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Batavia, NY---The temperature was cool for the final matinee card of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2016 but Drew Monti was red hot, winning five races on Monday afternoon (Oct. 10) including the special Columbus Day featured $5,000 "Run for the Cannolis" Italian driver's race. The Run for the Cannolis is an annual tradition at the Downs to honor the large Italian population in the city of Batavia. It was started decades ago and has continued each year on Columbus Day. In this year's edition, Monti drove Beechwood Wayne to a three-length win in 1:58.1. After getting away second, Beechwood Wayne followed closely as Goddess's Justin (at the pylons) and First Of Fun (outside) battled side-by-side for the lead for over a quarter mile. When First Of Fun finally failed, Beechwood Wayne popped the pocket at three-quarters and blew right by Goddess's Justin. But the race wasn't over. Rock C. Vinci, who has won this race for the last two years, had tracked Monti's move around the far turn and was now breathing down Beechwood Wayne back at the head of the lane. As both drivers went to the stick in the dash to the wire, "Drivin' Drew" had the jump and got Beechwood Wayne there first to claim the cannolis for 2016. It was the ninth win of the year for Beechwood Wayne ($3.60) and third in a row during his current streak. The 9-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. Monti also won with Big unit ($7.50, 1:58), Quick Silver ($9.40, 1:58.4), Mystical Valentine ($4.00, 1:56.4) and Girls Luv Diamonds ($4.10, 1:57) to complete the five-bagger. His wins combined with a second and two thirds saw Monti's UDR soar to .519 for the day. Ray Fisher Jr. had a driving triple on Monday and Kevin Cummings scored a double. And the wins recorded by all three drivers have made the dash competition at the meet extremely close. After Monday's races, Cummings sits on top with 62 wins, Monti is second with 60 and Fisher is third with 56. With 28 racing days left, the driving crown is definitely up for grabs. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 12) with post time set for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) has been a solid threat in the Fillies and Mares Open throughout the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare had often finished second in the local feature but had not prevailed in it before her most recent start at the Spa on August 25th. In that race, Bazooka Terror pulled off a mild upset, recording her first victory in the local Open and doing so at odds of 6-1. On Friday night, the seven year old mare was dismissed at odds of 12-1 and got away last in the six-horse Open. The backfield got in motion late and Bazooka Terror swooped the group to record the win in 1:54.2, going last to first in the $16,000 feature for distaffers. Bazooka Terror, who returned $27.60 to win, was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) came on late to win a photo for second with Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) who earned the show spot. The exacta returned $73 while the triple paid $258 in a race in which the 3-5 betting favorite was never a factor. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Atta Boy Dan and harness racing driver Mike Wilder used a first over trip and edged Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) by three quarters of a length to win the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) overcame post #8 and took control of the field of seven in the opening quarter of :27 2/5. Wilder sent the eventual winner off the rail and pressured Mykindachip past the half in :55 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24. Atta Boy Dan took the lead in the stretch and held off a closing Night Pro in 1:52 to establish a new track and stakes record. Pacesetting Mykindachip faded to third. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is conditioned by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. A new trotting track record was established in the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot when Allgrooveallthetime (Peter Wrenn) cruised to a 7¼ length victory over Barn Girl (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 2/5. The four-year-old Swan For All gelding is owned by Alvin Miller. Jay Wolf  

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) had been the runner up six times in the harness racing feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year and on Thursday night, the Heidi Rohr trainee shook her bridesmaid status and became the bride. Bazooka Terror moved first over on the race's favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and after fast early fractions helped to set the table went right by her rivals in the stretch en route to victory in 1:52.1. The win time served as a new lifetime mark for the seven year old mare. Longshot Narcian Jewel (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed up the inside and bested Godiva Seelster in the photo for place. The favorite had to settle for third. Bazooka Terror, who was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson, returned $15.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $145.50 and $310.50, respectively. While it was the first win in the local Open for Bazooka Terror, it was the mare's sixth victory in the 2016 season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Vernon, N.Y. -- Fresh off a track-record performance at Tioga Downs in last week's Geers Stakes, Cougar Bait ($5.00, part of entry) proved dominant in Friday (August 19) evening's lone $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as race two at Vernon Downs   Marcus Miller brushed the Western Terror-No One Is Alone gelding to the fore after a :27.2 first quarter before rating a :57.3 middle half. Upon turning for home, Cougar Bait felt mild pressure from 3-5 favorite Lindythefourteenth (Scott Zeron), edging clear easily off the corner--Lindythefourteenth broke stride only after he began to regress. Meanwhile, Cougar Bait drew off by 4-3/4 lengths over his stablemate Harry Terror (Andy McCarthy), who rallied belatedly to take second from Manattack (Chris Lems). The 1:51.4 mile time gave Cougar Bait a new lifetime mark in his third consecutive win.   John Butenschoen trains Cougar Bait for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Inc., Jeremey Day, Tangie Massey, and the VIP Internet Stable, LLC.   Miller scored a stakes double at the Miracle Mile, making gradual gains with Ameraway ($3.90, part of entry) through the stretch en route to a 1:53 win over Well What's New (Zeron) and V String (McCarthy) in the tenth event, a Kindergarten preliminary for pacing fillies. Trainer Erv Miller co-owns the daughter of American Ideal and Shyaway with Paymaq Racing, the aforementioned Tangie Massey, and Neil Cumsky.   The earlier Kindergarten split for fillies, carded as race six, saw Caviart Ally ($3.80, part of entry) make all the pace and accelerate through the far turn for a 1:53.2 score over pocket rival Someonesomewhere (Miller) and the belatedly-gaining Jenny's Terror (Fern Paquet, Jr.). Andy McCarthy drove the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Allamerican Cool for trainer Noel Daley and owner Caviart Farms.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 20) evening; post time is set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Terror At Night emerged as the only three-time winner from the preliminary rounds of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, which held its fourth and final preliminary Sunday night over "good" going at the mountain oval.   Terror At Night and Yannick Gingras had the top in their division in 26.3, and the favorite then yielded to second choice Square Dancer, who go the field by the half in 55.1. Terror At Night moved back to command before the 1:23.1 3/4s and drew off late, winning by four lengths in 1:51.4, equaling her lifetime mark. The daughter of Western Terror, whose only loss in the competition was a second, a half-length back, to $229.20 bomber Shortstory Hanover at Philly in July 13, is trained by Les Givens for owners Nanticoke Racing Inc, Edward Mass III, and Arlene Paisley.   The filly many were touting as the best in the Stallion Series was Kryptos, who had been third behind Pure County despite a rough trip in a Sire Stake, and then was a safe winner in her only StS action. But the 2 to 5 favorite was caught by a nose by 9-1 shot Hug A Dragoness, who had the early lead, yielded and was shuffled back, then was moved back outside by driver Matt Kakaley, just catching the chalk in the shadow of the wire. Trainer Ron Burke is the co-owner of the winner with Sylvia Burke.   Though Kryptos may have been edged out for trainer Nikolas Drennan, the conditioner bounced right back with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Keystone Riptide, who did not seem to mind first-over duty as she drew off to win by 3½ lengths in 1:52.3 for driver George Napolitano Jr.. The winner had two wins and a second in her four preliminaries for owners Joseph Davino, Patrick O'Brien, and Brad Shackman.   As far as the fastest (1:51.3) of Sunday's four stakes visitors to Victory Lane, the Yankee Cruiser filly Graceful Vision, she may well find herself on the outside looking in come the $40,000 PA Stallion Series Championship on Sunday, September 11 at Pocono. Despite successful pocket rocket tactics to tally by 1½ lengths here for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller, the latter co-owner with John Kolipoulos, the 9-2 shot had only had one start, a fifth, in the Series before this one, and may have found her form too late to qualify for the final.   Terror At Night, as could be expected, was the leading pointwinner with 130 points; the unofficial list of those behind her gaining automatic qualification to the Championship if declaring in are Keystone Riptide (105), Corona Again (89), Nap's Beach Girl (80), Dismissal (72, the only other two-time prelim winner), Hug A Dragoness (64), and Kryptos (60). If these pointtotals are verified by the PA Harness Commission and everybody declares in, there will need to be a shake of the pills to select two fillies to field the final field of nine - the three tied for the next spot, at 54 points, are Addy Girl, Hooves On First, and Shortstory Hanover.   Sunday's two featured trots at Pocono warrant attention. In the $27,500 winners over handicap trot, 2015 Trotter of the Year Pinkman left strongly for the lead but had a horrible trip, three-wide most of a 27.1 quarter, not clearing until midway from there to the 56.4 half, and then again under attack from pocketpulling Armor Hanover, who broke late on the backstretch, and then Rose Run Parker, who was following "Armor"'s cover and then found himself raw before the 1:25.1 3/4s. The 6 to 5 chalk Pinkman submitted after the heavy pressure as 9 to 5 Rose Run Parker went by early stretch, then held off the late inside charge of Homicide Hunter by a half-length, with Fashion Creditor and Tweet Me also closing to be within a length of the wire, in that order and ahead of Pinkman. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Rose Run Parker saw his earnings climb to $741,990 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   In a $20,000 conditioned trot, the "Obrigado Man," trainer Paul Kelley, has another nice one in Crazy About Pat, a Crazed gelding who quarter-moved to command for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and took his second race in his three Pocono starts, tonight just a tick off his 1:53.1 mark et here on July 24. The Patricia Stable owns the career winner of $675,499, a 31% career winner (28 for 91).   PHHA / Pocono  

Mister Skitter (Western Terror) brought a three race win streak into Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Sherman trainee had a start or two in the Open under his belt before returning to the $16,050 feature on Saturday. Jimmy Devaux piloted Mister Skitter to three consecutive wins heading into the Open try and for the fourth consecutive week moved the young pacer out to the early lead. Mister Skitter put up all the fractions and kicked away from his rivals late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, matching his lifetime mark. Spinarama (Austin Siegelman) sat the pocket to the feature winner and won the photo for place while Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) earned the show spot. Mister Skitter returned $10.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $47.60 and $315, respectively. The win also put the four year old pacer over the $100,000 mark in career earnings in just his 52nd lifetime start, fifteen of which have been wins. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

GRATZ PA - The Pennsylvania harness fair season traveled eastward for the first time in 2016, making its third stop of the season at this central Pennsylvania community for a Fair Sire Stakes 2-day event.   Over the last few years, Gratz and Bloomsburg have by general consensus consistently rated as among the fastest tracks on the Keystone State twicearound circuit, and the oval kept its reputation intact during racing on Saturday (2YOs) and Sunday (3YOs).   Star Of Terror, fresh off tying Audie K's 24-year-old all-age track record at Butler (2:00.2), posted the fastest time of the young season with a 1:57.1 win in a division of the three-year-old colt pace.   The Western Terror gelding moved to the lead off the first turn for driver Chris Shaw and rang up splits of 29.1, 58.2, and 1:28.1 en route to the drawing clear victory. This was only the eighth lifetime start for Star Of Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owners Fortunate One LLC, and the clocking was the fastest on the state fair circuit in almost two years, with Gordo pacing in 1:57 at Bedford on July 21, 2014.   The colts' distaff counterparts had clocked the first 2:00 mile of the season a few races early when the Demarvalous filly Marvalous Jet overcame a tough first-over journey against pacesetter Gymnast Hanover, finally wearing down that game rival late by a neck in 1:59.3. Shawn Johnston, capturing his second of the three divisions for 3PFs, sulkysat for trainer Kevin Johnson and owners Winbak Farm and Rocknridge Racing Inc.   Perhaps the most impressive mile on the Sunday card for sophomores was one that did not break 2:00, but darned near did - and it was posted by a trotting filly. The SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar put the nonbreakers in a roe row behind her and then rattled off splits of 30, 1:00.2, and 1:30.1 en route to a clocking of 2:00.1, which missed by only a tick the Gratz divisional track record of 2:00 co-held by Heirodynamic (2007) and Petiti (2008). Todd Schadel, who handled Petiti in her record mile, was also up behind Real Caviar, a filly he trains and co-owners with Dr. John Egloff.   Todd Schadel, who was the leading driver (5 wins) and trainer (4) of the two-day weekend at Gratz, swept the two-year-old colt pace on the Saturday card, with two sons of Yankee Cruiser, the colt Teen Cruiser and the gelding Cruiserwillwin, both stopping the timer in 2:02.1 after effective rallies. Mike Gillock trains Teen Cruiser for owner Bob Key, while Schadel is the conditioner of Cruiserwillwin and also the co-winner with his wife Christine.   Team Shaw - owner and four-year-old Mason Shaw, father/trainer Jason, and driver/brother Chris -- continued their mastery of the specific discipline of two-year-old pacing fillies, taking both cuts. The Ponder filly Keystone Nikki rated a moderate pace, then sprinted at the end of a 30.3 last quarter to finish out her mile in 2:06.1, while Gemalous, a daughter of Delmarvalous, rallied in the lane to catch frontstepper Keystone Zeta by ¾ of a length in 2:03.2.   After three stops, Chris Shaw heads the drivers colony with 13 victories; Shawn Johnston is having a breakthrough year and is second with 8, with perennial kingpin Roger Hammer next at 6. Jason Shaw also has 13 trips to the winners circle to lead the trainers, with Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III tied for second at 6.   FINISHING LINES - Apologies to Ron Harvey for not identifying him as the driver behind Gee Wizz George, a winner on June 30 at Butler. Harvey, driving infrequently in recent years, posted his first sulky victory since March 18, 2008 at The Meadows with Smiling Ruthie (for the same trainer, Jean Rastetter) ... Next stops for the fairs is at Dayton PA, with racing action this Saturday and Sunday.     by Jerry Connors for the PA Fair Circuit

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 9 - Sintra and Lindys Nightmare turned in outstanding harness racing performances to win their respective series finals Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The $47,000 Summertime Series and $48,800 Town Pro Series finals helped make up a solid 11-race card Saturday evening at the Campbellville oval. A field of eight sophomore pacing colts and geldings clashed in the Summertime final, but all eyes were focused squarely on Dave Menary trainee Sintra. The gelded son of Mach Three entered the Summertime final with just a single loss on his card this season and he kept it that way with an easy 1:50 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sintra got away third and made a second-quarter brush to the front to reach the half in :55.2. The Menary trainee ramped up the tempo in the third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:23 and finished off the mile with comfortable :27 kicker to win by four-lengths. Major Hill finished second, while Blayde Hanover grabbed third. After going winless in an injury-shortened rookie season, Sintra now has seven wins in eight starts this season. "He's just been a great horse all year," said Jamieson following the race. "They were high on him last year and when the horse moved over from Dan Lagace's barn, who did a great job prepping him last year, he just took a bad step at Grand River and got hurt, but Dave (Menary) has given him lots of time and brought him back the right way." Sintra's only loss this season was a runner-up finish to Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line in an OSS Gold event last week. "You can't really call it a blemish when Betting Line beats you in the stretch," noted Jamieson. "But that's his only blemish so far this year and he's just been a monster and tonight was no different." Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra now has $136,250 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $145,400. The clocking of 1:50 shaved three-fifths of a second off his previous career-best. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $2.20. Sintra The Town Pro Series final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw another impressive victory by a heavy-favourite. Lindys Nightmare followed up her 1:50.4 victory in the opening leg with an open lengths score in 1:51.2 Saturday night. Driven by Rick Zeron, the 1/5 favourite moved from fourth to the front in the second-quarter, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :54.4. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2, Lindys Nightmare waved goodbye to her rivals and pulled away for a seven-length victory. Queen Ideal edged out Southwind Tango for second, while Shes Lights Out was fourth. "I was pretty confident with her," said Zeron post-race. "She did get used a bit going to the half, but she kicked into gear in the lane and was all by herself." A daughter of Western Terror, Lindys Nightmare didn't race at age two and now has four wins in five starts this season. Her career earnings sit at $46,400 for Lindy Farms of Connecticut following Saturday's victory. Lindys Nightmare paid $2.50 to win. Lindys Nightmare For both the Summertime and Town Pro Series, three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2016 were eligible. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 24 - Lindys Nightmare and Collective Wisdom captured first round divisions of the harness racing Town Pro Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Town Pro Series has been used as a launching pad by lightly raced three-year-old pacing fillies over the years and after Friday's first leg it appears the 2016 edition will continue that tradition. Lindys Nightmare turned in a sizzling 1:50.4 performance to capture the first division. The Frank Antonacci trainee took over the lead in the second-quarter for driver Rick Zeron and reached the half in :56.1. Lindys Nightmare paced her third-quarter in :27.4 and still had plenty of energy left for the stretch drive. The 3/2 favourite rocketed home in :26.4 to draw away from her five rivals to score a 4¾ lengths victory in a career-best 1:50.4. Twenty Three Red came from fifth at the three-quarter pole to grab second, while Southwind Tango, who followed Lindys Nightmare into the stretch, finished third. A daughter of Western Terror, Lindys Nightmare was making just her fourth career start Friday. The Antonacci trainee was unraced at two, made a break in her career debut on May 1st, but now has three consecutive victories. Owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Lindys Nightmare has now earned $22,000 for her connections. She paid $5.10 to win. Lindys Nightmare Collective Wisdom enjoyed a pocket trip and pounced in the lane to score a 1:52 victory in the second division. Rocknroll Vision, the 4/5 favourite, went to the front and led the field of the five by the opening-quarter in :27. The public's choice went unchallenged through fractions of :56 and 1:24. In the stretch, Collective Wisdom was angled off the back of Rocknroll Vision by driver Jonathan Drury and the 7/2 second choice powered by to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Queen Ideal finished third. A daughter of American Ideal, Collective Wisdom now has two wins in five starts this season after going winless in four outings at two. The Richard Moreau trainee has now banked $22,900 this season for her 1187422 Ontario Inc. ownership group. Collective Wisdom paid $9.60 to win. Collective Wisdom In order to be eligible to the Town Pro Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2016. The second round of the Town Pro will take place next Friday (July 1). The first leg of the Summertime Series highlights live racing Saturday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Harness racing driver Sylvain Lacaille had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, scoring a hat trick, three winners on the race program. And he did it by the fourth race on the program. The biggest of his three triumphs came in the third race pace where he led from start to finish with Heroes Sena in 1:59.1. It was the maiden victory for the three-year-old filly by Western Terror who is trained and owned by Serge Nadeau of Scott, QC. She also went off at odds of 8-1 and paid a generous $18.20 to win. Heroes Sena is eligible to the upcoming $450,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers that gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, July 3. Another impressive winner Tuesday who is eligible for the Breeders Cup Series is Sports Authority for driver Mario Charron. This three-year-old pacing colt by Sportswriter is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC and paid just $2.40 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. Charron sent Sports Authority to the front over Chummy Park (Louis-Philippe Roy) and the duo never had to look back again. While Chummy Park and Roy tried to come after the leader at the top of the stretch, Charron just lifted the line on his colt and he scooted away to win by two open lengths in 2:00.3. His last quarter mile was an impressive :28.4. Sports Authority is now on a three-race winning streak and it will be interesting to see how fast the colt can go when Charron asks him for some real speed. TRACK NOTES: The post position draws takes place Wednesday afternoon for the $140,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers this Sunday at 3R. There are four divisions, each racing for a purse of $35,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Knocking Around has been 'knocking' on the door the past three weeks in the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway. On Saturday night (May 21), Knocking Around finally busted right through that door to the harness racing winner's circle.   After a brief three-way battle to the lead, Knocking Around took command at the quarter pole and never looked back in posting a 4-1/4 length win over Fridaynightflight in 1:54.4 over the fast track.   Since arriving from Yonkers in late April, Knocking Around has had a pair of second place finishes and a fourth. The losses were by a combined total of just two lengths.   Starting from the rail, Knocking Around had to battle with Mr Perserverance and Western Alumni to gain control. Setting respectable splits of 27.3, 57.4 and 1:27.1, Knocking Around was in total command at the top of the lane and driver David McNeight III had nothing to do but sit back and enjoy the ride.   The main race was for minor spoils with Fridaynightflight (Kevin Cummings) taking second while China Dream (Drew Monti) finished third.   Owned by Courtney McNeight and trained by David McNeight Jr., it was the fifth victories in 14 starts for Knocking Around (Western Terror-So Completely). The win moved his seasonal bankroll to $37,420 and $202,453 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough had four wins in the sulky and Kevin Cummings added two.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 12 races scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

The Catamount Kid and Another Daily Copy tied for speed honors in capturing their respective $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both tripping the timer in 1:51.2, while in the third division Voltaire scored a 14-1 upset and like the other two victors took a personal mark with his 1:52.2 clocking.   The Catamount Kid was second in his elimination for the Pennsylvania Classic and then fourth in the Classic Final the last two weeks at Pocono, finishing behind only Ron Burke trainees, but Sunday nothing got in the way of the Well Said colt en route to the winners circle. The Catamount Kid sat a pocket trip until the ¾, moved out to challenge and grab the lead into the stretch, then held off Bully Pulpit from off his back for a neck decision. Simon Allard handled sulky duties for the winner, whom trainer Carl Jamieson co-owns with Thomas Kyron, George Harrison, and Brian Paquet.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr., who held the hot hand at Pocono on Sunday, posted his fourth victory of the night when he guided Another Daily Copy home first. Morrill rated a 29.2 second quarter, getting to the half in 56, then sprinted off to a big lead on the far turn, with the final 1¼ length margin of victory over pocketsitting Fernando Hanover a bit deceptive. Nicholas Devita trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who doubled his lifetime victory total with the All-Stars triumph, for owner Carl Sackheim.   It's usually not a benefit to gap two-wide cover, but driver Tim Tetrick made it work for him and Voltaire in the other division. The Western Terror gelding was originally second-over but couldn't stay with his cover, letting More Dragon out - whom Voltaire and Tetrick prompted followed three-wide on the far turn, then swung wider in the stretch. Settlemoir was closing in the Pocono Pike, pacesetter JJ Flynn was trying to maintain his advantage, and More Dragon continued his wide gain - but in the last 50 yards Voltaire found his best strides and was along to win by a head over Settlemoir, who was a neck ahead of More Dragon, with JJ Flynn settling for fourth. Brian Malone conditions the winner for owners Peter Paul Venturini and Peter Venturini III.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action continues in the second half of the Pocono race week, Monday and Tuesday, with three $30,000 divisions for distaffs each night: the pacers in the spotlight Monday, and then the trotters headlining on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Gun mare Gumdrops remains undefeated since joining the Emma Stewart harness racing stable with victory last night in the Harness Breeders Victoria Make Mine Cullen at Tabcorp Park Melton. The 2014 Queen of the Pacific champion, who also won aged mare of the year in 2014 at the Victorian industry awards, picked up her 18th career victory in the 1720-metre Make Mine Cullen in a mile rate of 1:53.1. She did it in true Gumdrops fashion, coming from near last at the home bend before an electric final 200-metre dash wide in the Tabcorp Park straight. The eight-year-old by Western Terror out of Awesome Powers hit top gear and chewed up the ground, motoring by the tiring My Willow and grabbing Milly Perez and Quick Draft on the line for a short half-head win. Gumdrops has only been at the Smythes Creek stable for two runs and has won them both, tonight’s win following a Decron Westburn Grant Free-for-All win in April when she went 1:55.2 over 2240m. It is just the third time in her career that Gumdrops has been able to register successive wins. WATCH GUMDROPS POWER HOME IN THE MAKE MINE CULLEN Given the final half-mile last night was covered in 56.1 – and Gumdrops came from last – her sectionals would have been supersonic. “She was really great tonight. I thought she might not be able to pick them up but she proved that she could,” winning reinsman Mark Pitt said. Pitt has piloted Gumdrops to both her wins this time in. “It’s a good feeling,” he said when asked how it felt to zoom over the top of a quality field of mares to win. “I thought being back there it was going to be pretty hard because I thought they were going to run a bit of time up front, but she proved she is getting back to her best.” Larry Eastman’s talented five-year-old Milly Perez was game in defeat running second, while Quick Draft covered plenty of ground but still got past early pacesetter My Willow in the run to the line to finish third. My Willow’s early splits of 29.2, 28.2 and 28.4 appeared to bring her undone, the $1.50 favourite wilting at the finish to run fourth. But she was only beaten 2m. Once mighty mare Steam Washed finished well back in ninth place of the 10, and the Shinn camp will be hoping the longer mares’ races will see her recapture form. The mares’ circuit continues next Friday night at Melton with the running of the Group 3 Angelique Club Cup, followed a week later by the $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific over 2760m. Cody Winnell

You didn't have to go beyond the pointstandings of the preliminary legs of the two $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night to get to success - in the distaff pacing section, Southwind Tango, the leading pointwinner entered in her Championship, was home first, and the pacing males saw the two horses tied at the top of the harness racing standings, Sentencing Memo and Iwillmakeyousaywow, finish 1-2 in their Championship.   The females took to the track first, and it should be clarified up front that Southwind Tango was only tied for second in points after the four Weiss prelim legs. But #1 Candy Corn Hanover and #T-2 Some Fancy Filly opted to try their luck in the Miss Pennsylvania preliminaries (as it turned out, neither made that final), and Southwind Tango, driver David Miller, and owner/trainer Chris Ryder didn't mind their defection a bit, as Southwind Tango took a new mark of 1:53.4 over a sloppy track for her second lifetime victory.   Miller sent the Bettor's Delight filly first-over approaching the half to challenge leading Black Widow Baby, and those two battled from late backstretch onward, with 5-2 second choice Southwind Tango finally claiming a neck victory. 3-5 favorite Heavenly Bet, a strong closer in winning last week, had a little too far to come this week and had to settle for third. (But since Black Widow Baby and Heavenly Bet were the two who made the Weiss Championship only because of the other two trying the Miss Pennsylvania, certainly minor spoils are better than being on the outside looking in.)   The Western Terror sophomore gelding Sentencing Memo, coming off a 4-2-2-0 record in the Weiss prelims including a strong-closing victory last week, used similar tactics Sunday, exploding in the stretch from second-over to win going away for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Eric Foster in 1:52 over the off going. Sentencing Memo was the 7-5 favorite in the Championship for males, but his fellow #1 pointearner Iwillmakeyousaywow, with the same 4-2-2-0 record, was dismissed at 26-1, mostly because of post nine (and perhaps partially because he was second to Sentencing Memo last week). But Iwillmakeyousaywow hustled out for the lead, yielded to early mover Bettor Memories, and then beat him up the Pocono Pike for a good check and a healthy return to underside backers ($60.40 Exacta).   Sentencing Memo's owner, 86-years-young Arty Foster, is the living embodiment of the expression "The harder I work the luckier I get." Foster got in the business wanting to halter a mid-level claimer at Liberty Bell in the early 80s, and was undecided between two until near time for the claiming box to close. The one he didn't pick unfortunately ruptured a blood vessel and died during the race - while the one he did take was Arion Lobell, who under Arty's care went on to win over $400,000, set a world record at Brandywine, and was still racing at age 14 for Foster when he was winning training titles at Rosecroft in the early 90s.   And Arty's still sharp. Western Terror is doing very good things as a sire, and Sentencing Memo's dam, Lady Annie, won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship in 2007 - and yet Foster still could buy this horse as a yearling for $2200. Turning $2200 yearling purchases into winners of $30,000 Championships will keep you as spry-looking as Arty did in the Pocono winners circle.   PHHA / Pocono  

The fourth and final preliminary rounds for the two Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacers were featured at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night, with two $15,000 divisions in both the male and female categories looking to earn or solidify their spots in next Sunday's $30,000 Championships..   In the first division for males, Sentencing Memo was dismissed at 7-1 despite a win and two seconds so far in the Weiss, and at the ¾ he was still fifth as third-over. But Maxdaddy Blue Chip (7-5*), Iwillmakeyousaywow (9-5), and Options Are Adream (7-2 trying to rebound from his first lifetime loss last week in his ninth start) had mixed it up through scintillating fractions of 27, 54.2, and 1:21.4 (in a series for "nw 2 races lifetime as of 1-1-16," remember), and Sentencing Memo was full of pace when turned loose by driver Corey Callahan turning for home, striding home 2¾ lengths better than Iwillmakeyousaywow in 1:50.2, 1 3/5 seconds faster than his lifetime mark taken in a Weiss win, and three ticks faster than the 2016 series standard. Eric Foster conditions the sophomore altered son of Western Terror for shrewd owner Arty Foster, who paid all of $2200 for the horse as a yearling.   The only Weiss favorite to win in the night came in the other division for males, as Perfect Bet, who won his series debut in 1:51.2, was put on the lead by driver Scott Zeron and got a cheap half of 56.4, then scurried home in 55.1 to complete a 1:52 package that put him 1¼ lengths ahead of Connecting Flight. This four-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding seems to be peaking at the right time for trainer Jeffrey Smith and owner Aimee Scheid.   Iwillmakeyousaywow and Sentencing Memo, with two wins and two seconds in the four Weiss prelims, are tied for the top of eligibles for the Weiss Championship next Sunday, followed by Midnight Lightning, Options Are Adream, Bettor Memories, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, Perfect Bet, Rollaroundtheworld, and Connecting Flight as part of the nine "automatics."   It was clear from draw day that the final Weiss Series female prelim was going to have an alternate look from the previous three weeks, as Candy Corn Hanover, who had taken her first three career starts in three Weiss wins, was not entered. But the change in look was more radical than imagined - the two winners had one lifetime win between them entering the night, and after their victories, neither was an automatic qualifier for their Championship!   In the first distaff cut, Heavenly Bet came off a hard-charging third last week in a Weiss division that was her seasonal debut, and she had red-hot Anthony Napolitano behind her - and she still was sent off at 12-1. But the filly by Bettor's Delight (ironic name for the sire of an overlooked horse) got into a fine cover flow and charged home in 1:53.1, lowering her baby mark by 2/5 of a second, in defeating Southwind Tango and American Image, in that order - with those finishes earning them a Weiss Championship spot after each having a 1-2-3 finish in the three other Weiss legs. The highly-regarded Ava N Ella, unraced at two but opening her sophomore campaign with four straight wins, made a miscue going to the ¾ as the favorite and in her initial Weiss appearance, and thus will not get in the Championship; Heavenly Bet, owned and trained by Michael Sinclair, will now have to hope for a defection or two above her if she is to get in the nine-horse open draw Weiss finale.   In the second section, the Rocknroll Hanover filly JK Fannie was thought by many in attendance to have the proverbial snowball's chance in the fiery underworld when she was eighth and last at the stretch call, but Hall of Famer John Campbell rallied the three-year-old, a winner of $60,000 at two with five board finishes, into a slowing pace to post her first career win in her first seasonal (and obviously Weiss) start, getting a nose up on pocketsitting Black Widow Baby in 1:53. Favored pacesetter Some Fancy Filly, unbeaten in two seasonal and Weiss starts then taking last week off, was just a head away in third on the money. Nancy Johansson, who knows a little about pacing fillies whose name begins with "JK," is the winner's conditioner for the 3 Brothers Stables.   The top nine Weiss fillies after the four prelims are Candy Corn Hanover, (tie) Some Fancy Filly and Southwind Tango, (tie) Mystery Writer and American Image, Albany Girl, Winners Over, She Can Cruse, and Pandaman Sea; Heavenly Bet is tied for tenth, and JK Fannie is twelfth.   PHHA / Pocono    

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