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Hanover Shoe Farms management has announced the 2016 stallion service fees for their horses. Andover Hall (to be announced) Artspeak  $5,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous  $15,000 Donato Hanover  $15,000 Explosive Matter  $7,500 Muscle Massive  $4,000 Sebastian K  $6,000 Somebeachsomewhere  $20,000 Well Said  $7,500 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farm

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2015 -- Cammikey quarter-poled to the lead and held off the late charge of Sam Hill to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. In last week's feature, Cammikey stayed inside, never found racing room and had to swallow a sixth-place pill. Brian Zendt assured that wouldn't happen Friday, moving early from third with the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam and relegating Sam Hill to the pocket. Cammikey downed Sam Hill by 1/2 length in 1:51.3 over a "good" surface. Full Code earned show despite being parked the mile. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Somebody As and Hyway Marcus each took a $20,000 division of the trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, while in the $20,000 harness racing pacing headliner, Preparty emerged as the narrowest of winners.   Between the trots, Somebody As had by far the faster time, 1:52.2, a new lifetime mark, leading at every pole and winning by seven lengths. George Napolitano Jr., who continued to hold a 15-win lead over Aaron Merriman in the 2015 North American sulky title chase, guided the altered son of Striking Sahbra for trainer Anette Lorentzon and his owners, breeder ACL Stuteri and Kjell Johansson.   Hyway Marcus won for the third time in his last six starts while taking the other trot division, also setting a personal best of 1:54.1. Driver/trainer/owner Francisco Del Cid used come-from-behind tactics with the gelded son of Gut Instinct, coming from seventh at the half and fifth at the 3/4s to defeat Stitch In Time by a neck.   Preparty, a former high-level pacer who had dropped all the way to the very bottom rung of the Pocono class ladder on September 16, continued his comeback by taking his fourth win in his last five starts, here in 1:52. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere rallied from the pocket to edge out the game parked-every-call Rockin Rumble by a nose for driver Simon Allard, trainer/brother Rene, and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc. and Earl Hill Jr.   And of course it wouldn't be Halloween without Pocono staging The Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace, for horses of a whitish coloring. The $10,000 race was taken by the Admirals Galley gelding Gotta Love Him, who made the lead after the quarter for driver Matt Kakaley and went on to post his first victory of the year in 1:53 for trainer Cindy Weitoish and owners Stan and Amie Weitoish.   PHHA / Pocono    

Friday, October 30, 2015, 10:08 PM DAYTON, OH. - Despite being the youngest horse in a full field of Open Mares at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (October 30), Somewhere Sweet also showed why she was the richest harness racing horse in the $12,000 feature race. The sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who finished third in the Jugette five weeks ago, driver Chris Page and Somewhere Sweet sat chilly in mid-pack through brisk early fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.4, then swept to the front on the final bend and held off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Electric Dancemove (Jeff Nisonger) to win by open lengths in 1:52.2. Brian Brown trains the talented lass, owned by the Miller's Stable Inc. The winner's share of the purse pushed the winner's 2015 bounty over $200,000 after winning just one race and earning $11,634 at age two. Driver Jason Brewer scored a 'grand slam' on the program, triumphing with four horses all from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable. Medoland Lindeylou copped a $5000 conditioned pace for female pacers in 1:53.1, Forceful Gale captured a $6000 conditioned trot in 1:57.1, State Street Liz won a $5000 distaff pace in 1:53.4, and Flying Crystal won the mares $8000 to $10,000 claiming handicap in 1:53.3. Kayne Kauffman also enjoyed a successful evening by scoring his own four-bagger to strengthen his second place position in the current local driver's dash standings. Kauffman, who recently eclipsed $10 million in career purse earnings, won the opening two races with Winbak Jake for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj in 1:56.1, then steered trainer Vince Gomez's Chantal to a 1:53.2 tally in a $6500 claimer. He capped off his quarter of victories with Artistic Fusion from his own stable in a $7500 top conditioned event; and notching the nightcap with Virgin Girl for conditioner Katie Dircksen. Keep It Sweet (Chris Page) equalled the local track record for four-year-old trotting mares when she scored in 1:55.1 in a $6000 trot. Owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Chris McGuire, Keep It Sweet topped Speed Hanover (Shawn Barker II) and Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). Racing resumes Saturday night (October 31) with a 12-race Halloween-themed program featuring a $12,000 Open Pace and an $11,500 Open Trot. Gregg Keidel

TORONTO, ON-- Pure Country maintained her undefeated streak in the $600,000 ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown two-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:51.4 as the 1-9 harness racing favorite at Woodbine Racetrack. Call Me Queen Be obtained the lead from the outset, setting a :26.1 quarter while Mayhem Seelster rushed towards the top. Immediately into the backstretch, Pure Country was moving first over and towards the top, securing the lead through a :55.1 half. Flying towards the pacesetter into the far turn, first-over Lyons River Pride put her nose in front of Pure Country, but couldn't clear the lead. With the plugs pulled, Pure Country retook command and journeyed by three-quarters in 1:23.4. After three-quarters, Pure Country extended her lead to three lengths over closing Shezarealdeal and Mayhem Seelster. She held her three-length lead until the wire, winning in 1:51.4. Yankee Moonshine and Soft Idea were fourth and fifth, respectively. A homebred filly from Diamond Creek Farms by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country collected her 10th win of the season and pushed her seasonal earnings to $692,954. Trained by Jimmy Takter, she paid $2.30 to win. It was Takter's 22nd Crown victory, extending his lead on the all-time record for Crown wins by a trainer. Driver Brett Miller scored his first Breeders Crown win aboard the filly. "Oh my God, it feels so good to win it," Miller said. "I'm so glad this race was early and I'm so glad we were able to win it. "I was being a little cautious with her out of the gate, and it almost cost me [the race]. I got very lucky to get out. Once I got out, I kind of eased her to the front, even though :55.1 is a big half. She's just a tremendous horse." Miller said he had Pure Country, "pretty much shut down" when Pure Country was headed by Lyons River Pride in the last turn. "I was trying to give her a breather; I was still pretty confident in the last turn. She's got all the tools and some grit to her, too." QUOTES; Brett Miller – Pure Country; On how it played out in his head vs. reality: “No, I was actually hoping I could get away somewhere either right up close or right to the front where I didn’t have to do any work. But in the first turn, I almost got myself into a lot of trouble and almost got trapped and once I got her out she had to do a lot of work but she’s such a tough filly and I’ve never driven anything like her before she just toughed it out after that.” On winning your first Crown with a star favorite vs. a long shot surprise… pressure? “The pressure is different with THIS filly. She was coming into the race undefeated. I’ve driven some undefeated horses before and, you know, at one time they’ve all gotten beat. There was pressure tonight, being undefeated and knowing I had a shot at getting one of these. I feel so relieved now. I’m so glad this was the second race. If she was in late and I was having a bad night through the night, it would’ve weighed on me. As good as you dreamt it? “Oh yeah. It felt great” [Brett’s wife is from Canada.. “so any time we get to come up here it’s fun because it’s home for her”. Trainer Tony O’Sullivan (2nd Shezarealdeal and 3rd Mayhem Seelster) It surprised me Mayhem Seelster I little, just because you’re not going to get anything from the back and she ended up going to the front which ended up affecting Call Me Queen Be (also trained by O’Sullivan), but they raced great. I’m ecstatic. Ecstatic. As for Shezarealdeal, last week she was a little flat and this week she had plenty of pace and chased horses down and Mayhem Seelster really hung in tough against horses that are better than her. I didn’t see it happening like that. I knew Call Me Queen Be was going to leave because that’s what she likes to do. Mayhem, we just wanted to get her into the race. I didn’t know that’s how the race was going to unfold and I’m just really, really proud of Mayhem Seelster. By Ray Cotolo

Undefeated Pure Country took her act to the North Country on Friday night but the results were identical to what's been expected from the juvenile daughter of Somebeachsomewhere in the United States. The Jimmy Takter trained filly was powerful in capturing the first of two $20,000 US eliminations for the Breeders Crown harness racing two-year-old filly pace in 1:52 3/5 at Woodbine. Driven by Brett Miller the homebred from Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm's racing stable got away third as the 1-5 betting choice as Lyons River Pride and Yannick Gingras jetted from the outside to take charge in a :28 1/5 opening quarter. Lyons River Pride kept an honest pace and because of it there was little movement through the second quarter with the half reached in :56 2/5 before anyone began to move. Darlinonthebeach and driver David Miller were the first to pull at that point and slowly progressed on the rim with Pure Country pulling to provide cover with roughly three-eighths of the mile remaining. The pace and activity got serious as the field reached the three-quarters in 1:24. Brett Miller worked on Pure Country in the early stretch and the filly responded with authority, blowing past the leader and drawing clear to win in handy fashion. Darlinonthebeach looked to be a serious threat off cover on the final turn but couldn't accelerate with the winner into the stretch. Nevertheless driver David Miller was able to urge the filly on late to get the place spot with early pacesetter Lyons River Pride holding on for the third spot. Mayhem Seelster and Shezarealdeal picked up the final two qualifying spots and return for the $600,000 October 24 final. The victory kept Pure Country with a perfect nine wins in nine career starts during her first season at the races. Sent off as the 1-5 choice Pure Country returned $2.40 to win.   Pure Country     With the elimination winners drawing for posts 1-5, the complete field for the final is as follows:   1 Darlinonthebeach, Dave Miller, Nancy Johansson   2 Shezarealdeal, Marcus Miller, Tony O'Sullivan 3 Pure Country, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 4 Lyons River Pride, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 5 Yankee Moonshine, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6 Soft Idea, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano 7 Blue Moon Stride, Andrew McCarthy, Mark Harder 8 Skinny Dipper, Randy Waples, Tony O'Sullivan 9 Mayhem Seelster, Jack Moiseyev, Tony O'Sullivan 10 Call Me Queen Bee, Scott Zeron, Tony O'Sullivan AE: 1 Tipton Teeez, Tim Tetrick, Brian Brown AE 2 Rock Me Baby, John Campbell, Staffan Lind Jay Bergman for Breeders Crown  

Fresh off a win over upper-level conditioned company, Robert Orr's Barbarian ($4.30) accelerated off the far turn en route to a 1:52 victory in Saturday (October 10) evening's $7,000 harness racing pacing feature at Vernon Downs.   The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding took no involvement in the early pace, last of the sextet through a :56.1 half mile as 1.6-1 second choice Sassy Hanover (John MacDonald) controlled the early terms. On approach to the far turn, Greg Merton angled Barbarian first-over, and the pair steadily advanced through the entire turn. After reaching the three-quarter point in 1:25, Sassy Hanover failed to repel the challenge of Barbarian, who struck the front in the final eighth and subsequently held clear of a late bid from Shock N Rock (Justin Huckabone) by 1-1/4 lengths. Sassy Hanover faded to third after giving way.   Barbarian, trained by Edgar "Sparky" Clarke, posted a :26.2 final quarter over fast going to cap his successful first-over bid.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (October 14) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

LEXINGTON, KY--The $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers was the first grouping of Grand Circuit action on the Friday, Oct. 9 harness racing program at The Red Mile. Undefeated in eight races this season, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country snagged the first of three $74,700 ISS splits in 1:52.1. The Somebeachsomewhere filly from the Western Hanover mare Western Montana secured the top spot from Hug A Dragoness after a :28 first quarter. She proceeded to stride through fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.3. In the stretch, she encountered a rally from Yankee Moonshine, but, despite drifting off the pylons, managed to hold her off easily heading to the line. Yankee Moonshine finished second, ahead of Mother Of Art and Soft Idea. Sent off the overwhelming choice at 1-9, Pure Country returned $2.10 to win. She's owned by Diamond Creek Racing and driven by Brett Miller.   "We bought the mare [Western Montana] as a yearling," owner Adam Bowden said. "We've kept all the foals from her so far, and she's [Pure Country] the best one."   "I think it was easy [on her]," Jimmy Takter said. "She kind of toyed with them in the stretch. As soon as she saw the horse at the inside [Yankee Moonshine], she took off on another couple gears. I was a little worried myself, but I'm happy that she learned how to take care of herself.   "She's just a magnificent filly," Takter also said. "She's up there in the top fillies I've ever been around."   The second division of the ISS went to Rock Me Baby, who vaulted off a second-over trip in the stretch towards a 1:53 victory.   The tempo was managed by Call Me Queen Be, who put up a :28.1 first quarter. By the half, Kiss Me Onthebeach marched from the middle of the pack to take command from Call Me Queen Be, putting up splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2 as leader. Riding the cover of Wine Snob around the far turn, Rock Me Baby hastily fanned three wide at the top of the stretch, pacing by within a matter of strides. While Call Me Queen Be and Kiss Me Onthebeach kept pace with Rock Me Baby, they finished second and third respectively.   Sired by Rock N Roll Heaven, from the mare Lover Of Art by Artsplace, Rock Me Baby collected her second win of the season in six starts. Trained by Staffan Lind and driven by John Campbell, the $8.40 winner competes for the interests of Bender Sweden, Acadia Farms, Staffan Lind, and E. Fannin.   "She's really coming into her own right now," Staffan Lind said. "She's always been a very nice filly; I've been high on her all along, but she wanted to do too much in the beginning and she made a couple of breaks when we pulled the earplugs."   "She was sick [on Aug. 21 at Vernon Downs]," Lind also said. "She's best on the big track; we were supposed to race her at Vernon and then go to the She's A Great Lady. I wanted to get a nice race first [before coming back]."   "Corey's [Callahan] mare kind of stalled and then she went on again when I tipped out," John Campbell said. "She [Rock Me Baby] gave me a good run when I tipped her, and she paced strong to the wire."   "I thought she could go with the Grand Circuit fillies off of last week," Campbell also said. "I think she had the fastest last quarter [of the card] last week; it [the track] was very tiring, and she marched home in :27-and-a-piece. I thought she'd step up in company."   Darlinonthebeach won the final ISS division with a vicious brush down the backstretch to take the lead and hold onto it in progress towards a 1:51.4 mile. The Nancy Johnasson trainee overtook pacesetter Shezarealdeal, who circled by Blue Moon Stride at the quarter in :27.4 to make the lead. However, once Darlinonthebeach took the lead, setting fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.2, she held off challenges from Shezarealdeal and Dime A Dozen by sprinting to a four-length victory.   Racing for the interests of White Birch Farm, Darlinonthebeach, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Darlin's Delight by Bettor's Delight, won her second race of the year in eight starts. Driven by David Miller, she paid $7.60 to win.   "She has been a nice filly from the get-go," Nancy Johnasson said. "She got a little sick on us earlier in the summer [July 17 at The Meadows], and we had to scratch her once there. We kind of got off on the wrong foot and she got too aggressive, but she's just turned right around. She did a really good move on the backside and she's good on the frontend."   "I'm very thankful that they [White Birch Farms] gave me a chance to train her. I train at White Birch Farm, and we had Jk She'salady last year, so I guess they figured they'd give me a shot with another pacing filly. So far it has turned out well."   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

The Friday afternoon program at  the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile attracted three divisions for the $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers and four divisions for the $272,000 ISS for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The opening freshmen filly ISS split features the return of undefeated Pure Country, owned by Diamond Creek Racing. The winner of seven starts and $342,618, the Jimmy Takter-trainee won a $81,000 division of the Bluegrass over a sloppy track in 1:56.1 as the 1-9 favorite on Oct. 2. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, she'll compete from post position six against Bluegrass starters Skinny Dipper, Upside Surprise, Mother Of Art, and Hug A Dragoness. Earning $250,136 this season, Call Me Queen Be highlights the second split. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl, she finished third as the 1-5 favorite in a $81,000 division of the Bluegrass on Oct. 2. Owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham, she has won four races in seven outings this season. Matching up with her once again is the Nancy Johansson-trained Jk Fannie, who finished third to the Ross Croghan-trainee in a $127,150 division of the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park on Sept. 26. Bluegrass starters Kiss Me Onthebeach, Wine Snob, East Side Hanover, and Eloquent Grace also draw into this division.   The final division of the ISS filly pace gathers Bluegrass division winner Shezarealdeal and She's A Great Lady runner-up Darlinonthebeach. Shezarealdeal, sent off the 1-5 favorite in her division, she won her fourth race out of eight starts with a 1:56.4 mile over the slop. Darlinonthebeach enters this event with one win in seven starts, and earnings of $167,041 this season. She was recently second in a $125,900 division of the Kentuckiana Stakes, which followed her second-place finish in the $341,250 She's A Great Lady to L A Delight. The first of a quartet brings back Bluegrass starters Beach Ogre, I'm Some Graduate, Mr Right Hanover, and Ideal Rocky. In the Bluegrass, I'm Some Graduate and Ideal Rocky were sent off the 4-5 and 8-5 favorites respectively, with them also finishing fourth and third respectively. I'm Some Graduate, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Graduate owned by John Cancelliere, has won four races in six starts, and earned $109,927. Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover colt out of Eternity's Delight by Bettor's Delight owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, has won four races in 10 starts, earning $167,151. Big Top Hanover and Owen Hanover, both entering off of second-place efforts in the Bluegrass on Oct. 3, compete in the second division. Big Top Hanover, conditioned by Ron Burke for the interests of Jt45 and Burke Racing Stables LLC, has won one in nine starts this year. The son of Western Ideal out of the Art Major mare Blind Ambition has earned $121,621. Owen Hanover, by Cam's Card Shark out of On Her Way by Abercrombie, is owned by Jerry Clark and Tammy Crescenze. The winner of two races in 10 starts, earning $69,099 in the process, is conditioned by Noel Daley. Tony Alagna's American Passport, winner of a Bluegrass division in 1:56.1, faces world champion Spider Man Hanover in the third round of ISS. Winning a $23,100 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio in a world-record time of 1:51.4, beating the mark of 1:52.2 set by On Golden Ponder at Delaware and set by He's Watching at Yonkers Raceway, both occurring in 2013. From the Brian Brown barn, the Western Ideal colt out of Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip has won four in seven starts and earned $189,300. American Passport, an American Ideal colt out of Star Of The Show by Four Starzzz Shark, competes for the interests of Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jodi Siammis. He has won two of eight starts this year, banking $156,246. The last ISS split features Bluegrass-division winner Racing Hill and New York Sires Stakes champion Travel Playlist, who is undefeated in five starts. Winning going wire to wire from post 7 at Yonkers Raceway, the colt by Art Major out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Village Madonna. He has earned $234,695 in his campaign. Racing Hill, a winner of three in seven starts, races for owner Tom Hill and trainer Tony Alagna. The colt by Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals has earned $83,576 this year. The 10-race card has a first-race post time of 1:00pm. Ray Cotolo

LEXINGTON, KY-- Jimmy Takter's Pure Country, who has won all six of her tries this season, continued her harness racing streak over the sloppy track at The Red Mile on Friday, Oct. 2 by claiming one of three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace.   Getting away fourth through a :30.2 quarter set by Lyons River Pride, driver Brett Miller pulled the 1-5 favorite first over after a :58.4 half. Pure Country progressed towards the leader to within a length of the top at three-quarters in 1:28 and managed to pass the tempo setter in the stretch despite drifting in her bid, and advanced to a three-length 1:56.1 victory.   Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, out of Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country pushes her seasonal earnings to $342,618. Competing for Diamond Creek Racing, she paid $2.10 to win.   Tipton Teeez circled race leader Blue Moon Stride around the far turn en route to a 1:56 win at 16-1. Setting splits of :28.3, :57.1, and 1:27.2, Blue Moon Stride was uncontested on the front until the top of the stretch, when Tipton Teeez pulled from third and charged first over. The two hooked into a duel midway through the stretch, with Tipton Teeez prevailing and edging to a neck victory over Blue Moon Stride, with pocket-rider and 1-5 favorite Call Me Queen Be finishing third. Returning $34.20 to win, Tipton Teeez collected her fifth win of the season, with her seasonal earnings now at $103,871. She's owned by Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo, conditioned by Brian Brown, and driven by Tim Tetrick. Shezarealdeal, who brushed past race-leader East Side Hanover after sitting in the pocket for the first quarter, gained the lead nearing the top of the stretch and sustained control in her 1:56.4 win. Stationary of a :28.1 initial quarter, driver Scott Zeron tipped out of the pocket after a :56.3 half-mile and soon overtook the leader into the far turn. Edging closer into the 1:26.4 third-quarter were Skinny Dipper and Mother Of Art, who could only chase Shezarealdeal in the stretch and secure third and second, respectively.   Shipped off the 1-5 favorite, the Western Ideal filly out of Real Artist mare Shezarealceasar paid $2.40 to win. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan. This was her fourth win this season, with her seasonal earnings accumulating to $163,067.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 3, with the $189,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, $144,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot, $220,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt trot, and $185,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt pace. First race post is at 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

A rare Monday card (Sept. 28) from Harrah's Philly featured two divisions of The Liberty Bell for 3-year-old filly pacers and a pair of upper-conditioned level events on the pace as well. Linda Toscano trainee Better Said (S. Zeron) took the first division of The Liberty Bell. The daughter of Well Said was leading the compact field of five when top contender Well Hello There (Gingras) broke at the quarter pole. Better Said led every step of the way in 1:53.1. It was her fifth victory of the year, her first since a mid July overnight win here at Harrah's Philly. She is owned by Brittany Farms. Steve Elliott charge Bodacious (S. Allard) continued her winning ways in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took off the early pace, settling in fifth from post one. She was able to grind into striking position, holding off the upset minded Deli Beach (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) to win by a head in 1:52.2. She is owned by Conrad Zurich and Hauser Bros. Racing. In other news, aged pacer Sky Is The Limit (S. Allard) was game in victory in a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal drafted behind cover until three-quarters, edging wide to defeat pace-setter Bettors Glass in 1:51.3. It was career win 16 for the Shaun Vallee trainee, starting for the ninetieth time. Owned by Darius Oshidar, he paid $7.00 to win. Richard and Dale Julich's Badix Hanover won his third straight on Monday. The 3-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal led at every quarter, completing the mile in a lifetime's best 1:50.3. The race was for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 or non-winners of 7 races or $70,000 lifetime. The Kevin Mc Dermott trainee was heavily favored in the event. Michael Bozich

Long Forest husband and wife Andy and Kath Gath made the trip to Swan Hill a worthwhile one on Tuesday to contest the Nyah Harness Racing Club’s September meeting after landing a stable double with a pair of four year old geldings – Mister Whittaker (Somebeachsomewhere/Twice As Hot) taking the He’s Watching @ Alabar Stud Pace for C1 class over 1750 metres and Valens (Shadow Play/Seymour Lady) the Lucky Chucky @ Stallions Australasia Pace for C2 class over 2240 metres. Mister Whittaker was ultra impressive in his event after racing in the open from gate six, with a running Earl Of Huntington (gate three) crossing One Knight Stand (gate two)  shortly after the start. Cruising to the front on the home turn, Mister Whittaker careered away in the straight to record an unextended 25.6 metre margin in advance of One Knight Stand and Graceful Art (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-54.9. Valens bred and raced by Alabar Bloodstock starting outside the front line, brought up three wins in succession after moving forward to race in the breeze from the bell, defeating Oasis Dream (gate five) from mid-field by 2.8 metres, with Tennaya (gate four) 1.5 metres away in third place after leading for the last half of the journey. The mile rate was 1-58.2. Bunbartha trainer/driver John Newberry a regular at most Swan Hill meetings, snared the Angus Hall @ Mountain View Stud Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2240 metres with 8Y0 Earl/Shine On Alisha gelding Just Call Me Earl, but not before giving his supporters a scare. Galloping away from 30 metres, Just Call Me Earl settled at the tail of the field with Majestic Flash beginning swiftly from 10 metres to lead. Assisted by both Mike Titan and Jacob Alm breaking during the run, Just Call Me Earl had improved to be three back in the moving line at the bell. Easing three wide approaching the final bend, Just Call Me Earl ran home best to gain the day by a head over Declaring along the sprint lane after following the pacemaker which held down third a neck away. Raced by the Newberry family, Just Call Me Earl recorded his 13th victory in 119 outings, returning a mile rate of 2-05.9. Quality 4Y0 Bettors Delight/Linda Grace mare Linda Lovegrace made a one act affair of the Sweet Lou @ Woodlands Stud Pace for C0 class over 2240 metres much to the delight of Ken Breckon’s The Good Sports Syndicate. Formerly with Mark Purdon, Linda Lovegrace now with Kerryn Manning at Great Western, was untroubled to lead throughout from gate two with husband Grant Campbell in the sulky, accounting for Drayton (one/one – outside winner home turn) by 16.5 metres in 2-03.1, with Clontarf Guy (three back the markers) a further 17 metres away in third place. The Manning/Campbell combination were to bring up a double when impressive former Kiwi 4Y0 Bettors Delight/Princess Alberta gelding Duke Of Albany streeted his rivals in the Four Starzzz Shark @ Empire Stallions Pace for C3 to C5 class over 1750 metres and by doing so, chalked up six wins in succession, the last five on Australian soil. Surprisingly crossed from gate two by Life Of Ted (gate four), Campbell immediately eased away from the markers to assume control, before racing clear on turning to register a 2.1 metre victory over Precious Cullen which faced the breeze from the bell. Life Of Ted battled on gamely for third after using the sprint lane and will no doubt benefit from the outing. The mile rate was 1-56.7. Local Woorinen trainer Joe Costa sent punters home on a happy note when the “star of the stable” Uncle Wingnut returned to his best form to land the Hurricane Kingcole @ Egmont Park Stud Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. With regular reinsman Michael Bellman aboard, Uncle Wingnut was taken off the gate from outside the front line to settle four back along the markers, with only Diamond Ace (gate four) behind him after being trapped wide and another of the Manning team Jaccka Art leading from gate three. Making a mid-race move to join the pacemaker at the bell, the pair were head and head for the final circuit, with Uncle Wingnut taking the lead on the home turn. Drawing clear on straightening, Uncle Wingnut prevailed by 1.1 metres over Diamond Ace which followed him home from the bell, with Daylight Dan (three back the markers) 11 metres away in third place. An eight year old gelded son of Courage Under Fire and Paulas Way raced by the Costa family, Uncle Wingnut has faced the starter on 77 occasions, resulting in 17 victories. *** The next Nyah meeting will be Cup Night – Saturday October 17.   Len Baker

Greg Martin wasn’t thinking about a broodmare when he bought Benear at the 2008 Standardbred Horse Sale’s Mixed Sale. He really wasn’t even looking for Benear. But when the Calgary resident saw the then 5-year-old mare, he felt an emotional response. When she entered the auction ring, he purchased her for $37,000.   “It’s just one of those silly things,” Martin said. “You pick up a horse on impulse and it turns out.”   Benear, who was a world champion on a five-eighths-mile track, failed to live up to Martin’s hopes as a racehorse the following season, but she has more than made up for it as a broodmare. She is the mother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach as well as 2015 Jugette hopeful Momas Got A Gun. No mare has ever produced a winner of each the Little Brown Jug and Jugette, much less had the winners in consecutive years.   “Her being a broodmare wasn’t even in my thinking because I wanted a racehorse,” Martin said about Benear, whose most recent foal to reach racing age, 2-year-old Manhattan Beach, finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship." “I guess when you have a mare that’s gone some pretty big miles you’re going to look at them as a broodmare. But it was kind of a crapshoot.”   Martin has a picture of Limelight Beach winning the Little Brown Jug hanging in his living room.   “It was over the top,” Martin said about the victory. “It was unbelievable. I was at the local off-track betting bar and everyone was looking at me while I’m hooting and hollering. There are no words to describe it.”   Martin sold Limelight Beach, then named Marblehead Johnson, as a yearling at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt went for $25,000. A year later, he considered selling Momas Got A Gun, but changed his mind because she was attracting little interest and he really liked the filly.   Momas Got A Gun, now owned by Martin’s son Geoff, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the second of two eliminations for Wednesday’s $252,250 Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. She will start from post No. 2 with David Miller driving for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.   She was one of 12 fillies entered in the Jugette, which is for 3-year-old female pacers and is the companion race to the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers. The field was split into two $50,450 eliminations, with Brian Brown-trained Triple V Hanover being the 3-1 morning line favorite in the opening group. The top four finishers from each division return later in the day for the $151,350 final. A horse must only win the final to be declared the Jugette champion.   Post time is noon for Wednesday’s first race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. The Jugette eliminations are races 12 and 13. The final is race 17.   A daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere, Momas Got A Gun has won three of 14 races this year and earned $313,368. In her most recent eight starts, she has posted two wins, three seconds and two thirds. She is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she missed by a head, and the Valley Forge Stakes.   “She’s been right there,” Martin said. “No one has been consistently as competitive as Moma." "The way she races, because she has such early good gate speed, it almost creates a problem." "I personally think she’s better off a helmet, and so does Virgil." "But if you look at all her races, I don’t think she’s ever been second-over. That’s one of the problems when you have a horse with such early good gate speed.”   Her early speed, though, might be a blessing on the half-mile oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   “No one is going to beat her off the gate and that’s half the battle,” Martin said. “If you look at Limelight Beach last year, he won the Jug in the first 50 yards because no one challenged him." "This filly can’t leave quite as fast, but she can leave. I think she’s going to win. I don’t want to come across being that arrogant, but I know she can do it.”   Martin began thinking about this year’s Jugette as Momas Got A Gun ended her 2014 campaign. She won four of eight races last season, with three of the victories coming in her final four starts. She never finished worse than third during the year, earning $46,711.   “(The Jugette) was on our radar,” Martin said. “I told Virgil last year when she was finishing up her campaign that this filly was going to win the Jugette." "Virgil Morgan Jr is a wonderful trainer." "He is the ultimate professional." "He goes out with every set of horses that trains and he’s a hard worker." "I really respect that about him." "He’s been so meticulous with this filly." "He treats them like an athlete. He’s straight up. I love dealing with him.”   As for Momas Got A Gun’s name, it originated from Martin coming up with the name for another horse.   “I named another horse I’d bred Mad Bad Girlfriend,” Martin said. “I did name it after a girlfriend, and she thought it was quite funny. Then I said, just think if moma had a gun. It was just kind of a silly thing we had going. If momas got a gun, you better pay attention because they mean business."   “I love when you name horses. That’s part of the fun of the whole thing.”   Martin, who started his career with horses in the show world, used to train and drive Standardbreds, but last sat in the sulky in 2010. But there is no doubt he still loves harness racing.   “The best thing about Standardbred racing, unlike Thoroughbred, is that I think everyone pulls for each other,” Martin said. “I think people are happy when others do well. It’s a different feel.   “I wish everyone the best of luck. I just hope we’re a little luckier.”   Following are the Jugette elimination fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $50,450 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Triple V Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown-3-1 2. Southwind Roulette-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-7-2 3. Bettor N Better-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4. Moremercy Bluechip-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10-1 5. Wicked Little Minx-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson-12-1 6. Mosquito Blue Chip-Jim Morrill Jr.-Paul Jessop-7-2   $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown-6-1 2. Momas Got A Gun-David Miller-Virgil Morgan Jr.-5-2 3. Band Of Angels-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Bedroomconfessions-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-12-1 5. Somewhere Sweet-Jim Morrill Jr.-Brian Brown-8-1 6. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4-1                                                                                                       Ken Weingartner

Two-year-old filly pacers headlined a solid harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 20), in three divisions of the Liberty Bell Series, each going for a purse of $35,000. Cc Racing and Jim King's Newborn Sassy won her fifth straight in the first division. The daughter of Western Ideal maintained pocket position through out much of the race, drafting behind the speed of Ron Burke trainee Yankee Moonshine (Gingras). Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) vacated the pocket at the head of the lane, going on to win by a length in 1:53.1. Skinny Dipper (McCarthy) rallied on for second. The winner returned $2.40. Geoffrey Lyons Mound's Lyons River Pride (Gingras) was game in victory in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took the lead shortly after the start, and held off the pocket-sitter Sail To The Beach (Dube) to win by a neck in a thrilling stretch drive. It was the second career win for Lyons River Pride ($4.20) who paced the mile in 1:53. She is trained by Ron Burke. Division three saw favorite Shezarealdeal (Mar. Miller) using a well timed move in the stretch to win. The daughter of Western Ideal sat off the early speed duel, emerging three wide at the top of the stretch to sweep past winning by a length in 1:52.3. The Erv Miller trainee is now 3 for 7 in the win column lifetime. Princess Fabulosa (Zeron) finished second. Shezarealdeal ($2.80) is owned by the Nick Surick and Kdm Stables. There was also a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts on the pace slated for race 12, going for a purse of $22,000, which saw the ultra-talented Major Uptrend (Callahan) win his third straight. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, who was an in-hand 1:49.2 victor here two starts back, was a comfortable winner once again in a wrapped up 1:51. He is owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Doug Lewis. Driver Yannick Gingras, who is fourth in the driver standings in wins and second in udrs, had 5 wins on the program. Mike Bozich

It was quite a day at the harness racing meeting at  Harrah's Philadelphia on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). There were 3 divisions of The Liberty Bell Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, as well as a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace which featured two pacers at the doorstep of one million dollars in career earnings. Division 1 of the Liberty Bell went to upsetter Trading Up (Scott Zeron). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was 3 wide much of the first quarter before finally clearing the lead just before the half. He was able to hold off the heavy favorite My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Blood Brother finished third. It was the 5th career win for Trading Up ($15.00), who is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. He is trained by Tony Alagna. Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was a dominant winner in the second division. The son of Dragon Again battled a game Badiou Hanover (Scott Zeron) the entire mile to secure the win in a time of 1:51.3, while in hand at the finish. It was the eleventh career win for the Joann Looney-King trainee, and his third straight. Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) was third. It was a lifetime's best performance for Allbeef N Nobull (Matt Kakaley) in division 3 of the Liberty Bell. The son of McArdle sat pocket behind the speed of Rise Up Now (Tim Tetrick), before roaring up the passing lane to win in 1:50.2. Paparazzi Hanover (Dave Miller) rallied for second, while McArdles Lightning (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the 8th career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Emond, Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi. He paid $4.40. Ken Jacob's Doctor Butch is harness racing newest millionaire. The 5-year-old son of Art Major was victorious in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace, which pushed his lifetime earnings over the one million mark in his 94th career start. He now has 26 career wins, 9 on the season. The 8-year-old Nova Artist, who was also in the race (finished 7th) is also nearing the plateau. He has career earning of $961,267. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano. Michael Bozich

2-year-old PA Stallion Series Championships were the main attractions on a rainy Thursday afternoon (Sept 10) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $40,000. The 2-year-old filly trot went to Jimmy Takter trainee Miss Tezsla (Yannick Gingras).   The daughter of Andover Hall wasted little time getting into gear, as she wrestled the lead away from Lady Athens (Andy Miller) at the quarter pole.   She was able to maintain a 1 length advantage until the top of the stretch, when she edged away to win by 4 lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:57.4.   Turn The Paige (Vic Kirby), who was part of a 3 horse entry, rallied for second, while Global Inspiration (Andrew McCarthy) was third.   It was the 4th career win for Miss Tezsla, who is owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding, Brixton Medical, And Herb Liverman. She paid $3.20 to win. It was a much more contentious affair in the 2-year-old colt trot, as Mr Right (Vic Kirby) needed every last inch of stretch real estate to assure victory.   The son of Donato Hanover had to work hard to secure pocket position, as he brushed past Petrossian As (Andrew McCarthy) at the quarter pole, only to be passed by race favorite Cufflink Hanover (Dave Miller).   It stayed that way until the stretch drive, when Mr Right emerged up the passing lane to win a tight 3 horse finish in 1:57.   Cufflink Hanover held place, while Petrossian As settled for third.   It was career win 4 out of 9 starts for the Leigh Raymer trainee, and his 4th win in 7 starts.   Mr Right is owned by his trainer, Stephen Moss, and Harold and Helene Solomon. He paid $10.40. In the 2-year-old filly pace, it was complete domination for Ron Burke trainee East Side Hanover (Yannick Gingras).   The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere made the top before the quarter, and it was all over from there.   She had a 4 length lead at three quarters, before going into "beast mode", drawing off to a 12 length victory in the end, stopping the clock in 1:54.2.   Burden Of Proof (Tim Tetrick) closed for second, while Foolish Terror (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was third.   It was the 2nd career win for East Side Hanover, who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Paul Treiber. She paid $3.20.   Rich Ringler trainee Nimble and Quick (Jim Morand) was dominant in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace.   The son of Western Ideal brushed at the quarter, and went on to win easily by 4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:52.1.   Beach Ogre (Andy Miller) rallied up the inside for second, while Owen Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished third.   It was the 5th straight win for Nimble and Quick, who is owned by Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing. He returned $2.80 to win.   Mike Bozich

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