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It took an exciting stretch drive for Love You Bye (McArdle-Cam's Genious) to pick up her third win in the last four starts at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 harness racing feature on Thursday night.   Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) sat in mid-pack through the early stages of the race, as Seascape Hanover (Fern Paquet Jr.) set the early pace of 26.1 for the quarter and 54.4 for the half. It was at the half-mile mark that Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) rallied up on the outside to take the lead, which she held through the three-quarter mark in 1:22.3.   Ugly Betty was in front into mid-stretch, at which point Seascape Hanover came back up the inside and Love You Bye commenced to close down the outside. Love You Bye managed to beat Seascape Hanover home to win in 1:52.1.   The complete order of finish was: Love You Bye, Seascape Hanover, Ugly Betty, Park N Orchard, Table Games, Elleofnxample, Artic Byrd, and R U Ideal. Let's Go Higher had been a Judge's scratch. Love You Bye is owned by D. Jimmy Whittemore of Norway, Maine and trained by Dennis Whittemore.   Live racing resumes on Friday night with an exciting 10-race program featuring $340,000 Zweig Memorial with Hambletonian runner-up Nuncio and betting favorite Father Patrick making up a very strong entry for trainer Jimmy Takter.   Sebastian K will also be racing at Vernon on Friday night in the $236,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot and he will be facing 2013 Horse Of The Year, Bee A Magician, who takes on the boys. Post time for racing on Friday night at Vernon Downs in 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs     

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2014 -- When The Meadows hosts Friday's final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing colt and gelding pacers, it may seem like Act 2 of the 2014 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. That's because the $199,980 stake has attracted Adios champion McWicked as well as Somewhere In L A and Let's Drink On It, who along with McWicked won Adios eliminations. First post Friday is 6:55 PM. Following the Adios, McWicked easily captured a PASS division but saw his five-race winning streak snapped in the $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield Park, where he dead-heated for second. "He raced great, but I thought he could have been a little better than what he was," said Casie Coleman, who trains the son of McArdle-Western Sahara for SSG Stables. "He came out of it quite good. He's had a real good week training, and I've been very happy with him." She indicated McWicked, whose dominance during his winning streak has made him a legitimate candidate for divisional honors, will be pointed for the PASS championship and the Little Brown Jug, with the balance of his schedule to be determined. McWicked goes from post 4 in the first division, race 8, with David Miller aboard, and he'll renew acquaintances with Somewhere In L A, who finished a length behind McWicked in the Adios final. The Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A gelding leaves from post 7 for Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. Since the Adios, Somewhere In L A has won both his starts, including a strong performance in The Meadows' Preferred Pace last week. Let's Drink On It endured a tough trip in the Millstein and had to settle for fifth. In Friday's PASS, he's landed in the wide-open second division (race 10), where he leaves from post 6 for Tyler Smith. "He couldn't get into the race in the Milstein," said Joe Seekman, who conditions the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vince Boido, Jr. "When you have good horses inside you, it's suicidal to try to leave. I hope he gets away a little closer. He's been training good, and he's healthy. Also in the second division is Bob Key's Mattamerican, winner of the Adios consolation. He'll try to overcome post 8 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Norm Parker. The $260,000 (est.) PASS championship for this division is set for Sept. 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia. MANDATORY PAYOUTS FRIDAY. Because Friday is the last program of the Mountain Laurel meeting, there can be no carryovers in the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the last Superfecta on the card. These wagers all are "must pay." In addition, the Pick 5 sports a carryover of $1,660.11. Since the Washington Trotting Association meeting begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, there will be no discontinuity in live racing. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2014 -- The Lunch Pail powered to the front and rolled to a comfortable victory in a career-best 1:51.1, fastest in Wednesday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Sean Liam Q and Brioni also taking $20,000 splits. Eric Ledford enjoyed a stake double behind The Lunch Pail and Sean Liam Q. The Meadows will host the championships for all eight stallion series divisions Sept. 8-9. The Lunch Pail dueled with Avalanche Hanover before grabbing the lead and allowing his rival to stalk from the pocket. But Avalanche Hanover couldn't cut into the margin late and settled for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Hemingway third. "I wanted to cut it with him," Ledford said. "Last time he was out here he raced really well on the front end. We got away with a pretty nice second quarter, so things worked out pretty good." Joe Holloway trains The Lunch Pail, a Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty gelding, for Michael Ouriel. Looped while vying for the early lead, Sean Liam Q persevered and prevailed handily in 1:51.2, 2-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Stone Cold Shark. Jins Shark earned show. "We got strung out in a 26.3 quarter -- that wasn't my objective," Ledford said of the son of McArdle-Taylor Lou Q. "We were committed to the front after that. But he was pretty strong, considering the fractions." Ross Croghan conditions Sean Liam Q for Steve Stewart, Bourbon Creek Stable, Donald Robinson and Michael Robinson. Brioni competed in the Adios at The Meadows, and while he couldn't go with that crowd, he favorably impressed Mike Wilder. "Obviously, he was up against some of the toughest horses in the country, and he wasn't humiliated in any way," Wilder said. "When you get a horse like that in the stallion series, you're pretty confident you have a pretty good shot. He was push button." Buoyed by that observation, Wilder sent Brioni on a quarter-pole move that carried him to victory in 1:52.2, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Bristol Bay. Well Said Stride completed the ticket. Robin Cruise trains the son of Four Starzzz Shark-Armbro Bahama for owner/breeder Ronald Michelon. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall matched her own track record for older mares -- a mark she shares with Daylon Miracle -- when she scored a front-end victory in 1:52.4. ER Ellie was 8 lengths back in second, with True Day Dream third. Dave Palone drove the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable. Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Cowgirl Hall extended her career bankroll to $579,463. Dan Rawlings drove five winners on the 16-race card while Palone and Wilder each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Tarport Effrat, a $199,980 PA Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers with a field headlined by Adios winner McWicked. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12-noon Thursday, August 28 and continues through 11 p.m. Sunday, August 31 at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 14 through 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 17. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first place finisher in the 2014 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis to be raced Thursday afternoon, September 18. A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers have selected a group of 23 colts and geldings. Each colt and gelding has been assigned morning line odds based on the selection order. The horses in each of the pools are listed in alphabetical order. "This is the ninth year for the Jug Future Wager and our fans have been supporting this effort year after year," said Phil Terry, marketing manager for the Little Brown Jug. "The future wager gives you an opportunity for potentially higher pay-offs than on the actual second heat of the Jug." Last year Jug champion Vegas Vacation paid $11.00 in the first pool, $4.20 in the second pool and paid $3.40 in the second heat. The Casie Coleman trainee McWicked been tapped as the 7-2 morning line favorite in Pool #1. McWicked won the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and the $400,000 Adios Pace and owns a lifetime mark of 1:47.3. The bay son of McArdle is owned by the SSG Stable. With a win, Coleman will be the first conditioner with three straight LBJ training victories. World champion Hes Watching is a very close second choice at 4-1. The son of American Ideal won the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace in a world record time of 1:46.4 on July 12. Hes Watching was originally purchased for a meager $3,000 as a yearling and has earned Menary Racing, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing more than $983,000. The mutuel field consists of the remaining horses eligible to the 69th edition of the pacing classic. Past performance lines for the Little Brown Jug Future Wagering event will be available free of charge on the Little Brown Jug website, www.littlebrownjug.com. 2014 LITTLE BROWN JUG FUTURE WAGERING POOL #1 HD Horse ML Odds 1. At Press Time 15-1 2. Beat The Drum 12-1 3. Boomboom Ballykeel 20-1 4. Cammikey 6-1 5. Carracci Hanover 25-1 6. Doo Wop Hanover 12-1 7. Friskie Adam 25-1 8. Hes Watching 4-1 9. Ideal Fashion 25-1 10. Jet Airway 15-1 11. Lets Drink On It 8-1 12. Limelight Beach 8-1 13. Mattamerican 15-1 14. Maxi Bon 20-1 15. McWicked 7-2 16. On Golden Ponder 20-1 17. Sometimes Said 10-1 18. Somewhere In LA 6-1 19. Spaghetti Eddie 30-1 20. Tellitlikeitis 8-1 21. Twin B Speedo 20-1 22. Western Vintage 10-1 23. Wicked Business 30-1 24. Field 6-1   by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

The question of who will wear the red and white of Canada at the 2015 World Driving Championship will be answered Tuesday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Eight of the best drivers from their respective regions will gather in Charlottetown to contest the National Driving Championships presented by Standardbred Canada, P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association, P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and Red Shores. Post-time for the special 12-dash card is 7 p.m. The competition to see who can fulfill the dream of representing their country will get underway in Race 3. This year's NDC is a little different than previous, this year Standardbred Canada held a draft to allow the drivers to pick the horses they wanted to drive. Two-time World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson has selected to drive the rail horse C J Bluefin, a favourite heading into the National Driving Championship, Jamieson will have to fend off seven other foes. Sylvain Lacaille took his first round selection in Race 3, selecting the two-entry Caughfoolinaround for owner Maggie Mccarthy and trainer Roy Reynolds. Quebec native Guy Gagnon had the first overall selection and took Umiztagoodthing in Race 10 from Post 5. Todd Walsh trains the five-year-old Modern Art gelding who took a lifetime best in his last race of 1:56.4. The Alberta representative, and son of former Island horseman Sanford Campbell, had the second selection in the draft. Brandon Campbell chose post 2 starter in Race 5 All Out. With two second place finishes in his last two starts, the Clarkie Smith trainee is listed as the morning line favourite. B.C. native and the second representative from the Western Region, Jim Marino had the seventh overall pick he landed the 5-2 favourite Playful Patty in Race 4. Owned by Taylor Mcguigan the newcomer to Charlottetown will look to make her mark on Tuesday night. The third overall selection went to 'The Rocketman' Billy Davis Jr. Making his first trip to P.E.I., the second entrant from Ontario will look to keep the NDC crown in Ontario, the place it has been for the past three events. Davis selected Ton Of Luck for the Ultimate Stables. Leaving from Post 5 in the sixth race, the three-year-old daughter of Camluck finished third in her last start pacing in 1:57.4. The 'Flying Pilot' Ryan Ellis had the fourth overall selection and drafted Mcdaisy Cutter for owners John and Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown. The daughter of McArdle has a no-worst-than second record in her last four starts. The hometown pride, Marc Campbell was saddled with the eighth overall pick, and if that wasn't bad enough, his first pick in the draft also won't line up behind the starting gate. Campbell selected Panacotta from Post 1 in Race 8 but he made a break on Saturday, and after a questionable review it was deemed Panacotta had broken equipment after his break and not before, putting him on the qualifying list. So instead 'King Campbell' will look towards the ninth overall selection in the draft, Rash B Havior. The four-year-old Lis Mara gelding played a contributing factor in gaining Campbell the victory in the Altantic Regional Driving Championship. The pair went right down the highway in the Championship winning in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. The Champion will be decided during eight of the 12 races on the card. The event concludes in Race 10. The special Tuesday card will also feature the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup and the $5,000 Builders Cup. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver Marc Campbell. Only beaten a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the 55th running of The Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer, Wazzup Wazzup is the morning line favourite. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. All Turain, Ultimate Luck, Astor and Mach Wheel round out the power packed field of seven starters. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two local horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. Please note. There is not live racing Thursday at Red Shores Charlottetown. Live racing returns Wednesday to Red Shores Summerside at 7pm and Saturday in Charlottetown at 6pm. For information on race dates go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

The feature race of the evening Saturday at Georgian Downs saw Swan In A Million and trainer/driver Dustin Jones get great cover and come home strong to win the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot in 1:52.4. The time of the race set a Canadian season's record for trotters over a five-eighth-mile track. Swan In A Million got away fourth at the pylons through a :27.4 opening quarter and flushed out cover in the form of pocket-sitting Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) approaching the half, which was clocked in :57.1. In the stretch, he rallied by race favorite Natural Herbie and tempo-setter R Raised Emotions (Mario Baillargeon), who fronted the field past three-quarters in 1:24.2, and held off the quick-closing Intimidate (Rick Zeron) for the half-length victory. Charmed Life (Robert Shepherd) finished three-quarters of a length behind off a three-hole trip. There were five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night and the last split was the quickest as Southwind Luna toured the five-eighths mile oval in 1:54. With driver Billy Davis Jr. calling the shots, Southwind Luna was in the lead through panels of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:24.3. Faithful Friend (Rick Zeron) took a shot out of the pocket in the final quarter, but Southwind Luna held sway to prevail by half a length. Wicked Speed (Scott Young) finished third. Otis Hall trains Southwind Luna, a Sportswriter filly, for owner Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr, Ontario. Southwind Farms bred Southwind Luna, who has won twice from five starts and has earned $23,540. Southwind Luna, the first foal out of Lil Presto Hanover, a The Panderosa half-sister to $2.6 million earner McArdle, sold for $20,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. Drivers Rick Zeron and Trevor Henry split up the other four Grassroots sections, with each of them winning two. Zeron scored with Mister Big filly Show Some Leg in 1:54.4 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and Shadow Play daughter Chase The Shadows in 1:54.2 for trainer Dave Menary. Henry’s victories came courtesy of Vic Puddy trainee Twin B Honour (1:55) and Richard Moreau pupil Ms Mac N Cheese (1:54.2). The feature race of the evening saw Swan In A Million and trainer/driver Dustin Jones get great cover and come home strong to win the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot in 1:52.4. The time of the race set a Canadian season's record for trotters over a five-eighth-mile track. The next Grassroots test for rookie pacing fillies comes on September 2 at Flamboro Downs. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

There were three divisions of PASS races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon (August 22nd), each going for a purse of just over $80,000. In the second division, the wagering public made the undefeated Yankee Bounty (Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee) the prohibitive favorite, going off at 1/9 on the board. At the start, it was Dragon Eddy (Dragon Again-Jaska Hanover) firing away for the lead, in a quarter time of :27.2. Yankee Bounty however quickly moved towards the lead, and took charge just before the half. At three-quarters, he faced a serious challenge from Wakizashi Hanover (Dragon Again-Western Gesture). These two battled down the stretch, with Yankee Bounty having to re-rally, winning by just a nose in 1:52. He also had to survive a lengthy inquiry, as he bore in late stretch. Dragon Eddy held third. Yankee Bounty ($2.10 to win) is owned by Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, trained by Ron Burke, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. Earlier in the day, Brian Brown trainee Lost For Words (Well Said-Thou Shalt Not) won a division of the PASS. As the wings closed, Blood Brother (Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond) flew out to the lead from the furthest outside, but was cleared by post time favorite Tomy Terror, shortly after the quarter (27.3). The favorite maintained the advantage until three-quarters, when Lost For Words ($8.40 to win) made his bid. In the stretch, he overpowered the leader, going on to win by a quarter of a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.1. He is owned by Country Club Acres, W. Robinson, R. Lombardo, and the Strolling Stables, and was driven by David Miller. In the final division, it was the Lightning Stable's McArdles Lightning (McArdle-Winning Venture) living up to his favorite status ($6.20 to win). He took the lead right from the start, and after a rated second-quarter (29.3) he went on to pace gamely to the finish, winning by a head in 1:52.4. Talking Points (Well Said- Bikini Bottom) took advantage of the pocket trip to finish a narrowly beaten second, while Well Well Well (Well Said- Terrific Tara) finished third. McArdles Lightning is trained by Steve Elliot, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy. Fillies and Mares lined up for a winner's over pace in overnight action, with the favorite being pacing mare superstar Somwherovrarainbow. She was roughed up early, parked to a 26.3 opening quarter. She didn't clear the lead until the half, with the second quarter in a taxing 27.4. After three quarters in 1:22, pressure arrived in the form of Shelliscape. The trip eventually took its toll, as Somwherovrarainbow tired to finish seventh. Shelliscape went on to a two length win, stopping the timer in 1:50 flat, and paying $7.40. Drop The Ball was second, while Fast And Fiesty finished third. Shelliscape is owned by Bamond Racing, trained by P J Fraley, and was driven by Hall of Famer John Campbell. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The winners over trot and the PA Stallion Series headlined the harness racing action at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday as Classic Martine set a track record. Race ten was the winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot. The wagering public put their faith behind nineteen time winner Classic Martine. As the wings closed, it was the Ron Burke trainee Quick Deal firing to the top, while the favorite ducked into the pocket. They remained in that order until three quarters, when Opening Night emerged out of third, but his bid was short lived. In the stretch, Quick Deal and Classic Martine dueled, with Classic Martine narrowly winning in 1:52, a track record for 4-year-old trotting mares. Uncle Peter finished third. Classic Martine is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Oakes, Zurich, and Gold, trained by Chris Oakes, and was driven by Tim Tetrick. There were also four divisions of Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $20,000. In the first division, it was Phil Peavyhouse's PV Dragon (Dragon Again-Jin Millie) living up to his favorite status. At the start, it was long shot Rock Springs (Well Said-Dolphins Can Talk) sprinting away for the lead, arriving at the quarter in :27. Shortly after, driver George Napolitano Jr. sent PV Dragon out of third, forcing the lead change just before the half. He received mild first-over pressure from May I Cruise West (Yankee Cruiser-Maewest Hanover), but kicked away in the stretch, stopping the clock in 1:53.4. Sambestmckee (McCardle-Jackie's Cammie) came charging hard up for second, while Pennyforurthoughts (Western Terror-Find A Penny) finished third. PV Dragon is trained by Amber Buter. In division two, Kevin Switzer's Letsmakeawish (Western Terror-Dynamite Donna) made it three straight with an easy victory, stopping the timer in 1:54.1. He brushed to the lead just past the quarter, which went in 27.2. He was unchallenged until three-quarters, when eventual third place finisher Redneckyachtclub (Real Artist-Fast Ruffles) attacked first-over. In the stretch, Letsmakeawish drew clear, holding off a late rally from B Well (Well Said-Ms Amanda B) who went on to finish second. Letsmakeawish is trained by Ron Burke, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. In the third division, Up Front Racing's UF Larry Alltheway (Dragon Again-Varbo) lived up to his 4/5 favorite status. Off the wings, it was This Time (Well Said-Finishing Touch) driving for the lead, with the favorite settling into fourth. The fractions were pedestrian (:28.3, :59.3) before things picked up in the back half. UF Larry Alltheway drove up first over, and was on even terms with the leader at the top of the stretch, before pulling away under Tim Tetrick taps in 1:54.3 (:55 last half) for the win. My Hero Ron (Well Said-Erma La Em) rallied for place, while This Time held show. UF Larry Alltheway is trained by Kelly O'Donnell. In the fourth and final division, Erv Miller trainee Hall Of Terror (Western Terror-Maytime Hall) upset the field for his third career win. At the start, Mcjagersonthemove (McArdle-Grand Fancy) drove up to take the lead, with Cabo Sunshine (Well Said-Make Mine Hall) dropping into the pocket. Just before three quarters, Parklane Eagle (Somebeachsomewhere-River Hanover) moved first over to challenge for the lead. In the stretch, Hall Of Terror swung off cover, and swept by for the win, stopping the clock in 1:53.1. He is owned by Ervin Miller Stables, Paymaq Racing, R. Michelon, and L. Willinger, and was driven by Marcus Miller. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

In what was supposed to be the confrontation between two pacers with the most victories in North America this season unfortunately didn't materialize. The often claimed duo of Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance were in to go against one another in the fifth race on the Monticello Raceway card of Monday, August 18 and that confrontation was looked forward to by the local rail birds. However, Philip Schultz', Diamond Tiara, who ships in from a training farm in Wind Gap , Pa, some 90 miles from the Mighty M, couldn't answer the call when the van she was riding in broke down en route to Monticello. The seven-year-old pacing daughter of McArdle, a 17- time winner this year and one who has been claimed four times since mid-June and currently back in the Mike Watson barn, became a late scratch. Awaiting her arrival for the clash was another 17-time seasonal winner, Shortest Distance, a 9 year-old Park Place mare again the property of Marissa Godinez after being claimed four times in her last five starts. Although many race goers were disappointed when the six-horse field of $7500 claimers was reduced to just five starters, none were more thwarted than the mares' drivers Jimmy Taggart, Jr. (Diamond Tiara) and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (Shortest Distance). Both were on the muscle expecting an exciting event, each believing their pacer would become the sole horse with the most wins this year. However, as an old adage states; the best laid plans of men and mice sometimes go awry,still the show had to go on. And on it went for Shortest Distance and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. who didn't have to contend with Diamond Tiara who had drawn the pole position. No sooner had the wings of the mobile starting gate folded, Aldrich sent the 1-9 favorite to the lead from the three-hole and after the first stanza was paced in a soft :29 it was Katie bar the door as Shortest Distance rambled to win number 18 , this time in a 1:57.3 clocking. Austin Siegelman mounted a late charge with Theron Seelster but second best was all they could muster. "We certainly had an easy time of it when Diamond Tiara was scratched but I believe it wouldn't have been ifwas in the race," Aldrich said after his victory. "I've driven Diamond Tiara a couple of times this year and I know she's gritty and no pushover. But don't get me wrong I enjoyed the victory just the same." Shortest Distance who paid just $2.30 for win, evaded another claim and remains, at least for now, in the barn of Al Annunziata who claimed her last week for Marissa Godinez. Maybe that victory lit a fire in Aldrich because after that race he won four others on the card and now with 358 seasonal driving victories he currently is sixth in North America races won. Last year his 645 winners tied him with Dave Palone for second place in North America behind Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.s 714. No photo of Shortest Distance's victory on Monday, or for that matter any pictures of the remaining winners on the card is available because strangely the Mighty M's award winning photographer, Geri Schwarz was stung by a bee before the Shortest Distance race transpired and because of an allergic reaction she was immediately rushed to the local hospital where she thankfully recovered. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

This Sundays (August 17th) at the Rangiora meeting marks the arrival on the harness racing landscape in Canterbury of the very smart trial winner, Parramatta. The 4 year old entire by McArdle has been very impressive at trials and workouts to date and will be a warm favourite with punters on debut. Parramatta qualified at Rangiora for Nigel McGrath in the middle of July with a very smart performance that had first up winner written all over it. Over 2000 meters from the mobile, Parramatta gave nothing else a chance on a brisk winters day, running 2:31.2, a mile rate of 2:01.6 with closing sectionals of 57.4 and 27.7 as he cleared out for a 8 length win. Parramatta changed hands after that trial win and will line up on Sunday from the barn of Terry and Glenys Chimel with Terry doing the driving. A quick look at the breeding of Parramatta explains where the ability comes from. The dam of Parramatta is the smart racemare Sheng Li ($44,735) and he is her first foal. Sheng Li is a half sister to Uncle Wingnut 1:55.2 ($151,981)  The grand dam Paula's Way is a half sister to Paula's Mate 1:57.1 ($231,310) and Paula Michele 1:58.3 ($206,228) Another half sister to Paula's Way is Delighful Paula who has left Whambam 1:54.5 ($580,226)  Delightful Christian 1:52.1 ($368,751) and Tosti Girl 1:58.2 ($196,761) Aristocratic 2:00.8, the third dam of Parramatta is a full sister to Class Act, the dam of the brilliant Classical 1:57.7 ($294,196) This is one of the hottest commercial families in the New Zealand stud book and Parramatta should add to that legacy on Sunday. Harnesslink Media

Love You Bye (McArdle-Cam's Genious) made it four wins in the last five starts at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 feature pace Thursday night.   Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) led the way through an opening quarter of 27.3 after taking over early on. Upfront Secret (Chris Lems) was moved aggressively to the outside and surged to the front once the field moved past the half in 56.1.   Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) made the next attack as the field was on the far turn and rolled up alongside Upfront Secret to take the lead as field approached the top of the stretch. From there, she withstood strong challenges from Ugly Betty, who re-rallied up the inside, and Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.), who had charged up from the back of the pack, to win by nearly two lengths in the final time of 1:53.1.   The complete order of finish was: Love You Bye, Ugly Betty, Asset Management, Artic Byrd, Upfront Secret, and My Drag Queen. Love You Bye is owned by D. Jimmy Whittemore of Norway, Maine and trained by Dennis Whittemore.   The win by Love You Bye was just part of a nice three-win night for driver Jimmy Whittemore. He went gate-to-wire in the fourth race with Bugsy Malone (Cambest-Town Of Malone), pulled off an 8-1 upset with a come-from-behind score from Frosty Delight (Bettor's Delight-Frosty Valentine) in the sixth race, and then came through with Love You Bye in the featured eighth race.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs with a 9-race program on Friday night. The feature race on Friday night is the sixth race, a $9,000 Open I Trot, with a field of six. The 9-5 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who is trying extend his winning streak to three in this spot. Post time on Friday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

The Wal and Joe Hennessey memorial is set to headline the 12-dash harness racing card on Thursday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 7 p.m. Six horses will contest in this year's Wal and Joe Hennessey, it has become a landmark race of Old Home Week and this year is sure to be no different. Fresh off pacing a mile in 1:55.4 Narragansett has been enlisted as the morning line choice in the signature event. Owned by Foxyhall Racing, the five-year-old gelding has four victories on the year. A finalist in this year's Governor's Plate, the Jason Hughes trainee draws into post 5 in the compact field of six. Hughes will handle the driving duties. Newcomer Camstock Lode has drawn the rail for new owner Dr James Shive of Nova Scotia, He comes to red soil from Monticello, a half-mile oval in New York. He was a winner two starts back in 1:55.3. The seven-year-old Cams Fortune gelding is now trained by Dr. Trevin Shive. National Driving Championship finalist Ryan Ellis will do the driving off of the rail. Oakmont, Bonnys Mac, Carrera Angel and Sa Summers Luck complete the compact field of six. The Shive connection will look are also in action one race prior in the tenth race, Officially Rusty will put his three race win streak on the line against a stiff group of competition. The three-year-old Art Official gelding picked up his last victory in truro, a 1:57.3 score for driver Ryan Ellis. Ellis will be back in the sulky Thursday night. Perfect Escape has drawn post 2 for owners Jack Keenan and Joseph Dahl, the five-year-old McArdle gelding comes into the race showing two miles in 1:55.4. He drops back after not qualifying for the final of the Premiers Pace on Saturday night. Jackie Matheson trains, while Marc Campbell will pick up the catch-driving call after Gilles Barrieau committed to the rail horse Panacotta. Tempo Seelster, Pictonian Walton and Unstoppable Speed round out the power packed field. Bo Ford

McWicked is not the most energetic harness racing horse when enjoying an uncontested lead, but his lackadaisical manner can change in a hurry when necessary. The colt's determination is one of the attributes that impresses trainer Casie Coleman as she prepares McWicked for Friday's inaugural $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at Northfield Park. McWicked was not eligible to the Milstein, but the colt's connections paid $34,000 to get into the race. McWicked, who brings a five-race win streak to the Milstein, will start from post No. 1 with driver David Miller. For the year, McWicked has won seven of 10 races, including the Max C. Hempt Memorial and the Delvin Miller Adios, and earned $654,271 for owner Ed James' SSG Stables. During his string of victories, McWicked has not once lost ground in the stretch. In fact, he has won by no less than a length during that span and increased his advantage in the lane by a total of 8-1/2 lengths. "It's just his desire to win, how much guts he has," Coleman said. "Because he's a lazy colt, sometimes I look at him at the three-quarters pole and I'm a little worried that he's getting tired. As soon as Dave hits the head of the lane and a horse comes up to look at him, boom he's just gone. "There's hardly been a race that Dave's had him where he's been all out. He's been quite in hand coming to the finish in most of his races. I've been real happy with that." McWicked, a son of McArdle-Western Sahara, heads to the Milstein off a 4-1/4 length win over Let's Drink On It in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Aug. 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The final preliminary leg of the series is Aug. 29 at The Meadows and the $260,000 championship is Sept. 7 at Philly. The three-week gap between McWicked's previous start and the next round of the sire stakes is the reason Coleman was searching for a race for McWicked. Following the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, the colt is expected to head to the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 18 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. "This race came up and it's a one-shot go for $400,000," Coleman said. "I talked it over with Ed James and we decided that it fits in pretty nicely, so we decided to go this route. I don't see why he wouldn't be good on a half(-mile track), but it's also a good test on a half before we go to the Jug. "Win, lose or draw it still gives me a couple weeks to freshen him up and get him ready for the sire stakes after this." For his career, McWicked has won 10 of 20 races and earned $833,888. He has finished worse than third only twice, most recently in the North America Cup on June 14 at Mohawk. He was fourth in that start, behind JK Endofanera, Tellitlikeitis, and He's Watching. It was the last time he lost a race. "He's been just superb every time he races," Coleman said. "Usually you'd think they'd start to get a little tired at this time of year with all the big miles they've been going, but this horse just seems to be thriving off it. "Every time I race him, I like him more and more. He seems to get stronger and stronger every time I put him behind the gate. I've been just thrilled with him." Following is the field in post order with drivers and trainers: 1. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Tellitlikeitis, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 5. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 6. Let's Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman; 7. Boomboom Ballykeel, Aaron Merriman, Virgil Morgan Jr.; 8. Seventh Secret, Mike Wilder, Dan Altmeyer. By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

The first day of the two-day meet at the Arden Downs racetrack, during the Washington (PA) County Fair, was limited to two divisions of the three-year-old filly pace before a widespread band of rain overswept the area around 10:30 a.m. and forced the cancellation of the day's remaining races for sophomores. Getting to the Washington winners circle before the skies opened and the rest of the card was washed out were the Real Desire filly Southern Sweetie, a 2:01.4 winner for driver Brady Brown, trainer Mike Gillock, and owner Rich Gillock; and the McArdle miss TSM Soul Sister, now 5 for 8 this campaign after a 2:02.2 triumph for driver Todd Cummings, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner Ted Tomson. With a break in the weather for tomorrow, the two-year-olds will try to get their racing in at Washington, with a 10 a.m. first post (unfortunately, those nationally-acknowledged handicappers at The Weather Channel say that showers and thunderstorms are about even money to hit the area shortly after midnight). ***** Lewisburg WV, home to the West Virginia State Fair and an annual four-day harness meet in conjunction with the fair, is 223 miles almost directly south of Washington, and the same line of wet stuff falling to its north had taken hold of its area, too, lasting until early afternoon. The WVSF's racing had one advantage, though: post time there was 5:30 p.m., and when the skies closed, lead trackmen Glen Ford and Joe Hayes Jr. did a terrific job of refurbishing the half-mile oval to the point that it was safe and raceable, and its curtainraising 5-race card was held. Featured was a $1700 Open trot, going to the Victory Sam gelding Calling A Victory in 2:07.2 over the sodden oval. Driver J D Wengerd figured out early that the front end was very desirable in these conditions by winning the first race in that way, and he again used those tactics in the finale to complete a driving-training double for himself and conditioner Shane Heasley. One other event, a $1500 pace, should be mentioned, taken in a tremendously-courageous performance by the Camtown Fella gelding Go Easy On Me in 2:03.4. Both driver Jeff Lieberman, behind Call Him Clint from post three, and driver Chuck Perry, behind Go Easy On Me one gate spot outside him, wanted the lead in this contest -- and Lieberman kept Perry hung through a vicious 29.2 opener. Go Easy On Me finally backed off for the two-hole nearing the 3/8, and the revved Call Him Clint went on to hit the half in 59.3. But then Perry, again not heeding the name of his horse, moved him back outside at the 1:31.2 3/4s, and went by his early tormentor on the turn. Don'tforgetmysugar was proverbially licking his chops sitting just off this duel, but Go Easy On Me found more in the lane and held off his late rival in 2:03.4 for driver Perry and trainer/owner Henry Lewis - as game a showing as you'd see in a 1:52 mile at a pari-mutuel track. Again, with atmospheric cooperation (and Lewisburg's forecast is identical to Washington's except for more likelihood of rain in late morning), the second day of the WVSF meet will have the first of its six races at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Jerry Connors

Charlie Attard, who has had many smart horses over the years, was successful with Major In Art / Golden Navajo colt Im The Boss in The Red Shed Pace for two-year-olds over 1609 metres at Cranbourne on Tuesday night. Driven by Greg Sugars, Im The Boss led throughout from gate four, scoring easily in advance of Major In Arms in a mile rate of 1:58.8. Gaita Pullicino landed the Ultra Signs Claiming Pace over 2080 metres with much-travelled seven-year-old Julius Caesar / Lavra Supreme gelding Caesar Supreme. Spearing straight to the front from gate six, Caesar Supreme ran his rivals ragged to register his 30th victory in 114 outings, defeating Cowboy Cadillac by 1.7 metres in a rate of 2:00.2. Old-timer Dartmoor (one/one – three wide last lap) finished a close-up third. Andrew Farrugia provided the upset of the night when lightly raced four-year-old Grinfromeartoear / My Minnis Folly gelding Sumo Grin ($36.10) greeted the judge in the Aldebaran Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2110 metres in a mile rate of 2:07. Driven by Zac Phillips, Sumo Grin starting from the pole stood flat-footed as the tapes released, settling three back in the moving line with Zoes Dream beginning brilliantly from 20 metres to lead. Sliding forward to be one/one in the last lap after Koko De Ville had eased away from the markers to face the open mid-race before galloping approaching the home turn, Sumo Grin raced to the front on the final bend and held a margin to the wire, winning by 7.5 metres over Ive No Boundaries and Framework Salute who were always handy on the pegs. Hopetoun Park duo Ross and Greg Sugars brought up victory number three with beautifully bred Bettors Delight / Misty Maiden gelding Mulgrave in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza 3YO Pace over 2080 metres. Sent forward at the start from gate four to lead, Greg Sugars allowed the well-supported Williamlee outside him to assume control, giving Mulgrave the run of the race. Using the sprint lane, Mulgrave was too slick at the finish for Fifty Shades (one/one – three wide home turn) and Williamlee, winning by 4.4 metres in a rate of 2:01.6. Melton trainer/driver Rod Petroff’s ultra-consistent mare McRita was a strong winner of the Dooza Sulky Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres in 2:00.6. A four-year-old daughter of McArdle and Jarita, who has now recorded six wins and 19 placings from 36 outings, McRita again showed her great gate speed to lead from barrier three and despite being pressured at various stages, dashed away on the home turn to score by 2.3 metres from Jeans Mattjesty. Daylesford husband and wife – Mick Barby & Anne-Maree Conroy – snared the ADE Turf Equipment Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2080 metres with ever-reliable six-year-old Blissful Hall / Go Bush gelding Sir Jaybe Hall, who chalked up his seventh victory in 38 outings. Given every opportunity one/one from gate four, Sir Jaybe Hall ran home nicely to gain the day by a head over Mister Clooney along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker Im Living The Dream which finished third. The mile rate 2:01.3. Jayne Davies kept the home flag flying when Mach Three / Atworthy Maid gelding Macworthy led throughout in the Condo’s Horse Transport Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres, defeating Wingofwaves and Miss Metro Glen in a rate of 2:02.9 with Chris Alford in the sulky. Veteran Whittlesea trainer Charlie Farrugia has enjoyed plenty of unheralded success over the years with a number of well-placed horses and he captured the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres with Courage Under Fire / Terrabeauty five-year-old gelding Terra Beau. Driven by nephew Darren Zahra, Terra Beau – first-up since January – led from the pole before surrendering to the sensationally backed Public Persuasion ($8 into about $3.50) racing for the bell. When Mor Laag moved to race in the open for the last lap after being mid-field and applied plenty of pressure to the leader, Terra Beau was able to ease off the marker pegs approaching the home turn and sprinted home stylishly on turning to score by 3.9 metres from a game Mor Laag and WillsSon (three back the markers) in a rate of 2:01.3. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria

When the young harness racing driver Austin Siegelman hustled Able Yankee to a come- from- behind 1:57.3 victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, August 4 he lit up the tote board after the 9 year old McArdle mare paid a whopping $221.00 for win. However, as huge as the payoff was, and it's big for an eight-horse field, it still was dwarfed by the Mighty M's all-time biggest return of $377.00 on a two dollar win ticket produced by Cam Dan Kadandy and driver Greg Annoloro on September 26, 2012. In their victory Siegelman and his pacing mare used a second-over trip and came from behind to collar the pace-setter, 1-9 favorite Slickety Split (Jimmy Marohn), and score a head victory; just the second in 22 seasonal starts for Able Yankee. Last fall at the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA Awards Banquet Siegelman was cited with the scribes 'Rising Star Award'. "Winning the Rising Star Award definitely gives me a lot of confidence going forward," Siegelman, from Kingston, Pa., told a reporter of his hometown newspaper, the Citizen's Voice. During the 2013 season Siegelman was beginning to be noticed as a talented catch-driver and local trainers were starting to avail themselves of his abilities. That year Siegelman got his name in the Monticello Raceway record books after he drove Mymomsablizzard to a 1:57 triumph which equaled the track standard set by Aren't I Hanover who toured the double oval here in the identical time for Zeke Parker on August21, 2013. In only his second year in the sulky he finished the 2013 season with 90 winners. This year he has already reined 130 winners. Siegelman, who turned 22 years of age this past February 22, has recently been doing double -duty, also racing regularly at Saratoga Raceway and he added three winners to his seasonal resume on the Saturday night card of August 3 at Saratoga Raceway. A quiet young man whose star is certainly on the rise, Siegelman isn't one to celebrate openly. He lets his prowess speak for him. However he recently said; " I plan on being in this business for a long time and hopefully these things are just the beginning of great things to come." John Manzi

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