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Marion Marauder ($6.40), 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, made his harness racing five-year-old debut a winning one in his $30,000 Great Northeast Series event on Sunday afternoon (May 20) at Harrah’s Philadelphia. After floating from the outside post 7 and landing in fourth behind a hotly contested pace, Marion Marauder angled out to chase a brushing Crazy Wow (David Miller) en route to a :54.1 half mile before being left uncovered up the far side.  The son of Muscle Hill sustained his gradual ascent through a :28.1 third quarter and put away Crazy Wow with ease a quarter from home before being driven out by Scott Zeron to keep the second-over Meladys Monet (Brett Miller) 1-1/2 lengths at bay in 1:52.1.  Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) overcame mid-race traffic trouble to save third, another 1-1/4 lengths back. Paula Wellwood trains 15-time winner Marion Marauder for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. In the first $30,000 Great Northeast event for pacing mares, Blue Moon Stride ($5.40) parried a strong first-over challenge from Darlinonthebeach to capture the first $30,000 Great Northeast split for pacing mares in 1:49.4.  Corey Callahan sent the five-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover to the fore immediately as the gates sprung, and the pair controlled strong early fractions of :26.2 and :54.4 before millionaire Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) emerged from fourth up the far side.  Despite being subject to intensifying pressure off the far turn, Blue Moon Stride held her ground stoutly in the final sixteenth and edged away to defeat Darlinonthebeach by a length.  Divas Image (Tim Tetrick) followed second-over cover into a third-place finish. Mark Harder trains 16-time winner Blue Moon Stride, now a career millionaire, for Emilio and Maria Rosati. In the other distaff pacing division, Agent Q ($4.80) earned a second win in as many starts as a four-year-old, once again eclipsing Pure Country but this time doing so after advancing without cover from midfield.  David Miller put the daughter of Western Terror in motion from fourth after Pure Country (Mark MacDonald) clicked off a :55.1 half mile.  The two dueled on the far turn before Agent Q asserted at head-stretch and edged away to prevail by a length in 1:50.3.  Twinkle (Andy McCarthy) rose to reach second narrowly over Pure Country. Chris Oakes trains 15-time winner Agent Q for Crawford Farms LLC, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and R. K. Muscara. Michael Bozich

The Great Northeast Series rolled on Sunday (May 13th) at Harrah's Philadelphia with the open pacers in harness racing action going for a purse of $30,000 each. The first division featured the return of soon-to-be million dollar pacer Mel Mara (Corey Callahan), who qualified sharply in 1:51.3 over the PHL oval in preparation for his return. His bid for victory at first asking as a 9-year-old was hampered however by a break after the quarter due to a broken hopple hanger. The day belonged to the Jake Leamon trainee Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) who was making his third start off of a layoff. The 7-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was content to sit behind the speed of early pace-setter Barimah A (Andy Miller) before beginning a first-over grind just shy of the half. After a spirited battle for the lead, Rockeyed Optimist was able to sustain his bid, winning by a neck in 1:50.2 over a hard charging Always At My Place (Dave Miller). Feeling Cam Lucky (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third. The fractions were :26.4, :56, and 1:23.1, with a final time of 1:50.2. Rockeyed Optimist wins for the 31st time in his career for the ownership group of Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia, and the A&B Stables. His earnings are now over $625,000. The second division featured the North American debut of Heaven Rocks A (Dave Miller). The overseas purchase of the Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham, and Misty Miller was coming off of a solid 1:51.1 qualifier at the Meadowlands, which included a :26.3 final quarter vs. freshman champion pacer Lost In Time. At the start, it was the two outside horses put into play early. Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) crossed over from post 8, but was quickly overtaken by the red-hot Rodeo Romeo (George Napolitano Jr.) After enjoying a mostly uncontested lead, he was engaged by Heaven Rocks A at the 1/8th pole, but was able to gamely hold off the overseas import to win by a nose in 1:49.4. Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller) finished third. It was the 13th career win for the 6-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, and his fourth win in his last 5 starts. It was his second straight triumph in the series. He is owned by Oompa's Farm and Bob Mondillo, and trained by Chris Ryder. Michael Bozich

Feeling Cam Lucky (George Napolitano Jr.) continued his winning ways on Sunday in the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts. Fitting under the non-winners of 9 races portion of the condition, the 6-year-old gelding by the great sire Camluck picked up his third straight win for Owner/Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Starting from post 7, Feeling Cam Lucky floated out early, before pouncing on the leader to clear at the quarter (:26.3). He was dominant after that - turning away the first-over challenge of Gerard N Mo (Dave Miller) to win by an in-hand length in 1:49.4, a life's best. Emeritus Maximus (Tim Tetrick) finished second, while Hall Bro (Brett Miller) closed sharply after being shuffled to finish third. It was career win nine for Feeling Cam Lucky. The victory puts him over $186,000 in career earnings. Michael Bozich

There wasn't anything lucky about the performance of Feeling Cam Lucky (G. Napolitano Jr) in Sunday's featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia - A pace for non winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000. The purse was $18,000. Starting from post 6, the 6-year-old gelding by Camluck made a 3-wide quarter brush to the top, and was super game to the wire, outfighting an equally persistent Shneonucrzydiamnd A (Eric Goodell) to win by one length in 1:50.2. Kid PK (Tony Morgan) finished third. It was the career start 100 for Feeling Cam Lucky, notching his 8th career win for Owner/Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. The win puts the gelding just over $175,000 in career earnings. He returned $14.00 for a $2 winning mutuel, keying an exacta worth $66.80, a trifecta worth $534.00, and a superfecta tallying $1,061.50 for a $0.50 cent wager. Live racing returns Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a start time of 12:25 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich

2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover proved best in the featured race on Sunday (April 22nd) at Harrah's Philadelphia in an upper-conditioned level event (NW $21,000 L/5) going for a purse of $18,000. Starting from post 5, the gelded son of Dragon Again went right to the front, and made every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:52 en-route to a one length win. Cooperstown (Corey Callahan) finished second, while The Wayfaring Man (Yannick Gingras) was third. It was the 22nd career win in start 69 for Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) as his earnings continue to creep closer to the $1.5 million mark. He is owned by Bruce Kennedy and the Tri County Stables of Truto, Nova Scotia and is trained by Jim King Jr. Michael Bozich

The headline going into Sunday's harness racing featured 'Winners Over' event at Harrah's Philadelphia centered around 2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. The now 6-year-old gelding by Dragon Again came into the race with career earnings well over $1.4 million and a mark of 1:47.3 set last year at The Meadowlands. The day however would belong to Matias Ruiz trainee Statesman N (George Napolitano Jr). Starting from post 5, the 11-year-old New Zealand bred gelding was able to work out a perfect second-over trip, sweeping by for the win in 1:52.4 for owner Joe P Racing of Delray Beach, Florida. Race favorite Awesomeness (Jim Marohn Jr) was second, while Super Imposed N (Corey Callahan) finished third. Wakizashi Hanover got away last and had little impact. Statesman N ($19.40) picked up his 40th career win in start 199, while surpassing $700,000 in career earnings. The upset produced a $72.40 exacta, while the trifecta returned $195.40. The upset also played a role in the pick 4 payoff, which returned $6,069.00. The trainer/driver combination of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras had 5 wins on the program. Live racing returns Wednesday with a post time of 12:25 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich

The 2018 harness racing season kicks off on Friday, April 13th at Harrah's Philadelphia with a special post time of 6:30 PM. Attendees can expect a beautiful night weather wise with temperatures headed into the upper 70's throughout the greater Philadelphia area. There will be food and drink specials as well as a DJ on the patio to usher in the 2018 live meet. Harrah's Philadelphia will go back to their regular afternoon schedule starting this Sunday. The schedule will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with a 12:25 PM start time. Sunday's first post will be 12:40 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America, harness racing's number one podcast, is proud to announce their guest line-up for the upcoming show airing Thursday, April 12th. Guests include: Meadowlands Chief Executive Officer Jason Settlemoir, the Assistant General Manager of Harrington Raceway Matt Sparacino, the former President of the Michigan Harness Horseman's Association Brett Boyd, Yonkers Raceway's Pete Venaglia, and the Track Announcer at Rosecroft Raceway Pete Medhurst. The show can be heard live at the duo's website or on-demand on the Bet America Radio Network ( Michael Bozich

It's a can't miss edition of the Post Time with Mike and Mike show presented by Bet America coming up on Thursday, December 21st. The harness racing program airs at 10:30 AM Eastern at and also can be heard on-demand at   Last week on the show, the newly appointed Director of Racing at Yonkers Raceway Cammie Haughton dropped a bombshell on the harness racing world by stating that the racetrack will do away with it's passing lane in January. While the passing lane was once considered innovative, it has since fallen out of favor with a percentage of the harness racing population. Driver Yannick Gingras, DRF's Garnet Barnsdale, and NAHU's Rod Allums Jr. will join the program to debate the pros and cons of the passing lane, and it's future in the sport of harness racing."It will be interesting to get three different perspectives on the subject. One from a catch driver, another from a successful gambler, and yet another from a second generation horsemen", said show co-host Michael Bozich.   Also on the program, part three of the sit-down discussion between all three of the USHWA Breakthrough Award nominees with air. Part One aired on Ray Cotolo's North American Harness Update, while part two was hosted by Ryan Macedonio's Trotcast. Post Time with Mike and Mike's Michael Carter was also nominated for the prestigious award.   Midwest Harness Report's Tim Konkle will also join the show. Tim will talk about his career in harness racing, and a bit more about the magazine, which primarily covers the sport in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa.   If you haven't voted for the Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards as of yet, please do so at The Awards show will air Thursday, December 28th, at 7:00 PM Eastern. The show can be heard live at or on-demand on the Bet America Radio Network.   Michael Bozich            

The curtain fell on the 150 day harness racing meet at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera was the leading trainer at the meet. Herrera had 111 wins in 395 starts for a UDRS of .419, and purse earnings of $1,070,569. Ron Burke, who led the meet in purse earnings with $1,518,484, was second with 97 wins on the season. Driver George Napolitano Jr won his record 12th dashwinning title, once again winning the titles at both Harrah's Philly and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Napolitano had 316 wins of 1,376 starts for a UDRS of .367, and purse earnings of $3,243,110. Tim Tetrick, who had the most total purse earnings on the meet ($3,494,086) finished second with 274 wins. Harrah's Philadelphia would like to thank the horsemen and women for an exciting 2017, and wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season. Michael Bozich

Driver George Napolitano Jr had seven wins on the harness racing program on Thursday (Dec. 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Six of which were trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Napolitano, who is on his way to another Harrah's Philadelphia driving title, has 308 wins on the meet and over $3 million in purses. Tim Tetrick, who had 7 driving wins on last Wednesday's card, is a clear second in the drivers standings with 271 wins and over $3.4 million. Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera has 110 training wins, 19 more than Ron Burke who has 91. Garcia-Herrera has over $1 million earned in purses at the meet. Michael Bozich

Harrah's Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in cooperation with Pacing For The Cure, held its first ever Walk/Run on Sunday (November 26). The proceeds support the harness racing community fighting multiple sclerosis. Racing fans, employees, horsemen and women who participated in the event were given an official start by Starter Norton Shoemaker's starting vehicle. The event lasted approximately one hour.   Pacing for the Cure highlights the healing power of the human-horse connection. Their story begins with a Father's thirty year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and a one year old race horse namesake, Mr. Bill G, who was born to leverage his racing potential to help raise funds to support this worthy cause.. Their goal is to inspire others to follow the journey with Mr. Bill G, to create hope in finding a cure, and to believe that he was born to pace for a cure. Pacing for the Cure supports the many family, friends and communities of those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers who dedicate their time and energy to enhance the quality of their loved ones lives. For more information, visit Michael Bozich      

Pacing For The Cure is pleased to announce the next stop in the 2017 Tour Date schedule at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack on Sunday November 26, 2017, 10am-5pm. The event will include a walk/run around the racetrack for a ten-dollar donation, a meet and greet with the drivers before the races begin, merchandise and other great raffle items. Make your donation online at and bring your email receipt to the registration table. We are inviting the surrounding local community, our network of supporters, and all harness racing enthusiasts to join us for a day of fun while raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We have a special invitation for the local community, students and alumni who may be in the area celebrating with family over the holiday to join Jeff and Janine, co-founders of Pacing For The Cure, in the walk and day at the races. This year's event is in honor of William Gesek, Saint Joseph alumni, who had suffered with MS for over 30 years and recently passed away on October 4, 2017. His family would have been celebrating his 80thbirthday with him during this holiday weekend. His son Jeff, Saint Joseph alumni, and his wife, Janine, Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel alumni started Pacing For The Cure to raise awareness about the disease and honor his Father's courageous fight against MS. Please consider forming your own walk/run teams of up to ten (10) and collect your team pledges. The Pacing For The Cure walk/run and day at the races is a great way to socialize with your team, meet new friends, and enjoy the sport of harness racing while raising money to help us fight MS. Pacing For The Cure is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping people living with MS in financial need obtain necessary medical equipment and services. We also support cutting edge human immunology research to find a cure for this debilitating disease of the central nervous system. For more information about this event or if you know someone who would like to be a sponsor, please email or contact Susan Crowley at or (484) 490- 1910 at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. We look forward to seeing you at the event! Michael Bozich

Last week was filled with harness racing Stakes action at Harrah's Philadelphia, with two year old pacers and trotters competing in Divisions of the John Simpson Memorial over the weekend, with purses ranging from $30 - $35,000. Trainer Nifty Norman dominated Friday's action with three wins out of the seven divisions, including $75 winner Maria Deo in the first division for 2-yo-filly trotters. Norman went on to take the first two divisions of the filly pace on Friday, with impressive winner Reign On Me (1:53.1) and Sandy's Beach, who won via disqualification. The winner Better Than Happy was taken down for interference at three-quarters. Jake Huff trainee Azreal As It Gets (1:54.2) won the third pacing division. Other winners in the Freshman Trotting class were Looking for Zelda (1:56.1), who went the fastest of the four divisions, Perfect Summer K (1:56.3), and Weekend Wit BigD (1:58.2), who paid $84.80 to win. Driver Vic Kirby also drove Division one winner Maria Deo to her upset victory. On Sunday, the colts and geldings took front and center stage, and so did Drivers Tyler Buter and George Napolitano Jr, who each had 5 wins on the 14 race program. There were 3 divisions in the pacing class. They went to Linda Toscano Trainee Casual Cool (1:54.1), Roland Mallar student Yupper (1:53.1), and the John Butenschoen conditioned Parike Blue Chip, who's 1:51.4 clocking was the series' fastest. The trotting divisions were taken by Lynette Buter trainee I Know My Rights (1:57.4), Ake Svanstedt's Six Pack (1:55.4), and John Butenschoen charge Scirocco Rob (1:57.3). Also on the program, the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover took down a hard-earned victory in the Winners Over on Sunday in 1:50.1 for owners Tri-County Stable and Bruce Kennedy. The 5-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again was parked early, but settled into prime striking range behind the brushing Kid PK before using a passing lane move to win. He was driven by Vic Kirby. It's another big week of racing coming up at Harrah's Philly starting Wednesday. As always, Harrah's offers low takeouts on their Pick 4 (starts in race 2) and pick 5 (starts in race 6) of 15%. On Thursday, triple millionaire Market Share will be in action in race 8, an upper conditioned level trot. On Friday, the mares will be in action. Race 8 is an upper-conditioned level pace, featuring winners from a week ago Cousin Mary and Regil Elektra in a stellar field of 9. Harrah's Philly races live every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with a post time of 12:40 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich .

There were four divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 20), each going for a purse of $30,000. The first division for filly pacers went to Magic Forces (Marcus Miller). The daughter of Art Major-Magic Of Michelle went right to the top, setting fractions of :27.3, :56.1, and 1:24.1. The final time was 1:52, a lifetime mark.. The Erv Miller trainee is owned by Paymaq Racing, Ron Michelon, and Hannah Miller. Division two saw Cool Cat Racing's Perplexed take advantage of a pocket-trip to pick up the victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Monkeys Can Sing won for the sixth time in her career in start twenty-eight for Trainer Nifty Norman. She now has earnings over $95,000. World Apart (Jason Bartlett) set an extremely slow tempo on the front end to secure the victory as the heavy favorite in the third division. The daughter of Art Major-Polar Opposition had plenty left in the tank, stopping ghe clock in 1:52.2 for owners South Mountain Stables, Bay's Stable, Little E LLC, and Radio Racing Stable. She is trained by Linda Toscano. She is now a seven time winner with earnings over $265,000. Division four saw Chillin It De Vie (Marcus Miller) rallying from second-over position to win. The daughter of Well Said-Flibbertigibbet paced the mile in 1:52 for owners Joie De Vie and Winbak Farms. She is trained by Hermann Heitmann. It was her fifth career win, with career earnings now over $60,000. The first division for filly trotters went to Hot Mess Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Cantab Hall-Her Culese went right to the front, and drew off willingly in a final time of 1:53.4, just two-fifths of a second off of the track record. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Her Culese is owned by Ed Smith Estates, Dave Smith, James and Dan Giannuzzi, and is trained by Joe Pavia Jr. It was her fifth career win in start twenty-five, with over $93,000 in career earnings. Division two saw Itsgoodtobequeen (Pat Berry) looping off of cover sweeping past in 1:54.4 for owners Jon Erdner, Martin Garey, and Henry Wieseneck. Doug Hamilton was the winning trainer. The victory for the daughter of Muscle Massive-Ucalthisahoneymoon is now over $100,000 in career earnings and a six-time winner out of twenty-three starts. Divisin three was taken by Broadway Concert (Corey Callahan). The daughter of Broadway Hall-Luscious Lindy sat pocket behind EZ Passer, who made a break at the eigth pole. The John Butenschoen trainee inherited the lead, and went on to win in 1:54.3. It was her fifth career win in start nineteen for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. The fourth and final division went to Sianna Hanover (Joe Bongiorno). The daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity sat the pocket before roaring up the passing lane for the victory in a final time of 1:55.4. She is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and trained by Ron Burke. It was her fifth career win in start twenty-five, with earnings now over $166,000. Michael Bozich .

At nearly 99-1 odds, the Francisco Del Cid trainee Stealth Hanover made a break in the Hambletonian eliminations, finishing eighth, failing to make the harness racing final. After another up-the-track finish in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, the 3-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-Secret Credit began to figure it out. With the addition of trotting hopples and driver Simon Allard, things began to turn around. Stealth Hanover entered the John Simpson Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia Sunday afternoon (September 17th) on a two race win streak. The latest coming in the Liberty Bell last week at Harrah's Philadelphia, a three and three-quarters length win in a lifetime's best 1:54 clocking. This week, he was face-to-face with Hambletonian Champion Perfect Spirit (Ake Svanstedt). It was the Svanstedt's charge first race since winning the prestigious trophy back on August 5th, via disqualification. This day was indeed a different day however, as Stealth Hanover went right to the top and never looked back. He won in a track-record time of 1:52, ousting the great Pinkman's record of 1:52.2 for 3-year-old gelding trotters set in 2015. It was his fifth win of the season. Stealth Hanover is also co-owned by Mario Mazza. There were four divisions in total of the John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. The Julie Miller trainee Fly On scored another impressive victory in race two on the program. The son of Muscle Hill-Calchips Finisher drew away to win in a time of 1:53.1 for owners Arden Homestead, Gaitway Stables, and the Andy Miller Stables. It was easily a lifetime best. In a re-match of the Townsend-Ackerman at the Meadowlands, Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt) turned the tables on Two AM (Tyler Buter) in 1:53.3. The gelded son of Muscle Hill-My Favorite Chip struck the top after being parked the quarter, going on to a decisive victory for owners Melby Gard Inc. Division three went to Awol Hanover, winning for red-hot trainer Luc Blais in a lifetime's best 1:54.3. The gelded son of Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover sat pocket behind the deliberate speed of President Lindy, before edging out at the eighth pole to power by. He is owned by Determination of Canada. There were also four division of the John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers going for a purse of $30,000. The first division was won by Mark Silva trainee Mac Attack (Andy Miller). The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pirouette Hanover was a dominant front end winner, scoring in a lifetime's best 1:50.2. He is owned by Jeffrey Snyder. Division two went to Q's Cruise (Victor Kirby). The gelded son of Yankee Glide went on to his seventh win in his last nine starts with the pocket victory today. The 1:50 clocking was a lifetime's best. He is owned by trainer Jim King Jr. The win put him over the $100,000 mark in career earnings. The third division was taken by Eddard Hanover (Matt Kakaley). The gelded son of Dragon Again-Edra Hanover went to the top, and held off the pocket sitter Mac's Jackpot to secure the win. The final time was 1:52.1. He is owned by Burke Racing, Jjk Stables, Larry Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi. The fourth and final division went to Beach Boogie (Simon Allard). The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Dance Until Dawn was expertly rated by Allard, scoring in 1:52.1 for owners Allard Racing, and Jack and Ferne Frydman. The Rene Allard trainee was able to out sprint the heavily favored Donttellmeagain to win for the eighth time in his career. Michael Bozich .

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