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ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2017 - Jerseylicious and Trace Tetrick found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured harness racing event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 15. Racing from off the pace this week, the seven-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and just missed her lifetime mark by a two fifths of a second. Jerseylicious was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth while Shady Caroline and John DeLong came away firing. Shady Caroline reached the front at the first quarter in a snappy :26 while Mischief Maker N and Todd Warren benefitted from a pocket seat. Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third as Shady Caroline continued to dictate fast fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2. As the field rounded the final turn, Wild Wanda began the first-over attack and Tetrick quickly grabbed the cover with Jerseylicious. Shady Caroline appeared to be up to the task but Jerseylicious wasn't finished. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Jerseylicious powered past her rivals to get the win by a length and a half. Wild Wanda rallied for second place honors while Shady Caroline held on gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Jerseylicious returned $3.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained by Timothy Lane, the daughter of Western Ideal-Jet Lag N recorded her sixth win of the season from 11 starts. Jerseylicious has now won 24 of 87 lifetime starts while increasing her lifetime bankroll to $733,870 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The Tetrick, Emerald Highlands Farm combination had another winner on the program as Tetrick guided Blazin Britches home a winner in the very next race to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park win in a new lifetime best of 1:52. Jerseylicious Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 18 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Western Ideal gelding Orillia Joe paced the fastest mile of the young 2017 harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1:49.4, in taking the featured $25,000 winners-over pace on Saturday.   Driver Eric Carlson gets major points for his handling of the Yonkers shipper, leaving strongly from the rail and parking Casimir Jitterbug to a quarter in 26 before letting him go to sit in the two-hole. Awesomeness, the 9-5 favorite, was right behind Casimir Jitterbug the first split and went up to challenge, but the parked challenger got the cold shoulder from the pacesetter through middle fractions of 54.1 and 1:22.   Turning for home, Carlson sent Orillia Joe to the famed Pocono Pike, and after a great trip the 20-1 "Joe" knew just what to do, pacing strongly up the inside to win by two lengths. Book Binge, dismissed at 40-1, had been third-inside most of the way, then found midstretch clearance between horses and finished second, a neck ahead of Casimir Jitterbug, with Awesomeness holding for fourth.   Orillia Joe shattered the $400,000 lifetime earnings barrier with the crisp victory, which also gave him a brand new speed mark at the age of seven. Matias Ruiz conditions the winner for Joe P Racing LLC.   Orillia Joe     Migrate Blue Chip now has six lifetime victories - and three of them have come in April 2017, just before which he was acquired by the Burke Brigade. The son of Rocknroll Hanover survived the rough "tuck-then-first-over" route in taking the $18,000 co-featured pace, finishing two lengths clear in a personal best of 1:51.3. Eric Goodell handled the sulky duties for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phil Collura.   Pocono will be dark on Sunday so that fans, workers, and horsemen might have the chance to spend the Easter holiday with their fans. The track will be in action on Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with both nights featuring continuing preliminary round action in the $750,000 Bobby Weiss Series, with the pacers heading the Monday card and the trotters spotlighted during the Tuesday action.   PHHA / Pocono  

LEBANON, OH. – Jerseylicious avenged a narrow defeat last week by capturing the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 24).  Leaving alertly from an outside post, harness racing driver Trace Tetrick put the money-making machine on the front end early and dictated all the fractions before pulling away in the stretch to an impressive 1:51.1 triumph.  The 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal now has 22 career wins in just 84 starts and surpassed the $700,000 earnings plateau with the victory.  Endeavors Fantasy (Mike Oosting) used the innermost post position to full advantage to finish second, while White Metro (Tyler Smith) also saved ground along the pylons to manage a show finish.  Jerseylicious is now owned by Emerald Highlands Farm and has been conditioned by Tim Lane to a 4-1-2 scorecard in eight 2017 starts. The victory was one of five on the program for Tetrick, who now leads the local dash derby by over 20 victories.  The defending Hoosier Park driving champion will be returning to Indiana for their opening card next Saturday, but does plan to return to Miami Valley on Sundays and Mondays through the end of the meet in early May. The Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late-closing series also kicked off on Friday in two divisions.  Twin B Honour (Tetrick) and Youlookhot (Josh Sutton) captured their respective $12,500 splits.  Twin B Honour topped Backwoods Barbie (Brandon Bates) and Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.2.  The 5-year-old Sportswriter lass, owned by Wilbur Langacher and trained by Brett Selby, returned $21.00 to her $2 backers.  Youlookhot, racing for owner Charles Stovall and trainer Joseph Essig, bested Gypsy Bellevue (Aaron Merriman) and Stirling Euphoria (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.3, returning $19.80. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2017 -- Grand Priority pulled the pocket just in time to get clearance and powered home to pull off a 23-1 upset in Saturday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Art N Music took the other $12,500 division in the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Hall of Fame judge Walter Russell, who served with distinction at a number of venues. Grand Priority was stalking Louie's So Bossy down the backside when the outside flow started to close in. Brad Provost angled Grand Priority off the pylons, and the 4-year-old Western Ideal-Joy Luck Hall gelding opened a daylight lead in an instant. He scored in 1:56, 2 lengths better than the 2-5 favorite, Indigo Art, with Gossip Boy third. William Provost trains Grand Priority and owns with Mary Smith and Trotwood Farms. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames wore down his stablemate, Mykindachip, with a relentless uncovered bid and downed him by a length for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Believeinthespirit earned show. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding extended his lifetime bankroll to $169,387. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings and trainers Dirk Simpson and Burke each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Jerseylicious isn't just back...she's all the way back! The harness racing 7-year-old Western Ideal lass, who once was as feared as any older distaff pacer in the sport, captured the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 10). The Tim Lane-trainee paced a mile in 1:52.3, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for driver Trace Tetrick, upsetting Safe From Terror (Chris Page) and Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith). Purchased by Emerald Highlands Farm primarily for her breeding value after a 2016 season with just twelve starts and two wins for $19,970 in earnings, Jerseylicious now has a half dozen starts under Lane's tutelage and has marched through the condition ranks with two wins and two show finishes before beating Miami Valley's best. Tetrick sent Jerseylicious directly to the front from post position seven, relented to Safe From Terror after the :27.3 first quarter, then waited through fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before popping the pocket at the head of the stretch and sealing the deal with a :27.1 final panel. With just 82 lifetime starts she now has accumulated $691,370 in earnings. Among her 21 lifetime wins are some in the game's most prestigious events for older female pacers. She took her record of 1:50.1 at age four at The Meadowlands. Gregg Keidel      

DOVER, Del.--- Cold weather could not deter Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover from scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in the Monday, Jan. 9 harness racing feature at Dover Downs. With the sport's second leading dash-win leader Tony Morgan in the bike, Gratian Hanover made the winner's circle for the first time in 2017 scoring a convincing 1:50.2 conquest. The Willard Reynold's trainee won for the 10th time in the career of the Western Ideal-Gray Major gelding. Trading Up and Corey Callahan finished second. Callahan, the track's defending champion, won four races in-a-row, the 2nd through 5th, then added a fifth in the 11th race driving Howard Taylor's Emeritus Maximum to victory in a $10,000 Claiming Allowance pace. Corey Callahan had six winners, Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, plus trainers Joe Columbo, Joe Holloway, Les Givens and owners George&Tina Dennis recorded two wins each. Marv Bachrad  

Last Saturday night at Gloucester Park the Western Australian bred trotter Reminder Call became just the second harness racing standardbred in the Southern Hemisphere to win in sub 2:00 time as both a pacer and a trotter. Reminder Call won the 1730 metre Trotters Mobile on Saturday for trainer Sarah Suvaljko and driver Dylan Egerton-Green rating 1:59.0 for the trip. It was Reminder Call’s fourth win but his first as a trotter with his previous three having been at the pace including a 1:54.8 victory at Pinjarra over 1684 metres in December 2013. With a 1:54.8 win as a pacer and a 1:59.0 win as a trotter Reminder Call has become the first Australian bred horse to take a sub 2:00 record at both gaits. A good deal of research by staff of both Harness Racing Australia and Harness Racing New Zealand reveals that the Geoff Webster trained New Zealand bred gelding Mister Zion is the only other horse to achieve the feat in the Southern Hemisphere. Mister Zion took a pacing record of 1:56.8 and trotting record of 1:58.7 but he has a record that may never be equalled as he won at Group One level as both a pacer and as a trotter. Another New Zealand bred in Locanda’s Mac has won as a trotter in the USA in 1:57.6 and as a pacer in 1:52.8 while current New Zealand trotter Scarrymcleary currently has a pacing record of 1:52.3 in Australia and has been placed second as a trotter in New Zealand in 1:57.9. Suvaljko took over the training of Reminder Call in November and Saturday night was just his fourth start for the Cardup based trainer. Reminder Call is purely pacing bred being by a son of Western Ideal in Armbro Deuce out of the Fake Left mare Classy And Smart. by Alan Parker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 18, 2016--A 'four-peating' Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) just lasted Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. The eight-hole-assigned favorite left around second choice Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), then negotiated her eight furlongs in :27, :56.2, 1:24.4 and 1:52.4. Drifting a bit through the lane, she did hold off a pair to her inside, Mach it a Par and lone filly Lispatty (Mark MacDonald). The margin over the former was scant nose, while the latter missed by three-quarters of a length. Two Kiwis--Glenferie Bronte N (Jordan Stratton) and Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland)--settled for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 10th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $32 and the superfecta paid $230. Special props for this win, the 50th of Krispy Apple's $1.8 million career. "She had some health issues toward the middle of the season and she wasn't herself, but she's had her legs back under her lately and she's been the Krispy Apple of old," Bartlett said. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 11, 2016 - A three-peating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.20) easily disposed of her harness racing rivals Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from behind the eight-ball, the 8-5 favorite worked around Tessa Seelster (George Brennan), making the lead just before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Then, she just toyed with 'em (:57, 1:25, 1:52.4), a 2½-length lead into the lane becoming three lengths at the wire. Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) snuck inside to grab second over 'Tessa,' with Regil Elektra (Brian Sears) and 41-1 rank outsider Motu Moonbeam N (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old, $1.8 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her ninth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.60, the triple returned $127 and the superfecta paid $404.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 4, 2016 - A repeating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $14.80) was up late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.  :27.3, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:53. A bit wide early from post position No. 7, the millionairess settled sixth as Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter) worked around Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) to make the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a :56.3 intermission as Devil Child (Jordan Stratton)-who had floated for a seat-moved from fourth. She went after the leader in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Moma' may have had the gun, but Devil Child had the ammo. The latter disposed of the former early in the lane, but could not stall Krispy Apple. Towed into it by Devil Child, Krispy Apple edged past, winning by a neck in 1:53. Third went to Lispatty, with Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) and Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. Moma's Got a Gun tired to sixth, while eight-hole assignee Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), as the 4-5 favorite, never fired and finished seventh. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old, $1.8 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her eighth win (as the fourth choice) in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58, the triple returned $360.50 and the superfecta paid $2,197. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 28, 2016 - Favored Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett lasted on the lead Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away quickly from post position No. 5, Krispy Apple was strung out by Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter), then made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, she finished it off (:56.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.4), getting the line a nose before 'Moma' and a head before a stretch-smokin' Mach it a Par (Jordan Stratton). Diva's Image (Mark MacDonald) and a first-up Devil Child (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 8-year-old, $1.7 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her seventh win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $158.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Oct. 29) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $2,744.27. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

Derek and James Delaney’s Oakwood Stud is ready for next week’s Brightwells Mixed Sale at Royal Welsh Showground in Builth, Wales with five top yearlings going into the auction ring.The sale takes place Monday, October 24 at 11:00 am. “This is just the beginning for us at Oakwood Stud,” said Derek Delaney. “We have five well-bred and great looking yearlings ready for the sale and by next year we will have maybe a dozen or so, many sired by our own Foreclosure N. It’s been a few years in developing but James and I are very proud of where Oakwood Stud is going.” The first Oakwood Stud yearling to head to the ring is Lot 50, Oakwood Playboy, a brown colt by McArdle from The Panderosa mare, Only Gossip. Oakwood Playboy is a full brother to McCedes p, 1:49.3 ($1.3 million); McCito p,1:52 ($125,000) and a full sister to the fastest mare in all of North America last year, Hot List p,1:48.2 ($405,000). Here is video of Oakwood Playboy Next up is Lot 51, Oakwood Writeontime, a brown colt by Sportwriter from The Panderosa mare, Abbey Won. This mare has already produced nearly $2 million in winning foals including Bettors Glass, p,1:48.4 ($489,000); On The Glass p,1:49 ($757,000); Art Glass p,1:51.4 ($257,000) and Glass In The Sand p,1:53.4 ($54,000).  Abbey Won is also a full or half-sister to pacing greats Mystical Mike p,1:51.2; Manvers Short Cut p,1:51.3; Cut Throat p,1:51.3, Artistry p,1:53.1 and Major Glass p,1:53.4. Here is video on Oakwood Writeontime Next up for Oakwood Stud in the sale is Lot 65, Oakwood Ideal, a bay colt by Western Ideal from the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare, Dreamlands Hardie. Oakwood Ideal is a full or half-brother to top performers Livestrong p,1:50.4 ($572,000); Mylivmylife p,1:50.4 ($450,000); Dreamlands Latte p,1:52.3 ($226,000). Of Dreamlands Hardie’s last 11 foals, 8 have all been winners at age 2. Here is video on Oakwood Ideal Lot 66 features Oakwood Spur, who is a bay colt sired by Share The Delight from the Life Sign mare, Olympic Sign, whose dam was none other than the great world champion mare, Nadia Lobell p3,1:53.4 and over $1 million in earnings. Oakwood Spur is a brother to Brooklyn’s Best p,1:52.4 ($150,000) and Signs of Terror p,1:57.3. Here is video on Oakwood Spur The last of the Oakwood Stud consignment is Lot 67 and the lone filly of the group, Oakwood Delight. This bay filly is sired by Share The Delight from the Four Starzzz Shark mare Oakwood Alanah. This is only the second foal from Oakwood Alanah, whose damn, Eternal Prophecy is a full sister to Immortality p,1:51.2 ($1.6 million) and the dam of top foals Captain Mo p,1:51.2 ($500,000) and McGwire p,1:53.2 ($250,000). Here is video of Oakwood Delight It should be noted that all Oakwood yearlings bred by USA stallions have been staked well in North America. Just a reminder for those of you that cannot be at the sale that you can bid by telephone or by leaving a commission. For more information email to welsh@brightwells.com “After the great results at the York Raceway Sale two weeks ago,” Delaney said, “We feel that Brightwells will be very strong. And with so many additional racing opportunities and raised purses for young horses next year, we think the yearlings this season could break all the sales records.” By Steve Wolf, for Oakwood Stud

LEXINGTON, KY -- Check Six made his move first over heading into the far turn, eventually passing tempo-setter American Passport to win the first of three divisions for the $173,900 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:50 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. American Passport took the lead, pacing the first quarter in :27.4 and the half in :55.4. Sitting third, Check Six moved to the outside and advanced towards American Passport heading to three quarters. Timed in 1:23, American Passport sprinted to a three-length lead at the head of the stretch. As American Passport approached the line, Check Six narrowed into his lead to his outside, soon drawing alongside and passing him to win. Katies Rocker, riding the pocket for the mile, finished third. Winning his 12th race in 26 starts, Check Six, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artsplace mare Southwind Vanna, has now earned $903,804 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscmi, William Switala and James Martin. He is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Yannick Gingras. He paid $4.20 to win. "I wasn't sure if American Passport was going to keep going, but I knew I had some pace still," Yannick Gingras said. "I was just waiting to straighten up and try and let him go." "He'll be here next Sunday," Gingras also said. Sprinting to the front, Western Fame set a fast pace and battled off challengers Jj Flynn and Fine Diamond to win his division of the Bluegrass in 1:50.3. Going the first quarter in :26.3 and the half in :54.3, Western Fame's first challenge came from Fine Diamond, pulling first over out of third, around the far turn. The two were stride for stride after a 1:24 third quarter before Western Fame battled him off towards the rail. Jj Flynn fanned wide of Fine Diamond in the stretch to pursuit Western Fame, accelerating into second but running out of ground, failing to overtake Western Fame in the final strides. Western Fame, by Western Ideal out of the Artiscape mare Shyaway, won his fifth race in 22 starts, earning $316,156 for owner Brittany Farms. The Jimmy Takter trainee was driven by Mark MacDonald and paid $2.80 to win. "He's a really tough horse and can actually race anyway," Mark MacDonald said. "He races good from behind too, but I was the heavy favorite today so I took a shot and left with him. It's a tiring track, but he raced super. First quarter in :26.3 and last quarter in :26.3... can't ask for much more than that." "Myron Bell had the confidence [in Western Fame]," George Segal said. "He didn't race many times last year, but he was always a good individual with a good attitude... he just wasn't in a good place last year. But this year, everything has worked out." Lindy Beach won his fourth race in a row in the final Bluegrass split, storming down the center of the track to win in 1:50.3. Fresh Cut took the lead from the rail, pacing in front of Manny and Jk Will Power through a :27.4 first quarter. Jk Will Power pulled first over and brushed to the lead before the half, timed in :55.4. Entering the far turn, Manny edged first over from third and rushed by Jk Will Power to nearly clear command heading to three quarters. He remained off the pylons but in front by a length at three-quarters in 1:23.4. Jk Will Power flew up the rail to challenge for the lead in the stretch. Manhattan Beach, tracking Manny from second over, fanned towards the center of the track, as did Lindy Beach, who had been racing from third over. Once Manhattan Beach took the lead, Lindy Beach soon swept alongside and right by Manhattan Beach to win. Fresh Cut managed to slide into contention for second while Manhattan Beach finished third. A winner of four races in 13 starts, Lindy Beach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Real Desire mare Real Appealing, has now compiled $64,912 in earnings for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare. Trained by Frank Antonacci and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $11.40 to win. "The plugs were in and Timmy [Tetrick] looked comfortable," Frank Antonacci said, "but the trip worked out perfect as well. When you're looking at these horses that can just flat fly, you need the trips." "He was coming back good this winter, and he had a little injury right before we were getting ready to qualify him, so we just gave him plenty of time. We knew he was a good gelding and we wanted to give him a chance to come around this time of year." "I think Jimmy [Takter] said it when he was out here; that this is a form game and when you have a horse that's coming into form, they tend to stay that way for awhile. He has got a lot of confidence, and didn't realize he was racing about six classes up today." Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, October 6 with the International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First race post is slated for 1:00pm. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Batavia, NY---Wednesday night (Sept. 28) was a return to form for My Tallia Ideal when she came from off the pace to take the lead and fend off a late challenge to capture the harness racing featured $9,500 mares Open pace at Batavia Downs. Kaitlyn Akeeper (Jim Morrill Jr.) left for the lead around Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) while My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) went from fifth to third and tucked. Positions remained unchanged through fractions of :27.2 and :56.2 when My Tallia Ideal pulled first over past the clubhouse with Who Says That (Shawn Gray) on her back. My Tallia Ideal eventually pulled alongside Kaitlyn Akeeper at the three-quarters before going right on by in the far turn. But just as it looked like she was going to pull away, Who Says That tipped around and came hard at her in the stretch. The two dueled head to head all the way down the lane and hit the wire near simultaneously, but the photo showed My Tallia Ideal was the victor by a nose in 1:54.1. The win was the seventh of the year for My Tallia Ideal ($2.80) and it pushed her earnings to $51,375 for owners Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. The 8-year-old Western Ideal mare is trained by Dave McNeight Jr. Ray Fisher Jr. had a driving grand slam Wednesday, winning with Wicked Elphaba ($6.40), Purple N Gold ($17.40), Prince Jubilee ($10.80) and Val's Jett ($2.60). Wade Tomaszewski and Jim Morrill Jr. both scored driving doubles. Trainers Richard Tomaszewski and Richard Lareau both sent two students to the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 30) with the first post set for 6:15 p.m. On Friday, the early Pick-5 (Races 1 to 5) starts with a guaranteed pool of $4,000.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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  

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