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DAYTON, OH. - Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border to Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday (Nov. 12), and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown) to clear to the pylons in front during the :28.1 opening panel.   Just past the :57 midway juncture, Whata Swan was sent first-up on the outside to challenge. After lapping in on the leader at the 1:24.3 third timing station, the 4-year-old son of Swan For All pressed to the front early in the stretch and coasted to the wire for his sixth seasonal victory.       Weslynn Quest found a seam in the lane to finish second, while Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) closed stoutly to garner the show dough.   Whata Swan paid $13.20 to win; coupled with Weslynn Quest the exacta kicked back $141.40; while the 50-cent trifecta with Lane Of Stone returned $324.50.   Racing resumes Friday night (Nov. 13) at 6:15 p.m. at Hollywood Dayton. The featured $14,500 Open Mares Pace will be race 10 on the 14 race program.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - The Indiana invader Swan Legacy made an impressive local debut in the faster of the $12,800 featured trots on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, using the cover of favored Rosalie Swan as a springboard to a 1:55.4 victory over a good track. Tim Tetrick got the Swan For All sophomore gelding out behind Rosalie Swan as that one went uncovered down the backstretch to get the lead, then continued with his momentum and was the easiest of winners for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Triple D Stables Inc., Michael Ferriero, and M G Stable Inc. The lightly-raced Baldaquin, making his first start in 40 days and only his ninth lifetime in the November of his four-year-old year, photoed out Rosalie Swan for second.   In the other division, the Muscle Hill three-year-old filly Contepartiro Deo kept her record perfect for trainer Noel Daley in her second start. She persevered to the wire after not being able to clear the pacesetter on the turn to notch a 1:57.3 tally for Todd McCarthy, a half length to the good of longshot President. Owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, who bred the winner, bought out their partners two starts back and obviously have done well with her since. The $11,600 fast-class trot saw two horses parade back to the winners circle, as the camera could not separate the My MVP gelding Magic MVP and Rock Of Cashel, a son of Majestic Son, at the end of a 1:55 mile. Rock Of Cashel first made the top, then yielded to his rival as he dealt with favored first-over danger Lion Safari AS, finding more along the inside late to tie the pacesetter. Todd McCarthy drove Magic MVP for trainer Tracy Berry and the ownership of J Craparotta & P Berry Racing LLC (that's their legal name), while Rock Of Cashel was driven by Vinny Ginsburg for trainer Mark Harder and the partnership of Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. Todd McCarthy, in the top dozen for the season at Philly despite coming to America after the Hambo and getting a very late start, led all drivers today with four victories. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 14, 2020 -- Swan Country, who made an abortive move early in the race, shot the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot. Aaron Merriman sent Swan Country after the early leader, Pete Stamas, but when that rival wouldn't release Swan Country, he ducked back to a convenient opening at the pylons. That left Swan Country with plenty of trot late, and he used it to kick by the tiring Pete Stamas and score in a career-best 1:56. Tuesday Morning rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while the first-over Rev It Up Man raced well for show.   Bill Rhoades trains Swan Country, a 3-year-old Swan For All-Big Z Credit gelding who was using Lasix for the first time, for Rick Senger. Brady Brown and trainer Dirk Simpson each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $69,375.93 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

ANDERSON, IN -July 30, 2020--Swan In Motion continued his winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after he captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, the second division of the $31,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Thursday, July 30. Stopping the timer in 1:54.3 over a track rated sloppy, Swan In Motion claimed his third straight stakes win and remains undefeated in five starts this season for trainer Jamie Macomber and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Swan In Motion was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third while Emma Town Bud and Michael Oosting did all the heavy lifting on the front. Emma Town Bud carved out fractions of :28.4, :58.4, and 1:27.3 before ever feeling threat. When the field turned for home, Macomber Jr. guided Swan In Motion out to the middle of the track and the colt found his best stride. Using a final panel of :26.1, Swan In Motion was able to track down Emma Town Bud and went on to win by a length and a quarter. The son of Swan For All--Keystone Sadie has won five of five outs for his sophomore season and seven of 15 lifetime. Owned in partnership by M&M Racing and Norbert Joseph Maza, Swan In Motion has now bankrolled $261,450 lifetime. In the second split of the stakes action, Dude Included utilized a similar late stepping strategy to score in a new lifetime best of 1:53. With driver John DeLong in the sulky, Dude Included turned a pocket trip into a two length score to record his second win of the season. TJ's Top Pick and Trace Tetrick played the role of post time favorite and dictated fractions of :27.1, :56.4, and 1:25.2 while Dude Included waited patiently in the pocket. Tipping out from behind the tiring leader turning for home, Dude Included employed a :27.1 final quarter to win going away. Trained by Trent Stohler, Dude Included now sports a 5-2-3-0 seasonal record and 14-3-7-1 lifetime. Owned by Benjamin Graber, Dude Included pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,735 with the win. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, July 31 with two divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 Pool in Race 14. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue to follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff,for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN--Rock Swan and Swan Bomb, a pair of trotting fillies sired by Indiana's leading trotting stallion Swan For All, were victorious in their respective $31,500 divisions of the Indiana Sires Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 29. It was the third round of the seven round series for the sophomore fillies. Rock Swan and Trace Tetrick continued their winning ways and delivered as the heavy 1-9 favorite in the opening division of the stakes action. Stopping the timer in 1:54.2, Rock Swan recorded her second straight stakes victory and equaled her established lifetime mark. Leaving from post seven, Rock Swan was not hustled early and found a spot along the rail in fourth through the opening panel in :27.3. Tetrick gave his filly the green light just before the half in :57.3 and she ranged up to match strides with the pacesetting Skyway Tinacious and Peter Wrenn at the third station in 1:26. When the field turned for home, Rock Swan was on top by three lengths and appeared to cruise to the wire effortlessly finishing three lengths in front of Skyway Tinacious. "She's always been very professional," Tetrick noted of his mount. "She has grown up a little this year and grown into herself. She's a very handy to filly to drive and knows her job." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All--Jolly Jessica has now won two of four seasonal outings and 11 of 15 lifetime. Owned in partnership by S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi, Rock Swan pushed her lifetime bankroll to $441,106. The victory was also one of five wins on the evening's 14-race card for Harrah's Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick. In the second division, Swan Bomb and Ricky Macomber Jr. utilized the long Hoosier Park stretch to their advantage to pull the 8-1 upset. Scoring in 1:55.4, Swan Bomb recorded her first stakes win and established a new lifetime best. Leaving from post two, Swan Bomb was uninvolved in the early stages of the race and waited patiently along the rail in fourth. The 6-5 post time favorite, Hotel Whiskey and John DeLong dictated fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.3 while the field remained in single file line. Turning for home, Macomber Jr. was able to find late racing room and urged Swan Bomb forward. Using a :28 final panel, Swan Bomb was able to track down the leaders and trot strong to the wire to get the win over a hard charging Laney and Sam Widger. Swan Bomb scores her first stakes victory in the second division of ISS action Trained by Jamie Macomber, Swam Bomb recorded the second win of her sophomore season from six outs. The daughter of Swan For All--Tilly Bomb has now earned $34,685 in lifetime purse earnings and is owned by Dreamville Stable. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 30 with two $31,500 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Thursday's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 14. The 2020 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will feature 111 racing programs and follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the season. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will be conducted through Nov. 21. For more information on the live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff   

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 www.buffaloraceway.com   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 www.tiogadowns.com. 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 www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

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