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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2018 -- Heavy favorites Kissin In The Sand and Alexa's Power were easy victors in Friday's Romola Hanover, a $160,238 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at The Meadows. The pair advanced to the $252,000 PASS championship for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers, which is set for Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Kissin In The Sand, arguably the national leader in her division, had to work hard from post 6 for the early lead. But when Dave Palone gave her a 29.1 second-quarter breather, she was refreshed and ready to blaze the back half in 54.3. She scored in 1:51, 3-1/2 lengths better than the first-over Parisian Blue Chip, with Double A Mint third. "This year, she's pretty laid back. Last year, she could be a pain," said Nancy Johansson, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate for Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. "She wanted to do everything her way. This year, we've come to an agreement: I let her get her way sometimes, she lets me get my way sometimes. I think she was pretty much well in hand today. She looks like she's coming into the final nice and strong." Kissin In The Sand, who extended her career bankroll to $675,056, now has finished first or second in all nine starts this year. The journey of Alexa's Power to the front from post 7 was even more arduous, as she couldn't cross over until the three-eighths. But she was untouchable thereafter, defeating Apple Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sansovina Hanover earned show. "That was a pretty tough first quarter, but she's been pretty good lately," said Campbell of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $359,835. "We've been thrilled with her this year. She puts in a great effort every time." $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Friday's card also featured a pair of $20,000 PA Stallion Series splits, which were taken by Cult Icon and Real Fine. Cult Icon proved once again that she loves passing horses, as she moved for Palone from fifth at the three-eighths and had little trouble overtaking the leader, Danikova, en route to a 1:52.4 victory, her fourth straight. Danikova persevered for second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Belle's Delight completed the ticket. "I don't think it would have mattered how I drove her," Palone said. "She is so sharp. She let me know she was wanting to race at the quarter pole. I just moved her back to the front, and she was on her own from there." Trent Stohler conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon, who now boasts $123,516 in career earnings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stables and Stately Gaits Stable. Mike Wilder worked out a cozy pocket trip for Real Fine, whose chances were further abetted by the early break of the 1-2 favorite, Attention Hanover. She roared past the leader, Miss Hill, in the stretch to down her by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1, with Ana Hanover third. "She's pretty much push button," Wilder said. "She gives you 100 percent. The favorite ran -- that helped. But you know what? She was right on her toes, and she raced super." Ron Burke trains Real Fine, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch, for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  

CHESTER, PA - On Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, both Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign performed as expected in their final round preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies, both winning in 1:51.3 to have people looking forward to their $252,000 Championship battle at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, September 1. Treacherous Reign was up first, and she showed gameness in her victory. 50-1 shot Stonebridge Soul went right out to the top despite the outside post eight, having the lead to the 27.2 quarter before Andrew McCarthy moved Treacherous Reign to the lead well before the 56.1 half. The victorious daughter of Captaintreacherous - Scandalous Hanover was able to hold first-over She's Allright at bay through and past a 1:23.2 3/4s. but there was one more battle - to her left - to be won. The longshot Stonebridge Soul had never disengaged after surrendering the lead early, and in fact she was clawing back at the winner inch by inch through the lane. But Treacherous Reign downed her game rival by a neck to go 3-for-3 in her Sires prelims, including an upset of Warrawee Ubeaut in her previous start, and the winner of four of five lifetime starts may be peaking at an opportune time for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parnham. The connections on Warrawee Ubeaut have said they looked forward to the time when she could "race off of a helmet" and not have to move to the lead early because of her credentials and overwhelming support. In this race driver Yannick Gingras showed no thought of starting quickly with the daughter of Sweet Lou - Great Memories, settling fifth early in a 26.3 initial panel. At the 55.4 half she was given her cue to go, and go she did, with a 26.4 individual third quarter carrying her right up to the lead, and she widened her advantage to 3¾ lengths at the wire while reducing her mark. After starting her career with three wins including two in Sires competition, Warrawee Ubeaut went a faster pace than she ever had in his last race, and Treacherous Reign caught her on the money by a half-length. But Warrawee Ubeaut, now also 4-for-5 in her career, showed no ill effects from the defeat here today for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. (As for Gingras, he was off to the airport to catch a flight to Toronto, where Manchego was to take on Atlanta in their big head-to-head confrontation.) The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners: 1. Warrawee Ubeaut, 2. Treacherous Reign, 3. Rockin Philly, 4. Bestseller Hanover, 5. Sylph Hanover, 6. She's Allright, 7. (tie) Stonebridge Soul and Sweeter Lulu, 9. Sweet Chrome, 10. Art Lecture. Like Warrawee Ubeaut, Sylph Hanover and She's Allright are part of the Burke Brigade. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- With her victories in the Lynch final and the Mistletoe Shalee, Kissin In The Sand soared to the top of the 3-year-old filly pacing division. On Friday at The Meadows, she'll try to lock up a berth in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. In Friday's PASS, a $160,238 stake known as the Romola Hanover, she'll go from post 6 in race 8, with Dave Palone driving for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Special post time for the twilight card is 5:30 PM. Kissin In The sand has finished first or second in all eight starts this year, lifting her career bankroll to $634,997. She's tied for fourth in PASS standings; with nine of the Top 10 in PASS points competing in the Romola Hanover, it might not be a day at the beach for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate. Speaking of days at the beach, that's pretty much how she's been prepping for the stake. Johansson is a proponent of interval training, which involves brief, intense bursts of speed followed by long, slow jogs. The workouts take place on the straight, in deep sand, and can last an hour. Trainers who use interval training say it builds foundation while increasing the capacity for quicker, faster brushes. "About 95 percent of European trainers use it," Johansson says. "Speed is tough on the joints, and this allows you to work the heart without having to go very quickly. We're very diligent about checking heart rates after training, and she always has a very low heart rate." Johansson believes Kissin In The Sand is well positioned to finish the season strongly and win the divisional Dan Patch award. "I think that's everybody's goal, although now that she's at the top, everybody's coming after her," she says. "I see no reason why she couldn't do it. She's been super all year, and she's gad good breaks between her tough races." Johansson indicated she's had preliminary discussions with Katz about the direction for Kissin In The Sand once this season ends. "Marvin is a successful breeder, and she would do great in the breeding shed. But if she can make money on the track, that option is still there. She'd be competitive with aged mares. A lot of them will be bred, so there may be fewer of them next year." The card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly pacers and many fan-centric activities. As part of the "Corks and Kegs Weekend," fans may enjoy a variety of specialties from food trucks on the apron. Nearby, fans 12 and older can participate in a virtual reality exhibit that will give them the experience of driving a Standardbred. Radio station 93.7 FM The Fan will broadcast live from the track and kick off the program with a match race between on-air personalities Joe Starkey and Chris Mueller. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer "Family Fun Night" festivities that include a bounce house, a stilt walker, a face painter and a balloon artist. In addition, the MSOA will invite fans to play Plinko, and eight of the track's regular drivers will compete in a "Pony Hop Charity Challenge," with all prize money donated to the drivers' designated charities. For more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. Drivers and their charities include: Mike Wilder -- Pacing for the Cure Dave Palone -- Standardbred Retirement Foundation Jeremy Indof -- American Cancer Society Dan Rawlings-- Asperger and Autism Network Jim Pantaleano -- Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Brady Brown -- St Jude Hospital Shawn Johnston -- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania Wilbur Yoder -- New Vocations by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind trainers and owners that the entry deadline for the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships and consolations for 2-year-olds is Tuesday, Aug. 28, 9 AM. Each of the four championships offers a purse of $252,000 while the consolations go for $50,000 apiece. The top nine point-earners among those who enter while comprise the championship fields, with the next nine in the consolations. Six-hour detention applies to horses in the championships only. For more information, please contact the race office, 724.225.9897. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2018 -- Crystal Fashion rebounded nicely from his tough beat as the Hambletonian favorite, putting away the field with a powerful first over bid and sprinting off to a 5-length victory in 1:53 -- a track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters -- in Wednesday's $167,288 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Lawmaker took the other split in the event known as the Hickory Smoke. Crystal Fashion won his Hambletonian elimination but was parked throughout the final, losing by only 1-1/4 lengths. Following that maximum effort, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms decided to skip the Zweig to give Crystal Fashion more time to recover and earn PASS points in the Hickory Smoke. That strategy paid off Wednesday as the son of Cantab Hall-Window Willow, the 1-9 favorite, exploded from third down the backside for Tim Tetrick, put away Scirocco Rob and erased the previous record of 1:53.2 set by Lady's Dude. Scirocco Rob was a clear second, with early leader Hill Street third. "Anytime you come out of a two-heat race, you're always concerned with how they'll bounce back," Campbell said. "But he looked as good as he's ever been. He seems to like (first-over trips). He's a pretty laid-back horse, and he likes just riding up there." The win lifted Crystal Fashion's lifetime bankroll to $686,974 and propelled him into the $252,000 PASS championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. Lawmaker lacked the points to reach the championship, but his win was impressive nonetheless. He zipped to the point from post 7 for Anthony MacDonald and rolled home in 1:53.4, 8-3/4 lengths ahead of the rallying Exarch, with Can't Afford It third. A key point in the race came at the quarter, where MacDonald and Lawmaker wouldn't release Can't Afford It in his bid for the lead. "I wouldn't have let my mother go at that point," MacDonald said. "We'd had everything our own way. Obviously, it was a tremendous heartbreak when he broke stride in the Hambletonian, but he bounced back. When he was younger and green, he'd wait for them on the front end. He was all business today. I never even pulled the ear plugs." Andrew Harris trains the son of Muscle Massive-Pretty Amigo, who now boasts $286,247 in career earnings, for Thestable Lawmaker group. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters The stallion series stake belonged to trainer Julie Miller, who swept the two divisions with Max's Beast and Toast Of Lindy. Max's Beast outkicked his entry-mate, Im Your Captain, in the stretch and downed him by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. The first-over Rich And Miserable completed the ticket. "We followed the right horse, and he responded," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "He's been on the front many times, and I was okay with cutting it. But the best horse came at us, so we sat behind him and beat him." With the win, the son of Cantab Hall-Contender Hanover has banked $113,552 for Andy Miller Stable and Harvey Eisman. Andy Miller had the honors aboard Toast Of Lindy, but those honors nearly turned disastrous when Stonebridge Gamble made a dangerous break on the lead entering the final turn. Toast Of Lindy was trapped in the pocket with nowhere to go. But Tyler Buter was able to guide Stonebridge Gamble safely off the course, leaving the Lightning Lane to Toast Of Lindy. The son of Cantab Hall Bellini Lindy poured through to score in 1:56.4, a neck better than the hard-used Spartan. Hillation earned show. "That was the trip I was looking for until that horse on the front stopped," Andy Miller said "Luckily, he got out of the way, and I was able to go forward." Toast Of Lindy extended his career bankroll to $135,613 for Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- the Romola Hanover, a $160,238 PASS, and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post for the special twilight card is 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2018 -- Nearly scratched after tying up Monday, Phaetosive turned in a gritty first-over performance that carried her to victory in Tuesday's $165,038 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over two divisions, with Miss Jubilee Hill taking the other split. Following her second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks, Phaetosive was recovering nicely. Trond Smedshammer, who trains and drives the daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton, reported over the weekend that she was training well. That all changed Monday morning. "She tied up pretty bad," Smedshammer said. "She was supposed to come here yesterday afternoon, but I decided to get her loosened up and turn her out in the paddock until midnight. We put her on the truck at 4 AM and shipped up. "If she didn't feel normal warming up, I planned to scratch her. She felt okay, but she wasn't herself in the race. It's a big relief right now. I think I aged two years in one day." Even at less than full strength, Phaetosive engaged Hey Blondie down the backside and finally lunged ahead of the game leader at the wire, defeating her by a neck in 1:54 over a "good" surface. The victory lifted her career bankroll north of $500,000 and propelled Phaetosive into the $252,000 PASS championship Sept. 2 at Pocono. Even with a win Tuesday, Miss Jubilee Hill couldn't reach the final; she hadn't garnered a PASS point all season. But the daughter of Muscle Hill-Miss Majestic earned a fat check and a lot of respect when she followed the live cover of 2-5 favorite Seviyorum and blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.1 for Tim Tetrick and owner/trainer Mark Steacy. Megadolce rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Seviyorum saved show. "They said she's a little goofy behind the gate, and she was -- she seems claustrophobic and changes her gait," Tetrick said. "But I got to follow good cover, and she cleared and held off the others." $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Tuesday's card also featured three divisions of this event, with wins going to Bella Glos, Follow Streak and Worldly Hanover. Bella Glos was the fastest winner, collecting a front-end victory in1:55.3, 1/2 length better than the fast-closing Msnaughtyashill. Front Circle rallied for show. "I just wanted to keep her out of trouble, not do anything too quick," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I thought I had the best horse. When she was able to get her own numbers, I never thought she was in any trouble at any time." Jimmy Takter trains Bella Glos, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Global Desire, for Black Horse Racing. Follow Streak attacked Mighty Macko first over, cleared near the three-quarters and went on to a comfortable 3/4-length victory over Perfect Image in 1:56.2. First Class Act completed the ticket. "She seems a little better when she's chasing horses. She likes to pass them," said Andy Miller, who piloted the daughter of Donato Hanover-Streak -- now a $100,000 performer -- for trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable and Lawrence Dumain. "She has a couple other stakes for PA breds, but I'm not sure where we'll go after the stallion series final." Worldly Hanover gave Bryce Brocklehurst his first career stakes victory when she moved smartly down the backside and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Fish Is Fish to defeat her by a neck in 1:59.2. Rainbowinthewest rallied for show. "I thought she was competitive in here," Brocklehurst said. "She doesn't have a lot of gate speed, but she has a lot of kick on the end of it. She'll keep racing here, maybe go to a couple fairs." Harold Brocklehurst conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Wherley for Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Divas Image made it two straight -- and four of the last five -- with a front-end triumph for Tetrick, trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Joe Bongiorno, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro and J&T Silva Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $518,917. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday with a pair of events for sophomore colt and gelding trotters -- the Hickory Smoke, a $167,288 PASS, and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. Reaching the Hambletonian is gratifying. Winning your Hambletonian elimination and going off the favorite in the final is a major thrill. Getting parked every step in that final — and still losing by only 1-1/4 lengths — is the pits. That’s what Crystal Fashion, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms endured. Yet they’ve climbed out of the pit and regrouped, and they’ll lead the field in Wednesday’s Hickory Smoke, a $167,288 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, at The Meadows. Crystal Fashion leaves from the rail in the first race, with Tim Tetrick aboard. Wednesday’s card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Campbell didn’t allow himself the luxury of time off following the bitter Hambletonian defeat. “When you win the first heat, you’re all pumped up and hoping for the best,” he says. “It’s all very exciting to be in that race, and when you win one of the divisions, it gets you fired up. But we’ve continued to race at a number of tracks. This is the time of year you want to be busy.” Crystal Fashion, however, did enjoy a breather. “I didn’t think two heats would bother him, but he was obviously much better in the first heat that he was in the second. We gave him lots of time to come back from it. He seems good now, and he doesn’t require a lot of training. “We could have gone to the Zweig with him, but Jules and I decided to give him an extra few days and get some points for the sires stake final.” The Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, who has banked $645,252 for Fashion Farms, currently is tied for third in PASS points. With only five others in the Top 15 in the Hickory Smoke, Crystal Fashion seems a likely finalist. Campbell also will send out Muscle M Up (race 4, post 6, Tetrick), a Muscle Hill-Fashion Athena colt making his PASS debut. “Early on, we thought he was our best 2-year-old,” Campbell says. “”But there’s a dark cloud over him. At first he was more immature than anything else. Then he bled. Then he got sick a couple times. He’s had a good week, but he doesn’t have a lot of racing under his belt.” by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well each locked up a berth in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers by winning a split in Monday's final preliminary leg, a $162,012 event known as the Tarport Effrat, at The Meadows. The $252,000 final is set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. The winner of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows, Dorsoduro Hanover entered the Tarport Effrat in second place in PASS standings and so wasn't under pressure to win. Nevertheless, he unveiled a new wrinkle. After a series of tough trips vying for the early lead, he ducked for Matt Kakaley, getting away last in the six-horse field. "They were stepping out of there pretty hard, and my horse races good no matter where he's at," Kakaley said. "I wasn't worried about sitting last when they were going 26 to the quarter. If they had gone slow early, I would have stepped him out of there." The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding followed the live cover of Wes Delight, then peeled wide and downed him by 3/4 lengths in 1:50.2, with Macadoodledoo third. Ron Burke trains Dorsoduro Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $560,862, for Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel&Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five. In contrast, Done Well was on the PASS bubble, having competed in only one leg before Monday. While he won that, he needed points, big time, to nail down a spot in the final Tim Tetrick and the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover took matters into their own hands, vaulting to the point and holding off the late challenge of Shadow Cat to defeat him by a neck in 1:51.1. A rallying Larry Karr completed the ticket. "I think he had some health issues," Tetrick said. "He raced good in his Adios elimination, and then in the final he was atrocious. The last two races, he's come back. He toughed it out today. I always thought he was better chasing, but in that spot, I have to do what I have to do." Done Well now has banked $371,762 for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith. $60,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers While the stallion series event was Monday's subfeature, it provided much of the excitement, including: a Brett Miller sweep (two for trainer Chris Oakes), all in the Lightning Lane; a stake record-matching victory in 1:50.3 by Terror Atthe Beach, an improbable 55-1 upset by PC's Expresso, who spotted the field perhaps 15 lengths after breaking at the gate. Terror Atthe Beach equaled the record of Spider Man Hanover by stalking Winston and blowing by in the stretch to score for Oakes and owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. Aleppo Hanover closed well for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Winston saved show. "Chris told me the horse has speed but is not a 1:49 pacer, so if you land on the front, try to give him a breather," Miller said. "I don't know the horse, but he sure felt like he likes the two hole." PC's Expresso had been competing primarily in overnights, but when he improved with the recent addition of Lasix, trainer Paul Kennedy and owners Paint Creek Farms and Robyn Kennedy decided to roll the dice on the stake. "The stake was there, and there was no overnight for him, so I just put him in. I've wasted $200 on plenty of other things," Kennedy said. "I figured our only chance of getting a check was to stay flat, but he raced good." The son of Western Ideal-Palazzo Princess caught the field following the miscue, saved ground along the inside and made up 4 lengths in the stretch to score in 1:53.2, a neck better than Daddyofemall. No Easy Day earned show. A Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Oakes for Tom Hill, Bobby K Hill captured the other split with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him 1-1/4 lengths past heavy favorite Go West Go Fast in 1:51.3, with Yupper third. "Chris told me this one would be better if I could give him a trip," Miller said. "In the last turn, I didn't think I would have enough time to catch the leader. But when he saw daylight, he was gone." Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows when the program features a pair of events for sophomore filly trotters: a $165,139 PASS known as the Meadow Bright and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. Phaetosive Headlines PASS Tuesday  Her win in a Delvin Miller Memorial division and second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks vaulted Phaetosive to the very elite of the 3-year-old filly trotter division. For all that, she’ll need a big performance in Tuesday’s $165,038 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows to guarantee a berth in the PASS championship. Phaetosive leaves from post 4 in race 9 with trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer aboard. Tuesday’s card also includes a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Phaetosive won her Oaks elimination and was sent off the favorite in the final but fell by a length to superstar Manchego. “I kind of knew what had to happen to beat Manchego, and none of that happened,” Smedshammer says. “I thought Manchego might have to work a little bit more to get to the front, and I wanted to come first over and be head to head at the top of the stretch. We came home in 26.2 and couldn’t make up the ground.” It was a gallant performance nonetheless for the daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton, and it lifted her career bankroll to $489,858 for owner Purple Haze Stables. But in the PASS, medical issues have limited her to one leg, which she won. “She was in to go at Pocono (in the PA All-Stars) when I had to scratch her because of breathing problems,” Smedshammer says. “Her epiglottis was entrapped, and they were able to free it manually, without surgery. I’m very grateful they tried the conservative route first — it worked. If she’d needed surgery, she would have missed the Oaks and everything.” With eight qualifying for the $252,000 PASS championship Sept. 1 at The Meadows, Phaetosive is tied for ninth with 35 points. Moreover, five fillies ranked ahead of or tied with her also are in Tuesday’s stake, known as the Meadows Bright. Phaetosive doesn’t necessarily have to win to make the final, but she needs a large infusion of points. “She had a couple days off after the Oaks, but she’s been following a normal schedule since then. The Oaks didn’t take any more out of her than any other race.” Phaetosive is eligible for the Elegant Image, several at the Red Mile and the Breeders Crown. No matter the outcome in the PASS and her late-season stakes, Smedshammer intends to bring her back next year. “I think she’ll be great to race at 4,” he says. “She’s a big, strong filly who hasn’t been raced hard at 2 or 3. She should have a great future as an older mare.” by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were three divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night.ectively, the three miles were the three fastest produced by baby male trotters in North America this year on a 5/8-mile track. And one of those harness racing miles tied a world record. All three races came down to stretch duels between two contenders, and all three times the odds-on favorite came up shy by a neck. Taken collectively, the three miles were the three fastest produced by baby male trotters in North America this year on a 5/8-mile track. And there's one more "three" in the background - the Muscle Hill - Louise Kemp colt Prospect Hill, after winning in all four of the prelim legs, could now become only the third two-year-old trotting colt on record in the 25-year history of the PA Sires to sweep the prelims and then take his Championship, joining Stormin Norman and Billy Flynn. That date with destiny is at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, September 1. At Pocono on Sunday, Prospect Hill made the lead at the 28 quarter, then proceeded to the half in 57, just as Green Manalishi S charged to him in his uncovered attack. The two colts were both sent off at 4-5, with "Manalishi" having $58 more support (between the two of them they had 86% of the win pool), and the two were virtually inseparable on the racetrack as well the last half (the ¾ time was 1:26), with Prospect Hill going a little bit better late to win in 1:55, a season's record for his division. Prospect Hill has now won five stakes races in his last five starts, adding on a Pennsylvania All-Stars division to his four PaSS wins, for driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and the ownership of Stroy Inc. Just 18 minutes earlier, the other 1:55 winner was the Muscle Massive - Just Not Into You gelding White Tiger, and that clocking was not only a season's record, and a Pocono track record (old mark = 1:55.1, It Really Matters, 2013), but it also equaled the world record for two-year-old trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track, giving all three Pennsylvania tracks a share of this mark, as Correctamundo first achieved the feat in 2009 at The Meadows and was matched by Mississippi Storm at Harrah's Philadelphia last season. The Andrew Harris trainee, now a two-time Sires winner, followed the cover of favorite Gerry, then relentlessly pursued him until gaining the late advantage, becoming the best four-legged advertisement imaginable for driver/entrepreneur Anthony MacDonald and Thestable White Tiger Group. In the third division, Demon On the Hill was trying to join Prospect Hill as a four-time Sires prelim winner, but instead it was the Cantab Hall - Oh Oh Hereshecomes colt Osterc who joined him as a three-time prelim victor after a 1:55.2 mile. Osterc brushed to the lead down the backstretch for driver Yannick Gingras while simultaneously getting a 30.1 breather, and Demon Onthe Hill, chasing him, could not quite reach in the 28.4 last quarter. Osterc ran his lifetime record to 4-for-5 after winning his third straight Sire Stakes start for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these ten as the leading pointwinners: 1. Prospect Hill, 2. Demon Onthe Hill, 3. Osterc, 4. White Tiger, 5. (tie) Flippen Creek and Stonebridge Symba, 7. Fashion Possessed, 8. Ginger Tree Skyr, 9. Klutzy, 10. Mass Fortune K. Monday evening's feature at The Downs will be six divisions of the last Stallion Series prelim for the baby diamondgaited colt, with the final field for their Championship (Philly, Labor Day Monday) currently far from being decided. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2018 -- It took Albergo Hanover 19 career starts to make it to his first stake, but he debuted with a splash, jogging in 1:49.4 in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake. On Monday, he'll try to repeat and secure a spot in the PASS championship in the $162,012 Tarport Effrat, the final preliminary leg for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. The son of Well Said-Allamerican Celeb leaves from post 5 in race 8 with regular pilot Joe Bongiorno. First post is 1:05 PM. A modest $17,000 yearling acquisition, Albergo Hanover was racing in overnights in Canada when owner Gestion JY Blais Inc. sent him to trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. "They wanted to see if he could get around Yonkers," she says. "He's a little guy, but he was perfect. I recommended to the owner that they take a shot at the Aug. 12 sires stake leg. I had a feeling some of the better colts would be at the Carl Milstein that night. He was so, so good. The minute he reached the stretch, we knew he was a winner. He finished with his ear plugs in." Albergo Hanover boasts a three-race winning streak that easily could have been five but for a July 16 mishap at Yonkers where a hopple broke and settled on a hind leg. Joe Bongiorno was able to keep the colt upright and avert disaster. "Luck was definitely on our side that night," Jennifer Bongiorno says. "Luck got him back safe." When he first arrived at Yonkers, Albergo Hanover was prone to stud-like behavior that, Bongiorno says, he since has outgrown. "When I was walking a mare past him in the paddock, he had a meltdown, jumping up and down like he was trying to escape," she says. "We had to give him three baths that day. He's perfect in the paddock now, but we still leave the track with him immediately. We don't want to chance anything. "He likes to let people know he's there, so he's a little bit vocal -- especially around our other stallions. Evenin Of Pleasure will yell, Rubber Duck will yell, and Albergo will yell louder than all of them." Albergo Hanover currently is tied for seventh in PASS points; with eight qualifying for the $252,000 championship at Pocono on Sept. 2, he'll need a strong performance to cement a berth. While lightly staked the rest of the season, he's eligible for the Simcoe and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Monday's card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 18, 2018 -- Treacherous Reign stretched out previously unbeaten Warrawee Ubeaut the first quarter, then wore her down late to pull off the upset in Saturday's $180,862 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over three divisions, with Sylph Hanover and Bestseller Hanover taking the other splits. Warrawee Ubeaut had won three straight -- including two PASS splits -- to start her career, but Treacherous Reign and Andrew McCarthy refused to release her early, forcing her to a brisk half of 54.4. Sensing the leader's vulnerability, McCarthy pulled the pocket with Treacherous Reign at the three-quarters; they surged near the wire to down Warrawee Ubeaut by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Rockn Philly earned show. "I wanted to make her (Warrawee Ubeaut) work a little bit the first quarter," McCarthy said. "She had to go pretty good fractions after that. My filly was feeling really strong at the three-quarters. The pace was starting to slow down, and I wanted to make sure I didn't get buried." Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. Sylph Hanover was unhurried early, and it nearly cost her, as she needed a serious uncovered bid to track down the game Sweeter Lulu and down her by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:52.1. Sweet Chrome followed cover for show. "She's been getting a little hot the last couple starts," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "So we wanted to do things quietly, not get her revved up. I wanted to make one late run with her. She finished great, that's for sure." Ron Burke conditions Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli. The stretch drive became a page-turner for Bestseller Hanover, as she was attacked by Stonebridge Soul on the outside and She's Allright in the Lightning Lane. The ending was happy, though, as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror prevailed in 1:52.4 for Dave Palone, trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms. Stonebridge Soul was a head back in second with She's Allright third. "We didn't do any pacing until the eighth pole home," Palone said. "We turned it into a sprint. It would've been tough to catch her from there. We probably came that last eighth in 12 and change." It was one of five wins for Palone on the 13-race card. The freshman fillies will contest one more preliminary PASS leg -- Aug. 24 at Harrah's Philadelphia-- before returning to the Meadows Sept. 1 for the $252,000 championship. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: the Tarport Effrat, a $162,012 PASS, and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two sons of Muscle Hill who have won all three of their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminaries look to complete a sweep of the prelims, as the fourth and final preliminary of the Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts goes gateward in three divisions during the Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Prospect Hill, who is out of the mare Louise Kemp, actually has a four-race stakes win streak going, as he won a Pennsylvania All-Stars event here at Pocono prior to his three Sire Stakes triumphs. Two obstacles for Prospect Hill to overcome for the wife/husband team of trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller are the outside post six and the presence of Green Manalishi S, making his first Sire Stakes start but not uncredentialed, showing a PA All-Stars win and a second in the Peter Haughton Final from the outside post ten. Demon Onthe Hill was treated more kindly in the positional draw, as he will begin from post two for driver Brian Sears and trainer Marcus Melander. Demon Onthe Hill, out of the mare Sabrina Hall, faces a worthy challenger in Osterc, who will be starting from just outside him after taking his last two starts in the Sire Stakes. The other Sunday Sire Stakes section has previous PaSS winners White Tiger and Mass Fortune K, plus two horses who won in the All-Stars competition earlier here, Fashion Possessed and Gerry. On Monday night at Pocono, there will be six divisions of the final preliminary of the Stallion Series competition for this group. No horse has won more than two of the three prelims to date; one of the StS divisions features two of them, Cantab Ed and Crossfit, taking on Kings Country, who won his only Stallion Series start, and Ntl Guard Hanover, a winner in the third prelim, in the most competitive of the groupings. After these races, the pointstandings will be completed, and those who are to go to The Meadows on Saturday, September 1 for Sire Stakes Championship Day, and those who are to go to Harrah's Philadelphia on Monday, September 3 for Stallion Series Championship Day, will have earned their eligibility rankings. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2018 -- Warrawee Ubeaut is a Sweet Lou half-brother to Warrawee Needy, who earned more than $1.25 million and for several years shared the record of fastest race mile ever, 1:46.4. When trainer Ron Burke saw her walk through the ring at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he knew he had to have her. "When we raced 'Lou,' Warrawee Needy was his big nemesis," Burke says. "For us, it just seemed natural that we own her." Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC gave $70,000 for the daughter of Great Memories -- and she's returning the favor. Saturday at The Meadows, Warrawee Ubeaut will try to extend her career unbeaten streak to four in the Meadow Cheer, a $180,122 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. She'll leave from post 4 in the first race with Yannick Gingras piloting. Warrawee Ubeaut has won her three starts, including two PASS splits, in cookie-cutter fashion: grab a good early seat, quarter-pole to the top, coast home in 1:52 and change. Burke knows that as the races get tougher, she won't always be able to follow that script. "I'm looking forward to the day she gets in with better horses and can race a different way," says Burke, who trains last year's freshman filly champion, Youaremycandygirl. "We all feel she can be better out of a hole. "She's eligible to every big stake. I have to start counting starts with her and make sure I don't over-race her this year. The optimal number would be 10, but she'll probably end up with more than that because I'm greedy." Burke sends four other fillies into the Meadow Cheer, including Sylph Hanover (race 3, post 3, Matt Kakaley) a Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan daughter who's finished in the money in each of her four outings. "She hit a knee last week; I don't think that's a blip on the screen for her. Her talent level is not far behind 'Ubeaut.' She's had a couple tougher trips, but she really is a top, top filly." Last Tuesday, Burke collected career training win 9,000, and he took a few minutes from his hectic schedule to reflect on that achievement. "Unless something goes wrong, 10,000 will be cool. Who could imagine that we would double our annual win total? I can't say I ever saw that coming. "The affiliation with Mark Weaver took us to the next level. His whole job is adding horses to the barn. I don't like to do that, but Mark lives for it. I never want to let any of my staff go, so we need more horses for those guys to have jobs." Burke notes that he and Hall of Fame driver David Miller have each surpassed $200 million in career purses. "I bet him that I would get to $300 million first. Then I said, 'who are we kidding? In a few years, we'll probably be looking at results from some county fair to see which of us got checks.'" The "Rockin' On The Rail" series of live concerts continues Saturday with a performance by Jukebox. Music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA - It was hoped that the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, held on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, might clear up the picture of the division's pecking order ahead of the September 1 harness racing Championship at The Meadows, but instead the overall view is now as clear as the muddy red clay over which the babies raced. In what sense? Well, the most prelims won by any filly was two. None of the winners on Monday had won before in the Sire Stakes - one had not even raced in them previously, and one had yet to stay flat in the PaSS - and none of Monday's three visitors to Victory Lane are within the top ten in the pointstandings, as a total of 13 fillies posted at least one triumph in the prelims. First to go over the sloppy course Monday was the Donato Hanover filly Jezzy's Legacy, who made her initial appearance on the tote board after a race a 1:57.3 victory. Jezzy's Legacy made the front for driver George Napolitano Jr., then yielded to second choice Hanovers Best to sit in the two-hole as that one and race favorite Sonnet Grace (one of the double winners) hooked up nearing the ¾ and through the turn. Sonnet Grace had been gaining steadily, but nearing the homestretch she suddenly bore about 3¼-wide, and she could not make up the crucial lost ground. That left the race to the pacesetter and the pocketsitter, and Jezzy's Legacy gained into the 28.1 last quarter to win by a length, with Sonnet Grace rallying to be another neck back on the money. Jezzy's Legacy is trained by Ray Schnittker, who is also co-owner with Little E LLC, Steven Arnold, and Hall of Fame ballot nominee Ted Gewertz. The second division saw The Ice Dutchess, in her initial Sire Stakes race, sent off at odds-on despite the outermost post off her win in the Doherty Final, but she made a break vying for the lead nearing the 1/8. 42-1 shot Bushy Tails emerged in front early but readily surrendered the lead to the Muscle Hill filly Swizzle Sticks, who set the pace. In the lane the pocketed longshot made a good charge at the leader, but Swizzle Sticks prevailed by a half-length while taking a maiden mark of 1:57.2. Brian Sears, handling his fourth winner of the night, had the sulky duty for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jeffrey Snyder. There were a pair of previous PaSS winners in the third division in Magical Beliefs and Antonia, but the role of favorite went to the Muscle Hill filly Beautiful Sin, photoed out in the Doherty, but able to make her Sire Stakes bow successful in the quickest time of 1:56.3, saving the chalk's dignity somewhat in the stakes events. Magical Beliefs had moved early to command, with Beautiful Sin taking the first-over route under the guidance of Yannick Gingras, and the issue was in question until midstretch, where Beautiful Sin still had another gear left and drew away by 3¼ lengths; second choice Antonia fell victim to a break. Beautiful Sin is trained by Jimmy Takter for the S R F Stable. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these ten as the leading pointwinners: 1. Magical Beliefs, 2. Sonnet Grace, 3. Ma Was Right, 4. Personal Paradise, 5. Rush Lane, 6. (tie) Antonia, Fate Smiled, and Windy Corner, 9. (tie) Daria P and Hanovers Best. There is of course the possibility that one or more of the top horses may not declare in for the Championship, and the horses "on the bubble" do have the prospect of a consolation race at The Meadows if enough fillies declare in. On the night Brian Sears drove five winners and George Nap drove four. Tuesday at Pocono is the last Stallion Series preliminary, to be conducted over seven divisions. And you may think that this Sire Stakes division is hard to sort out ... PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2018 -- When trainer Ron Burke confided to longtime owner Mark Weaver at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale that De Los Cielos Deo was his top-rated colt in the auction, Weaver thought he had a pretty good idea what was coming. "Usually, we can't afford Ronnie's No. 1 picks," Weaver says. "We were pleasantly surprised to get him, and we're really happy now." Happy, indeed. The son of Captaintreacherous-Lisjune has won all four career starts, and in Tuesday's $188,111 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, he'll be looking to complete a sweep of PASS preliminary legs. He goes from post 4 in race 1 with Yannick Gingras at the helm. De Los Cielos Deo didn't come cheaply, as Weaver and his partners -- Mike Bruscemi (they're Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby) had to give $140,000 for the colt. "Believe it or not, we were prepared to go to about $300,000," Weaver says. "He's a half to I Luv The Nitelife, a fabulous filly who made close to $2 million, and Ronnie loved him as an individual. Anytime you can get one with that pedigree, you jump at the chance." De Los Cielos Deo has captured his four starts by a combined 8 lengths; he's won on the front, with quarter-pole moves and by stalking from the pocket. The only potential rap -- every race has been on a five-eighths-mile track. "I don't think bigger tracks will be a problem," Weaver says, "and I'm not sure he'll have to worry about a half-mile track until the Little Brown Jug." After the Sept. 1 $252,000 PASS championship at The Meadows, De Los Cielos Deo is eligible for the Metro -- "That will be his first test against the rest of the world" -- a pair at the Red Mile and the Breeders Crown. "From the day we bought him, he's probably been the most hyped horse we've had," Weaver says. "It reminds me of the Sweet Lou hype. They don't always come through, but so far, he has." Burke will send out four others in Tuesday's PASS, with Pyro (race 3, post 1, Matt Kakaley) probably the most interesting. When the mares he bred to Sweet Lou produced exclusively fillies, Burke and his partners went looking for a Sweet Lou colt and found him in Pyro, who is out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Whetstone Hanover. "We bought him for $75,000 as a weanling," Weaver says. "That's a lot more than people thought we should have paid for him." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Chester, PA --- Driver Joe Bongiorno captured two of Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 12) three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings at Harrah's Philadelphia, teaming up with Albergo Hanover ($6.80) and Done Well ($5.60), both of whom earned new lifetime marks in their respective divisions.   In the $54,805 first division (race three), the door was opened for Bongiorno and Albergo Hanover with five-sixteenths to go, when odds-on favorite Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) broke stride after stalking second-over cover.   After pacesetter Odds On Lauderdale (Andy Miller) dismissed an outside challenge from Shadow Cat (Corey Callahan) through a blistering 1:22 three-quarter split, Albergo Hanover found clearance up the open stretch and surged to a 1:49.4 score by 1-1/2 lengths. Odds On Lauderdale held second by a neck over Larry Karr (Matt Kakaley).   Gestion J Y Blais Inc. owns Albergo Hanover, now a five-time winner in his career. For the son of Well Said, it was his fourth win in six starts for trainer Jenn Bongiorno.   Bongiorno came back in the $55,205 second division (race seven) with Pepsi North America Cup runner-up Done Well, calling all the shots en route to a 1:51 score.   The Well Said colt strode clear from post 4 and controlled splits of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4 before turning aside a first-over challenge from Aleppo Hanover (Kakaley) and keeping the late-gaining Captain Deo (Marcus Miller) 2-1/2 lengths at bay. This Is The Plan (McCarthy) circled three-wide through the far turn to take third.   James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman and Alan Keith own six-time winner Done Well.   Hayden Hanover ($6.20) rounded out the trio of Sire Stakes winners with a 1:50.1 victory in the $55,205 third division (race 11). Matt Kakaley had the son of Somebeachsomewhere in play from the outset, part of a three-way battle with Somebaddude (Marcus Miller) and Nutcracker Sweet (McCarthy) through a :26 first quarter.   After initially protecting inside position, Hayden Hanover yielded to Nutcracker Sweet with a circuit to go and rode the pocket to the open stretch, where he pounced and drew off by a length. Macadoodledoo (Callahan) rallied off the cover of Babes Dig Me (Goodell) to take second narrowly over Nutcracker Sweet.   Julie Miller trains three-time winner Hayden Hanover for the Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stable Inc., T L P Stable and Deo Volente Farms LLC.   A $30,000 Great Northeast Series event for open pacers (race nine) headlined the undercard, and Graduate final winner Donttellmeagain ($5.80) eclipsed More The Better N for the second straight week, scoring in 1:49.1 in rein to Victor Kirby.   The 4-year-old Dragon Again gelding worked clear of Rodeo Romeo (George Napolitano Jr.) after a :26.3 quarter before yielding to odds-on choice More The Better N (Callahan) with a circuit to go. As More The Better N was worn down by millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy), Donttellmeagain was able to set sail up the open stretch and draw a length clear at the winning post.   Jim King Jr. trains 17-time winner Donttellmeagain for the Paton Racing Stables Inc.   For the second straight card, multiple players had the winning 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 combination, resulting in a carryover of $1,118.61 to the fifth race on Wednesday's (Aug. 15) program. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old trotting fillies come to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the track's final two cards of the week, with Sire Stakes horses on Monday and Stallion Series contests on Tuesday. These races are the fourth and final preliminary legs for the babies, their last chance to earn points to work into their respective Championship races. No Sire Stakes filly was able to win all three of her prelim races to date, although Sonnet Grace and Magical Beliefs came close with two wins and a second. Both won in the first leg; Sonnet Grace beat Magical Beliefs in the second prelim; then in the third prelim, Magical Beliefs returned to winning ways while Sonnet Grace finished a head behind Antonia, her second Sires win after skipping the first leg. All three will race in the three Sires divisions at Pocono on Monday: Sonnet Grace in the eighth, Magical Beliefs and Antonia in the eleventh. They will be joined by a powerful pair of "new shooters" in the Sire Stakes competition: The Ice Dutchess and Beautiful Sin, who were a neck apart as the 1-2 finishers in the Doherty Memorial on Hambletonian Day. These two are unlikely to make the finals even if they win, but they could earn themselves a spot in their Consolation race. Sonnet Grace is favored in her eighth race division, and The Ice Dutchess in the tenth. The most contentious division, the eleventh, will find Beautiful Sin opening as the choices against the two double winners in her section. In Tuesday's Stallion Series racing, there are seven divisions of action, which means the Championship picture is very far from solidified, although among the definite starters if she enters is Southwind Storm. The filly has "stormed" to three straight wins in her StS preliminary action, and would appear to have a good chance to go into her Championship race undefeated. She goes in the eighth race division. Navarone Hanover, a two-time winner in her only two Stallion Series starts, faces the gate a race earlier. The only other double prelim winner, Fast Reaction is not entered, but no fewer than eight single prelim winners are scattered throughout the card, looking to do well and make their Championship contest. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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