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WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Brett Miller won with two daughters of Somebeachsomewhere, as five divisions of a $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired two-year-old pacing fillies were held over a sloppy track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Brett Miller rallied Heels On The Beach out of the pocket and into a 28.2 final quarter to take the fastest division in 1:53.2 by 1½ lengths for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Bradley Grant. Brett then handled the homebred Pure Country in winning in 1:54.1, with back panels of 55.2 - 26.3 after a quarter-move making people sit up and take notice. Jimmy Takter conditions the promising miss for Diamond Creek Racing.   The clocking of 1:54.1, and the winning tactic of quarter-moving, were matched by the Well Said filly Eloquent Grace and Yannick Gingras, in triumphing for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of the Burke Racing Stable, Ed Gold, Howard Taylor (who has not driven a losing horse in two days short of two years), and the J&T Silva Stables. Well Said then completed a siring double while David Miller completed a driving double behind I Said Diamonds, wire-to-wire in 1:54.2 - 56 - 27.3 for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes.   David Miller's earlier success came with the only non-favored winner of the quintet, Tipton Teeez (though as the $5.40 second choice she paid less than favored Heels On The Beach's $6.00). Quarter-moving was again a winning path to Victory Lane, as the Western Terror miss stepped home in 28 to complete a 1:56.4 package for trainer Brian Brown and owner Jennifer Brown.   ******* Wednesday finds the All-Stars action continuing with seven divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies going after $210,000.   Incredibly for July 1, fully thirteen of the baby trotting misses already show marks in 2:00 or better, most of them in qualifiers, the fastest being the 1:58 of the Donato Hanover filly Womans Will (race 12, post two, driver Andy Miller). Two other horses to note are Broadway Donna (race 11, post three, driver David Miller), who won a p/m event in 1:58.2 at Philly, and who is out of a mare who is a full sister to Cooler Schooner, who set her amazing 1:51.3 world record here at Pocono; and the "hunch play," Kathy Parker (race 10, post one, driver Jimmy Takter), named after the journalist to be installed into the Communicators Hall of Fame this weekend at Goshen.   All-Stars action closes out on the first Friday card of the season at The Downs, with six divisions of freshman colt pacers racing for a bounty of $180,000.   Trainer Ron Burke has 14 entrants among the sextet of events - including, would you believe, SIX horses who show at least two winning lines and have never tasted defeat? Such a wealth of Burke talent will lure the world's winningest driver, Dave Palone, over to Pocono Friday, where he already has calls in five of the six events.   But the fastest of the 24 entered babies who have already won in 2:00 or better (four in 1:55 or better) is not a Burke member, but Brooklynite (race 3, post two, driver Corey Callahan), a son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Joe Holloway barn who took an overnight at Philly in 1:54.2, matching a mark he first reached in a Meadowlands 2YO qualifier.   Jerry Connors

Jimmy Takter trainee Katie Said (Brett Miller) took the harness racing featured pace on Friday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia. It was an open affair for fillies and mares going for a purse of $30,000. Starting from post two, Katie Said was taken off the early pace, settling down into sixth as Gallie Bythe Beach (Tim Tetrick) and race favorite Inittowinafortune (Scott Zeron) battled through a :26.3 opening quarter. As the pace settled down up top at the half (:54.4), long shot Rockaround Sue (Dave Miller) emerged first-over, with Katie Said establishing second-over position. After three-quarters (122.4), Katie Said circled around cover to challenge for the lead. She went on to win by a head, holding off the late surge of Ooh Bad Shark (Allan Davis) who settled for second. Request For Parole (Yannick Gingras) finished third. It was the second win for the daughter of Well Said ($12.20) for her new connections, as she completed the mile in 1:51.2. It was her twelfth career win in twenty-eight starts. Michael Bozich

In a highly competitive harness racing field, Account Rollover was able to defeat five different Caramore division winners en route to completing a series sweep in The Caramore at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite, Account Rollover (Rocknroll Hanover) showed good speed early in the mile, made an aggressive move to the lead past the quarter in 27.1 and took charge down the backstretch. Driver Vincent Ginsburg was able to rate the speed of Account Rollover and was able to steal a 29-second, second quarter before picking up the tempo around the far turn, taking the field past three-quarters in 1:24. At this point, the favorite got a fresh challenge from the second choice, Long Live Rock who was pressing the pace first over. As the field turned for home, Account Rollover maintained his lead on Long Live Rock, Kings Barns was trying to rally off cover while Dragon Lore was looking for racing room between horses. But, Account Rollover was able to hold everybody off to score the win in 1:51. Account Rollover won for the third consecutive start and eleventh time in his career for trainer James Eaton and owner Robert Silberbeg. His driver, Vincent Ginsburg found the winner's circle three time on the night. In other action, Ontario Success won the upper-level condition pacing event for the second consecutive week, holding off favored Odds On Equuleus in a sharp 1:50 performance that included a 26.2 final quarter while taking the field wire to wire. Ontario Success (Lis Mara) was one of three winners on the card for Joe Bongiorno, who earned the win for trainer Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Meadowlands Pace-eligible Badiou Hanover made his presence felt on the Saturday program, winning for the third consecutive start and the first time at The Meadowlands. The gelded son of Well Said put forth a lifetime best effort, winning a non-winners of three condition event in 1:50.2 for trainer Julie Miller and owners, Pinske Stables and James Simpson. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 was not hit once again and the carryover now stands at $165,662, while the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 also went unclaimed and that carryover grew to $144,277. Total handle was flat when compared to the same date in 2014, but when compared to the night of the North America Cup in 2014, The Meadowlands handle this year showed a 15-percent increase. Racing resumes on Friday, with the preliminary round of the Ms. Hot To Trot competition with post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 4, 2015) - As a Hall of Fame harness racing trainer best known for his acumen with trotters, even Jimmy Takter is a bit surprised to have not one, but two aged pacing mares in his stable racing at a high level. "I've trained several good three-year-old filly pacers such as American Jewel and See You At Peelers, but I think these would be my first really good four-year-old pacing mares," said Takter. The two mares are Weeper and Katie Said, both of whom will be part of the ultra competitive $28,500 Mares Open Pace, the featured race on Friday's (June 5) twelve-race card at the Meadowlands. Weeper, owned by Joe and Joann Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, earned more than $500,000 in her first two years of racing when trained by Kelly O'Donnell. She scored her biggest wins in the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final and the Matron Stakes. Takter took over her training this season and she has won her first two starts in the Open ranks at the Meadowlands, winning once in last-to-first fashion and once going gate-to-wire. "Weeper is a very powerful horse," explained Takter, "she's almost built like a stud colt." Katie Said will make her fourth start for Takter on Friday night. The daughter of Well Said was a minor stakes winner while earning more than $200,000 when trained by Julie Miller during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Under Takter's care, she has a win and a second place finish sandwiched around a race in which she made a break. "Katie Said is wicked fast and can absolutely fly home with the right kind of trip," said Takter. "Both are very good mares. Weeper might be a little better at this point, but I really have no idea which one will be better by the end of the season." Friday's race features a field of nine including reigning Dan Patch co-champion pacing mare Rocklamation, recent Betsy Ross winner Radar Contact, and the rock-solid Inittowinafortune. Post time on Friday is 7:15 p.m. There are six-figure carryovers in both of the evening's Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The race five carryover is $141,174 and the race twelve carryover is $115,348. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

The 2015 Meadowlands Harness Racing Spring Mixed Sale took place on Sunday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and the highlight was the sale of Warrawee Needy. Selling as Hip #106,  he was purchased for $260,000 by one of his former owners and trainer in Mark Ford. The six-year-old son of E Dees Cam-Great Memories has 28 wins on his card  with over $1.2 million in lifetime earnings. The world champion is one of the fastest horses in the sport with a record race mile of 1:46.4. He took his record in the 2013 William Haughton Memorial elimination at The Meadowlands. Last year the stallion was bred to a few mares and as a result has five foals on the ground. The very smart three-year-old pacer My Hero Ron who was Hip #41 also made the six figure mark when he went through the ring. He was purchased by Ron Burke, acting as agent with a winning bid of $130,000. A gelding by Well Said he has compiled a career summary of 2-5-3 in 16 starts  to date while banking $73,187. My Hero Ron took his 1:54.4 mark at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as a two-year-old in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series. A total of 101 horses were sold on the day for $2,379,200, producing an average sale price $23,556. To view the complete sale results click here. Harnesslink Media

There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 27) for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. In the first division, it was Tony Alagna trainee Trading Up (Scott Zeron) winning under-wraps. The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter and went on to an easy 3 length victory, stopping the clock in a lifetime's best 1:52.2. It was his second career victory, and his first of the season in three starts. Long shot That's My Harley (Montrell Teague) finished second while Aberdeen Hanover (Tony Morgan) finished third. Trading Up ($3.40) is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. Division two saw Ray Schnittker trainee Well Well Well (Tim Tetrick) spring the mild upset. The son of Well Said came from off the pace to pick up his second victory in a career best 1:52.4. Jo Pa's Well Said (David Miller) closed solidly for second, despite being used in the early going. Colorful Speech (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished a game third. Well Well Well ($8.40) is owned by Schnittker and the Well Well Stable. In the third division, Shirley Le Vin's Parklane Eagle (Dave Miller) was able to narrowly hold off the competition. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was three-wide to the quarter-pole, but still had enough to hold off a late challenge from long shot Guantanamo Bay (Corey Callahan). Reggiano (Yannick Gingras) finished third. It was the third straight win for the Peter Foley trainee, who paced the mile in 1:52.1. He paid $3.00 The fourth division saw This Time (Scott Zeron) picking up his second career win. The son of Well Said seized command and was geared down the final sixteenth, winning by a length in 1:53.1. Lyons Geoffjnr (Yannick Gingras) held pocket position throughout to finish second, while Techtor Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished third. This Time ($6.20) is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks, and is trained by Steve Elliott. Mike Bozich

Harness racing three-year-old fillies were in action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 20). They competed in four divisions of The Stallion Series with each going for a purse of $20,000. Bay Pond Racing's Angel Plus (Scott Zeron) was a wrapped up winner in the first division. The daughter of Quik Pulse Mindale picked up her sixth career win of sixteen starts for trainer Steve Cook. She was the heavy post time favorite, and went on to make every call a winning one, with fractions of :27.1, :56.3, 1:24.1, 1:52.3. It was a lifetime's best performance. Dobre Povedane (Corey Callahan) was second, while Somewhere Fameous (Dave Miller) finished third. The winner paid $3.00. It was a bit of an upset in the second division as Doug Lewis trainee Cover Model (Corey Callahan) went on to a two length win. The daughter of Dragon Again showed tactical early speed from post six, landing in the third spot off the gate. She made her move just past the half, and was able to grind past the race favorite Rumor Mill (Tim Tetrick) for the win. It was the fourth win in her career and the first of the season. She stopped the clock in 1:53.1, a lifetime best. Rumor Mill secured second, while the previously undefeated Repeat Please (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. The winner, owned by Fred Hertrich and CTC Stable's, paid $10.80. Driver Scott Zeron struck again in division three, this time with Ted Gewertz's Apricot Sour. The daughter of Well Said was able to draft in the pocket behind favorite Tucson Breeze (Tim Tetrick) until the head of the stretch. She had to hold off late charges from Alexa Said (Brett Miller) and My Girl Friend (Yannick Gingras) who finished second and third respectively. The Anette Lorentzon trainee now has three lifetime wins out of ten starts. She paced the mile in a life's best 1:55, and paid $5.80. In the final division, Tom Kemp's Mezzanine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) dominated the final half for the victory. The daughter of Well Said drafted in the three spot until the half, when she moved to the outside and easily swept by. She won by three in the end, pacing her mile in a wrapped up 1:53.4. Lean On Yourself (Andy Miller) moved up the passing lane for second, while Official Belle (Scott Zeron) rallied mildly for third. Mezzanine Fashion is now three out of four in the win column this season for trainer Joann Looney-King. She returned $4.00 to win. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - To modify a Southern expression to its current "home," harness racing trainer Brian Brown is "hotter'n a two-dollar Pennsylvania pistol on a Saturday night."   Trainer Brown, trainer of 2014 divisional and Jugette champion Color's A Virgin and a resident of Delaware OH, may be having himself a two-day party late this September at the famed half-miler, as he already has five different Pennsylvania Sire Stakes-winning three-year-old pacing horses, three fillies and now the two colts who continued the hot trainer's winning ways Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, being among the four winners in the $226,168 first leg of their Sires action.   As the track turned "sloppy" for the fifth race Sires division (Pocono is about 150 miles northeast of Baltimore as the crow flies, and the Preakness rain started about two hours before the storms hit northeast PA), Rise Up Now remained undefeated in five outings this year, tucking in the pocket down the back and then catching leader Blood Brother in the stretch to post a 1½-length 1:51.3 over a newly-christened "sloppy" track. Blood Brother had snapped off splits of 26.1, 55.3, and 1:22.2, but the 53 usage in the odd-numbered quarters did not allow him to hold off the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and driver Simon Allard, who piloted the Brown trainee for King McNamara of Florida, the only non-Buckeye in the ownership group which includes the Strollin Stable, William Robinson, and Country Club Acres.   Brown is now two-for-two seasonally with the Well Said colt Lost For Words, who reclaimed the lead down the backstretch, opened up four lengths turning for home, then held off the late charge of the game little Allbeef N Nobull to win by 1½ lengths in 1:51.4 in the night's second division, when the track was still "fast." Lost For Words, a finalist in both the Governors Cup and Breeders Crown last year, was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for the three Ohioans who share in Rise Up Now's ownership and another Buckeye, Richard Lombardo.   For years Brown has done very well in the Pennsylvania program, but this year his numbers are only slightly short of unbelievable. He's perfect in five Pocono starts, and at The Meadows he sports a 13-9-3-0 tally, for a Keystone State total of 18-14-3-0 - which produces a mind-boggling state UTR of .870!   McArdles Lightning teamed with driver Anthony Napolitano to post a 6-1 upset in taking the first division, coming from last at the half in the seven-horse field and blitzing his own back two quarters in 54.2 to equal his lifetime mark of 1:51. Steve Elliott conditions the McArdle ridgling (double thoroughbred Triple Crown racewinner American Pharoah is also a ridgling) for the Lightning Stable.   In the final Sires heat, Wazikashi Hanover was a pocket rocket in catching last year's 2YO Sires champion, Yankee Bounty, by 1¼ lengths, with the time on the sloppy track 1:52. Yankee Bounty overcame the outside "eight-ball" to post splits of 27, 57, and 1:24.4, but "Wazikashi," a Dragon Again gelding, was relentless and gained into the 27.1 kicker for trainer Joann Looney-King and the Tri County Stable. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. joined trainer Brown as a double winner in the Sires races.   ***** Also on the Pocono Saturday card were two $30,000 Open events, one for each gait, which were carded in anticipation of next Sunday's $150,000 Invitationals to be raced at the other track that Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association services, Harrah's Philadelphia.   Last year's divisional champion Classic Martine will have an interesting decision to make about "trying the boys" after taking the $30,000 Open trot by 3½ lengths in 1:53.1 on a fast track for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes. The daughter of Classic Photo, owned by Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Ed Gold, made the lead in 27.3, "stole" a 30-second second quarter, and then dashed home in successive 27.4 panels to defeat Classicality, with 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry coming from seventh at the half to claim third, another length behind.   On the pacing side, Van Rose Memorial winner Domethatagain and second-place Alexa's Jackpot met again, but this time, two weeks later, the post position advantage was reversed (1-4, respectively, in the Rose to 8-3 Saturday), as was the result, with Alexa's Jackpot winning in 1:49.3 in the off going. Domethatagain motored to the top in 26 flat from his next-to-outside starting berth Saturday, but Alexa's Jackpot was put on the move soon thereafter by George Napolitano Jr., who took both Opens, and posted splits of 54.1 and 1:21.4 en route to the 1¼-length triumph. Trainer Marty Fine shares ownership in the winner with the Highland Thoroughbred Farm.   ***** The week's racing comes to an end at Pocono Sunday night with four $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings. Many horses holding promise of developing into good horses are in the Stallion events; one of the more promising is Gallic Beach, making his first start of the year but showing a half-length loss in 1:50.2 at Lexington last fall. He's a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, a daughter of Western Hanover whose dam is Galleria and whose SBSW half-sister is double Breeders Crown elim winner Galliebythebeach.   PHHA / Pocono

Upper conditioned-level filly and mare pacers headlined the Friday afternoon harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia, with each going for a purse of $18,000. In the first division, it was Elizabeth Novak and Ron Gurfein's Lucy's Pearl using the passing lane to pick up the win. The 4-year-old daughter of Well Said was coming off of a fourth place finish in a filly and mare open at Miami Valley in Ohio. She left well from the gate today, settling down into the pocket behind the speedy Fast And Fiesty (David Miller). Gilbert Garcia-Herrera's Fashion Mystery (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) battled hard first-over, but faded in the stretch to finish fourth. Lucy's Pearl (Yannick Gingras) closed sharply up the inside to win by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:52.2. It was her third win in her last four starts, and her fourteenth overall. She paid $4.00. Fast and Fiesty finished second, while Hearts N Flowers (Corey Callahan) finished third. In the second division, it was Alexander Rice Sr. and Mike Horn's Cinamony making her fourth season's start a winning one. The 4-year-old daughter of Art Official also used the pocket trip to her advantage. She successfully stalked behind the speed of Lightning Paige (Scott Zeron), who was coming off of a win against softer at Tioga. Lightning Paige finished a clear second, while I'm So Happy (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. It was the tenth career win for Cinamony (1:52.4) who returned $4.00 to her para-mutuel backers. It was the second driving win for Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick had four driving wins on the day. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, May 1, 2015 -- Angel Plus, a standout at Pennsylvania Fairs last year, showed that she's elevated her game Friday at The Meadows by capturing the fastest division of a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers. The event was contested over three divisions, with Mezzanine Fashion and Dobre Povedane also taking $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman enjoyed a stakes double behind Angel Plus and Mezzanine Fashion. Angel Plus was fourth down the backside when Merriman sent her uncovered after the leader, Somewhere Fameous. She cleared comfortably and downed Somewhere Fameous by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:54.2, with Hashtag Quick third. "She's really matured; she's a lot better filly." said Sam Beegle, who trains the daughter of Quik Pulse Mindale-Crew Angel for Bay Pond Racing Stable. "If she keeps this up, she might graduate to the next level." He said Angel Plus would be pointed to the PA All-Stars at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Mezzanine Fashion also moved first over for Merriman and persevered through the lane, prevailing in 1:54.4, a lifetime mark. Apricot Sour was second, 1/2 length back, while Mistup Magic earned show. "I didn't have to move that early," Merriman said, "but she's kind of a big filly, and I didn't want to move her in the turn. I wanted to get her set up. When I moved her, she really wanted to go. I drove her confidently, and she responded." Jim King, Jr. conditions Mezzanine Fashion, a daughter of Well Said-Catch The Show, for Thomas Kemp. Dobre Povedane and Eloquently Stated are both by Well Said out of daughters of Dragon's Lair, and for awhile during the back half of their split, they were inseparable. Dobre Povedane found just enough for Mike Wilder to hold off Eloquently Stated by a head in 1:55.3, with Doll Fins completing the ticket. Tim Twaddle, who trained Dobre Povedane during her sojourn at The Meadows, said he tweaked her rigging after she broke in the first leg of a recent series. "Before she came here, she had a problem running in, and she was rigged to prevent that," he said. "For whatever reason, on this track, she was going the opposite way. So I just made her more comfortable. Nothing major, really." David Prushnok and John Prushnok campaign Dobre Povedane, who will return to the John Butenschoen stable for the next pair of stallion series legs. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Phone Terror wore down the leader, Certified Ideal, with a determined uncovered bid for Dan Rawlings and defeated her by a nose in 1:53.2. Do Me Honor finished third. Robert Bernard trains Phone Terror, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Miss Lex who extended her career bankroll to $346,001, for Lucy Raymond. Saturday's Kentucky Derby Day Card at The Meadows features the $62,100 The Meadows Maturity for 4-and-up stallion and gelding trotters as well as the Adios Betty, a $183,216 PA Sires Stake for sophomore filly pacers. First post is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 25, 2015 -- Daylon Miracle stalked 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry from the pocket, then blew by the harness racing champ in the Lightning Lane to pull off a 5-1 upset in Friday's inaugural edition of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for mare trotters 4 and older. In the first start of her 4-year-old campaign, Shake It Cerry led the field through a snappy 1:24.3 three-quarters but tired late and faded to fourth, beaten 5 lengths. Classic Martine, the 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year, was buried from post 9 and never got involved, finishing sixth. Daylon Miracle triumphed in 1:53.3, 4 lengths better than Cowgirl Hall, with the winner's stablemate, Anaffairtoremember, third. That gave locally based horses a sweep and provided a bonanza for bettors who backed them to show. With Shake It Cerry off the ticket, the show payoffs for the top three were $9.40, $19.00 and $22.40, respectively. Dave Palone, who piloted Shake It Cerry, said there were no obvious problems with her as she suffered only the sixth loss in her 29-race career. "She felt great," Palone said. "I really got left alone the second quarter and got a nice breather up the backside. She probably just needed the work. She'll be just fine." Winning driver Aaron Merriman, on the other hand, was sitting with a handful of live horse and knew it. "Anywhere down the backside, I felt like I could have pulled at any time. She was that good," Merriman said of the 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel, who now has banked $474,907 in her career. "But I was following a great horse and a great driver. David made my decision (to stay in the pocket) for me. His horse didn't look as sharp, and I thought he carried her a lot farther than she would have gone with somebody else." Bill Bercury, who owns and trains Daylon Miracle and Anaffairtoremember, called it the biggest win of his career. He had spoken of a 1-2 finish for his mares days before the race. It was a bold vision, and Bercury's mares nearly pulled it off with their 1-3 result. "We beat the two best mares in the country from last year," he said. "I'm very excited about that. I had a lot of confidence in both my mares. They both have a lot of heart. They both really like racing, and that means so much. I love them." He said his mares are headed to a May 3 stake at Miami Valley, where they expect to take on the best in their division again. "You have to remember -- this was the first start for the two mares we beat today," he said. "Next week will be a little tougher. At least now we feel we belong there." The Meadows Maturity for stallions and geldings 4 and older is set for Saturday, May 2 as part of the track's special Kentucky Derby Day program. $33,700 Do Me Honor Pace Friday's card also featured the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for sophomore fillies, which was taken by Dobre Povedane in 1:54.2. The daughter of Well Said-Vysoke Tatry sat patiently in the pocket for Mike Wilder before exploding in the stretch to down the early leader, Somewhere Fameous, by 1-1/4 lengths. One Over Par overcame traffic problems to earn show. Dobre Povedane crossed the wire first in the series opening leg but broke stride in the Lightning Lane after wrestling with Wilder and was disqualified. Following that episode, trainer Tim Twaddle made some rigging changes that Wilder said helped considerably. "Tim made a couple adjustments," Wilder said. "It's tough with a green horse, going from track to track, never been here. In the first leg, it was kind of my fault. She wasn't steering the best, and I kind of chased her off her feet. "Tonight, she felt super behind the gate, and I thought I'd give her a chance. She fell in a good spot and raced great." David Prushnok and John Prushnok campaign Dobre Povedane. Tony Hall drove five winners on the 12-race card while trainer Randy Bendis fashioned a triple. The pair teamed to capture the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace with Certified Ideal, who poured through the Lightning Lane to prevail in 1:52.2 and extend her career bankroll to $321,972 for owners Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack, James Walton and Bendis. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, Fl...April 20, 2015...Lucy's Pearl, fresh off of a seasonal best 1:51.4 win in conditioned company one week ago and stepping up to the top harness racing class this night, scored a handy win in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares in 1:52.1 on Monday (April 20). Confidently handled by Wally Hennessey, the four year-old daughter of Well Said, owned by Elizabeth Novak along with trainer Ron Gurfein, darted first out of the gate and then yielded--briefly--at the opening station in :27.3. She then retook command just a few long strides later and controlled the proceedings the rest of the journey, clocking fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a :27.4 sprint home sealed the deal in 1:52.1 over a track dulled by heavy rains prior to post time. All Charged Up, driven by Kevin Wallis, finish second, 1 1/4 lengths back while Limelight and Dave Ingraham teamed up to be third. The early pacesetter, Senorita Santanna, did finish fourth with Mach Me Not rallying from last turning for home to pick up the final award in the field of seven. In a post race interview, driver Hennessey related, "This is the first time I have driven this mare and she raced giant from off the pace for Steve (Condren) last week. Ronnie (trainer Gurfein) said, 'don't be afraid to put her on the lead...she's won half her races that way.' So, I thought, 'let me leave a little with her.' "When Joe's (Pavia) mare (Senorita Santanna) went by, I thought it would be a good idea to re-take and try to control the pace. She went a big mile on this track, which may have been a tick or two off because of the weather." For Lucy's Pearl, it was her second win in only four starts this year--13th win lifetime--and sent the classy mare's career earnings to $191,986. Her step up in class didn't seem to bother the wagering public, who sent sent her off as the 7 to 5 choice providing a $4.80 mutuel. One race later, Fashion Ruffles, driven by Dave Ingraham, pulled off an 18 to 1 upset in the co-featured pace for mares, scoring in a lifetime best 1:52.3. Pacific Date, with Aaron Byron aboard, was second, a half length away, with Cheap N Easy and Joe Pavia, Jr. teaming up for show honors. Sinspirational and Artful Impulse annexed the final two awards in the field of nine. Fashion Ruffles, a seven year-old daughter of Village Jolt, owned by Patricia Connor along with trainer Kelly Case, was biding her time early as there were several lead changes during hot panels of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:22.4 with Fiesta Camcun, Sinspirational, Artful Impulse and, finally, Pacific Date mixing it up big time. Turning for home, Pacific Date, on a three wide binge, stuck her head in front with Sinspirational between horses and Artful Impulse still battling on the inside. But Fashion Ruffles, on a double-bubble surge of her own around the final bend, had the most at the end, scoring the narrow victory--her second of the year in six starts. Her winning time was two full seconds better than her previous mark and sent her lifetime earnings over the century mark--$103,177 to be exact. She rewarded her followers with a $38.20 mutuel and her win was the key component is the Pick-5 payout of $2,446.25 for a 50 cent investment. In Monday night's trotting feature, Renaldo Morales III piloted Ted Berry's Teezer Bree to his first win of the year in 1:56.4, significant inasmuch as the track's Pick-4 was unscathed, setting up a $25,000 guarantee for Wednesday night's Pick-4. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the winning 20 cent combination of 5-1-7-3-4 produced two winning tickets, each paying $2,684.38, pushing the carryover into the mid-week program into record territory--vaulting over $150,000. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Spring arrived at The Meadowlands on Saturday morning and with it came a fair number of stakes types shipping up from the farms to be put through some fast miles and several of past year’s stars getting some work in the qualifying races on a perfect day. Sarcy was second beaten just a head in last year’s $251,100 Kindergarten final and made her sophomore debut a winning one in 1:55.2 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms and John & Jim Fielding share ownership of the Donato Hanover filly. Canepa Hanover, the $300,000 yearling Muscle Hill half-brother to Glidemaster wowed onlookers with a dazzling 1:52.2 tour of the oval with Takter aboard. He led all the way through even fractions with minimal encouragement from the driver. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Brixton Medical own the exciting prospect. It looks like Tom Fanning has selected another nice three year old trotter for owner Joe Smith. After the successes enjoyed with Possessed Fashion and Sumatra the past two years, Fashion Creditor appears poised to carry the torch this year. He rallied from well back to pass the field through a 28.3 final quarter for the 1:56.2 win with Brett Miller in the bike. Meladys Monet bounced back nicely after a severe bout with muscle cramping put him on the Steward’s List last week with a comfortable 1:53.3/27 score for John Campbell. Left in his wake were top performers like Bee A Magician, D’Orsay and Muscle Network who are all working their way back to the wars. Kevon McDermott trains the winner for Melady Enterprises. The 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry made her first appearance of the new season and picked up right where she left off with a workman-like 1:55/ 27.1 win for Takter. She sat a comfortable pocket behind easy fractions and went by willingly when tipped by the driver. Jimmy trains the now four-year-old daughter for owners Solveig’s Racing Partners. Three year old pacers were up next with some sharp lookers about. Gingras and Takter teamed up on Blood Brother, a lightly raced Somebeachsomewhere colt who flew home sub 26 to win in 1:52.2. Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva are the owners. Soto was razor sharp in his first trial closing out a 1:51.1 tour with a 26.1 final quarter, widening for Brett Miller as he pleased. He also hails from the Takter barn where he is trained on behalf of owners Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding. A pair of last year’s freshman filly pace sire stake final winners squared off next with Southwind Roulette (PA) finishing second and Stacia Hanover (NJ) third, both gave good accounts and were in hand. Winning the race was the Rocknroll Hanover filly Happiness in 1:54.1. Gingras drove the winner for Ron Burke. Another good pair of pacing fillies from the Burke barn finished one-two in the next with last year’s American National winner Well Hello There holding Lissan at bay in 1:53.1. The winner is a Well Said that earned over $200,000 at two for Burke Racing, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents and Weaver Bruscemi. Rocknroll Hanover fillies came one-two in the thirteenth race where Wicked Little Minx held The Show Returns at bay in 1:54.1. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ake Svanstedt stable and owner Courant AB. Limelight Beach and Set Me Up (both Burke horses) went to the wire together in 1:52.4/26.3 in the next race with Gingras and Matt Kakaley measuring. The last of the day featured a good group of fresh four-year-old pacing horses in Somewhere In LA, Somessizesomestyle and All Bets Off finished in a line, the mile in 1:52.1 with a 26.2 closing fraction. If that race is any indication the brand new Graduate series for that group is going to be a humdinger. To full results click here.

For the second time in six days, Happily Ever After (Well Said) won the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for her red hot harness racing connections. Getting a near carbon copy trip to the one she got on Sunday afternoon, Happily Ever After sat the pocket before closing up the passing lane to win a photo with Saratoga’s defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year Road Bet (Stephane Bouchard). Making her third start in the local Open since coming to town late last season, Happily Ever After moved her local record in the feature to three-for-three with a 1:54.2 victory, a fifth of a second faster than her win on Sunday. Road Bet had to settle for second while Her Own Land (Billy Dobson) finished third in the $18,000 feature. The win was one of six on the card for driver Frank Coppola Jr. who surged into the lead in the driver standings behind his biggest night in several years. Happily Ever After is trained by Jackie Rousse who scored four victories on the Friday night card, the most for any trainer in one night this season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post.  Mike Sardella  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 14, 2015 -- Techtor Hanover exploded to the early lead for Dave Palone and drew away late to capture a division of Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Well Bred took the other $17,500 split of the series for 3-year-old colt and geldings, giving Palone a sweep of the second leg. In all, Palone piloted six winners -- three for trainer Ron Burke -- on the 14-race harness racing card. The championship leg of the Visible Gold is set for Tuesday, April 21. Techtor Hanover missed the series' opening leg, but he made up for lost time by seizing the lead from post 3 and widening through the stretch to prevail in 1:54. The first-over Hickory Terrific was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Kwik Mac third. Mike Palone trains Techtor Hanover, a Well Said-Tempest Blue Chip gelding, for Tommy Mucci. Well Bred sat in the pocket while RN Nate and Somekindaparty dueled down the backside. In the stretch, Palone eschewed the Lightning Lane and swung Well Bred wide after RN Nate. The Well Said-Rocknroll Cameo gelding scored in a career-best 1:54.4, a neck better than the rallying Angelo J Fra. RN Nate saved show. Burke conditions Well Bred for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Joseph DiScala, Jr. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Slugfest (Conway Hall), the 2014 Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, recorded his first Open victory of the ’15 season on Sunday afternoon at the Spa. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter moved first over in the $18,000 co-feature and wrestled control away from the frontrunner before holding off a late challenge from the race’s 1-5 favorite. Slugfest stopped the timer in 1:56.1 while pulling off the mild upset at odds of 7-1. Jay Randall piloted the six year old trotter to the Open score. The favored Luminosity (Billy Dobson) had to settle for second while longshot Red Hot Herbie (Jordan Derue) finished third. Slugfest paid $17.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $39.80 and $252.50, respectively. Jackie Rousse’s Happily Ever After (Well Said) parlayed the pocket ride to victory to secure her first win of the season in the co-featured Fillies and Mares Open. Frank Coppola Jr was the winning driver behind the four year old mare who was making just her second start of the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a twilight race card beginning at 4:00pm.     Mike Sardella   

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