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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Gia's Surreal is quickly becoming the dominate damsel at Buffalo Raceway as she collected her second straight win in the $11,500 Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares with a solid half length victory over Hey Kobe is 1:54.2 on Wednesday night (July 1).   Just making her third start of her 4-year-old campaign, the favored Gia's Surreal ($4.60) had little problem rallying to get the victory.   Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) set the splits with times of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:25.2. Midway down the backstretch the final time, Gia's Surreal was stuck behind dull cover and had to tip three wide with a panel to go.   In the stretch, Gia's Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) was just too powerful for Hey Kobe (Drew Monti) and Lady London who had to settle for second and third respectively.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Ed Peron, Tom Mariano and Lee Winters, the victory moved Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene) seasonal earnings to $12,380 and $163,940 in her career.   The heavily-favored Victoria Swan ($2.90) played 'catch me if you can' in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicapped Trot and no one was up to the task.   Scoring from the rail, Victoria Swan had little trouble in turning back Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a half length in 1:58.4. Call My Broker (Dan Yetman) took the show spot.   After relinquishing the lead early on to Empire Earl N, Victoria Swan used a big backside brush to take command and never looked back. A :58.1 last half was enough to dash the hopes of the remaining six participants.   Co-owned by RBH Ventures Inc. and Spagnola Racing LLC, it was the third triumph in 10 tries for Victoria Swan (Swan For All-Victoria Sahbra). Trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 5-year-old mare now has $16,854 in winnings in 2020 and $113,854 lifetime.   Monti and Fisher Jr. finished the evening with triples while Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. all doubled. Rich Mays, Darrin Monti and Gerry Sarama each conditioned two winners.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest, news, race replays, entries and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Compelling and harness racing driver Verlin Yoder takes the $8,000 Open Handicap Trot at Tioga Downs on Monday (June 15). BJ Lorado (Jim Meittinnis) went straight to the front followed by Beguin Dugoutier F (Fern Paquet Jr.). BJ Lorado controlled all the early fractions (:28.0, :56.4, 1:25.0). Compelling ($2.20), who is owned and trained by Yoder, sat back in third as they entered the final turn. She came first over as they made the turn for home. Beguin Dugoutier F squeezed in-between horses and they were three across the track in mid-stretch. Compelling was too strong and finished first in 1:53.4. Beguin Dugoutier F came through to get second. BJ Lorado had to settle for third. Compelling is a 6-year-old mare by Swan For All. It was her second win this season and 15th career victory. Wally Hennessey drove three winners and Jim McDonald trained three victories on the day. They combined for wins with Caviart Reagan ($4.00), and You Said It ($7.90). Hennessey also finished first with A Fool For Mark ($18.40). McDonald's other win came with Boinganator ($4.40). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 21) with a post time of 4 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 18, 2020-- Harness racing favorite Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.30) was left to his own devices Saturday night (Jan 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. From assigned post position No. 5, Swansea found himself as the only leaver. With no issues, he worked around pole-sitting Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :58.4 intermission before sharp interloper Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. The invader was quite good this night, but Swansea had too many things (cheap lead, comfy teletimer) working to his advantage. After a 1:27.2 three-quarters, he had two lengths in and out of the final turn. Swansea closed the sale, handily widening to 3½ lengths in 1:56.3. Now's the Moment served notice holding second, with Yes (Brent Holland), Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change after never factoring. Mostinterestingman backpedaled to sixth.   For Swansea, a now-5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts (career 21-for-47). The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $78.50. Special Saturday props to season-debuting Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $8.70), wiring his foes in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (1:54). Also, the venerable 11-year-old gelding Melady's Monet (Brennan, $3) made it 62-for-203 with his 1:55.2 win in the $27,000, second-race trot. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - It's not often a harness racing track record is obliterated on a December night when the temperature is hovering around the 32-degree freezing mark. But that is exactly what happened on Thursday (Dec. 19) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway when Whata Swan, the only three-year-old in the race, found another gear in the stretch and swept to a 1:53.2 score.   The old standard for sophomore colt trotters at Dayton was 1:54.1 taken in September by Lane Of Stone.   John DeLong drove the new track standard bearer, who had also won an Open at Dayton four weeks ago in his first trip over the track.   Taking advantage of his rail post position draw, DeLong was able to get away third behind quick gate leavers Walter White (Jeremy Smith) and Signal Hill (Shawn Barker II). Following a :27.3 initial panel, however, Whata Swan was out and moving first-over on the outside before the :57 half. A quick third quarter (:27.3) kept DeLong and his charge on the limb around the final bend, but the pair dug down deep in mid-stretch to tally the impressive victory over the aforementioned frontrunners, who held for second and third.   Whata Swan is a black son of Swan For All and now sports eight wins in 2019 and $134,909 in seasonal earnings. Lightly raced at two, the colt notched just two wins in nine starts and earned $22,418.   Owned by John Barnard of Miami, Florida, Whata Swan is trained by Luis Quevedo who visited the Dayton win circle for the first time in his 15th try.   Hollywood Dayton has just six cards left in its 78-day meet. Races will be presented Friday (Dec. 20) and Saturday (Dec. 21) at 6:15 p.m., Monday (Dec. 23) at 2:15, and close out the season with night programs on Thursday (Dec. 26), Friday (Dec. 27) and Saturday (Dec. 28).   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

Hannelore Hanover enjoyed many big moments in many of harness racing's biggest races during her illustrious career, but when co-owner Frank Baldachino looked back on the trotting mare's accomplishments, it was her performance in an open handicap at The Meadowlands in July 2016 that came to the forefront. Late on a Friday night, the then 4-year-old Hannelore Hanover faced older male rivals with Grand Circuit credentials for the first time since leaving her home state of Indiana. She went off stride just after completing the first quarter of the race but rallied down the stretch with a :26.1 final quarter to beat returning Dan Patch Award-winner JL Cruze by a half-length in a track-record-equaling 1:51.1. "That just stands out as a great race to me," Baldachino said Saturday night (Nov. 23) during Hannelore Hanover's retirement ceremony at The Meadowlands following a third-place finish in the TVG Mare Trot. "It doesn't get a lot of accolades, but it was a super mile. That's when I knew she really, really arrived." That arrival in 2016 foreshadowed more great moments to come. She ended 2016 with 17 wins in 20 races and took home the Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter. A year later, Hannelore Hanover became the fastest female trotter in history with a 1:49.2 win at Lexington's Red Mile, beat the boys in both the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Maple Leaf Trot, and became the first trotting mare since Moni Maker in 1999 to be named U.S. Horse of the Year. The 7-year-old Hannelore Hanover, by Swan For All out of High Sobriety, was trained by Ron Burke and finished her career with 46 wins in 87 starts and $3.06 million in purses. She was owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. In addition to her Breeders Crown Open and Maple Leaf Trot victories, she won a Breeders Crown Mare Trot, a record three Armbro Flight finals, two TVG Mare Trot championships, the Hambletonian Maturity, Centaur Trotting Classic, Fresh Yankee, Cutler Memorial, Muscle Hill, Allerage Open Trot, and Miami Valley Distaff. She was an Indiana Sire Stakes champ at age 3. "She's a tremendous horse," regular driver Yannick Gingras said. "She's one of the best ones I've ever driven; she's definitely right there at the top. What I really liked about her is that every time you went on the track you knew what you were going to get. You got behind her and you knew she was going to give you 110 percent. Most nights, 110 percent was enough." Gingras pointed to the 2017 Maple Leaf Trot win as his favorite. "I had never won the Maple Leaf Trot before, and the year before we got beat right on the wire," Gingras said. "I thought maybe we could have won it that year and (it was great) to come back the following year and win it. It was a dominant year for her. If I had to pick one race, it would definitely be my favorite." Hannelore Hanover's 1:49.2 win in the 2017 Allerage Open Trot was not far from the top, either. "That's right up there too," Gingras said. "She had so many great performances, it's hard to pinpoint one or two or three. She's been a pleasure all throughout." Added Baldachino about her 1:49.2 mile, "She was the first mare to ever go under 1:50 and they can never take that away from her. That's pretty special." Hannelore Hanover, named in honor of top female amateur driver Hannelore Würzinger of Germany, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and will return there to begin her broodmare career. She will be bred to Greenshoe in 2020. "We have a great business relationship with Hanover Shoe Farms, and it was just the right fit for her to go back home and start her broodmare career," Baldachino said. "Hopefully it's real successful. We all can't wait to see the first one on the ground." Gingras said he would like the chance to drive Hannelore Hanover's first foal by Greenshoe. "I'd put my name in the hat," he said with a laugh. "Hopefully my name would come out first." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

DAYTON, OH. - The Open Trot at the 2019 Hollywood Dayton meet has produced a host of different harness racing winners and in keeping with the trend the weekly $17,500 feature produced another new winner's circle visitor on Thursday night (Nov. 21). Whata Swan (John DeLong), a sophomore son of Swan For All, added his name to the lengthening list by beating Lindy's Big Bang (Brandon Bates) and Sweet Mr Pinetucky in 1:54.2 as the lukewarm favorite. The Katricia Adams trainee got away fourth for DeLong, moved up to third on the outside at the half, overtook frontrunner Tugboat Tuffy (Josh Sutton) at the three quarters, then held off a quartet of closers in the stretch. It was the seventh win in 24 tries for Whata Swan and increased his seasonal earnings to $124,059. The 1:54.2 clocking was just two-fifths of a second off his lifetime best which was taken in stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park this summer. John Barnard of Miami, Florida owns the classy colt who earned $22,418 as a two-year-old before bursting onto the Indiana stakes scene this year. What Swan paid $6.40 to win; coupled with 10-1 shot Lindy's Big Bang the $2 exacta returned $34.80. Racing resumes Friday night at Hollywood Dayton including a $6000 guaranteed pool in the seventh race 20-cent Hi-5. First race post time is 6:05 p.m. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 16, 2019--Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $19.20) and Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) proved to be the best Saturday night (Nov. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $42,000 Open Handicaps. Swansea rolled from second-over in the week's marquee harness racing trot, picking off a stubborn Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). From post position No. 5, he prevailed by a length in 1:55.1. Will Take Charge won the scrum for the lead, an early battle which included Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) jumping it off and 13-10 favorite Tight Lines (Bartlett) getting stuffed back into a three-hole after he tried quarter-moving. It was Will Take Charge laying down the law (:27.4, :57) before Pat Matters (Eric Goodell) took out of fourth. That one gave way grudgingly after a 1:25.4 three-quarters as the leader opened to a length-and-a-half entering the lane. Swansea then closed widest and fastest, edging away late. Will Take Charge held second over a closing Melady's Monet (George Brennan), with longshots Stormy Kromer (Brent Holland) and Arabella's Cadet (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the remainder. Tight Lines tired to seventh. For fifth choice Swansea, a 4-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Dana Parham & Triples D Stables and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his 13th win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $195, the triple returned $1,332 and the superfecta paid $6,729. After pacing over and through adult-table rivals in his North American purse bow, Jack's Legend N--from post No. 5--was pocketed to Hoosierland invader Saying Grace N (Holland) . That locally-debut lad threw the gauntlet (:27.1, :55.4, 1:24.2) as the pair separated themselves from the rest of the gang. Jack's Legend N pulled early against his foe, who would not cooperate. The pursuer eventually did go by, the final margin a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Saying Grace N was more than four lengths in front of Runrunjimmydunn N (Stratton), with The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Western Joe (Goodell) along for the rest. For Jack's Legend N, a 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca, Barbara & James Boese, it was his fifth win in nine '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.80, the triple returned $39.20 and the superfecta paid $256.50. Special Saturday props to the soon-to-be-retiring Bit of a Legend N (Stratton, $3.30), who won the $20,000, ninth-race pace going away (1:54.3) for a 53rd career victory by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Gold Orchid N had to work until the three-eighths before getting the lead from the outside post eight, but she stayed strong on the lead and posted a 1:53 victory in the $18,000 featured harness racing pace on a chilly Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The winner of $226,285, including six figures both last year and this, had a host of leavers inside her but remained fixed on controlling the pace, being limbed well past the :27.2 opener, then making the top and getting a bit of a breather to the 1:24.2 three-quarters. No one could get near the frontstepping mare in the lane as she finished 2¾ lengths ahead of pocketsitting Clarebear for the "New Zealand Trifecta" - herself, trainer Mark Harder, and driver of Dexter Dunn. Bamq LLC saw their sole horse post her third win in her last five starts. There were a pair of $16,000 features, one for pacing distaffs on the "Filly And Mare Friday" Philly card, and one for trotters. In the pace for females, Midwest shipper Passionate Deo impressed in her return to Pennsylvania, making a quarter-move for driver George Napolitano Jr. and going on to an easy victory in 1:54.4. The Captaintreacherous sophomore has been no worse than third in three months, with three victories in that period. Dan Maier is handling the local care of the winner for owner Ameer Najor. In the trot co-feature, Always A Dream made a pace-controlling move in front of the grandstand and was able to retain the lead to the wire in 1:57.1. An altered son of Swan For All, Always A Dream warded off a strong rally by SVF Cash Deposit to finish a half-length to the good for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Scott Di Domenico, and the partnership of Foulk Stables Inc. and Triple D Stables Inc. Tetrick led the day's driving ranks with four wins. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

LeWayne Miller knows Grand Swan is good. He is still trying to figure out just how good. Grand Swan brings a four-race win streak to Friday's $120,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The filly has won 10 of 13 races overall this season, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Pegasus and Circle City stakes. For her career, she has 18 victories in 25 starts and has finished worse than second only twice. She has earned $575,900 and is owned by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. "She's done very well for us," said Miller, who co-owns, trains and drives Grand Swan. "She's a big, strong mare. I really don't feel like we've seen the best of her just because she likes to race against someone. She's not one that will draw off and win by five; she waits on other horses to chase her. "I really don't know how good she is. There were a few times when you thought she was beat, they'd come eye her up, and then she would take off with them." Grand Swan faces nine foes in the Crossroads of America. The field includes The Ice Dutchess, a multiple Grand Circuit winner coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown, and $10,000-supplemental entry Pure Chance, who brings her own four-race win streak to Friday's race. A daughter of stallion Swan For All, Grand Swan is out of the mare Queen Mum. Joe Yoder, who is part of the Grand Swan Racing ownership group, bought Queen Mum in foal with the filly and trained Grand Swan down at age 2 before turning her over to Miller. She won eight of 12 races last season and continued to blossom after turning 3. "She grew up a lot and matured a lot," Miller said. "Last year I didn't feel comfortable getting locked in or sitting with her for a long time, she just got a little too anxious last year. This year training her down we trained her to help her with that and she really learned from it. "Her manners (are her best attribute). She's very professional and takes care of herself. In the post parade and scoring down she's nice and relaxed. When you ask her to go, she goes. She does whatever you want to do." Following the Crossroads of America, Grand Swan is eligible to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. The race would take Grand Swan out of Indiana for the first time. "We're planning on that," Miller said. "Then we'll turn her out and bring her back (next year) and see how she is. We're probably going to stake her to some of the aged races. We want to be careful because it's a tougher transition from 3 to 4, so we'll probably pick our spots." Friday's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park also includes the $120,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, $220,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, and $225,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

CHESTER, PA - Jive Dancing A showed herself to be the real thing as she shipped into Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, winning the $17,000 featured pace for distaffs in 1:52.1, her fastest clocking in a harness racing win on North American shores. George Napolitano Jr., whose four wins on the day topped the driving colony, scooted right to the lead with the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, then yielded after the :27 quarter to the brush of favored Odds On St. Lucie, who led the field through middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.1. But the chalk did not have much left for the stretch, and Jive Dancing A proved strong as a pocket rocket, winning by two lengths over St Somewhere, who followed the winner throughout, including the inside path in the stretch. Jive Dancing A has now won two straight races since coming under the care of trainer Michael Hall. She is owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable. There were a pair of $16,000 events, one for pacing distaffs and one for trotters. In the trot, the Swan For All gelding Always A Dream rallied three-wide on the final turn, not always the best avenue to victory at Philly, and rolled on strongly to a two length victory over Bella Ava in 1:57.2. Pat Berry drove the winner, in his first campaign at the races at age four, for trainer Scott Di Domenico and the partnership of Foulk Stables Inc. and Triple D Stables Inc. In the contest for female pacers, the Captaintreacherous sophomore Catch A Secret emulated the good form of her distaff stablemates in the Jim King Jr. stable, freshman Lyons Sentinel and older sensation Shartin N, with a victory in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Victor Kirby reserved her in midpack until the backstretch, and then she made one big move to go right by entering the far turn, winning by 4 1/4 lengths for her fourth win in her last five starts for the ownership of Ben Mudry, Brad Maxwell, Dr. Fred Kruszelnicki, and Kenneth Frieder. A $14,500 pace for fast-class mares went to the Art Major mare Tell Me A Joke, who sent her earnings to $150,601 with a five length victory in 1:52.3. Tony Morgan brushed with the winner of three straight off the first turn and was never in doubt once in front for trainer Chris Temming and T R Stables. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 17, 2018-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off a busy week of live racing action on Tuesday, September 17 with two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the two-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters. After tasting defeat in their last stakes engagements, TJ's Top Pick and Brigotto rebounded impressively to score in their respective divisions and deliver as the heavy post time favorites. The freshman trotting colts have now completed the fifth preliminary round of their six round series as they look toward the $250,000 Super Finals slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. After making an uncharacteristic break in his last start, TJ's Top Pick looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite this week, going gate to wire in 1:54.2. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, TJ's Top Pick went straight to the front and clicked off fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a four length lead and used a :28 closing quarter to coast on to the wire in front of Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "Last week, he was just too keyed up," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted of his stable standout in the winner's circle. "He tied up and it just wasn't his night. Tonight, he was much better. He's pretty straight forward when it comes to maintaining him." With the win, TJ's Top Pick pushed his lifetime bankroll to $145,871. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now won six of seven lifetime starts and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto was a two-move winner in 1:55.4. With driver Sam Widger in the bike, Brigotto was eased off the gate through the opening panel in :28.1. When the field hit the half in :58, Widger gave Brigotto the green light and he ranged up to take the lead before yielding to Dude Included and Verlin Yoder. Dude Included led the field through the three-quarters in 1:27.1 but Brigotto found late racing room up the inside and surged past his rivals late in the lane. After All Paul and Doug Rideout also rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Simply Swan and Joe Putnam finished third. As the even money favorite, Brigotto returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's a very handy little horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's getting better and stronger with every start and really learning to be a race horse." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his second win from eight lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto is trained by Rodney Debeck and has now earned $75,441 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, September 19 with a 12-race card. The evening's 12-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 trotting features at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon saw the harness racing winners use front-end tactics to produce successful efforts. In the first, driver Marcus Miller got the Muscle Hill ridgling Boxing Gloves to the lead in :28.4, then got little resistance to his authority, resting to the :59 half and still only having to go to the three-quarters in 1:28 as the first-over favorite Miss You Kelly could make little impression. Boxing Gloves was thus left to sprint home in :28.2 to complete a 1:56.2 package, 1¼ lengths ahead of pocketsitting Choco Charlie for trainer Erv Miller and owner Silver Linden Farms. While Smooth Acceleration's victory also came from a pacesetting strategy, the course of the race was very different. Tony Morgan moved from third with the favored Swan For All sophomore gelding passing the :28.1 quarter, and as soon as he reached the top he came under pressure from Trixar, who had followed his move outside. Middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3 resulted, but Smooth Acceleration stood tall when put to the test, finishing 4¼ lengths ahead of Trixar while taking a lifetime best of 1:54.2 for trainer Jenny Melander and the ownership of Melander Racing Inc. and Clark Stables LLC. Fast-class pacing mares went postward in a $12,500 contest, where second choice Believe In Me rallied up the inside to just catch the chalk pacesetter Zoe Ellasen in 1:51.2, equaling the mark she had earned at Philly both last year and this. Pat Berry was in the sulky for driver Brett Pelling and owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A world record for 1¼ miles on a 5/8-mile track was broken in last year's inaugural edition of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) Championships, and this coming Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the world record at both gaits for the elongated distance, twice around the Pocono 5/8-mile oval, may be in jeopardy in this season's three $100,000 Championships. It was Homicide Hunter who lowered the record on the trot to 2:22.2 in winning his GNOS Championship, and the World's Fastest Trotter returns to Pocono Monday for trainer Ron Burke and Crawford Farms Racing. The gelded son of Mr Cantab starts from post six in a field of seven in the eleventh race, with David Miller driving. 2019 has not been as kind to the Homicide Hunter as last year, when he went 1:48.4 at Lexington to become the fastest-ever at his gait, but the veteran does have a GNOS victory and looked good against lesser foes last time out, so he may be on a bounceback. The horse to beat in the GNOS starts just outside of him, and is a stablemate - 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables, and to be driven by Yannick Gingras. The daughter of Swan For All has won half of her eight seasonal starts, has beaten 1:51 twice, and was undefeated in two GNOS starts, including setting a Philly track record of 1:52 in winning the final prelim. The pacing record for 1¼ miles is 2:19.4 (it is not kept separate by sex), and it appears to be under greater threat from the open pacers division, race twelve. The field is replete with high-percentage winners, one being Highalator (post seven, trainer Jenny Bier, driver Richard Still), 11-for-23 in 2019, who won three GNOS prelims, including last week's, and is the year's co-fastest horse on a 5/8-mile track over the mile in 1:48. A fellow three-time GNOS winner is None Bettor A (post eight, trainer Andrew Harris, driver George Napolitano Jr. listed), who is 10-for-14 this season, won nine in a row earlier in the year, and controlled a good Open field at Yonkers last time out. Add in Backstreet Hanover, who lost a five-race winning streak last time out, and Prairie Panther, each of them a winner in half of their twenty seasonal starts, and you have many fast horses who know the way to get to the winners circle - it should be fascinating to see which one in the full field of nine will be able to work out the winning trip. The #1-ranked harness horse, pacing mare Shartin N, is sticking to her intermittent racing pattern, so she is not in the mare pacing Championship (a race where she had a rough trip and faded last year). One distaff who will not regret her absence is the Bettor's Delight mare Caviart Ally, who is having an excellent season in the shadow of the superstar - in fact, Caviart Ally has not lost a race that Shartin N did not win since "Ally"'s seasonal debut on April 30. She has given Shartin N some notable battles, and she may be in controlling position from post two in the tenth race field of seven for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Brett Pelling, and Caviart Farms. Eclipse Me N, the horse who beat Caviart Ally in her 2019 bow, is still going strong over four months later, and she'll have the "home field advantage" Monday in that she is trained by Rene Allard, leading trainer at Pocono; Rene's brother Simon will be driving from post three. In addition to these three outstanding races for the more seasoned performers, the Monday card will also feature eight $40,000 Championship events for Pennsylvania Stallion Series high preliminary pointwinners. Those races will be featured in a separate release. Post time for the first of fourteen races at Pocono on Monday is 4 p.m. From the PHHA, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia racetracks

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 28, 2019- A competitive field of sophomore harness racing trotting fillies provided for an impressive stakes performance on Wednesday, August 28 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening's program was highlighted by one $91,000 division for the three-year-old trotting fillies in round six of Indiana Sires Stakes Action. While the fight to the wire was a gritty one, it was Measuredperfection, driven by Trace Tetrick, who dug in for the win and with it, took home back-to-back Indiana Sires Stakes victories. When the wings of the gate opened, Sam Widger pointed Kota's Swan to the lead from post six. Sophia Lia with John De Long grabbed the pocket seat while Measuredperfection landed along the rail in third. The field continued in straight alignment through opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:0 while Measuredperfection waited patiently to make her game-winning move. Once the fillies reached the third quarter in 1:26:0, Measuredperfection was out applying pressure to Kota's Swan first-over while LeWayne Miller grabbed the cover and was second-over with Grand. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan looked poised to strike but made a costly break, seemingly leaving it to a determined Kota's Swan and a fast-charging Measuredperfection. While Kota's Swan wasn't going to give up her lead without a fight, Measuredperfection dug in gamely late in the mile with a final quarter of :29:0: and crossed the wire just under a length ahead of the pack in 1:55:1. Utilizing a late charge, Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates powered home to get up for second while Kota's Swan held on for third. Measuredperfection paid $3.20 to win for her backers at the betting windows. "We got a really good position," driver Trace Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She was first up past the half but she still dug in late. It helps that she's handy and does well no matter where she ends up. It doesn't matter to her-she'll race either way." Measuredperfection is the daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated and was bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC. The Ron Burke trainee has now won eight of 18 lifetime starts and boasts a bankroll of $279,890 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 29 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Thursday's card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 27, 2019-- It was a good night at the office for trainer Erv Miller as he made a clean sweep of the harness racing stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing on Tuesday, August 27 and had a total of three training wins on the evening's 10-race card.  Two $64,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured on the evening's 10-race card as the fillies were squaring off in round four of the six round series. Rock Swan was able to take advantage of a costly break by the post-time favorite to go gate to wire in the opening round of the stakes action to score in 1:56.1 The undefeated filly, May Baby, had her four race win streak snapped after she made an uncharacteristic break behind the gate. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Rock Swan left alertly from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :29.1 while RJZ First Lady and John DeLong secured the coveted pocket seat. Rock Swan looked comfortable on the front and went uncontested through middle splits of :59 and 1:29. As the field turned for home, May Baby had recovered and was up to engage the leader. RJZ First Lady also tipped from the pocket to take aim at the leader but Rock Swan was up to the challenge. Using a :27.1 closing panel, Rock Swan kicked away from the lead and kept her challengers at bay to get the win by a length. RJZ First Lady trotted evenly for second while May Baby rallied well late but was forced to settle for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rock Swan returned $7.20 at the betting windows. "That's the best she's raced all year," Tetrick noted after the victory. "She was good on the front and when those other horses came to her, she trotted right on. She was strong all the way to the wire, she wanted to win tonight." With the win, Rock Swan recorded her third straight victory and second straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. The daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica recorded her fifth win from six lifetime outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. Rock Swan also pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark for owners S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi. Trainer Erv Miller would find the winner's circle in the very next race on the program and then went on to record his third consecutive victory on the evening's program in the second division of the stakes action after Woodside Datendiva and Ricky Macomber Jr. were able to avoid traffic issues and pull the 22-1 upset. In a race ruled by miscues, Woodside Datendiva stayed on task and trotted evenly to the wire to score in a new lifetime best of 1:56.3. Trace Tetrick had the even money favorite, Collettes, pointed to the front and she dictated early fractions of :28.1 and :57.4. La Nancio and Jared Finn were the benefactors of a pocket trip while Woodside Datendiva was content to track from third. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:27.2, Collettes was joined on the outside by I'd Rather Be Red and Brandon Bates. Turning for home, Collettes made a costly break and took herself out of the race and as soon as I'd Rather Be Red inherited the lead, she also went off-stride. Macomber Jr. kept Woodside Datendiva on task and avoided the breakers to reach the wire in front. Bluebird Ladyluck and Dan Shetler also avoided the traffic issues to finish second while La Nancio rounded out the trifecta. As the second longest shot on the board, Woodside Datendiva returned $46.80 for the victory. "Sometimes it pays to be lucky," trainer Ricky Macomber Jr. noted after the victory. "This filly raced really well tonight but we got lucky and didn't have any issues with all the breakers. She's a very nice filly to drive." With the win, Woodside Datendiva recorded her third win of the season from eight trips behind the gate. Owned in partnership by Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Robert McCormick, the daughter of Guccio-Cantab's Choice pushed her lifetime bankroll to $49,832. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 28 with one $91,000 division for two-year-old trotting colts. The evening's 12-race card will also a feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 21, 2019-- TJ's Top Pick, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:53.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of the $64,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday, August 21. The 1:53.3 mark was a lifetime best for the freshman colt and also re-established the previous track record for two-year-old trotting geldings by nearly a full second, a 1:54.2 mark that he equaled in the last round of stakes action. In just the fifth start of his two-year-old season, TJ's Top Pick turned in a dominant performance to finish nearly five lengths in front of his next closest competitor and remain undefeated this season. His 1:53.3 victory also marked the seventh track record that has been equaled or re-established at Hoosier Park through 102 nights of live racing this season. Leaving from post seven in the field of seven, TJ's Top Pick left just enough to grab a seat along the rail in fourth. Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor would grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.4. As soon as the field got straightened away down the backside, Tetrick gave TJ's Top Pick the green light and the colt quickly took command at the half in :57.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a five length lead while the rest of the field was struggling to stay within striking distance. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick found another gear and trotted away from the field with a :27.4 closing kick. Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting finished third. As the heavy 2-5 favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.80 at the betting windows. "He's just so versatile," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted after the victory. "He really started to come around when we shipped into Hoosier Park in March and he's just been getting better every week. He's one of the smartest colts I've ever been around and I think he gets a little stronger every start." With the win, TJ's Top Pick became harness racing's newest $100,000 earner. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd is undefeated through the first three rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto broke his maiden in impressive fashion and pulled the 15-1 upset. Driven by Sam Widger for trainer Rodney Debeck, Brigotto staged a big rally late in the lane to score in 1:55.3. Leaving from post four, Brigotto found a spot along the rail in fifth and would let the dust settle before making his move. Simply Swan and Joe Putnam were on top through the opening quarter in :29.1 but would yield the lead to the heavily favored, Dude Included and Verlin Yoder just before the half. Dude Included led the field through middle splits of :58.4 and 1:27.4 but Brigotto was on the attack and tracking intently from first-over. Widger was patient with Brigotto through the final turn and when they straightened away from home, Brigotto dipped down to the inside and utilized a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a length. Dude Included finished second while Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn finished third. As the second longest shot on the board, Brigotto returned $33.60 at the betting windows. "He tries really hard," trainer, owner Rodney Debeck noted after the victory. "He made a break in his last start but he's still figuring things out so you have to expect that. He trained down great." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his first win from six lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto has now earned $35,201 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 22 with three $47,000 divisions for two-year-old filly pacers highlighting the 13-race card. The 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 13. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

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