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CHESTER PA - On a cold day where the track condition went from "fast" to "good" to "sloppy" during a dusting of snow, a day when speed did not hold up very well, the Mach Three gelding Internet Hanover was the star of the day, going wire-to-wire in 1:53.1 to win one of three co-featured $16,000 harness racing contests at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Tim Tetrick guided the impressive sophomore to the lead past a 27.4 quarter, got a breather to the half in 58, then put up a third quarter in 27.4 and then a fourth quarter in 27.3 - on a day where only one other race beat 29 home. Internet Hanover won by 5¼ lengths as the heavy favorite as he captured his third straight for trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stables Inc., Daniel Kiwak, and Jay Spector. In the other co-feature on the pace, when the track was still rated "good," the Yankee Skyscraper gelding Fox Valley Hijinx and trainer/driver Kyle Husted worked out the winning journey, just edging Lisburn by a nose in a personal best of 1:53.2. Lisburn had made the lead by the 27.2 quarter, then yielded to follow the heavy favorite Aleppo Hanover through middle splits of 56.2 and 1:24.1, with the winner sitting just behind them. Both horses behind the frontstepper moved out before the 3/4, with Lisburn putting away the speed, but then just missing against the late charge of Fox Valley Hijinx, who is owned by David Brigham. The trotting co-feature produced no fewer than seven lead changes, with IMF the only horse to have the lead twice, including the most important point of command: at the wire in a 1:57.4 mile. IMF had made the lead in front of the stands the first time, yielded, was lucky to get out in a blindswitch at the ¾, then got a clear path and outfinished his opposition by 2¼ lengths. Yannick Gingras guided the Chapter Seven sophomore filly for trainer Ed Gannon Jr., their second successful teaming on a day where Gingras and George Napolitano Jr. had three wins, and trainer Gannon and driver Gingras share in ownership of the winner with Frank Canzone and Ronald Sabatini. PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

Batavia, NY --- As the rain came down, In Runaway Bay N splashed through it in a convincing gate to wire harness racing triumph in the $11,500 Open Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at Batavia Downs. In Runaway Bay N (Kevin Cummings) took early command from post two and set down even early fractions; reaching the half in :58.3. As they rounded the second turn and headed up the backstretch Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) came first-over with Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) on his back and both tried to push the issue from there. Moving to the three-quarters Upfront Countryboy's bid stalled, forcing Iyq Yqr to go three-wide. When In Runaway Bay N tripped the timer there in 1:27.1 he seemed to be pacing stronger as the outside bid from both horses failed. The only challenge left would be from Dark Horse (Shawn McDonough) who had been sitting the pocket trip and was game to take his best shot. But as the race headed down the stretch In Runaway Bay N opened up two-lengths on everyone and paced home sharply to win in 1:55.2. In Runaway Bay N ($6.90) is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo. The 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three has had a stellar year scoring eight wins and earning $66,125 in purses to date, Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) came from well off the pace in the $9,900 Open II undercard and out-muscled Western Rockstar A (Shawn McDonough) and Sunset Sid (Denny Bucceri) at the wire to win in 1:57.2. Owned by the Whiz Kids Stable, the Jeff Sorenson trained Golden Gun ($4.80) scored his eighth win of the year and raised his earnings total to $38,550 for 2018. Kevin Cummings scored a driving Hat Trick on Saturday leading all drivers on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

CHESTER PA - A trio of $16,000 harness racing events for the developing "non-winners of 5 races" younger set were featured on a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, where a one second time allowance was given due to the weather. The single feature trot went to the Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Armageddon Seelster, who took a new mark of 1:56 despite the inhospitable conditions. Pat Berry sent the three-year-old right to the top, then yielded to sit behind the mare Zette Minx through fractions of 28.2, 58.3, and 1:26.3. No serious outer tier action developed, so Berry was able to swing Armageddon Seelster outside nearing headstretch, and he outtrotted Zette Minx to the wire by 1 1/2 lengths for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the triumvirate of Ron Coyne Stables Inc., Blair Corbeil, and Mike McAllister. In the first of the two pacing headliners, the Richess Hanover gelding Sullivan came uncovered with a personal 27 third quarter to grab an early backstretch lead he would never relinquish, withstanding a late rally from a shuffled Fox Valley Hijinx by 1½ lengths in 1:55. Anthony Morgan was in the sulky behind the promising winner for trainer Virgil Addison (who had a training double) and Lady Mardot Racing LLC. The last two races on the card had to be raced for purse money only. But the Mach Three sophomore gelding Gold Rush didn't need betting accompaniment to be impressive in his powerful 1:53.4 win, as he swept off cover and paced his own last quarter in 28 into a stiff wind to defeat California Cruisin by 2¼ lengths. Brett Miller had sulky duty behind the fast finisher for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. George Napolitano Jr. had three wins on the Wednesday card at Philly while Tim Tetrick had two, so "George Nap" doubled his lead over his main rival in the race for dashwinning honors: the score is 238-236 with eleven cards to go in the 2018 season. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Pompano Beach, FL...November 12, 2018...Rebellious, drive by Jim Meittinis for co-owner and trainer Mike Deters, used one of his patented closing kicks to take the $10,000 Open Handicap at Pompano Park on Sunday night (November 11). Deters, who co-owns with Joel Warner, edged closer to two career milestones with the win--the first being his first 100 win training season and the second edging ever-so-close to his first million dollar season as a trainer. Rebellious stopped the timer in 1:51.4, sailing by pacesetter Lucan Hanover (Greg Merton) at mid-stretch with a :27 closer, leaving Lucan Hanover two lengths away at the wire. Here Comes William (Donald Dupont) was third, another length away, with Speed Trap and Caviart Reagan also picking up so bounty in the classy field of six. When the wings folded, Here Comes William and Lucan Hanover got into an early way with the latter squeaking by right at the speedy opener timed in :27. After a half in :56, Speed Trap left his cozy spot in third with Rebellious following his live cover. After the third station timed in 1:24.2, Rebellious fanned widest of all turning for home and vaulted to the front at mid-stretch with winning driver Jim Meittinis lamenting, "This horse has some kinda motor. I mean his brush is devastating when he gets into gear. I love him. I love his attitude--he has a winning attitude." The four year-old gelded son of Mach Three now has 15 wins in 30 starts this year, good for $120,056, to go along with his 1:50.3 Tioga mark. Off at 3 to 5 on the board, Rebellious paid >3.40 to his multitude of faithful. Racing continues Monday with post-time set for 7:20 p.m. The Super Hi-5 finale has ballooned to $13,347 for the Monday card. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $8) bottomed out his four harness racing rivals Saturday night (Nov. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving outside his foes-and in one notch after a defection-Mach it So seemingly had a three-length lead four steps out the gate. That ended the suspense portion of the program, as he did the required roadwork (:27, :55.3, 1:22.4, 1:51.4) with no competition. Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) did edge a loosely-pocketed 6-5 favorite Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) for second-beaten 2½ lengths-with Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube) and I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) completing the order of payees. For second choice Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (career 49-for-147). The exacta paid $37, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to field size, or lack thereof. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MILTON, ON - November 9, 2018 - Kendall Seelster delivered another stunning performance to defeat older harness racing rivals for the second consecutive week in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play and driver Sylvain Filion shot off cover in the lane and stormed home to a 1:52.4 victory over five older mares. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster rallied last week from seventh to record his first win over older mares and Friday she took all the support, going off at odds of 2/5. The daughter of Shadow Play got away fifth and caught the cover of P L Hurricane heading to three-quarters. Windsongmagnifique cut out fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.1 to lead into the lane. Kendall Seelster swelled up on cover and powered by rivals for a victory of three-quarters of a length. Request For Parole followed the favourite to a second-place finish, while Windsongmagnifique held on for third over Exhilarated. Kendall Seelster now has seven wins and $231,165 earned in 18 starts this season. Her career numbers now sit at 11 wins and $695,150 earned for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $2.90. Round two of the Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with two $17,000 divisions for Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Phantom Seelster will have an opportunity for a series sweep following a convincing 1:53.3 victory in Friday's second division. Trevor Henry steered the Richard Moreau trainee to his second consecutive victory. A gelded son of Mach Three, Phantom Seelster left from the far outside and was parked around the first turn, while even-money choice Mission Three posted a :28.1 opening-quarter. Phantom Seelster cleared to the top in the second-quarter and posted a :57 half. Mission Three popped the two-hole on the far-turn to challenge Phantom Seelster, who reached three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Phantom Seelster turned aside his rival and charged home in :28.1 to prevail by a length and a half over Mission Three. Foot Solider crossed the line third, while Stratosphere was fourth. Phantom Seelster entered last week's opening-leg winless in 14 starts this season. The Moreau trainee captured a division of last week's first leg by five lengths and was driven by Bob McClure, who drove Mission Three on Friday. Owned by Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau, Phantom Seelster increased his career numbers to five wins and $75,185 earned with Friday's score. He paid $4.50 to win. Shadow Play colt Shadow Moon prevailed in a tight Win Photo over round-one winner Westslucky Terror in the evening's first division. Driven by Doug McNair, Shadow Moon got away third in the field of seven to follow a pocket-sitting Westslucky Terror, while Bit Of Luck did the heavy-lifting on the front. Shadow Moon got his cue to go on the far turn and pulled up alongside Bit Of Luck at three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Shadow Moon powered by Bit Of Luck, but then had to deal with a patient Westslucky Terror and a closing Hes Got Swagger. Shadow Moon held off Westslucky Terror by a nose for the 1:53.2 victory. Hes Got Swagger finished third, beat half a length, while Delorean Seelster was fourth. Trained by Kyle Fellows, Shadow Moon picked up his second win of 2018 and has now earned $39,335 in 19 starts this season. The sophomore colt's career numbers jump to seven wins and $234,672 earned for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo and Daniel Knechtel. A $2 win ticket on Shadow Moon returned $5.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 3, 2018-Favored Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $4.30) finished what he started Saturday night (Nov. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from penultimate post position No. 5, Mach it So was stung by Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube), needing prompting to make the lead before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. He then rated a 29-second net substation (56-second half) before pole-assigned Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) moved first-up from third. That one challenged in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters before backing away as Mach it So opened a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. He then held off Techtor Hanover by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Voracity (George Brennan) was a second-over third, with a pylon-skimming Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) and Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) picked off the remainder. Control Tower was last among the half-dozen. For Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal starts (career 48-for-146). The exacta paid $18.20, the triple returned $91.50 and the superfecta paid $273. A reminder that the Raceway offers a matinee Sunday (Nov. 4th), with a first post of 11:35 AM. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Day at the Hippodrome 3R as the harness racing driver won five races on the program including the final of the Quebec Plus Series. Despite pouring rain that listed the track as sloppy with a three second allowance, Picard could do no wrong on the racetrack. In the ninth race final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers, it was a battle from start to finish. Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) started off the show taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile when stablemate/entry Ernie Panic and Francis Picard came shooting to the lead before the half mile marker. It was then that Pierre Luc Roy had the race favorite, Lune Bleu, on the move first-over and they raced that way through the backstretch and the three-quarters, going head and head for the lead. As they started down the stretch, Picard and Ernie Panic dug in once again, putting away Lune Bleu and then holding off the late charge by Hercule J M (Pascal Berube) to win by a half-length in 2:02.2. Encore Panic was third with Lune Bleu fourth. It was the fifth win this season for Ernie Panic. The four-year-old stallion by Mach Three is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. He paid $7.90 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace a real dogfight took place between Allstar Seelster and Wild River Swan, Tyler Jones vs Jocelyn Gendron. It was Allstar Seelster that took the early lead but Jones had Wild River Swan on the bit and they took command after a :28.3 opening quarter mile. Then it was Jones and Allstar Seelster coming back by the half mile in :58 and retaking the lead away from Wild River Swan and from there the race was history. Jones had momentum with Allstar Seelster and they pulled away from the field, leading by five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28 with Wild River Swan beginning to fade. Then in the stretch, Allstar Seelster won with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4 over the muddy track. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) was second with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the sixth win this year for Allstar Seelster. The seven-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and owned by Aurel Harvey Et Fils, Inc. of Riviere-Malbaie. He paid $15.80 to win. Track Notes: H3R leading trainer Francis Richard also had a big day, sending out three winners on the afternoon. He now holds a 24 to 17 lead over Maxime Velaye. Leading driver Stephane Brosseau had one win and now leads the driver standing with 46 wins to Pascal Berube's 38. Live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-age track-record-holder returned to town Thursday night (Oct. 4) and promptly hit a number. The Real One (Jason Bartlett), whose life-best 1:50 back in November of 2016 remains Westchester's fastest-ever effort, finished second in Thursday's $23,000, 12th-race finale. Though faltering late in the lane as the 1-2 favorite, the runner-up finish and subsequent $5,750 pay envelope pushed his career account to $1,001,738. After 174 starts, the resume reads 45 wins, 31 seconds and 26 thirds. The 8-year-old Mach gelding is owned by Helene Filion and trained by Pat Lachance. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. won four of the evening's dozen races, including Prairie Panther ($21,80) in the last of the night. by Frank Druicker, for Yonkers Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The change in month from September to October made no difference either to the Mach Three mare Intoview or to her driver George Napolitano Jr., as the pair teamed again for a fourth straight victory while scoring in the $14,000 claiming handicap pace Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This may have been the most impressive of Intoview's four-string of victories, as she equaled her lifetime mark of 1:51.1 in winning, and she did it the hard way: going up first-over against favored pacesetter Tataria, who hung up early splits of 26.4 and 55.4, then was pressed by Intoview to reach the ¾ in 1:22.4 - a 27 second third split, with Intoview going two ticks faster in charging up to duel with the leader. Through the stretch, the outside horse proved the stronger of the pair, winning by 1¼ lengths, with Tataria photoing out pocketsitting LK's Nancy Lee for second. Intoview has now earned $23,815 since joining the father/son team of Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the latter the owner, five races back, and her current lifetime tally is $157,301. As for Napolitano, who won 60 races at Pocono during September (and 30 more at Harrah's Philadelphia), it was business as usual, with "George Nap" reporting home first four times. In addition, Tyler Buter also scored four winners. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 28, 2018-Favored Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) prevailed from the pocket Friday night (Sept. 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 4, Mach It A Par gave it up to second choice Newborn Sassy (Eric Goodell) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. That one rated a :29.1 second subsection (:56.3 intermission) before Magic Forces (George Brennan) made her second move, first-up from fourth. However, a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.2) disposed of that challenger, 'Sassy' taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. Mach It A Par then eased her way out and by, winning by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53. Second went to Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.), who closed from seventh at the three-quarters. Newborn Sassy saved the bottom of the ticket, with Terror at Night (Mark MacDonald) and Scandalicious (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For Mach It A Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her ninth win in 31 seasonal starts (career 46-for-139, earnings over $982,000) The exacta paid $37.60, the triple returned $207.50 and the superfecta paid $901. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Under the command of Ken Murphy, Machinthesand vanquished his feature foes Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The veteran Mach Three pacer was on top at every call in the $2,350 Preferred 2 pace as he laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:26.3 before closing out the mile in 1:54.2. Three Truths (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) rallied to finish second in the speedy trip while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was third. Machinthesand is trained by Barry Folland for owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. It was one of two wins on the program for Folland, as Toad River was a 1:58.1 victor with Marc Campbell at the lines in race 8. Dusty Lane Jacob shocked the $1,950 Open trot with a 34-1 upset for driver Merner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague, P.E.I. MacDonald co-owns the six-year-old son of Nureyev with Tanya MacKinnon of Souris, P.E.I. Frill Seeker (Arsenault) was second with Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) being placed to third to complete the $386.60 triactor. Gilles Barrieau scored four wins on the weekday program with victories aboard his own Finnish Your Way in 2:01.2, Sports Highlights in 2:00.4 for trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown, Cougar Gal in 1:59.1 for Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown and Woodmere Soul in the finale for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, P.E.I. Live racing continues Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Putting together a top three finish against the top pacers in Eastern Canada is no small feat and now Machinthesand draws the rail while dropping in class in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday evening program gets underway at 6:30 P.M., with the featured pace lining up as race 11 of the card. Machinthesand has drawn post 1 in the $2,350 feature event with Ken Murphy at the lines for trainer Barry Folland and owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. The nine-year-old son of Mach Three has put together a solid season with nine top three finishes from 16 outings, including finishing third to Czar Seelster and Rose Run Quest in his latest start. Those top pacers are absent this week but his six rivals are no slouches. Stars Above rides a two-race win streak into the Thursday feature with Steven Shepherd at the lines from post 4 while Three Truths had his win streak snapped at three last week and gets post 5 with Kenny Arsenault in the seat. Cartoon Daddy has faced the top pacers on the East Coast all season and is shouldered with post 7 for driver David Dowling but shows a trip in 1:54.2 in his latest start. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in rail control and calls Machinthesand the likely winner. "Machinthesand has cracked the top three in five of his last six which says a lot about his current form," MacIsaac said. "With this one being so wide-open, rail control could be the deciding factor." Other entries include Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes), Red Magician (Adam Merner), and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). Race 6 is the $1,950 Open trot and Freddie returns to the Island scene after facing the pacers at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia in his latest with a third place finish. Marc Campbell trains and drives the trotter for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries include the stablemates Majian Chester (Murphy) and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oake, for Red Shores

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three mare Intoview recorded her third straight victory for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen while winning the $14,000 distaff claiming handicap pacing feature in 1:52.4 on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. On a night where nine of fourteen chalks prevailed, Intoview and driver George Napolitano Jr. were not the crowd's favorite - at 9-5, they were held slightly behind 7-5 LK's Nancy Lee, handled by George's brother Anthony. LK's Nancy Lee challenged early leader Rosy Outlook after the 27.2 quarter, reaching the half in 56.2 and then bracing for the first-over move from Intoview. Intoview got to within a head of the leader by the 1:24.1 clocking with a quarter to go, then continued the attack through the lane, with pocketsitting Rosy Outlook making it a three-horse contest to the wire. Intoview proved most photogenic, a head ahead of LK's Nancy Lee, who held that same margin over Rosy Outlook. The victorious sharp mare now has earnings of $150,301. In a $13,000 co-feature, the Well Said gelding Well Played Out followed advancing cover, then paced his own last quarter in 27.2 to catch that cover, Bag Pipe Major, by ¾ of a length while lowering his mark a full second to 1:53.1. Tyler Buter guided the winner, whose $15.40 mutuel was the longest of the night, for trainer Alex Kavoleff and owners Douglas Alexander and Bruce Areman. George Napolitano Jr. won five races on the Tuesday card, including four of the final five, giving him 70 victories to date in the month of May: 47 of them at Pocono and the other 23 at Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - Shebang N, guided by "countryman" Dexter Dunn, won the $16,000 distaff pacing feature on a special Friday evening card at Harrah's Philadelphia, gaining into a 27.4 last quarter to win in 1:53.2 in weather that forced three short delays in the races due to hard rain and lightning. Dunn and the victorious daughter of Mach Three went up to the lead shortly out of the first turn, then yielded to race favorite Rob Them Blind. Shebang N was content to sit until the stretch sprint, then showed sharp acceleration to get by the favorite by a neck for trainer Nifty Norman and the Robert Cooper Stables LLC. The victory was the fourth in a row for Shebang N, and her driver Dexter Dunn has also been hot as well at Philly. After not getting the best of stock upon returning to the southeast Pennsylvania oval (he won two races here in 2011) and not tasting success in his first 20 local drives, the 29-year-old New Zealander certainly has turned things around -- his win in the feature was his seventh in 19 starts here since that unremarkable beginning. In the $14,500 co-featured pace for distaffs, the Artzina mare Use Your Noodle and driver Victor Kirby also found a pocket trip the route to the winners circle, catching millionaire pacesetter Regil Elektra to also win by a head in 1:52.1, last quarter 28 in the off going. Use Your Noodle, trained by DeShawn Sample for Nanticoke Racing Inc., Henry Faragalli III, Arthur Feeney, and Trevor Johnson, now has earned $285,315. In a $14,000 trot, the Muscle Hill colt Fleet Admiral, a full brother to Ariana G, was handled patiently by driver Josert Fonseca, moving from midpack at the ¼ and grinding his way to the lead by the half, then stepping home safe from his opposition in a 1:55.2 mile. Fleet Admiral has now won three in a row for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and the S R F Stable. The Liberty Bell stakes series returns on the Sunday card, which begins at 2:05 p.m., as will the remainder of the cards raced on Sunday through meet's end on December 16. Three-year-old colts of both gaits will contest half of the 14 races set for Sunday in Liberty Bell series racing, with four divisions for the pacers and three for the trotters. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

There were few surprises as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening, with either the favourite or the fans' second choice winning all three divisions. In the first $19,150 division, second choice Casimir Richie P and driver Trevor Henry went directly to the lead from Post 5 and never relinquished control. The son of Astronomical rang up fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.2 on his way to a personal best 1:51.2. Favourite Luka Shenko and Gold Rush finished in a dead heat for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. "He's been a really nice colt for us. Only cost me $6,000 and he must be getting close to $100,000 life now," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "He's just not quite good enough for the Gold, he got third, fourth maybe, but he seems to relish the Grassroots side. He was in record form tonight, so that was good." Cambridge resident Moore shares ownership of Casimir Richie P with his son Tyler Moore of Campbellville and Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario. Through two seasons of racing the colt has earned $93,818 and will be looking to pad that in the Grassroots post season. With two wins and one third to his credit in three Grassroots starts, Casimir Richie P tallied 112 points and heads into the Sept. 21 Semi-Final ranked fourth in the division. "I gave him a week off last week and trained him on Tuesday, and he trained wicked good over the farm track, so I might give him another week off," said Dr. Moore of the colt's schedule heading into the Semi-Finals. "I'm not sure yet, I'll see how he comes out of this one." Second choice When You Dance had a much tougher trip to the winner's circle in the second $19,150 division. Starting from Post 9, the Mach Three gelding and driver Jody Jamieson were parked for much of the :26.1 first quarter and enjoyed just a brief hold of the lead before Wind Blast circled back around to the front. Tucked in second at the :54.3 half, Jamieson sent When You Dance back into the outer lane heading by the 1:23.2 three-quarters and then waged a fierce battle in the stretch with Shadow Moon before prevailing by a nose in 1:53. Shadow Moon settled for second and fan favourite Bit Of Luck was third. "It was a tough, gritty win. He was parked past the eighth in 12 seconds and cleared ,and then had to let a high odds horse go," said trainer Ben Wallace. "Then he was lucky to squeeze out in the top and take him to come again. So it was gutty win. I know they only went in 1:53, but it wasn't an easy 1:53, if you know what I mean." The Puslinch, Ontario resident owns When You Dance in partnership with Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, Florida. The gelding was also victorious in his only other Grassroots start, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 22, and heads into the post-season in sixth spot with 100 points. "He's a deserving winner, he's had a tough summer," said Wallace, adding that the gelding will not start again before the Sept. 21 Semi-Final. "He hasn't had the best luck with trips and situations and maybe showing up, when he did draw good, maybe not as healthy as he could have been, so it was a nice win." With a flawless record of three wins in three Grassroots starts, reigning division champion Pretty Handsome heads back to the post-season tied for top spot in the standings with 150 points. The Mach Three son and driver Jonathan Drury cruised to victory in the third $19,500 division on Friday, sailing home five and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:50.2. JM Jack Of Hearts followed the favourite around the oval and into second and Gideon Seelster was third. "He seems to be in top form right now, always good heading towards the Semi-Final," said Andrew McCabe, who trains Pretty Handsome for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, Ontario. "We had a little bit of a hiccup with him there. He kind of earned the chance to try the Gold and he got sick on us up there in Ottawa (July 22). "We're really trying to win a Gold in the worst way, never won one. Not ever. It's never, ever, ever worked out," McCabe added. "Every time we try and make that approach something backfires on us." Pretty Handsome finished seventh in the July 22 Gold Leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway and eighth in a second attempt against the top colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 4. After almost a month off, the gelding returned to action in a Sept. 1 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park and regained his winning form, touring the Campbellville oval in 1:51. Friday's victory was his seventh of the season from 11 starts. Pretty Handsome will begin defense of his division title on Sept. 21. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Semi-Final round, with the top five finishers in each Semi-Final advancing to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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