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ANDERSON, IN.- Driver Peter Wrenn joined elite company as he became the 14th driver in harness racing history to reach 10,000 career driving wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 19. A winner of more than $72 million in lifetime purse earnings, Wrenn joins harness racing greats Herve Filion, Cat Manzi, Dave Palone, Tony Morgan, Walter Case Jr., and Dave Magee in the elusive 10,000 win club. Wrenn needed three wins coming into Tuesday's card and with five scheduled mounts, he found the winner's circle three times to reach the milestone. Wrenn collected win 9,998 with Skyway Jewel in race three and win 9,999 in the very next race behind Mr Gorgeous for trainer Larry King. Win number 10,000 came as Wrenn steered Blue Power to a gate to wire maiden breaking victory for trainer Ron Otto. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Wrenn's family and friends, were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "What an accomplishment," Moore noted. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Centaur Gaming, I would like to congratulate Peter on this monumental milestone. He now joins elite harness racing company and we are honored to have Peter as part of the driving colony at Hoosier Park." The Michigan native recorded his first win in 1978 and by the mid-1990s was winning driving titles all over the country. Wrenn has competed in nearly every major race to date and included in his impressive array of major stakes wins are two prestigious Breeders Crown wins and a victory in the Jugette with Paige Nicole Q. Wrenn won a career-high 634 races in 2007 and has surpassed the $2 million mark in purse earnings seven out of the last ten seasons. "First and foremost, I would like to thank all the owners and trainers that have given me the opportunity to drive so many great horses over the years," Wrenn noted after the victory. "I've been very fortunate throughout my career and I've had a lot of fun doing it." "I didn't feel very confident coming into tonight," he continued. "But, the horses showed up and we got lucky. I am really glad my family was able to be here tonight and to have that one under my belt." For the year, Wrenn has won 62 races with 36 of those victories coming at Hoosier Park, which lands him eighth in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2018 season. Wrenn and his wife, Melanie, have three children, Tyler, Billy, and Courtney. The Wrenns relocated to Indiana in 2009 and have a successful training operation based out of Central Indiana. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, June 20 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY  - Saratoga Casino Hotel and harness racing is set to welcome guests for their week-long 'All-American Celebration,' June 30 through July 7. A variety of exciting events are planned, including the return of their free fireworks show on Tuesday, July 3. After a five-year hiatus, Saratoga Casino's fireworks show will return bigger and better than ever. Sponsored by the Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association, this year's fireworks display will be carried out by Santore's World Famous Fireworks LLC, a local company that specializes in shows of this magnitude. The fireworks show will begin at 9:15pm above the harness track following the live racing card. Local food vendors and strolling musicians will kick off the evening's activities along with the live racing card beginning at 5:00pm. Following fireworks, Aquanett will perform in Vapor and casino guests can participate in drawings to win a share of $10,000 from 10:00pm to midnight. Admission is free and guests of all ages are welcome to view the fireworks. "We're very excited to bring back what has been known as the area's best fireworks show," said Alex Tucker, General Manager. "We thank the city of Saratoga Springs for their support, and we look forward to re-establishing this tradition." Additionally, a number of large-scale drawings and promotions are in store for guests on the casino floor where over $185,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs throughout the week. The week will culminate on Saturday, July 7, where one lucky guest will win a $30,000 credit towards the car of their choice from Morris Ford during the 'Freedom of Choice Car Giveaway.' For a full list of promotions and events planned during the All-American Celebration, visit From the Saratoga Raceway Publicity Office

This Week: Ben Franklin Pace, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Max C. Hempt Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial eliminations, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Schedule of events: The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four sets of stakes eliminations on Saturday (June 23). There will be three $35,000 eliminations in the Ben Franklin for older pacers; a trio of $25,000 eliminations in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters and the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers; and two $20,000 eliminations in the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $760,000 Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers on Saturday (June 16) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lather Up captured the Pepsi North America Cup in a time of 1:48.1. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up and driver Montrell Teague powered forward from the beginning and took no prisoners en route to a four length score in 1:48.1. "It's a sensational feeling," said co-owner and breeder Gary Iles. "To come away with a win, it doesn't get any better than this." The win was sweet redemption for trainer Francis and driver Teague after they came up just short in the 2015 edition with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Lather Up fired from post four to the early lead, but was overtaken at the opening quarter (:26.3) by Done Well and driver Tim Tetrick. Teague wasted little time retaking the lead in the second quarter and had his charge showing the way through a :54.1 opening half. "I definitely wanted to retake," said Teague. "(Tetrick) could have went on and taken a bigger fraction for the half but I was trying to go back to the front and back the half down as much as I could." Nutcracker Sweet and driver David Miller were first-up rounding the far turn, supplying cover for a perfectly placed second-over Stay Hungry and driver Doug McNair. Lather Up reached three-quarters in a sizzling 1:21.3 to lead into the lane. Two-hole sitter Done Well and an off-cover Stay Hungry fired their best shot in the stretch, but were no match for the 3-5 mutuel favorite. Lather Up powered home in :26.3 for his biggest victory and sixth win in as many starts this season. Done Well finished second, while Lost In Time and driver Scott Zeron rallied from eighth, placed fourth-over at three-quarters, to grab third. Stay Hungry finished fourth. Owned and bred by Gary and Barbara Iles, Lather Up now holds a career record of 10 wins in 13 starts. The victory increased his seasonal earnings to $458,165 and career earnings to $532,265. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 368; 2. Yannick Gingras - 266; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. David Miller - 104.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 270; 2. Jim King Jr. - 146; 3. Peter Tritton - 122; 4. Jimmy Takter - 112; 5. Richard Banca - 75. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2. Richard Poillucci - 66; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 65.9; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 65.9; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 60. Looking ahead: Next weekend Grand Circuit action will be taking place at four different tracks. Pocono will have the finals for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers); Northfield Park will host the Cleveland Trotting Classic for older trotters; Tioga Downs will offer Tompkins-Geers stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers; and Historic Track will feature Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday evening (June 19)  harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $13,000 Open Handicap for pacing mares, with a talented field of 6 facing the starter. Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) and Kiss On The Lips (Nick Roland) have dominated the top distaff level both recently, and last season as well. Gold Star Mysti was the pubics' overwhelming choice tonight, and the public was right on target. Kiss On The Lips and Roland fired first and fastest from the wings of the gate, but Gold Star Mysti and Yoder were not far behind and quickly surged along-side their rival to take the lead at the quarter pole in 27.4. After establishing her spot at the front of the field, Gold Star Mysti kept to task by pacing a strong 28.0 second panel and serving notice to the field that she was all business. The 5 year old daughter of Mysticism maintained her 1 ½ length advantage as she led the field past three-quarters in 1:24 with Kiss On The Lips holding the pocket position. As the top-level mares rounded for home it was clear that there would be nobody catching Mysti tonight - she kicked home in 27.4 to complete an impressive mile in 1:51.4 for her second win of the season, in just her third start, the final margin was 3¾ lengths. Gold Star Mysti ($3.20) is trained by Maggie Audley for Gold Star Farm. Kiss On The Lips completed the popular exacta combination ($4.60) and Abbijade Hanover (Rick Magee) was home in third. Gold Star Mysti has been nominated to the Dan Patch FFA pace in July where she will take on the boys in the premier race of the season. Driver Steve Wiseman "The Magician" posted another Grand-Slam of four winners on the Tuesday card, while Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen and Dean "Bobcat" Magee both completed driving doubles. Live Racing returns at Running Aces on Saturday, June 23 with the first race at 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Pompano Beach, FL --- With the announcement of Eldorado Resorts, Inc. partnering with The Cordish Companies in the development of a world class hospitality destination site at Pompano Park, Midwest Auctioneers and Realty has announced that they have signed a definitive agreement with PPI, Inc. to conduct a two-day auction at Pompano Park on Sunday (Aug. 5), beginning at 12 noon, and Monday (Aug. 6), beginning at 9 a.m. There will be a two day preview on Aug. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature six floors of items -- many historical -- dating back to the track’s infancy years beginning in 1964. Besides the live on-site auction, bids will be accepted at, where registrations will be accepted beginning Aug. 1 through sale time. In announcing the auction, Sales Manager Jim Brown said, “This sale will, obviously, be unique as we will not only have chairs and tables but even box seat numbers and name plaques from many of the most prominent participants in our sport since this historic racing facility opened more than a half century ago. “We will have the pari-mutuel signs, sculptures and memorabilia, restaurant equipment and even the legendary bars on the floors graced by folks like Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Ed Sullivan, Lorne Greene and so many others.” Also included in the auction will be vehicles, including a boom truck, John Deere equipment and Terex generators with light poles. Midwest Auctioneers and Realty President Mike Baker, who has been conducting auctions for the better part of four decades, will be the lead auctioneer. Speaking about the Pompano Park upcoming auction, Baker said, “This is going to be a great one, no doubt about it. It’s always great to see a company take that big step from the past into the future and this auction will serve as one giant step toward their future success. We are honored to host the historic event.” A complete list of the auction items will be posted when available. For information, go to, 937.548.2640 or 937.459.9558. Contact Sales Manager Jim Brown at 954.263.1999. by John Berry, for Midwest Auctioneers and Realty, Inc.

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 20, 2018-Consider this a friendly reminder from friendly Yonkers Raceway regarding its upcoming live schedule. After next Thursday evening (June 28th), Thursdays bolt until Aug. 30th, replaced by Sunday matinees through Sept. 2nd (exceptions being this weekend [June 24th]and July 8th). Post times for all remaining Sundays are TBA as of this writing. The other live nights (Monday Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) remain, with the usual first post of 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway      

The ARCI Model Rules Committee Agenda and Materials are now available. The agenda and supporting materials for the upcoming ARCI Model Rules Committee meeting are now available. Use the button below to access the committee's website: The ARCI summer meetings will take place at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Hotel, 222 North 10th Street, Omaha, NE., USA on Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11, 2018. To make a no-cost registration for the meeting use the link below. The schedule for the meetings is as follows: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm Model Rules Committee Meeting Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm Model Rules Committee Meeting -part 2. 1:00pm - 4:30pm ARCI Board of Directors Meeting (Regulatory Members only)upcoming ARCI MODEL RULE SITE: AGENDA & MATERIALS REGISTER (no cost) FOR THE MEETING   by Ed Martin, for the ARCI  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Here are the fields for Saturday's elimination races to determine the various Championship finalists on June 30's $2,000,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Listed are the post position, horse, trainer, driver (in italics if changed at scratch time today), and the morning line odds. The elimination purses are: $35,000 for the Franklin, $25,000 for the Beal and Hempt, and $20,000 for the Lynch. The Championships are $500,000 for the Franklin, Beal, and Hempt, and $300,000 for the Lynch. The top three from each of the three eliminations will return for their Championships except for the Lynch - it has only two eliminations, so the first four and the faster fifth-place horse will come back for the big money. BEAL TROT (3YO OPEN) BEAL ELIMINATION RACE 3 - 1, Patent Leather, trainer Jim Campbell, driver Tim Tetrick, 5-2; 2, Tito, Erv Miller, Marcus Miller, 8-1; 3, Lawmaker, Andrew Harris, Anthony MacDonald, 6-1; 4, Mission Accepted, Jeff Conger, Ryan Stahl, 3-1; 5, Winning Shadow, Jake Huff, David Miller, 12-1; 6, Whats The Word, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 7-2; 7, Voss Volo, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 9-2. BEAL ELIMINATION RACE 5 - 1, Missle Hill, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair, 5-1; 2, Moosonee, Chris Beaver, Aaron Merriman, 7-2; 3, Evaluate, Marcus Melander, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 4, Rich And Miserable, Todd Buter, Tyler Buter, 10-1; 5, Fashionwoodchopper, Jim Campbell, David Miller, 6-1; 6, Six Pack, trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt, 2-1; 7, Scirocco Rob, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 12-1. BEAM ELIMINATION RACE 11 - 1, Alarm Detector, Benoit Baillargeon, Trevor Henry, 3-1; 2, Gemologist; trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt, 15-1; 3, Crystal Fashion, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick, 4-1; 4, Mississippi Storm, Tom Fanning, David Miller, 12-1; 5, Manchego, Jimmy Takter, Yannick Gingras, 2-1; 6, Fashion Forever, Jim Campbell, Corey Callahan, 10-1; 7, Fiftydallarbill, Bill Crone, Brett Miller, 8-1; 8, Fourth Dimension, Marcus Melander, Brian Sears, 5-1. FRANKLIN PACE (FFA) FRANKLIN ELIM RACE 2 - 1, Easy Lover Hanover, Ben Wallace, Doug McNair, 8-1; 2, Check Six, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 9-2; 3, Missile J, Scott Di Domenico, Matt Kakaley, 6-1; 4, Heaven Rocks A, Ross Croghan, David Miller, 5-2; 5, Western Fame, Jimmy Takter, Andrew McCarthy, 3-1; 6, Split The House, Chris Oakes, George Napolitano Jr., 7-2; 7, Donttellmeagain, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick, 12-1. FRANKLIN ELIM RACE 4 - 1, Rockin Ron, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 5-2; 2, Scott Rocks, Hunter Oakes, George Napolitano Jr., 7-2; 3, Waikiki Beach A, Ross Croghan, Scott Zeron, 6-1; 4, McWicked, Casey Coleman, Brian Sears, 2-1; 5, Mach It So, Jeff Bamond Jr., Tim Tetrick, 5-1; 6, Mac's Jackpot, Jeffrey Smith, Brett Miller, 10-1. FRANKLIN RACE 10 - 1, Sintra, David Menary, Jody Jamieson, 3-1; 2, Boogie Shuffle, Mark Harder, David Miller, 8-1; 3, Christen Me N, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick, 12-1; 4, All Bets Off, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 7-2; 5, Dealt A Winner, Mark Silva, Brett Miller, 9-2; 6, Filibuster Hanover, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 5-2; 7, Funknwaffles, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 6-1. HEMPT PACE (3YO COLTS) HEMPT ELIM RACE 6 - 1, This Is The Plan, Chris Ryder, Tim Tetrick, 5-1; 2, Daddyofemall, Dan Altmeyer, Mike Wilder, 12-1; 3, Cinnamack, Brian Brown, Scott Zeron, 4-1; 4, Keystone Tenacious, Paul Kelley, Mark MacDonald, 6-1; 5, Dorsoduro Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 5-2; 6, Springsteen, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 3-1; 7, Stendahl Hanover, Eddie Sager, Marcus Miller, 20-1; 8, Decoy, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, 10-1; 9, Closing Statement, Joe Holloway, Brian Sears, 15-1. HEMPT ELIM RACE 9 - 1, Whos Better, Brian Brown, Tim Tetrick, 15-1; 2, Sometimesawinner, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 10-1; 3, Shnitzledosomethin, Dylan Davis, David Miller, 6-1; 4, Hitman Hill, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller, 3-1; 5, I'm A Big Deal, Chris Ryder, George Napolitano Jr., 4-1; 6, Points North, Nifty Norman, Andrew McCarthy, 9-2; 7, Grand Teton, Jimmy Takter, Scott Zeron, 12-1; 8, Stay Hungry, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair, 5-2. HEMPT ELIM RACE 12 - 1, Rock Lights, Katricia Adams, George Napolitano Jr., 15-1; 2, Babes Dig Me, Tony Alagna, Brett Miller, 12-1; 3, Heavenly Sound, Bruce Saunders, Andrew McCarthy. 10-1; 4, Nutcracker Sweet, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, 8-1; 5, Wes Delight, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan, 4-1; 6. Done Well, Brian Brown, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 7, Lather Up, Clyde Francis, Montrell Teague, 2-1; 8, Courtly Choice, Blake MacIntosh, Mark MacDonald, 5-1. LYNCH PACE (3YO FILLIES) LYNCH ELIM RACE 7 - 1, Carlo's Superstar, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 12-1; 2, Youaremycandygirl, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 5-2; 3, Alexa's Power, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 4, Double A Mint, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 9-2; 5, Hypnotic Tale, Linda Toscano, David Miller, 4-1; 6, Pass Line Bluechip, Wayne Givens, Montrell Teague, 6-1; 7, Majorsspeciallady, Ron Burke, Brett Miller, 10-1; 8, Ideal Talker, Noel Daley, Andrew McCarthy, 15-1. LYNCH ELIM RACE 8 - 1, Python Blue Chip, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 10-1; 2, I'm Trigger Happy, Tony Osullivan, David Miller, 9-2; 3, Kissin In The Sand, Nancy Johansson, Scott Zeron, 5-2; 4, Solitary, Nick Surick, Marcus Miller, 12-1; 5, Cuts Like A Knife, Bruce Saunders, Tim Tetrick, 15-1; 6, Sansovia Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 6-1; 7, Serene Stride, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan, 4-1; 8, Sidewalk Dancer, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller, 3-1. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Fox Valley Charm, who dominated The Meadows' elite distaff pacers earlier this spring, returned to her winning ways in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap with a victory for Tony Hall in 1:50.2, a career best. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 13-race card. So sharp in April and May that she won three straight by a combined margin of 15-1/2 lengths, Fox Valley Charm lost her next three starts. On Tuesday, she took matters into her own hands by enduring a parked-out 27 first quarter and digging in late to hold off Lakeisha Hall by a neck. Rosemary Rose rallied for show. Dirk Simpson trains the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $292,510, for Peter Karras. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Uptowngal became harness racing's fastest 2-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track when she rolled home in 1:53.4 in her career debut. Dave Palone piloted the daughter of Dragon Again-Victoria Gallery for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable; Phillip Collura; J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

In late February the initial Pro-Am Competition was staged at Pompano Park and today (Tuesday, June 19) at Scioto Downs, the second edition of the challenge where the amateur drivers competed in races with and against some of the industry's top reinsmen was showcased. The competitions are the brainchild of Stacy Cahill, the director of racing at both Pompano and Scioto Downs. And from the participants at each venue monies were raised for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and for New Vocations. Participating professionals included Tim and Trace Tetrick, Dan Noble and Aaron Merriman while the remainder of drivers in each event were all amateurs. And to the surprise of no one, every one of the four contest races was won by a professional. The first contest race was won by Dan Noble with amateur driver, Steve Oldford second and Tim Tetrick third. Noble came back to win the second Pro-Am event as amateur driver Joey Putnam finished second. And Tim Tetrick was again third. Then in the third Pro-Am event Trace Tetrick turned back Aaron Merriman for the victory. Amateur driver Michelle Ruvola took home the show dough. And in the final Pro-Am event Trace Tetrick again emerged victorious with Aaron Merriman second and Michelle Ruvola third. But the amateur drivers had their day in the sun with a race strictly for Billings members late on the card. NED HODKINSON WINS THE BILLINGS TROT  Ned "the Insurance Man" Hodkinson and his trusty steed, Mutinyonthebounty, remain a perfect two-for-two this year after they out-footed nine others to score an impressive victory in a 1:58.1 clocking. After racing on the front-end relatively unchallenged the wire came just in time as a host of trotters were closing in on Mutinyonthebounty. But the veteran Mutineer gelding refused to lose and kept Winbak Charles M and driver "Lawbook Larry" Farley at bay for a head victory.. Better Call Saul was a neck farther back in third for "Michelle The Belle" Ruvola. Sent off the favorite in the race Mutinyonthebounty paid $5.90 for win. Hodkinson, who owns and trains the winner, notched his 61st lifetime driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billing Series     

WILKES-BARRE PA - The eight-year-old Mach Three mare Regil Elektra showed the qualities that have enabled her to become a racetrack millionaire, overcoming a 25-day layoff and a first-over trip to take the $14,000 featured pace for mares Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard reserved Regil Elektra in third as former Iowa star Juxta Cowgirl put up fractions of 26, 55.3, and 1:23.1, with the winner getting going in high gear past that last station. In the lane Regil Elektra showed her gameness to wear down Juxta Cowgirl in 1:51.2, finishing a length to the good. Trained by Keith Armer, the winner pushed her lifetime tally to 46 wins and $1,033,503 in earnings, and is owned by the Fred Monteleone Stable LLC. During the card, 2016 Rising Star of the Year Marcus Miller was honored by The Downs for having recently achieved his 3000th lifetime victory in his still-young career. The 29-year-old is currently fifth in the driver win standings at Pocono. Perhaps Marcus's uncle Andy, like his nephew a former Chicagoland driving champion, was taking some notes during the winners circle presentation -- Andy himself is only a dozen wins away from 9000 career triumphs. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

HARRINGTON, DE - Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.20, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old pacing filly eliminations Tuesday with a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 second leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade filly made an impressive first-over move near three-quarters and drew away from her rivals decisively. Ibetyoucanwiggle was second with Pedal Power third. In the remaining division, Bay Pond Racing's Time and Motion scored a 1:55.2 upset over Go Sandy Go and Studio Session. Trained by Eli Scott Jr., it was the third career win for the daughter of Dream Away. It was the fourth career win in just six starts for "Renegade" who is trained by Walter Bozman Jr. The top eight point earners will compete in the $100,000 final on July 26 during the Delaware State Fair. In the $16,000 Mares Open, Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($12, Allan Davis) was a 1:52.3 winner over Apple Bottom Jeans and Shesarocker. Tony Morgan had four wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden and Russell Foster had a driving triple. The second leg of DSBF action for trotters will take place on the Wednesday June 20 program with two divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Plainville, MA---Western Stepp has been one of the tougher distaff performers at Plainridge Park this year, winning two out of her last four here while finishing second as many times, all in top class competition. However Monday afternoon (June 19) she was in a league of her own as she simply routed her foes in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares on the Ridge's speedy five-eighths mile oval. The race was over when the gate released the ladies because Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) was on top in a flash. From that point on she maintained a gapped advantage over the scratch-shortened field while stopping the clock incrementally at :26.2, :56 and 1:23.1. Western Stepp had easily opened up a six-length lead on her own coming off the far turn and Campbell gave her a line-tap to let her know she was still in a race. She perked her ears, switched her gears and paced strongly into the lane. Campbell glanced over his left shoulder, saw no threat in sight and wrapped up the winner while sitting chilly, crossing the wire in 1:51.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp, eclipsing the 1:52.1 clocking she set just last week. Western Stepp ($6.00) now has five wins and $39,285 made in 2018 for owner/trainer James Dunn. The first division of the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series for fillies and mares was contested on Monday and Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) took an early lead that she would never relinquish en route to winning in 1:53.1. It was the second straight win and a new seasonal mark for Empty Gesture ($3.20) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jeff Lieberman. Drew Campbell had a driving triple on the card while Shawn Gray directed two home himself. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 21) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Not many male pacers have won Dan Patch awards at ages 2 or 3 and returned to capture another trophy against older horses. The list since 1990 features Artsplace, Jenna's Beach Boy, Gallo Blue Chip, Art Major, and Sweet Lou. All with the exception of Sweet Lou were 4-year-olds when they received their honor as an older horse; Sweet Lou was 5. McWicked, who earned a Dan Patch Award at age 3 in 2014, is hoping to add his name to the list -- at the age of 7. And trainer Casie Coleman says the stallion has never been better. "To see him still going, and going as hard as he is, is awesome; normally right now they're getting a little tired and tailing off," Coleman said. "I honestly think this horse seems stronger than he's ever been yet, which I don't even know how is possible, but he seems like a stronger horse right now." The winner of two of four races this year, McWicked on Saturday heads to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the eliminations of the Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers. McWicked is in the second of three eliminations on the card, which also features eliminations for the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, and James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. McWicked is coming off a second-place finish to Sintra in the Gold Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McWicked got away eighth, 16 lengths off the lead at the quarter-mile point, before pacing his final three-quarters of a mile in 1:18.4 to rally for the runner-up spot. "It was insane the back half he had, but he was just too far back," Coleman said. "He couldn't have raced any better, he was just far out of the race. "Every time we've put him on the track he's raced great." McWicked, owned by Ed James' S S G Stables, won 12 of 23 races at age 3 including the Breeders Crown, Hempt Memorial, Adios, and Progress Pace on his way to $1.47 million in purses. He hit the board a total of 21 times that season and got checks in the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, Messenger, Milstein Memorial, and Matron. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. McWicked finished the campaign with four consecutive second-place finishes, including the TVG Series championship, Breeders Crown and Allerage Farms Open Pace and might have been in the mix for his second Dan Patch Award with a win or two in any of them. "He kept being the bridesmaid," Coleman said. "He just had a lot of bad luck with traffic. He was pacing harder than any of them at the wire, he just had some bad luck. But saying that, the horse has made over $2 million, so I guess you can't say it's too bad of luck." For his career, the son of McArdle-Western Sahara has won 24 of 78 starts and $2.37 million. "It's not often that he's off the board," Coleman said. "He usually gives you all he's got and he's usually right there. He's had a lot of first-over journeys where he still gets the job done. He can take any trip you give him. "He's staked in everything all summer long. As long as he's sound and healthy he'll be in all the events and hopefully he can win a couple of them." Coleman credited an offseason layoff in Kentucky, the work of trainer Jim McDonald in preparing McWicked in Florida, and the decision to bypass the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series in March/April as reasons for her horse's early-season success. "Hopefully it pays off for us," Coleman said. "He's been sharp, sound, and healthy. We just hope for a little bit of luck on the weekend." For Saturday's complete Pocono entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

CHESTER PA - The fastest two-year-old trotter and pacer over a 5/8-mile track in 2018, based on reported records at the start of the day, both were on display during the morning session for two-year-olds Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The fastest pacer to date is a filly: Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artiscape mare She's A Fan, who secured the pocket early from post eight, then smoked home in 55.2 to win by 14¾ lengths in 1:54.3, knocking 1/5 off the previous seasonal standard held by colts Captain Mailcious and Union Station. Sylph Hanover was one of four successful teamings for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras; the latter added a fifth victory for another trainer. On the trotting side, pedigree alone could have pointed you to Fashion Possessed, who went wire-to-wire on an open-length lead to win in 1:58.1. The Possess The Will colt is out of the Chocolatier mare Sweet Love, whose own dam is Amour Angus, a full sister to four champions, Conway Hall, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, and Emilie Cas El, the last-named the dam of Hambletonian winner Trixton. Fashion Possessed's trainer Jim Campbell matched Ron Burke by sending out four successful babies, with David Miller handling two of them plus winning with two others. Fastest trotting filly was the Explosive Matter - French Doll miss Spring In Paris, 17¾ lengths clear of the opposition in 2:00 for Gingras (that fifth win) and trainer Steve LeBlanc. Among the pacing boys, 1:55.4 miles were turned in by Milano Hanover (Western Ideal - Monte Carlo Madam) for Gingras / Burke and Mangogh, another son of Western Ideal out of My Little Artist, with Andrew McCarthy in the sulky for conditioner Bruce Saunders. With baby races on the betting card tomorrow (Wednesday) at Harrah's, the fair season opening tomorrow, and Sire Stakes pari-mutuel action for freshmen commencing on July 3, this is likely the last morning session here to be reported on, barring some sort of giant mile, but the early sessions have pointed to several horses who seem to have the ability to be stars in the near future. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -On Saturday June 23rd, the wine will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30 pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. 83 wineries are being showcased including vineyards from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, New Jersey, Washington, New Zealand, and of course California. Festival goers will be sampling Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Rosè, Sangrias, Merlot, Cabernet and Moscato. New Jersey will be represented by Heritage Vineyards' rose¨ blend, red blend, and blueberry wine and Tomasello Winery's cranberry, cherry and blueberry fruit wines. Alba Vineyards will also be showcased with five selections including their Chelsea Dry Rose¨, Blueberry, Mainsail White, Estate Chardonnay and Estate Riesling. Rose¨ Piscine, a award winning piscine-style French Rosè specifically made to drink over ice will also be poured at the festival. Another exciting producer appearing at the Summer Wine Festival is FitVine. FitVine's wines go through an extended fermentation process that lowers sugar levels and produces wines under 118 calories per glass. These are wines perfect for those with active, healthy lifestyles. The VIP ticket holders are getting an extraordinary selection of wines that they can exclusively sample. The list includes: Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial, Stags Leap Viognier, Barton & Guiester Chateauneuf Du Pape, Gran Appasso Rosso Passito Red Blend, and Artesa Pinot Noir. There is also a VIP Rose¨ All Day Table featuring Rosè from Amelia, Rosehaven, Fleur De Mer & Prophecy. An up to date winery and wine list is available at . The Summer Wine Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent wine samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm. To purchase tickets : by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

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