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WILKES-BARRE PA - Developing three- and four-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will begin contesting their $15,000 third and final preliminary legs of the Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono starting tonight (Monday), hoping to solidify places in the $30,000 series Championships (or perhaps a $15,000 consolation) that will begin in one week, Monday, April 22. The pacing fillies and mares will take to the track for Weiss harness racing action on Monday in three divisions. Undefeated in their first two preliminaries were Ghosttothepost, an American Ideal mare to be guided by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Darren Ferrell from post five in the fifth race division, and the Art Major filly Ashlee Sparkles, who will begin from race two in the eleventh race Weiss contest for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Blake MacIntosh. Both are morning line favorites in their respective divisions. There were six different winners in the first two preliminaries of the distaff trotting Weiss Series, with the only repeat winner the Explosive Matter filly Spring In Paris, who was game to win by a neck in each of her Weiss starts. During Tuesday's eleventh race cut of the third Weiss preliminary, she's be starting as the morning line choice from post five for trainer Steve LeBlanc, who doesn't disrupt a winning formula and again taps Andrew McCarthy for sulky action. This coming Saturday, pacing males will be contested their final Weiss preliminary action. The horse to watch in this section is the American Ideal four-year-old Turbo Hill, who closed in 26.3 in his second Weiss prelim to post a 1:51.2 victory. Trained and driven by Hunter Oakes, Turbo Hill is riding a six-race win streak, and he has won eight times in but nine career starts. The trotting male third round preliminaries will be held on Monday, April 22, as the Downs will be dark on Easter Sunday, April 21. My Lindy Winner, a four-year-old son of Credit Winner, will be the only horse bringing two straight Weiss victories with him, both times winning impressively to remain undefeated in five 2019 starts for trainer Rob Harmon, with Jim Morrill Jr. slated for sulky duty.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

East Rutherford, NJ – Many of the sport’s stars assembled at The Meadowlands for qualifiers on an overcast, windless Saturday morning over a track that may have been slightly dulled by overnight rains with the temperature at 10am in the mid 60’s. The card began with the Grand Circuit stakes winning Father Patrick filly Special Honor (Andy Miller) closing through the stretch to edge mile cutter Fate Smiled (Matt Kakaley) in 1:54.4 / 27.2. Can’t Touch It (Scott Zeron) held safe for third and Goldsmith Maid winner Sonnet Grace (Yannick Gingras) fourth in a conservative effort. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own the winner, trained by Julie Miller. Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has a sharp looking prospect in the 3-year-old Muscle Hill colt Guaranteed (Tim Tetrick) who won his second qualifier in as many tries this morning by closing furiously under no urging into a 27.2 end of a 1:54.4 mile to nip Halliama (Trond Smedshammer) and Summit In Sight (A. Miller). The winner, unraced at two, was a $125,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale (LSYS) purchase by Michael and William Pozefsky and Myron Eckstein from breeders Tommy B. Andersson and Courant AB. Matter Of Fact (Marcus Melander) who led throughout and the closing French Café (A. Miller) went under the wire together in 1:55.4 / 28.1 in race three with the latter prevailing by a nose. Golden Tricks (Ake Svanstedt) was third. French Café is another daughter of Father Patrick, a Katz & Libfeld homebred again stabled in the Julie Miller barn. Miss Trixton scored for Melander from just off the pace in 1:55.3 / 27.4 over Trix Are For Kids (Corey Callahan). The winner is a Trixton filly from million dollar winner Possess The Magic, a $105,000 LSYS purchase for the Order By Stable from breeder Hanover Shoe Farm. Last year’s International Trot winner Cruzado Dela Noche (Mattias Melander) was sharp in his 2019 bow leading all the way and trotting a 26.3 final quarter to hold off Top Flight Angel (A. Miller) in 1:53.3. Yes Mickey completed the three horse field. All three of these top trotters are eligible to the May 4 Cutler Memorial, the first major stake of the 2019 Meadowlands season. World record holder Ice Attraction (Andy McCarthy) is back for another season versus the top mare trotters and got her year underway with a front stepping 1:55.4 / 27.4 effort under her own power. Muscle M Up (Sarah Svanstedt) outmuscled EL Platinum and her husband Ake for the place with a nice stretch move. All three are trained in the Svanstedt barn and Ake owns the winner with Sipple, Burroughs and Little E. Dan Patch award winning 2-year-old pacing filly Warrawee Ubeaut (Gingras) got her sophomore season off to a great start as the fastest freshman in harness racing history by virtue of her 1:48.3 Red Mile win last fall scored from second over in 1:53.2 with her final quarter in the 26 second range. Stonebridge Soul (Dexter Dunn) went well to be second with She’s Allright (Kakaley) third. Warrawee Ubeaut is from the first crop of Sweet Lou and was a $70,000 LSYS buy Burke, Collura, Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver & Bruscemi from breeder Warrawee Farm. Yannick and Burke came right back with the good American Ideal soph filly pacer St Somewhere for a 1:53.4 / 27.2 decision over stablemate Sylph Hanover (Kakaley) and Fool Me Again (Dave Miller) who closed with good pace for third. St Somehwere shares her ownership group with Warrawee Ubeaut who bought her from breeder Crawford Farms in Lexington for $55,000. Kissin In The Sand was absolutely vicious in her return this morning, loping along through even fractions before dragging Scott Zeron home in 26.3 for a 1:51.2 mile. The Dan Patch 3-year-old filly pace champ won by open lengths over her nemesis from last season Youaremycandygirl (Gingras) who was reserved early and not asked by the driver. Kissin In The Sand is trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield. Captain Victorious (A. Miller) closed to a 1:52.1 / 26 win for the Millers, besting Caviart Rockland (Zeron) and Sugar Factory (D. Miller) in a race where all six looked good. The $40,000 (LSYS) White Birch Farm product races for Andy Miller Stable, Goehlen and Huffman. Love Me Some Lou (D. Miller) was a 1:52.2 / 26.4 winner for the Cancelliere brothers Tom (trainer) and John (owner). The Sweet Lou $95,000 LSYS buy sat just off the pace and roared by when asked. Blood Money (Zeron) and De Los Cielos Deo (Gingras) were next across the line. Spring Haven Farm bred the winner. The twelfth and final qualifier was easily the best race of the Meadowlands season to date, pari-mutuel or not and Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) emerged from the packet to go by the front running Delta Winner (D. Miller) in a 26.2 end to a 1:51.1 mile. The winner races out of the Ron Burke barn. Results and eventually race replays are available on The Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at 7:15 with the World Harness Handicapping Championship taking place in the building. Walk-up registrations will be available until 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 201.842.5015 or go to this link.   Nick Salvi

WILKES-BARRE PA - Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke combined to take two of the four $15,000 first preliminaries in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting distaffs during the Tuesday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Cantab Hall filly Fade Into You made her 2019 debut a successful one, moving to the lead going past the grandstand the first time and continuing on to a three length victory in 1:57.3. A Pennsylvania Sire Stake winner at two, Fade Into You is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC , Phil Collura, and J&TSilva - Purnel & Libby. A race previous, Kakaley/Burke unveiled another nice sophomore making her 2019 bow, Run Lindy Run, who prevailed by two lengths in 1:56.4, which equaled the North American season's record for the division. Another daughter of Cantab Hall, Run Lindy Run also grabbed command early and continued nicely to the wire for Burke Racing Stable LLC. That 1:56.4 season's record had been established at Pocono on March 19 by Spring In Paris, and that Explosive Matter filly ran her seasonal scoreboard to two-for-two in winning another Weiss section in 1:57.1. Spring In Paris had opened a good-sized lead around the far turn, but then was called upon to handle a late rush by Altercation, which she did by a neck for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and the ownership of Leblanc Racing Inc., Glenn Dyke, and Douglas Johnson. Another daughter of Explosive Matter, the four-year-old mare Moshannon Magic, shipped over from The Meadows and immediately established good local form by winning in 1:59. George Napolitano Jr. guided Moshannon Magic first-over, and she trotted her own last half in 57.2 to catch favored pacesetter Royal Esteem by ¾ of a length for trainer Ray Romanetti and owner/wife Lori. Matt Kakaley, who in all had four winners on the card, also had sulky duty behind the World On Rocknroll mare Clarebear, who took the $14,000 distaff fast-class pace in 1:51.4 by two lengths. Sheldon Powell conditions the winner of $229,788 for Rushcreek Stables.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - The $700,000 Bobby Weiss Series, the traditional early-season contests at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono that often bring a focus to developing harness racing stars, begins its annual competition on Monday and Tuesday with fillies and mares - pacers in three divisions on Monday, and trotters in four sections the next day. George Napolitano Jr., who has been burning up the racetrack both at Pocono and 100 miles south at the newly-opened meet at Harrah's Philly, is set to guide the morning line favorite in the first two cuts on Monday's twilight card. In race seven, he'll be handling Ashlee Sparkles for trainer Blake MacIntosh as that sophomore filly makes her seasonal bow off a very sharp 1:55.3 qualifier here. In the ninth, "GNap" has been tapped by trainer Randy Bendis to steer Sewonandsewforth, who missed by a head at 27-1 in her first contest as a three-year-old last week. In Monday's third division, the brother team of driver Simon and trainer Rene Allard will be the powers behind Lady Ella, a four-year-old mare who came to Pocono during opening week and paced off to an open-length victory in 1:54. The partnership of driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke will have two of the four morning line favorites in Tuesday's Weiss trotting action. The sophomore filly Run Lindy Run, a winner in the Kentucky stakes program last season, will have to try to surmount the outside post seven as she makes her 2019 bow in the fourth race, while in the very next race another Kakaley/Burke three-year-old, Fade Into You, a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at two, also faces the starting gate for the first time this year - but she will be facing it from the opposite end than is her stablemate, as she has drawn the rail. Spring In Paris is the North American season's leader for three-year-old fillies on a 5/8-mile track by virtue of a 1:56.4 win at Pocono in her first start of the season; she'll be looking to make it two straight for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Steve LeBlanc in the eleventh race Weiss action. In race three, trainer Rich Gillock has picked Andy Miller, a noted handler of trotters, to guide Galary Girl, who has shown great speed when she has been able to mind her manners; she is rated the early choice based on her potential. "The boys" will be beginning their Weiss action this weekend, with pacers set for Saturday and trotters on Sunday. Each of the four sections of the Weiss Series will be conducted with three preliminary rounds, with the top performers returning for $30,000 Championships near the end of the month.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA - The four-year-old Credit Winner gelding Winning Shadow worked out a sweet pocket trip, then rallied up the famed Pocono Pike to win in 1:55.1 in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Matt Kakaley, guiding his fourth winner of the night, blasted away at the start with Winning Shadow, making the lead then letting 2-5 favorite Trolley work his way to the top past a 28 quarter. Behind Trolley was Chestnut Schofeld, who set big fractions in his PcD harness racing debut last week, and that foe went up to challenge the chalk to the 56 half. (It should be pointed out here that it was 39 degrees at first post, 30 degrees colder than it had been the previous evening, so that 56 number was a big clocking indeed, and would be a major factor in the contest.) Down the backstretch Trolley retained the lead but could shake off the persistent challenge of Chestnut Schofeld neither before the 1:25.1 3/4s not around the final turn. Meanwhile Kakaley and Winning Shadow were shadowing the pacesetter from the pocket and awaiting inside clearance, which the pair found in early stretch and utilized to finish 1¼ lengths ahead of the dead-game Chestnut Schofeld. Two AM, locked behind horses until almost midstretch, angled wide and closed well for third ahead of Trolley, who paid too high a fare for controlling the pace. Winning Shadow was making his second start of the year after posting nine wins and a mark of 1:52.3 in 2018. Ron Burke trains the speedy trotter for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. The $17,000 co-featured trot saw the Muscle Hill gelding Muscle Fashion successfully handle a multi-level jump in company, winning in 1:56.1. Muscle Fashion returned off a two-month layoff at the start of the Pocono meet and has posted two wins and a second in quick order, here making a quick brush down the backstretch to the lead and withstanding Girl Talk, who was on his back, by 1½ lengths for owner/trainer Antonella Galie. George Napolitano Jr. "in the driving zone" recently, matched Kakaley's four wins on the Pocono card. The quartet gave him ten sulky successes on the day, following the six he posted in the afternoon at Harrah's Philly; it raised his Friday-Sunday "weekend win" total to 17; and it raised his 2019 Pocono total to 23 after only seven nights of racing. PHHA / Pocono   by Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A trio of $15,000 conditioned events were featured on the penultimate card of 2018 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night. The first of two trots resulted in an easy victory for the Kadabra gelding Northern Major in 1:57.3. Matt Kakaley moved the winner to the front past a 29 quarter and put up midsplits of 59 and 1:28.1 before storming off by 5½ lengths over closing Broadway Bruiser. The race favorite, Northern Major is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the other trotting contest, the Triumphant Caviar sophomore gelding QB Kemp rallied from the pocket to record his second straight triumph, here in 1:57.1. Favored Bautista went to the top in a quick 27.4 on a cool night, rated the middle fractions to 57.1 and 1:27.2, but still could not withstand the rush from the two-hole by QB Kemp, driven by Tyler Buter for trainer Rob Harmon and Harmon Racing Stable LLC. The pacing event was for fillies and mares, with Don't Mach Mia surrendering the early lead to Parkin In Heaven in a 28.1, brushing to the lead and posting middle fractions of 57 and 1:26, then holding off the pocketsitter to notch a neck triumph in 1:55.1. George Napolitano Jr. was sulkysitting for trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. Earlier, pacer SB Ideal In Art, driver John Kakaley (Matt's father), and trainer Jim Ray became the first horse-driver-trainer combination to post two $50+ victories in 2018 at Pocono when they teamed up for a $148.80 shocker in race two. The trio had clicked at a $58.00 price on July 31. Tempster Hanover is the only other horse to have two $50+ wins at the meet, but he had changed hands between his May 8 and June 26 upsets. Trainer Ray tied for the top at Pocono with his second training bomber: Judy Welty, Jose Godinez, Alex Kavoleff, Jason Robinson, and Ron Burke also have two upset winners, with the last two joining Ray as both posting their double within the last month and having one of their twosome under question pay $100+. The last card of the 2018 season will take place at The Downs on Saturday night, with the yet-undistributed yearend awards to be given. The world's fastest trotter and "home track" Breeders Crown winner, Homicide Hunter, will receive local Trotter of the Year honors, with the horse's trainer, Chris Oakes, also to be on hand to see his son Hunter Oakes get the award for posting the colony's top UTR. Rene Allard will be feted upon winning his fifth training win title in the last six years, while George Napolitano Jr. will sweep the driving dash title and UDR title for the sixth straight year - "George Nap" has thirteen Pocono dash crowns and eleven UDR championships to his credit, both obviously local records. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Elysium Lindy took control from the pole early for driver Matt Kakaley, rated the half, then sprinted home to keep pocketsitting favorite Gruden at bay while winning the $30,000 Open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday. Kakaley discouraged any outside attempts to fire away hard, going at a 27.1 clip to the quarter, then rated the second quarter to hit the half in 57.1. From that point, nobody had enough speed to overhaul Elysium Lindy on a 32-degree night, with Gruden giving valiant chase up the Pocono Pike from the two-hole but coming up ¾ of a length shy. Elysium Lindy, an altered son of Cantab Hall, raised his earnings to $152,240 for the year and $318,835 lifetime for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Joseph DiScalia. After the race, driver Matt Kakaley did something that would normally be unusual - he took his helmet off. He gave it to the caretaker of Elysium Lindy, who wore it taking the victorious trotter back to the paddock, and Matt stayed in the winners circle, being joined by important Burke Brigade owner Phil Collura, to accept the honor of 2018 Pocono Pacer of the Year for the sophomore millionaire Dorsoduro Hanover. The Somebeachsomehwere gelding has posted a 19-10-5-1 scorecard so far in 2018 and has bankrolled $1,229,112, with his tally at Pocono alone reading 7-6-0-0-$469,120. Locally, Dorsoduro Hanover won a Pennsylvania All-Stars race, a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and his divisional Championship, a Hempt elimination, and of course his Breeders Crown elimination and final, in the latter of which he took his lifetime mark of 1:49.4. (His only Pocono setback was a very honorable one, as he put up fractions of 26, 53, and 1:20.3, and then missed only a length in the Hempt Championship.) Kakaley was his regular driver for his trainer Burke and his owners, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and the Wingfield Five LLC. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

Matt Kakaley's drive to his first Breeders Crown winner's circle was as memorable as the stretch drive to victory, and even more emotional. Kakaley entered last Saturday's Breeders Crown finals at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in search of his first trophy. He ended the night with two. The second, not unexpectedly, came with favorite Dorsoduro Hanover in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace. The first, though, was something of a surprise. It came six races earlier with 52-1 longshot Percy Bluechip in the 3-year-old filly pace. As the 30-year-old Kakaley returned to the winner's circle with Percy Bluechip, he could not help but think back to last March when he was injured in an accident at Yonkers. Kakaley was sidelined for two months and required three surgeries, including one for a broken orbital bone and another for a fractured collarbone. "The winner's circle was a little overwhelming for me, just full of emotion," Kakaley said. "Coming back, I was just thinking, man, seven months ago I was on the sidelines not even sure if I was going to be able to drive anymore. My eye was really bad. I don't think people really understand how bad it really was. The people that were around me were a great support system. Obviously everything came back and I'm OK, but at the time I was really worried. "It was a rush of emotions going back to the winner's circle. My grandparents were there, my parents, my daughter, my girlfriend, all my friends that I've hung around with that live here. It meant a lot." Kakaley, who has competed regularly at Pocono for the past eight years and won a driving title there in 2011, was winless in 42 Breeders Crown finals prior to breaking through with Percy Bluechip. Kakaley positioned the filly second on the outside behind favorite Kissin In The Sand, who was engaged in a battle with Youaremycandygirl through torrid early fractions. As the field turned for home, Kakaley dropped his whip but was still able to sweep by the leaders in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length over Kissin In The Sand. "Everything went perfect for that filly," Kakaley said. "It's nice for the horse when things go the right way for them to get the job done in the big race. They were rolling up front, big numbers, and she felt strong down the backstretch. In the last turn I had a lot of go. I thought I could get there. I lost my whip, but she just powered through and got up. She raced super." It was somewhat fitting Kakaley's first Breeders Crown win came with a longshot. Of his 42 previous drives in finals, 27 were at odds of 40-1 or longer and nine of his 11 on-the-board finishes were at odds of at least 27-1. Of course, the odds mattered little to Kakaley. "It's unexpected, so a little bit of a surprise factor maybe makes it a little bit better, but just winning a Breeders Crown race is amazing," Kakaley said. "I'm just so thankful for the opportunities I've gotten. It happened. Thank God. I finally got one." And then he got two. Dorsoduro Hanover, Kakaley's first favorite in a final, took the lead after three-eighths of a mile and cruised to victory by 3-1/2 lengths over Lather Up. The gelding has finished no worse than second in seven consecutive races, winning five. His victories in addition to the Breeders Crown include the Adios and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He was second in the Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug. "I was very confident with him," Kakaley said. "That was as good as he's been all year. Ronnie has done an amazing job keeping that horse fresh. He's danced every dance and showed up every time. He's a gamer, that's for sure." Ronnie is trainer Ron Burke, for whom Kakaley drives on a regular basis. Kakaley's two wins were part of a three-Crown night for the Burke Brigade. "I was fortunate to pick up the right horses at the right time and the horses were sharp going into the Breeders Crown," Kakaley said. "I was confident coming in. Ronnie has put me in these big races. I'm happy to get a couple tonight." And as the rain-soaked and mud-covered Kakaley turned to walk away on a 41-degree Pocono night, he flashed a big smile. "I can tell you this much," he said. "I'm not cold anymore." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley, who had a terrific Breeders Crown Championship night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, didn't go off and celebrate at Disneyworld or anything like that - they were right back at the mountain oval on Sunday night and teamed for three winners, including the Cantab Hall gelding Elysium Lindy, who took the $21,500 trotting feature in 1:54. Kakaley hustled the winner of $289,035 to the lead past a 27.2 opener, rated the half to 56.4 and sped things up to still lead at the penultimate pole in 1:24.4. Race favorite Charmed Life, who had had no luck trying to come from behind against an anti-closer bias in her Breeders Crown elim last week, came on a ton in the stretch but wound up a nose behind the winenr, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Joseph Di Scala Jr. Another pairing who had a great Breeders Crown night - driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes--won the following contest after the featured trot; next in line was the $16,000 featured pace on the card, which was taken by another member of Team Oakes - 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, who scored his first driving victory in only his second start when he won behind the $715,307 winner Polak A in 1:51.1. Both father Chris and son Hunter rank among the top five trainers at The Downs. And we apologize in advance to our Down Under friends, but it is a news story of sorts that Lazurus won at Pocono on Sunday in 1:55.4. That would be the trotter Lazurus - not the Australasian star pacer Lazarus N, who had no luck in the Breeders Crown Open Pace the night before. Matt Kakaley also drove Lazurus, and in fact wound up the night with five victories. BREEDERS CROWN NITE QUIKSTAT SUMMARY - Seven of the twelve favorites emerged victorious - but then again, so did Lily Stride ($65.40) and Percy Blue Chip ($106.00) ... They, by the way, were the only two winners who were parked out at the ¾ call, with Lily Stride ducking inside and Percy Blue Chip going wide at headstretch: seven of the other ten were on the lead at the 3/4s, and the other three were in the pocket ... Contrast that fact with the fact that only three of the winners were on top at the ¼ -- in fact, three of the winners made moves from fifth or worse at the quarter to the lead at the half! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Racing his most impressive mile of the season, Dorsoduro Hanover stormed to the lead and continued to draw off to a 4 ¼-length win in 1:49.4 on the "sloppy" surface of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 27 in the $530,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Final. It was a wild shuffle from the start as This Is The Plan left best early, only to be hunted down while struggling in a :26.1 first quarter. The pace was forced early as American History took a shot on the outside as Thinkbig Dreambig challenged to get a strong position and Grand Teton was poised to move. The :53.4 half was burning some horseflesh, so Matt Kakaley steered Dorsoduro Hanover around them all, taking the lead on his outside brush and blasting through three-quarters in 1:21.3. The other giant move was coming down for Lather Up, who went three-wide to pass the early battling group. Once on the engine, however, Dorsoduro Hanover used all six cylinders to repel all others except Lather Up, who was relentlessly forging down the stretch, though futilely, after Dorsoduro Hanover. The smashing victory, a sub-1:50 mile in the muck, was far ahead of Lather Up, who took second passing a tired, stuffed-on-the-inside This Is The Plan. Shnitzledosomethin managed to get fourth. Ron Burke trains the sophomore colt by Somebeachsomewhere--Deep Valley Miss (by Artsplace). Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel and Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five own Dorsoduro Hanover. Hanover Shoe Farms bred the winner. It was the 10th win in 18 starts this season for Dorsoduro Hanover, who paid $6.00 to win. by Frank Cotolo, For The Breeders Crown

Long shot  at 52-1 Percy Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley) took advantage of a speed duel and was the winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old filly pacers on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. It was a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2 over a sloppy track. Percy Blue Chip is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Dandy Farm, Silva, Purnel and Libby. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) was first to the lead at the :25.4 first quarter and was soon joined by Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) on the outside, who applied pressure to the :53.3 half and the 1:22.2 three-quarters. As the field turned for home, those two were still on the lead, but were overtaken by Percy Blue Chip, who'd been second-over throughout most of the race and went three-wide to win by three-quarters of a length. The daughter of Shadow Play paid $106.00, $22.80 and $11.00 for the win. Kissin In The Sand was second and Dance Blue was third. It was the first Breeders Crown win for Matt Kakaley, who dropped his whip at the top of the stretch, but clearly didn't need it. "It's amazing," he said. "Absolutely amazing. You know the only way I could win was if they duked it out on the lead, like that. I actually dropped my whip at the head of the stretch. I just put my nose on Scotty's (Zeron) helmet. She came home good. Down the backside I thought I had a good shot." by Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown      

Matt Kakaley hopes to make a memorable year with Dorsoduro Hanover even better. Dorsoduro Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $530,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 30-year-old Kakaley, who is among the leading drivers at Pocono, will enter the night aiming for his first Breeders Crown trophy. The duo will start from post one in the field of nine. All 12 Breeders Crown finals, with $6.4 million in total purses, will be raced Saturday at Pocono. Post time is 5:30 p.m. (EDT) for the first race. Kakaley will drive in 10 of the 12 finals Saturday. Dorsoduro Hanover won his Breeders Crown elimination last weekend by 1-1/4 lengths over Thinkbig Dreambig in 1:50.1 over a sloppy track. The 3-year-old gelding has won nine of 17 races this year and earned $916,612. His wins include the Adios, when he delivered Burke and Kakaley their first victory in the event at Burke's home track of The Meadows, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He was second in the Little Brown Jug, beaten by a neck, and in the Meadowlands Pace from post 10. "He's had some close calls and a few big wins and it's been a lot of fun," said Kakaley, who has driven Dorsoduro Hanover in all but three of his 31 lifetime starts. "He's had a solid season. I think he likes Pocono too. He usually gives a good effort every time he's at Pocono." Dorsoduro Hanover has won five of six starts at Pocono this year. His victory in his Breeders Crown elimination followed a second-place finish to Grand Teton in a division of the Tattersalls Pace at Lexington's Red Mile. "I was a little disappointed with Lexington, to be honest, because when he cleared (leader) This Is The Plan off the last turn I thought he was going to pace away and hide," Kakaley said. "He eased up on me a little late and Grand Teton got him at the wire. But he was really good (Saturday). When Thinkbig Dreambig got to his bridle he just took off again. I was really happy with him." Dorsoduro Hanover's recently-added stablemate This Is The Plan, also an elimination winner last weekend, is the 4-1 second choice in Saturday's final. He won his elim by 3-1/4 lengths over I'm A Big Deal in 1:51 in his second start for the Burke stable and driver Yannick Gingras. "He was really good," Gingras said. "I fired him up too much in Lexington and he was loose on the lead. He was way more relaxed (Saturday) and when I called on him he was there. It is going to be an interesting final. I think there are nine horses that can win this race. It's wide open." Dorsoduro Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Wingfield Five. This Is The Plan is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry Karr. Shnitzledosomethin, last year's Breeders Crown runner-up, won the third of the three eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers with David Miller in the sulky. He was three-quarters of a length better than Grand Teton in 1:51.1. It was his third win in 15 races this season for trainer Dylan Davis and owners BFJ Stable, Tom Lazzaro, Ed Gold, and Abe Basen. The colt is 12-1 on the final's morning line. "I'm tickled to death with him," Davis said. "He had a little bit of a dry summer, but he seems to be turning the corner. After (second-place finishes in the Indiana Sire Stakes final and Jenna's Beach Boy) that's when we made up our minds to come. He just didn't seem like the Shnitzle of last year until his last three or four starts. We added Lasix and that seemed to make a big difference." North America Cup champion Lather Up went off stride in his elimination, won by Shnitzledosomethin, but rallied to finish third and advance to the final. He is 5-1 on the morning line. Driver Montrell Teague expects Lather Up, who has won 11 of 15 races this year for owners Barbara and Gary Iles, to be better with an equipment adjustment. "We know what (the issue) is, and we'll figure it out for this week," Teague said. "It is what it is. But he's in. He went one hell of a mile, out the whole way. It can only improve. He's capable, we know that." * * * * * * * The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers required only a single elimination, which was won by returning champion Youaremycandygirl by a head over Alexa's Power in 1:52. The top-seven finishers from the nine-horse elim advanced to join bye recipients Kissin In The Sand and Baron Remy in the final. "I was really happy with her," driver Gingras said about Youaremycandygirl, who is trained by Burke and owned by Bill Donovan. "I thought she raced real good. It turned into a sprint, and she's not really much of a sprinter, so (Alexa's Power) was gaining on her a little bit. But I think she is coming back to her own and I was really, really happy with her." Kissin In The Sand drew post nine for the final and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Kissin In The Sand has won 10 of 14 races this year and finished no worse than second in any start for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. The Nancy Johansson-trained filly's wins include the James M. Lynch Memorial at Pocono from post nine. Youaremycandygirl, who has won seven of 14 races this year, is the 3-1 second choice followed by Alexa's Power, the winner of nine of 18 starts for owners Jeff and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell, at 4-1. For Saturday's complete card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Artsplace broodmare Arterra has produced a pair of million dollar winners in If I Can Dream ($1,990,276) and Western Terror ($1,164.174); her 2015 foal by A Rocknroll Dance, Davids Coming Home, may not have the lofty credentials of the other two mentioned here, but he may be coming into his own right now, as he captured the $13,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night. Driver Matt Kakaley sent the sophomore gelding right to the top, putting up fractions of 27, 56.2, and 1:24.2, then withstood a charge from potential pocket rocket Record Machine while stooping the timer in 1:53.1, a lifetime mark. After racing only three times at two, Davids Coming Home now has seven victories in 2018 for owner Steven Cetinsky. FINISHING LINES - The draw for the Breeders Crown Open Pace and Open Trot will be held tomorrow at a noontime press conference at The Downs. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship card, with twelve Breeders Crown finals, is this Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. ... "It all comes down to the Breeders Crown!" From the PHHA /Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - You Got Trumped got a first-over journey into a slow pace to overcome, but he proved to have the necessary late sprint to win the $13,000 featured pace on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:55.3. Racing over a track that was downgraded to "good +1" early in the card, You Got Trumped got away fourth for driver Matt Kakaley as favored Record Machine marched right to the front, with Bag Pipe Major right behind the leader as Record Machine went 28.2 to the quarter and a creaking 59.2 to the half. It was obvious at that point that the race would be a quickstep home, and the victorious Bettorthancheddar gelding had the fastest high gear in him, coming his own final half in 55.3 despite taking the air to post a ¾ length decision over Bag Pipe Major, who in turn photoed out Record Machine for the deuce. Andrew Harris trains the winner for Louis and Thomas Frascella and A Harris Racing LLC. The Napolitano brothers continued to have the hot hands at Pocono this racing week - George had five victories on the card and Anthony three, giving them 13 and 11 wins respectively over a trio of cards and thus combined 24 of the 39 visits to Victory Lane in the last three days, a 62% ratio. FINISHING LINES- The elite of harness racing's two-year-olds declared in today for their Breeders Crown elimination races on Friday, and on Tuesday the three-year-olds and older horses with Crown aspirations with have their draw for Saturday, should their particular section need eliminations. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship Night is Saturday, October 27. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

LEXINGTON, KY--The Ron Burke-trained Sweet Lou colt No Mas Amor capitalized off a covered trip as he vaulted to the front in the stretch to upset at 114-1 with a 1:49.1 mile in the third of five divisions for the $312,000 Captaintreacherous International Stallion Stakes (ISS) Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Leaving from post one, No Mas Amor got away fifth as Air Force Hanover, roughly gaited into the first turn, pushed for command before settling into fourth. Artie's Ideal claimed control to the quarter with Captain Ahab in the pocket and De Los Cielos Deo ranging first over towards the lead through a :26.4 opening quarter until going onto a brief gallop into the backstretch. De Los Cielos Deo recovered and rushed to the front before facing pressure from Captain Ahab pulling first over into a :54.2 half. Captain Ahab took the lead moving into the far turn. Air Force Hanover, catching cover second over, marched uncovered with No Mas Amor in tow through three-quarters in 1:22.1. Captain Ahab gave way to Air Force Hanover heading into the stretch while No Mas Amor fanned off cover and readied his bid towards the center of the track. No Mas Amor shot to the front nearing the wire with Air Force Hanover holding second from Yacht Week roaring into third. Captain Ahab, lengths away, fought for fourth. Returning $230.80 to win, No Mas Amor broke his maiden in his eighth start career, earning $61,056 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Matt Kakaley sat in the sulky. Workin Ona Mystery remained undefeated in five starts with a 1:49.3 on-the-front performance in the first ISS division. Stablemate Rock Candy left for the lead from the center as Workin Ona Mystery anxiously roared towards the top from the outside. Past the quarter in :27, Workin Ona Mystery settled onto the lead as Rock Candy stalked from the pocket through a :54.3 half. Calming the pace to three-quarters, Workin Ona Mystery withstood minor first-over pressure from Can't Beach That through a 1:23 clip and kicked into the stretch moving away from Rock Candy giving pursuit from second. World On Edge, rallying from off cover, took third with Lyons Johnnyjnr, off a rail trip, fourth. A colt by Captaintreacherous, Workin Ona Mystery passed the $100,000 earnings plateau for owners James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers. Tim Tetrick piloted the Brian Brown trainee and paid $2.20 to win. Captain Trevor stalked quick fractions and charged home off cover to take the second ISS split in 1:49.2. Love Me Some Lou moved for the lead with Smooth Lou firing from post eight into second and Blood Money floating into third. Past the quarter in :27.1, Love Me Some Lou backed into the pocket as Blood Money brushed to the lead into the backstretch tracked by 4-5 favorite Semi Tough. Blood Money cleared command before a :54.4 half, leaving Semi Tough first over. Semi Tough circled to the lead rounding the final turn and endured pressure from Smooth Lou left uncovered into second. Blood Money paced in the pocket third past three-quarters in 1:22.1 and bolted towards the front once room opened into the stretch. Blood Money led the way heading to the line before Captain Trevor, widest on the track, swept by his competition and kicked away for the win. Blood Money finished second ahead of Smooth Lou third and Semi Tough fourth. Owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing, Captain Trevor won his fifth race from seven starts, earning $113,404. Tony Alagna trains the Captaintreacherous colt and Andrew McCarthy sat behind the $14.80 winner. Captain Crunch scooted through the pylons to catch pacesetter Sugar Factory and win in 1:49.1 in the fourth ISS division. Captain Victorious swooped to the top from post eight with Captain Crunch taking the pocket. Sugar Factory, positioned fourth, edged first over past a :26.3 opening quarter and brushed to command just after a :54.4 half. Proof, the 3-5 favorite, angled off the cones from fourth heading into the final turn and advanced uncovered towards the tempo-setter nearing three-quarters. By that station in 1:22, Sugar Factory turned away Proof into the stretch while Captain Crunch snuck through the pylons and American Mercury, from second over, rallied towards the center of the track. Captain Crunch stuck a neck in front heading to the wire and maintained the advantage through the wire while Sugar Factory held second from Proof in third and American Mercury fourth. Winning his fourth race in six starts, Captain Crunch competes for 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms, earning $85,946 in the process. Scott Zeron drove the Nancy Johansson trainee and paid $10.80 to win. Mangogh sat off a contested pace, looped off cover and inched past 7-5 favorite Covered Bridge to take the fifth ISS split in 1:50.3. Jack Nation led the field into the first turn as Covered Bridge gradually advanced wide of Waterway taking the pocket. Waterway moved to track Covered Bridge past a :28.1 opening quarter and edged three wide into the backstretch, clearing command heading to the half in :55. Covered Bridge remained parked as Jack Nation kept chase in the pocket moving into the final turn. Waterway lost the lead by three-quarters in 1:22.3 as Covered Bridge brushed to control into the stretch. Loutenant, from third over, angled towards the center of the course and Mangogh, from fourth over, even wider in pursuit of Covered Bridge. Mangogh came quickest and overtook Covered Bridge in the final strides to win, leaving Loutenant in third while Price Hanover, from second over, finished fourth. Trained by Bruce Saunders, Mangogh won his fourth race from 10 starts, earning $117,980 for owners M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Tim Tetrick drove the colt by Western Ideal and paid $6.00 to win. Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile continues Sunday, Oct. 6 with the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm, and the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, headlining the card. Racing gets underway for the 13-race card Sunday with first-race post slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three mare Monica Gallagher, who was away from the races for three months in spring and early summer, has worked her way back to top form, as she showed on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by winning the $17,500 featured distaff pace, her first visit to Victory Lane since April 26. Matt Kakaley got Monica Gallagher away quickly, making the lead after the quick 26.2 opener on a "good +1" track, then yielded to race favorite Skippin By near the 55.2 half to sit a pocket journey. Truth And Liberty, second-over past the 1:22.4 ¾ pole, made it a three-horse chase to the finish, with Monica Gallagher having the most late to win in 1:51.3 by a head, with the same margin separating Truth And Liberty in second and Skippin By in third. Monica Gallagher has shown herself to be usually right around the big money in her brief career: in 16 starts this year she has a 7-5-0 record, and in double the starts lifetime she has a 12-9-3 scorecard, good for $124,631. Ron Burke conditions the four-year-old for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Earlier, some confusion around the far turn led to a longshot bonanza. 3-1 third choice Lounatic pulled the pocket from behind pacesetting Michelle's Pride late in the backstretch, but then went erratically around the far turn, first squeezing Actress Hanover inside, then, while trying to correct, bearing out into the path of the second- and third-over, Linda Lace Hanover (8-5 favorite) and Under The Hood (9-5) respectively, shoving them wide and effectively taking them out of contention. Actress Hanover, at 69-1, went up into the pocket, then to the Pocono Pike and charged to the lead - returning a $140.20 win mutuel. Pacesetting Michelle's Pride was 42-1, and she was just edged for second by an unaffected horse, 10-1 Typhoon, resulting in $2-equivalent gimmick payoffs of $1219.20 for the 4-7 Exacta, $2111.40 for a 4-7-ALL Trifecta, and a 4-7-ALL-ALL Superfecta of $18281.60 - on which there were two fortunate 10-cent ticketholders. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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