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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The final Pennsylvania All-Stars event of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will take place this Tuesday evening, as four divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies will go gateward for $30,000 contests. The powerful Burke Brigade will send out no fewer than nine fillies in the All-Stars contest, which are slotted for races one, three, four, and five. Eight of them raced in the three divisions of the first leg of their PA Sire Stakes action at The Meadows on July 7, with Burke trainees emerging with two wins, a second, and two thirds. (The ninth Burke horse here was second in a Stallion Series race and earned a "promotion" for this contest.) One of the winners was the Sweet Lou - Great Memories miss Warrawee Beaut, who will begin from the outside post six in the night's third race. Warrawee Beaut followed up on two straight Gaitway wins with a 1:52.4 victory in her Sire Stakes division, which equals the national season's mark of another Sires winner, Bestseller Hanover, who bypassed Tuesday's contest. Yannick Gingras is scheduled to drive the impressive miss, who came her last quarter in 26.4 at The Meadows. Burke's other Sire Stakes winner, She's Allright, went just a tick slower at 1:53 in her triumph. Another daughter of Sweet Lou, She's Allright begins in the fourth race division from post five, with Gingras also listed for the steer. Two 1:53.3 winners in overnight action at Philly are among her challengers: Stonebridge Soul (post two for the father/son team of trainer Erv and driver Marcus Miller) and Sweeter Lulu (post seven, the outside, for trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo). Two Stallion Series winners at The Meadows will start from the outermost posts in the first race field of seven, with Another Beach Day just inside of Michelon's Filly. Corey Callahan is slated to handle Another Beach Day, a 1:55 winner, for trainer Mike Hall; Michelon's Filly, who went a tick faster in winning her Stallion Series cut, has the backing of the Erv and Marcus Miller team. (The latter is also the filly who edged the Burke "promotee," Typhoon.) The fifth race division features two horses who were second in the Sires races. Sylph Hanover, a Burke trainee, goes to the start from post four, with Matt Kakaley listed, with Art Lecture will have to negotiate the outside post seven for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jake Leamon. Also in this division is Blue Ivy (post two, driver Tyler Buter, trainer Chris Oakes), whose lone charted line was a 1:55.4 win here at Pocono. Fom the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday featured six $20,000 sections of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old pacing colts, and in the end two hot stallions came away with honors-even, as Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou each fathered three of the winners. Fastest of the sextet of winners was the first on the racetrack, Latissimus Hanover (dam Ladyking), who never looked back from the pole while taking a mark of 1:52.2, burning home in 55 - 27.1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Ray Schnittker, the latter co-owner with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Hall of Fame ballot finalist Ted Gewertz. Captain Disomma (dam Ramona Disomma) went first-over and still was able to catch favored Hilarious Lou by a half-length in 1:54.1, a personal best, for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and Anatolia Farm LLC. Rounding out the Captaintreacherous sweep of the card's first three races was the longest shot on the board, 20-1 Captain Panko (dam P Note Blue Chip), who tipped wide from second-over and was along by a neck over No Pulse Richie, tallying in 1:54.3 in his purse bow for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc and William Wiswell. Corey Callahan also drove two of the Sweet Lou colts who won in Stalion Series competition, including two for trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere. The second-fastest StS victory was turned in by first-time purse starter Love Me Some Lou (dam Shark Lightning), who cut the pace in front of Captain Hill, then held that one off by a neck in a 1:52.3 mile which featured back fractions of 55.2- 27.3. The "1:52.3" number was also achieved by his stablemate Sugar Factory (dam Cam Swifty) in a Meadowlands baby session; on Sunday, his first purse outing, he fronted the field from the quarter while winning safely in 1:54.4, with big back fractions of 55.4-27.3. The two winners for Team Cancelliere were the only chalk to prevail in the Stallion Series. The other victorious son of Sweet Lou was Costello (dam Laughandbehappy), who got a relatively soft half on the engine, then had enough in a 27.3 last quarter to withstand Flameproof Hanover by a length while taking a personal speed badge of 1:54.2. Matt Kakaley sulkysat for trainer Ron Burke, who knows a thing or two about Sweet Lou, and the oft-winning partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura. The sire whose offspring earned the biggest check of the night was Mr Cantab, as his double world recordholding son Homicide Hunter took a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event in 1:52.1. The gelding moved to the lead early for driver George Napolitano Jr., got to rest to a 57.2 half, then despite being off 28 days sprinted home in 54.3 - 27.1, winning easily by 1½ lengths over Smalltownthrowdown, who caught the pocket horse Moonshiner Hanover to take second. Chris Oakes conditions the winner of $1,255,907, who raised his lifetime win percentage over 50% (34 for 67) for Crawford Farms Racing, and Homicide Hunter also took a bigger lead at the top of the Great Northeast pointstandings. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A season's leader for two-year-old pacing colts on 5/8-mile tracks (De Los Cielos Deo) and mile tracks (No Mas Amor), both from the powerful Ron Burke stable, will start side-by-side in the fifth and final tenth race division of a first round Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for this group on Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. De Los Cielos Deo ("from the heavens of God") was the fastest of Pennsylvania All-Stars winners here on July 1, putting in a 27 last quarter to stop the timer in 1:53. A former's mile track season's leader by virtue of his 1:52.3 win at Gaitway (with his own last ¾ in 1:21.3!), the son of Captaintreacherous - Lisjune will be driven by the sport's all-time winningest driver, Dave Palone, making a rare Pocono appearance, with the pair starting from post four. Don't put those translation dictionaries yet - just outside De Los Cielos Deo will be his Burke barnmate, No Mas Amor, "no more love," the Sweet Lou colt's name explained by the name of his dam, No More Loving. No Mas Amor went wire-to-wire at Meadowlands in 1:52.2, last quarter 26.4, which was tied by Stag Party three days later and Captain Ahab three days after that. Trainer Burke has engaged Anthony Napolitano to sulkysit behind No Mas Amor from post five, Pocono's winningest spot. The other four PA All-Stars winners are all back at Pocono on Saturday: Lyons Johnnyjnr, who will start just outside of De Los Cielos and No Mas Amor; Blood Money (race one, post four); Lyons Night Hawk (race three, post five); and Proof (race four, post three). There is also a "double stakes winner" in this Sire Stakes collection, as Aflame Hanover (race three, post three) comes to Pocono with two PA Fair Sire Stakes wins, the latter at York this past Saturday in 1:58.3, faster than anyone has traveled on the Keystone twicearounds this season at press time. On Sunday, six divisions of this group's Stallion Series horses will contest their first preliminary leg action. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2018 -- Bestseller Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut each stopped the timer in 1:52.4 -- fastest miles this year by harness racing freshman filly pacers on a five-eighths-mile track -- to highlight Saturday's $182,962 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with She's Allright taking the other split. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a Sand Tart double with Warrawee Ubeaut and She's Allright. A $130,000 yearling acquisition, Bestseller Hanover launched her career with a front-end 1:53.1 victory at Woodbine Mohawk, but that was only a warm-up for Saturday's performance. She vaulted to the lead from post 7 for Dave Palone and jogged home, defeating Art Lecture by 2-1/4 lengths. Louphoria earned show. "She's done everything right from the start," said Eric Adams, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror for Miller Farms. "She was a little quirky at first, throwing her head a lot. She was a little bit hesitant when we started with her, but once she got the hang of it, it was two fingers all the time. She has all the big stake races in Canada and whatever we can get to down here." Warrawee Ubeaut was just as impressive, quarter-poling to the lead in her career debut and downing her stablemate, Sylph Hanover, by 3 lengths. Philly Hanover rallied for show. "She can get a little warm here and there, so we just wanted to make sure she'd keep her head on straight," Gingras said. "She was perfectly behaved today. She has a wealth of ability. She could be a real top horse." Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva, Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC campaign Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories. She's Allright was more than all right in her initial career start, scoring on the front end in 1:53. Rockn Philly was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Sweet Chrome completed the ticket. "She's out of a very good family," Burke said of the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover. "Those are the kind that you expect sometimes will step it up. She's good gaited and an honest little horse." She's Allright races for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek and Collura. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Phoenix Warrior N made it two straight with a facile front-end triumph in 1:50.1 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. The first-over Reggiano was second, beaten 2 lengths, with Stride Of Pride third. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $298,913. Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows        

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB), sponsored by Fashion Farms, went to post on a perfect, windless Saturday morning under clear skies with temperatures in the 80's. Brothers Tom and John Cancelliere had a big day with a couple of sharp looking sons from Sweet Lou's first crop winning impressively this morning. The pacing colt portion of the program got started in a big way in race 7 when Admiral Ballsy (Dave Miller) left hard from his outside post and set fast fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:24.4 before giving way late to the pocket sitting Sugar Factory (Corey Callahan) who swept past and paced through the wire handily in 1:52.3. Captain Cash (McCarthy) held nicely to be second and Captain Crunch (Scott Zeron) closed well to be third in the fast mile. Tom Cancelliere trains the winner for his brother John, who gave $65,000 for the Sweet Lou colt from Cam Swifty at Harrisburg. Birnam Wood Farms and Meirs are the breeders. The Cancelliere brothers and Callahan came right back to win with another Sweet Lou, this one named Love Me Some Lou, in 1:55.4. Callahan sent him out from post 8 right into a two hole, sat chilly behind Waterway's (B. Miller) pace then zipped by that rival in the 27 last quarter for the win. Captain Trevor (D. Miller) rallied wide to be second. Love Me Some Lou was a $95,000 Lexington yearling, bred by Spring Haven Farm. The cleverly named Taylor Swiftly opened the day a 1:56.3 winner for trainer / driver Domenico Cecere. She cut the mile, a half in 59, three panels in 1:28.1 then sprinted home in 28.2 untouched to win by four lengths over Susy (Jimmy Takter). The Trixton filly from True Diva is a Lindy Farms homebred. American Kronos won the second, converting a pocket trip for driver Andy Miller to a 1:59.4 / 29 record in her very first start. Girl With A Past (Andy McCarthy) closed strongly to get up for second. The winner is a Donato Hanover owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow and was bred in Italy by Allevamento Kronos. The third race was a throwback special as Chris Ryder set slow fractions with his The Light In Me, arriving at the three quarters station in a leisurely 1:33.4. The result was a 29.2 sprint home where Montevideo (Oskar Florhed) swept by the leader and held safe over Quiksilvr Blue Chip (Lucas Wallin) in 2:03.1. The winner is a Brittany Farms bred EL Titan colt bought at the Harrisburg sale for $70,000 by Howard Taylor and Order By Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt. Brady Bunch was a 1:58.1 / 28.2 winner for Marcus Miller in race 4. It was a gate to wire effort for the Muscle Mass colt, not being asked until mid-stretch when he responded by widening to win as he pleased under his own power. Practical Cat (Takter) held second. Brady Bunch, bred by Patty Hogan, was an $82,000 Harrisburg buy for Mike Anderson, Joe Faraldo and Kentuckian Racing Stable. Erv Miler is the trainer. Pacing fillies came around next and Patty Hogan bred another winner in Entwined (Brett Miller). After stealing slow fractions Entwined spun off a 57.3 final half to get the win over a closing American Love (A. McCarthy). Both are American Ideal fillies trained by Tony Alagna. The winner is owned by the trainer and the breeder who got her for the bargain price of $9,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Tony sent out the next winner as well in Passion Struck (McCarthy) who took over on the backstretch and coasted home in hand for the 1:56.4 record over Funny Said (Marcus Miller). She is a Western Ideal bred by Steve Stewart and the Shetlers who brought a winning bid of $52,000 from Brad Grant at the Lexington sale. Major Deception (B. Miller) put on a speed show as the Captaintreacherous colt from Loving Caroline set all the numbers finishing a mile in 1:53.1 mile with a 27 final quarter while holding Rockin Jimmy Brown (M. Miller) at bay. In The Gym, Martha Frank, Robert LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco gave $130,000 for the Diamond Creek bred Major Deception last fall in Lexington. Wolfgang, perched at the top of Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian, went a conditioning qualifier in 1:53, closing into a 28.2 last quarter to get up under his own power with trainer Jimmy Takter driving. He's expected to race next in the Stanley Dancer Memorial, which is shaping up to be quite an event on Meadowlands Pace night, July 14. Baby race charts may be accessed here. Next week's BWTB will start at 11:00 am. Live racing tonight at 6:35 with The Meadowlands Pace eliminations,$250,000 Graduate Series finals, Fan Appreciation night and the first annual Wienertonian dog racing spectacular. Don't miss it.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2018 -- It often takes time to evaluate the impact of new sires, but on Saturday at The Meadows, harness racing fans will get a good early read on the first crop of Sweet Lou. Of the 24 freshman filly pacers entered in the $182,962 Pennsylvania Sires Stake known as the Sand Tart, 10 are daughters of Sweet Lou. The stake also will provide a glimpse at the progeny of another highly regarded new stallion, Captaintreacherous, who will be represented by three fillies. The Sand Tart goes as races 2, 3 and 4, with first post at 1:05 PM. At 2, Sweet Lou won the Dan Patch Award for his division and set a freshman mile-track record of 1:49, a mark that still stands. After slumping a bit at 3, he roared back to become one of harness racing's top older performers and was named Pacer of the Year in 2014. Over the course of a 10-race winning streak, he recorded six consecutive sub-1:48 miles. He retired with earnings of nearly $3.5 million and currently is a dual-hemisphere stallion, standing at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and Woodlands Stud in New Zealand. Ron Burke trained Sweet Lou throughout his career, so it may be natural that Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and their partners have loaded up on Sweet Lous. Burke has a total of 17 Sweet Lou babies, including seven of the 10 racing Saturday. "All the fillies made it," Burke reports, "except for one I got a little later who fell behind." Burke Racing Stable and its partners retain majority interest in Sweet Lou and so are entitled to a number of breedings annually. To maximize that opportunity, they needed more broodmares. "We took on some mares," Burke says. "We also bred some of the mares who were retiring that normally would have been sold." They also purchased a number of promising Sweet Lou yearlings at auction. Considering all the costs, Burke figures that his partnerships already have invested about $1 million in Sweet Lou's stallion career. "We wanted to give him a big chance," Burke says. "There's even more support in his next two crops. He's destined to be a top sire." He says the emerging rivalry between Sweet Lou and Captain Treacherous will be "interesting." "They both entered stud in the same state at the same time. Both will make top stallions and fill the gap left by the death of Somebeachsomewhere." Of his fillies competing Saturday, Burke rates Warrawee Ubeaut and Sylph Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) as the most advanced. Here's Saturday's Sweet Lou line-up, with post positions, trainers and drivers: Race 2 4. She's Allright (Burke/Gingras) 6. Sweet Chrome (Burke/Kakaley) Race 3 3. Louphoria (Burke/Gingras) 5. Janet Hanover (Burke/Wrenn, Jr.) 6. Pace Baby Pace (Burke/Kakaley) 8. Sweet Cherry (Jim King, Jr./Tim Tetrick) Race 4 2. Warrawee Ubeaut (Burke/Gingras) 3. Hip To My Lou (Burke/Wrenn, Jr.) 4. Tee's Sweet Pride (Candy O'Brien/Wilder) 8. Sweeter Lulu (Chiodo/Chiodo) Saturday's program also features two rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as the Super High 5 (race 13). In addition, following Saturday's card, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts continues on the apron with a performance by the Matt Barranti Band. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER PA - The Sweet Lou - Well Read freshman harness racing pacing filly Sweeter Lulu made a stunning pari-mutuel debut in a contest for babies on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, coming uncovered from sixth and just motoring on to the wire to stop the timer in 1:53.3, which according to the tabulations would make her the fastest two-year-old, female or male, on a 5/8-mile track in North America in 2018. Stacy Chiodo trains and drove the impressive miss, who paced her own back half in 56 flat, for the Timothy Tobias Stable LLC. The previous 1:53.4f standard was shared by colt Lyons Night Hawk and filly Rose Run Uptowngirl. The Well Said mare Brunhilda was as dominant a figure at Philly as her mythological counterpoint was on the battlefield, taking the contest with the biggest purse, a $16,000 pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime best 1:52. Andrew McCarthy put the developing mare on the lead ahead of Belle's Delight and cut fractions of 27.2, 55.4, and 1:24, then guided the favorite home in a 28 sprint to hold off the potential pocket rocket by a half length. Eddie Sager conditions Brunhilda for the Dead Crab Stable. A $14,500 pace for more seasoned distaffs also fit the "speedy favorite holds off pocket horse" scenario, as the American Ideal mare Kaitlyn N made the top before the 26.3 quarter for driver Art Stafford Jr., posted middle splits of 55.3 and 1:23.3, and then withstood the late charge of Berazzled by a neck in 1:51.3. Trainer Joshua Parker co-owns Kaitlyn N with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. On May 1 and 2, Parker qualified four New Zealand imports, and the quartet have posted a record of 22-13-4-0-.695, missing one check, with Kaitlyn N's own record now going to 8-6-2-0-$43,500 in her two-month North American racing career. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, had five victories on the day, including the longest shot to come home first Friday, the $52.00 trotter Blue Swan. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - After checking the season's leaders list for 5/8-mile tracks, it can be noted that the fastest two-year-old on the trot and the co-fastest two-year-old on the pace both competed during baby races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. The fastest trotter among the babies is a filly named Check Out Trixie, and your surprise at her being able to precociously trot in 1:57.4, last half 57.2, will go away when we point out that she is a mating of Hambletonian winner Trixton and Check Me Out, the multiple-recordsetting champion. Trainer/driver Ray Schnittker moved her to the lead in front of the stands and there was little doubt from there, as Check Out Trixie also bettered the 1:58.1 put in by colt Fashion Possessed at Philly yesterday. Tying for top honors among all baby pacers, and setting the standard for colts, was Lyons Night Hawk, a son of Sweet Lou and Weapons Against (she a half-sister to $2.4M winner and top sire A Rocknroll Dance). Lyons Night Hawk rallied from the pocket in a 27.4 kicker to complete a 1:53.4 package, matching the clocking registered by the filly Rose Run Uptowngal in a pari-mutuel race at The Meadows yesterday. Jason Bartlett guided the winner for trainer Gareth Dowse. The first freshman heat yielded the day's fastest pacing filly in the Well Said filly Serena Said, who was home first in 1:55.1 - 57.1- 28.2. Out of the mare Selinas's Joy, a half-sister to $1.5M winner Shadow Play, Serena Said won for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. Quickest trotting colt of the session was Our White Knight, whose parents' names might suggest some confusion (Crazed-Psychotherapist), but who knew how to make every pole a winning one for Team Callahan/Butenschoen, winning in 2:00.2 with back numbers of 58.3 - 29.1. The winner is a full brother to $600G winner Theraputic. With babies appearing on overnights and on the PA county fair scene, this will be the last of the morning reports on freshman action at the mountain oval. Now they'll have to earn their plaudits competing for purse money. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER PA – Driver Corey Callahan guided the swiftest winner on both the trot and the pace during a morning session for two-year-olds at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday. The filly Scirocco Donnahill became the first 2:00 trotter on a 5/8-mile track (as reported at press time) when she won in 1:59.2, setting all the pace and then tacking on a 29 last quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the Donato Hanover mare UF Tady’s Donato, who is a half-sister to $1M winner Hez Striking. On the pace, Sugar Factory also made every pole a winning one, hitting the half in 59.4 then scooting home in 55.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, 2/5 of the season’s record for baby colts. Tom Cancelliere trains the son of Sweet Lou-Cam Swifty, she a 1:50 pacer and million-dollar winner during her racetrack career. The Erv Miller stable had a particularly successful day in sending out four winners, with his son Marcus handling all four before shuffling off to Buffalo with a total of 2999 lifetime victories. Other stables who had multiple winners were those of John Butenschoen and Jake Leamon, each of whom had a pair. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Manalapan, NJ --- Yannick Gingras was impressed with 2-year-old female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut when he trained her earlier this year in Florida, and the filly continued to get high marks from Gingras following her first qualifier on Monday (June 11) at New Jersey's Gaitway Farm. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:56 with a :26.3 final quarter-mile to win by eight lengths for trainer Ron Burke. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. "When I was in Florida I really liked her; she was one of my favorite fillies that Ronnie had," Gingras said. "She's a little fussy with her mouth, has little quirks about her, but today she came a quarter in :26 and change and was very strong. I was really happy with her." There were nine qualifiers for 2-year-olds Monday at Gaitway, where the Burke Brigade sent out 21 of the day's 45 rookies and won six of the races. The remaining three qualifiers for the 2-year-olds were won by Team Orange Crush, the wife-and-husband duo of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller. Gingras won four times with 2-year-olds, with female pacers She's Allright and Pace Baby Pace along with male pacer Semi Tough joining Warrawee Ubeaut. She's Allright, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, won in 1:54.3. She was bred by owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek, and Collura. Her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Allamerican Native and stakes-winner Apprentice Hanover. This was She's Allright's second qualifying effort; she went off stride last week. "I was a little careful with her, but she didn't offer to do anything wrong today," Gingras said. "There are little things to work on with her, I have to talk to Ronnie, but she had plenty of pace as well." Pace Baby Pace (Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass) won in 1:56.3 and Semi Tough (Somebeachsomewhere-Jan It Jackson) won in 1:54.3 with a :26.2 final quarter. Pace Baby Pace is owned by breeders Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Semi Tough, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. "A bunch of the pacers went very well," Gingras said. "A lot of them went (1):54, (1):55, (1):56, so a lot of them have speed. You want to see how they do it and if they have manners. You need a quick turn of speed, but have to be able to turn it on and off and turn it on again. "A lot of horses have one quarter in them, but if you want a top horse you need two quarters at different times in the race, not just back-to-back quarters. They've got to come back to you when you ask them. That's kind of what you're looking for now." Burke's remaining winners were male pacer Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) in 1:55.3 with driver Joe Bongiorno and male trotter Goes Down Smooth (Muscle Hill-Peach Martini) in 1:57 with Andy McCarthy. Bicorne Hanover was a $47,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, James Martin, and William Switala. His family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Big Jim. Goes Down Smooth was purchased for $82,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Switala, Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi. Winners for the Millers were 2-year-old female trotters Reilly K in 2:00.1 and Paint The Corners in 2:00 along with male trotter Klutzy in 1:57.2. Reilly K (Donato Hanover-Athena Miss) was purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Nick Surick Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. She is a full-sister to stakes-winner Make Or Miss. Paint The Corners (Andover Hall-Nuvola) is owned by breeder Al Libfeld. Klutzy (Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover) was purchased for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. Trainer Trond Smedshammer had two second-place finishers among the 2-year-olds, sending out four starters in three races. Matterlei (Explosive Matter-Hawaiian Lei) finished second to Reilly K and Skyway Kon Man (Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie) finished second to Goes Down Smooth. "They were OK," Smedshammer said. "There were no real surprises. That's all you ask for, that they behave and finish with a little trot." Smedshammer has 18 total 2-year-olds this season. "I don't see any stars in there, but they're training down pretty solid," he said. "But you don't really know until you start racing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Saturday, June 2 was a perfect day to pay a visit to the Diamond Creek Farm Open House and get up close and personal with the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 2016 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot winner Southwind Frank; 2016 Ben Franklin Winner Always B Miki; and 2014 Ben Franklin Winner Sweet Lou, along with numerous Mares and a few adorable foals. Children of all ages experienced the farm's amenities, including tours of the stallion barns; hay rides; demonstrations and exhibits from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (hhyf.org), including a special meet and greet with ambassador Sweet Karen; and a menu of delicious grilled food and ice cream. It has been reported that 1,500 people attended the special Open House. Notable attendees from the State Horse Racing Commission included Standardbred Bureau Director Brett Revington; Commissioners Ed Rodgers and Darryl Breniser; and Marketing Director Ashley Eisenbeil. Also attending were Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association president Sam Beegle and Executive Director Mike Harant as well as Bob Boni, a notable bloodstock agent and co-owner of Always B Miki. To learn more about Diamond Creek Farm, visit https://www.diamondcreekfarm.com/about/ From Diamond Creek Farm

First season sires just don’t have $100,000 yearlings sold at sales ‘down under’ do they? Recent history says that’s the case but at the 2018 Australasian yearling sales at Karaka, one stallion defied history. His name is Sweet Lou! Sweet Lou was a rock star on the race track. He is still the equal fastest 2yo in harness history pacing 1.49. 0 flat in the Breeders crown at Woodbine where defeated A Rock N Roll Dance by 7 ½ lengths! Sweet Lou made over a $1,000,000 at three and went on the become one of the greatest North American Free For Aller’s in recent history. Sweet Lou banked close to $3.5 million in stakes and was still breaking records in his final race track season. Sweet Lou’s maternal family has made over $7,000,000 in stakes, it is clearly one of harness racing’s most influential and modern families. Sweet Lou average over $78,000 at last year’s Lexington sales, he is leaving outstanding progeny on type! Woodlands Stud is proudly consigning over 20 weanlings by Sweet Lou on Friday June 1st at Karaka at the annual All Age and Weanling sale. At least year’s weanling sales the progeny of Sweet Lou where highly sought by a raft of New Zealand’s leading trainers. Sweet Lou’s progeny is very intelligent, easy to handle and many have broken in exceptionally well. Down under breeders flocked to Sweet Lou last season, as he served his biggest book. Don’t miss your opportunity to buy a Sweet Lou weanling that has been bred and raised at New Zealand’s leading standardbred nursery. Only recently Woodlands bred, raised and sold progeny ran the trifecta in the PGG Wrightson sales series race for 2yo colts and geldings. Information regarding the weanling sale is available on our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes 0n 0451650707. From Woodlands Stud    

Offaly, Ireland - Management at Oakwood Stud have announced that they have reached an agreement with Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms in Pennsylvania in the USA, to have semen shipped over from Sweet Lou, for breeding to pacers in Ireland and the UK. Sweet Lou is sired by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare Sweet Future. As a two-year-old, Sweet Lou set, and still holds, the world record on all sized tracks at 1:49. Sweet Lou currently holds the world record for older horses and the all-age mark on a five-eighths mile track in 1:47 with lifetime earnings of $3,478,894. In the summer of 2014 he won 10 consecutive races, with six consecutive wins in sub 1:48. He is the only pacer in harness racing history to achieve this feat. “It’s an honor for us at Oakwood Stud to be able to work on such a milestone project with Diamond Creek Farms,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. “and make World Champion Sweet Lou available to breeders in Ireland & the UK via frozen semen for the 2018 Breeding season. Sweet Lou will be the fastest and richest stallion ever to stand in Ireland and the UK. “The timing of this could not have been better with the juvenile stakes racing at an all-time high with record purses in the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the Sire Stakes Ireland Program and the Breeders Crown UK/IRE in 2017,” Delaney added. “This has encouraged breeders to import record numbers of broodmares from USA in 2016, bred to top US studs and now they will have the opportunity to breed their mares to World Champion bloodlines in their own back yard. This in turn will make for a very exciting and competitive racing opportunity in the future for both Ireland and the United Kingdom. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Bowden and all the team at Diamond Creek Farms,” Delaney said. “For their shared vision and forward thinking for the future of racing in both Ireland and the UK as we do at Oakwood Stud.”  There is no price yet set on how much breeding’s in Ireland and the UK will cost to Sweet Lou. For more information contact www.oakwoodstud.ie.   From Oakwood Stud

For the 3rd consecutive year, the former US Pacer of the Year has booked full before the start of the harness racing breeding season.  His book includes impressive race mares such as Loyal Opposition and Naughtytilltheend, millionairess Carolina Sunshine and West Side Glory, dam of See You at Peelers. Sweet Lou recently returned from Down Under where he also served an impressive book, including 3 and 4 year old champion Adore Me, winner of A$1,677,032 and 1:47.7 mile-track record holder. Adore Me was bred to Sweet Lou last year as well and had an impressive filly this year. “A stallion’s third year at stud is often a tricky year,” says Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden.  “Often breeders are waiting to see the results of the yearling sales or how the 2 year olds do on the track.  It goes to show the confidence the breeders have in him as a sire.” Sweet Lou’s first weanling at sale, a colt out of Whetstone Hanover, sold in Harrisburg for $80,000. Sweet Lou stands at Diamond Creek Farm for a fee of $7,500. Sweet Lou’s debut crop of "baby blazes" will be on display at the yearling sales this fall.

Woodlands Stud, Charles Roberts and the Kenny Family are delighted to announce the safe arrival of the first foal from champion harness racing mare Adore Me. Born at 2.00am on Wednesday 7th September the filly by Woodlands Sire Sweet Lou is a lovely type with good size, confirmation and an aura of class. Mary Kenny exclaimed ‘We are all just so thankful that Adore Me has foaled safely and that her first foal is such an outstanding individual. The prospect of having this Sweet Lou filly on the track in a couple of years’ time is truly exciting’ Adore Me’s phenomenal race record of 26 wins, over $1.6m dollars in stakes and a sizzling 1.47.7 mile rate has seen her etch her name in the history books. Bred in the purple being a daughter of World Champion Sire Bettor's Delight out of New Zealand "Broodmare of the Year" Scuse Me – Adore Me’s pedigree is simply world class. To continue the dynasty Adore Me needed an equally breathtaking match, enter Sweet Lou, the fastest two-year-old (1:49) in history and the fastest five-year-old (1:47) in history. Winner of 33 Races, holder of multiple world records, Dan Patch Horse of the Year title winner at 2 and 5 and USA Pacer of the Year in 2014. A champion horse who raced with and defeated the best throughout his extensive career. He has served two full books in North America and stands his second season here in NZ. His ‘date’ with Adore Me was not his first encounter with a champion mare, having already served other World Class Mares including the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.3 ($2,774,478), and Pure Country p3, 1:49.2 ($1,716,749) and a full sister to the sensational Captaintreacherous 1:47.1 ($3,153,541) .  Woodlands Stud co-owner Dr Andrew Grierson explains; “Sweet Lou’s athleticism, speed, toughness and pure class made him a sensational cross for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight. We are very hopeful of a quality cross from Lou over Bettor’s mares as his half-brother Bettor Sweet is one of the best sons ever of Bettor’s Delight, so we know Sweet Lou’s maternal line ‘clicks’ with that bloodline. “This is one of the many reasons we bought him down to give Australasian breeders an outcross option for their Bettor’s Delight mares – we’re very excited to see what the future holds for this sire.”  Harnesslink Media

Champion racemare, Adore Me, has become a mother for the first time. The New Zealand Trotting Cup winning mare foaled a healthy filly by American stallion, Sweet Lou in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Based at Woodlands Stud in Auckland, Adore Me was initially said to be heading to Christian Cullen for her first mating, but issues there meant she was instead sent to Sweet Lou, who carries the moniker - The Great White Blaze, due to his distinctive markings. Woodlands Sales, Marketing and Racing manager, Charlotte Mooney said there was a real buzz about the place with the arrival of the royally bred filly. “Everyone is really excited about it,” she said. “To have a foal on the ground by Sweet Lou out of a mare of the calibre of Adore Me is great.” Mooney said the most pleasing aspect of the whole experience was that Adore Me had taken to motherhood very well. “She’s being a great Mum and is more like an old pro than a first time mother. “The foal is in great health and order too, so it’s a very exciting time for us.” Adore Me’s owners, Paul and Mary Kenny are currently in Franco holidaying but were told of the news at the first possible opportunity while their co-owner, Woodlands Stud principal and harness racing great, Charlie Roberts was also told early on Tuesday morning and was said to be delighted by the news. There has been no talk of a name for the filly yet, although social media reports are identifying her stable name as Renee. It’s the first foal for Adore Me who was the winner of 26 of her 36 career starts with earnings over and above $1,670,000. She set harness racing down under alight when she won the 2015 Ladyship Mile at Menangle - pacing 1:47.7 an Australasian record for a mile and the fastest time by a mare over the distance on a track of less than one mile. Her Australasian record stood until earlier this year when her close relation, Have Faith In Me paced 1:47.5 to win the Miracle Mile. The Kennys’ and Roberts are yet to announce who Adore Me will be mated with, or if she will be bred from at all, in the upcoming breeding season. Matt Markham

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