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CHESTER, PA - With Harrah's Philadelphia not presenting a live program on Thanksgiving Thursday afternoon, the trotters and the pacing mares both got turns in the racing spotlight, with each group having a $12,800 feature and an $11,600 co-feature. In the $12,800 events for "non-winners of 5 races," the trotters were led by the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Arclight Hanover, who rewarded the bettors who made him the favorite by sweeping wide on the far turn and going off to a 1¾ length victory over Andela in 1:56.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Mark Harder, the latter co-owner with Deena Frost and Emma Petterson.   The Bettor's Delight mare Iron Mistress proved most photogenic in a three-way photo to take the top pacing purse and also a new mark of 1:52.3 for owner/trainer/driver Ray Baynes. Pacesetting Somebeachsomefra was engaged by first pocketpulling favorite Wayside and then by the winner up the inside; the right-hand foe she handled, but her left-handed opponent she could not withstand. In the pacing $11,600 fast-class contest, My Kiwi Lady N, a frequent winner at the Running Aces meet but off the board twice since coming east, stormed down the center of the track in posting a career best 1:51.3 for trainer/driver Chris Scicluna, a length to the good of Crazy Cute. Vinny Ginsburg, the driver of the $94.00 upsetter, is now tied with Simon Allard and David Miller in having guided three such "bombers" during the 2020 Philly action. Driver Yannick Gingras returned to Victory Lane after the trotting co-feature with the Yankee Glide gelding Max, who was solid in a 1:54 wire-to-wire victory to make him a winner of $227,156. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC share ownership in the winner with Frank Baldachino; for trainer Ron Burke, the win was his 78th of the season at Philly. That total currently gives Burke a two-win cushion over Gilbert Garcia-Owen as he attempts to complete his first "Pennsylvania triple": Ron won the training title at Pocono for the first time this year, and he has a giant lead at The Meadows. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- A trio of $11,200 harness racing events for up-and-coming younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, served as the headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. On the pace, General Ward tucked third early and stayed inside, then found room midturn and overhauled the favored pacesetter Rockin The Blaze by three-quarters of a length. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore came home in :55.2 to post a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. A recent addition to the barn of trainer Scott Di Domenico, the gelding has now won two straight, with Tim Tetrick driving for Triple D Stables Inc. Michael Farro, and M G Stable Inc.   In the initial trotting headliner, the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Bang Bang Boinga tucked early, started uncovered at the half, and came her back fractions in :57 flat, just wearing down pacesetting Gerard by the slimmest of margins while taking a new mark of 1:56. Tim Tetrick also drove this winner, another of the five successes he had on the day, for trainer Joe Poliseno and owner Mary Ellen Sarama. In the other trotting feature, driver/co-owner Jackie Ingrassia rolled with the Andover Hall three-year-old filly Baby Donut, having an open-length lead from the middle of the first turn to the middle of the stretch, then held off first-over Doodle Hanover to her right and groundsaving Boom City to her left while taking a new speed badge of 1:57.3. Frank Ingrassia is the trainer of the filly, and Jackie's partners on her are Donna Francetti and Thomas Doran. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Coming off a second, beaten a half length by Caviart Ally, on Friday night, the Mach Three mare Machnhope was right back in Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning the $14,400 featured distaff handicap pace in 1:51.2 - but not before giving the bettors who had punched her down to 1-10 a brief scare late. Machnhope was sent right to the lead by driver Andrew McCarthy, put up fractions of :27.1, :55, and 1:23, and seemed unfazed as she opened up a clear lead around the far turn. But in midstretch Machnhope took a couple of fumbly steps; McCarthy was able to get his charge back on course quickly, and she kept on going to defeat pocketsitter Apple Bottom Jeans by a length, with closer Eclipse Me N another neck back in third.   Machnhope survived an inquiry into her stretch adventures, and now she is a winner of $317,029 lifetime, while Noel Daley conditioning her for himself and his partners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone, and L A Express Stable LLC. In the $12,800 co-featured pace for the ladies, the three-year-old Sweet Lou filly Shouldbeenatd sat the pocket behind second choice She's Nun Bettor N, was moved outside on the far turn by driver Yannick Gingras to engage her, and encountered upper stretch resistance before finally making the lead in a 1:54.2 victory, with the final margin 1½ lengths. The sophomore has now amassed $217,917 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Andrew McCarthy and David Miller had driving triples on the first card of the Philly racing week. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Developing younger horses were featured in a trio of $11,200 harness racing features at Harrah's Philadelphia during an afternoon where the track went from "good" to "fast" as the moisture in the surface was worked away. The fact that the track was still rated "good" for his race didn't bother the Western Ideal sophomore gelding Full Send at all, as he powered out of the pocket for driver Montrell Teague to easily catch pacesetting favorite Rockin The Blaze in 1:50.2 in the single pacing feature. One of the star performers in a tough three-year-old pacing colt division along the Pennsylvania Fair circuit this past year, Full Send set a new mark while taking his eighth win of the year for trainer Eli Scott Jr. and Chesapeake Equine Clinic Inc.   In the first of the two trotting headliners, held when the track was still "good", the Muscle Hill sophomore filly Zoe F raced off to a big lead down the backstretch and had open distance on her opponents to the wire while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:56.2 (taken over an "off" track at Pocono). Andrew McCarthy was in the sulky for trainer Francisco Del Cid, who is also the co-owner with Whiskey Trail Stables Inc. The track rating had been upgraded to "fast" by the time the other trotting headliner went to the gate. That race was taken by Andela, who made the lead, let the favored Bang Bang Boinga go to the lead before the half to trail behind her, then came out in the stretch to catch the pacesetter in 1:55.2, lowering her fastest clocking ever. The three-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, whose second dam is the champion CR Kay Suzie, was driven and is trained by Rod Allen, and owned by Rod Allen Inc. For the third straight day (all of which involved some moisture), the track was not kind to pacesetters. Tim Tetrick was the winningest driver of the day with four tallies, and none of his winners were closer than fourth or within three lengths of the lead at the three-quarters, usually the road to nowhere at Philly but lately a preferred route to the winners circle. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The Indiana invader Swan Legacy made an impressive local debut in the faster of the $12,800 featured trots on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, using the cover of favored Rosalie Swan as a springboard to a 1:55.4 victory over a good track. Tim Tetrick got the Swan For All sophomore gelding out behind Rosalie Swan as that one went uncovered down the backstretch to get the lead, then continued with his momentum and was the easiest of winners for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Triple D Stables Inc., Michael Ferriero, and M G Stable Inc. The lightly-raced Baldaquin, making his first start in 40 days and only his ninth lifetime in the November of his four-year-old year, photoed out Rosalie Swan for second.   In the other division, the Muscle Hill three-year-old filly Contepartiro Deo kept her record perfect for trainer Noel Daley in her second start. She persevered to the wire after not being able to clear the pacesetter on the turn to notch a 1:57.3 tally for Todd McCarthy, a half length to the good of longshot President. Owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, who bred the winner, bought out their partners two starts back and obviously have done well with her since. The $11,600 fast-class trot saw two horses parade back to the winners circle, as the camera could not separate the My MVP gelding Magic MVP and Rock Of Cashel, a son of Majestic Son, at the end of a 1:55 mile. Rock Of Cashel first made the top, then yielded to his rival as he dealt with favored first-over danger Lion Safari AS, finding more along the inside late to tie the pacesetter. Todd McCarthy drove Magic MVP for trainer Tracy Berry and the ownership of J Craparotta & P Berry Racing LLC (that's their legal name), while Rock Of Cashel was driven by Vinny Ginsburg for trainer Mark Harder and the partnership of Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. Todd McCarthy, in the top dozen for the season at Philly despite coming to America after the Hambo and getting a very late start, led all drivers today with four victories. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A hot battle on the front end tired out the favorites and set the $16,000 claiming handicap pacing feature up for a closer, with the Mach Three gelding Burning Midnight filling that role nicely as he won the Saturday afternoon feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:51.1. Mark With a K, the second choice, was insistent on controlling the pace from the pole, putting up a searing :25.3 opening quarter to force tucks, then got a breather to a :55 half. Favored Razor's Edge then charged up first-over on him, with those two engaging in a 1:22.2 battle to the three-quarters. Burning Midnight then made the winning move for Anthony Napolitano, moving three-wide from third-over at the three-quarters and circling to contention, then having the most late. The 2-3-4 horses, Bellows Binge, Butter Bay Hanover, and Just N Ace, were all closer to the grandstand side than the tiring horses occupying the inside, but they couldn't catch Burning Midnight, who is trained by Darren Taneyhill for owner Robert Main - and who returned 10-1 despite just missing in photos in two of three starts at this level.   The recent Down Under import Deltasun A had first-over Max breathing down his neck through the stretch of the $14,000 trotting feature, with pocketsitter Fashion Creditor gaining up the Pocono Pike, but the Tenotrump gelding showed true grit to eke out a decision in 1:53, a Stateside mark. Deltasun A, now 2-for-3 in North America after showing winning tendencies in the Southern Hemisphere (19-for-53), was driven by George Napolitano Jr., trainer Andrew Harris, and owners OB Stables, A Harris Racing LLC, and Michael Goldberg Racingllc. The Roll With Joe sophomore pacing gelding Scootnroll ran his career record to 10-to-12 in a $12,000 conditioned pace, brushing to the lead early and then holding off Billy Lincoln N, one of his two conquerors, by a neck in 1:51.1. Unraced at two, Scootnroll came to Pocono after having won his first six starts in New York state, and locally he is 6-4-2-0, with the losses by a neck and a half-length (those small margins costing him $6000 in purses, or $1000 a foot). Tyler Buter drove the talented three-year-old, who now has $47,850 on his card, for trainer Todd Buter and owners Rick and Geoffrey Howles. Anthony and George Napolitano Jr. each had three victories to lead the driving colony. There are only two cards left in the 2020 Pocono season, both next week at 12:30 p.m. - on Tuesday the 10th, and then Saturday the 15th. On closing day, there will be a mandatory distribution in the Rainbow Pick 5 bet in the final five races, with $239,477.19 being carried over into the very last races of the season. From the PHHA / The Downs

CHESTER, PA - A trio of $11,200 events for developing younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, topped the harness racing action on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the faster of the two sections of the featured trot, the newcomer Stravinsky made short work of his opposition, flying home in :56.2 - :28 for an easy 1:55.2 victory, 1¼ lengths ahead of favored Romanee Blue Chip. Andrew McCarthy, top driver of the afternoon with four victories, handled the impressive sophomore Sebastian K S gelding for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin.   The Italian/Swedish-bred Fly Eagle Fly showed the endurance of a Continental horse, parked outside the entire mile, in taking the other trotting sector in 1:57.1. The sophomore son of Bold Eagle was denied both the lead and the pocket in the second quarter, continued pressing the rest of the way, and got up by a neck over pacesetting Khedive, who had insisted on setting the pace. Corey Callahan kept the three-year-old going to record his lifetime best clocking for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Richard Gutnick. On the pace, the Sweet Lou sophomore ridgling Rockin The Blaze enjoyed a lowering from a basic diet of stakes competition, working his way to the lead in front of the grandstand and looking in charge thereafter while taking a new mark of 1:52. Full Send, from the pocket, got to within three-quarters of a length behind the winner, who was driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Eddie Dennis and owner Eric Good. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Harness racing driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen captured both of the pacing features on "Distaff Day" Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia as part of a giant day for both horsemen. Despite having to go first-over against pacesetting favorite Machnhope in the $14,400 top-line event, the veteran McArdle mare Lispatty was able to get to the line first, and the seven-year-old did it in 1:49.4 to take a new lifetime mark. After a classic "ding-dong" stretch battle, Lispatty proved a half-length better to earn her 40th career victory and raise her bankroll to $986,726. Garcia-Owen is also the owner of the classy pacer.   In the $11,600 co-feature pace for distaffs, the Art Major mare Crazy Cute vacated the three-hole late on the backstretch, went up after pacesetting stakes filly Dance Club, ground her into submission, then held off second-over Scandalicious by 1½ lengths. The mile went in 1:51.1, a time which matched the winner's mark. Garcia-Owen's father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera shares ownership of the winner with Barbara and Donald Anstine. For the day, Napolitano visited Victory Lane seven times, solidifying his spot atop the local drivers colony, while Garcia-Owen harnessed five winners to close the gap behind leading trainer Ron Burke (who fought back with a late-card winner), their numbers being 72-63 with about seven weeks remaining in the season. Driver Mike Simons "blew up the tote board" for the second straight day at a different eastern Pennsylvania track. Yesterday, he guided Tricky Dick to an $86.00 upset at Pocono; on this card, he drove How Are Yee John, who was photoed out by Bell I No, but the judges found that Bell I No had drifted out and interfered with the chances of How Are Yee John, reversing how the horses crossed the line for the official order of finish. How Are Yee John paid a healthy $66.20 to his scattered backers among the Philly faithful. Post time at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday will be at 2:05 p.m., so people who are in the mood on wagering on horses and are "double-gaited" might also find some action on the first day of the Breeders Cup at Keeneland. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Surfer Beach may be starting to pace into his considerable harness racing pedigree, as he won a $10,400 pace on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. An altered son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $2.3M+-winning Southwind Tempo, two-time divisional champion, Surfer Beach did not race at two, and he won only one of his first thirteen races at three. But he has now won two of his last four, including this 1:52.3 triumph, where he went to the front for the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., and proved much the best, winning by 5 1/2 lengths for trainer Brian Malone and owner Peter Paul Venturini.   The Napolitano brothers completed a sweep of the pacing divisions for this class when Anthony drove the Bettor's Delight mare Mossdale Lottee N to her first U.S. score. The Kiwi import came from eleven lengths back at the quarter to win the female section of the condition by 3¾ lengths in 1:53.2. The winner is trained by Jose Godinez for Godinez Racing Stable LLC. In the division of this class for trotters, the two-year-old Tricky Dick also came from well off the pace (10½ lengths behind at the half) to win by a nose over Gerard while taking a mark of 1:57.1. And whoever bet on the altered son of Winning Mister - Pictures Of Millie got a $78 return on a $2 win ticket as Tricky Dick took the Election Day victory for driver Mike Simons, the "Pocono Trot Man," and owner/trainer/voice of the PA county fairs Jim McGettigan. Anthony Napolitano bookended the card with winners and also scored with Mossdale Lottee N to emerge as the day's leading driver with three victories. There are only three more cards left in the 2020 season at Pocono, all starting at 12:30: this coming Saturday and Tuesday, and then closing night, November 15, where there will be a mandatory distribution in the Rainbow High 5 pool, which will bring a carryover of over $239,000 into play. From the PHHA / The Downs    

CHESTER, PA - On a cold and wet Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, over a surface rated "good," the younger horses took the spotlight, competing in three $11,200 features - two on the trot and one on the pace. And driver George Napolitano, Jr. gave a driving clinic, winning seven races on the program. The winningest driver at both Philly and Pocono, Napolitano is second in 2020 North American victories behind perennial leader Aaron Merriman; from July 1 to the start of today's races, though, Napolitano had produced a 337-276 edge. The pacing group was dominated by the Captaintreacherous sophomore colt Sea Of Life, whose resume showed a 1:50 victory at The Meadows and a fourth-place finish in his division's Kentucky stakes final. Here driver George Napolitano Jr. kept him off a wicked early battle (:27 and :54.4), brushed him to the lead well before a 1:22.2 three-quarters, and went on to an in-hand 1¾ lengths victory over Bipbopnallie, a Pennsylvania fairs star, in 1:50.4, a remarkable time under the circumstances; the third-place horse was some thirteen lengths behind this duo. Tony Alagna trains the winner for Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Kirk Racing.   In the opening trot, Contepartiro Deo brushed the length of the frontstretch to make the lead, then drew off to win by 3 ¾ lengths over The Great PG in 1:57.3. The sophomore daughter of Muscle Hill, who derived the "con te partire" part of her name from the Italian for "with you I shall leave," left this field far behind for driver Todd McCarthy, trainer Noel Daley, and the ownership of Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC (from whom she got the second part of her name). Tim Lancaster, who trained second-placed The Great PG in the first trot headliner, came back as trainer/driver of Willing Hanover, a Donato Hanover sophomore gelding who won the second section for trotters in a lifetime best of 1:57.1. Coming from second-over, not often a winning spot at Philly, Willing Hanover outclosed first-over Bang Bang Boinga by a neck for her trainer/driver, who also co-owns her with Mark and Meghan Lancaster. In the best purse race offered for fast-class veteran pacers, going for $10,000, the razor-sharp Sweet Lou gelding Razor's Edge went to the top early and could not be caught, winning in 1:51.2 by 2¼ lengths over place dead-heaters Mac's Big Boy and Tact Tate N. Razor's Edge posted his third straight victory for trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The driver of Razor's Edge was George Napolitano Jr., who had his seven successes on the day. . From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - As is often the case at Harrah's Philadelphia, the front end was the place to be for the harness racing winners of the two featured trots during the track's Thursday afternoon program, raced over a "sloppy" surface rated two seconds off par. The Donato Hanover colt Big Nudge scratched into the $12,800 top purse event from the "also eligible" list and had the dreaded post eight, but then had his load lightened considerably when there were three more scratches from the programmed starters. David Miller promptly sent him to the top in the short field, and the pair had no trouble controlling the throttle, coming home in :28.4 to post a 1:57.1 victory by 1¾ lengths over Lucy Mae Hanover. Jake Leamon conditions the three-year-old for Charles Elliott, A And B Stable, and Hutt Racing Stable.   In a $11,600 trot for the faster-class seasoned performers, the Muscle Mass gelding Cavill Hanover also went right to the engine and held off a determined first-over bid by Yankees Beast to win by a neck in 1:55.3, last quarter :28.3. Marcus Miller drove the winner of $227,480 for trainer Mark Harder and Thestable Cavill Hanover. Tim Tetrick, who won five Breeders Crown elimination races last weekend, and David Miller, who took four, head back to Hoosier Park for this weekend's Championship races after having each posted a triple on the Thursday card at Philly. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The John Simpson Sr. stakes for three-year-old colts, the Ayres for trotters and the Albatross for pacers, were each conducted in three $33,067 divisions on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with driver David Miller continuing his hot hand from Breeders Crown elimination weekend by piloting two of the successful pacers, while trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt accounted for a pair of the trotting winners. Miller's first winner was the only favorite among the six stakes and started a Sweet Lou gelding, as Tru Lou followed up on his recent Liberty Bell stakes success by coming home first Wednesday in 1:50.2. Tru Lou made the front past the quarter and withstood stablemate Warrawee Veloce by 1¾ lengths to take his earnings to $114,092 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and Slaughter Racing Stable LLC.   Tito Rocks, who caught heavy favorite Patriot Nation from the pocket in their Liberty Bell action, was much closer in the tote with that one today but still the second choice. And he did repeat his Liberty Bell triumph, coming from the two-hole again and running down pacesetting Patriot Nation by a half length at the end of a 1:51.3 mile. Miller guided the winner of $128,385 for trainer Robert Cleary and Royal Wire Products Inc. The third Albatross winner was also a pocket rocket, the American Ideal colt Ideal Perception, who came out of the golden seat to get a stretch lead and then withstand gritty first-over favorite Diamond Head by a neck in 1:51.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the Andrew Harris trainee, who now has $131,444 on his card for the S S G Stables of McWicked fame. A Svanstedt horse accounted for the fastest of the three divisions of the Ayres, as the Cash Hall gelding Coventry Hall dashed out to early command and widened his advantage throughout the last half, coming to the wire seven lengths ahead while taking a new speed badge of 1:52.4. Coventry Hall has now earned $105,055 for Enghavegaard Aalborg APS. Svanstedt also was responsible for the biggest surprise in the day's stakes, as 12-1 shot Harley K rallied up the inside to catch favored Rome Pays Off in 1:54.3. The altered son of Sebastian K S is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Little E LLC, and Kenneth Kjellgren. A pair who also did very well in the Breeders Crown elims - driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter - were the braintrust behind the Andover Hall gelding Paulie Walnuts, who took a long time to get to the lead but could not be dislodged thereafter while taking a new mark of 1:53.1. Howard Taylor's sophomore was on his best behavior today and got the job done to make it two wins in his last three outings. Also a part of the top-level action on this Wednesday card at Philly was a $14,400 distaff handicap pace, taken by the Betterthancheddar mare Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan in 1:51.3. Shes Pukka N went away quickly, keeping Eclipse Me N outside until the quarter and forcing favored Machnhope to accept the three-hole, then sat the perfect pocket trip and rallied inside the pacesetter to catch her by a half length, with the chalk settling for third, another neck back. Shes Pukka N, a career winner of $171,241, is trained by Brian Malone for owner Peter Paul Venturini.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were a trio of $12,000 featured events on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The male pacers and the trotters generated mid-range upsets in their respective cuts, while the winning female pacer came through for her chalkplaying backers. The Heston Blue Chip filly Talk Show Chica, trained and driven by Tom Jackson for Braden Racing LLC, made a regaining move to the lead in front of the stands, opened a sizable lead on the far turn, then held off a stubborn first-over Peggy J by three-quarters of a length to win in 1:53.2. Having now won two in a row and three out of her last five starts against this level of competition, Talk Show Chica will now have to step up her game, as her victories and money boost her out of this class.   In the pace for males, Gold Star Yoder rallied from the pocket and held off Notwithoutafight, but not without a fight, prevailing over the late charger by a head while lowering his lifetime mark by 4 2/5 seconds to 1:51. Anthony Napolitano drove the Mysticism gelding for trainer Eric Mollor and the ownership of Niss Allen Inc. In the trotting contest, the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Nezblanc wound up in the pocket as a result of two early breakers, then was able to squeeze between horses late with a heady drive from trainer Aaron Johnston to take a new mark of 1:57. First-over President was closest at the wire, a half length behind, to the winner, who is owned by Richard Hess. Three-time driving winners on the card were Matt Kakaley, Marcus Miller, and Anthony Napolitano (the last-named now having succeeded 39 times over the last 11 Pocono cards). All of Kakaley's victorious trio were trained by Clay Faurot Jr. - and the ages of each of the winning threesome are in double digits (Artache Hanover, 11; Mystery Island, 13; and Regal Hope, 10). This was the last Sunday card of the 2020 season at Pocono. There are six cards remaining in the meet, with Tuesday and Saturday programs at 12:30 p.m. for the next three weeks. From the PHHA / The Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Rich And Miserable, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, zipped to the lead at the three-quarter pole in the $14,000 harness racing trotting feature at the mountain oval on Saturday afternoon, drawing off to a 5½ length victory in 1:53. Tyler Buter was in his usual perch behind the Explosive Matter gelding, a career winner of 21 of 59 starts and $438,586 for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. That same grouping won two races earlier with Two AM, a Muscle Massive gelding who win in 1:55 to raise his lifetime numbers to 32 of 94 and $486,905.   In the $12,800 claiming handicap pacing headliner, the United Ace gelding Just N Ace paid immediate dividends for owner William Gordon and trainer James Guagliardo, who took the horse for $20,000 last week, stepped him up to the $25,000 level, and won his third straight in 1:53.2 when the track was rated "good" early in the card. Driver Larry Stalbaum never looked back with the streaking pacer, winning by a length despite pressure at many points in the mile. Former HHI Man of the Year and longtime USTA director Lon Frocione passed away this past Wednesday at age 88, and trainer Joe Pavia Jr. gave a proper sendoff to his longtime patron by sending out his Sweet Lou gelding Lyons Night Hawk, who rattled off fast numbers of :27.1, :54.1, and 1:22 en route to a 1:50.2 triumph, boosting his earnings to $260,158 while being driven by George Napolitano Jr. Tyler Buter and George Napolitano Jr. both paraded back to the winners circle four times during the Saturday card at Pocono, whose last Sunday night card of 2020 will begin tomorrow at 5 p.m. From the  PHHA / The Downs  

CHESTER, PA - The Father Patrick sophomore gelding Solar charged to the lead past the quarter for driver Marcus Miller, then fronted his opposition the rest of the way to take the $12,800 featured harness racing trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:55.4. Big Nudge, who had gone out for the early lead before turning it over to Solar, then sat pocketed behind the winner until mounting a stretch charge, but that move came up a half length short. The winner notched his fifth score of the year and pushed his seasonal bankroll over $50,000 for trainer Erv Miller, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. co-owns the three-year-old with Sara Miller and John Koliopoulos.   Fastest of the winners in the tri-$11,200 supporting features was the Sebastian K S three-year-old distaff Rosalie Swan, who now has won three of her last four starts after reducing her mark here to 1:54.4 despite having to go first-over. Pat Lachance trains and drives the developing filly, unraced at two, for owner Helen Duer. The fastest mile of the featured gait on "Trottin' Thursday" went to the Yankee Glide gelding Amador, who reduced his record to 1:53.4. When he won two starts back, driver Todd McCarthy rallied the horse from nine lengths behind at the three-quarters; today the pair pressed on to command in front of the stands and had more than enough to withstand Armagedon Seelster by 1½ lengths for trainer/owner Joseph King. Mention must be made of the Cantab Hall gelding Duke Of Lindy, who went into the care of Greg White for today's race and, in a maiden trot, put up astounding fractions of :28, :56, and 1:24.1, leading by as much as twelve lengths for most of the middle part of the mile. While not able to sustain that rate, Duke Of Lindy was still able to hang on under Simon Allard's urging to defeat 1-10 favorite Ethan T Hanover by a half length in 1:55.1 for owner Jaypaul Hoover.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA -Crossfit minded his manners, controlled the front end from an improved post, and easily won the $12,800 claiming handicap trotting harnes racing feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Tyler Buter hustled the Donato Hanover gelding to the lead in front of the stands, rated the half, then got a 56.4 back half out of him to finish out the mile in 1:54.4, with pocketsitting Mr Houdini a non-threatening 1¾ lengths back at the wire. Crossfit can be a chancy proposition - he had run in two of his last three starts, but he won the two before that - and was on top behavior today for trainer Susan Marshall, also co-owner with John Marshall.   Trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt made a cameo appearance at Pocono to drive the sophomore Swiss House Onfire in a $10,400 contest, and horse and driver made short work of their task by stepping home in 1:54.1, last half :56.3. The altered son of Muscle Hill - Brooklyn, a $335,000 yearling with a loaded pedigree who has limited success to date, may be finding his best form right now as he took a new mark here for S R F Stable. Another interestingly-bred horse winning impressively was the Trixton four-year-old Celebrity Rolex, unraced at two and three and now a winner of four out of six starts after a 1:56.2 - :28.1 tally. The $180,000 yearling, whose sire and dam Angelette Hanover can be traced in the near past to "super dam" Amour Angus, was driven by Fern Paquet Jr. for trainer Jennifer Sansone and Celebrity Farms, who purchased the fast trotter just prior to the start of his racing career. George Napolitano Jr., Pocono's perennial leading driver, got hot near the end of the card and ended his Tuesday at the mountain oval with five victories. FINISHING LINES - 100 miles south at Harrah's Philadelphia, Caviart Ally, getting ready for her Breeders Crown eliminations this Saturday at Hoosier, won a Tuesday morning qualifier in 1:50.4 by 25¼ lengths for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. In the Crown elim, Caviart Ally drew post four, while divisional queenpins Shartin N and Kissin In The Sand drew the outside posts eight and nine, respectively. From the PHHA / The Downs

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