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CHESTER, PA - The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes made their 2020 debut on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with four $53,534 Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the same class going in four $20,000 cuts of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action. "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best" is an old racetrack adage, and it produced the fastest Sire Stakes winner, as the offspring of two Horses of the Year (Always B Miki and JK She'sagreatlady), JK Alwaysbalady, posted an easy 4½ lengths victory in an impressive 1:52.1. Yannick Gingras sent the filly to the lead, yielded to Wicked Ways to sit in the pocket behind her, then vacated that hole and powered off all alone late. The Nancy Takter-trained miss has a "ceiling unlimited" future right now for the 3 Brothers Stable. Always B Miki picked up another sire credit in the Sire Stakes when his Grace Hill, out of the mare Western Silk, made a quarter-move to control the throttle, then snapped home in :55.2 to complete a 1:53 victory while staying 1¼ lengths clear of Marsala Hanover. Dexter Dunn was in charge of the Canadian shipper for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill. Yannick Gingras had another Sire Stakes victory as the Captaintreacherous - Aria Hanover filly Blue Diamond Eyes headed a 1-2-3 finish for trainer Ron Burke with a 1:53.3 victory after brushing to the lead just before the half. Stablemate Continualou closed strongly to miss catching the winner by only half a length, while Ocean's Apart, another 1½ lengths back, completed the Trifecta for the Brigade. Blue Diamond Eyes, the only favorite to win in the Sires ranks, is owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon. Five of the six entrants in the other Sires event came to the race with a baby qualifying win already on their card - so naturally it was the "non-winner," the Betting Line - Wild West Show distaff Let 'Er Buck, who proved the most photogenic the first time the money was on the line, defeating Lyonssoftassilk by a neck at the end of a 1:55 mile. Mark MacDonald guided the filly, who was the only horse on the 14-race card to win a race coming off of cover, for owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. Dexter Dunn added two Stallion Series victories to his Sire Stakes win, both with daughters of Somebeachsomewhere: first Beach Crazy (out of Crosswinds Cupcake), a 1:55.3 winner for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Steve Sexton, and then Podium Girl (whose dam is Cinamony), who was clear at the end of a 1:56.2 victory for trainer Chris Ryder and Henderson Farms. Beach Crazy's 1:55.3 Stallion Series win tied her for speed honors in that part of the day's competition with the Betting Line - Beach Showoff baby Showmethetanlines, who withstood Briar by a head for trainer Brett Bittle and the Shmuel Farm. In the other StS race, the Captaintreacherous - Auniqueaquistion filly High Minded was allowed to dawdle to the half, then smoked home in :56.4 - :27.3 to complete a 1:58.2 mile for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Linda Toscano, and the partnership of the Camelot Stable Inc., Fred Wallace, The Bay's Stable LLC, and Steve Stewart. And if it wasn't a stakes race at Philly on Wednesday, George Napolitano Jr. probably won it - he checked in first four times. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — The horse racing community is urging Governor Tom Wolf to loosen the reins on the industry. Many horse trainers and owners said they are struggling to afford care as the shutdown of racing stretches into week eight. “Right now, I would be very busy probably racing four to five days a week,” said Neal Ehrhart, of Lititz, Lancaster County. Ehrhart has been a horse trainer for 45 years. He and his wife Ginny own 12 Standardbred horses that they train for harness racing. Though the industry shutdown has halted their revenue, the couple still has to care for and feed their athletic animals. Rachel Yonkunas   ✔@RachelYonkunas     As the shutdown of harness racing stretches into week 8, horse trainers and owners are urging @GovernorTomWolf to loosen the reins on the industry. Despite having no income, the Ehrharts still have 12 massive athletes to care for and feed. TONIGHT at 10:00 on @fox43   “We earn nearly 100% of our income from racing. We depend upon the purses that we win when we race,” explained Ehrhart. “That’s how we make our livelihood. That’s how we feed our family.” Ehrhart said caring for a dozen Standardbreds costs nearly $30,000 a month. They have not received any financial help, including unemployment. This mom-and-pop stable feels left in the dust. “We’ve applied for just about everything that’s out there, both federally and statewide, and have gotten zip, nothing, nada,” stated Ehrhart. Some states, like Florida and California, have allowed tracks to continue holding horse races, but without spectators present. The State Horse Racing Commission is urging Governor Wolf to follow suit. Governor Wolf has previously said he would consider the option, but the Governor’s Office did not provide details to FOX43. “That’s what’s scary,” Ehrhart added. “I don’t know what [date] we could go to because we can’t just say ‘well we’re going to show up at the track and go race.’ We have to have the OK from the governor to do that.” Until then, the work never stops. The Ehrharts continue to train their massive athletes that are champing at the bit to get back in the race. “It’s not like you can turn it off. You have to take care of these horses daily,” said Ehrhart. “When the floodgates open, you have to be ready to go and race.” The Wolf Administration has created a list of general guidance for all industries in each phase of reopening. You can find that information here.   by Rachel Yonkunas   Reprinted with permission FOX43

Normally we would devote this space to the Weekly Awards. But we're going to take a break this week to detail all of the action from an afternoon an early evening of stakes competition at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Not only were the $40,000 finals of the PA Stallion Series held for both two and three-year-old horses, but the $100,000 finals of the Great Northeast Open Series took place. All totaled, there were 11 stakes races on the 14-race program. Here are the results: STALLION SERIES 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT When the 4-5 favorite Next Level Stuff made a break on the first turn, somebody had to step up in this class. Miss Wilia, a 9-1 shot leaving from post #8 in the nine-horse field, did just that. She led gate-to-wire, holding off late charges from Caviart Guilia and Madame Sherry to win it by a head in 1:55:2. Scott Zeron did the driving for trainer Rick Zeron. STALLION SERIES 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE 38-1 long shot Keystone Eureka was game with a first-over charge. But the 6-5 favorite The Party's Rockin was tough as nails on the front end. When challenged, the filly trained by Mark Harder and driven by Tyler Buter responded, holding tight to her lead to get it done by a length in 1:52:4 for her third straight victory. STALLION SERIES 2-YEAR-OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS TROT The 6-5 favorite Town Victor came in with wins in five of his seven races. He sat the pocket trip in the final behind Loyal Fox Hanover, who set imposing fractions but couldn't shake the favorite. In the lane, Matt Kakaley guided Town Victor, trained by Rich Gillock, right past the pacesetter to go away for a two-length win in 1:54:4, a new Stallion Series final mark for male freshman trotters. STALLION SERIES 2-YEAR-OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS PACE Lake Charles, driven by David Miller and trained by Ray Schnittker, was made the 2-1 second choice and set the early pace. The even-money favorite Captain Groovy sat the pocket and pulled to the outside on the last turn hoping to take over. But Lake Charles was having none of it, pulling away for a convincing 3 ½-length victory in 1:51:3, the fastest pace ever in a 2-year-old Stallion Series final. STALLION SERIES 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Despite leaving from a tough #8 post position, Jezzy's Legacy, the 8-5 betting favorite, was able to hustle to the front at the quarter. After Tyler Buter rated her well, the filly had to stand tall late as Southwind Storm made a three-wide charge at her late. But Jezzy's Legacy, trained by Ray Schnittker, held up for a victory in 1:54:1, matching the fastest ever time by a three-year-old trotting filly in a Stallion Series final. STALLION SERIES 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Front-end speed had been the order of the day to that point, but Annie Hill, the 6-5 favorite in this final, chose a different tactic. Tyler Buter guided the filly to a second-over journey before a three-wide move in the lane. The Chris Oakes' trainee powered on home past pacesetter Sweet Cherry to win by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:50:4, matching the fastest ever Stallion Series final for the group. STALLION SERIES 3-YEAR-OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS TROT Driver Yannick Gingras had to work Lindy's Crazy Hall early to get the lead from the #8 post. But he then rated the 3-1 second betting choice very well, especially through a relaxed second panel. That paid off late, as Lindy's Crazy Hall fought off the late challenge of betting favorite Kate's Massive to deliver the win by a head in 1:54:3. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES MARES PACE The heavy favorite Caviart Ally set the pace in the 1 ¼-mile rest, but five out of the six horses stayed relatively close to her for the entirety of the race. She tried to finish strong, by Bettor's Up, a 14-1 long shot trained by Nick Surick, came on strong at the end of the elongated race as if she was just getting warmed up. Tim Tetrick rallied Bettor's Up to the win in 2:21. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES TROT The decorated mare Hannelore Hanover was the heavy favorite and she led most of the way in this final. But Rich And Miserable, who has burst upon the scene for trainer Todd Buter in 2019, stayed attached in the pocket. It came down to a thrilling stretch duel, a duel that was won by Rich And Miserable in the passing lane with Tyler Buter in the bike in 2:24:3. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES PACE In the previous two Great Northeast Open finals, the leader had coughed the lead up late. And, with 1-2 favorite Backstreet Shadow lurking behind pacesetter None Bettor A, it looked like the same thing might happen again. But driver George Napolitano Jr. coaxed more out of 5-2 second choice None Bettor A, and the Andrew Harris' trainee held on by in 2:20:1. STALLION SERIES 3-YEAR-OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS PACE Waterway, trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Dexter Dunn, ended the Monday stakes action in thrilling fashion. With a pocket trip behind long shot Seafarer, the 6-1 shot scooted up the passing lane late and was just able to nip Seafarer by a nose. Waterway, who had spent most of the last few months at Yonkers, paced the mile in 1:51. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs              

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was jam-packed with quality racing throughout, with three $100,000 Championships of the Great Northeast Open Series for older fast-class harness racing  performers, all at 1¼ miles over the 5/8-mile Pocono oval, along with eight $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships for Keystone-sired two- and three-year-olds who rank just below the national-caliber state Sire Stakes ranks. $100,000 GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN PACE Perhaps None Bettor A had a bit of an experience edge by racing over distances longer than a mile Down Under, but he showed rare courage in holding the late charge of favored pocketsitter Backstreet Shadow in 2:20.1, a stakes record, with the last three-quarters of 1:22.3 extraordinary in an extended-distance contest. None Bettor A darted to the top for George Napolitano Jr. entering the backstretch the first time, and no one had the word "record" in mind when the first two poles were passed in :28 and :57.3. However, the second lap of the red Pocono oval was a flat-out sprint, with None Bettor A hanging up the next two fractions of 1:25.3 and 1:52.3, then staying game with Backstreet Shadow coming right at him in the lane to take a half-length decision with a :27.3 last quarter.   None Bettor A now has 11 victories in 15 seasonal races, with a lifetime bankroll of $385,945. Andrew Harris is handling the conditioning of the Bettor's Delight gelding for Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC.   OPEN TROT The Explosive Matter four-year-old gelding Rich And Miserable, who developed into a national-caliber horse through the late spring and summer, confirmed his elevation to the very top level when he caught 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in winning the GNOS Open Trot Championship in 2:24.3 - a more relevant number being the back half of :56.3 over the extended distance. Tyler Buter, who emerged as the star of the day with four stakes wins, sent Rich And Miserable right to the lead , then extended favored Hannelore Hanover well past a :29.2 opener, yielding the lead and content to sit in the pocket while Hannelore dawdled through fractions of :58.3 and 1:28.2.   The pace picked up when Tight Lines ranged up first-over, with the mile mark hit in 1:56.4. As they turned into the lane Rich And Miserable ducked to the famed Pocono Pike and went right up to her, then edged the mare by a head in the 27.4 last quarter. It was the tenth win in fifteen seasonal starts for Rich And Miserable, who is trained by Todd Buter and is owned by Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. MARE PACE Patience proved quite a virtue for driver Tim Tetrick and the Bettor's Delight mare Bettor's Up, as the winner of $892,374 proved to be the fresh horse late to take the GNOS Mare Pace Championship in 2:21 for the 1¼ miles after her four main opponents had all made moves in the twicearound contest. Apple Bottom Jeans showed customary speed at the start; Eclipse Me N moved early and had the lead before the :27.3 first marker. Heavy favorite Caviart Ally then moved and took command at the :56 half, going to the three-quarters in 1:25 and the mile in 1:53, with Write Me A Song giving chase in the backstretch the second time.   Tetrick rode the first-over's cover, tipped his mare wide in the lane, and made up a lot of ground to post a head victory over Caviart Ally, with Apple Bottom Jeans only a neck further back. The final clocking set a GNOS divisional stakes record and matched a time posted by the mare Marnie Hall at Dover in 2006 in the old Classic Series Final. The 14-1 winner is trained by Nick Surick and is owned by his Nick Surick Stable LLC. $40,000 PENNSYLVANIA STALLION SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS TWO-YEAR-OLDS TROT The Winning Mister - P Town Girl gelding Town Victor charged home out of the pocket to take his StS group in 1:54.4 - a time which set an individual and stakes record and a Pocono track record, and until yesterday would have equaled the world record (Real Cool Sam won his Sire Stakes Championship at Philly in 1:53.4f). The winner of six of eight, including three Stallion prelims which made him the leading prelim pointwinner, was driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Rich Gillock, co-owner with Barbara Richardson. Town Victor won by two lengths over pacesetter Loyal Fox Hanover. The Andover Hall - Miss Athena filly Miss Wilia streaked right to the lead from post eight for driver Scott Zeron and set the pace, then held off the closers to win in a lifetime best and Stallion Series Championship record 1:55.2. Caviart Giulia came up the inside but was a head shy of the winner of three straight, who is trained by Rick Zeron and owners Charles Resecki and Thomas Brice.   PACE The Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles was sent off at 2-1, behind his Ray Schnittker stablemate Captain Groovy at even money, but once circling that horse after a hard first 3/8, Lake Charles was the strong horse to the wire, winning his fourth straight race (three prelims and now his finale) while rewriting his individual and the stakes record to 1:51.3. Patriot Nation finished 3½ lengths behind the streaking winner, who was driven by David Miller for owners Schnittker, Max J. Hempt, Dr. John Egloff, and Steven Arnold. The Captaintreacherous - Rocknroll Cameo miss The Party's Rockin posted the fastest clocking of her group's StS prelims, 1:52.4, two starts back, then made a break on the lead as the heavy favorite last time. On Monday, the winner of half her six lifetime starts made atonement for that miscue, leading at every pole which matching her 1:52.4 mark. The Party's Rockin held off game longshot Keystone Eureka by a length for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Mark Harder, and owner Matthew Dugan. THREE-YEAR-OLDS TROT Lindy's Crazy Hall prepped for the Stallion Series Championship with a qualifying win featuring a smart :27.2 last panel, and that effort seemed to be just the tonic for the son of Cantab Hall as he equaled his life mark of 1:54.3 in victory for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Domenico Cecere, and the Greathorse ownership. Lindy's Crazy Hall was under pressure for much of the last half from favored Kate's Massive, who was looking to become only the third Stallion Series horse to be a champion at two and three, but the pacesetter prevailed by a head. After working hard to get the lead nearing the quarter, the Donato Hanover miss Jezzys Legacy was in control of her Championship, withstanding late-charging longshot Southwind Storm by 1¼ lengths for driver Tyler Buter while equaling the stakes record of 1:54.2. Trainer Ray Schnittker is also co-owner of the classy filly with Little E LLC, Ted Gewertz, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. PACE The Captaintreacherous colt Waterway parked Seafarer to the quarter, sat behind that rival, then came up the Pocono Pike to catch the pacesetter and take his StS Championship in 1:51. Waterway had a big late surge to edge Seafarer by a nose for driver Dexter Dunn, hot trainer Tony Alagna, and the ownership of Alagna And Begley Stable, Santo and Joseph Barbera, and David Silverman. Driver Tyler Buter continued his winning ways in the Stallion Series Championships by guiding the Captaintreacherous filly Annie Hill, the prelim pointleader, home in 1:50.4, equaling the stakes record. Buter gave the distaff, coming off a sick scratch, a second-over trip, and she finished strongly to defeat pocketsitting Michelon's Filly by 1¼ lengths for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Tom Hill.   From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The top pointearners in the eight divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series, a class just below the Sire Stakes program, will be meeting during a Monday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to contest $40,000 Championship races. Perhaps the most interesting entrant in the Stallion Series Championships is the three-year-old Muscle Massive colt Kate's Massive, who will attempt to become only the third Stallion Series Championship winner at two to repeat at three, behind trotting filly Migisi (2010-11) and pacing colt Nimble And Quick (2015-16). Kate's Massive made a break in his first StS start of 2018, then won two prelims before taking the final; this year he won all three of the prelims he entered and should be favored from post seven in race nine. In the companion filly event, race seven, Spring In Paris recorded three wins and a second in the prelims and figures the horse to beat from post four. Among the sophomore pacers, race thirteen's colt event had only two two-time StS prelim winners, Under Paid and Skip To My Lou, and figures to be a wide-open contest. In contrast, the pacing fillies, gathered in race eight, had five distaffs who posted two Stallion Series winners, including JK Mardi Says, who was victorious the only two times she entered the prelims. Turning to the two-year-olds: the one hope that a Stallion Series horse would win in all four preliminaries, the pacing colt Captain Groovy, had that dream brought to a halt last time when he was beaten by a half-length. The Captain still figures as one of the sixth race favorites, along with the streaking Lake Charles, three-for-three in the prelims. Among that gait's distaffs, in race four, the two standouts are Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover, both of whom won three preliminaries - and was beaten by the other in the fourth. In the baby trotting races, Town Victor has three Stallion Series victories and 5-of-7 so far in his young career; he is likely to be favored over good youngsters Saxon and Stickler Hanover. The StS Championship for baby trotting fillies is race three, where five misses notched two preliminary wins, including three who won in both their prelim appearances: Heart N Soul Deo, Next Level Stuff, and Caviart Guilia. The eight Stallion Series Championships will share the Monday spotlight at Pocono with the three $100,000 Great Northeast Open Series Championships for mare pacers, open trotters, and open pacers, in that order, all to be conducted at 1¼ miles. Horsemen with GNOS Championship entrants are reminded that there is a six-hour detention situation from scheduled post time, with post time for the first event, the mare pace, listed at 6:42 p.m. Contact the racing office for further information. -30-    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 26, 2019 -- Three divisional leaders -- Tall Drink Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut, Stonebridge Soul -- each looked to burnish her credentials in Monday's Romola Hanover, a $167,677 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing sophomore filly pacers at The Meadows. Tall Drink Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut did just that, but Stonebridge Soul fell to 15-1 outsider Sweet Lucy Lou. Tall Drink Hanover has an impeccable pedigree -- she's by Captaintreacherous out of the Dragon Again mare Take Into Account -- yet Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Myron Bell's Riverview Racing LLC were able to pick her up at Harrisburg for only $35,000. "Thirty-three fillies by Captaintreacherous sold the first day of the sale, and she was the next-to-last," Bell said. "People who'd already bought fillies weren't looking for her; we were. We were lucky enough to get a $100,000 filly for $35,000." Indeed, she entered the Romola Hanover off three straight victories, all stakes, that included a 1:48 mile in the Shady Daisy at the Meadowlands, fastest this year by a 3-year-old filly. On Monday, she got away third, gobbled up the field when Andrew McCarthy asked her to, and scored in 1:50.1, lifting her career bankroll to $573,556. Rockn Philly was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Pretty N Fast third. "I think she'll be good from here on out," said winning trainer Tony Alagna. "She actually was good early but didn't have much go her way. She's very versatile and can do it a lot of different ways." Warrawee Ubeaut, last year's Dan Patch Award winner, was just as impressive, stalking Alagna's Treacherous Reign from the pocket and blowing by late to triumph for Yannick Gingras in 1:49.2, 3 widening lengths better than Treacherous Reign. Trillions Hanover completed the ticket. "All this year we've been working to make her a complete racehorse and not just go down the road and be hot," said Ron Burke, who trains the daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories. "You saw that today. She sits in, does what she's told and then reacts. By the end of the year I still think she's the best filly." Warrawee Ubeaut now has banked $945,053 for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. When 1-5 favorite Stonebridge Soul led narrowly out of the final turn, it seemed victory was secure as her chief challenger, Sweet Lucy Lou, hadn't won a stake all year. But the daughter of Sweet Lou-Ultimate Bet still had pace aplenty, and when Eric Goodell found a seam for her between horses, she poured through and edged Stonebridge Soul by a neck in a career-best 1:51.4. Odds On St Lucie earned show. "The last three-eighths is her thing," Goodell said. "That's when she starts getting into gear. She paces as hard at the wire as she can. (Going between horses) was important because she runs in. I didn't want to have to work her around horses because she might not have got by." Robert Cleary conditions Sweet Lucy Lou, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $130,034, for Royal Wire Products. The top fillies in the division will reconvene Sept. 7 at The Meadows for the PASS championship. On that date, the track will host all four $250,000 PASS championships and all four $50,000 consolations. Monday's program also featured a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake, with Demi Hill and Sweet Cherry taking the splits. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features three rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $4,724.08 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $660.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Although a half length winning margin might not suggest so, the Muscle Hill - Cooler Schooner freshman trotting gelding Real Cool Sam was absolutely in control in hisharness racing division of the $184,018 final preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for his group Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller were looped out of the gate as Big Oil was hustled to the top, but the double world champion methodically made his way forward to the lead in :29.1, with his rivals showing respect and letting him get to the half in :59. Rome Pays Off, a winner in his only Sires start, came uncovered and gained through and past the 1:28 three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Rome Pays Off grudgingly gave ground, but Big Oil still looked fresh in the pocket and ready to mount a big Pocono Pike dash. But you don't get to be the active all-time leading moneywinning driver without a knowledge of your horse and the opposition, and Miller, knowing his charge was not to be passed, sat "Coolly," with Big Oil getting to within a half-length but not in a menacing fashion; Rome Pays Off stayed on for a good third. Real Cool Sam is undefeated in seven starts, winning three Sire Stakes, the Peter Haughton elim and final, and a PA All-Stars division. Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC have seen their trotter earn $294,038 already, with many big stakes to come. The other Sires cut went to the Cantab Hall - Oh My Darlin colt Capricornus, 3-4 in the Haughton, and here a winner in his Sires bow in 1:55.2, equaling his mark. Tim Tetrick sent the winner to the top not long before the :28.2 quarter, then kept King Alphonso, who had been parked behind him early, out almost to the :57.4 half before yielding the lead and letting his rival carry the lead past the 1:26.4 three-quarters and into the stretch. Capricornus went to the Pocono Pike and was able to overhaul the tough leader, then held off EL Titan rallying to his inside by ¾ of a length, with King Alphonso third. Marcus Melander appears to have another good trotting colt in the two-time winner for the JJ Stable. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last PaSS race revealed the following eight horses with the most points: 1. Real Cool Sam; 2. King Alphonso; 3. EL Ideal; 4. Gangster Hanover; 5. Amigo Volo; 6. Can't Say No; 7. Chestnut Hill; 8. Swiss House Onfire. The 2YO Sire Stakes Championships will be held at Philly (where they go eight-wide) on Sunday, September 8. On the Stallion Series side, there were four divisions, with the Muscle Hill - Oyster Kronos colt Beyond Kronos going the fastest mile of all the babies by remaining undefeated in three StS races, with his 1:54.4 time a new mark. Beyond Kronos grinded first-up and worked to defeat pacesetting Askmelater Hanover, hard-used early, by a neck for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell, and owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder. Town Victor wound up as leading prelim pointwinner on the strength of three wins and a third in the StS, including his 1:55.3 win Sunday for driver Matt Kakaley, which gave him a new mark. The Winning Mister - P Town Girl gelding is already a five-time winner for trainer Rich Gillock, co-owner with Barbara Richardson. The other two Stallion Series winners broke their maidens: Maesterdaemon, an Andover Hall - Angel Pie colt who won in 1:58 for Team Melander, driver Mattias and trainer Marcus, and the S R F Stable; and Don Grigio, by Donato Hanover - Crazy Grigio, home in 1:57 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and Crawford Farms Racing. Again, the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last StS race revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. Town Victor; 2. Beyond Kronos; 3. Matter Of Focus; 4. (tie) Loyal Fox Hanover and Saxon; 6. Don Grigio; 7. Libero Hanover; 8. (tie) Spring Roll and Stickler Hanover. All of the Stallion Series Championships will be held here at Pocono (where we go nine-wide) on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2019 -- Goes Down Smooth and Klutzy each won a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split Wednesday at The Meadows, nailing down berths in the championship for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Sept. 7, The Meadows will host all four PASS $250,000 championships -- and all four $50,000 consolations -- for 3-year-olds. Goes Down Smooth was the dominant performer in the Super Bowl, as the $167,002 stake is known. The 1-5 favorite quarter-poled to the top for Matt Kakaley and drew off to an insurmountable lead. The Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding scored in a career-best 1:53, 7-3/4 lengths better than Macmorris Hanover, with Ginger Tree Skyr third. "He's getting better all the time," Kakaley said. "He's smarter. He lets me do whatever I want with him now. He used to get a little hot leaving, but he's been a gentleman lately." Ron Burke trains the winner, who now has banked $193,804, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, Joseph Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. At 2, Klutzy showed intermittent flashes of brilliance that suggested he might become one of the tops of his division. But winning driver Andy Miller acknowledged that Klutzy's talent has been intermittent this year as well. "I wouldn't say he's disappointed us, but he hasn't stepped up as much as I thought he might," Miller said. "But he's done okay. He had quite a bit of go today, and I thought they were tired on the front, so I thought I had a good shot." The son of Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover was sharp in the Super Bowl, moving first over to overtake Final Claim and down him by a length in 1:54.3, a life mark. Explosive Form completed the ticket. Julie Miller trains Klutzy, who extended his career bankroll to $179,262, for Stroy, Inc. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Faithfulandtrue and Kate's Massive each took a division of the subfeature, and each had to work hard for the winner's check. Faithfulandtrue made the point with a quarter-pole move but had to resist late pressure from Consus Victory to score in 1:54.4, a career best, for Mike Cole, trainer Joseph Columbo and owner George & Tina Dennis Racing. Crossfit earned show. "When he races like that, he usually doesn't let anybody get to him, but I had to chase him today," Cole said. "But he fought him off. He's matured a lot lately and turned into a racehorse." He indicated the Donato Hanover-Seducer Hall gelding likely would be turned out. Kate's Massive had to take a seat after an abortive try for the lead from post 8, then was forced to come first over down the backside. He had just enough left in the tank to prevail in 1:55.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ray Paver and owner Harry Horowitz. Stonebridge Symba was second, beaten a head, with Ragtime Hanover third. "We knew the eight hole would be a tough spot, that they would all be looking to line up behind him," Palone said. "He fought for me when I moved him from third. He's a nice colt. I'd like to try him without hopples one of these times." Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday twilight card that features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $170.058 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is sponsoring "First Responders Night' to honor the region's first responders and provide them and their families with an entertaining night at the races. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID may receive free wagering vouchers and race programs while those whose names are drawn in a lottery will participate in a match race. First post Friday is 5:30 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, PA - In the fourth and final preliminary round for the Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old pacing fillies Wednsday at Harrah's Philadelphia, Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover both visited victory lane for the third time - after both of them finished second to the other in the one prelim they did not win. First to parade back was the Artspeak - A Pippin Hanover miss Aplomp Hanover, already a five-time winner on the campaign, with an Arden Downs division victory on her resume as well. In Wednesday's contest, Aplomp Hanover went to the lead in front of the stands for the first time and held the advantage from there, withstanding the inside charge of Love For Sail by a neck in 1:54.4. Allan Davis drove the consistent filly for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Captaintreacherous sired the three other Stallion Series winners of the afternoon, including the 1:55 winner Arden Hanover, who had an arduous trip in getting home first - making the top, yielding, then having to come back on in the last 3/16 for driver Dexter Dunn to defeat the previously-unbeaten Alexis's Beach by a half-length. Arden Hanover (dam Allamerican Coed) posted her third straight triumph for trainer Mark Harder, who is also co-owner with Joseph Jannuzzeli. The Party's Rockin looked on her way to join "Aplomp" and "Arden" as three-time StS winners, but the favorite made a break while on the lead nearing headstretch. Real Long Hanover (dam Rockin Everyway) proved to have the best late rally, outfooting Anthem by 1¼ lengths in 1:55 to take her second Stallion Series win in succession. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner for trainer Tony Alagna and Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC. The final division had no multiple winners, but it proved to be the fastest of the four, and its winner, Culture Shock, won by the largest margin, 3¼ lengths. Anthony Morgan sent the filly to the front before the half and went on to win over closer Speaking Of Coffee in 1:54.2, the faster victory for the filly who is now undefeated after two starts. Joe Holloway trains Culture Shock (dam Sawyer) for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Stallion Series and the Sire Stakes, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last race revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. (tie) Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover; 3. The Party's Rockin; 4. Real Long Hanover; 5. Shotgun Persuasion; 6. Speaking Of Coffee; 7. Keystone Eureka; 8. Sweet Camille; 9. Alexis's Beach. Each Stallion Series division will have its $40,000 Championship at Pocono on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2019 -- The Party's Rockin powered to the lead at the quarter and scored geared down in a career-best 1:52.4, fastest in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Real Long Hanover, Sweet Camille and Arden Hanover captured the other divisions. Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder teamed for a stake double with The Party's Rockin and Arden Hanover. Once The Party's Rockin reached the point, she drew away steadily to down the pocket-sitting Keystone Eureka by 4-3/4 lengths, with Don't Speak third. It was the second stallion series victory for Matthew Dugan's daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo. "This filly has a lot of high speed. I liked her the first time I sat behind her," Buter said. "She's right on the verge of being a sires stake filly. She'd be very competitive in that group." Off the board in all three previous starts, Real Long Hanover zipped to the front from post 7, took advantage of some early confusion towards the back of the pack and sprinted to victory in 1:53.2, 3/4 lengths better than Dream Dancing. Coral Reef Hanover earned show. "Last time she was here, she wasn't on her game. She didn't feel that good," said winning driver Dexter Dunn. "She didn't have to be on the front today, but she really felt like she wanted to tear into it." Tony Alagna trains Real Long Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rockin Everyway, for Alagna Racing, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing. Real Long Hanover Facing a long, arduous first-over trek, Sweet Camille found a path back to the cones for a breather that helped her rally again and break her maiden in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder. Early leader Windfall Profits finished second, 1/2 length back, while Anthem completed the ticket. "It's always nice to get back to the rail -- especially after you've had to do the work first up with a horse that's a little bit green," said Wilder of the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. "I'm not sure she needed that, but it sure helped out. It got her right back on the bit nice." Ron Burke conditions Camille for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III. In the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Meme Hanover sprang a 14-1 upset for Jason Merriman and owner/trainer Kris Rickert. The 5-year-old Explosive Matter-Migisi gelding prevailed in a career-fastest 1:54.1 and lifted his lifetime bankroll to $144,986. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers as well as a $722.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted three divisions of the $168,480 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Tony Alagna accounted for two divisions with Treacherous Reign (1:49.4) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50.2), while last year's divisional champion Warrawee Ubeaut posted her second Sire Stakes win while posting a 1:50 mile. First up was Treacherous Reign, who started her season with four straight wins, including the Fan Hanover final on June 15, but had not won in four starts after that victory. Here driver Dexter Dunn put the Captaintreacherous filly on the lead before the :27 quarter, posted midrace splits of :55.4 and 1:22.3, then guided her home in 27.1, two lengths clear of pocketsitting Beach Bar. The winner of $482,797 is conditioned by Alagna for Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. Warrawee Ubeaut also had a hot start to her 2019, with four victories in her first five starts including a Sire Stakes division in the first prelim, but like Treacherous Reign she came into Sunday having not won in four straight races. Yannick Gingras got the daughter of Sweet Lou away second behind Stonebridge Soul before the :26.2 quarter, then moved her to command before the :55 half. Warrawee Ubeaut got a breather to the 1:23.3 three-quarters , then needed to turn on the afterburners with Stonebridge Soul on her back, and "Ubeaut" responded with a 26.2 last quarter which kept the pocketsitter 1 1/2 lengths in arrears to the wire. The Ron Burke-trained winner of $917,174 looked sharp for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. Alagna got his second Sire Stakes win with another daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover, who had beaten both of the other PaSS winners in the Shady Daisy Pace at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. Here Tall Drink Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy pressed on to the lead passing the 27 quarter, got a short rest while reaching the half in :56.1, and then proceeded to throw a pair of 27.3 back quarters at her opponents, which put her 1½ lengths ahead on second-place Rockin Philly at the wire and 2½ lengths better than Philly Hanover, previously the only double Sire Stakes winner, in third. Tall Drink Hanover has now amassed $545,677 and has won three straight for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC, and she also took a new mark with the victory. Fastest of four winners in the $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series was the Sweet Lou filly Sweet Cherry, who left quickly from the outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick and set the pace, then stepped home in :55.1 to earn a new mark of 1:51.3, two lengths ahead of A Beach Cowgirl. Jim King Jr. trains the winner for Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. The Sweet Lou sophomore Alkippe posted her second Stallion Series win of the campaign when she shot up the Pocono Pike to post a 1:54.4 win, catching favored pacesetter Tee's Sweet Ryde by a half-length for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Linda Toscano, and Enviro Stables LTD. Andrew McCarthy joined Gingras as a winning driver in both the Sire Stakes and Stallion Series when JK Mardi Says also took her second StS win, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly coming off cover to reduce her mark to 1:51.4. JK Mardi Says was 2¾ lengths clear of What A Fox in triumphing for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. In the final Stallion Series section, Annie Hill looked like she was going to be the only three-time winner in the PA-sired competitions when she came up the inside from the pocket to grab the stretch lead, but Marcus Miller swung the Captaintreacherous filly Michelon's Filly wide for the drive, and that one closed furiously to get past Annie Hill by a half-length. Michelon's Filly, who won for the first time this season, also reduced her mark by winning in 1:51.4 for trainer Erv Miller and owner/namesake Ronald Michelon, partner with Michael Anderson. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - There were six $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday, and in defiance of the usual concept of "avoid first-over," five of the winners went the uncovered route en route to victory. Red-hot driver Tim Tetrick won three of the six Stallion Series divisions en route to racking up seven total victories on the day, and he guided the fastest winner, the Explosive Matter - Afterimage colt Overserved, who lowered his mark to 1:57.1 though first-up. The George Ducharme trainee nevertheless powered off by 2¾ lengths over Swipe Right for owners W J Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco, and Jim Winske. Tetrick was also in charge of the next two fastest winners, both of whom were breaking their maidens and both of whom are trained by Jim Campbell. Going 1:57.3 was the Father Patrick - Muscle Amour gelding Saxon, the only non-first-over StS winner as he went on the engine and posted the biggest end margin of the sextet, 4¼ lengths over pocketsitter Kyrie Deo, for the Runthetable Stables; just a tick behind Saxon's time was the Muscle Hill - Oyster Kronos colt Beyond Kronos, coming home 2½ lengths ahead of Don Grigio for his first purse win for owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder . Hall Of Fame driver David Miller, who would have stolen the show most other days with four sulky successes of his own, was behind the Cantab Hall - Scream And Shout gelding Rock Party, who also broke his maiden in a 1:58.3 triumph, 1¼ lengths ahead of Hopeusteponalego, for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Charles Rowe. Another Hall Of Famer, trainer/co-owner Chuck Sylvester, sent out the Andover Hall - Lady Luck Hanover gelding Loyal Fox Hanover, who lowered his mark to 1:58.3 in winning by two lengths over Matter Of Focus under the guidance of Victor Kirby; Sylvester's partners on the baby are Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. The other StS winner was the longest-priced one at $17.60, the Sebastian K S - Mauresmo gelding Roger Rabbit, who made the stretch lead then held off closer Daytona Dreamin by 1½ lengths while taking a 1:59 maiden mark for trainer Trish Adams and owner John Barnard. The Stallion Series races were a microcosm of the unusual positioning bias at Philly all day Thursday - four winners raced on the engine, and the other ten all came first-over! From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania-sired stakes competition for two-year-old pacing fillies, with three divisions of a Sire Stakes event worth $184,240, and five divisions of Stallion Series action worth $20,000 each. In the tenth race Sire Stakes division, Sweet Ace, the fastest two-year-old of 2019 regardless of gender or size of track, will start from post six for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Jason Melillo. At The Meadows last Saturday afternoon on the big Adios card, the daughter of Sweet Lou - One Ace Too Many laid off of spirited fractions, then came on in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:50.4 in an Arden Downs division, her second straight victory after triumphing in the first round of the Sire Stakes. And showing how tough competition in Pennsylvania is, Sweet Ace is not even the morning line favorite in her race. That honor was given to JK First Lady, a daughter of Western Ideal out of 2014 Horse of the Year JK She'salady, who also was trained by "First Lady"'s trainer Nancy Johansson. Starting from the rail for driver Yannick Gingras, Johansson and 3 Brothers Stables, JK First Lady comes off two straight victories in the Kindergarten Series at the Meadowlands, the latter in 1:51.3 - :26.2. The other two first round Sire Stakes winners start side-by-side in the fifth race PaSS division. Shouldabeenatd (Sweet Lou - Breakheart Pass), who set most of the pace in the Sweet Ace race and had taken her Sire Stakes start in 1:52.2, begins from post two for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke, while post three finds Lyons Sentinel (Captaintreacherous - Tulu Hanover) going for driver David Miller and trainer Jim King Jr. after a Sires triumph in 1:53. The Stallion Series action sees all four first round winners returning for the Pocono contest. Two of them will meet each other in the ninth race StS section: Aplomp Hanover (post one, driver David Miller), who followed up her Stallion Series win with a triumph in an Arden Downs division, and The Party's Rockin (post six, driver Tyler Buter), who scored a 14-1 upset in the first round. The other winners both begin from post position five for trainer Jim King Jr.: Lyons Sweetjen in race four and Shotgun Persuasion in race eight. First of the fourteen races set for Pocono on Sunday evening is scheduled for 7 p.m. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - None of the first preliminary winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts was able to repeat in the PASS second prelims, conducted over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, during a big harness racing card which also featured Pennsylvania Stallion Series and Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) competition. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES Explosive Breakaway, a full brother to Phaetosive, pushed favored Osterc to a :28 quarter then yielded for the pocket, and thus put himself in position to capitalize when Osterc made a break late on the far turn, going on to victory in 1:54.2. Summit In Sight, who had come uncovered from far back to challenge Osterc, got a brief lead when that rival broke, but the victorious Explosive Matter gelding had clear sailing up the inside and gained into the :56.2 back half to win by 2¾ lengths over Summit In Sight. Tom Jackson guided the winner for trainer Fred Grant, who shares ownership in the improving sophomore with Janice Rubin, Steve Katz, and Murray Brown. The fastest Sire Stakes winner on Sunday had the distinction of breaking his maiden with the victory, as the Muscle Hill colt Marseille parked the favored Gerry early, yielded to sit the pocket, then outtrotted him home by a half-length in a 1:53.3 mile, with his own last quarter :27.4 in the slop. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt had Marseille ready at first asking for Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Order By Stable, and Howard Taylor. Marseille - Curtis Salonick Photo White Tiger, a Muscle Massive gelding who was just a head off in second in his PaSS Championship last year and who tied the world record for his division at 1:55 here last season, won the third division of the Sire Stakes in 1:55.3 to remain undefeated in two seasonal starts. The Muscle Massive gelding quarter-moved and got a slow half of :58.4, then increased the tempo and withstood the late charge of pylonhugging Macmorris Hanover by ¾ of a length. David Miller drove the Andrew Harris trainee to his fifth lifetime win for Thestable White Tiger Group. PENNSYLVANIA STALLION SERIES Most impressive of the Stallion Series winners was last year's StS Champion, Kate's Massive, who has two StS victories this year and is perfect in three 2019 outings after a 1:54.4 triumph. Dave Palone, the world's all-time winningest driver, was lured from western Pennsylvania just to drive this colt for trainer Kelly Paver, and the journey to Pocono proved worthwhile, as the Muscle Massive colt quarter-moved to control the throttle, then came home in 28.3 under mild encouragement to win by a half length for owner Harry Horowitz. Lapped By Lindy joined Kate's Massive as a double Stallion Series winner, making the lead past the quarter and then being just able to withstand a big late charge by Night Hall by a nose while lowering his speed record to 1:55. Andy Miller drove the Muscle Hill gelding for trainer/wife Julie and the partnership of Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Andy Miller Stable Inc., and George Green. The Cantab Hall gelding Nextroundsonme was given a well-judged steer by Marcus Miller, then came on after a fast pace to catch favored Sheer Muscle while taking a new mark of 1:55 in another Stallion Series division. Jenny Melander trains the sophomore for Belmar Racing&Breeding LLC. Trainer Andrew Harris, who won a Sire Stakes section with White Tiger, added a Stallion Series victory when 19-1 shot Blue And Bold came off of cover to track down Mass Fortune K by three parts of a length in 1:56.1 for the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr. After opening the year with two victories in his first three starts and then dropping three straight, Blue And Bold showed he may again be on the upside for A Harris Racing LLC and April Campbell. The Andover Hall colt Finally Found Away opened the card with a victory in his seasonal bow, lowering his mark three seconds to 1:57. Pacesetter Lazzaro made a break at headstretch, with left the door open for pocketsitting Finally Found Away, and the sophomore took advantage of the luck to win by 1½ lengths for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Bob Stewart, and Bluestone Farms LLC. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES In the $30,000 GNOS mares pace, Tequila Monday rebounded from a defeat at Philly after opening the year with six straight victories, winning in 1:50.2. The American Ideal mare was sent to the front by driver Tyler Buter and put up fractions of :26.2, :55.1, and 1:23, then, with the outer tiers stalling, found her only stretch challenge coming from pocketsitter Apple Bottom Jeans, and the winner of $853,462 withstood that one's charge by ¾ of a length. Hunter Oakes trains Tequila Monday, the leader so far in her division's GNOS pointstandings, for Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. In the $30,000 open trot, Crystal Fashion, the Beal Trot Championship winner here last year and the PA Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year, had an easy time of it, defeating Muscle Diamond by 2¼ lengths in 1:53. Tim Tetrick guided the Cantab Hall gelding to the lead in front of the grandstand, and the winner of $1,277,509 powered home in :56 to notch his first win of the year after a closing fourth in his 2019 debut (a GNOS race) and a half-length defeat in a Graduate leg. Jim Campbell trains the rock-solid winner for Fashion Farms LLC. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2018 -- Heavy favorites Kissin In The Sand and Alexa's Power were easy victors in Friday's Romola Hanover, a $160,238 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at The Meadows. The pair advanced to the $252,000 PASS championship for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers, which is set for Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Kissin In The Sand, arguably the national leader in her division, had to work hard from post 6 for the early lead. But when Dave Palone gave her a 29.1 second-quarter breather, she was refreshed and ready to blaze the back half in 54.3. She scored in 1:51, 3-1/2 lengths better than the first-over Parisian Blue Chip, with Double A Mint third. "This year, she's pretty laid back. Last year, she could be a pain," said Nancy Johansson, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate for Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. "She wanted to do everything her way. This year, we've come to an agreement: I let her get her way sometimes, she lets me get my way sometimes. I think she was pretty much well in hand today. She looks like she's coming into the final nice and strong." Kissin In The Sand, who extended her career bankroll to $675,056, now has finished first or second in all nine starts this year. The journey of Alexa's Power to the front from post 7 was even more arduous, as she couldn't cross over until the three-eighths. But she was untouchable thereafter, defeating Apple Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sansovina Hanover earned show. "That was a pretty tough first quarter, but she's been pretty good lately," said Campbell of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $359,835. "We've been thrilled with her this year. She puts in a great effort every time." $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Friday's card also featured a pair of $20,000 PA Stallion Series splits, which were taken by Cult Icon and Real Fine. Cult Icon proved once again that she loves passing horses, as she moved for Palone from fifth at the three-eighths and had little trouble overtaking the leader, Danikova, en route to a 1:52.4 victory, her fourth straight. Danikova persevered for second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Belle's Delight completed the ticket. "I don't think it would have mattered how I drove her," Palone said. "She is so sharp. She let me know she was wanting to race at the quarter pole. I just moved her back to the front, and she was on her own from there." Trent Stohler conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon, who now boasts $123,516 in career earnings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stables and Stately Gaits Stable. Mike Wilder worked out a cozy pocket trip for Real Fine, whose chances were further abetted by the early break of the 1-2 favorite, Attention Hanover. She roared past the leader, Miss Hill, in the stretch to down her by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1, with Ana Hanover third. "She's pretty much push button," Wilder said. "She gives you 100 percent. The favorite ran -- that helped. But you know what? She was right on her toes, and she raced super." Ron Burke trains Real Fine, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch, for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  

CHESTER, PA - Hall of Famer David Miller guided two-year-old pacing fillies May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick to their third Pennsylvania Stallion Series victories on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each their third straight triumph after skipping the first leg, and he may have a hard decision to make as to which filly to guide in the group's Championship race here on Labor Day Monday. Skater Chick, a daughter of Sweet Lou - Ram Rocker, had to do some fancy skating down the backstretch for Miller during her win. She was positioned second-over behind Serena Said, who had had steering issues throughout, and when that filly bore out a path just past the 5/8, Miller guided his filly right through two-wide to go up and tackle the pacesetting Unspoken Promise. From there, Skater Chick had relatively clear sailing, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Alkippe, who came up the inside to catch Unspoken Promise for second, in 1:54.2. Skater Chick is trained by Mark Harder for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste, and Garth Bechtel. In no way did the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover have it easy in taking her third straight Stallion Series contest. Miller took a 4-tuck early with his charge, then grinded up uncovered and was able to seize a small lead on the far turn, which she extended into the stretch. That jump was good enough to keep her clear of Michelon's Filly, who had been hampered by dull cover but came flying late to reduce the winner's advantage to a half-length at the end of the 1:53.1 mile. Nifty Norman conditions the streaking freshman, who had the fastest mile in StS prelim competition with a 1:52.3 win at The Meadows, for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Trillions Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Tulu Hanover, went straight to the lead in her Stallion Series cut, got to the half in a relatively slow 57.4 half-mile under Brett Miller's guidance, then scurried home in 55 - 27 to winning by an easy 4½ lengths in 1:52.4, fastest of all the Thursday divisions and a personal best. Trillions Hanover became a winner in an StS contest for the second straight time for trainer Tom Fanning and the ownership of Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stables LLC, and the J L Benson Stable Inc. The Somebeachsomewhere - Foxy Lady miss What A Fox benefited from the red-hot hands of driver Andrew McCarthy to post an upset in her division, holding off 1-5 favorite Darn Tootn Hanover by a neck to take a maiden mark of 1:54.4. McCarthy sent his filly first-over down the backstretch, grinded to the lead shortly after turning for home, then held off the steady late rush of the favorite, who came from sixth at the ¾ pole, to triumph for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners (ties broken by money won): 1. (tie) May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick, 3, Trillions Hanover, 4. Rock N McRoll, 5. Sweet Cherry, 6. Margret Hill, 7. Unspoken Promise, 8. Michelon's Filly, 9. Able Hanover, 10. Another Beach Day. Sire Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies go in two divisions of their finally preliminary round on Friday's card at Philly. Double winners Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign drew into separate divisions, and seem likely to be the crowd's choices as they go postward. From the PHHA Harrah's Philadelphia

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