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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2016 -- Broadway Donna earned her second straight Pennsylvania championship Saturday at The Meadows when she followed live cover and roared through the lane to capture the $252,000 PA Sires Stakes final for the harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The Meadows hosted all four PASS championships and consolations for 3-year-olds, with total purses of more than $1.2 million. Call Me Queen Be, Check Six and Cufflink Hanover also earned titles. David Miller picked up a pair of championships behind Broadway Donna and Cufflink Hanover. Broadway Donna won nine of 10 starts at 2 and pocketed the divisional Dan Patch Award. But she had taken only two of six starts this year, prompting trainer Jim Campbell to add Lasix before her last race. In Saturday's championship, Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner looked stronger, blowing by the first-over Womans Will to triumph in 1:53.4. Miss Tezsla rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Womans Will saved show. "She was more like herself today, and I'm very happy with the way she raced," Campbell said. "David thought he would be racing her from behind, and he drove her absolutely perfect. We didn't make any equipment changes. We just thought we had to get her healthy more than anything else." He indicated Broadway Donna, who now has banked $800,894, will have a few weeks off before her next scheduled engagements at the Red Mile. A look at the other championship action: PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Call Me Queen Be had routinely been coming up a bit short to the division's glamor girls, Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach, so it was no wonder she was dismissed at 14-1. But leaving from the rail with the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl, winning driver Scott Zeron had a plan -- take the point and release no one. "I timed the gate pretty good with my horse," he said, "and when I got away where I did and saw the horse outside me jumping some stuff in the first turn, it made my decision to keep on trucking. Trip was the difference, having the rail and being able to control what we wanted to do. At the same time, my filly had to be on her game today, and she was." Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach were forced three wide down the backside, and though Darlinonthebeach eventually cleared to the lead, Call Me Queen Be had plenty of pop left for a charge through the Lightning Lane. She prevailed for trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham in 1:49.1, fastest ever in The Meadows' editions of the championship and just a tick off the track record. Pure Country was second, beaten a neck, while the hard-used Darlinonthebeach had to settle for show. Call Me Queen Be extended her career earnings to $673,382. PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers With Yannick Gingras at the helm, Check Six did what he does best -- win money. Though he may lack a signature victory, Check Six pushed his lifetime bankroll to $865,922 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. Moreover, The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna endured a blistering opening panel of 25.4 to get the job done in 1:50, a lifetime mark. "He'll make $1 million at 2 and 3 despite having a major screw-up at 2 when he stepped on a nail," Burke said. "He's a good horse." Western Fame was a length back in second while JK Will Power, another Burke pupil, earned show. Burke, who had five starters in the championship, said he and his ownership groups expect to sell most of their 3-year-olds when their stakes seasons are completed. "I have a lot of top pacers, and I can't keep them all," he said. "I've become more of a young-horse stable, so I'll probably sell all these and continue to build from the bottom. I may keep Fernando Hanover. He's one I think I haven't got everything out of yet." PASS Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Cufflink Hanover used a Get Out of Jail Free card to claim his title for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Crawford Farms. He got it near the three-quarters, when the horse on the outside pinning him on the cones, Milligan's School, broke stride. That provided the son of Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire an escape route. He made the most of it, blitzing by the leader, Love Matters, and downing him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3, matching his career best. Hollywood Highway finished third. Miller indicated he was confident he would have found racing room without the fortuitous break of Milligan's School. "There's a big old passing lane," he said. "If you got horse, don't worry about it." Miller, who owned a share of Cufflink Hanover before selling it to Crawford Farms, said he has no second thoughts about the transaction. " I'm very happy for the owners," he said. "I'm very glad he's done well for them." PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The PASS consolations, each worth $50,000, provided excitement aplenty. Desert Runner tallied in 1:53.1, fastest ever in The Meadows' editions of PASS championships for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, while Yankee Moonshine matched the local stake record of 1:51.2 for filly pacers. Windowshopper (filly trot) and More Dragon (colt and gelding pace) took the other consolations . . . Burke fashioned a five-bagger on the 15-race card while Dave Palone collected four wins. They teamed to take the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace with Lincolnjames . . . With the completion of the PASS championships, The Meadows will take a planned three-week break from live racing. The track and its Harmar off-track facility will be open throughout the hiatus for simulcast viewing and wagering. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, Oct. 3. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2016 -- All four Pennsylvania juvenile champions -- Pure Country, Broadway Donna, Ideal Jimmy, Lagerfeld -- will defend their titles in Saturday's $1,208,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships for harness racing 3-year-olds at The Meadows. Each division sports a $252,000 final and a $50,000 consolation. First post is 1 PM. Diamond Creek Racing's Pure Country is perhaps the flashiest of the quartet -- she was undefeated in 10 starts at 2 and a consensus pick for the Dan Patch Award for freshman filly pacers. This year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana has been human, so to speak, losing six of 13 races. Yet several of her defeats have come in top stakes against males, several others from extreme outside post positions. She enters the PASS final off a hard-earned 1:49.2 victory in the Simcoe, which extended her career bankroll to more than $1.48 million. Jimmy Takter, who trains Pure Country and Lagerfeld, said he still regards Pure Country as the divisional leader. "She's been pretty decent against the best horses in the sport," Takter said. "It's a little bit more difficult to be dominant as a 3-year-old. She did quite well against the boys, but with those outside posts, what can you do? She's very professional. She should be a serious factor on Saturday." Pure Country goes from post 4 in race 6, with Brett Miller aboard. Lagerfeld prevailed in a PASS championship that got messy, picking up the pieces left by multiple breakers. At 3, though, he's had several noteworthy performances for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding, including thirds in the Yonkers Trot final and a Hambletonian elimination. "He won a couple early then did some stupid things, broke in a couple starts," Takter said of the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita. "He had a pretty good Hambletonian -- came home in 26.3 -- and wasn't too far off in the Yonkers Trot. He's raced well at The Meadows before." Mark MacDonald will pilot Lagerfeld from post 7 in race 10. It will be a busy afternoon for Takter; of the 32 horses scheduled to compete in the championships, the Hall of Famer conditions eight of them. Asked to recommend any of his starters who may be beneath the radar, he suggested Love Matters, who'll compete against Lagerfeld in the colt and gelding trot. "I think he's ready for a good mile," Takter said. "I might consider him a better shot than Lagerfeld." Broadway Donna romped to nine wins in 10 starts wins to start her career and earned a divisional championship. The going has been tougher for her this year; Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner has two wins in six starts. Broadway Donna added Lasix before her last start, when she finished second to 20-1 long shot Black Broadway "She didn't have her usual kick finishing," said her trainer, Jim Campbell. "She may need another start on Lasix. She's had a good week so far. I don't see any reason why she wouldn't (have a big race)." She'll leave from post 6 in race 6 for David Miller Ideal Jimmy, trained by Erv Miller for D.R. Van Witzenburg, may be the most unlikely of the quartet to repeat. Not only did he make the final without a PASS victory this season, but he's also winless in 11 starts overall this year. Plus, he must deal with five contenders from the powerful Ron Burke stable; four of the Burke quintet started in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding drew post 6 in race 9 with Corey Callahan in the sulky. The fields for Saturday's PASS championships, in post position order, with drivers and trainers: PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers (Race 6) 1. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 2. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Nancy Johansson 3. Lispatty - McArdle - Mark MacDonald - Gilberto-Garcia Herrera 4. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 5. Newborn Sassy - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King 6. Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - John Campbell - Chris Ryder 7. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - Jim Pantaleano - Matias Ruiz 8. Shesasmokinlady - McArdle - Ray Paver - Ray Paver 9 (AE) Skinny Dipper - Somebeachsomewhere - Andrew McCarthy - Ross Croghan 10 (AE) Shezarealdeal - Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters (Race 8) 1. Ginny Weasley - Andover Hall - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt 2. Kathy Parker - Andover Hall - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 3. Spicedbourbongirl - Cantab Hall - Jeff Gregory - Jeff Gregory 4. Sunset Glider - Cantab Hall - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 5. Black Broadway - Broadway Hall - Corey Callahan - Michael Eaton 6. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jim Campbell 7. Womans Will - Donato Hanover - Andy Miller - Julie Miller 8. Miss Tezsla - Andover Hall - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9 (AE) Ultimate Shopper - Yankee Glide - Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon 10 (AE) Hot Curry - Muscle Massive - Ron Burke - Ron Burke   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers (Race 9) 1. Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Tony Hall - Nicholas DeVita 2. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick - Ron Burke 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Ron Burke 4. JK Will Power - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Ron Burke 5. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Ideal Jimmy - Western Ideal - Corey Callahan - Erv Miller 7. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 8. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 9. (AE) Arthur Pendragon - Dragon Again - Dan Altmeyer - Dan Altmeyer 10. (AE) More Dragon - Dragon Again - Dave Palone - Ron Burke   PASS Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters (Race 10) 1. Milligan's School - Yankee Glide - Andy Miller - Julie Miller 2. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen 3. Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - David Miller - Chris Oakes 5. Hollywood Highway - Muscle Massive - John Campbell - Staffan Lind 6. Truemass Volo - Muscle Massive - Matt Kakaley - Doug Hamilton 7. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 8. Reigning Moni - Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9. (AE) Taco Tuesday - Cantab Hall - Tim Tetrick - Frank Antonacci 10. (AE) Tight Lines - Yankee Glide - Jeff Gregory Jeff Gregory Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

Harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters were in action on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The four divisions for Pennsylvania sire stake trotters each went for a purse of approximately $46,000. The first division saw a track record performance by Muscles Jared (John Campbell). The gelded son of Muscle Massive was coming into the event off of 3 straight impressive wins against similar competition. Starting from post 7, he was able to find an early spot fourth. After riding the pylons for a half, he was tipped to the outside, where he began his uncovered grind. The George Ducharme trainee seized command at the top of the stretch, and went on to win going away in 1:55.2, beating the track record for freshman gelding trotters by 4 fifths of a second. The record was previously held by Don Dorado (2013) and Explosive Drama (2014). Andy M (Matt Kakaley) was second, while Affair Of Honor (Corey Callahan) finished third. Muscles Jared is now 4 of 6 in the win column, and has earnings of over $69,000 counting his most recent win. He is owned by Alfred Ross. Division two saw Haras De Estrie's Achille Duharas (Yannick Gingras) scoring the front end victory. The son of Andover Hall struck the top, and made every call a winning win, in a time of 1:56.4. Don Dream (Dave Miller) closed up the cones to be second, while Simply Volo (Corey Callahan) finished a rallying third. It was the first career win in 4 starts for the Jimmy Takter trainee, with earnings now over $30,000. In division three, it was the first of 3 wins for Driver Corey Callahan, as he piloted Dover Dan to a game victory in race 7. The son of Andover Hall was hard used early, not clearing the lead until well after the quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee stood his ground late to win by 3 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:56.2. Stealth Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) finished second, while Meme Hanover (Charlie Norris) was third. Dover Dan is now 3 of 6 in the win column, with earnings over $65,000. He is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. The fourth and final division also went to the Butenschoen / Callahan connection as Giveitgasandgo won his fourth straight. The son of Yankee Glide brushed powerfully to the top and stayed on gamely for his fifth win in seven lifetime tries. He stopped the clock in 1:56.3. Snowstorm Hanover (Matt Kakaley) was second, while He's Gone (Dave Miller) rallied for third. Giveitgasandgo now has earnings over $90,000. He is owned by Harmony Oaks Racing, David J. Miller, Lawrence a Means, and VIP Internet Stable. Mike Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind harness racing owners and trainers that entries for Pennsylvania Sires Stakes 3-year-old championships are due by Tuesday, Sept. 6, 9 AM. All four championships, each worth $252,000, as well as four $50,000 consolations will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 at The Meadows. First post that day is 1 PM. For more information, including final point totals and standings, contact the office of the race secretary, 724.225.9897. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2016 -- Bettor's Up rocketed to the lead for Tim Tetrick at the quarter and blazed home in 1:51, matching Pure Country's track record for freshman harness racing filly pacers in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Trace Tetrick guided Glassine Hanover to victory in the other division of the $183,616 event known as the Meadow Cheer, giving the Tetrick brothers a PASS sweep. Bettor's Up took the field through a 54.3 front half, fastest fractions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea had ever seen. Tim Tetrick indicated Bettor's Up was comfortable throughout. "When I moved her, she was well in hand," he said. "You never know with fractions like that, but I thought she'd be okay." She had little trouble holding off the rallying Miss Jones by 2 lengths, with Pittstop Danika third. Her time knocked a tick from Newborn Sassy's stake record. Bettor's Up, who extended her bankroll to $171,879, has been defeated only once in her seven career starts for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. But because of her diminutive size and unremarkable performance while learning her trade, Scott McEneny kept her eligible this year to only one significant late-season stake -- the Three Diamonds. "Training down, she was just an ordinary filly," he said of his $15,000 yearling acquisition. "Once I started qualifying her, she really came around. She'll have around 10 starts this year; that's enough on her plate for the size of her. Hopefully, we'll have a good year next year, too." Trace Tetrick watched four horses skirmish for the early lead and knew once the dust settled, it was time to give Glassine Hanover the gas. "We needed to be on the move probably quicker than we wanted to be," he said. "The way the track plays here sometimes, it's really hard to come first in early and grind it out, being out both turns. When she gets out there by herself, she'll get a little relaxed, so I needed to keep her attention. She never quit. She's been very honest from Day One." She prevailed easily in 1:51.3, a career best and a national season's mark until Bettor's Up took to the track. Somemoneysomewhere, another from the McEneny stable, was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Watch What You Say earned show. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Gifted Yankee, who has won five of six lifetime outings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber and Dolne Farm Services. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows marks the end of the Mountain Laurel Racing Meeting, which means mandatory payouts -- no carryovers -- for the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the final superfecta on the program. The Washington Trotting Association Meeting gets underway Friday. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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