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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

With the harness racing breeding season in Australia and NewZealand all but upon us, we have been updating the stallion reviews on Stallion Sphere that we did last year. We anticipated that there would be some movement in the statistics but we have been stunned by the changes in the four stallions we have updated so far. We are doing two stallion updates a fortnight and sending them out via "Insider Access" every second Tuesday, US time (Wednesday, Down Under time) with the next reviews ready next week.   The first two reviews were of Sportswriter and Somebeachsomewhere and the changes were substantial for both stallions.   The last two updates that we sent out last week were of Rock N Roll Heaven and Majestic Son.   Both stallions have made huge strides in the last twelve months and their recent statistics bare little resemblance to those we published over twelve months ago.   We are pretty even handed in our approach to stallion reviews and hope they offer the reader a fuller picture of the stallion than is normally available through studs promotional material.   Next week we are reviewing both Well Said and Christian Cullen and again the changes in their statistics are really profound.   We've also taken Stallion Sphere out of Facebook and onto a standalone site at, so readers without a Facebook account can read the reviews. As always though, you will still be able to access Stallion Sphere through the tab at the top of our Facebook Page.   It costs nothing to subscribe to "Insider Access" which also contains several articles from around the globe about issues causing concern to the harness racing industry.   Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe

Harness racing three-year-olds took front and center stage at Harrah's Philadelphia on Labor Day afternoon (Sept. 7th). The PA Stallion Series Championships each carried a purse of $40,000. In the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, it was Courant A B and Knutsson Trotting's Colbert (Ake Svanstedt) getting the victory. The son of Cantab Hall settled in to an early pocket spot behind the speed of Julie Miller trainee Mesmerized (Andy Miller), by the opening quarter in :27.2. After a rated :30.2 second quarter (:57.4 half), race favorite Jackson's Minion (Tom Jackson) rushed up to challenge for the lead, with Colbert committing to the outside. The battle continued past three-quarters (1:26.1), and that's when Jackson's Minion went off stride. Colbert was able to move wide past the breaker, and out duel a game Mesmerized in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:57. It was the 3rd career win for Colbert, who now has over $82,000 in career earnings. He paid $7.60 to win. The 3-year-old filly trot went to Chuck Sylvester trainee Murderers Row (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Donato Hanover settled into an early third behind the speed of 9-time winner Sistas (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) who was first to the quarter in :28. After a rated half (:57.3) Murderers Row moved up to challenge for the lead. They were on even terms at three-quarters (1:26), and the battle continued all the way through the stretch drive. Murderers Row was able to get the neck out in front at the wire for the win, stopping the timer in a career's best 1:55. Sistas settled for second, while Wouldn't Itbesweet (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was Murderers Row's 3rd straight win, and 6th career tally, moving her lifetime earnings just shy of $150,000. She is owned by Steve Jones, Ted Gewertz, and Mary Kinsey. She paid $8.00. Owner Ted Gewertz was in the winner's circle once again, this time with Apricot Sour (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Well Said had a brief encounter with long shot Eloquently Stated (Yannick Gingras) at the quarter-pole (:27.2), but was able to steer past and rate the second quarter (:28.4). After sprinting away at three-quarters (1:23), she found herself all alone at the wire, winning by 6 lengths stopping the clock in a career best 1:52. Favorite Dobre Povedane (Corey Callahan) finished second, while Repeat Please (Dave Palone) was third. It was the 6th career win for the Anette Lorentzon trainee, who now has earnings just short of $85,000. She paid $6.80 to win. The upset of the day came in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, as Shirley Le Vin's Parklane Eagle was given a clever Brett Miller drive to win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to establish early position behind the speed up front. Julie Miller trainee Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller) and race favorite Trading Up (Yannick Gingras) battled by the quarter in :26.4. After Badiou Hanover secured the lead from post 8, he had to deal with parked out long shot Techtor Hanover (Corey Callahan) at the half (:55.3). As Techtor Hanover started to fade, Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) drove aggressively three-wide up to challenge at three-quarters (1:23.3). As they came into the stretch, Brett Miller was able to weave Parklane Eagle through traffic, out sprinting Trading Up in the final 70 yards to win by a head, stopping the clock in 1:52.3. Badiou Hanover finished a game third. It was the 7th win for Parklane Eagle ($28.80) pushing his career totals to over $132,000. He is trained by Pete Foley. Michael Bozich

Our Waikiki Beach has dominated two year old racing in Australia this year and is the clear favourite for NSW 2yo colt/gelding of the year. The son of Somebeachsomewhere won eight races in New South Wales for his New Zealand trainer Mark Purdon including two group one events at Tabcorp Park Menangle, the Australian Pacing Gold Final and the Breeders Challenge. With the horse being trained by Purdon, only the gelding's performances in New South Wales can be considered however his dominance has not been seen since Lombo Pocket Watch racked up 17 wins as a two year old in 2005/06. The other nominations for this year's NSW 2yo colt/gelding of the year are: Bettermatch - Dominated the early season 2yo racing scoring in a blistering 1:55.8 on debut. Also won the Leeton Breeders Plate and produced a huge win at Tabcorp Park Menangle to win in 1:53.6. Born To Rocknroll - Raced 16 times as a two year old and recorded seven victories. Won nearly $175,000 in the season and only had his first start in a race on February 7. Salty Robyn - Performed well in New South Wales and then took on the best in New Zealand representing Australia at the Harness Jewels. Banked more than $60,000 and recorded a season best of 1:53.9 Shadow Runner - Sam Dimarco, his daughter Marissa and Shadow Runner were the stars of the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival. The Shadow Play youngster won four straight early in the season before finishing fourth in the Breeders Challenge. The NSW 2yo of the year award will be presented at the HRNSW Awards Night at Doltone House, Darling Harbour on September 19. For tickets contact Nancy O'Grady on 9722 6600. Greg Hayes

I'm Some Graduate, who began his career in softer company, took another step upward when he scored the fastest win in Tuesday's $212,142 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at the harness racing meeting at  The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Ideal Jimmy and Spider Man Hanover taking the other splits. Trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere often start their youngsters off slowly, allowing them to gain confidence and experience before testing them. That's the case with I'm Some Graduate, an $80,000 yearling acquisition. "He's on the schedule we wanted for him," said Tom Cancelliere of the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Jugette winner Western Graduate. "I start everything in the stallion series." "If they're good enough, they'll go to the sires stakes." "Then, with a little prayer and a little help, they'll go wherever they can go." In the Tyler B, I'm Some Graduate made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick, was shuffled back to third and roared through the stretch to triumph in 1:51.1, lowering his lifetime mark by 4.3 seconds. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths back, with Big Top Hanover third. "He's real smart and does everything the way you want him to do it," Tom Cancelliere said. "He doesn't look like the rest of the "Beaches," he doesn't act like the rest of the "Beaches." But he races great." Ideal Jimmy has made a living coming from well back, and he was true to form Tuesday, launching a relentless first-over bid that carried him to victory in 1:52.1, 6 lengths better than Sam McSmith. Genovese rallied for show. "He was a little bumpy in the first turn in his early starts," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "But (taking him back) has been working good enough that I've been letting him do it." Robin Cruise conditions Ideal Jimmy, a homebred Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for D.R. Van Witzenberg. Speaking of coming from well back, Spider Man Hanover was last by 9 lengths at the half before getting into gear third over for David Miller. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Lip Bluechip was widest and fastest in the lane, tripping the timer in 1:53. McDave was second, 1/2 length back, with early leader JK Will Power third. It was the third PASS win for Spider Man Hanover, and it followed a troubling performance in the most recent leg, when he missed by 45-3/4 lengths. "He raced really, really bad last week," David Miller said. "When you take off the gate, you're taking a chance, but my main concern was trying to make sure he finished with pace." Brian Brown trains Spider Man Hanover for Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman. Elsewhere on the card, Cowgirl Hall was racing off a layoff of nearly a month, and she was parked twice in the mile. Nevertheless, she dominated the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, scoring in 1:53, 4-1/4 lengths ahead of Kandian Klub. Dough Dough completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who captured her third straight and boosted her career bankroll to $763,428, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three wins on the 15-race program for Palone. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

The richest harness racing Sire Stakes Championship series begins Saturday night.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for three-year-olds.   Each of the four divisions will also have a $60,000 Consolation race; the total program on Saturday at Pocono will distribute purses of $1,770,000.   COLT PACERS $350,000 Championship - race 12 $60,000 Consolation - race 5   Championship record: 1:48.4, McWicked, 2014 (fastest Championship in PA history)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Yankee Bounty   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Lost For Words   Most of the attention in the "glamour division" will be focused on Wakizashi Hanover, already a winner of over $840,000 this year, including the North America Cup Final, and regarded as second-best on the North American scene to the amazing Wiggle It Jiggleit.   Wakizashi has driven post five for the Championship, and as usual trainer Joann Looney-King has tapped Tim Tetrick to drive the altered son of Dragon Again for the Tri County Stable of Nova Scotia.   The sophomore has experience over the track, winning a Hempt elimination and then finished fourth from a difficult draw, and following that outing up with a second to "Wiggle" in the Battle of the Brandywine.   It's unusual to see a defending champion and a leading prelim pointswinner regarded as "outsiders" in the field, but Yankee Bounty and Lost For Words, respectively, are not only figurative outsiders, but the literal outsiders as well in the field of eight.   Yankee Bounty, starting from post seven for all-time Sire Stakes driving champion Dave Palone,does come off a 1:49.3 win in a Sire Stakes prelim, while Lost For Words (post eight, David Miller) was the only three-time winner in the Sires prelims.   COLT TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 11 $60,000 Consolation - race 4   Championship record: 1:52.4, Father Patrick, 2014   Defending champion from 2YO year: Billy Flynn (the only 3YO who did not qualify for these finals)   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Wicker Hanover   Wicker Hanover and Uncle Lasse were both three-time Sires prelim winners.   Wicker Hanover, an Explosive Matter colt who has done well on or off the pace, will start from post six for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ross Croghan, and the Christer Haggstorm Racing Stable Inc., while the Donato Hanover colt Uncle Lasse, third in both the Hambletonian Final and the Colonial, drew post two for driver David Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter, and owners Solveig's Racing Partners and Goran Falk.   A horse conspicuous by his absence is Pinkman, #2 in the prelim pointstandings while achieving three victories, but when he won the Hambletonian trainer Takter chose the Triple Crown road for him, and he goes Saturday night at Yonkers in the Yonkers Trot, the second Crown leg.   But even with two recent losses to Crazy Wow, in the Colonial and Yonkers Trot elim, Pinkman likely would have been a big favorite here, and using the "glass is half full" theory, the race is much more competitive this way.   FILLY PACERS   $350,000 Championship - race 10 $60,000 Consolation - race 3   Championship record: 1:49, Economy Terror   Defending champion from 2YO year: Southwind Roulette   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Somewhere Sweet   Perhaps the best testimony to the contentiousness of this division all year, and in theory here Saturday, is the fact that prelim pointleader Somewhere Sweet won only once in the prelims.   But the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, trained by Brian Brown for Miller's Stable, has been a very consistent miss, winning half her ten seasonal starts and never finishing worse than fourth, and she draws the favorable post two for driver David Miller.   There were two two-time prelim winners in this division, but for Saturday they had the misfortune of drawing the two outside spots on the gate: Serious Filly (PP7, also trained by Brown, Tim Tetrick listed) and Safe From Terror (PP8, trainer Ron Burke, also listing Tetrick on the early sheet).   FILLY TROTTERS   $350,000 Championship - race 9 $60,000 Consolation - race 14   Championship record: 1:51.3, Check Me Out, 2012 (fastest trot Champion ever)   Defending champion from 2YO year: Wild Honey   Leading pointwinner in four preliminaries: Sarcy (not entered), Smokinmombo #2   Last year's divisional champion Wild Honey has come back sharply in 2015, with a win in the Hambletonian Oaks Final and two Sire Stakes wins.   The Cantab Hall filly is likely to be held as the horse to beat despite drawing post eight for driver Dave Palone, trainer Jimmy Takter, and the ownership combine of Takter, Fielding, Liverman, and Fielding.   Jimmy Takter is also the trainer of Sarcy, who was #1 in the prelim points, but that filly has not raced since finishing fifth in the Oaks Final on August 8 and has not won since June 25, so she is not entered in the Championship.   But Wild Honey is certainly a fine "backup plan."   FINISHING LINES   Dave Palone has 38 career wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, and the driver in second needs a telescope to see him even though winning five Championships last year - Yannick Gingras, with a total of 12.   We know Yannick will not duplicate that output in 2015, as he will be driving Pinkman at Yonkers on Saturday.   Palone, however, has a call in three of the four Championships, and there are two to-be-resolved double calls in the race he currently is not listed on.   The PA Sire Stakes Championship series for two-year-olds will be held on Friday, September 11, at The Meadows, with the same $350,000/$60,000 purse structure. In between, Harrah's Philadelphia will host the eight $40,000 Championships of the PA Stallion Series - the three-year-olds on a special card this Monday, Labor Day, and the two-year-olds the following Thursday.   Jerry Connors

She might have difficulty equaling the career of her award-winning mother, but Darlinonthebeach will be looking to turn heads in Saturday's C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. The first daughter of Dan Patch Award-winning mare Darlin's Delight, Darlinonthebeach heads to the She's A Great Lady off a second-place finish to L A Delight in her elimination last weekend. She will start the 10-horse final from post six for trainer Nancy Johansson. For the year, Darlinonthebeach, by stallion Somebeachsomewhere, has won one of five races and finished no worse than third in any start. She has earned $58,785 for breeder/owner White Birch Farm. White Birch Farm, headed by Michael Parisi, also bred, raced and owns Darlin's Delight, who earned $2.90 million in her career and received the 2006 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer. "Darlin's Delight was a great mare," Parisi said. "I've kept (Darlinonthebeach) as a future broodmare and I'm just hoping for the best. I think we'll have fun racing her, but I don't think she's her mom. Her mom was probably the best mare my family ever owned. She really was special." That doesn't mean Parisi is unhappy with what he's seen so far from Darlinonthebeach. The filly finished second in her debut and won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes before missing a month because of illness. She returned with two third-place efforts prior to her second-place finish in her She's A Great Lady elim. David Miller drove Darlinonthebeach in the elimination. "I really thought a lot of this filly off her first couple starts," Parisi said. "After the second start she got pretty sick on us and it took a while for her to bounce back. She qualified good off the layoff and now she's starting to come back to her own, I think. "I was really happy with her last start. I think she's going to put in a good mile this week." Darlin's Delight's first two foals were colts, both by Rocknroll Hanover, and were sold at yearling auctions by White Birch. They have combined to win six races and $40,498. "The first two colts didn't pan out like I thought," Parisi said. "This one looked a lot different than the colts. The colts were a little short-legged and she was long-legged. Darlin was a very small mare, so that's why I really liked this filly. L A Delight defeated Darlinonthebeach by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2 in their She's A Great Lady elimination. L A Delight, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, has won seven of eight races this year and earned $136,359 for trainer Bob McIntosh, who owns the filly with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. She has won seven consecutive starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes, since finishing third in her debut. "That one filly (L A Delight) she's been racing against is going to be the tough one," Parisi said. "I just hope (Darlinonthebeach) gets a good trip and gets a piece of it. I think she's going to race good." Thatsoveryverynice won the remaining She's A Great Lady elimination by 2-1/2 lengths over Upside Surprise in 1:54.2. A daughter of Vintage Master-Fox Valley Zena, Thatsoveryverynice has won four of five starts and earned $109,764 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Alagna Racing and Marvin Katz. Following is the field for the She's A Great Lady with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Three Dreams by Mach Three, James MacDonald, Jeff Bamond Jr. 2. Albany Girl by Somebeachsomewhere, Doug McNair, Jimmy Takter 3. Thatsoveryverynice by Vintage Master, Jody Jamieson, Tony Alagna 4. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight, Randy Waples, Bob McIntosh 5. Upside Surprise by Art Major, Doug McNair, Tony O'Sullivan 6. Darlinonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson 7. Highland Rocksolid by Rocknroll Hanover, Rick Zeron, Marty Fine 8. Ivy League by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Jimmy Takter 9. JK Fannie by Rocknroll Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Nancy Johansson 10. Blue Moon Stride by Rocknroll Hanover, Scott Zeron, Mark Harder by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The IRT $174,000 Breeders Crown final for three year old colts and geldings looked a two horse war on paper. In one corner was Menin Gate for Australia who has been in devastating form all season. In the other corner was Follow The Stars for New Zealand who had being going great all season as well but couldn't get the better of his arch foe when they have met. Mark Purdon worked Follow The Stars around the field early from barrier four before finding the lead after 600 metres. He was quickly joined in front by Menin Gate and Chris Alford who went to the front without any of the expected battle. My Kiwi Mate who was over racing badly back in the field worked to the chair with just over a lap to go and from there the speed was true. These three pulled clear at the 400 metres mark and turning for home a winner was hard to pick. My Kiwi Mate looked to have headed Menin Gate but like the true champion he is, he lifted and surged clear. Follow The Stars seemed to be full of running turning in but once in the passing lane he took an age to wind up. By the time he did Menin Gate had flown for a well- deserved victory. Follow The Stars was slightly disappointing in second while My Kiwi Mate was huge in running third. Menin Gate paced the 2240 metres in 2:40.6, a mile rate of 1:55.4 with closing sectionals of 55.9 and 27.3 It was the son of Somebeachsomewhere's 13th win from just 19 starts and took his stake earnings to $501,335 Chris Alford was fulsome in his praise of Menin Gate post- race. "We did plenty of work early but then so did Mark Purdon on Follow The Stars so I thought he would let me go when I went for the front." "Once in front he was really strong in the run and I was confident he would be hard to beat off the back. "My Kiwi Mate may have levelled with us as we straightened. But once I asked him he responded like the champion he is." "He is just a brute of a horse and I honestly think he will be better after a good break," Chris said. Harnesslink Media

The big harness racing weekend at Tabcorp Park Melton got under way tonight with several of the consolations for Sunday's finals being held. Most analysts were surprised that the well performed Lexus On The Beach missed a place in the final in his elimination last week and from barrier one tonight in the consolation he looked very hard to beat. And that was how it turned but not before Lexus On The Beach had been given a thorough examination by his opponents. Away a bit slowly from barrier one for driver Amanda Turnbull, Lexus On The Beach managed to hold the front but was a bit keen early. Keeping up a solid clip in front, Lexus On The Beach looked to be in a bit of trouble down the back straight the last time but grabbed the bit again and showed a bit of grit in the home straight to hold his challengers at bay. Lexus On The Beach paced the 2240 metre in a smart 2:42.8 in the windy conditions, a mile rate of 1:56.9 with closing sectionals of 57.1 and 28.9. Amanda Turnbull was all smiles when talking to Harnesslink post race. " He was a bit slow out of the gate but managed to hold the front." "However he got very keen early but he did came back to me." "Then going down the back the last time he dropped the bit and I had to work on him a bit to get him going again." " In the home straight he really dug in and there was no way they were getting past him," Amanda said The son of Somebeachsomewhere still has a bit to learn as his run showed tonight but looks to have a bright future. Harnesslink Media

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