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Fields set for Sun Stakes at Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Here are the fields for Saturday's elimination races to determine the various Championship finalists on June 30's $2,000,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Listed are the post position, horse, trainer, driver (in italics if changed at scratch time today), and the morning line odds. The elimination purses are: $35,000 for the Franklin, $25,000 for the Beal and Hempt, and $20,000 for the Lynch. The Championships are $500,000 for the Franklin, Beal, and Hempt, and $300,000 for the Lynch. The top three from each of the three eliminations will return for their Championships except for the Lynch - it has only two eliminations, so the first four and the faster fifth-place horse will come back for the big money. BEAL TROT (3YO OPEN) BEAL ELIMINATION RACE 3 - 1, Patent Leather, trainer Jim Campbell, driver Tim Tetrick, 5-2; 2, Tito, Erv Miller, Marcus Miller, 8-1; 3, Lawmaker, Andrew Harris, Anthony MacDonald, 6-1; 4, Mission Accepted, Jeff Conger, Ryan Stahl, 3-1; 5, Winning Shadow, Jake Huff, David Miller, 12-1; 6, Whats The Word, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 7-2; 7, Voss Volo, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 9-2. BEAL ELIMINATION RACE 5 - 1, Missle Hill, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair, 5-1; 2, Moosonee, Chris Beaver, Aaron Merriman, 7-2; 3, Evaluate, Marcus Melander, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 4, Rich And Miserable, Todd Buter, Tyler Buter, 10-1; 5, Fashionwoodchopper, Jim Campbell, David Miller, 6-1; 6, Six Pack, trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt, 2-1; 7, Scirocco Rob, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 12-1. BEAM ELIMINATION RACE 11 - 1, Alarm Detector, Benoit Baillargeon, Trevor Henry, 3-1; 2, Gemologist; trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt, 15-1; 3, Crystal Fashion, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick, 4-1; 4, Mississippi Storm, Tom Fanning, David Miller, 12-1; 5, Manchego, Jimmy Takter, Yannick Gingras, 2-1; 6, Fashion Forever, Jim Campbell, Corey Callahan, 10-1; 7, Fiftydallarbill, Bill Crone, Brett Miller, 8-1; 8, Fourth Dimension, Marcus Melander, Brian Sears, 5-1. FRANKLIN PACE (FFA) FRANKLIN ELIM RACE 2 - 1, Easy Lover Hanover, Ben Wallace, Doug McNair, 8-1; 2, Check Six, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 9-2; 3, Missile J, Scott Di Domenico, Matt Kakaley, 6-1; 4, Heaven Rocks A, Ross Croghan, David Miller, 5-2; 5, Western Fame, Jimmy Takter, Andrew McCarthy, 3-1; 6, Split The House, Chris Oakes, George Napolitano Jr., 7-2; 7, Donttellmeagain, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick, 12-1. FRANKLIN ELIM RACE 4 - 1, Rockin Ron, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 5-2; 2, Scott Rocks, Hunter Oakes, George Napolitano Jr., 7-2; 3, Waikiki Beach A, Ross Croghan, Scott Zeron, 6-1; 4, McWicked, Casey Coleman, Brian Sears, 2-1; 5, Mach It So, Jeff Bamond Jr., Tim Tetrick, 5-1; 6, Mac's Jackpot, Jeffrey Smith, Brett Miller, 10-1. FRANKLIN RACE 10 - 1, Sintra, David Menary, Jody Jamieson, 3-1; 2, Boogie Shuffle, Mark Harder, David Miller, 8-1; 3, Christen Me N, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick, 12-1; 4, All Bets Off, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 7-2; 5, Dealt A Winner, Mark Silva, Brett Miller, 9-2; 6, Filibuster Hanover, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 5-2; 7, Funknwaffles, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 6-1. HEMPT PACE (3YO COLTS) HEMPT ELIM RACE 6 - 1, This Is The Plan, Chris Ryder, Tim Tetrick, 5-1; 2, Daddyofemall, Dan Altmeyer, Mike Wilder, 12-1; 3, Cinnamack, Brian Brown, Scott Zeron, 4-1; 4, Keystone Tenacious, Paul Kelley, Mark MacDonald, 6-1; 5, Dorsoduro Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 5-2; 6, Springsteen, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 3-1; 7, Stendahl Hanover, Eddie Sager, Marcus Miller, 20-1; 8, Decoy, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, 10-1; 9, Closing Statement, Joe Holloway, Brian Sears, 15-1. HEMPT ELIM RACE 9 - 1, Whos Better, Brian Brown, Tim Tetrick, 15-1; 2, Sometimesawinner, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 10-1; 3, Shnitzledosomethin, Dylan Davis, David Miller, 6-1; 4, Hitman Hill, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller, 3-1; 5, I'm A Big Deal, Chris Ryder, George Napolitano Jr., 4-1; 6, Points North, Nifty Norman, Andrew McCarthy, 9-2; 7, Grand Teton, Jimmy Takter, Scott Zeron, 12-1; 8, Stay Hungry, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair, 5-2. HEMPT ELIM RACE 12 - 1, Rock Lights, Katricia Adams, George Napolitano Jr., 15-1; 2, Babes Dig Me, Tony Alagna, Brett Miller, 12-1; 3, Heavenly Sound, Bruce Saunders, Andrew McCarthy. 10-1; 4, Nutcracker Sweet, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, 8-1; 5, Wes Delight, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan, 4-1; 6. Done Well, Brian Brown, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 7, Lather Up, Clyde Francis, Montrell Teague, 2-1; 8, Courtly Choice, Blake MacIntosh, Mark MacDonald, 5-1. LYNCH PACE (3YO FILLIES) LYNCH ELIM RACE 7 - 1, Carlo's Superstar, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 12-1; 2, Youaremycandygirl, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 5-2; 3, Alexa's Power, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 4, Double A Mint, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 9-2; 5, Hypnotic Tale, Linda Toscano, David Miller, 4-1; 6, Pass Line Bluechip, Wayne Givens, Montrell Teague, 6-1; 7, Majorsspeciallady, Ron Burke, Brett Miller, 10-1; 8, Ideal Talker, Noel Daley, Andrew McCarthy, 15-1. LYNCH ELIM RACE 8 - 1, Python Blue Chip, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 10-1; 2, I'm Trigger Happy, Tony Osullivan, David Miller, 9-2; 3, Kissin In The Sand, Nancy Johansson, Scott Zeron, 5-2; 4, Solitary, Nick Surick, Marcus Miller, 12-1; 5, Cuts Like A Knife, Bruce Saunders, Tim Tetrick, 15-1; 6, Sansovia Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 6-1; 7, Serene Stride, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan, 4-1; 8, Sidewalk Dancer, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller, 3-1. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

Fox Valley Charm, harness racing

Tony Hall wins Meadows feature & four more

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Fox Valley Charm, who dominated The Meadows' elite distaff pacers earlier this spring, returned to her winning ways in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap with a victory for Tony Hall in 1:50.2, a career best. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 13-race card. So sharp in April and May that she won three straight by a combined margin of 15-1/2 lengths, Fox Valley Charm lost her next three starts. On Tuesday, she took matters into her own hands by enduring a parked-out 27 first quarter and digging in late to hold off Lakeisha Hall by a neck. Rosemary Rose rallied for show. Dirk Simpson trains the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $292,510, for Peter Karras. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Uptowngal became harness racing's fastest 2-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track when she rolled home in 1:53.4 in her career debut. Dave Palone piloted the daughter of Dragon Again-Victoria Gallery for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable; Phillip Collura; J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Jamie's Revenge, harness racing

Jamie's Renegade sweeps DSBF elims

HARRINGTON, DE - Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.20, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old pacing filly eliminations Tuesday with a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 second leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade filly made an impressive first-over move near three-quarters and drew away from her rivals decisively. Ibetyoucanwiggle was second with Pedal Power third. In the remaining division, Bay Pond Racing's Time and Motion scored a 1:55.2 upset over Go Sandy Go and Studio Session. Trained by Eli Scott Jr., it was the third career win for the daughter of Dream Away. It was the fourth career win in just six starts for "Renegade" who is trained by Walter Bozman Jr. The top eight point earners will compete in the $100,000 final on July 26 during the Delaware State Fair. In the $16,000 Mares Open, Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($12, Allan Davis) was a 1:52.3 winner over Apple Bottom Jeans and Shesarocker. Tony Morgan had four wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden and Russell Foster had a driving triple. The second leg of DSBF action for trotters will take place on the Wednesday June 20 program with two divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Western Stepp, harness racing

Western Stepp romps to life mark at Plainridge

Plainville, MA---Western Stepp has been one of the tougher distaff performers at Plainridge Park this year, winning two out of her last four here while finishing second as many times, all in top class competition. However Monday afternoon (June 19) she was in a league of her own as she simply routed her foes in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares on the Ridge's speedy five-eighths mile oval. The race was over when the gate released the ladies because Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) was on top in a flash. From that point on she maintained a gapped advantage over the scratch-shortened field while stopping the clock incrementally at :26.2, :56 and 1:23.1. Western Stepp had easily opened up a six-length lead on her own coming off the far turn and Campbell gave her a line-tap to let her know she was still in a race. She perked her ears, switched her gears and paced strongly into the lane. Campbell glanced over his left shoulder, saw no threat in sight and wrapped up the winner while sitting chilly, crossing the wire in 1:51.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp, eclipsing the 1:52.1 clocking she set just last week. Western Stepp ($6.00) now has five wins and $39,285 made in 2018 for owner/trainer James Dunn. The first division of the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series for fillies and mares was contested on Monday and Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) took an early lead that she would never relinquish en route to winning in 1:53.1. It was the second straight win and a new seasonal mark for Empty Gesture ($3.20) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jeff Lieberman. Drew Campbell had a driving triple on the card while Shawn Gray directed two home himself. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 21) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Not many male pacers have won Dan Patch awards at ages 2 or 3 and returned to capture another trophy against older horses. The list since 1990 features Artsplace, Jenna's Beach Boy, Gallo Blue Chip, Art Major, and Sweet Lou. All with the exception of Sweet Lou were 4-year-olds when they received their honor as an older horse; Sweet Lou was 5. McWicked, who earned a Dan Patch Award at age 3 in 2014, is hoping to add his name to the list -- at the age of 7. And trainer Casie Coleman says the stallion has never been better. "To see him still going, and going as hard as he is, is awesome; normally right now they're getting a little tired and tailing off," Coleman said. "I honestly think this horse seems stronger than he's ever been yet, which I don't even know how is possible, but he seems like a stronger horse right now." The winner of two of four races this year, McWicked on Saturday heads to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the eliminations of the Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers. McWicked is in the second of three eliminations on the card, which also features eliminations for the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, and James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. McWicked is coming off a second-place finish to Sintra in the Gold Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McWicked got away eighth, 16 lengths off the lead at the quarter-mile point, before pacing his final three-quarters of a mile in 1:18.4 to rally for the runner-up spot. "It was insane the back half he had, but he was just too far back," Coleman said. "He couldn't have raced any better, he was just far out of the race. "Every time we've put him on the track he's raced great." McWicked, owned by Ed James' S S G Stables, won 12 of 23 races at age 3 including the Breeders Crown, Hempt Memorial, Adios, and Progress Pace on his way to $1.47 million in purses. He hit the board a total of 21 times that season and got checks in the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, Messenger, Milstein Memorial, and Matron. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. McWicked finished the campaign with four consecutive second-place finishes, including the TVG Series championship, Breeders Crown and Allerage Farms Open Pace and might have been in the mix for his second Dan Patch Award with a win or two in any of them. "He kept being the bridesmaid," Coleman said. "He just had a lot of bad luck with traffic. He was pacing harder than any of them at the wire, he just had some bad luck. But saying that, the horse has made over $2 million, so I guess you can't say it's too bad of luck." For his career, the son of McArdle-Western Sahara has won 24 of 78 starts and $2.37 million. "It's not often that he's off the board," Coleman said. "He usually gives you all he's got and he's usually right there. He's had a lot of first-over journeys where he still gets the job done. He can take any trip you give him. "He's staked in everything all summer long. As long as he's sound and healthy he'll be in all the events and hopefully he can win a couple of them." Coleman credited an offseason layoff in Kentucky, the work of trainer Jim McDonald in preparing McWicked in Florida, and the decision to bypass the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series in March/April as reasons for her horse's early-season success. "Hopefully it pays off for us," Coleman said. "He's been sharp, sound, and healthy. We just hope for a little bit of luck on the weekend." For Saturday's complete Pocono entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

CHESTER PA - The fastest two-year-old trotter and pacer over a 5/8-mile track in 2018, based on reported records at the start of the day, both were on display during the morning session for two-year-olds Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The fastest pacer to date is a filly: Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artiscape mare She's A Fan, who secured the pocket early from post eight, then smoked home in 55.2 to win by 14¾ lengths in 1:54.3, knocking 1/5 off the previous seasonal standard held by colts Captain Mailcious and Union Station. Sylph Hanover was one of four successful teamings for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras; the latter added a fifth victory for another trainer. On the trotting side, pedigree alone could have pointed you to Fashion Possessed, who went wire-to-wire on an open-length lead to win in 1:58.1. The Possess The Will colt is out of the Chocolatier mare Sweet Love, whose own dam is Amour Angus, a full sister to four champions, Conway Hall, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, and Emilie Cas El, the last-named the dam of Hambletonian winner Trixton. Fashion Possessed's trainer Jim Campbell matched Ron Burke by sending out four successful babies, with David Miller handling two of them plus winning with two others. Fastest trotting filly was the Explosive Matter - French Doll miss Spring In Paris, 17¾ lengths clear of the opposition in 2:00 for Gingras (that fifth win) and trainer Steve LeBlanc. Among the pacing boys, 1:55.4 miles were turned in by Milano Hanover (Western Ideal - Monte Carlo Madam) for Gingras / Burke and Mangogh, another son of Western Ideal out of My Little Artist, with Andrew McCarthy in the sulky for conditioner Bruce Saunders. With baby races on the betting card tomorrow (Wednesday) at Harrah's, the fair season opening tomorrow, and Sire Stakes pari-mutuel action for freshmen commencing on July 3, this is likely the last morning session here to be reported on, barring some sort of giant mile, but the early sessions have pointed to several horses who seem to have the ability to be stars in the near future. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -On Saturday June 23rd, the wine will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30 pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. 83 wineries are being showcased including vineyards from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, New Jersey, Washington, New Zealand, and of course California. Festival goers will be sampling Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Rosè, Sangrias, Merlot, Cabernet and Moscato. New Jersey will be represented by Heritage Vineyards' rose¨ blend, red blend, and blueberry wine and Tomasello Winery's cranberry, cherry and blueberry fruit wines. Alba Vineyards will also be showcased with five selections including their Chelsea Dry Rose¨, Blueberry, Mainsail White, Estate Chardonnay and Estate Riesling. Rose¨ Piscine, a award winning piscine-style French Rosè specifically made to drink over ice will also be poured at the festival. Another exciting producer appearing at the Summer Wine Festival is FitVine. FitVine's wines go through an extended fermentation process that lowers sugar levels and produces wines under 118 calories per glass. These are wines perfect for those with active, healthy lifestyles. The VIP ticket holders are getting an extraordinary selection of wines that they can exclusively sample. The list includes: Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial, Stags Leap Viognier, Barton & Guiester Chateauneuf Du Pape, Gran Appasso Rosso Passito Red Blend, and Artesa Pinot Noir. There is also a VIP Rose¨ All Day Table featuring Rosè from Amelia, Rosehaven, Fleur De Mer & Prophecy. An up to date winery and wine list is available at https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/details . The Summer Wine Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent wine samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm. To purchase tickets : https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/dates/Jun-23-2018_at_0430PM by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 19, 2018-New York Sire Stakes return downstate Thursday night (June 21st), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $172,499 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. There are three consecutive divisions-worth $56,833, $57,833 and $57,833, respectively-going as races nine through 11. First post for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM. The first NYSS ensemble finds Tell Me a Joke (Jim Morrill Jr., post 2) eying a second statebred win. The daughter of Art Major went down-the-road at Tioga (1:53.2) and enters having won half of her six seasonal starts. Hopefully, Tell Me a Joke has a short memory, since the last time she was here, she stopped to a walk on the lead as the odds-on favorite in her division of the Reynolds Memorial. The lass is co-owned by Howard and Judith Taylor & Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by Gareth Dowse. Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley, post 1) is trying to regain her six-figure frosh form. The Betterthancheddar miss is winless in a half-dozen tries this season. The second NYSS division sees Pueblo Blue Chip (George Brennan, post 6) going after another statebred win. After wiring her foes at Saratoga (1:53.3), she tried open company in WEG's Fan Hanover, but was outrun. The American Ideal miss is trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, Michael Guerrero and Menary Racing. Azreal As it Gets (Brian Sears, post 7) was the bridesmaid in last season's $225,000 final of the NYSS here. Speaking of last season's statebred finale (note the professional segue), the victress has returned. Alexi's Faith (Morrill Jr., post 7) is back stateside after two weeks in WEG's Fan Hanover, tiring to fourth in last weekend's final. The daughter of American Ideal is trained by Casie Coleman for co-owners West Wins Stable, Kevin McKinlay, Jim Fielding and J. Robert Darrow. Wisdom Tree (Scott Zeron, post 5) was a blowout sire stakes winner at Buffalo (1:54) in her latest outing. The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Tuesday's (June 26th) Jim Meagher Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Wolfgang vaults to number one in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 5.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Opened up his 3YO season dominating the Goodtimes in 1:52.2 & 1:52.1, Takter said, “This is a special horse.  He was really big & immature last year, but got better & better.  I don’t think we’ve seen a limit in him yet.”  Stanley Dancer Memorial is next. 2 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Dan Patch Award winner with a mark of 1:52.4 won his second qualifier @ the Big M in 1:53.3, set the pace & finished second [1:52.4] in a track record 1:52.2 NYSS @ Tioga Downs on June 15 3 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award winner who set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial won his 3YO debut in a Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.3, a roughed up third [1:53.2] in Final 4 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg 2YO NYSS champion @ made it three-for-three in 2018 @ Vernon Downs, 1:53.1, 1:52.1 and a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final on May 28, did not race last two weeks 5 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband Peter Haughton Memorial winner in 1:54.2 & Wm. Wellwood runner up, won three Big M qualifiers, broke & finished ninth as the heavy favorite in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17 6 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26 in only his sixth career start, won a N/W 4 @ Pocono on June 12 in 1:53.3 7 Moosonee Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm Ltd. Won a PASS division in 1:54 @ The Meadows, second to You Know You Do @ Pocono Downs on May 26, won a Currier & Ives division in career best 1:53.4 on June 6, did not race last week 8 Patent Leather Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Son of Broadway Hall was second [1:54] to Moosonee on June 6, won a PA All-Stars division in 1:52.3 on June 17, Jim Campbell was also second by a nose with Crystal Fashion in 1:52.2 9 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, first qualifier was a fifth [1:55.3] behind Fourth Dimension on June 2, did not race/qualify last two weeks 10 Samo Different Day Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second Matron Final, fourth [1:54.1] in his 3YO debut, fourth [1:53.1] in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17   KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman PATENT LEATHER RICH AND MISERABLE 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick Scirocco Rob MEADOWBRANCH RICKY 1:56.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras LAWMAKER Run Director 1:52.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh ALARM DETECTOR Benoit Baillargeon Trevor Henry Fiftydallarbill CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 06/16 Goodtimes Final Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras Stormont Ventnor ALARM DETECTOR 1:52.1            

Hightstown, NJ --- North America Cup champion Lather Up surged to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but was unable to overtake Hannelore Hanover in the top spot. Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada, increased her points (plus-13) and first-place votes (plus-6) thanks to her third consecutive Armbro Flight Stakes victory last weekend. Lather Up, undefeated in six races this year, added 117 points and received four first-place votes. He was ranked No. 5 last week. Roses Are Red winner Shartin N gained 49 points this week, despite dropping her lone first-place vote from a week ago, and remained No. 3 in the rankings. Filibuster Hanover, who was idle, dropped 61 points and slipped from second to fourth while idle Atlanta rounded out the top five. Goodtimes Stakes winner Wolfgang added 93 points this week to join the Top 10, at No. 7. He was the only newcomer to the Top 10. Rockin Ron dropped from the group. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 4 – 6/19/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Hannelore Hanover (30) 6tm 4-4-0-0 $208,338 338 1 2 Lather Up (4) 3pc 6-6-0-0 $458,165 297 5 3 Shartin N 5pm 14-11-1-0 $560,923 269 3 4 Filibuster Hanover (1) 4pg 5-5-0-0 $202,225 224 2 5 Atlanta 3tf 3-3-0-0 $127,284 191 4 6 Manchego 3tf 2-2-0-0 $43,240 143 6 7 Wolfgang 3tc 2-2-0-0 $112,630 96 -- 8 Bit Of A Legend N 9ph 9-3-4-1 $330,775 89 7 9 Will Take Charge 5tg 12-6-3-1 $205,268 52 8 10 Keystone Velocity 10ph 6-2-2-0 $320,000 49 9 Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Steve Stewart has come full circle in harness racing. Now living in Berlin, New York, Stewart first got involved in the sport decades ago while living in Long Island. He started going to the races in the late seventies at Roosevelt Raceway as a fan and eventually became a groom for trainer Bob Bencal. His career path eventually took him through several jobs both in and out of the business including a stint at the Sports Eye. As life took over, Stewart (who now works in online sales) moved upstate away from the city where he and his wife Laura raised their family. Living only about an hour's drive from Saratoga Raceway, Stewart's love for the trotters was rekindled and it came time for him to revisit an old passion; he wanted to buy a Standardbred. "The idea just kind of came to me randomly since I was living up here and it's been something I've always wanted to do. It was a line on my bucket list to be crossed off. That's all I wanted to do was get into the winner's circle one-time; that was my main goal" said Stewart. Decades removed from the business and not quite sure how to get started, Steve and Laura signed up for a new owner seminar that was being presented by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York at Saratoga Raceway in 2014. That was all it took for him to start what has turned into a very successful venture. "After i attended the seminar I needed to find a trainer to get started and went to the race office at Saratoga. I got the contact information of a couple trainers I was interested in and went from there. The first one I spoke with just didn't feel like a good fit but the next guy clicked with me and that's who I got started with" Stewart recalled. That guy was Mark Beckwith. His first horse was a trotter named Sixth Man. After winning three races, Sixth Man got injured and unfortunately had to be put down. He then bought pacer Artistic Blue, who they raced and then resold after a few starts. After getting off to a less than stellar start, Stewart needed to re-think his strategy and stepped away for a couple of months to regroup. "When I finally decided to get back in I called Mark to see if he had any horses on the radar. But his stable was full and he really couldn't take any more training bills. So he recommended I call Scott Mongeon who he said would be able to get a horse for me" said Stewart. Mongeon told Stewart he could help him out and in a couple of weeks called him about a trotter he knew was for sale named Twisted Pretzel. "When Scott called me about Twisted Pretzel I told him I knew the horse because Sixth Man had raced against him several times and ironically I had a win photo of him with Twisted Pretzel second, just a neck apart. I told him I was definitely interested. We had the horse vetted out, sent them a check and the following week the horse was in the box." Twisted Pretzel won his first start for his new owners in September of 2016 in a lower level condition race. He won two more races after that and moved up the ranks into the weekly trotting feature at Saratoga where he finished third in 1:54.1. But the best was yet to come. The following year in 36 starts, Twisted Pretzel won 13 races (six of which were Open Handicaps), was second three times and third another seven while amassing $121,909 in purses and taking a new lifetime mark of 1:55. The career year Twisted Pretzel had, earned him the designation of 2017 Trotter of the Year from Saratoga Raceway. Now having a solid race horse in his barn, Stewart was ready to expand the operation and get another one. This time however, he wanted a New York bred yearling. "I thought it was time and I wanted to buy a horse that was staked in New York. But I also wanted one sired by Crazed, who was Twisted Pretzel's father. I got the Morrisville Sale catalog and started looking at Crazed-sired yearlings. I saw a few but I particularly liked a horse named Party Saver who was hip #55, which just happened to be my year of birth. Oddly enough my trainer had him on his list as well" Stewart said. Stewart went into the sale with a price of $20,000 in mind. As the bidding went on he reached that plateau, and then was outbid with a $21,000 counter. Stewart thought, turned around and walked away from the ring. "The auctioneer stopped the auction and started talking about the horse, his breeding and such. By the time the bidding resumed I was back to my seat just in time to watch my wife put her hand up and bid $22,000! The gavel fell and we walked away with the horse, thanks to my wife" Stewart recounted. With respect for their stable star, Party Saver was renamed "IM TP's Crazed Bro" and he made his first lifetime start for the Stewarts at Saratoga this year on June 14 in a baby race where he finished second. He will also be starting in the New York Sire Stakes this summer where Stewart will hopefully stand in the winner's circle once again with his wife and New York bred winner. On Sunday (June 24) the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will be holding another new owner seminar at Tioga Downs and would like to invite all interested parties to join them. This seminar will provide valuable information for prospective new owners and focus on all aspects of horse ownership that can get you on your way to standing in the winner's circle with your own horse. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. with beverages and Danishes. The seminar will include materials, lunch, programs and live racing. Tuition is $20 per person or $30 per couple and will be collected upon arrival at registration. To register for this seminar, contact the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State at 518-785-5858, email info@hhbnys.com or through this link. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harness-horse-breeders-of-ny-ownership-seminar-tickets-46525686581?aff=es2 ) by Tim Bojarski, for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They have to start somewhere and it will be Wednesday night (June 20) when the 2-year-old filly pacers begin their racing careers in earnest with a date in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. It will be a great launching pad for their careers as the two divisions will carry a purse of $52,500 each.   Both legs will feature five filly freshmen pacers. None of the gals have started in a pari mutual race and most have just one or two qualifiers under their belt.   And the sires to these ladies are spread out evenly as well with Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal each having three entrants while Roll With Joe having one.   The Sire Stakes will be held as the first two races on the 11-race program which gets underway at 5 p.m.   With inexperience reigning supreme, the morning line odds are relatively close.   The first division has Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) was tabbed as the 2-to-1 choice from the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Brooklyn Lilacs went gate-to-wire in her qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 13, winning by 1-1/4 lengths.   The main threat could come from Who Can You Trust (Art Major-Neverhaveneverwill). A $45,000 purchase in 2017 at the Lexington Sale, she is listed at 5-to-2 on the morning line with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive. Who Can You Trust had a 1:58.4 qualifier at Delaware on June 14 and looks to take advantage of the inside.   The rest of the field includes Sewonandsewforth (Kevin Cummings), Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson).   In the second leg, three of the five participants won their last prep races.   Love Americanstyle (American Ideal-Kiss Me Once Again) drew the rail and gets the services of Morrill Jr. Sitting as the lukewarm 2-to-1 choice, Love Americanstyle won here qualifiers in 1:57.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia by 2-1/2 lengths on June 12.   Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) cruised in her qualifier with a solid 1:58.2 at Pocono Downs on June 13. She'll be driven by Bartlett and score from the three spot.   Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe-Fool That I Am) made up nearly 13 lengths to take her qualifier at Woodbine/Mohawk on June 9 in 1:59.2. She has the five hole with James MacDonald to steer her.   The others involved in the second division include Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) and She's Da Boom (Jamieson).   With three track records shattered on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway in Sire Stakes competition, the ladies will be looking to top the current standard of 1:56.3 set in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   There will be a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A series races on the card and one $6,700 Excelsior B event.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

MANALAPAN, NJ - Management at Gaitway Farms and the SBOANJ would like to thank all the trainers, drivers, and grooms that participated in the last three weeks of qualifiers at Gaitway Farms. Also, a thank you to the sponsors of the food and refreshments during the races. Despite rainy weather the first two weeks, all three sessions were very successful. Food and refreshments were provided by Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. Thanks again to all participants and sponsors we hope to see you again next year. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

The Maryland stakes summer season is ready to start at Ocean Downs with draws on Wed. June 20th and Thursday June 21st for the first series of 3 year old preliminaries racing on Sunday June 24th and Monday June 25th.   The condition sheets are online on the USTA and MSRF websites.   A reminder that all Maryland stake races follow the 30 day rule (race to race).   Contact the MSRF Administrator Cheri Stambaugh with any questions at 240-285-0326, all entries must go thru Ocean Downs race office.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the MSRF

Plainville, MA---Starznheaven remained undefeated at Plainridge Park after scoring his third consecutive top-class win when he went from worst to first in the blink of an eye to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (June 18). Starting from post eight, driver Greg Merton hit the pylons last while Mysharona Bluechip (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) were engaged in a knock-down, drag-out fight for the lead. Those two went at it to the quarter in :26.1 and the half in :53.3 before Mysharona Bluechip pulled away from Kenrick N up the backside while Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) and Starznheaven moved up on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:21. At the top of the last turn Starznheaven tipped three-deep around Quick Shot and was under a full head of steam. With a high-line in the left hand and minor urging with the right, Merton gave Starznheaven his head and the horse responded by scooting away from the pack to a four-length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. It was the eighth win of the year and 30th lifetime for Starznheaven ($4.20) who has now banked $79,375 this year for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Donald Emond and Lawrence Karr. The 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is in the midst of a career year. The time of 1:49.4 was the fastest race at Plainridge Park since Givenupdreaming won by three lengths in 1:49.3 on July 5, 2016. Givenupdreaming was also owned by Burke-Weaver-Bruscemi. In the co-featured $15,000 conditioned pace, Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) turned a two-hole trip behind J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) into a hard-fought one-length victory in 1:51.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Andrew Adamczyk owns the winner that is trained by Jaymes McAssey. The $10,000 claiming series named the "The 2007 Sox" kicked off with three legs on Monday, each being contested for a $10,000 purse. The first leg went to Grand Gallup Semalu (Drew Campbell) who went gate to wire and romped by six lengths in 1:53. Grand Gallup Semalu ($2.60) is owned by William Mc Elvain Jr. and is trained by James Dunn. The second division saw Upfront Lorne (Shawn Gray) come first-up from fourth at the half to out-muscle SB Mike's Hot Beach (Steve Nason) at the wire and win by a head in 1:53, which was a new seasonal mark. Upfront Lorne ($6.40) is owned by Andrew Adamczyk and trained by Jaymes McAssey. And the final leg was won by Mom's Crossroads (Shawn Gray) who got the lead past the quarter and never looked back, winning by a length in 1:52.4. Mom's Crossroads ($4.00) is owned by Andrew Adamczyk and trained by Jaymes McAssey, giving them the owner/trainer hat trick. Mitchell Cushing closed out the card by making some noise in the eleventh race. In a spirited drive from the back of the pack, Cushing urged BP Diet Food up the outside and down the lane to catch BJ's Guy (Shawn Gray) at the wire and win in 1:52.2 at 70-1. BP Diet Food paid $156.20 for the win and triggered a 3-6-7 trifecta that returned $10,726.20 for a two-dollar wager. The drive also gave Cushing a driving double. Other drivers scoring multiple wins Monday included Shawn Gray with three and Drew Campbell and Greg Merton with two apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 19) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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WILKES-BARRE PA - Here are the fields for Saturday's elimination races to determine the various Championship finalists on June 30's $2,000,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Listed are the post position, horse, trainer, driver (in italics if changed at scratch time today), and the morning line odds. The elimination purses are: $35,000 for the Franklin, $25,000 for the Beal and Hempt, and $20,000 for the Lynch. The Championships are $500,000 for the Franklin, Beal, and Hempt, and $300,000 for the Lynch. The top three from each of the three eliminations will return for their Championships except for the Lynch - it has only two eliminations, so the first four and the faster fifth-place horse will come back for the big money. BEAL TROT (3YO OPEN) BEAL ELIMINATION RACE 3 - 1, Patent Leather, trainer Jim Campbell, driver Tim Tetrick, 5-2; 2, Tito, Erv Miller, Marcus Miller, 8-1; 3, Lawmaker, Andrew Harris, Anthony MacDonald, 6-1; 4, Mission Accepted, Jeff Conger, Ryan Stahl, 3-1; 5, Winning Shadow, Jake Huff, David Miller, 12-1; 6, Whats The Word, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 7-2; 7, Voss Volo, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 9-2. BEAL ELIMINATION RACE 5 - 1, Missle Hill, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair, 5-1; 2, Moosonee, Chris Beaver, Aaron Merriman, 7-2; 3, Evaluate, Marcus Melander, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 4, Rich And Miserable, Todd Buter, Tyler Buter, 10-1; 5, Fashionwoodchopper, Jim Campbell, David Miller, 6-1; 6, Six Pack, trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt, 2-1; 7, Scirocco Rob, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 12-1. BEAM ELIMINATION RACE 11 - 1, Alarm Detector, Benoit Baillargeon, Trevor Henry, 3-1; 2, Gemologist; trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt, 15-1; 3, Crystal Fashion, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick, 4-1; 4, Mississippi Storm, Tom Fanning, David Miller, 12-1; 5, Manchego, Jimmy Takter, Yannick Gingras, 2-1; 6, Fashion Forever, Jim Campbell, Corey Callahan, 10-1; 7, Fiftydallarbill, Bill Crone, Brett Miller, 8-1; 8, Fourth Dimension, Marcus Melander, Brian Sears, 5-1. FRANKLIN PACE (FFA) FRANKLIN ELIM RACE 2 - 1, Easy Lover Hanover, Ben Wallace, Doug McNair, 8-1; 2, Check Six, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 9-2; 3, Missile J, Scott Di Domenico, Matt Kakaley, 6-1; 4, Heaven Rocks A, Ross Croghan, David Miller, 5-2; 5, Western Fame, Jimmy Takter, Andrew McCarthy, 3-1; 6, Split The House, Chris Oakes, George Napolitano Jr., 7-2; 7, Donttellmeagain, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick, 12-1. FRANKLIN ELIM RACE 4 - 1, Rockin Ron, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 5-2; 2, Scott Rocks, Hunter Oakes, George Napolitano Jr., 7-2; 3, Waikiki Beach A, Ross Croghan, Scott Zeron, 6-1; 4, McWicked, Casey Coleman, Brian Sears, 2-1; 5, Mach It So, Jeff Bamond Jr., Tim Tetrick, 5-1; 6, Mac's Jackpot, Jeffrey Smith, Brett Miller, 10-1. FRANKLIN RACE 10 - 1, Sintra, David Menary, Jody Jamieson, 3-1; 2, Boogie Shuffle, Mark Harder, David Miller, 8-1; 3, Christen Me N, Jim King Jr., Tim Tetrick, 12-1; 4, All Bets Off, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 7-2; 5, Dealt A Winner, Mark Silva, Brett Miller, 9-2; 6, Filibuster Hanover, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 5-2; 7, Funknwaffles, John Butenschoen, Corey Callahan, 6-1. HEMPT PACE (3YO COLTS) HEMPT ELIM RACE 6 - 1, This Is The Plan, Chris Ryder, Tim Tetrick, 5-1; 2, Daddyofemall, Dan Altmeyer, Mike Wilder, 12-1; 3, Cinnamack, Brian Brown, Scott Zeron, 4-1; 4, Keystone Tenacious, Paul Kelley, Mark MacDonald, 6-1; 5, Dorsoduro Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 5-2; 6, Springsteen, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 3-1; 7, Stendahl Hanover, Eddie Sager, Marcus Miller, 20-1; 8, Decoy, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, 10-1; 9, Closing Statement, Joe Holloway, Brian Sears, 15-1. HEMPT ELIM RACE 9 - 1, Whos Better, Brian Brown, Tim Tetrick, 15-1; 2, Sometimesawinner, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 10-1; 3, Shnitzledosomethin, Dylan Davis, David Miller, 6-1; 4, Hitman Hill, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller, 3-1; 5, I'm A Big Deal, Chris Ryder, George Napolitano Jr., 4-1; 6, Points North, Nifty Norman, Andrew McCarthy, 9-2; 7, Grand Teton, Jimmy Takter, Scott Zeron, 12-1; 8, Stay Hungry, Tony Alagna, Doug McNair, 5-2. HEMPT ELIM RACE 12 - 1, Rock Lights, Katricia Adams, George Napolitano Jr., 15-1; 2, Babes Dig Me, Tony Alagna, Brett Miller, 12-1; 3, Heavenly Sound, Bruce Saunders, Andrew McCarthy. 10-1; 4, Nutcracker Sweet, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, 8-1; 5, Wes Delight, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan, 4-1; 6. Done Well, Brian Brown, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 7, Lather Up, Clyde Francis, Montrell Teague, 2-1; 8, Courtly Choice, Blake MacIntosh, Mark MacDonald, 5-1. LYNCH PACE (3YO FILLIES) LYNCH ELIM RACE 7 - 1, Carlo's Superstar, Rene Allard, Simon Allard, 12-1; 2, Youaremycandygirl, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 5-2; 3, Alexa's Power, Jim Campbell, Tim Tetrick, 3-1; 4, Double A Mint, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 9-2; 5, Hypnotic Tale, Linda Toscano, David Miller, 4-1; 6, Pass Line Bluechip, Wayne Givens, Montrell Teague, 6-1; 7, Majorsspeciallady, Ron Burke, Brett Miller, 10-1; 8, Ideal Talker, Noel Daley, Andrew McCarthy, 15-1. LYNCH ELIM RACE 8 - 1, Python Blue Chip, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, 10-1; 2, I'm Trigger Happy, Tony Osullivan, David Miller, 9-2; 3, Kissin In The Sand, Nancy Johansson, Scott Zeron, 5-2; 4, Solitary, Nick Surick, Marcus Miller, 12-1; 5, Cuts Like A Knife, Bruce Saunders, Tim Tetrick, 15-1; 6, Sansovia Hanover, Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley, 6-1; 7, Serene Stride, Mark Harder, Corey Callahan, 4-1; 8, Sidewalk Dancer, Chris Oakes, Brett Miller, 3-1. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  
WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Fox Valley Charm, who dominated The Meadows' elite distaff pacers earlier this spring, returned to her winning ways in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap with a victory for Tony Hall in 1:50.2, a career best. It was one of five wins for Hall on the 13-race card. So sharp in April and May that she won three straight by a combined margin of 15-1/2 lengths, Fox Valley Charm lost her next three starts. On Tuesday, she took matters into her own hands by enduring a parked-out 27 first quarter and digging in late to hold off Lakeisha Hall by a neck. Rosemary Rose rallied for show. Dirk Simpson trains the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $292,510, for Peter Karras. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Uptowngal became harness racing's fastest 2-year-old pacer on a five-eighths-mile track when she rolled home in 1:53.4 in her career debut. Dave Palone piloted the daughter of Dragon Again-Victoria Gallery for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable; Phillip Collura; J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows
HARRINGTON, DE - Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.20, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old pacing filly eliminations Tuesday with a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 second leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade filly made an impressive first-over move near three-quarters and drew away from her rivals decisively. Ibetyoucanwiggle was second with Pedal Power third. In the remaining division, Bay Pond Racing's Time and Motion scored a 1:55.2 upset over Go Sandy Go and Studio Session. Trained by Eli Scott Jr., it was the third career win for the daughter of Dream Away. It was the fourth career win in just six starts for "Renegade" who is trained by Walter Bozman Jr. The top eight point earners will compete in the $100,000 final on July 26 during the Delaware State Fair. In the $16,000 Mares Open, Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($12, Allan Davis) was a 1:52.3 winner over Apple Bottom Jeans and Shesarocker. Tony Morgan had four wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden and Russell Foster had a driving triple. The second leg of DSBF action for trotters will take place on the Wednesday June 20 program with two divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  
Plainville, MA---Western Stepp has been one of the tougher distaff performers at Plainridge Park this year, winning two out of her last four here while finishing second as many times, all in top class competition. However Monday afternoon (June 19) she was in a league of her own as she simply routed her foes in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares on the Ridge's speedy five-eighths mile oval. The race was over when the gate released the ladies because Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) was on top in a flash. From that point on she maintained a gapped advantage over the scratch-shortened field while stopping the clock incrementally at :26.2, :56 and 1:23.1. Western Stepp had easily opened up a six-length lead on her own coming off the far turn and Campbell gave her a line-tap to let her know she was still in a race. She perked her ears, switched her gears and paced strongly into the lane. Campbell glanced over his left shoulder, saw no threat in sight and wrapped up the winner while sitting chilly, crossing the wire in 1:51.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp, eclipsing the 1:52.1 clocking she set just last week. Western Stepp ($6.00) now has five wins and $39,285 made in 2018 for owner/trainer James Dunn. The first division of the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series for fillies and mares was contested on Monday and Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) took an early lead that she would never relinquish en route to winning in 1:53.1. It was the second straight win and a new seasonal mark for Empty Gesture ($3.20) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jeff Lieberman. Drew Campbell had a driving triple on the card while Shawn Gray directed two home himself. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 21) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts
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