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CHESTER, PA - Harness racing driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen captured both of the pacing features on "Distaff Day" Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia as part of a giant day for both horsemen. Despite having to go first-over against pacesetting favorite Machnhope in the $14,400 top-line event, the veteran McArdle mare Lispatty was able to get to the line first, and the seven-year-old did it in 1:49.4 to take a new lifetime mark. After a classic "ding-dong" stretch battle, Lispatty proved a half-length better to earn her 40th career victory and raise her bankroll to $986,726. Garcia-Owen is also the owner of the classy pacer.   In the $11,600 co-feature pace for distaffs, the Art Major mare Crazy Cute vacated the three-hole late on the backstretch, went up after pacesetting stakes filly Dance Club, ground her into submission, then held off second-over Scandalicious by 1½ lengths. The mile went in 1:51.1, a time which matched the winner's mark. Garcia-Owen's father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera shares ownership of the winner with Barbara and Donald Anstine. For the day, Napolitano visited Victory Lane seven times, solidifying his spot atop the local drivers colony, while Garcia-Owen harnessed five winners to close the gap behind leading trainer Ron Burke (who fought back with a late-card winner), their numbers being 72-63 with about seven weeks remaining in the season. Driver Mike Simons "blew up the tote board" for the second straight day at a different eastern Pennsylvania track. Yesterday, he guided Tricky Dick to an $86.00 upset at Pocono; on this card, he drove How Are Yee John, who was photoed out by Bell I No, but the judges found that Bell I No had drifted out and interfered with the chances of How Are Yee John, reversing how the horses crossed the line for the official order of finish. How Are Yee John paid a healthy $66.20 to his scattered backers among the Philly faithful. Post time at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday will be at 2:05 p.m., so people who are in the mood on wagering on horses and are "double-gaited" might also find some action on the first day of the Breeders Cup at Keeneland. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Surfer Beach may be starting to pace into his considerable harness racing pedigree, as he won a $10,400 pace on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. An altered son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $2.3M+-winning Southwind Tempo, two-time divisional champion, Surfer Beach did not race at two, and he won only one of his first thirteen races at three. But he has now won two of his last four, including this 1:52.3 triumph, where he went to the front for the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., and proved much the best, winning by 5 1/2 lengths for trainer Brian Malone and owner Peter Paul Venturini.   The Napolitano brothers completed a sweep of the pacing divisions for this class when Anthony drove the Bettor's Delight mare Mossdale Lottee N to her first U.S. score. The Kiwi import came from eleven lengths back at the quarter to win the female section of the condition by 3¾ lengths in 1:53.2. The winner is trained by Jose Godinez for Godinez Racing Stable LLC. In the division of this class for trotters, the two-year-old Tricky Dick also came from well off the pace (10½ lengths behind at the half) to win by a nose over Gerard while taking a mark of 1:57.1. And whoever bet on the altered son of Winning Mister - Pictures Of Millie got a $78 return on a $2 win ticket as Tricky Dick took the Election Day victory for driver Mike Simons, the "Pocono Trot Man," and owner/trainer/voice of the PA county fairs Jim McGettigan. Anthony Napolitano bookended the card with winners and also scored with Mossdale Lottee N to emerge as the day's leading driver with three victories. There are only three more cards left in the 2020 season at Pocono, all starting at 12:30: this coming Saturday and Tuesday, and then closing night, November 15, where there will be a mandatory distribution in the Rainbow High 5 pool, which will bring a carryover of over $239,000 into play. From the PHHA / The Downs    

CHESTER, PA - On a cold and wet Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, over a surface rated "good," the younger horses took the spotlight, competing in three $11,200 features - two on the trot and one on the pace. And driver George Napolitano, Jr. gave a driving clinic, winning seven races on the program. The winningest driver at both Philly and Pocono, Napolitano is second in 2020 North American victories behind perennial leader Aaron Merriman; from July 1 to the start of today's races, though, Napolitano had produced a 337-276 edge. The pacing group was dominated by the Captaintreacherous sophomore colt Sea Of Life, whose resume showed a 1:50 victory at The Meadows and a fourth-place finish in his division's Kentucky stakes final. Here driver George Napolitano Jr. kept him off a wicked early battle (:27 and :54.4), brushed him to the lead well before a 1:22.2 three-quarters, and went on to an in-hand 1¾ lengths victory over Bipbopnallie, a Pennsylvania fairs star, in 1:50.4, a remarkable time under the circumstances; the third-place horse was some thirteen lengths behind this duo. Tony Alagna trains the winner for Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Kirk Racing.   In the opening trot, Contepartiro Deo brushed the length of the frontstretch to make the lead, then drew off to win by 3 ¾ lengths over The Great PG in 1:57.3. The sophomore daughter of Muscle Hill, who derived the "con te partire" part of her name from the Italian for "with you I shall leave," left this field far behind for driver Todd McCarthy, trainer Noel Daley, and the ownership of Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC (from whom she got the second part of her name). Tim Lancaster, who trained second-placed The Great PG in the first trot headliner, came back as trainer/driver of Willing Hanover, a Donato Hanover sophomore gelding who won the second section for trotters in a lifetime best of 1:57.1. Coming from second-over, not often a winning spot at Philly, Willing Hanover outclosed first-over Bang Bang Boinga by a neck for her trainer/driver, who also co-owns her with Mark and Meghan Lancaster. In the best purse race offered for fast-class veteran pacers, going for $10,000, the razor-sharp Sweet Lou gelding Razor's Edge went to the top early and could not be caught, winning in 1:51.2 by 2¼ lengths over place dead-heaters Mac's Big Boy and Tact Tate N. Razor's Edge posted his third straight victory for trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The driver of Razor's Edge was George Napolitano Jr., who had his seven successes on the day. . From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - As is often the case at Harrah's Philadelphia, the front end was the place to be for the harness racing winners of the two featured trots during the track's Thursday afternoon program, raced over a "sloppy" surface rated two seconds off par. The Donato Hanover colt Big Nudge scratched into the $12,800 top purse event from the "also eligible" list and had the dreaded post eight, but then had his load lightened considerably when there were three more scratches from the programmed starters. David Miller promptly sent him to the top in the short field, and the pair had no trouble controlling the throttle, coming home in :28.4 to post a 1:57.1 victory by 1¾ lengths over Lucy Mae Hanover. Jake Leamon conditions the three-year-old for Charles Elliott, A And B Stable, and Hutt Racing Stable.   In a $11,600 trot for the faster-class seasoned performers, the Muscle Mass gelding Cavill Hanover also went right to the engine and held off a determined first-over bid by Yankees Beast to win by a neck in 1:55.3, last quarter :28.3. Marcus Miller drove the winner of $227,480 for trainer Mark Harder and Thestable Cavill Hanover. Tim Tetrick, who won five Breeders Crown elimination races last weekend, and David Miller, who took four, head back to Hoosier Park for this weekend's Championship races after having each posted a triple on the Thursday card at Philly. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The John Simpson Sr. stakes for three-year-old colts, the Ayres for trotters and the Albatross for pacers, were each conducted in three $33,067 divisions on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with driver David Miller continuing his hot hand from Breeders Crown elimination weekend by piloting two of the successful pacers, while trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt accounted for a pair of the trotting winners. Miller's first winner was the only favorite among the six stakes and started a Sweet Lou gelding, as Tru Lou followed up on his recent Liberty Bell stakes success by coming home first Wednesday in 1:50.2. Tru Lou made the front past the quarter and withstood stablemate Warrawee Veloce by 1¾ lengths to take his earnings to $114,092 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and Slaughter Racing Stable LLC.   Tito Rocks, who caught heavy favorite Patriot Nation from the pocket in their Liberty Bell action, was much closer in the tote with that one today but still the second choice. And he did repeat his Liberty Bell triumph, coming from the two-hole again and running down pacesetting Patriot Nation by a half length at the end of a 1:51.3 mile. Miller guided the winner of $128,385 for trainer Robert Cleary and Royal Wire Products Inc. The third Albatross winner was also a pocket rocket, the American Ideal colt Ideal Perception, who came out of the golden seat to get a stretch lead and then withstand gritty first-over favorite Diamond Head by a neck in 1:51.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the Andrew Harris trainee, who now has $131,444 on his card for the S S G Stables of McWicked fame. A Svanstedt horse accounted for the fastest of the three divisions of the Ayres, as the Cash Hall gelding Coventry Hall dashed out to early command and widened his advantage throughout the last half, coming to the wire seven lengths ahead while taking a new speed badge of 1:52.4. Coventry Hall has now earned $105,055 for Enghavegaard Aalborg APS. Svanstedt also was responsible for the biggest surprise in the day's stakes, as 12-1 shot Harley K rallied up the inside to catch favored Rome Pays Off in 1:54.3. The altered son of Sebastian K S is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Little E LLC, and Kenneth Kjellgren. A pair who also did very well in the Breeders Crown elims - driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter - were the braintrust behind the Andover Hall gelding Paulie Walnuts, who took a long time to get to the lead but could not be dislodged thereafter while taking a new mark of 1:53.1. Howard Taylor's sophomore was on his best behavior today and got the job done to make it two wins in his last three outings. Also a part of the top-level action on this Wednesday card at Philly was a $14,400 distaff handicap pace, taken by the Betterthancheddar mare Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan in 1:51.3. Shes Pukka N went away quickly, keeping Eclipse Me N outside until the quarter and forcing favored Machnhope to accept the three-hole, then sat the perfect pocket trip and rallied inside the pacesetter to catch her by a half length, with the chalk settling for third, another neck back. Shes Pukka N, a career winner of $171,241, is trained by Brian Malone for owner Peter Paul Venturini.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were a trio of $12,000 featured events on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The male pacers and the trotters generated mid-range upsets in their respective cuts, while the winning female pacer came through for her chalkplaying backers. The Heston Blue Chip filly Talk Show Chica, trained and driven by Tom Jackson for Braden Racing LLC, made a regaining move to the lead in front of the stands, opened a sizable lead on the far turn, then held off a stubborn first-over Peggy J by three-quarters of a length to win in 1:53.2. Having now won two in a row and three out of her last five starts against this level of competition, Talk Show Chica will now have to step up her game, as her victories and money boost her out of this class.   In the pace for males, Gold Star Yoder rallied from the pocket and held off Notwithoutafight, but not without a fight, prevailing over the late charger by a head while lowering his lifetime mark by 4 2/5 seconds to 1:51. Anthony Napolitano drove the Mysticism gelding for trainer Eric Mollor and the ownership of Niss Allen Inc. In the trotting contest, the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Nezblanc wound up in the pocket as a result of two early breakers, then was able to squeeze between horses late with a heady drive from trainer Aaron Johnston to take a new mark of 1:57. First-over President was closest at the wire, a half length behind, to the winner, who is owned by Richard Hess. Three-time driving winners on the card were Matt Kakaley, Marcus Miller, and Anthony Napolitano (the last-named now having succeeded 39 times over the last 11 Pocono cards). All of Kakaley's victorious trio were trained by Clay Faurot Jr. - and the ages of each of the winning threesome are in double digits (Artache Hanover, 11; Mystery Island, 13; and Regal Hope, 10). This was the last Sunday card of the 2020 season at Pocono. There are six cards remaining in the meet, with Tuesday and Saturday programs at 12:30 p.m. for the next three weeks. From the PHHA / The Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Rich And Miserable, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, zipped to the lead at the three-quarter pole in the $14,000 harness racing trotting feature at the mountain oval on Saturday afternoon, drawing off to a 5½ length victory in 1:53. Tyler Buter was in his usual perch behind the Explosive Matter gelding, a career winner of 21 of 59 starts and $438,586 for trainer Todd Buter and the ownership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. That same grouping won two races earlier with Two AM, a Muscle Massive gelding who win in 1:55 to raise his lifetime numbers to 32 of 94 and $486,905.   In the $12,800 claiming handicap pacing headliner, the United Ace gelding Just N Ace paid immediate dividends for owner William Gordon and trainer James Guagliardo, who took the horse for $20,000 last week, stepped him up to the $25,000 level, and won his third straight in 1:53.2 when the track was rated "good" early in the card. Driver Larry Stalbaum never looked back with the streaking pacer, winning by a length despite pressure at many points in the mile. Former HHI Man of the Year and longtime USTA director Lon Frocione passed away this past Wednesday at age 88, and trainer Joe Pavia Jr. gave a proper sendoff to his longtime patron by sending out his Sweet Lou gelding Lyons Night Hawk, who rattled off fast numbers of :27.1, :54.1, and 1:22 en route to a 1:50.2 triumph, boosting his earnings to $260,158 while being driven by George Napolitano Jr. Tyler Buter and George Napolitano Jr. both paraded back to the winners circle four times during the Saturday card at Pocono, whose last Sunday night card of 2020 will begin tomorrow at 5 p.m. From the  PHHA / The Downs  

CHESTER, PA - The Father Patrick sophomore gelding Solar charged to the lead past the quarter for driver Marcus Miller, then fronted his opposition the rest of the way to take the $12,800 featured harness racing trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:55.4. Big Nudge, who had gone out for the early lead before turning it over to Solar, then sat pocketed behind the winner until mounting a stretch charge, but that move came up a half length short. The winner notched his fifth score of the year and pushed his seasonal bankroll over $50,000 for trainer Erv Miller, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. co-owns the three-year-old with Sara Miller and John Koliopoulos.   Fastest of the winners in the tri-$11,200 supporting features was the Sebastian K S three-year-old distaff Rosalie Swan, who now has won three of her last four starts after reducing her mark here to 1:54.4 despite having to go first-over. Pat Lachance trains and drives the developing filly, unraced at two, for owner Helen Duer. The fastest mile of the featured gait on "Trottin' Thursday" went to the Yankee Glide gelding Amador, who reduced his record to 1:53.4. When he won two starts back, driver Todd McCarthy rallied the horse from nine lengths behind at the three-quarters; today the pair pressed on to command in front of the stands and had more than enough to withstand Armagedon Seelster by 1½ lengths for trainer/owner Joseph King. Mention must be made of the Cantab Hall gelding Duke Of Lindy, who went into the care of Greg White for today's race and, in a maiden trot, put up astounding fractions of :28, :56, and 1:24.1, leading by as much as twelve lengths for most of the middle part of the mile. While not able to sustain that rate, Duke Of Lindy was still able to hang on under Simon Allard's urging to defeat 1-10 favorite Ethan T Hanover by a half length in 1:55.1 for owner Jaypaul Hoover.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA -Crossfit minded his manners, controlled the front end from an improved post, and easily won the $12,800 claiming handicap trotting harnes racing feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Tyler Buter hustled the Donato Hanover gelding to the lead in front of the stands, rated the half, then got a 56.4 back half out of him to finish out the mile in 1:54.4, with pocketsitting Mr Houdini a non-threatening 1¾ lengths back at the wire. Crossfit can be a chancy proposition - he had run in two of his last three starts, but he won the two before that - and was on top behavior today for trainer Susan Marshall, also co-owner with John Marshall.   Trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt made a cameo appearance at Pocono to drive the sophomore Swiss House Onfire in a $10,400 contest, and horse and driver made short work of their task by stepping home in 1:54.1, last half :56.3. The altered son of Muscle Hill - Brooklyn, a $335,000 yearling with a loaded pedigree who has limited success to date, may be finding his best form right now as he took a new mark here for S R F Stable. Another interestingly-bred horse winning impressively was the Trixton four-year-old Celebrity Rolex, unraced at two and three and now a winner of four out of six starts after a 1:56.2 - :28.1 tally. The $180,000 yearling, whose sire and dam Angelette Hanover can be traced in the near past to "super dam" Amour Angus, was driven by Fern Paquet Jr. for trainer Jennifer Sansone and Celebrity Farms, who purchased the fast trotter just prior to the start of his racing career. George Napolitano Jr., Pocono's perennial leading driver, got hot near the end of the card and ended his Tuesday at the mountain oval with five victories. FINISHING LINES - 100 miles south at Harrah's Philadelphia, Caviart Ally, getting ready for her Breeders Crown eliminations this Saturday at Hoosier, won a Tuesday morning qualifier in 1:50.4 by 25¼ lengths for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. In the Crown elim, Caviart Ally drew post four, while divisional queenpins Shartin N and Kissin In The Sand drew the outside posts eight and nine, respectively. From the PHHA / The Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Explosivebreakaway, the full brother to the stakes filly Phaetosive, got to the lead in the last 50 feet to edge Icanflylikeanangel and win the $17,200 harness racing trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:53, within a fifth of his lifetime mark despite temperatures hovering in the low to mid 50s. Tom Jackson worked out a second-over trip with the Explosive Matter gelding behind favored Scirocco Rob, who battled hard with pacesetting Icanflylikeanangel down the backstretch and through the far turn. When the uncovered horse tired, Jackson moved wide with Explosivebreakaway, and pocketsitter Warrior One took his shot up the Pocono Pike, but Explosivematter got the photo finish camera's nod by a nose, with Warrior One another neck back in third. Fred Grant trains the winner, 13 of 29 lifetime with earnings of $198,464, and he is co-owner along with Janice Rubin, Steve Katz, and Murray Brown.   In the $14,000 co-featured trot, the hard-closing mare Broadway Athena also used second-over tactics to take her third win in her last four starts, going by first-over Southwind Avenger by 1¼ lengths in a 1:53.2 mile. Anthony Napolitano drove the Broadway Hall mare for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and owner/son Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The pacing highlight was a $16,000 claiming handicap event, in which the Captaintreacherous gelding Major Deception paid immediate dividends to owner Joseph Riad and trainer Marc Mosher by winning his first start after being claimed in 1:50.4. This race also looked like it might go to the second-over horse, as Burning Midnight tipped off the cover of first-up Major Deception to provide a late challenge, but Major Deception, guided by Anthony Napolitano, showed courage to take a nose decision while joining the Six-Figure Winners Club. In all Anthony Napolitano had three winners on the day to lead all other drivers, and he continued his recent torrid streak of local sulky success - he has now had 29 victories over the last seven cards at The Downs. From the PHHA / The Downs

CHESTER, PA - Both Hillexotic and Pat Matters were very impressive in taking the two top harness racing trots conducted on the Thursday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the $12,800 feature for classclimbing youngsters, the Muscle Hill sophomore gelding Hillexotic moved raw at the half and trotted his last half in :56.2 despite 39 days away from the races to win by 4¾ lengths in 1:55. Hillexotic, unraced at two, now has four wins in his last six outings and a $161,540 bankroll for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and Purple Haze Stables LLC.   In the $11,600 contest for fast-class trotters, the Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters also roared uncovered to the backstretch lead and won by 10½ lengths, with her time of 1:52.3 only three-fifths of a second off the Philly divisional track record co-held by Hannelore Hanover and Arabella's Cadet. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky for trainer Nifty Norman as the fast distaff raised her earnings to $284,472 for the Patricia Stable.   Dexter Dunn and Tim Tetrick, 1-2 in the 2020 moneywinning drivers standings, each had a triple on the Thursday Philly card. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Harness racing drivers Simon Allard and Anthony Napolitano had the hot hands at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday afternoon, with Simon bringing in five winners and Anthony just behind him with four. Surprisingly, the crowd did not catch on to the successful drivers, as each only numbered one favorite among their victories. Simon Allard finished just ahead of Anthony Napolitano three times and his brother George once, with Anthony was first in races where George was second three times and another where Simon was second. George did get a winner in the last race on the card and as usual has far and away the highest seasonal total at The Downs. The $17,200 featured trot was won by the Muscle Hill gelding Muscle M Up, driven by Anthony - and in this race the Napolitano "family theme" was continued, as the winner is trained by Ãke Svanstedt, for whom George drove two stakes winners at Philly Friday. Muscle M Up went first-over and still won by two lengths over Scirocco Rob (Allard) in 1:52.2 for Knutsson Trotting Inc.   There was a pair of $14,000 co-features, with Simon Allard guiding the American Ideal Casual Cool gelding to victory in 1:50.1 despite also having to take the grinding uncovered route. Joesstar Of Mia A (A Nap) was a half-length behind the Daniel Renaud trainee, who raised his earnings to $330,009 for the Dune Road Stables LLC. In the trotting co-headliner, area newcomer Justin Huckabone continued to impress with the Winning Mister gelding Winning Legends, who ran his eastern Pennsylvania record for his trainer/driver and owner Jonathan Applebaum to 6-3-2-0 since coming to the area two months ago. Winning Legends won by a neck in a career best 1:53.2 over Broadway Athena (ANap), who charged home from last to come up just shy. Finally, Larry Stalbaum celebrated his first return to Pocono since July 19 and only his second card here since March 9 with a pair of sulky successes. The double included the fastest mile of the day, with Stalbaum and the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Closing Statement blasting down the road under duress in :25.4, :53.4 and 1:20.4, yet still making a decisive closing statement in winning by 6¼ lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.3 for trainer Randy Bendis, co-owner with Pollack Racing LLC. From the PHHA / The Downs

CHESTER, PA - Harness racing drivers George Napolitano Jr. and Marcus Miller dominated the Liberty Bell series stakes action on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, capturing five of the six $30,000 divisions for two-year-old colts, three on each gait. Napolitano deputized for trainer Ãke Svanstedt (who was in Lexington establishing a new world record for freshman trotters with Southwind Tyrion), guiding two of Svanstedt's babies - who had a total of six lifetime starts between them -- to victory. First up was the Southwind Frank - Culmination colt Capstone, who never let anyone get past him and broke his maiden by three lengths in 1:55.3, just three ticks shy of the track record co-held by Rome Pays Off and Captain Corey, for the ownership of Ãke Svanstedt Inc. and Stable Why Not.   Lepanto, the PA Stallion Series champion, then raised his record to four for five for today's Team Napolitano / Svanstedt, also using engine tactics, but having to work hard late to resist Pilot Hanover by a nose in 1:56.2. The Bar Hopping - Woman Of Character colt found the finish line just in time for Esa Lahtinen, Jussi Hietalahti, and Arvo Risto Ylitalo. Lepanto's only loss came to Sunny Crockett in a Stallion Series contest, and that colt by Father Patrick - Moonlight In Miami won the third Liberty Bell section for Marcus Miller in 1:56.4, with a back half of 56.4, to take his fifth win in ten starts. "Aunt" Julie Miller trains the consistent youngster for Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Marcus Miller can claim an even closer blood relationship with the trainer of the Liberty Bell stakes pacing winner he drove, Captain Sleaze, by A Rocknroll Dance - Da Sleazy One. The gelding finally broke through for his maiden win in 1:53.3 while denying Beach Chief by a neck. Marcus's father Erv conditions the freshman for Engel Stable Of IL LLC. Napolitano put a new mark on the pacing winner he drove, the Sweet Lou - Faster Faster colt Mysweetboymax, rallying from the pocket for a half length 1:52.1 decision over pacesetter Somewhereinverona (over whom the winner was favored by $4). Sam De Pinto's trainee recorded his third victory for owners Robert and Brandon Horowitz. The third pacing winner was driven by a horseman who had never raced at Harrah's Philadelphia, but who certainly came with a sterling reputation - two-time national driving champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr. The horse with whom he won, the Captaintreacherous - Calgary Hanover gelding Chase H Hanover, also had recently been in the spotlight with his 1:51.1 tying of his divisional world record at Delaware (OH) and earlier second to Southwind Gendry in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Wrenn and "Chase H" quickly had the top, backed the half off to :56.3, and needed every bit of energy saved to step home in successive :27.1 quarters and keep Whichwaytothebeach, the PaSS Consolation winner, at bay by a head in a lifetime best 1:51. Chase H Hanover has now bankrolled $225,797 for trainer Scott Cox, who shares ownership with Jason Ash. A final note: many races find brothers or half-sisters, or offspring of related sires, finishing 1-2, but it's an unusual race where the trainers are a son and a father who finished 1-2. Trotter Gran Paraiso, trained by David Wiest, broke his maiden in 1:58.4; finishing second was the freshman filly Divainthereddress, trainer by his father Donald - who had turned ninety years young eight days earlier, and must have been pleased that the family took the top two spots. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, PA - The following horses were the leading pointwinners, based on position of finish during "A"-level events, in their respective divisions during 2020 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes competition throughout the state. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING MALES - KILLER INSTINCT, g, Southwind Frank - Wheely Quick; trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and Lone Wolf Stable. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FEMALES - EXPLOSIVE FLOWER, Explosive Matter - Seeuinthespring; trained by Rick Beinhauer, and co-owned by him with Regina Beinhauer. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING MALES - ROWDY RYDER, c, A Rocknroll Dance - Miss Chinno; trained and owned by Roger Hammer. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FEMALES - LAZY DAY HANOVER, Betting Line - Lazan Hanover; trained by Mitchell York, and co-owned by him with David Brickell. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING MALES - NO NAME YANKEE, g, Possess The Will - The Yankees Win; trained and owned by Roger Hammer. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FEMALES - TIE: BYATHREAD HANOVER, Donato Hanover - By A Nose Hanover; trained and owned by Todd Schadel; and ELYSIAN PROMISE, Yankee Glide - Chowda; trained and owned by Lisa Dunn. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING MALES - NOME HANOVER, g, Well Said - Northern Cameo; trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by him with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschgat. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING FEMALES - DREAM DANCING, A Rock N Roll Dance - Clearly Foxy; trained by Mitchell York, and co-owned by him with David Brickell. --LAZY DAY HANOVER was the leading pointwinner overall; NO NAME YANKEE led all three-year-olds and all trotters. --Three-year-old trotting gelding MANHATTANUP NO ICE won in 1:58.1 at Bloomsburg to become the fastest trotter ever at a Pennsylvania county fair. The fastest pacing mile of the year was the 1:54.1 effort of BIPBOPNALLIE at Bloomsburg, just two-fifths short of MIDWAY ISLAND's 1:53.4 all-time fair standard, also at Bloomsburg. --There were sixteen divisional track records set this year, including six miles that equaled or bettered the all-time standard for that gait at that track. Freshman pacing filly TIAMOGONEDANCIN and MANHATTANUP NO ICE set track records at two different ovals. --There were 48 miles in 2:00 or better throughout the season. A pair of three-year-old pacers led the list with five such miles: gelding BIPBOPNALLIE and filly GINGER TREE CAREY.   DRIVER/TRAINER VICTORIES DRIVERS   TRAINERS Schadel Todd 76   Schadel Todd 78 Brickell Dave 59   Hammer Roger 66 Johnston Shawn 48   York Mitchell 53 Hammer Roger 36   Rougeaux III Robert 22 Schadel Tony 36   Schadel Linda 21 Smith Branden 29   Dunn Lisa 20 Johnston Aaron 27   Beinhauer Rick 19 Long Wayne 25   Johnston Gary 19 Neal Eric 18   Beegle Sam 13 Beegle Sam 12   Long Wayne 13 Schoeffel Steve 12                       DRIVER/TRAINER PERCENTAGES (20 or more starts) DRIVERS   TRAINERS Beegle Sam 0.647   York Mitchell 0.744 Brickell David 0.612   Beegle Sam 0.625 Schadel Todd 0.578   Beinhauer Rick 0.582 Shaw Chris 0.496   Schadel Todd 0.577 Wade Dave 0.487   King Jr. Syl 0.577 Schadel Cody 0.468   Dunn Lisa 0.546 Smith Branden 0.452   Wade Dave 0.510 Johnston Aaron 0.441   Hammer Roger 0.476 Hammer Roger 0.438   Schadel Linda 0.407 Schadel Tony 0.426   Kreutzer William 0.379 From the PHHA, MSOA and the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

CHESTER, PA - A trio of $11,200 harness racing events for developing younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, headed the Friday afternoon action at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano, Jr. led the way for the drivers with seven victories on the card. The pacing contest headed the afternoon's proceedings, and the Western Ideal sophomore colt Buy In headed the race for most of the mile, pacing twin :56 halves en route to the 1:52 victory. Tony Morgan guided the youngster, who is now 2-for-3 since teaming up with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stables Inc. and Tim Tetrick LLC. In the first of the featured trots, the lightly-raced Explosive Matter gelding Baldaquin made a big three-wide move around the far turn, got the lead in the stretch, then held off an inside charge by Sweet Heart AS by a half length to equal his lifetime mark of 1:56.1. Marcus Miller handled the four-year-old, who has now won his last two starts and half of his eight lifetime outings, for trainer Louise Pepin and owner Steven Bryden. In the other trot, the Lionhunter sophomore filly Catwalk AS found room along the inside and drove through to lower her mark to 1:56.2. The Kentucky Fair Champion in her division, Catwalk AS is trained by Anette Lorentzon for owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, and the win contributed to red-hot driver George Napolitano Jr.'s accumulation of seven victories during the card.   In the $10,000 fast-class pace, the Western Ideal gelding JJ Flynn pushed an early foe hard before yielding for the pocket, vacated that spot on the far turn and went to the stretch lead, then held off the late bid of favored Semi Tough by a neck in 1:51. Tony Morgan drove the winner of $506,742 for trainer Josh Green, who is also co-owner with Rich Lombardo Racing LLC and Charles Cochran III. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Four of the six entrants in the $11,600 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon had the lead at some point of the race; the one who had it when it counted most was the Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn, who won in 1:52. D Gs Elsa, leaving from the outside post, streaked by favored Apple Hanover going to the 1/8, looping Abigail Dawn and Anytime N; Apple Hanover went back to the front to gain the top by the :26.3 quarter. Both parked horses pressed on, with Abigail Dawn making the lead in front of the stands and Anytime N needing until almost the half-mile pole, passed in :55.1, to finally got on top. Apple Hanover came back for more down the backstretch, with D Gs Elsa behind her, but Anytime N would not let her pass, not by the 1:23 three-quarters nor at any other point left in the race. Anytime N had the lead in the stretch, but Abigail Dawn, sitting in the pocket for Dexter Dunn, had enough late strength to get past the leader by a half length, with Apple Hanover holding well to be third, another length back.   Abigail Dawn has now won three of her last five starts for trainer Chris Ryder and the Shore Thing Stables LLC. Fastest mile of the day was the 1:51.4 victory that gave Infinite Symbol A her first Stateside victory. Things didn't look too good for the even-money favorite as she was a locked-in last in the field of seven at the half, but Tim Tetrick extricated the daughter of Indomitable Saab near the three-quarter pole; she was still sixth at that point, but she ate up the late ground over a track not friendly to closers and won for trainer Dylan Davis, co-owner with Michael Casalino Jr. Tim Tetrick was the leading driver on the day with four victories; George Napolitano Jr., currently on top of the local standings, was just behind with three tallies, and he ends the third quarter of the calendar year with an astounding 255 victories in that period. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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