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WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- Whiskey Blu stretched his harness racing career unbeaten streak to five with an in-hand victory in Thursday's Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Massive Stroke took the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The event honors the memory of Dale McConnell, who earned the nickname "Mr. Trot" for his success developing and campaigning trotters. Unraced at 2, Whiskey Blu launched his career Jan. 21 and has waltzed through conditions; the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding has rolled up a combined victory margin of 15-1/4 lengths over those five wins. In the McConnell, Dan Charlino -- his pilot for all five starts -- sent Whiskey Blu to the point at the quarter. He drew away from The Funk late and defeated him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Laramie rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Whiskey Blu for Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Palm Springs and Whom Shall I Love each took a $10,000 opening-leg split of this series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, which commemorates the longtime manager of the 2:00 Club at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Palm Springs justified the support with a facile front-end score in 1:58 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. The 4-year-old daughter of Father Patrick-Hot Springs captured her second straight, defeating Elysian Promise and Friday Night Storm. Whom Shall I Love provided the day's tote board theatrics, upsetting at 16-1 with a charge through the Lightning Lane for Aaron Merriman and trainer Charley Myers, who owns the 4-year-old daughter of Whom Shall I Fear-Bars Dutchess with Randy Stevenson, Dana Phillips and James Phillips. She prevailed in 1:57.1, with early leader Wonmyheart Hanover and Graymatter Hanover completing the ticket. In Thursday's $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it two straight for Palone, Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding triumphed on the front end in 1:51.1, extending his lifetime bankroll beyond $700,000. Palone collected five wins and Burke three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

LEBANON, OH - After three legs, all at different harness racing distances, The First Step (Chris Page) won the $25,000 championship of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley at Miami Valley on Saturday (Feb. 20). Making a move to the top just after the first quarter was reached in :28.4 proved to be the right decision as the winner was able to control the remaining fractions of :57.1, 1:26.2, 1:54.3 before tacking on a final :28.1 panel to triumph in 2:22.4. The clocking was three seconds off the world record (2:19.4) established by Boulder Creek on November 27, 2006 at Dover Downs, but was admirable considering it is mid-February and the temperature was 28 degrees. Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) finished second and Snowball's Romeo third in the added-distance event.   The First Step, shipped in by the Burke Brigade to Miami Valley from Yonkers for the Dailey Series, was fourth in the initial 5/8ths mile dash, then followed up with a win in 1:51.3 at the traditional mile. The five-year-old Betterthancheddar gelding now has 13 wins and $161,719 in earnings. The medley annually honors the memory of Bill Dailey, one of the top trainer-drivers in Ohio harness history, who died way to soon at age 57 in 2018. Dailey produced six Ohio Triple Crown winners, was named Ohio Trainer of the Year on four occasions, and remarkably was able to win at least one Ohio Sires Stakes champion in seven of the eight divisions for two and three year olds. The weekly $22,000 Open Handicap pace was won by General Dolan in come-from-behind fashion with Brandon ("Big Ticket") Bates in tow. The 1:52.2 score resulted in a $34.80 mutuel. Favorites GD Western Joe (Page), Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) and Voracity (Noble) were battling for the lead before General Dolan flew bye on the outside, but were next to cross the line. While General Dolan did take a 1:49.3 record at Miami Valley in 2020, he had been struggling to regain his form in high condition races until recently. It was the 19th career win in 101 starts and increased his earnings to $277,425. The six-year-old by Rockin Image is owned by John and Robert Esposito. Three races after scoring the upset in the Open, driver Bates was back in the winner's circle with Beach Pro, a $15,000 claimer the paid $25.80 for the winning 1:53.2 mile. Miami Valley will race the next four afternoons (Sunday through Wednesday) will 2:05 p.m. post times each day. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) won the $22,500 Open Trot on a special make up Wednesday program at Miami Valley Raceway. The five-year-old son of Broadway Hall got the best of Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown), Another Breath (Dan Noble) and seven other harness racing rivals in 1:54.4. The victory was the 17th lifetime for the Burke Racing-Weaver Bruscemi LLC owned winner of just under $200,000.   Also featured on the program were championship legs of the R. J. Brown Memorial trotting series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime; as well as the $15,000 final of the popular Survivor Series for pacing mares. Howyadoinbub ran his win streak to three with an impressive 1:55.1 triumph from an outside post position. The four-year-old son of Dejarmbro has started 2021 with a bang after racing just once as a three-year-old. Trainer Bobbi Jo Brewer recently took over the training duties from co-owner Brian Georges, who became frustrated with the talented colt's quirks and idiosyncrasies. "When I give one to someone else to train, you know its one I don't get along with," quipped Georges. "I sure am glad Bobbi Jo doesn't have the same problems and they are getting along great!" Pick Me Upper (Brandon Bates) was runner up while Circle Of Life AS (Tyler Smith) got the show dough in the lucrative $20,000 race. Mary Catherine A (Trace Tetrick) dominated the distaff Survivor Series, winning both elimination heats and adding the final in 1:56.2. The nine-year-old Art Major mare is owned and trained by Tyler George and notched her 24th triumph in her 100th career start on Wednesday. Rockin Peggy (Josh Sutton) and Princess Oshie (Kayne Kauffman) were next to cross the line. Racing will resume on Friday at Miami Valley with the normal 4:05 p.m. weekend post time. For full results, click here.  From Miami Valley Raceway

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page have captured the 2020 Kaltenbach titles for the second consecutive season.  The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes events in a single season. Trainer Ron Burke captured his third Kaltenbach training title in 2020, sending 95 youngsters postward in the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, Championships, and consolations. His total money earnings from these OSS events were $1,392,500, surpassing his 2019 totals of $1,121,50 in OSS earnings. Burke had captured the 2014 Kaltenbach crown with $428,750 in OSS earnings and was runner-up in 2018, before winning the 2019 title.  This year his impressive assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters scored 20 wins, 19 seconds and six third place finishes in OSS competition.  Finishing in the runner-up spot was conditioner Chris Beaver with $791,600 in OSS earnings with a 12-12-12 record from 79 starts, while trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., had a 12-3-1 record in 29 starts, amassing $508,500 in OSS earnings. A total of 130 trainers participated in the 2020 OSS events, with eight earning between $100,000 and $300,000, and four conditioning the winners of $360,700 or more. A full 56 trained the winners of $10,000 to $100,000, while 34 trainers saw their charges earn between $2,000 and $9,999. Driver Chris Page captured the 2020 Kaltenbach title for the fifth time in seven years and for the second straight season. Page piloted 91 starters who scored 18 wins, 17 seconds and seven third to $1,179,300 in earnings.  Last year he had a 23-9-11 record from 94 starts and $1,085,100 in earnings. Brett Miller was second in command for the second straight season, with 16 wins, 14 seconds and eight thirds ($1,068,600), while Danny Noble garnered a 10-10-8 record ($764,900) from 55 OSS starts. Of the 54 drivers who participated in the 2020 OSS events, 44 garnered at least one purse check; 13 notched earnings of $100,000 or more; ten earned $200,000 or more; and six earned $400,000 or better. There were 17 drivers whose OSS purse checks totaled between $10,000 and $100,000, while 14 amassed $9,999 or less. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies.  In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times.  Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories—Sam “Chip” Noble, III and Dave Rankin.  Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator                                                            Chris Page                                                                                     Ron Burke   Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2020           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings Chris Page $1,178,300 2020 Ron Burke $1,392,500 Chris Page $1,085,100 2019 Ron Burke $1,121,850 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   $987,500 2018 Brian Brown $1,075,850 Chris Page       $849,100     2017 Chris Beaver $782,200 Chris Page $1,482,300 2016 Jim Dailey $908,300 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   $858,350         2015        Martin Wollam     $490,500 Chris Page $743,650 2014 Ron Burke $428,750 Dan Noble 416,500 2013 Jim Dailey 319,850 Kayne Kauffman 204,268 2012 Martin Wollam 205,413 Ryan Stahl 300,532 2011 Martin Wollam 149,997 Ryan Stahl 219,647 2010 Jim Arledge Jr. 160,240 Dan Noble 238,173 2009 Jim Dailey 247,380 Sam Noble III 255,500 2008 Jim Dailey 205,400 Ryan Stahl 383,311 2007 Michael Medors 209,025 Brett Miller 584,800 2006 Virgil Morgan Jr. 332,700 Brett Miller 667,800 2005 Virgil Morgan Jr. 416,600 Brett Miller 629,140 2004 Virgil Morgan Jr. 310,255 David Hawk 399,011 2003 Virgil Morgan Jr. 318,167 Brett Miller 565,802 2002 Michael Medors 315,369 David Hawk 655,600 2001 Michael Medors 283,225 David Hawk 643,650 2000 Virgil Morgan Jr. 266,225 David Hawk 459,100 1999 Virgil Morgan Jr. 213,495 David Miller 543,869 1998 Sam Noble III 174,257 David Miller 463,002 1997 Jeff Cox 138,597 David Miller 401,277 1996 Jim Arledge Jr. 140,437 David Miller 466,335 1995 Tom Brinkerhoff 162,605 David Miller 537,739 1994 Ron Potter 132,431 David Miller 339,179 1993 Sam Noble III 164,139 David Miller 288,852 1992 Doug Hinklin 194,168 Ray Paver Jr. 293,334 1991 Debbie Paver 154,726 Dave Rankin 264,384 1990 Dave Rankin 172,972 Sam Noble III 223,955 1989 Steve Brannan 156,136 Joe Adamsky 185,303 1988 Beth Dailey 135,230  

After suffering respiratory issues earlier this season, Cattlewash is healthy and hitting his best stride. The 3-year-old harness racing pacing colt has won three of his last four races and finished off the board only once in his last seven starts as he heads to Wednesday's single $35,000 Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs, where he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Cattlewash enters the elim off victories in the Matron Stakes last week at Dover and the Monument Circle Stakes on Nov. 6 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. His stretch of improved form began at the Little Brown Jug in September, where he finished second in the final from post seven, and continued with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 victory in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last month at Red Mile. He also won an elimination of the Breeders Crown and was third in the final, beaten by only a quarter length in a race that saw the top-eight finishers separated by two lengths. For the season, the Ron Burke-trained Cattlewash has won six of 15 starts and $487,986 for breeder/owner Bill Donovan. David Miller has driven the horse since July. "He fits 2020 perfectly because it's been a challenge with him for most of the year," Donovan said. "He kept getting respiratory infections that were affecting his breathing. Apparently, by the time the Jug came, they got it under control. He's now showing us what he can do when he can breathe properly. He's been a real pleasure since the Jug." Last year, Cattlewash won four of 13 races and $311,791. He was second to Papi Rob Hanover in the Matron for 2-year-old male pacers and third behind Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover in both the Breeders Crown elimination and final. Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover finished 1-2, respectively, in voting for the division's Dan Patch Award. "There was no question that (Cattlewash) had talent," Donovan said. "Coming into this year, he was in the shadow of Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover, obviously, but I had faith in him all along that he could nip at their heels anyway. With Papi Rob Hanover and Tall Dark Stranger retired, he's moving toward the head of the class. "He's becoming a different horse. I think because his maladies are behind him, hopefully, and he's racing better, he's developed a degree of confidence. He's a handsome individual. He's got brains; he stays pretty cool, calm, and collected around the track. Not too much flusters him. On the track now, he's all business." Cattlewash is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Road Bet. Donovan bought Road Bet at the end of her 3-year-old season and raced her for two years before breeding her to Somebeachsomewhere with the hopes of getting a colt. After Cattlewash was born, he sold the mare. "I wanted to breed a daughter of Bettor's Delight to Somebeachsomewhere because I thought that was a really good cross," Donovan said. Donovan is exploring opportunities to stand Cattlewash in New Jersey to service a limited book of mares while continuing the horse's racing career at age 4, following the path of pacer Bettor's Wish this year and trotter Father Patrick in 2015. "We're going to see if we can put it together in the next couple weeks," Donovan said. "Kind of get a jump start on the interest that's there. "But Ronnie is pretty adamant that we haven't seen the best of him. He's excited to train him next year, so how could I go against that? Some of the miles he's gone this year have been pretty eye opening. If we were able to equal or exceed that next year, it would be pretty awesome." The top-eight finishers from the Progress Pace elimination will advance to the $325,000 final Nov. 25 at Dover Downs. In addition to Cattlewash, the field includes Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa and Adios winner Catch The Fire as well as Grand Circuit stakes winners Tattoo Artist, No Lou Zing, Fortify, and Captain Kirk. Post time for Dover Downs is 4:30 p.m. (EST). Click here for complete entries. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA         

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Saturday afternoon's final card of 2020 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono contained the lure of a $239,000+ carryover into a mandatory distribution of the Rainbow Pick 5 pool for picking the winners of the last five races of the year. With anticipation of a nice payoff no matter whether a chalkplayer or longshot fancier, bettors poured $441,661 into the Rainbow Pick 5 pool, so that after the percentage deduction on the day's play, the pool distributed (carryover and "fresh money") reached $614,889. Only two of the nine favorites in races run before the Pick 5 events had emerged victorious, but those fortunes started to turn when favored Benson Boys N rallied strongly out of the two-hole to take a 1:50.4 lifetime mark in the $16,000 claiming handicap pacing feature. Hunter Oakes guided the winner of three straight for trainer Steve Brabrook and owner Alan Johnston, and the favorite paid $6.00 to win in the first Pick 5 contest.   Two more favorites followed in the next two Pick 5 events, with Anthony Napolitano guiding a $4.60 winner and brother George behind a $2.60 heavy chalk. 4-5 favorite Scootnroll, 10 for 12 in his career before the race, made a break at the start of the fourth event, but "form" players received some consolation from Billy Lincoln N, who won and paid $6.60 as the second choice. The second choice also came through in the finale to the tune of a $7.20 win mutuel. The winning combination of 5-(2,3)-4-3-4 (the #3 was scratched from the second leg, and the substituted favorite won) returned $143.58 per 20-cent investment in the giant pool. Doubtless some players forming large numbers of combination tickets had multiple "hits" with the races so living up to form, so many people found a good chunk of gold at the end of this Rainbow. The total handle on the Pocono closing day handle was added up to $845,976, with a bit over half of that brought in by the mandatory Rainbow Pick 5 payoff. Speaking of continued form, George Napolitano Jr. took his ninth straight sulky dashwinning championship and the fourteenth of his unparalleled career at The Downs, winning four on closing day to boost his yearly total to 212. His 14-4-4-0 scorecard after driving every race actually boosted his seasonal UDR to .380 with rounding up - in that category he now has seven crowns in a row and twelve overall. (George was also winningest trainer at Pocono five times.) Finally, with everything else that Ron Burke has won in recent years, Saturday saw him win his first training title in Pocono annals, with a winner on the closing card boosting his 2020 total to 67 during the 86-day meeting. From the PHHA / The Downs

Harness racing trainers Ron Burke and Julie Miller have three of the four richest 2-year-olds in Friday's Breeders Crown eliminations at Harrah's Hoosier Park - Venerate, Southwind Gendry, and Blue Diamond Eyes - and both trainers feel good about their entries overall as they prepare for the night. Hoosier hosts $25,000 eliminations for 2-year-olds and 3-year-old fillies Friday. The 3-year-old fillies include returning Breeders Crown champions Ramona Hill and Reflect With Me. The top-five finishers from each elimination advance to next week's finals. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through five for the finals. Eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers, 3-year-old male trotters, and older female pacers will be held Saturday at Hoosier. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Open Pace, Open Trot, and Mare Trot. Burke, who ranks No. 2 among all trainers in Breeders Crown history with 17 trophies, will send out 12 horses in Friday's elims, including male pacer Southwind Gendry and female pacer Blue Diamond Eyes. "I think they're all going to be competitive," Burke said. "I'm happy with where most of them drew. We're just going to try to get as many in (to the finals) as we can and then get ready for next week." Southwind Gendry has won eight of 10 races this year and earned $409,269, tops among 2-year-old male pacers. He brings a six-race win streak to his elimination. His triumphs include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and three Grand Circuit stakes (Elevation and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion). The gelding competes in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male pacers and will start from post two with driver Yannick Gingras. "He's super sharp and drew a good spot," Burke said. "I can't be happier. He has a real good attitude about winning. That's what most impresses me. He seems to want to win." The first elimination also includes Metro Pace winner Exploit and Indiana Sire Stakes champion JK Going West. The second elimination features undefeated Perfect Sting (8-for-8) as well as Metro runner-up Bayfield Beach and the season's fastest male pacer, Lou's Pearlman, who won a division of the Bluegrass in 1:49.1. Burke also trains Lou's Pearlman, the winner of five of 10 starts this year. "He started out great, then hit a little dry patch, but his last couple have been excellent," Burke said. "He's another one that's really coming in sharp and ready to go." Blue Diamond Eyes races in the second of two eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers. She has won four of nine starts, finished second three times, and earned $383,417. Her victories include sire stakes championships in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Her foes in the elimination include stablemate Scarlett Hanover, the Ontario Sire Stakes champion who finished first in the She's A Great Lady Stakes but was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch. "I can't be happier with (Blue Diamond Eyes); she's become one of the better fillies of the class," Burke said. "I'm thrilled with her. We thought she was our best filly and then she went the wrong way for a little bit. When she went to Lexington (for the recent Grand Circuit meet) she turned everything around. It all came together. "Whatever was wrong, she fixed it on her own, basically. Since then, she's been very good." The first elimination for 2-year-old filly pacers includes She's A Great Lady winner Caviart Audrey, Indiana Sire Stakes champion Somethingbeautiful, and Fire Start Hanover, who is on a five-race win streak. Miller-trained Venerate leads all 2-year-olds in purses with $690,614. The trotting colt won the Mohawk Million and Kentucky Sire Stakes final in September. He went off stride in his most recent start, a division of the International Stallion at Lexington's Red Mile. He is in the second of two eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters. "He can be his own worst enemy," Miller said. "He has to mind his manners, that's his biggest thing. He's kind of immature mentally and is still trying to figure out what we're asking of him. He wants to do the right thing, he's trying to figure it out. But he trained very well and I think he's on his game right now. I think he's peaking." Venerate's rivals in his elimination include undefeated Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Captain Corey (5-for-5) and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Zenith Stride. The first elim includes William Wellwood Memorial winner On A Streak and Grand Circuit stakes winner Cuatro De Julio, whose 1:51.3 mile in a division of the International Stallion makes him the fastest of the Breeders Crown hopefuls. In the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, Peaceful Way winner Donna Soprano headlines a group of eight in the first elimination. The Luc Blais-trained filly has won five of six starts, including a division of the Champlain Stakes, and finished second to colt Venerate in the Mohawk Million. She leads 2-year-old filly trotters in purses with $433,570. The first elimination also includes New York Sire Stakes and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winner Iteration as well as recent Grand Circuit stakes winner Beautiful Game. In the second elimination, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Flawless Country, Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Lady Chaos, and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Swift Swanda are among the hopefuls in a field of nine. Among the 3-year-old fillies, Tony Alagna's Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill competes in the second of two eliminations for 3-year-old female trotters. The most recent Breeders Crown-winning 2-year-old filly trotter to repeat at age 3 was Ariana G in 2016 and 2017. Her foes in her elimination include Love A Good Story, who earlier this month won the Kentucky Filly Futurity for trainer Miller. "We just tried to nurse her this summer in the New York (Sire Stakes) program and then target the Futurity and Breeders Crown," Miller said. "She's an easy keeper and loves her job and is full of energy. She's been a consistent, honest filly for us." Burke sends out Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Moni Maker Stakes winner Crucial in the second elimination and Sister Sledge, last year's Breeders Crown runner-up, in the first. Neither hit the board in their two most recent starts, but Burke said they were suffering from stomach issues. "We worked on them and they look better, and they trained great," Burke said. "I'm hoping we're going to turn them back around." The first elimination for 3-year-old filly trotters also includes New York and Kentucky sire stakes champ Hypnotic AM and Indiana Sire Stakes champ May Baby. Reflect With Me, another Alagna trainee, is in the first of two eliminations for 3-year-old filly pacers. The most recent Breeders Crown-winning 2-year-old filly pacer to repeat at age 3 was Warrawee Ubeaut, just last year. Her elimination includes undefeated (13-for-13) Party Girl Hill, who beat male rivals in her most recent start in the Tattersalls Pace. Her wins also include the Jugette and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. The second elimination includes last year's Dan Patch Award winner, Lyons Sentinel, along with New York Sire Stakes champion Hen Party and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Priceless. Priceless is a newer addition to Miller's stable. She will be making her third start for Miller in the Breeders Crown elim. "We kind of did a test run the first time with her so we could figure out how we wanted her to be and she really raced well," Miller said. "She really likes that Hoosier track. There are a lot of nice horses in there, but she deserves it and it's her home turf. Hopefully, she'll have a little advantage there. "Things seems to be going our way right now," she added. "We're very thankful and fortunate. I hope it continues." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

PACER OF THE WEEK: SCOOTNROLL Unraced as a two-year-old, this sophomore gelding began his harness racing career this year with six straight wins in New York. Upon joining the John Hallett barn, he scored a win at Pocono to make it seven in a row before suffering his first loss by a neck to Billy Lincoln N on October 4. But Scootnroll rebounded by beating Billy Lincoln N and the rest of a non-winners of four group at Pocono on October 11 in a career-best 1:51. On Sunday night, he faced that same class from an outside post in a field of seven as an 8-5 second choice. With Tyler Buter in the bike, the gelding hustled to the front and had to deal with a strong first-over challenge from Diamond Head and a late move from his old foe Billy Lincoln N, who had the pocket trip. Scootnroll answered them all to pace away for his second straight victory and his ninth in ten career races, resetting his career mark in 1:50:2 in the process. Honorable Mention Just N Ace (Anthony Napolitano, Antonia Storer), who picked up his second straight claiming victory on Saturday, winning in 1:52:1. IYQ YQR (Anthony Napolitano, Marta Piotrow), who rolled to his second claiming win in a row on Saturday and did so in a career-best 1:50:2. Macheasy A (Tyelr Buter, Rob Harmon), whose first ever U.S. victory in a condition pace on Saturday came in 1:50:1, the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY This four-year-old gelding trained by Fred Grant earned over six figures in 2019 and has been excellent in recent months. Coming into the featured condition trot for $17,200 at Pocono on Saturday, Explosivebreakaway had hit the board in his previous five races. with three victories in that span. He left from post position #2 as the 2-1 third choice in a field of seven on Saturday. The gelding stayed out of the early battle for the lead as Icanflylikeanangel set the pace. Driver Tom Jackson set Explosivebreakaway in motion second-over on the back stretch with cover behind race favorite Scirocco Rob. In the stretch, Explosivebreakaway came up three-wide and scrambled past Icanflylikeanangel to win in 1:53. Honorable Mention Goes Down Smooth (Tom Jackson, Ron Burke), whose condition victory on Saturday came in 1:52:4, which was the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono. Crossfit (Tyler Buter, Susan Marshall), who chalked up a claiming handicap win on Tuesday in 1:54:4. Dot Dot Dot dash (Chase Vandervort, William Vandervort Jr.), who rolled to a condition win on Sunday night in a career-best 1:54:1. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: JAMAICAN COWBOY With McGwire Sowers in the bike, this pacer came up late for a claiming victory on Sunday night at 24-1, paying $51.20 on a $2 win bet. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: TOM JACKSON In what was a relatively balanced week on the driving side at Pocono, Jackson stands out for his three wins, including a double on Saturday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: RON BURKE The Burke barn has stood tall at the top of the trainers' standings all year long at Pocono, and two more victories on Saturday solidified that. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for The Downs                

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2020 -- Classy Guy, the 8-5 favorite, fought off a stiff challenge by Pete Stamas and went on to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot. Class Guy opened a sizable lead down the backside for Dave Palone but nevertheless found himself under siege by Pete Stamas, who was sharply up in class. The 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Personal Style gelding dug deep in the lane and downed Pete Stamas by a neck in a career-best 1:54.2, with Swan Country third.   Ron Burke trains Classy Guy, who now has banked $105,145, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Brady Brown collected four wins and Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $57,529.77 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

DAYTON, OH. - Every superlative has been uttered about Atlanta over her illustrious career, and she lived up to all of them on Saturday (Oct. 3) winning the $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Dispatched at even money, the five-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven established a new Dayton Raceway track record of 1:51 by coming from behind for driver Yannick Gingras to wear down Manchego (Dexter Dunn) and then hold off runnerup Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) and show finisher Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton).   Lindy The Great left with alacrity to hit the first quarter beam in :27.3 before yielding to Manchego (Dexter Dunn) who coasted through middle fractions of :56 and 1:23.3 on the lead. Atlanta got away fourth, moved up to third on the outside at the half, second in the outer flow at the three quarters, then on even terms with Manchego around the final turn.   At the top of the lane, Manchego broke in stride, leaving little doubt about the outcome.       Ron Burke trains Atlanta for Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. She has won half of her lifetime starts (24 out of 48) and banked $2,450,203.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2020 -- Drama Act overcame post 8 to score easily in 1:50, matching the stake record in Wednesday's $63,550 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers at The Meadows. Drama Act was making only her second start since owner The OK Corral shifted her to the Ron Burke stable, but the trainer likes what he's seen so far of the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act. "I think she's really a high-end filly," Burke said. "She won in 1:50 with her ear plugs in -- that's a special kind of mile. She has a few races left, and I think she'll get better as the year goes on." Drama Act needed almost the entire opening panel to make the point for Matt Kakaley, but she faced no serious challenges from there, defeating Keystone Eureka by 3-1/2 lengths, with the previously undefeated Seadog Lady third. Her time equaled the mark Lispatty established in 2016.   Burke anticipates that Drama Act, who now has banked $157,982, will continue to race at 4. "She has the potential to do well -- especially on small tracks. She's a pretty nice horse," he said. $67,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Dune Hill figured to be a lock for her eighth straight victory; she was hammered down to 1-9. But she broke stride before the gate, a bit of serendipity that caught the attention of Jim Pantaleano aboard Miss McKee for trainer Jack Baggitt, Jr. but didn't change his approach a jot. "I talked to Jack before the race, and he indicated that she had good gate speed and to try to place her forward," Pantaleano said. "That was my strategy regardless of Dune Hill's condition. I tried to take care of her a little bit in the middle half, and I probably didn't need to be that careful because she was really strong finishing." Miss McKee prevailed in 1:55, 3-3/4 lengths better than Impulse Buy. Allswell Hanover completed the ticket. J.L. Sadowsky LLC campaigns the daughter of Muscle Massive-Dazzling Deb, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. Sans Defaut has performed largely under the raider this year for Burke -- even though her win in the other Keystone Classic split sent her over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. But Wednesday's victory in what likely are her waning days of racing may have raised her profile. "I think she has a bit more to give," Burke said. "We want to finish the year strong with her. She's royally bred -- a full sister to Southwind Frank -- and I think she'll be bred at the end of the year." In the race, the daughter of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy idled until the field settled, powered to the lead and scored in 1:54.1. Perth Angel De Vie was second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, with Electrapedia third. Sans Defaut races for Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $24,658.78 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2020 -- When Dune Hill won her $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship Monday at The Meadows, it was historic on several counts. Not only did it complete the 3-year-old filly trotter's sweep of the four preliminary legs and the final, but it also gave trainer Ron Burke career win 11,000. The Meadows hosted all eight $40,000 stallion series finals Monday, and there was action aplenty, as four championship records fell. But Dune Hill and Burke clearly took center stage. Dune Hill got away fifth for Matt Kakaley and moved with cover before attacking the leader, Alittlebitofsugar. Kakaley said he had no doubt the daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible would get by. "She felt really good in the last turn; I wasn't too worried," Kakaley said. "As long as you keep her out of trouble and she has her manners right, she's better than these." She downed Aittlebitofsugar by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:54.4, lowering the previous stake mark of 1:55.1 set by Dressed To Impress in 2017. The first-over Hannah earned show. Dune Hill now has banked $151,886 for owner Joseph DiScala, Jr.   Burke, harness racing's perennial leading trainer, just keeps rolling. Since 2009, he's won at least 762 races every year; during that period, his UTR hasn't been below .321 in any season. Overall, Burke trainees have earned just shy of $244 million. Jim Pantaleano and Tim Tetrick each collected a pair of titles. Highlights of the other championships: 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Love Muffin When he learned that Love Muffin had drawn post 8, trainer David Wiest indicated he wasn't concerned. "I know she'll leave and get a good spot," he said. "I wasn't worried at all." Love Muffin justified Wiest's confidence, zipping to the point for Pantaleano and scoring in 1:55.4, which shattered Day Lily's previous record of 1:57.2 set in 2014. The first-over Rebel Girl raced well for second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Trend third.   Wiest said owners Edward Kimmel and Don Wiest have consigned the daughter of Andover Hall-Pine Yankee to the Harrisburg sale; she'll contest several Pennsylvan1a stakes before then. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Odds On Whitney She was forced six wide in the lane, but the full sister to World Champion Papi Rob Hanover showed her determination, overcoming Darby Hanover by a head to prevail in 1:52.2 Skyy completed the ticket. It was the second consecutive stallion series record for Odds on Whitney; this one eliminated the old mark of 1:53.3 set by Sidewalk Dancer in 2017. "I put a lot of trust in her," said winning driver Tetrick. "We got away in a bad spot, but she overcame it. It's hard to come that wide through the turn. She has a lot of power and pedigree, so who knows what she can be next year." Tony Alagna conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover for Odds On Racing. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Overserved The son of Explosive Matter-Afterimage moved first over for Tetrick to win his fourth straight for owners William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, setting a stake record 1:54.2 in the process. Frost Free Hanover established the previous record of 1:55.2 in 2014. Early leader Town Victor was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Stickler Hanover earned show. "The biggest thing about him -- he's matured," said winning trainer George Ducharme. "Like last week when he went on the lead, he would never have done that a year ago, or even earlier this spring." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Going Gone Hanover Yankeeland Partners' daughter of Captaintreacherous-Go On BB was the day's most decisive winner, drawing off late for Andrew McCarthy to beat Wayside by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Keystone Eureka completed the ticket. "It looked like a pretty good spot for this mare -- she's been good all year," McCarthy said. "I think she was a little sick her last start, but she got the job done." Winning trainer Brett Bittle said his filly is eligible to several of the rich stakes at the Red Mile. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Somewhereinverona Somewhereinverona shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:53.1 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns with Petitpas Stables, Ozzie Mackay, and Gilles Landry. "I didn't really have a choice but the Lightning Lane after getting away third," Merriman said. "The horse really responded when he saw air, so it was really easy." Captain Fancy was second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Rifleman third. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Seriously Hanover Seriously Hanover went wide through the lane to collect a hard-fought win for Andy Miller in 1:51.3, 1/2 length ahead of Ruthless Hanover. Mankat earned show. "It's hard to make up ground when you're that wide, but thankfully, he stuck his nose up," said Ron Coyne, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip for Michael Cimaglio, Stephen Demeter and Stephen Giagni. "He'll go to Lexington, where he'll have a couple options. We'll see what makes the most sense." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Lepanto Lepanto made it look easy for the second straight week, notching a front-end win in 1:56 for Pantaleano. Sunny Crockett and Lindys Goin Crazy completed the ticket. "He was a pleasure to drive; he did everything right, especially for a baby," Pantaleano said. "He's probably a notch below the Grand Circuit horses. I think he'll make most of his money because of his quick speed, and you can put him in good spots." Ake Svanstedt conditions the son of Bar Hopping-Woman of Character for Esa Lahtinen, Jussi Hietalahti and Arvo Risto. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                    

MILTON, ON - September 5, 2020 - Harness racing driver James MacDonald engineered his second consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby stunner, guiding Dorsoduro Hanover to a 43-1 upset on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ron Burke trained Dorsoduro Hanover and MacDonald sat fifth-over turning for home and swept by rivals promptly for a 1:48.4 victory in the $540,000 event. "I always though the seven claimer was my race," joked MacDonald, who also drove Courtly Choice to a 34-1 upset in last year's event. "I'll take the Derby, it's a real honour just to be in it and to win it...I can't even put it in words." A hot opening-quarter of :25.1 was put up by American History after rocketing off the gate along with rail starter Bettors Wish and Backstreet Shadow. Bettors Wish quickly rushed from third to first and led by the half in 52.4. The third-quarter saw Backstreet Shadow come first up at Bettors Wish with the pacers dueling by three-quarters in 1:21.1. The field fanned out wide with the front horses tiring at the head of the lane, setting up a wild finish that saw Dorsoduro Hanover sweep by after being ninth to win by 3 ½ lengths. Dancin Lou came from third-over to finish second, while Century Farroh was third after sitting second-over turning for home. Sintra finished fourth. A five-year-old gelding, Dorsoduro Hanover came into the 'Pacing Derby' off a hard-closing third-place finish in the Dan Patch at Hoosier on August 22. The Burke trainee is now three for eight on the season and sports career numbers of 17 wins and over $1.9 million earned for owners Burke Racing Stable, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Brothers. "Mark Weaver had messaged me earlier in the week and told me the horse had been great, but just had been drawing terrible and then the draw came out and he drew (post-eight)," said MacDonald. "It was one of those races when it looks like there is four or five or six that can win, if you're in the outer flow and they get battling it's usually a long shot that comes in. "Ronnie did such a great job, they were at the half in :52.4 and I was just standing up in the stirrups, like he was ready to go. Thanks a lot for the drive." Dorsoduro Hanover's victory gave trainer Burke a sweep of Saturday's, tagging alongside Atlanta's win in the Maple Leaf Trot. A $2 win ticket on Dorsoduro Hanover returned $88. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The best of the Pennsylvania-sired babies came in for their closeup on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, racing in four $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, with a $50,000 consolation event also for the two-year-olds in each harness racing division of sex and gait. And after studying the sterling forms of the entrants, it turned out that all you needed to know about the Championships was this: bet Ãke Svanstedt in the trots, and bet the team of driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke in the paces. Here is a summary of how all of the action went: TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS Svanstedt pupils were 1-2-3 early in this Championship, with Johan Palema (driver Dexter Dunn; not coupled with the other two because Ãke owns no part of him) on the lead, Fly Light (Andy Miller) second, and Captain Corey third under Svanstedt's control. They sat that way through fractions of :27.1 and :57, then Svanstedt pulled Captain Corey (a Googoo Gaagaa - Luv U All colt) out raw at the 5/8 to challenge, with second choice (and leading prelim pointwinner) In Range advancing to second-over. Past the 1:25 three-quarters Fly Light made a break in the two-hole, bothering several other horses; by this time Captain Corey had moved to within a head of his frontstepping stablemate, with In Range right behind. Through the stretch Captain Corey maintained his long and powerful strides, reaching the wire two lengths ahead of In Range in 1:53.3, with Johan Palema another length back in third. An inquiry was posted to look into the incident on the far turn, but Captain Corey was not affected.   The time eclipsed by a fifth of a second the record set by Real Cool Sam last year, and lowered his own season's record. Captain Corey is now undefeated in four lifetime starts, three PaSS elims and this Championship, and he boosted his earnings to $264,563. Svanstedt (as Ãke Svanstedt Inc.) co-owns the winner with S R F Stable, Knutsson Trotting Inc., and Midnight Sun Partners Inc. It would be surprising if more is not heard from this colt. Consolation: The Cantab Hall - Jolie De Vie gelding Jack Fire had bad luck in the first half, three-wide much of the first quarter, then going first-over, but then he had good luck when he was trying to clear favored pacesetter Bacardi and that one broke, letting him go to an easy lead and winning in a lifetime best 1:56.1 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Nifty Norman, and the ownership of Pinske Stables and Curly Tall Curly Small. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES Like her stablemate Captain Corey, the Southwind Frank - Aleah Hanover filly Flawless Country found herself third early in the backstretch - but she took a very different route home, though producing the same result. Flawless Country actually had the lead at the ¼ in :27.3, but the second quarter saw first Gimme Shelter and then Anoka Hanover make their way to the top, the latter in front at the :56.1 half. Svanstedt kept Flawless Country inside as You Ato Dream, the leading prelim pointwinner with four PaSS seconds, attacked towards the 1:25.1 three-quarters, with pocketsitter Gimme Shelter following the first-over outside as she gained a small advantage nearing headstretch. This move gave Svanstedt room to maneuver Flawless Country to the Pocono Pike, and the baby filly responded to the challenge like a seasoned pro, quickly kicking in gear to beat out the unfortunate You Ato Dream (if a maiden with earnings of $157,556 can be considered "unfortunate") by a neck, with Anoka Hanover another 2½ lengths back in third.   Flawless Country started her career finishing second in photo decisions, and since has won four in a row, swelling her earnings to $263,496 for Ã…ke Svanstedt Inc., Wolfgang A Table inc., and Borje Nasstrom. Consolation: The Cantab Hall - Evermore filly May Karp was moved to the lead in front of the stands by driver Dexter Dunn and left her field far in arrears while taking a new mark of 1:55.4. Third in her only Sire Stakes start and coming off two Stallion Series victories, May Karp is at the peak form of her young career for trainer Lucas Wallin and Shermay Stables. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS Both of the Svanstedt winners were crowd favorites, as was the colt winner in the Miller/Burke sweep, the Always B Miki - Gambler's Passion gelding Southwind Gendry, who won in off-the-pace fashion in 1:51.3. Bayfield Beach led the field to the quarter in a sharp :26, with Always A Miki, the top pointwinner and second betting choice, going to the lead in front of the stands and slowing the half to :55.3. Chase H Hanover, who tucked fourth early from the outside post nine, came up to pressure the leader, passing the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and carrying the fight around the turn - until Always A Miki made a break nearing headstretch, briefly bothering Bayfield Beach. Chase H Hanover continued on after his rival's misfortune, but Southwind Gendry, who had been on his back most of the way, went wide and was the fresh horse late. Chase H Hanover was 1½ lengths behind the winner and a length ahead of a recovering Bayfield Beach.   So far Southwind Gendry's scorecard shows four wins, two breaks, and $217,144 in earnings for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, Knox Services Inc., and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, with a lot of the stakes trail still to go. Consolation: Favored Whichwaytothebeach, setting the pace, looked like he might be under siege by a sweeping Sweet Angel Boy at headstretch, but that one ran in in early stretch and lost momentum straightening away, leaving the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty colt able to retain his lead to the wire, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. Marcus Miller drove the winner for trainer Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES The Captaintreacherous - Aria Hanover filly Blue Diamond Eyes was the only non-favorite to win a two-year-old Championship, but at 4-1 she was hardly overlooked, and she opened some eyes with a victory in 1:51, equaling the stakes record of Pure Country and also the national season's record. As was the case in the other filly Championship, there was plenty of early activity, with Blue Diamond Eyes on top at the :27.3 quarter, but then having pointleader Marsala Hanover and then favored Grace Hill go by her before a :55.1 half. Continualou, one of four Burke entrants in the race went first-over and was within a length of the leader at the 1:23.1 three-quarters; after she backed off, Marsala Hanover moved outside, giving the room for Blue Diamond Eyes to go to the Pocono Pike. Blue Diamond Eyes took full advantage of the inner route, going past Grace Hill by ¾ of a length, with Thebeachiscalling gaining inside the winner in the Pike to take third ahead of Marsala Hanover.   Blue Diamond Eyes now has three wins and a second in six starts, a new record, and earnings of $191,542 for Thomas and Scott Dillon. Consolation: Trainer Nifty Norman, driver Dexter Dunn, and the Pinske Stables collected a second consolation victory when the Somebeachsomewhere - Fit To Frame filly Fire Start Hanover forced favorite Mackie Hanover to work hard to clear for the lead at the half, then came back in the lane to pass that rival and win while taking a new speed badge of 1:52.3. The Pinske Stables' partners in this filly are David Hoese and Lawrence Means. The three-year-old Pennsylvania-sired stars will be at Harrah's Philadelphia Sunday afternoon for their Championships and consolations. On Monday The Meadows will host the Stallion Series Championships, as Labor Day Monday afternoon will find no fewer than four Pennsylvania tracks in operation during the afternoon: pari-mutuel tracks Pocono, Philly, and The Meadows, and also the Bloomsburg Fair. From the PHHA/The Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2020 -- Rebounding nicely from her Hambletonian horror show, Sister Sledge overpowered her field and trotted to a harness racing stakes record 1:52 -- on a "good" surface -- in Saturday's $186,382 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Crucial rallied furiously through the lane to capture the other division in the event for 3-year-old fillies known as the Stenographer, giving trainer Ron Burke a stake sweep. Sister Sledge was the divisional Dan Patch Award runner-up last year, but she stepped up to face the boys in the Hambletonian. While she made the final, her journey there was forgettable, as she broke stride and finished 8th, beaten 56 lengths. "That was a weird race," said Burke. "She got parked out and tilted around. But I didn't think I had much to worry about today -- and she was back on Lasix." Indeed, the daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors dispelled any doubts early when she zipped to the front from post 7 for Dave Palone and won as she pleased, defeating the pocket-sitting Dip Me Hanover by 2-1/2 lengths, with Queen Of The Hill third. Her time erased the previous stake record of 1:52.4 established last year by Millies Possession.   Sister Sledge, who is scheduled to race next in another PASS leg, now has banked $682,653 for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. When Crucial trailed the leader, Next Level Stuff, by 3 lengths at the top of the stretch, even winning driver David Miller figured he was racing for a place check. "The leader kind of opened up on me, and I thought we could be second," Miller said. "But she kept on coming and put her nose in front. I like horses like that." Fifty Cent Piece earned show in the 1:53.1 mile. Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi campaign the daughter of Father Patrick-Jolene Jolene, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $271,577.   $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Fillies In Saturday's subfeature, Dune Hill stretched her winning streak to five -- including three stallion series victories -- with a stake-fastest triumph in 1:55.4. Witchey Woman and Alittlebitofsugar took the other splits. Dune Hill endured a demanding three-wide journey to the point, but she hung tough in the lane for Matt Kakaley, downing Hannah by a neck. Miss Kendra D completed the ticket. Winning trainer Burke indicated he thinks the daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible is well spotted in the stallion series. "I have other top fillies who are maybe a little better than she is," Burke said. "She's found a spot where she's happy and not making mistakes. We're thrilled with her." Dune Hill has banked $121,886 for owner/breeder Joseph DiScala, Jr. All eight $40,000 stallion series championships take place Monday, Sept. 7, at The Meadows. Burke collected five wins on Saturday's 15-race card while Tony Hall and Palone each fashioned a triple. Monday's 15-race program at The Meadows features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $12,691 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $1,028,56 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

It was the Ron Burke and Chris Page harness racing show on Saturday night, Aug. 15 at MGM Northfield Park as the trainer-driver combo captured the first three Ohio Sires Stakes. It's Academic and driver Page captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting colts handily in 1:55.1. The son of Uncle Peter-Annapolis-Muscle Hill was the 1-5 favorite, hailing from the barn of Ronnie Burke and upped his seasonal earnings to $150,572 and career earnings to $279,574 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. Danny Noble steered Doubleyellowline (3-1) to second place money with 18-1 Bold Strategy getting up for third with Kurt Sugg aboard.   Page returned to score another OSS triumph with the 3-year-old pacing filly Crowntimerockette in 1:51.3. The daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Feelin Friskie mare Crown Time Keeper sat in the pocket behind the leader and eventual second-place finisher 3-5 PJ's Legacy (Ryan Stahl) before unleashing a hefty late kick to win at odds of 3-1. McMarkle Sparkle got up for third at 7-2 for driver Brett Miller. Crowntimerockette notched her sixth seasonal victory in 15 starts and pushed her earnings to $72,060 and her career earnings to $82,305 for Burke Racing, A. Schmucker, Jr. Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr.   The Paige-Burke winning combo continued in the second OSS division for 3-year-old pacing fillies as 18-1 Rockngo BB scored in 1:53. Owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr, the brown daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Art's Chip mare Gingo BB picked up her second seasonal win in three tries and now has $29,750 in career earnings for her connections. Favorite (3-5) Artful Dancer was second for Danny Noble and 8-5 Ellagator notched show honors with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the controls.   Action Uncle, the 1-9 favorite, took the second OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:55 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The son of Uncle Peter-Action-Broadway, by Broadway Hall is now six for six on the season, with 2020 earnings of $166,500 for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Yanks Dougout (21-1) was second for Kurt Sugg with Buxton (99-1) third for Danny Noble.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

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