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Freehold, NJ --- Two weeks ago, No Drama Please was the solid favorite in the harness racing final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters. Unfortunately for him, he faded late to finish sixth, while Cotton to You pulled off the upset.   Now, the Tom Fanning-trained trotter will seek his revenge in the Garden State Trot this Saturday at Freehold Raceway. He drew the inside post in the field of six, while NJSS-SDF champion Cotton to You will leave from post position five, for trainer Lucas Wallin and driver Jim Marohn Jr. Wallin will also send out Sovereign Deo, who broke stride after the start in the final and lost all chance. He rebounded with a runner-up finish at Pocono Downs last out.   Three new shooters will seek to challenge the NJSS-SDF veterans. Sheena's Boy drew post position three, for Ake Svanstedt and George Brennan. He finished second in the Muscle Hill at the Meadowlands earlier in the year, and crossed the wire fourth in the Yonkers Trot, before being disqualified for breaking stride in the stretch. Last out, he went off stride in the Bluegrass at the Red Mile. If he can stay trotting here, he's got a big chance.   Ray Schnittker will send out New Jersey Futurity winner Alternative Fact, who drew the outside post. He's won five races in a row, most recently winning a conditioned trot in wet weather at Harrah's Philadelphia. Jason Bartlett will be in the sulky.   Lucius Vorenus, shipping from Vernon Downs and trained by Nick Surick, rounds out the field.   The Garden State Trot is scheduled as the third race, with a post time of 1:10 PM EDT. The first of 12 races at Freehold on Saturday will be at approximately 12:30 PM EDT.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Last year, No Drama Please won the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS - SDF) Final for 2-year-old colt & gelding harness racing trotters at Freehold Raceway. This Friday, he'll seek to add the 3-year-old title to his mantle, as he faces seven rivals in the $70,000 final. After bypassing the first leg, the Tom Fanning-trained colt took the second leg last Friday, winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:58.1. It was the first win of his sophomore year, a season that has seen him earn almost $106,000. He'll leave from post position six in the final, and will be driven by Austin Siegelman. Powerscourt figures to be his chief rival. The Cheryl McGivern-trained gelding finished third in the NYSS Final at Batavia Downs on September 14, where he was third behind Gimpanzee. After losing the first leg of the NJSS-SDF by a neck, he went up to Saratoga Harness, where he won a conditioned trot by seven lengths in 1:56.1. He drew post position four in his Freehold return, with Michael McGivern in the bike. Cotton to You also looks like a contender. He defeated Powerscourt by a neck in the first leg, then broke stride int he second leg. He'll seek a rebound in the final for trainer Lucas Wallin, with Jim Marohn Jr back in the sulky from the inside post. Wallin also trains Sovereign Deo, who finished second in the second leg. That one will leave from the outside post, with Joe Bongirono driving. Warrior One, American Dream Boy, Brownie, and Innisfallen round out the field. The first race at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Freehold, NJ  --- Trainer Tom Fanning elected to bypass the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) with his trotter, No Drama Please, hoping to keep him fresh for the later legs in the series. The strategy worked like a charm, as No Drama Please won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. One of Lucas Wallin's two trotters in the field, Sovereign Deo, went out and set a loose early lead. Aided by some breaks to his chief rivals, he was in front by six lengths heading up the backstretch the final time. Nearing three-quarters, Austin Siegelman launched his rally with No Drama Please, advancing him up the pylons with dead aim on the leader. Turning for home, Sovereign Deo was still in front, but No Drama Please had all the momentum, and he coasted on by for a 1 1/2 length victory. No Drama Please showed promise as a 2-year-old, including a victory in the NJSS-SDF Final over this track. However, while he's picked up $106,000 worth of paychecks, this was his first win of his sophomore campaign, from seventeen starts. He's owned by Joseph Smith, and was bred by TLP Stable of New Jersey. He went the mile in 1:58.1. The second leg of the NJSS-SDF for 3-year-old filly trotters drew a field of four, and was contested as a non-wagering race. French Cafe was sent right to the lead by driver Troy Beyer, and held steady for a 1 1/4 length victory. She went the mile in 2:00.1 for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfield, and trainer Julie Miller. That was her fourth win of her 3-year-old year, including two victories in Kentucky Sire Stakes action at the Red Mile. She's earned almost $106,000 this year. Live racing continues on Saturday at Freehold, with a 12-race program beginning at 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

CHESTER, PA - Favored Fashion Creditor sat well-placed off a hot early pace, made his move on the far turn, then drew off to a 4 1/4 length victory in 1:54.1 in the $18,000 harness racing feature on "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia. Sylvesteramerica IT, Cash For Gold, and Cruising In Style were three-across the track in a :27.3 first quarter, and second choice Cruising In Style did not clear to the lead until almost the 3/8, and he passed the half in a taxing :55.4, with Rubber Duck first-over and Fashion Creditor behind him. Rubber Duck tucked into an open pocket later down the backstretch, with Fashion Creditor going on uncovered to challenge the pacesetter by the 1:24.3 three-quarters and then go by him around the turn. Rubber Duck, who had backed out to follow the winner on the turn and who loomed boldly nearing headstretch, made a break at that point, and Fashion Creditor was home free from there, with Cruising In Style lasting for second over a shuffled-then-closing Sylvesteramerica IT. Pat Berry handled the veteran Credit Winner gelding for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. The seven-year-old pushed his lifetime earnings to $657,102. In a $14,500 co-featured trot, the Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah was moved by driver Art Stafford Jr. from fourth off the first turn to the lead in front of the grandstand, then trotted on nicely to record a 1:54 victory. The winner of $194,395, owned by trainer Kathleen La Montagne in partnership with Donald La Montagne, was not threatened in the second half of the mile and won by 2¼ lengths over pocketsitter Filled Donut. The winning drivers in the featured races, Pat Berry and Art Stafford Jr., also led the driving colony for the day with three victories each. For full results and entries click here. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Freehold, NJ --- The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) series has been going on for more than a month at Freehold Raceway, but 3-year-old harness racing pacers will get their moment in the sun on Saturday. Prince of Tides, the impressive winner of the Homegrown Pace over this track on September 21, is the clear headliner of the colts & geldings division. He won that race by 2 1/2 lengths, going a mile in an impressive 1:52.3. Earlier in the season, he was second in the Adios, behind eventual Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi. So far in his sophomore year, he's won eight races, while earning more than $237,000. He's likely to be the big favorite from post position five, for trainer Ross Croghan and driver George Brennan. Trainers Nick Surick and Tom Fanning will do their best to conquer the favorite, as they'll send out five horses between the two of them. Surick trains Trente Deo, who has post position one, Black Dan, who leaves from post position two, and Thelinestartshere, who drew post position four. Fanning has Homegrown runner-up Just Plain Loco, along with Cool Your Heels. They have post positions three and eight, respectively. Mark witha K, Admiral Ballsy, and Reigning Deo round out the field. The race is scheduled as the fourth race, with a post time of 1:30 PM EDT. The division for fillies attracted a field of seven, and is scheduled as the sixth race. The field features three of the four horses who contested the Homegrown for fillies on September 21. Stood Up finished second in that race, and rebounded with a solid win at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 27. She has post position four for trainer Michael Hall. Fear No Evil finished third in that race, for owners James Craparotta and Pat Berry, and trainer Traci Berry. She began her career with two wins in a row at Dover Downs, but has yet to find her winning form since then. She has post position two in this spot. Hurrikane Loriann was fourth in the Homegrown, after making a break after the start. She won a leg of the NJSS at the Meadowlands in May, and won the Landmark at Goshen back in July. She'll try to get the job done from post position three. Hurrikanesky, the winner of the NJSS Final at the Meadowlands, will make her first start since June 17 in this spot. She qualified at Freehold twice in anticipation of this spot, most recently going the mile in 1:59. The Patrick Hlubik owned and trained filly will have the outside post, and will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr. Surreality, the winner of the 2-year-old filly NJSS Final last year, Ponder the Odds, a winner of two races in a row at Yonkers Raceway and Pocono Downs, and Love Love Me Too complete the ensemble. The first of twelve races at Freehold on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department

Tom Fanning might not have a shoo-in to reach the Fan Hanover Stakes final, but he likes Trillions Hanover's chances with shoes on. Fanning watched his 3-year-old female pacer qualify last weekend at The Meadowlands in 1:50.2 with a shoe missing, after which he was quick to quip with a grin, "She probably goes 1:49 with four shoes." She can try Saturday (June 8), when she races in the first of two Fan Hanover harness racing eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nineteen 3-year-old filly pacers were entered in the Fan Hanover, including Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut and O'Brien Award winner Tall Drink Hanover. The two will meet in the second of the two C$35,000 eliminations, which also includes Three Diamonds Stakes winner Prescient Beauty and budding Ontario star Sunny Dee, who is 8-for-8 this season. The top five finishers from each division will advance to the final on June 15. Saturday's card also includes two eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers and a prep race for the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Trillions Hanover has won five of nine career races and finished second twice, earning $65,650 in purses. She was last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion for 2-year-old filly pacers. "She didn't train down like she was going to be something special," Fanning said. "She just trained down like a normal horse, a little on the lazy side, but never gave us a problem. She didn't get sick, didn't tie up. When she got into a race, she just got better and better. She's got a good attitude. You don't have to coddle her like a lot of fillies. You train her, you turn her out, you jog her, she eats. She does her work. She's good that way." Trillions Hanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Tutu Hanover. She was purchased under the name Thompson Hanover for $20,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Falcon Racing, J L Benson Stables, and VIP Internet Stable. "She was pretty nasty; I think that turned a lot of people off," Fanning said about the filly at the sale. "But she got over that and is really a sweetheart now. She's got a great attitude. She just wants to beat horses, she really does." Trillions Hanover has raced twice this season, beating 4-year-old Reclamation (handing the mare her only loss in seven starts this year) before going off stride in her second at Harrah's Philadelphia. "She has a little trouble at (Philly) in the turns, but we kind of got that straightened out," Fanning said. "We thought if she qualified well last week at the Meadowlands we would send her up for the Fan Hanover. She qualified really well. She only had three shoes, but we got through the race. "She should benefit from that qualifier. I've been training her, but not a lot fast. So that was a really good tightener for her. I think she will really step up off of that and she's showed legitimate speed. She wasn't completely done in the qualifier either, so that was a good sign. She can go, and she has some class to her as well. We'll see what happens." Trillions Hanover, who will be driven by David Miller, is 8-1 on the morning line. The favorite in the first elimination is 2018 Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Beautyonthebeach, at 3-1, followed by Treacherous Reign at 7-2. She is a Tony Alagna-trained stablemate to Tall Drink Hanover, who is 4-1 in the second elim. Last year, Tall Drink Hanover won the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk, where Treacherous Reign finished in a dead-heat second with Prescient Beauty. Treacherous Reign is 2-for-2 this year while Tall Drink Hanover beat older foes in her only start of the campaign. "She had a great first start," Alagna said about Tall Drink Hanover. "She was very impressive. We felt like she had good fitness, so we didn't want to race her back last week. It's such a long year. The way she raced in her first start off a layoff, I think her fitness is there. We tuned her up a little bit (Monday) morning so she seems like she's going to be firing on all cylinders. "Treacherous Reign started out great last year and just got tired toward the end of the season. I should have put her away earlier than I did, but thankfully she's come back good this year. (Driver Dexter Dunn) was tickled to death with the way she raced the other day. She showed good pace on both ends of the mile. "I feel very good about them." The favorite in the second elimination, at 5-2 on the morning line, is Warrawee Ubeaut. She paced 1:48.3 last year to become the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history and is off to a 2-for-2 start in 2019. "She's been great," trainer Ron Burke said. "She couldn't be any better. If anything, she's been better (than last year) because she's calm; she'll let you do what you want, not what she wants. I'm thrilled with her." Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) at Mohawk. For Saturday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace is one of the first major Grand Circuit events for 2-year-old pacers, and according to trainer Tom Fanning, it takes a special kind of horse to win the $100,000 stakes.  “I think it’s a good value race if you think your horse is going to be handy on a half and they happen to be ready, I think it’s a good race to go in,” Fanning said. “I think you have to have a certain kind of horse. They have to be handy, good on the turns, and athletic to do well early on a half-mile track.” Fanning thinks he may have that certain type of horse in Just Plain Loco, a 3-1 morning line chance to capture the 54th edition of the Sheppard Pace tonight (July 14) at Yonkers Raceway. The son of Well Said out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Symphony in Motion didn’t turn many heads at last year’s Harrisburg sale due to his small size, but Fanning and co-owner Paul Lang liked what they saw and were the top bidders when the hammer fell at $15,000. “The owner liked him very much. I think he liked the pedigree and he was dual eligible. He was big on that, he was eligible to some races in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania. He was a real small horse, but I think his brother was also small. He wasn’t my top selection, but there were some things I did like about him,” Fanning said. Although Just Plain Loco was small in stature, Fanning was surprised by how athletic the pacer is. He wears a much longer hopple than would be expected for his size and proved to be a very nice mover on the racetrack. However, he was also full of energy and unfocused, so the decision was made to geld Just Plain Loco early in his training. “We actually gelded him pretty early. He really wasn’t focused in on his work. Once we cut him, he got better and better. He trained down pretty well then,” Fanning said. “He’s very good in a race. On the track, he’s very squirrely, looking at everything. We always joke, he never jogs in a straight line. But when it’s time to do his work, once we turn him to go a mile, he would straighten up. He was good about things, but he likes to fool around a lot too.” Although Just Plain Loco was training down well and making his times, Fanning felt because of his size, the gelding was having to work harder to keep up with the group. Fanning began training Just Plain Loco by himself and let him develop at his own pace. “He didn’t get beat in his training miles or anything, he just had to work at it a little bit more,” Fanning explained. “We had him in company until about March, but because of his size, I took him out of company and trained him by himself just because I didn’t really want to put any pressure on him. He would just do his thing, he’s go the time, he’d be willing enough to do it. I put him back in company in the middle of May or so when they were ready to qualify almost.” Just Plain Loco qualified twice in June. He made his debut at Gaitway, where he finished fifth in his first trial June 18. Although he was beaten 19 ½ lengths, Fanning was pleased with the effort; Just Plain Loco went 1:56.2 with a :28.0 final panel. He returned with a fourth-place finish, timed in 1:57.0 with :27.4 last quarter, in a Harrah’s Philadelphia qualifier June 26. “I was happy with both of them,” the trainer opined. “We had trained him before his first qualifier in 2:01 and he got beat pretty good his first race, but he came home in :28.0. I was standing about halfway up the stretch and I could see he had some go to him, he was pacing right along. It was deceptive because we weren’t going to push him. The second qualifier, he came home in about :56.0 and paced pretty good on the end of it again. He was wrapped up.” Just Plain Loco made his pari-mutuel debut in a $13,000 overnight for 2-year-olds at Harrah’s July 8. Although bettors dismissed him at odds of 14-1, Just Plain Loco worked his way to the lead and scored a length victory in 1:54.0. The tactics, if not the win, were even a surprise to his trainer. “It didn’t surprise me he won, it was surprising he went to the front,” Fanning said. “He got a little bit aggressive. When the gate opened, he got surrounded. He’s not a real aggressive horse, but he was right in the middle of the pack and he got a little excited, so (David Miller) just sort of paced out of there and he ended up on the front.” After posting a pair of inspiring qualifiers and a strong debut, Fanning decided to enter Just Plain Loco in the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. He will start from post three with driver Jim Marohn, Jr. in the sulky.  Just Plain Loco’s five rivals include 3-2 morning line favorite World On Edge. The Ron Burke-trainee qualified in 1:55.0 at Gaitway June 4 before debuting a winner in New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers June 26. He will start from post five in the Sheppard. Hickfromfrenchlick posted a 14 ½-legnth victory in his debut at Goshen June 29 when beating one rival in a 1:57.3 (27.1) mile and drew post two in the Sheppard for trainer Ray Schnittker. Hurrikane Kinglee, Treasure Tom, and Can We Dance complete the lineup. “It’s hard to say. Two-year-olds on a half, it’s really hard to get a read on it. It’s hard to make a prediction,” Fanning said. “I think our horse will be good on the turns and if he races back to last week, he should be pretty close with these horses.” Saturday’s card co-features the weekly $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Fashion Creditor (Mike Merton) would charge late and emerge with the harness racing victory during the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs Friday night (August 18). Just after the race started the big favorite Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr.) would go on a break. Wind Of The North Jeff Long) would take advantage and lead into the first quarter in :27.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) would takeover before the half. He would control the fractions hitting the half in :56.0 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. He would go on a break just after that. Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner) would take advantage of this going first over and charging down the stretch to out duel Wind Of The North (second) to win in 1:53.2. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would come up for third. Fashion Creditor ($10.20), who is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning would win for the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his career. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would win the Fillies and Mares Open 1-2 Handicap ($10,000). K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would lead to the first quarter in :26.3. However Godiva Seelster (Mickey McNichol) would take over right after the first quarter and lead all the way to the stretch. K J's Caroline ($10.20), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, would ride in the pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. She would pull out and run down Godiva Seelster (second), to win by a head in 1:51.4. Classic Carpet (Mike Simons) would finish third. K J's Caroline would get her fifth win of the season and the 36th victory of her career. There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 19) because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. Racing returns on Sunday (August 20) with a nine race card featuring the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for sophomore pacing colts & geldings ($263.100) and 3 year-old fillies ($257,850). Also the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($163,000) will be featured. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs      

YONKERS, N.Y. - Harness racing stakes mare Frost Damage Blues is set to make her return to Yonkers Raceway in Friday (July 7) night’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap. Her first local try since finishing fourth in the distaff feature in her 2016 finale December 9 comes after an eventful trip to Mohawk Racetrack for the Roses Are Red Stakes. After a sharp qualifier in early May and a victory and runner up performance in winners over features at Harrah’s Philadelphia and Pocono Downs, trainer Tom Fanning shipped Frost Damage Blues to Canada with intentions of racing her on North America Cup night. In her Roses Are Red Elimination June 10, Frost Damage Blues raced second last early, but followed longshot Bernadette second-over into contention up the backstretch. Driver James MacDonald angled wide into the lane and with a flurry of whip-taps and a succession of shouts to his mount, Frost Damage Blues struck the lead inside the final furlong. With the race won, she cruised under the line 1 1/4 lengths clear. She stopped the clock in 1:50.1. “She was good there,” Fanning said. “She got into contention without really having to be used much. In the stretch, when he tipped her out, she really responded.” Despite her impressive elimination win, Frost Damage Blues could finish no better than eighth in the final one week later. Forced three-wide up the backstretch and around the final turn, Frost Damage Blues drew within 4 3/4 lengths of the lead turning for home. Leg weary in the stretch, her strides shortened and her driver acknowledged by tucking the whip late. She finished 9 1/2 lengths behind winner Lady Shadow. “In the final, she ended up fourth over. There was some confusion in the race at the half mile pole and that cost anyone in the back half of the field the chance to do well. That was just unfortunate,” Fanning reflected. Despite her bad racing luck, Frost Damage Blues emerged well from her Canadian exhibition.  The lightly raced 5-year-old, who is 14-for-29 and has $183,603 in the bank, only lacked a suitable place to race once back in the States. “You’re always a little bit worried when they go up to Canada and stay there for a few weeks. They always seem to get sick. But, so far, so good,” Fanning said. “She’s been training steady and I would have preferred to race her last week, but the race didn’t fill at the Meadowlands or at Pocono. If I could race her a little bit more, it might benefit her.” Although Fanning concedes the half-mile oval at Yonkers may not be Frost Damage Blues’ favorite track size, the consistency with which the Filly and Mare Open is carded was appealing and the purse money available sealed the deal. “The race goes every week, it’s great money. You’d have to be crazy not to give it a shot,” the trainer reasoned. Although Frost Damage Blues may prefer a big track, she has no shortage of half-mile track experience. She won her first five races at Saratoga and Yonkers in 2015 and captured a $14,000 overnight at Yonkers last fall before finishing off the board in a pair of local distaff opens to conclude her 2016 season. “She was winning on a half at Saratoga and at Yonkers, but she really wasn’t at her smoothest” Fanning remembered. “Now, I think she’s gotten over that. She raced very well at Chester, which has pretty tight turns. I wouldn’t be anticipating any problems.” This week’s Filly and Mare Open Pace featured a rare open draw, won by Frost Damage Blues, who will start against the pylons as a 7/2 morning line chance. Regil Elektra enters Friday’s race off consecutive wins while down in class. She was installed as the 2-1 favorite. The field also includes Betabcool N, Mach It A Par, Lispatty, Cousin Mary, I Said Diamonds, and Sell A Bit N. Although Frost Damage Blues tends to race from off the pace, drawing the inside may motivate her connections to be more aggressive. In a return to tactics employed early in her career, driver Brian Sears could ask her to show speed Friday night. “She can leave. She won her first six starts on the front end, so she can do whatever you want,” Fanning explained. “You have the rail at Yonkers, you have to take advantage of it. I think she fits pretty good. I would expect her to be very competitive.” First post time Friday at Yonkers is 7:10 p.m. For entries for Friday’s card, click here. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

If there is a correlation between looks and speed, harness racing trainer Tom Fanning hopes he's found it with Photobombr Hanover. "I tell my owners that I hope he's as fast as he is good looking because he's a good-looking horse," said a smiling Fanning, who owns Photobombr Hanover with Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. "We'll find out about fast." Photobombr Hanover was fast enough to win four of nine races last year and earn $80,696 in purses. This season he finished second to Fear The Dragon in his debut May 6 in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at The Meadows. He returns to PaSS action Sunday, this time at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The colt is 7-2 on the morning line in the first of three divisions. David Miller will drive from post five in a field of seven. Filibuster Hanover is the 2-1 favorite and Boogie Shuffle is the 3-1 second choice. Fanning brought Photobombr Hanover along slowly at age 2. He had two wins in conditioned races and one in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series before ending the year with a gate-to-wire victory in the Simpson Memorial. His only off-the-board finishes came in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and his elimination for the Breeders Crown. "I didn't feel he was ready to tackle the top horses, though he showed some potential that he could maybe go with them one day," Fanning said. "At the end of the year we raced him aggressively in the Simpson and he was very good and won pretty handily. So then we started looking forward to this year. "But you have to be so good in the 3-year-old pacing colt division; there are so many good horses in there. There's a fine line between the third- or fourth-best one and the 15th-best one. The top two are the top two, I think, so far this year." The "top two" are Pennsylvania-bred world champions Huntsville and Downbytheseaside. Hunstville romped to a 10-length win in his first start of 2017 and is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Sunday's second PaSS division at Pocono. Downbytheseaside also won his seasonal bow and is the 2-1 choice in Saturday's Art Rooney Pace elimination at Yonkers. Photobombr Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Pilgrims Witchie, was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. His family includes female pacer Los Angeles, who enjoyed racing success in Ontario but is perhaps better known as the dam of millionaire Thinking Out Loud and grandam of millionaires L A Delight and Somewhere In L A. He is staked to a number of top events this year including the North America Cup, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace, and Matron. "You've got to pick your spots," said Fanning, who has a stable of 25 horses and entered this year with a streak of four consecutive million-dollar seasons. "With the 3-year-old pacing colts in particular, it's really a battle of attrition because they race so hard every week. And it's a lot of traveling. It's rare that a horse can make it through the whole year." The colt possesses a sensibility that could be a benefit during the long season. "Miller really likes him because he'll do anything," Fanning said. "Whatever you ask him, he'll respond to. That will help him in the long run, so I like that about him. It makes everyone's job easier; mine, the driver and the horse. It's got to benefit them physically and mentally. It all adds up to good stuff. "We'll see how he does. I think he can compete with most of them. We'll see what happens this week and go from there." For Sunday's complete Pocono card, click here. First race post time is 7:30 p.m. and the three PaSS divisions are races 10 through 12. Ken Weingartner

CHESTER PA - Photobombr Hanover never looked back from his outside post six in taking the final harness racing event in the John Simpson Sr. stakes series, the $74,000 two-year-old colt pace, on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning in a lifetime best 1:52.4.   Hall of Fame driver David Miller hustled the freshman to the top in 27, then took a 30 second breather in the second quarter. Photobombr had to step it back up to 27.3 down the back to hold off a huge rush by first-over Point Somewherelse, did so successfully, and then kept pocketsitting Maconupwiththedragon at bay by 1¼ lengths through the lane with a final split of 28.1, with Pointsomewherelse another length back in third. Tom Fanning trains the four-time seasonal winner, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms (which Simpson Sr. helped grow and prosper for so many years), who increased his earnings just over the $80,000 mark, for owners Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pilgrim's Witchie has a pedigree to show even more improvement, as his dam was one of four to win $200,000 out of six foals by his second dam Witchtree (who herself won $199,000+), and his fourth dam is the double-gaited world champion Countess Adios , whose brother has also had some impact on the breed - Meadow Skipper.   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

Nearly a decade ago, Tom Amendola told several friends he was going to start his own harness racing ownership group. His friends jumped on board immediately and Fly By Night Stables was born. Then came a pacer named K Slater, and the partners have been riding a wave of good times ever since. K Slater, a 9-year-old gelding, has won 28 of 194 races and earned $415,266 since Fly By Night Stables purchased the horse from Brian Sears in January 2010. Last week, the Tom Fanning-trained K Slater won a conditioned race at the Meadowlands, giving him three victories in seven starts this season. He competes again at the Big M --- Fly By Night's home turf --- on Saturday night. "When we bought K Slater from Brian Sears we just wanted an overnight horse, something that would get us to go to the track as a group and enjoy ourselves," said Amendola, a resident of Secaucus, N.J., in the shadows of the Meadowlands. "That's exactly what we got from him, plus some. He really got us to expand the stable and go into the next set of horses. He is our group. That horse really made us." Prior to starting Fly By Night Stables, Amendola and his friends were members of other harness racing ownership partnerships. But Amendola wanted to be more involved in the operations and decided to create his own group with Robert Anderson and Rich Korycinski, both also from Secaucus. When the time came to name the group, which now has nine members, a discussion led to Fly By Night Stables. "We were sitting around and we looked at one another and said we're always flying by the seat of our pants, so we have to come up with something like that," Amendola said. "Well, we're doing this at night most of the time, so we decided why don't we make it Fly By Night." The group's first horse was Cam Van Bussel, a pacer who battled injuries but still earned nearly $150,000 during his time with Fanning and Fly By Night. "Tom kept us in the ballgame," Amendola said. "We never even knew if he was going to race. When you're a one-horse stable it's difficult; if that horse doesn't come back to the track and make you money, you could be out before you even get your feet on the ground." Next came K Slater, who is now part of a five-horse Fly By Night operation. In addition to K Slater, the stable's horses are Do Your Job, History Repeats, Live On, and Special Package. Do Your Job, a 5-year-old pacing mare with $160,626 in lifetime purses, won a division of the Keystone Classic in 2014. Live On, a world champion, is a 7-year-old pacing gelding with $311,763 in the bank and History Repeats is a lightly raced 3-year-old pacing filly who is a half-sister to millionaire Doctor Butch. Special Package, owned by Fly By Night and Fanning, is a 4-year-old full sister to Do Your Job. She has won four of 30 races lifetime and earned $120,053. She won her seasonal debut earlier this week in an opening-round division of the Petticoat Series at Yonkers Raceway. She finished fifth in the 2014 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and also competed in several open stakes events at ages 2 and 3. "Tom and I talked about it and she was in a little over her head (earlier in her career); we expected too much," Amendola said. "But she was in some big races and she gave us some big thrills. Right now we're hoping she can come back and be a solid over-nighter. We're not looking for anything spectacular, but that she can be very competitive going forward this year." Amendola said the stable will look to buy more yearlings in the future. "The thrill of a yearling is something that the group really, really liked," Amendola said. "You don't know what you have. We've bought five or six yearlings with Tom and I think each one has made it to the track, which is amazing." For now, they will enjoy their horses and the opportunities to go to the races together. And watch with fondness each time K Slater hits the track. "He has been our biggest thrill and excitement," Amendola said. "He's just been so good to us." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

The Thursday afternoon harness racing feature from Harrah's Philadelphia was a trotting event for winner's Over $25,000 lifetime carrying a purse for the same amount. Race favorite DW's NY Yank (Yannick Gingras) was coming off of a fifth place finish in the Dayton Trotting Derby. He won a similar race here at Harrah's Philly just three starts ago. Starting from post eight, he had to overcome an early tussle for the lead, battling with seventeen time winner Classic Belisima (Corey Callahan) before clearing past a quarter in :28.1. After a rated second quarter of :29.1 (:57.2 half), DW's NY Yank faced a fresh challenger in high percentage winner Boffin (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). They battled beyond three-quarters (1:25.3). That's when longshot Sumatra (Dave Miller) made his move. The 4-year-old son of Muscles Yankee swung off of cover from second-over position, and was able to sweep on by to win in 1:54.3. DW's NY Yank finished second, while Boffin was third. It was the third win in the last five starts for the Tom Fanning trainee, and the twelfth of his career. Sumatra ($19.20) is owned by Joseph Smith. Michael Bozich  

Freehold, NJ --- Fashion Creditor is heading to Saturday’s $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands off the fastest winning mile of his life and trainer Tom Fanning believes the colt could take another step forward on harness racing’s biggest stage. The Hambletonian is the first jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown and attracted a field of 18 male trotters and one female -- world champion Mission Brief. She is the 6-5 favorite in the second of two $100,000 elimination races on Saturday, with Pinkman being the 8-5 favorite in the first division. The top five finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the $1 million final. Coverage of the Hambletonian will air from 4-5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Fashion Creditor won on July 31 at the Meadowlands in 1:52.3. He is 20-1 on the morning line in the first elimination and will start from post six with David Miller as his driver. Pinkman, the favorite, starts from post No. 10 on the extreme outside of the gate. “We felt if he was sharp going into the race we would put him in there,” said Fanning, who trains Fashion Creditor for owner Joe Smith. “We tried to get him sharp for this time of year. He’s good right now, that’s for sure. “He likes the Meadowlands. When he won last week it wasn’t really his trip being on the front like that. I think if he gets his trip, which is to follow along and sprint at the end, I think he’ll trot significantly faster this week. Whether it’s fast enough, I don’t know.” In addition to Pinkman starting on the outside, Canepa Hanover, who is 3-1, is in post nine while Centurion ATM, who is 9-2, leaves from post eight. Pinkman has won six of seven races this year and 12 of 15 in his career while earning $1.18 million. He was voted harness racing’s best 2-year-old male trotter last year. “I think there will be a lot of horses flat-out leaving or floating out of there, especially with the two horses in the nine and 10 holes,” Fanning said. “They’re not going to get away ninth or 10th. We can leave also a little bit. (Fashion Creditor) can find an early spot and hopefully they mix it up a lot. With those horses on the outside, I think they will mix it up.” Mission Brief is bypassing Saturday’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, which is solely for 3-year-old filly trotters, to attempt to become the first female to beat the boys and win the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996. Mission Brief was voted the sport’s best 2-year-old female trotter last year and has won 12 of 17 career races. She also holds the world record for the fastest time for any 2-year-old trotter in history, 1:50.3. This year, she has won three of four races while dealing with back woes, which have improved in recent weeks thanks to chiropractic work. Fashion Creditor has won three of 18 lifetime races and earned $96,497. He has not finished worse than third in any of his four most recent starts. He will try to become the 56-year-old Fanning’s first Hambletonian finalist. Fanning and Smith sent Possessed Fashion into the 2013 Hambletonian eliminations, but the horse failed to advance to the final. “We want to do good but we know we’re a little bit on the outside looking in,” Fanning said. “(Fashion Creditor) has to get a little bit lucky and he has to be at his very best.” Following are the fields for the Hambletonian eliminations in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. The Hambletonian final is Race No. 13: $1.2 million Hambletonian-$100,000 1st elim.-Race 8 HN-Post-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Donatomite by Donato Hanover, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 15-1 2. The Bank by Donato Hanover, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 3. Workout Wonder by Conway Hall, Daniel Dube, Ake Svanstedt, 12-1 4. Habitat by Conway Hall, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Total Darkness by Muscles Yankee, Tim Tetrick, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 6. Fashion Creditor by Credit Winner, David Miller, Tom Fanning, 20-1 7. Jacksons Minion by Explosive Matter, Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson, 30-1 8. Centurion ATM by SJS Caviar, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-2 9. Canepa Hanover by Muscle Hill, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 3-1 10. Pinkman by Explosive Matter, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-5   $1.2 million Hambletonian-$100,000 2nd elim.-Race 9 HN-Post-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Billy Flynn by Cantab Hall, Scott Zeron, Staffan Lind, 15-1 2. Mission Brief by Muscle Hill, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-5 3. Cruzado Dela Noche by Muscle Massive, Orjan Kihlstrom, Nancy Johansson, 20-1 4. Aldebaran Eagle by Muscle Hill, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 5. Wings Of Royalty by RC Royalty, Brian Sears, George Ducharme, 12-1 6. French Laundry by Muscles Yankee, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 7. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 8. Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 9. Muscle Diamond by Muscle Hill, Tim Tetrick, Brett Bittle, 8-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

Freehold, NJ --- Betting Exchange heads to Saturday’s eliminations for the North America Cup looking for his first win of the season, but harness racing trainer Tom Fanning is looking for a strong effort after watching the colt register two near misses in his previous starts at Yonkers Raceway. Three eight-horse C$50,000 eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers will be contested Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top-three finishers from each group plus a fourth-place finisher drawn randomly advance to the C$1 million championship on June 20. The connections of elim winners earn the opportunity to select their post position for the final. Betting Exchange and driver David Miller will start from post No. 2 in the third elimination. The race also includes 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien award-winner Artspeak,  2014 Breeders Crown champ Traceur Hanover, undefeated newcomer Split The House, and Wakizashi Hanover,  who has finished worse than second only once in 10 lifetime starts. “He’ll give a good account of himself,” Fanning said about the son of Bettor's Delight. “He’s a good horse. Dave Miller has a lot of confidence in him. He knows those horses and what they can do and if they can compete at that level. He certainly said bring him on up, so I think he’ll be OK.” Fanning owns Betting Exchange with Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. The colt was purchased as a yearling for $24,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-brother to 2009 Battle of Waterloo winner Wellthereyougo. For his career, Betting Exchange has won three of 11 races and earned $168,188. His victories include two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes and a division of the Historic-Goshen Cup Stakes. Betting Exchange heads to the North America Cup eliminations off a second-place finish to In The Arsenal in the Art Rooney Pace on May 30. Betting Exchange, who raced on the outside until the middle of the second turn before getting a brief lead that he relinquished to In The Arsenal at the midway point of the race, was beaten by a head. A week earlier in his Rooney elimination, Betting Exchange was beaten by a neck by Sonofa Sizzle. In his two prior starts to the Rooney, he suffered broken equipment in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs and finished eighth against older rivals in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. In that start, he started from post nine and came home in :26 to lose by 5-1/4 lengths. “With the exception of the Tioga race, he’s been good,” Fanning said. “He was real good in the Rooney; he overcame kind of a tough trip and kept on coming. I like that. “I think the bigger track (at Mohawk) will help him. He can get around any size track but the bigger track will pick him up a little bit.” Artspeak, trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron, enters the North America Cup elims off a victory in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30. He has won 10 of 12 lifetime starts, including the Metro Pace at Mohawk last season. Alagna won the 2013 North America Cup with Captaintreacherous. Rooney winner In The Arsenal, from the stable of trainer Kelvin Harrison, races in the second North America Cup elimination while George Teague Jr.’s undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines the first group. Teague won the 2006 North America Cup with Total Truth. Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card will also feature eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers and the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. For full information about the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup visit www.NorthAmericaCup.com. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Elimination #1 - Race 2 1. Maxdaddy Blue Chip - by Sportswriter - David Miller 2. Trading Up - by Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair 3. Arque Hanover - by Rock N Roll Heaven - Tim Tetrick 4. Hurrikane Ali - by Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit - by Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague 6. Yankee Bounty - by Dragon Again - Yannick Gingras 7. Drachan Hanover -  by Jeremes Jet - Rick Zeron 8. Physicallyinclined - by Mach Three - Paul MacDonell Elimination #2 - Race 6 1. Go Daddy Go - by Ponder - John Campbell 2. Penji Hanover - by Art Major - Chris Christoforou 3. Good Friday Three - by Mach Three - Chris Christoforou 4. Allbeef N Nobull - by Macardle - David Miller 5. The Wayfaring Man - by Dragon Again - Jack Moiseyev 6. Revenge Shark - by Cams Card Shark - Scott Zeron 7. In The Arsenal - by American Ideal - Brian Sears 8. Dudes The Man - by American Ideal - Corey Callahan Elimination #3 - Race 8 1. Wakizashi Hanover - by Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick 2. Betting Exchange - by Bettor's Delight - David Miller 3. Sicily - by Art Major - Yannick Gingras 4. Rock N Roll World - by Rocknroll Hanover - Sylvain Filion 5. Split The House - by Rocknroll Hanover - Randy Waples 6. Traceur Hanover - by Western Ideal - Randy Waples 7. Artspeak - by Western Ideal - Scott Zeron 8. Pierce Hanover - by Cams Card Shark - Jody Jamieson by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

Victory Sports Bar at the Meadowlands was the scene today of the final draws for the Breeders Crown races this Friday and Saturday. The press conference featured the post position draws for the final four divisions for the $5.4 million Breeders Crown championships. Many of the world’s top trotters and pacers will do battle in hope decent weather with a dry forecast and temperatures to be in the 30’s both nights. On Friday there are four finals and then eight on Saturday Here are the fields and early morning line odds. Friday Night $500,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Post - Horse 1. Love Me Madly  50-1 2. Wild Honey  5-2 3. Danielle Hall  8-1 4. Wiclet Hanover  30-1 5. Mission Brief  4-5 6. Stubborn Belle  12-1 7. Lilu Hanover  30-1 8. Hot Start  50-1 9. Livininthefastlane  8-1 10. Smexi  15-1 AE1. Sarcy AE2. Scented Roses $500,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Post - Horse 1. Market Rally  8-1 2. Lifetime Pursuit  5-2 3. Shake It Cerry  4-5 4. Struck By Lindy 15-1 5. Cantabs Fortune  20-1 6. Heavens Door  20-1 7. Vanity Matters  12-1 8. Riveting Rosie- 30-1 9. Cee Bee Yes  8-1 $593,750 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Post - Horse 1. Major Dancer  8-1 2. Beach Gal  15-1 3. Gettingreadytoroll  9-1 4. Gallie Bythe Beach  3-1 5. Colors A Virgin  6-5 6. Uffizi Hanover  20-1 7. Beach Story 30-1 8. Allstar Rating  20-1 9. Sayitall BB  10-1 10. Precocious Beauty  20-1 AE1. Weeper AE2. Table Talk $281,250 Mares Open Pace Post - Horse 1. Camille  15-1 2. Charisma Hanover  20-1 3. Voelz Hanover  9-2 4. Somwherovrarainbow  5-1 5. Yagonnakissmeornot  5-2 6. Shelliscape  10-1 7. Krispy Apple- 12-1 8. Anndrovette  7-2 9. Rocklamation  6-1 10. Regil Elektra  30-1 11. Venus Delight  20-1 Saturday Night $500,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Post - Horse 1. Southwind Roulette - 15-1 2. Divine Caroline - 12-1 3. JK Shesalady  3-5 4. Heart Major  8-1 5. Bettor Be Steppin  20-1 6. Well Hello There 12-1 7. Bettor N Better 30-1 8. Heavenly Bride  20-1 9. Sassa Hanover  5-1 10. Ideal Nuggets  12-1 AE1. The Show Returns Race 7 - $500,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Post - Horse 1. Cooperstown  20-1 2. Traceur Hanover  7-2 3. Lyons Levi Lewis  8-1 4. Franzo  20-1 5. Go Daddy Go  5-2 6. Sicily 20-1 7. Tomy Terror  8-1 8. Soto  30-1 9. Lost For Words- 9-2 10. In The Arsenal  4-1 Race 10 - $531,250 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Post - Horse 1. Lets Drink On It  15-1 2. Somesizesomestyle  30-1 3. McWicked  6-1 4. Always B Miki  8-5 5. Limelight Beach  3-1 6. Jk Endofanera  5-2 7. Doo Wop Hanover -20-1 8. Somestarsomewhere  30-1 9. Luck Be Withyou  20-1 10. Capital Account  30-1 $400,000 Open Pace Post - Horse 1. Bettors Edge 7-2 2. Modern Legend  8-1 3. State Treasurer 12-1 4. Thinking Out Loud- 6-1 5. Foiled Again  9-2 6. Clear Vision  5-2 7. Sweet Lou  3-1  $500,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Post - Horse 1. French Laundry 3-1 2. Walter White  50-1 3. Habitat 9-2 4. Suit And Tie  30-1 5. Pinkman -2-1 6. Muscle Diamond  4-1 7. Guess Whos Back  8-1 8. Uncle Lasse  12-1 9. Piercewave Hanover- 15-1 10. The Bank  15-1 Race 9 - $500,000 Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Post - Horse 1. Datsyuk -20-1 2. Hillustrious  50-1 3. Nuncio  6-5 4. Don Dorado  20-1 5. Il Sogno Dream  20-1 6. Father Patrick  7-5 7. Odds On Amethyst  20-1 8. Sumatra  50-1 9. Harper Blue Chip- 12-1 10. E L Titan  8-1 $250,000 Mares Open Trot Post - Horse 1. Intense America  30-1 2. Classic Martine  5-2 3. Bee A Magician  9-5 4. Handover Belle  4-1 5. Ma Chere Hall  20-1 6. Charmed Life  6-1 7. Dorsay  20-1 8. Mistery Woman  8-1 Race 11 - $500,000 Open Trot Post - Horse 1. Your So Vain 8-1 2. Market Share 7-2 3. Arch Madness 12-1 4. Maven 4-1 5. Flanagan Memory 30-1 6. Archangel  10-1 7. Creatine  9-2 8. Wishing Stone 20-1 9. Commander Crowe 3-1 10. Intimidate 8-1 By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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