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Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) brought her two-for-two local record back to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete in Thursday's Fillies and Mares Open. The Jose Godinez-trained mare had little difficulty rattling off back-to-back wins in the $18,000 Open when she came to town in October. On Thursday, Lady Dela Renta A returned to the Spa looking to stay undefeated against the track's top distaffers. The race's 3-5 betting favorite drew inside her major danger The Charging Moa N (Jay Randall) in the five-horse feature but unlike in her previous pair of local tries, Lady Dela Renta A took back in the early going and opted to come from off the pace. Leading driver Billy Dobson sat patiently with the five year old mare as the first lap went in 57 seconds. Lady Dela Renta A made her move just past the half and powered-up first over to overtake the leader past three quarters in 1:25 but in the meantime towed The Charging Moa N into contention as that one drafted behind the cover of the favorite. Those two drew off from their rivals in the stretch before Lady Dela Renta A held off the charge from The Charging Moa N and reported home in 1:54.2 to move her record at the Spa to three-for-three. The Charging Moa N was a strong second to complete a $5.20 exacta. Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The victory in the feature was one of three on the card for Dobson. Lady Dela Renta A's win was her eleventh of the season and moved her '19 bankroll to over the $150,000 mark. Godinez won the previous two installments of the local Open for pacing mares with his Dibaba N who scored impressively in her pair of Saratoga starts. With Thursday's victory, Godinez now has nine wins in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa in the 2019 campaign. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Blindswitch Racing Stable has built success on importing harness racing pacers from Australia and New Zealand over the past several years and Lady Dela Renta is no exception. Blindswitch purchased the 5-year-old Well Said daughter this spring and shipped her to the U.S. early this summer. Since then, she’s earned six wins in 10 starts and has a chance to claim her second victory in the $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Nov. 8). Despite her impressive stateside record, Lady Dela Renta proved an unlikely candidate to ship to North America. Lady Dela Renta was owned by partners Colin Belton, trainer Annie Belton, and S. W. Hoffmann in Australia. While Hoffmann was eager to sell, the Beltons were attached to their mare. When agent Cameron Lee contacted Blindswitch’s David Litvinsky, the deal proved difficult to settle. “It was tough to get her,” Litvinsky said. “The owners there, Colin and Annie Belton, they bought her at a sale and raised her and they owned half of her. It was not easy to pry her away from them.” Litvinsky began researching Lady Dela Renta and liked what he saw. However, he felt the ranking system at Western Australia’s Gloucester Park placed the mare at a disadvantage in many of her starts. “I started watching her races and replays and she was just a super horse,” Litvinsky said. “She always kind of sat at the back and came home at the end and I figured she’d be perfect for Yonkers. She could take advantage of the early speed. I just kind of fell in love with her from the beginning. “With the ranking system in Australia, she was racing in Western Australia and she was always drawing outside because of her high rating,” he continued. “She was put in a disadvantage pretty much in every race, unless it was a random draw.” Finally, Litvinsky made the Beltons an offer they couldn’t reject. In addition, to a generous sum, Litvinsky agreed to race Lady Dela Renta in Belton’s stable in Australia for several starts before bringing her to the U.S. Lady Dela Renta made her first start for Blindswitch in an AUD$20,000 Gloucester Park overnight April 5, finishing second and becoming Blindswitch’s first Australian starter. Four starts later, Lady Dela Renta connected with a victory at the same level May 18. Lady Dela Renta wrapped up her career Down Under with a win in a Filly and Mare FFA Pace at Gloucester June 21. “I established a relationship with them and promised to send pictures and videos every chance I get. I promised that I would race the horse there with them for a few months as well, which turned out to be a great move,” Litvinsky said. “She won a few races over there and she won her last race there before she came here, which is really special. “It was pretty cool. They’re interviewing the drivers in the bike minutes before the race. It’s a whole different perspective, a lot more in your face, and beautiful HD cameras,” he continued. “You can see every aspect of the race. So, it was a new experience for me, which was nice and I like it a lot. “They race for good money there and they’re not hard on their horses; they don’t go too fast,” Litvinsky said. “And Gloucester Park is a half-mile track, which definitely helped with buying her because I knew she would be able to get around the Saratoga and Yonkers tracks. The first win was very exciting, and the last win was even more exciting.” After her final Australian start, Lady Dela Renta shipped to the U.S. to join trainer Jose Godinez’s barn at Golden Shoe Training Center in Montgomery, N.Y. While she proved a handful when she first arrived, Lady Dela Renta adjusted to her new surroundings in a few weeks’ time. “Colin and Annie were super tight with the horse. They sent me a five-minute video of them putting the horse on the trailer to go. I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. It was so sad. She was crying,” Litvinsky remembered. “They said when you put the gear on her, you have to have somebody standing with her. She gets race ready. When she came over, she was kicking, so we padded her stall with rubber,” Litvinsky said. “Within her first few weeks, she completely relaxed. Now, she’s a complete professional. She’s super before the races and she just does everything right. She’s definitely just accommodated to our training program.” Lady Dela Renta qualified at Pocono Downs Aug. 14 and made her first start from an outside post Aug. 20. When she drew inside Aug. 27, Lady Dela Renta took a spot in fourth early and came first-over on favored leader Rockin The Boys. The pair tore away from the field around the final turn and Rockin The Boys appeared to give Lady Dela Renta the slip in the stretch, but Lady Dela Renta reengaged nearing the wire and tracked down her rival in 1:50.3. One week later, Lady Dela Renta repeated at Pocono in a lifetime best 1:49.2. “She was coming around the final turn and Rockin The Boys had a pretty good lead on her. I was like, ‘OK, she’s going to be second,’ and then she just went into another gear,” Litvinsky said. “It looked like she was going to settle for second, but she just grinded it out. I said, ‘alright, maybe we’ve got something that you don’t see often,’ and then September 3, she won first-over in 1:49.2 and I said, ‘alright, we’ve got ourselves something really good here.’ ” Lady Dela Renta finished fifth in her Yonkers debut Sept. 20 after starting from post seven in the distaff feature. She drew post two in the $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Oct. 4 and tracked down Feelin Red Hot to win by a neck in 1:52.1. “When she drew inside on October 4 and went first-over on that Burke monster Feelin Red Hot, I thought this was going to be an interesting year next year,” Litvinsky said. “I think we’re going to stake her. We think she is something really special and we’ll see how far she can go.” After drawing outside again in consecutive starts at Yonkers Oct. 12 and 18, Lady Dela Renta went to Saratoga, where she posted back-to-back wins in the Spa’s $18,000 distaff feature. “She was just drawing outside at Yonkers, so we wanted to give her a little break,” Litvinsky said. “Shorter fields and we knew we would be able to get (Billy) Dobson that first week. We took a shot and she was super. And then the last one, she was supposed to race from off the pace, but Frank Coppola had different ideas. He went to the top and she won again.” Lady Dela Renta is now 20-for-51 with $226,164 earned. She will return to the Hilltop Friday night and will start from post one with Matt Kakaley in the sulky for the first time. The pair are 7-2 on the morning line. Lady Dela Renta will face five rivals, including Write Me A Song, who was assigned the outside post off a 1:52.4 victory in the distaff feature Nov. 1. George Brennan, who leads Jason Bartlett in the driver standings by five victories, will drive for Ron Burke. Wisdom Tree will start from an assigned post five in her return to Yonkers. The 4-year-old mare is 4-for-14 this season and enters off a 1:52.0 qualifying victory at Hoosier Park Oct. 30, which followed a fourth-place finish in the Filly and Mare Allerage Open Pace at the Red Mile Oct. 6. Jordan Stratton will take the lines for Jeff Cullipher. Kaitlyn also returns to Yonkers in this race off a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown Mares Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park Oct. 26. Sudden Change and Robyn Camden complete the six-pack. “She drew between one and three. It’s a short field. I think if she gets some kind of trip and has room, she should close pretty strong,” Litvinsky said. “Obviously, there are a couple other horses that are pretty good and you always need some racing luck when you’re racing these caliber horses. We got Matt Kakaley. I really like the way he drives, and I think he’ll get along with her. “I’m happy she’s doing well because Colin and Annie follow her. I’m happy they made the right decision by sending her here because she can expand her racing, make a name for herself,” Litvinsky continued. “I feel like she’s graduated the Australian ranks and she can go on to do bigger and better things here in the U.S. and see how far she can go. Maybe in the end, she could go back to Australia and breed her.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) continued her winning ways in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee was the overwhelming top choice in the wagering as she looked to go back-to-back in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Lady Dela Renta A had little difficulty going coast-to-coast in the $18,000 feature. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. marched the five year old distaffer out to the early lead and despite clicking off a fast 26.3 in quarter one, Lady Dela Renta A faced little challenge throughout the mile before pacing away from her rivals to win in 1:53 over a track labeled 'good.' The Australian invader's victory was her tenth of the season as she bested fellow out-of-towner HP Sissy (Jimmy Devaux), who was the runner-up, and Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) who earned the show spot. Lady Dela Renta A has now recorded 20 wins in her first 51 lifetime starts. In her most recent score, she paid $2.10 to win as the heaviest of favorites. The exacta with HP Sissy second came back $6.70. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) takes the $6,000 featured harness racing pace on Saturday (October 26). Sometimes Said ($5.40) went right to the front and flew to the first quarter in :25.4. He used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :55.0. As they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0 his lead was three lengths. Sometimes Said, who is owned by Ken Weckstein and trained by Gary Messenger, found even another gear as the reached the stretch. Second place finisher Bay Rum (Howard Parker) made a late bid but never got close as Sometimes Said won in 1:52.0. Tempster Hanover (Justin Huckabone) was third best. Sometimes Said is an 8-year-old gelding by Well Said. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 22 career victories. John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He now leads all drivers with 116 wins. Howard Parker and Jimmy Whittemore are tied for second with 85 victories. Leon Bailey is forth with 46 tallies. Claude Huckabone Jr and Claude Huckabone III are tied for fifth with 37 wins each. The trainers title is still undecided. John MacDonald leads with 49 training wins. Marissa Chadbourne is just three behind with 46 trips to the winner's circle. Homer Hochtetler and Jennifer Lappe are tied for third with 35 wins a piece. Claude Huckabone III is fifth with 32 training victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (November 1) and Saturday (November 2). It will be closing weekend at the Miracle Mile for the 2019 season. Post time for both nights is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) made her local debut a winning one in the Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jose Godinez has often brought New Zealand and Australian invaders to town to compete in Opens over the last handful of years and his newest revelation Lady Dela Renta A impressed in Thursday's $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The field was reduced to five after a scratch and Lady Dela Renta A wound up as the public's 2-5 betting favorite as she marched out to the early lead in the ladies' feature. Leading driver Billy Dobson got the invader to the top in a first quarter in 27 seconds before reaching the half in 56.1. Lady Dela Renta A never suffered an anxious moment before pacing away from her rivals to stop the timer in 1:52.4 to record the win in her local debut. Longshot Hilaria (Brett Crawford) got the pocket trip behind the winner and wound up as a clear-cut second-place finisher while Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith) finished third. Lady Dela Renta A's win was her ninth on the season and fifth since coming over to the U.S. from her native Australia. Paying just $2.80 to win on Thursday, Lady Dela Renta A, who led an exacta that returned $22.40, became the fourth Godinez-trained distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga in 2019 but the first since May. The five year old mare is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY and Dolne Farm Services of Indiana. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - Two-year-old harness racing fillies of both gaits contested the $178,600 in Liberty Bell series stakes action during a cool and blustery Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Picking the winners of the two pacing sections was easy as selecting the 2-3 finishers behind the North American powerhouse Lyons Sentinel in recent Simpson Stakes competition. The faster winner was the Well Said - Lounge Act miss Drama Act, who cut the mile last week and finished second to Lyons Sentinel for her first career loss in four starts. On Thursday she was again sent to the front by driver Marcus Miller, but the competition was not quite as strong, and the developing filly powered home in :56.2 to complete a 1:54.2 seven length victory for trainer Krista Harmon and The OK Corral. Third in that Simpson contest, the Sweet Lou - Ideal Weather filly Ginger Tree Carey overcame a first-over trip in less-than-ideal weather, making the lead on the far turn and then withstanding the late rally of favored Dance Club by a neck in 1:55.4, gaining into a 56.3 back half. Like Drama Act a winner of a Keystone Classic division, Ginger Tree Carey was driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Steve Cook and the partnership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen. Going into the first trotting division, 1-9 favorite Next Level Stuff had made eight starts in her career - four stakes victories, four breaks in stride. Here she managed to do both: challenging for the lead on the first turn, the daughter of Sebastian K S - Nantab (the fourth dam is Hambletonian winner Duenna) went offstride, but Tim Tetrick quickly got her back on the trot, though instead of first she was last, 7½ lengths off the pace at the quarter. But Tetrick got cover from second choice Hannah, followed that one as she grinded to the lead headstretch, then went by in 1:58, a length to the good as Next Level Stuff became the only two-year-old of either gait or sex to complete a Simpson - Liberty Bell local stakes double. Trainer Jim Campbell and the Runthetable Stables ownership were relieved to see the filly repair her error, as were those punters who put $8726 of a $9253 show pool on her. Not so fortunate were the punters who plunked down $10,070 of an $11,008 show pool on second division 1-5 favorite Dune Hill, who made a break in just about the same spot that Next Level Stuff did - outside challenging for the lead nearing the 3/16. Dune Hill caught the field, but she was not gaining when she made another mistake past the ¾. The contest went to the Cantab Hall - Podragos filly Miss Kendra D, whom David Miller raced in the pocket, then came out for the drive and went by pacesetting Drinking Money by 1¾ lengths. The freshman took a new mark of 1:58.3 for trainer Chris Beaver, who also co-owns with Donald Robinson and R.B.H. Ventures Inc. The 11-1 winner returned $17.00 to show; Drinking Money, 4-1, brought $23.80 for a show ticket, and 18-1 Spree, who finished third, returned $112.40 to her few show backers. The third division went to the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel filly Queen Of The Hill, who shot to the front soon after the start, then was able to keep the only contender, pocketsitter Ginger Tree Bren, from getting closer than 1 1/4 lengths at the end of the 1:57.2 mile. Yannick Gingras, who had five winners on the card, guided the Per Engblom-trained miss, a three-time PA Sire Stakes winner who now has earnings of $114,792, for owner Al Libfeld. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 4, 2019- An uncovered Lady Dela Renta A (Jim Marohn Jr., $9.60) picked off Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) at the wire Friday night (Oct. 4th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away third from post position No. 2, Lady Dela Renta A watched as 9-10 fave Feelin' Red Hot pocketed Alexa's Power (Dan Dube) through early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3. Lady Dela Renta A then moved, engaging the leader past a 1:24 three-quarters. Feelin' Red Hot owned a three-quarter-length in and out of the final turn, but the pursuer was relentless. Lady Dela Renta A stuck her tongue out late, prevailing by a neck in 1:52.1. Alexa's Power tired in the pocket but held third, with Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) and Lispatty (Austin Siegelman) settled for the minors. It was Liberty Rose N (Eric Goodell) at the back of the half-dozen. For third choice Lady Dela Renta A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Well Said co-owned by Dolne Farm Services & Blindswitch Racing and trained by Jose Godinez, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $96 and the superfecta paid $200. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening's (Oct. 5th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $5,299.21 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 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. For full results and entries click here. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

GRATZ, PA - The Dave Brickell 1-2 punch of powerful harness racing pacing females - freshman Dream Dancing and sophomore Crew Sock Hanover - were the headline attractions during an excellent 2-day stand of state Fair Sire Stakes racing during the Gratz Fair in this central Pennsylvania town. Dream Dancing set a new track record for her division with a 1:58.3 victory during two-year-old action on Sunday, knocking a tick off the nine-year-old mark of Blissful Artist. Brickell, also trainer and co-owner with Mitchell York, was in the sulky behind the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy, moving to the lead between the quarter and the half, and en route to the finish she also became the fastest two-year-old on the fair circuit this year and also the only horse to set two divisional track records, adding to her alteration in the Butler books. The next day, during sophomore action, the Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, sitting just off a wicked :27 duel to the quarter, moved down the backside the final time and drew clear late in 1:56.1, lowering her own standard for fastest mile of the local fair year, which she set here last week, by a full second. Kyle Bolon was in the sulky behind Crew Sock Hanover, winner of her last four fair starts, for Team Brickell / York. The sophomore pacing colt Find One More recorded his fourth 2:00 victory at the Pennsy fairs in 2019, double that of any other horse, taking his Sire Stakes race in 1:58.2. The altered son of Western Terror, a graduate of the "B" Fair Sire Stakes division who has now been victorious in three straight against the "A"s, defeated stablemate Way To Close by a half-length for driver Tony Schadel and trainer/brother Todd Schadel, the latter co-owner with his wife Christine. The pairing of driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III accounted for a sweep of the major action for sophomore trotters. First up was the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who was three-wide from fifth from before the three-quarter pole, yet still reduced his group's fair seasonal best to 2:01.3 for the Lone Wolf Stable. Then came 2018's divisional Fair Championship winner, RT Gloria De Dios a daughter of Muscle Massive, who wired her field in 2:02.3. It was the fourth straight win for RT Gloria De Dios, owned by the Brocious Racing Stable Inc., and her eighth triumph at the Keystone twicearounds this year, tying her at the top of that particular list. The other horse at the top of the victories column is the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotting gelding Penance, who overcame a hard grinding trip for a 2:04.1 win, giving him triumphs in five of his last fair six starts. It will cause little surprise to note that Penance was driven by Kyle Bolon, trained by Bob Rougeaux III, and is owned by Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The Delmarvalous - Life'sarealbeach freshman pacing gelding Life's Marvalous won in 1:59.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, the fastest mile by a baby pacing colt this year and his third straight fair triumph. Roger Hammer and Kyle Bolon each drove four winners during the two days to tie for sulky honors, while Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III topped the training side by sending out four winning charges. The Pennsylvania fair season ends this coming Friday and Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fair, with freshman in action on Friday starting at 1 p.m., and then sophomores on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. This will be the last chance for contenders to secure enough points to be eligible for their $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. From the MSOA,, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

GRATZ ,PA - The three-year-old Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, who went last year unbeaten at the Pennsylvania county fairs, now has five wins in the 2019 Fair Sire Stakes "A" program, and she gave definite notice that she'll be tough in her upcoming Fair Championship. She paced the fastest mile of the year at the Keystone fairs, 1:57.1, in winning during the Sunday program for sophomores at the Gratz Fair, who conducted races for two-year-olds the day before during a two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet. Crew Sock Hanover took the uncovered route against the pacesetting April Ava, who cut fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.4 in trying for a fifth win during an undefeated run at the fairs. But Crew Sock Hanover proved the stronger filly late, winning by 3½ lengths for driver Kyle Bolon and trainer David Brickell, the latter co-owner with Mitchell York. Veteran horseman John Wagner, making a rare appearance on the local fair circuit, lowered the season standard for sophomore pacing colts behind the Western Terror gelding Find One More, a winner in 1:57.3, a circuit-leading third 2:00 mile of the year. Wagner, who owned a horse on the program, got several drives that might normally go to Tony Schadel, who was competing at Philly in the freshman Sire Stakes Championship card, and he catch-drove the winner for Tony's brother and the horse's trainer Todd Schadel, also co-owner with wife Christine. Wagner also guided the Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset to his seventh win of the year at the fairs for co-owners Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. Andovers Asset was one of several horses to go atop the fair seasonal standings with their seventh victory in "A" company; others were the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, a 2018 Fair champion driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc.; and the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotter Penance, who overcame the trailing post seven for Team Bolon / Rougeaux / Brocious. In addition to the two sophomore pacers who lowered the circuit's best time at Gratz, the 2:02.4 mark for three-year-old trotting colts was reached for the fourth time, here by the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, owned by the Lone Wolf Stable and another successful teaming for driver Bolon and trainer Rougeaux. The other 2:02.4s were turned in by Andovers Asset (twice, but not at Gratz) and Grover Hanover. Given the above results, it will surprise few that Kyle Bolon tied for leading driver of the meet at four wins with Shawn Johnston, nor will it be a shock that Bob Rougeaux III and Roger Hammer dead-heated on the training side by harnessing four winning charges. There are only two more chances for horses looking to solidify their berths in the eight $25,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Fair Championship at The Meadows on October 5. The trotters and pacers will go this coming Sunday and Monday during the Gratz Fair, then move on to Bloomsburg for fair action on Friday the 20thand Saturday the 21st to wrap up their 2019 tour of the Pennsylvania twicearounds. From the PHHA, MSOA, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

WILKES-BARRE PA, - The Well Said mare Lady Dela Renta A, now 2-for-3 in the United States, paced an impressive 1:49.2 mile in taking the $17,500 distaff feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Anthony Napolitano got away fourth with the recent import as Bettorhaveanother took the field to the quarter in :26.2, then began a grinding move as early mover Lyons River Pride took the field to the half in :55. Lady Dela Renta A gained into a 1:21.4 three-quarter clocking, then showed no ill effects from the rough two-move trip, stretching out for more ground to the wire in defeating Lyons River Pride by a length. Lady Dela Renta A, a five-year-old mare, had put together 14 wins in 41 Down Under starts and $155,814 on her card when she was purchased by Blindswitch Racing Stable and Dolne Farm Services LLC and turned over to trainer Jose Godinez, and her connections looked to have made an astute purchase who may be capable of even better feats. Turville Hanover followed the cover of Bag O Chips around the far turn, then kicked on to beat out that rival by a neck in a $15,000 co-featured trot while taking a new mark of 1:54.4. Trainer Jeff Gregory guided the sophomore Cantab Hall gelding, who was unraced at two but now has posted five wins in 13 starts for Jeff Gregory Inc., Stuart Morgan, and Steven Finkelstein. FINISHING LINES - The draw is Wednesday morning for one of the biggest cards of the season at The Downs, next Monday's twilight program which features the three $100,000 Championships of the Great Northeast Open Series at 1¼ miles as well as all eight of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships during an action-packed lineup of races. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

STONEBORO, PA --- The 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Circuit completed the "western part" of its journey during two days of racing at the county fairgrounds in this city in the northwestern part of the state. Friday's racing of sophomores saw the "glamour division," the pacing colts, swept by the circuit's leading stable so far this year, that of Todd Schadel. The two winners, the Western Terror gelding Find One More (2:00 here) and the Well Said gelding Motive Hanover (2:00.4), are also the only two fair competitors with a pair of 2:00 miles over the Keystone twicearounds, and interestingly they both hung up a magic mile during both "A" and "B" level competitions. Todd trains and drove both; he shares ownership of Friday's faster winner with wife Christine, and of the other with his son Cody. Todd's brother Tony co-owns with wife/trainer Linda the sophomore Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset, whom he guided to his sixth victory of the fair campaign in 2:05, tying him for top winner among all "A" level competitors. A sophomore trotter aiming to take the lead by herself with a seventh fair victory, the filly RT Gloria De Dios, unfortunately had to be scratched out of her race - their van was in an accident coming to the races, but all concerned were reported uninjured. On Thursday two freshmen joined the tie for winningest "A" level fair horse: the pacing filly Dream Dancing and the trotting gelding Penance. The A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy miss Dream Dancing, a 2:03.4 winner, is brought to you by the team behind frequent fair winners of recent years Camera Lady and Crew Sox Hanover, co-owner/trainer Dave Brickell and co-owner/driver Mitchell York, while the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta gelding Penance , a 2:08.1 winner at Stoneboro, was driven Thursday by Kyle Bolon for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Within the circuit's pointscoring system that makes participants eligible to their respective Fair Sire Stakes Championships on October 5 at The Meadows, the overall lead has been taken by the Explosive Matter - Dreamgirl Lindy freshman trotting filly Lindy Pretty Lady, home in 2:08.4 for the Bolon/ Rougeaux / Brocious combine. Lindy Pretty Lady has been ultra-consistent , with a 13-4-6-3 scorecard at the fairs earning her the top point spot at this juncture. And so as not to slight the "B" Fair Sire Stakes racers, we mention that the A Rocknroll Dance - Real Expresso colt Caffeine Buzz now leads all fair competitors after posting his seventh fair win, all at the "B" level, in 2:08.3 for owner/trainer Roger Hammer and trainer Branden Smith. The fair rules have statutes regulating both the "winning out" from the "B" level and possible return if not high-up in the "A"s, and Caffeine Buzz obviously has found his winning level in the lower class - but he still has $11,562 on his card. Wayne Long drove five winners during the 2-day Stoneboro stand to take top honors for sulkysitters, while three trainers - Long, Bob Rougeaux, and Todd Schadel - tied for top in their category with a trio of winning charges. The state's fair action shifts to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this Sunday and Monday, where a two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet will host two-year-olds the first day and three-year-olds the second. Post time for both days is scheduled for 1 p.m From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the MSOA oartnership

CHESTER, PA - The two-year-old pacing colt Captain Groovy saw his bid to win all four of his Pennsylvania Stallion Series preliminaries look good for much of his race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday - until he got a bit tired late and was caught by $256.00 shock winner Keystone Dash in 1:53.4. The Sweet Lou - Keystone Dawn colt Keystone Dash did dash away quickly at the start from post seven and had the lead well before the :27.1 opener for Andrew McCarthy. Captain Groovy, starting just to his outside, was patiently guided up to command in front of the stands, and his swift stepping past the middle poles of :56 and 1:25 seemed to have paid off as most of the competition had melted off by the far turn. Most, but not all - Keystone Dash stayed connected in the pocket, eased out in the drive, and outpaced the Captain to the wire by a half-length, triggering the biggest win payoff at Philly since Thrillonthebeach paid $264.00 for $2 in September 2017. Far back in his first three races but better in finishing second against "nw2" company in his last race, Keystone Dash continued the improvement with the big upset for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the ownership of Ãke Svanstedt Inc. In another of the three $20,000 Stallion Series divisions, the Well Said-Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles took a lifetime best of 1:52, a clocking which matched the fastest posted by this group in either Sire Stakes or Stallion Series action to date. Jordan Stratton went to the lead with the victorious Ray Schnittker trainee by the :27.2 quarter, yielded to the brushing favorite Sandbetweenmytoes as that one took the field past a :56 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters, then moved out for the drive and went by a bit more easily than the ¾ of a length final margin may suggest. Lake Charles is undefeated in three Stallion Series starts for the ownership of Schnittker, Dr. John Egloff, Max J. Hempt, and Steven Arnold. The other StS division saw another colt remain undefeated in the series, as the Somebeachsomewhere - Temptation Hanover baby Patriot Nation made it two straight since dropping down from the Sire Stakes, here lowering his mark to 1:53.4. Driver George Napolitano Jr. used his favored front-end tactics, and after fractions of :27.4, :57.1, and 1:25.3 the youngster had more than enough left, defeating Hunter Hill by 2¼ lengths by trainer Andrew Harris and the partnership of Michael Goldberg and A Harris Racing LLC. The Bureau of Standardbred Racing within the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last StS race today revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. Captain Groovy; 2. Lake Charles; 3. Lyons Music; 4. (tie) Cheerio Hill and Patriot Nation; 6. Paddy All Day; 7. Complete Kaos; 8. (tie) Sandbetweenmytoes and Sombodyitreasure. All eight of the Stallion Series Championships will be held on Monday, September 9 at Pocono. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Tim Tetrick, the leading harness racing driver at Harrah's Philadelphia, continued on his recent hot run with five sulky successes on the Wednesday afternoon card, winning the featured trot, finishing first in one of the two co-featured paces, and just getting edged in the other co-feature. The richest purse of the day was a $16,000 trot, which was taken by Captain Morgan, a four-year-old son of Cantab Hall who has raced lightly (this was only his 14th career start), but has shown much promise. Here Tetrick sent the winner of two straight right to the lead, put up fractions of :27.2, :56.1, and 1:25.1 over a track that had been reclassified as "fast" after earlier rain had evaporated, then dug in to handle a last quarter threat from pocketsitter Lapped By Lindy to get to the finish line a half -length to the good in 1:54.3. Staffan Lind trains the developing winner for Lind Racing Stable LLC, Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth, and Kemppisuojalampistable. The Well Said three-year-old gelding Brassy Hanover, second in the Hempt Championship behind Shake That House but still eligible to "n/w 3 races lifetime," showed his class in his $14,000 pacing co-feature, taking a new mark of 1:50.4. Brassy Hanover came out to follow cover down the backstretch, was left raw at the ¾, then motored home in 28.1 to leave 80-1 shot Random Hanover eleven lengths in arrears and the others even further back. Eric Good owns the Eddie Dennis trainee. Favored V O Joe took the other $14,000 co-feature in 1:53.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr., but not until Joe McDude and Tetrick rapidly ate up stretch ground to be only a half-length shy at the wire. But Napolitano appeared to have the distance to the wire measured with the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding, with the pacer making it two straight for trainer Robert Cleary and the ownership of Allen Wenc and Joseph Hughes. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Appleby Hanover put in a super gusty first-over mile in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The feature race began with three-horses racing three-wide to the opening quarter mile. It was Surf Report (Tyler Jones) who took the lead away from Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), who had taken the lead from D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy). They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. As the field came past the grandstand the second time, it was driver Stephane Gendron coming first-over with Appleby Hanover and they were nearly able to collar Surf Report past the half mile marker in :56.3. With Bali (Stephane Brosseau) racing second-over and race favorite Ufdragons Rocket (Pascal Berube) third-over, it was still Surf Report battling with Appleby Hanover at the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Coming down the stretch was when Appleby Hanover was able to find another gear, wearing down Surf Report and going on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Surf Report held for second place with Ufdragons Rocket third. It was the third straight win this year for Appleby Hanover, a six-year-old stallion bu Well Said, trained and co-owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. His mile was the fastest of the afternoon. Sent off at odds of 7-1, Appleby Hanover paid $16.70 to win. Sultan D Or saw his four-race winning streak come to a close in the 7th race trot. Unbeaten in four starts this year, Sultan D Or started from post nine in the second tier and has problems getting behind the starting gate and was never in the hunt. Massmade and driver Stephane Brosseau upset the field at 8-1, winning in 1:59 and paying $18.20 to win. Sultan D Or is still the winningest horse at H3R this season. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers Sunday with three wins while Marc Andre Simoneau was the leading trainer with two wins from his stable. All nine of the races Sunday were timed in under 2:00. Management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the Hippodrome 3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Finals on Saturday, July 13 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. That weekend there will be live racing at the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the sixth straight year a record number of four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000C renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. A total of 29 nominees for the final surpassed the 2018 record of 27 nominees. The top eight money winners in 2019 at entry time will compete in the $200,000C final. Headlining the list of nominees is Courtly Choice, a million-dollar career winning son of Art Major, who won $910,000 last year with a record of 1:47.1 for trainer Blake MacIntosh. His top victories last year were in the Little Brown Jug and the Meadowlands Pace. Courtly Choice is already off to a great start in 2019, having won two of his three starts. Last week he won the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace in 1:49.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. In 2017, the Jimmy Takter Stable posted their second Prix D'Ete victory (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was an upset in the Prix D'Ete as driver Ricky Macomber scored with Beckhams Z Tam at odds of 9-1 ($21.10) in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before. This year especially because we have a record number of horses eligible and they are the best in North America." The Ron Burke Stables Done Well is another major early contender. The gelded son of Well Said has two wins in three starts this year. Last week he scorched the half mile oval at Flamboro Downs, winning the $139,000C Confederation Cup in 1:50.2. The week prior he won his elimination division in 1:51.4 over a sloppy track. O'Brien award winner Jimmy Freight is nominated and he is a career winner of $941,000. The gusty son of Sportswriter was a game second last week to Done Well in the Confederation Cup. Prix D'Ete eligibles who won last week include Thinkbig Dreambig, who scored at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, Hitman Hill at Pocono Downs in 1:50.1 and Trump Nation at the Meadowlands in 1:49.3. Quebec-owned nominees include Courtly Choice and Stock. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after May 15, 2019 payment) American History Bounding Dragon Casimir Richie P  Courtly Choice Done Well Dragonology Ghost Dance Hayden Hanover Hitman Hill Jimmy Freight Kwik Talkin Minnie Vinnie Nutcracker Sweet Pedro Hanover Pretty Handsome Rush To Judgement Shnitzledosomethin Simple Kinda Man Skyway Quinton Springsteen Stock Talbotcreekwhiskey The Downtown Bus Thinkbig Dreambig This Is The Plan Thor De Vie Topville Olympian Trump Nation Turbo Hill From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHESTER, PA - The John Simpson Sr. stakes series, honoring the late Hall of Fame horseman and executive, got underway at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with two-year-old harness racing filly action, with over $190,000 in combined purses for three divisions of pacers and two of trotters. In the first pace, the Well Said- Lady's Portrait filly Renaissance Lady K was sent to the front by driver George Napolitano Jr. before the 27.3 quarter, then the pair got to the half in 56.3. Favored Philly Hanover launched uncovered from fourth at that point, and made some headway before the leader got to the ¾ in 1:24.1; the chalk then continued to reduce the margin through the stretch, but Renaissance Lady K held gamely to post a neck decision while lowering her mark four seconds to 1:52.1. Norm Parker trains the winner for veteran owner Robert Key. In the other sidewheeling division, Rockn Philly, who did not have a good outing upon returning to her "home track" for a Liberty Bell contest last week, definitely brought her "A" game today while winning in 1:53.4. Victor Kirby sent the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Philadelphia to the lead after the 27.4, rested to the half in 57.2, and then powered home in 56.2 - 27.4 while unthreatened, boosting her earnings to $118.038 for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of CC Racing LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. Turning to the trotters: The "Trot Man," driver Mike Simons, showed he knows 5/8-mile track geometry in the first section, going out from the rail with Pilgrims Lass against two outside leavers, forcing one to tuck before letting favored Navarone Hanover go past the 28.2 quarter, and then racing in the golden seat through middle splits of 58.3 and 1:27.4. As first-over Big Weezy grinded to a short lead headstretch, Simons ducked to the inside, and gradually his Muscle Mass - Goodtimesstarthere filly erased Big Weezy's narrow advantage and got to the wire a neck to the good in a personal best of 1:57.1. Pilgrims Lass has now won two straight for trainer Scott Andrews and owner Edward Andrews. The Donato Hanover - Glide About miss American Kosmos, 3-for-4 lifetime and the 1-9 favorite of the crowd, found herself having to take a two-hole trip behind determined 38-1 shot Sigilwig, who set fractions of 28.4, 58.3, and 1:27.3 in their cut. At the ¾ pole driver George Brennan eased American Kosmos to the outside, and she trotted nicely down the center of the track to win in 1:57.1, at the wire a length ahead of Meadowbranch Vicki, with the gallant Sigilwig holding for third. Julie Miller trains the quick filly, whose only loss came when she made a break, for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow. Stella Jane, looped early and out well past the 28.2 quarter before getting the lead, went on with fractions of 58.4 and 1:27.3, then had enough to withstand the horse that parked her early, Southwind Percy, by a neck in 1:57 after a stretch battle in the last division. George Napolitano Jr., getting a stakes win on both gaits, guided the daughter of Crazed - Naughty Nana for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Crawford Farms Racing. FINISHING LINES - With a carryover from yesterday in the Pick 4 pool, this afternoon's quad-win bet drew a lot of attention, with its 50-cent minimum and 15% takeout. Horses paying $7.60, $13.00, and $2.20 in the first three legs didn't really hint at a mega-payoff, but when $64.60 winner Inner Peace nosed out favorite He's Gone in the bet's final contest, a 50-cent ticket was worth $7441.90. (Had the favorite held, the payoff still would have been a generous $676.50.) From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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