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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The least that can be said is that harness racing owner and trainer Marc Lemay had a happy hand when he set his sights on the Spider Man Hanover at the end of June. Since then, the son of Western Ideal continues to impress and accumulate victories. But as it often happens, under appearances which seem without history, hide several tests to arrive at the current results. Northside Downs, Nova Scotia. A different place to look for a quality horse to race at the Hippodrome 3R. Let's listen to Marc Lemay. "We were at the start of the 2020 race season," Lemay explained. "And I was looking for a horse to race at H3R. I regularly checked the horses for sale on the Standardbred Canada (SC) website and a certain Spider Man Hanover caught my attention. I had already noticed the horse in 2019 while racing in Ontario. But Mr. Kennedy, the owner of Spider Man Hanover who had put it up for sale on SC, was asking too much money for me. At one point however, the horse was doing pretty badly and it was this gentleman who contacted me to see if I was still interested. At my price, I said yes! "The first thing we realized was that the horse was very 'hot';" Lemay said. "We have to make him train with a rope and just as he is perfect and pleasant in the stable, he almost goes crazy on the track. It was Pierre-Luc Roy, with his legendary calmness, who managed to understand him and calm him down a bit. "Then, in the daily routine of caring for Spider Man Hanover," Lemay added. "His caretaker, Mélanie Gaudreault, quietly discovered what worked best with him. It didn't happen overnight, but through trial and error she came to the conclusion that we don't harness him. We just tow him and he spends his days outside. "She (Melanie) also fixed several small problems common to crazy horses,"Lemay explained. "Such as breathing. In short, at the present time, the joint efforts of Melanie and Pierre-Luc were leading us to his current successes. And things are also going well with Stéphane (Gendron) his current driver since Pierre-Luc's retirement." When a horse bears the name Hanover, from America's most prestigious breeding farm, it is because the horse by conformation or lineage or both, is not an ordinary specimen. Spider Man Hanover took his first lessons from Brian Brown. In this stable as a two-year-old, he earned more than $220,000 and set a record of 1.51.3. The rest is less glorious and the horse passed through several stables, including Ron Burke's (this is where he made his mark at 1.50.3 as a three-year-old old) before arriving to Mr. Kennedy in Nova Scotia. Since joining Marc Lemay's team, he has already won six times and is currently on a three-race winning streak and will be one of the favorites for the sixth race pace on Friday at H3R with Stephane Gendron in the sulky. In two of his last three starts he led from the start in 1:57. Last week on a sloppy track he won again in 2:00.3. Spider Man Hanover (post 2) will be tested in the feature race as he faces other return winners Dreydl Hanover (post 7) for driver Samuel Fillion who last week wired the field in 1:55.4 and Requested (post 6), who also led from start to finish last week over the sloppy track in 2:01.1. Marc Lemay will also start in the first race Friday his maiden trotter, Muscles Forever. "He was in Jacques Beaudoin's stable at Rideau Carleton," Lemay said. "And I owned a part of him. As he was disappointing, I bought back the shares of the other co-owners. It's a mid-term project in my mind, say for the next season, except that he has surprised me pleasantly since I acquired him. "I see him as a pretty good potential," Lemay added. "And the few starts he has left at H3R will be a good indication of the trotter he could become. On October 16, he finished 3rd with a final quarter in 31.3 in a sea of mud. I am curious to see how he will develop." Despite the outside position, his morning odds are 3/1. Stephane Brosseau will pilot the three-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass. This is the last Friday afternoon race program at H3R this season. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Campbell-Ford partnership has seen The Time To Win unheeded at the wire every week with that team going for four straight harness racing wins in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday program has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the pacing feature lining up in race 11 for a $2,350 purse. The Time To Win has won all three outings since joining the Bo Ford stable including taking a 1:56 seasonal record in her latest with Marc Campbell at the controls for owner Shirley Weeks of Fredericton. The six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal will look for win number 18 of her career from post 3 this week. Temagami Seelster will hold down post 4 with Brodie MacPhee driving for trainer Tom Weatherbie. The Sunshine Beach sophomore has recorded six wins since coming to the East Coast this summer. Miss Kabana has rail control for the brotherly combination of driver Vincent Poulton and trainer Gary Poulton fresh off a 1:57.1 front-end victory last week. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks leans on Temagami Seelster to grab the top spot. "Temagami Seelster is a six time winner this year and just missed at the wire in her last start. She gets a slightly better post and with Brodie back at the controls we think they get it all." Other featured entrants are Private Di (To be driven by Kenny Arsenault), Dustylane Zambucca (Corey MacPherson), Southwind Ion (David Dowling) and Lyons Jennielee (Myles Heffernan Sr.). The top trotters clash again this week in race 10 with Gilles Barrieau returning to the bike behind Mile Hill Willie from post 4 in the $2,400 Open trot. The Paul Morrison trained son of Armbro Barrister boasts six wins, one second and one third from 10 starts this season to put his lifetime record at 18 wins from 34 races. Freddie knocked off the open trotters last week and will leave from post 5 on Thursday for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Island Ocean Trot Series Champion Daisy River has the outside post 6 with Jason Hughes at the lines for trainer William Lanigan after being the runner-up in this class last week. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

YONKERS, N.Y. - Jamie Durnberger-Smith still remembers the day the harness racing pacer Pat Stanley caught his eye. The agent and co-founder of Summit Bloodstock was watching the races from Menangle, Australia at his Brisbane home Nov. 2, 2019 as Pat Stanley secured a pocket trip in the opener, a $20,400 overnight.  After racing in the two-hole through the first three quarters, Pat Stanley was stuck in behind leader Brocks Territory turning for home as Team Tritton’s Foo Fighter kicked off cover three deep. With 200 meters to pace, Pat Stanley saw daylight along the pylons and although Foo Fighter had the jump on the field, Pat Stanley rallied for a second-place finish.  “I saw him, I saw his point-to-point speed, and that was it,” Durnberger-Smith said. “I clocked his sectionals, his furlong splits. He had a :12.4 split, which is crazy. He’d run the second or third fastest split I had ever clocked at Menangle. His sectional was just unbelievable. When I found out the horse was sound and the camp that I was going to buy him from looks after their horses, I knew he’d be in great health and be ready, so we bought him.” Durnberger-Smith and Summit co-founder Jake Webster enlisted South Carolina-based owner Ron Buker and made a deal for a hefty sum while retaining a minority interest in the horse themselves, much to the bewilderment of the racing community. Pat Stanley had 12 wins to his name at the time, but had never won more than $5,720 in any one victory. He had also never won a metropolitan class race. Undeterred, Summit and Buker sent Pat Stanley to Kerryn Manning and pointed their new purchase to a prestigious Group 2 stakes. “A lot of people said we were crazy, but because he hadn’t won a metropolitan race, we knew that if he went to the South Australian Pacing Cup, he would get post one or two because of the way it’s preferential,” Durnberger-Smith said.  Pat Stanley debuted for his new connections at Melton Jan. 17, finishing third in a $20,000 overnight. Pat Stanley finished third again in a Group 3 stakes at Melton Feb. 1. One week later, Pat Stanley was entered in the Group 2 South Australian Pacing Cup at Globe Derby Park, drawing post two as expected. Manning put the whip on the pacer’s tail leaving the gate and looked to her right, seeing four horses leaving to her outside.  With the inside advantage, Pat Stanley made the lead and faced immediate pressure from Joes A Character. The tempo threatened to slow up the backstretch the first time, and entering the second turn, Little Peanut advanced to make it a three-wide battle for the lead. Joes A Character was first to waive the white flag, taking back into the pocket. Greg Sugars pressed on with Little Peanut, but soon retreated. Taking his place outside the leader, Rackemup Tigerpie charged three-wide to ensure Pat Stanley never got a breather. Entering the final lap, Pat Stanley maintained the lead, challenged by Rackemup Tigerpie. The pair sprinted away from the competition, opening up daylight on the field as the pace quickened up the backstretch. Around the final turn, Manning went to the right-handed whip and yanked down the ear hood with her left. Despite bearing out and showing signs of fatigue from the onslaught he faced to hold the lead, Pat Stanley dug in and beat Rackemup Tigerpie to the wire in a 1:57.1 mile rate over the 2,645-meter trip. “They just attacked him the whole race and he still won. It was just unbelievable,” Durnberger-Smith said. “Everyone thought we were going to lose our money. When we sent him to a really good trainer and placed him perfectly, everyone started to realize, wow this is a pretty damn good horse. He couldn’t win one metro race and all the sudden, he wins the time-honored South Australian Pacing Cup. You don’t see many horses do that. It really set Twitter and the harness racing world down here on fire when he did that. “It was more of a relief than anything, only because I said to Ron that he will win it if we buy him and he doesn’t go to America straight away,” Durnberger-Smith continued. “It was more of a relief to us because we were so adamant that he would be able to win that race drawing barrier one or barrier two.” Pat Stanley won a listed $24,000 free for all at Melton March 7 and placed in three other races before exporting to the United States July 6. After training down with Shane and Lauren Tritton over the summer, Pat Stanley qualified at Yonkers Sept. 18, winning in 1:54.2 with Lauren in the bike. After a second-place finish in his pari-mutuel debut Oct. 2, Pat Stanley captured a $17,500 overnight in 1:52.2 Oct. 10, improving his record to 50-15-11-5 with $118,521 earned and fulfilling Durnberger-Smith’s dream of winning a race in America. “Dreamt of this moment for a long, long time!!!” Summit Bloodstock posted on their Twitter page. “When he won the other day, Jake and I, we’ve been dreaming of that moment since we were kids,” Durnberger-Smith added. Bitten early by the racing bug, Durnberger-Smith worked with trainers Christopher Robinson and Gary Hall. About 10 months ago, Durnberger-Smith and Webster, each 32 years old, joined forces to create Summit Bloodstock, with the mission of introducing new owners to the sport. With the success of their first two horses, Westar Sam and My Bettor Lady, interest in the venture rapidly grew. The stable now boasts a roster of 42 horses. “We said, ‘let’s start buying as many horses as we can and see what happens. We’ve been in the game for so long, we know who the good horses are, we know how to find them. Let’s have a go.’ ” Durnberger-Smith recalled. “We’ve got 152 owners with Summit Bloodstock now, so we’re not going to stop.” In addition to their goals of continuing to grow their stable and selling more horses to America (such as recent exports Demeter, Deltasun and Need Luck), Durnberger-Smith and Webster have lofty aspirations for Pat Stanley’s Stateside career. If the 6-year-old Western Ideal son continues to pan out as expected, he could become a regular in the open ranks at Yonkers Raceway, compete in the Borgata Pacing Series in 2021, and more. “When Pat Stanley is rock-hard fit in two or three starts time, he’ll go 1:47 at the Meadowlands if he has to, I’m certain. If he’s not a 1:47 horse, I’m a poor judge. He’s way better when he’s sitting behind a leader and he’s rock-hard fit. He’s just so blindingly quick,” Durnberger-Smith said. “Shane is taking his time with him, which is the best thing because he’ll be running good races for a long time.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Better Be In Love narrowly lost the harness racing duel last week but she will search for those extra inches at the wire this Thursday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday card has a 6 P.M., opening post time with the $2,300 pacing feature lining up in race 11. After leading the whole mile, Better Be In Love was defeated by a neck last week in a hard fought battle with Temagami Seelster and those two mares will hook up again Thursday. Jason Hughes will drive Better Be In Love from post 3 for owner-trainer Brendon Mullen of Mount Stewart while Temagami Seelster has post 5 with Brodie MacPhee at the controls for trainer Tom Weatherbie. Southwind Ion drops out of the Open class and gets post 6 with conditioner Jennifer Doyle electing to place David Dowling in the driver's seat. Post 2 belongs to The Time To Win with Marc Campbell driving the Western Ideal mare, who has been undefeated in two outings from the Bo Ford stable. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks places Better Be In Love in the top spot. "Better Be In Love almost got there last week just getting nailed late by Temagami Seelster. We think Jason will want to boss it and if he does set up shop on the front end could get the gold in here." Also in the field are Tell Me Why (To be driven by Corey MacPherson) and Collective Wisdom (Gilles Barrieau). The top trotters hook up in race 8 of the card with Mile Hill Willie the favourite in that Open trot contest. MacPhee will steer Mile Hill Willie from post 4 for trainer Paul Morrison while the horse he co-holds the track record with, Freddie, has the inside post 1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. This will be Freddie's first start from post 1 since July of 2019. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast on Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHESTER, PA - A quartet of $11,200 contests for developing younger horses, two races on each gait, were the features Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the most impressive winner the Western Ideal sophomore colt Buy In, who brought immediate returns for his new connections with a 1:51 victory, lowering his mark by almost five seconds. Acquired by Triple D Stables Inc. and Tim Tetrick LLC after his last start and entrusted to trainer Scott Di Domenico, Buy In certainly did not have an easy route to victory. Tetrick kept him outside early, then let him gradually go up, and it took him to nearing the half to clear to the lead in a demanding :54.4. But after that point the only battle was for the minor honors, as Buy In powered off to win by 5¾ lengths, hinting that better things might be right around the corner for him.   In the other featured pace, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Diamondbeach reclaimed the throttle for driver George Napolitano Jr. past the quarter, set his own tempo while rebuffing a challenge from favored Southwind Dredge, then was 1¼ lengths ahead of 43-1 pocketsitter Ginger Tree Pete at the end of a 1:54.1 mile. Jim Campbell trains the winner for Frederick and Shirley Schwartz and Onda Racing Stable LLC. Both of the trotting headliners were timed in 1:57.3. In one, pocketsitting favorite Baldaquin looked like he had lost all chance when Scirocco Patrick cleared on his first-over challenge and opened up 2½ lengths by the three-quarters, with horses trailing two-wide in his wake. But the new leader made a break into the final turn, and Baldaquin, given a second life like the rest of the inner tier, came back on nicely late to claim victory by 2¼ lengths. The Marcus Miller-driven Explosive Matter four-year-old gelding, trained by Louise Pepin for owner Steven Bryden, triumphed for the third time in only seven lifetime starts. In the other top trot, the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Willing Hanover is beginning to like winning - after seven seconds and seven thirds but no firsts in his first 21 starts, "Willing" has now won two in a row, as trainer/driver Tim Lancaster rallied him from far back for a half-length verdict over Test My Naughty B while establishing a new mark. Tim Lancaster is also co-owner with Mark and Meghan Lancaster. George Napolitano Jr. took Friday driving honors with three victories, the second day in a row he has led the Philly sulky colony, and he has nine wins during the three days of racing here so far this week. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 3, 2020 -- Wild Wild Western zipped to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he cruised to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. Although Wlld Wild Western had several strong performance this year, including a pair of checks in Graduate series legs, he was without a win in four 2020 starts. The son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra changed that arithmetic when he seated Real Peace and had little trouble downing him by a neck in 1:51.4 for Mike Wilder. Mister Spot A raced well first over for show.   Norm Parker trains Wild Wild Western, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Wilder collected four wins on the 15-race card, including a pair for trainer Dan Altmeyer, while Dan Rawlings fashioned a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 15-race program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $4,509.21 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2), a $1,096.65 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Patttak, for The Meadows  

Dover, DE - Ideal Lifestyle A sets a harness racing lifetime mark in the $27,500 Mares Open at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Valuable Art left alertly, as expected and raced to the quarter in 27 flat. Tim Tetrick and Ideal Lifestyle A decided to up the ante and confidently pulled from third.  They seized control of the race past the quarter pole. The half was reached in 55.3, a 28.3 quarter. Dibaba N and Corey rushed up past the half and pressured Ideal Lifestyle A. They reached the three quarters in 1:23.1 and  paced the 3rd quarter in 27.3. Moments of Joy sat in the pocket and Valuable Art remained 3rd on the rail. Shezallapples A was gapping cover nearing the three quarter pole. This allowed Moments Of Joy to ease of the rail and shadow Dibaba N. for the stretch drive.  Ideal Lifestyle A  accelerated in the deep stretch and won by a convincing 1 ½ lengths in 1:50.3.  She was sent off at odds of 5-1.   Ideal Lifestyle A, is an 8 year old mare by Western Ideal.  She established a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 and is owned by Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers.  Jim King Jr. is her trainer and Tim Tetrick was her driver. Dibaba N,  the 7-5 race favorite,  finished 2nd for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Valuable Art finished 3rd for trainer Nick Callahan and driver Russell Foster. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 28, 2019 -- Unraced at 2 and unheralded at 3 when he burst on the scene with outstanding performances in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, Wild Wild Western is the 2019 Horse of the Year at The Meadows. He also was named Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year. Maewegonow, a hard-hitting mare who took on the track's best all season, was named Trotter of the Year and Older Mare Trotter of the Year. The awards were announced and presented at Saturday's "Day of Champions" at The Meadows, when 10 other divisional champions also received their awards. The winners were selected by a vote of Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association (MSOA) members. Trained by Norm Parker for Jeff Weaver's Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters, Wild Wild Western began his season in late-closing series at The Meadows. With Mike Wilder at the helm, he was so impressive he was promoted to the PASS, where he won a split and finished second in two others. That earned the son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra, a $55,000 yearling acquisition, a ticket to the Adios. He showed he belonged with top competition by finishing third in his elimination and fourth in the final captured by Southwind Ozzie. He locked horns with Southwind Ozzie again in the PASS final, finishing a more-than-respectable third to the champ. Wild Wild Western won eight times this year and took a mark of 1:51.2, compiling a bankroll of $189,593. Whether in against fillies and mares or facing the track's top male trotters, Maewegonow was strong and consistent all year. The 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo, who's trained by Richard Perfido for Thomas Mattingly, won seven races and more than $95,000 this year to extend her career earnings to $366,456. A modest $18,000 yearling purchase, she took her life mark of 1:53.4 this year in an Open 2 Handicap that included males. In Saturday's racing, Camera Lady blazed the back half in 55.2 -- over a "good" surface -- and notched an easy 1:53.3 victory for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The winner's stablemate, McDazzle, finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Amelias Courage A third. A five-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, Camera Lady now boasts $435,038 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano, Burke and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a mandatory payout of the $105,000.96 jackpot in the final-race Super Hi 5. The day's final Pick 4, Pick 5 and Superfecta also are "must pay." First post Monday is 1:05 PM. Others receiving Day of Champions awards were: 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Dracarys Z Trainer: Carl Cocciolone; Owners: Carl Cocciolone, Mark Sosovicka, Nick Catalano, Dana Kahrig 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- Coral Reef Hanover Trainer: Dan Altmeyer; Owners: Dan Altmeyer, Richard Kelson; Lone Wolf Stables, Walter Gesek Stable 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Stickler Hanover Trainer: Steve Schoeffel; Owners: Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle, Michael Munn 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Friday Night Storm Trainer: Ray Romanetti; Owners: Lori Romanetti, Bernadette Luketich-Sikaras 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- April Ava Trainer: Scott Betts; Owners: Nick Catalano, Tim Betts 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Explosive Form Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: George Romanoff, Mark Goldstein, Norm Parker Stable 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Lindy Misssunshine Trainer: Wilbur Yoder; Owner Richard Hess Older Horse Pacer -- Dapper Dude Trainer: Tim Twaddle; Owner: Micki Rae Stables Older Mare Pacer -- Touchamatic Trainer: Bill Bercury; Owner: Renee Bercury Older Horse Gelding/Trotter -- Bluebird Jesse Trainer: Sarah Andrews; Owners: John McGill, Adam Friedland By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

MILTON, ON - December 21, 2019 - Traceur Hanover became harness racing's newest millionaire with a runner-up finish in Saturday's seventh-race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old pacer needed a win or runner-up finish in the $21,000 event to surpass $1 million. 'Traceur' delivered a game effort, battling Islandspecialmajor right to the wire to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Traceur Hanover was purchased by owner Richard Berthiaume for $100,000 as a yearling in 2013. The son of Western Ideal won the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old in 2014 and has since became a mainstay on the Woodbine circuit, competing in top-level classes for several seasons. The Baillargeon trainee has nine wins and 19 top-three finishes in 37 starts this season for $185,030 in earnings. His career numbers now sit at 35 wins and $1,002,379 earned to go with a mark of 1:49.2. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

JK First Lady and driver Yannick GIngras used outside cover and came on in the stretch to best Rocknificent at the wire in the $411,000 Three Diamonds Final for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. The daughter of Western Ideal, the first foal from the Harness Horse of the Year mare, JK She's A Lady, who also won this race in 2014, covered the one mile race in a lifetime best record of 1:49.2, which was also the track and stakes record. She is trained by Nancy Takter and owned and was bred by the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, NY. She paid $8.20 to win. Rocknificent was second with Lyons Sentinel third. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top  harness racing pacing mares in Eastern Canada will again square off this Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the top mares pace of the day lining up in race 11 for a $2,550 purse. The Time To Win comes into the race sporting a win and second in her last two starts with Corey MacPherson subbing in as the driver for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal is a three-time winner this season racing primarily at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. She won her Open Mares assignment on Oct. 19, and then was second to pacing horse Eagle Jolt in a mixed class in her last start. Maritime Champion Arc Light moves into aged competition in this race but the three-year-old filly has rail control for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S. Dancers Pass (Driven by David Dowling) was a winner in her last two starts but takes on her toughest test to date in this race leaving from post 3. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with The Time To Win for the top spot. "The Time To Win was a bang up second last week despite being first up before the half so if she's able to pick up some cover today instead of providing it she'll be hard to deny," MacIsaac said. Also in the field is Mrs Dragonfire (Adam Merner), Imagine Speed (Dale Spence), West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd), Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson) and Jordies Hope (Jason Hughes). Freddie and Star Photo are set to tangle in the race 11 Open Trot for a $2,300 pot. Star Photo cruised to victory in his latest with a 28.4 final panel for the team of driver Hughes and trainer Kevin Gillis. The veteran has post 3 to start from this week while Freddie (Campbell) leaves from post 2. Labero has quietly put together a solid season with five wins, fives second and three thirds and has rail control in the class with Walter Cheverie in the seat. Rose Run Quest Looks To Continue Dominance Sunday CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There has been nothing standing in the way of the winner's circle for Rose Run Quest in the preferred ranks in recent week and he will look for more of the same in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will host racing Saturday and Sunday for the next four weeks with post time at 12:30 P.M. Sunday's 13-dash program has the preferred pace hitting the track in race 12 for a $2,900 purse. Rose Run Quest has the outside in the field of seven by virtue of his three straight victories at this level. Marc Campbell trains and drives the son of If I Can Dream for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Nogreatmischief leaves from post 5 in the Sunday contest after a victory in the top class on closing day at Red Shores Summerside for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Screen Test has post 6 with Corey MacPherson at the lines after a third place finish at this level last time out. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the race as Rose Run Quest's to lose. "Rose Run Quest has been so dominant in his last three starts that you got to believe the road to the winners circle goes through him again, post seven or not," MacIsaac said. Other entries include Varadero Hanover (Driven by Ken Murphy), Best To Hurst (Jason Hughes), IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) and Rockin Indy (David Dowling). The back-up pace will line up in race 11 as Souverain looks to extend his four-race win streak with rail control for driver MacPherson and owner-trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington. Other top entrants in the $2,400 class are Eagle Jolt (Campbell) and Bank Of Dad (Adam Merner). For more information or to tune into the worldwide broadcast go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Hightstown, NJ -- In mythology, the manticore was a fearsome creature with the head of a man, the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. On the racetrack, Manticore is a 2-year-old harness racing colt pacer. Like his legendary counterpart, he is proving to be formidable. Manticore, trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M And L of Delaware and M & M Harness Racing, enters Saturday's (Sept. 28) Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Red Mile with three wins in eight races and no finishes worse than third. He is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the third of four Bluegrass divisions, starting from post three with driver Brian Sears. Already a Grand Circuit winner, Manticore heads to the race off a second-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. "He's a very nice colt," said M And L of Delaware's Doug Paul. "He was a late foal, born June 5 (2017), and he's just coming into himself. But he started out early and hasn't missed a beat. He's really consistent. He can leave, he can follow, he can cut the mile; he's just very versatile." Manticore is a son of Western Ideal out of the McArdle-sired mare Southwind Piaya. He was purchased under the name Keystone Pablo for $20,000 at the 2018 Standardbred Horse Sale. "What we liked about him is that he was a Western Ideal out of a McArdle mare and he was late in the sale," Paul said. "Our rationale was that (2018 Horse of the Year) McWicked is a McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare, so we reversed it. "He was a very correct colt. Not the biggest colt but correct and substantially built. We had luck with Western Ideal the year before with (stakes-winner) Mangogh. They've always been nice horses." The Paul family traditionally incorporates either "man" or "lady" into the names of its horses. In addition to the mythological manticore, the television series "Game of Thrones" referenced insects called manticores, which contributed to the renaming of Keystone Pablo to Manticore. "It just fit, especially with how popular 'Game of Thrones' was at the time we were naming him," Paul said. Manticore is eligible to all the major stakes remaining this season, but Paul said the connections are taking a wait-and-see approach to deciding his future. "We'll see how he is in Lexington," Paul said. "So far he hasn't disappointed us in any race yet." In the first Bluegrass division, Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Catch The Fire is the 8-5 morning line favorite over undefeated Ohio Sire Stakes champion Elver Hanover at 2-1. Catch The Fire, trained by John Ackley, starts from post four with driver Mike Wilder. Elver Hanover, who is 7-for-7 for trainer Ron Burke, leaves from post two with Yannick Gingras. Seeyou At Thebeach is the 6-5 favorite in the second division. The Brian Brown-trained colt heads to the race off a fourth-place finish in the Metro Pace and starts from post three with Tim Tetrick. Tony Alagna's Captain Barbossa, with Andy McCarthy in the sulky, is the 3-1 second choice. He enters the race off a victory in the Kindergarten Classic Series. Kentucky Sire Stakes final runner-up Roll With Jr is the 3-1 choice in the fourth and final Bluegrass division. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher and will be driven by Doug McNair from post two. In addition to the stakes for 2-year-olds, there is a single 12-horse Bluegrass event for 3-year-old female pacers. Tall Drink Hanover, with McCarthy at the lines for trainer Alagna, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. She brings a five-race win streak to the race, with her victories including the Shady Daisy and Simcoe. The race also includes Fan Hanover winner Treacherous Reign and sire stakes champions Zero Tolerance (New York), Queen Of The Pride (Ohio), and Beautyonthebeach (Kentucky). Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Red Mile. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER, PA -  The trotter Macmorris Hanover and pacing mare Part-Time Hanover were the winners of the twin $16,000 harness racing features at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Driver Pat Lachance saw two hard-leaving rivals to his inside break early in the trot, and he guided the sophomore Cantab Hall gelding Macmorris Hanover up to sit a pocket trip. The winner had clearance along the inside in the stretch and had just enough to edge Raceace, who made a remarkable recovery after being one of the early breakers, by a head in 1:56.2 for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and the partnership of Ben Mudry, Douglas Millard, Timothy Murray, and Howard Taylor. The Western Ideal mare Part-Time Hanover, claimed for $12,000 four weeks ago, continued a big upturn in her form by taking her opposition virtually coast-to-coast in 1:53.3 to run her record to three wins in four starts for her new connections. The 56-1 shot Odds On Clearwater made a sweeping move off the final turn and appeared to get a short advantage in upper stretch, but Part-Time Hanover gave a full-time effort and regained the lead to win by ¾ of a length for driver Eric Goodell, trainer Marc Mosher, and owner Jordanna Roman. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly A Beach Cowgirl escaped a shuffle down the backstretch, then came roaring home to win a $12,500 pace for fast-class mares in 1:54.2. Pat Lachance was also in the sulky behind this winner, guiding her for trainer Brett Bittle and owner Yankeeland Partners LLP. George Napolitano Jr. drove six winners on the Friday card - he put two of them on the lead and maintained his advantage, and he came first-over with the other four. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, Del. - Louis Willinger, William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovic and JL Benson Stable's Ella Christina ($8.80, Tony Morgan) was a 1:54 harness racing winner Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the $18,500 Mares Open. The Nick Surick-trainee notched her 22nd career win and 7th win of the year with a game first over effort over Moments Of Joy and Artrageous. Ella Christina, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, has banked more than $325,000 in her career. It was one of three driving wins on the card for Morgan. Russell Foster and Allan Davis each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - Driver David Miller swept the three harness racing divisions of the $180,855 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes fourth and final preliminary round for two-year-old pacing colts at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Now he will have to make a choice about whom to drive in the division's Championship here at Philly on Sunday, September 8 - especially since one of his winners is not assured of a spot in the Championship. The fastest of the three winners was a maiden, the Somebeachsomewhere - Panera Hanover colt Papi Rob Hanover, who scored in 1:50.4 to miss the 2009 Philly divisional track record of Rock N Rock Heaven by a fifth while also tying the filly Sweet Ace for fastest freshman of the year on a 5/8-mile track. Papi Rob Hanover had shown steady development to the point that he was bet down to 7-5 second choice behind 6-5 double Sire Stakes winner Cattlewash, and "Papi" fronted the chalk and the rest of the field through fractions of :26.4, :54.4, and 1:23.1. Through the :27.3 final quarter, Cattlewash stayed within two lengths but could not get closer as Papi Rob Hanover, second in a Sire Stakes in his last start, made the breakthrough for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. Miller's other two PaSS winners were middle-range longshots, including 9-1 proposition Seeyou At Thebeach, who lowered his mark to 1:51.2. Miller sent the son of Somebeachsomewhere - Persistent on a wicked brush down the back after fractions of :27 and :54.4 to go right past Adriano Hanover, the heavy favorite off wins in his three previous Sires prelims, just past the 1:22.4 three-quarters, then kept the colt digging to withstand Catch The Fire, a 1:50.4 Lexington winner who had been shuffled behind "Adriano," by ¾ of a length. Seeyou At Thebeach's only other win had been an Arden Downs division on Adios Day. Brian Brown trains the fast freshman for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Chris Page. The other section had most of the field picking its way through two separate far turn traffic jams, with the Western Ideal - Southwind Playa colt Manticore proving the best at 8-1 in 1:53 for his third win in his last four starts. The race was fiercely contested - Cheerio Hill insisted on the lead, putting favored Caliber in behind twice during fractions of :26.2 and :55.2, with Tell Them Lou, who had been parked, finally making his way to the lead at the latter call. Manticore came up grinding down the backstretch on Tell Them Lou, who hit the three-quarters in 1:23.1, and then there were two incidents: Cheerio Hill tired sharply in the pocket, hindering those who had stayed in, while Tell Them Lou bore out late on the turn, carrying Manticore wide. Manticore quickly righted, went to the lead, then held off closing Captain Barbossa by 1¼ lengths for trainer Bruce Saunders and the partnership of M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. The Bureau of Standardbred Racing within the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Sire Stakes and the Stallion Series, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last Sires race today revealed the following horses with the most points: 1. Adriano Hanover; 2.Cattlewash; 3. Caliber; 4. Catch The Fire; 5. Father Nuno; 6. Tell Them Lou; and 7. (tie) Manticore, Papi Rob Hanover, and Seeyou At Thebeach at 60 points each. Only eight can compete in the Sire Stakes Championship, and the tiebreaker used is money won in the Sire Stakes. That tally showed Nanticoke and Papi Rob Hanover, each with a first and a second, tied at $45,263, with Seeyou At Thebeach, with a first, third, and fourth, sitting at $42,230. Again, the State Commission certifies the official final totals and eligibility; also, perhaps somebody above the tied three horses may not declare in. All four of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for two-year-olds, and their attendant consolation events, will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, September 8. FINISHING LINES - Homicide Hunter, the defending champion in his Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event, trotted a strong 1:53.2 front-end victory in an $18,000 event for driver Miller, who had six wins on the day, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Crawford Farms Racing, and looks ready as his GNOS Championship at Pocono approaches on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - All three divisions of the $180,855 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono saw their winners take lifetime bests of 1:52 over off going, with Adriano Hanover perfect after three PaSS events and driver Matt Kakaley engineering upsets in the other two divisions. The Western Ideal - A and G'sconfusion colt Adriano Hanover had little trouble in winning his division as the heavy favorite, moving after the :27.2 quarter, making the lead well before the :56 half, and then passing the three-quarters in 1:24.1 before dashing home to post a 2½ length victory over Manticore. Adriano Hanover is now undefeated in five purse starts, with an Arden Downs division added to his three Sire Stakes wins, for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who in the afternoon connected with #1-ranked Shartin N in a Tioga stake, and the ownership of Jo Ann-Looey King and Joseph Palermo III. Cattlewash also entered his Sires section undefeated in two divisional races, but after moving out before the :27.1 quarter to soon grab the lead and post middle splits of :56.3 and 1:24.3, he faced the Charge Of The Light Brigade coming at him in the stretch. Moving fastest of all late was the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell gelding Tell Them Lou, who had been passed by Cattlewash after making the top, then came out in the lane and posted a half-length victory while paying $90.60. Papi Rob Hanover came up the Pocono Pike for second; Seeyou At Thebeach closed for third; and Cattlewash had to settle for fourth, though beaten only 1½ lengths. Jim Campbell trains the two-time winner for the ownership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. Tell Them Lou, with his 1:52 winning time, also earned the distinction of becoming his division's North American season's leader. Trainer Ron Burke, who also had stakes wins at Hippodrome 3R and The Red Mile on Sunday, sent out the 1-2 finishers in the other Sires division, as Mac's Big Boy defeated favored Caliber, a previous PaSS winner, by a half-length. The victorious Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle's Jackpot colt made a big backstretch move for Kalaley on leader Western Vacation after that one had cut front numbers of :26.2 and :56.4, had the lead by the 1:24 three-quarters, then withstood Caliber to the wire. The winner had previously achieved a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory at Pocono for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Wingfield Five LLC. Matt Kakaley also won twice in divisional Stallion Series competition, both for trainer Ray Schnittker, with whom he had teamed earlier in the day to win a Tioga stake with Hickfromfrenchlick. The 1:52 win of the Captaintreacherous - Lets Groove Tonite colt Captain Groovy gave him three Stallion Series wins and equaled his mark, but it was also the hardest-fought contest. Captain Groovy sat the pocket behind Sandbetweenmytoes, then had to have a strong rally to catch the pacesetter by a head - although their closest rival was thirteen lengths in their arrears. Trainer Schnittker co-owns the undefeated colt, also a winner in the PA All-Stars, with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. The Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles took his second straight Stallion Series outing, moving to the lead early then coming home in :55.3 - :27.2 to be two lengths to the good of Dracarys Z in 1:54. Schnittker also co-owns this winner with Dr. John Egloff, Max J. Hempt, and Steven Arnold. The easiest winner in all of the night's stakes was the Captaintreacherous - Western Silk colt Cheerio Hill, 7 1/2 lengths ahead at the finish while posting a time of 1:53.2 clocking for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Chris Oakes, and the ownership of Tom Hill, Northfork Racing Stable, and Billy Joe Timmins. After losing his first three races, Cheerio Hill has now won his last three - by a combined margin of 18¼ lengths. The only non-favorite to win in the StS contests was the Somebeachsomewhere - Temptation Hanover colt Patriot Nation, who came uncovered into a :56.3 half and still overhauled Lyons Music, who had gained the stretch lead in the Pocono Pike, winning by ¾ of a length while breaking his maiden in 1:53.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Michael Goldberg Racing LLC and A Harris Racing LLC. These pacing colts now move on to Harrah's for their final preliminary action next week; the top horses in the Stallion Series pointstandings will race in their Championships at Pocono on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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