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CHESTER PA - The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, combined with trainer Jeff Cullipher to win Friday's two featured harness racing events at Harrah's Philadelphia with promising Hoosier Park shippers. In the $17,000 distaff pace, Quite A Sight went to the lead late on the first turn and put early numbers of :26.4 and :55.3 on the board. Past the half favored Believe In Me went up to challenge the pacesetting second choice, and they were engaged in battle towards the 1:24 three-quarters. That contest lasted all the way just past midstretch, where Quite A Sight finally claimed a definite lead for good, winning by a length over her rival in 1:52.1, the fastest clocking she's ever posted. Trainer Cullipher co-owns the victorious daughter of Camluck with Pollack Racing LLC, and they saw their mare boost her lifetime earnings into six figures, now resting at $105,703. The Tetrick / Cullipher-sponsored sophomore Horns For Three got three breaks go in his favor while winning a $16,000 trot - but the second one almost ruined all the good luck. Lapped By Lindy, a winner of 4 of 6 starts lifetime, made a break at the start, and Tetrick was able to get the victorious altered son of Credit Winner to the lead before the :28 quarter. The pair then ceded the lead to Chapter Fashion, who took the field to the half in :56.4, but that one then turned over the lead to a brushing Capt Chaps Hanover just before the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Tetrick was alert to avoid Chapter Fashion when he went to a run on the turn and was able to maintain inside position, then got his best break of all when Capt Chaps Hanover lost composure at headstretch, giving Horns For Three a straight shot up the inside to complete a 1:55.4 victory, his quickest ever. Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC also own the developing three-year-old. Both Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr. had superb showings Friday at Philly as they continue their battle atop the dashwinning standings - Napolitano won five times, Tetrick four, to make the 2019 count Tetrick 71, Napolitano 68. After Cat Manzi won the first sulky win title in 2006, the only drivers to wear the crown at season's end are Napolitano and Tetrick. It's little surprise that Tetrick put on a fine showing at Philly today, because one of his favorite days of the year is coming up here Sunday - the Super Sunday card of three $100,000 Invitationals. In 11 previous editions of each, Tetrick has won the Betsy Ross Mares Pace six times and the Maxie Lee Trot five times, so he knows the way to Victory Lane in the track's signature event. And he may even add the Commodore Barry Pace, in this fifth edition, to his trophy case, behind the talented Donttellmenomore, in addition to having defending champion Shartin N in the Betsy Ross, and Guardian Angel AS in the Maxie Lee. Captain Crunch will also be on the fantastic card Sunday in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Homicide Hunter and harness racing driver George Napolitano Jr. will be reunited this weekend for the first time since their win in October's Breeders Crown Open Trot and the two have proved to be a dynamic duo. Napolitano has driven the trotter 11 times in his career and posted nine victories. "We get along good," said Napolitano, who will drive 7-year-old Homicide Hunter in Sunday's (May 26) $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational for older trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He's just a good ol' horse, it's pretty simple. He's got the heart to win. He always sticks his nose out. He makes it pretty easy for a driver." Homicide Hunter, history's fastest trotter with a time of 1:48.4 set last year in the Allerage Open Trot at Lexington's Red Mile, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Maxie Lee and will start from post three. He is making his third start of the season and enters off a 1:52.4 victory in a preliminary round of the Great Northeast Open Series at Philly on May 19. Yannick Gingras, who is in Sweden for the World Driving Championship, drove Homicide Hunter in his first two starts this year for Ron Burke, who took over the training of the horse in April. The gelding was trained the previous three years by Chris Oakes. Ten of Napolitano's prior drives behind Homicide Hunter came at Napolitano's home track, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including victories in the Great Northeast Open Series final and the Breeders Crown. It was the first Breeders Crown triumph for Napolitano, who has won more races at Pocono than any driver in history and was the North American leader in wins in 2010. "(The Breeders Crown) meant everything," said Napolitano, who has 9,633 wins in his career. "I always wanted to win that big race at my home track, and he led me to it." Homicide Hunter, owned by Crawford Farms Racing, has won 40 of 80 lifetime starts and earned $1.73 million in purses. Last year, he had nine victories in 16 races and received the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. "He's a real laid-back, simple horse," Napolitano said. "He's just a cool animal. He's a true champion. He just does his job great." Will Take Charge is the 4-1 second choice on the Maxie Lee morning line. He will start from post five with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Jeff Gillis. The 6-year-old gelding won the open handicap at Yonkers in his most recent start, May 11. Guardian Angel As and Cruzado Dela Noche are both 9-2. Guardian Angel As will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Anette Lorentzon and starts from post two. He enters off a preliminary round Great Northeast Open Series triumph on May 12. Cruzado Dela Noche, who won the Cutler Memorial on May 4, leaves from post eight with driver Brian Sears for trainer Marcus Melander. The Maxie Lee Invitational is race 11 on Sunday's card at Harrah's Philadelphia. The track is also hosting the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers, the $100,000 Commodore Barry Invitational for older male pacers, and three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. Racing begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

CHESTER PA - The two heavy favorites, Moonshiner Hanover and Tight Lines, battled through the heavy rain in the $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, with Moonshiner Hanover reversing the crowd's final opinion by edging his rival by ¾ of a length in 1:53.1. George Napolitano Jr. got away third from post two with the son of Andover Hall, while Tight Lines and Jeff Gregory, starting from the difficult post eight, had to take a tuck fifth with many leavers inside him. "George Nap" moved his trotter to the lead in front of the stands, with Gregory taking his charge up first-over nearing turn two, and by the backstretch the race was on, with it soon becoming apparent that one of the drivers would win for the third time on the afternoon. Tight Lines battled valiantly the rest of the way, but the early positional edge may have given Moonshiner Hanover enough to withstand his troublesome foe to the wire. Chris Beaver conditions the winner of $583,417, and he also co-owns him with Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. It was the pacer Undertaker who sounded the death knell for the accumulating Jackpot Hi-5 pool, as the 9-1 shot edged out 1-2 favorite Western Dynasty N in the final steps of the fifth race. Following behind were 7-2 second choice BB's Harley, 34-1 shot Skyway Billy, and Vodka Is Terror, the longest shot in the field of nine at 54-1, with the 3-2-5-7-8 combination used on only one 20-cent ticket - whose lucky holder took down a windfall of $35,989.90. Sunday will feature one of the best cards of the year at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the $100,000 Betsy Ross Mares Pace, the $100,000 Maxie Lee Trot, and the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace bringing many of the best Open performers to the riverside oval. Also on the card is the star of the glamour division, Captain Crunch, in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts; six divisions of their Stallion Series counterparts top a special live Memorial Day Monday card, with both sets of races set for a 12:40 post. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - The Captaintreacherous gelding Captain Disomma, guided by the leading harness racing driver at Harrah's Philadelphia, Tim Tetrick, came on late for a 13-1 upset in the $14,000 pacing feature at the southeast Pennsylvania oval Wednesday afternoon, while also taking a new mark of 1:53. Come-from-behind winners have been in short supply recently at the Philly oval, but with a strung-out field and little in the way of an outer tier, Tetrick could reserve Captain Disomma fourth-inside until the ¾, then gradually fan the three-year-old wider. The Captain had the most pace late, winning by 1¼ lengths over Springbridge Proud, another closer, with favored Jo Pa's Sweet Lou, who had moved from the pocket to early stretch command, another 1½ lengths back in third. Jacob Hartline trains the winner for Anatolia Farm LLC. In the $12,500 co-featured pace, Decoy enjoyed the class relief from Graduate Series competition and was an authoritative winner in 1:51.4. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Decoy was sent to the front before the quarter by driver Dexter Dunn, and the pair were in control from there, tacking on a :27.4 quarter to win by 1¼ lengths over Always The Sun for trainer Gary Candell and the ownership of Brixton Medical Inc., R A W Equine Inc., and Joe Sbrocco. Dexter Dunn also drove the last four winners on the card, giving him a total of five for his afternoon's work. The morning line favorites for Harrah's three $100,000 Invitationals this coming Sunday afternoon have been established. Shartin N, the defending champion, is the 2-1 early favorite in the $100,000 Betsy Ross Mares Pace; the World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter, will open as a slight 3-1 choice in the $100,000 Maxie Lee Trot; and Rodeo Rock, the biggest 2019 earner in the field and a 1:49 winner at Pocono last week, was tabbed at 3-1 in the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace. The super Sunday card will also feature Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, with Captain Crunch and Proof hooking up in the final of three divisions.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

When pacer Rodeo Rock won his seasonal debut for driver Andy McCarthy from an impossible spot, McCarthy began contemplating all that might be possible for the 6-year-old harness racing gelding. "He kind of excited me that night," McCarthy said after recounting Rodeo Rock's eight-wide rally from last place in the stretch at The Meadowlands during the March 2 preferred handicap. "I finally got him out like halfway through the stretch and he paced on and got by a couple good horses. He won from a spot that he wasn't supposed to win from, an impossible spot. "He was a good horse last year, but I think he can mix it up with the big boys this year." McCarthy's excitement for Rodeo Rock led him to drive the horse in the Levy Series at Yonkers, where he hit the board in all five starts, including two wins in preliminary rounds and a second-place finish in the final. For the season, McCarthy has driven the gelding in seven of his eight races. On Sunday (May 26), Rodeo Rock is among eight older male pacers in the $100,000 Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. The field also includes last year's winner of the race, Filibuster Hanover, as well as 2018 Dayton Pacing Derby winner Donttellmeagain and 2018 Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug champion Courtly Choice. Rodeo Rock heads to the Commodore Barry off a 1:49 win in a Great Northeast Open Series event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where Eric Goodell handled the driving. "He's been racing great," McCarthy said. "He did an excellent job in the Levy Series and he just dead-set jogged in (1):49 at Pocono. I think he is ready to put on a big show on Sunday." Rodeo Rock has won four of eight races this year and earned $264,400 for trainer Robert Cleary and owner Royal Wire Products. Lifetime, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Electric Fool has 24 victories in 89 races and $623,055 in purses. "He's a big strong horse with high speed," McCarthy said. "He can do it any way. You can sit back, you can leave with him, he can come first over; pretty much drive him the way the race goes. Robert Cleary has done a great job with him, managed him very good. He's kind of looking at the big picture." McCarthy's workload at Philly on Sunday also includes a drive behind Caviart Ally in the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. The eight-mare field also includes defending champ Shartin N. Caviart Ally, a 5-year-old mare owned by Caviart Farms, is a multiple-stakes-winner whose triumphs include the 2017 Jugette and 2018 Milton Stakes. She has earned $1.19 million during her career. Last year, Caviart Ally won seven of 19 races and earned $341,291. She finished second on three occasions to the Dan Patch Award-winning Shartin N, including in the Breeders Crown. She will start the Betsy Ross from post three while Shartin N leaves from post seven. "We'll want to take advantage of that good draw; it's not often that she draws that good," McCarthy said, laughing, as he referred to Caviart Ally's two stakes starts from post nine, one from post eight, and one from post 12 last year. "We might as well make the most of it." Caviart Ally made her 2019 debut with a second-place finish in a conditioned race at Pocono before posting wins in the preferred for fillies and mares at The Meadowlands and in the second round of the Rainbow Blue Series at the Big M. She was trained previously by Noel Daley, who returned to his native Australia at the end of last season, and now is in the stable of Brett Pelling. Caviart Ally                                            -- Lisa photo "She's been terrific," McCarthy said. "She's a pretty big mare and she takes a couple starts to really get tuned up. Her last start at the Meadowlands was great. I think she is just going to be better going forward. I know she came home in :25.4 (in her most recent race) but I think she'll be even better this week from that run. "Brett has changed her up a little bit. He's gone with an open bridle; she always kind of had a closed bridle on (previously). She's probably a little more relaxed now. She's getting the job done on the end of the mile." Following Sunday's races, McCarthy will head to Sweden for three days to watch his younger brother, Todd, represent Australia in the World Driving Championship. "It should be cool," McCarthy said. Racing begins at 12:40 p.m. Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. In addition to the Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry, the track hosts the $100,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters and three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

This Week: Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Art Rooney and Lismore, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Maxie Lee Memorial, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at three harness racing locations this weekend. Action begins on Friday (May 24) at The Meadows with the $99,430 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old open trotters. On Saturday (May 25), Yonkers Raceway will host the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and the $109,234 final of the Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies). Harrah's Philadelphia will host three invitational events on Sunday (May 26), each with a purse of $100,000, in the Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters, the Commodore Barry for older pacing males and the Betsy Ross for older filly and mare pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Saturday night (May 18) at the Meadowlands, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt won both $50,000 divisions of the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds on the trot with Six Pack and Muscle M Up. In the first division, the look of the race changed with the scratch of 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta, but that appeared to suit Six Pack just fine. The son of Muscle Mass-Pleasing Lady was on the move from the start and moved to the lead while parked past the quarter in :27.2, putting 3-5 favorite Fiftydallarbill in the pocket. A :30.3 sleepwalk of a second quarter followed as the top two betting choices raced 1-2 all the way to the wire. Fiftydallarbill rallied some in deep stretch but was no threat to Six Pack, who held on by a half-length in 1:53.1 in his 2019 debut. As the 6-5 second choice, Six Pack returned $4.40 to his backers while winning for the 16th time from 24 career starts, good for earnings of $1,383,290. A year ago, his major wins included the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot. While Six Pack has a monster resume, stablemate Muscle M Up does not, but that did not stop the son of Muscle Hill-Fashion Athena from taking the other Graduate division in a sizzling lifetime best of 1:51.2. Svanstedt once again asked his horse for early speed and got it, racing on the lead at the quarter in :27.2 before yielding to 3-5 chalk Mission Accepted. Crystal Fashion raced first-over to go after the leader around the far turn with Muscle M Up waiting for some space to race. He found it by swerving out to the four path for the stretch drive and once there was enough clearance to do so he cruised past the field to record a half-length win over Crystal Fashion. Mission Accepted was third. The winner returned $17.60 to his backers as the third choice in the wagering and won for the seventh time in 14 lifetime starts. His earnings stand at $87,972. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 188; 2. Jason Bartlett - 124; 3. Jordan Stratton - 107; 4. George Brennan - 100; 5. Daniel Dube - 94. Trainers: 1. Jim King Jr. - 144; 2. Ron Burke - 85; 3. Rene Allard - 77; 4. Richard Banca - 61; 5. Andrew Harris - 54. Owners: 1. Jo Ann Looney-King - 52.7; 2. Tim Tetrick LLC - 49.2; 3. Richard Poillucci - 41.7; 4. Brad Grant - 41; 5. D R Van Witzenburg - 40.   Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at The Raceway at Western Fair District, The Meadows, and Woodbine Mohawk Park next weekend. Western Fair will host the Camluck Classic for invitational pacers; The Meadows will feature the Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters; and Woodbine Mohawk Park will host the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old colt pacers and the second leg of the Graduate for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters.   Paul Ramlow Internet News Manager U.S. Trotting Association

CHESTER PA - All three defending champions will be on hand Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the southeast Pennsylvania track hosts its Super Stakes Sunday of $100,000 Invitationals - the Betsy Ross Pace for mares, the Maxie Lee Trot, and the Commodore Barry Pace, going as races ten through twelve respectively on the 12:40 card. Each of these races will also count towards the pointstandings for the summerlong Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS), in which many of these harness racing stars have been competing. The giant card also has three divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. Here is a look at all four groups: $100,000 BETSY ROSS MARES PACE (12th edition; stakes record 1:48.3, Southwind Tempo, 2009.) Combined earnings of field: $7,202,760. Average lifetime mark: 1:49.3 (five in 1:50 or less). The defending champion in the Betsy Ross is the great New Zealand import Shartin N, last year's North American mares divisionwinner who is carrying on in final style so far in 2019 - five wins in six starts, including the Blue Chip Final, and earnings of $319,500, second only to Levy Final winner Western Fame. And it's hard to imagine Shartin N having more solid connections, especially in this race - trainer Jim King Jr. trained Shartin N to victory last year, and in 2017 wife Jo Ann Looney-King conditioned the victorious Nike Franco N. And their driver (and Shartin N's co-owner) Tim Tetrick has won the Betsy Ross six times: more than all others drivers combined. He also guided Southwind Tempo to the stakes record. Two potential liabilities for Shartin N: drawing post seven in the eight horse field, and not having raced for 22 days, and only twice in 53 days. The mare has seemed to thrive on an intermittent schedule in the past, however. Starting just inside Shartin N will be Tequila Monday, who is merely six-for-six this year and the only double winner in the Great Northeast Open Series so far, with Brian Sears driving for trainer Hunter Oakes, whose father Chris conditioned 2013 Ross winner Economy Terror. Add in the likes of hard-hitting veteran Caviart Ally, last year's top three-year-old filly, Youaremycandygirl, and other fast distaffs, and the Betsy Ross figures to be an interesting chess match. $100,000 MAXIE LEE TROT (12th edition; stakes record 1:50.2, Market Share, 2014.) Combined earnings of field: $9,424,706. Average lifetime mark: 1:51.1 (three sub-1:51, one sub-1:49). The defending champion of the Maxie Lee, a race honoring the superb area trainer for many years, is Will Take Charge, who will be guided from post five by Scott Zeron for trainer Jeff Gillis. Will Take Charge looks to be coming up to peak form right now, fresh off a win at Yonkers, but it is likely others will draw more mutuel attention than he will. Take, for instance, The World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington last year), who this season is guided by the Burke Brigade (who has won this race four times: once by patriarch Mickey, and the last three by the recordsetting Ron). Homicide Hunter just won his second start of the year, at Pocono, last week, taking a GNOS contest in 1:52.3, and the early sheet says he will be getting a driver change to George Napolitano Jr., with whom Homicide Hunter won the 2018 Breeders Crown (Yannick Gingras will be in Sweden this week, competing in the World Driving Championship). Guardian Angel AS, starting from post two, has also been a GNOS winner this year, and his chances will be helped by the sulky presence of Tim Tetrick, who has won the Maxie Lee five times, including with stakes recordholder Market Share. $100,000 COMMODORE BARRY PACE (5th edition; stakes record 1:47.3, Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2016.) Combined earnings of field: $5,318,913. Average lifetime mark: 1:49.1 (3 sub-1:48). Filibuster Hanover, the highest moneywinner in the Commodore Barry with just north of $1.5 million in career earnings, is the defending champion in this event, and if victorious would make trainer Ron Burke the first horseman to have two Barry titles - no driver or trainer has won twice in the race's four-year history. In his last start Filibuster Hanover set the pace in a GNOS event here, but was caught up the inside by the upstart Kiwi Tiger Thompson N; this week the "Tiger" has post six and "Filibuster" post seven, difficult assignments in a talented field. Rodeo Rock won last week's GNOS race at Pocono, defeating Tiger Thompson N and posting the fastest clocking of the year at Pocono, 1:49. Last year's highly-regarded sophomore Courtly Choice is in the Barry, and on this Harrah's day you can't ignore a Tim Tetrick-driven horse (though he has yet to win this race); Tetrick will drive the hardhitting Donttellmeagain. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES 3YO PACING COLTS ($57,218 each in races three, seven, and thirteen). The defending champion in this group is also competing at Philly in Sunday: Proof, a winner of $450,000 and never worse than fourth in thirteen career starts, with six wins and four seconds. But Proof is unlikely to be the favorite in his thirteenth race cut - that honor will go to Captain Crunch, who was the 2018 freshman colt pace champion, and who made his 2019 debut last Sunday at Pocono, winning over a sloppy surface in 1:49.1, fastest mile of the year by a three-year-old regardless of size of track, and with a stinging last quarter of 26, with driver Scott Zeron mostly an interested passenger late. The third race division is topped by Southwind Ozzi, who won a Sire Stake two starts back and then was second behind Captain Crunch last week, only 1¾ lengths back, and Wild Wild Western, a PaSS winner last week. In the seventh race division, you can make a good case for most of the entrants to record their first 2019 Sire Stakes win. With 27 horses who have won in 1:50 or less on the card, plus 30 winners of over $500,000 lifetime, including eight millionaires, the entire Sunday card at Harrah's Philadelphia is an outstanding one.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Chester, PA -- Despite being strung out early by rival Top Flight Angel, Crawford Farms Racing's Homicide Hunter ($4.40) had enough energy to fend off a late charge from All Champy in Great Northeast Open Series action on Sunday afternoon (May 19) at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking the day's featured $30,000 trot in 1:52.4. In their first meeting since the 2018 harness racing Breeders Crown, Homicide Hunter (Yannick Gingras) and Top Flight Angel (Marcus Miller) -- one-two in last year's season-ending classic -- threw down immediately from the outset. The pair sprinted well clear of Scirocco Rob (David Miller) on the first turn, and Homicide Hunter battled to force Top Flight Angel into the pocket through a :27 first quarter. After pulling the half back to :56.2, Homicide Hunter again accelerated up the far side, inching away from Top Flight Angel past three-quarters in 1:24.3 but also preparing for the first-over challenge of All Champy (Simon Allard). All Champy, who angled out from fifth at race's midpoint, worked to within a half length of Homicide Hunter at the eighth pole, but could get no closer at any point in the homestretch. Homicide Hunter earned the 40th win of his career by that same half-length margin over All Champy, while even-money choice Top Flight Angel finished third another 2-1/2 lengths in arrears. Ron Burke trains Homicide Hunter, whose 1:48.4 effort at The Red Mile last October is the fastest ever from a trotter. Tim Tetrick, who took the $14,500 pacing sub-feature with Rockeyed Optimist ($2.60, 1:51.1), led all drivers with a grand slam on the 14-race program. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover eclipsed the $30,000 mark after odds-on choice Crockets Cullen N ($3.80, Larry Stalbaum) won the fifth race and keyed an 8-3-5-4-1 combination which returned $98.90 on a 20-cent ticket. With multiple winners, the jackpot carryover for Wednesday's (May 22) fifth race has increased to $30,463.50. First post for Wednesday's 13-race card is 12:25 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite  Harrah's Philadelphia racing media.

CHESTER PA - The Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock N Shard N seems headed for Open company as she won for the third time in her four-race United States career, a 1:51.3 mile over a "sloppy +1" surface in the $17,000 distaff pacing feature during a Friday evening harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver Art Stafford Jr. patiently guided Rock N Shard N on her uncovered grind from sixth while Newsday went to the front and set fractions of :27, :55.4, and 1:23.1. These two were close to being on even terms as they turned for home, but despite the overland journey Rock N Shard N proved the stronger late, two lengths to the good of Newsday, with pocketsitting Ghosttothepost third. The Kiwi mare is another of a long line of successes for trainer Joshua Parker over the last couple of seasons; Parker also owns Rock N Shard N with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. There were a pair of $16,000 co-features on the card, one for the distaff sidewheeling set on the "Filly And Mare Friday" card. In that contest, the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Treacherous Reign proved ready to go from the word "go," taking her 2019 bow in 1:52.2. Driver George Napolitano Jr., a five-time winner on the night, surrendered early control to Stonebridge Soul, but was on the move with the winner past the quarter to reassert command, and Treacherous Reign rocketed home in :54.4 - :27.12 over the off going to be well-clear of Stonebridge Soul at the line for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. In the co-feature for trotters, the Lucky Chucky mare Lucky Sheila swung wide off of cover late on the far turn, then just had enough to catch pacesetter Spee Club by a neck in a lifetime best 1:56.2. Pat Berry did the driving for trainer Chris Marino and Robert Weinstein. The World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington last year), drew post one for a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series contest for trotters on Sunday. He has to have better luck than he did last week in his 2019 bow at Pocono, where he drew the outside post eight, tucked in, then got shuffled back and could not enter contention. A better trip seems likely for Homicide Hunter and driver Yannick Gingras in the horse' second trip for trainer Ron Burke, though first leg winner Melady's Money may have something to say about that.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Chester, PA - Despite two harness racing horses at odds of longer than 60-1 cracking the top five in Friday night's (May 17) fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia, multiple players once again hit the Jackpot Hi-5, lifting the carryover past the $29,000 mark.   Hurrikane Shorty ($9.40, Tony Morgan) keyed a 5-4-9-7-8 combination -- also absent 8-5 favorite Narcian Jewel -- that returned $419.84 to multiple winners. The carryover now stands at $29,155.90 for the next instance of the Jackpot Hi-5, slated for Sunday afternoon (May 19).   The 20-cent wager occurs daily in the fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winner. In the event of no or multiple winners, the carryover progresses to the next card.   First post on Sunday is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Luminosity shined most brightly in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, winning by 5¾ lengths in 1:53.4, just a fifth off the lifetime best of the harness racing nine-year-old. Driver Yannick Gingras reserved the Cash Hall gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, off a contested :27.3 quarter, but then gave him the word to go, and Luminosity did, hitting the half in :56.3 and then staying clear the back half, past the 1:24.3 three-quarters and right through the wire. Dream Massive, who four starts ago was laboring in the track's bottom class, raced well uncovered for second, with Sky Marshal closing for third. A winner of $826,917, Luminosity raised his win percentage to 25% both for the season (4-of-16) and lifetime (45-of-180). Luminosity was the even-money favorite, not a fact conducive to producing a single ticket selector of the Jackpot Hi-5 bet, so the carryover into Friday will be $28,316.19. Tomorrow's racing at Harrah's will be in the nighttime, starting at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Melady's Monet, Top Flight Angel, and Homicide Hunter will face off in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters; it is likely that off a good performance this group will be in the running for the $100,000 Maxie Lee Trot here on Sunday, May 26, a day which will also feature the $100,000 Betsy Ross Pace for mares and the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace, along with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts. And the Memorial Day action continues into Monday and a live 12:40 card.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) will have $30,000 events for open-caliber harness racing horses on both gaits this weekend, with the pacers going during a post-Preakness Saturday night program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the trotters getting their turn the next afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The three morning line choices in the GNOS pace will be starting in inverse order from the rail in their Pocono event. Sweet Rock (post three, driver Eric Carlson, 5-2) was second to first-leg GNOS winner Highalator in a 1:48.3 mile at The Meadowlands last week; Dealt A Winner (post two, driver George Napolitano Jr., 3-1) was a close fifth in that race as he rounds into top form; and Rodeo Rock (post one, driver Eric Goodell), gets a big improvement in post as he makes his second start since being second in the Levy Final on April 20. Not to be overlooked, but a bit of an outsider in more than one sense of the word, is the winner of last week's GNOS event at Philly, Tiger Thompson N. The import has won four of his last five races, including his last start when he rode a perfect pocket trip to victory in 1:50.3 over a sloppy track. Driver Pat Berry may need more than a bit of racing luck for his "Tiger," as they start from post six in the field of seven, with an early quotation of 9-2. On Sunday afternoon at Philly, the $1.4M winner Melady's Monet has been named the 2-1 morning line choice, beginning from the track's winningest post position, the five-hole, for driver Jordan Stratton. Melady's Monet won the first leg of the GNOS here in 1:52.4, then took last week off, but this 10-year-old has been known to hold his form for long stretches at a time. He'll need to be on his game, because the next two rated rivals are Top Flight Angel (post three, driver Marcus Miller, 5-2) and Homicide Hunter (post one, Yannick Gingras, 7-2). Top Flight Angel comes in from Yonkers and a second behind Philly divisional track record holder Will Take Charge, while Homicide Hunter, the World's Fastest Trotter by virtue of his 1:48.4 win at Lexington last year, couldn't have had worse luck in his 2019 debut last week, tucking in from post eight, then getting stuck inside and never getting into the flow of the race. An improved race is very likely to result from Homicide Hunter on Sunday afternoon. These two classes, plus the mares open pace, will all have a chance to race for GNOS points next Sunday, May 26, at Philly, as the track presents its three showcase $100,000 Invitationals: the Maxie Lee Open Trot, the Commodore Barry Open Pace, and the Betsy Ross Mares Open Pace. To make that day even more thrilling for race fans, there will be Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action for the best Pennsylvania three-year-old pacing colts mixed into the blockbuster card on the 26th.   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia racetracks Jerry Connors  

New Zealand Bred Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) defeated Mother Nature and eight other harness racing foes in Sunday's Feature at Harrah's Philadelphia.   It was a Great Northeast Open Series event for male pacers, going for a purse of $30,000.   The Josh Parker trainee was able to sit patiently in the pocket behind the speed of millionaire Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who set fractions of :26.3, :55.3, and 1:23.2. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick), who started from post 8, challenged the leader at the half after finding an early seat.   The battle set up for the fresh legs of Tiger Thompson N, who closed up the passing to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.3. He has now won four of his last five races. Filibuster Hanover held second, while Donttellmeagain finished third.   Tiger Thompson N ($16.20) is owned by the group of Nanticoke Racing, Stephen Messick, Prestige Stables, and Trainer Josh Parker.   There were multiple winning tickets in the Jackpot Hi 5, prompting a carryover into Wednesday's fifth race of $26,288.41.     by Mike Bozich for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA – The stars of the day Friday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, where three-year-old trotting fillies contested their first preliminary harness racing round in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Pennsylvania Stallion Series, were driver Yannick Gingras, sire Cantab Hall – and a $200,000 yearling, never on the board in seven previous career starts, winning a Sire Stakes section and paying $100.80, or more than the other thirteen winners on the card combined. The longshot special was Hallintheclouds, who wasn’t a longshot on pedigree – sired by Cantab Hall, who added three Stallion Series credits, and out of the Yankee Glide mare Headintheclouds, the dam of the $870G+ winner Barn Girl. And she wasn’t a longshot in the mind of trainer/driver Åke Svanstedt, who sent her to the lead just after a :28 opener, then brought her back uncovered after two horses had passed her to the :57.2 half. Hallintheclouds went right up to favored Magical Beliefs, looked her in the eye to the 1:26.1 three-quarters, and went right on by headstretch, trotting out a 2 1/2 length winner over Firedbylindie, also used early and late, in a new mark of 1:55.4 for Åke Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Fayette AB, and Gabriella’s LLC. Gingras had four trips to the Philly winners circle Friday, including one in the Stallion Series and two in the Sire Stakes. The fastest mile among the sophomore misses was the 1:54 posted in the Sires by the Muscle Hill filly Asiago (also a $200,000 yearling, with My MVP close-up on her dam’s side). Gingras guided her to the early lead, set fractions of :27.3, :57, and 1:24.3, then coasted home four lengths to the good of Matter Of Fact for trainer Per Engblom, and the ownership of Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, Al Libfeld, and Black Horse Racing. Another Sire Stakes winner for Gingras was the Muscle Massive miss Sonnet Grace, who made her 2019 debut a successful one. The well-bred filly (CR Kay Suzie is her granddam) set fractions of :27.4, :57, and 1:25, then held off the late rush of longshot Personal Pride (Svanstedt -- a foreshadowing of the next division?) by a nose for trainer Ron Burke and the Sonnet Grace Stable. The Possess The Will filly Millies Possesion, unraced at two, is undefeated in two career starts after setting an individual standard of 1:54.4 in the other Sires section. Dexter Dunn patiently worked up to the lead with “Millie” past a :28 opener, then put up middle splits of :57.2 and 1:25.3, after which she still had plenty to be three lengths clear of Jezzys Legacy on the wire for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. All five Stallion Series winners lowered their marks in victory. The three daughters of Cantab Hall who won were Cant Touch It, a 1:55.3 winner in her seasonal debut while a neck to the good of Swizzle Sticks for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Nancy Johansson, and the partnership of Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Stephen Gordon; Altercation, who withstood Lindy Misssunshine by a neck in 1:56.3 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Jenny Melander, and the ownership of Melander Racing Inc. Noonan Harness Racing LLC, Clark Stables LLC, and John Devito; and Keystone Abbey, a half length winner over Giant Possession in 1:56.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Beaver, the latter co-owner with Donald Robertson, Martin Yoder, and R.B.H. Ventures Inc. The Donato Hanover filly American Kronos was sharp in her 2019 bow, winning by three lengths over Matterlei in 1:54.3, fastest of all Stallion Series divisions, and quicker than three of the four Sire Stakes cuts. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Julie Miller and owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and David Goodrow. The final Stallion Series victress was the Explosive Matter miss Spring In Paris, now five-for-six in 2019 after downing Fashion Rachel by a three length margin in 1:55.1 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and Leblanc Racing Inc., Glenn Dyke, and Douglas Johnson. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - This Sunday promises some spectacular racing at the two tracks served by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA), with the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) staging a trio of $30,000 events, for open pacers at Harrah's Philly in the afternoon and for mare open pacers and open trotters at Mohegan Sun Pocono at night. In the open hanress racing pacing event at Philly, Rodeo Rock has been installed as a tight 7-2 favorite in a well-matched field of nine which will be the fifth race. The Robert Cleary pupil, to be driven by Andrew McCarthy, is one of only four North American horses to have earned over $200,000 already this year, the bulk of his bankroll coming when finishing second in the $664,000 Levy Final at Yonkers. Starting just to his outside will be Donttellmeagain for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. A state favorite since winning the PA Stallion Series Championship in 2017, Donttellmeagain holds the distinction of being the last horse to win against 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked, and he comes off a 1:49 victory at The Meadowlands. The two GNOS races at Pocono will come consecutively, in slots ten and eleven. The ladies will come first, with the 1-2 finishers from last week's first GNOS group for this group, Tequila Monday and Kissininthesand, ready to bump heads again and vie for favoritism. This will be the second start of the year for Kissininthesand (post one, trainer Nancy Johansson, driver Scott Zeron), last year's three-year-old champion, and she might be just that much better with a race under her girth. But knocking off Tequila Monday (post six, trainer Chris Oakes, driver Tyler Buter) has never been an easy task throughout that mare's career, and might be even more hard to bring off this year, as Tequila Monday has started the year with five consecutive victories, and she has shown she can win on, off, or near the pace. The World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington last year), is entered in the open trotting event, and he returns to the races both for a new stable, the Burke Brigade, and off two fine qualifying wins, the latter a photo victory over 2018 sophomore champion Six Pack. One big obstacle facing Homicide Hunter and driver Yannick Gingras will be the outside starting spot in the field of eighth, but he is still the early favorite. Guardian Angel AS (post five, trainer Anette Lorentzon, driver Tim Tetrick) won a Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono last year, and in his seasonal debut last week at The Meadowlands he came from ninth at the three-quarter call to miss less than two lengths. Pappy Go Go, who has two of the four fastest North American trotting miles of the year, a pair of 1:52 wins both here and at Philly, has the advantages of post one and Pocono's top driver George Napolitano Jr. Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia racetracks

CHESTER PA - Lazurus (the trotter, not the imported pacer) went wire-to-wire in the $12,500 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking advantage of misfortune suffered by favored Tony Soprano to win in 1:55.3. Tim Tetrick, second in the harness racing drivers standings both at Philly (he had five wins on Wednesday) and in North America, guided the Credit Winner gelding to the lead before the :28.2 quarter, then was able to regulate the tempo to :57.4 and 1:26.3, with horses occupying but not gaining in the two- and three-wide tiers, before sprinting clear at headstretch to stretch his lifetime bankroll to $303,656 for trainer Scott DiDomenico and the ownership of Mr. Dana Parham and the Triple D Stables Inc. Meanwhile, Tony Soprano was locked in a back room of the Bada-Bing Club, stuck third-inside behind walls of parked horses and a fading then breaking pocket horse. He finally shook clear early in the stretch and made up ground well, but came up 2¼ lengths shy of Lazurus under the wire. No single ticket solved the Jackpot Hi-5 bet today, so the carryover going into Thursday's card is $20,514.09. The PA-sired three-year-old trotting fillies are gathered at Philly Friday for the first time in 2019, with four divisions of Sire Stakes and five sections of Stallion Series action. The defending Sire Stakes champion Windy Lover and Stallion Series champion Navarone Hanover both meet in the same division, but they will have to face Magical Beliefs, a Lady Suffolk winner in her first start of the year. Other well-known names include Sonnet Grace and Fraulein Blucher, going head-to-head; Asiago, a recent Meadowlands winner in 1:53.4; and Millie's Possesion, who may not know how to spell but won her career debut in 1:56 here. On Sunday, a full field of nine has been attracted to a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for the open pacers - headlining will be Donttellmeagain, the last conqueror of 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked; recent 1:50.1 Philly winner Tiger Thompson N; and the evergreen Scott Rocks.   Jerry Connors

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