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There were upsets a plenty in PASS action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (July 23) afternoon. 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters were in harness racing action in five divisions, each going for a purse of just over $52,000. In the first division, it was Jon Erdner and Martin Garey's Truemass Volo (Tim Tetrick) turning a pocket journey into victory. The son of Muscle Massive drafted behind the speed of Ake Svanstedt trainee (and eventual third place finisher) Dupree for most of the mile, before charging up the passing lane to win by a length in 1:57.4. Race favorite Lagerfeld (Jimmy Takter) grinded first-over to finish second. It was the first career win for Truemass Volo ($26.40) out of 3 starts. He is trained by Doug Hamilton. Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan) was the public's choice in division 2, but the day belonged to Bill Mulligan's Alexander Hanover (John Campbell). The 2-year-old son of Cantab Hall led at the opening quarter, but yielded to Jimmy Takter trainee Earn And Burn (Yannick Gingras). Hititoutofthepark made a brief bid, but tired at the top of the stretch. That opened the door for Alexander Hanover, who sprinted by leader Earn And Burn in the straight, stopping the clock in 1:57.1. It was the second career win for the Bill Popfinger trainee, who paid $7.20. In division 3, driver Marcus Miller gave Erv Miller trainee Love Matters a clever steer to take the lion's share. The son of Explosive Matter used the cover of eventual second place finisher Sutton (Andy Miller) to gain striking position, and eventually the win. Love Matters is now undefeated in two starts for owners Erv Miller, Harvey Eisman, and the Paymaq Stables. He paid $21.20. There was no catching Ron Burke trainee Make Or Miss (Yannick Gingras) in the fourth division. The son of Donato Hanover gained the front early from post 6, and went on to make every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. It was the fastest of 5 divisions on the day. Mulligan's School (Andy Miller) finished second, while Iron Mine Bucky (George Dennis) finished third. Make Or Miss is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi, and J&T Silva Stables. He paid $13.00. In the final division, Randy Bendis trainee Sweettooth Hanover (Dave Miller) sprung the biggest upset of all ($55.20) The son of Donato Hanover was able to secure pocket position behind heavily favored Staying Focused (Andy Miller). Sweettooth Hanover stormed up the passing lane to win in a time of 1:58.1. He is owned by Broadway, Pollack, Varney, and Bendis. Staying Focused held place, while Landjack Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished third. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - In a battle of three unbeaten two-year-old trotting fillies, Broadway Donna was much the best in her division of the $247,844 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event Wednesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning in hand for driver David Miller in 1:54.1.   The daughter of Donato Hanover - Broadway Schooner was wide for the lead early, making the top before the 28 quarter, posting middle splits of 57.1 and 1:25.4, then powering home in 28.2 to score by 3 1/2 lengths. Windowshopper and Womans Will, the other undefeated misses going into the contest, sat 2-3 most of the way and retained those positions to the wire.   Ordinarily a clocking of 1:54.1 for a baby trotting filly might send one scurrying for the track record table, but not if you recognize the winner's dam - she is a full sister to Cooler Schooner, whose 1:51.3 mile here two years ago was at the time the fastest mile ever by a freshman trotter, bar none. Trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC were the team behind Cooler Schooner, and they have another precocious baby here in Broadway Donna.   Like Broadway Donna, Whitelake Hanover is now perfect in four purse starts, and is the only other filly to have two Sire Stakes wins, after a 1:55.2 victory. David Miller was again in the sulky as the daughter of Explosive Matter - Whispering Wind quarter-moved en route to victory for new trainer Fred Grant and owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes.   Encore Gold and trainer/driver Charlie Norris overcame the uncovered route to post an 18-1 victory in 1:56.4. A daughter of Encore Encore out of Striking Gold K, Encore Gold bears the stamp of owner Bob Key in any direction you look.   Kathy Parker (the two-year-old, not the new Hall of Fame Communicator) got the job done in the other Sires cut, coming home in 28.3 to finish out a 1:56.3 victory. The daughter of Andover Hall - Mallelujah was driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Inc, R A W Equine Inc, and Joyce McClelland.   PHHA / Pocono

Dismissed at 23-1, Cue Hall ran the rack when he powered through the Lightning Lane to capture a division of Wednesday's Hickory Smoke, a $189,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Wicker Hanover took the other split. Cue Hall, Bob Key's homebred son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue, hit the ticket in several prior PASS legs, but he's endured his share of misfortune. "I thought he was competitive with this group," said winning trainer Rich Gillock of his Hambletonian eligible. "We've had nothing but bad luck. He trotted in 1:54 in January. We quit with him, hoping he'd come back strong. Today's the first time things ended up working out for us." In the Hickory Smoke, Cue Hall benefited from a ground-saving trip from Tony Hall and was able to defeat Chef Lee by a head in a career-best 1:54.2. Honor And Serve rallied for show. With the victory, Cue Hall soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. Wicker Hanover swept to the lead from post 7 for Andrew McCarthy and withstood the stern challenge of Walter White to defeat him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54. Shoot The Thrill completed the ticket. "After I asked my horse, I kind of dropped my concern," McCarthy said. "He picked the bit right back up and went on with it." Noel Daley trains Wicker Hanover, a son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done who pushed his lifetime bankroll past $200,000, for Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable.   $80,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-old Colt & Gelding Trotters Co-featured on Wednesday's card was an $80,000 stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, with Jacksons Minion, Flying Muscles, Ralph R and Mesmerized capturing the divisions. Mike Wilder fashioned a stake double behind Flying Muscles and Ralph R. The career of Jacksons Minion began under a dark cloud when his name was misspelled on his registration papers, and bad luck continued to dog him. But trainer/driver Tom Jackson began involving him earlier in races, and the Explosive Matter-Armbro Espionage gelding liked his new vantage point. He rolled home on the front in a stake- and career-best 1:56, 8 lengths better than Midniteroketlunchr. Only The Brave earned show. "He's had lots of little problems most of the year, and he's finally getting good -- hopefully at the right time," Jackson said of his $17,000 yearling acquisition. "He tends to be hot, so I've always raced him from behind, and he really didn't know how to leave." "The last couple starts I let him go forward, and it worked out perfect today." About that registration error. When Jackson and Howard Taylor, who co-owns with Jackson and Judith Miller, decided they would partner on a yearling, it was about the same time as the death of Howard Taylor's father. Jackson attended the service and became part of the minyan -- a quorum of at least 10 adult males that some branches of Judaism require to begin certain services and rites and make them official. Jackson and Howard Taylor decided they would name any colt they purchased Jackson's Minyan. "Not knowing the word, I spelled minyan wrong," Jackson said. If the horse keeps winning, chances are he'll have his minions. Flying Muscles rallied from well back to blow away the field late, triumphing in a career-best 1:56.2. Stowaway Steve finished second, 4 lengths in arrears, with Special Action third. "He's a good closer when he's right, and he was right today," said winning trainer Todd Rooney of the Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding. "We struggled in a couple of the legs, but he's coming around. He has the Arden Downs next week, and we may take a shot at that." Rooney owns Flying Muscles with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Friday's card at The Meadows features a $140,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

There were six divisions of PA Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 22), each going for a purse of $20,000. The first division went to the front-stepping Moneycounts De Vie (Tim Tetrick). The son of Andover Hall took the lead shortly after the quarter pole, going on to win in a time of 1:59.1. It was the first career win for the Dirk Simpson trainee, who was coming off of a double digit length qualifying romp. He is owned by Desyllas Racing, Bill Beck, and James Bafia. Division two saw TNT Rusty (John Campbell) make every call a winning one. The son of Explosive Matter is now a perfect two for two in his young career, trotting the mile in 1:58.4, which was the fastest of the day in the series. He is owned by trainer George Ducharme, Paul Fontaine, and Alfred Ross. In the third division, it was Raymer, Moss, and Solomon's, Mr Right (Vic Kirby) scoring on the front end. The son of Donato Hanover was able to hold of a late surge from Desert Runner (Ake Svanstedt) to pick up the victory in a time of 2:00. It was the first career win for Mr Right, who is trained by Leigh Raymer. Division four went to Mahlon Martin's Twin B Ammunition (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The son of Explosive Matter swept on by past the quarter pole and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:59.2. It was the second straight win for the Bennie Magliochetti trainee, in his fifth career start. In the fifth division, Frank Antonacci trainee Elysium Lindy (Scott Zeron) scored the upset win. The son of Cantab Hall sat in the pocket behind another long shot Cloud Nine Hanover (Charlie Norris) until the stretch, when he sprinted past to win in a final time of 1:59.3. The heavily-favored Yes Sir Officer (John Campbell) broke at three-quarters. It was the first career win for Elysium Lindy, who is owned by K R Breeding. Another upset took place in the last, as Courant A B's Dollar Grin (Lucas Wallin) closed in time to pick up the win. The son of Cantab Hall was perfectly positioned second over, bailing off that cover in the lane to narrowly gun down favorite Shady McCoy (David Wade) in 2:00.2. It was the first pair-mutuel start for Dollar Grin, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt. Michael Bozich

The "Bionic Man," driver Tim Tetrick, showed that his parts don't rust in the rain, capturing three of the eight divisions of the $160,000 second round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono over "off" going (the first five sections on a track rated "sloppy," the last three on a "good" surface).   Tetrick captured the fastest division, 1:58.3, with Goodtogo Hanover, but it was anything but a laugher over pacesetting LOL Hanover, as the victorious daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall needed most of the Pocono Pike to rally from the pocket and hang a neck decision on her foe for trainer Bill Zendt, also co-owner with Gary Saul.   All three of Tetrick's victories came during the "sloppy" portion of the card; he also clicked with Casey T (Madison River-Gia) in 2:00.3 for trainer Todd Rooney, and with the Yankee Glide-Sarafina Hall miss I Luv Blackhawkred, another of the five "pocket rockets" who took Stallion Series glory in 2:00 for trainer Dirk Simpson.   Matching Tetrick in the triple category was sire Andover Hall, with the second-fastest winner, Miss Teszla (out of Filly At Bigs), rallying from the two-hole to win easily for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter in 1:58.4. "Andover"'s other two winners controlled most of the pace in their victories: Synonymous Hanover (out of Sweetr By The Bone) in 2:00.2 for trainer/driver Charlie Norris; and Gracie Hanover (out of Gone Lindy), home first in 2:00.4  for trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt.   Also victorious on the evening were the two other winners who used the pocket as their launching pad: Twice A Night (Donato Hanover-Working Girl), who tallied in 2:00.4 (sy) for driver Jackie Ingrassia and trainer Frank Ingrassia; and the Cantab Hall-Keystone Vi Va baby Ki Ki Canolli, who stopped the timer in 2:00.1 (gd) for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Jonas Czernyson.   The Sire Stakes fillies take their turn in the spotlight Wednesday, with four divisions of their $247,844 event in raceslots 8, 10, 11, and 12.   Jerry Connors

Smokinmombo and Bright Baby Blues each captured a division of Tuesday's Meadow Bright, a $188,066 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows, and each did it handily on the front end. Already a winner in PASS action this year, Smokinmombo pocketed Sarcy, the 4-5 favorite, and had plenty left in the lane after a comfortable 58 half to defeat her by 2 lengths in 1:54.3, with Speak To Me third. Winning driver Aaron Merriman indicated that taking the point with the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo wasn't necessarily his game plan. "I do believe she's better out of a hole because she's smaller," Merriman said. "When you move her out of a hole, she just sprints." "She has a great attitude." "But she was absolutely in hand." "She's just getting better and better." Chris Beaver trains Smokinmombo, who extended her career bankroll to $195,558, and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. Bright Baby Blues had endured a frustrating season -- no wins in six starts despite performing well -- but her disappointment ended when she trotted strongly through a brief downpour and scored in 1:56 for David Miller, trainer Bob Stewart and owners Bluestone Farms and Fredericka Caldwell. Meadowbranch Wendy was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Lilu Hanover earned show. "It's a tough division anymore," Stewart said of the daughter of Andover Hall-Bar Slide, who is eligible for the Hambletonian Oaks. "She trotted in 1:53 at the Meadowlands, and that wasn't enough." "But she's a very nice filly." "I don't think she's reached her potential yet." "It was good to get an easy race into her." "I don't know if we'll go to the Oaks or not." "The owners will make that decision." In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Kandian Klub pulled off a 9-1 upset for Mike Wilder when she rallied to nail Cowgirl Hall in the stretch and down her by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Bessie completed the ticket. Ron Burke conditions Kandian Klub, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-KT Dee Dee who now boasts $219.266 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four wins for Burke on the 15-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features two events for sophomore colt and gelding trotters -- The Hickory Smoke, a $189,616 PASS stake, and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WILKES-BARRE PA - Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old trotting fillies will provide the early-week features at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with $160,000 of Stallion Series action spread over eight divisions this evening, and $247,844 up for grabs in four sections of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes tomorrow night.   In the Stallion Series, trainer Charlie Norris looks to have two fillies that may be headed on to better things: Synonymous Hanover (race 4, post 5), who seemed to like trotting hopples when she qualified with them in 1:57.4 at Pocono recently, and LOL Hanover (race 6, post 1), who debuted with a 1:57.3 win in the first leg of the Stallion Series at The Meadows. The fastest Meadows Stallion winner, Lady Athens with a 1:57.1 score, should also make her presence felt, starting from post 1 in race 10 for trainer Rich Gillock.   All six divisional winners of the Sire Stakes event at The Meadows will be competing at Pocono on Wednesday night, with the 12th race final division probably being the marquee matchup, as it gathers three winners, all of whom are undefeated in their brief careers. Windowshopper (1:56.2 at The Meadows) starts from the rail for trainer Ray Schnittker; Womans Will (1:56.1) begins from runway 3 for conditioner Julie Miller's Team Orange Crush; and Broadway Donna (1:56), out of a dam who is a full sister to world champion (at this track) Cooner Schooner, begins from post 6 under Jim Campbell's supervision.   The fastest of the sextet of western PA winners, Whitelake Hanover (1:55.4), starts from post 3 in the 8th race division, with Fred Grant taking over the training chores on this filly for the first time. Each of the other two divisions has one of the two other winners, who contrasted markedly in luck at the post position draw: Sunset Glider (1:57) has to start from the outside post 7 in the 10th race for Team Takter, while Lookin Sharp (1:57.3) has post 1 in the 11th race for trainer John Butenschoen.   FINISHING LINES - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono honored its leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., with winners circle ceremonies this past Saturday, after he had captured the 7000th driving victory of his career earlier in the week at Harrah's. Napolitano currently has eight dashwinning titles at the Downs, which ties him with Bill Lambertus's all-time mark, and should break the tie with "Lambo" at the end of the 2015 meet. (Ironically, GNap's 6987th victory was behind a horse named Celebrity Lambo.)   PHHA - Pocono          

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2015 -- Call Me Queen Be stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:52.1, matching the stake record in Friday's $214,776 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. The event, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over four divisions, with Ivy League, Pure Country and Shezarealdeal also taking splits. Brett Miller and Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake wins with Ivy League and Pure Country while Marcus Miller collected the other two Sand Tart victories. Call Me Queen Be was handled conservatively in her only other start, finishing fourth without leaving the cones. Marcus Miller indicated he received some advice on the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl from winning trainer Ross Croghan. "Ross told me to keep her quiet and find her a spot close," he said. "He thought she would be very good tonight. I don't know if he meant 1:52.1. Maybe he saw it coming. When I pulled the plugs, she was looking for a spot out." Call Me Queen Be blew by the favorite, I Said Diamonds, in the stretch to defeat her by 3/4 lengths, with Sail To The Beach third. Her time is the fastest this year for a 2-year-old pacing filly on a five-eighths-mile track. Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham campaign Call Me Queen Be. Ivy League is regally bred -- by 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere, out of See You At Peelers, the 2011 Dan Patch Award winner for sophomore filly pacers. In the Sand Tart, she began to live up to her pedigree, rallying from last to score in 1:52.2. Danika P finished second, 2 lengths back, while Shesasmokinlady earned show. Ivy League's last start was in the PA Stallion Series, and Brett Miller said Takter had sound reasons for racing her in softer company. "In her first start, the PA All-Stars, she got parked the mile," he said. "Jimmy wanted to put her in where she could get brave again. That was the whole plan. At the half, when I was sitting last, I didn't think she had a shot to win. But coming off the last turn, the way she took off, I knew she would." Christina Takter, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and John Fielding own Ivy League. Pure Country remained undefeated in three career outings after Brett Miller was able to give her a big-time breather -- 30.3 -- the second quarter. She scorched the final panel in 26.4 and downed Yankee Moonshine by 2-1/2 lengths. Corona Again completed the ticket. "When the half flashed up, I thought she would be good," Brett Miller said. "This filly has done everything right. She has a gait like an aged horse. Diamond Creek Racing owns Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana. Monday's card at The Meadows features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Somebeachsomewhere, newly-installed into the Living Harness Horse Hall of Fame, sired three of the five winners in the $268,940 first round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The trio of winners by the great horse included two Ron Burke trainees: Check Six (out of Southwind Vanna), who quarter-moved to the top then snapped home in 55.4 - 27.3 to tally in 1:53.4 for driver Matt Kakaley and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin, along with 3 Brothers Stables' JK Will Power (whose dam is Whats New Pussycat), who paced an individual last quarter of 27.1 to be a 1:54.2 "pocket rocket" for pilot Yannick Gingras.   The other SBSW winner was Canadian invader Carter Beach (dam: Flaming Diablo), who was in the "feature division" which contained three of the five Pennsylvania All-Star winners earlier this month.   But in his first start "south of the border," Carter Beach showed his mettle by grinding uncovered in a 56.1 last half to post a neck triumph for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer/father Carl, the latter co-owner with Thomas Kyron and George Harrison.   Neither the fastest winner or the longest-priced winner was a son of "Somebeach," however.   Speed honors went in the opening division to the Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip colt Spider Man Hanover, who produced a superhero-like 27.1 brush to the lead in the third quarter to win in 1:52.1 for driver David Miller, trainer Brian Brown, and owners Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vauper, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman.   50-1 shot Whata Twist, last and gapping at the half, and then shoved four-wide late on the far turn due to chain-reaction interference, still managed to rally in the final strides for a 1:53 triumph.   The Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage colt, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Chris Ryder, co-owner with Diamond Creek Racing, lived up to his name by producing a $107 return for a $2 win investment to his scattered backers.   Jerry Connors  

Terror At Night moved smartly first over to score in a stake-fastest 1:54.1 in the $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows on Wednesday night The event was contested over seven divisions, with Triple Charm, Healthy Gain, Gingertreescarlett, Burden of Proof, Out West Somewhere and End To End Hanover taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman fashioned a stake double behind Triple Charm and Gingertreescarlett. Terror At Night hadn't seen the lead at any point in her brief career, but she was plenty determined to get there when Eric Goodell unleashed her from third. "The only reason I came with her was because she got a little antsy in the hole," Goodell said. "Instead of having her run, I gave her a little room." "Once she got out there, she was really relaxed." "I don't think she ever turned her motor on." The daughter of Western Terror-Enhance the Night defeated Catharsis by 1-3/4 lengths, with Some Fancy Filly third. Les Givens trains Terror At Night for Nanticoke Racing, Edward Mass III and Arlene Paisley. Triple Charm also was a newcomer to the lead, but as he sized up the field at the gate, Merriman decided to show her what the front end is about. "I didn't think the lead was necessarily the spot for her, but it looked like only a couple were leaving, so I left," Merriman said. "You have to be forwardly placed a lot of times when no one else is on the gate." "She was extremely laid back, but if they went around another time, they wouldn't have gone by her." "That's how tough she was." She held off Sweet As Sugar by a neck in 1:54.4 while Newborn Sassy earned show. Casie Coleman conditions Triple Charm, a daughter of Western Terror-No One Is Alone, for West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Howard Taylor. Healthy Gain endured the kind of trip that would frustrate many green youngsters. She was looped from the gate, forced on to the front when no hole was available and passed in mid-race. But the daughter of Western Ideal-Electric Smile, a two-time winner at the Pennsylvania Fairs, persevered for Tony Hall, rallying in the lane to prevail in 1:55. East Side Hanover was 1/2 length back in second with Official Treasure third. "She really isn't in the best shape of her life right now," said Shawn Johnston, who trains the $15,000 yearling purchase for Tracy Chropek and Gary Johnston. "She started late, and we had terrible track conditions where I'm based." "I fair-raced her for tighteners" "She should only get better." In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Brooklyn Flight pulled off a 12-1 upset -- his third win in the last four starts -- for Hall, trainer Frank Consiglio and owner Team 19 Stables. He scored in 1:50.3, 1-1/2 lengths better than Seventh Secret. Hillbilly Hanover finished third. The 7-year-old Panspacificflight-Brooklyn Belle gelding now boasts $293,888 in career earnings. It was one of four victories on the 15-race card for Hall. Friday's program at The Meadows features the Sand Tart, a $214,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers, as well as a $25,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 (races 9-13). First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

There were eight divisions of the $160,000 first leg Pennsylvania Stallion Series event Tuesday night at  the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and -- with one small exception -- they saved the best for last.   The Dragon Again-Guthrie Hanover baby Griffon Hanover worked hard for the early lead, saw two brush by him in the second quarter, then got a clear shot in the famed Pocono Pike and rallied for the tally in 1:54, fastest of the octet of races.   David Miller guided the speedy freshman to the win for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Robert Dathe and Donovan Spamer while completing a siring triple for Dragon Again.   The one dark spot? Griffon Hanover, much to the lament of improvers of the breed everywhere, was the only gelding among the eight winners.   David Miller bookended the Stallion Series action when he took the opening section with the Yankee Cruiser-Ma Foi colt Ginger Tree Cash in 1:55.4.   Also with a driving double was Tom Jackson, first with the Well Said-Yankee Scramble colt Yolo Hanover in 1:55.3, then, in the most exciting of the eight stretch drives, picking up the field on the far outside with another son of Dragon Again (out of Western Powerful), Art's Dragon, in 1:54.4. Dragon Again's third winner, out of I'm Sassy, was Innit Hanover, first home in 1:55 with Scott Zeron at the lines.   Also with a multiple sire credit was Somebeachsomewhere; his two winners were I'm Some Graduate (out of the $1.3M-winning mare Western Graduate), guided by John Campbell to victory in 1:56, and Beach Ogre (out of Donkeys Can Talk), whose 1:54.4 win for Ray Schnittker was the only non-lifetime best in the competition, as the youngster had previously qualified at The Downs in 1:54.1.   Rounding out the action was Star Of Terror, by Western Terror-Game Bunny, a winner in 1:55.2 for driver Tim Tetrick.   The $268,940 Sire Stakes event for the two-year-old pacing colts will be featured on Wednesday's card, with five divisions of freshmen going postward.   Jerry Connors  

Pennsylvania-sired two-year-colt pacers see the first action of their summerlong state series during the first part of the week at the harness racing meeting atThe Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with $160,000 divided among eight divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Stallion Series Tuesday, and Wednesday featuring five sections of babies racing for $268,940 in Sire Stakes action.   The Stallion Series is intended for horses who are thought to possibly be not capable of competing at the highest level, giving them racing experience for good money and allowing them to "step up" if their developing talents warrant.   There are as many "flash trainers" in the Stallion Series as there are in the Sire Stakes - Alagna, Cancelliere, Elliott, Holloway, Takter, Toscano - with Takter entering two colts who have already beaten 1:56, Settlemoir and Badstormanyport, not wanting to push the babies beyond the level they are presently at.   For the Sire Stakes action Wednesday, all six divisional winners of the recent Pennsylvania All-Stars event will be back on hand at The Downs.   The eleventh race, the final of the five divisions, may be the highlight, as it matches three of the All-Star winners: the two co-fastest at 1:53 in Bank Shot Hanover (post one, trainer Daniel Renaud, driver George Napolitano Jr.) and Allie's Cruiser (PP7, trainer Ron Burke, driver Matt Kakaley), along with 1:53.4 winner Mcdave (PP6, trainer/father Erv and driver/son Marcus Miller).   Team Miller won half the six All-Star events; their other winners coming back are He's Marvalous (race 3, PP3, 1:53.3) and Ideal Jimmy (race 4, PP3, 1:54).   Trainer Ron Burke won another All-Stars division with Genovese in 1:53.2; that one starts from post two in race 10, with Matt Kakaley listed, where he will face the highly-regarded Canadian invader The Catamount Kid, who drew just outside him for the father/son team of trainer Carl and driver Jody Jamieson.   Pocono is now operating on a five-nights-a-week schedule, with racing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, with a scheduled starting time of 6:30 p.m.   Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2015 -- Whitelake Hanover remained undefeated in her three-race harness racing career by capturing the fastest division of Friday's $211,838 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over six divisions, with Broadway Donna, Womans Will, Lookin Sharp, Windowshopper and Sunset Glider taking the other splits. David Miller enjoyed a stake double with Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover. Whitelake Hanover won both previous starts on the front end, but Miller decided to change tactics in the Meadow Gladys, allowing the daughter of Explosive Matter-Whispering Wind to settle fifth before sending her after the lead. "She was starting to get a little aggressive, and I spent a lot of time trying to get her back," Miller said. "I was probably too far back, but she was strong right through the end. They get aggressive, and they get racy, but she'll learn. It probably will take a few more starts." Whitelake Hanover prevailed in 1:55.4, a length better than Best Of Dreams, with Twice Is Right third. Chris Oakes trains the youngster for Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons and Susan Oakes. Not to be outdone, Broadway Donna also extended her career unbeaten streak to three --despite a parked-out first quarter -- for trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms. The Donato Hanover filly, who is out of 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner, scored in 1:56, 2-3/4 lengths better than I'm Outstanding. Twill Be Done earned show. "She's a real professional," Campbell said. "Her speed comes to her easy, and there's no wasted action with her. She travels over the ground very light. Her next race will be a sires stake at Pocono." Womans Will remained perfect in two starts with a neck victory in 1:56.1 over Kathy Parker, with Maeve Quaider third. A tough opening panel, when she dueled outside for the lead, gave winning driver Andy Miller some anxious moments. "She had to work a little harder, but she's a pretty gutty filly," he said. "She's a pro. She knows what she's doing. She's done everything we've asked of her so far; you can't ask for much more than that." Julie Miller conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman for Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal rallied through the lane to triumph in 1:51.3 for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Stucklikeglue finished a head back in second while early leader Sand Tilly Lace saved show. Certified Ideal now boasts $365,897 in lifetime earnings. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2015 -- When Milligan's School captured a division of Tuesday's $216,980 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows, he brought joy to Julie and Andy Miller -- and a little slice of Russia. That's because Milligan's School is owned by Stroy Inc. whose Natalia Stroy operates a fair-sized stable from her Moscow base. According to Julie Miller, Stroy wanted to gain access to the American market, so Dr. Paul F. Spears, vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, introduced her to the Millers. They helped her pick out the son of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann at Harrisburg and signed the ticket for $120,000. "She wanted to race horses here," Julie Miller indicated, "and as Paul Spears said, one of the best places to race in the U.S. is the Pennsylvania circuit. So I'm glad it worked out." Stroy's American adventure nearly turned sour when, in his career debut in a PA All-Stars split, Milligan's School was on the business end of a mishap and nearly knocked off his pins. The youngster showed no ill effects Tuesday when he responded to Andy Miller's urging and blasted past past the leader, Boyz N Guitars, to defeat him by 2 lengths in 1:57. Pastor Dudley finished third. "We didn't make any changes," Julie Miller said. "All we wanted was a trouble-free trip. If we had that, I thought he'd have a go, and he did." The stake, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over six divisions, with Lagerfeld, Hititoutofthepark, Sliding Home, Dupree and Staying Focused taking the other splits. The Millers teamed for a second stake win with Staying Focused while Corey Callahan enjoyed a stake double (Hititoutofthepark, Sliding Home). Lagerfeld is a full brother to 2012 Hambletonian runner-up Guccio, who was piloted and conditioned by Jimmy Takter. When Takter saw Lagerfeld at auction, he knew he had to have this yearling, so he joined with Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding to purchase the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita for $200,000. In his career debut in the Hickory Pride, Lagerfeld began to pay dividends on that handsome investment, moving twice for Takter and surging late to defeat the game Raisethejollyroger by a neck in 1:58.1. Granite State earned show. "He wanted to win," Takter said. "I had to stabilize him in the last turn, but he raced a good race. He has the pedigree to step it up. I just have to teach him some things. I want him to come here and learn something for his future." Out before the half, Hititoutofthepark moved relentlessly to gobble up the leader and scored in 1:57, matching Milligan's School for stake honors. Brownie Hanover was second, 3 lengths back, while Major Matter completed the ticket. "He's a little quirky," Callahan said. "I kind of have to let him do what he wants to do. He definitely wants to do it. He has a great attitude. He's a little anxious and wants to go a million at the word "go." He has to figure the whole racing thing out." John Butenschoen trains the $18,000 yearling acquisition, a son of Yankee Glide-Celebrity Liza, for Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling and VIP Internet Stable. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features five divisions of a PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harrisburg, PA - A $1.6 million investment in Pennsylvania's harness racing industry will boost purses that strengthen breeding programs and establish a prestigious stakes race, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced today. "Harness racing is a unique agritourism experience," said Redding. "From the sport's tracks and fans to its breeding and training operations, it's an industry that provides an important $92 million boost to our economy - and national bragging rights for our top horses, drivers and trainers." The racing industry supports multiple facets of Pennsylvania's economy including agriculture, Redding added, as owners purchase goods from agribusinesses like hay and feed suppliers, equipment dealers and construction contractors. The industry attracts specialists like farriers and veterinarians and supports other local businesses. Pennsylvania's tracks, casinos and off-track wagering facilities offer multiple employment opportunities because of racing, from the horse barns to the betting halls. Harness racing also takes place at 15 agricultural fairs across Pennsylvania. One half of these monies will be used to increase purses in the 2015 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes finals and consolation races. The Sire Stakes program rewards breeders of Pennsylvania-bred and Pennsylvania-owned stallions and broodmares. Each of the eight finals races will receive an additional $90,000 in purse money, generating a total of $350,000 for each race. The eight consolation races will receive an additional $10,000 apiece for purse money, bringing the total for each of these eight contested trotting and pacing races to $60,000. "With this commitment, Pennsylvania makes our sire stakes finals and consolations the top races of their kind in the country," said Harness Racing Commission Chairman Jonathan Newman. "They're part of North America's top harness horse breeding program - all based here in Pennsylvania." The other $800,000 is earmarked for the newly-established 2016 Pennsylvania Classic for three-year-old pacers. The pair of Pennsylvania Classic races will be open to Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacing colts and fillies nationwide. Purses are an estimated $700,000 for the colt race and $350,000 for the filly race. Pennsylvania's three harness racing tracks - The Meadows in Washington, Washington County; Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Delaware County; and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - must submit advertising and promotional proposals for the opportunity to host the inaugural event. The commission will review the submissions and select the site for the 2016 event. "These races will be among the top pacing events in the country and a source of pride for the commonwealth," Newman added. "These two races represent some of the highest purses in North America. I'm looking forward to working with one of our state's tracks to host our first-ever Pennsylvania Classics." The added purse monies for these races are from the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Development Fund, established by Act 71 of 2004, which directs a portion of slot revenue to incentivize raising, training and owning Standardbreds in Pennsylvania. This investment within the state's equine industry provides funding that is distributed to the owners of Pennsylvania stallions and broodmares who produce top-level horses that race worldwide. For more information on Pennsylvania harness racing, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search "harness racing." William R. Nichols | Press Aide Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture | Press Office 2301 North Cameron Street | Hbg PA 17110 Phone: 717.787.5085 | Fax: 717.705.8402  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- PA-sired three-year-old trotting fillies provide the early week harness racing features at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the misses will compete in second leg action of a $100,000 Stallion Series event on Tuesday and a $222,867 Sire Stakes contest on Wednesday. All of the races have drawn full fields of nine.   The Stallion Series races will find three of the five first leg winners returning, including two from the ubiquitous, unavoidable Team of Top Trotting, Team Takter. Kirsi Hanover, who won her first Stallion start despite suffering broken equipment, drew the inside in the sixth race fourth division, with Jimmy Takter himself also to drive, while Speak To Me, beginning from post seven in the tenth race last cut, will be handled by Scott Zeron. Manhattan Miss, the other filly looking to make it two straight in the Stallion Series, has the rail for driver Mike Wilder and trainer Marty Wollam in the third race second division; the other Stallion Series races are slotted for races one and four.   In Wednesday's Sire Stakes action, Trotting Team Ubiquitous had two of the four first leg winners, and Takter has them both back in at Pocono. Sarcy will be out first of the pair in the ninth race second division, with Yannick Gingras down to drive, but she will be facing the two non-Takter winners at The Meadows: Livininthefastlane (post five, driver Andy Miller for trainer/wife Julie), the fastest of the four winners in western PA at 1:53, and Magic Marker, who will begin from post seven for driver David Miller and trainer Nifty Norman.   The other Sires winner to date, Wild Honey, begins from post four for Takter and Gingras in the tenth race third division. Wild Honey was rated by many as the second-best filly nationally in 2014 behind the brilliant but mercurial Mission Brief, and she will look to add to her impressive record of 11 wins in 13 career starts.   In the seventh race first division, Takter may again have a favorite in Smexi, who was a neck behind Livininthefastlane in the first leg and has since taken a division of the Curries And Ives Filly stake. But driver Corey Callahan will have to overcome both the outermost post nine and Blessings Counted (post eight, driver Dan Rawlings for trainer Rick Beinhauer), also second, to Magic Marker, in the first Sire Stakes round.   Both nights feature 14-race cards beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Pocono / PHHA

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