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WILKES-BARRE PA - Hall of Fame harness racing driver David Miller, second on the all-time money list (he passed Ron Pierce on Hall of Fame Day) and the leading active driving earner with John Campbell retired, took all three $54,785 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, two of them with youngsters garnering their second Sires triumphs, and the other with a maiden who was "graduating" to the Sire Stakes off two Stallion Series seconds. Ironically, the fastest winner was the previous maiden, the Broadway Hall-Designable colt Patent Leather, who gained cover behind Samo Different Day late in the mile, then outrushed his foe at the end to win by a neck in 1:54.2. Patent Leather, atypically purchased as a yearling by Hall of Fame nominee Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms LLC, looks like he might be a good $10,000 purchase (the dam was a $483,000 winner) under the tutelage of trainer Jim Campbell, and here he paid $24.80 to win as by far the longest shot in the field of five. Miller, Campbell, and Fashion Farms doubled up behind 7-1 prospect Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall (Broadway Hall's sire) who rallied to put the first blot on Cinderella story Hockey Hanover's past performances, taking a nose triumph in a personal best 1:56.4. Hockey Hanover (Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover) is the winningest two-year-old trotter in North America with eight triumphs, and he entered the Sunday contest undefeated (five Fair Sire Stakes and all three of his Stallion Series starts), but the unbeaten designation was just put by the boards as the $100,000 yearling edged the $10,000 yearling, with a $350,000 yearling, 1-10 favorite and Peter Haughton winner You Know You Do, making a break and all but taking him out of Championship competition. (Crystal Fashion's dam, by the way, is Window Willow, a full sister to the millionaire Lolique, who was such a slow learner as a youth that his trainer John Wagner put him in the box as LOLIQUE; in his three-year-old qualifying debut, he beat defending Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo and started getting a lot smarter). Miller other triumph was with 1-10 shot Scirocco Rob in 1:55.3, but even the heavy favorite, by Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties, tried to make heavy work of his victory, losing all but a half-length of a 2 1/4 length stretch lead but persevering on to keep Max's Beast at bay for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. An unofficial tally of this division's top pointwinners at their preliminaries' conclusion reads: Crystal Fashion and Lawmaker (tied for #1), Scirocco Rob and Toast Of Lindy (tied for third), Maxus, What's The Word, and Fashionwoodchooper and Quality Kemp (tied for seventh); Final Dream is "on the bubble" as ninth and AE1 if all of the top eight declare for the Championship, with Max's Beast tenth and AE2. The $252,000 divisional Championship will be held at Pocono on Labor Day, September 4. Monday at Pocono, there will be seven divisions of the final prelim for this two-year-old trotting colt group, and with that many horses in play, the competition for places in their Championship should be quite fierce. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2017 -- Perhaps Fear The Dragon heard through the grapevine that Huntsville was poised to avenge his defeat by 'Dragon' in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Perhaps he was still miffed by his tough loss last week to his harness racing stablemate, Downbytheseaside, in the Carl Milstein. Or perhaps he's just that good. Harness racing's top-rated horse made a strong case for that theory Friday at The Meadows when he put away Huntsville at the top of the stretch and scored in 1:50 in The Tarport Effrat, a $140,828 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A "wild" and spent Huntsville faded to fifth, beaten 3 lengths. The stirring Adios duel between Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, at the time the sport's No. 1- and No. 2-ranked horses, produced one of the most memorable renewals in the 51-year history of the classic. The rematch was much anticipated, with some giving the edge to Huntsville, who'd enjoyed a week off following his victory in the Cane Pace. But Huntsville was overanxious and sped through fractions of 26/54.3, resisting Tim Tetrick's efforts to rate him. "He was really wild today," Tetrick said. "I was trying to rate him, and he had different plans. I guess all those fast halves finally caught up to him." Fear The Dragon, meanwhile, was following the so-so first-over cover of long shot Some Attitude, making David Miller wonder if his cover would take him where he wanted to go. "It would have been nicer if he'd taken me a little further," Miller said. "But my horse overcame it. I flipped him three deep into the last turn, and he took off really strong." The son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon blew by the faltering Huntsville and defeated Perfectly Close by 1-1/2 lengths, with Blood Line third. "He raced great today," said winning trainer Brian Brown of Emerald Highlands Farm's homebred, who now boasts $1,263,201 in career earnings. "You saw him struggling past the quarter, but that's because Timmy was going so much. I think the horse is getting smarter, and he only does what he has to do." Fear The Dragon Both Fear The Dragon and Huntsville will race next in the PASS championship Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Ray Schnittker, Huntsville's trainer and co-owner, indicated the break would allow him to review his colt's rigging. "He looked like he was out of control," Schnittker said. "We'll change his rigging a little bit and see what happens. We have some time to play with it." In the other Tarport Effrat division, Filibuster Hanover served notice that he could be a force in late-season stakes when he roared to an off-the-pace victory in 1:50, 2 lengths better than Boogie Shuffle, with Q's Cruise third. The time was a lifetime best and fastest this year by a sophomore gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Filibuster Hanover signaled that he might be sitting on a big performance when he closed from 12th to fourth in the Cane Pace. "He got away last in that big Cane field and closed so well," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "He was awesome today. He did it so easy I never even pulled the plugs. If he can build on his last two starts, he could be one of the big players." Ron Burke trains Filibuster Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy who extended his career bankroll to $291,040, for Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala, Jr., J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Filibuster Hanover $60,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In Friday's co-feature, Donttellmeagain remained undefeated in seven stallion series starts over two seasons when he triumphed in 1:50.4, a tick off the stake mark. Hypothetical and Braley Hanover took the other splits. Tetrick enjoyed a stake double behind Donttellmeagain and Hypothetical. At 2, Donttellmeagain swept the four preliminary legs but missed the final due to illness. He skipped one leg this year but won the other three. On Friday, he moved to the front past the quarter pole and downed Jo Pa's Somebeach by 1-1/2 lengths while Mike's Z Tam earned show. The Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding extended his lifetime earnings to $189,960 with the win, which came after a month's layoff. "There was no place to race him," said Jim King, who trains the winner for Paton Racing Stables. "He's won too many races so he doesn't fit anything. So I would have had to race him with horses he's probably not competitive with." Donttellmeagain Hypothetical, who added a Cornell collar for the race, moved powerfully first over and won handily in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Southwind Yukon was 1-3/4 lengths back in second while Harry Terror earned show. Tetrick isn't sure the new equipment played a significant role. "I know he's had some times where he breathed differently, but he did pace in 1:49 with me earlier this year," Tetrick said. "He just wore them down pretty good. He has some speed, and he's a big, strong colt who can carry it pretty good." Braley Hanover tracked down the 2-5 Highalator and edged him by a nose in 1:53.4 for Miller and trainer Chris Ryder, who owns the Western Ideal-Brissonte Hanover gelding with Craig Henderson, Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. Cinnabar Dragon was third. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each with a $40,000 purse, on Sept. 2. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $100,000 stallion series stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2017 -- When Fear The Dragon and Huntsville dueled for nearly the entire back half of this year's Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids before Fear The Dragon edged away, it made for one of the most thrilling races in the 51 editions of the harness racing classic. Now, these two stars will renew their rivalry in Friday's $140,828 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows -- and they've drawn into the same division, which goes as race 4. David Miller will drive Fear The Dragon from post 5 while Tim Tetrick guides Huntsville from post 6. The card will have an Adios feel to it; six other participants in this year's Pace for the Orchids -- Blood Line, Boogie Shuffle, Eddard Hanover, Filibuster Hanover, RJP and Western Hill -- will compete in the PASS, while Adios alums Highalator, Independent One and Southwind Yukon have dropped into the PA Stallion Series stake that is Friday's co-feature. Thus, of the 14 colts who started in the Adios, 11 will race Friday at The Meadows. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. Race 4 pits the top-rated Standardbred in North America (Fear The Dragon) and the third-ranked Huntsville. Their bank accounts also have much in common, as Fear The Dragon now boasts lifetime earnings exceeding $1.22 million for trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm while Huntsville has amassed a bankroll of more than $1.57 million for trainer Ray Schnittker and owners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold, Crawford Farms Racing and Schnittker. Fear The Dragon retained his top ranking despite a tough loss in the Carl Milstein at Northfield Park when his stablemate, Downbytheseaside, rallied and got up late. "I thought he was great in the Milstein; I didn't think 'Seaside' would beat him," Brown said. "When you pace the back half in 53.3, you usually don't get beat. He's training very lightly this week -- one easy trip Tuesday, jogging every day." While Fear The Dragon drew inside Huntsville, Brown expects the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon to be in pursuit mode again. "I don't see us on the front, but I can't say it won't happen because determining that is David's job." Although Downbytheseaside is Pennsylvania eligible, he's competed in only one PASS leg and couldn't earn enough points to reach the championship. Therefore, Brown said, he's pointing 'Seaside' to The Messenger. Huntsville has enjoyed a week off following his victory in the Cane Pace. Schnittker said he doesn't expect any change in tactics for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show. "I never discuss that with Tim," Schnittker said, "but it sure would be nice to beat this guy sometime."    THE MEADOWS ADDS $15,000 GUARANTEE FOR FRIDAY PICK 5 On Friday, Aug. 18, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $6,757.59. In addition, Friday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 9-13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. Friday’s card begins at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Vodka N Lindy stalked the 6-5 favorite, Treviso, from the pocket, then shot by her in the Lightning Lane to pull off the 6-1 harness racing upset in Wednesday's $142,654 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady took the other division in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Meadow Bright. Treviso was looking to complete a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs and had the lead into mid-stretch. But Vodka N Lindy knifed inside for David Miller and scored in 1:54.3, a length better than the rallying Cool Cates. Treviso saved show. "I planned to stay in the pocket and take our chances from there," Miller said. "She needed to be first or second to make the (PASS) final, and she has gate speed. So I thought if I could leave and follow Treviso, I probably would be first or second." George Ducharme trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy for George Ducharme Stable, Paul Fontaine, Jim Winske and Winters Racing Stable. Pennsylvania's freshman champion, Fine Tuned Lady had banked more than $523,000 lifetime entering the Meadow Bright and was expected to enjoy a cakewalk at 2-5. But she couldn't shake the pocket-sitting The Erm and was all out to defeat her by a head in 1:55.2. Crann Tara recovered from an early break to earn show. "She wasn't as good today," said Corey Callahan, who piloted the daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "She got it done, but she was flat. She's allowed to have that, I guess." $100,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Wednesday's card also featured a stallion series event for sophomore filly trotters, and it became a showcase for Itsgoodtobequeen, who scorched her division in a stake-record 1:53.4. The other splits went to Miss Da Line, Dressed To Impress, Mimosa Hanover and Aight Hanover. Mike Wilder fashioned a stake double (Itsgoodtobequeen, Mimosa Hanover) among his four wins on the 13-race card. Itsgoodtobequeen, who added Lasix before an overnight victory in her last outing, gobbled up the leader, Broadway Concert, with an uncovered backside brush and rolled on to defeat Leet Hanover by 2-1/2 lengths, with Broadway Concert third. Although the time erased Choose Happy's previous stake record of 1:54.3, it did not shock Doug Hamilton, who conditions the daughter of Muscle Massive-Ucalthisahoneymoon for Jon Erdner, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck. "It really didn't surprise me," Hamilton said. "She's been good since we got her on Lasix. She's eligible to everything in Pennsylvania, plus if she's good enough, she can go to the filly division of the Kentucky Futurity." Miss Da Line had been experiencing breaking problems and had a brief, unhappy fling with hopples. She shed them for Wednesday's stake and took nary a bad step for Tony Hall, powering first up and jogging to a 5-length victory over Princess Aurora in 1:55.2 Temple Ruins completed the ticket. "She was a little warm, but as the gate moved on, she seemed to calm down to where I could put her in a hole," Hall said. "The hopples aggravated her, so they took them off. She was perfect today." Ray Paver trains Miss Da Line, a homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, for Harry Horowitz and Iris Horowitz. Dressed To Impress hadn't won a stake all year, but the daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp moved smartly first over for Miller and prevailed easily in a career-best 1:55.2. EZ Passer, the 4-5 favorite, recovered from a break to finish second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Vegan Hanover third. "I've had luck with her -- good trips and all," Miller said. "Maybe you have to catch her on the right days. She raced today better than any time I've ever raced her. If you give her a good trip, she'll give you a good effort. You can't get too crazy with her." Tim Lancaster trains Dressed To Impress for Andrea Lee Racing Stables and Lakefield Gore. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, whose stirring duel last month in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids created one of the most memorable races in the 51 editions of the classic, lock horns in a $140,828 PA Sires Stake. They've drawn into the same division, which goes as race 4. Special post time Friday is 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

This past week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured either Pennsylvania Sire Stakes or Stallion Series competition every racing night. It's always a lot of fun to see these harness racing two and three-year-olds going at it for big purses as they try to establish themselves among the stars of their age groups. It's also a reminder that Labor Day brings the two-year-old Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships to Pocono. In the meantime, here are the finest performances of the past week via the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: HOLD IT HANOVER In general, Stallion Series races are reserved for two and three-year-olds that are a notch below Sire Stakes level; that's reflected in the lower, but still substantial, purses for the Stallion Series races. But, in some cases, the Stallion Series serves as a great location for horses that may have started a bit later in their career than others but are suddenly demonstrating immense talent. That certainly seems to be the case for Hold It Hanover. This filly didn't race at age two, and made her debut in Canada this season as a sophomore, picking up one win in eight starts. But things started to transform when she arrived in Pennsylvania in July and joined the barn of trainer Michael Hall. After finishing fourth in her first start at Harrah's at Philadelphia, Hold It Hanover promptly ripped off three straight victories against non-winners of three fillies and mares. She then came to Pocono on August 8 and beat that same class from an outside post in a career-best 1:51:2. On Sunday night, she took on the Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing fillies for the first time and the domination continued. As the 2-5 favorite from an outside post in a field of seven, she overwhelmed the field on the front end by 5¾ lengths with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike. The winning time of 1:51 was easily the fastest Stallion series time of the night and was comparable to the times of Saturday night's Sire Stakes winners in the same division. With five wins in a row under her belt, the best way to classify Hold It Hanover is as tough to beat. Other top pacers this week include: Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who moved up in class and grinded out a first-over mile for his second straight condition victory on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:50:1; Scotty Lauxmont (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who scored his second consecutive condition win on Sunday night, moving up in class to win in a career-best 1:52:3; and First Class Horse (George Napolitano Jr. Tracy Brainard), whose condition win on Saturday night in 1:50 marked a career-best and the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: RIDGEWAY SPRINGS One can never tell when the light is going to come on for a struggling horse. In the case of Ridgeway Springs, it looked like he might dwell in darkness all year long. When he arrived at Pocono from The Meadowlands for a non-winners of $6,000 in the last five event on August 6, he was winless this season in 19 races. But the change of scenery must have helped, as the four-year-old gelding, who had just joined the Owen Eiler Jr. barn, made a three-wide back stretch move on his way to a win in a career-best 1:55:2 at 11-1. On Sunday night, Ridgeway Springs took on a different challenge, battling the non-winners of five for a purse of $16,000. Those are much bigger stakes than what he's used to seeking, so it was somewhat understandable that he was let go at 13-1 despite the win in his last start. Driver Anthony Napolitano had the gelding ready to roll, however, pushing him to the front early and then settling into the pocket after race favorite Rosesareexplosive grabbed the lead on the front stretch. Some first-over pressure from Centurion Hanover softened up Rosesareexplosive, all while Ridgeway Springs relaxed in the pocket. In the stretch, Ridgeway Springs uncorked his best move and slid past Rosesareexplosive to win by three-parts of a length. In doing so, he matched his career-best 1:55:2 time from the previous week. After two straight victories at double-digit odds, hope springs anew for this suddenly red-hot trotter. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Up Front Billy (Anthony Napolitano, Mark Ford), who scored a condition win on Saturday night in a brisk 1:53:1; Windsongmusclelady (George Napolitano Jr., Hunter Oakes), a mare who followed up a win at Harrah's with a victory in Monday night's featured claiming handicap trot in 1:52:3, a new career-best and the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono; and Frac (Anthony Napolitano, Jim Ray), who stepped up the condition ladder to win his second straight on Tuesday night in 1:55. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: CAN I SAY With Anthony Morgan in the bike, this trotting mare beat a field of boys to win a condition event at 29-1 on Saturday night, paying off $60 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. On Sunday night's card, which featured some top drivers shipping in for the Stallion Series races, Pocono's top driver asserted his dominance by winning eight of the 14 races on the program. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: NIFTY NORMAN Among Norman's four training victories at Pocono this week were back-to-back Stallion Series wins on Sunday night with sophomore filly pacers Bridge To Tomorrow and Perplexed. 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

WILKES-BARRE PA - Scuola Hanover, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - So Artsi who cost $12,000 as a yearling, opened a big lead in the stretch, then held off the previously-unbeaten $550,000 yearling Come See The Show (Somebeachsomewhere - Put On A Show) in taking one of three divisions of the third preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stake for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Double A Mint took the lead away from Come See The Show past a 28 opener, then strolled to a 58.1 half and still had no challengers until past the 5/8. That's when Scuola Hanover (whose dam So Artsi was a winner of $3,67G and who is a half-sister to the well-remembered Grand Circuit champion Dancinwiththestarz) and driver David Miller unleashed a lightning burst, reaching the leader by the 1:26.4 ¾ and then able to go right on by, with Come See The Show, who was a trifle slow in finding high gear when the pace rapidly accelerated on the full turn, stuck in the pocket behind Double A Mint and pinned in by the gapping second-over Elysium Seelster. Once extricated just past headstretch, Come See The Show put on a very good stretch show, but the 17-1 Scuola Hanover had opened just too big a lead, and with a 27 last quarter completing the 1:53.4 mile, held off the chalk by 1¼ lengths, with Double A Mint that same distance behind the place horse in third. Scuola Hanover, who had a second and third in her previous two PaSS starts, stamped herself as a major divisional player while taking a new mark in the big victory for trainer Andrew Stafford, co-owner with Arthur Stafford and Thomas Ireland. Another well-bred filly, the Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue miss Rainbow Room, had been with Come See The Show the only two freshmen to win in the Sires first leg, but she was scratched sick in her division. Cutslikeaknife, out of the mare Whetstone Hanover and giving sire A Rocknroll Dance a Sires siring double, took her second straight PaSS prelim, racing on the lead and coming home in 54.4 - 27 to squelch the pocket rocket bid of Alexa's Power by a nose in a personal best 1:53 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Bruce Saunders, owners Charles, Julie, and Francene Nash, and fans of Bryan Adams. The Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate filly Kissin In The Sand, making her PA Sires debut after winning two Kindergarten legs, rallied from the pocket to defeat pacesetting Strong Opinion by ¾ of a length, with her time of 1:52.4 the fastest in the three divisions but the only one not a personal mark, "Kissin" having won in 1:51.4 at The Meadowlands. Yannick Gingras had sulky duty for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stable. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2017 -- Pedro Hanover overwhelmed the leader with an eye-popping backside burst that carried him to victory in 1:51, the fastest split in Monday's $156,765 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Dorsoduro Hanover and Karpathian Kid taking the other splits. Pedro Hanover was fifth by 6 lengths when Dave Palone sent him uncovered after Wes Delight on the point. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Paula's Best gobbled up Wes Delight, paced strongly to the wire and defeated him by 2-1/4 lengths, with This Is The Plan third. "Orders from the home court were he likes to follow, he's better that way," Palone said. "I was licking my chops when they got to battling with each other with opening fractions of 26/54.3. It looked like he has a good set of lungs. I thought I had one horse to beat, and I wanted to take my shot at it. I wanted to be first over after the fast half." Andrew Harris trains Pedro Hanover for Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero. Pedro Hanover Shuffled to fourth in the final turn, Dorsoduro Hanover appeared headed for a minor award when a wide-open Lightning Lane beckoned. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss poured through for Matt Kakaley and pulled off the 8-1 upset, breaking his maiden in 1:51.2. The first-over Hayden Hanover was second, beaten a length, with Venier Hanover third. "We thought this was our best colt at the beginning of the year, but it's been a disaster," said Ron Burke, who trains Dorsoduro Hanover, a $100,000 yearling purchase, for Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnell & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Wingfield Five. "Last week he was better, and I suggested to Matt that we give him a chance this week. I think we're turning the corner with him. We have him staked to everything." Dorsoduro Hanover Karpathian Kid broke his bridesmaid's streak -- four career starts, four seconds -- when he powered to the lead at the quarter for David Miller and easily downed the 2-5 favorite, Kwik Talkin, by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.2. Disorder completed the ticket. "I noticed that the horse sitting on my back beat Karpathian Kid last week," Miller said. "So going into the last turn, I wanted to get a length or two on him, get away from him a bit. It worked. I got a little bit of real estate on him." Erv Miller conditions Karpathian Kid, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Vysoke Tatry who helped give his dad a PASS sire's sweep, for David Prushnok, John Prushnok, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means. Karpathian Kid Undefeated Done Well Scratched In other PASS news Monday, top freshman colt Done Well, who is undefeated in four starts and was hoping to complete a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs, was scratched after x-rays disclosed what trainer Brian Brown called a possible "stress line" in his left hind cannon bone. The line may or may not indicate a fracture. "We'll x-ray him again Wednesday to make sure," Brown said. "If the line is confirmed, we'll stop with him because even if the bone isn't fractured, it will break if we push on with him." Done Well dominated his PASS splits, winning by a combined margin of 10-1/2 lengths. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There were two divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Sunday afternoon. Each going for a purse of approximately $70,000. The first division was won by Chris Beaver trainee Moonshiner Hanover (Andy Miller). The son of Andover Hall wasted little time getting involved. He went to the front end setting fractions of :26.4, :56.4, and 1:24.2 en-route to a lifetime's best 1:53.3. Snowstorm Hanover (Tyler Buter) rallied for second, while Sir John F (Yannick Gingras) finished third. It was the fourth career win for Moonshiner Hanover, with career earnings of approximately $375,000. He is owned by Synerco Ventures, Bill Manes, and Chris Beaver. The second division was won by upsetter Meteoric (Andy McCarthy). The gelded son of Explosive Matter-Must Be Hot brushed to the front end, drawing off to win by over two lengths in 1:53.3. Muscles Jared (Chris Lems) finished second, while Shake It Off Lindy (Simon Allard) was third. It was the fifth career tally for the Richard Johnson trainee, with earnings now above $120,000. He is owned by Mahlon Martin and David Hoover. In other news, veteran pacer Tell Us More (George Napolitano Jr) won his tenth straight on Sunday in a $20,000 - $25,000 claiming event. There were 7 claims filed on the 7-year-old gelded son of Tell All-Liberated Leah. He was claimed for $6,000 back on January 11th at The Meadows. Since then, he has won 15 of 18 races for 7 different trainers. His new owner is Betty Tauber (Trainer: Mike Russo). Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2017 -- A trio of long shots -- Scirocco Bob (20-1), Fashion Woodchopper (15-1) and Toast Of Lindy (13-1), a combined 1-9 lifetime entering the day -- laid waste to the favorites by sweeping the three harness racing divisions of Saturday's $165,152 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. David Miller enjoyed a double (Scirocco Bob, Fashion Woodchopper) in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Florida Pro. Scirocco Bob may have been the least likely winner, given that he had finished off the board in his two previous PASS encounters and remained a maiden. But he left alertly for early position, powered first over past Lawmaker down the backside and held off that rival late to defeat him by a neck. Rose Run Tyrone earned show. The time of 1:55.2 was just two ticks off Correctamundo's world record for 2-year-old geldings on a five-eighths-mile track, a mark set at The Meadows that has stood since 2009. "I don't know what got into him today," Miller said. "Before, he'd been very quiet, kind of timid. Today he was charging at the gate and raced unbelievable. I would have sat in but I couldn't even hold him in a hole." John Butenschoen trains the son of Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties for Lewis Whitaker, Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. Scirocco Bob Fashionwoodchopper overcame an eventful trip, as he was bothered past the half and forced wide. Then, without cover, he wore down the 1-5 favorite, Samo Different Day, to down him by three-quarter lengths and break his maiden in 1:56.4. Max's Beast earned show. "All year training down, I thought he was my best colt," said Jim Campbell who conditions the son of Donato Hanover-Woodshopper for Fashion Farms. "He has the speed and a great attitude, so the first-over part didn't bother me. But he's very green and still learning. He went a helluva trip today, and it didn't surprise me. He has a lot of ability but hasn't been ready to go with it." Fashionwoodchopper Toast Of Lindy, who came alive with a PASS triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia in his most recent outing, took a more conventional path to victory, shooting the Lightning Lane to score for Andy Miller in 1:56.4. Maxus, the 1-2 public choice, was 1/2 length back in second while Crystal Fashion rallied for show. "Last time I got him to the front, and he really fought good there," Andy Miller said. "That really broke him loose. Then he got the nice two-hole trip today, and he was loaded when he got to the open stretch. He's a pretty nice horse. He'll make a little money, I think." Julie Miller conditions Toast Of Lindy, a son of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy, for Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable. Toast Of Lindy Elsewhere on the card, Call For Justice extended his Meadows win streak to nine by capturing the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:54. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mike's Mazurka vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features the Tyler B, a $156,765 PASS for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Caviart Ally and Agent Q both posted their second victories in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, winning their divisions of the third preliminary leg Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Caviart Ally, who jumped into the national consciousness with her 196-1 second behind Agent Q in the Lynch Championship here at Pocono on July 1, here brushed to the lead with a 26.2 buzz down the backstretch for driver Andrew McCarthy, then held off a late charge from Way Bettor, in her first Sire Stakes start for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh, by a neck in 1:51, knocking a second off her lifetime mark, with Inverse Hanover another ¾ of a length back in third. The victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight broke in the first Sires leg, her seasonal debut, then won in her second Sires start at The Meadows. With this victory she now has a career bankroll of $324,075 for trainer Noel Daley and Caviart Farms. Agent Q won her initial Sire Stakes outing at Philly, then skipped the second leg to try the Fan Hanover fillies at Mohawk, where she missed a nose in the final. But since that photo setback the Western Terror filly has not lost, posting victories in her Lynch elim and the Championship, the Mistletoe Shalee, and on Saturday a 1:50.4 triumph. She was moved to the lead past the ¼ by driver Scott Zeron and defeated early leader Bettors Up by 1¾ lengths, with 2016 North American champion Idyllic Beach another ¾ of a length back in third. Aaron Lambert is the trainer of the consistent and fast miss (19-9-9-0 in her career), with earnings of $853,679 for Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. After three prelims, Inverse Hanover and tonight's two winners have firmly established themselves atop the pointwinners ladder, with Inverse Hanover's third added to a second and first to put her atop with 75 points, one ahead of Caviart Ally, with Agent Q at 70. The real donnybrook in the division's final prelim at The Meadows on August 26 will be horses trying to make a big showing to get into the rich Championship race, with the eighth (and final for the Championship) pointwinner now with 35 points - and no fewer than 12 others currently within ten points (a fourth-place finish)! The $20,000 overnight pacing feature saw the turnaround story of Mr Julian complete another successful chapter, as the son of I Scoot Hanover moved to the lead after a 26.1 quarter by Major Uptrend, posted middle splits of 53.3 and 1:21.2, and then hold off the potential pocket rocket by a neck in 1:50.1. Trainer Jason Johnson, who owns the horse as Jason L. Johnson Inc., claimed the horse for $7500 at The Meadowlands on June 23, lost him to a $7500 claim on July 1, went right back in to get him for $7500 on July 8, then saw him blast off in class, continuing his recent record to 8-7-1-0-$37,287 - after the five-year-old had earned $75,930 in his first 84 trips behind the starting gate. PHHA / Pocono

There were 3 divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for the harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters on Thursday, August 10 at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of roughly $54,000. In the first division, it was S M S Princess (Ake Svanstedt) picking up her first career win. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Won an Done was given a ground-saving steer the majority of the mile, as Julie Miller trainee Strawberry Hanover set a deliberate tempo (:28.4 / :56.2 / 1:25). S M S Hanover angled out after clearing past the three-quarter poll to split rivals for the win. Megadolce (Dave Miller) closed well for second, while Strawberry Hanover (Andy Miller) was third. S M S Princess is owned by Trainer Ake Svanstedt and Stall Musse Inc. She paid $8.40 to win In the second division, Nifty Norman trainee Live Love Laugh (Dave Miller) completed a long, persistent grind to break her maiden. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Shes Gone Again engaged leader (and favorite) Follow Streak (Andy Miller) at the 5/8ths marker, clearing just over 1/8th of a mile remaining. Live Laugh Love held off a rallying Bill's Lady (Tim Tetrick) to win by a length in 1:55. Follow Streak held third. Live Laugh Love ($18.00) is owned by Melvin Hartman, Dave Mc Duffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. The third division saw Chris Beaver trainee Zoe Bi (George Napolitano Jr.) use the passing lane to her advantage. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia Bi drafted in behind the speed of the favorite Seviyorum (Andy Miller) to pick up the victory in 1:56. It was a lifetime mark in her fourth career victory in five starts. Zoe Bi out closed the Jimmy Takter driven Basquiat in the final strides, while Hey Blondie (Andy McCarthy) rallied for third. Zoe Bi ($12.20) is owned by Marion Beachy, Synerco Ventures Inc., and Chris Beaver. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had four wins on the afternoon. Michael Bozich    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2017 — Rainbow Room blistered the back half in 54.4 en route to the fastest victory in Tuesday’s $158,254 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman filly pacers, known as The Meadow Cheer, was contested over three divisions, with Come See The Show and Cuts Like A Knife taking the other splits, both for Tim Tetrick. Rainbow Room, a Somebeachsomewhere daughter of 2004 Horse of The Year Rainbow Blue, hadn’t faced the starter since she won a July 18 PASS leg at The Meadows. When she found herself sitting third in a sluggish 29 opening panel, she zipped to the front at the quarter for David Miller and jogged from there, scoring in 1:53.2. Early leader Majorsspeciallady was 2-3/4 lengths back in second, with Bye Hanover third. “She got home really well,” said Joe Holloway who trains Rainbow Room, a $100,000 yearling acquisition, for Crawford Farms Racing, Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. “It was good to see her strong to the wire. She’s versatile — that’s the best thing about her. She’ll go to the next leg of the sires stakes at Pocono; after that, we’ll choose between a stake at Hoosier and the She’s A Great Lady, and then to the Red Mile.” It was the third victory in four career starts for Rainbow Room. Come See The Show is no slouch in the pedigree department — she’s a Somebeachsomewhere daughter of Put On A Show, a 2010 divisional champion with a lifetime bankroll of nearly $2.46 million. In her previous outings, including two baby races and a PASS win in her pari-mutuel debut, she hadn’t been worse than fourth at any point. In the Meadow Cheer, however. she got away sixth. She calmly followed the live cover of Sansovina Hanover and accelerated wide through the lane to triumph in 1:54.2, downing Sansovina Hanover by 3-1/4 lengths, with She’s In For Life third. “I loved that trip because that’s actually the way we train her,” said winning conditioner Linda Toscano. “She loves a target. We’ve worked on getting her relaxed and following horses and then sprinting home. It was a perfect trip for her today.” She indicated Come See The Show also would be pointed to the next PASS leg. Joann Young and Richard Young bred and own Come See The Show. Cuts Like A Knife provided the stake’s tote board excitement when, at 10-1, she rallied strongly through the stretch and pulled off the upset in 1:53.4. Double A Mint was second, 1/2 length in arrears, while Scuola Hanover completed the ticket. Bruce Saunders trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Whetstone Hanover for the Nashes — Charles, Julie and Francene. “She was a little hot earlier, but Bruce got her calmed down,” Tetrick said. “When she was training down, he kept telling me how nice she was. She’s starting to prove that. She’s got some talent, and she’s letting me do my job driving her.” In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl won for the 21st time over the past two years, matching her career best 1:53.3 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie extended her career bankroll to $499,108. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 14-race program. Wednesday’s card at The Meadows features eight divisions of a $160,000 PA Stallion series stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Evan Pattak

WILKES-BARRE PA - Imagine you're the harness racing trainer of one of the favorites for the Little Brown Jug, the Triple Crown race held in your home town of Delaware OH, and you've got a colt who has a string of impressive stakes successes. Brian Brown must feel pretty good right now. Oh, wait - we were talking about the 2018 Little Brown Jug, and the Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover colt Done Well, who's now four-for-four lifetime after a tough 1:53.4 victory in one of three divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Monday night over a sloppy surface at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. (Brown seems likely to be in the thick of the 2017 Jug talk too, it seems, what with Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside.) Done Well indeed "done well" again Monday, getting away third in a five-horse field and then moving uncovered at the 5/8. Despite the raw overland journey, Done Well showed individual back fractions of 55 - 27.3 to win handily for James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith while raising his earnings to $93,782. The winning margin was 5¼ lengths, but that needs to come with a footnote - Pennsylvania fair sensation Venier Hanover was closing strongly and had just gotten to second past This Is The Plan when he made a break 50 yards out from the wire, falling back to third (an inquiry indicated no violation of the breaking rules). Without the break, the winning margin may have been about 3 - 3½ lengths, which still says "much the best" in any race. Taking speed honors by a tick in the sloppy-track Monday stakes was the Bettor's Delight-Maid West colt Wes Delight, posting his second straight win for trainer Mark Harder, who co-owns with Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. Yannick Gingras got away second then was "quarter-mover #1" with Wes Delight, making the top then yielding to "QM #2" Wild Bill. Gingras was content to sit in the two-hole until the famed Pocono Pike came, and then got his horse to quickly respond to the tenacious first-up bid of Nutcracker Sweet, posting a neck decision in the 1:53.3 mile. Sheppard Final winner Kwik Talkin boosted the earnings in his brief career to $110,480 while running his scorecard to 6-5-1-0 and equaling his mark of 1:53.4 in the third and final division. First-over had done well in the two early divisions with a win and a photoed second, and that was the route driver Scott Zeron used with the son of Well Said-Kwik Dial, overhauling pacesetter Karpathian Kid by a length using a 27.3 personal back quarter for trainer Rob Harmon and owners Scott and Lisa Henry, Robert Robinson, and Jacqueline Dinelle. The quality and evenness of the competition behind Done Well in this Sires division is reflected in the fact that no other horse has more than one victory after the three prelims, and in fact the two colts tied for second in the pointstandings are This Is The Plan and Karpathian Kid, who each have three seconds. With 8 horses within 11 points in 5th through 12th position in the standings, and eight qualifying for the divisional Championship (to be held at Pocono on Labor Day), the last prelim, to be held on Monday the 14th at The Meadows, should produce some spectacular racing. PHHA

WILKES-BARRE PA - "2017 Harness Stakes Life AHD (After Hambletonian Day)" will have as an opening attraction Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old colt pacers racing in the third leg of their respective series, with five divisions of Stallion Series harness racing action on Sunday and three sections of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Monday. In Sunday's Stallion Series contests, the only double winner so far, will start from post four for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Mark Hall in the eleventh race division. The Well Said gelding will be looking to regain the road to redemption, having made a break in the Arden Downs stake on Adios Day at The Meadows after those two Stallion Series victories. The race before that will feature the only clash of previous Stallion Series winners, Grand Teton (PP1, driver Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter) and Trajectory (PP3, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke). Each of Monday's three Sire Stakes races has its own tale. Perhaps the most compelling is that of Wild Bill, starting from post two in the third race for driver Done Well and trainer Brian Brown. The Well Said colt is undefeated in three starts (two of them in the Sire Stakes, putting him at the top of his group), and he shows early signs of giving Brown another chance in his biggest hometown race (he trains in Delaware, Ohio) after the two big shots he may get this season. In the fourth race, the full brother to Cane Pace winner Huntsville, Wild Bill, starts from the rail. He had been undefeated in two career purse starts, but then was not at his best in an Arden Downs division, finishing fifth. Trainer Ray Schnittker usually uses driver Tetrick (as he did with Huntsville in the Cane), but Tetrick opted off Wild Bill when he had a conflict July 13, and Scott Zeron will once again be back in Wild Bill's sulky Monday. The horse that Tetrick did book himself on against Wild Bill, Nutcracker Sweet, finished second to Wild Bill that day, but has since come back to win a Meadowlands overnight, and he will start from post five for trainer Jimmy Takter. Race five has no fewer than four stakes winners: PA Sires winners Pro Beach (PP3, Gingras) and Pedro Hanover (PP6, Tetrick); Sheppard winner Kwik Talkin (PP4, Zeron); and Arden Downs winner Whatstroublnurocky, another Brian Brown horse (PP4, David Miller). PHHA / Pocono

The opening day of harness racing Sunday at the Clearfield County Fair featured six different winning drivers and a pair of horses picking up their maiden victories during the 7-race Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotters card. Only Roger Hammer, the 12-time Buster DiSalvo Trophy winner, nabbed more than one victory — getting two — while Wayne Long, Wilbur Yoder, Rick Beinhauer, Chris Shaw and Cory Kreiser all claimed one. Long started the day by guiding Grapple Hanover to a 2 1/2-length victory in the Earl Hallstrom Memorial. The 2-year-old bay colt made its move at the halfway point of the race, coming from third to take a lead it never relinquished, finishing in a time of 2:05 — the day’s quickest. It was the third win in five starts for Grapple Hanover. Undefeated Hockey Hanover took center stage in the next race, the Cecilia “Cece” Lizotte Memorial and went wire-to-wire to go 6-for-6 this year. Yoder drove Hockey Hanover across the line in 2:08.4, beating Aaron Johnston and Dream Smasher by 2 1/4 lengths. Hammer earned his first win of the day in the Walter Jackson Sr. Memorial, taking Selka Song on a wire-to-wire drive to give the bay filly her maiden victory. Selka Song crossed the line 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Johnston and Woman Possessed in a time of 2:07.1. The next race — the Ernest L. Peterson Jr. Memorial — featured the largest margin of victory for the 7-race program. Beinhauer piloted Won the War to the win in a time of 2:07.2, pulling away from Dave Brickell aboard Secret Cookie to beat them by 3 1/4 lengths. It was the second win in seven starts for Won The War, which charged to the lead on the first turn and never looked back. Shaw, last year’s DiSalvo Trophy winner, got on the board in The Progress Trot, taking Triple T Lightning to his maiden victory in a time of 2:11.4. Shaw and Triple T Lightning stalked race leader Hashtag Fast, driven by Hammer, for much of the race before a wild turn of events down the back stretch transpired. Schoeffel and Possess the Goal, who broke on the first turn, came on strong down the back stretch and went with Shaw and Triple T Lightning as they took to the outside in an attempt to overtake Hammer. As the pass was being made, Hashtag Fast broke stride and dove into the infield grass as the rest of the field dashed on by, Shaw and Schoeffel battled through the last turn before Triple T Lightning was able to pull away for the 2 3/4-length victory. Hashtag Fast recovered and came around to finish the race, but was officially given a did not finish for going through the infield. Kreiser and Matter Of Lindy followed with a victory in the sixth race — the A. E. “Gus” Mellott Memorial. The duo trailed Robert Rougeaux III and Center Hanover for much of the race before a hard charge down the back stretch enabled them to take the lead. The bay colt crossed the finish line in 2:11.2, beating Rougeaux III and Center Hanover by 2 1/2 lengths. It was the second win in six starts for Matter Of Lindy. Hammer closed out the program by taking the lead in the race for the DiSalvo Trophy, given to the driver with the most wins over the four-day event, taking Blow Back to a wire-to-wire victory in the Robert Luce Memorial. Blow Back’s time was 2:08.0. It was the second win in seven starts for the brown filly. The total purse for Sunday’s card was $29,600. Today’s harness racing action is scheduled for a noon start. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt trot A Earl Hallstrom Memorial 1. Grapple Hanover (Wayne Long), 2:05.0. 2. American Brexit (Eric Neal). 3. Eiffel Hanover (Steve Schoeffel). 4. Willie B Worthy (Harold Brocklehurst). 5. Yougottabecrazy (Cory Kreiser). Cecilia “Cece” Lizotte Memorial 1. Hockey Hanover (Wilbur Yoder), 2:08.4. 2. Dream Smasher (Aaron Johnston). 3. Exuberance (Brady Brown). 4. Mcadoo (Robert Baggitt Jr.) 5. Dandolo Hanover (Schoeffel). 2-year-old filly trot A Walter Jackson Sr. Memorial 1. Selka Song (Roger Hammer), 2:07.1. 2. Woman Possessed (Johnston). 3. Crazed Creek (Long). 4. Tell Me Something (Jim Daugherty). 5. Andovermizbrenda (Neal). Ernest L. Peterson Jr. Memorial 1. Won The War (Rick Beinhauer), 2:07. 2. 2. Secret Cookie (Dave Brickell). 3. Lightning Lois (Schoeffel). 4. Mad Momma (Hammer). 5. Broadway Voyage (Chris Shaw). 2-year-old colt trot B The Progress 1. Triple T Lightning (Shaw), 2:11.4. 2. Possess The Goal (Schoeffel). 3. Undisputed (Brown). DNF. Hashtag Fast (Hammer). A. E. “Gus” Mellott Jr. Memorial 1. Matter of Lindy (Kreiser), 2:11.2. 2. Center Hanover (Robert Rougeaux III). 3. Hesaboynamedsioux (Shaw). 4. U Mad Hanover (Hammer). 2-year-old filly trot B Robert Luce Memorial 1. Blow Back (Hammer) 2:08.0. 2. Worldly Hanover (Brocklehurst). 3. Explosive Bubbles (Schoeffel). 4. Halfway (Brown).   By Rich Murawski    Reprinted with permission of The Progress News

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2017 -- Done Well did well again, extending his career unbeaten streak to three with an impressive win in Saturday's $159,165 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over three divisions, with Closing Statement and Pedro Hanover taking the other splits. Tim Tetrick enjoyed a PASS double behind Done Well and Pedro Hanover. Done Well had won two stakes with mid-pack moves, but Tetrick sent him to the front from post 8. It took the entire first quarter for him to pocket Karpathian Kid, but he easily kept him there to down him by 2 lengths in a stake-fastest 1:52 over a sloppy surface. Better Watch Out earned show. Done Well The victory contributed to a big day for winning trainer Brian Brown, whose top-ranked 3-year-old, Fear The Dragon, won an Adios elimination later in the card. "We've had lots of horses in the past who looked great and trained down great," Brown said of the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover. "But this one has never disappointed us. We've loved him from the beginning." James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith campaign Done Well, a $45,000 yearling acquisition. Closing Statement also was stuck outside during his first panel, but he was strong enough to hold off the previously undefeated Kwik Talkin by a length in 1:52.4 for David Miller. Early leader Lucky Leonard completed the ticket. "I wasn't worried about the first quarter," said Joe Holloway, who conditions the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton, a $120,000 yearling acquisition for Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz. "I thought that was just David waiting until things settled down." Closing Statement Pedro Hanover broke stride from post 8 in his last start yet rallied strongly outside to finish third. He was flat and even more powerful from post 8 in the Albatross, plucking off horses to score in 1:52.2 for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero. "That break last time, that was just some green stuff," Tetrick said. "He showed what he could do." Pedro Hanover In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief outkicked his stablemate, Lincolnjames, to beat him by 1-1/2 lengths, with Techtor Hanover third. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Tanek. With the victory, the 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Hawk's Red Chief Dave Palone and Tetrick each collected four wins on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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