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The undefeated Pure Country completed her sweep of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes preliminary legs, and Newborn Sassy set track and stake records in Wednesday's PASS action at  the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. The $212,776 event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over four divisions, with Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Be taking the other splits. Pure Country was on top early in her split when Skinny Dipper made a nasty break that scattered the back markers and left I Said Diamonds, sitting on Pure Country's bumper, as the only real competition. "I heard the horse in the three hole make a break," said winning driver Brett Miller. "When I looked at the tote board, I saw there was a big gap, so I thought I should take advantage of that and go a slow second quarter." "I think she can go with anybody." "She doesn't have to be on the front." "In my opinion, she can race better off the pace." "I've been putting her on the front to stay out of trouble." Pure Country triumphed in 1:52.3, 3/4 lengths better than I Said Diamonds. Hug A Dragoness earned show. Jimmy Takter trains Pure Country, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana who's now perfect in five starts, for Diamond Creek Racing. After launching her career poorly in a July 9 PASS leg, Newborn Sassy retreated to the PA Stallion Series, where she gained confidence and put her game together. In the Meadow Cheer, she saved ground, then zipped home for Tim Tetrick in 1:51.1, fastest ever for a 2-year-old filly pacer at The Meadows. Weeper held the previous track and stake mark of 1:51.4. Early leader Shesasmokinlady was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Peachy third. "We started her out a little steep there -- she wasn't quite as ready as she should have been, perhaps," said Jim King, Jr., who conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton -- a $37,000 yearling acquisition -- and owns with CC Racing. "It was a tough winter in Illinois where she started, so we got a little bit of a late start." "She's developed very well." Shezarealdeal grabbed her second PASS win with an uncovered backside burst that carried her to victory in 1:52, 1-1/2 lengths better than Princess Fabulosa. Yankee Moonshine finished fourth-placed-third. "The horse on the front didn't look that good," winning driver Marcus Miller said, "so I thought if I could keep pacing hard when we hit the turn, I could get by her. "She's really quick, so I wasn't too surprised." "I put her on the front too many times in a row." "Today, just following for a half, she was brave." Robin Cruise conditions the daughter of Western Ideal-Shezarealcaesar for Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal made it two straight when she found late racing room to score in 1:51, matching her career best. Angels Delight was a nose back in second while Just A Bee completed the ticket. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last, who boosted her career bankroll to $391,283, for trainer Randy Bendis and owners Bendis, Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 15-race program. Friday's card at The Meadows features the $174,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, which has drawn Hambletonian runner-up Mission Brief and Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey. The Moni Maker goes as race 3 on the program, which begins at 6:55 PM.                                                          Evan Pattak

HARRINGTON, Del. - The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters is now complete after 10 fillies went to post over two divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit ($3.80, Stafford Jr.) was the fastest elimination winner with a three length score over Kelsey's Commando and Linbo Love in 1:59.4. The Giant Hit-sired filly charged by pacesetter Kelsey's Commando at the top of the stretch and drew clear impressively. It was the fourth win of the season for Overnight Hit, who is trained by her driver and co-owner Stafford Jr. Stop the Jade Farm's Bella's Spunkin ($3, Allan Davis) took the earlier division in 2:01.2 over Oso Grateful and Some Sweet Lady. The Super Punk-sired filly surged by pacesetter Oso Grateful in mid-stretch for a narrow win. Trained by Joe King, "Bella" notched her third win of the year. In the overnight feature, Jason Johnson's My Ideal Hanover ($8, Victor Kirby) recorded her Third Straight win in the $17,000 Mares Open in 1:53 for trainer Jay Gannon. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare was a front end winner over Mach Lady and Sucha Bad Girl. Allan Davis had four winners on the program. Bret Brittingham had a driving triple. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be held on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair, July 24, with a special 7 p.m. post time. The Wednesday program features undefeated 3-year-old trotting gelding I Like My Boss (9/5, Jon Roberts) who has won all 10 of his lifetime starts. He will head the first of two divisions of the DSBF stakes for trotting colts. The Bob Shahan-trainee drew post five in the seven horse field, slated as the first race on the 14-race program. The second division is carded as the eighth race. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del.---- Race favorite Bella's Spunkin and second-choice Overnight Hit recorded wins in 2nd leg, Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Filly Trot preliminaries on Tuesday, April 1 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis drove Bella's Spunkin right to the lead and cut all the fractions en route to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first of two $20,000 divisions. Stop The Jade Farm owns their homebred daughter of Super Punk-Nubella now is two-for-two this year for trainer Joe King. Oso Grateful (George Dennis) was second from the start with Gogh Gogh (Tony Morgan) third. Art Stafford Jr. sat on the rail with Overnight Hit while favorite Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby) took the lead on the backstretch. Trainer-driver Stafford pulled the Giant Hit-Overnight Rail filly to the outside and tracked down the leader to post a 1:58.2 victory for owners Stafford and Wally Starky. Kelsey's Commando held on for second while Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) closed to take third. The DSBF top eight point-getters return next week for $100,000 finals. Corey Callahan, Ross Wolfenden and Allan, Davis had three wins apiece, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainer John Cabot had two winners each. A pair of $20,000 DSBF 2nd leg sophomore male trots and the week's top trot head Wednesday racing. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Driver Eddie Davis Jr. reached a personal milestone when he drove Special Lindy to victory in the 6th race. It was career win #4,000. Davis, Jr., the son of Delaware Valley great, Eddie Davis, has successfully followed in his father's footsteps along with brothers Allan Davis and Martin Davis (trainer). Even Eddie Davis's nephew (Allan's son) Tyler Davis has just started driving. Classy N Quik and Bella’s Spunkin won second division legs of DSBF $20,000 preliminary frosh trots while Monocromatic set a lifetime record of 1:50.1 scoring a wire-to-wire victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace. In the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events, Mike Rossi steered Classy N Quik to victory in the first prelim. Owned and trained by Tom Leager, the Super Punk-Program For Glory filly has now won two of her first three lifetime starts. Way Over Paid (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Some Sweet Lady (George Dennis). Bella’s Spunkin made the winner’s circle for the first time as Allan Davis guided the daughter of Super Punk-Nubella to a 2:02.1 score. Joe King trains the winner for breeder-owner Stop The Jade Farm. Linbo Love (Jim Morand) finished third but was placed second when Oso Grateful (Eddie Davis Jr.), second was disqualified and placed third.    On the regular program, with meet leading driver Corey Callahan at the controls, the Dream Away-Miss Ty eight –year-old held off a valiant charge by runner-up Hot List and Allan Davis from mid backstretch to the finish missing by a length. Jeremes Sweetheart was third for Ross Wolfenden. Monochromatic won for the 13th time this season winning $196,005 for North State Street Stable of Dover, Del. She has won $747,875 in her career. For the last four decades each Veteran’s Day members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart present an engraved blanket to a race winner. Appropriately, this year, pacer named Always A Fighter, driven by Chris Page, was the winning horse.  Corey Callahan boosted his meet leading total of wins for the meet to 17 with a driving triple. Dylan Davis notched a training triple. Dover Downs racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 11, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all up to the challenge--were won by a pair of "to-the-houses" in Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett, $6.90) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.20). Let's Go Higher, leaving from post position No. 7 (in one notch after an inside defection), had things all her own way. Working around 19-10 favorite Rock N Load (Dan Dube), she controlled the crowd through comfy early intervals of :27.1 and :57.1. Lightning Paige (Jordan Stratton) tried it first-up from fifth, moderately pressing the issue toward a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Let's Go Higher owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, then held sway by a diminishing neck in 1:53.3. Second went to Rock N Load, with Lightning Paige, Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Ginger and Fred (Brennan) settling for the small change. For second choice Let's Go Higher, a 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler owned by Jesse De Long and trained by Heidi Rohr, it was her 11th win in 31 seasonal starts (fourth in a row at three different venues). The exacta paid $21.80, with the triple returning $92. The featured trot had DW's NY Yank, who jumped it off a week ago as the favorite, regain the faith of the populace. From his ordered eight-hole as the 11-10 choice, he whipped around the site in :27.1, :56.4, 1:25.3, 1:54.2...a new track record for 4-year-old geldings. Second went to last week's upsetter, a loose-pocket Brando's Muscle Man (Eric Goodell), with Zooming (Bartlett), Bound for Fame (Stratton) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For "DW," a Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, he's now 12-for-21 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.80, the triple returned $117 and the superfecta paid $265.50. A special Friday night salute to occasional (and insightful, as opposed to occasionally insightful) Saturday night co-host Gary Machiz, whose Where to Hanover (Mark MacDonald, $7.30) wired the $22,000, sixth-race trot in 1:57.1. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover gelding, trained by Joe King, is now 8-for-19 this season ($98,260). Machiz was joined by his wife, Stacy, in the winner's circle. 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.   by Frank Drucker for Harnesslink.com  

When harness racing owner/trainer Gary Machiz decided to turn Where To Hanover's lines over to longtime friend Joe King, he did so with some very specific advice. 'I gave him a list of all the mistakes I made over the years,' Machiz said. 'I said 'Don't repeat those, just make new ones.' He not only hasn't made any mistakes, but he made improvements.'

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