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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 3, 2021 -- He was in tougher, but that didn't stop Consus Victory from collecting his third straight harness racing win -- albeit a hard-earned one -- in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot. Up in class after those two earlier wins, Consus Victory rolled to the point from the rail and appeared to be in complete control. But when challenged late by Mystical Peter, the 5-year-old Cantab Hall-OK To Play gelding had to dig in for Dave Palone to edge Mystical Peter by a neck in 1:56 over a “good” surface. Rising MVP finished third.   Randy Bendis trains Consus Victory, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, and owns with Reed Broadway. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 13-race card while 13 trainers each scored a victory. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $1,050.59 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak for, the MSOA  

ANDERSON, Ind. -- On A Streak and harness racing driver Bob McClure surged down the stretch to overcome pacesetter Captain Corey and then held off In Range by three-quarters of a length to win Friday's (Oct. 30) $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters in a stakes record 1:52.4 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Venerate finished third. McClure left quickly from post four with On A Streak and led heading to the first turn before yielding the top spot to Captain Corey and driver Ãke Svanstedt through a :26.4 opening quarter. Venerate, the 4-5 favorite, and driver Andy Miller began a bid for the front with a first-over move from fifth up the backstretch, but were unable to pass Captain Corey as they hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. In the stretch, McClure angled the pocket-sitting On A Streak to the inside and took the lead en route a 9-1 upset. "My colt is so handy," McClure said. "Getting him off the gate, I wanted to leave and hopefully follow Ãke or Andy, or even both. When I saw Ãke look over and try to take off on Andy, I thought it looked really good. "Andy's horse seemed like he was coming (in the stretch), so I just tried to get into the passing lane and get my horse re-motivated. It's not easy for 2-year-old trotters to dive into the passing lane and try to advance; it's not really taught to them. But he's such a professional that, as soon as he saw open air, he took off." On A Streak, a son of Cantab Hall out of Habit's Best, has won two of nine races this season and $646,184 for owner Determination and trainer Luc Blais. He was bred by Fredericka Caldwell. The colt's previous victory came in the William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park in September. It was the first Breeders Crown title for McClure and fourth for Blais. "To win a Breeders Crown is always special," Blais said. "It's the end of the year, it's a long season, and when you win that, you're fresh for the winter." The previous stakes record of 1:53 was set by Walner in 2016. On A Streak paid $20.80 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2020 -- Classy Guy, the 8-5 favorite, fought off a stiff challenge by Pete Stamas and went on to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot. Class Guy opened a sizable lead down the backside for Dave Palone but nevertheless found himself under siege by Pete Stamas, who was sharply up in class. The 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Personal Style gelding dug deep in the lane and downed Pete Stamas by a neck in a career-best 1:54.2, with Swan Country third.   Ron Burke trains Classy Guy, who now has banked $105,145, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Brady Brown collected four wins and Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $57,529.77 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

CHESTER, PA - The Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm was given a top trip from post seven by harness racing driver Pat Berry and went on to win the $14,400 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday afternoon in 1:53.4. Figuring his odds would not be good in sitting next-to-last in the eight-horse field early, Berry got some early speed out of the Tom Fanning trainee and tucked in fifth as Vic's Winner went to the lead before the :28.1 quarter, only to be replaced on top by the favored Max, who got the field to the half in :56.4. Berry's early decision came sharply into focus when Tight Lines went up first-over from fourth off the second turn, as Mississippi Storm could ride his cover as Max and Tight Lines battled to and past the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Tight Lines grinded past the favorite in the lane, but Mississippi Storm had the freshest legs late and finished strongly to take a neck decision, with Max another half length back, while raising his earnings to $348,268 for owner Joseph Smith.   The Explosive Matters gelding Innisfallen and driver Vinnie Ginsburg used aggressive tactics in winning the $12,800 co-feature in 1:54.1. Innisfallen went to the lead, surrendered it briefly to Big Nudge, then reclaimed the top before frontward-bound Sheer Muscle could pin him in. The pacesetter refused to yield to the outside challenger, got a big lead when the first-over broke and the pocket horse gapped going towards the final turn, and won handily for trainer Paul Fusco, who is also co-owner with Bramdeo Singh. Ginsburg and Fusco came back in the very next race for a win with the trotter Zlatan, named after the star football (soccer to "Yanks") player. Fastest diamondgaited winner on the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Harrah's was the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Athena, who lowered her mark to 1:53 in a $10,000 event. "Athena" spent the mile on the outside, much of it uncovered trying to reach runaway pacesetter Sylvesteramericait, but the six-year-old distaff collared the pacesetter turning into the stretch and led him home by 3¾ lengths for driver George Napolitano Jr. (a six-time winner on the card) and trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. $150,000 worth of Liberty Bell stakes series action for three-year-old fillies of both gaits will highlight the Friday racing at Philly, with the likes of Rocknificent and Next Level Stuff among the entrants. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

DAYTON, OH. - Custom Cantab, a million dollar winner and the only harness racing mare in a field of talented male trotters, captured the first open class event of the recently started Hollywood Dayton meet on Thursday afternoon.   Sent off as the second choice in the $15,000 Open Trot, the five-year-old daughter of Mr Cantab was forwardly placed by driver Josh Sutton throughout the mile, which featured matching :57 halves. The Chris Beaver trainee cruised past the finish line in 1:54 to garner her first triumph in 2020 in just her fourth start back after a ten month layoff.       Workinitonbroadway (Brett Miller) finished second in the featured mile, while longshot Cool Clifford (Tyler Smith) raced admirably to garner the show dough. The winner paid $7.20, the exacta kicked back $41 and a correct 50-cent trifecta was worth $166.   Custom Cantab now sports 19 career victories and earnings of $1,024,943. She is owned by her trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc.   Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Friday and Saturday nights with 6:15 post times.   From Dayton Hollywood Raceway

CHESTER, PA - Streaking classriser Bella Ava held off a late bid from favored classdropper Winnerup to take a new mark of 1:53.2 in the $13,600 harness racing trotting feature on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Dexter Dunn made two moves to control the pace with the daughter of Cantab Hall, opened up ground on the second-over Winnerup down the backstretch and around the far turn, then stayed strong while trotting her last half in :56.1 to defeat her main rival by 1½ lengths. It was the fourth straight victory, stepping up every time, for Bella Ava, who is trained by Jenny Melander for the JPS Racing Stables LLC. In a pair of $11,600 co-features on the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Philly, driver Tyler and trainer Todd Buter shipped in with a pair of horses who had won exactly one-third of their lifetime starts - and both improved on that percentage by coming home first. The faster of the two was the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable, who came uncovered into a :55.2 back half yet still won comfortably in 1:52.1, giving him 18 wins in 52 career starts. Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs own the talented trotter. The same ownership foursome are also the sponsors of the Muscle Massive gelding Two AM, who came out of the pocket headstretch, had his prospects not hurt when pacesetting Broadway Athena briefly went offstride, and then scored in 1:53.1 to bring his career scorecard to 29 wins in 85 starts. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The veteran Cantab Hall gelding Crystal Fashion boosted his lifetime earnings to $1,737,094 with a hard-fought 1:51.4 victory in the $17,200 trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday afternoon. Jordan Stratton moved his horse to the outside just nearing the :56.3 half, and grinded long and hard at the pacesetting Pat Matters. The battling pair went the third quarter in :27 and continued their battle into the stretch, where Crystal Fashion was finally able to establish his superiority. Pocketsitting Lord Cromwell cleared up the inside to grab second, just ¾ of a length behind, with Rich And Miserable third and Pat Matters fourth.   Crystal Fashion ran his lifetime win record to 19 victories in but 45 lifetime starts, many of them against the best of his generation. Jim Campbell conditions the winner for Fashion Farms LLC. There were a pair of $14,000 co-features on the card, one on each gait. On the trot, Anthony Napolitano, now four wins away from 3000 career victories, sent Mississippi Storm, another Cantab Hall gelding, to the front and got a relatively moderate :57.1 half. This enabled the trotter to flash a :56 kick home to finish out a victory in 1:53.1 for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. In the pacing co-headliner, the Royal Millennium gelding Prairie Panther and driver Tyler Buter wanted the early lead, and was willing to be parked until the 3/8 pole to make the top. But from there, Prairie Panther sped home in :55 to complete a 1:51.2 triumph. A 38-time winner in 79 career starts, Prairie Panther raised his lifetime earnings over $350,000 with the win for trainer Michael Deters, also co-owner with Laurie Lee Poulin. Driving honors on the day were not decided until the last race, as Joe Bongiorno, Tyler Buter, Jim Morrill Jr., Anthony Napolitano, George Napolitano Jr. and Jordan Stratton had notched two victories on the card until that point, and only Stratton was not in the last race. Taking the day's title was Joe Bongiorno with a 1:51 victory behind Reflect Our Flag, whose trainer Jennifer Bongiorno matched her brother with three wins on the card. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

MILTON, JUNE 18, 2020 - The inaugural Prospect Series kicks off this Saturday, June 20 at Hanover Raceway with three harness racing divisions for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Jack Darling will harness two fillies in the opening leg of the Prospect Series, Races 5, 7 and 9 on the 2 pm program, and is hoping for good things from both Dreamadreamforme and Twin B Hello. "Dreamadreamforme, she actually won a Grassroots up there last year at Hanover," said Darling. "But her first start she didn't race very good so I thought I'd put them both in and see how they do and go from there. Hope they can move up, if not then they will stay in the Prospect." Dreamadreamforme will start from Post 3 in the second $7,100 Prospect Series division with Jason Ryan in the race bike. The Betterthancheddar daughter heads into the race off a 1:56.4 victory in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a fifth-place result in her sophomore debut at Georgian Downs on June 9. Last season the filly toured the Hanover half-mile in 2:00 in the Aug. 24 two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event. Ryan will steer Twin B Hello from Post 5 in the third division, and the pair will be looking to match or improve on the second-place result they posted in a June 9 start at Georgian Downs. The Sunshine Beach daughter was also second in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Twin B Hello last year as a two-year-old, she was okay, but she really wasn't even good enough for the Grassroots. She's actually come back better this year," noted Cambridge, ON resident Darling, who also owns both fillies. "She seems a little better, so we'll try her in there and if she gets better we can always upgrade to the Grassroots, but for now that's a good spot for her." The Prospect Series is open to two and three-year-olds sustained to the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Like the OSS program's Gold and Grassroots events, Prospect Series events are numbered one through five and horses may only be entered in one of the corresponding events (i.e. Prospect Series No. 1, Grassroots Series No. 1, or Gold Series No. 1). However, should a Prospect Series leg fail to attract enough entries, horses can be entered in the corresponding Grassroots or Gold Series event. Throughout the summer horses competing in the Prospect Series will accumulate points toward one of nine spots in their respective $15,000 final, to be held Friday, Sept. 25 at Grand River Raceway. As with the corresponding events, horses are only able to declare into one post season finale - either the Prospect Series Final, Grassroots Semi-Final or Super Final. Starting fees for the Prospect Series are $100 and each division will race for $6,500 plus starting fees. Starting fees can be paid by cheque, made out to Ontario Sires Stakes, MasterCard or Visa. Like all events conducted under the AGCO Rules of Racing, horses must meet the added money qualifying times to be eligible for the Prospect Series. For additional information about the Prospect Series visit the Ontario Sires Stakes website or contact OSS program administrator Allison Glynn at To watch Saturday's Prospect Series opener tune into the Hanover Raceway live stream on the track's website, Facebook page or YouTube channel. Programs are available for download at the Hanover Raceway website. The first race gets under way at 2 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will go postward in Races 5, 7 and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

RYONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 7, 2020--Down-the-roaders I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan, $6) and Elysium Lindy (Dan Dube, $27.40) proved best Saturday night (March 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps. I'm Some Graduate, from assigned post position No. 5 in the adult-table pace, had few issues in maintaining his current form. He worked around pole-sitting I'marocknrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno), then finished what he started (:27.1; :57, 1:24.2; 1:52.2) after a weak, first-over attempt by Tremendous Play (Jason Bartlett). 'Legend" chased in vain, beaten a couple of lengths, with Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) a non-threatening third.   Luciano N (Austin Siegelman) and Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For I'm Some Graduate, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Larry Karr, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (fourth in last five tries). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $18, with the triple returning $68. Elysium Lindy also went the distance in a strange week's marquee trot. From the pole, he was seemingly content to sit behind Weslynn Dancer (Bartlett)...until the latter "wanted to go back to the paddock or something," Bartlett said. At any rate, after two-moving to the lead, Weslynn Dancer found herself out in the air, serving as a fortuitous 'pick' for Elysium Lindy. That one was more than accepting of the largesse, completing his appointed rounds (:27.1; 56.4; 1:25.1; 1:55) a length in front of cone-skimming Mostinterestingman (Siegelman). Third went to Stormy Kromer (catch-driver Bongiorno), with even-money choice Melady's Monet (Brennan) fourth after having to go wide early around Weslynn Dancer.   Arabella's Cadet (Stratton) picked off the final envelope, ahead of the self-imposed grief of Weslynn Dancer. For fifth choice Elysium Lindy, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owned Panic Stable and trained by Andrew Harris, it was his fourth win in eight '20 tries The exacta paid $178.50, with the triple returning $713. From Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Andy McCarthy put Elysium Lindy in play early, and the veteran trotter took care of the rest, pulling off a 10-1 surprise in the featured $31,250 high-end conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 7-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy displayed a burst of speed at the start from post six and had the lead around the first turn before yielding the front to 3-5 favorite Misslarose, who has been doing good things of late against the likes of Pappy Go Go and JL Cruze, as the quarter was reached in :28.4. The second quarter saw little in the way of action, but on the way to three-quarters the outer flow developed with Winning Lyric, Kenziesky Hanover and Eye Ofa Tiger As gaining ground on the rim. At the head of the stretch, Misslarose looked strong on the point with Kenziesky Hanover still going well on the outside as McCarthy waited for just the right moment to move Elysium Lindy from the pocket. That moment came at the sixteenth pole, when Elysium Lindy split rivals - Misslarose to his inside and Kenziesky Hanover to his outside - and got up on the wire to win by a hard-fought half-length over a game Misslarose. Kenziesky Hanover finished third.   "Paul Gagne and Anthony MacDonald sent me this horse," said winning trainer Andrew Harris. "And I can't thank them enough. He's been so good and the only reason he threw a couple of clunkers in his last two starts was he was hitting the bike. We got that sorted out. Andy Mac is just a magician. I love that guy." Elysium Lindy, making his first appearance at the Meadowlands since March 8 of last year, returned $22.60 to his backers as the fifth choice in the wagering in the seven-horse field. He completed the mile in 1:53.3, equaling his lifetime best on a chilly night when the track variant was -2. He's now won 28 of 133 lifetime starts and earned $428,467 for owners Panic Stable. A LITTLE MORE: Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras both recorded driving triples on the program while McCarthy guided two to victory lane. ... Ron Burke and Harris, the top two trainers in the Big M standings, each had a pair of winners. ... Despite 3-5 shot Caviart Jane, 6-5 Obrigado and Misslarose all tasting defeat, six favorites still emerged victorious on the program. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,187,146. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2020 -- Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his harness racing class and huge heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to down Icanflylikeanangel by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Cherry Peep finished third.   Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts career earnings of $1,085,908. Speaking of winning off the bench, Touchamatic was inspired by "Windy," her stablemate, to take Tuesday's co-feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, off a five-week layoff. She prevailed in 1:53.3 on the front end. Long shot Magic Forces rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dark Force completed the ticket. Touchamatic, an 18-time winner last year, triumphed for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury, giving the trio a sweep of Tuesday's features. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch lifted her career bankroll to $436,122. Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card.   Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $900.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEBANON, OH. - Walter White, one of the Midwest's most consistent check-getters in the Open trotting ranks, broke through at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) to capture the track's $22,500 feature for squaregaiters in 1:54.1. The 8-year-old winner of over a half million dollars topped Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and Whata Swan (John DeLong) to shake a string of four straight place and show finishes at the top level. Driver Jeremy Smith left enough to slip into third during the first half mile, which featured quarter-mile clockings of :28.3 and :56.4. Shortly thereafter Jeremy and Walter White rushed up outside to challenge the favored pacesetter and eventual runnerup. Lapped on to the leader at the 1:25 station, the James Eaton trainee drew onto even terms by midstretch and surged ahead in the final strides. Walter White paid $25.40 to win and the exacta with the public choice Sweet Mr Pinetucky returned $89.20. The winning son of Cantab Hall is owned by Robert Silberberg. The final pair of Claim To Fame series out of the eight that are currently underway at Miami Valley kicked off with first leg action for $12,500 claiming mares and $8000 claiming horses and geldings. Dont Mach Mia (Trace Tetrick) and M E Radar Girl (Brett Miller) won the two mares splits in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Dont Mach Mia beat Crazy Bad K (Jeremy Smith) and Sweet Western (Brett Miller) to the wire as an odds-on favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three was one of five entrants claimed out of the two 9-horse fields. She raced for owner Rene Allard and trainer Tyler George in the first leg, but will be part of the Larry Finn Stable in her next outing. M E Radar Girl made her first start from the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable a winning one after a claim from a $10,000 event eleven days earlier during the first week of the Miami Valley meet. Co-owned by Carl Howard of Fazoli's Restaurants fame, the 7-year-old Radar Sign lass bested Galyns Gift (John DeLong) and Keystone Nikki (Trace Tetrick) in the first leg. Winners in the quartet of $8000 divisions for males were Colossal (Trace Tetrick, 1:54.1, $5.00), New Patrol (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $8.60), N Expense (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $9.00) and Putnams Attack (John DeLong, 1:53.2, $8.40). A total of nine horses including a lone winner (N Expense) were collared out of the four divisions via the claim box during first leg competition. From Miami Valley Raceway    

CHESTER, PA - The millionaire racing racehorse Dayson overcame adversity in starting position and racing fortune to win the $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, able to rally after a fast half to win in 1:54.1. The victorious Conway Hall gelding was part of the quick early tempo, as driver Yannick Gingras had him four-wide early, then backed off and tucked midpack as Sylvesteramericanit wound up on the lead after a :26.4 quarter, Armageddon Seelster wound up in the pocket, and Izoh had to take a lot of fresh Philly air in the two-path. Things proceeded in that fashion to the :55.4 half, and then Gingras moved his trotter quickly two- and three-wide to get by the embattled leaders before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Dayson continued on authoritatively to win by two lengths over Armageddon Seelster, who came through between horses to claim second place. Dayson pushed his career earnings to $1,136,677, and he furthered his reputation as a frequent winner, scoring for the tenth time this year and the 35th in his career, putting up a success ratio in the vicinity of 45% in both categories. Ron Burke conditions the talented veteran for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. The Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm, who actually was the favorite in last week's top class while finishing second, saw the earnings combination break right for him, and he took advantage of a single-level drop to win the $14,500 co-feature trot in 1:54.2. Like Dayson, Mississippi Storm did not have it easy - parked early before tucking in for driver Marcus Miller, then having to move uncovered late in the backstretch - but he stayed on to get the job done by 1¼ lengths over closing Kinda Lucky Lindy. Mississippi Storm has now earned six figures in each of the last two seasons for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. Marcus Miller and George Napolitano Jr. each recorded three wins on the Thursday card at Philly. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - A pair of $16,000 featured harness racing events on the Friday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia saw Ilana Z Tam take a lifetime mark of 1:52 in the contest for pacing mares and Consus Victory earn a new 1:55.1 speed badge in a trotting race. The Bettor's Delight mare Ilana Z Tam was away third behind Odds On Clearwater and favored Tarryn A Strip, and with no outside tier advancing the winner could wait inside until late in the backstretch to go after the leader. Ilana Z Tam quickly made the front on the far turn, with Tarryn A Strip backing out to follow her, but she could not catch winner in the lane, coming up two lengths short. Trainer/driver Pat Lachance also co-owns the victorious distaff with Z Tam Stables LLC. Vinnie Ginsburg settled the Cantab Hall sophomore colt Consus Victory in the two-hole behind Blue And Bold, then had clearance to move out near headstretch, and the three-year-old took it from there, drawing clear by four lengths over the pacesetter. Consus Victory is now two-for-two since teaming with Ginsburg for trainer Jonas Czernyson and Consus Racing Stable Inc. George Napolitano Jr. continued with his winning ways on either end on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, posting five victories on the Friday Philly card. Napolitano has participated in 14 cards at Philly and Pocono over the last two weeks, and he has recorded 47 sulky successes during that period - 25 at Harrah's and 22 at The Downs. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Mississippi Storm, advancing without cover through the last half, wore down pacesetter Muscle M Up late to win the $17,500 trotting harness racing feature in 1:53.3 on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Crazy About Pat, going for his third straight win, was out on his second move to the top nearing the :27.3 quarter, made the lead, then yielded to Muscle M Up, who had been limbed with cover from the outside post eight until "Pat" cleared, nearing the second turn, with the half accomplished in :56.2. The Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm started his long uncovered grind soon after that pole, and wasn't far off the leader when he passed the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Through the stretch the battle narrowed down to these two, and Mississippi Storm proved the better late for driver Pat Lachance, with the 3/4-length decision boosting his earnings to $282,424 for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. In a $14,500 subfeature trot, the Muscle Hill gelding Jack Vernon made the same type of strong backstretch move that carried him to the lead last week in a race where he finished second. That outing was his first in over three months, and this week, in his second start back, Jack Vernon was that much better, carrying his advantage to the wire in a 1:54 victory. Corey Callahan drove the winner of $323,573 for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Thomas Lazzaro and Michael Casalino Jr. 27-year-old driver Marcus Schoen, a lieutenant in the powerful trotting brigade of trainer Marcus Melander, enjoyed the first sulky success of his young driving career when he guided the Donato Hanover freshman colt Hopeyousteponalego to a maiden victory in 1:58.4. The pair came first-over into a 57.3 last half and still won handily for Team Melander and the ownership of Courant Inc. FINISHING LINES - All three Grand Circuit winners during the opening day of the championship meet at the famed Red Mile used their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, held here at Philly, as a springboard to victories in the two-year-old colt stake - Gangster Hanover, EL Ideal, and Amigo Volo, the last-named setting a 1:52.3 world record for 2yo trotting geldings. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Despite an absence from harness racing of 33 days, the Cantab Hall gelding Final Dream showed he was ready for his opposition in the $16,000 trotting feature on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, going by late to post a 1:56.2 victory. Driver George Napolitano Jr. positioned Final Dream in a lively outside flow, followed cover to the stretch, then tipped wide to catch Miss You Kelly in deep stretch and go on to a one length success for trainer Christie Collins and owner Howard Jacobs. The victory continued a hot streak for "George Nap," who is currently third in North America with 482 driving wins this season, third behind Aaron Merriman and Tim Tetrick. Between Pocono and Philly, Napolitano has visited Victory Lane 28 times since last Wednesday's program at Harrah's, including four times on this card. A $14,000 co-featured pace saw the American Ideal gelding Warrawee Total sit a pocket trip, gain into a :55.2 last half to take a short stretch lead, then photo out a late-kicking Walleywalleyinfree in 1:53.3. George Brennan guided Warrawee Total to his second victory in three starts for trainer Eddie Sager and The Right Move Racing LLC. The more seasoned performers contested $12,500 events on both gaits. On the trot, Di Oggi forced a fast early pace, then sat in reserve until the stretch when he came up the inside to win in 1:55.3. Trainer Francisco Del Cid also drove the victorious son of Crazed for Whiskey Trail Stables LLC. On the pace, the favored Panspacificflight gelding Control Tower got away in the two-hole for driver George Brennan, stalked pacesetting Maroma Beach, then outrushed him home to win by a length in 1:51.1. The winner of $368,541 is trained by Nick Surick for Dynasty Racing South. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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