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CHESTER, PA - The Liberty Bell stakes series commenced its annual fall run at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, with over $160,000 in purses offered to two-year-old fillies on both gaits. There were three divisions for pacers, and the chalk won all three - though the heaviest favorite of all gave the crowd some tension before they could get their nickel profit for every win dollar bet. Grace Hill, second in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship behind Blue Diamond Eyes (who won the Kentucky program's final this past Sunday) looked to be sailing along for driver Todd McCarthy after setting fractions of :28.2, :56.1, and 1:24.2. However, pocketsitter Natchez Belle kept chopping into the margin - four lengths at the half, two at the three-quarters, 1¼ lengths at the stretch call and narrowing with every step towards the wire. But Grace Hill, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $1.6M+-winning Western Silk, dug down and won by a head in 1:53.1, running her scorecard to 6-4-2-0-$202,772 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill.   Another filly with a distinguished pedigree as a half-sister to Huntsville, the Betting Line - Wild West Show miss Let 'Er Buck, made two moves to control the throttle through splits of :28, :57.3, and 1:25.3, then turned back first-over Southwind Mina by 1¾ lengths in 1:53.4, a career best, for driver Mark MacDonald and owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. The fastest winner was the Captaintreacherous - Miss Kitty Hanover filly Mackie Hanover, who sped right to the top from the outside post six and hung up numbers of :28, :57.1, and 1:24.3 en route to a three length triumph in a lifetime best 1:52.4. George Brennan, a four-time winner during the card, was in the sulky for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Howard Taylor and Falcon Racing LLC. On the trotting side, it was finally the day for "the world's richest maiden," the Donato Hanover - Dream Child filly You Ato Dream, who had been second in all four of her PA Sire Stakes preliminaries and the Championship while earning $157,556. Here You Ato Dream worked her way to the lead for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory near the :28 quarter, put up midsplits of :57 and 1:25, then was kept to business to withstand potential pocket rocket May Karp in 1:54.2, a maiden mark. Jeff Gregory Inc. owns the talented miss with William Richardson, George Romanoff, and Martin Garey. Donato Hanover earned a siring double when Wixx Hanover (dam: Whispering Wind) reduced her mark to 1:55.3 in the other section. With a filly who had shown both speed and shaky manners, driver George Brennan was in no hurry to rush the baby, letting her follow the early cover of favored Myreanna, who claimed the lead midway between the :28.1 quarter and the :57.2 half, and then claimed the top going to the midrace mark. From there Wixx Hanover had total command, reaching the three-quarters in 1:26 and going off to a three length victory over the chalk for trainer Roland Mallar, co-owner with Patrick Leavitt and William Hartt. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 9, 2020 -- Sansovina Hanover blistered the back half in 54.4, a wicked two panels that kept her harness racing challengers at bay and facilitated an easy victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Jim Pantaleano sent Sansovina Hanover to the point with a quarter-pole move, then threw on the brakes in a 29 second quarter. Once the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up turned on the juice, no one could gain ground, including the pocket-sitting Amelia's Courage A, who finished second by a length. Sanna Cruza A completed the ticket in the 1:51.1 mile.   Doug Snyder trains Sansovina Hanover, who now boasts $338,325 in career earnings, for Frank Poerio, Jr. Dave Palone collected four wins, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $16,368.04 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA      

CHESTER, PA - Trotter Shinkansen and pacer Bombshell Hanover were the winners of the co-featured $11,200 races on the Friday afternoon harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Shinkansen was brought to the race in prime form by trainer Kelvin "Red" Harrison despite last having raced 22 days ago. The Sebastian K S sophomore gelding strung out the field through early fractions of :28 and :56.2, then received a big challenge from Heat Wave Hanover to, through, and past a 1:24.1 three-quarter clocking. Shinkansen dug in for more under the urging of Andrew McCarthy and posted a 2¼ length victory over his game rival in 1:53.2, a lifetime best by two seconds, for owners LST Stables and William Devan Jr.   Bombshell Hanover, an altered three-year-old son of Somebachsomewhere, also found the front end conducive to visiting Victory Lane. Andy Miller pulled the winner of three of his last five on the lead in fractions of :27 and :55.4, absorbed hard first-over pressure from Buy In while passing the three-quarters in 1:22.4, then kept to task in defeating pocketsitter Win Not Lou, who came up the inside, by a length in 1:51.1, a lifetime mark. Julie Miller trains the improving sophomore for Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stables Inc., and Curly Tall Curly Small.   Joe Bongiorno and David Miller each had three winners on the Friday card at Philly. Only two horses, both trotting fillies, have been both preliminary pointleader and divisional Champion in their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes campaigns at both two and three, and on Sunday at Philly Sister Sledge will look to add her name to those of Coulatine and Frau Blucher when she goes to the gate in one of four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for three-year-olds. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

One morning a little more than five years ago, Merlie Schwartz was paging through the harness racing catalog for the 2015 Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale when a horse caught his eye. He looked to his wife Christina and said, "This is the one I want." The horse was 5-year-old female pacer Antigua Hanover. Schwartz paid a sales-topping $55,000 for the mare, who was a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artsplace mare Appleonia-Art and a stakes-winner on the Pennsylvania circuit during her career. Schwartz, a breeder from Peru, Ind., added Antigua Hanover to his broodmare band. Two years after the purchase, she produced the best horse Schwartz ever bred. Originally named Swiss Rocket -- a nod to Schwartz's business, Swiss Builders -- he sold for $60,000 at the 2018 Hoosier Sale and was renamed Odds On Osiris. On Saturday, Odds On Osiris competes in the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. He is 10-1 on the morning line, starting from post 10 in the second tier for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Melanie Wrenn. "I've been in this for about 20 years and this is the first one to come out like this," Schwartz said. "You always dream of it, but never know if it will ever happen. When it actually happens, it's pretty special. He's pretty awesome." Odds On Osiris, owned by Dana Parham's Odds On Racing, is a son of Rockin Image. He was Indiana's Pacer of the Year in 2019 after winning seven of 10 starts, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and two Grand Circuit stakes. This year, Odds On Osiris has won two of five races, including the Carl Milstein Memorial. He finished third in his North America Cup elimination last week, beaten a half-length by Tall Dark Stranger, who is the final's morning-line favorite at 7-5. North America Cup elimination last week Odds On Osiris has finished off the board only once in 15 career starts and earned $504,955. "He's a well-bred horse, but you never know what you really have until they get to the races," Schwartz said. "He's got a big heart, that's for sure. It's exciting." Peter Wrenn has driven Odds On Osiris throughout his career, but turned over the lines to Filion for the North America Cup elimination and final because of international travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Pete is real good with horses, I'm really amazed with him," Schwartz said. "I watched him race as a 2-year-old and Pete took good care of him. That's helped him come back good as a 3-year-old so far. I think he's going to get better and better." Schwartz has a 24-acre farm, where he used to keep several stallions and a broodmare band that was as large as two dozen mares at one point. He no longer has any stallions and has cut back to four broodmares. "I do this on the sidelines," said Schwartz, who turns 61 next month. "I enjoy taking care of yearlings. I like to get them prepped and ready for the sales and hope they do well for the people that buy them. I like to take an interest in them when they're young, get them handled every day. I think that makes a world of difference. "It's a chore, and I like chores. It gets you away from your other stuff, the things you do every day, and gets your mind off it. It's relaxing." Schwartz got assistance from his sons before they were grown and had their own families and Christina plays a valuable role in the farm's success. "I couldn't have done all this without help," Schwartz said. "My boys helped me the best they could, and my wife takes care of the paperwork and staking. That's a lot of help to me. And she comes out to the barn and helps me with the weanlings. He added with a laugh, "They say the lazy one gets the help first; I must have been the lazy one." So, what attracted Schwartz to Antigua Hanover that morning five years ago? "I wanted to buy her based on her pedigree," Schwartz said. "She was racing real good when I bought her. People told me I should keep racing her, but that's not why I'm in business. I'm in business to breed mares. I think that (not continuing to race) helped her as a broodmare because she wasn't run down." He is looking forward to Odds On Osiris taking on North America's top horses the rest of the season. "He's sure been a pleasant surprise for us," Schwartz said. "You don't run across ones like him every day. He's a special horse." For Saturday's complete Mohawk entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Filibuster Hanover showed there was still plenty of life in his six-year-old legs, as the winner of $1,770,006 produced a 1:48.1 lifetime best in winning an excellent $20,000 harness racing feature Saturday afternoon at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There was a mad scramble for the lead in a :25.3 opening quarter, with Jesse Duke N finally reaching the top in front of the stands. Driver Simon Allard, who had gotten an early forward position with "Filibuster," was on the move before the :54.3 half, and he streaked his own third quarter in a serious-hot :25.4 to clear the pacesetter and start to draw away by the 1:20.4 three-quarters. No one mounted a threatening bid in the stretch, and the 2017 Little Brown Jug winner was 2½ lengths clear of a closing Western Joe at the finish for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Joseph Di Scala Jr. and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Filibuster Hanover Longtime Pocono lover Highalator was allowed to stroll to the half in :56 in the $17,200 co-featured pace, and the son of Somebeachsomewhere was uncatchable from there, pacing home in :54.3 - :27.1 to complete a 1:50.3 mile two lengths to the good. Richard Still was in his usual spot in the sulky behind Highalator, a winner of $584,114 and 35 of 78 career starts (45%), for trainer Jenny Bier, who is co-owner with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc. Branquinho posted a 1:49.2 victory, while Sweet Deisel, Betterlatethnnever and Pyro all won in 1:50 in contests below the top two levels on the high-quality Pocono card. Two-year-old colt trotters will be featured on Sunday night at The Downs, as two-time Sire Stakes winners In Range and Captain Corey will square off in one of two divisions of the $206,722 final preliminary of the Pennsylvania-sired competition. It's likely the pair will also be here on Saturday, September 5 for their divisional Championship during the $1.2M+ Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Championship Card. There will also be a carryover of $146,852.91 in the Rainbow Pick 5, where a unique ticket picking the winners of the last five races is required to get the big money. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The $215,461 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts was conducted during the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and as far as divisional supremecy is concerned - well, that's nowhere near to being established yet. The Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt Always A Miki now has two Sire Stakes victories, and is 3-for-4 lifetime, after tying for the night's fastest stakes performer at 1:51.1 and earning a new mark. The Nancy Takter trainee was sent to the front near the quarter by driver Dexter Dunn and controlled things from there, seeing off closing pocketsitter Chase H Hanover by three-quarters of a length with back fractions of :55.2 - 27.3 for the ownership of Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables.   Also victorious in 1:51.1 for a lifetime best was the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who also took his second stakes win - only his first was in a Stallion Series event in his debut. The rapidly-developing baby, who will probably need a win in the final prelim at The Meadows on August 29 to make his Championship event here on Saturday, September 5, blazed his own back numbers of :54.2 - 26.4 to catch pacesetter The Legend Hanover by a half-length for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Polie Mallar, and owners Alan Johnston and John Craig.   Lou's Pearlman had been undefeated in four lifetime starts including two Sire Stakes wins coming into his section, but after setting the pace he tired, allowing the Betting Line - All Tucked Up colt Abuckabett Hanover to earn a 1:51.2 maiden mark by utilizing the famed Pocono Pike and finishing 1¼ lengths ahead of Capt Jack Hanover. "Team Ramona Hill," driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna, combined with owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara, and Alagna And Inthegym for this victory.   At least there is a PA Stallion Series competitor who is 3-for-3 in his series after Sunday's six $20,000 StS cuts for this group. That would be the Captaintreacherous - Bittorsweet Terror colt Bazooka Hanover, who controlled the pace and won in 1:53, a best win time for him. David Miller drove for trainer Blake MacIntosh and owner Steve Heimbecker, who have the unusual distinction of having a horse who has won three times in a series and has paid, in order of victory, $3.60, $119.80, and $4.20. David Miller and MacIntosh had another Stallion Series win with the Somebeachsomewhere - Perfect Carets gelding Perfectboy Hanover, a maiden no longer after a 1:52 victory. Perfectboy Hanover got better as the mile went on, coming home in :54.4 - :27.1 in triumphing for owners Fred Brayford, Ridgeway Racing, Knot Xzachallie Stable, and trainer MacIntosh. Dexter Dunn added two Stallion Series wins to his Sire Stakes triumph, including the fastest StS victory with the Betting Line colt - Thirty X colt Rifleman, who lowered his mark to 1:51.2. The Chris Ryder trainee came off a 25-day layoff to record his second straight win, both in the Stallions, for owners Robert Mondillo and Craig Henderson. Dunn also reteamed with his Sire Stakes "partner," trainer Nancy Takter, to win in the Stallion Series with the first-time starter One Eight Hundred in 1:53.1. A colt by Somebeachsomewhere - Economy Terror (who still holds the Sire Stakes Championship record for sophomore fillies eight years after she set it), One Eight Hundred had to tuck from the outside post eight then come up raw, but still flashed home in :54.3- :26.4 to win by the smallest margin of the stakes events, a head, over Mad Man Hill for co-owners Takter and Brixton Medical Inc. The longest-priced stakes winner won by the biggest margin, as the Betting Line - Ideal Nectarine gelding Bet Ninteen ended his 1:52.3 maiden victory four lengths to the good for driver Marcus Miller, also a Sires winner, trainer/father Erv Miller, and owned D R Van Witzenburg. Numbers geeks buzzed that Bet Ninteen almost exactly matched his name in the wagering, as he went off at 18.90-1. Captaintreacherous joined Somebeachsomewhere and Betting Line with double StS sire credits when Captain Fancy, out of the champion mare Fancy Filly, won his second career start while taking a maiden mark of 1:53.1, his own last quarter in :27.3. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Bill Mac Kenzie and the ownership of Vincent Ali Jr., Alma Iafelice, and Ted Gewertz. PA-sired stakes action for freshman trotting fillies will be featured on the Monday Pocono card, along with a Rainbow Pick-5 carryover approaching $130,000. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning Sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. This week we see Well Said, Betting Line and Sweet Lou slowly climbing the list towards the top of the list. Somebeachsomewhere and his great son Captaintreacherous lead the list of money winning two-year-olds with five months left of the 2020 racing season in North America. These statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 7th August 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 74 116 25 $695,548 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 59 110 17 $604,885 AMERICAN IDEAL 52 113 21 $527,815 WELL SAID 46 71 21 $487,035 BETTING LINE 68 119 16 $465,876 SWEET LOU 40 84 12 $454,640 SHADOW PLAY 37 91 13 $427,375 RACING HILL 52 93 13 $423,250 BETTORS DELIGHT 40 121 10 $417,643 SPORTSWRITER 54 137 18 $385,746 ART MAJOR 37 69 11 $380,501 ALWAYS B MIKI 41 112 13 $376,781 MCARDLE 26 48 9 $322,089 SUNSHINE BEACH 45 143 9 $297,236 ROLL WITH JOE 40 71 14 $276,169 PET ROCK 50 83 19 $273,618 JK ENDOFANERA 46 88 17 $272,544 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 53 102 20 $269,598 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 39 102 5 $224,360 ROCKIN IMAGE 55 96 16 $179,851 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Harnesslink Media

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With open road late in the stretch, Filibuster Hanover fired past harness racing horses to land a head in front at the finish of the $61,540 Sam McKee Memorial Consolation on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   Our Majordan A, the 6-5 favorite, launched to the lead from post six while Jesse Duke N pushed from the pylons to race in the pocket. Filibuster Hanover sat fourth to a :25.4 first quarter and stayed put at the pylons as Our Majordan A posted middle fractions of :54 and 1:22.2.   Rounding the final turn, Donttellmeagain advanced first over to apply mild late pressure with Trump Nation and Geez Joe in tow -- second- and third-over, respectively. Into the stretch, Our Majordan A maintained a narrow lead as Jesse Duke N squeezed through a slim opening at the pylons, edging by the tiring pacesetter to take a short mid-stretch lead before Filibuster Hanover -- angling to the center of the track off a covered trip at the pylons -- gathered momentum and charged past to win in the final strides of a 1:49.1 mile. Our Majordan A settled for third.   Returning $58.40 to win, Filibuster Hanover won his first race from five starts this season and his 14th from 75 overall and has earned $1,758,544. Ron Burke trains the 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. Matt Kakaley drove the winner.   by Ray Cotolo, for the Hambletonian Society    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2020 -- Carolina Beach stalked millionaire Southwind Amazon from the pocket, then outkicked him in the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild harness racing upset in Saturday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Bet down to 4-5, Southwind Amazon reeled off a swift 1:21.2 three-quarters but couldn't shake Carolina Beach, the 5-2 second choice. The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbhappy gelding surged by the venerable 10-year-old and downed him by a neck in 1:49.2 Wild Wild Western finished a close-up third.   Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, who lifted his career bankroll to $377,008, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone collected six wins on the 15-race card, including a pair each for trainers Ron Burke and Kevin Johnson. Saturday's program was a showcase for the broodmare Caila Fra, who saw three of her sons race. It was a banner day for Mom, as Angelo J Fra won while Wild Wild Western and Lord Of Winterfell each finished third. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a pair of stakes for freshman filly trotters as well as two rich wagering opportunities: a $5,762.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                          

Hanover, PA — It is with great pride and excitement that Hanover Shoe Farms announces that superstar pacer Papi Rob Hanover will be returning to the farm he was foaled and raised at to begin stallion duties in 2021. Papi Rob Hanover took a record of p,2,150f at two while earning $754,774. He won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, his Breeders Crown elimination, the Matron and Governor’s Cup. He crossed the wire first in the final of the Breeders Crown but was subsequently placed second. He was second in both his elimination and final of the Metro Pace (pacing both last quarters in less than :27) for a freshman slate of 12 starts with six wins, four seconds and two thirds. In an abbreviated sophomore campaign, Papi Rob Hanover started four times. He was third in the Meadowlands Pace elimination from post 10 with a :26.1 last quarter and second in the final, beaten a neck in 1:47.2 from post nine. He culminated his career with an electrifying world record performance in his Adios elimination, winning by 10-1/2 lengths in 1:47.1 with a :26.3 last quarter over the five-eighths-mile oval. Papi Rob Hanover is from the second to last full crop of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere who has already displayed his ability to sire great stallions as evidenced by the dominance of his son Captaintreacherous. Papi Rob Hanover’s maternal pedigree is one of the best the business has. He is the second foal of the very fast Panera Hanover p,4,1:51.2f, she a sister to JK Panache p,1:47.3s ($662,789) and Philly Hanover p,3,1:49.2f ($334,241). Papi Rob Hanover’s grandam is the prolific Panned Out, she the dam of the winners of more than $2 million. “Papi Rob was a great looking and extremely smart yearling. He reminded me most of his father of any Beach colt we have raised. He’s very correct and powerful and has a presence about him that signifies greatness. His win in the Adios elimination was as scintillating a performance as I have ever seen. When he came flying around that last turn I had visions of Somebeachsomewhere. Combine all of that with his pedigree and I have little doubt that Papi Rob will be Beach’s next great siring son,” says Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. Owner David McDuffee, who purchased Papi Rob Hanover from the 2018 Standardbred Horse Sale for $130,000 says, “I have been inundated with interest in Papi Rob from some of the largest breeding farms in the business. It’s very exciting to me that he is going back home and I am very confident that Hanover will give him every opportunity to become the great stallion that I know he is destined to become. I believe that the terms of syndication are very appealing, he is priced fairly with additional incentives, so that we can put together a great syndicate to increase his level of success even more.” Brett Pelling, trainer of such notables as Rocknroll Hanover and The Panderosa, developed and trained Papi Rob Hanover for the duration of his career. “Papi Rob is the most perfect horse I have been fortunate enough to train. He’s blessed with a flawless gait, strength and intelligence. He was fast and light on his feet. When you add in his looks, charisma, and wonderful temperament, I can’t fault him. He’s always left me in awe. He will be missed in the barn but I’m excited to see those traits in his offspring in the coming years.” Papi Rob Hanover will stand the 2021 breeding season in Pennsylvania for an introductory fee of $10,000. A limited number of shares are available. Please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com for further information and details of the syndication. From Hanover Shoe Farms

CHESTER, PA - Alexa's Power parlayed a pocket trip into a new harness racing career mark of 1:50 while winning the $14,400 distaff pacing feature Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The impeccably-bred five-year-old mare (Somebeachsomewhere out of Michelle's Power, a millionaire and a full sister to Jug winner Michael's Power) was hustled away from the rail by driver Tim Tetrick, forcing her main rival, Eclipse Me N, to have to go :26.1 before getting the lead. Alexa's Power waited patiently behind midfractions of :55 and 1:22.1, then slid out at the top of the stretch and paced home strongly to win by ¾ of a length over Bye Bye Felicia, who had sat third-in and rallied up the inside, with Eclipse Me N settling for the show dough. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $725,012 for owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder. The $11,200 distaff co-feature saw the American Ideal mare Its Mesmerize N close from second-over to take a new mark of 1:52, as the mare was the only horse on the entire card to win off of cover. Andre McCarthy drove the Darran Cassar trainee, who added this first U.S. win to two seconds on these shores, for the Windemere Stable LLC. The track's top two drivers in terms of wins, George Napolitano Jr. and Tim Tetrick, waged their own private war during the card, with Napolitano winning five races and Tetrick three to put them joint-first atop the drivers column with 46 victories (after only 22 cards of racing). Four of Napolitano's winners came for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, which allowed him to close in on leading trainer Ron Burke, with Burke still having the edge 20-17. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Columbus, OH — Papi Rob Hanover has suffered a broken coffin bone and his owner David McDuffee indicated that he is done racing for the rest of the year and is probably headed to stud according to a story posted on the Harness Racing Update Facebook page. On Saturday (July 25), Papi Rob Hanover and regular driver David Miller recorded a 1:47.1 world record for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track when he won his Adios elimination at The Meadows by 10-1/2 lengths. “There’s no question there is a fracture there that will prevent him from racing this year, anyway,” McDuffee said of the career winner of $927,979 trained by Brett Pelling. “It’s, obviously, a very tough thing to even think about for him because I think everybody started to realize what a great horse he is and that his best days were, obviously, ahead of him.” McDuffee said while it is possible Papi Rob Hanover could race next year and beyond, his preference is to find a good stallion home for the son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Panera Hanover. To read the complete story on Harness Racing Update’s Facebook page, click here.

CHESTER, PA - A pair of "pocket rockets" found their way home first to take the $11,200 co-featured harness racing events, one on each gait, at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. On the pacing side, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding Gingras Beach made the top from post eight, yielded to Full Send, and stalked the leader to the final turn, where he pulled out, made the lead, and then withstood a late move from Rogerthat Bluechip while taking a new mark of 1:52.3. George Brennan was in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. In the trotting co-headliner, the Donato Hanover mare Across The Pond, leaving from post two, yielded the front to Bosch past the quarter, waited in the two-hole, then guided her mare to the passing lane and rallied her to victory over the pacesetter in 1:56.3, also a new best. Despite two post eights and a post seven in her only three previous starts of the year, the crowd let the ladies get away at a big price, as Across The Pond paid $61.80 to win for driver Jacqueline Ingrassia and trainer/husband Frank Ingrassia; the driver is also a co-owner with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran. Three races later, another driver in green and red colors was in the winner's circle after posting a bigger surprise than the one turned in by Across The Pond. Victor Kirby sent Bo Knows, making only his second lifetime start, up uncovered down the backstretch after 1-9 pacesetter Light Up The Park, and Bo certainly knew what to do, grinding down the leader and drawing clear in the stretch for a new mark of 1:54 while returning $110.40 for a $2 win ticket. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

On Wednesday, July 22nd, The Meadows five-eighths mile harness racing track hosted four $54,000 divisions of the Albatross Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and five $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The Empire Stallions (Betting Line, Captaintreacherous and Somebeachsomewhere) won seven of the nine races – sweeping all five of Stallion Series events. In the Albatross Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second division, the smart Betting Line colt Fulsome left hard from post 4, Fulsome showing great gate speed to be first up on the outside at the quarter pole. The colt was then able to sweep by taking the lead and never looked back taking a new lifetime mark winning in 1:52.1. Fulsome, out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare, is trained by USA top conditioner Ron Burke and was driven by Yannick Gingras. The win boosted his earnings to $42,232 in just three lifetime starts. The fourth $54,000 Albatross division was won by The Legend Hanover who quickly grabbed the lead in a :27 first quarter and led every step of the way to win impressively in 1:52. By Somebeachsomewhere and out of a Sportswriter mare, “The Legend” was driven by Chris Page for trainer Brian Brown. First crop sire Betting Line, who, after only four weeks of 2-year-old racing, has an incredible 82 starters from 119 foals already this season, saw three of his sons victorious in the Stallion Series divisions. Batterup Hanover (out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare) won his second in three starts taking a new lifetime mark of 1:54.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder. Dunn & Ryder also combined with Rifleman who dominated his rivals winning convincingly by eight metres in 1:53.3. Rifleman’s dam is by another Empire alumni in Rocknroll Hanover. Driver Brian Sears piloted Twin B Edge to a Betting Line quinella. Twin B Edge made his move at the top of the stretch and cruised home to win by nearly two lengths in 1:52.4 over Get Along, also by Betting Line. This was the first lifetime win for the Casie Coleman-Herlihy trained colt who is out of a Rock N Roll Heaven mare. Whichwaytothebeach (Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty - Art Major) zipped to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and prevailed in a sizzling 1:51.4 – setting a new 2YO stakes record.  Trained by Roland Mallar, this was Whichwaytothebeach’s first lifetime victory. The Captaintreacherous colt Bazooka Hanover’s performance in his Stallion Series division was quite exciting from post 9. Bazooka Hanover made several moves for driver David Miller during the race to be fifth at the head of the stretch. He then sprinted past his challengers to cross the line first in a new lifetime record of 1:54.1. “The 9 hole? That’s not an easy spot, especially for two-year-olds is it?” Miller said. “He really went a good race, even with the tough trip.” This was the second Stallion Series win for Bazooka Hanover who was is trained by Blake Mcintosh. His dam is the Western Terror mare Bittorsweet Terror. Fulsome The Legend Hanover Batterup Hanover Rifleman Twin B Edge Whichwaytothebeach Bazooka Hanover   Harnesslink Media

It is very early days for assessing the harness racing two-year-old Sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. Here is the first Leading Money Winning Sires list that we will continue to update each Friday throughout the year. These statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 23-jul-2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Number of foals            Money won SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 55 116 $385,359 SHADOW PLAY 30 91 $351,720 BETTING LINE 54 119 $303,552 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 41 110 $295,710 SWEET LOU 33 84 $288,307 BETTORS DELIGHT 31 121 $282,120 RACING HILL 50 93 $270,310 ALWAYS B MIKI 32 112 $255,098 SPORTSWRITER 45 137 $240,819 WELL SAID 42 71 $220,523 AMERICAN IDEAL 37 113 $202,226 MCARDLE 26 48 $171,128 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 29 102 $160,447 ART MAJOR 31 69 $143,064 ROLL WITH JOE 30 71 $123,471 BIG JIM 7 47 $122,874 SUNSHINE BEACH 31 143 $116,807 CONTROL THE MOMENT 13 44 $97,071 A ROCKNROLL DANCE 18 63 $93,194 PET ROCK 48 83 $88,976 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2020 -- Pushed four-wide to get the early harness racing lead, I'm Some Graduate dug in, held off a quartet of challengers late and scored in a career-best 1:50.2 in Monday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. I'm Some Graduate reached the point from post 9 in a demanding 27.1 opening panel for driver Dave Palone. When the first-over Major Nemesis led a parade of challengers in the lane, the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate gelding refused to yield, defeating Major Nemesis by 3/4 lengths, with K Ryan Bluechip third.   Ron Burke trains I'm Some Graduate, who now boasts $499,858 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Palone collected five wins on the 15-race card while Aaron Merriman and Jim Pantaleano each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 15-race program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3) and a $4,634.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

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