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CHESTER, PA -- Two-year-old trotting fillies were certainly out in force on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the track hosted second round action in both the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (five divisions) and Pennsylvania Stallion Series (six divisions). Sonnet Grace now has three stakes wins in as many career starts, including two Sire Stakes triumphs (the only filly to accomplish that feat), after rallying in the passing lane for a 1:57.2 victory. The daughter of Muscle Massive - I Believe, sporting a granddam who is none other than precocious champion CR Kay Suzie, was content to ride in the pocket behind Magical Beliefs, then outtrotted her home in 28.4, with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Rod Allen barely having to ask his baby filly for more down the lane. In her previous start, Sonnet Grace had also shown a fine late burst to win in 1:56.2 over a sloppy Pocono course, still as fast a mile for any trotter on a 5/8-mile track. The Explosive Matter - Fast Lane K filly Rush Lane began her career with three straight seconds, including a nose loss to Sonnet Hill in that 1:56.2 mile, but she changed her luck today and got home first while equaling that 1:56.2 season's record. Rush Lane made two early rushes to the lead for driver Yannick Gingras and retained control after the second one, holding off the uncovered bid of favored Personal Paradise by one and three-quarter lengths while stepping home in 58 for trainer Richard Gillock and owner/breeder Robert Key. Corey Callahan was patient early with the Muscle Hill - UF Tady's Donato filly Scirocco Donnahill, keeping her in back of the cover of favored Fate Smiled, and when that one moved to the lead off the first bend, Callahan went up with "Donnahill," grabbed the racetrack at the 3/8, and maintained her advantage on her main rival to the wire in 1:57. The John Butenschoen trainee, second in a PA All-Stars race in her only other purse event, won by a length for Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. Antonia was away slowly, had to move uncovered from sixth at the 5/16, finally reached cover then gapped it down the backstretch and around the far turn - not very promising a scenario, huh? But the Donato Hanover - Tactical Caviar miss Antonia was tipped wide by David Miller and ate up real estate through the stretch, reaching the wire a half-length ahead of favored pacesetter Darla P while stopping the clock in 1:57, a new mark. The pupil of Nifty Norman had made a break in her only other purse start yet rallied for fourth, and today she could optimalize her talent for Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and the Pinske Stables. After sweeping four PA All-Stars sections for this division's pacing counterparts last night at Pocono, the Burke Brigade took a Sire Stakes prize at Philly the next afternoon, as the Donato Hanover - Susi's Image distaff Hanovers Best set all the pace for Yannick Gingras, then held off oncharging favorite Ma Was Right by the slightest of margins while stopping the timer in 1:57. The winner, who made a break in her only other purse start, showed she'll prove tough when behaving in winning for trainer Burke and owner William Fisher. In Stallion Series action, the Explosive Matter - Nan's Conway miss Navarone Hanover overcame the outside post six and a tuck-then-grind journey for Tim Tetrick, gunning down pacesetter Lindy Missunshine by ¾ of a length late while taking a mark of 1:58. The Bob Baggitt Jr.-trained filly, owned by Christine Baggitt, is now undefeated after two purse starts. The Muscle Massive - Ts Fast Forward filly Fast Reaction is now two-for-two in the Stallion Series after edging Southwind Percy by a neck in 1:58, lowering her mark. Trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, also breeder and owner with Regina Beinhauer, used the rail to maximum advantage, putting everybody in behind his filly early, and Fast Reaction had enough energy in her late reaction to preserve the triumph. Another daughter of Muscle Massive, Wizard Hawk (out of the mare Valley Makayla), was the only filly who could stay close to the fast but bad-mannered Run Lindy Run in the early part of their cut, and after that one put up fractions of 28 and approached a 56.4 half, she made a break and went to the infield. This change in fortune left Wizard Hawk with a huge lead, which she maintained to the finish for a 1:58.4 maiden victory. Charlie Norris completed a rare "trainer/driver Trifecta" (after Rod Allen and Rick Beinhauer in race card order) with the freshman, owned by Carrie Norris, LJB Racing LLC, and Scott Mceneny. "If you can keep your head when all about you / are losing theirs ..." is the opening of the famous poem "If" by Kipling, and they were the watchwords of driver Victor Kirby and the Explosive Matter - Warrawee Lassie filly Wildfire Seelster in taking their StS cut in a maiden mark of 2:00.1. Wildfire Seelster was fourth early, then third as the leader broke at the half, then second as the pocketsitter broke into the backstretch, and Kirby steadily advanced the filly, taking the inside path home to a 3¼ length victory over Chanel De Vie. Owner/trainer Austin Brubacker's baby had not been worse than fourth in three purse starts, but she made her breakthrough today by staying calm and steady. Trainer Ron Burke also captured a Stallion Series division with the Muscle Hill - Say What filly Southwind Storm, making her two-for-two in the StS competition. Matt Kakaley and his Ron Burke-trained filly had control of the race early and were never threatened, stopping the timer in 2:00, which equaled the mark she took in her other Stallion Series win, for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Possess The Will - Raising Rachel filly Fashion Rachel lost her purse debut to the first Stallion Series winner of the day, Navarone Hanover, so perhaps it was poetic justice that she won the last race of the card, a Stallion Series event, in 1:58, holding off the potential pocket rocket and favorite Explosive Mel by a length. David Miller handled the winner for trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC. To summarize: Yannick Gingras drove two Sire Stakes winners, while driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke had a victory in both classes ... All the Stallion Series winners were favorites except the last one, who paid $6.60, while the only favorite that won in the Sire Stakes was Sonnet Grace, although no winner returned higher than $7.80 ... And Sonnet Grace was the only one of the eleven winning stakes fillies not to take a new mark today. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2018 -- Casanova's Jewel erased a 10-length deficit following a break and roared home for an improbable victory in Monday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over six divisions, with Faithfulandtrue, Crossfit, Cantab Ed, Forecast and Heavensdor Hanover taking the other splits. Eric Goodell enjoyed a stake double behind Forecast and Heavensdor Hanover. When Casanova's Jewel misfired near the half, he figured to be getting a training trip and nothing more. But the son of Muscle Massive-True Love kept advancing for Anthony MacDonald and defeated Andovers Asset by a length to earn his maiden score in 2:00.2. Explosive Magic finished third. "He's just green, and I lost him coming out of that turn," MacDonald said. "I was surprised he caught back so quick and was level headed. He has a lot of heart, and he's a worker. That's what I love the most about our horses. The ones you like are the ones that want to do it. You can't do what he just did unless you love what you do." Andrew Harris trains Casanova's Jewel for Thestable Casanova Group. Two weeks ago in his career debut, Faithfulandtrue inherited the lead following a break and took maximum advantage, collecting his initial victory. On Monday, it was déjà vu all over again; the leader broke, Faithfulandtrue took over the point and drew off to prevail in a stake-fastest 1:58.3. Didyaseezmedoit was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Pocono Hanover completed the ticket. It was a gratifying win for driver Michael Cole owner George & Tina Dennis Racing and trainer Joseph Columbo, who described the Donato Hanover-Seducer Hall gelding as a "problem child." '"He was a little hard on us, breaking him," Columbo said. "He got a little sore on us, and we found an abscess in his groin after we gelded him, so we had to take a little bit more time coming back. So he was a little bit behind the others, but he caught right up." Crossfit found late racing room, angled to the middle of the track for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden in 2:00.4. Dudelookslikelindy finished second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with Big Bad Caviar third. "He has a lot of depth to him, but I haven't got him ironed out yet. He's kind of rough going," said Chris Beaver, who conditions the son of Donato Hanover-Muscle Test for Joe Sbrocco. "He's not 100 percent in rhythm right now. When I get him on a great big track like Lexington in the fall, he might shine there." Dave Palone and Goodell each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features the Hickory Pride, a $184,588 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Also on Tuesday, The Meadows will announce the field for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, which kicks off with eliminations Saturday. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday featured six $20,000 sections of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old pacing colts, and in the end two hot stallions came away with honors-even, as Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou each fathered three of the winners. Fastest of the sextet of winners was the first on the racetrack, Latissimus Hanover (dam Ladyking), who never looked back from the pole while taking a mark of 1:52.2, burning home in 55 - 27.1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Ray Schnittker, the latter co-owner with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Hall of Fame ballot finalist Ted Gewertz. Captain Disomma (dam Ramona Disomma) went first-over and still was able to catch favored Hilarious Lou by a half-length in 1:54.1, a personal best, for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and Anatolia Farm LLC. Rounding out the Captaintreacherous sweep of the card's first three races was the longest shot on the board, 20-1 Captain Panko (dam P Note Blue Chip), who tipped wide from second-over and was along by a neck over No Pulse Richie, tallying in 1:54.3 in his purse bow for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc and William Wiswell. Corey Callahan also drove two of the Sweet Lou colts who won in Stalion Series competition, including two for trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere. The second-fastest StS victory was turned in by first-time purse starter Love Me Some Lou (dam Shark Lightning), who cut the pace in front of Captain Hill, then held that one off by a neck in a 1:52.3 mile which featured back fractions of 55.2- 27.3. The "1:52.3" number was also achieved by his stablemate Sugar Factory (dam Cam Swifty) in a Meadowlands baby session; on Sunday, his first purse outing, he fronted the field from the quarter while winning safely in 1:54.4, with big back fractions of 55.4-27.3. The two winners for Team Cancelliere were the only chalk to prevail in the Stallion Series. The other victorious son of Sweet Lou was Costello (dam Laughandbehappy), who got a relatively soft half on the engine, then had enough in a 27.3 last quarter to withstand Flameproof Hanover by a length while taking a personal speed badge of 1:54.2. Matt Kakaley sulkysat for trainer Ron Burke, who knows a thing or two about Sweet Lou, and the oft-winning partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura. The sire whose offspring earned the biggest check of the night was Mr Cantab, as his double world recordholding son Homicide Hunter took a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event in 1:52.1. The gelding moved to the lead early for driver George Napolitano Jr., got to rest to a 57.2 half, then despite being off 28 days sprinted home in 54.3 - 27.1, winning easily by 1½ lengths over Smalltownthrowdown, who caught the pocket horse Moonshiner Hanover to take second. Chris Oakes conditions the winner of $1,255,907, who raised his lifetime win percentage over 50% (34 for 67) for Crawford Farms Racing, and Homicide Hunter also took a bigger lead at the top of the Great Northeast pointstandings. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, July 5, 2018 -- First-time starter Michelon's Filly stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:54.4, fastest win in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Margret Hill and Another Beach Day taking the other splits to give Dave Palone a stake double among his four victories on the 13-race card. Mami Hanover led her field into the final turn, but when the walls started to close in, Michelon's Filly had the shortest route to the finish line, edging Typhoon by a neck. Ponder Time earned show. "She had a lot of go today, and she's pretty handy," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "I think that's her greatest strength. She's very versatile. That will help as we go through the season and the races go a little faster." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Captain Treacherous-New Album for Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson. Margret Hill wasn't the stake's swiftest winner, but she was the most visually compelling. She spotted the 1-2 favorite, More More More, 6 lengths before overtaking her with a quick and determined uncovered move and downing her by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Journey Of Love completed the ticket. "She was green," Palone said of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sarandon Blue Chip. "She had a good turn of foot, and I like the way she passed the favorite. She'll learn." Brian Brown conditions Margret Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. Another Beach Day wasn't on the lead at any point in her two qualifiers, but Palone put her there in her career debut. She held off the rallying Alii Nui by a head in 1:55, with Sure R Lookin Good third. "She came advertised as a good filly, but she was completely lost on the lead," Palone said. "Every time I got her attention, she swelled up for me. I think she'll be better than a stallion series filly." Mike Hall trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Another Delight and owns with David Hamm, CTC Stable and Howard Taylor. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the Sand Tart, a $182,962 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 2, 2018 -- Looked in the eye by a serious challenger at the top of the lane, Fast Reaction found another gear and scored at first asking in a stake-fastest 1:58.1 in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Ridinonarainbow, Averie Hanover and Southwind Storm taking the other splits. Fast Reaction had brushed past Wildfire Seelster down the backside, but that rival regained momentum out of the final turn and looked like the winner. That's when Fast Reaction dug in and downed her by 1-1/2 lengths, with Giant Possession well back in third. "She's pretty versatile," said trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who owns the homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-T's Fast Forward with Regina Beinhauer. "She can sit in a hole, but she also has a lot of quick speed. She's nice in the barn, good gaited. We'll see how the sires stake fillies do and decide what we're doing from there." Ridinonarainbow, who won a PA Fairs stake at Hughesville in her career debut, extended her unbeaten streak with a facile front-end victory in 1:59.2 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, who campaigns the homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Cantab Cabela with Christine Schadel. The pocket-sitting Madam Donato was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Tough Tootsie completed the ticket. "She's kind of handy and minds her manners. She's not bad," Todd Schadel said. "What kind of upside does she have? I have no clue. We'll go to the York fair with her next week." Averie Hanover provided the stake's tote board fireworks, triumphing at 35-1 in her career debut, remaining calm despite breaks by trotters beside her and ahead of her. Those were a source of considerable concern to trainer/driver Aaron Johnston. "She usually likes to follow and do stuff that other horses are doing," Johnston said. "I was impressed that she minded her manners. I think she can continue in these races. I expected her to trot every bit of 2:00 today, so I think she should be very competitive in the stallion series." Richard Hess owns the daughter of Detour Hanover-Allamerican Phoebe, a $9,000 yearling acquisition, who prevailed in 2:02.4. Meserati was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with Shiraz third. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Wind Of The North made it two straight in the Lightning Lane for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury when he surged late to nip the half brothers Classicality and Trustworthy Kid in 1:53.3. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding now boasts career earnings of $934,848. Dave Palone and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday with the Meadow Gladys, a $190,235 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2018 -- Stranded outside without cover past the half, Ilana Z Tam bowed her head, brushed past the leader and pulled off a 22-1 shocker in Tuesday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Seen At Rio Deo, Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover taking the other splits. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a stake double behind Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover among his four wins on the 13-race card. Ilana Z Tam followed the cover of Dark Force and Eric Goodell, but when they cleared, the daughter of Bettor's Delight-She's Rockin was in the rare air, an unenviable spot for a filly who had finished out of the money in her four previous starts this year. "She raced good last week; she had a lot of go for the first time," said trainer/driver Pat Lachance, who owns Ilana Z Tam with Z Tam Stables. "But I didn't think Eric would clear; I thought I'd be second over. I thought I was in trouble, but she showed up. She raced big." She bulled past Dark Force and scored in a career-best 1:53.4, a neck better than 3-5 favorite Dreams On Me, who was charging through the Lightning Lane. Dark Force saved show. The victory by Seen At Rio Deo also was unconventional and, at 17-1, about as unexpected. She was last at the half and sneaked up the cones rather than join the outside flow, a risky move that can yield a lack of late racing room. "The outer tier looked a little shaky when I gave it a look going down the backside," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "The horse who was first over wasn't responding, so I just took my chances. Obviously, we got lucky going up the inside. But she looked impressive last week, and they expected another big race from her." When the outside challengers retreated, as Pantaleano thought they might, he angled Seen At Rio Deo off the cones. She roared through the stretch and downed Real Fine by 3/4 lengths in 1:53, a life mark. Butchie Beach completed the ticket. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-See And Be Seen, for Alagna Racing LLC and Deo Volente Farms. Miss Hill's win was more by the book, as she quarter-poled to the top and defeated Come Get The Cash by a length in 1:52.2 -- yet another life mark -- with Pretty Proud third. "She paced home really easy and was well within herself," Wrenn said. "I don't know what stakes she has coming up, but she's a nice filly. I'm sure she can compete in anything they want to put her in." Bruce Clarke conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Ram Rocker and owns with Patricia Waldeck and John Coffey. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER, PA - There were six $20,000 divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah's Philadelphia on a special Memorial Day Monday card of racing. There of the heats went in 1:53.3, and three went in 1:54.2. Leading sire Somebeachsomewhere sired three of the winners. All three of the 1:54.2 winners. The first of the great sire's success stories was Dreams On Me, who's 2-for-2 since being sent from Canada to hot trainer Mark Harder, who won a Sire Stake for this division yesterday with Serene Stride. Here Dreams On Me was forced into the pocket by pacesetting Aldine Hanover, who insisted on early command in her 2018 debut, but then "Dreams" turned into a pocket rocket, gaining into a 56.2 final half to win by a length over the chalk for driver Eric Carlson and owners Dean Lockhart, the 30 Plus Stable, and Windsum Farms Inc. Tony Morgan got a late catch-drive when Victor Kirby had to leave Philly to make his commitments at Harrington, and the second-winningest driver in North American history will never get an easier late assignment, as Thrillonthebeach won by ten lengths. The Christopher Freck-conditioned filly showed good manageability, as she looked to leave, started to back off, then got back in gear while wide to grab command at the 3/8 from favored Mean Leen. When that rival made a break trying to keep up ¾, she badly bothered the remainder of the connected horses, and Thrillonthebeach continued home with daylight behind her for owner Anthony Olswfski. Sandy's Beach maximized a backstretrch brush to the lead in completing the Somebeachsomewhere triple, as the Nifty Norman trainee held off a late charge from Dance For Kisses by a neck as she won for the first time in 2018 for driver Jim Pantaleano and owner David McDuffee. Pantaleano also won one of the 1:53.3 heats, with the Arocknroll Dance miss Band Stand, who despite an uncovered mission and making her first start of the year remained good to the wire, emerging victorious for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Bradley Grant. The only one of the winning sextet to take a new mark was the Well Said filly She's In For Life, who also used the uncovered route, then held off the horse on her back, Zuluwarriorhanover, by a neck. Although having to give up the drive on a later Sire Stake winner, Victor Kirby did get a Stallion Series win with She's In For Life, who is trained by Jim King Jr., certainly a man on a roll (Shartin N etc.), and owned by CC Racing LLC and Jo-Ann Looney King. The day's other stakes winner was the Bettor's Delight filly Real Fine, now 4-for-5 in 2018, who set the pace and despite bearing out a bit in the lane still held off Destiny Hanover by a half-length for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - Five divisions of the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old colt trotters went gateward Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the current parity in the group was reflected by the fact that three divisions went in 1:55 and the other two in 1:55.1. Two of the 1:55 winners were altered sons of Explosive Matter, and that pair also became the only members of the group to win in both Stallion Series prelims. The first to earn this distinction was Lindy's Big Bang, who made every pole a winning one while coming home in 28.1 to take a new speed badge for trainer Nifty Norman and driver David Miller, the latter co-owner with Melvin Hartman and David McDuffee. With all the great stakes racing in Pennsylvania on Sunday between Harrah's and Pocono, the other double StS winner, Rich And Miserable, was the only visitor to either Victory Lane to come from behind cover and go on to win. Driver Tyler Buter tipped the winner wide from second-over headstretch and handled him confidently through the lane in lowering his mark for trainer Todd Buter and owners Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. Sire Cantab Hall also saw two of his sons trot to victory in the Stallion Series action. First up was For A Dreamer, who gained command in front of the stands and went on to be the other 1:55 winner, a time which equaled his mark taken in a qualifier. Corey Callahan handled the sulky assignment for trainer Bob Stewart and the partnership of Bluestone Farms, S. Steven Arak, Brianna Fenn, and Norman Corn. Cantab Hall is also the sire of the gelding Mississippi Storm, who went coast-to-coast in taking his division in 1:55.1, only a tick off his career fastest. Mississippi Storm tacked on a 28 kicker for driver Jim Morrill Jr. to raise his stats to wins in half of his dozen lifetime starts for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. The other 1:55.1 winner was the Muscle Hill gelding Spartan, who made an early move to control the throttle and went on to post his second straight victory and lower his mark. Andrew McCarthy was in the sulky for trainer Anette Lorentzon, who co-owns the sophomore with ACL Stuteri AB. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will be brimming over with quality stakes events throughout the Memorial Day weekend, with three-year-old trotting colts racing in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Saturday and the Stallion Series on Sunday, and three-year-old pacing colts contesting the first Pennsylvania All-Stars event of the year on Monday. Saturday's Sire Stakes contains two of the top five horses listed in The Meadowlands' Countdown to the Hambletonian - You Know You Do and Fashionwoodchopper. You Know You Do, a winner of almost $375G at age two, makes his seasonal debut in the tenth race division; Fashionwoodchopper, the 2017 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion by winning over this very oval, goes one race later. Also in entered are Hockey Hanover, who achieved an unprecedented "double" last year when he won the PA Fair Championship and the PA Stallion Series Championship, and the four winners in the Sire Stakes' first leg: Capt Morgan, Donatover, Moosonee, and Whats The Word. All four winners in the Stallion Series' first leg will face the starting gate on Sunday: I Know My Rights, Joey, Lindy's Big Bang, and Rich And Miserable. A very interesting "new shooter" to this Stallion Series crew will be Brothers N Arms, a full brother to Father Patrick and Brother Stephen who is trained by Jimmy Takter. With the pacers taking over Monday, the PA All-Stars event may well be the best "value" based on a "quality relative to total purse ($90,000)" that you will find anywhere in North America. Dorsoduro Hanover, already a double Sire Stakes winner and just elevated to the #1 spot in the Road to the Meadowlands Pace evaluation, goes in the twelfth race division. In the contest just before that will come the long-awaited return of Done Well, who won all of his four starts in 2017 while looking the early cream of the crop, making his first start since an injury ended his freshman campaign almost ten months ago. Entered in race five is Wes Delight, who spoiled the early-season showdown between divisional "big guns" Lost For Words and Stay Hungry here last Saturday by winning a photo in a Sires cut. The top stakes cards, each with fourteen races going to post, are all listed to be starting at 7 p.m. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2017 -- Already Pennsylvania's Stallion Series champion 2-year-old male trotter, Hockey Hanover completed an unusual harness racing double when he captured Saturday's PA Fairs final at The Meadows. On a sun-splashed, unseasonably warm day, The Meadows hosted all eight PA Fairs championships, each with a purse of $24,200, and joined with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association to stage the annual "Pink-Out" to benefit breast cancer research. The event offered many festive activities, none more enjoyable to the McMullen Stable than the victory by Hockey Hanover. McMullen Stable purchased the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding for $10,000 as a yearling and saw his earnings soar to $91,630. Yet trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder wasn't as confident as he might have been, as Hockey Hanover was a disappointing fifth in his last tune-up for the fairs final. Leaving from the rail, Yoder pushed Hockey Hanover for the lead rather than settle for a seat. "He's been having a little trouble lately, and the main concern was trying to get him around the first turn," Yoder said. "I was concentrating on that. But when they come at him, he digs in. He'll have a couple months off now, a well-deserved break." Hockey Hanover shrugged off a challenge by Grapple Hanover in the lane and prevailed in 1:58.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Yougottabecrazy, with Grapple Hanover third. Elsewhere on the championship card, Yoder and McMullen Stable teamed for another crown with All Set Lets Go while Aaron Merriman earned a pair of titles. The "King of the Fairs," 71-year-old Roger Hammer, collected his 22nd fairs title at The Meadows with a colossal upset. Oh yes: an up-and-coming trainer named Ron Burke got a taste of fairs circuit success with a championship. The highlights: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Cirrus De Vie Venier Hanover had been pounding his foes so relentlessly that he was hammered down to 1-9. Someone forgot to tell the King he had been overthrown. Hammer sent the 25-1 Cirrus De Vie to the front with a quarter-pole move, and the son of Real Artist-Walk On The Beach won handily in 1:55.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Starvin Marvin. Venier Hanover had to settle for show. "I thought I would give Venier Hanover a race for his money," Hammer said. "I figured if I could get this horse back to the top and let him roll, I would make Venier come first over after him." Hammer and Vicki Lynn Fair own Cirrus De Vie, who has a surprise awaiting him when he returns to Hammer's Bedford, PA farm -- and it's not a sweet treat. "He'll be turned out and castrated tomorrow," Hammer said. "He needs it. He's a little on the sulky side." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Rockefeller Lindy Rockefeller Lindy was trying to pass New Heaven in the Lightning Lane when there was contact between the two. Rockefeller Lindy jumped once and, in a remarkable show of poise for a young trotter, came back down on gait and downed New Heaven by x in 1:57.2 for Merriman. Irish Valentine rallied for show. "I thought he would go down, but he kept trotting. That's the only thing that saved us," said Bill Daugherty, Jr., who conditions the Lucky Chucky-A Touch Of Lindy gelding -- an $18,000 yearling acquisition -- for Susan Daugherty. "He's always been good gaited, but man oh man, going that speed and he's tired, you can imagine. I'll probably quit with him for the year. I've had enough, and he's had enough." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- All Set Lets Go All Set Lets Go had been virtually unbeatable for Yoder and McMullen Stable -- she swept her final 12 preliminary fair events -- and she was no less dominating Saturday. She powered to the front with a quarter-pole move and defeated entry-mates Opal Hanover and Drinking Class in 1:58.3, a life mark. "She's pretty honest -- trots all the time and minds her business," Yoder said. "She's pretty good off the gait and gets into position. We'll race her in some overnights and hope we find a class where she's competitive." 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers -- Midway Island At about the same time Midway Island was rolling to his facile victory, Burke's champion mare, Hannelore Hanover, was performing at the Red Mile, turning in the second-fastest mile ever trotted. Nevertheless, the trainer had to be pleased with the Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Gal gelding, who won all six of his fair circuit starts after his mid-season acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills. In the championship, Midway Island retook the lead past the quarter for Chris Shaw, leading driver on the fairs circuit this year, and triumphed in 1:52.2. Ginger Tree Marty closed well for place, 4-3/4 lengths back, while Cinnabar Dragon completed the ticket. "I had to put everybody else in a hole," Shaw said. "I didn't want to be coming from the three hole." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Bella Ragaza Merriman got his second crown with Bella Ragaza who, after a winless freshman season, put it all together this year and bagged 11 victories entering the championship. She quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble holding off Keystone Nikki by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4, fastest of her career. A trapped in Camera Lady earned show. "She's very handy but more of a grinder than a sprinter," Merriman said. "If you can get her to the front and keep her moving, she'll keep going on the end." Linda Schadel trains the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Bahama and owns with Roxanna Buffington. 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Nicole Hanover Nicole Hanover needed every foot of the stretch to get by the stubborn Kylah, but she ultimately prevailed by a head over the game leader in a career-fastest 1:58.3, with Lightning Lois third. "She needed a helmet to follow," said winning driver Brian Zendt. "She's won a lot of races on the front end, but she's not used to going three-quarters in 1:27 at the fairs. I could have used the Lightning Lane, but sometimes green horses don't know what's going on there, so I'm glad I had room outside." Robert Rougeaux III conditions the daughter of Explosive Matter-Nan's Conway for Brocious Racing Stable. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Pretty Proud Pretty Proud was pretty fast early, taking the field through three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.1. She slowed in the lane but was determined enough to outlast Marvalous Song by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 -- easily a life mark -- for Jim Pantaleano. Keystone Diamond, the wagering favorite, lacked racing room and was a hard-luck third. "The fractions took their toll on all of them late in the mile," said Rich Gillock, who conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Pears N Amoretto and owns with Barbara Richardson and James Richardson. "One of her big assets all year has been she can leave the gate. A couple of her main contenders had road trouble and couldn't quite catch up to us. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack and Casino hosted eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships Saturday, each carrying a $40,000 purse, and the harness racing finals yielded a treasure of memorable moments. Like Clockwork and Sidewalk Dancer extended their winning streaks to five. Four stake records fell. And Donttellmeagain wrapped up an extraordinary stallion series performance over two years, winning Saturday's championship and his eighth consecutive stallion series race in as many starts. Donttellmeagain figured to be rough on his 3-year-old colt and gelding foes in the stallion series; his more-than-respectable third-place finish in the Hempt final to Fear The Dragon, harness racing's top-rated horse, was proof enough of that. But Jim King, who trains the Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding for Paton Racing Stables, wasn't worried about this year alone. "We still have the Liberty Bell, the Keystone Classic and the Simpson," King said. "We'll probably do this. He has a chip in an ankle, so we'll take that out when the season's done. We're planning on bringing him back. The long-term goal was to get him through this season as good as possible and see what kind of horse he can make. That's why we didn't put him in with the sires stake horses." In the championship, Donttellmeagain easily overtook Jo Pa's Somebeach with a first-over move for Tim Tetrick and downed him by 3 lengths in 1:50.3, with Mike's Z Tam third. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark set by Stevensville in 2014. With the win, Donttellmeagain soared over $200,000 in career earnings. Like Clockwork got a latish start to his freshman campaign but had won all four races since his July 8 debut. It appeared that streak would end Saturday when Iluvtomakemoney passed him at the top of the lane. But he reasserted for Mike Wilder and defeated Iluvtomakemoney by a neck in 1:54. Beach Watch earned show. "Mike said he didn't see that other horse at all," indicated Tim Twaddle, who conditions the homebred Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding for Birnam Wood Farms. "Once he saw that other horse, he took back off. I'll have to monkey with his bridle a little bit. He has the Keystone Classic, the Simpson and the Liberty Bell. He's eligible for the Breeders Crown, but we'll take it one week at a time." Tetrick collected three championships while David Miller won a pair of titles. Highlights of the other finals: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Hockey Hanover Hockey Hanover needed to trot to a stake record to catch Mississippi Storm in the lane -- and that's just what he did, scoring in 1:55.4 to shatter the previous record of 1:57.2 set by Boy Town in 2011. Mississippi Storm was 1/2 length back in second, with I Know My Rights third. The win was especially impressive because Hockey Hanover was stuck outside for most of the first quarter before finding a seat fourth. "With the 7 post, I thought we had to go," said trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder. "We were lucky to get a spot. I moved him after that, and he did the rest. He felt comfortable the whole way. He's tough." Yoder said Hockey Hanover next will try for more points on the PA Fairs Circuit in pursuit of a rare double -- stallion series and fairs titles in the same season. McMullen Stable campaigns the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition who has won nine of 11 starts and never finished worse than second. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Thisguyisonfire After Thisguyisonfire broke stride at the gate in his last start, Miller wanted to be cautious with him early. There's cautious, then there's away last, which is where the duo got away. But in perhaps the day's most remarkable journey, Thisguyisonfire and Miller circled the field, with help from live cover, and triumphed in 1:56.1, 1/2 length better than Soho Hanover, with Media Buzz third. "Dave said he had to watch him a little bit at the gate," said Jim Campbell, who trains the son of Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall for Fashion Farms. "Once he got going, he got set. Thankfully, he was good enough to overcome everything." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Sidewalk Dancer Even though she was parked the opening quarter, Sidewalk Dancer took the suspense from this championship when she jogged on the front for Tetrick in 1:53.3, erasing Half Past Seven's previous stake record of 1:54.1. She Said So shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten 2 lengths, while Some Renditions completed the ticket. "She's learning to be a racehorse, and she's got plenty left," Tetrick said. "I think she'll be able to carry her speed a long way, and I think she'll be good the late part of this season." Chris Oakes trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign for Northfork Racing, Omar Beiler and Dennis Coons. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Dressed To Impress Although Miller has driven Dressed To Impress three times and produced three victories, he modestly denied that he's discovered the key to the daughter of Andover Hall Warrawee Krisp. "The trips have always been working out," he said. "The favorite covered her up, and I was thinking second. But when I moved her over at the top of the lane, she trotted right on." Special bond or no, the duo outkicked the 2-5 favorite, Itsgoodtobequeen, to upset her in 1:55.1, with Massive Risk third. The time lowered the previous stake record of Broadway Socks by three ticks. Tim Lancaster trains Dressed To Impress for Andrea Lea Racing Stables and Lakefield Gore. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Freakonomics Bettors considered Freakonomics so much the best they hammered her down to 1-9. The daughter of Western Terror-Mind Boggling needed only 1:52 to prove them right, as she grabbed the lead at the quarter for Tetrick and handily downed Beach Club by 2-1/4 lengths. Perplexed completed the ticket. "I think she'll be really good in stakes on a half-mile track," Tetrick said. "She's handy, she's quick, and she likes to win races." Ross Croghan trains Freakonomics, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $140,298, for Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Bone A Fide Babe Bone A Fide Babe saved ground for three-quarters before attacking the leader, Perfect Image, from third. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Bone A Fide prevailed in 1:58.2, holding off the rallying Explosive G by a head. Perfect Image saved show. "She was on the right line so bad in her last start that I didn't dare keep her on the outside and risk her running," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "She's still not quite 100 percent, but she was better." Steve Bush conditions Bone A Fide Babe and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. After a brief break for Labor Day, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Sometime shortly after July 12, either Andy or Julie Miller must have said that they were going to the harness racing  tack shop to get a set of trotting hopples. Their fellow Illinois Miller, Erv, must have said, "Hey, get me a set, too." Team Orange Crush must have liked what their action accomplished, so sometime shortly after July 20, they got two more sets. An online search showed that trotting hopples may average out in the $250 range. So their $750 investment helped Andy and July Miller won $25000 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night. It would have been $30000, except Erv Miller's $250 investment resulted in a $10000 return for a win and relegated the Orange Crush horse to second, making a $5000 difference. The fourth and final preliminary in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts, raced over seven divisions Monday night at The Downs, was a showcase for adding the piece of equipment as a possible means to steady out balky babies. (Old-time horsemen, we apologize.) In the race where the Teams Miller finished 1-2, the Explosive Matter-Found An Angel colt Keystone Apache quarter-moved and dictated a fast tempo on a "sloppy" track, then resisted a late bid from favored Im Your Captain, the early leader, by a length while breaking his maiden in 1:56.3, fastest of all divisions. Marcus Miller drove for trainer/father Erv and the ownership of the Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Tangie Massey. Im Your Captain had won two straight Stallion Series events since the Orange Crush added the hopples; they also had the two re-equipped winners, who are now both two-for-two in Stallion Series contests. The first was the Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding Mississippi Storm, who was victorious in 1:57.4 by a half-length over Meadowbranch Ricky for the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Willow Oak Ranch. Mississippi Storm won his first StS race, then broke in his second, then added the hopples and is perfect in them in a pair of outings. The other 2-for-2-plus-hopples horse for Andy and Julie is the appropriately-named Make It A Double, who has taken to his new equipment quite nicely, the Donato Hanover-Dodger Blues gelding here winning by two lengths in 1:58.1 for Jason and Douglas Allen in partnership with their driver's Andy Miller Stable Inc. Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double won consecutive divisions, which made Make It A Double's name even more fitting. Owner/trainer D. R. Ackerman must have made the same trip to the tack shop about a week before the Illinois Miller clans, as after opening his career with a miscue, his Canaletto Hanover has stayed flat in five straight starts since adding the trotting hopples, including all three of the Stallion Series legs in which he competed. Like all the other winners on the night, the Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber gelding found the found end the place to be, as he reported home in 1:57.3, 2 3/4 lengths to the good to give his sire two credits in the stakes. With three StS wins, Canaletto Hanover joined Mississippi Storm, as noted a winner on the card, and Hockey Hanover, the winningest baby trotter in North America with eight, who after winning his first three StS races tried Sires horses the previous night and lost by a nose. Driver Tyler Buter started off the busy stakes night by taking the first two divisions. The Andover Hall-Born To Love colt Johny Victory (who has had hopples throughout his career) broke his maiden in his second lifetime start, winning in 1:59 by the night's largest margin, 6¾ lengths, for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. 18 minutes later Buter was parading back the Muscle Massive-Celebrity Sweedie gelding I Know My Rights, who has never worn hopples and who withstood Naturalle Muscle by a neck in 1:59.1 for his second straight Stallion Series win. Todd Buter trains the developing baby for the ownership combine of the driver, Lynette Buter, and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Explosive Matter also had a siring double in the stakes racing, completed by Rentier, who equaled his lifetime mark of 1:57.2 while winning by 2¾ lengths. The gelding, out of the mare Race Judicata, added this win to two previous seconds in the StS competition for driver Matt Kakaley and owner/trainer Austin Brubacker. (To complete the record, Rentier races hoppleless as well.) The final pointstandings after this last preliminary has, as could be expected, quite a logjam at the top. Here is an unofficial list of the nine who have reserved places for their Championship event at The Meadows on Saturday, September 2, in pointstanding order: Mississippi Storm; I Know My Rights; Canaletto Hanover and Hockey Hanover tied (going 3-for-3 in the prelims got you a DH3 in the standings); I Know My Rights and Stonebridge Gamble tied; Meadowbranch Ricky; Rentier; and Make It A Double. Keystone Apache is AE1 and Possess The Stone is AE2 if there are defections; then there are four more within three points of the AE positioning! PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2017 -- Bombshell Belle followed the first-over First Class Act, then eclipsed her in the lane to score in 1:57.1, fastest win in Monday's harness racing $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Matrona, Meadowbranch Patsy, Hey Judy Judy and Venus Duharas taking the other splits. Dan Rawlings (Bombshell Belle, Venus Duharas) and Jim Pantaleano (Matrona, Meadowbranch Patsy) each enjoyed a stake double. Pantaleano finished the 13-race card with four wins. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each with a $40,000 purse, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Bombshell Belle was third behind the leader, La La Winnie, who went three-quarters in a fast 1:27.1. When she tired, the pocket-sitting First Class Act (Dave Palone) was the first to pass her, with Bombshell Belle on her bumper. The daughter of Explosive Matter-Allusive was stronger in the lane, prevailing by 1-1/2 lengths, with Massive Kate third. "I definitely thought they would come back to me," Rawlings said. "It was pretty easy for me at that point to sit back and wait. I knew Dave would have to pull and that I could follow him when he did." Robert Baggitt. Jr. trains Bombshell Belle for Christine Baggitt and Mitchell "Sky" Walker. Matrona improved when adding hopples for her last race and was even better Monday. She roared to the lead, thwarted the challenge of Consuela Fashion and downed her by 5 lengths in 1:58.1 at 10-1 for her maiden victory. Won The War completed the ticket. "She was one we thought quite a bit of early on, but she didn't quite race how we expected her to in her first few starts," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "The hopples have helped her confidence. When she was challenged today, she responded to that, put her head down and tried. That's what she showed training down." 83 Racing campaigns Matrona, a daughter of Andover Hall-Eicarls Theresa. Meadowbranch Patsy was stalking Chanel Me and Jimmy Takter when Pantaleano pulled the pocket near the three-quarters; the move was timely, as Chanel Me broke stride. Meadowbranch Patsy held off the late rally of Mother May I to defeat her by a neck and earn her maiden-breaker in 2:00.1. Reiza was third. "Jimmy was asking his filly just past the half, and she wasn't responding," Pantaleano said. "Mine was a little hot, so I just went ahead and moved her. Jimmy's horse looked real good on paper, so I was a little tentative. Luckily, I don't have to second-guess myself." Ake Svanstedt conditions Meadowbranch Patsy, a homebred daughter of Explosive Matter-Wen-mar's Memo, for Hans Enggren. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Delmonica Hanover, a $162,615 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - First-time Pennsylvania Stallion Series starters won all four divisions of the third preliminary leg for harness racing two-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - with all four of the winners not assured of a Sire Stakes Championship, but close to "on the bubble" for the rich final to be held at Pocono on Labor Day. Matt Kakaley handled two of Tuesday's winners, including the fastest and the only non-maiden, the A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign miss Sidewalk Dancer, who won her third straight race while lowering her mark to 1:52.3. "Sidewalk" danced to control past the quarter and finished with 27.4 speed to be five lengths clear at the finish for trainer Chris Oakes and owners North Fork Racing Stable, Omar Beiler, and Dennis Coons. Kakaley's other Stallion Series success came behind the Bettor's Delight-Sanabellevalentine filly Belle's Delight, who moved to the lead at the ¾ and drew off by 5¾ lengths in 1:53.3. Belle's Delight, who was second in a division of the Arden Downs stake on Adios Day, is trained by Ron Burke for owner W J Donovan. Both Kakaley winners were mutuel favorites; the horse evaluated as second-best in her division, the Somebeachsomewhere-Shoobeedobeedo (try typing that three times quickly) filly Sandy's Beach, proved the best by two lengths despite going first-over to stop the timer at 1:52.4. David Miller, who had four wins on the card at press time, drove the Nifty Norman-trained filly for owner David McDuffee. The longest-priced of the four winners, She Said So ($17.60), also had the smallest win margin, a head, but her check will be the same no matter the margin of victory. The daughter of Well Said-Dreams Are Great was stepping quickly late to just catch favored pacesetter Krushed Apple in 1:54.4 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder, the latter also co-owner with Joseph Jannuzzelli, Deena Frost, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. The only double winner in the first two prelims, Cult Icon, sat out this dance, and obviously with four first-time series starters winning she is still the only filly with two wins. But she is not the pointleader: that distinction is shared by three fillies who had board finishes at Pocono to make their scorecards 3-1-1-1, worth 75 points: Real Fine, Round The Beach, and Some Renditions. And right now 40 points ties a horse for eighth and a shake to get in the 8-horse final; all of Tuesday's winners are tied for 11th - which should make the freshmen's final divisional prelim, August 23 at Philly, quite a spectacle. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2017 -- Iluvtomakemoney completed his sweep of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series four preliminary legs with a hard-fought victory in Tuesday's $60,000 leg at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Like Clockwork and No Easy Day taking the other splits. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each offering a $40,000 purse, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Hammered down to 3-5, Iluvtomakemoney was expected to make short work of the field. But his competitors had other ideas, as the Well Said-Symphony In Motion gelding found himself widest in a three-ply, 26.4 battle for the early lead. He reached the point for Tony Hall and held off the rallying Someboysomewhere by a neck in 1:54.3, with Dancinat Midland third. "He gets really grabby in a hole, so my instructions today were: do what you have to do to get to the front," Hall said. "I don't know why we had to do a quarter in 26.4 -- it got very confusing. I wasn't sure if he had enough left, but he toughed it out and got the job done." Mark Harder trains the homebred Iluvtomakemoney for Joseph Jannuzzelli. Like Clockwork extended his career unbeaten streak to four, including three stallion series victories, by quarter-poling to the lead for Mike Wilder and scoring easily in 1:53.3. Early leader Aleppo Hanover was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Dew A Little Dance earned show. Tim Twaddle trains the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. "He doesn't act like a 2-year-old," Wilder said. "Everything comes easy for him. He doesn't show much greenness. I keep pushing him to the lead to keep him out of trouble, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He has a quiet demeanor but a big motor." No Easy Day was dropping down from PA Sires Stake events; the class relief showed as he rocketed by four horses in the stretch to notch his maiden victory in 1:53.3 for Dan Charlino, trainer Ron Burke and owner Thomas Dillon. Beach Watch was 1-1/4 lengths back in second while Yupper completed the ticket. "Ronnie said he'd be really good, just race him from the back," Charlino said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wish All You Want. "He was kind of 'colty,' just kind of goofing around back there, until I popped the plugs. When I asked him to go, he shifted into a gear these colts don't have." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Jewels In Hock enjoyed escort service from her stablemate, Classical Annie, then blew by her in the lane to triumph in 1:54. Wilder drove for Burke and owner Crawford Farms Racing. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore extended her career bankroll to $512,955. It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of events for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $142,654 PA Sires Stake known as the Meadow Bright and a $100,000 stallion series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - On Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 11-1 shot Concerto overcame pacesetting favorite Brazuca, the only filly to have won in both of the previous Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing distaffs, surmounting a first-over trip to tally in 1:53.1 - but the night's harness racing action still left Brazuca as the only StS double divisional winner, as five first-time winners accounted for all the stakes victories. Tim Tetrick pulled Concerto from fourth at the 5/8 to journey up uncovered at Brazuca (Corey Callahan), and these two (and their similarly-clad drivers) slugged it out from midturn to the wire, leaving the others far behind. And tonight the battle of daughters of Bettor's Delight saw Concerto hit the high note, coming home in 55.2 - 27.2 to subdue her game rival in the last 50 feet, winning by a neck despite reporting back with broken equipment. Kelvin Harrison trains the determined winner for Ronald Mario. Pocono's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., drove three of the first-time Stallion success stories, with the trio winning by a combined 10½ lengths and all in charge of their races from before the half. The fastest of the GNap trio was the Somebeachsomewhere filly Hold It Hanover, who came under the care of trainer Michael Hall at the beginning of July and now has won five straight, this one in 1:51 in taking a new lifetime mark for ubiquitous owner Howard Taylor. Napolitano's other winning duo were the Western Terror filly Freakonomics, who equaled her mark of 1:51.2 for trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham, and another daughter of Bettor's Delight, Bridge To Tomorrow, who won in 1:53.2 for trainer Nifty Norman and Bay Pond Racing Stable. George Napolitano Jr. ended the night with eight driving victories. Norman also had the other Stallion Series "firster," Perplexed, who gave Somebeachsomewhere a siring double as well as she was driven by David Miller to a 1:52.3 triumph for Cool Cat Racing Inc. Brazuca is the only horse who has earned enough points that she can't be toppled from a berth behind the gate in the Stallion Series Championship, but with nine horses with 10 points of the ninth and final starting spot in the final, the last prelim for this division, set for August 26 at The Meadows, should provide some exciting, competitive racing. PHHA / Pocono

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