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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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