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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Sombeachsomewhere mare Lyons River Pride held off foes to both sides during a :27 last quarter to lower her mark to 1:50 while winning the $17,500 feature for harness racing distaff pacers during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard hustled the winner of $331,271 to the lead mid-first turn, with Medusa defending the pocket and forcing favorite Divas Image into the 3-hole. Lyons River Pride took the field through fractions of :26.2, :55, and 1:23, with Divas Image pulling to the outside nearing the last-named marker and Medusa joining that pair in the Pocono Pike through the lane. Any of the three battlers seemed to have a chance, but Lyons River Pride proved the best by a neck over Divas Image, with Medusa just another neck back in third. Simon's brother Rene, the meet's leading trainer, conditions the winner for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Simon had four winners on the card, three of them his brother's trainees. A $14,000 co-feature for distaff pacers saw the recent Australian import Imprincessgemma A run her U.S. record to 2-for-3 with an authoritative score in 1:51.3, her North American best. George Napolitano Jr. sent the daughter of Village Jolt to the lead after the quarter, then brought her home in :55.2 - :27.1 for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and the ownership of Joseph Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno Stable, Steve Manzi, and Wish Me Luck Stables. In a $15,000 trot, the Muscle Mass gelding Conman Crown overcame the outermost starting spot to record his second straight victory, here in 1:56.1. Eric Carlson guided the winner as he trotted past pacesetting favorite Trix Are For Kids late to win by a length for trainer Rob Harmon and Pine Hill Stables. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2019 -- In 2017 when Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi LLC was scouting harness racing prospects for Team Burke for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, he came across a handsome Somebeachsomewhere-Vysoke Tatry gelding named RJP. Weaver's group purchased him privately for $200,000 and did start him in the Adios, where he finished a respectable third to Fear The Dragon. He followed that up with a neck loss to Huntsville in the Cane Pace. But soon after a poor performance in the Little Brown Jug, RJP all but disappeared from the harness racing map. Now, thanks to an extraordinarily patient and painstaking rehabilitation, he's won four straight starts and will look to extend that streak in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, an $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. It goes as race 1, with RJP and Mike Wilder leaving from post 2. The card kicks off at 1:05 PM. Weaver indicates that RJP's owners spent more than a year trying to determine what was wrong with him before they sent him to Dr. Keith Brown, a Somerset, PA veterinarian, who diagnosed throat issues and performed surgery. RJP returned for an abbreviated 2018 season in which he was winless in 11 starts. Brown performed a second surgery and, as Weaver recalls, "took on RJP as a personal project." "Dr. Brown thought his breathing problems had become almost a mental thing and that he needed to relearn how to breathe while racing," Weaver says. "He jogged RJP out in the wilderness for eight or nine months, putting a lot of miles on him. To be honest, the owners, including me, wondered if enough was enough and if we shouldn't find a new vocation for him." Even in his July 18 qualifier, RJP -- who campaigns for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jack Piatt II and Purnel&Libby -- was up to his old tricks. "He wasn't sharp and didn't come home well," Weaver says. "Ron made a couple rigging changes, and he's been racing great." He won a low-end conditioned event on July 26 and hasn't lost since. Is he ready for the track's elite pacers, including his stablemate, Windsong Leo, who leaves from post 5? "At this point, nothing would surprise me," Weaver says. "If he wins the Breeders Crown in 2020, it wouldn't surprise me. If he's a riding horse next month, it wouldn't surprise me. He's not your typical horse. You're not able to tell which way he's going." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

YONKERS, N.Y. – San Domino’s United States harness racing debut went according to plan for trainer Andrew Harris. The Australian import started in a $17,500 overnight at Pocono Downs Aug. 17 and with George Napolitano Jr. in the sulky, tracked from fourth until the field reached the backstretch the final time. Napolitano picked up cover nearing the final turn and San Domino hit his best stride. With his driver horizontal in the bike and with a good hold of the lines, San Domino advanced into a 1:21.4 three-quarter split set by Rebellious. Turning into the stretch, Napolitano kicked out the plugs, angled three-wide, and went to a right-handed whip. San Domino pinned his ears back, extended, and glided past the pacesetter to score by a half-length in 1:49.1. “He was pretty impressive,” Harris said. “He got a perfect drive, George ‘Nap’ did an awesome job, got him a second-over trip. You know because it’s Pocono that you’re going to go fast. You can only put so much stock into a fast mile at Pocono on a nice, sunny day, but it was a good mile to see what he had, and he exploded home. “When he tipped him, he really did have a nice turn of foot, so he did everything that he was supposed to do and he looked great doing it and he came out of the race great,” Harris continued. “There wasn’t anything more to dwell on, it was just, OK, now where’s the limit, where’s the bottom on this horse and where are we going to find that?” By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Maple Lanes Strike mare Reggae Miss, San Domino went 14-for-51 in Australia from February 2016 to May 2019. Although he failed to make an impression in nine tries in grouped stakes company, San Domino earned $140,187 Australian and took a mark of 1:52.2 at Melton April 12, 2019. San Domino attracted the attention of Joe Pennacchio and Steve Oldford, who bought the 6-year-old gelding, imported him to the United States, and sent him to Jenn Bongiorno. After one qualifier for that stable July 30, the owners transferred San Domino to Harris and the new conditioner started dreaming. “It was the question of whether or not he was as good as None Bettor, or better,” Harris said. “It was that kind of mentality with him. I don’t know that they can compare them, but he is definitely a very nice horse, that’s for sure.” When he arrived in the barn, San Domino proved to have a big personality. “He goes out in the field with the Kiwi horses, loves his field time. He’s got a little quirk to him, he’s got a little bit of sass to him, but nothing serious,” Harris said. “In the barn, he’s great. His caretaker, Jamie, takes great care of him and loves him and he clearly loves her. He plays around a lot, but he lets you know he’s got a little attitude. He’s not all just friendly. If you get too close, he’ll let you pet him for about five seconds then all the sudden, he lets you know that’s enough.” On the track, San Domino takes his time, but Harris obliges the talented pacer’s laid-back training style. “On the track, it takes an extra 10 minutes to jog him than any other horse in the barn. Very lazy horse, just does everything at his own pace,” Harris said. “We let him get away with that, it keeps him happy. Training, he picks up the bit a little bit. He’s still not super aggressive, but he lets you know he’s got a little bit of a hold of you.” After his sparkling debut at Pocono, Harris brought San Domino to a $30,000 Yonkers overnight August 24. Starting from post three, Jason Bartlett put the gelding on the lead. Although he went gate-to-wire, he won by a neck in 1:52.2 as Rodeo Rock appeared to give San Domino all he could handle in the stretch. However, Harris thinks there is more in the tank. “He was actually a little bit sick and I don’t think his game is front-end. He’s just not used to being on the front-end. Most of his races down under were coming from off the pace,” Harris said. “I had an open bridle on him and Jason said his ears were going back and forth because he was looking at everything. I think it would have been more impressive last week if he wasn’t on the front because he would have been concentrating.” Harris added a hood with eye cups and San Domino responded well to them in training. He will start with the change of equipment in Saturday night’s $46,000 Open Handicap Pace. “It will be different this week because we’re adding a hood with eye cups to him so he can focus a little bit more on what’s in front of him and not what’s beside him,” Harris said. “Jason said even finishing, he wasn’t done at all, he was just looking at everything and he didn’t know what he was doing. It was almost like he was green up front. When you’ve got him on a helmet, he’s got a nice hold at the end and he lets you know he’s ready to explode whenever you want it. On the front was a totally different animal, and I wasn’t expecting that.” San Domino will start from post five in his first local Open try, just outside of Theartofconfusion, who established a new standard at Yonkers last week. The fellow Australian-bred pacer went to the front in race 11 on the Yonkers Trot and Messenger undercard, a $30,000 overnight. With Austin Siegelman in the bike for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, Theartofconfusion streaked through fractions of :26.2, :54.2, and 1:21.3 before kicking away in the stretch to win by 10 lengths in 1:49.3, logging the first sub-1:50 mile in the history of the Hilltop oval. “I think the way the Yonkers track is, it was going to break 1:50 sooner or later. The track is so good right now, I knew that kind of speed would be coming, didn’t know when, but it sure came the other night,” Harris said. “I’m surprised it came in a late race, not in the early races. That horse is a good horse, Gilbert does a fantastic job his with horses. Nothing surprises me with speed at Yonkers. When you shake a loose lead and you can keep carrying your speed. The horse obviously finished up strong. Those type of horses love to do that when they can shake loose.” The six-pack of pacers in the Saturday co-feature also include last week’s Preferred Pace winner Mickey Gee, who will start from the outside for Lance Hudson, last week’s Open runner up I’m Some Graduate, who will start from an assigned post two for George Brennan and Ron Burke, and The Real One, winner of the Open in two of his last five tries. Benhope Rulz completes the lineup. “I hope that we’re not on the front,” Harris said of San Domino. “I don’t ever tell Jason how to drive, but I can’t see Austin taking back. I have to think off that mile, that Austin will be going forward. I think we’ll be off the pace, but who knows once the gate folds. “I definitely think if we manage him properly, he’ll be a Levy horse next year,” Harris said. “He’s going to be a fun horse. We just have to keep him healthy, happy, and sound and he’ll do the rest.” Saturday night’s card also features the weekly $46,000 Open Handicap Trot and the $37,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Scott Zeron kept Brian Brown trainee Fortify towards the front and fired past the late-race leader to take the quickest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for two-year-old harness racing pacing colts on Sunday, Sept. 1 at The Red Mile.   Zeron placed the Sweet Lou colt in the pocket to Golden Sand heading to a :27 first quarter before circling to the front approaching a :54.4 half. Starship, racing fourth, ventured first over moving to the far turn and overtook Fortify nearing three-quarters in 1:22.   Fortify then vacated the pocket at head stretch and dug into Starship before surging three-quarter lengths in front and stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Starship settled for second while Lottery Winner took third.   A homebred for Diamond Creek Farm LLC (owned by Diamond Creek Racing), Fortify won his first race from six starts, earning $28,250. He paid $5.60 to win.   Zeron also steered Brian Brown trainee Moneyman Hill to a 1:50.4 victory to take the other KYSS division for frosh pacing colts.   The Somebeachsomewhere colt raced third as Roll With Jr ripped to the front before a :26.3 first quarter. Pocket-sitter Its Showtime went off stride approaching the backstretch, giving the pocket to Moneyman Hill as the odds-on favorite stalked the pacesetter through a :54.4 half and through three-quarters in 1:24.1. Moneyman Hill slipped from the pocket through the stretch and zipped to a four-and-a-half length victory while Put To Right took second in a 1:50.4 mile. Roll With Jr faded to third.   A homebred for Tom Hill, Moneyman Hill won his second race from six starts, earning $49,730. He paid $3.40 to win.   Baby Your The Best survived a first-half sprint to take the sole KYSS dash for frosh pacing fillies as the 1-9 favorite with a 1:51.3 mile.   The Linda Toscano trainee sparred around the first turn with stablemate Shining Beauty, who parked to a :26.4 first quarter when leaving from post 10. Shining Beauty promptly retreated into the backside while Baby Your The Best maintained her speed while chased by pocket-sitter Gai Waterhouse through a :53.1 half.   Driver David Miller rationed the Captaintreacherous filly's speed rounding the final turn--passing three-quarters in 1:23.1--and turned away a pocket-popping bid from Gai Waterhouse to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths. Blood Red rushed from off the pace to take third.   Winning her second race from five starts this season, Baby Your The Best has accrued $83,720 in earnings for owners Richard and Joanne Young. Steve Stewart, Conquest Acres Lp and Michael Robinson bred the $2.20 winner.   KYSS action resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, Sept. 5 with the third preliminary for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The card starts with a first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Highalator showed sharp early speed to earn a fine pocket trip behind favored Backstreet Shadow, then caught that rival by ¾ of a length to win the $30,000 final preliminary in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for top-level harness racing pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:48.2. Driver Richard Still fully exploited his post two draw to the maximum against Backstreet Shadow, looking for his sixth straight win but starting from the outside post nine, and sped away from the gate, putting Scott Rocks in behind him and releasing Backstreet Shadow only after a 26.1 first quarter. Backstreet Shadow rolled on to the half in :54, and then made the three-quarters in 1:21.1 to keep the first-over bid of Prairie Panther at a safe distance. In early stretch Still pulled Highalator to the outside and wore down the gallant Backstretch Shadow before deep stretch. Scott Rocks, third-in, came up the Pocono Pike to get third, ahead of Prairie Panther. Highalator now has earnings of $537,099 for trainer Jenny Bier, who is co-owner of the son of Somebeachsomewhere with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc. The pacer certainly has winning ways: he's taken 11 of 23 starts in 2019, 32 of 69 lifetime outings, and 14 of his 23 career starts at Pocono. The Racing Office at Pocono is the official arbiter of the Great Northeast Open Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after this last GNOS race divisional prelim revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. Tiger Thompson N; 2. Scott Rocks; 3. None Bettor A; 4. Highalator; 5. Our Max Phactor N; 6. Rodeo Rock; 7. Backstreet Shadow; 8. Havefaithinme N; 9. Prairie Panther. The GNOS will have its three $100,000 Championships during a twilight card on Monday, September 9, a card which will also include all eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships. Atta Boy Dan just keeps rolling along - the ten-year-old altered son of Western Terror Atta Boy Dan won his fourth straight, and ninth of his last ten, in the $20,000 claiming handicap pace. Atta Boy Dan was forced to work very hard for this victory, put into the pocket in a :25.4 opener, moving to the lead but not without a fight to a :53.3 half, and then going to the three-quarters in 1:21.2. In the stretch Rock The Town, who had pressured the winner so much earlier, came in the Pocono Pike but was a half-length shy in the 1:49.3 mile, with first-up Benji's Best another neck back and deep Pikeshooter Pembroke Wildcat just another neck behind. George Napolitano Jr. held the dead-game veteran together for trainer Mike Watson and owner Cliff Grundy, enabling him to top $900,000 in career earnings with his 67th lifetime winners circle picture and his 15th victory of the year, tied for second for North American honors. A new dimension to the Atta Boy Dan story came after the race, where it was announced that he had been claimed for $40,000. That in itself is nothing new - this was the twelfth straight race out of which Atta Boy Dan had been taken for $40,000 (his fourth leaving of Grundy / Watson) - but the people who claimed the horse are Meadows-based, and their trainer has started his last 40 horses at the western PA track; the last one he started at Pocono was claimed away. It will be interesting to see if "Dan" gets a chance to match the 13straight races of changing hands that R Gauwitz Hanover established as the unofficial local record in 2015. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – Trillions Hanover will have a big harness racing crowd rooting for her in Saturday night’s Lady Maud at Yonkers, and not only because she is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $122,224 stakes. Trillions Hanover is owned by VIP Internet Stable and a number of partners who are new to the game own her through the fractional ownership group. “We’ve got several newer partners on her,” said Ed O’Connor, VIP Stable’s founder and Managing Partner. “We ended up getting several folks who are not our normal big hitters and they have been ecstatic with her. She’s been a fun horse all the way around and it’s not often you get a horse that’s first or second six-out-of-seven times as a 2-year-old, races huge as a 3-year-old, puts in a good mile just about every single time. She’s been really, really popular with our partnership group.” In addition to VIP Stable’s fractional owners, principal partners Falcon Racing and Paul Lang co-own the filly. A $20,000 yearling at the 2017 Harrisburg sale for trainer Tom Fanning, Trillions Hanover went 4-for-7 at 2, winning the $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Final at Harrah’s Philadelphia last September. This year at 3, Trillions Hanover has competed in a host of Grand Circuit events, including the Fan Hanover, Lynch, Mistletoe Shalee, and the Shady Daisy. She’s earned $130,968. “It is the absolute best advertising we can possibly have. Seeing a fractional ownership group is involved in these big races really gives credibility to what we’re doing,” O’Connor said. “It shows that we’re able to pick out good horses and put partners in a spot where they can have a lot of fun.  “And we really appreciate when it happens with a horse we bought as a yearling. There’s been several horses who we’ve done really well with, but they’ve been high-dollar purchases, we kind of already knew they were really good,” O’Connor continued. “In situations like that, you’re kind of in a no-win situation; if you do well, you were supposed to do well, if you do bad, you look really bad. This is the opposite. Yearlings, you just never know and when they turn out to do pretty good, it’s just really exciting.” Although Trillions Hanover’s two victories this season came in overnights at the Meadowlands, the Somebeachsomewhere daughter has been competitive on the Grand Circuit. She made the Fan Hanover Final with a third in her elimination at Mohawk June 8 and finished second in the Lynch Consolation at Pocono June 29. However, her biggest performance came on the Hambletonian Day undercard. Off a lifetime best 1:50 win at the Meadowlands July 26, Trillions Hanover started as a 15-1 shot in the Shady Daisy Aug. 3. Starting from the inside, she saved ground as the pace developed and stormed home with a :25.1 final quarter to finish second by a neck to Tall Drink Hanover in a 1:48.0 mile.  “That was super. All year, we knew she was really good, still maturing, has a ton of speed, and seems to have a really good late kick,” O’Connor said. “For whatever reason, we just had never been able to get a really good trip with her. When she was coming off cover, the pace had been slow. One or two times she had been on the front, she went really fast fractions, so we never really had a shot where things were going her way until Hambletonian Day. “She was able to sit in, let a lot of the horses mix it up, up front and she came flying at the end,” O’Connor continued. “I thought she was going to get home and in that kind of time, a 48-mile is huge. Coming home in :25.1, I don’t recall having a horse that’s done that before. It was really exciting, and we were really thrilled with what she did. It’s a good testament to how good she is and how good of a job Tom Fanning has done with her so far.” Trillions Hanover comes into the Lady Maud off two defeats in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes behind star filly Warrawee Ubeaut. Although Trillions Hanover has never raced on a half-mile track, O’Connor said it wasn’t by design and thinks she will handle it well. “I think it’s a coincidence. She’s not a huge horse, so I think she’ll fit in there fine. She’s Pennsylvania sired and she raced a light season last year, so there was really no reason to head over to Yonkers and she’s actually pretty lightly raced this year,” O’Connor said. “This is our first opportunity to head over there and we’re looking at her possibly being a good horse for Yonkers if we end up keeping her next year. That’s just a good spot to make money and if she’s as good on a half-mile track as we think she’s going to be, we think that’s really going to be a good spot for her.” George Brennan will drive Trillions Hanover for the first time in the Lady Maud and the pair will start from post four. Their five rivals include JK American Beauty, who is 3-1 from post one and enters with two wins and another four placings in New York Sire Stakes company this year.  Bestseller Hanover won the Lismore Pace earlier this year for Jason Bartlett and Scott Blacker. She was ninth in the Shady Daisy and won a $17,000 overnight at Pocono last out and is 4-1 from post five. Blue Ivy will start from post two and ships in from Kentucky after off the board finishes in Sire Stakes from tough post positions. Annie Hill and Abuelita Hanover complete the lineup. “It’s kind of an unusual situation. We’ve raced her three times in Sire Stakes and we’ve gotten beat by the best 3-year-old filly in the country and then we got to a more prestigious race like the Lady Maud and we’re pretty significantly down in class,” O’Connor said. “Not that there’s any bad horses in here at all, but there’s no Warrawee Ubeaut in here.  “So, we think it’s a tough race, she’s got to race well, but she’s been racing against the very best 3-year-old fillies in the country in just about every start this year. If she can work herself out a trip, we hope we can come away with a big check at the end,” O’Connor continued. O’Connor hopes to add another Yonkers stakes victory to VIP Stable’s resume. The group co-owned two-time George Morton Levy Series winner Keystone Velocity. “We love racing at Yonkers. We probably race at Yonkers as much as any place,” O’Connor said. “That’s been one of the tracks we’ve looked at as the place we want to go, even back when they were just starting to get the slots there. It’s a prestigious track, this is a prestigious race, and we’re really excited to be in there.” Saturday night’s card also features the $500,000 Messenger Stakes Final, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, and the $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot. The $46,000 Open Handicap Pace supports the stakes-laden 12-race card. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

CHESTER, PA - Driver David Miller swept the three harness racing divisions of the $180,855 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes fourth and final preliminary round for two-year-old pacing colts at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Now he will have to make a choice about whom to drive in the division's Championship here at Philly on Sunday, September 8 - especially since one of his winners is not assured of a spot in the Championship. The fastest of the three winners was a maiden, the Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover colt Papi Rob Hanover, who scored in 1:50.4 to miss the 2009 Philly divisional track record of Rock N Rock Heaven by a fifth while also tying the filly Sweet Ace for fastest freshman of the year on a 5/8-mile track. Papi Rob Hanover had shown steady development to the point that he was bet down to 7-5 second choice behind 6-5 double Sire Stakes winner Cattlewash, and "Papi" fronted the chalk and the rest of the field through fractions of :26.4, :54.4, and 1:23.1. Through the :27.3 final quarter, Cattlewash stayed within two lengths but could not get closer as Papi Rob Hanover, second in a Sire Stakes in his last start, made the breakthrough for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. Miller's other two PaSS winners were middle-range longshots, including 9-1 proposition Seeyou At Thebeach, who lowered his mark to 1:51.2. Miller sent the son of Somebeachsomewhere - Persistent on a wicked brush down the back after fractions of :27 and :54.4 to go right past Adriano Hanover, the heavy favorite off wins in his three previous Sires prelims, just past the 1:22.4 three-quarters, then kept the colt digging to withstand Catch The Fire, a 1:50.4 Lexington winner who had been shuffled behind "Adriano," by ¾ of a length. Seeyou At Thebeach's only other win had been an Arden Downs division on Adios Day. Brian Brown trains the fast freshman for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Chris Page. The other section had most of the field picking its way through two separate far turn traffic jams, with the Western Ideal - Southwind Playa colt Manticore proving the best at 8-1 in 1:53 for his third win in his last four starts. The race was fiercely contested - Cheerio Hill insisted on the lead, putting favored Caliber in behind twice during fractions of :26.2 and :55.2, with Tell Them Lou, who had been parked, finally making his way to the lead at the latter call. Manticore came up grinding down the backstretch on Tell Them Lou, who hit the three-quarters in 1:23.1, and then there were two incidents: Cheerio Hill tired sharply in the pocket, hindering those who had stayed in, while Tell Them Lou bore out late on the turn, carrying Manticore wide. Manticore quickly righted, went to the lead, then held off closing Captain Barbossa by 1¼ lengths for trainer Bruce Saunders and the partnership of M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. The Bureau of Standardbred Racing within the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last Sires race today revealed the following horses with the most points: 1. Adriano Hanover; 2.Cattlewash; 3. Caliber; 4. Catch The Fire; 5. Father Nuno; 6. Tell Them Lou; and 7. (tie) Manticore, Papi Rob Hanover, and Seeyou At Thebeach at 60 points each. Only eight can compete in the Sire Stakes Championship, and the tiebreaker used is money won in the Sire Stakes. That tally showed Nanticoke and Papi Rob Hanover, each with a first and a second, tied at $45,263, with Seeyou At Thebeach, with a first, third, and fourth, sitting at $42,230. Again, the State Commission certifies the official final totals and eligibility; also, perhaps somebody above the tied three horses may not declare in. All four of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for two-year-olds, and their attendant consolation events, will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, September 8. FINISHING LINES - Homicide Hunter, the defending champion in his Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event, trotted a strong 1:53.2 front-end victory in an $18,000 event for driver Miller, who had six wins on the day, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Crawford Farms Racing, and looks ready as his GNOS Championship at Pocono approaches on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, who won the 2019 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids with the second-fastest time in the race's 53-year history, Friday made a triumpht return to The Meadows, easily capturing a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split with another sub-1:50 effort. Crimson And Chrome sprang a 21-1 upset in the other division of the $170,058 event, known as the Tarport Effrat, for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Southwind Ozzi had raced only once since that 1:48 victory in the Adios, enduring a parked-out journey in the Carl Milstein at Northfield. On Friday, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara took matters into his own hands, powering to the front for Brian Sears and never letting the pocket-sitting Captain Victorious get close. He downed that rival by a length in 1:49.1, with Semi Tough third. " He was a little warm after the Adios, so we put earplugs in for Northfield," Sears said of the winner, who is trained by Bill MacKenzie for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice and now boasts $388,764 in career earnings. "But he was a little green with the earplugs, so we decided to go without them tonight. He was really relaxed tonight. He's a big horse, and he likes a big track." Southwind Ozzi has four wins in as many starts this year at The Meadows -- and he'll get a chance for No. 5 in the Sept. 7 PASS championship. On that date, The Meadows will host all four $250,000 PASS championships, and all four $50,000 consolations, for 3-year-olds. Crimson And Chrome hadn't performed in a stake, much less captured one, in his seven most recent starts. But he pounced on a hot pace, brushed widest of all through the lane and scored in a career-best 1:50.3 for Tim Tetrick. Highlandbeachlover rallied for second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Prince Of Tides completed the ticket. Jim King, Jr. conditions the Sweet Lou-McSauna gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $151,707, for Tim Tetrick LLC. "I knew we could win if the race had any pace, and they definitely put the numbers up," Tetrick said. "My horse has been charging hard; he's been waiting for this race. It feels good. I bred him, I own him and it's been cool to see him grow up." $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In Friday's subfeature, He's Packin moved without cover and zipped home in a stake-record 1:50 for Corey Callahan, trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere. Captain Mulzac was 1/2 length back in second, while Latissimus Hanover earned show. "He acts like he's one of those horses that doesn't really get tired," Callahan said of the homebred Western Ideal-Power Pack Hanover gelding. "He's been going big back halves, but he's been too far away to catch them. Today, he was close enough." In the other division, Under Paid secured a good early seat from post 7, then poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off the 21-1 upset. The 1-5 favorite Captain Malicious was second, beaten a neck, with Captainfabulous third. "I kind of played it by how he felt," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "We were four wide into the turn, but he felt good, so I figured I'd race him. He exploded late. He had a lot left." Ron Burke trains the son of A Rocknroll Dance-Upfront Cruzin for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- a $167,277 PASS and a $40,000 PA Stallions Series event. On the wagering front, the program offers a $4,236.22 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), and a $428.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. Alesha Binkley wins Billings Western Final Alesha “The Hoosier Hotshot” Binkley and Body Of Work waited their turn in the pocket, then charged through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday’s $12,000 Western Final of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Binkley stalked the leader, Stephen “You’re Never Too” Oldford (Mego Moss) until the lane and had plenty of trot to blow by, scoring in 1:58.1. Dein “The Dream” Spriggs (Security Guard) was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Bob “The Lumberman” Troyer (Ubanji) and Michelle “The Belle” Ruvola (Tartufo Lindy) finished in a dead heat for show. “”He’s really grabby on the front or in the post parade,” Binkley said. “But once you put him on a helmet, he’s two fingers. He loves a two-hole trip.” Trent Stohler trains the 6-year-old ABC Garland-Battle Axe gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $167,593, for Trent Stohler Stable Inc. Binkley called the win a significant milestone for her. “This means a lot,” she said. “I’ve been working for it all year long. One of my goals was to win it, and it feels good to get it done.” She indicated her next goal would be to capture the ladies’ pace to be conducted at Delaware, Ohio as part of Little Brown Jug Week. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEXINGTON, KY--A pocket trip poised Catch The Fire for a 1:50.4 blowout mile in the fastest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) harness racing divisions for two-year-old pacing colts on Thursday, Aug. 22 over a track rated "good" at The Red Mile.   Driver Mike Wilder placed the John Ackley trainee on the helmet of early leader Fortify heading to a :28.1 first quarter. Wilder then circled the Captaintreacherous colt to the front but yielded as Lottery Winner marched towards the top past a :55.3 half.   Starship tipped first over from fourth approaching three-quarters in 1:24, forcing Catch The Fire to vacate the pocket at headstretch. Catch The Fire then shot past Lottery Winner and opened four-and-a-half lengths on Starship giving pursuit from second while Fortify held third.   Winning his third race from six starts, Catch The Fire has earned $67,022 for owner CT Stables LLC. He paid $11.00 to win.   Moneyman Hill stalked from the pocket and inherited the front from a rough pacesetter to win the first division of KYSS in 1:51.2.   Driver Scott Zeron sent Moneyman Hill towards the front but yielded for the pocket as Its Showtime brushed to control heading to a :28 opening quarter and accelerated towards a :55.1 half.   However the pacesetter veered wide rounding the final turn, giving Moneyman Hill the lead approaching three-quarters in 1:23.1. The Somebeachsomewhere colt maintained command through the stretch while chased by Sea Of Life, pulling from the pocket for second. Roll With Jr, angling first over from fourth at the top of the stretch, took third.   A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Moneyman Hill won his first race from five starts, earning $34,730. Brian Brown conditions the Tom Hill homebred who paid $9.00 to win.   Sent the 2-5 favorite, Baby Your The Best swept to the front moving towards the final turn and cruised clear to a 1:52.2 victory in the first of two KYSS splits for two-year-old pacing fillies.   Ellagator took control heading to the first turn while Blood Red ground first over towards the top nearing a :28.4 opening quarter. Blood Red cleared to the cones and led briefly before driver David Miller angled Baby Your The Best from third to the top heading to a :56.4 half.   The Captaintreacherous filly continued to control the pace while pressured slightly by Sail By, stalled wide of the leader at the third station in 1:25.3. Sail By gave way through the stretch as Baby Your The Best kicked clear of her competition, with Blood Red finishing second and Ellagator third.   Owned by Richard and Joanne Young, Baby Your The Best won her first race from four starts, earning $68,720. The Linda Toscano trainee returned $2.80 to win.   Firefly pulled to the front past the quarter and went a slow clip when holding off a backfield blitz in a 1:54 mile to take the other KYSS filly division.   Pristine Beauty pushed for the front while Firefly floated for position from the pylon post rounding the first turn. Driver Andrew McCarthy then angled Firefly for the lead heading to a :29.2 opening quarter and led the field to a :57.2 half.   Wayside, racing third, edged first over moving into the final turn. Even-money favorite Gai Waterhouse tracked cover from second over while Shining Beauty raced third over in a flow nearing the pacesetter heading to three-quarters in 1:26.1.   Wayside retreated through the stretch while Gai Waterhouse and Shining Beauty fanned off cover and chased the drifting leader from the center of the track. However Firefly held on in the final-quarter sprint to win with Gai Waterhouse second and Shining Beauty third.   Returning $29.20 to win, Firefly won her second race from eight starts this season, earning $29,000. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions the Somebeachsomewhere filly for owners Charles and Julie Nash.   Kentucky Sires Stakes action resumes at The Red Mile on Saturday, Aug. 24 with two $30,000 divisions each for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The card will start at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

CHESTER, PA - The Captaintreacherous - Tulu Hanover freshman pacing filly Lyons Sentinel became the only three-time winner in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminary competition on Thursday at Harrah's Philadelphia, where she triumphed in 1:51.1. Now with three victories and three seconds (by a neck, a head, and a nose) in six starts, Lyons Sentinel has spent much of her racing career against the pylons until past the ¾, but here she got away fourth as Rocknificent (the 4-5 favorite off two previous SS wins), Shouldabeenatd and Primrose established themselves 1-2-3 past a 27.2 quarter, leaving the even-money second choice Lyons Sentinel in fourth and forced to move first-over at the :56.3 half. But David Miller was able to get the talented baby in high gear very quickly, and she had reached the leader by the 1:23.4 three-quarters, then slowly put away her rival. Annabelle Hanover, who had done well to follow the winner's cover, proved to be the major danger in the lane, but she had to settle for second, 1 1/4 lengths back, with Rocknificent another ¾ of a length back behind Lyons Sentinel, who came her own last half in :53.3 raw. Lyons Sentinel emerged as the leading pointwinner in the division's prelims (she had been tied for first with Rocknificent with two wins and a second, with each defeating the other in a photo), but now she goes, at least temporarily, to the top of the class as the group prepares for its PA Sire Stakes Championship here at Philly on Sunday, September 8. The classy winner is trained by Jim King Jr. for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. The Somebeachsomewhere - Fashion Ecstasy filly Beyond Ecstasy put herself squarely into the divisional picture with a new mark of 1:51.2 while winning her second PaSS event in the other division (both were worth $91,521). Beyond Ecstasy went frontward to gain the top by the :27 quarter, then yielded to the favored JK First Lady (Western Ideal out of the Horse of the Year JK She'salady) midway from the quarter to the :55.2 half. Beyond Ecstasy and driver Andrew McCarthy sat patiently in the pocket as Sweet Ace grinded up to third but no closer, pulled for the stretch drive, and outfooted her pacesetting rival by 1½ lengths, with Sweet Ace third. Beyond Ecstasy now has three wins and a second in five starts; she suffered interference in her other outing. The full sister to Filibuster Hanover is trained by Jim Campbell for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and the Four Friends Racing Stable LLC. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last PaSS race revealed the following eight horses with the most points: 1. Lyons Sentinel; 2. Rocknificent; 3. Beyond Ecstasy; 4. Sweet Ace; 5. Baby Your The Best; 6. Shouldabeenatd; 7. JK First Lady; 8. More Than Kute. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, whose eye-popping 1:48 victory in this year's Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids was the second fastest in the 53-year history of the race, will return to the scene of his greatest triumph for Friday's $170,058 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, goes as races 2 and 4, with 'Ozzi' leaving from post 7, race 4, with Brian Sears in the sulky. First post for the special twilight card is 5:30 PM. Trainer Bill MacKenzie has been picking his spots carefully for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Solara, who's owned by Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice. In fact, since the Adios, he's raced only once, a misadventure in the $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield Park. 'Ozzi' was parked the mile from post 7 but managed a fifth-place check. "It was an awful trip," MacKenzie says. "They went the half in 57; you see $3,000 claimers doing that. It was crazy. He had no chance." Nevertheless, it was the colt's first test on a half-mile track, and MacKenzie used it to gauge how he might fare in the Little Brown Jug, which is raced on the half-mile oval at Delaware, Ohio. If the Milstein was a Jug audition, 'Ozzi' aced it. "He got around the track good, and he came out of it good," MacKenzie says. "So we are planning for the Jug. Who knows where we're going after that." Friday's PASS will be an Adios reunion of sorts, as 10 of the 14 scheduled combatants raced in the Pace for the Orchids. One alum who's likely to acquit himself better is Captain Victorious, who captured an Adios elimination but blew up inexplicably in the final, retreating to last after leading at the quarter. Trainer Ron Burke said he gave the son of Captaintreacherous-Belclare a complete work-up and found nothing that might explain the dismal performance. But Captain Victorious rebounded in the Milstein with a strong place finish and figures to be a formidable foe for 'Ozzi." He goes from post 3, race 4, for Yannick Gingras. Friday's card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is sponsoring "First Responders Night' to honor the region's first responders and provide them and their families with an entertaining night at the races. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID may receive free wagering vouchers and race programs while those whose names are drawn in a lottery will participate in a match race. Family Fun activities include a bounce house, a balloon artist and face painting. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - All three divisions of the $180,855 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono saw their winners take lifetime bests of 1:52 over off going, with Adriano Hanover perfect after three PaSS events and driver Matt Kakaley engineering upsets in the other two divisions. The Western Ideal - A and G'sconfusion colt Adriano Hanover had little trouble in winning his division as the heavy favorite, moving after the :27.2 quarter, making the lead well before the :56 half, and then passing the three-quarters in 1:24.1 before dashing home to post a 2½ length victory over Manticore. Adriano Hanover is now undefeated in five purse starts, with an Arden Downs division added to his three Sire Stakes wins, for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who in the afternoon connected with #1-ranked Shartin N in a Tioga stake, and the ownership of Jo Ann-Looey King and Joseph Palermo III. Cattlewash also entered his Sires section undefeated in two divisional races, but after moving out before the :27.1 quarter to soon grab the lead and post middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.3, he faced the Charge Of The Light Brigade coming at him in the stretch. Moving fastest of all late was the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell gelding Tell Them Lou, who had been passed by Cattlewash after making the top, then came out in the lane and posted a half-length victory while paying $90.60. Papi Rob Hanover came up the Pocono Pike for second; Seeyou At Thebeach closed for third; and Cattlewash had to settle for fourth, though beaten only 1½ lengths. Jim Campbell trains the two-time winner for the ownership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. Tell Them Lou, with his 1:52 winning time, also earned the distinction of becoming his division's North American season's leader. Trainer Ron Burke, who also had stakes wins at Hippodrome 3R and The Red Mile on Sunday, sent out the 1-2 finishers in the other Sires division, as Mac's Big Boy defeated favored Caliber, a previous PaSS winner, by a half-length. The victorious Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle's Jackpot colt made a big backstretch move for Kalaley on leader Western Vacation after that one had cut front numbers of :26.2 and :56.4, had the lead by the 1:24 three-quarters, then withstood Caliber to the wire. The winner had previously achieved a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory at Pocono for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Wingfield Five LLC. Matt Kakaley also won twice in divisional Stallion Series competition, both for trainer Ray Schnittker, with whom he had teamed earlier in the day to win a Tioga stake with Hickfromfrenchlick. The 1:52 win of the Captaintreacherous - Lets Groove Tonite colt Captain Groovy gave him three Stallion Series wins and equaled his mark, but it was also the hardest-fought contest. Captain Groovy sat the pocket behind Sandbetweenmytoes, then had to have a strong rally to catch the pacesetter by a head - although their closest rival was thirteen lengths in their arrears. Trainer Schnittker co-owns the undefeated colt, also a winner in the PA All-Stars, with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. The Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles took his second straight Stallion Series outing, moving to the lead early then coming home in :55.3 - :27.2 to be two lengths to the good of Dracarys Z in 1:54. Schnittker also co-owns this winner with Dr. John Egloff, Max J. Hempt, and Steven Arnold. The easiest winner in all of the night's stakes was the Captaintreacherous - Western Silk colt Cheerio Hill, 7 1/2 lengths ahead at the finish while posting a time of 1:53.2 clocking for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Chris Oakes, and the ownership of Tom Hill, Northfork Racing Stable, and Billy Joe Timmins. After losing his first three races, Cheerio Hill has now won his last three - by a combined margin of 18¼ lengths. The only non-favorite to win in the StS contests was the Somebeachsomewhere - Temptation Hanover colt Patriot Nation, who came uncovered into a :56.3 half and still overhauled Lyons Music, who had gained the stretch lead in the Pocono Pike, winning by ¾ of a length while breaking his maiden in 1:53.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Michael Goldberg Racing LLC and A Harris Racing LLC. These pacing colts now move on to Harrah's for their final preliminary action next week; the top horses in the Stallion Series pointstandings will race in their Championships at Pocono on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Wins have been hard to come by, but that hasn't diminished This Is The Plan's performances in the eyes of his owners. After all, if not for history's co-fastest horse Lather Up and defending Horse of the Year McWicked, the 4-year-old gelding would have plenty more to show for his efforts. This Is The Plan has won one of 12 races this year, with his triumph coming in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 29. Since then, he has been runner-up to Lather Up three times (Graduate championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial) and McWicked once (Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial). Overall, This Is The Plan has six second-place finishes in his past seven starts. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding will try to get back to the winner's circle Sunday (Aug. 18) in the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec. There is no Lather Up, but plenty of competition, including O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight and Confederation Cup champ Done Well. This Is The Plan will start from post four with driver Dan Dube at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. He is 5-2 on the morning line, part of the favored entry with stablemate Done Well. "We can't complain, he's been super," said Mark Weaver, who is a member of This Is The Plan's ownership group. "Ronnie has thought all along he would be a good fit for us just because he is so handy. He's been able to leave (the starting gate) and put himself in a good position. Unfortunately, when Lather Up comes moving to the front there's not much you can do except try to hold on for second. That's what he's been able to do, which is fine." This Is The Plan has won eight of 45 career races and earned $1.19 million. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade last September and paid immediate dividends with wins in the Matron Stakes (in a dead heat) and Progress Pace. He also finished third in the Breeders Crown. This season, he is No. 2 in purses among older male pacers, with $551,618. Only Lather Up is richer, with $677,448. "Nowadays, especially for the 4-year-olds, so much money is on the smaller tracks," said Weaver, who shares ownership of This Is The Plan with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "We try to acquire horses that we think can get around the turns. He can leave and get around smaller tracks so well. That was one of the reasons we were interested in him last year." Done Well joined the Burke stable at the same time as This Is The Plan. He began this season well, with a second in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series and wins in his Confederation Cup elimination and the final. He was found to be sick following a fourth-place finish in the Camluck Classic and has been off the board in his past six starts. During that stretch, he has started from post eight twice, post nine twice and post 11 once. For his career, Done Well has won nine of 32 races and $533,245. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Wingfield Brothers. Done Well will start the Prix d'Ete from post three with driver Bob McClure. "To start the year, Done Well was super and This Is The Plan was drawing bad and having bad racing luck," Weaver said. "Now the last month and a half, it's kind of flip-flopped. (Done Well) has been racing against the best and has gone through a couple little ups and downs. But he's certainly a factor. "We like our horses, we like our posts, we like our drivers, so we'll take our chances from there." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Eric Goodell-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The post positions were drawn for Sunday's $200,000C sixth revival of the prestigious harness race, the Prix D'Ete Pace, at the Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is only for four-year-old pacers. Jimmy Freight is the richest career earner of the four-year-olds in the Prix d'Ete with $1,248,386C bankrolled and he drew post six. The son of Sportswriter, owned by Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON and trained in Canada by Richard Moreau (Andrew Harris in the USA), has only one win this season, but it was a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 winning a $100,000C Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Cup at Mohawk Park. He has been racing most of the season against the best older horses in the nation, including Lather Up and McWicked. He has four second place finishes. While racing against the best Free-For-All pacers in North America this season, This Is The Plan can boast finishing second to the best of them. He drew post four and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube. In five of his last six starts, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been second in the Sam McKee, The Gerrity, The William Haughton and the Graduate. And the prior start before the Graduate, This Is The Plan won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final, beating McWicked and Western Fame. This has been his lone win this year for trainer Ron Burke, and it was in a lifetime best clocking of 1:48.2 for the career winner of $1,205,410C. This Is The Plan will race as part of an entry from the Ron Burke Stable with the Well Said gelding, Done Well, a $620,391C career winner. Done Well starts from post three for driver Bob McClure and has also been racing in the top class this year. Earlier this season he won the 41st annual Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Also starring in the field is the Astronomical stallion, Casimir Richie P, for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON. Casimir Richie P comes to H3R on a three-race winning streak in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Park. The razor-sharp Casimir Richie P has won four of his last five starts driving him will be Quebec's own Sylvain Filion. He will need to be sharp on Sunday, having drawn the far outside post eight. Another entry, this one from the Chris Oakes Stable, features tough pacers Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. Hitman Hill makes his debut at H3R shipping in on a two-race win streak and has won three of his last four starts. The American Ideal gelding sports six wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:49 at Pocono Downs. He drew post 1 and will be driven by Eric Goodell, who makes his driving debut at H3R. Stablemate Turbo Hill, also sired by American Ideal, has been racing mainly at Yonkers Raceway's half mile over and has amazing 11 wins for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes son. He has been second in three of his last four starts in the 4-year-old Open and has a record this year of 1:49.4. He drew post position 7 for driver Hunter Oaks, who is also making his debut at H3R. The Downtown Bus has five wins this year for trainer Jeff Gillis, who also co-owns the gelded son of Mach Three. He has been first, second and third in his last three starts at Yonkers and has a record of 1:48 this year, making him the fastest competitor in the field. He drew post five. Pretty Handsome ships in from Georgian Downs where the Mach Three gelding has eight wins and has been first or second the last six starts in the Preferred Pace. He will be driven by Trevor Richie for trainer Andrew McCabe. Pretty Handsome drew post two. He has a record this year of 1:51.1 at Georgian Downs and shows he can win from on or off the pace. $200,000 Prix d'Ete 4YO Pace (post postions listed, not head numbers) 1. Hitman Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell 2. Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Ritchie 3. Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure 4.This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube 5. The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - TBA 6. Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy 7. Turbo Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes 8. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion With a forecast of sunny skies and 80 degrees, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 co-held by past Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015), will be in jeopardy with this stellar field. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on the 12-race program Sunday and estimated post time is 4:25 pm. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm Track Notes: Friday's ten-race program at H3R features the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and the second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Top performers include Cesar Duharas (race 2) and Kenogami Coco (race 3). First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The field of seven assembled for Saturday's $30,000 fast-class pacing event in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is one of the "winningest" collections of seasoned veterans, with a 43% success rate this year and 38% lifetime, and three of the most frequent visitors to Victory Lane are the favorites. Tabbed as the 5-2 morning line favorite from post four is None Bettor A (9 wins in 12 starts this year, 25-for-70 lifetime), with new trainer Andrew Harris selecting the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., to handle the Bettor's Delight gelding. None Bettor A had won nine straight races, including a GNOS event, before finishing third behind last season's Horse of the Year McWicked in the Gerrity Pace at Saratoga in his last start; he draws inside his two main rivals here, but he also has not raced since that July 20 mile at Saratoga. Starting just to his right is Highalator (10-for-21 this year, 31-for-67 lifetime), with Jenny Bier using regular driver Richard Still behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Winner of the Franklin Consolation, the Van Rose Pace, and a leg of the GNOS at The Downs already this year, Highalator is a known lover of the brick-red Pocono surface, as his 13-for-21 lifetime record here attests to; he's rated at 3-1 in the morning line. Drawing the outside post seven is the Shadow Play gelding Backstreet Shadow (8-for-17 this year, 15-for-34 lifetime) for trainer Ron Burke and driver Pat Berry, and his 7-2 early evaluation likely would have been better with a better post position draw. Backstreet Shadow has won his last three races in impressive fashion, staring with a 1:47.4 victory at The Meadowlands, then a 1:48.4 win on Adios Day at The Meadows, and then back to the Jersey miler where on Hambletonian Day he lowered his mark to 1:47.3, with a last quarter of :25.4. Another longtime Pocono favorite, Scott Rocks (post two, trainer Hunter Oakes, driver Fern Paquet Jr.), would break the $1,000,000 lifetime earnings mark with a first or a second here - appropriate for a horse who has paced in 1:50 or faster at Pocono for six straight years. Slick Tony, Havefaithinme N, and Beach Boogie are the early mutuel outsiders, but all have shown they can be very competitive with some racing fortune. The top pointearners in GNOS preliminaries earn their way into Monday, September 9's $100,000 GNOS divisional Championships at Pocono, to be held at the distance of 1¼ miles. This Great Northeast Series event starts a big racing week at Pocono, with Pennsylvania-sired two-year-olds in stakes action the following two cards: the pacing colts on Sunday and the trotting fillies on Sunday. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia racetracks

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2019 -- Adriano Hanover stretched his career unbeaten streak to four with a hard-earned victory in Saturday's $180,082 Tyler B, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed to win the other divisions with Cattlewash and Caliber. Adriano Hanover and Tim Tetrick made a delayed bid for the lead, reaching the point at the quarter in 27.2. When Tetrick gave him a 29.1 second-panel breather, the son of Western Ideal-A And G'sconfusion was able to thwart the first-over charge of Tell Them Lou and score in a career-fastest 1:52.2. Catch The Fire was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Hey Run Me Over third. "I was just seeing how things were playing out," Tetrick said. "I didn't want to get away sixth or seventh and have to move forward. That colt came pretty hard at him, but we weren't going really fast. I kind of had my colt asleep, but he woke right up. It was the first time I've pulled the plugs on him, and he paced all the way to the wire." Jim King, Jr. trains Adriano Hanover, a $60,000 yearling acquisition who was named for prominent horseman Adriano Sorella. The colt now has won three stakes -- all at The Meadows -- for Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. When Cattlewash was caught late in an Adios Day Arden Downs split at The Meadows, Gingras speculated that he had waited for horses while on top. The youngster wasn't lonely up front in the Tyler B, as he grabbed the lead early and widened late to prevail in 1:52.1, matching his career best. All Hands On Deck was second at 61-1, beaten 2-1/2 lengths lengths, while Father Nuno completed the ticket. "I screamed at him a little just to get his attention after last week," Gingras said. "I made sure he was occupied today, and he really paced home good." William Donovan campaigns the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Speaking of career unbeaten streaks, Captain Groovy boasts one of his own, capturing his third straight in Saturday's subfeature. Cheerio Hill and Lake Charles won the other splits. Matt Kakaley and trainer Ray Schnittker combined for a stake double with Captain Groovy and Lake Charles. Hammered down to 1-9, Captain Groovy made it look easy, quarter-poling to the lead and drawing off to defeat Somebodyitreasure by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Dracarys Z earned show. Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor and Mary Kinsey Arnold own Captain Groovy, a son of Captaintreacherous-Lets Groove Tonite. Cheerio Hill also was much the best, overcoming post 8 with an effortless front-end score in 1:53 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Tom Hill, Northfork Racing Stable and Billy Joe Timmins. Paddy All Day was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Deal The Cards third. "He was a little bit green with the gate," Palone said of the son of Captaintreacherous-Western Silk. "Once he got out of there and made the lead, he was more than willing. When a horse challenged him, he picked me back up like you want them to at this age. He's got it figured out; he's got some fight to him." It was one of five wins for Palone on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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