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We busted into the month of September this past week at Pocono with temperatures that still felt a lot like we were in the midst of the summer season instead of the tail end of it. Next week in this column we'll be detailing all the exploits on Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Saturday, featuring the state championships for all 3-year-old divisions. This week we feature some excellent overnight harness racing as we dole out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: MAYTIME TERROR This 6-year-old gelding has put together quite a nice streak of racing the past few weeks, and, in doing so, has earned the respect of the handicappers. On August 15 at Pocono in a $20,000 to $25,000 claiming handicap, he went off at odds of 27-1, which was understandable since he went into the race winless in 14 2015 starts. But he rallied from far back with Joe Pavia Jr. in the bike for the upset victory. When he raced the following week in the same class at Harrah's at Philadelphia, he was made the favorite and delivered the victory in 1:51:3. On Saturday night, the gelding, trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, returned to face the $25,000 claimers at Pocono and went off as the even-money betting favorite. With George Napolitano Jr. in the bike this time around, he hustled to the lead at the quarter-pole from a #6 post position. The fractions were rapid, but Maytime Terror sustained them with relative ease. In the stretch he had a nice lead built up and coasted to a 3½-length victory in a sharp 1:50:1. Not only has we won over the bettors, but the gelding has salvaged what seemed like a lost season just a month ago. And, with three straight wins under his belt, the near future looks as promising as his recent past. Other top pacers this week include: Ontario Success (Marcus Miller, Ron Burke), who stepped up in class and still motored to his second straight condition win on Saturday night, this one in 1:50; K Ryan Bluechip (Joe Pavia Jr. driver and trainer), a 3-year-old gelding who blitzed a condition field on Tuesday night in 1:51:1 for his second straight victory; and Sudoku (Andrew McCarthy, Ross Croghan), a mare who moved up in class to win her third straight condition pace, the last two coming at Pocono and this one in a career-best time of 1:50:4. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: PANAMANIAN HANOVER Sometimes a change of scenery is all a horse needs to get going. Panamanian Hanover came to Pocono for a start on August 21 off a string of mediocre performances at Vernon Downs. Joining the barn of trainer Scott DiDomenico upon his arrival at Pocono, the 5-year-old gelding promptly built up his confidence with a victory over an $8,500 condition group in a career-best 1:54:1. There was little time to get carried away with that success though. He was back at it on Tuesday night in a $13,000 condition group, which is a full three steps up the condition ladder from the class he beat in his first Pocono test. With the inside post in a field of eight, Panamanian Hanover got away fourth and watched as the heavy favorite Marion Monaco set the pace. Panamanian Hanover's driver Joe Bongiorno decided to roll the dice and attempt to collar the leader first-over. Marion Monaco was game, fighting hard and parking his rival around the last turn. But Panamanian Hanover was relentless and finally wore down his foe, crossing the line a comfortable 2¼ lengths in front in 1:54, which reset his career mark. The gelding seems to like his new home, although his competitors at the track are probably wishing he keeps moving. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Sistas (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), a three-year-old filly who beat a condition group of mostly older horses on Saturday night in 1:55; Crazy About Pat (Anthony Napolitano, Paul Kelley), who followed up back-to-back wins at Saratoga with a condition win at Pocono on Tuesday night in a career-best 1:53:3; and Wisneheimer (George Napolitano Jr., Jenny Melander), who followed up a condition win at Harrah's with another here at Pocono on Wednesday night, matching a career-best of 1:53:1 in the process. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: CRAZZYCRAZZY Despite an outside post, this gelding with Andrew McCarthy in the bike shocked a field of claiming trotters on Friday night at 27-1, paying off $57.40 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANDREW MCCARTHY McCarthy drove elsewhere on Saturday and Sunday night, but he made the most of the time he had at Pocono this week, ripping off driving triples on Friday and Tuesday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: MARK FORD With a training double on Friday night and another victory on Sunday night, Ford continued yet another fine campaign at Pocono. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia          

I'm Some Graduate, who began his career in softer company, took another step upward when he scored the fastest win in Tuesday's $212,142 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at the harness racing meeting at  The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Ideal Jimmy and Spider Man Hanover taking the other splits. Trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere often start their youngsters off slowly, allowing them to gain confidence and experience before testing them. That's the case with I'm Some Graduate, an $80,000 yearling acquisition. "He's on the schedule we wanted for him," said Tom Cancelliere of the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Jugette winner Western Graduate. "I start everything in the stallion series." "If they're good enough, they'll go to the sires stakes." "Then, with a little prayer and a little help, they'll go wherever they can go." In the Tyler B, I'm Some Graduate made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick, was shuffled back to third and roared through the stretch to triumph in 1:51.1, lowering his lifetime mark by 4.3 seconds. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths back, with Big Top Hanover third. "He's real smart and does everything the way you want him to do it," Tom Cancelliere said. "He doesn't look like the rest of the "Beaches," he doesn't act like the rest of the "Beaches." But he races great." Ideal Jimmy has made a living coming from well back, and he was true to form Tuesday, launching a relentless first-over bid that carried him to victory in 1:52.1, 6 lengths better than Sam McSmith. Genovese rallied for show. "He was a little bumpy in the first turn in his early starts," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "But (taking him back) has been working good enough that I've been letting him do it." Robin Cruise conditions Ideal Jimmy, a homebred Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for D.R. Van Witzenberg. Speaking of coming from well back, Spider Man Hanover was last by 9 lengths at the half before getting into gear third over for David Miller. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Lip Bluechip was widest and fastest in the lane, tripping the timer in 1:53. McDave was second, 1/2 length back, with early leader JK Will Power third. It was the third PASS win for Spider Man Hanover, and it followed a troubling performance in the most recent leg, when he missed by 45-3/4 lengths. "He raced really, really bad last week," David Miller said. "When you take off the gate, you're taking a chance, but my main concern was trying to make sure he finished with pace." Brian Brown trains Spider Man Hanover for Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman. Elsewhere on the card, Cowgirl Hall was racing off a layoff of nearly a month, and she was parked twice in the mile. Nevertheless, she dominated the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, scoring in 1:53, 4-1/4 lengths ahead of Kandian Klub. Dough Dough completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who captured her third straight and boosted her career bankroll to $763,428, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three wins on the 15-race program for Palone. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

The richest harness racing Sire Stakes Championship series begins Saturday night.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for three-year-olds.   Each of the four divisions will also have a $60,000 Consolation race; the total program on Saturday at Pocono will distribute purses of $1,770,000.   COLT PACERS $350,000 Championship - race 12 $60,000 Consolation - race 5   Championship record: 1:48.4, McWicked, 2014 (fastest Championship in PA history)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Yankee Bounty   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Lost For Words   Most of the attention in the "glamour division" will be focused on Wakizashi Hanover, already a winner of over $840,000 this year, including the North America Cup Final, and regarded as second-best on the North American scene to the amazing Wiggle It Jiggleit.   Wakizashi has driven post five for the Championship, and as usual trainer Joann Looney-King has tapped Tim Tetrick to drive the altered son of Dragon Again for the Tri County Stable of Nova Scotia.   The sophomore has experience over the track, winning a Hempt elimination and then finished fourth from a difficult draw, and following that outing up with a second to "Wiggle" in the Battle of the Brandywine.   It's unusual to see a defending champion and a leading prelim pointswinner regarded as "outsiders" in the field, but Yankee Bounty and Lost For Words, respectively, are not only figurative outsiders, but the literal outsiders as well in the field of eight.   Yankee Bounty, starting from post seven for all-time Sire Stakes driving champion Dave Palone,does come off a 1:49.3 win in a Sire Stakes prelim, while Lost For Words (post eight, David Miller) was the only three-time winner in the Sires prelims.   COLT TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 11 $60,000 Consolation - race 4   Championship record: 1:52.4, Father Patrick, 2014   Defending champion from 2YO year: Billy Flynn (the only 3YO who did not qualify for these finals)   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Wicker Hanover   Wicker Hanover and Uncle Lasse were both three-time Sires prelim winners.   Wicker Hanover, an Explosive Matter colt who has done well on or off the pace, will start from post six for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ross Croghan, and the Christer Haggstorm Racing Stable Inc., while the Donato Hanover colt Uncle Lasse, third in both the Hambletonian Final and the Colonial, drew post two for driver David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter, and owners Solveig's Racing Partners and Goran Falk.   A horse conspicuous by his absence is Pinkman, #2 in the prelim pointstandings while achieving three victories, but when he won the Hambletonian trainer Takter chose the Triple Crown road for him, and he goes Saturday night at Yonkers in the Yonkers Trot, the second Crown leg.   But even with two recent losses to Crazy Wow, in the Colonial and Yonkers Trot elim, Pinkman likely would have been a big favorite here, and using the "glass is half full" theory, the race is much more competitive this way.   FILLY PACERS   $350,000 Championship - race 10 $60,000 Consolation - race 3   Championship record: 1:49, Economy Terror   Defending champion from 2YO year: Southwind Roulette   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Somewhere Sweet   Perhaps the best testimony to the contentiousness of this division all year, and in theory here Saturday, is the fact that prelim pointleader Somewhere Sweet won only once in the prelims.   But the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, trained by Brian Brown for Miller's Stable, has been a very consistent miss, winning half her ten seasonal starts and never finishing worse than fourth, and she draws the favorable post two for driver David Miller.   There were two two-time prelim winners in this division, but for Saturday they had the misfortune of drawing the two outside spots on the gate: Serious Filly (PP7, also trained by Brown, Tim Tetrick listed) and Safe From Terror (PP8, trainer Ron Burke, also listing Tetrick on the early sheet).   FILLY TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 9 $60,000 Consolation - race 14   Championship record: 1:51.3, Check Me Out, 2012 (fastest trot Champion ever)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Wild Honey   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Sarcy (not entered), Smokinmombo #2   Last year's divisional champion Wild Honey has come back sharply in 2015, with a win in the Hambletonian Oaks Final and two Sire Stakes wins.   The Cantab Hall filly is likely to be held as the horse to beat despite drawing post eight for driver Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter, and the ownership combine of Takter, Fielding, Liverman, and Fielding.   Jimmy Takter is also the trainer of Sarcy, who was #1 in the prelim points, but that filly has not raced since finishing fifth in the Oaks Final on August 8 and has not won since June 25, so she is not entered in the Championship.   But Wild Honey is certainly a fine "backup plan."   FINISHING LINES   Dave Palone has 38 career wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, and the driver in second needs a telescope to see him even though winning five Championships last year - Yannick Gingras, with a total of 12.   We know Yannick will not duplicate that output in 2015, as he will be driving Pinkman at Yonkers on Saturday.   Palone, however, has a call in three of the four Championships, and there are two to-be-resolved double calls in the race he currently is not listed on.   The PA Sire Stakes Championship series for two-year-olds will be held on Friday, September 11, at The Meadows, with the same $350,000/$60,000 purse structure. In between, Harrah's Philadelphia will host the eight $40,000 Championships of the PA Stallion Series - the three-year-olds on a special card this Monday, Labor Day, and the two-year-olds the following Thursday.   Jerry Connors

Trailling by 11 lengths at the half, Biggie stormed past the weary leader and broke his maiden in a stake-record 1:51.4 in Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over five divisions, with Toddler Tantrum, Nimble And Quick, Beach Ogre and Art's Dragon taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman fashioned a stake double with Toddler Tantrum and Nimble And Quick. Biggie was 0-4 entering the stake and off his worst race, which was marred by an early break. But when the front-ending Tailgunner Hanover tired after a swift 1:22.1 three-quarters, Biggie blitzed by him for Tony Hall and kept on rolling, lowering by three ticks the previous stake mark of Somewhere In LA. Arthur Pendragon shook loose for second, 11-1/2 lengths back, with On The Gogh third. "I figured we'd be following, and if everything worked out we'd be top three," Hall said. "But when the fractions got mixed up like that, I figured that would definitely help him. I really didn't expect him to have that much left. I don't think he's seen numbers like that." Ron Burke trains Biggie, a Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions gelding, for J&T Silva Stables, TLP Stable and Deo Volente Farms. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 15-race card. Toddler Tantrum lost a disagreement with Merriman in the stretch, yet it helped him score a 1/2-length victory over Playlist Hanover in a career-best 1:53, with Cheapskate Hanover third. "I wore a Murphy blind on him all year but took it off after the last start," explained Tim Twaddle, who trains the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "It looked to me like he wouldn't come off that line -- he wanted to go inside -- but once Aaron got him out, he was perfect." Nimble And Quick captured his third straight stallion series win -- he was second a neck in the opening leg -- with a front-end jaunt in 1:53.1, fastest in the career of the Western Ideal-Cam Swifty gelding. The pocket-sitting Owen Hanover was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Twinspeak Hanover earned show. "He was very little, and he was a little behind the other colts early," said winning trainer Richard Ringler. "So we accomplished a lot more with him than we thought we would three or four months ago. He's turned into quite a little racehorse, so he'll probably have a little more on his plate next year." Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing own Nimble And Quick. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Monte Cristo Spur quarter-poled to the lead for trainer/driver Dick Stillings and sailed home in 1:53, fastest ever by a 4-year-old trotting horse at the Meadows. The time eclipsed the previous mark of 1:53.2 held by Chips And Wings. Call To Post was 3-3/4 lengths back in second, with Summer Indian third. Richard Davis owns the son of Cantab Hall-Sweet-Gabriella. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Tyler B, a $212,142 PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM.                                                                                                                          Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 1025 -- My Hero Ron surrendered the early lead to his stablemate, Rufo, then just got by him at the wire to score in a career-best 1:49.2, fastest in Friday's $183,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, was conducted over three divisions, with Yankee Bounty and Wakizashi Hanover taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a stake double with My Hero Ron and Yankee Bounty. My Hero Ron was content to stalk Rufo from the pocket and challenge him late. He won, but not as easily as Gingras expected. "Halfway through the stretch, I was ahead a neck or a good head and hand-driving through the wire, and I almost got surprised doing it," Gingras said. "He was good the first couple times he was on the front but not so much after that. I was happy with the two-hole trip." My Hero Ron edged Rufo by a nose, with Dreams Beachboy third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino campaign the son of Well Said Erma La Em, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings with the victory. At 2, Yankee Bounty launched his career with an impressive winning streak that tabbed him as a star in the making. But he was winless in 13 outings this year before ending his frustration with a front-end triumph in 1:49.3, a career best. The Wayfaring Man was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Lyons Again third. "He developed last year as fast as he would be," Burke said. "He was as fast last year as he's been this year. Maybe he didn't start the year razor sharp, but he was second in the Adios, and he had sneaky pace last week. He warmed up real well, and I said to Yannick, 'Just get him to the front and we'll see what he does,' and he responded." Burke said he expects to race Yankee Bounty at 4. "You'll always make money with him," Burke said. "He'll race on every size track. He's the kind of horse people love to have. He's sound, and he'll just keep going." The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding now has earned $538,024 for his owners, Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. Wakizashi Hanover vanquished Wiggle It Jiggleit in the North America Cup but lost his last five races to the division leader and driver Montrell Teague, most recently in the top level of the Battle of the Brandywine. Without his bitter rival in the field, Wakizashi Hanover sparkled, winning on the front in for Tim Tetrick in 1:50.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Lost For Words. Allbeef N Nobull completed the ticket. "He's always on his game. He always gives me a good race," said Joann Looney-King, who conditions the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding for Tri County Stable. "He could handle these tonight. I'm hoping we don't draw the eight or nine hole every time. I keep telling Montrell, 'I'm gonna get you again.' He just laughs at me." She indicated Wakizashi Hanover will have a light racing schedule as he prepares for the Breeders Crown, with no appearances in the Little Brown Jug or at the Red Mile. "We're hoping he'll last for a while," she said. "We're looking to the future with this horse." $40,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Friday's card also featured a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, with Sectionline Rock and Badiou Hanover taking the splits -- the latter by disqualification. Dismissed at 20-1, Sectionline Rock appeared destined for a place finish behind the front-ending UF Larry Alltheway when a late burst carried him by the leader to a 1/2-length victory in 1:51.1. This Time earned show. "When I moved him over at the top of the stretch, he gave me a good little burst of speed," said Matt Kakaley, who piloted the Yankee Cruiser-Armbro Alto gelding for trained Ron Potter and owners H. Lee Bauder, Harold Bauder, Clyde Perfect and Whiskey Tango Stable. "I thought I could reel the leader in. He shows getting away toward the back every start, so I tried putting him in play up close, and obviously it worked out perfect." Badiou crossed the line second but was awarded the win when Trading Up was disqualified and placed fourth for using the Lightning Lane without entitlement. Joe Hill and Parklane Eagle were promoted to second and third, respectively. Julie Miller trains Badiou Hanover, a Well Said-Blind Ambition gelding, for Pinske Stables and Joe P Racing LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Sam Hill captured the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:51.2 for Greg Wright, Jr., trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The pocket-sitting Seventh Secret was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with Hillbilly Hanover third. The 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding extended his career bankroll to $389,637. Monday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA - Truemass Volo and Love Matters both became two-time winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with victories within the four divisions of the $251,780 third preliminary leg event on Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   First to record the double was the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo colt Truemass Volo, who set the pace then held off Sliding Off to his inside and Milligan's School to his outside in taking a new mark of 1:56.2 under the guidance of Tim Tetrick. Truemass Volo now has three consecutive wins after making breaks in his first two outings, peaking at a good time for trainer Doug Hamliton and owners John Erdner and Martin Garey.   The Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love colt Love Matters went in the race immediately after Truemass Volo's, and he is now undefeated in five lifetime starts (and two PaSS races; he skipped a leg), here lowering his mark to 1:55.2 while triumphing for driver Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. is the co-owner along with Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman.   The two first-time PaSS winners both paid off at better than 20-1, and one of them put up the fastest clocking of all. That would be the colt Iron Mine Bucky, giving Explosive Matter a siring double (his dam is My Foolish Dream) and lowering his mark to 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis moved the winner, who has now taken half his six lifetime starts, first-over on the second turn, and "Bucky" threw a 28 uncovered third quarter to clear to the lead and win nicely for trainer Colby Hubble and Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The Cantab Hall-Likeavirgin Lindy colt Landjack Hanover did get a little help on the way to his maiden victory, and given the luck he knew what to do and tripped the timer in 1:57.1 under the guidance of Corey Callahan. Landjack Hanover was third-inside at the ¾, but first pocketsitting Alexander Hanover jumped midturn and went to the infield, and then Desert Runner, still with about a 2½-length lead in midstretch, unfortunately lived up to the second half of his name, with Landjack Hanover there to pick up the pieces for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Jerry Graham, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono      

Mr Right went to the top of the standings among Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old colt trotters when he won the fastest of seven divisions in the $140,000 third preliminary round in 1:56.3, a personal best, in Tuesday night action at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Victor Kirby and the Donato Hanover-Hey Mister colt had to overcome a first-over trip, but the talented youngster came his own last half in 57.4 to run his series record to 3-2-1-0, the best of all the babies, for trainer Leigh Raymer, who is also co-owner with Stephen Moss and Harold and Helene Solomon.   The only horse to beat Mr Right in the Stallion Series is Cufflink Hanover, who won in the first leg, skipped the second to try the deeper waters of the Sire Stakes, and came back to the Stallion ranks Tuesday and won in 1:57.4 wire-to-wire.   The gelded son of Andover Hall-Savoire Faire, possibly named after the pet turtles in the movie Rocky, is owned by driver David Miller and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc of trainer Nifty Norman.   Besides Mr Right and Cufflink Hanover, Twin B Ammunition added his name to the list of two-time Stallion winners by reducing his mark to 1:58.4.   TNT Rusty, the only double winner in the first two Stallion legs, was on the lead turning for home but made a break, opening the door for the Explosive Matter-Anklets Aweigh gelding to get the decision for trainer Bennie Magliochetti, having a career season, and owner Mahlon Martin.   It's hard to believe that it has been 42 years since the filly Starlark Hanover set a world record at Pocono en route to being named 2YO Trotter of the Year (no colt/filly separate voting then), but trainer/driver Dave Wade is still going strong, as he showed by putting a 1:56.4 maiden mark on the Lear Jetta-Ponytail Xpress gelding Nathaniel in another cut.   The baby led at every call for the ownership of Wade, Jerry Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, and William Peel III, also his breeders.   The only siring double of the night went to SJ's Caviar, as two altered sons of his stepped home first: Skeezix, out of Queen Of Angels, who broke his maiden in 1:59 for driver Kevin Wallis, trainer Rollie Mallar, and owner/breeder Michael Andrew, and Petrossian As (out of Elegant Dame), who was second in his debut, a Stallion leg, but showed no signs of not having raced since that event 34 days ago with a 1:58 triumph for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri Ab.   The final division winner had even less experience than Petrossian, but the Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie colt Pilgrims Tide followed up on two winning qualifiers by winning at first asking in 1:57.4 for "The Trot Man" of Pocono, driver Mike Simons, trainer Scott Andrews, and owners Edward W. Andrews and Edward W. Andrews III.   The Sire Stakes counterparts to these freshmen will contest their third preliminary Wednesday, with $251,780 on the line in four divisions.   The second leg saw no horse as a repeat winner from the first.   Jerry Connors

Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover remain unbeaten — they’re a combined 13-13 lifetime — following wins in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stake action for freshman filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   The $205,840 event, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over four divisions, with Kathy Parker and Womans Will taking the other splits. Though the luck of the draw has kept Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover apart, the two are set for a showdown in the PASS championship Sept. 11 at The Meadows, which that day will host all four $260,000 (est) finals for 2-year-olds.   Asked to compare Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover, David Miller, who regularly pilots both and did so in the Delmonica Hanover, said:   “They’re pretty similar, really." "They’re both real handy." "They’re pretty even, to tell you the truth." "Whitelake is probably a little quicker off the gate, but Donna makes up for it. "She can race either way."   “I was thinking how lucky I’ve been — four legs and they never met up." "Usually when I have a couple nice ones, they all get in together." "I’ll have to pick one, but it’s a nice problem to have.”   Although both fillies won easily, Broadway Donna’s victory may have been more impressive visually. After some early jockeying for the lead, she powered to the front near the quarter and drew off to triumph by 9-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2, a tick off the stake record. Winning Symbol and Lookin Sharp completed the ticket.   “She knows what she has to do, and she goes out there and does it,” said Jim Campbell, who conditions the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner for Fashion Farms. “As I’ve said, she’s a real professional.”   With her seventh consecutive win, Broadway Donna boosted her career bankroll to $291,036.   Whitelake Hanover forged ahead by 5 lengths at the quarter and coasted home from there, prevailing by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Maker A Yankee rallied for second, with Dancing In Thehall a ground-saving third. Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Whispering Wind, who completed her sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs, for Omar Belier, Dennis Coons and Susan Oakes.   A nose loser to Broadway Donna in the $389,450 final of the James Doherty Memorial, Kathy Parker gave the undefeated fillies something to think about when she scored for Yannick Gingras in 1:56.3 to extend her career bankroll to $171,598. She was second by 1-1/2 lengths down the backside, but Kathy Parker blue-penciled that margin when she pulled the pocket early to challenge the leader, Gracie Hanover.   “The horse on the front looked a little grabby early on,” Gingras said. “I figured it wouldn’t help either one of us if I moved earlier than that." "At that point, it was time to go. I didn’t want to have to move her into the last turn if somebody else came." "I figured it was the best place to do it. She’s right up there with the best ones.”   Synonymous Hanover was second, a length behind, while Gracie Hanover saved show. Jimmy Takter conditions Kathy Parker, a daughter of Andover Hall-Mallelujah, for Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joyce McClelland.   Elsewhere on the card, it was her initial appearance in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, but Dough Dough rose to the occasion, stalking Mistress Valentine from the pocket and downing her by a neck in 1:55.1. Kandian Club finished third.   Dick Stillings drove the 5-year-old daughter of CR Excalibur-Rising Dough, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for trainer J.W. Miller and owner/breeder En Mar Stable The race featured even more dough, as the winner’s half sister, Ciao Dough, finished fourth.   Aaron Merriman and Miller each fashioned a three-bagger on the 15-race card.   Evan Pattak

There were 3 divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action for freshman pacers on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $81,000 each. In the first division, it was Jt45 and Burke Racing's Big Top Hanover (Brett Miller) springing the upset. The son of Western Ideal latched on to live cover at the half, and was able to out close leader Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) to pick up the win. Heavy favorite Spider Man Hanover dropped back sharply through the field and was distanced in the end. It was the first career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who completed the mile in 1:52.4. He paid $69.20 to win. In division two, another Ron Burke charge Check Six (Yannick Gingras) was victorious. The son of Somebeachsomewhere showed tactical speed from post 7, putting him in position for a quarter brush, which he utilized just after the quarter. He led the rest of the way, winning by two lengths in 1:53 I'm Some Graduate (Tim Tetrick) closed sharply to be second while Allie's Cruiser (Matt Kakaley) closed up the inside for third. It was the fourth straight victory for Check Six, who returned $5.00. He is owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Bill Switala, and James Martin. Division three completed the Ron Burke sweep as JK Will Power took advantage of a perfect trip to win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere prevailed in a stretch duel over another Burke trainee Manhattan Beach (Yannick Gingras) to prevail in 1:53.1. JJ Flynn (Brett Miller) finished third. It was the second career win for JK Will Power, who is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. He paid $5.00. Michael Bozich

The undefeated Pure Country completed her sweep of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes preliminary legs, and Newborn Sassy set track and stake records in Wednesday's PASS action at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. The $212,776 event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over four divisions, with Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Be taking the other splits. Pure Country was on top early in her split when Skinny Dipper made a nasty break that scattered the back markers and left I Said Diamonds, sitting on Pure Country's bumper, as the only real competition. "I heard the horse in the three hole make a break," said winning driver Brett Miller. "When I looked at the tote board, I saw there was a big gap, so I thought I should take advantage of that and go a slow second quarter." "I think she can go with anybody." "She doesn't have to be on the front." "In my opinion, she can race better off the pace." "I've been putting her on the front to stay out of trouble." Pure Country triumphed in 1:52.3, 3/4 lengths better than I Said Diamonds. Hug A Dragoness earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana who's now perfect in five starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. After launching her career poorly in a July 9 PASS leg, Newborn Sassy retreated to the PA Stallion Series, where she gained confidence and put her game together. In the Meadow Cheer, she saved ground, then zipped home for Tim Tetrick in 1:51.1, fastest ever for a 2-year-old filly pacer at The Meadows. Weeper held the previous track and stake mark of 1:51.4. Early leader Shesasmokinlady was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Peachy third. "We started her out a little steep there -- she wasn't quite as ready as she should have been, perhaps," said Jim King, Jr., who conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton -- a $37,000 yearling acquisition -- and owns with CC Racing. "It was a tough winter in Illinois where she started, so we got a little bit of a late start." "She's developed very well." Shezarealdeal grabbed her second PASS win with an uncovered backside burst that carried her to victory in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than Princess Fabulosa. Yankee Moonshine finished fourth-placed-third. "The horse on the front didn't look that good," winning driver Marcus Miller said, "so I thought if I could keep pacing hard when we hit the turn, I could get by her. "She's really quick, so I wasn't too surprised." "I put her on the front too many times in a row." "Today, just following for a half, she was brave." Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Shezarealcaesar for Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal made it two straight when she found late racing room to score in 1:51, matching her career best. Angels Delight was a nose back in second while Just A Bee completed the ticket. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last, who boosted her career bankroll to $391,283, for trainer Randy Bendis and owners Bendis, Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 15-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features the $174,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which has drawn Hambletonian runner-up Mission Brief and Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey. The Moni Maker goes as race 3 on the program, which begins at 6:55 PM.                                                          Evan Pattak

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WILKES-BARRE PA - Imagine Dragon and Momas Got A Gun both punched their tickets to the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on September 5 with strong victories in $191,609 fourth and final round preliminary action Saturday at The Downs.   Imagine Dragon lowered her mark a tick to 1:51.1 for trainer Frank Antonacci and Lindy Farms of Connecticut in taking the first division. Driver Scott Zeron had three pieces of luck with the daughter of Dragon Again, and the first two did not augur well: he had to tuck third early, and he had to rethink a quarter-move when pacesetter Better Said showed no sign of wanting to give up the lead. But his third piece of luck was good - for victory: pocketsitting Triple V Hanover moved outside for the drive, and Zeron was able to guide Imagine Dragon to the famed Pocono Pike, winning easily late with a strong finishing kick. 31-1 Doll Fins, the longest shot on the board, shot through deep in the Pike for second, 1½ lengths behind the winner and a neck ahead of favored Better Said. Safe From Terror, one of two horses with two prelim wins coming to tonight (the other, Serious Filly, was absent here), was photoed out of third, and Triple V Hanover completed the checkgetters.   Momas Got A Gun had not raced at the mountain oval since July 4, where she had a stretch lead and missed just a neck in the $300,000 Lynch Final. Saturday the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was on the right side of a neck decision, as she made two moves to control the pace, coming her last half in 54.2 to stop the timer in 1:50.1, a national season's mark and a personal best. Somewhere Sweet came at the winner late directly to her left, but Jim Morrill Jr. kept his filly going to win by a neck for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and Albertan owner Geoffrey Martin. Slight betting favorite Doctor Terror, first-over here, was 1¼ lengths further back in third; Well Hello There and Southwind Roulette, the defending divisional Champion, getting the last two paydays.   The official pointstandings are tabulated by the PA Harness Racing Commission, with money earned in the prelims used as a tiebreaker if the need arises, but an initial tabulation after tonight's two races showed the following: the eight spots available for the Championship were earned by Safe From Terror (88 points on a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 basis), Imagine Dragon and Somewhere Sweet (tied at 85), Serious Filly (78), Momas Got A Gun and Storm Point (tied at 73), Arts Jem (60), and Southwind Roulette (58); spots in a 9-horse $60,000 Consolation were earned by Doctor Terror (56), Better Said (48), Triple V Hanover (47), Doll Fins (42), Deli Beach (32), Seeking Nirvana (27), Ginger Tree Alexis and Macarena Mama (tied at 25), and Well Hello There (24).   (Again, these are unofficial numbers; also, the race of participation depends on who drops in: if one declares in for Saturday, one declares for both races as eligible - you can't refuse the Championship for the Consolation, and those with fewer points, if declared, may make the Consolation if horses listed above don't drop in.   In the $30,000 Open pace, the Always A Virgin 4YO gelding Always At My Place came with a 1/5 of a second of the divisional world record when he won in 1:48.1, just off Mach It So's world and track record, stamping himself as a force to be reckoned with on a national level. Winning for the fifth time in succession, Always At My Place did it despite taking the first-over route, pacing his back half in an incredible 53.1 to tally for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the owning partnership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura while taking a new mark and equaling Rockeyed Optimist's season's record.   FINISHING LINES - A reminder for those planning to attend or watch the $2M+ Super Stakes Saturday card next week are reminded that the first race is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., as there is a giant fireworks show planned for after the races.   PHHA / Pocono

There were 3 divisions of PASS events for 2-year-old filly trotters held at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 13) each going for a purse of approximately $78,000. In the first division, it was part of the Charlie Norris trained entry Synonymous Hanover rallying to win. The daughter of Andover Hall drafted in mid pack throughout much of the race, as second-favorite Best Of Dreams (Andy Miller) set the tempo. Race-favorite Windowshopper made a break early on. Synonymous Hanover swung wide for the drive at the top of the stretch, narrowly out closing the John Butenschoen charge Lookin Sharp (Corey Callahan) to win by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:58. She paid $21.40 to win. Ultra-long shot Sand Grenade (Yannick Gingras) finished third. In the second division, it was Brittany Farm's Twice Is Right (Yannick Gingras) going all the way to win. The daughter of Donato Hanover went right to the front from post 1, setting fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:26.3, with an overall time of 1:56.2. It was the second career win for the Jimmy Takter trainee, pushing her lifetime earnings beyond $50,000. Ultimate Shopper (Tim Tetrick) rallied for second, while Maker A Yankee (Marcus Miller) was third. Twice Is Right paid $11.60. In division three, it was Paul Holzman trainee Whitelake Hanover remaining unbeaten. The daughter of Explosive Matter floated off the gate into third, before quarter-brushing to the front. There were some anxious moments in the stretch however, as upset-minded Maeve Quaider (Corey Callahan) made the most of a pocket journey to finish just a neck behind, with Parimutuel Hanover (Andy Miller) finishing a distant third. The final time was 1:57.4. Whitelake Hanover is now a perfect 5 for 5 for owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Sue Oakes. She paid $2.60. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacing fillies will have their last chance to earn points to get them into their rich Championship races this Friday and Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Stallion Series competition in two divisions on Friday and a like number of Sire Stakes gatherings on Saturday.   The freshman counterparts of these Stallion Series fillies raced here Tuesday, and astonishingly left town with 19 different winners in 19 different divisions of the first three rounds of prelims. (Even more astounding, the parallel 2TF Stallion action at Philly yesterday ended with 19 divisions, 19 winners in their three legs.) But such is not the case among the three-year-olds here Friday - indeed, Mezzazine Fashion would be halfway to history should she win.   The Well Said filly Mezzazine Fashion has won all three of her prelims to date, and no filly in any division has ever swept her prelims and gone on to win her Stallion Series Championship. Mezzazine Fashion gets her chance to start on that road from post six Friday; just inside her will be Angel Plus, a two-time prelim winner (the other double winner, Dobre Povedane, is in the other Stallion section.)   In Saturday's $191,618 Sire Stakes event, Safe From Terror will be the only double prelim winner entered (the other, Serious Filly, did not drop in for the race). A daughter of Western Terror, Safe From Terror followed up on her most recent Sire Stake win, July 25 at The Meadows, by defeating fast older mares at the western PA track in 1:51.3 on August 5, and she will be backed by trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley as she starts from post five in the field of eight.   In the other Sires division, Burke/Kakaley have the Somebeachsomewhere filly Southwind Roulette starting from post seven in a nine-wide field. Last year Southwind Roulette set a Sire Stakes record for any division of pacer when she took down her Championship and $269,248 in the state series alone, but this year she is winless in her campaign. She does have a second, third, and fourth in her previous Sires outings, and a win here could put her in good stead to make the final and defend her Championship.   The $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for three-year-old pacing fillies will be held right here at Pocono on Saturday, September 5; a $60,000 consolation event is also penciled in. The Championship for these Stallion Series fillies, worth $40,000, will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia two days afterwards.   Saturday's Pocono card also features a $30,000 Open pace, with Musselsfrmbrussels and Malak Uswaad N, a nose apart in last week's local feature, taking on Ideal Matters, who won two weeks ago here; Nova Artist, sporting three straight wins at Philly; and and yet another Burke/Kakaley horse, Always At My Place, who won two at Hoosier, shipped to Yonkers, and promptly won two more to build a four-race skein coming to the mountains Saturday.   PHHA / Pocono

There had been six divisions of the first preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year old harness racing pacing fillies.   After the second prelim, which went in seven divisions, there were no repeat winners -- 13 different Stallion Stake winners.   Twelve of that baker's dozen came to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday to contest the $120,000 third preliminary leg over six divisions.   No previous winner won on Tuesday.   And thus there are nineteen different Stallion Series winners after three rounds. Talk about parity!   Only two of Tuesday's winners were not breaking their maiden, and one of the previous visitors to Victory Lane was the only favorite in the Stallion Series and also had the fastest time.   That would be Western Ideal-Sass Newton miss Newborn Sassy, who followed up on a 1:54 score in a Philly overnight with a 1:53.1 victory here, drawing off by 7 1/2 lengths in a 28.1 kicker for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. of Team Wakizashi, the latter co-owner with CC Racing LLC.   Tetrick, who had the only Stallion driving double, also won with the other non-maiden who was victorious, the Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty filly Marty Party Two, who followed up on an earlier 1:55.3 score at Scioto with a quarter-move to triumph in 1:54.4 for trainer Ron Steck, the latter co-owner with Gary Condit and Bruce Soulsby.   Sire Yankee Cruiser got another credit from Shesjustcruising (out of the mare Shes Just Rockin), who made every pole a winning one in 1:53.4 for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer John Marshall, and owner Susan Marshall.   Somebeachsomewhere also had a siring double, producing Sixoclocksomewhere (out of She's My Belle), who quarter-moved after a 26.4 opener and won for the first time in 1:55.1 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Doug Lewis, and ubiquitous owner Howard Taylor, along with East Side Hanover (out of Edra Hanover), who overcame a recent sick scratch in fine style while triumphing in 1:54, back fractions 56 - 27.3, for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the combine of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Paul Treiber.   The sixth Stallion winner also had the smallest margin of victory -- and the biggest price -- as the Dragon Again - Ty's Artist filly Notagain proved most photogenic by a head in 1:55.3, making her 13-1 backers happy, along with driver Howard Parker, trainer Bucky Angle, and owner Richard Mannon.   Nineteen different preliminaries, nineteen different winners.   When these fillies meet again next Tuesday afternoon at The Meadows, in their final chance to earn spots in their division's $40,000 Championship September 10 at Harrah's Philadelphia, you think the competition just might be spirited?   Jerry Connors

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Pure Country put an exclamation point on trainer Jimmy Takter's Hambletonian/Oaks-winning weekend as she remained undefeated with the easiest of 1:53.2 victories in one of four divisions of the $253,980 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The fabulous filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Montana was directed to the front early by Brett Miller, reaching that station in 28 and then getting a walk to the park with a 58 half. Up came Shesasmokinlady on a big first-over move, and out came the earplugs as Pure Country got to the 3/4 in 1:26, and she then finished in 27.2 under a stretchlong hold by Miller in winning by 2 1/4 lengths. Heelsonthebeach, who had sat second behind the winner through much of the mile but was past by Shesasmokinlady nearing the 3/4, came back in the lane for second, with Shesasmokinlady settling for third.   Pure Country is the only filly to have won in each of the first three Sire Stakes legs, and she is 4-for-4 in purse competition, having started her career here with a PA All-Stars win. She was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek.   Fastest of the four miles was the 1:52.1 hung up by Yankee Moonshine (Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee), moved early to command by driver Matt Kakaley and then holding off the late charge of Princess Fabulosa by 3/4 of a length while taking a new mark. Ron Burke trains the fast baby for the ownership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and JT45.   In this victory, Yankee Moonshine was the only non-previous Sires winner to tally (she was 2-3 in her earlier prelims), and she was the only winner to have raced for a purse since the July 17 Meadows Sires leg, having won an Arden Downs event on Adios Day. She was the 6-5 second choice behind 4-5 chalk Ivy League (Somebeachsomewhere - See You At Peelers), who was in perfect second-over position when she lost her momentum in the final turn and finished back.   The Well Said-Silkandidamonds filly I Said Diamonds moved to second-place in the divisional pointstandings behind Pure Country by becoming a "pocket rocket" under the handling of David Miller and earning a new speed badge of 1:52.3. The winner now has two triumphs and a second in the Sire Stakes, with Paul Holzman doing the conditioning for owner Omar Beiler, Susan Oakes, and Dennis Coons.   Another two-time Sires winner, and giving Somebeachsomewhere a siring double, is Call Me Queen Be, out of the mare Preppy Party Girl, who also came out of the two-hole, just nipping pacesetting Shezarealideal by a head in 1:52.4. Scott Zeron handled sulky duty for trainer Ross Croghan and owners Dana Parham and the Let It Ride Stables Inc.   PHHA / Pocono      

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