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Northern Express rolled to victory in the Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Harness racing driver Russell Foster left aggressively with Northern Express.  Foster forced tucks by Gillie the Kid and Morairtime into the first turn. This allowed Northern Express to set  fractions of 28 to the quarter and a half in 57.4. Jack Parker Jr wheeled Morairtime past the half and trotted coverless in pursuit of the pacesetter Northern Express down the backstretch.  Gillie the Kid followed second over and mounted a three wide brush nearing the three quarter pole. Northern Express maintained the lead at the three quarters in 1:25.3.and trotted that quarter in 27.4. Northern Express won convincingly by one and a quarter lengths in 1:54.2 and paid $4 to win.    Northern Express (Muscle Massive) is owned and trained by Arty Foster Jr. Morairtime raced first over and picked up the place spot.  Carol Jamieson-Parker trained and her husband Jack Parker Jr. drove. Bluebird Jesse finished third for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Tim Tetrick won 4 races on the betting card. On Thursday night,  Dover Downs will offer a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 5 wager with a fifty cent minimun bet.  The  takeout is 15 percent. Racing resumes on Wednesday  at Dover Downs with a 4:30 post time. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Pilgrims Tide, who had been first and second in his last two starts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono but not faring as well in excursions to Yonkers, returned to the mountain oval on Tuesday afternoon and during the last half left his foes in the red dust, going on to a new mark of 1:54.1 in the $12,800 claiming handicap trotting feature. Several horses took a shot at the victorious Muscle Massive gelding during early fractions of :27.2 and :56.3, but none succeeded; from there, Pilgrims Tide was all alone on the lead (except for driver Simon Allard), passing the three-quarters in 1:24.2 and coasting home to a 7½ length victory. Shane Tritton trains the winner of $175,657 for owner Nicholas Catalano.   Another Muscle Massive gelding, the sophomore Focus Pocus, got in a solid prep race for his $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship this coming Monday at The Meadows, going to the lead and holding off the field in 1:55.4 in a $10,400 trotting contest. First and second in his last two fair starts against all-time PA Fair trot recordholder Manhattanup No Ice and third in a recent Keystone Classic division behind Amigo Volo, Focus Pocus looks in prime form for his owners, trainer Linda Schadel and driver Tony Schadel. Trainer Jim Ray has sent out only 27 starters in 2020, winning four times, but he's a conditioner to watch out for, as a $2 bet on each his charges would have returned a 526% profit. Tied with Tom Wine II as the only trainers with three $50+ horses at the meet, Ray's latest "bomber" was Frac, who came from ninth and last off a hotly-contested pace for driver Kevin Wallis, getting up late to pay $98.60 to his very scattered $2 win backers. Ray co-owns the winner of $259,615 with David Wisser. Anthony Napolitano led all drivers with three victories during the Tuesday afternoon card, giving him thirteen during the present three-day Pocono workweek of Saturday-Sunday-Tuesday. From the PHHA / The Downs  

WOODSTOCK, VA  ---- Driver/trainer Bill Carter swept both Open classes in back-to-back fashion Saturday in Woodstock as Shenandoah Downs concluded its fifth annual opening harness racing weekend festivities.   Carter, last year's winningest reinsman, piloted Pilgrims Lass to a wire-to-wire effort in the $7,000 Open Trot and reached the winners circle again the next race ---a $7,000 Open Pace --- with Captain McKee.   The former, who faced a full field of seven others, got away strong and authored fractions of :28 3/5, :59 1/5 and 1:28 1/5 before crossing in 1:57 1/5. The four-year-old Muscle Mass mare beat Beguin Dugoutier F by 1 1/4 lengths in earning her third win of the year.   Unlike the Open Trot, Captain Mckee only reached the front of a full field around mid-stretch. Track record holder John's Dream (1:52 1/5) took control early in the Open Pace and maintained the lead until Carrer's charge caught him just before the finish.   After an initial quarter of :28 1/5, Captain Mckee came first over before the half and remained outside of King Corona and John's Dream the next two panels. Once the leader triggered :58 2/5 and 1:26 2/5 fractions, Carter guided his four-year-old Captaintreacherous pacer past King Corona in the final turn and bested John's Dream by one length at the wire in 1:55 2/5.   Both Open winners are co-owned by William Daggett Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic.   Six Virginia Breeder's elimination races for three-year-olds kicked off the Saturday card. A trio were decided by one-half length or less.   Both of Arlene Cameron's filly trotters crossed together in the first race. Cate's A Keeper --- winner of a 2019 Virginia Breeders divisional championship as a two-year-old --- and K J Deb crossed together in 2:02 1/5. Eddie Davis Jr. and John Wagner drove respectively. The pair are both owned by Pamela Wagner and Dr. Scott Woogen.   Breeze Away B wired the field in the filly pace division in 1:56.0. Hillbilly Kisses was a game second and lost by just a half-length. The winner is seeking to repeat her championship path of last year when she won both the prep and final as a two-year-old. Breeze Away B is owned and trained by William Fletcher and was driven by Allan Davis. The runner-up was piloted by Frank Milby, is trained by Amamda Jackson and owned by her Hillbilly Haven Farms.   Caviart Sage passed front stepping Virginia Cruiser at the quarter pole, held the lead until the end but had to fend off a pesky K J Michael in deep stretch in a three-year-old colt pace elimination. The Artspeak colt crossed in 1:56 3/5, a head in front of Arlene Cameron's runner-up. The winner was driven by Tyler Shehan and is trained by Marna Shehan for the Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. Dr. Scott Woogen owns the second-place finisher.   Two-year-olds will compete in a series of elimination races on Saturday, September 26. Finals of both age groups will be held on Saturday October 3.   The Shenandoah Downs meet will continue through October 17 with racing every Friday and Saturday at 2 PM. The meet is being run spectator-free and without wagering, but races are streamed live at   by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- Mass Fortune K wore down the determined Maewegonow and edged her by a neck to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Mass Fortune K was third down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after Maewegonow, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Meadows. Mass Fortune K surged at the wire to score in 1:56 for trainer Norm Parker and breeder/owner Bob Key. Matterlei rallied from last for show.   A 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Ice Fortune K, the winner lifted his career bankroll to $242,654. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $4,151.70 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $701.91 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

CHESTER, PA - On Wednesday afternoon Harrah's Philadelphia started its serving of Liberty Bell Series stakes action with $180,800 on the line in three harness racing divisions of freshman male action for each of the both gaits. Despite a rainy day during which the track was rerated from "good" to "sloppy," four of the six winners took lifetime marks, and the other two winners, both pacers, came home in 55.1. Form held up in the first two of the trotting contests. The Father Patrick - Muscle Amour gelding Saxon rallied out of the pocket to catch pacesetting DD's Redemption in his division, stopping the timer in 1:56.3 (good) in posting a half-length victory. A double winner in PA Stallion Series action, Saxon was handled by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell for the Runthetable Stables. Loyal Fox Hanover looked like he might be facing difficulty after PA Fair Championship winner Stickler Hanover got to the half in 1:00 in their section, but the altered son of Andover Hall - Lady Luck Hanover grinded into 57.1 - 28.1 back fractions to get by the stubborn pacesetter by 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1 (sloppy). Loyal Fox Hanover, a Stallion Series winner who was second in his Championship, was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Chuck Sylvester, who is a co-owner along with Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. The one trotting cut that saw the chalk defeated was also the fastest division on that gait, and it was won by the Muscle Massive - My Winning Way K colt Moveoutofmyway K in 1:56 (sloppy). Yannick Gingras tipped his colt out of the pocket midbackstretch and immediately got the lead as the pacesetter broke, and then the pair were able to ward off the late burst of favored Patriarch Hanover by a half-length. Norm Parker conditions the first-time stakes winner for owner Robert Key. Contrasting with the trotting events, the contests for baby pacers saw no favorite emerge victorious. The fastest winner was the Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles, who was sent to the top by Tim Tetrick, then came home in :55.1 - :27.2 for a 1:51.4 victory (good). Tell Them Lou was three-quarters of a length back in second and favored Manticore third behind the PA Stallion Series Championship winner, who is trained by Ray Schnittker and is co-owned by him with Dr. John Egloff, Max Hempt, and Steven Arnold. Brian Sears sent Father Nuno, the Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure colt who is a full brother to Captaintreacherous, to the top in his division, and like Lake Charles, Father Nuno posted back splits of :55.1 - 27.2 to complete the mile in 1:53.1 (sloppy), 2¼ lengths ahead of favored Mac's Big Boy. The brother team of trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere are the sponsorship behind the impeccably-bred baby. The one pacing winner who did post a new mark was also the longest shot of the six stakeswinners at $30.60: the Sweet Lou - Keystone Dawn mare Keystone Dash, who rallied from the pocket for driver Andrew McCarthy to overhaul pacesetting favorite Starship by a nose in 1:53.1 (good). The youngster, a PA Stallion Series winner who is owned by Ãke Svanstedt Inc., had not raced in 33 days, but despite any layoff Svanstedt horses usually come out ready for a big mile, as did Keystone Dash today. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia    

YONKERS, N.Y. – Entering the 2018 edition of the Yonkers International Trot, Cruzado Dela Noche hadn’t started in a pari-mutuel race in four months and hadn’t won a major harness racing stakes race since capturing the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup in May 2017. Predictably, bettors dismissed the 6-year-old Muscle Massive son at 30-1 odds in the $1 million stakes. However, off two qualifying wins for trainer Marcus Melander and picking up Brian Sears, Cruzado Dela Noche worked out a brilliant trip in the 1 1/4-mile stakes, tracking Lionel’s first-over assault on leader Marion Marauder. With the plugs pulled and the whip on the trotter’s tail, Sears angled Cruzado Dela Noche three-wide with five-sixteenths of a mile to trot and joining Marion Marauder and Lionel, made it a three-across battle entering the final turn. Lionel put away Marion Marauder as he straightened into the lane and with Cruzado Dela Noche losing ground around the fifth bend, appeared to be on his way to International Trot glory. However, Sears went to the right-handed stick in the stretch and his trotter reengaged. As Lionel reached for the wire, Cruzado Dela Noche lunged, nailing his white-blazened rival in the shadow of the finish post. One year later, the enormity of Yonkers International Trot victory sticks with Sabine Kagebrandt, Managing Director of Cruzado Dela Noche’s ownership company Stall Courant Ab. “That brought us so much joy,” she said. “That meant a lot to us and it meant a lot to me because that horse brings us so much joy and he’s a really good horse and he has a really big heart. That he can take that win and show that he is an international horse, that’s the main thing. He had some wins in big races in other countries, but then he had one in America. “To win that big race under those conditions, it’s not so easy to go that many turns at Yonkers,” Kagebrandt continued. “It’s more money than the Prix d’Amérique, so it was a really big win for us and it was a big win for the horse. It means a lot, it’s a very big race to win, so we were so happy for that.” Cruzado Dela Noche’s Yonkers International Trot victory joined the Copenhagen Cup and Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Deutschland on the trotter’s resume, improved his record to 15-for-55, and boosted his earnings to $1,202,771. It was also the biggest win in Melander’s training career, which began in 2014 after he relocated from his native Sweden. The 27-year-old conditioner’s rapid rise to the top of the sport goes hand-in-hand with his partnership with Courant. “We love to be part of that. We’re so glad that he can make all that success,” Kagebrandt said. “I have known Marcus since he was a child and we have followed his move here to America. I think we were the first big owners that put horses in his stable. It started with one or two horses and then we started with more and expensive horses. We have always had a good faith in him. He has that kind of mission like we have, so we feel like it’s a good match. “We have the same view, how he should train and take care of the horses. We are very much involved also, talking about the training and where we should race,” Kagebrandt continued. “Of course, he’s the one who’s in charge, but he shares that information with us and we feel that we are part of it. That’s how we like it. We really love to work with Marcus. That’s really beautiful, I think.” Like Melander, Kagebrandt’s career is on the rise. Over the past year, Kagebrandt’s role at Courant evolved from doing the daily accounting and taking care of horses in the owner’s Swedish stable to managing the company’s budget and finances, selecting yearlings, and working alongside owner Anders Ström. A far cry from her initial aspirations of becoming a trainer, Kagebrandt appreciates the rarity of occupying such a role in a harness racing stable. “It’s really nice to work with Anders, we work really good together,” Kagebrandt said. “I really enjoy it. I travel all around the world to do what I love. I love my job. It’s beautiful. This kind of job, there are not so many jobs out there that are like mine.” Following his International Trot win, Cruzado Dela Noche finished sixth in the Breeders Crown Open Trot at Pocono and seventh in the TVG Free For All Trot at the Meadowlands. After a winter break, he returned this May to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Swamp. Cruzado Dela Noche topped 11 rivals in the 9-furlong stakes to take the winner’s share of the $175,000 purse. Although he’s placed in another two stakes in six other seasonal starts, Cruzado Dela Noche hasn’t found the winner’s circle since the Cutler. He often comes from off the pace, but tends to run out of ground going the standard mile distance in America and Canada. “I think he’s been really, really great. He’s one year older, but he still gives his best. He gets home really fast every time,” Kagebrandt said. “He goes really, really good every time, so we’re really happy with him.” Cruzado Dela Noche only failed to earn a check once this season when he finished last of six beaten 14 1/2 lengths in an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Aug. 24. Although he made a long first-over move in that start, Cruzado Dela Noche tired in the final 3 furlongs, uncharacteristic of his typically strong final quarters. “He didn’t like the shipping and he was not to be recognized. He wasn’t feeling well. He wasn’t himself, that’s for sure,” Kagebrandt explained. “After that, he got some medication and he got to rest for two weeks to recover. He’s been training at home. Marcus and Mikaela (Melander), they have been really happy with him. He has been strong again and really happy and he’s doing his work really good.” After regrouping at Melander’s New Egypt, N.J. stable, Cruzado Dela Noche prepared to defend his Yonkers International Trot title with a 1:55.2 qualifying win at Harrah’s Philadelphia Oct. 1. Racing 10 lengths off the pace in third at the half, Cruzado Dela Noche moved on the outside and kicked away with a :28.4 final panel to score by 4 1/2 lengths. Returning to represent Sweden in the Yonkers International Trot, Kagebrandt is confident. She feels the added distance is ideal for the 7-year-old trotter. “He doesn’t have that kind of speed like Greenshoe, but he can go another lap,” she said. “I’m really hopeful for the International because it’s his distance. He’s so much better at longer distances and he’s shown that in Europe as well. That’s why I’m hopeful because now he finally gets a longer race and that’s what he’s best at.” Cruzado Dela Noche and Brian Sears drew post seven in this year’s International, one slot outside his starting position last year and one slot inside of returning rival and last year’s runner up Lionel of Norway. Denmark’s Slide So Easy also competed last year and returns; he drew post one. The new faces in this year’s edition are 2018 Hambletonian winner Atlanta, who will represent the United States from post three. Guardian Angel As will also represent the United States and will start from the second tier in post nine. Marion Marauder will make his third appearance in the International representing Canada. European sensations Bahia Quesnot (France, post two), Uza Josselyn (Switzerland, post four), Zacon Gio (Italy, post five), and Norton Commander (Germany, post 10) complete the field. “It is tougher. They have a really good field. They did last year, but this is tougher than last year, absolutely,” Kagebrandt said. “The class of this year’s International is really good. It’s good for the race, it’s good for everybody. “We have great respect for our opponents. This year, Atlanta and Guardian Angel As should probably be seen as favorites,” Kagebrandt said. “Among the Europeans, Uza Josselyn is super quick and Zacon Gio also comes with great reputation. They also have good post positions. We need racing luck to beat those horses for sure. But we have the best driver and a horse with a heart of gold.” Cruzado Dela Noche would join Su Mac Lad (1961, 1963), Roquepine (1967, 1968), Une de Mai (1969, 1971), Delmonica Hanover (1973, 1974), Ideal du Gazeau (1981, 1982, 1983), and Lutin d’Isigny (1984, 1985) as a repeat winner of the International should he prove victorious Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12). “It would mean a lot, especially with ‘Cruzado’ because we know he’s a really good horse,” Kagebrandt said. “It’s really hard for him to win races here. When he cannot open from the start, he always gets a bad trip. He really needs this win so people understand that he’s a great horse. It’s really hard competition, but I’m not worried. I think he’ll be in good shape.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the 1 1/4-mile Harry Harvey Trot and 1-mile Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, click here. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.   By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Delaware, Ohio--She's back...and winning again. "Hurricane Hannah" Miller, the two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year today displayed the harness racing talent that propelled her to the top of the amateur driving ranks when she guided Inukchuk Chuck to a solid three-length triumph in the Hall of Fame & Museum Series Trot at the home of the Little Brown Jug. Competing in a field of gentlemen and lady drivers, most of whom are members of the Billings Series, Miller sat chilly on the limb and when the 8-horse field headed for paydirt she rallied her veteran trotter to a 1:56.1 victory holding off the betting favorite, Utopia, and driver Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. After starting from the 3-hole Miller had her sights on the front-end but "Dandy Daniele" Orsini, with Mega Moss, had different ideas and refused to let the lady take command. So being parked Miller kept charging and the two raced side by side all the way to the three quarters before she took command at the top of the lane. And when "Hurricane Hannah" and Inukchuk Chuck headed down the lane it was obvious that no one was going to catch them, not even Steve Oldford's Utopia, who ended up with second money. Mega Moss held on for the show dough. It was the second consecutive victory at the Delaware County Fair for Inukchuk Chuck and Hannah Miller, after having won a Billings Trot just four days previous. And for the trotter it was his sixth seasonal triumph. The 6-year old altered son of Muscles Yankee is owned by Cliff Grundy and trained by Nick Surick. He paid $5.60. by John Manzi  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The top pointearners in the eight divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series, a class just below the Sire Stakes program, will be meeting during a Monday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to contest $40,000 Championship races. Perhaps the most interesting entrant in the Stallion Series Championships is the three-year-old Muscle Massive colt Kate's Massive, who will attempt to become only the third Stallion Series Championship winner at two to repeat at three, behind trotting filly Migisi (2010-11) and pacing colt Nimble And Quick (2015-16). Kate's Massive made a break in his first StS start of 2018, then won two prelims before taking the final; this year he won all three of the prelims he entered and should be favored from post seven in race nine. In the companion filly event, race seven, Spring In Paris recorded three wins and a second in the prelims and figures the horse to beat from post four. Among the sophomore pacers, race thirteen's colt event had only two two-time StS prelim winners, Under Paid and Skip To My Lou, and figures to be a wide-open contest. In contrast, the pacing fillies, gathered in race eight, had five distaffs who posted two Stallion Series winners, including JK Mardi Says, who was victorious the only two times she entered the prelims. Turning to the two-year-olds: the one hope that a Stallion Series horse would win in all four preliminaries, the pacing colt Captain Groovy, had that dream brought to a halt last time when he was beaten by a half-length. The Captain still figures as one of the sixth race favorites, along with the streaking Lake Charles, three-for-three in the prelims. Among that gait's distaffs, in race four, the two standouts are Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover, both of whom won three preliminaries - and was beaten by the other in the fourth. In the baby trotting races, Town Victor has three Stallion Series victories and 5-of-7 so far in his young career; he is likely to be favored over good youngsters Saxon and Stickler Hanover. The StS Championship for baby trotting fillies is race three, where five misses notched two preliminary wins, including three who won in both their prelim appearances: Heart N Soul Deo, Next Level Stuff, and Caviart Guilia. The eight Stallion Series Championships will share the Monday spotlight at Pocono with the three $100,000 Great Northeast Open Series Championships for mare pacers, open trotters, and open pacers, in that order, all to be conducted at 1¼ miles. Horsemen with GNOS Championship entrants are reminded that there is a six-hour detention situation from scheduled post time, with post time for the first event, the mare pace, listed at 6:42 p.m. Contact the racing office for further information. -30-    

WATTSBURG, PA - After a cool but sunny Monday of racing two-year-olds, the skies threatened the three-year-old action on Tuesday at the Erie County Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town, but a recently-rare show of cooperation by Mother Nature - and hard work by the harness racing track crew - allowed the three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid to circle the twicearound in 2:00.3, just 2/5 of a second behind the all-time Wattsburg standard. In his division of the "A" PA Fair Sire Stake for his class, Under Paid and driver Aaron Johnston were in charge for the mile, posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.3, and 1:31. The weather was again cool and breezy, not conducive to record miles, but Under Paid came home in :29.3, just two ticks shy of the all-tyime local mark shared by Venier Hanover and Midway Island. Under Paid has now won three straight - his fair debut, a pari-mutuel Stallion Series event, and then here at Wattbsurg - with trainer Ron Burke taking a rare dip into the fair waters and emerging successful for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phil Collura. A Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes champion in 2018, the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios has continued her solid form into her sophomore season, becoming the first horse in 2019 to win six times in the "A" Sire Stakes level with a 2:05.4 victory, fastest trotting clocking of the meet. Now a twelve-time career winner, RT Gloria De Dios was driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The most impressive horse on the Monday card for two-year-olds was the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta trotting gelding Penance, who won his fifth "A" fair event in 2:06.3, just three-fifths shy of the divisional track record set by Tag The Lady ten years ago. Penance, who also was a winner of a division of the Arden Downs Stake the night before the Adios, has the same connection as RT Gloria De Dios - driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC, whose patriarch for many years was "Lefty" Brocious. Bolon visited Victory Lane twice on both Monday and Tuesday to emerge as the short meet's top driver with four victories. Roger Hammer trained three baby winners and added a sophomore win to take honors as the leading trainer with four triumphs - Hammer was not on hand on Tuesday, as he was attending the funeral of Mr. Gerald Kelly, a longtime Hammer patron and one of the most respected men in the Mid-Atlantic area, unflinchingly kind and calm while operating a moderate stable until his recent passing at age 81. The Pennsylvania fair circuit is right back in action at Stoneboro PA Thursday (freshmen) and Friday (sophomores), with the racing scheduled to start at 11 a.m. This will be the last stop on the "western" swing of the circuit; the four stops after Stoneboro will be two-day and fair sessions at Bloomsburg and Gratz, as the horses make a final charge to qualify for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. (Last year's Fair Championships, remember, were the "coming-out party" for Aflame Hanover, who won a Messenger elimination this past Saturday, and goes for $500,000 in the Triple Crown event this Saturday at Yonkers.) From the MSOA,  Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the PHHA partnership

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The three-year-old trotter, Cesar Duharas, showed that his amazing harness racing track record performance in 1:56.1 at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) on July 26 was no fluke as the gelded son of Muscle Massive won a division of the Breeders Cup Series again on Friday at H3R. Competing in the $10,000C second race, the third and final leg of the series, driver Pascal Berube wasted no time getting Cesar Duharas right to the early lead with El Bleu (Stephane Brosseau) sitting right on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. The rest of the field was already five lengths behind the leaders. Opening up on the field some more, Cesar Duharas pasted the half mile mark in :59 with El Bleu still able to stay close in second place. Then after the three-quarters in 1:27.3, Cesar Duharas started to pull away from El Bleu and went on to win in a romp by eight and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.3. El Bleu held for second with Money Hill (Yves Filion) third. It was the second straight win in just five lifetime starts for Cesar Duharas. He is trained by Denis Gueriel and was bred and is owned by Haras De L Estrie, Inc. of Dunham. He paid $2.30 to win. After this weekend, the top eight money winners from both the Breeders Cup Series and the Future Stars Series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 8, for their respective finals with total purses that day at $500,000C. In the eighth race filly division of the Breeders Cup for a purse of $10,000, it was Kinderunbelievable and driver Pierre Luc Roy scored a mild upset over Cor Leo and driver Stephane Gendron. Cor Leo cut the mile from the start and after the half mile, Roy came after them on the outside and was able to duck into the two-hole, then after the three-quarters, Roy came after the leader again and this time, after the final turn, was able to collar Cor Leo and then go on to win by one length in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Cor Leo was second with Claudi P V (Pascal Berube) third. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, it was the second win this year for the daughter of Archangel who paid $12.30 to win. In the third race first $7,500C division of the Future Stars Series Friday for two-year-old trotting colts, Major Bay and driver Jocelyn Gendron pulled off an upset victory over 1/5 favorite Kenogami Coco (Tyler Jones). Major Bay cut the entire mile with Kenogami Coco sitting the pocket trip and then Major Bay held him off in the stretch to win by one length in 2:04.1. Master Gale (Jerome Lombart) was third. Sire by Amigo Hall, it was a lifetime mark and the second straight win and third victory in just four career starts for Major Bay. He is trained by Francis Richard for Ferme Auclair-Ecurie Francis Richard, Inc. and Jan Christophe of Auclair. He paid $6.00 to win. The fifth race second colt trot division saw a real dogfight take place early on as Babidibou (Stephane Gendron) would not give the lead away to 1/5 favorite Tuscan Titan (Guy Gagnon) as those two pulled away from the field and battled past a :28.2 opening quarter mile. It looked as if Gagnon could not get his colt to settle down into the two-hole and then he went off-stride. That left Babidibou and Gendron all alone on the lead. They strolled to the half in 1:00.4, the three-quarters in 1:32.1 and came home a 12 and one-quarter length winner in a lifetime best 2:02.4 mile. Tuscan Titan rebounded to finish second with HP Muscle Dancer (Jocelyn Gendron) third. Trained by Maxime Velaye for Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, it was the first career win for the son of Royalty For Life in four starts and he paid $6.10 to win. The lone filly division of the Future Stars Series for $10,000C saw the race favorite, Emotions Durables and driver Tyler Jones, lead from start to finish and win by one length over SOS Trumper (Jocelyn Gendron) in 2:04.3. Kinnder High Class (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. For the daughter of Wheeling N Dealing, it was her third straight win in four lifetime starts for owner/trainer Cassandra Lecourt of St-Victoria De Sorel. She paid $5.10 to win. Pacal Berube and H3R's leading driver Stephane Gendron each has driving doubles Friday. Both Francis Richard, H3R's leading trainer and Maxime Velaye both sent out two winners on the night. Six of the ten races on Friday saw lifetime mark scored. Track Notes: A late driver change in the Prix d'Ete on Sunday as Eric Goodell is not coming to H3R and he will be replaced on Turbo Hill by Jonathan Drury. That makes the six leading purse money drivers in all of Canada competing in the Prix d"ete. They are: 1. Sylvain Filion ($3,480,641), 2. Louis Philippe Roy ($3,116,294), 3. Bob McClure ($2,881,807), 4. Trevor Henry ($2,550,734), 5. Doug McNair ($2,176,471) and 6. Jonathan Drury ($2,176,550). Post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watch the H3R races, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Favorites Spectre and Mass Fortune K both parlayed front-end trips into a victory in a $15,000 featured trot during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Holiday Road gelding Spectre went to the lead before the :27.3 quarter for driver Anthony Napolitano, could back off the half to :57, picked up the pace to the 1:25.2 three-quarters, then held off a threat from pocketsitting P L Ketchup to take a two length victory. Rob Harmon trains the late-developing five-year-old for Adv Racing Stable LLC. After facing the likes of Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S in his last few starts, the Muscle Massive colt Mass Fortune K responded well to the change in company, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:55 for driver Pat Berry after making two early moves and putting up fractions of :28.2, :57.2, and 1:25.4. Mass Fortune K won by 8½ lengths in posting his first seasonal score after a six-figure campaign at two for trainer Charlie Norris and owner Robert Key. In a $14,000 distaff pace, Vorst was also a favored frontstepping winner, but her path to the winners circle was much harder. The Four Starzzz Shark mare, owned and trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, was parked past a :26.3 opener and went on to a :55.2 half, only to have second choice Attention Hanover come up to challenge and require a 1:22.2 three-quarters clocking. Vorst received constant last quarter urging from driver George Napolitano Jr., who had four wins on the card, and the mare responded even after being passed by pocketsitting Summer Charm in midstretch, surging back to take a half-length victory over Attention Hanover, who photoed out Summer Charm for second. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was just two weeks ago that Only For Justice set the track record at the Hippodrome 3R for three-year-old trotters in 1:57.4, and now Cesar Duharas shattered that record with a 1:56.1 triumph Friday evening in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series. The entry of Only For Justice and stablemate Clevisse, were the overwhelming 1/9 favorite in the eighth race $10,000C division for trotting colts, but both horses went off-stride after the start of the race. Cesar Duharas left hard from the outside post seven position for driver Pascal Berube and shot to the early lead with no one close behind him. He led the field by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. They then opened up on the field at the half mile in :57.2 with Mister Sky (Marie Claude Auger) a distance second. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Cesar Duharas poured it for Berube, winning in a rout by 29 and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Mister Sky was second with SOS Turbo (Tyler Jones) third. Only For Justice finished fifth. It was the first win this year in four starts for Cesar Duharas and a lifetime mark for the gelded son of Muscle Massive from the Cantab Hall mare, Cleopatra Duharas. Trained by Denis Gueriel for owner/breeders Haras De L Estrie, Inc. of Dunham, Cesar Duharas paid $20.00 to win. The time of 1:56.1 was just one-fifth of a second from the all-age trotting record at H3R of 1:56 that is co-held by both Pablo Angus (2008) and Michelangelo (2014). Cor Leo, making only her second lifetime start, scored a 15-1 upset victory in capturing her $10,000C division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting fillies. Starting from the far outside in post position eight, Cor Leo and driver Stephane Gendron were able to get away in fourth place after the start of the fourth race. My Lady Hall with trainer/driver Serge Nadeau in the sulky were the early race leader with Choo Choo Blue (Jocelyn Gendron) in second place and Justice Society (Stephane Brosseau) on the outside in third. After the opening quarter mile in :29.1, Brosseau continued on the outside with Justice Society, challenging My Lady Hall for the lead past the half mile marker in 1:00.1. All the while, Cor Leo was stalking the leaders in fourth place. As they started down the backstretch, Justice Society started to overtake My Lady Hall and then came Cor Leo into the hunt, going briefly three-wide. Justice Society cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:30.3 with Cor Leo gaining on the outside with every stride. Coming down the stretch, Cor Leo was able to collar Justice Society and go on to win the race by three-quarters of a length in 2:01. Justice Society was second with Choo Choo Blue third. It was the second lifetime start and first victory for Cor Leo, a daughter of E L Titan, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Proviquante Stable of Mirabel. Cor Leo paid $32.20 to win. There are three weeks of preliminary competition in the Breeders Cup Series. The top eight point earners will return to compete in their respective divisions with a purse of $65,000C on Sunday, September 8. Track Notes: Pascal Berube led all drivers on Friday with three winners. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, which will be the last live racing day until Thursday, August 8 due to the Grand Prix auto race week in Trois-Rivieres. Sunday's card is jam packed with great racing including four divisions of the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus a Preferred Trot, Preferred Pace and a Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHESTER, PA - The Muscle Massive sophomore harness racing gelding Jackie's Jim, trainer Neal Ehrhart, and driver George Napolitano Jr. continued their recent "in-form" style, combining to win the $16,000 featured trot on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2. Napolitano, who swept the first four races en route to five victories on the day, reserved Jackie's Jim off the early pace, then sent him uncovered before the half. He showed sharp acceleration to make the lead at the 5/8, then opened up just enough ground on two rivals who had been caught inside when he powered to the lead, Lindsey's Pride and Presidential Zette, who dead-heated for second, a neck behind the winner, who recorded his third straight victory. Ehrhart, clicking at a 24% rate since October 19, trains the winner for Virginia Ehrhart, Leta Deatrick, and Jacqueline Dobson. In the $14,000 pacing co-feature, Tony Morgan sent the Bettor's Delight sophomore gelding Bettor Than Spring to the lead past the quarter and held sway the rest of the way, but the winner had to be game to withstand the late burst of 40-1 shot Gideon Seelster by a neck in triumphing in 1:55.1. Bettor Than Spring has now won three of four trips behind the gate since pairing with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Triple D Stables Inc. In the $14,000 trotting co-feature Wednesday, the Conway Hall sophomore gelding Flyhawk El Diablo took advantage of the "eligible at time of entry" rule after winning his last start, making it two straight while equaling the lifetime mark of 1:57.2 that he notched in his last race. Andrew McCarthy guided the winner to the lead going under the wire the first time, and the pair had more than enough to keep pocketsitting First Class Act in arrears by 2¾ lengths under the wire the second time for owner/trainer James DeLucia. The early move to command also was a successful route for the Majestic Son mare Majestic Presence, who handled a $12,500 fast-class field in 1:55.4. Marcus Miller got away with a relaxed 58.4 half, then sprinted home in 57 with the winner of $180,310 to be 1¼ lengths of pocketsitting Royal Surprise for aunt/trainer Julie Miller and owner Kapildeo Singh. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, N.Y. – When Sabine Kagebrandt came to work as the Racing Manager for Anders Ström’s Stall Courant AB, she did so on one condition. Accustomed to working with and being around harness racing horses, the former groom of Prix d’Amérique winner Gigant Neo would take the office job if she could have one horse to look after in her spare time. “I started at the office, I did all this paperwork and stuff like that, but I’m used to working with horses. If I’m going to do all this paperwork, I need one horse,” Kagebrandt said.  Ström let Kagebrandt pick any horse in his barn. Out of about 60 trotters, she selected Cruzado Dela Noche. Then a stakes-winning 3-year-old with a penchant for making breaks, Kagebrandt saw something special in the bay son of Muscle Massive. “When I started to work there, the first trip I made was when Cruzado Dela Noche was third in the Peter Haughton and then we went to Lexington, so I followed him all the time. I knew I wanted to take that horse when he came home,” she said. “First of all, he was really cute, he had a nice attitude, and he had this charisma. When you’re around him, you just get happy because he gives so much to the people around him. I really fell in love with him. He’s such a nice horse.” Cruzado Dela Noche shipped to Sweden to compete in the country’s rich 4-year-old program. Kagebrandt developed a bond with the horse while he raced in Stefan Melander’s stable, winning the Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup, and the Group 2 Norrlands Grand Prix. He also placed third in the Group 1 Sprinter Mästaren Final. However, this June, Ström began pointing Cruzado Dela Noche toward a fall campaign in the United States with a focus on the $1 million Yonkers International Trot and the Breeders Crown Open Trot. Cruzado Dela Noche shipped stateside to trainer Marcus Melander and groom Mikaela Melander in August and prepared for the International with two qualifiers at Pocono Downs in September. Being away from Cruzado Dela Noche was difficult, but Kagebrandt lessened the parting with frequent visits. “I’ve been in the States a lot, so I’ve followed him here. When he came here, I was here. Then I came here for the qualifications, so I’ve been here a little bit,” Kagebrandt said. “He was really good. He got better every qualifier he did because he needed time to be a little more in form. We tried to do the same schedule when he should do the qualification like we made with him at home. We tried to do as much the same as at home as possible.” With just two qualifiers on his card and off a June layoff, Cruzado Dela Noche started as a 30-1 outsider in the Yonkers International Trot. Still, Kagebrandt felt confident in the 6-year-old stallion and in Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears.  “Always when you race him, you know he always has a chance because he’s so strong and he has a good head and a strong will to win. He never gives up, that I knew from the beginning,” Kagebrandt said. “When he had the six hole and the other good ones had inside, then I thought it could be a little tricky. I was very confident in the horse and Brian, because he knows this track like his own pocket.” While rivals Pastore Bob and Ringostarr Treb makes breaks in stride on the opening turn and Arazi Boko forged to the lead from post eight, Sears was patient with Cruzado Dela Noche. He raced in sixth 5 ½ lengths from the top and followed Lionel on the outside behind a :28.1 opening panel. Ariana G pulled the pocket on Arazi Boko around the second turn and made the lead at the top of the backstretch, but Marion Marauder quickly ranged up to assume command in a :57.1 half-mile. The move left Lionel uncovered in third and Cruzado Dela Noche got a perfect trip in his wake. Marion Marauder led through 6-furlongs in 1:27 and a mile in 1:55.3. With a quarter-mile to race, Lionel ratcheted up the pressure, advancing to put his white-blazoned nose in front entering the final turn. Sears tipped Cruzado Dela Noche three-wide and the trio charged around the bend on even terms. Watching the action unfold from a perch in the paddock, Kagebrandt’s heart began to race as she realized her horse had a chance. Lionel put away a spent Marion Marauder at the top of the stretch as driver Gøran Antonsen snuck a peek over his right shoulder to see Cruzado Dela Noche looming. Antonsen went to the whip right-handed and implored Lionel while his gaze darted frantically between the finish line and his opponent.  Sears let the lines hang loose in his left hand and went to the stick with his right. He timed the move perfectly and Cruzado Dela Noche surged at the wire to win by a head in 2:24.3. Up And Quick shook loose late to be third while Ariana G was fourth. “We won,” Kagebrandt said as a smile crept up on her face and she let out a satisfied laugh. “Actually, we didn’t see much of the stretch. First, we thought he was going to be third, but we thought, ‘that’s OK, third is really good in the International. That’s amazing.’ Then we thought he was going to be second. We were screaming and cheering. Then we realized he actually won. They didn’t announce at first it either, so we weren’t sure if he won or not, so it was totally crazy. It was really crazy. “It means very much. To bring him over and he handled the trip and everything, I think it’s amazing. It’s a really big race,” she said. Cruzado Dela Noche’s victory in the Yonkers International Trot improved his record to 15 wins from 56 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,202,771. Cruzado Dela Noche is Sweden’s fourth representative to win the International, joining Callit, Atas Fighter L., and His Majesty. With the International under his belt, Cruzado Dela Noche will head to the Breeders Crown next and Kagebrandt will be along for the ride. “This was the first race he did here. Now I think he’s starting to get in shape. It’s going to be really nice to go to Pocono,” she said. “I love him so much.” For more information on the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, visit  by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Sweden’s Cruzado Dela Noche made a three-wide move on the final turn and the 30-1 long shot was able to nip Norway’s Lionel at the wire in a dramatic photo finish by a head in winning harness racing’s $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. Driven by Brian Sears, Cruzado Dela Noche got away in sixth place as Arazi Boko (Alessandro Gocciadoro) took the early lead away from the USA’s Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) going to the first quarter in :28.2. Race favorite and Elitloppet winner, Ringostar Treb and Pastore Bob both went off-stride going for the lead on the first turn. Then Canada’s Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) came first-over and was able to clear to the lead and take the field to the half mile in :57.1 as Lionel and driver Goran Antonsen came first-over with Sears and Cruzado Dela Noche followed second over past the three-quarters in 1:27. As they came to the final turn, Sears made the big move three-wide with Cruzado Dela Notche past the mile marker in 1:27 and the three-horses raced side-by-side around the turn and then the battle began down the stretch. Marion Marauder began to tire, Lionel looked if he had the race won, but with every stride, Cruzado Dela Noche gained ground and then in the final strides to the wire, won by a head in 2:24.3. Up And Quick (Jason Bartlett) was third. A six-year-old stallion by Muscle Massive, Cruzado Dela Notche was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in the USA and raced in the states at age two before being shipped to Sweden. He trained by Marcus Melander and is leased by Courant, Inc. of Delray Beach, Florida. He paid $62.50 to win. Also, of note is that Cruzado Dela Noche had not been in a pari-mutuel race since June 10. He did have two winning qualifying races before going in the International. “I’m just so proud and happy to be here today,” said winning driver Brian Sears. “The trip I got, I could not have drawn it up any better. Maybe I should have tipped him three deep a little earlier than I did. When I did tip out it made the 9 horse (Lionel) worked a little harder. Perhaps if I had waited until the top of the stretch my horse would have gotten to him sooner. “He just raced super,” Sears said. “He got the trip that he needed. It’s just awesome today. To win the International Trot is great. This was my fourth time in the race. You don’t get that many chances to compete at this level. To win this today is quite a thrill.” “We did the qualifiers at Pocono,” said trainer Marcus Melander. “And we really did not know if they were enough for him to get ready for this race. He showed up today in good shape. “We train our horses a lot,” Melander said. “He was use to the extra distance racing from Sweden.” Warrawee Roo and Dube take $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot With a huge three-wide move from fourth place, Warrawee Roo and driver Daniel Dube was able to collar pacesetter Gruden and go on to win the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. Gruden, at 22-1, and driver Tim Tetrick grabbed the lead away from In Secret (George Brennan) to start off the seven race one and one-quarter mile race and led the field past the opening quarter in :28.1 and the half mile in :57. Yes Mickey and driver Jason Barlett had started up first-over with Warrawee Roo following the outside flow second-over as they past the three-quarters in 1:27. Then at the one-mile mark in the race at 1:56, Dube moved Warrawee Roo three-wide, clearing by Yes Mickey and then collaring Gruden as they started down the stretch. Warrawee Roo then has plenty of trot in the stretch, holding off Tap Flight Angel (Andy Miller) to win by one length in 2:25.2 with Gruden third. Winless in his last seven starts, Warrawee Roo, a five-year-old stallion by Majestic Son, posted his fourth win of the year for trainer Luc Blais and the Determination Stable of Montreal, Canada. He paid $10.60 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two AM won his second consecutive race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday evening, overcoming the outside post eight to capture the $21,500 featured trot on the card in 1:52.4. Driver Tim Buter tucked in midpack early with the altered son of Muscle Massive, then raced the last half with second-over cover. Two AM then put in a big late surge to defeat favored Prairie Fortune, who was coming on from the pocket, by ¾ of a length, with ABC Muscles Boy another neck back after a third-inside trip. Two AM, who made an early name for himself by winning his PA Stallion Series Championship in 2016 in a still-record 1:55.3, boosted his lifetime bankroll to $287,936 with Sunday's triumph. Todd Buter conditions the winner for the Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs, and Carol Fuhs. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. claimed possession of the outright lead in both categories of the "Leading Longshot Driver at Pocono" chase by reining Raising Kerckhaert to victory in the sophomore's 23rd lifetime start while paying $101.40 for a $2 win ticket. Taggart, who was Pocono's overall winningest driver during the 2001 season, now has six winners at the 2018 meet who have paid $50+, and a pair who topped the $100 figure. Raising Kerckhaert's trainer/owner Austin Brubacker also has his claim to $100 winner fame - in 2016 at Harrah's, his trainee Marion Coca paid over triple figures to win three times during the year, including in successive weeks in late summer. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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