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WILKES-BARRE PA - Five divisions of the harness racing Pennsylvania Sire Stakes two-year-old trotting fillies were featured in their second preliminary round Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with all five cuts producing new lifetime marks, and the division pitting three of the first round winners providing the fastest victory, a 1:54.4 by That's All Moni.   The victorious daughter of Cantab Hall had to grind uncovered against favored Fine Tuned Lady, but she came her last quarter in 27.4 to overhaul the chalk, who had made the lead in front of the stands, by a neck on the money. Yannick Gingras again successfully teamed with Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter to keep That's All Moni undefeated after a pair of starts for the ownership of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   The other repeat winner was also a daughter of Cantab Hall, Dangle Then Deke, who swung three-wide headstretch under the guidance of Tim Tetrick and stormed her own last split in 28.1 to win by 1¾ lengths over Voxy, who rallied from the pocket. The 6-5 favorite kept her record unblemished after three starts for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia.   Sire Explosive Matter also had two progeny among the quintet of Pocono feature winners Tuesday. The first was Chezatter, who was a pocket rocket with a 56.2 last half in her to get a neck up on pacesetting Sienna Hanover in 1:55.2. David Miller handled the winner for trainer Trond Smedshammer and the Purple Haze Stable LLC.   Also an Explosive Matter-sired winner was Yooper, who went her second half in 57 while uncovered to stop the clock in 1:56, 1½ lengths ahead on the horse on her back the last half, Donato Fashion. Matt Kakaley got the driving call from trainer Dean Eckley for owner/breeder Clifford Grundy.   The only other favorite besides Dangle To Deke to win in the event (though's Yooper's $8.20 was the biggest price of the bunch) was the horse to follow "Deke" into the winners circle, the Muscle Massive filly Treviso, who was parked past the ¼ for command, then put in a 28.2 last quarter to win in 1:56.3, extended to win by a nose over the game first-over Princess Aurora. Treviso is trained and driven by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris and Klis Brothers Stable.   FINISHING LINES - Driver Anthony Napolitano, sidelined through injury since a May 31 far turn racing mishap at The Downs, is back and ready for sulky duty, scheduled to drive in qualifiers here tomorrow (Wednesday) and during the next purse card here, scheduled for Saturday. Anthony was second in the Pocono dashwinning derby behind his brother George at the time of the accident, and he was also doing well in expanding his regular sulkysitting to The Meadowlands and Yonkers.   PHHA / Pocono

SOUTHWIND FRANK IMPRESSIVE IN DANCER TROT

The mare showed the boys.   Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras took the lead on the far turn and was much the best, capturing the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles by 3 1/2 lengths on the Meadowlands Pace undercard Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Hannelore Hanover, the 4-5 post-time favorite and daughter of Swan For All, recorded her ninth victory in 10 starts this year and paid $3.80 to win.   "She was even better tonight than she was in Canada (winning three straight in the Armbro Flight eliminations and final and Ms. Versatility)," said Gingras. "The second time I raced her in Canada, she was a little bit hot. They made a couple of changes on her and she usually starts out a little bit stiff, but she warms right out of it. Tonight, the minute she hit the track, she felt super. She just dominated them."   Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover brushed past Musical Rhythm, driven by John Campbell, at the half-mile mark and cleared to take the lead for good.   Fractions for the 1 1/8-mile trot were :26.3, :55.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.3 and 2:05.4.   Wings of Royalty, driven by Brian Sears, held on nicely to finish second with Crazy Wow, driven by Tim Tetrick and also trained by Burke, grabbing the show spot.   Hannelore Hanover, who was supplemented to the race for $50,000, joined Bee A Magician (second in 2014) and Shake It Cerry (third in 2015) as the only mares to start in the Maturity against the males.   Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey.   The highly anticipated wagering opportunity of the season, the mandatory payout of the Super High Five wager, returned $3,269.52 for every 20¢ winning ticket. The total pool of $1,015,660 included $747,891 in new money wagered, in addition to the $267,769 carryover amount. The wager had not been hit since the Meadowlands season began in November. The 3/5 favorite Lady Shadow set a world record for 1 1/8 miles to win the Golden Girls in 2:00.3. The favorite was followed across the wire by 6/1 Solar Sister and 27/1 Inittowinafortune. Fourth place went to 42/1 Devil Child and 11/1 Katie Said rounded out the winning combination. There was a total of 276 winning tickets that were rewarded thanks to the large carryover and low 15-percent takeout rate. by Lou Monaco, for the Meadowlands        

Most people in this day and age operate on a budget and understandably so. They want some bang for their buck and that is especially true in harness racing. Frank Baldachino, however, is emphatic that splurging on Hannelore Hanover and not sticking to the bottom line may have very well been the best investment he has ever made. "Ron (Burke) and I always have a set limit on what we will spend when we look at horses," said Baldachino. "You have to stick with that line because it is easy to over spend, so for this filly we had $30,000 as our price (at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale), but I looked at Ron and said let's go up one more tick for her. So we went in for $2,000 more and that made her ours. It was the best $2,000 I have ever spent." Baldachino and his partners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, decided to open up their wallets yet again in regards to this world champion when they footed the $50,000 bill to supplement her to the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity on Saturday (July 16) at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety will begin trotting from post position four with Yannick Gingras in the bike. The Indiana champion is 3-1 on the morning line in the 1-1/8 mile contest and is only the third female to participate in this event after Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry. She is certainly a top contender to have her picture taken after the field crosses the line. She possesses the swiftest season's mark of her 10 rivals (1:51) and only the Graduate Series final victor, Musical Rhythm, has earned more cash this season ($270,573 to her $224,505). "It really was not a difficult decision to supplement her," Baldachino said. "We kept a close eye on the race last week (the Graduate Series final) and felt none of the colts stood out over her. She has been simply terrific this year and has done everything so easily without even being really asked. With those kind of performances we felt now was the time to put her against the colts. No one from that division has proved to stand out and with what she has accomplished at this point, she deserves the opportunity." With only two starts at age two, Hannelore Hanover was given an extended vacation after a 10th place finish in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on July 5, 2014. The filly was stabled at Hoosier Park and under the watchful eye of Jamie Macomber, one of trainer Ron Burke's stellar staff and her husband, Rick. Hannelore Hanover had her hooves full competing against the likes of Indiana champion Churita as a sophomore, but as the year progressed, so did this filly. On Aug. 5, 2015 she demolished her rivals in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stakes leg while coming home in :27.4. That triumph was the first of seven straight wins to close out her 3-year-old season and since then she has only tasted defeat in one event, which was a second to the seasoned Allie Labrook at Hoosier Park on June 2. The mare was timed in :26.4 for her last quarter-mile in that contest and she finished in front of Natural Herbie. She then traveled to Canada where she dominated her fellow females in the elimination for the $208,260 Armbro Flight final and then equaled the world record of 1:51, which was also a stakes and track record, in the final itself. The next engagement on her agenda was another romp in a $23,100 leg of the Miss Versatility Series, also at Mohawk Racetrack, on July 1. Hannelore Hanover stopped the clock in 1:53.4 without being seriously tested. "She is just a big, strong, perfectly made animal," Baldachino said. "She has all the parts and they are all put together. She looks exactly like a trotter should look. Everything she has done this year has just been outstanding. She did require some patience to grow into herself and Jamie, Rick and Ron all deserve credit for bringing her along. They gave her everything she needed and she has rewarded us with how she has performed. "We are all excited about Saturday night and for the rest of the year with her. To do what she has done already without being asked makes you wonder what else she has to show. Like I said, putting up that extra $2,000 to get her was unbelievably worth it." Baldachino also has another horse competing on Saturday evening's card in All Bets Off. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Penelope will leave from post position 12 in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial. He will have to contend with the likes of Always B Miki, Wiggle It Jigglieit and Freaky Feet Pete, but this horse has earned more than $1.9 million and should never be dismissed. "It's not the best post position and he has not had the best luck with the draws this year," Baldachino said. "But he is a very nice little horse. He has speed and has demonstrated he can use it if the trip works out for him. "He's a horse we purchased that was already developed and we did not get him as a yearling like Hannelore, but how can you ever be disappointed with a horse that has done the things he has? We know no matter what he will go out there and give it his best. That's all you can ask for." Following is the field for the Hambletonian Maturity. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Fashion Creditor-David Miller-Tom Fanning-30/1 2. Centurion ATM-Trace Tetrick-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 3. Wings Of Royalty-Brian Sears-George Ducharme-10/1 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3/1 5. Crescent Fashion-Scott Zeron-Ake Svanstedt-15/1 6. Muscle Up The Goal-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-6/1 7. Crazy Wow-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-4/1 8. Lookslikeachpndale-Brett Miller-Luc Blais-25/1 9. Musical Rhythm-John Campbell-Benoit Baillargeon-5/2 10. Honor And Serve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 11. Canepa Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-8/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 14, 2016-They won the draws as well as and the hearts and minds of the electorate Thursday night. Short-priced pole-sitters Dayson (Yannick Gingras, $2.60) and Dante (Ake Svanstedt, $2.80) delivered in Yonkers Raceway $163,374 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Dayson, racing in a money start for the first time since adding trotting hopples, allowed Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) the initial lead in the opening ($80,937) division. Dayson then retook right before a :29.4 opening quarter-mile, with none of his five rivals electing to press the issue. After a :59.2 intermission and 1:27.3 intermission, Smalltownthrowdown pulled an early pocket in the final turn. Dayson met that challenge and widened, open to 2½ lengths in 1:56.1. Royson (Jim Marohn Jr.) skimmed the cones to grab second, with "Throwndown" third. For Dayson, a Conway Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables and Rossi Smith, it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $35.40. "It was nice and easy," Gingras said. "The straps definitely helped him keep his mind on business." As for Dante in the $82,437 second division, he was content to sit pocketed to uncoupled stablemate The Royal Harry (Mark MacDonald) though intervals of :28.0, :58.2 and 1:28.1. That one had a length-and-quarter lead entering the lane, but Dante edged out and edged by. He beat his barn neighbor by a length in 1:57.2, with Credevie (George Brennan) third. For Dante, a son of Credit Winner trained by his driver for owner Courant A B, he's 4-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $7.60, with the triple returning $105.50. "He doesn't pull as much as he did (at 2)," Svanstedt said. "He's a better horse to drive now." Stakes action continues here this weekend. Friday night, the $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace (3-year-old fillies). Saturday night, it's the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard (2-year-old colts/geldings). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, July 12, 2016 -- Fine Tuned Lady zipped to the front at the quarter and blew away the field, scoring in a stake-record 1:55.1 in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The mile is the fastest this year by a freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. The $195,560 event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over five divisions, with Dangle Then Deke, Broadway Idole, Thats All Moni and Sianna Hanover taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a stake double behind Thats All Moni and Sianna Hanover. Fine Tuned Lady was away second before Corey Callahan moved her to the point. She widened her lead from there, defeating the rallying Treviso by 7-1/2 lengths, with Star's Edge third. The time lowered the stake mark of Lifetime Pursuit by a tick. Asked to list her strengths, Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen, could only beam. "Her strengths? Everything," he said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess, who's campaigned by William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "She's great to drive. You just feel like you're floating out there. If you don't have a watch, you don't know how fast you're going." James Bafia, a Chicago Blackhawks fan who owns Dangle And Deke, named her for hockey maneuvers that involve deception. Yet there was nothing tricky about the win of Dangle Then Deke. She powered to the front at the quarter for Tem Tetrick, prevailing in 1:57.3 and remaining undefeated after two starts. Nicole Matters was second, 1/2 length back, while Tanya's Dance earned show. "She's taken a liking to the five-eighths, and she likes to race," said Dirk Simpson, who conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles, a $28,000 yearling acquisition. "She's a nice, honest filly." When Sianna Hanover was parked through the opening panel, Gingras passed up an opportunity for a seat. "Had there been nobody outside me, I might have (taken a seat)," he said. "But there were already horses making moves from the back, so I didn't want to do it at that point. She doesn't mind that kind of trip. She's a top-class filly." It proved the winning decision, as Sianna Hanover rolled to a 2-3/4-length victory over French Press in 1:57.1. Princess Aurora completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, 15-1 outsider She Wore Red moved second over for Callahan, trainer John Melsheimer and owner Joyce McClelland to triumph in a career-best 1:54.1, 2-3/4 lengths better than Princess Pablano. Barn Girl was third. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann extended her lifetime bankroll to $145,575. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Medusa continued to wreak havoc in the fillies and mares open handicap division at the Meadowlands Friday night, taking the featured $25,000 pace by 2½ lengths in dominant wire-to-wire fashion. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight has now won three straight Big M female features and five in a row overall for owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. Yannick Gingras had the drive behind the Andrew Federico Jr. trainee and left the gate quickly. Longshot Inittowinafortune extended her slightly around the first turn before Medusa made the top at the quarter in :27. A rated second fraction saw the 6-5 public choice hit the half in :55 as none of her six opponents came after the eventual winner. Medusa was clear of the field by 2¼ lengths at three-quarters in 1:22.2 before cruising under the wire - while lowering her lifetime-best for a third straight start - and stopping the clock in 1:49. The fast-closing Katie Said, sent off as the 2-1 second choice, finished second, while Inittowinafortune held on for third. Medusa returned $4.40 to win and has now won 11 of 20 starts this season. NOTABLE: Every Way Out rolled by 4½ lengths in 1:55 in the final leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers as the 1-9 favorite and figures to once again be an extremely short price in next Friday's final. ... Marion Marauder ($15.20), last when they turned for home, rallied through the stretch and found a seam late to take the 3-year-old open colt and gelding trot in 1:52.2, gunning down 2-5 favorite Dog Gone Lucky nearing the wire. ... The 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next racing program to $31,911.51. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,554,374, an increase of $347,436 over the corresponding card from a year ago. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m.  by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 7, 2016) - Few trainers have dominated the Hambletonian Oaks like Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. The 55-year-old has won the filly classic five times including the past two editions with Wild Honey and Lifetime Pursuit. Takter will have a contender in both divisions of the $56,486 Reynolds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, which also features a pair of $250,000 Graduate Series Finals for four-year-olds and a single Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination. Takter's Breeders Crown champion All The Time is the 7/5 morning line favorite in the first Reynolds division which goes as race two on the program. The daughter of Muscle Hill defeated aged horses last week in a conditioned race in a lifetime-best 1:52.3 over a sloppy track. It was a major bounce back effort after a defeat as the 1/5 favorite in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in early June. "That was really something weird that happened in the Sire Stakes when she was off in her right hind leg," explained Takter. "She basically raced on three legs that night and still finished second. But she has since come back very well and I think is a big contender on Saturday night and in the Oaks." Takter added that she compares very favorably to his two most recent Oaks winners. As accomplished as All The Time is, Takter's other Reynolds starter is a virtual unknown. Unica Steed makes just her second North American start after compiling a perfect three-for-three record racing in Italy for top French trainer Fabrice Souloy. Unica Steed is by 1998 Hambletonian winner Muscles Yankee and the first foal out of the $1.6 million earning mare Premiere Steed, who set a world record on a five-eighths mile track of 1:52 when winning a race in Finland in 2009. "She is a beautiful looking filly and I like her a lot," said Takter. "I got her about six or seven weeks ago and she was really good in her second qualifier with Yannick driving. I thought she was handled too carefully last week in her first race at the Meadowlands. Time will tell how well she fits because it's hard to tell off of her two-minute wins in Italy, but she shows ability." Unica Steed is a homebred owned by Ecurie Ab Trot. Takter explained that the filly really had nowhere to race in Italy and the owners decided to send her to North America to compete. After the Reynolds, she is also eligible to next weekend's Del Miller Memorial ahead of the Hambletonian Oaks on August 6. Saturday's Graduate Pace features a highly-anticipated matchup between Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and Indiana sensation Freaky Feet Pete who headline the full field of ten. "Having these two superstars compete in the Graduate Final is exactly the reason I think it is so important to keep our stars racing on the track," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. "Obviously, Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelding, but both he and Freaky Feet Pete built tremendous fan followings last season and it would have been a major loss for the fans and our sport if they were retired. Now we are treated to matchups like this one and hopefully another showdown with Always B Miki next week in the Haughton." Post time for Saturday's 13-race card is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

I've had the opportunity to call two Breeders Crowns during my time as track announcer at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and yet I don't think I've ever been a part of a race as highly anticipated as the Ben Franklin pace that was contested last Saturday at Pocono as part of Sun Stakes Saturday. Three of the sport's most talented horses at the absolute peak of their powers battled it out in a race that justified every bit of the hype. And although the result doesn't technically prove anything but who was the best on that given night, the victory is a great feather in the cap of Always B Miki, who won the three-way dance. After all, the opportunity for he and Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit to converge on the same night at the same track in the same race might be a long time coming, if it ever happens again at all, so bragging rights might last a while. Before we talk about exactly how the Franklin played out, there is the not-so-small matter of the three other huge stakes races that took place on Sun Stakes Saturday. In each of those races, the prohibitive favorite silenced any doubters that he or she might have faced coming into the race with a definitive performance. These performances may have removed some of the suspense from the proceedings, but they also solidified the greatness of the horses that delivered them. In the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial pace for 3-year-old fillies, Pure Country came in looking to recapture the mantle of invincibility she possessed as a 2-year-old when she went unbeaten in ten races. She had won half of her six starts in 2016 coming into the Lynch, losing twice to Darlinonthebeach, who was in the Lynch field as well. But Pure Country, trained by Jimmy Takter, dusted that one by brushing by her in the front stretch, then held off a game Blue Moon Stride in the stretch by a half-length in a career-best 1:49:2. Driver Brett Miller was aboard for Pure Country, and he continued his big night by piloting Racing Hill, who rolled to victory in the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial pace for 3-year-olds. Racing Hill is the lone Sun Stakes champion who can't really claim divisional supremacy, considering that Betting Line swept through him and several other Hempt competitors in the North American Cup in Canada and didn't make his way to Pennsylvania for this race. But Racing Hill, trained by Tony Alagna, still earns credit for handling the Hempt field with such ease on the front end, winning by a comfortable 2 ½ lengths in a career-best time of 1:49. The $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot for 3-year-olds seemed to be a perfect place for Southwind Frank to continue his dominance of the sophomore trotting division, at least until he was upset at 1-9 in the elimination by Bar Hopping. A #7 post in the final seemed like an invitation to more problems. Yannick Gingras never sweated the trip, guiding Southwind Frank to the lead on the front stretch, rating him expertly, and then coasting home for a two-length victory in 1:52:4. Suddenly the loss in the elimination seems like a blip, and the career record of 14 wins in 16 races looms large as Southwind Frank heads toward the Hambletonian hype. Back to the Franklin, which carried a purse of $500,000. For those who might have forgotten, the three main competitors were Wiggle It JiggleIt, defending horse of the year and one of the most popular stars the sport has seen in years; Freaky Feet Pete, a four-year-old counterpart of Wiggle It JiggleIt with a record almost as gaudy despite coming from humble origins in the Midwest; and Always B Miki, whose world record-matching victory in the Franklin eliminations was the latest in a series of jaw-dropping victories for the 5-year-old stallion. As if so often the case, these big races never go exactly according to plan. Most people expected several horses to be winging it toward the front end and a sturdy outer flow to develop. Certainly that's what driver David Miller expected when he sent Always B Miki to the outside on the first turn. But instead he cruised to the front of the pack and past Freaky Feet Pete for the lead at the 3/8-mile marker. It was by no means easy after that, as Wiggle it Jiggleit came hard at him first-over on the back stretch. Once that charge was repelled, Always B Miki, trained by Jimmy Takter, had to summon more energy to hold off Freaky Feet Pete in the pocket. But after a trip in the eliminations in which he was parked for two turns, Saturday night must have seemed like a breeze for Always B Miki. He fended off Freaky Feet Pete by a length, once again pacing the mile in 1:47 to match his world-record time from the previous week. The enthusiasm and excitement generated by both the Franklin and all of the big races on Sun Stakes Saturday demonstrate just how much the fans of this sport care for it. They want to see greatness, and they had that chance on Saturday night. Let's hope that fate provides even more opportunities for the harness racing stars to align in such a manner in the very near future. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2-year-old pacing fillies coming to Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night for the New York Sire Stakes may just be starting their careers but they sure did attract some of the top drivers from around North America to help them out.   Names such as Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Andy Miller, Jim Morrill Jr., Daniel Dube, Brett Miller and Chris Christoforou are all scheduled to be in the sulky guiding the ladies around the Hamburg half-mile oval in four divisions worth $27,500 each.   And while there are some well-known drivers coming to town, some big-name trainers will be bringing in their charges including top conditioners Ron Burke, Linda Toscano, Julie Miller and Ray Schnittker.   Besides the battles going on between the drivers, trainers and the damsels, bragging rights are also on the line for the sires. Art Major has 10 daughters entered while Roll With Roll has eight, Rock N Roll Heaven seven and American Ideal four.   With hot and humid conditions in the forecast along with a fast track, the Buffalo Raceway track record for 2-year-old filly pacers of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and Summertime Lea in 2012 may be on the chopping block.   The opening division, set for the third race, features 5-2 morning line favorite Roaring To Go (Brett Miller), an impressive winner at The Meadowlands on June 24. Sitting 9-1/4 lengths from the lead in the race, Roaring To Go (Art Major-Lioness Hanover) unleashed a 25.3 final quarter mile to pull off the victory in 1:54.4.   Not to be overlooked is the 7-2 second choice in Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Hanover-Villa Hanover). The Linda Toscano-trained Planet Rock will be driven by Tetrick and produced a 1:56.2 time in a qualifier at The Meadowlands last time out.   The second leg, slated as the sixth race, will feature the Toscano-Tetrick combination once again as Robin J gets the seven post and is tabbed the 3-1 favorite. She has two victories in qualifiers including a 1:56.4 win back on June 18 at The Meadowlands.   That's How We Roll (Art Major-Rockn At The Beach) drew the rail and is the second choice at 7-2. Trained and driven by former Buffalo Raceway regular Ray Schnittker, That's How We Roll, a $75,000 purchase in 2015 at the Lexington Sales, showed some late pace with a 25.4 last quarter in a third place finish on June 24 at The Meadowlands.   The third division, the seventh race, appears to be the most competitive on paper with Artrageous (Morrill Jr.) the 3-1 pick out of the five post. She's undefeated with two wins in qualifiers and an impressive 3-3/4 length victory in 1:56.2 in her debut at Harrington Raceway on June 30. Artrageous (Art Major-In Deep Thought) was a $35,000 buy at the Lexington Sales in 2015.   Pleasant Roll (Andy Miller) gets the 7-2 second from the four hole. A $55,000 selection at Lexington, she has yet to taste defeat as Pleasant Roll (Roll With Joe-Pleasant Yet Bad) has a pair of 'baby race' wins including a 1:55.0 score at The Meadowlands on June 25.   At This Hour, a $75,000 buy at the Harrisburg Sales, is the favorite in the final leg, set for the ninth race. Trained by Ron Burke, At This Hour (Art Major-Dreamland's Jo Jo) gets the three spot with Gingras in the bike.   Getting the seven post is Okidoki Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.) who was tabbed the second choice at 7-2. She's just missed in her qualifying attempts, losing by just a neck and head in her only two appearances. Okidoki Blue Chip (Roll With Joe-Mattaroni) is trained by Tracy Brainard.   The 14-race program has a 5 p.m. post and will include four $15,000 Excelsior Series A races and one $6,700 Excelsior B Series race. There's also a $487 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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - All The Time went first over for the final seven-sixteenths of a mile and had little trouble prevailing by 1½ lengths over Dog Gone Lucky in a matchup of top harness racing 3-year-olds in the $17,500 featured conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. All The Time, a sophomore filly trained by Jimmy Takter, won despite being away from the races for four weeks. When last seen, she was being upset as the 1-5 public choice in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final. Dog Gone Lucky, a Hambletonian-eligible colt conditioned by Mike Stoltzfus, rallied well for the place spot in his 2016 debut. Possessed Fashion was third. As the 4-5 favorite, All The Time returned $3.60 to win for driver Yannick Gingras and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and trotted the mile in a lifetime-best 1:52.3. WHAT A MUDDER: Of the six New Jersey Sire Stakes events on the program, none of the winners were more dominant than Ariana G, a 2-year-old trotting filly by Muscle Hill trained by Takter and driven by Gingras. Coming back after bad weather caused a delay, Ariana G romped in the slop by 4¼ lengths and completed the mile in 1:58.2. ALMOST 30 GRAND: The 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next program to $29,364.87. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday with a special early post time of 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the card, there will be a fabulous fireworks show. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing fillies as its feature on Tuesday night, with the races conducted over a "sloppy" track.   If you want to win a division of this race in future years, we figured out the "recipe":   --The primary ingredient has to be a Somebeachsomewhere filly who sold for six figures as a yearling, or a Well Said miss that sold as a yearling for exactly $27,000. If you were a $100,000 purchase, your dam had to have won over $1M on the racetrack; if a Well Said, somebody in the immediate family had to top $750,000 in racing earnings.   --Your horse had to be making her purse debut, with a winning qualifier already under her girth.   --Your driver's name had to be either "Gingras" or "Miller."   --Your filly had to be the favorite in the race.   --She had to be on the lead at the half, preferably (3 out of 4) by making a move in the second quarter (the other winner led at every pole).   --She had to take a new lifetime mark.   That seems a very simple formula to follow, doesn't it? Here's how it played out over the four divisions:   Yannick Gingras won two of the All-Stars sections, the first with the Somebeachsomewhere- Idyllic filly Idyllic Beach, who won by ¾ of a length over hard-charging rival Tardy For The Party in 1:55.4 - 57.2 - 28.2 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz.   Gingras later posted career victory #6005 with Sapphire Breeze, a Ron Burke-trained daughter of Well Said whose half-brother Fat Mans Alley just went over the $750,000 plateau with a win here Saturday on Sun Stakes elimination night. Sapphire Breeze, who was clocked in 1:55.2 - 57.1 - 28, won by 2¾ lengths over late-closing Pittstop Danika (another Burke trainee) for the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The other winning daughter of Well Said was Watch What You Say, whose second dam was a half-sister to the $1.2M-winning world champion Hana Hanover.   This Mike Hall-trained miss defied the "cookbook" in two ways: she was the only wire-to-wire winner, being 3¾ lengths clear at the wire in the fastest time of 1:54.4, last half 56.1, for driver Brett Miller; and she was the only visitor to Victory Lane who had part of her ownership team purchase her yesterday - after a 1:55.1 qualifying win at Harrah's, Watch What You Say attracted enough attention that the CTC Stable saw its partner, and the filly's breeder, Fred Hertrich III, sell his share to Brad Grant and Howard Taylor, with the deal registered the previous calendar day.   The other daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Someomensomewhere, is out of the seven-figure racemare Omen Hanover, and she added further spice to the recipe by throwing two "Millers" into the pot - driver Marcus and trainer Erv. Someomensomewhere stopped the timer in 1:57.3, with a 28.2 last quarter sufficient to keep Dangerous Woman, who came from last at the ¾, at bay by 1½ lengths for the Nick Surick Stable LLC and the KDM Stables Corp. (they're registered as "Corp." with the USTA).   Now that we've discovered the recipe for a PA All-Stars winner, we have to start on a formula that produces a Wiggle It Jiggleit, an Always B Miki, or a Freaky Feet Pete (yes, Hoosiers, we've figured out the first part). Because these three are matched up for the first time, vying with the likes of Mel Mara, State Treasurer, and five other hardknocking FFAers, in the $500,000 Franklin Pace Championship this Saturday night at Pocono, the highlight of the $2M Sun Stakes Saturday.   If you have any doubt how much this race is being anticipated, go to the next best thing to the horse's mouth, the driver's mouth. Read in the trade press about the excitement being shown by names like Miller, Gingras, and Tetrick - veterans of the racetrack wars who will all be in the race - and be reminded that the eyes of the entire harness racing world will be on the 11th race at the mountain oval Saturday night.   1:47? 1:46.4? Faster?   From the PHHA Media Department

In many cases, winning seven harness races in a row would be the most notable achievement of any harness racing driver's day. But for Yannick Gingras, such a streak got him to an even more noteworthy accomplishment --- career victory No. 6,000. On Sunday, the 36-year-old Gingras won his final four drives at Harrah's Philadelphia before heading north to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where he had three drives in Pennsylvania All-Stars action. Gingras won all three, finishing the day with 6,000 lifetime triumphs. Gingras notched his milestone win with Ron Burke-trained 2-year-old male pacer Normandy Beach in the seventh race at Pocono. "That's just neat that it worked out that way," Gingras said. "Someone mentioned to me yesterday that I was getting close, but I wasn't sure how close I was. "At this stage, it's a good number --- it's always nice to get these milestones --- but at this point we race so many horses they come quite often, honestly. But it's definitely nice. I'm sure it's something that later on it will be nice to talk about these numbers. Hopefully, I'll have made it higher than 6,000." Gingras was harness racing's Driver of the Year in 2014 and has led the sport in purses each of the past two seasons. This year, Gingras has won 164 races and $3.12 million, which ranks fifth in North America. His top wins this season include the Pennsylvania Classic with Check Six, Roses Are Red with Lady Shadow, Armbro Flight with Hannelore Hanover, Confederation Cup with Rockin Ron, New Jersey Sire Stakes championship with Southwind Frank, and a Group 2 race in Sweden with Pinkman. Other stars driven by Gingras during his career include Foiled Again, Mission Brief, Father Patrick, JK She'salady, Maven, Pastor Stephen, and Darlin's Delight. This weekend, Gingras will turn his attention to Pocono's Sun Stakes Saturday card, where his drives include Southwind Frank in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Southwind Frank, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, saw a 12-race win streak halted by Bar Hopping last Saturday in their Beal elimination. Bar Hopping won by a neck in 1:52.1. "He's good," Gingras said about Southwind Frank, who has won 13 of 15 career races and is the early Hambletonian Stakes favorite. "He wasn't a hundred percent on Saturday. That's pretty scary to get beat a neck when he's not at his best. I think he'll be ready to rock on Saturday night." Gingras also is anticipating the $500,000 Ben Franklin, where older male pacing stars Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, and Wiggle It Jiggleit all head to the final off impressive elimination victories. "That's going to be an unbelievable race," said Gingras, who is listed on Burke trainees Rock N' Roll World and Always At My Place. "I'm looking forward to, not only being a part of it, but seeing who is the king of the division now. I hope it's everything we hope it's going to be. "There will be a lot of good racing there at Pocono on Saturday night. I have some good ones, so I'm definitely looking forward to it." Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA - The first stake of the year on the local scene for harness racing two-year-olds, a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for baby pacing colts, was raced in four $30,000 divisions Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with favored horses, sire Somebeachsomewhere, and driver Yannick Gingras taking three of the four contests, and trainer Ron Burke notching a double.   The intersection of Gingras, Somebeachsomewhere, Burke, and the only non-chalk winner produced the fastest winning time, as Filibuster Hanover rallied out of the pocket into back fractions of 55.4 - 27 to go by pacesetter Huntsville by a length in 1:53.2. The son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Fashion Ecstasy (a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, both out of the great race mare Galleria) won for Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph Di Scala Jr., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC in his first purse start, which was the common element uniting all four winners.   The other winner of the Burke Brigade, also handled by Gingras, was another son of Somebeachsomwhere (this one out of the million-dollar winning mare Symphony In Motion), Normandy Beach. The triumphant colt stormed to the lead first time in the homestretch, then came home in 55.4 to fend off the pocketrallier Boogie Shuffle by a neck in 1:54.4 for owner William Donovan.   The third stakes triumph of the night for Yannick Gingras came with the one horse who technically did not take a new personal best, the Western Ideal colt Western Joe, who also moved early and then came home in 55.3 - 27.2 to tally in 1:55, which equaled the time he posted in a qualifier eight days earlier, two lengths ahead of Fear The Dragon. Chris Choate handles the conditioning of the fast baby for owner/breeder Anthony Ruggeri.   The "Kings of Delaware OH," driver David Miller and trainer Brian Brown, had the third Somebeachsomewhere colt to return to the winners circle, Downbytheseaside. The winning freshman got away fifth from post eight, made the frequent Pocono winning move of a second quarter brush, then hung a giant closing quarter of 26.4 on the board to complete the mile in 1:55.1, 1¾ lengths ahead of earlier leader Mac's Jackpot, for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, and Richard Lombardo.   Five divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies are gathered for a PA All-Stars event that will headline the Monday card at The Downs.   PHHA / Pocono  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras put Lady Shadow on the front and never looked back to win the $370,000 Roses Are Red Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Mohawk Raceway. An impressive group of ten older pacing mares clashed in the Roses Are Red, but just like last year, Lady Shadow took home the winner's share of the purse. The Ron Adams trainee was put on the engine by Gingras from post three, as the rest of the field lined up in post position order. Lady Shadow carved out fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 to bring the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, the Adams trainee continued to power along and showed her class winning by a length and a half in a career best 1:48.1. "Believe me I was surprised too that there was no speed on the outside," said Gingras. "I watched a few of her replays and looked at her lines from last year and before that because I was actually thinking about racing her off the back, especially with the way the card has been playing out, the front hasn't been that good. "Obviously she is better on the front, her lines show that, but when the gate folded nobody left so it made my decision easy." Waasmula, who got a pocket trip, finished second, while Solar Sister came up the rail for third. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow pushed her career earnings over the $1 million mark with her 19th career win. She is owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. Lady Shadow now has three wins in nine starts this season. She paid $10.50 to win. Mark McKelvie  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - Hannelore Hanover crushed her harness racing rivals with a Canadian Record performance in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Final Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The Ron Burke trainee toured Mohawk Racetrack in a career best 1:51 to match the World Record for four-year-old trotting mares and establish.h a new Canadian Record for older trotting mares. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover cleared to the front at the opening-quarter in :27.2. The daughter of Swan For All posted middle-fraction panels of :56 and 1:24.1 to lead the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover turned the race into a blowout and pulled away with ease. She trotted a :26.4 final-quarter to win by 6½ lengths in 1:51. "I knew should could go like that last week, she was totally wrapped up," said Gingras. "I knew she had a couple big miles in her that's for sure. "She's fresh and never been racing against tough horses, so she was always within herself, but it was a scary (fast) mile tonight, but she still had more." Shake It Cerry rallied from seventh to finish second, while Rules Of The Road grabbed third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover was competing in just her second Grand Circuit event Saturday. Last season, she dominated the Indiana Sires Stakes and won 8 of 19 to bank over $295,000. The Burke trainee now has seven wins in 8 starts this season to bring her seasonal earnings to $246,000. The Armbro Flight victory gives Hannelore Hanover 16 career wins and a bankroll of over $550,000. A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $2.20. Hannelore Hanover Mark McKelvie  

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