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Lexington KY - Saturday night at The Red Mile brought with it the third leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year old pacers as they make their last stand toward point accumulation for the $2 million finals on September 16. The KYSS covered the first five races on the card on a night that saw the track listed as good after afternoon showers. The pacing colts kicked the card off and the result was an upset when Major Deception (Brett Miller) scored in 1:51.3 at odds of 15-1. Miller put the Captaintreacherous colt from Loving Caroline into play early, released Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they neared the 56 half then slid out for the drive through the 26.3 final quarter to win over the closing 45-1 Pyro (Andy McCarthy) and Bettor's Wish in a photo. Race favorite Hurrikane Emperor was carried very, very wide off the last turn then rallied for fourth. Tony Alagna trains the winner for In The Gym & Martha Frank Stables, Rob LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco. He was a $130,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale buy from Diamond Creek Farms. Captain Trevor continued the Captaintreacherous parade to the winner's circle and completed a sweep of the three KYSS preliminary legs with a front end 1:52.3 win for Andy McCarthy. Sent out from post 7, he cleared stablemate US Captain just past the 27.4 quarter, rated a 57 half as Can't Beach That (Dunn) ranged up gradually through a 28 third panel then moved away from that rival with a 27.3 closing quarter for the "W". American Mercury (B. Miller) closed well to get up for third. Captain Trevor was a $75,000 Harrisburg purchase for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. Bay's Stable and Riverview Breeding sold the colt as a yearling at the auction. Blood Money (McCarthy) won the third colt division from off the pace in 1:52.3. Race favorite Magic Joe Lindy (Dube) was forced to pay a heavy price to get the early lead from Egomania, stretched out through a sub 27 second quarter to clear in 55.1 then faced a hard rush from Caviart Rockland as Blood Money enjoyed a perfect second over trip. Once in the stretch, McCarthy fanned his mount wide to take over then held the late charging Waterway (B. Miller )off for the win. Yacht Week (Christian Lind) rallied up for third at 99-1. Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing owns the homebred son of Sweet Lou from Blood Diamond who was winning for the second time in the series. Beautyonthebeach completed a Daily Double sweep for driver Brett Miller and a personal sweep of the series legs with an effortless 1:52.1 front end domination of the second race field of fillies. Bet down to 1-5, Beautyonthebeach bounded along on an easy lead, shook off token pressure from Edge Of Eternity (Cameron McCown) then sprinted off in a 27.1 end to the mile. Louphoria (Dexter Dunn) was a good second and Hurrikanekrazylady (Dan Dube) won a tight photo for third. Jim Avritt, Jr bred and owns Beautyonthebeach while Gregg McNair trains the Somebeachsomewhere filly from Precocious Beauty. Dexter Dunn put a winning steer on Summer Charm for trainer Ron Burke and owner Tom Dillon to capture the second filly stake. After leading the field around the first turn, Dunn released race favorite Blue Ivy (Dube) for a few steps then retook just past the 28.3 opening split. From there, he rated the Bettor's Delight filly from Lover Of Art kindly, called on her as they spun around the second turn to an open a lead that carried them to the wire in 1:53.4. Blue Ivy cut into that margin but fell short to settle for place while Margret Hill (McCown) closed it up a bit late for the show. Brittany Farms bred the $60,000 Lexington Yearling Sale purchase. The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. Live racing resumes tomorrow night with the 3 year old trotters and pacers going forth in their last leg of the KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo has been a freight train rolling through the Pennsylvania Sires Stake 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing division, sweeping all four preliminary legs en route to a perfect 5-5 record. So all he has to do is show up to claim Saturday's championship at The Meadows, right? Not so fast, my friend, says trainer Jim King, Jr., whose Crimson And Chrome will try to pull off the major upset. "I'm not asking them to write me a check before we get there, but he has a legitimate chance," King says. The Meadows will host all four PASS freshman championships, each carrying a purse of $253,000, as well as $50,000 consolations for each division. In all, nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs. First post is 1:05 PM Crimson And Chrome leaves from post 5 in race 10 and will have the services of Tim Tetrick, whose Tim Tetrick LLC owns the son of Sweet Lou-McSauna. De Los Cielos Deo goes from post 3 with Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The name De Los Cielos Deo is a Spanish-Latin mash-up that can be translated as "from the heavens of God." While that's not exactly his pedigree -- he's a son of Captain Treacherous-Lisjune -- he's looked divine indeed, winning his PASS splits by a combined 9 lengths and banking $113,257. The statistics for Crimson And Chrome aren't nearly as gaudy, though he has won three straight, including a pair of PASS splits. "He got off to a slow start, but he looks the part," King says. "Things have to go correctly for him; he has to be in position to do it. He won't overpower De Los Cielos Deo, but they don't want to be waiting for him because he's a late charger and he'll be a'comin'." Although Crimson And Chrome is eligible to the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Keystone Classic, he's not paid in to the rich late-season stakes, so the PASS championship represents his best remaining earnings opportunity. "We don't get carried away with our 2-year-old staking," King says. "We're looking for good 3-year-olds. He's showed enough that we'll plan a good schedule for him next year." The De Los Cielos Deo-Crimson And Chrome match-up is one of a number in the championships that pit offspring from the first crops of Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou. In fact, those two, along with the late Somebeachsomewhere and A Rocknroll Dance, produced all 18 finalists in Saturday's two championship paces. Ultimately, King says, that concentration could benefit other stallions that may attract buyers looking for bargains. ""We don't generally pay a lot for colts," he says. "We can't go in just looking for 'Captains' and 'Lous.' They'll be the sale-toppers, so we have to go looking for others." King won't have to look very far for at least two youngsters. Tetrick already has two full brothers to Crimson And Chrome on the ground. In addition to the championships, Saturday's card features a power-packed $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (race 11) in which Windsong Leo shoots for his eighth straight win. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding must overcome post 8 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

CHESTER, PA - On Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, both Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign performed as expected in their final round preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies, both winning in 1:51.3 to have people looking forward to their $252,000 Championship battle at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, September 1. Treacherous Reign was up first, and she showed gameness in her victory. 50-1 shot Stonebridge Soul went right out to the top despite the outside post eight, having the lead to the 27.2 quarter before Andrew McCarthy moved Treacherous Reign to the lead well before the 56.1 half. The victorious daughter of Captaintreacherous - Scandalous Hanover was able to hold first-over She's Allright at bay through and past a 1:23.2 3/4s. but there was one more battle - to her left - to be won. The longshot Stonebridge Soul had never disengaged after surrendering the lead early, and in fact she was clawing back at the winner inch by inch through the lane. But Treacherous Reign downed her game rival by a neck to go 3-for-3 in her Sires prelims, including an upset of Warrawee Ubeaut in her previous start, and the winner of four of five lifetime starts may be peaking at an opportune time for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parnham. The connections on Warrawee Ubeaut have said they looked forward to the time when she could "race off of a helmet" and not have to move to the lead early because of her credentials and overwhelming support. In this race driver Yannick Gingras showed no thought of starting quickly with the daughter of Sweet Lou - Great Memories, settling fifth early in a 26.3 initial panel. At the 55.4 half she was given her cue to go, and go she did, with a 26.4 individual third quarter carrying her right up to the lead, and she widened her advantage to 3¾ lengths at the wire while reducing her mark. After starting her career with three wins including two in Sires competition, Warrawee Ubeaut went a faster pace than she ever had in his last race, and Treacherous Reign caught her on the money by a half-length. But Warrawee Ubeaut, now also 4-for-5 in her career, showed no ill effects from the defeat here today for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. (As for Gingras, he was off to the airport to catch a flight to Toronto, where Manchego was to take on Atlanta in their big head-to-head confrontation.) The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners: 1. Warrawee Ubeaut, 2. Treacherous Reign, 3. Rockin Philly, 4. Bestseller Hanover, 5. Sylph Hanover, 6. She's Allright, 7. (tie) Stonebridge Soul and Sweeter Lulu, 9. Sweet Chrome, 10. Art Lecture. Like Warrawee Ubeaut, Sylph Hanover and She's Allright are part of the Burke Brigade. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Hall of Famer David Miller guided two-year-old pacing fillies May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick to their third Pennsylvania Stallion Series victories on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each their third straight triumph after skipping the first leg, and he may have a hard decision to make as to which filly to guide in the group's Championship race here on Labor Day Monday. Skater Chick, a daughter of Sweet Lou - Ram Rocker, had to do some fancy skating down the backstretch for Miller during her win. She was positioned second-over behind Serena Said, who had had steering issues throughout, and when that filly bore out a path just past the 5/8, Miller guided his filly right through two-wide to go up and tackle the pacesetting Unspoken Promise. From there, Skater Chick had relatively clear sailing, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Alkippe, who came up the inside to catch Unspoken Promise for second, in 1:54.2. Skater Chick is trained by Mark Harder for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste, and Garth Bechtel. In no way did the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover have it easy in taking her third straight Stallion Series contest. Miller took a 4-tuck early with his charge, then grinded up uncovered and was able to seize a small lead on the far turn, which she extended into the stretch. That jump was good enough to keep her clear of Michelon's Filly, who had been hampered by dull cover but came flying late to reduce the winner's advantage to a half-length at the end of the 1:53.1 mile. Nifty Norman conditions the streaking freshman, who had the fastest mile in StS prelim competition with a 1:52.3 win at The Meadows, for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Trillions Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Tulu Hanover, went straight to the lead in her Stallion Series cut, got to the half in a relatively slow 57.4 half-mile under Brett Miller's guidance, then scurried home in 55 - 27 to winning by an easy 4½ lengths in 1:52.4, fastest of all the Thursday divisions and a personal best. Trillions Hanover became a winner in an StS contest for the second straight time for trainer Tom Fanning and the ownership of Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stables LLC, and the J L Benson Stable Inc. The Somebeachsomewhere - Foxy Lady miss What A Fox benefited from the red-hot hands of driver Andrew McCarthy to post an upset in her division, holding off 1-5 favorite Darn Tootn Hanover by a neck to take a maiden mark of 1:54.4. McCarthy sent his filly first-over down the backstretch, grinded to the lead shortly after turning for home, then held off the steady late rush of the favorite, who came from sixth at the ¾ pole, to triumph for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners (ties broken by money won): 1. (tie) May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick, 3, Trillions Hanover, 4. Rock N McRoll, 5. Sweet Cherry, 6. Margret Hill, 7. Unspoken Promise, 8. Michelon's Filly, 9. Able Hanover, 10. Another Beach Day. Sire Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies go in two divisions of their finally preliminary round on Friday's card at Philly. Double winners Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign drew into separate divisions, and seem likely to be the crowd's choices as they go postward. From the PHHA Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2018 -- Warrawee Ubeaut is a Sweet Lou half-brother to Warrawee Needy, who earned more than $1.25 million and for several years shared the record of fastest race mile ever, 1:46.4. When trainer Ron Burke saw her walk through the ring at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he knew he had to have her. "When we raced 'Lou,' Warrawee Needy was his big nemesis," Burke says. "For us, it just seemed natural that we own her." Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC gave $70,000 for the daughter of Great Memories -- and she's returning the favor. Saturday at The Meadows, Warrawee Ubeaut will try to extend her career unbeaten streak to four in the Meadow Cheer, a $180,122 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. She'll leave from post 4 in the first race with Yannick Gingras piloting. Warrawee Ubeaut has won her three starts, including two PASS splits, in cookie-cutter fashion: grab a good early seat, quarter-pole to the top, coast home in 1:52 and change. Burke knows that as the races get tougher, she won't always be able to follow that script. "I'm looking forward to the day she gets in with better horses and can race a different way," says Burke, who trains last year's freshman filly champion, Youaremycandygirl. "We all feel she can be better out of a hole. "She's eligible to every big stake. I have to start counting starts with her and make sure I don't over-race her this year. The optimal number would be 10, but she'll probably end up with more than that because I'm greedy." Burke sends four other fillies into the Meadow Cheer, including Sylph Hanover (race 3, post 3, Matt Kakaley) a Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan daughter who's finished in the money in each of her four outings. "She hit a knee last week; I don't think that's a blip on the screen for her. Her talent level is not far behind 'Ubeaut.' She's had a couple tougher trips, but she really is a top, top filly." Last Tuesday, Burke collected career training win 9,000, and he took a few minutes from his hectic schedule to reflect on that achievement. "Unless something goes wrong, 10,000 will be cool. Who could imagine that we would double our annual win total? I can't say I ever saw that coming. "The affiliation with Mark Weaver took us to the next level. His whole job is adding horses to the barn. I don't like to do that, but Mark lives for it. I never want to let any of my staff go, so we need more horses for those guys to have jobs." Burke notes that he and Hall of Fame driver David Miller have each surpassed $200 million in career purses. "I bet him that I would get to $300 million first. Then I said, 'who are we kidding? In a few years, we'll probably be looking at results from some county fair to see which of us got checks.'" The "Rockin' On The Rail" series of live concerts continues Saturday with a performance by Jukebox. Music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2018 -- Rock N McRoll zipped to the front, held off the late challenge of Trillions Hanover and scored in 1:53.2, fastest in Wednesday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Skater Chick, Unspoken Promise and May Bride Hanover also taking splits. Tony Hall fashioned a stake double behind Skater Chick and May Bride Hanover. It was just the second career start for Rock N McRoll; she didn't she the lead at all in her career debut. But she responded well when Dave Palone asked her for early speed, and she dug in late to hold off Trillions Hanover by a neck. Pretty N Fast completed the ticket. "I think she'll find her way into the sires stakes program," Palone said. "She just was a little behind. I love the way some of the trainers set them up with a start or two until they get feeling good about themselves before they throw them to the wolves. This filly is not short on ability or attitude." Linda Toscano trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-McGibson for Cherry Creek Stables, Camelot Stable, Little E and Enviro Stables. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Hammered down to 1-9, Skater Chick extended her winning streak to three by moving three wide down the backside and prevailing under wraps in 1:53.3, matching her career best. Able Hanover was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Typhoon third. "She has a lot of ability, but she's still a little green," Hall said of the daughter of Sweet Lou-Ram Rocker. "She was kind of in and out, so I figured it would be better just to get out rather than fight with going between horses. She was good." Mark Harder conditions Skater Chick for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Garth Bechtel. Unspoken Promise wasn't quite sure what she was being asked to do, but ultimately, she straightened out and dashed through the Lightning Lane to overtake the pace-setter, Sweet Cherry, by a neck in 1:54.4. Dark Rhapsody earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Pucker Up for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Howard Taylor and Fanning Racing LLC. "She was a little snaky going down in through there," Pantaleano said. "She's had a little issue running in and getting on the right line; that's why I took her inside. She needs a little more practice. She has some go. She has some skills for sure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features The Meadow Cheer, a $180,862 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The powerful Ron Burke stable sent out 7 of the 25 two-year-old pacing fillies contesting four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest over a "sloppy" track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including all four morning line favorites. And indeed the Burke Brigade, and "former member"-now-sire Sweet Lou, effected a sweep - but the last event didn't go exactly to script, as $45.80 winner Louphoria, not the 2-5 chalk Sylph Hanover, completed the four-bagger. Louphoria, out of the mare Euphoria, was first to the lead for driver Yannick Gingras, then saw Art Lecture and then Sylph Hanover make their way to the top. They sat in that order until just before the 1:25.2 ¾ call, when Louphoria came roaring out of the three-hole and had her stablemate headed on the far turn. Gingras, who handled three of the Burke winners, seemed to be measuring off the win as Louphoria tripped the timer in 1:53, a length ahead of Blue Ivy, who came between horses late to nip Sylph Hanover for second. Louphoria was third in her Sire Stakes debut, and had shown a 1:57.4 morning win at Philly in which she had come home in 55.3, but this victory showed that she belongs in the "big leagues" of the state-bred babies for the Louphoria Stable. (Who's the Louphoria Stable? No real surprises - Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, Lawrence Karr, and Diamond Creek Racing.) Most impressive of the Burke Brigade winners was the Sweet Lou - Great Memories filly Warrawee Ubeaut, who tucked third mid-first turn for driver Yannick Gingras, then brushed to the lead in front of the stands. From there the only real question was the final time, and Warrawee Ubeaut came home in 55.1 to finish out in 1:52.1, a season's record despite the off track, knocking a tick off the mark set by St Somewhere at Tioga on Sunday. An easy winner in a Sire Stakes in her purse bow with two nice Gaitway victories before that, Warrawee Ubeaut ironically only now shows a line without a sub-27 quarter in it (28.3, 57, 1:24.2, 1:52.1 here), but Burke Racing LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC won't mind that fact a bit. 18 minutes later it was, as the noted philosopher Lawrence Berra once observed, "déjà vu all over again" for Sweet Lou, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, 1-9 shots, and Sire Stakes winners following up with an All-Star win, as She's Allright, out of the mare Atsalrite Hanover, made the lead at the 1/8 and came home in 55.4 - 27.4 to stop the timer in 1:52.2, a personal best, while fully in control. Michelle Yanek is a partner in this impressive filly with Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Collura. Sweet Chrome started proceedings off for the Burke barn, the Sweet Lou - Camille filly taking the lead after hard usage to the 5/16, then controlling things thereafter en route to a 1:54.4 triumph over the sloppy going. Third in a Sire Stakes event in her purse bow, Sweet Chrome matched the clocking she had achieved in a Philly a.m. baby session for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and Jack Piatt III. So in summary, the Tuesday Pocono sweepers were sire Sweet Lou, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. They may turn up on the radar again. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The final Pennsylvania All-Stars event of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will take place this Tuesday evening, as four divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies will go gateward for $30,000 contests. The powerful Burke Brigade will send out no fewer than nine fillies in the All-Stars contest, which are slotted for races one, three, four, and five. Eight of them raced in the three divisions of the first leg of their PA Sire Stakes action at The Meadows on July 7, with Burke trainees emerging with two wins, a second, and two thirds. (The ninth Burke horse here was second in a Stallion Series race and earned a "promotion" for this contest.) One of the winners was the Sweet Lou - Great Memories miss Warrawee Beaut, who will begin from the outside post six in the night's third race. Warrawee Beaut followed up on two straight Gaitway wins with a 1:52.4 victory in her Sire Stakes division, which equals the national season's mark of another Sires winner, Bestseller Hanover, who bypassed Tuesday's contest. Yannick Gingras is scheduled to drive the impressive miss, who came her last quarter in 26.4 at The Meadows. Burke's other Sire Stakes winner, She's Allright, went just a tick slower at 1:53 in her triumph. Another daughter of Sweet Lou, She's Allright begins in the fourth race division from post five, with Gingras also listed for the steer. Two 1:53.3 winners in overnight action at Philly are among her challengers: Stonebridge Soul (post two for the father/son team of trainer Erv and driver Marcus Miller) and Sweeter Lulu (post seven, the outside, for trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo). Two Stallion Series winners at The Meadows will start from the outermost posts in the first race field of seven, with Another Beach Day just inside of Michelon's Filly. Corey Callahan is slated to handle Another Beach Day, a 1:55 winner, for trainer Mike Hall; Michelon's Filly, who went a tick faster in winning her Stallion Series cut, has the backing of the Erv and Marcus Miller team. (The latter is also the filly who edged the Burke "promotee," Typhoon.) The fifth race division features two horses who were second in the Sires races. Sylph Hanover, a Burke trainee, goes to the start from post four, with Matt Kakaley listed, with Art Lecture will have to negotiate the outside post seven for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jake Leamon. Also in this division is Blue Ivy (post two, driver Tyler Buter, trainer Chris Oakes), whose lone charted line was a 1:55.4 win here at Pocono. Fom the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday featured six $20,000 sections of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old pacing colts, and in the end two hot stallions came away with honors-even, as Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou each fathered three of the winners. Fastest of the sextet of winners was the first on the racetrack, Latissimus Hanover (dam Ladyking), who never looked back from the pole while taking a mark of 1:52.2, burning home in 55 - 27.1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Ray Schnittker, the latter co-owner with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Hall of Fame ballot finalist Ted Gewertz. Captain Disomma (dam Ramona Disomma) went first-over and still was able to catch favored Hilarious Lou by a half-length in 1:54.1, a personal best, for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and Anatolia Farm LLC. Rounding out the Captaintreacherous sweep of the card's first three races was the longest shot on the board, 20-1 Captain Panko (dam P Note Blue Chip), who tipped wide from second-over and was along by a neck over No Pulse Richie, tallying in 1:54.3 in his purse bow for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc and William Wiswell. Corey Callahan also drove two of the Sweet Lou colts who won in Stalion Series competition, including two for trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere. The second-fastest StS victory was turned in by first-time purse starter Love Me Some Lou (dam Shark Lightning), who cut the pace in front of Captain Hill, then held that one off by a neck in a 1:52.3 mile which featured back fractions of 55.2- 27.3. The "1:52.3" number was also achieved by his stablemate Sugar Factory (dam Cam Swifty) in a Meadowlands baby session; on Sunday, his first purse outing, he fronted the field from the quarter while winning safely in 1:54.4, with big back fractions of 55.4-27.3. The two winners for Team Cancelliere were the only chalk to prevail in the Stallion Series. The other victorious son of Sweet Lou was Costello (dam Laughandbehappy), who got a relatively soft half on the engine, then had enough in a 27.3 last quarter to withstand Flameproof Hanover by a length while taking a personal speed badge of 1:54.2. Matt Kakaley sulkysat for trainer Ron Burke, who knows a thing or two about Sweet Lou, and the oft-winning partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura. The sire whose offspring earned the biggest check of the night was Mr Cantab, as his double world recordholding son Homicide Hunter took a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event in 1:52.1. The gelding moved to the lead early for driver George Napolitano Jr., got to rest to a 57.2 half, then despite being off 28 days sprinted home in 54.3 - 27.1, winning easily by 1½ lengths over Smalltownthrowdown, who caught the pocket horse Moonshiner Hanover to take second. Chris Oakes conditions the winner of $1,255,907, who raised his lifetime win percentage over 50% (34 for 67) for Crawford Farms Racing, and Homicide Hunter also took a bigger lead at the top of the Great Northeast pointstandings. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A season's leader for two-year-old pacing colts on 5/8-mile tracks (De Los Cielos Deo) and mile tracks (No Mas Amor), both from the powerful Ron Burke stable, will start side-by-side in the fifth and final tenth race division of a first round Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for this group on Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. De Los Cielos Deo ("from the heavens of God") was the fastest of Pennsylvania All-Stars winners here on July 1, putting in a 27 last quarter to stop the timer in 1:53. A former's mile track season's leader by virtue of his 1:52.3 win at Gaitway (with his own last ¾ in 1:21.3!), the son of Captaintreacherous - Lisjune will be driven by the sport's all-time winningest driver, Dave Palone, making a rare Pocono appearance, with the pair starting from post four. Don't put those translation dictionaries yet - just outside De Los Cielos Deo will be his Burke barnmate, No Mas Amor, "no more love," the Sweet Lou colt's name explained by the name of his dam, No More Loving. No Mas Amor went wire-to-wire at Meadowlands in 1:52.2, last quarter 26.4, which was tied by Stag Party three days later and Captain Ahab three days after that. Trainer Burke has engaged Anthony Napolitano to sulkysit behind No Mas Amor from post five, Pocono's winningest spot. The other four PA All-Stars winners are all back at Pocono on Saturday: Lyons Johnnyjnr, who will start just outside of De Los Cielos and No Mas Amor; Blood Money (race one, post four); Lyons Night Hawk (race three, post five); and Proof (race four, post three). There is also a "double stakes winner" in this Sire Stakes collection, as Aflame Hanover (race three, post three) comes to Pocono with two PA Fair Sire Stakes wins, the latter at York this past Saturday in 1:58.3, faster than anyone has traveled on the Keystone twicearounds this season at press time. On Sunday, six divisions of this group's Stallion Series horses will contest their first preliminary leg action. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2018 -- Bestseller Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut each stopped the timer in 1:52.4 -- fastest miles this year by harness racing freshman filly pacers on a five-eighths-mile track -- to highlight Saturday's $182,962 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with She's Allright taking the other split. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a Sand Tart double with Warrawee Ubeaut and She's Allright. A $130,000 yearling acquisition, Bestseller Hanover launched her career with a front-end 1:53.1 victory at Woodbine Mohawk, but that was only a warm-up for Saturday's performance. She vaulted to the lead from post 7 for Dave Palone and jogged home, defeating Art Lecture by 2-1/4 lengths. Louphoria earned show. "She's done everything right from the start," said Eric Adams, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror for Miller Farms. "She was a little quirky at first, throwing her head a lot. She was a little bit hesitant when we started with her, but once she got the hang of it, it was two fingers all the time. She has all the big stake races in Canada and whatever we can get to down here." Warrawee Ubeaut was just as impressive, quarter-poling to the lead in her career debut and downing her stablemate, Sylph Hanover, by 3 lengths. Philly Hanover rallied for show. "She can get a little warm here and there, so we just wanted to make sure she'd keep her head on straight," Gingras said. "She was perfectly behaved today. She has a wealth of ability. She could be a real top horse." Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva, Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC campaign Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories. She's Allright was more than all right in her initial career start, scoring on the front end in 1:53. Rockn Philly was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Sweet Chrome completed the ticket. "She's out of a very good family," Burke said of the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover. "Those are the kind that you expect sometimes will step it up. She's good gaited and an honest little horse." She's Allright races for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek and Collura. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Phoenix Warrior N made it two straight with a facile front-end triumph in 1:50.1 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. The first-over Reggiano was second, beaten 2 lengths, with Stride Of Pride third. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $298,913. Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows        

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB), sponsored by Fashion Farms, went to post on a perfect, windless Saturday morning under clear skies with temperatures in the 80's. Brothers Tom and John Cancelliere had a big day with a couple of sharp looking sons from Sweet Lou's first crop winning impressively this morning. The pacing colt portion of the program got started in a big way in race 7 when Admiral Ballsy (Dave Miller) left hard from his outside post and set fast fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:24.4 before giving way late to the pocket sitting Sugar Factory (Corey Callahan) who swept past and paced through the wire handily in 1:52.3. Captain Cash (McCarthy) held nicely to be second and Captain Crunch (Scott Zeron) closed well to be third in the fast mile. Tom Cancelliere trains the winner for his brother John, who gave $65,000 for the Sweet Lou colt from Cam Swifty at Harrisburg. Birnam Wood Farms and Meirs are the breeders. The Cancelliere brothers and Callahan came right back to win with another Sweet Lou, this one named Love Me Some Lou, in 1:55.4. Callahan sent him out from post 8 right into a two hole, sat chilly behind Waterway's (B. Miller) pace then zipped by that rival in the 27 last quarter for the win. Captain Trevor (D. Miller) rallied wide to be second. Love Me Some Lou was a $95,000 Lexington yearling, bred by Spring Haven Farm. The cleverly named Taylor Swiftly opened the day a 1:56.3 winner for trainer / driver Domenico Cecere. She cut the mile, a half in 59, three panels in 1:28.1 then sprinted home in 28.2 untouched to win by four lengths over Susy (Jimmy Takter). The Trixton filly from True Diva is a Lindy Farms homebred. American Kronos won the second, converting a pocket trip for driver Andy Miller to a 1:59.4 / 29 record in her very first start. Girl With A Past (Andy McCarthy) closed strongly to get up for second. The winner is a Donato Hanover owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow and was bred in Italy by Allevamento Kronos. The third race was a throwback special as Chris Ryder set slow fractions with his The Light In Me, arriving at the three quarters station in a leisurely 1:33.4. The result was a 29.2 sprint home where Montevideo (Oskar Florhed) swept by the leader and held safe over Quiksilvr Blue Chip (Lucas Wallin) in 2:03.1. The winner is a Brittany Farms bred EL Titan colt bought at the Harrisburg sale for $70,000 by Howard Taylor and Order By Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt. Brady Bunch was a 1:58.1 / 28.2 winner for Marcus Miller in race 4. It was a gate to wire effort for the Muscle Mass colt, not being asked until mid-stretch when he responded by widening to win as he pleased under his own power. Practical Cat (Takter) held second. Brady Bunch, bred by Patty Hogan, was an $82,000 Harrisburg buy for Mike Anderson, Joe Faraldo and Kentuckian Racing Stable. Erv Miler is the trainer. Pacing fillies came around next and Patty Hogan bred another winner in Entwined (Brett Miller). After stealing slow fractions Entwined spun off a 57.3 final half to get the win over a closing American Love (A. McCarthy). Both are American Ideal fillies trained by Tony Alagna. The winner is owned by the trainer and the breeder who got her for the bargain price of $9,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Tony sent out the next winner as well in Passion Struck (McCarthy) who took over on the backstretch and coasted home in hand for the 1:56.4 record over Funny Said (Marcus Miller). She is a Western Ideal bred by Steve Stewart and the Shetlers who brought a winning bid of $52,000 from Brad Grant at the Lexington sale. Major Deception (B. Miller) put on a speed show as the Captaintreacherous colt from Loving Caroline set all the numbers finishing a mile in 1:53.1 mile with a 27 final quarter while holding Rockin Jimmy Brown (M. Miller) at bay. In The Gym, Martha Frank, Robert LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco gave $130,000 for the Diamond Creek bred Major Deception last fall in Lexington. Wolfgang, perched at the top of Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian, went a conditioning qualifier in 1:53, closing into a 28.2 last quarter to get up under his own power with trainer Jimmy Takter driving. He's expected to race next in the Stanley Dancer Memorial, which is shaping up to be quite an event on Meadowlands Pace night, July 14. Baby race charts may be accessed here. Next week's BWTB will start at 11:00 am. Live racing tonight at 6:35 with The Meadowlands Pace eliminations,$250,000 Graduate Series finals, Fan Appreciation night and the first annual Wienertonian dog racing spectacular. Don't miss it.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2018 -- It often takes time to evaluate the impact of new sires, but on Saturday at The Meadows, harness racing fans will get a good early read on the first crop of Sweet Lou. Of the 24 freshman filly pacers entered in the $182,962 Pennsylvania Sires Stake known as the Sand Tart, 10 are daughters of Sweet Lou. The stake also will provide a glimpse at the progeny of another highly regarded new stallion, Captaintreacherous, who will be represented by three fillies. The Sand Tart goes as races 2, 3 and 4, with first post at 1:05 PM. At 2, Sweet Lou won the Dan Patch Award for his division and set a freshman mile-track record of 1:49, a mark that still stands. After slumping a bit at 3, he roared back to become one of harness racing's top older performers and was named Pacer of the Year in 2014. Over the course of a 10-race winning streak, he recorded six consecutive sub-1:48 miles. He retired with earnings of nearly $3.5 million and currently is a dual-hemisphere stallion, standing at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and Woodlands Stud in New Zealand. Ron Burke trained Sweet Lou throughout his career, so it may be natural that Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and their partners have loaded up on Sweet Lous. Burke has a total of 17 Sweet Lou babies, including seven of the 10 racing Saturday. "All the fillies made it," Burke reports, "except for one I got a little later who fell behind." Burke Racing Stable and its partners retain majority interest in Sweet Lou and so are entitled to a number of breedings annually. To maximize that opportunity, they needed more broodmares. "We took on some mares," Burke says. "We also bred some of the mares who were retiring that normally would have been sold." They also purchased a number of promising Sweet Lou yearlings at auction. Considering all the costs, Burke figures that his partnerships already have invested about $1 million in Sweet Lou's stallion career. "We wanted to give him a big chance," Burke says. "There's even more support in his next two crops. He's destined to be a top sire." He says the emerging rivalry between Sweet Lou and Captain Treacherous will be "interesting." "They both entered stud in the same state at the same time. Both will make top stallions and fill the gap left by the death of Somebeachsomewhere." Of his fillies competing Saturday, Burke rates Warrawee Ubeaut and Sylph Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) as the most advanced. Here's Saturday's Sweet Lou line-up, with post positions, trainers and drivers: Race 2 4. She's Allright (Burke/Gingras) 6. Sweet Chrome (Burke/Kakaley) Race 3 3. Louphoria (Burke/Gingras) 5. Janet Hanover (Burke/Wrenn, Jr.) 6. Pace Baby Pace (Burke/Kakaley) 8. Sweet Cherry (Jim King, Jr./Tim Tetrick) Race 4 2. Warrawee Ubeaut (Burke/Gingras) 3. Hip To My Lou (Burke/Wrenn, Jr.) 4. Tee's Sweet Pride (Candy O'Brien/Wilder) 8. Sweeter Lulu (Chiodo/Chiodo) Saturday's program also features two rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as the Super High 5 (race 13). In addition, following Saturday's card, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts continues on the apron with a performance by the Matt Barranti Band. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER PA - The Sweet Lou - Well Read freshman harness racing pacing filly Sweeter Lulu made a stunning pari-mutuel debut in a contest for babies on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, coming uncovered from sixth and just motoring on to the wire to stop the timer in 1:53.3, which according to the tabulations would make her the fastest two-year-old, female or male, on a 5/8-mile track in North America in 2018. Stacy Chiodo trains and drove the impressive miss, who paced her own back half in 56 flat, for the Timothy Tobias Stable LLC. The previous 1:53.4f standard was shared by colt Lyons Night Hawk and filly Rose Run Uptowngirl. The Well Said mare Brunhilda was as dominant a figure at Philly as her mythological counterpoint was on the battlefield, taking the contest with the biggest purse, a $16,000 pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime best 1:52. Andrew McCarthy put the developing mare on the lead ahead of Belle's Delight and cut fractions of 27.2, 55.4, and 1:24, then guided the favorite home in a 28 sprint to hold off the potential pocket rocket by a half length. Eddie Sager conditions Brunhilda for the Dead Crab Stable. A $14,500 pace for more seasoned distaffs also fit the "speedy favorite holds off pocket horse" scenario, as the American Ideal mare Kaitlyn N made the top before the 26.3 quarter for driver Art Stafford Jr., posted middle splits of 55.3 and 1:23.3, and then withstood the late charge of Berazzled by a neck in 1:51.3. Trainer Joshua Parker co-owns Kaitlyn N with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. On May 1 and 2, Parker qualified four New Zealand imports, and the quartet have posted a record of 22-13-4-0-.695, missing one check, with Kaitlyn N's own record now going to 8-6-2-0-$43,500 in her two-month North American racing career. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, had five victories on the day, including the longest shot to come home first Friday, the $52.00 trotter Blue Swan. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - After checking the season's leaders list for 5/8-mile tracks, it can be noted that the fastest two-year-old on the trot and the co-fastest two-year-old on the pace both competed during baby races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. The fastest trotter among the babies is a filly named Check Out Trixie, and your surprise at her being able to precociously trot in 1:57.4, last half 57.2, will go away when we point out that she is a mating of Hambletonian winner Trixton and Check Me Out, the multiple-recordsetting champion. Trainer/driver Ray Schnittker moved her to the lead in front of the stands and there was little doubt from there, as Check Out Trixie also bettered the 1:58.1 put in by colt Fashion Possessed at Philly yesterday. Tying for top honors among all baby pacers, and setting the standard for colts, was Lyons Night Hawk, a son of Sweet Lou and Weapons Against (she a half-sister to $2.4M winner and top sire A Rocknroll Dance). Lyons Night Hawk rallied from the pocket in a 27.4 kicker to complete a 1:53.4 package, matching the clocking registered by the filly Rose Run Uptowngal in a pari-mutuel race at The Meadows yesterday. Jason Bartlett guided the winner for trainer Gareth Dowse. The first freshman heat yielded the day's fastest pacing filly in the Well Said filly Serena Said, who was home first in 1:55.1 - 57.1- 28.2. Out of the mare Selinas's Joy, a half-sister to $1.5M winner Shadow Play, Serena Said won for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. Quickest trotting colt of the session was Our White Knight, whose parents' names might suggest some confusion (Crazed-Psychotherapist), but who knew how to make every pole a winning one for Team Callahan/Butenschoen, winning in 2:00.2 with back numbers of 58.3 - 29.1. The winner is a full brother to $600G winner Theraputic. With babies appearing on overnights and on the PA county fair scene, this will be the last of the morning reports on freshman action at the mountain oval. Now they'll have to earn their plaudits competing for purse money. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER PA – Driver Corey Callahan guided the swiftest winner on both the trot and the pace during a morning session for two-year-olds at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday. The filly Scirocco Donnahill became the first 2:00 trotter on a 5/8-mile track (as reported at press time) when she won in 1:59.2, setting all the pace and then tacking on a 29 last quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the Donato Hanover mare UF Tady’s Donato, who is a half-sister to $1M winner Hez Striking. On the pace, Sugar Factory also made every pole a winning one, hitting the half in 59.4 then scooting home in 55.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, 2/5 of the season’s record for baby colts. Tom Cancelliere trains the son of Sweet Lou-Cam Swifty, she a 1:50 pacer and million-dollar winner during her racetrack career. The Erv Miller stable had a particularly successful day in sending out four winners, with his son Marcus handling all four before shuffling off to Buffalo with a total of 2999 lifetime victories. Other stables who had multiple winners were those of John Butenschoen and Jake Leamon, each of whom had a pair. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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