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No 2-year-old trotter was faster than Cantab Fashion last season, but it's been a slow trek back to action for harness racing trainer Jim Campbell's colt. Cantab Fashion will make his 2019 debut Saturday (July 20) in the first of two $50,450 divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at The Meadowlands, where his performance will help determine whether he can be ready for the sport's premier event for 3-year-old trotters, the Hambletonian, Aug. 3 at the Big M. Last year, Cantab Fashion put together a five-race win streak, including two stakes victories at Lexington's Red Mile, during his seven-start campaign and tied for the season's fastest time with a 1:51.4 mile. "He's definitely a talented colt, has got a lot of speed, but it hasn't been easy this year, that's for sure," said Campbell, who trains Cantab Fashion for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. "I wish we were coming in under different circumstances, but he's had some issues, which is why we're starting in the middle of July instead of the middle of May. "I've got no bold predictions or anything like that. I don't know how he's going to be. The Hambletonian is coming up in two weeks and I don't know if we're going to make it, or not make it, or what the deal is. That's why we want to get him raced on Saturday and see how he does. If he goes good Saturday night, we could come back and get a race into him the following week as well. "It's hard to get a good reading on him because he doesn't train as well as he goes in a race. You'll know (how he is) when I know." Cantab Fashion is among 17 Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the two Tompkins-Geers divisions. Following this weekend's action, there is one more stakes prep for the Hambletonian, the Reynolds on July 27 at The Meadowlands. Campbell is not alone in wanting to get a look at a Hambletonian hopeful prior to the big event. Aldebaranwalkabout, who won two of seven races last year for trainer Jonas Czernyson, is making his second start of 2019 in the first division of the Tompkins-Geers. He finished fourth in a conditioned race June 28 at The Meadowlands, timed in 1:53.1 with a final quarter-mile of :26.3. "We got a slow start with him, but I think he's pretty nice right now," said Czernyson, who trains the colt for Aldebaran Park Inc. "I let him tell me when he was ready, and it looks like it's paying off. I like him a lot the way we are right now. I think we're going in the right direction. I wanted to have one more start in him, like last week, but I couldn't get him in. I trained him up good and he's having a very good week at home, so I'm excited. "I'm going to see how he races Saturday and make up my mind from there. I don't know if I want to go three weeks in a row (prior to the Hambletonian). But I might race him in the Reynolds to make sure he's tight and ready." Aldebaranwalkabout was second-placed-first in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last year. "We had some issues last year; he was growing a lot," Czernyson said. "He was tall and gangly. He's filled out now. He needed a little more time last year, but he showed me a couple of times that he acted like he wanted to be a good horse." Cantab Fashion is 10-1 on the morning line while Aldebaranwalkabout is 12-1. The first division's 2-1 favorite is Green Manalishi S, who finished second to Swandre The Giant last week in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Green Manalishi S has won six of 13 career races, with six seconds and a third. "We thought he raced OK," said trainer Marcus Melander, who trains the colt for Courant Inc. "You always want to win but I think he needed that race. It was only his third start of the year and after the race we decided we wanted to race him one more time. He's a big horse and he needed one more race. I think this race was the perfect race to be in because we'll have two weeks to the Hambo." Green Manalishi S is No. 5 on Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Top 10. Pilot Discretion, who is No. 3, and Marseille, who is No. 9, are in the second division of the Tompkins-Geers. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes two divisions of the Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old female trotters, with 15 Hambletonian Oaks-eligible fillies in action, and the final of the Mr Muscleman Series for open trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Over the past 40 years, only three female trotters have earned at least $300,000 at age 3 after being unraced at age 2. Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell trained one of the horses in that group, Stage Show, in 2008. He hopes to add another to the list this season. Millies Possesion is 6-for-6 this year for Campbell and breeder/owner Fashion Farms after sitting out her 2-year-old campaign because of soundness issues. She won four times on the Pennsylvania stakes circuit before notching her first Grand Circuit victory last week in a division of the Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands, pushing her earnings to $107,267. On Saturday, she competes in the second of two divisions of the Del Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands. The $126,500 race is expected to be her final prep for the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations July 27 at the Big M. "I can't say enough about her; she kind of speaks for herself," Campbell said. "She made a great transition last week stepping up with tougher horses and her first time at The Meadowlands. She took to it like a true professional. "It's a small percentage of the ones that don't race at 2 that come back and do what she's done. Am I surprised? Nothing surprises me in this game anymore. You think you know something and then it goes the opposite way. With her, the more she's raced, the more she's shown that she knows what she has to do. She's just a true professional. She gives you everything she's got." Only one 3-year-old filly over the past 40 years has earned more than $564,000 after missing her 2-year-old season, pacer Yellow Diamond, with $1.31 million in 2009. In addition to Stage Show, who won the Matron Stakes and finished third in the Oaks and Breeders Crown on her way to $394,279, the trotters to surpass $300,000 were Ontario standouts China Pearls (with $511,856 in 2011) and Donven Promise (with $456,350 in 2001). Both were O'Brien Award winners. Campbell considered Millies Possesion, a daughter of Possess The Will out of Fashion Athena, one of his top 2-year-olds last season before shutting her down. This season, she is the sport's fastest 3-year-old filly trotter thanks to her 1:51.1 win in the Reynolds. Millies Possesion, with regular driver Dexter Dunn, started from post nine and raced on the outside the entire mile. "It's hard when you're training them to say this one is going to be our best one because you never know what they're going to do when they go behind the starting gate," Campbell said. "I'm really impressed with her gait and the way she gets over the ground, and her determination and attitude. She knows she's a racehorse and she loves doing it. There's nothing negative to say about her, that's for sure." Among the fillies joining Millies Possesion in the second Del Miller division are Starita, who also won a Reynolds division last week, as well as The Ice Dutchess, who won last year's Peaceful Way and Jim Doherty Memorial stakes, and multiple Pennsylvania stakes winner Asiago. The $124,000 first division includes Reynolds division winner Cloud Nine Fashion, also from Campbell's stable, and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Evident Beauty. Also in action Saturday will be Hambletonian-eligible 3-year-old male trotters in two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. The fields feature seven of the 10 horses in Meadowlands announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian rankings: No. 1 Greenshoe, No. 3 Green Manalishi S, No. 4 Pilot Discretion, No. 5 Don't Let'em, No. 7 Super Schissel, No. 9 Swandre The Giant, and No. 10 Osterc. Saturday's 13-race card at The Meadowlands also includes the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, Golden Girls for older female pacers, and a leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager    

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

Jim Campbell figures when you bring together many of the best 4-year-old trotters in North America, there is no such thing as an easy spot. So, although his returning millionaire Crystal Fashion will avoid two 2018 Dan Patch Award winners (Atlanta and Six Pack) and a 2017 Breeders Crown champion (Fiftydallarbill) in Saturday's (May 18) opening round of the Graduate harness racings series at The Meadowlands, Campbell is not expecting a stroll in the park. Crystal Fashion competes in the second of two $50,000 divisions, starting from post one with regular driver Tim Tetrick. "On paper maybe the other one does look a little tougher, but when you go race them, they're all going to go fast and they're all going to be tough," Campbell said. "So, I don't put a lot of thought into that. Every time I think there is a division that looks easier on paper they always go more. "It's a good group of 4-year-olds out there. The only thing I worry about is my own horse. We're going to send him out there to race and whatever happens, it happens. Just being at the Meadowlands, you know they're going to be going fast no matter what." Generating speed is not an issue for this group. Returning Trotter of the Year Atlanta, with her 1:50.4 season-opening win in the Miami Valley Distaff on May 6, is the year's fastest trotter while Fiftydallarbill's 1:51.3 time in winning a conditioned race last weekend at the Meadowlands is second best. And last year, Six Pack became the sport's fastest-ever 3-year-old with a 1:49.1 win in the Kentucky Futurity in addition to trotting 1:50 earlier in the campaign while Crystal Fashion tied for the sixth-fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old (1:50.1). Not to be forgotten, Atlanta won the Hambletonian in 1:50.4 and had a season-best mark of 1:50.3, which ranks seventh among all female 3-year-old trotters in history, and multiple-stakes-winner Phaetosive - who is in Saturday's second Graduate division with Crystal Fashion - was not far off with a 1:51 mark. Crystal Fashion, who won nine of 17 races last year including the Canadian Trotting Classic and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, made his first start of 2019 on May 4 in the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he finished fourth. "He's the type of horse that needs to get racing to get himself tight," Campbell said. "He's going to need some more racing to get himself into top shape, but I was very happy with his first race. "He hasn't really changed (from last year). He's got the same personality and everything like that. He maybe filled out a little more, but for both a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old he was a good-sized colt. Maybe he grew a little bit, but for the most part he's pretty much the same." Phaetosive, who won last year's Elegantimage Stakes, will be making her seasonal debut, as is New York Sire Stakes final runner-up The Veteran. Custom Cantab, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion mare who won 13 of 17 races last season including the Matron, heads to the Graduate's second division off a third-place finish in the Miami Valley Distaff. In the first division, Six Pack and Eurobond are the two trotters making their seasonal debuts. Six Pack won 11 of 15 races last year including the Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers Trot, and Matron. He received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male trotter. Six Pack                              Mark Hall photo "He trained back good," trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said. "He qualified two times. He was maybe a little lazy the last qualifier, but he had an open bridle. I think he is sharp now. He feels much better when we train after the second qualifier. I hope he can do a good race. "We're going to race him in the Graduate and then the Hambletonian Maturity. After that he can go in the open. He feels strong. He's a big horse. He is so big I think he can be stronger when he is older. We'll see after a couple of races what he can do." In addition to Atlanta, there will be a second Hambletonian winner competing on Saturday's card at the Meadowlands as 2015 champion Pinkman looks to pick up his second win in the Mr Muscleman Series for older trotters. A total of four Hambletonian winners will be in action this year: Atlanta, Pinkman, Perfect Spirit (in Europe) and Marion Marauder. The Meadowlands also hosts the second round of the Rainbow Blue Series for older female pacers on Saturday. The six-horse field includes Dan Patch Award winners Kissin In The Sand (2018) and Youaremycandygirl (2017) as well as millionaire Caviart Ally. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Jim Campbell knows stakes-winner Alexa's Power will face a challenge this year at age 4, leaving the age-restricted ranks to take on the best older female pacers in the sport, but the harness racing trainer believes his mare has a temperament that could help her along. "She's got that feisty, racing attitude to her, and she likes to race," Campbell said. "I think those are pretty good qualities to help her make that transition. But it's a very tough group, probably as tough as there's been in a long, long time. "The toughest part for them is coming back at 4 and making that transition. She needs to get some racing and see what she can do." Alexa's Power starts to get that racing Friday at the Meadowlands, where she kicks off her 4-year-old season in the preferred handicap for fillies and mares. She faces eight rivals, including 2018 Golden Girls winner Divas Image, who is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Alexa's Power, with Marcus Miller in the sulky, is 6-1. Last year, Alexa's Power won multiple Grand Circuit stakes, including the Jugette and Lismore Pace. She won nine of 20 races, hit the board a total of 17 times, and ranked fourth in divisional earnings with $469,363. The three horses that finished ahead of her in purses have either a Dan Patch or O'Brien award to their credit: Kissin In The Sand, Youaremycandygirl, and Percy Bluechip. "I was very happy with her," Campbell said. "She's such a nice filly to race because she gives you a good effort every time you put her out there. And she's just a real nice horse to be around, too. She's one that you love having in the barn." Alexa's Power, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award-winning mare Michelle's Power, is owned by breeder Jeff Snyder and his son Michael. She is a full sister to stakes-winner Mac's Jackpot and her family also includes Canada's 2012 Horse of the Year Michael's Power as well as Hall of Famer Cam's Card Shark. Alexa's Power The mare prepped for Friday's race with two qualifiers at the Meadowlands. She finished fifth in the first and fourth in the second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths. "She bled a little bit in her second qualifier, so we put her on Lasix; it will be her first start on Lasix," Campbell said. "But other than that, she's come back good. "We were thinking of the (Blue Chip Matchmaker Series) for her, but bleeding and not getting off on the right foot, that was going to be pretty tough. We're just going to get her a few overnights and see where she's at and go from there. She's staked up. We'll go race to race and see how she is and go from there." Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) Friday at the Meadowlands. The card also includes a preferred handicap for trotters, where Sutton is the morning-line favorite (2-1) over Trolley (5-2). Sutton handed Trolley his only loss in five races this season on March 8. Trolley defeated Sutton in his seasonal debut on Feb. 22. For Friday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

LEXINGTON, KY--Jim Campbell trainee Cantab Fashion collected his fourth consecutive win from five starts career when trotting to an open-length 1:55.3 victory in the final harness racing division of the $343,000 Uncle Peter Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms, on Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Red Mile. Away fourth at the quarter, Cantab Fashion sat off a :29.2 opening quarter set by 3-2 favorite Prospect Hill before tipping off the rail and moving first over for the top spot past a :59.3 half. Cantab Fashion took control midway around the final turn and held a two-length margin on Final Claim, left first over, and Prospect Hill heading to three-quarters. Cantab Fashion continued on the front with a widening margin by three-quarters in 1:28. The 2-1 second choice trotted through the stretch under wraps as Kings County, rallying three wide from second over, took second ahead of Battenberg popping from the pocket for third and Prospect Hill holding fourth. A colt by Cantab Hall, Cantab Fashion pushed his career bankroll to $64,500 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller sat behind the $6.20 winner. Aldebaranwalkabout stormed home widest on the course to pull a 29-1 upset in the $86,000 first division following a disqualification of race-favorite Don't Let'em. Wittyville took the top from the inside with Brady Bunch getting away second and 4-5 favourite Don't Let'em floating into contention third. Past the quarter in :29, Don't Let'em took the lead and trotted uncontested to the half in :57.2. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt pulled first over from fourth with Sheena's Boy rounding the final turn and marched to match strides with tempo-setter Don't Let'em by three-quarters in 1:27.1. Sheena's Boy retreated into the stretch as Takter kept Don't Let'em, drifting off the rail, on stride through the lane. Brady Bunch, off the rail trip, angled towards the center of the track while Wittyville slid through a gap at the inside and Aldebaranwalkabout, trailing the on-stride pack throughout, charged through the center of the course. Don't Let'em went into a pace in the final sixteenth of the mile and broke strides nearing the wire. Aldebaranwalkabout surged and snagged the second spot in a photo with Brady Bunch third and Wittyville fourth. Because of the break, Don't Let'em was disqualified to eighth, placing Aldebaranwalkabout as the race winner. Returning $61.20 to win, Aldebaranwalkabout, a Muscle Hill colt trained by Jonas Czernyson, won his second race from five starts, earning $53,300 for owner Aldebaran Park Inc. Andrew McCarthy sat in the bike. William Wellwood Memorial winner Green Manalishi S cruised as the 1-9 favorite to a 1:56.1 open-length victory in the $85,000 second Bluegrass split. Driver Tim Tetrick placed the Marcus Melander trainee third behind pacesetter Dylan The Great through a :29.2 opening quarter. Green Manalishi S made his move for the lead midway through the backstretch and brushed to the front at the half in :58.1. Super Schissel edged first up from fourth moving into the final turn as Dylan The Great lost ground to the inside and Green Manalishi S opened his lead. Through three-quarters in 1:28.1, Green Manalishi S held a three-length lead while Trix And Stones, from off cover, rallied through the center to take second from Super Schissel in third and Dylan The Great holding fourth. Winning his fifth race from seven starts, Green Manalishi S, by Muscle Hill, has now compiled $343,257 in earnings for owner Courant Inc. Tim Tetrick drove the $2.10 winner. Chin Chin Hall ranged to the top from off cover in the stretch to pull a 14-1 upset in the $86,000 third division of Bluegrass in 1:55.4. Positioned fifth as Amico Mio Bi, Forecast and Union Forces battled three wide for the lead to the quarter, Chin Chin Hall sat off a :28.1 opening quarter set by Union Forces circling to the front. Amico Mio Bi, shuffled to third, flushed first over as Hudson River strode into contention past a :57.2 half. Amico Mio Bi overtook Union Forces moving around the final turn and left Hudson River uncovered. Chin Chin Hall angled off the rail and caught cover second over as Amico Mio Bi trotted past three-quarters in 1:27.2. Hudson River moved to the lead into the stretch as Chin Chin Hall kicked off cover and gradually progressed to the front heading to the line. Hudson River held second from Forecast lunging towards the rail for third and Amico Mio Bi lengths behind in fourth. Paying $31.60 to win, Chin Chin Hall, a colt by Cash Hall, won his first race in his second start career, earning $43,000 for owners David Mc Duffee and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Peter Wrenn sat at the reins for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile Friday, Sept. 28 with two-year-old filly trotters competing in four divisions of the $373,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes and two-year-old filly pacers in three divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes. The program starts with a first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Alexa’s Power proved to be the strong horse Wednesday as she overpowered pacesetter Strong Opinion at the top of the stretch to capture the 48th annual $230,7000 Jugette at Delaware, Ohio. The classic grand circuit event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies saw the 19th race feature began with betting favorite Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras going off-stride at the start of the race and was never in contention. Strong Opinion and driver Chris Page go right to the front from post one with Alexa’s Power and driver Tim Tetrick grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Tim Tetrick came out from the inside in post two and sit there as no one was coming from behind to force him to go on as they went to the half in :55.2. E Dee’s Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) at 62-1 odds, filled the gap behind Strong Opinion. Going to the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Strong Opinion was still in command with Alexa’s Power stalking them on the outside. Then in the stretch, Alexa’s Power and Tetrick wore down Strong Opinion and went on to win by one length in 1:51.2. E Dee’s Well Said came on for second place with Strong Opinion third. “I had about 100 ideas flowing through my head behind the starting gate,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I saw Yannick’s (Gingras) horse (Youaremycandygirl) make a misstep and I didn’t want to fall too far back so we went to the two-hole and figured to outmuscle most of them from there. “She really raced her butt off today,” Tetrick said. “She was just super.” Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Alexa’s Power. She is trained by Jim Campbell and owned and bred by Jeffery and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. She paid $3.80 to win. “This is my first Jugette,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “It’s so exciting. We’ve had a really good year with Alexa all season, Timmy has driven her since her first qualifier. We have had a lot of fun and this win is the best.” Jim Campbell did say that they had made an equipment change on Alexa’s Power, adding a pull-down bridle that she was using for the first time today. This year’s Jugette was named in Memory of Hall of Fame Communicator, Laverne A. Hill. To see the 2018 Jugette replay go to https://youtu.be/emEv23NX-io On Thursday is the $627,000 Little Brown Jug for the colts with two elimination divisions followed by heats until one horse has won twice. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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

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