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I'm Some Graduate, who began his career in softer company, took another step upward when he scored the fastest win in Tuesday's $212,142 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at the harness racing meeting at  The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Ideal Jimmy and Spider Man Hanover taking the other splits. Trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere often start their youngsters off slowly, allowing them to gain confidence and experience before testing them. That's the case with I'm Some Graduate, an $80,000 yearling acquisition. "He's on the schedule we wanted for him," said Tom Cancelliere of the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Jugette winner Western Graduate. "I start everything in the stallion series." "If they're good enough, they'll go to the sires stakes." "Then, with a little prayer and a little help, they'll go wherever they can go." In the Tyler B, I'm Some Graduate made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick, was shuffled back to third and roared through the stretch to triumph in 1:51.1, lowering his lifetime mark by 4.3 seconds. Yankee Artillery was second, 2 lengths back, with Big Top Hanover third. "He's real smart and does everything the way you want him to do it," Tom Cancelliere said. "He doesn't look like the rest of the "Beaches," he doesn't act like the rest of the "Beaches." But he races great." Ideal Jimmy has made a living coming from well back, and he was true to form Tuesday, launching a relentless first-over bid that carried him to victory in 1:52.1, 6 lengths better than Sam McSmith. Genovese rallied for show. "He was a little bumpy in the first turn in his early starts," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "But (taking him back) has been working good enough that I've been letting him do it." Robin Cruise conditions Ideal Jimmy, a homebred Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for D.R. Van Witzenberg. Speaking of coming from well back, Spider Man Hanover was last by 9 lengths at the half before getting into gear third over for David Miller. The son of Western Ideal-Stolly Lip Bluechip was widest and fastest in the lane, tripping the timer in 1:53. McDave was second, 1/2 length back, with early leader JK Will Power third. It was the third PASS win for Spider Man Hanover, and it followed a troubling performance in the most recent leg, when he missed by 45-3/4 lengths. "He raced really, really bad last week," David Miller said. "When you take off the gate, you're taking a chance, but my main concern was trying to make sure he finished with pace." Brian Brown trains Spider Man Hanover for Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman. Elsewhere on the card, Cowgirl Hall was racing off a layoff of nearly a month, and she was parked twice in the mile. Nevertheless, she dominated the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, scoring in 1:53, 4-1/4 lengths ahead of Kandian Klub. Dough Dough completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who captured her third straight and boosted her career bankroll to $763,428, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three wins on the 15-race program for Palone. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 28, 2015 - Prohibitive harness racing favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.60) successfully completed her rounds Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace. Ordered outside her six foes, the millionaires worked around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), then controlled the coterie through fractions of :27.1, :56.1, 1:23.4, 1:51.4. The mile, a tick off her previous local season's-best, found her getting to the line a length-and-a-quarter before a cone-skimming Dune in Red (Jordan Stratton). The one photoed "Jonsie" for second, with Spreester (George Brennan) and Cocoa Beach (Eric Carlson) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For Krispy Apple, a 7-yeart-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her eighth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $91 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the $149,249 final of the Hudson Filly Trot (3-year-old fillies), the final of the $116,430 Lady Maud (3-year-old pacing fillies) and a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 61st Yonkers Trot. Frank Drucker

There were 3 divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action for freshman pacers on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $81,000 each. In the first division, it was Jt45 and Burke Racing's Big Top Hanover (Brett Miller) springing the upset. The son of Western Ideal latched on to live cover at the half, and was able to out close leader Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) to pick up the win. Heavy favorite Spider Man Hanover dropped back sharply through the field and was distanced in the end. It was the first career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who completed the mile in 1:52.4. He paid $69.20 to win. In division two, another Ron Burke charge Check Six (Yannick Gingras) was victorious. The son of Somebeachsomewhere showed tactical speed from post 7, putting him in position for a quarter brush, which he utilized just after the quarter. He led the rest of the way, winning by two lengths in 1:53 I'm Some Graduate (Tim Tetrick) closed sharply to be second while Allie's Cruiser (Matt Kakaley) closed up the inside for third. It was the fourth straight victory for Check Six, who returned $5.00. He is owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Bill Switala, and James Martin. Division three completed the Ron Burke sweep as JK Will Power took advantage of a perfect trip to win. The son of Somebeachsomewhere prevailed in a stretch duel over another Burke trainee Manhattan Beach (Yannick Gingras) to prevail in 1:53.1. JJ Flynn (Brett Miller) finished third. It was the second career win for JK Will Power, who is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. He paid $5.00. Michael Bozich

The undefeated Pure Country completed her sweep of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes preliminary legs, and Newborn Sassy set track and stake records in Wednesday's PASS action at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. The $212,776 event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over four divisions, with Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Be taking the other splits. Pure Country was on top early in her split when Skinny Dipper made a nasty break that scattered the back markers and left I Said Diamonds, sitting on Pure Country's bumper, as the only real competition. "I heard the horse in the three hole make a break," said winning driver Brett Miller. "When I looked at the tote board, I saw there was a big gap, so I thought I should take advantage of that and go a slow second quarter." "I think she can go with anybody." "She doesn't have to be on the front." "In my opinion, she can race better off the pace." "I've been putting her on the front to stay out of trouble." Pure Country triumphed in 1:52.3, 3/4 lengths better than I Said Diamonds. Hug A Dragoness earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana who's now perfect in five starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. After launching her career poorly in a July 9 PASS leg, Newborn Sassy retreated to the PA Stallion Series, where she gained confidence and put her game together. In the Meadow Cheer, she saved ground, then zipped home for Tim Tetrick in 1:51.1, fastest ever for a 2-year-old filly pacer at The Meadows. Weeper held the previous track and stake mark of 1:51.4. Early leader Shesasmokinlady was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Peachy third. "We started her out a little steep there -- she wasn't quite as ready as she should have been, perhaps," said Jim King, Jr., who conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton -- a $37,000 yearling acquisition -- and owns with CC Racing. "It was a tough winter in Illinois where she started, so we got a little bit of a late start." "She's developed very well." Shezarealdeal grabbed her second PASS win with an uncovered backside burst that carried her to victory in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than Princess Fabulosa. Yankee Moonshine finished fourth-placed-third. "The horse on the front didn't look that good," winning driver Marcus Miller said, "so I thought if I could keep pacing hard when we hit the turn, I could get by her. "She's really quick, so I wasn't too surprised." "I put her on the front too many times in a row." "Today, just following for a half, she was brave." Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Shezarealcaesar for Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal made it two straight when she found late racing room to score in 1:51, matching her career best. Angels Delight was a nose back in second while Just A Bee completed the ticket. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last, who boosted her career bankroll to $391,283, for trainer Randy Bendis and owners Bendis, Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 15-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features the $174,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which has drawn Hambletonian runner-up Mission Brief and Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey. The Moni Maker goes as race 3 on the program, which begins at 6:55 PM.                                                          Evan Pattak

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 14, 2015 - They finally solved Cinamony (George Brennan) Friday night, as it was 17-10 favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.40) winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.. With that lass going for her seventh consecutive win since hitting town, she negotiated an assigned eight-hole to make the lead. The second choice took a 1¾-length lead into the lane, but this was the first time locally she couldn't close the sale. Passing outside by a pocket-sitting (from post position No. 7) Krispy Apple and inside by Skippin' By (Eric Carlson), it was the former getting the latter by a neck in 1:51.3. That effort matched the track record for aged mares (Rocklamation, Venus Delight and Cinamony twice). Cinamony settled for third, beaten three-quarters of a length, with Handsoffmycupcake (Scott Zeron) and For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her seventh win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $71, with the triple returning $336.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker

Certified Ideal quarter-poled to the lead, withstood a serious challenge from Do Me Honor and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Let go at a healthy 6-1, Certified Ideal had little trouble reaching the front but then was confronted by the menacing uncovered bid of Do Me Honor. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last dug in for Tony Hall and defeated Do Me Honor by a nose in 1:52, with Macharoundtheclock third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who now boasts $380,033 in career earnings, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Eric Goodell and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Evan Pattak    

There had been six divisions of the first preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year old harness racing pacing fillies.   After the second prelim, which went in seven divisions, there were no repeat winners -- 13 different Stallion Stake winners.   Twelve of that baker's dozen came to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday to contest the $120,000 third preliminary leg over six divisions.   No previous winner won on Tuesday.   And thus there are nineteen different Stallion Series winners after three rounds. Talk about parity!   Only two of Tuesday's winners were not breaking their maiden, and one of the previous visitors to Victory Lane was the only favorite in the Stallion Series and also had the fastest time.   That would be Western Ideal-Sass Newton miss Newborn Sassy, who followed up on a 1:54 score in a Philly overnight with a 1:53.1 victory here, drawing off by 7 1/2 lengths in a 28.1 kicker for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. of Team Wakizashi, the latter co-owner with CC Racing LLC.   Tetrick, who had the only Stallion driving double, also won with the other non-maiden who was victorious, the Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty filly Marty Party Two, who followed up on an earlier 1:55.3 score at Scioto with a quarter-move to triumph in 1:54.4 for trainer Ron Steck, the latter co-owner with Gary Condit and Bruce Soulsby.   Sire Yankee Cruiser got another credit from Shesjustcruising (out of the mare Shes Just Rockin), who made every pole a winning one in 1:53.4 for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer John Marshall, and owner Susan Marshall.   Somebeachsomewhere also had a siring double, producing Sixoclocksomewhere (out of She's My Belle), who quarter-moved after a 26.4 opener and won for the first time in 1:55.1 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Doug Lewis, and ubiquitous owner Howard Taylor, along with East Side Hanover (out of Edra Hanover), who overcame a recent sick scratch in fine style while triumphing in 1:54, back fractions 56 - 27.3, for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the combine of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Paul Treiber.   The sixth Stallion winner also had the smallest margin of victory -- and the biggest price -- as the Dragon Again - Ty's Artist filly Notagain proved most photogenic by a head in 1:55.3, making her 13-1 backers happy, along with driver Howard Parker, trainer Bucky Angle, and owner Richard Mannon.   Nineteen different preliminaries, nineteen different winners.   When these fillies meet again next Tuesday afternoon at The Meadows, in their final chance to earn spots in their division's $40,000 Championship September 10 at Harrah's Philadelphia, you think the competition just might be spirited?   Jerry Connors

Vernon, N.Y. -- Sustaining a first-over bid through the far turn, Card Knock Life ($9.50) was able to just prevail over even-money harness racing favourite Big City Jewel in Sunday (August 9) afternoon's $8000 Open II Pace at Vernon Downs.   Trainer-driver Truman Gale settled in midfield with the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding, drafting well behind a :54.4 half set by Big City Jewel (Chris Lems) before commencing his bid on the far turn. Card Knock Life forced a :27.4 third quarter, but was momentarily rebuffed in upper stretch by Big City Jewel. After dueling through mid-stretch, Card Knock Life was able to just wear down his main adversary, prevailing by a half-length in 1:51. Wild Shot Hanover (Fern Paquet, Jr.) rallied stoutly to save third after he was shuffled to last on the far turn.   Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell own Card Knock Life.   Chris Lems led all drivers, tallying three wins on the nine-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 14) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sunday (August 9) afternoon's program at Tioga Downs was headlined by a sextet of Geers Stakes for harness racing 2- and 3-year-old pacers, with six different drivers and five different trainers prevailing in the races worth a combined $246,930 in purses.   Five three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested a single $56,664 split, and Tony Alagna trainees Revenge Shark ($3.50, part of entry, Brett Miller up) and Dreams Beachboy (Scott Zeron) took the top two spots. After My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) established the lead early and controlled a :55.2 first half, Revenge Shark commenced a first-over rally, pushing clear after a :26.4 third quarter and narrowly holding off his stablemate for a 1:50.2 win. My Hero Ron was a resurgent third after giving way, and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund standout Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague), while making up four lengths of ground down the grandstand side in the final quarter, only could muster a fourth-place finish.   Alagna Racing, LLC and Bradley Grant own Revenge Shark, an entire son of Cam's Card Shark.   While Alagna trainees swept the top two positions in the lone event for 3-year-old male pacers, Erv Miller trainees prevailed in two of three splits for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, all of which were contested for just over $28,000. McDave ($5.80) and Marcus Miller prevailed off a pocket trip, just collaring 3-4 favourite Talk Show (Zeron) for a 1:52.1 triumph, while Aaron Byron mounted a belated rally with Ideal Jimmy ($7.40) to just collar Safensound Hanover (David Miller) and Do Over Hanover (Tim Tetrick) from off cover in a 1:53.2 score.   Ed Hart trainee Rock Power ($36.60, Jim Marohn, Jr.) pulled off a major upset in the other division for 2-year-old male pacers, holding off a stout first-over challenge from Manny (Mike Simons) to prevail by a half-length in 1:52.4. Favourite JJ Flynn (Tetrick) enjoyed a cozy second-over trip behind Manny, but failed to fire off the far turn.   A quartet of 2-year-old pacing fillies vied for $56,776 in their non-wagering event, and Blue Moon Stride (Andy McCarthy) held sway from a late-charging JK Fannie (Tetrick) after controlling an easy pace. The Rocknroll Hanover filly turned in a 1:54 effort for trainer Mark Harder.   Likewise, four 3-year-old pacing fillies competed in a non-wagering $47,664 event, and Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) proved a gutsy winner in 1:53, turning aside a first-over challenge from Crescent City (Tetrick) and subsequently staving off a late charge from Strut My Stuff (McCarthy) to prevail by a half-length. Ed Lohmeyer trains the daughter of Western Ideal.   The featured overnight race was a $14,000 Open Pace, with Believe This Bob ($39.20, Byron) setting the pace and narrowly holding off a late charge from 4-5 favourite El Bloombito (Tetrick) to prevail in 1:50.1. Joe Skowyra trains the 7-year old Beach Romeo gelding for Mary Ann Larrimore.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 14) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Promising 2-year-olds competed for more than $151,000 in a pair of Arden Downs stakes Saturday as part of the Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Here are the highlights: $71,170 Governor Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Ideal Jimmy, bet down to 3-5 despite making breaks in his previous two starts, stormed home in 54.3 from second over to catch Big Top Hanover and Whata Twist in 1:53.2 in the first division. The altered son of Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine, who had recovered with sub-28 quarters after his recent pair of errors, continued that streak of late speed with a 27.4 kicker in winning for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Robin Cruise, and owner D. R. Van Witzenberger. "They've been working hard on him -- I think he had a little soundness thing," Miller said. "It got in his head, where he would look for a way out. He still threw in a couple steps, but he worked through it. I was happy to make it through the first turn." Second-over tactics also proved successful for the Somebeachsomewhere-Mouse Hanover colt Mr Right Hanover, who scored his first victory in 1:54 after circling to the lead approaching the head of the stretch. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith and Milton Leeman. 1:53.3 may be only an "average" time for these baby colts, but 1:24/55.4/27.4 back numbers are impressive, and that's what the quarter-moving Check Six stormed home in to take his third win in five starts. Another Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna, Check Six followed up two straight sire stakes wins with this Grand Circuit triumph for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke yet again, and Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. $80,000 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Yankee Moonshine inherited the lead when early leader Graceful Vision made a miscue, then threw back fractions of 55 - 27.2 in defeating Corona Again to take the first division in 1:53.4, a personal best. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee, bred by Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III, broke her maiden in style for Gingras, Burke and owners Burke Racing, JT45, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. Another getting her first victory was the McArdle-Smokin Pistol filly Shesasmokinlady, who set the pace, then withstood a stern Lightning Lane challenge by Hug A Dragoness to earn a 1:53 triumph by a head. Tony Hall kept the baby game nearing the wire to bring success to trainer Kelly Paver and owner Iris Horowitz. And as if Ron Burke weren't winning enough races, he almost found a way to get two wins in one race; his fillies Danika P and Eloquent Grace were separated by inches at the end of another division, with the Yankee Cruiser-Danika Hanover miss Danika P getting the nod in 1:56.1. The winner stepped home in 27.2 for driver Matt Kakaley and the Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi / M1 Stables combine. Blue Moon Stride was in full stride during 55.3 - 27.2 back fractions in catching Lyons River Pride to capture the final Mary Lib division while taking a mark of 1:53. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Classic Star showed an impressive turn of late foot in running her record to 3 for 4 for driver Andy McCarthy, trainer Mark Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA --100 wins in July apparently wasn't enough for harness racing driver George Napolitano Jr.   The runaway leading driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, pursuing an unprecedented ninth local sulkysitting championship, started the new month of August just as he left the previous one, with six wins in the first ten races at Pocono Saturday, including a sweep of the Pick Four and five straight victories at deadline press time, including an impressive 1:50.1 triumph with Ideal Matters in the evening's $24,000 feature pace.   Napolitano left with the altered son of Western Ideal from post seven, but others to his left had the same line of thinking, and he tucked Ideal Matters fourth as Mustang Art used track geometry from the innermost starting spot and was in charge at the 26 quarter.   "George Nap" had started to move his pacer out and up as Mustang Art got to the half in 54.2, and Ideal Matters went up raw to challenge the pacesetter to the 1:22.2 3/4s and through the turn. The two battled on through the stretch, with the winner finally putting away the pacesetter past midstretch, then tenaciously withstanding Speed Again, who had enjoyed the second-over trip behind him, and his late rally by a neck, with Mustang Art just another half-length back in third.   Owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera also trains the winner, who was his third of the night, all with George driving, including the final two of the Napolitano Pick 4 sweep in races 7-10, which returned a generous $164.60 for combining three favorites with an $11.80 shot.   FINISHING LINES ... 37 minutes after 28 entrants from his stable completed a $320,000-earning, seven-win day at The Meadows during the Adios card, the "other hot horseman in Pennsylvania," Ron Burke, saw his stable add an eighth Keystone State win -- 298 miles to the northeast, as Joe Pavia Jr. guided House Of Cash to victory in the first at Pocono while returning an un-Burke-like $51.00 to win ... Fans looking forward to the $2 million + Super Saturday Stakes card at Pocono in three weeks are closer to that excitement than they may know -- the big stakes night is a part of Pocono's 50th Anniversary Year of Racing, and the card that night will have a first post time of 5:30 p.m., with a fireworks show providing the pyrotechnics immediately after the card of superstars.   PHHA / Pocono    

WILKES-BARRE PA -- With other drivers named "Miller" campaigning in the sulky regularly in eastern Pennsylvania, such as Hall of Famer David, Andy, and Brett (combined lifetime win total = 26,618), it might be easy to overlook 26-year-old Marcus Miller as a talented driver who brings in more than his share of longshots, as he proved again Friday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as he rallied Envious Hanover ($68.40) from last to take the $30,000 mares open handicap pace.   Marcus was actually in the pocket the first quarter with the daughter of Western Ideal, as inside-to-out Twin B Elite, Gianna's Delight, and Request For Parole were three-across arguing the 26.1 opener. Request For Parole finally made the front and put down a "moderate for Pocono" 56 middle half, with Miller and Envious Hanover first staying in and then backing out to follow first-up Scandalicious.   Sixth and last, four lengths back, swinging for home, Envious Hanover improved her position wide, but was still fourth with 100 feet to go; however, her late jet carried her to a nose decision over Gianna's Delight, rallying from the pocket, with Scandalicious holding gamely for third in the 1:50.1 mile. Brandon Todd trains the winner for A Piece Of The Action LLC.   The victory was the fourth of the meet with a horse paying $50 or more for Marcus Miller; no other driver has more than two. In 2014, he was the only driver to have two horses pay $100 or more at Pocono, and at Philly he had the longest-priced winner of the meet in $158.60 Boozy Suzy.   The fans should be catching on to Marcus Miller soon.   PHHA / Pocono  

Driver Luke Plano captured half of the eight races on the Tuesday night (July 21) harness racing program at Running Aces, including a triumph in the night's featured $8000 Open Pace. Plano worked out an ideal two-hole trip for Coopers Beach as he followed heavily-favored Headsup Yankee (Nick Roland) until the head of the stretch then held off fellow closers Quality Sport (Tony Succarotte) and It's Getting Hairy (Gerry Longo) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1. Coopers Beach, a six-year-old Western Ideal gelding, took a life mark of 1:50.2 at Pompano Park earlier this year, but had been languishing in claiming races at Hoosier Park of late until moving to Running Aces a month ago. Owned by Plano's mother Maryann and partners John Darrah and Lawrence Keethe, the winner now has two wins in addition to a place and a show finish in his first four starts in Minnesota. Plano also guided Forceful Gale to an impressive front-stepping 1:57 victory in a $5500 top condition trot, besting Margin Call (Rick Magee) and Evolution Of Dance (Dean Magee). Jeff Brewer trains the winning six-year-old Strong Gale gelding for owner Ann Wrobbel. Plano stablemates Stylemaster (1:56.1) and Up Town Watts (1:55.3) copped the final two races on the card, giving Luke four wins on the night and running his total to nine in the last four nights. Stylemaster is owned by Nikki Hudson, while K C Carvalho became new owner of Up Town Watts via the claim box one week ago. A single winning 50-cent Pick Six ticket was sold with the astute handicapper scoring a handsome $1,957.65 return on his astute half-dollar investment. Gregg Keidel

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The big match-up between Wanda Bayama and Voodoo Charm never took place Sunday in the $200,000 third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. It wasn't that both fillies where there to race, but apparently Voodoo Charm was not at her best as she went on a wild break at the start of the race, thus allowing Wanda Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion to score an easy victory. With Voodoo Charm (Mario Charron) breaking stride and pulling back to last after the start of the second race, Filion sent Wanda Bayama to the front as HP Rubis Joyce (Louis Phiilippe Roy) left from post six and got the two-hole trip as they went to the opening quarter in :29. They breezed to the half in :59.4 with Wanda Bayama and Filion in command and then the race got interesting as Stephane Brosseau made a bold move with Miss Bro, coming first-over to challenge Wanda Bayama and pressed them to the three-quarters in 1:29.3. At the top of the stretch Miss Bro could not keep the pressure on as Wanda Bayama went on to win by two lengths in 1:59.1. HP Rubis Joyce was second with Miss Bro fading to third place. It was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for Wanda Bayama. The daughter of Western Ideal was bred and is co-owned by Bayama Farms with Andre D'Argenteuil of QC. She paid $4.30 to win. In the third race, second filly division, driver Mario Charron had all the power with Big Bertha, who led from start to finish in an eight and onehalf length romp in 2:00.1. Leaving from post five, Big Bertha made the lead with ease and had everything go her way through fractions of :28.4, 1:00.4 and 1:30.4 before pulling away from the field, leading by lengths at the top of the stretch. No Panic (Gaetan Lamy) was second with Savannah Prestige (Denis St Pierre) third. Sired by Santanna Blue Chip, it was the second win this year for Big Bertha. She was bred and is owned and trained by Marie Claude Aird of St Basile Le Grand, QC. Big Bertha paid $2.50 to win. The colt division, due to multiple owner/trainer entries, was held as a non-wagering race. Horses winning on the front end was the order of the day as Mach On The Beach and driver Pascal Berube wired the field in 1:58. Cutting fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.3 with some pressure from a first-over SOS Justified (Mario Charron), Mach On The Beach had things his own way, winning by two and one-half lengths. The pocket-sitting Antar Phil (Gaeton Lamy) was second with Western Bayama (Yves Filion) third. It was the first win this year for Mach On The Beach, a son of Mach Three who is trained by Dany Fontaine and co-owners Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. and Rejean Lassonde of QC. Live racing resumes on Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Elimination winners Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker) and Do Over Hanover (Jason Bartlett) drew post position Nos. 3 and 8, respectively, for Saturday night's $107,500 final of one time honoured harness racing freshman races, the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. Yonkers' premier event for "open" 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings honors the man who made Hanover Shoe Farms North America's leading standardbred breeding operation. Fittingly, both elim winners are Hanover-breds. "Tailgunner," a $50,000 Well Said colt co-owned (with Joe Sbrocco, Frank Baldassare and Howard Taylor) by his trainer/driver, has won two of three career starts. He romped a week ago, never giving any of his rivals a shot in a 6¼-length victory. His life-best 1:56.1 effort was the exact same time as Do Over Hanover's maiden-breaking, 3¾-length win in the earlier elimination. The $25,000 Western Ideal colt is trained by Jim Campbell for co-owners Jeffrey & Michael Snyder and Robert Unice. The Sheppard, carded as the fifth of a dozen Saturday races (approximate post time 8:30 PM), drew out as such...1-Autotone Hanover (Tyler Buter), 2-War-N-Munn (Dan Dube), 3-Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker), 4-Artmagic (Mark MacDonald), 5-Rodeo Rock (Dube also listed), 6-Endeavor (Pat Lachance), 7-Gleneagles (George Brennan), 8-Do Over Hanover (Jason Bartlett). The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club hosted three divisions of the $250,000 third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers Sunday with Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre stealing the show. The colts did battle in the sixth race co-feature with nine starters in the field. Mach On The Beach started off going to the early lead for Pascal Berube, but by the opening quarter mile in :28.3, Sugarsam with St Pierre and HP Rayan Art Jules (Francis Picard) both pulled to the outside to take the lead. But Sugarsam could not overtake Mach On The Beach while HP Rayan Art Jules dropped into third behind Mach On The Beach as they went to the half mile marker in :58.1. Then in the backstretch, Sugarsam held game on the outside, head and head with the determined Mach On The Beach and those two pulled away from the field, still racing as a team, through the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and neither of them giving an inch. As they started down the stretch, Sugarsam was the strong horse and he pulled away for a one and one-half lengths in 1:55. Mach On The Beach was second with Antar Phil (Gaetan Lamy) third. It was just the second win for the gelded son of Sportswriter who is trained by Helene Filion for owner/breeder Sotinios Anastasopoulos of Saints-Therese, QC. Sugarsam paid $13.10 to win. Denis St Pierre led all drivers Sunday with three wins. There is a classic match-up brewing in the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacing fillies as on Sunday as both Wanda Bayama and Voodoo Charm were both impressive winners. Voodoo Charm was first up in the first race division for driver Mario Charron and the daughter of Ponder was able to cruise from start finish with an easy four and one-quarter length triumph in 1:58.4. NP Rubis Joyce (Louise-Phillip Roy) tried a first-over challenge but could not collar the race winner in finishing second. No Panic (Gaetan Lamy) was third. It was the third straight win for Voodoo Charm, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owners Yvan Mondoux, Guy Corbell, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdiere. She paid just $2.20 to win. Not to be outdone by Voodoo Charm, Wanda Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion put on a show in the third race second division of the series. It was Big Bertha and driver Mario Charron who shot out to the early lead with Kinnder Elegance (Justin Filion) grabbing the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :28.4. But that fast opening fraction was nothing for Wanda Bayama, as Filion had already put her on the outside and they took over the lead right after the quarter and then held the field at bay through fractions of :59.1 and 1:29. Then Charron came on the outside with Big Bertha and went after Filion and Wanda Bayama down the stretch but to no avail as Wanda Bayama went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:58. Godiva Bella Oya (Louis Phillipe Roy) was third. Sired by Western Ideal, it was the third win this year for Wanda Bayama and her first start in the series. She is a homebred, owned and bred by Bayama Farms, Inc. of St Heri De Levis, QC. Wanda Bayama paid only $2.30 to win. Coming up on Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R is the third preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters featuring the unbeaten Intouchable. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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