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Pompano Beach, FL...December 21, 2016....Safe From Terror, receiving perfect handling from Bryce Fenn, scored a gate-to-wire win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Wednesday, hitting the wire in 1:51.3.   The four year-old daughter of Western Terror, trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, pinned a two length defeat on arch-rival Godiva Seelster, driven by Wally Hennessey. All Charged Up, with John Mac Donald in the bike, finished third, 4 1/2 lengths away while OK Heavenly was a length further back in fourth. Pertty Music picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of ladies.   At the outset, Safe From Terror, leaving from the vaunted post number 5, "pushed the Hummer out of the way" at the start and carded an opening panel of :27 with All Charged Up settling in the garden spot, Drea's Good Powow, leaving from the rail, next and Godiva Seelster, starting from the outside post six, also showing a bit of early speed but forced to duck in fourth as Safe From Terror seemed on a terror early in securing the lead.   Positions remained unchanged through a half in :55.2 when Hennessey sent Godiva Seelster on the prowl and reaching second, a length away, around the final turn reached in 1:23.3.   In the lane, Safe From Terror actually widened her advantage through the lane on the strength of her :28 finale, the fastest of all in the event.   In a post-race interview, driver Bryce Fenn said, "Ya Know what the difference was tonight? It was the draw a couple of days ago.   "Last week, she had the three and I had the four and she got the jump on me.   "This week, I drew one slot inside of her and got the jump on her. She felt very strong tonight and almost pushed the Hummer out of the way herself. These mares are both great and when one gets a jump on the other, that's usually the key.   "I am certainly not going to gain a couple of lengths on her in the lane when she is in front and I don't expect that she'll be gaining a couple of lengths on me if I get the jump.   "That was really the story tonight."   In winning, Safe From Terror won for the 13th time this year in 35 starts, good for $163,455. Lifetime, the four year-old has a 25-8-13 scorecard in 69 starts with career bounty of $647,077 to go along with her 1:50.3 mark at Scioto Downs.   Both Safe From Terror and Godiva Seelster went off at 4 to 5 on the tote-board with Safe From Terror the ever-so-slight favorite. She returned $3.80 to win.   The Open 2 Pace for the ladies went to Arodasi, with Wally Hennessey in the sulky, out-dueling a game Art Frenzy, driven by Mike Simons, by a neck in 1:52.3.   Metro Glide, handled by Dave Ingraham, rallied from seventh and last turning for home to earn show honors while Memumsnotnice was fourth. Winbak Heavenly earned the final award.   Trained by Joe Pavia, Jr. for Peter Shank, the AGC Stables and his own Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable, Arodasi, a seven year-old and also a daughter of Western Terror (as is Safe From Terror), earned her third win of the year in only 12 starts sending her career earnings to $376,891.   Even money on the board, Arodasi paid $4.00 to win.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club was also in action on Wednesday night in two races with Jamie Marra guiding Mario Dessureault's Pop My Buttons ($5.20) to a 1:57.3 win in the first one and Joe Pennacchio scoring a photo finish decision in the second event with Zorgwijk Impact ($7.20) in 1:59.1. It was Zorgwijk's 49 career victory in that warrior's 303rd lifetime start.   The club has donated well over $170,000 to worthwhile charities since their inception and also has a spirited "driver of the year" award. As of this night, Dein Spriggs owns a "short lead" in the standings over Marra.   Racing continues next Monday night with first post set at 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

That Matt Kakaley is nothing if not an instigator. What Kakaley did Saturday night was blow up Yonkers Raceway's Pick 5 harness racing wager, winning three-fifths of it with double-digit numbers. First, Kakaley--with a catch-drive--bottomed out the $45,000 Open Handicap Pace with First Class Horse ($29.40). Leaving outside his six rivals, First Class Horse was strung out early by Mach it So (Jason Bartlett), then just rolled along...as in 27 seconds flat, :54.3 and 1:21.4. He owned a length-and-a-three-quarter lead into the lane before the hooves began to get heavy. However, even a slow (:28.4) last quadrant couldn't get him beat, as 7-5 fave The Real One (Pat Lachance) closed well but not well enough. The one missed by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.3, with Mach it So, Blood Brother (Scott Zeron) and the ubiquitous Foiled Again (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice First Class Horse, a 4-year-old son of Western Terror owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Tom Milici, it was his sixth win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $88.50, with the triple returning $150. As if Kakaley didn't throw enough of a monkey wrench into the Pick 5 players, he threw in Somewhere Fancy ($29.60) and Dream Out Loud N ($46.20) into the equation, ensuring much unclaimed coinage. Thus, Monday's program features a $7,260.85 double-carryover booster shot into the Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 6 through 10). Frank Drucker

Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2016 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Classic Carpet found late racing room outside, overpowered the leader and scored the harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Classic Carpet was fourth and seemingly blocked into the final turn. But when Mike Wilder angled her off the cones to the middle of the track, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Red Carpet Ride brushed past Skippin By to down her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2. The first-over Medusa finished third. Peter Stratton trains Classic Carpet, who won for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her lifetime bankroll to $157,192, for John Leggio. Dan Rawlings and Wilder each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2016 -- Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first over to wear down his stablemate, Mykindachip, and capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Pace at The Meadows. With Mykindachip on a seemingly comfortable lead, Mike Wilder moved Atta Boy Dan from fourth. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesithot gelding overtook Mykindachip in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52. Latest Desire rallied for second, a neck back, while Dapper Dude shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $651,942 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Wilder, who collected seven wins on Wednesday's card, notched five more on Saturday's 13-race program while Burke enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL…November 15…Safe From Terror, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Pace for the mares on Tuesday night (November 15), scoring a handy win in 1:52.1. The four year-old daughter of Western Terror registered her first win of the fall season in South Florida—her 10th of the year—at the expense of Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis), the margin being 1 ¾  lengths at the wire. Pertty Music (John Mac Donald) finished third in a ground saving journey while Southwind Trini finished fourth after a first up bid on the backside. Jets Are On picked up the minor award in the sextet. At the outset, Goldstar Rockette, leaving from the outside post, blasted off the wings searching for the top spot with Safe From Terror, leaving from post five, actually followed her live cover around the first turn before assuming control a few strides shy of the opening :27.4 quarter. Once on top, Fenn gave Safe From Terror perfect rating, reaching the half in :56.3 and then repelling the moderate first over threat from Southwind Trini as the third station was reached in  a picked up 1:24.1. In the lane, Safe From Terror continued to inch away from her foes on the strength of a :28 finale. In a post-race interview, Fenn declared, “When I saw the horse outside (Goldstar Rockette) was revved up, I decided not to get in a war with her but, rather, follow her and have the option of getting to the top or dropping in right behind her, if necessary. “Fortunately, we made the top rather easily and that breather in the second quarter really helped. “She’s a great mare, no doubt about that—she’s got ‘six and a quarter on her card—and she’s been giving hints right along, especially the last couple of starts.” Trained by Luanna Beeson for Winchester Baye Acres, Safe From Terror sent her 2016 scorecard to 10-5-5 in 31 starts, pushing her seasonal bankroll to $146,635 and $630,257 lifetime. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Safe From Terror paid $3.20 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with the lucrative Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for Florida breds and Open pacers in action coupled with a $2,258 carryover in Pompano Park’s Pentafecta fourth and yet another carryover in the Pick-6. Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2016 -- Seeyouatthefinish blew up the tote board Monday at The Meadows when she moved relentlessly first over to pull off a 29-1 harness racing shocker in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Seeyouatthefinish was sixth down the backside when Dan Rawlings sent her after the leader, Show Runner. The 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Moon Scooter finally reached the front in mid-stretch and held off the rallying Spreester by a neck in 1:52.4. Aniston Seelster shot the Lightning Lane for show. Sarah Andrews trains Seeyouatthefinish, who extended her career bankroll to $196,545, for Bernie Paul and Deb Paul. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - The sizzling pacer Terror Time A won his sixth straight race Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the biggest purse race of the evening, the harness racing card's $18,000 opener, in 1:51.1 - but for the fourth time after his last seven races, he'll start his next day in a different barn. The $25,000 claimer, an altered son of Western Terror, didn't let a little thing like being parked out for 11/16 of a mile on a 45o night ruin his evening, as he ran away and hid from his opposition, scoring by eight lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner Hunter Oakes. But the connections of trainer Rene Allard haltered the horse for the $25G tag, although Team Oakes has certainly done well by the horse; for them in two different stints in this recent run, he's 5-4-0-1-$33,920, and they've gained $2000 in purchase price along the way. In fact, for the year Terror Time A is now 29-11-3-6-$109,005, despite never racing for a purse higher than tonight's $18,000. The "Terror Time A claiming duel" just might continue, too - at the top of the Pocono trainers' standings, it was Allard 95, Oakes 93 going into tonight's card, and a horse like this could be pivotal. As hard as it may be to believe, Terror Time A actually saw more of the inner pylons than did Oakes' winner in the night's $15,500 trotting feature, the Kadabra gelding Caulfield, who won in 1:55 for Synerco Ventures Inc. Although stuck with the outermost post eight, driver Sean Bier had this horse in play throughout despite traveling the overland route for just over ¾ of the mile, and he went on well to the wire to score by 1½ lengths over 56-1 shot Brookroad Knight. The $15,500 pacing feature saw Somewhere in L A, best remembered for his $500G+ sophomore season of 2014 where he was 2-3 in the Jug and second in the Adios Final, matched his trotting cohort Caulfield in overcoming the outside post eight and winning in 1:52.2. The Sombeachsomewhere gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables LLC along with Deo Volente Farms LLC and T L P Stable (you need to be an accountant/lawyer to get stable names right these days), only had to travel most of the 26.2 first quarter outside to get the lead for driver Pat Berry; they then put up middle fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.3, then fought a stiff stretch headwind and a railshooting Kid PK to prevail by a half-length to make his record 2-for-2 since invading Pocono.   PHHA / Pocono    

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

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