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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – In what is now unquestionably harness racing’s best rivalry, Atlanta bested Manchego in Saturday night’s $170,900 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for free-for-allers at the Meadowlands in Round 2 of the rabid duel between the top two trotters in training. Two weeks ago, Manchego held off Atlanta by a nose in the Miss Versatility in the fastest trotting mile of the year of 1:50. Things panned out similarly this time around, except that Atlanta got the better of her foe this time around. Atlanta (post five) was the first away from the gate and led into the first turn. Driver Yannick Gingras was willing to yield to Manchego (post six) and Dexter Dunn, but not before extending that one ever so slightly into a sizzling opening quarter of :25.4. “Maybe not :25.4,” was Gingras’ response when asked about the fast opening fraction. “I didn’t think we’d be going that fast. I definitely wanted to stretch her out. I had drawn inside of her and wanted to take advantage of it.” That took just enough starch out of the even-money choice. While rating the middle half, Manchego took a stiff challenge from 17-1 longshot Chin Chin Hall, who was on even terms with the leader while parked at three-quarters in 1:23.1. Once straightened away in the stretch, Manchego and Atlanta – who opted to get behind Chin Chin Hall coming out of the far turn before swerving three-wide into the lane – would once again duke it out, just as they did on June 19. In deep stretch, it would be Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner, prevailing by a half-length in 1:50.1, just a fifth-of-a-second slower than Round 1. Lindy The Great rallied to get third. “There were some anxious moments around the last turn,” said Gingras. “We were going pretty slow, and there was strategy on both sides. He was trying to keep me locked in. Thankfully, I was able to squeeze out. I thought I had it won at the top of the stretch when I cleared.” Atlanta The Ron Burke-trained Atlanta, a 5-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, returned $5.40 as the 8-5 second choice in the wagering. She’s won 21 of 41 career starts for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor, and became harness racing’s newest double millionaire, as her earnings swelled to $2,006,089. WHO WILL GRADUATE? Bettor’s Wish, harness racing’s top earner ($1.6 million) in 2019, won the third of three $50,000 divisions of the second and final leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers in 1:48.2. The Chris Ryder-trained, Dexter Dunn-driven son of Bettor’s Delight-Lifetime Star swung three-wide at three-quarters and stormed home in :25.3 to record a 2-length score over Workin Ona Mystery as the 1-5 favorite. Brassy Hanover came first over around the far turn to pull off an upset in the first division. Driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Jeff Cullipher, Brassy Hanover, sent to the gate at odds of 10-1, stopped the clock in a lifetime-best 1:48.1. Hurrikane Emperor was the 6-5 favorite and led at three-quarters before settling for the show dough. Division two was taken by 12-1 chance Bllack Hole. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for trainer Scott DiDomenico and paced the mile in a lifetime-best 1:48. Dancin Lou, the 3-5 favorite, yielded the front before three-quarters and finished third. The Graduate Finals for pacers and trotters will take place next Saturday (July 11). Each has a purse of $250,000. KEEPING PACE: Brett Pelling’s potent Meadowlands Pace pair did good things, as his Allywag Hanover was shot out of a cannon late to win in a lifetime-best 1:48, while Papi Rob Hanover, currently second-ranked in the track’s weekly Road to the Meadowlands Pace Top 10, went a tough 10-hole trip yet was still crisp late, finishing second to the sharp Tony Alagna-trained Capt Midnight, who won in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. The Meadowlands Pace Eliminations are next Saturday (July 11). A LITTLE MORE: Wagering surpassed the $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2020, as a total of $3,027,797 was pushed through the windows. …  The Late 50-cent Pick-4 took monster action, as $113,121 was put in play. The only Pick-4 to take more action during 2020 was on Feb. 1, when $117,502 in bets were taken. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. For the full results of tonight's program click here By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Vernon Downs played host to a July fourth harness racing spectacular on Saturday. It featured three Empire Breeder Classic races for sophomore trotters (colts & geldings had two divisions). Also on hand was two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. These five races combined for over half a million dollars in purse money. Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears) captures the $207,250 EBC final for 3-year-old trotting fillies. A wild start saw No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) took the top spot right after the first quarter but that was short lived as Hypnotic AM ($3.60) took control as they went to the top of the back stretch. Southwind Fern (Jim Morrill Jr.) was parked outside first over and put on slight pressure as Hypnotic AM hit the half first in :56.1. The field was two by two following Hypnotic AM as they charged around the final turn hitting three-quarters in 1:25.4. Hypnotic AM led as they made the turn for home. Love A Good Story was trapped in the box and finally got free as they reached the stretch but Hypnotic AM was too strong and won in 1:53.4. Love A Good Story settled for second. No Mas Drama finally got free in the stretch as well and finished third.   Hypnotic AM is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. She is now two for two in 2020 with nine wins in 11 lifetime starts. Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) goes three-wide to gain upset victory in $97,750 first division of  the EBC for sophomore trotting colts & geldings. Hobbs ($17.20) went straight to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2.  Barn Holden (Jim Morrill Jr.) took over as they went around the clubhouse turn with Hobbs settling for the pocket.  Barn Holden hit the half first in :56.3.  Take the Credit (Ake Svanstedt) was the first to make a move on the backstretch going first-over from fourth.  The two battled all the way around the final turn with Take The Credit leading to three-quarters in 1:24.3.   Hobbs came out of the pocket and came at them three-wide as they reached the stretch.  As they headed to deep stretch Take The Credit muscled his way to the front.  Hobbs wore him down and went by just before the wire hitting a lifetime best mile of 1:53.3.  Take The Credit had to settle for second money with Barn Holden hanging on for third.   Hobbs is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner. Owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell, he won for the first time this season and the second time in his career. Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) dominates the $97,750 second division of the EBC for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Berkery J (Scott Zeron) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) battled for the early lead with Chaptiama taking over just before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. Chaptiama led to the half in :57.1 with Berkery J in the pocket and Third Shift ($2.90) sitting patiently in third. As they headed to three-quarters Ballcapsnbluejeans (Corey Callahan) came first up and flushed out Third Shift. Chaptiama still led as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.3. Third Shift moved into second and went a little wide as they made the turn for home. Berkey J tried to split the leaders but went off-stride. Third Shift had another gear and forged to the front and won by over five lengths in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Ballcapsnbluejeans came up to finish second with Sir Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) getting awarded third place.   Third Shift is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Owned by trainer Svanstedt and Melby Gard Inc. He is two for two in 2020 with five career wins. Easy To Please (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Test Of Faith (Jim Marohn Jr.) each take divisions of the NYSS for freshmen pacing fillies. Easy To Please (Roll With Joe-Lorrie Please) wins the $53,100 first division of the NYSS for 2-year-old pacing fillies. She would take over just before the half and never looked back to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. She is owned by trainer Michael Hall, Our Three Sons Stable, Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. She is now two for two in her young career. She paid $2.60 for the win. Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie) goes wire-to-wire to capture the $53,100 second division. Trained by Brett Pelling for owners Melvin Segal and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. He won in 1:52.2 in his first career start paying ($11.00) for the win. Vernon Downs returns to live racing Thursday (July 9) with a 13-race card starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 4, 2020 -- Heavily favored It's Academic cruised to a 5-3/4-length victory in Saturday's $102,245 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. When Sister Sledge and Crucial waltzed to similarly easy wins in the $64,594 filly division -- each in stake-record time -- they gave harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke a Currier & Ives sweep. Burke's big day didn't end there. He started horses in 11 of the card's 15 races and won a remarkable nine of them. It's Academic entered the Currier & Ives off two strong place finishes in Ohio Sires Stakes legs and looked to lay over the field. In this case, looks weren't deceiving, as the son of Uncle Peter-Annapolis floated to the lead and widened at will, even after Gingras had shut him down. Harley K and Coventry Hall completed the ticket. "He's just a real gentleman -- perfect to drive," Gingras said. "Down by the wire, I left him alone. He's a little bit lazy, but he's a nice horse. To be a top colt, he'll have to go a lot faster, but for Ohio and here, he's the perfect horse." Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables campaign It's Academic, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. Following last week's facile victory in her season's debut, Sister Sledge continued to roll through the soft part of her schedule, quarter-poling to the point and scoring in 1:53.2. That eclipsed the stake mark of 1:53.4 established about 15 minutes earlier by Crucial. Last year's Pennsylvania champion and Dan Patch Award runner-up, the daughter of Father Patrick-Behind Closedoors will begin a tougher stretch with the July 15 PA Sires Stake leg at Harrah's Philadelphia. Is Sister Sledge where she needs to be to handle more competitive fillies? "She couldn't have been any better today, that's for sure," Gingras said. "It will get tougher; that's coming for sure. There are a lot of good fillies that weren't here today. But her timing is right. She's really good right now." Sister Sledge Sans Defaut (trained by Burke) and Perth Angel De Vie finished second and third, respectively. Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Sister Sledge, who now boasts a career bankroll of $584,843. Although Crucial's stake record was fleeting, her win after a quarter-pole move signaled that she might be ready for more. "She had a class edge on these horses for sure," Gingras said. "She's grown since last year, of course, and she's stronger. I thought she was very professional today." Petey Sarah and Dune Hill rounded out the ticket. In keeping with Burke's huge day, he swept the top three spots in this split. Crucial, a daughter of Father Patrick-Jolene Jolene, now has banked $159,587 for Burke Racing Stable, Donovan, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. Dave Palone collected four wins Saturday while Dan Charlino and Jim Pantaleano enjoyed triples. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when 59 freshman filly trotters will make their stakes debut in a pair of events: a $210,221 PASS and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. In addition, the 15-race card will feature a $9,712.33 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

ANDERSON, IN— July 4, 2020—After a week’s worth of Indiana Sires Stakes action where favorites ruled the harness racing tote board, it was the three-year-old pacing fillies turn in the spotlight at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 4 and they provided the fireworks with upset victories in both divisions. Two $33,500 divisions highlighted the evening’s 14-race card that was held in front of spectators for the first time this season. In the first division, Dale Hiteman steered Rock It Out to victory to spring the 23-1 upset.  Utilizing a ground saving trip and a :26.2 closing kick, Rock It Out bested her rivals and stopped the timer in a new lifetime best of 1:51.4. Grace Rocks and Sam Widger were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27 but yielded the lead to the heavily favored Foxy Rigger and Trace Tetrick just before the half in :55.2. Rock It Out was well placed along the rail in third. Foxy Rigger continued to call the shots through the three-quarters in 1:24.3 but the rest of the field was closing in quickly turning for home. Seventimesacharm and John DeLong were applying pressure from first-over but it was Rock It Out who was winding up to strike. Hiteman found late racing room and Rock It Out surged forward to get the win over Seventimesacharm by a head. Atoritotell and Peter Wrenn rallied well late in the lane to finish third. Rock It Out returned $49.60 to win. Trained by Donna Holt, Rock It Out recorded her fourth consecutive victory and remains undefeated at three. The daughter of Rockin Image-Musette Mindale pushed her lifetime earnings $55,775 and is owned by D&R Racing Stable. Rock It Out was bred by Cornerstone Stock Farm. In the second division of the stakes action, Genie Rockwell and Marlin Fry utilized a similar ground saving strategy to pull the 13-1 upset.  With a final quarter in an eye-popping :25.2., Genie Rockwell found late racing room up the inside and powered home a winner to stop the timer in a new lifetime best of 1:50.2. Heavily favorited Priceless and Brandon Bates went straight to the front through the opening panel in :26.4. Mystical Carrie and Trace Tetrick grabbed a pocket seat while Genie Rockwell settled along the rail in third. Bates was able to slow the tempo just a touch as Priceless clicked off fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.2. When the field turned for home, Mystical Carrie tipped from the pocket and was able to stick a nose in front of Priceless. Just as Mystical Carrie stuck a nose in front, Fry found late racing room and Genie Rockwell found another gear. Genie Rockwell got the win by a quarter of a length over Mystical Carrie. Priceless finished third. Genie Rockwell returned $28.40 to win. Trained by James Yoder, Genie Rockwell has now won two of three starts this season and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $58,185. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Norma Rockwell is owned by Marlin Fry who also bred the filly with Glen Hershberger. Live racing will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 7 with a 14-race card. Tuesday’s 14-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool with $2,355 in carryover money after there were no winners in Saturday’s pick-5 sequence. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Black Is Back ($3.90) has now posted 'back to back' harness racing victories at Buffalo Raceway with a neck win over China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace on a steamy Saturday evening (July 4).   After scoring the decision in the Class A bracket last week, Black Is Back (David McNeight III) was nudged up another level and was able to just get past the tough luck loser China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) in the shadow of the wire. Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) took the show spot.   As expected, China Dream set up shop on the front end and posted fractions of :28.0, :58.0 and 1:27.0 over the fast track. Black Is Back in the meantime sat in the pocket and was able to sneak on by in deep stretch.   Co-owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr., and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr., Black Is Back (Western Terror-Magic Moments) has now won twice in four attempts this season. The triumph moved his 2020 earnings to $11,460 and $254,310 lifetime.   McNeight III swept the features as he guided the heavily favored Daylight Rush ($2.40) to a 3/4-length nod over Stratosphere in 1:55.0 in the $10,000 Class A pacing event.   Stratosphere (Drew Monti) zoomed off the starting gate to grab the early lead but Daylight Rush wanted no part of a pocket journey and retook the advantage before reaching the quarter marker in :28.3.   Sizzling Summer (Davis Jr.) made a first over trip down the backstretch the final time and was on even terms with Daylight Rush at the three-quarter pole. But his rally fizzled out as Daylight Rush was easily able to fend off a mild threat from Stratosphere in the lane while Rock The Dream (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbed the show spot.   Owned by Cassandra Johnson and conditioned by McNeight III, it was the second victory of the year for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The win pushed his seasonal bankroll to $17,100 and $238,584 in his career.   Daylight Rush holds on for popular victory   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Persistent Bettor (Bruces Aldrich Jr.) takes the $6.500 featured Open II fillies & mares harness racing pace on Saturday (July 4) at Tioga Downs. Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Odds On Cheddar (Renaldo Morales III) came first-up and took a slight lead as they went by the stands for the first time. She could not clear and Coveredndiamonds N re-established the lead and hit the half first in :56.1. Marvalous Jet (Wally Hennessey) became the next to challenge as they went down the backstretch. Coveredndiamonds N still led to three-quarters hitting it in 1:24.2. Coveredndiamonds N and Marvalous Jet went shoulder to should all around the final turn. Marvalous Jet took the lead as they reached the stretch. Persistent Bettor ($9.50) squeezed through an opening on the inside to get the victory in 1:53.4. Standing Respect (Mike Simons) came flying late to finish in a dead heat for second with Marvalous Jet.   Persistent Bettor is a 5-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight. She is trained by John Hallett for owners Geoffrey and Rick Howles. It was her first win this season and her 16th career victory. Wally Hennessey drove three winners on the night. He won with Zapaca ($10.60), Western Passage ($6.80), and Boli ($9.30). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (July 5) with a 12-race card starting at 1:00 p.m. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Artful Dancer scored a lane-scortching victory in the lone $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a steamy Saturday afternoon, July 4, at Scioto Downs. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser, driven by Dan Noble and trained by Steve Carter, sat patiently through fractions of :27.2; :54.3; and 1:22.3 before unleashing a powerful late kick to draw off by 4¼ lenghts in 1:52. Getting up for second was a determined 11-1 Penpaperpage (Tyler Smith), with super longshot (81-1) Real Rockin Ravi (Josh Sutton) grabbing third-place money. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, Artful Dancer is owned by Tammy Carter, Jay Mossbarger, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green and pushed her career earnings to $171,284. Her seasonal earnings now stand at $49,810 from this first victory of 2020 in five tries. She is the first foal out of the Sportswriter mare Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1F ($81,646). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - After posting six winners Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, driver George Napolitano Jr. went two better by triumphing eight times on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including taking both $17,200 featured races and also guiding the two fastest harness racing winners on the card. The features were separated in time only by a fifth of a second, but the "slower" mile was probably the more impressive - because it was posted by a trotter, the talented Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters, who took a new mark of 1:51.4, also the fastest trot mile of the year here. Napolitano made two speed moves with the winner of $263,606 in setting fractions of :27, :55.3, and 1:23.3, who then showed determination to the wire in holding off 36-1 threat Stormy Kromer by a head. Nifty Norman saw his trainee notch her second straight triumph for the Patricia Stable.   In the top-level pace, Napolitano also made it two straight wins for Turbo Hill, whose 1:51.3 victory was his 16th in a 35-race career that has seen him amass $215,745 for owner Tom Hill. There was an awful lot of front-end contention in a contest with such "moderate" fractions as :27, :55, and 1:22.4, but "George Nap" had the winning son of American Ideal racing in the pocket, and he used the Pocono Pike in order to go on to victory with the Jennifer Bongiorno-trained horse.   Fastest winner on the Pocono card was Dealt A Winner, an altered son of the recently-deceased Cam's Card Shark, who has had his share of the spotlight since all the way back to 2015, where he was the fastest sophomore of the year in 1:47.3, faster than Wiggle It Jiggleit. Five years later and now with a bankroll of $1,326.724, Dealt A Winner can still put up fractions of :26.2, :54.2, and 1:21.3 then finish the mile out in 1:49.4, quickest of the year at Pocono while winning for Napolitano, trainer Mark Silva, and owner Jeffrey Snyder. Also drawing attention was the Captaintreacherous sophomore colt Chief Mate, who is undefeated in two seasonal starts and who now has a nice new mark of 1:50. Napolitano sent the fleet colt to the front just after the quarter and appeared to be on cruise control nearing the wire, marking him as perhaps a late-developing factor for stakes competition for trainer Tony Alagna and the partnership of Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Kirk Racing. The Pocono players have developed the proper respect for George Napolitano Jr.'s abilities - he was favored in each of the octet of races he won. On the other hand, midcard there were victories in successive races by Bay Meadows ($51.40) and Rock Three Times ($54.00). From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

Columbus, MN - Running Aces hosted a special Friday afternoon card of harness racing on July 3, featuring a full field of 9 starters for the $6,000 Open for sophomore pacers.   It's A Marcs World (Nick Roland) drew post position eight on the gate and was hammered down in the wagering to 3-5 likely based on his recent win in the Minnesota-Sired A pace on June 27 (1:57.1), while Night Delight (Dean Magee) was well supported at 7-2 from post nine and Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon) garnered lukewarm support at 5-1 from post three. Bunkerhill Phil came into the race off of two solid second place finishes to start his 2020 campaign, while he earned 10 wins from 13 races last year as the Champion two year old male pacer in Minnesota.   Night Delight fired fastest from the gate from the far outside draw and easily cleared for command, leading the field all the way into the far turn (:27.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4) before facing strong pressure from Bunkerhill Phil who launched a first-over attack just before the half mile.   Bunkerhill Phil cleared the lead turning for home and Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrel Wright) advanced from the outside cover position while heavy favorite It's A Marcs World was blocked behind the tiring pace-setter. Once clear - It's A Marcs World angled back into the open stretch and flew to the wire - but ran out of racetrack as Bunkerhill Phil had gotten home a winner by a head in a sharp mile and new career mark of 1:55.3. Nothinbutagoodtime was a game third.   Bunkerhill Phil ($12.00) now has 11 career wins and has banked $78,424, he is a gelded son of Vlos out of the Keystone Raider mare River Bend Raider, owned trained by Gene Miller who is also the breeder.   It was another stellar day at the track for all-time Running Aces leader Nick Roland, who won four of eight races on the day and completed two milestones - in race one he registered his 1,700th career driving win and in race two he recorded his 800th Running Aces driving win.   Driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen also reorded a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday July 5, with first post at 1 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the Pick-5 Jackpot Wager of $4,096.69.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces          

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands played host to four New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for 3-year-olds Friday night, and driver Tim Tetrick was on his game, grabbing two victories and a second on a night that saw him win four of the 13 races on the harness racing card. Tetrick's twosome began with Odds On Sarasota, who won the $160,000 Filly Pace in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for trainer Ross Croghan. She returned $3.80 to win in scoring for the fifth time in seven lifetime starts, good for earnings of $131,200. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Odds On Charmaine, who also won the first two NJSS legs to complete a three-race sweep, followed live cover to get to the top at the half in :56. When even-money second choice Kelly's Champ went on a wild break scattering the field at the five-eighths, it was a walk in the park for the 4-5 public choice. At the wire, it was 4¾ lengths back to Thundra. Wynona Strided finished third. "She's been steppy off and on at times," said Tetrick. "But tonight, she was really good and got the job done pretty impressively. [After making the lead] I was pretty sure they would be happy to follow me. I worked my way to the lead, and after that, she kind of coasted and drew away from them. Last week, she got a real easy trip [winning in 1:55] and I didn't have to use her. So I thought tonight she could wear them out." Odds On Sarasota The completion of Tetrick's NJSS double came in the $160,000 Filly Trot, as the 38-year-old pilot guided Ab'sattitudexpress to a 1¾-length score over 7-5 favorite Dubai Princess in a lifetime-best 1:52.2. Common Sense S was third. Tetrick, driving the Lucas Wallin trainee for the first time, had the 4-1 third choice in the wagering right where he wanted him: Tracking the public choice. "Last week, my horse looked really impressive [winning in 1:52.4]," said Tetrick. "But it was going to be tough beating Dubai Princess. We got a great trip and my horse trotted well to the finish line." Tetrick's formula for success was to sit a pocket trip and strike late. "Lucas said I could do whatever I wanted," said Tetrick. "That gave me a lot of options, so I got out of there and followed the favorite. That mare [Dubai Princess] came up a little off nearing the wire and run out a little bit, so I had to go up the inside. She shot right through there and we got our picture taken." Ab'sattitudexpress, a daughter of Trixton-Abbie'sgotattitude, paid $10.60 to win and now has four wins from six lifetime outings and earnings of $111,000. Ab'sattitudexpress Tetrick's bid for a Sire Stakes triple was foiled by Rockin The Aces, who gunned down Tetrick and even-money public choice Rock Me Hard by a half-length in a lifetime-best 1:49.4 in the $160,000 Colts and Geldings Pace. Rockin The Gates was third. Rockin The Aces, driven by Brian Sears and trained by Robert Cleary, went a perfect second-over trip around the far turn, getting a perfect tow from the first-over favorite, before ducking inside late to record the score. The gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Mattaroni won for the fourth time in nine lifetime outings. His earnings stand at $176,278. Rockin The Aces Chalk players were no doubt nervous in the early going but Play Trix On Me lived up to his 1-9 post-time odds promise in taking the $128,000 Colts and Geldings Trot. "That's not what I expected," said winning trainer Toscano of her prized pupil's trip. "Last year, he was much the best in this division, so he was winning on the front end. It's important for him to go both ways. He is learning well." Play Trix On Me, who is now a two-time NJSS champion, was pushed extremely wide into the first turn and had to take back to fifth at the quarter before driver Scott Zeron moved the son of Trixton-Lima Playmate to the outside at the three-eighths to start his march toward the leaders. 'Trix' was still 2½ lengths behind leader Toccoa Falls at three-quarters, but once straightened away in the stretch, it was no match, as Play Trix On Me stormed home to record a three-quarter-length win in 1:53.3. Jula Trix Treasure rallied for second with AP Hall Of Trix grabbing the show dough. Play Trix On Me paid $2.20 to win while winning for the seventh time in nine lifetime starts. His bankroll now stands at $204,850. Play Trix On Me A LITTLE MORE: The Meadowlands welcomed back fans into the track for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown, with the grandstand available to 25 percent capacity. Many others watched and wagered on the races outdoors. ... Volatile weather, which saw lightning strikes close by, caused a lengthy delay before the third race, which made it necessary to move quickly from post parade to race for the rest of the night, causing handle numbers to suffer. The total wager of $2,451,141 ended the Big M's streak of 15 straight racing programs with at least $2.5 million in action. ... The night got off to a big start as a season's-best $98,037 was poured into the 20-cent Pick-5 pool. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for freshman trotters of both genders kicked off the holiday weekend at Northfield Park. Harness racing fans got their first glimsp of Ohio's future stars with five divsions for fillies and three divisions for colts and geldings. As expected, Randy Bendis' Swizzle Hanover captured the first division for fillies easily for Mike Wilder in 1:57.1. The daughter of Uncle Peter, out of the Chocolatier mare Seducedbychocolate, 3, 1:54.3M ($174,558) left the gate as the 5-2 choice and prevailed in the stretch over the determined 14-1 Incomeorexpenses (Tyler Smith) while 8-5 Celebrate With Me (Kurt Sugg) got up for third.   The victory was the first for Swizzle Hanover who previously scored two winning qualifiers at The Meadows on June 11 and 25. She is a half-sister to North Express (by Muscle Massive) 4, 1:54.1f ($61,573); Sweettooth Hanover (by Donato Hanover 2, 1:58.1f ($48,367); and Sweet Tart Hanover (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:57f ($11,280). In the second OSS trotting filly division More Spirit (2-1) led from start to finish for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Charlie Myrick. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, the daughter of Southwind Spirit captured her first career start handily in 1:59.3, four lengths in front of 9-2 Magic Credit Card (Aaron Merriman), with Miss Meringue (Anthony MacDonald) third. Owned by the Second Chance Stable, More Spirit is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Amor Deo 5, 1:56.1f ($86,730).   Herculisa lived up to her name as she posted an impressive 1:58.1 clocking in the third OSS filly trotting division with Brett Miller at the controls. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the My MVP lass left the gate at 4-5 odds and once on top, never looked back. Owned by the Jesmeral Stable, Herculisa bested formidable rivals in 5-2 Merry Ann (Chris Page), who was second, and 2-1 Momma Knows Best (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third. She is the second foal out of the Andover Hall mare Herculotte Hanover 3, 1:55.3 ($16,869) and is a full sister to MVP L 2, 2:05.2 ($19,770).   The heavily favored (3-5) Chip It In got up in the final strides for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to best the hard trying 15-1 Trumpeter Swan (Brett Miller) to win the fourth OSS trotting filly division in 1:58.2. Chris Beaver trains the daughter of Break The Bank K for Beaver, Meola, Robinson and RBH Ventures. Beaver's other trainee, 6-1 Ozma (Aaron Merriman) was a determined third. Chip It In is the seventh foal out of the Malabar Man mare Chippiesbrownsugar and is a full sister to Ms Bank Robber 2, 1:57.2f ($72,223) and a half-sister to Justin On Broadway (by Broadway Hall) 4, 1:54 ($89,926); and Teresa Tresa (by Andover Hall) 4, 1:59.1f ($50,215).   A Doll Face looked every bit the part of her name as she cruised to a 1:59.4 victory in the final OSS division for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Trainer Kayne Kauffman was in the sulky behind the 8-5 daughter of Dontyouforgetit who is owned by Doug Millard. Irish Princess, at 17-1, closed sharply for Aaron Merriman, while 35-1 My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) trotted solidly to be third. A Doll Face is the second foal out of the unraced Muscle Massive mare Alliomi and is a half-sister to A Fancy Face (by My MVP) 3, Q2:00f ($15,075).   In the first of the three OSS colt trotting divisions it was all Spyder The Striker (7-2) taking home first prize in 1:56.3 for driver Aaron Merriman. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for C. Beaver, L. Fleming and Vip Internet, the son of Uncle Peter--Elana-San Pellegrino looked much the best after having scored two winning qualifiers--the first at Delaware and the second at Northfield prior to this test.   Admiral Allstar (9-2) was second for Kurt Sugg, while 5-1 Replica Hanover was third for Tyler Smith. Spyder The Striker was bred by Wilbur Stoll and is the ninth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to Kanthaka (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 1:53.4f ($417,242); High Blue (by Majestic Son) 9, 1:54.2 ($304,074); Alacrity (by Pilgrims Taj) 4, 1:55 ($232,573) and First Flower (by Angus Hall) 5, 1:58.1f ($123,360), among others. In the second OSS trotting division for males, it was 3-5 Shouldaknownbetter (Chris Page), a Deep Chip gelding owned and trained Shane Arsenault, who made his second career victory in as many tries look effortless. Tango With Me (7-1) was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., while 21-1 Street Gossip put forth an impressive effort for trainer-driver Roger Hughes, Jr., to nab third-place money. Shouldaknownbetter--who qualified at Woodbine on June 12 and then trotted to 1:57 in his pari-mutuel debut--now has $25,550 in career earnings.   This fine youngster was bred by the Gbw breeding farms and is the fourth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Lexis Electra 5, 1:59h ($86,195), and is a half-brother to TT's D-Jay (by Dejarmbro) 6, 1:54.3 ($98,447) and Urs Ifu Want It (by Uncle Peter) 2,Q, 2:04.3s ($15,674). Perron proved to be much the best as the 6-5 favorite for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the final OSS division for trotting colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:58.4. The son of My MVP is trained by Chris Beaver for Steve Stewart, Paul Kelly Racing, Black Creek Farm and V. Wagler and was making his pari-mutuel debut. Panzano got up to be second for Brett Miller with 5-2 Fire Cross third for Kayne Kauffman. Perron is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Long Island Tea 4, 1:54.3s ($112,714).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, July 4 at Scioto Downs with one division for 3-year-old pacing fillies. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

ANDERSON, IN -- July 3, 2020--The Hoosier state's top three-year-old pacing colts were on display at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 3 as three $24,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes were featured on the evening's 14-race card. It was a good night at the office for driver Michael Oosting who doubled up in the stakes action. Oosting steered the fastest divisional winner of the night as Island Of The Sea used a front-stepping effort to score his third straight victory, tonight in 1:49.3. The 1:49.3 clocking equaled an established best as the sophomore colt remains undefeated in three starts at Hoosier Park this season. Island of the Sea was eased off the gate through the opening panel in :26.4 and settled along the rail in fourth. As soon as the field straightened away down the backside, Oosting gave his mount the green light and he quickly ranged up to take command. Island Of The Sea cruised through fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.1. Using a :26.2 final panel, Island Of The Sea was able to hold off a late surge from the defending divisional champion Odds On Osiris with Peter Wrenn. Odds On Osiris was forced to settle for second while The Candyman Can and Sam Widger utilized a ground saving trip to get up for third. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Island Of The Sea returned $3.20 to win. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Island Of The Sea recorded his third win from four seasonal starts. The gelded son of Always A Virgin-Trinity Island pushed his lifetime earnings to $48,000 for his owners Eric and Lisa Ell. Oosting scored his second stakes win with trainer Tom Simmon's Frontier Rollo, who captured his first Indiana Sires Stakes victory with an impressive 1:50.2 score in the final division. Frontier Rollo utilized a pocket trip to record his fourth straight victory this season. With a :26.2 final quarter, Frontier Rollo came out on top after a very tight photo with Frankiepark and Ricky Macomber Jr. Owned by David Arrenholz and Benita Simmons, Frontier Rollo has now won five of 13 lifetime starts. The 1:50.2 clocking also established a new lifetime best for the son of Time To Roll-Incredible Dodger. Caribbean Escape turned in a gritty performance to deliver as the heavy favorite in the second split of the stakes action with driver John DeLong in the bike. Sent off at odds of 9-5, DeLong let Caribbean Escape settle off the gate along the rail in fifth. DeLong brushed Caribbean Escape to the front down the backside reaching command just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1. As the field began to close in on the leader, Caribbean Escape dug in gamely late in the late to fend off all challenges and get the win by a length in 1:50. Trained by K. Dean Glispie, Caribbean Escape recorded his first win of the season and second lifetime victory from eight starts. Owned in partnership by K. Dean Glispie, Barbara Schlagetter, and Gail Potter, the son of Bring On The Beach-Caribbean pushed his lifetime bankroll to $28,892. Live racing continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 4 with 14-race card featuring two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. On Saturday, Harrah's Hoosier Park will officially welcome spectators back for live racing for the first time this season. Harrah's Hoosier Park will operate at reduced capacity, in accordance with State of Indiana and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission guidelines. In addition, simulcast operations will also resume at 11:00 am on Saturday. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The 2020 harness racing stakes season kicks into high gear starting Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three nine-horse divisions of two-year-old trotting colts getting their first taste of fast-class action in $30,000 sections of the group's Pennsylvania All-Stars racing. The barn of Marcus Melander, voted the 2019 Trainer of the Year after sending out Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and a seemingly-endless line of quality stakes trotters, will be harnessing the favorites in two of the divisions. In race seven, Melander actually has the two favorites in the morning line, with the Father Patrick - Tanya's Dance colt Incentive given a slight edge off a 1:57.2 Meadowlands victory as he starts from post three for driver Brian Sears; In Range, the Bar Hopping - Ilia colt who finished second to Incentive in his first lifetime start, will try to turn the tables on his barnmate from post one for driver Tim Tetrick. The race ten favorite will be another horse for Marcus Melander and sire Father Patrick, Bidensky (dam Southern Senorita), who will start from post six with Marcus's younger brother Mattias slated for sulky duty. Bidensky was second after setting the pace in a very fast 1:55.2 Meadowlands mile in his last start, two lengths behind Southwind Tyrion; his primary competition may come from another son of Father Patrick, Glacier Hanover (dam Global Desire), a $470,000 yearling who showed improvement between his first and second start. In race nine, Father Patrick's sensational sire success early in his career gets reaffirmed by the appointing of another one of his sons, Ethics, as the morning line favorite. Out of the dam Speak To Me, Ethics was just outsprinted at the end of a 1:57 qualifier at The Meadowlands last time out. Tim Tetrick will be driving for trainer Per Engblom; the youngster will face the difficulty of starting from post eight in his purse bow. Monday will give the local bettors their first chance to see these two-year-old trotting colts; many of them will be back here August 23 for a leg of their Sire Stakes event, and then the best of the group will gather on Saturday afternoon, September 5 for their Sire Stakes Championship on a $1.2 million Championship day for the various divisions of two-year-olds at The Downs. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

Humboldt, IA -- Six fields of 2-year-old harness racing trotting and pacing colts and geldings took to the track at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for the first Iowa-Registered Meet of the 2020 race season.   After coming off a win in the overnight at What Cheer last weekend, Fast Talkin Ted won in a gate-to-wire 2:03 mile with Adam Hauser in the bike. The 2-year-old colt led the field with ease, breezing home in a 30 second last quarter. Trained by Rick Huffman, Fast Talking Ted is from the first crop of Special Forces, a son of Real Desire standing in Minnesota. He is owned by Rick & CD Huffman of Sigourney, IA and Larry Mather of Webster, IA.   The other top division of pacing colts went to Foolstown. Trained and driven by Mark Mintun, Foolstown tipped three wide in the last turn to snap the leaders in 2:05.1. Foolstown, a son of the Iowa sire In Over My Head, is owned by Mel O'Neal of Libertyville, IA.   The final 2-year-old pace was for non-winners of $3,000 in 2020. Curtis Carey trainee That's My Leroy cruised home in 2:05 for his first win with Will Roland in the bike. A son of Net Ten EOM out of the Big Towner mare Major's Sister, That's My Leroy is owned by Rick Huffman and Jeff Carey, Columbus Junction, IA.   Coming off a win at the Iowa Sires Stakes last weekend, 2-year-old trotter Searching For You clocked the fastest trot of the day in 2:06.4. Trained by Rick Huffman, Searching For You is by the Iowa sire Stage Muscles, a son of Muscle Hill, and out of the Self Possessed mare Brioni Suite. He is owned by Rick & CD Huffman and their granddaugher Kayveonna Johnson.   After finishing second in all of his previous four starts, Officerincommand put together a winning mile in the other top division of 2-year-old trotters. Owned, trained and driven by Gary Liles, Officerincommand took over the field in an impressive stretch run to win in 2:09.3. He is a son of Macduffie out of the Conway Hall mare Hall Of Beauty.   The final trot of the day was for non-winners of $3,000 in 2020. Trained and leased by John Saner of Batavia, IA, Rowdy Hill and driver Jason Telfer held off the field to win in 2:14. Rowdy Hill is by Dredd, a son of Muscle Hill.   Iowa racing action resumes tomorrow, July 3, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds when the Iowa-Registered 3-year-olds battle for the first time. Post time is 12:30.   by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horse Association    

CHESTER, PA - The favorites looked ready to pounce off cover in the $12,800 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon, but the temperature in the 90s had been favoring speed horses and not being kind to closers - such was the case here when pocketsitter Remarkable De Vie, at odds of 14-1, came up the inside to catch pacesetter With Out A Doubt in 1:56.4. With Out A Doubt had claimed the lead before the :28.4 quarter, with driver George Napolitano Jr. (a six-time winner on the day) settling the Charlie De Vie gelding Remarkable De Vie on his back. Trixar began a first-over move nearing the :58.4 half and battled the pacesetter to and past the 1:27.4 three-quarters, with favored Heart N Soul Deo and second choice Loyal Fox Hanover second-over and third-over, respectively, and ready to take on the embattled leaders. The chalk couldn't mount enough stretch kick, however, and Remarkable De Vie came up the inside to just nab With Out A Doubt; Trixar held third ahead of the favorites. Clifton Green is the trainer of the winner for owner Steven Mullen. Remarkable De Vie paid $30.40 to win. A trio of victorious three-year-olds with a bright future caught the eye Friday. The Captaintreacherous colt Force N Fury, winner of his Kindergarten Series Final last season, didn't let things like making his first start of the year and having to go first-up hinder him from an eye-opening 1:51.1 win for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Tony Alagna (who harnessed three winners, each handled by different drivers), and the ownership of Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Al Libfeld. The Donato Hanover sophomore filly Dip Me Hanover, who was second in her Kindergarten Final last season, took her first win of the campaign, taking a three-ply stretch duel against her contemporary misses in a career-best 1:54.1. David Miller positioned the Linda Toscano trainee in the two-hole, sat behind front-end fighters Hannah (inside) and Iron Mine Diva (outside), then went to the inside and got the decision by a neck over the "Diva," with Hannah right in the fight to the wire. Dip Me Hanover already has a career bankroll of $257,141 for Camelot Stable Inc., Dreamville Stable, and R-And-I Farms LLC. Another filly, the $500,000 yearling Fifty Cent Piece, has now won half of her six career starts after fronting her field in a 1:55.4 triumph, taking a new mark. The Muscle Hill miss went her last quarter in :27.4 and withstood stubborn challenger Arclight Hanover for driver Mattias Melander, trainer/brother Marcus Melander, and the S R F Stable. One of the few off-the-pace winners during the entire warm week so far was IC A Free Spirit, who posted a $73.80 victory in rallying wide off a hot pace. Philly has now had four $50+ winners since its recent reopening - and trainer Adrian Wisher has two of them, Fox Valley Inferno at $51.00 before and now IC A Free Spirit.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes has released the Protocols for NYS County Fair Racing, which are now posted on the NYSS website here. These protocols pertain to health precautions and provide a framework for consistency from fair to fair, however, individual fairs and localities may have additional requirements. The NYSS recommends all participants review and familiarize themselves in advance with these protocols so they can ensure compliance on race day. In addition, the NYSS has made available a COVID-19 Screening and Acknowledgement Questionnaire, which is required at each county fair for entrance. The NYSS recommends all participants print and complete the questionnaire in advance. This will speed entry to the fairgrounds. Please note this year there is a new procedure to handle Current Coggins and Rabies Certificates. The NYSS strongly encourages participants to send proof of current Coggins and Rabies for each horse to the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund in advance so they can be recorded in the U.S.Trotting Association system if they are not already. They may also be recorded by the race office at your local pari-mutual track. If this is done, participants will not have to routinely show these documents at each fair to help limit contact at the race office. The fairgrounds will receive a report of those horses with current documents on file; all others will still be required to produce documents upon entry to the fairgrounds. Even when documents are recorded, it is required that horses travel with current proof of Coggins and Rabies and will be subject to random document checks at the fairgrounds. Be prepared to provide when requested. Send current Coggins and Rabies to the Ag Fund by email to kelly.young@gaming.ny.gov or by fax 518-388-2791. The horse's name, test date and lab where the test was conducted must be clearly visible. Include your contact information if there are any questions. Participants are reminded that all entries for New York County Fair Series are made through the NY County Fair Entry Hotline at (518) 388-0964 or online through the USTA. Entries for all overnight events should be made by calling the fair race secretary directly. This number is included on the condition sheet. The condition sheet for the Chenango County/Afton Fair, scheduled on July 9, is available on the NYSS website. The box closes at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. For the 2020 County Fair Racing Schedule, go to nysirestakes.com. If you have any questions, contact the NYSS office at (518) 388-0178. To receive the latest updates from The New York Sire Stakes, you are encouraged to register for the newly implemented NYSS Text Alert System, which sends updates directly to your phone. To receive updates from NYSS via text message: TEXT "NYSS" to 31996. International Numbers TEXT "NYSS INT" to (833) 498-1158. From the New York Sire Stakes

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