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WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, last year's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, made her harness racing three-year-old debut a successful one Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.1.   Despite not having raced in eight months and three days, since she suffered her only loss when making a break on the lead in her Breeders Crown elimination, the Pocono faithful backed the daughter of Donato Hanover to the tune of 3-5, and she rewarded their confidence. Driver David Miller sent the ten-time winner to lead after the 28 quarter, tripped the beam in 57.2 and 1:26.3 midrace, then sprinted home in 27.3 to win by 1¾ lengths over early leader Spicedbourbongirl. Kathy Parker was third, two lengths behind Spicedbourbongirl and an equal distance ahead of second choice Double Exposure, who went first-over here but had to settle for fourth in her first start since winning the Goldsmith Maid Final last November. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $558,392 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC.   Ginny Weasley upheld the quickly(in No.Am.)-established fact that Ãke Svanstedt trainees are race-ready no matter how long a layoff, rallying into a 56 last half to overhaul pacesetter Sunset Glider by 1¾ lengths and take a new mark of 1:55 in another division. The Andover Hanover filly had not raced since May 17, but she was certainly ready to run her Sire Stakes record in 2016 to 2-for-2, with Lucas Wallin handling sulky duties for Svanstedt and owners Torp Trotting Inc.   In the third division, Ultimate Shopper kept her 2016 tally undefeated after a pair of starts, taking the lead off the first turn, pushing favorite Woman's Will hard before surrendering the lead to her, then moving again in the stretch and running down that foe to post a two length win in 1:54.3. Tim Tetrick was the pilot for the daughter of Yankee Glide, whom trainer Anette Loretzon co-owns with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.   Rose Run Parker, still the fastest trotter of 2016 by virtue of his Meadowlands victory in 1:50.4 one month minus one day ago, worked his way past favored JL Cruze in front of the stands, got a relative middle half breather of 57.3 despite a parked rival on his shoulder, then motored home in 28, with JL Cruze unable to make up stretch ground, in winning the $25.000 winners-over trot in 1:53. The altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, now with a 67% win percentage in 2016 (6-for-9) and a 68% win percentage lifetime (34-for-50), tallied Sunday night for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Tomorrow will be a very big day at The Downs, both in the race office and on the racetrack. The eliminations for this coming Saturday's eliminations for the $2M+ Sun Stakes Saturday to be held on July 2 will be DRAWN MONDAY MORNING AT 9 A.M. (horsemen please note), with a release previewing their races going out midafternoon. At night, five divisions of PA Stallion Series sophomore trotting fillies will be in the feature spotlight.   PHHA / Pocono

There were 3 divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events (PASS) from Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon (June 18) each going for a purse of $54,386. The races featured harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. In the first division, it was 3 Brother's Stable JK Will Power (Dave Miller) crossing the line first. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to secure the pocket ride behind race-favorite Adrian Hanover (George Naploitano Jr.) to score the win up the passing lane in 1:53. Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) finished third. It was the fifth career win for the Ron Burke charge, and his third win of the season in six starts. He paid $7.40. In division two, Driver Dave Miller struck gold again, this time with Brittany Farm's Western Fame. The son of Western Ideal used a backside brush to overpower leader (and eventual second place finisher) Good Living (Corey Callahan) to win in a time of 1:50.4, easily a lifetime best. Blake North (Brett Miller) was third. It was the third career win for Western Fame ($3.40) all coming this season. He is trained by Jimmy Takter. Division three saw Ron Burke trainee Check Six (Yannick Gingras) storm right to the front and never look back. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to hold off the passing lane bid of Another Daily Copy, to win in a clocking of 1:51.1. It was the ninth win of his career, five of which have come this season. The win puts him just under $500,000 in career earnings. Western Dynasty (Tim Tetrick) finished third. Check Six ($3.40) is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and Jamie Martin. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, the 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year for 2015, makes her 2016 debut on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing sophomore misses will be conducted over three divisions.   Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover - Broadway Schooner trained by Jim Campbell for owner / breeder Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope PA, went undefeated in the first nine starts of her freshman campaign, along the way taking the three preliminary Sire Stakes legs she contested and then the $351,000 Championship event.   In a singular case of bad timing, though, Broadway Donna made a break in her tenth and what would turn out to be last start of 2015, opening up a 3½ length lead after a brush to the ¾ but then losing gait at Mohawk in her Breeders Crown elimination, thus failing to qualify for the next week's Crown Championship. But the quality of her two-year-old campaign in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Kentucky (she was a major stakes winner in all three states) carried her to North American divisional honors.   Broadway Donna comes back to the racing wars off of three straight wins in qualifying events. She will be starting from post two in the fourth race field of nine, with her regular driver, Hall of Famer David Miller, set to pilot her. Her main opposition may come from Spicedbourbongirl, victorious in the first Sire Stakes prelim on May 7 at The Meadows, and 4-for-5 this year for co-owner / trainer / driver Jeff Gregory.   Each of Sunday's three Sire Stakes divisions contains a May 7 Meadows winner from the first prelim. Race 6 will feature Ginny Weasley, a daughter of Andover Hall who overcame post eight in winning in western Pennsylvania. Ginny Weasley will be starting Sunday having been away from the races for 33 days, since a second in a PA All-Stars event at Pocono, but trainer Ãke Svanstedt has become known for sending out a ready-to-win horse when any member of his stable goes behind the gate. Svanstedt's lieutenant Lucas Wallin, who guided her to victory at The Meadows, again will be in the sulky as Ginny Weasley starts from the middle of the nine-horse field.   Fastest of the three winners during the Meadows first preliminary was the Cantab Hall filly Pink Pistol, who closed from sixth at the half to show her heels to the field in 1:55 flat. Trainer Rob Harmon has again tapped driver Jeff Gregory for Sunday's eighth race Sires division, with the pair starting two from the outside in post seven.   Aside from the Sire Stakes fillies, another trotter who will attract his fair share of attention on Sunday is JL Cruze, the Older Trotting Male of the Year in North America in 2015, who has drawn the rail in a field of eight contesting a $25,000 winners-over event in race 10. The Crazed gelding, one of the few trotters in history to possess a sub-1:50 mark which he earned at The Meadowlands by winning in 1:49.4, has won four of six races this season, but in his last start he made a break while on the lead of the Maxie Lee Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 29. Trainer Eric Ell and driver John Campbell will be looking to get the star trotter back on course against a field which includes Rose Run Parker, whose 1:50.4 victory in New Jersey on May 20 still stands as the fastest trotting mile of the season.   On Monday, five divisions of the sophomore trotting fillies will battle it out in the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action. Much of that night's attention will be on Goodtogo Hanover (race 5, post 5, trainer Bill Zendt, driver Brian Zendt), a first round prelim winner and also a Currier and Ives winner at the Zendts' home track of The Meadows, as she makes her first 2016 start away from her base.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - The chalk went 0-for-3 in the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with each of the harness racing trio of winners taking a new lifetime mark.   Love Matters ($6.80 as the second choice) was the first to find the Sire Stakes winners circle, and he had the hardest trip of the three winners, having to go first-over against favored Milligan's School. But the son of Explosive Matter handled the raw journey with aplomb for driver Brett Miller, winning by 2½ lengths for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Inc., John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. In a rare occurrence, the judges were directly involved in determining the order of finishers 2 through 7: Taco Tuesday and Desert Runner finished in a dead-heat for second; Milligan's School was just behind them in fourth, in addition to making a brief stretch break, with the judges determining no violation there; and then Stoneridge Combat, who went under the wire fifth, was adjudged guilty of interference and was placed seventh, resulting in Cloud Nine Hanover and Sliding Home moving up a notch in the placings.   Trolley returned $28.20 to win in matching Love Matters' 1:54.4 clocking, despite the fact that he was coming off a stakes win at Pocono. Well ... maybe the fact that that victory was 350 days ago had something to do with the price, but the Donato Hanover colt showed no ill effects after his layoff since June 28 of last year, following his second race, utilizing the Pocono Pike to get by pacesetting Cufflink Hanover and edge first-over Lagerfeld by a neck, with "Cufflink" only another half-length back in third.   Marcus Miller, who had driven four winners earlier in the day at Philly (including a $74.80 winner on a day where longshots ruled in eastern Pennsylvania), was in the sulky for father/trainer Erv and owners Paymaq Racing, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis, and Louis Willinger.   Despite going off at 5-2 (fourth), 2-5 (third), and even money (second) in his last three starts, Hititoutofthepark was dismissed as a $33.40 shot in the third division, but he posted the fastest winning time of all, 1:54.2, rolling to the top past the quarter and going on to a two length victory over Hollywood Highway. The victorious Yankee Glide ridgling, who was guided by Corey Callahan for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable LLC, was also overlooked in his last start at Pocono - a Pennsylvania All-Stars event on Kentucky Derby afternoon, when he won and returned $30.60.   The Cash Hall gelding Cash Me Out is now a winner of two straight (both locally) and six out of his last ten trips behind the gate after taking the $25,000 winners-over trot in 1:54. Andrew McCarthy and Cash Me Out left in 26.4 to ensure prime early position, yielded to Wind Of The North and sat well-placed as that one and first-over favorite Rose Run Parker battled, then shot the Pocono Pike en route to winning for trainer Kyle Spagnola and owner Traylor Racing LLC.   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2016 -- Adrian Hanover thwarted the determined challenge of Big Top Hanover and went on to score in a career-best 1:49.4 in Saturday's $162,110 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. The time matched the fastest this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Another Daily Copy pulled off a 20-1 upset in the other division of the stake known as the Bye Bye Byrd. Adrian Hanover quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone -- just where Chris Oakes, who trains Adrian Hanover for John Craig, didn't want him. "I talked to Chris five minutes before the race," Palone indicated, "and Chris said, 'I wouldn't put him on the lead.' But I ended up getting away third, and I thought my best shot was to control it." When the well meant Big Top Hanover and Yannick Gingras came after him, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Artaffection turned him back and defeated him by 3-1/2 lengths, with Manhattan Beach third. "He really didn't mind the pressure," Palone said. "He's lazy, and as soon as Yannick came to him, it helped my cause. He got back up in the bit and paced home real strong." Another Daily Copy, who had been racing almost exclusively on the front end of late, found the pocket trip Tony Hall gave him to his liking. He zipped by the leader, 4-5 favorite Check Six, in the stretch and downed him by a neck in 1:50, a lifetime mark. JK Will Power earned show. With the win, Another Daily Copy soared over $100,000 in career earnings. "He had a little breather today," said Nicholas DeVita, who conditions the homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Court Stenographer for owner/breeder Carl Sackheim. "Plus he had a nice horse doing all the hard work for him. At 2 he had allergies and tying-up problems, but he got better as he matured. He's staked to everything, so we'll play it by ear." $100,000 PA Sires Stake, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In Saturday's co-feature, Power Of A Cruiser equaled the stake record of 1:50.3 with a front-end triumph from post 8. Also taking $20,000 splits were Fashion Bythebeach, Good Living, Don McWhite and Rip This Joint. Tim Tetrick (Power Of A Cruiser, Fashion Bythebeach, Good Living) and Hall (Don McWhite, Rip This Joint) swept the five divisions. Despite the unfavorable post, Power Of A Cruiser, a Yankee Cruiser-Power Of Thunder gelding, opened a commanding lead for Tetrick, trainer Les Givens and owner/breeder Michael Horsey, defeating the first-over Duke Of Delray by 4-1/2 lengths. McDave was third. "He's been showing speed," Tetrick said. "When I got to cut it, he raced a really good mile." Fashion Bythebeach also scored on the front end, holding off JJ Flynn by a neck in 1:52. Hollyrock Heyden completed the ticket. "He has extreme speed, but his head's not where it should be," said Vince Copeland, who trains the Somebeachsomewhere-Don'tknocktherock gelding, a $27,000 yearling acquisition, for David D. Miller. "He has a bit of an attitude. He wanted to kick Tim out of the bike during the post parade -- he hadn't tried that with me. If I can put a flip-up bridle where he can see horses coming at him, I think he'll be a lot better." The Cancelliere brothers, John and Tom, have made big noise at many yearling auctions, but only once have they signed the ticket for a weanling, a Western Ideal-Artomatic brother to their millionaire performer Western Shore. "We gave $14,500 for him," Tom Cancelliere said. "We threw him out in the field for a year and started breaking him with the other ones last year. He's very green. On the front end today, he was on and off the gas, on and off the gas. He doesn't realize that he just has to go. He'll go to the sires stakes next." That youngster, named Good Living, justified the brothers' patience Saturday when he scored on the lead in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths in arrears, with Blake North third. Change of Plans for Foiled Again Elsewhere on the program, the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace marked a homecoming for Foiled Again, harness racing's all-time richest pacer with more than $7.3 on his card. The gallant 12-year-old gelding hadn't raced at The Meadows, the home track of his connections, in about three years. But his rivals spoiled the party, parking him for nearly three-eighths before he reached the front. Unlocked nosed out Dapper Dude for the win in 1:51.1, with Foiled Again a neck back in third. Now winless in nine outings this year, Foiled Again had been targeting the Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs, but Saturday's race caused trainer Ron Burke to modify those plans. "I thought he was all right," Burke said. "We may have to change his whole racing style. He might have to become a closer because he doesn't have quite the quick speed he used to have, and he gets himself in bad spots . . . He'll continue to race. I talked with my partners, and we're leaning to keeping him here (The Meadows) and race him here another start or two until I see if I can get him to pick it up a little bit." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Hambletonian eligibles dominated the PA Sire Stakes events at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Out of twenty-five entrants scattered over four divisions, seventeen were Hambletonian eligible. The events were for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, each going for a purse of just over $41,000. In the first division, it was Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld's Hollywood Highway (John Campbell) going all the way for the win. The son of Muscle Massive was able to get to the front, and make every call a winning one, winning by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56. It was the third career win for the Staffan Lind charge, putting the Hambo eligible over $87,000 in career earnings. He paid $4.20. In division two, it was last year's Pennsylvania State Champion Lagerfeld (Yannick Gingras) getting the job done. The son of Yankee Glide sat a perfect trip behind the speedy Truemass Volo (Eric Goodell), getting by in the stretch in 1:56.3. It was the fifth win of his career, and the second straight for the Jimmy Takter trainee, who now has over $372,000 in his career. Lagerfeld ($3.20) is owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Division three was the fastest of the four, as Stroy Incorporated's Milligan's School (Andy Miller) came roaring up the passing lane to win. The son of Yankee Glide tracked the speed of Reigning Moni (Yannick Gingras) the entire way, before making his move to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.4. It was the seventh win of his career, putting his career earning total just under $350,000. Milligan's School ($3.60) is trained by Julie Miller. The fourth division was won from off the trot by Love Matters (Brett Miller). The son of Explosive Matter tracked the cover of Tyson (Trond Smedshammer), and was able to use a :28.3 last quarter to gun down his competition in 1:56.2. It was the seventh win of his career, pushing his earnings to over $196,000. He is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical, and Herb Liverman, and is trained by Jimmy Takter. He paid $12.60. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, June 3, 2016 -- Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse, has accomplished many things in his distinguished career. The amazing 12-year-old has banked more than $7.3 million, won Pacer of the Year honors (2011) and been named Best Older Male Pacer in three consecutive seasons (2011-2013). The one thing he hasn't done, at least in the last couple years: race at The Meadows, the home track of his trainer, Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. Foiled Again will check off that item Saturday when he competes in an $18,000 Preferred Handicap, leaving from post 6 with Yannick Gingras. The Preferred goes as race 1, post time 1 PM. Saturday's exciting card also features two stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: the Bye Bye Byrd, a $162,110 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. The stakes encompass the final seven races on the 14-race program. With his heavy travel schedule, Foiled Again has raced fewer than a handful of times at The Meadows, most recently about three years ago. "It was on Adios Day, and he was parked every step," Burke recalls. "He got beat at the wire and finished second." He's still taking on top competition and performing creditably at an age when most horses are long retired. Yet this year, Foiled Again is winless in eight starts. Burke thought the Preferred might be an opportunity for Foiled Again to regroup. "It's harder for him to get going now," Burke said. "When you give him a break, it's harder for him to find everything. We wanted to give him a chance against horses that are different than those he usually races against." But Saturday's Preferred features some tough customers, including Unlocked from the Norm Parker stable, who's already won more than $76,000 this year; Dapper Dude, a recent acquisition by Renee Bercury who captured his first start for his new connections, and Brian Brown's Lost For Words, deprived of the 2015 Little Brown Jug title by the dramatic, improbable stretch drive of Wiggle it Jiggleit. "The race came up tougher than I'd hoped. It looks like it will take 1:49 to win," Burke said. "But in the last couple weeks, he's looked more like himself. Saturday will be a little reminder of the horse he can be." He said Foiled Again would be pointed to the June 19 Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs if he performs well Saturday and has a full stakes schedule thereafter. "I think this year, he'll have to race more just to get in shape," Burke said. "He'll probably race 25 times, maybe even a start or two more than that. He trained at The Meadows on Wednesday and couldn't have been better." In the Bye Bye Byrd, Burke will send out six horses -- three in each division. He considers Check Six, winner of all four of his starts and $328,443 this year, his best shot. "All six are very competitive, but he looks like our premier colt," Burke said. "If we're to win any big races this year, it will have to be with him." Check Six leaves from post 6 with Gingras in race 8. Evan Pattak

Darlinonthebeach survived a wicked 25.4 first quarter and rolled home for harness racing driver David Miller in a stake-record 1:49.4 in Friday's Adios Betty, a $161,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. I Said Diamonds, who had lowered the stake mark to 1:50 moments before Darlinonthebeach stepped on the track, captured the other division. In the May 7 final of the Miss Pennsylvania, Darlinonthebeach was parked out in 25.2 and was out of gas late, finishing seventh. When she witnessed the brutal opening panel in the Adios Betty, trainer Nancy Johansson had the sinking feeling that history was repeating itself. "When I saw the first quarter in 25.4, I said to the girl who takes care of her, 'Oh no, not again,'" she said. "The difference today was that David was able to back her off the second quarter, so she had a little bit left in the tank when they came at her. She raced super." White Birch Farm's homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Darlin's Delight easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Shesasmokinlady and defeated the pocket-sitting Lispatty, an 86-1 long shot, by 3/4 lengths. Pure Country, the 1-2 favorite, rallied but could manage only show. Marty Party held the previous stake record of 1:51.3. Johansson said Darlinonthebeach, who now boasts $287,981 in career earnings, would be pointed to the Fan Hanover. I Said Diamonds also endured a rough start when, as the 1-5 favorite, she was looped while on the outside and finally made the point in 26.1 "I was just waiting for the dust to settle," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "I saw the outside horses leaving really hard, and I did not want to get into a speed duel. She was really relaxed on the lead, which obviously is a good attribute in a racehorse." I Said Diamonds defeated Call Me Queen Be by 1-1/4 lengths, with Newborn Sassy third. Matias Ruiz conditions the daughter of Well Said-Silksndiamonds, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $286,060, for Little Bapa LLC. $80,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers In Friday's co-feature, Keystone Riptide matched the stake record of 1:52, established in 2013 by Icommandmyspirit.  Also taking $20,000 splits were Albany Girl, Terror At Night and Corona Again. Brett Miller enjoyed a stake double with Albany Girl and Terror Again. Keystone Riptide quarter-poled to the lead and scored handily for David Miller, trainer Nikolas Drennan and owners Joseph Davino, Patrick O'Brien and Brad Shackman. Nip's Beach Girl was 3 lengths back in second while End To End Hanover closed well for third. "Last week, she got loose late, and she was coming really hard on the end of it," said David Miller of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Keystone Rebecca. "I thought tonight would be a good time to put her back on the lead. She's a nice filly, a borderline sires stake type." Terror at Night brushed to the front before the quarter and widened her lead from there, scoring her first stake win of the season in a career-fastest 1:52.2. Drag N Sand was second, 6-3/4 lengths in arrears, while Triple Charm completed the ticket. "I didn't think she was up to stake company until now," said Les Givens, who conditions the daughter of Western Terror-Enhance The Night -- a $20,000 yearling acquisition -- for Nanticoke Racing, Edward Maas III and Arlene Paisley. "Down the road, who knows? I want to keep her happy." Corona Again used an extended uncovered move to open up a daylight lead for Tim Tetrick, trainer Douglas Lewis and owner LA Express Stable. The daughter of Dragon Again-Exotic Location defeated Hooves On First by 5-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Marty Party Two completed the ticket. "She's a great big, growthy filly," Tetrick said. "She has a lot to learn yet. She's still like a little kid out there -- looks at everything, tries to jump shadows. She has a lot of talent, but she has to get her mind on right." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a special Memorial Day card beginning at 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes have provided many highlights over the years at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, so it's always exciting when they make their first appearance of the season. The Sire Stakes host the finest harness racing two and three-year-old pacers and trotters in the Keystone State. Purses are high even in the races that take place all summer long, but they really skyrocket for the finals at the end of the season. What's interesting about this year's first edition of the Sire Stakes at Pocono, which took place last Saturday night, is the fact that the races were contested by 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. Normally we see a lot of new faces for Sire Stakes action, but, in this case, several of the horses had been over the Pocono oval a couple times or more over the past month or so, either for the Pennsylvania Classic or the Pennsylvania All Stars. So it's been to fun to watch these young racing stars, still at an early stage in their development. Saturday night provided another chapter in that development and some exciting, surprising racing to boot. Each Sire Stakes division carried a hefty purse of $54,787. In the opening split, Big Top Hanover, one of several outstanding three-year-olds from the Ron Burke barn, went off as 1-2 favorite. A big earner as a 2-year-old, Big Top Hanover had suffered near-misses in each of his three starts this season. He seemed poised to bust out on Saturday night as he sat behind Another Daily Copy, who set a pressured pace. As the race unfolded, Fernando Hanover, another member of the Burke barn, sat quietly on the inside a few lengths off the lead. The 3-year-old gelding had won two of his previous three starts, and his patience in this one paid off when some room opened up on his outside as they rounded the final turn. Driver Matt Kakaley called for some late kick and Fernando Hanover responded, hustling by his more acclaimed stablemate Big Top Hanover for the win in 1:51:2, a new career-best. It was a rewarding win for his backers as well, considering he went off at 11-1. The second split brought an interesting case of fickle betting. Lyons Snyder was the 2-1 favorite in his previous race, the $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic final on May 7, but he had struggled with an outside journey to 5th. Meanwhile JK Will Power went off at 11-1 in that same race and nearly missed in 2nd. So when the two horses were matched up on Saturday night, JK Will Power went off as the favorite, while Lyons Snyder received tepid support at 7-2. On this night, we found out why Lyons Snyder had been so heavily backed in that Classic final. With Scott Zeron in the bike, the colt hustled to the lead on the front stretch. Forced to set a quick pace, he was vulnerable in the home stretch to pocket horse Adrian Hanover, who actually took a brief led as the line approached. But Lyons Snyder found a way to fight back and prevailed by a nose over Adrian Hanover in the night's fastest Sire Stakes time of 1:49:4, which was also a career mark. JK Will Power could only make it to fourth. In the night's final split, we got a chance to see the return to the track of Check Six. Trained by Ron Burke, the 3-year-old colt was a solid freshman in 2015, earning over six figures with four wins in nine races. But that didn't prepare anyone for how sharp he's been so far this year. After starting his year off with a condition win at Harrah's at Philadelphia from an outside post, he promptly went out and swept both the elimination and the final for The Pennsylvania Classic at Pocono. He was stellar on the night of the Final with a thrilling win over JK Will Power by a neck in 1:50:3. On Saturday night, Check Six put in a more workmanlike effort to secure his fourth straight win to start the season. With only four other horses in the field, driver Yannick Gingras didn't see the need to push him too hard, instead allowing him to settle in for a pocket trip. It turns out that was the place to be, as Check Six steadily advanced past the pacesetter late and held off closing long shot Arthur Pendragon to win by 1¾ lengths. He needed only a relatively modest winning time of 1:52:3 to get the job done, but the bottom line is four starts, four wins, and already over $443,000 in the bank in the 2016 season. It's been a lot of fun getting to know some of these talented three-year-old pacers in the past few weeks of stakes races. And with the Max Hempt pace coming up in June for the same age group and sporting a huge purse, chances are we'll get to see many of them again very soon. 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

Lyons Snyder, beaten favorite in the recent rich Pennsylvania Classic Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, showed his bounceback abilities on Sunday night at The Downs, taking his $54,787 division of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in an impressive 1:49.4 over "sloppy" going while taking a new mark.   Scott Zeron, handling the son of Well Said for trainer Mark Silva, sent his colt to the front past the 27 quarter and past early pacesetter Adrian Hanover. Zeron and "Snyder" then carried on to middle splits of 55.2 and 1:22.3, then got a major passing late foe late in the upstart Adrian Hanover, who only five days ago had triumphed in a "nw3" pace locally. Adrian Hanover even put a nose to a head up approaching deep stretch, but Lyons Snyder dug deep and found more to give, taking back a nose advantage on the money, with Settlemoir third just ahead of favored JK Will Power, second in the Classic Final. Lyons Snyder is now 3 for 5 on the season for owners Jeffrey Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound.   The Ron Burke stable, which had finished 1-2-3 in the Pennsylvania Classic Final, won the other two divisions, including a $54,387 cut with Classic winner Check Six in 1:52.3. Check Six, a Somewheresomebeach colt driven by Yannick Gingras, went around early leader Sapient Hanover before a 28 quarter, then saw his Burkemate Manhattan Beach brush to the lead in front of the stands and hit the middle poles in a relatively soft 56.3 and 1:24.1. Check Six vacated the pocket on the far turn, and then sailed by in the stretch, with a four-way battle for second showing Arthur Pendragon, the longest shot in the race, ahead of Manahttan Beach for the place. But Check Six retained his spot in the sophomore spotlight, undefeated in four 2016 starts and now a winner of $328,443 this year and $443,332 lifetime for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.   Burke charges were 1-2 in the other $54,787 Sires cut, but it was the lesser-fancied one who wound up in Victory Lane, as Fernando Hanover nipped his favored stablemate Big Top Hanover by a head while taking a new personal best of 1:51.2 despite the slop. Matt Kakaley positioned the Dragon Again gelding, directly behind Big Top Hanover, and the pair swung wide in the lane to try to catch pacesetting Another Daily Copy, doing so only in the last few strides, with Big Top Hanover never in front as Fernando Hanover had the strongest steps late. The famous Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi team owns this new member of the $100,000 Club with Frank Baldachino and the JJK Stables LLC. For the night, Team Burke went 6-2-1-1-1-$81,929 in the Sire Stakes Sunday.   In a $18,000 supporting trot, Armor Hanover overcame post nine to win his fourth starts in five outings since being claimed by trainer Doug and co-owner Leslie Berkeley, winning easily in 1:54.3. His driver was not one you normally link with $97.60 win prices - Yannick Gingras, although remember Gingras is a primary driver for Ron Burke, who currently leads the Pocono training colony in $50+ scores this year.   FINISHING LINES - After four scores at Philly and five at Pocono Saturday, George Napolitano Jr. took those nine victories and added six more on Sunday, equally split between the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks....Five $20,000 divisions of the PA Stallion Series event for the sophomore colt pacers will be featured on the Monday night card.   PHHA / Pocono

Milligan’s School thwarted the sustained bid of Hititoutofthepark and went on to score in 1:55.3 in the slop, fastest division of Saturday’s $167,303 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. The event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Super Bowl, was contested over four divisions, with Cufflink Hanover, Truemass Volo and Lagerfeld taking the other splits. Milligan’s School earned $302,560 at 2 but didn’t reach the lead at any point in his final five starts of the year. But in his seasonal debut, that’s where Andy Miller put him. “I would just have soon sat in the pocket or up close somewhere and follow somebody, but that’s where he ended up,” Miller said. “The fractions weren’t that tough, so he responded well. He’s always been a very smart colt. Hopefully, he’s on to bigger and better.” Hititoutofthepark, fresh off a PA All Stars victory, drew even down the backside, but the son of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann was up to the challenge, downing his rival by 3/4 lengths. Desert Runner rallied for show. July Miller trains Milligan’s School for Stroy Inc. Second in the Dexter Cup final a week ago, Cufflink Hanover found late racing room and kicked by early leader Love Matters to defeat him by 1/2 length in 1:56, with Southern Cross third. “I was hoping we would get room,” said winning driver David Miller, for owns the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding with the Enzed Racing Stable of the colt’s trainer, Nifty Norman. “I thought the horse on the front end would take us where we had to go. So I took a shot and sat in. I didn’t know about coming first over with my horse.” He said Cufflink Hanover is ticketed for next week’s Currier & Ives at The Meadows and remains eligible for the Yonkers Trot later this season. Truemass Volo zipped to the front in his seasonal debut and had little trouble prevailing in 1:56 for Eric Goodell, trainer Doug Hamilton and owners Jon Erdner and Martin Garey. Marion Gondolier finished second, 4-3/4 lengths back, while Hanks Tank completed the ticket. “He’s come back good for us, pretty fit.” Hamilton said of the son of Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo. “Last year, he was a little bit of a bully in letting horses go and getting a little temperamental. So we castrated him. Now he can do his bully stuff and get away with it. He’ll go to some of the bigger races if everything’s okay. There’s a feeling-out process before you take on the big boys.” $100,000 PA Stallion Series, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Saturday’s card also featured a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. The event provided a showcase for Elysium Lindy, who collected his fourth consecutive victory. That streak includes the $30,000 final of the Weiss series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Also capturing $20,000 splits were Will Self, Dominus Hanover, Meadowbranch Memo and Mr Right. As is his custom, Elysium Lindy rushed to the front from post 8 for Jim Pantaleano and held off Multitaskr Hanover by 1/2 length in 1:57.2. Love To Glide was third. “I kept everything the same because he’s been racing very well,” said Kelly Stackowicz, who trains the Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy gelding locally for his regular conditioner, Donna Marshall. “You don’t want to fix things that aren’t broken.” Dominus Hanover vacated the pocket at the three-quarters, put away Mosconi Hanover and triumphed in 1:56.2, 1/2 length better than Iholdon. Mac Deeno finished third. “I thought I’d got him far enough with some cover, with some help,” said winning driver Dave Palone. “I was watching Andrew (McCarthy) intently, and when he chased Mosconi Hanover, I thought, better to give him a shot outside than try the Lightning Lane in these conditions.” Amber Buter trains the son of Muscle Massive-Dornello, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Lawrence Crawford. Will Self endured a wide opening panel before reaching the point but had enough left late to hold off Moneycounts De Vie, who was challenging in the Lightning Lane, by a neck in 1:58.2. Chip’s Halloffame finished third. “He’s been getting safer,” said winning driver Ray Schnittker, who trains and owns the son of Donato Hanover-Falls For You with Ted Gewertz, Arden Homestead Stable and Bordogna Stable. “He’s always put some steps in, but he warmed up very well, so I thought he’d be okay. He had a chance to get beat, and he hung tough.” Evan Pattak

Pink Pistol rocketed through the lane to pull off a 10-1 upset in the fastest division of Saturday's $161,047 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over three divisions, with Ginny Weasley (13-1) and Spicedbourbongirl (9-1) completing the long shot parade in the PASS opener. Jeff Gregory enjoyed a stake double behind Pink Pistol and Spicedbourbongirl. Pink Pistol hadn't raced in a month, as Rob Harmon, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-August Revenue for Harmon Racing Stable, Knightstalker Stable and Lynne Mondrick, gave her an extended break to help cure her gaiting problems. "She needed to go home and not ship so much," Harmon said. "She has a little tying-up issue, and shipping is not her best thing. She'll stay right here in the sires stakes. She's eligible for a couple in Canada, but she has to show us that she's back to herself before we start going up there." In the Stenographer, she got away third, saved ground and brushed through the stretch to triumph in 1:55, 1-1/2 lengths better than Sunset Glider, with Candy Lane third. It was the fifth win for Pink Pistol in eight lifetime outings. Ginny Weasley never had won a stake, but Lucas Wallin nevertheless used her twice -- once for early position from post 8, once to pursue the leader second over. She avoided the breaking Moots out of the final turn and scored in 1:55.1, a career best. Miss Tezsla was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Black Broadway earned show. "She showed a lot of speed last year, and I won at the Meadowlands with her earlier this year," Wallin said. "So we told the owner to give her a little break and aim for the stake races. The trip went great today, but she won pretty easy." Ake Svanstedt trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Donepunk for Torp Trotting, Inc. Spicedbourbongirl also collected her first stake victory when she zipped past the 1-5 favorite, Womans Will, in the lane and prevailed in 1:55.4 for owner William B. Weaver III. Womans Will saved place, 1/2 length in arrears, while Kathy Parker completed the ticket. "She won pretty handy at Pocono in an overnight, so we thought we might as well give her a shot against the better girls," said Gregory, who also conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-All In The Muscles. "It was only her second start of the year, so I didn't want to abuse her. I was hoping I could get lucky and save some ground." $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Saturday's card also featured a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly trotters -- yet another showcase for Goodtogo Hanover, who won her seventh consecutive race. Witnesstheprincess and Shelovesumore also took $20,000 splits. As Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the top from post 7, driver Brian Zendt, noticed an unusual problem. A GoPro camera attached to her sulky to capture live images had loosened and flipped. The images transmitted may have been upside down, but the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall stayed atop her game, winning in 1:56.2 "I don't know if it (the GoPro) bothered her, but it was rubbing her," Zendt said. "She was a little extra hot today. I thought she was a little quieter last time. I didn't plan on being at the quarter in 27.2, but as you could see, I was a passenger." Keystone Taylor finished 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Best Of Dreams third. Bill Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover and owns with Gary Saul. Witnesstheprincess rebounded from a pair of break-marred outings to collect a front-end victory for Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the daughter of Andover Hall-Mystical Moonlight with Synerco Ventures and Michael Robinson. Mystical Power earned place, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Glidinthruparadise finished third. "She had a couple good starts here earlier this year, but we had some issues with her shoeing and her feet," Merriman said. "She wasn't getting over the track. Chris made some adjustments and thought she would be better. She really showed it today." Shelovesumore emerged from several months of vexing medical issues to rally for a 1/2-length victory -- at 20-1 -- over Summer Moonshine in 1:57.1. Explosive High finished third. Tony Hall drove for trainer Sharon Donella, who owns the homebred daughter of War Paint-Wasador with Kathleen Quinn-Hodel. "It's been a torturous three months," Donella said. "She had some problems with her cycle. Then she got a real bad sinus infection. We finally got the hormones worked out, the sinuses cleared up, and we got us a horse." In the $22,500 Winners Over 10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked powered to a front-end victory in 1:49, fastest ever at The Meadows by an older pacer. Fred And Ginger held the previous mark of 1:49.2 Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power, who boosted his career bankroll to $417,244, for trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

He is the 12th foal out of a 100 percent producer, but his harness racing owner and conditioner feel that Armbro Nectarine might very well have saved her best genetic contribution for last when it comes to 2015 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Ideal Jimmy. “Every foal she had was a winner,” said D R Van Witzenburg, the 3-year-old gelding’s owner/breeder. “They all could pace and this one is an absolute runt. He’s the smallest foal from her, but he has the heart. You can’t breed or train that into them. He is all desire and he just wants to win.” The son of Western Ideal is a full sibling to Enhance The Night ($561,117), Ideal Nectarine ($607,445), Ideal Danny ($424,998), Ideal Ike ($129,143), Ideal Ginny ($135,809) and Ideal Helen ($194,060). He is also a half-brother to Tommy’s Luck (Camluck, $200,125). Conditioned by Erv Miller, who also trained his older sisters Ideal Nectarine, Ideal Ginny and Ideal Helen, Ideal Jimmy demonstrated he was just as talented as the rest of the family by capturing his debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3. In his next two events, which were in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company, the gelding came home fourth, before the hitting the winner’s circle in a $23,990 division of the Arden Downs on Aug. 1 at The Meadows and in a $28,942 division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs on Aug. 9. Ideal Jimmy was second at Harrah’s Philadelphia in PASS company on Aug. 20 and had his picture taken in a $71,114 Sire Stake at The Meadows on Sept. 1. That race proved to be the perfect prep for the $350,000 final which the gelding annexed very impressively on Sept. 11. After a trip where regular pilot Marcus Miller encountered all kinds of traffic, Ideal Jimmy looked to have no chance at the top of the lane, but with a very powerful turn of foot he reeled in world champion Spider Man Hanover with the greatest of ease. “He’s so little that when he won that $71,000 Sire Stake at the Meadows I thought he had broke,” Van Witzenburg said. “We took the hood on and off him throughout the season and there were times we did that and that was the result. I thought since I couldn’t see him coming around the last turn he was far back, but then all of a sudden I saw him spurt out to the lead and he just kept going. I thought to myself, ‘That little horse just went and won himself a nice race.’” Miller had his doubts about how Ideal Jimmy would perform while he was training down. “He really does not have much size to him at all,” he said. “He just looked so different from the rest of them, as this mare always had foals with some scope and range. When we got him down to about 2:01 though we knew we had one on our hands with ability. He’s tiny but he has a long, gliding, beautiful stride to him and he has so much heart. He’s so willing and you can do anything with him. He is a very good racehorse.” Ideal Jimmy finished his freshman campaign with a second in a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sept. 24 and a third in a $36,400 division of the Keystone Classic at The Meadows on Oct. 2. He is currently back in training and is being aimed toward another season in Pennsylvania. “We did not really know what to think of him at the beginning of the year, so we really did not stake him to hardly anything,” Miller said. “That’s why we just stopped on him for the rest of the year and gave him some time to grow. He’s training great right now and although he has not grown taller, he has gotten stouter. We are looking forward to racing him this year and seeing how well he does.” Witzenburg has been in the business for five decades and considers himself very fortunate with the horses he has owned. “The first horse I bought in on, Real Speed, won more than $400,000 and we got to travel all over the country with him,” he said. “The next horse I got was Cumberland and he wasn’t a stakes horse, but I felt like a champion just watching him win at the fairs. After those two I was hooked. “I was so lucky to get this mare (Armbro Nectarine). In fact, when I went to pick her up at Hanover Shoe Farm I couldn’t take her because she started foaling right when we were getting ready to load her in the truck. They allowed me to just board her there. “Jimmy has already won (nearly) $300,000 and we think he has more to show us. There’s not a lot of people that have been as lucky as I have.” Despite the goal being to defend his Sire Stakes crown, Miller does not rule out other stakes appearances for Ideal Jimmy. “Pennsylvania is definitely our focus,” he said. “But I would not rule out supplementing him to a race like the Breeders Crown if the horse is doing well and does all season. He will have to earn it, but I think he’s capable of doing that. He is better than his older sisters, not that they were not talented, but he has such a terrific attitude and always has. That is what sets him apart from the rest of the family. He may be small, but that heart makes up for his lack of size.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Harrisburg, PA - Talks between the Governor Wolf administration and leaders of the General Assembly continued to yield progress this week on how to correct a long-standing structural deficit in the State Racing Fund, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said today. As a result of that progress and in light of an expected vote on Senate Bill 352 next week by the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Secretary Redding said the administration has decided to defer any decision on the suspension of live racing in Pennsylvania. Commenting on the state of negotiations, Secretary Redding offered the following statement: "This week's talks continued to produce positive steps forward. I appreciate the commitment by the chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and legislative leaders to schedule a committee vote in the House on Senate Bill 352. We continue to build on the framework agreement reached last week on that bill. No one is getting everything they want in this bill, but it will give us the long-term financial fix we need to maintain the integrity of this industry and the tools we need to modernize it for the first time in decades. "We'll keep working with the General Assembly in the coming days to put the finishing touches on the bill so a long-term solution can be enacted in the very near future. We appreciate the engagement and work of the agriculture committee chairs in both chambers -- Senators Vogel and Schwank and state Representatives Causer and Carroll. "Pennsylvania's equine industry is an important part of the state's agriculture sector. Preserving live horse and harness racing is imperative to keep this industry thriving. That was part of the rationale for legalizing gaming and casinos in Pennsylvania in 2004. We're going to stand behind that commitment." by Brandi Hunter-Davenport, PA Dept. Agriculture  

Harrisburg -- After two weeks of negotiations, the Wolf administration and the four legislative caucuses tonight reached an agreement in concept on how to fix a long-standing structural deficit in the State Racing Fund. The deal reflects significant compromise on the part of all of the parties, as well as the other stakeholders, including horsemen and breeder organizations and race track operators. In recognition of the agreement in concept, the administration said it is postponing any action on the suspension of racing for another week to allow the four chairs of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees to brief their members. Representatives of the five parties -- the administration and the four caucuses -- agreed to meet next week to continue finalizing details of the plan. "This was not an easy process, but in the end, it's been a productive process," said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. "Every discussion we have engaged in these last couple of weeks has been worth the effort. Everyone at the table recognizes the importance of racing to Pennsylvania's agriculture industry and the broader economy. "I am grateful to all of the stakeholders - the horsemen's groups; the track operators; and especially, our partners in the General Assembly, particularly the four chairs of the agriculture committees, Senators Vogel and Schwank and Representatives Causer and Carroll - for continuing to come to the table each day, negotiating in good faith, and ultimately, helping us to arrive at this framework for a deal. "We look forward to working with the General Assembly to continue moving Senate Bill 352, which Senator Vogel sponsored, through the legislature and to the Governor's desk." From the PA Department of Agriculture    

Safe From Terror, surprise winner of the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship at 45-1, abandoned her ambush tactics and made short work of the field in a division of Monday's $69,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Somewhere Sweet captured the other division of the stake for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies. After her PASS triumph, Safe From Terror scored yet another upset with a late rally in the Nadia Lobell. In the Keystone Classic, however, Matt Kakaley switched gears and sent the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place to the front at the quarter pole. She prevailed in 1:53.3, 1/2 length better than her stablemate, Southwind Roulette, with Dobre Povedane third. "She was the best in there, so I didn't want to take any chances," Kakaley said. "She was very good -- that was easy for her. She's a sweetheart to drive. She'll do whatever you want." Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who won for the 11th time this year and pushed her career bankroll to $482,742, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. Somewhere Sweet triumphed in 1:51.1, just a tick off Weeper's stake record, but couldn't separate herself from the stalkers, forcing Aaron Merriman to get after her late. "She paced strong into the stretch," Merriman said, "but when I pulled the plugs, she actually kind of sat down. She maybe didn't want me to pull them." Somewhere Sweet downed Angel Or Terror by a length while Kays Dragon Lady earned show. Brian Brown conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sweet Work Of Art, who soared over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Miller's Stable. $91,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Kelsey's Keepsake and Smokinmombo each took a division of Monday's companion feature, a $91,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters. Kelsey's Keepsake was fourth down the backside when Joe Bongiorno sent her after the leader, Murderers Row. Despite competing off a sickness scratch, she blew by and drew off to win by 5 lengths in 1:55.2 for trainer Robert Bongiorno and owner Carly Roman. Avalon Hall was second with Kirsi Hanover third. "First over is her best game," Joe Bongiorno said. "We knew she had this race coming up, and once she scoped a little sick after she trained, we wanted to scratch her, get her healthy and get her ready for the stake." Smokinmombo hadn't won since Aug. 20, but she quarter-poled to the top for Merriman and scored in 1:55.3, 2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Matter Hatter. Global Ice completed the ticket. "She got a little rough on me in the Hambletonian Oaks and a few starts after that," said Chris Beaver, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. "I think it's straightened out, but she's not great on a big racetrack. She'll go to a couple stakes at Hoosier Park." In the $24,800 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Better Caviar took advantage of a backside shootout between Tamarind and Monte Cristo Spur and zipped by in the stretch to win in 1:55.1 for trainer/driver David Wade. Sixteen Mikes rallied for second, a neck back, while Monte Cristo Spur saved show. Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, William Peel III and Wade own the 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit, who now boasts $162,485 in career earnings. The Keystone Classic series concludes Tuesday at The Meadows with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings -- a $69,750 pace and an $89,800 trot. Headliner is millionaire Wakazashi Hanover, who currently ranks third among all Standardbreds in seasonal earnings. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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