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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  

The second round of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters is set for Thursday night, Aug. 29, at The Red Mile. Six $30,000 KYSS races open up the 13-race card which kicks off at 7 p.m. (EDT). Race 1 is the lone division for male trotters and the Jimmy Takter-trained stablemates Wolfgang and Tactical Landing will start from posts 1 and 2, respectively, in the 10-horse field. Wolfgang, who won the Goodtimes final at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands, bounced back from a disappointing off-the-board finish in his Hambletonian elimination to capture the first KYSS leg in 1:53.2 for driver Jordan Stratton. Stratton is back behind the son of My MVP who is listed as the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind Tactical Landing, who is the 8-5 favorite. Tactical Landing, with Takter in the sulky, made a break at the start of last week's KYSS heat but after falling nearly two dozen lengths behind, caught the field and closed rapidly down the stretch to finish just 4 ¼ lengths behind Wolfgang in third. The son of Muscle Hill, who was an $800,000 yearling purchase, has shown quick improvement this year, capturing his Hambletonian elimination and then finishing third in the $1 million final. The single KYSS division for male pacers is an 11-horse field (Race 6) with the Takter-trained (and driven) Grand Teton drawing the trailing 11 post. Despite overcoming the far outside post 10 in the opening round to score a 1:51 victory and moving inside on Thursday, Grand Teton, a son of A Rocknroll Dance, is listed as the 4-1 third choice. Favored at 2-1 from post 4 is KYSS newcomer American History, a four-time winner this year including a 1:47 sizzler at the Meadowlands. Trained by Tony Alagna, the son of American Ideal is coming off a second-place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic final at Tioga Downs. Andy McCarthy will drive American History, who also has a runner-up finish on his ledger in the Adios final at The Meadows. The 5-2 second choice is recent Carl Milstein Memorial (at Northfield Park) champ Thinkbig Dreambig, who will start from post 6 for trainer Takter and driver Stratton. The son of Bettor's Delight was a half-length back of Grand Teton in second in the KYSS opener as the 1-9 betting favorite. There are two KYSS divisions for filly pacers and the second split (Race 4) is stacked as the one-two finishers in each split last week have landed in this heat. Dance Blue, a most-impressive 1:50.2 winner in leg one starts from post 4 for driver McCarthy and trainer Nancy Johansson at morning-line odds of 7-5, while Pure Paradise, who scored a first-leg win in 1:55, starts from post 6 for driver David Miller and trainer Brian Brown as the 3-1 second choice. Runners-up Neverforgetwhour and Band Stand start from posts 2 and 5, with drivers Elliott Deaton and Matt Krueger, respectively. The first division (Race 2) appears wide open, with Hurrikane Empress (Peter Wrenn, post 2) and Sun Shines Bright (Stratton, post 7), who were third and fourth, respectively, last time out to Dance Blue, the program favorites. Three divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters last week have turned into a pair of 10-horse splits this time out. While first-leg winner Live Laugh Love sits this round out, Urban Legend and Top Expectations, who captured the other two splits, are out to repeat. Urban Legend, who was a 1:54.2 winner, drew post 6 in the first division (Race 3), for driver Marcus Johansson and trainer Nancy Johansson. Despite the victory, Urban Legend is the 3-1 second choice behind 2-1 favorite Pat Matters, who closed fast to finish second to Live Laugh Love in the opening round. Pat Matters will be driven by Takter for trainer Paul Kelley. Top Expectations, who was a 1:55.4 winner and is looking to defend her 2017 KYSS title, starts from post 1 in the second division (Race 5). Stratton drives the 2-1 favorite for trainer Erv Miller. The third and final KYSS prelims for 2-year-old trotters is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, with the last leg for 2-year-old pacers on Saturday, Sept. 9. Leg three for the 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Sunday, Sept. 9. The up-to-date point standings for each division can be viewed by clicking here. The top-10 point-earners in each of the eight divisions will return for the $2 million KYSS championships on Sunday, Sept. 16, with a special afternoon post time of 3 p.m. The eight $250,000 finals will be the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair, which will take place that day from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Also, several musical acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery among the performers. The racing program will be kicked off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes       Gordon Waterstone   The Horseman And Fair World  

CHESTER, PA -Checkered Past turned the tables on Dr J's Kiss in the $17,000 featured pace for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, rallying smartly from the pocket to lower her lifetime mark to 1:52.3. Last week Checkered Past, coming off a 21-day layoff and stuck with the outside post seven, set the pace in this class, but couldn't hold off Dr J's Kiss, who rallied off cover. This week the victorious daughter of American Ideal pushed her archrival to a 27.1 quarter before yielding to sit the golden trip behind her through middle fractions of 57 and 1:24.2, then moved out nearing headstretch under Andrew McCarthy's guidance and paced past her rival, leaving her 1¾ lengths back at the finish. Peter Foley trains the winner of $128,823 for All Star Racing Inc. For driver McCarthy, again this year a serious candidate for the year-end Rising Star Award, the feature victory was one of six on the Wednesday card; in his last three appearances at Philly, he's had 14 triumphs. And he's not doing so bad "on the road" either, winning the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga on Sunday with Western Fame, longest shot on the board, helping to run his seven-day calendar tally total to 19. If you're trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and your colt Fleet Admiral has made breaks early in all three of his starts so far, what do you do? You let him get away sixth ahead of a breaker in a field of seven, you pull on the right line late on the first turn, and you let him take it from there. And that's what the Muscle Hill - Cantab It All full brother to All The Time and Ariana G did, rambling up to the lead, and holding on well in the stretch to lower his mark to 1:54.4. The blossoming sophomore, who had posted a win and a second despite the three-time early unruliness, may be finally coming around for owner Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and the S R F Stable. The Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old pacing filly group takes over the Philly spotlight the next two days for their final preliminary rounds. The Stallion Series group goes in four divisions on Thursday, while there will be two sections of Sire Stakes action the following day. No filly was able to win in all three of the prelims to date, but each card will feature two double winners: May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick on Thursday, and Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign on Friday. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 18, 2018 -- Treacherous Reign stretched out previously unbeaten Warrawee Ubeaut the first quarter, then wore her down late to pull off the upset in Saturday's $180,862 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over three divisions, with Sylph Hanover and Bestseller Hanover taking the other splits. Warrawee Ubeaut had won three straight -- including two PASS splits -- to start her career, but Treacherous Reign and Andrew McCarthy refused to release her early, forcing her to a brisk half of 54.4. Sensing the leader's vulnerability, McCarthy pulled the pocket with Treacherous Reign at the three-quarters; they surged near the wire to down Warrawee Ubeaut by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Rockn Philly earned show. "I wanted to make her (Warrawee Ubeaut) work a little bit the first quarter," McCarthy said. "She had to go pretty good fractions after that. My filly was feeling really strong at the three-quarters. The pace was starting to slow down, and I wanted to make sure I didn't get buried." Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. Sylph Hanover was unhurried early, and it nearly cost her, as she needed a serious uncovered bid to track down the game Sweeter Lulu and down her by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:52.1. Sweet Chrome followed cover for show. "She's been getting a little hot the last couple starts," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "So we wanted to do things quietly, not get her revved up. I wanted to make one late run with her. She finished great, that's for sure." Ron Burke conditions Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli. The stretch drive became a page-turner for Bestseller Hanover, as she was attacked by Stonebridge Soul on the outside and She's Allright in the Lightning Lane. The ending was happy, though, as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror prevailed in 1:52.4 for Dave Palone, trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms. Stonebridge Soul was a head back in second with She's Allright third. "We didn't do any pacing until the eighth pole home," Palone said. "We turned it into a sprint. It would've been tough to catch her from there. We probably came that last eighth in 12 and change." It was one of five wins for Palone on the 13-race card. The freshman fillies will contest one more preliminary PASS leg -- Aug. 24 at Harrah's Philadelphia-- before returning to the Meadows Sept. 1 for the $252,000 championship. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: the Tarport Effrat, a $162,012 PASS, and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

MILTON, ON - August 14, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover avoided a second-quarter jam up to win Tuesday's $37,000 Whenuwishuponastar Series Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight rookie pacing fillies competed in the finale of the three-week Whenuwishuponastar Series. Trainer Tony Alagna sent out the strong duo of round one winners Key West and Tall Drink Hanover. The betting public made Key West the heavy 1-5 favourite, but a second-quarter incident likely cost her a third-consecutive victory. Carousel and driver Doug McNair blasted off the wings of the gate to grab the early lead and post a :27.4 opening-quarter. Tall Drink Hanover got away third, while Key West was following fourth. As the field entered the backstretch, driver Andrew McCarthy angled Tall Drink Hanover to the outside, which turned out to be the winning move. Carousel appeared to pull herself up, leading to Tarryn A Strip and Key West getting into a jam up collision. Key West made a break due to the interference. The favourite did reset to stay in the race mid-pack. Meanwhile, Tall Drink Hanover scooted away and posted fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover cruised home in :27.4 to collect her second win in four starts. Key West grinded through the mix up on the outside around the final turn and ultimately finished up in :27.3 to cross the wire second, beat 3 ½ lengths. Deb finished third, while Abuelita Hanover and Beach Bar finished in a dead-heat for fourth. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase and is owned by Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. The Alagna trainee has followed up back-to-back third-place finishes at The Meadowlands with a pair of wins at Mohawk Park. "She's pretty nice this filly, does everything right, covers a lot of ground and really handy," said McCarthy after driving Tall Drink Hanover for the first-time Tuesday. "We got lucky coming out of the first turn, we missed that carnage...we weren't going a helluva lot at that stage, so I thought I would get her out and getting her moving and try and get her up front there close enough and I just got lucky that I did move her when I did." On the heels of Captain Ahab's Dream Maker victory Monday, Tall Drink Hanover gave the Alagna barn its second series victory in as many nights. "This filly has been improving," said Alagna post-race. "She came from the Harrisburg Sale as opposed to the Lexington Sale, like Key West did, and she's been on the improve and we were just lucky that Key West and this filly didn't get in trouble when that filly of Doug's (McNair) made a break or pulled up on the front." Tall Drink Hanover established a new career-mark with her 1:52.1 clocking and has now earned $27,900 for her connections. She paid $15.80 to win. Tuesday evening's card also saw Dancer Hall collect his fourth Preferred victory of the season for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Paul Reid. The four-year-old was a coast to coast in 1:52.3 over four rivals in the $34,000 top-trot. The victory was the seventh in 12 starts this season and 15th overall for the Reid trainee, Dancer Hall has now earned $136,000 of his $235,650 career earnings this season for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. He paid $3.30 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

WILKES-BARRE, PA - In the three divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakesfor three-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winners Kissin In The Sand, Sansovina Hanover, and Alexa's Power all greatly helped their chances of reaching their divisional Championship, to take place on September 2 at Pocono. Kissin In The Sand, of course, has battled with Youaremycandygirl for divisional bragging rights for the last several weeks, and many Pocono fans thought her very hard journey on the rim in winning the Lynch Championship during Sun Stakes Saturday on June 30 to be the outstanding performance of that evening.  The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere had it much easier on Saturday, as driver Scott Zeron tucked her third early, then moved to the lead in front of the stands, with the pair pacing home in 54.4 - 27 to be three lengths clear at the end of a 1:50.3 mile. The Nancy Johansson trainee, owned by Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stables, now has earnings of $403,822 with an 8-5-3-0 scorecard this year and a lifetime tally of 12 wins and $634,997 in winnings. When Youaremycandygirl nosed out Kissin In The Sand in the Shady Daisy at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, just a neck back in third, with the same 1:48.2 clocking as the first two, was another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Alexa's Power, so it seems appropriate that that filly could dominate her Sire Stakes field, winning in 1:50.4.  Tim Tetrick set sail with his filly early and the pair went right down the pike, blitzing to the wire in 54.3 - 27.1 to check home four lengths to the good of previous double Sire Stake winner Sidewalk Dancer. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $319,776, who took a new mark, for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder. While the other two winners had had a second in their only Sire Stakes showing prior to tonight, Sansovina Hanover raced in both prior legs and finished third. But Sansovina Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy brought their "A" game to Pocono, going first-over against the other previous Sire Stakes two-time winner, Serene Stride, and then leaving her behind the last 1/8 to be 3¼ lengths in front at the finish. Completing a sweep for sire Somebeachsomewhere, Sansovina Hanover recorded both her first win of the year and a new personal best, raising her earnings to $175,160 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Michelle Yanek; and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The veteran Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor's Edge raised his career earnings to $2,161,456 as he won the $21,500 top conditioned pace, holding off the stretch surge of Music Is Art by a half-length in 1:50.3. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the pacer to Victory Lane for the 43rd time as he won for trainer Jennifer Lappe, who is also co-owner with Robert Santagata. Tomorrow night at Pocono, the fillies' Stallion Series counterparts go to the gate in three divisions. In their previous two preliminaries, there have been 10 divisions and 10 different winners; eight of those winners will be in Sunday's contest, hoping to solidify themselves slots in their Championship event. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - Dream Baby Dream is exceptionally-bred - she is a Muscle Hill ¾ sister to the top 2YO filly Sonnet Grace, and her granddam is the great CR Kay Suzie - and her breeding potential was made manifest at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon when she won the $17,000 featured trot in 1:53.2. Andrew McCarthy had Dream Baby Dream in the middle of a three-abreast charge into the first turn, with Magic Night to her left and favored Make It A Double to her right, and when the chalk broke her task became much easier. The winner passed Magic Night before the 27.2 quarter, rolled down the road with middle numbers of 56.1 and 1:24.3, and won by two lengths over Impacter, who had gotten a tuck behind the winner after a first-over move but could not go with her late. Dream Baby Dream has now win half of her six seasonal starts for trainer Brett Pelling and Wiesman Farms LLC, and she pushed her career bankroll to $216,596. In one of two $14,500 co-featured trots, the Credit Winner mare Lovely Lynnly rebounded from a break in her latest race, sitting the two-hole behind favorite Winneress then going by that one easily in the last quarter to stop the timer in 1:54.1 for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Jake Leamon, and the ownership of Hutt Racing Stable, Lynnly Stable, and Joseph Battaglia. In the other co-feature, Wisenheimer sat the pocket trip behind Turn The Paige, charged up the inside to challenge in the lane and came up just shy in 1:54.2, but Turn The Paige bore in through the lane putting Wisenheimer into tight quarters, and thus Wisenheimer was placed first over the offending rival. Corey Callahan was in the sulky behind the victorious Jenny Melander trainee-lessee. Also noteworthy: Sylvesteramerica IT got his first Stateside win for expatriate Jerry Riordan and wife Lisa and their Riordan Stables AB, pointed down the road by David Miller and setting blistering fractions of 27.1, 55.4, and 1:24 en route to a 1:53 triumph. Bob Baggitt Jr. has been handling the local conditioning of the Varenne gelding. And Phaetosive's full baby brother Explosivematter lowered his record to 1:57.4 as he raised his career standings to 3-2-1-0. Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacing colts will command the spotlight at Harrah's Philadelphia this weekend, with three divisions of the third preliminary for each grouping. On Friday, the Stallion Series horses will be competing, while in Sunday's Sire Stakes Grand Teton, Done Well, and Hayden Hanover have been tabbed as the morning line favorites. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Muscle Diamond got a second-over trip behind Gural Hanover around the final turn before surging to the lead in the stretch to win Saturday's $30,000 Vincennes Open Trot by a neck over Satin Dancer in 1:51 on a track labeled sloppy because of morning rain at the Meadowlands. Lagerfeld was third. Muscle Diamond, who raced without shoes, was fifth through the first half of the race before making his move with driver Andy McCarthy following a battle up front between Gural Hanover and favorite Obrigado. "There were some nice horses in there," winning trainer Brett Bittle said. "I've never pulled his front shoes off, and I was worried about the track today doing it. I've pulled his back shoes off quite often and it's seemed to agree with him. I know he won today but it didn't look like it really agreed with him. I didn't think he was gaited that great, but he got it done." Muscle Diamond is a 6-year-old stallion owned by Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, Dan Bittle and Brett Bittle. The son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover has won 14 of 46 races and $720,099 in his career. Obrigado, a former Dan Patch Award-winner, finished fourth. Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian winner, was fifth. Muscle Diamond paid $6.00, $3.80 and $2.80. Satin Dancer returned $13.80 and $6.60. Lagerfeld paid $3.40. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

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