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WASHINGTON, PA -  May 14, 2021 -- In Range was among the sport's top 2-year-old harness racing colt trotters last year and was tantalizingly close to several signature victories that would have elevated his profile significantly. On Saturday, the Hambletonian eligible kicks off what his connections hope will be his breakthrough sophomore campaign in the $150,507 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event, known as the Hickory Smoke, will be contested over three divisions, races 8, 9 and 11. In Range goes from post 5, race 9 with Tim Tetrick driving. Saturday's card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old male trotters. First post is 11:25 AM, an early start that will roll the live card into the track's simulcast of the Preakness. In Range captured three PASS preliminary legs last year and banked more than $411,000, an outstanding season to be sure. But, oh, what might have been. In the PASS championship, he finished second, 2 lengths behind Captain Corey. In the Breeders Crown final, he was second again, beaten 3/4 lengths by upset winner On A Streak. And in Southwind Tyrion's record 1:51.3 mile in the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, In Range was, yep, second once more, 1-3/4 lengths back. Yet Marcus Melander, who trains the son of Bar Hopping-Ilia for AMG Stable, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Ansell and Rick Wahlstedt, says he wasn't at all frustrated by the tough beats in marquee races. "It wasn't like we were the favorite in those races," he says. "My horse surprised me. When he was training down, I thought he was a nice horse but not the horse he turned out to be." The owners thought so highly of In Range that they gave $185,000 for him as a yearling -- and they haven't been disappointed so far. "We had his half brother Long Tom, who turned out to be pretty good," Melander says. "I really liked Bar Hopping as a racehorse, so maybe we paid a little more for him than we wanted to pay. But we had him on our list, we tried to get him, and we did. "He filled out nicely and had a good winter. He's perfect to drive, never gets grabby. I would say he can do everything. He has it all." Melander will send out two others in the Hickory Smoke. Tart Tongue (race 11, post 2, Tetrick) was winless in seven outings at 2 but took the April 25 Weiss Consolation at Pocono. "I think he'll be a nice sires stake horse, but he's not of the same caliber as In Range," Melander says. Glacier Hanover (race 8, post 6, Dexter Dunn) is more of a project, with his lone career victory in an overnight event. "He's new in my barn this year, and he's really stepping up in class. We'll start him in a sires stake and see what he turns out to be." In all, Melander has about a dozen sophomore colt and gelding trotters about to begin the serious part of their schedules. The group includes Dancinginthedark, a winner of nearly $92,000 last year who'll make his seasonal debut Friday in a New Jersey Sires Stake at The Meadowlands. As he prepares for his busy weekend, Melander couldn't be blamed for reflecting on 2019 when he was preparing Gimpanzee, Greenshoe and Green Manalishi for their sophomore stakes campaigns. All that trio did was win more than $5.2 million combined lifetime and multiple Dan Patch awards . . . and help Melander secure the Trainer of the Year title. How does this year's cohort compare? "Those horses don't grow on trees -- we got a little spoiled," Melander says. "But hopefully, we'll have a good year. We have a good group. It wouldn't surprise me if some of them showed up in big races." by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series circuit makes its local 2021 debut during the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - and they've saved the best for first, as the "glamour division" three-year-old pacing colts kick off the Pennsy-sired action at the mountain track with three divisions of Sire Stakes and seven divisions of Stallion Series action. 2020's Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Perfect Sting makes his seasonal bow in the ninth race Sire Stakes division after posting wins in all ten of his freshman starts. The fastest-pedigreed Standardbred horse (by 1:46 pacer Always B Miki out of the 1:47 mare Shebestingin) has put in qualifiers of 1:52.2 and 1:52.3 for trainer Joe Holloway in preparation for this contest, and David Miller will be driving the colt from post five in the field of seven. Drawing the outside starting slot in this field is the Somebeachsomewhere colt Summa Cum Laude, who dead-heated for the win with Perfect Sting in last season's Breeders Crown final. Trainer Ron Burke has selected Dexter Dunn to handle Summa Cum Laude on Sunday. Southwind Gendry, an altered son of Always B Miki who was beaten just a head in that Breeders Crown final and who won the faster division (1:49.4) of the first Sire Stakes prelim at The Meadows, is the early favorite in the tenth race division; the Burke trainee will team with Yannick Gingras here. Sure to drawn attention is the $800,000 yearling One Eight Hundred, a Somebeachsomewhere colt who tied for fastest win in Pennsylvania All-Stars action here last weekend with a 1:50.1 triumph, and who Sunday has drawn the rail for trainer Nancy Takter and driver Tim Tetrick. The other 1:50.1 All-Stars winner was Gamblin Mo (post four, trainer John Butenschoen, driver Tyler Buter), and the other Sire Stakes winner was Literl Lad Hanover (1:51.1, post three, trainer Burke, driver David Miller). But neither of these horses is favored in the eighth race Sires cut; that honor went to Exploit, second in the Governor's Cup last year and third in his seasonal debut at The Meadowlands, with closing fractions of :53.1 - :26.1. Exploit begins from post five for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Joe Bongiorno. The Stallion Series races will not lack for competitiveness or speed: the five divisions at The Meadows averaged 1:51.2, and four of the winners, plus 1:50.2 All-Stars winner Emblaze Hanover, are among the entrants. The first of fourteen races on Sunday is set to go postward at 5 p.m.; program pages will be available at From the PHHA/The Downs

WASHINGTON, PA  May 1, 2021 -- Southwind Gendry solidified his spot as one of the tops in his division Saturday at The Meadows when he blazed a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split in 1:49.4. Literl Lad Hanover captured the other division in the $153,856 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, giving trainer Ron Burke a stake sweep. Purchased as a yearling for a relatively modest $30,000, Southwind Gendry exceeded expectations by winning the PASS Championship, the Matron and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes en route to banking $583,069 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. The Bye Bye Byrd was his first outing this year after a pair of qualifiers, but winning driver Yannick Gingras had no interest in a get-reacquainted trip, eschewing an early hole and urging the Always B Miki - Gambler's Passion gelding to the point. "I thought I had the best horse, so I put him in the race," Gingras said. "He's come back great. He's filled out nice, He looks great and feels great." Southwind Gendry maintained the lead without a serious challenge, downing the pocket-sitting Chase H Hanover by 3/4 lengths, with Sweet Angel Boy third.  SOUTHWIND GENDRY REPLAY   Although Literl Lad Hanover earned $101,478 last year, he paced somewhat under the radar in the powerful Burke stable. The Bye Bye Byrd may have been his coming-out party, as he exploded off the cones for David Miller midway through the final turn and pulled off the 17-1 upset in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Stonebridge Reef was second, beaten a head, while Water Sports Teen completed the ticket. "I think we've found the way to race him -- he'll be a closer for a while," Burke said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Latte Lady, who races for the Burke stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and the Silva-Purnel group. "We opened him up today. Last week at the Meadowlands he was hot and didn't want to sit in a hole, he didn't want to relax. I think that made a big difference." LITERI LAD HANOVER REPLAY   Burke indicated Southwind Gendry, Literl Lad and a number of his other 3-year-olds are eligible for the PA All Stars at Pocono but that he hasn't finalized their schedules. $100,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Rifleman, Highlandbeachsbest, Crunch Hanover, Coalition Hanover and Bazooka Hanover each won a division of the Kentucky Derby Day co-feature. Trainer Chris Ryder enjoyed a triple (Rifleman, Coalition Hanover, Bazooka Hanover) while Dexter Dunn and Scott Zeron each fashioned a double. Highlandbeachsbest had some big-time performances in premier races last year, including an International Stallion win. But he had only one qualifier since shutting down last November, and Zeron said trainer Amanda Fine viewed the stallion series as a prep race for bigger things. "This was a good tightener for him," Zeron said, "but I think he'll go right back to the sires stakes. He's definitely that caliber. He showed it last year, but I think they did the right thing by him by sending him to this race." The son of Somebeachsomewhere - Rockn Highland shot the Lightning Lane to prevail in 1:51.1, 1-1/2 lengths better than Baklouva, with Mikibytheseaside third. Highland Thoroughbred Farm campaigns Highlandbeachsbest. Elsewhere on the program, Lyons Skipper turned in the fastest mile at The Meadows this year when he sprang a 10-1 upset in the $17,600 Open Handicap Pace, scoring in 1:49.3 over Windsong Leo and Wild Wild Western. Tim Tetrick piloted the 4-year-old son of Well Said - CPA for trainer Paul Corey and owner Kenneth Ashba. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA - The 2021 harness racing stakes season kicks off with a bang Saturday at The Meadows when the track hosts a $153,856 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers -- featuring Southwind Gendry and Summa Cum Laude, a pair of the glamor division's prospective superstars -- as well as day-long activities to help fans celebrate the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby which follows the live card. In addition to the sires stake, the card offers a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 3-year-old male pacers. The 13-race live program and the Derby Day festivities begin at the special post time of 11:25 AM. The PASS will see a pair of last year's top freshmen, both from the Ron Burke stable, kick off their sophomore campaigns in the same division, which goes as race 6. Southwind Gendry not only won the PASS championship, but he also scored in such other prestigious events as the Matron Stake and splits of the Bluegrass Stake and the International Stallion Series Stake. The Always B Miki - Gambler's Passion gelding, a $30,000 yearling purchase, banked $583,069 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Despite those accomplishments -- and his flashy mark of 1:50(f) -- perhaps his most impressive strength is his ability to get the job done on any size track, with any trip. "He just wants to win. That's innate to him and it's probably his biggest advantage," Burke says. "He's come back perfect, just as good as he was at the end of last year." Southwind Gendry leaves from post 5 with Yannick Gingras aboard. He'll have to be sharp to outperform his stablemate, Summa Cum Laude, who was nearly as distinguished last year but, Burke says, puzzling at times. The son of Somebeachsomewhere - Western Graduate pulled off one of the shockers of 2020, dead heating with Perfect Sting -- at nearly 22-1 -- to share the Breeders Crown championship. Perfect Sting finished the season unbeaten and waltzed off with the division's Dan Patch Award. "We (Burke Racing, Collura, Weaver Bruscemi and the Silva-Purnel group) gave a lot for him ($260,000), and he looked like a million dollars," Burke says. "But he wasn't as good on a five-eighths-mile track as he was on a mile track. Horses that normally couldn't touch him on a mile track would beat him on the smaller track. He's a little better gaited this year, but with him, we'll be shooting for the big races at the big tracks because that's where he excels." Summa Cum Laude has drawn post 3 with Dexter Dunn in the sulky. Burke will send three more forward in the other PASS split (race 4), which shows the depth of his stable in this division: Lou's Pearlman (post 1, Gingras), Lunar (post 5, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), Literl Lad Hanover (post 7, David Miller). Of the trio, Lunar probably is the most intriguing. He missed his entire freshman campaign with an injury but now has won all five career starts against admittedly softer competition. Can the Sweet Lou - Crescent City gelding step up? "Last year," Burke says, "we thought he was right there with my top horses. Something flew up on the track and hit him, causing a stress fracture in a back leg. All we needed to do to treat it was give him time off. We're excited to see if he can go with my top three. If he can go with them, he can go with any of them." The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned virtually nonstop Derby Day fan activities, including: Giveaways and prizes for fans rocking Derby hats. (Register at the MSOA booth.); Food trucks, as well as the Meadows Grub and Go Shack, on the apron; A Beer Garden featuring the Leinie Lodge from Leinenkugel, the Bud Light Jeep Gladiator and the Parched Pony Mobile Bar, a customized horse trailer converted to a traveling tavern. Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps are the day's featured libations. The celebration continues after the races when DJ Fresh spins platters from 8 PM until 1 AM in the H Lounge of The Hyatt Place Pittsburgh South Hotel. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                           The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is a nonproft oganization that represents the interests of approximately 700 Standardbred trainers, drivers, caretakers and owners at The Meadows. In addition to providing horses to race at The Meadows, MSOA administers such member-centric services as health insurance and retirement programs for horsemen and horsewomen.     P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347   724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 •                                                                

WILKES-BARRE PA - Management at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, is announcing the movement of two May Pennsylvania Sire Stakes / Stallion Series harness racing events to the following day, to relieve possible conflicts for horsemen. The second leg of the Sire Stakes / Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts, the sport's "glamour division," was originally scheduled for Pocono on Saturday, May 15; that event will now be held on Sunday, May 16. This brings clearance from The Meadows' first leg for sophomore trotting colts that day, and avoids the handlers of top horses having to hustle to The Meadowlands for the Cutler Trot and a leg of the Graduate Pace. The second leg of the PaSS/PaStS for the sophomore trotting colts was originally penciled in at Pocono for Sunday, May 30, but now they will be held one day later, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. This change brings relief from same-day racing of the third leg of the pacing colts' PA stakes during a major card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Any questions about these changes should be directed to Pocono's Director Of Racing, Rick Kane, at 570 831 2228. From PHHA/Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2020 -- When Dune Hill won her $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship Monday at The Meadows, it was historic on several counts. Not only did it complete the 3-year-old filly trotter's sweep of the four preliminary legs and the final, but it also gave trainer Ron Burke career win 11,000. The Meadows hosted all eight $40,000 stallion series finals Monday, and there was action aplenty, as four championship records fell. But Dune Hill and Burke clearly took center stage. Dune Hill got away fifth for Matt Kakaley and moved with cover before attacking the leader, Alittlebitofsugar. Kakaley said he had no doubt the daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible would get by. "She felt really good in the last turn; I wasn't too worried," Kakaley said. "As long as you keep her out of trouble and she has her manners right, she's better than these." She downed Aittlebitofsugar by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:54.4, lowering the previous stake mark of 1:55.1 set by Dressed To Impress in 2017. The first-over Hannah earned show. Dune Hill now has banked $151,886 for owner Joseph DiScala, Jr.   Burke, harness racing's perennial leading trainer, just keeps rolling. Since 2009, he's won at least 762 races every year; during that period, his UTR hasn't been below .321 in any season. Overall, Burke trainees have earned just shy of $244 million. Jim Pantaleano and Tim Tetrick each collected a pair of titles. Highlights of the other championships: 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Love Muffin When he learned that Love Muffin had drawn post 8, trainer David Wiest indicated he wasn't concerned. "I know she'll leave and get a good spot," he said. "I wasn't worried at all." Love Muffin justified Wiest's confidence, zipping to the point for Pantaleano and scoring in 1:55.4, which shattered Day Lily's previous record of 1:57.2 set in 2014. The first-over Rebel Girl raced well for second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Trend third.   Wiest said owners Edward Kimmel and Don Wiest have consigned the daughter of Andover Hall-Pine Yankee to the Harrisburg sale; she'll contest several Pennsylvan1a stakes before then. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Odds On Whitney She was forced six wide in the lane, but the full sister to World Champion Papi Rob Hanover showed her determination, overcoming Darby Hanover by a head to prevail in 1:52.2 Skyy completed the ticket. It was the second consecutive stallion series record for Odds on Whitney; this one eliminated the old mark of 1:53.3 set by Sidewalk Dancer in 2017. "I put a lot of trust in her," said winning driver Tetrick. "We got away in a bad spot, but she overcame it. It's hard to come that wide through the turn. She has a lot of power and pedigree, so who knows what she can be next year." Tony Alagna conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover for Odds On Racing. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Overserved The son of Explosive Matter-Afterimage moved first over for Tetrick to win his fourth straight for owners William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, setting a stake record 1:54.2 in the process. Frost Free Hanover established the previous record of 1:55.2 in 2014. Early leader Town Victor was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Stickler Hanover earned show. "The biggest thing about him -- he's matured," said winning trainer George Ducharme. "Like last week when he went on the lead, he would never have done that a year ago, or even earlier this spring." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Going Gone Hanover Yankeeland Partners' daughter of Captaintreacherous-Go On BB was the day's most decisive winner, drawing off late for Andrew McCarthy to beat Wayside by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Keystone Eureka completed the ticket. "It looked like a pretty good spot for this mare -- she's been good all year," McCarthy said. "I think she was a little sick her last start, but she got the job done." Winning trainer Brett Bittle said his filly is eligible to several of the rich stakes at the Red Mile. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Somewhereinverona Somewhereinverona shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:53.1 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns with Petitpas Stables, Ozzie Mackay, and Gilles Landry. "I didn't really have a choice but the Lightning Lane after getting away third," Merriman said. "The horse really responded when he saw air, so it was really easy." Captain Fancy was second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Rifleman third. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Seriously Hanover Seriously Hanover went wide through the lane to collect a hard-fought win for Andy Miller in 1:51.3, 1/2 length ahead of Ruthless Hanover. Mankat earned show. "It's hard to make up ground when you're that wide, but thankfully, he stuck his nose up," said Ron Coyne, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip for Michael Cimaglio, Stephen Demeter and Stephen Giagni. "He'll go to Lexington, where he'll have a couple options. We'll see what makes the most sense." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Lepanto Lepanto made it look easy for the second straight week, notching a front-end win in 1:56 for Pantaleano. Sunny Crockett and Lindys Goin Crazy completed the ticket. "He was a pleasure to drive; he did everything right, especially for a baby," Pantaleano said. "He's probably a notch below the Grand Circuit horses. I think he'll make most of his money because of his quick speed, and you can put him in good spots." Ake Svanstedt conditions the son of Bar Hopping-Woman of Character for Esa Lahtinen, Jussi Hietalahti and Arvo Risto. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2020 -- Searching for some exciting Labor Day harness racing action? Look no further than The Meadows, which on Monday will host eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships. Each final goes for $40,000, meaning $320,000 will be up for grabs. On the wagering front, the 15-race card features a trio of rich opportunities: a $9,734.02 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $710.01 carryover in the early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. Here's a look at several of the most intriguing stallion series finals: 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (Race 4) Odds On Whitney got a latish start to her freshman campaign, finishing second in a July 28 overnight event at Harrah's Philadelphia. But she's a full sister to Papi Rob Hanover, who set a world record 1:47.1 in an elimination of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids before injury forced his retirement. So if owner Odds On Racing and trainer Tony Alagna still entertained large expectations for Odds On Whitney, they weren't disappointed. She won her next two starts -- both stallion series splits -- in impressive fashion, setting a stake record of 1:51.3 at The Meadows despite being parked out for one-half mile. She'll go from post 4 with Tim Tetrick. Her chief competition figures to be Darby Hanover (Andy Miller, post 6), who captured all three stallion series legs she contested, and Podium Girl (Dexter Dunn, post 1), who has a pair of stallion series victories. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot (Race 7) Dune Hill has been unstoppable in the series, sweeping the four preliminary legs for trainer Ron Burke and owner Joseph DiScala, Jr. She's won seven of nine starts this year and boasts career earnings of $131,886. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible is stuck with post 7, but she won an Aug. 15 stallion series division from that post despite a three-wide struggle for the early lead. Matt Kakaley will drive. A pair of locally based fillies will try to upset Dune Hill. Perth Angel De Vie (Bryce Brocklehurst, post 5) notched a series victory and finished in the money in all four preliminary legs. Aunt Bee (Wilbur Yoder, post 1) also collected a series win but lost to Dune Hill in the other three legs. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot (Race 13) Overserved (Tetrick, post 3) and Shadrack Hanover (Kakaley, post 7) have grown into their talent and are razor sharp; each enters the championship on a three-race winning streak. Overserved (Explosive Matter-Afterimage), who races for trainer George Ducharme and owners William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, won those three races by a combined 7-3/4 lengths. Shadrack Hanover (Muscle Hill-Shared Past) was unraced at 2 but has lost only once for Burke and owner Elite Trotting. This is an ultra-competitive heat and a fine way to bring down the curtain on the stallion series. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The best of the Keystone State-sired two-year-olds, beginning to establish themselves as among the North American leaders in their crops of 2020, will at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday afternoon to contest their respective $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships and $50,000 consolation races, divided by sex and gait. The fields of nine horses earned their way into their races by accumulating points in four preliminary rounds of the Sire Stakes at the state's three ovals - Pocono, Harrah's Philadelphia, and The Meadows. Here's a summary of the major contenders in each division: TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS (race nine; consolation race three) A coupled entry co-owned by trainer Ãke Svanstedt, Captain Corey and Fly Light, have been made the early favorite. (Svanstedt has no ownership in a third of his trainees in the race, Johan Palema, so that horse is not part of the coupled entry). Captain Corey, a Googoo Gaagaa - Luv U All colt, appears to be the stronger half of this duo, as he is undefeated in three lifetime starts, and the youngster has impressed many with his powerful yet effortless way of racing. He'll start from post three. His main rival appears to be In Range, the leading pointwinner, who won three Sire Stakes preliminaries and was second, beaten only a length by Fly Light, in the other (interestingly, no Sire Stakes horse, two or three, was able to post a win in all four prelims). Trainer Marcus Melander, whose stable has been so dominant over the last couple of years, has asked Tim Tetrick to drive the Bar Hopping - Ilia colt, who will begin just outside of Captain Corey Saturday. Those two were the only three-time Sire Stakes prelims winners in this section; indeed, no one else in this division took more than one. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS (race ten; consolation race eight) In a very competitive division, the top winners in the prelims took two events, and they are the morning line favorites. Southwind Gentry (an Always B Miki - Gambler's Passion gelding) is the early choice for trainer Ron Burke, with David Miller driving the freshman from post two. Southwind Gentry won his two preliminaries at The Meadows, but in his only other Sires start, at Pocono, he made a break in stride, and will be looking to atone for that miscue. Second choice, quite possibly because of the difficult post eight, is the Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt Always A Miki, trained by Nancy Takter and to be driven by Dexter Dunn. Always A Miki was the leading pointearner in the SS prelims with two wins, a second, and a third, and he has won over the Pocono oval in both the Sire Stakes and in an All-Stars division. Another Ron Burke trainee, the Sweet Lou - Lucy's Pearl colt Lou's Pearlman, was tabbed as a close third choice, based on his two Sires winners and also victories in the All-Stars and in an Arden Downs division. Matt Kakaley is slated to guide Lou's Pearlman as they start from post four. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES (race eleven; consolation race six) Ãke Svanstedt may be looking for a sweep of the baby trotting Championships when the trainer-driver sends out the Southwind Frank - Aleah Hanover miss Flawless Country from post four. Flawless Country started her career with a pair of seconds in photo decisions, then has won her last three, including a Sire Stake prelim here at Pocono in her last start. Insta Glam (Father Patrick - Hollywood Hill) is the second choice on the morning line from post six, sporting two PaSS wins and the hot team of trainer Nancy Takter and driver Tim Tetrick. Interestingly, the #1 pointearner in this division, the Donato Hanover - Dream Child filly You Ato Dream, earned that distinction without a prelim win, but after four seconds in the four preliminaries she may pick a propitious time to break her maiden as she starts from post two for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES (race twelve; consolation race five) Grace Hill, a daughter of Always B Miki - Western Silk, was ranked as the early favorite in this event off the strength of winning all three of the PA Sire Stakes events she contested, including a start at Pocono. One liability may be the fact that the Pocono race, on August 10, was the filly's last start, but trainer Nifty Norman will work hard to have the filly in Championship form as she starts from post four for driver Dexter Dunn. Divisional pointleader Marsala Hanover won at Pocono and also was victorious in the last PaSS prelim at The Meadows, giving her a consistent 4-2-1-1 record against this group, and has won her last three races overall. The daughter of Captaintreacherous - Marinade Hanover will begin from post two for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Scott Zeron. Post time for the Saturday Pocono card is set for 12:30 p.m. The Pennsylvania Championship weekend continues the next afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia with the four finales for Sire Stakes three-year-olds, and concludes on Monday afternoon at The Meadows, with eight Stallion Series Championships. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2020 -- Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry each captured a division of Saturday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows, giving David Miller a sweep of the $213,858 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Miller's big day didn't end there, as he also won two PA Stallion Series splits and an overnight race to give him five harness racing victories on the 15-race card. The winners had vastly different paths to victory in the PASS known as the Tyler B. Chase H Hanover quarter-poled to the top and simply was the best from there, scoring in a career-fastest 1:51.1. Crunch Hanover was 1/2 length back in second while Lou's Pearlman rallied for show.   "We made a couple changes -- we opened him up and put cups on him," said winning trainer Scott Cox, who owns the $30,000 yearling purchase with Jason Ash. "I hope he still had something at the wire; it looked like he was getting a little lackadaisical. He's kind of easy on himself." The Captaintreacherous-Calgary Hanover gelding soared over $100,000 in earnings. Southwind Gendry faced perhaps a sterner challenge, trailing favorite Always A Miki by 6 at the half -- and with no cover in sight. When Miller sent the Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion gelding first up, he responded and proved the more determined horse in the lane, defeating Always A Miki by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Whichwaytothebeach completed the ticket.   "I actually liked the trip because he wasn't going to have to be three wide," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "I knew once he got wheel to wheel with the other horse, he would make that colt race. This horse doesn't get tired, and he tries." Southwind Gendry races for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. While both Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry apparently have qualified for the $260,000 PASS championship Sept. 5 at Harrah's Pocono, that won't be confirmed until the points are officially tallied. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Miller powered to the point from the rail with Bettor Not Talk and refused to release the two other horses vying for the front. The Hall of Famer knew what he was doing, as Bettor Not Talk never did surrender the lead, blazing to a stake record 1:51.2. Sweet Angel Boy was second, beaten 3 lengths, with Amazing Bet third. The time shaved two ticks from Biggie's previous stake mark. "I would've turned somebody loose, but there were two of them out there, and I didn't want to get away third," Miller said. "He did it pretty easily. I've thought all along he was a pretty nice horse." Robert Cleary trains the Betting Line-Talk Time gelding for Allen Wenc. Somewhereinverona and Twin B Edge took the other stallion series splits. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters -- a $188,732 PASS and a $60,000 stallion series event -- as well as a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3) and a $3,058.87 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WILKES-BARRE, PA - After two $102,117 divisions of the third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old harness racing trotting fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday afternoon, the group may have found a leader - but Flawless Country's #1 ranking puts her only slightly ahead, just as she was in her 1:54.2 victory, with four other opponents within a length of the wire. The Southwind Frank - Southwind Aleah filly Flawless Country was sent to the lead by trainer/driver Ãke Svanstedt before the :28.3 quarter, then yielded the top to the brushing Insta Glam, who went on to take the field to a :57 half. You Ato Dream rushed up and pushed the leader to the three-quarters in 1:25.1, and when the second-over horse did not keep up, Svanstedt moved Flawless Country out behind You Ato Dream. In the stretch, Insta Glam kept going, You Ato Dream didn't give in, Evening Stroll came up the Pocono Pike, and Anoka Hanover (the original second-over gapper) found her best strides again. Any of these five horses looked to have a chance to win, but Flawless Hanover swung wide, dug in and found more, winning by a head over You Ato Dream, with Insta Glam another half-length behind and a neck to the good of Anoka Hanover, who in turn had that margin on Evening Stroll.   Flawless Country is the only double Sire Stakes winner in this group; she also has an Arden Downs win, and was photoed out in her first two starts. She has amassed $136,996 already for Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Wolfgang A Stable Inc., and Borje Nasstrom, and ahead of this group's final prelim at Philly on August 27, she has already all but reserved a spot in her Sire Stakes Championship, which will be held at Pocono on Saturday, September 5. The other Sires winner was the Father Patrick - Skara Brae miss Gimme Shelter, who benefited from a canny drive from Brian Sears while running her record to 4-for-6, including an Arden Downs triumph, with a 1:57 triumph. Sears got the winner to the lead early, backed off the half to a pedestrian :59.2, then could tack on twin :28.4 quarters to the wire, keeping Gold Stones three-quarters of a length behind for trainer Mike Palone and the partnership of Lone Wolf Stable and Nicholas Catalano.   There were four $20,000 divisions of the complementary PA Stallion Series races, and the main lesson learned there is that trainer Nifty Norman is patient and good at helping misbehaving young ladies find their way, all three of whom had made a break in their last purse start but won Monday. Quickest of this trio was the Donato Hanover - Armbro Domino filly Saddet, who took a maiden mark of 1:56.2 after breaking in her first two trips to the gate. The addition of trotting hopples for the second time may have steadied her, as she sat patiently in the pocket, used the Pocono Pike to gain the lead, then withstood closing Pantera by three-quarters of a length for driver Andrew McCarthy and owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and Enzed Racing Stable Inc. McCarthy was also in the sulky behind the Southwind Frank - Tactical Caviar filly Callas, also a second-time hopple-user, who had to go uncovered yet still finished in :28.1 to overhaul Love Muffin, the group's previous - and still only - double winner by a neck at the end of a 1:56.4 mile. Norman trains this filly for Hartman, Little E, and Patricia Stable. In the third race he won, Norman had the unusual parallel of sending out horses who had made a mistake at odds-on in their only Stallion Series start. They did much better here, with the Cantab Hall filly Rebel Girl, out of the appropriately-named mare Please Beehave, taking a maiden mark of 1:58 in defeating Myreanna by three parts of a length, with Norman stablemate French Souffle (McCarthy) third. George Napolitano Jr., Pocono's leading driver, handled the winner for Melvin Hartman (a three-time StS winner), David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. Trainer Lucas Wallin drove the Cantab Hall - Evermore filly May Karp to a 1:56.3 maiden triumph in the other Stallion Series division, getting a 57 back half out of the Shermay Stables-owned filly despite making a raw challenge to win by three lengths - larger than the other five divisions of baby stakes fillies put together as winning margins combined. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The $215,461 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts was conducted during the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and as far as divisional supremecy is concerned - well, that's nowhere near to being established yet. The Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt Always A Miki now has two Sire Stakes victories, and is 3-for-4 lifetime, after tying for the night's fastest stakes performer at 1:51.1 and earning a new mark. The Nancy Takter trainee was sent to the front near the quarter by driver Dexter Dunn and controlled things from there, seeing off closing pocketsitter Chase H Hanover by three-quarters of a length with back fractions of :55.2 - 27.3 for the ownership of Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables.   Also victorious in 1:51.1 for a lifetime best was the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who also took his second stakes win - only his first was in a Stallion Series event in his debut. The rapidly-developing baby, who will probably need a win in the final prelim at The Meadows on August 29 to make his Championship event here on Saturday, September 5, blazed his own back numbers of :54.2 - 26.4 to catch pacesetter The Legend Hanover by a half-length for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Polie Mallar, and owners Alan Johnston and John Craig.   Lou's Pearlman had been undefeated in four lifetime starts including two Sire Stakes wins coming into his section, but after setting the pace he tired, allowing the Betting Line - All Tucked Up colt Abuckabett Hanover to earn a 1:51.2 maiden mark by utilizing the famed Pocono Pike and finishing 1¼ lengths ahead of Capt Jack Hanover. "Team Ramona Hill," driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna, combined with owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara, and Alagna And Inthegym for this victory.   At least there is a PA Stallion Series competitor who is 3-for-3 in his series after Sunday's six $20,000 StS cuts for this group. That would be the Captaintreacherous - Bittorsweet Terror colt Bazooka Hanover, who controlled the pace and won in 1:53, a best win time for him. David Miller drove for trainer Blake MacIntosh and owner Steve Heimbecker, who have the unusual distinction of having a horse who has won three times in a series and has paid, in order of victory, $3.60, $119.80, and $4.20. David Miller and MacIntosh had another Stallion Series win with the Somebeachsomewhere - Perfect Carets gelding Perfectboy Hanover, a maiden no longer after a 1:52 victory. Perfectboy Hanover got better as the mile went on, coming home in :54.4 - :27.1 in triumphing for owners Fred Brayford, Ridgeway Racing, Knot Xzachallie Stable, and trainer MacIntosh. Dexter Dunn added two Stallion Series wins to his Sire Stakes triumph, including the fastest StS victory with the Betting Line colt - Thirty X colt Rifleman, who lowered his mark to 1:51.2. The Chris Ryder trainee came off a 25-day layoff to record his second straight win, both in the Stallions, for owners Robert Mondillo and Craig Henderson. Dunn also reteamed with his Sire Stakes "partner," trainer Nancy Takter, to win in the Stallion Series with the first-time starter One Eight Hundred in 1:53.1. A colt by Somebeachsomewhere - Economy Terror (who still holds the Sire Stakes Championship record for sophomore fillies eight years after she set it), One Eight Hundred had to tuck from the outside post eight then come up raw, but still flashed home in :54.3- :26.4 to win by the smallest margin of the stakes events, a head, over Mad Man Hill for co-owners Takter and Brixton Medical Inc. The longest-priced stakes winner won by the biggest margin, as the Betting Line - Ideal Nectarine gelding Bet Ninteen ended his 1:52.3 maiden victory four lengths to the good for driver Marcus Miller, also a Sires winner, trainer/father Erv Miller, and owned D R Van Witzenburg. Numbers geeks buzzed that Bet Ninteen almost exactly matched his name in the wagering, as he went off at 18.90-1. Captaintreacherous joined Somebeachsomewhere and Betting Line with double StS sire credits when Captain Fancy, out of the champion mare Fancy Filly, won his second career start while taking a maiden mark of 1:53.1, his own last quarter in :27.3. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Bill Mac Kenzie and the ownership of Vincent Ali Jr., Alma Iafelice, and Ted Gewertz. PA-sired stakes action for freshman trotting fillies will be featured on the Monday Pocono card, along with a Rainbow Pick-5 carryover approaching $130,000. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Allywag Hanover, a star of the "glamour division," the three-year-old pacing colts, was victorious in his section of the third preliminary harness racing leg of his group's $191,159 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but his star was eclipsed on the day by Sandbetweenmytoes. Sandbetweenmytoes, a Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms LLC, had by no means been keeping a low profile with a win and a second in his two previous Sires legs, but his method of winning today for driver Dexter Dunn was eye-catching. Coming first-over against pacesetting The Greek Freak, the only previous double winner in the sophomore colt grouping, Sandbetweenmytoes paced his own last half in :53 flat despite no cover, drawing off to a five length victory while lowering his record to 1:49 and raising his lifetime earnings to $112,878.   The Captaintreacherous colt Allywag Hanover joined Sandbetweenmytoes and The Greek Freak as a double Sire Stakes winner with a 1:49.1 clocking. Showing gate speed not seen in the 2020 major races, Allywag Hanover controlled the tempo for driver Tim Tetrick and stepped home in :53.4 - and needed to, as two-mover No Lou Zing was coming at him late, but the victor held him off by a length while making his seasonal scorecard 6-4-1-1 and his lifetime earnings $189,903 for trainer Brett Pelling and the Allywag Stable.   In the other Sires cut, Cattlewash, a Somebeachsomewhere colt who earned over $300,000 at two, produced his best mile of the current campaign while lowering his mark to 1:50.1. David Miller sent the Ron Burke trainee to the front, and they withstood a late charge from Barrage Hanover by ¾ of a length for owner W J Donovan.   There were also five $20,000 cuts of the complementary PA Stallion Series action. The Western Ideal colt Seriously Hanover became the division's only three-time winner, with driver Scott Zeron getting a :26 zoom move out of him down the back to take the lead entering the far turn and going on to a 1:51.1 win for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and owners Michael Cimaglio, Stephen Demeter, and Stephen Giagni. Driver Andrew McCarthy triumphed twice in the Stallion Series, including with the fastest winner, JK Lucky Charms. The altered son of Sweet Lou lowered his mark to 1:50.4 in his first taste of 2020 stakes competition for trainer Brett Pelling and the ownership of 3 Brothers Stables and Pelling Racing LLC. The Hambo-winning driver also tallied with the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Revolt, who paced home uncovered in :54.2 to complete a 1:51.4 victory, his fourth win in his last five starts and his second StS triumph. Nik Drennan conditions the sophomore for the partnership of Joseph Davino, Brad Shackman, and Drennan Stable LLC. Another altered son of Somebeachsomewhere, Sunuma Beach, who like Revolt has won four out his last five including two Stallion Series contests, was victorious and produced a new mark of 1:51.2. Sunuma Beach came out of the pocket to catch Full Send, who was 29-1 despite being the fastest winner on the PA fair circuit this year (1:57.4), for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Arnie Chusid. Also successful in the Stallion Series was Ruthless Hanover, the third Somebeachsomewhere gelding to win in this grouping. George Napolitano Jr. got a :54 last half first-over out of the sophomore from the Cancelliere Connection (Tom trains, John owns) and saw him lower his lifetime mark to 1:51 in a four-race career that now sports three consecutive victories.  From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and PA Stallion Series for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies, held Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, had a little bit of something for everybody. It had a PaSS winning streak continued, if by only the barest of margins, as the Always B Miki - Western Silk filly Grace Hill remained undefeated in three PaSS starts with a nose victory over Continualou, herself a previous Sires winner, in a career best 1:51 in one $105,067 Sires contest. Grace Hill followed the cover of first-time starter Making Waves to nearing the 1:22.2 three-quarters, went up to challenge the new leader, finally edged by her, only to find Continualou - the horse who had been passed late backstretch - clawing back up the Pocono Pike, then moved more photogenic.   Dexter Dunn drove the winner, whose lifetime record consists of the three Sires wins and a neck defeat in the Home Grown stake, good for $124,522 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill. The afternoon also had an unlucky side, as Caviart Audrey - the filly who had photoed Grace Hill in the Home Grown - crossed the wire first by a length in 1:52.3 in her Sires division, but was disqualified for bearing out late on the far turn and bothering challenger Thebeachiscalling. Placed first was the Captaintreacherous - Marinade Hanover baby Marsala Hanover, who had been right behind Caviart Audrey when the incident occurred, went up the inside to go on equal terms with her rival, then get moved up when her resurgent foe was placed back. Scott Zeron handled sulky duties for the winner, who had a second and a third (both behind Grace Hill) before winning a PA All-Stars division in 1:52, for trainer Linda Toscano and the partnership of Enviro Stables LTD, South Mountain Stables, Little E LLC, and Westminster Road LLC.   If you like close finishes, besides the Grace Hill win you certainly had plenty of them in six $20,000 Stallion Series divisions, with the only StS victress winning by more than a length being the Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover filly Odds On Whitney. She moved to the lead early for driver Dexter Dunn and was 2¾ lengths clear at the end of her 1:53 maiden victory, which also was the quickest StS contest. The Tony Alagna-trained filly, making only her second lifetime start, won for Odds On Racing. Dunn won the one Sire Stakes division, Scott Zeron won the other - and Zeron went Dunn one better by winning two Stallion Series sections. Trainer Linda Toscano and Zeron again combined successfully with the Captaintreacherous - Dolphins Can Talk filly Three Times A Lady, who nosed out Quick Six in 1:53.4 for her initial career triumph for Richard and Joanne Young (continuing the I Luv The Nitelife naming tradition). Zeron also paraded back the Betting Line - Darena Hanover filly Darby Hanover, who lowered her mark to 1:53.2 in notching her second Stallion Series score by a neck over Fighting Evil. Julie Miller trains the winner for Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Mr. Caroll Huffman. Podium Girl was looking to become the only filly in her group to have three Stallion Series victories and tried to control her own destiny by setting the pace, but the Sweet Lou - Rock Her World filly Atomic Fireball exploded home in :55.4 - :27.3 from the pocket to edge the leader by a head while breaking her maiden in 1:53.1. Perennial Pocono leader George Napolitano Jr., in a somewhat-atypical off-the-pace driving triumph, sulkysat for trainer Nifty Norman and the partnership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC. At 10-1, the Sweet Lou - Double Major filly Doubleoffthewall would be the highest-priced of all the stakes winners (there was a notable price in an overnight race - see below) when she recorded her second straight triumph while lowering her mark to 1:54. Matt Kakaley drove the Tom Fanning-conditioned miss to a head win over come-from-the-clouds Captainandtelly for David Van Wart, Falcon Racing LLC, and Joel Benson. The Brett Bittle / Yankeeland Partners LLP continued their recent hot streak with the first-time winner Skky, home in 1:54.1 after posting two seconds in her first two StS starts. Tyler Buter, handling the Somebeachsomewhere - Just Add Vodka filly, had the luxury of a full length of space when hitting the wire, a rare commodity during the contentious afternoon of stakes racing. FINISHING LINES - Summer Rock came from last at the three-quarters to first at the wire in the day's second race, paying $342.40 for a $2 win ticket - the biggest price in the five years that detailed records on "bombers" have been kept here. ... One of the "big bombers" of the "glamour" three-year-old pacing colt division, Allywag Hanover, heads the action in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes / Stallion Series competition tomorrow afternoon at Pocono. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The progression of Party Girl Hill from "precocious newcomer" to "potential monster" took another significant step during the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, when the three-year-old Captaintreacherous pacing filly won her $93,542 division of the third prelim of her division's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in 1:49, 2/5 of a second off the world record in only the sixth start of her undefeated career. Party Girl Hill settled in third as a :26.1 quarter was argued, then moved to the outside for driver Dexter Dunn and quickly brushed to command, hitting the half in :54.4, then shrugging off the two-wide tier going to a 1:22.2 three-quarters. With next to no coaxing for Dunn in the lane, the powerful filly came home in :26.3, winding up 4½ lengths to the good of JK First Lady and leaving little doubt that Kiss Me Onthebeach's 1:48.3 standard, set here, could have been within her grasp if extended at all.   Unraced at two and now a winner of $190,381 in the 59 days of her purse career, Party Girl Hill will be a major force in whatever competition she enters for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Tom Hill. One of her upcoming races is her PA Sire Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philly on Sunday, September 7, and she already has an invitation to that dance being the only filly to win in all three PaSS prelims so far. In the other Sire Stakes cut, Rocknificent went out in :26.4 for driver Scott Zeron to make the lead, surrendered the front to last year's divisional champion Lyons Sentinel, then came her own last panel of :26.3 to get past the pacesetter by a neck in 1:50.4. Completing the PaSS siring double for Captaintreacherous, Rocknificent now has two wins and a third in the Sire Stakes this season, and she now has $423,429 in career earnings for trainer Linda Toscano and the partnership of Enviro Stables LTD, South Mountain Stables, and Little E LLC.   Party Girl Hill's connections of Dexter Dunn and Chris Ryder of course combined on Hambo Day by winning the Sam McKee with Bettor's Wish, and one recurrent theme in the six $20,000 divisions of this group's Stallion Series action was the reunion of drivers and trainers who also won Saturday - and for them with females to boot. Andrew McCarthy and Tony Alagna, the day after their magnificent victory with Ramona Hill in the big event, scored with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Caviart Heather in a new mark of 1:51.3 for Caviart Farms; McCarthy teamed with trainer Brett Bittle to take the Doherty Final with Darlene Hanover, and then 27 hours later they saw the Captaintreacherous miss Going Gone Hanover pull the pocket and come home in :54.2 - :26.3 for a 1:52.1 success, her second Stallion Series win for Yankeeland Partners LLP. A third such Jersey-Pennsy connection was behind the Captaintreacherous filly Lyons Monatize, who reported home first in a new mark of 1:52 for Threelyonsracing and the combo of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who won with the remarkable Shartin N in the Lady Liberty the day before. Another "theme" in the Stallion Series was trainer Chris Beaver getting a new addition to the barn from the Emerald Highlands Farm, seeing the horse drop down from the Sire Stakes, and going on to victory. The fastest StS winner was the Sweet Lou filly Sweet Filly and driver Matt Kakaley in 1:50.1, preventing second-place The Bethinator from becoming a three-time StS winner; the other Beaver winner was the Somebeachsomewhere filly Candy On The Beach, who reported home first in a career best of 1:51.2 for Scott Zeron. Zeron and Dexter Dunn won both a Sire Stakes section and a Stallion Series cut, and sire Somebeachsomewhere had his third StS credit, when the Brett Pelling-trained filly Alexa Skye notched her second Stallion Series win, tallying in 1:54 for Dunn and the partnership of Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and John Lengacher. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA  - The early-season high flyer Allywag Hanover leads the sport's "glamour division," the three-year-old colt pacers, to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon, when they will compete in three harness racing divisions of the $191,159 third preliminary round of their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. There will also be five $20,000 divisions of the companion PA Stallion Series during the card. Allywag Hanover, a son of Captaintreacherous trained by Brett Pelling for the Allywag Stable, opened eyes by winning his first three seasonal stars, including a Sire Stakes at Philly, and since then has been third in The Meadowlands Pace and second in the Geers Stake, beaten less than a length in each. Tim Tetrick is scheduled for sulky duty as "Allywag" starts from the middle of the eleventh race field of seven, which also includes Sire Stake winners Lake Charles and No Lou Zing. A race earlier, the only winner in both the previous Sire Stakes legs, The Greek Freak, starts from post three for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. Another son of Captaintreacherous, The Greek Freak won PaSS legs at Philly and The Meadows, won his Adios elimination, and then was fourth, beaten ¾ of a length after hard usage, in the Adios Final. Starting just outside of The Greek Freak will be another previous winner in the Sire Stakes, Sandbetweenmytoes, with driver Dexter Dunn listed for trainer Jim Campbell. The fifth race first division finds a pair of colts with a first and a second in Sire Stakes competition. The Sweet Lou gelding Tito Rocks starts from post four in a field of six for trainer Robert Cleary and driver Dexter Dunn, while the Captaintreacherous colt Sea Of Life begins from post two for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Scott Zeron. The five Stallion Series races contain six horses who triumphed in one of the first two StS contests. The only entrant who won twice in the Stallion Series so far this year is in the fourth race division - Seriously Hanover, a Western Ideal colt who will have to overcome post six in a field of seven for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Ron Coyne Jr. A day earlier, there will be two divisions of the third prelim of the PA Sires event for two-year-old pacing fillies, a stake worth $210,134, along with six $20,000 divisions of Stallion Series action. Between the two Sire Stakes races for the babies, the eleventh race division will attract the greater attention, as it contains no fewer than four winners in the PaSS already, including the only miss to post two victories - the Always B Miki - Western Silk filly Grace Hill, who will start from post three in a nine-horse field for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dexter Dunn. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for two-year-olds, with a card worth over $1 million in purses, is set for Pocono on Saturday afternoon, September 5. First post for both this Monday's and Tuesday's afternoon cards is set for 12:30 p.m. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Premium Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies will be racing for over $300,000 on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including two $93,542 divisions of the third preliminary round of the group's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and six $20,000 divisions of their PA Stallion Series action. Four different fillies bring victory in Sire Stakes action to Sunday's event, and even though three of them are in the race five division, it's likely that the tenth race will draw at least as much interest, as it contains the sole two-time Sire Stakes winner, the Captaintreacherous filly Party Girl Hill, unraced at two but unbeaten in five starts at three, who will begin from post two in a field of six for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Chris Ryder, and owner Tom Hill. Party Girl Hill's last race, a 1:49.4 triumph in the Adioo Volo over a sloppy track at The Meadows, is the one that really raised some eyebrows. Having to come first-over after a 30-second second quarter, she paced her back fractions in :53 - :26.2 without looking under strain, defeating last year's two-year-old champion Lyons Sentinel. Lyons Sentinel, another daughter of Captaintreacherous, is one of the three PaSS 2020 winners to be squaring off in the fifth race division, starting from post three in a group of six for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and Threelyonsracing. Never off the board in 18 career starts and with earnings of $937,383, Lyons Sentinel was far from disgraced in the Adioo Volo, being used to get the lead in a :26.2 opening quarter, and holding well against the rampaging Party Hill Girl. The other Sire Stakes winners in this field are Drama Act, beginning from post two for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Krista Harmon, and Rocknificent, who won in the Geers Stake at The Meadowlands in 1:49.1 in her last outing and here will be going from the outside for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Linda Toscano. No fewer than nine winners in the Stallion Series to date are back to try to further their reputations. Among them are The Bethinator, the only two-time Stallion Series winner so far, and a trio of single winners who are gathered in another division: Alexa Skye, Keystone Eureka, and Cowgirl Lilly, starting side-by-side-by-side in posts three through five in their cut. Post time for Sunday's 14-race card at Pocono is set for 5 p.m. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

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