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For the second consecutive week, Birch Island Betty (Big Jim) swooped the group to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Eve Bergeron trainee recorded her first ever harness racing victory in the feature for distaffers last week when she tipped three-wide before charging home to score in 1:53.1. On Tuesday, the five year old was assigned the outside post in the $8,500 Open and driver Mitch Cushing settled in last in the seven-horse feature. The early speed was sizzling as the favorite in the race went to the quarter in a demanding 26.2 before reaching the half in 55.2 At that point, the backfield was in motion as last week's Open runner-up Come Get The Cash (John Macdonald) and Birch Island Betty joined the outer flow and began to thrive after three quarters went in 1:24.2. Come Get The Cash struck the lead in the stretch but Birch Island Betty just kept surging before coming on to prevail in the photo for win in a mile clocked in 1:54.1.   Birch Island Betty, who is owned by Dany Grenier of Quebec, Canada, recorded her fifth victory in fifteen seasonal tries, paying $11.80 to win. Come Get The Cash was the runner-up for the second consecutive week in the Open and completed an exacta that returned $58.50. Bontz N (Billy Dobson) rounded out the exact same triple as in last week's feature. The triple returned a solid $163. Come Get The Cash came up just short of what would have resulted in a grand slam for her connections as trainer Brandy Wine and driver John Macdonald teamed up for three wins on the Tuesday card. Live racing resumes next Monday (Sept 28) at Saratoga with a first post time set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2020 -- Globetrotting quarter-poled to the front and jogged off to a convincing victory in 1:54.2, fastest of her harness racing career, in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Once Dave Palone sent her to the top, the 3-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville opened a 4-length lead after three-quarters before downing the rallying Tamar by a length. Kellie's MVP shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Tim Twaddle trains Globetrotting, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $205,239, for Thestable Globetrotting. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the 13-race program features a $31,287.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Trainer Jim King Jr. knows what it's like to bring the belle of the ball to the big dance. Last year, his Lyons Sentinel led all 2-year-old harness racing pacers in earnings and was crowned the Dan Patch Award winner among the age group's fillies. This year, Lyons Sentinel has finished worse than second only once in seven races, but King knows it is a different filly turning heads at the dance now. Party Girl Hill has been the life of the party for trainer Chris Ryder and breeder/owner Tom Hill. The filly, unraced at age 2, is 9-for-9 as she heads to Wednesday's $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. She competes in the second of two Jugette eliminations, where she is the 7-5 morning-line favorite with driver Dexter Dunn. Lyons Sentinel, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, is the 3-1 second choice in the same elimination. The top-four finishers from each elimination advance to the final, which will be held later in the afternoon. "I think Party Girl is at the top of her game," King said. "In fact, it looks like she's going to keep on getting better. She's definitely the one to deal with. She looks kind of special. I'm not without a chance, but she's definitely the queen of the ball at the moment." Lyons Sentinel won nine of 14 races last year and earned $801,809 for owner Threelyonsracing. For her career, she has won 10 of 21 starts, missed the board only once, and banked $1 million. The filly has five second-place finishes this year, including in the Mistletoe Shalee, where she started from post nine at The Meadowlands, and in the Adioo Volo, where she left from post eight at The Meadows. "She hasn't done bad work," King said. "She's not a front-end horse and she got stuck on the front end a couple times. Straight out of the box, she raced really hard and a horse just slid by her at the end. That doesn't do much for a horse's spirits, for their attitude. Last year, she could kind of handle them and it kept her spirits a lot better. "She certainly had her glory last year. Some of the other girls have stepped up." Lyons Sentinel qualified at Harrington Raceway on Sept. 16 and won in 1:54.2. Harrington is a half-mile oval, as is the track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Harrington qualifier was Lyons Sentinel's first time on a half. "She qualified real good," King said. "I'm satisfied she'll get around the corners just fine. If she trips out, we'll see what happens. I'm not ruling her out. I think we have a good chance, but Party Girl has the very best chance. He then added with a laugh, "I've been wrong lots of times. I hope I am again." Party Girl Hill enters the Jugette off a Sept. 6 win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Her victories this season also include the Fan Hanover Stakes and Adioo Volo. She has earned $482,181 in 2020, the top figure among all 3-year-old filly pacers. Ryder also will send out the morning-line favorite in the first elimination in 9-5 New Year. She enters the event off a win in a conditioned race Sept. 16 at Harrah's Philadelphia. It was her first victory in eight races this year. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing. Second choice in the first elimination is Nancy Takter-trained Peaky Sneaky. She most recently won a Fan Hanover elimination and finished third in the final. She is owned by Howard Taylor, Judy Taylor, and Order By Stable. Racing begins at noon Wednesday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The card also includes two divisions of the Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters, one division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers, and one division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters. For Wednesday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Freehold, NJ --- Young New Jersey-sired trotters will have the spotlight at Freehold Raceway this Friday (September 25), with five stakes races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series.   The card is headlined by the $56,000 final for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters, scheduled as the eighth race. Kasha V seeks his fourth win in a row, after wins in the first two legs of the series and the Garden State Trot. Austin Siegelman will once again be in the sulky, for owner Theologos Moutafis and trainer Tom Corelli. He drew post position five.   He will encounter several rivals who figure to give him a fight. Fly Eagle Fly just missed in the first leg of the series two weeks back, then was a non-threatening third last out. He'll get a driver change to Jim Marshall, for trainer Marcus Melander.   Gerard won the other division of the second leg last week, edging out AP Hall of Trix, who also returns here. Eric Abbatiello and James DeLucia team up on Gerard, while Pat Berry and David Hoover drive and train, respectively, AP Hall of Trix.   Kyrie Deo was the 1/2 favorite in the second leg last week, but lost by just 3/4 of a length for trainer John Butenschoen and trainer Corey Callahan. He'll seek revenge from post position six.   The card also features two divisions of the NJSS-SDF for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters, and two more for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The first division of the former series will be held as a non-betting race, at 12:15 PM. The second division also has five horses, and is scheduled as the third race.   The first division for the fillies features a field of seven, and will go as the seventh race. Ake Svanstedt will send out a duo, in Broad Strokes and Illuminata. The former looks like the stronger half of the two, having finished fifth in the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway last out.   The second division is race nine on the card, and has six horses. Svanstedt is also represented in this division, with Wet My Whistle. She finished third in a leg of the Kindergarten last week at the Meadowlands.   Post time for the first race on Friday at Freehold is at approximately 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway    

PACER OF THE WEEK: JUXTA COWGIRL The featured condition pace for harness racing fillies and mares on Sunday night at The Downs, which held a purse of $14,000, featured some intriguing competitors. Its Mesmerise N was looking for her fourth straight win, Eclipse Me N was Mare of the Year in 2019 at Pocono, and Queen Of The Pride was a big earner as a two and three-year-old. Juxta Cowgirl, who had won her last start at Pocono and was moving up in class for trainer Mike Watson, got away at 10-1 from the #3 post in a field of six. Driver Anthony Napolitano found Juxta Cowgirl a pocket spot behind pacesetting Eclipse Me N early. From there, the six-year-old mare bided her time as Eclipse Me N dealt with a first-over challenge from Its Mesmerise N. In the stretch, Napolitano coaxed Juxta Cowgirl into the passing line, where she fired past the leaders and picked up the upset victory in 1:51:2. Honorable Mention Kerford Road A (Tyler Buter, Rob Harmon), who defeated a pair of million-dollar earners in a condition pace on Saturday in 1:50:1, a new career-best and the fastest pacing time of the week at Pocono. Lachie Maguire N (Jim Marohn Jr., Justin Sodano), who won Saturday's featured claiming handicap pace in 1:51, ending the five-race winning streak of Bell I No in the process. Voracity (Todd McCarthy, David Russo), who tore up for a condition victory on Tuesday afternoon in 1:50:3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: RICH AND MISERABLE A year ago, this five-year-old gelding trained by Todd Buter was the Trotter of the Year at Pocono as part of a 12-win season. On Saturday he returned from stints in New York and New Jersey to take on an $11,200 condition trotting group. Not surprisingly, the Pocono fans remembered him, making him the 3-5 favorite as he left from post position #6 in a field of eight. Driver Tyler Buter didn't wait long to make his move, sending Rich And Miserable from fourth to first on the front stretch. From there, the gelding remained in control, eventually coming home a winner by 2 ½ lengths over Lord Cromwell. The winning time for Rich And Miserable of 1:53:2 was the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono. Honorable Mention Uncle Hanover (Kevin Wallis, Kimberly Burris), who shipped in from Tioga to win a condition trot on Sunday night in 1:53:4. Need Luck N (Jordan Stratton, Jason Johnson), who arrived from Harrington and picked up a condition victory on Saturday in a career-best 1:55. Sir Cromwell (Marcus Miller, Edward Hart), who handled a condition field on Tuesday in a career-best 1:57, giving him wins in each of his last two races on the Pocono oval. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: VALRHONA Driven by Mike Simons, this condition pacer surprised the faithful with a gate-to-wire victory on Tuesday at 49-1, paying $101.60 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MIKE SIMONS Simons' fans walked away much richer this week, as three of his four winning drives on Monday and Tuesday came with horses at 14-1, 20-1 and 49-1. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: ROB HARMON It was an excellent weekend at Pocono for the Harmon barn, as he churned out a training double on Saturday afternoon and then added another victory on Sunday night. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Beviglia, for The Downs        

The Paulick Reports that the New York State Gaming Commission announced a unanimous decision Monday to uphold a hearing officer's recommendation to suspend harness trainer Michael Temming for 20 years after two of his horses tested positive for a blood doping agent. Temming was summarily suspended after the findings were announced in January of this year, and his hearing was continued at his request until July. The Association of Racing Commissioners International announced on Jan. 23, 2020 that Temming trainees had tested positive post-race for IOX-2, a stabilizer of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), which is known as a blood and gene doping agent capable of stimulating effects similar to EPO as well as overall physical stimulation of the user. Temming-trained Sports Bettor who ran in Yonkers Race 4 Dec. 7, 2019 and Showmeyourguns (Yonkers Race 7 Dec. 17, 2019) both tested positive for IOX-2, and Temming was later found to have purchased “a large quantity” of the drug. Both horses were disqualified and officially unplaced in those races. Their purses will be reallocated to the remainder of the field. Read more about the IOX-2 findings here.

Warrawee Vital and Catch The Fire headlines a field of 14 three-year-old  harness racing pacers in the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 24th at the Delaware County Fair. Canadian invader Warrawee Vital comes into the Jug with a three race win streak, including the Somebeachsomewhere and Simcoe Stakes, both held at Woodbine Standardbred At Mohawk Park. His lifetime best time of 1:48.2 came in the Somebeachsomewhere Stake on September 12. Warrawee Vital will leave from post #3 in the second elimination. Tim Tetrick, who is looking for his first Jug title, will drive. Robert Fellows trains the colt for Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M & S Racing Stable. Warrawee Vital's chief rival should be Sandbetweenmytoes who will leave from post five. The Somebeachsomewhere colt has earned $177,142 during his career for Fashion Farms. Jim Campbell trains and Scott Zeron is listed to drive. The Ohio owned and trained Catch The Fire leads the first $111,800 elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous won the $375,000 Adios Pace Final on August 1 in 1:49.3. Catch The Fire has won more than $480,000 with six career wins. John Ackley trains Catch The Fire for the CT Stables of Washington Court House, Ohio. Catch The Fire will be piloted by Mike Wilder and will leave from post #5. $111,800 First Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Seeyou At Thebeach (Dexter Dunn/Ron Burke) 2. Chief Mate (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 3. Later Dudes (David Miller/Nancy Takter) 4. Diamond Head (Austin Siegelman/Eric Mollor) 5. Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder/John Ackley) 6. Genius Man (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 7. Tell The Lou (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) $111,800 Second Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn/Mark Harder) 2. Capt Midnight (Dexter Dunn/Tony Alagna) 3. Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick/Robert Fellows) 4. Moneyman Hill (Brett Miller/Carmine Auciello) 5. Sandbetweenmytoes (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) 6. Captain Barbosa (Joe Bongiorno/Tony Alagna) 7. Cattlewash (David Miller/Ron Burke) The first four finishers in the eliminations return for the $335,400 final. The 2020 Jug Day will feature 20 races and will go postward at 12:00 Noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Hightstown, NJ — Party Girl Hill, undefeated in nine races this year, was among 11 harness racing horses entered in Wednesday’s (Sept. 23) $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The Chris Ryder trainee competes in the second of the event’s two eliminations. The top-four finishers from each elim advance to the same-day final. The first elimination features five fillies. They are, in post order: New Year, Keystone Eureka, Peaky Sneaky, Blazin Grace, and Seadog Lady. The second elim, in post order: Lyons Sentinel, Party Girl Hill, Lady Lou, Marloe Hanover, Perfect Storm, and Bolt Of Beauty. Party Girl Hill, undefeated in nine races this year, was among 11 horses entered in Wednesday’s $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers. Chris Gooden photo. Party Girl Hill, a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Look Cheap bred and owned by Tom Hill, enters the Jugette off a Sept. 6 win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Her victories this season also include the Fan Hanover Stakes and Adioo Volo. She has earned $482,181 in 2020, the top figure among all 3-year-old filly pacers. Ryder also sends out New Year in the first elim. She enters the event off a win in a conditioned race Sept. 16 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. It was her first victory in eight races this year. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing. Lyons Sentinel was the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer. She has one win and five second-place finishes in seven races this season. She won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in July and her runner-up finishes include the Adioo Volo and Mistletoe Shalee. Lyons Sentinel is trained by Jim King Jr. for owner Threelyonsracing. Tony Alagna-trained Lady Lou goes to the Jugette with five consecutive second-place finishes. Most recently, she was second in a division of the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 12. She also was second in the Fan Hanover final, her Fan Hanover elimination, the Shady Daisy, and a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. She is owned by Brad Grant and Steve Heimbecker. Peaky Sneaky, trained by Nancy Takter, is the leading money-winner in the first elimination. She most recently won a Fan Hanover elimination and finished third in the final. She is owned by Howard Taylor, Judy Taylor, and Order By Stable. Racing begins at noon Wednesday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The paddock videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to The Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted daily. These videos can be viewed on both the farm website and the sale website . Paddock videos will continue to be posted daily until they are finished. Inspection videos will also be done for these yearlings and will start to be posted Wednesday September 30. As with the paddock videos , they will be posted as they are done until their completion. Inspections of the yearlings at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds will begin, by appointment only, on Monday September 28. Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or email her at to schedule your appointment. Strict adherence to current COVID-19 protocols will be followed to in order to ensure the safety of both our visitors and employees. We welcome and look forward to your visit. by Bridgette Jablonsky, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

HARRINGTON, DE - Leonard Hubbard's Z's Dream ($7.80, Art Stafford Jr.) and Jo Ann Looney-King's Syndegaard ($7, Victor Kirby) each won their respective $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg elimination for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers Monday at Harrington Raceway. Z's Dream, a son of Dream Away, assumed command from early leader Marvelous Winner near the three-quarters and never looked back in a decisive one length win over Subban and Marvelous Winner. Favorite Squeak On By miscued behind the gate before the start and finished last. Z's Dream, trained by Andrew Stafford, earned his first career win in 1:58.4.   Syndegaard was a front end winner in the second split over Henrico and Justflirtingwithu in 1:59. Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again gelding also picked up his first career win.   The top point earners from the two rounds of eliminations will compete in $100,000 final events on October 7. Pacing fillies will get underway in 3 divisions on the Tuesday September 21 program. Driver Pat Berry won 3 races in succession, piloting Stark Hanover ($17), Power of Tell ($6.40) and Jack's Legend N ($2.80) to victory. Victor Kirby, Montrell Teague, and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

BLOOMSBURG, PA -- Harness racing will take place at the Bloomsburg (PA) Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday, with a post time both days of 1 p.m. Two-year-olds will be racing Friday, and three-year-olds Saturday, in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes competition.   An earlier schedule had listed a different post time for Saturday, but the 1 p.m. start for both cards is the official and final word.   From the PHHA, PA Fair Association, and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership    

LEXINGTON, KY--The Monday (Sept. 21) card at The Red Mile featured eight $50,000 finals of the Kentucky Commonwealth--a division for freshmen and sophomores of each sex and gait. Of the eight finals, the betting favorites managed to deliver in all but one. Trainer-driver Verlin Yoder vaulted Miss Vet Hanover out of the pocket into the stretch to post the lone upset in the final of the afternoon's Commonwealth events, the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. At the start, 9-5 favorite Hey There Delilah broke stride with 3-1 second-choice Adirondack soon going into a gallop as the field entered the first turn. Princessa pushed to lead the field by the quarter in :28.3 with Miss Vet Hanover situated in the pocket. The field rolled in line to a :57.1 half and towards three-quarters in 1:26.2, setting up for a stretch-drive sprint. Yoder angled Miss Vet Hanover from the pocket and inched towards Princessa through the stretch as Argyle gained ground to the center of the track and Shape Of Beauty surged through a seam at the pylons. Miss Vet Hanover continued to dig into Princessa, who then gave way in the final strides of a 1:54.1 mile. Shape Of Beauty finished third with Argyle taking fourth. Returning $15.40 to win, Miss Vet Hanover has now banked $35,960 for owner Verlin Yoder following her maiden-breaking score. Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. bred the Yankee Glide filly. Driver Andrew McCarthy set sail with Sail By, motoring to the front early and crushing her rivals to win the Three-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:50.4 while giving trainer Tony Alagna his first of three victories in the Commonwealth finals. Sent the 2-5 favorite, Sail By bolted to the lead from post 6, clearing Alleyesonme As to a :26.2. She kept her competition chasing while strolling through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2 before opening her lead into the stretch. Pristine Beauty circled Alleyesonme As as they tired to the inside and chased the winner Sail By to finish second, seven-and-a-quarter lengths behind. Pure Decadence rallied for third. Bred and owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Sail By won her fifth race from eight starts this season and her seventh from 18 overall, earning $87,680. The Captaintreacherous filly paid $2.60 to win. Scott Zeron later steered Captain Video, taking the Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace with the Tony Alagna trainee in 1:49.4. Floating to the lead after a :28 first quarter, Captain Video pocketed stablemate Major Risky moving for the backstretch and maintained his speed towards a :55.4 half. Starship edged first over from third circling the final turn with Mancrush in tow towards three-quarters in 1:23.1. Mancrush kicked off his cover into the stretch and stormed after Captain Video, who then repelled the late challenger to win by a neck. Major Risky finished third with Lottery Winner closing for fourth. Bred by Riverview Breeding LLC, Visionary Breeders LLC and Joseph Di Scala Jr., Captain Video competes for owners Riverview Racing LLC, Alagna Racing LLC and Joseph Di Scala Jr. The Captaintreacherous colt scored his fifth win from six starts this season and his seventh from 13 overall, pushing his bankroll to $49,700. He paid $3.00 to win. Driver Joe Bongiorno protected the lead with 1-5 favorite Lady Midnight to score a decisive victory in the Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and complete Alagna's afternoon hat trick. Circling by early leader Classicist after a :28 opening quarter, Lady Midnight kept her speed going to a :55.4 half as Beachblanketlindy mounted a first-over bid moving to the far turn. Beachblanketlady cruised closer to Lady Midnight as she decelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.1 but began spinning her wheels into the stretch as Lady Midnight sprinted away. The Captaintreacherous filly widened her lead in progress to a 1:51.4 score over stablemate Odds On Roxette rallying for second. Odds On Badd Bunny closed down the center of the track for third. Now a four-time winner from seven starts, Lady Midnight has banked $58,715 for owners and breeders Brittany Farms LLC and Marvin Katz along with co-owner Lynn Katz. She paid $2.40 to win. Almanac sat mid-pack through most of the mile before driver Andrew McCarthy let the A Rocknroll Dance colt loose and run down pacesetter Winner Is Coming to win the Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace. Winner Is Coming cleared command from Beach Party by the quarter in :27.4 with Tarkio racing third and Almanac fourth. The field continued single file to the half in :56.3 and by three-quarters in 1:24.2, where McCarthy began to roll Alamanc. Through the stretch the Brian Brown trainee narrowed on Winner Is Coming's lead to land a head in front at the finish of a 1:51.2 mile. Beach Party gave chase in third with Red Right Hand taking fourth. Bred and owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Almanac won his third race from six starts, earning $46,123. He paid $3.00 to win. Odds-on favorite Molto Bene ranged towards the top, inherited control when the tempo setter lost stride and from there strode to a 1:53.2 victory in the Three-Year-Old Filly Trot. Aperfectcrystal took control to a :27.3 first quarter, but yielded for the pocket up the backstretch when Graceful Winner rushed out of third to the front before a :56 half. Driver Dexter Dunn pulled Molto Bene from fourth rounding the final turn as Graceful Winner broke stride, leaving Aperfectcrystal back on the lead. By three-quarters in 1:25.4, Molto Bene matched strides with Aperfectcrystal, who then started to gallop straightening for the finish. Molto Bene cruised on the lead to the finish with Watayankee two-and-three-quarter lengths behind closing for second. Fortune Telln Lady, off a pocket trip, took third. A Father Patrick filly bred by Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee and Marvin Katz, Molto Bene competes for owner Frederick Hertrich III. She collected her third win from nine starts this season and her fifth from 20 overall--earning $73,419--and paid $2.40 to win. Even-money choice Media Mogul swept to the front approaching the half and cruised to a 1:54.4 victory in the Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot. Positioned third to a :28.1 first quarter, driver Scott Zeron zipped Media Mogul off the pylons and to the lead heading to a :56.4 half. Pocket-sitter Six O'Clock News began to lose ground on the leader into the final turn, prompting Lockbox to pull first over nearing three-quarters in 1:25.3. But Media Mogul widened his lead to three lengths entering the stretch with Flemsteen rallying from fifth to finish second, three-and-three-quarter lengths behind the winner, in a photo with Lockbox. Owned by W. Donovan, Thomas Dillon, Purnel & Libby LLC and Joe Sbrocco, Media Mogul won his second race from seven starts, earning $68,044. The Muscle Hill colt--bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz--paid $4.00 to win. Sermon emerged from a pocket trip and ripped to the finish to post a 1:53.4 victory in the Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot. Cupid Hanover cruised to the lead from post 8 heading to a :28.1 quarter, but faced pressure into the backstretch when Awesomedabra marched uncovered from fourth to the front. Approaching a :55.1 half, Awesomedabra broke stride, sliding to the center of the course before regaining his gait into the final turn. Meanwhile Cupid Hanover raced unchallenged to three-quarters in 1:24.4 until Sermon tipped out for the drive to the finish. Driver Kasper Forget sent the Muscle Hill gelding after the lead at the head of the lane and drew clear to win by four-and-a-quarter lengths over Generous Pour rallying for second, with Cupid Hanover faltering to third. Competing for owners Consus Racing Stable Inc. and Longbridge Trotting Inc., Sermon won his third race from 11 starts, earning $50,545. Per Engblom trains the $4.80 winner bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC and Melvin Hartman. The regular meet at The Red Mile concludes Tuesday (Sept. 22) with races scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Racing will resume at The Red Mile on Friday (Oct. 2) to start the six-day Grand Circuit meet, culminating to Kentucky Futurity Day on Sunday (Oct. 11). Racing begins each day of the Grand Circuit meeting also at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Guinevere Hall is a perfect eight-for-eight on the season as the three-year-old harness racing filly trotter cruised to a 2 3/4 length victory over Tootie (Brett Miller) in the second division of the $93,840 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship on Monday at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of six was sent on their way, Delovely Hall (Aaron Merriman) grabbed the early lead and set the fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.3. Driver Peter Wrenn sat patiently with the eventual winner and used a first over move to take the lead past the three-quarter pole. The Cash Hall filly pulled away for the victory in 1:54.1.   Melanie Wrenn trains the filly for the MT Pockets Stables and David McDuffee. Guinevere Hall, an Ohio Triple Crown winner, now has earned $438,541 during her 18 race career. "She's been great. She is starting to show her stuff," said the winning driver. "I could not ask for anything more. She is definitely one of the better one." Lima Gold (Dan Noble) scored an upset victory in 1:56.2 over A Fancy Face (Chris Page) in the first $46,920 division. The margin of victory was a half-length. The Coraggioso filly earned her first victory of the season and third of her career for the Spaaaartners. Chris Beaver trains the filly who paid $22.00 to win. Clara Lou (Tyler Smith) took the fastest of the four BSS divisions for two-year-old filly pacers in 1:55.1.   The Pet Rock filly is owned Charles Purvis and conditioned by Ben Davis. The remaining filly pace divisions went to Lovely Munro (Ryan Stahl), Smothastenesewisky (Chris Page) and Apple Soozy (Tyler Smith). The three divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt pacers went to Medoland Bosa (Chris Presley), McCam (Kyle Ater) and Epic Ace (Chris Page). On the undercard, Designer Specs made it 13 straight wins with her victory in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference freshman filly trot. Ryan Stahl steered the winner for Louise and trainer Jay Weller. The winning time of 1:58.3 was a lifetime best for the Full Count filly. The 13 race Tuesday card will have a 1:00 PM post. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

In what has been another incredible harness racing season in the sulky for him at Saratoga Casino Hotel, driver Billy Dobson had a monster Monday afternoon at the Spa. Well on his way to driving title number nine, Dobson piloted seven winners on the matinee card. The Monica Krist stable had a double as Dobson sat behind a pair of Krist trainees, who are owned by his father Rick, who secured Monday scores. The Open Trot went the way of Gruden (Muscles Yankee). The seven year old high-stepper sat out all of 2019 and is currently in the midst of a strong comeback. After a win last week, it was up into the $8,500 Open Trot for Gruden who got a pocket ride behind the favored Waiting On A Woman (Brett Crawford). That Kyle Spagnola-trained veteran finished first or second in three consecutive installments of the local Open, a race that hasn't been carded in close to two months at the Spa. While Waiting On A Woman cruised through comfortable fractions on Monday, Gruden rode the coattails of the favorite before taking his shot in the passing lane in the stretch. Gruden got up in the final strides to win it by a half length in 1:57.1.   Waiting On A Woman finished second while JNR Express (John Stark Jr) overcame an early break to finish third in the feature. Gruden paid $18.60 to win in the five-horse Open and led an exacta with the favorite second that returned $66. The victory was surprisingly the first for Dobson in the Open Trot this year. The top reinsman has dominated action once again this season but now has just four Open wins to his credit out of the 37 contested on the campaign. Dobson rattled off win after win on a day with a fall feel at the Spa ending up the card with a season-high seven victories! Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for The Spa

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 21, 2020 -- Harness racing driver Dan Rawlings enjoyed a huge Monday at The Meadows with six victories, including the feature -- a $10,800 Conditioned Trot -- with Maewegonow. Passed by Matterlei near the three-quarters, Maewegonow stayed close and never let Matterlei get away. As Rawlings kept her to her business, the 6-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo kicked by her rival in the Lightning Lane, downing her by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Kate's Massive rallied for show.   Richard Perfido trains Maewegonow, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $392,555, for Thomas Mattingly. Jim Pantaleano also recorded a big Monday with four wins on the 13-race card. Tuesday's 13-race program at The Meadows features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $29,298.33 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $1,538.20 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA    

Monticello, NY - On Monday September 21, Monticello Raceway hosted its first live racing card since March 12, due to a 6-month hiatus from COVID-19, Race Secretary Eric Warner was able to card 7 races for the first harness racing program. Greg Merton sat the pocket in the first race with Love Trumps Hate following Pine Tab the entire mile, Pine Tab made a miscue in the stretch, giving Merton the lead and the win in 2:02 for trainer Wesley Miller. Merton would also go on to win with Sea's Ideal in race 5. Mcgwire Sower also had a driving double on the afternoon and trainer Steve Ray had a training double win with the hardy campaigner Racingtowardsadream and With Our Luck. On hand for the opening was Charlene Cushing, Cushing was the former longtime Marshall at Monticello Raceway, often referred to as the "best outriderin the industry" Cushing made the 8 hour trek from Farmington Maine to be on hand for the first race at Monticello. Cushing has made the transition from harness racing to nursing after moving to Maine, Charlene graduated Nursing school a year ago and now works as a nurse in Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington Maine. Charlene is married to Mike Cushing of Farmington Maine, Mike is the President of the Maine Harness Horseman's Association. Ironically today marks her 30th anniversary of when she first started as Marshall at Monticello Raceway, Charlene brought her favorite steed to Monticello Raceway for the occasion, Leo Shady Jack a registered quarter horse. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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