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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2017 -- Hockey Hanover extended his career unbeaten streak to seven in Wednesday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, but he had to share the harness racing spotlight with a human star -- Andy Miller, who captured four divisions in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Miller won with Lindy's Big Bang, Im Your Captain, Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double -- the latter three trained by Julie Miller. Also taking splits were Canaletto Hanover, I Know My Rights and Lindyinoverdrive. Entering Wednesday's action, Hockey Hanover's resume included victories in four fairground stakes and a pair of stallion series legs, and he was just as effective on the engine or rallying from mid-pack. On Wednesday, he zipped to the lead from post 5 for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and repelled a stern challenge from Patent Leather to defeat him by 1-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:56.3. Keystone Apache finished third. "This colt, he just digs in," said Yoder of the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition for McMullen Stable. "When he hears them coming, he just digs in and goes. You just sit there and go for a ride. He's a Cadillac." Mississippi Storm, a Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding who broke stride in his last stallion series leg, added hopples for Wednesday's stake and was both reliable and swift on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:56.2 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Willow Oak Ranch. The first-over Checkmate Hill was second, 4 lengths back, while Johny Victory completed the ticket. "He would have been second last time, and I chased him a little bit and he made a break," Miller said. "He was good today. He's a good stallion series horse, and I think he'll be something later on, once he grows up a little. He's just a little guy." Canaletto Hanover collected his second stallion series victory by controlling the fractions for Mike Wilder and holding off the late thrust of the pocketing-sitting Haveitalltogether and downing him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57. Gemologist earned show in his career debut. "We had his brother, Centurion Hanover, and we took the money he made for us and bought this one," said D.R. Ackerman, who owns and trains the son of Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber, a $35,000 yearling purchase. "Hopples have made him more secure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Florida Pro, a $165,152 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-od colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2017 -- Some Renditions dominated the harness racing field on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:54.1 over a "good" surface in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Cult Icon and Round The Beach taking the other splits. Trainer Michael Hall and the ownership team of CTC Stable, Howard Taylor and Bradley Grant enjoyed a stake double with Some Renditions and Round The Beach. Some Renditions shot to the lead from post 5 for Dan Rawlings and, despite some freshman moments, widened late, downing Ana Hanover by 5-3/4 lengths. Save Your Breath was third. "She was real green, kind of snaky," Rawlings said of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions, "but Mike (Hall) called me last night and again this morning to remind me to put her in play, that she was a little sick last week and had some steering problems. Mike did some rigging changes; obviously, they worked." Cult Icon, who deployed a closing style in her initial career starts, got involved earlier Monday with a quarter-pole move that carried her to her third straight victory in 1:56. Krushed Apple was 2-1/2 lengths back in second, with Real Fine third. "I actually hate her on the lead, but we weren't going real fast," said winning driver Tyler Smith. "She's just so lazy and messing around on the front. But when a horse came to her, she did everything right and kept pacing through the wire." A daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon, Cult Icon races for trainer Trent Stohler and owners Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stables and Stately Gaits Stable. Round The Beach appeared to be gapping at the three-quarters, but she found another gear for Dave Palone and overtook the leader, Sarpa Hanover, in the lane to prevail in 1:55.4. Sanfrancisco Treat rallied for second, 1/2 length in arrears, while Sarpa Hanover saved show. "I was just trying to get her to relax and cut my own mile in the two hole," Palone said. "She felt like she had plenty of pace, but she shows a mistake last week in the last turn, so I was being careful. I knew I would get out." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Shesasmokin Lady shot the Lightning Lane to score for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner Iris Horowitz in 1:53, a length better than the first-over Hurricane Calleigh. Lakeisha Hall completed the ticket. The 4-year-old daughter of McAardle-Smokin Pistol pushed her career bankroll to $319,525 while giving Paver career driving win 3,999. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $158,254 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Well Said gelding Iluvtomakemoney continued to live up to his name by remaining perfect after three starts in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at Pocono Downs, but the 4-5 choice had to be very good to defeat 25-1 shot Size Me Up by a neck in 1:54.1. Tim Tetrick got the colt away in the pocket, normally a great place to be at Pocono, but when Thomas B Hanover and then Size Me Up made sweeping moves on the far turn, Tetrick had to wait to get clearance and was in fact back to sixth midturn before a breaker opened a clear outside path for him and his horse. Almost three lengths down at the stretch call, Iluvtomakemoney showed gritty determination with his late rally to keep his StS record clean for trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli. Three other colts added their second Stallion Series victory on Sunday, with the A Rocknroll Dance half-brother to Pure Country, Grand Teton, taking the fastest of all five of the SS action in 1:52.3. Brett Miller had to take his charge on the rough first-over route, but the colt reflected his pedigree by coming his own back half in 54.4 raw while overtaking Ideal Flip by ¾ of a length in 1:52.3. Jimmy Takter conditions the talented youngster, now undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. Also now 3-for-3 in betting races is one of two altered sons of Ponder to win in the Stallion Series action, Like Clockwork. Mike Wilder made the trip northeast to guide the freshman, and he moved him to the lead past the quarter, got a soft second panel, then had enough to come home in 28.1 to complete a 1:54.2 victory, holding pocketsitter Beach Watch safe by a half-length for Fred Grant, handling the local care of the freshman, and the Birnam Wood Farms of Seth "Macbeth" Rosenfeld. The other son of Ponder to wind up in Victory Lane was Yupper, with the gelding getting a fine trip in the pocket, then stepping home in 56.1 to hold off the late rush of Dancinat Midland by ¾ of a length and take a new mark of 1:53.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Rollie Mallar, and the Anatolia Farm LLC. The only first-time winner in the Stallion Series emerging Sunday was a colt breaking his maiden - Go West Go Fast, who reversed his name and came from The Meadows to Pocono to get his breakthrough victory in 1:54.3. The winner stepped a 27.3 last quarter from the pocket to overhaul pacesetting 1-5 favorite Plus One (the only losing chalk of the five) by three parts of a length for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Silva Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Monday night this division's Sire Stakes colts go in races 3, 4, and 5, with Done Well, the only winner in both of the first two legs, looking the one to beat in the initial section. Plenty of other young pacing talent will be joining him on the red clay Pocono surface in the three Monday heats. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - "2017 Harness Stakes Life AHD (After Hambletonian Day)" will have as an opening attraction Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old colt pacers racing in the third leg of their respective series, with five divisions of Stallion Series harness racing action on Sunday and three sections of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Monday. In Sunday's Stallion Series contests, the only double winner so far, will start from post four for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Mark Hall in the eleventh race division. The Well Said gelding will be looking to regain the road to redemption, having made a break in the Arden Downs stake on Adios Day at The Meadows after those two Stallion Series victories. The race before that will feature the only clash of previous Stallion Series winners, Grand Teton (PP1, driver Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter) and Trajectory (PP3, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke). Each of Monday's three Sire Stakes races has its own tale. Perhaps the most compelling is that of Wild Bill, starting from post two in the third race for driver Done Well and trainer Brian Brown. The Well Said colt is undefeated in three starts (two of them in the Sire Stakes, putting him at the top of his group), and he shows early signs of giving Brown another chance in his biggest hometown race (he trains in Delaware, Ohio) after the two big shots he may get this season. In the fourth race, the full brother to Cane Pace winner Huntsville, Wild Bill, starts from the rail. He had been undefeated in two career purse starts, but then was not at his best in an Arden Downs division, finishing fifth. Trainer Ray Schnittker usually uses driver Tetrick (as he did with Huntsville in the Cane), but Tetrick opted off Wild Bill when he had a conflict July 13, and Scott Zeron will once again be back in Wild Bill's sulky Monday. The horse that Tetrick did book himself on against Wild Bill, Nutcracker Sweet, finished second to Wild Bill that day, but has since come back to win a Meadowlands overnight, and he will start from post five for trainer Jimmy Takter. Race five has no fewer than four stakes winners: PA Sires winners Pro Beach (PP3, Gingras) and Pedro Hanover (PP6, Tetrick); Sheppard winner Kwik Talkin (PP4, Zeron); and Arden Downs winner Whatstroublnurocky, another Brian Brown horse (PP4, David Miller). PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2017 -- Like Clockwork made a decisive quarter-pole move to the front and rolled to victory in a harness racing stake-fastest 1:52.4 in Wednesday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. The event was contested over three divisions, with Yupper and Iluvtomakemoney taking the other splits. Dan Rawlings enjoyed a stake double behind Like Clockwork and Yupper. Like Clockwork is a Ponder colt out of Macharoundtheclock, long a fast-class performer at The Meadows popular for her exciting "Silky Sullivan" finishes. Tim Twaddle, conditioner of both mother and son for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms, said he sees similarities in the two. "He's very much like her," Twaddle said. "She was a big, gorgeous thing, and he's a clone of her. He's a real special animal. He's real green on the lead. I like to see him on a helmet. When Danny got him to the front, he kind of got lost up there until a horse got up where he could see him, and then he went on again. But he'll learn." Dancinat Midland was second, 5 lengths back, while Scrub Hanover rallied for show. Twaddle indicated Like Clockwork would next race in the Gov. Lawrence stake Adios Day at The Meadows. A strong quarter-pole move also was key for Yupper, an Anatolia Farms Ponder-Real Nasty homebred. He held off the rallying Plus One by a length in 1:54, with early leader PC's Expresso third. "I think he's better off a helmet." said winning trainer Roland Mallar, "but every time a horse came to him at the end, he kept digging in. He keeps trying. He's nice to be around and handy to drive." Iluvtomakemoney had to work hard for his second stallion series win, grinding it out uncovered before overtaking Antagonist and downing him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54. Go West Go Fast completed the ticket. "I landed in the three hole, and I really didn't trust the horse in the two hole," said winning driver Tony Hall, "so I had to make the move. He felt good, and when I moved him, he kept going forward." Mark Harder conditions the Well Said-Symphony In Motion gelding for Joseph Jannuzzelli. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a pair of eliminations (races 9 and 10) for the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as the Albatross, a $159,165 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM, with the Adios elims set to begin at approximately 3:45 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA – Two-year-old trotting fillies were featured in seven $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series’ second preliminary Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and although the “off” harness racing track was below peak speed throughout the evening (“+1” in “good” conditions later changing to “sloppy”), all the winners took lifetime marks.   The Donato Hanover filly Zoe Bi was the only filly to register a second straight score in the Stallion Series, and she succeeded swiftly, with her 1:57.4 clocking the fastest of the night for trainer Christopher Beaver, also co-owner with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Pocono’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., moved the baby miss to the top past the quarter, then brought her home in 58.1 to be almost five lengths clear of her opposition at the finish.   Driver Andy Miller picked up two winning catch-drives in the Stallion Series action. One came with the second-fastest winner, the Explosive Matter distaff Bombshell Belle, who won by 6½ lengths in 1:58.1. On the lead at the stretch call in her first Stallion Series start at The Meadows only to make a break, the Robert Baggitt Jr.-trained filly was overlooked here and paid $31.40 to win as she tallied for Christine Baggitt and noted amateur horseman Mitchell Walker.   Miller’s other win came with the Cantab Hall filly Keystone Carly in 1:59.4, after a phrase often heard among baby trotter races: “a war of attrition.” Three in the field of seven broke early; a fourth broke during the second quarter; and then La La Winnie, who had put up amazing fractions of 27.1 and 57.4, made a break at the half – with Keystone Carly officially 17 lengths back at the half. But she and favored Reiza were the only two who had remained flat, and the latter had been close-up in the pocket when the leader miscued, inheriting a lead that was 7½ lengths at the 1:28.2 3/4s. But the early fractions took their toll and Keystone Carly, with the patient Miller, was the fresh filly late, charging by to score by 1½ lengths for trainer Todd Schadel, who shares ownership with his wife Christine and Rick & Regina Beinhauer.   Cantab Hall picked up another siring credit when trainer Jimmy Takter also took sulky duty behind Basquait, who stepped home in 29.1 to complete a 2:00 tally. Basquait, named after perhaps the greatest graffiti artist who later went on to work with Andy Warhol, was picture-perfect in winning for Order By Stable.   Also with two winning offspring was sire Muscle Massive, the faster of which was Women’s Lib, who went wire-to-wire in 1:58.4, last half 58.1, for trainer Donna Marshall. Sharing ownership of the winning distaff with the renown Arden Homestead Stable is her driver, whom famed announcer Jack E. Lee would undoubtedly call “Diamond-uh-Jim-MARSHall-1-2-3-4” – Jim Marshall IV, son of the longtime noted horseman Jim III and only in his second year of driving in the professional ranks.   Enchanting was the other successful daughter of Muscle Massive, holding off the Team Orange Crush filly Cloud Dancer by a neck in 2:00.4. Enchanting, who led at every call, is owned and trained by D.R. Ackerman.   Also successful on the wet night was the Andover Hall filly Fish Is Fish, who used a pocket journey as a springboard to a nose victory over first leg winner Explosive G, who had taken the lead in the stretch, in 1:59.2. Driver Dan Rawlings shipped northeastward with trainer Dirk Simpson, and their filly made the long ride worthwhile for them and owner Ed Teefey.   Five divisions of Sire Stakes two-year-old trotting fillies are carded for tomorrow night (Tuesday), the last night of the week in Pocono Saturday through Tuesday basic schedule.   PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2017 -- Cult Icon used a decisive first-over move to carry her to victory in a stake-record 1:53.1 in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Real Fine and Dance For Kisses taking the other splits. Cult Icon was third down the backside when she targeted the leader, Ana Hanover, with a brush so powerful it took her driver, Tyler Smith, by surprise. "They told me she doesn't like to do a lot of work, but when I moved her, she went right on by," Smith said. "Off the turn I called on her, and she paced straight through the wire. I think she'll get even better. She really hadn't seen fractions like she saw today, and she paced right through them." Cult Icon held off Round The Beach by 3/4 lengths while Ana Hanover saved show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 established by Rusty's Bliss in 2013. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stable and Stately Gaits Stable. Real Fine had faced the starter four times, including baby races, and jumped it off on three occasions. But winning driver Dave Palone exonerated her from blame. "I always loved her attitude, and a lot of those mistakes really weren't her fault," Palone said. "She's a sweetheart of a filly; she tries real hard. I think she'll go nowhere but forward from here." In Monday's stake, Real Fine moved first over from third before heading back to the cones for a quick breather. She came on again in the lane and downed Come Get The Cash by 1/2 length in 1:55 with early leader Fine Art third. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall had to use Dance For Kisses twice -- once for an early seat from post 8, once when she challenged the leader three wide near the three-quarters -- but the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Thirsty For Kisses, responded beautifully, prevailing in 1:56. Some Renditions was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Pink It Up completed the ticket. "We had a 35-1 shot loose on the front end, so I wanted to make sure I was in the outer flow," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about that (being three wide), but she kept hold of the bit and kept marching forward." Justin Lebo trains Dance For Kisses for Crawford Farms Racing. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Sand Tart, a $159,852 PA Sites Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 12, 2017 -- Hockey Hanover extended his career unbeaten streak to four when he followed cover beautifully and brushed late to capture his Pennsylvania Stallion Series division Wednesday at The Meadows. The $120,000 event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over six divisions, with Stonebridge Gamble, Meadowbranch Ricky, Thumper, Mississippi Storm and Tequila Talkin taking the other splits. Hockey Hanover's first three victories came on the PA Fairs circuit for owner McMullen Stable, but winning trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder considered him ready for stake competition. "He was good at the fairs, and I thought he could go with them," Yoder said. "He scrambled a little bit leaving, and I just tried to keep his feet under him. He made one bad step but caught right back." In the stake, the son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover picked up the live cover of Drum Hanover, then blew by in the lane to triumph in 1:58.1. I Know My Rights was second, beaten a neck, while Drum Hanover saved show. Stonebridge Gamble's career got off to an inauspicious beginning when, from post 8, he was beaten 11 lengths in a PA All Stars division. But he was fastest of all in Wednesday's event, launching a sustained first-over bid from fourth and downing early leader St Patricks Day by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:58. Moosonee completed the ticket. "There were no (rigging) changes after the All Stars, just a better post position," said Tyler Buter, who piloted the Cantab Hall-OK To Play gelding for trainer Todd Buter and owners Oldford Racing LLC and Gene Oldford Farms. "He's game, he wants to race. We'll keep him in the stallion series, get his confidence up." Meadowbranch Ricky and Rich And Miserable dueled for most of the final quarter before Meadowbranch Ricky put his head in front at the wire, scoring in 1:58.2 in his career opener. What A Hunk earned show. "He was on and off the bit, just like a typical baby," said winning driver Aaron Merriman. "But he's really good gaited and has a lot of talent. He probably had a little more left, but he didn't want to give it to me. You have to ask him for it. He raced good and beat a pretty good horse." Ake Svanstedt conditions the son of Muscle Massive-Meadowbranch Jill for owner/breeder Hans Enggren. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Hickory Pride, a $169,952 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2017 -- Globallyglamourous survived a flat tire and scored the fastest victory in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Zoe Bi, Beauty Cutie and Explosive G taking the other splits. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Palone's cache pushed his career total to 17,997. He has nine scheduled assignments Tuesday. Palone, who piloted Globallyglamourous, said the flat tire occurred following incidental contact with another sulky near the five-eighths. "That blown tire makes her win even more impressive," he said. "I've driven many horses from her family, and they all were honest as can be. She felt the same way. First time over the track, it's more what they feel like than what they show on paper. You never want to put them in a spot where you rush them or put them in a situation they're not used to." The daughter of Andover Hall-Global Glamour broke her maiden in 1:58 for trainer Peter Foley and owners James McLaughlin and Lynne Foley. Bone A Fide Babe was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Nicole Hanover third. Abetted by breaks from six of her seven competitors, Zoe Bi opened a daylight lead before enduring a bumpy ride home, with Aaron Merriman working hard to keep her trotting. She earned her maiden-breaker in 1:58.2, 4-3/4 lengths better than Massive Kate. Island Town recovered from her early miscue for show. "She's always rough -- I've got some work to do on her yet," said Chris Beaver, who trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia B and owns with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. "Shoeing, rigging -- I haven't figured it out yet. She has some rough patches. She has a lot of go to her if I can get the kinks ironed out." Beauty Cutie, who broke stride in her first two career starts, tallied her initial victory, pulling the pocket early for Hall and outdueling First Class Act to triumph by 1/2 length in 1:59.3. Outrageous Fortune completed the ticket. "Every week we've been changing her a little more, a little more," said winning trainer Rich Gillock. "She had an issue with her head, getting comfortable when she's trotting. Today she looked much better and got the right kind of trip where she wasn't over-extended." Bob Key bred and owns Beauty Cutie, a daughter of Winning Mister-La La Nina. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Safe From Terror was parked the entire mile but still nipped the leader, Lakeisha Hall, by a nose in 1:50.4 for Hall, trainer Bruce Riegle and owner Winchester Baye Acres. Shesasmokinlady, also parked every step, was a close-up third. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place extended her career bankroll to $770,707. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Meadow Gladys, a $167,016 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casinore foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - EZ Passer stands alone atop the Pennsylvania Stallion Series three-year-old trotting filly rankings after overcoming post nine to win her division of the third SS prelim leg Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, keeping her undefeated in the harness racing competition after a trio of starts.   Jeff Gregory sent the daughter of Crazed right to the top despite the outermost stating slot and maintained control throughout, winning by 1¾ lengths over pocketsitting Decadence and stopping the timer in 1:55.1, fastest clocking in all of the six divisions. Mark Harder is the conditioner of the winner for owner Joseph Jannuzzeli as she boosted her earnings over six figures to $106,588.   The only other double winner entering Monday's Pocono action was Canwood, but after opening up a sizable lead on the final turn this filly had to settle for third behind the Cantab Hall filly Ellerie Hanover, who was victorious in 1:56.2. Andrew McCarthy rallied the winner to the victory for trainer Anette Lorentzon and the SRF Stable; she now has two Stallion Series wins after trying the Sire Stakes horses in the first leg but making a break.   Following the same racing pattern as Ellerie Hanover - breaking in the Sire Stakes in leg one, and now winning two straight at the Stallion level - was the Lucky Chucky filly Lexi Marie, who moved to the lead past the quarter and went on to a 1:57 triumph for driver David Miller, trainer Trond Smedshammer, and owner Diane Giuliano.   David Miller posted a driving double in the Stallion Series action with one of two victorious daughters of Muscle Massive, Onda Su, who like EZ Passer didn't let a little thing like post nine deter her, coming home as a pocket rocket for a 1:57 victory for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Fred and Shirley Schwartz and the Onda Racing Stable LLC.   The other Muscle Massive winner was Itsgoodtobequeen, who enjoyed a pocket trip then burst home to win by 3¼ lengths in 1:56, knocking five seconds off her lifetime mark. Marcus Miller had sulky duty behind the winner for owners Jon Erdner, Martin Garey, and Henry Wieseneck.   The "Queen" was a 13-1 upsetter for trainer Doug Hamilton; the veteran Hamilton came back in the last of the six divisions to post a 10-1 upset with Out Of Luck, who gave Lucky Chucky a siring double. Out Of Luck closed well from second-over to hold off the horse on her back, 94-1 Ridge Speed, by 1¼ lengths in a 1:57 victory for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and owners Sandbur Farms, Valarie Sutton, and Joseph Hemingway.   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2017 -- Looking for a sharp prep before tackling the best in her division, Brazuca found the right spot in Monday's Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where she rolled to victory in a harness racing stake-record 1:51.3. The $80,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Beach Club, Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double behind Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon. Brazuca earned just less than $90,000 at 2 and was beaten only 6-1/4 lengths in the Breeders Crown final. But Tom Cancelliere, who trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times for John Cancelliere, said he wanted to ease her back into a demanding schedule, which continues with the June 24 James Lynch Memorial eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "We wanted to start her out in a spot where she would be good and work her way up," he said. "She came back super this year, no problems at all. But it's such a long year. We'll be racing them all the way to November." On Monday, Brazuca had little trouble handling post 7, as she zipped to the lead for Corey Callahan and downed Traceuse Hanover by 3 lengths, with Stairwaytothestars third. The time erased the 1:52 mark jointly held by Icommandmyspirit and Keystone Riptide. Beach Club opened a 6-length lead at the top of the stretch but nearly lost it all to the late charge of Tori Hanover, who fell a head short. Bridge To Tomorrow finished third in the 1:53.2 mile. "I think she just waits a little bit on the point," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I would have preferred to follow, but when you're the favorite like that and you've got a chance to control the numbers, you take it. I really wasn't worried. I thought she was a winner at the sixteenth pole, I thought she was a winner at the wire. She's a big, lanky filly who shut down a little bit." Ron Burke conditions Beach Club, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sand Speed, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and Larry Karr. Sitting in the pocket with Sweetest Emotion, Tony Hall was pondering whether to angle outside or dive into the Lightning Lane when the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Sweet Paprika made the decision for him. "She got a little rammy in the middle of the last turn," Hall said, "so as long as I had the option, I figured I'd go outside. She dug all the way through the wire." Sweetest Emotion defeated the rallying Queen To Me by 3/4 lengths while early leader Freakonomics completed the ticket. Nifty Norman trains the winner for Pinske Stables, Enzed Racing Stable and Carter Pinske. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Shesasmokinlady shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:52.1 for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz. The 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol extended her career bankroll to $199,765. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Six $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono produced about just as much excitement as had the Sire Stakes crew the night before - although none of the first leg winners at The Meadows added a second Stallion success here Monday.   The very first Stallion Series horse to step foot on the track Monday, Donttellmeagain, moved to the lead early for Tim Tetrick and snapped home in 27.1 to complete a victory in 1:50.2, faster than two divisions of the Sire Stakes the previous evening. But it was no real surprise that the altered son of Dragon Again, who took a new mark for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owners Paton Racing Stables Inc., could show that kind of speed - he was Stallion Series champion at two, and of his only three losses in a 12-race career, one came vs. older horses, closing from ninth and last in 53.4 to be just 1½ lengths off, and the other two have been to last night's hero, Fear The Dragon.   It wouldn't be a modern-day Pennsylvania Sire Stakes/Stallion Series pace without the offspring of Somebeachsomewhere getting good money, and indeed the sire had two of his sons report home first in these Stallion Series contests. The winningest - and possibly the gamest -- of the SBSW's Monday was Highalator, who posted his 10th victory of 2017 (in but 12 starts) with a 1:52.2 victory. That move to double-digit wins looked by no means assured in midstretch as Jo Pa's Somebeach got to dead-even up the Pocono Pike, but Highalator, a Weiss Series champion on the first of the month, refused to surrender the lead, holding on by a nose for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Jenny Bier, and owners Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.   The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Deerfield Beach won in his career-best 1:52.3 time for the second time in five days while taking another section for trainer Nifty Norman and the partnership of Sundance Stable LLC and Jay Sears. David Miller made two speed moves with the developing youngster, rated the pace, then rocketed home in 26.4 to have 5¼ lengths over his nearest rivals at the wire.   Driver Miller became the only human doubler in the Stallion Series when he rallied the Western Ideal gelding Dorel from third-over and fifth still in midstretch to equal his mark of 1:52.1, overhauling favorite Southwind Yukon by a head. Chris Ryder handles conditioning on the youngster, now 3 for 5 lifetime for owner/breeder Shelby Novick.   Another Stallion Series cut looked like déjà vu all again of an earlier contest, with Santafe's Coach in the Highalator favored pacesetting role (driven by a Napolitano, no less) and Sin City Boogie being the Jo Pa's Somebeach surrogate, giving the leader all he wanted from the Pocono Pike. And like that race the pacesetter held off his lefthand challenger by a nose, as Santafe's Coach got his third win in four seasonal starts in 1:53.1. Anthony Napolitano was in the sulky behind the Bettor's Delight colt for trainer Leo Iordan and owners Edward DeRosa, Matthew Llovardi, and Ralph Woythaler.   Bettor's Delight got another sire credit when Mike's Z Tam posted a career best and the second-fastest time, 1:52, in taking his cut. The gelding was the fourth different leader when he gained control at the half, and then responded gamely when challenged to his left by Cougar Bait late, finishing a half-length to the good for trainer/driver Pat Lachance, also co-owner with Z Tam Stables LLC, M&M Harness Racing LLC, and Royal Flush Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2017 -- Breeders Crown runner-up Moonshiner Hanover, looking for a soft opening for his sophomore harness racing campaign, found it in Monday's Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where he cruised to victory in a stake-fastest 1:55.3. The $80,000 event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Two AM, Thisguyisonfire and Skaterly taking the other splits. Moonshiner Hanover earned $263,101 at 2 and was beaten only by Dan Patch Award winner Walner in the Breeders Crown final. But trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Andover Hall-Madam Hooch with Synerco Ventures and Bill Manes, said the December removal of OCDs from the colt's left hind ankle complicated the timetable for his return. "He qualified only a week ago," Beaver said. "To put him in the sires stake, I'd have had to race him back in five days and drop him five seconds. I decided to avoid that right off the bat. I think he's come back a little smoother." In the stallion series, Moonshiner Hanover waited until the dust settled before moving to the point for Aaron Merriman and drawing off by 5 lengths turning for home. Geared down, he defeated Ataboy Hanover by 1-1/2 lengths, with Perseverance third. Beaver indicated Moonshiner Hanover likely will race next in the June 3 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Two AM already knew he was comfortable in the stallion series; he captured the freshman title by a widening 4-1/2 lengths. On Monday, the Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding set sail first over after the leader, Lars Perry, who had enjoyed a slowish 59.2 first half. But Two AM had little trouble overtaking Lars Perry and downing him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56. Phi Alpha earned show. "This horse was real sharp in his qualifiers, and I was pretty confident in him," said Tyler Buter, who drove for trainer Todd Buter and owners Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. "We'll take his racing schedule week to week. He hasn't been tired yet; we haven't found the bottom." Thisguyisonfire appeared in trouble at the half, when he trailed by 8-1/2 lengths. But he surged when Mike Wilder asked him for trot, picking up the cover of Muay Hanover and going wide through the stretch to prevail in a career-fastest 1:56. Muay Hanover was second, 2 lengths back, while DD's Comet completed the ticket. "I was being a little cautious with him because they said he runs in a little bit in the turns," Wilder said. "I kind of got detached at the half, but I thought if I got through the last turn, he'd be pretty good. He just exploded. He couldn't have been better." Jim Campbell trains Thisguyisonfire, a son of Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall, for Fashion Farms. In the $13,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace, 9-1 upstart Hurricane Calleigh, a $10,000 claimer only two races back, sustained an uncovered move to score in 1:53.1 for David McNeight III, trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. It was the fastest win ever for the 4-year-old daughter of McArdle-Jo Pa's Dragoness. Merriman collected four wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 15, 2017 -- Trixie Dust was all out to nail the stubborn leader, One Class Act, but she inched past to score in a harness racing career-best 1:55.2, fastest mile in Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Gin's Tonic, Canwood, EZ Passer and My Cherry Pie also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double behind Trixie Dust and My Cherrie Pie. One Class Act took her field through a swift 1:25.2 three-quarters but showed no inclination to yield to the first-over Trixie Dust. The even-money favorite surged late to down One Class Act by a nose, with Massive Risk third. "She's better racing from the back," Palone said of the daughter of Winning Mister-Emma J, "so I thought if I could sit tight and not have to use her until the last turn, she'd be fine. When I moved her, I thought she would win. She picked me right up like the good ones do. I drove her dad, and she reminds me a lot of him." Rich Gillock trains Trixie Dust and owns with Paula Sokol. Gin's Tonic stalked Ms Mullen from the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane to prevail by a head for Jim Pantaleano. Great Kate earned show. "When we had her at Freehold for the Lady Suffolk, she couldn't quite get around the turns there," said J. Neal Ehrhart, who conditions the daughter of Muscle Massive-Don't Say Don't -- an $8,000 yearling acquisition -- for Virginia Ehrhart. "But she likes this track. She won a Keystone Classic division here last year. She'll stay in the stallion series, but later in the year she has the Liberty Bell and the Simpson if she's good enough." Canwood, who swept a late-closing series at The Meadows before encountering some tough older performers in an overnight event, relished the return to her division. She grabbed the lead first up for Brian Zendt and thwarted the uncovered challenge of Smartie Partie to score in 1:56.2. Igotsomethingtosay finished second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Smartie Partie saved show. "She won pretty handy today, and they stretched her a little bit, too," Zendt said. "I was being careful with her because I'd never had her to the half in 57 before. I didn't want to be too hard on her." Bill Zendt trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Hallywood for Judith Wolkimir and Fred Kayne. Pantaleano and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - This Sunday and Monday, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host the $320,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships, with eight $40,000 events for harness racing Keystone-sired horses divided by age, sex, and gait. These horses earned their way into their rich finals by being the leading pointwinners during four preliminary rounds of competition at the various Pennsylvania tracks this late spring and summer.   The Stallion Series came into existence after casino-style gaming started in Pennsylvania, as an opportunity for horses who were quite good but not quite of absolute "A" quality to compete for significant money. Some horses have developed into top horses between ages two and three: trotting filly Miss Teszla won her Stallion Series Championship at two and was the leading pointwinner in the Sire Stakes this season; pacing filly Weeper won her Stallion Championship at two and her Sires Championship at three. And sometimes improvement works another way: trotting colt Southwind Nitro won his Fair Sire Stakes Championship at two and his Stallion Series Championship at three.   The three-year-olds will race on Sunday evening, when the first post is at 7:30; we'll take a brief look at each division, and then examine the two-year-olds, going the next day on a 4:30 p.m. twilight card.   3TC: Dominus Hanover was the leading pointwinner in the prelims, with two wins and two photoed-out seconds, and he'll be highly regarded; his trainer Dirk Simpson has been on a tear recently. The morning line favorite is Iholdon, with one win and three seconds, each by less than a length, in the prelims, and sponsored by the purple-hot teaming of driver David Miller and trainer Nikolas Drennan.   3TF: Goodtogo Hanover was three-for-three in the Stallions, but she's not in this final: instead of racing in the fourth prelim, she tried the Sire Stakes and was second, which gave her enough points to race in that series' $50,000 consolation - where she's favored. Two who won't mind her absence are the two favorites: Glidinthruparadise, who has four wins and three seconds in her last seven starts, and Ameliosi, 3-for-4 since joining the Jenny Melander stable - but her loss was to Glidinthruparadise.   3PC: JJ Flynn has been established as the opening choice after winning two of his last three races, the only loss a good third in the Battle of the Brandywine Consolation; Safensound Hanover, who was second, ahead of JJ Flynn, in that Battle Consolation, must start from PP8. A surprise defection was Power Of A Cruiser, winner in all four prelims, but he did not enter; in his previous start at Harrington he had faded quite a bit in the stretch.   3PF: The top eight pointearners all declared in for their Championship, even Kryptos, who could have gone in a Sires consolation. She's the favorite here for hot trainer Nikolas Drennan, after a win and a nose loss in her only two Stallion appearances. The horse who nosed her out, Hug A Dragoness, will be starting just inside her from post one. Also well-regarded is Terror At Night, top pointearner with three wins and a second in her preliminary races.   2TC: The horses ranked 1-8 all put in for the Championships in both baby trotting sections as well. Backstage Pass was the leading prelim pointwinner with victories in all three of his starts, running his current win streak to four. Challenges he'll face here including starting post seven, and Live For Greatness, winner of two straight for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. Three other horses in the Championship won twice during the prelims, ensuring a very competitive event.   2TF: One of the most interesting storylines in the Stallion Series Championship is Electric Lemonade, who won her only two Stallion prelims in mid-July, but since then has raced only once: a fourth in a Sire Stake on August 11. Trainer Takter will be taking a rare turn in the sulky behind this miss. This division also looks very balanced: the top pointwinner was It's Hallright, and she was assigned 15-1 morning line odds!   2PC: Both pacing colt divisions had horses who had been 4-for-4 in the prelims, and like the 3YO Power Of A Cruiser, the 2YO Donttellmeagain did not declare in to start. Looking to make the most of the opportunity is morning line choice Western Hill, who is 4-3-1-0 lifetime and has dropped his race time in every one of his starts, with the last two victories coming in Stallion Series prelims.   2PF: Freakonomics was the top pointwinner, but her drawing post seven and her two victories coming by a head and a nose drew her no higher than third rating in the early odds; the two horses ahead of her are Pink Gardenias, with two wins and a nose loss in the prelims, and trained by red-hot "local boy" Chris Oakes, and Brazuca, luring over Dale Palone, who has six Stallion Series Championship victories alltime to lead all other sulkysitters.   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2016 -- Brazuca powered to the lead near the three-eighths and rolled to harness racing victory in 1:52.2, shattering the stake record in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Queen To Me, Freakonomics and Pink Gardenias taking the other $20,000 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, among his six wins on the 14-race card, behind Brazuca and Pink Gardenias. Even after Brazuca's decisive brush, she wasn't home free, as she had to fend off the menacing uncovered bid of Rockette. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times held off the challenger by 1/2 length, while Bridge To Tomorrow rallied for show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 held jointly by Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art. Trainer Tom Cancelliere indicated he expected a great deal from Brazuca, a $75,000 yearling acquisition for John Cancelliere, but not in her fifth career start. "I'm surprised," he said. "I love this filly, but we started her slow, and I thought she would need a little bit more time. She's got all kinds of stakes, but we'll see where she wants to go. If she wants to keep going, we'll keep going with her." Dismissed at 10-1, Queen To Me was fourth along the pylons as the field turned for home, with no racing room in sight. But when Sweetest Emotion pulled the pocket and promptly broke stride for Mike Wilder, that left the Lightning Lane for Queen To Me. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Arterra poured through and pulled off the upset in a maiden-breaking 1:53, a neck better than the pace-setting Emily R Hanover. Gemma's Beach Girl earned show. "They went big fractions, and I know the horse on the front is a nice horse but can get a little wobbly late," said Joe Bongiorno, who piloted Queen To Me for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Willow Oak Ranch. "Once Mike ran and Palone had to check his horse, I knew it would be me and Emily R down by the wire. My filly felt good, and she finished good." In her two career victories, Freakonomics never was ahead until the final call. Winning driver Jim Pantaleano said that's the style trainer Ross Croghan prefers for her. "When I saw the fractions come up, I thought they would come back a little," Pantaleano said. "But I was mostly paying attention to my filly. That's the way Ross wanted her raced. Clearly he's a top conditioner who knows his horses. He knows this filly." Last entering the final turn, Freakonomics followed long shot Traceuse Hanover through the stretch and nailed her by a nose in 1:55, with Beautiful Hill third. Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham campaign Freakonomics, a daughter of Western Terror-Mind Boggling. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Skippin By used two moves -- one for position from post 8, one to overpower the leader, Medusa -- to triumph in a sharp 1:50.2 for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC Wall Brothers Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Certified Ideal was a length back in second with Spreester third. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia extended her career bankroll to $629,479. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $183,616 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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