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CHESTER PA - Ghost Pine could not be caught in a 1:50.3 harness racing victory in the $14,500 featured pace Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the season's first local race for freshmen producing a season's record-tying 1:54.4 win for Adriano Hanover. A son of Badlands Hanover, Ghost Pine tucked third behind outside post leavers Control Tower and Letschasethedreamn in a :26.4 first quarter, then brushed to command in front of the stands for driver Pat Berry and hit the half in :55. Favored Boogie Shuffle couldn't make much of an impact before or after the 1:22.3 three-quarters, but the two leavers behind the winner came at him hard in the lane, Control Power to his right and Letschasethedreamn to his left. It took the photo finish to determine that Ghost Pine held on for a neck triumph over Control Tower, just ahead of Letschasethedreamn. The win was the fastest of the season and the 35th in the career of Ghost Pine, who boosted his earnings to $387,674. Ron Coyne Jr. trains the veteran for owners Blair Corbeil and Mike Mcallister. The first pari-mutuel race for two-year-olds in 2019 at Philly was held Wednesday, with the $13,000 contest for male pacers won by Adriano Hanover in 1:54.4 as noted, equaling the North American season's record clocking achieved by two colts at Philly during yesterday's qualifying races, Major Betts and All Hands On Deck. Adriano Hanover did not have an easy trip, tucking fourth for driver Tim Tetrick and then having to go first-over against favored pacesetter Southwind Dredge, but the youngster showed real talent while coming home in identical 27.2 back quarters to finish a length ahead of the favorite. Adriano Hanover surely has the pedigree to be a top racer - he is a son of Western Ideal out of A And G'sconfusion, a 2YO champion, world recordsetter, and winner of almost $1.5M. Jim King Jr. trains the promising baby for Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. A second two-year-old pacing colt won on the card - trainer Chris Oakes entered the freshman Hunter Hill in against older horses in a "4YO and under nw 1 race" event, and the colt came from ten lengths behind at the three-quarters under the cool handling of Tim Tetrick to win in 1:55, a neck to the good of Keystone Maxim, with an individual last quarter of :27.3. The Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Ali Blue, whose granddam produced millionaire Fashion Delight, was within a fifth of the season's record in taking a mark for the ownership group of Northfork Racing Stable, John Craig, and breeder Tom Hill.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - North American season's records were reported for both sexes of two-year-old pacers on Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia, as fifteen qualifying races were held for the further development and education of the harness racing freshmen. In four pacing colt sections, two youngsters became the first to win under 1:55 on a 5/8-mile track this season. First up was Major Betts, a son of Art Major out of Southwind Johanne, whose own mother Juliet's Fate, when mated with Art Major, produced $600G+ champion Southwind Serena. Major Betts, in his debut, rallied from four lengths out at the three-quarters to win in 1:54.4, with back fractions of :55.4 - :27.3, for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Mark Harder, with the latter sharing partnership with Joseph Jannuzelli and Deena Rachel Frost. 26 minutes later that 1:54.4 clocking would be equaled by the Captaintreacherous - All Tucked Up colt All Hands On Deck, who rallied from the pocket with closing speed of :55 - :27. Corey Callahan guided the baby, a good-closing third in his first line, for trainer Sam DePinto and owners Shannon DePinto and Peter Rizzi. The fastest of six races for pacing fillies went in 1:55.2, a time achieved by the American Ideal - Taxi Fare Hanover miss Fashion Hill. A full sister to the developing star Turbo Hill, Fashion Hill rallied to be third in her debut; here driver Andrew McCarthy put her on the engine to good effect, coming home in :56.4 - :27.4 for trainer Robert Cleary and owner/breeder Tom Hill. Two pacing fillies chalked up their second wins: Bolt Of Beauty, by Bolt The Duer - Natural Luck, who took a new mark of 1:56.1 for driver Marcus and trainer Erv Miller; and So Rude, a daughter of So Surreal - I Am A Snob who was guided to victory in 1:58.3 by driver Tim Tetrick for trainer Scott Di Domenico. Quickest of the three trotting distaff sections fell to Keystone Candace, who led throughout a 1:59.1 win, coming home in :58.2 - :29, to win her second qualifying event and take a new mark. The daughter of Andover Hall - Caitir, whose dam is a half-sister to the $2.5M-winning Wesgate Crown, reunited driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Scott Di Domenico in the winners circle for owners Triple D Stables Inc. and RBH Ventures Inc. The faster of two qualifying sections for trotting males went to the ¾ brother of undefeated Millies Possesion, Authentic Fashion, in 2:02, an individual best. The son of Donato Hanover-Fashion Athena, a Fashion Farms LLC-owned homebred, showed the poise of a veteran for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Jim Campbell, cutting the half, getting passed down the backstretch and being shuffled to fourth, yet still being able to rally with a :29.1 last quarter for a going-away triumph. Tim Tetrick topped the drivers colony with four wins during the session; Scott Di Domenico conditioned three victorious freshmen to lead all trainers.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - Star Studded Cast trotted to his third straight harness racing victory in the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming the outside post eight for a 1:55.1 victory. Trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, who acquired the winner when he was claimed by Northfork Racing Stable out of his last start, sent the Current Cast eight-year-old gelding straight to the top from the outside, hitting the quarter in :27.1. Noble Prize proceeded up to the lead passing the stands, but as soon as he yielded the top Star Studded Cast was back to reclaim the front by the :56 half. Despite these fast early fractions, the winner stayed strong on the front end, passing the three-quarters in 1:25.3 and then finishing two lengths ahead of Shivered, who had come three-wide from near the back on the backstretch and made up a lot of ground. Star Studded Cast, second in his Maine Sire Stakes final at both two and three, posted his sixth win of the campaign and 32nd in his career. He now has amassed earnings of $279,850. The track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., had three winners on the Monday card. The trio gives "GNap" ten victories at Pocono for the first three cards of the racing week, and he has 14 triumphs since Saturday if counting the four he notched at Philly on Sunday.   PHHA / Pocono

WATTSBURG PA - The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit starts up this Saturday and Sunday in this northwest Pennsylvania town, outside of Erie, with two- and three-year-olds competing in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes harness racing action, both days starting at noon - the freshmen on Saturday, and the sophomores on Sunday. Enough two-year-olds have entered to allow for nine races on Saturday. Four of the freshmen have already tasted victory in qualifying races, but now they'll get to compete for stakes money as they turn behind Clarence Martin Jr.'s gate on Saturday. The three-year-olds entered in force at Wattsburg for Sunday, with thirteen heats scheduled for the sophomores, including two divisions of each of the "A" Fair Sire Stakes events. Three of the four PA Fair Championship winners at The Meadows last October will be out for the first fair stakes of 2019 - filly trotter RT Gloria De Dios, filly pacer Sure R Lookin Good, and colt trotter Watch Me Hanover. The fourth two-year-old champion of 2018 will also be racing on Saturday, but due north of Wattsburg, about a three-hour drive - as Aflame Hanover starts from the rail in the $1,000,000 North America Cup final at Mohawk in Ontario. This is the first of twenty scheduled stops on this year's Pennsylvania fair circuit. The "A" division Sire Stakes horses try to accumulate enough high-finish points in their competitions to race on the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship card, scheduled for October 5 at The Meadows.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - The three-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe continued his awesome 2019 harness racing performances during a Wednesday morning qualifying session at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning in a spectacular 1:52. Brian Sears came to Pocono to guide the son of Father Patrick, and the pair hung up fractions of :28, :55.4, and 1:24.1, with the sophomore fifteen lengths ahead by the half and having a margin of 28 lengths at the wire. The Marcus Melander-conditioned trotter, owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, had not raced since winning the New Jersey Sire Stakes final at The Meadowlands on May 31, and the sharp victory sets him up perfectly for the eliminations of the Earl Beal Trot at Pocono on Saturday, June 22, with the $500,000 Beal Championship a week later. Southwind Ozzi, the fastest three-year-old in a race this year at 1:48.4, was scheduled to qualify but was scratched. There were seventeen baby qualifiying races as the busy morning stretched into early afternoon at Pocono, with four races for each gait and sex except the colt trotters, who went in five sections. Among the pacing fillies, the Sunshine Beach-Oceans Motion miss Robmotion Bluechip won her second straight start, setting the pace and being extended by the pocketsitting A Rocknroll Dance miss Dances With, but able to hold on by a nose in 1:56, a North American season's record by a full second and the fastest mile by a freshman pacing filly anywhere. Tyler Buter drove the talented filly for trainer Chuck Connor Jr. and the ownership of Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Robert Lovell, and Janice Connor. In the pacing colt ranks, Ray Schnittker sent out three winners, the fastest being the first-time starter Captain Groovy, who moved to the lead past the quarter and won in 1:56.3, back fractions :56.3 - :28. The son of Captaintreacherous is the first foal out of Lets Groove Tonite, who is a ¾ sister to the $1.2M+-winning world champion Dynamic Youth. Schnittker also drove this colt, and he co-owns him with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. Schnittker also drove the American Ideal colt Teton Sunset to his second straight win, in 1:58, coming from fourth with a back half of :56.4. The third Schnittker stablemate from this section to win was the Well Said colt Lake Charles, who debuted in 1:57, his own last half :57.1, with Mark MacDonald in the sulky. The son/father team of driver Scott and trainer Rick Zeron unveiled two winning filly trotters, including Illdoitmyself, a daughter of Chapter Seven out of Dornello. This filly proved "misnamed" in her race, as the Kadabra - Win Missy B miss She Must Be Magic posted huge fractions of :28, :58.1, and 1:27.3, opening up a 15 length lead at the last-named call, but Illdoitmyself came a last quarter of :28.1 to catch the leader by ¾ of a length in 1:58.4, a season's record by over two seconds. Illdoitmyself is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, James Walker, and Van Camp Trotting Corp. The Zerons also won with Fortune Telln Lady, a daughter of Trixton who won in 2:01 on the lead, back fractions :58.2 - :28.4. Trainers Gareth Dowse and Erv Miller each had two victories in the freshman trotting colt action, all with first-time starters. The fastest win in this group was posted by Play Trix On Me, a Trixton - Lima Playmate colt who quarter-moved for trainer/driver Dowse and stopped the clock in 2:00, :58.2 / :29 coming home, for owner-breeder Steve Jones. Dowse also piloted the Andover Hall colt Paulie Walnuts to a 2:00.4 win, coming out of the pocket with a :28.4 burst home. Both of Erv Miller's trainees are by first-year sire Whom Shall I Fear, the full brother to Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen. Scott Zeron rallied the colt Meadowbrook Chip out of the two-hole for a 2:00.3 success, with back numbers of :58.3 - :29.1, while the gelding Fear The Tiger, who overcame a hard first-over trip in his 2:02.2 victory, was driven by - Erv Miller! This was Erv's first success in the sulky since July 23, 2016, but many forget he was a two-time UDR champion in 1998-99. Ray Schnittker, Scott Zeron, and Gareth Dowse each drove three freshman winners, while Dowse as trainer also had three triumphs to lead the conditioners' grouping in the baby races. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - Alvisi Hanover battled with Magic MVP the length of the stretch before posting a neck victory in a harness racing career best 1:54.1 while taking the $15,000 trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. George Napolitano Jr. had the altered son of Muscle Massive away from the gate well to sit a pocket trip behind Magic MVP, with the initial splits flashing :27.1 and :56.2. Magic MVP had opened a clear lead to the 1:24.3 three-quarters, but Alvisi Hanover had regained a tight spot behind the leader entering the stretch, and in a long duel outfooted the leader to win the photo decision; O Jonnie stayed to the inside and gained to be third, another half length back. Mark Ford is the owner and trainer of Muscle Massive, who paid $26.00 to win - a bigger price than one usually gets on Pocono's leading driver Napolitano. George won five races on the card, while his brother Anthony came home first in three. In the $14,000 co-featured pace for mares, the Roll With Joe mare Obvious Blue Chip, the odds-on choice, left her field in the red dust through the final quarter, stopping the timer in 1:51.3 under Matt Kakaley's guidance. The winner of $490,154, who earlier had raced in the Blue Chip Series at Yonkers, obviously responded well to the drop in company for trainer Gareth Dowse and the ownership of NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski. PHHA / Pocono   Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - Star Studded Cast recorded his second straight harness racing victory in taking the $14,000 featured claiming handicap trot on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono over a "sloppy" track. The altered son of Current Cast parlayed a pocket trip to paydirt last time out; coming back on six days rest here, he made every pole a winning one for driver Anthony Napolitano in 1:57. A winner of $272,850 and 31 races, Star Studded Cast posted this victory for trainer Carmine Fusco and Verrazano Stables LLC - but if he is to extend his winning streak to three, he'll do it for new connections, as the winner was claimed out of the race. Travis Alexander became the first trainer at Pocono in 2019 to send out two winners who paid over $50 to win, as Marco Beach came out of the pocket to post a $63.60 upset. The key to finding Alexander longshots is to make sure they are driven by a Kakaley - son Matt drove A Bettor Beach to an $86.80 victory in his career debut, and father John guided Marco Beach to this longshot triumph in "nw2" company.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - New Zealand native Dexter Dunn, who has ascended to third in the Harrah's Philadelphia driving standings behind perennial leaders Tim Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr., took five victories during the Thursday afternoon harness racing card at the riverside oval, including wins in the feature and one co-feature - neither of them predictable. In the $18,000 headlining trot, Dunn rallied the Cantab Hall gelding Newcastle to a 9-1 upset, swinging wide off of cover to the lead and then resisting the inside charge of Kinda Lucky Lindy in 1:55.1. The half-length victory brought Newcastle's lifetime summary to 25 victories and $364,338 in earnings. Jennifer Bongiorno conditions the winner for Andiamo Racing Stable. One of the $14,500 trotting co-features went to Dunn and the RC Royalty gelding Coastal Region, who took a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 while catching bettors unaware at 14-1. Whereas last week Coastal Region was shuffled back and had to come from far off the pace, this week the winner could move outside from third-in at the three-quarters for his late kick, catching pacesetting Sheez On A Cruise by 1¼ lengths for trainer Arlene Cameron, now 3-for-4 with her recent acquisition, and owner Jaypaul Hoover. Coastal Region broke the six-figure lifetime bankroll plateau with the win, with earnings of $101,879. In the other $14,500 trotting contest, the Donato Hanover gelding Don Dream and driver David Miller cleared to the lead on a first-over bid towards the three-quarter pole, then drew off by 3¾ lengths over Armageddon Seelster while lowering his speed mark to 1:54. Joe Holloway, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next month, trains the winner of $179,882 for Crawford Farms Racing.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - First-class harness racing will again be featured this weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono: a $30,000 leg of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for top pacers will highlight Saturday's card, which will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. after the Belmont festivities are over, while Sunday's 7 p.m. card will feature four $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies. The early favorite in the Great Northeast Open pace is Highalator, a son of Somebeachsomewhere starting from post six for trainer Jenny Bier, who is co-owner with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc. A winner of five of six starts since teaming with driver Rick Still, Highalator was victorious here in the first leg of the GNOS on Kentucky Derby Day, raising his lifetime record at the mountain oval to 11 for 18. In the fifth race first division of All-Stars competition on Sunday, early favoritism was assigned to Cloud Nine Fashion, starting from post one for red-hot trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick. Third in her Breeders Crown race last year, Cloud Nine Fashion broke in her only purse start so far in 2019, but she'll attract attention off a 1:56.1 qualifier at The Meadowlands, during which she flew home in a pulverizing :26.1. The seventh race second cut of the All-Stars finds The Ice Dutchess as the opening choice despite drawing the outside post seven. The Nancy Johansson trainee won her first start at The Meadowlands in 1:52, then finished third, beaten two lengths in a PA Sire Stakes event here - she was moving very strongly at the end of that mile, and she may again have to be a big closer to win from this spot. The tenth race third division of the trotting filly event will feature the only three-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminary winner, Millies Possesion, who begins from post two for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Dexter Dunn. Unraced at two, "Millie" has yet to taste defeat in four career outings, but she may get stiff opposition here from Beautiful Sin (post five, trainer Per Engblom, driver Tim Tetrick), a $480,000 yearling who finished only 1¼ lengths behind Millies Possesion in her only start of the season. Driver Yannick Gingras has another All Stars favorite in the twelfth race fourth division, Asiago, who like The Ice Dutchess will have to negotiate the outermost post seven. Asiago has two Sire Stakes victories for trainer Per Engblom, and overall is three-for-five in the young season, with her two defeats coming by a combined ¾ of a length.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - Developing horses on their way up the class ladder were featured in a pair of $14,000 pacing events Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a pair of harness racing sons of Somebeachsomewhere, Blacklight and Bring The Thunder, emerging victorious. Bring The Thunder may have started his career with fourteen defeats, but right now he's a winner of two straight, and he has a nice new mark of 1:52 after taking one of the features. Driver Dexter Dunn sent the winner around early leader Scirocco Mistysaid off the first turn, then paced a :55.1 back half to hold that resurgent one safe by ¾ of a length for trainer Chris Ryder, who is partners on Bring The Thunder with Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. Tim Tetrick, six wins away from 11,000 career victories, yielded for the two-hole with Blacklight behind favored Chaser Hanover; the second half went in :55.1 in this second feature as well, with the winner able to rally past the pacesetter by a length in 1:53.2 for trainer Per Engblom and Diamond Creek Racing. This sophomore has royal parentage apart from his father - he is the first foal out of the $1.9M-winning champion mare I Luv The Nitelife. A pair of $12,500 paces served as co-features on the week-opening card. In the first event, George Napolitano Jr., a four-time winner on Wednesday, took heed of the name of Kept Under Wraps and worked out a pocket trip for him in a very contentious mile. After the smoke cleared at headstretch, Napolitano sent him through on the inside and recorded a ¾ length victory over favored Chumlee A in 1:52.1, a new lifetime record at age eight for the Bettor's Delight gelding, who is trained by Travis Kolaczynski for owner Aimee Scheid. The second co-feature was held as race twelve, and it marked the first time all day that the winner was not the pacesetter or the pocket horse, as Imstayinalive tipped wide off of cover past midturn and closed to catch Control Tower by a half length. Pat Berry rallied the son of American Ideal to the 1:51.2 victory, his first of the season for trainer Pat Lachance and the partnership of Lachance Racing Stable and Dan Mogridge.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first two-year-old qualifying races of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning found most of the harness racing sex/gait divisions dominated by one particular barn per section. Ray Schnittker won both of the three events for pacing colts in which he had a horse, while on the filly side Chuck Connor Jr. and Charlie Norris won both paces and both trots, respectively. In the trotting colt ranks, Schnittker and Norris each had a winner. Fastest, and perhaps most impressive, of all the baby winners was Cigars And Port, a So Surreal colt out of Sweet On Art, whose first foal, Wild West Show, has produced Huntsville and two other $500G winners in Cowboy Terrier and Stevensville. Schnittker, who drove all of his winning trainees, put Cigars And Port on the lead, got to the half in 1:00.4, then buzzed him home in 55.3 to win all alone in 1:56.2, not much short of being two seconds faster than any other freshman yet reported on a 5/8-mile track. Schnittker owns the precocious colt with Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz, and Steven Arnold. Schnittker's other winner in the pacing colt ranks was the American Ideal-Gray Ghost colt Teton Sunset, who set the pace and stepped home in :28.4 to complete a 2:01.1 mile. The third winner in this division was the Rock N Roll Heaven - Sunduel A gelding Follow Your Heart for trainer/driver Aaron Lambert, pacing his back fractions in :57.3 - :28.1 out of the pocket to stop the clock at 2:00.4. The faster of the Chuck Connor Jr. freshman pacing fillies was the Heston Blue Chip - Paper Cut miss Chili Pepper, a clear winner for her trainer/driver and owner Janice Connor in 1:58.1 - :57.2 - :28.2. Just a tick behind was the Sunshine Beach - Oceans Motion filly Robmotion Blue Chip, owned by Janice Connor, Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., and Robert Lovell, whose 1:58.2 tally featured closing numbers of :57.1- :28.1. Schnittker notched his third colt win of the day when the action shifted back to trotters, guiding the Explosive Matter - Fifty Shades colt Can't Say No to a 2:03.4 victory with a:29.4 rally out of the pocket. Trainer/driver Charlie Norris then brought out the Chapter Seven - Amity's Lalabye miss Sing Me A Lalabye, who went to the lead past the quarter and finished out in 2:02.4 - :29.4. Norris had seven of the ten fillies entered in the two-year-old filly trots - and finished 1-2-3 in one and 1-2-3-4 in the other. The faster winner for Norris beat the times posted by "the boys," as Mizzy Brenda K, by Donato Hanover out of owner Bob Key's "foundation mare" Winning Missbrenda (dam of millionaires Win Missy B and Winning Mister), showed good front-end speed in a 2:02.1 triumph, equaling the season's mark for the division. The other winner for Team Norris was the Conway Hall - Rucoucou distaff Sweet Sofie T, home in 2:03.1.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - Reclamation was a 1:51.2 winner in the $17,500 distaff featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, raising her harness racing scorecard to six wins in a row and 13-for-21 lifetime. The four-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, driven by Matt Kakaley (who had four successes on the card) for trainer Ron Burke, was on top at every call for the first time during her winning streak, clearing to the lead before the first quarter in :27. Once in command, Reclamation got to the half in :55.4, sped up to ward off first-over challenger Monica Gallagher to the 1:23.2 three-quarters, then in the stretch withstood the two mares directly behind her - Clear Idea gained from the pocket but missed by half a length, while third-in Sidewalk Dancer fanned wide and was ¾ of a length behind Clear Idea. This was Reclamation's third win in as many Pocono starts this year, but she'll have a new challenge in her next start for owners W J Donovan and Donal Murphy, as she has earned her way out of this classification. The Somebeachsomewhere mare Attention Hanover had to come uncovered into a :55.1 last half, but showed courage to post her first victory of the year in 1:53 in the $14,000 co-featured pace for females. Attention Hanover and driver Simon Allard got by pacesetting Intoview by three quarters of a length for trainer Steve Salerno, who also shares ownership in the mare with Dean Casaday. Two more claims on Tuesday, for a total of $39,000, ran the four-card weekly total over the half-million-dollar mark for the first time in the meet, with $544,500 paid out for sharp horses from Saturday to Tuesday, raising the meet total well over $4.1 million.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - The Jim Campbell Stable came to the first set of two-year-old qualifying races at Harrah's Philadelphia ready to roar, as the harness racing trainer won six races during the Tuesday morning trials, including five of the six on the trot. Among the trotting colts, a pair sponsored by Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC, both out of champion full sisters, won by a combined 37 lengths. The faster was Real Cool Sam, a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal of his dam Cooler Schooner, put on the front by David Miller and winning in 1:59.2 with identical back :28.3 quarters. Miller also drove the Possess The Will - Broadway Schooner baby Steel Schooner, a ¾ brother to millionaire star Broadway Donna, to an engine success in 2:01.2, coming the back half in :59.2. Campbell also scored at first asking with the Father Patrick - Muscle Amour youngster Saxon, rallying out of the pocket from behind a slow pace to stop the timer in 2:04.3 for driver Tim Tetrick and the Runthetable Stables. On the pacing colt side, trainer Bruce Saunders harnessed a pair of winners, the first being the Western Ideal - Southwind Piaya colt Manticore, who won his 1:58.2 mile coming out of the two-hole with twin :28.1 back quarters for David Miller and the ownership of M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Rockin Rocko, a colt by Rockin Image - Pacific Classic (a half sister to Pacific Fella), then came uncovered from third for driver Dexter Dunn and burned home in :56.1 - :27.2 in a 1:59.2 triumph for Joseph Martinelli Sr. Jim Campbell added a fourth colt success with the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell pacing entire Tell Them Lou, who also stepped home in :56.1 - :27.2 to record a 1:58 victory from the pocket for driver Tim Tetrick and the partnership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. When the baby action switched over to the fillies, Campbell kept in the forefront, taking both divisions for trotters. The first winner was Sherry Lyns Lady, a $220,000 yearling purchase, coming out of the pocket with :28.2 finishing speed to tally in 2:02.1. Owned by Coyote Wynd Farms, Sherry Lyns Lady is by Father Patrick and is the first foal of Demoiselle Hanover, whose dam D Train also produced champion racehorse and sire Donato Hanover. Sherry Lyns Lady had driver Tim Tetrick. Another Campbell / David Miller/ Fashion Farms winning teaming was Impressive Fashion, whose 2:03 final time may not initially seem impressive but whose own back fractions of :57.2 - :27.3 certainly do. Impressive Fashion is a Father Patrick filly out of Impressive Kemp, a half-sister to Trixton, with other stars close up in her pedigree. In the pacing filly ranks, the fastest winner was Alicorn, a daughter of Bettor's Delight - Mythical who came out of the two-hole and turned in a :57.1 last half to start her career with a 1:58 victory for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and owners Windemere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA – It’s hard to tell what the bettors didn’t like about the Andover Hall mare Casa Palmera in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. She had won two in a row after dropping her first two starts of the year, a not-atypical pattern for patient trainer Ed Lohmeyer (do you remember back to Landslide?). She had driver George Napolitano Jr., well-acquainted with the Philly winners circle. Maybe they foresaw her first-over trip. Nonetheless, the morning line favorite went off as the fifth choice in the feature, grinded right up to the tough pacesetting veteran Tyson, wore him down on the far turn, then went on gamely to finish a length to the good of late-charging Thisguyisonfire in 1:54.3. And Casa Palmera paid $14.00 to win for backers of the improving mare owned by Lohmeyer and Dr. Patty Hogan, for whom she has now won $118,445. In the first of two $14,500 co-featured trots, Seven Iron worked to the early lead and retained the advantage throughout, keeping Prince Of Minto at bay by ¾ of a length while equaling his lifetime best of 1:54.2. Corey Callahan drove the victorious son of Chapter Seven, who raised his lifetime earnings to $254,945, for his trainer Chris Lakata and his owner, former basketball star Sam Bowie. In the second, the team of driver Larry Stalbaum and trainer Tracy Tarantino continued to prove themselves as two of the best friends a longshot player can have, as between here and Pocono the duo often seem to be close with horses who are double-digit odds. Stalbaum pointed On Thunder Road N, whom he also owns, frontward early and never looked back, stepping the last half in :57 with the Bettor’s Delight gelding (a pacing-bred trotter) to win in 1:56. On Thunder Road N finished two lengths ahead of Deo while paying a $23.40 mutuel. and raising his lifetime bankroll to $361,441. The red-hot Australian import None Better A, winner of four straight including  a 1:48.4 victory at The Meadowlands last time out, has been tabbed the 5-2 chalk in Sunday’s $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for open pacers, with Joe Bongiorno set for sulky duty from post two. The Aussie has Kiwis to both sides of him: Duplicated N (post one, 3-1) would like to duplicate his 1:49.2 victory here in his last start for driver Tim Tetrick, while Tiger Thompson N (post three, 7-2, driven by fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn) already has a first and a second in the Great Northeast Series action. PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - The southeastern side won a Philadelphia version of the Battle of the Tasman Sea in the $14,500 featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, as Decoy, driven by New Zealander Dexter Dunn, spoiled the North American harness racing debut of favored Senor Macray A while posting a 1:51 clocking. Caviart Skyler took the early lead, with Decoy in second, the latter moving frontward near the :26.4 quarter. The victorious son of Sombeachsomewhere got a breather to a half in :55.4, then came home strongly in :55.1 to withstand second-over Imstaynalive by ¾ of a length, with first-over Machiatto A holding third over his countrymate "Senor." Gary Candell trains the winner of $144,738, a winner of two in a row after competing in the Graduate Series earlier this year, for owners Brixton Medical Inc., R A W Equine Inc., and Joe Sbrocco. For driver Dunn, the feature win was the second in a consecutive quadruple; leading driver Tim Tetrick would also come home first four times There were a pair of $14,000 co-featured paces for developing horses. In the first, the Sportswriter sophomore gelding Beatingtheodds, who began his career on February 28 and came to Philly from Ontario via Yonkers, ran his lifetime tally to 6-3-2-0 while taking a new mark of 1:52.2 in his local bow. Tim Tetrick put the youngster on the lead, then scooted home with him in :54.4 to hold off the first-over bid of Stand By Me N, certainly not disgraced in defeat, by a length for trainer Josh Green and the partnership of Richard Lombardo and Green Racing Inc. In the other co-featured pace, another sophomore altered son of Sportswriter was victorious, as Heisman Player, who had raced locally twice before going to Woodbine for a start, was refreshed by the change of scenery and went wire-to-wire for driver David Miller, like his co-feature mate taking a new speed badge of 1:52.2. The Rick Zeron trainee, 5½ lengths clear at the finish, is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Howard Taylor, James Walker, and Noblock Racing Stable. Tiger Thompson N, who had a first and a second in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) before getting zizzled in an early battle in the Commodore Barry Pace this past Sunday, should have an easier early time of it this Sunday when he starts from post three in a $30,000 GNOS open pace event. Dexter Dunn will guide his "countryman," who is second in his divisional GNOS standings presently to Rodeo Rock, but would build a good lead with a good finish here, as Rodeo Rock is not entered. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - The A Rocknroll Dance four-year-old mare Reclamation, who started her harness racing career in Great Britain and broke her maiden in a race for a purse of U.S. $706, posted her fifth straight victory in the $17,500 distaff pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card, showing large reserves of fortitude to down an ultra-game Juslikeaqueen by a nose in a career best of 1:50. Culinary Delight N forced Keystone Riptide in behind her going to the :26.2 quarter; Juslikeaqueen attempted a quarter move from third, but the pacesetter gave her the cold shoulder through hot middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:21.3. Reclamation had tucked fourth and then followed Juslikeaqueen outside, so she was getting a good cover trip. Around the far turn, Juslikeaqueen not only didn't back up, she actually forged to the lead, with Reclamation swinging wide to go after her. It literally took driver Matt Kakaley the length of the stretch to get Reclamation past Juslikeaqueen, but the young mare did so, notching her fifth win in six seasonal starts and her twelfth triumph in twenty lifetime races. Ron Burke handles the training of the winner for W J Donovan and Baltimore, Ireland's Donal Murphy. A final word about Juslikeaqueen - she went that gigantic mile having raced only once in the past 28 days. She'll certainly be tight for her next start - which will come this Sunday, when she will line up between Applebottom Jeans and Tequila Monday in a Great Northeast Open Series contest. Driver Matt Kakaley also accounted for the $14,000 co-featured distaff pace among his four wins on the night. In this subfeature Matt had to go first-over to wear down favored Brazuca with the Always A Virgin mare Neverforgetwhour, then hold off potential pocket rocket Intoview by ¾ of a length in 1:52.3. Team Lorentzon is in charge of the winner of $208,900, with Anette Lorentzon also the owner. Two claims for a total of $42,000 on the Tuesday card boosted the total number of relocations for the racing week to a 2019 record of 22; the $458,375 changing hands posted another seasonal high. For the year, there have been 197 claims at Pocono, producing a money turnover of $3,622,125. PHHA / Pocono   Jerry Connors

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