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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

Delaware, OH --- The Brian Brown training stable captured both $23,100 divisions of Thursday’s (Sept. 24) Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers at his home track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, with his friendly neighborhood Spider Man Hanover capping the sweep with a world-record 1:51.4 performance. In the first division, Mr Right Hanover led from start to finish, surviving an inquiry for getting rough gaited in the stretch, to win in 1:53.4. Spider Man Hanover, with David Miller in the sulky, sat in third around the first turn behind More Dragon and Mr D’s Dragon, then slung his way to the front as the field approached the quarter in :28.3. From there, Spider Man Hanover hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 before shaving three-fifths of a second off the world record for a 2-year-old male pacer on a half-mile track. The margin of victory was 3-1/4 lengths for Spider Man Hanover, the 1-9 favorite who is stabled regularly at the fairgrounds. More Dragon finished second and Mr D’s Dragon was third. On Golden Ponder and He's Watching shared the previous world record of 1:52.2. Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal out of the mare Stolly Up Bluechip, is a full brother to Shady Daisy winner Stacia Hanover. He has won four of seven races this year, finished second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and earned $189,300. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman. "This colt gets over the ground so well and has high speed," said Miller. "He has always been talented but was a little too aggressive. That one race in Pennsylvania he was just bad (eighth in a Sire Stakes race on Aug. 20). I'm not sure why but I got with Brian and we made some equipment changes to give me more control and he has just improved ever since. "I was a little concerned about putting him on the front but with that first quarter in :28.3 that definitely helped. I just didn't want to have to come first up with him into a :56 half. Even coming to the three-quarter pole I was still trying to rate him but he was well within himself and very strong. "The world record is a little bit of a surprise but he is a very nice horse. He just showed today what we have already known." Dave Palone, harness racing’s winningest driver in history with 17,199 victories, guided 1-5 favorite Mr Right Hanover to the triumph in the opening division. Granite finished second and Gleneagles was fourth-placed-third after Fernando Hanover was dropped a spot for violating the breaking rule. There was only win and place betting in the five-horse race. Mr Right Hanover led through fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.4. He was challenged by Gleneagles on the backstretch and a three-wide move from Fernando Hanover on the final turn, but marched to victory by a half-length. A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Mouse Hanover, Mr Right Hanover has won three of eight races for trainer Brian Brown and earned $41,349. He is owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith, and Milton Leeman. "He's really been a good horse all along," said Brown, "but the problem was he didn't want to pass horses until we opened up his bridle for the Arden Downs, because in the Sire Stake before that he should have won but just came out and hung there. In his last Sire Stake he was good again but he was locked in and had nowhere to go. "I did not tell Dave to put him on the front. Actually I warned him about it because yesterday front end speed was not holding up here. But he's Dave Palone. He's also driven the horse before and he knew what to do with him." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

What does a harness racing mare that raced the likes of Anndrovette, Table Talk, Color's A Virgin and Rocklamation just two months ago do when she comes to Batavia Downs? Win by four lengths in the $10,000 Open distaff pacing feature on Wednesday night (Sept. 23). The 4-year-old pacing mare Act Now, who just scorched the Open class ladies at Flamboro Downs in 1:53 flat last week, came south of the border on Wednesday to take on the best in Western New York. However the best weren't good enough to even challenge the invader who toured the facility unencumbered this night. Act Now (Kevin Cummings) left the gate and shot right to the front, opening up a three-length advantage; a lead that was extended up to six-lengths during the race. Cummings had a stranglehold on the mare through fractions of :27.2, :55.1 and 1:23.4 when talk of another track record started swirling through the press box. With the plugs popped and Cummings clearly driving with the time in mind, Act Now flew home with no opposition nearby, to win by four lengths in 1:53.3. The finishing time was only three-fifths of a second off the track record of 1:53 for aged pacing mares set by Xenia Hanover in 2013. It was the second win in 10 starts this year (including two in a row) for Act Now ($4.10) and her share of the purse boosted her lifetime earnings to $521,717 for owners Joseph Davino and Patrick O'Brien. The Western Ideal mare is trained by Nikolas Drennan. The Downs leading driver, Kevin Cummings, had five winners on the card Wednesday night. He took a picture with Socialdelight ($4.10), Dedalos ($4.20), Most Happy Rider ($4.70), Act Now ($4.10) and Mystical Danica ($5.10). Sean McDonough and Dave McNeight III both scored driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 25) with the first race post time set at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Two-year-old filly pacers headlined a solid harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 20), in three divisions of the Liberty Bell Series, each going for a purse of $35,000. Cc Racing and Jim King's Newborn Sassy won her fifth straight in the first division. The daughter of Western Ideal maintained pocket position through out much of the race, drafting behind the speed of Ron Burke trainee Yankee Moonshine (Gingras). Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) vacated the pocket at the head of the lane, going on to win by a length in 1:53.1. Skinny Dipper (McCarthy) rallied on for second. The winner returned $2.40. Geoffrey Lyons Mound's Lyons River Pride (Gingras) was game in victory in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took the lead shortly after the start, and held off the pocket-sitter Sail To The Beach (Dube) to win by a neck in a thrilling stretch drive. It was the second career win for Lyons River Pride ($4.20) who paced the mile in 1:53. She is trained by Ron Burke. Division three saw favorite Shezarealdeal (Mar. Miller) using a well timed move in the stretch to win. The daughter of Western Ideal sat off the early speed duel, emerging three wide at the top of the stretch to sweep past winning by a length in 1:52.3. The Erv Miller trainee is now 3 for 7 in the win column lifetime. Princess Fabulosa (Zeron) finished second. Shezarealdeal ($2.80) is owned by the Nick Surick and Kdm Stables. There was also a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts on the pace slated for race 12, going for a purse of $22,000, which saw the ultra-talented Major Uptrend (Callahan) win his third straight. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, who was an in-hand 1:49.2 victor here two starts back, was a comfortable winner once again in a wrapped up 1:51. He is owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Doug Lewis. Driver Yannick Gingras, who is fourth in the driver standings in wins and second in udrs, had 5 wins on the program. Mike Bozich

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 18, 2015-Odds-on fave Krispy Apple with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett at the wheel couldn't possibly have had it any easier Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. An assigned eight-hole isn't quite as difficult when none of the other seven inside of you leave. So, the millionairess made 'em pay, making a simple lead before coming out of the first turn and strolling through subsections of :27.4, :55.4, 1:23.3 and 1:51. The margin, punctuated by a :27.2 kicker, was 3½ lengths turning for home before ballooning to five lengths at the wire. The mile set a new track record for aged mares. Sudoku (Jordan Stratton), chasing from a looser pocket, saved second, with Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald), Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) and Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) rounding out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trainer by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her ninth win in 20 seasonal starts (career earnings at $1,509,576). The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $153. Frank Drucker

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Tony Alagna trainee Artspeak turned in a career-best harness racing performance of 1:48.2 to win the Simcoe Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers squared off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes. Casie Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover was sent off as the heavy 3/5 favourite off a pair of impressive victories leading up to Saturday's contest. The public's choice got away third, as Go Daddy Go blasted to the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26.1. Artpseak, the 7/5 second choice, dropped in fourth for driver Scott Zeron. Reverend Hanover made a second-quarter move to the lead for driver Steve Condren and posted a speedy half of :53.2. Around the final turn, Artspeak was given his cue to move from Zeron and came first up to draw within a length and a quarter of Revenred Hanvoer at the three-quarter pole in 1:21.1. In the stretch, Artspeak quickly erased Reverend Hanover's lead and paced by the leader with powerful strides to score an impressive 2¼ length victory in a Stakes Record time of 1:48.2. Reverend Hanover held on to finish second, while Split The House and The Wayfaring Man finished third and fourth, respectively. Artspeak, who was last year's two-year-old champion, came into Saturday night with three victories from 11 starts on the season, but most recently turned in a strong 1:50.1 qualifying mile at Mohawk on September 4. "I felt in the post parade that he was back to the way he started this year," said Zeron following the race. "He was aggressive and Tony did a great job prepping him for this race. "He had a couple weeks off and he qualified here in (1):50 and when I was racing here full-time that was a big mile qualifying." The son of Western Ideal came first up to score the victory Saturday and Zeron was very impressed with the effort. "I knew he was ready to rock tonight, doing a first-up trip like that, that was steep and to finish the way he did, it was amazing." Artspeak is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. The three-year-old colt now has four wins and over $500,000 earned this season. A $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, Artspeak's career totals currently sit at 12 wins and over $1.3 million in earnings. The Alagna trainee returned $4.80 to win. Artspeak L A Delight makes it nine straight in Champlain CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - L A Delight continued her dominance in the Champlain Filly Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Just a single division was needed for the Champlain Filly Stakes, as a field of nine competed for a rich purse of $241,380. One week after capturing the Shes A Great Lady Stakes, L A Delight returned to Mohawk and put on another impressive display. L A Delight, the 1/9 favourite, was sent to the front by driver Randy Waples and touched down on the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. It was game over from there, as the Bob McIntosh trainee cruised through fractions of :55.2 and 1:24, before waving goodbye to her rivals and drawing off for a 4½ length victory in 1:52.1. "She's just getting more professional every week," said McIntosh following the race. "I just feel lucky to have her and when you breed these things and they turn out like this, it's just extra special." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight has now won nine consecutive starts after dropping her career debut. She is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Good Will Hanover finished second, while Ivy League was third. L A Delight has now banked over $500,000 this season and a $2 win ticket Saturday night on the star filly returned $2.30. Following the race, McIntosh confirmed that L A Delight will race in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg before finishing her season in the Super Final. The OSS Super Finals will take place on Saturday, October 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. L A Delight Ontario sired colts take Champlain divisions CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Betting Line and Nvestment Bluechip scored victories in the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Over $100,000 was on the line in each division, as 16 rookie pacing colts and gelding competed. Control The Moment, this year's Metro Pace champion, was suppose to headline the $117,407 first division Saturday, but the Brad Maxwell trainee was a late scratch due to sickness. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line, who finished second to Control The Moment in the Metro, took full advantage of the scratch to the favourite. Driven by Steve Condren, Betting Line was able to drop in fifth in the early stages, as the lead changed hand several times through opening fractions of :26.3 and :55.2. Around the final turn, Betting Line came to the outside for Condren and tried to catch the cover of Racing Hill, but the Coleman trainee struggled to keep up and sat _ lengths off the leader Nocturnal Bluechip turning for home. In the stretch, Nocturnal Bluechip and Racing Hill went toe-to-toe and it appeared the race would come down to the pair, but Betting Line was able to straight things out and charge by the leaders with a wicked rush late to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:52. Nocturnal Bluechip finished second, while Inspiration View got through late to grab third from Racing Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Betting Line has now won five of eight starts for earnings of over $325,000. Following the race, Coleman noted that her trainee was on the right line and will be visiting the vet Monday to address an issue. Betting Line has found success on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season and that is where Coleman has him aimed for next. "There's a Gold here (Mohawk) the next Tuesday (September 22) and if he's ready I'll probably take him there," said Coleman. "I'll probably skip Flamboro and then Super Finals and he's also in the Breeders Crown." Betting Line is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. The son of Bettors Delight paid $3 to win. Betting Line Jody Jamieson worked out a perfect trip to allow Nvestment Bluechip to capture the $115,906 second division. A son of Shadow Play, Nvestment Bluechip charged out to the front and took the field by the opening-panel in :27. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, made a second-quarter brush from fourth to take command at the half in :56. Voracity turned up the tempo in the third-quarter in :27.4, as Kokanee Seelster pressed at him first-over. In the stretch, Voracity tried to pace away to victory, but Jamieson brought Nvestment Bluechip off his back and the son of Shadow Play paced on by for the victory in 1:52.1. New Talent made a late rush to finish a length and a half back in second, while Sossys King Kong finished third ahead of Voracity. Nvestment Bluechip is trained by Dave Menary and the conditioner said things went exactly as planned Saturday night. "It kind of went like I thought it was going to go," said Menary. "The colt had a really good week and I've always been pretty high on the colt and tonight we got paid for it." Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton and Thomas Kyron share ownership of Nvestment Bluchip, who now has three wins from seven starts this season. The rookie pacing colt has banked over $160,000 for his connections. Nvestment Bluechip paid $8.20 to win. Nvestment Bluechip Mark McKelvie    

2-year-old PA Stallion Series Championships were the main attractions on a rainy Thursday afternoon (Sept 10) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $40,000. The 2-year-old filly trot went to Jimmy Takter trainee Miss Tezsla (Yannick Gingras).   The daughter of Andover Hall wasted little time getting into gear, as she wrestled the lead away from Lady Athens (Andy Miller) at the quarter pole.   She was able to maintain a 1 length advantage until the top of the stretch, when she edged away to win by 4 lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:57.4.   Turn The Paige (Vic Kirby), who was part of a 3 horse entry, rallied for second, while Global Inspiration (Andrew McCarthy) was third.   It was the 4th career win for Miss Tezsla, who is owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding, Brixton Medical, And Herb Liverman. She paid $3.20 to win. It was a much more contentious affair in the 2-year-old colt trot, as Mr Right (Vic Kirby) needed every last inch of stretch real estate to assure victory.   The son of Donato Hanover had to work hard to secure pocket position, as he brushed past Petrossian As (Andrew McCarthy) at the quarter pole, only to be passed by race favorite Cufflink Hanover (Dave Miller).   It stayed that way until the stretch drive, when Mr Right emerged up the passing lane to win a tight 3 horse finish in 1:57.   Cufflink Hanover held place, while Petrossian As settled for third.   It was career win 4 out of 9 starts for the Leigh Raymer trainee, and his 4th win in 7 starts.   Mr Right is owned by his trainer, Stephen Moss, and Harold and Helene Solomon. He paid $10.40. In the 2-year-old filly pace, it was complete domination for Ron Burke trainee East Side Hanover (Yannick Gingras).   The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere made the top before the quarter, and it was all over from there.   She had a 4 length lead at three quarters, before going into "beast mode", drawing off to a 12 length victory in the end, stopping the clock in 1:54.2.   Burden Of Proof (Tim Tetrick) closed for second, while Foolish Terror (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was third.   It was the 2nd career win for East Side Hanover, who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Paul Treiber. She paid $3.20.   Rich Ringler trainee Nimble and Quick (Jim Morand) was dominant in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace.   The son of Western Ideal brushed at the quarter, and went on to win easily by 4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:52.1.   Beach Ogre (Andy Miller) rallied up the inside for second, while Owen Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished third.   It was the 5th straight win for Nimble and Quick, who is owned by Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing. He returned $2.80 to win.   Mike Bozich

Louisville, KY --- Harness racing trainer Brian Brown and his ownership group had their eye on Spider Man Hanover long before he went through the ring at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, so they were thrilled to purchase him. Especially for the price. “We all really liked him and he was one of the top ones we wanted to bring home,” said Brown. “We loved his pedigree and then we were even more sold on him when we went to see him. We were prepared to go much higher for him as we thought he would go for at least $60,000, so we were very pleased we paid $40,000 for him. Actually we were in shock that’s all we had to give. The only reason I can think of that he didn’t go for more was he was on the smaller side, but he was very well built.” The son of Western Ideal and the Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip will seek to become a state champion when he competes on Friday (Sept. 11) in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He will have the services of regular pilot David Miller in the ninth race on the card at The Meadows and will begin his mile from post position four. Owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman, Spider Man Hanover is the fourth choice on the morning line at 5-1 behind Check Six (3-1), Big Top Hanover (7-2) and Ideal Jimmy (9-2). There certainly is a lot to like about this colt’s family tree as his dam earned just shy of $200,000 during her racing career. His granddam, the Presidential Ball mare Stasia’s Girl amassed $142,774 on the track and she foaled another $100,000 winner in Cascata by American Ideal, p,1:51.2s, $145,414). Spider Man Hanover is also a full brother to Stacia Hanover p,3,1:49.2 ($238,746), who was last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner and this year’s Shady Daisy champion. He is also a half-brother to Seashell Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, p,3,1:51.4f, $99,245) and an unnamed American Ideal weanling colt. “His family was what initially attracted our attention and then of course seeing how well his sister raced at two,” Brown said. “We knew he had ability right off and had high hopes for him right away.” Spider Man Hanover certainly has illustrated his potential. He won his first qualifying race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on June 10 and was second in his second trip to the gate over the same oval on June 19. The colt made his career debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3 and was just out-finished for the triumph by the heavy favorite Allie’s Cruiser. He broke his maiden on July 15 at the same facility with David Miller at the lines for the first time in a $53,548 Sire Stakes event. Then it was on to The Meadows on July 25 where Spider Man Hanover collected his second career win in a $43,548 Sire Stake. He followed that up by coming home eighth and last in an $81,113 Sire Stakes race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 20. The colt rebounded, however, with his third career triumph on Sept. 1 at The Meadows in a $70,714 Sire Stakes race. To date, he has banked $91,405, has a resume of 5-3-1-0 and a mark of 1:51.3f. “You can just throw that one race out,” Brown said. “He did not race well at all and David suggested some things after he came back with him, so we put a jaw cord on him and it was very helpful. Right from the start he tended to get a little aggressive when it was time to race and we have tried different things to help calm him down as well as focused on what he was doing. But with the jaw cord and him beginning to learn his job, we think he is headed in the right direction. He could tend to be pretty grabby and the equipment change helps David control him a bit better. We anticipate that he will race well on Friday.” After Spider Man Hanover’s championship engagement, he’ll begin his travels outside the Keystone State with Kentucky, Ontario and New Jersey on his itinerary. “We would like to race him twice in Lexington and then we plan on taking him to the Breeders Crown,” Brown said. “His last race will hopefully be the Governor’s Cup. We like that it’s at the Meadowlands and think that will be a great spot to end his season. “We really think a lot of him and are looking forward to how the rest of the year unfolds. He is not tremendously big, but he is well made and has the talent to be a very nice horse for us. We have high expectations for him and we think he will fulfill them.” Below is the field for the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for freshman pacing males, with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1 - Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1  2 - Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8-1  3 - Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal  - Dave Palone-Ron Burke-7-2  4 - Spider Man Hanover by Western Ideal - David Miller-Brian Brown-5-1  5 - Yankee Artillery by Somebeachsomewhere -Corey Callahan-Aaron Lambert-6-1  6 - McDave by McArdle  -Andy Miller-Robin Cruise-10-1  7 - Ideal Jimmy by Western Ideal -Marcus Miller-Robin Cruise-9-2  8 - JK Will Power by Somebeachsomewhere  -Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-10-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Vernon, N.Y. -- Driver Truman Gale notched a grand slam on Saturday (September 5) evening's 10-race program at Vernon Downs, and the "New York Night Train" got rolling with a pacesetting victory in the featured $8,000 Open II Pace aboard Card Knock Life ($8.50).   Gale, who also trains the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding, sent him right to the front, clearing his four rivals en route to a :27 first quarter before rating a :55.2 half. On the far turn, Gale and Card Knock Life accelerated, forcing pocket rival Cascata (Dustin Ingraham) to chase a :27.1 third quarter while 4-5 favourite Big City Jewel (Jimmy Whittemore) mounted an uncovered bid off the far turn. Despite late pursuit from Big City Jewel and Damon Blue Chip (John MacDonald), Card Knock Life had just enough to prevail, holding sway by a half length in 1:50.3.   Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell own Card Knock Life.   Gale also teamed up with Regal Glide ($3.10, 1:57.4) and Racintowardadream ($37.00, 1:56.2) before just prevailing with Drinksforthehouse ($19.40, 1:54.1) after an extended stretch battle with Count Speed (MacDonald) in a $7,000 upper-level conditioned trot.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Monday (September 7) afternoon, with post time at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Carolsideal (Western Ideal) scored an impressive victory in Friday's $18,000 feature at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Rene Allard-trained six year old came from the back of the pack and surged past her rivals to record her first win in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Billy Dobson sat patiently in sixth with the public's even money favorite before unleashing her in the final half. Carolsideal served as cover for invader Sell A Bit N (Dan Cappello Jr) who was making her local debut. The outer flow thrived and Carolsideal struck the lead in mid-stretch before holding off the late surge by Sell A Bit N to prevail in 1:53.1. While it was her first local score, it was victory number ten for Carolsideal in sixteen seasonal tries. Sell A Bit N had to settle for second despite making a monster move in the back half while Spreester (Wally Hennessey) earned the show spot in the Open for distaffers. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 4 - On the eve of this year's Metro Pace, the 2014 harness racing champion returned to Mohawk Racetrack for a tune-up in qualifying action. Artspeak, last year's two-year-old champion, and driver Scott Zeron took to the track for the morning's fourth qualifier and turned in a sizzling mile of 1:50.1. The Tony Alagna trainee went directly to the front for Zeron and posted opening fractions of :28 and :56.4. The son of Western Ideal paced a third-quarter in :27, before firing home impressively in :26.2 for a :53.2 back-half and a 23¼ length victory. Friday's qualifier was Artspeak's first charted line since a fourth-place finish in the Battle of Brandywine on August 22 at Pocono. Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners, Artspeak has three victories from eleven starts this season for earnings of over $409,000. Purchased for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Artspeak currently has 11 career victories, a bankroll exceeding $1.2 million and a mark of 1:48.4 taken at The Meadowlands. The three-year-old pacing colt has only missed the top-five once in 21 career starts. Artspeak is expected to compete in next Saturday's (September 12) Simcoe Stakes. Also on Friday morning, Flanagan Memory, the Cashman Memorial winner, won a qualifier in 1:55.3. The five-year-old son of Kadabra was making his first appearance since making a break in the Crawford Farms Trot on August 21 at Vernon Downs. The Rene Dion trainee got away third and moved into second heading to the half. Flanagan Memory came to the outside at the three-quarter pole, took the lead at the top of the stretch and trotted home in :27.1 for a 10¼ length victory. Chris Christoforou, who has been out of action for several weeks with a broken collarbone, drove Flanagan Memory Friday morning. The veteran driver competed in his first qualifier since his injury on Tuesday. Christoforou tweeted following Friday's qualifier that he is at 80 to 85 per cent strength with no pain and hopes to return in a week to 10 days. Flanagan Memory is expected to be among the entrants for next Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. Here is the full list of Friday's qualifying winners. Race/Horse/Driver/Time Q1. Ready Any Time - Rick Zeron - 1:56.1 Q2. Adored By Masses - Sylvain Filion - 1:59.4 Q3. More Than Many - Phil Hudon - 1:57.3 Q4. Artspeak - Scott Zeron - 1:50.1 Q5. Flanagan Memory - Chris Christoforou - 1:55.3 Mark McKelvie

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

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