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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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