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LEWISBURG WV - Ohio horseman Ammon Hershberger won three of the four heats on the Tuesday harness racing card held over the fairgrounds oval of this city in the southeastern part of the State, within the four-day meet conducted during the annual State Fair of West Virginia. Hershberger swept the two $1800 features of the day, one on each gait, including winning for the second straight day with the Royal Palm gelding War Chief, whom he also trains and owns. On Tuesday War Chief made the lead at the quarter and set an even pace en route to his 2:03.3 triumph. Hershberger's victory in the featured pace came with the Stand Forever gelding Stand Your Ground, who lived up to his name by setting the pace under pressure and still going on to a 2:02.3 victory for trainer Darrell Moore and owner Katina Mauldin. Hershberger also trains his third sulky success of the day, the Camluck gelding Red Carpet Dude, home first in 2:03.2 for owner Jamie Coffy of Pathian fame. Trainer Darrell Moore and owner Katina Mauldin also combined for the other winner of the day, the Artiscape gelding Carnoustie. Coming off a 1:55 qualifying victory at Lexington, Carnoustie opened a big lead and coasted home in 2:04. Communicators Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston takes over the microphone for the final two days of the SFOWV meet, with five hears scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and then a getaway card Thursday, with free-for-alls on both gait, first going to post at 1 p.m. Jerry Connors

LEWISBURG WV - On the first day of the annual four-day harness racing meet at the State Fair of West Virginia in this city in the southeastern part of the state, War Chief won the featured $2000 Open trot, which honored the late George Aide, well-known throughout the middle Atlantic states for his top-notch racing stable (emphasizing trotters and "Red Oak's" horses) and a very good friend of a healthy racing program at his native state fair. The Royal Palm gelding War Chief raced in the pocket behind a very measured pace set by Net Revenue, then was moved to the outside off the third turn of the half-mile track by owner/trainer/driver Ammon Hershberger and challenged the leader, going by at the ¾ and then coming home in 29.2 to dash any hopes of a comeback from Net Revenue in the 2:05.4 mile. Driver Jeff Lieberman joined with trainer Jimmy Viars and owner Susan Viars for two victories on the card, with the fastest mile of the day coming from one of their horses, who at age 13 has more years on him than the three other winners on the card combined (they were six, three, and three). B Blissful proved the best in a $1500 pace in a snappy 2:00.2 over the fairgrounds oval, with the greybeard now sporting a bankroll of $303,585. Team Lieberman/Viars/Viars' other winner was Royal Red, a Dream Away sophomore gelding making his first start since winning his divisional Virginia-bred championship last September. Royal Red came home in 1:00.1 - 29.2 in showing no rust during his 2:05 mile. The second division of Royal Red's classification went to the Big Bad John filly Amazon Girl, breaking her maiden in her 14th start while showing good speed in a 2:02.2 win for driver Jamaal Denson, trainer Rico Johnson, and owner Mioshae Hughes. Racing will continue at the SFOWV with twilight cards on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and then a Thursday getaway card featuring free-for-all events on both gaits beginning at 1 p.m. Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2017 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, headlined by the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also featured four other Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $45,000 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Snowstorm Hanover was a major player in his division last year, banking nearly $350,000 and taking a mark of 1:55.1. At three, however, he finished out of the money in his first eight starts, prompting trainer Ron Burke to add hopples and Lasix. The changes may have helped in the Manderino, as Snowstorm Hanover moved powerfully first over to score in 1:55 for Matt Kakaley. Andy M was second, beaten a neck, with Frankie Mullins third. "He's been a disappointment this year," Kakaley said. "I know I had high hopes for him; he finished the year so good last year. The combination of Lasix and hopples probably helped him out a lot. He has more confidence. Hopefully he's in the right direction now." Ron Burke trains the son of Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Snowstorm Hanover $57,356 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Broadway Concert's split figured to end on a sour note; she appeared to be tiring after a demanding trip, and rivals inside and out were threatening. But the daughter of Broadway Hall-Luscious Lindy dug in for Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owner Bay Pond Racing Stable, holding off the rallying Mimosa Hanover by 1/2 length in 1:55.1, matching her life mark. Gin's Tonic completed the ticket. Broadway Concert was outside for the opening panel plus, but Callahan said that wasn't a big issue. "I kind of waited for everything to settle in the first eighth," he said. "I did get a tiny break up the backside. She kept fighting. I had to urge her a little bit, but she wanted to get her nose up." In her McCarr division, Crann Tara looked the best on paper, so Tim Tetrick drove her accordingly, moving first over at his leisure. The 1-5 favorite prevailed comfortably, defeating Itsgoodtobequeen by 2 lengths in 1:56.2, with Dangle Then Deke a distant third. "I thought she was the best," Tetrick said. "Her form's been good, and some of the others aren't at the top of their game. Coming first up doesn't bother her; she likes wearing them down." Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Shan Riches for William Donovan. Broadway Concert $47,630 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers $57,350 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Each of these stakes for freshmen was conducted over two divisions, with the winners being three maidens and a $38.00 shot. The Emerald Highlands Farm of owner Bruce Trogdon and trainer Brian Brown might have unveiled their 2018 Little Brown Jug contender in the very first race, the first Gov. Lawrence division, as Whatstroublnurocky broke his maiden in fine style, a 1:53.2 victory over a "good" track after intermittent rain, sometimes quite hard, had buffeted the area during the previous 24 hours. The altered son of A Rocknroll Dance looked like he might be forced into first-over duty, but he got cover later in the backstretch, and the colt came his own back half in 55.1, three-wide on the turn, for a 3-length victory over Antagonist and Someboysomewhere with the guidance of David Miller. "He was really good last week but was behind a wall of horses," Brown said. "If you saw him at the top of the stretch today, he started running in, so you know he's having a little steering trouble. He's not taking to this bit very well. I'll have to make some more changes." Whatstroublnurocky Yannick Gingras and the Somebeachsomewhere colt Disorder made the lead nearing the quarter and held gamely in a blanket finish to notch his first win in 1:53.1, a race after the track was updated from "good" to "fast" as the sun broke through. Disorder withstood a late charge from the prospective pocket rocket, and Ron Burke stablemate, Aleppo Hanover by 3/4 of a length for Burke Racing Stable LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Diamond Creek Racing. "He's been in horrible spots against real good horses, so he couldn't go forward," Burke said. "Today we were thinking, let's try to be aggressive and go forward, and he reacted to it. Not a great mile, but it's a better mile than he's been going." Disorder Reign On Me had to surmount the tough first-over trip from mid-backstretch, but the Well Said filly persevered, picked up pace-setting Yankee Will Dance in early stretch, and strode off by 3 1/2 lengths while taking a maiden mark of 1:53.2 in the first section of the Mary Lib Miller. The Nifty Norman trainee had shown good closing speed with a second and a third in Kindergarten Series action, and here she was able to take her late ability all the way to Victory Lane for the Jennifer Dalton Stable LLC while giving driver David Miller a win in the freshman stakes for each sex. "That's the first time she had to be first over that long, and she handled it pretty well," Miller noted. Reign On Me Unlike the three freshmen preceding her to stakes Victory Lane, the Bettor's Delight filly Cult Icon had tasted pari-mutuel success prior to her Grand Circuit contest, with two wins, including a PA Stallion Series victory in her last race. The bettors were undoubtedly worried about her outside starting spot in the field of nine and let her go at 18-1, but Cult Icon, under canny handling by Tyler Smith, slid a mid-pack tuck early, then tipped wide off a second-over trip and produced a length victory over favored Aim's Whisper in 1:54.2. "I loved her last week, but I didn't like our draw at all," Smith said. "I lucked out -- there was a spot for me (at the pylons) and we got a perfect second-over trip. She did the rest." Trent Stohler conditions the filly with a winning attitude, and his Trent Stohler Stable Inc. shares ownership with Tim Graber, Single G Stables, and Stately Gaits Stable. Cult Icon Jerry Connors for The Meadows  

Chester, PA - Harrah's Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA), are hosting the first of three special Summer Series reunion nights starting this Friday, July 14 with Liberty Bell Park. Post time Friday is 6:30 pm with prizes for the best memorabilia brought to the track. "We wanted to do a racing promotion with the PHHA for these Friday night programs," said Barry Brown, Director of Racing Operations at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We decided on the reunion nights for the three main tracks in the Delaware Valley area that are gone. We are excited that so many people are talking about them." Liberty Bell Park was located on Knights Road off I-95 in Northeast Philly and featured world class harness and thoroughbred racing from 1963 through 1986. The property is now the site of the Franklin Mills Mall. Race fans are urged to dig around their storage areas and bring any memorabilia from Liberty Bell Park to the track. Everyone that brings in a piece of Liberty Bell Park memorabilia, a race program, admission pass, collector glass, matchbook, win circle photo, will get a gift from Harrah's Philadelphia. There will be judging of the memorabilia items with prizes given out to the top pieces. Special guests attending include WIP Radio Sports legend, Jody McDonald, who will be at the track to meet fans each of the three Summer Special Reunion Nights. Also in attendance will be Eddie Davis, the all-time leading driver at both Liberty Bell Park and Brandywine Raceway. The emcee for the evening will be Steve Ross, former track announcer at Liberty Bell Park. There will also be a special eight-page insert of Liberty Bell Park photos in the race program and live music during the evening on the outdoor patio. Other Liberty Bell Park guests include harness racing Hall of Fame journalists Jerry Connors (LBP pr assistant), Nick Saponara (Philadelphia Bulletin) and (LBP pr assistant) Steve Wolf. "We encourage everyone who remembers or went to Liberty Bell Park to come on out this Friday night," Said Brown. "We hope to see lots of race fans, former employees and horsemen and women from the Liberty Bell Park days of old and enjoy a great reunion night. We are also hopeful of some surprise guests that will be in attendance." The next Summer Series Reunion Night will be Friday, August 11, celebrating Garden State Park and then the finale will be Friday, September 8, Brandywine Raceway Night. For the Brandywine Raceway Night, the first 400 fans to purchase a Harrah's race program, will get a free commemorative T-Shirt for the Summer Series Reunion. For more information, visit or contact Harrah's Philadelphia at www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly. By Steve Wolf, for Harrah's Philadelphia      

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - Three-year-old pacers were in the harness racing limelight Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R in the first preliminary of their Quebec-bred series, known as the "Coupe des Eleveurs," or literally "Cup of the Breeders." Two divisions of colts and geldings contested $7500 purses; there was one ten-horse field of fillies in action in an $8250 event.   The Sportswriter colt Wildriverbumblebee, making his first start since setting a 1:54.3 stakes and track record in winning his two-year-old Q Championship last September 4, had plenty of sting in his 2017 bow, buzzing home in in 1:56. Stephane Brosseau refused to take the pocket behind hard-leaving Western Phil and paid a 27.1 price for command, but after rating the middle half to 1:00 he had plenty left for the dash home, with Western Phil retaining second over favored Doc Semalu, coming off an Ontario Roots win from post ten. Francis Richard had the victorious colt in prime form immediately for owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury.   In the other division, the Shanghai Phil gelding Rebel Voyager brought winning habits and early speed to 3R from Ontario and took his field wire-to-wire for driver Stephane Gendron in 1:58, giving trainer Francis Richard a sweep of the colt sections. ICR Racing is the owner and breeder of the promising sophomore (both of the breeders of the colt winners still own their horse - appropriate in the "Coupe des Eleveurs.") Noplay sat the pocket throughout to be second, while favored Majo Lou Beka, away fifth in the six-horse field despite the rail, had to go a long uncovered route and could not sustain his move though holding for third.   The Shanghai Phil filly D GS Elsa overcame her bulky ten-horse field in the best way - make two moves to get the top, get to the half in 59.3, and then sprint home in 58 to complete a 1:57.3 mile that was her third straight victory. Yaris Barama, the favorite who finished a neck shy, lost no honor in the race, starting from post ten, coming three-wide late on the second turn to get to first-over past the half, retucking in the pocket, and then challenging again approaching the wire, only to come up just shy of the talented winner, guided by Jonathan Lachance for trainer Guylaine Fortin, the latter co-owner and co-breeder Daniel Surprenant (continuing the owner/breeder-"Eleveurs" theme). Last year's Championship winner Queen Elsa had a hard trip from the trailing post nine and ended up fifth.   The two-year-olds start their Quebec stakes in just three weeks, and several hopefuls made their lifetime debuts in a $3500 freshman-only pace. The winner was the Sportswriter filly Butterfly BG, who made two moves to the lead, then held off Power Fog to the inside and Art of the Master to the outside (both colts) in 2:02.4 for driver Stephane Brosseau, trainer Daniel Martin, and owner/breeder Gaston Bibeau.   Between the races all of the Quebec two- and three-year-olds made a stop in front of the four horse in the eighth race - and who else to get good advice about the local-bred series than its fastest pacer, Half A Billion, by virtue of his 1:52.2 win in the 4-5YO male pace on June 11, also the fastest mile of the season here. Half A Billion then went out and made what looked like easy work against a talented $8000 Gold Invitational field, coming uncovered into twin back fractions of 28.1 and still winning handily in 1:53.4 for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard (both completing triples) and the partnership of Michel and Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire, and Corey Giles, who saw their pride and joy win his sixth straight at 3R.   FINISHING LINES - The veteran Abundasass took a conditioned trot today in 2:02.2 - one day after he had won an Invitational trot at St-Hughes on the Quebec regional circuit in 2:04.4!   Jerry Connors    

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Agent Q and driver David Miller made a sustained first-over drive pay off in Saturday's (July 1) $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers, taking the lead coming off the final turn and pulling away from the field in the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:51 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Caviart Ally, a 196-1 longshot, finished second and 14-1 Brazuca was third.   Agent Q, the 8-5 second choice behind favorite Tequila Monday, was fourth on the first turn as Idyllic Beach battled with Brazuca for the front. Idyllic Beach got the lead in a :26.1 opening quarter-mile, but it wouldn't be long before Agent Q came calling.   "I expected there would be some horses to leave," Miller said. "In the first turn they were going too hard to try to retake and my mare is pretty game so I took my shot coming first over.   "I felt good (on the final turn). My mare still had a nice hold of me. Yannick (Gingras with Idyllic Beach) had just asked his filly and I was getting to her pretty easy. I thought we were going to be in good shape unless somebody off the back got us. But she raced well. She's very sharp right now."   Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Teenage Paige, has won four of seven races this year and earned $297,931. It was her first win in an open stakes final after second-place finishes in this year's Fan Hanover Stakes and Lismore Pace and last year's Breeders Crown and She's A Great Lady. The setbacks in the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown were both by a nose.   For her career, Agent Q has won seven of 17 races, finished second nine times, and earned $736,635. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. She is trained by Aaron Lambert.   Agent Q     James M. Lynch Memorial Consolation   The Western Ideal filly YS Tallia, in the pocket early, looked shuffled out of contention in the $50,000 Lynch consolation as favored Roaring To Go made a big move in the :27.1 third quarter to gain a sizable lead, with gapping two-wide horses forcing YS Tallia to wait for clearance.   The filly was still four lengths out in midstretch, but driver Simon Allard kept after his charge as Roaring To Go tired, and he and YS Tallia crossed the wire first by a half-length in a lifetime mark of 1:51.4 over a track that had just been upgraded to "good." Roaring To Go held on for second, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the Pocono Pike-using Risky Romance.   YS Tallia, a Rene Allard-trained daughter of Western Ideal out of Bolero Tallia, has won two of seven races this year and earned $41,890 for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin (the "YS" in YS Tallia). She was unraced at age 2.   YS Tallia     Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - Dash Of Danger kept his Bobby Weiss Series record after the third preliminary round for harness racing male pacers on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, scooting up the Pocono Pike and reducing his mark a fifth to 1:51.3 to take his $15,000 section.   The Western Hanover gelding fled the gate quickly from his outside post six for driver Matt Kakaley, but met a determined railstarter in Dakota Jack, with the latter forcing the winner to take the pocket seat by the quarter in 26.4. Dakota Jack (2-1 odds) put up middle splits of 54.3 and 1:23.1 (the slowish third split explained partially by a headwind), with Dash Of Danger (the 9-5 second choice) in the two-hole and even-money favorite Rough Odds swinging three-wide off cover turning for home   The race was on among last week's three winners in the Weiss, and it was Dash Of Danger who emerged victorious, largely through track geometry, as he could duck into the Pike and then held off Rough Odds, who suffered a good deal of ground displacement while wide then straightening and, though closing perhaps strongest of all, missed by a length, with Dakota Jack third.   The victory was the fourth in succession, all at Pocono, for Dash Of Danger, who is trained by Ron Burke for the combine of Burke Racing Stables LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Marc Reynolds.   Also finding the inside route the winning one over the red clay surface was the Somebeachsomewhere colt Magritte, who lowered his record four seconds to 1:51.4. Matt Kakaley also had sulky duties behind this winner and handled him the same way as Dash Of Danger, getting him into the pocket, then tipping him down into the Pipe, er, Pike, making the lead, then holding off the deep inside bid of Ascaryone Hanover by a head for trainer Anette Lorentzson and owner Ted Gewertz.   Also getting a new speed badge was the third winner among the males, the Bettor's Delight gelding A Bettors Risk, lowering his mark to 1:52.2 for driver Simon Allard, trainer/brother Rene, and owner Robert Hamather. A Bettors Risk made the lead, got a 58 middle half breather, then withstood Western Tyrant, who was sixth at headstretch but blasted home, only to miss by a half-length.   On the female pacers side of the Weiss, the Camluck mare Cousin Mary rang up her sixth straight win and boosted her Weiss record to 2-for-2 with a seemingly-effortless wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.2 - the only one of tonight's Weiss winners to not take a new mark, as she went a fifth faster upon coming to Pocono last week. But Cousin Mary won with what looked like plenty of reserve for driver Anthony Napolitano, as she ran her 2017 record to 9-for-11 and her seasonal bankroll to $112,500 for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Jeffrey Williamson.   Also raising her Weiss tally to 2-for-2 and taking a new record was the Bettor's Delight filly Miss Jones, who made a quick brush to the lead early in the backstretch and then won handily in the fastest female sector, 1:52.4, for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Joe Holloway. Owner Ted Gewertz, who also owns a piece of Monday Weiss winner Magritte as noted above, racked up an owning double, as he is in partnership on this promising miss with Crawford Farms Racing and Val D'Or Farms.   Trainer Scott Di Domenico, who recently reached the 1000 career training wins plateau, is well on his way towards 2000 with a talented barn that includes Angel's Pride, a Roll With Joe filly who made a sweeping late move en route to an open-length victory for driver Jim Marohn Jr. while lowering her mark two seconds to 1:53. Triple D Stables Inc. shares ownership of Angel's Pride with JFE Enterprise LLC, and with only six lifetime starts under her girth, it's logical to think that this filly can improve even further.   Trotters take over the Weiss Series spotlight on the Tuesday card at Pocono, with the third preliminary round for females and the second prelim for males each filling three divisions.   Jerry Connors   Pipe, er, Pike   And to explain the part in highlighted in bold in the fifth paragraph, here is a copy of the most famous painting of the Belgian artist Rene Magritte; the French translates to "This is not a pipe."        

WILKES BARRE PA - The Napolitano brothers, Anthony and George, accounted for both divisions of the featured $16,000 trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the first Monday harness racing card of the year, after the pair had both won four races at the mountain oval on Sunday night.   Anthony was first to Victory Lane in the "nw 5 races" events, putting a new mark of 1:55.4 on the Muscle Mass stallion Mass Balance after rallying him from the pocket into a 57.2 half to win by a nose over the late-charging Lindylicious. Andrew Harris, who trained three of Anthony's four winners on Sunday, also conditions the winner of $143,196 for Synerco Ventures Inc.   "Big brother" George then captured the other feature section with the Muscles Yankee mare Catch All, who was making her first start of the year but still reduced her mark to 1:56.3. The Paul Fusco trainee, owned by Howard Jacobs, made every pole a winning one in turning back Barnaby Rudge by 1¼ lengths. Catch All was also the eighth straight favorite to win on the Monday Pocono card, after the chalk lost out in the first three.   Tuesday's Pocono program is headed by trotting action in the Bobby Weiss Series, with the females going in their second preliminary leg, and the males seeing their first Weiss action. $15,000 purses await the distaffs in races 3, 5, and 12, while the boys will go for the same money in races 7, 9, and 11.   Jerry Connors

Temperatures held in the mid/low 40s throughout the night … “+0” variant on Saturday 25th of March; what water there was in the harness racing track that caused it to be rated “good” for races 1-4 gradually worked out because of the atypical stretch tailwind, and the surface was rated “fast” thereafter … ALLBEEF N NOBULL left some, then got a great second-over trip, three-wide to headstretch, strong through the lane. HALL BRO left strongly, forced a tuck, then strung a rival out most of the way to the 3/8, yielded for the pocket, cleared in the Pocono Pike but only after the winner had momentum going for him, finished steadily. AMERICAN RAGE was third-over, couldn’t quite keep with the winner late turn and into the stretch, but then came on with a good gain. RATHER SWELL sat in, went to the path behind the winner but was never clear to the wire. BIG GAME HUNTER left between horses, took the early pocket 3/16, came out raw off the second turn, fought the leader and had an advantage, but not the rail, on the far turn, held well. JOHNNY O gapped at the ¾. MACHTU N, a bit rank behind the gate, was three-wide to the 3/16, then pressed on to command before the 3/8, didn’t get much rest on the lead, gave way in the stretch. SPORTSKEEPER was never a major player. SECOND RACE – LUNATIC FRINGE came first-up into the second turn, speed-grinded in 27.2 down the backstretch against the wind and kept up the relentless pressure, showed fine gameness as the twilight’s last gleaming approached to get the job done. WINTER BLAST was second-over, struggled a little bit during the quick third quarter then was closer, three-wide headstretch, just not quite enough. JACKSON BRADY stayed in, then came out two-wide ¾, did not tip wide, came through a thin hole and finished well while not clear. DAVID THE SAINT left and indeed had the lead towards the first turn, but was forced into the pocket by an insistent polesitter in a 26.4 vs. the wind, sat in the pocket, cleared in the Pike but didn’t have enough. VICEROY HANOVER was fourth-over, did OK+ from an impossible spot. AMORA BEACH insisted on the lead and forced a tuck in a 26.4 quarter, had the winner grinding at him, was a beaten horse before headstretch but still only missed 2¼ lengths. IM SO HANDSOME was third-over, ducked to the Pocono Pike, evenly. FEEL MY PAIN gapped. THIRD RACE – REAL ROCKER spotted fourth early, then quarter-moved to 3/8 command, opened a clear lead at the 5/8, got on a line significantly coming out of the final turn and hit a pylon, but quickly got straightened away and drew further clear. KEYSTONE CAMARO was looped leaving, briefly had cover then went up uncovered to gain the lead just past the ¼, yielded to the winner, couldn’t go with that one but still held well for second. NITTANY NATION sat last until the ¾, then made a nice three-wide move on the turn and passed a lot of horses to be third. ONE MORE MIRACLE outleft everybody from the outside post, yielded, inside, struggled in the fast mile for this class. CANE RIDGE left some, then came uncovered at the ½ but never got near the leader. MACHMILLIONS spotted then moved second-over, inside on the far turn, not prominent. WANT ME was empty inside at the ¾. SHADOW’S IMAGE was never close and finished far back. FOURTH RACE – SWISHNFLICK went right to the top and improved her position from there, strong to the wire. FLEET BUMBLEBEE was looped, took back to tuck third 3/16, out again ¾, trotted well in the lane bur was up against a powerful winner. FOR YOU ALMOSTFREE defended the pocket past the 1/8, then weakened in that spot through the lane, still far clear of the rest. TREASURE KEYS K came out 5/8 to try to pass a gapping MAJESTIC STONE, eventually did late. ANAFFAIRTOREMEMBER looked to be considering leaving but broke early. THE OTHERS were always far back. FIFTH RACE – CRAFTY MASTER was outermost of four leavers, quickly took back to tuck fourth at the 1/8, then moved uncovered towards the second turn, was a bit on a line on that turn but then went on to get the lead 9/16, had an easy time of it the last 3/8 for a Simon-Rene consecutive triple. OUR JERRY LEE N left and was three-wide to the 3/16, where he backed off and got a 3-tuck, stayed in until headstretch then fanned wide, finished solidly in a quality mile. BONFIRE BLISS sat in and used the Pocono Pike to win a three-way photo for the distant third. IN COMMANDO left, yielded nearing the 1/8, regained at the 3/8 but then yielded again at the 9/16, couldn’t keep pace the last 3/8. BOLD AND BRAVE was between horses to the lead shortly before the fast quarter, yielded and stayed in, outside stretch but little to offer. FREENEASY HANOVER was first-over, never reached the horse sitting third. THE OTHER PAIR did not make their presence felt. SIXTH RACE – QUICK FUN N led from the first step to the last and strung the field out in the fastest mile of the young local season – 1:51.4 (in a bottom conditioned pace). DR C’S Z TAM did his best to keep up with the super-strong winner, clearly second. SB IDEAL IN ART didn’t have good cover, went three-wide midturn, easily third. MUST BE THE BUNNY came raw into turn two but never made a dent. JET PASSING stopped staying semitight in third at the 5/8. THE REST were scattered up the track behind this riproaring mile. SEVENTH RACE – TECHTOR HANOVER left, yielded near the ¼, came out raw 3/8 to regain command at the ½ after snappy fractions, had a bunch of horses coming at him in the stretch but had enough to go on gamely to the wire for the tally. RUFO started first-up from next-to-last on the second turn, got cover past the 5/8, swung wide off that cover headstretch and raced strongly late to be second. GRAND THEFT was looped and three-wide most of the 3/16, then went on and made the lead only after very hard work 3/8, yielded for the pocket, OK in the stretch considering the hard early price paid. IDEAL MATTERS was out much of the ¼ to reach the front after being looped, yielded, came out raw past the 5/8, held stubbornly. HERE COMES SWIFTY stayed in, angled out in the stretch behind the winner then angled wider very late and continued to gain. YANKEE DEVIL sat in, never had a clear path in the stretch. THE OTHER PAIR were in the two-wide flow but didn’t reach. EIGHTH RACE – DW’S NY YANK left, went into the pocket for a few steps just past the 3/16 then quarter-moved (perhaps fearing a quarter-move from the horse behind him), kept going at a good clip, had one challenger late in the form of pocketsitting SKATES N PLATES and showed his millionaire gameness in taking the win. SKATES N PLATES did not want to yield and went 27.1 to the ¼, finally accepted the pocket, stayed tight, went to the Pocono Pike and was gaining, very good race. ZOOMING tucked third, gapped in the second quarter, came uncovered 5/8, outtrotted by the top two but well-clear of the others. KARETS gapped second-over, evenly late. THE OTHER FOUR never made their presence felt. NINTH RACE --  PHIL YOUR BOOTS left then parked a foe much of a very fast quarter, reclaimed the lead 3/8, had pressure down the backstretch, briefly drew clear to headstretch, but rocked to the wire to keep safe. THAT’S MY OPINION started uncovered at the 3/8 and rushed up quickly, battled with the winner, lost ground to headstretch but then found a second wind and gained some back late in a sharp outing. HIGHVIEW CONALL N gapped the latter part of the swift opener, inside, swung out in the stretch and just got past STARLITE KID late for third. The latter left, outside 3/16 in the 26.2 opener, yielded to the winner, evenly late. PANSFORMATIVE had more pace than the others in the stretch to get the last payday. ONE BAD NIGHT was hindered by dull cover. PIERCE plodded along midpack outside the mile, empty at the ¾. CHARGER BLUE CHIP gapped at the back. TRADING UP was third-over, three-wide early on the turn but had very little. TENTH RACE – CITY HALL was four-wide leaving but had taken back to two-wide covered into the first turn, briefly three-wide around the trouble nearing the ¼ then motored up to grab hold of the lead to the 3/8, urged ¾ and had enough response to withstand CASIMIR JITTERBUG. The latter was three-wide leaving, bore down into ONTARIO SUCCESS 3/16 and caused trouble, yielded to the winner for the pocket, charged up the Lightning Lane and was solid late. A judges’ INQUIRY was originally posted against ONTARIO SUCCESS, because he was the one who went offstride, but eventually it was determined that that horse jumped because CASIMIR JITTERBUG had a wheel under him, and CASIMIR was jitterbugged from second to fourth. ONTARIO SUCCESS was two-wide leaving to the top, looked ready to yield when crowded and suffered an “ix,” regained stride fairly quickly though falling back from second to fifth, launched uncovered, couldn’t reach the winner down the back but was very game through the drive considering the trouble he had. QUALITY CLOSER left and yielded, had to snatch up a bit behind the late first turn trouble, inside, fair. COWBOY TERRIER was briefly wide just before the ¼ in the confusion, tucked in, then went to second-over, not quite enough. LEAN ON YOU sat in, evenly. BESTJETYET was in a very tough spot. UNCLE BEN N jumped offstride 100 feet before the start. ELEVENTH RACE – A fast pace and constant movement helped STONEHOUSE ADAM (not to be confused with STONEBRIDGE ADAM in race twelve), who came four-wide from fourth-over past midturn and had enough in the decelerating pace to get home first – a triple for the team of Goodell and Burke. ROCKEN CAMNATION, four-wide off the gate, left quickly but was forced to go 26.4 to make the lead, yielded to the retaker, sat the pocket, came clear in the Pocono Pike and looked to have a brief lead past midstretch but couldn’t quite get it all. VISIBLE GOLD sat in, found a small path between horses past midstretch and finished steadily. LISCLOON had a fine second-over trip, three-wide past midturn, OK but no real excuse. ETHAN HANOVER was three-wide early, raced with cover until tucking third 3/16, then went first-up 3/8, had the lead but couldn’t cross over from before the ¾ and through the turn, gave way. TOPCORNERTERROR was never a contender. DIRTY DEVIL forced a fast quarter, yielded but quickly retook, under intense pressure most of the last 3/8 and tired. GREAT SOUL gapped third-over. TWELFTH RACE – CARDIAC FASHION came uncovered into the second bend, then stormed 27.3 against the wind down the backstretch to clear to the lead before the ¾, kept an open margin. THEREISAPACEFORUS came all the way up the inside from last, including using the Pocono Pike, and had solid late steps. MAJOR HOMER was first away from the gate but was four-wide and was put under restraint to take back for a tuck, stayed in, angled three-wide midturn and did pretty well. MOJO TERROR improved position at the start, struggled o keep up from the 11/16. STONEBRIDGE ADAM (not to be confused with STONEHOUSE ADAM in race 11) forced wholesale tucks as the innermost leader, rated the half, but could do nothing about the winner late backstretch and faded. JC KINGDOM made the pocket before the 3/16, moved outside on the turn but had little left to give. BACK ON BOARD N was hindered by the poor cover of TWINSPEAK. THIRTEENTH RACE – RUDDY RUSTY sailed right to the lead and went on at a good clip, opened a big lead but was getting a bit weary late and needed rocking to hold off LINDYLICIOUS, with those two far ahead of the others. The latter came out before the 5/8, didn’t advance much until the last 1/8, then came on steadily to be a clear second. A LISTER maintained the pocket until unplugging before the ¾. HAILEYSGONEDANCING started uncovered into turn two, got cover nearing the 5/8, evenly. BY CANCE HANOVER and PEGASUS POINT were never in the main action. TAROT ran about 100 feet before the start, caught by the start line but never got back in the race. LASER LUCY took a while to settle to the inside, then moved out but had no trot. SHEZA TIM TOO went offstride down the back.    

HARRISBURG PA - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's leading and largest membership organization for harness racing industry communicators, is pleased to announce that a group of four Jeff Gural racing entities - Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, along with Winners Bayonne OTW - are partnering with the Lexington Select Yearling Sale and Winbak Farm in sponsoring a luncheon to be held Sunday, February 26, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, before the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park is held that evening.   The luncheon will begin at twelve noon, following the morning's annual Membership meeting at USHWA. Members of the organization taking part in the morning session will be attending, as will the sponsors of the luncheon and special guest Brian Sears, the newest Hall of Fame member. The recent electees to the Communicators Hall of Fame, Gordon Waterstone and Steven Wolf, already have "seats at the table" as former Presidents of USHWA.   Tim Bojarski, president of the Harness Writers Association, noted that "USHWA is honored to have the New Meadowlands and its off-track site, along with two major New York tracks in Tioga and Vernon, join together with one of the sport's premier auction companies, based in Kentucky, and one of the sport's elite breeding farms, headquartered in Maryland for this sponsorship effort.   "The fact that these diverse organizations, located in diverse areas, are combining in this sponsorship shows the 'win-win' attitude of these groups so necessary in this competitive entertainment market. We of USHWA are proud they have chosen to support us as we honor the best in our sport next month."   The Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park will be held as the culmination of the February 25-26 weekend when USHWA holds its annual business meetings. Further information about the Banquet and the weekend, including links for dinner tickets, Souvenir Journal advertising congratulating award-winners, and room reservations at special USHWA rates for Planet Hollywood, is available on the group's website, www.ushwa.org.   Jerry Connors  

BEDFORD PA – The annual Pennsylvania Fair Harness Racing awards banquet was held on Saturday (January 14) in this southwest PA town, with the top performers receiving awards and generous sponsors continuing to make this PA Fair banquet one of the best values in harness racing (ticket price = $40; value of doorprizes divided by number of attendees = $65) through the hard work of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Shawn Johnston, a 24-year-old driver who had posted 30 victories in limited chances during his first six years of driving, showed rapid development this summer with 37 sulky triumphs to rank fourth on the fair circuit, earning the second Walter “Boots” Dunn Memorial Rising Star Award. Boots had presented the first Rising Star Award to Brady Brown in one of his last public appearances before his passing early in 2016; this year, Brown and Boots’s daughter Lisa Dunn conferred the honor to Johnston. “Boots was someone around here always admired,” Johnston noted. “And he drove horses for my grandparents. When we would talk, he might say something about learning driving – ‘Be more patient with a trotter’ – but we also talked about the horses he remembered driving for my grandparents.” The Pa Fair Circuit’s “Blues Brothers,” driver Chris and trainer Jason Shaw (so named because of their colors), earned the Top Gun Awards during the 2016 fair season, as Chris posted 65 sulky victories and Jason harnessed 57 winners circle visitors to lead their fellow horsemen in the winning column. Also honored were the divisional pointwinners during the 20-stop fair circuit, and those horses who visited Victory Lane after winning in October 8’s PA Fair Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadows: POINT WINNERS 2TC – Toolbox Tuesday, owned by Roger Hammer and Vicki Fair 2TF – No Not Yet, owned by Dr. William Solomon 2PC – Marvalous Artist, Roger Hammer and Vicki Fair 2PF – Camera Lady, owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York (the top pointwinner in all classes)   3TC – Major Matter, owned by Rick and Regina Beinhauer 3TF – A Little Laid Back, owned by Roger Hammer (won her point championship at 2 and 3) 3PC – Star Of Terror, owned by Fortunate One LLC 3PF – Unbeamlieveable, owned by Mason Shaw during the fair season (top pointwinner of 2 and 3)   CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2TC – Photo Bomber, owned by Tony and Linda Schadel 2TF – All Set Lets Go, owned by the McMullen Stable LLC 2PC – Cruiserwillwin, owned by Todd and Christine Schadel 2PF – Gemalous, owned by Mason Shaw   3TC – Shady McCoy, owned by Dave and Delores Wade 3TF – Waterview Hanover, owned by Susan Daugherty (only the third fair filly to win both of her Championships in the 20-year history of the Fair Finals, following trotter Rosebud Sioux in 2004-2005 and pacer Big City Hanover in 2006-2007) 3PC – Captain Dinger, owned by James Dodson and Ron Lineweaver 3PF – Unbeamlieveable, sold to Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi LLC before the Championship (the only 2016 point champion to also win the divisional Championship.) Jerry Connors

BEDFORD PA – District 7 (Pennsylvania) of the United States Trotting Association held its annual meeting on Saturday (January 14) at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in this city in the southwest corner of the Keystone State, the hometown of District Chairman Sam Beegle. Fellow directors Russell Williams and Rich Gillock, along with USTA CEO/VP Mike Tanner, were also present and helpful in discussions at the well-attended meeting. In polling attendees about the USTA proposed rule changes, so that the Pennsylvania directors can represent the opinions of its membership at the USTA annual meeting, starting on February 26 in Las Vegas, the following were the membership opinions: (Dead Heat language) – Rejected. (Driver Insurance by Racetrack) – Rejected. (Outrider) – Rejected. (Mile rate in program) – Rejected. (Symbol for 2nd tier starter) – Accepted. (15YOs in amateur races) – Rejected. (Purse Distribution) – Rejected. (% of trainer/driver % to retired horses) – Rejected. (Qualifiers from 60 days to 30 days) – Rejected, with one dissenting vote. (Omitted horse drawn, others out one PP) – Rejected. (Breaker must go outside or inside) – Accepted. (Specific pylon violation standards) – Accepted, with one dissenting vote. (Appeal / objection relationship) – Tabled, and asked to be reworded. (Registration without owner’s signature) – Accepted. (Delete “spayed or neutered”) – Accepted. (Register foal online) -- Withdrawn / moot with passage of #14. a. (Letters/spaces in names from 18 to 20) – Accepted. b. (Disallowing former names) – Rejected.         18. (Definition of “outstanding”) – Accepted.         19.-28. (RUS rules) – Tabled; no RUS racing in Pennsylvania.         29. (Movement after allowing tuck) – Rejected.         30. (Track Directors) – Accepted.         31. (Term lengths for Directors) – Rejected.         32. (Language housekeeping) – Accepted. The other major topic discussed at the meeting was the first of a set of revisions in the funding of fair racing in Pennsylvania. Saturday’s discussion focused on the initial item for which a framework had been reached, a revamping of the Fair Sire Stakes, which were strengthened by the PA Breeders giving a portion of their revenue stream to these PA-sired races. There will be an “A” and a “B” division in the Fair Sire Stakes for the first time, the latter in large part to replace the Quaker State races, which had no assured source of funding. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer, whose departmental portfolio oversees harness racing, gave a broad overview of the proposed and possible future restructurings of fair funding that will allow Fair Sire Stake purses to increase and also shore up funding in administrative areas. Questions were asked about the developing program, specifically the Fair Sire Stakes proposal; as much information as could be was imparted to the gathering, with the prospect of further discussion likely this Thursday, with the annual Fair Sire Stakes meeting at the Pennsylvania Fair Convention in Hershey PA. Jerry Connors

An interesting footnote to the life of General "Bubba" Washington Jr., who recently passed away and whose obituary was listed on the sport's websites, is that he was the first African-American man to win a not-$100,000 race. Here's what we mean.   Washington had qualified Mary Ann Hobbs for the New York Sire Stakes three-year-old filly trot Championship, scheduled to race for a purse of $100,000 on October 8, 1974. I believe 1974 was the first year of the New York Sire Stakes Championships, based on an article written by Times writer Joe Nichols in the October 9 edition of the paper, which can be found online.   Going for the big money, Washington was going to put Herve Filion (who would win his 5000th race the next night) down to drive her, but I remember a story that one of Washington's sons, perhaps Cedric, who still campaigns at Monticello, persuaded "Daddy" to drive the horse himself, and Washington resolved to do so. (This parallels to some degree the Hambletonian of 2005, where a Pennsylvania horseman was bringing his horse to the big race, and was going to ask Cat Manzi to drive him, but Manzi told him -- Roger Hammer -- to drive, saying, "If you win, you'll remember it for the rest of your life." Hammer did drive Vivid Photo, and the rest is well-documented history.)   So Washington did drive Mary Ann Hobbs in the Championship, and she made a break. But so did three of her six other rivals. And Washington was able to rally Mary Ann Hobbs to the victory in the Championship.   Time: 2:12.1.   So General Washington Jr. became the first African-American driver to win a $100,000 race, right? Well, ...   The 3-5 favorite for the race, Coral Belle, warmed up lame before the race, and the judges ordered her scratched (necessitating an $80,000+ refund). Another figure that changed was the purse, as the official purse for the contest is listed as $98,000. It's just a guess that there was a $2000 starting fee, and with the scratch the starting fee was refunded, and thus the purse dipped to $98,000. But a good case can be made that it was "a $100,000 race."   Upon the man's passing, this seemed to be the time to tell this story, as one of the pioneer African-Americans in a sport where Wiggle It Jiggleit is currently the best pacer in North America.   Jerry Connors  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Can't I, a two-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall out of the harness racing world champion trotting mare Buck I St Pat, is now 2 for 2 lifetime after winning a $14,000 conditioned trot Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Buck I St Pat was voted Older Trotting Mare of the Year in 2008-2009-2010, and won the Breeders Crown for her section in the latter two campaigns for her owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and R. R. Fuller. She twice had years of 10 victories and twice years with nine while amassing 51 career triumphs, fastest in 1:51 at The Meadowlands in 2010 at age 7, while earning $2,320,637. She was also indirectly responsible for probably the ugliest pair of men's short pants ever seen in harness racing, which owner Taylor wore whenever she raced and insisted were his "lucky Buck I St Pat pants."   It looks like Buck I St Pat might be reproducing her racetrack prowess in the breeding shed, for Can't I followed up on her career debut victory in a Stallion Series event with a game two-move win in the Monday night slop at Pocono. The freshman and Hall of Fame driver John Campbell got away fourth from post eight, then had to come again first-over, but Can't I said "Why can't I?" in the stretch and gamely carried on to overtake her 8-5 cofavored rival French Press and score by ¾ of a length in 1:57.3.   Bob Stewart is the conditioner of Can't I, who is owned by the same foursome mentioned above as involved with Buck I St Pat - Taylor, Gold, Basen, and Fuller. One may have bad fashion sense, but all four are longtime smart businessmen who know enough to hold on to a horse that may turn out gold-en for them as well.   Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, highlighted by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $110,950 Adioo Volo, featured four other Arden Downs stakes. Here's a recap of those Grand Circuit events. $56,418 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Glidinthruparadise lost her duel for the early lead and had to slink back to third, a disappointment that would frustrate many young trotters. But the daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda wasn't discouraged at all, moving first over to put away the leader, Hot Curry, and score for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:55, matching the stake record of Upfrontluckycarol. "She's a little headstrong leaving the gate, and she was going forward no matter what," Zendt reported. "I didn't want to sit third, but they were going enough that she had more trot than any of them late." Ameliosi finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Moots completed the ticket. Lisa Dunn trains Glidinthruparadise, who was won six of her eleven starts this year, and owns with Leslie Dunn Zendt. Keystone Taylor took the other Ned McCarr split for Dave Palone, trainer Jenny Melander and owner Steve Organ. $76.764 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers The fastest two-year-old of 2016, Fear The Dragon, again put in a huge mile, overcoming both the sloppy surface and a determined late bid by Don'ttellmeagain to win in 1:52.4. The son of Dragon Again, trained by Brian Brown for the Emerald Highlands Farm, went a mile that might have been as impressive as the 1:50.3 mile he went here on July 20 to make him the fastest freshman so far, regardless of track size. Hall of Famer David Miller whooshed the precocious baby to the lead from fourth coming on the first turn, with Don'ttellmeagain, undefeated in three previous starts, relinquishing the lead going into turn two. From there it was basically a two-horse contest, and Don'ttellmeagain did himself great credit by cutting into the leader's margin steadily. In the end, Fear The Dragon held his tough rival off by a neck with a 27.4 kicker. Cinnabar Dragon finished third. The very next race on the card was another division of the Lawrence, and fans could be forgiven at headstretch if they thought they were watching a replay: the first race went in splits of 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.1 with the pocket horse second choice moving out to challenge the favorite, while the second division featuring fractions of 27.3, 56.1, and 1:25.1, with the second choice two-holer moving to challenge. The difference was that Every Way Out, the pocket horse, proved the better late over front-stepping Normandy Beach, gaining into a 27.2 last quarter to win by a length in 1:52.3 to tie his mark. Southwind Yukon completed the ticket. The son of If I Can Dream is a New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and undefeated in four starts for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Dylan Davis and owners Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Ed Gold and Thomas Lazzaro. Tetrick indicated he had little to lose by vacating the pocket early. "I wanted to give my horse a chance," he said. "From the middle of the turn on, he's supposed to be able to pace with that horse (Every Way Out). I thought I would win or be second either way. For a 2-year-old, he's pretty seasoned -- and he'll get better, too." When 1-5 favorite Downbytheseaside broke his overcheck going to the gate and caused a recall, it may have been an omen that it wouldn't be his day. Indeed, after being sixth by 8-1/2 lengths just before the last half of 55.1, he could only rally for third, as second-choice Filibuster Hanover came out of the pocket in the 27 last quarter to catch front-stepping Bettor's Western by a head. The time of 1:52, the fastest divisional clocking and only two ticks off the stakes record, was also a personal best for the Somebeachsomewhere colt. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph DiScala, Jr. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The first three divisions produced a favorite and two second choices as winners, but in the last division, the longest shot on the board, 39-1 Bellows Binge, followed Eddard Hanover around the final turn, then caught that rival in the last couple steps. He posted a nose victory in 1:53, lowering his mark five seconds for trainer Dirk Simpson and owners Desyllas Racing LLC, William Beck and Carol Rieken. Driver Dan Rawlings guided the son of Bettor's Delight -- Jerry Connors $58,466 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Truemass Volo shot the Lightning Lane and triumphed in 1:56.2 for Matt Kakaley, trainer Doug Hamilton and owners Jon Erdner and Martin Garey. Meadowbranch Memo rallied for place, 3/4 lengths back, with Mac Deeno third. Truemass Volo was parked the first quarter, but when Kakaley released Mac Deeno to the lead, Truemass Volo gained valuable cover. Hamilton said that after facing tough competition in the Beal and the Stanley Dancer, the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo gelding was able to show he belongs with his division's elite. "I don't think he can beat them on a consistent basis, but he's one of the top ones," Hamilton said. "He just hasn't showed it yet. He's had a lot of bad luck, and we've been going through an educational process with him." Truemass Volo extended his career bankroll to $187,255. Rocco's Tacos overcame post 8 to capture the other Manderino split in 1:56.4 for Zendt, Melander and owners John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. $62,965 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Pittstop Danika, benefiting from a first-quarter break by favored Watch What You Say, made every pole a winning one in posting a 3-1/4-length victory over Dangerous Woman in the first division The daughter of Yankee Cruiser took a maiden mark of 1:55 in the off going, with Matt Kakaley handling the lines for trainer Ron Burke (who got checks with each of his three entrants in the division) and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Watch What You Say, who went into the infield to get squared away, made a fine recovery and survived an inquiry to be third. "This was a little bit easier spot for her," Kakaley said. "Outside posts against sires stake horses are real tough. She's been racing good. She has a good attitude, and she has a good future." Burke came right back in the second division with Make Mine Mocha, a Bettor's Delight filly who visited Victory Lane for the first time after drawing off to a 2-1/4-length victory in 1:54, with the track upgraded to good for the last two Miller cuts. Mike Wilder quarter-moved with Make Mine Mocha, and the pair was not in doubt thereafter while winning for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The final division produced an impressive winner in another daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Keystone Rampage, who moved to the lead in front of the stands, then scooted home in 28 to trip the timer in 1:53, two ticks off the stakes record. Dave Palone was in the sulky behind the victorious filly, who took a new mark for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. -- Jerry Connors The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

DAYTON PA - The two-year-old harness racing trotters continue to put on a speed show on the Pennsylvania fair circuit in 2016, with the track standards at the oval in this westcentral Pennsylvania borough rewritten for both sexes during Fair Sire Stakes action for freshmen on Saturday.   First to add his name to the local records was the Great George Two gelding Gee Wizz George, who battled outside of pacesetter Sortie Hanover for over the last quarter mile, then was just along at the wire by a head in 2:04.2, lowering the best time ever posted locally by a baby colt trotter (Albany House, 2012) by a tick while taking a new mark. Trainer Jean Rastetter handles the fast freshman for owners Maryann and Richard Rastetter; for Ron Harvey, now driving only intermittently, his only two sulky successes since 2008 have come behind "George."   But the title of "fastest two-year-old trotter ever at Dayton" was then transferred in ... gee wizz, how long was it? ... fifteen minutes, as in the very next race the Lucky Chucky filly Lovebeinglucky dispatched her competition by 8¼ lengths, coming home in 29.3 to complete a 2:04.1 mile.   That clocking beat both the previous filly standard (2:05, Classical Original, 2003) and the newly-etched mark for overall fastest 2YO trotter ever locally. Lovebeinglucky, who also added a personal speed badge, became the first horse to set two sectional standards at the fairs this year (her first came in a 2:05.4 mile at Butler) for red-hot trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who shares ownership in the precocious miss with Regina Beinhauer.   A third Dayton record was missed only by a fifth, as the Dragon Again filly Camera Lady sped off to a 28.4 personal last quarter to win in 2:01.2, just a tick off of DVC Jaded Attitude's 2012 local record. Both of these fillies share the link of owner/trainer Dave Brickell, with Brickell also owning Camera Lady, now a winner four times in five starts, with Mitchell York.   On the human side of the equation, the day was dominated by 23-year-old driver Shawn Johnston, who had five victorious sulky assignments on the day - after never having had more than a one-day driving double in his 49 previous triumphs.   The quintet raises Shawn's fair total to 13 for the season, one behind Chris Shaw, who teamed with brother/trainer Jason for a win with 2PF Gemalous to give them a category-leading 14 fair winners.   The three-year-olds take to the track for their PA Fair Sire Stakes races tomorrow (Sunday), with the first of a dozen races set to go behind the gate at 1 p.m.   by Jerry Connors for the PA Sire Stakes Fair  

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