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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2016 -- Denied the early lead by a stubborn I Said Diamonds, L A Delight stalked her from the pocket and blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Saturday's $140,000 Nadia Lobell for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. The field of five was compact but distinguished; the quintet boasted nearly $2.2 million in combined career earnings entering the Nadia Lobell. But the equation changed with the break of one of the favorites, Call Me Queen Be, at the start. With that, Jim Pantaleano hustled I Said Diamonds from the rail to the lead and would not release L A Delight and Dave Palone. "I think Jim did the right thing," Palone said. "When Call Me Queen Be ran, he probably thought it was a two-horse race. He wanted to make me work, and I was lucky enough to get behind him. It turned into a sprint." When it became just that two-horse race that Pantaleano may have envisioned, Palone wasn't sure he'd have the stronger filly late. "I thought Jim would have two handfuls left," he said. "Anytime you have to head one into our passing lane when she's not familiar with it, you're concerned. I knew I had a handful of pace. It was just a question if I could get to him quick enough." L A Delight powered through the Lightning Lane and scored in 1:49.1, a career best and the fastest of the three Nadia Lobell editions hosted by The Meadows through the years. I Said Diamonds was 1/2 length back in second, with Yankee Moonshine third. Bob McIntosh trains the homebred daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, who soared over $800,000 in career earnings, and owns with CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. "I've driven a lot of good fillies, won a couple Jugettes, but this filly ranks right up there," Palone said. "She's so handy she makes your job easy." $186,672 Pennsylvania Sires Stake -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers When trainer Ray Schnittker was en route to The Meadows for Saturday's co-feature, A PA Sires Stake known as the Tyler B, he contemplated the possibility of a sweep with his youngsters, Huntsville and Summer Side. "I thought we had a shot," Schnittker said. "We had the right driver on them." That driver, Tim Tetrick, transformed Schnittker's daydream to reality when he piloted both colts to victory in their $93,336 divisions. Huntsville's win was the more spectacular, as he triumphed in 1:50, erasing Yankee Bounty's stake record of 1:50.4 and the track record for freshman colt pacers of 1:50.3 held jointly by I'm Some Graduate and Fear The Dragon. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show, Huntsville was away third before quarter-poling to the top. He was unthreatened thereafter, downing Boogie Shuffle by 1-3/4 lengths. Fear The Dragon, who was seeking a sweep of PASS preliminary legs, had to settle for show in a vain effort to defend his track record. Schnittker owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steven Arnold. Summer Side seized the early lead but, shuffled to third, was forced to come first over. He did so powerfully, prevailing in 1:51.4. Normandy Beach was second, a neck back, while Downbytheseaside earned show. "He's had two straight tough trips coming first over, and he got the job done this week," Schnittker said of the son of Well Said-Beachy Lady, a $15,000 yearling acquisition for Schnittker and co-owner Howard Taylor. "I think he's a real horse. He's bred great -- She's A Great Lady is his second dam. If he stays sound, he could be anything." Both Schnittker colts cemented spots in the $250,000 PASS championship. Asked to compare the two, Schnittker said: "Huntsville is a foot bigger, probably has hopples six inches longer. He's a different type of horse than Summer Side." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Hawk's Red Chief made it two straight with a gritty victory in 1:49.4, matching his personal best. Early leader Unlocked was a game second, a length back, while the first-over Dapper Dude completed the ticket. Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. The 5-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding extended his career earnings to $118,892. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2016 -- Can't I extended her career unbeaten streak to four -- and set a stake record to boot -- in Tuesday's $188,756 Pennsylvania Sire Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with Sianna Hanover and Temple Ruins -- both trained by Ron Burke -- taking the other splits. Can't I is regally bred -- by Cantab Hall, out of Buck I St Pat, a three-time Mare Trotter of the Year. For all that, trainer Bob Stewart eased her into racing in the PA Stallion Series before tackling the tougher PASS, a schedule suggested by the filly's regular driver, John Campbell. "John thought she had 'A' talent but we probably needed to start her in the 'B's,'" Stewart said. "Where we train in the winter in Lexington, it takes us a little while to get up to speed. The worst thing you can do is throw them in deep water, so we tried to work our way into it. This was the first time she's been this speed, and she handled it very well. I can't knock anything about her. She's pure gaited and wants to win." In the Delmonica Hanover, Can't I and Campbell worked out a pocket trip before they blew by the 1-2 favorite, Fine Tuned Lady, in the lane, scoring in 1:55, with Royal Melbourne third. The time knocked a tick from the stake record established in 2014 by Livinthefastlane and Campbell. The partnership of Taylor, Gold, Basen and Fuller owns Can't I, who collected her second PASS victory. Sianna Hanover broke stride in the final of the James Doherty Memorial, prompting Burke to rig her with hopples. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity responded beautifully, zipping to the front for Tim Tetrick and holding off Dangle Then Deke by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:55.3. Favorite Chezatter completed the ticket. "My filly is pretty legit, and she shows she can go pretty good on the front," Tetrick said. "I qualified her last week, and she's done nothing wrong for me. I'm sure the hopples helped her and steadied her gait." Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables campaign Sianna Hanover, who has two wins and a second in PASS action. Temple Ruins was away fourth, but her job became easier when her chief rival, Treviso, broke stride while vying for the early lead. Yannick Gingras sent the daughter of Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven to the top at the quarter, and she prevailed in 1:56.2, a life mark. Youvegotwhatitakes was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Future Secured earned show. Gingras indicated his principal strategy was to keep within range of Treviso. "I never would have sat fourth," he said. "I thought it was a two-horse race, and I wasn't about to let Treviso get away from me." Burke Racing Stable, Michelle Yanek, Paul Treiber and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own Temple Ruins. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Shesasmokinlady, a 3-year-old taking on a field of distinguished mares, socked it to her elders when she roared through the stretch and triumphed in 1:51 for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz. Spreester was a length back in second while Certified Ideal shot the Lightning Lane for show. The daughter of McArdle-Smokin Pistol pushed her career bankroll to $161,185. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trainer John Butenschoen took the first three of five divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts on a "sloppy" track Sunday at Mohegan Sun Pocono - but he lost his streak in the fourth, ironically with the only baby who had a win in each of the first two legs.   But success comes first, and a Butenschoen trainee was the fastest of the five winners: Giveitgasandgo, a Yankee Glide colt who has now won three in a row, the last two Sires events, Sunday overcoming the outermost post seven by making every pole a winning one in 1:57.1. Corey Callahan, who has been a red-hot teammate of Butenschoen's in stakes events lately, guided the odds-on winner for the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc., David Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   Callahan also sulkysat behind one of Butenschoen's two other Sire Stakes winners, both of whom had been Stallion Series winners that have now made the successful stepup to Sire Stakes competition. Corey was handling the Crazed gelding Simply Volo, second choice of the crowd, who parlayed a second-over trip into a new mark of 1:58.4 for owners Miller and Means, giving them a stakes double along with Giveitgasandgo, and their partners in Simply Volo, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eugene Schick.   Mike Simons, Pocono's "Trot Man," drove the third Butenschoen winner, the Andover Hall gelding Wiagram Hanover, and for very good reason - he is a co-owner of the rookie, along with Christopher Giaccio and Albert Abdala III. Simons moved Wiagram Hanover from fifth to first during the second quarter and put a new lifetime mark of 1:58 on the 3-1 third choice.   The stage was thus set when Butenschoen sent out Dover Dan, as noted the only double winner in the Sires to date, but a glance at the tote board which held him as 8 to 5 second choice augured anything but a waltz here. The 1 to 2 favorite was the Muscle Massive gelding Muscles Jared, coming off successive 1:56.1 scores, and the powerful trotter rolled to his third straight win in 1:58, by open lengths over Andy M, with Dover Dan tiring after a first-over trip and finishing third. Trainer George Ducharme and owner Al Ross, part of Team Royalty For Life a couple of years back, look to have a fine one in the making here - and they did well in picking John Campbell as the driver, as not too far back in Muscles Jared's pedigree you'll find Armbro Keepsake, a champion mare whom Campbell guided to a Breeders Crown victory.   Muscle Massive garnered a siring double in the other division, which looked the most competitive having gathered four previous Sires winner, but the chalk prevailed in Snowstorm Hanover, a colt who was on the lead at the ¾ in the Peter Haughton Final before making a miscue. Snowstorm's demeanor was perfect tonight despite the off going, powering home from second-over for a 1:57.3 victory for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke (back in the same winners circle where he stood 24 hours earlier with Southwind Frank after winning the Colonial), and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   As this group of trotters heads to Harrah's Philadelphia for its final preliminary on September 1 (their Championship and Consolation races are also at the Philadelphia oval on September 11), to call the pointstandings "crowded" would be an understatement. With a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 point system based on finish (and an *asterisk indicating two-time winners below), the unofficial standings after three legs are *Dover Dan, 85; *Giveitgasandgo, 80 (giving Butenschoen the top two spots); You Cant Habit, 75; *Muscles Jared, 72; Moonshiner Hanover and *Snowstorm Hanover, tied with 70; Affair Of Honor, 60 (also a Butenschoen); and Box Of Luck, 58. The top eight get into the Championship event; two AEs also are programmed and can draw into the race until 6 p.m. the night before; those two spots right now are occupied by Andy M and Phi Alpha, tied at 55. And with ten horses "on the bubble" at less than 20 points behind the top eight, the action at Harrah's should be fierce the first day of September.   They'll be catching on soon, Marcus.   Marcus Miller, "Mr. Longshot" at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono over the last two years, won the eleventh and twelfth races at the mountain oval Sunday night and rocked the toteboard with a 1-2 punch -- first he guided Soda Pump to an $83.80 victory, and then he followed up in the very next race with $71.20 stunner Goldin Parachute.   For Miller, the "twin bombers" were his seventh and eighth at the 2016 meet -- last year he led Pocono for the entire year's racing with five winners of $50 or more. Since July 1, he's had six of the twelve horses in this price category, two of them coming within three races on Super Stakes Saturday on July 2, giving him two cards with two $50+ winners in 2016. Tom Jackson is his nearest rival at the current Pocono meet with four longshot triumphs.   It should be noted that the trainer of Soda Pump is Clifton Green, who's getting to be the "Mr. Longshot" of the training set. This $83.80 winner gives him three on the meet, tying him at the top of the Pocono conditioners' list with a person that will surprise some -- Ron Burke. On July 26, Miller and Green hooked up to produce $154.20 winner Larson Hanover at Pocono.   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2016 -- Black Broadway, a bargain acquisition due to an unsightly and potentially dangerous medical condition, justified her connections' faith in her when she pulled off a stunning 20-1 harness racing shocker in a stake-fastest and career best 1:53.1 in Friday's $159,433 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. The stake, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over three divisions, with Miss Tezsla and Lookin Sharp taking the other splits. Corey Callahan enjoyed a PASS double behind Black Broadway and Lookin Sharp. Black Broadway developed a hematoma at 2 and was sent back through the Meadowlands sale after a pair of qualifiers. There, trainer Michael Eaton purchased her for $9,000 for himself and co-owner Robert McHugh. "She won a qualifier in 1:59.1, so we thought we'd take a chance on her -- $10,000 was our limit," Eaton said. Although the daughter of Broadway Hall-Sly Fox was winless in 11 previous outings this year, she came first over near the three-quarters and overtook last year's divisional champion, Broadway Donna, defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths. Spicedbourbon girl was third. "I got excited when I saw Corey pull her," Eaton said. "I figured that meant she had enough trot. She gets better and better." Miss Tezsla also saved her brush for the stretch as she cruised past Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.3 for David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Miss Tezsla Stable. Goodtogo Hanover, who suffered her first defeat in 10 outings this year, shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Womans Will saved show. "Her last few starts show she's on the way up," said Takter of the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs. "I trained her mother -- she was a really good filly for me. That was a good mile tonight." Lookin Sharp worked out a pocket trip behind Kathy Parker, then blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.2, 2 lengths better than Haughty. Kathy Parker saved show. "She's definitely improved," Callahan said. "She won her first start here this year, then had a couple bad goes. But she's always shown a lot of talent, and today she got the right trip." John Butenschoen conditions Lookin Sharp, a daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp who extended her lifetime bankroll to $242,913, for William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware. $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters The sub-feature on Friday's card featured another upset, as South Side Hanover poured from the pocket to score at 12-1. Ameliosi captured the other $20,000 division. South Side Hanover released Glidinthruparadise to the lead early and enjoyed a pocket trip thereafter. Nevertheless, trainer/driver Todd Schadel wasn't sure the daughter of Cantab Hall-Sharise Seelster would have enough pop in the lane. "I know my filly has a big brush coming home," said Schadel, who owns the filly with Roger Hammer, "but I had to use her a good bit getting out of there. I thought the filly on the front end was the best in there. I would have been happy for second." But South Side Hanover had plenty, defeating Glidinthruparadise by a neck in a career-best 1:55. Keystone Taylor completed the ticket. Ameliosi made it look easy on the front end, triumphing in 1:55.3, a lifetime mark, for Yannick Gingras. Twill Be Done finished second, 1/2 length in arrears, with Casey T third. "She doesn't have a whole lot of stakes left; I'm not sure she'll make it to the final of the stallion series," said Jenny Melander, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Amelia Hall for John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. "Other than that, she doesn't have a whole lot." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

Hall of fame driver David Miller was on fire Thursday afternoon (Aug. 18) at Harrah's Philly, sweeping three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. They each went for a purse of $63,291. The first division saw Emerald Highlands Farm's Fear The Dragon taking advantage of a live cover flow to get the job done. The son of Dragon Again latched on to the cover of Blood Line (Yannick Gingras), and was able to steer clear in the stretch to win by a length in the day's fastest 1:51.2. It was fourth consecutive victory in five lifetime starts. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick) re-rallied for second, while Blood Line settled for third. Fear The Dragon ($3.00) was one of two sire-stakes winners for trainer Brian Brown. In division two, it was the other Brian Brown trainee Downbytheseaside holding on for the win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the top past the quarter and was able to hold off the bid of the pocket-sitter Boogie Shuffle (Andrew McCarthy) by a neck in 1:52.4. Western Joe (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was the third career win for Downbytheseaside ($2.60) out of five career starts. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo. The third and final division went to Synerco Venture's Bettor's Western. The son of Bettor's Delight went to the top, but yielded the lead to Ron Burke trainee Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Western was able to get up the passing lane to win in a blanket finish, stopping the clock in 1:52. Summer Side (Tim Tetrick) was game in defeat finishing second, while Normandy Beach (Matt Kakaley) rallied for third. It was the second career win for the Chris Oakes trainee, out of five lifetime tries. He paid $4.40. The undercard was strong as well. It included a non-winners of $15,000 last five on the trot, which was taken by Military Blue (Dave Miller). The 4-year-old gelded son of Lucky Chucky brushed to the lead past the half, and went on to an easy victory in 1:55.2. He paid $21.80 to win. Two time Dan Patch award winner Market Share was a heavy favorite in the event, but made a break shortly after the quarter. Also on the card was a non-winners of $20,000 lifetime on the trot. The race favorite was Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's star trotter Wind Of The North (Sean Bier). The 6-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall drafted in the pocket behind the speed of Super Manning (George Naploitano Jr.), before using a passing lane move to get the job done in 1:55.1. It was his third straight win. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2016 -- The potent harness racing team of Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter flexed its muscles Tuesday at The Meadows, sweeping three divisions of the Hickory Smoke, a $163,309 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The pair triumphed with Love Matters, Jimmy William and Reigning Moni. The victory by Love Matters probably was the most significant as he's headed for Saturday's Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and will enter that $500,000 event off a sharp performance. Love Matters and Gingras were on top at the quarter when they released Cufflink Hanover and settled into the pocket behind him. "I thought it was a two-horse race," Gingras said. "There was no point getting into each other (at that point)." Love Matters kicked by Cufflink Hanover in the Lightning Lane and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths, with Mac Deeno third. Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, John Fielding and Herb Liverman campaign Love Matters, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings. Gingras said racing in the Colonial off three days' rest shouldn't be a problem for Love Matters. "He got a good trip and was full of trot in the stretch drive," he reported. "I certainly don't think this afternoon hurt him." Racing backsides team with superstitions. Among the hoariest is that you never name a horse for yourself because the Racing Gods, angered by your hubris, will lay you and your unfortunate animal low. Jimmy William Takter defied that old wives' tale -- "I named him for a very nice guy," he deadpanned -- with Jimmy William, a son of Cantab Hall-Solveig. The colt's credentials are impeccable. He's a full brother to Dontyouforgetit, a half to Shake It Cerry and Uncle Lasse. Together, those three siblings have earned more than $4.1 million -- and still counting, in the cases of Shake It Cerry and Uncle Lasse. For quite a while, though, it appeared that Takter had indeed visited a curse upon his namesake. "He was my most promising colt last year," Takter said, "but he got sick seven times. Every time I pushed him, he got a fever. He's been better this year but not perfect." But Jimmy William began to live up to his pedigree in the Hickory Smoke when he erased a 3-1/2-length deficit in the stretch and captured his first career stake in 1:55.2. Hititoutofthepark, who's also ticketed for the Colonial, was 3/4 lengths back in second, while Alexander Hanover completed the ticket. Solveig's Racing Partners own Jimmy William. Reigning Moni had little trouble fashioning a front-end victory, defeating the rallying Truemass Volo by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55. Bucketlist Hanover earned show. "He had issues with his knees last year -- he needed surgery on them," Takter said. "He's a good colt. He has very good speed. He was interfered with in his Hambletonian elimination; otherwise he would have made the final." The partnership of KR Breeding, Brixton Medical, Preferred Equine Marketing and Christina Takter owns Reigning Moni, a son of Donato Hanover-All Our Moni. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HUGHESVILLE PA - After two months and two days of being blessed with good weather, the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit finally experienced its first 2016 rainout on Saturday, when a harness racing card for three-year-olds was washed out by intermittent hard rains at the beginning of a special 2-Day Sire Stakes meet at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds.   But come Sunday, the rains stayed away, the sun was out - and Camera Lady was ready for her closeup.   The daughter of Dragon Again became the first two-year-old in North America to get to ten victories when she won her heat of the two-year-old pacing filly Fair Sire Stakes, and she did it in style, setting a new Hughesville track record of 2:01.4 for her division, lowering Nuclear Photo's 2011 mark by a tick. Dave Brickell, also trainer and co-owner with Mitchell York, was in his usual seat behind Camera Lady as the baby distaff dashed home in 29.4 to post her ninth fair win in as many starts - next-closest in that category are the star three-year-old pacers Devious Behavior and Star Of Terror, each with six Keystone twicearound wins.   Fastest time of the day was the 2:01.3 victory in a division of the colt pace by Ounce Hanover, in rein to Steve Schoeffel; the other cut of that Sire Stakes division's action was won in 2:02.2 by Friendly's Scooter, driven by USTA District 7 Chairman and PHHA President Sam Beegle. On the trotting side, Crazy Clyde went in 2:08 for driver Brady Brown to give him four straight wins at the fairs.   Schoeffel and Wayne Long each drove and trained two winners to take top honors during the abbreviated meet.   The state Fair Circuit now heads westward for the latter part of August, starting with two days of action today and tomorrow at the Washington County Fair, over the oval known better as Arden Downs; then they backtrack eastward a bit for more fair action at Dayton PA on Wednesday and Thursday.   FINISHING LINES - Ironically, prior to Saturday's cancellation the only race lost to any situation all year at the fairs also came at Hughesville, during its mid-July fair meet. A field of two-year-olds for the seventeenth and final race of the day was getting ready to head gateward when half the field needed equipment checkup, delaying the start. After he went to his infield trailer and was rerigged, he had just stepped foot back onto the racetrack, ready for a start, when the attendant ambulance crew got a call on a local emergency and had to leave the fairgrounds; after 15 minutes of getting reports on the ambulance's situation while the two babies jogged around the oval, it was determined that the ambulance was not soon to return, and the race was cancelled.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - Kiss Me Onthebeach, who had never been better than third in a harness racing stakes race during her first 17 career starts, changed her luck in a huge way Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, coming home strongly after wild front-end numbers to win her division of the fourth and final preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in 1:48.3, a world record for three-year-old pacing fillies on a 5/8-mile track. Another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Darlinonthebeach, took her second Sires prelim win with a 1:48.4 victory.   The new world champion Kiss Me Onthebeach, to be fair, had been "there or thereabouts" against top fillies throughout her career before Saturday at Pocono, getting checks in 12 of 14 starts in stakes competition and winning her only three starts in overnights for trainer Chris Ryder and Bella Racing LTD. And she used every bit of Hall of Famer John Campbell's sulky magic to make her breakthrough in a big way while defeating Newborn Sassy by a neck.   2-5 favorite I Said Diamonds left strongly from midpack in the field of five, but she met resistance from East Side Hanover, with the polesitter using racetrack geometry to force her flying rival to tuck well before an astonishing 25.2 quarter. East Side Hanover had her earplugs out coming into the stretch the front time, and soon so did I Said Diamonds, who rushed out for command 5/16 and was stretched by "East Side" before making to the top into the second turn, just before the "52.3" clocking flashed and had the crowd buzzing.   Shezarealdeal was the first to move around the tiring East Side Hanover and tucked in the pocket, with Campbell and Kiss Me Onthebeach going on from behind her to challenge the leader to the 1:20.3 3/4s. When "Kiss Me" took the advantage late on the turn, Newport Sassy, who hadn't been far back, tipped outside, and that filly ate into the two-length advantage the leader still had at midstretch, but came up short in the photo, with I Said Diamonds settling for third, a total of four lengths behind.   The 1:48.3 mile lowered by a tick the world divisional standard set by I Luv The Nitelife at Pocono just under three years ago (August 17, 2013). The winner lowered her record by three full seconds, and with her first stakes victory raised her bankroll to $131,075 while returning $53.40 to win to her scattered backers.   Had Darlinonthebeach raced 17 minutes earlier, her 1:48.4 clocking would have put her name alongside that of I Luv The Nightlife, however temporarily; in any case, "Darlin" returned to the track where he had had a problem and had to be pulled up in the Lynch Final on July 2, putting to rest any "bad vibes" or whatnot with her authoritative triumph. Driver Matt Kakaley settled the winner of $488,272 in fourth early as Call Me Queen Be worked to get around Lispatty in a 25.4 quarter, then got to the front past the finish line the first time and hung up middle splits of 54 and 1:21.4.   Call Me Queen Be had stayed tight in the pocket, and after a first-over move from Lispatty was shaken off, the "Queen" mounted a strong charge in the famed Pocono Pike, but Kalaley's filly still had a 27 last quarter in her and kept her adversary at bay by 1¼ lengths, with longshot Skinny Dipper third after an inside journey. Darlinonthebeach, who was sent off at 7-5 from the outside post six against Call Me Queen Be's 4-5 favoritism, is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner/breeder White Birch Farm, and lowered her mark by 2/5 of a second.   With Pure Country off at Northfield again taking on the boys in the Milstein Pace (she was second to Betting Line after finishing fourth in the Cane Pace on Hambletonian Day), Newborn Sassy saw her 25 points earned in finishing second Saturday bring her unofficially to 100 points in the Sires preliminaries (35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1) to lead her group with a 4-1-2-1 record.   With stakes conditions limiting the $350,000 Championship, which will be held at The Meadows on Saturday, September 10, to eight, the following horses also get automatic qualification for the Championship, listed in points order: Darlinonthebeach (95), Call Me Queen Be (90), I Said Diamonds and Pure Country (tied at 85), Kiss Me Onthebeach (65), Shesasmokinlady (58), and Lispatty (35). Skinny Dipper (31) and Shezarealdeal (30) will be programmed as AEs and can draw into the race until 6 p.m. the day before. The next nine highest pointearners not in the Championship will have a $50,000 Consolation on the condition sheet for them.   Tomorrow night at Pocono, these fillies' Stallion Series counterparts will race four divisions of their final preliminary leg, going in slots 3, 4, 7, and 8. The two double winners in the three prelims so far will headline the first two divisions: Dismissal has post three in race three, while Terror At Night has post five in race four. The top nine pointwinners after tomorrow's Stallion Series racing will become eligible for their $40,000 Championship, to be held right here at Pocono on Sunday, September 11.   And while the top eight pointearners didn't change because of the results of tonight's Sire Stakes racing, we can assure you of no such certainty tomorrow: after the top five horses, who look pretty safe, there are fewer than 20 points between the horse currently sitting sixth and the two horses tied for twentieth, with sixteen of the top 21 entered for Sunday.   PHHA / Pocono

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters on Thursday (Aug. 11) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $63,000. In the first division, it was the Charlie Norris trained and driven Treviso taking the lion's share. The daughter of Muscle Massive was able to establish pocket position behind race-favorite Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan). She vacated the garden spot to gun down the leader, winning by a neck in a time of 1:55.3. Yooper (Matt Kakaley) settled for third. It was the third career win for Treviso, who is owned by Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris. She paid $18.60. In Division two, it was Bob Stewart trainee Can't I (John Campbell) remaining undefeated. The daughter of Cantab Hall brushed to the top, and managed to maintain her lead the rest of the way, stopping the clock in 1:57.2. Broadway Idole (Dave Miller) was second, while Crann Tara (Corey Callahan) rallied for third. Can't I is owned by her breeders, the conglomerate of Taylor, Gold, Basen, and Fuller. She returned $5.40 to win. In the third division, it was Temple Ruins (Yannick Gingras) lasting on the lead. The daughter of Donato Hanover was able to rate on the lead, then hold off the pocket-sitting favorite Dangle Then Deke in the stretch, stopping the timer in 1:56.3. It was her first career win. Future Secured (Ake Svanstedt) finished third. Temple Ruins is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek, and Paul Treiber, and trained by Ron Burke. She paid $9.80. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2016 -- With their schedule so busy, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen and his wife, Jackie, weren't planning anything special for Wednesday, their 30th wedding anniversary. But they got something special anyway -- Pennsylvania Sires Stake victories at The Meadows from John Butenschoen trainees Dover Dan and Giveitgasandgo. Corey Callahan piloted both colts. The $184,096 stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Muscles Jared and You Can't Habit taking the other splits. Their anniversary was something of a homecoming for Jackie Butenschoen, who grew up in Washington County. Her father, the late Jack Kiger, was a blacksmith at The Meadows when the track opened in 1963. John composed an anniversary message to Jackie and posted it on Facebook, then gave her yet another present. "I put her to work," he joked. As is his custom, Dover Dan lagged near the rear before launching a decisive first-over move that carried him to his second PASS win in as many tries for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. He scored in 1:57, 1-3/4 lengths better than early leader Muay Hanover, with Phi Alpha third. Butenschoen said that rallying style suits Dover Dan for now. "He's been wanting to get a little anxious and keyed up," he said. "Today, we just wanted to make sure he got off the gate trotting. He has the ability; it's just a matter of keeping him focused. As long as he races like he's racing, I don't see any need (to send him)." Muscles Jared quarter-poled to the front for John Campbell and had little problem from there, prevailing in a stake-fastest 1:56.1. Box Of Luck was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Andy M completed the ticket. Since trainer George Ducharme added hopples for Alfred Ross' gelded son of Muscle Massive-Tetiana, the colt has two wins in as many outings. "That really helps a lot of young trotters," Campbell said. "It steadies them when they need it the most. They have more confidence with their gait. He felt good. I was impressed with him the night he raced at the Meadowlands, and he came back as good or better. In the last turn, he looked around and thought it was all over. I got his attention back, and he picked it up in the lane." You Can't Habit also converted an uncovered move to victory, triumphing in 1:57 for Brett Miller, trainer John McDermott and owner 4 Leaf Racing. Moonshiner Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Affair Of Honor -- another from the Butenschoen stable -- earned show. "He's such a nice horse -- he really loves his work," McDermott said of the son of Cantab Hall-Habit Of Creature, a $55,000 yearling acquisition. "As long as he's not going too fast, he can get it done. He's staked very lightly. We want to make him into a nice 3-year-old and aged horse." In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, I Know My Chip extended his winning streak to four when he zipped by his stablemate, Tall Cotton, to down him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Classicality was third. Callahan drove the 4-year-old Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown gelding, who now boasts $447,793 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the action-packed card features the $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and two events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $160,760 PASS and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Odds-on favorites Agent Q, Bettor's Up, and Idyllic Beach were all victorious in their third-round preliminary divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and with two wins and a second each in the three Sires prelims to date, each has all but qualified for their $350,000 Sire Stakes Championship, on September 11 at Harrah's.   Agent Q was first to take to the track, and the Western Terror filly showed no ill effects from being scratched sick on Adios Day, making every pole a winning one while equaling her mark of 1:53.3, with David Miller at the lines. The Aaron Lambert-trained filly showed her quality with back fractions of 54.4 - 27.1, winning by 2½ lengths for owners Martin Scharf, William Rochetti Jr., Tanya Rochetti, and Robert Muscara.   The Bettor's Delight miss Bettor's Up, guided by Tim Tetrick for the first time, stalked pacesetting Miss Jones for much of their division, then rallied from the pocket into a 27.1 kicker to lower her mark a full second with a 1½-length tally over the frontstepper in 1:52.3. Bettor's Up has now won two straight and four of her five career starts for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny.   Owner Marvin Katz, who the day before won the Hambletonian Oaks and the Doherty Final with full sisters All The Time and Ariana G and a Hambletonian elimination with Bar Hopping, completed a sensational weekend when a filly he co-owns, Idyllic Beach, quarter-moved to command then stepped home in 56 - 27.4 to reduce her mark to 1:52.3. The impeccably-bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Idyllic was guided by Yannick Gingras to a 2¾-length victory for owners Katz, Christina Takter (who is also a co-owner of Bar Hopping), John Fielding, and Brixton Medical Inc. and trainer Jimmy Takter (conditioner of all three of Katz's Saturday winners).   After this third Sire Stake 2PF prelim, an unofficial tallying of the eight highest pointwinners shows the three winners on Sunday tied as noted on top with 80 points (35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1), followed by Gigi From Fiji (65), Someomensomewhere (60), Somesleazetoplease and Watch What You Say (tied at 55), and Keystone Rampage (50). The group's final preliminary will be August 30 at The Meadows.   FINISHING LINES - Monday night seven divisions of Stallion Series 2PFs will go behind the gate for their third preliminary. Like their Sire Stakes counterparts, no filly took down wins in both early prelims, but with eleven one-time winners entered, the scramble for first-money - and pecking-order rights leading up to their $40,000 Championship at Pocono on Monday, September 12 - should ensure top racing action.   Again, there are three $50,000 Invitationals - an open pace, an open trot, and a filly and mare pace -- scheduled for Super Stakes Saturday night, August 20, and anyone interested in racing in one or more of these events should contact Pocono Director of Racing Rick Kane at 570 831 2126 immediately.   PHHA / POCONO

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino wishes to remind harness racing owners and trainers that the entry deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 9 AM for the $175,000 (est) Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and the final preliminary legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. All three events are set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at The Meadows. The PASS leg will be the last chance to earn points toward the $250,000 PASS championship and the $50,000 consolation, each to be raced Saturday, Sept. 10 at The Meadows. For further information, please contact the Race Office, 724.225.9897. LIVE RACING AT THE MEADOWS RESUMES MONDAY WITH $15K PICK 5 GUARANTEE  After a week’s break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, Aug. 8, when the 14-race card features a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after the Adios Day Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,361.33. In addition, Monday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Monday’s program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Pure Country continued her relentless march to a second straight harness racing divisional title, capturing her fifth consecutive victory in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake action at The Meadows, part of the Adios eliminations card. Shesasmokinlady took the other division in the $159,350 event for 3-year-old filly pacers known as the Romola Hanover. Pure Country won all 10 starts at 2 en route to her Dan Patch Award. While she's lost three of nine outings this year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana appears to have elevated her game to a new level, with victories in the finals of the Fan Hanover and the Lynch and two straight PASS splits. "I've never driven a filly like her," winning driver Brett Miller said. "I don't know if I've ever driven a colt like her. She might be the best horse I've ever driven. To race at the top level like this every week and be that good -- it's amazing. She's one of the smartest fillies I've ever sat behind, and she has the heart of a champion. The couple times I got beat with her, it was probably my fault." In the Romola Hanover, Pure Country grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move, easily thwarted the first-over challenge of I Said Diamonds and defeated the pocket-sitting Darlinonthebeach by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50. Shezarealdeal earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, who now boasts $1,276,610 in career earnings, for Diamond Creek Racing. Shesasmokinlady also made the front past the quarter for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner/breeder Iris Horowitz and had just enough in the tank to hold off Newborn Sassy by a nose in 1:50.4. Call Me Queen Be completed the ticket. "I figured if I got away third today, I wasn't sitting," said Paver of Shesasmokinlady, who now has $144,795 in her bankroll. "She usually doesn't get tired, but she looks for a horse to race. A horse never really got to her until late." Although she may reach the PASS final or consolation leg, Paver said a stakes payments snafu has left Shesasmokinlady with only one definite stake engagement -- the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Saturday's program also featured five divisions of this event; as with the other stakes on the card, this one became "Miller Time." Miller won two splits, giving him four stakes victories on the day, while trainer Michael Hall enjoyed a stake double. The highlight for Miller and Hall was the 1:51.1 win by Dismissal, which lowered the stake record of 1:51.3 previously held by Icommandmyspirt and matched earlier in the day by A List Hanover. Hall owns Dismissal, a daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty. The other three splits went to Terror at Night, Kryptos and Square Dancer. A List Hanover saw her stake record fall, but she turned in a huge performance, challenging first over for longer that winning driver Dan Rawlings intended. "The more I grabbed her, the more her gait became less than perfect," Rawlings said. "So I let her go as fast and as far as she could." Gingertreescarlett finished second, 3 lengths back, with Nip's Beach Girl third. Hall trains and leases A List Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Nadia. Terror At Night also converted a first-over trip to victory, edging by early leader Hug A Dragoness by 1/2 length in 1:51.4, a lifetime mark. Donna's Beach completed the ticket. "She's one of the laziest fillies I've ever driven," Miller said. "You have to make her do her work. When she made the front, she thought the race was over. If you're on the front, it's not as bad, but if you're passing somebody, she pulls up as soon as she gets by." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 2-year-old filly pacers on Thursday afternoon (July 21) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $61,000. In the first division, it was Dylan Davis trainee Gigi From Fiji (Corey Callahan) picking up the win. The daughter of Ponder drafted patiently in the 3-hole before launching her bid. She hooked up in a stretch duel with Somesleazetoplease (Brett Miller), and was able to get the nose in front, stopping the clock in 1:54. It was her second win of her career out of three starts. She is owned by Robert Cooper, J & T Silva Stables, and driver Corey Callahan. She paid $17.80 to win. In the second division, it was Bettor's Up closing fast up the inside for the score. The daughter of Bettor's Delight was shuffled back, but was able to find room late to out close the pocket sitting Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) to win in a time of 1:53.3 for the connections of Bradley Grant and Michelle McEneny. Scott McEneny is the trainer. It was her third victory in four career starts, and one of five driving wins on the afternoon for driver Dave Miller. She paid $5.80 to win. The third and final division was won by the pocket-sitting Agent Q (Dave Miller). The daughter of Western Terror got to the front, but yielded to the brushing Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) past the quarter pole. She closed in a stout :27.4 to get the job done, winning by three lengths in 1:53.3. It was the first career win for the Aaron Lambert trainee, who is owned by the team of Scharf, Rochetti, Rochetti Jr. and Muscara. She paid $3.60 to win. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2016 -- Fear The Dragon captured his second straight Pennsylvania Sires Stake win Wednesday at The Meadows when he scorched a mile in 1:50.3, matching the track record for harness racing freshman pacing colts. The $190,272 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over four divisions with Western Joe, Downbytheseaside and Normandy Beach taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras won a pair of divisions with Western Joe and Normandy Beach while David Miller and trainer Brian Brown teamed to take the other two splits. Fear The Dragon dropped into the pocket from the gate, but Miller had him out and moving before the half. Emerald Highlands Farm's son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon had little trouble defeating the rallying Boogie Shuffle by 2 lengths, with RJP third. "I could have sat in the two hole," Miller said, "but he was the heavy favorite, and I thought I'd go ahead and move him back to the front in case somebody came at us real hard. He gets over the ground real easy." The time matched I'm Some Graduate's track record established last year and shattered the stake mark of 1:51.1 set last year by Manhattan Beach. It's the fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old colt pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Miller and Brown were at it again with Downbytheseaside, who zipped to the lead from post 6 and triumphed in 1:51, 1-1/2 lengths better than Huntsville. Bettor's Pick completed the ticket. "He was a little keyed up behind the gate," Miller reported. "He was hitting the bike a little bit behind the gate; that made it worse. He relaxed once he got to the lead." Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo campaign Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover. Western Joe quarter-poled to the top and drew off to prevail by 4 lengths in 1:53 for trainer Christopher Choate and owner Anthony Ruggeri. Emptythetill was second while Southwind Jenson earned show. "I wanted to control it with easy fractions," Gingras said of the son of Western Ideal-Ante Fay. "I figured I'd take my chances from there. He was really strong finishing. In the last eighth, he really exploded home." In the $20,000 Winners Over 10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton parried the first-over bid of his stablemate, See The Wind, and defeated him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1. Tamarind was third. Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. The 10-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding pushed his career bankroll to $757,541. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Five divisions of the harness racing Pennsylvania Sire Stakes two-year-old trotting fillies were featured in their second preliminary round Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with all five cuts producing new lifetime marks, and the division pitting three of the first round winners providing the fastest victory, a 1:54.4 by That's All Moni.   The victorious daughter of Cantab Hall had to grind uncovered against favored Fine Tuned Lady, but she came her last quarter in 27.4 to overhaul the chalk, who had made the lead in front of the stands, by a neck on the money. Yannick Gingras again successfully teamed with Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter to keep That's All Moni undefeated after a pair of starts for the ownership of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   The other repeat winner was also a daughter of Cantab Hall, Dangle Then Deke, who swung three-wide headstretch under the guidance of Tim Tetrick and stormed her own last split in 28.1 to win by 1¾ lengths over Voxy, who rallied from the pocket. The 6-5 favorite kept her record unblemished after three starts for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia.   Sire Explosive Matter also had two progeny among the quintet of Pocono feature winners Tuesday. The first was Chezatter, who was a pocket rocket with a 56.2 last half in her to get a neck up on pacesetting Sienna Hanover in 1:55.2. David Miller handled the winner for trainer Trond Smedshammer and the Purple Haze Stable LLC.   Also an Explosive Matter-sired winner was Yooper, who went her second half in 57 while uncovered to stop the clock in 1:56, 1½ lengths ahead on the horse on her back the last half, Donato Fashion. Matt Kakaley got the driving call from trainer Dean Eckley for owner/breeder Clifford Grundy.   The only other favorite besides Dangle To Deke to win in the event (though's Yooper's $8.20 was the biggest price of the bunch) was the horse to follow "Deke" into the winners circle, the Muscle Massive filly Treviso, who was parked past the ¼ for command, then put in a 28.2 last quarter to win in 1:56.3, extended to win by a nose over the game first-over Princess Aurora. Treviso is trained and driven by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris and Klis Brothers Stable.   FINISHING LINES - Driver Anthony Napolitano, sidelined through injury since a May 31 far turn racing mishap at The Downs, is back and ready for sulky duty, scheduled to drive in qualifiers here tomorrow (Wednesday) and during the next purse card here, scheduled for Saturday. Anthony was second in the Pocono dashwinning derby behind his brother George at the time of the accident, and he was also doing well in expanding his regular sulkysitting to The Meadowlands and Yonkers.   PHHA / Pocono

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