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WILKES-BARRE PA - Truemass Volo and Love Matters both became two-time winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with victories within the four divisions of the $251,780 third preliminary leg event on Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   First to record the double was the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo colt Truemass Volo, who set the pace then held off Sliding Off to his inside and Milligan's School to his outside in taking a new mark of 1:56.2 under the guidance of Tim Tetrick. Truemass Volo now has three consecutive wins after making breaks in his first two outings, peaking at a good time for trainer Doug Hamliton and owners John Erdner and Martin Garey.   The Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love colt Love Matters went in the race immediately after Truemass Volo's, and he is now undefeated in five lifetime starts (and two PaSS races; he skipped a leg), here lowering his mark to 1:55.2 while triumphing for driver Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. is the co-owner along with Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman.   The two first-time PaSS winners both paid off at better than 20-1, and one of them put up the fastest clocking of all. That would be the colt Iron Mine Bucky, giving Explosive Matter a siring double (his dam is My Foolish Dream) and lowering his mark to 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis moved the winner, who has now taken half his six lifetime starts, first-over on the second turn, and "Bucky" threw a 28 uncovered third quarter to clear to the lead and win nicely for trainer Colby Hubble and Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The Cantab Hall-Likeavirgin Lindy colt Landjack Hanover did get a little help on the way to his maiden victory, and given the luck he knew what to do and tripped the timer in 1:57.1 under the guidance of Corey Callahan. Landjack Hanover was third-inside at the ¾, but first pocketsitting Alexander Hanover jumped midturn and went to the infield, and then Desert Runner, still with about a 2½-length lead in midstretch, unfortunately lived up to the second half of his name, with Landjack Hanover there to pick up the pieces for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Jerry Graham, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono      

Hambletonian champion Pinkman went off stride at the start, opening the door for his eight rivals in Saturday's (Aug. 22) $500,000 Colonial Trot for 3-year-old male trotters, and Crazy Wow was the one to take advantage. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, won the Colonial by 1-1/4 lengths over The Bank in 1:52.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Uncle Lasse finished third and Wicker Hanover was fourth. Crazy Wow, sent off at odds of 9-1, was the third choice in the betting behind 1-5 favorite Pinkman and Uncle Lasse. The Bank and Uncle Lasse are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, as is Pinkman. Uncle Lasse took the early lead and remained on top through fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23.3. Canepa Hanover made a first-over bid, but was unable to pass Uncle Lasse. Crazy Wow, who enjoyed a trip following the leader, took charge in the stretch and pulled away to victory. "I wanted to follow Pinkman, but it didn't work out that way," said Tim Tetrick, who drove Crazy Wow for trainer Ron Burke. "He made a break and I got a perfect trip out of it." "I sat the two hole and my horse responded well." "He felt good. He's a big strong horse and he's great to drive. He works at it, he's got a great attitude, and he likes to win." Crazy Wow has won five of nine races this year and earned $542,537. For his career, the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gain has won 10 of 20 starts and banked $775,465. He is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. "It's a big win," Burke said. "He's a good horse that I think can go with them all the time when he gets the chances. In the big races, I think he will acquit himself well. He'll have some more chances to race against these." Crazy Wow's future schedule includes the Canadian Trotting Classic in September at Mohawk. Yannick Gingras, who drove Pinkman, was unsure why the gelding went off stride. Pinkman, the winner of 14 of 18 lifetime races, had never made a break in a pari-mutuel race in his career and wound up last in the nine-horse field. "I don't know," Gingras said. "I was just taking him to the gate and he made a break." Colonial Consolations If you backed Centurion ATM in the $200,000 Consolation I and saw driver Ake Svanstedt pull his horse out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarters to battle favored Whom Shall I Fear, you had to be encouraged, for Svanstedt is one of the best sulksyitters in the world. Centurion ATM went right to the lead and strode off to a 1-3/4 length win in 1:53.3, a tick off of his lifetime record. Svanstedt, whose world champion Sebastian K was retired to stud during special on-track ceremonies earlier in the card, is also the trainer of Centurion ATM, a son of SJ's Caviar, who is owned by Courant A B and Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Sebastian K's sponsors). Muscle Diamond, second in the Breeders Crown at the end of last year but slow to find top form this season, may have turned a corner in the $100,000 Consolation II, coming from second-over to win a five-horse across-the-track finish in 1:53.2, equaling his lifetime mark while defeating Cruzado Dela Noche by three-quarters of a length. Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III is a co-owner of the son of Muscle Hill with trainer Brett Bittle, Dan Bittle, and Charles Keller IV. Ken Weingartner

El Titan and driver Tim Tetrick made a three-wide move from fifth place on the final turn and overtook JL Cruze and Resolve in the stretch to win Saturday's (Aug. 22) $100,000 Sebastian K Invitational for older trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. E L Titan won in a lifetime-best 1:51.2, beating Resolve by a head. Daylon Miracle finished third and JL Cruze was fourth, snapping the 4-year-old's 12-race win streak. JL Cruze was making his first start since the Hambletonian Maturity on July 18. The Sebastian K Invitational honored recently retired Sebastian K, who in 2014 trotted the fastest mile in harness racing history at Pocono, winning in 1:49. A retirement ceremony, with Sebastian K in attendance along with co-owner Michael Knutsson of Knutsson Trotting Inc., was held in the winner's circle prior to the race. Early leader Resolve led the field to the quarter in :27. JL Cruze took the top spot prior to the half, reached in :55.3, while Natural Herbie made a first-over challenge and moved into third place. E L Titan, who started from post eight, followed Natural Herbie in the outer flow before making his bid for the front as the group hit three-quarters in 1:23.2. Resolve moved to the inside in the stretch and was the first to overtake JL Cruze, but was unable to hold off E L Titan on the outside. "I was hoping it would go like that," winning trainer Riina Rekila said about E L Titan's trip. "The eight hole, I don't like." "He can leave, but in these kinds of races you can't leave like crazy from the eight hole." "I was hoping for something like that and it went exactly like I was hoping. It was perfect." Rekila, who is based in Canada, was listed to drive E L Titan, but was planning to find another driver for the race. "I don't drive Pocono too often and in big races I think it's good that you know the track and you know the other drivers," Rekila said. "I can drive him in some of the smaller races." E L Titan, a 4-year-old sent off at odds of 9-1, won for the first time in three races this year. He was slow to return to action this season because of doing stallion duty. "He was breeding until July," Rekila said. "It's very stressful for the horses so I didn't want to bother him too much. And he had a little allergies too so I didn't want to stress him too much. "I think he's much better when it gets cold. I try to give him time to recover after every race. It's hard to go (1):51." "You have to give him time to rest, especially in the summertime." I don't think in the winter he cares. He really likes the winter." E L Titan has won seven of 16 races in his career and earned $644,526. Invitational Paces Always At My Place made an early move to the lead after the :26.1 quarter and blasted middle fractions of :53 and 1:20 before freezing the timer in 1:47.2 in the $50,000 USTA Invitational Pace -- a clocking beaten only by Sweet Lou (1:47 at Pocono) in five-eighth-mile track history. The 4-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin rewrote Mach It So's divisional world record (1:48, also set here) under hustling by driver Matt Kakaley in notching his sixth straight victory and achieving the amazing clocking for trainer Ron Burke (winning both pacing Invitationals) and the partnership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and Phil Collura. The $3,500 yearling purchase Cinamony, a Lynch elimination winner here last year and prospering even more this season since being acquired by top trainer Ron Burke, won the night's opener, the $50,000 Hanover Shoe Farms Invitational mare pace, in a personal best and national season's record of 1:49.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Art Official moved to the lead in front of the stands for driver Yannick Gingras and held sway from there, stepping home in :27 to win by 1-3/4 lengths for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Ken Weingartner

The undefeated Pure Country completed her sweep of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes preliminary legs, and Newborn Sassy set track and stake records in Wednesday's PASS action at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. The $212,776 event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over four divisions, with Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Be taking the other splits. Pure Country was on top early in her split when Skinny Dipper made a nasty break that scattered the back markers and left I Said Diamonds, sitting on Pure Country's bumper, as the only real competition. "I heard the horse in the three hole make a break," said winning driver Brett Miller. "When I looked at the tote board, I saw there was a big gap, so I thought I should take advantage of that and go a slow second quarter." "I think she can go with anybody." "She doesn't have to be on the front." "In my opinion, she can race better off the pace." "I've been putting her on the front to stay out of trouble." Pure Country triumphed in 1:52.3, 3/4 lengths better than I Said Diamonds. Hug A Dragoness earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana who's now perfect in five starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. After launching her career poorly in a July 9 PASS leg, Newborn Sassy retreated to the PA Stallion Series, where she gained confidence and put her game together. In the Meadow Cheer, she saved ground, then zipped home for Tim Tetrick in 1:51.1, fastest ever for a 2-year-old filly pacer at The Meadows. Weeper held the previous track and stake mark of 1:51.4. Early leader Shesasmokinlady was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Peachy third. "We started her out a little steep there -- she wasn't quite as ready as she should have been, perhaps," said Jim King, Jr., who conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton -- a $37,000 yearling acquisition -- and owns with CC Racing. "It was a tough winter in Illinois where she started, so we got a little bit of a late start." "She's developed very well." Shezarealdeal grabbed her second PASS win with an uncovered backside burst that carried her to victory in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than Princess Fabulosa. Yankee Moonshine finished fourth-placed-third. "The horse on the front didn't look that good," winning driver Marcus Miller said, "so I thought if I could keep pacing hard when we hit the turn, I could get by her. "She's really quick, so I wasn't too surprised." "I put her on the front too many times in a row." "Today, just following for a half, she was brave." Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Shezarealcaesar for Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal made it two straight when she found late racing room to score in 1:51, matching her career best. Angels Delight was a nose back in second while Just A Bee completed the ticket. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last, who boosted her career bankroll to $391,283, for trainer Randy Bendis and owners Bendis, Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 15-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features the $174,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which has drawn Hambletonian runner-up Mission Brief and Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey. The Moni Maker goes as race 3 on the program, which begins at 6:55 PM.                                                          Evan Pattak

After a lifetime in harness racing, trainer Joann Looney-King is enjoying her horse of a lifetime. And the horse, Wakizashi Hanover, is enjoying all the attention. Wakizashi Hanover, who in June won Canada's million-dollar North America Cup, returns from a nearly month-long layoff Friday in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at Northfield Park in Ohio. Wakizashi Hanover, known around the stable as the more-easily pronounced "Waki," drew post eight in the eight-horse field and is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line. Regular driver Tim Tetrick is listed to go with the gelding. For the year, Wakizashi Hanover has won six of 10 races, hit the board a total of nine times, and earned $639,902 for the ownership group Tri County Stable, based in Nova Scotia. Lifetime, the son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture has won eight of 16 starts, missed the top three only twice, and earned $743,991. "It's just such a wonderful thing at this point in my life to have a horse like this," said Looney-King, a 69-year-old Delaware native whose career in harness racing has included driving, training and co-hosting the early editions of the show "Racing from the Meadowlands." "I've done it for so many years and to have this happen, my husband (trainer Jim King Jr.) and I think we've died and gone to heaven. We've made our living through the years with claimers and condition horses. Claimers have been good to me, and I still have claimers. We've worked hard, and we still do. You don't get anywhere until you work hard. You've got to really get with it and stick with the program for years and go through heartaches. "To make it all worth it, wow. One horse can bring you to life. After all these years, one horse." Wakizashi Hanover is a horse who enjoys his routine, from an early breakfast followed by several hours of fresh air in the paddock, to being the center of attention. "He has a big personality," Looney-King said. "He's the first horse I go to in the barn every day. He's there with head over the door swinging it around and around and around, demanding that you come over and pet him on the head and talk to him and be his friend. "He's a kind horse; a good-feeling horse. He just has a good personality. He's a wonderful horse to be around, and makes his presence known all the time. When he gets to the (race) paddock he's all business. He does anything you ask him to do. He's just a nice boy." Wakizashi Hanover was purchased for $23,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale by Bruce Kennedy, who heads the Tri County Stable. The group consists of three veteran horse owners, including the 74-year-old Kennedy, and three newcomers. "In Nova Scotia, people are just crazy for this horse," Looney-King said. "It's fun to see other people enjoy it too. It's amazing. "Bruce is such a good guy. Of course we always want to win, but he's always happy for somebody else when they win. The whole group, you're just always happy for people that get a good horse." Wakizashi Hanover's recent respite followed six consecutive weeks of racing. After winning the North America Cup he finished fourth from post seven in the Max C. Hempt Memorial and third from post nine in the Meadowlands Pace. He prepped for the Milstein by winning a qualifier in 1:53.1 on Aug. 4 at Harrah's Philadelphia. His connections had considered spending $35,000 to supplement to the Cane Pace, which was held Aug. 8, but decided to stick to the horse's schedule. Dealt A Winner won the Cane Pace at 26-1 odds, upsetting Meadowlands Pace and Hempt winner Wiggle It Jiggleit and Adios winner Dude's The Man in the process. "We figured we would skip the Cane and as it turned out we probably should have showed up," Looney-King said. "It turned out there were no eliminations and only a nine-horse field for the final. But that's water under the bridge. "It's such a hard schedule. We're a little fussy about racing too much, even though we know the big money is as a 3-year-old." Following the Milstein, Wakizashi Hanover's schedule includes the Battle of the Brandywine, Keystone Classic, Breeders Crown, Matron Stakes, and Progress Pace. "It's a pretty heavy schedule," Looney-King said. "Things change weekly. (The result of the Cane Pace), that's just horse racing. I think a lot of times we think these things are machines and they're just horses. You never know. They're always capable of surprising you. And that's a great thing. "It is a nice bunch of horses in this (3-year-old pacing) division. You've got to be looking out for all those guys. I don't discount any one of them. It's exciting. It's fun. And to be part of it is really fun too." Looney-King would have preferred a better draw for the Milstein, but she is always happy with her horse. "It's always nice when a horse gives a hundred percent all the time, and that's what he does," she said. "When Tim goes out there with him I always have a good feeling. The two of them are a top-notched duo. In my mind, you can't get any better than those two. "I just always know when he goes out there that I'm going to get everything he's got. That's a good feeling. That's a real good feeling." $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial 1 - Go Daddy Go by Ponder - Peter Wrenn-Robert McIntosh-15-1 2 - Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said -Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Ron Burke-10-1 3 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-4-1 4 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-3-5 5 - Allbeef N Nobull by McArdle -Chris Page-Ron Burke-12-1 6 - Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover -Aaron Merriman-Mark Silva-20-1 7 - The Wayfaring Man by Dragon Again -Aaron Merriman-Nicky Comegna-25-1 8 - Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -Tim Tetrick-Joann Looney-King-9-2 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

East Rutherford, NJ --- Anndrovette must enjoy racing 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. The multiple-award-winning 8-year-old mare captured Saturday’s (Aug. 8) $251,250 Lady Liberty for older harness racing female pacers at the Big M at the added distance of 1-1/8 miles, defeating Table Talk by 1-1/4 lengths in 2:04.1. Anndrovette also won the Golden Girls at 1-1/8 miles on July 18 at the Meadowlands, which was her first victory at the track since the 2012 Overbid final. A four-time Dan Patch Award recipient, Anndrovette and driver Tim Tetrick were sent off at 5-2 odds and took the lead from Table Talk as the field made its way around the first turn. Table Talk remained second for much of the mile and was unable to overtake Anndrovette in the stretch. Venus Delight finished third. “I just wanted to be in control or follow the one that had some speed up front,” Tetrick said. “I got to control it and my mare was happy to be up there. When she’s on her game, she’s one of the toughest horses I’ve ever been associated with. She shows up, she’s a true champion, no question.” Anndrovette (Riverboat King-Easy Miss) has won 44 of 123 career races and earned $3.42 million. She is trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. and owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. She is the second richest pacing mare in harness racing history. Eternal Camnation tops the list with $3.74 million. “She could get there,” Tetrick said. “She’s broken a lot of horses in this older division, a lot of them tried to take it to her, but she lasts year in and year out. I give her tons of credit, I race her hard all the time and she likes it, she keeps coming back.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harness racing trainer George Ducharme knows that Wings Of Royalty is not the same horse as 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. The affable conditioner nonetheless is rather pleased with the progress the son of R C Royalty has made entering the 90th edition of the Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands. “I’m very happy with the way he trained this week,” said Ducharme from his Vernon Downs base on Thursday. “I thought he raced well in the Zweig (fourth place behind Pinkman),” said Ducharme. “After the race I talked to Tim (Tetrick) and we both agreed that he needed a race over the big track to get stretched out and acclimate to the speed of the race." "He’d been racing so much over the half mile tracks.” Royalty For Life will have Brian Sears in the bike in the second of two elimination heats on Saturday afternoon. “I was very happy with the draw,” said Ducharme of post five in the nine-horse field. Wings Of Royalty, a homebred of Raymond Campbell Jr., has earned $237,599 during his career racing primarily in New York. The colt prepped for the Hambletonian with a victory at Vernon Downs last Saturday coming from off the pace in 1:54 3/5. “I think he’s as good as he’s ever been,” said Ducharme of Wings Of Royalty. “I was happy with the division he got into." I think the first division is tougher but we do have Mission Brief and she’ll be tough if she behaves.” Royalty For Life was a favorite going into the Hambletonian in 2013 and Wings Of Royalty is a decided longshot. But trainer George Ducharme wouldn’t have entered the colt had he not thought he belonged with this group. Wings Of Royalty has been quite consistent throughout his career and has the dual capacity to race near or from off the pace and still finish his miles with strength. Without question having Hambletonian experience is a major factor in getting to the race again and succeeding. Both Ducharme and Sears have been here before which in a sense takes some of the pressure off. Wings Of Royalty is as good as he’s going to be, whether that’s good enough won’t be known until sometime late on Saturday afternoon. Jay Bergman

Freehold, NJ --- Tony Alagna says Lock Down Lindy’s performance in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination last weekend was “a chance to show everybody she’s the filly I thought she was last year.” The harness racing trainer hopes she shows off again in Saturday’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Lock Down Lindy won her Oaks elimination by two lengths over Wild Honey in a career-best 1:51.4 on Aug. 1. She will start the final from post No. 1, with driver Tim Tetrick, and is 3-1 on the morning line. Wild Honey, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 favorite from post two. The Hambletonian Oaks is Race No. 12 on a jammed-packed stakes card, with the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-old trotters as the centerpiece. The two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations are races eight and nine and the $1 million final is race 13. Post time for the first race is 12 noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will air coverage of the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Lock Down Lindy last year won two of seven races and earned $72,445. She won her elimination for the Merrie Annabelle Stakes at the Meadowlands and finished third in the final, behind Mission Brief and Jolene Jolene. She also finished third in a division of the Champlain Stakes, but finished her campaign by going off stride twice. This season, she has won two of 10 races, hit the board a total of seven times, and earned $112,184 for owners Mystical Marker Farms, Crawford Partners, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. She finished second to Barn Doll in the Empire Breeders Championship and third in a division of the Reynolds Memorial. She entered her Hambletonian Oaks elimination off a ninth-place finish in the Zweig Memorial’s filly division, having gone off stride at the start of the race won by Mission Brief. Lock Down Lindy is a daughter of Lucky Chucky out of the mare Love Lockdown. She was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and her family includes stakes-winners Majestic Son and Misterizi. “Everybody knows how much I liked this filly last year,” Alagna said. “She just had bad luck at the end of the season. “We’ve been racing her pretty conservatively. (In the Zweig) she just got off on the wrong foot. I thought she had a really nice shot, not to beat Mission Brief of course, but to get a good piece of the action. She tried to leave from the rail and got tangled up and made a break. (In her Oaks elimination) she had a chance to show everybody she’s the filly I thought she was last year.” With Mission Brief heading to the Hambletonian, where she will try to become the first filly to win the race since Continentalvictory in 1996, the Oaks trophy appears to be up for grabs. “It’s pretty wide open,” Alagna said. “We’ll just have to see how it works out. There’s a lot of nice fillies in there. A lot of it will depend on how things go and a trip and who has a good week. We’re just glad to be in it. Hopefully (Lock Down Lindy) will fire right back. That would be nice.” Takter will send out three Hambletonian Oaks finalists, with Sarcy and Speak To Me joining Wild Honey in the field. Takter has won the Oaks four times, with Lifetime Pursuit last year, Passionate Glide in 2006, Southwind Allaire in 2003, and Gleam in 1994. Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy, has won 12 of 18 career races, finished second on four occasions, and earned $588,488 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. She won last year’s Matron Stakes and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and captured her division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio in 1:55.2, setting the record for the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old on a half-mile track. Trainer Julie Miller has two Hambletonian Oaks finalists, Livininthefastlane and Lady Winona. Livininthefastlane finished second in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination to Spirit To Win, who died unexpectedly Monday as the result of an accident while preparing to jog. Livininthefastlane is 7-2 on the morning line and will start from post seven with Andy Miller in the sulky. She has won seven of 16 career races, finished among the top three a total of 13 times, and banked $379,481 for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. “I was really happy,” Julie Miller said after the elimination. “We kind of have some sickness running through our barn and I was a little concerned. She probably wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked to have her, but Andy said she raced to the wire and I would hope she’s over the sickness. She has seven more days to prepare and we’ll just hope everything is right for her.” Lady Winona, who finished fourth in the elimination won by Lock Down Lindy, is 20-1 with Brian Sears driving from post four. She has won two of 18 career races and earned $81,938 for owner Stroy Inc., which is Natalia Stroy of Moscow. “She’s a nice complement to my barn,” Miller said. “She’s been doing great on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, so I thought she deserved a chance. I think she’s got good gate speed. I don’t know if she’ll be able to use it in this type of race, they’re probably a step ahead of her. But if she can get a piece of it I’ll be real happy with her.” Miller also sees a wide-open race. “Everybody’s been popping up,” she said. “It’s a tossup. It’s going to come down to who’s best that day.” Following is the field for the Hambletonian Oaks in post order, with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks-Race 12 HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Lock Down Lindy, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1 2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 3. Bright Baby Blues, David Miller, Bob Stewart, 8-1 4. Lady Winona, Brian Sears, Julie Miller, 20-1 5. Rules Of The Road, Corey Callahan, Janice Connor, 8-1 6. Classical Annie, Aaron Merriman, Jim Arledge Jr., 30-1 7. Livininthefastlane, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 7-2 8. Sarcy, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 9. Smokinmombo, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver, 12-1 10. Speak To Me, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will showcase many of Delaware's top standardbreds Thursday evening as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. The 13-race program which features Harrington's richest aggregate purse total for one card on the season of $610,000, will have a 7 p.m. post time. A prestigious day of racing is ahead that honors the memory of former track officials, legislators and horsemen and is the focal point for many horsemen year round in pursuit of local bragging rights and camaraderie in front of the biggest crowd of the season for Delaware harness racing. Every horse on the program is either Delaware owned and/or bred. There will be an autograph session featuring the top eight leading drivers at Harrington as well as two of racing's most accomplished pilots, Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan, beginning at 6 p.m. in the grandstand lobby. T-shirts will also be thrown into the crowd after designated races. As has been customary, four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be featured among 3-year-old pacers and trotters as will fixtures for aged horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup, $30,000 Legislator's Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot and $20,000 President's Cup. The first $100,000 DSBF final will include the pacing fillies as two arch rivals who swept their eliminations will square off, Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags (5/2, Victor Kirby) and Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Carter Racing's Totally Rusty (2-1, Corey Callahan). The second DSBF final event to go post ward is the filly trotting final, in a competitive group that includes Charles Wimbrow's Silence Is Bliss (5/2, Allan Davis) and Marvin Meyer's Cuddle Punk (7/2, Tim Tetrick), who both swept their elimination events. Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables' Callmemza (3-1, Jon Roberts), a 2-year-old Harrington DSBF champ and 3-year-old champ at Dover Downs, is also a prime contender. The event is named in honor of former Harrington Raceway President, Jack Walls, who passed away in 2003. The DSBF final for trotting colts and geldings is scheduled as the ninth race and honors the memory of former driver/trainer Hal Belote who was tragically killed in a racing accident in 2006. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Go Byem (7/5, Les Givens) is considered to be the one to beat after decisive wins in his eliminations for his trainer Givens, a native of Seaford, Del., who has been one of the most successful at winning DSBF events. The last DSBF final on the program is one of the most competitive as three heavy hitting pacers will do battle in Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ronald Benton's Remember Me VK (2/1, Montrell Teague), Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art (5/2, Anthony Morgan), and Michael White's Son of A Sizzle (5/2, Kirby). In the Governor's Cup, a stablemate of Purrfect Bags for trainer Jim King Jr., Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt (2/1, Kirby) aims for a repeat victory in the prestigious event for aged pacers. Only Daryl Bier's Bandolito (7/2, Bier) sports a higher seasonal bankroll in the field. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell is expected to be on hand once again to present the trophy to this year's winner. The top event for pacing mares on the program, the Legislator's Cup, is headlined by Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart (8/5, Morgan), who was third in last year's event, and Reggie Hazzard's A La Notte Hanover (7/5, Davis). For the first time in recent memory, no mare in the field is older than five. The race also honors the memory of long-time state senator Thurman Adams, who passed away in 2009 as the longest serving senator in the history of the First State. The Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot, is named after the former Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair board member. Prayer Session (7/5, Callahan) is the early favorite in the event for older trotters for owners Gary Evans and Foulk Stables. Matthew Sparacino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2015 -- Saturday's Adios eliminations card at The Meadows was supported by three other compelling stakes that, along with the elims, comprised 13 of the 15 races. Yannick Gingras and harness racing trainer Ron Burke each scored five times in those stakes while Tim Tetrick enjoyed a stake four-bagger. Highlights from Saturday's stakes: The Albatross, $217,340 PASS - 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacers Manhattan Beach zipped to the lead for Tetrick and rolled home in a stake-record 1:51.1, bettering the mark of 1:52 held jointly by Limelight Beach and Seventh Secret. Sossy's King Kong was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with McPhil third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers campaign the Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding, a full brother to the former record-holder, Limelight Beach, winner of the 2014 Little Brown Jug. Check Six powered to the point with a quarter-pole move for Gingras and held off the late thrust of McDave to down him by a neck in 1:52.3, with Mr Right Hanover third. Burke trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. "That was a horse race down the stretch -- he wouldn't let them go by him," Gingras said. "He has all kinds of potential, He has the size, a nice gait, speed and guts. He has the package. Pacing colts are a little fickle at this stage. In another month, they'll separate the men from the boys." Do Over Hanover pulled the pocket down the backside to avoid the faltering leader, Genovese, and held off Another Daily Copy by a neck to triumph in 1:52.4. Allie's Cruiser earned show. "He's very versatile and good mannered," said Jim Campbell, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Driven To Sin -- a $25,000 yearling acquisition -- for Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Robert Unice. "I'll give him a week or two off because he's gone hard the last three weeks. We'll probably get him ready for the next sires stake leg." Spider Man Hanover and The Catamount Kid took the other Albatross divisions. The Romola Hanover, $182,016 PASS, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Doctor Terror unleashed a huge uncovered bid from sixth that carried her to victory in 1:50.4 for Corey Callahan and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns the daughter of Western Terror-Doctor Seth with Stuart McIntosh. Imagine Dragon was second by a head, with Momas Got A Gun third. With the victory, Doctor Terror soared over $200,000 in career earnings. The other Romola Hanover split also went to a daughter of Western Terror, as Safe From Terror and Gingras edged her stablemate, Storm Point, by a neck to win in 1:51.1. Macarena Mama completed the ticket. Burke conditions Safe From Terror for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. $60,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Off a layoff of more than two months, Dobre Povedane matched Icommandmyspirit's stake record of 1:51.3 when she followed cover and brushed home to defeat Lean On Yourself by 1-3/4 lengths, with Angel Or Terror third. Callahan drove for trainer John Butenschoen and owners David Prushnok and John Prushnok. "We thought she could use a little time," said Tyler Butenschoen, the winner's assistant trainer. "She raced good her last race but maybe seemed a little sore afterward. Nothing major, but we gave her a little time, and she trained back great. I expected her to race good, but a 1:51.3 mile was an eye-opener." Mezzanine Fashion and Repeat Please captured the other stallion series splits. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dismissed at 35-1, Cooperstown rallied wide and strong in the lane and became the most improbable of the trio of winners in Saturday's eliminations in the $525,000 Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.  National Seelster and My Hero Ron, both favorites, captured the other eliminations. They'll be joined in next Saturday's final by Angelo J Fra, Dreams Beachboy, Lost For Words, Dude's The Man, Yankee Bounty and Trading Up. Ron Burke trained two elimination winners--Cooperstown and My Hero Ron, each piloted to victory by Yannick Gingras--and also will be represented by Yankee Bounty. Tony Alagna (Dreams Beachboy, Trading Up) will send a pair to the final. An open draw for Adios final post positions is set for Tuesday, 12:30 PM, and can be seen on Meadows Live! Cooperstown, whose most recent victory came in a non-winners of 3, appeared to be in an unenviable position--third over and chasing a leader, Tomy Terror, who'd enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather. Gingras, however, didn't see it that way. "Actually, I liked my spot," he said. "I didn't think the leaders were the horses to beat, and I knew my cover would take me a long way." "I wasn't thinking about winning--he was 35-1 for a reason." "But around the last turn, I knew I'd made the final, anyway." Cooperstown blazed the back half in 54.1 and scored in 1:49.4, defeating Lost For Words by a neck. Dude's The Man rallied from last for show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Keith Pippi and Michelle Yanek campaign Cooperstown, a son of Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm. National Seelster, who is 4 for 4 in New York Sires Stake action this year, got away in third. Tim Tetrick moved him to the front at the quarter, a decision Tetrick said he nearly came to regret. "My horse was kind of falling asleep on the front," Tetrick said. "He's only cut it a few times, and he didn't know what to do up there." "When he saw that Yannick couldn't get around him, he got brave." "He swelled up enough to get to the wire." "I think he needs a helmet to follow for quite a while." "He can rough it some, but on the front, he's too lazy." "I won't do that again with him." The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against woke up in enough time to repel the stern first-over challenge of Rufo and triumph in 1:51.1, 3/4 lengths better than long shot Angelo J Fra. Dreams Beachboy completed the ticket. Chris Ryder conditions National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm. My Hero Ron took command early, put away his well-intended stablemate, Yankee Bounty, and downed him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.3, with Trading Up third. It was the third straight win for the Well Said-Emma La Em gelding since his private acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino. "He's a little bit lazy, but he's the kind of horse who will step up when they get to him," Gingras said. "Those were pretty soft fractions for this bunch, so I knew he'd have plenty left." ADIOS ELIMS NOTES: The Burke stable set two PRs on the evening. One, of course, was winning two Adios elims. The second may be even more impressive--the stable entered 24 horses, most ever for Burke on a single program at a single track. Ultimately, two were scratched. Nevertheless, Farm Manager Michelle Hill spent a good chunk of the preceding week preparing index cards for each horse with staff assignments. Evan Pattak  

Entering Friday night, Market Share was winless in four starts this season. In fact, he was yet to hit the board. But that all changed in the featured $28,500 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands. Market Share had his game face on this Friday night, as he soared around the East Rutherford harness racing oval, winning in wire to wire fashion as the 2-1 second choice. Market Share led at every point of call, and trotted a 27.2 final quarter while holding off the fast-closing Handover Belle to win in 1:51.1. The race favorite, Obrigado, trailed for much of the mile and despite flying home in 26.3, could only manage to finish third. Both the winner and third place finisher are likely headed to the John Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day. Eliminations (if necessary) will be contested next Saturday night. The win was the 26th in the illustrious career of Market Share, whose earnings surpassed $3.7 Million. He is owned by Richard Gutnick, William Augustine and the T L P Stable. He is conditioned by Linda Toscano and was driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, one of five wins on the 12-race card for Tetrick. Market Share Tetrick also scored in the $28,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace with the Pennsylvania invader, Ooh Bad Shark, who scored an off the pace win in 1:48.3. Ooh Bad Shark left for position from post six, but was quickly trapped along the pylons as Sandbetweenurtoes and Radar Contact vied for command. In the stretch Ooh Bad Shark was loaded with pace, but had to wait for racing room before angling out wide and finishing with a flourish to chase down Radar Contact with a 26.3 final quarter to score in a lifetime best performance. Longshot Lucy's Pearl rallied to be third. The winner is owned by Donna Fedorak and William Wiggins, who is also the trainer. The first round of the Kindergarten Trotting Series commenced on Friday as well. The colts split into three $10,000 divisions while the fillies contested a pair of $10,000 heats. On the colt side, Reve Royale, Waitlifter K and Winter Harbor emerged victorious while Hollywood Hill and Twice Is Right scored in the filly divisions. Both filly winners are trained by Jimmy Takter and are eligible to the Jim Doherty Memorial while Waitlifter K and Winter Harbor are Peter Haughton-eligible. Brittany Farms had a big night, finding the winner's circle three times with Winter Harbor, Propulsion and Twice Is Right. Rules Of The Road came up with a big effort in a condition trotting event, dominating a solid group in 1:52.3, a lifetime mark. The filly is trained by Janice Connor for the Arden Homestead Stable and was driven by Corey Callahan. She is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks. Eliminations will take place next Saturday night. There was more than one winning ticket in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5, therefore that carryover will be $214,272.42 into the 13th race on Saturday. The Saturday program will begin at 7:15 P.M. and it features the $200,000 New Jersey Classic and the $100,000 Miss New Jersey. Darin Zoccali Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment | 1 Racetrack Drive | East Rutherford, NJ 07073            

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2015 -- Is National Seelster, a star of New York Sires Stakes, a single-circuit specialist, or is he ready to step up to bigger harness racing tracks and bigger game? The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against may answer that question in Saturday's eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows. The three eliminations go as races 4-6, with first post at 6:55 PM. National Seelster has dominated NYSS action, with four wins in as many legs. But two of those victories came on half-mile ovals at Monticello and Yonkers. Chris Ryder, who trains National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm, thinks his star will have little trouble handling The Meadows' five-eighths-mile track since he's already won at several bigger tracks. "It's turning out he does excel on a half, but it remains to be seen how he'll do on bigger tracks," Ryder said. "I don't think a bigger track will be a problem, but he certainly does like the half." National Seelster finished second to division leader Wiggle It JiggleIt in a Hempt elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs -- also a five-eights-mile track -- but drew post 9 in the final and couldn't get involved. Unraced at 2, he has won seven of 13 starts and $137,402 this year, with a mark of 1:50.2 -- on the seven-eighths-mile track at Vernon Downs The colt's performance has caught the attention of horsemen in an acquisition mode. In fact, Ryder indicated that following his most recent victory, the owners received an overture from a "serious" potential buyer. "My owners aren't looking to sell, so they weren't major talks," Ryder said. Ryder said he's used his customary training regimen to prepare National Seelster for the Adios, and that the colt has responded well. "I tried backing off with him in the spring, but he didn't like it," Ryder says. "I've gone back to the usual methods." National Seelster leaves him post 3 in race 4 as the 5-2 second choice and will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Ryder, who has been known to drive some of his own stakes horses at The Meadows, said he never entertained the notion of putting down his own name. "I like driving my own horses once in a while when we get stuck for a driver, but I wouldn't want to embarrass myself," he said. "I like the big boys with broad shoulders to take the responsibility. I need someone to blame." Below are the Adios eliminations fields, in post order with the sire, drivers, trainers and morning line. Post positions for the final will be determined by an open draw. Race 4 1. Chaching Hanover by Yankee Cruiser, Dick Stillings, Jan Fread, 5-1 2. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa, Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 12-1 3. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 5-2 4. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 3-1 5. Rufo by Dragon Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dragon Eddy by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 8-5 Race 5 1. Lost For Words by Well Said, David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 2. Badiou Hanover by Well Said, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1 3. Tomy Terror by Western Terror, Mike Wilder, John Butenschoen, 4-1 4. Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Kelly Stackowicz, 7-2 5. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dude's The Man by American Ideal, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 2-1 Race 6 1. Berkley by Art Major, David Miller, Randy Bendis, 4-1 2. Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 6-1 3. Utah Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Andy Miller, Tim Twaddle, 8-1 4. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 7-2 5. Jo Pa's Well Said by Well Said, Marcus Miller, Jim Campbell, 8-1 6. My Hero Ron by Well Said, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-2 7. Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere, Tim Tetrick, Brian Brown, 5-1 THE MEADOWS OFFERS $7,500 GUARANTEE ON SATURDAY'S 'ADIOS ELIMINATIONS PICK 4' WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2015 -- On Saturday, July 25, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 4, which will include the eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. The guarantee is part of the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. Saturday's card, which kicks off at 6:55 PM, features three stakes in addition to Adios elims: $200,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old pacing fillies; $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies; $200,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

I took a look at how a number of drivers are measuring up against their mid-season performance last year. I’ll compare the figures through the end of racing on Saturday, Pace Day, with the figures through the end of racing on July 18, 2014. The earnings for many of the upper echelon drivers are down this year; the average for the top ten is down almost $170,000. The winter and spring weather for racing are historically bad, causing some tracks to delay their opening and others to cancel numerous dates. Tim Tetrick, who topped the list last year at this point, after winning the Pace with He’s Watching, is currently in third place. He missed time early in the year to the World Driving Championship; last year he missed the first five weeks to rehab after he had a hip replaced. Despite wins in last Saturday’s Golden Girls with Anndrovette, and the Haughton with Mach It So, Tetrick is short $735,000 from where he was at this point in 2014. Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, has been leaving Westchester more this year, with trips to Pennsylvania on Wednesdays and more drives on the NYSS circuit. He drove in Canada not long ago and piloted Venus Delight at The Meadowlands on Pace night.He currently leads all drivers in money earned by a slight margin over Corey Callahan. Jason has started 106 more times, registering 40 more wins, and earning $1.1 million more than he had to mid-July last year. His UDRS has jumped from .314 to .350. He ended 2014 in seventh place; as good as the money is at Yonkers, all that stakes money up for grabs over the next four months will be tough to overcome. The 2014 year-end leader, Driver of the Year Yannick Gingras, is currently in fourth place. He was in second at this point last year. Gingras is $900,000 short of last year’s mid-season total, with 11 fewer starts and 65 fewer wins. His UDRS is 0.337; it was 0.364 at this time in 2014. The reason is, to an extent certainly, the same one that has Matt Kakaley off more than a million dollars and Brett Miller short 82 wins and almost $450,000: Ron Burke is light years ahead of the other trainers, but he’s also well behind last year’s record setting pace. Aged money-makers Foiled Again, Clear Vision, Bettor’s Edge and Rocklamation are a collective 4 for 41 with not much money between them. Many of his top 2014 sophomores, like JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach, Sayitall BB and Gural Hanover, have disappointed. His Pace entry, Lyons Levi Lewis, finished ninth at 81/1. Takter is steaming along, so Yannick may win the title again in 2015, but so far there have been more bumps in the road. John Campbell, who received much unsolicited advice about retiring after his serious accident at Chester in May of 2011, is killing it. At this time four years ago reports surfaced that Campbell, who was still in the recovery phase, was contemplating ending his career. Then in February, 2013, he broke his collarbone in an ice skating accident. Thanks to world champion JL Cruze, Doo Wop Hanover, Rockeyed Optimist and others, JC is currently at 18, up from 39 at this point a year ago. He has almost doubled his win total, and has earned $1.3 million more. Corey Callahan, who is number two on the money list, was fifth last July. He missed time to the World Driving Championship in 2014, and has made 50 more starts this year. He has 80 more wins and $670,000 more in earnings. His UDRS is up to .332 from .288. Corey finished in sixth at year’s end. (Pierce was third last July and ended the season there. His absence is having an impact on all the marquee players.) George Napolitano Jr, who stays in Pennsylvania during the high season and drives in Florida in the winter, is having a terrific year. GNap, who is the leading driver at both Harrah’s Philadelphia and Pocono Downs, is winning almost 23% of his starts at Harrah’s and more than 24% at Pocono. He doesn’t get much Grand Circuit work, but he did recently win the Franklin with Luck Be Withyou. He’s currently seventh, up from 13 last July. He has 55 more wins and has banked $727,000 more. George finished last year at number 11. Tyler Buter is also having a very good year. He was number 50 a year ago, and has moved up to 19. He has 66 more wins and is up $1.3 million. Dan Dube, who has benefited greatly from driving Rene Allard’s horses at Yonkers, has jumped from number 17 last July to number seven. He has 69 more wins on 104 more drives and is showing a healthy $1.5 million increase in purse money over one year ago. He’s the third leading driver at Yonkers, where he’s winning 15% of his starts. Dube finished 2014 in the 21 slot. Simon Allard has also benefited from his brother’s success, in Pennsylvania. He was in slot 47 one year ago and is at 27 now. He had banked $743,000 more through Saturday than he did thru July 18, 2014. Dave Palone, the King of The Meadows, was twelfth this time last July and is at 16 now. His drive total is down 295; he has 60 fewer wins; and he has banked $682,000 less. Dave’s UDRS is a high 0.372, virtually the same as it was a year ago. Sylvain Filion, the only WEG based driver in the top twenty, went from number 23 last July to number 16 after Saturday. He’s made 75 more starts, has 60 more wins and has $587,000 more in the bank. Doug McNair, who had an off year in 2014, leaving him at number 38 in July and 32 at season’s end, has rebounded to the 24 slot.  Jody Jamieson has been on the opposite track. He went from 18 a year ago to number 35 through Saturday. He has 44 fewer wins and is short $365,000. With the OSS in full swing these numbers can change quickly. The same goes for Chris Christoforu, who was wildly successful with Casie Coleman’s youngsters in the OSS last year. Coleman is off to a very slow start and Chris is down to 33 from 19 last July. He’s earned $268,000 less this year. And James MacDonald is down to 38 from 24, with 70 fewer wins and $223,000 less. Most of these WEG drivers have had multiple win nights/days in the OSS of late. Mark MacDonald, who is up ten spots is a testament to the power of the purse money offered at Yonkers, his home base. He only has four more wins, but he has earned $600,000 more. He was second to Jim Morrill Jr on the NYSS circuit last season, and that’s just heating up. Morrill, who takes the winter off then races in Pennsylvania and upstate New York, has banked $500,000 more, with only three more wins. Both MacDonald and Morrill benefit greatly from that NYSS money. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.  He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

There were six divisions of PA Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 22), each going for a purse of $20,000. The first division went to the front-stepping Moneycounts De Vie (Tim Tetrick). The son of Andover Hall took the lead shortly after the quarter pole, going on to win in a time of 1:59.1. It was the first career win for the Dirk Simpson trainee, who was coming off of a double digit length qualifying romp. He is owned by Desyllas Racing, Bill Beck, and James Bafia. Division two saw TNT Rusty (John Campbell) make every call a winning one. The son of Explosive Matter is now a perfect two for two in his young career, trotting the mile in 1:58.4, which was the fastest of the day in the series. He is owned by trainer George Ducharme, Paul Fontaine, and Alfred Ross. In the third division, it was Raymer, Moss, and Solomon's, Mr Right (Vic Kirby) scoring on the front end. The son of Donato Hanover was able to hold of a late surge from Desert Runner (Ake Svanstedt) to pick up the victory in a time of 2:00. It was the first career win for Mr Right, who is trained by Leigh Raymer. Division four went to Mahlon Martin's Twin B Ammunition (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The son of Explosive Matter swept on by past the quarter pole and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:59.2. It was the second straight win for the Bennie Magliochetti trainee, in his fifth career start. In the fifth division, Frank Antonacci trainee Elysium Lindy (Scott Zeron) scored the upset win. The son of Cantab Hall sat in the pocket behind another long shot Cloud Nine Hanover (Charlie Norris) until the stretch, when he sprinted past to win in a final time of 1:59.3. The heavily-favored Yes Sir Officer (John Campbell) broke at three-quarters. It was the first career win for Elysium Lindy, who is owned by K R Breeding. Another upset took place in the last, as Courant A B's Dollar Grin (Lucas Wallin) closed in time to pick up the win. The son of Cantab Hall was perfectly positioned second over, bailing off that cover in the lane to narrowly gun down favorite Shady McCoy (David Wade) in 2:00.2. It was the first pair-mutuel start for Dollar Grin, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt. Michael Bozich

The "Bionic Man," driver Tim Tetrick, showed that his parts don't rust in the rain, capturing three of the eight divisions of the $160,000 second round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono over "off" going (the first five sections on a track rated "sloppy," the last three on a "good" surface).   Tetrick captured the fastest division, 1:58.3, with Goodtogo Hanover, but it was anything but a laugher over pacesetting LOL Hanover, as the victorious daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall needed most of the Pocono Pike to rally from the pocket and hang a neck decision on her foe for trainer Bill Zendt, also co-owner with Gary Saul.   All three of Tetrick's victories came during the "sloppy" portion of the card; he also clicked with Casey T (Madison River-Gia) in 2:00.3 for trainer Todd Rooney, and with the Yankee Glide-Sarafina Hall miss I Luv Blackhawkred, another of the five "pocket rockets" who took Stallion Series glory in 2:00 for trainer Dirk Simpson.   Matching Tetrick in the triple category was sire Andover Hall, with the second-fastest winner, Miss Teszla (out of Filly At Bigs), rallying from the two-hole to win easily for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter in 1:58.4. "Andover"'s other two winners controlled most of the pace in their victories: Synonymous Hanover (out of Sweetr By The Bone) in 2:00.2 for trainer/driver Charlie Norris; and Gracie Hanover (out of Gone Lindy), home first in 2:00.4  for trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt.   Also victorious on the evening were the two other winners who used the pocket as their launching pad: Twice A Night (Donato Hanover-Working Girl), who tallied in 2:00.4 (sy) for driver Jackie Ingrassia and trainer Frank Ingrassia; and the Cantab Hall-Keystone Vi Va baby Ki Ki Canolli, who stopped the timer in 2:00.1 (gd) for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Jonas Czernyson.   The Sire Stakes fillies take their turn in the spotlight Wednesday, with four divisions of their $247,844 event in raceslots 8, 10, 11, and 12.   Jerry Connors

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