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WILKES-BARRE PA – The Roll With Joe sophomore gelding Scootnroll, unraced at two, is now 9 for 10 lifetime, and for the second straight week he took his harness racing revenge over the only horse to defeat him, Billy Lincoln N, by winning a $12,000 pacing contest on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a lifetime best 1:50.2. Scootnroll, leaving from the outside post in the field of seven, worked his way past Billy Lincoln N after a 27.1 quarter, with that foe, who was favored slightly over the winner, content to ride behind to the half in :55.2 and to the three-quarters in 1:23.1, with the leader being joined by first-over Diamond Head at the latter call. As they turned for home, driver Tyler Buter got a big burst from his promising three-year-old, and he finished out the mile in :27.1 to be 1½ lengths clear of Sweet Truth, who barreled home between horses after riding third-in; that one in turn was a neck ahead of Diamond Head and another neck to the good of Billy Lincoln N, who did not have enough sprint in the Pocono Pike on this night. But Scootnroll had the needed power, and the youngster is quickly making up for lost time for owners Rick and Geoffrey Howles and trainer John “Bo” Hallett. Anthony Napolitano continued his strong form run by driving three winners on the Sunday card, giving him 32 in his last eight programs at The Downs. Anthony is second to his brother George Jr. in the drivers win standings; Tyler Buter and Matt Kakaley, 3-4 in the standings behind the Napolitanos, each recorded a driving double – as did McGwire Sowers, a native Maritimer and a “foal” of February 2000 who had never hit the board at Pocono in limited racing here before bringing in two winners and missing a third by a nose.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA — After staving off pressure to prevail on the lead last week, Jack's Shadow N ($5.20) lifted off cover to just nab Itsrockandroll A in Sunday's (Oct. 18) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. Tim Tetrick was patient early with the 6-year-old Shadow Play gelding, settling just worse than midfield while Da Delightful (Daniel Dubé) worked clear of Rock The Town (Joe Bongiorno) to control early splits of :27.1 and :55.3. Jack's Shadow N became more involved up the backstretch and rode the cover of Itsrockandroll A (Corey Callahan) into contention as the pace intensified to three-quarters in 1:23.1. As Itsrockandroll A pressed into Da Delightful off the home turn, Tetrick flipped Jack's Shadow N three-wide in what proved to be the winning move. Itsrockandroll A collared Da Delightful with a sixteenth to go, but Jack's Shadow N accelerated down the center of the track to win by a neck in 1:50.3. Itsrockandroll A proved a game second; Da Delightful held off a mild inside bid from Rock The Town to save third.   Scott DiDomenico trains Jack's Shadow N for the Triple D Stables, Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. The 17-time winner has now won four of his last five races. Jenn Bongiorno notched a training hat trick, led by a sparkling 1:50.1 mile from Nicholas Beach ($2.60). Joe Bongiorno drove the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding to his seventh win in eight starts this season. Wise Image ($5.00, 1:51) and Alex Tye ($5.00, 1:50.4) were Jenn Bongiorno's other victorious trainees on the 14-race card, and both were also driven by Joe. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Oct. 21), with a 14-race card scheduled and a $1,235.86 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA -- Jack's Legend ($7.00) withstood the breeze and hung tough for a narrow 1:49 score over None Bettor A in Sunday afternoon's (Oct. 11) $20,000 winners-over pacing harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. None Bettor A, sent off as the 9-5 favorite, vaulted to the lead from the outside post seven and dictated early splits of :26.4 and :54.3 while in line to George Napolitano Jr. Up the far side, Pat Berry made his move with Jack's Legend N, angling the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding first-over out of third to press a :27 third sectional. Jack's Legend N worked into a narrow lead midway around the home turn, but None Bettor A refused to give way. The two duelled the length of the home straight, with Jack's Legend N prevailing by a scant neck over the game None Bettor A. Itsrockandroll A (Corey Callahan) lifted down the grandstand side to finish third. Trainer Josh Green owns 16-time winner Jack's Legend N in partnership with Rich Lombardo Racing LLC, David Kryway and Eric Good. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 was hit for $7,178.06 in the afternoon's fifth race, as one player held the winning 5-2-7-6-4 combination which was keyed by Loud Splash ($10.00, Berry) and absent 5-2 favorite Barbados. Simon Allard and George Brennan both recorded driving hat tricks on the 14-race program. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 14); post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WILKES-BARRE PA – Driver Anthony Napolitano remains the hottest pilot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – in fact, on the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs he dialed up his dominance with six victories, giving him 23 wins in the last five local cards. “Anthony Nap” captured the trotting division of the $12,000 tri-features on the card with the E L Titan trotting colt I Got The Looks, the even-money favorite who came with a big late rally to overhaul 47-1 shot Lazer Jet in the shadow of the wire to take a head decision. The final time of 1:54.2 was a lifetime best for the sophomore Steve Brabrook trainee, who is owned by Wish Me Luck Stables LLC and Jonathan Lapp Jr. I Got The Looks winning in 1:54.2 The Roll With Joe sophomore gelding Scootnroll, who opened his career with seven straight wins then was beaten by Billy Lincoln N in his previous start, got revenge on that rival when he took a new mark of 1:51 in the faster division of the pacing headliners. Tyler Buter moved the winner, who did not race at two, to the lead ahead of his rival in front of the stands, then withstood “Billy”’s late inside rally by a length for trainer John Hallett and owners Rick Howles and Geoffrey Holmes. In the other pacing feature, pacesetter Warrawee Veloce was headed by Pocono Pike-shooting favorite So Many Roads in the stretch, but fought back bravely in the :55.2 last half to take a head decision in 1:53. Simon Allard had the sulky seat behind the Somebeachsomewhere three-year-old gelding, who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva – Purnel & Libby, and Dr. Michael Wilson. Allard took the last three races on the Pocono card, all with Ron Burke trainees; he had also posted three tallies at Harrah’s Philadelphia on that track’s Sunday afternoon program.   PHHA / Pocono

Meadow Lands, Pa. - Members of The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association assembled at The Meadows for an $8100 trot and after a perfect pocket trip Alesha Binkley rallied Luminosity to a solid 1:56.2 harness racing victory over eight rivals. Sent off as third choice in the competitive field Luminosity paid $9.60 for win. After starting from the pole position Steve Oldford sent 18-1 shot, A Royal Line, to the lead and they had command as the field trotted by the first stanza in a swift :27.3 with the eventual winner tucked in nicely in the two-hole. With no one challenging Oldford then grabbed leather and lead the field by the halfway point in :58.1. But as the field headed to the three quarters Oldford fed his trotter racetrack and despite a :28.3 quarter they couldn't shake Luminosity who was enjoying a covered two-hole trip. When the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt A Royal Line's stride began to shorten and Oldford could do nothing more but watch Alesha Binkley rally Luminosity to a 1-1/4 length victory. And in the deep stretch John Sikaras got the betting favorite, Formor, up for second money. A Royal Line held on for the show dough.. Luminosity , a 10 year-old altered son of Cash Hall, scored his fourth seasonal triumph and 50th of his illustrious career. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke.   by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

WILKES-BARRE PA – The Bettor’s Delight gelding Billy Lincoln N ended Scootnroll’s streak of seven wins at the start of his harness racing career, as the Kiwi import held safe his rival by a neck in 1:52.2 while taking one of four divisions of a $12,000 class at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono during the Sunday twilight card. Billy Lincoln N was three-wide through most of a :27.2 opener to get the lead, but then driver Marcus Miller was able to back off the half to :57.2. The speed would be soon sharpened as Scootnroll came up uncovered to challenge, with “Billy” maintaining his lead by the 1:25.2 three-quarters and actually opening a little daylight late on the turn. But Scootnover was far from finished and actually came back in a :27.2 final quarter, though his effort was not quite enough to catch Billy Lincoln N for barrister/trainer Tahnee Camilleri of Dancin Lou fame and the ownership of David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario LTD. In the other division of the quad features reserved for male pacers, the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Ben Rockin came up the Pocono Pike to catch pacesetting favorite Warrawee Veloce in 1:53.1, a lifetime best, for trainer Bill “Moon” Mullin and owner Robert John Becker. The fans had a better handle on the ability of 5-1 shot Ben Rockin for this card than for his other win of the year, on Opening Weekend, where he returned $171.40. Ben Rockin was handled by Anthony Napolitano, who won five races for the second straight card at The Downs. In the pacing distaff section of the headliners, the Art Major sophomore filly Galleria Gal was able to use sweeping tactics behind a fast pace and earned a new speed badge of 1:52.2. Tyler Buter drove the winner for trainer John Berger and owners Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Arnesti Jr. who saw their filly finally win in 2020 after amassing $114,824 while clashing with tough New York-sired stock. Finally, the trotting feature saw the Andover Hall gelding Pembroke Yoyo get a giant early lead after the other major leaver made a break, then hold together to withstand the late moves of favorites Celebrity Miracle and Kyrie Deo in 1:55.4. Pembroke Yoyo had won his last start, but that had been25 days ago; he showed no apparent rust here for driver Hunter Oakes, trainer Scott Betts, and owner Nicholas Catalano.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA — Trainer Andrew Harris and driver George Napolitano Jr. both notched grand slams — and teamed up to take three races together — on the Sunday afternoon (Oct. 4) harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. Harris and Napolitano teamed up to win a $12,800 pacing for non-winners of five races with Patriot Nation ($8.20, 1:50.1), a $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace with Our Max Phactor N ($4.00, 1:50.2), and a $5,600 first-level conditioned pace Cinnabar Dragon ($3.80, 1:51.4). Harris additionally won an $8,800 third-level pace with Rock Lights ($4.00, 1:51.3), whom Simon Allard drove, and Napolitano got his first of his four wins on the afternoon with Gilbert Garcia-Owen trainee Sevens Hope A ($2.80, 1:53.1) in a $15,000 claiming pace. The afternoon's featured event — a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace — saw Vettel N ($8.20) and driver Tony Morgan draft in the pocket behind dueling leaders Jack's Shadow N and Prince Of Tides before sneaking up the open stretch to win by a neck in 1:51.2. Itsrockandroll A lifted off cover for second over the game Jack's Shadow N. Trainer Jenn Bongiorno co-owns Vettel N, a 7-year-old American Ideal gelding, with Joe Bongiorno, Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 7) with a 14-race card programmed and a $4,738.47 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WILKES-BARRE PA – George Napolitano Jr. and his brother Anthony, the two winningest harness racing drivers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, captured nine of the fourteen races on the Monday afternoon card – and still they had to share the spotlight with a trainer who boosted her career win total to 32. Brianne Good, a 36-year-old trainer from Sayre PA and a former participant in the Racing Under Saddle series, is campaigning her stock at Pocono now that Tioga Downs, near her home, has closed for the season, and Good sent out three winners on the Monday card, using a different driver aboard each winner. Tyler Buter drove Big Mach to a $49.80 victory in race five; George Napolitano was behind favored $4.80 winner BJ Lorado in the very next race; and then Anthony Napolitano brought home $51.00 bomber Ev’s Girl in the thirteenth contest. Tyler Buter driving Big Mach to a $49.80 victory   Good, who has had her license for less than three years and who has never started more than 112 horses in a season, had once before had a multiple win card – and it was ironically the night she got her first and second career training victories, at The Meadowlands on February 9, 2018. As far as the $51 victory of Ev’s Girl, it was Anthony Napolitano’s third victory in the first four races of today’s Rainbow Pick 5 bet – George had the other – and the $51.00 payoff reduced to 22 the number of “live” tickets vying to be the unique winning ducat and to collect the $238,000 pool. But the last race saw Anthony win again with 2-1 shot Mighty Mr Sharkey over 3-5 favorite Rock Lights in the stretch battle, resulting in multiple winners and a carryover of over $232,000 for Tuesday’s Rainbow Pick 5 pool. Anthony’s four wins in the Rainbow bet were his “only” winners of the day, while George reported home first five times, giving him fourteen wins in the three racing days so far this week. But doubtless it will be Brianne Good who will remember the day for a long time thereafter.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA — Scott DiDomenico captured top billing on Sunday afternoon's (Sept. 20) 14-race card at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning with three of his harness racing trainees at the riverside oval. DiDomenico, whose Triple D Stables Inc. registered an owning treble as well, sent Sweet Beach ($4.60, 1:53) to victory in a first-level conditioned pace before also haltering Numbered Account ($10.60, 1:51.4) and Jack's Shadow N ($2.40, 1:51.3), who proved best in their respective third-level pacing events. Tim Tetrick drove all three of DiDomenico's winners, and he also drove Chris Temming's Barbados ($2.80, 1:52.3) to victory in a $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap. Tetrick's grand slam was matched by George Napolitano Jr. and Simon Allard. In the afternoon's featured event, a fifth-level conditioned pace with an $11,600 purse, Jenn Bongiorno trainee Vettel N ($43.20) secured the pocket and drafted comfortably behind Alluneedisfaith N before reaching up the open stretch to just nose out the late-rallying Casual Cool in 1:51.3. Tony Morgan drove the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding for the Jenn Bongiorno Stable LLC, Joe Bongiorno, Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine.   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 15-race card on Wednesday (Sept. 23), with Liberty Bell stakes for Pennsylvania-sired 2-year-old fillies taking center stage. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WILKES-BARRE PA – Juxta Cowgirl shot up the famed Pocono Pike and won a blanket finish in 1:51.2 to take the $14,000 feature for distaff pacers during the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The $334,648-winning daughter of Relentless Yankee, handled by Anthony Napolitano for trainer Mike Watson and Glasser Racing LLC, surrendered the lead to Eclipse Me N and sat perfectly-placed as that one and favored Its Mesmerise N dueled from late backstretch into the lane. The mare then dipped inside and made a strong move late to win by a length over Vorst, who was further inside the Pike. The entire field of six was separated by only 2¼ lengths at the finish (and the last-placed finisher, Rock Star Melinda, had absolutely no room in the stretch, or the total grouping may have been even tighter). Most impressive in the three $12,000 co-featured events Sunday was the Rock N Roll Heaven sophomore colt Rock Me Hard, whose final time of 1:52 was just a tick off his lifetime best. 22-year-old provisional driver Barton Dalious drove his charge with confidence, making two moves with him to secure the lead nearing the :54.4 half, and then still having enough to keep Trevor One at bay by a half length for trainer/father W. Bart Dalious and the Whiz Kids Stable LLC. A very small group of drivers won a very large percentage of the Sunday races at Pocono: Kevin Wallis and Tyler Buter both won three times (Buter for the second straight night), while Matt Kakaley, Marcus Miller, and Anthony Napolitano all doubled. Racing resumes at Pocono tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., with a Rainbow Pick 5 carryover of $209,471.72 (have a unique winning ticket containing the winners of the last five races).   PHHA / Pocono

GRATZ PA – The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Fair Circuit checked in for the first of two weeks of racing over the fast half-mile oval in the eastcentral Pennsylvania town. This “2-day Sire Stakes meet” featured freshmen on Saturday and sophomores on Sunday, the same routine that will be used during the “fair meet” this coming Saturday and Sunday. The Betting Line – Lazan Hanover two-year-old pacing filly Lazy Day Hanover, who had won her first eleven starts at the fairs before tasting defeat last week, rebounded to winning form with a 2:02 mile, with her 12th victory of the year putting her again in a tie for most wins in 2020 by a North American harness horse of any age or either sex and gait. Four others have twelve wins, but nobody else in this quintet is a two-year-old, and Lazy Day Hanover has the fewest starts in the group at fifteen. Her barnmate in the Team Dave Brickell (driver) / Mitchell York (trainer) partnership, the A Rocknroll Dance – Tiamo miss Tiamogonedancen, also regained her winning form and raised her record in her first campaign at the fairs to 8 for 9 with a 2:00.1 triumph. (The third top-notch pacing filly for York/Brickell, the 2019 Fair Sire Stakes Champion Dream Dancing, also came back to a winning mile on Sunday in 1:59.4, the 11th win of the year for the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance and her 9th in ten fair starts.) Somehow Brickell and York also found time to post the fastest two-year-old mile of the meet with the Artspeak – Subtle Charm gelding Seth Hanover, winning by open lengths in 1:57.4. Honors for baby trotters went to the Sebastian K S – Ruffleshaveridges filly R Speed Of Light, who hung up a 2:01.2 fair season’s record for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with his wife Christine and with Rick and Regina Beinhauer. Sunday’s card was led off by the fastest mile of the two-day stand, a 1:55.4 victory by the Artspeak gelding Bipbopnallie over stubborn challenger Nome Hanover for trainer/driver Roger Hammer and owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr. Bipbopnallie also raised his 2020 victory total to eleven, just one from the North America top (as is Dream Dancing). Among the conquered was Full Send, the fastest horse at the PA fairs with a 1:55.3 mile, who finally did not get the first check in his sixth circuit appearance. Full Send and Bipbopnallie now both have four 2:00 victories on the circuit. Tying them at four magic miles is the Sweet Lou filly Ginger Tree Carey, who won in 1:59.1 and who has posted her fast clockings in her last four starts. Sam Beegle is the trainer and driver of the swift miss, whom he co-owns with Ginger Tree Ventures, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen. (Dream Dancing, as noted above, won the other division of this “A” event.) Among sophomore trotters, the Muscle Massive gelding Focus Pocus earned the fastest clocking with a 2:00.3 victory for his co-owners, driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. The meet’s winningest driver was Dave Brickell with five successes; his partner Mitchell York matched Todd Schadel’s four training triumphs as they tied for that Gratz prize.   Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association partnership

Chester, PA — After being outmatched by the likes of Filibuster Hanover at Pocono, Southwind Ozzi ($4.80) returned to the site of his only prior harness racing win to date this year — Harrah's Philadelphia — and delivered a decisive 1:51 score in Sunday afternoon's (Sept. 13) $14,400 top-level pacing feature. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere entire landed in midfield in the early stages while Joesstar Of Mia A (Simon Allard) strode clear to control soft early fractions of :28 and :57.2. Before the midway stage, Daniel Dubé angled Southwind Ozzi off the pegs from fourth to gain ground, and gain ground he did. Southwind Ozzi attacked Joesstar Of Mia A up the backstretch and used a :25.4 individually-timed third quarter to seize command. After hitting the three-quarter mark in 1:23.3, Southwind Ozzi opened up a 3-1/2 length lead through the final turn, three of which he maintained at the winning post. Joesstar Of Mia A narrowly held second over Jack's Legend (Pat Berry), who sustained his pursuit after losing cover up the far side. Bill MacKenzie trains 12-time winner Southwind Ozzi for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice. In the sub-featured $11,600 pace, Rock The Devil ($3.80) rode the pocket en route to a 1:49.2 victory — the day's fastest mile — over pacesetter Imarocnrollegend N. Todd McCarthy drove the 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding for trainer Richard 'Nifty' Norman. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with five wins on the program, winning with Barbados ($3.60, 1:51.3), Rockabilly Charm ($28.60, 1:52.1), Rock The Town ($8.40, 1:51.1), Daddyofemall ($3.20, 1:52.2) and Melanie's Tedy ($6.40, 1:53.1). Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race program on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 16). Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA – The American Ideal mare Its Mesmerise N has really taken to harness racing in the U.S. in her short stay here – she ran her American record to 7-4-3-0-$32,900 and took a new mark of 1:50.2 in the $14,000 distaff pacing feature during the twilight Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Queen Of The Pride left fastest of all from the outside post in the field of six, with Topville Angelina going up to challenge the pacesetter after the :26.2 quarter to reach the lead at the 3/8, hitting the half in :55. Annie Hill launched a big attack on the pacesetter down the backstretch, with Its Mesmerise N right on her back through the 1:22.2 three-quarters. The winner tipped wide at headstretch, went up to Annie Hill, who had taken the lead, went by her, then held off a charging Attention Hanover by three-quarters of a length, with Queen Of The Hill coming up the rail to photo Annie Hill for third. The winner now has lifetime earnings of $83,686, and more seems likely to come in her present form for trainer Darran Cassar and Windemere Stable LLC. Anthony Napolitano had four wins on the card to lead the Sunday drivers colony; he is currently second to brother George in the seasonal Pocono standings. FINISHING LINES – Between the two-year-old Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships here on Saturday and the contests for three-year-olds Sunday, only three drivers were victorious – Dexter Dunn and David Miller each guided three winners, and Åke Svanstedt had two. Svanstedt tasted PaSS championship victory for the first time; Dunn had posted a win last year; and Miller now is third in the alltime standings with 17 wins, one behind Yannick Gingras, with Dave Palone a speck off in the distance with his 39 Pennsylvania crowns. … None of the eight divisional preliminary pointleaders was able to win their Championship.   PHHA / Pocono

Chester, PA — Party Girl Hill ($2.40) looked every bit the part of a divisional harness racing champion on Sunday (Sept. 6) at Harrah's Philadelphia, keeping her undefeated record intact with a decisive 1:48.4 score in the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for sophomore pacing fillies. Just eight days removed from her 1:49.2 victory in the Fan Hanover at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the daughter of Captaintreacherous once again asserted her superiority — and in almost identical fashion to her recent Grand Circuit triumph. Dexter Dunn floated Party Girl Hill forward from her pole position, but allowed Rocknificent (Scott Zeron) and New Year (George Napolitano Jr.) to dispute a :26.4 first quarter before brushing from third to clear command with just over a lap to go. After rating a :55.1 half, Party Girl Hill braced for a first-over challenge from JK First Lady (Andy McCarthy), who steadily advanced from fourth up the far side to force a :26.4 third sectional. Party Girl Hill's lead slipped to a length off the home turn, but she responded with a :26.4 quarter of her own, sprinting off at first asking before being taken in hand in the final yards of her 2-1/2 length victory. JK First Lady was a clear second, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of tiring pocket rival Rocknificent. Chris Ryder trains Party Girl Hill, whose 1:48.4 mile broke the existing track and stakes records for 3-year-old pacing fillies, for owner-breeder Tom Hill. She has won all nine of her career starts and amassed $482,181 in purses. Party Girl Hill completed a sire stakes hat trick for Dunn, who also captured the $252,000 finals for 3-year-old colts and geldings aboard pacer No Lou Zing ($6.60) and trotter Amigo Volo ($2.80). No Lou Zing, who only broke maiden on June 20, has since vaulted into the upper echelon of sophomore pacers and proved his place among them with a sharp 1:49.3 effort. Dunn was reserved early on with the Sweet Lou gelding and remained in midfield while 3-5 favorite Allywag Hanover (Tim Tetrick) brushed from fourth after stalking a :25.4 quarter. Allywag Hanover maintained a spritely pace through middle splits of :53.4 and 1:21.1 and was forced to exert even more into the far turn while Sandbetweenmytoes (Andy McCarthy) encroached on the outside and No Lou Zing stalked from second-over. With just over a furlong remaining, Dunn flipped No Lou Zing three-wide, and he vaulted to the lead in upper stretch before striding two lengths clear. The Greek Freak (Matt Kakaley) saved second from a hard-earned pocket, while Cattlewash (David Miller) narrowly upended Allwag Hanover for third. No Lou Zing rallied off cover to upend Allywag Hanover in the PASS 3-year-old colt pace final.  -- Grace Zimmers photo Nancy Takter trains five-time winner No Lou Zing for the 3 Brothers Stables, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Amigo Volo lived up to odds-on billing in the 3-year-old male trot, scooting away from EL Ideal's stern head-stretch challenge by 2-3/4 lengths and delivering a 1:52.3 victory. Amigo Volo yielded to early speedster EL Ideal (Andy Miller) on the first turn, only for Dunn to angle him out and claim control just beyond a :27.3 first quarter. After stealing a :57.2 half-mile split, the Father Patrick gelding accelerated up the far side, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.4 before EL Ideal again emerged from the pocket. Amigo Volo made easy work of his challenger, sprinting off in upper stretch to record the 10th win of his career. EL Ideal was an isolated second, 5-1/2 lengths better than Patriarch Hanover (Kakaley). Odds-on favorite Amigo Volo kicked clear in upper stretch to win the PASS 3-year-old colt trot final. -- Grace Zimmers photo Richard 'Nifty' Norman trains Amigo Volo, whose career earnings now stand at $946,719, for the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. Dunn's lone sire stakes defeat came in the $252,000 final for 3-year-old trotting fillies, which saw Ron Burke trainee Crucial ($42.80) and David Miller spring a massive upset in a race that figured to be a showdown between Sister Sledge and Next Level Stuff. Predictably, Next Level Stuff (Tetrick) assumed early control, but kept early challenger Queen Of The Hill — and Dunn — parked through early splits of :27 and :56 while Crucial established the pocket and 2-5 favorite Sister Sledge (Brian Sears) assumed second-over position. As Queen Of The Hill worsened in the breeze nearing three-quarters in 1:24, Sister Sledge angled three-wide but failed to fire, but Next Level Stuff wasn't home free. Crucial angled out of the pocket turning for home and lifted clear by 1-1/2 lengths to win in 1:52.4. Sweet Shirley Mae (Andy Miller) and Dip Me Hanover (Scott Zeron) emerged to take second and third respectively over an engulfed Next Level Stuff. Crucial rode the pocket en route to a 20-1 upset in the PASS 3-year-old filly trot final.   -- Grace Zimmers photo It was the seventh career win for Crucial, who campaigns for the Burke Racing Stable, Bill Donovan, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. In addition to his win with Amigo Volo, Norman captured two of the four $50,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolations on the card: Annabelle Hanover ($9.40, Dunn) took the 3-year-old filly pace in 1:50.3, and Chestnut Hill ($8.20, David Miller) won the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:53.2.   Sherry Lyns Lady ($10.60, Tetrick) wired her foes in the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:54.4 for trainer Jim Campbell, and Manticore ($2.80, Jordan Stratton) delivered a dynamite 1:49.2 mile in the 3-year-old colt pace consolation for trainer Bruce Saunders.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA — Backstreet Shadow ($3.40) led a training triple for Ron Burke on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 30) at Harrah's Philadelphia with a sharp 1:48.4 score in the featured $20,000 winners-over harness racing pacing event. Tim Tetrick angled the 5-year-old Shadow Play gelding out from midfield as Jack's Legend N (Pat Berry) worked to clear the lead from Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno) at the end of a :26.4 first quarter. Just as Jack's Legend N took control, Backstreet Shadow surged forward outside of rivals and worked to the top just before reaching the half in :54.3. Up the backstretch, Backstreet Shadow was forced to pick up the pace by Western Joe (George Napolitano Jr.), who advanced first-over to apply mild pressure through a :27 third sectional. Backstreet Shadow responded in kind, edging clear to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:48.4. Western Joe dug deep to protect second from Jack's Legend N, who was a one-paced third from the pocket. Burke trains 23-time winner Backstreet Shadow, who captured the Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs earlier this summer, for the partnership of the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Burke also teamed up with driver Joe Bongiorno for a pair of wins on the card, combining with Jahan Hanover ($2.20), a 13-1/2-length, 1:51.2 winner over Ginger Tree Pete in an entry-level conditioned event; and Twin B Tuffenuff ($4.00), who just collared Statement Made A in 1:51.3 in a $11,600 upper-level conditioned pace. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 2), with a $2,241.53 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WILKES-BARRE PA – Upsets were the rule (until the last few races) during a Sunday harness racing twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the trend featuring in two $35,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest for three-year-old pacing colts, taken by Enough Sun ($29.00) and Tell Them Lou ($45.20). Both winners found success in sitting third-inside for most of the mile. The Somebeachsomewhere colt Enough Sun was content to stay behind favored Manticore and Tru Lou most of the way, then backed out late turn to swing wide and passed four horses in the lane to be along by a half length over Manticore in a lifetime best 1:50. David Miller drove the winner, unraced at two and now winner of half his eight starts, for trainer Brian Brown and owner Alan Keith. Driver Scott Zeron won three races earlier on the card as pacesetter, pocketsitter, and first-over, and then he added a third-in / Pocono Pike victory to his resume with the Sweet Lou gelding Tell Them Lou, a 1:50.2 winner. Favored Cattlewash got to the half in :56 and looked like he could be tough to overhaul, but Zeron and Tell Them Lou got clearance along the inside and overpowered the chalk, coming their own last half in :54 for a one length victory. Jim Campbell trains the winner for Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. In the $14,000 conditioned distaff pacing feature, the veteran Lispatty sat behind favored Alexa’s Power most of the mile, then overpowered the pacesetter by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.2. Marcus Miller drove the McArdle mare, who has now won $959,799 and 37 races, for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and owner/son Gilbert Garcia-Owen.   PHHA / Pocono

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