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GRATZ, PA - The Dave Brickell 1-2 punch of powerful harness racing pacing females - freshman Dream Dancing and sophomore Crew Sock Hanover - were the headline attractions during an excellent 2-day stand of state Fair Sire Stakes racing during the Gratz Fair in this central Pennsylvania town. Dream Dancing set a new track record for her division with a 1:58.3 victory during two-year-old action on Sunday, knocking a tick off the nine-year-old mark of Blissful Artist. Brickell, also trainer and co-owner with Mitchell York, was in the sulky behind the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy, moving to the lead between the quarter and the half, and en route to the finish she also became the fastest two-year-old on the fair circuit this year and also the only horse to set two divisional track records, adding to her alteration in the Butler books. The next day, during sophomore action, the Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, sitting just off a wicked :27 duel to the quarter, moved down the backside the final time and drew clear late in 1:56.1, lowering her own standard for fastest mile of the local fair year, which she set here last week, by a full second. Kyle Bolon was in the sulky behind Crew Sock Hanover, winner of her last four fair starts, for Team Brickell / York. The sophomore pacing colt Find One More recorded his fourth 2:00 victory at the Pennsy fairs in 2019, double that of any other horse, taking his Sire Stakes race in 1:58.2. The altered son of Western Terror, a graduate of the "B" Fair Sire Stakes division who has now been victorious in three straight against the "A"s, defeated stablemate Way To Close by a half-length for driver Tony Schadel and trainer/brother Todd Schadel, the latter co-owner with his wife Christine. The pairing of driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III accounted for a sweep of the major action for sophomore trotters. First up was the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who was three-wide from fifth from before the three-quarter pole, yet still reduced his group's fair seasonal best to 2:01.3 for the Lone Wolf Stable. Then came 2018's divisional Fair Championship winner, RT Gloria De Dios a daughter of Muscle Massive, who wired her field in 2:02.3. It was the fourth straight win for RT Gloria De Dios, owned by the Brocious Racing Stable Inc., and her eighth triumph at the Keystone twicearounds this year, tying her at the top of that particular list. The other horse at the top of the victories column is the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotting gelding Penance, who overcame a hard grinding trip for a 2:04.1 win, giving him triumphs in five of his last fair six starts. It will cause little surprise to note that Penance was driven by Kyle Bolon, trained by Bob Rougeaux III, and is owned by Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The Delmarvalous - Life'sarealbeach freshman pacing gelding Life's Marvalous won in 1:59.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, the fastest mile by a baby pacing colt this year and his third straight fair triumph. Roger Hammer and Kyle Bolon each drove four winners during the two days to tie for sulky honors, while Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III topped the training side by sending out four winning charges. The Pennsylvania fair season ends this coming Friday and Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fair, with freshman in action on Friday starting at 1 p.m., and then sophomores on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. This will be the last chance for contenders to secure enough points to be eligible for their $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. From the MSOA,, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

INDIANA ,PA - The weather was kinder than it has been recently as the Pennsylvania fair circuit checked into the Indiana County Fair, with seven of twelve scheduled races for two-year-olds conducted Thursday and all fifteen heats for three-year-olds raced on Friday. The Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman harness racing trotting gelding Penance atoned for two breaks in stride in pari-mutuel Sire Stakes races, putting up the fastest time of any performer on the Thursday card, 2:07.1 (one filly and both colt "A" paces were among the washouts). Penance, who is the circuit's fastest baby trot this year with a 2:02.4 at York and also was the winner of an Arden Downs division the night before the Adios, now has a 5-4-1-0 scorecard at the fairs, with Kyle Bolon guiding him to victory at Indiana for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Perhaps the biggest disappointment among the washed-out races was that the baby pacing filly Silly But Serious did not get a chance to become the first six-time fair winner of the year. The opportunity to become a six-time fair winner did fall to Andovers Asset, a three-year-old trotting gelding who raced Friday, but that one had to settle for second behind the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who won in 2:05.3 for the co-fastest trot time of the meet (equaled by the filly Grandma Anna in her "B: Sire Stakes division). Bob Rougeaux III returned to the Indiana winners circle after Cantab Ed, handled by Chris Shaw and owned by the Lone Wolf Stable, won his first race of the year. But the spotlight on Friday, and indeed for the meet, fell on the sophomore pacing fillies, as the two "A" Fair Sire Stakes winners both went over three seconds faster than any other winner this meet. First to Victory Lane was the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, now three-for-three at the fairs (including a 1:59 win in a "B" cut at Clearfield) after a 2:01.1 tour of the Indiana oval for driver Eric Neal, trainer Scott Betts, and owners Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts. Even faster was the Western Ideal miss More More More, winning in 2:00.1 fifteen minutes later for meet speed honors while posting her third straight victory. Also the divisional speed leader by virtue of her 1:58.4 mile at Dayton last week, More More More is enjoying as hot a current roll as are his owners, driver/husband Tony and trainer/wife Linda Schadel. The victory patterns among trainers and drivers contrasted wildly from Thursday to Friday. Seven different drivers won the seven heats conducted Thursday, while seven different drivers also won Friday - among the 15 races that day. Kyle Bolon and Chris Shaw both added a triple on Friday to the race they won Thursday to emerge as the meet leaders with four sulky successes. Seven different trainers also won on Thursday, but on Friday five trainers rang up doubles during the long card. Again there was a tie at the top, as Michael Brocklehurst and Bob Rougeaux III both were among the doublers on Friday and the winners on Thursday to dead-heat with three training triumphs. The Keystone fair circuit next goes to the northwest corner of the state and the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA, with noon first posts scheduled for two-year-olds on Monday and three-year-olds on Tuesday From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

LEXINGTON, KY-- A trio of divisions for round four of the Kindergarten Classic Series were held at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 18, with 24 freshmen colts entered on the late stages of the weekday harness racing card. First-time starter Whataworkout defeated 1/5 favorite Airman Batten in a 1:56.4 gate-to-wire effort.   Keystone Bodacious made a bid for the front, as well as Suit And Tie to the inside and Whataworkout taking the outer route towards the top. Keystone Bodacious broke as they began to turn, taking Suit And Tie out of contention, as well as impeding Airman Batten, causing him to run for a moment. Whataworkout trotted to the quarter in :30.1.   Strolling to a 1:00 (:29.4) half-mile, Whataworkout soon had Airman Batten challenging for command. True Blue Stride sat In The Pocket third and Whom Shall I Fear tracked the favorite's move from fourth. Stalled first over, Airman Batten remained 1 ½ lengths off leader Whataworkout through three-quarters in 1:28.4 (:28.4).   Whataworkout began to extend his stride into the final eighth. Airman Batten backed into the pocket, admitting defeat to 48-1 Whataworkout in 1:56.4. Whom Shall I Fear finished third and True Blue Stride, galloping into the stretch, recovered his stride to finish fourth.   A $99.60 winner, Whataworkout is owned by Lindy Farms, trained by Frank Antonacci and was driven by Domenico Cecere. Sired by Muscle Hill, out of the Chocolatier mare Southwind Sofia, the 1:56.4 effort is a lifetime and season best.   French Laundry, sent off the 1-2 favorite, won by lengths in 1:54.4.   Special Action left from the center, with Image Of Luck sliding into the pocket, and French Laundry opted for the overland route as they rolled into the turn. Special Action had a slight advantage over French Laundry through a :29.3 quarter.   Clearing the lead in the backstretch, French Laundry coasted his way to the half, with Special Action now second, Image Of Luck third and P Mac Attack trotting fourth, nearly 5 lengths off the lead. French Laundry traveled past the half in :57.2 (:27.4) and three-quarters in 1:26.1 (:28.4).   P Mac Attack took to the outside after French Laundry, while Special Action and Image Of Luck continued to chase. Under minimal urging, French Laundry drew clear of his foes and won by 5 lengths in 1:54.4 (:28.3) over Special Action, Lucky Ten K and P Mac Attack.   Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, and trained and driven by Jimmy Takter, the son of Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall paid $3.00 to win.   Wicker Hanover, victorious in the third leg of the Kindergarten, returned to Lexington and claimed victory in the final division of the Kindergarten in 1:57.   Bighandsbiggloves got the lead, while Divisionist sat the pocket, Dapper Don trotted third and Boots N Chains stalked from fourth. The front quartet remained in that line-up through fractions of :29.1 and :59.2 (:30.1).   Boots N Chains pulled first over and engaged with Bighandsbiggloves for command. Wicker Hanover traveled second over while Divisionist sat the pocket.   After three-quarters in 1:29.3 (:30.1), Boots N Chains had a slight lead. Wicker Hanover fanned three wide, while Divisionist attempted to split horses. Wicker Hanover, in the final sixteenth, swept by Boots N Chains and won by a half-length in 1:57 (:27.2) over Boots N Chains, Divisionist and Bighandsbiggloves.   Owned by Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable, the son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done-Conway Hall is trained by Noel Daley and was driven by Kyle Bolon. He returned $6.40 to win.   French Laundry remains on top of the leader with 162 points. Wicker Hanover moved into second with 100 points and Airman Batten is third with 75 points.   Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 25, with the Grand Circuit meeting, commencing with the $300,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. Declaration time is 9:30 A.M. on Monday, September 22.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

War Cry Hall and harness racing driver Josh Sutton prevail in the $20,000 Open II Trot in his record time,1:54. War Cry Hall is a 5-year old gelded son of Cash Hall out of Winners Only. He's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.for RBH Ventures Inc of New York. War Cry Hall was assigned post six in the field eight and selected as the morning line favorite. Sutton was in no rush as the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. A pair of outside starters, Final Breath and Fusion Man left hard for command. Trotting the opening quarter in :27.3. Final Breath and Hugh "Sandy" Beatty cleared Run And Tell Pap just passed the quarter and parked Fusion Man, driven by Mike Micallef. Fusion Man pressed Final Breath to half mile point in :56.3, giving Run And Tell Pap and Chris Page a perfect pocket trip. Sutton and War Cry Hall followed the cover of Ajuama and Jeremy Smith to the three quarters clocked in 1:24.3. Sutton found room to duck back to the rail at the top of the stretch when Page pulled Run and Tell Pap for the stretch drive. War Cry Hall trotted a final quarter in :28.4 to catch Final Breath by a neck and Run And Tell Pap was third. Betterluvnexttime and Josh Sutton go wire to wire in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:52. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian Girl. She's trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.for Daniel Mitchell of Michigan. This was Betterluvnexttime's seventh win in just 15 starts in 2014. Sutton had the lines from assigned post eight in the field of eight and was the morning line favorite. Josh was on a mission when the starter said go, leaving hard for the top. Betterluvnexttime cleared Sectionline Yankee and Chris Page just passed the quarter that was paced in a sizzling :26.1. She earned a second quarter breather after getting to the half in :55.2. Page and Sectionline Yankee enjoyed their pocket ride when Up Front Kellie Jo and Kyle Bolon made their first over bid. They pushed the speed down to the three quarters in 1:23.3. Betterluvnexttime held off the late bid from Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater who came up 3/4-length shy and Sectionline Yankee held third. From Scioto Downs Racino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2014 -- Imagine Hanover dominated his Ken Weaver Memorial Trot field once again, cruising to an unchallenged victory Monday at The Meadows. Gotta Luv Cash took the other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings. Hammered down to 1-9, Imagine Hanover sped to the lead for Brett Miller and was ahead at every call, just as he was last week. He scored in 1:57.3, 8-1/2 lengths better than Glamrocker, with Master Angler third. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover, a 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding, for James Beluscak and Robert Carson. Gotta Luv Cash, a 12-1 long shot, was behind a wall of horses in the final turn but found the path to victory in the Lightning Lane for owner/trainer/driver Kyle Bolon. Masada rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while early leader Stray Cat Strut saved show. The 4-year-old Cash Hall-Gotta Luv It gelding scored in 1:58.4, a career best. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foxy Lady brushed powerfully first over and triumphed in 1:52 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Certified Ideal was second, 4-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Phone Terror closed from last to earn show. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox now boasts $689,872 in lifetime earnings. Palone drove four winners and Miller three on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, March 11, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows already offers $5,000-guaranteed pools for its Monday and Tuesday Pick 4s, but when no one successfully picked Monday’s Pick 4 — resulting in a $3,582.98 carryover — the track decided to sweeten Tuesday’s guarantee. Minimum wager for the Pick 4, which spans Races 4 through 7, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Pompano Beach, FL...Oct. 27, 2013...For the second straight week, Hyperion Hanover, deftly handled by Stephane Lareau, wore down favored B N Bad, driven by Bruce Ranger, in the final strides to capture Pompano Park’s $10,000 Winners Over feature pace in 1:51.3. The millionaire ageless wonder, now 10, settled cozily in the garden spot after B N Bad left sharply from his mid-pack (five) post and carded honest fractions of :27, :55 and 1:23.1. Turning for home, Hyperion Hanover left the pocket and, ever so slowly, gnawed into B N Bad’s lead, nailing the win just two strides from the wire for his eighth win of the year in 23 starts. The gelded son of Camluck, owned by the S S G Stables, now boasts 48 lifetime wins and a bankroll of $1,152,121. Hurrikane Scotty J, with Matt Romano in the bike, finished third while No Monkeys Allowed and driver Rick Plano teamed up for fourth. Oh My Joepa (Tom Sells) got the last nickel in the field of six. In the post race interview, driver Stephane Lareau said, “...once again, this horse showed his class and tenacity. It was not easy getting by Bruce’s horse (B N Bad) this time around. He was very game. It wasn’t a question of his horse faltering, it was just the fact that I was lucky enough to get the trip.” As third choice in the wagering, Hyperion paid a very healthy $11.20 to win. For trainer Jim McDonald, who is on the USTA “watch list” closing on the 1,000 mark in both driving and training wins, it was career training victory number 981, a number to which he would add a few races later when Freeneasy Hanover, driven by Kevin Wallis, took top honors in the co-feature pace. The five year-old son of Western Ideal, owned by Twenty Four Carrot Racing along with Ciro Gentile, made a bold quarter move to the top past the :27.2 opener, clocked panels of :56.3 and 1:25 and then held off the furious late surge of Yankees In Six (Stephane Lareau) to win by a head in 1:53.2. The early leader, Excel Nine, handled by Matt Romano, finished third followed by Gold Star Spike and Fine Fine Fine in the field of seven. The win was number five on the year for Freeneasy Hanover in 30 starts--16th lifetime--and pushed his career bounty to $145,315. In the non-wagering $10,000 Sunshine State Stake Final for Florida bred three year-old side-wheelers, 80 year-young trainer Marc Aubin stole the show as Quincy and stablemate Hillybilly finished one-two. Quincy, owned by the Marc Aubin Stable, grabbed the racetrack after three-eighths of a mile, went to the half in :57.1 and blazed home in :56.2 to score a handy two length victory for Bryce Fenn in 1:53.3 for his 12th victory of the year--and a new lifetime mark to go along with it. Hillybilly, driven by Bruce Ranger, was the early leader through the :28.3 opener and sat In The Pocket thereafter before easing out in the lane to out-game Goldstar Thumper (Rick Plano) for the second spot. In other action, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, stuck his long nose in front approaching the wire to score in a lifetime best 1:52.3 over Gentleman Friend (Kyle Bolon) and Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) in a blanket finish. Panocchio is owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison. Finally, the Florida Amateur Driving Club, that have donated over $125,000 to worthy charitable causes since their inception, added to that total on Saturday night with a sizable contribution to the Go For The Greens Foundation, dedicated to helping those that have been touched by breast cancer. The ceremony took place in the Pompano Park winner’s circle after Teddy Bowman teamed up with his own Peaceful Prince to win the F.A.D.C. featured trot in 2:00.3. It was the 27th lifetime win for the nine year-old son of Lindy Lane. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

Kyle Bolon, 24, has been splitting his harness racing driving assignments between the Meadows, the Red Mile and Scioto Downs this year. He currently sits second in the Red Mile driver standings, only two wins away from the top spot behind another young gun, Tyler Smith. Bolon also sits 15th in the Meadows standings with 14 wins.

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