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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

CHESTER, PA - Brunhilda, hard-used to get the lead by a fast quarter, withstood a game late charge by Dolphin Island to take the $16,000 distaff pacing feature on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in a lifetime best of 1:51.4. The favored daughter of Well Said was pushed by second choice Dolphin Island to make the lead off the first turn after a 26.4 quarter, then put up middle splits of 54.4 and 1:23.3. In the stretch Dolphin Island made a charge up the inside, but Brunhilda kept it together to post a neck victory for trainer Eddie Sager and the Dead Crab Stable. Brunhilda was driven by Andrew McCarthy, and the triumph was #1998 in the 32-year-old's still-young career. McCarthy looked to have a good chance to add #1999 with the freshman pacing filly Odds On Naples, but the pair were caught late by Stonebridge Soul (Marcus Miller) in 1:53.3, equaling the divisional season's record: Sweeter Lulu went in 1:53.3 in the 11th race here last Friday, and Stonebridge Soul won in 1:53.3 in the 11th race this Friday. Tim Tetrick had another big day at Philly with three victories, including putting a new mark of 1:51.2 on the Sportswriter mare Future Headlines in the $14,500 co-feature. Future Headlines parlayed a pocket journey into a visit to Victory Lane for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and the partnership of Bamond Racing LLC and David Heffering. The best day of all for a driver, however, was turned in by George Napolitano Jr., who came home first four times, three of them for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Hererra. From PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Driver Corey Callahan recorded five victories on the Thursday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, including a $30.80 upset with Wisenheimer in one of two $14,500 divisions of the day's featured trotting event. Wisenheimer raced behind the cover of Valley Of Sin as the latter attacked pacesetting favorite Crazy About Pat. The leader jumped offstride midway around the final turn, with Valley Of Sin able to go the lead and the inside, leaving Wisenheimer uncovered, but the Revenue S gelding battled on to the finish to take a 1:54.3 decision. P L Icabod, who had to dodge the breaking horse along the inside, closed to be a head shy on the money, with Valley Of Sin another head off in finishing third behind the winner, who is trained by Jenny Melander; she also races the winner of $356,236 under lease. Amid Callahan's quintet were the two highest-priced winners of the day, with Wisenheimer topped two races later by $47.40 victress Beatrice, also a trotter coming from off the pace. In the other featured trotting event, Izoh was all "go" from the start, cutting the pace then withstanding the first-over grinding move of favored Wheelsandthelegman to win by a length while lowering his mark a tick to 1:54.1. The winning Crazed gelding is trained by Frank Ingrassia and was driven by his wife Jackie, who is the co-owner with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran. Driver Andrew McCarthy cut the distance to his milestone 2000th career win in half during the Thursday Philly action, reporting home first three times to bring his lifetime total to 1997. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been a long time between drinks for harness racing's 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman, but his extended wait to return to the winner's circle is finally over. The Jimmy Takter trainee, who last won on May 29, 2016 in a stakes event in Sweden, took the featured conditioned trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52 by a half-length over Misslarose. Opulent Yankee finished third. Prior to his score in Sweden, Pinkman's previous North American victory came in the October 10, 2015 Kentucky Futurity, two months after he hoisted Hambletonian hardware. Friday night, driver Andy McCarthy was in the sulky as Pinkman, who never saw the rail, was in a live second-over flow heading for three-quarters. He tipped off his cover in midstretch and rolled to his 19th career win in 42 starts for owners C. Takter, John and Jim Fielding, J. McClelland and H. Liverman. Lifetime, the 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter has earned $2.65 million. As the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, Pinkman returned $8.00 to win. Lindy The Great, the 3-2 public choice, broke stride before the quarter. HAMBO HOPEFULS: The Paula Wellwood-trained Southwind Chrome crushed an overmatched field in a non-winners of two earlier on the card. The Hambletonian eligible, a son of Chapter Seven, was driven by Scott Zeron and completed the mile in 1:54 as the 1-5 favorite for his first-ever win in his fifth start. Zephyr Kronos, trained and driven by Takter, won a non-winners of three later in the evening. The son of Ready Cash, another Hambo eligible, scored on the front end in 1:53 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering. A LITTLE MORE: The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $262,148. ... One lucky player walked away with $11,470 after being the only bettor to survive eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-9. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race card totaled $1,767,338. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It wasn't your typical Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In addition to the usual competitive 11-race program and simulcast of the C$1 million North America Cup from Woodbine Mohawk Park, the mile oval hosted something a bit unusual. The seventh-annual editions of the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian were contested, much to the delight of the huge crowd that gathered on a beautiful evening. In the Ostrich Derby, Olive Petal had a strong late rally to record the win, Geisha had good foot from between rivals to get second, with Smooty's Poof settling for third. The Cameltonian saw I Got Patience get away well at the start and go on to an easy victory over Military Catman, Lord Clairol and Old Man Dan, who had a rough go of it at the start. WESTERN FAME TAKES FEATURE: After finishing second a week ago behind All Bets Off, who was establishing a national-season's record of 1:48, Western Fame appeared more than ready to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, which he did, in 1:49.1. Driver Andy McCarthy put the 5-year-old son of Western Ideal on the point just after the quarter and was then permitted to rate the middle half in :55.3 before sprinting home in :26.1 to win for trainer Jimmy Takter. Emeritus Maximus was a length back in second. Bettor's Edge finished third. As the 4-5 favorite, Western Fame paid $3.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only holder of a winning 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 ticket, and for surviving all 10 legs of the wager, he or she walked away with $13,953. ... McCarthy won three races on the program, while Vinny Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr. and Eric Abbatiello won two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $1,764,225. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $258,907. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

CHESTER PA - Arch Credit and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy never looked back in winning the $17,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the altered son of Credit Winner posting a new mark of 1:54. Arch Credit posted fractions of 27, 56.4, and 1:24.4, the last-named while shaking off the first-over bid of Pricelesspossesion. Through the stretch favored Mississippi Storm, caught third-in, had to wait a long time for clearance between horses - and when he did find it, he was directly behind the winner and had to be shut off nearing the wire, yet still took second behind the Ron Burke trainee, who now has earned $113,983 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Cantab Hall gelding Perseverance found a drop in class to his liking, taking a $14,500 co-featured trot while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:54.4. David Miller had to go the hard route with the winner, tucking third and then having to go first-over, but the winner of $143,887 was more than equal to the task, winning by a half-length over favored pacesetter Classic Belisima for trainer Eric Ell and the ownership of Ken Wood, Tribbett Racing, Bill Ditmar Jr., and Steve Iaquinta. From the PHHA/Harrah's

CHESTER PA - The Big Jim mare Stormtracker, second and third in Burning Point series legs at The Meadowlands and beaten only three lengths in the final, enjoyed the drop in company on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, lowering her mark to 1:51.3 while winning the $17,000 featured conditioned pace for distaffs. Tim Tetrick, engaged in a hot battle with George Napoiltano Jr. for early meet supremacy among the drivers, made an early move to the lead with Stormtracker and continued in command from there, with identical halves of 55.4 leaving her a clear winner. Linda Toscano conditions the winner - and we do mean "winner," as she is now 8 for 15 lifetime - for Enviro Stable LTD, Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC, and John Mehlenbacher. In a pair of $16,000 conditioned co-features, the pace was won by the Bettor's Delight gelding Commentariat, driven by Andrew McCarthy to a new mark of 1:51.4 for trainer Noel Daley and the Caviart Farms, while the trot saw Moonshiner Hanover, a winner of over $400,000 at 2 and 3, make his 2018 debut a triumphant one, the son of Andover Hall finishing in 1:53.4 for driver David Miller and trainer Christopher Beaver, the latter co-owner with Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. The "Miller Gang" was again riding high at Philly on Wednesday, with nine wins among them - David four, Andy three, and Marcus two. Harrah's Philadelphia will be hosting a special Kentucky Derby Day card on Saturday at 12:40 p.m., with the features the inaugural events in the $1.8M Great Northeast Open Series, with $30,000 contests for trotters (Opulent Yankee, Melady's Monet, Rock Of Cashel) and pacing mares (Darlinonthebeach, Nike Franco N, Lispatty).   Jerry Connors

Hightstown, NJ --- Andy McCarthy has spent the past several years rising through the ranks of North America’s harness racing drivers, and the 31-year-old Aussie native is hoping to continue the trend when he returns later this month from his winter holiday. McCarthy has seen his purse earnings increase annually since the start of 2013, reaching $5.52 million in 2017. His campaign last season was bolstered by successes on the Grand Circuit, winning events including the Jugette with Caviart Ally and Spirit of Massachusetts with JL Cruze, as well as in state-restricted stakes. In fact, McCarthy won seven stakes worth at least six figures in 2017, compared to three in 2016 and one in 2015. Additionally, last year he hit the board 33 times in races worth at least $70,000, out of 63 attempts, and did so with horses with double- or triple-digit odds in 15 of those starts. Six times he had the favorite, winning five. He failed to get a check only four times with horses at less than 6-1 odds. “Every year has kind of gotten better and better,” McCarthy said. “That’s always my goal. It’s a lot more fun driving the stakes horses than just the daily grind. I’d really like to get on the stakes circuit a little bit more and hopefully I can keep the drives I had last year and keep those horses on the right path. “Hopefully now people are starting to trust me more with their good horses in the big-money races. If I can keep getting the job done more and more, hopefully it picks up from there. I think that’s the biggest thing. People need to see you as a big-race driver and not just a driver that can handle a good horse in an overnight race.” A chance meeting with trainer Noel Daley inspired McCarthy to leave Australia and head to the U.S. in 2007. In his third lifetime drive in the States, McCarthy piloted Daley’s Took Hanover to a 1:49 win in the open at the Meadowlands. McCarthy now has 1,884 victories in North America. “I’ve always said if it wasn’t for Noel I wouldn’t be here,” said McCarthy, who teamed with Daley on stakes-winners Caviart Ally, Cool Cates, and Sortie last year. “He was the guy early on that gave me a shot in the bigger races. He stuck by me and really put me on the map.” McCarthy is a third generation horseman. His brothers Todd and Luke, who raced in the U.S. in 2009, are successful drivers in Australia and his father John is a highly-regarded trainer. The McCarthy family was selected by the Bathurst Harness Racing Club as its 2016 Gold Crown honoree. During the winter, McCarthy and his family return to Australia for several weeks, as well as travel to other locales abroad. This year included stops in Paris and Sri Lanka. While in Paris, McCarthy got to drive a race at Vincennes, piloting Angel Dark for trainer Anders Lindqvist and co-owner Peter Gerry/Arden Homestead Stable. “I try to get away every year for at least two months to get out of the winter a little bit,” McCarthy said. “By the end of the season, I’m always ready to take a break. My kids aren’t in school yet so I’m fortunate enough to do it.” In addition to winning the Jugette and Spirit of Massachusetts last year, McCarthy captured Kindergarten Series championships with Hey Blondie, Tito, and Points North; Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships with Pedro Hanover and Caviart Ally; and the Buckette with Cool Cates. “Winning the Jugette was a huge thrill and Caviart Ally had a really good year,” McCarthy said. “Kindergarten finals night was pretty special, as well. “I really enjoyed driving Hey Blondie all year. I think she should have a pretty good year as long as she stays sound. She was just such a nice filly to drive. She did whatever you wanted. Pedro Hanover was pretty special to drive as well. I kind of picked him up later in the year, not long before the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. I ended up having a nice group of horses there toward the end of it.” McCarthy will return to driving in the middle of March, with his focus on the Meadowlands, Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. And, hopefully, the Grand Circuit. “I’m ready to get back into it,” McCarthy said. “I’m pretty excited. I’ve got some nice horses to come back to this year. Hopefully they pan out.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 4, 2017) - When you're hot, you're hot, and nobody cut through the chilly 40-degree November air like harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. McCarthy won three of the four Kindergarten Classic Finals on the opening night of the Fall/Winter Meet at the Big M. McCarthy kicked off his streak in the $198,000 filly trot by changing tactics with Hey Blondie, who had not shown any gate speed in her previous races, including a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown Final last week at Hoosier Park. "I post paraded her tonight and she felt great so I thought I would take a shot and leave out of there with her," explained McCarthy. "I didn't want a slow middle half and have to come first over so I just decided to take a shot and race her from the front. She has always been strong at the end of the mile." Hey Blondie held off favored Basquiat to win in 1:53.4 with Dab Hanover third. Hey Blondie McCarthy struck again in the $214,900 Colt Trot with 7/5 favorite Tito. The Erv Miller-trainee battled some sickness in July, but has rounded back in to form and scored the richest win of his young career in 1:55. Tito will next be pointed to the Valley Victory, part of the Fall Final Four at the Meadowlands with finals on November 25. Tito The most drama of the night came in the $150,000 final for the pacing colts and geldings. Points North, a Pinske Stables homebred by Somebeachsomewhere out of the family's Northwest Hanover, held off the late kick of longshot Fashiononthebeach to win in a lifetime-best 1:51.1. "He's really good in the stretch," said McCarthy. "He'll keep fighting when you're driving on him. He started a little slow and he has matured as the season has gone on. I figured there would be a big first eighth of a mile. I had to pull him and in the stretch he dug in." Points North The most impressive performance of the night came in the filly pace where Kissin in the Sand made up for her disappointing Breeders Crown elimination with an eye-popping score in her $140,550 final. Kissin in the Sand and Yannick Gingras parked out second-choice I'm Trigger Happy through matching opening quarters of :27.1. I'm Trigger Happy wilted from that taxing half mile while Kissin in the Sand continued on her speed mission. She polished off a lifetime-best 1:50.3 effort with a :27.3 last quarter to hold safe from runner-up Reign on Me. It was 1/5 of a second off the track record set by JK She'salady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, trained by Nancy Johansson. "She's a little more high strung and difficult, but they're both fast," said Johansson when asked to compare the two fillies. "She's been very special from the beginning. Training down she showed a lot of speed but she was always quirky, but the first time we brought her to the Meadowlands she was professional and handled her business. She was very impressive and I don't think it took anything out of her." Kissin in the Sand The highly-anticipated Pick 10 Survivor made its debut on Saturday and handled $11,600. With a tricky early sequence of winners, 33 tickets survived through the first four races and received a payout of $298.66. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

After letting a lead slip away in her elimination, Caviart Ally will try and be a little less zealous and a lot more powerful down the stretch in Friday's $500,000 Breeders Crown final for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers at Hoosier Park. Entering last Friday's elimination as one of the favorites, Caviart Ally left from the rail and led into the stretch before fading to fifth, behind upset winner Ella Christina, Idyllic Beach, Agent Q and Carol's Z Tam. "She got a little aggressive on me, so we might have to make a couple changes to get her quieted down," driver Andy McCarthy said. "It was her first time at the track and as soon as we went out there I could tell she was a little too aggressive. I would have liked to have raced her a little better, but I really didn't have any option." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally has hit the board in 15 of 18 starts, with seven wins, five places and three shows. Her biggest win was also the biggest ever for long-time owners Judy and Buck Chaffee, when she claimed the Jugette Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. She leads all finalists in 2017 earnings with $556,145. "We'll get her settled down for next week," McCarthy said. "I'm sure she will be a lot better. She's had a great year. She's done a good job this year. (Her elimination) was a little uncharacteristic, with her getting hot like that." Speaking of getting hot, Ella Christina was on fire in a good way at the tail end of the elimination. She entered the race at 35-1 odds and entered the top of the stretch in sixth place. Ella Christina joined the large group of frontrunners late, and was angled out by driver Tim Tetrick before roaring down the center of the track to win it in a time of 1:51. Ella Christina, who has seven wins and two places in 17 season's starts, entered the Breeders Crown elimination off a sixth-place finish in the Courageous Lady. She led for most of the mile in that race before dropping back in the stretch, but managed to reverse her fortunes in this one. "We shipped five hours that morning to Cleveland and we ended up pulling her blood Monday morning after the race and she tied up," said trainer Nick Surick, whose horse has earned $120,311 this year. "Her muscle enzymes were pretty high and she just wasn't herself that day. "She got stuck on the lead and they pressed her (:26.4 opening quarter, :55 half); she really never got a breather. She's a smaller filly and they were at her throat the whole mile, and she just wasn't having it that night." Ella Christina got by Idyllic Beach (second) and Agent Q (third) in the Crown elimination while they were challenging Caviart Ally for the lead. "She was all right," Agent Q's trainer Aaron Lambert said. "We'll tune her up a little this week and look forward (to the final). We'll maybe give her a little more of a blowout this week." She will hope to make up for heartbreak after finishing second by a nose in last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. Driven by David Miller, Agent Q is tied with Tequila Monday for the second most wins this season (eight) among the finalists, behind only Blazin Britches who has 10. She is also the second-highest earner at $509,066, having finished in the money in 12 of 14 starts. And her best time of 1:48.4 is tied with Blazin Britches for fastest in the field. "Her season has been great," Lambert said. "Except for getting sick one time and making a break the other time, you couldn't fault her. (Making the break) was just an off track, and one of those racing incidents. Apart from that she's been super." Despite Idyllic Beach not being able to close for an elimination victory, trainer Jimmy Takter was happy with the effort of last year's Dan Patch Award winner as best 2-year-old female pacer. "She raced really good," Takter said. "She was battling on and off several tie-ups (this year); I had a big problem with that. We missed a few starts because of that. It looks like she's coming back in the right form." With Yannick Gingras in the sulky, Idyllic Beach has won $376,671 this year thanks to four firsts, four seconds and three thirds in 15 starts. "She's a player," Takter said. "You can never rule her out. She's always on the board. She's made over a million dollars (lifetime); I'm proud of her. She could be right there." Two horses who received byes into the final were Mark Steacy's Obvious Blue Chip (six wins, $374,430), who has been in the money in 10 of 16 starts; and Chris Oakes' Tequila Monday (eight wins, $379,517), who has hit the board in 16 of 20 starts. Following is the field for Friday's $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly pace. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Blazin Britches by Rock N Roll Heaven - Trace Tetrick - Brian Brown - 6/1 2 - Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight - Andrew McCarthy - Noel Daley - 3/1 3 - Ella Christina by Western Ideal  - Tim Tetrick - Nick Surick - 4/1 4 - Inverse Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - Peter Wrenn - R. Nifty Norman - 20/1 5 - Agent Q by Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert - 7/2 6 - Carol's Z Tam by Always A Virgin - Ricky Macomber Jr .- Jamie Macomber - 15/1  7 - Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 9/2 8 - Jaye's A Lady by McArdle - Andy Miller - Nancy Johansson - 30/1 9 - Tequila Monday by American Ideal - David Miller - Chris Oakes - 15/1 10 - Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe - Scott Zeron - Mark Steacy - 12/1 by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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