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Chester, PA -- Class relief enabled Yonkers invader Ballerat Boomerang ($10.80) to sustain a first-over bid en route to a 1:50.3 victory in the Sunday afternoon (Sept. 15) harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   On the undercard, George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with five wins, capped by a 1:49.2 mile from Dealt A Winner ($3.20) in the sub-feature. The 6-year-old If I Can Dream gelding was unhurried early by Pat Berry, settling in midfield while K Ryan Bluechip (Tony Morgan) and Daamericansky (Austin Siegelman) disputed a :26.3 first quarter. With nine-sixteenths to go, Berry angled Ballerat Boomerang first-over, and he advanced steadily into a :55.2 half mile before pushing clear of K Ryan Bluechip up the backstretch. Ballerat Boomerang tried to accelerate away up the far side by way of a :27 third sectional, but K Ryan Bluechip maintained a close pocket through the final turn before angling out in upper stretch. Ballerat Boomerang held his ground to the winning post, notching the 44th win of his career by three-quarters of a length over K Ryan Bluechip. Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) circled around a stalled Little Ben (Daniel Dube) off the far turn to claim third. Nick Surick trains Ballerat Boomerang for the Engel Stable of Illinois and the J L Benson Stables. In the sub-featured $14,500 conditioned pace, Dealt A Winner overcame the back row by way of an early and lively flow to post a dominant 7-1/2 length victory over Alotbettor N. Napolitano drove the Mark Silva trainee to the 19th win of his career. Dealt A Winner's win keyed a 9-4-5-2-6 combination in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $257.82 to multiple bettors. The carryover for Wednesday's (Sept. 18) fifth race has grown to $24,142.29. First post for Wednesday's 13-race card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 trotting features at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon saw the harness racing winners use front-end tactics to produce successful efforts. In the first, driver Marcus Miller got the Muscle Hill ridgling Boxing Gloves to the lead in :28.4, then got little resistance to his authority, resting to the :59 half and still only having to go to the three-quarters in 1:28 as the first-over favorite Miss You Kelly could make little impression. Boxing Gloves was thus left to sprint home in :28.2 to complete a 1:56.2 package, 1¼ lengths ahead of pocketsitting Choco Charlie for trainer Erv Miller and owner Silver Linden Farms. While Smooth Acceleration's victory also came from a pacesetting strategy, the course of the race was very different. Tony Morgan moved from third with the favored Swan For All sophomore gelding passing the :28.1 quarter, and as soon as he reached the top he came under pressure from Trixar, who had followed his move outside. Middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3 resulted, but Smooth Acceleration stood tall when put to the test, finishing 4¼ lengths ahead of Trixar while taking a lifetime best of 1:54.2 for trainer Jenny Melander and the ownership of Melander Racing Inc. and Clark Stables LLC. Fast-class pacing mares went postward in a $12,500 contest, where second choice Believe In Me rallied up the inside to just catch the chalk pacesetter Zoe Ellasen in 1:51.2, equaling the mark she had earned at Philly both last year and this. Pat Berry was in the sulky for driver Brett Pelling and owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - One of the most unexpected finishes in recent harness racing history transpired at Harrah's Philadelphia during race five on the Thursday afternoon card, when Pittstop Kip closed to win by a neck - and paid $447.00 for a $2 win ticket. Second was 86-1 shot What That Is, with the 3-5 favorite and the 5-2 second choice in the last two spots after making breaks. Favored Crazshana left from the rail but broke early, with Mr Cool Seaeyre N, who had stayed right on the chalk's back from the trailing post nine (1-for-98 to win at Harrah's this year), finding himself in the unusual position of being on the early lead without a circling move. Down the backstretch second choice Chapter Fashion went up first-over, but just as he looked to be going to the lead he lost his gait, leaving second-over Pittstop Kip in a prime position. And the mega-longshot trotted on to withstand What That Is, who advanced wide in the stretch. Pittstop Kip returned $447.00, $145.20, and $18.80 to his few backers; What That Is paid back $86.40 to place and $43.20 to show; and Mr Cool Seaeyre N, "only" 12-1, was $9.80 to show. Tony Morgan is the second-winningest driver in the history of North American harness racing, but the local fans have been missing out on him often; Pittstop Kip was his sixth $50+ horse of the meet and third $100+ winner, both topping the local drivers colony. The $14,500 featured trot had a bit more of a conventional tote ending when favored Receivership caught second choice Money Maven late to post a ¾-length victory in 1:54.3. Backers of the 4=5 shot may have been anxious when driver Joe Bongiorno kept the 4-5 favorite third-inside, but the pair cleared in time to run his 2019 record to 5-for-7 and his lifetime tally to 11-for-20. Jennifer Bongiorno trains the five-year-old Chapter Seven gelding for brother/driver Joe, her own Jennifer Bongiorno Stable, and Blair and Emma Corbeil. It looks like the wait for American Moni, the now-four-year-old son of Muscle Hill - Moni Maker, is beginning to pay off. Winless in limited campaigns at two and three, the impeccably-bred horse has now triumphed in two straight and three of six on the year, winning at Philly in 1:54.4 while fully in control. American Moni, whose mark of 1:53.3 was taken at Pocono, was driven by Andy Miller for trainer/wife Julie and the Moni Maker Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - When the harness racing pacers Blake North and Closing Statement met at Harrah's Philly on August 11, Closing Statement was favored, set the pace, but was caught in the stretch by pocketsitting Blake North. And when the two clashed again in the Wednesday afternoon $14,500 feature at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, Closing Statement was again favored, again set the pace - and again was caught in the lane out of the two-hole by Blake North, this time in 1:50.1. Blake North left from post six in the field of eight for driver Tim Tetrick and looped his field, hitting the quarter in :27.2, while Closing Statement proceeded forward and took the lead at the 3/8, passing the next two striped poles in :55.3 and 1:22.4. But in the stretch, the victorious altered son of Dragon Again had enough to gain into a :27.2 final stanza, winning by ¾ of a length over the chalk. The win was a teaming of Philly's leading driver Tetrick and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, tops in the conditioning standings here; Blake North, a winner of $230,364, is owned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Trainer Marcus Melander unveiled yet another promising young trotter on the card in the Muscle Hill - Hall Of Face freshman filly Hall Of Am S, who won in her debut in 1:56.3 despite the outside post eight, also handled by Tetrick. Coming off a 1:57.4 qualifier in preparation for her bow, Hall Of Am S showed her has a very bright future with the 7¾-length win for Courant Inc. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit finished second to the $590,000+-winning mare Diva's Image in a Tuesday morning harness racing qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia, but he posted by far his best clocking, 1:52.2, in this, his fourth qualifier after being away from the races for over three years. Driver Montrell Teague sent the now-seven-year-old altered son of Mr Wiggles to the lead in the qualifier and posted fractions of :26.4, :55.4, and 1:23.4, opening up a four length lead at the stretch call. But Diva's Image, six lengths behind at the ¾, finished strongly for driver Tim Tetrick to go by by a length over the pacesetting "Wiggle." Wiggle's best time since his return had been 1:53.4, in winning his first qualifier back. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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  

CHESTER, PA - A trio of $16,000 contests shared the spotlight on a special Friday evening card at Harrah's Philadelphia with driver Andrew McCarthy, who won four races, including the featured pace and the faster of the two featured trots. The Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Tarryn A Strip is now two for three since coming to the local oval and joining the barn of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, winning Friday in 1:52, just a tick off her lifetime mark. Tarryn A Strip did not have an easy path to Victory Lane, being caught very wide early and not making the lead until the 3/8 for McCarthy, yet she still had enough to withstand the wide late burst of Ponder The Odds by a half-length for Glenview Livestock LTD and Cheryl Cherry. The Trixton sophomore filly Princess Deo, fifth in the Hambletonian Oaks final, was patiently sent up to command early in the frontstretch by driver McCarthy, cut the pace, then held off pocketsitting Smooth Acceleration by a half length in taking the first of the two trots in 1:55.2. The Lucas Wallin-trained Princess Deo took advantage of the break from stakes competition to post her first seasonal score, raising her lifetime bankroll to $336,314 for Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone, and John Fodera. In the other trot division, the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Oberto had been moved early to the lead by driver George Napolitano Jr. and looked to be in good shape at the ¾, with both the pocket horse and the first-over laboring to stay with him. However, the horse in the two-hole broke early on the turn, freeing Remarkable De Vie, who had been stuck third-in, but that one's rally could only carry him to within a head of Oberto by the end of the 1:58.1 mile. Jeffrey Weiner trains the four-time winner for Thomas and Pamela Herbst Maloney. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for two-year-olds will be hosted on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with $1.3 million on the line on the rich card. The gelding Real Cool Sam and the filly Sister Sledge are the ones to beat in the trotting sections; the pacing divisions will have no such clear-cut favorites. Accompanying the $252,000 Championships will be $50,000 consolations in each of the four divisions of freshman competition. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Joey Bats again showed his fondness for the Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing oval, notching his third straight win in recent appearances with a 1:54.1 victory in the $18,000 trotting feature Thursday at the riverside oval. The four-year-old Holiday Road gelding made every pole a winning one, rattling off splits of :27.4, :56.4, and 1:25.3, then sprinting away from his competition in the last quarter. He won by four lengths over pocketsitter Ooh Rah, giving him eight wins on the year and a career bankroll of $231,207. Andrew Harris trains the sharp trotter for Scott Dillon, Michele Nelson, and Marc Reynolds. The driver of Joey Bats, Tim Tetrick, had a very successful day at Philly as well, as the meet's leading driver won five times in all. Another Tetrick triumph came in one of two $14,500 co-featured trots, where the Explosive Matter four-year-old mare Pat Matters gave a gigantic performance, with splits of :27.3, :55.4, and 1:23.3 preceding an 8½ length domination of her opposition in 1:52.2, a new mark and only 2/5 of a second off the divisional track standard set by Classic Martine (and Tetrick) in 2014. Nifty Norman trains the winner, who was making her first start in 54 days, for the Patricia Stable. Tony Morgan, second in the all-time North American driving victory ranks, combined with Ron Burke, first in the training tables, to tally with the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini in 1:55.1 in the other trot co-feature. On the board in his last four starts without winning, Mr Houdini sat in the pocket for the better part of the mile, came up the inside to get the lead in the lane, and then hold off Boy Meets Girl K by a neck for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. George Napolitano Jr., second in the Philly sulky success standings behind Tetrick, helped firm up his spot with victories in four of the last five races. Harrah's will host a special Friday evening card tomorrow, with the first action beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday will be the $1.3 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Championships card, with the attendant consolation races. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $14,000 featured paces bookended the harness racing Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the first contest, driver David Miller and Voyager were blindswitched by a brushing So Much Bettor on the far turn, but Miller found a sliver of room with the sophomore gelding of Captaintreacherous-Shebestingin and got through to the inside of that rival to take a nose decision in 1:52.3. Joe Holloway trains the four-time winner for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms, and the triumph was the first of five on the day for Miller. The second headliner had another driving Miller, Marcus, guide the American Ideal gelding Warrawee Total into an early pocket seat behind favored Actor Hanover, then came out and on in the lane to beat out that foe by two lengths in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Eddie Sager conditions the winner for The Right Move Racing LLC. A $12,500 pace for experienced pacers saw the veteran K Ryan Bluechip go right down the road for driver David Miller, posting fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:22.3 en route to stopping the timer in 1:50. The Art Major gelding, now a career winner of $470,585, is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owners Carl Howard and Brian Witt. The Wednesday card was the first in a week which will climax in Sunday's $1.3 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Day for the best of the Keystone State-sired two-year-olds. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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

CHESTER, PA - 2015 Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit has now made it two of three winning qualifiers as he prepares to make it back to the races after an absence of three years, tallying today in 1:54.1 by 1¾ lengths at Harrah's Philadelphia. Montrell Teague was in his usual spot in the sulky of Wiggle It Jiggleit, directing the seven-year-old altered son of Mr Wiggles to the top and setting fractions of :28.3, :57.2, and 1:26. The winner of $3.9 million had a two length lead at the top of the stretch over Kiwi Ideal N, and basically maintained that advantage to the finish. Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit in the George Teague Jr. stable for the ownership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC. The plan is for more preparatory work for the horse who has not raced since October of 2016 before he would see any pari-mutuel action and any further decisions would be made on his racing career. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Nextroundsonme was well-prepared off a 33-day layoff by harness racing trainer Jenny Melander, moving well through the last quarter to take a 1:56.1 victory in the $16,000 trotting feature on a special Labor Day Monday afternoon of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr. reserved the five-time winner in third as Our White Knight put up fractions of :28, :58, and 1:26.2. When Nextroundsonme came out on the far turn and trotted up to the front end, neither the pacesetter nor pocketsitting favorite Vic's Winner could offer much resistance, and Nextroundsonme proved a two-length winner over an oncoming Rock My Muscles for Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. There were also a pair of $15,000 handicap paces for the top-priced claimers on the ground. In the first, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Ideal Rocky came grinding uncovered from sixth not much past the quarter, but eventually wore down pacesetting Rockin Rio by a half-length in 1:53.2 for driver Vinnie Ginsburg and trainer Matias Ruiz, the latter also co-owner with J. Louis Mascola and J. J. Macola. The other fell to the Western Paradise gelding Abner The Great, unbeaten in two recent local outings after fronting his field and leaving closest rival Fernado 3¾ lengths behind in 1:51.3 for driver Joe Nongiorno, trainer/sister Jennifer Bongiorno, and owner Patrick O'Brien. FINISHING LINES - The veteran Wiggle It Jiggleit goes behind the qualifying gate for the third time in his comeback on Tuesday morning. On Sunday, the age focus shifts to the babies, as Harrah's Philadelphia will proudly host the Championships and consolations of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-olds.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- 2015 Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit continues his comeback after being away from the races for almost three years, set to go in a Tuesday morning harness racing qualifying session at Harrah's Philadelphia. So far in 2019, Wiggle It Jiggleit posted a 1:53.4 qualifying victory, rushing home in :27, at Philly two weeks ago, and then last week at Pocono he was third, timed in 1:54.2, after setting the pace. Montrell Teague is set to reclaim his usual spot behind Wiggle It Jiggleit - last week he was committed at Philly to drive a horse named Mr Jagerbomber, who won after a layoff of "only" 105 weeks. "Wiggle" will start from post six in the sixth of Philly's nine qualifiers on Tuesday, and his race should go somewhere near 11 a.m. Now seven, the altered son of Mr Wiggles - Mozzi Hanover won his only start at two, then won 22 of 26 starts and almost $2.2 million at three en route to being named 2015 Harness Horse of the Year. At four, he posted 15 wins and 7 seconds in 24 starts, worth another $1.7 million, and made his last start on October 28, 2016 in his Breeders Crown, cutting the pace then getting caught by ¾ of a length by his successor to Harness Horse of the Year, Always B Miki. His lifetime earnings currently stand at $3,907,557, and he took his present mark of 1:47.2 on July 9 of his four-year-old year, winning the Graduate Final. His all-time track record at Philly, 1:47.3, got a scare yesterday when Shartin N, the mare who right now is the favorite to succeed WIJI as Horse of the Year four years afterwards, paced a 1:48 mile. Clyde Francis continues to train the champion in the George Teague Jr. stable, who are of course the backing force behind FFA pacing power Lather Up.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Not only did Shartin N ($2.10) and Hannelore Hanover ($3.00) emerge as the final preliminary winners in their respective $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series events on Sunday (Sept. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia, but they erased a pair of decade-long harness racing track records in the process. Shartin N erased Southwind Tempo's 1:48.3 record for older pacing mares with a 1:48 performance in the Great Northeast mares pace (race 11), and driver Tim Tetrick indicated the 40-time winner had plenty in reserve. "I just kept the bit in her mouth and let her pace to the wire," Tetrick said. "It's cool what she did, and everyone who watched knew she could have gone a lot more. I could have gone 1:47.2 with no problem." The 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America was unhurried at the outset, stalking in fourth from the pegs while Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras) drilled a :25.4 first quarter. With nine-sixteenths to go and Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) now in control of the terms, Tetrick and Shartin N angled first-over and accelerated steadily to take charge through a :53.3 half before clearing upon reaching the backstretch. From there, Shartin N was under a stout rein to the winning post, sprinting powerfully through a pair of :27.1 splits to cap her 1:48 mile, beating Caviart Ally by 1-1/2 lengths. Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) was third. Shartin N took three-fifths of a second off Southwind Tempo's previous track record for older pacing mares and establishing herself on level pegging with Somwherovrarainbow as the fastest female pacer ever on a five-eighths-mile track. Jim King Jr. trains Shartin N for Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick LLC. After faltering in her Maple Leaf Trot elimination last week, Hannelore Hanover bounced back with a 1:52 mile in the Great Northeast trot (race seven), shaving two-fifths of a second off Buck I St Pat's previous course record for older trotting mares, established in 2008. The 7-year-old Swan For All mare worked to an easy lead from post three and controlled splits of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.3 in line to Yannick Gingras. Nearing the top of the stretch, Hannelore Hanover faced a brief challenge from Muscle M Up (McCarthy), and appeared to have him measured. Off the corner, Muscle M Up broke stride and Hannelore Hanover coasted to a 3-1/4 length win over Rich And Miserable (Tyler Buter), who inherited second. Pappy Go Go (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third. Ron Burke trains 46-time winner Hannelore Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and the J&T Silva Stables. The sub-featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace saw Rodeo Rock ($4.20, Eric Goodell) brush aggressively from fourth en route to a 1:49.1 win over Trump Nation. Robert Cleary trains the 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding for Royal Wire Products Inc. Rodeo Rock keyed a 5-3-1-6-4 combination in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5, which multiple players cashed in on for $107.86. As a result, a carryover of $12,257.89 will head to Monday afternoon's (Sept. 2) fifth race. Post time for the 13-race Labor Day card at Harrah's Philadelphia is 12:40 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, doe Harrah's Philadelphia  

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  

CHESTER, PA - Driver David Miller swept the three harness racing divisions of the $180,855 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes fourth and final preliminary round for two-year-old pacing colts at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Now he will have to make a choice about whom to drive in the division's Championship here at Philly on Sunday, September 8 - especially since one of his winners is not assured of a spot in the Championship. The fastest of the three winners was a maiden, the Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover colt Papi Rob Hanover, who scored in 1:50.4 to miss the 2009 Philly divisional track record of Rock N Rock Heaven by a fifth while also tying the filly Sweet Ace for fastest freshman of the year on a 5/8-mile track. Papi Rob Hanover had shown steady development to the point that he was bet down to 7-5 second choice behind 6-5 double Sire Stakes winner Cattlewash, and "Papi" fronted the chalk and the rest of the field through fractions of :26.4, :54.4, and 1:23.1. Through the :27.3 final quarter, Cattlewash stayed within two lengths but could not get closer as Papi Rob Hanover, second in a Sire Stakes in his last start, made the breakthrough for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. Miller's other two PaSS winners were middle-range longshots, including 9-1 proposition Seeyou At Thebeach, who lowered his mark to 1:51.2. Miller sent the son of Somebeachsomewhere - Persistent on a wicked brush down the back after fractions of :27 and :54.4 to go right past Adriano Hanover, the heavy favorite off wins in his three previous Sires prelims, just past the 1:22.4 three-quarters, then kept the colt digging to withstand Catch The Fire, a 1:50.4 Lexington winner who had been shuffled behind "Adriano," by ¾ of a length. Seeyou At Thebeach's only other win had been an Arden Downs division on Adios Day. Brian Brown trains the fast freshman for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Chris Page. The other section had most of the field picking its way through two separate far turn traffic jams, with the Western Ideal - Southwind Playa colt Manticore proving the best at 8-1 in 1:53 for his third win in his last four starts. The race was fiercely contested - Cheerio Hill insisted on the lead, putting favored Caliber in behind twice during fractions of :26.2 and :55.2, with Tell Them Lou, who had been parked, finally making his way to the lead at the latter call. Manticore came up grinding down the backstretch on Tell Them Lou, who hit the three-quarters in 1:23.1, and then there were two incidents: Cheerio Hill tired sharply in the pocket, hindering those who had stayed in, while Tell Them Lou bore out late on the turn, carrying Manticore wide. Manticore quickly righted, went to the lead, then held off closing Captain Barbossa by 1¼ lengths for trainer Bruce Saunders and the partnership of M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. The Bureau of Standardbred Racing within the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last Sires race today revealed the following horses with the most points: 1. Adriano Hanover; 2.Cattlewash; 3. Caliber; 4. Catch The Fire; 5. Father Nuno; 6. Tell Them Lou; and 7. (tie) Manticore, Papi Rob Hanover, and Seeyou At Thebeach at 60 points each. Only eight can compete in the Sire Stakes Championship, and the tiebreaker used is money won in the Sire Stakes. That tally showed Nanticoke and Papi Rob Hanover, each with a first and a second, tied at $45,263, with Seeyou At Thebeach, with a first, third, and fourth, sitting at $42,230. Again, the State Commission certifies the official final totals and eligibility; also, perhaps somebody above the tied three horses may not declare in. All four of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for two-year-olds, and their attendant consolation events, will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, September 8. FINISHING LINES - Homicide Hunter, the defending champion in his Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event, trotted a strong 1:53.2 front-end victory in an $18,000 event for driver Miller, who had six wins on the day, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Crawford Farms Racing, and looks ready as his GNOS Championship at Pocono approaches on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

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