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WEST CORK, Ireland - The 2017 Red John O Donovan Memorial Harness Racing Festival drew record crowds to the splendid Lyre Raceway over the weekend. With so much top class racing here is a brief outline of the action Elimination heats were held on the Saturday for both the Red John Memorial Handicap for pacers and the Maven Derby for trotters . Brywins Starship took the opening heat of the Red John Pace leading home Fairdays western Heat two went to On Top Big C who saw off The Govenor in a pulsating contest. Rhyds Panache ran his rivals ragged in heat three leading home Meadowbranch Roman by 11 lengths Streamside Star was most impressive taking heat four with Maitha Buachaill grabbing the second qualifing spot. Rhyds Destiny got up in the shadow of the post to deny Kickass Katie in the fifth and final heat. On to The Maven Trotting Derby Heats. Urbano Des Selles made all to lead home Cilando De Temps in the first heat. Brutenor and Silvano Bello made it a 1 2 for the locals in heat two. Balarou Des Iles just held on from Ariane Des Tithais in the third heat. The top grade heat went to Donal Murphy and Alineka Darche who was too good for Uldiem Alfa by two lengths . Sprinhill Doyle an Luke Kelleher upset the odds in the Grade E D & B Pace. El Tejar despite two breaks confirmed his status as leading three year old trotter getting back to beat Epice De La Goutte . Sunday was finals day and the organisers delayed the start of racing due to heavy morning rain . The features of an action packed weekend were The Red John Memorial Pace which saw a Rhyds Destiny come off a 40 yard trail to land the €10,000 top prize.On top Big C and Steamside Star finished second and third . Brutenor with Patrick Hill took The Maven trotting Derby with Alineka Darche a distance back in second and there were emotional scenes in the presentation area where Hill a best friend of the late Red John was presented with the Maven Cup by the main sponsor Bill Donovan . Hill also took the Maven Consolation with Aubade A Helene who came off an 80 yard trail to win by four lengths from Tarnao Josselyn The Red John Handicap Consolation produced an epic finish with IB A Magician just touching off Brywins Picasso and Sunnyside Kildare . The Oakwood Stud Irish Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship went to Rebel Rouser who is owned By Bill Donovan and his entourage packed the presentation area after the race. Wellfield Ghost was a most impressive winner of the PJI Engineering Miracle Mile for driver John Manning Jnr who also steered home Hurry Up Abi in the G & G1 Pace. Tenor Meslos took the Anto Russell Memorial Free for All Trot beating his old foe Ultimo D,Ouville. The weekend concluded with a win for Ringo Lady in the Grade F Pace. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS SATURDAY Heat 1. 1. BRYWINS STARSHIP R Kingston 2. FAIRDAYS WESTERN S Kane 3. LYONS STALLONE C O'Reilly DIST 2L 6l TIME 2.35.77 Ran Heat Two 1. ON TOP BIG C P Kane Jnr 2. THE GOVENOR M McAleer 3. MEADOWBRANCH MILLI S Flanagan DIST 1/2L 7 3/4L TIME 2.34.3 9 Ran Heat Three. 1. RHYDS PANACHE C O'Reilly 2. MEADOWBRANCH ROMAN B Roche 3. RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy DIST 11 3/4L 3/4L TIME 2.35.8 8 Ran Heat Four. 1. STREAMSIDE STAR E Joyce 2. MAITHA BUACHAILL D Murphy 3. SAUNDERS JUBILEE J Manning Jnr DIST 4 3/4L 4 3/4L TIME 2.32.4 8 Ran Heat Five . 1. RHYDS DESTINY T O'Leary 2. KICKASS KATIE J Richardsson 3. SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy DIST NK 4 1/4L TIME 2.33.2 8 Ran MAVEN TROTTERS HEATS 1 ½ Miles Heat One. 1. URBANO DE SELLES B Roche 2. CILANDO DU TEMPS J Richardson 3. BLANPAIN LE FOL P Kane Jnr DIST 1 3/4L 2L TIME 3.13.6 6 Ran Heat Two. 1. BRUTENOR P Hill 2. SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 3. ROHANS DES THIRONS P Kane Jnr DIST 7L 1 1/4L TIME 3.12.9 5 Ran Heat Three. 1. BALAROU DES ILES A Wallace 2. ARIANE DES TITHAIS S Quill 3. CUPIDON DE BRETEIL M Kelleher DIST 1/2L 6 3/4L TIME 3.12.0 6 Ran Heat Four 1. ALINEKA DARCHE D Murhy 2. ULDIEM ALFA S Kane3. AUBABE A HELENE P Hill DIST 2 1/2L 1 3/4L TIME 3.11.6 5 Ran Le Trot Three Year Old 1 ½ Miles 1. EL TEJAR A Wallace 2. EPICE DE LA GOUTTE J J McLeod 3. ELLA LOU LOU S Kane DIST 1/2L 3/4L TIME 3. 23.1 7 Ran Grade E D & B 1 Mile 1. SPRINGHILL DOYLE L Kelleher 2. TWO SCORE R Sheridan 3. ALERT CODE M O'Reilly DIST 3/4L 1 1/2L TIME 2.02.5 4 Ran SUNDAY RESULTS RED JOHN MEMORIAL FINAL 1 ¼ Miles 1. RHYDS DESTINY T O'Leary 2. ON TOP BIG C P Kane Jnr 3. STREAMSIDE STAR E Joyce DIST 3 1/2L 1 3/4L TIME 2.44.5 10 Ran MAVEN TROTTERS DERBY FINAL 1 ½ Miles 1. BRUTENOR P Hill 2. ALINEKA DARCHE D Murphy 3. BALAROU DES ILES A Wallace DIST 30L 1 3/4L TIME 3.21.0 8 Ran RED JOHN CONSOLATION FINAL 1 ¼ Miles 1. IB A MAGICAN D Murphy 2. BRYWINS PICASSO L Kelleher 3. SUNNYSIDE KILDARE S Quill DIST 1/2L 3/4L TIME 2.50.6 9 Ran MAVEN CONSOLATION FINAL 1 ½ Miles 1. AUBADE A HELENE P Hill 2. TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 3. SAXO DE MARONCOURT S Kane DIST 4L 1L TIME 3.29.1 8 Ran OAKWOOD STUD 3YO GRASS PACING CHAMPIONSHIP 1 Mile 1. REBEL ROUSER D Murphy 2. RHYDS RIVAL B Roche 3. EARNIES UMPIRE M O Reilly DIST 2 1/4L 3 1/2L TIME 2.09.7 7 Ran PJI ENGINEERING MIRACLE MILE 1. WELLFIELD GHOST J Manning Jnr 2. CAMDEN CASSANOVA J Richardson 3. RHYDS BOOTS S Duggan DIST 8L 1/2L No Time Available 8 Ran ANTO RUSSELL MEMORIAL FFA TROT 1 ½ Miles 1. TENOR MESLOIS D Murphy 2. ULTIMO D, OUVILLE A Wallace 3. BEST OF BURIOUS J Richardson DIST 2 1/4L 4 1/2L TIME 3.21.9 4 Ran GRADE F 1 Mile 1. RINGO LADY T O Reilly 2. MR SECURITY M O Donovan 3. I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin Jnr DIST 6 3/4L 6L TIME 2.17.3 5 Ran GRADE G & G1 1 Mile 1. HURRY UP ABI J Manning Jnr 2. HILLSIDE MUSTANG K Sheehy 3. MEADOWBRANCH MATT M Kelleher DIST 4 3/4L 18 1/2L TIME 2.15.9 6 Ran

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 22, 2017 - After cruising to an impressive 1:56.3 victory in her Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, O So Easy was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to score another decisive victory on Tuesday, August 22 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Stopping the timer in 1:55.2, O So Easy established a new lifetime best while recording her fifth win of the season for trainer, driver, and co-owner Verlin Yoder. Leaving from the outside post nine, O So Easy left just enough to get a spot along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Jim Pantaleano sent Lass A Rope away from the gate firing from the rail position to get the first call through a snappy :26.4 opening quarter. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn also left alertly to grab a pocket seat behind the early pacesetter. Lass A Rope was able to slow the tempo just a touch down the backside as she remained uncontested through the second split in :56.3. As the field approached the final turn, Yoder had O So Easy on the attack to the outside. Lass A Rope continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 but O So Easy was closing in with every stride. As the field turned for home, Yoder asked his filly for more and O So Easy responded with a :28.4 final quarter to surge past the leader and hold off a hard-charging Custom Cantab late in the lane. After a ground saving trip, Topville Martini and John DeLong rallied nicely to round out the trifecta. As the 3/2 favorite, O So Easy returned $5.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Yoder said after the victory. "The best thing about her is you can use her any way you want. She will come right back to me when I ask her. She continues to learn more and get stronger with every start." The rookie filly has now won five of seven lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $121,150 in lifetime purse earnings. O So Easy Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 23 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

The McMullen siblings all found their way to the harness racing winners’ enclosure last weekend. It was the first time that all four have driven winners on the same day. Taleah, 16, the youngest of the quartet started the ball rolling with her victory aboard Hachem at Kilcoy on a dual-code race day on Saturday afternoon while the older siblings all tasted success at Albion Park later that night. Peter, 26, landed a treble at Albion Park with victories aboard The Charging Moa, Munroe and Wattlebank Flyer while Dannielle, 21, steered Secret Smile and Narissa, 23, took the winning driving aboard Ivanov who deadheated in the final event. Naturally, proud parents John and Jeanette were thrilled with their kids’ efforts. “It was a good day at the office; they’re good kids who work hard.” John stated. The McMullen name is steeped in harness racing tradition,  “Hollywood John’’ McMullen, the kids grandfather, is a pioneer of sending Australian horses to America while being an inductee of the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame. “Hollywood John” is an Albion Park icon and prepared many top flight pacers from his Breakfast Creek stables, adjacent to the track, stables he has occupied since 1978. The McMullen siblings all possess natural ability in the race bike and graduated through the mini-trotting ranks. Pete is the youngest Australian driver to reach 1000 winners while he had the honour to drive one of the greatest in Im Themightyquinn for trainer Gary Hall Snr a few years back during his Brisbane campaign. While Pete is firmly established as one of the state’s leading drivers, his younger sisters are quickly carving their own names as forces to be reckoned with and all possess impressive individual stats. Again tonight (Wednesday) at Redcliffe, the McMullen clan will be fierce competitors when all four of them line up against each other in two races on the program. In the opening event, the Power Up Lawn Mowers Pace over 1780m, Taleah (Lynchman), Pete (Turbotufftalk), Narissa (Hammerhoff) and Dannielle (Andiamo El Ferrari) will look to battle it out before clashing again later. In race five, the Stevie Redback Pest Control Pace over 1780m, Dannielle (Ima Top Tycoon), Narissa (Annas Best), Taleah (Midnight Bender) and Pete (Levi Jade) will again chase success. Both Pete and Narissa have driven in excess of 100 winners this current season while Dannielle has enjoyed her best season to date with over 65 winners. Taleah, in her maiden season of driving has landed 4 winners to date (Stonebridge Royal, Weedons Express, Kaanapali & Hachem). But don’t expect any chances to be given tonight, all four McMullen siblings possess a steely determination and victory will only provide bragging rights at the next family get together. by Chris Barsby

Prsntpretynperfect, the 2-5 favorite, didn't disappoint her harness racing fans as she stormed to a 1:56.2 winning effort in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing fillies, on a dark and rainy evening, Aug. 22, at Northfield Park. Driven by Kayne Kauffman, the Big Bad John lass picked up her fifth career win in as many lifetime starts and boosted her bankroll to $103,500 for trainer Brian Brown and owners Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE. Bred by Ohioan Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect has swept all four OSS legs and also won a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake. She bested rivals Pearl Crush by 3¼ lengths, an 8-1 choice driven by Ryan Stahl and 30-1 Kay Again, who finished third with Josh Sutton at the lines. Believe In Waco survived a lengthy stewards inquiry to prevail in the second OSS division, clocked in 1:58 in a wire-to-wire performance. The daughter of Believeinbruiser, driven by Art McIlmurray for trainer Steve Novak, grabbed career victory number four from eight starts. Sent off at 9-2 odds, Believe In Waco finished a three-quarters of a length in front of 20-1 Tiffany Rocks As (Aaron Merriman) and 10-1 Merciless, driven by Danny Noble. This precocious filly now has $53,520 in career earnings for breeder-owner Gerald L. Mijal of Westland, MI. She was second twice and fourth once in her three previous OSS contests. Kimberly Rinker  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2017 -- Seviyorum wrapped up a berth in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship with a crisp harness racing victory in Tuesday's $162,615 final preliminary leg at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with Strawberry Hanover and Hey Blondie taking the other splits. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller teamed for a PASS double with Seviyorum and Strawberry Hanover. The PASS championships for 2-year-olds are set for Monday, Sept. 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Seviyorum was third down the backside when Miller sent her after the leader, Southwind Angelica. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Armbro Domino gobbled up that rival and drew off to score in 1:56.4. The pocket-sitting SMS Princess was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Southwind Angelica saved show. "I raced her on the front end last time, and she kind of pulled up on me in the lane," Miller said. "So I just wanted her to follow horses for a while. When I asked her to go, she responded." Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable campaign the homebred Seviyorum. Seviyorum After three horses in the field of six broke stride early, Hey Blondie and Andrew McCarthy found themselves last among the remaining contenders. McCarthy urged Hey Blondie to the front past the quarter, and the daughter of Cantab Hall-Winbak Blondie made the move stand up, downing Tiffany's Flash by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:57.2. Lindy On Tap earned show. "I usually take it easy with her the first quarter," McCarthy said. "The way it looked, I didn't have to move from too far back, so I thought I'd get her out there and steady the speed a little bit. She had enough trotting home." Hey Blondie Strawberry Hanover earned stake honors in her third career start by rolling to the top and holding off Front Circle by a neck in 1:56.3. Win Treasures completed the ticket. "She was ready to go early in the season, then she had a few issues and mental things we had to get her over," Andy Miller said of the Marvin Katz-Al Libfeld-owned daughter of Donato Hanover-Star Hanover. "She didn't like stuff hitting her on the face. She's better, but she's still better on the front. She's learning to follow, too." Strawberry Hanover Mike Wilder piloted four winners, including two for trainer Tyler Stillings, on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters: a $141,428 PA Sires Stake known as the Hickory Smoke and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Not even a torrid rain storm before the start of the second race and starting from the outside in post eight, could stop Lucky Promesses from posting her seventh straight harness racing victory Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R in the second race trot. The winningest horse at H3R this year, Lucky Promesses is owned, bred and was driven to victory by Jerome Lombart of Bromont. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool from the Mr Lavec mare, Promising Lavec, is trained by Andreane Lapierre. By the opening quarter mile over the sloppy track, Lombart had Lucky Promesses on the lead by two lengths. They held the field at bay the rest of the one-mile race, opening up in the stretch to win by five and three-quarter lengths in 2:03.3 over the sloppy track. It was the eighth victory of the year in 17 starts for Lucky Promisses, who paid $3.10 to win. There were three divisions of the final preliminary round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series Tuesday evening. Two divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies and one for the colts. They all were vying for points to make the C$55,000 finals on September 3. The biggest upset of the series came in the eighth race division for colts as SOS Irresistible and trainer/driver Eric Gnoccihini were able to lead from start to finish at odds of 31-1, paying $64.20 to win. Gnoccihini and SOS Irresistible left from post five and got to the early lead with ease, but then was challenge on the outside by Sir Chopin and driver Mario Charron at the opening quarter mile and those two went head to head until the second turn when Charron backed off with Sir Chopin. From that point on, Gnoccihini and SOS Irresistible had no further challenges and went on to win by three lengths in 2:07.3. Ganymede Lavec (Jerome Lombart) was second with Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) third. It was the maiden victory in the second lifetime start for SOS Iresistable, a son of Val Taurus, who is owned by Ryan MacDonald of Halifax, NS. It was also the first win this season in six starts for driver Eric Gnoccihini. The fourth race first division for fillies, saw the 1/9 favorite, Papillon Bleu and driver Pierre-Luc Roy sit the pocket-trip to race leader Justice Rules (Stephane Brosseau) until the three-quarters when they came first-over to challenge. Justice Rules still had some trot left and parked out Papillion Bleu around the field turn, but then faded in the stretch at Papillion Blue and Roy pulled away to win by three and three-quarter lengths in 2:10.2 over the sloppy track. Poupee (Gaetan Lamy) was third. It was the second win in four starts for Papillion Bleu, a daughter of Muscle Mass, trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel that owns and bred the filly. She paid $2.30 to win. In the sixth race second division for trotting fillies, Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil left from post five as if they were shot out of a cannon, leading by 12 lengths by the opening quarter mile. They never looked back at the rest of the field as they went on to win by 17 lengths in 2:07.3. Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) was second with SOS Mesmerize (Stephane Gendron) third. Sired by Angus Hall, Precieuse CC has now won all three of her Future Stars preliminary rounds and will be the race favorite in the upcoming C$55,000 final. She is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi and paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau still needs just one victory to reach the milestone of 3,000 career wins. He had six drives on the Tuesday program but failed to win any of them. Driver Pierre-Luc Roy had the hot hands on the sloppy track, winning three races. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - A group of 16 older pacers will compete in this Saturday's (August 26) Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack in search of a harness racing spot in the $615,000 final on September 2. First raced in 1936, the Canadian Pacing Derby is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. An annual showcase of the finest pacers in the sport, this year's group of entrants is arguably the most competitive in recent memory. The 16 older pacers have been divided evenly into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top five finishers from each split advance. Of the 16 entrants in this year's eliminations, six have won over $1 million (All Bets Off, Check Six, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, McWicked, Wakizashi Hanover), while two are double millionaires (All Bets Off, Mach It So). The first elimination is led by the hard-nosed six-year-old All Bets Off (PP2, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trainee comes to Mohawk a 25-time winner with over $2.6 million earned during his racing career. All Bets Off is three for 16 this season and has banked $376,688. Despite having only won seven of 43 starts over the last 18 months, the Burke trainee has made over $1 million, finishing outside the top-five just six-times. A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off most recently finished fourth in the Roll With Joe last Sunday at Tioga Downs. The opening elimination also features Wakizashi Hanover (PP3, TBA), the winner of the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup. The five-year-old gelding has yet to make a big impact in the older pacing division, but the Joann Looney King trainee has tremendous speed, including a 1:47.3 career-mark posted in July at The Meadowlands, and could benefit from a return to the site of his biggest victory. Wakizashi Hanover is the second-highest earner in his elimination with $1.5 million banked. The other millionaire in the first split is the $40,000 supplement entry Keystone Velocity (PP6, Simon Allard). The Rene Allard trainee has won six of 13 starts this season and his connections opted to supplement him to this year's 'Pacing Derby' on Monday morning. Keystone Velocity, who won July's $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono, is a 25-time winner with over $1.1 million in career earnings. Local standout Nirvana Seelster (PP1, Trevor Henry) will look to protect home soil in the first elimination. The Bill Budd trained six-year-old gelding has won eight of 23 starts this season and has hit the board in 13 of his last 14 starts. Rounding out the field for the first elimination is Dealt A Winner (PP4, David Miller), Dudes The Man (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Evenin Of Pleasure (PP7, Brett Miller) and Easy Lover Hanover (PP8, Doug McNair). The second elimination is headlined by the red-hot Check Six (PP7, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trained four-year-old is coming into the 'Pacing Derby' eliminations off back-to-back victories in the Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands and Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park. Check Six, who banked over $1 million last season, appears to have shed the four-year-old blues after going winless in nine starts prior to the Sam McKee Memorial. The Burke student is an 18-time winner with over $1.5 million earned. Another four-year-old standout in the second elimination is Sintra (PP1, Jody Jamieson). The gelded son of Mach Three captured this year's Graduate Series final and has won seven of 11 starts heading into the 'Pacing Derby' elimination. McWicked (PP3, David Miller), who won this year's Mohawk Gold Cup, will be seeking another big victory at the Campbellville oval. The six-year-old Casie Coleman trainee is nearing double millionaire status and is six for 18 this season. The richest horse in the second elimination is seven-year-old gelding Mach It So (PP2, David Miller). The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee captured the $427,000 William Haughton Memorial last month at The Meadowlands. Mach It So, who is a 37-time winner with over $2.1 million earned, has earned a cheque in all 16 of his starts this season, while making three visits to the winner's circle. The second elimination is completed by Rockin Ron (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy), Lyons Snyder (PP5, Brett Miller), Rockeyed Optimist (PP6, Brett Miller) and Shamballa (PP8, Scott Zeron). The Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations are carded as Races 3 and 6 on Saturday's 12-race program. Saturday's card also features two-year-old pacers in Grand Circuit action. A group of 21 rookie pacing colts and geldings have been split into two Nassagaweya divisions, while 10 two-year-old pacing fillies will square off in a single division of the Eternal Camnation. Headlining the Nassagaweya Stakes is Western Ideal colt Summer Travel, who will start from post-seven in the $112,525 10-horse second division. The Casie Coleman trained rookie is three for three to start his career and is currently North America's fastest two-year-old with a mark of 1:50.3 taken in the Dream Maker Series on August 7. David Miller picks up the drive behind the talented freshman. The opening split of the Nassagaweya will feature a field of 11 competing for a purse of $113,525. The $192,333 Eternal Camnation Stakes is led by Shadow Play filly Percy Bluechip. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee dazzled in her career debut on July 9 at Georgian Downs, winning an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold in 1:51.2. The sensational rookie has since followed up with a pair of OSS Gold victories, including last Saturday night at Mohawk. Trevor Henry will guide Percy Bluechip from post-nine. The Nassagaweya Stakes are carded as Races 5 and 10, while the Eternal Camnation Stakes is carded as Race 8. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for Saturday's stakes races. Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination #1 - $40,000 1. Nirvana Seelster (Henry/Budd) 2. All Bets Off (Gingras/Burke) 3. Wakizashi Hanover (TBA/Looney King) 4. Dealt A Winner (D. Miller/Silva) 5. Dudes The Man (Jamieson/Okusko Jr) 6. Keystone Velocity (S. Allard/R. Allard) 7. Evenin Of Pleasure (B. Miller/Burke) 8. Easy Lover Hanover (McNair/Wallace) Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination #2 - $40,000 1. Sintra (Jamieson/Hebert) 2. Mach It So (D. Miller/Bamond Jr) 3. McWicked (D. Miller/Coleman) 4. Rockin Ron (Roy/Burke) 5. Lyons Snyder (B. Miller/Takter) 6. Rockeyed Optimist (B. Miller/Elliott) 7. Check Six (Gingras/Burke) 8. Shamballa (S. Zeron/R. Zeron)   Nassagaweya Stakes - Division #1 - $113,525 1. Albergo Hanover (Cullen/Cullen) 2. This Is The Plan (D. Miller/Ryder) 3. Street Boy (McNair/Coleman) 4. Treasure Writer (MacDonell/MacDonell) 5. Dragon Time (Jamieson/Hebert) 6. Twin B Tuffenuff (B. Miller/Elliott) 7. Levis Day (Henry/Puddy) 8. Declan Seelster (Jamieson/Hebert) 9. Phil The Thrill (Christoforou/Sucee) 10. Babes Dig Me (Filion/Alagna) 11. Shadow Moon (Henry/Moore) Nassagaweya Stakes - Division #2 - $112,525 1. Odds On Lauderdale (S. Zeron/Alagna) 2. Torrin Hanover (Waples/Bardier Jr) 3. Trump That (Jamieson/Hebert) 4. Casimir Richie P (Henry/Moore) 5. Hudson Phil (J. MacDonald/Steacy) 6. California Cruisin (Gingras/Johansson) 7. Summer Travel (D. Miller/Coleman) 8. Pedro Hanover (Gingras/Harris) 9. BrackleyBeach (MacDonell/Moore) 10. Courtly Choice (B. Miller/MacIntosh)   Eternal Camnation Stakes - $192,333 1. Apothic (R. Zeron/Brethour) 2. Play The Bell (D. Miller/Coleman) 3. Kissin In The Sand (Gingras/Johansson) 4. Pueblo Blue Chip (Jamieson/Hebert) 5. Miss Mary Mach (Filion/O'Sullivan) 6. Im With Her (MacDonell/MacDonell) 7. Kendall Seelster (Waples/Reid) 8. Ella Is Awesome (Gingras/Johansson) 9. Percy Bluechip (Henry/Moore) 10. Delaney R (D. Miller/Coleman)   Mark McKelvie

Harry Von Knoblauch was in his early 40s when he bought his first horse and embarked on a career in harness racing. A decade later, the self-taught horseman was a top trainer on the Chicago circuit, leading a stable that became known for its New Zealand-bred imports. His success with Down Under stock continued the rest of his life, most recently as the owner of stakes-winning New Zealand-bred horses Bit Of A Legend and Mossdale Conner and Aussie import Mackenzie. Von Knoblauch passed away Aug. 9 in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 90. "His favorite thing to do was watch his horses and talk about his horses," said Von Knoblauch's daughter, Ellen Kinser, who partnered on horses with her father and plans to continue racing with other family members under the Harry Von Knoblauch Stable name. "He was very proud, and he was very surprised that he was that successful. "He led a very interesting life." Von Knoblauch grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and later moved to Long Island, where he lived across the street from Belmont Park. His interest in harness racing developed through trips to Roosevelt and Yonkers raceways. He was not involved in the sport, though, until relocating to the Midwest because of his job as a manufacturer's representative for an audio/visual equipment company. He bought his first horse in the late 1960s and at the age of 43 decided to begin training his horses as a way to control expenses. Von Knoblauch - who prior to working in sales spent time in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and also was a bus driver - learned about training horses through reading books, asking questions, and trial and error. "He knew nothing about horses," Kinser said. "He learned just by hanging out at the barn talking to the old-timers. That's a testament to Harry's personality and his charm. I'm sure these guys didn't hand out information to everybody. Harry was very soft-spoken and nice and handsome, so he got along with them. He wasn't arrogant. He was humble. These guys shared their info with him and little by little he creeped up the ladder." By the early 1980s, Von Knoblauch had won multiple training titles at Chicago-area tracks. He also started finding talent Down Under, with his first well-known New Zealand-bred horse, Jack Horner, winning 12 of 17 races and $53,200 at ages 3 and 4. In time, Von Knoblauch's stable was filled predominately by New Zealand-bred horses. He said the influx of horses from New Zealand was fueled in part by fewer racing dates Down Under coupled with a favorable exchange rate for the U.S. dollar. "New Zealand horses have been successful in large part in the U.S. because we have received the cream of the crop," Von Knoblauch told the Chicago Tribune's Mike Kiley in 1983. "I also credit their strong broodmares, which seem to have a lot of toughness in them and pass it on." Von Knoblauch said he trained his imports "New Zealand style." "For 90 percent of them it works," Von Knoblauch told the Chicago Tribune's Neil Milbert in 1986. "They're used to racing longer distances - a mile and a half to two miles is common - and they're trained accordingly. So, I keep on working them long." Von Knoblauch and his son Charles, better known by his middle name Wayne, continued operating a training stable until Wayne's passing in 2013. Peter Tritton, a native of Australia who raced Von Knoblauch's horses on the East Coast, took over the complete training duties for Von Knoblauch's stable. Tritton, who has lived in the U.S. for 15 years, had the same horse agent, Peter Larkin, as Von Knoblauch. "If we didn't have the same agent we probably wouldn't have met," Tritton said. "It was good working with Harry because he understood the foreign horses. He was patient with them. He did well buying, racing and selling the foreign horses. We were on the same page. "We became close friends. If Harry told you something, that was it. His word was everything, and he was a gentleman. Everyone liked him." During the course of his career, Von Knoblauch owned more than two dozen horses from Down Under that earned at least $200,000 lifetime. Topping the list is this year's Molson Pace and Gerrity Memorial winner Bit Of A Legend, who has earned $1.10 million in North America and $1.76 million overall. Other top earners include New Zealand-breds Mainland Key, Texican, Sell A Bit, Second Wind, and Chris Riley. In April, Von Knoblauch and his family visited Yonkers Raceway and watched Mackenzie win the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship. "He was so glad he went," Kinser said. "They treated him like a celebrity. He couldn't get over it, that everyone was treating him like a celeb. That was nice." Kinser, her sister Susan, brother Harry Jr., and Tritton plan to move forward with the Von Knoblauch Stable. "I miss him; I miss him terribly," Kinser said. "We want to keep Harry's legacy going for as long as we can. God willing, we'll get some good horses. We still have great horses, but maybe we'll get more and we'll see how long we can keep it going." Tritton is hoping for big things from the group, which might include more Grand Circuit stakes action in the future. "It's just a shame Harry isn't going to be around to see it if we can do well," Tritton said. "I'd always ring him on the way home from the races and tell him how the horses did and what the drivers said. Every now and then I go to ring him on the way home now and I have to stop myself. It's hard to believe he's gone. "He was a good guy. He will be missed. Hopefully we can do well in the next few years. They'll still be racing under the Harry Von Knoblauch Stable. His name will still go on. Every time the horses go on the track, he'll still get mentioned, which is great." Kinser said a memorial service for her father will be held in New York in September or October. Details will be announced when available. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- No horses changed positions in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown Poll Top 10, but Fear The Dragon solidified his hold on No. 1. Fear The Dragon, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers last weekend, received 33 of 35 first-place votes in this week’s balloting. Ariana G, who took on the boys in the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters and finished second by a quarter-length to Yes Mickey, remained second in the poll. She was followed by Huntsville, who was fifth in the same PaSS division as Fear The Dragon, and idle Hannelore Hanover and Downbytheseaside. The remaining five horses in the rankings -- Marion Marauder, Resolve, Walner, Blazin Britches, and Agent Q -- also did not see action last week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (33) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 347 1 2 Ariana G (2) 3tf 8-6-1-1 $544,091 306 2 3 Huntsville 3pc 11-7-3-0 $885,838 224 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 7-4-2-0 $235,299 172 4 5 Downbytheseaside 3pc 10-6-1-2 $686,216 170 5 6 Marion Marauder 4th 5-3-1-1 $443,177 139 6 7 Resolve 6th 6-3-1-0 $327,070 131 7 8 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 98 8 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 73 9 10 Agent Q 3pf 9-6-2-0 $414,975 60 10 Manchego (38); Lady Shadow (32); Pasithea Face S (27); Devious Man (15); Percy Bluechip (13); Bit Of A Legend N, What The Hill (12); Keystone Velocity (11); Crazy Wow (8); Check Six (7); Nike Franco N (6); Yes Mickey (5); Dealt A Winner, Magic Presto, Perfect Spirit (4); Holy Trout, International Moni, Western Fame (2); Summer Travel (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Once again shamelessly plagiarizing a term from our thoroughbred brethren, "Win and You're In." Yonkers Raceway has announced that the harness racing winner of the 63nd Yonkers Trot shall automatically receive a Yonkers International Trot invitation. The $500,000 Yonkers Trot goes Saturday night, Sept. 2 (eliminations this Saturday, Aug. 26th), while the million-dollar, mile-and-a-quarter Yonkers International Trot is set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14. This is the third incarnation of International since its return after a 20-year hiatus. "We are compiling a list of world-class trotters for our International," race secretary Steve Starr said. "Last season's winner, Resolve, is coming back to defend his title and it's shaping up as a glorious race." More information about the 2017 Yonkers International Trot shall be announced shortly. Frank Drucker

Lather Up eclipsed his own record to establish a new Scioto Downs standard of 1:51.1 for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts as he swept to victory in the first of four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on Monday afternoon, August 21. The speedy youngster had previously set the track record of 1:52.2 in OSS action on July 4. Randy Tharps piloted the son of I'm Gorgeous (Bettor's Delight) in a wire-to-wire effort for trainer Brenda Teague and owners Gary & Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE. Lather Up had captured legs one and two of the four-leg series and was third in third-round action. The homebred bay colt used a :27.3 final brush to secure his third career victory after snapping off fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.3. Dan Noble steered 1-1 Rockathon to a second-place finish, two lengths behind the winner, while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., brought 11-1 JoJo's Pet Rock up for show money. The victory pushed Lather Up's career bankroll to $66,300. Lather Up is the tenth foal out of the In The Pocket mare Pocket Comb p, 3, 1:56.2f ($30,977) and has half-siblings in: Lockes Of Love (by Blissful Hall) p, 4, 1:52.2f ($340,012); Love That Cut (by Presidential Ball) p, 4, 1:53.3f ($301,062); Barber Pole (by Badlands Hanover) p, 3, 1:49 ($282,525); Lather Machine (by Badlands Hanover) p, 3, 1:50.1f ($267,843); Hot Lather (by Badlands Hanover) p, 6, 1:50.4f ($266,903); Shaving Mug (by Badlands Hanover) p, 6, 1:51.4 ($250,649); Scissor magic (by Presidential Ball) p, 4, 1:53.3f ($120,258) and Littleoffthetop (by Delmarvalous) p, 3,1:53f ($41,672). Letsallrock and driver Tyler Smith won the second OSS division by a head over 3-2 Rock On Creek (Chris Page) in a dramatic 1:52.3 finish. Slick Mick, a 34-1 longshot was third with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Rock On Creek had led throughout most of the mile before being overtaken in the late going by his 3-5 rival. Letsallrock unleashed a :28.2 final panel to just nip his rival in a blanket finish. Trained and co-owned by Jeff Smith for owners James Everhart and Charles Young and breeder Kathy Smith, the son of Pet Rock had previously won legs one and three, and finished out of the money in the second leg due to broken equipment. Letsallrock has $69,512 in his bank account from three wins and a second in five starts. He is the first foal out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Noseitall p, 2, 1:57.1M ($7,605). Seeing Eye Single got a perfect trip with driver Chris Page in the sulky to notch his fourth win in as many lifetime starts--all coming in OSS action. The 3-5 son of Dragon Again posted a gate-to-wire 1:53.4 clocking after sweeping the three previous legs of this series. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, the speedy bay gelding upped his career earnings to $80,000. "I got pretty good fractions (:27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.1) and the horse just did what he had to do," Page offered in the Scioto winner's circle. Seeing Eye Single bested 12-1 Bounding Dragon (Josh Sutton) and 70-1 Hora Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) who finished in a dead heat for second by a comfortable half-length. He is the first foal out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong p, 3, 1:52.2s ($181,197). Rockin Away came from nearly dead last to grab his first OSS victory with Greg Grismore at the lines in 1:54.3. The Brian Brown-trainee picked up career victory number three from four lifetime starts for Ohio owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Aws Stables and Richard Lombardo. The 6-1 son of Pet Rock came the fastest final panel (:28.2) in the nine-horse field to best 14-1 rival Saint Peter (Luke Ebersole) by nearly two lengths. Randy Tharps guided 9-1 Sip And A Bite to third-place honors. Rockin Away now has $34,675 in career earnings for his connections. He is the third and most prolific foal out of the Camluck mare Higher Standards p,4, 1:56.3h ($50,410). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues at Northfield Park on Tuesday night with 2-year-old pacing fillies and on Wednesday night with 2-year-old trotting fillies in leg four action. Kimberly Rinker

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an inquiry yesterday in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester were detected in the urine sample taken from DESTINY WARRIOR following its win in race 5, the DUBBO RSL CLUB FINAL (2120m), at Dubbo on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Mr Nathan Turnbull appeared at the inquiry, represented by Mr Damian Sheales of Counsel. Evidence, including the Reports of Analysis, was presented to the inquiry. Evidence was also obtained from licensed trainer-driver Mr Aaron Williams, Mr Damian Davis and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Turnbull pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as follows: AHRR 190.  (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence… (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Mr Turnbull pleaded guilty and the inquiry has been adjourned to consider penalty following submissions made on behalf of Mr Turnbull.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 • GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Sometime shortly after July 12, either Andy or Julie Miller must have said that they were going to the harness racing  tack shop to get a set of trotting hopples. Their fellow Illinois Miller, Erv, must have said, "Hey, get me a set, too." Team Orange Crush must have liked what their action accomplished, so sometime shortly after July 20, they got two more sets. An online search showed that trotting hopples may average out in the $250 range. So their $750 investment helped Andy and July Miller won $25000 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night. It would have been $30000, except Erv Miller's $250 investment resulted in a $10000 return for a win and relegated the Orange Crush horse to second, making a $5000 difference. The fourth and final preliminary in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts, raced over seven divisions Monday night at The Downs, was a showcase for adding the piece of equipment as a possible means to steady out balky babies. (Old-time horsemen, we apologize.) In the race where the Teams Miller finished 1-2, the Explosive Matter-Found An Angel colt Keystone Apache quarter-moved and dictated a fast tempo on a "sloppy" track, then resisted a late bid from favored Im Your Captain, the early leader, by a length while breaking his maiden in 1:56.3, fastest of all divisions. Marcus Miller drove for trainer/father Erv and the ownership of the Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Tangie Massey. Im Your Captain had won two straight Stallion Series events since the Orange Crush added the hopples; they also had the two re-equipped winners, who are now both two-for-two in Stallion Series contests. The first was the Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding Mississippi Storm, who was victorious in 1:57.4 by a half-length over Meadowbranch Ricky for the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Willow Oak Ranch. Mississippi Storm won his first StS race, then broke in his second, then added the hopples and is perfect in them in a pair of outings. The other 2-for-2-plus-hopples horse for Andy and Julie is the appropriately-named Make It A Double, who has taken to his new equipment quite nicely, the Donato Hanover-Dodger Blues gelding here winning by two lengths in 1:58.1 for Jason and Douglas Allen in partnership with their driver's Andy Miller Stable Inc. Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double won consecutive divisions, which made Make It A Double's name even more fitting. Owner/trainer D. R. Ackerman must have made the same trip to the tack shop about a week before the Illinois Miller clans, as after opening his career with a miscue, his Canaletto Hanover has stayed flat in five straight starts since adding the trotting hopples, including all three of the Stallion Series legs in which he competed. Like all the other winners on the night, the Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber gelding found the found end the place to be, as he reported home in 1:57.3, 2 3/4 lengths to the good to give his sire two credits in the stakes. With three StS wins, Canaletto Hanover joined Mississippi Storm, as noted a winner on the card, and Hockey Hanover, the winningest baby trotter in North America with eight, who after winning his first three StS races tried Sires horses the previous night and lost by a nose. Driver Tyler Buter started off the busy stakes night by taking the first two divisions. The Andover Hall-Born To Love colt Johny Victory (who has had hopples throughout his career) broke his maiden in his second lifetime start, winning in 1:59 by the night's largest margin, 6¾ lengths, for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. 18 minutes later Buter was parading back the Muscle Massive-Celebrity Sweedie gelding I Know My Rights, who has never worn hopples and who withstood Naturalle Muscle by a neck in 1:59.1 for his second straight Stallion Series win. Todd Buter trains the developing baby for the ownership combine of the driver, Lynette Buter, and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Explosive Matter also had a siring double in the stakes racing, completed by Rentier, who equaled his lifetime mark of 1:57.2 while winning by 2¾ lengths. The gelding, out of the mare Race Judicata, added this win to two previous seconds in the StS competition for driver Matt Kakaley and owner/trainer Austin Brubacker. (To complete the record, Rentier races hoppleless as well.) The final pointstandings after this last preliminary has, as could be expected, quite a logjam at the top. Here is an unofficial list of the nine who have reserved places for their Championship event at The Meadows on Saturday, September 2, in pointstanding order: Mississippi Storm; I Know My Rights; Canaletto Hanover and Hockey Hanover tied (going 3-for-3 in the prelims got you a DH3 in the standings); I Know My Rights and Stonebridge Gamble tied; Meadowbranch Ricky; Rentier; and Make It A Double. Keystone Apache is AE1 and Possess The Stone is AE2 if there are defections; then there are four more within three points of the AE positioning! PHHA / Pocono

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 21, 2017 - Twelve harness racing 3-year-old gentlemen have been entered for Yonkers Trot No. 63, second Jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. A pair of $40,000 eliminations are set for this Saturday night (Aug. 26th), with the first four in each returning for the half-million-dollar final. First elim (6th race) 1 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven - (Tim Tetrick), 2 - Another Chapter by Chapter Seven - (Scott Zeron), 3 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill - (Matt Kakaley), 4 - Yes Mickey by Muscle Hill - (Ake Svanstedt, lone gelding, lone $30,000 supplemental entrant), 5 - Devious Man by Credit Winner - (Andy Miller), 6 - Andy M by Andover Hall - (Dave Miller).   Second elim (7th race) 1 - Money Macintosh by Credit Winner -  (Andy Miller), 2 - Di Oggi by Crazed - (Montrell Teague), 3 - New Jersey Viking by Muscle Hill - (Svanstedt), 4 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel - (Jason Bartlett), 5 - Southwind Hydro by Muscle Hill - (Marcus Johansson), 6 - Top Flight Angel by Archangel (Andy Miller also listed). (Note Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel are coupled)   Nine soph lads were entered for the 62nd Messenger Stakes, second Jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. This presents another edition of musical chairs, with all going in a $40,000 elimination (9th race) to get the octet for the $500,000 final. 1 - Art Scene (Zeron), 2 - Mac's Jackpot (g) by Somebeachsomewhere - (Bartlett), 3 - Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brian Sears), 4 - Summer Side by Well Said - (Ray Schnittker), 5 - Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller), 6 - Henry the Dragon by Dragon Again - (Teague), 7 - Miso Fast by Roll With Joe - (Kakaley), 8 - Funknwaffles (g) by American Ideal - (Corey Callahan), 9 - Beyond Delight (g) by Bettor's Delight - (Dan Dube). (Note Mac's Jackpot/Beyond Delight are coupled, as are Downbytheseaside/Blood Line)   The ladies' companion events are the one-dash-for-the-cash $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot and $113,880 Lady Maud Pace. The Hudson, for 3-year-old fillies, attracted eight...(alphabetically) Celebrity Ruth by Archangel Chapter Too by Chapter Seven Dangle Then Deke by Cantab Hall Evelyn by Muscle Hill Ice Attraction by Muscle Hill Lexie Marie ?? Mamora Bay by Chapter Seven Sunshine Delight by Credit Winner   The Lady Maud, also for 3-year-old young ladies, have seven in-to-go...(alphabetically) Angel's Pride by Roll With Joe Awash by Somebeachsomewhere Ella Christina by Western Ideal Gurl Band K by Rock N Roll Heaven Robin J by Roll With Joe Tori Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere World Apart by Art Major The finals for all four Yonkers Raceway stakes are scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 2nd . Frank Drucker

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 21 - Cantab Hall filly Courtney Hanover and harness racing trainer/driver Rick Zeron came out on top in a tight Photo Finish to win Monday's $35,200 Pure Ivory Series Final at Mohawk Racetrack. Courtney Hanover fought off an outside charging Jordan Blue Chip, who was the 3/2 favourite, to score the series finale victory at odds of 6-1. Zeron blasted his filly off the wings of the gate from the rail and fronted the field by the opening-quarter in :29. Shazamm, who won a first leg division, was moved to the lead from third and led the group by the half in :58. Courtney Hanover sat in the two-hole on the far turn, while Shazamm showed the way to three-quarters in 1:27.3. Outside challengers developed on the far turn and Jordan Blue Chip was situated third-over and ready for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Zeron was able to angle off the pylons and find clear racing room for his filly with an eighth of a mile to go. Meanwhile, Jordan Blue Chip was in full flight on the far outside for driver Paul MacDonell and looking to power by Courtney Hanover in the final stride. The two fillies hit the line together in 1:56.2 and it took a Photo Finish to determine Courtney Hanover had prevailed by the narrowest of margins. "No I didn't think I won," admitted Zeron post-race. "I knew my filly was digging real hard down the lane when I shook loose, but I didn't think I got up to beat Paul (MacDonell) because Paul had real good momentum going, but my filly dug in like the last time I raced her here." Courtney Hanover won an opening leg division of the Pure Ivory on August 7, but was scratched from the second leg due to sickness. "She cleared up real good and Dr. Malone I take my hat off, he took care of this filly and got her prepped up to where she is tonight," noted Zeron. "I'm real happy with her, she's a real nice filly." Courtney Hanover was a $47,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. She now sports a record of two for five with $28,100 earned for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. The clocking of 1:56.2 lowered the Cantab Hall filly's career-mark by a fifth of a second. Zeron noted that Courtney Hanover's next start will be in the Champlain Stakes on August 31 followed by the Peaceful Way eliminations in September. The top-five finishers in Monday's Pure Ivory final were rounded out by Alloveragain, Ex Hanover and Strength Of A Woman. A $2 win ticket on Courtney Hanover returned $14.20. Courtney Hanover Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2017 -- Bombshell Belle followed the first-over First Class Act, then eclipsed her in the lane to score in 1:57.1, fastest win in Monday's harness racing $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Matrona, Meadowbranch Patsy, Hey Judy Judy and Venus Duharas taking the other splits. Dan Rawlings (Bombshell Belle, Venus Duharas) and Jim Pantaleano (Matrona, Meadowbranch Patsy) each enjoyed a stake double. Pantaleano finished the 13-race card with four wins. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each with a $40,000 purse, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Bombshell Belle was third behind the leader, La La Winnie, who went three-quarters in a fast 1:27.1. When she tired, the pocket-sitting First Class Act (Dave Palone) was the first to pass her, with Bombshell Belle on her bumper. The daughter of Explosive Matter-Allusive was stronger in the lane, prevailing by 1-1/2 lengths, with Massive Kate third. "I definitely thought they would come back to me," Rawlings said. "It was pretty easy for me at that point to sit back and wait. I knew Dave would have to pull and that I could follow him when he did." Robert Baggitt. Jr. trains Bombshell Belle for Christine Baggitt and Mitchell "Sky" Walker. Matrona improved when adding hopples for her last race and was even better Monday. She roared to the lead, thwarted the challenge of Consuela Fashion and downed her by 5 lengths in 1:58.1 at 10-1 for her maiden victory. Won The War completed the ticket. "She was one we thought quite a bit of early on, but she didn't quite race how we expected her to in her first few starts," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "The hopples have helped her confidence. When she was challenged today, she responded to that, put her head down and tried. That's what she showed training down." 83 Racing campaigns Matrona, a daughter of Andover Hall-Eicarls Theresa. Meadowbranch Patsy was stalking Chanel Me and Jimmy Takter when Pantaleano pulled the pocket near the three-quarters; the move was timely, as Chanel Me broke stride. Meadowbranch Patsy held off the late rally of Mother May I to defeat her by a neck and earn her maiden-breaker in 2:00.1. Reiza was third. "Jimmy was asking his filly just past the half, and she wasn't responding," Pantaleano said. "Mine was a little hot, so I just went ahead and moved her. Jimmy's horse looked real good on paper, so I was a little tentative. Luckily, I don't have to second-guess myself." Ake Svanstedt conditions Meadowbranch Patsy, a homebred daughter of Explosive Matter-Wen-mar's Memo, for Hans Enggren. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Delmonica Hanover, a $162,615 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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