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CHESTER PA - The richest purse on "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia was the $18,000 harness racing contest for high-earning conditioned horses, but three other trots went faster than it did - including the most-anticipated matchup of the day, a $14.500 trot which saw red-hot Eurobond defeat The World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter, in 1:52. Eurobond, a four-year-old son of Love You who had won three straight before missing less than two lengths in the Cashman in his last start, blasted away from the rail for driver Andy Miller, who with wife/trainer Julie had four wins on the day. Homicide Hunter, from post four, had to be hustled early by David Miller to get around quick-starting lefthand foes, but made the pocket and sat behind Eurobond through fractions of :27.1, :56, and 1:24.2. Homicide Hunter came outside on the far turn, but while racing well he didn't pose a serious threat to Eurobond, who finished out in :27.3 to be 1½ lengths ahead on the money for Lindy Farms Of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph. Eurobond was in this class because of its "n/w 7 races" also-eligible condition. The betting fans couldn't decide between the two, and the end result was a split decision - Eurobond was the even-money second choice who paid $4.00 to win, but the Exacta with 1-4 with Homicide Hunter returned $3.60. The $18,000 contest was taken by Faithfulandtrue, who produced a 15-1 upset for trainer Joseph Columbo and the ownership of George & Tina Dennis Racing. Driver Michael Cole moved the Donato Hanover altered three-year-old sharply uncovered to the lead in the middle of the backstretch and was in control from there, taking a new mark of 1:54.4 in withstanding Boy Meets Girl K by 1¼ lengths. Team Orange Crush accounted for the other $14,500 co-feature with Top Flight Angel, who enjoyed a reduction in company and won in 1:53.2 for the Legendary Standardbred Farm while raising his earnings to $865,340. The other fast trot came in a $12,500 contest, which was won by the Holiday Road gelding Henderson Seelster in 1:53.3 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Paul Stafford, and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2019 — Dismissed at 10-1, EZ Passer used the Lightning Lane to perfection to pull off the upset in Wednesday’s harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Northern Lightning led the field through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, But Chris Shaw and EZ Passer lurked in the pocket, waiting to flash some lightning off their own. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad easily overtook Northern Lightning and scored in 1:54.4, a length better than Joplin. Golden Muscle completed the ticket. Bill Zendt trains EZ Passer, who won her second straight and lifted her lifetime bankroll to $228,772, for Shanamphilankilou, Inc. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special Adios Week program that features a pair of $30,000 Grand Circuit stakes for freshman trotters as well as a $5,370.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 5:30 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA - The American Ideal gelding Bakersfield went right to the top, then held off a sustained bud from favored JJ Flynn to win the $14,500 featured harness racing pace in 1:51 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr., one of the premier front-end drivers today, got Bakersfield quickly to the top from post four, while JJ Flynn could only tuck fourth early from post six as horses with inside positions defended spots behind the pacesetter. JJ Flynn came out at the half and grinded up to the leader the rest of the way, but Bakersfield proved to have too much in reserve and won by a half length for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen and owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. The winner of two of his last three now has lifetime earnings of $398,916. The feature race was also the Jackpot Hi-5 race, with a carryover of almost $49,000. Even though the second choice beat the heavy favorite and the three horses behind them were 35-1, 30-1, and 20-1, there still was no correct unique ticket in the Pick 5 pool, so there will be a carryover of $51,848.96 going into Thursday's card. In a $14,000 co-featured pace, Captain Mulzac, a sophomore son of Captaintreacherous, scored his second straight victory, winning by four lengths in a lifetime best 1:51. Captain Mulzac, trained by Tony Alagna for owner 3 Fools LLC, Francis Azur, Jim Winske, and Stephen Michaels, was unraced at two, but is six-for-eight as a sophomore, and his star is rising quickly. Driving Captain Mulzac was Tim Tetrick, who posted sixteen wins during the four cards of racing here last week, and today added five more victories to his meet-leading tally.     PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - A pair of Cantab Hall geldings handled by George Napolitano Jr., the leading harness racing driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took lifetime marks in winning the $15,000 featured trots during the Tuesday twilight card. The faster of the two was the sophomore Nextroundsonme, who won in 1:54.3 for Napolitano, trainer Jenny Melander, and Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. "George Nap" and Nextroundsonme made the lead early then yielded to sit in the pocket behind Bag O Chips, then went to the Pocono Pike and gained in a :28.3 last quarter to win by a neck over the closing P L Ketchup, with pacesetting Bag O Chips a head behind the place horse and favored Smokee Mirrors squeezing between horses late to miss the victory by only a half a length though fourth. As tight as that finish was, Final Dream's 1:55 victory in the other division was just as decisive, as she made the top, got a second quarter breather, then outmuscled the competition in winning by 3¼ lengths. After being on the board in over half his seasonal starts, Final Dream finally broke into the 2019 victory column for trainer Carmine Fusco and owner Howard Jacobs. George Napolitano Jr. completed a sweep of the featured races when he directed the A Rocknroll Dance mare Sidewalk Dancer to a 1:51 victory in a $14,000 conditioned pace for distaffs. The winner was on the move off the first turn to grab the top before the next bend, kept up a fast pace, then kept pocket rocket hopeful Keystone Riptide at bay by a neck. Chris Oakes conditions the winner of $245,109 for Northfork Racing Stable, Omar Beiler, and Dennis Coons.   PHHA / Pocono

It was a week of extremes in terms of the weather for harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. On Saturday night, action was delayed due to the intense heat. On Monday, torrential rains caused a delay. But all 56 races scheduled for the four racing cards were eventually run, and, despite the somewhat erratic conditions, the action was excellent throughout. The outstanding efforts put forward by the winners of our Weekly Awards is proof of that. PACER OF THE WEEK: DIXIE STAR N This mare didn't begin her racing career till this year at age four, starting with a couple races overseas in her native New Zealand at the tail end of winter. When Dixie Star N arrived in the United States for trainer Peter Tritton, she was a beaten favorite in her first start at Yonkers. But coming to Pocono seems to have unlocked her potential. She carved out a win and two places in three starts with the non-winners of four fillies and mares in the months of June and July. On Sunday night, she was back at it against that same class, only this time she would have to deal with a #9 post. She also had to deal with Tequila Party, who was coming off an impressive victory in Canada in her last race and was made the 3-5 favorite. Dixie Star N went off at 18-1, but driver Jim Marohn Jr. made sure she was in the mix by sending her to the early lead. Tequila Party then swooped by to take over around the first turn, leaving Dixie Star N in the pocket. Tequila Party wasn't granted an easy lead, as Carousel pestered her first-over for much of the back stretch. The only question was whether or not Dixie Star N would have a second move in her after exerting effort early in the mile. She answered that question with a resounding yes, thundering past the tiring Tequila Party to pick up the win by a half-length in 1:53. Not only was it impressive because of the difficult post and the long odds, but the win also stands out for this rising mare as a new career-best time. Other top pacers this week include: Western Joe (Pat Berry, Christopher Choate), who captured the featured condition pace on Saturday night in 1:49:2; Hitman Hill (Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes), who went down the road for a condition win on Saturday night in 1:49, the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono; and Sidewalk Dancer (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), who delivered a win in Tuesday night's featured condition pace for mares in 1:51.   TROTTER OF THE WEEK: ARCH CREDIT The old "fool me once, fool me twice" credo can be applied to this five-year-old gelding trained by Robin DiBenedetto. On July 15, he rallied with Kyle DiBenedetto in the bike to beat an $11,000 condition trotting field at monster odds of 46-1. He was back at it again just five nights later on Saturday, trying to pick up his second victory in the span of a week. Arch Credit left from the #1 post in a field of seven seeking another conquest of the $11,000 condition trotters. And, once again, he was overlooked at the betting window, although this time he was a more modest long shot at 11-1. The favorite in this race was P L Icabod, who went off at 6-5. Meanwhile, second choice Dirty Secret found the pocket seat. Arch Credit, meanwhile, sat third-in. As anyone who has ever watched harness racing on a 5/8-mile oval knows, that trip can either be very, very good or very, very bad, depending on how the outer flow develops and how the inside horses in front hang together. In this case, it couldn't have worked out any better for Arch Credit. He managed to squeeze through a small window on the inside passing lane and rallied under DiBenedetto's urging. As the line approached, he was just able to nose out P L Icabod for the victory in 1:55. After two straight wins at double-digit odds, it's doubtful that Arch Credit will get to fool the bettors a third time. But if he does, you know, based on these past two victories, he'll relish the opportunity. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: Say You Do (Tyler Buter, Todd Buter), who came into Pocono on a four-race winning streak and added to it by winning the Sunday night featured condition trot in 1:52:2; Max (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who churned out his second straight condition victory on Sunday night in 1:54; and Alpha D'urzy (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who moved to two-for-two since arriving from Saratoga with a condition win on Sunday night in a career-best 1:54:3.   LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: GRAPPLE HANOVER This gelding driven by Wayne Long overcame a #9 post and a sloppy track to beat a condition trotting field on Monday afternoon at 28-1, paying off $59.20 on a $2-win ticket.   DRIVER OF THE WEEK: KEVIN WALLIS The veteran driver has been picking up the pace in recent weeks at Pocono, and he starred on Monday with a driving double in the sloppy conditions.   TRAINER OF THE WEEK: ERV MILLER Miller was able to train back-to-back winners on the Monday card, with both of the trotters involved, Flippen Creek and Grandma Heidi, getting their maiden victories.   That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. 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WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2019 -- Sansovina Hanover stalked Caviart Scarlett from the pocket, then edged by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Caviart Scarlett won the early battle for the lead, accelerating through a 26.4 opening quarter that forced Sansovina Hanover and Jim Pantaleano to the pocket. But the 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up was the stronger mare late, downing Caviart Scarlett by a head in 1:52, matching her career fastest. Our GG rallied for show. Doug Snyder trains Sansovina Hanover, who lifted her career bankroll to $264,469, for Frank Poerio, Jr. It was one of six wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Scott Betts and one each for Corey Kreiser, Christen Pantaleano Bill Popio and Snyder Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $5,370.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

BEDFORD PA -- The harness racing card scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Bedford (PA) Fair is now announced as cancelled due to the inclement weather in the area.   Earlier, Monday's program had been cancelled; with this announcement, the entirety of the short meet at Bedford has now been lost.   Racing on the Pennsylvania fair circuit is next scheduled for the Clearfield Fair, where a four-day meet is to begin this Sunday.     Jerry Connors Jr

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2019 -- Classic Banker stalked Classicality from the pocket, then knifed through the slop in the lane to pull off the 24-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classic Banker won last week's featured trot at 22-1, he was given even less respect at the windows Monday. But Brady Brown gave the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding the perfect trip, as the pair downed the rallying Barn Girl by a length in 1:54.1. Classicality saved show. Joe Urban owns and trains Classic Banker, who extended his career bankroll to $273,615. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the program features a $4,755.48 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. In addition, the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will take place Tuesday. The draw begins at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live!   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA - The harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia for Sunday was pushed back a day to Monday because of the high heat index, but Seeing Eye Single didn't let the day's delay bother him at all, closing for a 1:51.1 victory in the $18,000 pacing feature. The Dragon Again gelding tucked in third early for driver Corey Callahan, then was able to get outside again as Statement Made A made a powerful uncovered move to get by pacesetting favorite Mister Ohanzee A, with Winona Sizzler A and Seeing Eye Single in the clearing one's wake. The winner kicked n strongly in the last 1/8 and was along by a half-length over Statement Made A, with Winona Sizzler A another neck back in third. Ron Burke trains the winner of $391,096 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. There were also a pair of $15,000 claiming handicap paces. In the first, Rockin Rio and driver Joe Bongiorno sat a pocket trip behind favored Catch My Shadow, then overpowered that one in the lane to win by 4¾ lengths in 1:51.3. The Rockin Image gelding is now three for four since hooking up with trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Tessa Roland. In the other split, Bobbies Power Play moved outside from the two-hole and was able to overhaul favored Palomar by 1¼ lengths in a 1:52.1 clocking. The Rustler Hanover gelding, a career earner of $230,737, was making his debut after a claim for owner/trainer Mark Kesmodel, who has more UTR titles at Philly all-time than any other conditioner with three. Blood Line paced a second consecutive 1:50 mile at Philly in taking a $12,500 pace for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Per Engblom, and Diamond Creek Racing. The son of Somebeachsomewhere streaked a :26.2 third quarter to open up a huge lead and won for fun while raising his earnings to $413,508. Driver Pat Lachance scored the 2000th win of his sulky career in the second race, going wire-to-wire from post eight with Mike's Z Tam in 1:50.2. The 44-year-old Lachance, son of Hall of Famer Mike Lachance, is one of the thinning breed known as "trainer/drivers," as he also has over 1500 victories as a conditioner; he trains Mike's Z Tam as well. Pat is also one of the few drivers to win his very first purse start, with Running Horse at Windsor in October of 1995.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - They were three-wide to the quarter in the $21,500 trotting feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and they were three-wide the length of the stretch as well, with the Kadabra four-year-old harness racing gelding Say You Do taking his fifth straight victory in 1:52.2. The three involved early were railsitter Scirooco Rob, Very Very Fast between horses, and favored Winning Shadow three-wide in a :27 opener, with the last-named circling to the front past Scirocco Rob nearing the 3/8, going on to the half in :55.2. Very Very Fast, who backed off to tuck at the quarter, made a second move raw at the 5/8, with Say You Do moving to follow the cover, and the front ones hit the three-quarters in 1:23.4. The early hard journey struck Winning Shadow first, as he faded in early stretch as Very Very Fast went by. Scirocco Rob ducked to the Pocono Pike, while Say You Do fanned wide for driver Tyler Buter to set up the three-way stretch battle, and it was not until the last 50 feet that Say You Do finally got the lead, winning by a nose over Very Very Fast, with another picture needed to separate that one from Scirocco Rob for second. Say You Do, who had won three straight at The Meadowlands before winning a Tioga start prior to his Pocono invasion, has used this streak to run his 2019 tally to 8-for-10 for trainer Todd Buter and Oldfield Racing LLC. "Team T. Buter" then completed a sweep of the featured trots on the card when the Tyler-driven, Todd-trained Muscle Massive gelding Two AM caught favored Mississippi Storm late in 1:52.4. Two AM overcame the outside post eight with a sharp start, yielded in front of the stands to Mississippi Storm, then came back outside after that one in the lane and went on to a half length triumph. The winner of $411,605 has now won four of his last five at the mountain oval for Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA -- Over $50,000 in carryovers will be available to horseplayers when harness racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Monday afternoon (July 22). After no players hit Friday's (July 19) Jackpot Hi-5, the carryover for that wager has ballooned to $47,222.38. The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager available daily in the fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique ticket with the first five finishers correctly selected. Likewise, the Pick-4 boasts a $3,609.40 carryover after favorites were upended in all four races of Friday's sequence. The Pick-4, which starts in race seven daily, carries a 50-cent minimum. The 14-race card consists of the races originally programmed for Sunday afternoon (July 21) but transferred to Monday as a result of extreme heat blanketing the Philadelphia region over the weekend. Post time for the rescheduled card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HARVEY’S LAKE PA – The first new home to harness racing in Pennsylvania in thirteen years, and the first new fair harness venue in seventeen years, came to life in spectacular fashion on Thursday and Friday, as Silver Springs Ranch, a training facility located approximately a half-hour northwest of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, applied for a 2-day Fair Sire Stakes meet this year, was granted it, and then conducted a fine program appreciated by horsemen and spectators alike. The tone was set in the very first race ever over the half-mile oval, as the Well Said – Harlow Hall freshman gelding pacer Halliwell Hanover  broke his maiden in 1:59.2 for the first 2:00 mile of the year on the Pennsy fair circuit by a two-year-old. Trainer/driver David Brickell is co-owner of the promising youngster with Mitchell York. That time would last the two days of racing as the “new track record,” although it would be equaled by the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly Dancin With Rosie, who defeated last year’s Fair Championship winner Sure R Lookin Good, for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Justin Lebo, who is also co-owner with Jamie Kiehl. Dancin With Rosie                                      --Seth Dowling photo The other 2:00 mile of the meet was also produced by the sophomore fillies, as Able Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, won in 2:00 flat for trainer/driver Steve Salerno, co-owner with Dean Casaday. For Salerno, who swept the Pocono driving wins, training wins, and UDR “triple crown” in 1981, it was a special moment, as he had not driven in a purse race in almost 14 years! (A Team Salerno protégé, Emily Bost, would drive in her first-ever race two heats later, but she got in the Dancin With Rosie race and had to settle for fourth.) The racing at Silver Springs brought out several Pocono drivers not normally seen on the fair circuit. 21-year-old Hunter Oakes competed away from the pari-mutuel tracks for the first time, and won with the sophomore gelding Way To Close in 2:00.2. Way To Close, four-for-four now on the fair circuit for trainer Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine, did not threaten his 1:57.4 fair seasonal standard  he set at York in defeating stablemates Motive Hanover (driven by Todd) and Find One More (driver by Todd’s brother Tony). The fastest mile of the year on the circuit for trotters was notched at The Ranch, as the Muscle Massive sophomore filly Touch of Dough was victorious in 2:01 for driver Eric Neal, trainer Randal Neal, and the Neal Racing Stable LLC. The Silver Springs races showed that both the veteran and the novice can compete successfully at the fairs.  88-years-young Don Wiest won with his freshman filly trotter Tuis Shadow, with Roger Hammer completing the “161-year-old Exacta”; earlier on the card, Hammer’s deputy Branden Smith notched his first career triumph behind the boss’s freshman pacing colt Caffeine Buzz. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now moves on to Bedford PA, with racing on Monday commencing at 5:30 p.m. and then on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership  

CHESTER PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras each had three wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second preliminary round harness racing action for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday afternoon on a hot day at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the pair combining twice, including with the fastest divisional winner, Sister Sledge. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors miss Sister Sledge won a Sire Stakes in his first purse start, then caught the eye of many when she followed by winning a Pennsylvania All-Stars division in 1:53.4 - the fastest time of the year by any baby trotter, regardless of sex or size of track. On Friday Gingras let her work her way to the top past a :28 opener, get a :58 rest to the half, pick up the pace to 1:26.4 at the three-quarters, then scooted home with her in :28.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, holding off Sherry Lyns Lady, also a PaSS winner earlier, by a confident length. Sister Sledge won thee qualifiers before her three purse victories, and has already earned $53,020 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, along with #1 status in this section to date. The other Gingras-Burke team victory was with the debutante Crucial, another daughter of Father Patrick out of Jolene Jolene, who also raced on the lead, then was extended through the stretch by Word Of Honor. The latter popped out of the pocket at headstretch and fought hard only to miss by a nose, though Crucial was only under mild encouragement in her bow. The successful freshman, who had prepped with two winning qualifiers, is owned by much of the same team as Sister Sledge: Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, W J Donovan, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The third member of the Burke Brigade to get home first was the Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy filly Sans Defaut, who had by far the toughest trip of the three, yet still was successful in 1:57 to follow up an All-Stars victory with another stakes triumph. Sans Defaut ("flawless" in French) was spotted fourth before the quarter by driver Matt Kakaley, then had to come first-over, but she grinded to the stretch lead, then held off 30-1 shot Decoy by ¾ of a length. The bulk of her ownership is a group of which you have already read quite a bit - Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. Gingras' third Sire Stakes success came behind the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel filly Queen Of The Hill, another two-time PaSS winner after leaving swiftly and controlling the tempo, then winning by 4¼ lengths while lowering her speed mark to 1:57.1, last half :58.1. Per Engblom trains the talented juvenile for owner Al Libfeld. The other stakes division produced a $64.40 upsetter in the Muscle Hill - Kadealia filly Sorella, a breaker in her purse bow, but here flat and coming her own last half in :57.2 to win in 1:58, two lengths clear of the opposition. Crawford Farms Racing, who was co-owner on an earlier Sires winner, partners with Elmer Fannin on this filly   In anticipation of the extremely high heat index forecast for Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia announces that the card already drawn and finalized for Sunday will now be raced on Monday afternoon, with a post time of 12:25 p.m.   The Jackpot Hi-5 pool carryover will be at $47,222.38 for the Monday card's race five.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- As a result of extreme heat forecasted for the Philadelphia area this weekend, the races carded for Sunday (July 21) at Harrah's Philadelphia have been rescheduled for Monday (July 22). Post time for the rescheduled program will be 12:25 p.m. Eastern. Horsemen are advised that changes for Thursday's (July 25) program are still due Sunday by 11 a.m., however qualifying entries for Tuesday (July 23) will now be accepted Monday morning until 10 a.m.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Six $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies headed the harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday. Intermittent rain caused three changes in track condition during the hot afternoon, but five of the six winners still produced lifetime marks. The fastest winner in the freshman sextet was the Muscle Hill - Quite Possible miss Dune Hill, who posted a clocking of 1:56.2 over a "good" surface. The filly had been having some breaking difficulties, but here driver Yannick Gingras let her ramble down the road, keeping opponents three-wide to the quarter before they tucked, then powering off to win by five lengths for trainer Ron Burke and owner Joseph Di Scala Jr. Gingras had a second winner in another Muscle Hill filly, Rebecca Clark, whose dam, About To Bee, is a half-sister to champion Bee A Magician. Rebecca Clark raced out of the pocket and won by 2½ lengths in 1:59.1, also when the track was rated "good." Per Engblom handles the winner for Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and Bivans And Bruni Racing. Driver David Miller also paraded back a pair of StS winners, including the only one who did not take a mark, the Explosive Matter - Gossip Hanover freshman Caviart Guilia. However, she did win in 1:57.4 after a second wave of rain had regressed the track to "sloppy," and she became the only repeat Stallion Series winner after going a tick faster on a fast track in her first StS win. Brian Brown trains the quickly-developing miss, who pulled from the pocket to go on to a 2¾ length score for Caviart Farms, who saw their filly remain perfect after three purse starts. Miller's other winner was another daughter of Explosive Matter, Perth Angel De Vie, out of the mare Dream Angel. After high finishes in two Pennsylvania Fair Stakes, Perth Angel De Vie put it all together on Thursday with a six length triumph in 1:57.3 - :57.1 - :28.2 when the track was still "fast." Harold Brocklehurst trains the easy winner for owners Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams. Also racing when the track was still "fast," the Father Patrick - High Heels filly Burberry posted the only real surprise in the six stakes outings, making every pole a winning one for a two length triumph in 1:58.1. She returned $43.80 in winning for trainer/driver Rick Zeron and the partnership of Rick Zeron Stables, James Walker, Howard Taylor, and Herb Liverman. The other Stallion Series winner completed a triple for sire Muscle Hill: Heart N Soul Deo, a daughter of Yursa Hanover, who won in 1:58.4 - :29 over a good surface by 3¾ lengths. Tim Tetrick, who continued his hot run at the southeast Pennsylvania track with five more victories today, drove the Linda Toscano trainee, who now is 2-for-2 in purse starts for Thomas Pontone, Richard Gutnick, and Joseph Lozito Jr.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2019 -- Rosemary Rose let Touchamatic do the heavy lifting in the slop, then roared by her in the lane to score a decisive harness racing victory -- her fifth in her last seven starts -- in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. Rosemary Rose yielded the early lead to Touchamatic, who had to go a 26.2 opening panel to make the front. When Dave Palone moved Rosemary Rose outside in the stretch, she was by far the stronger mare, defeating Touchamatic by 1-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:50.3. Keystone Riptide finished third. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N-Pantathlon, who now boasts $496,867 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features three eliminations of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as a pair of stakes for freshman filly pacers and a $4,051.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. EDITORS: Attached is a finish-line jpg of Rosemary Rose winning Wednesday's feature at The Meadows.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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