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MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - This year's edition of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic was a hoof-to-hoof harness racing heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. On Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Mets Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in second spot once Mets Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1.25-flat, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Mets Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. The 10-2 exactor returned $21 and a 10-2-8 triactor paid $91.60. A $1 superfecta (10-2-8-5) was worth $444.85. There was a pari-mutuel refund for Winning American, who had a broken equipment issue prior to the start of the race. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favourite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." Both Crystal Fashion and Tetrick had to work overtime to finally reel in a stubborn Mets Hall. "I went ahead and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane," he said. "We had a horse race to the wire, but today my horse outgrinded him. With Crystal, you never know for sure. He always gives a pretty good effort, but sometimes he can look at butterflies." Tonight, he stung like a bee. It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms LLC. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. "Very impressed," said Campbell. "Timmy did a great job getting him out of there to put him in good position. The horse, he digs. If he's got a target to go at, he goes after it. He's just been a tremendous horse to train this year." Crystal Fashion will soon head to the Bluegrass State for his next engagements. "He's been good at both two and three," said Campbell. "He seems to get better. He'll go down to Lexington and have two races there and then he'll go to the Breeders Crown." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

Crystal Fashion has not led any of his races this year prior to the final quarter-mile, but it's become crystal clear the gelding can find a way to win from there. Few 3-year-old trotters have kicked home better than Crystal Fashion, who has eight wins and three second-place finishes in 12 races this season. Over his past five races, no horse has trotted the final quarter-mile faster than Crystal Fashion. Over his past 10 starts, only three horses -- total -- have come home faster. Crystal Fashion, though, won all three of those races. "I'm really happy with the way he finishes his mile," trainer Jim Campbell said. "If he's got somebody in front of him, he'll track them down. He never gives up, just trots right to the end. "He's been really good that way. He takes really good care of himself, too. He's been nothing but a pleasure to train this year." Crystal Fashion's next opportunity to track down horses is Saturday in the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He will start from post 10 in an 11-horse field with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for Campbell and owner Fashion Farms. The race also includes Met's Hall, who has won the Simcoe Stakes and Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial in his two starts since finishing second to Atlanta in the Hambletonian, as well as 2017 O'Brien Award-winner Alarm Detector and 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. Saturday's card also includes the second meeting between harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 Atlanta and No. 2 Manchego, in the C$340,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters plus the C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, two eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers, and two eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers. Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall-Window Willow who has earned $652,182 this year, has won six of his past seven races and heads to the Canadian Trotting Classic off a win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Other victories include the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and his elimination for the Hambletonian, where he trotted the last quarter in :27.1 -- one-and-three-fifth seconds faster than anyone else -- to beat Atlanta by a neck in a 3-year-old gelding world-record 1:50.1. In the Hambletonian final, Crystal Fashion came home in :27.2, tied with Met's Hall for the best last quarter, but was unable to chase down Atlanta. He finished fourth, beaten by 1-1/4 lengths. "He didn't race as good the second heat as he did the first heat," Campbell said. "He didn't have any particular reason for it, he just wasn't as sharp. But he's put in great races every race for us, other than his second start when he finished second but scoped sick after the race. From that point on he's given us nothing but great efforts." Crystal Fashion has won 12 of 24 lifetime races, hit the board a total of 21 times, and earned $813,474. He came from off the lead in all but one of those career starts. "Racing him that way, you take the risk of somebody getting easy fractions on the front end and you're too far off, but you have to race the horse the way he likes to race too," Campbell said. "That's the way he likes to race. Timmy knows the horse really well and knows best how to race him. He's done a terrific job with him." Eliminations were unnecessary for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Campbell was happy to keep Crystal Fashion home in New Jersey for an extra week. "It was a good thing," Campbell said. "He's just been jogging (during his time off) and he'll train (today). He's been going pretty hard all year. He doesn't need much training." Racing begins at 7:25 p.m. (EDT) with the Metro eliminations. The Peaceful Way follows as race three, the Wellwood race five, Canadian Trotting Classic race seven, and Elegantimage race 10. The She's A Great Lady elims are races six and eight. Complete entries can be found here. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named "The Atlanta" in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. Following is the field in post-position order for the Canadian Trotting Classic. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Missle Hill-David Miller-Tony Alagna 2-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 4-For A Dreamer-James MacDonald-Brad Maxwell 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Harry Poulton 6-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Ben Baillargeon 7-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Ben Baillargeon 8-Fiftydallarbill-Brett Miller-Bill Crone 9-Winning American-Louis Roy-Paul Reid 10-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 11-Zephyr Kronos-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Jeremy Morrison expected to make his career driving debut with a single drive for trainer Jim Campbell at Harrah's Philadelphia on Aug. 30, but learned from Campbell that morning he was getting a second opportunity later on the card. He appreciated the extra chance. "That was a big relief, knowing I had another drive instead of just having one," Morrison said, adding with a laugh, "Then I could mess up two times instead of once." But there was no messing up. Morrison picked up a check by finishing fifth with 33-1 longshot Thisguyisonfire in his first race, and then picked up his first win by guiding favorite Fashion Forever to victory by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.1 in the second. It will be a memory forever for the 28-year-old Morrison. "He's a nice trotting colt, so I knew he would have no problem getting around there," Morrison said about Fashion Forever. "When I went across the wire, it was a good feeling. (Winning) doesn't happen all the time, and when it does, it makes all the work worth it. It was very exciting." Morrison has been with Campbell since January 2017. He was born in Canada, where his parents worked for trainer Bob McIntosh, and moved to Michigan at the age of 8. After graduating high school, Morrison traveled to Florida and got started in harness racing by working for Lindy Farms. Three years later, Morrison moved to Sweden for several months, where he worked for Per Lennartsson. He returned to the U.S. and worked for a year in Indiana for the O'Mara Stable -- during which time he bought his first horse -- and then headed to New Jersey, first working for Jonas Czernyson before Campbell. "I've learned a lot from a lot of people," Morrison said. "I learned to shoe when I was in Sweden and that's when I first started jogging horses. "I want to stay here and learn more. I don't know everything, but I'm eager to learn. I just want to watch, maybe get a few drives, and learn as I go. There is always something new to learn." Morrison enjoys the thrill of seeing the stable's horses compete, whether he is watching from afar or sitting behind them. "I love the feeling of when they go behind the gate," he said. "You get that nervous feeling and your heart starts beating a little faster; the adrenaline starts picking up. You can't do much when you're just watching from the sidelines, it's just very exciting. "To me, it's easier to drive because you're just concentrating on one horse. As soon as I got behind the gate all the nervousness went away and it was just me and my horse. When I'm watching on the screen my heart is really pounding because I can't do anything to help." At this point, though, Morrison is more focused on training than driving, although he has gotten drives this year in qualifiers from trainers such as Czernyson, Ron Burke, Nifty Norman, Andrew Harris, and Clyde Francis. "I've been very lucky," Morrison said. "I've been at the right place at the right time when some drivers weren't (at qualifiers). It makes you feel good when people come to you, it makes you feel important. I appreciate the chances. "I like driving, but I see myself being more of a trainer than a driver. I do enjoy driving. It was fun. I didn't really think about being a driver until I started doing it. The more I drive, the more I like it." And winning doesn't hurt. "No," Morrison said with a laugh. "Not at all." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Chester, PA --- After a first-over bid came up short in last week's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, Fashion Farms LLC's Patent Leather ($3.60) overcame the elements and proved dominant in the second of three $30,000 Liberty Bell splits for Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Tim Tetrick floated the son of Broadway Hall forward from his outside post 6 to land in third behind early pacesetter Hill Street (Corey Callahan) and pocket sitter Stonebridge Gamble (Tyler Buter). After drafting patiently behind soft fractions of :29 and :57.2, Tetrick gave Patent Leather his first-over cue with three-eighths to go, and the Jim Campbell trainee's response was instant. He powered past Hill Street at the 1:26.1 three-quarter mark and drew clear at once. He amassed 7-3/4 lengths of clearance over eventual runner-up Stonebridge Gamble at the end of the 1:54 mile, while Hill Street faded to finish third.   Patent Leather, who finished second to Tactical Landing in a Hambletonian elimination, earned the sixth win of his career. For Tetrick, the win capped a Liberty Bell double on the card, as he also teamed up with Tom Fanning trainee Mississippi Storm ($10.60) for a 1:54.3 victory over Scirocco Rob (Callahan) in the first trotting division.   Toast Of Lindy ($9.00, 1:56.1) rounded out the winners of the trotting divisions, taking advantage of an early break from twos-on favorite Lindy's Big Bang (Dexter Dunn) and edging away late in rein to Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller.   Liberty Bell - 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace   Hayden Hanover ($2.20), runner-up to Dorsoduro Hanover in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, won the last of four $30,000 Liberty Bell divisions for sophomore pacing colts and geldings convincingly, shrugging off a challenge from JK Wildfire (Dunn) en route to a 1:51.1 mile amid intensifying wind and rain. Andy Miller sent the son of Somebeachsomewhere to the lead at race's outset, and the pair controlled fractions of :27.2 and :56 before JK Wildfire emerged at their flank to press a :28 third sectional.   Despite his rival working to within a head a quarter from home, Hayden Hanover responded in kind, kicking on the afterburners at the eighth pole and edging away to a two-length win with plenty left in reserve. Daddyofemall (Mike Wilder) chased off cover to narrowly claim third.   Julie Miller trains four-time winner Hayden Hanover for the Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stable, TLP Stable and Deo Volente Farms. For the Millers, Hayden Hanover capped a stakes double on the card.   Iluvtomakemoney ($51.00) opened the pacing proceedings with a major upset, circling four-wide from astern under Dexter Dunn to narrowly reach in 1:53.1 for trainer Mark Harder.   Messenger starter Winston ($10.60) followed in the second division by vaulting from the pocket to overtake odds-on pacesetter Terror Atthe Beach (George Napolitano Jr.) and stave off a late charge from Go West Go Fast (Matt Kakaley) by half a length in 1:53. Corey Callahan drove for trainer John Butenschoen.   After breaking in his two previous starts, Wheels On Fire ($10.80) and Matt Kakaley righted the ship in the third division with a 1:52.1 mile which saw him emerge late from the pocket to upend Macadoodledoo (Tetrick) by half a length. It was the seventh career win for the Ron Burke trainee.   Multiple players successfully hit the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in the afternoon's fifth race, resulting in a carryover of $2,119.85 to Wednesday (Sept. 12). First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

It was a busy week of stakes action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There were big-money races held each night, with both two-year-old trotting fillies and three-year-old pacing fillies competing in both Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action. There were some scintillating performances and some head-scratching winners. And one of those stakes winners also has been doing damage in the overnight races at Pocono, making her the perfect candidate to lead off the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: ATTENTION HANOVER This three-year-old filly has shown a knack for being able to win no matter what the race throws at her. She started her hot streak with a win against non-winners of two at Pocono on July 2 by going gate to wire in a career-best 1:51.2. At Harrah's for her next start, she came on with a first-over victory. On July 22 at Pocono, Attention Hanover passed four horses in the stretch for an upset win at 15-1. Finally, after a near-miss second, she scored at 8-1 with a pocket trip and rally in a condition group on August 5. That meant she rode into Sunday night's $20,000 Stallion Series races for three-year-old pacing fillies with wins in four of her last five races, all coming in unique fashion. As the even-money favorite leaving from post position #4 in a field of seven, she sat the pocket seat once again, this time behind pacesetting Butchie Beach. Driver Eric Carlson then made the crucial decision to tip Attention Hanover to the outside late to follow the cover of the first-over mover Sandy's Beach. That proved to be a stroke of genius, because it gave Attention Hanover the opportunity to rally. Instead of getting blocked behind a faltering horse, the filly was able to spin off the cover and overtake Sandy's Beach for a victory by 1 ½ lengths in 1:51.2, which was the fastest of the three Stallion Series splits that night. Her win gives Attention Hanover victories in five of her last six starts, each one of them unique unto itself but still building toward her overall excellent record. Other top pacers this week include: Hallie's Comet (Pal LaChance driver and trainer), who rallied from off the pace for a second consecutive condition win on Sunday night, this one coming in 1:51.3; Sea's Ideal (George Napolitano Jr., Hunter Oakes), who churned through sloppy conditions on Monday night to pick up her second straight claiming victory in a career-best 1:51.4; and Rock Absorber (George Napolitano Jr., Brandon Todd), whose victory in a condition pace on Saturday night in 1:50.2 not only matched a career mark but also was the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: ABC MUSCLES BOY One of the reasons that Rene Allard has been the top trainer for several years running at Pocono is because his horses never stay down for too long. They may suffer slumps at some point during the meet, but they generally rally from those slumps, right the ship and come back hotter than ever. Case in point: ABC Muscles Boy. The seven-year-old gelding had always been a solid performer in the past, but he started his 2018 season off with five straight finishes out of the money. On August 6, he was dropped into our lowest condition group. Needing the boost of confidence that comes with victory, ABC Muscles Boy responded with a solid win, handling the field by eight lengths in a sharp time of 1:54.3. Riding high once again, he moved up into the $11,000 condition trotting group on Monday night. Recognizing his potential, the bettors made him a 3-5 favorite even with the move up in class. Leaving from post position #6 in a field of eight, ABC Muscles Boy was sent right to the front end by driver Brian Sears. Even in a torrential downpour and extremely sloppy conditions, he held the lead with little concern. By the time the stretch rolled around, he was once again well ahead of his competition, coasting home for the victory in 1:55.2. It looks like we have another Allard trainee moving back up the ladder, his slump long since a thing of the past. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: I'm Your Captain (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), who followed up back-to-back wins at Harrah's with a condition win at Pocono on Sunday night in a career-best 1:53.4; Silvermass Volo (Eric Carlson, Michael Holcman), who tore it up for a condition win on Sunday night in 1:53.1, matching the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono; and Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), whose winning time of 1:56.3 was the fastest of three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies held on Monday night in the slop. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: RIPROY There were a bunch of long shots that scored on Saturday night, but this pacer driven by Tom Jackson topped them all, winning a claiming handicap at 55-1 and paying off $117 on a $2 win ticket. (Correction from last week: In last week's column, I misidentified the Long Shot of the Week. The honor should have gone to Mandela Blue Chip. My apologies for the mistake.) DRIVER OF THE WEEK: BRIAN SEARS Sears makes occasional appearances at Pocono on stakes nights, and he made the most of a visit on Monday, scoring five victories, including a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win with Swizzle Sticks. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JIM CAMPBELL Campbell won a Sire Stakes on Saturday night with three-year-old pacing filly Alexa's Power, and then scored another on Monday night with two-year-old trotting filly Swizzle Sticks. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Down

EAST RUTERFORDS, NJ - August 4, 2018 - Atlanta blazed the fractions but it was Crystal Fashion who got up at the wire to win the eighth race, the first of two $100,000 Hambletonian Elimination heats on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Crystal Fashion, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Jim Campbell, crossed the wire in 1:50 1/5, for a neck victory over the filly, Atlanta, with 5 ½ lengths back to Met's Hall in third. The time equaled the stakes and track record for a 3-year-old trotting gelding. Evaluate and Hat Trick Habit finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to advance to the $1 million Hambletonian Final. "I liked my chances to make the final," said Tetrick. "I tipped him to chase the mare down. My horse made up a lot of ground [from sixth] to catch that mare." Crystal Fashion paid $10.00, $4.20, $3.00. Atlanta, sent off at 8-5, returned $3.60, $3.00. Met's Hall, 40-1, paid $9.60 to show. The winner, a son of Cantab Hall, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and races in the name of Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department      

Crystal Fashion has played a big role in what has already been a memorable year for Jules Siegel and Jim Campbell. He could add to those memories in a big way Saturday. The stakes-winning colt is one of three horses for owner Siegel and trainer Campbell in Saturday's $1.2 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands Racetrack. Siegel, the owner of Fashion Farms in New Hope, Pa., was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on July 1. Less than 24 hours earlier, Crystal Fashion had won the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and stamped himself a top Hambletonian contender. "It was a very exciting weekend," Campbell said. "We were all so happy for Jules to be in the Hall of Fame. He rightfully deserves to be in there, and to have that weekend the way it was with Crystal winning the Beal and Jules going into the Hall of Fame, it was just a great and exciting weekend." Siegel and Campbell teamed to win the 1995 Hambletonian, harness racing's premier race for 3-year-old trotters, with Tagliabue. Crystal Fashion and stablemates Fashionwoodchopper and Patent Leather will try to provide a second. Crystal Fashion is in the first of the event's two $100,000 eliminations, with 5-2 morning-line favorite Wolfgang and 3-1 second choice Atlanta, who is the lone filly in the Hambletonian. Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall out of Window Willow, has won five of eight races this year and is 7-2 with driver Tim Tetrick. Two of the colt's losses were by a nose. The top-five finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the $1 million final, which is set for a 5:14 p.m. post time and will air live on CBS Sports Network during a 4-5:30 p.m. broadcast. "He's been great," Campbell said. "He hasn't been any worse than second and has been a very dependable horse for us. He's a little bit bigger (than last year) and carries his speed a little further." Crystal Fashion brings a three-race win streak into his elimination. He was off for three weeks following the Beal before returning to win a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division on July 20 and a Reynolds Memorial division on July 28. "That was by design," Campbell said. "I didn't want to have any more than two races before the Hambo after the Beal, so we raced him the one time at (Harrah's Philadelphia) and used (the Reynolds) as his final prep. "I was very happy with the way he raced in the Reynolds. He's a horse that doesn't get too excited about too much, but as soon as Timmy moved him over in the lane he just put his head down and kept on going. He's got a real nice way of going and I was very, very happy with him." Fashionwoodchopper and Patent Leather are in the second elimination, starting side-by-side in posts one and two. Six Pack is the 2-1 morning-line favorite, with Fashionwoodchopper at 10-1 and Patent Leather at 15-1. Crystal Fashion starts his elimination from post six. "We got a really good draw," Campbell said. "We got a good place to start. Hopefully the colts all bring their 'A' game. We're in it, we're excited, and we're ready to go." * * * * * * Marcus Melander also will send out multiple horses in the Hambletonian, with 2017 Dan Patch Award-winner Fourth Dimension at 10-1 in the second elimination and Evaluate at 15-1 in the first. Fourth Dimension, owned by Unibet-founder Anders Strom's Courant Inc., won eight of 11 races last year including the Valley Victory Stakes. This year, Fourth Dimension made his seasonal debut with a second-place finish in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs, and then went off stride in his elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Pocono. He also went off stride in his division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 14 at the Meadowlands. Fourth Dimension, a son of Chapter Seven out of Corazon Blue Chip, enters the Hambletonian off a 1:52.4 win in a qualifier on July 21 at the Meadowlands. "I was very happy with his qualifier here, he was very good," trainer Marcus Melander said. "He did (1):52.4 very easily. I think he's going to show a lot more in the Hambo. His season has been a little strange. First he was very good in his first start and then two breaks. It's been a little weird. "But he feels very good and I'm very happy how he feels. I think he's very sharp and in good form. A lot of these horses that are good now maybe weren't as good last year and they've caught up to him." Melander attributed Fourth Dimension's two breaks to equipment issues. "It's just been a little unlucky," Melander said. "I'm not worried about that." Evaluate is owned by Melander's uncle, Stefan Melander, who trained and drove 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight. Evaluate, a son of Andover Hall out of Blathin, has won four of 11 career races and finished second four times. "Of course, he is not one of the favorites, but he's got some potential," Melander said. "With a good draw he'll be right there." Evaluate will be driven by Swedish Hall of Famer Örjan Kihlström, who already has two stakes wins at the Meadowlands in his career, capturing the 2014 Breeders Crown Open Trot with Commander Crowe and 2015 Fresh Yankee with D'One on Hambletonian Day. He drove Cruzado Dela Noche in his Hambletonian elimination in 2015, finishing ninth and failing to advance to the final. He is perhaps best known internationally for his wins with Nuncio, Magic Tonight, and From Above in the Elitlopp and his win with Maharajah in the Prix d'Amerique. He also has driven stars such as Giant Diablo and Propulsion. Kihlström's most recent drive in the U.S. came in 2016 when he finished fourth with On Track Piraten in the Yonkers International Trot. When he was elected to the Hall of Fame, Örjan Kihlström bio proclaimed: "Magic hands. Nerves of steel. Ice cold as few. He has the ability many want, but few possess." * * * * * * Lawmaker heads into Saturday's first Hambletonian elimination off a win at the Meadowlands in a conditioned race. The colt has won three of 14 lifetime races, but has gotten a paycheck in all his biggest races to date: third in the Beal and fifth in the Goodtimes this year, and fourth in the William Wellwood Memorial and second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship last year. "He's doing really good," trainer Andrew Harris said. "He came out of his last race really good. I think he's come full circle. He had a bit of a rough year starting out, he had some issues that needed to be worked on, but he finally got over those and all signs are pointing upwards. He is getting better and better every start. He was really good in the Beal, I was very happy with him in the Beal final. "I think he's a really, really nice horse. Whether he's an Atlanta or a Wolfgang or any of those type horses, I don't know yet. He's proved he's worth giving a shot to." Lawmaker, who is 8-1 on the morning line, is by Muscle Massive out of Pretty Amigo. He is owned by the Anthony MacDonald-led fractional ownership group TheStable. MacDonald drove Lawmaker in his first 13 career races, winning two and hitting the board a total of 10 times, but weather-related travel issues forced him to miss the colt's final Hambletonian prep on July 27. David Miller got the drive and won in 1:53.3. MacDonald decided to keep Miller, a Hall of Famer who ranks No. 2 all time in purse money with $226 million, on board for the Hambletonian. "As you can imagine, this was a very difficult decision for me, growing up watching the Hambletonian and dreaming of the day I got my shot," MacDonald said. "As a driver, I want to be the one on the gate...but as the co-owner of thestable.ca I have a much bigger responsibility to a huge group of people." The $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks will be shown live from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT) on CBS Sports Network. The stakes-filled Hambletonian Day card begins at noon. Following are the fields for the Hambletonian eliminations. Hambletonian Elimination One PP-Driver -Trainer-Morning Line 1-Shoshie Deo-George Brennan-Dewayne Minor-10/1 2-Evaluate-Orjan Kihlstrom-Marcus Melander-15/1 3-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10/1 4-Lawmaker-David Miller-Andrew Harris-8/1 5-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 6-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-7/2 7-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-3/1 8-Hat Trick Habit-Brian Sears-Scott DiDomenico-12/1 9-Zephyr Kronos-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-10/1 Hambletonian Elimination Two PP-Driver -Trainer-Morning Line 1-Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell-10/1 2-Patent Leather-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Classichap-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-6/1 4-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon-10/1 5-Fourth Dimension-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-10/1 6-Southwind Chrome-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/1 7-Tactical Landing-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-4/1 8-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 9-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-2/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER, PA - Trainer Jim Campbell showed he has two honed Hambletonian-caliber horses for new Hall of Famer Jules Siegel and his Fashion Farms LLC in Patent Leather and Crystal Fashion, as they posted identical 1:53.3 clockings in winning divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes third preliminary leg for three-year-old colt trotters Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. And the Campbell duo defied a trend that manifested itself - Patent Leather was the second choice in his race and Crystal Fashion the favorite in his, and they were the only two of the six 1-2 choices in the three divisions who did not make a break. Crystal Fashion, unraced since winning the Beal Championship on June 30 and starting from the outside post seven, was away quickly, but backed off to a tuck fourth as Hill Street set the early pace of 28.2 and 57.4, with second choice Lindy's Big Bang in the pocket. Tim Tetrick, continuing in outstanding driving form, had his Cantab Hall gelding on the move past the half, and he had reached Hill Street before the 1:25.2 ¾ pole. It was just past that point that Lindy's Big Bang ran in the pocket, and Crystal Fashion had it fairly easy from there, going past the pacesetter at headstretch and winning by ¾ of a length over Mississippi Storm, who closed well but wasn't a gasp!-hold-your-breath threat nearing the wire. But Crystal Fashion certainly could be a threat in that big race in Jersey in 15 days time. Campbell had a good idea that Tetrick would likely stick with Crystal Fashion in future outings, so he engaged Andrew McCarthy to drive Patent Leather in his division, and the two teamed like old friends. Favored Hat Trick Habit yielded to Gemologist before the 26.4 quarter, then broke soon off the first turn to take herself out of contention. McCarthy waited in fourth with his Broadway Hall colt as Gemologist got a breather to the half in 57.1, then took up chase at the 5/8, reaching the leader by the 1:25.1 3/4s and then drawing off at will, ahead of second-place Exarch by 3 1/2 lengths on the money. The other division proved to be the fastest. The 1-2 choices, Lawmaker and Whats The Word, were both offstride before the 5/16, leaving the path clear for pacesetting Scirocco Rob to post a 1:53.1 victory, a tick short of his career best posted here last week, after commanding through fractions of 27, 55.3, and 1:24.1. Make It A Double inherited the pocket, drafted behind the leader, and made a good race of it in the stretch, but the victorious altered son of Explosive Matter, stakes-placed in several recent races, had enough to hold on by a neck for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and owners Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA -- Prospect Hill trotted the fastest mile by a two-year-old on a 5/8-mile track in 2018, 1:56.4, when he won his $30,000 division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for colts and geldings Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - a distinction he held by himself for 17 minutes, and then shared with Fashion Possessed after that one equaled the clocking in the very next race. The sire Muscle Hill produced five of the six winners in this All-Star event. A Muscle Hill - Louise Kemp colt who fetched $130,000 as a yearling, Prospect Hill was sent out between horses by driver Andy Miller to the lead before the 29 quarter, then rolled on in 59.2 and 1:28.4, nearing the latter station feeling pressure from first-over The Muscle Dog. But that one backed off in the middle of the far turn, and pocketsitting favorite Demon On The Hill lapsed from gait soon thereafter - however, all that may not have mattered, as Prospect Hill finished with a powerful 28 kicker to win by 9¼ lengths over The Muscle Dog. Julie Miller conditions the very promising youngster for Story Inc. Fashion Possessed was used most of a 29 quarter by driver David Miller to get by Marseille and set the pace in his division, and when favored Heavensdor Hanover misbehaved in the three-hole soon off the first turn, a virtual match race ensued, with middle splits of 59 and 1:27.4. Marseille inched up on Fashion Possessed in the lane, but he came up short by a head. A Fashion Farms LLC homebred making his purse debut after two winning baby events for trainer Jim Campbell, Fashion Possessed is a son of Possess The Will and Sweet Love who carries the names of the full brother-sister team of Emilie Cas El (the dam of Trixton), Conway Hall, Angus Hall, and Andover Hall not far back in his pedigree. For a field of six that had only four stay flat the entire 2:01.4 mile, the first division was very exciting, with six different leaders. It was the Muscle Hill - Formula Bluestone colt Expedition, who brought $230,000 as a yearling off a pedigree which had Broadway Schooner and Cooler Schooner only a couple of generations back, who proved most photogenic: he followed cover, seized a short lead after being left raw to the ¾, saw new leader Inisfallen fight back to retake the front, and then got by that one when it counted to win by a head in a 29 last quarter; favored Forecast, who brushed to the early lead, set a slow pace, then was passed nearing the ¾, came back for more in the stretch and was another ¾ of a length back in third. Brian Sears guided the winner to a victory in his first purse start for trainer Marcus Melander and the AMG Stable Inc. Sears/Melander/Muscle Hill teamed up in another division with Green Manalishi S, out of the mare Noga Morich, making his first purse start a winning one in 1:57.2 for Courant Inc. Green Manalishi S will hope to retain the racing luck he enjoyed in his initial contest: despite not the alertest of starts he still was placed third early, then moved into the pocket when pacsetter Klutzy broke soon after the 59 half. Green Manalishi stalked new leader The Rave (who had yielded to Klutzy after the 29 quarter, then after his inheriting to the lead hit the ¾ in 1:28), then went by easily in the stretch while defeating that one by 2¾ lengths, as might be expected of a horse who has stars such as Kit Lobell and Keystone Pioneer in his bloodlines. Marcus Melander picked up his third All-Stars training triumph (in four starters), and Muscle Hill his fourth siring credit, with Gerry, a $225,000 yearling out of the dam Viva Las Lindy (having Donerail in his pedigree likely boosted both his price and his potential), in 1:57.4 in his purse bow . Tim Tetrick drifted up to the lead past the 29.2 quarter with Gerry, rated midrace splits of 59.4 and 1:29.2, then powered home in 28.2 with little urging as the colt, now with "1"s at the end of all three of his lines, posted a ¾ length margin over Amico Mio Bi (who is, ironically, part-owned by Arden Homestead Stable of the --- Gerry --- family). The SRF Stable owns the equine Gerry, who overcame the outside post six here. Muscle Hill rounded out his super night with his son Don't Let'Em taking the final division easily in 1:57. Yannick Gingras, in his only drive on the card, left well and forced tucks in a 28.2 opener, then rated a 59.1 midpole clocking. The low-going trotter picked up the pace to hit the 3/4s in 1:28.1, and then despite bearing out a bit swinging out of the turn, kept to task with a 28.4 kicker, three lengths ahead of Goes Down Smooth. Out of the mare Passageway (who can trace back to Winky's Gill, Winky's Goal, and Supergill) and an $80,000 yearling, Don't Let'em is tied as the fastest freshman trotter so far, with his 1:55 mile in his debut since equaled by the colt Greenshoe and the filly Mother Bonnie (Andrew McCarthy's 2000th winner the other night). Jimmy Takter trains the good-looking trotter, now two-for-two in purse starts, for Brittany Farms LLC, Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Tomorrow night (Tuesday) two-year-old trotting fillies will take to the Pocono track in five divisions of All-Stars action. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Crystal Fashion won Saturday's (June 30) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, following a battle between Manchego and leader Six Pack before getting room in the stretch to power to a half-length victory over Six Pack in 1:51.4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Lawmaker finished third. Manchego, the lone filly in the race and 3-5 favorite, went off stride coming around the final turn and finished ninth. It was her first loss in 16 career starts. Six Pack was three-wide around the first turn, a head back in third place, as the field reached the first quarter in :26.2. He grabbed the lead soon thereafter and hit the half in :55.4. Manchego, who was on the outside from the start, worked her way first-over to alongside the leader by three-quarters in 1:23.1, but was unable to get in front. Crystal Fashion was third coming around the final turn, but moved to the outside in the stretch after Manchego went off stride. "I just wanted to get up close," winning driver Tim Tetrick said. "My horse likes to leave the gate and sit close and get a good trip. If he gets room late, he likes to trot. He got by a good horse and we got the job done." Said winning trainer Jim Campbell, "Timmy gave him a perfect trip and he responded well and dug in when he had to." Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall out of Window Willow owned by Fashion Farms, has won three of six races this year and seven of 18 in his career. The gelding, who is eligible to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, has earned $471,537. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Crystal Fashion paid $11.40 to win. The Earl Beal Jr. Memorial honors the former president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, who was a driving force to bring casino gaming to the state's racetracks. The 2017 Breeders Crown winner, the Swan For All colt Fiftydallarbill, had suffered horrendous luck in his Beal elimination last week, so in the $75,000 Beal Consolation driver Brett Miller left little to chance. Letting the horse ride parked through the :28 opener and guiding him to the lead well before the :56.3 half, Miller got the winner of $553,997 to the three-quarters in 1:25, then the pair sprinted home in :27.1 to hold off pocket-sitter Moosonee by a half-length, with the 1:52.1 clocking a lifetime best. Bill Crone is the trainer of the promising sophomore, who certainly has a rich Indiana campaign in front of him. by Ken Weingartner and the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER PA - Some very nice babies were on display during a morning session at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday. The barns of Noel Daley and Jim Campbell were especially hot, sending out four and three, respectively, winning freshmen. Among the highlights: The Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station, named for bluegrass musician Alison Krauss's band, made sweet music while stopping the timer in 1:54.4, tying him with Captain Malicious as the fastest two-year-old to date on a 5/8-mile track (all season's records as of Monday night). David Miller was in the sulky for trainer Joe Holloway. The standard for baby pacing fillies was lowered to 1:56.3 by the Captaintreacherous miss Sea Princess, who came home in 56.1 to win for driver George Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo. Staying on the pacing side, the Somebeachsomewhere colt V O Joe did not set a season's mark with a 1:58.4 triumph, but coming his own last back fractions in 55.3 - 26.4 after an uncovered journey marks him as one to watch for driver Brett Miller and trainer Sam DePinto. On the trotting side, the Possess The Will colt Windchill Fashion blew home in 2:00.2, making him the fastest colt in his division so far and tying filly Measuredperfection for fastest mile over an "f"-sized track by a two-year-old. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Jim Campbell. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2018 -- When Fashionwoodchopper won last year's Pennsylvania championship for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at 38-1 -- from post 8, no less -- he surprised everyone but his trainer, Jim Campbell. "We liked him all along, but it took him a little while to get himself set," Campbell says. "I'm really happy with the way he's come back." Fashionwoodchopper leads a trio of talented Campbell-trained 3-year-olds into Saturday's $174,888 PA Sires Stakes opener, known as the Super Bowl, at The Meadows. He'll go in race 9 from post 6, with David Miller up. His stablemates, Crystal Fashion (race 10, post 8) and Patent Leather (race 8, post 1) will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms owns all three hopefuls. First post is 1:05 PM Fashionwoodchopper added victories in the International Stallion Series and Bluegrass to his impressive resume, earning $258,449 for the year. He opened his sophomore campaign with a strong show finish in a tough overnight at the Meadowlands, timed in 1:52.2. "He's a really nice horse to be around, a real pleasure to train," Campbell says of the son of Donato Hanover-Woodshopper. "It's early in the season, so my main concern is that he doesn't get roughed up. I want to get a good race into him without too tough a trip." Fourth in last year's PASS final, Crystal Fashion, a Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, banked $161,292 at 2 and launched his sophomore season with an impressive victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. "Where Fashionwoodchopper can race either way, Crystal Fashion likes to come from behind," Campbell says. "He's really good if he can sit on the outside and grind horses down. He really seems to thrive on that." Although he's the least heralded of the three, Patent Leather earned $77,992 last year while racing through injuries. "He's a real gutsy horse, "Campbell said. "He forgot all about those injuries when he raced last year. He has quick speed, and he's gritty." The son of Broadway Hall-Designable enters the Super Bowl after a win in a Harrah's Philadelphia overnight. Saturday's action-packed Preakness Day card also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a pair of rich guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 10-15). Fan-centered activities include: A DJ and food and beverage specials at BBQ tents on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart and starting gate rides, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA); "Plinko" games offering such prizes as hats and betting vouchers. To register or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Hightstown, NJ --- The Campbell-Farber combination has tasted harness racing success in the past and hopes to get another taste with Another Chapter. Jim Campbell trains Another Chapter for Scott Farber’s Runthetable Stables. Campbell’s connection with the Farber family began 31 years ago when he trained millionaire pacer Run The Table for Farber’s father, Sandy, and has continued to include the likes of Farber’s stakes-winning trotter Opening Night. Another Chapter is ready to make his debut for Campbell and Farber on Friday (Jan. 12) at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 4-year-old trotter is in the ninth race, which is the third of three races that will be shown from 9-10 p.m. on SNY (SportsNet New York) as part of the Meadowlands Harness Live broadcast. Farber bought Another Chapter for $90,000 during the mixed sale portion of November’s Standardbred Horse Sale. Another Chapter, a stakes-level performer whose wins last year included an elimination of the Dexter Cup and a division of the New York Sire Stakes, is 9-2 on the morning line. Brett Miller will drive. “My plans are for him to return to being a stakes-level performer,” Farber said. “I’m a very conservative guy. This business will make you a conservative guy. But I got a little taste of it with my father with Run The Table and got another little taste of it with Opening Night. The idea is to try to win some big races.” Farber and Campbell will take a look at Another Chapter this winter and determine how to stake him this year, with an eye toward events restricted to 4-year-olds. The horse is eligible to the Hambletonian Maturity, which meets that condition. “I basically go off what Jimmy tells me,” Farber said. “The horse is going to tell us what we can do. The horse holds all the answers. If he earns it, I’ll stake him.” Another Chapter, a half-brother to millionaire Spider Blue Chip, was purchased as a yearling under the name Orthodox Blue Chip for $125,000 and raced most recently for trainer Per Henriksen. “I liked him as a yearling,” Campbell said. “He was a racy-looking colt. He shows he’s got some speed and he seems like the type of horse that will go around any size track.” Campbell first met Sandy Farber while stabled at the Meadowlands. The encounter eventually led to Sandy Farber buying Run The Table in 1987. “He stopped by the barn and said he was looking to buy a horse,” Campbell said. “I asked him how much he wanted to spend and he said he didn’t care, just to find a nice horse. It took me several months before I bought him a horse. I told him about Run The Table and I still had no idea how much he wanted to spend. He said that if I liked him, he’d buy him. The rest is history. “Sandy was a first-class gentleman. I was 27 or 28 at the time. I really learned a lot from him. He was a man of his word. And (Run The Table) was one of the horses that helped me along with my career.” Sandy Farber, who was an insurance broker and mayor of Palisades Park, N.J., died in 2004. Scott Farber continued the family’s participation in harness racing and has a small stable of horses, all trotters, at the moment. “My family has been with Jim since 1987 and Jimmy is the very best at what he does,” Farber said. “If he were to leave this business, I’d be leaving with him. Once you have a taste of the best it’s very difficult to top that.” For Friday’s complete Meadowlands card, click here. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Freehold, NJ --- Jules Siegel’s successes as an owner and breeder led to his recent selection for enshrinement in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, but the 89-year-old proprietor of Pennsylvania’s Fashion Farms hopes to continue adding to his list of harness racing accomplishments. On Thursday, Siegel will watch three of his stakes-winning 2-year-old male trotters -- Crystal Fashion, Fashionwoodchopper and Patent Leather -- compete in International Stallion Stakes divisions at Lexington’s Red Mile. Crystal Fashion is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the second of five International Stallion splits while Patent Leather is the 5-2 second choice in the first division and Fashionwoodchopper is the 3-1 second choice in the final division. All three horses are owned by Siegel’s Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell. “I love them,” Siegel said of the three trotters. “They’re all in the same category. After having a couple years with (two-time Dan Patch Award winner) Broadway Donna, to come up with something like that, it’s a pleasure. “That’s Jimmy. He was training them (Tuesday) morning and he said they’re such a pleasure to sit behind. And he deserves it. He’s put in so much work and so much effort to come up with three good colts.” Hambletonian Society photo Jules Siegel will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 1, 2018. Siegel, who will be 90 on Nov. 5, knows about good horses. He received the Owner of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in 2002 and 2009, an honor he shared with his wife Arlene, who passed away in 2010. In addition, Siegel was Standardbred Canada’s Owner of the Decade for the 2000s and the Pennsylvania chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Breeder of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He was named to the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame in 2007. The Siegels and Campbell won the 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue. He was the first of the Siegels’ Dan Patch Award-winning horses, followed by two-time recipient Galleria, Broadway Hall, Broadway Schooner, Possess The Will, and two-time honoree Broadway Donna. Broadway Schooner, a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall bred by the Siegels, won the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks and is the dam of Broadway Donna. Siegel’s induction into the Hall of Fame will take place July 1 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. “I’m ecstatic,” Siegel said. “I never imagined anything like that would happen. I thought it was reserved for people who really accomplished something. But I’m very happy it all came about this way.” Arlene, a retired nurse, and Jules, a retired pharmacist who had founded and sold a chain of drugstores, worked together at Fashion Farms. Arlene was among the people who guided Jules through the early years of the farm’s operation, even getting him to assist with the mares when their foals were born. “She was the real inspiration,” Siegel said of Arlene, his wife of 55 years. “She bought the farm. She was great. When I was a pharmacist, I didn’t even know what a horse looked like. I became familiar by being with people who taught me everything. It’s a wonderful thing, to really be associated with so many people that I look forward to, that were my inspiration. “It’s not so much me, it’s the people in the industry. There are so many good people who have helped me and given me direction. Not only is it them, it’s the people who work on the farm back home. I’m just a cog. There are a lot of people on the farm who have been with me for over 20 years. I’ve got an extended family. It’s a great feeling. I just hope it continues for a while.” The trio of trotters racing Thursday could help it continue for a while. All three were involved in photo finishes in last week’s Bluegrass Stakes divisions, with Crystal Fashion winning by a nose, Fashionwoodchopper prevailing by a head, and Patent Leather finishing second by a nose. “Two out of three ain’t bad,” trainer Campbell said. “There are a lot of good trotters out there. Those three races, they were noses apart, and it could have gone either way. There is a lot of tough competition out there, that’s for sure.”   Nigel Soult photo Fashionwoodchopper prevailed by a head in his Bluegrass division. Fashionwoodchopper (by Donato Hanover out of Woodshopper) has a four-race win streak that includes the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He was purchased as a yearling under the name Big Wood for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He has earned $204,618 in seven starts. “He’s a colt we liked all winter training down,” Campbell said. “He just needed a little extra time to find his way at higher speed. I still think he’s going to be a better 3-year-old; he’s grown a lot since he started racing. But he’s the type of horse that knows how to win, and I’ll take that type of horse any day.” Crystal Fashion (Cantab Hall-Window Willow) is from the same family as millionaire Lolique and world-record-holder Farmer Jones. He was purchased for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, under the name Watteau Hanover. A gelding, Crystal Fashion has won three of nine races, hit the board a total of eight times, and earned $130,442. “He’s been coming along really nicely,” Campbell said. “He’s gone some really good races. Even when he hasn’t won he’s been coming the right way at the wire. He’s gotten better with more racing. He’s kind of a big colt and he’s starting to put everything together.” Patent Leather (Broadway Hall-Designable) has two wins and has finished worse than second only once in six races. The colt has earned $63,142. “He’s been an overachiever,” Campbell said. “He’s a colt that’s got a lot of great determination. He’s not the prettiest looking when he goes slow, but when he goes behind the gate, he throws everything away. He reminds me a lot of Broadway Hall. He looks a little bit like him and he’s got the same attitude. He just loves to race. I have to give Jules all the credit; Jules bought him privately all on his own.” All three horses are eligible to the Breeders Crown later this month at Hoosier Park. Click here for Thursday’s complete Red Mile card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

WILKES-BARRE PA – The Pennsylvania All-Stars series moved into its three-year-old phase Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with harness racing sophomore colts on each gait racing in four $30,000 divisions. On the trotting side, the still-hot team of driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen collaborated on two winners – but since Hall of Fame driver David Miller doesn’t pay $169.40 to win very much, let’s start with the story of his victory behind Thisguyisonfire in a new mark of 1:54. Miller got about as good a trip as you can get from sitting eighth at the 3/8 with the Yankee Glide colt, following lively cover, then catching fire late to wear down Sir John F by a neck. Two other names you normally don’t associate with longshots, trainer Jim Campbell and the Fashion Farms LLC ownership of Hall of Fame ballot candidate Jules Siegel, are the rest of the crew behind Thisguyisonfire, whose mutuel easily surpassed the previous seasonal high of $119.20 set by Threeupthreedown -- and may have been an overlay based on paper, as the colt now has four wins in seven seasonal starts, with a Stallion Series to his credit before adding the All-Stars credential.   In contrast to the Thisguyisonfire mutuel bombshell, the two winners on which Callahan and Butenschoen combined returned a combined total of $6.80 to win. Giveitgasandgo, the 2016 Pennsylvania Sire Stake champion, went to the top, fought off a backstretch challenger, and won by two lengths in 1:54.2 for the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, David Miller, Lawrence Means, and the VIP Internet Stable LLC. His stablemate Dover Dan, like Giveitgasandgo a PA Sire Stakes winner in 2017, had a hard leave-then-first-over journey, but he was still able to go clear by 2¼ lengths in 1:53.3 for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick.   Two AM, last year’s PA Stallion Series champion, raised his lifetime record to 7 for 10 after a second-over trip, taking a new mark of 1:54. Tyler Buter sulkysat behind the gelded son of Muscle Massive for trainer Todd Buter and owners Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and William and Carol Fuchs. Off these very nice victories, all four braintrusts may be giving a special race just 27 days from tonight a long hard look.   Turning to the pacing side – hey, didn’t we read above that you usually don’t associate trainer Jim Campbell with long-priced winners? Maybe it only happens when there’s a Miller in the bike – as in the race after the toteboard-busting Thisguyisonfire won for David Miller, Brett Miller and Campbell combined behind the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Jo Pa’s Somebeach, making the most of a pocket journey to catch favored Summer Side by a half-length while taking a new mark of 1:51.2 for the Emposimato Stables. (Confounding the form was the order of the day for Brett Miller – he had four winners at Philly in the afternoon, and they paid in order $10.80, $19.00, $24.20, and $60.20.)   At the other end of the win pool spectrum, the Dragon Again gelding Donttellmeagain, the 2016 Stallion Series champion, was bet to 1-20 by the public, and he justified their faith easily, controlling the pace then storming home in 54.3 – 26.4 to complete a 1:51.2 mile. Tim Tetrick drove the third-place finisher in the recent Hempt Championship to victory for trainer Jo Anne Looney-King and the Paton Racing Stables Inc.   Eddard Hanover lowered his mark a tick to 1:50.4 in capturing his All-Stars division for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke. Another altered son of Dragon Again, Eddard Hanover used a pocket trip to hit paydirt for Burke Racing Stable LLC, JJK Stables, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Rounding out the evening’s All-Stars pacing action, the Somebeachsomewhere colt Highalator visited the winners circle for the 11th time this season while taking a new mark of 1:50.3. Photobombr Hanover put a scare into the winner by putting a neck up past midturn, but it is not unprecedented for Highalator to rally back in the last 1/8 after being passed relatively late in the race, and the game three-year-old fought back under George Napolitano Jr.’s encouragement to take a half-length decision for trainer Jenny Bier. Highalator started the year with just more than $7000 on his card, but he’s earned over $118,078 as 2017 just passes the midyear mark for owners/breeders Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.   All-Star sophomore fillies command the spotlight the next two nights at Pocono: four divisions of pacers on Monday night, and then five of trotters on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell hopes Mac's Jackpot can cash in with a strong performance in Saturday's Meadowlands Pace elimination. Mac's Jackpot is among 10 horses in the $50,000 elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where the top seven finishers will advance to the $700,000 final on July 15. They will be joined in the final by three bye recipients based on seasonal earnings: Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro, and Miso Fast. Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, last season's top male 2-year-old, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Meadowlands Pace elimination. Filibuster Hanover is the 4-1 second choice, followed by Blood Line at 5-1. The elimination winner will draw from post one through six for the final. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $240,000 finals of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, the $41,880 Reynolds for 3-year-old female trotters, and the seasonal debut of Hambletonian contender Walner in a conditioned race. Mac's Jackpot, who will have David Miller in the sulky and is 10-1, heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a career-best 1:50.2 win in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs on July 2. In his previous start, Mac's Jackpot was beaten by a head in the consolation division of the North America Cup at Mohawk. "He raced real good at Tioga," Campbell said. "This is a different level, but he's a good gaited big strong colt. He's got the speed and everything, we just hope he can take it to the next level. Dave's going with him Saturday and Dave gets along good with him. We're hoping he can continue to put in a good race." Mac's Jackpot was bred by owner Jeff Snyder, who is a record three-time winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Mac's Jackpot is by Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Michelle's Power. He hails from the same family as Snyder's first Meadowlands Pace winner, Cam's Card Shark, as well as 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Michael's Power. For the year, Mac's Jackpot has won three of nine races and earned $84,950. For his career, the gelding has won seven of 23 starts and banked $180,079. "It's going to be a tough field," Campbell said about the Meadowlands Pace elimination. "Huntsville stands out in there, but anytime you're racing in a race like the Meadowlands Pace there are always horses that step up that maybe don't look as good in the program. There's never an easy spot. There's never an easy spot at the Meadowlands, it doesn't matter what the class is." Mac's Jackpot is not Campbell's lone stakes hopeful in action Saturday. The trainer will send out two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna in the Graduate final for trotters and, across the Hudson River at Yonkers, Jo Pa's Way and Matinee Fashion in the eliminations of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. Broadway Donna, the only female in the nine-horse Graduate field for trotters, is 5-1 on the morning line. Marion Marauder, last year's Trotting Triple Crown winner and Trotter of the Year, is the 5-2 choice from post nine while Trolley is 3-1 and Dayson is 4-1. In her most recent start, Broadway Donna finished eighth in the Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting mares at Mohawk. Campbell said Broadway Donna suffered from tying up (muscle cramping) while in Canada and looks better since returning to his stable's base in central New Jersey. Broadway Donna has won one of five starts this season, with the victory coming in a preliminary round of the Graduate, and has hit the board a total of four times. For her career, the Fashion Farms bred and owned lass has won 17 of 27 races and earned $1.25 million. "She didn't have a good week that last week up in Canada," Campbell said. "She seems to be happy to be back in New Jersey. She acts good, everything like that. We'll see how she goes. Marion Marauder is the one to beat in there, but there are a few other horses in there that can go along pretty good too." There are three $25,000 eliminations of the Sheppard, with Jo Pa's Way at 9-2 in the first division and Matinee Fashion at 15-1 in the third. The first two finishers from each elimination plus the two fastest third-place finishers return for the $110,500 final on July 15. Jo Pa's Way, a son of American Ideal-Marie's Z Tam owned by Emposimato Stables, makes his debut after two qualifiers, one at Harrah's Philadelphia and the most recent at Yonkers. He finished sixth at Yonkers, timed in 1:59.4. "It's kind of a strange situation with him," Campbell said. "We haven't really gotten a fair reading on him. His first qualifier he locked up on a line and flipped his palate. His next one was a qualifier at Yonkers and he was against older horses. He's a really good gaited colt and he trained down nice. At least he's had a go around Yonkers, which I think is an advantage. We'll get a better reading on him on Saturday." Fashion Farms-owned Matinee Fashion, who finished fourth in his only start, meets three horses with wins under their belts in his elimination, including 2-1 favorite Paprike Blue Chip. Matinee Fashion is a son of Roll With Joe out of the mare Clara and was bred by Yonkers Raceway President Tim Rooney. "He's a nice big strong good gaited colt," Campbell said. "He went good in his one start and he's an easy going colt. He's in what looks like a pretty tough division, but he seems like the type of horse that should go around Yonkers good. "I think it's the toughest I've ever seen this race," Campbell added. "There are a lot of good colts. It's amazing how fast these 2-year-olds are starting off." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

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