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Chester, PA --- De Los Cielos Deo ($2.20) remained undefeated with a 1:51.3 victory on Sunday (Aug. 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia, brushing from third with a circuit to go and holding his ground handily in the second of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   After yielding to Captain Victorious (Marcus Miller) and Odds On Boca Raton (Scott Zeron) on the first turn, Yannick Gingras brushed from third with the son of Captaintreacherous and Lisjune just beyond a :27.3 first-quarter sectional and continued on to rate a :56.2 half.   Up the backstretch, Odds On Boca Raton re-emerged and forced the pace to quicken once again, but De Los Cielos Deo held his ground to a 1:23.4 three-quarters split.   While Odds On Boca Raton kept grinding away, reaching the leader's neck upon cornering for home, De Los Cielos Deo remained steadfast to the winning post, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths while under a Gingras hand drive. Odds On Boca Raton held second, half a length better than pocket foe Captain Victorious.   De Los Cielos Deo earned his fourth career win in as many starts for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi.   His 1:51.3 mile equaled his lifetime mark established at The Meadows in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event there in July. The winner's share of the $47,828 purse lifted De Los Cielos Deo's career earnings to $82,039.   In the $47,828 third division, Love Me Some Lou ($12.00) used second-over cover to nose out Semi Tough en route to a 1:50.4 victory, just one-fifth of a second shy of Rock N Roll Heaven's track record for juvenile pacing colts. Corey Callahan drove the son of Sweet Lou and Shark Lightning for owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere.   The $48,228 first division saw Brian Brown trainee Proof ($6.00) push clear early and parry a first-over challenge from Ehrmantrout to lower his lifetime mark to 1:51.3. Driver Scott Zeron carried the colors of Diamond Creek Racing behind the son of A Rocknroll Dance and Ginger And Fred who now has won three of his four races to date.   Tim Tetrick homebred Crimson And Chrome ($9.40) upended odds-on favourite Sugar Factory in the $47,828 final division, recording a new lifetime mark of 1:51.4. Tetrick drove the Jim King Jr.-trained Sweet Lou-McSauna gelding.   As the fifth-race 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 saw multiple winners cash for $408.98, Wednesday's (Aug. 8) Hi-5 will feature a $4,371 carryover. Post time for the 14-race card is slated for 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Don't Let'em, driven by Yannick Gingras, led wire-to-wire to win by 3 1/4 lengths, setting a stakes and track harness racing record of 1:51 4/5 in the 38th edition of $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the fourth race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. By winning the Peter Haughton, Don't is the early favorite for the 2019 Hambletonian as the race has always served as a preview to harness racing's biggest trotting race. He is trained by Jimmy Takter. Wallner previously held the track record of 1:53, set on October 29, 2016. At odds of 3-1, Don't Let'em took the lead at the quarter in 27.1 and never looked back. Don't Let'em paid $8.00, $4.20, and $3.20. The 11-1 Green Manalishi S ($12.20, $9.80), driven by David Miller, finished second and Mass Fortune K finished third ($27.00) by 6 ¼ lengths. "It doesn't surprise anyone from the farm or any of the ownership. He is a very, very talented horse," said General Manager Art Zubrod of Brittany Farms, the co-owner and breeder of the Muscle Hill colt who is also owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. This was Gingras's second win of the day and his fourth Haughton win, having won with You Know You Do (1:54.2) in 2017, Southwind Frank (1:53.4) in 2015 and Father Patrick (1:54.1) in 2013. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department    

East Rutherford, NJ- August 4, 2018 - Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras went wire-to-wire to win the $96,600 Shady Daisy Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies in a stakes and track record time of 1:48 2/5 by a nose in the second race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Youraremycandygirl was first to the lead in :26.2, with Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) and Believe In Me ( David Miller) behind her. That trio led the field to the :54 half. By the five eighths mile marker, Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick) was off the rail from fifth and moved to the outside of Youaremycandygirl by the 1:21 2/5 three quarters. Turning for home, the leader was challenged on the outside by Kissin In the Sand, who came off the rail from second when Alexa's Power was nearing the lead in third on the outside. Kissin in The Sand and Zeron surged on the outside to get alongside Youaremycandygirl, but could not catch her and finished second by a nose. Alexa's Power was third outside of her. "My filly was loaded with pace and Scotty (Zeron on Kissin In the Sand) was driving on his, so I felt confident," said Gingras. "But she just refused quit, so she gave me a good battle. With my filly, everything that could have gone wrong early in the year, went wrong healthwise. But now it seems like she's healthy and last week at The Meadows (winning the Adioo Volo) she was really, really good, and she was great today." The winner returned $5.40 $2.40 $2.10. With second place finisher Kissin In the Sand ($2.10 $2.10), the exacta was $9.40 and with third place finisher Alexa's Power (2.80, the trifecta was worth $26.60). It was the fourth win in eight starts this year for Youaremycandygirl, who is owned by W.J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL and trained by Ron Burke. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

East Rutherford, NJ --- Eighteen 3-year-old trotters entered Saturday's 93rd Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack, requiring two eliminations to trim the field to 10 for the $1 million final later that afternoon. Wolfgang is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first elimination and Six Pack is the 2-1 favorite in the second. Atlanta, the lone filly taking on the boys, is the 3-1 second choice in the first elimination. The draws for the Hambletonian and companion Hambletonian Oaks, which is restricted to 3-year-old female trotters, were held Tuesday at the Meadowlands. Wolfgang drew post No. 5 in his elimination and Six Pack drew post No. 9. Atlanta will start from post No. 7. The top-five finishers from each $100,000 elimination return for the final. Manchego, who won one of last Saturday's two eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $500,000 final. Phaetosive, the other elimination winner, is the 3-1 second choice. As elimination winners, Manchego and Phaetosive drew for spots in posts one through five, with Manchego getting post four and Phaetosive getting post five. The stakes-filled Hambletonian Day card begins at noon. The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). Atlanta is attempting to become the first filly to win the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996. In the previous 92 years, 161 fillies entered the race, with 13 winning the sport's most prestigious event for 3-year-old trotters. Atlanta is the 22nd filly to enter the race since the start of the Hambletonian Oaks in 1971. The two most recent fillies to enter the Hambletonian, Pampered Princess in 2007 and Mission Brief in 2015, both won eliminations. Pampered Princess was seventh-placed-sixth in her final, won by Donato Hanover, and Mission Brief finished second to Pinkman in her final. Atlanta is undefeated in five races this year. She trotted the fastest mile in the history of Vernon Downs, 1:50.3, in winning the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters on May 28 and heads to the Hambletonian off a 1:53.4 victory at Vernon Downs in a July 19 division of the New York Sire Stakes. For her career, Atlanta has won nine of 15 races and $301,645. "I have a horse that I think can win the Hambletonian, that's exciting in itself, just having a player," said Scott Zeron, who will drive Atlanta for his father, trainer Rick Zeron. "(The draw) was fine by me. My dad wanted to be in the first heat, so we got lucky with that. We drew the seven; it's not the rail, but it's not too bad. I don't mind it. We'll make it work. It will give me the option to kind of look over and see what everyone is doing. We'll play it by ear." Rick Zeron co-owns Atlanta, by Chapter Seven out of Hemi Blue Chip, with Michelle and Al Crawford's Crawford Farms, William Holland's Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant. Scott Zeron captured the 2016 Hambletonian with eventual Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder. "For me, this is a different scenario, having the family horse," Zeron said. "I was in Florida all winter long with all the horses, so this one feels a little different having my father involved and being more involved with the barn. (Atlanta) is a super horse and I really hope she can deliver. I have no regrets about the decision." Zeron's win with Marion Marauder was for trainer Paula Wellwood, who will send out Southwind Chrome in Saturday's second Hambletonian elimination. Zeron is listed to drive that horse as well. "I have two competitive horses," Zeron said. "One is 3-1 and the other is 5-1. That's nice." Wolfgang is undefeated in three races this year, with his victories including the Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. He has won six of 13 lifetime starts and $516,690 for Charles Goodwin's Brixton Medical Inc., Goran Falk, Bud Hatfield's Hatfield Stables, and Art Zubrod's and Leah Cheverie's Fair Island Farm. Four-time Hambletonian winner Jimmy Takter trains Wolfgang, who is one of four horses Takter is sending into the race. The others are You Know You Do, Tactical Landing, and Zephyr Kronos. With a win, Takter would tie Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer, and Ben White for the most victories in Hambletonian history. Yannick Gingras drives Wolfgang. "He's very good," Takter said. "I trained him a (1):56 mile here last Friday with a good last half and he felt awesome. You try to peak them as best you can. He's been very good every start. He's so professional. He's most likely the most reliable horse I have in the Hambletonian this year." Six Pack is the fastest 3-year-old male trotter in history thanks to his 1:50 win in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 14 at the Meadowlands. He has won five of six races this year, with his lone setback a second-place finish to Crystal Fashion in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. For his career, Six Pack has won nine of 14 races and $557,840. Ake Svanstedt trains and drives Six Pack. Svanstedt won the 2017 Hambletonian with Perfect Spirit, who was elevated from second to first when What The Hill was disqualified for interference in the stretch. Six Pack, by Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, Tomas Olofsson's Stall Kalmar FF, and Lars Berg. "He has raced better and better for every race this year," Svanstedt said. "He is going up the whole time. He's an all-around horse. He's nice to handle and nice gaited and can leave fast. I think he can go faster (than 1:50). He was not tired the last time. He was just lazy, so I must push him." Another highly regarded contender is Crystal Fashion, who is 7-2 in the first elimination. He has won five of eight races this year and finished second in the remaining three. For his career, the son of Cantab Hall out of Window Willow has won nine of 20 races and $523,252. He is trained by Jim Campbell, who won the 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue, for owner Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms. Siegel was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on July 1, the day after Crystal Fashion's win in the Beal. In the Hambletonian Oaks, Takter and Gingras team up with favorite Manchego as they attempt to win the race for the fifth consecutive year. Takter holds the record for Oaks wins with seven. Manchego has won 16 of 18 career races and $986,170 for owners Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Phaetosive, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, has won seven of 11 career races and $377,358. Smedshammer trained 2008 Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi and was the trainer and driver of 2004 Hambletonian winner Windsong's Legacy. Phaetosive is owned by Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables. Following are the fields for the Hambletonian eliminations and the Hambletonian Oaks final. Hambletonian Elimination 1 PP-Driver -Trainer-Morning Line 1-Shoshie Deo-George Brennan-Dewayne Minor-10/1 2-Evaluate-Orjan Kihlstrom-Marcus Melander-15/1 3-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10/1 4-Lawmaker-David Miller-Andrew Harris-8/1 5-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 6-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-7/2 7-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-3/1 8-Hat Trick Habit-Andy Miller-Scott DiDomenico-12/1 9-Zephyr Kronos-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-10/1 Hambletonian Elimination 2 PP-Driver -Trainer-Morning Line 1-Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell-10/1 2-Patent Leather-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Classichap-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-6/1 4-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon-10/1 5-Fourth Dimension-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-10/1 6-Southwind Chrome-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/1 7-Tactical Landing-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-4/1 8-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 9-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-2/1 Hambletonian Oaks Final PP-Driver -Trainer-Morning Line 1-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-4/1 2-What A Knockout-David Miller-Marcus Melander-20/1 3-Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15/1 4-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 5-Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-3/1 6-Hey Blondie-Andy McCarthy-Chuck Sylvester-6/1 7-Live Laugh Love-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-8/1 8-Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder-10/1 9-Blonde Magic-Tom Durand-Tom Durand-20/1 10-Nixie Volo-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Lazarus’s debut in North America looks set to be fast-tracked after the Kiwi champion dazzled in his first public outing there. The two-time New Zealand Cup winner paced a 1:48.6 mile in a qualifier (trial) at The Meadowlands in New Jersey on Saturday morning (US time), beating outstanding three-year-old Lather On, winner of the North America Cup. Purchased out of New Zealand for around $4million just a few months ago Lazarus is now trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter with the aim of winning a major North American race and pacing a sub 1:47 mile to make him a dual hemisphere stallion prospect. Saturday’s performance was a hugely positive step in that direction. It proved Lazarus is fit and healthy and handling his new training regime as Takter tries to sharpen him up for the almost exclusively diet mile racing in North America. And importantly Lazarus showed gate speed in the trial, leading from the ace early before trailing and the powering past Lather On at the 400m mark and holding him easily at the line. “I couldn’t be any happier with him,” driver Yannick Gingras “told local media. “He’s very easy on himself and had tons of pace.” Lazarus’s gate speed, or perceived lack of it, was one of the concerns for the $3.6million earner when he headed to the States as it will be incredibly hard to win a top level free-for-all in North America coming from back in the field. But the way he left the mobile, cruised past a serious horse and paced one of the fastest qualifying times in history suggests he is already set to pace 1:48 when needed, probably faster. When Lazarus left New Zealand the original targets were races at the Red Mile early in October, where the track is condusive to a very fast time, and the Breeders Crown at Pocono on October 27. But he looks way more advanced than anybody expected and Takter has indicated a late entry fee could be paid for Lazarus to contest the US$300,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana on August 10. His next aim could then be the Canadian Pacing Derby (open to older horses) on September 1, with heats a week earlier. If he holds together and doesn’t get struck down by the illness so many imported horses are susceptible to because of their exposure to different viruses than they are used to Down Under, Lazarus looks set for a longer and more profitable North American campaign than many would have imagined.   Michael Guerin

East Rutherford, NJ --- Manchego and Phaetosive each won their respective eliminations Saturday (July 28) for the Hambletonian Oaks, with Manchego capturing her division by 3-3/4 lengths over Lily Stride in 1:51.1 and Phaetosive victorious in her division by 4-1/4 lengths over Live Laugh Love in 1:51 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top-five finishers from each $50,000 elimination advanced to next week's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final for 3-year-old female trotters at the Big M. Hey Blondie, What A Knockout and Seviyorum advanced from the elim won by Manchego while Plunge Blue Chip, Blonde Magic and Nixie Volo advanced from the elimination won by Phaetosive. Phaetosive and driver Trond Smedshammer were in fourth place at the half-mile point of their elimination, with Plunge Blue Chip - who on July 14 trotted a world-record 1:49.4 mile at the Meadowlands - leading the field to that point in :56.1. Plunge Blue Chip, who started from post eight in the eight-horse field and was three-wide around the first turn before getting the lead, remained on top heading into the final turn, but Phaetosive was on the move and threatening. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and came home in :26.3 to win for the third time in four races this year. Her time of 1:51 was a career best. Phaetosive, a daughter of Explosive Matter out of Phaeton who is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer, has won seven of 11 lifetime starts and earned $377,358. She has never finished worse than third. "She was good," said Smedshammer, who trained 2008 Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi. "She's been good her whole life. She just keeps impressing me." Phaetosive finished second to Manchego in last year's Jim Doherty Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes and was third behind Manchego in the Breeders Crown. The Hambletonian Oaks final will be their first encounter this season. "We haven't met up yet this year, so we will see next week," Smedshammer said. "She got the best of me last year every time they hooked up, but I think it's a little closer this year." When asked how Phaetosive compared to other great filly trotters Smedshammer trained during his career, the trainer responded, "It's tough to compare from different eras, but she is extremely talented." Phaetosive, the 4-5 favorite in her Oaks elimination, paid $3.60 to win. Manchego, who in her previous start finished second by a nose to Plunge Blue Chip in her world-record 1:49.4 mile, was guided to the lead in her Oaks elimination by driver Yannick Gingras on the backstretch and was unthreatened the rest of the way. Her time of 1:51.1 was a career best as she won for the fourth time in six races this year. The filly has won 15 of 17 career races and earned $986,170. "I don't think (she's ever been better)," winning trainer Jimmy Takter said. "It was a little upsetting to lose the last start and get such a nice record, but she did the dirty work. She went :54.3 (to the half) with a :27.1 second quarter and that kind of hurt her a little bit in the stretch, and maybe Yannick underestimated (Plunge Blue Chip) a little bit too. But I'm happy where we are right now." Takter and Gingras have teamed to win the past four editions of the Hambletonian Oaks. Takter holds the record for most training wins in the race with seven. The trainer said he did not consider bypassing the Oaks to try Manchego against the boys in the $1 million Hambletonian next week. The connections of filly Atlanta, who is undefeated in five races this year, took that route. "I don't blame them for taking a shot, but I've tried that and it's hard to do," said Takter, who raced filly Pampered Princess in the 2007 Hambletonian won by Donato Hanover. "Fillies go two heats and it's a little bit too tough, especially for Manchego because she is not a very big filly. Going two heats would be risking the future of her racing career." Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, was the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter. She is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Manchego paid $2.20 to win. Post positions for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final will be drawn and morning lines assigned on Tuesday (July 31) at 2 p.m. (EST) and shown on live on the Meadowlands Facebook page and Meadowlands YouTube channel. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 4. Hambletonian Day is closing day at the Meadowlands, with a post time of 12 noon. Fans can follow Hambletonian Day news at www.Hambletonian.com, www.meadowlandsracetrack.com and on Twitter at #Hambo18. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Lazarus N, with a :25.3 last quarter mile for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras, was able to beat North America Cup winner Lather Up, by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:48.3 in his USA qualifying win Saturday morning at the Meadowland. It was Lather Up and driver Montrell Teague who left from post seven to take the early lead over Lazarus N in :28.2. The field then raced in alignment past the half mile in :55.3 and then the action began to heat up. Approaching the three-quarter mile marker, Gingras came first-over with Lazarus N and brushed right by Lather Up in 1:23. As they came down the stretch, Teague tried to urge Lather Up to come back against Lazarus N, but Lazarus N proved to be the strong horse as Lather Up could gain no ground on the winner. Blood Line (Andrew McCarthy) was third. The last half mile was also super impressive in :53 flat. "I couldn't be any happier with him," said Yannick as he dashed off to catch a flight to The Meadows for today's Adios stake. "He's very easy on himself and had tons of pace." Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, KY, Lazarus is the richest Standardbred of all time down under. The son of Bettor's Delight came to the USA from New Zealand, seeking to break the world record of Always N Miki of 1:46 and then become a duel hemisphere stallion, serving stud both in North America and Australasia. Lazarus N by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 -- Youaremycandygirl, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for freshman pacing fillies, has been fine at 3 but not as dominant as she was last year. Trainer Ron Burke thought her problem might lie in post parades. "Sometimes she goes on 'tilt,'" Burke said, "and she wants to fight you the whole way." Thus, in Saturday's $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows, Burke experimented, leaving Youaremycandygirl in the hands of the marshal while the other fillies were parading. The strategy worked like a charm, as Youaremycandygirl jogged to a facile 1:50.4 victory in. The Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake featured on the Adios Day card, was contested over three divisions, with Alexa's Power and Sidewalk Dancer taking the other splits. Youaremycandygirl, a daughter of American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane who has earned $1,065,508 for owner William Donovan, got away third for Yannick Gingras before roaring to the point near the half. She downed the first-over Baron Remy by 4-1/4 lengths, with early leader Serene Stride third. "She was a great horse last year -- she still is," Gingras said. "Things haven't really gone our way a lot of times so far this year, but she's a sweetheart of a filly." Shuffled to third at the top of the stretch, Alexa's Power -- the 4-5 favorite -- shot the Lightning Lane for Tim Tetrick and triumphed in a career-best 1:52, a head better than Reign On Me. I'm Trigger Happy completed the ticket. Jim Campbell conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $281,490, for Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sidewalk Dancer, who took nearly a month off following a disappointing performance in the Lynch final, made a first-over move for Brett Miller look easy, scoring in 1:52.1. Painted Lady was second, beaten a length, with Strong Opinion third. "Going into the Lynch, I thought we could win, and the trip was working out for us," Miller said. "When I called on her, she didn't fire. They scoped her after the race, and she was severely sick that night. So she definitely had an excuse. She can go with the top fillies. She can race on the front, but she loves passing horses. Chris Oakes trains Sidewalk Dancer, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign who now boasts $182,779 in career earnings, for Northfork Racing, Omar Beiler and Dennis Coons. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2018 - Hitman Hill and American History each scored in Saturday's eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows and will lead the harness racing field into next Saturday's $400,000 final.   Also making the nine-horse final field are Done Well, Wes Delight, Summer Travel, Dorsoduro Hanover, Thinkgbig Dreambig, and Babes Dig Me as well as GD Western Joe, who earned a berth as the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings.   The connections of Hitman Hill and American History will choose their post positions, with the selection order determined by draw, with the other post positions determined by open draw. That draw is set for 12:30 PM Tuesday and can be seen on Meadows Live!   Hitman Hill was on top past the quarter when his driver, Brett Miller, opted to release the favorite, Dorsuduro Hanover, who had been outside every step.   "Dorsoduro went some kind of mile in his last start in the Meadowlands Pace," Miller said. "I was happy to follow him."   At the top of the stretch, Miller, still in the pocket, had another choice to make: outside or Lightning Lane. "I could have gone either way, but my colt was running out," he said. "That's why I chose to go outside. Dorsoduro fought me all the way to the wire. I wasn't even sure if we got up. I've been high on my colt since Day 1. I think he's as good as any 3-year-old out there."   Hitman Hill edged Dorsoduro Hanover by a nose in1:50, with the fast-closing Thinkbig Dreambig third. Chris Oakes trains the American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker gelding for Tom Hill and Northfork Racing Stable.   American History had been racing hell bent for the front, a strategy that put him on the board in North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace eliminations but got him cooked in the finals of those events. His regular pilot, Yannick Gingras, indicated before Saturday's race that he might try a more reserved approach.   But when an opportunity to quarter-pole to the lead arose, American History and Gingras took it. The son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch opened a 3-1/2-length lead into the final turn and ultimately downed Done Well by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51, with early leader Wes Delight third.   "That definitely wasn't the plan today, but sometimes you have to play the cards the way they're dealt," Gingras said. "That's the way the race unfolded today--a big difference in fractions from last week. I'm sure that's part of the reason he held on today."   Tony Alagna, who conditions American History for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, agreed with Gingras' decision.   "Sometimes you have to call an audible," Alagna said. "Yannick thought more horses would leave than actually did. He was planning on tripping out, but when he saw the fractions, he decided to take a shot and move to the front."   by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2018 -- When Larry Karr met Larry Karr, the earth moved. Reunited now after several years apart, the pair will try to recapture the magic when Larry Karr, the human, sends Larry Karr, the 3-year-old colt he co-owns, after Adios orchids. The 52nd edition of the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with a pair of eliminations that go as races 12 and 13. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the July 28 final. Larry Karr leaves from post 2 in race 13 with Yannick Gingras at the helm. The eliminations card also includes a pair of stakes for freshman pacing colts as well as a number of "big score" wagering opportunities: a $7,500-guaranteed Pick 4 (races 4-7), a $5,000-guaranteed Pick 5 (races 11-15) and a $2,748.90 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 15). First post for the eliminations card is 1:05 PM. A New Jersey resident, Karr is well known in the business world as the associate general counsel for the North American operations of Ingredion Incorporated, a manufacturer of food ingredients. But he's just as prominent in harness racing, particularly as a partner in many horses trained by Ron Burke. Karr's father owned Standardbreds and took young Larry with him when he raced at Monticello, the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Roosevelt. "I sometimes say that my legal job gets in the way of my horse racing activities," Karr jokes. In 2015, Karr was reviewing weanlings at Diamond Creek Farm's annual open house when Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek called one of the youngsters to his attention. "He mentioned that the dam of this colt was Emily Car, same last name as mine but spelled differently. He was a good-looking colt. About eight months later, Adam asked me if he could name the colt Larry Karr. I was happy to consent." Karr and his partners tried to buy Larry Karr at his subsequent yearling auction and set a ceiling of $30,000. When another bidder hammered him down for $35,000, that seemed to be that. But storybook romances don't end that way. "He showed ability at 2 but got sick later in the year," Karr says. "We heard he was available and began pursuing him on and off about a month ago. His prior owners are very decent folks. I'm not sure if our interest in this horse is due to his performance or to his connection with me. I hope it's a little bit of both." That's how C. Kevin Thomas and the estate of James Thompson sold Larry Karr to Larry Karr and his partners -- Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Frank Baldachino. As Adios contenders go, the credentials of the equine Larry Karr are a little light. The A Rocknroll Dance gelding has banked just less than $20,000 in his career, and although he's entering the Adios off three straight wins at Hoosier Park, those victories have been in overnights rather than stakes. "It's undoubtedly a major step up," Karr says, "but he's pretty well staked. If we can get him to step up even a little bit, he'll be well worth what we paid for him." Karr may not know exactly what to expect of his namesake come Saturday, but he considers one outcome unacceptable. "We've been joking that if the horse doesn't do well, my co-owners will say, 'Larry Karr stinks.' I never want to hear that." Here are the Adios eliminations fields in post position order with trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 10-1 2. No Easy Day Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley 8-1 3. American History Tony Alagna/Yannick Gingras 7-2 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Brett Miller 6-1 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 10-1 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Dave Palone 8-1 7. Done Well Brian Brown/Tim Tetrick 5-2 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Corey Callahan 9-2 Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Rene Allard/Simon Allard 6-1 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 4-1 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 2-1 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 10-1 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 9-2 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Andrew McCarthy 8-1 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 10-1 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/David Miller 8-1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The powerful Ron Burke stable sent out 7 of the 25 two-year-old pacing fillies contesting four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest over a "sloppy" track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including all four morning line favorites. And indeed the Burke Brigade, and "former member"-now-sire Sweet Lou, effected a sweep - but the last event didn't go exactly to script, as $45.80 winner Louphoria, not the 2-5 chalk Sylph Hanover, completed the four-bagger. Louphoria, out of the mare Euphoria, was first to the lead for driver Yannick Gingras, then saw Art Lecture and then Sylph Hanover make their way to the top. They sat in that order until just before the 1:25.2 ¾ call, when Louphoria came roaring out of the three-hole and had her stablemate headed on the far turn. Gingras, who handled three of the Burke winners, seemed to be measuring off the win as Louphoria tripped the timer in 1:53, a length ahead of Blue Ivy, who came between horses late to nip Sylph Hanover for second. Louphoria was third in her Sire Stakes debut, and had shown a 1:57.4 morning win at Philly in which she had come home in 55.3, but this victory showed that she belongs in the "big leagues" of the state-bred babies for the Louphoria Stable. (Who's the Louphoria Stable? No real surprises - Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, Lawrence Karr, and Diamond Creek Racing.) Most impressive of the Burke Brigade winners was the Sweet Lou - Great Memories filly Warrawee Ubeaut, who tucked third mid-first turn for driver Yannick Gingras, then brushed to the lead in front of the stands. From there the only real question was the final time, and Warrawee Ubeaut came home in 55.1 to finish out in 1:52.1, a season's record despite the off track, knocking a tick off the mark set by St Somewhere at Tioga on Sunday. An easy winner in a Sire Stakes in her purse bow with two nice Gaitway victories before that, Warrawee Ubeaut ironically only now shows a line without a sub-27 quarter in it (28.3, 57, 1:24.2, 1:52.1 here), but Burke Racing LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC won't mind that fact a bit. 18 minutes later it was, as the noted philosopher Lawrence Berra once observed, "déjà vu all over again" for Sweet Lou, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, 1-9 shots, and Sire Stakes winners following up with an All-Star win, as She's Allright, out of the mare Atsalrite Hanover, made the lead at the 1/8 and came home in 55.4 - 27.4 to stop the timer in 1:52.2, a personal best, while fully in control. Michelle Yanek is a partner in this impressive filly with Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Collura. Sweet Chrome started proceedings off for the Burke barn, the Sweet Lou - Camille filly taking the lead after hard usage to the 5/16, then controlling things thereafter en route to a 1:54.4 triumph over the sloppy going. Third in a Sire Stakes event in her purse bow, Sweet Chrome matched the clocking she had achieved in a Philly a.m. baby session for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and Jack Piatt III. So in summary, the Tuesday Pocono sweepers were sire Sweet Lou, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. They may turn up on the radar again. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) took center stage at the Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (July 15). St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) charged late to win the third division ($36,566). Zero Tolerance (David Miller) charged out of the gate and controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). St Somewhere ($2.90) who is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable & P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby with Weaver Bruscemi, followed in the pocket until almost mid-stretch, fired like he had a jet pack on and got by just before the wire in 1:52.2. She missed the track record for 2-year-old filly pacers by two fifths of a second. Zero Tolerance settled for second. Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) was third. St Somewhere is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-Somstreetsomewhere. It was her second win in three lifetime starts. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) holds on to capture first division of NYSS ($35,866). Prescient Beauty ($2.80) made every pole a winning one (:28.1, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:54.1). Owned by James Avritt Sr. and trained by Gregg McNair, she looked like she was going to breeze in the stretch but Crazy Cute (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late but just fell short to finish second. Ladybeluckytonite was third. Prescient Beauty is a 2-year-old by Art Major-Precious Beauty. She is two for two in her young career. The 1:54.1 is her fastest. Long shot Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter) fires late to capture the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Sun Viser (Tim Tetrick) went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of :28.0 and half of :57.3. Gia's Surreal (Doug McNair) flew by on the backstretch and led them to three-quarters in 1:25.3. She look like she was poised to win. Boogie Roll ($27.40) was fifth after the three-quarter mark. Owned by Joe Lee, Diamond Pride, Sholty Racing, I Goldfarb and trained by Buzzy Sholty, she went three widein the stretch and went on by to win her first career race in 1:54.0. Gia's Surreal settled for second. JK American Beauty (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Boogie Roll is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Boogie Woogie Flu. Tioga Downs returns to live racing when they host NYSS freshman trotting colts on Friday (July 20) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G, the 1-5 favorite driven by Yannick Gingras, led wire-to-wire before drawing clear late to a 2¾-length victory in the 27th edition of the $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity for harness racing 4-year-old trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Ariana G completed the 1 1/8-mile distance in 2:05 and cruised to her third win in five starts this season, posting her 24th victory in 31 career starts. Coming off a world-record 1:50 2/5 score in the Graduate Series final just a week ago, Ariana G also joins 2016 winner and Gingras-driven Hannelore Hanover (who won earlier on the Saturday card in the Miss Versatility), 1964 winner Elma and 1963 winner Spry Rodney as mare winners of the Maturity and also hits the record books as the first mare to complete the Hambletonian Oaks-Maturity double. As the prohibitive favorite, Ariana G returned $2.60 to win. "I was so happy with her performance. I was a little nervous with her nine post. She cut it close a bit down the stretch, but she is just an amazing horse," said trainer Jimmy Takter, who took home his first Maturity win. "We should not compare great horse with others. She has been so good. She is just a perfect horse." Takter said Ariana G will next race on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 4) in the John Cashman Memorial. Bill's Man, driven by Corey Callahan, was second, with Top Flight Angel and Andy Miller grabbing the show dough.   by Lou Monaco, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Kissin In The Sand powered to a 3-length harness racing victory over archrival Youaremycandygirl in the $191,800 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The top two tangled last month in the Lynch final at Pocono Downs with Kissin In The Sand relentlessly tracking down the pacesetting Youaremycandygirl to prevail by a neck in an epic effort. The finish wasn't nearly as dramatic in the Shalee. Taking advantage of the elongated start in the 1 1/8-mile contest, Scott Zeron hustled Kissin In The Sand to the front entering the first turn. Youaremycandygirl and Yannick Gingras took the available seat in second. "I chose to put her on the front in a distance race," Zeron said. "She just felt stronger tonight. Maybe it helped her last time. She got aggressive today, and I put her up there." And so they finished in that order. Youaremycandygirl, last season's Dan Patch winner, tipped out for the stretch drive but the anticipated battle never materialized. Kissin In The Sand was full of pace right to the wire, finishing under wraps as the 3-5 favorite. "Coming around the last turn, I knew how loaded she was," Zeron said. "When I asked her for racetrack, she took it. "She feels like she's getting better." And that spells bad news for the rest of the division. It was the third straight win for Kissin In The Sand, improving her season mark to 4-2-0 in six starts. Overall, she is 11-for-20 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables and trainer Nancy Johansson. The time was 2:04 1/5 over the fast track on a pleasantly warm night. Kissin In The Sand paid $3.40 to win. Alexa's Power was third. by Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hannelore Hanover and Broadway Donna each won a $30,000 division of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands, with Hannelore's 1:50.2 score coming up just one-fifth of a second off the year's fastest trotting mile. Hannelore Hanover, the defending Horse of the Year, was sent off at 1-9 and led from start to finish for driver Yannick Gingras. Ice Attraction, who tried to reel in Hannelore Hanover along the inside in the stretch, finished second while Celebrity Ruth, who tried to challenge for the lead on the final turn, was third. The margin of victory was a half-length. "I was just measuring it in the stretch," Gingras said. "I don't want to go more than I have to. She was really good." Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, has won all six of her starts this year and has earned $233,338. For her career, she has won 42 of 64 races and $2.7 million. The 6-year-old mare is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.10 to win. Broadway Donna won her Miss Versatility division in 1:51.1, equaling her career mark. The 5-year-old mare took the lead from Emoticon Hanover on the backstretch and never looked back on her way to victory by 1½ lengths over Caprice Hill. Emoticon Hanover, the 1-2 favorite, finished third. "I expected a little more speed early in the race," winning driver David Miller said. "When I saw (the opening quarter) in :28, I thought I better make a move. I had to go a good second quarter, but she relaxed and had plenty left on the end of it. She seems really good right now. She's getting pretty wise to racing, she knows what it's all about." Broadway Donna has won three of five races this year and earned $43,750 for owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner has won 20 of 37 career races and $1.32 million. Sent off at odds of 2-1, Broadway Donna paid $6.60 to win as the second choice in the wagering. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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