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CHESTER PA - Driver Marcus Miller, who led the driver colony in his native Illinois before coming East and showing he can drive with the best sulkysmiths around, earned career victory #3000 by guiding the maiden trotter Boxing Gloves to a 1:59 victory Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The milestone victory wasn't an easy one for horse or driver, as the 6-5 race favorite had to come uncovered at the 3/8 and grinded away. But turning for home, the winning Muscle Hill colt seized the lead, and Marcus kept his ridgling's mind to business to the wire to score number 3000. The victory was probably all the sweeter because Marcus won for his father, trainer Erv Miller, who conditions the sophomore for Silver Linden Farms. The 2016 Rising Star Award winner from the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the 29-year-old certainly has talent running throughout his pedigree: in addition to dad Erv, Andy Miller is his uncle, and "Hurricane" Hannah Miller is his sister. Currently seventh in the standings among the all-star Philly drivers colony, Marcus's biggest career victory came in a 2016 Breeders Crown with Someomensomewhere. A look at the feature races of the day: Driver Victor Kirby has seen both sides of the harness racing game at Harrah's Philadelphia recently. In his last pari-mutuel start, Kirby's pacer had stumbled and fell near the half-mile pole; in his first betting start since that unceremonious event, Victor guided New Heaven wire-to-wire from the outside post eight to take a new mark of 1:54.2 in the $17,000 trotting feature Thursday. The son of Yankee Glide, trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills, dictated early fractions of 28.1 and 57.4, then was required to speed up as favored EI EI O stormed up uncovered, with those two nose-to-nose past the 1:25.2  marker at the three-quaters. Through the stretch New Heaven was under attack from every direction, from Pricelesspossesion in the passing lane to Casa Palmera not all that far removed from the outside fence, but he held with determination, winning by a half-length over EI EI O, with Pricelesspossesion third and Casa Palmera fourth, those two both within a neck of second. In the $14,500 co-feature, first-over Classic Belisima wore down pacesetter Sir John F, who had been hard-used to make the top, drawing away late to tally by 1½ lengths in 1:56. John Cabot trains the daughter of Crazed, who has now assembled a bankroll of $269,760 lifetime, for owner William Cantrell. From the PHHA/Chester Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Bettorhaveanother worked her way to the top fairly easily for driver Marcus Miller, rated the half, then sprinted home in 54.2 to equal her mark of 1:50.3 - taken in almost identical fashion two weeks before -- in winning the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs during a Friday night card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, Princess Fabulosa was favored over Bettorhaveanother, but the winning daughter of Bettor's Delight got to the half in 56.1 and then zipped home in 54.2 to withstand the grind of her foe. This week Princess Fabulosa again was the crowd's choice, but again her first-up challenge was repelled by Bettorhaveanother - who had the exact same first half (56.1) and second half (54.2) clockings in both events! Ron Burke conditions Bettorhaveanother, who now has seven wins in 15 seasonal starts and a career accumulation of $349,377, for the familiar pairing of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Driver George Napolitano Jr. was hot at both ends of the action at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday evening, winning three of the first five races and then sweeping the Late Double for a total of five wins on the card. FINISHING LINES - The next action at Harrah's Philly will be this Sunday at 12:40, when the track will host its "SUPER SUNDAY" of first-rate racing. The $150,000 Maxie Lee Trot (Marion Marauder is the early favorite), the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace (with the early nod to Shartin N), and the $150,000 Commodore Barry Pace (with Filibuster Hanover the chalk off his Confederation Cup win) will be joined by two divisions of a Pennsylvania Sire Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies, a division for each Invitational class in the Great Northeast Open Series (and these races are tough - Hannelore Hanover is in the trot), and an attempt (weather permitting) on the 1:08 world record for pacing 5/8 of a mile on a 5/8 mile track, ensuring an outstanding day of competition for the pleasure of live or simulcast fans. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

As we barrel forward into the month of April, we are still waiting for signs of spring to show up in the weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rest assured, however, the cold weather hasn't had any negative effect on the early-season racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If anything, the racing action is ripping along as if we were all basking in a heat wave in the middle of summer. That means lots of competition for this edition of the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: WALKS OF LIFE First of all, any horse sort of named after an 80's hit gets my immediate stamp of approval. But this eight-year-old gelding has brought the game to match up with the name. And his success started long before he arrived at Pocono for the beginning of the meet. Racing on the New Jersey circuit, Walks Of Life hit the board in every one of his first eight 2018 races while winning five of them. He didn't waste any time at Pocono either, winning his first two races of the meet in gate-to-wire fashion. After winning at the $12,500 and $15,000 claiming levels, he went back at it against the $15,000 claimers on Saturday night. This time around, he was working for a new barn, going for trainer Toni Freitas after the bulk of his 2018 success came with Vincent Fusco Jr. Even with the barn switch, the Pocono faithful believed in Walks Of Life, making him a 3-5 favorite as he left from post position #1 in a field of eight. When driver Jim Morrill Jr. asked him for a quick burst of speed on the front stretch, he moved to the lead, which is where he loves to operate. From there, the favorite handled a first-over challenge from Mainland Key N, while the pocket tripping Annuity tried to stay close for a final rally. But the rest of the field turned out to be playing for second, as Walks Of Life glided away from the pursuit and ended up winning by 5 ½ convincing lengths in a season-best time of 1:51:2. Now with wins in seven of ten on the year, he also became the first horse to rack up three wins in the Pocono 2018 meet. And, with how great he's been going, he'll probably be tough to beat as he tries to be first to four. Other top pacers this week include: Cowboy Terrier (Eric Carlson, Ron Burke), who scored a condition victory on Saturday night in a sizzling time of 1:50, fastest of both his career and of all pacers on the young 2018 racing season at Pocono; Kimberlee (Jim Marohn Jr., Ake Svanstedt), a filly whose victory on Sunday night in the first leg of the Bobby Weiss late closer series made her two-for-two at Pocono in the meet and came in a career-best 1:53:3; and Charmbro Curiosity (Marcus Miller, Dan Morrissey), who stepped up in claiming price to $10,000 on Saturday night and won his second straight at Pocono, this one coming in 1:53:4. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: TOUR DE LINDY A year ago as a three-year-old, the most memorable win for Tour De Lindy came when trainer Lucas Wallin drove him to a victory at Pocono at some of the longest odds for any winner in the entirety of 2017 at the track. When he returned to Pocono racing on March 27, he came in much more highly-regarded. He had begun the year with back-to-back near-miss second-place finishes at The Meadowlands. With Wallin handing the driving chores off to Marcus Miller, the four-year-old gelding easily handled a tough non-winners of four grouping in 1:55, which marked a new career-best time. On Sunday night, Tour De Lindy stepped up his game to face the non-winners of six group with a purse of $17,000. Leaving from a #6 post in a field of eight, he was made the 1-2 betting favorite in a field of eight. And Miller once again set about putting him out in front of the field with a move to the outside on the race's first turn. With seemingly no sweat, Tour De Lindy stepped past Zagster and grabbed the lead, daring anyone to come and try to catch him. Needless to say, nobody could, nor did anyone really threaten his supremacy in the race. After being rated well by Miller, Tour De Lindy powered home in the lane to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Ataboy Hanover and matched his career-best time of 1:55 from the week before in the process. That time was also the fastest of any trotter on the week at Pocono. Considering how well he's been racing, it will likely be quite a stretch before this gelding is ever again deemed a long shot like he was a year ago. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Ameliosi (Marcus Miller, Jenny Melander), a mare whose victory in a condition group on Saturday night in 1:55:1 gave her four wins in five races on the year; Chas Hanover (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who picked up a win in a division of the Weiss series for male trotters on Sunday night in 1:56:2, the fastest time of the three Weiss divisions for that group; and Myrna Myrna (Mike Simons, Scott Betts), who posted the fastest winning time among three divisions of the Weiss for distaff trotters in the slop on Tuesday night with a 1:57:4 victory, a new career-best. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR This mare rallied from way back in Tuesday night's featured condition pace to win at 24-1 with Jim Taggart Jr. in the bike, paying off $51.80 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MIKE SIMONS Mike looks well-stocked in the distaff trotting Weiss series after scoring victories in two of the three divisions of the first leg held on Tuesday night. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JENNY MELANDER Melander had fun with the trotters at Pocono this week, scoring trotting victories with Ameliosi on Saturday night, Meadowbranch Ricky on Sunday, and Ms American Muscle on Tuesday. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at   Jim Beviglia

Harness racing driver Marcus Miller enjoys driving at Lexington's Red Mile. It is not all related to the success he enjoyed there a year ago, but that probably doesn't hurt. Last year, Miller won three divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and a division of the Bluegrass. He also finished second in three divisions of the Bluegrass and in a division of the Glen Garnsey. For the track's entire Grand Circuit meet, Miller hit the board in 12 of 23 starts for a .338 driver rating. "It's a big, fast track; that's my favorite part about it," Miller said about racing at The Red Mile. "It's such a fun track. You can kind of come from all over the place. The trip really matters, the pace really matters. It's just a lot of fun." Miller hopes to continue the fun when this year's Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile begins at 7 p.m. Thursday with five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. Miller will drive in three of the divisions with horses trained by his father, Erv. None of the three colts are at odds longer than 6-1 on the morning line. Leading the way for the Millers is Keystone Apache, who won last week's Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters on Little Brown Jug Day (Sept. 21) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Keystone Apache raced on the outside the entire mile and went three wide heading to the final turn to win by a neck over Can't Afford It in 1:56.2. For the year, the son of Explosive Matter-Found An Angel has won three of nine races and $65,527. All three of his victories have come in his past four starts. "If he can keep racing like he did on Jug Day, I think he can go with a good bunch of them," Miller said, adding with a laugh, "It wasn't the trip I was planning on. But I did think he was the best horse in the race. He definitely performed as good as he could. "(My dad) has always liked him and I think in the last few starts we're really getting to see why. He's really got a good attitude. I think he's just gotten a lot more sure-footed. I think the attitude was always there, but now you're able to use him a little bit without having to worry so much." Keystone Apache is 7-2 on the morning line in the first Bluegrass division. He is the second choice behind You Know You Do from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. You Know You Do, a son of Muscle Hill-You Want Me, won the Peter Haughton Memorial and finished second in the William Wellwood Memorial. He has finished no worse than second in seven of eight starts, winning four. Miller's next Bluegrass drive will come with Farsetti Hanover in the fourth division. Farsetti Hanover has won two of nine races this year and $75,139. He has won two of his past three starts, including a division of the Reynolds Memorial, and finished third in the Haughton. "He's a really nice colt," Miller said. "I think the last start at the Meadowlands (a fourth-place finish) I really didn't want to be on the front. He came up a little bit empty late. But he's a handy horse and good gaited. I like him. He's really grown a lot right now and I think he'll keep getting better also." Farsetti Hanover, a son of Donato Hanover-Finesse Hanover, is 4-1 on the morning line. Jim Campbell-trained Crystal Fashion, by Cantab Hall out of Window Willow, a two-time winner on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit, is the 5-2 favorite. In the fifth and final Bluegrass division, Miller will drive Tito. The last time Miller drove the colt was in August. He was driven most recently by Miller's uncle, Andy, on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and heads to the Bluegrass with two wins in his past three starts. Overall, Tito, a son of Muscle Mass-Stonebridge Encore, has won two of nine races and $77,173. Tito is 6-1 on the morning line. The favorite is Takter's Maxus, who is 2-1. Maxus, by Muscle Hill out of Gerri's Joy, heads to the Bluegrass off a third-place finish in the Wellwood. "When they're 2-year-olds they change so much from week to week, so when it's a solid month from the last time I drove them they're usually quite a bit different," Miller said. "But I really like (Tito). He's a really nice colt too." All three of the Millers' horses are eligible to the Breeders Crown in October. "I think they all have a shot at it, it will just depend how these next few starts shake out," Miller said. "They're all good horses, that's for sure." The favorite in the second Bluegrass division is New Jersey Sire Stakes champion U Need Stones, a son of Wishing Stone-Sequin Hanover from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. The favorite in the third division is Julie Miller-trained Met's Hall, a son of Cantab Hall-Met's Inn who has won four of six races. Click here for Thursday's complete card at The Red Mile. Ken Weingartner

Two of North America’s rising harness racing stars will be coming to Perth to compete in an International Invitation Drivers series at Gloucester Park during the TABtouch Inter Dominion series. Recently crowned World Champion, James MacDonald and the USA representative, Marcus Miller, who ran third in that series, will take on Australasia’s best over two nights; the third night of Inter Dominion heats (Friday 1 December 2017) and Grand Final night a week later (Friday 8 December). The International Invitation Drivers Series is sponsored by Sky Racing, which is importing more North American racing every year, long-time Gloucester Park Harness Racing (GPHR) supporter Slater Gartrell Sports and Harness Racing Australia. Just over a month ago, MacDonald won the World title on home soil, defeating the likes of Mark Purdon and Dexter Dunn of New Zealand and Australia’s Shane Graham. Dubbed, ‘Captain Canada’, McDonald at only 31 years of age, has won over 1700 career races and over $22.5 million in stakes. A modest McDonald said after winning the World Title “Obviously it’s a big accomplishment. I’m really proud of it but I know I still need to get better, I still need to keep working hard if I want to be one of the best” Regarding his trip down under, McDonald says “I am really looking forward to visiting Australia” “I’ve wanted to go there since I was a kid and to be able to go there and do what I love will be amazing. I’m excited to see how horse racing differs from here in North America” Miller, who is from a famous American harness racing family, has made a name for himself in a relatively short career, winning over 2800 races and almost $30 million in stakes, and his invitation came at the recommendation of the greatest harness driver of all-time, John Campbell, who recently retired with 10,668 wins, amassing a staggering $299,899,141 in stakes. “Marcus Miller is a very talented young driver and a rising star in our industry and even more important he is a fine young man. I know everyone in Australia will be impressed with his driving skills, horsemanship and how he conducts himself” said Campbell.  Miller is excited to take up the challenge of driving against Australasia’s best. “After getting to know a bunch of guys from Australia and New Zealand during the World Drivers Championship, I have been hoping to get a chance to come down there and race” said Miller “I am so excited and honoured that this opportunity came this quickly and is during such a big week as the Inter Dominion Grand Final” said Miller “Even my parents are planning on coming and making a holiday of it and seeing other parts of Western Australia and Australia” Miller added Miller’s father Erv, is ranked third on the all-time winners list for trainers, having prepared 5062 horses for victory and winning stakes of over $77.4 million, including world champion pacer, Lis Mara. Marcus and Erv combined to win the $52,500 Standardbred Two-year-old Colts and Geldings on Little Brown Jug day with Keystone Apache. GPHR Committee and management are excited to once again host an International Drivers Series in conjunction with the TABtouch Inter Dominion. “It’s great to have been able to attract the calibre of drivers such as James and Marcus” said GPHR Chief Executive Michael Radley “It was a wonderful part of the series when Tim Tetrick drove here in 2015 and Tim has since been a such a great ambassador for Australian racing back in the US. “I would like to thank our sponsors, Sky Racing, Slater Gartrell and HRA for their support, as without it we couldn’t have these international promotions for our great sport” The TABtouch Inter Dominion will commence with the first set of heats on Friday 24 November, before travelling to Donaldson Park, Bunbury for the second night of heats on Tuesday 28 November. The third set of heats returns to Gloucester Park on Friday 1 December and the $1.1M Grand Final will be conducted on Friday 8 December. Interstate and International visitors can witness all the action of the 2017 TABtouch Inter Dominion through official tour operator, Harness Racing Travelworld. This year’s tour will be based at beautiful and historic Fremantle for the first five nights, followed by a two-night tour to the Margaret River region, where some of the best food and wine in the world is produced. It will also include premium restaurant bookings for the heats and Grand Final at Gloucester Park. To book freecall 1800 628 383 or visit the website  Gloucester Park

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC – James MacDonald, the representative of host country Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, added his sixth win of the tournament at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec Wednesday night to widen his lead in the contest, and the trip to the fifth and final venue, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island for racing Friday, looks more and more like a triumphant “home stretch” for the 31-year-old, for he is a native of the Island province, and he may be well receiving the driving crown at the place where it all started for him. Hippodrome 3R is appreciative of having the honor of hosting eleven of the world’s best drivers in their fourth stop on their five-stop West-to-East journey across Canada in the World Driving Championship, which is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference; Canada was selected as host in honor of the country’s 250th anniversary of being a home for horse racing. The standings going into the card: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 144 points           (five wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 130 points           (three wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     123.5 points       (three wins) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              97 points            (one win) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                   New Zealand      93 points Noel Baldacchino                                                 Malta                    90 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                89.5 points          (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                86 points             (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  83 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      69 points Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                68 points Here is a description of the four races at the Quebec half-mile oval, all contested at 1 1/16 miles: RACE ONE ($4000 pace): Dexter Dunn, James MacDonald, and Marcus Miller were all 2-1 in the betting, and those three drivers and their horses – respectively, Imagine Speed, Ninoscredit, and Maracasso --were 1-2-3 at the quarter, though Dunn and Imagine Speed had to pay a 27 price to get to the front. The field stayed in that order until a half-mile remained, when Gerhard Mayr moved Eataam Whosurboy first-over to challenge the leader, and with a strong move with 3/8 remaining Eataam Whosurboy got in gear and started a move that carried him to the lead nearing the far turn. The key to the race was the horse with the cover behind Eataam Whosurboy – who was nobody, which allowed Miller and Maracasso to get out behind him and then move after the new leader, with MacDonald and Ninoscredit pinned in as the two horses went by. Ninoscredit came on well in the stretch, but Maracasso had the jump on him and sustained to the wire, winning by a length in 2:06.1 over the 1 1/16 miles to give Marcus Miller his fourth win of the tournament. “I wasn’t sure if I’d get that kind of trip when we left the gate,” Miller noted after the race. “But I was able to get out behind the horse who went to the lead and could keep James (MacDonald) in. I was able to keep going and win, but MacDonald got out and finished second – he’s tough, driving very well now.” DRIVERS’ ORDER OF FINISH: Miller, MacDonald, Mayr, Dunn, Depuydt, Baldacchino, Goop, Graham, Purdon, Forss, Hoitomt. LEADER BOARD AFTER FIRST 3R RACE: MacDonald 157, Miller 141.5, Forss 132, Graham and Dunn 101. RACE TWO ($4600 trot): When you work out a second-over trip from post eleven – the third trailer – on a half-mile track, you know things are going your way – and you are making things go your way. Native son James MacDonald managed to work out a second-over trip with Federal Strike in this event, following Abundasass and driver Bjorn Goop. Both were out much of the 1 1/16-mile distance, but worked their way to the front spots down the backstretch the final time. It looked for a moment as if MacDonald might not get clearance – that pesky Marcus Miller again – but this time Miller’s horse backed off, and Federal Strike moved out and took it from there, going by Abundasass as the slight favorite and winning by 1 ¼ lengths, with the added-distance time of 2:08.1 declared a 3R track record, since the books and Standardbred Canada had no record of a race over the distance listed. “I can’t believe I worked out a trip like that,” a disbelieving/euphoric MacDonald said after the contest. “But I know the respect that Bjorn Goop has earned and is given in Sweden and Europe, and when I found a way I could follow him, I figured – I hoped that would be able to carry me up. He did and then my horse got his chance, and we won.” Asked if he felt in a commanding position by now, MacDonald put his game face back on and said, “Still have to grind it out – lots of great drivers out there.” DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: MacDonald, Goop, Forss, Miller, Mayr, Graham, Hoitomt, Dunn, Baldacchino, Purdon, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE TWO: MacDonald 175, Miller 149.5, Forss 142, Graham 107, Dunn 105. RACE THREE ($4200 pace): “The Finnish Lion,” Mika Forss, looked like everything was going his way. His pacer Shanghai B G, the slight 2-1 favorite, got away in the pocket behind a strong pacesetter in Jolt’s Prayer (Dexter Dunn), saw waves of challenger fell back, then looked to move his move on the far turn. “And my horse felt good.” And then his sulky broke. “My sulky seat started to break on me, and I had to hold on (to the sulky),” Forss noted after the race. Despite being driven literally one-handed (and perhaps accounting for his bearing out in the stretch), Shanghai B G was able to rally, and he was just up at the – well, finish line for the Finnish Lion, the 1 1/16 miles in 2:06.1. “That’s never happened to me in all of my career,” the veteran Forss noticed after the race, which provided his fourth victory of the tournament. It also boosted him back into second, a half-point ahead of Marcus Miller, who was on Forss’s back throughout but could do no more than keep his 24-1 shot going for third. MacDonald was in the parked tier and rallied for fifth. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Forss, Dunn, Miller, Mayr, MacDonald, Purdon, Hoitomt, Graham, Baldacchino, Goop, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE THREE: MacDonald 182, Forss 160, Miller 159.5, Dunn 118 (no wins but five seconds in the tournament), Graham 111. RACE FOUR ($4400 pace): Nobody wanted to leave anything anywhere but on the track for the last local race, and the field was stacked two- (or more-) deep the entire way. But Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, used the physics to his advantage: he and Tidewater Tomahawk drafted behind the pacesetting Danzig Moon in the pocket, then moved out,  was already past the former leader when he made a stretch break, and drew off, winning by 3¼ lengths over the favored Hard Rock, closing well to give defending champ Dexter Dunn his sixth second of a winless tournament, with that MacDonald guy from Canada working his way through with 23-1 shot Winoc Jimmy for third. It was the first win of the tournament for Baldacchino, and oddly Tidewater Tomahawk, who was the program choice, returned $16.30 to win. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Baldacchino, Dunn, MacDonald, Depuydt, Hoitomt, Forss, Goop, Purdon, Miller, Graham, Mayr. AFTER THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 192 points           (six wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 166 points           (four wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     162.5 points       (four wins) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                  New Zealand      131 points Noel Baldacchino                                              Malta                    120 points           (one win) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              113 points           (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                111 points           (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  109 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                108 points           (one win) Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                85 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      83.5 points FINISHING LINES – Also featured during the card was the draw for Sunday’s $200,000 Prix d’Ete, for the leading four-year-old pacers in North America. The entrants, with their post positions and listed drivers: 1, Sintra (Jody Jamieson); 2, Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube); 3, Awesomeness (driver TBA); 4, Roll Away Joe (Louis Philippe Roy); 5, Western Fame (Trevor Henry); 6, Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot); 7, Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy); 8, Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair). Bali went one of the fastest miles in Hippodrome 3R history when he won a $3800 pace in 1:53.1 for Team Auger, sprinting home in 56.1 under the guidance of the track’s leading driver, Stephane Brosseau … In a $4200 trot, the mare Lucky Promesses won her seventh straight start, here in 2:01.2 for breeder/trainer/driver Jerome Lombart. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R will host leg four of the five-stop World Driving Championship this Wednesday, August 16, and an evaluation of the drivers' likely performance in the four races through an evaluation of the track's knowledgeable morning line reveals some interesting patterns - ones that could help reshape or shape the standings before the final leg at Charlottetown two days afterwards. The World Driving Championship is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference, which in 2017 is being staged in Canada, as the country celebrates its 250th anniversary of horse racing. The two drivers to watch in the H3R harness competition figure to be James MacDonald, representing host country Canada, and Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny (316 square kilometers) Mediterranean island of Malta. The races to be used for the competition at H3R are races 5 through 8 - with, unusually, MacDonald drawing the favorite in the first two races and Baldacchino in the latter two in the random draw matching drivers and horses. In just as strange a coincidence, two other drivers have drawn the second choices in consecutive races. Dexter Dunn, a New Zealander and the defending World Driving Champion, was evaluated as second behind Baldacchino's horses in races 7 and 8, and Marcus Miller, of the United States, is second choice to MacDonald's sulky assignments in races 5 and 6. The full projection, understandably, finds Baldachino and MacDonald rated as the top two, with the former having a one-point edge based on their other two mounts. Dunn is rated third and Miller fourth - but Miller would do well to get as many points as he can from his first two drives, as his horses in the final two races are both evaluated to be - last, eleventh! Then again, Miller already is in the lead after the first leg of the series, and morning lines have been known on occasion to not always reflect how the racing takes place. Plus, we have yet to find a racehorse that could read the morning line in a program to see how they might do! Post time at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday is 7:15 pm. The entire race card will be simulcast, not only throughout North America, but also to Australia and New Zealand. H3R is also holding a meet and greet for the race fans with all eleven drivers starting at 6:15 pm and the opening ceremonies for the night will start on the racetrack at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit or From the Quebec Jockey Club      

The United States' Marcus Miller emerged with the early lead in the harness racing standings after driving a pair of winners during the 2017 World Driving Championship opener on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs Racetrack & Casino in Calgary, Alta. while Canada's James MacDonald also doubled up to finish the five-race leg in second-place.   The North American reinsmen dominated the first of five WDC legs hosted by Standardbred Canada, with Miller accumulating 57 points and MacDonald earning 50 points while Australia's Shane Graham put forth a consistent showing hitting the board in three of the races to secure third position in the standings, trailing MacDonald by just two points. Sweden's Bjorn Goop was the other first leg winner and finished in fourth-place with 43 points.   "I'm very happy," said Miller early on in the competition featuring 11 top international drivers. "There's a lot of races to go yet so I'm just going to try to hang in there and keeping doing the same thing."   Miller opened the 2017 World Driving Championship with a victory in the first race aboard 2-1 second choice Ashlynn Grace ($6.20) to take the early lead in the point standings. He secured a pocket trip with Ashlynn Grace, who started from the trailing tier in post 10, behind the inside leaver and found room between horses in the final turn to come through for the two-length victory, timed in 2:05.3 over the extended 1-1/16 mile distance.   The United States reinsman then sent 9-5 favourite Kavola ($5.60) three-wide from the outer flow approaching the third quarter mark to take over command in the third race and held off a wall of closers to win by one and a quarter lengths in 2:07.3.   "It's unbelievable. I know everybody at home is watching," said Miller of representing his country. "It's something else, this is one of the most exciting times in my life as far as harness racing goes."   MacDonald was victorious in the second and fifth races. In his first win, he cleared to command from post eight after the first quarter and held off the competition for the victory in 2:03.1 aboard Lucky Lucka ($19.70). His second victory came aboard Barossa Blue Genes ($6.70), tipping three-wide off cover approaching the third quarter mark and drawing clear in the stretch to win by two and a half lengths in 2:03.3.   "It's a whole different ball game and I've never been involved in anything like this," said MacDonald of the international tournament. "I'm really excited to be doing it and thankfully having a little bit of success."   The drivers will head to MacDonald's home track at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. for the second WDC leg on Monday, August 14.   "At Mohawk, I'll know all 11 horses in the race and I'll know their tendencies, not to say that's what they're going to do that given night, but I'll have a little bit of information," said MacDonald. "Every little bit you have ahead of someone else helps."   Goop's victory in the fourth race was his first in Canada as he made a power move in front of the grandstand sending Newport Min ($40.90) three-wide to the lead and then prevailed in a three-way photo finish in 2:07.1.    The opening WDC leg at Century Downs was the culmination of the First Annual Calgary Racing Festival. The week-long event, running through to Saturday, included an Industry Day, Mid-Summer Classic card, Charity Bowling and Charity Golf tournaments, and a Charity Gala.   After the next leg at Mohawk, the drivers will head to Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Que. on August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week.   The reinsmen will earn points based on their finishing position in each race and the top point-earner at the end of the five-day competition will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money.   The World Driving Championship -- along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown -- are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.    WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP LEG #1 LEADERBOARD   Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. Marcus Miller (United States) - 57 2. James MacDonald (Canada) - 50 3. Shane Graham (Australia) - 48 4. Bjorn Goop (Sweden) - 43 5. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 38 6. Mika Forss (Finland) - 34 7. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 29 8. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 25 9. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 24 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 21 11. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 16   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison

WILKES-BARRE PA - Pacing distaffs ascending the class ladder got the harness racing spotlight on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the $18,000 "nw 7 races" feature going to the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Angels Rockn Pink in 1:53.   Driver Marcus Miller made every pole a winning one with the John Butenschoen trainee, defeating favored I Wish You Well by a length while raising her lifetime earnings to $218,454 for Crawford Farms Racing.   There were also two $16,000 races for the "n/w 5 races" set, with both winners taking new marks of 1:52.4. In one, the Sportsmaster mare Frog Pond Princess, who had a seasonal mark of 9-0-4-3 vs. "nw 6" types at Yonkers, found the drop, the switch in track, and scratching in from the AE list just the ticket for her 2017 breakthrough, winning by 1¼ lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Lance Hudson, and owner William Hartt. In the other, the Western Ideal filly Ideal Plan took the lead from favored Beach Club late on the first turn, set the pace, then used a 28 last quarter to come home strongly and foil the potential pocket rocket by a half-length for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Casie Coleman, and the partnership of West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, and Kevin McKinlay.   Finally, a mention should go to Meteoric, a three-year-old gelding who conquered a $14,000 "nw 3 races" field of trotters in 1:52.4, winning by 11½ lengths for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Richard Johnson, and owner Mahlon Martin. The sophomore certainly has the pedigree to stand him well in stakes action, as a son of Explosive Matter and having a third dam who produced the ill-fated Hambletonian favorite Dancer's Crown.   PHHA / Pocono

The 27-year-old harness racing driver Marcus Miller, who in two weeks will receive the 2016 Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association, today was named by the U.S. Trotting Association as America's representative for August's World Driving Championship in Canada. Miller, a native of Illinois now living in eastern Pennsylvania, has won 2,648 races in his career and is coming off a season in which he established a personal best with $5.44 million in purses. His top win came in October when he guided 17-1 longshot Someomensomewhere, trained by his father Erv, to victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Drivers from around the globe will compete in the World Driving Championship, which was introduced in 1970 and is now held every two years. The 2015 event, in Australia, was won by New Zealand's Dexter Dunn. "This is a great honor and I'm very excited," said Miller, who for the competition will trade his customary black, white and red driving colors for the United States' traditional stars and stripes. "That's so cool, to get to wear the red, white and blue colors. "Obviously I would love to win. I think it's also a great opportunity to face some drivers that are coming from different backgrounds; a chance to learn some things and have a little fun. But goal No. 1 is to win, to bring the trophy back home." Said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner about Miller's selection, "We're thrilled that Marcus has agreed to represent the United States this summer, and is so excited about doing so. He brings the whole package to the table -- talented, engaging, and with a real respect for the sport of harness racing. He's breaking through in a big way, and the world is about to see why." Miller won't need to go far to get advice about driving in international competitions. His uncle, Andy, has twice represented the U.S. in the World Driving Championship, finishing fourth in 2005 and sixth in 2007. In addition, Miller's sister, Hannah, represented the U.S. in last year's FEGAT World Championship for Amateur Drivers (the World Cup) in Hungary and finished second, one point from the top. She also has competed in numerous amateur events in the U.S. and Europe against drivers from France, Spain and Italy. "I'll definitely be able to get some advice. Andy has done the (World Driving Championship) twice and Hannah's been everywhere for driver challenges," Miller said, adding with a laugh, "She's probably the one to ask first." The World Driving Championship, which coincides with the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada, begins Aug. 12 at Century Downs in Alberta. The second leg is Aug. 14 at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, followed by the third round a day later at Georgian Downs, also in Ontario. The fourth leg is Aug. 16 at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec before finishing Aug. 18 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino on Prince Edward Island. Dave Magee was the most recent U.S. driver to win the championship, in 1995. The two other winners for the U.S. were Ron Pierce in 1989 and Joe Marsh Jr. in 1974. "A Chicago boy," Miller said about Magee, "just like me." Miller started driving regularly in 2009 and won multiple driving titles on the Chicago circuit before moving to the East Coast in 2013. His victories in the Midwest included a couple American-National Stakes and a number of state-restricted races. Last year, Miller won four open stakes divisions at Lexington's Red Mile in addition to his major stakes breakthrough in the Breeders Crown. "I think the last two or three years have been huge leaps and bounds," Miller said. "I'm a lot more confident, a lot more comfortable, when it comes to higher stakes, just being able to anticipate how those races play out. They take experience. When you're in those races, you're in with the guys who have the most experience. They're hard drives to get, so you want to do as well as you can right away, but it takes experience to do well. "You realize pretty quickly that they are just another race. Once they say 'go' you just have to drive your horse, drive your race. The buildup and the post-race are way different, but during the race, that's all it is -- a race. A long time ago, when I had my first (Illinois) Super Night drive, my dad slapped me on the back and said to just pretend I was at a county fair. I try to remember everything he tells me, but that one really stuck." And while Miller is grateful for the successes he enjoyed in 2016, not to mention the accolades, he is focused solely on continuing his improvement this year. "There was like a little streak last year where it seemed like everything was going right, capped off with the Rising Star Award," Miller said. "It's been unbelievable. I definitely enjoyed it. "But I've hung all the pictures up and now it's 2017 and it's time to work on new (accomplishments). As much as you don't want to dwell on the losses, I don't think when you're doing well that you want to over-celebrate either. You just have to keep moving forward and try to add to it." Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 26, 2017) - The under-30 Meadowlands drivers stole the show on the first Thursday program of 2017. 20-somethings Drew Monti, Joe Bongiorno, and Marcus Miller combined to win five of the night's nine races with Monti and Bongiorno each winning two. The trio teamed up to sweep the final three races that were part of the debut episode of "Meadowlands Harness Live" that aired on SNY, the regional sports network home of the New York Mets and New York Jets. The show will air for the next six Thursdays on SNY at 9:30 p.m. Thursday's action was headlined by three divisions each in "Dash For G-Notes" series for conditioned trotters and $7,500 claiming pacers. The trotting winners were Bad Day Black Rock, Montalbano Bi, and Stonebridge Idol. The pacing winners were Whatagamble, Mr. Big Load, and May Day. Both series continue next Thursday with the top finishers from the two preliminary rounds advancing to the finals on February 9. Total handle on the nine-race card was $1,325,434. Live racing continues Friday night with a 7:15 p.m. post time. For more information, visit by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 7, 2017) - Although accomplished in completely different fashions, Saturday's co-featured pacing events at the Meadowlands both ended with harness racing driver Marcus Miller in the winner's circle. Miller, recently named the sport's Rising Star Award winner, put heavily favored Parnu Hanover on the front end past a 27.2 opening quarter and blazed to a 1:50.3 victory in the $13,000 conditioned pace. The time was even more impressive on a cold and snowy night in New Jersey that had the track rated with a -2 track variant. Parnu Hanover won by a length over Sassy Hanover with Mister Truth rounding out the trifecta. "It worked out exactly as I wanted it to," said Miller. "I wanted to move to the front sometime before the half and make them catch me. He went the mile I hoped he would." Parnu Hanover is trained by Erv Miller and shared in ownership by the Erv Miller Stable, Alva Miller, and Sara Miller. His ninth career win moves his lifetime earnings past $100,000. Two races earlier, a wild stretch drive saw 24-1 outsider Preparty slip up the pylons to upset a field of conditioned pacers for Jim Marohn, Jr. However, the judges ruled that Preparty gained an unfair advantage by going inside a pylon and disqualified him. That moved Moonwriter, driven by Miller, into the win spot at 11-1. Millionaire Alexie Mattosie was intent on the lead with Drew Monti and parked out Ontario Success through a half mile in 55.1. At the top of stretch, Pansformative swung three-wide around a tiring Ontario Success. Moonwriter followed that move with Ashley's Husband gearing up with his patented stretch drive. Preparty stayed inside and just got up under the wire first in 1:52.1 before being placed ninth. Moonwriter is trained by Andrew Harris and co-owned by Harris and Michael Gallicchio of Beachwood, NJ. Jackpot Super High Five hit again For the first time in 2017, the 20-cent Jackpot Super High Five was hit in the fifth race for $7,236.80. Stratocaster, at 30-1, stormed to the lead just before the wire to win followed by 3-2 favorite K-Lees Shakenbake, 8-1 Dreamlands Art. 35-1 Sky Is The Limit was fourth and 9-2 Barimah was fifth to round out the single winning ticket. Stratocaster was one of two huge longshot winners driven by Marohn, who finished the night with a hat trick. He came back to win the 11th with 55-1 Baggage Claim for trainer Patti Harmon to become the second $100-plus winner of the weekend after Abbijade Hanover won Friday at 54-1. Greg Merton, Vinnie Ginsburg, and Bill Mann also posted driving doubles. Total handle for the 13-race card was $2,348,381. Live racing resumes next Friday. For more information, please visit Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment


Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Marcus Miller vividly remembers his first visit to a Breeders Crown winner’s circle a dozen years ago. There is no doubt he will never forget his most recent trip, either. The 27-year-old Miller on Saturday night teamed with his father, trainer Erv Miller, to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Someomensomewhere won by a flared nostril over Agent Q, being declared the champion after a lengthy photo-finish review. In the process, Erv Miller became the first trainer in history to win a Breeders Crown with a son in addition to having captured a trophy with a brother. In 2004, Erv and his brother, driver Andy Miller, both won their first Breeders Crown trophy with Restive Hanover in the 2-year-old filly pace at Woodbine Racetrack. “I cried in that winner’s circle,” Marcus Miller recalled. “My first cell phone, the ringtone was that race call of her coming down the stretch. I could do it word for word back then. That was amazing.” There were no tears from Marcus on Saturday night, only a big grin. “Heading back to the winner’s circle I was worried about that, but it was all smiles for me,” said Miller, whose win with Someomensomewhere came in his first Breeders Crown drive in a final. “I never pictured it to be any other way than with dad. He works so hard, and he’s taught me so much, it’s just everything coming to fruition.” A native of Illinois, Miller started driving regularly in 2009 and won multiple driving titles on the Chicago circuit before moving to the East Coast in 2013. His victories in the Midwest included a couple American-National Stakes and a number of state-restricted races. This year, Miller has won 258 races, including several open stakes divisions at the recently concluded Red Mile meet, and a career-high $4.75 million in purses. For his career, Miller has won 2,593 races. “It’s been a lot of work, but I can’t say it’s taken a long time,” Miller said about winning a Breeders Crown. “I’m pretty fortunate that way. I feel like I’m pretty young. Sometimes I feel like I’m still green, but I think I’m starting to prove that I can hang out with these guys.” Miller guided Someomensomewhere to victory at odds of 17-1 on Saturday, which might not come as a shock for a driver who has been dubbed “The King of the Longshots” in Pennsylvania. “I would love to be king of the favorites; that’s my next goal,” Miller said with a laugh. “We’ve loved (Someomensomewhere) all along. A couple of the starts in the middle of the year she just wasn’t healthy. We were more disappointed back then than we are surprised now. She’s just a very nice horse.” Someomensomewhere, owned by the Nick Surick Stable and Howard Schneidler’s KDM Stables, has won three of 11 races this year and hit the board a total of nine times on her way to $407,771 in earnings. When Miller brought her on to the track for her Breeders Crown final, he thought there was a good omen in the way she post paraded. “She was pretty grabby compared to last week, which I took as a good thing; she was feeling good,” Miller said. “When they said ‘go’ (Roaring To Go) was the only one inside of us leaving hard and (Idyllic Beach) was the only one outside of us leaving hard. I figured if I landed third, they’re not going to stop in my face. I’m going to have a shot at it. “Whether I could get there for everything from third I wasn’t sure, but I thought it would be good enough to get a big chunk. She just had a lot of go and kept grinding it out. She really raced her heart out.” Someomensomewhere moved from third in the stretch to get the lead just prior to the finish line, and then held off Agent Q to her outside by a nose. “Right when we hit the wire I thought I’d hung on, but (Agent Q) was really pacing hard late so I knew it was very close,” Miller said. “I was ready for a dead heat. When they said ‘six’ I was pretty excited.” Prior to Saturday, Miller had not attended many Breeders Crown races since becoming a regular driver because he was usually working at a track elsewhere. “This is way better, when the work is the Breeders Crown,” he said, grinning. “I feel very fortunate.” So is there a new ringtone in Miller’s future? “I don’t know about that,” he said laughing. “But I’m definitely getting a big picture.”   by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Someomensomewhere, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Omen Hanover, angled towards the center of the track into the stretch and rallied by pacesetter and the harness racing 1-2 favorite Roaring To Go to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old Filly Pace in 1:51.2 at odds of 17-1.   Taking command into the first turn, Someomensomewhere soon yielded for the pocket to Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) through a :26.4 first quarter. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller), getting away third, tipped off the pylons and brushed to the top before the half, timed in :55. She maintained control around the far turn and through a 1:24 third quarter before being pursued by Idyllic Beach from the pocket, Someomensomewhere from third, and Agent Q (David Miller) from off cover.   Idyllic Beach reached a narrow lead through the stretch, but Someomensomewhere closed to her outside and grabbed the front. Despite Agent Q gradually gaining ground and drawing alongside Someomensomewhere in the final strides, Someomensomewhere showed the determination of a champion, maintaining a slight advantage in a photo.   Idyllic Beach finished third and Roaring To Go was fourth.   Someomensomewhere, returning $36.00 to win, won her third race in 11 starts, amassing $407,771 in earnings for owners Nick Surick Stable LLC and KDM Stables Corp. She gave trainer Erv Miller his sixth career Breeders Crown win and driver Marcus Miller his first.   "[The trip] worked out, maybe not exactly as I hoped, but as good as it could," Marcus Miller said. "The way everybody drew, she was really sharp tonight. David [Miller on Agent Q] does a good job but he couldn't quite get by me tonight. I wasn't sure and he [David] wasn't sure [who won] either. We decided while we waited for the photo that we would be all right with a dead heat as long as they gave us both a trophy."   "It's unreal," co-owner Nick Surick said. "I never want to sweat a photo like that again in my life . . . [winning is] a good experience."     by Ray Cotolo, Hambletonian Society  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Empire Breeders Classic winner Fresh Cut lends a fair bit of star power to a stakes-laden 15-race harness racing program on Saturday (September 17) evening at Vernon Downs, as he has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in his $45,000 Excelsior Series final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as the night's tenth event.   Leading up to his 17-1 upset in the $240,475 Classic at Tioga on August 28, the son of American Ideal enjoyed success on the Excelsior circuit, winning four of eight such events across the Empire State this summer. He looks for a third straight win and the eleventh of his career in Saturday night's event just twelve days after a 1:51.2 victory in a $59,100 New York Sire Stakes event at the Miracle Mile, and Marcus Miller will once again handle the driving duties for the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trainer Erv Miller.   In the $45,000 Excelsior final for 3-year-old pacing fillies, carded as race eight, 12-time winner Rolling Going Gone has been installed the 5-2 early choice after eight wins and a runner-up finish in nine Excelsior events on the year. Jim Morrill, Jr. will drive the capably versatile Roll With Joe filly for owner Ross Bonafield and trainer Erv Miller. Morrill will also take the lines of the other two Excelsior morning line favorites, teaming up with Tracy Brainard trainee Wendy's Girl in the 3-year-old distaff trot (race four) and Trond Smedshammer trainee Credevie in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot (race nine).   In addition to the Excelsior Series finals, a quartet of $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation events are scheduled on the Saturday Vernon card. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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