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WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2015 -- Saturday's Adios eliminations card at The Meadows was supported by three other compelling stakes that, along with the elims, comprised 13 of the 15 races. Yannick Gingras and harness racing trainer Ron Burke each scored five times in those stakes while Tim Tetrick enjoyed a stake four-bagger. Highlights from Saturday's stakes: The Albatross, $217,340 PASS - 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacers Manhattan Beach zipped to the lead for Tetrick and rolled home in a stake-record 1:51.1, bettering the mark of 1:52 held jointly by Limelight Beach and Seventh Secret. Sossy's King Kong was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with McPhil third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers campaign the Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding, a full brother to the former record-holder, Limelight Beach, winner of the 2014 Little Brown Jug. Check Six powered to the point with a quarter-pole move for Gingras and held off the late thrust of McDave to down him by a neck in 1:52.3, with Mr Right Hanover third. Burke trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. "That was a horse race down the stretch -- he wouldn't let them go by him," Gingras said. "He has all kinds of potential, He has the size, a nice gait, speed and guts. He has the package. Pacing colts are a little fickle at this stage. In another month, they'll separate the men from the boys." Do Over Hanover pulled the pocket down the backside to avoid the faltering leader, Genovese, and held off Another Daily Copy by a neck to triumph in 1:52.4. Allie's Cruiser earned show. "He's very versatile and good mannered," said Jim Campbell, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Driven To Sin -- a $25,000 yearling acquisition -- for Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Robert Unice. "I'll give him a week or two off because he's gone hard the last three weeks. We'll probably get him ready for the next sires stake leg." Spider Man Hanover and The Catamount Kid took the other Albatross divisions. The Romola Hanover, $182,016 PASS, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Doctor Terror unleashed a huge uncovered bid from sixth that carried her to victory in 1:50.4 for Corey Callahan and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns the daughter of Western Terror-Doctor Seth with Stuart McIntosh. Imagine Dragon was second by a head, with Momas Got A Gun third. With the victory, Doctor Terror soared over $200,000 in career earnings. The other Romola Hanover split also went to a daughter of Western Terror, as Safe From Terror and Gingras edged her stablemate, Storm Point, by a neck to win in 1:51.1. Macarena Mama completed the ticket. Burke conditions Safe From Terror for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. $60,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Off a layoff of more than two months, Dobre Povedane matched Icommandmyspirit's stake record of 1:51.3 when she followed cover and brushed home to defeat Lean On Yourself by 1-3/4 lengths, with Angel Or Terror third. Callahan drove for trainer John Butenschoen and owners David Prushnok and John Prushnok. "We thought she could use a little time," said Tyler Butenschoen, the winner's assistant trainer. "She raced good her last race but maybe seemed a little sore afterward. Nothing major, but we gave her a little time, and she trained back great. I expected her to race good, but a 1:51.3 mile was an eye-opener." Mezzanine Fashion and Repeat Please captured the other stallion series splits. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

A group of six rookie pacing fillies squared off Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Shes Lights Out and driver Paul MacDonell came out on top in the field of six to win the $12,000 opening leg in 1:53.4. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Shes Lights Out showed early speed to grab the lead ahead of Miss Print and posted an opening-quarter of :28.3. The top-two fillies would remain one-two through the middle-half splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Miss Print was angled to the outside to take a shot at the leader, but had to settle for second, as Shes Lights Out had plenty of pace and cruised home in :28.2 for the 2 ½ length victory. Itsallaboutthebass finished third, while Not Now They Said was fourth. Shes Lights Out is trained by Ken Sucee for owner/breeders Brian Legge and Dr. David Legge. Thursday evening's victory was a maiden-breaking score for the rookie pacer in her third career start and increases her earnings to $8,800. Shes Lights Out paid $6.70 to win. The Whenuwishuponastar Series is a three-week event for two-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg of the series will take place next Thursday (July 30). Mark McKelvie

The 2015 Albion Park winter carnival came to a dramatic close on Saturday night. On a program that boasted four Group One features with strong prizemoney attached and a majority of leading trainers and drivers from around the southern hemisphere represented, harness racing fans were set for a huge night of entertainment. And they got what they were asking for. Brilliant Victorian three-year-old Menin Gate added to his impressive list of feature race victories this season by winning the $150,000 Queensland Derby when leading throughout defeating a gallant My Kiwi Mate and Queensland Oaks victor Fight For Glory in the 2680m feature. Sent straight to the lead by his reinsman Chris Alford from his ideal draw, the $1.40 favourite scored decisively in a time of 1;57.9. He covered his final mile in splits of 30.5, 30.1, 27.9 & 27.6 seconds. Prepared by Larry Eastman, the big striding gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has now claimed the Victoria, Gold Coast and Queensland Derby’s plus the Vicbred Super Series Final this term. Menin Gate Comeback pacer Philadelphia Man gave his loyal army of supporters plenty to cheer about when he proved too classy for his rivals winning the $125,000 UBET Blacks A Fake. Having only his second run back from a lengthy break, the Emma Stewart prepared Art Major entire worked hard early before finding the lead at the 1800m from local mare Forever Gold. After being perfectly rated by Gavin Lang, the $2.10 favourite scored a convincing victory from a brave Forever Gold while Avonnova fought strongly to hold third placing. The 2680m open-class feature was covered in a mile rate of 1;56.8. The last mile was covered in splits of 31.4, 29.9, 27.6 & 27.7 seconds. Philadelphia Man is now unbeaten in two runs back this campaign while providing Stewart with her biggest victory in the sunshine state. Philadelphia Man Most expected the Victorians to claim the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with the brilliant Heavens Trend, but her erratic behavior cost her victory. Improving local filly Special Moment ($35.10) caused a boilover downing Sweet As Candy and Aussie Vista in a mile rate of 1;58.0. The victory provided another feature race victory for Shannon Price and Scott Miller plus winning reinsman Brad Cowen during this carnival. Passing the 400m marker, Heavens Trend raced to the lead from Get In The Groove but raced greenly before ultimately galloping which left Trista Dixon (Get in The Groove) unseated while Covert Beauty and her driver Mark Dux crashed to the track. All horses and drivers involved in the incident were ok. Special Moment In the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo colts and geldings Final, the fast finishing burst from Leos Best ($8.60) proved too much for his rivals in the 1660m feature event. Leos Best, trained and driven by Grant Dixon, forced clear of an early pocket and relished a strong speed to defeat Roarn and Catcha Lefty in a career best time of 1;54.8. The Cammibest gelding has now claimed two feature events this season after winning the Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Classic last month. And the Gr.2 $50,000 Landfill Logistics 4yo Championship was taken out in brilliant fashion by New South Wales mare Sweet Molly Oshea ($11.80) for trainer Blake Hewitt and winning reinsman Gavin Lang. After racing without cover, the Mach Three mare proved too strong for Alleluia and Bling It On in a race record time of 1;54.7 for the 2138m journey. Club officials were thrilled with the big crowd in attendance to conclude a strong carnival.  

Freehold, NJ --- A year ago, Sandbetweenurtoes won her first eight races of the season before seeing her campaign derailed by illness. She has returned this year to win two of five starts and is the favorite in Saturday’s $213,450 Golden Girls for older female pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Golden Girls is part of a stakes-filled night at the Big M. The card also includes the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, $430,600 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, $207,350 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, $187,000 Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, and two $155,000-plus divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters. Sandbetweenurtoes enters the Golden Girls off a win in the Preferred for fillies and mares at Mohawk Racetrack on July 4. Last year, she won her first eight races, including the Mistletoe Shalee, but failed to hit the board in her final three starts of the season. She finished with $252,572 in purses for owner Brad Grant and the stable of trainers Larry and Ray Remmen. “She ended up getting sick and she never overcame it,” Larry Remmen said. “We tried to play catch-up and it just doesn’t work that late in the year. This year she’s come back a little stronger and, knock on wood, she’s been healthy. She’s trained good so maybe if we get the right trip there we can do some damage.” A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Al’s Girl, Sandbetweenurtoes started this year with a fifth-place finish in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands, beaten only 1-3/4 lengths. She won a conditioned race at Harrah’s Philadelphia, then was third-placed-second in her elimination for the Roses Are Red Stakes and third in the Roses Are Red final at Mohawk. Sandbetweenurtoes won the July 4 Preferred at Mohawk in gate-to-wire fashion by 1-1/2 lengths over Marlee B in 1:50.4. “She raced good in Canada,” Remmen said. “She won her last start, but I thought she would have won a little easier. But that’s kind of the way she races. She only does what she has to do when she’s left alone on the front. The bottom line is she won the race. She had a good go in the three starts up there. “So far she’s been going the right way at the wire. I’m happy with how she’s progressed so far. It’s a long year for the horses racing in that company.” This year’s Golden Girls features a 12-horse field and will be contested at 1-1/8 miles. Sandbetweenurtoes will start from post two with driver John Campbell and is the modest 4-1 favorite on the morning line. Katie Said, leaving from post three with Brett Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 9-2 second choice. Color’s A Virgin, Table Talk, Venus Delight, Rocklamation, Anndrovette, and Beach Story are listed at 5-1 to 8-1 on the morning line. Rocklamation is a two-time Golden Girls champion and is joined by Anndrovette and Color’s A Virgin as Dan Patch Award winners in the field. “It’s pretty wide open,” Remmen said. “I think it’s a pretty even field. It’s going to come down to the trip; we’ll have to see what the fractions go. It should be interesting with 12 horses at a mile and an eighth. It seems like in those races there are horses that look like certain winners and it all changes the last sixteenth of a mile. “I’m curious to how it’s going to play out, but we’re hoping for good things.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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  

Waikiki Beach may be the pack leader when it comes to future harness racing breeding crosses likely to dominate our breeding in years to come but he won't be the first made popular by performances of All Star horses. Waikiki Beach is the product of a Somebeachsomewhere-Bettor's Delight cross. It was always a dream come true for breeders on paper but now it seems it might become a reality with this colt's unbeaten run to date in two year old features. Truth be told Mark was probably a little leery of Somebeachsomewhere stock before this one came along. While we only had a small sample in this country at that stage,horses by the sire at All Stars had tended to be a bit wilful once they got on the racetrack. They were, and probably to some extent still are, best when allowed their high cruising protential and front. Some  have proven a challenge when asked to race under restraint until the whips start to crack. It might be fair to say that Mark may not have bought Waikiki Beach along with  Trevor Casey and his old associate Neil Pilcher if he had not been out of a Bettor's Delight mare. "That definitely influenced me." "They are such great all round horses and they are a relaxed breed." "Some of the Somebeachsomewhere's I had had and seen were a bit headstrong." "We had Someardensomewhere for example who wanted to run freely in front and could be difficult to drive in a field." "He had the ability but in our racing you need good racing manners and that is what Bettor's Delight has given us." "But this bloke is no problem." "He likes to run in front because he is better than most of them but as he showed in the Breeder's Challenge Final he can run in the field just as well" Waikiki Beach is the only two year old by his sire to race in New Zealand from a Bettor's Delight mare but there more in the pipeline including one interesting foal from Southwind Arden. Cyclone Betty  the dam of Waikiki Beach won a Breeders Crown heat but never set the world alight. Back a generation it was a different story. Matt's Claim, Waikiki Beach's 3rd dam by Windshield Wiper who trialled in 1.53.4 was a top producer. To one of the great "knockabout"  "made my own way" stallions, Classic Garry, she left 1992 Two Year Old of the Year, Chandon who was also an outstanding three year old in Perth. Then came Salinger the 1997 Australian Three Year Old of the Year. Ironically a less sensational foal, Sorryimstuttering never broke two minutes but was a sister to Princess Kenru the dam of Cyclone Betty so that blood came out too. Like a lot of top Australian performers there is a breeding link to New Zealand. Waikiki Beach's family goes back more than a century in this country and in its earlier days in the 1920's produced the outstanding  Talaro which later won an Auckland Cup. The mares in this family were poor foal getters and it almost died out in the 1940's but its basic class meant  it kept coming back. The mare given founding credit for the family in New Zealand, Golden Bond, (Australia opts correctly for an earlier dam Boudre) had only one foal Millimetre and her line bred on. There was a strong trotting influence in the family in its earlier days. In Volometre  (Gaillard) it produced an important link for she was the dam of  Elsinore the dam of the outstanding Robalan In the 1950's Petite Yvonne, a daughter of Millimetre's daughter Centimetre, a half sister to Volometre was an outstanding racemare in New Zealand in an era of giants and when mare's has to take their changes in open races. Another influence from the family was Noble Chief who figured in the breed of horses Keith Powell made famous from his Westport base. Currently the "Norwegian Wood" branch has done well and earlier produced Lennon for All Stars which no doubt Mark also recalled.  At this year's sale $100,000 was given for a Christian Cullen colt from Blackbird Fly a black type mare from this tribe, and a similar price (by Robert Dunn) for a "Somebeach" colt from the closely related Free As a Bird offered by Stephen Hammar and Don Bates. This was the only branch of the family offered at the Yearling Sales this year. Waikiki Beach has an unlimited horizon at the moment and he guarantees the Somebeachsomewhere outright speed cross with the all round skills of Bettor's Delights will be highlights of future sales. Similarly Highview Tommy  was one of the first highly performed sons of Bettor's Delight (if not the first) to show that that stallion's cross with Christian Cullen produced great mix of speed and  stamina and the cross, as might have been expected anyway, is now a verypopular cross if yet to produce one as valuable as he was. Highview Tommy now stands alongside his sire and a stallion career could beckon also for Waikiki Beach if he continues his outstanding run of form. David McCarthy - All Stars Racing Stables - Check site here

The 2015 Hanover Stakes continued at the harness racing meeting at Balmoral on Saturday, July 11th, with a total of 15 sophomore pacing colts squaring off in a pair of $21,775 divisions as the Grand Circuit action returned to the Crete oval. Pacing fillies were also in action with a field of eight slugging it out for a purse of $26,000 in another Hanover tussle. In the filly event Kristopher Heim, Connie Hochstetler and James Michels Southern Girl overcame a tough first over journey as she rallied in the closing yards to post a half-length victory in a career best of 1:52.4 for Casey Leonard.   Positioned in mid-pack as Ashok Ace (Mike Oosting) and then Lex (Kyle Wilfong) led the field through splits of 27.4, 56.1 &1:24.3 Leonard pulled first over from fourth as the field moved around the far turn.   Grinding her way to the lead, the Homer Hochstetler trained daughter of Sportsmaster-Biloxi finally overtook a game Lex who had been battling Ashok Ace tooth and nail, drawing clear in the final strides to notch her fifth win in 14 career starts in this her first season of racing. Ashok Ace was a  hard fought second while Sportsmuffler (Todd Warren) rallied to be third.   The third choice in the wagering managed to return a healthy $23.80, $6.20 & $7.00 while upping her career earnings to $32,517.   After yet another thunderstorm soaked the racing surface the first division for the pacing colts was contested. The wet surface did not seem to bother Strollin Stable, King McNamara, William Robinson and Country Club Acres Rise Up Now as the star of the Pennsylvania Sire Stake circuit splashed to a one-length victory in 1:54.1 for driver Don Harmon.   Leaving alertly from post seven, Harmon landed in the four-hole as Frosty Dune (Kyle Wilfong) and Major Ed (Todd Warren) battled through opening splits of 28.3 & 57.1.   Powering up first over on the far turn the altered son of Somebeachsomewhere--Northwestern managed to poke a head in front of Major Ed as the pacers moved by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.0.   Through the stretch, the Brian Brown trainee began to put daylight between himself and his rivals eventually reporting home with his seventh win in nine starts this year. Longshot Utah Beach (Ryan Anderson) turned in a nice late rally to get the place check while Lucpark (Mike Oosting) was a solid third after missing three weeks.   The co-favorite in the wagering, Rise Up Now returned $4.00, $2.80 & $2.10 while upping his bankroll to $124,812 with his huge sophomore campaign.   In the nightcap Harmon struck again this time guiding Gary Clark's Skim The Top to a thrilling nose decision in 1:53.0 over the sloppy track. Grinding it out in the middle of the pack while Feelnlikearockstar (Mike Oosting) put up fractions of 28.4, 57.4 & 1:25.1 Harmon finally tipped the homebred son of Geartogear--Schmoley off cover with an eighth of a mile to go. Gradually cutting into the two-length advantage of Feelnlikearockstar, the Krista Harmon trained colt managed to edge his nose in front in the last stride to nip the pace setter in a very tight photo. Feelnlikearockstar was forced to settle for the tough luck second place finish while Earndawg (Todd Warren) wound up with the show dough. Dispatched at odds of 9-2 Skim The Top returned $10.60, $5.20 & $3.60 while moving his career numbers to 3-4-2 in 17 starts with earnings of $63,914. State bred's are back in action on Sunday, July 12th with a field of six eight three-year-old trotting colts batting in the $8,000 Brandenburg Stake which goes as race four on the 10-race program. Their female counterparts will also take to the track in race six as a field of eight will renew acquaintances in the $8,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake. Once again the wagering action gets underway at 7:10pm on Sunday night and as always the $1 Pick 4 (races 7-10) features a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The 10-cent Hi Five also features a guaranteed pool now with a $15,000 guarantee on the line in the "ultimate get out bet" (race 10). Tom Kelley 

The $40,000 Gold Coast Derby at tonights harness racing meeting at Albion Park looked a bit of a gimme for the brilliant Menin Gate after he drew perfectly at barrier two and thats exactly how it played out as the big free going son of Somebeachsomewhere dealt to the field in the manner of a budding champion. Sent straight to the front by regular reinsman Chris Alford, Menin Gate applied the pressure a long way out and had them all in trouble well before the corner. Kate Gath sent Burnaholeinmypocket around to sit parked at the 1500 metres mark giving the other favoured runner Hug The Wind with Natalie Rasmussen in the bike a great sit in the one by one. However Burnaholeinmypocket punctured badly at the 500 metres and Hug The Wind showed little when asked for a big effort by Natalie at the 400 metres mark, running on for a so so fourth. It was left to Spare Me Days to flash home brilliantly from well back for a great second in front of a very game My Kiwi Mate who after being wide for most of the last lap fought on bravely for a top third. Menin Gate paced the 2138 metres in a very smart 2:33, a mile rate of 1:55.1 with sensational closing sectionals of 54.7 and 27.3 It was the eight win of the season for Menin Gate and his second Derby after his success in the Victoria Derby in early February. Menin Gate treated the opposition with disdain tonight and it is hard to see how they beat him in next weeks Queensland Derby. Harnesslink Media 

Pennsylvania sired 2-year-old filly pacers took center stage at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (July 9) competing in five divisions worth just over $53,000 each. The highly regarded Pure Country (Brett Miller) looked every bit the part in the first division. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rated smartly off the speed duel which developed shortly after the half between second favorite Heels On The Beach (John Campbell) and Ron Burke trainee Eloquent Grace (Yannick Gingras). Pure Country ($2.40) edged off the cones from the pocket spot at the top of the stretch, sweeping up three wide for an in-hand one length victory, stopping the clock in 1:53.2. She is owned by Diamond Creek Farms, and is trained by Jimmy Takter. Gerard Malanga trainee Sail To The Beach (Daniel Dube) was equally as impressive in her divisional win. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere sat off the pace until the half, when she uncorked a strong brush that pushed her well clear by the three-quarter pole. Her margin of victory was two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.1. Danika P (Matt Kakaley) was a clear second, while My Lady Love (Brett Miller) overcame a severe shuffle to close for third. Sail To The Beach ($4.00) remained undefeated for owners Chester Orzell and Michael Talapa. Another Somebeachsomewhere filly proved prominent in division three, as Darlinonthebeach (Yannick Gingras) scored in front stepping style. The Nancy Johansson trainee faced a minor challenge up the backstretch from Sayulita (Brett Miller) before relegating her to the pocket by the three quarter pole. Darlinonthebeach ($3.40) won by an increasing four length margin in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.1 for her first pair-mutuel win. Division four was home to an impressive performance by I Said Diamonds (Dave Miller). The daughter of Well Said benefitted when her main competition Shezarealdeal (Marcus Miller) made a break in the first turn, thus eliminating herself. I Said Diamonds ($3.00) then pounced on the leaders just after the quarter, never ceding command after completing the clearing move. She went on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53 to remain undefeated in two starts. She is owned by Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes, with Chris Oakes doing the training. The final division was taken by the front end stepping Peachy (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Western Terror was able to rate back to back :29 quarters before facing a challenge from race favorite Skinny Dipper (Andrew McCarthy). Peachy ($9.80) was able to extend her lead off the soft fractions at three quarters, with plenty left to fend off the pocket sitting Corona Again in the stretch. She won by a little less than a length, stopping the timer at 1:54.1. It was the first career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by W J Donovan. Yannick Gingras lead all drivers with four wins on the day, while Corey Callahan, Scott Zeron, and Dave Miller each had three. Live racing resumes Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia with a first post of 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

There were six divisions of PA Stallion Series races for 2-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 8) each going for a purse of $20,000. In the first division, it was Sue Oakes and Chuck Pompey's Nip's Beach Girl (Yannick Gingras) winning. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the front just beyond the quarter pole, and was able to win comfortably under wraps. The Chris Oakes trainee is now two for two in her career, pacing a lifetime's best 1:54. She paid $3.40 to win. Division two saw the heavily favored Twice An Angel (Brett Miller) notch a convincing 3 length win. The daughter of Dragon Again had to brush the lead twice before securing the victory in 1:57 for White Birch Farms. It was the first career win for the Nancy Johansson trainee, who paid $2.60. In the third division, it was Fred Grant trainee Sweet As Sugar (Tom Jackson) springing the mild upset. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser drafted behind the heavily favored Hot Spot Hanover (Andy Miller) before closing fast up the inside to win in 1:56.2. The Birnam Wood Farm's filly paid $13.60 to win. There was another upset in division four, as Dirk Simpson trainee Sea Rose (Andy Miller) took the field start to finish. The daughter of Dragon Again was able to hold off the furious late close from Ive League (Yannick Gingras) for her first career win in 1:55.3. Sea Rose ($22.40) is owned by Desyllas Racing, Ed Bromley, Wiliiam Beck, and Carol Rieken. In the fifth division, it was Howard Taylor and Ed Gold's Northern Soiree (Corey Callahan) going all the way. The daughter of Western Ideal pounced on the lead from post three and made every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. The Doug Lewis trainee paid $8.20 to win. The sixth and final division went to Chuck Grubbs Foolish Terror (Scott Zeron). The daughter of Western Terror drafted in the pocket behind the heavily favored Jk Isn'tshelovely until the stretch, where she was able to out close the favorite by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:55.1. The Bruce Riegle trainee returned $10.60. Michael Bozich  

Victorian raiders are heading north in force. Last weekend, Burnaholeinmypocket scorched the harness racing Albion Park oval winning the $100,000 Nursery Flying Stakes and now fellow state mates are following suite and heading up chasing the lucrative prizemoney and warm winter sunshine. Shelbourne trainer Larry Eastman, fresh from his triple Group 1 glory on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton with Menin Gate, Morton Plains and Milly Perez are headed to Queensland this week. Both Menin Gate and Morton Plains will fly to Brisbane on Wednesday. Targets for the star pair include this weekend’s Gr.1 $100,000 Greg & Sharon Mitchell Queensland Oaks with Morton Plains while the main focus for Menin Gate will be the Gr.1 $150,000 Queensland Derby on July 18. “All the horses have come through the weekend in great shape and we’re keen to head up there again and take in some of the winter carnival features. Lynette (wife) and I have some great friends in Queensland and we love the racing and in particular, the weather.” Eastman said. The Queensland Oaks will boast an outstanding field with a bunch of outstanding fillies already in town and the presence of Morton Plains only adds further intrigue. The Bettor's Delight – Don’t Answer That filly scored a decisive victory in the Vicbred Super Series Final last weekend defeating Niki No No and Vapar Grin in the 2240m feature. “She’s a lovely filly that is honest and continues to improve; the Queensland Oaks comes at the right time because she’s fit and in-form so it’s worth taking a shot, “Obviously the Purdon/Rasmussen fillies (Fight For Glory & Linda Lovegrace) will be tough to beat but I’m more than happy with my filly and an Oaks victory would be a nice bonus.” The victory of Menin Gate in his Vicbred Super Series Final provided his connections with his second major this season after winning the Victoria Derby back in February. The Somebeachsomewhere – Dreams Of Heaven gelding led throughout to win the 2240m feature defeating Mister Wickham and Follow The Stars. “I was really happy with him leading into that race because he trialed well at Maryborough the week before and Chris (Alford – driver) said he felt great in that trial. We added the block blinkers to his gear and it worked a treat, “The Queensland Derby has always been a target for him this season but I wanted to get through this series first before committing; now it’s full steam ahead.” Champion reinsman Chris Alford will take the drives in Brisbane. Chris Barsby

Goshen, NY--- Joe Thomson, founder and co-owner of the expansive Winbak Farms breeding operation, was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Sunday night (July 5). Also receiving honors on the night were Living Horse Hall of Fame inductees Somebeachsomewhere and Deweycheatumnhowe; Communicators Hall of Fame inductees Bob Marks and Kathy Parker; Immortals Jimmy Jordan and Garland Lobell; Hall of Fame broodmares Art’s Vintage and Presidential Lady; amateur driving champion Steve Oldford; and 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady. Thomson and his wife, JoAnn, started Winbak Farm in 1991. Headquartered on nearly 3,000 acres in Chesapeake City, Md., Winbak Farm has been ranked the leading breeder more than 20 times in three different states or provinces and was U.S. Harness Writers Association Breeder of the Year three times in a single decade. In light of his success, Thomson was quick to point out that he has a crack staff at his operations in four states and Ontario. “I often think to myself, ‘What would you do without that staff?’” he said. “Well, you wouldn’t be able to do a lot of business. I would make an analogy to be like a guy in a canoe, in the middle of a lake, without a paddle. [He’s got] lots of ideas, but a failure to execute.” Thomson was introduced by fellow Hall of Famer Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, making him a rival on the breeder leaderboard and an ally when the duo travel to Harrisburg, Pa., to remind state legislators of the benefits of alternative gaming revenue to the horse racing industry. “He built an outstanding broodmare band, well over 350 mares,” said Simpson before adding, tongue-in-cheek, “I’ve asked him how many mares he has. He won’t tell me.” Somebeachsomewhere and Dewewycheatumnhowe were 2008 Pacer of the Year and Trotter of the Year, respectively, with “The Beach” taking Horse of the Year. Brent MacGrath, who trained and co-owned Somebeachsomewhere with James Bagnell, Pamela Dean, Reg Petitpas, Garry Pye and Stuart Rath, marveled at how consistent the horse was during a two-year career in which he won 20 of 21 races, $3,221,299 in purses, and took a mark of 1:46.4 at The Red Mile at 3. “It really made me feel good that in his last race he appeared to be as good as he was the first day he stepped on the track,” he said. Local boy Deweycheatumnhowe was trained, driven and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, who kept the horse at his barn a stone’s throw from the Museum at Historic Track. He noted that the winner of $3,155,178 in purses, who he co-owned with Charles Iannazzo, Ted Gewertz and Frank Baldassare, was a favorite among his connections and even his competitors. “When ‘Dewey’ won the Hambo, Kelvin Harrison said that the roar from the grooms and second trainers in the paddock at the Meadowlands, he’d never heard that before,” he said. “It was a great honor that everybody was rooting for the horse.” Marks is a longtime writer, pedigree analyst and yearling marketer, and was introduced by fellow Communicators Hall of Famer, Murray Brown, of Hanover Shoe Farms. Parker, editor and general manager of The Horseman and Fair World magazine, was introduced by fellow Communicators Hall of Famer Moira Fanning of the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown. Immortal inductee Jordan was a leading driver at Roosevelt Raceway in the 1940s and '50s. Horse Immortal inductee, Garland Lobell, was best known for siring the "Trotting Triumvirate" of Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall. Broodmare inductees to the Hall of Fame were Art's Vintage, dam of world champion Vintage Master, Great Vintage and Ideal Vintage; and Presidential Lady, dam of 2014 Horse of the Year, JK She'salady, and North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. Oldford was honored as 2014 Amateur Driver of the Year, his fifth such award. The connections of JK She’salady were presented with the 2014 Delvin and Mary Lib Miller Horse of the Year award. by T.J. Burkett, Executive Editor, Hoof Beats

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

Harness racing Group 1 trebles are almost unheard of. And when they do occur, the feat is usually reserved for the rich, powerful, multinational-type stables. But Shelbourne horseman Larry Eastman lived the fairy-tale on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton, winning three Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series finals. Eastman’s stable-star three-year-olds Menin Gate and Morton Plains won their age group’s male and female finals respectively before Milly Perez scored a boil-over in the four-year-old mares’ decider. All three were driven by champion reinsman Chris Alford, who also picked up the four-year-old entires and geldings’ final with Messini for trainer Brent Lilley to finish with a Group 1 quartet. An emotional Eastman paid tribute to his wife, Lynette. “I’m feeling pretty good (but) I’m rapt for Lynette, my wife,” he told the large crowd, who braved a chilly night out for one of the best nights of harness racing seen in recent times. “(She’s) the best horse on the farm by a long way… works daylight until dark every day. “Whilst people probably think it’s my expertise or whatever it’s not, she’s got a good eye for a horse and she’s really good at what she does as well.” Eastman, clearly elated, had nothing but praise for Alford. “We’ve been great friends for a long time and he’s really pulled them out tonight for us,” he said. “… It makes all the difference. We use these guys because they are the best and on big nights like tonight it counts.” Morton Plains (Bettors Delight/Dont Answer That) brought up the first of Eastman’s trio of treats for the evening. The filly took the lead off early frontrunner Niki No No with a mile to run in their Group 1 final over 2240m. A 30.2secs first quarter had the Eastman backers feeling good and a second split of 30.6secs was   comfortable. Off the back Morton Plains looked to have the better of death-seating Lovelist, while driver Greg Sugars sat quietly aboard Niki No No behind the leader awaiting his opportunity along the sprint lane. But Morton Plains kicked strongly at the top of the stretch, Niki No No unable to peg back the leader who kept finding to win by four metres, Niki No No holding on to second and Vapar Grin running third. “The Birchip boys who own Menin Gate, most are in this filly as well. A couple of them are in Morton Plains that weren’t in Menin Gate … they get their thrills tonight. I’m really pleased for them,” Eastman said. “These guys have been in for the long haul … I mean the Lowry boys have been in this industry for years and years and they’ve put their hard-earned in. “Their farming enterprise didn’t have a very good year last year and until it rains this year they’re on a sticky wicket again. For those people and the farming community at Birchip (the win) really gives the town a bit of a buzz.” Eastman made it a three-year-olds’ clean sweep in Race 7 with Somebeachsomewhere/Dreams Of Heaven gelding Menin Gate in the colts’ and geldings’ final. The Victoria Derby champion from earlier in the season began fast from the pole to lead and was never headed, the inside-back-row Mister Wickham finishing second after following the winner all the way and Follow The Stars running third for Anthony Butt and Mark Purdon. Menin Gate rated 1:55.6 for the 2240m trip, sprinting home in 56.1secs. “He was switched on tonight, not like last week,” Alford said. “Once he was able to hold the front pretty comfortable I knew he’d run a strong last mile and was going to be hard for the horses off the fence and thankfully he kept going.” While he was no doubt confident both his three-year-olds would be competitive, Eastman certainly had his doubts about Milly Perez. “When Col Moore texted to say he’d pulled barrier 13 out I just thought `well that’s the end of the road for Milly’, because last week if you watch the tapes she went unbelievable ... we just were hoping for a barrier,” he said. “This little mare’s blessed with a really good turn of foot and I just thought from 13 we’d be too far back.” Eastman and Alford needed for there to be some speed on early. Their wish was Josh Aiken and Nathan Jack’s command. Crossed early by Shes A Runa, Jack took race favourite and polemarker Berisari quickly away from the pegs out of the straight the first time to run to the front. But Aiken and Quick Draft swiftly built up momentum and declared war on the long odds-on favourite, the pair engaging in a two-horse war to the mile marker before finally Quick Draft was forced to relent. The lead time of 42.9secs was electric and Jack quickly applied the brakes in a bid to give Berisari some respite with opening quarters of 30.3secs and 31.9secs. The pressure went on again down the back with a 29.1secs third split as Barynya and John Caldow made their move and got by Berisari. But Alford and Milly Perez, who were last at the 800m, followed Barynya into the action before peeling around her in the home straight. Once she stretched out Milly Perez dashed right away from her rivals, the Four Starzzz Shark/Alta Calypso bay winning by 13m over Beach Shack (David Aiken), Barynya holding down third. Lucky Metro was fourth for Charlie Borg, while Berisari battled away bravely to run fifth – a big run given her adversary Quick Draft came in tailed off. “We needed some genuine tempo and thanks to a couple of guys out there tonight it was game on and she reaped the reward,” Eastman said of Milly Perez. Meanwhile, Eastman also had high praise for the Vicbred program and highlighted the importance of the scheme to the Victorian industry. “Vicbred needs more and more pumped into it day in and day out,” he said. “Let’s look after our home base, that’s where these guys get the benefits. “We need to look after Victoria. That’s where we put our hard yakka in.” The Vicbred program pays out well over $9 million in stakes and bonuses to eligible horses and the series’ goal is to strengthen opportunities for Victorian-bred standardbreds. As for the trip home to Birchip for Eastman’s owners, it’ll no doubt be an enjoyable ride. Cody Winnell VIDEOS Menin Gate won his Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Morton Plains won her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Milly Perez won her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final

Will it be the "Camme" before the storm or could it be "Surf's Up" at Red Shores on Saturday night. A harness racing rivalry in the making begins in the Saturday night Preferred 1 pace when D Gs Camme and Big Surf line up behind the Metro Building Supplies starting gate side by side. The 2015 Cecil Ladner Memorial winner Big Surf has drawn post 2 for the Burkie By The Bay Stable and Perry Burke. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has taken P.E.I by storm winning three of his four starts this year, including two clockings in 1:53 and change. Red Shores Charlottetown's top reinsmen Marc Campbell will handle the driving duties for trainer Trevor Hicken. The rivalry will be born when D Gs Camme makes his third start of 2015 on Saturday night fresh off a 1:54 victory just one week ago, the defending Governor's Plate Champ is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ron Matheson. The five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall is trained by Charlottetown's best Jackie Matheson, and will reunite with the Mainland invader the "Maritime Magicman" Gilles Barrieau from post 1. Si Semalu, newcomer Fortune Playboy and All Turain complete the compact field of five. Rambling Lily will look to make it three-in-a-row to start the 2015 season when she lines up against seven other rivals in the Race 11 Open Mares. 'Lily' has drawn into post 6 for owners Allan Jones and Norm Leger, Jones does the training and Walter Cheverie will do the driving. Other contenders include For All We Know, Dirt Track Momma and Willow Warrior. The Open Trot goes in Race 3 with the Queen of the Trot Pleasure Girls absent this week it leaves the door open for a new winner this week. Three-entry Holy Molie Magie makes her third start on red soil and after back-to-back second place finishes to Pleaure Girls she will look to return to the winners enclosure for owner trainer Jeff Holmes and driver Cheverie. The field includes Parkhill Jugernaut, Frill Seeker and Caliban Hanover. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6 p.m. Machinthesand searches for three-peat Five pacers will line up behind the Sherry's Heating Service starting gate in the Race 10 feature on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside. The morning line choice will be Machinthesand as he looks to pick up his third victory in seven days when he scores from Post 5. Owned by Noonan Holdings LTD, Russell and Karen Noonan, the Hughie Murphy trainee comes off a Canada Day victory in 1:55. On Sunday he will reunite with driver Norris Rogers. The compact field of five includes Eagle Jolt, fresh off a 1:57 score in Charlottetown, Oh To Be Me, Carrera Angel and Outside The Wire. Machinthesand winning on the 28th June The Race 11 'Go Home Pace' will see the veteran 10-year-old gelding Life Savior put his three race win streak on the line as he makes the jump from the $4000 claimer into the $5000 ranks. Owned by Darla MacEachern and trained by father Duane the winner of 55 races lifetime has back-to-back victories in 1:58.1, he will get the services of Red Shores Summerside's leading driver Corey MacPherson. The 11-dash card is set for a 1 p.m. post. Don't miss a second of the action with the live racing broadcast at redshores.ca By Bo Ford

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Brett Miller won with two daughters of Somebeachsomewhere, as five divisions of a $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired two-year-old pacing fillies were held over a sloppy track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Brett Miller rallied Heels On The Beach out of the pocket and into a 28.2 final quarter to take the fastest division in 1:53.2 by 1½ lengths for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Bradley Grant. Brett then handled the homebred Pure Country in winning in 1:54.1, with back panels of 55.2 - 26.3 after a quarter-move making people sit up and take notice. Jimmy Takter conditions the promising miss for Diamond Creek Racing.   The clocking of 1:54.1, and the winning tactic of quarter-moving, were matched by the Well Said filly Eloquent Grace and Yannick Gingras, in triumphing for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of the Burke Racing Stable, Ed Gold, Howard Taylor (who has not driven a losing horse in two days short of two years), and the J&T Silva Stables. Well Said then completed a siring double while David Miller completed a driving double behind I Said Diamonds, wire-to-wire in 1:54.2 - 56 - 27.3 for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes.   David Miller's earlier success came with the only non-favored winner of the quintet, Tipton Teeez (though as the $5.40 second choice she paid less than favored Heels On The Beach's $6.00). Quarter-moving was again a winning path to Victory Lane, as the Western Terror miss stepped home in 28 to complete a 1:56.4 package for trainer Brian Brown and owner Jennifer Brown.   ******* Wednesday finds the All-Stars action continuing with seven divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies going after $210,000.   Incredibly for July 1, fully thirteen of the baby trotting misses already show marks in 2:00 or better, most of them in qualifiers, the fastest being the 1:58 of the Donato Hanover filly Womans Will (race 12, post two, driver Andy Miller). Two other horses to note are Broadway Donna (race 11, post three, driver David Miller), who won a p/m event in 1:58.2 at Philly, and who is out of a mare who is a full sister to Cooler Schooner, who set her amazing 1:51.3 world record here at Pocono; and the "hunch play," Kathy Parker (race 10, post one, driver Jimmy Takter), named after the journalist to be installed into the Communicators Hall of Fame this weekend at Goshen.   All-Stars action closes out on the first Friday card of the season at The Downs, with six divisions of freshman colt pacers racing for a bounty of $180,000.   Trainer Ron Burke has 14 entrants among the sextet of events - including, would you believe, SIX horses who show at least two winning lines and have never tasted defeat? Such a wealth of Burke talent will lure the world's winningest driver, Dave Palone, over to Pocono Friday, where he already has calls in five of the six events.   But the fastest of the 24 entered babies who have already won in 2:00 or better (four in 1:55 or better) is not a Burke member, but Brooklynite (race 3, post two, driver Corey Callahan), a son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Joe Holloway barn who took an overnight at Philly in 1:54.2, matching a mark he first reached in a Meadowlands 2YO qualifier.   Jerry Connors

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