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CHESTER, PA - The state of Pennsylvania's star 2-year-old pacers and trotters were in action on Sunday afternoon (September 11) at Harrah's Philadelphia. They were competing for purses that totaled over $1.2 million, with the finals going for $252,000 each. In the 2-year old filly trotting division championship, John Butenschoen trainee Fine Tuned Lady went down the road for owners William Wiswell and M &L of Delaware Inc. The daughter of Cantab Hall set fractions of 28.1, :27.2, and 1:26.2, before completing the mile three parts of a length better than race-favorite Can't I (John Campbell), in 1:55.3. Temple Ruins (Yannick Gingras) rallied on for third. It was the third win of the season for Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan), boosting her career earnings to over $200,000. In the consolation for 2-year-old filly trotters, it was Fashion Farm's Donato Fashion (Tim Tetrick) scoring a huge upset to take the $50,000 affair. The daughter of Donato Hanover drafted behind live cover, before taking aim in the stretch to win in 1:57.1. It was the first career win for the Jim Campbell trainee. She returned $48.40 to win. The Butenshoen/Callahan connection struck again in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotting championship, as Giveitgasandgo lived up to his name. The son of Yankee Glide powered to the front end just past the quarter, and led every step after. The fractions were :28.1, :56.4, and 1:26.1. The Butenchoen trainee was able to hold off the upset bid of the pocket-sitter Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) to win by a head in 1:56. Affair of Honor (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the sixth career win in eight starts for the talented freshman trotter. He as now bankrolled over $215,000 in his career. He is owned by Harmony Oaks Racing, David J. Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stables. Perhaps the show stealing performance of the card, however, occurred in the 2-year-old colt and gelding consolation. Todd Rooney and Kim Farmer's Don Dream (Dave Miller) set a track record for 2-year-old colt trotters in a stunning display. Taking command off the wings, Don Dream rated the half in :58.4, before trotting the back half in :56.3 to stop the clock in 1:55.2, breaking a 9-year-old track record. The previous mark of 1:55.3 was held by Lear Jetta, and accomplished in 2007. The 2-year-old filly pacing championship saw Aaron Lambert trainee Agent Q (Dave Miller) avenge her two straight losses to race-favorite Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Western Terror had to brush, after longshot Someomensomewhere (Marcus Miller) found the front early. Agent Q was immediately challenged by Idyllic Beach, releasing her before the half. At the top of the stretch, Agent Q took aim, and powered by for a two length win, stopping the clock in 1:52. It was the third career win for Agent Q, as she boosted her bankroll to near $280,000. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Robert Muscara, and Bill and Tanya Rochetti. The freshman filly pace consolation went to a grinding Gotthisone Hanover (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was able to hold off the fast-closing favorite Miss Jones (Dave Miller) to win for just the first time, in 1:54.1. She is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, Aws Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. The 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing championship was taken in front-end fashion by Ray Schnittker trainee Huntsville (Tim Tetrick). The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed past early leader (and eventual second place finisher) Downbytheseaside (Matt Kakaley) and was able to hold off a host of challenges to win in 1:51.1. Race-favorite Fear The Dragon (Dave Miller) settled for show. It was the third win of Huntsville's career, vaulting his lifetime earnings to over $215,000. He is owned by Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steve Arnold. The consolation for the freshman colt and gelding pacers went to R J P (Marcus Miller). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to work out a cover trip after tucking early. He swept by in the stretch to win by a little less than a length, holding off the 80-1 longshot Bellows Binge in a furious stretch drive. It was his first career win. R J P is owned by Dave and John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and Lawrence Means. He is trained by Erv Miller. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Gianni (Yankee Glide) matched his lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing  feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino trainee followed the cover of the race's favorite Up The Alley (Billy Dobson) before tracking him down in the stretch in the $10,000 feature for trotters. Gianni, who returned $10.20 to win, recorded his fourth victory of the season when he stopped the timer in a career best-matching 1:56.2. Up The Alley won the place photo with Sweet Thing (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who had to settle for third. Gianni completed a training double for conditioner Chris Marino whose Hezabluechipboy N (Santanna Blue Chip) prevailed in a career best 1:55.3. The New Zealand invader was making his first start in the US when he wired the field in Thursday's non-winners of two race lifetime pace for colts and geldings. Hezabluechipboy N was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2016 -- She Wore Red moved three wide into the final turn and rolled home to score in a career-best 1:53.2 -- her second straight harness racing victory -- in Tuesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. She Wore Red was fourth when Tony Hall moved her behind the first-over cover of Princess Pablano. When that cover stalled, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann brushed widest through the lane to defeat the hard-used Smokinmombo by 2 lengths. Whata Donato earned show. John Melsheimer trains She Word Red, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $156,575, for Joyce McClelland. Hall collected five wins -- including a pair for trainer Jimmie Ritter -- on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

A word of advice to Julie Miller's friends. As the harness racing trainer gets Milligan's School ready for his final Hambletonian prep event, don't post anything on her Facebook wall because you won't hear back until at least next week. Milligan's School is competing in Sunday's (July 24) $300,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial main event for 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs, and he has the complete attention of his trainer. "Not that I'm older or I'm wiser, I don't know about those kind of things, but I really try to just stay off social media at this point," Miller said. "I don't read a bunch of stuff. I need to focus on my horses, not what everybody else is doing. I really just try to zone in and let the external noise figure itself out." She also tries to keep things simple as the stakes grow higher. "I try not to over-think things," Miller said. "I just really try to stay on track. We have our goal and mission. When things are going right in my stable we do the same things, and it's the same when things are in a rough patch. I try not to let other things distract me from my goal and my purpose with my horses." The purpose on Sunday is not just for Milligan's School to compete, but to win his final race before the $1 million Hambletonian, which is Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands. A son of Yankee Glide out of the mare Tori Ann, the horse has won three of six starts this year and earned $85,166. He has taken two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Consolation division, after a shoeing incident caused him to go off stride in his elimination. He was sixth last weekend in his division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial, which was won by Marion Marauder. Milligan's School had a tremendous freshman campaign, with five wins, three seconds and two thirds, good for $302,560 in earnings in 16 starts. He won divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes at Red Mile in Lexington; was second to Dog Gone Lucky (by a head) in the Matron Stakes; third in the Valley Victory final; and fifth in the Breeders Crown. "I would say things are pretty much status quo this year (compared to last)," Miller said. "He raced excellent last year. With how his schedule was this year he hasn't had many starts yet. We had a hiccup in the Earl Beal eliminations and that was kind of a missed opportunity, but we're looking forward." One thing that has changed is the horse's physical stature, which makes the trainer happy considering the competition. "Obviously I do think he's a little bigger and stronger than he was last year and he's going to have to be," Miller said. "That's a great division. Southwind Frank and Marion Marauder, they're just excellent horses. You're going to have to be not just 100 percent, but 110 percent because Frank and Marion are so dominant right now. I hope I can still compete with them. I don't want to race just for the money I want to race for the win." Milligan's School drew post four Sunday, which puts him in a good starting point. He is 5-1 on the morning line. The four-horse entry of Love Matters, Bar Hopping, Hollywood Highway, and Lagerfeld is the 9-5 favorite. Love Matters, Bar Hopping, and Lagerfeld are trained by Jimmy Takter while Hollywood Highway is from the Staffan Lind Stable. The horses are an entry because of common ownership. "It's that time of year, it's getting to be crunch time, this is why we work hard all winter long," Miller said. "He feels good, he's healthy. I feel like I've got him at the best that he can be. Hopefully we can count on that and make good. "Like everybody else, I don't know what's going to happen. The goal here is the Hambo, this is going to be a really good determination if he fits in there. I'm hoping for a good effort. There's a lot of money on the line. We've got a good position so I'm hoping he can make good on it. I hope he's at his best and he can work on a good trip." If it results in a trip to the Hambletonian, then things will be right on schedule for the Millers and Russia-based owner Natalia Stroy of Stroy Inc. When Julie and her husband Andy, the horse's driver, picked Milligan's School out at the Standardbred Horse Sale they did so with high hopes. He sold for $120,000. "I explained to Natalia that I think he's a stakes horse," Miller said. "That was the whole goal when we bought him, was to make him a stakes horse and so far he's fulfilling that promise. I told the owner I thought he'd be a top contender and at least a sire stakes horse and hopefully a Grand Circuit horse. He's blossoming into what we wanted him to be." Miller considers herself "pretty fortunate," noting that Milligan's School is a mild mannered horse that can lead or come off cover. "That's really one good thing about him," she said. "He's two fingers to drive and he's honest and he'll give you his best chance." And how does Andy like driving him? "I think he likes to drive anything that's winning," Julie said with a laugh. "I do think it's more special, because it's one we train in the barn. So that's a little bit more special. Andy gets on really well with the horse. We're just hoping for some good things." Following is the field for the Zweig: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Love Matters-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-9/5 2. Hititoutofthepark-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-6/1 3. Bar Hopping-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-9/5 4. Milligan's School-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-5/1 5. Trolley-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller-2/1 6. Hollywood Highway-John Campbell-Staffan Lind-9/5 7. Lagerfeld-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-9/5 8. Blenheim-Chris Christoforou-Per Henriksen-8/1 9. Smalltownthrowdown-Dan Daley-Dan Daley-10/1 ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date - Track - Event - First - Second - Third May 7 - Freehold - Dexter Cup - Dante - Cufflink Hanover - Credevie May 7 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Tyson - Edinburgh - Will Self May 7 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Mikkeli Hanover - Granite State - Marion Gondolier May 7 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Hititoutofthepark - Lagerfeld - Cloud Nine Hanover May 14 - Meadows - PASS - Cufflink Hanover - Love Matters - Southern Cross May 14 - Meadows - PASS - Truemass Volo - Marion Gondolier - Hanks Tank May 14 - Meadows - PASS - Milligan's School - Hititoutofthepark - Desert Runner May 14 - Meadows - PASS - Lagerfeld - Tyson - Hollywood Highway May 20 - Meadowlands - NJSS - Southwind Frank - Brooklyn Hill - Bar Hopping May 21 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Iron Mine Bucky - Steed - Hititoutofthepark May 21 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Cufflink Hanover - Hollywood Highway - Truemass Volo May 27 - Meadowlands - NJSS - Mavens Way - Jack Vernon - Double L Lindy June 2 - Philadelphia - PASS - Hollywood Highway - Taco Tuesday - Sliding Home June 2 - Philadelphia - PASS - Lagerfeld - Truemass Volo - Dupree June 2 - Philadelphia - PASS - Milligan's School - Reigning Moni - Iron Mine Bucky June 2 - Philadelphia - PASS - Love Matters - Tight Lines - Alexander Hanover June 4 - Meadowlands - NJSS Final - Southwind Frank - Brooklyn Hill - Mavens Way June 12 - Pocono - PASS - Love Matters - Taco Tuesday - Desert Runner June 12 - Pocono - PASS - Trolley - Lagerfeld - Cufflink Hanover June 12 - Pocono - PASS - Hititoutofthepark - Hollywood Highway - Dupree June 18 - Mohawk - Goodtimes - Marion Marauder - Will Take Charge - Blenheim June 19 - Vernon - Empire Breeders Classic - Dante - Just For Today - Thats A Bad Boy June 26 - Buffalo - NYSS - The Royal Harry - Crazycat - A Jersey Contract July 1 - Tioga - Tompkins-Geers - Dominion Beach - Cufflink Hanover - Waitlifter K July 1 - Tioga - Tompkins-Geers - Hititoutofthepark - Blownoutofthewater - Steed July 2 - Pocono - Beal Memorial - Southwind Frank - Trolley - Bar Hopping July 14 - Yonkers - NYSS - Dante - The Royal Harry - Credevie July 16 - Meadowlands - Dancer Mem. - Southwind Frank - Sutton - Love Matters July 16 - Meadowlands - Dancer Mem. - Marion Marauder - Bar Hopping - Iron Mine Bucky Hambletonian eligible winners in bold by Rich Fisher, USTA Senior Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE PA - Eight $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the two repeat winners from the six divisions of the first round at The Meadows coming at Pocono in consecutive races for the Hall of Fame harness racing team of David Miller and Jimmy Takter, and all eight winners posting new lifetime marks.   First up for Miller-Takter was the fastest of all eight of Monday's winners, Electric Lemonade, who won in 1:57.2 but needed every bit of it to post the pocket rocket tally over a stubborn pacesetting Hot Mess Hanover by a neck. Electric Lemonade was the first of three siring credits for Cantab Hall on the evening, and the 2-for-2 filly is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   The other repeat winner was the Donato Hanover filly Perfect Lady, also making the most of a pocket trip in finishing 1¾ lengths clear of the first-over Lucky Rose in 1:58.4. Team DvMiller/JiTakter were repeat winners as noted, and so was the ownership triumvirate of CTakter/JoFielding/JiFielding, this time pairing with R A W Equine Inc, who saw their filly remain a Perfect Lady in two career starts.   Trainer Takter then went on to post a consecutive triple with a second daughter of Cantab Hall, Bridal Suite, a winner in 1:58 for driver Corey Callahan. For the third straight race pocket tactics worked for a Takter trainee, as Bridal Suite, unusually for a Taker trotter a 10-1 proposition, overhauled frontstepping Blacksirenpedia by a half-length for the partnership who also owns fastest winner Electric Lemonade, Chrstine Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   In the last division of the evening, Cantab Hall finished out his siring triple with Can't I, who came her own last quarter in 28.2 despite a first-over trip to win by 5¼ lengths in 1:57.4 for driver John Campbell, trainer Bob Stewart, and breeders/owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and R.R. Fuller.   Also with a multiple siring credit was Donato Hanover besides the mentioned-above Perfect Lady, he also fathered All Set Lets Go, who certainly is at the start of her career, as this 1:58.1 triumph was already the third of her baby campaign. All Set Lets Go rallied from the pocket into a 58.4 last half to overhaul pacesetter Trixie Dust by a head for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and the McMullen Stable LLC.   Only three of the winners here were the people's choice; joining Electric Lemonade and All Set Lets Go as a winning favorite was the Andover Hall filly Bonnie Lou, who brushed to the top in front of the stands, then held off the determined uncovered bid of EZ Passer by a nose in 1:58.2. Andrew McCarthy performed sulky duties for trainer Donald Wiest, also co-owner and co-breeder with Ed Kimmel.   The father/son team of driver/son Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv combined to produce a winner in the Yankee Glide miss Youvegotitwhatittakes, who certainly hadwhatittakes in overcoming a first-over journey to get past pacesetter and first-round winner Its Hallright by ¾ of a length in 1:59.2 for owners Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing, and Louis Willinger.   The Explosive Matter filly Explosive Legacy pulled from the pocket before the ¾ and outfooted another winner from The Meadows, One Class Act, by 1¼ lengths in 1:58.2. Victor Kirby was at the lines of the winning filly for trainer/breeder Morgan McInnis, co-owner with Brian Kleinberg.   PHHA / Pocono

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Pace Day edition of Breakfast With The Babies took place on a hot, humid morning with the temperature already around eighty degrees and no wind.   Overdraft Volo took a nice 1:56.1 mark for Andy and Julie Miller in the opener, leading all the way and trotting easily right to the wire several lengths in advance of Amber Ella (Tim Tetrick). The winner is a result of ol' school Kentuckiana breeding being by Yankee Glide from Bank Of Newport and Kentuckiana retains an interest in her with the Pinske Stable. She sold for $50,000 at Lexington last fall.   Eddie Lohmeyer won the second with Casa Palmera, an Andover Hall filly he owns with his wife Dr. Patty Hogan. Eddie sent her right to the top, sent legitimate fractions and won in hand in 1:58.3 / 29.3. Crann Tara (Tetrick) was second and Glitzy Gal (Dave Miller) was a closing third.   Italian-bred Victor Gio It (Yannick Gingras) impressed the veteran crowd of BWTB faithful with his remarkable turn of foot, moving around the leaders on the turn then zipping home in 27.1 on the end of a mile in 1:56.4. He's by Ready Cash from the Pine Chip mare Ilaria Jet, owned by Christina Takter with Italians Somma, Ruscigno and Swede Pietro de Mitri.   Wutan won for Jimmy Takter this morning, taking over just past the quarter and going along nicely in 1:57.3 to win by a few over Explosive Ridge (Marcus Johansson). The fashionably bred Muscle Hill colt from Broadway Schooner cost Christina Takter and Brixton Medical, INC $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall.   Ohio sire Big Bad John had a winner this morning when the filly Crooked Halo took a 1:57.2 record for Scott Zeron. Ross Croghan conditions the winner for Let It Ride and Dana Parham who gave $95,000 for her at Harrisburg.   Rock The Boat gave Croghan another winner this morning, ending the 1:54.1 mile with a 26.4 final quarter for Andy Miller. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt from the great race mare Tug River Princess left, yielded to Long Beach near the 59 half, tipped out of the last turn then stormed home under light urging. Benji's Best (Jason Bartlett) finished second and Long Beach (Tetrick) faded to third. Let It Ride and Dana Parham also own this colt and are the breeders as well.   Richard Hill got Pace day off to a winning beginning for owner Tom Hill and trainer Tony Alagna who will send favored Racing Hill out in tonight's stake by winning the single pacing colt division for Tim Tetrick in 1:55.3 / 27.1. Mr Hill gave $190,000 for the Mach Three colt at Harrisburg. Another Alagna pupil, Art Scene (Zeron), was a closing second.   It's Meadowlands Pace night with perhaps the best card of the 2016 season thus far beginning at the special early post time of 6:30 p.m. and over $267,000 in the Jackpot Hi-5 Carryover which will be the twelve horse Golden Girls stake, race twelve.   Fro the Meadowlands Media Department

COLUMBUS,MN- The Saturday night Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $11,000 Open Trot, and Banker Volo posted his 4th consecutive win at Running Aces, breaking the Track Record for aged Trotting Stallions in the process. Nick Roland sent him away sharply from post five in the 6-horse contest, and he never looked back, posting fractions of 27.0, 56.1 and 1:25.4 en route to the new track mark of 1:55.3 He is a 7 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide, owned by Daniel & Jeralene Roland and trained by Nick Roland, and now has lifetime earnings of $252,083. Another sharp trotting performance on Saturday, was the 5 year old gelding Lo Rail Crossing (by Rail Splitter) who posted his 21st lifetime win while taking a new lifetime mark of 1:58.0, shaving nearly two seconds off his previous best winning time with trainer/driver Nick Roland in the bike, and he now sports a lifetime bankroll of $81,346 for owner Lorenza Gooch of Texas. HoldingAllTheCards posted a gate-to-wire score in 1:52.3 in the $6,000 upper-level conditioned pace with Dean Magee in the sulky, it was the second win in a row for this impressive 7 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, who now shows a career tally of 31 wins and $338,317. He is owned by William & Richard Mc Intyre and Trained by David Ginter. Luke Plano posted a Hat-trick on the program, while Nick Roland and Dean Magee scored driving doubles. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, July 3nd at 6:00 pm CDT. by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Nichols, N.Y. -- After his late push to the fore in last week's Open, Hititoutofthepark ($3.10) earned his third straight harness racing win in his $38,440 Arthur Tompkins Memorial Stakes division on Friday (July 1) evening at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons situated the 3-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling behind the live cover of Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) on the backstretch, towed closer to pacesetter Steed (Matt Kakaley) through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2 before making his three-wide push in the final 300 yards. Hititoutofthepark accelerated off the far turn, working clear in mid-stretch and accelerating to hold sway of the late-rallying Blownoutofthewater (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in 1:55.2. Steed, while collared after repelling his first-over rival, checked in third after his game front-trotting effort.   John Butenschoen trains 9-time winner Hititoutofthepark for the Give It a Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable.   Dominion Beach ($80.00) upset in his $38,940 Tompkins division, surging up late to collar the first-over odds-on favorite Cufflink Hanover in 1:54.2. Marcus Johansson drove the son of Muscle Hill for Courant AB and trainer Nancy Johansson.   In the two $27,690 Tompkins splits for fillies, Goosebump Hanover ($5.60, Morrill, 1:55.2) lunged to the fore off second-over spotting, and Celebrity Eventsy ($2.30, John Campbell, 1:54.4) edged clear of her foes handily after brushing to the fore with a circuit to go.   The Geers Stakes for 3-year-old pacers headline Monday (July 4) afternoon's program at Tioga, with $119,750 in aggregate purses on the line. Art Rooney winner Missile J (Tim Tetrick) headlines the $66,375 split for colts and geldings, carded as the fifth of nine races on the Independence Day program. Racing returns most immediately to Tioga on Saturday (July 2) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Fresh off a 15-1 upset in a $55,503 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at Pocono, Hititoutofthepark ($8.30) rose to chase down older harness racing company in Saturday (June 25) evening's $11,000 Open 1 Trot at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons took his time with the 3-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling, settling well off a :27.3 first quarter Dragin the Wagon (Aaron Byron) and working closer through a :58.1 half. With three-eighths to go, Simons chased the first-over Oh No Three O (Jeff Long), towed significantly closer through the far turn before readying to make a three-wide push for home.   "He came right off the gate nice and handy, followed live cover, and when I called on him, he just pinned his ears and dug in," commented Simons on the 8-time winner. "He's a real professional."   Hititoutofthepark accelerated upon cornering, passing the stalled Oh No Three O with little effort, and subsequently chasing down Dragin the Wagon for a narrow 1:55.2 triumph. Six Bax (Jim Taggart) stayed on for third off a cozy pocket trip.   John Butenschoen trains Hititoutofthepark for the Give It a Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable.   For Simons, the win was one of five in the bike on the 10-race card. In addition to his trainee Talktomecourage N ($4.70, 1:54.1) in the seventh, Simons teamed up with Undercover Bro ($5.20, 1:56.1), Alaskan Seelster ($12.80, 1:54), and Justherighttouch ($9.20, 1:56.2).   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, resulting in a carryover to Sunday (June 26) afternoon's card of $1,143.61. The Pick 5 kicks off in the first of 11 races, with post time set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

It's a very rare occurrence when BZ Glide draws the inside post at Buffalo Raceway. It happened on Friday night (May 27) in the $10,000 Open Trot and BZ Glide took full advantage of it by posting a gate-to-wire harness racing victory over Lutetium in 1:57.1 over the fast track.   Usually known for his closing kick, BZ Glide ($3.40) started from the pylons and had to deal with the front-running Lutetium who scored from the two hole. Lutetium tried to leave but BZ Glide and driver Mike Caprio quickly put a stop to that thought.   Just before the opening quarter pole Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) had decided being parked wasn't the answer and had to settle back behind the pace-setting BZ Glide. With fractions of 28.0, 58.1 and 1:27.4, the race boiled down to a three horse affair.   BZ Glide turned for home a length in front with Lutetium attacking from the inside and Northern Bullet (Jim Morrill Jr.) on the outside. BZ Glide managed to stay strong in the lane and easily held off Lutetium and Northern Bullet who finished in second and third respectively. The margin of victory was a length.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the first win in three starts for BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). The 7-year-old gelding has now earned $7,000 this season and $176,167 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. had a five-bagger while Kevin Cummings and Shawn McDonough doubled in the bike. Buffalo Raceway leading trainer JD Perrin posted two wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions. go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

For the second consecutive year, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen is bringing a son of stallion Yankee Glide and the mare Celebrity Liza on to the Hambletonian trail, but there is little family resemblance between last year’s colt, Boots N Chains, and this year’s hopeful, Hititoutofthepark. “It’s kind of like watching “Twins” with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. “Physically they’re nothing alike. Hititoutofthepark reminds me more of the Yankee Glide colt I had, (state-bred stakes-winner) Valley Of Sin; kind of about the same gait, same size. “Boots N Chains was a little heavier, thicker type of horse. He was really kind of laid back. This horse here can get a little aggressive on the track at times. They’re two completely different kinds of colts.” Hititoutofthepark is among 15 Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing in Saturday’s (May 14) Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows. Hititoutofthepark is in the third of four $41,000-plus divisions and will start from post five with Corey Callahan in the sulky. He is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The seven-horse field also includes Hambletonian hopefuls Granite State, Treasure Keys K, Milligan’s School, and Desert Runner. Milligan’s School, a multiple open stakes winner last season, is the 7-2 second choice. Hititoutofthepark won his 2016 debut on May 7 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, beating defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld by a head in 1:55. Last year, Hititoutofthepark won five of 11 races and earned $128,820 for owners Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and VIP Internet Stable. His victories included divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All-Stars, and Tompkins-Geers Stakes. He was scratched sick from the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship because of a 103-degree temperature. In his start prior to the PaSS final, Hititoutofthepark won by three-quarters of a length over Lagerfeld despite going off stride early in the race. “He had a real good year last year,” Butenschoen said. “We could have had a little bit more money on his card. We didn’t really know what we had. We raced him in Pennsylvania mainly and gave him one shot in Lexington. He raced well there (finishing second in an International Stallion Stakes division) and we turned him out. “Hopefully he’ll be OK for this summer and we’ll have some fun with him.” In addition to the Hambletonian, Hititoutofthepark’s stakes schedule includes the Arden Downs, Currier & Ives, Keystone Classic, Matron, and Yonkers Trot. “We’re not trying to gear up only for the Hambletonian,” Butenschoen said. “It’s just a shot at it. There are a bunch of partners in on him and we thought we’d give it a try and see what happens. We try to zig when other people zag. If it fits his schedule when it comes up we’ll take a look at it then. “I’ve looked forward too many times in the past. I’ve had all kinds of great plans coming out of (winter training in) Florida and horses get sick or making breaks and you’re left scrambling, so I try not to look too far ahead. I kind of knew where his first three starts where going to be and then we’ll see what happens afterwards.” Butenschoen hoped to have Boots N Chains pointed toward last year’s Hambletonian, but the colt never got on a roll after a 2-year-old campaign that saw him win a division of the Simpson Memorial Stakes and post runner-up finishes to French Laundry in the Kindergarten Classic championship and Muscle Diamond in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. “I thought he was going to come back really well, but he just didn’t seem to get any faster from (age) 2 to 3,” Butenschoen said. “He didn’t make that next jump up. Hititoutofthepark, we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll make that jump. But they’ve both made money for me, so I’m not going to complain about either one.” Other Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing on Saturday in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes are morning line favorites Tight Lines (3-1 in the first division) and Mikkeli Hanover (5-2 in the second division) as well as Alexander Hanover, Breedlove, Hollywood Highway, Lagerfeld, Love Matters, Marion Gondolier, Sliding Home, and Southern Cross. Tyson is the 2-1 morning line pick in the fourth division, followed by Lagerfeld at 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

Leave Your Mark made it three in a row at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 29), hanging on by a diminishing head over Strong Hope in the harness racing featured $9,000 trot. The winning time was 2:01.2 over the good track.   There were several win streaks on the line as Strong Hope came into the race with three straight while Leave York Mark and Red Clay each had two. While Red Clay finished fifth, Leave Your Mark and Strong Hope were determined to keep their streaks alive and battled right to the finish line.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr. settled into third place with Leave Your Mark at the start but fired out and took the lead away from Lenny Mac just before the quarter pole. Putting up fractions of 31.1, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4, Leave Your Mark ($6.40) knew there would be challenges coming in the stretch.   Strong Hope (Ray Fisher Jr.) was first over and was in perfect striking position in the drive to the wire. Leave Your Mark didn't give in and was strong enough to hold off the hard-charging runner up Strong Hope. Ali De Vie (Todd Cummings) finished in third.   Leave York Mark (Yankee Glide-Celebrity Liza) is a 7-year-old gelding who is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin. It was the fourth win of the season for Leave Your Mark, now a winner of $21,514 in 2016 and $179,232 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. finished the night with three victories with Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Jim McNeight each registering doubles. Perrin and Kirk Desmond each had two training wins.   Racing will resume at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with another 11-race card set. There will be a $982 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Pompano Park's popular "Over The Hill Gang" series for aged trotters-9 year-olds and up-continued on Monday night with Yankee Manny and harness racing driver Kevin Wallis teaming up to score in 1:56.1. The 10 year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide, owned by Jamie Marra Racing, had returned to the racing wars last week after a two month vacation and suffered broken equipment at the start to lose all chance, but this night was a different story. Having raced off the pace over the past several months, driver Wallis changed strategy this night by sending Yankee Manny winging early and into the lead around the first turn before yielding to Go Jesse Go (John MacDonald) prior to the :28.1 opener. In the garden seat through panels of :57.2 and 1:26.4, Yankee Manny left the coziness of the pocket turning for home and wore down Go Jesse Go in the final few strides to win by a head. On The Tab (Wally Hennessey) finished third while I'll Tell You What finished fourth after recovering from a miscue early on. Vacation Day picked up the nickel in the field of eight with combined earnings over $2.5 million. This was the initial win of the 2016 season for Yankee Manny in six starts and 40th win lifetime in 186 trips back of the starting gate. He's not banked $240,006 career-wise. After the race, driver Wallis related, "It didn't look like he was doing too well off the pace so I thought, now that he's freshened up a bit, why not try to leave and see where we go. "It turned out well. He raced very well." As the third choice on the tote-board, Yankee Manny returned a win mutual of $10.60. Also of note on the Monday program were the performances of the three year-old pacer Stonebridge Beach, a son of Mach Three owned by 9096 9205 Quebec, Inc., and Ideal Kiss, a sophomore son of American Ideal owned by Twenty Four Carrot Racing. With trainer Stephane Pouliot in the sulky, Stonebridge Beach made a quarter move from third to the front after the :27.4 opener and proceeded to post fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2 in route to a very handy win in 1:52.3, a new lifetime mark. The colt, who won $82,497 last season as a two year-old without a win chasing the top ones during the lucrative Ontario Stakes season, earned his second straight victory at Pompano Park-he won in the slop last week in 1:54.3-to score a resounding win measuring 3½ lengths over Always Covers (Dan Daley) with Carlos Mittanna (Wally Hennessey) third. Noudidnt Blue Chip was fourth in the septet while Endless Legacy picked up the nickel. Stonebridge Beach now has $87,787 in career bounty and rewarded his multitude of backers with a 10% dividend on their $2 investment--$2.20 as the 1 to 10 favorite. Ideal Kiss, second to Stonebridge Beach one week ago, broke his maiden with a magnificently rated 1:54 mile for trainer Jim McDonald, making one of his rare appearances in the sulky. Ideal Kiss posted a pair of :29.1 quarters to open the festivities, reaching the half in :58.2, and then let his charge put together a pair of :27.4 panels, reaching the third station in 1:26.1 and home in the aforementioned time of 1:54, completely under wraps-his margin of victory nine lengths over Road Block (Wally Hennessey) with Shesamadmadgirl (Matt Romano) a half-length further away in third. Gold Star Roger and Rocknroll Velocity picked up the final two awards in the field pared down to eight. Not only did Ideal Kiss break his maiden in his third lifetime start, it gave McDonald his maiden win of the 2016 semester-his last win being last October at Pompano Park with Looney. McDonald has 1,007 lifetime wins in the sulky. Off as the even-money second choice-Road Block was 4 to 5-Ideal Kiss returned $4.00 to win. Tuesday's program at Pompano Park features the Open Handicap Trot with Boli stepping up a notch to the top class after his sensational win last start where he spotted the field some 20 lengths as the start and rallied to win in a photo finish. Wally Hennessey is expected back in the sulky back of Boli, who is listed as the 9 to 5 morning line favorite. Nothinbutanallstar, Sailer Eddie, Cashahallic, Majestic Won and Diamond Dagger complete the talented sextet of trotters. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Celebrity Bugatti put himself into the driver's seat of Bobby Weiss Series action for harness racing trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, running his record to 3-for-3 in the series while posting the fastest clocking among the $15,000 third leg prelims, 1:54.3.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. had the Muscle Massive stallion in front at every call and felt no pressure at all, with a 27.3 opener and a 57.4 back half that left him 3¼ lengths clear at the finish. Chris Oakes has taken over local care of the speedy trotter for owners Herman Hagerman, Johnny Yoder, and Dan Rawlings.   Two other horses besides Celebrity Bugatti had won in each of the first two legs, but Steed did not enter the third leg, and Dominus Hanover, 1-10* in the betting, finished worse than second for the first time in 11 seasonal starts when he came up third in Taxed To The Max's 1:56.2 victory. Dominus had a soft 59.1 lead to the half, but he didn't have the necessary 57.1 sprint home, as the Yankee Glide four-year-old gelding Taxed To The Max slid up the Pocono Pike from the pocket, grabbed command, then held off Explosive Leggs late for trainer Neal Ehrhart and owners Keystone Trotters LLC while lowering his mark by 2 2/5 seconds.   "Max"'s driver was Anthony Napolitano, who fashioned seven winners (to brother George's six) on Saturday here, yet still often gets away at high prices - despite a Weiss second last week, "Max" paid $18.20 to win, joining other recent "A Nap" winners who paid $20.80 in another race tonight, $26.20 and $20.80 in his two wins last night, and $69.80 among his seven Saturday winners, only one of which was favored! (Not to mention his $197.00 tally a week ago Sunday!)   The other Weiss winner Monday, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy, lowered his speed badge by an even greater margin - 4 1/5 seconds - as he parlayed a pocket trip to a neck victory over Apostles Creed in 1:55.2. Driver Jim Marshall III, trainer Donna Marshall, and owner George Beck saw their developing three-year-old put himself in a good position to make May 9's Weiss Championship for this group, as he now has two seconds and a win in series competition.   Something will have to give in the fifth race division of the fourth and final preliminary leg of Weiss action for female trotters Tuesday night. South Side Hanover (post one, trainer/driver Todd Schadel) and Stirling Debutant (Anthony Napolitano driving for trainer Christie Collins from post six) are both 3-for-3 so far in the series, and whoever takes the Tuesday contest will stamp herself as the one to beat in the $30,000 Championship a week from Tuesday. Races 3 and 4 Tuesday are also part of the distaff Weiss action.   PHHA / Pocono  

In the words of Hall of Fame racecaller Sam McKee on Friday (March 18) night at The Meadowlands, "you can only hope to contain him." McKee was speaking of driver Scott Zeron, who captured four races on the 12-race harness racing card.   Total betting turnover on the program exceeded $3 million for the fourth consecutive live racing night, and for the 13th time in the last 14 cards.   Despite two fewer races in comparison to many of the February cards, total handle for the night's program was $3,059,381, averaging out to be just over a quarter million dollars per race. On- and off-track handle alike showed significant increases over those of a snow-laden card on the corresponding Friday of March 2015.   The 26-year-old Zeron wasted no time in registering his grand slam, teaming up with the yet-undefeated Ava N Ella ($2.10) in the evening's second race for a 1:53.2 going-away win, the fourth in the Tony O'Sullivan trainee's career. The Montreal native continued with a 1:54 triumph aboard Jonas Czernyson trainee Lauderdale ($6.00) in the sixth event before wins with Not Before Eight ($4.80) and Exquisite Glide ($7.60) in the eighth and tenth races, respectively.   The featured $12,500 fourth-level trot saw World Cup ($3.80) take full advantage of a third-over trip, rallying off cover to just prevail while odds-on. Joe Bongiorno pointed the 7-year-old Yankee Glide entire into the outer flow as Magenta Man (Andy Miller) engaged Its Payday Friday (John Campbell) in a middle-half duel. The two battled through a three-quarter split of 1:25.3, and after cornering 29-1 longshot Watkins (Jim Marohn, Jr.) tipped off cover to take the lead from a breaking Magenta Man in mid-stretch. Despite Watkins's best efforts, World Cup was just a bit quicker one path wider, prevailing in 1:54.3 by a scant head in the last yards. Its Payday Friday, worn down by heavy mid-race pressure, held third.   Richard Johnson trains World Cup for Carly Roman.   The evening's top distaff pace, a $12,000 fourth-level event, went to Purity ($4.40), a pillar-to-post winner in rein to Vinny Ginsburg. The 5-year-old Always a Virgin mare controlled the terms throughout her 1:52.2 mile, sprinting off in upper stretch to evade Do Your Job (Marcus Miller) and Mystical Treasure (Zeron) for her 16th career win. Joint favorite Mandy's Mattjesty (Bongiorno) failed to finish the race, having been eased on the backstretch with a broken hopple.   Vinny Fusco, Jr. trains Purity for Michael Casalino, Jr.   A pair of GSY Amateur Series races took place early on the card, with Tropical Storm Bi ($14.00, Tony Ciuffetelli) and Keystone Thomas ($3.80, Bob Hechkoff) both proving victorious.   Tomorrow evening's 12-race card has a 7:15 p.m. EDT first post, and the usual $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. The closing-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 pool will be buoyed by a $143,778 carryover should one punter capture the entire pool.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 19, 2016 -- Boo's Party Girl had plenty to celebrate Tuesday at The Meadows as she pulled off a 23-1 harness racing shocker in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. The longest shot on the board, Boo's Party Girl had been racing exclusively in conditioned races until her promotion to the top trot last week. On Tuesday, she was third over and seemingly no threat when trainer/driver Brian Zendt moved her wide for the drive. The 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda roared past the field and triumphed in 1:56 over a "good" surface, matching her career best. Bessie shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths back, with Anaffairtoremember third. Dunn Stable bred and owns Boo's Party Girl, who now boasts $172,764 in lifetime earnings. Dave Palone drove five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Dane Snyder fashioned a three-bagger. Evan Pattak

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