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Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll. While he's used to racing for richer purses, trainer Joann Looney-King said the owners of the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding -- the principals of Tri County Stable -- deliberately picked the Keystone Classic for his final Breeders Crown prep. "This was what we did instead of qualifying -- $34,000 is better than nothing," she said. "The owners stuck with their schedule. He's done enough traveling. He's still 3, and we want him to last a while longer." In the Keystone Classic, Wakizashi Hanover controlled the mile for Tim Tetrick and scored in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of My Hero Ron. Allbeef N Nobull earned show. With the victory, Wakizashi Hanover soared over $1.2 million in career earnings. "He looked good -- never popped the plugs," Looney-King said. "He's been putting in steps lately, but today he looked on his game. So we're ready." Yankee Bounty also prevailed on the front end, but he needed a late wake-up call from Yannick Gingras to complete the job. "It wasn't so much that he was tired, but he got a little lonely on the front," Gingras said. "He was by himself a long way and wanted some company." The pocket-sitting Badiou Hanover was second, beaten a head, while Cooperstown rallied for show. The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, is having an unusual year, with $282,140 in earnings but only two victories. Gingras, for one, isn't disappointed. "He's raced good against a good crop of 3-year-olds," Gingras said. "He's been there all along. Not many wins, but the bottom line is the last column. That's what matters."   $89,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Chef Lee and Colbert each captured a division of Tuesday's companion feature, an $89,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Chef Lee inherited the front when the leader, Mesmerized, broke stride near the quarter pole, and he made the most of it, digging in late to score in 1:54.4 -- matching his lifetime best -- for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Norm Parker. Don't Mind Me was second, a head back, with Suit And Tie third. "The lead was where I wanted to be, although Mike always likes to take it easy on the horse," Parker said. "I know he fights hard on the front end." The late Rex Parker, longtime Standardbred owner, bequeathed Chef Lee to his nephew Norm, and the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding has been the gift that keeps on giving, pushing his career bankroll to $192,614 . Parker said his final start this year will be in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Colbert had little trouble disposing of his competition, grabbing the lead early for Tetrick and rolling to victory in 1:54.4, fastest of his career. The first-over New Castle was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Boots N Chains completed the ticket. "I drove him for the first time his last race, and he got locked in and pretty grabby," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I could race him again and draw a spot where I could cut it. I thought he'd go a pretty big mile, and he did." Ake Svanstedt conditions Colbert, a son of Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting. In the $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Barn Girl -- recently acquired privately for Burke by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- returned instant dividends when she shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 3 lengths in 1:54.1, with Whata Donato third. The 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $199,716 in career earnings. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Wilder enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak

The first of two divisions for the $220,000 Bluegrass Stakes 3-year-old colt trot at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile went to Crazy Wow off a pocket trip in 1:55.4.   He took control through a :28.2 first quarter, but soon yielded to challenger and 4-5 favorite The Bank.   The Bank went on to set fractions of :57.3 and 1:27 before Crazy Wow readied to pounce out of the pocket.   Once out and moving in the stretch, Crazy Wow slid up to The Bank and past him after the eighth pole, advancing to victory over the favorite, Crescent Fashion, and Classic Venture.   Owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Tim Tetrick, Crazy Wow collected the 12th win of his career, earning $977,415.   The son of Crazed out of the Mr Vic mare No Pan No Gain paid $4.00 to win.   "Timmy [Tetrick] did a good job," Ron Burke said. "He could've gotten a bad spot, but Trond [Smedshammer on Donatomite] was not leaving him [out and parked] and just held his position. He [Tetrick] got in behind Yannick and out-tripped him."   "They [Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms] bought him after his two-year-old season and, actually, he's been a surprise," Burke also said. "I thought he was a good horse, but he's been a little bit better than a good horse.   They're [the owners] are going to supplement him to the [Kentucky] Futurity next week, and then they're going to supplement him to the Breeders Crown, so he's going to get an opportunity to prove he is the best or one of the best."   "That [Crazy Wow supplementing] pretty much cements her into the [Kentucky] Filly Futurity," Burke said in regards to Mission Brief racing next week. "It seems stupid to race against your own money when you're supplementing one in, so she'll race against the fillies and then move on to the Breeders Crown."   Muscle Diamond defeated the 1-5 favorite Uncle Lasse in the second division of the Bluegrass, charging from the back of the field to a 1:56 victory.   The pace was set by Southwind Mozart, putting up fractions of :29.1, :58.2, and 1:27.3 before a challenge came from Uncle Lasse, who began his first-over move at the half.   He edged by leader Southwind Mozart in the stretch, but was soon confronted by Muscle Diamond towards the center of the course.   Uncle Lasse failed to trot with Muscle Diamond, finishing second to the 3-1 second choice. Honor And Serve was third.   Paying $8.80 to win, the colt by Muscle Hill out of the Lindy Lane mare Windylane Hanover collected the sixth win of his career, earning $502,459.   He's owned by Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, E. Bittle, and trainer Brett Bittle, and driven by John Campbell.   "It [the trip] worked out well. I was within striking range at the head of the stretch, and he kicked home the best he has in quite a long time," John Campbell said.   Ray Cotolo

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2015 -- Newborn Sassy extended her winning streak to six with an effortless victory in Wednesday's $93,800 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Cut And Paste captured the other division of the event for harness racing freshman filly pacers, giving Tim Tetrick a stake sweep. Although Newborn Sassy began her career with a pair of losses, Tetrick was aboard for her debut and was impressed. "She's the top 2-year-old pacing filly that I've driven this year," Tetrick said. "We liked her all along. First time I sat behind her, I thought she had talent but was a little green. She's really come along well." Since then, the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton has won every outing, taking her mark of 1:51.1 in a PA Sites Stake at The Meadows. In the Keystone Classic, she coasted home on the lead in 1:53.1, downing Catharsis by 7-1/4 lengths, with Vorst third. Jim King, Jr., who conditions Newborn Sassy and owns with CC Racing, said she remains eligible for the Matron, which, for the first time, will limit its field to the top money winners. "I'm not sure if she'll go. You don't know who'll go on and who'll win what," King said. "I'd hate to train her for five weeks and be Also Eligible." Cut And Paste cruised on the front end in 1:54.4 after Tetrick gave her a leisurely 58:3 front half on the point. "We got good fractions, and my filly really sprinted off," Tetrick said. "She's really quick off the wings and really handy." The daughter of Well Said-On The Arm scored in 1:54.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Danika P. She Devil Rusty rallied for show. Linda Toscano conditions Cut And Paste for Stake Your Claim Stable, Camelot Stable and Fred Wallace. $100,798 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters In the co-feature on Wednesday's program, Hot Curry, Casey T and Twice A Night -- nary a favorite among them -- each took a split. A nine-race maiden entering the stake, Hot Curry had little trouble overtaking the 1-6 selection, Lookin Sharp, in the lane and prevailing in 1:57.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. My Pink Bike followed the winner's cover for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Lookin Sharp saved show. "She's actually a sweetheart, but she's had bad luck here and there," Palone said of the daughter of Muscle Massive-Spiceberry Hanover. "I thought the race would play out for her. Speed hasn't been any good, and I thought she'd be able to tag along behind the favorite." Casey T blew by Windowshopper in the stretch and defeated her by 2 lengths for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:58.1. Grace N Vanity earned show. The win marked a return to form for the homebred daughter of Madison River-Gia after a series of break-marred efforts. "It was mostly soreness," said Todd Rooney, who trains Casey T and owns with Foge McKeever and Elden Thompson. "She was right on the edge of needing to be shut down, but we were able to keep her patched together. When we got her good, we decided to keep her going for this race. I think she'll be a nice 3-year-old. I have a Chapter Seven half-brother to her going to the Lexington Sale." When Twice A Night jumped it off at the start, she figured to be racing for education only. But the race turned into a break-fest -- 1-5 favorite Twill Be Done made an unforced error on the lead; Ginny Weasley did the same after inheriting the lead -- Twice a Night was back in the hunt. She took maximum advantage, triumphing in 1:59.2. Candelaria Deo was second, 1/2 length in arrears, while I Luv Blackhawkred completed the ticket. "She was not herself today," said winning driver Jackie Ingrassia, who owns the daughter of Donato Hanover-Working Girl with Arden Homestead Stable. "She was very antsy and tough in the paddock, kicking the walls. I didn't think she would get back in the race at all. Even without the breakers, I think she would have been right there because she was loaded with trot finishing." Frank Ingrassia trains Twice A Night. Friday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 2-year-old colts and geldings -- a $122,800 trot and a $108,000 pace. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($3.20, Victor Kirby) notched his third straight win Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.2 win. The 3-to-5 betting favorite swung wide on the final turn and outkicked I'm So Striking late for a narrow win. Spunky Jack was third. Powerful Charger has banked more than $123,000 in 2015 for trainer/co-owner King Jr. It was the second win of four on the program for Kirby. Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis each had a pair of wins. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington through October 22.    

With Wiggle It Jiggleit idle following his sensational two-heats triumph Thursday's (Sept. 24) winning the prestigious Little Brown Jug at the harness racing meeting in Delaware, Ohio, Wakizashi Hanover journeyed to Hoosier Park on Saturday (Sept. 26) to take on the highly acclaimed Indiana local hero Freaky Feet Pete in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy pace. It was not only a contest between two of the top three rated pacers in North American but also a race between the Tetrick brothers Tim versus Trace. Both siblings are listed among the top 10 race-winning drivers this season. Wakizashi Hanover is one of two horses to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit while the brilliantly fast Freaky Feet Pete finished second earlier in the year to Wiggle It Jiggleit. On this occasion, Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, overtook front-pacing Freaky Feet Pete and younger brother Trace Tetrick, deep in the stretch by a quarter-of-a-length in 1:48.4. "He's a wonderful horse," said trainer Joanne Looney-King, of the Jim King Stable of Harrington, Del. "He just is the horse of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about [Wakizashi Hanover] on the racetrack or in the barn." A three-year-old altered son of son of Dragon Again and Western Gesture Wakizashi Hanover has reached millionaire status, now one of three $1-million winners. During his sophomore campaign he has won the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell series, finished second in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, and third in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial as well as a third in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final. Wakizashi Hanover, owned by Tri County Stable, has now won nine races with three seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this season. Lifetime in 21 races, he has 11 wins, six seconds and two thirds in his career and won more than $1.1 million in purses. On the same program at Hoosier Park, the great trotting mare Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, showed her prowess scoring a 1:53 victory in the Centaur Trotting Classic. The now five-year-old scored an easy victory coming from fifth on the final turn to overtake and overpower her rivals winning comfortably by 1-1/2 lengths. Finishing second was Wind Of The North, trained and co-owned by Daryl Bier of Smyrna, Del. Bee A Magician who has won 41 of 61 career races has a huge race coming up Oct. 10 afternoon, the Yonkers International Trot. Marv Bachrad

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2015 - Although all harness racing fans, participants and bettors were still assessing the impact of Wiggle It Jiggleit's sensational triumph in Thursday's (Sept. 24) rendition of the Little Brown Jug, the anticipation for Wakizashi Hanover's trip to Hoosier Park on Saturday (Sept. 26) to take on local hero Freaky Feet Pete in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy was at fever pitch. It was a contest of brother versus brother, one of two horses to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and the measuring stick for just how talented 'Pete' truly is. Unfortunately, despite being valiant in defeat, Pete hit the wire second while Wakizashi Hanover took home the trophy, purse and blanket by a quarter of a length in 1:48.4. "If I would have had the nine hole and Trace and his horse would have six the hole, the result could very well have been much different," said winning driver, Tim Tetrick, in the winners' circle. "Pete is a very talented horse and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I also know my brother's driving capabilities. I know if I had the nine I would have to gun right out there just like he did. You aren't left with any other option. This horse, though, has little bit of everything. He has enough gate speed to leave to put himself in a good position and then has high speed when called upon to supply it. He paced the fastest last quarter of the night to win this. I'm very happy with his effort." There was certainly no drama, as the showdown in the 12th race commenced right when the field took their noses off the gate. Trace Tetrick drove right to the lead and dared Wakizashi Hanover and his sibling to go with them. Freaky Feet Pete traveled his first panel in 26.2 with is rival sitting in the garden spot directly behind him. After a half in 54.2 and three quarters in 1:22, Freaky Feet Pete was pulling away from Wakizashi Hanover at the top of the lane, but his competitor had plenty more to give. The North American Cup victor wore down the leader late in the homestretch for a score in his first appearance over the Anderson oval. "He's a wonderful horse," said conditioner Joanne Looney-King, of the son of Dragon Again and Western Gesture. "He just is the horse of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about him on the racetrack or in the barn." His share of the purse money boosted Wakizashi Hanover to millionaire status during a sophomore campaign that included wins in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell, a second in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, a third in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and another third in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final. Wakizashi Hanover, who is owned by Tri County Stable, paid $3.80 for those who backed him, while Freaky Feet Pete offered $2.10 and third place finisher Vague Traces paid $5.60. The winner's record now stands at 15-9-3-2 for the season and 21-11-6-2 for his career. He has banked more than $1.1 million. The competition between Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete was merely one component of an outstanding 14 race card with plenty of Grand Circuit action, such as Hoosier Park's most lucrative event for the diagonally gaited in the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes, and the $150,250 Elevation Pace. It was a short field comprised of only five 2-year-old trotting fillies, but Sunset Glider swiftly disposed of her rivals in the first division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes (race 2). In rein to Yannick Gingras, the daughter of Cantab Hall and the Yankee Glide mare Highland Glider, who is conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Liebfied, hit the finish line a head in front for her second win in five career parimutual trips. Her record now stands at 6-2-2-2 and the win lifted her earnings to more than $100,000 while tripping the timer in 1:56.1. She paid $7.20 to win with Woman's Will ($2.10) and Wildflower ($3.20) rounded out the trifecta. Topville Cadillac illustrated she is a force to be reckoned with beyond the Indiana Sire Stakes program, as Hoosier State's champion daughter of Rockin Image and the Electric Yankee mare Topville Cyberwave, went to the front and held off all challenges to lower her own track record and lifetime mark to 1:52 in her $125,900 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes. Piloted by Tyler Smith for her co-owner and trainer Alvin Miller, the most expensive yearling purchase ($95,000) at last year's Hoosier Classic Sale is a half-sister to fellow Indiana champs Radar Contact, Always About Katey and Sapphire Martini. Also owned by Ted Comerford and Twila Hart, Smith placed this 2-year-old pacing filly right on the lead in the evening's 7th race where she led the field through fractions of 27.3, 55.4, 1:24.3 prior to entering the winners' circle. Although she was finishing swiftly at the end, Darlinonthebeach could not reel in Topville Cadillac who paid $5.60 to win and had to settle for second place. She paid $3.20 and third place finisher Lyons River Pride provided $2.10 to bettors. "I hope I didn't sound silly when I said earlier she was still green and there is still so much more for her to give," Smith said. "She really is still learning though and it seems like there is no bottom to her. I did drive her one sister, Always About Katey and you would have to push on her to do her work, but mentally she was sharper. This filly is very professional, she just needs to learn more. I think she is a very exciting horse and I'm thrilled to be driving her." Next up was Call Me Queen Be in her $127,150 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl was sent off the post time favorite at 9-2 in the ninth race. Steered by Scott Zeron and trained by Ross Crogan, the filly, who is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham, was content to allow the other members of the field to do the heavy lifting as Can't Touch This led the way with fractions of 27.1, 56.4 and 1:26.3 before Call Me Queen Be exploded in mid-stretch along the pylons to win by a length in 1:54.4. She paid $3.00 for the victory, while Yankee Moonshine provided $3.00 for her second place finish and JK Fannie yielded $4.40 for her third. "Not many 2-year-olds would come up on the inside the way she did when they only have a few races under their belt," Zeron said. "She is just absolutely push button to drive though and two fingers. She does get worked up for the races, as she just about flipped over the in paddock before coming out on the track and she won't stand in the winners' circle, but she has a lot of ability. I think she will only improve with time." He was sent off the 3-1 selection in the $150,150 Elevation (Race 11), and American Passport illustrated why he finished second in his Metro Pace elimination earlier this season. The Tony Alagna pupil, who was driven by Scott Zeron, races as a homebred for Brittany Farms and is also owned by Alagna as well as Riverview Racing. It was 81-1 outsider Allie's Cruiser who established all the early splits of 27.2, 56.2 and 1:52.2. Just when it appeared to be bombs away, the faltering leader was overwhelmed by first Manhattan Beach, then Mindtrip and ultimately American Passport. The son of American Ideal and the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show, tripped the timer in 1:52.2 for his maiden breaking victory. His resume now stands at 7-1-3-0 and he has collected $107,546. The colt was headed to Lexington after cooling out from tonight's performance and paid $8.00 to win. He was followed home by Mindtrip ($9.40) and Big Top Hanover ($6.00). "We always knew this colt had a tremendous amount of ability," Alagna said. "He trained down excellent and we were not surprised he was second in the Metro elim. Then he drew the 10 hole for the final and he has experienced some other things that are part of bad racing luck. But he also wanted to always go fast and kind of do what he wanted to do out there. He has really started to understand what is job is and you can rate him now so he can carry that speed. We are very excited about this win and look forward to racing him in Lexington. We are not sure whether he will race once or twice, that depends on how he does, but then it's the Breeders Crown after Kentucky." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 29 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit By Kimberly French

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($5.80) notched his 11th win of the year Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.4. Trained by co-owner King Jr., the 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding charged home with urgency to reel in stretch leader Wingus late for the win. Spunky Jack was third. The win catapulted Powerful Charger closer to $500,000 in career earnings, as he has currently won more than $490,000. A fundraiser was held throughout the night in support of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Horse bracelets and other merchandise were sold during the evening with all proceeds going to benefit the DBCC. Local breast cancer survivors were on hand to participate in the winner's circle photo of the seventh race. Prior to the races a moment of silence was held to honor the memory of long-time Delaware horsemen J.D. Dennis who passed away on Monday September 21. Dennis was a former board member of Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair. He trained horses for more than 60 years and was survived by his wife Nellie and five children. Matt Sparacino  

Bamond Racing's Mach It So ($18.60, Tim Tetrick) sprung an upset in Monday's 9th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.1 triumph.   The 5-year-old Mach Three gelding and Jeff Bamond Jr.-trainee settled off a contested early pace which saw pacesetter and three time Quillen champion, venerable pacer Foiled Again park out Bandolito through fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:23.3. Tetrick and Mach It So waited third over and burst three-wide in deep stretch to edge out a game Foiled Again. Shamballa was third. Owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Mach It So recorded his 23rd career win for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and boosted his seasonal earnings to more than $450,000. Mach It So also won the $430,600 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 18.  "We were hoping for some pace up front and it worked out great," said Tetrick.  “I really liked my horse and I just needed him to have a good kick late tonight and he did. My horse felt really good and he’s coming back into form.” “We’ve had this horse since he was a 2-year-old and he’s always been a good horse,” said trainer Jeff Bamond Jr.. whose stable is based at White Birch Farm in New Jersey.  “The trip worked out for him. He’s always been kind of a trip horse.”  This year's Quillen field was comprised of winners of more than $12 million lifetime, more than $7 million of that from perennial pacing champion Foiled Again.  The race is named in the honor of the late Delaware legislator who devoted his life to public service and was a regular at the racetrack. Quillen was also a long-time board member of Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair and always fought for the best interests of the horsemen  Trainer Wayne Givens had a training triple with Bad Boy Matt, I'm Mystified and Papa Ray, all driven by Allan Davis, who had four wins. Matt Sparacino

Two-year-old filly pacers headlined a solid harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 20), in three divisions of the Liberty Bell Series, each going for a purse of $35,000. Cc Racing and Jim King's Newborn Sassy won her fifth straight in the first division. The daughter of Western Ideal maintained pocket position through out much of the race, drafting behind the speed of Ron Burke trainee Yankee Moonshine (Gingras). Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) vacated the pocket at the head of the lane, going on to win by a length in 1:53.1. Skinny Dipper (McCarthy) rallied on for second. The winner returned $2.40. Geoffrey Lyons Mound's Lyons River Pride (Gingras) was game in victory in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took the lead shortly after the start, and held off the pocket-sitter Sail To The Beach (Dube) to win by a neck in a thrilling stretch drive. It was the second career win for Lyons River Pride ($4.20) who paced the mile in 1:53. She is trained by Ron Burke. Division three saw favorite Shezarealdeal (Mar. Miller) using a well timed move in the stretch to win. The daughter of Western Ideal sat off the early speed duel, emerging three wide at the top of the stretch to sweep past winning by a length in 1:52.3. The Erv Miller trainee is now 3 for 7 in the win column lifetime. Princess Fabulosa (Zeron) finished second. Shezarealdeal ($2.80) is owned by the Nick Surick and Kdm Stables. There was also a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts on the pace slated for race 12, going for a purse of $22,000, which saw the ultra-talented Major Uptrend (Callahan) win his third straight. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, who was an in-hand 1:49.2 victor here two starts back, was a comfortable winner once again in a wrapped up 1:51. He is owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Doug Lewis. Driver Yannick Gingras, who is fourth in the driver standings in wins and second in udrs, had 5 wins on the program. Mike Bozich

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Southwind Frank streaked to a seventh straight victory, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras picked up his third consecutive William Wellwood Memorial Trot trophy on Saturday evening at Mohawk Raceway, part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With the win in the $373,000 race for two-year-old trotters, trainer Ron Burke also captured back-to-back Wellwood finals. Both Burke and Gingras won the 2014 edition with Habitat and Gingras scored in 2013 with the Jimmy Takter-trained Father Patrick. In the 2015 dash, Brooklyn Hill was the fastest off the gate, taking the early command. Southwind Frank, the 1-9 favourite, following behind in second but never found a spot on the rail as the rookie colts and geldings went past the first quarter in :28-flat. Into the backstretch, Gingras sent Southwind Frank to the front and that is where he stayed, posting the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.4. In the final turn, Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron made a bid for the lead, but they couldn't catch Southwind Frank, who ultimately stopped the clock in 1:55.4 to win by one and one-quarter lengths. Marion Marauder finished second and Deep Impact got up for third. "He's raced good that way (on the front)," said Gingras. "There wasn't that much speed out of the gate so I figured to take control of the race and let him do his thing...I knew I had the best horse in the race. My job is to just keep him out of trouble and get him to the wire." Owner Jerry Silva is now looking to next year's stakes schedule due to the triumph. "It makes me think next year. Hambo. We're going to be in it," he said. "We tried this year with Mission Brief against the boys. We didn't have a boy, but now we got a real boy, Southwind Frank." The son of Muscle Hill and Flawless Lindy is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J And T Silva Stables LLC and boasts earning of $513,505. Southwind Frank now has eight wins from nine outing, which includes victories in a Champlain and Reynolds Stakes division, the Peter Haughton Memorial Final and a New Jersey Sires Stakes Championship. Southwind Frank paid $2.20 to win. Southwind Frank Mission Brief cruise to Elegantimage victory Mission Brief continued her dominance of the three-year-old trotting filly division with a crushing five and a half length victory in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke trained filly came into the Elegantimage final off a 15-length victory in her elimination last week. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Mission Brief and driver Yannick Gingras were able to drop in fifth, while several fillies slugged it out in the early stages. Muscle Baby Doll and driver Doug McNair wanted the front and parked out Wild Honey by the opening-quarter in :26.4. Down the backstretch, Gingras made his move with Mission Brief, but was forced to go three-wide around Wild Honey before overtaking Muscle Baby Doll at the half in :55.2. It was game over once Mission Brief found the front, as the superstar filly trotted a third-quarter in :28.1 and a final-quarter under wraps in :28.3 to win in 1:52.1. "She was amazing tonight, I didn't even start her up," said Gingras following the race. "The plugs are still in and she's just toying with them. She's in another class." Wild Honey finished second, while Elegant Serenity, the daughter of race namesake Elegantimage, finished third. Trained by Ron Burke, Mission Brief has now won seven of nine starts this season and 16 overall. Gingras had high praise for how the filly gets the job done. "She makes the game plan, when she steps on the racetrack sometimes like last week she decided she was going to go all the way," he said. "Today she was a little bit more (easier) to handle so we just let the dust settle. I can't make plans with her, she makes them." A daughter of Muscle Hill, Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC. and Weaver Bruscemi. The Elegantimage victory increased her career earnings to over $1.3 million. Mission Brief paid $2.40 to win. Mission Brief Hill celebrates birthday with Peaceful Way win Rookie trotting filly Caprice Hill gave her owner Tom Hill an extra special 65th birthday present this year - a $410,000 Peaceful Way Stakes win on Saturday evening at Mohawk, which is part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, the Tony Alagna-trained Caprice Hill also made her fourth consecutive trip to the winner's circle. The 4-5 favourite got away fourth and followed behind fractions of :27.1 posted by Celebrity Eventsy, and :56.3 then 1:27 put up by Emoticon Hanover. Into final turn, Could It Be Magic advanced first up from third and Caprice Hill tracked her cover. At the head of the lane, Caprice Hill kicked off cover and was fed open racetrack. The bay miss responded and trotted on by her rivals to score by one and one-quarter length and stop the teletimer in 1:56.1. Celebrity Eventsy finished second and Dewdle All Day rallied for third. "It's great to win a big race especially when it is your birthday," said Hill. "Yannick [Gingras] drove the filly along and he said when he drover she was Mission Brief with brains and she's proved it tonight. She is a gift from God. "Kadabra has proven to be as good a sire as any trotting sire in the world," added the longtime owner. "I don't know a lot about trotters. We asked Tony to get us a nice filly and he went and picked her out and he deserves all the credit and all the praise. He's picked her. He's trained her." Hill was then quick to correct himself. "He doesn't deserve all of it," the resident of Hamilton said, as Alagna chuckled. "His mother deserves a lot as well." Alagna's mother, Donna Lee Ozment, trains Hill's yearlings in Illinois. The daughter of Kadabra and Bramasole now boasts earnings of $377,730 and has six wins and one second-place finish from seven starts, which includes a victory in a Champlain Stakes division. Caprice Hill paid $3.90 to win. Caprice Hill Mark McKelvie

HARRINGTON, Del. -Harness racing trainer Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($5.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2. Trained by co-owner King Jr., Powerful Charger took advantage of a contested early battle where Chinese Cuisine parked Enrico As, who both finished out of contention, before mounting his assault and reeling in stretch leader Tough Mac for the win. Five Towns finished third. It was the 10th win of the year for Powerful Charger, who surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with the win. It was the second straight night that the King Jr. stable teamed up with driver Kirby to win Harrington's featured race, after winning the Fillies and Mares Open Tuesday with Purrfect Bags. Kirby also piloted the winner in the sub-featured $12,500 Open II, as Tirade Hanover ($3.80) was victorious for trainer/co-owner Leigh Raymer in 1:55.1. Kirby had three wins on the program. Allan Davis and Pat Berry each had a double. Matt Sparacino  

It was quite a day at the harness racing meeting at  Harrah's Philadelphia on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). There were 3 divisions of The Liberty Bell Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, as well as a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace which featured two pacers at the doorstep of one million dollars in career earnings. Division 1 of the Liberty Bell went to upsetter Trading Up (Scott Zeron). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was 3 wide much of the first quarter before finally clearing the lead just before the half. He was able to hold off the heavy favorite My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Blood Brother finished third. It was the 5th career win for Trading Up ($15.00), who is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. He is trained by Tony Alagna. Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was a dominant winner in the second division. The son of Dragon Again battled a game Badiou Hanover (Scott Zeron) the entire mile to secure the win in a time of 1:51.3, while in hand at the finish. It was the eleventh career win for the Joann Looney-King trainee, and his third straight. Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) was third. It was a lifetime's best performance for Allbeef N Nobull (Matt Kakaley) in division 3 of the Liberty Bell. The son of McArdle sat pocket behind the speed of Rise Up Now (Tim Tetrick), before roaring up the passing lane to win in 1:50.2. Paparazzi Hanover (Dave Miller) rallied for second, while McArdles Lightning (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the 8th career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Emond, Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi. He paid $4.40. Ken Jacob's Doctor Butch is harness racing newest millionaire. The 5-year-old son of Art Major was victorious in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace, which pushed his lifetime earnings over the one million mark in his 94th career start. He now has 26 career wins, 9 on the season. The 8-year-old Nova Artist, who was also in the race (finished 7th) is also nearing the plateau. He has career earning of $961,267. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano. Michael Bozich

Harness racing three-year-olds took front and center stage at Harrah's Philadelphia on Labor Day afternoon (Sept. 7th). The PA Stallion Series Championships each carried a purse of $40,000. In the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, it was Courant A B and Knutsson Trotting's Colbert (Ake Svanstedt) getting the victory. The son of Cantab Hall settled in to an early pocket spot behind the speed of Julie Miller trainee Mesmerized (Andy Miller), by the opening quarter in :27.2. After a rated :30.2 second quarter (:57.4 half), race favorite Jackson's Minion (Tom Jackson) rushed up to challenge for the lead, with Colbert committing to the outside. The battle continued past three-quarters (1:26.1), and that's when Jackson's Minion went off stride. Colbert was able to move wide past the breaker, and out duel a game Mesmerized in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:57. It was the 3rd career win for Colbert, who now has over $82,000 in career earnings. He paid $7.60 to win. The 3-year-old filly trot went to Chuck Sylvester trainee Murderers Row (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Donato Hanover settled into an early third behind the speed of 9-time winner Sistas (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) who was first to the quarter in :28. After a rated half (:57.3) Murderers Row moved up to challenge for the lead. They were on even terms at three-quarters (1:26), and the battle continued all the way through the stretch drive. Murderers Row was able to get the neck out in front at the wire for the win, stopping the timer in a career's best 1:55. Sistas settled for second, while Wouldn't Itbesweet (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was Murderers Row's 3rd straight win, and 6th career tally, moving her lifetime earnings just shy of $150,000. She is owned by Steve Jones, Ted Gewertz, and Mary Kinsey. She paid $8.00. Owner Ted Gewertz was in the winner's circle once again, this time with Apricot Sour (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Well Said had a brief encounter with long shot Eloquently Stated (Yannick Gingras) at the quarter-pole (:27.2), but was able to steer past and rate the second quarter (:28.4). After sprinting away at three-quarters (1:23), she found herself all alone at the wire, winning by 6 lengths stopping the clock in a career best 1:52. Favorite Dobre Povedane (Corey Callahan) finished second, while Repeat Please (Dave Palone) was third. It was the 6th career win for the Anette Lorentzon trainee, who now has earnings just short of $85,000. She paid $6.80 to win. The upset of the day came in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, as Shirley Le Vin's Parklane Eagle was given a clever Brett Miller drive to win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to establish early position behind the speed up front. Julie Miller trainee Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller) and race favorite Trading Up (Yannick Gingras) battled by the quarter in :26.4. After Badiou Hanover secured the lead from post 8, he had to deal with parked out long shot Techtor Hanover (Corey Callahan) at the half (:55.3). As Techtor Hanover started to fade, Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) drove aggressively three-wide up to challenge at three-quarters (1:23.3). As they came into the stretch, Brett Miller was able to weave Parklane Eagle through traffic, out sprinting Trading Up in the final 70 yards to win by a head, stopping the clock in 1:52.3. Badiou Hanover finished a game third. It was the 7th win for Parklane Eagle ($28.80) pushing his career totals to over $132,000. He is trained by Pete Foley. Michael Bozich

I'm Some Graduate, who began his career in softer company, took another step upward when he scored the fastest win in Tuesday's $212,142 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at the harness racing meeting at  The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Ideal Jimmy and Spider Man Hanover taking the other splits. Trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere often start their youngsters off slowly, allowing them to gain confidence and experience before testing them. That's the case with I'm Some Graduate, an $80,000 yearling acquisition. "He's on the schedule we wanted for him," said Tom Cancelliere of the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Jugette winner Western Graduate. "I start everything in the stallion series." "If they're good enough, they'll go to the sires stakes." "Then, with a little prayer and a little help, they'll go wherever they can go." In the Tyler B, I'm Some Graduate made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick, was shuffled back to third and roared through the stretch to triumph in 1:51.1, lowering his lifetime mark by 4.3 seconds. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths back, with Big Top Hanover third. "He's real smart and does everything the way you want him to do it," Tom Cancelliere said. "He doesn't look like the rest of the "Beaches," he doesn't act like the rest of the "Beaches." But he races great." Ideal Jimmy has made a living coming from well back, and he was true to form Tuesday, launching a relentless first-over bid that carried him to victory in 1:52.1, 6 lengths better than Sam McSmith. Genovese rallied for show. "He was a little bumpy in the first turn in his early starts," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "But (taking him back) has been working good enough that I've been letting him do it." Robin Cruise conditions Ideal Jimmy, a homebred Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for D.R. Van Witzenberg. Speaking of coming from well back, Spider Man Hanover was last by 9 lengths at the half before getting into gear third over for David Miller. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Lip Bluechip was widest and fastest in the lane, tripping the timer in 1:53. McDave was second, 1/2 length back, with early leader JK Will Power third. It was the third PASS win for Spider Man Hanover, and it followed a troubling performance in the most recent leg, when he missed by 45-3/4 lengths. "He raced really, really bad last week," David Miller said. "When you take off the gate, you're taking a chance, but my main concern was trying to make sure he finished with pace." Brian Brown trains Spider Man Hanover for Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman. Elsewhere on the card, Cowgirl Hall was racing off a layoff of nearly a month, and she was parked twice in the mile. Nevertheless, she dominated the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, scoring in 1:53, 4-1/4 lengths ahead of Kandian Klub. Dough Dough completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who captured her third straight and boosted her career bankroll to $763,428, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three wins on the 15-race program for Palone. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 29, 2015 - New York did itself proud Saturday night, as harness racing Empire-breds won both $40,000 eliminations for Yonkers Trot No. 61. Yonkers Raceway's premier trotting event drew 11 3-year-olds-eight colts and three geldings-for the second jewel of that gait's Triple Crown. When the stone dust settled, it was a pair of Ron Burke entities, Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick, $5.30) and Habitat (Yannick Gingras, $6.30) who led the lads into next Saturday's (Sept. 5) half-million-dollar final. Saturday's first elim saw another statebred, Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer), win the draw and the early battle. He seated everyone, including Crazy Wow from post position No. 2 and Hambletonian champ Pinkman (Gingras) next door in post No. 3. Buen Camino led through intervals of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.2, with 1-2 favorite Pinkman advancing from third. Pinkman then seemed to pull himself up, as Buen Camino owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. Crazy Wow ducked in-cutting inside at least one pylon--and went by, whipping a resurgent Pinkman by a length in 1:55.4. The winner had to survive an inquiry before the result was certified. Buen Camino held third over a closing Workout Wonder (Dan Dube)-both getting berths in the final--with Wings of Royalty (catch-driver Brian Sears) last at every stations. For second choice Crazy Wow--last season's New York Sire Stakes frosh champ--a son of Crazed co-owned by Deo Volente Farms & Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stables, it was his sixth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.40, with triple wagering not offered to the small field. "He was very good last week (winning Pocono's Colonial) and just as good tonight," Tetrick said. "Things were a bit tight in the last turn, but he needed to trot, he did." As for Pinkman, "He did start to get away from me a bit in the last turn, and I didn't want to lose him," Gingras said. "So I had to steady him, and showed his class by trotting well in the lane." Gingras had such issues with Habitat, who, after a brief seat third from post No. 5, went the distance (:29, :58.4, 1:27.2 1:55.3) in the second elimination. The job of the second choice was made much easier when 3-5 fave Centurion ATM (Ake Svanstedt) couldn't get out of his own way behind the and again past the half. The other Svanstedt-trained (though uncoupled) number, Southwind Mozart (Dan Dube) chased from a loose pocket, beaten a couple of lengths. Billy Flynn (Jason Bartlett) and French Laundry (Sears) also earned seats at next week's table, while Massive Lightning (Tyler Buter) and a foul-gaited Centurion ATM did not. For Habitat, a son of Conway Hall, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stables, he's now 6-for-13 this season. The exacta paid $67, with the triple returning $287. "Once I saw (Centurion ATM) make a break, there was no reason not to cut the mile," Gingras said. "He was very good, no issues." Saturday night's $48,000 Open Handicaps were won by faves... --(Trot), Melady's Monet (Bartlett, $3.90) in 1:54.4; --(Pace), Dynamic Youth (George Brennan, $5.60) in 1:51. Special props to Take My Picture, the 8-year-old Classic Photo gelding whose third-place finish in the Open 'Cap Trot made him a career millionaire ($1,004,146). The open draws for both Yonkers Trot No. 61 and the $500,000 Messenger Stakes No. 60 (only eight entrants, so no elims) take place Tuesday morning. Frank Drucker  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 1025 -- My Hero Ron surrendered the early lead to his stablemate, Rufo, then just got by him at the wire to score in a career-best 1:49.2, fastest in Friday's $183,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, was conducted over three divisions, with Yankee Bounty and Wakizashi Hanover taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a stake double with My Hero Ron and Yankee Bounty. My Hero Ron was content to stalk Rufo from the pocket and challenge him late. He won, but not as easily as Gingras expected. "Halfway through the stretch, I was ahead a neck or a good head and hand-driving through the wire, and I almost got surprised doing it," Gingras said. "He was good the first couple times he was on the front but not so much after that. I was happy with the two-hole trip." My Hero Ron edged Rufo by a nose, with Dreams Beachboy third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino campaign the son of Well Said Erma La Em, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings with the victory. At 2, Yankee Bounty launched his career with an impressive winning streak that tabbed him as a star in the making. But he was winless in 13 outings this year before ending his frustration with a front-end triumph in 1:49.3, a career best. The Wayfaring Man was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Lyons Again third. "He developed last year as fast as he would be," Burke said. "He was as fast last year as he's been this year. Maybe he didn't start the year razor sharp, but he was second in the Adios, and he had sneaky pace last week. He warmed up real well, and I said to Yannick, 'Just get him to the front and we'll see what he does,' and he responded." Burke said he expects to race Yankee Bounty at 4. "You'll always make money with him," Burke said. "He'll race on every size track. He's the kind of horse people love to have. He's sound, and he'll just keep going." The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding now has earned $538,024 for his owners, Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. Wakizashi Hanover vanquished Wiggle It Jiggleit in the North America Cup but lost his last five races to the division leader and driver Montrell Teague, most recently in the top level of the Battle of the Brandywine. Without his bitter rival in the field, Wakizashi Hanover sparkled, winning on the front in for Tim Tetrick in 1:50.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Lost For Words. Allbeef N Nobull completed the ticket. "He's always on his game. He always gives me a good race," said Joann Looney-King, who conditions the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding for Tri County Stable. "He could handle these tonight. I'm hoping we don't draw the eight or nine hole every time. I keep telling Montrell, 'I'm gonna get you again.' He just laughs at me." She indicated Wakizashi Hanover will have a light racing schedule as he prepares for the Breeders Crown, with no appearances in the Little Brown Jug or at the Red Mile. "We're hoping he'll last for a while," she said. "We're looking to the future with this horse." $40,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Friday's card also featured a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, with Sectionline Rock and Badiou Hanover taking the splits -- the latter by disqualification. Dismissed at 20-1, Sectionline Rock appeared destined for a place finish behind the front-ending UF Larry Alltheway when a late burst carried him by the leader to a 1/2-length victory in 1:51.1. This Time earned show. "When I moved him over at the top of the stretch, he gave me a good little burst of speed," said Matt Kakaley, who piloted the Yankee Cruiser-Armbro Alto gelding for trained Ron Potter and owners H. Lee Bauder, Harold Bauder, Clyde Perfect and Whiskey Tango Stable. "I thought I could reel the leader in. He shows getting away toward the back every start, so I tried putting him in play up close, and obviously it worked out perfect." Badiou crossed the line second but was awarded the win when Trading Up was disqualified and placed fourth for using the Lightning Lane without entitlement. Joe Hill and Parklane Eagle were promoted to second and third, respectively. Julie Miller trains Badiou Hanover, a Well Said-Blind Ambition gelding, for Pinske Stables and Joe P Racing LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Sam Hill captured the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:51.2 for Greg Wright, Jr., trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The pocket-sitting Seventh Secret was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with Hillbilly Hanover third. The 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding extended his career bankroll to $389,637. Monday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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