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Timonium, MD — The harness racing pacing colt Shadowmoon Rising led Thursday’s (Nov. 5) final yearling session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $115,000 by Dr. Ian Moore at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. A son of Shadow Play out of Lofty Yankee, the colt is a full brother to Shadow Moon, who was a Grand Circuit stakes winner for Moore. Shadowmoon Rising was bred and consigned by Spring Haven Farm. “Shadow Moon was a real nice 2-year-old and then didn’t quite come back as a 3-year-old,” Moore said. “He was a real gritty individual. But this guy is totally different than him. Shadow Moon was small, and this guy is a much stronger, bigger looking, individual. “I didn’t want to pay that much, we had kind of talked around $80,000, but it was an Internet bidder and me from $75,000 on. That Internet bidder was probably Jack Darling, because he didn’t make it here. I think he wanted him pretty good, too. We had to pay more, but I’m glad we got him.” The three-day yearling portion of the auction concluded with 773 horses selling for a total of $29.5 million and average of $38,215. The average declined following two record-setting sales. The average in 2019 was $48,903, which bettered the previous record of $42,675 set in 2018. The average in 2017 was $39,675. Second among Thursday’s top sellers was Thx Again Bluechip, a pacing colt by Huntsville out of Exclamation, who sold for $105,000 to Steve Elliott. The colt is from the family of Dan Patch Award winning mare Rocklamation. He was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock and Our Horse Cents Stables and consigned by Blue Chip Farms, agent, for Blue Chip Bloodstock. Rounding out the trio of six-figure sellers was Alehouse Hanover, a trotting colt by Bar Hopping out of Aspidistra Hanover, who sold for $100,000 to Paul Kelley. His family includes Grand Circuit winner Spicy Wings while third dam Almost An Angel was a Dan Patch Award winner and producer of multiple stakes winners. Alehouse Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Friday. For complete sale results, click here. By Ken Weingartner, for the USTA with Chris Tully

MILTON, AUG. 21, 2020 - When harness racing driver Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 21 he was expecting to drive division leading Desperate Man in the second of two $107,200 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. He did not have a drive in the first Gold division. Fortunately for Henry, Jack Darling had just learned that Randy Waples was unable to drive Friday and the trainer was in need of a replacement to steer Bulldog Hanover in the first split. Henry was happy to step into the breach and eight races later he had piloted both colts to Gold Series victories. Starting from the outside Post 9, Henry dropped Bulldog Hanover down to the rail in seventh and sat at the back of the main pack as Lawless Shadow sprinted out to a :26.3 quarter and battled Springbridge Duel to a :55.3 half. Springbridge Duel kept the tempo lively through the 1:23.4 three-quarters as No Bettor Joy and Bulldog Hanover started to advance up the outer lane. Turning for home Henry moved Bulldog Hanover into an open lane and the colt sprinted down the stretch to a three length victory in a personal best 1:52. Favourite Lawless Shadow finished second and Flash Cube was third. "He raced good for the nine-hole He had a lot of luck, three of them made breaks, and he landed in a good spot, but yeah he raced really well," said Henry. "He's a nice colt." "Trevor did a good job. When he drew the nine-hole you're kind of expecting the worst, but actually the trip worked out perfect and he got around all the breaking horses," added owner-trainer Darling. "So he got a little bit lucky and ended up getting a good trip, but he raced big too. That was a nice mile." Bulldog Hanover started his Ontario Sires Stakes campaign at the Grassroots level, finishing second in the July 6 season opener and romping to a five length win in the July 20 leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With a month in between the second Grassroots leg and Friday's test, Darling gave the Shadow Play son a tightener in an Aug. 11 qualifier, where Bulldog Hanover cruised to an 11 length win in 1:56. "He's basically been a nice colt all the way through; he just kept getting better and better as we went. He qualified good, he won the Grassroots kind of handy, so we gave him a try in the Gold and it looks like he's a nice Gold horse too," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "He's just a nice horse. He's just that cocky type, always feeling good, got lots of try to him, and a beautiful looking horse. Most of the Shadow Plays are great looking horses and he is one of them." Another good-looking son of Shadow Play, Desperate Man lined up at Post 3 in the second Gold division and left well enough to land in fourth as Bettor Sun and Darling-trainee Avion Seelster hustled to a :26.2 quarter. Bettor Sun marched on to a :55 half, with Henry angling Desperate Man off the rail and catching a windbreak from Ucanttouchthis. As Bettor Sun paced by the 1:23.2 three-quarters, Desperate Man had advanced to third and once the colts squared up in the stretch Henry asked the favourite for another gear and Desperate Man drew away to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.2. Bettor Sun stayed game for second and Socrates Blue Chip closed to be third. Two-year-old pacing colt Desperate Man won his third straight Gold Series division "Tonight he got second-over and kind of got towed up into it," said Henry. "I figured he would be a little short because he hasn't raced in a while, and then the qualifier we had him in he made a break at the gate and he never got a real good workout that day, but he still finds a way to win. Good ones do." Desperate Man romped to victory in the July 3 Gold Series opener and the July 18 Gold leg, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and then dropped into the same Aug. 11 qualifier as Bulldog Hanover for his prep in advance of Friday's start. However, things did not go according to plan for Henry, trainer Kathy Cecchin and her co-owners, husband John Cecchin, daughter Nicole Davies and son-in-law Paul Davies, all from Arthur, ON. Desperate Man made a break behind the starting gate and was never part of the action. "He was just behind the gate so long, because with the two-year-olds they bring the gate way to the back here and he was behind it for quite a while," Henry explained. "He actually, when I schooled him the once he did it, but then he landed right away and I got away with him, but that day he just didn't land and it was just one of those things. Better going for nothing than when he's going for money." While Henry does not foresee any long term issues for the colt behind the starting gate, he said it is unlikely Desperate Man will be hustling off the wings this season. "I don't think you'd want to really rush him out of there, it takes him a while to kind of get in gear; he's a big colt. He'll come to that when he gets older, but for now it takes him a while to get in the motion," said the driver. "He's not maybe as quick off the gate as some of them, but he always, he's quicker home than the rest of them." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 5 before wrapping up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 4. The top 10 point earners through the regular season will earn a spot in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 17. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Find current point standings on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. Video: Race 4 - Bulldog Hanover; Race 8 - Desperate Man OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

HARRINGTON, DE. - Dibaba N ($4.20, Jon Roberts) was a 1:53.2 harness racing winner in the featured $12,000 Mares Open Pace Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Dylan Davis for owners Robert Cooper, Howard Taylor, J&T Stables and VIP Internet Stable, the Shadow Play 6-year-old mare notched her first win of the year with an off the pace triumph over My Last Bet and Ideal Lifestyle A. Scuola Hanover set sizzling fractions of 26.1, 54.3, and 1:23.1 before retreating through the stretch. Dibaba N angled off second-over cover in deep stretch and hit the wire first as the race favorite. Allan Davis had four wins on the program, after winning three on the Monday card. Roberts, Ross Wolfenden and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

MILTON, ON - JULY 7, 2020 - Heading into Tuesday's Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series opener for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Mohawk Park, harness racing trainer Tony Beaton had a feeling that Bet On Becky might be exceptional. "She's just been one of them special fillies you know," said the trainer. "We were kind of talking the other day and we were saying, like we were kind of hoping she's like Chantal's (Mitchell) Alicorn from last year, that type of horse, it sure would be nice." That speculation proved to be well merited as Bet On Becky with driver Jody Jamieson, romped to a 1:50.4 victory in the second $72,266 Gold division, faster than any two-year-old in North America has paced this year and just one-fifth of a second shy of the Ontario Sires Stakes record set by division champion Alicorn last season. The filly's stablemate Best Keepsake finished three and one-half lengths back in second and Game Of Shadows was third. "She was one of the ones that, not to take away from the other fillies I raced tonight, they all had their turn, but there's just certain training miles, like wow, this thing, it's just got more speed than you can shake a stick at," said Beaton, who sent a total of four fillies behind the gate and went home with one win, one second, one third and one sixth. "And she's just a little thing, probably no bigger than Alicorn was last year, but just a nice little ride. She reminds of a little sports car." The Waterdown resident trains Bet On Becky for Larry Menary of Branchton, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Alan Alber of Thornhill and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. The group offered up $70,000 for the daughter of Bettors Delight at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and have already recouped more than half from Tuesday's victory and a 1:54.4 win in overnight action on June 26. The other two Gold Series divisions went to Dr. Ian Moore trainees Alumni Seelster, in rein to Sylvain Filion, and Andra Day, who was piloted to the win by Doug McNair. Alumni Seelster opened the two-year-old pacing filly season with a 1:52.2 clocking that saw her do most of the work up front and then hang on for a three-quarter length victory over favourite Sports Check. Beaton trainee Ring Of Kerry finished third. "She's all heart, and all desire, there's no doubt about that," said Moore, who also campaigned the filly's sire, $2 million winner State Treasurer. "I'm really pleased because of State Treasurer. He didn't get much support and yet to me, if I was a breeder, he was a hell of a horse and he's the type of horse you'd love to have." A $50,000 purchase out of the London Selected Yearling Sale, Alumni Seelster is owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI and Paul MacDonald of Regina, SK. The filly qualified twice, on June 12 and 19, and Moore thinks she will be even sharper for the second Gold Leg on July 19 at Georgian Downs. "I think Alumni is going to get better - that other division went in 1:50.4, that's quite a mile - I think our filly is going to get better because it's been almost three weeks since she qualified and I only trained her once, last Tuesday, so I felt that she was little short, she could have been a little tighter going in maybe," explained the Cambridge resident. "But I don't like to over train babies, not after they've had such a hard campaign training down, I like to go easier on them now." Alumni Seelster's training partner Andra Day also spent most of the mile on the front end, hitting the wire one length ahead of Sunshine Nelly and fan favourite Postscript in 1:54.1. Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC of Boca Raton, FL share ownership of the Shadow Play miss who Moore also expects to improve off her first lifetime start. "She's a good little filly too and I expect her to get better," said the trainer. "Alumni Seelster, Andra Day and Lady Arthur, who is going to Ohio on Saturday, they all trained together and those three fillies got so tough at the end we couldn't train them together until we were going fast, because you couldn't hang on to them. All they wanted to do was rock and roll every time. "A good way to start with the fillies, I'm really pleased," he added. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, JULY 3, 2020 - There is an alchemy involved in teaching a yearling how to be a racehorse - the top tier of the Ontario Sires Stakes is, after all, the Gold Series - and last winter harness racing trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy though it might actually take supernatural power to transform Springbridge Duel into a racehorse. As a result it felt like a bit of a miracle when the two-year-old pacing gelding captured one of the season opening Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night with an impressive 1:51.3 victory, six and one-quarter lengths ahead of Magnum Moon and Twin B Heart Throb. The time is the fastest for a two-year-old in North America in 2020. "He was a terrible horse to break. I think it took two to three weeks before we even got a jog cart on this horse. I literally had to geld him before we hooked him in a jog cart. I had a horse whisperer work with the horse. He was nuts, he was just absolutely insane," said the trainer. "He's got to be the worst horse, or very close up to the worst horse, we've ever broke and I definitely said to myself, over and over again, what the hell was I thinking." Coleman Herlihy's typical selection process during yearling buying season is rigorous. She studies pedigrees, she visits farms, she looks at horses repeatedly, but on the final day of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last November she realised she had not filled her quota of Ontario Sired horses. "I love the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but I was focussing more on Betting Line's and I simply didn't have very many Ontario Sired, so I was literally doing last minute shopping, which I never do," said Coleman Herlihy, with emphasis on the never. "I was looking at every Ontario Sired horse there was basically, and seeing him - he's a gorgeous colt, he's big, good looking, perfect conformation, he's gorgeous - I ended up buying him." The trainer would question her last minute purchase repeatedly through the winter as her Florida-based team of second trainer Ray Domenico, caretaker Evelyn Harms and driver Steve Condren wrestled with Springbridge Duel, trying to channel his raw talent into a usable form. "If they weren't as patient with him he could have been ruined very, very easy. Even myself, I owned him and trained him, and I was ready to just say I'm done, give up, sell him, move him or whatever," said Coleman Herlihy, who shares ownership of the colt with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON and Mark Kantrowitz of Delray Beach, FL. "And saying that, he's always showed the speed. He has a great gait on him and he's wicked, wicked fast, but it took a long time to get him there and we just had to be so, so careful with him. He's a ton better than what he was, but it was a tough winter, for sure, breaking that colt." Once the son of Big Jim and Stonebridge Damsel returned to Ontario second trainer Mark McKinnon and caretaker Kayla Chappell took up the task of keeping Springbridge Duel on an even keel and on June 20 Bob McClure piloted him in a two-year-old qualifier. The colt finished second and returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a second qualifier on June 27, which he won by 16 lengths. On Friday, knowing nothing of his winter-time struggles, fans at the Milton oval sent him off as the favourite in the second $105,600 division. Starting from Post 6 McClure floated Springbridge Duel off the gate, but many of his peers had the same idea and a there was a crowd around pacesetter Dietrich Seelster as he reached the :28.1 opening quarter. Stuck on the outside, McClure put Springbridge Duel on the front before the :56.1 half and the gelding had opened up a two length lead by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Without urging, the pacer rolled home in :26.4 to claim his first victory. "All I told Bob, in the qualifiers and that, all I ever said was, he likes to be first on the gate and then just take him off. Do not leave with him, do not move with him, just sit him in a hole and keep him calm, keep him relaxed, because as soon as somebody leaves with him you're never going to take him back again, he's going to get nuts," said the Cambridge resident. "The way that he was tonight, it's not like he blasted off the wings, he was floating, looking for a spot and he couldn't find a spot, and so I really don't think that's going to stir him up any more than he already is. I did not want him on the front, but he looked like he was pretty calm and relaxed and Bob had him under control. "When I saw Bob stop, and he was still checked up and Kayla wasn't there yet, I was like, 'Oh God', and I couldn't believe how good he was. He actually was very, very good," she said of the gelding's winner's circle behaviour. "Like I said, his manners are getting so much better no doubt, but I've got his very first video on my phone still from where he ended up laying on the ground." Springbridge Duel will now begin preparations for the second Gold Series Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 18. He will be joined by the first division winner, Desperate Man, who was equally impressive for driver Trevor Henry, trainer Kathy Cecchin and her co-owners John Cecchin and Nicole and Paul Davies of Arthur, ON. Starting from Post 2 in the first $104,800 division, Desperate Man got away fourth as Vino Louie charged out to a :26.2 opening quarter. Henry edged the fan favourite off the rail just after the :55.4 half and was putting the pressure on Vino Louie by the 1:24.4 three-quarters. The Shadow Play son unleashed a :26.3 last quarter to claim the 1:51.4 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Twin B Fighter and Next Big Thing. "He is probably the nicest two-year-old I have sat behind. Very smart and professional," said Arthur resident Henry. "I'm so glad for John and Kathy and their kids. It's really well deserved." Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Video: Race 2 - Desperate Man; Race 8 - Springbridge Duel OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Backstreet Shadow once again showed his dominance at Dover Downs, scoring his fourth straight victory at the Delaware harness racing track on Thursday evening, this time wiring the field in the $50,000 Invitational Handicap Pace and setting a track record in the process.. With driver Tim Tetrick handling the lines, Backstreet Shadow left from the far outside eight post and was parked out to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 by Jesse Duke N (George Napolitano, Jr.) Backstreet Shadow, once on the lead, cut the mile to the half mile in :54.3, then the three-quarters in 1:21.1. Bettor Memories (Andy McCarthy) came first-over and was in second as they started down the stretch before tiring on the final turn as Tetrick let the five-year-old Shadow Play gelding have his head. Backstreet Shadow kicked in a :27 last quarter mile to win by two open lengths in 1:48.1, shaving one fifth of a second from the prior record for aged pacing geldings.    Jesse Duke N, despite running in the stretch after tiring, held for second place with Shnitzledosomethin (Corey Callahan) third. Trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Backstreet Shadow has the four straight wins out of five starts this year. He paid $3.20 to win. Sicily upsets in the $32,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap pace. At the start of the race, three horses left for early race position. Sicily took the lead. Blazing Bobby Sox held rail position in 2nd.  Slick Tony and George Napolitano Jr., the race favorite, dropped in third. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague dived in behind Slick Tony in fourth.  Teague was hoping to get a 2nd over trip behind Tony and that strategy became a reality past the half. Sicily cut fractions of 26.1 55.2 1:23.  The third quarter was paced in 27.3 Turning for home, Wiggle It Jiggleit fanned three wide in the lane as Slick Tony weakened.  Wiggle It Jiggleit's bid stalled. Sicily powered home and won by three quarters of a length in 1:50.3.   He was sent off at odds of 6-1. Sicily is by Art Major, and is owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware Inc. and Reginald Hazzard II.  Victor Kirby drove the winner for trainer Wayne Givens. Proper One,  who was last at the top of the stretch, circled the pack to finish 2nd for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Carlo Poliseno. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished 3rd for trainer Clyde Francis.    By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink (with files from Dover Downs)

The Fillies and Mares Open was contested as the feature on Wednesday's program at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After a scratch, the field was reduced to five members but what a strong group of distaffers it was. Dibaba N (Shadow Play) made her local debut a winning one last Thursday (November 21) and was the public's even money favorite on Wednesday as she looked to go back-to-back in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Driver Billy Dobson flashed speed with the Jose Godinez trainee who wound up yielding to fellow invader Tequila Monday (Mark Beckwith) to get a pocket trip. Those two mares squared off just two weeks ago at Dover Downs in Delaware with Dibaba N pacing past Tequila Monday in the final strides to secure the victory. The rematch wound up as a near carbon copy of the first battle between them as Dibaba N pounced out of the pocket and rolled past Tequila Monday to secure her third win in a row. Now two-for-two at Saratoga, Dibaba N stopped the timer in 1:52.4 in what was her seventh victory of the campaign. Tequila Monday was the runner-up and completed a $9.50 exacta. Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) finished third. Dibaba N is owned by the Blindswitch, Robert Cooper, VIP Internet and J&T Silva Stables. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening and will feature a Pick Five carryover of $3,819. The Pick Five is a 50 cent minimum wager and starts in the evening's first race. First post time is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Standardbred Canada reports that the four-year-old Shadow Play harness racing mare Kendall Seelster swept to the front past the half and held command from the late-surging Physicallyinclined to take the $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Nov. 23. Easy Lover Hanover rolled to the front past a :25.4 opening quarter but yielded command past a :56 half as Kendall Seelster brushed uncovered towards the top. Physicallyinclined also began to move for the front past the half and ranged within two lengths of the lead nearing three-quarters in 1:23.2. Kendall Seelster opened two lengths on Physicallylinclined in the stretch but worked to hold control through the lane. Physicallyinclined drew closer but hit the finish a half-length shy of victory in a 1:51.4 mile. Easy Lover Hanover gave chase from third. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc., Kendall Seelster won her ninth race from 22 starts this season and her 22nd from 56 overall, earning $931,346. Sylvain Filion drove the $6.70 winner for trainer Rod Boyd. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbred Canada

Dibaba N (Shadow Play) made her local harness racing debut a winning one in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old mare was making her first start out of the Jose Godinez stable when she went off as the public's 1-9 betting favorite in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open on a pleasant Thursday afternoon in the Spa City. Dibaba N got away last in the field of five distaffers but when leading driver Billy Dobson called on the talented New Zealand invader, she appeared every bit up to the task. Going first-over against the pacesetting leader Brontz N (Jimmy Devaux), Dibaba N had little difficulty pacing past the leader in a third quarter that went in 27.3 before drawing away to win by open daylight in 1:54.3. Bontz N held strong for second to continue her breakout season at Saratoga while longshot Hilaria (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. With the victory, Dibaba N becomes the fifth different lady pacer to win the Fillies and Mares Open for Godinez this season at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Euchred took control of the lead from the start and beat back his preferred harness racing foes Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau was the hot driver of the day and Euchred did not let him down as the son of Shadow Play left well off the gate to make the lead in the $2,900 preferred pace and proceed through splits of 28.3, 57.2 and 1:26.2. Woodmere Ideal Art (Driven by Jason Hughes) took a run at Euchred in the final quarter but had to settle for second while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) had too much ground to make up and finished third in the 1:55.2 mile. Walter Walker trains Euchred for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Barrieau made four trips to the winner's circle on the 13-dash card. The New Brunswick pilot started the action off winning with Selkirk Echo in 2:00.2 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown, and that duo teamed up later on the card to win with Clare Hall Hanover in an open-length 1:59.3 score. Barrieau's other win was in a $1,750 trot class as Daisy River overcame an early break in stride to win in 2:04.1 for trainer William Lanigan of Montague. For more information go to the newly redesigned Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2019 -- Trailing by 9 lengths after a quarter, Ohio invader Sea Shadows launched a relentless uncovered move that carried her to her fifth straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Her previous wins in the streak came at Scioto Downs and Northfield Park, but Sea Shadows had no trouble with her new environment. Once Kurt Sugg got her in gear, the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Cameron D Art collared Touchamatic in deep stretch and downed her by 1/2 length in 1:50.1. McDazzle rallied for show. Jessica Roegner trains Sea Shadows for Paul O'Neil and Patricia O'Neil. In Tuesday's co-feature, the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Barn Girl zipped to the front from post 5 and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Donatover by 1/2 length to capture her 10th win this year. You're Majestic completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Barn Girl extended her lifetime bankroll to $843,328. Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Chester, PA -- Since arriving in the Ron Burke stable in early July, Backstreet Shadow has been on an absolute tear.   The 4-year-old Shadow Play gelding ran his winning streak to five with a measured 1:49.1 harness racing victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 25) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, which was also his first appearance at the riverside track. Tim Tetrick was back in the bike behind Backstreet Shadow ($2.20) after they teamed up for a resounding 1:47.3 victory at The Meadowlands on the Hambletonian Day undercard. Picking right up where they left off, the pair yielded early control to Imarocnrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno) before brushing just beyond a :27 first quarter.   Once clearing, Backstreet Shadow maintained complete command through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.1, turning aside a first-over push from Our Max Phactor N (George Napolitano Jr.) up the backstretch in the act. Off the home turn, Backstreet Shadow faced one final challenge from Imarocnrolllegend N, who closed to within a half length at the finish. However, Backstreet Shadow was under wraps for the entirety of the stretch en route to his 17th career win. Scott Rocks (George Brennan) finished third, another 4-1/2 lengths back. The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby have banked $90,000 in five starts with Backstreet Shadow. Backstreet Shadow's win keyed a 2-6-1-4-7 combination in the day's Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $140.82 to multiple backers and prompted a $7,162.37 carryover to Wednesday's (Aug. 28) card. In the afternoon's sub-featured event, an $18,000 conditioned pace, JK Wildfire ($17.00) sustained a long first-over ascent to overpower pacesetter Alotbettor N and draw clear by three lengths in 1:50.3. Corey Callahan drove the Wayne Givens trainee for Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard II. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday, with the first of 13 races scheduled for 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

CHESTER, PA - Backstreet Shadow, undefeated in four starts since joining the powerful Burke Brigade, is the 2-1 favorite from post two for driver Tim Tetrick in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) harness racing event for fast-class pacers Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Shadow Play gelding posted a 1:47.3 victory on Hambletonian Day, and last Saturday he won his GNOS debut at Pocono, making two moves and winning a photo in 1:49.2 on a sloppy track. Backstreet Shadow would need victory here and in next week's final GNOS preliminary contest for his division at Pocono to give himself a chance at qualifying for his division's $100,000 GNOS Championship at 1¼ miles during the Monday, September 9 card at the mountain oval - only four horses would have a bigger pointtotal after this week's racing than he would if he won both times. Two of that quartet are the next two choices in the morning line after favorable draws. Our Max Phactor N (post one, trainer Andrew Harris, driver George Napolitano Jr., 7-2) has a win and two seconds in GNOS events, while the steady Scott Rocks (post four, trainer Hunter Oakes, driver George Brennan, 9-2) has two seconds, a third, and other good finishes in GNOS racing. Others in Sunday's nine-horse field for the fifth race GNOS contest are (from the remaining posts, inside-out) I'm A Big Deal, Sweet Rock, Imarocnrollegend N, Shineonucrzydiamnd A, Prairie Panther (a GNOS winner earlier this month at Pocono), and Lyons Steel from the trailing post nine. The 1¼-mile $100,000 GNOS Championships, for open pacers, open trotters, and distaff pacers, as noted will be raced on the September 9 twilight card at Pocono, along with the eight $40,000 Championships of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series. From  the PHHA, in conjunction with Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono racetracks

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Overcoming a sloppy track, a first-over move, and very tough opposition, the Shadow Play four-year-old gelding Backstreet Shadow showed speed and gameness in taking a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacing horses in 1:49.2. On paper, three horses seemed to have the best credentials - None Bettor A was sent off as the 8-5 favorite, with Backstreet Shadow 9-5 and Highalator 2-1 - and they were the three major players in the race. None Bettor A made the early lead, yielded to Highalator before the :26.4 quarter, then retook in front of the stands and got a bit of a rest to a :55.3 half. Backstreet Shadow, who had tucked fourth from the outside post seven early, launched his first-over bid off the second turn for driver Pat Berry, and the sharp pacer went his own third quarter raw in 26 flat to get within a length of None Bettor A by the 1:22.1 three-quarters. Around the turn and through the stretch those two continued to fight, joined in the lane by a resurgent Highalator in the Pocono Pike. Backstreet Shadow showed his grittiness by defeating None Bettor A (absent for four weeks) by a head, with Highalator just another neck back in third. Backstreet Shadow has now won four races in a row and ten on the year, boosting his seasonal earnings to $200,700 and lifetime bankroll to $369,646. Ron Burke trains the talented sidewheeler for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The rest of the races in the report were conducted over a "fast" track, before a midcard hard rain and a slight weather delay. Atta Boy Dan got revenge on the horse who snapped his recent five-race winning streak, Benji's Best, ending that one's own four-race victory skein with a 1:49.3 engine victory in the $20,000 claiming handicap pace for driver George Napolitano Jr. (a five-time winner on the night), trainer Mike Watson, and owner Clifford Grundy. The victorious Western Terror ten-year-old gelding, now with 65 career wins and $886,417 in winnings, bested his rival by 1¼ lengths - and then both were promptly claimed for the highest-level price of $40,000. This is the tenth straight race (three of them for Grundy/Watson, all wins) out of which Atta Boy Dan has been claimed, approaching the local record of thirteen straight claims set by R Gauwitz Hanover in 2015. It's easy to understand the appeal of the game veteran - his record since coming to Pocono on May 11 is 14-10-2-1-$113,460 -- and he has been claimed 13 times, 11 for the $40,000 maximum. 19-year-old provisional driver Jack Killeen, an Irishman who came to America on a five-year visa to pursue his dream of being a full-time horseman, made his Pocono debut a smashing one, guiding Duc De Guise F to a $65.20 victory after coming from last down the backstretch to be just up in 1:55.4. The French-bred trotter, whom Killeen co-owns and had driven in his native land last year before crossing the Atlantic, showed no rust from nearly a year away from the races, putting in a big late kick deep in the Pocono Pike to pass everybody for trainer Michael Seddon (whose only other career training winner paid $230.40) and the partnership of Killeen and Sinners Racing. In the very next race, another horse making his Stateside debut was victorious - after coming about three times as far to get to Pocono as Duc De Guise F did. He is the Somebeachsomewhere gelding San Domino A, and with his second move he closed with solid strides to take a 1:49.1 mark in his first U.S. race. George Napolitano Jr. drove the Aussie-bred pacer, who looks headed for bigger things, for trainer Andrew Harris and the ownership of Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - November 9, 2018 - Kendall Seelster delivered another stunning performance to defeat older harness racing rivals for the second consecutive week in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play and driver Sylvain Filion shot off cover in the lane and stormed home to a 1:52.4 victory over five older mares. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster rallied last week from seventh to record his first win over older mares and Friday she took all the support, going off at odds of 2/5. The daughter of Shadow Play got away fifth and caught the cover of P L Hurricane heading to three-quarters. Windsongmagnifique cut out fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.1 to lead into the lane. Kendall Seelster swelled up on cover and powered by rivals for a victory of three-quarters of a length. Request For Parole followed the favourite to a second-place finish, while Windsongmagnifique held on for third over Exhilarated. Kendall Seelster now has seven wins and $231,165 earned in 18 starts this season. Her career numbers now sit at 11 wins and $695,150 earned for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $2.90. Round two of the Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with two $17,000 divisions for Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Phantom Seelster will have an opportunity for a series sweep following a convincing 1:53.3 victory in Friday's second division. Trevor Henry steered the Richard Moreau trainee to his second consecutive victory. A gelded son of Mach Three, Phantom Seelster left from the far outside and was parked around the first turn, while even-money choice Mission Three posted a :28.1 opening-quarter. Phantom Seelster cleared to the top in the second-quarter and posted a :57 half. Mission Three popped the two-hole on the far-turn to challenge Phantom Seelster, who reached three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Phantom Seelster turned aside his rival and charged home in :28.1 to prevail by a length and a half over Mission Three. Foot Solider crossed the line third, while Stratosphere was fourth. Phantom Seelster entered last week's opening-leg winless in 14 starts this season. The Moreau trainee captured a division of last week's first leg by five lengths and was driven by Bob McClure, who drove Mission Three on Friday. Owned by Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau, Phantom Seelster increased his career numbers to five wins and $75,185 earned with Friday's score. He paid $4.50 to win. Shadow Play colt Shadow Moon prevailed in a tight Win Photo over round-one winner Westslucky Terror in the evening's first division. Driven by Doug McNair, Shadow Moon got away third in the field of seven to follow a pocket-sitting Westslucky Terror, while Bit Of Luck did the heavy-lifting on the front. Shadow Moon got his cue to go on the far turn and pulled up alongside Bit Of Luck at three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Shadow Moon powered by Bit Of Luck, but then had to deal with a patient Westslucky Terror and a closing Hes Got Swagger. Shadow Moon held off Westslucky Terror by a nose for the 1:53.2 victory. Hes Got Swagger finished third, beat half a length, while Delorean Seelster was fourth. Trained by Kyle Fellows, Shadow Moon picked up his second win of 2018 and has now earned $39,335 in 19 starts this season. The sophomore colt's career numbers jump to seven wins and $234,672 earned for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo and Daniel Knechtel. A $2 win ticket on Shadow Moon returned $5.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Long shot  at 52-1 Percy Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley) took advantage of a speed duel and was the winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for three-year-old filly pacers on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. It was a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2 over a sloppy track. Percy Blue Chip is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Dandy Farm, Silva, Purnel and Libby. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) was first to the lead at the :25.4 first quarter and was soon joined by Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) on the outside, who applied pressure to the :53.3 half and the 1:22.2 three-quarters. As the field turned for home, those two were still on the lead, but were overtaken by Percy Blue Chip, who'd been second-over throughout most of the race and went three-wide to win by three-quarters of a length. The daughter of Shadow Play paid $106.00, $22.80 and $11.00 for the win. Kissin In The Sand was second and Dance Blue was third. It was the first Breeders Crown win for Matt Kakaley, who dropped his whip at the top of the stretch, but clearly didn't need it. "It's amazing," he said. "Absolutely amazing. You know the only way I could win was if they duked it out on the lead, like that. I actually dropped my whip at the head of the stretch. I just put my nose on Scotty's (Zeron) helmet. She came home good. Down the backside I thought I had a good shot." by Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown      

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