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WASHINGTON, PA, March 15, 2017 -- Ms Mullen zipped to the front from post 8 and dug in late to preserve her victory -- her second straight -- in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Stars N Sparkles rallied from last to take the other $12,500 division in Wednesday's second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. While Ms Mullen had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Eva Ka Jean, she still faced the Lightning Lane threat of the pocket-sitting Silly Silly Girls. The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Massive-Kentucky Bluebird found more for Tony Hall and held off Silly Silly Girls by a neck in 2:00.3 over a "good" surface. Eva Ka Jean saved show. Dirk Simpson trains and leases Ms Mullen. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice won his third straight -- a front-end jog from post 7 in 1:56 -- for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tricky Nick finished second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Angels Ransom third. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka soared over $300,000 in career earnings. Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card while Bob Key enjoyed a four-bagger as an owner. Rich Gillock conditions three of Key's Wednesday victors. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, March 8, 2017 -- Pressured most of the mile while on the lead, Ms Mullen drew away from the field into the final turn and scored decisively in Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Pennys N Dimes upset at 15-1 in the other division of the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares at The Meadows. The event honors the memory of the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the 2:00 Club, the erstwhile gathering spot for horsemen and horsewomen. Ms Mullen was unplaced in her five previous career starts and hadn't raced since Aug. 22. But she was more than willing when Tony Hall sent her to the front, and she gamely thwarted the prolonged challenge of Blameitonthealcohl to prevail by 2 lengths in 1:59.3. Eva Ka Jean was third-placed-second while Cantabmymoney finished second but was placed back to third for a late break. Dirk Simpson trains and leases Ms Mullen, a 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Massive-Kentucky Bluebird. In the $20,000 Preferred Trot, Cantab Lindy sat patiently behind the dueling leaders, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 18-1 upset in 1:55.4 for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Brent Davis. Tricky Nick was second, 1/2 length back, while Trustworthy Kid rallied for show. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall-Lindy N Caviar gelding extended his career bankroll to $368,057. Dave Palone and Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...February 21, 2017...Although the stormy weather isn't expected until Wednesday, Massive Lightning struck again on Tuesday night (February 21) at Pompano Park in the form of a harness racing lifetime best 1:54 performance.   The five year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive, trained and driven by Mickey McNichol for the Fred Monteleone Stable, went a brave first over journey to score by 1¼ lengths over Explosive Muscles, teamed up with Dave Ingraham. Swan Handicap, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., was next, 3½ lengths away, with Modern Mercury next. Tater Twister, leading through the first three stations clocked in :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4, respectively, finished fifth in the field of nine.   Massive Lightning, beginning from post five, was unhurried early and away fifth but was out and going prior to the second turn and churning forward, reaching the saddle pad of the leader at the third station and grinding home in front thereafter.   After the event, driver McNichol lauded his charge saying, "this horse (Massive Lightning) is not afraid to gulp air, that's for sure. He went another big mile. I try and give them a chance to win and, sometimes, they do. Tonight, we was at his best and I think that's a lifetime mark for him." (It is.)   Massive Lightning is now three-for-eight this year with earnings of $23,650. He's banked $113,893 lifetime.   The winner was the 7 to 5 favorite on the Pompano Park tote-board and paid $4.80 to win.   In the $10,000 co-featured trot, My Revenuer, driven by Bryce Fenn, collared the heavily favored Southwind Stryker in mid-stretch and then went on to score a one length victory in 1:56.2 over the late charging Bad Angel (Tom Jackson) with Southwind Stryker (Wally Hennessey) another nose back in third. M T Ur Pockets, beginning from the outside post eight, rallied to be fourth while McKenzie's Star, last at the stretch call, picked up the nickel in the octet.   In that event, it was Uriel (George Napolitano, Jr.) carving the early panels of :27.2, :57 and 1:25.4 before finally yielding to the grinding Southwind Stryker, who was away fifth then setting sail on a grind forward three-eighths into the mile with My Revenuer following that live cover.   Southwind Stryker took command, seemingly with authority, turning for home but could not withstand My Revenuer's explosive brush home.   For My Revenuer, owned and trained by Tom Petri, it was his fourth success of the year in seven starts, pushing his 2017 bounty to $17,955. This nine year-old altered son of Revenue S now has career earnings of $248,514.   He rewarded his faithful with a win mutual of $18.00 as the fourth choice on the board.   Racing continues on Wednesday night with the stage set for a very competitive Open Pace for Mares.   Wild Wanda and Godiva Seelster are set to do battle with Jets Are On, Pertty Music, Gweneeee J and Goldstar Rockette in the second race on the card.   A Pick-6 carryover also awaits with first post set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...January 31, 2017...Under crystal clear skies at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (January 31) and no threat of any stormy weather approaching, a massive lightning storm occurred on the racetrack as Massive Lightning, driven by Mickey McNichol, flashed a final quarter in :28.3 to bolt by the favored Tater Twister in the South Florida harness racing oval's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive had a 2½ length advantage on Tater Twister (Mike Simons) at the end of the 1:54.3 journey with Gold Savage (Kevin Wallis) a half-length further back in third. Diamond Dagger was fourth and Ruddy Rusty completed the order of finish in this classy quintet. At the outset, it was Tater Twister flashing his normal early foot from the coveted five post to take command prior to the opening turn. With the quarter in :28.1 and half in a well rated :57--the slowest mid-mile time in the Open in several weeks--Massive Lightning began sawing away from fourth, reaching second and just a length away past the third station in 1:25.4. Once they straightened away, Massive Lightning continued his tornadic brush to blow on by, widening his margin right to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "I was hoping for a bit more pace in the race and , really, I was concerned when the half was so light (:57). "I thought, 'somebody outta pull on the leader and not let him get away, so I pulled, hoping that I could get a sustained drive out of my horse. "He didn't disappoint. He just kept on truckin' until he got the job done. He went a big mile and that may have been a new mark, I'm not sure." It was. Massive Lightning's time of 1:54;3 eclipsed his former best by one-fifth of a second. Trained by McNichol for the Fred Monteleone Stable, Massive Lightning won for the 10th time in his career stretching 51 starts. He's banked $106,933 lifetime--$16,690 of that this semester. As the 4 to 1 second choice, Massive Lightning bolted up the tote-board with a $10.20 mutuel. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Modern Mercury, driven by Wally Hennessey. The four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover followed live cover third over and swept to the lead late to score in 1:56.1. DC Flashback (John MacDonald) finished second while Swan Handicap was third. Saint Beth was fourth in the mile while Explosive Muscles picked up the nickel in the septet. Owned by John Campagnuolo, Modern Mercury, competing in a $7,500 Optional Claiming event as recently as five weeks ago, is now 3-for-4 this semester with earnings of $12,625. Lifetime, Modern Mercury has eight wins in only 32 career starts, good for $63,765. As the lukewarm 5 to 2 favorite, Modern Mercury paid $7.80 to win. Finally, the 56 to 1 outsider Stiletto Jake, driven by trainer Bryce Fenn, picked up his first win in more than two years by sprinting home in :28.3 to score in a condition pace in 1:53.4. Owned by Marah Lee along with the late Bob Barker, the chestnut 10 year-old son of Spy Hard, last won on January 10, 2015 and went 63 starts before this Tuesday night win. Stiletto Jake paid $114.00 to win sparking a Pick-5 carryover of over $8,000 and a guaranteed pool of $25,000 for Wednesday night's Pick-5 covering races 1 through 5. "Jake's" win also set up a Pick-6 carryover going into the mid-week card of $13,553--the largest of the season. Post time for the "better-for-the-bettor" Wednesday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

TORONTO, November 19— Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine harness racing oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $404,000 Valley Victory Final on Saturday evening. The Ron Burke-trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Snowstorm Hanover gained three lengths of separation from pocket-rider Moonshiner Hanover, as well as from first-over pursuer Jake and International Moni on his back. Trotting three-quarters in 1:25.3, Snowstorm Hanover still held a sizable lead through the stretch. International Moni fanned off cover and narrowed in on the leader while Jake chased them from third, but Snowstorm Hanover remained in front by a length. “I got to the front, just like in the elimination, and he held them off,” said Kakaley. “There was [a tense moment] in about the last sixteenth or so when I heard them coming, and he was getting a little tired, but he was still good.” Returning $4.90 to win, Snowstorm Hanover won his sixth race in 14 starts, amassing $395,919 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stables LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phillip Collura. by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Friday night at Orebro Sweden was the 201 Najos Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2100 meters autostart) and the winner was 4.41/1 Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) reined by Bjorn Goop and timed in 1.11.1kr, a record for the distance on a 1000 meter harness racing track. Stefan Melander trains the Stall Courant AB Stockholm owned and Hanover Shoe Farms bred winner, that has a 2016 slate of 5-1-2 in 14 starts for 2,137,690SEK. He has 10 wins in 36 career starts for 4,081,566SEK earned. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) was second for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasuale Ciccarelli. This Biasuzzi bred trotter bested third finishing Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco-Too Good For You-Yankee Glide-Little Miss Queenie) with Jorma Kontio driving. Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and fifth went to Billy Flynn (4m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Nahar Takes Mohawk Preferred Saturday evening’s Mohawk (Ontario) featured trot was the weekly Preferred (purse C$34,000, one mile autostart) and veteran former Elitloppet winner (at age eight)  Nahar (11g, Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) was an easy five-length winner clocked in 1:53 for driver Doug McNair, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. Racing with hopples has helped the class-master that easily dispatched Whiskey Tax ((9g Revenue-Bourbon Belle-Muscles Yankee) with Randy Waples up and third finishing Etruscan Hanover (6g Donato Hanover-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation). Nahar, now a winner in excess of 12.SEK million and with 41 career victories, photos below: Thomas H. Hicks  

When harness racing trainer Charlie Norris prepared to ask Treviso for her best effort in her Bluegrass Stakes division last week, the 2-year-old female trotter was ready. In fact, she didn't even really need to be asked. Treviso pulled out from behind leader Broadway Idole, driven by Brett Miller, in the stretch and trotted to a two-length win in 1:54.1 last Friday at Lexington's Red Mile. The time is the second-fastest of the season for a 2-year-old female trotter and the third-fastest clocking overall. "She was very good," said Norris, who trains and drives Treviso. "She came out of the hole pretty good. I tipped off Brett's shoulder there, and I actually didn't even pull her, she just came out on her own. She was ready to roll. She likes to race." Treviso has won four of eight races this year and earned $112,694 heading to this Friday's International Stallion Stakes at Lexington. Treviso competes in the first of four $63,750 divisions and will start from post seven in a seven-horse field. The division also includes Bluegrass division winner Thats All Moni. A daughter of stallion Muscle Massive out of the Taurus Dream mare Valbonela, Treviso was purchased privately by Norris for owners Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris. Treviso's family includes former Quebec star Val Taurus as well as stakes-winner Valdonna and Foot Bowl, who won races in the U.S. and Europe and is the dam of stakes-winner Bruschette and second dam of stakes-winner Smokinmombo. "I like the Muscle Massives," Norris said. "They're a pain in the butt a lot of times, but they do have some go. "She looks good, she's just small. She's not a very big filly but she has a very efficient gait." Treviso won her debut, a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, and then posted a second-place finish followed by two wins on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. Her only blatant misstep this season came in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she went off stride behind the gate and finished seventh. "I don't know what the heck happened," Norris said. "She was just acting up, but that's not usually her at all." With a strong performance in the International Stallion, Treviso could punch her ticket to the upcoming Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands later this month. "As long as she's sound we'll probably give her a shot," Norris said. "She's really on top of her game now, I think." Multiple-stakes-winner Ariana G headlines the second division of the International Stallion Stakes while the third division includes Bluegrass division winners Onda Su and Overdraft Volo. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fine Tuned Lady, who has finished no worse than second in nine races, leads the final division. For Friday's complete of The Red Mile card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Harness racing owner Al Ross acquired Tetiana three years ago with an eye toward breeding the mare to his 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life. Muscles Jared has turned out to be a welcomed bonus as part of that purchase. Muscles Jared, a 2-year-old male trotter born five months after Ross bought Tetiana in foal to Muscle Massive, has won four of eight races this year and earned $103,816. All four of the gelding's victories have come since trainer George Ducharme added trotting hobbles following breaks in the horse's first two starts. On Thursday, Muscles Jared competes in the fourth of five $56,000 International Stallion Stakes divisions at Lexington's Red Mile. Muscles Jared and driver John Campbell head to the race off a second-place finish by a half-length to New Jersey Viking in a division of last week's Bluegrass Stakes. "From the time George started breaking this horse, he said we've got a real nice horse here," said Ross, who lives in South Dartmouth, Mass., and has a farm in nearby Westport. "He's been a different horse (with the trotting hobbles). He really hasn't gone a bad race since then. He's just a nice animal. "I expect big things from him next year; not that this season is over. This upcoming race will determine whether I go into the Breeders Crown. I'm pretty sure I will. He's got a lot of determination. I don't see why we wouldn't be going to the Breeders Crown because I expect him to race well again this week." Tetiana, by Kadabra, is from a family that includes O'Brien and Dan Patch award-winning Armbro Keepsake as well as Dan Patch Award winners Armbro Devona and Donerail. Ross, who bred Royalty For Life, purchased Tetiana for $8,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale after receiving input from Dean Hoffman, a former executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine and harness racing historian. "He has an excellent memory for bloodlines, and with me being involved in the game for just 15 odd years, I felt I needed some expert advice in matching the stallion to mares," Ross said. "He gave me his opinion and I liked what I saw. I liked her very much and bought her. "I'm just thrilled. She also has two more foals on the ground. The first was by RC Royalty and the second by Royalty For Life. They both are outstanding looking. I got lucky. I got her very cheap and I've wound up with a pretty nice producing broodmare." Muscles Jared is named after police officer Jared White, whose wife Jackie runs the breeding operation at Ross' farm. "Jared helps at the farm too," Ross said. "He's a very muscular type and when the baby was born I said we were going to name him Muscles Jared." Among Muscles Jared's four wins are three victories in preliminary rounds of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, including a track-record triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia. Muscles Jared finished fourth, beaten two lengths, in the sire stakes championship on Sept. 11 and then received time off until the Bluegrass. Ross said the respite gave Muscles Jared an opportunity to regain some weight he lost while traveling during the hot summer months. "It did him a world of good," Ross said. "I was really happy with him last week. He got locked in a bit at the top of the stretch and didn't have a chance to get out and get in full stride. Once he did, he was picking the winner up with every stride, I thought. I think he'll be even better this week. "I really like the way that he and Campbell get along," Ross added. "From the time we put Campbell on him, it was like a well-fitting glove. They understand each other. Whenever Campbell asks him to go, he goes. He's got a real nice burst of speed when you ask him for it and he can race either way." Another horse Ross expects to see improve is Patton, whom he shares in ownership with Ducharme and Paul Fontaine. Patton has won three of nine races this year and earned $23,673. He races in the second International Stallion division, where the field includes Bluegrass winner Snowstorm Hanover. Last week, Patton (Conway Hall-Penny Dream) finished third in his Bluegrass division. "I was happier with the way Patton raced than Muscles, because we've had so many problems with Patton, whether it be post positions or having a few foot problems here and there," Ross said. "Every time George thought he had him straightened out, something else would pop up. "If he improves off that last race, he could also be very tough this week." The first International Stallion division features New Jersey Viking. Other Bluegrass winners returning this week are Long Tom (third International Stallion division), Dover Dan (fourth division), and Fly On and Shake It Off Lindy (fifth division). For Thursday's complete Red Mile card, click here. Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing two-year-olds were featured on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, contesting four $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships, having earned their way in after gathering the most points among the group ranking just slightly below their "A"-list Sire Stakes brethren.   The Muscle Massive gelding Two AM waited for the smoke from a 27.1 quarter to clear, then rushed to the lead in front of the clubhouse, posted middle splits of 57 and 1:26.1, and went on to take the final for trotting males in 1:55.2 - a stakes record, a new mark, only a tick off the track record, and only 2/5 behind Correctamundo's seven-year-old divisional world record for age, sex, and gait. Longshot Almirola Hanover found a seam inside and was along for second, 4½ lengths behind; #1 pointwinner and 4-5 favorite Backstage Pass, coming off three straight Stallion Series scores, made two early moves to the lead, yielded to the winner, and fell a neck short of holding second.   Andrew McCarthy had sulky duty behind the quickly-developing, fast freshman - this was his fourth win in his last five starts - for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership combine of Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and William and Carol Fuhs. The 2-1 second choice boosted his bankroll to $53,535 after only six career starts.   Trixie Dust made a sweeping move nearing the final turn to get to make a first-over challenge of leading EZ Passer, then proved an easy passer herself by going by that rival for a 3½ length victory in a personal best of 1:56.2, with All Set Lets Go rallying from second-last at the ¾ for a distant third. Second choice Explosive Legacy went right to the lead, with favored Electric Lemonade right behind her, and put down hot fractions of 27.2 and 56.3, then surrendered the lead while EZ Passer came calling before the 1:25.4 3/4s - but in the end it was "Trixie" who left them all in the red clay Dust.   The daughter of Winning Mister, owned in partnership by trainer Richard Gillock and breeder Paula Sokol, was handled by David Miller, who added this triumph to the three Sire Stakes Championships he won over the weekend. Trixie Dust, the 6-1 third choice, now has career earnings of $53,997.   The chalk won both of the Stallion Series Championships for pacers, with Western Hill defeating the colts in 1:53 and Brazuca triumphing over the fillies in 1:53.4.   Western Hill was up first, and the son of Western Ideal, trainer by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill, was also first-up in winning. He tucked fourth behind an early battle for supremacy that resulted in an initial clocking of 26.2, and he was already on the grind well before the 55.3 half. Western Hill cleared to the top with somewhat surprising ease well before the 1:24.1 3/4s, and despite spinning out of the far turn a bit wide, he was able to stay clear in the lane, winning by two lengths over second-over Maconupwiththedragon, with third-over Classy Dragon another ¾ of a length behind - the inner tier collapsed and was shuffled in the wake of Western Hill getting by the pacesetting Ponderingjacksfame.   Western Hill, who is now 5-4-1-0 lifetime, was driven by Brett Miller, the end to quite a three days for the popular pilot, which was indirectly facilitated by the "other purple Miller," David. Brett got the catch-drive behind Always B Miki when that one tied the world record 1:47 at Scioto on Saturday, then won a Stallion Series Championship on both Sunday and Monday, the victory with Western Hill tying him for the all-time lead among Stallion Series drivers with his sixth Championship victory. For about 18 minutes.   And then Dave Palone, whom Brett Miller had just tied, guided the Bettor's Delight filly Brazuca to a 1¼ score in 1:53.4 after an exciting contest, and in the process reclaimed sole possession of the #1 slot among StS sulkysitters, with seven successes.   Palone initially tucked behind She's So Marvalous, who used her pole position to maximum advantage, then found himself third after Emily R Hanover went to the lead well after a 27.1 opener, and with the outer tier forming behind him, Palone had no choice but to go first-over with Brazuca nearing the 56.3 half. And the talented filly took it from there, g-r-i-n-d-i-n-g her way while pacing her own third split in 27 to be a half-length behind at the 5/8, a neck behind at the 11/16, and nose-to-nose with the leader at the 1:24 ¾ pole. Brazuca gained the advantage inch by inch from the game Emily R Hanover, defeating her by 1¼ lengths, with Traceuse Hanover coming up the Pocono Pike to be third, another 1½ lengths behind the winner, who ran her record to 6-3-2-0 for Team Cancelliere - trainer Tom and owner John.   Pocono will now be dark until a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, as the track holds its annual and popular Oktoberfest celebration.   PHHA / Pocono

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2016 -- Snowstorm Hanover matched the stake record when he stormed through the slop and scored in 1:56 in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake action at The Meadows. The $192,004 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over six divisions, with Affair Of Honor, Dover Dan, Don Dream, Lucky Matter and Moonshiner Hanover also taking splits. Trainer Chris Beaver (Lucky Matter, Moonshiner Hanover) enjoyed a stake double while Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick (Affair Of Honor, Dover Dan) teamed for a pair of Hickory Pride victories. Snowstorm Hanover had little trouble with the off going, zipping to the front for Dave Palone and defeating Stealth Hanover by 3-1/2 lengths, with Andy M third. The time equaled Stormin Normand's Hickory Pride record established in 2011. Palone, who previously piloted the son of Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover in two qualifying wins, said the big performance was no surprise to him. "He's acted like a really good colt all along," Palone said. "There's no bottom to him. Today over that racetrack, that's an incredible mile." Ron Burke trains Snowstorm Hanover for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A full brother to millionaire and top stallion Explosive Matter, Affair Of Honor raced greenly through the stretch but still held off Box Of Luck by a head in 1:58. Muscle Ville earned show. "He kind of ran out a little bit, looked a little bit lost, but he's starting to figure it out," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen of the son of Cantab Hall-Fireworks Hanover, a $90,000 yearling acquisition. "He has a bunch of ability and speed, but he might be one who takes a little longer to put everything together." Dover Dan saved ground for most of the mile, then exploded out of the final turn and downed You Can't Habit by 1/2 length in 1:58.3. Muay Hanover completed the ticket. "I had to just get him through the turn at the half," Callahan said. "If I could have been first up, I think he'd have won a lot easier. But I didn't want to move with him in either turn. He's still trying to find his gait." In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foiled Again, richest horse in harness racing history, showed he still has plenty of pop at age 12 when he cruised to a front-end victory in 1:51.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Techtor Hanover. Aimo Hanover earned show. The Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding soared over $7.4 million in career earnings for trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old filly trotters on tap for Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $53,411.   In the fastest of the three divisions (1:54.3), Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz's Womans Will (Marcus Miller) scored the minor upset over Pennsylvania State Champion and heavy favorite Broadway Donna (Dave Miller). The daughter of Donato Hanover got to the front end, but yielded to the favorite just beyond the quarter.   She maintained her pocket position until the top of the stretch, when she tipped wide and won the sprint home by a head. Kathy Parker (Yannick Gingras) was third. It was the sixth win for Womans Will (first of the season). The victory put her over the $450,000 mark in career earnings. She is trained by Julie Miller.   In the first division (Race 3), it was Hot Curry (Tim Tetrick) getting the job done. The daughter of Muscle Massive came from off the trot today, using a strong first-over brush to overpower the leader before three quarters. She won going away. It was the fifth victory of the season for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi, and Lawrence Karr. Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras) finished second, while Pink Pistol (Jim Marohn Jr) rallied strong for third. 1:56.1 was the clocking.   The third and final division was taken by Double Exposure (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Donato Hanover used a live outer flow to her advantage, drafting behind the first-over Windowshopper (Ake Svanstedt), who faded to finish fifth. Double Exposure won her division by one length, stopping the clock in 1:55.4. Miss Tezsla (Brett Miller) was second, while Ultimate Shopper (George Brennan) finished third. It was the Tony Alagna trainee's fifth win in seven career starts, and her first of the season. She is owned by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman.   Harrah's Philadelphia will race live on Monday, July 4th, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

Celebrity Bugatti put himself into the driver's seat of Bobby Weiss Series action for harness racing trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, running his record to 3-for-3 in the series while posting the fastest clocking among the $15,000 third leg prelims, 1:54.3.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. had the Muscle Massive stallion in front at every call and felt no pressure at all, with a 27.3 opener and a 57.4 back half that left him 3¼ lengths clear at the finish. Chris Oakes has taken over local care of the speedy trotter for owners Herman Hagerman, Johnny Yoder, and Dan Rawlings.   Two other horses besides Celebrity Bugatti had won in each of the first two legs, but Steed did not enter the third leg, and Dominus Hanover, 1-10* in the betting, finished worse than second for the first time in 11 seasonal starts when he came up third in Taxed To The Max's 1:56.2 victory. Dominus had a soft 59.1 lead to the half, but he didn't have the necessary 57.1 sprint home, as the Yankee Glide four-year-old gelding Taxed To The Max slid up the Pocono Pike from the pocket, grabbed command, then held off Explosive Leggs late for trainer Neal Ehrhart and owners Keystone Trotters LLC while lowering his mark by 2 2/5 seconds.   "Max"'s driver was Anthony Napolitano, who fashioned seven winners (to brother George's six) on Saturday here, yet still often gets away at high prices - despite a Weiss second last week, "Max" paid $18.20 to win, joining other recent "A Nap" winners who paid $20.80 in another race tonight, $26.20 and $20.80 in his two wins last night, and $69.80 among his seven Saturday winners, only one of which was favored! (Not to mention his $197.00 tally a week ago Sunday!)   The other Weiss winner Monday, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy, lowered his speed badge by an even greater margin - 4 1/5 seconds - as he parlayed a pocket trip to a neck victory over Apostles Creed in 1:55.2. Driver Jim Marshall III, trainer Donna Marshall, and owner George Beck saw their developing three-year-old put himself in a good position to make May 9's Weiss Championship for this group, as he now has two seconds and a win in series competition.   Something will have to give in the fifth race division of the fourth and final preliminary leg of Weiss action for female trotters Tuesday night. South Side Hanover (post one, trainer/driver Todd Schadel) and Stirling Debutant (Anthony Napolitano driving for trainer Christie Collins from post six) are both 3-for-3 so far in the series, and whoever takes the Tuesday contest will stamp herself as the one to beat in the $30,000 Championship a week from Tuesday. Races 3 and 4 Tuesday are also part of the distaff Weiss action.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Celebrity Bugatti, Dominus Hanover, and Steed all were repeat winners in the four $15,000 divisions of the second preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Celebrity Bugatti posting the fastest clocking at 1:53.2.   Matt Kakaley led all drivers with five winners on the night.   Celebrity Bugatti, a four-year-old son of Muscle Massive, was the only two-time winner who had to face off against another first leg Weiss winner, Sweet Royalty, and though "Bugatti" had a post edge over "Royalty" (PP3 vs. PP6), and both had gone the same time last week (1:55.2), the crowd backed Sweet Royalty to 3-5 favoritism, holding Celebrity Bugatti at 8-5.   Celebrity Bugatti was content to let his archrival brush past him after a 28 opener and hang up middle splits of 56.4 and 1:25.1, but when crunch time came George Napolitano Jr. pulled the pocket with the Johnny Yoder-trained stallion and sailed by the chalk to win by 1¼ lengths. Yoder also shares ownership in the winner, who dropped his lifetime mark by two full seconds, with Herman Hagerman and Dan Rawlings.   Dominus Hanover is now 2 for 2 in the Weiss, 2 for 2 for trainer Amber Buter, and a 7-time winner with three seconds in 10 seasonal starts, which is why the crowd backed him to 1-10 favoritism, but the heavy favorite was taxed to the max by the horse Taxed To The Max, who was rallying into a 57 back half to make life tough for Dominus.   But Dominus Hanover, owned by Lawrence Crawford and giving Muscle Massive a siring double, found enough to be a half-length clear on the money in a lifetime best 1:55, with George Napolitano Jr. doubling up in Monday Weiss action, here just ahead of his brother Anthony behind the 32-1 Taxed To The Max.   That time of 1:55 was matched by Steed as he won his second straight Weiss start - but while that time was the fastest of the first leg's four divisions, tonight it was the co-slowest clocking.   But the T L P Stable, D'Elegance Stable IX, Vito Cucci, and Carmen Iannacone will find their pursecheck worth $7500 no matter what the time, and they will be proud of the way their sophomore Muscle Hill gelding raced, making two hard moves and finally wresting control late in a length tally while equaling his mark for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Richard Johnson.   Dominion Beach had missed just a half-length to Steed in the first Weiss leg, which was his 2016 bow, and the Muscle Hill colt showed development in his second start back, making the engine after the quarter and blitzing home in 56 - 27.3 to win by five lengths in 1:53.4, lowering his mark by just over two seconds. Marcus Johansson guided the promising sophomore for trainer/wife Nancy and owners Courant A B.   The Saturday through Tuesday racing week at Pocono "concludes" tomorrow with three third-round divisions of the Weiss Series action for female trotters. South Side Hanover and Stirling Debutant, drawn in separately, will be looking for their third straight win in the Weiss Tuesday.   From the PHHA  

Celebrity Bugatti rolled to his second straight series victory in Tuesday's third leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Marty De Vie captured the other $15,000 third-leg split in the event for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. Celebrity Bugatti was away second for Dan Rawlings, but after a sluggish 29.4 opening quarter, Rawlings thought the point might be a better place for the 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Dover Miss. Celebrity Bugatti had little trouble holding the lead, scoring in 1:58.2 over a "good" surface. Cantad Kid was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with the first-over Explosive Leggs third. Johnny Yoder trains Celebrity Bugatti and owns with Herman Hagerman and Rawlings. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie rebounded from a pair of subpar efforts to triumph for Jim Pantaleano in 1:55.3 Princess Pablano raced well first over but fell a nose short, while early leader Cowgirl Hall saw her three-race winning streak snapped when she finished third. Rick Clapper conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who extended her career bankroll to $215,464, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

With all the shuttle and frozen semen stallions available to New Zealand breeders these days, it should come as no surprise that the odd jewel seems to slip through the net and fail to find a spot in the ultra competitive harness racing stallion market. One example that stands out for us in the trotting stallion market is Muscle Mass 1:53.4 ($229,000). Unbeaten in seven starts at two, Muscle Mass took his lifetime mark at just his second lifetime start but was lightly tried at three due to injury issues.   With the ability he had showed at two and the fact his full brother Muscle Massive was becoming a star at the same time, Muscle Mass was given an opportunity at stud and he has grabbed it with both hands. Muscle Mass is bred to be well above average being a son of the great Muscles Yankee from the smart Pine Chip mare in Graceful Touch 1:56.1 ($192,001) who has also produced the brilliant Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) and Thatsnotmyname 1:55 ($340,730) The grand dam of Muscle Mass is the talented Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) who only left two live foals in Graceful Touch and her full brother Cabol 1:54 ($417,457). A sign of the strength of the maternal family is that Cabol made $290,000 at auction. Available to New Zealand breeders in 2009-2010 via frozen semen, Muscle Mass served just 14 mares which resulted in just five live foals which are now five year olds to New Zealand time. One of those died at three, leaving just four live foals and all of them were fillies but that didn't stop them making their mark down under. All four have won to date and they have not been one win wonders as you see below. * K D Muscles ($58,667)                                              * Zhenya ($50,137) * Mass Invasion ($30,862)                                           * Schleck ($16,489) Due to the great results of that small crop, Muscle Mass was offered once again to New Zealand breeders in the 2012-2013 season via fresh semen this time and served a reasonable book of 71 mares which produced 55 live foals which are now two year olds. Several are already showing up around the country at trials and workouts and in tonights two year old non tote trot at Addington, Muscle Mass has three of the six runners. Winnie McGoogan from the Phil Williamson barn is held in high regard by the stable while the Roddy Butt trained Custodian impressed behind Regal Love at Rangiora recently. However after that second season here, Muscle Mass has once again been left on the shelf in North America which is a real shame going by his results up there as Muscle Mass continues to rise further up the sires charts with every crop. His progeny have now earned over $13,577,000 with 33 $100,000 winners and 22 in 1:55 and through all of that, his service fee has crept up to the point that it now stands at $7,500 in the present season. Without doubt this is a sire we should have been seeing a lot more of in the Southern Hemisphere and lets hope next season the deal can be done that makes that happen. Harnesslink Media

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