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The fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky gets underway with the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old filly trotters on Thursday, September 26. This group has had a remarkable season to this point with a bounty of talented debutantes re-writing the record books throughout the summer.   Three divisions of freshman fillies will race over the clay with the first split carded as race five for a purse of $95,200. Several of the entrants have been in town for the Kindergarten Classic legs, including Anonyme Hanover who was a winner her last two in that series. The Explosive Matter lass has displayed an affinity for the surface but will have to move her game up appreciably to extend that skein given the caliber of Thursday's competition. Brett Miller will continue to drive for Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley.   Race eight is the next stake with nine fillies dueling for $96,200. Cee Bee Yes is perhaps the most accomplished of this group with a win in the New Jersey Sires Stakes final heading her resume. The Muscles Yankee filly has won three of seven this season on her way to banking over $140,000 for Jason & Douglas Allen. Her personal best of 1:55.1 was taken over the Red Mile two weeks back. Julie and Andy Miller handle the training and driving duties.   The tenth and final race of the evening is clearly the most contentious, pitting the PA Sires champ Designed To Be against the brilliantly fast Cooler Schooner and Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry for $96,200.   Designed To Be has won half of her six career outings including a comfortable five length romp in the $260,000 PA final in 1:54.3. The Donato Hanover filly is a winner of nearly $240,000 for Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. She aslo resides in the Julie Miller barn and will have Andy aboard.   Cooler Schooner shocked the harness world with her transcendent 1:51.3 world record tour of Pocono Downs last month. The Broadway Hall filly is wickedly fast and just might put up some dazzling numbers over the clay carpet. John Campbell is her regular driver for trainer Jim Campbell and owner the Fashion Farms.   Shake It Cerry has crowded a lifetime of accomplishment into her short five race career thus far. The Donato Hanover filly is a homebred, raised and raced by the Solveig Partners and she got off to an astounding start at The Meadowlands this summer. She looked ferocious in her morning trials for trainer Jimmy Takter and waltzed to a pair of Pennsylvania wins before capturing the Merrie Annabelle in a track and stakes record 1:53.3. In her next start she caught the above mentioned buzz saw and followed Cooler Schooner under the wire, trotting her mile in 1:51.4 which would have sealed her reputation as one of the best freshman fillies of all time, if there wasn't another filly a length ahead of her.    Most recently, Shake It Cerry went off stride while looking every bit a winner in the Peaceful Way eliminations at Mohawk. She looks to rebound here with her regular driver Ron Pierce listed for Thursday's race.   The Red Mile will race nights Thursday through Saturday with first post at 7pm. Visit the track website for further information on the Grand Circuit race meet which continues through Kentucky Futurity Day, October 6.   by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — It took two trips to Campbellville, but the province’s top two-year-old pacing and trotting colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. After a power outage forced the cancellation of the Friday, Sept. 20 program before all divisions of the last regular season leg could be completed, nine trotting colts and eight pacing colts returned to Mohawk for a pair of non-wagering races just before the Grassroots Championship program got under way on Saturday night. The trotters kicked things off and Guelph resident Doug McNair guided Great White Way to his first provincial victory with a come-from-behind effort. The Deweycheatumnhowe son sprinted home to a one length victory in 1:58, besting Massive Muscles and Massacaia. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Great White Way for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA and will be readying the colt for the Sept. 28 Super Final. The win boosted Great White Way from a four-way tie for twelfth up to second spot in the point standings. Turning for home in the pacing colt division moments later, Doug McNair looked to have a second victory locked up, but leader Three Of Clubs made an unprompted break and went from the front to the back of the field. After making his own error at the start of the race, Arthur Blue Chip took full advantage of his opponent’s miscue and powered up the stretch to a one-half length score in 1:53. Cluster Hanover also closed well to be second, with Marco De Vie completing the top three. Arthur Blue Chip, who was the winner of the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack in July, finished at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division with a record of three wins, one second and one sixth in five Gold Series outings. Dr. Ian Moore trains the Shadow Play son for his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The top 10 point earners from all eight Gold Series divisions will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 28 for the $1,600,000 Super Final Night. For complete results       Sandr Snyder

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 20, 2013--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the $227,488 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Two, five-horse divisions--at $113,744 each--made up the event, which honored the memory of the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. Many of "Tootie's" family, including his wife, Bunny, and friends were on hand for winner's circle presentations. The first event that if the camera doesn't lie, in this case it doesn't separate, either. An old-fashioned "heater" between Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald) and even-money favorite Credit Fashion (Brian Sears). The former, from post position No. 2, led the latter--from post No. 3--through intervals of :30.1, 1:00.0 and 1:30.2. However, Credit Fashion made up a couple of lengths in the lane to match "El Durado" on the money in 1:58.3. The other three entrants broke, with JS Trotting Bob (Jim Morrill Jr.) recovering the grab third. As for the co-stars, third choice Flyhawk El Durado ($3.80 in sharing the win), a Conway Hall colt trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, he's now 5-for-8 after a third consecutive win. Credit Fashion ($2.50 in sharing the win), a son of Credit Winner trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms, it was his fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.80 (Flyhawk El Durado first) and $5.80 (Credit Fashion first), respectively. There was no triple wagering due to the abbreviated assemblage The second grouping had odds-on Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) lead from the pole and from the start (:30.4, 1:00.3, 1:29.4, 1:59.3). Bearing out a bit through the lane, he nonetheless defeated a sharp, debuting Expressive Action (Sears) by three-quarters of length, with General Bill Brown (Morrill) third. For Cash Me Out, a son of Cash Hall trained by Cheryl McGivern for owner Traylor Racing, has four wins and two seconds in seven seasonal starts (only board blemish a first-placed-fifth at Saratoga last week). The exacta paid $17.20, while, again, there was no triple wagering. Friday night's pair of $37,000 Open Handicaps were won by ... Filly and Mare Pace, a from-last Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance, $17) in 1:53.4) Trot, Can I Say (Dan Dube, $8.50) in 1:56.2, now 5-for-5 locally. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals comprising the richest night of racing in the state, is set for Saturday, Sept. 28. Post positions shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

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Fresh off a jaw-dropping world record 1:51.3 win at Pocono Downs last week, Cooler Schooner ($4.20) struck again in her $84,328 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, PA Friday afternoon, taking top honors among two-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.2. The daughter of Broadway Hall and Pine Schooner drilled a :26.4 first quarter before facing steady pressure on the backstretch from Designed To Be (Andy Miller). Battling past a three-quarter split of 1:25, John Campbell called upon Cooler Schooner for everything she had at head-stretch. Ultimately, she was able to just stave off a valiant charge from Designed To Be, but only prevailing by a head. Jim Campbell trains Cooler Schooner for Fashion Farms, LLC. The other two divisions saw driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter team up for a pair of winners, with Honor Thy Daughter ($6.00, Donato Hanover, 1:57) and Lifetime Pursuit ($2.10, Cantab Hall, 1:57.3) taking their divisions. In addition to Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, Harrah's Philadelphia hosted Historic Series events for two-year-old pacers, with Tim Tetrick teaming both Debutante Stake winners Tyra (1:53.2) and McVita Bella (1:53.3). In addition, two-year-old male pacers Sometimes Said (1:52.4, John Campbell), The Lunch Pail (1:51.3, Andy Miller), and Allstar Partner (1:52.2, Corey Callahan) won their respective Goshen Cup events. From Harrah's Philadelphia Publicity Department  

CHESTER PA - The exciting two-year-old trotting filly Cooler Schooner, who astounded the harness world last week at Pocono when she became the fastest freshman trotter of all-time, regardless of size track, with a 1:51.3f victory, returns Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in a division of a $252,984 Pennsylvania Sire Stake - and she'll need a first- or second-place finish here just to be in position to reach the final. A homebred daughter of Broadway Hall owned by Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel), Cooler Schooner had been showing both talent and temperament early in her career - certainly an independent thinker. The Brothers Campbell, trainer Jim and driver John, decided on a strategy at Pocono to just let her roll - and roll she did, putting up fractions of 26.4, 54.4, and 1:23.2, then withstanding the challenge of impressive Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry in the amazing clocking, which also tied the winner with Check Me Out as the fastest female trotter regardless of age on a 5/8-mile track. The Pocono race was "Cooler"'s first in the Sire Stakes, and twelve rivals have more points than her going into Friday's last prelim, with only eight advancing to the $260,000 Championship, also at Harrah's Philadelphia, on Sunday afternoon, September 15. Cooler Schooner drew post three in the field of seven, which gives her a large positional edge over the two joint top pointwinners to date, A Perfect Gem (PP6, driver Marcus Miller for trainer Erv Miller) and Designed To Be (PP7, driver Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller). The two Campbells, five Millers (Hall of Fame nominee David is listed to drive Struck By Lindy, undefeated in two Sires outings, from post one) and the rest will contest race five on the Friday Chester card, with the other two 2TF division in slots 2 and 8. Also on this Friday card are divisions of the Historic Series for two-year-old pacers of both sexes; the fields contain three horses who have already won $100,000: filly Tyra, and colts Mcwicked (those two sired by McArdle) and Allstar Partner. These Friday races could also be useful contests towards the $260,000 Sire Stakes showdowns: the two colts are tied for first in the standings, while Tyra is equal top in points in her division. First post on the powerpacked kickoff to the long Labor Day weekend is 12:40 p.m. by Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2013 — Saturday’s Delvin Miller Adios eliminations card at The Meadows also featured three stakes — worth more than $550,000 combined — for young fillies trying to establish their credentials and earn points in Pennsylvania-sired events. None of the youngsters was more persuasive than Gallie Bythe Beach, who remained unbeaten despite the most miserable trip of her four-race career. Her challenge came in a PA Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers known as the Sand Tart, where she hunted early position for John Campbell but had to settle in sixth. She was out early yet still trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half. She turned on the juice around the far turn and held off the late charge of Also Encouraging to defeat her by a nose in 1:53.3. Southwind Silence was third. “She’s pretty special,” said Jim Campbell, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria for Fashion Farms. “She’s a well-built filly with a real nice gait to her, no wasted motion. She has a couple weeks off now. She’s staked right up through the rest of the year, but we’ll take it a race at a time.” In another Sand Tart split, Beach Body raced aggressively for Jim Morrill, Jr., refusing to turn Hunger Games and Dave Palone loose at the three-eighths. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky rolled on to a comfortable victory in a career-best 1:53.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than Very Loudly, with Tyra third. “I was getting everything so cheap that I knew I just had to go on a little bit to get Dave in behind me,” Morrill said. “She’s a big strong filly, and I didn’t see any reason to stop her. She did all the work tonight and lived to tell about it. She obviously has some guts” Chris Oakes trains Beach Body for Purple Haze Stables and Conrad Zurich. Talkative captured the other Sand Tart division. Romola Hanover, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Charisma Hanover was sharp on the front end for Palone, capturing her third PASS split this year in 1:51.1, a lifetime mark. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Caught The Bouquet, who boasts career earnings exceeding $261,000, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. “She was shut down and came home in 27.1. How many times can you say that?” Palone said. “She’s one of the best fillies I’ve ever drive. She’s so versatile, and she gives you such a good try.” Palone and Burke also teamed for a Romola Hanover victory with Carols Desire, who made up 3 lengths in a Lightning Lane charge to triumph in 1:51.1. Novascotia Hanover was second, 1/2 length back, while Handsoffmycupcake earned show. Since adding Lasix four back, the daughter of Real Desire-Carolache has three wins and a place for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Randy Ringer and Phillip Collura. “I thought I might get some room because we hadn’t done much racing, and I was behind the fillies I wanted to follow,” Palone said. “I knew I had two handfuls; it was just a matter of getting some room.” Native Dream also notched a Romola Hanover win. PA Stallion Series, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Hobe Sound found herself seventh down the backside with excessive cover before her. But the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Animated Art was fast and wide in the lane, triumphing in 1:53.2 for Cory Callahan and shedding 2.1 seconds from her lifetime mark. American Ginger was second, a neck behind, with Beautiful Artist third. “I was following live cover, and I was happy with where I was,” Callahan said. “I was just letting her do what she wanted, playing it by ear.” Linda Toscano trains Hobe Sound for Stake Your Claim Stable, Radio Racing Stable, Little E Inc. and Daniel Baer. Icommandmyspirit and Juice Hanover also collected stallion series wins. Evan Pattak  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -_ CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute live telecast at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) of America's Trotting Classic, the $1.2 million Hambletonian, from The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 3. The 88th Hambletonian, the second leg of Trotting's Triple Crown, will feature a return to heat racing, last seen in 1996 when the brilliant filly Continentalvictory defeated male rivals in straight heats. The telecast undercard will include Hambletonian eliminations, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and the $250,000 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters. The Hambletonian Final will go to post at 4:45 p.m. (EDT). "The Hambletonian is the premier race in the sport of harness racing," said Meadowlands Racetrack chairman Jeff Gural. "It deserves its place as a nationally televised event. The CBS Sports Network coverage of the 2012 Hambletonian was excellent and we look forward to the 2013 broadcast. We are very proud to be the host racetrack for this historic race and are very pleased to have the CBS Sports Network as partner in the event's coverage." The award winning television team is lead by veteran executive producer Mike Trager, who's overseen Hambletonian television for more than 25 years; producer Peter Lasser, at the helm the 2008 coverage for NBC; and Bruce Treut, in his second year of directing the race for CBS Sports Network. Coverage of racing's biggest day will be hosted by Gary Seibel with analyst Dave Brower, and Justin Horowitz reporting from the paddock and backstretch. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 2013 Hambletonian broadcast is presented by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack with the support of the following participating television sponsors: breeding operations Brittany Farms, Fashion Farms, Joie de Vie Farm, White Birch Farm and Winning Key Farms; the Atlantic City Alliance and the U.S. Trotting Association, Standardbred Breeders & Owners of NJ, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame; Clinton Tractor & Implement Company and Judge Audio Visual Solutions. The Hambletonian was broadcast live on CBS from 1993-2006 and was moved to CBS Sports Network last year with an expanded format. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to Rachel Ryan

Pekoe Fashion, who won last season's Matron Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters, returned to the racetrack Friday morning (April 6), winning a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:58.2.

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