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WILKES-BARRE PA - It's unusual to see a major equipment change made in midseason on a winner of $856,065.   But perhaps that's why Ron Burke isn't just another trainer.   Burke put trotting hopples on the veteran Jailhouse Jesse gelding Rose Run Parker after the horse broke in two straight starts, and the equipment seemed to help straighten out the trotter as he won the $20,000 featured event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night in 1:52.3.   Matt Kakaley, guiding his third winner of the card to that point, had Rose Run Parker away from the gate quickly, getting the lead past the 28 quarter, and "the horse with recent gait problems" trotted like a perfect machine from there - 28.1, 28.1, 28.1, winning by 1¼ lengths. The "Celebrity" photo for second saw Celebrity Eventsy edge out favored Celebrity Pegasus behind the winner, who has now taken four of twelve this year and 43 of 72 career starts (60%).   The powerful team of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC will now be interested to see what the addition of the hopples might mean to Rose Run Parker's current classclimbing abilities.   PHHA / Pocono

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 23, 2017 - Enoch, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, provided a slight upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 23. With a final time of 1:49.2, Enoch recorded his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and established a new lifetime mark in the process. Tetrick elected to use off-the-pace tactics with Enoch as he was uninvolved in the early stages of the going to settle along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front but would have to work for position as New Talent and Todd Warren also left aggressively. Night Pro was able to grab the lead through a snappy opening panel of :25.3 while New Talent opted for the pocket seat. Night Pro continued to call the shots down the backside as the hot pace continued through the second station in :53.2. As the field approached the final turn, John DeLong had Shooter's Dream on the attack first-over and Enoch quickly grabbed the cover through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.3. Night Pro was still in charge turning for home but the torrid pace was beginning to take its' toll. Shooter's Dream was able to wear down the leader but Enoch was poised to strike. Using a :26.2 final panel, Enoch coasted on to the wire a length in front of his competition. New Talent rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors. Shooter's Dream held on for third. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Enoch returned $10.80 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the four-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-Kienna's Angel has now won three of seven seasonal starts. Recording his tenth lifetime victory from 32 outings, Enoch pushed his lifetime bankroll to $134,740 for his owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura, and F. Baldachino. It was a Trace Tetrick early double as he also found the winner's circle in the second race of the evening behind Gerries Sport for trainer Tyler George. Stopping the timer in 1:49.1, Gerries Sport recorded his fourth seasonal victory and also a new lifetime mark. Enoch Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2017 -- Call For Justice, who hadn't won in five starts since leaving The Meadows, made a triumphant return home Wednesday with a front-end harness racing victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. A 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, Call For Justice opened the year with five straight victories at The Meadows before shifting to Hoosier Park to face the trotting elite there. He hit the board in all five Indiana outings but couldn't reach the winners' circle. He ended that frustrating streak when he made the front past the quarter for Dave Palone and held off the pocket-sitting Classicality by a neck in 1:53.2, with Boy Meets Girl K third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $358,167, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In Wednesday's companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, 1-2 favorite Barn Girl withstood the first-over challenge of Dirty Secret and prevailed by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Bessie rallied for second while Dirty Secret held show. Aaron Merriman drove the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who extended her career bankroll to $480,268, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Elsewhere on the card, Kristy'sgingergal became harness racing's fastest freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track when she won at first asking for trainer/driver Tyler Stillings and owner Baby Horses LLC. The daughter of Pilgrims Chuckie-Outback Kristy scored in 1:59.1. Stillings enjoyed another victory with a debuting 2-year-old filly from his stable when Swan Mama (Swan For All-Little Rigs) broke her maiden in 2:00.1. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special twilight program, first post 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Hannelore Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, successfully defended her harness racing title in the $253,000 Armbro Flight Final for trotting mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner won last year's Armbro Flight in similar fashion to this year's edition: the mare basically front-stepped her way to the winner's circle. Emoticon Hanover showed early speed off the gate to claim the lead followed by Majestic Presence, who got away second. Hannelore Hanover, the heavy 1-5 favourite, was parked out into the first turn and was forced to make a bid for command. After Emoticon Hanover posted a :27 opening panel, Hannelore Hanover, who was second on the outside, cleared to the front. The five-year-old mare remained the tempo-setter, marching past the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Charmed Life took a shot at the leader while advancing first-over into the final turn, however Hannelore Hanover could not be caught as they entered the stretch. She opened up by three and a quarter lengths before stopping the clocked in 1:51.4. Charmed Life finished second and Emoticon Hanover was third. "There was a lot of movement behind the gate and a lot of close quarters there for a little bit so I just wanted to make my way to the front as easy as I could and keep her out of trouble," said Gingras. There was a delay to the start of the race as Majestic Presence required an equipment adjustment, which the reinsman noted caused Hannelore Hanover to become a little anxious. "I scored her down a little bit to get her attention before that happened and I got her attention, that's for sure," he said. "She was a little bit grabby and wouldn't quite relax for me after that." The daughter of Swan For All and High Sobriety is captured her fourth victory of the season and 29th career triumph. With the win, the brown mare lifts her career earnings to $1,692,108 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The last time a mare won back-to-back Armbro Flight Finals was in 2005 and 2006 by great Peaceful Way. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($2.80) for a $4.70 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-8 (Emoticon Hanover) triactor was worth $28.10, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-8-5 (Majestic Presence)] returned $306.25. There was no show wagering. Ray Cotolo / Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2017 -- Parked the opening quarter in a swift 26.2, Lincolnjames was far from done, as he put the pedal to the metal and drew off to capture Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:50.2. Lincolnjames was extended by Techtor Hanover before taking the lead past the quarter, but the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding shrugged off the first-over challenge of Dapper Dude and waltzed home for Dave Palone from there. Techtor Hanover held second, 2 lengths back, while Sam Hill shot the Lightning Lane for show. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 12-race card. Ron Burke trains Lincolnjames, who now boasts career earnings of $231,077, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Meadows

After watching Hannelore Hanover win her Armbro Flight Stakes elimination last Friday, harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras believe the award-winning female trotter is back to her old self. The 5-year-old mare captured her elim by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:52.2 and is ready to defend the crown she won a year ago with a Canadian-record performance. "It's the first time I thought that she looked like herself," Burke said. "I think she's back to being sharp. She's ready to go. The other horses look good in there, but they're going to have to trot in (1):51 to beat her." Hannelore Hanover, who received 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien awards as the best older female trotter in the U.S. and Canada, enters Saturday's C$253,000 Armbro Flight final at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack off back-to-back wins following a half-length loss to Charmed Life in her seasonal opener. "She's vicious right now," Gingras said. "The first start she wasn't a hundred percent; the second start she was better. Last week she was on cruise control. She couldn't have done it any easier. She's sound, she's happy; all systems are go." The Armbro Flight is part of a stakes-filled card Saturday at Mohawk. The lineup also includes the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Last year Hannelore Hanover won 17 of 20 races and earned $1.11 million in purses, leading all female trotters in earnings. Her victories included the Breeders Crown Mare Trot and the Hambletonian Maturity, where she defeated male rivals. She also beat the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic in addition to winning the Armbro Flight Stakes, TVG Series championship for female trotters, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill, and Miami Valley Distaff. Her mile time of 1:51 in winning the Armbro Flight equaled the world record for a 4-year-old trotting mare and established the all-age Canadian record for a female trotter. A daughter of Swan For All out of High Sobriety, Hannelore Hanover has won 28 of 44 career races and earned $1.47 million. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "She's a freak," Gingras said. "She's got big-time speed and she can carry it forever. Last year she was a little sore, but she's sound right now. The sky's the limit for her." Hannelore Hanover is trying to become the first horse to win the Armbro Flight in consecutive years since Peaceful Way in 2005-06. Hannelore Hanover won last year's race by 6-1/2 lengths over Shake It Cerry. The connections of the Armbro Flight's two elimination winners got to pick starting spots for Saturday's final. Hannelore Hanover and Gingras will leave from post No. 4. Charmed Life, who won the other elim in 1:53.1 with Louis-Philippe Roy driving for trainer Rene Allard, will begin from post three. Among the other horses in the field, two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna starts from post seven after finishing second to Charmed Life last week. Two-time O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill, who was third behind Charmed Life and Broadway Donna, got post nine. Emoticon Hanover, who finished second to Hannelore Hanover in their elimination, is in post eight. Emoticon Hanover was last season's 3-year-old Ontario Sire Stakes champion and the Breeders Crown runner-up to Broadway Donna. "There are good horses in there," Burke said. "This group is tougher than last year, I think. But (Hannelore Hanover) is ready. If there's somebody better, then they're better." Following is the field for the Armbro Flight in post order with listed driver and trainers. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1 - Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples-Paul Reid 2 - Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver 3 - Charmed Life - Majestic Son - Louis Philippe Roy-Rene Allard 4 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5 - Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - Chris Christoforou-Dagfin Henriksen 6 - Renegade Magic - Kadabra - Trevor Henry-Jeffrey Thomson 7 - Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - David Miller-Jim Campbell 8 - Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 9 - Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 10 - Ready Any Time - Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH --- On an absolutely picturesque evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Crazy Wow and harness racing driver Chris Page assumed command upon their departure from the gate and did not experience a truly tense moment en route to a powerful 1:52 track record score in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial in front of a standing-room only crowd on Saturday (June 10). Defending older trotting champion Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Canadian invader Musical Rhythm (Peter Wrenn) third. In fact, Page was still rather incredulous at how the race unfolded for his horse after he addressed his legions of young fans in the winner’s circle that were shouting his name and pleading for his whip or his sunglasses as a souvenir of his victory. “I can’t believe how it all worked out,” he said. “I intended to get him involved in the race early-on, but I wasn’t planning on going to the lead. When the wings were still unfolding off the gate I looked to my left and wondered where everybody else was. He just took me out there all on his own and from there on it was all him. I could not have asked for a better trip.” Commencing his journey from post position eight did not seem to hamper Crazy Wow’s need to display his speed. Conditioned by Ron Burke and owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, the 5-year-old stallion, fresh off his first victory in nearly a year in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational on May 28 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, laid down a very swift first split of :26.2 with Obrigado in hot pursuit in the field of nine with the scratch of Homicide Hunter. In essence it was reduced to eight competitors after 2015 Dan Patch Award winner and world champion JL Cruze broke strode going into the first turn. As Crazy Wow and Page went past the half-mile marker in :55.1, Obrigado was hemmed in and slightly shuffled back to third as Hemi Seelster (Brett Holland) moved aggressively, intent on not allowing his top two rivals to stray too far. After Crazy Wow passed the three-quarter marker in 1:23.1, the rest of the field began their bids to overtake him in their quest for the wire. Both Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) and Musical Rhythm made their moves from sixth and fifth, respectively, as Hemi Seelster tired from his earlier efforts to drop back to fourth entering the top of the stretch. This transition of positions provided Obrigado, who was making his 2017 debut, with a desperately needed seam and he and MacDonald pulled to the outside in an attempt to chase down Crazy Wow. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as Crazy Wow appeared to lengthen his stride with each hoof he placed upon the Columbus oval and he maintained a comfortable 1-3/4 length advantage right to the wire. Musical Rhythm spurted up the rail after Obrigado vacated that area to finish third. “I had driven him once before,” Page said. “It was a long time ago and I don’t remember anything specific about him from that race, other than I already knew he was a very good horse, but tonight he was something; he was much more than just very good. I know his connections have worked with him and it certainly has paid off.” Collecting his second consecutive triumph and propelling his 2017 record to 5-2-3-0, with his career resume now at 47-17-10-3, Crazy Wow has now earned more than $1.7 million. Sent off the as the second selection at 3-1, the stallion paid a generous $8.20 for his victory. Obrigado at 3-1 provided $5.00 to his supporters to place, with Musical Rhythm (14-1) offering $7.80 to show. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

HARRINGTON, Del. - Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Class Six ($23.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:52 winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open Pace. Trained by Ron Burke, it was the second win of the season for the 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding. Class Six fought gamely first over versus pacesetting favorite Dancin Yankee before clearing at the top of the stretch for a powerful triumph. Arque Hanover closed ground late for second while McKenry was third. The first round of $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old stakes will be held next Monday June 12. The pacing colts and geldings will be the first in action with the draw scheduled for June 6. Pacing fillies will start their first leg on June 13 with the trotters in action June 14. The $100,000 finals will be held on July 27 on Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. Matthew Sparacino

Manalapan, NJ --- Ron Burke and Julie Miller sent out the majority of Monday's 2-year-old trotters and pacers at Gaitway Farms' first qualifiers of the month and both trainers were happy with what they saw from their young horses as they prepare for the harness racing season ahead. Burke, who had 23 horses go behind the gate, had five winners on the day while Miller, who sent out 14 2-year-olds, had four victories from that group. Andy Miller drove all of the winners for Team Miller, including the day's fastest 2-year-old pacer, colt Hayden Hanover with a 1:54.4 clocking, and fastest 2-year-old trotter, filly Strawberry Hanover, with a time of 1:57.4. "Everyone minded their manners and had go," Julie Miller said. "You don't want any mishaps and for the horses to have good experiences. This is the first chance to see if they've learned everything we've tried to teach them through the course of the winter and we liked what we saw from them. Andy was really pleased with how everybody qualified." Hayden Hanover is a son of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire mare Hana Hanover. He was purchased for $85,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Strawberry Hanover is a daughter of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover out of the mare Star Hanover. Her family includes stakes-winners Superstar Hanover and Celebrity Katie as well as Nova Award-winning Spellbound Hanover, who is the dam of Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder. Strawberry Hanover was purchased for $95,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Also winning for Team Miller were colt pacer Born To Be Bad and filly trotter Seviyorum. Born To Be Bad (Big Bad John-Cruzin Angel) won in 1:56 for owners Marie Trombetta and George Green, who co-bred the colt with Rhonda Heady. Seviyorum (Donato Hanover-Armbro Domino) won in 1:59.1 for breeder/owner Stroy Inc. Burke won with pacing colt Aleppo Hanover and pacing fillies Strong Opinion, Youaremycandygirl, and Let's Fall In Love. He also had a victory with trotting colt U Need Stones. "Everybody was good," Burke said. "I think it's the first time I've ever had none of them make a break; I didn't have one out of 23 make a break. "A couple of them were better than others, but some of the ones that raced from the back were better than they even looked. Really, I can't separate them. I'm happy with them all. The guys did a good job. They let them trot or pace within themselves. I do think it's a good bunch overall, but I don't know who is better than who yet." Aleppo Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Anderosa Hanover), who won in 1:56.4, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Autotune Hanover and his family includes stakes-winners Aracache Hanover and Lyons Snyder. Aleppo Hanover was purchased for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Larry Karr, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. Strong Opinion (Well Said-Rough Sketch) won in 1:58.1 for Burke Racing, Jack Piatt II, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was purchased for $50,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) won in 1:58.4. Purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and owned by Bill Donovan, the filly's second dam is Sweet Future --- the mother of Pacer of the Year Sweet Lou and multiple-stakes-winner Bettor Sweet. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) also is owned by Donovan and won in 1:59.1. She was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a full sister to New York Sire Stakes champion Band Of Angels and a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment. U Need Stones (Wishing Stone-Sequin Hanover) won in 1:59 and is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, and Phil Collura, who all bred the colt. Yannick Gingras drove four of Burke's winners while Joe Bongiorno was in the sulky for the other. The day's remaining winners were colt trotters Classichap and You Know You Do. Classichap, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, won in 1:59.2 for owner Purple Haze Stables. The son of Chapter Seven-Classical Flirt was purchased for $95,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award recipient Market Share. You Know You Do (Muscle Hill-You Want Me) won in 2:01.4 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. The colt's dam was a New York Sire Stakes champion and the family includes Peace A Pie, the mother of Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. You Know You Do was purchased for $350,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and the group of Katz, Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Click here for Monday's complete results from Gaitway. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

All Bets Off won Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, making him only the second horse to win both a Carl Milstein Memorial and a Battle of Lake Erie, two of the track's prestigious harness racing Grand Circuit events. Wiggle It Jiggleit accomplished the same feat. All Bets Off (Bettor's Delight - Armbro Penelope - Dexter Nukes) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable. He is trained by Ron Burke. Matt Kakaley had the winning drive. As the gate pulled away from the stellar Battle field, Luck Be Withyou and Aaron Merriman rushed to the front, setting wicked-fast fractions of :26, :52.4 and 1:20.3. "I figured the race would rock and roll early. I thought I should get away mid-pack and cross my fingers," said Kakaley. "The trip worked out perfectly for us." All Bets Off started from post four and made a three-wide bid late in the third panel to make the front and best his competition by 2¼-lengths, stopping the clock at 1:49.2. The time represents a new track record for five and up pacing horses. The former 1:50.4 mark was set in 2002 by Western Millennium and Walter Case, Jr. "All Bets Off is a special horse to me and has really helped further my career to a place I'm not sure it would be without him," offered Kakaley. "This win feels good." Saturday's win marks the 25th score for All Bets Off in 86 career races and increases his bankroll to $2,372,503. All Bets Off Ayers Ratliff  

Beyonces Rockn crossed the finish line faster than any other harness racing mare in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:51 on Saturday (May 27). The clocking formally broke the 1:52 record for five and up pacing mares, which was held by three different horses: Hidden Land (Don Irvine Jr.) from 2015, and Devil Child (David Miller) and Love Forbidden (Aaron Merriman) in 2016. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC and RTC Stables Inc. own Beyonces Rockn. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-Im Betting On You-Bettor's Delight) started from post seven. She left from the gate and sat fourth through the initial :27.1 quarter. Stahl moved her coming to the half. She brushed to the front and never looked back through times of :56.1, 1:23 and 1:51, besting her competition by 12 ¾-lengths. Beyonces Rockn now has seven wins in 19 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 16th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $178,492. She was heavily favored and returned $2.60 to win. Beyonces Rockn Ayers Ratliff

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - A record number of 28 nominees for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R are now final for the revival of the showcase race on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Restricted to four-year-old pacers, the 4th renewal of the Prix D'Ete final will feature the top eight money-winners in 2017 that enter the race. New this year for the race is that every horse that enters will receive purse money as the new conditions of the race call for horses finishing 6th through 8th place to each receive $1,000. While the Prix D'Ete final is nearly three months away, the action in the four-year-old division has been fast and furious so far, this season. This past Sunday, Western Flame proved to be the current standout as he was able to quarter move and then wire the field in capturing the $176,000 Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs in 1:51.4 over a "good" track. Trained by Jimmy Takter, who won the inaugural revival of the Prix D'Ete in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip, Western Fame could be his second Prix D'Ete triumph. Second in the race was the top horse Check Six from the Ron Burke Stable. Burke has sent out the last two Prix D'Ete winners, All Bets Off (2015) and Rockin Ron (2016) as the stable goes for a record three straight Prix D'Ete triumphs. Finishing third was Sinatra and, in fact, all nine starters in the Confederation Cup Final are also eligible to the Prix D'Ete Final. Quebec owned nominees include Quebec-bred champions HP Patriote and Sports Authority, Endeavor and Stonebridge Beach. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Brett Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers won the Prix D'Ete. "This is super to have a record number nominated for the final," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "We could well see the track record broken come August 20 in the final." In 2014, the Quebec Jockey Club revived the Prix D'Ete, making it the tracks premier race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races in North America only for four-year-old pacers. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club 2017 Prix D'Ete Final Nominees AMERICAN PASSPORT by American Ideal ANOTHER DAILY COPY by Somebeachsomewhere ARSENIC by Bettor's Delight ARTMAGIC by Art Major AWESOMENESS by Mach Three BIG TOP HANOVER by Western Ideal CHECK SIX by Somebeachsomewhere DAY TRADE HANOVER by Big Jim DR J HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere ENDEAVOR by American Ideal GERRIES SPORT by Mach Three HP PATRIOTE by Vintage Master LYONS SNYDER  by Well Said MAGNUM J by Big Jim MISSILE J by American Ideal MR WIGGLE PANTS by Mr Wiggles NOCTURNAL BLUECHIP by Bettor's Delight PRETTY BOY HILL by Somebeachsomewhere ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD by Roll With Joe ROLL AWAY JOE by Roll With Joe SECRECY by Mach Three SEELEY MAN by Western Maverick SINTRA by Mach Three SPIDER MAN HANOVER by Western Ideal SPORTS AUTHORITY by Sportswriter STONEBRIDGE BEACH by Mach Three VORACITY by Sportswriter WESTERN FAME by Western Ideal    

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 22 - Hannelore Hanover returned to Mohawk Racetrack for the first time this season Monday and turned in a dominating 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the first leg of the Miss Versatility. A field of eight older trotting mares clashed in the $53,200 Grand Circuit event. Hannelore Hanover was sent off as the 1/5 favourite and made a winning performance look like a walk in the park. Driver Yannick Gingras let the big mare stride out early, but yielded for a four-hole spot and allowed Emoticon Hanover and Side Bet Hanover to play musical chairs with the lead. As Emoticon Hanover reclaimed the lead for the second-time at the half in :56.3, Hannelore Hanover was sent first-up by Gingras and the heavy-favourite claimed the top spot swinging into the turn. The superstar trotting mare proceeded to post a :27.2 third-quarter followed by a :28.1 kicker to secure a 5¼ lengths victory. Emoticon Hanover held her position to finish second, while Barn Girl won a Show photo over Oho Diamond. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover came into her second start of the season Monday off a second-place finish at Miami Valley on May 7th. "They all get beat some point and for her it was her first start," said Gingras. "She's not going to go undefeated this year, but I'm not so worried about that, I'll worry about the big money races." The regular driver behind Hannelore Hanover also pointed out that he was hoping to give the sensational trotting mare an easy trip on Monday. "I was trying to take it easy on her as much as I could. They were battling a little bit early on so (I) just sat there," said Gingras. "She can race any which way. She loves tracking down horses, she's game on the front, so she makes my job really easy." A five-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino & J And T Silva Stables LLC. Last season, 'Hannelore' won 17 of 20 starts and earned nearly $1.2 million. Her victory Monday gives her 27 career wins and an additional $26,600 to her bankroll of over $1.5 million. She paid $2.40 to win. Hannelore Hanover The Miss Versatility Series for older trotting mares has three preliminary legs before a rich final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug Day. The series visits Mohawk, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. Monday evening's card also saw a record payout for a $2 Exacta. Driver Paul MacDonell steered three-year-old pacer Dubious Claim to a 103-1 shocker in the evening's fifth-race. The triple-digit longshot was followed across the finish line by Jaydens Place and driver Phil Hudon at odds of 82-1. The $2 Exacta in the fifth-race paid $3,896.50, eclipsing the old Mohawk Racetrack record of $2,515.80 set on May 21, 1984. The horses that combined for the previous record were Rock N Chris, driven by Steve Condren, and Foolish Ward, driven by Roger Mayotte. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke teamed to take both the $20,000 featured trot and an $18,000 co-featured pace over a sloppy track Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   In the top-level trot, the Jailhouse Jesse gelding Rose Run Parker was sent to the top from the outside post eight by Kakaley, making the lead at the 27.4 first pole, then hanging up middle numbers of 56.4 and 1:24.3 before holding off a tough challenge from Classicality by ¾ of a length in 1:53.2, with favored Rock Of Cashel third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Rose Run Parker sure does know how to find his way home first - this was his 42nd win in only 68 career outings, during which he has accounted for $853,065.   Rose Run Parker     In the $18,000 pacing event, the Roll With Joe colt Miso Fast, third in his Breeders Crown Final last year, showed in his second start of the year that he is coming into top form, rallying from the pocket on Sunday to take a 1 3/4-length decision in 1:52.3. Kakaley and Burke are also the braintrust behind this promising sophomore, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables LLC.   In the $18,000 trot, the mare Spicedbourbongirl reinforced the adage "It's hard to suffer interference if you're in front," sprinting right to command and then taking advantage of trouble encountered by the two favorites to win by 6 1/4 lengths in 1:54.4 over a sloppy track. Last year's Matron and Valley Victory winner Snowstorm Hanover, making his seasonal debut, erred late on the first turn; favored Libertarian skirted that incident with relative ease, but then himself went offstride advancing on the leader off turn two. That left the door open for Spicedbourbongirl, and the Cantab Hall mare went through in style for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory, with her bankroll swelling to $218,793 for the Jesmeral Stable and Jeff Gregory Inc.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA – All Bets Off enjoyed a perfect pocket trip behind dueling contestants for the lead, then went to the Pocono Pike and went by the stubborn pacesetting Major Uptrend to post a 1:51.1 sloppy track victory in the $25,000 harness racing featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night.   70-1 shot Dojea Solo was fastest off the gate from the outside post seven and soon cleared everybody, with 4-5 favorite All Bets Off never ducking inside from post two and proceeding on to the lead nearing the 27.1 quarter. 2-1 second choice Major Uptrend, going for his sixth straight victory and ninth in his last ten trips to the gate, followed All Bets Off the first panel, then soon brushed up to take over the lead, with Orillia Joe coming at him towards the 56 half.   Major Uptrend and Orillia Joe went at each other down the back with a ferocious 26.4 third quarter to light the board at 1:22.4, with driver Matt Kakaley having the best seat in the horse behind the victorious son of Bettor’s Delight. In the stretch All Bets Off made the famous left-hand turn into the Pocono Pike; Major Uptrend was his usual gritty self, but All Bets Off had enough in reserve to wear down the Major by a neck. Dojea Solo rallied despite his long odds to take third in a picture over Orillia Joe.   The Ron Burke trainee has now won two straight races, and with this victory he boosted his lifetime bankroll to $2,260,503 for Burke Racing Stbale LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and The Panhellenic Stable Corporation.   All Bets Off     Matt Kakaley wound up with four driving victories, two of them for Ron Burke   PHHA / Pocono

Ron Burke is unsure what to expect from Southwind Cobra. There is no question, the harness racing trainer says, the horse is talented. There remains question whether he will fulfill his potential. Southwind Cobra might give Burke and his fellow owners some indication on Saturday when he faces seven rivals in the $143,737 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters at Freehold Raceway. The Dexter Cup is the first Grand Circuit race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes. Four of the eight Dexter Cup finalists are eligible to the Hambletonian: Southwind Cobra, Another Chapter, Earl Variera, and Sir John F. Another Chapter won one of last weekend's two Dexter Cup eliminations. Lord Cromwell won the other. Southwind Cobra did not compete in the elims because Burke elected to take a bye, based on career earnings, to the final. "We thought at the beginning of last year he was our best 2-year-old," said Burke, who owns Southwind Cobra with Jack Piatt II, Larry Karr, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. "He was a disappointment. There were points where he would show some things, but then there were points where he would show nothing. It was inconsistency and a lack of, really, wanting to win. "It's wait-and-see with him. He has all the talent in the world. He just needs to put it together." Southwind Cobra is a son of Muscle Hill, the 2009 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year, out of the mare Caerphilly. He was purchased for $120,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes stakes-winner No Pan No Gain (the dam of Burke-trained millionaire Crazy Wow) and, more distantly, Hall of Famer Proximity. Last year Southwind Cobra won two of 13 races and earned $96,296. Both wins came on the Grand Circuit, in divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and Tompkins-Geers, and his mark of 1:53.3 was fifth best among all 2-year-old male trotters in 2016. But he went off stride in eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and Breeders Crown and failed to advance to any of those finals. Southwind Cobra has raced once this season, finishing third in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands on April 21. Burke was happy the Dexter Cup attracted a number of starters (17) that required one horse to take a bye so the group could be divided into two eight-horse eliminations on Freehold's half-mile oval. "I wanted the bye," said Burke, who won the 2015 Dexter Cup with Habitat. "I thought (Southwind Cobra's) first race was just all right. I wasn't thrilled with it. I was looking to give him a week off, but didn't think I would have the opportunity. Then when I got the bye it gave me a week to train him and get him ready. "I trained him (Wednesday) on the half-mile track at Gaitway. I wasn't sure how he would handle the half, but he got around it perfect. It didn't seem like it affected him at all. I look for him to be sharp hopefully." Southwind Cobra will start the Dexter Cup final from post No. 5. Elim winners Lord Cromwell will leave from post two and Another Chapter from post eight. Another Chapter, who broke his maiden with his elim victory, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Spider Blue Chip. Sir John F, who won at Freehold the week prior to finishing third in the Dexter Cup elimination captured by Another Chapter, is from the stable of four-time Dexter Cup winner Jimmy Takter. Sir John F, who drew post one, is a half-brother to Ontario star Emoticon Hanover, who finished second to Broadway Donna in last season's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. Earl Variera, winless in six career races, will start from post three for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, who won last year's Dexter Cup with Dante. Saturday's Freehold card also includes two $36,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Princess Aurora, a stakes-winner last season and runner-up to Ariana G in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, leads a group of three Hambletonian Oaks eligibles (with Pennys N Dimes and Sparkle Plenty) in the first division. Romancing Rachel and Winter Sweet Frost are the Oaks eligible in the second division. Following is the Dexter Cup field in post order with listed drivers and trainers. The Dexter is race 10, with a 3:30 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Sir John F - Donato Hanover - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 2 - Lord Cromwell - Chapter Seven - John Campbell-Ed Hart-9/2 3 - Earl Variera - Explosive Matter - Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 4 - Gustavo Fring - Explosive Matter - Eric Carlson-Gilbert Garcia-Herrera-9/2 5 - Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Joe Bongiorno-Ron Burke-4/1 6 - Southwind Cruze - Chapter Seven - Andy Miller-Julie Miller-9/2 7 - Arch Credit - Credit Winner - Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-25/1 8 - Another Chapter - Chapter Seven - Brian Sears-Mark Silva-12/1 Click here for Saturday's complete Freehold card. Ken Weingartner

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