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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2019 -- Undeterred by her upset loss in the Hambletonian Oaks final, Millies Possession completed her harness racing sweep of Pennsylvania Sires Stake preliminary legs Monday at The Meadows -- blazing to a stakes record 1:52.4 to boot. Grimmie Hanover took the other division of the $164,002 stake for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Stenographer. Millies Possession ripped off wins in her first eight starts this year -- indeed, the first eight races of her career, as she was unraced at 2 -- and was sent off the even-money favorite in the Oaks final, where she fell to When Dovescry. But the Stenographer field was no match for Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Possess The Will-Fashion Athena. She got away a leisurely fourth for Dexter Dunn but picked off horses at her will, drawing off to win by 5-3/4 lengths. Nomo Volo and early leader Personal Paradise completed the ticket. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark established by Livinthefastlane in 2015, and it also is the fastest this year by a sophomore filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. "She had gone hard up to the front her last two starts," said winning trainer Jim Campbell. "But Dexter knows her, and he felt confident they were rolling along enough that he could just take his time. I credit Dexter for sensing how the race was going. He knew how to race her." Millies Possession, who now has banked $347,018, will next race in the Sept. 7 PASS championship at The Meadows. On that date, the track will host all four $250,000 finals and all four $50,000 consolations for 3-year-olds. Grimmie Hanover was raging with trot through the final turn but needed a path to victory. Corey Callahan found it for her in the Lightning Lane, and she poured through to triumph in 1:54.4. Fade Into You rallied wide for second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Magical Beliefs third. "She's a nice filly who's kind of been in some bad spots," Callahan said. "She probably wasn't really ready for the Oaks, but I think those miles did her good. She put forth a good effort today." Grimmie Hanover Jeff Cullipher trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Girlie Tough and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters In Monday's subfeature, Jezzys Legacy was parked the first quarter before crossing over but still prevailed easily for Tim Tetrick in 1:55, 4 lengths better than Southwind Storm. Keystone Abbey completed the ticket. Ray Schnittker, who trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Jezzy and owns with Little E, Ted Gewertz and Mary Ramsey Arnold, said his filly has bigger things in mind this week. "I figured she was 1-5, and they were all kind of waiting for her," Schnittker said. "She was supposed to win, and she did, so it was nice. She'll come back Saturday in an elimination of the Hudson Trot at Yonkers. She's good on a half, so if we get a good draw, we'll be all right." Spring In Paris grabbed the early lead, survived a mild shuffle and rallied late to score in 1:56.2 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Steve LeBlanc and owners LeBlanc Racing Inc., Glenn Dyke and Douglas Johnson. The first-over Hanovers Best was second, beaten a length, while Joplin earned show. It was the first win in several months for the daughter of Explosive Matter-French Doll, who rolled up six victories early in the season. "She tailed off a little bit. She lost her sharpness in mid-season," LeBlanc said. "The competition was a little stiffer, too. But now she's starting to regain her sharpness." Elsewhere on the card, Barn Girl soared over $800,000 in career earnings with her front-end victory in the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot. Merriman piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Merriman collected four wins on the 14-race card while Dave Palone bagged three, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras guided both Sister Sledge and Queen Of The Hill to their third victories in an undefeated Pennsylvania Sire Stakes campaign on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in the three-division $182,105 third round preliminary. Sister Sledge had been regarded as the leader of the division at this point, and even though she went in 1:56.1 to Queen Of The Hill's 1:55, she lost none of her luster. The daughter of Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors quarter-moved after a :29 opener, was allowed to get to the half in :59.3, then sprinted home in :56.3 - :27.4 in full control, with longshot Ginger Tree Bren coming on late to make the margin of victory 2½ lengths at the wire. Sister Sledge is undefeated in five career starts, with the Sire Stakes joined by an Arden Downs win and a PA All-Stars win in which she took her mark of 1:53.4. Ron Burke trained his second Sires winner of the night for Sister Sledge's ownership, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. Queen Of The Hill (8-5) wasn't even favored in her Sires cut, mainly because she was facing Sherry Lyns Lady (3-5), who had a previous Sires win and a 2-2 finish in the two weeks of the Doherty Stake, against the "Queen"'s 3-6. Queen Of The Hill brushed to the lead after a 28.3 quarter, and in turn she yielded to Sherry Lyns Lady at the :58 half. The field went by the three-quarters in 1:27, and in the stretch Queen Of The Hill went to the Pocono Pike to challenge the leader; Sherry Lyns Lady gave her all she wanted, but Queen Of The Hill prevailed by a head in 1:55, a new mark. Per Engblom trains the daughter of Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel for owner Al Libfeld. Queen Of The Hill These two will have to contend with Sans Defaut, who won her second straight Sire Stakes start and matched the 1:55 clocking, fastest in this PaSS group so far, of Queen Of The Hill. The other Ron Burke trainee to win in this PaSS class on the card, the daughter of Muscle Hill- Flawless Lady made a move past a :28.2 quarter for driver Matt Kakaley and put up mid-race splits of :57.4 and 1:26.1 before defeating Solsbury Hill by 2½ lengths. Also a winner in PA All-Stars competition, Sans Defaut is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The only two-time Stallion Stakes winner before Monday, Caviart Giulia, went to Kentucky for an engagement and finished third last night, but Heart N Soul Deo and Rebecca Clark joined her in the Two-Time StS Winner Club. The Muscle Hill - Yursa Hanover filly Heart N Soul Deo is four-for-five lifetime after a convincing 2¼ length victory in 1:55 - as fast as the fastest Sires divisions went, and lowering her mark by two seconds. Tim Tetrick handled the winner for trainer Linda Toscano and the ownership of Thomas Pontone, Richard Gutnick, and Joseph Lozito Jr. Rebecca Clark also reduced her own best time to 1:57.1, coming first-over and then holding off Eye On The Hill by a head. Two familiar names from the Sire Stakes report above - driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Per Engblom - were the braintrust behind the daughter of Muscle Hill - About To Bee for trainer Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and Bivans And Bruni Racing. Tim Tetrick won a second StS division here with the Sebastian K S miss Next Level Stuff, who set the pace and broke her maiden in 1:55.4 for trainer Jim Campbell - with whom Tetrick teamed to win with Milles Possesion four hours earlier crosstate at The Meadows - and Runthetable Stables. Driver Scott Zeron was sitting fourth-in with the Andover Hall - Miss Athens filly Miss Wilia at headstretch, and he had to decide which way to go. Then his decision was made for him: pacesetter Alittlebitofsugar stayed straight on the lead, Queso Fresco went to the Pocono Pike, and favored I'm Really Special moved outside - way outside while drifting. Zeron shot through the hole between horses just past midstretch, and Miss Wilia, although a maiden, knew what to do, finishing strongly for a 1:56.3 triumph for Scott's father, trainer Rick Zeron, and owners Charles Receski and Thomas Brice. The other StS section went to the Muscle Hill - Viva Las Lindy filly Hannah, who made a second move to brush to the lead down the backstretch, then stayed safe to reduce her record to 1:56.2. Team Orange Crush - trainer/wife Julie and driver/husband Andy Miller - combined for the win with Hannah for Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Dumain Haven Farm. These PA-sired two-year-old trotting fillies will have their final preliminaries next week at The Meadows: Tuesday for the Stallion Series and Wednesday for the Sire Stakes. FINISHING LINES -- Eric Irving, who has driven only sporadically in recent years, recorded his first driving victory since January 24, 2009 when he won with Rhyme N Roll by a nose and returned $65.80 to win. PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - All three divisions of the $180,855 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono saw their winners take lifetime bests of 1:52 over off going, with Adriano Hanover perfect after three PaSS events and driver Matt Kakaley engineering upsets in the other two divisions. The Western Ideal - A and G'sconfusion colt Adriano Hanover had little trouble in winning his division as the heavy favorite, moving after the :27.2 quarter, making the lead well before the :56 half, and then passing the three-quarters in 1:24.1 before dashing home to post a 2½ length victory over Manticore. Adriano Hanover is now undefeated in five purse starts, with an Arden Downs division added to his three Sire Stakes wins, for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who in the afternoon connected with #1-ranked Shartin N in a Tioga stake, and the ownership of Jo Ann-Looey King and Joseph Palermo III. Cattlewash also entered his Sires section undefeated in two divisional races, but after moving out before the :27.1 quarter to soon grab the lead and post middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.3, he faced the Charge Of The Light Brigade coming at him in the stretch. Moving fastest of all late was the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell gelding Tell Them Lou, who had been passed by Cattlewash after making the top, then came out in the lane and posted a half-length victory while paying $90.60. Papi Rob Hanover came up the Pocono Pike for second; Seeyou At Thebeach closed for third; and Cattlewash had to settle for fourth, though beaten only 1½ lengths. Jim Campbell trains the two-time winner for the ownership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. Tell Them Lou, with his 1:52 winning time, also earned the distinction of becoming his division's North American season's leader. Trainer Ron Burke, who also had stakes wins at Hippodrome 3R and The Red Mile on Sunday, sent out the 1-2 finishers in the other Sires division, as Mac's Big Boy defeated favored Caliber, a previous PaSS winner, by a half-length. The victorious Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle's Jackpot colt made a big backstretch move for Kalaley on leader Western Vacation after that one had cut front numbers of :26.2 and :56.4, had the lead by the 1:24 three-quarters, then withstood Caliber to the wire. The winner had previously achieved a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory at Pocono for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Wingfield Five LLC. Matt Kakaley also won twice in divisional Stallion Series competition, both for trainer Ray Schnittker, with whom he had teamed earlier in the day to win a Tioga stake with Hickfromfrenchlick. The 1:52 win of the Captaintreacherous - Lets Groove Tonite colt Captain Groovy gave him three Stallion Series wins and equaled his mark, but it was also the hardest-fought contest. Captain Groovy sat the pocket behind Sandbetweenmytoes, then had to have a strong rally to catch the pacesetter by a head - although their closest rival was thirteen lengths in their arrears. Trainer Schnittker co-owns the undefeated colt, also a winner in the PA All-Stars, with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. The Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles took his second straight Stallion Series outing, moving to the lead early then coming home in :55.3 - :27.2 to be two lengths to the good of Dracarys Z in 1:54. Schnittker also co-owns this winner with Dr. John Egloff, Max J. Hempt, and Steven Arnold. The easiest winner in all of the night's stakes was the Captaintreacherous - Western Silk colt Cheerio Hill, 7 1/2 lengths ahead at the finish while posting a time of 1:53.2 clocking for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Chris Oakes, and the ownership of Tom Hill, Northfork Racing Stable, and Billy Joe Timmins. After losing his first three races, Cheerio Hill has now won his last three - by a combined margin of 18¼ lengths. The only non-favorite to win in the StS contests was the Somebeachsomewhere - Temptation Hanover colt Patriot Nation, who came uncovered into a :56.3 half and still overhauled Lyons Music, who had gained the stretch lead in the Pocono Pike, winning by ¾ of a length while breaking his maiden in 1:53.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Michael Goldberg Racing LLC and A Harris Racing LLC. These pacing colts now move on to Harrah's for their final preliminary action next week; the top horses in the Stallion Series pointstandings will race in their Championships at Pocono on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2019 -- Real Cool Cam had what you might call a fair-to-middlin' day in Saturday's $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Not only did he equal the world record 1:54.4 for freshman gelding trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, but he also extended his career unbeaten streak to six. The time matched that of Amigo Volo, who logged his record just one week ago at Harrah's Philadelphia. Ironically, Amigo Volo competed in Saturday's PASS, finishing second in a different split. Real Cool Sam's mile also is a track record for The Meadows and equaled the mark for the Florida Pro, as the stake is known. In the previous wins in his remarkable streak, Real Cool Sam never led at the quarter. The son of Muscle Hill-Cooler Schooner, whom owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms named to honor the late race caller Sam McKee, extended that streak as well, getting away third for David Miller before brushing to the point past the quarter. Real Cool Sam opened a daylight lead and, though King Alphonso was gaining at the wire, scored comfortably by 1-1/4 lengths. Hell Patrol finished third. His six straight wins have earned $248,134 for Real Cool Sam. "He looked very comfortable, and Dave said he raced very easily," said winning trainer Jim Campbell. "I'm very blessed to be able to train a horse like Sam. If I were sure he'd make the PASS final without going to the fourth leg, I'm not sure I'd go there. There have been a lot of winners, though, so I have to look into that. I'm trying not to get too many starts into him this year." Rome Pays Off and Gangster Hanover took the other Florida Pro splits, each in 1:55. Rome Pays Off quarter-poled to the top for Mattias Melander and held off Big Oil by 1/2 length, with Chestnut Hill third. " I felt in control all the time, but he's still a little immature," Melander said. "He really didn't know what he was doing up front, so I had to keep him on the bit all the time. He feels like he has it all." Marcus Melander conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Order By Wish, who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for SRF Stable. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Miller extended his big day In Saturday's subfeature, winning three of the four divisions with Town Victor, Beyond Kronos and Saxon -- the latter two for Campbell. Spring Roll captured the other split. Town Victor prevailed in 1:56.1, fastest of the stake, by saving his brush until the three-quarters and outdueling Loyal Fox Hanover to down him by 1/2 length, with Don Grigio third. It was the second PA Stallions victory for the Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding. "He was lucky today when a couple of the favorites made breaks," said Rich Gillock, who trains and owns the homebred with Barbara Richardson. "But I'd rather have some good luck for a change." Spring Roll rebounded from a near-disastrous outing when he had something other than racing on his mind. "He had the 9 hole last time and tried to duck out the draw gate," explained winning driver Aaron Merriman. "He made a break, but when he came back trotting, he was phenomenal. So I actually was very confident today. He was loaded, and he was well in hand." On Saturday, he found late racing room between horses and scored in 1:57.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Matter Of Focus. Libero Hanover earned show. Chris Beaver trains the son of Cantab Hall-Won Ton Hanover and owns with Robert McNerney, Bill Manes and Leo Fleming. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $164,002 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $1,501.28 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Headed by the undefeated Sister Sledge, the $181,105 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies will be held in three divisions during the twilight card on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There will also be five $20,000 Stallion Series divisions throughout the card. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors filly Sister Sledge may be named after the musical group who had a hit with the song "We Are Family," but Sister Sledge has been distancing herself from her competition "family," winning her four races by a cumulative 13¼ lengths. A two-time Sire Stakes winner, the faster of which came in 1:55.1 for the quickest time yet posted in her PaSS division, she is also the fastest freshman trotter of either sex on a 5/8-mile track with her 1:53.4 win in a Pennsylvania All-Stars win here at Pocono. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Sister Sledge will begin from post three in the tenth race second division for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Her two main competitors have drawn the two outermost posts in this field of seven: the Muscle Hill - Kadealia miss Sorella, a Sire Stakes and Arden Downs winner who starts from post six for trainer Staffan Lind and driver Tim Tetrick; and the Muscle Hill - Armbro Deja Vu filly Hello Tomorrow, coming off a 2-3 summary in the Doherty Memorial, beginning just to her right for trainer Per Engblom and driver David Miller. The eleventh race third division brings together three babies who have already won in the Sire Stakes: the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel distaff Queen Of The Hill, a double Sires winner starting from post five for trainer Per Engblom and driver Yannick Gingras; the Father Patrick - Demoiselle Hanover filly Sherry Lyns Lady, second in the Doherty final, beginning from post three for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick; and the Muscle Hill - Anonyme Hanover miss Aldabra Hanover, an 11-1 upsetter in her Sires win, who will start between these two rivals for trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy. Sans Defaut is the only previous Sire Stakes winner in the third race first division, and the daughter of Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy, also a PA All-Stars winner here, is sure to have many backers as she begins from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. Four of the five Stallion Series divisions contains a winner from the second StS preliminary leg: Perth Angie De Vie (race 4), Burberry (race 6), Heart N Soul Deo (race 7), and Rebecca Clark (race 9). The seventh race division also contains first round StS winner Path Of Totality. The fastest of the StS winners, Dune Hill (1:56.2), is also on the Monday Pocono card - but she is upgrading to Sire Stakes competition. The Monday twilight card at Pocono is set to begin at 4 p.m. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2019 -- The last time we heard anything of Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri, he was clinging to life after being whacked in the bloody turf war between his Sopranos gang of New Jersey and their New York rivals. That was in 2007. Yet Paulie Walnuts will race at The Meadows in Saturday's Florida Pro, a $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Of course, it won't be Tony Sirico, the actor who portrayed Paulie Walnuts in the long-running HBO series The Sopranos. Rather, it's his harness racing equine namesake, a promising youngster who's seeking his first stakes win for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Bill Mullin. The Florida Pro goes as races 1, 2 and 10, with Paulie Walnuts and Mike Wilder leaving from post 3 in race 2. First post is 1:05 PM. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover) was bred by Steve Jones of Cameo Hills Farm. Jones, who likes to have fun with foal names, is a Sopranos devotee. "I watched that show religiously from start to finish, and Paulie Walnuts is my favorite character," Jones says. "He has so many quirks -- his mannerisms, his rings, the way he holds his hands, the way he tilts his head. He's certainly a favorite of mine. I wanted to use his name somewhere along the way." It wasn't the first time Jones dipped into Sopranos lore for a foal name. In 2001, he named a baby Mr Bada Bing after the topless joint that Tony Soprano's gang operated. "He was a full brother to Deweycheatumnhowe, but he wasn't as successful," Jones recalls. Mullin, meanwhile, is a fan of the Paulie Walnuts character as well. "I didn't miss too many episodes," he says. "What I remember about Paulie Walnuts is that skunk hair-do." Mullin picked up Paulie Walnuts when Taylor shifted him from the Gareth Dowse stable and made only a few rigging changes, including a switch to aluminum shoes behind. Has Mullin seen anything of the casual violence of Paulie Walnuts in his equine namesake? "Not at all," Mullin says. "He's a gentleman, a pro. He picks up on everything you want him to. In his first couple starts, he showed that he has speed, and I think he wants to be a racehorse. "He's not staked to much this year, but if he performs well in the four or five shots he has remaining, he'll have more next year." Can he win Saturday? You bet, or as Paulie Walnuts might say, "Fuhgeddaboutit." Saturday's program also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a $1,319.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. Paulie "fuhgeddaboutit" Walnuts in Meadows PASS

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2019 -- Lyons Sentinel blasted through the soggy Lightning Lane to score for Tim Tetrick in 1:51, matching the stake record for the Meadow Cheer, a $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman harness racing filly pacers, Tuesday at The Meadows. Rocknificent worked hard to capture the other division, giving Tetrick a stake sweep. Trainer Jim King, Jr. received Lyons Sentinel in mid-July when owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound moved her from the stable of Gareth Dowse. King said he made only minor rigging changes for the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover. "She came to me a pretty good filly," King said. "She's kind of limber necked, so we added a pair of line poles, and we ended up putting a set of knee boots on her. I like her determination. On the front end, she'll be loose-lining. When a horse comes to her, she bucks right up. She's a fighter." In the Meadow Cheer, she yielded to the pocket once Baby Your The Best quarter-poled to the top. Though the track had been rendered "good" by intermittent rain, Lyons Sentinel had little trouble overpowering Baby Your The Best and downing her by 2 lengths. More Than Kute finished third. It was the second PASS win for Lyons Sentinel, who matched the stake record of Bettor's Up and vaulted over $100,000 in earnings. When she won a July 20 PASS split, Rocknificent was forced to close outside after a slowish 58.1 first half. On Tuesday, it was deja vu all over again; the half went in 58.1, with Rocknificent chasing outside. This time she was able to follow the live first-over cover of Beyond Ecstasy. "When I saw that half, I thought, 'here we go again,'" said Linda Toscano, who trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocklamation for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. "I saw her pace the last half in 54 the last time she was here. I think she can do it; I just don't want her to do it too often. "She looks the part, she has the pedigree and she acts like she likes doing what she's doing.' Rocknificent kicked by Beyond Ecstasy in the lane to defeat her by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, with Marloe Hanover third. Aaron Merriman collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the card features a $994.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2019 -- Trainer Ron Burke will send four harness racing freshman filly pacers into Tuesday's $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but the two most promising of the quartet, Sweet Ace and Shouldabeenatd -- are behind the 8 ball, so to speak, stuck with extreme outside post positions. Known as The Meadow Cheer, the stake goes as races 7 and 8, with first post at 1:05 PM. Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, picked up Sweet Ace for $20,000 at Lexington, an unexpected bargain for a daughter of Sweet Lou-One Ace Too Many. "I saw her in the field and knew I wanted to have her," Burke says. "She seems to have high speed, and she seems to do whatever you want her to do. She's working on being a very good horse." Sweet Ace has a PASS victory to her credit and missed another by a head. She rallied for an Arden Downs win in a swift 1:50.4; none of the fillies she'll face Tuesday has gone as fast. She'll leave from post 8 with Dexter Dunn. "Dexter has done a good job of not putting her in bad spots," Burke says. Shouldabeenatd has been nearly as fast as her stablemate, but she's presented Burke with something of a rigging challenge. "She's very, very fast but steers a little funny," Burke says. "We basically have all the equipment on her that you can have on a horse so that she'll steer a little better. She seems to be better if she's forwardly placed but not on the lead. I think she's a little better following, but you don't want to be too far behind because of her steering issues." The homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakeart Pass, who races for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, also has a PASS win to her credit. She'll go from post 8 with Yannick Gingras. Burke also will be represented by Primrose (race 7, post 2) and Dance Club (race 8, post 4). Matt Kakaley has the call on both. Monday's card at The Meadows, first post 1:05 PM, features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted three divisions of the $168,480 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Tony Alagna accounted for two divisions with Treacherous Reign (1:49.4) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50.2), while last year's divisional champion Warrawee Ubeaut posted her second Sire Stakes win while posting a 1:50 mile. First up was Treacherous Reign, who started her season with four straight wins, including the Fan Hanover final on June 15, but had not won in four starts after that victory. Here driver Dexter Dunn put the Captaintreacherous filly on the lead before the :27 quarter, posted midrace splits of :55.4 and 1:22.3, then guided her home in 27.1, two lengths clear of pocketsitting Beach Bar. The winner of $482,797 is conditioned by Alagna for Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. Warrawee Ubeaut also had a hot start to her 2019, with four victories in her first five starts including a Sire Stakes division in the first prelim, but like Treacherous Reign she came into Sunday having not won in four straight races. Yannick Gingras got the daughter of Sweet Lou away second behind Stonebridge Soul before the :26.2 quarter, then moved her to command before the :55 half. Warrawee Ubeaut got a breather to the 1:23.3 three-quarters , then needed to turn on the afterburners with Stonebridge Soul on her back, and "Ubeaut" responded with a 26.2 last quarter which kept the pocketsitter 1 1/2 lengths in arrears to the wire. The Ron Burke-trained winner of $917,174 looked sharp for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. Alagna got his second Sire Stakes win with another daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover, who had beaten both of the other PaSS winners in the Shady Daisy Pace at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. Here Tall Drink Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy pressed on to the lead passing the 27 quarter, got a short rest while reaching the half in :56.1, and then proceeded to throw a pair of 27.3 back quarters at her opponents, which put her 1½ lengths ahead on second-place Rockin Philly at the wire and 2½ lengths better than Philly Hanover, previously the only double Sire Stakes winner, in third. Tall Drink Hanover has now amassed $545,677 and has won three straight for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC, and she also took a new mark with the victory. Fastest of four winners in the $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series was the Sweet Lou filly Sweet Cherry, who left quickly from the outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick and set the pace, then stepped home in :55.1 to earn a new mark of 1:51.3, two lengths ahead of A Beach Cowgirl. Jim King Jr. trains the winner for Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. The Sweet Lou sophomore Alkippe posted her second Stallion Series win of the campaign when she shot up the Pocono Pike to post a 1:54.4 win, catching favored pacesetter Tee's Sweet Ryde by a half-length for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Linda Toscano, and Enviro Stables LTD. Andrew McCarthy joined Gingras as a winning driver in both the Sire Stakes and Stallion Series when JK Mardi Says also took her second StS win, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly coming off cover to reduce her mark to 1:51.4. JK Mardi Says was 2¾ lengths clear of What A Fox in triumphing for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. In the final Stallion Series section, Annie Hill looked like she was going to be the only three-time winner in the PA-sired competitions when she came up the inside from the pocket to grab the stretch lead, but Marcus Miller swung the Captaintreacherous filly Michelon's Filly wide for the drive, and that one closed furiously to get past Annie Hill by a half-length. Michelon's Filly, who won for the first time this season, also reduced her mark by winning in 1:51.4 for trainer Erv Miller and owner/namesake Ronald Michelon, partner with Michael Anderson. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2019 -- Adriano Hanover stretched his career unbeaten streak to four with a hard-earned victory in Saturday's $180,082 Tyler B, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed to win the other divisions with Cattlewash and Caliber. Adriano Hanover and Tim Tetrick made a delayed bid for the lead, reaching the point at the quarter in 27.2. When Tetrick gave him a 29.1 second-panel breather, the son of Western Ideal-A And G'sconfusion was able to thwart the first-over charge of Tell Them Lou and score in a career-fastest 1:52.2. Catch The Fire was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Hey Run Me Over third. "I was just seeing how things were playing out," Tetrick said. "I didn't want to get away sixth or seventh and have to move forward. That colt came pretty hard at him, but we weren't going really fast. I kind of had my colt asleep, but he woke right up. It was the first time I've pulled the plugs on him, and he paced all the way to the wire." Jim King, Jr. trains Adriano Hanover, a $60,000 yearling acquisition who was named for prominent horseman Adriano Sorella. The colt now has won three stakes -- all at The Meadows -- for Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. When Cattlewash was caught late in an Adios Day Arden Downs split at The Meadows, Gingras speculated that he had waited for horses while on top. The youngster wasn't lonely up front in the Tyler B, as he grabbed the lead early and widened late to prevail in 1:52.1, matching his career best. All Hands On Deck was second at 61-1, beaten 2-1/2 lengths lengths, while Father Nuno completed the ticket. "I screamed at him a little just to get his attention after last week," Gingras said. "I made sure he was occupied today, and he really paced home good." William Donovan campaigns the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Speaking of career unbeaten streaks, Captain Groovy boasts one of his own, capturing his third straight in Saturday's subfeature. Cheerio Hill and Lake Charles won the other splits. Matt Kakaley and trainer Ray Schnittker combined for a stake double with Captain Groovy and Lake Charles. Hammered down to 1-9, Captain Groovy made it look easy, quarter-poling to the lead and drawing off to defeat Somebodyitreasure by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Dracarys Z earned show. Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor and Mary Kinsey Arnold own Captain Groovy, a son of Captaintreacherous-Lets Groove Tonite. Cheerio Hill also was much the best, overcoming post 8 with an effortless front-end score in 1:53 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Tom Hill, Northfork Racing Stable and Billy Joe Timmins. Paddy All Day was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Deal The Cards third. "He was a little bit green with the gate," Palone said of the son of Captaintreacherous-Western Silk. "Once he got out of there and made the lead, he was more than willing. When a horse challenged him, he picked me back up like you want them to at this age. He's got it figured out; he's got some fight to him." It was one of five wins for Palone on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, PA - Amigo Volo broke the harness racing world record for two-year-old trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track with a 1:54.4 victory, winning in one of four divisions of the $188,420 second preliminary round event in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes  at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday. Hall Of Famer driver David S. Miller, who won the last four races before taking off midcard for night stakes action, guided the altered son of Father Patrick - Margarita Momma to the lead near the :27.2 quarter, going past early leader EL Ideal, then put up middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26. EL Ideal moved out to challenge in the lane, but Amigo Volo had enough in reserve to stay a length clear of his rival for trainer Nifty Norman and owners David J. Miller and the Pinske Stables. The 1:54.4 clocking reduced by a click the previous record co-held by three horses, each of them getting their share of that record at a different Pennsylvania track: Correctamundo at The Meadows in 2009; Mississippi Storm at Harrah's in 2017; and White Tiger last year at Pocono. Miller and Norman teamed up for a second stakes success with the Muscle Hill colt Chestnut Hill in 1:56.2. Out of the $1.3M-winning mare Poof She's Gone and a $410,000 yearling investment for Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC, Chestnut Hill is beginning to show return on the big investment, following up a 1:56 win at The Meadowlands with this powerful victory, during which he rushed to the lead down the backstretch and drew off to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Chestnut Hill joins his stablemate Amigo Volo in sporting a 2 for 3 lifetime record. Muscle Hill picked up a second siring credit when Swiss House On Fire, another expensive yearling ($335,000, out of the mare Brooklyn and with two full brothers going 1:53.1 or better at two), came out of the pocket to get the stretch lead for trainer/driver Ã…ke Svanstedt and then held off Ontopofthehill by a length in 1:57.4, his maiden victory. The S R F Stable is the owner of the developing baby. The Explosive Matter - Fifty Shades colt Can't Say No controlled the throttle after an early move by driver Tim Tetrick, holding off King Alphonso by a length in a 1:56 victory in the other PaSS cut. Can't Say No now has won three of four, including a Pennsylvania All-Stars division, in his brief career for trainer Ray Schnittker, also co-owner with Steven Arnold, Arden Homestead Stable, and Fred Hertrich III. This group meets up again at The Meadows next Saturday and Pocono the Sunday after that before the top colts, along with their fellow freshman stars, return to Harrah's for the 2YO Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Day on Sunday, September 8. George Napolitano Jr. won three of the card's last four races to tie David Miller with four driving victories on the day. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The cream of this year's three-year-old pacing filly crop, including the first six finishers in the Shady Daisy Pace on Hambletonian Day, will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday to battle in three divisions of the $168,480 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. There will also be four $20,000 divisions of the group's Stallion Series action. In the sixth race first Sire Stakes division, the Captaintreacherous filly Treacherous Reign will look to rebound off a trio of off-the-board performances as she starts from post six for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Dexter Dunn. Earlier this year, Treacherous Reign won the Fan Hanover final and a division of Pennsylvania All-Stars competition. Also in this division is Sylph Hanover (post four, trainer Ron Burke, driver Matt Kakaley), the 2018 divisional Sire Stakes champion who also was a winner in this year's second prelim of the PaSS. In the eighth race second division, the Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut, the 2018 divisional North American champion, goes from post three for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. After starting this year with four wins (including a 1:49.2 first prelim Sire Stakes win) and a second, Warrawee Ubeaut has finished second once and third three times in her last four starts, but she has not had great racing luck as of late and has been in the middle of the action in all of those races. Also in tis division are Trillions Hanover (post four, trainer Tom Fanning, driver David Miller), who missed just a neck in finishing second in the Shady Daisy; Stonebridge Soul (post two, trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tim Tetrick), whose fourth in the Shady Daisy snapped a three-race winning streak which included the Lynch Final here and the Mistletoe Shalee; and Odds On St Lucie (post one, trainer Tony Alagna, driver Corey Callahan), a Sire Stakes winner in the second prelim. In the tenth race third PaSS division, there will be a showdown between the Captaintreacherous miss Tall Drink Hanover (post six, trainer Tony Alagna, driver Andrew McCarthy), the Shady Daisy winner and an Adioo Volo divisional winner in her last two outings, and Philly Hanover (post three, trainer Ron Coyne Jr., driver Brian Sears), the only double winner in the Sire Stakes prelims so far this season. The Captaintreacherous filly Annie Hill has been the only double winner in the Stallion Series in this group, and she will have to show her mettle if she is to make it three straight from the outside post seven for trainer Chris Oakes and driver Tim Tetrick in her StS division. Also in to go are three Stallion Series winners this season: Alkippe, JK Mardi Says, and Blue Ivy. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2019 -- When Hanover Shoe Farms bred Western Ideal to A And G'sconfusion, it named the ensuing foal Adriano Hanover to honor Adriano Sorella. And why not? Sorella is one of harness racing's most prominent owners with such stars as millionaire pacer Jimmy Freight in his portfolio. Yet when Adriano Hanover walked through the sales ring at Harrisburg, Sorella passed up the opportunity to purchase him. Instead, that honor went to trainer Jim King, Jr. representing owners Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo, who gave $60,000 for the youngster. Now, Sorella must watch from the sidelines as his namesake tries to extend his career unbeaten streak to four in Saturday's Tyler B, a $182,052 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. Adriano Hanover competes in race 8, first of three Tyler B divisions, leaving from post 6 for regular pilot Tim Tetrick. First post is 1:05 PM. Here's how Adriano (the horse) slipped by Adriano (the horseman). By the time the Harrisburg sale rolled around, Sorella already had purchased just about all the yearlings he wanted to buy. "They told me they named him for me," recalls Sorella, who is based in Guelph, Ontario. "I looked him over and even took a picture with him. But I was planning to buy only two Ontario-breds at Harrisburg. I wanted to get something ready for Andrew Harris to prepare and Richard Moreau to train, so I bought two for $100,000 each. Right now, Adriano is better than the ones I bought." Indeed, he's marched through PASS and Arden Downs splits, both at The Meadows, and Jim King indicates his colt has improved with experience. "He has kind of a bouncy gait, so we've been working on that," King says. "I think he's one of the better ones. He's eligible mostly in Pennsylvania this year, but he has a lot next year." The saga took an ironic twist when, in that PASS event, Adriano Hanover faced a colt named Aethon, who's co-owned by none other than Sorella. Did that set up something of a conflict for Sorella? Root for the horse you own? Root for your namesake? "I gotta cheer for the horse that I pay the bills on," Sorella says. "But if I could ever get a piece of the horse that's named for me . . ." King responded in a similar light-hearted vein: "If he says he'd trade me straight up for Jimmy Freight, I'm not up for it." At least we think they were joking. Saturday's card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. On the wagering front, the program offers a carryover of $4,545.21 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a $190.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                            

WILKES-BARRE, PA - It required a photo to decide all three harness racing divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second preliminary round Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the closest finish was in the third section, as JK First Lady rebuffed Sweet Ace by a head in 1:54.1. The Western Ideal filly JK First Lady came into the race with obvious credentials - her dam is 2014 Horse of the Year JK She'salady, and coming to the mountains she was 2-for-2 in Kindergarten Series races at The Meadowlands, including her last race when she came home in 1:22.2 to win in 1:51.3. That kind of quick back speed was again in evidence in the Sire Stakes, as early on Sweet Ace, whose 1:50.4 first round Sires win is still the fastest mile by a freshman under any circumstances this year, got to the lead in a pedestrian :28.4, with Yannick Gingras moving "First Lady" after that point to get the lead and reach the half in an even more pedestrian :58.4. The sprint started down the backstretch, with first-over Speak To Siri coming on and a :28 third quarter resulting, but after the 1:26.4 three-quarters there came an even more serious challenge in the stretch from Sweet Ace, who gradually angled clear and hit a very high gear. But JK First Lady still had a :27.2 kicker in her to complete the hard-fought victory for trainer Nancy Johansson and the 3 Brothers Stables (who also were the braintrust behind JK She'salady). The other two Sires divisions went in 1:52.3, and both saw the winner have a neck margin at the finish. First up was 11-1 upsetter Beyond Ecstasy, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Fashion Ecstasy, making her a full sister of Filibuster Hanover. Beyond Ecstasy showed the quick response of a seasoned veteran as she swung clear in early stretch after a third-in trip and flew the last 1/16 in a :27.3 quarter, catching favored pacesetter Baby Your the Best and lowering her record by three seconds for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Jim Campbell, and the ownership of Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable LLC. The other Sire Stakes cut saw the Captaintreacherous - Rocklamation filly Rocknificent swing out of the pocket at headstretch, get past pacesetter Shouldabeenatd (a first round Sire Stakes winner), then hold off Pocono Pike shooter Lyons Sentinel (also an earlier Sires winner) during back fractions of :55.2 - 27.1, with Shouldabeenatd third. Tim Tetrick drove the winner, who equaled her mark previously taken in a Kindergarten event, for trainer Linda Toscano and the ownership of Enviro Stables LTD, South Mountain Stables, and Little E LLC. The only repeat winner in the night's PA-sired action was the Stallion Series winner Aplomp Hanover, who won her fourth straight race, including an StS contest at The Meadows, with the 1:53.3 time both a lifetime quickest and the fastest Stallion Series section. David Miller brushed the Artspeak - A Pippin Hanover filly to the lead in front of the stands, then stepped her home in :27.3 to rebuff pocketsitter The Party's Rockin (also a Meadows StS winner) by a half length for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick, who are combining for an excellent year with baby pacing fillies. In addition to siring Sires winner Beyond Ecstasy, Somebeachsomewhere earned three siring credits in the Stallion Series competition. The first one was the longest price of all the night's stakes races, $29.80, and the one winning by the biggest margin, two lengths -- Coral Reef Hanover, a daughter of Clef Sign Hanover. The filly made a big sweeping move from sixth mid-backstretch to the lead on the final turn, then stayed clear in taking a new mark of 1:55.3 for driver Mike Wilder and trainer/father-in-law Dan Altmeyer, the latter co-owner with Richard Kelson, Lone Wolf Stable, and the Walter Gesek Stable. The other two Somebeachsomewhere winners were Alexis's Beach (out of Marinade Hanover), who is now perfect in two purse starts after an engine triumph in a new mark of 1:53.4, ¾ of a length ahead of previous StS winner Shotgun Persuasion, for driver David Miller, trainer Brett Pelling, and owner Melvin Segal; and Keystone Eureka (out of Sir Erika Z Tam), who rallied wide on the final turn to nose out PA fair star Dream Dancing, who had been hung the mile, by a nose for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Ryan Miller, and the Miller Racing Stable Inc. while breaking her maiden in 1:54.1. The other Stallion Series winner was the Captaintreacherous - Allamerican Coed miss Arden Hanover, who also broke her maiden here, rallying in the Pocono Pike to catch BFF Hanover by a neck in 1:54.4 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder, the latter co-owner with Joseph Jannuzzelli. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania-sired stakes competition for two-year-old pacing fillies, with three divisions of a Sire Stakes event worth $184,240, and five divisions of Stallion Series action worth $20,000 each. In the tenth race Sire Stakes division, Sweet Ace, the fastest two-year-old of 2019 regardless of gender or size of track, will start from post six for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Jason Melillo. At The Meadows last Saturday afternoon on the big Adios card, the daughter of Sweet Lou - One Ace Too Many laid off of spirited fractions, then came on in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:50.4 in an Arden Downs division, her second straight victory after triumphing in the first round of the Sire Stakes. And showing how tough competition in Pennsylvania is, Sweet Ace is not even the morning line favorite in her race. That honor was given to JK First Lady, a daughter of Western Ideal out of 2014 Horse of the Year JK She'salady, who also was trained by "First Lady"'s trainer Nancy Johansson. Starting from the rail for driver Yannick Gingras, Johansson and 3 Brothers Stables, JK First Lady comes off two straight victories in the Kindergarten Series at the Meadowlands, the latter in 1:51.3 - :26.2. The other two first round Sire Stakes winners start side-by-side in the fifth race PaSS division. Shouldabeenatd (Sweet Lou - Breakheart Pass), who set most of the pace in the Sweet Ace race and had taken her Sire Stakes start in 1:52.2, begins from post two for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke, while post three finds Lyons Sentinel (Captaintreacherous - Tulu Hanover) going for driver David Miller and trainer Jim King Jr. after a Sires triumph in 1:53. The Stallion Series action sees all four first round winners returning for the Pocono contest. Two of them will meet each other in the ninth race StS section: Aplomp Hanover (post one, driver David Miller), who followed up her Stallion Series win with a triumph in an Arden Downs division, and The Party's Rockin (post six, driver Tyler Buter), who scored a 14-1 upset in the first round. The other winners both begin from post position five for trainer Jim King Jr.: Lyons Sweetjen in race four and Shotgun Persuasion in race eight. First of the fourteen races set for Pocono on Sunday evening is scheduled for 7 p.m. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

BEDFORD PA -- Horsemen are advised that the two-year-old Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes harness racing scheduled for today at the Bedford (PA) Fairgrounds has been cancelled, as the track is not raceable. A decision on tomorrow's three-year-old racing, with a scheduled post of 10:30 a.m., will be made as soon as an informed decision can be reached.     Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership  

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