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CHESTER PA - The sensational Australian import None Bettor A goes for his ninth consecutive harness racing victory on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia as the 9-5 morning line favorite in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) contest for fast-class open pacers. None Bettor A, an altered son of Bettor's Delight trained by Jennifer Bongiorno for owners Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC, opened his U.S. account with a pair of good thirds, then has been untouchable since his win streak started on April 27. During that time, he has won his only two starts in the GNOS, and he equaled the all-time track record at Cleveland's Northfield Park with a 1:49 victory over the half-mile oval. Jen Bongiorno's brother Joe is to drive None Bettor A as the pair begins from post two in Sunday's seven-horse field. The last time the GNOS open pacers were at Philly, Keep On Rocking A and Our Max Phactor N were a nose apart at the wire, and they again figure to be in the thick of the action this Sunday. Keep On Rocking A, who closed from eighth at the stretch call to win that race, his second after a brief layoff, will begin from post four for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Pat Berry, while Our Max Phactor N, who had to go first-over in that contest and almost hung on, will begin from post five for "Team Andrew" - trainer Andrew Harris and driver Andrew McCarthy. Also in the field are The Wall (PP1, trainer Nick Surick, driver George Napolitano Jr.), I'm A Big Deal (PP3, trainer Chris Ryder, driver Dexter Dunn), Decoy (PP6, trainer Gary Candell, driver Jimmy Takter), and Mister Ohanzee A (PP7, trainer Jim King Jr., driver Tim Tetrick). The GNOS contest is slated for the seventh race on Sunday's fourteen-race Philly card, which is scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m.   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono racetracks

Chester, PA -- Shartin N ($2.20) continued her dominance among distaff pacers on Sunday afternoon (July 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning the $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series harnes racing feature in an under-wraps 1:49. After nearly a month on the sidelines following her win in the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America left mildly from the pole to land in third behind Reclamation (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor's Up (Pat Berry) before Tim Tetrick angled her off the pegs to brush into a :27.3 first quarter. Shartin N cleared with just over a circuit to go and coasted through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.3 with nary a challenger in sight, as the first-over Write Me A Song (Corey Callahan) was only able to work into a joint second before fading on the final turn. The fading Write Me A Song paved the way for Reclamation to take her shot at Shartin N with an eighth of a mile to go, but the champion mare accelerated immediately upon cornering for home. She earned the 35th win of her career while three-quarters of a length better than Reclamation and with plenty in reserve. Bettor's Up was another 4-3/4 lengths back in third, while Write Me A Song faded to fourth. "That's kind of her MO," trainer Jim King Jr. said about Shartin N's immediate response at the top of the stretch. "Timmy [Tetrick] always says, 'I should just sit still and let her do the work.' She likes it, that's for sure." Shartin N has now won nine of her 10 starts this season for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick LLC. "I felt we would be better off having a place to go instead of having four weeks between races," King continued. "This was the only choice we were left with rather than go to New York, and I would rather not be handicapped with the eight-hole on a half-mile track. It was our choice to come here, and fortunately they had a spot for her." Shartin N will next race in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 13). In the sub-featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, Lyons Steel ($11.00) stalked Tiger Thompson N through splits of :27, :55.2 and 1:23 before pulling the pocket at the eighth pole and dueling down the pacesetter to prevail by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:49.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding for trainer Dennis Watson and owner Bryan Dzugan. Jackpot Hi-5 carryover exceeds $34k The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, after a 4-8-1-3-2 combination keyed by Lyons Steel resulted in a $463.34 dividend payable to multiple players. Wednesday's (July 10) fifth race will now have a $34,828.36 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5, a 20-cent wager that requires players to select the first five finishers in order. The carryover is payable in the event of one unique winning ticket. Post time on Wednesday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Shartin N, the imported pacing mare from New Zealand who has ascended to the #1 spot in North American harness racing's weekly Top Ten poll, will race on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, drawing the rail in a field of eight for a $30,000 leg of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for pacing mares. The six-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Anne Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC, has been the dominant force among the pacing distaff ranks in the U.S. and Canada for the last year-and-a-half: she won over a million dollars in 2018 while earning her divisional championship, and in 2019 she has already won over half a million. Shartin N is undefeated in her Harrah's career, having captured the Betsy Ross Pace in both 2018 and 2019, and also winning a GNOS contest last season. Tim Tetrick will be in his usual spot behind Shartin N on Sunday afternoon as the Kiwi sensation goes for her eighth victory in a row. It is very unusual for any one race to have two horses bringing in seven-race win streaks, but Shartin N is joined by Reclamation in not having lost in her last seven starts. The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, trained by Ron Burke for owner W J Donovan and Donal Murphy, began her career in Ireland, showed so much promise that she was brought Stateside, and has worked her way up the ranks while racing at Pocono and The Meadowlands. Sunday's contest will certainly be the "acid test" for Reclamation, who will be starting from post four for driver Yannick Gingras. This collection of talented mares is full of horses who love to win their races - the assembled eight have taken 47 of the 100 collective starts they have made in 2019. But Shartin N will be the key horse to go through if anyone else is to raise any winning percentages. The GNOS mares pace will be the eighth on a 14-race card at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, when first post is 12:40 p.m. By Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia racetracks

Chester, PA -- Eighth on approach to the final turn, Keep On Rocking A ($19.40) passed every harness racing horse but one to narrowly reach the winning post first in Sunday afternoon's (June 30) Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia. Pat Berry was patient early with the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, and the pair sat well off early fractions of :26.2 and :54.2 controlled first by speedster Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) and then by Rodeo Rock (Andy McCarthy), who brushed from third with a lap to go. Up the backstretch, Keep On Rocking A angled fourth-over into a live outer flow headed by Our Max Phactor N (Yannick Gingras), who forced a :27.3 third quarter. As Our Max Phactor N worked onto level pegging with Rodeo Rock, Keep On Rocking A circled four-wide off the home turn, and was urged to sustain his rally through the stretch. Our Max Phactor N worked to a mid-stretch lead, but was nabbed on the line by Keep On Rocking A, whose 1:50.2 score gave him his fifth win of the season. Scott Rocks (Tim Tetrick), eclipsed off cover, just held third over Tiger Thompson N, who emerged up the open stretch as Rodeo Rock faded. Chris Scicluna owns and trains 21-time winner Keep On Rocking A, whose 8-1 upset keyed a 4-3-9-5-6 combination in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 that returned $717.44 to multiple players. As such, the carryover to Wednesday's (July 3) program has ballooned to $29,289.52. In the $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, which served as the top supporting event on the 14-race program, Shnitzledosomethin ($5.40) overcame post 8 and cruised to a five-length win in 1:50.3. Corey Callahan drove the 4-year-old Fred And Ginger entire for trainer Dylan Davis and the BFJ Stable, Tom Lazzaro, Ed Gold and Abraham Basen. The sub-featured $17,000 upper-winners pace saw Love Me Some Lou ($3.40) return to the win column off a brief spell, as he used a first-over push out of midfield to grind down My Delight in 1:51.4. David Miller drove the 3-year-old Sweet Lou colt for owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere. Live racing returns on Wednesday afternoon (July 3), with a special 2:05 p.m. first post in place for the 14-race card. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year, got career victory No.44 on Saturday (June 29) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when she powered to a 1:52.2 win over a harness racing track labeled "good" in a $75,000 leg of the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters. Rich And Miserable was second and Tight Lines was third. Rich And Miserable, who entered Saturday's contest with a six-race win streak, took the lead on the first turn but driver Yannick Gingras pointed Hannelore Hanover to the front after the field reached the opening quarter in :27.2. Hannelore Hanover was on top at the half and unthreatened the rest of the way, besting Rich And Miserable by 1-3/4 lengths at the wire. A 7-year-old mare, Hannelore Hanover has won two of four races this season and 44 of 75 in her career. The Ron Burke-trained daughter of Swan For All - High Sobriety has earned $2.89 million lifetime. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. Hannelore Hanover, the 2-5 favorite, paid $2.80 to win. Ken Weingartner

Lou Tomczak’s Proper One was given a hall-of-fame steer by Dave Miller to take the harness racing featured event on Sunday afternoon (June 16) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, a Great Northeast Series event for older pacers.  The favorite, Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) was used hard to get the lead, tripping the quarter beem in :25.1. He then faced pressure from million dollar earner Rockin Ron, who took him on in a :53.1 half mile. Tiger Thompson was still on top at the three quarter pole (1:20.4) but failed to create separation on the final turn. Proper One swung off of tiring cover at the 1/8th pole, and won the sprint home by three-quarters of a length in 1:49. Scott Rocks (Tim Tetrick) closed fast inside for second, while Shnitzledosomethin rallied well to be third.  Proper One picked up his 21st career win out of 87 starts, and his fourth of the season. He’s a 5-year-old gelding by Proper Respect - JK Glory Days (Bettor’s Delight). The Carlo Poliseno trainee returned $40 to his pari-mutuel backers.  Live racing returns to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 19th at 12:25 Eastern. The jackpot hi-5 carryover now stands at $8,544.73, and is held in race 5 every live race day. There is also a pick 4 carryover of $3,282.99. The pick 4 begins on race number 7. Both wagers have 15% takeouts.  Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - Highalator, a horse who loves to win, especially at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, was pushed to the hilt by a game Hitman Hill, but persevered to equal Rodeo Rock's fastest mile of the local harness racing scene, 1:49, in taking a $30,000 division of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for fast-class pacers on Saturday night. Rick Still had the son of Somebeachsomewhere away in good order, choosing to tuck in third when I'm A Big Deal and Sports Column chose to argue early, with the former claiming the top by the :26.1 quarter. Highalator got little rest as Hitman Hill was out and going near turn two, forcing him to undertake first-over duties before the :54.4 half. Highalator rushed in :26.3 down the back to clear to the lead by the 1:21.2 three-quarters, but Hitman Hill was advancing and threatening through much of the lane, causing Highalator to dig deep to maintain a neck margin to the wire. Trained by Jenny Bier, co-owner of the winner of $409,028 with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc., Highalator continued to be able to grind out the victories - he's 28 for 61 (46%) lifetime, and 12 for 19 (63%) at Pocono, two of which this year have come in the GNOS. Twin $21,500 co-featured events were carded. In the pace, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Scott Rocks made two moves from the outside post eight and caught Nine Ways by a head to win in 1:50 for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Hunter Oakes, and the ownership of Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. The winner of $895,674 now has a string of six straight years where he has won in 1:50 or faster over the mountain oval. The Pocono seasonal standard for trotters was eclipsed for the second time on the night in that gait's co-feature. The Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable trotted strongly despite having to make two moves, the second raw, to stop the timer in 1:51.3, a new mark and a North American season's record in his 4YO+ category. Tyler Buter took both co-features among his four victories on the card with the $204,047 lifetime winner, sitting behind the :26.3 / :54.3 early argument between In Secret and Such An Angel, swooping up near the 1:22.4 three-quarters to grab the lead in early stretch, and drawing off by three lengths for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. Earlier, the Muscle Mass gelding Mass Production continued to make remarkable strides on the comeback trail by trotting the mile in 1:51.4, eclipsing Pappy Go Go's former 2019 best here by a fifth for driver Simon Allard. An O'Brien Award winner at age two, Mass Production was away from the track from June of 2017 to February of this year, but wins in four of his last seven starts, and this three-second lowering of his previous mark, suggests that Mass Production may have even better things in store in his near future. Four divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies headline the Sunday action at Pocono, with such stars as Millies Possesion, Asiago, The Ice Dutchess, and Beautiful Sin seeking to establish supremacy in their highly-competitive division. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - None of the first preliminary winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts was able to repeat in the PASS second prelims, conducted over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, during a big harness racing card which also featured Pennsylvania Stallion Series and Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) competition. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES Explosive Breakaway, a full brother to Phaetosive, pushed favored Osterc to a :28 quarter then yielded for the pocket, and thus put himself in position to capitalize when Osterc made a break late on the far turn, going on to victory in 1:54.2. Summit In Sight, who had come uncovered from far back to challenge Osterc, got a brief lead when that rival broke, but the victorious Explosive Matter gelding had clear sailing up the inside and gained into the :56.2 back half to win by 2¾ lengths over Summit In Sight. Tom Jackson guided the winner for trainer Fred Grant, who shares ownership in the improving sophomore with Janice Rubin, Steve Katz, and Murray Brown. The fastest Sire Stakes winner on Sunday had the distinction of breaking his maiden with the victory, as the Muscle Hill colt Marseille parked the favored Gerry early, yielded to sit the pocket, then outtrotted him home by a half-length in a 1:53.3 mile, with his own last quarter :27.4 in the slop. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt had Marseille ready at first asking for Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Order By Stable, and Howard Taylor. Marseille - Curtis Salonick Photo White Tiger, a Muscle Massive gelding who was just a head off in second in his PaSS Championship last year and who tied the world record for his division at 1:55 here last season, won the third division of the Sire Stakes in 1:55.3 to remain undefeated in two seasonal starts. The Muscle Massive gelding quarter-moved and got a slow half of :58.4, then increased the tempo and withstood the late charge of pylonhugging Macmorris Hanover by ¾ of a length. David Miller drove the Andrew Harris trainee to his fifth lifetime win for Thestable White Tiger Group. PENNSYLVANIA STALLION SERIES Most impressive of the Stallion Series winners was last year's StS Champion, Kate's Massive, who has two StS victories this year and is perfect in three 2019 outings after a 1:54.4 triumph. Dave Palone, the world's all-time winningest driver, was lured from western Pennsylvania just to drive this colt for trainer Kelly Paver, and the journey to Pocono proved worthwhile, as the Muscle Massive colt quarter-moved to control the throttle, then came home in 28.3 under mild encouragement to win by a half length for owner Harry Horowitz. Lapped By Lindy joined Kate's Massive as a double Stallion Series winner, making the lead past the quarter and then being just able to withstand a big late charge by Night Hall by a nose while lowering his speed record to 1:55. Andy Miller drove the Muscle Hill gelding for trainer/wife Julie and the partnership of Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Andy Miller Stable Inc., and George Green. The Cantab Hall gelding Nextroundsonme was given a well-judged steer by Marcus Miller, then came on after a fast pace to catch favored Sheer Muscle while taking a new mark of 1:55 in another Stallion Series division. Jenny Melander trains the sophomore for Belmar Racing&Breeding LLC. Trainer Andrew Harris, who won a Sire Stakes section with White Tiger, added a Stallion Series victory when 19-1 shot Blue And Bold came off of cover to track down Mass Fortune K by three parts of a length in 1:56.1 for the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr. After opening the year with two victories in his first three starts and then dropping three straight, Blue And Bold showed he may again be on the upside for A Harris Racing LLC and April Campbell. The Andover Hall colt Finally Found Away opened the card with a victory in his seasonal bow, lowering his mark three seconds to 1:57. Pacesetter Lazzaro made a break at headstretch, with left the door open for pocketsitting Finally Found Away, and the sophomore took advantage of the luck to win by 1½ lengths for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Bob Stewart, and Bluestone Farms LLC. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES In the $30,000 GNOS mares pace, Tequila Monday rebounded from a defeat at Philly after opening the year with six straight victories, winning in 1:50.2. The American Ideal mare was sent to the front by driver Tyler Buter and put up fractions of :26.2, :55.1, and 1:23, then, with the outer tiers stalling, found her only stretch challenge coming from pocketsitter Apple Bottom Jeans, and the winner of $853,462 withstood that one's charge by ¾ of a length. Hunter Oakes trains Tequila Monday, the leader so far in her division's GNOS pointstandings, for Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. In the $30,000 open trot, Crystal Fashion, the Beal Trot Championship winner here last year and the PA Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year, had an easy time of it, defeating Muscle Diamond by 2¼ lengths in 1:53. Tim Tetrick guided the Cantab Hall gelding to the lead in front of the grandstand, and the winner of $1,277,509 powered home in :56 to notch his first win of the year after a closing fourth in his 2019 debut (a GNOS race) and a half-length defeat in a Graduate leg. Jim Campbell trains the rock-solid winner for Fashion Farms LLC. PHHA / Pocono

CHESTER PA – The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) again has its weekly quota of three $30,000 races for fast-class horses filled for Sunday – the open harness racing pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia in the afternoon, and the open mares pace and open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the evening. In the open pace, there are few better pacers right now than None Bettor A, who makes his GNOS debut from post two in the seven-horse gathering for the sister/brother team of trainer Jen and driver Joe Bongiorno. The Bettor’s Delight gelding has been racing in this country for less than two months – he opened his North American account with two thirds at Yonkers, then went over the George Washington Bridge to The Meadowlands and has ripped off our straight wins, the latest in 1:48.4. Another newcomer to the GNOS, Duplicated N (post one, driver Tim Tetrick), is not a newcomer to Philly, having posted an impressive two-move 1:49.2 victory here last Sunday. Tiger Thompson N, starting just outside those two for hot driver Dexter Dunn, already has a first and a second in Great Northeast races, and the early fight for positioning among these three should be very interesting. The open mares pace at Pocono is topped by divisional leader Tequila Monday, who had won her first two starts in the GNOS before being beaten only 2½ lengths while timed in 1:49.4 against #1-ranked Shartin N in the Betsy Ross Pace at Philly this past Sunday. The American Ideal mare had opened her season with six straight wins for trainer Hunter Oakes before last week’s setback, and she is the early favorite to regain her winning ways while starting from post four for Tyler Buter, who won with her at Pocono in the GNOS on May 12. Apple Bottom Jeans (post two, driver Corey Callahan) is second in the early GNOS pointstandings after three thirds in GNOS races, and the mare may be able to put her blazing early speed to work after drawing post two in the nine-horse field. A well-regarded newcomer is Alexa’s Power (post five, driver Tim Tetrick), a winner in the Open handicap at Yonkers on May 10. In the GNOS open trot, 2018 Earl Beal Trot winner Crystal Fashion has drawn the rail in a nine-horse c collection for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year last season, Crystal Fashion was a close fourth in his only GNOS start, his first of the year, and the Cantab Hall gelding then was second, only a half-length behind Muscle M Up, in a Graduate leg at The Meadowlands. All Champy (post three, driver Simon Allard) comes off the race of his life, pushing The World’s Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter, to go all-out to beat him by a half-length at Philly on May 19. Also highly-regarded is La Grange Å (post two, driver Åke Svanstedt), an Australian import handled by the Swedish master who was second in his only GNOS competition.     Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia racetracks

CHESTER PA - Melady's Monet and Tequila Monday proved most photogenic at Harrah's Philadelphia on a special Derby Day Saturday afternoon card of harness racing, helping to inaugurate the 2019 Great Northeast Open Series by capturing their $30,000 sections of the Open Trot and Mares Open pace, respectively. The ten-year-old Revenue S gelding Melady's Monet, driven by his regular pilot Jordan Stratton, got away fifth as Tyson was away very quickly at the start, with All Champy, Pappy Go Go, and Mission Accepted filling in behind him. Nearing the :27.3 quarter Pappy Go Go was put into play, moving to the lead before the :56 half, with the favored Mission Accepted getting ready to move at that point, trailed by the winner. Coming off the second turn All Champy went to a run and was moved outside, and the outer tier had to pause a beat before coming up in force, with Mission Accepted, who was 3-for-3 since being acquired by the Burke Brigade in the off-season, battling outside Pappy Go Go to the 1:24.1 three-quarters, around the turn, and into the stretch. In midstretch Mission Accepted seemed to be getting the upper hand, but that's when Melady's Monet exploded, eating up ground quickly to be up by a neck in 1:52.4. Pappy Go Go was third, ¾ of a length behind second and a length ahead of Crystal Fashion, who in his seasonal bow saved ground then came on for fourth. Melady's Monet already has amassed $120,810 this season (his eighth straight year of six-figure earnings), bringing his lifetime bankroll to $1,453,248. Herman Heitmann is the trainer of the winner (and isn't it ironic that a trainee of the man who developed Foiled Again photoed out a Burke-trained horse here?) for Melady Enterprises LLC. Kissin In The Sand, favored in making her first start of the year and her first start against the seasoned mares, got away midpack in the field of seven, as Apple Bottom Jeans, Tequila Monday, and Delishka N (who combined in their last seven races showed 15 "1" calls at the quarter in those 21 starts) got away 1-2-3 as the field reached the quarter in :26.1. Apple Bottom Jeans did get a bit of a breather to a :55.2 half, just when Kissin In The Sand had to come first-over for driver Scott Zeron. Last year's sophomore champion put in a steady grind at the pacesetter, reaching the three-quarters in 1:23 while continuing to gain, and the gallant distaff gained a short lead in early stretch. But lurking just behind the duel was Tequila Monday, undefeated in four starts this year, and when driver Trace Tetrick asked her to respond up in the inside, she kicked in quickly approaching the wire, proving a half length better than Kissin In The Sand today, with Apple Bottom Jeans another 1¼ lengths back in third. Tequila Monday (5) over Kissin In The Sand (2) The American Ideal mare Tequila Monday, one of the top distaffs in the game when on her game, certainly is in peak form with her five straight victories to begin 2019. The winner of $818,462 is trained by Hunter Oakes for Northfolk Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. George Napolitano Jr. had four winners on the Philly afternoon card - as did his brother Anthony during a matinee card at Pocono on Saturday. With the three wagering favorites all finishing within the top four positions of Saturday's (May 4) fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has reached a new seasonal high of over $18,000.   Even-money favorite English Rose N spurred a $44.66 dividend for the daily jackpot wager, while the carryover grew to $18,717.15 for Sunday afternoon's (May 5) program.   The 20-cent wager occurs daily in the fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winner. In the event of no or multiple winners, the carryover progresses to the next card.   First post on Sunday is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - Some of North America's best older trotters and pacers will be spending many a weekend day from May to early September at either The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono or Harrah's Philadelphia, racing in the second year of harness racing action for The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS). The GNOS is a series that will offer $30,000 races involving three classifications: an Open pace, an Open trot, and a Filly & Mare Open pace. The Open paces will take place at one track on a given week; the Open trot and F&M Open pace will take place at the other. If the Open pace is at Pocono in a given week, it will be held on Saturday night; all other GNOS races will be held on Sundays: afternoon cards at Philly; nighttime at Pocono. Exceptions to these basics start right on Opening Day for the series, this Saturday, May 4, Kentucky Derby Day: Philly will be open that day and will hold the Open trot and F&M Open pace on that card, while Pocono, will hosts a doubleheader, will have the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Pace, its traditional Derby Day feature, during the nighttime action. Other variations: on Sunday, May 26, Philly will host all three classes in their traditional big-money Invitational races, which are designated GNOS races; and on Saturday, June 29, Pocono will hold $75,000 events for the Open trotters and the F&M Open pacers during its giant Sun Stakes Saturday (the Franklin Pace will not be a GNOS event, but the Open pacers will have a GNOS opportunity at Philly Sunday afternoon). Each starter will receive 25 points, and then points will be given based on order of finish, on a 50-25-12-8-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The top pointearners throughout the summer will qualify for their respective $100,000 Great Northeast Open Series Championships at 1¼ miles during a Monday twilight, September 9 card at Pocono, along with the eight $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships. This Pocono program will serve as the culmination of a $2,500,000 Pennsylvania Statewide Stakes Championship Weekend, which will include the 3YO PA Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon and the 2YO PA Sire Stakes Championships at Philly on Sunday afternoon. The inaugural GNOS Championships, also held at 1¼ miles, produced a world record effort by Pocono-based Open trotter Homicide Hunter, who won in 2:22.2 and soon afterward would go on to become The World's Fastest Trotter with an historic 1:48.4 victory at The Red Mile. Western Joe won the Open pace Championship in 2:20.2 (only 3/5 of a second off the world record for the elongated distance); Bettorhaveanother won the distaff GNOS Championship in 2:21.3. Pocono will draw for its Saturday card on Monday at 9 a.m.; Philly will draw for its Saturday card on Tuesday at 9 a.m. PHHA / The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono / Harrah's Philadelphia    

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