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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 22, 2015 - Lone lass Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley, $24.20) engineered the harness racing upset Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No,. 6 in the mile-and-a-quarter medley, Dot Dot Dot Dash lagged last in the early going as lone 3-year-old French Laundry (Dan Dube) two-moved to the lead (:29.2, :59.2). Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) was patrolling the pocket when 3-2 choice Luminosity (George Brennan) a hurry. Luminosity engaged French Laundry in and out of both a 1:29.2 three-quarters and 1:57.1 mile post (:27.4 fourth quarter) Meanwhile, Dot Dot Dot Dash had loosely tracked move of the favorite before ducking in a three-hole for a breather. It was Luminosity owning a short lead in and out of the final turn, but pre-Thanksgiving company was coming. A refreshed Dot Dot Dot Dash left the cones, angled widest and went by. He defeated a ground-saving Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) by a length-and-a-half in 2:27.1. Red Hot Herbie, Luminosity and There'sademoninme (Andy Miller) completed the cashers. For fifth choice Dot Dot Dot Dash, a 5-year-old daughter of Classic Photo owned by William Vandervort Jr. and trained by Shae Vandervort, it was her seventh win in 23 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $142, with the triple returning $1,673. Note that since no one took down the Sunday Pick 5, Monday's gimmick, which already has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $2,649.08 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at Also, Sunday props to driver Mark MacDonald, who won four races during the dozen-race card. Frank Drucker

A field of six contested the $400,000 TVG Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands Saturday night. Off the wings of the gate, five of the six free for all pacers tried to leave for position. The only horse content to watch the action early was Bettor's Edge. That strategy by harness racing driver Matt Kakaley turned out to be the winning one as Bettor's Edge stormed down the center of the track, from dead last, to score a 19-1 upset in the TVG Pacing Championship. The first horse to the lead was Mach It So, who took all the late-money being released as the 4.5 favorite. He used every ounce of his speed to clear the lead from the widest post in the field, reaching the opening quarter in a sharp 26.1. But the second-choice in the wagering, JK Endofanera was already on the move and he quickly challenged for the lead down the backstretch and would clear the front before the half mile in 54 seconds. Meanwhile, Somewhere In L A was headstrong in the three-hole and Corey Callahan could not hold his gelding and was forced to commit first over. Foiled Again picked up the cover in the outer flow, while Bettor's Edge inched closer into the third over position. JK Endofanera led past three-quarters in 1:22.2 while facing pressure from Somewhere In LA. As the field turned for home, the free for all pacers spread across the track and all took their shots. Mach It So found room at the pylons, Foiled Again tried to kick off cover, JK Endofanera reached for the wire and Mach It So was rallying down the center of the track. In the end, Bettor's Edge out-sprinted the talented field to win going away in 1:50 with Matt Kakaley. Mach It So rallied up the pylons for the runner-up spot while Foiled Again finished third. Matt Kakaley was pleased to finally get a trip for his six year old getting. "He really has had a lot of bad luck," said Kakaley. "We have been trapped in a few times where he was finishing with pace, but we just had bad luck in those races. Tonight they were mixing it up early and it really set up well for us. It worked out absolutely perfectly." Trainer Ron Burke confirmed that both Bettor's Edge and Foiled Again will head to North Carolina for the winter and will return for the 2016 racing season. The win in the TVG Pacing Championship was the third stakes win on the night for trainer Ron Burke. The win was the 26th in the career of Bettor's Edge, sending his lifetime earnings to nearly $1.8 Million. Bettor's Edge Resolve Trots the Race of His Life in TVG Trotting Championship There have been a lot of questions regarding the older trotters and just who would assume command of the division. After Saturday night, Resolve answered all those questions and jumped to the head of the class, winning the TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg last week, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in 27 seconds by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a 29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in 56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career was applying pressure, but Ake Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of 26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4. "He's a very good horse," said owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt. "He is getting closer and closer to Sebastian K with every start. He is just a four year old beating the older horses, he should be really good next year." Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his four year old campaign with earnings of $706,938 this season. Resolve was trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Resolve Boston Red Rocks makes his case for Divisional Honors Going into the Breeders Crown Final, Boston Red Rocks wasn't on anyone's radar in terms of the two year old pacing championship. It is safe to say that over the past month, that has changed. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Boston Red Rocks was allowed to settle mid-pack while elimination winner, Big Top Hanover established the pace through an opening quarter in 27-seconds. When the field straightened away in the backstretch, driver Tim Tetrick popped the plugs and Boston Red Rocks unleashed his turn of foot and flew to the lead, reaching the half-mile in a sharp 55-seconds. The outer flow was slow to develop, but that didn't prevent the race favorite from sprinting a 27.3 third quarter, with the 8/5 second choice Big Top Hanover on his back. Into the stretch, Boston Red Rocks got separation on the field and reached for the line, holding off the other elimination winner Katies Rocker to win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. The win was the fourth in nine starts for the two year old son of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick has been impressed with the colt over his past few starts. "He doesn't do his best work on the front end, it's really not where he wants to be," said Tetrick. "But, I knew I had to go forward off the gate. He really likes to chase horses though." Looking ahead to next year, Tetrick said the upside is there. "He can shoot for the skies next year." Boston Red Rocks is trained by Steve Elliot for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Katies Rocker was second and Big Top Hanover held on to the show spot. Boston Red Rocks Win Photo Cannot Separate Winners of Valley Victory They say there are few moments in sports that can rival the photo finish and the $489,400 Valley Victory Final certainly was representative of that statement. In the end, the win photograph couldn't decide a winner, because the noses of Dog Gone Lucky and Make Or Miss hit the wire together, a dead heat in the richest race of the night. For Dog Gone Lucky, the win belonged to Chuck Sylvester and for Make Or Miss, the story was his young pilot Joe Bongiorno. The irony, Sylvester was winning Hambletonians before Bongiorno was born and now they both set their eyes on harness racing's greatest prize in 2016. Dog Gone Lucky made an aggressive move to the lead, after Mavens Way made a break after a quarter in 27 seconds. In the meantime, Make Or Miss had nearly 10 lengths to make up, trotting in eighth position down the backstretch. Then, the outer flow began to develop as Taco Tuesday committed first over passed the half in just 57 seconds, a 30-second second quarter. Marion Marauder picked up that cover and Make Or Miss tracked the pair on the far turn while Dog Gone Lucky reached three-quarters in 1:26. Dog Gone Lucky opened up a clear lead in the stretch after a 59-second middle half, but just as he did, Make Or Miss found his best stride and put that electric turn of foot on display as he began to reel in the favorite. However, the wire was also coming quickly and it came just as both noses hit the wire, a dead heat in 1:54. Joe Bongiorno was nearly speechless in the winner's circle. "This is beyond amazing, I can't believe it," said Bongiorno. "I just want to thank all the connections for giving me the opportunity, this is the best moment in my life." Not to be out-done, trainer Chuck Sylvester reminded that he isn't done yet. "I'm not retired yet," Sylvester joked. "These horses will get a well-deserved break and hopefully we'll back (for the Hambletonian) next year. The win was the first major stakes win for Bongiorno and the fifth win in the Valley Victory for Sylvester. It was the second victory for Make Or Miss, the son of Donato Hanover who now has earnings of over $223,000 while Dog Gone Lucky won for the seventh time and his fifth in a row, with his earnings now beyond a half-million dollars. Make Or Miss is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Jerry and Theresa Silva. Dog Gone Lucky was driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Chuck Sylvester and owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles E Stansley. Dog Gone Lucky and Make Or Miss Mission Brief Concludes Season with a Statement The buzz around the $144,000 Continentalvictory was centered on two fillies, Mission Brief and Wild Honey, hoping to earn divisional honors with a compelling performance. Mission Brief seized that opportunity and performed like a champion. Sent off as the prohibitive 1/9 choice, Mission Brief was hustled to the lead early in the mile and it was a lead she would never relinquish. Sprinting past a quarter in 27.4, Mission Brief and her pilot Yannick Gingras kicked away from Wild Honey down the backstretch and Wild Honey felt whip taps from her driver John Campbell just to try to keep up. In the meantime, Mission Brief was trotting smoothly on the lead past the half-mile in 56 seconds and she began to open up on the field on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.1 while leading the field by four lengths. From there, Mission Brief had the Meadowlands homestretch all to herself and she trotted a 27.2 final quarter under no urging to win the Continentalvictory in 1:51.3 in the final start of her season, a win that put Mission Brief past $1 Million this season. "She's the best trotter in training," exclaimed driver Yannick Gingras in a post-race interview. "No disrespect to any of the older trotters, but I wish she was in that race tonight. I don't think any of them want any part of her." Ron Burke was beaming with pride in the winner's circle as well. "She's the best horse I've ever had," said Burke. "Next year is going to be tough, she is going to face all the good ones and I am not going to duck anyone. We are going to find out if she is as good as we all think she is." With the win, Mission Brief concludes her season with 10 wins from 14 starts and earnings of $1,001,317. For her career, the star filly has 19 wins from 27 races and earnings of nearly $1.6 Million. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. Wild Honey completed the exacta with Kelsey's Keepsake and Lady Winona completing the field. Mission Brief Divine Caroline Triumphant in the Tarport Hap An overflow field of 12 contested the $173,500 Tarport Hap at 1 1/8th miles on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The race was hotly contested with no less than five lead changes from start to finish. The last lead change belonged to Divine Caroline, who took over in the shadow of the wire and scored the victory in 2:05.1 after the mile was paced in 1:50.1. There was plenty of speed early, with Single Me launching from post 10 and reaching the first quarter in 26-seconds. From there, Rock Me Gently would move to the lead briefly, before Bettor N Better cleared the front past the half-mile in 54.4. Next to the lead would be the 9/5 favorite Bedroomconfessions, who guided the field past three-quarters in 1:22.2. That move left Sassa Hanover uncovered first over with Divine Caroline stalking from a second over position. It took the length of the stretch, but Divine Caroline would use the long Meadowlands stretch to wear down Bedroomconfessions to earn the victory. Bettor N Better finished third. The victory was the eighth on the season for the three year old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven for trainer Joe Holloway who was very pleased with the win. "I think that wrapped up the division for her with this win," said Holloway. "I thought she was in a good spot and it took her a while to get there but she got it done." Holloway confirmed that Divine Caroline would return to the racetrack in 2016 as a four year old. Divine Caroline is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables and M.A. Ouriel. Her seasonal earnings conclude at $673,339. Divine Caroline It was worth sticking around for the last race for Wallington, New Jersey resident Joseph Bohnarczyk, whose $20 Win and $10 Place and Show Wager on Buckeye In Charge at 39-1 launched him to a win in the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier that took place on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He earned a berth into the Championship event on April 30, 2016 at The Meadowlands and took home $1,764 in prize money in addition to his bankroll which was over $1,100. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,941,258. Racing resumes on Friday night, with first post time at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Soboro Hanover moved to the lead after the initial quarter, then had an open-length lead most of the way to the wire in winning the harness racing $30,000 feature for Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotters Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:54.4.   Matt Kakaley was in the sulky for trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership triumvirate of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Murray Brown as Soboro Hanover, an altered son of Donato Hanover, scored by three lengths over Wouldn't Itbesweet, with Doc Simon's Dream taking third in a three-horse photo. Soboro was sent off as the 9-5 co-favorite with Setubal, who had early traffic woes and then made a break.   Pocono is now racing a basic three-night-a-week schedule, with the trotters and pacers under the lights on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings through the close of the meet on November 21.   PHHA / Pocono        

Safe From Terror, surprise winner of the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship at 45-1, abandoned her ambush tactics and made short work of the field in a division of Monday's $69,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Somewhere Sweet captured the other division of the stake for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies. After her PASS triumph, Safe From Terror scored yet another upset with a late rally in the Nadia Lobell. In the Keystone Classic, however, Matt Kakaley switched gears and sent the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place to the front at the quarter pole. She prevailed in 1:53.3, 1/2 length better than her stablemate, Southwind Roulette, with Dobre Povedane third. "She was the best in there, so I didn't want to take any chances," Kakaley said. "She was very good -- that was easy for her. She's a sweetheart to drive. She'll do whatever you want." Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who won for the 11th time this year and pushed her career bankroll to $482,742, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. Somewhere Sweet triumphed in 1:51.1, just a tick off Weeper's stake record, but couldn't separate herself from the stalkers, forcing Aaron Merriman to get after her late. "She paced strong into the stretch," Merriman said, "but when I pulled the plugs, she actually kind of sat down. She maybe didn't want me to pull them." Somewhere Sweet downed Angel Or Terror by a length while Kays Dragon Lady earned show. Brian Brown conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sweet Work Of Art, who soared over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Miller's Stable. $91,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Kelsey's Keepsake and Smokinmombo each took a division of Monday's companion feature, a $91,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters. Kelsey's Keepsake was fourth down the backside when Joe Bongiorno sent her after the leader, Murderers Row. Despite competing off a sickness scratch, she blew by and drew off to win by 5 lengths in 1:55.2 for trainer Robert Bongiorno and owner Carly Roman. Avalon Hall was second with Kirsi Hanover third. "First over is her best game," Joe Bongiorno said. "We knew she had this race coming up, and once she scoped a little sick after she trained, we wanted to scratch her, get her healthy and get her ready for the stake." Smokinmombo hadn't won since Aug. 20, but she quarter-poled to the top for Merriman and scored in 1:55.3, 2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Matter Hatter. Global Ice completed the ticket. "She got a little rough on me in the Hambletonian Oaks and a few starts after that," said Chris Beaver, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. "I think it's straightened out, but she's not great on a big racetrack. She'll go to a couple stakes at Hoosier Park." In the $24,800 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Better Caviar took advantage of a backside shootout between Tamarind and Monte Cristo Spur and zipped by in the stretch to win in 1:55.1 for trainer/driver David Wade. Sixteen Mikes rallied for second, a neck back, while Monte Cristo Spur saved show. Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, William Peel III and Wade own the 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit, who now boasts $162,485 in career earnings. The Keystone Classic series concludes Tuesday at The Meadows with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings -- a $69,750 pace and an $89,800 trot. Headliner is millionaire Wakazashi Hanover, who currently ranks third among all Standardbreds in seasonal earnings. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Sassa Hanover showed her versatility in winning the 45th Jugette in Wednesday action at the the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In the $151,350 second heat, Matt Kakaley sent Sassa Hanover after the lead from the rail position. Southwind Roulette (Corey Callahan) improved from her third starting position to sit behind the leader. The first elimination winner Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge but could not get past the eventual winner. Sassa Hanover drew clear of the field and scored a two length victory over Southwind Roulette and Somewhere Sweet (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in 1:51 1/5. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, winner of the 2010 Little Brown Jug, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. The win was trainer Ron Burke’s second Jugette crown and Kakaley’s first.   “I was second the past two years, so this feels good,” noted Kakaley. The two heat time of 3:42 established a new two-heat world record. In the second elimination, Sassa Hanover came from off the pace and went from last to first to score in a stakes record equaling 1:50 4/5. Momas Got A Gun (David Miller) was hustled off the gates wings to take early command of the field of six. Kakaley dropped Sassa Hanover to the back of the pack and was content to sit there until midway down the backstretch. Sassa Hanover swooped past the field and beat Somewhere Sweet by ¾ of a length. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) and Serious Filly (Scott Zeron) advanced to the final. In the first elimination Bettor N Better came from off the pace to score in 1:51 1/5. David Miller and Triple V Hanover protected his rail position and led the field through the first three-quarters of a mile. Yannick Gingras eased Bettor N Better off the rail going down the backstretch and drew off by 2 ¼ lengths over the pocket sitting Southwind Roulette (Matt Kakaley) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller) in 1:51 1/5. Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller) also advanced to the final. Two Divisions of the Buckette Held Classical Annie and Aaron Merriman took the faster of the two divisions in the $109,200 (div.) Buckette for three-year-old distaff trotters. The field of six raced in post-position order through the first three-quarters of the mile. The leader Katniss (Yannick Gingras) made a break in stride and was taken into the safety lane handing the lead over to the pocket sitting Classical Annie. The daughter of Andover Hall held off a late rally by Smexi (Corey Callahan) by a neck in a lifetime best 1:54 1/5. Jim Arledge, Jr. conditions the filly for Laura Baker, John Schmucker and Thomas York, Jr. The second $54,600 division was won by a fast closing Speak To Me (Brett Miller) who swooped past four rivals in the deep stretch to win in 1:55 1/5. Jimmy Takter trains the Muscle Massive lass, who has earned $324,418, for Brittany Farms.   Tipton Teeez Survives Tough Trip to Win the $44,200 Standardbred (2FP) Tipton Teeez and Yannick Gingras never saw the rail, but still had enough in the tank to win the Standardbred for freshmen filly pacers. When the gates wings folded, Montrell Teague hustled Miss Me Yet after the early lead, forcing the eventual winner to race on the outside. As the field of nine rounded the final turn five fillies were within two lengths of the pacesetting Miss Me Yet. Tipton Teeez gutted out a 3/4 length victory over Rockin Rum Springa (David Miller) and Hug A Dragoness (Matt Kakaley). Miss Me Yet hung on for fourth. Brian Brown trains the Wester Terror filly for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo.   Beaver Trainees Sweep OBC Two-Year Filly Trot Trainer Chris Beaver won both divisions of the $98,000 Ohio Breeders Championship. Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) rebounded from a narrow defeat in the recent Ohio Sires Stake Championship to score a decisive nine length victory over Bellesvictoryring (John Konesky III) in 1:58, shattering the stakes record. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by Wilbur Stoll Lang and Beaver.   Beaver was back in the Delaware winner’s circle a few races later with Evanora (Ryan Stahl). The daughter of Pilgrims Taj scored in 1:58 4/5 over the pacesetting Count On Cami (Kurt Sugg). Evanora is owned by Sandra Burnett.   Neely’s Messenger, David Miller Score in OBC Neely’s Messenger scored a mild upset over I Know My Chip (Chris Page) in the final strides to win the $75,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore colt trotters in 1:57. Miller is the winningest driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair with 206 victories. Neely’s Messenger is conditioned by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Ann Sweet. Jay Wolf  

Batavia, NY---A lightning-fast track and 80 degree temperatures greeted the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old pacing fillies at Batavia Downs where two divisions offering a total of $109,000 in purses, along with important points needed to make the NYSS final, were up for grabs on Wednesday night (Sept. 16). Prohibitive 2-5 favorite Dime A Dance didn't dissapoint her backers as she put on a show in her $54,500 division, winning in definitive style and resetting the world's record for a 2-year-old pacing filly over a half-mile track. Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance Hanover) took off the pace fourth and watched as No Clouds Bluechip (Kevin Cummings) and American Ivy (Mark Macdonald) duked it out for the lead in a fast :26.4 quarter. From there, the field remained stagnant until the half when Mother Of Art (John Cummings Jr.) pulled first over from third and Dime A Dance (Matt Kakaley) took cover second-over behind her. The group picked up the pace with a :28.4 third panel but that wasn't fast enough for the eventual winner. Dime A Dance swung three-deep at that station and circled the field to clear and pull away by three-lengths in an impressive and uncontested victory in 1:52.4. The time was a new world's record for 2-year-old pacing fillies, besting that of Isabella Blue Chip's 1:53.1 at Delaware, Ohio in 2006. It was also a new track record for Batavia Downs, smashing the old standard of 1:54.2 set by Sassa Hanover just last year. "She's definitely one of the better fillies this year. She was just awesome tonight; she could have paced faster" said driver Matt Kakaley. It was the third win in eight starts for Dime A Dance ($2.90) and it pushed her earnings to $101,513 for owners Our Horse Cents Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock and J&T Silva Stables. The filly is trained by Ron Burke. In the first $54,500 division, Encore Deo hung on strong down the lane for a close victory over Art Critic. Wishy Washy Girl (Ray Schnittker) took a quick, early lead before yielding to Encore Deo (Matt Kakaley) before the quarter that went in :28. The field remained single-file to the half before the heavily favored Upside Surprise (Mike Micallef) pulled from fifth to start her outside trek. Upside Surprise got to third and hung and couldn't gain anymore as the leader took the field to three quarters in 1:25.4. Positions stayed the same to the top of the stretch and Encore Deo was riding a short lead when Art Critic (Jim Morrill Jr.) swung inside the fading Wishy Washy Girl and came up the pylons. The two battled in deep stretch with Encore Deo just hanging on by a nose in 1:55.1. "I wanted to try her on the lead tonight. At three-quarters I thought I was going to win but it got a little close there at the end" said Matt Kakaley. It was the second win in eight starts for Encore Deo ($13.40) and the winning time was a new lifetime mark for the filly. The winner's share of the purse pushed her earnings to $56,578 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Carr. Ron Burke mentors the filly. There were also two divisions of the $15,000 NYSS excelsior series on Wednesday. The first split was won by Major Millie (Art Major-Gravity) in 1:57. The filly is trained by Erv Miller and was driven to the victory by Matt Kakaley. Major Millie ($9.10) is owned by KDM Stables Corp. The second stanza was won by Milky Way Rae (American Ideal-Aurora Borealus) in a swift 1:55.3. She is trained by Tracy Brainard and was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. Milky Way Rae ($3.90) is owned by Fortunate One LLC. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 18) at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2015 -- When Safe From Terror surprised the field and harness racing bettors by winning the Sept. 5 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship at 45-1, some may have dismissed it as a fluke. They likely won't be saying that about her any longer, as she scored her second consecutive upset, this time at 5-1, in Wednesday's $170,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows -- and took the overland route to do it. Sassa Hanover wanted the lead from the rail, but she was pressured early by Divine Caroline and Storm Point, forcing her to step a lively opening half in 26.3/54.4. With all that early speed, winning driver Matt Kakaley knew the front end might collapse but wasn't sure third over was the place to be. "I was a little worried," Kakaley said, "but I wanted to get her out in the flow of the race anyway. It worked out perfect, really, because the front end kind of fell apart off the last turn." Safe From Terror moved four wide through the stretch to down another closer, The Show Returns, by a length in 1:50.4, a career best. Divine Caroline was full of pace but lacked room and had to settle for show. The back-to-back upsets by the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place didn't surprise Kakaley. "I've won a lot of races with this filly, and she's always been very, very good," he said. "There was a point for a few starts where she was just okay, not great, but she was very good today." Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who now boasts $449,992 in lifetime earnings, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal collected a front-end victory -- her third in the last four starts -- in 1:51.2 for Tony Hall, trainer Randy Bendis and owners Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack, James Walton and Bendis. Do Me Honor was second, 1/2 length back, with Jaded Dream third. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last soared over $400,000 in career earnings. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

It was quite a day at the harness racing meeting at  Harrah's Philadelphia on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). There were 3 divisions of The Liberty Bell Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, as well as a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace which featured two pacers at the doorstep of one million dollars in career earnings. Division 1 of the Liberty Bell went to upsetter Trading Up (Scott Zeron). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was 3 wide much of the first quarter before finally clearing the lead just before the half. He was able to hold off the heavy favorite My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Blood Brother finished third. It was the 5th career win for Trading Up ($15.00), who is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. He is trained by Tony Alagna. Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was a dominant winner in the second division. The son of Dragon Again battled a game Badiou Hanover (Scott Zeron) the entire mile to secure the win in a time of 1:51.3, while in hand at the finish. It was the eleventh career win for the Joann Looney-King trainee, and his third straight. Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) was third. It was a lifetime's best performance for Allbeef N Nobull (Matt Kakaley) in division 3 of the Liberty Bell. The son of McArdle sat pocket behind the speed of Rise Up Now (Tim Tetrick), before roaring up the passing lane to win in 1:50.2. Paparazzi Hanover (Dave Miller) rallied for second, while McArdles Lightning (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the 8th career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Emond, Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi. He paid $4.40. Ken Jacob's Doctor Butch is harness racing newest millionaire. The 5-year-old son of Art Major was victorious in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace, which pushed his lifetime earnings over the one million mark in his 94th career start. He now has 26 career wins, 9 on the season. The 8-year-old Nova Artist, who was also in the race (finished 7th) is also nearing the plateau. He has career earning of $961,267. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano. Michael Bozich

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Ron Burke Stable had a sensational Sunday in Canada as their horses not only finished one-two in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R, but earlier on the afternoon the Burke Stable also finished one-two in the rain-delayed Gold Cup & Saucer Final at Charlottetown Driving Park on PEI. In the Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race for four-year-old pacers, it was action-packed right out of the starting gate as Limelight Beach (Mark MacDonald) shot like a rocket to the early lead from post six with Somewhere In L A (Daniel Dube) leaving and grabbing the two-hole spot with All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) also on the move on the outside. They flew to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 and Kakaley kept All Bets Off in gear until they finally cleared to the lead. After a short breather going to the half mile marker in :55.2, it was Somewhere In L A and Dube taking up the chase first-over with Winds Of Change (Dustin Jones) grabbing the second-over trip down the backstretch and to the three-quarters in 1:23. Then as they came around the final turn, All Bets Off was still the strong horse, turning back Somewhere In L A and with Kakaley raising his whip in the air and just lifting the line, All Bets Off scooted home an easy winner by three and one-half lengths in 1:50.3. Limelight Beach was second with Somewhere In L A third. "Once I cleared to the lead," Kakaley said. "I was able to back it down a little. Then when Somewhere In L A came first-over I just pulled the plugs and my horse got stronger. I knew at the start I wanted to get to the front and control the pace and everything worked out perfectly." The time of the race tied the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R at 1:50.3, set last year in the revival of the Prix D'Ete by Sunfire Blue Chip. It also tied both Sunfire Blue Chip and Crombie A as the fastest Canadian race by a four-year-old on a half mile oval. "What a great day this has been for the Burke Stable," explained second trainer Mickey Burke. "We finish one-two in the Gold Cup & Saucer and then finish one-two in the Prix D'Ete. We have to come back and do this again next year for sure." A stallion by Bettor's Delight, it was the third win this year for All Bets Off. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and the Panhelleni Stable. All Bets Off now sports career earnings of $1,505,481. Coupled with Limelight Beach in the wagering, they paid $3.80 to win. The Prix D'Ete program also featured four divisions of second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers. YS Artistic Fella made an impressive Quebec debut in the first division, working to the lead at the 1/8 and controlling the pace, then storming home in 28.3 to break his maiden in 1:59, a racing mark. First round prelim winner Sagawi had to settle for second today, 2¾ lengths back, after a pocket trip behind the son of Artistic Fella out of Bolero Tallia (the dam of the 4-5YO pacing mares "Q" Series champion My Tallia Ideal earlier this year). Simon Allard, a provincial native son returning for the day from his base at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, guided YS Artistic Fella for trainer Richard Moreau and owner YvesSarrazin. Mr Mach Jimmy is now 2-for-2 in the Quebec prelims after making every pole a winning one with a 1:59.2 triumph, posting a new mark. However, success did not come easily to driver Pascal Berube and the altered son of Mach Three-Rosebud Stena, as Pudong Phil, in only his second lifetime start, picked a tuck from the outside post eight, then was first-over from the 3/8 and gave the leader all he could handle before "Jimmy" crossed the wire a length to the good for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. HP Sissy and Miss Babe Delight were virtually inseparable the last quarter of the first filly prelim, with "Sissy" proving the more photogenic by a head in a lifetime mark of 1:57.3, just 2/5 of a second short of the divisional track record set by My Fleet Three last year. Miss Babe Delight, coming off a win in an Ontario stake, took advantage of drawing inside her main rival and forced HP Sissy, a daughter of Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip and a first round winner in Quebec action last week, to sit the pocket through fast numbers for the babies of 28.1, 58.3, and 1:28.4. Driver Guy Gagnon took the winner to the outside at the last-named point and was in a real donnybrook with the pacesetter the rest of the way, and she just got the better of her game rival for trainer Jean Tourigny and owners Claude Hamel and Michel Damphousse. Skyfall Sena, a Goliath Bayama-Bye Bye Pippa N filly who was (a distant) second to HP Sissy in the first round, took advantage of that rival's drawing in the other division by taking the second distaff section on the engine, lowering her mark 7 2/5 seconds to 2:00.3. Skyfall Sena was sent right to the lead by driver Pascal Berube (a Quebec winner with both sexes), put favored Art De Gagnee in behind her, and then held off that rival in the stretch by ¾ of a length (after finishing ½ length ahead of her behind HP Sissy last week) for trainer and owner Serge Nadeau. Prix D'Ete Notes: There are two divisions of the third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Featured in the first division are three return winners in track record holder Wildwild Men taking on Panamas Boy and Sass. Post time is 7:00 pm. All Bets Off From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley makes his debut in Quebec this Sunday and it could be a grand appearance as he drives race favorite All Bets Off in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The Grand Circuit showcase for four-year-old pacers headlines a superb 12-race program that also has the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers with four divisions. For Matt Kakaley, it will be his first time driving at the Hippodrome 3R. "This will be first time I have been to Quebec," Kakaley said, "but I really look forward to the experience. I also do not speak French at all, but I am sure everything will work out OK." Kakaley has been the steady driver of All Bets Off for the past two seasons. The $1.4 million winning son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC and The Panhellenic Stable, has been competing against the best older horses in harness racing this season and doing quite well. All Bets Off starts from post four and is coupled with stablemate Limelight Beach as the 5/2 morning line favorites. "All Bets Off has been the best horse I have driven all year." Kakaley said. "He's my favorite horse and Ronnie (Burke) put me on him all last year. He's pretty much my drive because he is special to me." Kakaley has kept All Bets Off "off" the front end this year and it has been working out OK with two wins, five seconds and two third place finishes in just 12 starts. His biggest score of the year came in the Flamboro Downs Confederation Cup where All Bets Off set the all age track record in 1:50.4 in his elimination race, then went on to win the final the following week. Kakaley says that All Bets Off can still leave if they want to. "We've been racing him from off the pace on the big tracks," Kakaley said. "He can still leave if we want to." Who does Kakaley think are the major contenders in the race? "I think my horse is definitely the one to beat," Kakaley said. Big Boy Dreams qualified really well at Pocono Downs for this. Limelight Beach really raced well last week at Hoosier Park. He had a lot of road traffic and still got a check. He has such great gate speed that post six won't stop him from getting the lead easily." All Bets Off is Kakaley's only drive of the day of the 12 races at the Hippodrome 3R. "That does not bother me one bit," Kakaley said. "I can enjoy myself, watch some of the races, get All Bets Off ready and if we can win the Prix D'Ete it will make for a great day." Prix D'Ete Notes: The 13-year-old trotter, Pablo Angus, who trotted in 1:56 on 7-8-08 to set the all-age track trot record which was equaled exactly six years later by Michelangelo last season, is in the 4th race on Sunday -- and recently this amazing old timer has set three all-age track trot records for driver Mario Charron within the last two months, June 27 at Saint Hughes in 2:01, July 11 at Saint Esprit in 2:00 and July 25 at Ormstown in 2:04.1. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. Tomorrow afternoon race fans can get the free program for Prix D'Ete card at From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The Ron Burke Stable entry of All Bets Off and Limelight Beach headline many of the top four-year-olds in harness racing that have entered the $200,000 second annual renewal of the Prix D’Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Canada’s premier pacing event for many years, the Hippodrome 3R management revived the race last year for four-year-old only as part of the Grand Circuit and in 2014 saw Sunfire Blue Chip erase the prior track record by nearly three seconds with a 1:50.3 triumph. “This year’s field,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “could very well break that record. Our forecast is for a beautiful sunny and warm day and our track will be lighting fast Sunday afternoon. Our race secretary has assembled a great program for our fans.” All Bets Off, a career winner of $1.4 million, is the star attraction. He starts from post four for driving sensation Matt Kakaley. The son of Bettors Delight comes into the race off two strong second place finishes and was race timed in 1:49.1 at both Hoosier Park and the Meadowlands. Earlier this season he also won the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs, setting the track record in his elimination race in 1:50.4. The second part of the Burke entry, Limelight Beach, drew post six but has early gate speed as shown three starts back when he won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:51.4 and the Hippodrome 3R has a brand new slanted starting gate. Limelight Beach will be driven by talented Mark MacDonald. Big Boy Dreams starts from post two for driver Simon Allard and was purchased at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands for $265,000 by trainer Rene Allard with the Prix D’Ete their main goal in mind. He comes into the race off an impressive qualifying win at Pocono Downs in 1:50.2. Jimmy Takter was the trainer of Sunfire Blue Chip, last year’s Prix D’Ete winner and he wants to win another one this year with Somewhere In L A. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been first or second in his four of his last five starts and has a record this year of 1:50.4. Somewhere In L A drew post three and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres most famous native son, Daniel Dube. Trainer Justin Jones gets back in the race bike and will drive his Winds Of Change from the rail. They will ship in from Ontario where Winds Of Change was third in his last start in 1:50.2. Rounding out the field is the local favorite, Boomboom Ballykeep for trainer Richard Moreau. They start from post five and in the bike will top reinsman Mario Ballargeon. They have had it rough the last few weeks but back on July 25, Boomboom Ballykeel won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.3 and the son of Mach Three knows the 3R oval. Prior to the revival of the Prix D’Ete at 3R, the race was initially known as the Prix d’Automne and was won by older horses such as the great Bret Hanover. The marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into a race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. Prix D’Ete Notes: There will be four divisions of the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers as part of the 12-race extravaganza race program Sunday. The race program is available free of charge by visiting From the Quebec Jockey Club

In our final week of racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono before our Super Stakes Saturday/50th Anniversary Celebration, we witnessed steamy temperatures, blisteringly fast winning times, and extremely competitive harness racing. There were a lot of possibilities, but here are my choices for the best of the best as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: ALWAYS AT MY PLACE It's always fun to see what kind of talent that our track will attract whenever there's an Open pace on the card. There was just such an event on Saturday night, carrying a purse of $30,000. Most of the competitors in the eight-horse field were Pocono regulars or at least had participated in a few races at the track this season. But there was one newcomer, Always At My Place, and he came into town with an intimidating record. The 4-year-old gelding was a dominant force in Indiana for much of the season, then headed to Yonkers in July to win back to back Open Handicaps against his own age. Overall he entered Saturday night's Open at Pocono with six wins in ten for the year including his last four in a row. He got away a bit slowly in the race and had to make a tough first-over grind, but Matt Kakaley guided his charge steadily to the front end anyway. By the time he reached the top of the stretch, Always At My Place, trained by Ron Burke, had taken over and finished strong despite the long journey. He came home 1 ½ lengths in front of Malak Uswaad N with a winning time of 1:48:1, which was a career-best, just a tick off a world record for his age group and the fastest mile paced at Pocono this season. Always At My Place has a name that is proving to be prophetic, because no matter where he travels, he seems to be feeling right at home. Other top pacers this week include: *China King (Matt Kakaley, Jennifer Sabot), who churned out his second straight condition won on Tuesday night, matching his career mark of 1:50 in the process *Bodacious (Simon Allard, Steve Elliott), a three-year-old filly who picked her his second straight win at Pocono on Friday night, this doing so against Stallion Series competition in a career-best 1:51:1 Perfect Pitch (George Napolitano Jr., Matias Ruiz), a mare whose condition victory on Wednesday night, her second in a row, came in a career-best time of 1:51:3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: PROUD MOMENT This 10-year-old veteran has always been a consistently solid performer, hitting the board about half the time and usually grabbing a handful of wins each year. And he was going along in that vein for most of 2015 until July 15. Taking advantage of a prime post position and an excellent trip that evening, Proud Moment rallied to win a condition trot in 1:52:3, just shy of his fastest time ever. In his next start he took on a claiming handicap group from an outside post, and this time he earned the victory by winging it on the front end in 1:53. On Saturday night he faced a condition trotting group of non-winners of $17,500 in the last five starts with an optional claiming price of $25,000. It was a classy group, featuring some who were used to Open company and others who had raced in big stakes races this season. But Proud Moment, racing for the first time in the barn of trainer Daniel Maier, isn't racing like a journeyman these days. With George Napolitano Jr. in the bike, he took over the lead on the front stretch and had no problems from that point, winning by 1¼ lengths in another ripping time of 1:52:3. The career record might tell you that Proud Moment is a solid if unspectacular trotter, but his recent streak tells the tale of one of the best trotters on the grounds. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: *HS Certified (Jim Taggart Jr., Dawn Dellaporte), a mare who moved up in class on Sunday night and scored her second straight upset win, this one in 1:57 *B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno, Robert Bongiorno), whose condition victory in 1:52:3 on Saturday night not only was a career mark, but it also matched Proud Moment for the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono *Lightning Storm (Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna), who followed up a win at Harrah's at Philadelphia with a condition win at Pocono on Tuesday night in 1:53:4. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: MAYTIME TERROR This gelding, driven by Joe Pavia Jr., came from off the pace to upset a claiming handicap field on Saturday night at 27-1, paying off $57.20 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY NAPOLITANO A win on Sunday night gave A-Nap 100 victories for the meet, making him the fourth Pocono driver to reach mark that this year after his brother George, Simon Allard, and Jim Morrill Jr. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: ROSS CROGHAN Croghan is well-stocked with talented young fillies, as he showed when a pair of his 2-year-old distaffers scored maiden victories on Tuesday night. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at Jim Beviglia

The mutuel payouts may have been small, but the purses were spread around in the 3-year-old filly pacing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2). A different sire, driver and trainer won each leg of the series as they represented the best New York State has to offer for this sex and gait. In the first $39,200 division, Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) left the gate and took a methodic path to the front in 27.4. Leading the single-file group and still unchallenged to the half, Morrill kept a tight grip on the filly with an eye on closing out the deal. When they rolled towards three-quarters, Morrill popped the plugs and Mosquito Blue Chip responded in kind, quickly pulling away to a four-length advantage. With Morrill stretched out like he was in a recliner, the pair scurried home in 28.2 with no one even close, to win in 1:54.2. "She felt like her old self today." "She was on cruise control the entire mile" said driver Jim Morrill Jr. of the filly who is now two-for-two lifetime at Batavia Downs. Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover) was sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite and paid $2.30 for the win. Paul Jessop trains and co-owns the filly with Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio. As most expected in the second $39,900 leg, Band Of Angels (Matt Kakaley) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller) left from post three and four respectively and got away 1-2 before sauntering to a pedestrian 29-second first quarter. With the rest of the field still in post-position order behind the two favorites, Kakaley continued to grab leather in an even slower 29.4 second panel. From there it was all Band Of Angels who was given her head and quickly opened up a five-length lead before Kakaley lowered the lines and stored the whip. Band Of Angels ($2.50) paced the back half in 56.2, winning in 1:55.1 with Moremercy Bluechip closing ground on the wrapped-up winner to finish second. After the race, winning driver Matt Kakaley pointed out "She did it as easily as a horse could do it and had plenty left coming down the stretch". Band Of Angels (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) is conditioned by North America's leading trainer, Ron Burke for owner W.J. Donovan. The final $39,900 split featured a speed duel between two unrelenting contestants and it started as soon as the gate pulled away. As the field headed into the first turn, they were spread three-wide across the track; Jag Out (Andy Miller) on the pylons, Nippy W Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the middle and Artiawitchtoyou (Doug McNair) out widest of all. Off the turn, Nippy W Hanover settled in second but Artiawitchtoyou opted to go on. As she drew next to Jag Out at the quarter in 27.1, it was clear the leader had no intentions of giving up that spot. As they contentiously passed the half in 55 flat, Jag Out and Artiawitchtoyou were seemingly pacing in tandem heading into the third turn, but then Artiawitchtoyou had taken all the air she could and by the 1:24.3 three-quarter split, started to show the effects. As she started to fade off, Jag Out continued to drive on to an impressive two-length victory in the fastest time of the day (1:53.4). The winner paid $8.00. "She was awesome! I know we went fast early but she's that good" said driver Andy Miller about the speed duel between his charge and Artiawitchtoyou. Jag Out (American Ideal-Impertinent) is trained by Erv Miller, who co-owns her with Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms LLC. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card for $30,000 in purses. The first went to Yes You Can (If I Can Dream-Cantbuymehappiness) went gate to wire in 1:56.2 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Heidi Rohr. Yes You Can, who paid $2.40 is owned by the Holland Racing Stable. The second division was won by Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West) who also led the entire mile for driver Mark Macdonald and trainer Marthe Drolet. Hey Kobe is owned by Stephen Schneider and William Siegel. The winner returned $4.00. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. notched four victories on the card with Kevin Cummings adding two more wins to his meet-leading total. Racing resumes on Wednesday at Batavia Downs when two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward for a total of $110,000 in purses. Post time is set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

WILKES-BARRE PA - The chalk took it on the chin Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as non-favorites won all five harness racing divisions of a $100,000 Stallion Series third preliminary leg for sophomore trotting colts.   Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Frank Antonacci teamed to take two of the five divisions, the first one and the last one held, and in the Stallion opener their horse posted the fastest time of the Sunday stakes, with Mesmerized scoring in 1:53.4. The son of Cantab Hall went wire-to-wire in winning by seven lengths and taking a new mark for owners K R Breeding, Robert Rudolph, Gary Hoffman (these three were also the breeders) and Barry Guariglia.   Kakaley also tallied with another Antonacci trainee, the Cantab Hall gelding Paging Doctorlindy, who has now made two house calls to the winners circle in but three starts in 1:57.2, a personal best. The good Doctor was up by a neck after a pocket trip for the Lindy Racing Stable (also the breeder), Elizabeth Caldwell, and repeat winning owner Robert Rudolph.   Two winners took maiden victories in the Sunday Stallion competition. They were the Yankee Glide colt Pierre, making every pole a winning one in 1:55.2 for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Jonas Czernyson, and the Consus Racing Stable Inc., and Colbert, giving Cantab Hall a third siring credit with a 1:55 victory for trainer/driver Ã…ke Svanstedt and owners Courant A B and Knutson Trotting Inc.   The other section went to the Explosive Matter gelding Jacksons Minion, exploding out of the pocket to win by open lengths in a personal best of 1:55.4 for driver/trainer/namesake/part-owner Tom Jackson and fellow owners Howard and Judy Taylor.   PHHA / Pocono

Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11 year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place-Artsplace) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and JJK Stables LLC of Fort Lauterdale, Florida. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went off stride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. "I knew if I was close turning for home the he would out grit them," said Kakaley "He is the toughest horse ever in the history of harness racing, for sure." The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Following Foiled Again were Clear Vision, Cammikey, Big Boy Dreams, State Treasurer, Duc Dorleans, Night Pro and Luck Be Withyou. Foiled Again started this year a bit sluggish and many people were calling for Ron Burke to retire the champion pacer. However, Burke discovered that the horse had an entrapped epiglottis and scheduled the minor surgery in early May. Friday's performance was Foiled Again's first start post-operation. "He is as good as ever and still has a lot of racing left in him," said Burke. "He is the horse that has built our barn. I cannot say enough good things about him. I love this horse." Ayers Ratliff

On Monday June 8, the harness racing glamour division of the New York Sire Stakes, 3 Year Old Pacing Colts will be at Monticello Raceway. A total of 10 New York Sire Stake events are on tap for the days 14 race card, 4 divisions of Sire Stakes, 4 divisions of the Excelsior A, and 2 dashes of the Excelsior A series. The Sires Stakes events race for a purse of $30,450 per race, the Excelsior A's purses are $15,000 and the B division purse is $6,000. In the first race, also the 1st division NYSS, showcases Cartoon Daddy, the son of Art Major, who has already won this year in 1:51:4 in a NYSS event at Tioga Downs for trainer Ron Burke. He has 3 pari mutual starts under his belt thus far into the year, he comes back after an impressive 2 year old season, where he earned $282,523, and taking a mark of 1:50:1 at the Red Mile. Matt Kakaley will handle the driving chores for trainer Ron Burke. Bet You will start from PP 6 for trainer Jimmy Takter, the son of Bettors Delight, is out of the great mare Armbro Amoretto. Race 5, 2nd division of NYSS, highlights Lone Survivor and J Eagle Feature. Both were victorious last week at Buffalo in their respective divisions. In the 3rd division, K Ryan Bluechip (PP1) and K-Rock (PP2) are pitted against each other. K Rock easily won his last NYSS race at Buffalo in 1:54, K Ryan Bluechip took his lifetime mark last start in 1:50:3 for trainer driver Joe Pavia Jr. Final NYSS race is carded as race 13, My Spirit Soars, on paper he seems to be much the best, starting from the rail for trainer Tom Fanning, the son of Bettor Delight has been in the money in all 7 starts this year. He comes into the race fresh off a 1:50:4 win at Pocono Downs and a second place finish in Sire Stakes action at Tioga Downs. In the 10 race, the Excelsior A series highlights the much heralded White Bliss, a celebrity from birth, due to him being a rare equine Albino. The son of Art Major was a $240,000 yearling. He is trained and driven by Swedish trotting specialist Ake Svanstedt. The Excelsior A divisions are in races 3, 7, 10, & 14, each race is worth $15,000, The B divisions are in race 2 & 12, for a purse of $6,000. Monticello Raceway continues its Monday - Friday schedule with a 12:50 Post. By Shawn Wiles

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