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DAYTON, OH. - Sports Sinner captured the $11,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (November 21), his third tally in the weekly feature in his last four tries. Driver Dan Noble left alertly from the No. 1 post position, but yielded to notorious frontrunner Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) before the first quarter beam was tripped in :26.4. Enjoying a pocket ride through middle splits reached in :54.4 and 1:23, Noble found a narrow opening at the three-quarter station and paced a final panel in :29.1 on a cold, windy night to complete the 1:52.1 triumph. Longshot Red Scooter (Lewayne Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish third. Sports Sinner is owned by Perkins Racing Stable and trained by Christi Pokornowski. The four-year-old Western Ideal gelding eclipsed the $50,000 seasonal earnings barrier with the victory and is rapidly approaching $100,000 in his career. The win was one of three on the night for Noble as he also scored with Allthatgltrsisgold (1:53.3) and JJ Shooter (1:55). Penn, a newcomer to Hollywood Dayton, beat the Open Trotters in 1:56.2 with Josh Sutton on his lines. The five-year-old Master Glide gelding's next check will push him over the $200,000 lifetime earnings plateau for owner Barkley Counts and trainer Bobby Brower. As the heavy favorite, Penn opened an eight length lead early in the stretch and coasted home ahead of a fast-closing Martz Time (Chris Page) and last week's winner Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith). Sutton also fashioned a hat track with other wins behind Gear Box for trainer Derek Menchhofer and The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. From the press box at Dayton Hollywood Raceway

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

DAYTON, OH. - An $11,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $12,000 Open Pace shared the spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (November 14). Upset winner in the trot was Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith) who upset favorites Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble) and Cantab Linday (Josh Sutton) in 1:55.1. In just his third local start for owner Howard Jacobs and trainer Sherif Cunmulaj, the five-year-old Keystone Nordic geldings sat chilly in the pocket behind frontstepping Rehab Mountain throughout fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:25 before angling out in the lane for his tenth win on the season. The clocking was a new lifetime best for Winwood Scout even though he has won 21 races and $209,413 to date. The feature race victory was one of four on the program for Jeremy Smith, vaulting him into sixth place in the Dayton dash derby. Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) captured the week's top pace by also conserving energy early, then swinging four-wide off the final bend and picking off adversaries one by one to the wire, reached in 1:51.4. Perkins Racing Stable owns the four-year-old Western Ideal gelding who bested fellow closer Doctor Carter (Josh Sutton) and Ice Scraper (Jason Brewer), who dictated the fractions, for his his seventh 2015 score, second in open company. Christi Pokornowski conditions the winner, who now sports $45,000 in seasonal earnings. From the Dayton Raceway Press Box

Pacers Newborn Sassy and Big Top Hanover along with trotters Dog Gone Lucky and Womans Will turned in winning efforts in the 2015 Matron Stakes for two-year-olds at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 5. The richest Matron stake, the $216,300 male trot was won by Dog Gone Lucky. Fresh from victory in the Kindergarten Stakes at Vernon Downs the freshman notched his fifth win of the season for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley scoring a 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan guided the Lucky Chucky-Ebbtide Hall colt, conditioned by Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester, to the easy victory. Milligan's School ((Andy Miller) closed quickly between horses to finish second with front-trotting Love Matters (Yannick Gingras) third. Dog Gone Lucky, a New York Sire Stakes contender, has now banked $321,493 in her first year of racing. The husband-wife team of Andy Miller and Julie Miller collaborated as Womans Will recorded a 1:54.2 triumph in the $185,400 Matron filly trot. Canadians Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, two of the sport's leading breeders own the Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman consistent first year performer. The bay filly now has five wins and nine times in the money in 12 starts good for purse money of $353,881 Kathy Parker (Gingras) led for most of the mile before relenting to Womans Will at the top of the stretch. Radian Beam (David Miller) picked up third money. The powerful Jim King Stable showed off in front of the local track patrons when Newborn Sassy scored her eight win in 10 starts to win the $183,400 Matron Filly event. Tim Tetrick, who had a banner three-win night during the program, steered the Western Ideal -Sass Newton distaff to an impressive 1:52 victory. Penpal (Pat Lachance) closed sharply for second. The win was the seventh in-a-row for Newborn Sassy, bringing her bankroll to $$216,284 this season. Big Top Hanover completed the Matron freshman festivities rolling to a 1:51.4 conquest in the $201,400 male pace. Yannick Gingras piloted the Jt45 and Burke Racing Western Ideal Blind Ambition colt to his third win of the campaign for the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke. The win was the third of the year for the winner who has been in the money in eight 13 starts. There were two $20,000 Matron consolations. In one, Bobby Myers and Frank Condurso's Moolah Moolah and David Miller came on in the lane to catch Black Broadway (Callahan) in deep stretch for a 1:56.2 filly trot win. The $20,000 Matron colt consolation went to Yannick Gingras-driven All The Cookies, a 1:52.4 winner in his first lifetime pari-mutuel race. Christine Takter, Joe Sbrocco and Brixton Medical own the Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Ota gelding. Tim Tetrick won three races, David Miller, Yannick Gingras and Ross Wolfenden had two wins apiece. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Mach Bachrad  

Artspeak p,2,1:50.2, 3,1:47.4 ($1,625,869), last year's Dan Patch and Joe O'Brien Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, and this season's fastest 3-year-old pacing colt, will stand his first season at stud in 2016 at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. His fee has been set at $5,000. He is presently being syndicated, and shares will be available to breeders on a first-come, first-served basis. In making today's announcement, Hanover president Jim Simpson said that Artspeak makes a perfect addition to Hanover's stallion lineup. "The fact that he's among the best sons of Western Ideal played a lot into the decision," Simpson said. "Although Western Ideal is still siring at the highest level, it's nice to have a great son of his to carry on a breeding cross that's worked so well for so many through the years. "Western Ideal is already a proven sire of sires, and we think Artspeak can take that siring ability to the next level." Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, was trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron throughout his career. He was 2014's richest 2-year-old pacing colt, with $742,185, and took wins in the $667,000 Metro, $565,000 Governor's Cup, Bluegrass and four other stakes that season en route to his championship title. His signature win came perhaps this year in the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace in Lexington, where he defeated a stellar field in 1:47.4 to secure his lifetime record and just miss the year's fastest mile by a fifth of a second. After winning his Breeders Crown elim, he ended the season with a second-place finish in the $531,250 final. Those interested in purchasing shares or breeding for 2016 should contact Hanover Shoe Farms at (717) 637-8931 or email From Hanover Shoe Farms  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 30, 2015 - Favored Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.40) was too good for the rest of the harness racing ladies Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Seated an early fifth from an assigned eight-hole, Krispy Apple watched as Cinamony (George Brennan) worked around Sensationalgabby A. After a :27.2 opening quarter-mile and cheapy :57.2 intermission, it was Krispy Apple moving again. She encountered no resistance in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters, taking a 2¼-length lead into the lane. Three lasses across took up the chase, but Krispy Apple finished it off. She defeated Al Raza N (Eric Carlson) by a couple of lengths in 1:53.2 Third went to Cinamony, with Jonsie Jones and Stormunn (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 11th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.60, with the triple returning $82. Frank Drucker

Vernon, N.Y. -- After directly tracking a fast pace, Card Knock Life ($6.40) pounced from the pocket and kicked clear for a 4-1/2 length win in Saturday (October 17) night's harness racing featured $8,000 Open II Pace at Vernon Downs.   Trainer-driver Truman Gale situated the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding in the pocket to track a rapid pace set by Sassy Hanover (John MacDonald). With the other four contenders well detached through sectionals of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23, Card Knock Life was able to vault clear from the pocket with ease just upon straightening for home. As soon as he passed the tiring Sassy Hanover, he kicked away at will, staying well out of reach of No Monkeys Allowed (Greg Merton) and Shock N Rock (Justin Huckabone), both of whom rallied late to round out the top three positions.   Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell own Card Knock Life, whose 1:51.3 victory was his second consecutive local triumph in the Open ranks.   John MacDonald led all drivers with four wins on the 11-race program, teaming up with Western Legend ($6.40, 1:52.4), Tarport Andy ($4.30, 1:55), Flying Cowboy ($4.20, 1:52), and Feel the Heat ($7.60, 1:53.2).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a nine-race program on Wednesday (October 21). Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 16, 2015 - Odds-on harness racing favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) was able to get past a stubborn Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) late, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Remanded outside her seven rivals, Krispy Apple settled fifth as Sell a Bit N and Cinamony (George Brennan) took early turns leading the lasses. After a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and a :56.2 intermission, the fave took her shot. It was Krispy Apply engaging Sell a Bit, who had already made two moves. The latter maintained her lead in and out of the 1:24.3 three-quarters, with a length advantage into the lane. However, Krispy Apple wouldn't be dismissed, edging past her tough foe by a length in 1:52.2. Cinamony, who once again couldn't match strides in the pocket, held third, with Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) and Carobbean Pacetry (Brent Holland) earning the lesser loot. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 11th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $38.40. Frank Drucker

DAYTON, OH. - Top trotter Rehab Mountain and top pacer One Lucky Dragon were repeat harness racing winners in their respective Open class races at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (October 10), but a blistering 1:51 divisional track record mile in a $7000 condition pace stole the show.   Sports Sinner became the fastest four-year-old in the two year history of the sport's newest venue when driver Chris Page sat a pocket trip through fractions of :25.4, :54.4 and 1:23 before unleashing a :27.3 closing panel with the son of Western Ideal to best St Lads Zoom Zoom (Jason Brewer) and Straight Comic (Ken Holliday) by over six lengths in the record performance. Deborah Swartz now trains Sports Sinner, who took his record of 1:50 at The Red Mile six weeks ago, for owner Perkins Racing Stable LLC.   The track record was the 20th one lowered in the first 17 nights of racing during Hollywood Dayton's second season.   In his next start Sports Sinner may well have to face One Lucky Dragon, who won his second straight Open over the swift five-eighths mile oval in 1:52.3. Driver Randy Tharps got away fifth with the six-year-old Dragon Again gelding, then launched a sustained first-over attack just before reaching the quarter pole. After racing side-by-side for almost all of the remaining three quarters of the mile, One Lucky Dragon finally wore down pacesetting Ardyne Ace (Kayne Kauffman) to win by a half length. Westport (Dan Noble) rallied for an impressive third place finish. Partners John McGill and Brian Carsey own the winner and entrust the training to Chris McGuire.   The track partnered with The Breast Cancer Foundation of Dayton to present a day-long "Join The Fight & Raise Awareness" campaign. Highlight of the activities was the $15,000 Pink Ribbon Open Trot won by Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble), an incredible eight-year-old gelding who has now won 11 races to go with 7 place finishes and earned $132,376--all in overnight races in Ohio--in 2015. Trained and driven by the late Brad Hanners until six weeks ago, Travis Redden has now taken over the conditioning duties of the pride of the B6 Racing Stable.   In addition to the Pink Ribbon Trot, the day's activities included a 5K morning run as well as fund-raising raffles and auctions to benefit The Breast Cancer Foundation.   Gregg Keidel

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes combined for a sweep of the harness racing pacing features Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Scott Rocks a pocket rocket in taking the $26,000 pace in 1:50.1 and Luck Be Withyou controlling the pace to report home first in 1:49.1 in a $24,000 event.   Napolitano left hard with Scott Rocks, an altered son of Rocknroll Hanover, forcing a pocket tuck from Lonewolf Currier, then surrendering the front to the brushing Bushwacker past the 27.1 opener. Bushwacker continued on the engine with middle fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.4, and held gamely through the drive, but "George Nap" guided Scott Rocks to the famed "Pocono Pike" passing lane, and wore down the frontstepper by midstretch, posting a neck triumph for the ownership of Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey; Major Uptrend charged hard late to be a close third.   Luck Be Withyou continued to show his affinity for the Pocono red clay surface, having won the 2013 Breeders Crown two-year-old colt pace and the 2015 Ben Franklin Final against top-level competition. The son of Western Ideal then had a dull patch of form, enabling him to drop down in class, and Saturday he took his third straight win on the comeback trail, moving to the front after Somethinginthewind blew to the quarter in 26, putting up 54.1 and 1:21.4 middle splits, and staying strong with a 27.2 last quarter, winning by 2 1/2 lengths for owner John Craig.   In a $24,000 trot, Ray Hall, who ascended to the top levels during the Weiss Series in the spring of 2014, showed that he might prove a worthy rival to his 2015 "successor," JL Cruze, ringing up his second win in three starts since being acquired by Team Allard (driver Simon and trainer/brother Rene, also co-owner with Giselle Hebert). The Justice Hall gelding stayed off a wild early duel (25.4, 53.4) between Somebody As and Modest Prince, moved up to a great second-over spot by the 1:23 3/4 marker, then easily outtrotted his rivals home, tallying by 1 1/2 lengths over deep Pikeshooter Doc's Tebow in 1:52.4.    Pocono now shifts to a 3-night-a-week live schedule, with the trotters and pacers under the lights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays until the meet's end on November 21.   PHHA / Pocono

LEXINGTON, KY -- After yielding to Split The House at the quarter, Tony Alagna-trainee Artspeak sat patiently in the pocket before pulling out at the three-quarter pole and rallying to the wire whilst holding off the bid of Lost For Words in his 1:47.4 triumph in the harness racing $450,000 Tattersalls Pace on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.   Scott Zeron sent Artspeak to the top heading to the opening quarter, passing it in :27. Split The House soon tipped first over and cleared the lead before the half, timed in :53. Enjoying no pressure on the lead, Artspeak generated a challenge that created a 1:20.1 third-quarter, and was soon alongside the pacesetter. Lost For Words, tracking Artspeak into the stretch, fanned wide and accelerated towards Artspeak, but Artspeak dug in and fought off Lost For Words, hitting the wire in 1:47.4. Rock N' Roll World was third, and In The Arsenal was fourth.   Sired by Western Ideal from the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, Artspeak collected his fifth win in 15 starts this year, paying $8.20 to win. He races for the interests of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners.   "I really respect Split The House," Scott Zeron said. "He beat me one day when he followed me [in the New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands], so I knew we were following a great horse there. I've always wanted my horse to be in a spot like that with fractions [like that], and he delivered."   "I was pretty enthused in the post parade just by the way he felt," Zeron also said. "To come back off of two heats [in the Little Brown Jug] and to be that strong and aggressive, and to go a lifetime mark of 1:47[.4], is impressive."   "We've had a great meet," Tony Alagna said. "We've had a lot of horses step up. Our two two-year-olds yesterday were fantastic [American Passport and Racing Hill]. We brought this horse down here hoping we could get the mark he deserved and it worked out tonight; he got his [1]:47-and-change mark. We couldn't be more pleased with him."   "He came down here, he was undefeated, and when I warmed him up the second week, the track was wet," Alagna also said regarding bringing Artspeak to Lexington last year. "It [the track] was real punchy underneath, and, of course, hindsight's never wrong: I should've pulled his back shoes that day because he had stifled joints and cords were getting to him late in the mile; that's why he got rough. Today was a nice redemption for the horse because he deserves it. I've been telling people all year that this horse is racing a lot better than people realize, and he showed that today."   "With the support of my customers, we bought some really nice stuff [yearlings] this year. I've got a great staff. They give me the ability to go out and look at horses and do what I need to do. They do a great job for me here at The Red Mile when I'm out doing what I need to do in the days and the nights. It's been a great meet."     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell's Card Knock Life ($42.60) cleared his five rivals and never looked back in Saturday (October 3) evening's $8,000 Open II Pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, sprinting off late for a 20-1 upset in the featured event.   Trainer-driver Truman Gale left aggressively with the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding, clearing Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone, III) and Golden Gun (Tyler Freese) in the opening furlong.   Card Knock Life managed to rate a :56 first half mile before accelerating through the far turn, posting a :27.3 third sectional while edging clear of Sassy Hanover.   Meanwhile, Greg Merton commenced a first-over rally with odds-on favourite No Monkeys Allowed, slow to gain through the far turn but improving drastically upon turning for home.   Despite No Monkeys Allowed's late rally, Card Knock Life held clear by 1-3/4 lengths, driven to prevail in 1:51.1.   Fresh off his 3,000th career driving win, John MacDonald registered a grand slam on the evening's 11-race program. The Prince Edward Island native teamed up with Fox Valley Cadet ($4.10, 1:58.2), Shock N Rock ($2.60, 1:53.3), Tarport Andy ($5.30, 1:55), and HMS Firecracker ($14.00, 1:57.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with an eight-race program on Wednesday (October 7) evening. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Taking full advantage of post and position in the race, Climate Hanover ($5.10) scored an impressive harness racing victory in the $8,500 Open mares pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 30). Starting from the pylons, Climate Hanover (Drew Monti) yielded the lead to a hard charging Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) who left from post eight. With the field then following the leader in post-position order, Country Delight led the girls to a modest :58 half. Past that station, Call Me Maybe (Shawn McDonough) was motoring on the outside and drew near-even with the leader at three quarters in 1:26.4. Those two then battled on top until the head of the stretch when the passing lane opened and left clear passage for the pocket-sitting Climate Hanover to shoot through and pull away to a two-length victory in 1:55.4. It was the seventh win of the year for the 5-year-old Western Ideal mare and the winner's share of the purse boosted her 2015 income to $57,284 for owner James Caradori. Climate Hanover is trained by Darrin Monti. Climate Hanover's triumph capped off a three-win night for driver Drew Monti, who also took post-race pictures with Maradona ($14.60) and Old Mcheath ($11.40). Drivers Dave McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. also had driving doubles. Batavia Downs returns live on Friday night (Oct. 2) with a 12-race card that will begin at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2015 -- Newborn Sassy extended her winning streak to six with an effortless victory in Wednesday's $93,800 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Cut And Paste captured the other division of the event for harness racing freshman filly pacers, giving Tim Tetrick a stake sweep. Although Newborn Sassy began her career with a pair of losses, Tetrick was aboard for her debut and was impressed. "She's the top 2-year-old pacing filly that I've driven this year," Tetrick said. "We liked her all along. First time I sat behind her, I thought she had talent but was a little green. She's really come along well." Since then, the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton has won every outing, taking her mark of 1:51.1 in a PA Sites Stake at The Meadows. In the Keystone Classic, she coasted home on the lead in 1:53.1, downing Catharsis by 7-1/4 lengths, with Vorst third. Jim King, Jr., who conditions Newborn Sassy and owns with CC Racing, said she remains eligible for the Matron, which, for the first time, will limit its field to the top money winners. "I'm not sure if she'll go. You don't know who'll go on and who'll win what," King said. "I'd hate to train her for five weeks and be Also Eligible." Cut And Paste cruised on the front end in 1:54.4 after Tetrick gave her a leisurely 58:3 front half on the point. "We got good fractions, and my filly really sprinted off," Tetrick said. "She's really quick off the wings and really handy." The daughter of Well Said-On The Arm scored in 1:54.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Danika P. She Devil Rusty rallied for show. Linda Toscano conditions Cut And Paste for Stake Your Claim Stable, Camelot Stable and Fred Wallace. $100,798 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters In the co-feature on Wednesday's program, Hot Curry, Casey T and Twice A Night -- nary a favorite among them -- each took a split. A nine-race maiden entering the stake, Hot Curry had little trouble overtaking the 1-6 selection, Lookin Sharp, in the lane and prevailing in 1:57.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. My Pink Bike followed the winner's cover for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Lookin Sharp saved show. "She's actually a sweetheart, but she's had bad luck here and there," Palone said of the daughter of Muscle Massive-Spiceberry Hanover. "I thought the race would play out for her. Speed hasn't been any good, and I thought she'd be able to tag along behind the favorite." Casey T blew by Windowshopper in the stretch and defeated her by 2 lengths for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:58.1. Grace N Vanity earned show. The win marked a return to form for the homebred daughter of Madison River-Gia after a series of break-marred efforts. "It was mostly soreness," said Todd Rooney, who trains Casey T and owns with Foge McKeever and Elden Thompson. "She was right on the edge of needing to be shut down, but we were able to keep her patched together. When we got her good, we decided to keep her going for this race. I think she'll be a nice 3-year-old. I have a Chapter Seven half-brother to her going to the Lexington Sale." When Twice A Night jumped it off at the start, she figured to be racing for education only. But the race turned into a break-fest -- 1-5 favorite Twill Be Done made an unforced error on the lead; Ginny Weasley did the same after inheriting the lead -- Twice a Night was back in the hunt. She took maximum advantage, triumphing in 1:59.2. Candelaria Deo was second, 1/2 length in arrears, while I Luv Blackhawkred completed the ticket. "She was not herself today," said winning driver Jackie Ingrassia, who owns the daughter of Donato Hanover-Working Girl with Arden Homestead Stable. "She was very antsy and tough in the paddock, kicking the walls. I didn't think she would get back in the race at all. Even without the breakers, I think she would have been right there because she was loaded with trot finishing." Frank Ingrassia trains Twice A Night. Friday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 2-year-old colts and geldings -- a $122,800 trot and a $108,000 pace. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell series at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller charge McDave (Marcus Miller) with a gate-to-wire score.   The son of McArdle set fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:25.3, before sprinting away to win by a wrapped-up 2 lengths in 1:53.   It was the fourth career win for McDave ($3.20), who is owned by Ron Michelon, and Dave and John Prushnok. Race two featured Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner Ideal Jimmy (Marcus Miller) as the heavy 1-5 race favorite.   An upset was in the cards however, as Joe and Vince Barbera's JJ Flynn (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) used a pocket trip to pick up the win.   The son of Western Ideal won by two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:52.3.   It was the first career win for JJ Flynn ($13.80) in eight career start. He is trained by Chris Ryder.   Division three saw Tony Alagna trainee Sam McSmith best the field.   The son of McArdle settled in behind the early speed of the outside leavers.   He was able to successfully quarter-brush from that point, holding the lead until the finish, completing the mile in 1:54.1.   It was the third win in four starts for Sam McSmith (Tony Morgan), who is owned by Andray Farms and David J. Miller. He paid $10.80. In the fourth and final division, it was He's Marvalous (Marcus Miller) springing the upset ($29.20).   The son of Delmarvalous settled into the pocket behind the speed of favorite Pretty Boy Hill (George Brennan).   He vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch, going on to a two length win in 1:52.   He is owned by Badlands Racing and The L.A. Express Stable's, and trained by Erv Miller.   It was one of four wins on the day for Marcus Miller. Michael Bozich

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