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WILKES-BARRE PA - The Sportswriter mare Kendra N teamed with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton to take advantage of a wild front-end battle in the $17,200 mares harness racing pacing feature on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, closing the best of all to take a new mark of 1:51. Summer Charm was sent to the lead early and hit the quarter in 26; favored Bettor Joy N attempted to quarter-move but was given the cold shoulder by the pacesetter into a strong wind, and with Shecandance N keeping the pocket tight, the raging duel took the front of the field by the half in a punishing :53.2. Dibaba N, who had gapped behind the fast early fireworks, got in gear down the backstretch and swept the embattled front horses going to the 1:21 three-quarters, with Kendra N hot on her tail. Kendra N was left uncovered on the far turn, but she had by far the most energy left late, winning by 4½ lengths over a resurgent Summer Charm, with Dibaba N third. Kendra N is now 5-3-1-1-$35,997 since being imported from New Zealand by trainer Peter Tritton and the Vonknoblauch Stable LLC, and she may be making her way to even higher company soon. If the feature race was hotly-contested early, the $14,000 distaff co-feature pace was a cavalry charge late, with the first seven separated by less than two lengths at the finish. The American Ideal mare Topville Angelina grinded uncovered into a :56.1 last half to emerge most photogenic in 1:53.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA — Warrawee Ubeaut ($17.00) asserted herself against some of the heavy hitters in the distaff pacing division and This Is The Plan ($4.20) held his ground amid late pressure, giving harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras a sweep of the twin $20,000 winners-over pacing features on Sunday (Aug. 2) at Harrah's Philadelphia. After making her presence felt but ultimately struggling on two occasions against male competition in the Graduate Series, Warrawee Ubeaut sprang back to life with a sharp 1:49.2 win in the distaff split. Gingras sent the 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou to the lead from post four, and the pair travelled uncontested through splits of :26, :54.3 and 1:22.1 before opening up her lead on the final turn. Despite late pursuit from 3-10 favorite Soho Burning Love A (Tim Tetrick) — the highly-regarded stablemate of champion Shartin N — Warrawee Ubeaut maintained her clearance up to the winning post, sprinting home in :27.1 with much in reserve to win by 1-1/2 lengths. Soho Burning Love A reached second over Machnhope (Pat Berry), who only managed a one-paced finish from the pocket. Warrawee Ubeaut recorded the 20th win of her career for the Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. This Is The Plan employed similar front-pacing tactics for a 1:50 score in the male split after an even but traffic-troubled effort two weeks ago in the William Haughton Memorial. The 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding used a :26.3 quarter to clear Turbo Hill (Joe Bongiorno), and Gingras was then able to rate a :56.1 middle half with This Is The Plan before facing a stern threat from Western Joe (George Napolitano Jr.) on the final turn. Not only did This Is The Plan parry the lasting challenge of Western Joe to the line, but he also staved off the inside bid of eventual runner-up Turbo Hill to prevail by a driven neck. This Is The Plan, now an 11-time winner, campaigns for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Larry Karr. Burke and Gingras additionally teamed up with Gingras Beach ($12.40, 1:52), and Burke went on to register his fourth training win on the 14-race program with The First Step ($13.40, 1:50.4), who was driven by George Brennan. Favorites were upended in all four races in the Pick-4 sequence, resulting in a $3,175.65 dividend on a 50-cent base wager. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 15-race card on Wednesday (Aug. 5), featuring two $103,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as well as a $17,367.57 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WILKES-BARRE PA – Over a surface that had improved from “sloppy” to “good” to “fast” by the time the $14,000 featured mares pace took to the track on the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Baron Remy showed no rust after 3½ months away from the races, going on to a 1:51.2 victory. Andrew McCarthy made a three-wide move late on the backstretch with the Yankee Cruiser mare to gain contention after a fast pace, and Baron Remy was more than equal to the challenge, getting to two-wide on the turn and then proving her superiority late. The Ron Burke trainee, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr (who had his namesake horse win at Philly earlier in the day), now sports earnings of $629,122. A couple of three-year-olds marked themselves as ones to watch while the track was still “sloppy.” Right now the Captaintreacherous filly Party Girl Hill must be thought of as “ceiling unlimited,” as after coming home in :53.2 and :53.1 in Meadowlands qualifiers and then winning her purse bow in 1:50.2 - :52.4 - :26, Party Girl Hill was sent to Pocono by trainer Chris Ryder and handled the stepup from “nw1” to “nw4” with aplomb, dominating her field in 1:52.4. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the developing miss to an easy victory for owner Tom Hill. The Yankee Glide colt Hell Patrol seems to be finding top form at a good time, as he was guided to the top by Mattias Melander and rattled down the road in a 1:55.1 mile. Yet another in the seemingly-endless line of quality diamondgaiters from the barn of Marcus Melander, Hell Patrol is owned by Courant Inc.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA -- After tasting defeat in his first two races of 2020, Our Max Phactor N ($8.40) put it all together in Sunday's (June 28) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. While the 8-year-old Art Major gelding employed similar tactics as he did in a narrow defeat to Prairie Panther at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 20, the outcome proved far more favorable. George Napolitano Jr. used Our Max Phactor N early from post five to secure the pocket behind 12-1 pacesetter Imarocnrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno), and the pair were content to draft behind stout early splits of :26.3 and :54.4 before angling out of the pocket on the backstretch. Our Max Phactor N worked to the lead with five-sixteenths to go, pressed on to a widening advantage past three-quarters in 1:21.3, and braced for a late push from odds-on favorite Dealt A Winner (David Miller) off the final turn. Straightening for home, Our Max Phactor N had built up a two-length lead, but Dealt A Winner lifted boldly off cover and closed stoutly in the final sixteenth. Our Max Phactor N responded to the challenge, prevailing over Dealt A Winner by a diminishing half length in 1:50.1. Love Me Some Lou (George Brennan) finished third, 2-1/4 lengths farther back, after levelling off at head-stretch. Trainer Andrew Harris co-owns 26-time winner Our Max Phactor N with Michael Goldberg Racing LLC, Bruce Areman and the Prem Dan Stable. Trainer Ron Burke scored a hat trick on the 14-race card, sending Seeing Eye Single ($4.80, 1:52.2), Mayfield Duke ($9.00, 1:52.4) and Larry Karr ($3.00, 1:50.3) to victory. Yannick Gingras drove all three. David Miller earned top honors among drivers with four winners on the program. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 1), with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action for 2-year-old pacing fillies headlining the 14-race program. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA – Trainer Tom Fanning, driver Tim Tetrick, and owner Joseph Smith combined to win the two fast-class harness racing events during the “Trottin’ Thursday” card at Harrah’s Philadelphia, while a few younger horses showed themselves ready for stakes action with convincing victories. The top purse event was a $14,400 event taken by the Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm, whom Tetrick put on the lead at the quarter and went on to a handy 1:54 victory, with Morairtime second and favored Trolley third behind the victorious winner of $315,724 for Fanning and Smith. In the co-feature, the engine also provided the path to success for the Trixton gelding No Drama Please, who came in for some drama at the three-quarter pole when Perfect Stick made a big uncovered move to draw even, but the pacesetter shook off that one’s challenge to take a new mark of 1:53.2 and boost his bankroll to $242,676 for Team Fanning/Tetrick/Smith. In a showdown between two quality three-year-old trotters, the filly Shishito made her first start of the year a winning one, heading right to the lead and holding off the outside challenge of the colt Capricornus in 1:53.3. The earner of $246,912 was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Per Engblom and the ownership of Black Horse Racing and John Fielding. Another sophomore trotting filly making a winning bow in 2020 was the Sebastian K S miss Next Level Stuff, who tucked early, followed up second-over, then had strong trot in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:54.2 while raising her earnings to $172,255. Tim Tetrick had the winning steer for trainer Jim Campbell and the Runthetable Stables. The two-year-old pacing fillies made their pari-mutuel bows, and the Roll With Joe – Lorrie Please baby Easy To Please certainly stamped her name in many observer’s memory, holding off the impeccably-bred (Always B Miki – JK She’salady) JK Alwaysbalady easily. The real eye-opener was the timer – after Easy To Please made the lead and strolled to the half in :59.3, she then blitzed home in :54.4 - :27.1 – in her first purse start – to complete a 1:54.2 package. Allan Davis drove the fast filly for trainer Michael Hall, also co-owner with the CTC Stable and the Our Three Sons Stable LLC.   Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, June 23, 2020 -- Icanflylikeanangel flew to a front-end victory in a career-best 1:53 in Tuesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After the winner was pressured to a demanding 26.4 opening panel, Mike Wilder was able to give him a 29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Rising MVP and downed the pocket-sitting Lady's Dude by 2-3/4 lengths. Classicality finished third. Randy Bendis trains Icanflylikeanangel, who now boasts career earnings of $361,116, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and Wilder each collected a pair of victories on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $1,748.20 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 2) and a $1,156.29 carryover in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - Tuesday marked the first time in 2020 that harness racing two-year-olds went before the bettors at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with paces for both sexes offered. The Always B Miki - Jan It Jackson colt Billy Clyde, a half-brother to Semi Tough, won his pari-mutuel debut in 1:55.4 after posting a 1:55.1 clocking in a Meadowlands qualifier. Mark MacDonald moved the freshman to the front passing the stands, rated the pace to the three-quarters, then rushed the colt home in :27.4 for trainer Ray Schnittker, who is also co-owner with Dr. John Egloff. Heading the fillies section was Bossy Linda, a daughter of Roll With Joe - Ideal Ginny (a full sister to four $450G+ winners), who went to the top and stayed in command with some Marcus Miller reminding in 1:56, bettering her 1:57.4 time posted in her initial outing in a Wingate Farm qualifier. Marcus's father Erv Miller is developing the baby nicely for owners D R Van Witzenburg and George Golemes. Most impressive among the "older set" was Caliber, who won off a familiar pattern - a Ron Burke trainee in his seasonal debut after a useful qualifier. Driver Matt Kakaley, who had four wins during the program, occasionally had to remind his charge to stay in high gear, but Caliber certainly did that, lowering his mark to 1:50.4 with a :55.1 back half. A sophomore gelding by Sweet Lou out of world champion Allstar Rating (his third dam is also a world champion, Delinquent Account), Caliber appears to have good things in front of him for Diamond Creek Racing.   PHHA / Pocono

CHESTER PA - With the start of the harness racing stakes season for two-year-olds swiftly approaching, some talented freshmen were out for preparatory action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning. On the pacing side, driver Allan Davis and trainer Mike Hall shared honors with driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., as both duos had two filly wins and a colt victory. Davis/Hall had the fastest winner on each sex, with 1:56.2 miles, the first coming with the Always B Miki - Barbuda Babe gelding Grand Cayman, who made a break in his first outing but minded his manners in a 1:56.2 wire-to-wire win with a :28 last quarter. Hall co-owns the freshman with CTC Stable and Howard Taylor. King/Tetrick kept pace among the males with the Sweet Lou - Aries Angel colt Sweet Angel Boy, home in 27.4 in a 2:00 tally for owner Jo Ann Looney-King. Fastest among the fillies on the sidewheeling gait was the Somebeachsomewhere - Arrivista Hanover miss Waterboard, who made two moves in going on to the 1:56.2 victory for Davis/Hall, the latter co-owner with Let It Ride Stables Inc. and CTC Stable. Hall and CTC teamed up for a third two-year-old win with the Roll With Joe - Grizzly Mama miss Roll On Mama, who moved to the lead in the front of the stands and went on to a 1:57 victory, with back fractions of :56.3 and :28.1 under Davis's tutelage. Tetrick/King countered, first with Somebeachsomewhere - Bettor Than Silk distaff Lyons Softassilk, who closed from far back in :27.2 to win in 1:57.1 for Threelyonsracing, and then with 1:56.2 winner Sniper Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous - Snippet Hanover who became the only baby of the day to post a second qualifying win. Jo Ann Looney-King co-owns this promising baby with Tim Tetrick LLC. The Jim Campbell barn finished first in both events for young trotting males, with Jeremy Morrison guiding both two-year-olds to the wins. Take All Comers, a Creatine - Nantab colt, went wire-to-wire in a 1:58.3 win for Runthetable Stables; the Muscle Hill - Cocktail Hour colt Cricket Fashion raced behind slow fractions, then came on to win in 2:05 for Fashion Farms LLC. Fastest two-year-old trotting filly was the Explosive Matter - La Boheme miss Lexa Hanover, who threw successive :29.1 back quarters for the 2:00.1 victory for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and the partnership of LeBlanc Racing Inc., Douglas Johnson, and Glenn Dyke. A final qualifying note: the Googoo Gaagaa sophomore trotting colt Yall Beneath Me was undefeated in seven Maryland stakes starts at two - by a combined margin of 133¾ lengths, or an average of just over 19 lengths per race. Yall Beneath Me won at first asking at three for driver Russell Foster and owner/trainer Richard Hans - but was only 11½ lengths clear of the field at the end of his 1:57.2 victory.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Alluneedisfaith N ($4.60) patiently rode along in the pocket before pouncing at head-stretch and dueling down Love Me Some Lou for a 1:50.2 victory in the opening day (Sunday, June 21) feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. The 6-year-old Art Major gelding and driver George Napolitano Jr. strode clear from post three and controlled a :27.3 opening quarter before ceding command to Love Me Some Lou (David Miller), who brushed from third off the first turn. Alluneedisfaith N was content to draft behind Love Me Some Lou through middle splits of :56 and 1:23.2 before emerging off the home turn to reengage Love Me Some Lou, who refused to back down. Alluneedisfaith N dug in to prevail by three-quarters of a length, while Love Me Some Lou remained a clear runner-up, 1-3/4 lengths better than the chasing Ana Afreet N (Tony Morgan). Ross Croghan trains 16-time winner Alluneedisfaith N for the Robert Cooper Stables LLC. The featured win was one of four on the day for Napolitano, whose driving grand slam was matched by Jordan Stratton. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (June 24), with a 14-race card slated for a 12:25 p.m. first post.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2020 -- Cherry Peep quarter-poled to the top and was untouchable from there, scoring an easy harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Mike Wilder swept the front three and finished with five victories, winning a nifty half the 10-race card. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners. Although Cherry Peep hadn't raced since March 11, Aaron Merriman confidently sent her to the point from fourth. The 5-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block shrugged off the first-over challenge of Tequila Talkin and triumphed in 1:56. Early leader Cantab Lindy was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Tequila Talkin saved show. Andy Rickert trains Cherry Peep, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $175,948, and owns with Corey Hendricks and Nicole Stahl. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the 10-race program features a $10,911.35 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

HARRISBURG PA - Two-year-olds went behind the gate for the first time in 2020 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while 100 miles south trotters and pacers saw their first harness racing action of the year at Harrah's Philadelphia, both in morning qualifying sessions. During the Pocono babies action, the hot barn was that of Todd Schadel, co-owner of Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, as Schadel guided all three winners on the trotting gait. The faster of two victorious rides behind colts for Todd was Top Me Off, by first-year sire Bar Hopping out of Chiptomylou, who went wire-to-wire in 2:00.2, last half 58.1, for the ownership of Todd and his wife Christine in partnership with Rick and Regina Beinhauer. In the lone diamondgaited filly sector, the Cantab Hall - Chez Lucie miss Cheesy Hanover made two moves and stepped home in 29 to complete a 2:02 victory. Trainer / driver Schadel also co-owns Cheesy Hanover, along with Hall of Famer Jim Simpson. On the pace, Schadel set the pace with Shakealeg Hanover in the fastest freshman race, but the pair were run down late by Dillinger in 1:59.4, the faster mile in the colt division. Dillinger is by Always B Miki, the Horse of the Year who has his first crop at the races this year, out of Bodacious Hanover, whose mother is Bunny Lake and whose half-brother is the promising two-year-old of 2019, Lake Charles. Mark MacDonald guided Dillinger for trainer Ray Schnittker, who is co-owner in partnership with Hall of Famer Ted Gewertz, Max J. Hempt, and Steven Arnold. The Rock N Roll Heaven - Toy Delight pacing filly Jubilee Queen made two moves to control the pace for driver Matt Kakaley, going on nice to win in 2:00 for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Kevin Lare, and owners Frank Chick and David Hamm in the faster of two sections for the baby fillies. In the inaugural morning session of the year at Philly, the fastest heats were saved for last. Quickest mile of the day, 1:52.4, was turned in by the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Shadow Cat, who sat behind pacesetting Mindtrip, then despite being unraced since last July 27 gained into a 27.4 last quarter to win for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Josh Green, and new owners Howard Taylor and the David Rovine Stable LLC. The quickest Philly trotter, the Kadabra gelding Tony Soprano, had missed even more time - 370 days since his last race -- and also made his bow for new connections, provisional driver / trainer David Hoover and owner Jaypaul Hoover, and he was likewise victorious, triumphing on the engine in 1:57.2. Philly begins its 2020 pari-mutuel meet on Sunday at 12:40, however, the Wednesday thru Friday cards will be going at the regular 12:25 post time. Pocono, after a 102-day break due to the COVID shutdown, starts its purse program back up a day earlier, with Pocono featuring racing on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday at 12:30 and Sunday at 7:00.   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

The Meadows Racetrack will be re-scheduling The Currier & Ives 3 YO Filly Trot originally scheduled for May 22, 2020, and the Currier & Ives 3 YO Open Trot originally scheduled for June 20, 2020 to Saturday, July 4, 2020.   Mark Loewe

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first pari-mutuel racing card in the "second part" of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will take place this Saturday afternoon, with the first of fourteen races to be going postward at 12:30 p.m. (Pocono comes back with racing on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday at 12:30, with the Sunday card beginning at 7.) Top event scheduled on the return card is a $17,200 contest for fast-class pacers, with the millionaire Rockin Ron drawing the rail in the field of seven. The Ron Burke trainee, who has amassed $1,660,449 so far in his harness racing career, gets a bit of relief in company here after running into a 1:49 mile by Bechers Brook A while finishing fifth, timed in 1:49.4, in his first post-pandemic outing. Bakersfield, who himself has a bankroll in excess of $400,000 and a 1:49.1 lifetime mark at Philly, deserves a look from bettors if for no other reason than his trainer, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, sent out five winners from ten starters during the first set of Pocono qualifiers last Saturday, with Bakersfield winning handily in 1:55.2. Tyler Buter, who won the last pre-shutdown race at The Downs on March 9, has a chance to complete a "102-day consecutive driving double" with McBoogitty in the day's first race - this pacer shows two seconds and a third in his last three starts against similar company, but he has not raced since the last weekend here before the hiatus. In the second half of the double, much respect will go to Cattlewash, another Burke trainee, who will be making his sophomore debut after winning in excess of $300,000 as a baby and taking a mark of 1:50.3 at Lexington. Cattlewash will need to come back sharp to overcome the outermost draw in a field of nine talented youngsters. On the trotting side, Lindsey's Pride may be the horse to beat in an $11,200 contest after opening his 2020 account with two straight 1:55 qualifying wins at Wingate Farms Spa, an eastcentral Pennsylvania training facility which has raced qualifying events the last two Mondays for its local horsemen's colony. 100 miles to the south of Pocono, Harrah's Philadelphia will tomorrow be conducting the draw for its first racecard of the year, which will take place on Sunday afternoon (Philly will race Wednesday through Friday and Sunday at 12:40). Both Pocono and Harrah's will be holding qualifying action tomorrow morning to help ensure the trotters and pacers can be primed as they start or restart their regular racing schedule.   Jerry Connors

Please be advised that the draw for Opening Day Sunday June 21st will be Wednesday June 17th, box will close at 9am. The condition sheet for the Opening week is now available on the USTA site. Horsemen should be advised of the following draw schedule for the 2020 racing season.   Draw day -- Race day Tuesday -- Friday Wednesday -- Sunday Thursday -- Wednesday Friday -- Thursday   The box closes at 9:00 a.m. all mornings. Qualifiers Draw this coming week will be Wednesday Morning for Thursday 2 Year Old Qualifiers and Thursday Morning for Friday All Age Horses Qualifiers. Box for both Qualifier days will close at Noon Time. After Opening Day on June 21st, Qualifiers will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for the remainder of the season with entries accepted on Sunday mornings until Noon. Horsemen also please be advised that Facial Coverings are required at all times in the Paddock Building, also Temperature checks will be conducted upon entering the Paddock Building. Drivers Room access will be limited and showers will not be available. Horsemen are once again reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents for their horses, including Coggins, EHV and rabies paperwork dated 2020 and a health certificate from the last 30 days. They may be faxed to the race office at 484.490.2230. Additionally, racing applications are available through the Harrah's Philadelphia website:, and following the "Horsemen" link.   Barry Brown | Director/Racing Operations 777 Harrah's Blvd | Chester, PA 19013

WASHINGTON, PA, June 14, 2020 -- If you've forgotten that the late Pick 5 and the Super Hi-5 were uncovered on the final harness racing card at The Meadows before the COVID-19 shutdown, you're forgiven; that was March 16, 91 days ago. But it means that when live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, June 15, the 10-race program will offer a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $2,026.34 Pick 5 carryover (race 6); a $5,243.61 Super Hi-5 carryover (race 10), and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the early Pick 4 (race 2). The Meadows will offer four live cards each week -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday -- each beginning at the new post time of 12:45 PM. Monday's card features an ultra-competitive $17,900 Open Handicap Trot; the eight heavyweights in the field boast combined earnings exceeding $4.58 million. Three of the contenders have recent pari-mutuel starts under their belts. Icanflylikeanangel (post 8, Mike Wilder) finished second in a June 6 Open Handicap at Northfield. Perlucky (post 6, Dave Palone) was a hard-used third in a May 26 Open Handicap at Northfield while Final Breath (post 4, Brady Brown) actually has a pair of recent outings. He won that May 26 event at Northfield and finished sixth in a June 5 Open at Scioto Downs. Also formidable is Smalltownthrowdown (post 5, Aaron Merriman), a 7-year-old millionaire making his initial start in the stable of trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Here’s the exotic wagering schedule for Monday’s card: ·      Daily Double — Races 1&2, 9&10; ·      Exacta, Trifecta — Every race; ·      Superfecta — Every race, 10-cent minimum wager; ·      Pick 3 — Races 3&8, 50-cent minimum wager; ·      Pick 4 — Races 2&7, 50-cent minimum wager; ·      Pick 5 — Race 6, 50-cent minimum wager; ·      Super Hi-5 — Race 10, 20-cent minimum wager. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Separate posts on social media Wednesday night (June 10) announced that the three Pennsylvania harness racing tracks — The Meadows, Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono — were informed with an email from the state’s Secretary of Health Rachel Levine that they have been cleared to resume racing. Levine emphasized that the plan for the safety procedures for dealing with the COVID-19 virus from each track was approved and that it must be “implemented and maintained.” The announcement regarding The Meadows was on State Representative Tim O’Neal’s Facebook page and a similar post about Harrah’s Philadelphia and Pocono appeared on the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association Facebook page shortly after. Each track will announce their own plan for reopening. To read Levine’s letter to The Meadows, click here. USTA Communications Department

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