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Northfield, OH --- Robert Key’s homebred Looking For Zelda trotted confidently to establish a new Northfield Park track record of 1:54 for a 3-year-old trotting filly on Monday night (Aug. 20) in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes. The daughter of Break The Bank K—My Winning Ways—Conway Hall left the gate confidently for driver Tony Hall and quickly established command, striding diagonally through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25, before posting a :29 final brush to score her fourth victory of the year in eight starts, and her second in the four-leg OSS series. The new track record time of 1:54 replaced the former record co-held by Sturdy Lori (2002) and Gabbysloosechange (2017).Looking For Zelda, who left the gate at odds of 3-1, finished 2-1/2 lengths in front of 11-1 Risky Deal (Don Irvine, Jr.), with 35-1 Count On Rosey (Kurt Sugg) grabbing third place honors. Looking For Zelda now has $104,019 in seasonal earnings, $60,000 of which have been earned in the OSS series to date. Lifetime, she’s amassed $332,694 from 11 wins, two seconds and two thirds in 19 career starts. She finished third and fourth respectively in the first two OSS legs, then won leg three in 1:54.1 at Scioto Downs. The second $50,000 OSS division went to the Brent Davis-trained Spunky Bottom Girl in 1:54.2. This daughter of My MVP—Princess Addie—Classic Photo is a homebred owned by Illinoian Ed Teefy. After leaving handily from the gate at 7-2 odds, Spunky Bottom Girl wrestled the lead away from the hard-trying 4-5 favorite, Sesame (Aaron Merriman) going to the :28.2 first quarter. Sitting comfortably on the front end for driver Tyler Smith, Spunky Bottom Girl then took the field of seven to a :57.3 half and a 1:25.3 three-quarter clocking, before trotting home in :28.4 to finish a neck ahead of Sesame at the wire. Impinktoo, the 3-1 choice, was third for Kayne Kauffman. Spunky Bottom Girl had finished sixth in leg one before winning leg two in 1:55.4, and was sixth again in leg three. She now has $50,000 earned in this series and $75,458 in seasonal earnings. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $93,683 from five wins, five seconds and one third in 23 career starts. The first four legs of the OSS for sophomore trotting distaffs is now complete. The top nine fillies who are eligible to the $275,000 Championship on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs are as follows, with their points listed in parenthesis: Non Smoker (153); Looking For Zelda (124); Spunky Bottom Girl (104); Impinktoo (91); Red Storm (79); California Love (74); Sesame (71); Risky Deal (54); and Count On Rosey (31). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Ocean City, MD - The second round of Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries concluded on Monday night Aug. 20 at Ocean Downs setting the stage for the $67,000 Finals on Aug. 26th and 27th.   Starting from post 7, driver John Wagner guided Pat's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) out of the gate, taking air to the 3/8 mile, before taking the lead and opening up 6 lengths on the field, tying the stakes record of 2:02 for two year old trotting fillies. Sleek N Majestic (Charlie De Vie) was up for place. Pat's A Keeper is owned and bred by Pam Wagner and trained by Arlene Cameron.   The second split for two year old trotting fillies went to post as race three. Reinsman Russell Foster gave Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) the perfect pocket trip catching the leader Bossy Hilly (Great George Two) in mid-stretch to stop the clock in 2:04. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains Getting All Sexy.   Two divisions for two year old pacing colts and geldings were up next starting with a non wagering event between after race three. Owner Pam Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron picked up their second win of the night when Dennis The Menace (Rusty's All In) went wire to wire in the 1:59.4 mile.   Jared Moyer was in the bike. Pam Wagner is also the breeder. Rockin The Shades was second.   The pacing colts came back in race five for the last stake of the evening. Jared Moyer picked up his second stakes win for the night behind Sonny's Blessing (Rusty's All In) in another gate to wire victory 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Where's Barry (Rusty's For Real). This win gave trainer Arlene Cameron and owner Pam Wagner their third stakes win for the night. Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman are also co-owners of Sonny's Blessing and Linda Condon is the breeder.   On Wednesday Aug. 22 Ocean Downs will be hosting the Back To The Track night with pony rides, face painting, carriage rides, photo booth, an appearance by mascot Lucky U, a T-shirt toss, hat give away and more.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Development Fund

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Hall of Fame driver David Miller won five of the six divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Miller was victorious in the first five Stallion Series contests, opening the stakes competition with the Muscle Hill - Brooklyn colt Kings County, who stepped his last half in a very impressive 56.2 to take a race mark of 1:56.4 by 11¼ lengths. A winner in his only other Stallion Series start, Kings County is trained by Domenico Cecere for Lindy Farms Of Connecticut. Next up was the Cantab Hall - Defiant Donato colt Cantab Fashion, who went his last half in 57.3 to take a maiden mark of 1:57 while 10¼ lengths of his field for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. Cantab Fashion had made a break in his only other purse start, also in the Stallion Series. Miller, Cecere, and Lindy Farms united again in the winners circle in the next cut with the Cantab Hall - Southwind Catlin colt Union Forces, who won by "only seven" lengths. A winner in the Stallion Series in his only other purse start, Union Forces is co-owned by Lindy with Robert Rudolph, David Anderson, and John Fielding. Aldebaranwalkbout, who had made a break in a Sire Stakes in his only start for a purse, enjoyed the drop to the Stallion Series level, showing his heels to the field by 13¾ lengths in the fastest time of the six stakes races, 1:55.2. Jonas Czernyson conditions the promising son of Muscle Hill - Aldebaran Turnpike for Aldebaran Park Inc. In his fifth win, Miller's horse, the Cantab Hall - We've Got it All gelding Loving Life, did not even cross the wire first, as although rallying he didn't appear to have enough to catch the frontstepping Final Claim. But in deep stretch Final Claim lost his gait, and with Loving Life only a neck back of the galloping winner at the wire, he was elevated upward in the 1:57.2 mile. Nifty Norman trains Loving Life, second and fourth in his other two Stallion Series starts but a maiden no longer, for the Pinske Stables and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc. The purple-and-white colors of Miller could be found on the lead in the last division with Zandover for almost ¾ of the mile, but then Kate's Massive swept by the tired pacesetter, ending any dreams of a 6-for-6 stakes night. Kate's Massive, a Muscle Massive - Sister Kate colt driven by Charlie Norris for trainer Ray Paver and owners Harry and Iris Horowitz, held off Explosivebreakway, a full brother to Phaetosive, by a half-length at the end of the 1:57 mile, with the 4-for-6 pacer who has won three in a row taking a new mark. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners: 1. Faithfulandtrue; 2. Crossfit; 3. Forecast; 4. Cantab Ed; 5. Kate's Massive over 6. Ntl Guard Hanover, both with the same points but Kate's Massive getting the edge on the tiebreaker of money. Similarly, next there is a five-way "tie" in points among Dudelookslikealindy, Final Claim, Kings County, Living Life, and Union Forces, but Kings County and Union Forces get the 8-9 placing because their two wins earned them the most series money, and they will either get in if somebody defects or will "shake" for the final Championship spot on the 8-wide Philly track. From the PAHH/Pocono Downs

Windsong Leo paced home for his seventh straight win Monday (August 20) in Northfield Park's eighth race, the $19,000 Open Pace. The six year-old gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. He is trained by Ron Burke. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Windsong Leo started from post eight. He sat back and let his rivals post sizzling fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:22.3. Page moved Windsong Leo on the backstretch, and prevailing by a nose in a stretch duel, stopping the timer at 1:51.1. Monday's triumph increased Windson Leo's (Jereme's Jet-Goldie-Jenna's Beach Boy) lifetime earnings to $334,250. He returned $15.00 to win. The impressive seven consecutive victories started in New York at Yonkers Raceway, posting wins on June 9, June 17 and June 30. Windsong Leo then scored on July 14 and July 23 at The Meadows before his August 6 and August 20 triumphs at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 20, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's entry box Monday afternoon (Aug. 20th) offered up 3-year-olds-four colts and four geldings-for the 64th Yonkers Trot. The entry box also found 11 3-year-olds-eight colts and three-geldings-for Messenger Stakes No. 63. Thus, the second jewels of their respective Triple Crown find the Trot as a 'one-dash-for-the-cash' event, while the Messenger has a pair of $40,000 eliminations races this Saturday night (Aug. 25th). Alphabetically, here are the entrants for Yonkers Trot No. 64... Helpisontheway (s) Lindsey's Pride (g) Lindy's Big Bang (g) Maxus Mississippi Storm (g) Six Pack The Veteran Tito The Messenger's elims go as the fifth and sixth races Saturday night, having drawn as such... First elim-1-Babes Dig Me (Jordan Stratton), 2-Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker), 3-JK Wildfire (g, Stratton also listed), 4-Topville Olympian (g, Brian Sears), 5-Nutcracker Sweet (Stratton also listed). Second elim-1-Springsteen (Dave Miller), 2- Winston (g, Corey Callahan), 3-Decoy (Mark MacDonald), 4-Jimmy Freight (s, Louis-Philippe Roy), 5-Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), 6-Kwik Talkin' (Stratton). Note 'g' signifies gelding, while 's' is a $30,000 supplemental entrant. Both finals--$500,000 each-are scheduled for a week from Saturday night, Sept. 1st. They are accompanied by the companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot (six entrants) and the $112,904 Lady Maud Pace (eight entrants). By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Plainville, MA --- After only getting to third in his first attempt at the top class here, Major Leaguer hit a home run on Monday afternoon (Aug. 20) in the $16,000 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park. Some Attitude (Steve Nason) left hard but had a long road to the front before clearing in a swift :26.1. He took the field past the stands where Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) pulled first over to engage the leader up the back straight. The two were going toe to toe to the three quarters in 1:22.1 and then around the last turn. At that point Some Attitude checked out, but Quick Shot (Nick Graffam) and Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) tipped wide and joined the party. Major Leaguer still had the lead and he bravely kept it to the wire, beating his two rivals by a head in 1:51.1. The finish was so close, Quick Shot and Moonlight Artist finished in a dead-heat for second and both also paced in 1:51.1. It was the 22nd win in 42 lifetime starts for Major Leaguer ($4.00) who is owned by his driver and trained by Dennis Whittemore. Jimmy Whittemore also won the secondary feature with Bamski who took the $14,000 non-winners event for the 6-year-olds and under set. Bamski got away third early on but found himself on the point by the half and from there he never looked back. Bamski was pestered from the half on by the tenacious Cougar Bait (Wally Watson) but held that one off all the way to the wire to win by a neck in 1:52.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Bamski ($5.00) is owned by Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro and is trained by Monique Cohen. Mitchel Cushing had a driving Grand Slam on Monday, winning with Stimulus Plan (1:52.2, $7.00), Sunburst Cruze (1:54, $2.20), Calvin B (1:50.4, $2.20) and Burkentine Hanover (1:53, $5.40). In the 10 races Cushing drove in he only missed the board once and that gave him a sparkling universal driver rating (UDR) of .589. The quad score also moved Cushing (45) up one spot to fifth place in the dash driver standings at Plainridge Park for this meet behind Drew Campbell (105), Greg Merton (83), Shawn Gray (79) and Mike Stevenson (51). With no winning ticket in the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta wager on Monday, there will be a carry-over pool of $3,471 in the sixth race on Tuesday (Aug. 21) which is the next card of live racing art Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well each locked up a berth in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers by winning a split in Monday's final preliminary leg, a $162,012 event known as the Tarport Effrat, at The Meadows. The $252,000 final is set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. The winner of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows, Dorsoduro Hanover entered the Tarport Effrat in second place in PASS standings and so wasn't under pressure to win. Nevertheless, he unveiled a new wrinkle. After a series of tough trips vying for the early lead, he ducked for Matt Kakaley, getting away last in the six-horse field. "They were stepping out of there pretty hard, and my horse races good no matter where he's at," Kakaley said. "I wasn't worried about sitting last when they were going 26 to the quarter. If they had gone slow early, I would have stepped him out of there." The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding followed the live cover of Wes Delight, then peeled wide and downed him by 3/4 lengths in 1:50.2, with Macadoodledoo third. Ron Burke trains Dorsoduro Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $560,862, for Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel&Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five. In contrast, Done Well was on the PASS bubble, having competed in only one leg before Monday. While he won that, he needed points, big time, to nail down a spot in the final Tim Tetrick and the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover took matters into their own hands, vaulting to the point and holding off the late challenge of Shadow Cat to defeat him by a neck in 1:51.1. A rallying Larry Karr completed the ticket. "I think he had some health issues," Tetrick said. "He raced good in his Adios elimination, and then in the final he was atrocious. The last two races, he's come back. He toughed it out today. I always thought he was better chasing, but in that spot, I have to do what I have to do." Done Well now has banked $371,762 for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith. $60,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers While the stallion series event was Monday's subfeature, it provided much of the excitement, including: a Brett Miller sweep (two for trainer Chris Oakes), all in the Lightning Lane; a stake record-matching victory in 1:50.3 by Terror Atthe Beach, an improbable 55-1 upset by PC's Expresso, who spotted the field perhaps 15 lengths after breaking at the gate. Terror Atthe Beach equaled the record of Spider Man Hanover by stalking Winston and blowing by in the stretch to score for Oakes and owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. Aleppo Hanover closed well for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Winston saved show. "Chris told me the horse has speed but is not a 1:49 pacer, so if you land on the front, try to give him a breather," Miller said. "I don't know the horse, but he sure felt like he likes the two hole." PC's Expresso had been competing primarily in overnights, but when he improved with the recent addition of Lasix, trainer Paul Kennedy and owners Paint Creek Farms and Robyn Kennedy decided to roll the dice on the stake. "The stake was there, and there was no overnight for him, so I just put him in. I've wasted $200 on plenty of other things," Kennedy said. "I figured our only chance of getting a check was to stay flat, but he raced good." The son of Western Ideal-Palazzo Princess caught the field following the miscue, saved ground along the inside and made up 4 lengths in the stretch to score in 1:53.2, a neck better than Daddyofemall. No Easy Day earned show. A Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Oakes for Tom Hill, Bobby K Hill captured the other split with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him 1-1/4 lengths past heavy favorite Go West Go Fast in 1:51.3, with Yupper third. "Chris told me this one would be better if I could give him a trip," Miller said. "In the last turn, I didn't think I would have enough time to catch the leader. But when he saw daylight, he was gone." Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows when the program features a pair of events for sophomore filly trotters: a $165,139 PASS known as the Meadow Bright and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. Phaetosive Headlines PASS Tuesday  Her win in a Delvin Miller Memorial division and second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks vaulted Phaetosive to the very elite of the 3-year-old filly trotter division. For all that, she’ll need a big performance in Tuesday’s $165,038 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows to guarantee a berth in the PASS championship. Phaetosive leaves from post 4 in race 9 with trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer aboard. Tuesday’s card also includes a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Phaetosive won her Oaks elimination and was sent off the favorite in the final but fell by a length to superstar Manchego. “I kind of knew what had to happen to beat Manchego, and none of that happened,” Smedshammer says. “I thought Manchego might have to work a little bit more to get to the front, and I wanted to come first over and be head to head at the top of the stretch. We came home in 26.2 and couldn’t make up the ground.” It was a gallant performance nonetheless for the daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton, and it lifted her career bankroll to $489,858 for owner Purple Haze Stables. But in the PASS, medical issues have limited her to one leg, which she won. “She was in to go at Pocono (in the PA All-Stars) when I had to scratch her because of breathing problems,” Smedshammer says. “Her epiglottis was entrapped, and they were able to free it manually, without surgery. I’m very grateful they tried the conservative route first — it worked. If she’d needed surgery, she would have missed the Oaks and everything.” With eight qualifying for the $252,000 PASS championship Sept. 1 at The Meadows, Phaetosive is tied for ninth with 35 points. Moreover, five fillies ranked ahead of or tied with her also are in Tuesday’s stake, known as the Meadows Bright. Phaetosive doesn’t necessarily have to win to make the final, but she needs a large infusion of points. “She had a couple days off after the Oaks, but she’s been following a normal schedule since then. The Oaks didn’t take any more out of her than any other race.” Phaetosive is eligible for the Elegant Image, several at the Red Mile and the Breeders Crown. No matter the outcome in the PASS and her late-season stakes, Smedshammer intends to bring her back next year. “I think she’ll be great to race at 4,” he says. “She’s a big, strong filly who hasn’t been raced hard at 2 or 3. She should have a great future as an older mare.” by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 20, 2018--The public figured it out Monday night (Aug. 20th) with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $160,400 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $80,200 events led to a pair of winning favorites. The opening division saw Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, $3) mock both an eight-hole and seven outclassed foes, an as-he-pleased 4¼-length win in 1:57.3 Away fourth early, Gimpanzee went up and over early (:28.3, :59.2) leader Cavill Hanover (Dan Duve) before a 1:28.2 three-quarters. Gimpanzee opened 3½ lengths into the lane, then finished it off because the rules said he had to. Our White Knight (Scott Zeron) did get into second (for the fifth time), with Bazillionaire (Trond Smedshammer) third and Brady Bunch (Andy Miller)--who missed the memo at the outset--fourth. As for Gimpanzee, the son of Chapter Seven hasn't been tested thus far, winning his first four (NYSS) races by a combined 16½ lengths. Gimpanzee is trained by Marcus Melander for Delray Beach, FL, co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The exacta paid $44, the triple returned $307 and the superfecta paid $1,467 "He's just very mature," Sears--single digits away from 10,000 career wins--said. The evening's second and final grouping was won by Chapter Fashion ($5.90), who two-moved to the lead from post position No. 7, then held sway (:29.2, 59.3, 1:29, 1:58.1). Thunder (Zeron) tried it first-up, missing three-quarters of a length, with Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) third and Xcuseme (John Stark Jr.) fourth. The other half of the field, including second-choice Keystone Cash (Jimmy Takter), all misbehaved at some juncture. For Chapter Fashion, a Chapter Seven gelding owned by Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell, it was his second (consecutive) win in five '18 tries. The exacta paid $17.80, the triple paid $45.20 and the superfecta paid $438. "He seemed to get around the track alright," Bartlett said. "There was some movement, but we weren't going very fast." New York Sire Stakes continue here Friday night (Aug. 24th), with the $156,000 Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts/geldings. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($8.60, Carlo Poliseno) won his fourth straight race Monday at Harrington Raceway in a $11,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old Proper Respect gelding seized the lead immediately after starting gate left and never looked back in his wire-to-wire score for trainer/driver Poliseno, who had a driving triple and training double on the card. Proper One achieved his 8th win of the season, none bigger than his win in the $20,000 President's Cup on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair on July 26 in a lifetime best of 1:52.3. Drivers Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr. each also won three races on the program. One of Stafford's wins came in the $10,000 sub-feature, with venerable pacer Special T Rocks ($6.60.), who notched his 53rd career win with a 1:51.3 score. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding put in a dominant performance in his 189th career start for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr and owner William Sartin and Mark Salerno. by Matt Sparacino, harness racing

Columbus, MN - The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Sunday evening (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and a good field of seven lined up for battle, including 4 current track record holders.   Record holders Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) and Banker Volo (Rick Magee) were co-favorites at 9-5, while Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) were the next two public choices in that order, and those four would dominate the affair and comprise the superfecta.   Banker Volo was quickest off the gate, but Pridecrest came calling for the lead early, and took control just after the 28 second opening quarter. Pridecrest remained well in control form there, and was never in doubt, orchestrating a relaxed middle-half of 58.4 to have plenty left in the tank and kick home in 28.2 for a solid win by a length in 1:55.1.   Banker Volo was a strong second after turning back the challenge of Silverlode for the runner-up spot, and Ideal Jesse was home in fourth. Pridecrest ($5.80) is a 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall, he is owned by Christopher Schick and conditioned by leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) found his way right back to the winner's circle in the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trot "class A" event, after having his 6 race win streak snapped by a neck at the wire last week.   The ultra-impressive gelding by Money Talks fired sharply from the gate and right to the front from his assigned outside seven post and dominated affairs, while stealing soft fractions on the front. Bringoverthemoney ($5.00) had plenty left in the tank to hold off challengers from all sides in the home stretch, to arrive home a winner in 1:59.4 with the filly Dekker (Steve Wiseman) getting up for second by 3/4 of a length after finding herself 24 lengths in arrears following a break at the start.   Bringoverthemoney now has eight wins in thirteen starts this season and has banked $47,615 for owner Jasmine Horvat and trainer Brian Detgen.   Tinhorn Creek (Steve Wiseman) pulled the upset ($32.60) in a $9,000 conditioned pace with a sharp sweeping move to the front near the 3/8 pole, Wiseman took control and kept his pacer rolling through a solid middle-half of 56.1, while saving just enough in reserve to hold off the late closers and post a 3/4 length tally in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season.   The 8 year old son of Ameripan Gigolo is owned by Medinah Racing and Tyler Wiseman and trained by Kathleen Plested. The victory on Tinhorn Creek was another notch in a four-win night for leading driver Steve Wiseman, who also piloted another big longshot to victory when he wired the field with The Gobye Girl ($30.00) in the finale.   The 20 cent Jackpot-Pick 5 now has a $20,377.02 carryover, and the 50 cent Hi-5 also offers a carryover of $3,400.84 for Tuesday night (Aug 21) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Middletown, NY --- If you listen to conversations around the track as well as on social media, the fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale has the deepest pool of talent it has ever offered. Between top breeding farms, established and desirable first year sires and broodmares from big money lines, this sale has the opportunity to produce race horses that will make headlines in the near future. The Goshen Yearling Sale will be held at noon on Sunday (Sept. 9) at the Mark Ford Training Center located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY. The consignors are excited to make their talent available and have some opinions about who they like the best from their offerings. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky-Farm Manager-Hanover Shoe Farm "This is the first chance to purchase a yearling from the first crop of the fastest trotter of all time: Sebastian K. It's the filly (58) Demimonde Hanover (Sebastian K-Daddy's Lhasa) and she is beautiful." "We are also selling 3 fillies from the first crop of Artspeak featuring the beautiful looking (40) Sanction Hanover (Artspeak-Singnoevil Hanover)." "I consider our top pacing colt to be a (45) Sojourner Hanover (Roll With Joe-Society's Child) whose dam is a sister to Riggins. He's a striking colt." "We have a very nice group of trotting colts also. (38) Whiz Bang Hanover (RC Royalty-Whotookwhat), whose mother earned in excess of $600,000 and (87) Linger Hanover (RC Royalty-Lady Bar) whose dam foaled a millionaire and several other nice horses." "We also have (43) Altus Hanover (Crazed-Audra Hall) who is an extremely handsome colt who reminds me a lot of Tirade Hanover as a yearling and (51) Boromir Hanover (Explosive Matter-Brown Velvet) who is a very nice looking colt." Steve Jones-Farm Manager- Cameo Hills Farm "We have several nice looking, well-bred yearlings to sell at Goshen this year. The trotters are headed by (25) Terrestrial Hall (Credit Winner-Venus Hall) and (31) Play Trix On Me (Trixton-Lima Playmate) who are both good looking colts." "On the pacing side (26) Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) and (23) Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated) are very nice as is (34) Go For The Green (Art Major -Love The Game)." "My best pacing fillies are (20) Eye Popping (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) and (73) Snob (American Ideal-Pedigree Snob)." "This consignment is certainly the strongest group of yearlings that I have ever sold in Goshen." Garrett Bell-Winbak Farm-General Manager "We are excited about our lineup. We have a number of very nice looking Heston Blue Chips and Bolt The Duers. This is Bolt's first crop and they look like they are made for the New York tracks." "From Heston Blue Chip, (63) Elegant Noelle (Heston Blue Chip-Elegant Girl) is put together well, vey full bodied, (89) Latin King (Heston Blue Chip-Latin Liftoff) is a nice big colt, (119) Frills and Lace (Heston Blue Chip-Princess Lace) is a long, leggy, nice sized filly and (121) Finely Tuned (Heston Blue Chip-Puccini Blue Chip) is a nice bodied filly out of a sister to Gallo Blue Chip." "Leading the way for Bolt The Duer, (48) Blue Ray Willie (Bolt The Duer-Blue Rae) is a very nice colt, (93) Scotty D (Bolt The Duer-Leavea Smile) is a nice strong, leggy colt and (102) Bankers Vault (Bolt The Duer-Margie's Song) is a nice strong colt that is put together very well and his mother is a sister to Nihilator." "I also like (68) American Rose (American Ideal-Santino's Rose) who is a big strong filly." Jean Brown-Blue Chip Farm-General Manager "Blue Chip does have an attractive 2018 Goshen Consignment. Seven out of the 12 yearlings in Blue Chip's consignment are out of dams that have won in excess of $100,000 and are by New York's leading pacing and trotting sires." "Art Major is the leading money winning sire of 2-year-olds in the 2018 New York Sire Stakes program to date and American Ideal is the top sire of 3-year-olds for the same period." "Six of Blue Chip's offerings are by those sires including (19) Special Achiever (American Ideal-I'm Just Special) who is a full sister to Mink Pink who was a winner of five consecutive Excelsior legs to date this year with total earnings of $64,000." "We are also selling the filly (10) Rolln Luv Bluechip (Roll With Joe-Glam Cam) who is a first foal out of the $164,000 winning dam Glam Cam and the colt (6) Scarletsandseven (Chapter Seven-Scarlet Fever) who is another first-foal from his dam." Boxwood Farm-Taylor Palmer-Farm Owner "We have a couple trotting colts we feel will make solid race horses. They are well bred, well-built and have solid blood lines." "(110) Gumby (Muscle Mass-Pacific Elegance) is a good looking colt who is a bother to Crosby's Clam Bake. He's well mannered, has good conformation and is a bit taller with a lot of leg." "(117) Unpaid Advisor (Chapter Seven-Pole Dancer) comes from a good maternal family. His third dam is world champion Beat The Wheel who has also thrown a world champion, Beatgoeson Hanover." "Both colts come from good families and I think they will get a lot of interest." The 119 horse online roster is linked to Standardbred Canada's TrackIT database that provides updated four-generation breeding and pedigree reports. The roster software also has the ability to be cross referenced by sire, gait, sex, consignor and state of eligibility. Catalogs are now available for online viewing by clicking here. ( ) The downloadable PDF file includes the complete pedigree for all consignments. Catalogs are also available at most race tracks and many farms and training centers. There are a total of 66 colts and 53 fillies making up the 44 trotters and 75 pacers available in this sale that are eligible to the lucrative sire stake programs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ontario. If you have any questions concerning this sale, please contact Mark Ford directly at 973-568-3253 or at . By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale  

Ocean City, MD - A large crowd watched the first split for two year old pacing fillies open the Sunday August 19 card.   Reinsman Victor Kirby was content to sit fifth till the 5/8 with favorite B For Real (Rusty's For Real) then taking aim on the leader Toms Twinkle (Cam's Rocket) the pair pulled away by 1 ½ lengths in the 2:00.3 mile. B For Real is trained by Bryan Truitt Jr and owned and bred by Bryan J. Truitt.   The sire Rusty's For Real had a sweep of the filly pacers when How Bout Dat Rusty flew out of the gate leaving the rest of the field behind in the 9 ½ length victory in the sixth race. Time for the mile was 1:57.2. Jonathan Roberts was in the bike for owner Al Carter and trainer Mike Hall. Carter Racing Stable LLC was the breeder. Sophist (Up Front Charlie) finished second.   The colt and gelding trotters went to post as races 2, 3 & 5. Mind Your Own Business (Lockkeeper) owned, trained and driven by Russell Foster found the lead just passed the quarter to finish four lengths ahead of Goocho Denaro (Googoo Gaagaa) stopping the timer in 2:01.4. Richard Hans was the breeder.   In the second and third splits for trotters went to Googoo Gaagaa offspring owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans. Driver Frank Milby sent Gaareat Gaazoo out from post six in the wire to wire victory over Take My Photo (Lockkeeper). The time was 2:02.2.   Whoopdee Goo with Jim Morand between the wheels romped to a 21½ length win, tripping the timer in 2:01.4. First time starter Plenty Tuff (Lear Jetta) was up for place.   Preliminaries continue Monday August 20 with the pacing colts and gelding and trotting fillies at 7:05 pm.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Courtly Choice (David Miller) won the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($272,025) in a track record for 3-year-old colts of 1:48.3. It was just one of many big races at Tioga Down on Sunday afternoon (August 19). Courtly Choice ($2.80) would pass Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) and lead to the first quarter in :26.4. He guided them to the half in :54.4, with a pretty sharp :28 second quarter. As they reached the backstretch, the second choice in the betting, American History (Yannick Gingras) went first-over from third and applied pressure. Courtly Choice led them to three-quarters in 1:21.1, using a :26,2 backside quarter. As they rolled around the far turn the race was still up for grabs. As they reached the top of the stretch, Miller asked for more and he responded winning it easily in 1:48.3. American History had to settle for second best on the day, Real Surreal (Cory Callahan) came up to get third money. Courtly Choice is a 3-year-colt by Art Major. Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. The winner of the Meadowlands Pace, won for the eight time in eleven starts this season. It was career win number 10. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) too sweet for the field in the EBC final ($270,425) for sophomore pacing fillies. Youaremycandy ($2.20) went to the lead going to a first quarter of :27.3 and taking them to a :56.3 halfway mark. I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) was still close as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.2. Owned by William Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, Youaremycandygirl found another gear and left them all in her dust gliding home and hitting the mile in 1:50.4. Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.) came up and finished second. I'm Trigger Happy settled for third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her sixth win this season and the 15th victory of her career. In the most exciting race of the day, Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy) charges late to shock the field in Roll With Joe open pace for a purse of $143,000. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) went to the front leading them to a first quarter in :26.4 and the half in :54.4. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) went first over to engage Rockin Ron on the back stretch. They hit the three-quarter mark at 1:21.1. The two raced as a tandem all the way around the final turn. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) went three-wide at the top of the stretch. Western Fame ($32.20) came from last at the top of the stretch going four wide. Owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, he flew down the stretch and just got by Dealt A Winner to win in a lifetime best of 1:48.4. Dealt A Winner settled for second best losing by just a head. Rockin Ron held on to finish third. Western Fame is a 5-year-old horse by Western Ideal. It was his fifth win this year and the 15th time he has stepped into the winner's circle in his career. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) wins the Artscape ($161,000) open mares pace. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) took them to a first quarter in :26.2. Shartin N ($3.30) went first-over from fourth and took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she put up all the rest of the fractions (:54.2, 1:22.2, 1:50.0). Caviart Ally came out the pocket to put up a late challenge but had to settle for second money. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) took third place. Shartin N is a 5-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 14th win in 18 starts this season. She now owns 21 career victories. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) wins the first division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000) in leg #3. Ice Attraction ($3.40) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:53.2). Owned by Little E LLC, D. Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs and trainer Ake Svanstedt, she was followed by pocket sitter Pink Pistol (Tim Tetrick). Pink Pistol popped the pocket and gave everything she had but fell just short to finish second. Barn Bella (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Ice Attraction is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. It was her first win this season and her 10th career victory. Broadway Donna (David Miller) easy winner in the second division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000). Broadway Donna ($2.90) went to the front and led the field gate-to-wire (:27.1, :56.4, 1:24.2, 1:52.1). Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she shook off the late pressure by second place finisher NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) to secure the win. Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Broadway Donna is a 5-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win this year and her 21st career victory. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24). It starts Corntastic weekend with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were three divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night.ectively, the three miles were the three fastest produced by baby male trotters in North America this year on a 5/8-mile track. And one of those harness racing miles tied a world record. All three races came down to stretch duels between two contenders, and all three times the odds-on favorite came up shy by a neck. Taken collectively, the three miles were the three fastest produced by baby male trotters in North America this year on a 5/8-mile track. And there's one more "three" in the background - the Muscle Hill - Louise Kemp colt Prospect Hill, after winning in all four of the prelim legs, could now become only the third two-year-old trotting colt on record in the 25-year history of the PA Sires to sweep the prelims and then take his Championship, joining Stormin Norman and Billy Flynn. That date with destiny is at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, September 1. At Pocono on Sunday, Prospect Hill made the lead at the 28 quarter, then proceeded to the half in 57, just as Green Manalishi S charged to him in his uncovered attack. The two colts were both sent off at 4-5, with "Manalishi" having $58 more support (between the two of them they had 86% of the win pool), and the two were virtually inseparable on the racetrack as well the last half (the ¾ time was 1:26), with Prospect Hill going a little bit better late to win in 1:55, a season's record for his division. Prospect Hill has now won five stakes races in his last five starts, adding on a Pennsylvania All-Stars division to his four PaSS wins, for driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and the ownership of Stroy Inc. Just 18 minutes earlier, the other 1:55 winner was the Muscle Massive - Just Not Into You gelding White Tiger, and that clocking was not only a season's record, and a Pocono track record (old mark = 1:55.1, It Really Matters, 2013), but it also equaled the world record for two-year-old trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track, giving all three Pennsylvania tracks a share of this mark, as Correctamundo first achieved the feat in 2009 at The Meadows and was matched by Mississippi Storm at Harrah's Philadelphia last season. The Andrew Harris trainee, now a two-time Sires winner, followed the cover of favorite Gerry, then relentlessly pursued him until gaining the late advantage, becoming the best four-legged advertisement imaginable for driver/entrepreneur Anthony MacDonald and Thestable White Tiger Group. In the third division, Demon On the Hill was trying to join Prospect Hill as a four-time Sires prelim winner, but instead it was the Cantab Hall - Oh Oh Hereshecomes colt Osterc who joined him as a three-time prelim victor after a 1:55.2 mile. Osterc brushed to the lead down the backstretch for driver Yannick Gingras while simultaneously getting a 30.1 breather, and Demon Onthe Hill, chasing him, could not quite reach in the 28.4 last quarter. Osterc ran his lifetime record to 4-for-5 after winning his third straight Sire Stakes start for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these ten as the leading pointwinners: 1. Prospect Hill, 2. Demon Onthe Hill, 3. Osterc, 4. White Tiger, 5. (tie) Flippen Creek and Stonebridge Symba, 7. Fashion Possessed, 8. Ginger Tree Skyr, 9. Klutzy, 10. Mass Fortune K. Monday evening's feature at The Downs will be six divisions of the last Stallion Series prelim for the baby diamondgaited colt, with the final field for their Championship (Philly, Labor Day Monday) currently far from being decided. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Lexington, KY - The 3-year-olds raced in the first of three $30,000 legs of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) over a fast track at The Red Mile on a perfect Kentucky Sunday evening. The colt trot featuring a couple of Hambletonian contenders was the last of the stakes but the most intriguing and Wolfgang (Jordan Stratton) bounced back from a disappointing effort on that day to hold on in a tight photo over longshot Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) in 1:53.2. Race favorite and Hambo heat winner Tactical Landing (Takter) went off-stride just before the start from his rail post with two horses trailing, losing too much ground to threaten the top two though he did recover to be third. Stratton put Wolfgang on the front and had his own way for much of the race until Euro Bond joined him on the final turn as the passed the three-quarters in 1:26.1. That pair slugged it out through the length of the stretch with Euro Bond gaining a slight edge, but Wolfgang was game and dug back in for the win. The winner is trained in the Jimmy Takter barn and is owned by Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Racing, and breeder Fair Island Farm. The son of My MVP was a $60,000 Lexington yearling. Twenty-two trotting fillies were spread over three divisions and the first group took the track for race two. Perry Soderberg's recent Tattersalls Mixed Sale purchase Urban Legend (Marcus Johansson) shaved 2/5's off her career best with a 1:54.2 win over Byway (Jordan Stratton) in her first start for the new owner and trainer, Nancy Johansson. Marcus settled her in early from post two then moved to the front as they passed the half in 56.3. The rest was easy as Urban Legend comfortably held the challenge from Byway and won in hand. Diamond Creek Farms bred the winner who was a $70,000 Lexington Selected Sale buy. Last year's KYSS final winner in the class, Top Expectation (Jordan Stratton) took the second division for trainer Erv Miller in 1:55.4. She also moved to the front after everyone had settled, got easy fractions then sprinted home in 27.1 to hold the late moving Deschanel (Trace Tetrick) at bay with something left. Daniel Plouffe owns Top Expectations, another Lexington sale grad at a $120,000 premium from breeder Dunroven Stud, LLC. Live Laugh Love (Peter Wrenn) won the third and fastest of the filly canters in 1:52.2, using every bit of a 28 final quarter to hold off the charge from longshot Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) by a diminishing neck. Wrenn had her moving early from the outermost post, cleared at the 28.2 quarter then rated the mile evenly for the win. Diamond Creek and Mel Hartman bred the winner and added Dave McDuffee as a partner after she went through the Lexington yearling sale for $90,000. Pacing fillies numbered fifteen with Fine Art (Josh Sutton) winning the first of two divisions in 1:55. In the style of the evening, Sutton moved his charge to the front as they went into the final turn then used a 27 flat sprint home to outlast pocket sitter Tipp City (Hugh Beatty). Fine Art, a $67,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling is trained by Nick Surick for his interests and Louis Willinger. The Bettor's Delight filly is a Brittany bred. The Johanssons took the second filly pace with the improving Dance Blue who equaled her career best of 1:50.2 in the process. Marcus brushed his filly by early leader and eventual place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) then flew home with a fast 26.3 close to hold that rival safe. Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Goran Anderberg own the winner, a $50,000 Lexington Select but from breeders Steve Stewart and Cotton & Julie Nash. Jimmy Takter pupils finished one-two in the single pacing colt division but the order was something of a surprise with the trainer driving Grand Teton to a win over heavily favored Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton). Beginning from the outermost post ten in the bulky field of twelve, Takter had Grand Teton crossed over to the front by the 27.4 quarter then rated even fractions while Stratton chose a long uncovered grind for Thinkbig Dreambig who dueled with the leader through a 26 flat end to the 1:51 mile but could not get by. Adam Bowden owns the winner, a homebred, as Diamond Creek Racing. Racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday at 7:00 pm with Wiener Dog racing the highlight. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile  

Chester, PA --- After a slow start to his 9-year-old campaign, Mel Mara ($3.60) found victory in his ninth start of the year and became harness racing's newest millionaire on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The son of Lis Mara left from post five in a $12,500 third-level conditioned pace and worked clear of Cyamach (Pat Berry) at the end of a :27.2 first quarter before using three straight :28 sectionals to outpace the field. Mel Mara and driver Victor Kirby started to gain separation on their seven rivals with three-eighths to go, amassing a five-length lead off the far turn before ultimately defeating the late-rallying Franky's Beach Boy (George Napolitano Jr.) by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Archangel Three (Tony Morgan), who provided cover to the runner-up, finished third.   Dylan Davis trains Mel Mara, runner-up in last year's Ben Franklin and Sam McKee Memorial events, for the partnership of the Robert Cooper Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor.   The day's $17,000 featured pacing event saw Commentariat ($22.00) skim the pegs to spring a 10-1 upset in rein to Sean Bier. The 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding remained perched in the pocket behind favored pacesetter Spondulicks N (Art Stafford Jr.) before working up the open stretch to win by half a length in 1:53. Spondulicks N held second over Rough Odds (Dexter Dunn), who lifted down the grandstand side to miss the runner-up spot by a further neck.   Noel Daley trains eight-time winner Commentariat, a Caviart Farms homebred.   Favorites finished one-two in the day's fifth race, resulting in multiple winners in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5. As such, a mounting carryover of $3,852.96 heads to the Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 22) program. First post is 12:25 p.m.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

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