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YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 17, 2019-Jason Bartlett, perennially Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver, used his home away from home for his latest milestone. Bartlett racked up career win No. 8,000 Monday night (June 17th), easily knocking off the four victories needed to reach the plateau. He won the $15,000 pacing opener with favored Lounatic ($4.40) in a life-best 1:55, then the $18,000, third-race pace with odds-on Topville Angelina ($2.30) in 1:54.1. That matched the ma'am's life-best effort. Bartlett was making short work of the $15,000, seventh-race pace as odds-on Passa-Grille Beach ($3.30) widened to 8¾ lengths in a life-best 1:53.1. He had to wait all of two races before turning over the odometer, getting No. 8,000 in the $25,000, ninth-race pace with Charm's Lil Sis ($9.30) in another life-best effort, this one in 1:54.1. The milestone miss is a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned and Millar Farms and trained by Scott Blackler. Charm’s Lil Sis and Jason Bartlett                             --Katy Gazzini photo The same owner/driver/trainer troika combined to win last month's Lismore here with the 3-year-old pacing filly Bestseller Hanover. "It's nice to do it here (Yonkers), with my family able to join me," Bartlett said. "I want to race here as often as I can, especially Fridays and Saturdays, since the money is so good." Bartlett isn't an every-night local fixture, as he makes the rounds for New York Sire Stakes and some open-stakes engagements. "I went to Northfield a couple of Saturdays ago (for the Battle of Lake Erie)," he said. "I had the chance to drive Jimmy Freight. He's a special horse and I enjoyed it, but I prefer Yonkers as often as possible. "When I first came down here for good, I had maybe 2,000 wins, so to win as many as I have driving against the best there is, I appreciate that. The 38-year-old Bartlett, a native of Augusta, ME, is trying for a ninth local driving title. "Just thanking all the owners and trainers that have supported me and keep going." Yonkers' Monday Pick 5 wager, which began with a carryover in excess of $4,100 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool, enticed $35,108 of new coin. A combination in the gimmick of 5/3/2/6/2 returned $1,966.75 for every correct half-dollar ticket. Tuesday's (June 18th) Pick 5 offers with a $10,000 guaranteed pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

Plainville, MA --- Tisadream N took on all comers for the enitre mile yet hung tough to the wire to win the featured $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Monday (June 17) afternoon. Leaving from the rail, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the initial lead until Sir Puglsey (Shawn Gray) hustled up on the outside to grab the front before the quarter in :26.4. However not content to take the trip, Monti pulled right line and went back to the top in front of the stands and then settled back to the cones. But the outer flow immediately came at him with Bet You (Nick Graffam) leading the way, bringing Opus Blue Chip (Mike Stevenson) and Pickled Preacher (Jay Randall) with him. Bet You engaged Tisadream N at the half and paced stride for stride with him up the backside in a quick :27.1 third quarter, then around the far turn and into the stretch where Opus Blue Chip tipped three deep and Pickled Preacher went four-out. Now four across the track, the pack paced down the lane with everyone having a shot. But Monti asked for more and he got it from Tisadream N who paced stoutly to the wire to win by a length in 1:51.4. It was the third win in nine starts this year and second win in a row for Tisadream N ($4.40) who tied his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 set just last week. The 6-year-old son of Bettors Delight-Dreamy Atom is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski and is trained by Scott Rollins. Monti also won the co-featured $12,000 upper conditioned pace with Betterlatethannever who went from worst to first in short order. Betterlatethannever got away last from post nine and stayed in that position until the five-eighths pole where Monti tipped out to follow live cover to the top of the turn. There he swung five-deep heading into the stretch and barreled down the lane to out-duel My Mind Is Madeup (Jim Hardy) to the wire by a neck in 1:52.2. The winning time equaled his seasonal best. Betterlatethannever Just claimed last week for $15,000, Betterlatethannever ($10.80) paid instant dividends for new owner Clark Davis and trainer Benson Merrill. Drew Monti completed the natural Hat Trick in races five, six and seven with Warrawee Nonsuch (1:51.4, $22.80) to lead all drivers on Monday for wins. On a couple of betting notes, there was an instant jackpot payout in the eighth race superfecta. The 5-2-7-3 combination returned $24,395.80 for a $2 wager. And there is another Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover pool of $3,656 for the sixth race on Thursday (June 20) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Star Studded Cast trotted to his third straight harness racing victory in the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming the outside post eight for a 1:55.1 victory. Trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, who acquired the winner when he was claimed by Northfork Racing Stable out of his last start, sent the Current Cast eight-year-old gelding straight to the top from the outside, hitting the quarter in :27.1. Noble Prize proceeded up to the lead passing the stands, but as soon as he yielded the top Star Studded Cast was back to reclaim the front by the :56 half. Despite these fast early fractions, the winner stayed strong on the front end, passing the three-quarters in 1:25.3 and then finishing two lengths ahead of Shivered, who had come three-wide from near the back on the backstretch and made up a lot of ground. Star Studded Cast, second in his Maine Sire Stakes final at both two and three, posted his sixth win of the campaign and 32nd in his career. He now has amassed earnings of $279,850. The track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., had three winners on the Monday card. The trio gives "GNap" ten victories at Pocono for the first three cards of the racing week, and he has 14 triumphs since Saturday if counting the four he notched at Philly on Sunday.   PHHA / Pocono

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's second leg of stakes action for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlined the Monday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away (Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.1 winner in the first, which was a non-wagering event. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding maintained an easy lead throughout and was an open length winner over Haymitch and Son Of A Lynx. The second division saw a 30-to-1 upset as Humpback Hill Farm's Aintnosunshine ($63, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:56.3 winner over Dashiki and Janaid. The No Spin Zone colt registered his maiden win with a late surge to the lead near the wire for trainer Salvatore Sciarrino. Race favorite Numbered Account made a break near the top of the stretch while on the lead and finished fifth. Daiymir ($10.60, Montrell Teague) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $17,000 Open for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. The Mr. Wiggles colt recorded his 20th career win in front end fashion over Silver Fox J and Dialamara. Wolfenden had four wins on the card. Montrell Teague had three. Mike Cole and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Sophomore pacing fillies will go post ward in two DSBF divisions on Tuesday with four divisions for trotters on Wednesday, two of which are non-wagering before the 4:30 p.m. wagering program.   Matthew Sparacino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2019 -- Rebounding from a disastrous trip at Northfield Park, Barn Girl shot to the lead and held off a pair of talented harness racing challengers to capture Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In that journey at Northfield, Barn Girl was parked most of the way, making the lead briefly but finishing a weary seventh. She had no such difficulties Monday, as she shot to the lead from post 4 for Aaron Merriman, thwarted the extended first-over bid of Bluebird Jesse and scored in 1:53.3. The pocket-sitting Cue Hall was second, a length back, while Bluebird Jesse saved show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who now has banked $771,168, for Renee Bercury. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, when the program features a $705.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Ron Burke has enjoyed success with 2-year-old filly pacers, including the two most recent harness racing Dan Patch Award winners, Youaremycandygirl in 2017 and Warrawee Ubeaut in 2018, and on Monday (June 17) got another look at a group that will try to continue that good fortune. Burke sent out four winning 2-year-old filly pacers during Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway Farm, with Merga Hanover victorious in 1:54, Sweet Ace in 1:54.3, Wayside in 1:55.2, and Sweet Camille in 1:57. Merga Hanover and Sweet Ace, who both won qualifiers earlier this month, were the only winners timed in less than 1:55.1 over the course of the morning's 12 qualifiers for 2-year-olds. Merga Hanover, who won her first qualifier on June 3 in 1:56.4 at Gaitway, is by American Ideal out of Magic Starlight and was purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She is owned by Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco, and Bill Donovan. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Sweet Ace, who was a Gaitway winner in 2:03.3 on June 10, is by Sweet Lou out of One Ace Too Many. She was purchased for $20,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. She was bred by Crawford Farms. Wayside, who was making her qualifying debut, is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Al's Girl. She is a full sister to O'Brien Award winner Sandbetweenurtoes and was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. She is owned by Burke Racing, Brad Grant, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver. Sweet Camille, who finished third in a qualifier on June 10, is by Sweet Lou out of stakes-winning millionaire Camille. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable, and Jack Piatt III. The ownership group also bred the filly. Sweet Camille                                                --Ken Weingartner photo "I thought Merga Hanover stamped herself as probably my best filly," Burke said. "Merga was great and Sweet Ace was great. But Wayside, that was her first time, and (second-place finisher) Primrose, it was her first time, so I was very happy with them. "The ones that have qualified twice unless they made mistakes, that's it for them. I'll start looking for overnights or we'll just prep them for the races off this. You see the improvement in them. We trained them in between this time, so they're going to be a little bit better. I was very happy." Burke's stable was responsible for 10 of the 12 winning 2-year-olds. Other second-time winners for Burke were pacing colts The Greek Freak and Cattlewash, both in 1:55.1, and trotting colt S Class in 1:57.1. Two horses that were second in their first qualifiers, trotting colt Cupid Hanover and pacing colt Mac's Big Boy, also earned victories Monday. The Greek Freak                                     --Ken Weingartner photo The Greek Freak, the nickname of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a son of Captaintreacherous out of Thirty X and was purchased for $75,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Burke Racing, Piatt Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Steve Jones and Mark Mullen. Cattlewash, bred and owned by Bill Donovan, is by Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. S Class is by Muscle Hill out of Spellbound Hanover and a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Bill Mulligan and purchased privately. Cupid Hanover, who won in 1:58.3, is by Father Patrick out of Cressida Hanover and a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. He was purchased for $250,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by the Burke-led Elite Trotting. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Mac's Big Boy, who won in 1:55.3, is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Hall of Fame broodmare Michelle's Jackpot and is a half-brother to millionaires Michael's Power and Michelle's Power. He was purchased for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, and Wingfield Five. He was bred by Jeff Snyder. Rounding out Burke's winners was trotting colt Vinny De Vie, who stopped the timer in 1:59.4. He is by Muscle Hill out of So You De Vie. He was purchased for $70,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Elite Trotting. He was bred by Joie De Vie Farm. "Out of the colts, I was very happy with Cattlewash, The Greek Freak, Mac's Big Boy," Burke said. "I thought the one that was the biggest surprise was Caliber (who finished third in Mac's Big Boy's qualifier). He showed pace late into a big mile. He's a big, great looking colt out of Allstar Rating, who was a world-record holder. He maybe hadn't shown that until now. Maybe he's one of those horses that in a race is going to come alive. I'm excited about that. "I was very happy. I thought it was a very good day." The two winning 2-year-olds not from the Burke stable were trotting fillies Ramona Hill for trainer Tony Alagna and Love A Good Story for trainer Julie Miller. Ramona Hill                                                    --Ken Weingartner photo Ramona Hill, who won in 1:56.2 with a back half in :55, is by Muscle Hill out of Lock Down Lindy. She was purchased for $70,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, and In The Gym Partners. She was bred by Crawford Partners. Love A Good Story, who won in 1:57.2, is by Chapter Seven out of Celebrity Lovin. She was purchased for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. She was bred by Celebrity Farms.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

WILKES-BARRE PA - The harness racing fields for the elimination races for Sun Stakes Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono have been drawn, with the top finishers in the eliminations this Saturday coming back in a week to compete in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace, the $500,000 Earl Beal Three-Year-Old Trot, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Three-Year-Old Colt&Gelding Pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch Three-Year-Old Filly Pace. There are three eliminations for both of the sophomore pacing events, with the top three coming back for the big money a week hence. In the Beal Trot and the Franklin Pace, there are two eliminations, with the top four finishers plus the fifth-place finisher with the highest 2019 earnings taking places in the Championship events. Here's a look at the horses in the eliminations of each of the four Sun Stakes Saturday events. BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR-ALL PACE ($35,000 eliminations in races 8 and 10) McWicked, 2018's Harness Horse of the Year, the defending Franklin champion and the winner of last season's Breeders Crown right here at Pocono, heads the free-for-all contingent. A winner of $3,918,456, the son of McArdle won his 2019 debut, then came back for a creditable third after taking four weeks off last Saturday, and is quite likely to be tighter for this Saturday's action. He'll start from post three in the eight-horse tenth race elimination, with Brian Sears driving for trainer Casie Coleman and the S S G Stables. Springsteen makes his 2019 debut from post one for the brother team of trainer Rene and driver Simon Allard; he won the Hempt Pace during last year's Sun Stakes Saturday card. Starting between Springsteen and McWicked is Lather Up, a top performer when minding his manners for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis. In the eighth race first Franklin elimination, Highalator comes back to Pocono on a five-race winning streak. A son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by trainer Jenny Bier in partnership with Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc., Highalator, as fierce a stretch competitor as has been seen at Pocono in a long time, will look to raise his lifetime tally at the mountain oval to 13 wins in 20 starts as he begins from post four in the nine-horse field for driver Richard Still. Western Fame, who ran roughshod through the Levy Series and has earned $448,800 already this year, comes back to the races after a month-and-a-half freshening, and he'll start from post two for trainer Rene Allard and driver Daniel Dube. EARL BEAL THREE-YEAR-OLD TROT ($25,000 eliminations in races 2 and 12) The Father Patrick colt Greenshoe, who has stamped himself the early favorite for The Hambletonian, is at the front of the class of the trotters assembling for the Beal off three astounding lines - a 1:51.2 win in a New Jersey Sire Stakes at The Meadowlands on May 17, a 1:50.2 triumph in the NJSS final two weeks later, and then a 1:52 qualifier here at Pocono on June 12. The Marcus Melander trainee, owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, will begin from post five in the twelfth race second elimination for driver Brian Sears. The biggest threat to Greenshoe could come from Osterc, the 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion who is 3-for-4 to start this year, including two PASS prelims and the Dexter Cup. He'll go from post four for trainer Per Engblom, with Yannick Gingras listed as driver. In the second race first Beal elim, the Muscle Hill colt Green Manalishi S, another from the potent stable of Marcus Melander, makes his seasonal debut from post five, with Tim Tetrick scheduled to drive for owners Courant Inc. Green Manalishi S was five times first and five times second in ten starts as a freshman, earning $510,557. White Tiger, who equaled the 5/8-mile track world record for freshman geldings with a 1:55 win here last year, figures competitive here for trainer Andrew Harris and driver David Miller as he begins from post three. White Tiger opened his season with two wins before falling victim to broken equipment in his latest outing. MAX C. HEMPT THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT&GELDING PACE ($25,000 eliminations in races 1, 4, and 7) Proof, the 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, will draw his share of attention in the fourth race second Hempt elimination. The A Rocknroll Dance colt, trained by Brian Brown for Diamond Creek Racing, got his first 2019 win in his fourth start last time out, but he had been competitive in Sire Stakes event before the breakthrough win. David Miller is listed to guide Proof from post three. Starting from the rail in the first race first elimination is another 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion - Aflame Hanover, whose 1:51.4 triumph in the PA Fair SS Championship was the fastest final victory of all-time, even quicker than any three-year-old. The Russell Hanover gelding, a "local product" trained by Linda Schadel and co-owned by her and her husband Tony, comes off a fourth in the North America Cup Final, and Andrew McCarthy has gotten along well with the sophomore since taking over driving duties two races ago. In the seventh race third elimination, there are stakes winners from Delaware (Goldberg), New Jersey and Kentucky (Hurrikane Emperor), along with recent sub-1:50 overnight winners in Lyons JohnnyJnr and Captain Trevor. A handicapper could make a good case for many of the horses in this competitive field. JAMES LYNCH THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ($20,000 eliminations in races 3, 5, and 11) One of the surer bets on Sun Stakes Saturday elimination night is that there will be a great deal of attention on the eleventh race third Lynch elimination, as Warrawee Beauty and Treacherous Reign have at each other again after the latter beat the former by a nose in a thrilling Fan Hanover final in Ontario last weekend. The Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Beauty, the fastest two-year-old of all-time at 1:48.3 and last year's divisional champ, will be out for revenge from the rail in the seven-horse field for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The Captaintreacherous miss Treacherous Reign, undefeated in four starts this year, begins from post three for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Tony Alagna, and the combine of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. Another daughter of Captaintreacherous, Philly Hanover, will be handled by Dexter Dunn from post two in the third race first Lynch elim. The Ron Coyne trainee, owned by Ron Coyne Stables Inc. and Blair Corbeil, has four wins and a second in five starts this year, the second coming to Warrawee Beauty, and she is a double PaSS winner Zero Tolerance has had zero tolerance for her New York Sire Stakes rivals this year, winning her three NYSS starts by a combined 16¾ lengths. The job may not be as easy in the fifth race second Lynch elim, but the Heston Blue Chip filly is the likely favorite beginning from post four for driver David Miller, trainer Joe Holloway, and the ownership of Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The gigantic Saturday Pocono card also has a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) pace as race nine, with the two inside starting slots to be filled by Courtly Choice, who has carried his three-year-old form over to his present age four, and None Bettor A, the imported upstart who earned his sixth straight victory in the Battle Of Lake Erie on June 8. Both already have GNOS wins to their credit. First post for this Saturday's 14-race card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is scheduled for 7 p.m. PHHA / Pocono

The 2019 Father's Day Harness Racing program at Running Aces was a huge success - perpetuating a long history of large, enthusiastic crowds making their way to the north-metro Minnesota track to celebrate the holiday with the whole family and enjoy all of the amenities that Running Aces has to offer. The card of racing was fantastic, overflowing with exciting and well matched contests and impressive performances. The big event on the card was the first annual North Metro Pace sporting a $20,000 purse that drew a very talented field of Open level pacers. SF Donttellonme (Joe Casagranda) was the talk of the tote board (8-5) and the top pick of track handicappers - making his Running Aces return after a two year hiatus from the Columbus five-eighths mile track where he posted a strong campaign in 2017 and took a 1:51.1 mark. Annihilator (Dean Magee) and Holdingallthecards (Tim Maier) were both well supported at just over 3-1 and King Of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was the only other horse sent off at odds in the single digits (6-1). The gate sped away with Holdingallthecards in hot pursuit from post eight for the lead and Bettor's Promise (Mooney Svendsen) flooring it from post four to secure the garden seat position. Prodigal (Tony Succarotte) was also away fast from post three and settled third and just off the early leaders. The quarter was a fast :26.3 and Tim Maier quickly throttled the leader down for a second quarter breather of :29.2 while War Daddy (Williams Hernandez) got the ball rolling on the outside, creating an outer flow that included race favorite SF Donttellonme (second-over) and Annihilator in the third-over spot. Holdingallthecards responded to the pressure with a :27.3 panel that brought the field around the far turn, and turned back the closest outside pursuers. Bettor's Promise had enjoyed the perfect trip throughout and was poised to strike as they turned for home - but getting by the leader was no easy task. A furious charge to the wire ensued and Annihilator joined the fray on the far outside to bolster a nail-biting finish. When the dust cleared at the wire Bettor's Promise had gotten home first, a neck ahead of Annihilator and a further neck back to Holdingallthecards in a 1:52.4 mile. The top 7 finishers were beaten less than three lengths and entire field was covered in under 5 lengths. Bettor's Promise ($35.60) took the top prize in a thrilling inaugural edition of the North Metro Pace and his connections were presented the "giant check" in the Winner's Circle. The 8 year old gelding by Bettor's Delight is owned by Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Jessie Pacheco. Bettor's Promise now has three wins in twelve starts this year and 27 lifetime wins, with a career bankroll of $183,695 after Sunday's big win. Winning driver Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen dedicated his wins on Father's Day weekend to the memory of his father Lorenz Svendsen, both father and son are members of the Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Svendsen had two wins on the Father's Day program. Driver Steve Wiseman is the two-time defending Champion driver at Running Aces and he turned in a huge night on Sunday - celebrating his Father's Day in style with five wins on the card - the first driver to win more than three on any card this season. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night, June 18 with first post at 7:00 pm (CDT) and a couple of nice carryovers: $9,662.11 for the Pick-5 Jackpot, and $5,371.39 for the Hi-5. By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

Harness racing qualifiers at Monticello Raceway will be conducted Tuesday this week, box closes at 12:45 today. Please contact Eric Warner with any questions. Shawn Wiles

WILKES-BARRE PA - Rich And Miserable defeated the toughest harness racing field he has faced during his current six-race win streak, taking a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series trot in 1:51.3 on a "sloppy" surface at Pocono Downs.. Muscle Diamond was first to the top, with Such An Angel and Moonshiner Hanover falling in behind him before the :27 quarter. Rich And Miserable, an Explosive Matter gelding, was moved from fourth by Tyler Buter, a four-time winner Sunday at Pocono, shortly off the first turn, but was extended a bit before clearing to the lead just before the :55 half. Such An Angel and Matt Kakaley came back out to challenge down the backstretch, and those two had their own private duel from the 5/8 past the 1:23.1 three-quarters and on through the stretch, with Rich And Miserable able to go on for a neck advantage at the wire. Muscle Diamond was another 3¾ lengths back in third; 3-2 favorite Homicide Hunter, who won the Breeders Crown in sloppy conditions at Pocono last fall, trailed most of the way and could do no better than sixth. The 1:51.3 in the off conditions matched three previous accomplishments of 9-5 second choice Rich And Miserable - his own lifetime mark, the fastest trot mile of the year at Pocono, and the North American season's record. Todd Buter trains the dramatically-improved four-year-old for Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. For the second straight night, five drivers accounted for all thirteen races - Buter with his four, George Napolitano Jr. with three, and two each for Simon Allard, Eric Carlson, and Jordan Stratton. Thirteen more horses changed hands via the claiming box Sunday, with $253,500 invested in sharp horses. One of those claimed was the veteran Atta Boy Dan, who became the first horse to be taken three times for the Pocono record claim price of $40,000. PHHA / Pocono

STICKNEY, IL - The babies made their way to the racetrack this past weekend at Hawthorne as the harness racing 'Night of Champions' leg one action continued. The boys were center stage on Friday evening while the ladies took their place on the track on Saturday night. All of the leg one events went for $17,500. Race two Friday was the first of two divisions of the Incredible Finale for Illinois-bred two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A field of eight was led by RJ Wulfy, a Party At Atsplace colt,  winner already on the meet with Casey Leonard driving. Leaving for the lead was LL Gram from the inside, followed by Chick Magnet as the favorite was hung three wide early. Leonard guided RJ Wulfy to the top, passing the opening quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.0. Chased by Chick Magnet into the turn, RJ Wulfy confidently opened up a three length margin through three quarters in 1:28.1. Turning into the stiff headwind in the lane, RJ Wulfy had extended his advantage to six lengths into the stretch. Unchallenged to the wire, RJ Wulfy was an easy 11½ length winner, stopping the clock in 1:57. Chick Magnet held second while Hello Rooster closed to finish third. RJ Wulfy is owned by partnership by B. Wulf, R. Wulf, R. Alderks, and J. Fraher and is trained by Ronnie Roberts. Race four was the second division of the Incredible Finale as a field of seven lined up behind the starter. Favored was Canadian Mountie from the barn of trainer Terry Leonard. Leaving quickly was Ryans Ambassador as he was joined by Illini Force, with the later of the duo leading the field through the quarter in :32.0. On the backside, Bagman moved to take over, passing the half in 1:01.1. On the turn, Kyle Wilfong led Bagman along the pylons as Ridge Warren guiding Illini Force to the outside to challenge though three quarters in 1:31.1. In the lane, Illini Force took over, facing a fresh challenge from Canadian Mountie. Game to the wire, Illini Force a Sagebrush colt, was able to hold on by a half length over Canadian Mountie in 1:59.1. Bagman finished third. Illini Force is owned by Allan, Kevin, and Keith Miller along with Glenn Otto and is trained by Kevin Miller. On Saturday evening, two-year-old female pacers where featured in two divisions of the Incredible Tillie. Race three saw the first division with a field of five lining up as Fox Valley Vixen was favored from the rail. Leaving for the lead was A Girl Named Jim as Jamaica Patton guided her through the opening quarter in :30.1. Chased through a half in :59.4 by Fox Valley Vixen, A Girl Named Jim was two lengths clear into the turn. After three quarters in 1:29.3, A Girl Named Jim, a Sportsmaster filly,  maintained her clear lead into the lane. At the wire, she had more than enough left, winning in 1:57.3. Fox Valley Vixen held second while Fox Valley Exploit was third. A Girl Named Jim is owned by Ronald Phillips and Louis Leinberger and trained by Jamaica Patton. In the following event, the second division of the Incredible Tillie, was led by Double Parked, a Sagebrush filly, with Travis Seekman driving. Leaving from the outside for the lead was Double Parked as she had to work a bit to clear off of Jimmy's Girl, passing the quarter in :30.3. Settling into stride on the backside, Double Parked cruised through a half in 1:00.1 and three quarters in 1:29.2. Roused by Seekman into the lane, Double Parked opened up a seven-length advantage into the lane as she never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:57.2. Ashlees Fine Girl closed to finish second while Jimmy's Girl was third. Double Parked is owned and trained by Leroy Hunt. Sunday night brought out the juvenile trotters with two divisions of the Fox Valley Flan for the fillies and a pair of divisions of the Kadabra for the boys. A field of five started things off in race two in the first division of the Fox Valley Flan as Lous Abigail, a Lou's Legacy filly,  was the favorite with Casey Leonard driving. Making the lead was Lauren Hall as she strolled through the opening quarter in :33.2. Chased through the backside by Olympic Hopeful in a half in 1:05.1, Lauren Hall held her lead into the turn. On the turn, Fox Valley Lush and Lous Abigail both pulled to go after the leader through three quarters in 1:36.3. In the lane, Fox Valley Lush grabbed a brief lead between horses but Lous Abigail was moving best of all, winning in 2:05.0. The stewards posted the inquiry sign, taking a look at Lauren Hall in the stretch and it was determined that she was disqualified from third. Officially, Lous Abigail was the winner, Fox Valley Lush finished second, and EL Oh Govner was third. Lous Abigail is owned by Flacco Family Farms and trained by Steve Searle. Race three was the first division of leg one of the Kadabra with a field of six taking to the track. Fox Valley Quest, a Pizzazzed colt, was the heavy favorite with Casey Leonard driving. Clearing the early lead was the favorite as he cruised through the opening quarter in :31.3 and a half in 1:03.4. Chased by On Higher Ground into the turn, Fox Valley Quest opened up a two-length lead through three-quarters in 1:34.4. In the lane, the favorite extended his margin, winning clearly in 2:03.1. On Higher Ground held second while Fox Valley Kobe closed to finish third. Fox Valley Quest is owned by Carl Lacy and Benita Simmons and trained by Tom Simmons. The fourth race was the second division of leg one of the Fox Valley Flan as a field of six was led by Bee See as Kyle Husted drove and trainer Steve Searle looked for his second win on the card. At the start, Bee See broke stride and dropped back as well as second choice Celone Hall. Taking advantage was Lous Flashy Dancer as she covered the quarter in :32.3. Onto the backside, the top two choices were back onstride and looked to get back into contact with the field as Lous Flashy Dancer passed the half in 1:04.3. On the turn, Lous Flashy Dancer held her lead as Bee See continued to recover from her break and tipped wide, followed by Celone Hall through three quarters in 1:36.1. Into the lane, Bee See couldn't go on, but Celone Hall, a Cassis filly,  was able to sustain her bid, winning in 2:05.4. Lous Flashy Dancer held second while Really Railee closed to finish third. Race five was the second division of the Kadabra as Mr Red Thunder was scratched, leaving a field of six. Lous Paisano went favored for Casey Leonard and Steve Searle. Prior to the start there was a recall due to broken equipment with the favorite. After getting lined up again, Lous Paisano broke prior to the start once again and trailed the field. Making the lead was Twin Cedars Rocket as he opened up through the quarter in :32.4. Chased by Fox Valley Briton through a half in 1:06.3, Twin Cedars Rocket led the field into the turn. Making a move was Desert Sheik with Mike Brink driving as the field passed three quarters in 1:38.1. At the wire it was Desert Sheik, a Pizzazzed colt, holding on in 2:06.2. U S Patriot finished second while Twin Cedars Rocket was third. Desert Sheik is owned by Charles Biggs and trained by Mike Brink. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. Jim Miller  

Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the harness racing featured Vernon Downs pace ($6,000) on Sunday (June 16). Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) led to a first quarter of :26.2. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) claimed the lead before hitting the Half in :55.3. Bay Rum ($4.50), who is owned by Glasser Racing and trained by Homer Hochstetler, made his move from third after the half. He controlled the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. He would have to hold off the late charge of Poisonous to secure his seventh straight win with a winning time of 1:53.1. Poisonous was second but place seventh for causing interference in the first turn. Electrofire was awarded second with Dream's Beachboy (Gates Brunet) being placed third. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire. It was his eighth win of 2019 and his 19th career victory. Howard Parker won four on the special Father's Day card. His other wins came with Hands Off Frank ($12.40), Golden Brit ($5.40), and Heaven's Storm $3.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs          

Tioga Downs ran three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 16). Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) won the first division ($38,900). Hickfromfrenchlick ($3.60) led to a first quarter in :27.2. Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) took over as they went by the stands for the first time leading to the half in :56.0. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico, made his move before hitting three quarters in 1:21.1. As they reached the stretch second place finisher, Respect Our Flag (Tyler Buter) and third place finisher, Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) gave chase but Hickfromfrenchlick was too strong and won in 1:51.3. It equaled his career best time. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was his third win this season. He now has seven career victories. Buddy Hill (Jason Bartlett) was an easy winner in the the second division ($38,200). Live Lucky (Wally Hennessey) led the group to a first quarter of :26.3. Buddy Hill would then take over leading to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Buddy Hill, who is owned by Tom Hill and trained by Marcus Melander, was in total control as they reached the stretch. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) came charging late but settled for second as Buddy Hill won in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Live Lucky finished third. Buddy Hill is a 3-year-old colt by Roll With Joe. It was his first win as a sophomore. He now has two career victories. Major March (Jason Bartlett) captures the third division ($38,900). Major March ($15.40) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Big favorite, American History (Tyler Buter) took over with one lap to go. He led to the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.0. Major March, who is owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Linda Toscano, followed in the pocket. As they reached the stretch he would fly out of the pocket and go right by to win in 1:52.3. Rollwithpapajoe (Wally Hennessey) came up to finish second with American History holding on for third. Major March is a 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his third trip to the winner's circle this season. He now has four career wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 21) witha 10 race card starting at 6:15p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs        

Lou Tomczak’s Proper One was given a hall-of-fame steer by Dave Miller to take the harness racing featured event on Sunday afternoon (June 16) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, a Great Northeast Series event for older pacers.  The favorite, Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) was used hard to get the lead, tripping the quarter beem in :25.1. He then faced pressure from million dollar earner Rockin Ron, who took him on in a :53.1 half mile. Tiger Thompson was still on top at the three quarter pole (1:20.4) but failed to create separation on the final turn. Proper One swung off of tiring cover at the 1/8th pole, and won the sprint home by three-quarters of a length in 1:49. Scott Rocks (Tim Tetrick) closed fast inside for second, while Shnitzledosomethin rallied well to be third.  Proper One picked up his 21st career win out of 87 starts, and his fourth of the season. He’s a 5-year-old gelding by Proper Respect - JK Glory Days (Bettor’s Delight). The Carlo Poliseno trainee returned $40 to his pari-mutuel backers.  Live racing returns to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 19th at 12:25 Eastern. The jackpot hi-5 carryover now stands at $8,544.73, and is held in race 5 every live race day. There is also a pick 4 carryover of $3,282.99. The pick 4 begins on race number 7. Both wagers have 15% takeouts.  Michael Bozich

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rose Run Ranger reverted back to his old tactics in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA-Open pace on Sunday afternoon (June 16) and that plan worked to perfection with a 3/4-length harness racing victory over Western Passage in 1:55.1.   With the field trimmed down to four due to the scratch of China Dream, Rose Run Ranger and driver Ray Fisher Jr. had a choice to make. The equally capable pacer could set the fractions or sit back and be a closer. They decide to be the front runner and it proved to be the correct decision.   Setting fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.3,over the good track, Rose Run Ranger ($3.60) felt some pressure in the lane from Western Passage (Hunter Myers) but a :27.3 last frame was good enough to secure the victory. Charmbo Orbit (David McNeight III) finished in third place.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Rose Run Ranger (Major In Art-A And Gs Finest) is trained by James Clouser Jr. The 6-year-old gelding has now put $48,510 this season and $123,486 lifetime.   Clouser Jr. made it a training sweep of the main events as he watched Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McDonough) dig in late and strut on by a stubborn Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) in 1:53.4, equaling his seasonal best.   Lucan Hanover had things his own way through the opening panels of :28.2, :58.0 and 1:26.2 but then received an expected visitor in the outside n Upfront Countryboy.   It was a match race down the long Buffalo Raceway stretch with Upfront Countryboy ($7.30) managing to pull ahead just before the finish line. Lucan Hanover had to settle for a heart-breaking second while Western Conquest (Fisher Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by William Emmons, it was the sixth win in 19 attempts for the 10-year-old gelded Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid). The win pushed his seasonal winnings to $53,725 and $493,145 in his career.   Upfront Countryboy   In a pair of $10,000 Class A paces, Adonis Bay (JD Wengerd) found the rail and class relief to his liking and nipped Lots Of Lovin (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a neck in 1:54.2 and returned $5.70 to his backers.   Focus Power ($3.50) took the second division with a coast to coast triumph over Littlebitofabrat (Denny Bucceri).in 1:56.0. Drew Monti guided him to the narrow nose win.   Davis Jr. completed the matinee with four wins while McDonough and Myers each doubled.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card slated. The New York Sire Stakes will highlight the program with the 3-year-old filly pacers squaring off. There will also be action in the Excelsior A and B categories.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions, and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, June 16, 2019 -- A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening's (June 17th) harness racing Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,154.49 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Program pages for the Monday Pick 5 accompany this release. Frank Drucker

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