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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2016 -- Donttellmeagain completed his sweep of four Pennsylvania Stallion Series preliminary legs when he rolled home in 1:52 -- a national season's mark -- in Wednesday's harness racing action at The Meadows. The $80,000 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over four divisions, with Dragon Striker, Western Hill and Ozone Blue Chip taking the other $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman notched a stake double behind Donttellmeagain and Ozone Blue Chip. Jim King, Jr. said he and his wife, trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, knew early on they had a talented horse on their hands but couldn't reach immediate consensus on his stakes schedule with the youngster's owner, Paton Racing Stables. "I suggested putting him in the sires stakes, but the owner wanted to stick with the plan, which was the stallion series," King reported. "I got a horse with a lot of confidence right now -- we haven't taken him apart. I think he was well paid for his efforts. If everything goes fine with the final, that leaves us in a situation where the horse can make any payments that we want instead of expecting the owner to make them." On Wednesday, the Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding moved to the front before the quarter and won as he pleased, downing Somebeach Baron by 3-1/2 lengths, with Mr Today third. Stallion series championships are set for Sept. 11-12 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.. Ponderingjacksfame also was seeking a stallion series sweep, but he was stung to the quarter in 27.2 by 60-1 long shot Aplin Hanover. That left him vulnerable to the improbable first-over charge of Dragon Striker -- improbable because the son of Dragon Again-Lady's Portrait was a five-race maiden entering the event. Nevertheless, he defeated Ponderingjacksfame and Marcus Miller by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. See You Friday earned show. "The horse sitting second was a long shot, and Marcus' horse definitely was much the best," said winning driver Tony Hall. "I didn't want to get stuck behind the horse in the two hole if he backed me through. So my game plan was to get around him and get back in the two hole. I was stuck out there a lot longer than I assumed I would be. But my horse overcame it and raced a huge mile." Rich Gillock trains Dragon Striker for owner/breeder Bob Key. Western Hill found himself outside and gapping cover in a 26.3 third panel, but he shifted to another gear and prevailed in 1:52.4 for Joe Bongiorno, trainer Tony Alagna and owner/breeder Tom Hill. Early leader Maconupwithedragon was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Papiamento completed the ticket. "I was chasing him a little bit, and he wasn't going on very much, but 26.3 was the reason," Bongiorno said. "When I popped the plugs, he gained so much ground so quick -- I think he came his third quarter in 26.1 -- and he was just gone. That's a serious horse." In the Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton let his stablemate, I Know My Chip, do all the heavy lifting, then kicked past in the lane to score in 1:54.1. Trustworthy Kid shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a head, while I Know My Chip saved show. Dave Palone piloted the 10-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $787,541, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the $140,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Tyler B, a $186,672 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The card begins at the special post time of 11:25 AM to dovetail with the running of the Travers at Saratoga later Saturday. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WILKES-BARRE PA - During the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the main spotlight fell on harness racing drivers named Miller, who won four races, and sire Explosive Matter, who had three progeny return to Victory Lane, including one of the three winners, all maidens, who went in 1:57.4 for fastest clocking in the stake.   The third winner in 1:57.4 was also the longest price returned by the six division winners, which means - at Pocono Downs - that there's a good chance the colt was driven by Marcus Miller. And it was Marcus in the sulky behind Equestrianconxtion, who other than an inability to spell had shown good form recently, with a fourth in a Sire Stake, a second in an Arden Downs division, and last time a third upon coming to Stallion Series company. Marcus guided Equestrianconxtion to the lead past the quarter, rated the pace, then ripped home in 28.3 in overcoming the outside post seven and nonwinner status (likely the reasons he wasn't bet more than 12-1) for trainer/father Erv Miller and the ownership of Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger.   The other two winners in 1:57.4 were Cantab Hall colts trained by Jimmy Takter. The first to parade back a winner was Brown Bear, who made a quarter-move to command and rolled home by 8¾ lengths for driver Brett Miller and the ownership of Diamond Creek Racing and Christina Takter. Then Takter and driver Yannick Gingras scored with an unusual (for them) 11-1 shot in Live For Greatness, who had been second from post seven in his Stallion debut, then improved on that finish by one in his second Stallion Series start from that same post, winning by a half-length over fast-closing DD's Comet, with Fashion Winner, the only horse to win in the first two prelims, settling for third, another ¾ of a length in back of the race winner, who is owned by SRF Stable.   Marcus Miller had a second winner with a son of Explosive Matter, the gelding Larson Hanover, who now has taken both of his Stallion Series starts after nosing out his division's other previous winner, Common Parlance, in 1:59.2 on Monday. This horse, trained and raced under lease by Clifton Green, paid only $4.60 (he still wasn't the favorite, being 13-10 to Common Parlance's 9-10), but in the first victory of his current three-race win skein, Marcus and Larson tilted the toteboard at $154.20 at The Downs.   The third Explosive Matter to win was the gelding Almirola Hanover, who lowered his mark by over two seconds to 1:58 under the guidance of David Miller, the fourth success for sulkysitters with "Miller" surnames. Almirola Hanover caught pacesetter Meteoric to win by a neck and, with two wins and a second in the series, is the leading pointwinner after three rounds for trainer Bill Zendt, also co-owner with Gary Saul and J. Patrick Huber.   The final Stallion Series winner Monday was the Donato Hanover colt Backstage Pass, who now has two straight series successes, three wins in a row, and a 4-for-5 lifetime record after stopping the timer in 1:58.1 for driver Tony Hall, trainer Jimmie Ritter Jr., and owner Jessica Smith.   These horses will have their final Stallion Series prelim at Philly on Wednesday, August 31, and then come 100 miles back up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for their Championship here on Monday, September 12. After three rounds, here are the unofficial pointstandings, with a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 scale based on finish: 1. Almirola Hanover, 95; 2. Fashion Winner, 85; 3. DD's Comet, 75; 4. Larson Hanover, 70; 5.-6.-7. (tie) Brown Bear, Common Parlance, and Live For Greatness, tied with 60; 8.-9.-10. (tie) Equestrianconxtion, I Am The Danger, and Invested In Lindy, tied with 50. Fourteen other horses are "on the bubble", less than 20 points behind, ensuring a competitive scramble in the City of Brotherly Love on the last day of the month to make the Championship.   PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2016 -- Lovebeinglucky waited patiently in the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to score in a stake-fastest -- and career best -- 1:58.2 in Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Seaside Breeze, Miss Da Line, Tequila Sunrise AS and Decadence also taking $20,000 splits. Trainer Jonas Czernyson enjoyed a stake double with Seaside Breeze and Decadence. Lovebeinglucky has raced an unusual schedule that includes fair stakes, PA Sires stakes and an Arden Downs affair in addition to stallion series events. Her best shot for a championship is in the PA Fairs, where she currently ranks eighth in points. "You have to put them where you think they can do the best," said trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer who, with Regina Beinhauer, owns and bred the daughter of Lucky Chucky-Tahiti Springs. "She's a nice filly, not a great filly, but she likes the half-mile tracks. She's set three track records at the fairs this year." In Monday's stake, she followed the front-ending All Set Lets Go before blowing by in the stretch and holding off the rallying Havanna Bar by 1/2 length. All Set Lets Go saved show. Seaside Breeze hadn't been on the lead at any point in her three previous outings, but in her stallion series debut, she zipped to the front. That, reported winning driver Eric Goodell, was no mean feat. "She's a little tough to handle going to the gate -- she's just a bully," Goodell said. "She's really nervous and anxious and has to learn how to quiet herself a little bit. But she has some go, has some speed, and she wants to do it." Seaside Breeze broke her maiden in 1:58.3, 1-3/4 lengths better than It's Hallright, with EZ Passer third. Thomas Dillon campaigns the daughter of Donato Hanover-Seaside. Miss Da Line used a determined first-over move to nail the leader, Lima Skye, in the stretch and down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Ophelia completed the ticket. The daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, who was troubled by breaks at the outset of her career, now has won both her starts since adding hopples. "I don't know why she was breaking," said Ray Paver, who trains and drives the homebred Miss Da Line for owners Harry and Iris Horowitz. "I trained her down all year, and you couldn't make her make a break. So I threw the hopples on last week, and it seemed to help." Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Delmonica Hanover, a $188,756 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Driver Brett Miller had six wins on the Wednesday afternoon program (Aug 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The harness racing card also included six divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $20,000. The fastest of the six events was taken by Paton Racing Stable's Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick). With the victory, the gelded son of Dragon Again is now 4 of 5 in the win column in his career. He drew off confidently to win by 3 lengths, after sitting in the pocket for a majority of the mile. Other Stallion Series winners included Western Hill (1:53.3), Photobombr Hanover (1:54.1), Ponderingjacksfame (1:53.3), Braley Hanover (1:53.2), and Mike's Z Tam (1:54.2). Today's (Thursday, Aug. 18) card featured three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of over $62,000. They are races 3,6, and 10 on the program. There is also a pick 4 carryover of just over $1,800 on today's program. The pick four starts in race 7. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2016 -- Fiji, who hadn't seen the lead in four straight starts, zipped to the front and rolled to a harness racing victory in 1:55.3 -- stake fastest and a career best -- in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Blownoutofthewater and Elysium Lindy also taking $20,000 splits. Jim Pantaleano enjoyed a stake double behind Fiji and Elysium Lindy. Formerly trained by Jimmy Takter, Fiji was making his initial start for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and trainer Ron Burke. Pantaleano, who hadn't driven Fiji before, indicated he learned a lot about the Cantab Hall-Ucallthisahoneymoon gelding approaching the gate. "When I go into a race with a horse I don't know, I just kind of let the horse tell me," Pantaleano said. "He was very aggressive behind the gate and extremely good gaited. As good as he felt going out of there, I made a decision to try to control the race." Fiji had little trouble repelling the first-over thrust of Iholdon, downing him by 3/4 lengths over a sloppy surface. Meadowbranch Memo shot the Lightning Lane for show. Blownoutofthewater survived a snaky journey through the stretch, drifting out and losing valuable ground. Dave Palone was able to straighten him while continuing to urge him forward. The Explosive Matter-Andover Mermaid gelding earned his second stallion series victory in 1:56.1, 1/2 length better than Skeezix. Moneycounts De Vie completed the ticket. "He was a little bit bumpy late," Palone said, "but he's a horse with a good set of lungs. I thought if I just got him away, I could let him do his work first over, and he might be the strongest. He had plenty of go. It was a matter of keeping him at it." Jenny Melander conditions Blownoutofthewater for Steve Organ. Elysium Lindy popped right to the front for Pantaleano and withstood a severe challenge from the pocket-sitting Dominus Hanover, holding him off by a nose in 1:56.4. Tyson recovered from a pair of breaks to earn show. "He showed up on Saturday, and because it was so hot, we just let him relax," said Kelly Stackowicz, who trains the Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy gelding locally for owner George Beck. "We jogged a little bit yesterday, and he did his job today." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Skippin By powered by Medusa in the lane to defeat her by 1/2 length in 1:52.1. Best Of Jenna was a ground-saving third. Palone drove for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Brothers Stable and Bruce Soulsby. With the victory, the 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia boasts a lifetime bankroll of $617,879. It was one of five wins for Palone on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Hickory Smoke, a $163,309 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Terror At Night emerged as the only three-time winner from the preliminary rounds of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, which held its fourth and final preliminary Sunday night over "good" going at the mountain oval.   Terror At Night and Yannick Gingras had the top in their division in 26.3, and the favorite then yielded to second choice Square Dancer, who go the field by the half in 55.1. Terror At Night moved back to command before the 1:23.1 3/4s and drew off late, winning by four lengths in 1:51.4, equaling her lifetime mark. The daughter of Western Terror, whose only loss in the competition was a second, a half-length back, to $229.20 bomber Shortstory Hanover at Philly in July 13, is trained by Les Givens for owners Nanticoke Racing Inc, Edward Mass III, and Arlene Paisley.   The filly many were touting as the best in the Stallion Series was Kryptos, who had been third behind Pure County despite a rough trip in a Sire Stake, and then was a safe winner in her only StS action. But the 2 to 5 favorite was caught by a nose by 9-1 shot Hug A Dragoness, who had the early lead, yielded and was shuffled back, then was moved back outside by driver Matt Kakaley, just catching the chalk in the shadow of the wire. Trainer Ron Burke is the co-owner of the winner with Sylvia Burke.   Though Kryptos may have been edged out for trainer Nikolas Drennan, the conditioner bounced right back with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Keystone Riptide, who did not seem to mind first-over duty as she drew off to win by 3½ lengths in 1:52.3 for driver George Napolitano Jr.. The winner had two wins and a second in her four preliminaries for owners Joseph Davino, Patrick O'Brien, and Brad Shackman.   As far as the fastest (1:51.3) of Sunday's four stakes visitors to Victory Lane, the Yankee Cruiser filly Graceful Vision, she may well find herself on the outside looking in come the $40,000 PA Stallion Series Championship on Sunday, September 11 at Pocono. Despite successful pocket rocket tactics to tally by 1½ lengths here for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller, the latter co-owner with John Kolipoulos, the 9-2 shot had only had one start, a fifth, in the Series before this one, and may have found her form too late to qualify for the final.   Terror At Night, as could be expected, was the leading pointwinner with 130 points; the unofficial list of those behind her gaining automatic qualification to the Championship if declaring in are Keystone Riptide (105), Corona Again (89), Nap's Beach Girl (80), Dismissal (72, the only other two-time prelim winner), Hug A Dragoness (64), and Kryptos (60). If these pointtotals are verified by the PA Harness Commission and everybody declares in, there will need to be a shake of the pills to select two fillies to field the final field of nine - the three tied for the next spot, at 54 points, are Addy Girl, Hooves On First, and Shortstory Hanover.   Sunday's two featured trots at Pocono warrant attention. In the $27,500 winners over handicap trot, 2015 Trotter of the Year Pinkman left strongly for the lead but had a horrible trip, three-wide most of a 27.1 quarter, not clearing until midway from there to the 56.4 half, and then again under attack from pocketpulling Armor Hanover, who broke late on the backstretch, and then Rose Run Parker, who was following "Armor"'s cover and then found himself raw before the 1:25.1 3/4s. The 6 to 5 chalk Pinkman submitted after the heavy pressure as 9 to 5 Rose Run Parker went by early stretch, then held off the late inside charge of Homicide Hunter by a half-length, with Fashion Creditor and Tweet Me also closing to be within a length of the wire, in that order and ahead of Pinkman. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Rose Run Parker saw his earnings climb to $741,990 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   In a $20,000 conditioned trot, the "Obrigado Man," trainer Paul Kelley, has another nice one in Crazy About Pat, a Crazed gelding who quarter-moved to command for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and took his second race in his three Pocono starts, tonight just a tick off his 1:53.1 mark et here on July 24. The Patricia Stable owns the career winner of $675,499, a 31% career winner (28 for 91).   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2016 -- In just his third career start, Two AM converted a relentless first-over bid to victory in Tuesday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over six divisions, with Fashion Winner, Kabang, Backstage Pass, Dude Hanover and Larson Hanover taking the other splits. Mike Wilder enjoyed a stake double behind Dude Hanover and Larson Hanover. Leaving from the rail, Two AM was fifth by 9 lengths when Brian Zendt sent him after the leader, Ninetieth Minute, at the three-eighths. The Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding advanced steadily like a polished veteran, putting away Ninetieth Minute and scoring in 1:57.2. Brown Bear was second, 2 lengths back, while Meteoric rallied for show. "The rail is tough for young horses, and I didn't want to rush him off. I knew he had enough trot," Zendt said. "I figured I'd get him out and sit out there instead of having somebody else getting in the road. When I spoke to him and let him know down the backside that I wanted him to go, he took off like a jet." Todd Buter trains Two AM for Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. Backstage Pass shared stake honors with his win in 1:57.2, but he achieved it on the front end from post 8 for Tony Hall. Live for Greatness was second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Equestrianconxtion third. Jimmie Ritter, Jr., who took over the training duties for Jessica Smith's son of Donato Hanover-I'myourbiggestfan before his last outing, said a shoeing change may have been a factor. "His feet were bothering him, so we worked on them and put flip-flops on him,' Ritter said. "They did a good job with him all winter." Fashion Winner boasted a victory and a second in two career outings -- both on the lead. On Tuesday, however, he was away fourth before Dave Palone sent him to the front with a power move near the half. The Broadway Hall-Fun And Strokes gelding triumphed in 1:57.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than Almirola Hanover. Brand New Key earned show. "I was taking a beating because he went to the lead the last two times," said winning owner/trainer Bennie Magliochetti. "Everyone's telling me, you'll ruin him. I said, when you're the best, you can't take back. When (Palone) took him back, I really wasn't worried. Still, I'd rather have them chase me than be chasing them." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Smokinmombo survived a Lightning Lane challenge by Whata Donato, holding her off by a neck in 1:54.2. Barn Girl completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo, who extended her career bankroll to $390,652, for trainer Chris Beaver and owners Synerco Ventures, James Gallagher and Beaver. Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Florida Pro, a $184,096 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2016 -- Donttellmeagain zipped to the lead and rolled home in 1:52.1 -- fastest mile this year by a freshman harness racing pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track -- in Tuesday's $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over seven divisions, with Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon, Mac's Jackpot, Ponderingjacksfame, Bettor's Western, and Jo Pa's Somebeach also taking $20,000 splits. Tim Tetrick won three divisions, including a pair (Mac's Jackpot, Jo Pa's Somebeach) for trainer Jim Campbell. Marcus Miller piloted five winners on the 14-race card, including two stake splits (Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon) for his dad, trainer Erv Miller, and one (Ponderingjacksfame) for trainer Les Givens. There was little question that Donttellmeagain was best in his division, as he crushed Bettor's Outlaw by 9-1/2 lengths, with Dances Cruiser third. Jim King, Jr., whose wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, trains the son of Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo for Paton Racing Stables, said he wasn't shocked by the youngster's speed. "It doesn't come as a real big surprise," King said. "I thought he could win, but I didn't know he would be quite that impressive. He's awfully small, but he has real high speed." Beach Boogie made little impression in his last outing, a PA Sires Stake division, but he was easily the best in his stallion series split, quarter-poling to the front and scoring in 1:52.2. No Talking was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Armed Robbery earned show. "I'm very pleased -- not surprised but pleased," Marcus Miller said. "He has a big motor. He's a pretty big horse, so he's figuring out where his legs are. If he figures it all out, he probably can go into sires stakes later in the year." Ronald Michelon, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means campaign Beach Boogie, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Dance Until Dawn. Bettor's Western was hammered down to 1-9 and performed like a heavy, confident favorite, prevailing on the front end in 1:53.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owner Synerco Ventures. Southwind Yukon was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, with On Cruise Control third. "I thought if I kept him out of trouble, he was much the best," Palone said. "I think he'll make a sires stakes colt -- just needs a little education. He's real smart." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl worked hard to find the pocket, then converted her journey to victory in 1:54.3, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Princess Pablano finished third. Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $284,556 in career earnings. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Albatross, a $190,272 PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Eight $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the two repeat winners from the six divisions of the first round at The Meadows coming at Pocono in consecutive races for the Hall of Fame harness racing team of David Miller and Jimmy Takter, and all eight winners posting new lifetime marks.   First up for Miller-Takter was the fastest of all eight of Monday's winners, Electric Lemonade, who won in 1:57.2 but needed every bit of it to post the pocket rocket tally over a stubborn pacesetting Hot Mess Hanover by a neck. Electric Lemonade was the first of three siring credits for Cantab Hall on the evening, and the 2-for-2 filly is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   The other repeat winner was the Donato Hanover filly Perfect Lady, also making the most of a pocket trip in finishing 1¾ lengths clear of the first-over Lucky Rose in 1:58.4. Team DvMiller/JiTakter were repeat winners as noted, and so was the ownership triumvirate of CTakter/JoFielding/JiFielding, this time pairing with R A W Equine Inc, who saw their filly remain a Perfect Lady in two career starts.   Trainer Takter then went on to post a consecutive triple with a second daughter of Cantab Hall, Bridal Suite, a winner in 1:58 for driver Corey Callahan. For the third straight race pocket tactics worked for a Takter trainee, as Bridal Suite, unusually for a Taker trotter a 10-1 proposition, overhauled frontstepping Blacksirenpedia by a half-length for the partnership who also owns fastest winner Electric Lemonade, Chrstine Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   In the last division of the evening, Cantab Hall finished out his siring triple with Can't I, who came her own last quarter in 28.2 despite a first-over trip to win by 5¼ lengths in 1:57.4 for driver John Campbell, trainer Bob Stewart, and breeders/owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and R.R. Fuller.   Also with a multiple siring credit was Donato Hanover besides the mentioned-above Perfect Lady, he also fathered All Set Lets Go, who certainly is at the start of her career, as this 1:58.1 triumph was already the third of her baby campaign. All Set Lets Go rallied from the pocket into a 58.4 last half to overhaul pacesetter Trixie Dust by a head for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and the McMullen Stable LLC.   Only three of the winners here were the people's choice; joining Electric Lemonade and All Set Lets Go as a winning favorite was the Andover Hall filly Bonnie Lou, who brushed to the top in front of the stands, then held off the determined uncovered bid of EZ Passer by a nose in 1:58.2. Andrew McCarthy performed sulky duties for trainer Donald Wiest, also co-owner and co-breeder with Ed Kimmel.   The father/son team of driver/son Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv combined to produce a winner in the Yankee Glide miss Youvegotitwhatittakes, who certainly hadwhatittakes in overcoming a first-over journey to get past pacesetter and first-round winner Its Hallright by ¾ of a length in 1:59.2 for owners Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing, and Louis Willinger.   The Explosive Matter filly Explosive Legacy pulled from the pocket before the ¾ and outfooted another winner from The Meadows, One Class Act, by 1¼ lengths in 1:58.2. Victor Kirby was at the lines of the winning filly for trainer/breeder Morgan McInnis, co-owner with Brian Kleinberg.   PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2016 -- Fashion Winner launched his career in fine fashion Wednesday at The Meadows when he rolled to a front-end victory in a stake-fastest 1:58.1 in a $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event. The stake was contested over six divisions, with Common Parlance, Limerence, Almirola Hanover, Simply Volo and Wiagram Hanover also taking splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a pair of stake wins (Fashion Winner, Common Parlance), as did trainer John Butenschoen (Simply Volo, Wiagram Hanover). Fashion Winner prepped for his career debut with a pair of winning qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia. His pari-mutuel bow was no more taxing, as he vaulted to the lead for Palone and never faced a serious challenge. Di Oggi rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Michigan Hanover earned show. "He's a really, really nice horse," said Bennie Magliochetti, who owns and trains the Broadway Hall-Fun And Strokes gelding. "When Anthony Morgan qualified him, he told us how good the horse was. He won well within himself. His leg is a little crooked in front, but he's so nice. He only wears back boots -- that's it. No head poles, no nothin'." Common Parlance briefly was three wide while quarter-poling to the front, but that wasn't even a speed bump en route to his blowout victory in 1:59. Invested In Lindy was 9-3/4 lengths behind in second, with Always a Ladys Man third. "He has a great head on him, an extremely nice mouth," said Joseph Skowyra, who conditions the son of Crazed-Angevine for Wade Wyatt. "He's a gentleman through and through. We wanted to gauge his performance today, then make a decision about where he'll race next. We'd like to keep him in the stallion series, but it's a little enticing to go to the next step." Limerence looked so strong in his 6-1/2-length triumph in 1:59.4 that trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt already was talking about promoting him to tougher competition. "He has a good head -- that's important," he said. "He'll go to the Kindergarten and then the sires stakes." Brand New Key and Keep Truckin On completed the ticket. Svanstedt owns the son of Yankee Glide-Pleasing Lady with Christer Lovgren, Mal Burroughs, Janet Burroughs and Torbjorn Swahn. In the $22,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality pounced on the tiring leaders and pulled off a 19-1 upset for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn in 1:53.1. Tall Cotton was second, 3-1/4 lengths in arrears, with See The Wind third. The 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $319,132 in career earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Hickory Pride, a $192,004 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 5 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2016 -- Glitter, who survived a shipping misadventure en route to The Meadows, sparkled in a Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, capturing her division in a stake-fastest 1:57.3. Monday's $120,000 event for freshman filly trotters was contested over six divisions, with Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady, It's Hallright, One Class Act and Donna Elvira also taking $20,000 splits. Corey Callahan won two divisions (Donna Elvira, It's Hallright) while Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for another pair (Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady). Winning driver Aaron Merriman said Glitter managed to climb over a stall partition in the trailer on her trip to The Meadows but emerged from it little worse for wear. "Her legs got a couple scrapes, but the vet checked her and said, go ahead and race her," Merriman indicated. "She won very easy, very professionally. That's as nice a race as you could ask of a 2-year-old." Glitter made it look easy for owner/trainer Steve Bauder, as the daughter of Glidemaster-Luscious Glitter cruised up first over and won handily, defeating Trixie Dust by 4 lengths. Weekend Wit Chucky finished third. Donna Elvira saved ground until the final turn, when Callahan cut her loose. She zipped by the leader, All Set Lets Go, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.3, with Keystone Angel third. "I really liked her the last time I raced her at Pocono," Callahan said. "She was a little bumpy -- she has some lameness issues. But she has a great attitude, and she tries hard." Jenny Melander trains Donna Elvira, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Ashley's Carousel, for Steve Organ. In her career debut, Electric Lemonade had a sizable lead on the field, with only one rival cutting into her margin. But there was a catch. The horse on the move was the first-timer Broadway Photo, a full sister to millionaire Action-Broadway, the 2011 Mare Trotter of the Year. "I was well aware who was chasing me," Palone said. "I knew I had two handfuls of trot. I never really took her plugs out. I just wanted to get her over this racetrack, her first time over it. She was well within herself. Looks like she'll graduate to the sires stakes, I would guess." Electric Lemonade prevailed in 1:59.4, 3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Neptune's Daughter completed the ticket. Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Electric Lemonade, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Birthright. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Gladys, a $195,560 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA - All five winners in the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing three-year-old trotters Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono took new lifetime marks, and the two first-round winners who entered for the second leg ran their record to 2-for-2.   The Explosive Matter filly Goodtogo Hanover, one of those two first leg winners, is in fact now 8-for-8 in 2016 after brushing to the lead early in the second quarter and going on to victory in the fastest clocking, 1:54.1. Goodtogo was good for the win by two lengths over Side Bet Hanover for driver Brian Zendt and father/trainer/co-owner Bill Zendt, in the lattermost category with Gary Saul.   The other repeat Stallion Series winner was Witnesstheprincess, victorious in four of her last six starts, here in 1:55.4 for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Chris Beaver, who co-owns the daughter of Andover Hall with Synerco Ventures Inc. and Michael D. Robinson. Sire Andover Hall picked up a second stakes siring credit on the night when Rule Of Hall reduced her mark to 1:54.4 for the red-hot teaming of driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen, and for her owners, 83 Racing.   The Cantab Hall miss Spirit Squad adjusted quickly to moving into the barn of Pocono's leading trainer, Rene Allard, breaking her maiden in 1:55 after winning by five lengths. Rene's brother Simon did the driving for the Rick Zeron Stables, James Walker, and Yves Sarrazin.   Charlie Norris picked up a rarer-and-rarer "double" in the other cut, as he is the trainer and driver of Modern Mercury, who followed up on a PA All-Stars win here in May with a Stallion Series win on Monday, stopping the timer in 1:55.4 in defeating Waterview Hanover, last year's two-year-old trotting filly Fair Championship winner, in 1:55.4. Carrie Norris and Anthony Klis III own the successful daughter of Donato Hanover.   PHHA / Pocono      

There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series races for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Thursday at Harrah's Philadelphia. They each went for a purse of $20,000. In the first division, it was the Lone Wolf Stable's Rip This Joint (Yannick Gingras) going all the way. The gelded son of Western Terror won for the sixth time in his career out of twenty starts. The Mike Palone trainee has now won four of his last five races. He accomplished the task in 1:53.4. In division two, the heavily favored Power Of A Cruiser (Tim Tetrick) did not dissapoint. The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser has also been on a roll, winning each of his last four races. He stopped the clock in 1:53.2. He is owned by Michael Horsey, and trained by Les Givens. There was a big upset in the third division, as He's Marvalous (Brett Miller) overcame post eight to win at 27-1. The gelded son of Delmarvalous won for the first time this season, in a time of 1:53.4. He is owned by Badlands Racing and L A Express Stables, and is trained by Mike Hall. The fourth and final division was won by Doubleshottahott. The gelded son of Dragon Again followed up his convincing twelve length win 5 days ago with an in-hand victory today in 1:53.1. He is owned by Tom Leager and trainer Eric Ell. It was one of four wins on the day for Driver Dave Miller. There will be a pick four carryover into today's (Friday) program of just over $2,100. The pick four starts in race number seven. Post Time for the opener is 12:40. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - As befits a series designed to showcase developing stars, new lifetime marks were earned by all six winners of $20,000 divisions of third preliminary round action in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing three-year-old trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Fastest winner was Marty De Vie, an altered son of Explosive Matter (who had a siring triple), who was moved to the lead by the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., past the quarter and went on to win in 1:54.4 for trainer Todd Buter and co-owners Lynette and Tyler Buter, James Marion and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Marty De Vie has won three straight, and he has crossed the wire first in four straight outings, but in his first Stallion Series effort he made a late break and was placed second for a lapped-on break - but he has been unbeatable ever since.   Driver Corey Callahan, who guided Hititoutofthepark to a $33.40 upset win in Sire Stakes action Sunday, brought home two overlooked winners in the Stallion Series. The faster was Blownoutofthewater, another Explosive Matter gelding who lowered his mark to 1:55.1 in his second hoppled start, rallying for a head tally over Iholdon, who almost lived up to his name. Steve Organ owns the winner, recently sent to the care of trainer Jenny Melander, who also had two Stallion Series seconds in addition to this win with her new charge.   A race earlier after Blownoutofthewater returned $19.20 to his backers, the Cantab Hall gelding Trot Commander posted a $23.80 win mutuel after scoring by 1¼ lengths in 1:57. Wheeled right back to the races by trainer Dirk Simpson after winning a conditioned event on Wednesday at The Meadows, Trot Commander followed the cover of Millbrook Hanover, then, despite broken equipment, went by that foe in the lane to win for the Hinshaw Homestead Farms LLC (long-memoried fans will remember the LLC's fellow Iowan Kermit Hinshaw and his fast trotter Jodevin - who was 2TC Of The Year 40 years ago).   Two other trotters reduced their speed badges to 1:55.1. First up was Tyson, a Donato Hanover gelding who was first-time Lasix for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, moving to the lead in front of the stands and then holding off pocketsitting Dominus Hanover by a head for the Purple Haze Stables, American Viking Racing Stable, Anderson Farms, and Marc Goldberg.   Also clocking in 1:55.1 was the third winning son of Explosive Matter, Leggs Matter, who interestingly was the only entire among the sextet of victors. Leggs Matter ran his lifetime record to 4-for-6 off a second-over trip for driver David Miller, trainer Robert W. Clark, and owners Denise Dennis and Frances Wilson.   Completing the group of six all setting lifetime marks, the SJ's Caviar gelding Petrossian AS lowered his tab to 1:56.4, going first-over against pacesetter Multitaskr Hanover then bettering that one by ¾ of a length for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and ACL Stuteri AB.   PHHA / Pocono

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