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CHESTER PA - Thisguyisonfire again lived up to his name on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking his fourth decision in his last five trips to the harness racing gate with a 1:55.1 victory in the $18,000 headlining trot. Andrew McCarthy got the son of Yankee Glide away third behind pacesetting Majestic Presence and favored Fashion Creditor as fractions of 28.3 and 57.4 were put up. Thisguyisonfire decided to put some heat on the leader late on the backstretch, and by the 1:26.3 ¾ pole he was ready to sweep past the pacesetter. Fashion Creditor got out behind the winner midturn as the rest of the field was left behind and gave a good accounting of himself in the stretch, but Thisguyisonfire prevailed by a length. Trainer Chris Lakata and owner Richard Mishkin now have two wins and a second to the good Trolley since acquiring this horse in mid-November, with $23,000 in earnings a good rate of return for less than a month of investment. In the $17,000 co-featured trot, the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini used two speed moves before the 3/8 to control the pace, then went on to post a new lifetime best of 1:55.3. Clive Bigsby, the favorite, had bad racing luck and was shuffled, then finished with a rush but came up 2¼ lengths behind the winenr, who was driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Driver Marcus Miller got behind a pair of horses who were a combined 0-for-56 in 2018 and generated mutuel gold with a pair of longshot victories. The first win came behind the pocket rocket Myell's Rockstar ($67.80) in the second race; then in race twelve, taking advantage of a 1-2 shot and an 8-5 shot both offstride before the first turn, Miller went wire-to-wire with Aldebaran Eureka, lighting up the toteboard at $63.00. Marcus Miller is only the second driver to have two $50+ horses on one card at Harrah's in 2018 - Eric Carlson turned the trick, in consecutive races, on September 5. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Andy McCarthy is currently leading the driver colony at the Meadowlands with 30 wins and admits it "would be nice to be the leading driver at the Meadowlands without a doubt", but a final opportunity - for a while anyway - to visit his homeland will find McCarthy's name missing from the Big M program for two or three months after this week's race cards have concluded. "I'll be back in February or March," said McCarthy. "But my oldest son (4-year-old) Finn starts school next year, so I've got to make the most of it." McCarthy, wife Katrina, Finn and youngest son, 2-year-old Olly, will be making a trip home to Australia to visit McCarthy's mom, dad and siblings, who live near Sydney. "I'm not much of a cold-weather person," said McCarthy, 32, of the current chilly conditions in New Jersey. "It's summertime down there. We hang out at the beaches quite a bit. Looking forward to enjoying life a little bit." McCarthy will get an opportunity to pad his lead in the standings before he goes, as he's listed to drive seven horses on Thursday and 10 more on Friday. SETTLEMOIR TO CALL: Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, who called his first race at the age of 12 in his native Ohio, is the next man up on the second of four "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays at the Meadowlands, as guest announcers fill in for the voice of the Big M, Ken Warkentin, on Thursday nights during December. NO RACING ON SATURDAY: During December, racing will be conducted on a Thursday through Saturday basis at the Big M with the usual 7:15 p.m. post time. But there is one exception: This Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium, there will be no live racing at the Meadowlands. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. CAN YOU PICK WINNERS? On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Big M is hosting a handicapping tournament, and patrons are sure to love the entry fee: Nothing! The rules: Each participant makes mythical $2 across-the-board wagers (win, place and show) on selections for races 2 through 10 at the Meadowlands. Contestants must make their mythical selections prior to the second race on the official contest entry form and turn them into a contest official. If a horse is scratched, the participant receives the post-time favorite, and if the Meadowlands cancels due to inclement weather, the contest is cancelled. The winner will be determined by the highest total mythical bankroll at the conclusion of the 10th race and will receive a $1,300 spot in the World Harness Handicapping Championship Final on April 6, 2019. Meadowlands Media Relations

CHESTER, PA - With the "Trottin' Thursday" program usually featured weekly at Harrah's Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots was driver Andrew McCarthy, who took both top-end purses and guided a freshman in an impressive debut. The driver who was on fire teamed with a son of Yankee Glide named Thisguyisonfire to record his third straight victory while taking the $18,000 top trot in 1:55.1. McCarthy had the winner well-positioned in the two-wide tier behind the game veteran Crosbys Clam Bake, who moved to the lead in the lane, only to be caught in the latter stages by a half-length after a good stretch battle. Chris Lakata conditioned the streaking winner for Fashion Farms LLC. The co-featured $17,000 trot was taken in strong fashion by the Kadabra mare Tymal Reign, who was reined by McCarthy to victory in 1:55.2, just a tick off her lifetime best. The favorite was sent right to the top, coming home in 57.2 to easily withstand pocketsitting Exarch by 1¾ lengths for trainer Noel Daley and Harbor Racing Stable LLC. A pair of Muscle Hill freshman colts costing $530,000 at the Harrisburg sale made their debuts and finished 1-2. The $320,000 purchase Sheer Muscle was limbed out four-wide to the 3/16, but driver McCarthy knew what he had under the hood, and the colt went on to the top and won in 1:58. Sheer Glide, his dam, is a full sister to $950G+ winner Flex The Muscle (and Duchess Faye is back in the pedigree a couple of generations), and trainer Lucas Wallin and owner Mario Mazza have a colt to keep an eye on. Finishing second was the $210,000 purchase Hillofamistery, a son of the $480G+-winning mare Mistery Woman, and he raced steadily in his bow, and should benefit from the start for Team Takter. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Muscle Diamond and Pure Country lived up to their billing as post-time favorites in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Driver Andy McCarthy, whose three winners on the night upped his meet-leading total to 17, guided Muscle Diamond to victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The trip wasn't an easy one, but the Brett Bittle trainee was up for the challenge. Racing sixth past the quarter, McCarthy tipped the 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover to the outside as they began their march toward the leader, who was 2015 Hambletonian champion (and 5-2 second choice) Pinkman. Muscle Diamond chipped away at the leader's edge around the far turn and was on even terms with that foe with an eighth of a mile to go before drawing clear to a three-quarter length win in 1:52.4. Will Take Charge rallied to gun down Pinkman for the place spot. As the 3-5 public choice, Muscle Diamond returned $3.20 to his backers in winning his fourth straight. Pure Country, the winner of the 2017 TVG Mare Pace, gave notice that a repeat might be coming next week as she won the co-featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:51. Monica Gallagher was second with her entry mate, Windsun Glory, third. The Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country was put in the four hole early by driver Yannick Gingras and opted to stay there until swinging to the outside at the five-eighths. Shortly thereafter, Monica Gallagher popped out of the two hole, providing live - albeit short-lived - cover for the eventual winner. Through the stretch, Monica Gallagher was determined, but so was the even-money public choice Pure Country, who gunned down that foe nearing the wire, notching a pulse-pounding head score. Pure Country, a 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana, returned $4.20 to win. She has now won 27 of 62 lifetime starts and earned $2,418,249. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to last six races - and was the lone winner - in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $12,326. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 came back $1,174, a healthy payout when you consider the odds of the winning horses in the sequence were 2-1, 5-2, 3-1, 3-5 and 18-1. The 18-1 shot was listed at 4-1 on the morning line. ... All-source handle on the 11-race card was $1,966,181. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Horse of the Year favorite McWicked will prep for next week's TVG Open Pace by racing in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

CHESTER, PA - Mr Houdini needed little magic to win the $16,000 trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon - he just needed his native ability, which enabled him to come home in 57 over a "sloppy +2" surface to take a new mark of 1:56. Andrew McCarthy quickly had the altered son of Kadabra on the lead, and the winner of three straight rattled off splits of 29.1, 59.1, and 1:27.3 on the engine. Girl Talk had stayed close to the winner throughout and tried to rally from the pocket late, but Mr Houdini saw that one's late bid off by 3/4 for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The top pacing event of the day was an event for distaffs worth $14,500, and heading to the wire three of the four involved in the drive were New Zealanders, with the import Nike Franco N (handled by Flora IL's Tim Tetrick, the lone non-Kiwi) withstood a big late charge from Delightfulmemphisn and the "Down Under Wonder," driver Dexter Dunn, to prevail in 1:52.4 in the off going. Tetrick had moved the victorious daughter of McArdle past early leader Oceania past the 27.1 quarter, put up middle fractions of 56.3 and 1:24.2, and looked free and clear at headstretch. But Delightfulmemphisn angled four-wide and cut into the lead with every stride in the lane, only to come up a half-length short on the money. The winner, trainer by Scott Di Domenico, recorded her second straight win, and now has lifetime earnings of $822,029 while raising her career win ratio to 43% (32 for 75). She is owned by William Hartt, Foulk Stables Inc., JFE Enterprise LLC, and Triple D Stables Inc. From the PHHA/Harrah's Chester

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The early returns are in, and so far - as the Meadowlands harness racing driver colony is concerned - it's been all Andrew McCarthy, all the time. The 32-year-old native of Australia has 14 wins in just 50 starts through the first five weeks of the 2018-2019 Big M meeting. A pair of not-so-familiar-names - Dexter Dunn and Michael Merton - sit tied in the second spot with nine victories apiece. "The trainers that I drive for," said McCarthy as to why he's done so well to this point. "I've had some nice horses to drive. They make it a heck of a lot easier when you've got the best horse in the race." McCarthy has driven some of the stronger stock at the meeting thus far. He guided Muscle Diamond in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters to a 1:52.2 score on Nov. 2, Escapetothebeach to victory in the $173,800 Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Nov. 3 in 1:51.3 and Caviart Ally to the winner's circle on Nov. 9 in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:50.2. "Caviart Ally is really good right now," said McCarthy. "She's at the top of her game heading into the (Nov. 24) TVG final." McCarthy is listed to drive more talented stock during the upcoming race week at the Big M. He will team up once again with Muscle Diamond in Friday night's Preferred Handicap for trotters and will guide New York Sire Stakes champion Reigning Deo in an elimination for the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers Saturday. As usual, racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday with a first race post time of 7:15 p.m. JUMP IN THE POOL: The track's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick-4, took plenty of green into its pools last weekend (Nov. 9-10). On Friday night, $67,610 was poured into the pot, while Saturday saw $76,382 in action. One Big M wager that continues to pay off well week in and week out is the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10, which returned $4,810 (8 of 10) on Friday and $4,451 (6 of 10) Saturday. Both bets feature low 15 percent take outs. Free track program pages are available at both www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. FOILED AGAIN COMING TO BIG M: On Saturday, Nov. 24, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time, will be at the Meadowlands, but instead of racing, he'll be visiting with all of his fans. The veteran superstar will be posing for selfies in the Backyard during the live card. In addition, there will also be a special commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway to all guests, which is available at the Players Club Desk beginning at 6 p.m. Foiled Again's visit comes on a huge night of racing, as the Big M will host both the Fall Final Four and TVG finals that evening. TWO PAIR A STRONG HAND: Last Saturday, driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to win four times on the program while McCarthy made four winner's circle visits over the course of the weekend. From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When it comes to the Meadowlands, Muscle Diamond is very much a horse for the course. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover thrashed five overmatched opponents in the Friday night feature at the mile oval, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Winning driver Andy McCarthy did not rush the 1-9 favorite to the top, opting instead to make his way steadily to the lead while racing on the outside at the three-eighths before hitting the half in :55.4. A sleepy :29.1 fraction followed as Pappy Go Go - seeking his third straight win - put up a fight from first over, but the Brett Bittle-trained Muscle Diamond rebuffed that challenge before hitting the wire 1¾ lengths in front of a fast-closing Tyson. Pappy Go Go held on for third. Muscle Diamond, who set his lifetime-best of 1:50.1 at the Big M in late June before taking the Vincennes on Hambletonian Day in 1:51, completed his mile Friday in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in three Meadowlands starts this year. He paid $2.20 to his backers in winning for the 17th time in 51 lifetime starts while upping his earnings to $755,199 for owners C. Keller III, C. Keller IV, E. Bittle and B. Bittle. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy had the hot hand all night, taking four races on the card. ... One lucky simulcast player at Pompano Park had a huge night. He or she was the only player to have all 10 winners in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $10,221. ... Six favorites hit the winner's circle on the 10-race card, and in two of the races where the public choice lost, the winner's odds were 6-5 (race four) and 2-1 (race eight). ... All-source handle on the program totaled $1,723,596. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Four finals of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds sit atop the marquee, with purses that total almost $900,000. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

CHESTER, PA - The hard-hitting Donato Hanover gelding Tyson recorded his second triumph in his last three starts in winning the $18,000 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, making every pole a winning one in 1:54. Driver Andrew McCarthy got Tyson to the lead passing the 28 quarter, then set middle fractions of 57.2 and 1:25.3, with Crazy About Pat in the pocket and Casa Palmera moving first-over from third before the latter call. In the lane the sharp winner maintained a 1¾ length margin over Crazy About Pat, with Casa Palmera another two lengths in third. Tyson won for the ninth time in 2018, pushing his earnings this year to $116,625 and $213,800 lifetime. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Tyson, the 3-5 favorite, and he co-owns him with Frank Canzone. In the $14,500 "Trottin' Thursday" co-feature at Harrah's, Rock Of Cashel was a 3 1/4 length winner in 1:54.2 winner for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Mark Harder, and owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. The veteran son of Majestic Son, now a career winner of $598,228, retucked in the pocket down the backstretch behind pacesetting favorite Make It A Double, then easily passed that one in the lane for his third victory in his last four trips behind the gate. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's not clear if Andy McCarthy is a good poker player, but no one can dispute that Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers that as far as his hand was concerned, he was dealt a winner. McCarthy asked Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark-Lazan Hanover) for early speed and he provided just that, sprinting up to the top in :27.2. The chalk players were likely concerned, as 2-5 favorite Donttellmeagain - a 1:47.4 winner of the Dayton Derby two weeks ago - was reserved in the early going, sitting fifth, before moving to the outside just after the half to go after the leader. But on a night that saw the track play to speed in a big way, that move proved to come just a tad too late. McCarthy was able to back the half down to :55.4 while Donttellmeagain was still six lengths behind. As the cadence quickened, Dealt A Winner still had 3½ lengths on the favorite at the head of the stretch, and even though Donttellmeagain closed in :25.3, he came up a half-length short. Clouseau Hanover finished third. Dealt A Winner hit the wire in 1:49.3 for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeff Snyder. Lifetime, he has 17 wins from 73 starts and earnings of $1.08 million. As the 6-1 third choice in the wagering, he returned $14.60 to win. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy was the driving star of the night, registering three wins on the program. Monticello regular Mike Merton scored twice, including a victory with the longest-priced winner of the night, 13-1 chance Stratocaster in the ninth race. ... Nine of the 11 races on the program were won by horses whose odds were 3-1 or less, yet only two favorites emerged victorious. ... All-source handle totaled $1,644,273. ... Racing resumes Friday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Andrew McCarthy sat patiently with Grand Teton while This Is The Plan blazed around The Red Mile and surged by all his competitors in the stretch to take the second of two harness racing divisions for the $225,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Al & Michelle Crawford, in 1:48.1 on Sunday, Oct. 7. Ideal Feeling circled past This Is The Plan to lead heading through a :26 opening quarter but soon lost the lead as This Is The Plan sprinted back to the top heading to a :53.2 half mile. This Is The Plan widened his lead circling the final turn as Ideal Feeling chased from second and Dorsoduro Hanover advanced gradually from first over into third. Past three-quarters in 1:20.1, This Is The Plan slowed into the stretch and lost the lead to Dorsoduro Hanover sliding by first over. Grand Teton, from third over, came charging through the center of the course after Dorsoduro Hanover and eased past nearing the wire. Odds On Lauderdale, from last, rushed for third while This Is The Plan held fourth. A colt by A Rocknroll Dance, Grand Teton won his third race from 16 starts and his eighth from 28 overall, earning $454,152 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Jimmy Takter trains the $9.60 winner. American History vaulted off cover and seized victory at the wire to take the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:48.3. Thinkbig Dreambig took the lead with Hayden Hanover in second and Done Well third. Past the quarter in :27.1, Thinkbig Dreambig continued his speed to the half in :54.4 while Courtly Choice, from fourth, tipped first over and supplied cover to Stay Hungry heading into the final turn. Courtly Choice drew closer passing three-quarters in 1:21.2 but stalled into the stretch while Thinkbig Dreambig dashed towards the finish. Stay Hungry moved three wide and American History four wide while Done Well weaved through competition and into contention late. American History had the most speed late to get a neck up on Stay Hungry in second while Done Well edged out Thinkbig Dreambig for third. Returning $17.40 to win, American History won his eighth race from 17 starts this season and his 11th from 21 overall, earning $592,065 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Andrew McCarthy drove the Tony Alagna trainee. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover converted off a perfect second-over steer from driver Andrew McCarthy to win the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna trained two-year-old pacing filly got away fifth and was able to pick up cover at half, which led to her powering by rivals in the lane for a career-best 1:51.1 victory. "I wasn't even too concerned if I had to come third-over, I knew that her kick in the stretch would probably be good enough," said McCarthy. "It worked out great that I got a second-over trip and I couldn't ask for any better." Longshot Art Lecture blasted from the outside to the top and battled with a parked out Queen Of The Pride to a :27 opening-quarter. The outside challenger cleared to the top entering the backstretch and reached the half in a sensible :55.4. Sylph Hanover committed first-up from fourth going into the final turn, which allowed Tall Drink Hanover to get towed towards the lead. Queen Of The Pride maintained a lead of just over a length at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover shot off cover and powered home in :27 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Treacherous Reign, who is also trained by Alagna, and Prescient Beauty rallied from third and fourth-over, respectively, to finish in a Dead-Heat for second. Queen Of The Pride crossed the line fourth, while elimination winner Ideation Hanover was fifth. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover swept the elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady to improve her record to five wins in eight starts. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has now earned $406,392 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. "One of the rare occasions when normally it's $350,000 not $35,000 for us," said Katz of purchasing Tall Drink Hanover as a yearling. "There she was in the ring and nothing was going on for whatever reason. She was four or five from the end of the day at Harrisburg. We liked her and were able to buy her for $35,000 and it was a surprise to us." Tall Drink Hanover's victory gives McCarthy and Alagna there first Shes A Great Lady titles. A $2 win ticket on the Captaintreacherous filly returned $4.20. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Cavairt Ally delivered another dominating performance to win the $255,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four-year-old pacing mare and driver Andrew McCarthy made a backstretch move to the lead from fourth and pulled away in the stretch for a three-length victory in 1:51.2. "I really had to leave hard to get away third and then I worked her pretty hard down the backside get the front," said McCarthy. "I chased her on the last turn a little bit to get the engines revving and she did respond, she perked right up and responded." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally entered the Milton final off a stunning career-best 1:48.3 victory in her elimination and made no mistakes Saturday to best a deep field of older pacing mares. Twinkle charged from the rail to grab the first-lead, posting a sharp :26 opening-quarter. Caviart Ally came to the outside before three-eighths and didn't clear to the top until strides before the half, which was reached in :54.3. Caviart Ally faced no pressure in the third-quarter, as first-up challenger Tequila Monday only advanced a single spot after angling out from fourth. The three-quarter pole was reached in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Caviart Ally said goodbye to her rivals and cruised home in :28.3 for the victory. Bettors Up finished second in a tight place-photo with Pure Country. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally's sixth win of the season and 15th overall pushed her over $1 million in career earnings for owners Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. "We are so super proud, she's just a great mare," said Clarence Chaffee, who owns Caviart Farms with his wife, Judy. "She was really good last fall winning the Jugette and then this spring she got sick and it took a while to get her going and back on track, but boy she has really come on now." A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $2.90. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 – Ideation Hanover and Tall Drink Hanover posted victories in Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 19 rookie harness racing pacing fillies competed over two hotly contested $35,000 eliminations. Ideation Hanover and Jody Jamieson took charge early and made their point when it counted the first ‘Great Lady’ elimination. Never worse than third in her eight career races, Ideation Hanover was an overlooked 10/1 at the betting windows, motoring up the inside path to take down tiring leader Treacherous Reign and fend off a late-charging Sylph Hanover on the outside. The 1:51.2 clocking was a lifetime best for the Bettors Delight-Ideal Weather (Western Ideal) daughter. Trainer Dave Menary admitted post-race that he was pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t know how it would all play out.” Announcer Ken Middleton described the “backstretch blast” unleashed by Treacherous Reign as that filly powered out of third to circle Ideation Hanover and Sylph Hanover by the :56 half. Treacherous Reign continued to set the pace, leading by two open lengths over the eventual winner at the 1:23.4 three-quarter-mile mark. With that leader vulnerable in deep stretch, Jamieson’s tactics worked to Ideation Hanover’s perfect advantage. He called Ideation Hanover “the kind of filly who likes to go forward” every start. Stepping out of the shadow of stablemate Quebec Blue Chip after a “disappointing” third-place finish in her last race, a Champlain division at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ideation Hanover was “back on track” for next week’s Shes A Great Lady final, said Menary. The winning filly’s conditioner noted the $50,000 yearling purchase was a bargain: “This family comes from a great pedigree. […] People got off the bandwagon for Bettors Delight. I was happy to bring her home for 50.” Queen of the Pride (Dave Miller) finished third, over Treacherous Reign (Andrew McCarthy) in the first elimination. Ideation Hanover is owned by Ontario-based Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, and Alan Alber. Saturday’s win was her third career victory, returning $22 for a $2 win ticket. An unfortunate incident in deep stretch removed two of the top contenders in the second Shes A Great Lady elimination. Dueling on the lead, Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) appeared to veer into Quebec Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson), taking both out of the race with late breaks and setting the scene of an inquiry. The inquiry resulted in Warrawee Ubeaut being set back twice for creating interference: from sixth back to seventh, then again to ninth in the nine-horse race. Quebec Blue Chip finished eighth, and was placed seventh. Blossom Onthebeach finished seventh and was placed sixth. Deb was ninth, placed eighth. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) had launched to a two-length lead on the front end (27.3), with Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut second and third behind her at the opening quarter. Quebec Blue Chip stepped out to claim the lead by the 55.2 half, with Prescient Beauty settling in third and Warrawee Ubeaut on the attack outside at the three-quarters, which was reached in 1:24.1. Tall Drink Hanover loomed second over in fourth at the three-quarters, a fortunate position for driver Andrew McCarthy’s filly. When the battling leaders made physical contact in the stretch, the Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account (The Panderosa) daughter escaped difficulty and powered to a going-away triumph in 1:51.2—a new personal best, by two-and-a-third lengths over Prescient Beauty. The judges inquiry did not affect the top four finishers in the elimination. Odds On Lucie (another Tony Alagna trainee) was third, over fourth-place Carousel. Winning conditioner Tony Alagna, who has three fillies going to the stake final, said Tall Drink Hanover (a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase) had “a six-week deficit behind these other fillies [over the winter], but she just continues to improve.” Sympathizing with the connections of Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut, he added that their accident took nothing away from Tall Drink Hanover’s performance: “I felt good halfway down the lane that she was going to get there anyway.” It was the fourth win in seven starts for the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar winner, who is owned by Alagna Racing LLC of New Jersey, Marvin Katz of Ontario, and Riverview Racing LLC of Florida. The post-positions for next week’s $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final were drawn following the eliminations. 1. Treacherous Reign 2. Prescient Beauty 3. Ideation Hanover 4. Tall Drink Hanover 5. Carousel 6. Queen Of The Pride 7. Sylph Hanover 8. Odds On St Lucie 9. St Somewhere 10. Art Lecture AE: Money Shot Hanover Nivana Seelster defeats Lazarus N Nirvana Seelster denied Lazarus N a rebound victory with a huge coast-to-coast 1:48.1 victory in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old Bill Budd trainee was blasted to the lead by driver Trevor Henry and posted fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 before powering home in :27.1 for his eighth win of the season. Lazarus N finished second, beat two-lengths. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old left from post-seven and settled in fourth. Driver Yannick Gingras angled Lazarus N to the outside nearing the half and grinded away first-up on the final turn, drawing to within a length and three-quarters of the lead at the third-marker. Nirvana Seelster had no quit in him pacing down the lane, as Lazarus N had to settle for the runner-up finish. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster just missed matching his career-mark of 1:48, which he took last season at Mohawk Park. The fan-favourite, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings last week, has now earned $208,170 in 28 starts this season Nirvana Seelster and Lazarus N were the only two-horses in Saturday's nine-horse field that competed in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. Lazarus N finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was eighth. A $2 win ticket on Nirvana Seelster returned $24.80. Mark McKelvie and Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2018 - Caviart Ally stole the show Friday with a career-best 1:48.3 victory in one of two Milton Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 12 older pacing mares and a three-year-old filly were split into a pair of $35,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (September 22) $255,000 final. The term 'easy-looking' isn't used often to describe a 1:48.3 mile, but Caviart Ally did exactly that in the second Milton split. Driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Noel Daley, Caviart Ally rushed out to the lead and posted a :27.2 opening-quarter. The four-year-old rolled right along in the second-quarter to reach the half in :55 and then proceeded to post a :26.4 third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:21.4. McCarthy sat motionless in the bike as Caviart Ally left her rivals behind and cruised home in :27.4 for the career-best 1:48.3 victory. "Extremely easy, it was surprising," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally's performance. "I was watching the half come up in :55 and I was hoping it was going to be a tick or two slower. "In the last turn she started to rev up and I couldn't really get her down there any slower than 1:21.4. Even finishing up, still had the bits up in her mouth. It was a huge mile, but she did it so easy." Bettors Up finished 4 ¾ lengths behind the winner in second, while Ella Christina was third. L A Delight and three-year-old filly Kendall Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally recorded her fifth win of the season and 14th overall. She now has $134,011 earned in 13 starts this season to bring her career earnings to $956,264 for owners Caviart Farms. Friday's victory also earned Caviart Ally's connections the opportunity to select her post, which comes as a big help after drawing the nine-hole in her last two stakes finals. Caviart Ally paid $3.80 to win and enters next week's final with two wins and two runner-up finishes in her last four starts. Chris Oakes trainee Tequila Monday held off Pure Country to win the first-elimination by the slimmest of margins in 1:50.1. Driver Louis Philippe Roy fired Tequila Monday out to the lead and got to call the shots, posting fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24. Pure Country and driver Yannick Gingras enjoyed a two-hole trip behind the leader and came to the outside turning for home. In the stretch, Tequila Monday and Pure Country sprinted home with powerful strides with the finish line coming just in time for Tequila Monday to hold off Pure Country by a nose. Twinkle finished third, while Nike Franco N and Frost Damage Blues were fourth and fifth, respectively. "Even after the wire I was a little disappointed because I thought Yannick (Gingras) beat me by a nose and even he thought he won too," said Roy following the victory. "She got easy fractions and we were both sprinting at the end. I think both mares will be good for next week because they didn't have to be used much in the first-half." A four-year-old daughter of American Ideal, Tequila Monday is now five for 15 this season with $158,720 earned this season. Her elimination victory improves her career numbers to 17 wins and $771,922 earned for owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday paid $5.10 to win. The post-positions for next week's $255,000 final were drawn immediately following the eliminations. The Milton Stakes final is part of the September 22 Metro Pace card. 1. Twinkle 2. Tequila Monday 3. Nike Franco N 4. LA Delight 5. Caviart Ally 6. Bettors Up 7. Frost Damage Blues 8. Ella Christina 9. Kendall Seelster 10. Pure Country AE: Artistic Madison by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHESTER, PA - Checkered Past got the jump on the harness racing field and went on to her second straight victory, winning the $17,000 featured distaff pace Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52.3, equaling the lifetime best she recorded in winning seven days previously. Driver Andrew McCarthy, a three-time winner on the card, made two speed moves with the sophomore American Ideal filly and had it easy from there, with a five-length lead at headstretch and finishing three lengths ahead. The winner of $137,323 may have the current form to handle the class stepup she will now have to take for trainer Peter Foley and All Star Racing Inc. The winner of the $16,000 co-feature trot also was victorious for the second straight outing, as the Cantab Hall gelding Scirocco Imsosmart worked to the lead past the quarter and won in 1:55.4 for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr.; driver David Miller went McCarthy one better with four sulky successes. And a full brother to Ariana G who is 4-for-5 to date at three after not starting at two also rates a mention: trainer Jimmy Takter seems to have the Muscle Hill colt Fleet Admiral finally on track, with driver Jimmy Takter bringing the horse home nearly ten lengths to the good. In matching the two feature winners with two straight wins, Fleet Admiral tied his mark of 1:54.4 for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and the S R F Stable. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will host the $320,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships on a special Labor Day card starting at 12:40. Freshman trotting filly Southwind Storm will attempt to be only the third horse in the ten-year history of the program to sweep her four prelims and then her Championship, starting from post three in the ninth race. But a word of caution: including ties, nine horses who led their division in the pointstandings are in Monday, and they might note that last year only one divisional pointleader, 3PF Freakonomics, went on to take her Championship. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

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