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

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

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


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

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing fillies as its feature on Tuesday night, with the races conducted over a "sloppy" track.   If you want to win a division of this race in future years, we figured out the "recipe":   --The primary ingredient has to be a Somebeachsomewhere filly who sold for six figures as a yearling, or a Well Said miss that sold as a yearling for exactly $27,000. If you were a $100,000 purchase, your dam had to have won over $1M on the racetrack; if a Well Said, somebody in the immediate family had to top $750,000 in racing earnings.   --Your horse had to be making her purse debut, with a winning qualifier already under her girth.   --Your driver's name had to be either "Gingras" or "Miller."   --Your filly had to be the favorite in the race.   --She had to be on the lead at the half, preferably (3 out of 4) by making a move in the second quarter (the other winner led at every pole).   --She had to take a new lifetime mark.   That seems a very simple formula to follow, doesn't it? Here's how it played out over the four divisions:   Yannick Gingras won two of the All-Stars sections, the first with the Somebeachsomewhere- Idyllic filly Idyllic Beach, who won by ¾ of a length over hard-charging rival Tardy For The Party in 1:55.4 - 57.2 - 28.2 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz.   Gingras later posted career victory #6005 with Sapphire Breeze, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Well Said whose half-brother Fat Mans Alley just went over the $750,000 plateau with a win here Saturday on Sun Stakes elimination night. Sapphire Breeze, who was clocked in 1:55.2 - 57.1 - 28, won by 2¾ lengths over late-closing Pittstop Danika (another Burke trainee) for the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The other winning daughter of Well Said was Watch What You Say, whose second dam was a half-sister to the $1.2M-winning world champion Hana Hanover.   This Mike Hall-trained miss defied the "cookbook" in two ways: she was the only wire-to-wire winner, being 3¾ lengths clear at the wire in the fastest time of 1:54.4, last half 56.1, for driver Brett Miller; and she was the only visitor to Victory Lane who had part of her ownership team purchase her yesterday - after a 1:55.1 qualifying win at Harrah's, Watch What You Say attracted enough attention that the CTC Stable saw its partner, and the filly's breeder, Fred Hertrich III, sell his share to Brad Grant and Howard Taylor, with the deal registered the previous calendar day.   The other daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Someomensomewhere, is out of the seven-figure racemare Omen Hanover, and she added further spice to the recipe by throwing two "Millers" into the pot - driver Marcus and trainer Erv. Someomensomewhere stopped the timer in 1:57.3, with a 28.2 last quarter sufficient to keep Dangerous Woman, who came from last at the ¾, at bay by 1½ lengths for the Nick Surick Stable LLC and the KDM Stables Corp. (they're registered as "Corp." with the USTA).   Now that we've discovered the recipe for a PA All-Stars winner, we have to start on a formula that produces a Wiggle It Jiggleit, an Always B Miki, or a Freaky Feet Pete (yes, Hoosiers, we've figured out the first part). Because these three are matched up for the first time, vying with the likes of Mel Mara, State Treasurer, and five other hardknocking FFAers, in the $500,000 Franklin Pace Championship this Saturday night at Pocono, the highlight of the $2M Sun Stakes Saturday.   If you have any doubt how much this race is being anticipated, go to the next best thing to the horse's mouth, the driver's mouth. Read in the trade press about the excitement being shown by names like Miller, Gingras, and Tetrick - veterans of the racetrack wars who will all be in the race - and be reminded that the eyes of the entire harness racing world will be on the 11th race at the mountain oval Saturday night.   1:47? 1:46.4? Faster?   From the PHHA Media Department

Harness racing three-year-old Control The Moment, by Well Said takes over the top spot on "Road To The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace".   Control The Moment blasted from post 9 to set scorching fractions in the $1m Pepsi North America Cup last week while parking Lyons Snyder through a vicious 1:20.3 first three-quarters. He held on gamely to finish third. The Canadian two-year-old champion faces American freshman champ Boston Red Rocks in the Hempt Elimination this week.     Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Justin Horowitz & Jenn Bongiorno's Comments 1 Control The Moment ($449,595 – 1:49.4)   R. Waples, B. Maxwell Bradley R. Maxwell, Howard A. Taylor, Edwin J. Gold, Ben D. Mudry Blasted from post 9 to set scorching fractions while parking Lyons Snyder through a 1:20.3 first three-quarters. Held on gamely to finish third. Canadian two-year-old champion faces American freshman champ Boston Red Rocks in Hempt Elimination Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 3rd  2 Racing Hill ($321,166 – 1:51.2)   B. Miller, T. Alagna Tom Hill Debuts at Number Two off impressive runner-up finish to Betting Line in NA Cup Final after miscue in elimination. Clearly fast enough and looks to be Alagna’s best hope for a second Pace trophy. Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 2nd    3 Lyons Snyder ($121,218 – 1:49.0) S. Filion, M. Silva Jeffrey S. Snyder, Geoffrey Lyons Mound Parked through vicious fractions in NA Cup Final after ultra game runner-up finish to eventual winner Betting Line in Elimination. Earns well-deserved rest and will skip Hempt at Pocono to freshen up for The Pace Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 6th 4 Katies Rocker ($311,755 – 1:50.3) D. Miller, J. Campbell Fashion Farms LLC NJSS Champion skipped the NA Cup to prepare for Hempt Memorial at Pocono. Posted impressive qualifier win in 1:52.2 over NJSS Filly champion Blue Moon Stride this past Saturday. Faces Racing Hill and Talk Show in Hempt Elimination Last Race: 6/18 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:52.2) 5 Boston Red Rocks ($695,615 – 1:50.3) T. Tetrick, S.Elliott Peter R. Blood, Rick Berks Followed Betting Line from well back in NA Cup Final but was outkicked to finish 4th. Consistent type, but lacks the same dominance he displayed at the end of 2-year-old season. Does have four-time Pace winner Tetrick on his side Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 4th 6 Talk Show ($121,936 – 1:51.1Q) S. Zeron, S. Elliott Talk Show Partners, LLC   Faces first true test of the season in second of two Hempt Eliminations on Saturday night after a pair of wins to kick off his 3-year-old season. Wildly fast 2-year-old seems more controllable after winter gelding. Last Race: 6/13 – Gty – Qualifier – 1st (1:53.3) 7 Check Six ($490,988 – 1:50.3) Y. Gingras, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William L. Switala, James J. Martin Rebounded with a win in a PASS over Another Daily Copy after failing to qualify for NA Cup Final. Closing in on $500,000 in lifetime earnings could give leading-trainer Burke his first Pace victory Last Race: 6/17 – PHL – PASS – 1st (1:51.1) 8 American Passport ($212,534 – 1:51.3Q) B. Sears, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, Jodi L. Siamis Picks up new driver in 2005 Pace winner Brian Sears for Hempt Elimination after failing to make NA Cup Final. Draws into first of two elims and faces Control the Moment and Boston Red Rocks Last Race: 6/11 – Moh – NA Cup Elim – 6th   9 Another Daily Copy ($125,310 – 1:50) J. Morrill, Jr., N.DeVita Carl Sackheim Finished second in PASS behind Check Six and picks up new driver, Jim Morrill, Jr, for Hempt Eliminations. Has yet to leave PA to race this year, but continues to improve ahead of Grand Circuit seasonal debut Last Race – 6/17 – PHL – PASS – 2nd 10 JK Will Power ($324,933 – 1:51.1) Y.Gingras, R. Burke 3 Brothers Stable Moves into the top 10, replacing stablemate Big Top Hanover who disappointed in NA Cup Final. Another that has raced exclusively in PA won most recent start in PASS at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Draws into the first of two Hempt elims against Control the Moment and Boston Red Rocks Last Race – 6/17 – PHL – PASS – 1st (1:53)     KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/7 Pennsylvania Classic PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras JK WILL POWER BIG TOP HANOVER 1:50.3 5/22 PA Sire Stakes PcD Fernando Hanover R. Burke M. Kakaley BIG TOP HANOVER ANOTHER DAILY COPY 1:51.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD LYONS SNYDER M. Silva S. Zeron Adrian Hanover Settlemoir 1:49.4   PA Sire Stakes PcD   CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras Arthur Pendragon MANHATTAN BEACH 1:52.3 5/28 6/4 Art Rooney Final NJ Sire Stakes Final YR M1 Missile J KATIES ROCKER L. Toscano J. Campbell B. Sears D. Miller TAILGUNNER HANOVER BOSTON RED ROCKS Yankee Artillery IDEAL ROCKY 1:53.0 1:50.3 6/4   6/6     6/11   6/17 PA Sire Stakes   NY Sire Stakes     NA Cup Eliminations   PA Sire Stakes Mea Mea MR MR MR Moh Moh Phl Phl ANOTHER DAILY COPY Adrian Hanover TALK SHOW Craftship Manny Betting Line BOSTON RED ROCKS JK WILL POWER Western Fame N. DeVita C. Oakes S. Elliott T. Alagna J. Okusko C. Coleman S. Elliott R. Burke J. Takter T. Hall D. Palone S. Zeron S. Zeron C. Lems D. Miller T. Tetrick D. Miller D. Miller CHECK SIX BIG TOP HANOVER Missile J Artmagic Fine Diamond LYONS SNYDER BIG TOP HANOVER Adrian Hanover GOOD LIVING JK WILL POWER MANHATTAN BEACH Nox Vegas Bluechip Autotune Hanover Concur RACING HILL Michaels Victory Ideal Jimmy Blake North 1:50.0 1:49.4 1:53.3 1:53.2 1:54.2 1:49.1 1:50.3 1:53.0 1:50.4   6/18 6/24 6/25 7/2 7/2     NA Cup Final NY Sire Stakes Max Hempt Elims Max Hempt Final Ontario Sire Stakes   Phl Moh YR PcD PcD Moh   CHECK SIX Betting Line R. Burke C. Coleman Y. Gingras D. Miller ANOTHER DAILY COPY RACING HILL WESTERN DYNASTY CONTROL THE MOMENT   1:51.1 1:47.4   MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race      

Many eyes were on Control The Moment in his harness racing season debut last week and although he didn’t win, the son of Well Said certainly made some noise. The Brad Maxwell trainee paced a mile in 1:49 with a :26 final-quarter in his season debut to finish second to Lyons Snyder in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere. If it’s possible to make a statement without winning, Control The Moment certainly put the sophomore division on notice with his big effort right out of the gate. “He raced extremely well,” said driver Randy Waples. “But I mean that was only his first start of the year and he’s going to need a couple of starts before he is right on his game.” Control The Moment not at the top of his game is very good, which could strike some fear into his competition for when he reaches his top level. “That’s the kind of horse he is, he’s able to do that kind of stuff,” Waples said about the impressive season debut. “So I was pretty happy with him.” However, the son of Well Said is on a tight schedule to reach his ‘A’ game with the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations Saturday night. Waples is hopeful Control The Moment’s pure talent will carry him through the next few weeks. “He doesn’t have much time left so I’m hoping the natural athleticism shows up and he starts winning races in the next week or two.” Last year’s O’Brien Award winner and Metro Pace champion will need to be ready for a fight in Saturday’s Cup elimination. Control The Moment drew into arguably the tougher of two eliminations against the likes of Lyons Snyder, Betting Line and Check Six. “It is a tough division, but if he is what he is supposed to be then he’s going to have to face them at some point anyways,” noted Waples. “I just figure he’s one of the tough ones as well.” Control The Moment has a favourable starting spot in post-three for the Cup elimination. The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final. Needing to be in the top five to qualify for final is less pressure than being top three, as in recent years, but Waples believes the impact of only two eliminations is felt in the draw for the final. “Even with the two divisions if you don’t win and you don’t get to pick your post, there is only really going to be two good posts gone, probably the two or three, the three or the four,” said Waples. “So that is going to leave lots of opportunities to maybe get lucky and draw a good post.” Control The Moment enters the Cup eliminations with an impressive career resume of eight wins in 10 starts and earnings of over $480,000. The talented son of Well Said recently acquired a new group of owners, as Tara Hills Stud Ltd. purchased a piece of the O’Brien Award winner. The Maxwell trainee will look to bring Cup success to the newly formed Control The Moment Stable starting with Saturday’s elimination. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer 1st Elimination 1. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 2. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 3. Control The Moment by Well Said (Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell) 4. Lyons Snyder by Well Said (Sylvain Filion - Mark Silva) 5. Beast Mode by Rock N Roll Heaven (Sylvain Filion - Robert Reid) 6. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight (David Miller - Casie Coleman) 7. Im Some Graduate by Somebeachsomewhere (John Campbell - Tom Cancelliere) 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover (Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen) 9. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) 2nd Elimination 1. Nocturnal Bluechip by Bettor's Delight (Paul MacDonell - Mark Steacy) 2. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover (Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott) 3. Brookdale Sonny by Bettor's Delight (Mike Saftic - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) 5. Michaels Victory by Rocknroll Hanover (Sylvain Filion - Mark Silva) 6. Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 7. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 8. American Passport by American Ideal (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 9. Magnum J  by Big Jim (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

Pinned in the pocket through the far turn, Shutthefrontdoor ($4.90) only managed to wedge out from traffic in the final 60 yards, still collaring pacesetter K J's Caroline for a narrow 1:54.1 score in Friday (May 27) evening's $11,000 harness racing mares open pace at Tioga Downs.   Dan Clements yielded to the pocket early with the 5-year-old Well Said mare, enabling K J's Caroline (Justin Huckabone) to cross and clear before rating a tepid :59 half mile. On the backstretch, while Southwind Trini (Mike Merton) loomed first-over, K J's Caroline accelerated through a :27 third quarter before facing her stiffest competition at head-stretch. Off the corner, Southwind Trini pressed harder, Elm Grove Inarush (Greg Merton) fanned wide from second-over, and Shutthefrontdoor--with pace--was hard pressed for racing room. Shutthefrontdoor was able to wedge out in deep stretch, and her sudden burst of speed was enough for her to prevail. K J's Caroline just held second, while Elm Grove Inarush's stand-side rally earned her third honors.   Trainer Mike Sinclair co-owns Shutthefrontdoor with Guy Beaulieu and Richard Villeneuve.   Mike Merton led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, teaming up with Amber Buter trainees Headsaregonna Turn ($22.20, 1:54.3) and Cracker Coffee ($2.20, 1:53.3) as well as Rich Dane trainee Four Hour Nap ($5.10, 1:54.4).   Saturday (May 28) evening's nine-race card is due to begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT, with a $318.82 carryover in the 50¢ Pick 5.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Lyons Snyder, beaten favorite in the recent rich Pennsylvania Classic Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, showed his bounceback abilities on Sunday night at The Downs, taking his $54,787 division of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in an impressive 1:49.4 over "sloppy" going while taking a new mark.   Scott Zeron, handling the son of Well Said for trainer Mark Silva, sent his colt to the front past the 27 quarter and past early pacesetter Adrian Hanover. Zeron and "Snyder" then carried on to middle splits of 55.2 and 1:22.3, then got a major passing late foe late in the upstart Adrian Hanover, who only five days ago had triumphed in a "nw3" pace locally. Adrian Hanover even put a nose to a head up approaching deep stretch, but Lyons Snyder dug deep and found more to give, taking back a nose advantage on the money, with Settlemoir third just ahead of favored JK Will Power, second in the Classic Final. Lyons Snyder is now 3 for 5 on the season for owners Jeffrey Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound.   The Ron Burke stable, which had finished 1-2-3 in the Pennsylvania Classic Final, won the other two divisions, including a $54,387 cut with Classic winner Check Six in 1:52.3. Check Six, a Somewheresomebeach colt driven by Yannick Gingras, went around early leader Sapient Hanover before a 28 quarter, then saw his Burkemate Manhattan Beach brush to the lead in front of the stands and hit the middle poles in a relatively soft 56.3 and 1:24.1. Check Six vacated the pocket on the far turn, and then sailed by in the stretch, with a four-way battle for second showing Arthur Pendragon, the longest shot in the race, ahead of Manahttan Beach for the place. But Check Six retained his spot in the sophomore spotlight, undefeated in four 2016 starts and now a winner of $328,443 this year and $443,332 lifetime for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.   Burke charges were 1-2 in the other $54,787 Sires cut, but it was the lesser-fancied one who wound up in Victory Lane, as Fernando Hanover nipped his favored stablemate Big Top Hanover by a head while taking a new personal best of 1:51.2 despite the slop. Matt Kakaley positioned the Dragon Again gelding, directly behind Big Top Hanover, and the pair swung wide in the lane to try to catch pacesetting Another Daily Copy, doing so only in the last few strides, with Big Top Hanover never in front as Fernando Hanover had the strongest steps late. The famous Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi team owns this new member of the $100,000 Club with Frank Baldachino and the JJK Stables LLC. For the night, Team Burke went 6-2-1-1-1-$81,929 in the Sire Stakes Sunday.   In a $18,000 supporting trot, Armor Hanover overcame post nine to win his fourth starts in five outings since being claimed by trainer Doug and co-owner Leslie Berkeley, winning easily in 1:54.3. His driver was not one you normally link with $97.60 win prices - Yannick Gingras, although remember Gingras is a primary driver for Ron Burke, who currently leads the Pocono training colony in $50+ scores this year.   FINISHING LINES - After four scores at Philly and five at Pocono Saturday, George Napolitano Jr. took those nine victories and added six more on Sunday, equally split between the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks....Five $20,000 divisions of the PA Stallion Series event for the sophomore colt pacers will be featured on the Monday night card.   PHHA / Pocono

The Catamount Kid and Another Daily Copy tied for speed honors in capturing their respective $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both tripping the timer in 1:51.2, while in the third division Voltaire scored a 14-1 upset and like the other two victors took a personal mark with his 1:52.2 clocking.   The Catamount Kid was second in his elimination for the Pennsylvania Classic and then fourth in the Classic Final the last two weeks at Pocono, finishing behind only Ron Burke trainees, but Sunday nothing got in the way of the Well Said colt en route to the winners circle. The Catamount Kid sat a pocket trip until the ¾, moved out to challenge and grab the lead into the stretch, then held off Bully Pulpit from off his back for a neck decision. Simon Allard handled sulky duties for the winner, whom trainer Carl Jamieson co-owns with Thomas Kyron, George Harrison, and Brian Paquet.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr., who held the hot hand at Pocono on Sunday, posted his fourth victory of the night when he guided Another Daily Copy home first. Morrill rated a 29.2 second quarter, getting to the half in 56, then sprinted off to a big lead on the far turn, with the final 1¼ length margin of victory over pocketsitting Fernando Hanover a bit deceptive. Nicholas Devita trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who doubled his lifetime victory total with the All-Stars triumph, for owner Carl Sackheim.   It's usually not a benefit to gap two-wide cover, but driver Tim Tetrick made it work for him and Voltaire in the other division. The Western Terror gelding was originally second-over but couldn't stay with his cover, letting More Dragon out - whom Voltaire and Tetrick prompted followed three-wide on the far turn, then swung wider in the stretch. Settlemoir was closing in the Pocono Pike, pacesetter JJ Flynn was trying to maintain his advantage, and More Dragon continued his wide gain - but in the last 50 yards Voltaire found his best strides and was along to win by a head over Settlemoir, who was a neck ahead of More Dragon, with JJ Flynn settling for fourth. Brian Malone conditions the winner for owners Peter Paul Venturini and Peter Venturini III.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action continues in the second half of the Pocono race week, Monday and Tuesday, with three $30,000 divisions for distaffs each night: the pacers in the spotlight Monday, and then the trotters headlining on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Black Horse Racing's superstar pacing mare Katie Said is off to a fast start in 2016. The 5-year-old daughter of Well Said came into the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon (May 13th) in red hot form, winning her first two races of the season vs. open company at The Meadowlands.  She was in for a stern test in this Winner's over $25,000 lifetime event however, starting from post eight. The field was deep in talent as well. Directly to her inside starting from post 7 was last years Bluechip Matchmaker and Milton Stakes winner Venus Delight. The race also included Divine Caroline (2015 Dan Patch award winner), Devil Child (multiple stakes winner as a 3-year-old), and the red-hot Jonsie Jones, who won 3 of her last 4 races by open lengths. Katie Said's prospects looked dim from the start however, as she took back to last, and had to deal with excess cover for the first 3 quarters of a mile. Devil Child (Geo Napolitano Jr) set the tempo, challenged by Ron Burke trainee Aniston Seelster (Time Tetrick), who was first over from the half. Katie Said (Brett Miller) was fourth over, and didn't begin her move until after three-quarters. She briefly followed Divine Caroline (Dave Miller) before fanning 4 wide as they entered the stretch. She used a :27.3 final quarter in the off going to complete the last-to-first sweep, getting the jump on Jonsie Jones (Pat Berry), who closed sharply up the inside to finish second. Venus Delight (Yannick Gingras), who enjoyed a second-over trip, settled for third. Katie Said is now a perfect 3 for 3 on the season, and is now a 17 time winner out of 45 starts in her career. The Jimmy Takter trainee paid $6.80 to win. Michael Bozich

Perched perfectly from second-over on the far turn, Pocono harness racing invader Shutthefrontdoor ($4.70) vaulted clear in mid-stretch to take Friday (May 6) night's $8,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   The 5-year-old Well Said mare settled well off the pace from the outset, allowing Looney Dune (Billy Davis, Jr.) to establish solid early sectionals of :26.4 and :55.3 before working closer through the far turn. Shutthefrontdoor ended up second-over through a 1:24.2 three-quarters split when Little Santamonica (Frank Davis) vacated the pocket to head Looney Dune off the corner. Despite striking the front strongly at head-stretch, Little Santamonica ultimately gave way to Shutthefrontdoor, who drew off by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3 over good going. Little Santamonica was a clear second, 2-1/2 lengths in advance of third-place finisher Keene Olivia (Chris Lems).   Trainer Mike Sinclair co-owns Shutthefrontdoor with Guy Beaulieu and Richard Villeneuve.   Chris Lems led all drivers with four wins on the night, teaming up with Grizzly Mama ($2.40, 1:57), Wings of Royalty ($3.70, 1:55), Hello I'm Johnny ($5.90, 1:58.2), and Gelato Man ($16.80, 1:57.2) Lems's 11 wins on the young season bring him to within one win of leading driver John MacDonald, who was blanked on the 10-race card.   Live racing returns with a nine-race program on Saturday (May 7). Kentucky Derby festivities abound at the Miracle Mile, including a hat contest, mint juleps, and a $1,000 Derby Dream Bet to one lucky fan. First post is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Chris Sharpe and Alex Hawes' Quotable Quotes ($9.80, Montrell Teague) scored a wire-to-wire 1:52.3 win in the harness racing featured $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Charlene Sharpe-trainee and 5-year-old daughter of Well Said had control over the pace on the lead throughout the mile and held off Springforth and Hostess Lisa, who rounded out the trifecta, en route for her 12th career win. After winning just one race in 2015, Quotable Quotes has six victories already this year. Tony Morgan had three winners on the program. Ross Wolfenden and Montrell Teague each had a double. Matthew Sparacino      

Three $20,000 eliminations for next Saturday evening's inaugural $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Pace for PA-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies were held Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the pocket the racing position to be in, as all three winners rallied from the two-hole - one outside, the other two inside up the famed "Pocono Pike."   In the first elimination, Pure Country, undefeated in 10 starts at two and national divisional champion, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as in a 54.3 sprint home she couldn't go enough in her seasonal bow and had to settle for third, and a position in the Miss Pennsylvania, behind the victorious Darlinonthebeach, a 1:50.4 winner, and Pocono Pike-shooting second-place finisher Newborn Sassy.   Driver David Miller sent the Somebeachsomewhere filly Darlinonthebeach directly to the front, ceding the lead at the 26.3 quarter to the 50-cent favorite Pure Country, with Newport Sassy sitting third. Pure Country got a breather into the second quarter headwind and hit the half in 56.1, picking up the tempo to reach the ¾ pole in 1:23.3.   Turning for home Miller pulled Darlinonthebeach (second choice at 2-1) outside and sailed right on by, with Miller sitting chilly in the bike. Newport Sassy came up the Pike to grab second, a length behind the winner and a neck ahead of Pure Country. Nancy Johansson had the winning filly ready for a 1:51.3 seasonal bow victory here, and now the fast miss is 2 for 2 in 2016 and possessor of a new speed badge for owner/breeder White Birch Farm.   "She was really strong all through the mile," Miller noted after the race; when reminded that a win in the Miss Pennsylvania would put Miller in the $200 Million Club in driving earnings, joining John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Miller gave the thumbs up and said, "Something to aim for!"   The two-hole was again the place to be in the second Miss Pennsylvania elimination, as the Well Said filly I Said Diamonds, parked to the 26.1 quarter for the top then yielding to sit behind Sail To The Beach through 54.2 and 1:22.3 middle splits, used the inside route to get the decision in a personal best of 1:51. I Said Please, uncovered from late backstretch, stayed game for second, a length back and completing the "I Said" Exacta, with Sail To The Beach hanging in for third, another half-length behind the victorious 3-5 favorite.   Matt Kakaley handled the sulky duties for Little Bapa LLC and trainer Matias Ruiz, who got the filly to train in the offseason and enjoyed victory with her at first asking. "She is by far the best horse I have ever trained," noted Ruiz after the race with a smile. "She was good last year, and she's a little bigger, a little stronger this year."   Driver Scott Zeron watched the first two elims and settled on a winning strategy in the third elim, sailing up the Pocono Pike to an easy 2 ¼-length triumph in 1:51.3 with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Call Me Queen Be, an even-money choice in her first start of the year. Zeron and the "Queen" parked main rival Ivy League to a 26.1 opener, and even when the pacesetter got a breather to the 56 half, Zeron was not worried: "This filly has great speed, and can do anything on the racetrack," he said after the race.   And sure enough, after a 1:23.3 ¾, Call Me Queen Be waited for the inside lane to open, then darted through with lightning quickness to go by with ease; Save The Treasure was along from third-inside position to get second, 1½ lengths ahead of Ivy League, who held for third. Ross Croghan trains the winner, who also took a new mark, for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham.   These top three fillies for each division will return for the Miss Pennsylvania Championship during the evening card of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader next Saturday at The Downs. David Miller has the only driving decision to make, as he guided Darlinonthebeach and Ivy League; Ivy League's trainer Jimmy Takter, who also handles Pure Country, was the only conditioner to land two in the rich event.   Pocono / PHHA  

Katie Said was barely heard in the early going but spoke loud and clear through the stretch Friday night, powering past her foes for a second straight week in the $25,000 open handicap pace for harness racing fillies and mares at the Meadowlands. The Jimmy Takter trainee was in no hurry for the first half-mile, sitting last in the field of seven off quick fractions of :26.4 and :54.2. Katie Said, the 3-2 co-favorite, was in a live third-over flow as Divine Caroline, also 3-2, had the front as three-quarters was clocked in 1:22.2. Driver Brett Miller tipped Katie Said off cover as the field straightened up with three-sixteenths to go, and other than a little rocking in the sulky, Miller did very little as the 5-year-old daughter of Well Said exploded home in :26.4 to win by a half-length. A pair of longshots, Lovineveryminute and Empress Deo, rallied for second and third, respectively. The winner returned $5 to her backers in taking her second victory of the year in as many starts for owners Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ. The time for the mile was a lifetime-best equaling 1:49.4. SUPER JACKPOT: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover for the next program to $199,678.47. Total wagering on the card was $2,679,045. Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday. Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m. Next week, the Meadowlands will alter its schedule. The track will go dark for live racing Friday and then race Saturday (May 7) at the usual 7:15 p.m. before a special Mother's Day program on Sunday, May 8, which has a special early post time of 12:40 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

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