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A determined Ab'sattitudexpress held off Sorella, Canada's 2020 female three-year-old harness racing trotter of the year, to take the second of two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series first leg on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.   Tim Tetrick gave Ab'sattitudexpress her marching orders from post six, and they reached the front at the quarter in :27.3. The four-year-old mare continued on to hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. Sorella (Yannick Gingras) loomed in the pocket turning for home and angled out as the two entered the straight.   Sorella chipped away at the leader's advantage in the stretch and found another gear in the final yards, but Ab'sattitudexpress was a nose too good and found the line in time for a 1:52.3 victory. Sorella settled for second, and Miss McKee (Mark Macdonald) was third in the seven-mare field. The winner paid $3.40.   AB'SATTITUDEXPRESS REPLAY     Ab'sattitudexpress has won nine of her 18 career starts, and she surpassed the $300,000 mark in career earnings with Saturday's win. Lucas Wallin oversees the homebred four-year-old Trixton mare for owner Stop The Jade Farm LLC of Pemberton.   Next Level Stuff shone in a star-studded first division field of seven and gave Tetrick the stakes double.   The mare dropped in fourth leaving the gate and Tetrick was content with that spot though the opening splits of :27.4 and :56.3. Tetrick fished out the cover of When Dovescry (Dave Miller) at five-eights and assumed second-over position before completing three quarters in 1:24.4.   When Dovescry had no trouble dispatching the leader, but her problem arose when Next Level Stuff barreled up in the final 1/16th. Next Level Stuff was brimming with trot and rolled past When Dovescry for a 1:52.2 score. The latter was second, and Felitiyshagwell S (Ake Svanstedt) battled for show.   NEXT LEVEL STUFF REPLAY     Next Level Stuff is a four-year-old Sebastian K mare with 14 wins and more than $665,000 in bankroll across 24 career tries. Jim Campbell trains her for owner/breeder Runthetable Stables of Montvale. The horse paid $3.40 to win.   The Big M also hosted a $30,000 Preferred Handicap in which Wheels On Fire caught a spark late and shot past the leader to prevail in a mild upset.   Wheels On Fire grabbed front-end control from the five-hole going into the first turn for driver Yannick Gingras but was soon relegated to the pocket as Nicholas Beach (Joe Bongiorno) drove on to the lead. The latter maintained the top spot through :26:4, :54.2, and 1:21.3 splits and attempted to kick away as the field of 10 angled for the lane.   Nicholas Beach was flat out in the final eighth, but Wheels On Fire pulled out mid-stretch with a surplus of pace and bore down on him. Nicholas Beach laboured late and surrendered several yards short of the wire to Wheels On Fire, who won by half a length in 1:48.1.   Nicholas Beach was second, and Angers Bayama (Andrew McCarthy) easily took show. A correct $2 win ticket returned $17.40.   WHEELS ON FIRE REPLAY     Wheels On Fire is now 26-for-75 lifetime with more than $450,000 in earnings. Ron Burke conditions the six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding for Brad Grant of Milton.   McCarthy was the most successful driver of the evening, piloting a quartet to victory lane: Abuckabett Hanover (1:49.1) in the first, Keep Rockin A (1:51.1) four races later, American History in 1:48, the quickest mile on the card, and Western Redhot (1:53.3) in the getaway pace.   The second leg of the Miss Versatility is set for Saturday, May 29. The Meadowlands will return on Friday, May 14 with a 6:20 p.m. EDT first post.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Favorites won seven of the first eight races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday afternoon, but then the first three of four harness racing divisions of a $120,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts saw the chalk go down to defeat. However, a familiar name, very popular with the crowd, took the final division. One Eight Hundred, the $800,000 yearling by Somebeachsomewhere - Economy Terror, rebounded from his bad-luck loss in the Weiss Final, taking a new mark of 1:50.1 in 46-degree weather. Driver Tim Tetrick moved One Eight Hundred frontwards past the :27.2 quarter, reached the lead and posted middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.1, then saw the colt pace home strongly in :27 with only a few taps. One Eight Hundred is now 3-for-4 in 2021, and he seems ready to take on Sire Stakes competition here next Sunday for trainer Nancy Takter, co-owner with Brixton Medical Inc. ONE EIGHT HUNDRED REPLAY   The Captaintreacherous gelding Gamblin Mo was outstanding in his section, posting a 1:50.1 clocking for a new mark and equal honors in the stakes speed competition on the day. The teaming of driver Tyler Buter and trainer John Butenschoen has been red-hot at Pocono in recent days, with the Butenschoen barn winning at a 38% clip, and this one went down the road while leaving little doubt who was best for David & John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. GAMBLIN MO REPLAY   A pair of sons of Sweet Lou triumphed in the other two All-Stars cuts. The gelding Emblaze Hanover showed good rallying ability off a hot pace, drawing clear late while earning a news speed mark of 1:50.2 for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. EMBLAZE HANOVER REPLAY   The last division came down to a battle between the McCarthy brothers, as Andrew and the colt Hellabalou came out of the pocket to catch Komodo Beach and Todd by a neck in 1:52.1. The Eddie Dennis trainee, a 1:51.1 winner in his seasonal debut at Philly, is owned by Eric Good. HELLABALOU REPLAY   The fastest mile of the season at Pocono was rung up by the Western Ideal gelding Western Joe, who went over $800,000 in career earnings while pacing in 1:49.1. Hesa Kingslayer N grabbed the early lead in a :26.2 opener, and then Western Joe went on to command, posted midfractions of :54.1 and 1:21.4, and then held off his game pocketsitting rival by three-quarters of a length for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Christopher Choate, and owners Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosias. A pair of $11,200 contests, one for distaff pacers and one for trotters, heads Sunday's card at The Downs, which begins at 5 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs                   CURTIS SALONICK PHOTO   One Eight Hundred rebounds to his winning ways with a 1:50.1 victory on a cool Saturday in PA All-Stars action at Pocono.

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The opening of the stakes season for national-caliber Pennsylvania-sired stakes horses at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono begins this Saturday afternoon, with four harness racing divisions of a $120,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for the sport's "glamour division," the three-year-old colt pacers. Looking to regain a bit of his early-season glamour is the Somebeachsomewhere colt One Eight Hundred, an $800,000 yearling purchase who startled fans with a 1:50.2 seasonal debut here on April 3, with a :26.4 last quarter, and then followed up with a 1:52 off-track win, making him the heavy favorite for his Weiss Series Championship. But in the Weiss final on April 24, One Eight Hundred got locked in the pocket and badly shuffled, although he recovered to be beaten only two lengths in fifth. Unraced since then, One Eight Hundred will be looking for a clear chance to exhibit his talent, starting from post seven in the field of eight for trainer Nancy Takter, who has put down Tim Tetrick for the driving assignment. The two winners in the first preliminary leg of the PA Sire Stakes last week at The Meadows, Southwind Gendry (1:49.4) and Literl Lad Hanover (1:51.1), will not be competing in the All-Stars, although they are likely to be at Pocono on Sunday the 16th for the second PaSS leg. But there are plenty of other proven three-year-olds joining One Eight Hundred Saturday - a second-place finisher and both third-place finishers in the Sire Stakes; three winners in the Stallion Series; both Weiss Consolation winners; and Always B Miki, in his seasonal debut after winning the Governor's Cup at two. These youngsters and other swift colts and geldings should ensure fast, competitive races in the All-Stars events. First post on an excellent 14-race card at Pocono on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. From the PHHA/The Downs

CHESTER, PA - With late-developing youngsters coming to Harrah's Philadelphia from every direction, the southeast Pennsylvania track featured four $12,600 events, two on each harness racing gait, that could serve as steppingstones to nearby future glory. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, guided a feature winner on each gait during a day which would see him win five races overall. On the pacing side, where both headliners were limited to males, The Cookie Monster gobbled up favored pacesetter Rockin Rocko late to be along in 1:52.4 over what was then a "sloppy +2" surface. The son of American Ideal, unraced at two and three, has now won half his ten lifetime starts, with Tetrick driving and Scott Di Domenico doing the training for JFE Enterprise LLC. THE COOKIE MONSTER REPLAY   The Cookie Monster won the first race of the day; the other pacing feature was the last event on the card, and the track had regained a good bit of its "speed." The second pace was won by Bipbopnallie, one of the toughest horses at the Pennsylvania fairs last season, who held off heavy favorite Rolling With Sam in 1:51.2 to lower his mark almost three seconds. Andrew McCarthy kept the Artspeak gelding going right to Victory Lane for trainer Steve LeBlanc and the ownership of LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz. Turning to the trot: the Muscle Mass sophomore colt Twin B Showtime was brought to town sharp by trainer Paula Wellwood, despite not having raced in 37 days. The improving youngster raised his career record to 4-for-6 by coming wide in the stretch for Tetrick and picking up the frontsteppers in a lifetime best 1:56.1 when the track was "sloppy." Dreamville Stable shares ownership of the three-year-old with Brian Smith. TWIN BE SHOWTIME REPLAY   The surface was upgraded to "good +1" just before the fast Creatine gelding Take All Comers won his seasonal bow in 1:55.4 for driver David Miller (himself a three-time Wednesday winner) and trainer Jim Campbell. The sophomore took a mark of 1:52.3 at Lexington last year, and seems to be pointed towards the territory again for the Runthetable Stables. "Trottin' Thursday" tradition at Harrah's Philadelphia will again bring some of the area's finest diamondgaiters to the oval: top purse is a $14,400 contest for precocious youngsters, while there will be a pair of $13,000 contests for their fast-class older counterparts. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - Last season's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, Anoka Hanover, and 2019 Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi were impressive harness racing winners during Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia. In her first competitive start since winning the Goldsmith Maid last November, Anoka Hanover pounced from the pocket and won handily in 1:55.3 over a "good +1" track. A ten-time winner as a baby, the daughter of Donato Hanover looked ready to start another successful campaign, with Todd McCarthy driving for trainer Noel Daley, the latter co-owner with Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms Racing, and L. A. Express Stable LLC. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Southwind Ozzi blistered the Philly oval with a 1:50.3 wire-to-wire victory, including twin back quarters of :27.1. After his $800,000+-winning campaign at three that included The Adios and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, Southwind Ozzi couldn't quite go against the FFA boys, although he did notch all four of his wins, including a 1:48.4 victory, at Harrah's Philly. Tim Tetrick guided the Bill MacKenzie trainee for owners Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice, who obviously hope for their fast pacer's bounceback to prior form. Scottish, an altered sophomore son of the late Kadabra, didn't race at two and had made a break in his only other "Q" outing this year, but he put it all together Tuesday for the wife/husband team of trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller, trotting in 1:55.2 with a last half of :56. This one may be one to watch if he can continue development for owners Jason and Douglas Allen. Fastest of all the successful sophomore qualifiers was the Always B Miki pacing filly So Miki Hanover, also for Andy and Julie Miller and also going wire-to-wire in a 1:53.2 mile. So Miki Hanover had a win and two seconds in three freshman outings, but her time suggests she may be a late bloomer for Michael Cimaglio, A And B Stable, and Charles Elliott. Tim Tetrick was tops with four driving victories Tuesday morning; Julie Miller sent out three winners. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, Pa. -- Soho Burning Love A ($3.00) delivered a decisive 1:50.1 score in Sunday afternoon's (May 2) $22,500 winners-over distaff pacing harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia -- just the second appearance at the riverside raceway from the 7-year-old mare. Soho Burning Love A used two moves to achieve control of the terms out of her assigned outside post -- one to float into third on the first turn, and a second to seize control from early pacesetter Crazy Cute just beyond a :27.1 first quarter. And after the daughter of Auckland Reactor N reached the lead, there was simply no catching her. "She was awesome, as good as I've seen her," said Tim Tetrick, who drove Soho Burning Love A to her fourth victory of the year. "She was just out for a Sunday afternoon stroll; she was on cruise control." Soho Burning Love A rated a :55.4 half before accelerating on the backstretch -- following up a wind-aided :27 third sectional with a :27.2 final split to seal a 2-3/4-length victory. Demeter N, driven by Andy McCarthy, sustained a gradual first-over advance to take second; Eclipse Me N (Simon Allard) emerged belatedly for third over the tiring Crazy Cute.   SOHO BURNING LOVE A REPLAY   Jim King Jr. trains 21-time winner Soho Burning Love A for JoAnn Looney-King, Brian Carsey and Jeff Fought Racing. The featured win was one of four for Tetrick on the 14-race program. In the co-featured event for male pacers, also carrying a purse of $22,500, Shnitzledosomethin ($4.80) parried a persistent challenge from Yonkers invader Tyga Hanover to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3, his second consecutive victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Fred And Ginger entire, who enjoyed success on the Indiana Sires Stakes circuit early in his career, drilled a :26 first quarter in line to David Miller before backing the half down to :55.4, but was forced to accelerate again up the far side while Tyga Hanover (Andy McCarthy) encroached steadily. Turning for home, Shnitzledosomethin rose to the challenge, driven out to notch his 25th lifetime win. Tyga Hanover narrowly held second over JJ Flynn (Todd McCarthy), who lifted mildly after losing cover.   SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN REPLAY   Dylan Davis trains 25-time winner Shnitzledosomethin for Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Richard Lombardo. Davis -- whose two training wins on the program were matched only by leading trainer Kelvin Harrison -- also won with Shoobee Doo A ($21.40), who soared off cover to capture his North American debut in 1:51.1 in line to Corey Callahan. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 5); post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The ultra-consistent pacing mare Lyons Sentinel was even sharper in her qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia Tuesday than she was last week, coming her own last half in a hot :53.3 to win in a 1:53.4 mile. The four-year-old millionaire daughter of Captaintreacherous, among the best of her class at two and three, looks ready to take on more seasoned competition, knocking two seconds off her qualifying win time of last week for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and Threelyonsracing. Fastest winner of the morning session at the southeast Philadelphia oval was the Bettor's Delight gelding Gardys Legacy A, who missed a nose in a 1:53.2 mile in his first qualifier, then went in 1:52.1 here as he prepares for his North American pari-mutuel career. Andrew McCarthy sent the import scurrying home in :54.3 on the engine for trainer Andrew Harris and the ownership of Bowie Racing LLC and A Harris Racing LLC. Two seasoned trotters turned in impressive qualifying wins for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. No Drama Please was victorious in 1:57.2 for driver Tim Tetrick, while Fashion Creditor came home first in 1:57.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy. The McCarthy brothers won six of the morning's qualifiers - Andrew four and Todd two - while a pair of Hall of Famers also had a six-timer, with David Miller and Tim Tetrick each winning three times. Trainers who sent out two winners include Nik Drennan, Tom Fanning, Andrew Harris, and Roland Mallar. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - Three $11,200 divisions of the "nw 3 races" class for developing harness racing pacers highlighted the Friday card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the quickest of the three headline events, the three-year-old Sportswriter filly Sports Duchess was able to sit in third until the three-quarters in her division of the female features, briefly got cover, then went wide for driver George Napolitano Jr. and was along by a neck over Sweet Talker. The 1:53.4 clocking knocked almost four seconds off the lifetime best of Sports Duchess, who is trained by Blake MacIntosh for owners Stuart McIntosh and Leanne Murphy. SPORTS DUTCHESS REPLAY   In the other distaff contest, Lyons Softassilk went first-over into a :56.3 last half in her seasonal debut, yet still had enough to make the lead then held off Game Of Shadows by a neck in 1:54.2. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore was driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Jim King Jr. and Threelyonsracing. The race for males saw driver Dexter Dunn atypically pay $55.60 to win as he put the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding Aquaman Hanover just in the right place at two different junctures of the racing in getting a stretch lead, then holding off fast-closing Yankee Litigator by a neck while taking a new mark of 1:54. Nifty Norman trains the winner for Enzed Racing Stable Inc., Robert Cooper Stables LLC, and Kovach Stables LLC. Nutcracker Sweet, the six-year-old star-crossed full brother to the $2.7M-winning Bettor's Sweet and a half-brother to the $3.4M-winning Sweet Lou, had produced a sub-1:51 clocking in each of his first four years of racing, but on Friday he went the fastest mile of his career when he won in 1:50.1. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner of $441,134 to the sizzling time for the brother team of trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere. Ontario's "youthful veteran" driver Doug McNair, 2017 Canadian Driver of the Year, wasted no time making his presence felt on the local scene, guiding Betsea to a new mark of 1:52.4 in his initial drive of the season here. McNair is trying Philly and other Mid-Atlantic ovals while the virus locks down his native province, and the winner of 3687 races is likely to acquit himself well. The Sunday card at Harrah's Philadelphia is as good as the southeast Pennsylvania oval has presented in 2021, with features for developing younger horses, fast-class paces for both sexes, and hard-hitting top-level claiming handicaps. Sunday's first card will start at 12:40 p.m.; Program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. There will also be a live card at Philly on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 1, at 12:40. Prompted by a carryover of $2,237.98 from Friday's (April 23) Late Pick-4, Harrah's Philadelphia will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Early Pick-4 on Sunday afternoon (April 25). The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Early Pick-4, which comprises the first four races on the card, will be available on the USTA website. Harrah's Philadelphia offers two Pick-4s daily; both offer a 50-cent base wager and a low 15% takeout.Prompted by a carryover of $2,237.98 from Friday's (April 23) Late Pick-4, Harrah's Philadelphia will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Early Pick-4 on Sunday afternoon (April 25). The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Early Pick-4, which comprises the first four races on the card, will be available on the USTA website. Harrah's Philadelphia offers two Pick-4s daily; both offer a 50-cent base wager and a low 15% takeout. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Sweet Angel Boy, going uncovered from last through the pouring rain at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, paced his own final half in :54.3 to be an impressive 1:54.3 winner in one of three $11,200 harness racing features at the riverside oval. Tim Tetrick got the youngster underway quickly down the backstretch and went up to challenge pacesetting Letstrytowgleagain, the sophomore full brother to the immortal Wiggle It Jiggleit, and while that one held on well as his pedigree might suggest, Sweet Angel Boy was still able to leave him 2¼ lengths behind at the finish. Sweet Angel Boy, whose lone win at two was a 1:52.4 Keystone Classic victory, showed high potential here for trainer Jim King Jr. and owner/wife Jo Ann Looney-King. SWEET ANGEL BOY REPLAY   Though Team Teague was thwarted with Letstrytowgleagain, they won the other section of the tri-features for pacing males with another son of Mr. Wiggles, the four-year-old gelding Nextmovebestmove, who remained undefeated in three career outings in 1:55.1. Though the earlier rain had given way to weak sunshine, it had turned the track "sloppy" for the remainder of the feature events. Montrell Teague kept the winner tucked in the pocket behind favored Step On The Gas, went by that one on the far turn, then held off a late-rushing Bipbopnallie by two lengths for trainer Clyde Francis and the partnership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and David Collins. NEXTMOVEBESTMOVE REPLAY   In the headliner trot, the Bar Hopping three-year-old gelding Ginger Tree Knox rang up his second straight victory, tipping wide off cover to gain control at headstretch and then holding off a late charge by Tequila N Roses by a neck in 1:57.3 in the off going. Andrew McCarthy handled the in-form trotter for trainer Steve Cook and the ownership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Double D Racing Stable, and Reber-Chasen Stable. GINGER TREE KNOX   Quite a few fast-class trotters will be looking to keep winning streaks alive in the $14,400 feature here on Thursday: Rich And Miserable goes for his fourth straight win; Refined tries to make it three in a row; while morning line favorite Hayek hopes to repeat his successful effort upon coming to Philly last week. Post time Thursday is 12:25 p.m.; program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From PHHA/Pocono

CHESTER, PA - At Harrah's Philadelphia, the stars come out on Tuesday morning, as returning harness racing veterans and sophomore alike were impressive in their qualifying races. The best-known of the stars is the Captaintreacherous mare Lyons Sentinel, 2019 champion freshman, winner of $1,236,361, and one of only two horses to finish ahead of Party Girl Hill (second behind Peaky Sneaky in the 2020 Breeders Crown). Here she came from midpack in :55.2 - :27.3 to win by a nose in 1:55.4 over Rose Run Victoria for driver Tim Tetrick (a four-time winner at the Qs) and trainer Jim King Jr. Fastest qualifier was the 1:53.2 victory put up by Save Me A Dance, a four-year-old son of Heston Blue Chip who held off his Andrew Harris stablemate Gardys Legacy A, making his first Stateside start, by a nose for David Miller (a three-time winner in the morning). Third in that race was the 2019 Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi. On the trot, Take All Comers, a Creatine sophomore gelding and half-brother to Next Level Stuff, qualified seven days ago in 2:00.2, but today he showed "next level stuff" by rallying for a victory in 1:55. David Miller drove the promising three-year-old for trainer Jim Campbell, the only trainer who have a double during the session. Big Oil, a four-year-old son of Father Patrick who set a world record for a dead-heat in a trot with his 1:52.1 effort at two, returned for his four-year-old season in good form, making every pole a winning one in 1:56.1 for the wife/husband team of trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller. Three three-year-old pacers of some North American note successful Tuesday morning were: Heart Of Mine, a Roll With Joe filly second in her NYSS championship, who scored in 1:56.1, with her own last half in :55.2 for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Linda Toscano; the Art Major gelding King James Express, the winner of his NYSS event, who won in 1:56.1 - 56.3 for driver David Miller and trainer Mark Harder; and an altered son of Somebeachsomewhere (and three-quarter brother to Captain Barbossa) Whichwaytothebeach, a 1:51.1f winner at two and successful here in 1:54, with a :55.1 back half on the engine for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. (One to watch coming out of that last race is Curbside Pickup, unraced at two and acquiring his first racing line, who came his own backside fractions in :54.2 - :26.1 to be second.) From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. -- Jack's Shadow N ($4.00) successfully avenged last week's defeat to Whos Better at Harrah's Philadelphia with a 1:50.3 harness racing score in Sunday afternoon's featured $14,400 top-level conditioned pace at the riverside racetrack. After mid-race traffic trouble left Jack's Shadow N an insurmountable task last week, driver Tim Tetrick opted to send the 7-year-old Shadow Play gelding immediately to the lead at race's outset, clearing Whos Better and Dexter Dunn through a :26.3 quarter. After rating a soft :29.3 second sectional, Jack's Shadow N was forced to accelerate up the backstretch when faced with mild first-over pressure from Dealer's Table (Yannick Gingras). Jack's Shadow easily turned aside his outside rival past three-quarters in 1:23.3, and kept Whos Better three-quarters of a length at bay at the winning post. Precision Bluechip (Simon Allard) finished third, another four lengths behind. JACK'S SHADOW N REPLAY   Scott DiDomenico trains 21-time winner Jack's Shadow N for the Triple D Stables, Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. In the afternoon's top distaff pace, a $11,600 high-level conditioned event, Eclipse Me N ($4.60) sprinted clear through the far turn to defeat Disturbed Hanover and Tango Dancer N by eight lengths in 1:50.2. Simon Allard drove the 9-year-old daughter of Real Desire for trainer Lou Pena and the partnership of the D Racing Stable, Yves Sarrazin and Donald MacRae. ECLIPSE ME N REPLAY   Tetrick and Yannick Gingras led all drivers with three wins apiece on the 14-race card. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday, with a 13-race card slated to commence at 12:25 p.m. Players are reminded that free past performance pages are available for all Harrah's Philadelphia races via the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association website (https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html). For full race results, click here. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – For a second straight week, Ana Afreet N bested Colossal Stride A after a scintillating stretch drive to take the Preferred for harness racing pacers at The Meadowlands Saturday night, one of two co-features on the card that went for $30,000. “With the three scratches and the way it worked out,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I drew inside of Dexter [Dunn, driving Colossal Stride A and had to make sure he would have to chase me again.” Using the same script from a week ago, Tetrick and his horse were good enough to get the same result. Only six were behind the starting gate, and Tetrick asked Ana Afreet N for an early burst of speed from post position four and got it, getting around Vettel N out of the first turn and hitting the quarter in :27.2. Down the backstretch, 4-5 favorite Colossal Stride A vacated the five-hole at the half and cut into the leader’s edge onto and around the far turn. When they turned for home, Colossal Stride A had momentum and a head advantage, but Ana Afreet N would not be denied. The duo went toe-to-tie like a pair of heavyweights in the 15th round for the final three-sixteenths, and at the wire, it was Ana Afreet N prevailing by a nose for a second straight week, at odds of 3-1 for a second straight week, over an odds-on Colossal Stride A for a second straight week. Vettel N was third. ANA AFREET N REPLAY   “It was a real nail-biter all the way to the wire,” said Tetrick. “That horse got a head in front of me but my horse fought back.” Ana Afreet N returned $8.20 to his backers in taking his third straight at The Big M. The 6-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight - Anna Livia, who is trained by Meadowlands’ leader Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, now has 25 wins from just 51 career starts and earnings of $213,272. Despite facing six tough opponents and not having raced since Nov. 21, Lindy The Great and driver Andy Miller worked out a perfect trip to take the marquee trotting event – a Preferred Handicap – in 1:52.3. The 7-year-old son of Crazed - Highscore Kemp was racing in the three-hole sixth along the rail on the far turn as even-money favorite Scirocco Rob, who was seeking his third straight score, was on the lead. That’s when Lindy The Great caught a big break, as Morairtime went off stride while in a third-over flow, so Miller quickly swerved his horse into that spot, which meant he would have clearance for the stretch drive. “I just wanted to give him a nice, easy trip,” said Miller, whose wife Julie trains the lifetime earner of $1,054,199. “The race shook out well for us and he was full of trot finishing.” Three-quarters was timed in 1:24 as Lovedbythemasses applied pressure to the leader while first-over as It’s Academic swung off that live tow three-wide and took Lindy The Great with him into the stretch. Lindy The Great then exploded through the lane to record an easy 1¼-length score to equal his win output from all of 2020. Scirocco Rob held second with It’s Academic third. LINDY THE GREAT REPLAY   “I just wanted to see what he would do,” said Andy Miller of his horse who raced with trotting hobbles removed. “I thought I’d try it last week [in his qualifier] and he was super solid. Hopefully, he can go all year without them. We are really excited about this year.” Lindy The Great paid $5.80 as the 9-5 second choice in winning for the 16th time from 64 career starts. He is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Team Lindy The Great. A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering totaled $3,625,679 to wrap up a weekend that saw total betting of over $6.8 million. … The 10th race 50-cent Pick-4 pool of $136,807 was a 2021 best. Todd McCarthy and Tetrick each won twice during the sequence, and those who hit cashed in for $128.30 after two favorites and two 3-1 shots scored. … Ten of the 13 races on the program were won by horses who went off at 3-1 or less. … McCarthy led the drivers with three winners on the card. … Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands

CHESTER, PA - Two of the three harness racing winners in the featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday overcame the outside post seven - a starting spot that had been 1-for-60 in the first six days of 2021 racing here - to record impressive victories. Top purse event was a $12,800 contest for developing horses, and the Lionhunter gelding Banzai As reduced his record to 1:56 in defeating pacesetting favorite Rose Run Vincent by a length. Driver Tim Tetrick had to go the tough tuck-then-first-over trip with the Annette Lorentzon trainee, but Banzai As showed himself capable of going on despite the hard journey for the ownership of ACL Stuteri AB. BANZAI AS REPLAY   In one of two $11,600 co-features for fast-class trotters, the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable went over a half million dollars in career earnings when he posted a 1:54.2 victory for trainer Todd Buter and the partnership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. With regular driver Tyler Buter not present, the horse's braintrust turned to driver David Miller - who won with him the last time Tyler wasn't present, on December 4 at The Meadowlands - and the Hall of Famer guided the winner of $500,436 to the lead after an early wide battle and kept him rolling to defeat late-closing Chaptiama by 1¾ lengths. In the other $11,600 fast-class trot, the E L Titan gelding Hayek, who started from post four in his six-horse field, rode a pocket trip behind Sylvesteramericait, then easily overhauled that one by 2½ lengths while taking a new mark of 1:53.2, a tick lower than his former best of last year when he set the all-age track mark at Ontario's Grand River Raceway. Joe Bongiorno, here for his only work of the duty with Hayek, made the old handicapping "single-drive" theory stand up as the favorite in guiding him for trainer/sister Jennifer Bongiorno and the partnership of Evan Katz, David Rovine Stable LLC, and Frank Canzone. Prompted by a carryover of $3,017.50, the Friday (April 16) Pick-5 pool at Harrah's Philadelphia will be guaranteed at $10,000. The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Pick-5 sequence will be available on the USTA website. The Pick-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia is a 50-cent base wager spanning races five through nine daily, and it offers a low 18% takeout. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick recently returned to The Meadowlands after spending the winter racing at Dover Downs, and based on Saturday night's results, the 39-year-old Hall of Famer hasn't missed a Big M beat by winning four races on the card, including both $30,000 features, one on the pace and the other on the trot. Ana Afreet N, back from an unsuccessful stint at Yonkers racing in the Borgata series where he finished no better than fourth in three starts, held off 3-5 favorite Colossal Stride A in a thrilling finish in the Preferred for pacers back at the track where he was an impressive wire-to-wire winner on March 6. Tetrick was intent on racing on the point in the seven-horse field. "If they were going to go a half in :55," said Tetrick. "I might as well be cutting it and make that horse of Dexter's [Dunn, driving Colossal Stride A] chase me, so it just worked out. My horse is a nice horse, he just didn't like the four turns at Yonkers. It just didn't agree with him and he couldn't get around there." Around two turns at The Big M, it was a far different story. Yacht Seelster was on the move early and looped Ana Afreet N to grab the lead at the quarter in :27.2. Tetrick immediately moved Ana Afreet N back to the lead and hit the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Colossal Stride A, the 3-5 favorite, moved from the four-hole just after the half and made his way closer to the leader gradually while racing first-over, and continued his constructive grind throughout the stretch drive. But at the wire, it was Ana Afreet N holding on by a diminishing nose. Vettel N was third. The time for the mile was 1:49.4. ANA AFREET N REPLAY   "I was a little nervous [in deep stretch]," said Tetrick. "Especially when you look back and have Dex coming at you. Luckily, my horse dug in and made me look good." Trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, Ana Afreet N returned $8.40 to win as the second choice in the betting. The 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight - Anna Livia has now won 24 of 50 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $198,272. In the marquee trot, Scirocco Rob stayed on a roll, as the Mark Silva trainee won for the fourth time in five starts. The 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter - Fun At Parties stopped the clock in an eye-popping 1:50.3 to lower his previous lifetime best by a full second. Things could not have gone any better for the 4-5 favorite, who worked out an ideal pocket trip behind the speedy Nows The Moment (Mark MacDonald), who cut out fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.2 before Tetrick tipped Scirocco Rob out of the pocket with an eighth of a mile to go and roared home to an easy 4¼-length score. Nows The Moment held second with Morairtime third. SCIROCCO ROB REPLAY   "My horse is very versatile," said Tetrick. "Last week, he was second-over at Dover and won. Tonight, it worked out perfect." Sitting off quick fractions in the abbreviated six-horse field (JL Cruze was scratched), Tetrick loved his spot. "I was thinking, just don't fall off," said Tetrick. "I was pretty confident. My horse was tracking so good." "I was just trying to have a little fun," said Tetrick when asked about looking back at MacDonald as he went by in the stretch. "Mark was laughing, I was laughing, so it was kind of fun." Scirocco Rob returned $3.60 to his backers in winning for the 28th time from 81 lifetime starts. His bankroll stands at $551,604 for owners Lewis and Kathleen Whitaker. WHATTA WEEKEND: With the track's two signature Pick-4s accounting for over $240,000 of action to go along with a pair of potent carryovers, all-source wagering totaled $3,782,327. When you add in Friday's $3.23 million handle, that brought the total of $7-million wagering weekends at The Big M to four on the year. CARRYOVER CRAZY: The 20-cent Pick-6 pool started out with $9,019 before $64,105 in "new money" was added for a total of $73,124. Those who hit all six winners collected $877.14. The 10-cent Pentafecta/Hi-5 had a carryover of $32,103 before $84,462 was added for a total of $116,565. Those with tickets bearing the combination of 5-1-9-3-7 cashed in for $141.84. A LITTLE MORE: After only four favorites won on the previous two programs combined, chalk players had smiles on their faces Saturday as six post-time choices hit victory lane. ... Cullipher trained three winners on the card while Bruce Saunders had two. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands

Scirocco Rob sought vindication and won the Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Last week, Scirocco Rob was going to win the race when he made a rare break and was placed from first to fourth. This week he made up for the break with a rousing victory, trotting from off the pace. At the start,  there was a three horse scramble for the early lead. The 8/5 race favorite JL Cruze left sharply along with Jack Vernon and the mare Pat Matters. As the dust cleared going to the quarter, JL Cruze gave the lead to Pat Matters She had settled in third early then brushed to the top.  The quarter was reached in a solid :27 seconds and the half was reached in 55.1.  Pat Matters maintained an uncontested lead. Northern Express and Russell Foster moved off the rail past the half and trotted 1st over in pursuit of the pace setter Pat Matters.  Scirocco Rob and driver Tim Tetrick were towed 2nd over and in perfect position to pounce on the leaders. Pat Matters continued on a comfortable two length lead, over JL Cruze.  Pat Matters reached the three quarters in 1:23.1 and seemingly started to draw off as JL Cruze began to get leg weary in the pocket. Turning for home both Northern Express and Scirocco Rob began gobbling up real estate with every stride.  In the deep stretch,  Scirocco Rob thundered home to win by three quarters of a length in 1:51.3 and paid $6.60 to win. SCIROCCO ROB REPLAY   Scirocco Rob (Explosive Matter)  is owned by Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker.  Mark Silva does the training. Northern Express, who was placed 1st last week due to the untimely break by Scirocco Rob, finished 2nd this week for trainer Arty Foster Jr. Earlier in the week, Northern Express was announced as Dover Downs’ Horse Of The Meet. Pat Matters, who set all the race fractions, finished 3rd for trainer Nifty Norman.  Andrew McCarthy drove. Tim Tetrick won 4 races on the betting card.  Pat Berry won three races. Racing continues on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Scirocco Rob dominated in the $20,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Scirocco Rob proved his harness racing dominance and versatility by winning at 2 separate race tracks back to back.  Scirocco Rob won at the Meadowlands last week and traveled down the New Jersey turnpike and won tonight at Dover Downs. At the start, there was a 3 horse attack heading to the quarter pole.  Scirocco Rob settled in fourth, then attacked after being parked to the quarter in 27 seconds flat. Morairtime and Jack Parker Jr. accepted the pocket ride.  Northern Express settled in third.  Scirocco Rob and driver Tim Tetrick then led the field to the half in 55.2 Midway down backstretch, Northern Express  and driver Russell Foster pulled first over and pressured Scirocco Rob to the three quarters in 1:24. They raced as a team into the stretch.  From there, Scirocco Rob, the 4/5 race favorite powered to the top and won by a half length in 1:53.2 on a chilly 35 degree evening.   Scirocco Rob  (Explosive Matter)  is owned by Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker.  Mark Silva trains. Northern Express, raced a game 1st over bid but finished 2nd for trainer Arty Foster Jr.  Bluebird Jesse was third.  Jim King Jr. trained and Alan Davis drove. Tim Tetrick had a big night winning six of twelve races on the betting card. Racing resumes on Wednesday.  Post time is 4:30 pm at Dover Downs. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

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