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WILKES-BARRE PA - Sapphire Breeze came in off the stakes trail and promptly earned herself a new harness racing speed badge of 1:52.1 in taking the $16,000 distaff pacing feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The sophomore daughter of Well Said was given a second-over trip by driver Matt Kakaley and was still fifth at the stretch call, but she had enough rally in her to reach the wire a length ahead of two-move leader Gigi From Fiji. Ron Burke conditions Sapphire Breeze for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the $14,000 co-featured distaff pace, the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Rock Me Baby continued to enjoy her local campaign at The Downs, running her Pocono record to 3-2-1-0 since shipping back in with a 1:51 victory. Marcus Miller moved the sharp winner of $230,258 to the lead past the quarter, then held off the charge of Quebec champion YS Tallia by 1¼ lengths for trainer Heidi Rohr and owner Scott Dillon. Anthony Napolitano, 2017's "King Of The Longshots" at Pocono, reined in his ninth $50+ horse of the meet (no other driver has more than four) when he rallied the Majestic Son gelding Sibson to a $68.80 nose victory over odds-on favorite Flagstaff in a conditioned trot for trainer Jody Riedel and Super Mile LLC. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2017 -- Iluvtomakemoney completed his sweep of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series four preliminary legs with a hard-fought victory in Tuesday's $60,000 leg at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Like Clockwork and No Easy Day taking the other splits. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each offering a $40,000 purse, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Hammered down to 3-5, Iluvtomakemoney was expected to make short work of the field. But his competitors had other ideas, as the Well Said-Symphony In Motion gelding found himself widest in a three-ply, 26.4 battle for the early lead. He reached the point for Tony Hall and held off the rallying Someboysomewhere by a neck in 1:54.3, with Dancinat Midland third. "He gets really grabby in a hole, so my instructions today were: do what you have to do to get to the front," Hall said. "I don't know why we had to do a quarter in 26.4 -- it got very confusing. I wasn't sure if he had enough left, but he toughed it out and got the job done." Mark Harder trains the homebred Iluvtomakemoney for Joseph Jannuzzelli. Like Clockwork extended his career unbeaten streak to four, including three stallion series victories, by quarter-poling to the lead for Mike Wilder and scoring easily in 1:53.3. Early leader Aleppo Hanover was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Dew A Little Dance earned show. Tim Twaddle trains the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. "He doesn't act like a 2-year-old," Wilder said. "Everything comes easy for him. He doesn't show much greenness. I keep pushing him to the lead to keep him out of trouble, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He has a quiet demeanor but a big motor." No Easy Day was dropping down from PA Sires Stake events; the class relief showed as he rocketed by four horses in the stretch to notch his maiden victory in 1:53.3 for Dan Charlino, trainer Ron Burke and owner Thomas Dillon. Beach Watch was 1-1/4 lengths back in second while Yupper completed the ticket. "Ronnie said he'd be really good, just race him from the back," Charlino said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wish All You Want. "He was kind of 'colty,' just kind of goofing around back there, until I popped the plugs. When I asked him to go, he shifted into a gear these colts don't have." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Jewels In Hock enjoyed escort service from her stablemate, Classical Annie, then blew by her in the lane to triumph in 1:54. Wilder drove for Burke and owner Crawford Farms Racing. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore extended her career bankroll to $512,955. It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of events for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $142,654 PA Sires Stake known as the Meadow Bright and a $100,000 stallion series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Imagine you're the harness racing trainer of one of the favorites for the Little Brown Jug, the Triple Crown race held in your home town of Delaware OH, and you've got a colt who has a string of impressive stakes successes. Brian Brown must feel pretty good right now. Oh, wait - we were talking about the 2018 Little Brown Jug, and the Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover colt Done Well, who's now four-for-four lifetime after a tough 1:53.4 victory in one of three divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Monday night over a sloppy surface at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. (Brown seems likely to be in the thick of the 2017 Jug talk too, it seems, what with Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside.) Done Well indeed "done well" again Monday, getting away third in a five-horse field and then moving uncovered at the 5/8. Despite the raw overland journey, Done Well showed individual back fractions of 55 - 27.3 to win handily for James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith while raising his earnings to $93,782. The winning margin was 5¼ lengths, but that needs to come with a footnote - Pennsylvania fair sensation Venier Hanover was closing strongly and had just gotten to second past This Is The Plan when he made a break 50 yards out from the wire, falling back to third (an inquiry indicated no violation of the breaking rules). Without the break, the winning margin may have been about 3 - 3½ lengths, which still says "much the best" in any race. Taking speed honors by a tick in the sloppy-track Monday stakes was the Bettor's Delight-Maid West colt Wes Delight, posting his second straight win for trainer Mark Harder, who co-owns with Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. Yannick Gingras got away second then was "quarter-mover #1" with Wes Delight, making the top then yielding to "QM #2" Wild Bill. Gingras was content to sit in the two-hole until the famed Pocono Pike came, and then got his horse to quickly respond to the tenacious first-up bid of Nutcracker Sweet, posting a neck decision in the 1:53.3 mile. Sheppard Final winner Kwik Talkin boosted the earnings in his brief career to $110,480 while running his scorecard to 6-5-1-0 and equaling his mark of 1:53.4 in the third and final division. First-over had done well in the two early divisions with a win and a photoed second, and that was the route driver Scott Zeron used with the son of Well Said-Kwik Dial, overhauling pacesetter Karpathian Kid by a length using a 27.3 personal back quarter for trainer Rob Harmon and owners Scott and Lisa Henry, Robert Robinson, and Jacqueline Dinelle. The quality and evenness of the competition behind Done Well in this Sires division is reflected in the fact that no other horse has more than one victory after the three prelims, and in fact the two colts tied for second in the pointstandings are This Is The Plan and Karpathian Kid, who each have three seconds. With 8 horses within 11 points in 5th through 12th position in the standings, and eight qualifying for the divisional Championship (to be held at Pocono on Labor Day), the last prelim, to be held on Monday the 14th at The Meadows, should produce some spectacular racing. PHHA

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Well Said gelding Iluvtomakemoney continued to live up to his name by remaining perfect after three starts in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at Pocono Downs, but the 4-5 choice had to be very good to defeat 25-1 shot Size Me Up by a neck in 1:54.1. Tim Tetrick got the colt away in the pocket, normally a great place to be at Pocono, but when Thomas B Hanover and then Size Me Up made sweeping moves on the far turn, Tetrick had to wait to get clearance and was in fact back to sixth midturn before a breaker opened a clear outside path for him and his horse. Almost three lengths down at the stretch call, Iluvtomakemoney showed gritty determination with his late rally to keep his StS record clean for trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli. Three other colts added their second Stallion Series victory on Sunday, with the A Rocknroll Dance half-brother to Pure Country, Grand Teton, taking the fastest of all five of the SS action in 1:52.3. Brett Miller had to take his charge on the rough first-over route, but the colt reflected his pedigree by coming his own back half in 54.4 raw while overtaking Ideal Flip by ¾ of a length in 1:52.3. Jimmy Takter conditions the talented youngster, now undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. Also now 3-for-3 in betting races is one of two altered sons of Ponder to win in the Stallion Series action, Like Clockwork. Mike Wilder made the trip northeast to guide the freshman, and he moved him to the lead past the quarter, got a soft second panel, then had enough to come home in 28.1 to complete a 1:54.2 victory, holding pocketsitter Beach Watch safe by a half-length for Fred Grant, handling the local care of the freshman, and the Birnam Wood Farms of Seth "Macbeth" Rosenfeld. The other son of Ponder to wind up in Victory Lane was Yupper, with the gelding getting a fine trip in the pocket, then stepping home in 56.1 to hold off the late rush of Dancinat Midland by ¾ of a length and take a new mark of 1:53.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Rollie Mallar, and the Anatolia Farm LLC. The only first-time winner in the Stallion Series emerging Sunday was a colt breaking his maiden - Go West Go Fast, who reversed his name and came from The Meadows to Pocono to get his breakthrough victory in 1:54.3. The winner stepped a 27.3 last quarter from the pocket to overhaul pacesetting 1-5 favorite Plus One (the only losing chalk of the five) by three parts of a length for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Silva Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Monday night this division's Sire Stakes colts go in races 3, 4, and 5, with Done Well, the only winner in both of the first two legs, looking the one to beat in the initial section. Plenty of other young pacing talent will be joining him on the red clay Pocono surface in the three Monday heats. PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2017 -- Done Well did well again, extending his career unbeaten streak to three with an impressive win in Saturday's $159,165 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over three divisions, with Closing Statement and Pedro Hanover taking the other splits. Tim Tetrick enjoyed a PASS double behind Done Well and Pedro Hanover. Done Well had won two stakes with mid-pack moves, but Tetrick sent him to the front from post 8. It took the entire first quarter for him to pocket Karpathian Kid, but he easily kept him there to down him by 2 lengths in a stake-fastest 1:52 over a sloppy surface. Better Watch Out earned show. Done Well The victory contributed to a big day for winning trainer Brian Brown, whose top-ranked 3-year-old, Fear The Dragon, won an Adios elimination later in the card. "We've had lots of horses in the past who looked great and trained down great," Brown said of the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover. "But this one has never disappointed us. We've loved him from the beginning." James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith campaign Done Well, a $45,000 yearling acquisition. Closing Statement also was stuck outside during his first panel, but he was strong enough to hold off the previously undefeated Kwik Talkin by a length in 1:52.4 for David Miller. Early leader Lucky Leonard completed the ticket. "I wasn't worried about the first quarter," said Joe Holloway, who conditions the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton, a $120,000 yearling acquisition for Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz. "I thought that was just David waiting until things settled down." Closing Statement Pedro Hanover broke stride from post 8 in his last start yet rallied strongly outside to finish third. He was flat and even more powerful from post 8 in the Albatross, plucking off horses to score in 1:52.2 for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero. "That break last time, that was just some green stuff," Tetrick said. "He showed what he could do." Pedro Hanover In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief outkicked his stablemate, Lincolnjames, to beat him by 1-1/2 lengths, with Techtor Hanover third. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Tanek. With the victory, the 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Hawk's Red Chief Dave Palone and Tetrick each collected four wins on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Plainville, MA---After spending the last two weeks competing at Yonkers Raceway, Better Said shipped back to Plainville and brought her New York attitude along as she would not be denied in the $18,000 Open Handicap for harness racing filly and mare pacers at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (July 14). Better Said (Shawn Gray) wanted the lead but had an arduous journey getting it. After leaving mid-pack she was still parked at the quarter in :26.1 and didn't find the pylons until the three-eighths pole. Better Said then got a very short breather before the pressure was thrust on her once again. Elm Grove Inarush (Greg Merton) motored up the outside and drew alongside the leader down the backstretch and at that point this contest became a match race. Better Said was inside with Elm Grove Inarush on her flank and the pair separated themselves from the pack around the last turn. Merton tried hard to keep Elm Grove Inarush advancing but Gray leaned back in the bike with the lines held high and Better Said held sway to win by a length in 1:52, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the fourth win of the year for Better Said ($6.00) pushing her earnings to $42,840 for owner Michael Polansky. The 5-year-old daughter of Well Said is trained by Kyle Spagnola. Better Said In the co-featured $10,000 conditioned pacing event for resident distaffers, Golden Idol (Eddie Davis Jr.) flew off the wings and dictated every step of the mile as she peerlessly toured the facility before pulling away to a six-length win in 1:52, which was a new lifetime mark. Golden Idol ($3.80) is owned by Barrie Farrar, Roger Farrar II and Michael Perpall and is trained by Barrie Farrar. Kevin Switzer Jr., Eddie Davis Jr., Jim Hardy and Greg Merton all had driving doubles on the card. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Northern Soiree (Mike Merton) would charge late to steal the harness racing Fillies And Mares Open Pace II ($9,000) (July 14) at Tioga Downs. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would charge out to the early lead but Shutthefrontdoor (Scott Coulter) would take over after the first quarter. Shutthefrontdoor (Well Said) would get pressured at the three-quarter mark by Iaquinta (Mike SImons). Nothern Soiree (Western Ideal) who is owned by Sam Rosenberg and trained by Patti Harmon, would go three wide in the stretch and soar by to win in 1:52.1. The seven year old mare would get her sixth win of the season winning in a career best 1:52.1, paying a whopping $19.00 for the win. K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would come up to finish second. Goldstar Rockette (Aaron Byron) would finish third. Fern Paquet Jr. would have the hot hand tonight, winning three times. First with DC Flashback ($5.30). Second win was with Scarlett N Silk ($11.20). He picked up the driving triple with Heart Crusher ($9.40). Tioga Downs returns to racing on Saturday with a nine race card starting at 6:50. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

PROSPECT PA - The freshman Well Said gelding Venier Hanover was again the star of the show during harness racing action at The Big Butler Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania city. The baby sensation won on Thursday in 2:00.4, obliterating the former divisional track record, set by Skylite's Falcon in 2012, by 2 3/5 seconds, and coming within 2/5 of a second of the all-age track record, which was first set by the legendary Audie K 25 years and two days before, and then tied by Star Of Terror one year and two days ago.   Venier Hanover is now 4-3-1-0 in his career; the second came to the talented Marvalous Falcon at Hughesville last week, when Venier got away poorly from the second tier and had to make a big move just to get into the race. Venier again had a trailer spot at Butler, but he had a little bit more as he and Marvalous Falcon dueled in a 29.1 last quarter before Marvalous Artist took a misstep and had to settle for second. "Smilin'" Dave Brickell was as usual in the sulky behind Venier Hanover - and you'd be smiling too if you, along with Mitchell York, were the co-owner of this apparent double season's recordholder (1:54f at The Meadows and 1:58h at Dayton, the latter time within a tick of their all-age mark).   The biggest winner during the two days of action (freshmen Thursday, sophomores Friday) was driver Chris Shaw, who paraded back a winner no fewer than nine times during the two cards, five of them for brother/trainer Jason (Jason's son Mason was owner or co-owner of all five). The Shaws showed an early mastery over the recently-introduced "A"/"B" double division Sire Stakes format in the three-year-old filly pace, winning the "A" event with the Delmarvalous miss Gemalous, the 2016 Fair Championship winner, in 2:05.1, and then bringing back Keystone Nikki, who set a 1:59.3 divisional track record at Dayton but, because she was fourth at Hughesville, was eligible to drop to the "B" class this week, and took a division of that event - in 2:04.1.   Shawn Johnston, the 2017 Boots Dunn awardwinner for most promising youngster on the PA fair circuit, had five driving wins during the two-day session, two each for trainers Gary Johnston and LaDarrius Whitaker (the latter 3 for 3 at Butler), and the fifth with the Rich Gillock trainee The Book Of Life, with whom he won the three-year-old colt pace "A" section in 2:01.1 (over a "slow +3"-rated track). The Book Of Life has now taken two straight after starting his career 1 for 22.   The nine-bagger by Chris Shaw vaulted him to the top of the fair drivers standings by a 15-13 margin over Roger Hammer (who had but a single triumph at Butler); Jason Shaw got closer in the trainers standings, now only 13-10 behind Hammer.   The next stop on the Pennsylvania fair circuit is a two-day event at Gratz, one of the fastest ovals on the tour, with freshmen going at noon Saturday (July 8) and then sophomores at the same time Sunday (July 9).   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

Harness racing world champion Well Said has packed his trunk and is flying to Australia this season to stand at Empire Stallions in Avenel, Victoria. Previously available to Down Under breeders via frozen semen, Empire is thrilled to welcome the U.S. Pacer of the Year in the flesh. Well Said is a stunning, dark bay 16-hand individual who commanded attention from the beginning. He caught the eye of many of the sport’s top owners and trainers fetching a top price of $240,000 at the Standardbred Yearling Sale at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Well Said was destined for greatness being a son of the prolific Western Hanover out of the Artsplace mare Must See, a 1:52 winner of $552,000 and a full sister to World Champion Glowing Report, a winner of more than $2 million. Well Said was placed in the very capable hands of notable U.S. trainer Steve Elliott who knew the colt was outstanding from the beginning.  “He’s the perfect horse” Elliott said. “From the moment he arrived at my barn, I knew he would be special. He has perfect conformation, perfect manners and a perfect gait – he has no faults. Good horses make trainers look good – he made me look great. “ During his two-year-old season, Well Said took a record of 1:51 while earning nearly $600,000. His greatest achievement that year was his brilliant win in the $700,000 2-year-old Breeders Crown Final. Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce, who piloted Well Said throughout his career, said after the Breeders Crown victory, “He is the fastest two-year-old I have ever sat behind.  His come from behind win tonight proved he is the best of his generation.” Breeders Crown Final Well Said returned at three to dominate the pacing ranks winning 10 of 14 races and banking over $2 million. His major victories included the $1 million North America Cup, the $1 million Meadowlands Pace, the Little Brown Jug, the Battle of the Brandywine and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. He joined another Empire alumni, Precious Bunny, as one of only two horses in history to win the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug. Battle of the Brandywine Well Said was flawless in the North America Cup winning this prestigious race in a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:48.1 at Mohawk Raceway. He claimed the Meadowlands Pace by six lengths with an impressive 1:47.3 mile and he paced the fastest mile in the history of The Meadows five-eighths mile oval in Pennsylvania with a 1:49 victory in his elimination for the Grand Circuit Delvin Miller Adios Stake. Well Said - 2009 Mohawk $1,500,000 Pepsi Cup 1:48.1 Well Said’s most memorable moment, was without a doubt, his first-heat triumph from the eight post in the Little Brown Jug in 1:51.1. This extraordinary performance was voted by the readership of The Horseman & Fair World Magazine as the most exciting race of the year. First Heat Little Brown Jug Following this superstar season, Well Said was voted the U.S. Dan Patch 2009 Pacer of the Year. He also unanimously voted the 3YO Colt Pacer of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. Not only did Well Said receive accolades that year, but he also helped his connections receive national attention that year as well. His trainer, Steve Elliott was named the New Jersey Standardbred Trainer of the Year and his breeders, Mark & Ed Mullen of Fair Winds Farm and Steve Jones of Cameo Hill Farms were honoured as the Standardbred Breeders of the Year. Well Said has done an exceptional job in the siring department during his young stud career. From just four North American crops of racing age, including a 2-year-old crop in 2016, he has sired the winners of just on $24 million with 13 in 1:50, 160 in 1:55, Already has produced a millionaire, eight $500,000 plus winners and 70 winners of over $100,000 and his progeny has average earnings per starter of $70,867 as at todays date (Track It stats). Well Said was the leading first crop Sire in North America and this crop included the 2yo Breeders Crown filly champion Uffizi Hanover 2,1:50.3 ($746,552) . Other champion performers include the 2016 Meadowlands Pace champion Control The Moment 3,1:48.2 ($1,085,220), the  2015 Little Brown Jug heat winner Lost For Words 3,1:49.3 ($937,784), the $80,000 Adios Betty winner I Said Diamonds 3,1:50 ($473,857), Adios Elimination winner My Hero Ron 3,1:49.2 ($548,913), Katie Said 1:49.4 ($504,476) the Tompkins Geers Stake, Ladyship Stake, Keystone Classic winner Sometimes Said 3,1:50 ($497,716) the 2yo Goshen Cup Winner, Tellitlikeitis 3,1:48.4 ($490,695) North America Cup elimination winner, second in $1 million Final, etc.   2016 Meadowlands Pace - Control The Moment Well Said has been a top ten U.S. Sire of 2 and 3-year-olds each year since his first crop raced in 2013. In the Southern Hemisphere, from just two small frozen semen crops, Well Said’s progeny are just beginning to make an impact on the racing scene. He currently is New Zealand’s leading percentage sire of 2-year-olds. “He is one of the most handsome horses I have ever seen and I have always been a fan of his”: said David James, principle of Empire Stallions. He was a super racehorse and he is now an outstanding sire of both colts and fillies. He is a great addition to our powerhouse stallion lineup and he will suit Down Under mares perfectly.” Well Said will stand for an introductory fee in Australia of $6,000 including GST and $6,000 plus GST in New Zealand with discounts available. Harnesslink Media

DAYTON PA - Venier Hanover, a two-year-old gelding by Well Said-Valmctorian, certainly put on a show on the first day of the 2017 Pennsylvania fair harness racing season - in the very first race of the year, the precocious baby toured the half-mile track at the Dayton Fairgrounds in 1:58, missing the all-age track record of J T Arturo by a single tick in only his second career start.   The sensational clocking also shattered the 2:00.2 divisional Dayton standard set by Marvalous Artist last year.   Early fractions in the magical mile were 31, 1:00.2, and 1:30, with Venier Hanover and trainer/driver Dave Brickell tacking on a 28 last quarter to come up just shy of the all-age record, a startling outing nonetheless for the youngster, whose only other purse start resulted in a 1:54 victory at The Meadows. Brickell and co-owner Mitchell Young are certainly no strangers to freshman stardom, as they were the team behind last season's pacing filly Camera Lady, who led all North American two-year-olds in victories with 15.   Pedigree fans can also find the seeds of greatness in Venier Hanover - sire Well Said is well-known, and Venier's third dam is Oxford Mary Ann, the dam of Cambest, whose T1:46.1 record stood as harness racing's fastest mile for 23 years before being eclipsed by Always B Miki last season.   A full recap of the rest of the two-year-old action and the three-year-old racing on Sunday will be distributed on Sunday evening.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 16, 2017 - I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley, $7) went up and over laboring harness racing lasses Friday night (June 16th), winning-at first seasonal purse asking-Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. This was the first local live program since a May 28th matinee and debuted the new start/finish line, which shortened the stretch by some 105 feet (660 to 555 feet). Unhurried from post position No. 4, I Said Diamonds settled sixth as Northfield expat Beyonce's Rockn (Jason Bartlett) made short work of an assigned eight-hole. That one made the lead after paying a 27-second, opening-quarter price for the privilege. The newbie was not in a giving mood, hanging Petticoat Series winner Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton) in her attempt for the lead. A :55.1 intermission over a 'good' surface that had taken on some water put the closers in play. Down the backside, Lispatty (Mark MacDonald), as the 3-2 choice, went three-deep, but I Said Diamonds went deeper and much faster. The latter grabbed the lead passing a 1:24.1 three-quarters, then widened. She opened 3½ lengths off the final turn, whipping Lispatty by 4¼ lengths in 1:53.2. Hidden Land (Brian Sears), Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) and Freeze Out (George Brennan) settled for the minor moolah. For second choice I Said Diamonds, a now-4-year-old daughter of Well Said owned by A Piece of the Action Stable and trained by Matias Ruiz, she entered off a six-win, $304,000 season as a soph. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $142.50 and the superfecta paid $400.50. Holland won a race, moving him to within four of the 5,000  win plateau (that would be 4,996 for those of you keeping score of such things). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 17th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,845.99.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. 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. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA – Princess Fabulosa made her last start of the 2016 harness season on July 14, but the 11-month wait for her to come back to the races is now paying off in spades, as the Well Said mare is now 2-for-2 in the current campaign after taking a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2 despite a sloppy track Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Scott Zeron let the winner of $126,090 proceed frontward at her own pace, making the top past the 27.3 opening split, then backing off the half to 56.2. “Princess Fab” turned on the afterburners in the back half, coming home in 55 to be well clear of Family Roll Call, second to the winner for the second straight week. Mark Silva conditions the promising distaff (this was only her 19th lifetime start) for owners Lewis Whitaker and Charles Rowe. Just before the third race, the skies opened up over northeast Pennsylvania, with such heavy rain that the horses got as their chartcall at the half and 3/4s “RN,” for rain, so tough was the visibility. A near-gale-like stretch headwind developed, explaining fractions of 27.1, 57.3, 1:25, and 1:55.4 over the 5/8-mile track. As for driver Simon Allard, he figured that if he couldn’t see any horse in front of him, he was in good shape, so he sent Drivingthedragon N right to the top and went coast-to-coast at a $7.40 mutuel.   Jenn Starr was showing off her background in music by referencing The Doors' "Riders On The Storm" with the picture earlier. Maybe if The Lizard King had spent more time at Vincennes instead of other parts of Paris, the song would have been called "Drivers In The Storm."   And yes, that is a reference to a popular British TV show in the headline. ("Absolutely Fabulous," in case the reference was not there for you.)   PHHA / Pocono    

When a horse broke in the path of the well-backed Adele Said ($10 into $5.70) soon after the start in Launceston on Friday night most harness racing punters who had invested on the filly were close to tearing up their tickets. But it's a good thing they didn't because despite losing about 50 metres in the scrimmage Adele Said recovered to go on and score a very impressive win. After the incident driver Todd Rattray had the three-year-old settled into a strong pace but he was forced to drive her for luck and as it happens the luck presented itself and the filly did the rest. Adele Said (Well Said-Catz N Ratz) burst clear of the pack in the home straight and went on to score by six metres from Only A Myth with Holly Halo almost three metres astern. Adele Said recorded a mile rate of 2.03.7 which was good given the circumstances and she ran home her last half-mile (800m) in 61 seconds. Butler, who spent the early days of his training career at Lachlan near New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley, south-west of Hobart, has long been considered one of Tasmania's most talented horsemen. He trained Joesashyguy to win the 1999 Tasmanian Derby to etch his names in the record books as one of the youngest to train a Group winner in the state at age 21. Butler recently relocated to the north of the state where he has set up a training operation at Pipers River about 50km north of Launceston and he plans to expand his training enterprise with the help of his life partner and talented driver Kristy Grant who is the granddaughter of veteran harness trainer Dick Eaves. Butler and Grant moved into their new residence, formerly owned by prominent harness racing breeders Lyndon and Gail Menegon, last month and he expects to quickly build up the number of stable tenants. "We've been on the property for about three weeks and Adele said was our first starter training from our new property and Jillibi Gigi ran second later in the night so it's a fairly good start," Butler said. "We have eight horses in work so hopefully in another month or so we'll be able to take a team of four or five to the races." Peter Staples

Pompano Beach, FL...April 30, 2017...Heart Felt, craftily handled by Bryce Fenn, put on a game harness racing performance on Sunday night (April 30), taking Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap in 1:51.4. The six year-old altered son of Well Said overcame the outside post to post a photo finish win--a neck--over Arsenal, driven by Dave Ingraham. Fritzie Pic Up Man, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, recovered from an early miscue to finish third, a half-length away. Goldstar Raider was a fast closing fourth while Rock On Moe, prominent throughout much of the mile, picked up the nickel in the classy octet. In an early battle for supremacy, the three outside horses, Arsenal, Rock On Moe and Heart Felt, all were in search of the top spot with Heart Felt gaining the top past the :26.2 opener before yielding to Rock On Moe (Dan Daley)--briefly. Three-eighths into the mile, Fenn sent Heart Felt back to the front and carved out remaining panels of :54.2 and 1:23 before a :28.4 final panel held Arsenal at bay at the wire. After the race, driver Bryce Fenn related, "The only way I was going to get into the race was to leave out of there. After all, when you have the outside post, you cannot afford to spot an evenly matched field like this 10 lengths every week. "Last week, they were leaving all around me so I didn't have much choice but, tonight, it looked like we were the only ones with noses right on the gate, so we were rocking and rolling early. "When Dan (Daley) put his horse on top, my horse didn't seem content in the pocket, so I tipped him out and reclaimed the lead. "He went a game trip, I'll say that." Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchesster Baye Acres, Heart Felt won for the fourth in 15 starts to push his 2017 bankroll to $33,275 and $5 short of $140,000 career-wise. As the 5 to 1 third choice, Heart Felt paid $12.00 to win. The win for driver Fenn was the third of the night, who scored a consecutive grand slam of sorts by taking the early daily double on Sunday after sweeping the late daily double on Pompano Park's last program on Wednesday night. In other Pompano Park action on Sunday, Groovey Kid, handled by Wally Hennessey, scored a decisive win in a conditioned trotting event, stopping the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:54.3. The "hard-headed" six year-old gelded son of Cincinnati Kid began a sweeping move from sixth with one lap to go and swept to the lead three-eighths from home and went on to score a win measuring 9¾ lengths over Body Double (Joe Sanzeri) with I'll Tell You What (Kevin Wallis), making his 300th career start, third. Railee Workable recovered from an early miscue to finish fourth while Uptoa Dream picked up the final award in the field of nine. Trained by Dan Hennessey for owner John Campagnuolo, Groovey Kid won for the third time this semester in 15 starts, pushing his 2017 earnings to $18,975 and $136,240 lifetime. The mile eclipsed the trotter's former mark of 1:55, accomplished when he won for the first time this year. "He can be sort of 'hard-headed' on occasion," Hennessey said, "but, when he puts his mind to it, he can trot a ton. He did that tonight!" As the 6 to 5 tote-board favorite, Groovey Kid paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Boli looking to score a three-peat in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. This five year-old son of Kadabra will have to overcome the outside post to conquer a field including Sailer Eddie, Keystone Bodacious, Commentary, Legend Field, Caviart Griffin, McKenzie's Star, My Revenuer and Skyway Pippen. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

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            

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