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Delaware, OH --- Cool Cates beat Satin Dancer to the front on the first turn and it proved decisive as she marched to a 1:56 win in Wednesday’s (Sept. 20) $80,575 Buckette Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old female trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Satin Dancer was second, beaten by 1-1/4 lengths, and Maewegonow was third. Feed Your Head, the morning-line favorite from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, was scratched. Cool Cates, driven by Andy McCarthy, and Satin Dancer were quickest off the starting gate, but Cool Cates got the lead from post two on her way to an opening quarter-mile of :27.2. The field reached the half in :57.3, at which point Maewegonow was making a first-over bid and nearing Satin Dancer in second place. The group held those positions to three-quarters, in 1:26.4, and Cool Cates trotted home from there. “I sort of thought we would end up on the front today; on paper once Takter’s horse was scratched I sort of thought we were the best,” said Noel Daley, who trains Cool Cates for owner All Laid Out Stable. “She’s no champion, but she’s a nice filly. She’s been on her game of late. She’s a lot more controllable now in the races. “I did sort of expect her to be pretty good today.” Cool Cates (Yankee Glide) has won five of 12 races this year and seven of 20 in her career, good for $251,379 in purses. She has three wins and two second-place finishes in her last five starts. She was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up on Sept. 3. “She will go to Lexington next,” Daley said about Cool Cates’ schedule. “We just hope we can dodge some of the good ones there in the Bluegrass. If she’s good enough we’ll drop her in (the Kentucky Filly Futurity). Obviously, we’re not beating Ariana G, but if she has a good week we’ll put her in there. “They’re going to breed her to Muscle Hill next year, so we’ll do what we can in between,” he added. Cool Cates, the even-money second choice behind 4-5 favorite Satin Dancer, paid $4.00 to win. It was both Daley’s and McCarthy’s first win in the Buckette. "We bought her for $35,000 down in Lexington and she's a nice filly but as a 2-year-old she was a little tough to manage," said Daley. "She was this year too early on but she really has been coming around. Adding Lasix helped her and she's also begun to mentally mature." -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Blazin Britches won the $54,650 first elimination of the Jugette for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers in 1:52.1 on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Obvious Blue Chip finished second, followed by Terrortina and Rockin Serena to advance to the final later this afternoon. Sent off at odds of 1-9, Blazin Britches and driver Trace Tetrick went to the lead on the first turn and never looked back, winning by 2-1/4 lengths. The filly, who has won 10 of 11 races this year, is trained by Brian Brown and owned by breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. Blazin Britches set fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:24.4. Obvious Blue Chip tried to challenge heading around the final turn, but was unable to get within striking distance. “I wanted to be on the move to the front by the backside to try to control the race,” Tetrick said. “I had plenty of mare left; it was just trying to get her to pay attention. She kind of got to daydreaming there a little bit. “She loves her job. When it was time to race she wanted to go forward. "She was a little headstrong earlier on and Brian went ahead and changed bits on her. Since then she has been perfect. She really loves her work." Caviart Ally romped to victory in the second $54,650 Jugette elimination, winning by open lengths in 1:52 for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley. Caviart Ally, the 8-5 favorite, led every step of the way. She pulled away from her rivals on the backstretch and was unthreatened from there. Tequila Monday finished second, followed by Idyllic Beach and Ella Christina to reach the final. Caviart Ally, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool owned by Caviart Farms, has won five of 14 races this year. She set fractions of :27.1, :56.3, and 1:23.4 on her way to victory. “She’s very handy off the gate,” McCarthy said. “You just have to chirp to her a little bit and she will get out of there as much as you want to. That definitely helped. She actually got a little bumpy on me coming out of the third turn. I think we were going too slow; she just wanted to get going. I had to let her pace out a little bit to get her smoothed out and she was good. "Over the last few months she has become much stronger," added McCarthy. "I used to always race from off the pace for that reason but I don't have to anymore. They did add Lasix as well, so that may have helped, but she is coming into her own." The post-position order for the $163,950 final is: 1. Blazin Britches, 2. Caviart Ally, 3. Obvious Blue Chip, 4. Tequila Monday, 5. Terrortina, 6. Idyllic Beach, 7. Ella Christina, 8. Rockin Serena. -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Boogie Shuffle will have to beat the best harness racing 3-year-old pacers in North America to win Thursday's $590,400 Little Brown Jug and owner Bob Tambur wouldn't want it any other way. "That's what sports are all about," said Tambur, the owner of Fox Hollow Farm, which bred and owns Boogie Shuffle. "You want to be there. The fact you're there, that you're one of the better horses in the country, that's big. "I never dreamed I'd get to the Jug. But here we are. I'm a lucky guy." Boogie Shuffle brings a three-race win streak, and four wins in his past five starts, to the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The eight-horse field also includes Fear The Dragon, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10 poll, and No. 3 Downbytheseaside. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race against the best," said Tambur, who lives in northeast Pennsylvania. "Now we are racing against the best." The Little Brown Jug is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Huntsville, who was not entered in the Little Brown Jug, won the first, the Cane Pace, while Downbytheseaside won the second, the Messenger Stakes. This year's race ushers in a new era for the Little Brown Jug, which previously required a horse to win two heats to be declared the event's champion. Beginning this year, the race's conditions were altered so that eliminations only establish an eight-horse field for the final later in the day. The Little Brown Jug champion is the winner of the final regardless of finish position in his elimination. With eight horses in this year's field, all will advance to the $401,472 final. The post positions for the final will be determined by the official order of finish in the $188,928 first heat, with the winning horse assigned post position one and all others taking their positions in the order they were placed in the first heat. Boogie Shuffle, a son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Ciela Hanover, will start the first round from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Downbytheseaside, in post five, is the 2-1 favorite while Fear The Dragon is the second choice, at 7-2. Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are both trained by Brian Brown, who is based at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Brian Sears will drive Downbytheseaside while David Miller, who with a win Thursday can equal the record of five Little Brown Jug victories, will be behind Fear The Dragon. Scott Zeron will drive Boogie Shuffle for trainer Mark Harder. "One thing about (Boogie Shuffle), he's got gate speed," Tambur said. "We'll see what happens. It's up to Scotty." Boogie Shuffle began this season with a win and four third-place finishes in his first five races. In his next four races, though, he finished no better than sixth. It was discovered the horse was suffering from stomach ulcers and his recent return to top form followed treatment for the issue. His three-race win streak includes the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Boogie Shuffle won the event in a career-best 1:48.2. "Even when he was sick, he was trying," Tambur said. "Mark kept saying the horse is a good horse. He knew there was something wrong; it was just a matter of figuring it out and getting the horse right. It was very frustrating. But Mark never gave up on that horse, nor did Scotty. "Those two guys stuck with me. I have admiration for both of them. I give both those guys a lot of credit; a lot of character there." For his career, Boogie Shuffle has won six of 27 races and earned $362,543. Last year, he won only one of 13 races but finished among the top three a total of 10 times. "Last year, he would slow down when a horse came alongside of him," Tambur said. "This year, he goes for it. He's a little older, a little smarter. And he's strong. We think he will be great to go two races (in the Jug). I'm not saying we're going to win, but he doesn't get tired easily." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than two decades ago. He is looking forward to his first trip to the Little Brown Jug. "I'm in it for the dream," Tambur said. "When you breed a horse on your farm and you raise him and he goes out and does well, I get a big kick out of it. "We've got a lot of good races ahead of us. I'm optimistic, but we're racing with the best of them." Right where he wants to be. Following is the draw for the opening heat for the 72nd Little Brown Jug. It is race No. 16 with an approximate 4 p.m. post time. All eight horses will return for the final, which is race No. 20. PP Horse Sire (Driver/Trainer) Morning Line Odds 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 10-1 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5-1 3. Fear The Dragon by Dragon Again (David Miller/Brian Brown) 7-2 4. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 12-1 5. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 2-1 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Scott Zeron/Mark Harder) 6-1 7. R J P by Somebeachsomewhere (Tim Tetrick/Ron Buke) 15-1 8. Chip Walther  by Art Major (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 20-1 Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- Three of the top seven horses in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll will be in harness racing action the next two days at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, led by a meeting between No. 1 Fear The Dragon and No. 3 Downbytheseaside in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug. Also in action will be No. 7 Blazin Britches in Wednesday’s Jugette. All three horses are trained by Brian Brown, who is stabled at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside were idle last week. Blazin Britches, who was ranked 10th in last week’s poll, won the Nadia Lobell Stakes. Other winners in the Top 10 were No. 2 Ariana G in the Elegantimage Stakes, No. 4 Hannelore Hanover in the Maple Leaf Trot, and No. 5 Manchego in the Peaceful Way Stakes. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 17 – 9/19/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (22) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 327 1 2 Ariana G (8) 3tf 11-9-1-1 $783,040 316 2 3 Downbytheseaside (4) 3pc 13-9-1-2 $1,018,716 270 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 10-6-3-0 $531,754 233 4 5 Manchego (1) 2tf 8-8-0-0 $501,948 136 7 6 Resolve 6th 10-4-2-1 $485,149 134 5 7 Blazin Britches 3pf 10-9-1-0 $203,392 116 10 8 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 106 6 9 Agent Q 3pf 12-7-2-1 $481,066 61 8 10 Marion Marauder 4th 7-3-1-1 $456,097 44 9 Also: What The Hill (34); Walner (27); Alarm Detector, Devious Man (15); Sintra (14); Bit Of A Legend N (12); Pure Country (11); Blue Moon Stride (8); Celebrity Ruth, Keystone Velocity, Rainbow Room (7); Crazy Wow, Lady Shadow (5); Boogie Shuffle (3); Emoticon Hanover, Nike Franco N, Stay Hungry (2); Carmensdaleyapple, International Moni, Mach It So, McWicked, Pedro Hanover, Two AM (1) by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

Harness racing trainer Joe Paver thought Carmensdaleyapple would be a good horse, but he never expected the homebred 2-year-old male pacer to produce win after win after win. Fifteen, to be exact, without a single setback as he heads Wednesday to an Ohio Fair Racing Conference division at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "It's a big surprise," said Paver, who bred, owns and trains Carmensdaleyapple. He added with a laugh, "I don't usually win that many races in a year, let alone with one horse." True. Carmensdaleyapple has nearly equaled Paver's previous career high for training wins in a season, 17 in 2005. This year, the 58-year-old Paver has posted 30 victories and career-best purse earnings of $152,833. Carmensdaleyapple has won more races this year than any 2-year-old in North America. The gelding's 15 victories are tied for fourth among horses of any age and he is the only undefeated horse among the 69 with at least 11 wins. "He trained down good," said Paver, who trains his stable of five horses at the Union County Fairgrounds in Marysville, Ohio. "I'd been in 2:01 with him at home before I ever raced him. That was by himself, though. He's been a little bit better than I thought. He's a good-natured horse. He's long barreled and I like his gait." Carmensdaleyapple is a son of stallion Mr Apples out of the mare Mydaleybread, who Paver bought in 2014 and raced briefly as a 14-year-old before breeding her. Carmen is Paver's wife, who named Carmensdaleyapple. Paver drove Carmensdaleyapple in his first start, at the Paulding County Fair, and won by nearly 24 lengths in 2:13 over a sloppy track. Since then, 20-year-old Pierce Henry has been Carmensdaleyapple's regular driver. Last year, Henry drove another Paver homebred, Mannys Too Special, several times on the fair circuit. "I didn't have any help, I was having to paddock and drive, so I tagged Pierce and put him up," Paver said. "He's getting better every day. Experience is how drivers get better. I've got faith in him. He'll be all right." Carmensdaleyapple has won nine of his 15 races by at least five lengths and his narrowest margin of victory has been 2-1/2 lengths. His best win time of 1:57.1 came Aug. 14 at the Mercer County Fair in Celina. "A couple times he's had miles cut for him, but most of the time he does it on his own," Paver said. "But he can do it either way (from the front or following)." On Wednesday, Carmensdaleyapple and Henry will start from post No. 1 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Carmensdaleyapple is the race's even-money favorite on the morning line. Dan Noble's Jus Chillin It, who has won five of eight races this year and not yet faced Carmensdaleyapple, is the 4-1 second choice. Wednesday's card also includes the $273,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers and $80,575 Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters. "It hasn't mattered so far to him, but it's nice to draw the rail there," Paver said about Delaware's half-mile track. "We've got to hope for the best. Anything can happen. But I think he'll be all right." Paver, who is from Marysville, followed his uncle, Tom, and father, Pearl, into harness racing. He started jogging horses around the age of 12 and bought his first horse in his mid-20s. He owns some horses with his father and brother, Dennis. Among their recent successes is Ohsowigglesspecial, a homebred 4-year-old female pacer who has won 19 of 54 career races and earned $166,478. Carmensdaleyapple will race once more following Wednesday's start, in the Ohio Fairs Championship next month. Then the horse will receive time off before preparing for his 3-year-old campaign. "I'll look and see what I want to do next year," Paver said. "I know he will be in the sire stakes. I didn't do it this year; I just staked him to the fairs to teach him to race. But there will definitely be some staking next year." Click here for Wednesday's complete card at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- It is unusual for a horse to have his first major stakes win come in the Maple Leaf Trot, but 6-year-old Mambo Lindy will try to do it Saturday. If he does, he will join impressive harness racing company. The most recent horse to win the Maple Leaf Trot without any prior unrestricted major stakes experience was San Pail in 2009. It was the first of three consecutive victories in the Maple Leaf Trot for the “Pail,” who in 2011 was named Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada and finished his career with $3 million in purses. Mambo Lindy, who was unraced at ages 2 and 3, will attempt to join San Pail in moving from winning predominately at the open level of competition to capturing one of harness racing’s top events for older trotters. Last week, Mambo Lindy won his Maple Leaf Trot elimination at odds of 26-1 in a lifetime-best 1:52.2. He is 9-2 on the morning line for Saturday’s C$593,000 final at Ontario’s Mohawk Racetrack. Hannelore Hanover, a 5-year-old mare who won the first of the two Maple Leaf Trot eliminations in 1:52, is the 5-2 favorite. Swedish-bred mare Pasithea Face, also a 5-year-old, is the 4-1 second choice. Hannelore Hanover finished second to Resolve in last year’s Maple Leaf Trot. Resolve failed to advance to this year’s final. Scott Zeron will drive Mambo Lindy in the Maple Leaf Trot. Tim Tetrick drove the gelding in his elimination, but will drive Pasithea Face in the final. “I think he’s coming in as sharp as anyone in there, as far as current form,” said Frank M. Antonacci, the co-owner and trainer of Mambo Lindy. “I wouldn’t want him sitting on my back turning for home. He knows how to go by horses in the stretch, so if he’s anywhere in striking distance I would be surprised if he’s not moving forward. “If it’s enough to get him the win, I don’t know. But he’s a real good honest horse. We’ve mainly been racing him every other week. This time he’s racing in back-to-back weeks and whenever he’s done that before he’s put forth a razor-sharp effort. Hopefully that’s the case again.” Mambo Lindy, a son of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover out of the Dan Patch Award-winning mare Rum Boogie, has spent the majority of his career competing at Plainridge Park in Massachusetts. He has won 22 of 36 career races, with 19 of the victories coming in his 30 starts at Plainridge. He has earned $169,260 in lifetime purses. A lack of maturity and an injury prevented Mambo Lindy, owned by the Antonacci family’s GreatHorse stable, from getting to the races until he was a 4-year-old. “He was very difficult to get going as a 2-year-old,” Antonacci said. “He always had high speed, but he paid attention to everything but his business. We knew he had a lot of talent, so it was very frustrating. “We gelded him, and that was one thing that made a big difference. But I think it’s really just age. We worked him through the ranks at Plainridge and he learned how to be a nice horse and win races. Now he’s the ultimate professional; you can do anything you want with him. “He’s the pride of Massachusetts. He’s just a really cool horse.” Antonacci credited driver Greg Merton, who has driven Mambo Lindy regularly at Plainridge, for assisting with the horse’s development. “He’s always taken care of him, put him in the right spots, let him learn how to be a racehorse,” Antonacci said. “He’s done a really good job bringing him along as well.” Although this will be Mambo Lindy’s first major stakes appearance, it is not for a lack of trying. Antonacci hoped to send Mambo Lindy to the Spirit of Massachusetts and the John Cashman Memorial, but the horse was shut out because those races were filled based on earnings. “It’s a pet peeve of mine,” Antonacci said. “I think too many of these races have gone to the earnings instead of eliminations. A horse like this guy, he hasn’t had a chance to race anybody because those open races are based on lifetime earnings. I understand the reason some races are like that, but I’m glad the Maple Leaf is not one of them.” In addition to the Maple Leaf Trot, Antonacci will have his eyes on the C$684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters. Antonacci’s International Moni is the 3-1 morning-line favorite from post five and his Lindy The Great is 15-1 from the outside post 10. “I think International Moni is in a great spot,” Antonacci said. “He shows up every week. He’s just a tough, consistent horse. I think he’ll be right there. He’s had a good week and he seems good and healthy right now. I expect him to be good. I would have liked a better draw with Lindy The Great, but he’s a pretty fresh horse. If he can somehow find a trip and work it out, he’s a big strong powerful fresh horse that can unleash some big miles the rest of the year.” Click here for Saturday’s complete card at Mohawk, which also includes the finals of the Milton and Elegantimage stakes, plus eliminations for the Metro Pace. Following is the field in post order for the Maple Leaf Trot, with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Windsun Revenge-Rick Zeron-Jeff Durham-8/1 2. Odds On Amethyst-Patrick Hudon-Patrick Hudon-20/1 3. Pasithea Face S-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-4/1 4. Mambo Lindy-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci-9/2 5. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/2 6. JL Cruze-David Miller-Eric Ell-8/1 7. Warrawee Roo-Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-12/1 8. Homicide Hunter-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-5/1 9. Musical Rhythm-Mario Baillargeon-Benoit Baillargeon-12/1 10. Gural Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Pure Country has already proven herself a star, but she might have to start sharing space in the family scrapbook with younger harness racing sibling Grand Teton. Grand Teton, a half-brother to two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country, has won five of six races this year and is a neck from being undefeated. The 2-year-old male pacer is owned by Diamond Creek Racing, which also owns 4-year-old female pacer Pure Country. Both horses are out of the mare Western Montana and were bred by Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. Pure Country's sire is Somebeachsomewhere; Grand Teton's sire is Diamond Creek Farm-based A Rocknroll Dance. "You hope a mare ends up giving you something like Pure Country, but to have more than one look like they're a star is always really cool," Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden said. "Especially being a homebred from our stallion too. It's a full-circle thing for us. "These are the kinds of things you dream about." Pure Country and Grand Teton, both trained by Jimmy Takter, will be in action this weekend. Pure Country competes Saturday at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack in the C$256,000 Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Grand Teton races Sunday at Lexington's Red Mile in the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. Grand Teton and Key Advisor both won two preliminary rounds of the Kentucky Sire Stakes series and finished second in the remaining leg. The draws for all eight Kentucky Sire Stakes finals are Thursday. "At this point he really hasn't beaten any of the top colts, but from what he's done so far, I think he's shown that kind of ability," Bowden said about Grand Teton. "I think he's the type that will take the next step. At least we hope so." Grand Teton has twice won in 1:52.1, which is his best victory time so far, and has flashed ample finishing speed with three consecutive final quarter-miles of :26.2 to go with a :26.1 in his second start. "From what I hear from Jimmy, he's not quite as good gaited as Pure Country, but I think he has that same ability and same desire to win," Bowden said. "He's scary fast. I think he's shown that turn of foot you like to see in good horses. "I think he's got as good a shot as any on Sunday night to win." Pure Country enters the Milton off a win in her elimination last weekend. It was Pure Country's third consecutive victory after going winless in her first six races of the season and pushed her career earnings to $2 million. On Saturday, Pure Country and driver Mark MacDonald, who has been in the sulky for the mare's past four starts, will start from post three. Blue Moon Stride, the remaining Milton elimination winner, will start from post two and returning champion Lady Shadow leaves from post one. "There was a little bit of circumstantial stuff early in the year; bad posts or bad trips or something like that," Bowden said. "She's the type of filly that clearly wants to be involved in the race. As Mark said in the winner's circle the other night, she can take a lot of air. I think she's shown how good she is and that she can compete at this level against these older mares." In the last nine years, the only 4-year-old mare to win the Milton was Rocklamation in 2012. The 4-year-olds in this year's 10-horse field are Pure Country, Blue Moon Stride, LA Delight, Darlinonthebeach, and Lyons River Pride. Rocklamation also was the last mare to win the Milton in consecutive years (2012-13), a feat 6-year-old Lady Shadow will try to accomplish. "Those are good mares," Bowden said. "Lady Shadow, Darlinonthebeach, LA Delight; there's a whole herd of them that are good. I think it shows these 4-year-old mares can compete at this level. I think it's been a great crop. They've proved it this year. Other than Lady Shadow and Nike Franco, the best mares are 4-year-olds." For Saturday's complete card at Mohawk, which also includes finals of the Maple Leaf Trot, Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage plus eliminations for the Metro Pace, click here. Ken Weingartner

Top 10-ranked harness racing fillies Agent Q and Blazin Britches will meet for the first time Wednesday in the $160,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at Hoosier Park. Agent Q is No. 8 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while Blazin Britches is No. 10. "It will be nice to face her and see where we're at," said Aaron Lambert, the trainer of Agent Q. "She's the only one we haven't raced really." Agent Q leads all 3-year-old female pacers in earnings this season, with $481,066. She has won seven of 11 races in 2017 and 10 of 21 in her career while finishing worse than second only twice. Blazin Britches, who missed the early part of this year's stakes campaign because of a foot abscess, has won eight of nine starts this season and earned $123,392. She raced only once at age 2 because of soundness issues. The two fillies share the mark for fastest win time by a 3-year-old female pacer this season, at 1:48.4. Blazin Britches and driver Trace Tetrick, the leading driver at Hoosier Park, will start from post No. 3 and are 2-1 on the morning line. Agent Q and driver David Miller will leave from post seven and are 5-2. Agent Q enters the Nadia Lobell off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old female pacers on Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The loss snapped a five-race win streak that included the James M. Lynch Memorial and Mistletoe Shalee stakes in July. "She was a little sick the last race, but she came out of it fine and she's had a real good week going into this race," Lambert said. "I think she's been terrific this year. She's so consistent. Even her last start, where she was off her game a little bit, she put in a pretty good run, I thought." Agent Q's win in the Lynch was her first victory in an open stakes final after second-place finishes in four previous opportunities. Two of those setbacks were by a nose, in the 2016 Breeders Crown and 2017 Fan Hanover, and another was by a half-length, in the 2016 She's A Great Lady. "It was nice to get a couple of those (wins) under our belt," Lambert said. "I think she's a top filly. I don't think there's a filly out there that's as consistent as her. She's raced the big dogs all her life and she's been no worse than second in most of her races. She's been right there all the time. "She gets that she's a pretty good horse now," he added. "She's pretty full of herself. When she steps on the track she really has her game face on." Agent Q, a daughter of stallion Western Terror out of the mare Teenage Paige, is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. Blazin Britches heads to the Nadia Lobell with a four-race win streak, which includes victories in the Shady Daisy Stakes and a division of the Adioo Volo. She was unable to participate in the Fan Hanover and Lynch Memorial because of her foot woes and was not eligible to the Mistletoe Shalee. The filly is a daughter of stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Soggy Britches. She is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, which also bred her, and trained by Brian Brown. Following is the field in post-position order for the Nadia Lobell with drivers, trainers, and morning line. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Park and the Nadia Lobell is race 10, with an estimated 9:12 p.m. post time. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Glassine Hanover-Dragon Again-Tyler Smith-Trent Stohler-30/1 2. Carol's Z Tam-Always A Virgin-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-6/1 3. Blazin Britches-Rock N Roll Heaven-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-2/1 4. Ain't Three Ok-Mach Three-Sam Widger-Steve Carter-6/1 5. Rock Me Gorgeous-Hes Gorgeous-Brandon Bates-Vern Fisher-12/1 6. Rosemary Rose-Foreclosure N-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Ron Burke-5/1 7. Agent Q-Western Terror-David Miller-Aaron Lambert-5/2 8. Jaye's A Lady-Mcardle- Marcus Johansson-Nancy Johansson-30/1 9. Inverse Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Peter Wrenn-R. Nifty Norman-25/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Freehold, NJ --- Maple Leaf Trot contender Hannelore Hanover and presumptive Peaceful Way Stakes favorite Manchego made gains in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the three horses at the top of the rankings remained unchanged. Fear The Dragon, who was idle, held on to No. 1 while Elegantimage Stakes elimination winner Ariana G and Jug Preview winner Downbytheseaside followed in the next two spots. Hannelore Hanover won her Maple Leaf Trot elimination and moved from sixth to fourth. Resolve, who finished seventh in his Maple Leaf Trot elim and failed to advance to Saturday’s final, dropped a notch to fifth while idle Huntsville slipped a spot to sixth. Manchego, who is 7-for-7 this year, won her Peaceful Way elimiatnion and vaulted from No. 10 to seventh. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (25) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 335 1 2 Ariana G (4) 3tf 10-8-1-1 $625,190 306 2 3 Downbytheseaside (5) 3pc 13-9-1-2 $1,018,716 284 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 9-5-3-0 $288,624 190 6 5 Resolve 6th 10-4-2-1 $485,149 162 4 6 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 130 5 7 Manchego (1) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $348,198 92 10 8 Agent Q 3pf 11-7-2-1 $481,066 88 8 9 Marion Marauder 4th 7-3-1-1 $456,097 75 7 10 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 57 -- Also: Lady Shadow (34); Walner (32); Pure Country (27); Rainbow Room (17); Sintra (16); International Moni (13); Keystone Velocity (12); Emoticon Hanover (10); Devious Man (7); McWicked (5); Bettor’s Up, Blue Moon Stride (4); Alarm Detector, Bit Of A Legend N, Boogie Shuffle, Mambo Lindy (3); Kendall Seelster, Yes Mickey, You Know You Do (2); Art Scene, Carmensdaleyapple, Crazy Wow, Firedrake, Nike Franco N, Rockin Ron, Two AM (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

It did not take long for harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter to fall in love with Pasithea Face. "It was the first time I trained her," Takter said about the 5-year-old Swedish-born mare, who arrived in his stable on June 19 and two months later trotted one of the fastest miles in history by a female trotter. "She came here and she looked fantastic and she adapted very easily to my way of training. "I drove her in her first qualifier and I thought, wow, what a nice filly. She is a fantastic horse." Pasithea Face has won two of four races since arriving in North America, including a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Miss Versatility Series on Aug. 20 at Tioga Downs. At the time, it was the sixth-fastest winning mile by a trotting mare in history and only three-fifths of a second off Giant Diablo's world record. On Friday, Pasithea Face will compete in the first of two eliminations of the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. It will be her first try against male rivals since arriving from Europe, although the 5-2 morning-line favorite in her race is another mare, Hannelore Hanover. She finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot. Pasithea Face is the 7-2 third choice and will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky. The favorite in the second elimination is defending champion Resolve, who is 9-5 on the morning line. The top-five finishers from each C$40,000 elimination return Sept. 16 for the C$593,000 final. Pasithea Face, owned by Courant Inc. and trained previously by Lutfi Kolgjini, is a daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill out of the French mare Jovelinotte. Courant Inc.'s Anders Strom found Pasithea Face as a yearling while looking at several other horses. "I was in the paddock to see some yearling fillies by Muscle Hill that I was interested in on the recommendation of Thomas Moberg, primarily Princess Face and Pandora Face," Strom said via email. "One more horse caught my eyes and that was Pasithea Face, so I basically told Kolgjini I wanted to buy her in the package as well. "It was her fantastic conformation and Muscle Hill on a brilliant French maternal line that attracted me most. I already owned her big brother Opitergium (by Pine Chip) at the time, a really strong horse that did well in Group races. I now also own a half-sister, Lovelinotte (by Toss Out), who is a broodmare with Am Bloodstock (our breeding operation). She has already started to produce nice young horses." Pasithea Face enjoyed a strong career in Europe, winning nine of 31 starts and earning $301,199, but Strom and Kolgjini thought the mare's racing style might be better suited for North America. "Lutfi and I discussed this at length and decided the mile tracks in the U.S. would be ideal for her, and also that she might be a good mare to breed in Kentucky for the future," said Strom, who can be followed on Twitter at @Courant_AB. "A broodmare that could show 1:50 capacity with some French outcross will obviously yield attractive offspring for the U.S. yearling market in the future." Pasithea Face finished second in her U.S. debut, but found the winner's circle on her second try, capturing the Dr. John R. Steele Memorial on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 5) at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2. Next was her 1:50.4 victory at Tioga, where a week later she finished fourth in Emoticon Hanover's 1:50.2 mile in the Joie De Vie Stakes. "She raced well," Takter said. "They went (1):50.2, how are you going to make up ground in that kind of mile? Those (mares) are very good. It was a tough race." Takter expects the ladies to give the gentlemen a battle in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I think both Hannelore and Pasithea are competitive with those horses," Takter said. "We'll see; maybe I'm wrong. I'm not going to say (Pasithea Face) is going to go out and win, but I think she will be good. "She's a sweetheart. Kolgjini did a good job developing her. He always has his horses looking great. A horse like that makes me look good. I don't take much credit. But I'm the babysitter and I make sure she's happy." Pasithea Face's future will be determined by how she handles the remainder of the campaign. "We will race her the rest of the season and then listen to the horse; if she is sound, we might do another year of racing," Strom said. "There is even an option to try the big races in France with her if Jimmy Takter thinks she can do it. He should know having had Moni Maker racing the long-distance races in Paris before." For now, Strom is simply happy to watch Pasithea Face compete in her new environment. "She seems to enjoy racing the way races are run in the U.S.," Strom said. "Besides that, she goes along well with Tim Tetrick. I do as well. I really enjoy seeing Timmy driving my best horses over there. He is a class act." Following are the fields in post order for the two Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One: 1. Homicide Hunter by Mr Cantab -Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-3/1; 2. Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall -Trevor Henry-Victor Puddy-10/1; 3. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/2; 4. Lookslikeachpndale by Muscle Hill -Dan Dube-Luc Blais-9/2; 5. Odds On Amethyst by Muscle Hill -Patrick Hudon-Patrick Hudon-12/1; 6. JL Cruze by Crazed -David Miller-Eric Ell-6/1; 7. Pasithea Face by Muscle Hill -Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-7/2. Elimination Two: 1. Crazy Wow by Crazed -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1; 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill -Scott Zeron-Mike Keeling-3/1; 3. Gural Hanover by Crazed -David Miller-Ron Burke-8/1; 4. Mambo Lindy by Donato Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci-10/1; 5. Musical Rhythm by Cantab Hall -Mario Baillargeon-Benoit Baillargeon-10/1; 6. Warrawee Roo by Majestic Son -Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-12/1; 7. Resolve by Muscle Hill -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-9/5; 8. Windsun Revenge  by Kadabra -Rick Zeron-Jeff Durham-6/1. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- Messenger Stakes winner Downbytheseaside moved up a spot to No. 3 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while undefeated 2-year-old female trotter Manchego joined the harness racing Top 10 following her victory in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Fear The Dragon, who was scratched sick from his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, remained No. 1 while Simcoe Stakes winner Ariana G stayed No. 2. Resolve, who was idle, was fourth in the rankings while Huntsville, who finished third in his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, slipped from No. 3 to fifth. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (29) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 343 1 2 Ariana G (3) 3tf 9-7-1-1 $610,840 303 2 3 Downbytheseaside (2) 3pc 12-8-1-2 $956,216 254 4 4 Resolve 6th 9-4-2-1 $485,149 183 5 5 Huntsville 3pc 12-7-3-1 $916,078 164 3 6 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 8-4-3-0 $272,424 125 4 7 Marion Marauder 4th 6-3-1-1 $456,097 106 6 8 Agent Q 3pf 11-7-2-1 $481,066 83 9 9 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 60 8 10 Manchego (1) 2tf 6-6-0-0 $335,898 59 -- Also: Blazin Britches (56); Lady Shadow (51); International Moni (22); Sintra (20); Emoticon Hanover, Keystone Velocity (19); Pure Country (11); Percy Bluechip, Rainbow Room (10); Devious Man (9); Firedrake (6); Crazy Wow, Nike Franco N (3); Yes Mickey, You Know You Do (2); Perfect Spirit, Top Flight Angel (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke likes what he sees in Seeing Eye Single, but it is what he sees for the colt's future that is even better. Seeing Eye Single is 4-for-4 this year and the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers at Scioto Downs. Seeing Eye Single will start from post No. 2 with Chris Page, the track's leading driver, listed in the sulky. "I think next year he is really going to be a good colt," Burke said about Seeing Eye Single. "He's just a little immature and has fought soundness issues a little bit. Obviously, every time he goes to the gate he figures out how to win, so that's a good sign. "We're not going to over-race him. I think when he figures it out, this is a good horse. I might race him at Delaware and I might race him one time at Lexington. That would be the most. And being honest, I could see me shutting him down after this race. At most he would have three more starts and very likely this could be it." Seeing Eye Single, a baseball term for a slow groundball that finds its way between infielders for a hit, reminds Burke of another late-blooming star --- one that has gone on to earn more money in purses than any horse in harness racing history. "We say it every once in a while, and it sounds stupid, but he reminds me a little of Foiled Again," Burke said. "I'm sure this is how Foiled was as a young horse. He wasn't quite mature and he hadn't quite figured it all out. That's the idea." Seeing Eye Single, like Foiled Again, is a son of stallion Dragon Again. He is the first foal out of mare Shabalabadingdong and was purchased for $25,000 at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. He won his most recent race by a half-length, but the remaining three by a minimum of two lengths. Scioto Downs is hosting eight $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters on Saturday, making it the richest day on the state's racing calendar. Burke also has contenders in 2-year-old female trotter Dashanay, 2-year-old female pacer Baron Remy, and 3-year-old female pacers Rosa's Touch and Rosemary Rose. Rosemary Rose started the year with five consecutive wins, but went off stride in her first Ohio Sire Stakes start and finished ninth. She was seventh in the next round of the sire stakes, but rebounded with a second-place finish in the next leg and a win in the final preliminary round to qualify for the championship. "I really thought she was our best chance to win a final, and then that we might not even make the final, so I was thrilled to make it," Burke said. "I've always felt she was the best filly in the state. All her bad miles have come in the sire stakes; other than that she's raced very good horses and beat them. She's a very good horse." Rosemary Rose, a daughter of stallion Foreclosure N out of Pantathlon, has won eight of 17 races this year and earned $114,277. She will start her sire stakes championship from post eight and is the 4-1 second choice behind Tyler George's Pistol Packin Mama, at 3-1. Rosa's Touch, a daughter of The Panderosa-Touch Of Bogart who has won five of 20 starts this year, is 9-2 from post one. "She is going to need a trip," Burke said. "If she gets a trip she can go with them." Dashanay, who is 8-1 on the morning line, will start from post seven in the sire stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters. She has one win in five races this season. Her victory, though, came at Scioto Downs, where she also has two second-place finishes to her credit. "She is probably only one of a few of mine that's overachieved this year," Burke said about the daughter of Manofmanymissions-Eastern Starlet. "She just gets better and better. I think she is sitting on a real good mile. It's at Scioto and she's been good there. I'm looking for her to be good again. "It would have been better to draw inside, but last year I learned one thing --- every race in Ohio was very competitive and very action-packed. You've usually got a shot. As long as you stay out and keep pulling the right line you'll get your chance." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the championships are races two through nine. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

Brian Brown's stable is home to three of the top 10 horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which is a feat the harness racing trainer never considered likely. "It's not something you ever think is going to happen, that you're going to have that many in a year," Brown said. "It's something I've never experienced, so I don't really know how to take it. But it's a good thing to have." Brown's top-rated star, No.1-ranked Fear The Dragon, headlines the lineup for Sunday's four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships for 3-year-old pacers and trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. Fear The Dragon has won 10 of 12 races this year and earned $1.03 million. He finished second in both his losses. The colt, owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, enters the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers off a win Aug. 18 at The Meadows in the final of four preliminary rounds of the series. He competed in all four rounds, winning each of his divisions. In addition, Fear The Dragon's wins this season include the North America Cup, Hempt Memorial, and Adios. He finished second to stablemate Downbytheseaside (ranked No. 4 in the Top 10 and the 9-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers) in the Milstein Memorial. Four of Fear The Dragon's victories have come in races with Huntsville, last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer. The Ray Schnittker-trained Huntsville, who this year has won seven of 11 races and finished worse than second only once, is ranked third in the Top 10. "I'm surprised (Fear The Dragon) has beaten them as much as he has, but this horse was a nice horse last year," Brown said about his colt, who won five of 11 races last season and hit the board a total of 10 times. "He got an eye infection (in late September) and he wasn't as good down in Lexington. It was his last races, so we quit at the right time." Fear The Dragon and regular driver David Miller will start the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship from post seven in the eight-horse field. Huntsville and regular driver Tim Tetrick will leave from post six. Fear The Dragon is the 8-5 favorite on the morning line; Huntsville is 2-1. "I'd like to have had a better draw, but it is what it is," said Brown, who saw Fear The Dragon finish third in last year's championship. "We may not get a pretty good trip here; it depends on what Huntsville does. It will be David and Dragon's job to figure that out. That's worked out OK so far." Huntsville is one of the four returning champions who will be in action Sunday, along with male trotter Giveitgasandgo, female trotter Fine Tuned Lady, and female pacer Agent Q. Agent Q, trained by Aaron Lambert and driven by Miller, brings a five-race win streak to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly pacers. She has won seven of 10 races this year, finished worse than second only once, and is ranked No. 9 in the sport's Top 10. Her victories include the Lynch Memorial and Mistletoe Shalee and she was undefeated in three preliminary rounds of the sire stakes series. She is the 8-5 favorite in her division, with Idyllic Beach second choice at 9-5. Fine Tuned Lady and Giveitgasandgo both come from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen. Corey Callahan will drive both horses as they attempt to defend their titles. Fine Tuned Lady is the 5-2 favorite in her final while Giveitgasandgo is the 3-1 second choice behind Muscles Jared at 5-2. First race post time is 12:40 p.m., with the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships carded as races 9-12. For the Sunday's complete entries at Harrah's Philadelphia, click here. The four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships for 2-year-old pacers and trotters are Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Ken Weingartner

It would come as no surprise to harness racing trainer Ron Burke if Rockin Ron gets on a roll.  Rockin Ron heads to Saturday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack off a career-best 1:47.2 win in his elimination last weekend. The 5-year-old gelding will start the final from post four with driver Louis Philippe Roy. For the year, Rockin Ron has won six of 20 races and earned $243,945. He has finished off the board only twice in his most recent nine starts, posting two victories, four seconds and a third during that span. Prior to his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination, Rockin Ron was second to Dealt A Winner in the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga Downs. "It does not surprise me that he went that mile," Burke said about Rockin Ron's elimination performance, which was three-fifths of a second from equaling the fastest mile in Canadian history. "He's gotten on rolls before where he's won a lot of races in a row and beaten really good horses. "Since (early July) he's been consistently getting better. People forget, he beat Wiggle It Jiggleit twice last year. He's not just a horse, he's a pretty nice kind of horse." Rockin Ron won 11 consecutive races after joining Burke's stable in November 2015. The streak culminated with his victory over Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, in the 2016 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Rockin Ron's time of 1:50.1 was the fastest ever by an older pacer on a Canadian half-mile track. A son of Real Desire out of the mare Im All A Roan, Rockin Ron has won 26 of 76 career races and earned $759,773. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and RTC Stables. Burke, who won the Canadian Pacing Derby in 2012 with Foiled Again and in 2010 with Won The West, also sends out All Bets Off and Check Six in Saturday's 10-horse final. All Bets Off finished second to Keystone Velocity in his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination; Check Six was fourth in the elimination won by his stablemate Rockin Ron. The 6-year-old All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Armbro Penelope, has won 25 of 94 career races and earned $2.58 million. Among his three victories this season was the Battle of Lake Erie in June. He starts from post six Saturday with driver Yannick Gingras. "I like his spot," said Burke, who trains the stallion for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and The Panhellenic Stable. "The six hole gives Yannick options; he can go either way. I think he's got a good chance. The horse has been better and better. I'm very happy with him." Check Six, a 4-year-old stallion, won the Sam McKee Memorial and Dan Patch Stakes in his two starts prior to the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations. He will leave from post No. 10, the outermost position, in the final and will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky. For his career, Check Six has won 18 of 47 races and earned $1.53 million. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and Jim Martin. He is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Southwind Vanna. "I thought he was disappointing (in his elimination) but when you look back at it he just got into a bad spot where he had to leave and then he had to come first up against a horse that was going a great mile," Burke said. "I like that we were able to get Timmy. He's going to need it to be a 'Gong Show' for him to probably win, but when you don't have a horse that stands out above all the others, and I don't think we do, there should be plenty of movement. I think you have a bunch of horses that can win." The Canadian Pacing Derby, first raced in 1936, is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. Mohawk's card Saturday also includes Champlain Stakes action for 2-year-old male and female pacers as well as the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old trotters. Following is the field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in post-position order with listed drivers and trainers. Keystone Velocity was a C$40,000 supplemental entry. The race is No. 7 on the card, with a 9:30 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. McWicked-David Miller-Casie Coleman 2. Keystone Velocity-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 3. Easy Lover Hanover-Doug McNair-Ben Wallace 4. Rockin Ron-Louis Philippe Roy-Ron Burke 5. Rockeyed Optimist-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 6. All Bets Off-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7. Nirvana Seelster-Trevor Henry-Bill Budd 8. Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva 9. Sintra-Jody Jamieson-Gaetan Hebert 10. Check Six-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Freehold, NJ--- Downbytheseaside, Resolve, and Agent Q moved up in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while Fear The Dragon maintained a firm hold on harness racing's No. 1 spot.  Fear The Dragon was idle last week, as were the next two horses in the rankings, Ariana G and Huntsville. Downbytheseaside won the elimination of the Messenger Stakes on Saturday and moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the poll. Resolve, who won the Crawford Farms Open Trot on Sunday, jumped from seventh to fifth. Joie De Vie Mare Trot runner-up Hannelore Hanover dropped from fourth to sixth and Marion Marauder, who finished fourth in the Crawford, slipped from sixth to seventh. Agent Q, who won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Saturday, moved up a notch to No. 9. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 14 – 8/29/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (33) 3pc 12-10-2-0 $1,034,810 348 1 2 Ariana G (2) 3tf 8-6-1-1 $544,091 298 2 3 Huntsville 3pc 11-7-3-0 $885,838 215 3 4 Downbytheseaside 3pc 11-7-1-2 $706,216 208 5 5 Resolve 6th 9-4-2-1 $485,149 172 7 6 Hannelore Hanover 5tm 8-4-3-0 $272,424 127 4 7 Marion Marauder 4th 6-3-1-1 $456,097 103 6 8 Walner 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 95 8 9 Agent Q 3pf 10-7-2-0 $450,826 84 10 10 Blazin Britches 3pf 9-8-1-0 $123,392 65 9 Also: Keystone Velocity (34); Emoticon Hanover (28); Lady Shadow (27); Devious Man (24); Manchego, Percy Bluechip (21); Pure Country (13); Check Six (7); Crazy Wow, Pasithea Face S (6); Somewhere In LA (5); All Bets Off, Bit Of A Legend N (4); Nike Franco N, Yes Mickey (3); Perfect Spirit (2); Bill’s Lady, Magic Presto (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

There was a fire at Goshen Historic Track at approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The blacksmith shop, a row of stalls and most of the BOCES barn were destroyed. We are grateful for the quick and effective job performed by our local fire departments, which came to our rescue and prevented tremendous tragedy for both GHT and our community at large. Their response saved numerous other structures. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped remove the horses from the stalls and ensured their safety, specifically Candyce Conroy, Kristy Nehrkorn and Tim Masters, just to name a few. All the horses were saved and there was no loss of life. We will be working with fire officials regarding cause and carefully reviewing all of our structures to ensure their safety. Our facility is located in the middle of downtown Goshen, and our goal is to improve and maintain this historic facility for our community and the horsemen who support GHT. This loss will be a great challenge for both GHT and our local horsemen. Anyone who would like to contribute to GHT, which is a nonprofit 501c3, please call our office at 845-294-5333 or mail contributions to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, N.Y. 10924. PayPal contributions can be made to Ken Weingartner

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