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The clouds hung ominously over the Philadelphia skies on Sunday, but the rain did hold off, ensuring dry conditions for the harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. The competitive Sunday tilt featured a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace (purse $25,000) and two divisions of a non-winner's of $15,000 in their last 5 starts (purse $15,000). In the winners-over event, it was millionaire pacer Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) scoring an impressive front-end victory. Coming off of 3 wins in the preliminary rounds of the George Mortin Levy at Yonkers, Mach It So drew post 7 for the final, and ultimately had no chance the way the race shaped up. Today, the 6-year-old gelded son of Mach Three brushed powerfully to the front, stopping the clock in a stellar 1:50.2 (season's mark). It was the 29th career win for the Jeffrey Bamond trainee, and his 4th of the season. Steve Elliot trainee Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) had a tough hill to climb, starting from post 8 in the event, but was able to establish early pylon position coming away 5th. He had no choice but to come first-over however, after Mach It So cleared the lead. It was a big effort for the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, as he gamely fought for second. Rockeyed Optimist continues to be a model of consistency for the owning conglomerate of Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia, and the A&B Stables. He has only been worse than third 3 times in the last 2 seasons. In the first division of the non-winner's of $15,000 last 5, it was Dedi's Dragon (Napolitano Jr.) overcoming post 8 to get the job done. The 6-year-old son of Dragon Again ended up with the pocket seat behind Bettorever (Tim Tetrick), and was able to outclose him in the passing lane, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. It was the 22nd career win for the Paul Holzman trainee, with earnings now just under $800,000. Division two went to Richard Poilucci's Starsky's Dream N (Yannick Gingras). The 6-year-old gelded son of Mach Three made the front end, and stayed on nicely, stopping the clock in 1:51.3. It was the 13th win for the Kelvin Harrison trainee, and his 3rd win of the year. Driver Tim Tetrick led the day with 4 wins. George Napolitano Jr. had 3 wins on the program. There is no live racing at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 25th). There is live racing on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th) with a post time of 12:40 PM. Live racing resumes Thursday, post time 12:40 PM. Mike Bozich

Boston Red Rocks may have been given a bit of a scare at the wire, but ended a trend of high-profile beaten harness racing favorites on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in his 2016 debut in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Steve Elliott trainee, who is pointing toward the Meadowlands Pace, was permitted to set tepid fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 while unchallenged. Ideal Rocky, who sat the pocket throughout, stayed with the 1-9 favorite and sprinted home during the final sixteenth to come up just a head short of pulling off the upset. Katies Rocker was third. Boston Red Rocks went the mile in a lifetime-best equaling 1:50.3 with Tim Tetrick in the bike and paid $2.20 to win for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks Earlier on the card, chalk players took two big punches to the chin. Maestro Blue Chip stayed perfect in 10 starts this season, winning a division of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champion who was upset a week ago in his first start of the year, tasted defeat for a second straight outing as the 3-5 public choice. Like last week, Pinkman had a clear lead at three-quarters but could not maintain his advantage to the wire, settling for third as Crescent Fashion closed to get the place spot, 1½ lengths behind the winner. Facing by far the stiffest task he's had this year, Maestro Blue Chip was sent off at odds of 30-1 and returned $63.20 to his backers. David Miller drove the Jo Ann Looney-King trainee for owner Richard Poillucci. Maestro Blue Chip Crazshana wins the other $50,000 Graduate Division In a division of the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers, another short favorite went down as Confederation Cup winner Rockin Ron lost for the first time in 11 starts this year, coming up a half-length short to Artistic Major, who scored for the team of Elliott and Tetrick in 1:48.1, a lifetime best. After grabbing the early lead, 1-5 shot Rockin Ron was shuffled back after several lead changes and had to overcome a three-hole trip. As Artistic Major was tipping off cover and storming home to victory, Rockin Ron was desperately seeking room to race and did not find a clear path until the sixteenth pole. He had explosive pace from there to get second. Split The House was third. Artistic Major returned $20.40 to win for owners Van Dusen, Cimaglio, Elliott and Patel. Artistic Major THE CLIMB CONTINUES: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five once again did not have a single-ticket winner, meaning that the carryover for the next program has now swelled to $231,017.66. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,778,867. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

It seems like we are in the middle of a stretch at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono where each week features another brand new batch of huge races. This past week we had the chance to witness the Pennsylvania All-Stars, a series for 3-year-olds from the Keystone State which brought out some of the best sophomore racing talent in the entire nation, lured as they were by the solid $30,000 purses available for each division. We saw a different class on three consecutive nights. Here are some of the highlights of this batch of Pennsylvania All-Stars races. SUNDAY: 3-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS The three divisions held on Sunday night proved that there are many different ways to win a race. In the first split, The Catamount Kid, the even-money favorite after a solid 4th-place finish the previous week in the Pennsylvania Classic, used a pocket trip to come up a winner. Simon Allard did the driving for trainer Carl Jamieson, although it wasn't easy for The Catamount Kid. It took a career-best mile of 1:51:2 to hold off the extremely game Bully Pulpit by a neck. The next division provided a display of how to win from off the pace. As even-money favorite JJ Flynn started to lose grasp of his lead late, it appeared that Settlemoir, who was sitting the excellent pocket trip, had the edge to come up for the win. Yet it was Voltaire, an 11-1 shot guided by Tim Tetrick, who revved it up on the outside out of nowhere to win by a neck in a career-best 1:52:2. Trained by Brian Malone, it was Voltaire's first win since March. In the final split, Another Daily Copy provided a master's class on how to control a field on the front end. The colt from the Nicholas Devita barn was aided in that effort by driver Jim Morrill Jr., who expertly rated the pace so that even 4-5 favorite Fernando Hanover couldn't get past in the stretch. At 5-1, Another Daily Copy came home a solid winner by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51:2, his first win of the season and a new career-best. MONDAY: 3-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Monday night provided a chance for some of the fillies who came up short in the Miss Pennsylvania a few weeks ago to get a bit of redemption. In the first split, Darlinonthebeach, who had been favored in the Miss Pennsylvania after upsetting Pure Country in the elimination but got caught up in blistering fractions and faded to 7th in the final, nearly had bad racing luck doom her chances in the All-Stars race. She had to check while making a brush to the lead around the clubhouse turn. The Nancy Johansson trainee didn't panic, gathering her wits about her until called on again by David Miller in the stretch. She rolled by as the 4-5 favorite to win by a neck in 1:51:3, pushing her career earnings over $247,000 in the process. Next up was I Said Diamonds, who had battled to 2nd in the Miss Pennsylvania final despite a #9 post. She was once again on the outside in the All-Stars race, starting furthest out in the field of seven as the 1-2 favorite. By the end of the first turn she had assumed the lead. At the top of the stretch, with competitors starting to loom behind her, she kicked away from her foes with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Trained by Ron Burke, I Said Diamonds continues to impress; she's hit the board in every one of her nine starts with five victories and earnings topping $245,000. In the final split, Yankee Moonshine, who was a huge earner as a 2-year-old but missed the Miss Pennsylvania final after finishing fifth in her elimination race, was favored at 7-5. But she never really fired and finished fourth. Instead it was a newcomer to Pocono named Shesasmokinlady who came in from the Meadows and put together an outstanding performance. Fresh off a win in the slop, the filly trained and driven by Ray Paver worked out a pocket trip behind a sizzling pace and came on to win by a neck in the night's fastest time of 1:50:4 as an 8-5 second choice. TUESDAY: 3-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES The action for the distaff trotters started out on Tuesday night with a split featuring a pair of horses, Pink Pistol and Ginny Weasley, coming off wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. Synonymous Hanover, a 5-1 shot making her first start of the season, took the lead from Ginny Weasley at the half. Pink Pistol broke stride in her first-over attempt, and Ginny Weasley couldn't get there from the pocket. Instead Brett Miller guided Synonymous Hanover, trained by Chris Oakes, to the win by 1 ¼ lengths in a career-best 1:56. In the second split, Lookin Sharp was coming off a 5th-place finish in her season debut and was saddled with a #9 post, so it was understandable that she went off as a 6-1 shot. But the filly from the John Butenschoen was also the big earner in the field as a 2-year-old, and she regained that fine form on this night. With David Miller in the bike, Lookin Sharp grabbed the lead an eight of a mile into the race and never looked back from there, dominating the field in 1:55:2, a new career-best time. As it turns out, it wouldn't be a good night for Pennsylvania All-Stars favorites. Although Abbie's Celticlass, the 4-5 favorite in the final split, fared better than the favorites in the first two divisions, both of whom went off-stride, her first-over effort wasn't enough to get more than the show. Meanwhile Modern Mercury, a filly trained and driven by Charlie Norris coming off a win at Harrah's at Philadelphia, stepped into the breach and scored the victory on the front end in 1:56:1, ending an exciting week of Pennsylvania All-Stars action. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

The Catamount Kid and Another Daily Copy tied for speed honors in capturing their respective $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both tripping the timer in 1:51.2, while in the third division Voltaire scored a 14-1 upset and like the other two victors took a personal mark with his 1:52.2 clocking.   The Catamount Kid was second in his elimination for the Pennsylvania Classic and then fourth in the Classic Final the last two weeks at Pocono, finishing behind only Ron Burke trainees, but Sunday nothing got in the way of the Well Said colt en route to the winners circle. The Catamount Kid sat a pocket trip until the ¾, moved out to challenge and grab the lead into the stretch, then held off Bully Pulpit from off his back for a neck decision. Simon Allard handled sulky duties for the winner, whom trainer Carl Jamieson co-owns with Thomas Kyron, George Harrison, and Brian Paquet.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr., who held the hot hand at Pocono on Sunday, posted his fourth victory of the night when he guided Another Daily Copy home first. Morrill rated a 29.2 second quarter, getting to the half in 56, then sprinted off to a big lead on the far turn, with the final 1¼ length margin of victory over pocketsitting Fernando Hanover a bit deceptive. Nicholas Devita trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who doubled his lifetime victory total with the All-Stars triumph, for owner Carl Sackheim.   It's usually not a benefit to gap two-wide cover, but driver Tim Tetrick made it work for him and Voltaire in the other division. The Western Terror gelding was originally second-over but couldn't stay with his cover, letting More Dragon out - whom Voltaire and Tetrick prompted followed three-wide on the far turn, then swung wider in the stretch. Settlemoir was closing in the Pocono Pike, pacesetter JJ Flynn was trying to maintain his advantage, and More Dragon continued his wide gain - but in the last 50 yards Voltaire found his best strides and was along to win by a head over Settlemoir, who was a neck ahead of More Dragon, with JJ Flynn settling for fourth. Brian Malone conditions the winner for owners Peter Paul Venturini and Peter Venturini III.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action continues in the second half of the Pocono race week, Monday and Tuesday, with three $30,000 divisions for distaffs each night: the pacers in the spotlight Monday, and then the trotters headlining on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Wings Of Royalty received a perfect drive from Tim Tetrick and the pair spoiled the 4-year-old debut of Pinkman in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. The race looked like an easy one for 3-5 favorite Pinkman, the winner of last year's Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic and Hambletonian. But Wings Of Royalty, who finished last in last year's Hambo, scored some revenge on his high-profile foe. Pinkman worked his way to the top in :27.2, but was pressured by the first-over Bourbon Bay at the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Pinkman finally shrugged his challenger off to lead by 2 turning for home, while Tetrick was finding open road for Wings Of Royalty, who was third at the head of the stretch. Pinkman still looked like a safe winner with a sixteenth of a mile to go, but Wings of Royalty found more in deep stretch and got up on the wire to win by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. Possessed Fashion was third. As the fourth choice in the wagering, Wings Of Royalty paid $27.40 to win for trainer George Ducharme and owner Raymond W J Campbell Jr. The 4-year-old son of RC Royalty has now won 12-of-32 lifetime outings and earned just over $417,000. STILL GROWING: The 11th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover keeps getting bigger and bigger. After the official order of finish of 5-1-3-7-6 failed to produce a single winning ticket, the carryover for the next program stood at $217,277.84. ... Only two favorites emerged victorious on the 11-race card. ...The start of racing was delayed over an hour as inclement weather made extensive track maintenance necessary. ... The Big M is back Saturday with a live program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($22, Montrell Teague) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.2 over a sloppy racetrack. In the top weekly overnight event for trotters on the circuit, Spunky Jack made the early lead before Awsome Valley went back to the front at the quarter mile in 29 seconds. The 7-year-old 6-to-5 favorite Awsome Valley then marched through remaining fractions of 58.2 and 1:27.4 with Hemi Seelster applying heavy pressure. Powerful Charger followed that live cover and surged in deep stretch for a narrow win. Hemi Seelster was second. Awsome Valley finished third. It was the 36th career win for Powerful Charger who was a former Harrington horse of the meet. Victor Kirby had three winners on the program. Teague had a driving double. Meanwhile, once again the pick five (50-cent based wager, races 7-11) went unsolved and now has a carryover of $10,023.26 heading into the Thursday program. Track officials have guaranteed a $25,000 pool for Thursday. Matthew Sparacino

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands racetrack was abuzz this morning as some of the top older horses and three-year-olds were prepping for upcoming stakes. A dozen qualifiers began at 9:30 on a dry track under clear skies with little wind and the temperature in the 50's.   A number of Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff eligibles used today's qualifiers to prep for next Sunday's stake and JL Cruze made a strong case for his chances, sprinting clear of a good field by several lengths off the last turn then coasting late in 1:53/:27.   Crazy Wow left for the lead, released JL Cruze approaching the half and was second best while Pinkman made late gains to be third. Eric Ell conditions the winner for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr and Steve Iaquinta.   DW's NY Yank is another eligible that impressed with an easy 1:53.2/:27.3 win for Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Canepa Hanover got another good work in on his return to the races and was a comfortable second while Jewels In Hock and Crazshana also went well and were together at the wire. Burke Racing owns the winner in partnership with Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi.   Be advised that there will be no live racing at The Meadowlands on Friday, May 6. There will be a live card on Sunday, May 8 a Mother's Day matinee card with post time at 12:40 p.m. The first race on that Mother's Day card will be the $150,000e Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff.   Radiant Beam won the day's opener for Andy and Julie Miller in 1:56/:28.2 after a pocket ride behind Dizzy Broad. Hollywood Hill split horses to gain the place while Dizzy Broad tired a bit though held third. Jason and Ronald Allen own the winner.   Several of 2015's finest two-year-old trotting fillies gathered for the second race and Caprice Hill was the winner in 1:53/:28 for Tim Tetrick. She sat a pocket behind the anxious Black Broadway who rattled off fast fractions, went by quickly and finished willingly in the fast mile. Last season's Dan Patch award winner, All The Time, made good gains late to be just a neck back in second, a useful first seasonal effort and Womans Will was a good third in her first go. Tony Alagna trains Caprice Hill for owner Tom Hill.   Southwind Flash (Y. Gingras/R. Burke) and Free Willy Hanover (T. Smedshammer) went under the wire together after a stretch-long duel finishing the 1:56.3 mile with a 27.4 final quarter in race four.   Lagerfeld won his second qualifier in 1:56/:28.1 with a strong rally from a stalking position for Gingras. He rode along in third as The Perfect Lindy set the fractions, fanned out and went by with no encouragement needed from the driver. Bar Hopping impressed in his first outing, closing strongly to be second for John Campbell and The Perfect Lindy held for third. Jimmy Takter trains Lagerfeld for his wife Christina, Herb Liverman and the Fieldings, John & Jim.   After the break sophomore colt trotters resumed the program with Make Or Miss looking very strong in his first outing of the season. Held in third by driver Joe Bongiorno early as Brooklyn Hill set a faster clip than David Miller would have liked, Make Or Miss was fanned wide in the stretch and went by under his own power in 1:54.2/:28. Brooklyn Hill held up well for second with Milligan's School and Love Matters both making a good appearance in their seasonal bow. Division leader Southwind Frank was programmed for this qualifier but did not race due to what's being reported as a quarter crack issue.   Pacers came up in race nine and a good group of sophomore colts and geldings finished across the track in a line with Voracity and Ideal Rocky together in advance of the six-pack. The mile was 1:52.3 with a 26.4 final quarter. Voracity is on his way to Ontario for trainer Alagna who owns the colt in partnership with Brad Grant and John Fodera while Ideal Rocky is prepping for the New Jersey Sires Stakes for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick.   Mindtrip went a good mile this morning, taking over near the half then winning as driver Yannick Gingras pleased in 1:52.4/:27.1. Tap Into Power closed nicely for second and Highlandbeachycove was an even third, while racing a bit greenly when shown racetrack. Mindtrip hails from the Alagna barn and is owned by the trainer in partnership with Crawford Racing, Sbrocco, Fodera and Massey.   American Ivy was a winner this morning in 1:52.4/:27.1 for Andy and Julie Miller. She sat second as Blue Moon Stride cut the mile then edged by that one late while staving off the rail rally by Three Dreams. Joe P Racing is the owner.   Mcwicked closed out the day with a 1:50.4/:26.2 win for Scott Zeron. Mcwicked zipped to the lead early, yielded to In The Arsenal for the middle half then took the rail route back by that rival for the win. In The Arsenal went well in his first qualifier, a solid second. Steve Elliott now trains Mcwicked for the SSG Stables.   The final of the World Harness Handicapping Challenge is tonight, call Rachel Ryan if you want in. Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2016--The song remains the same for Maestro Blue Chip. Tuesday afternoon was the ninth victory in as many seasonal starts for the prohibitive ($2.50) favorite, easily winning the $73,500 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1 (winners over $150,000 through that date ineligible). In play early from post position No. 6, "Maestro" (Tim Tetrick) had to work around first leader Summers Windsong (Jason Bartlett) before taking over. Lakota (George Brennan) was away third from the pole. Once pointed toward the point, there wasn't a whole lot of suspense. Maestro Blue Chip did his thing (:28.3, :57.4, 1:27.1, 1:56), dismissing a weak, first-up challenge from Newcastle (Brett Miller). "Maestro" owned and length-and-a-three-quarter lead entering the lane, before closing the sale by a length-and-a-quarter. He had won his three series legs by nearly 15 combined lengths. Summers Windsong was a solid second in a very good effort, with Lakota a three-hole third. Newcastle did hold fourth, while Tuscanellie (Dan Dube) recovered from an early misbehave to grab the final pay envelope. Jackie Goldstein (Vinny Ginsberg), Stormont Park (Jordan Stratton) and breaking-early A List Lindy (Matt Kakaley) rounded out the order. Maestro Blue Chip is a 4-year-old son of Credit Winner owned Richard Poillucci trained by JoAnn Looney-King. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $82. The $36,750 winner's share upped the seasonal earnings to an even $105,000, not including the $10,000 bonus from the SOA of NY. "He's just so versatile," Tetrick said. "I don't think we know where his bottom is since he hasn't race that much (22 career starts). He can get over any size track and I know they're very high on him. He has some tougher stakes later in the season, so we're going to find out." A $30,000 series consolation was won by a down-the-road Covert Operative (Brian Sears, $5.40) in 1:56.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, April 24, 2016--They haven't beaten him all season, and they're probably gonna have to go some to do it with the money on the table. Maestro Blue Chip, he of the 8-for-8 seasonal resume, looms a short-priced proposition Tuesday afternoon in the $73,500 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Post time for the dozen-race card is 1 PM, with the series finale going as the fifth race. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1 (winners over $150,000 through that date ineligible). "Maestro" wears head No. 6 after drawing post position No. 5 in the finale of the four-week event, which has seen him win his three series legs by nearly 15 combined lengths...all as the odds-on choice. The 4-year-old son of Credit Winner is again driven by Tim Tetrick for owner Richard Poillucci and trainer JoAnn Looney-King. Maestro Blue Chip enters with seasonal earnings of $68,250 and his 1:55.3 effort a week ago was the fastest mile of this series. A List Lindy (Matt Kakaley, HN 1A, post 2), Tuscanellie (Dan Dube, HN 2, post 3) and Newcastle (Brett Miller, HN 6, post 7) each won twice in their series tries. Lakota (George Brennan, HN 1, post 1), Jackie Goldstein (Vinny Ginsburg, HN 3, post 4), Summers Windsong (Jason Bartlett, HN 4, post 5) and Stormont Park (Jordan Stratton, HN 7, post 8) complete the field. A $30,000 series consolation goes as the fourth race. Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Rockeyed Optimist worked out an ideal close-to-the-action trip, wore down the leader in deep stretch and held on despite the explosive late charge of Always B Miki to take the $25,000 harness racing Open Handicap Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. McArdles Lightning was third. Driver Tim Tetrick hustled the 5-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover into the three hole early behind McArdles Lightning and Atta Boy Dan. After an opening quarter of :27.2, Rockeyed Optimist, the 6-5 second choice, moved to the outside and began to grind away at the leader's advantage at the half in :55.2. By the time the stellar field reached three-quarters, Rockeyed Optimist was up to the wheel of McArdles Lightning while 4-5 favorite Always B Miki, who had raced in a fourth-over flow, was dead last in the field of seven. Rockeyed Optimist continued to inch his way closer to the top and finally got past the pacesetter with a sixteenth of a mile to go. Up on the far outside came the airborne Always B Miki, who won all four of his starts a year ago in sub-1:50, pacing a sensational final quarter of :25.4 only to come up half a length short to Rockeyed Optimist in what was a superb seasonal debut. The winner returned $4.40 to his backers, scoring for the sixth time in eight starts this year and went the mile in 1:50 for trainer Steve Elliott and owners Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia. STILL CLIMBING: Those hoping to hit the big one will have their chance on the next live race card as the 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover to $194,741.03. Total wagering on the program was $2,589,150. Racing resumes at the Big M Friday. Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - It wasn't the nicest morning we've had recently but the track was bustling with training early and a full slate of qualifying races at 9:30. A light rain fell throughout with temps in the low 60's and no wind to speak of. Track was off a second or so at the start, got a bit worse in the middle then began to dry as the rain subsided for the last four or five races.   The headliner matched a pair of million dollar winning sophomore trotters from 2015, Crazy Wow and Pinkman, with Crazy Wow getting the decision in 1:55/:28.2. Honor And Serve (now in the Ake Svanstadt barn) cut the mile and led into the stretch when Crazy Wow trotted up to his outside while Pinkman ducked to the inside as the three finished in a line across the track. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ron Burke stable and owners Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Deo Volente Farms.   Sunset Glider opened the day a winner in a repeat of last week's card. This time she took a pocket behind Silvia, overtook that one quickly at the three-quarters then won off by herself in 1:56.2/:28. Silvia was an urged second. Dave Miller drove her again for Jimmy Takter and owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Race two contained several of last season's top trotting fillies. Celebrity Eventsy made a good appearance in her first outing, leaving sharply from post nine to the front then yielding to Kathy Parker through middle splits then went by that rival in the stretch under no urging from John Campbell in 1:57.1/:28.3. Kathy Parker and a closing Caprice Hill hit the wire together behind the winner and Haughty was a willing fourth. The unbeaten NYSS champ Non Stick also went along nicely in this one. Staffan Lind trains the winner for Sam Stathis's Celebrity Farms.   Trond Smedshammer put the lightly races Tyson on the front early and won easily over Desert Runner in 1:57.2/:28.4. Trond trains and shares ownership with Purple Haze Stable, Anderson Farms and Marc Goldberg.   Jimmy William is the latest from the great broodmare Solveig and although he didn't do much at two he is showing signs of talent this year. In his second appearance this season he left for position, sat third then went by willingly in 1:58.1/:29.1 for Brett Miller. Southern Cross was a well meant second and Nebraska Jack third. Solveig's Racing Partners owns and Takter trains the winner.   PA Sires Stakes Final winner Lagerfeld won the fifth race for Takter and Yannick Gingras. He sat in as first Gleaming Memory and Hollywood Highway took turns on the lead through slow numbers then went by on his own when shown a clear lane in the stretch closing the 1:57.3 mile with a 28.3 quarter. Hollywood Highway held second and Metatron third. He's another Takter trainee owned by Christina Takter, Jim & John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   Older trotters took the track after a break and Donotomite got up in the last step on Canepa Hanover in 1:54.4 for Smedshammer. The two took turns on the lead with Canepa Hanover taking over past the half and leading through a 27.3 third quarter then Donotomite wearing him down in the 29 flat close. The winner is a Michael Andrew homebred trained by Trond.   Pacing fillies came up in the eighth today and Cut And Paste got up from far back in 1:53.2/28.2 for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. Heels On The Beach set the early numbers then two or three waves of fillies overtook the early leaders as they neared the wire. Penpal was second and Shezarealdeal an up the inside third. Linda Toscano trains the winner and owns part as Cameo Stable with Stake Your Claim and Fred Wallace.   Pure Country was powerful this morning, drawing away from some good fillies in 1:53.1/:27 for Brett Miller. Slowly taking the lead from post seven through a 28.3 opener, Miller yielded to No Clouds Blue Chip past that station, sat for a half then tipped Pure Country passing the three quarter mark and she took off. Yankee Moonshine and Pure Ivy followed the winner in. Diamnod Creek Farms owns the winner and she is trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.   Pretty Boy Hill prevailed after a stretch-long battle with Selvin in 1:56.1/:27.4. Tetrick drove for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill.   Older pacers wrapped the morning session and Artistic Major a winner from well back in 1:53.4/:27.3 with Brett Miller aboard for Steve Elliott.   Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

It was a beautiful day for racing on a Sunday afternoon (April 17, 2016) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The temperature got into the 70's, and a nice crowd was on hand to enjoy a solid 14 race program. Driver Tim Tetrick, who had 1 win on the program, made his way into the crowd to visit with 90-year-old racing fan Joe Wonder, who was celebrating his birthday on Sunday. Tetrick drove Rainbow Romance N to victory in race 8 on the program, a mid-level conditioned affair for pacers. The 6-year-old gelding was making just his second start in North America, for owners Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Triple D Stables. He completed the mile in an in-hand 1:53.4. There were two divisions of a NW of $17,000 in the last 5 starts on the pace. The first division was taken by the upset-minded Giant Sculpture (Allan Davis). The 8-year-old gelded son of Village Jolt was given a perfect drive, closing up the inside after saving ground on the final turn to win by a length in the day's fastest 1:50.3. It was the 4th win of the season for the Eric Ell trainee, who rewarded his backers with a $35.60 mutuel. He is owned by Bill Emmons. The second division went to Ron Burke trainee Rock N' Roll World. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was making his seasonal debut after a successful 3-year-old campaign that saw him bankroll just under $270,000. Driver Yannick Gingras sat patiently in the pocket, angling out at three-quarters and out sprinted a closing True Blue Hall (Dave Miller) late to win in 1:51 for owners Burke Racing, M1 Stables, Larry Karr, and Jt45. He paid $2.80. The upset of the day came in race 3, when Joie De Vie Farm's Nicko De Vie (Jim Meittinis) came up the passing lane to win at 26-1, prompting a 2 out of 3 payoff in the pick 3, and a $1,500 trifecta payoff despite the favorites finishing second and third. Driver Brandon Givens continues his winning ways since returning to driving. He had 2 wins on the program, including Les Givens trainee Power Of A Cruiser, who remains perfect on the season (3 for 3). Live racing returns Wednesday, with a first post of 12:40. Harrah's Philly races live Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sunday with that starting time. Driver Tim Tetrick (pictured below) poses for a pic with harness racing enthusiast Joe Wonder, who was celebrating his 90th birthday at the races. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

John’s Dream, Hail To The Master and Cut The Beach were winner of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg filly pace preliminaries to complete the first of two weeks harness racing competition prior to the $100,000 DSBF finals the last week of the meet at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 31. The 2-year-old DSBF and Virginia champion John’s Dream recorded his sixth lifetime win in nine starts scoring a 1:53.2 success in his 2016 debut as Tim Tetrick guided the triumph in the first of three 1st leg prelims. John’s Dream, a Dream Away-March On ridgling, took the lead early on the way to sixth consecutive win. Chuck Perry Jr. owns and trains the winner of $112,327 in his career. Power To Perform (Tony Morgan) took a shot at the winner heading to the final turn but had to accept second-place. Next Success (Jim Morand) was third. Art Stafford piloted Hail To The Master home in 1:52.3 to win the second $20,000 test; The altered son of Rustler Hanover-Morepowertoya is owned by Dorothy and Chris Conner and won for the sixth time in his career in 10 races and purses of $84,300. All Artist (Jeff Fout) finished second for the fifth time nine starts lifetime. Rusty Carter (Corey Callahan) finished third. Cut The Beach, an Artzina-I Love The Beach gelding, won for the second time this season with George Dennis steering the 1:54.2 victory. Jeff Rubin, Tom Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Joe Thomson own the winner. Casino Bags Anso (Vince Copeland) finished second in front of Double Miles (Morand), third. DSBF 2nd leg events are set for next week, featuring male trotter, Monday, with fillies on Tuesday, filly trotters on Wednesday and male pacers Thursday. The top 8 point-getters in each division return for $100,000 finals the last week of the meet, April 7-14.       On Thursday’s regular program, Travon, bred, owned and trained by Brenda Teague scored his second straight victory in an $11,300 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Montrell Teague was in the bike notching his third win on the card. A son of I’m Gorgeous-Shesaknockout, Travon won in a personal best 1:52.3. The Ohio-bred was followed by Cool Reward (Morgan) and Looms The Danger (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. Leyden, who just missed in his previous two races, final got to the winner’s circle when Ross Wolfenden directed a 1:50.1 lifetime best victory in a $10,500 Male pace for breeder, owner-trainer William Moffett of the Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power gelding. $1-million winner, Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second with Shadow Margeaux (Dennis) third.  Montrell Teague and Art Stafford Jr. led all drivers with three wins each. George Dennis, Ross Wolfenden, Sean Bier and trainer-owner Brenda Teague had doubles. Marv Bachrad

Kolbee's Star in an $18,500 trot and Awsome Valley winning a $17,500 trot, took the feature trots on Wednesday, March 24 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick, with five, and Tony Morgan, four, combined to win more than half of the 15-race harness racing card. Corey Callahan took the inside course, coming along the passing lane to notch a lifetime record 1:56 victory beating eight rival 4-and-5-year-olds for his fourth win of the year. Royal Status (Jim Morand), off at 18-1, finished second with a 32-1 shot Sweet Jesse T (Ross Wolfenden) third. Along with a second and a third, Kolbee Star, an altered son of Lear Jetta-Ultimate Star trained by Joe Holloway $37,655 in 2016 for PCF Stable. The $17,500 Winners-Over trot was even faster. Frank Chick's Awsome Valley showed the most late speed to catch Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) in the closing strides for a 1:52.2 triumph. It was the second of four winning trips for Tony Morgan, the second-leading all time winning driver in North America. Kevin Lare trains the Valley Victory-Nannina Ambrosio gelding, a winner for the 31st time in his career. He has earned $44,698 lifetime. Tough Mac (Callahan), the race favorite, finished third. Tim Tetrick capped off his five-win performance driving On The Sly, also owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare to victory in the last race of the day eommomg one of two $14,500 trots for young horses. Ah Me (Carlo Poliseno) was next in front of Windsun Cobra (Pat Berry). In the other $14,500 Brewmaster gave hot driver George Dennis his third win of the day and seventh in two nights, scoring a1:56 victory after the Glidemaster-Dance Girl Dance gelding owned by trainer Brit Evans and Brian Hoffecker had finished second three consecutive starts. Powerful Charger (Tetrick) was runner-up with Deacons Valley (Ross Wolfenden) the show finisher. The individual leaders on the program were Tim Tetrick with five wins, Tony Morgan, four, George Dennis, three, and trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick with two each. Feel like A Fool and Fancy Colt are the program favorites in the two $10,500 co-feature races on the Thursday card. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.  Marv Bachrad                                  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 23, 2016 - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced they will host their inaugural All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 5 with John Campbell and Tim Tetrick headlining the top drivers that will compete. Featured will be the greatest lineup of professional harness racing drivers ever to grace the 3R half-mile oval. In addition to Campbell and Tetrick will be the Grand Circuit's leading driver Yannick Gingras, Trois-Rivieres native Daniel Dube, Ontario leading drivers Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson with 3R leading reinsman Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron completing the lineup. The eight all-star drivers will compete in eight races on the race program with a prize purse of $10,000. There will be an early meet and greet session with the drivers and interviews throughout the day. "What a superb tournament this will be," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Never before has such a great field of world class drivers ever been assembled to compete here at 3R. Racing fans around the world will be in for a special treat on June 5. This will be a big day in the history of horse racing in Quebec." For both Campbell and Tetrick, it will be the first time they have ever driven at the Hippodrome 3R. "I can't wait to come to 3R for this tournament," said Hall of Famer John Campbell. "The last time I was in Quebec was in the 1980's when I drove in the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome Blue Bonnets in Montreal. It will be great to compete for the first time at the Hippodrome 3R." "The Quebec Jockey Club is doing such a great job at the Hippodrome 3R," said Quebec native Yannick Gingras. "And this tournament will be super. The racetrack there is very good. It allows the fans to be right up close to the action - closer than any track I have ever competed at. They have also done a good job on their racing surface and their half-mile track is as good as any in the sport. I look forward to coming back, seeing my friends and family and driving in the tournament." "What an honor it is to be invited to compete against these world class drivers," said Denis St. Pierre, the leading driver at 3R the past two years. "This will be a great event for every horse racing fan in Quebec that no one should miss. I am really looking forward to June 5." From the Quebec Jockey Club

Give Sage N the rail and Tim Tetrick driving and that's all you need as the harness racing combination worked for the second consecutive week in the $24,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 23. George Dennis had a four bagger. Tetrick took command after a :55.3 opening half mile and was on the way for Sage N's fourth win of the year with a new mark of 1:50.4. Scott DiDomenico trains the six-year-old Christian Cullen-Smart Decision New Zealand-bred mare who has won half of her eight seasonal starts for $43,450 and now has won 10 times in her career for $90,147. Fashion Showdown and Corey Callahan raced gamely to finish second besting Empress Deo and Allan Davis by a neck. A 9-1 shot Foulk Stable's Marigold Bloom, a daughter of Artistic Fella-Classic Move, pulled a mild surprise in the $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace, one of George Dennis' four driving wins. Caviart Cari Ann (Vic Kirby) was second. Race favorite Nice Trip (A.Davis) took third. Another winning combo at the track is driver Andrew McCarty, trainer Jason Skinner and Only Money Inc.'s Truth And Liberty who have clicked for three straight wins. The latest was in a $16,500 Filly and Mares 1:52.3 pace, a lifetime best for the Total Truth-Jazzy Hall four-year-old. Westluckycam (Callahan) and Eternal Sunrise (Dennis) were second and third respectively. Veteran Paradise Lost and Corey Callahan featured a driving finish to win a $14,500 Mares pace. The win was the 31st for the nine-year-old Artsplace-Loving Ideal mare who now boasts an earnings bankroll of $351,253. Bob Winklelman owns and trains Paradise Lost. Jerseylicious (A.Davis) led through the early stages and hung on for second. Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) was the third-place finisher. George Dennis led all drivers with four wins. Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan had doubles. BLUEBIRD REVEREND, AWSOME VALLEY LEAD NINE IN $17,500 TROT Indiana stakes winner Bluebird Reverend, Awsome Valley and Cash On Delivery, all recent winners, lead a strong group of veteran trotters into the Wednesday, March 23 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. A two-time Open winner, Bluebird Reverend owned by trainer Bob Reeser, Denise Dennis, Jay Johannsen and Holly Case will be driven by Montrell Teague, and is program favorite in the field of nine. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley reined by Tony Morgan drew the rail. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, gets regular driver Corey Callahan back and will leave from post 9 in the second tier. Ca;;a, Racing’s Spunky Jack is usually close in his efforts including four second-place finishes and is piloted by Roger Plante. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus and Allan Davis have been disappointing recently breaking stride when favorite in his last three outings. David Miller’s Cash On Delivery with Vince Copeland, on the other hand as been very consistent with two wins in his last three races. Bob Shahan and Don Marine’s Six Gun Hall steered by George Dennis drops down a notch in class. Tim Tetrick will drive LA Express Stable’s Five Towns while Winemaster, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch must overcome starting from post 8.    . A strong array of trotting races compliment the rest of the program. Dover Downs races four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays beginning at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Harness Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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