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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the World’s best harness racing reinsman, Tim Tetrick will drive at the 2015 Inter Dominion Carnival at Gloucester Park in November and December. Tetrick, who represented the USA at the World Driving Championships in Sydney earlier this year, running third overall behind New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, has driven over 8500 career winners and amassed almost $200 Million in stakes, including the $1 Million North America Cup at Mohawk race track (Canada) in June aboard Wakizashi Hanover.   Tetrick will drive in two separate series during the Inter Dominion, the first being an International Drivers Challenge, with two heats on the third night of Inter Dominion series (Friday, 4 December) and a heat on TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final Day (Sunday 13 December) both at Gloucester Park. Affectionately known as the ‘Bionic Man’, Tetrick will drive against an invitation only field of elite reinsman, with all states and New Zealand represented. From Western Australia, Inter Dominion champions Gary Hall Jr, Chris Lewis and Kim Prentice have been chosen to compete. The second series will see Tetrick compete against Western Australia’s most promising drivers including, Tom Buchanan (WA representative Australasian Young Driver’s Championship), Kristy Sheehy (Garrard’s JCD Challenge Winner) and RWWA Invitational defending Champion Kaiden Hayter. Adding to the series, Harness Racing NSW have a reciprocal arrangement with Western Australia to give a young driver the experience to compete in a series in the other state. This will mean that this year, Jack Trainor will represent his home state in this exciting series against Tetrick. Heats will be conducted at Pinjarra (Monday 7 December), York’s meeting the following day (Tuesday 8 December), with the final heat at Gloucester Park (Friday 11 December). “Im excited to head back to Australia” Tetrick said from his New York base. “I got my first taste of Australian racing in March and loved it, so I can’t wait to get back and compete against Australia’s best drivers in Perth. “I'm a big fan of the Inter Dominion and I love the uniqueness of the series, it’s something special to ‘down under’ harness racing and I looking forward to being a part of it” said Tetrick. Tetrick will also be available for selected outside drives during his stay in Perth. “Maybe my good mate Luke (McCarthy) or even the Hall barn (Gary Hall Sr’s stable) will throw a drive my way as well!!!” joked the star American driver Michael Radley

A field of 8 upper-conditioned level pacers took the stage for the featured event  at the harness racing meeting on Sunday afternoon (July 5) from Harrah's Philadelphia, going for a purse of $22,000. The heavy favorite in the wagering was Jimmy Takter trainee Somewhere In L A. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere is coming off of a stellar 2014 campaign, which saw him earn over $500,000 in 24 starts. He started quickly from the pole position, leading at the quarter in a rated :27.3. Scott Di Domenico trainee Bettors Glass drafted with pocket position, while Burke representative Rediscovery (Yannick Gingras) attacked first-over at the half (:56). Somewhere In L A maintained the advantage at three-quarters (1:23.3) before increasing the margin to 2 lengths at the head of the lane. Bettors Glass (Tim Tetrick) was able to make headway in the stretch tho, missing Somewhere In L A by just a head at the finish, in a final time of 1:50.4. It was the first win of the year for Somewhere In L A, who paid $3.00 to win. Bestjetyet (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) rallied for third. Somewhere In L A is owned by J&T Silva Stables, Deo Volente Farms, and T L P Stables. Michael Bozich

Nobody told Mother Nature that The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was having one of its biggest harness racing cards of the season last Saturday night. Heavy rain pummeled Northeastern Pennsylvania starting in the wee hours of Saturday morning, and it was still going strong by the time the elimination races for Sun Stakes Saturday had come to a completion. As a result, the track was plenty sloppy as some of the world's best horses stopped by in the hopes of making it through to the big-money Sun Stakes finals on the Fourth of July. Elimination races are always a tricky bit of business because, while everybody wants to win, the most important thing is securing that spot in the lineup when those purses go rocketing skyward. So, considering the slop and the strategizing, the results we saw Saturday might not have all that much bearing on what occurs in the Finals. But it still made for a memorable night of racing, one featuring some unexpected outcomes and many stellar performances. Here is a division-by-division look at what went down. JAMES M. LYNCH MEMORIAL PACE (3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES) This felt like the most wide-open field going into the eliminations, and Saturday's races didn't provide a ton of clarity. We do know that JK She'salady, who dominated the division a year ago, won't be around for the finals, as her recent struggles continued with a 5th-place finish in her elimination. Instead. The Show Returns wheeled out 3-wide with John Campbell in the bike to come up for a mild upset win in the division containing JK She'salady. Speaking of mid-priced upsetters, Momas Got A Gun wore down favored Divine Caroline for a win in her split at 6-1. The only favorite to hold form was Stacia Hanover, who controlled matters on the front end to win with Scott Zeron in the bike. As further proof of just how tight these fillies are heading into the finals, all three winners came home in the slop in identical times of 1:51:3.   MAX C. HEMPT MEMORIAL PACE (3-YEAR-OLDS) Most of the top competitors in the eliminations came right from the North American Cup finals held on June 20 at Mohawk. Wakizashi Hanover, who sprung a mild upset to win that race in Canada, used a pocket seat to win his elimination in 1:50:4 with Tim Tetrick in the bike. The horse he surprised at Mohawk, Wiggle It Jiggleit, righted his ship after the first loss of his career, handling his split with ease for driver Montrell Teague in 1:50:1. And Artspeak outdueled In The Arsenal in the final division by a head in 1:50; those two horses finished fifth and fourth in the North American Cup. Certainly everyone will be watching for a rematch between Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit in the final, and the draw for post position will be all-important, since those two appear to be evenly matched.   EARL BEAL JR. MEMORIAL TROT (3-YEAR-OLDS) The night's biggest upset occurred when Pinkman, who was the 2-year-old divisional champ and had won three straight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races to start 2015, was upended at the line by the late charge of Wicker Hanover, a 16-1 shot with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. In the first Beal split, heavy favorite Habitat made an early break, opening the door for Cruzado Dela Noche to come up first-over and surprise for the win in 1:53:3. Uncle Lasse won a showdown with Crazy Wow in the final division in a battle of odds-on horses. Trainer Jimmy Takter will have Uncle Lasse and an angry Pinkman in the final, so he'll most likely have a big say in the matter. But the preliminaries show that you can't take anything for granted, especially when horses as talented as Wicker Hanover can get away at such long odds.   BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR-ALL PACE (OPEN) The two eliminations provided a fascinating study on how races can be won in a variety of ways. In the first elimination, Luck Be Withyou, who had suffered a disappointing break of stride while leading his previous stakes race at Northfield, decided to give it another go on the engine on Saturday night. With George Napolitano on the bike, the 4-year-old stallion busted to the lead from the #8-hole and never looked back, hustling home to win in 1:50. In the second split, State Treasurer, a 6-year-old stallion who campaigns in Canada, had to deal with the dreaded outside #9 post. Driver David Miller stayed patient, even with his horse sitting last fifth-over at the three-quarter pole. Around the final turn he wheeled State Treasurer to the outside and the stallion blew by everybody for a last-to-first victory in 1:50:3. Most of the top aged pacers are headed to the final, including Foiled Again, the sport's all-time top earner who snuck in based on having the faster fifth-place finishing time of the two divisions. Saturday's final should be a donnybrook for the ages. With the eliminations in our rear-view, all that's left to do is look forward to the Fourth of July finals. Trust me, the on-track action on Sun Stakes Saturday will provide all the fireworks you'll need. 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. Jim Beviglia

Three days after watching Wakizashi Hanover win the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, harness racing owner Bruce Kennedy was still unsure whether the magnitude of the accomplishment had sunk in completely. "I'm wondering myself," said the 74-year-old Nova Scotia resident, who heads the horse's Tri County Stable ownership group. "It's a lot to take in because it's a brand new level of enjoyment for us." Not that there is a lot of time to sit back and relax. Wakizashi Hanover is getting ready for his next challenge in Saturday's eliminations for the Max C. Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 3-year-old gelded pacer competes in the third of three $25,000 Hempt elims; the top three finishers in each division advance to the $500,000 final on July 4. Wakizashi Hanover, trained by Joann Looney-King, will start his elim from post four with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Brian Brown's Lost For Words, unbeaten in four races this season, is the 3-1 second choice from post seven with driver David Miller. Also competing in the eliminations are Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the 5-2 favorite in the second division, and Artspeak, who is the 5-2 choice in the first elim. Wiggle It Jiggleit saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at 11 when he finished second by three-quarters of a length to Wakizashi Hanover in the North America Cup. Artspeak, who received the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014, finished fifth in the North America Cup after getting an outside trip from post 10. Betting Exchange, who finished third in the North America Cup, is the 3-1 second choice in the second Hempt elimination, and In The Arsenal, who was fourth in the Cup, is 3-1 in the first division. Wakizashi Hanover, a son of Dragon Again out of the mare Western Gesture, was purchased for $23,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and has won seven of 12 career races and earned $598,507 (U.S.). Kennedy owns Wakizashi Hanover with Percy Bonnell, Wayne Burley, David Bugden, David Chabassol, and Dr. Scott Bowen. Kennedy, who has more than four decades of experience in harness racing ranging from training, driving and working in an administrative capacity, is in the convenience store business in Bible Hill. On Tuesday afternoon he took time to talk about Wakizashi Hanover with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division. KW: You have several new owners involved with Wakizashi Hanover. Do they think this is easy now? BK: That's a good question. (Laughs.) They're well aware of how long it normally takes to get to sort of the halfway mark in this industry. To get the full distance in one shot, it's like a hole-in-one in golf for these people. KW: It's like a hole-in-one the first time you take the clubs out of the bag. BK: Exactly. KW: Were you getting anxious in the weeks leading up to the North America Cup? BK: He kind of flew under the radar prior to the race, and that suited our demeanor just fine. The people we have associated ourselves with in Jim King Jr., his wife Joann, and Tim Tetrick - those people have been so good to us and so good to our horse. They bonded really well and they know that horse inside out. The caretaker of the horse, Phil Moore, he bonded with the horse. The horse has such a personality that it was kind of an easy matchup. The horse is so well cared for, so healthy and so happy, and we think the key to a good horse is good health and happiness. KW: What's his personality like? BK: This horse wants to be a friend with everybody. He's very easy to be around. He likes to be around people. He's nice to jog on the track. He's so simple. He wears simple clothing; he wears a closed bridle, a pair of hobbles, and just for precautionary measures they wrap a pair of shin boots on him when he races. He's a pretty slick-going character, this guy. KW: As you watched the race unfold, what was going through your mind? BK: I kind of thought I was at the Indy 500; they got off to such a wicked pace in :25.1. Wiggle It Jiggleit is no slouch by any means; he's a speedster. When they got past the eighth pole and he took over, the race was on. Timmy's strategy from where we sat appeared to be to get out early and fend off all comers knowing almost for sure that Wiggle It Jiggleit was going to want to go to the top. We ended up sitting in the pocket and that's exactly where Tim wanted to be. KW: What did you think as you watched that trip? BK: It couldn't have worked out any better. He wasn't sitting back a length; he was sitting on the helmet. It appeared from our perspective that he was ready to strike. He was staying close and looking to tip out when it was the right time and hope he had a little horse to go with. That's when it became really exciting, halfway down the stretch when Tim pulled up beside (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and then was able to overcome the small lead he had on us. KW: What was the party like afterward? BK: I've been to a lot of parties, but none with more enthusiasm than we had with our group. (Laughs.) It was a nice gesture from the Woodbine Entertainment Group for how we were treated and looked after and cared for. The hospitality was second to none. That kind of makes you feel that everyone is just as important as another. It was a great feeling for us. We didn't really call it a party, but we were able to celebrate with some of the connections of the other contenders and it was really great. We found that people were there to win, but they were there for everybody. KW: Does it make it more enjoyable that way? BK: It does, it does. We know that only one (horse) is going to surface as the winner. We trucked from Delaware to Toronto with the Teagues (and Wiggle It Jiggleit) and we're grateful for that. (Trainer) Clyde (Francis) is a super guy. Phil trucked with him, stabled with him; we were stabled across the aisle from each other at the Ideal Training Centre. Everything was just so great about the trip and experience. The camaraderie there, it was great. KW: What was the reaction back home? BK: It was phenomenal. We've been told a lot of stories since we got back, from the grandstand at the racetrack to some very large house parties on race night. There was adrenaline flowing and tears flowing. This is the most excitement we've had since (Nova Scotian-owned 2008 Horse of the Year) Somebeachsomewhere. And the media has been super good. They've covered this story extremely well, from all corners of the continent. We're extremely pleased that TSN carried the race, that Pepsi stepped up to sponsor with Woodbine Entertainment Group, and we'd like to thank those people in a public forum. That's what makes it all worthwhile to stay in the industry and keep trying. KW: You're going to the Hempt elims this weekend. What are your thoughts? Are you sort of playing with house money now? BK: We are. The feeling was that if our horse was fresh and ready to go again, we'd go. If he was showing any fatigue, we would have given him a break before the Meadowlands Pace. We felt with his frolicking in the paddock, with the way he's been acting since they left Toronto, there's not a reason in the world to not go to the Hempt. KW: This division seems like it could be deep and competitive. BK: That's the way our group feels. Our owners are saying this is going to be a pretty nice ride, hopefully it will be smooth, and hopefully the competition will be good and as credible as it's been to this point. And we look forward being part of the level of competition that we're in. KW: When we talked last time, you said you've been doing this for more than 40 years and you had to take one more shot at getting a big-time horse. Was it worth the wait? BK: When you're on the winning end it's always worth it. Actually, it was worth it for us when we bought this horse and he made the races. To be a great horse and be on the Grand Circuit and compete at this level, it's over the top. We're ecstatic. I have to give credit, too, to Gordon Corey and the connections in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where they broke the horse. They were so kind to our horse and took their time with him and brought him along. Then he went to Jimmy and has been a family pet, if you will, at a competitive level. We couldn't be happier. If we'd known this was waiting for us, we would have waited another five years - if we thought we had that in us. (Laughs.) KW: Well, congratulations again and good luck with everything in the future. BK: We feel pretty blessed. When you see horses bought inexpensively and see them compete at a high level, it should give hope to the small buyer and small stables to know they could be part of it at any given time. Hopefully it will encourage people to go to the sale and try to find one that might turn out. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - For the harness racing Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia, their direct flight to cloud nine was a $23,000 ticket purchased at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale in 2013. The six-partner syndicate will touch down at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, in the hopes of watching Wakizashi Hanover trip the timer first in the Pepsi North America Cup final. Comprised of Percy Bonnell, Scott Bowen, David Bugden, Wayne Burley, David Chabassol, and Bruce Kennedy, the group pooled $20,000 in the hopes of jumping back into the racing game. "Three of us have fifty years in the business," said partner Bruce Kennedy. "We had the yearning to get back into racing after some time away so we pulled a group together and hurried down to Harrisburg with the little Black Book in our hands." The story of the Dragon Again gelding snowballs from there. Close friend and neighbour Brent MacGrath of Somebeachsomewhere fame spoke with his contacts at Hanover Shoe Farms, who compiled a list of their yearlings that were likely to fit the requirements of the group. Among the group was Wakizashi Hanover. "We weren't looking for $100,000 yearlings; we were looking for something more reasonable. Everyone judges and grades yearlings differently and with the help of that list, we narrowed it down to 50 or 60 horses." As the sale progressed, the group put in bids on nine yearlings but failed to emerge the winning buyer. This caused them some concern, having purchased a new harness and all the necessary gear for their new horse earlier in the week. "There were around 1,118 yearlings or so in the sale and he was 1,104. We really started looking at the last fifteen horses; we paid a little bit over our budget for him but we were prepared to pay a bit extra over leaving without a horse at all." The group had connected with Maine-based trainer Gordon Corey prior to the sale, having worked with him in the past. The gelding shipped directly to Pinehurst, North Carolina to learn the ropes under Corey's watchful eye. "Corey was happy to have him; he was coming along pretty good from November to February. We kept a weekly record of him, tracking his progress every step of the way." As February arrived, so did stakes payment season. Unsure of what to pay him into, they chose to focus on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes program. The two-year-old was showing his potential and didn't fail to catch the eye of others. Involved with a horse racing in Harrington, Delaware with Jim King Jr., Corey introduced King to the young hopeful. "Jim was at the Fun Day at Pinehurst to wrap up the winter program. He came over and trained the horse a few trips and really liked him. He trained the horse in 2:19 and Gordon relayed to us how pleased Jim was with the horse. "We made contact with Jim and said 'if you've got space for him, you've got him'. The plan was for Jim to keep him until July to see if he was good enough to bring home to race in our country. Long story short, he hasn't made it to Nova Scotia yet." During his freshman campaign, he posted a record of 2-3-0 in six starts and bankrolled over $100,000 for his connections. Posting a mark of 1:51 over Pocono Downs in a Sires Stakes event, he always seemed to indicate that there was more left in the tank. Kennedy describes the group fondly as a family, united by their beloved horse. "We've grown to have a great relationship with the Kings; Jim is a personal friend and a great partner with Tim Tetrick. We couldn't have afforded to look for a driver like Tim and yet he came our way. "Our six people are really ecstatic about this guy, we've rolled into racing with the elite at three and we never thought we'd be here." Wakizashi Hanover stormed home in his North America Cup elimination from sixth-place to claim victory in a career best of 1:49.2, holding off 1-5 favourite Artspeak in an impressive finish. Emerging from last Saturday fresh and in good spirits, Kennedy is confident in the horse's performance in the final. "He gave us something he was hiding all along, after the race Tim said to me 'he was explosive today, he gave me more than anything I expected to get'. Tim has had a few drives on him and it couldn't have been any better for us, the strategy panned out perfectly. "This morning (June 17) we were at the training center and he trained awesome, he looks as ready as can be. The way he was this morning proved that. He has never missed a meal, rests himself well every day and he's just a happy and healthy horse." Staked lightly last year due to financial constraints and uncertainty, Tri County have an impressive dance card slated for their horse in the upcoming season. "We took all his earnings from last year in Pennsylvania and we reinvested it all in the three-year-old stake program for him." Wakizashi Hanover has many major events on his radar, with the Hempt, the Meadowlands Pace and the Milstein in the near future. The syndicate is also looking further down the road with the Breeders Crown the goal at the end of the season, back on Canadian soil. "I don't know if the horse gets as tired listening to all of these things as I do listing them, but he's got a full place if he can handle it. It's a wicked schedule of fierce competitors. "We're not the richest people in racing but we're the luckiest right now. This kind of a trip, I wish everyone could have this one day in harness racing, just once." Wakizashi Hanover Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($8.40, Victor Kirby) notched his seventh win of the year Wednesday in his 1:54.1 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding stalked pacesetter Tough Mac throughout the mile before edging clear of that rival in the final strides. Rolls Blue Chip finished third. Trained by co-owner King Jr., it was the 29th career win for Powerful Charger. It is sure to be an eventful week for trainer King Jr., who trains Wakizashi Hanover (5/2, Tim Tetrick), a North American Cup elimination winner who will compete in the $1 million final at Mohawk Racetrack (Ontario, Canada) on Saturday June 20. The North American Cup Final is slated as the 12th race on the Mohawk program with an estimated post time of 10:40 p.m. Kirby had three driving wins on the program. Art Stafford Jr. had two wins. Matt Sparacino

A field of eight lined up behind the starter for the featured event at Wednesday afternoons harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, a pace for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 starts. The favorite at post time was Joe Pavia Jr. trainee Steelhead Hanover. The 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight was looking to rebound after a last place finish from post nine at Pocono in his last start. At the start, the favorite was put into play immediately, settling for pocket position behind the speed of Jodi Siamis' Eighteen (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). They remained first and second past the half (:54.3). Morning line favorite Mcardle's Lightning (Scott Zeron) drove up to challenge for the lead, as they reached three quarters in 1:22.1. Eighteen was able to quiet the bid of the first-over challenger, but was unable to stop the stretch surge of Steelhead Hanover (Tim Tetrick). With a last quarter of :26.3, Steelhead Hanover won by a length, stopping the clock in 1:49.1. Eighteen did finish second, while Mcardles Lightning finished third. It was the 20th career win for Steelhead Hanover ($4.40) in his 80th career start. He is owned by Dijo Racing, Agc Stables, J. Barbera, and Pint Size Racing. Driver Tim Tetrick continued his hot hand with 5 wins in the card. Michael Bozich

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