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Tim Tetrick is accustomed to having good harness racing seasons, but 2019 is shaping up to be one of his most memorable. Tetrick is the regular driver of harness racing's No. 1-ranked horse, the New Zealand-bred pacing mare Shartin, and earlier this year reached career win 11,000. And last month it was announced that Tetrick is one of four people on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. The results of the voting will be announced later this year. On top of that, Tetrick entered Friday leading the sport in earnings by a wide margin. His $9.12 million in purses were $2.8 million ahead of second-place Jason Bartlett. In addition, Tetrick had won 505 races, second to only Aaron Merriman's 579. Tetrick is on pace for more than 800 wins and more than $14 million in earnings, which are levels only one driver in history has surpassed in the same year. The driver? Tetrick, who accomplished it first in 2007 when he set the record for wins with 1,189 and earnings with $18.3 million. The following year he again surpassed the 800-victory and $14-million plateaus, winning 902 races and $19.7 million. Those earnings remain the sport's record. For his career, Tetrick ranks fourth all time in purses with $211 million and ninth in wins with 11,181. He has been named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on four occasions. Tetrick recently took time to speak with Ken Weingartner, the U.S. Trotting Association's media relations manager, about his career, the Hall of Fame, and Shartin, who has won 17 of her past 18 races and competes in Sunday's $137,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs. The 6-year-old mare has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $742,927. Last year, she became the first pacing mare in history to earn $1 million in a season, reaching $1.05 million thanks to 19 victories in 24 starts. KW: You're having such a great year, on pace for over 800 wins and over $14 million, what have been the keys to success? TT: Just getting the right horses, that's all. Some years you just don't have the power. This year, I've had good stables and good horses to drive. The right horses get between my arch. KW: When you get on a roll, does it feel different? TT: It's definitely a lot easier to get out of bed and go to work when you're winning four, five, six (races), that's for sure. When you have a bad few days or couple of weeks, you start thinking you can't do it anymore, you get down on yourself. I try not to think about it. I enjoy going to work. KW: Is that the key, trying to enjoy it every day? TT: Exactly. If you over-think it, you're going to mess up. You can't over-think it. The things that can bother you, you just can't let them bother you. I tried to learn that a long time ago, but it's hard. You've got to be able to turn the page, no matter what happens. You've just got to forget about it. KW: What have been the highlights for you this year? You're getting to drive Shartin, won your 11,000th race ... TT: All of the above. (And) getting nominated for the Hall of Fame, it's a dream come true. Getting to drive great horses, like Shartin. Getting to compete at a very high level. It's pretty awesome. KW: What does it mean to you to be nominated for the Hall of Fame? TT: I never thought about it when I was younger. Over the last four or five years, I've had such great success and the numbers are good, you kind of start looking ahead. You see some of your peers that you still work with get nominated and it's pretty cool to see them go in and what it means to them. It's a Hall of Fame for a reason. They only take the best of the best. To be even considered, it's a great honor. Hopefully it will come true. KW: Reaching 11,000 wins, do those milestones mean a lot to you? TT: For sure. I know records are meant to be broken, and stuff like that, but that's a lot of wins. Most people don't get 11,000 drives in their careers and I've been able to go to the winner's circle over 11,000 times. My biggest thing, though, is the money. I've gotten to win over $200 million and there are only three guys ahead of me. And I'm only 37. But the wins are awesome. I'm racing against the top 10 guys every day, so to have that many wins is awesome. KW: Do you get extra motivation from that, knowing the competition you're facing? TT: I always want to try to beat the best. Not only are they very good at what they do, they're very safe to drive with, and they're smart. It doesn't make your job easier, but it does make your job easier racing against the best guys in the world. KW: How have you seen yourself grow over the years and what are you most proud of? TT: I still learn things every day. I heard (retired driver) Cat Manzi say one time that he learned a lot from watching the younger guys when they came up. You never stop learning, the way you sit in the bike or the way you handle a horse. I like getting a young horse and being able to come off the track and tell a trainer something that I think can make the horse better. And they come back the next week and tell you, man, that really helped. Equipment changes, or whatever it is. That is a lot of fun to me. KW: It's more than just being on the track with a horse for two minutes. TT: Exactly. I know I'm a catch driver, but I still think of myself as a horseman. I always put the care of the horse first and try to do what's best for the horse and still make them go as fast as I can. And make a lot of money. (Laughs.) KW: I wanted to talk about Shartin. Jim (trainer Jim King Jr.) and everybody around the horse say what a great job you've done helping her along, going back to the beginning last year. What has it been like to see her development and how do you view your roll in it? TT: It's awesome to watch her grow and see what she's turned into. From the first time I saw her, I could never dream she could do what she's done. She's exceeded my expectations, for sure. I think Jimmy and (his wife) Jo Ann are giving me too much credit. Good horses make good drivers look better. She's been a work in progress, a little too eager at times, but Jimmy and me work together. It's different when you race than when you train them. I hear all the time, "They didn't do that at home." Well at home you don't have a starting gate and grandstand and people cheering at you. And there are nine other drivers that are trying to beat you. On the racetrack, she's different. She wants to win and she's very eager about it sometimes. They've done a great job keeping her fit. She actually loves traveling, going places; you see her just get her game face on. KW: With a horse that can be a little overanxious, what do you do to try to keep them relaxed and focused? TT: There are different ways. You try to keep her by herself because when she gets around other horses, she wants to go after them almost. When a horse gets close to her, even in the post parade, she thinks it's race time. If you keep her by herself, she takes care of herself after that. She's a beast. KW: That type of desire, is it something you can sense in a horse? TT: In her you can. You can feel it in the lines. When you're coasting on the lead by yourself, she's actually really calm and relaxed. But she'll see other horses coming before I do. She watches. She won't let a horse pass her. She wants to fight. KW: Has she reached her full potential or is there more there? TT: There's more there. I've never hit the bottom yet. The other day, that wasn't all she had, I know that. Hopefully she doesn't ever have to go faster than that. She's a horse that might last three more years if we take care of her and pick our spots. Why show off if you can make a million dollars a year with a horse? As long as we win. It doesn't pay more if you win by four or five lengths. I just let her do what she wants to do and win by the least amount we can. KW: How meaningful was it to reach a million dollars with her? TT: The first (time) was unheard of and she might do it two years in a row. It's just awesome. She's well on her way. She's ahead of her pace from last year and I think she's stronger and more mentally stable than she was at this time last year. She just amazes me every day. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

CHESTER, PA - Tim Tetrick, the leading harness racing driver at Harrah's Philadelphia, continued on his recent hot run with five sulky successes on the Wednesday afternoon card, winning the featured trot, finishing first in one of the two co-featured paces, and just getting edged in the other co-feature. The richest purse of the day was a $16,000 trot, which was taken by Captain Morgan, a four-year-old son of Cantab Hall who has raced lightly (this was only his 14th career start), but has shown much promise. Here Tetrick sent the winner of two straight right to the lead, put up fractions of :27.2, :56.1, and 1:25.1 over a track that had been reclassified as "fast" after earlier rain had evaporated, then dug in to handle a last quarter threat from pocketsitter Lapped By Lindy to get to the finish line a half -length to the good in 1:54.3. Staffan Lind trains the developing winner for Lind Racing Stable LLC, Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth, and Kemppisuojalampistable. The Well Said three-year-old gelding Brassy Hanover, second in the Hempt Championship behind Shake That House but still eligible to "n/w 3 races lifetime," showed his class in his $14,000 pacing co-feature, taking a new mark of 1:50.4. Brassy Hanover came out to follow cover down the backstretch, was left raw at the ¾, then motored home in 28.1 to leave 80-1 shot Random Hanover eleven lengths in arrears and the others even further back. Eric Good owns the Eddie Dennis trainee. Favored V O Joe took the other $14,000 co-feature in 1:53.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr., but not until Joe McDude and Tetrick rapidly ate up stretch ground to be only a half-length shy at the wire. But Napolitano appeared to have the distance to the wire measured with the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding, with the pacer making it two straight for trainer Robert Cleary and the ownership of Allen Wenc and Joseph Hughes. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Announcer Ken Warkentin exclaimed, "It doesn't get any better than that!" and you'd be hard pressed to argue. After doing virtually nothing wrong since arriving in North America, Shartin N is now the fastest female pacer in the history of harness racing with a jaw-dropping performance in the 2019 Lady Liberty Final on Hambletonian Day (August 3) at The Meadowlands. Driver Tim Tetrick was playing no games on Saturday afternoon, leaving alertly from the rail along with Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan). Sensing danger, Tetrick protected his position after Apple Bottom Jeans cleared and popped pocket to clear back to the lead through a :26 opening quarter. Post 10 starter Kissin In The Sand (David Miller) couldn't find a spot on the rail and was forced to press on, with Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) second over and Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) locked in third along the rail. The field continued in this order through a :53.4 half and 1:21 third station. At this point, Youaremycandygirl tipped three-wide with third over Shower Play (Dan Dube) following that move. Coming into the stretch, it would appear that Caviart Ally would get room to make a bid, and she did. However, at that moment Tetrick gave Shartin the word and she absolutely exploded with pace. After a mile without a real rest, Shartin shot home in :25.4 to trip the teletimer in a world record 1:46.4. Caviart Ally closed in futile chase of the leader but held second over a hard-charging Shower Play. The mile time shaved one-fifth of a second off the existing standard for distaff pacers, set by Shebestingin at The Red Mile in 2013. "If there's a freak out there, she's it," said a smiling Tetrick after the record win. "I don't know how fast she can go...she wasn't done there, I never untucked my whip. Right now she's just so much fun to drive, she's getting smarter and she's just on her game." Tetrick co-owns Shartin N (Tintin In America - Bagdarin) along with Richard Poillucci of North Easton, Mass. and Joann Looney King of Harrington, Del. The Jim King Jr.-trained six-year-old now boasts 12 wins in 13 seasonal outings, and the win pushes her purse earnings just shy of the double millionaire mark at $1,967,295. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

East Rutherford, NJ -- Green Manalishi S ($20.60) outlasted a first-over grind to collar Osterc in 1:50.3 in the first $70,000 Hambletonian harness racing elimination on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands, while fourth-place finisher Gimpanzee suffered defeat for the first time after winning the first 12 races of his career.   Now an eight-time winner, the son of Muscle Hill commenced his uncovered bid out of fourth just beyond a :54.4 half mile, advancing steadily on the far turn in line to Tim Tetrick to engage 30-1 long shot Osterc (Yannick Gingras) at the midpoint of the far turn. The pair dueled the length of the stretch, with Green Manalishi S just reaching in the final strides. Osterc was a game runner-up, while Soul Strong (Dexter Dunn) launched a belated rally down the grandstand side to finish third.   Gimpanzee (Brian Sears), sent off the 2-5 favorite, gapped third-over cover but finished evenly to save fourth, and Cantab Fashion (Scott Zeron) finished fifth.   Marcus Melander trains Green Manalishi S for Courant Inc.   The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $1 million Hambletonian final, carded as race 12 at The Meadowlands.   by James Witherite, for the Hambletonian Society  

Plainville, MA --- Guardian Angel As lived up to his billing in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot as he led every step of the way en route to an impressive victory, setting a harness racing new track record in the process. Tim Tetrick wasted no time putting Guardian Angel As on the point, seating everyone else in the process before he hit the quarter in :26.4. Tetrick then slowed down the pace in the second panel to :28.3, forcing an outer flow that brought Weslynn Dancer (David Miller), La Grange A (Andy Miller) and Mambo Lindy (Drew Monti). The field made its way up the backside and Weslynn Dancer eventually drew even with Guardian Angel As before they hit three-quarters in 1:22.4. There Tetrick tapped his horse twice and he shifted gears and opened up by a length. Down the lane Tetrick reminded Guardian Angel As his work wasn't quite finished and he tapped the wheel disk a couple times more and the trotter closed it out on his own, winning by a length in 1:51.3. The time was a new track record for aged trotting horses, smashing the standing mark of 1:53.4 set by Kodak Lindy in 2016 and was only one-fifth of a second off the all-time trotting mark of 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the inaugural edition of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot back in 2017. Guardian Angel As ($3.00) has now won five out of his last six races and the winner's share of the purse boosted his 2019 earnings to $312,934 for owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson. Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel As. Two races before that track record breaking performance, Shartin N put on a show of her own when she broke two standing Plainridge records in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace. Shartin N Once again the hot-handed Tetrick vaulted Shartin N to the front and took that position unopposed and from there she was simply a pacing machine. As Tetrick had his hands full with his mare on the bit, Shartin N went to the quarter in :26.3, the half in :55.1 and the three-quarters in 1:22.1 with the field just trying to keep pace. When they made their way around the last turn you could see Shartin N starting to pull away. Tetrick was sitting statuesque without urging the mare at all while she was accelerating on her own towards the record book. Shartin N pulled away to a two-length margin and was wrapped up at the wire in 1:49.1. Shartin N broke the aged pacing mare record of 1:50 set by Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) just three races earlier on the card and also the 14-year-old all-time pacing mark of 1:49.2 set by Maltese Artist in 2005. It was the 10th win in a row and 11th of the season for Shartin N ($2.20) and it raised her 2019 earnings to $655,765 for owners Rich Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and her driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King Jr. trains the 2018 Dan Patch Award winning mare. "It was a great day of racing at Plainridge Park and it was good to see such a strong turnout of racing fans throughout the facility," said Steve O'Toole, Director of Racing at Plainridge Park. "It was also great to see Massachusetts native Rich Poillucci and Shartin N win the Barton and also Massachusetts natives Jim Winske, Paul Kelley and Steve Michaels finishing second with The Veteran in the Spirit." by Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park and the HHANE

CHESTER PA - The Tim Tetrick Express continues to motor along at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the ballot candidate for the harness racing Hall of Fame, coming off 16 wins at the southeast Pennsylvania oval last week and five victories here yesterday, added five more today before leaving for the State Fair card at Harrington. Tetrick won one of the two $14,500 featured trots and both divisions of a $14,000 co-featured trot. The 37-year-old driver came from third-over with the Equinox Bi gelding Playboy Buddy Rose to wrestle the lead away from Yuge and record a neck triumph in 1:54.2 in one of the co-features. The lightly-raced eight-year-old has a better than 25% win ratio lifetime (19-for-74) for trainer Linda Lambert and owner Lloyd Lambert. First of the feature winners to Victory Lane was the Majestic Son gelding Majestic Marvel, trained by Josh Green for Green Racing Inc. Dexter Dunn got away fourth, then was on the move late on the first turn with the winner, grabbing the lead at 3/8 and then coming home in :57 to post a 1:55 triumph,1¾ lengths ahead of pocketsitting Turn The Paige. In the first of the co-featured trots, the Holy Guacamole sophomore trotting filly Current News, fresh off a second in her Maryland Sire Stakes final, posted a lifetime best of 1:56.3 for driver Tetrick, trainer Eli Scott Jr., and Bay Pond Racing Stable. Current News was away fourth, moved up to the pocket as two foes in front of her went offstride, came out to get the lead in the stretch, then just held off Zack's Got The W, who cleared between horses very well late and was gaining well, by a neck. Tetrick then went on to sweep the $14,000 events with the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Oberto, quarter-moving to the lead and then winning by 2¼ lengths over pocketsitting Fiery Lady while taking a new mark of 1:56.4. Oberto now has a record of 5-2-2-1 in just over a month of being with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stable Inc. and JFE Enterprise LLC. A Harrah's Philly driving race that was as close as Tim Tetrick 93 - George Napolitano 92 after June 12 has for now turned into a rout - Napolitano had won a very respectable 36 races in the interval since then, but Tetrick has posted 71 triumphs in the intervening 26 cards. "The Bionic Man" is second in North America in 2019 victories, behind only "The Iron Man" Aaron Merriman, and it is noteworthy that Tetrick is closer to Merriman (538-438 going into today) than the third-place holder in the standings (Ron Wrenn Jr., 319) is to Tetrick. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Cavill Hanover came off the stakes trail and promptly wired his field in the $16,000 trotting feature in a career best 1:55 during the Wednesday afternoon harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt never showed any intention than to race the three-year-old on the lead, and Cavill Hanover took the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4, and 1:25.4. Favored Daylon Phantom came three-wide on the final turn and loomed menacingly, but Cavill Hanover had more than enough to turn back his late charge by 1 1/2 lengths. The Wolfgang A Stable Inc. and Boris Nasstrom share ownership in the winner with the Little E LLC of Jeff Gural, who earlier in the day was announced as being on the summer ballot for election to the Hall of Fame. In a $14,500 event for fast-class pacers, favored Ideal Wheel brushed to the lead after a :26.3 quarter, and before the :55.3 half he was challenged by Santiago Style, who was parked the mile. The two continued their fight past the 1:23.4 three-quarters and into the stretch, where it was the favorite who gave way - but Santiago Style had Western Hill on his back from the second turn, and it was that Western Ideal gelding who went by the gallant if unlucky Santiago Style late to win by ¾ of a length in 1:52.3. Corey Callahan guided the winner of two straight and $298,707 lifetime for trainer Ed Gannon Jr., also co-owner with Frank Canzone. Tim Tetrick, who literally minutes before the Early Double had his place on this summer's Hall of Fame balloting announced, then went out to sweep the Double with favorites Sweet Colt Of Mine and Turn The Paige. In all Tetrick, the leading dashwinning driver at Philly, had five victories; another came with the freshman Somebeachsomewhere - Fashion Ecstasy filly, Beyond Ecstasy, a full sister to Filibuster Hanover who won her purse bow in 1:55.3.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Harness racing's "hottest mare in the land" Shartin N was just far too good in the only $35,000 elimination of the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Trained by Jim King Jr. the daughter of Tintin In America with Tim Tetrick aboard drove to the front just after the 26.2 first quarter and jogged easily to a smart 1:48.4 winning her 33rd race from just 45 starts, Shartin N now has earnings of $1,561,155 in the bank. With a 26 second last half off the front Shartin N made it difficult for any other horse to make ground. Caviat Ally ran second and Yourmycandygirl ran third. Two eye catching runs behind Shartin N were Bettor Joy, who stormed home from 14 lengths behind at the first quarter mark to record one of the fastest quarters recorded, a 25 second final burst to get up for a fast closing close fifth and Seaswift Joy who came home strongly in 25.2 to finish fourth. The field for the Final next Saturday is already drawn as below. 4 -- Pace, purse $330,000 (EX, P3, SU, TR, Y4) ROSES ARE RED - FINAL - FILLIES & MARES - 3 YEAR OLDS & OLDER. Post time: 07:30 P.M. Lasix: 03:15 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Tequila Monday(L) M Kakaley H Oakes 2 Caviart Ally(L) A Mccarthy B Pelling 3 Youaremycandygirl(L) Y Gingras R Burke 4 Shartin N(L) Ti Tetrick J King 5 Bettor Joy N Ti Tetrick J King 6 Dont Think Twice A B Sears A Harris 7 Alexis Faith B Mcclure C Coleman 8 Bettors Up(L) M Kakaley N Surick 9 Seaswift Joy N(L) D Mcnair T Alagna 10 Kissin In The Sand S Zeron N Johansson 11 Double A Mint(L) L Roy R Moreau

MILTON, June 8, 2019 - The harness racing field is set for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup following a pair of $50,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park Bettors Wish and Workin Ona Mystery captured the elimination contests to earn the right to select their post-position in the $1 million final. The top-five finishers from each split advanced to Canada's richest Standardbred race. The first elimination took an unexpected turn when favourite Captain Crunch made a break entering the first-turn, which opened the door for Bettors Wish and driver Dexter Dunn. Air Force Hanover got around a breaking Captain Crunch to post an opening-quarter of :26.2. Bettors Wish and Dunn circled to the top from second entering the backstretch. Hurrikane Emperor made a backside rush from fourth and led by a neck at the half in :56.2, before clearing as they hit the far turn. Captain Crunch reset after his first-turn break and grinded away on the outside through the middle-half, sitting third at three-quarters. Hurrikane Emperor paced a :26.3 third-quarter to lead into the lane. In the stretch, Bettors Wish shot up the inside on Hurrikane Emperor to win in a career-best 1:49.3. De Los Cielos Deo rallied from eighth with an incredible :25 final-quarter to finish second by a length. Best In Show came from sixth to finish third. Hurrikane Emperor battled to finish fourth, while Captain Crunch made the final by gutting out a fifth-place finish. Trained by Chris Ryder, Bettors Wish came into his Cup elimination undefeated in three starts this season. The son of Bettors Delight had most recently crushed his rivals in the $300,000 Art Rooney. "The good thing about this horse is he is so versatile where he seems to be able to handle whatever is going on around him," said Dunn of Bettors Wish after seeing Captain Crunch make a break. "He's the kind of horse that makes you feel full of confidence when you sit behind him. "Coming into today we had a really good draw, but we were up against a hot field, so you never know, but like I said he's versatile and gives you a lot of confidence." Bettors Wish now sports career numbers of nine wins and $550,488 earned for owners Ryder, Bella Racing Limited, Fair Island Farm Inc. and Kenneth Solomon. A $2 win ticket on the Ontario sired Bettors Wish returned $8.60. Bettors Wish Reinsman Tim Tetrick recorded a milestone victory in the second Cup elimination with Workin Ona Mystery. Trained by Brian Brown, Workin Ona Mystery grabbed the lead in the second-quarter and powered away to a career-best 1:49 victory to give Tetrick his 11,000th career victory. "I want to say this win is for my father, I hope he's doing good and watching back home," said Tetrick following the victory. "I've come a long way from a small town in southern Illinois. I've been very fortunate and hopefully this isn't my last milestone." A son of Captaintreacherous, Workin Ona Mystery improved to three for three this season with the elimination victory. The Brown trainee has only suffered one loss in nine career starts and has amassed $183,817 in earnings for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith and Wingfield Brothers LLC. "He likes to race and every time I put him up close he can just go forever it seems like," said Tetrick. "Brian (Brown) said he was ready and most of his always are ready and he wasn't lying, colt raced super, big mile." A $2 win ticket on Workin Ona Mystery returned $3.70. Workin Ona Mystery Brown trainee Air Force Hanover, who finished sixth in the first elimination, won the draw to be the also eligible in next Saturday's final. The post-position draw for next Saturday's $1 million final will take place Tuesday afternoon during a special luncheon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Tim Tetrick upped his lifetime win total to 10,999, a 50-Cent Pick-5 that wasn't hit will guarantee a huge next pool and the first sub-1:50 trotter in Meadowlands harness racing history hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2019 on an eventful Friday night at the Big M. After guiding Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the sixth race for pacing fillies and mares with a TrackMaster rating of 74.5 or less in 1:52.3, the 37-year-old Tetrick was one winner short of becoming the 10th driver in harness racing history to reach the 11,000-win plateau. He had six more chances but could not convert over the remainder of the card. Tetrick will drive next on the Saturday evening program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The start of the evening saw a 16-1 shot take the opener and a 22-1 chance take the second race (the CC Big Boy Sam-Skyway Billy Daily Double returned $950.00), and those winners served as the catalysts for a 50-Cent Pick-5 that was not hit. Thus, Big M management has put a $100,000 guarantee on the Saturday night Pick-5 pool, which has a carryover of $30,928. The last two times the Pick-5 saw a carryover, the total pools were $124,773 (on Dec. 7 of last year) and $131,742 (on Feb. 22). It was four years ago that JL Cruze became the first trotter to break the 1:50 barrier at the Meadowlands when he stopped the clock in 1:49.4. The 8-year-old gelded son of Crazed-Topcat Hall found the winner's circle for the first time in five starts this year by taking the fifth race high-end conditioned trot in 1:52.2. Driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze returned $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice and has now won 30-of-82 lifetime starts and banked $1,354,202.  JL Cruze hits the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019, scoring at the Meadowlands Friday night with Corey Callahan doing the driving.                      --Lisa Photo A LITTLE MORE: The Can-Am Pick-4 took in $50,776 of action and those who hit it cashed in for $452.78. ... Callahan paced the driving colony with three winners, while Dexter Dunn and Eric Abbatiello had two victories apiece. ... Trainer Ell entered the night 0-for-18 at the meeting, but scored twice on the card, with Voss Volo in the third and JL Cruze. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $104,051. ... All-source handle totaled $2,452,640. ... On Saturday, the Belmont Stakes (post time, 6:37 p.m.) is the featured simulcast event. Shortly thereafter, live racing resumes at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

WILKES-BARRE PA - First-class harness racing will again be featured this weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono: a $30,000 leg of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for top pacers will highlight Saturday's card, which will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. after the Belmont festivities are over, while Sunday's 7 p.m. card will feature four $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies. The early favorite in the Great Northeast Open pace is Highalator, a son of Somebeachsomewhere starting from post six for trainer Jenny Bier, who is co-owner with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc. A winner of five of six starts since teaming with driver Rick Still, Highalator was victorious here in the first leg of the GNOS on Kentucky Derby Day, raising his lifetime record at the mountain oval to 11 for 18. In the fifth race first division of All-Stars competition on Sunday, early favoritism was assigned to Cloud Nine Fashion, starting from post one for red-hot trainer Jim Campbell and driver Tim Tetrick. Third in her Breeders Crown race last year, Cloud Nine Fashion broke in her only purse start so far in 2019, but she'll attract attention off a 1:56.1 qualifier at The Meadowlands, during which she flew home in a pulverizing :26.1. The seventh race second cut of the All-Stars finds The Ice Dutchess as the opening choice despite drawing the outside post seven. The Nancy Johansson trainee won her first start at The Meadowlands in 1:52, then finished third, beaten two lengths in a PA Sire Stakes event here - she was moving very strongly at the end of that mile, and she may again have to be a big closer to win from this spot. The tenth race third division of the trotting filly event will feature the only three-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminary winner, Millies Possesion, who begins from post two for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Dexter Dunn. Unraced at two, "Millie" has yet to taste defeat in four career outings, but she may get stiff opposition here from Beautiful Sin (post five, trainer Per Engblom, driver Tim Tetrick), a $480,000 yearling who finished only 1¼ lengths behind Millies Possesion in her only start of the season. Driver Yannick Gingras has another All Stars favorite in the twelfth race fourth division, Asiago, who like The Ice Dutchess will have to negotiate the outermost post seven. Asiago has two Sire Stakes victories for trainer Per Engblom, and overall is three-for-five in the young season, with her two defeats coming by a combined ¾ of a length.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - Developing horses on their way up the class ladder were featured in a pair of $14,000 pacing events Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a pair of harness racing sons of Somebeachsomewhere, Blacklight and Bring The Thunder, emerging victorious. Bring The Thunder may have started his career with fourteen defeats, but right now he's a winner of two straight, and he has a nice new mark of 1:52 after taking one of the features. Driver Dexter Dunn sent the winner around early leader Scirocco Mistysaid off the first turn, then paced a :55.1 back half to hold that resurgent one safe by ¾ of a length for trainer Chris Ryder, who is partners on Bring The Thunder with Robert Mondillo and Max Wernick. Tim Tetrick, six wins away from 11,000 career victories, yielded for the two-hole with Blacklight behind favored Chaser Hanover; the second half went in :55.1 in this second feature as well, with the winner able to rally past the pacesetter by a length in 1:53.2 for trainer Per Engblom and Diamond Creek Racing. This sophomore has royal parentage apart from his father - he is the first foal out of the $1.9M-winning champion mare I Luv The Nitelife. A pair of $12,500 paces served as co-features on the week-opening card. In the first event, George Napolitano Jr., a four-time winner on Wednesday, took heed of the name of Kept Under Wraps and worked out a pocket trip for him in a very contentious mile. After the smoke cleared at headstretch, Napolitano sent him through on the inside and recorded a ¾ length victory over favored Chumlee A in 1:52.1, a new lifetime record at age eight for the Bettor's Delight gelding, who is trained by Travis Kolaczynski for owner Aimee Scheid. The second co-feature was held as race twelve, and it marked the first time all day that the winner was not the pacesetter or the pocket horse, as Imstayinalive tipped wide off of cover past midturn and closed to catch Control Tower by a half length. Pat Berry rallied the son of American Ideal to the 1:51.2 victory, his first of the season for trainer Pat Lachance and the partnership of Lachance Racing Stable and Dan Mogridge.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - The Jim Campbell Stable came to the first set of two-year-old qualifying races at Harrah's Philadelphia ready to roar, as the harness racing trainer won six races during the Tuesday morning trials, including five of the six on the trot. Among the trotting colts, a pair sponsored by Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC, both out of champion full sisters, won by a combined 37 lengths. The faster was Real Cool Sam, a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal of his dam Cooler Schooner, put on the front by David Miller and winning in 1:59.2 with identical back :28.3 quarters. Miller also drove the Possess The Will - Broadway Schooner baby Steel Schooner, a ¾ brother to millionaire star Broadway Donna, to an engine success in 2:01.2, coming the back half in :59.2. Campbell also scored at first asking with the Father Patrick - Muscle Amour youngster Saxon, rallying out of the pocket from behind a slow pace to stop the timer in 2:04.3 for driver Tim Tetrick and the Runthetable Stables. On the pacing colt side, trainer Bruce Saunders harnessed a pair of winners, the first being the Western Ideal - Southwind Piaya colt Manticore, who won his 1:58.2 mile coming out of the two-hole with twin :28.1 back quarters for David Miller and the ownership of M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Rockin Rocko, a colt by Rockin Image - Pacific Classic (a half sister to Pacific Fella), then came uncovered from third for driver Dexter Dunn and burned home in :56.1 - :27.2 in a 1:59.2 triumph for Joseph Martinelli Sr. Jim Campbell added a fourth colt success with the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell pacing entire Tell Them Lou, who also stepped home in :56.1 - :27.2 to record a 1:58 victory from the pocket for driver Tim Tetrick and the partnership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. When the baby action switched over to the fillies, Campbell kept in the forefront, taking both divisions for trotters. The first winner was Sherry Lyns Lady, a $220,000 yearling purchase, coming out of the pocket with :28.2 finishing speed to tally in 2:02.1. Owned by Coyote Wynd Farms, Sherry Lyns Lady is by Father Patrick and is the first foal of Demoiselle Hanover, whose dam D Train also produced champion racehorse and sire Donato Hanover. Sherry Lyns Lady had driver Tim Tetrick. Another Campbell / David Miller/ Fashion Farms winning teaming was Impressive Fashion, whose 2:03 final time may not initially seem impressive but whose own back fractions of :57.2 - :27.3 certainly do. Impressive Fashion is a Father Patrick filly out of Impressive Kemp, a half-sister to Trixton, with other stars close up in her pedigree. In the pacing filly ranks, the fastest winner was Alicorn, a daughter of Bettor's Delight - Mythical who came out of the two-hole and turned in a :57.1 last half to start her career with a 1:58 victory for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and owners Windemere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - The southeastern side won a Philadelphia version of the Battle of the Tasman Sea in the $14,500 featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, as Decoy, driven by New Zealander Dexter Dunn, spoiled the North American harness racing debut of favored Senor Macray A while posting a 1:51 clocking. Caviart Skyler took the early lead, with Decoy in second, the latter moving frontward near the :26.4 quarter. The victorious son of Sombeachsomewhere got a breather to a half in :55.4, then came home strongly in :55.1 to withstand second-over Imstaynalive by ¾ of a length, with first-over Machiatto A holding third over his countrymate "Senor." Gary Candell trains the winner of $144,738, a winner of two in a row after competing in the Graduate Series earlier this year, for owners Brixton Medical Inc., R A W Equine Inc., and Joe Sbrocco. For driver Dunn, the feature win was the second in a consecutive quadruple; leading driver Tim Tetrick would also come home first four times There were a pair of $14,000 co-featured paces for developing horses. In the first, the Sportswriter sophomore gelding Beatingtheodds, who began his career on February 28 and came to Philly from Ontario via Yonkers, ran his lifetime tally to 6-3-2-0 while taking a new mark of 1:52.2 in his local bow. Tim Tetrick put the youngster on the lead, then scooted home with him in :54.4 to hold off the first-over bid of Stand By Me N, certainly not disgraced in defeat, by a length for trainer Josh Green and the partnership of Richard Lombardo and Green Racing Inc. In the other co-featured pace, another sophomore altered son of Sportswriter was victorious, as Heisman Player, who had raced locally twice before going to Woodbine for a start, was refreshed by the change of scenery and went wire-to-wire for driver David Miller, like his co-feature mate taking a new speed badge of 1:52.2. The Rick Zeron trainee, 5½ lengths clear at the finish, is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Howard Taylor, James Walker, and Noblock Racing Stable. Tiger Thompson N, who had a first and a second in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) before getting zizzled in an early battle in the Commodore Barry Pace this past Sunday, should have an easier early time of it this Sunday when he starts from post three in a $30,000 GNOS open pace event. Dexter Dunn will guide his "countryman," who is second in his divisional GNOS standings presently to Rodeo Rock, but would build a good lead with a good finish here, as Rodeo Rock is not entered. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Chester, PA -- As she so often is, Shartin N ($4.40) was simply sensational on Sunday afternoon (May 26), duelling down a determined Caviart Ally to capture the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares at Harrah's Philadelphia, one of three co-featured harness racing events on a blockbuster card. Unlike her previous five wins this season, achieving the lead was no easy task for the 6-year-old Tintin In America mare. Shartin N and Tim Tetrick left strongly from post seven, but was met immediately by resistance from Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy). As soon as Shartin N accelerated to try to clear midway on the first turn, Caviart Ally countered and forced her rival into the pocket shortly after a gruelling :25.2 first quarter. "I didn't know about the :25.2 quarter, and it put Timmy in a tough spot, so he had to force the issue," said trainer Jim King Jr. "I wouldn't like to see that trip two weeks in a row, but obviously she can do it." After pulling the pace back through a :30 second split, Caviart Ally faced a second challenge from Shartin N, who pulled the pocket just in front of Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) with three-eighths to go and worked to within a neck past three-quarters in 1:21.3. While Shartin N headed Caviart Ally nearing the home turn, she was far from home free. Caviart Ally fought tooth and nail to offer sustained resistance, and Apple Bottom Jeans lifted off cover in upper stretch. Still, Shartin N resolutely held her ground to prevail by a neck in 1:49.2, her fastest win of the season. "Once she was head and head turning for home, I was pretty confident," concluded King, who campaigns Shartin N for Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. "She's just overcome everything that's been thrown at her." Shartin N will be pointed to the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I had a good barrier draw and I wanted to make the most of it," said McCarthy of his tactics with runner-up Caviart Ally. "We had to go way too much for the first quarter, but Shartin was just too good. I was driving to beat her, but she was just too good. We had to go a big first quarter and a big third quarter. She was tired at the top of the stretch, but she dug in. I was really proud of her effort today." Apple Bottom Jeans stayed on for third, while Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) stalked evenly to finish fourth. In addition to her victories in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Betsy Ross and her 2018 Breeders Crown triumph, Shartin N has won 22 other times since arriving in North America at the beginning of 2018. Guardian Angel AS coasts in Maxie Lee Tetrick came right back to take the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational Trot with Guardian Angel AS ($5.80), brushing the 5-year-old Archangel entire to the fore early and coasting to a 1:51 win, the 18th of his career. Guardian Angel AS coasts to an easy 1:51 score in the Maxie Lee -- Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos After clearing 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman (Dexter Dunn) with a circuit to go, Guardian Angel As controlled a :55.1 half before shrugging off a first-over challenge from Trolley (Marcus Miller) up the far side. Turning for home, Guardian Angel As extended his lead over the pocket-sitting Pinkman to two lengths before cruising clear to a 2-3/4 length victory. Pinkman held second by a neck over the late-closing Fiftydallarbill (David Miller), who circled three-wide on the final turn. Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel AS for ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Courtly Choice stalks, surges in Commodore Barry In just the third start of his 4-year-old season, 2018 Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice ($5.80) proved capable from off the pace, surging from third-over for a going-away 1:49.1 score in the $100,000 Commodore Barry Invitational Pace and eclipsing the $1 million mark in career earnings. The son of Art Major settled just worse than midfield while Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) and The Wall (Jim Pantaleano) threw down in a :25.2 first quarter. Tiger Thompson N, widest of the three on the first turn, cleared with a lap to go and continued to a :53.1 half while David Miller angled Courtly Choice third-over behind The Wall -- who moved back out from third -- and Rodeo Rock (McCarthy). The outer tier proved the place to be, as The Wall pushed clear of Tiger Thompson N easily before three-quarters in 1:20.2, but Rodeo Rock continued on in the breeze to offer immediate pressure. Off the home turn, Miller angled Courtly Choice three-wide off live flow, and the pair struck the front in the final sixteenth before drawing two lengths clear. Rodeo Rock finished second while The Wall took third. Blake MacIntosh trains 14-time winner Courtly Choice, for the Hutt Racing Stable, Mac and Heim Stables, Danielle Plouffe and Touchstone Farms Inc. Captain Crunch leads Pennsylvania Sire Stakes splits Nancy Johansson trainee Captain Crunch ($2.10), easily one of the top sophomore pacers in North America, was never in doubt in the third of three $57,218 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, coasting to a 1:49.2 win in line to Scott Zeron. The son of Captaintreacherous caught a breather when rival Proof (David Miller) broke in the early stages, and he edged away handily to beat Aflame Hanover (Tony Schadel) by four lengths after parrying a mild first-over challenge from Volley Ball Beach. Southwind Ozzi ($2.80) and Brian Sears took the speed badge in Sire Stakes action with a 1:48.4 score in the first division, and Lyons Night Hawk ($3.60) turned in a 1:50 victory to give Tetrick a stakes winner on the card along with his pair of invitational wins.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bettor Joy N and Phaetosive emerged victorious in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. In the Preferred for fillies and mares on the pace, Bettor Joy N raced in third past the half as Kissin In The Sand was rolling along on the lead in a rated :55.4. Bettor Joy N came after the leader from first-over after popping out of the three-hole but was still a length behind at the head of the stretch. Bettor Joy N, the even-money second choice by a few dollars, then proceeded to wear down Kissin In The Sand (the actual post-time choice) to record a neck win in 1:50.4, a new lifetime best for the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Joyfulbelle. Bettorhaveanother finished third. Trained by Jim King, Jr. and driven by Tim Tetrick, Bettor Joy N returned $4.00 to her backers while winning for 15th time from 37 starts, good for lifetime earnings of $423,634. In the Preferred Handicap for trotters, all eyes were on 3-5 favorite and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, who was making her seasonal debut, but it was another fabulous female, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes terror Phaetosive, who beat the boys with an explosive final eighth of a mile, in 1:52.2. At the head of the stretch, Phaetosive didn't loom as a big threat, racing well off the rail in fourth, four lengths behind Pappy Go Go, who had made a big move to the lead on the far turn. But trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer got the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton in gear with an eighth to go and rolled past the leader while holding off the late-charging Yes Mickey. Pappy Go Go held third. Phaetosive lifted her lifetime stats to 12 wins in 19 starts after winning her seasonal debut and has now earned $876,417. She paid $24.20 to win as the fifth choice in the betting. Hannelore Hanover trailed the field past the half and moved to the outside shortly thereafter, but never got close in her first start of the year, finishing last of seven. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in $51,464 in bets, and after a haveable sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 9-2, 3-1 and 9-2, the payoff was $182.42. Meadowlands TV's Dave Brower gave out the winning combination on the live in-house simulcast show. ... The on-track 50-Cent Pick-4 reached six figures for a second straight time, as $100,408 was pushed through the windows. The $464.30 return followed a sequence of 7-1, 2-1, 9-2 and 9-2 shots. ... Dave Miller drover four winners on the card. ... All-source handle totaled $2,368,877. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

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