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YONKERS, N.Y. – Lord Cromwell has proven to be a talented trotter, amassing 16 wins from 57 starts and earning $396,626 to date for harness racing owners and breeders Irving and Carolyn Atherton. The 5-year-old scored his first victory in the $46,000 Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway last week (July 13) and seeks to double up tonight (July 20).  The Atherton’s are thankful each time their Chapter Seven son steps on the track after nearly losing their homebred as a 2-year-old. Lord Cromwell always made a good impression as a young horse. Out of the Athertons’ mare Oh Oh It’s Magic, who won the 2007 Empire Breeders’ Classic Final and earned $392,202, the Athertons and trainer Ed Hart sung praises about Lord Cromwell as he trained well.  “When he was born, he looked the part. When he was a yearling, Ed Hart said he thought he was going to be a really, really good horse,” Irving Atherton recalled. “Your trainer tells you as a 2-year-old he’s training in 2:04 on a five-eighths track and then he calls back the next day and says, ‘I couldn’t get him to go 2:30.’ It’s really just not a good feeling.” Hart and the Athertons consulted several vets, but none could determine what, if anything, was wrong with Lord Cromwell. Finally, the Athertons sent Lord Cromwell to a clinic in Pennsylvania, where a discovery was made. “We found out that he had severely infected testicles. As soon as they saw him, they saw the enlargement and they took x-rays and they said they had to geld him right on the spot,” Atherton said. “They thought within 24 or 48 hours, he would have died on us.” After flirting with death, Lord Cromwell still made four starts as a 2-year-old and won two divisions of the $6,700 New York Excelsior B Series. However, it was at 3 that Lord Cromwell began to shine.  Lord Cromwell impressed in his training and scored a 1:56 qualifying win at the Meadowlands April 15, 2017. Hart and the Athertons entered Lord Cromwell in the Dexter Cup eliminations two weeks later. With John Campbell in the sulky, he was dismissed at odds of 7-1, but posted a wire-to-wire 3-length victory. Lord Cromwell returned the following week to score a 5¼-length win in the $143,737 final in a stakes record 1:55.0. “We got the highest pleasure from John Campbell, he thought he was a Hambletonian horse,” Atherton recalled. “He did what he had to do and he still has the track record for the Dexter.” Ineligible for the Hambletonian, Lord Cromwell raced on the New York circuit at 3, winning a leg of the New York Sire Stakes at Saratoga and the Landmark at Goshen. He finished third from post seven in the $225,000 NYSS Final. Last year, Lord Cromwell made the Final of the Graduate Trotting Series and raced in the conditioned and Open ranks at Yonkers, Pocono Downs, and the Meadowlands. Now at 5, the gelding is getting even better. Lord Cromwell won his seasonal debut in a $23,000 overnight at Yonkers March 15 and finished third in a local Open Handicap Trot next out March 30. He was on the board in two $29,000 races at the Hilltop before a string of four losses sent him to a $12,500 overnight at Pocono, where he recorded at lifetime mark of 1:53 May 28. Lord Cromwell went back-to-back at Pocono for $14,000 June 8 before returning to Yonkers. He worked his way back up the conditions and made it to the $46,000 Open last week. With the benefit of starting from post one, Lord Cromwell rode a pocket trip behind Will Take Charge and collared that rival in the stretch to score a neck win in 1:53.3. “He was super, he was just superb. He got a nice pocket trip. It was terrific,” Atherton said. “It’s a pleasure to watch him. I know he gives 100 percent every time he’s out there. “It’s a fantastic feeling,” Atherton continued. “The greatest places in the world to win races are Yonkers and the Meadowlands. He’s just a good horse. He’s a pleasure to watch race because he’s always trying and we’re as thrilled as anybody can be. We have a nice horse to watch and we know that anytime he steps onto the track, he’s got a chance because he’s not a quitter.” Despite his impressive record, Lord Cromwell is on the smaller side and is a light horse. He sometimes requires time off to recover from hard races and is lightly raced, with just 57 starts in his 3 years on the track. “He’s a very, very bad eater. He probably should have another 100 or 200 pounds on him, but he’s very fussy,” Atherton said. “We have this special food that Ed Hart gets from California. That’s why he’s not heavily raced because he has to get some time off. He gives everything he’s got. He’s not a big guy, he’s not tiny, but he’s not a big horse. Just  nice, good-hearted, and he wants to win.” Lord Cromwell drew post six for his repeat bid in the featured trot and will have Larry Stalbaum in the sulky. Will Take Charge drew immediately to Lord Cromwell’s outside and Eye Ofa Tiger As will start from post eight. New Heaven, who won two straight races on the lead before finishing sixth while coming from off the pace in last week’s Open, will start from post three. In Secret will start from post five off a front-stepping score from post seven last out. In My Dreams, Trotting Grace, and Melady’s Monet complete the lineup. “The race is a difficult race to handicap because I think Will Take Charge will leave again and my feeling is the horse who didn’t leave last week, New Heaven, he might leave because he’s got the three hole. There is some speed in there. Larry Stalbaum is going to have to drive a smart race,” Atherton said. Whatever the result tonight, Atherton is just happy to have Lord Cromwell on the track. “I’ve been in this game a long, long time,” he said. “You know the ups and downs and now you’ve got to enjoy the ups. We’ve had a lot of ups in our life.” Saturday night’s card also features the $46,000 Open Handicap Pace and the $37,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace.  For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 — While most of the attention Saturday at The Meadows will be focused on three eliminations for the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, the harness racing card also features regally bred freshman filly pacers. They'll battle in the Sand Tart, a $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, which goes as races 6, 9 and 11. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Among the youngsters with scintillating pedigrees: ·      Rodeo Beach (race 6, post 9, Tyler Buter), a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show who’s a full sister to Huntsville, the Dan Patch Award winner at 2 and still The Meadows track record holder (1:50) for freshmen. Rodeo Beach won her debut in a Landmark stake at Goshen before an off-the-board finish in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono. Oddly enough, another full brother, Branquinho, will perform one race later in the first Adios elim. Ray Schnittker has bred (or co-bred) and owned (or co-owned) all the siblings. ·      Beyond Ecstasy (race 11, post 3, Brian Sears), a full sister to 2117 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, who has banked more than $1.5 million. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy captured her career debut at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She races for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. ·      Baby Your The Best (race 11, post 7, David Miller), a $225,000 yearling purchase by Richard Young and Joanne Young. Recent Hall of Fame inductee Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Dolphins Can Talk, who’ll be making her career bow. ·      Rocknificent (race 9, post 1, Tim Tetrick). This daughter of Captaintreacherous is the first foal of Rocklamation, who earned more than $2.27 million and was co-winner (with Androvette) of the 2014 Dan Patch Award for older mare pacers. She won her career opener in a Kindergarten split at the Meadowlands. Toscano trains for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. ·      Shouldabeenatd (race 6, post 7, Yannick Gingras), a homebred Sweet Lou daughter of $603,382 earner Breakheart Pass. A winner of a July 13 PA All-Stars division, she goes for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The $25,000 Adios eliminations are scheduled as races 7, 8, and 10, with the top three finishers in each elim returning for the final. As part of the program, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is conducting a giveaway; the first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trainer Tony Alagna was on target at the Meadowlands Friday night, scoring three times in the second harness racing leg of the Kindergarten Classic series for 2-year-olds. Ramona Hill got things going for Alagna in the second race filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy led at every call on the way to an easy 4¾-length score over Jula Beauty Am in 1:54.1, giving her two wins in as many Kindergarten - and lifetime - starts. Andy McCarthy was in the sulky behind the 1-9 favorite. In the very next race, 22-1 longshot Captain Kirk sat a three-hole trip before bursting through between rivals late to record a nose win over 3-5 shot Captain Nemo - who is also trained by Alagna - in a division for pacing colts and geldings. Captain Kirk, a son of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover who was driven by Yannick Gingras, completed the mile in 1:51.2 in winning his first career race in two tries. Alagna would have to wait until the 14th and final race on the program to complete his three-bagger, as his Chief Mate scored in 1:51.1 in another colts and geldings pace. The 2-5 public choice, who is a son of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid, held on by a nose over a fast-closing Bombshell Hanover. Like Ramona Hill, Chief Mate has now made both of his lifetime starts in the Kindergarten and won them both. SATURDAY POST TIME CHANGE: Due to the anticipated extreme high heat, Saturday's 13-race program will begin at 8 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Dave Miller paced the driver's colony with three wins apiece, while Gingras and Andy Miller each had a pair. ... Trainer Marcus Melander had two winners on the card. ... All-source handle on the 14-race program totaled $2,306,944. There have been 57 race dates at the Big M in 2019, and on 56 occasions, handle has exceeded the $2.3-million mark.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

Five Ohio Sires Stakes proved as hot as the weather on Friday night, July 19 with impressive performances and a new track record in the books at Scioto Downs.   A trio of $40,000 contests for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 trials for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were held as temperatures continued to stagger in the low 90's.   The Steve Carter-trained Artful Dancer gave notice as she prevailed for Aaron Merriman in a new track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the second OSS division for freshmen filly pacers.   "This was the first time I'd driven her," Merriman admitted. "Steve (trainer Carter) had given me some insight into her personality, and she was easy to drive and just took off on her own when challenged by another horse."   Owned by Jay Mossbarger, Tammy Carter, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green, the daughter by Yankee Cruiser had won OSS Leg one in 1:55.2. In this leg, she took the lead as the 5-2 choice at the three-quarters and held off a hard trying 3-1 Looksgoodinaromper (Chris Page) by a nose at the wire, with 3-2 favorite McMarkle Sparkle (Brett Miller) third, three lengths back. Artful Dancer now has $41,200 in career earnings. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, she is the first foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Dancin carol p, 2, Q1:55.1.f ($81,646). Aaron was back in the sulky behind Beautiful Beach in the third OSS contest for 2-year-old pacing fillies, steering the We Will See lass to a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 clocking for trainer Tyler George. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard and owned by Tom Lehmann, of Sarasota, Florida, it was the first career win for Beautiful Beach, who was the 1-5 favorite. Beautiful Beach This hardy pacing filly finished a length ahead of 7-1 Odds On Athens (Peter Wrenn), while 9-2 Hoochie Girl got up for third for driver Chris Lems. She is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Cruiser mare Beach Resort p, 3, 1:57.3F ($69,374) and is a half-sister to Big Bad Beach p, 4, 1:54.2 ($41,191) and Jimbobwayne p, 2, 1:54.1f ($38,577)--both sired by Big Bad John. Ellagator and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., took the first OSS division with a grueling, first-over journey in 1:55 as the 1-9 favorite, hanging on by a neck over 19-1 Corner Pocket (Danny Noble), nearly five lengths in front of third-place finisher 14-1 Arya Again (Ryan Stahl). The Western Vintage distaff is trained by Chris McGuire for owner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. "She's done everything we've asked her to do," McGuire said. "I was hoping she'd get to the front tonight a little easier than she did, but either way, she handles whatever you throw at her and is a pretty special horse." Ellagator Ellagator had won OSS Leg one in 1:54 at Northfield Park on July 5. She was a $24,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Lexington Select Sale and is the first foal out of the unraced broodmare Dame Truth, by Total Truth and was bred by Nancy Johansson of New Jersey. In the first of the two $50,000 trotting divisions, Patti's Main Man went an absolutely huge mile for driver Jeremy Smith. Leaving the gate at odds of 26-1, the son of Manofmanymissions pulled first up before the half and simply ate up ground until he nabbed the lead in mid-stretch for his 1:56.3 triumph. Owned by trainer Michael D. Sowers of McArthur, Ohio, Patti's Main Man returned $54.80 on a two dollar win ticket, and was 1¼ lengths better than second-place finisher 2-1 Homer Hall (Brett Miller), while 7-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Patti's Main Man Bred by Midland Acres, Patti's Main Man is the 14th foal out of the American Winner mare Patti Page and is a half-brother to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424); Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1;54.3f ($282,311); and to the 2-year-old Attache' (by Broadway Hall) who has earned $20,000 from two second-place finishes in OSS legs one and two thus far this year. Lane Of Stone took the second OSS division, trotting commandingly to a 1:54 clocking with driver Jeff Nisonger at the lines. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, the son of Wishing Stone--who was exported to Denmark earlier this season--used an impressive, front-stepping effort to score this latest triumph by 5½ lengths over 12-1 ELO Hanover (Brett Miller), with 70-1 Cash Hit (Chris Lems) trotting evenly to nab third-place money. Lane Of Stone Lane Of Stone captured his OSS Leg One easily in 1:53.1, but was a disappointing sixth in Leg Two. Mark Winters, Sr., conditions this hardy youngster for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, New York. This modestly-built trotter has a powerful stride and an engine that never seems to quit. This latest triumph upped his career earnings to $233,393. Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3M ($18,559) and has half-siblings in: Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($32,353) and Laney Hall (by Angus Hall) 2, 1:59f ($29,220).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) wins the $59,800 first harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 19). Gimapanzee ($2.10) hit the first quarter in :28.1. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) followed in the pocket the whole trip. Gimapanzee hit the half in :56.2. Cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.3 and then found another gear to win by over four lengths in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Mr Vicktor had to settle for second money. Livinonthedash finished a distant third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. He is three for three this season. He now is a perfect 12 for 12 in his career. Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) wins the $60,900 second division. Lucky Weekend (Brian Sears) went to the first quarter first in :28.4. Cavill Hanover ($7.90) took over the lead after they went by the stands for the first time hitting the half in :58.2. He led to three-quarters in 1:26.2. Cavill Hanover, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Wolfgang A Stable Inc., and Borje Nasstrom, held off a late charge by second place finisher Lucky Weekend to win in 1:55.2. Quiksilver Bluechip (Wally Hennessey) was third best. Cavill Hanover is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He won for the second time this season. He now owns five career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 20) with a 10 race card starting an hour later than usual at 7:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 19, 2019--Sylph Hanover and driver Sam Widger saved their best for last as they stormed home a winner in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $150,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 19. Scoring in 1:50.2, Sylph Hanover rallied from well off the pace to make her Hoosier Park debut a winning and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in the talented field of ten, Sylph Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled off the pace in eighth. It was hotly contested opening quarter as a host of fillies fired away from the gate. Rockin Philly and Trace Tetrick, sent off as the heavy post time favorite, won the early battle for the lead and reached the first quarter in a snappy :25.4. Glorious Virgin and Brandon Bates benefitted from a pocket trip while the Ohio Sires Stakes Champion, Queen Of The Pride with Tony Hall in the bike, was next in line third. Queen Of The Pride wanted her turn on the front and she quickly marched up to grab the lead just past the half in :53.3. The quick pace continued as the field hit the third station in 1:21.1 with Queen Of The Pride still calling the shots. As the field turned for home, Sweet Heaven and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over with St Somewhere and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. Lady Capulet and Andy Shetler moved into the outer flow and were well placed third-over with Sylph Hanover waiting to pounce from fourth over. As the leaders began to retreat on the front, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. Lady Capulet tipped off tiring cover to surge forward but it was Sylph Hanover on the far outside who would find the wire first. Lady Capulet had to settle for second place honors while Queen Of The Pride held on gamely for third. Slightly dismissed at 5-1, Sylph Hanover returned $13.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She felt really good tonight," Widger noted after the victory. "I had to nurse her around the turn a little but once she got straightened away and she got her head down, she really got going." Trained by Ron Burke, the three-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan recorded her second win of the season from 8 starts. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, W. Switala, J. Martin, and J. Critelli, Sylph Hanover pushed her lifetime bankroll to $448,311. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Sam Widger. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 20 with an 11-race card. Saturday's racing action will be highlighted by the first annual Empire of Hope event at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will launch this new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

American JJ (Michael Miller) charges late to capture the $6,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 19). Spoiler Alert (Adam Cappizano) took control as they reached the first quarter in :27.3. Someway Same Hall (Howard Parker) then gained the lead before hitting the half in :56.3. He continued to lead to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Spoiler Alert regained the lead in the stretch. American JJ ($16.20), who is owned by Lewis and Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, was seventh at the half. He went to fifth after three-quarters. He flew down the stretch to blow right by and win in1:55.4. Tournament (Claude Huckabone III) finished second with Spoiler Alert settling for third. American JJ is a 6-year-old gelding by Jailhouse.. It was his fourth win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Howard Parker drove four winners on the night with John MacDonald taking three horses to the winner's circle. Parker won with Squee Hanover ($3.20), Irish Kate ($15.00), Fox Valley Photog ($14.80), and Painite ($18.00). MacDonald got his wins with Well Spoken Lady ($2.20), Northern Express ($5.70), and Nomad ($6.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Saturday (July 20) starting an hour later than usual at 7:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Baron Remy excelled in Friday's (July 19) sweltering heat to score in 1:50.3, equaling the harness racing track and world record for 4-year-old pacing mares in Northfield Park's ninth race. The Ron Burke trainee bested six rivals in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open to match the record set by both Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley, 2017) and Bye Bye Felicia (Aaron Merriman, 2018). Baron Remy and driver Kurt Sugg started from post six and got away sixth through a brisk :26.3 opening quarter. Sugg tipped Baron Remy to the outside just past the quarter-pole and brushed to the lead, posting a :55.1 half. The tempo picked up in the third quarter as Sugg urged on Baron Remy, who tripped the beam in 1:22.4. Baron Remy completed her mile with a :27.4 final quarter, opening up by 4-3/4 lengths over stablemate Libby's Idea (Jason Thompson). My Tweed Heart (Keith Kash, Jr.) finished third. The track and world record-equaling performance gives Baron Remy three victories in seven starts this season. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own Baron Remy, who is now an 11-time winner in her career, earning $547,232. She was favored in the race and returned $4.40 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019--Favored Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan $5.80) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (July 19th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. As she did a week ago, Feelin' Red Hot went up and over her inside harness racing foes. In this case, that was all six of 'em, as assigned eight-holer Betterb Chevron N came up ill. Feelin' Red Hot worked around Twinkle (Brent Holland), rating things much more realistically (:27.2, :56.1, 1:23.1) than last week before taking off. She opened three lengths at the three-quarters and five lengths of the final turn before whipping Twinkle by a half-dozen in a season's-best 1:51.3. Third went to Annabeth (Mark MacDonald), with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. For Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her eighth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40, the triple returned $372 and the superfecta paid $1,631. Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, the Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

HARVEY’S LAKE PA – The first new home to harness racing in Pennsylvania in thirteen years, and the first new fair harness venue in seventeen years, came to life in spectacular fashion on Thursday and Friday, as Silver Springs Ranch, a training facility located approximately a half-hour northwest of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, applied for a 2-day Fair Sire Stakes meet this year, was granted it, and then conducted a fine program appreciated by horsemen and spectators alike. The tone was set in the very first race ever over the half-mile oval, as the Well Said – Harlow Hall freshman gelding pacer Halliwell Hanover  broke his maiden in 1:59.2 for the first 2:00 mile of the year on the Pennsy fair circuit by a two-year-old. Trainer/driver David Brickell is co-owner of the promising youngster with Mitchell York. That time would last the two days of racing as the “new track record,” although it would be equaled by the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly Dancin With Rosie, who defeated last year’s Fair Championship winner Sure R Lookin Good, for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Justin Lebo, who is also co-owner with Jamie Kiehl. Dancin With Rosie                                      --Seth Dowling photo The other 2:00 mile of the meet was also produced by the sophomore fillies, as Able Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, won in 2:00 flat for trainer/driver Steve Salerno, co-owner with Dean Casaday. For Salerno, who swept the Pocono driving wins, training wins, and UDR “triple crown” in 1981, it was a special moment, as he had not driven in a purse race in almost 14 years! (A Team Salerno protégé, Emily Bost, would drive in her first-ever race two heats later, but she got in the Dancin With Rosie race and had to settle for fourth.) The racing at Silver Springs brought out several Pocono drivers not normally seen on the fair circuit. 21-year-old Hunter Oakes competed away from the pari-mutuel tracks for the first time, and won with the sophomore gelding Way To Close in 2:00.2. Way To Close, four-for-four now on the fair circuit for trainer Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine, did not threaten his 1:57.4 fair seasonal standard  he set at York in defeating stablemates Motive Hanover (driven by Todd) and Find One More (driver by Todd’s brother Tony). The fastest mile of the year on the circuit for trotters was notched at The Ranch, as the Muscle Massive sophomore filly Touch of Dough was victorious in 2:01 for driver Eric Neal, trainer Randal Neal, and the Neal Racing Stable LLC. The Silver Springs races showed that both the veteran and the novice can compete successfully at the fairs.  88-years-young Don Wiest won with his freshman filly trotter Tuis Shadow, with Roger Hammer completing the “161-year-old Exacta”; earlier on the card, Hammer’s deputy Branden Smith notched his first career triumph behind the boss’s freshman pacing colt Caffeine Buzz. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now moves on to Bedford PA, with racing on Monday commencing at 5:30 p.m. and then on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership  

Plainville, MA --- Mambo Lindy braved a tough first over trip to win the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing trot in workmanlike fashion at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (July 19). Driver Drew Monti left with Mambo Lindy from post six and dropped in third behind Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) and Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) who led the group to the quarter in :27. AS the race progressed and Wings Of Royalty backed the half down to :56.3, Mambo Lindy got out and got down to business. He trotted up alongside the leader and pushed that one to a :27.4 third panel and then continued to grind on the rim around the far turn, eventually getting past Wings Of Royalty at the head of the stretch. But the race was still not won. Nows The Moment who had been sitting the pocket trip was now three wide and charging, trying to make his late bid count. But Mambo Lindy was not to be denied as he crossed the line under a hand drive in 1:53.3 to score his second consecutive win. It was the 26th win in only 49 lifetime starts for Mambo Lindy ($2.60) and the winners share of the purse pushed him over the quarter-million dollar mark lifetime with $252,660 now on his card. The 8-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Rum Boogie is owned by Greathorse and is trained by Domenico Cecere. Shawn Gray had another driving triple on Friday while Drew Monti and Drew Campbell each had a double. Trainers Domenico Cecere and Ivan Davies each had a conditioning double as well. The Wicked Hi-5 Jackpot was finally hit after a record carryover of $46,238 kicked off the sixth race wagering. One single unique 20-cent combination of 4-5-7-2-1 returned a whopping $48,370 to the lucky ticket holder. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 22) at 4 p.m. And don't forget the Grand Circuit returns to Plainridge Park with the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace that will be held on Sunday (July 28) with a special post time of 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "He may not win every time but I know he's going to empty his tank and give it his all," harness racing driver Ray Fisher Jr. said after Lougazi went from last to first again to capture the $13,000 Class A-Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (July 19).   Lougazi had plenty of fire power as he covered the mile in a seasonal best 1:57.4 over the good track, beating Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) by 3-/4 lengths. Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) took the show spot. It was Lougazi's second straight come from behind win in the Class A-Open Trot.   Sitting in seventh and nine lengths back at the opening quarter, Lougazi followed the live cover provided by Wheels A Turning. In the stretch, he was on high octane as all the remainder of the field could do is watch.   "I just sit back with him," Fisher Jr. said of being patient with Lougazi. "The first time I drove him last year at Batavia, I got itchy with him and it didn't work out well. But tonight, everything was perfect for him."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fourth win in 18 starts for Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The 5-year-old gelding has now produced $43,500 in earnings in 2019 and $!47,989 lifetime.   Artacus (Davis Jr.) answered the bell in the $20,000 Opportunity Knocks Series finale by wiring the field in a seasonal best 1:55.4.   Starting from the rail, Artacus ($9.30) immediately sped to the lead and put up some spunky fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Turning for home, Artacus enjoyed a four length edge and was able to take the 1-3/4 length dialed down win over a hard charging Rock The Dream (Fisher Jr.). Well Well Well (Denny Bucceri) took the show position.   Artacus captures title in Opportunity Knock Series   Owned and trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 9-year-old gelded Artacus (Artiscape-Pumped) has now won four times in 16 appearances, pushing his seasonal earnings to $22,095 and $195,049 lifetime.   Glow Boat (McNeight III) took the $10,000 Opportunity Knocks consolation event with a 3/4 length score over No Talking (Fisher Jr.) in 1:56.3. Glow Boat returned $7.70 to his backers.   Davis Jr. finished the evening with three wins in the bike while Kevin Cummings had two victories. Shaw had a training double.   The 2019 season will conclude on Saturday night with a 12-race program scheduled for 6 p.m. Buffalo Raceway's simulcasting center will be closed from Monday, July 22 through Tuesday, August 20 due to the Erie County Fair. It will reopen on Wednesday, August 21.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

CHESTER PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras each had three wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second preliminary round harness racing action for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday afternoon on a hot day at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the pair combining twice, including with the fastest divisional winner, Sister Sledge. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors miss Sister Sledge won a Sire Stakes in his first purse start, then caught the eye of many when she followed by winning a Pennsylvania All-Stars division in 1:53.4 - the fastest time of the year by any baby trotter, regardless of sex or size of track. On Friday Gingras let her work her way to the top past a :28 opener, get a :58 rest to the half, pick up the pace to 1:26.4 at the three-quarters, then scooted home with her in :28.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, holding off Sherry Lyns Lady, also a PaSS winner earlier, by a confident length. Sister Sledge won thee qualifiers before her three purse victories, and has already earned $53,020 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, along with #1 status in this section to date. The other Gingras-Burke team victory was with the debutante Crucial, another daughter of Father Patrick out of Jolene Jolene, who also raced on the lead, then was extended through the stretch by Word Of Honor. The latter popped out of the pocket at headstretch and fought hard only to miss by a nose, though Crucial was only under mild encouragement in her bow. The successful freshman, who had prepped with two winning qualifiers, is owned by much of the same team as Sister Sledge: Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, W J Donovan, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The third member of the Burke Brigade to get home first was the Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy filly Sans Defaut, who had by far the toughest trip of the three, yet still was successful in 1:57 to follow up an All-Stars victory with another stakes triumph. Sans Defaut ("flawless" in French) was spotted fourth before the quarter by driver Matt Kakaley, then had to come first-over, but she grinded to the stretch lead, then held off 30-1 shot Decoy by ¾ of a length. The bulk of her ownership is a group of which you have already read quite a bit - Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. Gingras' third Sire Stakes success came behind the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel filly Queen Of The Hill, another two-time PaSS winner after leaving swiftly and controlling the tempo, then winning by 4¼ lengths while lowering her speed mark to 1:57.1, last half :58.1. Per Engblom trains the talented juvenile for owner Al Libfeld. The other stakes division produced a $64.40 upsetter in the Muscle Hill - Kadealia filly Sorella, a breaker in her purse bow, but here flat and coming her own last half in :57.2 to win in 1:58, two lengths clear of the opposition. Crawford Farms Racing, who was co-owner on an earlier Sires winner, partners with Elmer Fannin on this filly   In anticipation of the extremely high heat index forecast for Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia announces that the card already drawn and finalized for Sunday will now be raced on Monday afternoon, with a post time of 12:25 p.m.   The Jackpot Hi-5 pool carryover will be at $47,222.38 for the Monday card's race five.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Due to the anticipated extreme high temperatures, post time for the Saturday, July 20 harness racing card at the Meadowlands will be 8 p.m.     Meadowlands Media Relations  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019-Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, Yonkers Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual. This post-time alteration is for one night only.   For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

Chester, PA -- As a result of extreme heat forecasted for the Philadelphia area this weekend, the races carded for Sunday (July 21) at Harrah's Philadelphia have been rescheduled for Monday (July 22). Post time for the rescheduled program will be 12:25 p.m. Eastern. Horsemen are advised that changes for Thursday's (July 25) program are still due Sunday by 11 a.m., however qualifying entries for Tuesday (July 23) will now be accepted Monday morning until 10 a.m.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

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