead heat for the win in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Mach It So (Mach Three-Beach Dancer), driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer PJ Fraley, appeared to have the race wrapped up when he kicked his cover at the top of the stretch and scooted to the lead. But Golden Receiver (Village Jove-Royal Gold), driven by Simon Allard for trainer Jake Huff, found another gear in the passing lane late and rallied to pull dead even with Mach It So as they crossed the line in 1:49:4. Clint Westwood finished third, while, in a racing oddity, Word Power and Big Time Promise were Inseparable at the line for fifth place, making it the rare harness race with two separate dead heats. In other action on Saturday night, Maven (Glidemaster-M Stewart), the only mare up against the field of boys in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap trot, powered up first over to corral a hot pace and score by a length in 1:52:3. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Mark MacDonald, Maven, the 5-2 second choice in a field of eight, won for the second time this year and 27th in her career, pushing her lifetime earnings to $1,481,796. Waiting On A Woman finished second wile 6-5 favorite Sevruga settled for 3rd. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his winning streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway in the evening's $8,000 featured race. The five-year-old trotter came into Thursday's tilt on a three-race win streak and recorded his fourth straight score on the front end in his first start off the claim for trainer Andy Sardella. Brussel Sprout was the public's 1-5 favorite in the betting and raced like it as he never had an anxious moment en route to the 1:58.3 victory over the 'off' track after an evening of rain in the Spa City. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Brussel Sprout to the score and added four wins to his already lengthy lead in the driving standings as the 30 year old reinsman in well on his way to yet another driving title. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old trotter moved into the $15,000 claimers a few weeks ago and is now three-for-three in that class following a frontrunning victory in 1:58.2 on a chilly summer night in the Spa City. The Allan Johnson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark last week when he overcame a tough trip to prevail in 1:56.3 and extended his win streak on Thursday night. Pop My Buttons (Phil Fluet) sat the pocket to the favored winner and finished second to complete a chalky $4.40 exacta while Holy Smokes (Stephane Bouchard) completed the triple. Brussel Sprout was driven to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.  Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) has been the most consistent force in the Fillies and Mares Open this year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and on Friday night, she flexed her muscles once again. The Allan Johnson trainee came into the race as a first or second place finisher in five consecutive $17,000 Opens and was first or second in eight of her last nine local tries heading into Friday's feature. Driver Austin Siegelman was content to get away at the back of the six horse field in the early stages as Campanile's rivals slugged it out posting blistering fractions. The five year old mare swooped the group and recorded a 1:52.2 victory in the Open, her fastest win time of the season. It was one of three wins on the card for Johnson and Siegelman who won with trotters Backstreet Hanover (Andover Hall) and Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster). Campanile returned $7.90 to win in what was her sixth victory of the season. Tiamo (Mark Beckwith) was the Open's runner up while Road Bet (Frank Coppola Jr) held on for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

HONESDALE PA - The second half of the dual-phase harness racing meet at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast PA town, the "PA Fair Sire Stakes" portion after the "county fair" portion, ended yesterday, with many familiar storylines in place at the wire: Roger Hammer, who set the Honesdale track records on both the pace (Alastor Hanover, 1:56.2) and trot (Vivid Photo, 2:02) in 2010, again in 2014 had the fastest mile, a 2:00.4 outing by the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rockabella, for whom Hammer is owner/trainer/driver, in a division of the FFA pace Wednesday. Like most of the week's miles at Honesdale, the early pace was conservative, but the final quarter was impressive (28); The most interesting fair division so far, the two-year-old filly pace, had seen Keystone I Wish stop Tropical Terror's win streak at eight earlier in the week; on Thursday the fillies, who had deadheated at Bedford, drew in separate divisions: and both won: first the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish for trainer / driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with his wife Christine; and then the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw; The 2PFs went in races 3 and 4; races 1 and 2 were for the 2TFs, and both Schadel and Shaw won one each of these two as well - both catchdriving for owner/trainer Boots Dunn: the Glidemaster filly Shewontkissandtell and the Tom Ridge filly Isabella Carina. Driving doubles seemed to be the order of the day in the Thursday Fair Sire Stakes for babies: on the colt side, Marc Mosher guided both trot winners, while on the pace Chris Shaw paraded back twice; Well-known amateur horseman Alan Schwartz made a rare venture over the New York state line profitable as he won with R'lene Jetta, a Lear Jetta sophomore filly he owns, trains, and drove; And of course the ongoing success of Hurricane Shaw, the trio mentioned above. After Chris drove seven winners during the first session and Jason trained five, all for his two-year-old son Mason the owner, Team Shaw went 6-5-5 during the second two-day section. FINISHING LINES - Roger Hammer also trained the fastest winner of the opening day of the two-day meet in Waynesburg PA (358 miles southwest of Honesdale) yesterday, with the Rustler Hanover baby gelding Rustlercafe distancing a Quaker State field in 2:02 for driver Steve Schoeffel, who won three times on that card. There will be a full summary on the Waynesburg meet appearing after today's racing for three-year-olds. Publicity Office of PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

Young trotter Ulster (Glidemaster) parlayed the pocket ride to victory for leading driver Billy Dobson on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three-year-old Ulster inherited the rail after a scratch of one of his rivals and wound up getting a two-hole trip behind pacesetter LG's Pride (Jordan Derue) who was making his local debut. Ulster sailed by in the stretch to record a lifetime best win in 1:59.2 in the evening's $6,500 featured race. LG's Pride was the race's runner up while Master Act (Stephane Bouchard) came on to finish third. Ulster, who is trained by Joe Facin Jr, went off at odds of 9-2. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 4, 2014 -- Don't Mind Me thwarted the same rival twice en route to victory in 1:57.1, fastest split in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. KY Lucky, Master The Past and Plump Jack took the other divisions in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Don't Mind Me and trainer/driver Jim Raymer had the lead at the quarter when Longcat Hanover and Dan Rawlings ranged up on the outside. When Don't Mind Me refused to release him, Longcat Hanover retreated to the pocket, only to try again near the three-quarters. The result was the same, as Don't Mind Me defeated his persistent challenger by a length, with Up Front Murray third. The time was a tick off the stake record. "He's a lazy sort of thing -- he hasn't even learned to be a racehorse," Raymer said of the son of Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind, a $50,000 yearling acquisition for Harbor Racing Stable. "If I let Danny go, chances are my horse would've just backed up and not had any interest in racing at all. So I took a shot. "Physically, he's ready; mentally, he's not. He's like a 5-year-old. He loves to be out there, his manners are super. It's just that I want him to be a little bit of a racehorse." A three-race maiden entering the stake, Master The Past erased a 4-1/2-length deficit with an uncovered backside burst that carried him to victory in 1:58.4 for Mike Wilder. Wimborne Hanover, who was on the lead when Master The Past blew by, was second, 4-3/4 lengths back, with Marion Coca a rallying third. "I totally was expecting (a big race from him)," said Clinton Guitard, who conditions the Glidemaster-So Fine Kash gelding, a $15,000 yearling purchase, for Michael Guitard. "He looked like he would win his last race, but he got a little tired. I figured he could go in the stallion series." KY Lucky made it two wins in three career starts when he quarter-poled to the lead for Eric Ledford and comfortably held off Cue Hall by a length to score in 1:59. Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables campaign the Illinois-based youngster and sent him to The Meadows to trainer Tim Twaddle. Although he's had the Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding for only a week, Twaddle likes what he sees. "He's a great little guy -- I can't say anything bad about him," Twaddle said. "He's honest and game." In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, early leader Do Me Honor was shuffled to fourth but shot the Lightning Lane to notch her second straight victory for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury The time of 1:51.2 matched the career best for the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $487,858. Rescue Team was a head back in second while Novascotia Hanover earned show. Merriman won five races and Wilder three on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,985.10. In addition, The Meadows will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4, a regular feature of the track’s Monday and Tuesday cards. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program, which features a $233,008 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 1 - All eyes in harness racing will be on the Meadowlands this Saturday for the Hambletonian and local standout Harper Blue Chip will be one of eleven trotters vying for harness racing's highest profile trotting title. Trained by local conditioner Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip will start from post position nine with driver Brian Sears in the $1,006,125 Hambletonaian, which is carded as Race 13 on Saturday afternoon. Harper Blue Chip races for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. The son of Majestic Son - Winning Jonlin is coming off a 3 ¾ length victory in the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk on July 19. In six starts this season, Harper Blue Chip has visited the winner's circle twice and has only missed the board once when he finished fourth to the Father Patrick in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs on June 28. Just like the Beal Memorial, Harper Blue Chip and the rest of the field will be gunning for Father Patrick, who enters the Hambletonian on a 15 race win streak. Father Patrick is just one of three starters (Nuncio and Trixton) sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter's trio are the top three choices on the morning line. Harper Blue Chip is the fourth choice in the early odds of 12-1. Steacy admits that it will be a tough task defeating Takter's trio, but that his horse is on top of his game. "We've got our work cut out for us," said Steacy. "I was quite disappointed drawing the nine, it kind of made things a lot more difficult, but our horse is going into the race really good and healthy, so I expect a good effort from him as long as we have some race luck." Since the fourth place effort in the Beal, Harper Blue Chip has dominated locally and Steacy believes Harper Blue Chip is a better horse than the last time he faced the continent's very best. "I think with the trio of Jimmy Takter's it's a big step up, but he's raced against these horses before, never been able to beat them, but he's gone against them and he's been respectable," said Steacy. "I think my horse is better than the last time he raced against these horses and I think he's improved with every start and again a lot of racing luck and you never what might happen." Steacy has an idea of the trip he would like for his charge, but will leave the strategy up to defending and two-time Hambletonian winning driver Brian Sears. "It's going to be up to Brian Sears, but I'm hoping he will try to charge off the gate...obviously you want to be as close to Father Patrick or Trixton or one of those horses that you can be." Defeating Takter's trio will be a tough task for the Mark Steacy trainee, but Steacy knows what it takes to win a million dollar race with a three-year-old trotter. In 2006, Steacy captured the million dollar Canadian Trotting Classic with Majestic Son, the sire of Harper Blue Chip, overcoming favourites Chocolatier and Trotting Triple Crown winner Glidemaster. On Saturday afternoon, Steacy will be looking to recreate that million dollar magic with Harper Blue Chip. No horse has been hotter on the WEG circuit this season than State Treasurer and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee will take his talents south to the Meadowlands to battle with the sport's top free-for-all pacers on Saturday. State Treasurer will start from post two with driver David Miller in a field of nine for the $257,700 US Pacing Championship. The five-year-old son of Real Desire - Ideal Tresurer has won seven times in ten starts this season, including a victory last Saturday night in the Preferred at Mohawk in 1:48.3. State Treasurer has started in the WEG Preferred seven times this season and is currently riding a six race win streak in the circuit's top class. All six of those wins have been sub-1:50 miles. His biggest victory of the season was on May 30 in the $150,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair. State Treasurer's rivals on Saturday include Sweet Lou, who is currently on a seven race win streak, and Captaintreacherous, the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup winner. Two starts back, State Treasurer tackled this group in the $463,000 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and finished fourth, while only beaten 2 ½ lengths. This Saturday, State Treasurer will need to bring his top game and the speed he has been putting on display. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

Saturday's 89th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian Trot at The Meadowlands has drawn a field of eleven 3-year-old trotters going a mile in harness racing's most prestigious race. The Hambletonian is the opening leg of the Trotting Triple Crown which also includes the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity. Leading the field are Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton, all trained by Jimmy Takter, who is a two-time Hambletonian winner with Malabar Man (1997) and Muscle Massive (2010). Takter is looking to become the first trainer to sweep first, second and third in the modern era of the Hambletonian. Father Patrick is the 4-5 morning line favorite and will be driven by Yannick Gingras from post 10. Trixton is 7-2 and will start from post 7 with Takter driving and Nuncio is 9-2 with Hall of Fame driver John Campbell leaving from post 5. "At this point, I have three really good horses and they're racing scary good," Takter said. "I've got to keep them fresh and make sure nothing goes wrong. I have the three best horses, and I would be extremely disappointed if I don't win the Hambletonian this year. My goal is to win the Hambletonian. It's fun. The Hambletonian is the biggest race in our sport and something you work hard to win." Father Patrick, the 2013 Dan Patch award winning champion 2-year-old colt trotter, and is perfect this year in six starts for $510,931 in earnings and is ranked second in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Top Ten Poll. "He's the best horse I've ever developed," Takter said. "He's just different. He has all the things I like in a horse. He's a good sound horse. You can't find any fault with him. You can do anything you want with him. He's so handy. Patrick, to me, is the perfect horse." Owned by the Father Patrick Stable, the colt has wins this season in the Earl Beal Jr. at Pocono Downs and the Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. He has won 15 straight starts since losing to Nuncio in his second career effort. Overall, Father Patrick has banked $1,254,988 with 16 wins in 17 starts. Co-owned by the trainer's wife Christina, Trixton has six wins this year in eight starts for $283,855 in earnings. He was third to Father Patrick in the Dancer Memorial and is coming off a victory in a division of the Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands. Trixton, sixth in the harness poll, has career earnings of $337,542 with 10 wins in 16 starts. "He's the kind of horse with a big future as a 4-year-old. He's improving, getting more professional and very confident." the trainer/driver noted. Nuncio, owned by Stall TZ Inc., finished second to his stablemate in both the Earl Beal Jr. and Stanley Dancer Memorial, his only losses this year in seven starts. "I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "Jimmy trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way, and raced him that way, and he's started to figure it out. Nuncio, 10th in this week's poll, has earned $342,003 in 2014 and has 10 wins and seven seconds from 17 lifetime starts for $803,077. John Campbell has won the Hambletonian a record six times with the most recent victory coming with Glidemaster in 2006. The supporting events include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the companion event for trotting fillies; the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings; the $352,050 Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotting fillies; the $300,650 John Cashman, Jr. Memorial Free-For-All trot; the $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship; the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic for state bred 3-year-old pacers and the $177,750 Lady Liberty featuring Free-For-All pacing mares. The Hambletonian card has attracted international media interest, including live television coverage on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Here is the Hambletonian field in post position order: Note that Don Dorado starts from post 11, which is in the second tier. 1. Resolve, Corey Callahan, 20-1 2. JJ Alex, Francisco Del Cid, 50-1 3. Doncango, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 4. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, 12-1 5. Nuncio, John Campbell, 9-2 6. Royal Ice, Ron Pierce, 20-1 7. Trixton, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 8. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, 50-1 9. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, 12-1 10. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, 4-5 11. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, 20-1. The 89th Hambletonian has an approximate post time Saturday of 5:11 p.m. ET. (With files from the Meadowlands & UPI)  

Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

After watching Bee A Magician put together an 18-race win streak that began at age 2 and covered her entire 3-year-old season, harness racing fans wanted to know what was wrong with the 2013 Horse of the Year as she went winless in her first four starts this season. Not much, says trainer Nifty Norman, other than the fact that winning is difficult. "Lots of people have said to me that she's been no good, but only once really," Norman said. "Her first start was a great run, [second in 1:51.3] right off the bat and she had trot finishing. We kind of raced her easy in her second start and she was second; she was a little bit flat. Then she was sick, but she's been good again ever since. "People just expect her to win," he added with a chuckle. "It's not that easy; I wish it was. But I think she's been pretty solid." Bee A Magician, owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, returned to her winning ways with a world-record 1:51.1 triumph July 12 in the third round of the Miss Versatility Series at Meadowlands Racetrack. She now holds the records for fastest 3-year-old (1:51) and 4-year-old female trotters in history. She will try to make it two victories in a row when she meets six rivals in Friday's second leg of the Ima Lula Series for 4-year-old female trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Bee A Magician and regular driver Brian Sears will start from post one. The rest of the field in post order is Handover Belle, Rockin With Dewey, NF Happenstance, Ma Chere Hall, Mistery Woman, and Classic Martine. Handover Belle won the Ima Lula's first round on July 18 by a half-length over Ma Chere Hall in 1:51.4. The $55,000 estimated final is Aug. 2, Hambletonian Day. Bee A Magician -- who has won 28 of 35 career races, finished second on four occasions, and earned $2.45 million -- was eligible to the John Cashman Jr. Memorial, but the mare's connections decided against facing the boys. She raced against her male counterparts in the Hambletonian Maturity on July 5, finishing second to Your So Vain. "I want to race her as easy as I can," Norman said. "I'll consider racing those horses again later in the year maybe, but not right now. You can't be too tough on them. You see some of the other 4-year-olds that have come back and are not what they were. It's a tough thing to do because most of them have laid it all on the line last year." As it is, racing against the mares is difficult enough. "It's a tough division; very solid," Norman said, adding about her 1:51.1 win in the most recent Miss Versatility round, "It was a good race. She didn't jog, it was a good race." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

BEDFORD PA - There is a white wall against the outside backstretch fence at the half-mile oval in Bedford PA, and it says "Bedford Speedway" - appropriate, because much of the year the facility is used for auto racing. But the term "Speedway" certainly was also appropriate this past Monday and Tuesday, when horsepower of a different type - Pennsylvania trotters and pacers racing over the Bedford oval - was featured: --The all-time track trotting mark of 2:00.4 was set by the 3YO Faust, and a 2PG named Gordo was shocking in authoring a 1:57 win, only 2/5 off both the national season's record and the all-time Bedford pace standard; --Nine divisional track records were written - three of which not lasting two hours before being eclipsed; --Seven of the eight PA Fair Season's Leaders resulted from the two-day session, as did the first six 2:00 miles of the year on the twicearound circuit. Tuesday's highlight was the recordsetting 2:00.4 effort of the Glidemaster gelding Faust in the final division of the 3TC Fair Sires event for trainer Jim Raymer and the Harbor Racing Stable LLC of the noted harness racing hotbed of Texas. In that race, Fly Past Hanover and the fair season's leading driver Steve Schoeffel had carved splits of 29.2, 1:01.2, and 1:30.3, but in the stretch Faust "used the passing lane," squeezing through inside of the frontstepper to render a nose decision Ironically, Fly Past Hanover's stablemate in the Bill Daugherty Jr. barn, Broadway Charm, had lowered the local all-time trot standard to 2:01.2 30 minutes earlier, beating by a tick the old mark of Super Fellow, in a 3TC Fair Sire Stakes division a half-hour earlier. The track standard for 3TF was also rewritten twice on Tuesday, and for both fillies, it was their second rewriting of a divisional standard this summer. First up was The Yankees Win, who took a Quaker State event in 2:03 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, knocking a full second off the record set last year by Homepage and Chrissie O. But later Bessie, in rein to owner/trainer Dave Brickell, would do even better, winning in the Sire Stakes in 2:02.3. Fastest of the three-year-old pacers was gelding Spot Lauxmont, who even trainer Ted Williams thought would not have been among the favorites were there pari-mutuel wagering. But "Spot" teamed with 21-year-old driver Shawn Johnston, himself eligible for the "nw 12 races lifetime" class, to get a 1:57.3 victory in a Sire Stakes heat. FINISHING LINES - Following up on Gordo, the 2YO who paced Bedford in 1:57 on Monday: he is a gelding, something not clear in all editions of yesterday's story; and his time made him co-equal fastest 2YO ever at a Pennsylvania fair, with Dixie Pride and Shu Hanover (both on the same 2003 day at Bloomsburg) and Evening Shadows (2010 at Port Royal) ... There are now two ways for fans to see Gordo - he'll be in the race right after The Adios this Saturday, in an Arden Downs stake ... ...and you can see his 1:57 mile on YouTube, as the crack Zidek videography crew was at the Bedford fairgrounds for this week's action.  The fair circuit now sets up shop at the Clearfield Fair for four days of action starting at noon each day. Clearfield is trying a Sunday through Wednesday schedule for its harness program this year ... and if you're going to the Adios, Clearfield is only 138 miles away ... From the PA Harness Horsemen's Association

Truth In Action (8g Cantab Hall-Cressida Hanover-Mr. Lavec), owned, trained and ridden by Karen Isbell, scored a decisive victory in tonight's $6,000 monte test at Ocean Downs, his second under-saddle win in as many starts. The event took place after the fourth race on the regular card and was sponsored by friends of the Maryland Standardbreds and the Maryland Horse Industry Board. Truth In Action was a winner in 2:04.4h defeating CJ's Crown and Caroline Green by six lengths with Flowing James home third with Tara Hynes aboard. Truth In Action is from the Mr. Lavec mare Cressida Hanover, she dam of three $100,000 plus winners from nine foals, six of those with records of 1:57.4 or better including Hambletonian winner Glidemaster 3, 1:51.1 ($1,968,023), Truth In Action 7, 1:54.4f ($320,810 total of sulky and monte), Global Desire 2, 1:57.1 ($131,287) and the excellent 2014 two year-old Canepa Hanover 2, q1:56.1 ($25,000). www.monteamerica.com by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Breakfast with the babies at The Meadowlands took place on a perfect Saturday morning under cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 70's and little to no wind. A nice gathering that grew with Belmont Stakes early customers anticipating the Triple Crown attempt by California Chrome enjoyed the races. Along with the youngsters poised to embark on their racing careers, two time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous prepped for his seasonal debut in next Friday's Meadowlands Maturity pace. In the day's final race, the champ set all the fractions then drew well clear late in a 1:50.1 tightner for regular driver Tim Tetrick under his own power. The Captain looks like he's ready to return to the racing wars for Team Treacherous. Trotting fillies opened the card and the prodigious Jimmy Takter freshman force picked right up where they left off last week, winning. The Donato Hanover daughter of Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire named Sarcy impressed with a powerful six length 1:58.3 win. She sat just off the lead and ended the mile with a 28.2 close for Yannick Gingras with plenty in reserve. She is a $37,000 graduate of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding. Wild Honey cut the mile and won race two effortlessly for the Gingras / Takter combination in 1:59.4 / 28.2. She's a Cantab Hall from U Wanna Lindy bought from the Lexington sale for $35,000 by the partnership by Mrs. Takter, Herb Liverman and John & Jim Fielding. Canepa Hanover is the Muscle Hill half brother to Glidemaster who brought a bid of $300,000 at Harrisburg last fall from Brittany, Brixton Medical Ab, Katz & Libfeld and today he looked like a bargain. Gingras brushed him to the front from third as the half went by in a dawdling 1:04 then opened a long lead before finishing in 2:01, a final half of 57 flat. He's big, fast and pretty as well as being trained in the Takter barn, a recipe for success. The fourth race was won by the Broadway Hall x Orange Pekoe colt The Bakers Choice in a forwardly placed effort for John Campbell in 2:01.2 / 29. He is trained by John Berger for Barbara Berger and John Siena who bought him from the Harrisburg sale for $30,000. Takter and Gingras returned to victory in the fifth with the Andover Hall x Lady Luck Hanover filly Lilu Hanover. She sat in and split horses late like a veteran for Yannick to score in 2:02.3 into a 29 flat final panel. She cost Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Pacers opened in the sixth and Perry Soderberg's sharp looking Western Pioneer popped from the pocket and streaked home in 27.2 on the end of a 2:00.3 trip for Yannick. He was a $15,000 bargain Western Ideal from Up Front Fire at Harrisburg and is trained by Nancy Johansson. Divine Caroline impressed the considerable crowd with her recovery from a final turn break and won easily in 1:56.4 for Corey Callahan. Still a touch unsure of her gait, she flashed unusual speed a few times in the mile. From the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven from Loving Caroline, Divine Caroline brought $75,000 at Harrisburg and is trained by Joe Holloway (who is clearly quite handy with the ladies) for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and MA Ouriel. Holloway spun right back with a nice Bettors Delight filly from Two Steppin Sally who won in 1:57.2 / 28.1 with Dave Miller Aboard. She set most of the pace and was a handy winner. A $70,000 Harrisburg grad, she counts Val D'Or, Rojan and Gewertz among her owners. Takter pacers were one / two in the ninth and final baby race with Bet You edging Franzo (Rockin Image) in 1:56.2 / 28. This one is a son of Bettors Delight from the stakes winning Armbro Amoretto who cost Takter, Mc Clelland, Fielding & Fielding $75,000 at Lexington. Jimmy trains and Yannick drove Bet You in his successful career debut. The later qualifiers featured some stakes stars with two freshman world champion trotting fillies hooking up in the eleventh race as sophomores and Designed To Be outkicked Cooler Schooner to the wire in 1:53.1. Brian Sears drove her for trainer Julie Miller and owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. Older trotter Waiting On A Woman scorched the track in 1:53 for new connections, now residing in the Ron Burke barn. Big night tonight at The Meadowlands with the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes, Seafood Fest and comedian Gilbert Gottfried scheduled to appear. Post time is 7:15pm. The Meadowlands reminds those horsemen racing tonight to expect traffic and add travel time to their plans. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Seven of 16 starters have accepted 2014 Elitloppet invitations including Maven and Uncle Peter from the USA, perhaps among the best of the solid group of North American trotting sprinters in training. The Elitioppet is rated as one of the world's top harness racing events. Other hopefuls of note in the accepted field include Timoko of France that was a surprising winner in his last start there with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Highly regarded Italian entrant Pascia'Lest was a disappointing sixth in last weekend's Lotteria elimination and scratched from the consolation. All eyes will be on Uncle Peter and teamster David Miller in this weekend's Broline Copenhagen Cup over 2011 meters and on the Finlandia AJO field in Helsinki that will battle in that 1609 meter test. From these events could likely come other Elitloppet starters. MAVEN Nationality: USA (William J. Donovan) Trainer: Jonas Czernyson Sex: female Age/Pedigree: 5, Glidemaster - M Stewart Earnings: 9.330.414 kronor KR Record 1.09,2 (1000 kilometer rate) Pascia'Lest Nationality: Italy (Samuel Querci) Trainer: Thierry Duvaldestin Sex: male Age/Pedigree: 5, Varenne - Superiors Sun Earnings: 8.275.578 kronor KR Record: 1.10,3 Panne de Moteur Nationality: Sweden (Travkompaniets Stall AB) Trainer: Stefan Hultman Sex: male Age/Pedigree: 6, Credit Winner - Jalopy (former Hambletonian Oaks winner) Earnings: 6.995.500 kronor KR Record: 1.10,0 Uncle Peter Nationality: USA (Christina Takter, Brixton Medical AB, John and Jim Fielding, Göran Falk) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Sex: male Age/Pedigree: 5, Cantab Hall - Victory Treasure Earnings: 7.683.580 kronor KR Record: 1.08,7 Timoko Nationality: France (Richard Westerink) Trainer: Richard Westerink Sex: male Age/Pedigree: 7, Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces Earnings: 20.035.351 kronor KR Record: 1.10,0 Reven d'Amour Nationality: Sweden (Stall Harriet) Trainer: Fredrik B Larsson Sex: male Age/Pedigree: 9, Revenue - Melody d'Amour Earnings: 5.234.474 kronor KR Record: 1.09,9 Shaq Is Back Nationality: Sweden (Stall Zet) Trainer: Daniel Redén Sex: male Age/Pedigree 7, Credit Winner - Vivica Hall Earnings: 4.342.537 kronor KR Record: 1.10,0 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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