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WILKES-BARRE PA - LK's Nancy Lee, second to Unbeamlieveable the last two weeks in the high-level distaff claiming handicap pacing ranks at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, got to the lead despite the outside post nine and turned the tables on her tormentor, defeating Unbeamlieveable by a neck in the $14,000 Monday feature at The Downs. LK's Nancy Lee, making her debut for trainer Hunter Oakes and the Northfork Racing Stable after a $24,000 claim last week, immediately started producing returns by going to the top for driver Anthony Napolitano after a 26.3 opening quarter, getting moderate middle splits, then holding gamely against the late charge of Unbeamlieveable in 1:53.3. The daughter of Yankee Skyscraper ran her career earnings to $198,826. The first pari-mutuel race for two-year-olds at Pocono this year was held for filly trotters, and Scirocco Downahill went wire-to-wire despite the outside post eight for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen in 2:00.4, last quarter 29.2. A former season's leader (that seems an odd thing to write about a freshman on June 25), the daughter of Muscle Hill and UF Tadys Donato, a half-sister to the $1 million winner Hez Striking, shows much promise for owners Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. Pocono had two $50+ "bombers" strike last night, and there was another big upset on the Monday card, as "The Trot Man," driver Mike Simons, rallied Aquilio from second-over to a nose victory at $77.20 for trainer Bill Popfinger. FINISHING LINES - The outstanding card for this Saturday's $2,120,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championship Night was drawn today; a release with the morning line and any driver changes will be distributed tomorrow afternoon. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Fox Valley Charm, who dominated The Meadows' elite distaff pacers earlier this spring, returned to her winning ways in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap with a victory for Tony Hall in 1:50.2, a career best. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 13-race card. So sharp in April and May that she won three straight by a combined margin of 15-1/2 lengths, Fox Valley Charm lost her next three starts. On Tuesday, she took matters into her own hands by enduring a parked-out 27 first quarter and digging in late to hold off Lakeisha Hall by a neck. Rosemary Rose rallied for show. Dirk Simpson trains the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $292,510, for Peter Karras. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Uptowngal became harness racing's fastest 2-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track when she rolled home in 1:53.4 in her career debut. Dave Palone piloted the daughter of Dragon Again-Victoria Gallery for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable; Phillip Collura; J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Two divisions of leg one of the Incredible Tillie Stakes took place at Hawthorne on Friday evening. The Incredible Tillie is for Illinois-bred harness racing two-year-old filly pacers. Race two kicked off the first division as an evenly matched field of six lined up. Getting away for the early lead was The Sis Master, but she was quickly challenged by Rollin Coal through the quarter in :31.1. On the backside, Sheincrediblenasty took over, covering the half in 1:00.0. On the far turn, Kyle Husted kept Sheincrediblenasty out front, going three quarters in 1:29.4. In the lane, Rollin Coal and Casey Leonard moved to take over and prevailed by a length and a half over Sheincrediblenasty and The Sis Master. Final time for the mile was 1:57.2. Rollin Coal is by Sagebrush and is owned and trained by Hosea Williams. Race four on Friday was the second division of leg one of the Incredible Tillie with a field of seven. The heavy favorite was Fox Valley Jazzy with Tyler Shehan in the bike. Making the lead was the favorite as she paced the opening quarter in :31.1. After a half in 1:01.2, Fox Valley Jazzy remained in control. Leading into the stretch through three quarters in 1:30.3, Fox Valley Jazzy was pushed by Shelby Rae through the lane. On the wire, Fox Valley Jazzy held on by a half-length over Shelby Rae. The New Americana rallied to finish third. Fox Valley Jazzy is by Yankee Skyscraper and is owned by Demarrio Brown and trained by Herman Wheeler. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Mike Oosting (5 Wins), Tyler Shehan (2 Wins), Casey Leonard (2 Wins), James Lackey (2 Wins) Trainers - Herman Wheeler (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Sir Mammo (1:51.1) Race 2 - Rollin Coal (1:57.2) Race 3 - Hot Rod Dylan (1:51.3) Race 4 - Fox Valley Jazzy (1:57.4) Race 5 - Ideal Carver (1:55.0) Race 6 - Uncle Si (1:55.0) Race 7 - Heartland Revenue (1:53.0) Race 8 - Major Bliss (1:51.4) Race 9 - McCedes (1:54.4) Race 10 - Cam's Oracle (1:54.4) Race 11 - Boogie Nights (1:50.1) Race 12 - Why Ask Why (1:55.0) Jim Miller

Ice Scraper, whose 1:50.1 triumph on April 4, 2015 still stands as the second fastest mile in Miami Valley Raceway history, notched his first local victory of the 2016 harness racing season when he scorched the five-eighths mile oval in 1:51 to capture the Saturday (February 27) $20,000 Open Pace. Leading driver Josh Sutton, who is averaging better than two wins per night through the first 35 programs of the current meet, sent the seven-year-old Yankee Skyscraper gelding directly to the front of the class when starter Mike Woebkenberg's starting car wings opened, pressing through fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:21.4 before holding sway over My Buddy Ninkster (Kayne Kauffman) and My Temudjin N (Chris Page), both of whom were lapped on to the winner at the wire. Michael Brown trains Ice Scraper for owner James Behrendt, whose star pupil now boasts 32 career victories and over $400,000 in earnings. Ice Scraper backers got a $12 return for each $2 wagered. A $15,000 Open II Pace was captured by longshot Lookinforadventure (Kayne Kauffman) with a strong stretch drive at the end of the 1:51.3 mile. Carl Atley's eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding collared runnerup Milliron Pete (Randy Tharps) in the final strides, while Thisjetsabookin (Sutton) picked up the show dough. In addition to producing a $27.20 win mutuel, Lookinforadventure topped a $2 exacta worth $253.40. He is trained by Danny Dubeansky. Major Blue Coat (Sutton) and Stonebridge Adam (Page) each copped a division of first leg late-closer action for horses and geldings who were non-winners of $1200 per start in 2015-16. It was the third win in four local starts for Major Blue Coat, who bested Rocknroll Reality (Jeremy Smith) and No Excuses Please (Page) in 1:52.4. A Piece Of The Action LLC owns the six-year-old son of Art Major who is conditioned in Ohio by Jeff Nisonger. It was also the third win in four starts for Stonebridge Adam, but the first at Miami Valley. Also a six-year-old, the son of Stonebridge Regal defeated E R Rudy (LeWayne Miller) and Manhattan Benny (John DeLong) for the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Kris Hinchcliff conditions the small segment of the powerful Ron Burke brigade currently racing in southwest Ohio. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon with a 2:05 p.m. matinee. Highlight of the program should be the much anticipated showdown between top trotters Penn and Il Mago and seven other contenders in the $20,000 Open, carded as the sixth race. Gregg Keidel

STICKNEY, IL - The harness racing ladies were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as divisions of the Ohyouprettything and Pretty Direct Pacing Series took place. The Ohyouprettything went in four divisions and was for fillies and mares that had not won two pari-mutuel races or $10,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The Pretty Direct was also for the females, non-winners of five pari-mutuel races or $25,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The opener on Friday was the first division of the Ohyouprettything series as Flight on Time was sent off as the choice. Much like Thursday's card, speed did not hold though as Tamarac Smoochie settled behind the early pace and found room in the stretch to win going away. Driven by Casey Leonard, The Ft Apache Hanover mare was 5-1 and covered the mile in 1:58.3. A Very Nice Dragon was second and Going Shooten finished third. The second division of the Ohyouprettything was a very tight finish and proved to be some tense moments for those playing the favorite. A big late wager pushed Mystical Nectar down to 1-5 favoritism. She tipped out late in the lane and moved late, but just held on to win by a head over Backwoods Barbie. Simon Allard drove the Charley Barley mare for trainer Tyler Nostadt as they covered the mile in 1:56.4. Nashville Nasty rallied late to finish third. The Pretty Direct Pacing Series kicked off in race 3 on the Friday Hawthorne card as a field of seven lined up. Colorful Sky left and set the early fractions as she tried to back down the pace. The field bunched at the top of the stretch as Casey Leonard and favorite Fox Valley Gypsy angled out from sixth and began to rally. The Yankee Skyscraper filly got up in time to win in 1:55.3. Fox Valley Brooke was second while Addie Rose finished third. The third division of the Ohyouprettything Pacing Series proved to be another race where the winner closed from well back. Savoya Cruiser carved out the early fractions but in the lane LK's Nancy Lee angled out and closed strongly to win with Dale Hiteman in the sulky. Burry Me Inthesand rallied late for place as Our Miss Leah finished third. Final time for the mile was 1:58.1 as the Yankee Skyscraper filly was bet down to 2-1 favoritism. The second division of the Pretty Direct followed on the Friday card and featured a heavy favorite in Lovethewayoulook. She was in a tough spot early as she settled at the back of the pack from the start. She was first to move and swept up to the lead into the far turn. She wasn't able to sustain her rally though as Whiskersonkittens and driver Robert Smolin closed for the victory. Pacifire gained late for place while Lovethewayoulook was outfinished for third. The Party At Artsplace filly paced the mile in 1:55.4. The final division of the Ohyouprettything looked to be a wide open race going in and ended up being more than that way in the end. While favorites Gossip Model and Lollipop were contesting things into the lane, 99-1 Luvly Lil Terror found room late and squeezed through for the victory. Driver Pat Curtin won for trainer Loralee Johnson as the Western Terror filly paid $266 for the victory. The final time for the race was 1:55.2. Jim Miller    

The state-bred stake action continued in high gear on Sunday, June 28th at Balmoral Park as a pair of harness racing ICF events for trotters and pacers shared top billing on the 10-race harness racing program.   Trotters kicked off the night's action with a field of seven diagonally gaited colts lining up for the $8,000 Xpressbet Stake. This figured to be another showdown in the budding rivalry between Captain Greedy and last year's divisional champ Fox Valley Qatar. The race lived up to its billing as the fans were treated to a "doozy" of a stretch drive with the top two colts in the division slugging it out to the wire with Captain Greedy prevailing by a nose over "Qatar" in a snappy 1:56.4 over a track listed as fast despite some late afternoon rain showers. (Imagine that!)   Hustled away from post three by his co-owner, trainer and driver J. D. Finn, Captain Greedy was able to get away with some relatively pedestrian splits of 29.3, 58.3, & 1:29.1 while Fox Valley Qatar (Todd Warren) was content to ride along in the pocket.   With the top two set for a sprint to the wire, Fox Valley Qatar appeared to put a head in front with a sixteenth of a mile to go but a game Captain Greedy determinedly fought back, inching a nose in front as the two evenly matched trotters hit the wire in a thrilling finish. When the official numbers were posted it was Captain Greedy who came out on top with Fox Valley Qatar forced to settle for the runner-up role on this night. Tricky Nick (Mike Oosting) finished third, four lengths behind the top pair.   With the win, the Yankee Valour gelding now sports a career record of 12-5-3 in 23 career starts with earnings of $80,496. The second choice in the wagering returned a healthy $6.00, $2.20 & $2.10.   Sophomore pacing fillies closed out the weekend's stake action as a field of 10 three-year-old state-breds met in the $8,000 Mystical Victress Stake. After a heated battle it was the Peter Karras owned longshot Fox Valley Charm who emerged with the surprise victory as she came charging through the passing lane to record a half-length victory in a career best of 1:53 for driver Dale Hiteman.   Using an inside draw to perfection Hiteman placed the Dirk Simpson trained miss in the pocket spot as Sportsmuffler (John De Long) and a parked out Angel Demon (Todd Warren) slugged it out through opening splits of 27.4 & 56.4.   After putting away the challenge of Angel Demon, Sportsmuffler faced immediate pressure from a three-wide Fox Valley Aubrey (Robert Smolin), who came powering up to challenge as the field reached the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.   Through the stretch, the tough trip wound up getting the best of Sportsmuffler who began to tire. Meanwhile, a fit and fresh Fox Valley Charm began looking for racing room along the inside of horses while heavily favored Lex (Kyle Wilfong), began to find her best stride out in the center of the track. Southern Girl (Travis Seekman) was also starting to unwind on the far outside gobbling up ground in huge strides.   Unfortunately for the two late rushing fillies, Fox Valley Charm managed to get the jump on her rivals holding on gamely to post her first win in start number three this season. Southern Girl uncorked a 27.0 final quarter to finish as the bridesmaid while Lex was forced to settle for the show dough.   After opening her second season with a pair of Hoosier Park efforts the Yankee Skyscraper filly returned to local scene and rewarded her backers with mutuels of $41.40, $14.00 & $5.00 while improving her career record to 5-3-1 in 13 starts with earnings of $29,457.   There were no winners in the 50 cent Pick 5 wager on Sunday night so there will be a healthy carryover of $9,913 added to the Saturday, July 4th card. Therefore Balmoral Park will have a guaranteed Pick 5 pool of $30,000 on July 4th, which should provide plenty of fireworks over the Independence Day weekend. Tom Kelley

Tweet Me (Andover Hall) won the feature at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway  on Sunday afternoon while making her local debut. The Chris Marino-trained trotter came to town after a lengthy stint at Yonkers Raceway and survived a first over journey to score in the $18,000 Open Trot. Austin Siegelman piloted the four year old mare to the win in the one mile and 1/16 Open in 2:02. The race's lone mare beat the boys to complete a double for Marino and Siegelman who also registered a victory with pacer Bo's So Hot (Yankee Skyscraper). Tweet Me got the best of the race's favorite Slugfest (Jay Randall) who continued his sensational streak of finishing first or second every week in the Sunday feature since early April. The four year old mare returned $14.80 to win while besting Slugfest and Red Hot Herbie (Billy Dobson) who closed for third one week after winning last Sunday's Open. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Melissa Simser

LEBANON, OH. - Ice Scraper paced the fastest mile in the two-year history of harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 4) capturing the $18,150 Open Pace in 1:50.1.   Driver Ken Holliday, who returned to the sulky in January after a prolonged absence, set sail early and lead the talented field through a brisk opening quarter in :26. Despite no impending pressure Holliday continued a brisk pace the second quarter, reached in :54.1. With a second tier headed by Ardyne Ace (Randy Tharps) forming down the backstretch Ice Scraper found another gear to maintain the lead at the 1:21.3 third quarter station. When the contenders fanned out four wide for the stretch duel Ice Scraper dug down deep and just held off fast-closing A Sweet Ride (Kayne Kauffman) in a very tight photo. J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) garnered the show dough with Ardyne Ace and Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page) picking up the final two checks. James Behrendt owns Ice Scraper, a six-year-old gelded son of Yankee Skyscraper who surpassed the $300,000 career earnings plateau with the victory. It was the 25th win in his career and gave the winner three wins and three place finishes in eight 2015 starts. Sent off at 5-2 odds Ice Scraper paid $7.40 to win, with the exacta kicking back a handsome $85.80. A pair of final preliminary heats were contested in the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for non-winners of six races or $50,000 lifetime male pacers. First Of Itskind (Jeff Nisonger) captured the first $10,000 division in 1:52, topping Lord Of Misrule (Chris Page) and PQ Three (Jeremy Smith). It was the second consecutive win for the Western Terror four-year-old, owned by A Piece Of The Action Stable, and stamped him as the probable favorite for the $20,000 final next Saturday night. Hotunderthecollar (Chris Page) was the upset winner in the second split, beating Crusoe Hanover (Jeff Nisonger) and OK Ferrari (Greg Grismore) in 1:52.3. Trainer Herman Hagerman co-owns the five-year-old son of Jereme's Jet with Pine Stone Farm. It was the first seasonal win in 11 tries for Hotunderthecollar and the eighth triumph of his life. Miami Valley will present an 11-race card on Easter Sunday with a 3 p.m. post time. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will circle the lightning fast five-eighths mile oval several times between 1 and 3 p.m. prior to the races. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del. ---- Harness racing driver Tony Morgan moved two steps closer to 15,000 wins driving Middle Aged Crazy to victory in the Dover Downs, Tuesday, March 10 feature race. Earlier Morgan drove Courser Hanover to victory in 1:55.3 to win a Delaware $5,000 Male Claiming pace. In the feature, Morgan had just enough driving Middle Aged Crazy to move along the passing lane and catch Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) in the final step. Tim Mumford owns the Yankee Skyscraper - Valley Amelia gelding trained by Shane Long who won for the second time this year. LA Camcharger (Vic Copeland) got up for third in the photo. Jingle Bell Rocker, who was unbeaten from the Christmas Holiday season until early February, got back on the winning track as Trace Tetrick drove the Les Givens-conditioned Rocknroll Hanover - Blissard Of Oz gelding, owned by Tina Clark, to his 13th lifetime win, a 1:53.1 victory in a Delaware $7,500 Male Claiming pace. Tony Morgan, Trace Tetrick, George Dennis and trainer Kathleen Brewer had two wins each. SEVRUGA JOINS $18,000 OPEN/HANDICAP TROT WEDNESDAY Sevruga, one of North America’s top trotters in recent years, makes his first start of the season in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 11 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Ragazzo Dolce seeks fifth straight on under-card. Andy Miller will drive the veteran $1-million winner Sevruga in this week’s feature. JP racing owns the seven-year-old gelding who qualified twice on off -tracks at the Meadowlands. Last Wednesday’s winner J.L.Sadowski’s Tag Up And Go, with Trace Tetrick driving, has already post four wins in 2015. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, driven by meet leader Corey Callahan, is one of the winningest horses at the track with six wins, including three of his last five starts. Steve Moss, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer’s Tirade Hanover, handled by Vic Kirby, has a couple of wins, two seconds and has been in the money in all his local starts.  One of the most consistent top class trotters this meet is Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum with Allan Davis driving. Powerful Charger, owned by trainer Jim King and driver Tim Tetrick, has won two of his previous three starts. Jenny Melander’s Wisenheimer and Montrell Teague and Jane Dunavant’s Apparition, who leaves from the rail, with Carlo Poliseno, complete the field of eight.  Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Ragazzo Dolche (Davis) seeks a fifth win-in-a-row in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Two other starters are also riding win streaks. Rosemary Smutz’ Man Of Muscle (George Dennis) has a four win skein going and Leigh Raymer’s Someway Same Hall (Kirby) has won two in-a-row. Two fast mares lead the opposition, Bill Cantrell’s Classic Belisima (Callahan), and Eric Foster’s Stirling Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Joyeux Dream (Pierce), a six time winner this year, is the one to beat in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap trot. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---Harness racing driver Sean Bier piloted Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the rain over a "sloppy' track Monday, Jan. 26 at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove four winners. Catch-driving for Marcus Miller, Bier, sent Fox Valley Hermia past front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart (Jonathan Roberts) in mid-backstretch then opened up a quick lead. The five-year-old then survived a strong closing effort from Mach A Wish (Corey Callahan) to notch a 1:53.1 triumph. Nick Surick conditions the five-year-old chestnut mare for Ervin Miller. The win was the first of the year in four starts for the daughter of Yankee Skyscraper-Hidden Princess. She has 22 lifetime successes and earnings of $176,214. Jeremes Swetheart held on for third. Handsoffmycookie was scratched. Trainer Surick began a three-win night when Vic Kirby guided Twin B Heartland to a 1:54.1win in a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace for her second win in a row. Owned by Harvey Eisman, Bert Hochsprung and Ervin Miller Stables, the Bettor's Delight-Twin B Inmate four-year-old won for the third time in six starts this meet. McArma (Ross Wolfenden) came on fast to finish second with Get Real Rusty (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Megan Deering's Velocity Sonja gave Allan Davis his second winning drive on the card in a $12,500 4&5-Year-Old-Mares pace. It was her fourth win in five starts for the Art's Chip-Trelise Hanover four-year-old trained by Dylan Davis. Hidden Land (Roger Plante) was runner-up. Seawind Ginger (Wolfenden) was the show horse. Next, after Pierce's four winning drives, trainer Surick with three wins, owner Erv Miller and drivers Allan Davis and Tony Morgan posted doubles. Sir Globalop Z Tam and Four Starz Q, both winners last time out, lead the $20,000 Male Claiming pace, Tuesday's feature. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5;30 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting time is 4:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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