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WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing two-year-olds were featured on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, contesting four $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships, having earned their way in after gathering the most points among the group ranking just slightly below their "A"-list Sire Stakes brethren.   The Muscle Massive gelding Two AM waited for the smoke from a 27.1 quarter to clear, then rushed to the lead in front of the clubhouse, posted middle splits of 57 and 1:26.1, and went on to take the final for trotting males in 1:55.2 - a stakes record, a new mark, only a tick off the track record, and only 2/5 behind Correctamundo's seven-year-old divisional world record for age, sex, and gait. Longshot Almirola Hanover found a seam inside and was along for second, 4½ lengths behind; #1 pointwinner and 4-5 favorite Backstage Pass, coming off three straight Stallion Series scores, made two early moves to the lead, yielded to the winner, and fell a neck short of holding second.   Andrew McCarthy had sulky duty behind the quickly-developing, fast freshman - this was his fourth win in his last five starts - for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership combine of Lynette Buter, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and William and Carol Fuhs. The 2-1 second choice boosted his bankroll to $53,535 after only six career starts.   Trixie Dust made a sweeping move nearing the final turn to get to make a first-over challenge of leading EZ Passer, then proved an easy passer herself by going by that rival for a 3½ length victory in a personal best of 1:56.2, with All Set Lets Go rallying from second-last at the ¾ for a distant third. Second choice Explosive Legacy went right to the lead, with favored Electric Lemonade right behind her, and put down hot fractions of 27.2 and 56.3, then surrendered the lead while EZ Passer came calling before the 1:25.4 3/4s - but in the end it was "Trixie" who left them all in the red clay Dust.   The daughter of Winning Mister, owned in partnership by trainer Richard Gillock and breeder Paula Sokol, was handled by David Miller, who added this triumph to the three Sire Stakes Championships he won over the weekend. Trixie Dust, the 6-1 third choice, now has career earnings of $53,997.   The chalk won both of the Stallion Series Championships for pacers, with Western Hill defeating the colts in 1:53 and Brazuca triumphing over the fillies in 1:53.4.   Western Hill was up first, and the son of Western Ideal, trainer by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill, was also first-up in winning. He tucked fourth behind an early battle for supremacy that resulted in an initial clocking of 26.2, and he was already on the grind well before the 55.3 half. Western Hill cleared to the top with somewhat surprising ease well before the 1:24.1 3/4s, and despite spinning out of the far turn a bit wide, he was able to stay clear in the lane, winning by two lengths over second-over Maconupwiththedragon, with third-over Classy Dragon another ¾ of a length behind - the inner tier collapsed and was shuffled in the wake of Western Hill getting by the pacesetting Ponderingjacksfame.   Western Hill, who is now 5-4-1-0 lifetime, was driven by Brett Miller, the end to quite a three days for the popular pilot, which was indirectly facilitated by the "other purple Miller," David. Brett got the catch-drive behind Always B Miki when that one tied the world record 1:47 at Scioto on Saturday, then won a Stallion Series Championship on both Sunday and Monday, the victory with Western Hill tying him for the all-time lead among Stallion Series drivers with his sixth Championship victory. For about 18 minutes.   And then Dave Palone, whom Brett Miller had just tied, guided the Bettor's Delight filly Brazuca to a 1¼ score in 1:53.4 after an exciting contest, and in the process reclaimed sole possession of the #1 slot among StS sulkysitters, with seven successes.   Palone initially tucked behind She's So Marvalous, who used her pole position to maximum advantage, then found himself third after Emily R Hanover went to the lead well after a 27.1 opener, and with the outer tier forming behind him, Palone had no choice but to go first-over with Brazuca nearing the 56.3 half. And the talented filly took it from there, g-r-i-n-d-i-n-g her way while pacing her own third split in 27 to be a half-length behind at the 5/8, a neck behind at the 11/16, and nose-to-nose with the leader at the 1:24 ¾ pole. Brazuca gained the advantage inch by inch from the game Emily R Hanover, defeating her by 1¼ lengths, with Traceuse Hanover coming up the Pocono Pike to be third, another 1½ lengths behind the winner, who ran her record to 6-3-2-0 for Team Cancelliere - trainer Tom and owner John.   Pocono will now be dark until a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, as the track holds its annual and popular Oktoberfest celebration.   PHHA / Pocono

HARRINGTON, Del. - Howard Taylor's Handsome Henry K ($13, George Dennis) won the $16,000 Open Pace feature on the Labor Day harness racing program at Harrington Raceway Monday. The 7-year-old Western Ideal gelding followed favorite Dancin Yankee, who was the pacesetter, before surging by near the top of the stretch and overpowering his rivals to a 1:51 win. Little Ben was second, while Dancin Yankee finished third. It was the fourth win of the year for Handsome Henry K, who is trained by Mike Hall. On the undercard, Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ronald Benton's Remember Me VK ($5.80, Montrell Teague) notched his third straight win in 1:52.2. Trained by Bobby Wyatt, the 4-year-old Art Director gelding set all the fractions in his 15th career win. Dennis and Tony Morgan each had a pair of wins. Matthew Sparacino  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 2, 2016 - Sent right to the front Friday night, Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett finished what she started, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 7, Krispy Apple, as the second choice, saw a couple of other ladies-Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton)-grab the early attention. However, Krispy Apple took over before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then completed her evening (:56.3, 1:24.1, 1:51.4). Sell a Bit N edged out in the lane, but missed three-quarters of a length, with Rock N Roll Xample a best-of-rest third. Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and a never-involved slight 9-5 favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees. For $1.7 million earner Krispy Apple, a 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her sixth win (46th lifetime) in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.20, with the triple returning $281.50. Saturday night's 13-race card features a pair (races 8 and 9) of half-million-dollar Triple Crown events, beginning with Yonkers Trot No. 62, led by Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron). Directly after that, it's the 61st Messenger Stakes, with Racing Hill (Brett Miller) the prohibitive favorite. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 27, 2016 — A year ago, it was Purrfect Bags. Saturday night, it was Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3) wreaking havoc for co-owner and harness racing trainer Jo Ann Looney-King in Yonkers Raceway’s Lady Maud Pace. 'Sassy' won this $109,050 edition for 3-year-old fillies, rolling past Apple Bottom Jeans (Jason Bartlett) late in 1:53. Odds-on Newborn Sassy, leaving from post position No. 3, left into an immediate two-hole behind second-choice Apple Bottom Jeans. The fave went to pull pocket, but 'ABJ' was not in a giving mood. She reseated her rival, then put up intervals of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Skinny Dipper (Brian Sears) made a move out of third, but backpedaled in a hurry. Apple Bottom Jeans did get some nighttime daylight, opening a couple of lengths entering the final turn. However, Newborn Sassy closed ranks and angled out, wearing down the leader late and winning by a half-length. Hug a Dragoness (George Brennan) photoed Cheyenne Triengel (Scott Zeron) for third, with Time on My Hands (Dan Dube) settling for the smallest envelope. Skinny Dipper faded to last among the happy half-dozen. For 'Sassy,' a Western Ideal miss also co-owned by CC Racing, it was her fourth win in 13 '16 tries. The exacta paid $5.70, with the triple returning $21.60. While King won this race for a second consecutive season, Stratton completed his own 'double," having guided Kryptos to win the Lismore Pace for this same division in late May. "I knew we had a bit of a post disadvantage (against Apple Bottom Jeans), so I took a chance at moving again," Stratton said. "I'm not surprised Jason (Bartlett) wouldn't let me go, so I just had to wait. "She's a very talented filly, and I knew it pained (regular driver) Timmy (Tetrick) not be get to drive her tonight. I'm just fortunate the connections had confidence in me." Saturday's $45,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace, Doctor Butch (Brent Holland, $6.70) in 1:50.4; --Trot, Undercover Strike (Bartlett, $2.50) in 1:54. Special Saturday props, too, to Kevin McDermott, who earned his 1,500th career training victory after Badix Hanover (Tyler Buter, $8.40) 'won the bob' in the $18,000, first-race pace (1:52.3). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---My Tallia Ideal ($5.50) let her foes do the heavy lifting for the first half of the race and then proceeded to pick up the pieces for an easy harness racing victory in the $9,500 mares open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Wanna Rock N Roll (Todd Cummings), Jann Down (Jack Flanigen) and V'la Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) went three-wide around the first turn and then up the backside, scorching a :27.2 quarter in the process. V'la Faire finally claimed the lead and led the girls to the half. My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) pulled first-over in advance of that station and floated outside the leader as they went around the clubhouse turn. When they straightened up the backside, McNeight let out the lines and his mare responded in kind. Clearing by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, My Tallia Ideal proceeded to stride away from the rest of the field and opened up a four-length lead by the time she stopped the timer in 1:54.3, pacing her last quarter in :28 flat. Who Says That (Drew Monti) rallied strong to be second and a very game V'la Faire hung on for third. It was the second win in three Batavia Downs starts for My Tallia Ideal, both of which were in the top company. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal has now earned $38,775 in 2016 for owners Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. Dave McNeight Jr. does the training. Wins came in multiples for many horsemen on Wednesday night. Drivers Dave McNeight III and Ray Fisher Jr. both had triples while Drew Monti and Kevin Cummings chimed in with doubles. On the training side, Dave McNeight Jr. and Angelo Nappo each sent two horses to the winner's enclosure for photos. Racing resumes on Friday night (Aug. 19) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:15 p.m.   Tim Bojarski

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 5, 2016 - Krsipy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $18.40) usually gets handicapped with an outside venue. So, what happened with a blind harness racing draw? She was 'handicapped' with an outside venue. No matter as the millionairess took it the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play from post position No. 7 (in one notch after a defection), she worked around Medusa (catch-driver George Brennan), then never had an anxious moment (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:51.3). She easily handled a three-hole-sitting Regil Elektra (Mark MacDonald) by a half-length, with Medusa clearly third. The Kiwis Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Sheeza Shark N (Brent Holland) settled for the minors. Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), the 4-5 favorite, never was close to reaching and finished sixth. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was the fourth choice's fifth win in 12 seasonal starts (career 45-for-131). The exacta paid $113, the triple returned $545 and the superfecta paid $1,461. Special Friday props to Anderlecht, the hard-knocking, 11-year-old gelding who finished second in his 250th career start. Going for a 50th win, he just about survived a first-up bid, missing a neck in the opener for bottom level ($12,500) claiming pacers. Frank Drucker

Making her local harness racing debut for new connections, My Tallia Ideal ($3.80) took a garden-spot trip and turned it into a victory in the $9,500 mares Open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 3). When the gate closed, the field got away in post-position order and remained that way until the half. Wanna Rock N Roll (Todd Cummings) cut fractions of :29.2 and :59.2 while My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) sat in tow second. As the group passed the half, Who Says That (Drew Monti) pulled first over and prompted the sluggish pace to the three-quarters in 1:28.3. That bid took a toll on the leader as they headed down the stretch when My Tallia Ideal found the passing lane and drove right by her to win by two lengths in 1:57. Who Says That toughed it out for second and Wanna Rock N Roll hung on for third. It was the fourth win of the year for My Tallia Ideal and the purse raised her annual income to $33,265. The daughter of Western Ideal-Bolero Tallia is owned by Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney Wright and is now trained by Dave McNeight Jr. Jim Morrill Jr. took up residency in the winner's circle as he registered five driving wins on the card. He smiled for the camera with Springhouse Star ($8.70), Caddy Jeff ($4.20), Lake Shark ($6.70), Mr. Avalanche ($4.40) and Kaitlyn Akeeper ($3.10). Dave McNeight III also had a driving triple and trainer Jim Graham won two on the conditioning side. The Batavia Downs annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser, held in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR), raised in excess of $6,000 for that organization. The BCCR provides support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 5) with the first post slated for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Newborn Sassy opened a sizable lead but needed to find another gear late to preserve her victory in Saturday's $110,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit stake was the sub-feature on the harness racing card headlined by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. With victories in a Lynch elimination and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg on her resume, Newborn Sassy was the most accomplished in the field of seven and was hammered down to 1-2 in the wagering. She drew off to a 1-1/2-length lead at the top of the stretch and figured to jog home the winner. But the sloppy track proved tiring for the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton, and Tim Tetrick had to remind her emphatically that her work was not done. She responded to his urging and held off Shezarealdeal by a neck in 1:51.1, with Heels On The Beach third. Jim King, Jr., husband of winning trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, said the gritty effort was representative of Newborn Sassy's heart. "She's a winner," he said. "There's no doubt she's a winner. She loves what she does. She was just here last week. When I took her off the trailer this week, she was like, 'are you sure we want to do this again?' She's a fighter. If you don't give up, she won't." Jo Ann Looney-King and CC Racing own Newborn Sassy, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, will be pointed to the next PASS leg. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Lightly raced four-year-old pacer Demonstrative (Rod Ashwood) broke his maiden status at Luxbet Park Hobart yesterday with a game harness racing win in the Gerald Glover Pace over 2090 metres. Despite having to face the breeze in bleak conditions the Eric Jacobson-trained gelding forged to the lead in the home straight and went on to score by over a metre from the favourite Major Jamane ($2.10) with Never Unachievable ($8) a close-up third and just in advance of Bertils Bliss. Demonstrative (Western Ideal-Luvi Duvi Lombo) was having his third run back from a spell and he was well-backed to win the race. "The horse has been working well and we thought he could lead, in fact our confidence was based on him leading but when he was left facing the breeze I had some doubts he would stick it out," Jacobson said. "But to his credit he was strong over the final 200 metres when he was probably entitled to fade a bit, so all in all it was a very pleasing run." It was an overdue win for the stable but Jacobson, who in his heyday was vying for trainer's premierships, said the wins these days are just a bonus. "I'm pretty much retired these days with only four horses to work and that suits me. "Demonstrative is no world beater but he's improved to the point where he can probably win another couple but all four of the horses I have in the stable are in the same boat and all are pretty much paying their way." Demonstrative is owned and raced by Shane Hildebrand and Mick Jones who are two of his most loyal stable clients. Peter Staples  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2016 -- Certified Ideal rallied three wide out of the final turn to pull off a 12-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Certified Ideal followed the live, first-over cover of Very Loudly before Tony Hall sent her wide through the lane. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last blazed home in 28.1 and scored in 1:51.4. Show Runner was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who now boasts $478,973 in career earnings, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Dave Palone piloted five winners and Hall four on the 14-race card. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness racing owner Mick Maxfield has owned some handy two-year-olds over the years but the latest youngster to sport his colours could be his best. With Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Offthetopofmyhead scored an emphatic win in a 2C0-2C1 event over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday defeating recent Dandy patch Stakes winner Usain Jolt by a comfortable margin. But the most impressive part of the win was that he broke the state two-year-old mile rate record. The Paul Ashwood-trained colt rated 1:56.67 for to eclipse the previous best of 1:56.9 recorded by Williamtell earlier in the year. "He's the best horse I've trained for a while but the penny hasn't dropped yet," Ashwood said. "He still does a few things wrong like running up the track a bit but he is at least starting to think about what's going on." Offthetopofmyhead had an interstate trip to Melbourne in April but he failed to flatter. "He wasn't really ready for the trip or the opposition but I have no doubt he will get another chance. "The son of Western Ideal will run in a $10,000 race in Hobart next Sunday then in a heat of the Breeders Crown before going back to Victoria for the Breeders semi-finals." Stablemate Lynniemach, who ran third in Sunday's race, will follow a similar path. Ashwood also won with smart three-year-old El Major who isn't paid up for the coming feature races. Peter Staples

WILKES-BARRE PA - Part of the $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday supercard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were consolation races for the card's major events: the $75,000 Ben Franklin Consolation for free-for-all pacers, the $75,000 Earl Beal Consolation for three-year-old trotting colts, and the $50,000 James Lynch Consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies.   The Western Ideal five-year-old stallion Luck Be Withyou continued his career-long love affair with Pocono Downs, taking the Ben Franklin Consolation in 1:47.4.   Luck Be Withyou, who had an outside post in his Franklin elim and couldn't enter contention, drew the rail for the Consolation and would not cede the lead through amazing fractions of 25.4, 52.4, and 1:19.4, then was kept alive through the stretch by Pocono's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr while also lowering his lifetime best by a tick.   Winner of the 2013 Breeders Crown and the 2015 Franklin Championship here at Pocono Downs, Luck Be Withyou, conditioned by Chris Oakes when on the local scene, has earned the majority of his $1,193,291 career bankroll over the red clay oval for owner John Craig.   Milligan's School, winner of his first two seasonal starts but then offstride in his next two, raised his 2016 record to 3 for 5 with a $21.80 upset in the Beal Memorial. "Team Orange Crush," driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller, had their son of Yankee Glide on best behavior and in top form in the Beal Consolation, coming first-over, then holding off Love Matters, who followed his cover, by ¾ of a length, lowering his speed badge by a tick for the ownership of Stroy Inc.   Call Me Queen Be, forced to go 26 to the quarter in her Lynch elimination and understandably tiring, was very strong coming off a fast pace in the Lynch Consolation, moving to the lead on the far turn past backstretch brusher Sail To The Beach and going on to a two length triumph, equaling her lifetime mark by stopping the timer in 1:50.3. Scott Zeron handled the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, the 3 to 5 choice of the large group of fans gathered for the giant card, for trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham.   From the PHHA Media Department  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Howard and Judith Taylor's Verdad ($7.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:51.2 winner in the $15,000 featured harness racing Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. In a consolidated field of three as a result of two scratches, Verdad, a 7-year-old Western Ideal stallion, sat third most of the mile before wearing down pacesetter and race favorite Dancin Yankee and edging clear in narrow fashion late. It was Verdad's 31st career win for trainer Ron Burke. Dancin Yankee was second with Singing Saint third. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($5, Victor Kirby) prepped for a likely Governor's Cup performance in July with a 1:51.3 victory in a $10,000 conditioned pace for trainer Jim King Jr. The 6-year-old Village Jolt gelding and 2015 Governors Cup winner set all the fractions in his narrow win over Soto and Raritan Bay. The Governor's Cup, held on July 28, is a $40,000 annual event with local bragging rights on the line for Delaware owned aged horses. It is held as the centerpiece for older horses on the biggest day of the year for the state's harness racing industry, Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues through Thursday. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first stake of the year on the local scene for harness racing two-year-olds, a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for baby pacing colts, was raced in four $30,000 divisions Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with favored horses, sire Somebeachsomewhere, and driver Yannick Gingras taking three of the four contests, and trainer Ron Burke notching a double.   The intersection of Gingras, Somebeachsomewhere, Burke, and the only non-chalk winner produced the fastest winning time, as Filibuster Hanover rallied out of the pocket into back fractions of 55.4 - 27 to go by pacesetter Huntsville by a length in 1:53.2. The son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Fashion Ecstasy (a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, both out of the great race mare Galleria) won for Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph Di Scala Jr., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC in his first purse start, which was the common element uniting all four winners.   The other winner of the Burke Brigade, also handled by Gingras, was another son of Somebeachsomwhere (this one out of the million-dollar winning mare Symphony In Motion), Normandy Beach. The triumphant colt stormed to the lead first time in the homestretch, then came home in 55.4 to fend off the pocketrallier Boogie Shuffle by a neck in 1:54.4 for owner William Donovan.   The third stakes triumph of the night for Yannick Gingras came with the one horse who technically did not take a new personal best, the Western Ideal colt Western Joe, who also moved early and then came home in 55.3 - 27.2 to tally in 1:55, which equaled the time he posted in a qualifier eight days earlier, two lengths ahead of Fear The Dragon. Chris Choate handles the conditioning of the fast baby for owner/breeder Anthony Ruggeri.   The "Kings of Delaware OH," driver David Miller and trainer Brian Brown, had the third Somebeachsomewhere colt to return to the winners circle, Downbytheseaside. The winning freshman got away fifth from post eight, made the frequent Pocono winning move of a second quarter brush, then hung a giant closing quarter of 26.4 on the board to complete the mile in 1:55.1, 1¾ lengths ahead of earlier leader Mac's Jackpot, for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo.   Five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies are gathered for a PA All-Stars event that will headline the Monday card at The Downs.   PHHA / Pocono  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Class Six ($18.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $16,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding notched his ninth win of the year, courtesy of a first-over trip where he cleared tiring pacesetter Sparky Mark near the three-quarters and prevailed by a length over Getitoffyourchest, who had a three race win streak snapped. Just A Jolt was third. Trained by Ron Burke, Class Six has 16 career wins in 44 starts and has won three straight races after invading Delaware off wins at Harrah's Philadelphia and Pocono Downs. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Sean Bier, Ross Wolfenden and Morgan had a double. Trainers William Moffett, Andrew Stafford and Gary Simpson each had a pair of winners. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

TROIS-RIVIVERE, Quebec – The $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with divisions for both horses and mares. The series will feature four weeks of preliminary action with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, June 26 for their respective $30,000 finals. The horses are in the limelight first in the sixth race when two-time series champion and track record holder, Atomic Million AM, takes on six rivals. Last week the five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam took the goose-egg off his five-race losing streak in his return to 3R, scoring a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:58.2. Add a track labeled good with a  two-second allowance and Atomic Million AM looks to be back in winning form at his home oval. Atomic Million AM will start from post seven for driver Sylvain Lacaille and owner/trainer Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC and rightly is the morning line wagering favorite. It may not be a “walk in the park” for Atomic Million AM, as he faces some strong competition from Rideau Carlton invader, Killer Thriller (post 3) for driver Stephane Brosseau. In his last start, Killer Thriller was able to wire the field in 1:55.2 for trainer Karen Kroeger. Half A Billion ships in from Flamboro Downs where he has three wins already and was second last week in 1:56.1. He starts from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Other contenders include C L Art Magic (post 1), Bali (post 2) and Mach On The Beach (post 5). The mares do battle in race nine with a full field of ten starters headlined by the return of the top performer, Wanda Bayama. Bred and owned by Bayama Farms and trained and driven by harness racing’s newest Hall of Famer, Yves Filion, Wanda Bayama starts from post seven and after a two-month layoff, recently won a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in 1:59. That is not as impressive as before the four-year-old daughter of Western Ideal was rested as she was on a two-race win streak at Woodbine Race Course where she won the $54,400 final of theHPIBET.com series in a lifetime best clocking of 1:51.4, which she first set the prior week in an elimination division. If Wanda Bayama races back to that form during the series, the track and stakes record of 1:54.1 set last year by My Tallia Ideal, could well pass by the wayside. Other contenders in the race include Kinnder Elegance (post 5), Big Bertha (post 2) and Chaleurs Fantasy (post 4). Post time for Sunday’s program is 1:30 pm. Live night racing at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2016 season begins this Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm and to kick-off the night program will be the start of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Featured will be the return of two-time series champion, Viva Bayama, also from the Yves FIlion Stable for the mares and a classic match-up between three-time series champion Maximuscle against track record holder last year, Seeyou Men. For free race programs, live video feed and more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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