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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 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

CHESTER, PA - The final bell came just at the right moment for Tyson as he won one of two $14,500 featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, while in the other Ataboy Hanover stayed clear through the lane and won easily. Tyson was the even-money favorite in his division of the feature, and despite the difficult tuck-then-first-over journey it looked like he had thrown the knockout punch going into the far turn, clearing to the lead and opening a 3½ length lead by the stretch call. But the Donato Hanover gelding was getting weary late, and he had to dig down deep to withstand Golden Son, who had led early, was shuffled, and then had a furious late rally, by a neck in 1:53.1, a lifetime best. Tyson, now a winner of $171,345, is co-owned by trainer Ed Gannon Jr. and driver Yannick Gingras along with Frank Canzone. Many of the same components of the first division showed up in the second - a 1:53.1 new personal best, and a "tuck-then-grind" route that carried the leader to a 3 ½ length lead at headstretch. But there was nobody moving well late to threaten the winning Andover Hall gelding Ataboy Hanover, as his margin at the wire actually grew a bit, to 3¾ lengths, for driver Eric Carlson and trainer Mark Harder, the latter co-owner with Rick Phillips and Deena Rachel Frost. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Just because Sun Stakes Saturday is now in our rear-view mirror here at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, that doesn't mean the stakes season has slowed up any. This past week featured Pennsylvania All-Stars action for two-year-old trotters, and we have Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series races for two-year-old pacers coming up. When you factor in the excellent overnight racing taking place night in and night out, we are at a truly exciting point in the season, one which we'll now chronicle by handing out some Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: ZANE HANOVER This four-year-old mare trained by Bruce Saunders made an immediate impression when she arrived from Harrah's on July 1. Facing a group of five-year-old and younger distaffers for a purse of $17,000, she controlled matters on the front end for a victory in 1:52.4. Zane Hanover was back at it on Sunday night, this time facing winners of four but no more than seven races for that same purse of $17,000. She left from post position #4 in a field of six as the even-money favorite. In the previous win, Zane Hanover was able to get to the lead with relative ease and pace fractions that weren't overly daunting. It was a different story on Sunday though, as Big City Betty fought hard to keep the lead, forcing faster fractions from the favorite as she took over on the front stretch. Big City Betty stayed right in the hip pocket of Zane Hanover, leading to numbers on the timer at the second and third poles that were a couple seconds faster than in her earlier victory. For many horses, that would have spelled doom. But driver George Napolitano Jr. called on the leader for more late, and she responded. Big City Betty came on strong in the lane, but Zane Hanover held her off to pick up the victory by a length in 1:51.1. The winning time was more than a second-and-a-half faster than the week before, but the bottom line is that she has collected two victories in a row against excellent competition at Pocono. Other top pacers this week include: Davids Coming Home (George Napolitano Jr., Gareth Dowse), who picked up his second straight condition win at Pocono and third straight victory overall, doing so in a career-best time of 1:53.3; Feeling Cam Lucky (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who followed up back-to-back wins at Harrah's with a condition victory at Pocono on Saturday night in 1:51; and Skippin By (George Napolitano Jr., Nick Surick), a mare whose 1:49.4 winning time in Sunday night's featured distaff condition pace was a career-best and matched the fastest of the week at Pocono. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SPLITSVILLE When you are trying to move up the ladder in the harness racing world, versatility is a good quality to have. Whereas a horse might be able to control a lower-quality field with no problems, moving up in class requires figuring out ways to handle tougher competition. Splitsville, a nine-year-old gelding trained by Karen Fread, was faced with that dilemma on Monday night. After winning his previous race in relatively comfortable fashion on the front end, he stepped up to face an $11,000 group on Monday night. Not only was he moving up in class, but Splitsville was also saddled with the extreme outside post in a field of nine. That meant that driver Brett Miller couldn't realistically entertain thoughts of another cozy, front-trotting win. So instead, he kept Splitsville back from the early fray, a wise move considering the way the front end bunched up with horses trying to grab the lead. At the three-quarter pole, the gelding was three-wide in sixth, but the others who had worked hard for the engine were beginning to falter. At the top of the stretch, Splitsville had worked himself into fifth position and, more importantly, had a clear path to the finish line. Miller coaxed a furious late charge out of him and he passed everybody in front, eventually winning by a half-length over Show Biz Hall in 1:56.4. Not bad considering he went off at 5-11 odds, and especially impressive considering the wide journey he had to take to pick up that second consecutive victory. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Gural Hanover (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who scored a condition victory on Sunday night in 1:53.2, the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono; Fashion Possessed (David Miller, Jim Campbell), whose first career start was one to remember, as the two-year-old colt captured a Pennsylvania All-Stars race in 1:56.4, matching the fastest All-Stars time of the evening; and Sonnet Grace (Rod Allen trainer and driver), who followed up a Sire Stakes win at The Meadows in her debut with a victory Tuesday night in a Pennsylvania All-Stars race on Tuesday night in 1:56.2, the fastest time in five All-Stars splits that evening. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SUDDENLY SAM Neither a #9 post nor a 1-9 favorite blocking his path could stop this condition pacer driven by Marcus Miller from a victory on Monday night at 48-1, leading to a $99 payout on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: YANNICK GINGRAS Gingras enjoyed the Pennsylvania All-Stars action throughout Monday and Tuesday night, leading all drivers with three victories in those $30,000 races for two-year-old trotters. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: MARCUS MELANDER Melander owned the Pennsylvania All-Stars action on Monday night for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as his trainees won three of the six divisions. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Bevigilia, for Pocono Downs

The Iron Horse, Foiled Again, has cemented his legacy in the sport of harness racing, picking up his 100th win in a mid-level conditioned event on Sunday (July 8th) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Starting from post 1, Driver Yannick Gingras sent the 14-year-old gelding right to the front, and was able to fend off challengers in the stretch to win by a length and a half in the end in 1:53, last quarter mile in :27.3. He paid $4.40 to win.    Foiled Again has won over $7.5 million dollars in his career, making him the richest harness race horse of all time. He is the 18th horse to reach the 100 win plateau. He is owned by Jjk Stables, Burke Racing, and the partnership of Weaver Bruscemi, and is trained by Ron Burke. Back in 2006, Foiled Again won his first career race at Freehold Raceway in a NW2 going for $3,400. His driver was Jim Marshall III, and his trainer was Hermann Heirmann. In 2008, he was purchased for $62,500 by JJK Stables, Weaver Bruscemi, and Burke Racing Stables. His first start for the new connections was a 5th place finish at Harrah's Chester in a NW22,500 in the last 6 starts. In 2009, he tallied 15 wins out of 26 starts With $701,000 in earnings. His stakes wins included the Levy, Battle of Lake Erie, the Beckwith, and the Kane Invitational. He finished the following years campaign with 10 wins in 24 starts and over Made over $920,000. Notable wins included The Levy (back-to-back), and the Bobby Quillen at Harrington. He surpassed $1 million in seasonal earnings for the first time in 2011. Wins included The Graduate, the Molson Pace, Battle of Lake Erie (2), The Quillen (back to back), The Indiana Pacing Derby, and The American National. He completed back-to-back $1 million seasons in 2012, with wins in The Molson Pace (back- to-back), The Canadian Pacing Derby, and the Indiana Pacing Derby (back-to- back). FA became the richest pacer ever after winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk. Foiled Again posted his 3rd straight million dollar season in 2013, with victories in the Ben Franklin at Pocono, the Kane Invitational (2), his first Breeders' Crown, and the TVG Final. The gelding won the first 4 legs of the Levy in 2014, before settling for 3rd in the final. He also won the Quillen for the third time in his career. He made over $863,000, but It was the first time in 3 years he missed $1 million for the season. In 2015, Foiled Again won the Battle of Lake Erie for the third time, as well as the Hoosier Pacing Derby. It was the first time since 2009 that he didn't make the Levy Final. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia      

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ariana G bested the boys with a world-record performance to win Saturday's $250,000 Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old trotters at The Meadowlands, defeating Moonshiner Hanover by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:50.2. Sortie finished third. The time was the fastest ever by a 4-year-old female trotter on a mile track. The previous record of 1:51 was shared by three mares: Mistery Woman in 2014, Hannelore Hanover in 2016, and Emoticon Hanover in 2017. Ariana G, a Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3, also surpassed $2 million in career purses with the triumph. Owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, the mare has won 23 of 30 lifetime races and earned $2.01 million. It was her second victory in four starts this year and came in her second race since returning from illness in June. "She was awesome tonight," winning trainer Jimmy Takter said. "I'm so glad she's where she belongs. She went up to Canada (in June) and her blood work was wrong and she scoped bad and I had to give her a little time to rebound from that. She had a good winter, so I knew she was in top-level form, it's just those things happen when they get sick." Ariana G, the only mare in the race and 3-2 favorite in the field of 10, started from post eight and was moved to the lead by driver Yannick Gingras prior to reaching the opening quarter-mile in :27.3. International Moni came to challenge Ariana G on the backstretch and got a quarter-length in front as they hit the half in :55.2, but he was unable to clear completely and continued to race on the outside entering the final turn. From there, Ariana G accelerated and pulled away from the field. She trotted the last quarter-mile in :27, which was the best of the group. "I wanted to keep (International Moni) out there," Gingras said. "He didn't look like he had as much trot as I did. My mare felt so strong. I was going to take matters into my own hands and she showed it. "I told Jimmy it was a taxing half (mile) and I wasn't a hundred percent sure I was going to win, but in the last turn she started to swell up and felt so, so strong. I knew something would have to happen for her to get beat tonight." Ariana G, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Cantab It All, paid $5.00 to win.  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first stakes event of the year for two-year-olds, raced as five $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for pacing colts on Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, saw all five divisions beat 1:55 by winners making their betting bow, and had no winner starting from inside post six. The fastest two-year-old of 2018 is De Los Cielos Deo, who won at Gaitway in 1:52.3, his own last ¾ in an incredible 1:21.3! And he wasn't even the favorite in his All-Stars race, as he and another son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Malicious, were both sent off at 1-1, the latter the slight choice, perhaps because he had post seven in his eight-horse division, and "Cielos" starting to his right. But it was the last-named colt who won, as De Los Cielos Deo added the 5/8-mile track season's record to his already-impressive resume, winning in 1:53. The winner, whose name translates to "from the heavens of God," was midpack outside at the quarter in 27.4, with Captain Malicious third and frontward-bound; after he made the top, Yannick Gingras got the front with De Los Cielos Deo, reaching the half in 57 and the 3/4s in 1:26. It was then that the serious pacing got started, and De Los Cielos Deo had a last quarter of 27 in him to hold off Captain Malicious by a half-length in 1:53, which gave the winner a second seasonal best. Ron Burke conditions the precocious baby (his dam is Lisjune) for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. The former season's recordholder for baby colts at 1:53.4, Lyons Night Hawk, also won a division, from post eight as well, and in 1:53.3 - 56 - 27.4, his fastest time. The son of Sweet Lou - Weapons Against, who sat the pocket behind pacesetting favorite Semi Tough then caught him by a neck , would have rewritten his own (at the time) seasonal best for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Gareth Dowse, and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound ... ... if another Tetrick/Dowse/"Mound" horse, the Well Said - Stolly Up Bluechip colt Lyons Johnnyjnr, had not 22 minutes earlier won in wire-to-wire fashion from post six in 1:53.2 - 55.3 - 27.3, putting him temporarily at the top of the hill. The clocking was also a mark for Lyons Johnnyjnr, who is owned by Joseph-Lyons Mound. Proof made the lead past the quarter from post six and set the pace, blistering home in 54.1 to lower his best clocking to 1:53.4 while withstanding a pocket rally from Captain Victorious by a neck. The son of A Rocknroll Dance - Ginger And Fred was driven by David Miller for trainer Brian Brown and Diamond Creek Racing. Sire Sweet Lou got a second stakes credit and another winner from post eight, and Diamond Creek Racing had a consecutive owning double, when Blood Money came home in 55.3 - 27.1 to win in 1:54.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Out of the mare Blood Diamond, Blood Money had previously won a Meadowlands a.m. session in 1:53.4. Tim Tetrick drove a third winner in a $30,000 Sunday Pocono race when he got a ferocious late rally from the Bettor's Delight mare Diva's Image, who won a blanket finish in a Great Northeast Open Series race for pacing mares in 1:49, a new mark and a season's record. Tetrick was locked in much of the mile with the Jennifer Bongiorno trainee, then found room in front of a gapper late on the turn, swung widest, and thundered past everybody nearing the wire. The pointleader in her Great Northeast division, Diva's Image is owned by Joseph Bongiorno LLC, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro, and J&T Silva Stables LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The return of the defending Horse of the Year and the season’s-fastest trotting and pacing miles highlighted the Friday night action at the Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 HOTY, came back to her favorite track and was an easy 2¾-length winner of the feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The 6-year-old daughter of Swan For All used a quick burst of speed to clear the top before the half and had little trouble from there, stopping the clock in 1:50.3, which equaled the fastest trotting mile of the year in the sport. Pinkman was second with Celebrity Ruth third. Hannelore Hanover, who returned $2.40 as the 1-5 public choice, was driven by Yannick Gingras and is trained by Ron Burke. She now has 41 wins from 63 lifetime starts and earnings just shy of $2.7 million. Less than an hour later, Muscle Diamond, driven by Andy McCarthy and trained by Brett Bittle, established a new season’s best on the trot of 1:50.1 while winning a conditioned event. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill ($4.80 to win as the 7-5 favorite) was on the point at the half, shrugged off bitter pressure from longshot Celebrity Express heading to three-quarters, and hit the wire 1¼ lengths clear of You Know You Do. He now has 13 wins in 44 career starts and earnings of just under $700,000. The fireworks show was still going strong in the 12th-race finale, as the Tony Alagna-trained American History prepped for next week’s Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Eliminations with a season's-fastest 1:47 win in a conditioned pace. The victory was Gingras’ fifth of the night. The 3-year-old son of American Ideal sat off torrid early fractions of :26.3 and :53, which were set by All It Takes. After Hayden Hanover popped the pocket at three-quarters (1:20.1) and came after the leader, right behind him was American History, who got up in deep stretch to record a neck victory, and in the process, lowered his previous lifetime best by two-and-one-fifth seconds. As the 4-5 favorite, he returned $3.60 to win in taking his fifth lifetime victory in 10 starts. A LITTLE MORE: The program also featured first leg New Jersey Sire Stakes action for 2-year-olds, and one performance stood out from the rest. Greenshoe ($2.80 as the 2-5 public choice) broke at the start, got back on gait, made an explosive move heading to three-quarters and won a division of the colts and geldings trot in 1:56.2. The son of Father Patrick was driven by Brian Sears. … The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $268,210. … All-source wagering on the card totaled $1,893,698. … Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

CHESTER PA - The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) continues this weekend, with open pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia in the afternoon and mare pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono at night. (For the first time in the GNOS's two-month run, the open trot did not fill.) Both races will go for the series' customary $30,000 purse. For the afternoon event in Philly, Emeritus Maximus was accorded 3-1 morning line favoritism off a giant mile at the riverside oval last Sunday, where he tucked, came again first-over, and still went on to a 1:49 victory. The career winner of $573,953 will be starting from post four in the field of seven for trainer Kyle Moore and driver Andy Miller. Rockeyed Optimist is the third-highest pointwinner in this GNOS division so far including a May 12 victory, but he'll have his work cut out for him here, starting from the outermost post for trainer Jake Leamon and driver Brett Miller. On the other side of the starting gate is Robbie Burns N, who had won his first three U.S. starts at Harrah's before finally tasting defeat at The Meadowlands, though he was timed in 1:49.3 and beaten less than three lengths; he'll look to rebound for trainer Joshua Parker and driver Corey Callahan. In the evening's mare pace at Pocono, the three entrants who have won in the series have been made the morning line choices - in inverse proportion to their post position. The 5-2 favorite is Tequila Monday, who begins on the outside of the field of eight for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Hunter Oakes. The winner of $669,888 won her only start in the GNOS here on June 3, going in 1:51 over a track rated two seconds off. L A Delight, a 1:50.3 GNOS winner at Philly on May 27, comes in off a third in the Roses Are Red Final at Mohawk; she'll begin from post six for trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Yannick Gingras. Caviart Ally, who was a $72.20 upset winner at Harrah's last week, will start from the rail for trainer Noel Daley and driver Andrew McCarthy. From the PHHA at Harrah's & Pocono Down 

After suffering through early-season issues, All Bets Off appears to be back on his game. The 7-year-old stallion, who is within striking range of $3 million in career purses, leads three horses from the stable of trainer Ron Burke into Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. All Bets Off is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind 5-2 favorite McWicked. All Bets Off was winless in his first four races of the year, with three finishes of sixth or worse, before getting time off to regroup. After a six-week absence, All Bets Off returned with a third-place finish in the Battle of Lake Erie, a win in the preferred handicap at the Meadowlands, and a second-place finish by a nose to Sintra in his elimination of the Ben Franklin. However, Sintra was dropped to third for racing inside the pylons, giving All Bets Off the victory. For his career, All Bets Off has won 29 of 110 races and earned $2.99 million. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, Frank Baldachino, and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. "In his last three he's been back to the All Bets Off that we know," Burke said. "The beginning of the year was a complete disaster. We couldn't figure out what was wrong. But it was a bunch of things; it wasn't just one thing. We knew he wasn't sound, he wasn't breathing. For two weeks we turned him out and basically let him reset himself. He's been lights out his last three." The Franklin is one of four marquee events that make up Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono. The card also features the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, where filly Manchego is the 5-2 morning-line favorite; the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial, with Lather Up the 2-1 favorite; and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, where Sidewalk Dancer is the 5-2 choice. All Bets Off will start the Franklin from post No. 5 with driver Matt Kakaley. "I think he's ready, it's just how does he get there," Burke said. "He doesn't like to sit two holes; he'd either rather cut the mile or come off the back. But if he's sitting sixth or seventh it's probably too far to come from there." Burke's remaining two Franklin finalists are Filibuster Hanover and Rockin Ron. Filibuster Hanover was third-placed-second in the same elimination as All Bets Off and will start from post eight with driver Yannick Gingras. Rockin Ron was second in the elimination won by McWicked and will leave from post six with driver Louis Roy. Filibuster Hanover, a 4-year-old gelding, has won five of six races this year and 12 of 39 lifetime to accumulate earnings of $1.04 million. He is owned by Burke Racing, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. "He's been super," Burke said. "Last week I was a little disappointed, I thought he should have won from the trip he got. We scoped him and he didn't scope the best, so we worked on him all week and I would expect that he'll be better." Rockin Ron, a 6-year-old gelding, has won five of 12 races this year and finished second on four occasions. For his career, he has won 33 of 93 starts and $1.26 million. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. The 28-year-old Canadian-based Roy has driven Rockin Ron three times, winning an elimination of the 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:47.2 at Mohawk before finishing second by a neck to Sintra in the final, and posting an eight-length win in May's Camluck Classic in a track-record 1:50.1 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. "Rockin Ron is the wild card," said Burke, who has won the Ben Franklin twice. "For whatever reason, the two best starts of his life have been with Roy driving so that's why we brought him down. The kid just rolls him and the horse reacts to it. I don't know if he'll change tactics, but the horse does step out of the blocks when we use that kid driving." Joining All Bets Off and McWicked as Franklin elimination winners was Australian-bred Heaven Rocks. He will start from post four with David Miller driving for trainer Ross Croghan. McWicked, trained by Casie Coleman, will be driven by Brian Sears, who also piloted the stallion to victory in his elim. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono. The Franklin is race No. 11 on the card, preceded by the Lynch and Hempt and followed by the Beal. Following is the field for this year's Ben Franklin Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Mac's Jackpot-Brett Miller-Jeff Smith-15/1 2-McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-5/2 3-Donttellmeagain-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-12/1 4-Heaven Rocks A-David Miller-Ross Croghan-4/1 5-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3/1 6-Rockin Ron-Louis Roy-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Sintra-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-6/1 8-Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1 9-Western Fame-Andy McCarthy-Jimmy Takter-20/1 Complete entries for the card are available at this link. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER PA - The Mach Three mare Maching Me Zilly received some good fortune when two scratches took her from the second-worst post at Harrah's Philadelphia (PP7) to the best (PP5), and then she made the most of the opportunity by posting her second straight harness racing win, this one in 1:54.3 to take the $17,000 featured distaff pace Wednesday afternoon at the riverside oval. Driver Yannick Gingras made two moves to control the throttle with the favored Maching Me Zilly, and then they dug in during the last 5/16 to withstand the first-over bid of second choice Oneida Blue Chip by a length. Trainer Scott Di Domenico trains the winner, who still has a start in this "nw 8 races" class as this is only her seventh lifetime triumph, for owners John McGill, Brian Carsey, and Triple D Stables Inc. The two-year-old trotting filly Sky Is Mine made her pari-mutuel debut a victorious one in 1:58.4 for trainer Noel Daley and All Laid Out Stable Inc. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Raising Roxanna (she a full sister to $595,000 winner Raising Rachel) was put on the lead past the quarter by driver Andrew McCarthy and was in control from there, with the 2-1 second choice reporting home 2½ lengths clear of favored Havree De Grace while coming her own last half in 58. FINISHING LINES - There will be a special live card at Harrah's next Tuesday, the day before the Fourth of July, with a special post of 2:05 p.m. Featured that day will be Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotting fillies - who will be glad not to have the looming shadow of Manchego (who's in the Beal Championship this Saturday at Pocono) lurking about. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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