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Panocchio (No Pan Intended) won his third Open Pace of the season at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jimmy Mattison trainee is the Spa's defending Horse of the Year and looked every bit the part in Saturday's $18,000 feature. Driver Gerry Mattison moved Panocchio out to the early lead and got a soft opening half in 57.3. The five year old pacer fended off the challenge from the first over favorite Musselsfrmbrussels (Billy Dobson) while sprinting his final half in 55.2 to prevail in 1:53 . It was the fifth victory in twelve seasonal tries for Panocchio who scored sixteen wins in 2014. Pocket sitting Ser Jon (Brian Cross) finished as the runner up to Panocchio on Saturday night while Musselsfrmbrussels held on for third. Panocchio returned $7.00 to win and led an exacta that paid $44.00 and triple that came back $240.00. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Melissa Simser

While fireworks filled the skies across the country on Saturday night, there were fireworks of a different kind around midnight as one lucky customer purchased the winning ticket in the last race jackpot super hi-5 which returned $173,094.02 at the harnes racing meeting at The Meadowlands. The lucky ticket was bought through the advance deposit wagering site, TVG. The correct combination of 7-6-9-3-8 included a 45-1 winner over the 1/2 betting choice followed by a 15-1 longshot, the 7/2 second choice and the longest shot on the board finishing fifth. This is the second highest payout in Meadowlands history, following a Jackpot Super Hi-5 that returned $200,000 earlier in the meet. The good news is there still is one Jackpot Super Hi-5 that is still alive at The Meadowlands, with a carryover now of $175,602. With major stakes races at The Meadowlands on the horizon, it was important for several of Ron Burke's contingent find their best stride. Rocklamation did her part on Friday and on Saturday it was Bettor's Edge and Sayitall BB's turn. Bettor's Edge won eight times in 2014 for earnings of over $673,000. While 2015 has not brought the same amount of success, the gelding still oozes class and that class was on display Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite in a field of six in an upper-level condition pacing event, Bettor's Edge took no prisoners from the start of the race and was launched after Mister Virgin around the first turn and cleared the lead past the opening quarter in 26.3. From there, Bettor's Edge settled into his rhythmic stride and he would lead the charge to the half-mile in 55.1. At that point, a challenge came from Art History, who committed first over and tried to engage the favorite past three-quarters in 1:23, but Art History proved no match for Bettor's Edge. As the field turned for home, Joe Bongiorno called to his gelding for more speed and he responded, scampering three lengths clear. Melmerby Beach, who trailed throughout, was shown racetrack in the stretch and launched a relentless rally in the last eighth of a mile, but he came up just one-half of a length short as Bettor's Edge held on in 1:49.3. Mister Virgin was third. Bettor's Edge is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable. The win was the 23rd of his career and his earnings are rapidly approaching $1.5 Million. Sayitall BB also returned to her winning form, with an authoritative triumph in a condition event for fillies and mares on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. On the heels of an excellent three year old campaign that included a Breeders Crown Championship, Sayitall BB has struggled while making her transition to her four year old season, winning just once in eleven starts in 2015 entering her Saturday night contest. She took a positive step tonight. Sent off as the 6/5 choice, Sayitall BB went forward off the gate and allowed the speed to settle through an opening quarter of 26.4, before launching her bid for the lead as the field moved into the backstretch, where she would clear the front as the field straightened up. From there, the Breeders Crown champion reached the half-mile in 55-seconds before facing a challenge from All About Kisses who looked the favorite in the eye past three-quarters in 1:22.3. But, Sayitall BB had plenty left in the tank and when Joe Bongiorno called on his mare for pace, the response was instantaneous as Sayitall BB sprinted away from the field in the stretch to win going away in 1:50.1. Sayitall BB is eligible to The Golden Girls at The Meadowlands, as is her stablemate Rocklamation who won on Friday night. The Final for that event is Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday July 18th, with eliminations on July 11th if necessary. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and is approaching $600,000 in lifetime earnings. Lady Winona, who could be making her next start in the Del Miller Memorial was an emphatic winner of a condition trotting event on Saturday night. Allowed to settled off the speed, Lady Winona launched a first over blitz into fractions of 27.4 and 56.2 before clearing the lead and drawing away impressively to win decisively in 1:54.1. The win was the second of the season for the Credit Winner filly for owner Stroy Inc and trainer Julie Miller. Steve Smith was at the lines. Revenge Shark may have earned a berth in The Meadowlands Pace with a powerful stretch drive to score in a tough condition event in 1:50.2. Jim Marshall III guided the three year old colt to victory for trainer Tony Alagna in come-from-behind fashion. He defeated three other Meadowlands Pace eligible colts and a pair of talented New York Sire Stakes performers in the process. Revenge Shark is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Bradley Grant. The $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final went to Kingofthejungle who worked out a perfect second over trip and rallied boldly in the stretch to score his second victory of the season in a lifetime best 1:50.4 with Jim Pantaleano in the sulky. The winner is trained by Brandon Simpson, who co-owns the four year old gelding with Fox Racing Inc. Untouchable One captured the $20,000 Mini-Series Final for the $10,000 claimers rallying into a frantic speed duel that included a 53.2 half-mile to win going away with Joe Bongiorno in 1:51.1. It was Bongiorno's second win on the card. The winner was trained by Bill Mac Kenzie for Anthony and Alma Iafelice. Racing returns on Friday, July 10th with a special post time of 5:30 P.M. Saturday's racing card, which is Meadowlands Pace night, also has a special 5:30 P.M. start time.   Darin Zoccali

"I felt good in January, and that part hasn't changed," Teague said with a grin Saturday (July 4) after watching Wiggle It Jiggleit capture the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by 1-1/2 lengths over Artspeak in 1:48.2. "He doesn't disappoint. Even in his loss, I wasn't jumping off the bandwagon. He's a good horse. I still think he's one of the best 3-year-olds I've ever had." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 13 of 14 career races for owner Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. His only loss came June 20 in the North America Cup, where he was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover by three-quarters of a length. On Saturday in the Hempt, Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead following a :26 opening quarter-mile, fought off a first-over challenge from Pierce Hanover on the backstretch, and then pulled away down the stretch. Artspeak finished second, followed by In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover. "When he cleared to the front I knew he had a pretty good shot at it," Francis said. "Wakizashi has a big kick on the end of it but he wasn't making up much ground. Halfway down the lane nobody got close to him and I knew they weren't going to catch him then." Montrell Teague, who won the Hempt in 2011 with Custard The Dragon, was taking nothing for granted. "I was looking everywhere; I was looking for anybody," he said. "I saw Timmy (Tetrick with Wakizashi Hanover) pull three wide and that's when I popped the earplugs and stepped on the gas because I know how good his horse is coming off cover." Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, gave George Teague Jr. his fourth Hempt trophy. He trained Custard The Dragon as well as 2009 winner Johnny Z and 2008 champ Badlands Nitro. The gelding's next assignment will be the Meadowlands Pace. With the triumph, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $607,242. But the most important thing for Teague was the two people with whom he is sharing the ride. "Montrell and Clyde Francis are the best part for me," Teague said, adding about Francis, "We're like brothers. He works his (butt) off." Wiggle It Jiggleit  Luck Be Withyou overcomes post nine in Franklin triumph                               The $500,000 Ben Franklin free for all pace turned out to be as thrilling as a front-end win can be as Luck Be Withyou held on by the shortest of noses over Domethatagain in 1:49 on Saturday (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Domethatagain, driven by Simon Allard, left from the rail off the gate, but Luck Be Withyou and George Napolitano Jr. took command before the turn from post nine. Luck Be Withyou led through a quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55, which were favorable fractions in the eyes of the 4-year-old horse's owner, John Craig. "I didn't think it was so bad when it was :26.2, because he got the lead in :26 last week in the slop, with a half in :53 and change," he said. "When I saw :55 at the half, I said 'There are good horses back there like Foiled Again and State Treasurer and they are going to come at him. I hope he has enough.'" Luck Be Withyou kept on chugging through three-quarters in 1:21.4. He was a length clear at the top of the stretch, with only Domethatagain coming at him up the rail. It took a long look at the photo before Luck Be Withyou was declared the winner, with favored State Treasurer third. Luck Be Withyou paid $10 to win as the public's second choice. "He had just enough," Craig said with a grin. "It's hard to explain to people the adrenaline rush you get when you see a race like that." Luck Be Withyou, by Western Ideal-Trim Hanover, is trained by Chris Oakes, who got some credit from his owner. "All the credit goes to those who work on the horse," he said. "I just watch and pay the bills." Luck Be Withyou Pinkman bounces back to win Beal in world record score                                           Pinkman rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting a gate-to-wire win in Saturday's (July 4) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, holding off stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in a world-record 1:51.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pinkman, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and driver Yannick Gingras got the lead with a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and then controlled the race from there, going to the half in :56.2. Centurion ATM made a first-over bid on the backstretch, getting within a head of the leader, but was unable to get to the front. In the stretch, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman held off Uncle Lasse to his inside to post his fourth victory in five starts this season. Pinkman's time was the fastest-ever mile by a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Crazy Wow finished third followed by Centurion ATM. Last week, Pinkman finished second to Wicker Hanover in his Beal elimination and was found to be sick. "I can't complain about the trip, the fractions, everything went his way," Gingras said about Pinkman's performance in the Beal final. "He's got that intimidating speed; he can leave the gate so good. Last week leaving the gate I knew he wasn't quite right because he didn't leave the gate like he did today. Usually the first couple steps he just snaps right out. "Today he was back to himself and I don't even think he's a hundred percent. I'd say last week he was 50 or 60 percent and he was probably like 90 today. I think Jimmy can get him even better than this." For his career, Pinkman has won 10 of 13 races and earned $924,300 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "I saw him open up at like 5-1 (odds) tonight and Crazy Wow was 3-5 or something," Gingras said. "They've got to start giving him credit. He doesn't do it flashy, he does it the way he did it today, but he gets it done. He's a winner." Pinkman  Bettor Be Steppin wins wild Lynch Memorial  What was a wide-open race on paper became a wide-open finish as Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan got up to win the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.4. The race was heated from the start as The Show Returns gunned to the lead from post nine for driver Tim Tetrick. Favored Stacia Hanover (Scott Zeron) cleared to the lead in a first quarter in :26, with the outer flow setting up going to the half. Bettor Be Steppin wasn't a part of that forward flow, however, as she was shuffled back to last. According to her connections, stablemate Divine Caroline (David Miller) was getting the better trip "At the half I thought we were dead," said trainer Joe Holloway. "She was fourth on the rail, fourth or fifth, just totally boxed. Divine Caroline was on the outside, loaded with pace, so I was hoping to see her go. I was trying to watch them both and at the half I thought the only shot I had was Divine Caroline." Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller), a 50-1 longshot, came first-over with Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) third-over through a half in a swift :54.1. They paced through three-quarters in 1:21.4 before the leaders began to struggle and the closers came closing. Momas Got A Gun (Jim Morrill Jr.) was sitting third on the rail and somehow found room inside. She stuck a head in front before Single Me (Brian Sears) and Bettor Be Steppin came from way out. From the far outside, Bettor Be Steppin stuck a nose in front of Single Me at the wire. Momas Got A Gun finished third by a neck. The win was the fourth in seven starts this year for Bettor Be Steppin. She paid $33.60 to win. The 1-7 exacta paid $895.60 and the 1-7-6 trifecta paid $10,958.10. "This was a good horse last year," said Ted Gewertz, who co-owns the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally filly with Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables. "She was having a little trouble earlier in the year. [2014 Horse of the Year] JK She'salady didn't make the final, so that helped." Bettor Be Steppin T.J. Burkett and Ken Weingartner / U.S. Trotting Association  

Texican N (Eric Carlson $19.20) and Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) each went from pocket to paydirt on Saturday night, winning at the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Texican N, from post position No. 3 in the weekly featured pace, found himself sequestered in the two-hole behind Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton). That one led through intervals of :27.1, 57.1 and 1:25.1, with P H Supercam (Bartlett) making a second move. It was "Moe" taking a short lead into the lane, with he and P H Supercam slugging it out. That left Texican N waiting his turn, and he dove inside to win a three-way scrum. The margin, over win-the-battle-lose-the-war P H Supercam, was a head in a season's-best 1:52.4, with Rock on Moe third, beaten a half-length. The small change went to McErlean (Tyler Buter) The Real One (Pat Lachance). For fifth choice Texican N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his third win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $104, with the triple returning $409.50. As for odds-on "Melady," he just shows up here for holidays. Last seen in Westchester Halloween Night, he was a solid winner here in the week's marquee trot. Leaving from post No. 6 (in one notch after an inside scratch), the 3-5 choice made the lead before yielding to Luminosity (George Brennan). Subsections of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26 (weak, first-over company in the form of Tweet Me [Tyler Buter]) gave Luminosity a length lead in and out of the final turn. However, he couldn't stave off a pylon-diving Melady's Money, who edged away by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55. Take My Picture (Mark MacDonald), E R Ellie (Stratton) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his seventh win in 15 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices paid $7.10, the triple returned $32.40 and the superfecta paid $174. Note that since no one took down Saturday's Pick 5, Monday night's gimmick--already with a $10,000 guaranteed pool--begins with a carryover of $2,881.61 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

After posting wins over Dan Patch Award winner Father Patrick in his previous two starts in preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series, JL Cruze rallied in deep stretch to upend world champion Sebastian K by a nose in 1:51 in Saturday's (July 4) $75,000 Sun Invitational at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The mile equaled the world record for a 4-year-old trotting gelding on a five-eighths-mile track set back in 2014 by Wind Of The North. It was JL Cruze's ninth consecutive win of the season. For the year, he has won 14 of 16 races and captured four winter/spring series championships -- the Super Bowl, Singer Memorial, Shiaway St Pat and Weiss -- for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stephen Iaquinta. The group purchased JL Cruze for $37,000 at November's Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. "He doesn't go bad races," said John Campbell, who drives the horse for trainer Eric Ell. "He's raced good each and every time I've raced him, even when he got beat in the wintertime by Opulent Yankee." "He's just gained so much confidence through those series at the Meadowlands and then coming here to Pocono (for the Weiss)" "It's just done wonders for him mentally." "It can't be overstated." "They know when they win or lose, especially when they can win and you're not stressing them." "He just got stronger and stronger with those wins." Sebastian K, making his 2015 debut at the track where last year he trotted 1:49 for the fastest mile in harness racing history, appeared to fight off JL Cruze's stretch bid but JL Cruze found one more gear in the final strides to get to the wire in front. Gural Hanover, who set the early fractions, finished third. "There's no give-up in him," Campbell said. "He's shown me that before. He tries hard right to the wire. I kept right at him and he was able to wear him down right at the wire." As JL Cruze raced through the winter and spring, Campbell began to think the son of Crazed-Topcat Hall could compete against the sport's best. "I really didn't give it a thought until after the second series," Campbell said. "He had gotten so much better and Eric was working with his shoeing and got him really cleaned up with his gait. When he got done with that second series at the Meadowlands and had come here, I was pretty sure he could step up and compete at the next level. "I'm not saying I thought he could beat those type of horses, but I was pretty sure he could compete at that level." Gural Hanover led the field through an opening quarter-mile in :27.1 and was still on top by a nose over Sebastian K when he reached the halfway point in :55.3. Sebastian K, last season's Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter, was able to complete his move to the front, but trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said "I lost the race there." "I went very fast in that turn, very fast," Svanstedt said. "He was a little tired at the end. It was too tough in the second turn, too fast. "But he did go a good race." Ken Weingartner

After an early push clear of her five rivals, Let's Go Higher ($2.40) looked every bit odds-on in the Independence Day (July 4) feature at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, taking the $10,000 Mares Open Pace in 1:52.   The 7-year-old Cole Muffler mare crossed and cleared from her outside post rapidly, sent to the fore by Chris Lems with no reservations through a :26 initial quarter.   After backing down the pace through a :29.4 second quarter, she accelerated clear on the far turn, leaving the pocket-sitting Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) three lengths in arrears through a 1:23.3 three-quarter sectional.   She continued to extend her margin through the stretch, ultimately defeating her competition by four lengths.   The Filly Princess (Frank Davis) sustained a belated first-over bid to take second, just getting past an all-out Love You Bye in the final yards.   Heidi Rohr trains Let's Go Higher for owner Jesse De Long.   Jimmy Whittemore led all drivers with a hat trick on the 10-race card, teaming up with Drinkin N Dancin ($3.90, 1:54), Devil Child ($5.40, 1:52), and Country Chic ($5.20, 1:57.3).   Live racing returns on Sunday (July 5) afternoon, with post time slated for 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

A large crowd turned out at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening for Independence Day festivities, and Bourbon Bay bounced back from a defeat two weeks ago to capture the featured $12,000 Open Trot.   The 4-year-old Sand Vic gelding worked clear of March Awareness (Richard Simard) on the first turn, controlling the terms through a :56.3 initial half while under no pressure.   On the backstretch, lessee/driver John Cummings, Jr. asked Bourbon Bay for a bit more trot, and the response was instant.   Bourbon Bay accelerated through a :28.1 third quarter, drawing clear of his foes off the far turn.   He ultimately amassed 2-1/2 lengths of clearance on his rivals, defeating them in 1:54.2   Grey Ice (Corey Braden) made a late push off the pegs to just take second, while March Awareness tired while chasing, checking in third.   Megan Wilson trains Bourbon Bay, who is now an 18-time winner in 37 career races.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, earning his second hat trick in as many nights.   He was victorious aboard You the One ($21.80, 1:58), Sweet Kix ($56.00, 1:57.4), and Six Bax ($3.50, 1:55.1).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (July 5) afternoon, with the first of 11 races slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

The way Rockstar Temper has been racing at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks, he is quickly reaching 'rock star status' after rolling to another impressive victory in the $10,000 conditioned pace at the harness racing there on Saturday night (July 4).   After watching Mr. Perserverance do the dirty work on the front end, the pocket-sitting Rockstar Temper ($3.90) cruised on by in the stretch and registered a length win in a seasonal best 1:53.2.   It was his second straight victory in the week's featured pace.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) protected pocket position from the start and put up scorching fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:24.4 over the fast track while Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) followed in tow.   With a quarter mile to go, the duo broke away from the pack and were ready to duke it out to the wire.   Rockstar Temper had the most punch and rolled past the helpless-feeling Mr. Perservance in the lane.   Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the fifth win this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper).   The 7-year-old gelding has earned $48,520 this season and increased his lifetime mark to $337,853.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, there was no stopping Ain't No Stoppin' as driver Jim McNeight was able to take him to a gate-to-wire victory in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Starting from the pylons, Ain't No Stoppin' went to the front and posted splits of 29.1, 58.1 and 1:26.4.   After seeing Ain't No Stoppin' drop anchor in the stretch last week, the closers were licking their chops at get a shot at tracking him down.   But the flame out didn't occur this week as Ain't No Stoppin' was strong enough to barely fend off the cavalry charge that developed behind him and notch the $23.20 win.   The heavily-favored Burton Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) just missed and finished a mere head behind while Art Two D Two (Monti) took third.   Owned by Michael Calimeri and trained by McNeight, it was the fourth win of the campaign for Ain't No Stoppin' (Dream Away-Lasting Approval).   The 9-year-old horse has now put $21,746 in the bank in 2015 and $181,719 in his career.   LeReina Road scored a $82.50 upset victory in the third race with David McNeight III in the bike.   Racing will return on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings went postward on Saturday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs in ten divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), each sporting a purse of $40,000. Six pacing divisions and four trotting vied over Scioto's five-eighths mile oval, with a total of 92 youngsters battling.   Big Bad Cam strode to victory in dominant fashion when he won the fifth OSS division (Race 14) by nearly eight lengths in 1:53.2 for driver Peter Wrenn. Harnessed by Melanie Wrenn for owner Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH, the Big Bad John gelding notched his first career victory. The $26,000 yearling purchase is out of the Arturo mare Camturo, a winner of $190,615 in her career with a mark of p, 6, 1:52.2f.   "I wasn't really sure we were going that fast," said the winning driver. "This was really impressive and gives us something to look forward to."   Benda Teague's Trayvon (Randy Tharps) was second best with Love Tap Hanover (Dave Palone) getting up for third.   Friskie Cruiser paced to a gutsy, first over haul to draw off and win by nearly six lengths in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 15) with Chris Page in the sulky. The Feelin Friskie-Corner Cruiser colt gave Page his fourth winning drive of the day and was the youngster's first career win.   "Brian Brown races all over the country and always has his horses ready," Page noted. "You have to give him and his crew all the credit for a performance like this."   Owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio, Friskie Cruiser bested Onefinejimmerjohn (Dan Noble) in the stretch, with Rocknroll Wildcats (Andy Shetler) holding on for third.   Carl Howard's Primo Giovani gave an impressive showing when he rallied to win the fourth (Race 12) OSS division in 1:56.2. Given a confident steer by Chris Page, the son of Big Bad John-Jk Reunited came three-wide around the final turn after sitting quiet through splits of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:27.1. He was harnessed by Ohio's leading conditioner Virgil Morgan, Jr.   "This colt started out very slow and immature and he's just progressively gotten better at the right time," Morgan, Jr. said. "He qualified really well and today from the eight-hole, he left well and Chris (driver Paige) got out at the right time. I'm very pleased with his effort."   Gotmoneyinmypocket (Randy Tharps) finished a strong second with Aloha John and Kurt Sugg prevailing over the rest of the field for third-place honors.   Smoke Up Johnny captured the first OSS division (Race 2) of pacing colts in 1:56 en rein to driver Greg Grismore. This son of Big Bad John-Leda's Twoeleven got the lead at the head of the stretch and posted a :28.4 final brush to nail down his first career victory for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holand, OH. A Yankee Feeln (Aaron Merriman) finished second, 3¼ lengths behind the winner, while Forever Worth It (Ryan Stahl) was third.   Whiskey Friskie and Aaron Merriman captured the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 10) in 1:57.1 for owner Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. John Ryan Melsheimer conditions the son of Feelin Friskie-Be My Lucky Star, who picked up his second straight pari-mutuel victory in as many tries, pushing his career earnings to $21,200. Mighty Touch (Chris Page) finished second, while Formula Three (Josh Sutton) notched third place honors.   Dan Noble piloted the Fred Huff, Jr.-trainee Nothing Fancy to a whisker victory in 1:56, in the third OSS division (Race 11). The son of Metropolitan-Jl Cruise The Nile is owned by Huff and John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH. It was the freshman pacer's first career victory. Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman), who had led for most of the mile until the final yards, was a hard-trying seconds, while Turn It On Friskie (Randy Tharps) was third.   In the four $40,000 trotting divisions of OSS youngsters, it was Kanthaka who scored the fastest mile (Race 3), turning in a 1:58.3 clocking for Dave Palone and trainer Chris Beaver. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena picked up his second straight career victory in as many tries for owner Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and his trainer. One the gate folded Kanthaka left hard and never looked back, with his closest rival One Hot Future and driver Chris Page some eight lengths behind at the wire. Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman) finished a hard-fought third.   Chips So Fast and Aaron Merriman won the third OSS division (Race 5) for colt trotters, using a perfect garden trip to score in 1:59.1. This son of Chip Chip Hooray-Stable Creek Barb is conditioned by Ryan Angus for Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia of Newtown, PA. Chips So Fast bested rival Deep Question (Chris Page) by three-quarters of a length, with Triumphant's Chip (Tyler Smith) holding on for third.   Chris Beaver harnessed Lone Valley Sam to capture the first OSS division (Race 1) in 2:00.1 with Chris Page in the sulky. The Iron Duke-Wallaby Wannabee colt is co-owned by his trainer along with Synerco Vent of ON and S. Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and D. Lang of Hilliard, OH. Paige used a perfect trip behind the pacesetting Lionbacker Kidd (Aaron Merriman) to sweep by him at the wire. Fantasy League (Dan Noble) finished third.   MJB Got Faith scored a mile upset when he cruised to a photo victory in the final OSS trotting division (Race 13) in 2:00.4, over the hard-fighting Another Breath (Hugh Beatty). Overdressed and driver Kurt Sugg notched show honors. The son of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl is trained by Steve Carter for Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN and picked up his first career victory with the Scioto Downs triumph. Kimberly A. Rinker

Harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev won the Cleveland Classic in 1991 with three year-old pacing star Precious Bunny and had not been to Northfield Park since. He returned to the Flying Turns on Friday (July 3) to drive Daylon Magician in the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic and found himself in the winner's circle again. Daylon Magician ($19.80) started from post seven and let his competition carve blistering early fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:23.4. Moiseyev pulled second over and followed cover up the backstretch before making his move in the final quarter and besting his competition by a head, stopping the timer at 1:53.2. The clocking broke the track record for five-and-up trotting horses and tied Northfield's all-age trotting record. "Everything kind of worked out for us. They were going pretty fast and I was able to rest him (Daylon Magician) early, and that is what he really likes," said Jack Moiseyev. "He was in a good spot turning for home because if he is close he tries to beat whoever is in front of him." Friday's win is Daylon Magician's sixth this year and 31st lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,934,527 for Komoka, Ontario, Canada owner Daylon Farms LTD. Completing the 2015 Trotting Classic were Obrigado, DW's NY Yank, Rompaway Galaxy, Awesome Valley, Il Sogno Dream, Datsyuk and Count Me In. Daylon Magician The track record set in the Classic was just one of four records set on the 15-race program, which also featured 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races for freshman filly pacers and trotters. In the evening's fifth race Shut Up And Dance ($4.20) broke the track record for two year-old-trotting fillies when she posted a four length victory in 1:58. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia. The previous record was 1:58.1 held by both Rose Run Keepsake (Steve Carter) in 2008 and You're Majestic (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 2014. Lease Ness Monster won the evening's $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open and broke her own record for four year-old-pacing mares. She won by 4¾-lengths in 1:52 for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and trainer Matt Waltz, who co-owns the mare with David Waltz. Her previous 1:52.1 record was set earlier this year. Victory Is Coming was parked every step of the way in the $20,000 Open Trot and still managed to edge out her competition by a nose in 1:53.2. Ronnie Wrenn Jr drove the mare for trainer Ammon Hershberger and owners Betty and John Red Shaw. That time beat her previous 1:53.3 record she trotted last year. She solely held the title as Northfield's fasted trotter ever for about 15 minutes before Daylon Magician equaled that time in the very next race. Ayers Ratliff  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Ohio harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) youngsters on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, as 11, $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting and pacing fillies went postward at the half-mile oval.   The first three divisions featured 2-year-old diagonally-gaited distaffs, which could have been renamed the Aaron Merriman-Chris Beaver show, as this pair dominated all three races.   In the first group of seven fillies Merriman steered favorite Kerfuffle Cookie to victory in 2:00.1 in her first career start, for the Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON, winning by just over 21 lengths. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray took the lead at the start and never looked back, while Haley Chip (Chris Page) notched second and Transit Authority (Jeremy Smith) got up for third.   "This filly was super tonight," Merriman stressed. "She has a very soft mouth and Chris (trainer Beaver) had her ready to go."   The second race, second OSS division saw Merriman use similar tactics to guide Evanora to victory in a career best 2:01 by 6¼ lengths. The chestnut daughter of Pilgrims Taj is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and this was her second straight triumph, pushing her career earnings to $21,550. Oneeyedmomma (Marty Wollam) finished second with Count On Anna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Merriman and Beaver were in the winner's circle once more for Race 3, the third division of trotting fillies. This time Kestrel reeled through the double-turns, notching a 1:59 performance for Merriman in a top mark of 1:59, drawing off by five lengths. It was the filly's first career win for owners Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second while A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) grabbed third-place honors.   Merriman then scored in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 5), guiding the Dirk Simpson trained Shut Up And Dance to win in a new track record clocking of 1:58. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL and earned her first paycheck in the one mile test, which she won by four lengths.   "We bought her at the Ohio Select Sale for $28,000," Bafia said. "I thought she had a great pedigree and she showed a lot of potential early but had an OCD that we removed. She was able to train down well in spite of that surgery, and has gotten up to speed very quickly."   Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second to Shut Up And Dance, while favorited Soft Power (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third.   The final OSS division for filly trotters (Race 14) saw Still Sizzling heat up the racetrack by going gate to wire for trainer-driver Dale Decker, winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:59.4. The Trainforthefuture lass pushed her career earnings to $21,516 for owners Decker and Douglas Vandergrift of Michigan. She Drives Me Wild (Aaron Merriman) finished second with Rose Run Rachel (Kurt Sugg) nabbing show honors.   Filly pacers took to the track beginning with the fourth race on the evening's 15-race program. Big Bad Ashley and driver Dan Noble left nothing to chance as they paced to a winning 1:56 effort in the first $40,000 OSS division. The daughter of Big Bad John is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH and was three-quarters of a length in front of Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) at the wire, while NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman) finished third.   Kayne Kauffman piloted Awakening to victory in the second OSS division (Race 6), clocked in 1:57 for the one mile test. Mike Polhamus harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie for owner Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, Oh. It was the filly's third career start and pushed her earnings to $23,076. Kacy's Coop (Aaron Merriman) was second, nearly two lengths behind the winner, while Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   John's Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John, captured the third OSS division (Race 7) for driver Greg Grismore in new lifetime clocking of 1:55.4. Doug Hinklin conditions the bay filly, who upped her career earnings to $24,400 for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH.   "She's done everything we've asked of her to date and for the rest of the season it's just a matter of her staying healthy," Grismore acknowledged. Doug (trainer Hinklin) has done a great job of giving this filly the right education. I was just a passenger tonight."   Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl bested rival Beauteous Girl (Kurt Sugg) by eight lengths, while Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) who had made a break early, recovered well to be third.   Owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy, of Columbia Station, OH, stole the show in the fourth OSS division (Race 9) as he guided his My Tweed Heart to a 1:59.1 triumph. This daughter of Manhardt finished 1¼ lengths in front of It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Big Bad Body (Josh Sutton) in her career debut.   Queen Ann M and driver Chris Page took the fifth OSS division in 1:56.4 by 2½ lengths for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. The Big Bad John lass used come-from-behind tactics to score her career debut over Northfield's flying turns, with Ufpfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) finishing in the bridesmaid role and Friskie Zena (Tye Loy) nabbing third place money.   The sixth and final division (Race 15) of freshman pacing fillies saw Big Bad Bretta, another daughter of Big Bad John, finish under the wire first in 1:57 for driver Chris Page by nearly three lengths. Steve Carter conditions the filly for CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard of Ohio. Big Bad Chickie (Dan Noble) grabbed place honors while Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) was third.   Daylon Magician captured the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Race 11) for trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev in a track-record-tying time of 1:53.2. The rugged, 7-year-old son of Kadabra pushed his career earnings up over the $2 million mark with this victory, the 31st of his career in 71 starts for the Daylon Farms LTD of Komoka, ON.   "He felt like a 3-year-old in here tonight," Moiseyev said. "He just felt great, and this is the first time I've been back to Northfield since 1991." Moiseyev had driven Precious Bunny to victory at Northfield that season in the Cleveland Classic.   Obrigado (Mark McDonald) was second by a whisker, while DW's NY Yank (Chris Page) got up for third and Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) was fourth.   Also, the gutsy mare Victory Is Coming, chugged out a rough, first-over journey to prevail at the wire in 1:53.2 for a new, all-age, track record in Northfield's $20,000 Open Trot (Race 10). The daughter of Victory Sam, who is conditioned by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, pushed her career earnings to $609,935 with the win, the 55th of her career in 130 starts. Picture This (Don Irvine, Jr.) was second with Julians Caesar (Chris Page) third.   Kimberly A. Rinker

The mountains were alive this weekend, as Monticello Raceway held its annual Fireworks display, much to the delight of the large crowd.  The 10 race harness racing card featured 5 New York Sire Stake events for 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies, each split raced for $21,800, 2 - Division A Excelsior’s ($15,000) and 1 - Excelsior’s B ($6,800). The heavy holiday traffic pushed back the original post time of 5:30 to 6:00.  Also on hand for the evening was the Monticello Raceway Memorabilia Face Book group who were present for a winners circle presentation in the 6th race, brought out of storage for the event, was the original and grand NYC OTB Classic trophy. For the majority of the fillies this was their first Pari Mutuel start, and their first start under the lights.  The fillies that mind their manners fared very well during the card. The first race of the evening an Excelsior’s B event, saw Dan Daley guide the RC Royalty lass I’ve Got Spirit to a wire to wire win in 2:05:3 for owners Daley, Crawford and White. The heavy favorite, Stick of Butter made an early break and was out of contention.  In race 3, first heat of the Excelsior A, trainer George Ducharme, picked up his 1st of 2 wins on the card.  She was the best on paper and lived up to her form as driver Chris Lems steered Lindylicious to victory in 2:02:3 (LQ 29:2) The daughter of Credit Winner was content to sit the pocket after Barn Doll made a strong move to take the lead past the ¼ pole, after benefiting from the perfect trip, she won by a neck.  Race 4 showcased the impressive Pink Power, owned by Albert & Michelle Crawford, unfortunately the fractious filly made a start before the gate left and was never in contention.  The easy going, regal looking filly, Royal Encore and Trond Smedshammer made the best of Pink Powers miscue and grabbed the lead and stayed there until the top of the lane, until Charlie Norris’s filly, who was on her best behavior and minded her manners scooted home a winner in 2:01.  Race 6 almost saw a track record as Winning Princess crushed her foes.  Driver Jim Morrill made a big move with the filly past the quarter mile marker and didn’t look back, she has 12 lengths on the filed as she passed the ¾ maker in a swift 1:29:1, she tripped the tele timer in a National Season record of 2:00:3. The George Ducharme and Chris Lems combo teamed up again in race 9 with Swinging Royalty.  The confidant RC Royalty filly scored in 2:02. Vernon horseman were on their game this evening, Dan Daley won the 1st race, and he would have had a double on the card, but was set down due to a Eurorail violation in the 7th race with Mai Tai Monkey.  Gates Brunet won the 5th race, a non-winners event with Panamanian Hanover, and then capped off the evenings last event with Love Crazy Love, the Crazed filly is owned by Crawford Farms and Ted Gewertz. George Ducharme has the best night of all, so far this season he has been very successful at the Mighty M and tonight was not any different has we won 2 events and got checks for 4 out of his 6 starters. After the conclusion of the evening card, race goers were treated to Monticello Raceways annual Fireworks, fans both young and old enjoyed the 25 minute show. By Shawn Wiles

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 3, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, July 3, and the night was ruled by favorites and Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who had four winners on the card. The 14-race harness racing card featured the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two and three-year-old divisions. Eight Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned and just as Tetrick drove four of the eight winners, favorites prevailed in all but one division. Tetrick scored his first victory of the night in the opening round of the stakes action with Ginger Shark in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring her second consecutive victory from two lifetime starts, Ginger Shark made her winning move down the backside and was never contested to score in a lifetime best of 1:53. "That was a good experience for her last week," Tetrick said. "I wasn't sure how she would be on the front tonight but Brian (Brown) was really high on the filly and she's been really great so far." "She's had great manners and she's got a great way of going," he continued. "She's very versatile and just an all-around nice filly." Trained by Brian Brown, Ginger Shark has now earned $47,500 from two career outings. The daughter of Shadyshark Hanover-Miss AJ Ponda is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. Just two races later, Tetrick found the winner's circle once more this time with Justice As in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Justice As was unhurried in the early stages of the race but found late racing room in the stretch to score in 1:57.3, a new lifetime best. "He did everything right training down," Trainer Anette Lorentzon noted after the race. "He didn't really show me that he was something special but he did everything right." "It's early," she continued. "Trace does such a great job with my horses, I just told him (Trace) to teach him how to race and we'll go from there." The gelded son of Justice Hall-Pandora remains undefeated in two lifetime starts. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Justice As has now bankrolled $47,500 for his connections. Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week by six and a half lengths, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in another dominant performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.1, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her sixth victory of the season as the heavy betting favorite. "She's such a game filly," Dillander said after the win. "She does get a little aggressive behind the gate but aside from that, she's very handy. She wants to win and that's her best quality." "I knew I wanted to get a good position leaving but I was just hoping I wouldn't have to use her too hard to do so," he continued. "She really can race anyway and she's a great filly to drive." Trained and owned by Marlin Fry, Nora Rockwell scored her 10th lifetime victory and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,072. The daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell notched her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park with the win. Tetrick would get back to the winner's circle, this time for the third time, after Churita used a gate to wire effort to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.2. Tetrick placed the overwhelming favorite on the front and she was able to hold off a late charge from Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score her fifth consecutive victory. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 13 of 15 lifetime outings and remains undefeated in 2015. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $364,550 lifetime. The lone upset of the evening came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies as Doug Rideout and Just Jess scored at odds of 25-1. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Rideout found late racing room and Just Jess surged late to score in 1:59.4. "She's always done everything right, everything we asked," Rideout noted after the race. "She qualified well but then had some issues. We've been working hard on her and tonight she put it all together." "I was trying to be cautious with her tonight," he continued. "She's always had speed and I just wanted her to stay at it. She's going to turn into a really nice filly when she puts it all together." Trained by Doug Rideout, the homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide scored her second lifetime victory from three starts. Owned by Julie Rideout and Alan White, Just Jess has now earned $40,000 lifetime. In the very next division of the stakes action, Mystical Rock and LeWayne Miller delivered as the 6-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Mystical Rock used a :28 final panel to best his rivals in 1:54.1 and establish a new lifetime mark in the process. "He's a little bit lazy," Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He has always been a very nice colt and I've always liked him but he will only do what you ask him." "The trip worked out well for us," Miller continued. "I knew we would have to leave a little bit to hold our position but we got a little breather down the backside. He raced really good tonight." As the stakes action switched gears, Homicide Hunter and John Delong kept the favorite trend alive for the evening as they prevailed in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Homicide Hunter reached the lead around the final turn and held off all charges to win by two lengths in 1:55.3. "I just didn't want to get him started up early," Delong said in the winner's circle after the victory. "I wanted to get a seat and it didn't work out exactly like I thought but he did what he had to do, he's awesome." "He'll do anything you ask him," Delong continued. "He's a true professional." With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 2015 from six seasonal outings. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won nine of 16 lifetime starts. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick rounded out the stakes action in a big way as they were able to overcome traffic issues to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.2. Away a worrisome fourth, Tetrick was able to find late racing room around the final turn and Freaky Feet Pete did the rest. Using a :25.3 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete was shown daylight and exploded past his rivals late in the lane to win by five lengths, under wraps. It was a lifetime best mark for Freaky Feet Pete and his third win of the season. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his twelfth career victory from fourteen lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $339,600 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. The 2015 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 10 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 4 with a 14-race card. With an adjusted live racing post time of 4:00 p.m. for Saturday's card, Hoosier Park will also offer racing fans an Independence Day celebration that will include a carnival, a professionally produced fireworks shows, a beer garden and live entertainment. Emily Gaskin  

Doo Wop Hanover made it a harness racing series sweep, winning the $250,000 Graduate Final in 1:48, but he had to work very hard to get to the winner's circle on Friday night at The Meadowlands. The pace was frantic and frenzied early in the mile as Lyonssomewhere and Andy Miller were intent on the lead, parking out Bushwacker around the first turn. That speed duel resulted in a wild 25.2 first quarter. There was a chasm of nearly six lengths back to Rockeyed Optimist in fourth, who then had to make up that ground and commit first over, which enabled Doo Wop Hanover to track his cover from the half-mile pole onward. Lyonssomewhere led the field past three quarters in 1:21, with Rockeyed Optimist stalled first over and Doo Wop Hanover forced to fan three-wide at the three quarter pole. In the meantime, Limelight Beach was lurking in the pocket as the field turned for home. Lyonssomewhere refused to yield ground as he continued to lead through the stretch, John Campbell got to work on Doo Wop Hanover and he was gathering momentum down the center of the track, but Lyonssomewhere just wasn't giving up. Finally, in the shadow of the wire, Doo Wop Hanover was able to reel in the pace-setter and score the series sweep getting up by a head over Lyonssomewhere who was very game in defeat to finish second, with All Bets Off a rallying third. Doo Wop Hanover is trained by Steve Elliot and owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Blood confirmed that son of Rocknroll Hanover will make his next start in the William Haughton Memorial, with eliminations (if necessary) to be held on Saturday, July 11th and the Final on Meadowlands Pace Night, Saturday, July 18th. The victory was the twelfth in the career of Doo Wop Hanover, who now has earnings beyond $566,000. Doo Wop Hanover New Jersey Sire Stakes action kicked off the Friday program with a $25,000 division for the two year old filly pacers and the first division featured plenty of action. In fact, there were no less than five lead changes throughout the mile. The first to the lead was Show Time Hill, as she flashed the most speed off the gate, but Sonoma Valley paced on through the first quarter and she cleared the lead past the opening quarter in 28.2. That lead was short-lived, as Show Time Hill pulled the pocket as soon as the fillies straightened up on the backstretch and would lead again between calls because the 9/5 favorite Blue Moon Stride launched a backside brush to the lead and would clear that lead before the half-mile in 57.4. The race favorite then faced immediate pressure from Rock My Girl, who surged past the favorite as the field moved into the far turn and she glided past three-quarters in 1:26.2. before turning for home in full command. Blue Moon Stride briefly pulled from the pocket with hopes of catching Rock My Girl, but all she could do is chase that filly home as Rock My Girl powered home in 27.1 to win in style in 1:53.3. Rock My Girl, a $20,000 Lexington-Select yearling, is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and is the first foal out of the dam My Girl's A Star (Art Major). She is owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Ron Broadstone and trained by Casie Coleman. John Campbell guided the filly to victory. Rock My Girl In the first $20,000 Two Year Old Colt Trot, Southwind Frank was bet down like an international good thing and the punters were right, although they had to survive a real scare. Released as the 1/2 prohibitive choice, Southwind Frank went right to the lead and was able to roll through tepid fractions of 30, 1:00.3 and 1:30 with Brooklyn Hill, a $390,000 Harrisburg yearling on his back throughout the mile. While Southwind Frank seemed to be rolling right a long, Dave Miller pulled the pocket midway on the far turn with Brooklyn Hill and from there the race was on as the pair of freshman trotters kicked away from the field and stormed through a 26.3 final quarter with only a neck separating the two on the wire, with Southwind Frank holding on. Both trotters showed an amazing turn of foot and the future for both looks bright. Southwind Frank was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington-Select Sale. He is a son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy (Cantab Hall). This is that mares first foal. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables and trained by Ron Burke. The winner driver was Yannick Gingras. Southwind Frank The second division for the two year old trotting colts featured another short-priced favorite for Ron Burke in Southwind Flash. But he would have his hands full with Jack Vernon, a well-bred colt for Randy Beeckman. It would be Jack Vernon who dictated the terms. In fact, he led at every point of call into the stretch, wheeling off fractions of 28.4, 1:00 and 1:30.1, before facing the challenge of Southwind Flash who pulled the pocket as the field approached the top of the stretch. But, Jack Vernon had plenty left in the tank and trotted home in 27.1. while fending off the favorite to win in 1:57.2. Not to be out-done, Dominion Beach, the son of Hambletonian Oaks winner Windylane Hanover, who watched all the action early, trotted home quite well, showing rapid acceleration and rallied past Southwind Flash late to steal second money. Jack Vernon is by Muscle Hill out of Vernon Blue Chip (Sir Taurus). The win was the second in Sire Stakes action for John Campbell. Jack Vernon is a kin to New Jersey Sire Stakes Champion, Blue Mac Lad, trained by Randy Beeckman for Miller's Stable who purchased the talented colt at the Lexington-Select sale for $50,000. Jack Vernon The two year old colt pace drew 10 freshman pacers in one division for $25,000. Ideal Rocky was sent off as the 4/5 favorite, but she was green behind the gate, which cost her ground early on. There was not much early speed off the gate, which enabled longshot Rock N Roll Style to take the field to the opening quarter from the pole in 28.3. Rock Power was moved early to secure position and led between calls as Boston Red Rocks powered up and took the lead before the half-mile in 57.3 and would never look back, leading the field past three-quarters in 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch to win impressively in 1:53.2. The win was the third on the card for John Campbell, all in Sire Stakes action. Boston Red Rocks is by Rocknroll Hanover out of McGibson (McArdle). He is trained by none other than Steve Elliot, who is having a sensational season and ownerd by Richard Berks, who purchased the colt at Harrisburg last year for $50,000. Boston Red Rocks The two year old filly trotters were split into two $20,000 divisions. All The Time was released as the 3/5 favorite in the first split, but she was never in contention for the win, but the opposite was the case for her stablemate, Hollywood Hill. That filly was allowed to coast along first over while Silvia reach the opening quarter in 29.1, but Hollywood Hill quickly took over as the field reached the backstretch. From there, trainer and driver Jimmy Takter put the whip on his filly's tale and she responded past the half-mile in 59 seconds. The leading margin only expanded from there as Hollywood Hill found herself four lengths clear as she trotted past three-quarters in 1:27.4. Her lead proved to be insurmountable as she coasted through the stretch to win emphatically in 1:56.2. Southwind Adele rallied to finish second as Silvia faded to third. Hollywood Hill is by Muscle Hill, out of the marvelous mare, Lantern Kronos (Viking Kronos), making her a half-sister the Hambletonian contender The Bank. She is owned by Goran Falk and was trained and driven by Jimmy Takter. Hollywood Hill The second division saw speed from the far outside as Dream Child made the lead from post 10 and was able to do so through moderate fractions. The Muscle Hill filly spun through fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:29.2, while going unchallenged. Race favorite Gifted Lady was allowed to settle just off the pace in third and Takter bided his time with his filly, before pulling her as the field circled the far turn. He steadily gained on the leader and was able to edge away late for a popular victory as the 6/5 choice in 1:57.4. Gifted Lady is by Muscle Hill out of Alix Hall (Conway Hall). She is a half-sister to Flex The Muscle and was driven by her trainer Jimmy Takter for owner and breeders Silver Linden Farms. Gifted Lady Both Jackpots in the Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, with the fifth race carryover now standing at $173,354 and the last race carryover growing to $157,586. Total handle for the Friday program yielded a 16-percent increase over 2014, with on-track handle up a staggering 46-percent. The large crowd remained after the races for a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Post time for the 13-race Saturday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

BUTLER PA - The fairgrounds half-miler in this northwestern Pennsylvania town was as fast for harness racing Thursday and Friday as most people could remember - but the spirits of Dauphin Hanover and Audie K could breathe easy at the end of the meet. Dauphin's 21YO track record for trotters, 2:03, and Audie's 23YO mark for pacers, 2:00.2, still stood - but barely, after some swift three-year-olds gave the marks their best shot on Friday, after the freshmen raced Thursday.   Fastest trotter of the meet was the sophomore Andover Hall gelding Simeon, who flirted with local recordmaking but wound up winning in 2:03.2 for trainer/driver Dave Wade, also co-owner with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade. 3YO filly trotter Missive altered the Butler standard for her group to 2:03.4, a full second over the old mark of The Yankees Win, in triumphing for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owning partners Lander Stables LLC and Kathy Schoeffel.   "Beaner" Schoeffel also drove Audie K to his pacing track record, and he came close to that gait's all-age mark when he scored with the Western Terror gelding Royaltyhasarrived in 2:00.4. Steve also trains the swift sophomore for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   The 2:00.4 clocking was a Butler track record for the 3YO pacing male set (Audie K was an older pacer at the time of his record), with that 2:00.4 erasing a mark established 23 ... not years, but minutes earlier, by R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze gelding owned, trained, and driven by Roger Hammer, whose 2:01 lowered by a tick the old divisional record of DVC Giftedindeed.   Hammer was the trainer/driver (and owner) for nine victorious horses over the two days, including, remarkably, all four winners of 2YO trotting Fair Sire Stakes events. The fastest was the 2:09 time of the Great George Two filly A Little Laid Back, which beat the 2:09.1 track record for baby trotting colts - but not the 2:08.2 mark for freshman trotting fillies.   In addition to Hammer's "triple-niner," for the meet Chris Shaw drove six winners, Steve Schoeffel trained five winners - and 20-year-old Lester Smeal II had one winning drive, the first in his career and only in his third start, parading back Amber Eyes to the winners circle after taking a Quaker State event.   And perhaps best of all, horsemen got to race both days of the meet - the first time that's happened in the first four starts of the local fair circuit in 2015.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association, Publicity Office

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