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Cowgirl Hall overcame post 9 by rolling to the front and thwarting her only serious challenger as she captured Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Wide throughout a swift 27.1 opening panel, Cowgirl Hall then had to deal with the menacing first-over bid of Kandian Klub. But the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall was up to the task, prevailing in 1:53.1 for Dave Palone. The pocket-sitting Whata Donato was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Bessie rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who now boasts $745,428 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 14-race card.   Evan Pattak    

When the harness racing fields are drawn Monday morning for Hambletonian Day, Mission Brief's name won't be among the entries for the Hambletonian Oaks. On Sunday night, trainer Ron Burke confirmed to The Meadowlands Racetrack that his star three year old filly will take on the boys in the 90th Hambletonian on Saturday, August 8th. "We're going," said Burke. "The plan has always been to go as long as she was good and today at Vernon she was as good as she has been. She had to be super and she was." The Hambletonian is raced in heat format, which means if at least 14 horses enter, the winner of the Hambletonian would have to race twice in the same day. But Burke said that was not a concern. "I'm really not worried about that. She is just so athletic, I really don't think it will be a problem." If there are 13 horses or less entered in The Hambletonian, it will be raced as one dash for the cash. As for the reason why Burke and his ownership chose The Hambletonian over the Oaks, it came down to a simple notion. "If we win this race, it will change our lives and it makes her career." "I know the Oaks is $500,000 and she would be odds-on to win that race, but it wouldn't change our lives." "Winning The Hambletonian changes lives." The sportsmanship of Ron Burke and the ownership of Mission Brief was on display with this decision as well. "It will be great for the sport." "To have a filly like this trying to beat all of Takter's horses." "This will be a great story." "I think we have the filly to do it." "If I am wrong, I'm wrong and I have been wrong and criticized before, but I really think she can do it." There is one question that remains, who will Yannick Gingras drive? Gingras pilots both Mission Brief and the best three year old colt in the country, Pinkman. As of now, Ron Burke says that Gingras has not committed to either horse. "If they both race huge in the eliminations (assuming they are in separate eliminations), he might not be able to decide until after the first heat." That storyline is one that may go down in the annals of harness racing history. A decision of a lifetime some might say. Gingras may literally have to choose between two dynamic trotters in the sport's biggest race in the hour leading up to the race. Gingras has done it all in the sport, but still seeks his first Hambletonian, adding to the pressure of this decision. Gingras was quoted in an interview after winning the Zweig stating he "hoped Mission Brief went in the Oaks." But, given that he also drives Pinkman, it is certainly understandable why Gingras shared that sentiment. Gingras was reached Sunday night and confirmed a decision on his part has not been made as of yet. The last filly to win The Hambletonian was Continental Victory in 1996. Mission Brief looks to add her name to the list of fillies that have accomplished this most herculean fete. The Hambletonian will headline what may prove be one of the greatest days in harness racing history that will also include Wiggle It Jiggleit in the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, The Cane Pace. Hambletonian Day is Saturday, August 8th at The Meadowlands. Post time is 12:00 P.M The Hambletonian Final will be race 13 on a 15-race program with a post time of 5:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

When Yannick Gingras makes an appearance at a harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, he has a strong tendency to be mightily successful on the racetrack.   Such was the case on Sunday (July 26) afternoon, when he swept the filly and colt divisions of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial stakes.   In the $185,000 Zweig for 3-year-old trotting fillies, Gingras settled Mission Brief ($2.60, part of entry) into the third spot out of her midpack post, tracking Wild Honey (John Campbell) and Magic Marker (Brian Sears) through a :27 initial quarter before brushing to the fore at race's midpoint.   Just as Wild Honey slackened through a :56.1 half mile, Mission Brief charged past, opening up her lead to two lengths on the far turn.   The daughter of Muscle Hill and Southwind Serena would hold that margin through a :55.3 final half, defeating Wild Honey in 1:51.4.   Magic Marker stayed on to be third, while Gatka Hanover (Brett Miller) rallied mildly off cover to take fourth.   Ron Burke trains Mission Brief for the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, the J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. Now a 12-time winner, Mission Brief has amassed $791,417 in career earnings.   Mission Brief     A mere hour after Mission Brief asserted herself in the $185,000 Zweig division for 3-year-old trotting fillies, Pinkman ($2.10, part of entry) found room up the inside to strike late from a pocket trip in the $370,000 Zweig event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings.   Beginning from post 7 as part of a four-horse Jimmy Takter-trained entry, Pinkman left strongly, stringing out Habitat (Brian Sears) in the early going before yielding to stablemate Canepa Hanover (Takter) after a :27.3 initial quarter.   The gelded son of Explosive Matter and Margie Seelster drafted comfortably behind his stablemate through a :56.1 middle half, but was boxed at the apex of the far turn when Habitat attempted a first-over bid.   With racing room at a premium in upper stretch, Pinkman found room up the inside, passing Canepa Hanover in the final sixteenth.   He prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52, a stakes record.   Canepa Hanover held second, while Workout Wonder (Daniel Dubé) rallied late to take third past Wings of Royalty (Tim Tetrick).   Also taking career win number 12, Pinkman stretched his career bankroll to $1,187,139 for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman.   Pinkmam   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (July 31) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Dismissed at 35-1, Cooperstown rallied wide and strong in the lane and became the most improbable of the trio of winners in Saturday's eliminations in the $525,000 Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.  National Seelster and My Hero Ron, both favorites, captured the other eliminations. They'll be joined in next Saturday's final by Angelo J Fra, Dreams Beachboy, Lost For Words, Dude's The Man, Yankee Bounty and Trading Up. Ron Burke trained two elimination winners--Cooperstown and My Hero Ron, each piloted to victory by Yannick Gingras--and also will be represented by Yankee Bounty. Tony Alagna (Dreams Beachboy, Trading Up) will send a pair to the final. An open draw for Adios final post positions is set for Tuesday, 12:30 PM, and can be seen on Meadows Live! Cooperstown, whose most recent victory came in a non-winners of 3, appeared to be in an unenviable position--third over and chasing a leader, Tomy Terror, who'd enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather. Gingras, however, didn't see it that way. "Actually, I liked my spot," he said. "I didn't think the leaders were the horses to beat, and I knew my cover would take me a long way." "I wasn't thinking about winning--he was 35-1 for a reason." "But around the last turn, I knew I'd made the final, anyway." Cooperstown blazed the back half in 54.1 and scored in 1:49.4, defeating Lost For Words by a neck. Dude's The Man rallied from last for show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Keith Pippi and Michelle Yanek campaign Cooperstown, a son of Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm. National Seelster, who is 4 for 4 in New York Sires Stake action this year, got away in third. Tim Tetrick moved him to the front at the quarter, a decision Tetrick said he nearly came to regret. "My horse was kind of falling asleep on the front," Tetrick said. "He's only cut it a few times, and he didn't know what to do up there." "When he saw that Yannick couldn't get around him, he got brave." "He swelled up enough to get to the wire." "I think he needs a helmet to follow for quite a while." "He can rough it some, but on the front, he's too lazy." "I won't do that again with him." The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against woke up in enough time to repel the stern first-over challenge of Rufo and triumph in 1:51.1, 3/4 lengths better than long shot Angelo J Fra. Dreams Beachboy completed the ticket. Chris Ryder conditions National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm. My Hero Ron took command early, put away his well-intended stablemate, Yankee Bounty, and downed him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.3, with Trading Up third. It was the third straight win for the Well Said-Emma La Em gelding since his private acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino. "He's a little bit lazy, but he's the kind of horse who will step up when they get to him," Gingras said. "Those were pretty soft fractions for this bunch, so I knew he'd have plenty left." ADIOS ELIMS NOTES: The Burke stable set two PRs on the evening. One, of course, was winning two Adios elims. The second may be even more impressive--the stable entered 24 horses, most ever for Burke on a single program at a single track. Ultimately, two were scratched. Nevertheless, Farm Manager Michelle Hill spent a good chunk of the preceding week preparing index cards for each horse with staff assignments. Evan Pattak  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 24, 2015 - The next time they beat Cinamony (George Brennan, $8.10) here would be the first time they beat Cinamony here. The form spree continued Friday night, as the lass won Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside what became her six rivals (Road Bet came up ill), Cinamony had to wait her turn before making the lead. She did so around arch enemy-and 11-10 favorite--Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :55.3 intermission before Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) moved from fourth, not getting all that close at a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Cinamony owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane before holding Krispy Apple at bay in 1:51.3, matching her own (along with two others) track record for 4-year-old mares. The final margin was three-quarters of a length. Third went to a non-threatening Caribbean Rose N, with Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) and Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum) completing the cashers. For third choice Cinamony, a daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 10 seasonal starts (5-for-5 since hitting town). The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $45.20. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), then next Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (all at 7:10 PM), with a "French-centric" Tuesday matinee (first post 1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 17, 2015 - It was assigned as a two-horse race, wagered as a two-horse race and contested as a two-horse race. Favored Cinamony (George Brennan $4.20) was able to the get the jump on rival Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) Friday night and that proved enough. The formful miss went the distance, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Cinamony, starting from post position No. 7 directly inside of her foe, was not about to waste that advantage. She led at every station (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25, 1:52.2), while Krispy Apple, as the second choice, tucked in fourth before making her second bid. The former whipped the latter by a length-and-a-quarter, with Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum), Caribbean Rose N (Tyler Buter) and Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) settling for the small change. For Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts (4-for-4 since hitting town). The exacta (those two wagering choices) paid $9.70, with the triple returning $53.50 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post at 7:10 PM), featuring the $107,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA -- You'd be hard-pressed to find a sharper pacing mare right now than Request For Parole, who won the $24,000 distaff feature Friday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, tallying in 1:49.2 to reduce her lifetime mark of 1:50, which she had achieved at The Meadowlands just seven days prior.   Driver Anthony Napolitano drew the assignment behind the 5YO daughter of Badlands Hanover from trainer Ron Burke, and she scooted away quickly from the middle of the nine-horse field to reach the quarter in 26.1, only to let Gallie Bythe Beach, parked behind her early, go to the top at the 3/8, before a sapping half-mile clocking of 53.3.   Scandalicious came strongly first-up down the backstretch and had reached the leader just past the 1:20.4 3.4s, before going to the lead late on the turn. For a moment it looked like Request For Parole might be locked in jail behind the tiring pacesetter as the first-over might get away, but the top three had formed a breakaway trio, and "ANap" was able to swing his mare two- and three-wide behind the new leader, picking her up easily at midstretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths.   Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC acquired the fast mare at the end of May, and now they have a pacer who looks like a possible national fast-class performer.   Saturday's card at The Downs is topped by a $30,000 Open pace in race 10. Among the field of six are new millionaire Dynamic Youth; Take It Back Terry, making his first start since a hard-charging second as the favorite in the Levy Final on April 25; and Caution Signs, who was claimed for $12,500 on April 16 and since has fashioned a 9-6-3-0 record while working to the top class and lowering his mark to 1:48.3.   PHHA / Pocono  

A field of seven upper-conditioned level trotters headlined the Thursday afternoon harness racing (July 16) card from Harrah's Philadelphia, going for a purse of $18,000.   The race time favorite Wisenheimer (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was looking for his twentieth career win.   The 6-year-old son of Revenue S was getting major post relief from his most recent outing at Pocono, which resulted in a third place finish against similar competition.   He was forwardly placed right from the get-go, setting fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:26.2.   A challenge emerged just beyond the half, as Westside Lindy (Andrew McCarthy) drove up first-over.   His bid was short lived however, as he started to fade mid-way around the final turn.   That's when Ron Burke trainee House Of Cash (Yannick Gingras) bailed off of cover.   The 7-year-old son of Cash Hall was able to close well enough to overtake the collapsing pace, scoring the victory by a neck in 1:56 at odds of 7-1.   Winbak Charles M (Victor Kirby) closed gamely up the inside to finish a heartbreaking second, while pocket sitter Chinese Cuisine (Corey Callahan) finished third.   It was the 17th career win for House Of Cash, who returned $16.60, keying an exacta that paid $100.40.   House Of Cash is owned by Weaver Bruscemi and the Burke Racing Stables.   Michael Bozich

Pinkman and Mission Brief, last season's divisional champions, headline the 3-year-old trotting stakes at the harness racing meeting Saturday night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. With the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 looming large on everyone's calendar, the two divisions of the Stanley Dancer and the $187,000 Delvin Miller for fillies offer the final chances for meaningful tune-ups over the track. The Dancer and the Miller are among the supporting events on the 14-race card topped by the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. First post is 7:15 p.m. Pinkman, 4 for 5 this season for trainer Jimmy Takter and current Hambletonian favorite, tops the first $157,225 Dancer division. That lone loss was a half-length defeat in the Beal eliminations at Pocono Downs. "He was justly slightly anemic for the race," Takter said. "His red blood count was a little bit low. We had to change his vitamin program, and we got him back in good order." Pinkman was in good health for the $500,000 Beal final, winning in 1:51 3/5, a world record for a 3-year-old trotting gelding on a five-eighths mile track. "He came out of that race fantastic," Takter said. "He's feeling great. He's always a contender. He's probably the most consistent of my 3-year-olds." This will be Pinkman's return to the Big M after five starts this season on smaller tracks in Pennsylvania. "I think that's going to help him," Takter said of the mile oval. "I don't think it's any disadvantage for him at all." Pinkman has post 2, one slot inside of Takter's Capena Hanover who had a night to forget in the Goodtimes final at Mohawk Raceway last month. The colt headed into the race on a roll, having won the New Jersey Sires Stakes final at The Meadowlands by 3 1/2 lengths and a Goodtimes elimination in an 11 1/2 length romp. It blew up when the 1-5 favorite made a break just as Yannick Gingras steered him to lead down the backside. "I'm really not sure what happened," Takter said. "He's not an easy horse. When he's on his right day, he's as fast as anything. He's probably the fastest of my group, but he's a little bit tricky." Capena Hanover hasn't raced since the Goodtimes final on June 20, so Takter is using this race to sharpen the colt. "I trained him in 1:55 on my farm two weeks ago," he said. "I don't expect him to be up to Pinkman's condition right now but my goal, of course, is to have him as good as I can for the Hambletonian. Takter has trained three Hambletonian winners, including Trixton last year. The main threat to the Takter duo in the first Dancer division is Habitat, trained by Ron Burke. "He's a very nice horse," Burke said. "He's made the quietest almost $800,000 of any horse I've ever had. I just don't know if he can trot fast enough to beat the very best colts. I don't know if he can trot in 1:51 on the mile tracks, because that's what it takes." Muscle Diamond, Billy Flynn and Cruzado Dela Noche complete the field. Takter has three more Hambletonian prospects in the second $159,725 Dancer division: French Laundry, The Bank and Whom Shall I Fear. After Capena Hanover's miscue in the Goodtimes final, Takter was still sitting pretty as French Laundry made a bold move for the lead turning for home. And then he jumped off stride. "The track was a little funny that night," Takter said. "I don't think he got a 100 percent hold of that track. He lost his footing but until then, he was, for sure, the winner." "He's a top horse. He's very game and he rarely puts in a bad performance." Even after two breakers, Takter was still in the Goodtimes hunt as long shot The Bank came rolling late to get second money. The Bank returned to action last week at The Meadowlands, losing by only by a length after cutting the fractions against older rivals. "He's ready for a good mile," Takter said. "He may be a notch below the other horses we've mentioned, but he's not a bad horse. He could be a sleeper in this spot." Burke sends out Crazy Now, a nice closing third in the Beal final. "I have all the confidence in the world in him," Burke said. "I really expect a big mile from him Saturday. He was very good at Pocono and we didn't get the trip we wanted. He was full of trot at the finish and I look to be ultra-aggressive Saturday." Centurion ATM, Donatomite and Iron complete the lineup in the second Dancer division. Turning to the fillies in the Miller, the discussion starts with Mission Brief. She has won 11 of 15, including the Merrie Annabelle and the Breeders Crown here last year. She has raced only twice this season, taking a leg and the final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes on May 30 Mission Brief has qualified twice since then, making a break in the first effort while on a huge lead. Burke equipped her with trotting hobbles for the second qualifier on July 3, and she responded with a safe mile. She will retain the hobbles for the Dancer. "She trained very well this week," Burke said. "I'm not sure she's perfect yet. We don't think the hobbles are a big difference. We're trying to give her a little bit of confidence. Gait-wise, she's fine. She's had a little bit of a back issue and I'm trying to get her over it. I think I'm getting there." After her stellar freshman season, speculation swirled that Mission Brief would take on the boys in the Hambletonian instead of facing fillies in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. Burke himself helped fuel the Hambo fever. Now he has backed off just a tad. "I've said all along: It's Hambletonian or bust," Burke said. "We're wavering a little bit. I've got to get her sound, otherwise it would be stupid to go there." "But you only have so many chances to win the Hambo, unless you're Takter, and you hate to pass it up." Saturday will go a long way to making that decision. Takter sends out Wild Honey in the Dancer, hoping for the best against the Dan Patch winner. "If Mission Brief is herself, she's in a class all of her own," Takter said "Wild Honey comes in off a great qualifier. She's a good filly in a good spot." Bee The Queen, Livinthefastlane, Spirit To Win, Magic Marker, Lady Winona and Lock Down Lindy complete the Miller field Darin Zoccali

Somebeachsomewhere, newly-installed into the Living Harness Horse Hall of Fame, sired three of the five winners in the $268,940 first round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The trio of winners by the great horse included two Ron Burke trainees: Check Six (out of Southwind Vanna), who quarter-moved to the top then snapped home in 55.4 - 27.3 to tally in 1:53.4 for driver Matt Kakaley and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin, along with 3 Brothers Stables' JK Will Power (whose dam is Whats New Pussycat), who paced an individual last quarter of 27.1 to be a 1:54.2 "pocket rocket" for pilot Yannick Gingras.   The other SBSW winner was Canadian invader Carter Beach (dam: Flaming Diablo), who was in the "feature division" which contained three of the five Pennsylvania All-Star winners earlier this month.   But in his first start "south of the border," Carter Beach showed his mettle by grinding uncovered in a 56.1 last half to post a neck triumph for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer/father Carl, the latter co-owner with Thomas Kyron and George Harrison.   Neither the fastest winner or the longest-priced winner was a son of "Somebeach," however.   Speed honors went in the opening division to the Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip colt Spider Man Hanover, who produced a superhero-like 27.1 brush to the lead in the third quarter to win in 1:52.1 for driver David Miller, trainer Brian Brown, and owners Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vauper, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman.   50-1 shot Whata Twist, last and gapping at the half, and then shoved four-wide late on the far turn due to chain-reaction interference, still managed to rally in the final strides for a 1:53 triumph.   The Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage colt, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Chris Ryder, co-owner with Diamond Creek Racing, lived up to his name by producing a $107 return for a $2 win investment to his scattered backers.   Jerry Connors  

Goosebump Hanover had to battle to get to the lead but that was the only battle she faced the rest of the way in going wire-to-wire in 2:01.4 over the fast track to highlight the action in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing  meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 15).   It was the fastest of four divisions worth over $27,000 each but well off the track record of 2:00.2 set by Munis Bluechip back in 2009.   Go Mary Go (2:02.1) just kept right on going and never looked back to take her division while Dolly Drama PV (2:03.2), and Dizzy Broad (2:05.3) also found their way to the winner's circle on a picture perfect evening.   After Goosebump Hanover ($8.20) was challenged to the lead by Swing Royalty, it was all fresh air after that as she never was threatened to the finish line. Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) was 1-1/2 lengths behind at the wire with Threehundredlindys (Jim Morrill Jr.) taking the show spot.   "She was a little touchy at first," Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings said of Goosebump Hanover's trip. "She settled in good after that but I had to ask her a little in the stretch. She was pretty much in hand at the finish."   Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Stables, Crawford Farms and J. DiScala, it was the first win in two career starts for Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents).   It was also a gate-to-wire victory for Go Mary Go in the Sire Stakes opener. Driver Ray Schnittker scored a front-running win on on July 3 at Monticello Raceway and used the same tactic to get the job this week.   Go Mary Go put up fractions of 29.4, 1:01.2 and 1:32.3 in posting the head victory 2:02.1 over Posterity (Charlie Norris) while Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) finished in third.   "I'm impressed with her gate speed," Schnittker said of Go Mary Go (RC Royalty-Michelle's Way), now 2-for-2 in her young career with both victories coming on a half-mile surface. She is trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, Hero Stables, T. Gerwertz and DM Pepin.   Dolly Drama PV (Lucky Chucky-Massive Drama) won the battle of attrition in notching a huge $153.50 stunner for driver Jeff Gregory. She was the only trotting filly not to break stride in the race and that was the difference in going the mile in 2:03.2.   "She handled the turns perfectly," Gregory said. "Also, (trainer) Mark Harder put an open bridle on her and I think that really made a big difference."   Bundle Of Energy (Schnittker) recovered after a break at the start to take second place while Playtime Lima (Rick Zeron) was third.   It was the first career win for Dolly Drama PV, owned by Peter Paul Venturini.   Cummings made it a driving double in the Sire Stakes with a victory aboard Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) in 2:05.3.   Using a first over journey down the backstretch the final time, Dizzy Broad ($7.50) took advantage of a break by the pace-setting I Will Take Credit near the three-quarter pole and was able to hang on for the victory.   "I had to keep her mind on things in the stretch," Cummings said of the late going with Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley.   I Will Take Credit (Daley) regrouped in time to finish second while Crazyasclassic (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races, Outside Court ($11.40) scored for Gregory in 2:03.4 while Lindylicious ($2.60) trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for Lems.   Linda's Choice ($8.80) was victorious in 2:05.2 in the $6,600 Excelsior 'B' Series with Gregory in the bike while Lucky Lana took the non-betting race for Norris in 2:05.3.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J Mazurek

Cowgirl Hall pulled the pocket at the three-quarters and exploded to an insurmountable lead en route to victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall made the early lead but released Majestic Ginger at the quarter pole. When Dave Palone tipped Cowgirl Hall off the cones, the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall ended the suspense early, scoring in 1:53.3. Whata Donato was second, 3 lengths back, with Broadway Socks third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $728,553, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features seven divisions of a $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak  

Tall Cotton walked the field through a leisurely first half, then turned on the jets to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Tall Cotton had to outduel Major Athens for the early lead, but Dave Palone then slammed on the brakes, giving Tall Cotton a comfortable 58 first half. From there, the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding won the sprint home, prevailing in 1:54. Major Athens was second by a head in the Lightning Lane while the first-over Classicality finished third Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who now boasts $672,471 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. Eric Goodell, Mike Wilder, Brian Zendt and Palone each piloted a pair of winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak      

A field of 8 upper-conditioned level pacers took the stage for the featured event  at the harness racing meeting on Sunday afternoon (July 5) from Harrah's Philadelphia, going for a purse of $22,000. The heavy favorite in the wagering was Jimmy Takter trainee Somewhere In L A. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere is coming off of a stellar 2014 campaign, which saw him earn over $500,000 in 24 starts. He started quickly from the pole position, leading at the quarter in a rated :27.3. Scott Di Domenico trainee Bettors Glass drafted with pocket position, while Burke representative Rediscovery (Yannick Gingras) attacked first-over at the half (:56). Somewhere In L A maintained the advantage at three-quarters (1:23.3) before increasing the margin to 2 lengths at the head of the lane. Bettors Glass (Tim Tetrick) was able to make headway in the stretch tho, missing Somewhere In L A by just a head at the finish, in a final time of 1:50.4. It was the first win of the year for Somewhere In L A, who paid $3.00 to win. Bestjetyet (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) rallied for third. Somewhere In L A is owned by J&T Silva Stables, Deo Volente Farms, and T L P Stables. Michael Bozich

While fireworks filled the skies across the country on Saturday night, there were fireworks of a different kind around midnight as one lucky customer purchased the winning ticket in the last race jackpot super hi-5 which returned $173,094.02 at the harnes racing meeting at The Meadowlands. The lucky ticket was bought through the advance deposit wagering site, TVG. The correct combination of 7-6-9-3-8 included a 45-1 winner over the 1/2 betting choice followed by a 15-1 longshot, the 7/2 second choice and the longest shot on the board finishing fifth. This is the second highest payout in Meadowlands history, following a Jackpot Super Hi-5 that returned $200,000 earlier in the meet. The good news is there still is one Jackpot Super Hi-5 that is still alive at The Meadowlands, with a carryover now of $175,602. With major stakes races at The Meadowlands on the horizon, it was important for several of Ron Burke's contingent find their best stride. Rocklamation did her part on Friday and on Saturday it was Bettor's Edge and Sayitall BB's turn. Bettor's Edge won eight times in 2014 for earnings of over $673,000. While 2015 has not brought the same amount of success, the gelding still oozes class and that class was on display Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite in a field of six in an upper-level condition pacing event, Bettor's Edge took no prisoners from the start of the race and was launched after Mister Virgin around the first turn and cleared the lead past the opening quarter in 26.3. From there, Bettor's Edge settled into his rhythmic stride and he would lead the charge to the half-mile in 55.1. At that point, a challenge came from Art History, who committed first over and tried to engage the favorite past three-quarters in 1:23, but Art History proved no match for Bettor's Edge. As the field turned for home, Joe Bongiorno called to his gelding for more speed and he responded, scampering three lengths clear. Melmerby Beach, who trailed throughout, was shown racetrack in the stretch and launched a relentless rally in the last eighth of a mile, but he came up just one-half of a length short as Bettor's Edge held on in 1:49.3. Mister Virgin was third. Bettor's Edge is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable. The win was the 23rd of his career and his earnings are rapidly approaching $1.5 Million. Sayitall BB also returned to her winning form, with an authoritative triumph in a condition event for fillies and mares on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. On the heels of an excellent three year old campaign that included a Breeders Crown Championship, Sayitall BB has struggled while making her transition to her four year old season, winning just once in eleven starts in 2015 entering her Saturday night contest. She took a positive step tonight. Sent off as the 6/5 choice, Sayitall BB went forward off the gate and allowed the speed to settle through an opening quarter of 26.4, before launching her bid for the lead as the field moved into the backstretch, where she would clear the front as the field straightened up. From there, the Breeders Crown champion reached the half-mile in 55-seconds before facing a challenge from All About Kisses who looked the favorite in the eye past three-quarters in 1:22.3. But, Sayitall BB had plenty left in the tank and when Joe Bongiorno called on his mare for pace, the response was instantaneous as Sayitall BB sprinted away from the field in the stretch to win going away in 1:50.1. Sayitall BB is eligible to The Golden Girls at The Meadowlands, as is her stablemate Rocklamation who won on Friday night. The Final for that event is Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday July 18th, with eliminations on July 11th if necessary. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and is approaching $600,000 in lifetime earnings. Lady Winona, who could be making her next start in the Del Miller Memorial was an emphatic winner of a condition trotting event on Saturday night. Allowed to settled off the speed, Lady Winona launched a first over blitz into fractions of 27.4 and 56.2 before clearing the lead and drawing away impressively to win decisively in 1:54.1. The win was the second of the season for the Credit Winner filly for owner Stroy Inc and trainer Julie Miller. Steve Smith was at the lines. Revenge Shark may have earned a berth in The Meadowlands Pace with a powerful stretch drive to score in a tough condition event in 1:50.2. Jim Marshall III guided the three year old colt to victory for trainer Tony Alagna in come-from-behind fashion. He defeated three other Meadowlands Pace eligible colts and a pair of talented New York Sire Stakes performers in the process. Revenge Shark is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Bradley Grant. The $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final went to Kingofthejungle who worked out a perfect second over trip and rallied boldly in the stretch to score his second victory of the season in a lifetime best 1:50.4 with Jim Pantaleano in the sulky. The winner is trained by Brandon Simpson, who co-owns the four year old gelding with Fox Racing Inc. Untouchable One captured the $20,000 Mini-Series Final for the $10,000 claimers rallying into a frantic speed duel that included a 53.2 half-mile to win going away with Joe Bongiorno in 1:51.1. It was Bongiorno's second win on the card. The winner was trained by Bill Mac Kenzie for Anthony and Alma Iafelice. Racing returns on Friday, July 10th with a special post time of 5:30 P.M. Saturday's racing card, which is Meadowlands Pace night, also has a special 5:30 P.M. start time.   Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

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