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WILKES-BARRE PA – Anwar Hanover ($42.40), riding great second-over cover for harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy, caught the first-over Cruise Patrol by a neck to lower his mark by a tick to 1:51.1 in winning the $18,000 featured pace Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The winning son of Well Said had been highly-enough regarded to try the Levy Series in March, but breaks in three of his last four starts had discouraged the bettors, resulting in his long price here. Frank Kamine (who ironically once was the trainer of Saturday night’s Levy champion Keystone Velocity) conditions Anwar Hanover for owner Mike Romanelli. There were a trio of $16,000 co-features on the Sunday card, one each for trotters of both sexes and one for pacing males.   Libertarian, a five-year-old altered son of Donato Hanover who was making only his 20th lifetime start, continued to make up for lost time, now having won half of his eight 2017 starts after a wire-to-wire 1:55.1 victory. Rich Gillock trains the promising trotter for owners Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. (Earlier in the card, Gillock also conditioned another Donato Hanover winner, the filly Icy Crystals, who finally broke her maiden in her  15th start and paid $63.60 under the guidance of Marcus “I Don’t Want To Be Known As The King Of The Longshots” Miller.)   Libertarian’s female counterpart was the Manofmanymissions mare Haileysgonedancing, who swung wide approaching headstretch and caught the pacesetting Catch All nearing the wire while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:55.4. Tom Jackson had sulky duties for trainer Susan Marshall, co-owner with James Matheos.   The Somebeachsomewhere colt Highalator won in the first two preliminaries of his Weiss Series competition, then kept out of the box last week and dropped in the pacing co-feature Sunday to keep his confidence high. And the strategy worked for trainer Jenny Bier as Highalator went wire-to-wire for his eighth straight victory, tallying in 1:53 for driver Victor Kirby and owners Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.   The Bobby Weiss Series preliminary action reclaims the spotlight on Monday and Tuesday at The Downs. Pacers of both sexes will have two divisions on Monday (minus Highalator); the trotters follow the next day with three divisions for each.   PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2017 -- Art N Music exploded from the pocket in the lane and captured his second straight in Saturday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Town Speaker took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The Walter Russell championship, as well as the finals of three other current series at The Meadows, is set for Saturday, March 25. Art N Music stalked Dragon Striker for most of the mile before making the winning move for Dave Palone. He prevailed in a career-best 1:55.3 over a sloppy surface, 2-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Sin City Boogie, while Dragon Striker saved show. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Art Colony-Keystone Musical gelding for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Town Speaker, who finished third in his series opener, quarter-poled to the front for Dan Rawlings and held off the first-over Gossip Boy to score by a neck in 1:56.3, with Subliminal third. Dirk Simpson conditions the 3-year-old Well Said-Town Feather gelding for James Reynolds and Marsha Combs-Skinner. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card, with Palone piloting three of the victors. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2017 -- Kingofthejungle waited patiently in the pocket behind the dueling leaders, then blazed through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to score the 9-1 upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Mykindachip was fending off the first over challenge of Latest Desire, Kingofthejungle and Tony Hall kept up, waiting for the opportunity to strike. They found it inside, where Kingofthejungle overtook Mykindachip and downed him by a head in 1:53.1. Unlocked also shot the Lightning Lane to earn show. Jack Smith trains Kingofthejungle, a 6-year-old Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $395,291, for Fox Racing Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Hall collected four wins and Aaron Merriman three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - The first of four February "Survivor Series" champions was crowned Sunday afternoon (Feb. 19) at Miami Valley Raceway. A Little Starstruk (Kayne Kauffman) proved to be queen of the harness racing elimination style 'elite series' for $10,000 claiming mares, triumphing over Ginger Spice N (Brady Galliers) and Fox Valley Pipa (Randy Tharps) in 1:53.3. Kauffman put the winning 6-year-old Well Said mare on the front end early, and save for a very brief give-and-go lead change with Fox Valley Pipa around the :27.4 first quarter mile marker, A Little Starstruk never had an anxious moment. Posting comfortable mid-mile fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.1 she had plenty left to post a :28.2 final quarter while opening up daylight on the other eight finalists through the stretch. Elated owner-trainer Chris McGuire plucked A Little Starstruk via the claim box from the first leg of the claiming series for $12,000 and almost recouped his entire investment in one week with the winner's share of the $20,000 championship purse. Miami Valley will be 'dark' on Monday (Feb. 20) due to Presidents Day, although simulcast wagering will be available throughout the day and night. Live racing resumes Tuesday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. when a $22,000 Open Trot and a pair of third elimination round races for $5000 male pacers will share the spotlight. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2016 -- Kingofthejungle moved smartly first over for Aaron Merriman and went on to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five wins on the harness racing card for Merriman, including a pair for trainer Mike Dowdall. Kingofthejungle was third near the three-quarters when Merriman sent him after the leader, Atta Boy Dan. The 5-year-old Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding overtook Atta Boy Dan around the final turn and held off the rallying Doctor RJ by a neck to prevail in 1:52.2. Atta Boy Dan saved show. Jack Smith trains Kingofthejungle, who extended his career bankroll to $359,316, for Fox Racing Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Rags To Riches Of PA enjoyed an ownership triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - It may have taken her until the end of her three-year-old harness racing campaign, but the sophomore Well Said filly Eloquent Grace may have had her breakthrough mile Tuesday night at  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in taking the $18,000 distaff pacing feature. Her final time of 1:53.1 in 48-degree temperatures did not give her a new mark (she set hers at 1:51.4 in 79 temperatures in Philly at June), but her method of winning was most impressive - sitting fourth and about five lengths off the pace at the 5/8, Eloquent Grace and driver Jim Marohn Jr. made a giant spurt to reach the leader by the ¾ pole, go by on the turn, and win by 4¼ lengths, with her final 3/8 translating to about a 1:50 mile rate. The superior victory also boosted her earnings over six figures - to $100,200. An embryo transfer foal out of Graceful Motion, who produced the millionaire Real Artist full sister/brother Ginger And Fred and Fred And Ginger (the lead name reveals the horse's sex), also embryo transfer foals who were successfully campaigned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, and Jerry Silva in various partnerships, Eloquent Grace continues a long history for this trio: the official ownership on her is Taylor, Gold, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and the Burke Racing Stable LLC of conditioner Ron Burke. Star driver of the evening at Pocono at press time was Andrew McCarthy, who visited Victory Lane four times, in races 3, 5, 6 and 7. Breaking up McCarthy's streak was fourth race winning driver Jim Taggart Jr., who in the eleventh race came back with an $89.80 winner in Marion Millionaire - giving The Downs seven horses paying $50 on more in its last six cards. PHHA / Pocono    

WILKES-BARRE PA - The photo-finish system at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono stayed hard at work during the $16,000 harness racing distaff pacing feature Tuesday night, as the Well Said sophomore filly I Said Please reduced her mark by a tick to 1:53.1 in defeating Rock Me Baby by a nose, with Eloquent Grace another nose back in third.   Those three formed the outer tier down the backstretch, helped by a tailwind, with Eloquent Grace going to the lead on the far turn, only to be overhauled late by second-over I Said Please, who just did withstand the foe on her back, Rock Me Baby, for driver Andrew McCarthy (one of his two wins on the night), trainer Travis Alexander, and the Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC, who saw their filly run his earnings to $121,433. It was just another race at the office for the photo finish operation - the rules officially call for a photo for any race decided by a half-length race or less, and in the first eight races six of the margins added up to three noses, a head, a neck, and a half-length.   Windsun Glory became another horse traveling a pattern familiar to Pennsylvania horseplayers - from Ontario to the Ron Burke Stable, then winning at first asking after a layoff -- in taking the $15,500 co-featured pace. The sophomore daughter of Mach Three made an early move to command for Matt Kakaley, then stepped home in 55.3 in lowering her mark to 1:51.2 while crossing the six-figure bankroll threshold to $101,886 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Lawrence Karr.   After winning a Breeders Crown race on Saturday night with 17-1 Someomensomewhere, Marcus Miller was reminded that in Pennsylvania he is known as "King Of The Longshots," to which he replied, "I would love to be king of the favorites; that's my next goal!" Well, Marcus, who had three winners on this card, may have to delay that ambition a trifle if he keeps bringing home horses like Terror Aint A Fool, who won the first race by, what else on this night, a nose, and paid $59.00 - giving young Miller ten winners of $50 or more at Pocono this year, double his nearest competition in that category.   The horse defeated by a nose in the opener was 31-1 shot Irish Kath N, who was driven by about the only sulkysitter currently hotter than Miller, Jim Marohn Jr., who captured four races Tuesday to mark the eighth consecutive Pocono card where he's had multiple wins. He's now risen to sixth in the Pocono standings, with the three drivers battling for fifth being familiar names if you've read all this story - Marcus Miller 112, Jim Marohn Jr. 111, Andrew McCarthy 110. Marohn had 35 wins at Pocono during the month of October just at Pocono, and 53 in all for the month counting Philly, Freehold, and The Meadowlands.   Marohn's so hot right now, he won a race where he didn't cross the wire first - his Low Card was caught by a neck by Anwar Hanover, but that horse made the third of his three breaks (one an "ix") during the race in the shadow of the wire, putting Marohn and his horse up via the lapped-on break rule.   PHHA / Pocono  

Harness racing owner Bob Tambur enjoys watching his horses compete, but even more than that he delights in simply watching them grow up. "I just have a love for raising these horses; I get a big kick out of it," said Tambur, a northeast Pennsylvania resident whose homebred Boogie Shuffle races out of the training stable of Mark Harder in Saturday's first of five Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male pacers at Lexington's Red Mile. "I tell Mark all the time, I get as big a kick out of breeding these horses as I do watching them race. I get a kick out of seeing how they turn out. It's more special when they do well, but I'm just so happy to be competitive." Boogie Shuffle has been competitive for Tambur's Fox Hollow Farm, with a total of six on-the-board finishes in eight starts and earnings of $72,633. He has one win and four second-place finishes, with three of the runner-up efforts coming on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit to Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, and Fear The Dragon. Huntsville went on to win the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, with Downbytheseaside second and Fear The Dragon third. Those three horses also are among the four fastest 2-year-old male pacers of the season; the other is Ocean Colony. Boogie Shuffle and driver Scott Zeron will see Huntsville, Fear The Dragon, and Ocean Colony in their seven-horse Bluegrass division Saturday. Huntsville, from the Ray Schnittker Stable, is the 2-1 morning line favorite while Boogie Shuffle is 6-1. The division features five horses with at least $69,000 in purses; no other division has more than two. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race with the top horses," Tambur said about Boogie Shuffle's difficult draw. "There are no breathers, not in today's world. I'd like to win them all, but that's not how it goes." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than 20 years ago and enjoyed success in the mid-1990s with stakes-winning female pacer Sweetgeorgiabrown. Other notable horses have included stakes-winner Sutter Hanover (in partnership) and hard-knocking homebred Bullet Bob, who has earned $359,095. Boogie Shuffle is a son of stallion Well Said out of Tambur's mare Ciela Hanover. Boogie Shuffle's 3-year-old full brother Senator Charlie has earned $77,690 for Fox Hollow Farm and a Well Said-Ciela Hanover yearling named Kaboom Pow will soon start preparing for his racing career. Ciela Hanover this year produced a Sweet Lou-sired filly named Sweet Anna Banana. "I have high hopes for the two on the ground, the filly and the colt," Tambur said. "The brother to Boogie is bigger at this stage. He's a good-looking colt. We hope he does well. We hope he's got the speed and the desire Boogie has. It's all about the heart." Tambur thought highly of Boogie Shuffle from the time he was born. "I saw that horse an hour after he was born and he was standing up and he was so correct," Tambur said. "From day one, he looked fabulous; from hour one. I always felt because of how correct he was that he was going to be a well-gaited horse." Boogie Shuffle heads to the Bluegrass off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Liberty Bell Series in which he encountered traffic trouble in the stretch. The colt's remaining stakes schedule includes the International Stallion, Breeders Crown, and Matron. "We're hopeful, but we know the competition is keen," Tambur said. "He is getting stronger and he's grown a little bit. We just hope he continues to get faster and get better. He's got a good motor, and he's got a good heart, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully he continues to do well." The favorites in the remaining four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old male pacers are, in race order, Erv Miller's R J P, Jimmy Takter's Blood Line, Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside, and Ron Burke's Miso Fast. There also are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers, headlined by Takter's She's A Great Lady champion Idyllic Beach. For Saturday's complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 2, 2016 -- Techtor Hanover worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then roared through the harness racing Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Techtor Hanover had been performing well against top competition but settling for checks rather than wins. The 4-year-old Well Said-Tempest Blue Chip gelding elevated his game Friday when he kicked past the venerable Sam Hill to down him by a neck in 1:50.1, fastest of his career. The first-over Kingofthejungle earned show. Aaron Merriman piloted Techtor Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $135,908, for trainer Jack Smith and owner Tommy Mucci. It was one of three wins on the 13-race program for Merriman. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a Labor Day card that begins at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Better Said ($23.80) overcame a speed-grinding first-over trip to take the harness racing $15,500 featured pace Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Jim Taggart Jr. was able to take away the lead from favored frontstepping Single Me in early stretch, but 2014 Breeders Crown winner Sayitall BB came clear in the Pocono Pike and charged hard, extending the winning daughter of Well Said, but she remained game to hold off her oncoming rival by a neck. Better Said also took a new mark of 1:51.2 with the victory, in which she came her own last half in 55 flat despite the first-over grind. Kyle Spagnola trains the winner of $194,552 for owner Michael Polansky.   Two other distaffers of note winning on the Tuesday Pocono card were the Royel Millennium filly Prairie Sweetheart, now 9 for 9 lifetime as she prepared for the fall stakes season in Florida by lowering her mark to 1:50.4 for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Mike Deters, the latter co-owner with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, and 2014 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2PF champion Southwind Roulette, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere who raised her stack of chips to $562,655 while lowering her speed mark to 1:50.1 under the guidance of Mike Simons for trainer Ron Burke and owner Frank Poerio Jr.   PHHA / Pocono

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - The value of picking your post position after an elimination victory isn't getting to select your exact spot on the harness racing gate, but rather eliminating any chance of a drawing a poor post. Half a length is all that separated rookie pacing filly Happy Hannah from securing a great post position to drawing the dreaded ten-hole in the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady final at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday night. Trained by Mark Steacy, Happy Hannah entered last Saturday's 'Great Lady' eliminations with a victory and a pair of seconds in three starts. The daughter of Well Said was sent to the front by driver Randy Waples and led the field into the backstretch before heavy favourite Candlelight Dinner made a brush to the lead. Happy Hannah was in a fantastic spot to make the final following the undefeated leader. However, victory became an option when Candlelight Dinner began to fade at the top of the lane and Happy Hannah angled from the rail to take over top spot. Appearing to be on her way to a victory, the Steacy trainee got picked off in deep stretch by a charging Thats My Ticket and finished second. "She cleared a little bit too early in the stretch and being young she got lost," said Steacy. "I think if she would have just come a little bit later she would've got the job done." The second-place effort secured Happy Hannah a spot in the rich final, her connections $8,750 plus a guaranteed cheque in the final and kept her record of top two finishes intact. The downside to finishing second, landing post ten in the open draw. Staying away from the negatives, Happy Hannah appears to be a Grand Circuit player and Steacy believes she is getting stronger with each start. "Unfortunately (finishing second) cost us the post position, but she has only had three or four starts and she is getting better each time." The first foal out of Hallie Gallie, a daughter of the great Galleria, Happy Hannah sold for $90,000 at last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and showed her trainer talent and some sass training down. "She was a little witch," noted Steacy. "She was hard to break and she still is a little bit of a witch, but I like that little attitude in them anyways. She always showed a real nice gait and lots of ability from the start." After finishing second in her debut on July 25, Happy Hannah broke her maiden the next week in 1:53.4, pacing a :26.3 final-quarter. Through four starts, she has banked $45,637 for owners Stan Klemencic, Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc. and Hutt Racing Stable. While Happy Hannah will have to overcome post ten in Saturday's final, her stablemate Obvious Blue Chip did just slightly better in the draw by landing post eight. The daughter of Roll With Joe was making just her third start in last Saturday's 'Great Lady' elimination and finished fifth to qualify for the final. A $35,000 purchase out of Harrisburg, Obvious Blue Chip is owned by Nlg Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski. A winner in her career debut, Steacy pointed out that he didn't originally plan on entering 'Obvious' in the event, but got his arm twisted by her original driver. "Actually James (MacDonald) talked me into putting her in that race because she raced pretty good the start before." Obvious Blue Chip rallied in her elimination from last at the top of the lane to finish fifth by pacing home in :27.2. She has paced a final-quarter of :27.2 or better in all three of her starts. "She raced really well," said Steacy. "She got shuffled back and still came on and got in, unfortunately she got the eight-hole, but if they go hard at the front, she could sneak in there for a piece." Obvious Blue Chip will attempt to put her strong closing speed to use and rally for a share in Saturday's final, but don't expect to see Happy Hannah at the back of the pack. "I wouldn't doubt that Hannah will probably have to go a little bit at the start," Steacy said. "You can't pull last, I don't think, but that will be up to Randy." Steacy's fillies will have to play with the hands they have been dealt for Saturday, but whether they can make some noise or not, the future appears bright. Here is the full field for Saturday's $427,000 Shes A Great Lady Final PP/Horse/Sire/Trainer 1. Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - Casie Coleman 2. Thats The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Chris Ryder 3. World Apart - Art Major - Linda Toscano 4. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Jimmy Takter 5. Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Tony Alagna 6. Agent Q - Western Terror - Aaron Lambert 7. Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Tony Alagna 8. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - Mark Steacy 9. Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Tony Alagna 10. Happy Hannah - Well Said - Mark Steacy   Mark McKelvie

East Rutherford, NJ --- Control The Moment won the first jewel in Pacing’s Triple Crown, capturing Saturday’s $320,000 Cane Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers by one length over Manhattan Beach at the Meadowlands. JK Will Power was third, nosing out filly Pure Country for the show spot. The race featured a field of 11 horses and was contested at 1-1/8 miles. The time was 2:02.4. Control The Moment was sixth in the early part of the race, which saw Big Top Hanover lead to the first quarter in :25.4 before JK Will Power took the front and guided the field to the half in :54.2. From there, JK Will Power and Manny engaged in a battle for the top spot, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.4. But Control The Moment made a big move on the final turn and took control for the victory. The time to the mile was 1:49. Pure Country, who was trying to join Countess Adios as the only filly to win the Cane Pace, started the race from the trailing position and was eighth through the first half of the race. Control The Moment, who was racing for the first time since winning the Meadowlands Pace on June 16, was driven by Brian Sears for trainer Brad Maxwell. The colt has won four of eight races this season and 12 of 17 in his career. “He hadn’t raced in a couple weeks and they were racing aggressive enough early in the race,” winning driver Brian Sears said. “He was a little keyed up when he came third over, I had him three deep a little earlier than I wanted, but he’s a really nice horse and paced right to the wire.” Asked about the extra eighth of a mile, Sears said, “With the time off, he probably wasn’t super tight but he was really fresh, anyway.” Control The Moment, a son of  Well Said - Life’sliltreasure, is owned by the Control The Moment Stable. He has earned $1.02 million lifetime. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - With Candlelight Dinner skipping round two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series, it was time for another rookie pacing filly to step up and visit the harness racing winner's circle Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A compact field of six two-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $14,000 second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Black Jack Pat, who finished second in round one, was able to get up in the final strides to score her first career victory in 1:56.2. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, Black Jack Pat and driver Jody Jamieson got away second behind Touching Thought and Paul MacDonell. The fillies would remain in the same positions for three-quarters of a mile, as MacDonell and his charge cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Black Jack Pat came to the outside to try and track down the leader. Touching Thought dug in and did her best to hold off the favourite, but Black Jack Pat was able to grind away and got by in the final strides to win by a head. Come What May also made a late bid to finish right along side the top two fillies for a third-place finish. Warrawee Star finished fourth, while Ohello Blue Chip was fifth. The final filly in the field, Southwind Gio, broke a hopple before the start and was pulled up in the first turn. A daughter of Well Said, Black Jack Pat is trained by Dave Menary for owner Dave Van Camp. The rookie pacing filly was making her third career start Thursday and now has a win and runner-up finish on her record. A $13,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Sale, Black Jack Pat is the second foal out of Camluck mare Mrs Noce, who is a full-sister to Ontario Sires Stakes star Luck Of Michelle ($907,709 - 1:53.1). Candlelight Dinner, who won last week's opening leg by six lengths, is expected to compete in next week's series final. The Whenuwishuponastar Series finale is scheduled for next Thursday (August 4). Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 16, 2016-"I've had success with his family, and he was cheap." Such was the pre-race assessment of one Ray Schnittker Saturday night in advance of Yonkers Raceway's $100,00 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Schnittker and favored Summer Side ($4.30) kept their heads while others around them were losing theirs, winning by 3¼ widening lengths in 1:55.3. The $15,000 (Harrisburg) son of Well Said was put in play early from post position No. 6. He had company, including pole-sitting Southwind Diablo (George Brennan, and eight-holer Hurrikane Kingkong (Dan Dube), which forced a spiffy :27.1 opening quarter-mile. "Diablo," steppy behind the gate, was the first to do the dance of damned, before the quarter. Summer Side inherited the lead before yielding to Hurrikane Kingkong, parked into the second turn for the privilege. Nearing the 57-second intermission, Humboldt (Mark MacDonald), coupled with Southwind Diablo, also broke. He bothered a few of the back-of-the-bussers, as "Kingkong" led toward the payoff lap. Then out of fourth moved Chip Walther (Jason Bartlett), doing so with purpose. He took over at the 1:25.4 three-quarters, opening daylight in the final turn, until... ...oops. He blew up badly. That allowed Summer Side the chance to extricate himself from the cones, and he opened from there. Hurrikane Kingkong held second, with Rollin' About (Brent Holland) crossing the line third. However, after a lengthy look, he was set down for bothering fourth-place finisher Joe's Bid (Jordan Stratton) down the backside the second time, so those two positions were reversed. Pinkribbon Warrior (Tyler Buter) earned the final pay envelope, seventh-placed-fifth after all the misdeeds were adjudicated. For Summer Side, co-owned (with Howard Taylor) and trained by his driver, it was a maiden win in his third start. The exacta paid $29.20, with the triple returning $235.50. "I wanted to leave and sit a hole," Schnittker said. "I did, then Jason (Bartlett, Chip Walther) came about a hundred miles an hour and went by, and I thought I was in big trouble. "Things worked out, for us, not him." Schnittker, whose other Sheppard win was back in 1995 (Bingo Hanover), admitted he was prepared to move this one. "I had him in a '2-year-old in training sale' with a reserve of $80,000, but there were no takers." Now, he's out for the purchase price, and then some. The race honors the man behind the tremendous success of Hanover Shoe Farms Saturday night's pair of $45,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Trot-Shake it Cerry (Dube, $18.40) in 1:54.2; --Pace-Doctor Butch (Holland, $8.80) in 1:50.2. Stakes action continues Monday night with the $150,425 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace (2-year-old fillies). Monday's Pick 5 begins with a carryover of $2,541.81 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway


Nichols, N.Y. -- Shutthefrontdoor ($11.40) sustained first-over gains en route to a second consecutive harness racing Open level win at Tioga Downs, using the same tactics in Friday (July 8) evening's $11,000 feature at Tioga Downs as she did the week prior.   Dan Clements made his push to the fore with the 5-year-old Well Said mare after K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) achieved the lead, pressing the pace without the aid of cover after a :57.2 first half mile. Shutthefrontdoor forced a :27 third quarter before subsequently wearing down K J's Caroline at head-stretch, driven to a three-quarters length victory over in 1:52.3 in a virtual carbon copy of her first-over defeat of Irish Bride the week prior. K J's Caroline was a valiant second, while Irish Bride (Fern Paquet, Jr.) held third off a loose pocket trip, chasing the dueling leaders through the far turn.   Trainer Mike Sinclair co-owns 14-time winner Shutthefrontdoor with Guy Beaulieu and Richard Villeneuve.   Clements, Sinclair with hat tricks   The featured win with Shutthefrontdoor was the cornerstone of a driving hat trick for Clements and a training triple for Sinclair on the evening's 13-race card. Clements also teamed up with Mike's Powerhouse ($2.40, 1:53.4) and Heather ($24.00, 1:55.3), while Sinclair trainees Rossini ($13.80, 1:54.1) and Ulster Hanover ($6.40, 1:54.1) also proved victorious.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 10) afternoon with a 15-race card due off at 1:30 p.m. A trio of New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting fillies share the spotlight on the afternoon, with Empire Breeders Classic winner Non Stick (race 4, Ã…ke Svanstedt) and Swinging Royalty (race 6, Chris Lems) among the 21 sophomores to vie for a combined $121,800 in purses.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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