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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      

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that breedings to Well Said and Winning Mister have been donated and are being auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's College Scholarship Fund.   Two of the sport's leading breeders, Hanover Shoe Farms and Bob Key, have donated breedings for the second straight year. Well Said stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $7,500. Winning Mister stands at Lindwood Farms for a fee of $6,000.   "These are two of the top breeders not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the sport of harness racing," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "The MSOA cannot thank them enough for donating breedings to these two top-quality stallions. We are proud of our scholarship program here at the MSOA, and to have great partners like Hanover and Mr. Key supporting us is very important."   Bidding is currently open on the website OnGait.com. Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auctions, which will end April 1. The remainder is payable upon a live foal.   For additional information, contact the MSOA Office at 724-228-3644.

As this years series of yearling sales draws closer, the progeny of the leading sires in Australasia are once again under the harness racing spotlight as buyers study pedigrees and inspect likely types. All the usual siring suspects are available again this year, headed by the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major along with Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three and Rock N Roll Heaven to name just a few but one stallion whose name we haven't heard much in discussions is the very well performed,Well Said. With his first crops in Australasia only turning two this year, Well Said has had no progeny down under to represent him to date which makes it incredibly hard to establish yourself when the stallion marketplace is as strong and as crowded as it is in Australasia. Both of his initial two year old crops in Australia (23) and New Zealand (14) are so small as to be insignicant which came as a real shock to us here at Harnesslink. Afterall, Well Said has already established himself in the Northern Hemisphere as an elite sire at the highest level. A 'Blue Blood' pedigree to die for which was coupled with a sensational racetrack career saw Well Said given every opportunity when he went to stud. And he hasn't disappointed with a great record to date with numbers that suggest he deserves to be recongnised as one of today's elite sires. From his first crop he produced the brilliant Uffizi Hanover 1:50.3 ($767,258) along with such standouts as Tellitlikeitis 1:48.4 ($513,917) and Southwind Silence 1:52.2 ($504,496). With that crop now just turning five in North America, Well Said is touching $90,000 per average starter which is a sure sign that he will become a member of the elite $100,000+ club of stallions who average six figures per starter. The second crop of Well Said carried on the good work as three year olds in the 2015 season with the likes of Lost For Words 1:49.3 ($913,571) and My Hero Ron 1:49.2 ($445,773) starring on the track and this crop already has an average per starter of nearly $70,000 so no drop off there. While Well Said was well represented in most of the age group classics from his first two crops, the one misgiving some breeders held was could he produce that dominant youngster that everyone is looking for. Well Control The Moment 1:49.4 ($461,457) from his third crop put that doubt to bed in emphatic fashion at two last season, dominating the division in a manner that we hadn't seen for several years. His win in the Metro Pace in 1:49.4 was one right out of the box as he destroyed a quality field by lengths and he is the horse to beat in all the major three year old classics in North America in 2016. Standing at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for $7,500 in the 2016 season, Well Said is now firmly established in the North American stallion marketplace which begs the question of what is happening in the Southern Hemisphere. Well Said only has nine yearlings for sale in New Zealand this year and just eleven in the three legs of the Australian Pacing Gold which makes it really difficult for him to get any oxygen in the marketplace. While there are only twenty Well Said yearlings for sale down under, several of them are from very well performed maternal families and at this stage one of those yearlings starring on the track next season at two is probably the only way Southern Hemisphere breeders and owners are going to reconise the elite stallion in their midst. Harnesslink Media

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Following wins in mid-level and upper-level company, Kingofthejungle took the crown in Saturday (December 19) night's featured $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands, reeling off his third consecutive harness racing win. Andy Miller settled the 4-year-old Well Said gelding into the mid-division early on, rated off a contested :27.1 first quarter. Upon yielding briefly on the first turn, 2-1 favourite Ashley's Husband (Joe Bongiorno) brushed to secure the top spot, maintaining a torrid pace through a :54.2 half while Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller) would head outer flow from midfield, slipstreamed by Kingofthejungle. With three-eighths to go, UF Rockin Dragon (Corey Callahan) pulled the pocket to avoid traffic, pushing past a tiring Ashley's Husband through a :27.4 third quarter. Meanwhile, Kingofthejungle still enjoyed the aid of live cover, towed a bit closer before vaulting off his third-over trip just outside the eighth pole and accelerating to the fore in final 50 yards to just prevail in 1:50. Ontario Success (Yannick Gingras) rallied from farther off cover to just nab Sunfire Blue Chip for second. Mark Capone trains Kingofthejungle for Fox Racing, Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Earlier in the program, upper-level conditioned pacers contested a pair of $16,500 sub-featured events. In the evening's sixth race, 2-1 joint favourite Sweet Beach alternated on the lead early with Halton Hurricane, yielding and reclaiming the lead through a :55.3 initial half before edging clear of a first-over charge from fellow joint favourite Jeneral Patton (Brett Miller). After a :27.4 third quarter, Anthony Napolitano let out a notch with Sweet Beach, and the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding accelerated to a 3-1/4 length victory while in hand for a 1:50.3 triumph. Jeneral Patton checked in a clear second, while That'll Be the Rei (Jim Marohn, Jr.) took full advantage of live cover to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains Sweet Beach, now a 7-time winner, for owner John Cancelliere. The second sub-feature, carded as the ninth event, saw David Miller send 6-5 public choice Shooter's Dream out from fourth to take charge at the completion of a :54.1 half mile before he was subsequently engaged by 17-1 outsider Mr Franklin N (Callahan). The two dueled through the entirety of the far turn, and in fact Shooter's Dream was headed briefly by Mr Franklin N in upper stretch. The 5-year-old Sand Shooter gelding would not be denied though, battling back at the pegs to reach the winning post a half-length in front, matching Sweet Beach's 1:50.3 mile from earlier. Mr Franklin narrowly held second from Duel In the Sun (Napolitano), who kicked cover to rally strongly. David M. Smith trains 15-time winner Shooter's Dream for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,936,828, a gain of $107,452 over the 13-race program from the comparable Saturday card in 2014. Both Jackpot Super High 5 carryovers grew tonight, as neither pool was captured by a single 20-cent winning ticket. On the Boxing Day program, the fifth race High 5 will boast a $10,225.51 carryover, while the finale will have $40,952.10 added to the pool. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday, December 26. The Boxing Day card will kick off at 6:35 p.m. EST. For further details, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Hanover Shoe Farms management has announced the 2016 stallion service fees for their horses. Andover Hall (to be announced) Artspeak  $5,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous  $15,000 Donato Hanover  $15,000 Explosive Matter  $7,500 Muscle Massive  $4,000 Sebastian K  $6,000 Somebeachsomewhere  $20,000 Well Said  $7,500 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farm

A rare Monday card (Sept. 28) from Harrah's Philly featured two divisions of The Liberty Bell for 3-year-old filly pacers and a pair of upper-conditioned level events on the pace as well. Linda Toscano trainee Better Said (S. Zeron) took the first division of The Liberty Bell. The daughter of Well Said was leading the compact field of five when top contender Well Hello There (Gingras) broke at the quarter pole. Better Said led every step of the way in 1:53.1. It was her fifth victory of the year, her first since a mid July overnight win here at Harrah's Philly. She is owned by Brittany Farms. Steve Elliott charge Bodacious (S. Allard) continued her winning ways in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took off the early pace, settling in fifth from post one. She was able to grind into striking position, holding off the upset minded Deli Beach (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) to win by a head in 1:52.2. She is owned by Conrad Zurich and Hauser Bros. Racing. In other news, aged pacer Sky Is The Limit (S. Allard) was game in victory in a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal drafted behind cover until three-quarters, edging wide to defeat pace-setter Bettors Glass in 1:51.3. It was career win 16 for the Shaun Vallee trainee, starting for the ninetieth time. Owned by Darius Oshidar, he paid $7.00 to win. Richard and Dale Julich's Badix Hanover won his third straight on Monday. The 3-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal led at every quarter, completing the mile in a lifetime's best 1:50.3. The race was for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 or non-winners of 7 races or $70,000 lifetime. The Kevin Mc Dermott trainee was heavily favored in the event. Michael Bozich

Linda Toscano trainees Cut and Paste ($2.10) and Soft Idea ($2.40) both achieved early leads and never looked back in their respective $31,894 Reynolds Stake divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday (September 10) evening at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs, while Katies Rocker ($2.20, part of entry) was king among five 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in their lone $64,788 dash.   The first division for pacing fillies, contested as race 3, saw Cut and Paste work clear of Twice an Angel (Matt Kakaley) in the initial stages, controlling the terms throughout her 1:54.3 triumph.   Jim Marohn, Jr. comfortably rated sectionals of :28.1, :57.4, and 1:26.2 with the daughter of Well Said, and Cut and Paste responded immediately to the late challenge of Twice and Angel to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths.   In the second division, carded as race 5, Soft Idea settled off early pacesetters JK Fannie (Kakaley) and Wine Snob (Mike Simons), drafting through a :28.1 initial quarter before brushing to the fore upon entering the home straight on the first occasion.   Once clear on the lead, Jim Morrill, Jr. rated a :57 middle half with the American Ideal filly.   Off the far turn, Soft Idea dug in to repel dual challengers JK Fannie and Wine Snob, both of which closed in from either side in a dead heat for second, three-quarters of a length behind the odds-on winner.   While pupils of Toscano took both filly divisions of the Reynolds, a Jim Campbell trainee prevailed in the lone split for colts and geldings.   Katies Rocker worked clear of his four rivals with no trouble at all, sprinting off through a :27.3 initial quarter before Simon Allard rated a :31 breather to race's midpoint.   On the backstretch, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding was nudged along by his entrymate Show the Fashion (Kakaley), but Katies Rocker proved far superior in the end.   The Fashion Farms homebred edged clear by 1-1/2 lengths, using a :55.1 back half mile to cap a 1:53.4 victory over Safensound Hanover (Morrill), who gave chase from the pocket once clear in the final sixteenth.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (September 11) evening, with the first of 13 races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Just a week after capturing the Metro Pace, Control The Moment will put his undefeated harness racing streak on the line in a division of the Champlain Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. Control The Moment headlines the $117,407 first division from post position one for driver Randy Waples and trainer Brad Maxwell. The son of Well Said scored a dominant 1:49.4 victory in last Saturday's $685,000 Metro Pace to remain undefeated in seven starts. Control The has compiled a bankroll of $440,687 for owners Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Betting Line, who finished second in the Metro Pace, will look to turn the tables on Control The Moment from post position nine. The Casie Coleman trainee finished two and a quarter lengths behind Control The Moment in the Metro final. The son of Bettor's Delight has four victories from seven starts to begin his career and Steve Condren will once again handle the driving duties Saturday. A field of eight will contest the $115,906 second Champlain division. Tony Alagna trainee Voracity headlines the second split and is coming off a third-place finish in the Metro Pace. The son of Sportswriter has four victories from six starts, including a win in his elimination for the Metro Pace. Voracity will start from post position six with Waples in the bike. The Champlain divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will take place as Races 11 and 12. Similar to the Metro winner, L A Delight, the Shes A Great Lady champion, is right back in action on Saturday. The Bob McIntosh trainee headlines a field of nine in the lone division of the Champlain Filly Stakes for a purse of $241,380. A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight was a powerful 1:51.2 winner in the Shes A Great Lady to extend her current win streak to eight in a row. The McIntosh filly's only loss came in her career debut. L A Delight will start from post position four with Waples at the controls. The Champlain Filly Stakes is Race Nine on Saturday's card. A field of nine three-year-old pacers will square-off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes Saturday. Artspeak, last year's Metro Pace and rookie pacing colt of the year, headlines the field for the Simcoe. The Tony Alagna trainee is coming off a sharp 1:50.1 qualifier last Friday at Mohawk. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak has won three victories from 11 starts this season for earnings of over $409,000. The sophomore pacer has only missed the top-five once this season and brings a career bankroll of $1.2 million into the Simcoe. Artspeak will start from post four and be driven by Scott Zeron. Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover will also line up in the Simcoe. The son of Sportswriter has won back-to-back starts since returning to the track for the first time since May. Last Saturday, Reverend Hanover made a statement with a 1:48.3 victory in a three-year-old open. The Coleman trainee, who was undefeated in four starts last season, brings a career record of six wins from eight starts and earnings of $289,000 into the Simcoe. Reverend Hanover will start from the rail with Condren in the sulky. The Simcoe Stakes has been carded as Race Five Saturday evening. Saturday night's card will also feature the eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot and the Canadian Trotting Classic. In total, eight stakes races will be contested Saturday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes. PP/Horse/Driver $224,907 Simcoe Stakes (Race 5) 1. Reverend Hanover by Sportswriter - Steve Condren 2. Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said - Sylvain Filion 3. P L Idaho by Shadow Play - TBA 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal - Scott Zeron 5. Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover - Randy Waples 6. J Js Delivery by Jereme's Jet - James MacDonald 7. The Wayfaring Man by Dragon Again - Sylvain Filion 8. Go Daddy Go by Ponder - John Campbell 9. Lyons Again by Dragon Again- Yannick Gingras   $241,380 Champlain Filly Stakes (Race 9) 1. Maniana by Sportswriter - James MacDonald 2. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight - Randy Waples 3. Ivy League by Somebeachsomewhere- Jimmy Takter 4. Bernadette by Big Jim - Jody Jamieson 5. Three Dreams by Mach Three - James MacDonald 6. Twin B Thong by Sportswriter- Chris Christoforou 7. Good Will Hanover by Big Jim - Paul MacDonell 8. Heavenly Bet by Bettor's Delight - John Campbell 9. Sports Expert by Sportswriter - James MacDonald   $117,407 Champlain Stakes (Race 11) 1. Control The Moment by Well Said - Randy Waples 2. The Catamount Kid by Well Said - Jody Jamieson 3. Inspiration View by Shadow Play - Randy Waples 4. Nocturnal Bluechip by Bettor's Delight - Paul MacDonell 5. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three - Stephane Pouliot 6. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe - Yannick Gingras 7. Rock Power by Rocknroll Hanover - Sylvain Filion 8. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven - Randy Waples 9. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight - Steve Condren   $115,906 Champlain Stakes (Race 12) 1. Adrian Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 2. Sossys King Kong by Dragon Again - Brian Sears 3. New Talent by Mach Three - Randy Waples 4. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play - Jody Jamieson 5. Max Is Back by Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 6. Voracity by Sportswriter - Randy Waples 7. Kokanee Seelster by Camluck - Phil Hudon 8. Shoreview by Somebeachsomewhere - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

With the harness racing breeding season in Australia and NewZealand all but upon us, we have been updating the stallion reviews on Stallion Sphere that we did last year. We anticipated that there would be some movement in the statistics but we have been stunned by the changes in the four stallions we have updated so far. We are doing two stallion updates a fortnight and sending them out via "Insider Access" every second Tuesday, US time (Wednesday, Down Under time) with the next reviews ready next week.   The first two reviews were of Sportswriter and Somebeachsomewhere and the changes were substantial for both stallions.   The last two updates that we sent out last week were of Rock N Roll Heaven and Majestic Son.   Both stallions have made huge strides in the last twelve months and their recent statistics bare little resemblance to those we published over twelve months ago.   We are pretty even handed in our approach to stallion reviews and hope they offer the reader a fuller picture of the stallion than is normally available through studs promotional material.   Next week we are reviewing both Well Said and Christian Cullen and again the changes in their statistics are really profound.   We've also taken Stallion Sphere out of Facebook and onto a standalone site at  www.stallionsphere.com, so readers without a Facebook account can read the reviews. As always though, you will still be able to access Stallion Sphere through the tab at the top of our Facebook Page.   It costs nothing to subscribe to "Insider Access" which also contains several articles from around the globe about issues causing concern to the harness racing industry.   Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe

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