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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  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Lyons Sentinel battled the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Rocknificent, through a protracted duel and edged her by a nose in Saturday's $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace taking the other splits. Rocknificent is a Captaintreacherous daughter out of Rocklamation, a Dan Patch Award winner as an older mare. On the strength of that impeccable pedigree and a win in her career debut, Rocknificent was bet down to 1-5. When she set sail after Lyons Sentinel from fourth, it looked as if she had the leader dead to rights. But Lyons Sentinel dug in for Brian Sears and downed Rocknificent by a nose, breaking her maiden in 1:53., with Lainie Hanover third. "She was real green on the front, didn't want to go much, got real relaxed," Sears said. "But when I asked her, she responded." Jim King, Jr. trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tulu Hanover for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Parked the opening quarter in 27.2 before yielding to the pocket, Shouldabeenatd had plenty in the tank late, defeating Speak To Siri by a head for Yannick Gingras in a stake-fastest 1:52.2. Dance Club earned show. "I was just taking my time getting there that first quarter," Gingras said. "I wanted to cut it, but I took the two hole, and it worked out." Ron Burke conditions the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Also part of the Adios eliminations card was an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers, with the splits going to The Party's Rockin, Shotgun Persuasion, Aplomp Hanover and Lyons Sweetjen. Tim Tetrick piloted a pair of those winners -- Shotgun Persuasion and Lyons Sweetjen -- for King, giving the trainer three stakes victories on the day. The Party's Rockin trailed by 6-1/2 lengths at the half and was well wide in the stretch. But she roared home for Tyler Buter in 1:53.1, matching he stake record of Cult Icon. Mark Harder trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo for Matthew Dugan. The Party’s Rockin "I had a lot of horse coming off the last turn, and I was pretty confident," Buter said. "I knew as soon as she hit the straightaway she'd switch gears and give me a little more." Shotgun Persuasion saved ground for most of the mile and found late racing room to prevail in 1:55.2. Speaking Of Coffee finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while MBT completed the ticket. "She's not very big, but she likes her work," Tetrick said. "She's really smart, and she doesn't need that kind of trip. That's just the way it worked out." Jo Ann Looney-King campaigns the daughter of Western Ideal-Merculese. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $4,390.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-Five. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 — While most of the attention Saturday at The Meadows will be focused on three eliminations for the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, the harness racing card also features regally bred freshman filly pacers. They'll battle in the Sand Tart, a $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, which goes as races 6, 9 and 11. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Among the youngsters with scintillating pedigrees: ·      Rodeo Beach (race 6, post 9, Tyler Buter), a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show who’s a full sister to Huntsville, the Dan Patch Award winner at 2 and still The Meadows track record holder (1:50) for freshmen. Rodeo Beach won her debut in a Landmark stake at Goshen before an off-the-board finish in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono. Oddly enough, another full brother, Branquinho, will perform one race later in the first Adios elim. Ray Schnittker has bred (or co-bred) and owned (or co-owned) all the siblings. ·      Beyond Ecstasy (race 11, post 3, Brian Sears), a full sister to 2117 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, who has banked more than $1.5 million. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy captured her career debut at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She races for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. ·      Baby Your The Best (race 11, post 7, David Miller), a $225,000 yearling purchase by Richard Young and Joanne Young. Recent Hall of Fame inductee Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Dolphins Can Talk, who’ll be making her career bow. ·      Rocknificent (race 9, post 1, Tim Tetrick). This daughter of Captaintreacherous is the first foal of Rocklamation, who earned more than $2.27 million and was co-winner (with Androvette) of the 2014 Dan Patch Award for older mare pacers. She won her career opener in a Kindergarten split at the Meadowlands. Toscano trains for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. ·      Shouldabeenatd (race 6, post 7, Yannick Gingras), a homebred Sweet Lou daughter of $603,382 earner Breakheart Pass. A winner of a July 13 PA All-Stars division, she goes for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The $25,000 Adios eliminations are scheduled as races 7, 8, and 10, with the top three finishers in each elim returning for the final. As part of the program, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is conducting a giveaway; the first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2019 -- Father Nuno, a full brother to two-time harness racing Pacer of The Year and top stallion Captaintreacherous, began to pay dividends on his hefty yearling price Saturday at The Meadows when he captured his career debut in a $183,242 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over three divisions, with Adriano Hanover and Cattlewash also taking splits. Captaintreacherous (Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure) earned $3.14 million on the track and has emerged as one of harness racing's most fashionable young stallions. With those credentials, owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere had to give $360,000 to purchase Father Nuno, whom they renamed after their family's priest. The youngster looked the part Saturday as he followed cover for David Miller and outkicked the well-meant Rockin The Blaze to defeat him by a head in 1:52.4. Lou's Sweetrevenge earned show. ""He's showed all along that he's got that engine in there," Miller said. "I love where he's at right now. He's got that mental attitude like, he goes, but he's not busting his ass doing it. It's still in there. What kind of upside does he have? All the way to the top.' The Albatross was rich with regally bred youngsters, and Adriano Hanover is no slouch in that department. The Western Ideal colt, owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III, is out of A And G's Confusion, a world champion and Dan Patch Award winner who banked more than $1.47 million. He got a seat from post 9 for Tim Tetrick and overwhelmed the leader, Caliber, in the lane to gain his second straight triumph, this one in 1:53. Catch The Fire rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Caliber saved show. "He didn't surprise me," said winning trainer Jim King, Jr. of his $60,000 yearling acquisition. "Once he put his nose on the gate and took a couple steps, I thought, he has more than a chance today. He's a kind horse to be around, and he always tries to do what you ask of him. As of today, his yearling price was a bargain, but he still owes us a lot of money." Adriano Hanover Cattlewash, with Matt Kakaley, earned stake honors with his 1:52.1 victory which may have been facilitated by his stablemate, The Greek Freak, who backed the half down to 57 but couldn't maintain a steady gait and lost ground while trying to straighten. Territory was second, beaten 5-1/4 lengths, while Moneyman Hill completed the ticket. "Cattlewash is more professional than the other horse (The Greek Freak) right now. Maybe the other horse is faster, but he was a little bit fractious today," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "Cattlewash doesn't seem to get tired easily, so I do think he could be a top colt. He's bred to be a top colt." William Donovan owns the winner, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. Burke collected five wins and Mike Wilder four on the 14-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- $2,190.59 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $1,082.60 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 1, 2019 — Forty-two of the sport’s best-bred, most promising harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters — many making their pari-mutuel debuts — will get their first major test in Tuesday’s $190,900 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Father Patrick is the best-represented stallion in the stake with 10 fillies — his sire, Cantab Hall, contributes another six — with trainer Jim Campbell leading the parade with three Father Patrick youngsters: Sherry Lyns Lady, Madame Sherry, Impressive Fashion. The stake, known as the Meadow Gladys, will be contested over five divisions, which go as races 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8. First post is 1:05 PM. Campbell’s young ladies will be trying to emulate their dad, who was so precocious at 2 that he won the divisional Dan Patch Award in 2013. He followed that up at 3 by capturing the PASS championship at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Campbell is thrilled with his Father Patricks so far. “All three of them have come along exactly the way we wanted them to,” he says. “They’ve all been naturals from the word go. They’re nice, smart, good mannered. There’s nothing not to like about them.” Here’s Campbell’s assessment of his three fillies. ·      Sherry Lyns Lady (race 1, post 1, Tim Tetrick, a $220,000 yearling purchase), a rapidly closing second in 1:57.3 in her first career outing at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  “When Tim got off her after her first race, he said she really likes to race, has a great attitude and gets over the ground nice. With a 2-year-old, the rail is not as good as some people think, but I don’t get too worked up about post positions. It is what it is.” ·      Madame Sherry (race 2, post 2, David Miller, a $100,000 yearling acquisition), making her first purse start after two qualifiers. “She’s smart and perfectly mannered. You can do whatever you want with her. Her professionalism is superb.” Coyote Wynd Farms campaigns Sherry Lyns Lady and Madame Sherry. ·      Impressive Fashion (race 4, post 1, Miller, a $160,000 yearling purchase for Fashion Farms), who won her career bow in 1:58 at Pocono. “She’s big and strong but light on her feet. She has a tough attitude. She likes to go after horses.” Monday’s card at The Meadows, which also begins at 1:05 PM, features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                 P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347   724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 • msoa@themsoa.com                                                                

WASHINGTON, PA, June 8, 2019 -- Philly Hanover barreled to the lead at the quarter and didn't stop pouring it on until she set a harness racing track record 1:49.2 in Saturday's $168,074 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Sylph Hanover and Odds On St Lucie taking the other splits. Dexter Dunn enjoyed a PASS double behind Philly Hanover and Odds On St. Lucie. Ron Coyne, Jr., who trains Philly Hanover for Ron Coyne Stables and Blair Corbell, praised Philly Hanover's versatility in a pre-race interview, but what he saw Saturday from the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Paris Hanover was a combination of speed and power that may vault her to the ranks of divisional leaders. "That's her biggest, strongest effort to date," Coyne said. "She settled there a little bit and waited for the dust to clear and was obviously pretty strong. She had a good week, so I'm glad it showed up." Abigail Dawn was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Sweet Heaven third. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:49.4 established by Darlinonthebeach in 2016, and it also is the fastest this year by a sophomore filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. It was the second win in as many PASS starts this year for Philly Hanover, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings and will be pointed to the Lynch. Pennsylvania's juvenile champion, Sylph Hanover got off to a rocky start this year with three straight losses, a performance that persuaded trainer Ron Burke that she wasn't ready for Saturday's lucrative Fan Hanover at Woodbine Mohawk. "That was impressive," Burke said. "She's turned things around. Maybe we should have gone to the Fan Hanover, but this gets us points for the PASS final and preps her good for the Lynch." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan appeared to turn a corner in the PASS, as she quarter-poled to the point for Matt Kakaley and overwhelmed the field, defeating Rockin Philly by 3 lengths in a career-best 1:50.4. Afraid Not Hanover completed the ticket. Sylph Hanover extended her career bankroll to $371,234 for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli. Palone, Oakes, 'Captain' Sweep Stallion Series Splits Saturday's card also featured a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly pacers. The stake turned out to be a showcase for Dave Palone and trainer Chris Oakes, who swept the three divisions with Annie Hill, Blue Ivy and Demi Hill -- all daughters of Captaintreacherous. Blue Ivy got the trio off on the right foot with a stake-record 1:51 victory, lowering the 1:51.3 mark Brazuca set in 2017. That new mark lasted about 15 minutes, as Annie Hill sprang to the lead from post 2 and held off the late challenge of A Beach Cowgirl to down her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.3. What A Fox was third. "I kept her to her task," Palone said. "She's a lazy filly, but every time I asked on her, she was willing." Tom Hill campaigns Annie Hill, who now boasts $120,507 in career earnings. Palone finished with four wins on the 14-race program. Annie Hill Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $687.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WILKES-BARRE PA - None of the first preliminary winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts was able to repeat in the PASS second prelims, conducted over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, during a big harness racing card which also featured Pennsylvania Stallion Series and Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) competition. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES Explosive Breakaway, a full brother to Phaetosive, pushed favored Osterc to a :28 quarter then yielded for the pocket, and thus put himself in position to capitalize when Osterc made a break late on the far turn, going on to victory in 1:54.2. Summit In Sight, who had come uncovered from far back to challenge Osterc, got a brief lead when that rival broke, but the victorious Explosive Matter gelding had clear sailing up the inside and gained into the :56.2 back half to win by 2¾ lengths over Summit In Sight. Tom Jackson guided the winner for trainer Fred Grant, who shares ownership in the improving sophomore with Janice Rubin, Steve Katz, and Murray Brown. The fastest Sire Stakes winner on Sunday had the distinction of breaking his maiden with the victory, as the Muscle Hill colt Marseille parked the favored Gerry early, yielded to sit the pocket, then outtrotted him home by a half-length in a 1:53.3 mile, with his own last quarter :27.4 in the slop. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt had Marseille ready at first asking for Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Order By Stable, and Howard Taylor. Marseille - Curtis Salonick Photo White Tiger, a Muscle Massive gelding who was just a head off in second in his PaSS Championship last year and who tied the world record for his division at 1:55 here last season, won the third division of the Sire Stakes in 1:55.3 to remain undefeated in two seasonal starts. The Muscle Massive gelding quarter-moved and got a slow half of :58.4, then increased the tempo and withstood the late charge of pylonhugging Macmorris Hanover by ¾ of a length. David Miller drove the Andrew Harris trainee to his fifth lifetime win for Thestable White Tiger Group. PENNSYLVANIA STALLION SERIES Most impressive of the Stallion Series winners was last year's StS Champion, Kate's Massive, who has two StS victories this year and is perfect in three 2019 outings after a 1:54.4 triumph. Dave Palone, the world's all-time winningest driver, was lured from western Pennsylvania just to drive this colt for trainer Kelly Paver, and the journey to Pocono proved worthwhile, as the Muscle Massive colt quarter-moved to control the throttle, then came home in 28.3 under mild encouragement to win by a half length for owner Harry Horowitz. Lapped By Lindy joined Kate's Massive as a double Stallion Series winner, making the lead past the quarter and then being just able to withstand a big late charge by Night Hall by a nose while lowering his speed record to 1:55. Andy Miller drove the Muscle Hill gelding for trainer/wife Julie and the partnership of Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Andy Miller Stable Inc., and George Green. The Cantab Hall gelding Nextroundsonme was given a well-judged steer by Marcus Miller, then came on after a fast pace to catch favored Sheer Muscle while taking a new mark of 1:55 in another Stallion Series division. Jenny Melander trains the sophomore for Belmar Racing&Breeding LLC. Trainer Andrew Harris, who won a Sire Stakes section with White Tiger, added a Stallion Series victory when 19-1 shot Blue And Bold came off of cover to track down Mass Fortune K by three parts of a length in 1:56.1 for the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr. After opening the year with two victories in his first three starts and then dropping three straight, Blue And Bold showed he may again be on the upside for A Harris Racing LLC and April Campbell. The Andover Hall colt Finally Found Away opened the card with a victory in his seasonal bow, lowering his mark three seconds to 1:57. Pacesetter Lazzaro made a break at headstretch, with left the door open for pocketsitting Finally Found Away, and the sophomore took advantage of the luck to win by 1½ lengths for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Bob Stewart, and Bluestone Farms LLC. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES In the $30,000 GNOS mares pace, Tequila Monday rebounded from a defeat at Philly after opening the year with six straight victories, winning in 1:50.2. The American Ideal mare was sent to the front by driver Tyler Buter and put up fractions of :26.2, :55.1, and 1:23, then, with the outer tiers stalling, found her only stretch challenge coming from pocketsitter Apple Bottom Jeans, and the winner of $853,462 withstood that one's charge by ¾ of a length. Hunter Oakes trains Tequila Monday, the leader so far in her division's GNOS pointstandings, for Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. In the $30,000 open trot, Crystal Fashion, the Beal Trot Championship winner here last year and the PA Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year, had an easy time of it, defeating Muscle Diamond by 2¼ lengths in 1:53. Tim Tetrick guided the Cantab Hall gelding to the lead in front of the grandstand, and the winner of $1,277,509 powered home in :56 to notch his first win of the year after a closing fourth in his 2019 debut (a GNOS race) and a half-length defeat in a Graduate leg. Jim Campbell trains the rock-solid winner for Fashion Farms LLC. PHHA / Pocono

Washington, PA. - Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action kicked off today with three divisions for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings going to the gate. The Bill MacKenzie trained Southwind Ozzi started off the action with an impressive 1:50.4 win for driver Tim Tetrick, The Somebeachsomewhere colt made a long first over move and sprinted away with an impressive last quarter of :26 flat.  Brian Brown’s Proof was second with Prince of Tides grabbing the show spot. The win was a new lifetime mark for Southwind Ozzi who is 2 for 2 this year with lifetime earnings over $70,000. Tim Tetrick returned to the winner’s circle in the very next race with Brian Brown’s Workin Ona Mystery in 1:50.1 the fastest of the three divisions. The son of Captaintreacherous was making his 2019 debut and did not disappoint. Coming three wide off a blistering 26.4 third quarter, Workin Ona Mystery drew off to win by 2 ¼ lengths as the 4-5 favorite. Beaten only once as a two-year-old in 6 starts, Workin Ona Mystery is now 6 for 7 lifetime with $129,000 in earnings. Wild Wild Western was a game second after setting blistering fractions of 26.1, 55.1 for the half and three quarters in 1:22. Captain Malicious and Ray Schnittker finished third. The third and final Sire Stakes went to John Cancelliere’s Love Me Some Lou and David Miller in 1:50.4. With a strong first over move Love Me Some Lou word down the pacesetting favorite Captain Victorious who faded to third. Brassy Hanover and Tim Tetrick got up for second. Love Me Some Lou paid $7.20 for his backers. The son of Sweet Lou is 2 for 2 in 2019 and boosted his lifetime earnings to $190,495. In addition to the Sire Stakes, there were four divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year- old pacing colts. Welcomed into the winner’s circle were Under Paid and Captain Koine both for trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page, Branquinho for trainer Ray Schnittker and Tim Tetrick and Skip To My Lou for Robert Cleary and driver Eric Goodell. Pocono invader Rockeyed Optimist came up the inside to win the $20,000 Preferred Pace in 1:51 for trainer Jake Leamon and driver Brett Miller. The 8 year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding now has earnings in excess of $700,000. Racing resumes Monday May 6th with a 1:05 post time.  

CHESTER PA - The world's fastest two-year-old (1:48.3) and harness racing champion filly of 2018, Warrawee Ubeaut, was victorious in her 2019 bow in a division of the $166,480 first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. She had one anxious moment, but after she literally got around the problem, she went on to an in-hand score in 1:51.2, equaling the North American season's record. Driver Yannick Gingras, a four-time winner on the day, got the daughter of Sweet Lou away fourth from post seven in a field of eight, with Stonebridge Soul, Rockn Philly, and Trillions Hanover all fleeing the barrier well from inside her. Nearing the 3/16, Trillions Hanover suddenly made a break, but Gingras did well and got the champion filly around that one (she did get an "i"), and sat third as Stonebridge Soul got the field to the quarter in :27.2. Gingras put Warrawee Ubeaut in a higher gear soon after that point, making the lead before the second turn, and middle splits of :55.4 and 1:24 were rung up. In the stretch, Stonebridge Soul came to challenge, but her efforts proved gallant but futile, as "Ubeaut" rolled on in complete control, winning by 1¼ lengths. It was just the kind of start to a potentially-historic year that the connections would want for the winner of $688,615, who is trained by Ron Burke for the familiar teaming of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. Warrawee Ubeaut The Captaintreacherous filly Philly Hanover had the ability to overcome the grueling first-over journey, wearing down 2018 Sire Stakes champ Sylph Hanover by 2¼ lengths in 1:51.3, a new best clocking for her. Keeping the pocket closed early is what put Philly Hanover in raw territory, as Sylph Hanover made Sweet Heaven, who found no early holes, press on past a :27.1 opener to get the lead under the wire the first time, with Sylph Hanover regaining before the :55.2 half. Dunn had no choice but to give his favored filly a shot and went first-up, approaching the leader by the 1:23 three-quarters and going by on the far turn en route to victory. Philly Hanover remains undefeated in three seasonal starts for trainer Ron Coyne Jr.; Ron Coyne Stables Inc. shares ownership of the winner with Blair Corbeil. In one of the five $20,000 Stallion Series divisions, the Real Artist filly Abigail Dawn overcome being parked to the 3/8 for command in defeating pocketsitting Hydration by 2¾ lengths in 1:51.2, which not only was a new mark but also an equaling of the North American season's record for the group that Warrawee Ubeaut also tied. Dexter Dunn guided the speedy miss to her third win of an undefeated 2019 for trainer Chris Ryder and the Shore Thing Stables LLC. Alkippe worked her to make the lead, but then she was in control of her Stallion section, although a last-to-first uncovered bid by Sin City Lori kept the margin at ¾ of a length. The time of 1:52.2 was a new record for the Sweet Lou miss, sharp in her yearly bow for trainer Linda Toscano and the ownership of Enviro Stables LTD. Annie Hill rode good second-over cover for driver Tim Tetrick, then proved strong in the lane to record a 1:52.4 victory in her Stallion Series cut. Carousel, who came from the clouds, was 2¼ lengths behind the winner, a daughter of Captaintreacherous who won for the fifth time for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Tom Hill (who could watch his filly win via simulcast at 8:15 p.m. at England.) JK Mardi Says, in her first start of the season, followed the cover of Able Hanover, then wore down that rival late by a length to take a mark of 1:53 in her StS division. Andrew McCarthy drove the Somebeachsomewhere filly for trainer Nancy Johansson and the ownership of the 3 Brothers Stable. The Captaintreacherous filly Sea Princess was used three separate times in her stakes event, yet still was able to draw clear for drive Mike Cole in 1:54.1, which equals her mark. Sea Princess, now victorious in half her ten seasonal races, is trained by Joseph Columbo for George and Tina Dennis Racing and Brent Fannin. There will be a special live Saturday card tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day, at 12:40 p.m. The program will mark the opening action in the 2019 Great Northeast Open Series, with million-dollar winning Crystal Fashion making his seasonal debut in the $30,000 Open trot, and three-year-old champion Kissin In The Sand opening her four-year-old season in the $30,000 Mares Open pace. There will also be a carryover of $17,969.45 in the Jackpot Hi-5 pool offered in race five. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Harrisburg, PA - The State Horse Racing Commission's Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today reminded Standardbred harness racing owners that 2019 Sire Stakes payments for 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses are due by March 15. The first payments due for 2-year-old horses are $150 for the Pari-mutuel Division and $50 for the Fair Division. This payment must be made for the horse to qualify for future opportunities in the PA Sire Stakes. The final payment of $500 for the Pari-mutuel Division for 3-year-olds is also due by March 15. In the Fair Division, if no 2-year-old sustaining fees were made in the prior year, a $750 late sustaining payment may be made by March 15 of the horse's 3-year-old season, as well as a sustaining fee of $150, payable by May 15. The Sire Stakes Sustaining Payment forms are available at www.agriculture.pa.gov. Search "sire stakes." Individuals can also contact Ryan Kell at rkell@pa.gov or 717-214-9053 to obtain payment forms. Learn more about the State Horse Racing Commission's work to reinvest in Pennsylvania racing and continue to develop Pennsylvania's reputation as a superior place to breed, train, race and enjoy horses. From the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

CHESTER, PA -- $320,000 was on the line Monday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia as the track hosted eight $40,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships for two- and three-year-olds of the various classes. This is the tenth anniversary year of the Stallion Series, designed to give Pennsylvania-sired horses who were still developing or perhaps just below the top-line colts a chance to earn good money. The program began with two-year-olds in 2009; since the program did not exist when the three-year-olds of 2009 first had to pay in, their Stallion Series action began a year later. STALLION SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS -- TWO YEAR-OLDS TROTTING FILLIES - The Explosive Matter - Nan's Conway filly Navarone Hanover was reserved off a hot pace by driver Tim Tetrick, rallied three-wide on the far turn, then trotted off to an easy two-length victory in 1:57, giving her a new speed badge. This filly has been a model of consistency for trainer Bob Baggitt Jr. and owner Christine Baggitt, with four wins and two seconds in six starts. Southwind Storm, who won in all four of her prelims and would have been only the third StS entrants to complete a sweep of the prelims and Championship, got caught first-over in the fast pace and couldn't contend in the last quarter. TROTTING COLTS - 62-year-old Ray Paver, who we older writers still want to call "Jr." after seeing his dad race for so many years at Lebanon and Latonia, recorded his first local victory since August 18, 2010 (Kash's Cantab) as he ran the recent record of the Muscle Massive - Sister Kate colt Kate's Massive to five for six by winning in 1:55.4, a new record and only a tick off the stake mark of Two AM. Kate's Massive went up to challenge the fractious speedball Final Claim down the back , and when that foe made a break on the far turn, the way home was easy for Kate's Massive, 3 ¾ lengths clear for Paver, who is also the trainer, and owner Harry Horowitz. PACING FILLIES - The Somebeachsomewhere - Tulu Hanover filly Trillions Hanover was the fastest winner in the last preliminary round at 1:52.4, and today she lowered that personal best by a tick as she was a two-length winner. Brett Miller moved the victress, now 6-4-2-0 in her brief career, to the lead in front of the stands, and she came home in 55.2 - 27.1 while well in command. Tom Fanning conditions Trillions Hanover for Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stable LLC, and J L Benson Stables Inc. PACING COLTS - Captain Panko completed a Somebeachsomewhere sweep of the freshman pacing sections when he gamely held off Sweet Troy (twentieth in the pointstandings, but nonetheless the betting favorite) by a neck in 1:53.4. Starting from post eight, Captain Panko and Corey Callahan were wide early and on top at the ¼, but then had the chalk come at him at the 5/8 and gain a short advantage the rest of the backstretch and into the turn. But the Captain refused to give way and held gamely to the finish to win for trainer John Butenschoen and the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc. and William Wiswell. STALLION SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS -- THREE-YEAR-OLDS TROTTING FILLIES - The Stallion Series sophomore filly ranks would be the last to yield a pointleader going on to be a Championship winner, but the Donato Hanover miss Follow Streak stepped up to be the first to wear that mantle, as she left her field four lengths behind in 1:55.1. Perfect in three Stallion Series start to tie for the points lead entering the final, Follow Streak roared uncovered down the backstretch to the lead before the ¾ for driver Andy Miller, then won easily for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain. TROTTING COLTS - Two of the three Team Orange Crush coupled entrants who were sent off at 1-9 waged a strong battle through the stretch, and in the end the Cantab Hall gelding Max's Beast made the most of his pocket trip for Yannick Gingras, catching Im Your Captain, piloted by Andy Miller and parked a long way for the lead, by a head in 1:53.3, a lifetime best in a mile featuring a 56.2 back half. Max's Beast is on quite a form roll, with five wins and a pair of seconds in his last seven trips to the gate, for trainer Julie Miller, completing an Orange Crush sweep of the StS three-year-old trot events, and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Harvey Eisman. PACING FILLIES - In 2016 and 2017 only the 3PF division produced a pointleader who became a StS champion; this year's winner, Real Fine, also accomplished that double, joining her sophomore filly mate Follow Streak in the 2018 double achievement. Both driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke got their second Stallion Series championship of the afternoon (Burke would win both sophomore pacer), as Real Fine, forced to take the pocket early by a hard-leaving Zuluwarriorhanover, was able to outgun that filly up the inside, winning by ¾ of a length in a personal best of 1:52.1. Burke Racing Stable Inc., Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stables own the successful daughter of Bettor's Delight, now a winner in half of her fourteen 2018 starts, including three Stallion Series prelims. PACING COLTS - Go West Go Fast was hustled right to the top by driver Matt Kakaley, set the pace while withstanding a stiff first-over challenge from Bobby K Hill, then went on with fortitude to beat the drifting-out favored potential pocket rocket Terror Atthe Beach by a nose in 1:51.3. The triumphant son of Western Ideal now shows four wins in his last eight starts for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Frank Baldachino; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. FINISHING LINES -- Yannick Gingras was the only StS driving doubler; Ron Burke (both 3YO paces) and Julie Miller (both 3YO trots) had training doubles (Gingras winning once for each of them) ... Brett Miller and Tim Tetrick each had a win to raise their lifetime Stallion Series win total to seven, and both thus joining Dave Palone as the winningest drivers in the series ... Matt Kakaley was the only driver to win on all three cards of the Pennsylvania Labor Day Championship Weekend (2YO SS Championship on Saturday at The Meadows, 3YO SS Championships on Sunday at Pocono, and in the Stallion Series Championships here today) ... The Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes horses were in action this afternoon at Bloomsburg; their Championship card will be on Saturday, October 6 at The Meadows. by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured the fireworks a day before the Labor Day holiday, as over $1 million was up for grabs in the Championship events of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-olds. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS $252,000 for each Championships  -- 25th anniversary year of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (started in 1994) TROTTING FILLIES Phaetosive made her 1-20 backers wait until the stretch before beginning her high speed, but once in her favorite part of the track the daughter of Explosive Matter lived up to her sire's name, kicking home sharply for the decision in 1:52.3 - faster than the 1:52.4 previous PaSS final male standard of Father Patrick which would be tied earlier in the evening by Crystal Fashion (Check Me Out became the program's fastest-ever Championship trotting winner when she won in 1:51.3). Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer was content to keep his filly midpack as Live Laugh Love made the top just past the 27.1 quarter, then followed Seviyorum as that one moved uncovered just past the 56.1 half. Phaetosive stayed right behind her excellent cover to the lane, swung wide, and finished strongly to hold off a late-shaking-free Courtney Hanover by a length, with Lily Stride, who rallied up the inside in the stretch and may have had a nose in front midstretch, just photoed for the deuce. The pride of the Purple Haze Stables LLC continued adding to her impressive credentials - five wins in seven starts this year, good for $397,864, and 9-for-14 lifetime, with a total accumulation of $657,717. No doubt she'll be back up against Manchego, Atlanta, Plunge Blue Chip et al. soon. PACING FILLIES Kissin In The Sand had to take less air at Pocono than she did when she won the Lynch Championship here in June - she only got parked almost to the half here, instead of being out almost the whole mile, in making the PaSS Championship lead then keeping it to the wire to win her Sires final, equaling her Lynch clocking and her mark in 1:49.3. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere saw a great many foes leaving inside her from his PP7 starting spot, having cover past the 26.1 quarter to the 3/8 then asked to go on by driver Scott Zeron to get the lead shortly before the 54.1 half. Outside challenger Sidewalk Dancer began to melt back past the 1:21.3 quarter, and in the lane it turned out to be 31-1 shot Parisian Blue Chip, who tied for ninth in the points and got in by having slightly more SS money, then was parked to the 3/8 to gain command before yielding for the pocket, who rallied inside in the stretch, extending Kissin In The Sand, who dug down deep as usual and held on by a half-length. Kissin In The Sand is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stables, who saw their prize filly improve her statistics to 7-for-10 and $570,381 this year and 14-for-24 and $801,556 lifetime. For driver Zeron, the win gave him a PaSS championship in both the 2YO and 3YO ranks, as he TROTTING COLTS In Crystal Fashion's last seven victories, six of them have been by a length or less - and none of them was this second-over then wide grind in the Championship, catching pacesetter Whats The Word by a nose in 1:52.4. Whats The Word was sent by the top by Simon Allard and laid down fractions of 27, 56.2, and 1:24.2; Crystal Fashion was able to fashion a second-over trip for driver Tim Tetrick behind stablemate Patent Leather, but still was two lengths out near headstretch. But the gutty Cantab Hall gelding doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "end of the mile," and he gained foot-by-foot to just prove more photogenic on the money. Crystal Fashion, trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms LLC has eight wins and $652,182 this year, and a lifetime bankroll of $813,474. His 1:52.4 clocking equaled Father Patrick's PaSS final standard, and he became the first pointwinner to take a 3YO Championship since 2016, and the first in the 3TC ranks since Magic Tonight in 2012. PACING COLTS The favorites went 0-4 in the two-year-old ranks of the PaSS Championship the day before at The Meadows; Dorsoduro Hanover, who won his biggest race of the year, The Adios, at The Meadows, brought the chalk to 4-4 in the Pocono PaSS 3YO Championships - but it was by the barest of margins over a strong-finishing Hayden Hanover. Hayden Hanover was the first horse to get a call in the contest, but then yielded to Done Well nearing the 26.2 quarter; Done Well in turn ceded the lead to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dorsoduro Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley en route to the 54.2 half. This Is The Plan, a 49-1 shot, went first-over and just wouldn't go away, not by the 1:22 and not coming through the stretch. This posed traffic problems for Hayden Hanover, stuck third on the rail, but Andy Miller did a masterful job weaving first out to get clearance then just inside Dorsoduro to lower that one's margin with every late step, coming up short by a nose. Dorsoduro Hanover ran his 2018 bankroll to $687,362 with his seventh win of the year for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC; and the Winfield Five LLC. Dorsoduro joined Crystal Fashion as pointleaders who won their Championship; Matt Kakaley joined Scott Zeron as winners in the PaSS finales on both Saturday and Sunday, after taking the 2PF with Sylph Hanover (also for Burke) at The Meadows. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 1, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo and Prospect Hill rolled through their respective Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions and were looking to complete sweeps in Saturday's $253,000 championships at The Meadows. Instead of coronation, they got comeuppance, upset by Proof in the colt and gelding pacers division and Osterc in the colt and gelding trotting division. The Meadows hosted all four PASS $253,000 freshman championships, with the distaff titles going to Sylph Hanover and Windy Corner. The exciting card turned into a celebration of long shots, as the favorites went 0-8 in the championships and $50,000 consolations. De Los Cielos Deo had been the most impressive PASS performer, winning his preliminary legs by a combined 9 lengths en route to a five-race career unbeaten streak. When he powered past the 16-1 Proof at the quarter and held that lead turning for home, it appeared he would pad his streak. But Proof, a Diamond Creek Racing homebred son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred, is no slouch, finishing first or second in his first five starts. He kicked by De Los Cielos Deo for Scott Zeron and downed him by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:51, with Semi Tough third. "I didn't expect to get that good a trip from post 7," said winning trainer Brian Brown. "We were the only one who really left. It turned out perfect for us. That's why Scott is driving. I wasn't at all confident in the stretch. That's an awfully good horse you're trying to get around. My horse today was just better." Brown said Proof, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, likely would be pointed to the Metro Pace. Osterc entered the championship in fine form, with three straight PASS victories, but his chances appeared limited from post 9. Indeed, when Prospect Hill was stalking from the pocket into the final turn, it appeared only a matter of time before he gobbled up the leader. But the favorite made an unforced break, and Osterc and Yannick Gingras were able to hold off White Tiger by a head in 1:56.4 to claim the crown. Demon Onthe Hill completed the ticket. "I've felt him better than I did in the warm-up today. He got a little bumpy a few times, but his attitude is just phenomenal," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions the son of Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshoecomes, who now boasts a bankroll of $226,401. "That's why he keeps winning. These 2-year-olds -- they keep on surprising me all the time." Christina Takter and Goran Falk own Osterc, who was named for Thomaz Osterc, a member of Takter's staff who, Takter says, was treated for, and recovered from, a serious illness and is now back performing his duties. Takter said he hasn't decided on the colt's next race. In the other championships: $253,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers. Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign dominated the preliminaries; when they sat 1-2 at the three-quarters, it looked as if the titans would duel once again. But 13-1 Sylph Hanover sustained a long first-over bid for Matt Kakaley and edged the rallying Philly Hanover by a neck in 1:51.4. Warrawee Ubeaut saved show. "We changed her style a little bit to race from the back," said Ron Burke, who trains Sylph Hanover and Warrawee Beaut. "I think today that was the move because the front end's not holding, so you're racing against a variance on the lead. She came first in a long way two starts ago here and won, so she has it in her. The owners did a good job with her. They picked her out; we just bought into her." Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli campaign the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan, who's eligible for the She's A Great Lady and the Kentucky Standardbred and now has earned $207,072 $253,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters At 12-1, Windy Corner made her first-over move stand up, triumphing in 1:55.3 for Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Magical Beliefs closed well for second, beaten a neck, with Fate Smiled third. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll was winless in PASS preliminary legs, but Marcus Miller said she had shown him that she could compete at that level. "I wouldn't say I was surprised, although the way the race set up definitely surprised me," he said. "I always knew she had go, and she's been getting better all the time. Early on, we were real conservative with her, teaching her the right way to race. I think it set her up to be able to make that move down the backside today and carry it. The last sixteenth or so was anxious, but she was very game." Her bankroll now stands at $173,389. PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The consolations went to 9-5E Mass Fortune K (colt and gelding trot), 9-2 Art Lecture (filly pace), 28-1 Fade Into You (filly trot) and 5-1 Captain Malicious (colt and gelding pace) . . . Saturday's upset bug also bit Windsong Leo who was seeking his eighth straight win in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace but finished fourth after a rough trip from post 8. The victory in 1:50.3 went to Phoenix Warrior N for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Steven Moss. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo has been a freight train rolling through the Pennsylvania Sires Stake 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing division, sweeping all four preliminary legs en route to a perfect 5-5 record. So all he has to do is show up to claim Saturday's championship at The Meadows, right? Not so fast, my friend, says trainer Jim King, Jr., whose Crimson And Chrome will try to pull off the major upset. "I'm not asking them to write me a check before we get there, but he has a legitimate chance," King says. The Meadows will host all four PASS freshman championships, each carrying a purse of $253,000, as well as $50,000 consolations for each division. In all, nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs. First post is 1:05 PM Crimson And Chrome leaves from post 5 in race 10 and will have the services of Tim Tetrick, whose Tim Tetrick LLC owns the son of Sweet Lou-McSauna. De Los Cielos Deo goes from post 3 with Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The name De Los Cielos Deo is a Spanish-Latin mash-up that can be translated as "from the heavens of God." While that's not exactly his pedigree -- he's a son of Captain Treacherous-Lisjune -- he's looked divine indeed, winning his PASS splits by a combined 9 lengths and banking $113,257. The statistics for Crimson And Chrome aren't nearly as gaudy, though he has won three straight, including a pair of PASS splits. "He got off to a slow start, but he looks the part," King says. "Things have to go correctly for him; he has to be in position to do it. He won't overpower De Los Cielos Deo, but they don't want to be waiting for him because he's a late charger and he'll be a'comin'." Although Crimson And Chrome is eligible to the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Keystone Classic, he's not paid in to the rich late-season stakes, so the PASS championship represents his best remaining earnings opportunity. "We don't get carried away with our 2-year-old staking," King says. "We're looking for good 3-year-olds. He's showed enough that we'll plan a good schedule for him next year." The De Los Cielos Deo-Crimson And Chrome match-up is one of a number in the championships that pit offspring from the first crops of Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou. In fact, those two, along with the late Somebeachsomewhere and A Rocknroll Dance, produced all 18 finalists in Saturday's two championship paces. Ultimately, King says, that concentration could benefit other stallions that may attract buyers looking for bargains. ""We don't generally pay a lot for colts," he says. "We can't go in just looking for 'Captains' and 'Lous.' They'll be the sale-toppers, so we have to go looking for others." King won't have to look very far for at least two youngsters. Tetrick already has two full brothers to Crimson And Chrome on the ground. In addition to the championships, Saturday's card features a power-packed $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (race 11) in which Windsong Leo shoots for his eighth straight win. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding must overcome post 8 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Julie Miller endured some difficult moments with trotters Met's Hall and Prospect Hill during the winter and spring, but in the past two months the trainer's trepidation has turned to jubilation. Met's Hall, who struggled with health woes, heads to Saturday's C$169,183 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park off a win in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot and a second-place finish in the Hambletonian. Unraced prior to mid-July, the colt's $456,773 in purses rank 10th among all horses in North America despite tying for the second-fewest starts (six) of any horse in the top 50. "He was a bit of a challenge," Miller said. "We had to iron out some kinks on his road back. He's a little bit behind the curve, not starting as early as most of the others, but I couldn't be any happier with how he is racing. We just have to hope it continues. He's just fought through his issues and he loves to race." Prospect Hill, who battled maturity issues, heads to Saturday's $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadows with a five-race win streak since a third-place debut. He is the sport's fourth-richest 2-year-old male trotter, with $130,167, and tied for the fifth fastest, with a mark of 1:55. Coupled with stablemate Klutzy in the PaSS final, Prospect Hill is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "He's been a pleasant surprise," Miller said. "He always had talent and ability, but would kind of lose focus and act like a typical juvenile out there on the track. He's got a refined body and nice gait, but he wasn't always thinking about trotting; he was all boy out there. But he's blossomed into a nice horse and done well." Met's Hall, owned by Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable, came into 2018 with high expectations after winning five of 11 races last year and finishing second in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, but was plagued by soundness issues. Miller consulted with numerous veterinarians and revamped the colt's training program to get him back on track. "I'm very fortunate," Miller said. "I had three or four of the top vets in the country give me guidance. Andy and I kept talking about his training regimen. We put him in the (swimming) pool and changed up how we do things with a trotter. We had to try other things and it seemed to work." Met's Hall, with Andy Miller in the sulky, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's Simcoe Stakes, which is the final prep for the Canadian Trotting Classic (eliminations Sept. 8; final Sept. 15). The 11-horse field also includes You Know You Do (7-2), Lawmaker (9-2) and Alarm Detector (5-1). The race is part of a Woodbine Mohawk Park card that includes the Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot. For his career, Met's Hall has won seven of 17 races and earned $723,908. The son of Cantab Hall-Met's Inn finished second to Atlanta in the Hambletonian before winning in a career-best 1:52 in the Zweig, where he led gate-to-wire and fought off a challenge from Six Pack before holding off Manchego by a nose. "We really targeted the Hambletonian with him," Miller said. "To get second, we were very pleased. And to race in the Zweig and hold off Six Pack and Manchego that last quarter, I was really proud of him. I don't think he prefers to race on the front, but he can. I think he's more of a grinder. But it's however the race unfolds." Prospect Hill, a son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, was purchased for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. He finished third to Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em in his debut, but has since won five in a row -- a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars followed by four divisions of the sire stakes. His most recent victory was by a neck, but the rest were by at least one length. "He leaves the gate so effortlessly," Miller said. "Andy said he's really comfortable on the front. I'm just happy he doesn't seem to have to exert a lot so far to race at this level. "And when a horse has come at him, he's responded well. Twice he's done that. I'm glad that he's game and gutsy. Instead of throwing in the towel, he wanted to put his head back in front and win. You like to think you teach them that, but I think it's all on their own. They have to want it and he wants it." The Meadows hosts all four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-olds. On Sunday, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosts the four PaSS finals for 3-year-olds. Morning-line favorites at Pocono are Phaetosive in the female trot, Kissin In The Sand in the female pace, Crystal Fashion in the male trot, and Dorsoduro Hanover in the male pace. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2018 -- Nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs Saturday at The Meadows when the track hosts all four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes freshman championships as well as a consolation in each division. The championships go for $253,000 apiece, with each consolation worth $50,000. The championships go as races 6, 8, 9 and 10. First post is 1:05 PM. Each championship offers storylines aplenty. Here are some of the most compelling. $253,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (Race 6) Rod Allen's Sonnet Grace looked unbeatable early in the series, winning the first two legs. Despite racing well in the next two legs, she finished second and third. Moreover, the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe has drawn post 9, suggesting that the door might be open. Among those who might waltz right through is All Laid Out Stable's Ma Was Right, who is both Pennsylvania and Kentucky eligible. The daughter of Muscle Hill-It's Alright Ma enters the championship off a Kentucky Sires Stake victory, but she's not assured of a spot in the KYSS final. Trainer Noel Daley has been walking a fine line, trying to reach both championships while not over-racing the youngster. "She's a pretty hardy filly, but we weren't quite sure how we should work it," Daley says. "We were able to skip the last leg in Pennsylvania because she had enough points for the final. We'll do the same in Kentucky. She has a first and a fourth, so we're taking a shot that she'll get in the final. "The only thing I tell her drivers is not to put her on the front end. She's better chasing them down." $253,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (Race 8) Treacherous Reign and Warrawee Ubeaut have dominated, but Treacherous Reign appeared to gain the edge when she snapped her rival's career unbeaten streak on Aug. 18. In the championship, the daughter of Captain Treacherous-Scandalous Hanover will enjoy a decided post position advantage; she goes from post 5 (Andrew McCarthy) while Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras), a daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories, must overcome post 8 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Says Tony Alagna, who trains Treacherous Reign for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham: "The 5 hole gives you a lot of options. You can leave or take off the gate and not be too far out of it. I never tell drivers what to do. Too many things can change behind the gate. Decisions have to be split second." Some will see this potential duel as another skirmish in the battle between Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou, a pair of promising stallions duking it out with their first crops. Alagna says that's not his view, at least not entirely. "Since I trained 'Captain,' I'd like to see him do well, just like Ronnie wants Sweet Lou to do well. But the main focus is trying to win the race." For the record, the two championship paces Saturday feature seven Sweet Lous, four Captains and five by the late Somebeachsomewhere. The other two are by A Rocknroll Dance, meaning that four stallions account for all 18 finalists. By contrast, finalists in the trotting championships represent eight stallions. $253,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot (Race 9) The Hills are alive -- Prospect Hill and Demon Onthe Hill, that is. Prospect Hill (Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, post 4, David Miller) is looking to complete a PASS sweep for Trainer Julie Miller and Stroy Inc. She's part of an entry with Klutzy. Demon Onthe Hill (Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall, post 3, Brian Sears) would be positioned to do the same but for a nose loss in the final preliminary leg. He's conditioned by Marcus Melander for Vicky Trotting Inc. Other contenders include White Tiger (Muscle Massive-Just Not Into You, post 8, Anthony MacDonald), who races for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Thestable White Tiger Group, and Osterc (Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes, post 9, Gingras), who won his last three PASS legs for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. This appears to be the most competitive championship. $253,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace (Race 10) De Los Cielos Deo (Captain Treacherous-Lisjune, post 3, Gingras) has done it all. He's undefeated after five starts, swept the PASS preliminary legs by a combined margin of 9 lengths and banked $113,257. This could be more coronation than victory. Burke trains him for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Also on Saturday, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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