Day At The Track
Slippin The Clutch, harness racing

Carey Stable notches two at Iowa Finals

What Cheer, IA -- Trainer Curtis Carey took home harness racing trophies in both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championships held at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds on Monday (September 23) with his horses Slippin The Clutch and Frisky Pedro. The five top 2-year-old pacing colts went to the gate in the Mike Smith Memorial with Carey's Slippin The Clutch drawing the rail, followed by Its A Marcs World, Waco Sassy Kid, First Gunner and Always Hotspeed in post position five. "Slippin The Clutch is a really good horse, he's very easy on himself," said Carey. "The times he got beat this year were by Waco Sassy Kid, who I also consider to be a really good horse." The two-year-old colt pace has been a hotly contested division throughout the season. Waco Sassy Kid was the horse to beat staying undefeated until Slippin The Clutch broke his seven win streak in early August. Four of the five starters showed at least one win in their last four starts, with both Slippin The Clutch and Always Hotspeed coming off wins last weekend at Humboldt (September 14). Iowa's leading driver Will Roland piloted Slippin the Clutch, shooting off the gate to take the top and catch the quarter in 30.3. The horses remained single file until the stretch when Always Hotspeed pulled to challenge. The field passed the half in 1:04. Slippin The Clutch continued to lead to the three-quarters in 1:32.1 followed by Its A Marcs World and First Gunner on the rail. Always Hotspeed led the outer flow in third with Waco Sassy Kid on his tail. Slippin The Clutch showed no signs of slowing, and Its A Marcs World also continued to maintain in second. The pack in the back went three wide into the final turn in a battle for third. Slippin The Clutch picked up the win in 2:01. Its A Marc World took second followed by First Gunner, Always Hotspeed, and Waco Sassy Kid. "The last few weeks he's been on point, he gives me goosebumps watching him," said Carey. "Will (Roland) drove him perfectly today." A son of Millionaire Cam out of the Artsplace mare Sweet Otra, Carey's 2-year-old pacing gelding Slippin The Clutch began his freshman season training on a track miles away from the snowy Iowa winter. It was here that Carey first saw the colt's potential. "When I was training him in Florida one day he came a quarter in 28 and change," said Carey. "I knew at that point that he had some extra gears." Slippin The Clutch has proven himself for owners Jesse Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman. Paired Will Roland, Slippin The Clutch has won nine of 12 starts and paced the fastest 2-year-old colt mile in Iowa in 2019 - 1:59.4. Slippin The Clutch will be making his way to Lexington to race the next two weeks at the Grand Circuit meet, after which Carey has more big plans for him. "Right now we're pointing on the same path as we did Minnie Vinnie - taking him to some out-of-state races, and bringing him back to race in Iowa as well," said Carey. Carey's second championship winner, Frisky Pedro, has had a rough go at it. "Training him down as a yearling I thought he was a really good horse, but he's honestly been the worst luck horse I've ever been around," said Carey. "Last year he was in the finals and I had to scratch him because he got sick." Frisky Pedro started out the season with early wins at Bedford and in the Iowa Sires Stakes in June when his luck caught up with him. "This year July was awful on him -- he didn't win any money, he got sick," said Carey. "I had the vet draw blood on him after What Cheer one day and he showed that he was anemic so we started treating him. I started training him in between races. After that he really turned around." 2019's top five 3-year-old pacing colts took to the gate in the Jim Coulter Memorial with Bad Boy Destroyer on the inside, followed by My Money Honey, Oh Toodles, Frisky Pedro and Fred And Roz in post position five. With no individual having more than 5 wins in 12 starts, the Jim Coulter Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championship was up for grabs. All had shown at least one win in their past four starts, with Bad Boy Destroyer and Frisky Pedro coming off wins at Humboldt last Sunday (September 15). Four of the five had broken the two minute mark on a fair track this year, with My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro's impressive 1:58.4 photo finish performance last week. Bad Boy Destroyer, My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro fired off the gait in tandem, battling for the early lead. Frisky Pedro worked his way to the top as they headed into the backstretch followed closely by My Money Honey and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Today Will told me 'I'm going to leave with him'," said Carey. "I said if you think he can do it then do it." Frisky Pedro reached the quarter in 28.2, where Chad Svenson and Bad Boy Destroyer pulled to take on the leader. They passed the half in 58 seconds with Frisky Pedro leading by a head. Bad Boy Destroyer continued to put on the pressure and his stablemate My Money Honey tipped three wide as the trio passed the three-quarters in 1:28.4. "I think he's a much better horse than what he'd shown," said Carey. "I believed in him. Will believed in him." Frisky Pedro took advantage of the shorter rail trip and pulled away into the final turn and cruised home in 1:58.4, matching his lifetime best in the fastest 3-year-old colt pace of 2019 in Iowa. My Money Honey finished second followed by Oh Toodles, Fred And Roz and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Will drove him today like he was the best - a lot of the credit goes to him," said Carey. "He's driven our horses all year and done and amazing job with them. He deserves as much credit as anybody does for getting them to the winners circle." From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association          

Bettors Fire N, harness racing

$20,000 2-year-old finals at Plainridge

Plainville, MA --- The $20,000 Wood End Light Trot and $20,000 Nauset Light Pace finals, both for 2-year-old harness racing starters, were held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 23) and both winners were Massachusetts-bred horses. In the Wood End Light, Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) went off the prohibitive favorite and didn't let his backers down. Driver Howard Parker cut fractions of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27 with a gapped two-length advantage going into the last turn. Life Is A Feast hit the top of the stretch all alone and trotted home a wrapped-up 3-1/2 length winner in 1:56.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and also tied the track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings set by Hashtagmadeyalook (also bred in Massachusetts) in 2017. It was the second straight win for Life Is A Feast ($3.00) and owners Al Ross and Paul Fontaine. Karen Carroll bred the winner. Later in the Nauset Light another Mass-bred, Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) scored his third win in a row after leading the whole race by a length while stopping the timer in :27.1, :57.4 and 1:25.4. Around the last turn and into the stretch driver Kevin Switzer Jr. sat confidently in the bike as Han Solo paced sharply and hit the wire on top by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4. Han Solo ($4.00), who set the track record of 1:54.1 for 2-year-old pacing colts two weeks ago, is owned by Monique Cohen who also bred and trains the horse. Life Is A Feast and Han Solo should be considered early favorites in their prospective divisions of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes which get under way this Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The weekly featured $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace was won by the 1-9 Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) who led every step of the way. After backing the half down to :56.4 with no one pushing the pace, Bettors Fire N brushed home in :55 flat going away in an easy 1:51.4 victory. It was the eighth win of the year for Bettors Fire N ($2.10) who now has banked $144,470 in 2019 for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Mitchell Cushing, Drew Monti and Jim Hardy all had driving doubles on Monday and Hardy also trained both of the horses he won with. The Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool continues to grow and will be worth $42,450 in the sixth race on Thursday when racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

American Nitro, harness racing

DSBF action at Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - American Nitro ($2.10, Victor Kirby) and Leonard's Legacy ($2.40, Jon Roberts) each completed a sweep of their $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old harness racing pacing eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway with dominant victories. Owned by Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, "Nitro" cruised to an easy win over White Lands and Bebop On The Block in 1:56.1, just one-fifth of a second faster than Leonard Hubbard's Leonard Legacy's 1:56.2 win over Aidan and Elite Retreat. A son of Badlands Nitro for trainer Les Givens, American Nitro is now 3-for-4 in his career, while Tobago Cays-sired Leonard's Legacy notched his second career win for trainer NIck Callahan. The two pacers are set to square off in the $100,000 final on Wednesday October 2, when all four DSBF finals will be contested. In the $17,000 overnight feature, the Open pace, Jane Ramsey and David Amos' Ideal Kiss ($6, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner over Late Mail N and Highland Beach Boy. Trained by Don Brittingham, it was the fifth win of the year for the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding. Tony Morgan had a driving triple, while Mike Cole and Roberts each had driving doubles. On Tuesday September 24, there will be a pair of $20,000 DSBF eliminations for filly pacers, while both sexes for trotters on Wednesday September 25 will compete in four divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Trillions Hanover, harness racing

Third straight stakes win for Trillions Hanover

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2019 -- Trillions Hanover continued her red-hot ways Monday at The Meadows, capturing her third straight -- all stakes -- in a division of the $59,300 Keystone Classic. Sweet Cherry took the other split in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Trillions Hanover entered the Keystone Classic off impressive victories in the Lady Maud and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg but appeared to be idling outside after leaving from post 7. According to winning driver David Miller, that was all according to plan. "I was waiting until the dust settled," Miller said. "When she got half in 56, I was pretty confident she could get home from there. She's always been pretty good. She's tried racing against the 'Group 1' fillies. She could compete with them, but she never could beat them. But she's been pretty steady all year." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Tulu Hanover reached the point near the three-eighths and easily thwarted the Lightning Lane challenge of the pocket-sitting Rockn Philly, downing her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3. Alii Nui finished third. Tom Fanning trains Trillions Hanover, who now boasts $231,805 in career earnings, for VIP Internet Stable, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang. Sweet Cherry achieved the lead with a quick first-over blitz, then dug in late to hold off Skater Chick by a length in a career-best 1:51.1, with Philly Hanover third. Tim Tetrick, who drove and co-owns the daughter of Sweet Lou-Cherry Tree Coco with Jo Ann Looney- King, noted that she's changed her style recently -- with positive results. "I thought after the third quarter when I had to use her so hard she'd fold up, but she held them off," Tetrick said. "She never used to like the front end. We protected her and protected her. The last few times I've just been racing her and trying to wear them out. It's been working for her." Jim King, Jr. conditions Sweet Cherry. $65,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters American Kronos and Magical Beliefs each won a split in Monday's co-feature. American Kronos prepped for the Keystone Classic with a pair of tests against tough mares at Pocono. She captured both, and winning driver Troy Beyer indicated that experience helped sharpen her. "I tripped her out last week and kind of gave her an easy race coming into this," Beyer said. "She was ready to go today, and I thought the front was the best place to be. Her win at Pocono last Sunday helped her confidence a little bit. She felt real brave on the front." In the Keystone Classic, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Glide About quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble defeating Firedbylindie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4, with Hanovers Best third. Julie Miller trains American Kronos for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow. With their checks, American Kronos and Firedbylindie each became a $100,000 performer. Magical Beliefs powered off the cones in the stretch for Miller and roared past Jezzys Legacy to down her by 1/2 length in 1:55.2, matching her life mark. Fade Into You completed the ticket. "With the passing lane, I wasn't worried about finding room," Miller said. "So I took my chances and sat in with her. She likes it like that, too." Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who now has banked $284,457 for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features an $85,500 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters. On the wagering front, the card offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,095.59 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                              

What Cheer, IA -- After a roller coaster season, Garry Phillips' 2-year-old trotting gelding Muscles N Tuff finished his freshman harness racing season with a win in the 2-year-old Iowa Registered Trot Championship held on Monday (September 23) at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. A field of 2019's five top 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings went to the gate with Muscles N Tuff drawing post position two. Phillips had expected the Mintun/Gould Stable's Prince Banker would be the early leader. "We thought Mark Mintun would be up there because he had the fastest time last week," said Phillips. "But that didn't happen." Chad Svenson and Scoreoneforme wasted no time and shot off the gate quickly capturing the lead. Adam Hauser tucked Muscles N Tuff in the two hole, letting Scoreoneforme lead to the quarter in 30 seconds. At the head of the stretch Dan Roland and Itsonlymoneyhoney pulled first up locking in Muscles N Tuff as the trio passed the half in 1:01.1. Itsonlymoneyhoney continued to gain ground on Scoreoneforme and edged ahead by the three-quarters in 1:32.1. Muscle N Tuff took advantage of the live cover and followed suit, also passing Scoreoneforme, in hot pursuit of Itsonlymoneyhoney. "We were sitting right where we wanted to be," said Phillips. Hauser tipped out Muscles N Tuff in the final turn, stealing the lead from Itsonlymoneyhoney and rolling home in 2:05.4. Itsonlymoneyhoney finished second and Scoreoneforme finished third followed by Prince Banker and Exhibition Day. "We got a good trip out of him, there's no doubt about that," said Phillips. "Adam's done a super job driving." Phillips knew this horse would be a good one. Muscles-N-Tuff was, afterall, a brother to Bust-N-Tuff, a trotting gelding Phillips had campaigned the past two years as a 2- and 3-year-old. He was one of Phillips' favorites. "We bought him as a yearling because he was Bust N Tuff's brother," said Phillips. "Bust-N-Tuff trotted in 2:03.2 as a 2-year-old." From the first crop of the Iowa sire Dredd, a son of Muscle Hill, Muscles N Tuff had some early differences from his older brother. Where Bust-N-Tuff was bulky, Muscles N Tuff is finer boned. Where Bust N Tuff was more excitable, Muscles-N-Tuff is more calm. Muscles N Tuff started his season with a second place finish on his home track at Eldon, then racked up two wins and another second at Bloomfield, Oskaloosa and Kahoka. After that the colt stagnated, throwing in some uncharacteristic breaks and not finishing as strongly. Phillips knew he had to make some changes. He put on shoes with more grab, painted the colts stifles, and trained him with the power cart. Muscles N Tuff responded well, winning the two weeks preceding the Championship race, first in 2:08 then in 2:07.3. Shaving almost 2 seconds off his previous best in his 2:05.4 Championship mile, Muscles N Tuff  trotted the fastest 2-year-old colt mile in Iowa in 2019. Phillips plans to give Muscles N Tuff a few months off, then train him back for the 2020 season. by Gretchen L. Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The leading harness racing driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, both at this meet and in the history of the track, George Napolitano Jr., won five races on the Monday twilight card. The quintet raises his seasonal total to 269 at the mountain oval, 98 ahead of his brother Anthony, who is second in the standings. Completing the five-bagger for "Georgie Nap" was the Delmarvalous gelding Nine Ways, who took an $11,000 pace in 1:51.2, putting up fractions of :27.2, :55.4, and 1:23.2 and then holding off a horde of closers without too much problem for owner/trainer Antonia Storer. Nine Ways had raced at Pocono earlier in the season, taking his lifetime mark of 1:50, then went to Running Aces in Minnesota and won seven straight feature races, including the track's $50,000 Dan Patch Free-For-All Pace final. He made his return start at Pocono a successful one on Monday. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

“Heeeere they come!” That may very well be the most recognized phrase in Lincoln County, especially when it was spoken by announcer Charley Therrell during the harness races at the annual Lincoln County Fair in Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Born Charles Wayne Therrell, Mr. Charley passed away peacefully Thursday (Sept. 19, 2019) at Saint Thomas West Medical Center in Nashville. He was 77. Just a week earlier, he had been in Lincoln County for the 115th Annual Fair, again announcing the harness races one last time. A ceremony honoring his many years of service here – 47 to be exact – was held on the track about midweek. A resident of Sugar Tree in Decatur County, between Nashville and Jackson, Therrell was a devout Catholic, attending Saint Regina’s Catholic Church in Parsons at the time of his death. Mr. Charley was born in Philadelphia, Miss., educated in the public schools, attended Mississippi State University, and in 1962 began a career as a sales agent in automotive and industrial tools and equipment until his retirement in 1998. His first love, though, was harness horse racing. He was involved in harness racing for 10 years, including owning and driving harness horses, before becoming an announcer. Mr. Charley then became the voice of Philadelphia’s Neshoba County Fair as harness racing announcer, a tradition he kept up for 40 years. In 1970, he was working a show in Artesia, Miss., when a couple of ladies from Lincoln County introduced themselves, he had told The Times several years ago. Those ladies were Mrs. Sarah Byrd Posey and Mrs. Vera Stewart. “In 1972, Mrs. Posey called and asked me to come up and help for two days as a substitute as their regular announcer wasn’t able to be here every day there was racing,” Mr. Charley had said in that interview. “I guess they liked what they heard. I was invited back in 1973 and have been back every year since.” Mr. Charley also loved Mississippi State University sports and road trips with his wife, Su.  He enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren as well. He is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Neri Therrell; brother, Jim Therrell; nephew, Matt Therrell; and wife of 45 years, Nancy Therrell. Mr. Charley is survived by his wife, Su Therrell, Sugar Tree; son, Todd Therrell (Kelly), Madison, Miss.; daughters, Mary Ann Martin (Chris Hester), Thompson’s Station, Lisa Downs (Jimmy), Huntsville, Ala., Emily Havens (Lee), Cleveland, Miss., and Pam Tvrdik (Dave LeBarre), Destin, Fla.; grandchildren, Kate and Grayson Therrell, Jax and Charlie Martin, Ethan, Abby, and Emma Hester, Callie Downs Bush (Jonathan), Seattle, Wash., Harrison Downs Wood (Wilks), Raleigh, NC, and William, Elizabeth Gray, and Anna Patrick Havens; sister, Marlene Collins, Danville, Ky.; sister-in-law, Geraldine (Dan) Therrell, Philadelphia, Miss.; nieces, Stacie Therrell Weir, Philadelphia, Miss., Callie Collins, and Alex Weir Leming (Blake), Virginia Beach, Va.; and nephew, Matt Weir. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Parsons Mortuary from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Parsons, Tenn. Visitation will also be held in Philadelphia, Miss., at McClain-Hays Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Eastlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Charley’s memory to Saint Regina’s Catholic Church 108 Skyline Lane, Parsons, TN 38363, or Covenant Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 896, Cleveland, MS 38732. Reprinted with permission from the Elk County Times

Batavia, NY --- One of the most recognizable voices in the sport of harness racing in North America is that of Frank Salive. With decades of race calls to his credit and a wide and varied career resume besides, Salive will bring his "dulcet tones" to the oldest lighted harness track in North America on Friday (Sept. 27) when he makes Batavia Downs the 75th track that he has plied his trade at. "Over the years in my travels, Wally Hennessy and Bud Gilmour told me a lot of great things about racing in Western New York and I'm ecstatic to be invited to get involved with this great time of harness racing here," said Salive. "After my time at Pompano ended I tried early retirement from 2012-2014 but I could not shake the racing bug. Now I'm in my fourth season at nearby Fort Erie Race Track and still fill in at great harness tracks like Batavia when the need arises. I'm very excited to be coming down." A native of Leamington, Ontario, Salive's first exposure to harness racing was at Windsor Raceway in 1972 at the age of 17 when he saw Albatross compete there. But his career path did not take him directly to the announcers booth. Salive first played junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes as their starting goaltender under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson. He played there for three years, culminating with an appearance in the first World Junior Hockey Tournament in 1974 when the Petes beat Team Russia in Leningrad. As a result of his outstanding play Salive was named the top goaltender in the series and most valuable player of the tournament. He was later drafted in the 10th round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1975 amateur draft. Salive never played for the Penguins, instead opting for a career in broadcasting. He worked in radio and television in Windsor and covered the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal for CTV in Canada. Although his broadcast resume grew, his heart was calling him back to the track and in 1977 he took his first professional job calling races at Sudbury Downs. He later assumed that same role at Windsor and in 1991 moved to the number one job in Canada, covering all the harness action at Woodbine and Mohawk Raceway. There he called thousands of races from 1991 until 2005 including such prestigious events as the North American Cup. Most recently he has worked at Western Fair, Pompano Park and Fort Erie Race Track, where he currently is the full time Thoroughbred announcer since 2016. Salive called his 150,000th horse race at Kawartha Downs in 2017 and after that race, thanked everyone in harness racing who over the years worked so hard to make the races happen so that he had the privilege of calling them. Aside from his extensive body of work in hockey and racing, Salive is also a movie star of sorts, having had a role in three notable films. In 2005 Salive had a part in the movie "A History Of Violence" starring Viggo Mortenson, Maria Bello, Ed Harris and WIllam Hurt. Then is 2006 he was in "Lucky Number Slevin" with Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Danny Aiello and in 2009 he had another part in "Life Of Charlie". Salive will also be on hand at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 4) to take on the calling duties one more time. Post time for both nights is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Favored Scirocco Rob sat behind second choice Whats The Word for most of the $17,500 harness racing trotting feature on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then moved out in the stretch and got by that tough rival by a half-length in 1:52.1, just a tick off his lifetime mark. Whats The Word buzzed away right to the lead, while the looped Scirocco Rob made his way to the pocket before the lively :26.3 quarter. The pacesetter went on to middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4, with the winning Explosive Matter gelding coming outside for the stretch drive as the top two drew away from the rest. Scirocco Rob went by his game but outtrotted foe late, with George Napolitano Jr. getting his fourth win of the night for trainer Mark Silva and owners Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. There were three $17,000 conditioned subfeatures, two on the trot and one on the pace. In the first trot, Daniel Dube made a cameo appearance at The Downs to drive his own Muscles Yankee sophomore gelding Brownie, and the journey was worthwhile for Dube as Brownie overcame a first-over trip and held off the horse on his back, Hill Of A Horse, by a half-length in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. The Pierre Paradis-trained youngster now has a 9-4-2-1 record since adding trotting hopples on June 20. The winner of the second trotting cofeature also reduced his lifetime best as the Lionhunter gelding The Lionking AS defeated first-over Boxing Gloves by two lengths in 1:54.2. The Lionking AS had been using his early foot to work out forwardly-placed trips, then had been close without winning, but this week owner/trainer/driver Kevin Wallis sent him right down the road, and the winner responded with a sharp last quarter of :28 en route to the victory. The pacing event likewise resulted in a lifetime effort from the winenr, the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding Rebel Rouser, who stopped the timer in 1:50.2 for driver Eric Goodell, trainer Bob Cleary, and co-owners W J Donovan and Donal Murphy. Rebel Rouser went straight to the top, yielded to the pacecontrolling move of favorite Sports Legend in front of the stands, then went to the Pocono Pike and worked past the leader to win by a half-length. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new events for four-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020. The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders' Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. It is expected that the races will be conducted at The Meadowlands in late March or early April and will consist of a preliminary leg and a final. Preliminary legs will go for $12,500 or $15,000 depending upon the number of entries, with the top ten point earners advancing to the finals. All preliminary legs will be contested, regardless of the number of entries. Purses for the finals shall be tiered based upon the number of entries. If less than five horses enter the purse for the final will be $30,000; if five to seven horses are entered the purse will be $40,000, and if more than seven enter the purse will increase to $50,000. To remain eligible, a nomination fee of $200 must be made for each horse by January 15, 2020. A $200 starting fee will be required to enter the preliminary leg. There will be no additional starting fees for horses that qualify for the finals. From the New Jersey Sire Stakes

There were eight harness racing Excelsior A Finals contested on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The culmination of the summer-long Excelsior series saw eight divisions which each went for a purse of $55,000 on a beautiful late summer evening in the Spa City. Two and three year old trotters who competed starting in late spring and through the summer saw their stakes campaigns culminate on Saturday night. It was "Miller Night" at Saratoga as reinsmen Andy and Marcus Miller prevailed in three of the eight Finals. Marcus Miller piloted Century Ferrari (American Ideal) to victory in the three year old colt and gelding pace in a sizzling 1:52.4 for his father trainer Erv Miller. Century Ferrari got the jump on his race's favorite Rickybobbynthehaus (Tyler Buter) and held that one off in the stretch before securing his fourth win of the season. Marcus Miller also sat behind the Anette Lorenzon-trained Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip) in the two year old filly pace as she went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2. Andy Miller recorded a win on Saturday night as his Book Seven (Chapter Seven) went wire-to-wire in the two year old colt and gelding trot Final, stopping the timer in 1:59.4. Julie Miller trains the freshman trotter who moved his seasonal record to five for nine with the victory. Scott Zeron was the other out-of-towner to pilot a winner in a $55,000 Final as he guided the Blake Macintosh-trained Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe) to a 1:53.4 score in the three year old filly pace. Four local drivers logged victories among the eight Finals on Saturday night as well. Jimmy Devaux got the evening started for the Spa regulars by guiding Ideal Perception (American Ideal) to a front-running score in 1:54.2 in the two year old colt and gelding pace. Tony Alagna trains the freshman pacer whose victory was his third of the season. John Stark Jr. trains and drives C And T's Credit (Credit Winner) who cruised to a first-over win in the two year old filly trot, stopping the timer in 2:00 for an open-length score. Mark Beckwith and Frank Coppola Jr. each catch-drove a Finals winner on Saturday as Beckwith guided Certify (Credit Winner) to a career-best victory in 1:55, paying immediate dividends for his new connections as the three year old gelding went coast-to-coast in his first start out of the Lance Hudson stable. Coppola's win came while sitting behind George Ducharme's Hanna Dreamgirl (Chapter Seven) in the three year old filly trot. Hanna Dreamgirl sprung the biggest upset of the night, swooping the group in 1:58.3 and doing so at odds of 19-1 with Coppola at the controls. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The Iowa harness racing Championship Finals set for Sunday (9/22) at What Cheer have been postponed due to rain.  The finals have been rescheduled for Monday (9/23), post time is 12:30 pm.  Horsemen can take horses out of the detention barn to jog.  Horses may not leave the grounds or they will be disqualified. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

DAYTON, OH. - Western Fame tuned up for the Friday (Sept. 27) $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby with a stellar winning 1:48.1 harness racing performance in Saturday's $17,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The clocking was the second fastest in the six year history of the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Trainer-driver Dan Noble gunned the 6 year old son of Western Ideal towards the lead as soon as the starting car folded the wings, but it took a determined :25.3 second effort to finally clear upset minded Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith). The winner then cruised through subsequent timing stations in :53.1 and 1:20.2 before tacking on a final :28 panel to subdue a mild late challenge from Fan Of Terror. The victory was No. 23 for Western Fame from 64 starts, and added to his $1.7 million career bounty. He is owned by Go Fast Stable of Ohio, S. Klunowski of Ontario, B&I Stables LLC of New Jersey and Gil Short of Virginia. In the rapidly approaching Dayton Pacing Derby, Western Fame will square off against Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick), who owns the 1:47.4 quickest clocking in Dayton Raceway history taken in the track's signature event in 2018. Among the stellar notable Grand Circuit pacing stars that are also eligible to the stakes event are This Is The Plan, McWicked, Courtly Choice, Endeavor, Miso Fast and others. This coming Friday's card will also include the $170,000 Dayton Trotting Derby whose list of eligible nominees reads like a Who's Who of the active older squaregaiter set. Entries are due Monday morning for the Dayton Derbies as well as the strongest undercard of the season.   Gregg Keidel

STICKNEY, IL--After a string of weeks of gorgeous weather at Hawthorne Race Course, Mother Nature wasn't nearly as kind when it came to Saturday's Night of Champions. The 12 race card kicked off with a fast track, but the skies opened up prior to the start of the 11 stakes events, leaving for sloppy going through the stakes harness racing action.   THE ROBERT S MOLARO CHAMPIONSHIP Jim Ballinger's Fox Valley Gemini, two-time Illinois Horse of the Year, went off as the 1-5 favorite in the $45,000 Robert S. Molaro and didn't disappoint. Winning his fourth straight race, Fox Valley Gemini drew off to a commanding victory, getting the mile in a lifetime best of 1:50. At the finish, he was seven and a half lengths clear of the rest of the field. Dakota Roadster got up for second while Royale Rose got third. Driven by Casey Leonard and trained by Terry Leonard, Fox Valley Gemini won for the 30th time from only 39 starts. As written above, Fox Valley Gemini got the mile in 1:50 after fractions of :27.1, :59, and 1:22.3.   THE FOX VALLEY FLAN CHAMPIONSHIP Lous Abigail, winning for the seventh time in 10 starts, took Saturday's $82,000 Fox Valley Flan Championship, for three years old and up ICF Pacers. Driven by leading driver Casey Leonard and trained by Steven Searle, Lous Abigail won by a comfortable four and three-quarter lengths. Owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC, Lous Abigail got the mile in 2:00.1, after fractions of :29.4, :58.4 and 1:28.3 Bee See held on for second while Fox Valley Lush finished third.   THE INCREDIBLE TILLIE CHAMPIONSHIP Morning-line favorite but second-choice in the wagering, Fox Valley Exploit, owned by David Brigham and Kyle Husted, and driven and trained by Kyle Husted, won the $115,000 Incredible Tillie Championship, for two-year-old filly Trotters, by three and a half lengths. They raced through fractions of :29.4, :58.4, 1:28.3 with a final time of 2:00.1 Bee See, the slight wagering favorite, finished second with Lous Abigail getting up for third.   THE PLESAC CHAMPIONSHIP It was never really a contest. Danny S. Graham's Annas Lucky Star, already a track-record holder, simply dominated in Saturday's $45,000 Plesac Championship, for 3-year-olds and up ICF Trotters. She took the lead quickly and won as she pleased, going off at 1-9 and drawing off to win by 15 lengths. Her time of 1:56.3 was seconds slower than her lifetime best of 1:53.1 but it didn't matter. She set modest fractions of :30, :59, and 1:27.3. Trained by Nelson Willis and driven by Kyle Wilfong, Annas Lucky Star won for the 33rd time in her career, and her ninth from 15 starts in 2019. Primed N Powerful tracked all the way and held for second with Majistic Caprice finishing third.   THE BEULAH DYGERT MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP Flacco Family Farms' popular filly Louzotic made every pole a winning one in the $95,000 Beulah Dygert Memorial Championship, for 3-year-old ICF filly Trotters, on Saturday night. Winning for the 11th time in 15 starts this year, including her fifth straight, Louzotic had regular driver Kyle Husted in the bike. This talented filly is trained by Steven Searle. She finished six and a quarter lengths ahead of rival Heidi High with Lous Paramour getting up for the show dough. Louzotic led all the way through fractions of :29.1, :59.4, 1:29.4 with a final time of 1:58.3.   THE ERWIN F. DYGERT CHAMPIONSHIP Lourhianon, winning for the second straight time since getting Lasix, overcame the outside post position and the sloppy track to take the $92,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial, for 3-year-old ICF colts and geldings, going away. Owned by C Lawrence Mc Burney, trained by Kennedy Lindsey, and driven by Luke Plano, Lourhianon took the lead soon after coming out of the far turn, raced wide through the stretch and still won by six and three-quarter lengths. He got the mile in 1:57.3 after early fractions of :29.4, :59.3, and 1:29. Frontier Maynard grabbed second with For Trots Sakes coming in third.   THE KADABRA CHAMPIONSHIP When favored Fox Valley Quest broke coming out of the first turn in Saturday's $108,000 Kadabra Championship, for 2-year-old ICF colt and gelding Trotters, that opened up the opportunity for everybody else. Ed Teefey's Crooked Creek took advantage. Winning for the third straight time and the fifth time in nine races, Ryan Anderson guided this Mike Brink trainee to a six-length victory in 1:55.3. Desert Sheik, another Brink-trained Trotter, finished second. Longshot Fitchey For Fun snagged third place. Early fractions for the race were :29.4, :58.1. and 1:27.3.   THE INCREDIBLE FINALE CHAMPIONSHIP Triple Zzz's He'zzz A Wise Guy was a three and a quarter-length winner in Saturday's $102,000 Incredible Finale Championship. The race was for 2-year-old ICF colt and gelding Pacers. His victory was his fifth straight from only seven races. Trained by Donald Filomeno, He'zzz A Wise Guy was guided to the victory by Robert Smolin. Favored Fox Valley Ren, who had won seven of nine races, finished second with RJ Wulfy finishing third. He covered the mile in 1:55.0 after fractions of :28.3, :57/4 and 1:27.1   THE ROBERT F. CAREY, JR. MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP Fox Valley Triton, who was beaten as the favorite in his last leg of the Carey, made amends in the $109,000 Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial Championship on Saturday night. The Carey was for 3-year-old ICF colts and gelding pacers. Owned by Dandy Farms Racing, FT Racing and Peter A Kouchis, trained by Terry Leonard and driven by Casey Leonard (his third win of the night) Fox Valley Triton eked out a neck victory over Meyer On Fire. Maximus finished third. With fractions of :28.3, :57.3, 1:26.1, he got the mile in 1:54.1   THE PLUM PEACHY CHAMPIONSHIP Fox Valley Halsey made it two in a row with a victory in Saturday's $100,000 Plum Peachy. Owned by Cynthia Kay Willis, Ronnie J & Jerry D Graham, Fox Valley Halsey is trained by Nelson Willis and was driven by Juan Franco. Fox Valley Halsey finished a neck ahead of Fox Valley Lil Kim with Fox Valley Torrid a neck behind. He covered the mile in 1:54.4 after early fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:25.3   THE TONY MAURELLO CHAMPIONSHIP Francis L Greer and James E Greer's Skeeter Machine won the finale on the Night of Champions. The race, The $45,000 Tony Maurello Championship, was for ICF 3-year-olds and up Pacers. Trained by Nicole Agosti and driven by Kyle Husted (his third victory of the night) Skeeter Machine won for the fifth time this year and the 17th time in his career. The final race of the night brought fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:25.1 with a final time of 1:54.0 Whiskersonkittens got up for second place, a half-length back, while there was a dead heat for third place between San Antonio Rose and Fox Valley Charm Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.   Jim Miller

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 21, 2019 -- Goes Down Smooth drew away from the harness racing field late with a powerful finishing kick that carried him to victory in a track-record 1:52.3 in Saturday's $75,299 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The mile lowered the mark set by Explosivebreakaway in another Keystone Classic division only about 30 minutes earlier. The event was contested over three divisions, with Lindy's Crazy Hall taking the other split. Goes Down Smooth battled three wide for the early lead, but after Matt Kakaley gave him a 29 second-quarter breather, the Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding made a shambles of the race, defeating Nextroundsonme by a widening 9-1/2 lengths. Darty finished third. " I let him trot out a little bit, but he did it real easy today," Kakaley said. "He's been good for quite a while now." Ron Burke trains the winner, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The time also is a stake record and the fastest this year by a sophomore gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. While Explosivebreakaway's 1:52.4 performance will go down as one of the most fleeting track records in The Meadows history, he had plenty to celebrate. He found the pocket for Tom Jackson in a blistering 26 opening panel. The Explosive Matter-Phaeton gelding brushed outside through the lane and downed Kate's Massive by 3-1/4 lengths, with Stonebridge Symba third. "I wasn't worried about my horse finishing; I was worried about the horse in front of me carrying me far enough," Jackson said. "He took me plenty far enough. We changed his shoes after his last race here, and he's been a different horse ever since." Fred Grant trains Explosivebreakaway, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $131,925, and owns with Janice Rubin, Steven Katz and Murray Brown. $75,300 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacers Pyro and Highlandbeachlover captured the divisions in Saturday's other Keystone Classic. Kakaley hustled Pyro to the point from the rail and eschewed the opportunity to release a pair of early challengers and take a covered trip. " I wanted to line them up and have my colt in front, give him a shot on the lead," he said. "I thought he was the best. He dug in, and he was good." Kakaley knew his horse, as Pyro prevailed in 1:50.3, 1/2 length better than Waterway. Lyons Night Hawk completed the ticket. Pyro, a Sweet Lou-Whetstone Hanover gelding, now boasts $170,266 in earnings for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Highlandbeachlover scored impressively in 1:51.1 after a desultory first quarter that frustrated Aaron Merriman, who couldn't put the Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland gelding where he wanted to. "This horse isn't the easiest horse to drive, so I really didn't have a plan, to be honest with you," Merriman said. "This horse has some go, but there's nothing real easy about him. He was very resilient today. He's usually not a front-end horse, but I thought I better put him in the best stop to win," Aflame Hanover was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with He's Packin third. The judges reviewed the actions of three horses, including the winner, before declaring the race official with the order of finish unchanged. Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Races Horses and William Beck campaign Highlandbeachlover. Winning trainer Kelly O'Donnell indicated the horse is eligible for stakes at the Red Mile but that his schedule has not been determined. In the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it three straight with a two-move victory in 1:49.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Collura. The 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding extended his lifetime earnings to $517,900. Burke fashioned a four-bagger while Tony Hall, Kakaley and Palone each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $65,500 trot and a $59,300 pace. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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What Cheer, IA -- Trainer Curtis Carey took home harness racing trophies in both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championships held at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds on Monday (September 23) with his horses Slippin The Clutch and Frisky Pedro. The five top 2-year-old pacing colts went to the gate in the Mike Smith Memorial with Carey's Slippin The Clutch drawing the rail, followed by Its A Marcs World, Waco Sassy Kid, First Gunner and Always Hotspeed in post position five. "Slippin The Clutch is a really good horse, he's very easy on himself," said Carey. "The times he got beat this year were by Waco Sassy Kid, who I also consider to be a really good horse." The two-year-old colt pace has been a hotly contested division throughout the season. Waco Sassy Kid was the horse to beat staying undefeated until Slippin The Clutch broke his seven win streak in early August. Four of the five starters showed at least one win in their last four starts, with both Slippin The Clutch and Always Hotspeed coming off wins last weekend at Humboldt (September 14). Iowa's leading driver Will Roland piloted Slippin the Clutch, shooting off the gate to take the top and catch the quarter in 30.3. The horses remained single file until the stretch when Always Hotspeed pulled to challenge. The field passed the half in 1:04. Slippin The Clutch continued to lead to the three-quarters in 1:32.1 followed by Its A Marcs World and First Gunner on the rail. Always Hotspeed led the outer flow in third with Waco Sassy Kid on his tail. Slippin The Clutch showed no signs of slowing, and Its A Marcs World also continued to maintain in second. The pack in the back went three wide into the final turn in a battle for third. Slippin The Clutch picked up the win in 2:01. Its A Marc World took second followed by First Gunner, Always Hotspeed, and Waco Sassy Kid. "The last few weeks he's been on point, he gives me goosebumps watching him," said Carey. "Will (Roland) drove him perfectly today." A son of Millionaire Cam out of the Artsplace mare Sweet Otra, Carey's 2-year-old pacing gelding Slippin The Clutch began his freshman season training on a track miles away from the snowy Iowa winter. It was here that Carey first saw the colt's potential. "When I was training him in Florida one day he came a quarter in 28 and change," said Carey. "I knew at that point that he had some extra gears." Slippin The Clutch has proven himself for owners Jesse Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman. Paired Will Roland, Slippin The Clutch has won nine of 12 starts and paced the fastest 2-year-old colt mile in Iowa in 2019 - 1:59.4. Slippin The Clutch will be making his way to Lexington to race the next two weeks at the Grand Circuit meet, after which Carey has more big plans for him. "Right now we're pointing on the same path as we did Minnie Vinnie - taking him to some out-of-state races, and bringing him back to race in Iowa as well," said Carey. Carey's second championship winner, Frisky Pedro, has had a rough go at it. "Training him down as a yearling I thought he was a really good horse, but he's honestly been the worst luck horse I've ever been around," said Carey. "Last year he was in the finals and I had to scratch him because he got sick." Frisky Pedro started out the season with early wins at Bedford and in the Iowa Sires Stakes in June when his luck caught up with him. "This year July was awful on him -- he didn't win any money, he got sick," said Carey. "I had the vet draw blood on him after What Cheer one day and he showed that he was anemic so we started treating him. I started training him in between races. After that he really turned around." 2019's top five 3-year-old pacing colts took to the gate in the Jim Coulter Memorial with Bad Boy Destroyer on the inside, followed by My Money Honey, Oh Toodles, Frisky Pedro and Fred And Roz in post position five. With no individual having more than 5 wins in 12 starts, the Jim Coulter Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championship was up for grabs. All had shown at least one win in their past four starts, with Bad Boy Destroyer and Frisky Pedro coming off wins at Humboldt last Sunday (September 15). Four of the five had broken the two minute mark on a fair track this year, with My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro's impressive 1:58.4 photo finish performance last week. Bad Boy Destroyer, My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro fired off the gait in tandem, battling for the early lead. Frisky Pedro worked his way to the top as they headed into the backstretch followed closely by My Money Honey and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Today Will told me 'I'm going to leave with him'," said Carey. "I said if you think he can do it then do it." Frisky Pedro reached the quarter in 28.2, where Chad Svenson and Bad Boy Destroyer pulled to take on the leader. They passed the half in 58 seconds with Frisky Pedro leading by a head. Bad Boy Destroyer continued to put on the pressure and his stablemate My Money Honey tipped three wide as the trio passed the three-quarters in 1:28.4. "I think he's a much better horse than what he'd shown," said Carey. "I believed in him. Will believed in him." Frisky Pedro took advantage of the shorter rail trip and pulled away into the final turn and cruised home in 1:58.4, matching his lifetime best in the fastest 3-year-old colt pace of 2019 in Iowa. My Money Honey finished second followed by Oh Toodles, Fred And Roz and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Will drove him today like he was the best - a lot of the credit goes to him," said Carey. "He's driven our horses all year and done and amazing job with them. He deserves as much credit as anybody does for getting them to the winners circle." From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association          
Plainville, MA --- The $20,000 Wood End Light Trot and $20,000 Nauset Light Pace finals, both for 2-year-old harness racing starters, were held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 23) and both winners were Massachusetts-bred horses. In the Wood End Light, Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) went off the prohibitive favorite and didn't let his backers down. Driver Howard Parker cut fractions of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27 with a gapped two-length advantage going into the last turn. Life Is A Feast hit the top of the stretch all alone and trotted home a wrapped-up 3-1/2 length winner in 1:56.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and also tied the track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings set by Hashtagmadeyalook (also bred in Massachusetts) in 2017. It was the second straight win for Life Is A Feast ($3.00) and owners Al Ross and Paul Fontaine. Karen Carroll bred the winner. Later in the Nauset Light another Mass-bred, Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) scored his third win in a row after leading the whole race by a length while stopping the timer in :27.1, :57.4 and 1:25.4. Around the last turn and into the stretch driver Kevin Switzer Jr. sat confidently in the bike as Han Solo paced sharply and hit the wire on top by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4. Han Solo ($4.00), who set the track record of 1:54.1 for 2-year-old pacing colts two weeks ago, is owned by Monique Cohen who also bred and trains the horse. Life Is A Feast and Han Solo should be considered early favorites in their prospective divisions of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes which get under way this Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The weekly featured $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace was won by the 1-9 Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) who led every step of the way. After backing the half down to :56.4 with no one pushing the pace, Bettors Fire N brushed home in :55 flat going away in an easy 1:51.4 victory. It was the eighth win of the year for Bettors Fire N ($2.10) who now has banked $144,470 in 2019 for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Mitchell Cushing, Drew Monti and Jim Hardy all had driving doubles on Monday and Hardy also trained both of the horses he won with. The Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool continues to grow and will be worth $42,450 in the sixth race on Thursday when racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 
HARRINGTON, Del. - American Nitro ($2.10, Victor Kirby) and Leonard's Legacy ($2.40, Jon Roberts) each completed a sweep of their $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old harness racing pacing eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway with dominant victories. Owned by Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, "Nitro" cruised to an easy win over White Lands and Bebop On The Block in 1:56.1, just one-fifth of a second faster than Leonard Hubbard's Leonard Legacy's 1:56.2 win over Aidan and Elite Retreat. A son of Badlands Nitro for trainer Les Givens, American Nitro is now 3-for-4 in his career, while Tobago Cays-sired Leonard's Legacy notched his second career win for trainer NIck Callahan. The two pacers are set to square off in the $100,000 final on Wednesday October 2, when all four DSBF finals will be contested. In the $17,000 overnight feature, the Open pace, Jane Ramsey and David Amos' Ideal Kiss ($6, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner over Late Mail N and Highland Beach Boy. Trained by Don Brittingham, it was the fifth win of the year for the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding. Tony Morgan had a driving triple, while Mike Cole and Roberts each had driving doubles. On Tuesday September 24, there will be a pair of $20,000 DSBF eliminations for filly pacers, while both sexes for trotters on Wednesday September 25 will compete in four divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2019 -- Trillions Hanover continued her red-hot ways Monday at The Meadows, capturing her third straight -- all stakes -- in a division of the $59,300 Keystone Classic. Sweet Cherry took the other split in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Trillions Hanover entered the Keystone Classic off impressive victories in the Lady Maud and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg but appeared to be idling outside after leaving from post 7. According to winning driver David Miller, that was all according to plan. "I was waiting until the dust settled," Miller said. "When she got half in 56, I was pretty confident she could get home from there. She's always been pretty good. She's tried racing against the 'Group 1' fillies. She could compete with them, but she never could beat them. But she's been pretty steady all year." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Tulu Hanover reached the point near the three-eighths and easily thwarted the Lightning Lane challenge of the pocket-sitting Rockn Philly, downing her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3. Alii Nui finished third. Tom Fanning trains Trillions Hanover, who now boasts $231,805 in career earnings, for VIP Internet Stable, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang. Sweet Cherry achieved the lead with a quick first-over blitz, then dug in late to hold off Skater Chick by a length in a career-best 1:51.1, with Philly Hanover third. Tim Tetrick, who drove and co-owns the daughter of Sweet Lou-Cherry Tree Coco with Jo Ann Looney- King, noted that she's changed her style recently -- with positive results. "I thought after the third quarter when I had to use her so hard she'd fold up, but she held them off," Tetrick said. "She never used to like the front end. We protected her and protected her. The last few times I've just been racing her and trying to wear them out. It's been working for her." Jim King, Jr. conditions Sweet Cherry. $65,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters American Kronos and Magical Beliefs each won a split in Monday's co-feature. American Kronos prepped for the Keystone Classic with a pair of tests against tough mares at Pocono. She captured both, and winning driver Troy Beyer indicated that experience helped sharpen her. "I tripped her out last week and kind of gave her an easy race coming into this," Beyer said. "She was ready to go today, and I thought the front was the best place to be. Her win at Pocono last Sunday helped her confidence a little bit. She felt real brave on the front." In the Keystone Classic, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Glide About quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble defeating Firedbylindie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4, with Hanovers Best third. Julie Miller trains American Kronos for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow. With their checks, American Kronos and Firedbylindie each became a $100,000 performer. Magical Beliefs powered off the cones in the stretch for Miller and roared past Jezzys Legacy to down her by 1/2 length in 1:55.2, matching her life mark. Fade Into You completed the ticket. "With the passing lane, I wasn't worried about finding room," Miller said. "So I took my chances and sat in with her. She likes it like that, too." Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who now has banked $284,457 for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features an $85,500 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters. On the wagering front, the card offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,095.59 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                              
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