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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   

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the newly-announced official name of the northeast Pennsylvania oval known in the industry as Pocono Downs, kicked off its 50th anniversary year of harness racing on Saturday night, with three $15,000 divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing male pacers all going against the form as far as the race winners.   The biggest upset was produced in the first division, with Shadow Margeaux (Larry Stalbaum), who had three third-place finishes in this series last year, benefitting from an overcooked pace over the "good" surface to rally from last at the stretch call and tally in 1:52.4. The Shadow Play gelding, trained by many-time Downs champion Steve Salerno for himself, Bruce Potter, and Edward Bardowski, paid $77.00 to win as the longest shot on the board - with second-longest shot Kolt Power second and third-longest shot Red Pine third.   The second Weiss cut saw the second choice win, but it was a $15.60 second choice, as the Well Said gelding Mojito Hanover (Marcus Miller) was a pocket rocket in a 1:53.1 tally, with the 2-5 Burke Stable entry settling for a 3-5 finish. Jim Campbell harnesses "Mojito" for Fred and Shirley Schwartz, Onda Racing Stable LLC, and Shore Thing Stables LLC.   A two-ply Burke force got some measure of revenge in the third division, but Victory At Last (Matt Kakaley), who held off the first-over YS Lotus in 1:52.4, was in an entry that was not the favorite - he paid $4.00 to win, while YS Lotus was 3-5. Victory At Last, an altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale, is owned by the leading combine in the sport, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The Weiss Series will feature pacing females and trotting males in first division action on Tuesday, while trotting fillies will be in the spotlight Wednesday, as Pocono opens on a three-night-a-week schedule. The top competitors after four preliminary legs come back for a $30,000 divisional Championship.   The feature for overnight horses, a $22,000 pace, rang true to form as the Cambest gelding Blatantly Best (Jim Morrill Jr., $3.80) rallied from second-over to be clear late in 1:51.3. Larry Remmen trains the winner for owner Bradley Grant.   However, Shadow Margeaux was the first of many longshots to report home first on Saturday - races 11-13 consecutively saw One More Miracle ($41.40), Salevster Stallion ($34.40) and Feels Like Magic N ($48.40) handsomely reward their scattered backers.   George Napolitano Jr., going for his fourth straight dash driving title and record ninth local crown, guided home four winners on the opener, with Matt Kakaley, the last horseman other than "George Nap" to be on top here (2011), had three. Two-time defending North American dash champion Ron Wrenn Jr., in his first-ever night of racing at Pocono, had a respectable 10-1-3-1-.300 sulky tally, despite being named on only one horse at the time of the draw.   Jerry Connors

Winners…winners…winners! When examining this colt’s bloodlines, one pattern begins to emerge – his family is crammed with winners. A handsome brown yearling, the colt is heading for Saturday’s Sydney Australian Pacing Gold Sale as part of the Yirribee Pacing Stud offerings. Set to enter the ring as Lot 383, the colt is by former American Three-Year-Old of the Year, Well Said, which became just the second pacer to capture USA’s ‘big three’ - The Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. In his homeland, Well Said’s progeny have been commanding plenty of attention, with Lot 383 one of only two colt’s by the stallion in the sale. As for the maternal line, he is the second foal from exceptionally-bred mare, La Promesse. La Promesse is from broodmare gem Promise, which boasts nine winners from 10 starters, including Sir Galvinator ($516,723), Espirt De Kaijay ($455,053) and Bronski Gorgeous ($210,622). The family also includes General Bronski, Benefactor, Brigadier Bronski, Major Bronski and Admiral Bronski. Along with being in the rich APG race series, Lot 383 is eligible for the Australasian Breeders’ Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge. PAUL COURTS

Upper-level conditioned filly and mare harness racing pacers took the stage for the featured $20,000 event on a cold Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The heavy favorite was the class dropping Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) who unfortunately made a break just shy of the quarter pole. George Simmons trainee Persuasive Hanover (Vic Kirby) sped away for the lead, with 3-year-old Marathon Day (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) leaving aggressively as well. The latter cleared the lead short of the half, which was timed in a pedestrian :58.4 (:30.3). Ron Burke trainee Leaveumlady (Tim Tetrick) rushed up to challenge the leader, and the duel commenced. Leaveumlady's bid stalled however, as Marathon Day fought off all challengers to win by a head, stopping the clock in 1:54.3. Ooh Bad Shark (Dave Miller) closed determinedly for second, while Pan Luis Obispo (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was Marathon Day's eighth career win, moving her career earnings closer to $150,000. The Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trainee paid $7.60 to win. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had five wins on the card, while Daryl Bier tallied three. Bier drove both ends of the late daily double, which returned a whopping $2,481.40. Live racing resumes Sunday at 12:40 PM. A special post time of 2:30 PM is on tap for Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

Well Hello There and harness racing driver Matt Kakaley led from pillar to post in the $61,150 American National Stake for freshman pacing fillies Saturday night in Balmoral's third race.   Facing just three rivals--after two scratches in the field of six--Well Hello There posted a 1:53.2 clocking for trainer Ronnie Burke, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Helen Of Leda-Pro Bono Best for Burke Racing Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.   "I wanted to go the front and get some easily fractions and then just sprint home," said Kakaley. "I was pretty comfortable and didn't realize that other horse had made a break, but when we turned for home, I asked her to pace on, and she responded well and paced strong all the way to the wire."   Kakaley had Well Hello There out quickly from the gate to nail the lead going into the first turn and she comfortably posted splits of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26, with Angel Demon (Todd Warren), Dunside Splash (Travis Seekman) and Mr Leland's Filly (Casey Leonard) following her in single file fashion. When Leonard asked Mr Leland's Filly to move in the final turn, the daughter of Sportsmaster made an uncharacteristic break, costing her precious lengths. She recovered quickly however, and as Well Hello There drew off by nearly six lengths, Mr Leland's Filly was able to collar Duneside Splash for show honors. Angel Demon held steady in second.   Well Hello There now has three wins in 11 seasonal starts and $188,931 in career earnings. She recoded a mark of 1:53 at Philadelphia earlier in the season. A $50,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Standandbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, Well Hello there is a half-sister to Natural Leda p,3,1:50.1f ($122,67) and to Ring Leda p,4, 1:51f ($78,495)--both by Bettor's Delight.     By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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