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Caviart Ally and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy showed why they were the best Wednesday afternoon as the pair won the 47th  $273,250 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday afternoon. In the $163,950 second and final heat, Blazin Britches (Trace Tetrick) and Caviart Ally used the inside positions that they earned in the eliminations to sprint out the early lead as the field of eight passed the quarter mile pole in :27 3/5. Blazin Britches kept Caviart Ally behind her through the half in :55 4/5. McCarthy tipped the eventual winner off the rail at the three-quarters in 1:23 3/5. The crowd urged the pair down the lane and Caviart Ally cleared by ¾ of a length in 1:51 3/5. Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) rounded out the top three. New Zealand native, Noel Daley trains the Bettor's Delight filly for Caviart Farms. McCarthy, an Australian native, won the Jugette for the first time, capping a three win day at the Delaware County Fair. In the second elimination, Caviart Ally used the inside post and took control of the race and went by the ¼ mile pole in :27 1/5. Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) was the first to challenge the pacesetter as the field approached the half mile station in :56 3/5. McCarthy asked his charge for more and Caviart Ally opened up at the three-quarters in 1:23 4/5. Caviart Lady won by 5 lengths over Tequila Monday (David Miller). Idyllic Beach hung on for third and Ella Christina (Tim Tetrick) advanced to the final with her fourth place finish. The first $54,650 elimination went to Blazin Britches by 2¼ lengths over Obvious Blue Chip in 1:52 1/5. The Brian Brown trainee is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. That pair hope to win the 72nd Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Jugette Day Undercard Driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley teamed up after their Jugette elimination win to take the $80,575 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters. McCarthy used a perfect drive with Cool Cates to keep Satin Dancer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) locked on the rail and sprinted home to win in 1:56. The Yankee Glide filly, a $35,000 yearling purchase, has now won more than $250,000 for the All Laid Out Stables. Seventeen three-year-old colt trotters competed in the $94,334 Ohio Breeders Championship. Trainer Chris Beaver swept the two divisions with Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) in the first division and Fraser Ridge (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in the second. Fraser Ridge established a national season's record of 1:55 in the second $47,167 division with a 4½ length win over Full Surge (Mike Wilder). Fraser Ridge has won three in a row for Donald Robinson, Robert Mondillo, Beaver and RBH Ventures. Buckeye Boss took the second division in 1:55 3/5 over Jailhouse Sam (Hugh Beatty) and Dejarover (David Miller). The winner is owned by Beaver, Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Three divisions of the $130,000 OBCs for freshman pacing fillies were held with Prsntpretynperfect taking the fastest division in 1:54 3/5. Prsntpretynperfect (Kayne Kauffman) overcame post #7 and was able to sit behind the leading Princess Rougarou (Yannick Gingras) until the final turn and sprinted clear to score by three lengths. The daughter of Big Bad John has now won six of seven starts this season for owners Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Joshua Green and trainer Brian Brown. Baron Remy (Chris Page) won the second $43,333 division in 1:54 4/5. Baron Remy belongs to Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Pumel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The nation's leading trainer Ron Burke conditions the Yankee Cruiser filly. Pearl Crush (Ryan Stahl) took the first division over Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Delicate Arch (Yannick Gingras) in a lifetime best 1:55 3/5. The Yankee Cruiser filly is conditioned by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect. Two-year-old filly trotters competed in a pair of divisions of the $113,400 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships. The first division featured a classic stretch duel between Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and Risky Deal (David Miller). The Break The Bank K fillies were nose-to-nose through the lane with Risky Deal getting the last call in a lifetime best 1:57. Crist Hershberger trains the winner for Deborah Kvernmo To Russia (Ryan Stahl) used a final turn move to win the second $56,700 division in 1:58 2/5 over Red Storm (Aaron Merriman) and She's Got Pizazz (Brett Miller). The Manofmanymissions filly now has $104,380 on her card for owner Parent Racing Stable and trainer Scott Cox. The $12,900 OBC for aged trotters went to A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) in 1:54 3/5. The 4 year-old Triumphant Caviar mare is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schault and trained by Ron Steck. The 22 race Jug Day card features the $590,400 Little Brown Jug. Post time is 11:00 am. Jay Wolf  

Delaware, OH --- Cool Cates beat Satin Dancer to the front on the first turn and it proved decisive as she marched to a 1:56 win in Wednesday’s (Sept. 20) $80,575 Buckette Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old female trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Satin Dancer was second, beaten by 1-1/4 lengths, and Maewegonow was third. Feed Your Head, the morning-line favorite from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, was scratched. Cool Cates, driven by Andy McCarthy, and Satin Dancer were quickest off the starting gate, but Cool Cates got the lead from post two on her way to an opening quarter-mile of :27.2. The field reached the half in :57.3, at which point Maewegonow was making a first-over bid and nearing Satin Dancer in second place. The group held those positions to three-quarters, in 1:26.4, and Cool Cates trotted home from there. “I sort of thought we would end up on the front today; on paper once Takter’s horse was scratched I sort of thought we were the best,” said Noel Daley, who trains Cool Cates for owner All Laid Out Stable. “She’s no champion, but she’s a nice filly. She’s been on her game of late. She’s a lot more controllable now in the races. “I did sort of expect her to be pretty good today.” Cool Cates (Yankee Glide) has won five of 12 races this year and seven of 20 in her career, good for $251,379 in purses. She has three wins and two second-place finishes in her last five starts. She was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up on Sept. 3. “She will go to Lexington next,” Daley said about Cool Cates’ schedule. “We just hope we can dodge some of the good ones there in the Bluegrass. If she’s good enough we’ll drop her in (the Kentucky Filly Futurity). Obviously, we’re not beating Ariana G, but if she has a good week we’ll put her in there. “They’re going to breed her to Muscle Hill next year, so we’ll do what we can in between,” he added. Cool Cates, the even-money second choice behind 4-5 favorite Satin Dancer, paid $4.00 to win. It was both Daley’s and McCarthy’s first win in the Buckette. "We bought her for $35,000 down in Lexington and she's a nice filly but as a 2-year-old she was a little tough to manage," said Daley. "She was this year too early on but she really has been coming around. Adding Lasix helped her and she's also begun to mentally mature." -- Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

If harness racing trainer David Menary has any problem with Sintra, it's that there aren't enough days to enjoy the horse. "He's the kind of horse I wish I could race eight days a week," Menary said. "You don't have too many bad days when you get to take him to the track." Sintra, fresh off his win in last week's Canadian Pacing Derby, leads a group of 10 horses to Saturday's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers at central Ohio's Scioto Downs. The 4-year-old gelding will start from post No. 8 with Andrew McCarthy sitting in for regular driver Jody Jamieson, who will be racing at Mohawk. The field, assembled based on career earnings, also includes millionaires McWicked, Check Six, Luck Be Withyou, Boston Red Rocks, and Keystone Velocity. Rounding out the group are Mel Mara, Let's Drink On It, Rockin Ron, and Night Pro. Introduced in 2013, the race honors the late Jim Ewart, who was the race secretary at Scioto Downs from 1976 through 2002. Ewart, who worked as a race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand, died in 2012. Last year's edition of the Ewart was won by Always B Miki in a track-record 1:47, which also equaled the world record for pacing on a five-eighths-mile oval. Sintra, a son of Mach Three out of the mare Dancin Barefoot, has won eight of 13 races this year and earned $487,607. Jamieson has driven Sintra in every start but one this season. Brett Miller guided Sintra to a six-length win in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands in May. "The horse made a great impression on Brett and I loved the result that night," Menary said. "I think he will (make a good impression on McCarthy). I wish Andy wasn't handicapped with a poor starting spot, but hopefully we finish better than where we start." Menary owns Sintra with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. Gray and Denise Guerriero own Pedro Hanover, who McCarthy drove to victory in Monday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. "It's cool," McCarthy said about being asked to drive Sintra. "I got lucky to pick him up. I've watched him race and he's got a heck of a lot of ability. He got a bad spot with the eight hole, but it looks like there's going to be a lot of action. We're just going to have to see how the cards fall and see where we end up." The 31-year-old McCarthy set career highs last year with 277 wins and $4.51 million in purses. This year he won the $242,500 Spirit of Massachusetts Stakes with JL Cruze, giving McCarthy the most lucrative open stakes victory of his career so far. He won two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes titles, with 3-year-old female pacer Caviart Ally joining Pedro Hanover, and had two second-place finishes in PaSS finals. "It's been a very good year," said McCarthy, a native of Australia who started driving in the U.S. in 2007. "It feels like it's starting to all fall into place a little bit." Just as it has for Sintra, who gave an indication of his talent last year when he won eight of 16 starts and earned $229,346. Five of the races he lost were won by Betting Line, who was Canada's Horse of the Year. "I don't think you can aim stupid crazy with any 4-year-old, but I've always had a lot of confidence in the horse," Menary said. "I think last year he came closer to beating Betting Line than any other 3-year-old did. He was lightly raced and I put him away in good shape. I was super excited about this year and we're living the dream right now. "He makes us all look good. He knows when it's game time. He's not the flashiest when training, but when he goes to the gate he's ready to play. I have great partners on the horse and we've had a lot of fun. Hopefully he's got lots of good days ahead of him." The Ewart is race 10, with a 9:30 p.m. estimated post time. The card also includes the $125,000 Jug Preview, race 7, which features multiple-stakes-winner Downbytheseaside in a field of nine. Downbytheseaside, trained by Ohio's Brian Brown, won last week's Messenger Stakes and has earned nearly $1 million this year. Following is the field for the Jim Ewart Memorial in post order with named drivers and trainers. PP-Sire-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Mel Mara by Lis Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 2. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Steve Elliott 3. McWicked by McArdle-David Miller-Casie Coleman 4. Let's Drink On It by Art Official-Travis Seekman-Joe Seekman 5. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 6. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere-Chris Page-Ron Burke 7. Rockin Ron by Real Desire-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 8. Sintra by Mach Three-Andrew McCarthy-David Menary 9. Keystone Velocity by Western Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard *10. Night Pro by Pro Bono Best-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Dale Decker *Night Pro starts in the second tier. Following is the field for the Jug Preview in post order with named drivers and trainers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown 2. Sports Column by Sportswriter-Brett Miller-Blake MacIntosh 3. Bettor's Pick by Bettor's Delight-Kayne Kauffman-Ben Davis 4. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 5. Henry The Dragon by Dragon Again-Randy Tharps-Brenda Teague 6. Major Moe by Art Major-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown 7. Scotch McEwan by McArdle-Josh Sutton-Jim Dailey 8. Drunk On Your Love by Foreclosure N-Dan Noble-Jim Pollock Jr. 9. Thrdthrsdaynsptmbr by Rock N Roll Heaven-Ken Holliday-Sherri Holliday Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA - 40 days ago, the Changeover pacing mare Areyoureadygirl N had never raced on U.S. soil. In Tuesday's $16,000 distaff feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, she proved that the answer implied in her name was a resounding "Yes!" with her fourth straight victory between here at Harrah's Philly, rallying for driver Andrew McCarthy from second-over for a one length harness racing victory in the mountain oval's headliner. After a third in her first United States start, the mare has been unstoppable for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners CC Racing LLC, Dana Parham, and Triple D Stables Inc., already amassing $29,280 in under six weeks of "Yankee" racing. The crowd has caught on to her quickly, as she was the 1-2 favorite; finishing second was pocketsitting Gymnast Hanover, with Pocono's leading driver George Napolitano Jr. finding himself in the unusual situation of guiding the 41-1 longest shot on the board, though with his usual good result. Top three-year-old pacing filly Agent Q returns to the races Saturday at Pocono, competing in a division of the third prelim of her division's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series. Starting from post seven for driver Scott Zeron, Agent Q will come into this race off three straight victories: the elimination and Championship of the Lynch Pace here at Pocono, and the Mistletoe Shalee at The Meadowlands. PHHA / Pocono

Plainville, MA---After watching an epic front-end battle between Crazy Wow and Resolve, driver Andrew McCarthy found room up the pylons late for 60-1 JL Cruze, who was in fourth place most of the mile, and pulled a major upset by winning the inaugural running of the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot that was held at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 28). Crazy Wow (Matt Kakaley) and Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) both wanted the lead but Crazy Wow got it, seating Resolve before they hit the quarter in :26.1. At that station Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) pulled momentarily from third but that prompted Resolve to pop the deuce and the mare went back to the pylons. Resolve pulled alongside Crazy Wow for a few strides but Kakaley asked for more and put Resolve back in the hole once again. Just before the five-eighths, Resolve came for the third time and Hannelore Hanover followed. That opened the rail for JL Cruze to move up the inside and right onto the back of front-running Crazy Wow as they hit three-quarters in 1:22 flat. Around the last turn, Crazy Wow and Resolve continued to slug it out side by side but at the top of the lane they both drifted a bit and opened a lane for the fresh-legged JL Cruze to get underway. As they drove for the wire, JL Cruze invoked his will and trotted away from group to win the race in 1:51.2 which set a new all-time track trotting record. Hannelore Hanover got up for second and Crazy Wow hung on to be third. "It really worked out, that was a lot of pressure up there; they were really rocking along. I had my chance just getting through the first turn which was my biggest concern, then after that I had to get lucky to get out" said winning driver Andrew McCarthy. "Going into the last turn, I knew I had enough trot to get there, it was just a matter of getting up the inside. So when they were dueling up front, I could kind of cut my own mile back there and just figure it out from there." McCarthy was asked about filling the seat of Hall of Famer John Campbell, who was JL Cruze's regular driver before his retirement in June and he said that Campbell actually had a part of the day's success. "JL Cruze has been a great horse for three years now and to just sit behind a horse like that is a great privilege. It worked out before the race that I ran into John (Campbell) and asked him what he thought I should do with this horse on the gate and he gave me a couple pointers and it really worked out." It was only the second win of the year for JL Cruze but one that a record live crowd will never forget. Let go at 60-1 by the betting faithful, JL Cruze returned $123.60 to win and a $732.60 trifecta and $4,588.80 superfecta with the three post-time favorites in order behind him. The winner's share of the purse made JL Cruze a millionaire as it pushed his lifetime earnings to $1.08 million for owners William Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta. Eric Ell is the winning trainer. The track record that JL Cruze broke was set just one race before by Gural Hanover in the $25,000 Old North Church Open Handicap Trot. Gural Hanover (Matt Kakaley) left sharply from post eight and opened up a two-length advantage. He maintained the gapped lead the entire race including easy first-half fractions of :27.1 and :56.1. And that is where the race was won. As they started up the backside, Kakaley tapped the gas pedal and got to three-quarters in 1:24 flat and then with the field strung-out behind him, Gural Hanover trotted home in total command tripping the timer in 1:52.1 under Kakaley's wraps. The 1:52.1 track record stood for one race. It was the sixth win in 13 starts this year for Gural Hanover ($3.60) who is owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Little E LLC and the Panhellenic Stable Corp. and is trained by Ron Burke. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

WILKES-BARRE PA – Anwar Hanover ($42.40), riding great second-over cover for harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy, caught the first-over Cruise Patrol by a neck to lower his mark by a tick to 1:51.1 in winning the $18,000 featured pace Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The winning son of Well Said had been highly-enough regarded to try the Levy Series in March, but breaks in three of his last four starts had discouraged the bettors, resulting in his long price here. Frank Kamine (who ironically once was the trainer of Saturday night’s Levy champion Keystone Velocity) conditions Anwar Hanover for owner Mike Romanelli. There were a trio of $16,000 co-features on the Sunday card, one each for trotters of both sexes and one for pacing males.   Libertarian, a five-year-old altered son of Donato Hanover who was making only his 20th lifetime start, continued to make up for lost time, now having won half of his eight 2017 starts after a wire-to-wire 1:55.1 victory. Rich Gillock trains the promising trotter for owners Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. (Earlier in the card, Gillock also conditioned another Donato Hanover winner, the filly Icy Crystals, who finally broke her maiden in her  15th start and paid $63.60 under the guidance of Marcus “I Don’t Want To Be Known As The King Of The Longshots” Miller.)   Libertarian’s female counterpart was the Manofmanymissions mare Haileysgonedancing, who swung wide approaching headstretch and caught the pacesetting Catch All nearing the wire while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:55.4. Tom Jackson had sulky duties for trainer Susan Marshall, co-owner with James Matheos.   The Somebeachsomewhere colt Highalator won in the first two preliminaries of his Weiss Series competition, then kept out of the box last week and dropped in the pacing co-feature Sunday to keep his confidence high. And the strategy worked for trainer Jenny Bier as Highalator went wire-to-wire for his eighth straight victory, tallying in 1:53 for driver Victor Kirby and owners Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck.   The Bobby Weiss Series preliminary action reclaims the spotlight on Monday and Tuesday at The Downs. Pacers of both sexes will have two divisions on Monday (minus Highalator); the trotters follow the next day with three divisions for each.   PHHA / Pocono

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 15, 2017) - Since adding Lasix on April 1, Rodeo Romeo has taken his already considerable talent to a harness racing career-best level. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion won for the second time in three starts since adding Lasix, this time holding off the late charge of Special T Rocks to win the $18,000 pacing feature in a career-best 1:50. Andrew McCarthy moved Rodeo Romeo to the front past an opening quarter in :27. From there, the Chris Ryder-trainee controlled the action and had just enough late to hold off Special T Rocks, who got clear too late and missed by a head. Rodeo Romeo won for the ninth time in 29 career starts and has career earnings of $169,999. He is shared in ownership by Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. In Round 2 action in the Dash For The G-Notes series, Iwillmakeyousaynow won the fastest split in a lifetime-best 1:50.3 over fellow Round 1 winners Downthehighwy and So Take That. Iwillmakeyousaywow is trained by Todd Buter and driven by Tyler Buter. Alex Bullville and P L Idaho won the other divisions. The top point earners are scheduled to return next Saturday in the $17,500 final. Corey Callahan was the driving star of the night with five wins, including a natural hat trick in Races 7-9. Dave Miller won a pair of races while Chris Ryder and Mike Russo each had two training wins. Total handle was $2,040,489 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Cantab Hall filly Hot Mess Hanover looked anything but a mess upon coming in to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, taking the fastest of the three $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing trotting distaffs in 1:56.3.   Andrew McCarthy retucked his charge in the pocket around a gapper in the third quarter, then set her sights on pacesetting The Muscle Touch, and gradually Hot Mess Hanover reeled in the leader in the lane, along by a neck while reducing her mark by almost three seconds for trainer Joe Pavia Jr. and the partnership of the Edmund Smith Estate, David Smith, and James and Daniel Giannuzzi.   The Kadabra mare Sunrise Avenue was just a tick behind the clocking of Hot Mess Hanover in taking another Weiss cut. Eric Carlson moved the winner, now over $50,000 in career earnings, to the lead past the quarter, then drew off in the stretch to have a 3½ length margin at the finish for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and J M F Racing LLC.   In the other Weiss cut, Abbie's Celticlass brushed to the lead in front of the stands, then held off a late bid from Winning Princess to take a half-length decision in 1:58. Jim Morrill Jr. handled sulky duties for trainer Ken Hess Jr. and Stop The Jade Farm LLC.   On Sunday night, it was driver Matt Kakaley, starting a six-winner night, who guided home longshot Threeupthreedown at a $119.20 mutuel; tonight it was the meet's leading driver, Simon Allard, who broke a few tote board bulbs when he and Explosive Matter passed horse after horse in the latter part of the race and just got a nose up on the wire, returning $117.20 to his scattered backers. Allard also handled the feature pace winner, the Badlands Hanover mare Live Odds, who had an 8-length lead at the stretch call of the $16,000 contest, then coasted home yet still lowered her lifetime mark over two seconds to 1:51.3 for trainer Ty Pena and owner Kristin Taft.   The next racing card at Pocono is on Saturday (April 8), and that day's action will mark the establishment of the track's Saturday through Tuesday basic seasonal schedule, as Monday racing rejoins the lineup on the 10th.   PHHA / Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Western Terror filly Chat Snap, already entered in the first leg of her division of the $750,000 Bobby Weiss Series Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, showed that she should be tough to beat with a victorious prep race five days prior to her first Weiss start, winning a $14,000 contest at The Downs Tuesday in 1:55.2 over a sloppy harness racing track.   With a well-strung-out field, driver Andrew McCarthy was able to wait in fourth with Chat Snap, and when given her head approaching the ¾, the filly took her cue, motoring right up to gain the lead before the top of the stretch. From there she methodically drew clear of her field, winning by 4¼ lengths.   Chat Snap is now undefeated in three lifetime starts, including a 1:52.3 - 26.3 victory to her credit, and she has the look of a tough filly in the making for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc. and Misty Miller.   Just how tough this filly is may be discovered in the first Weiss leg for pacing distaffs this Sunday, as Chat Snap will be starting from post six in a field of eight against what may be the best-balanced of all the $15,000 Weiss divisions Sunday. The females will do battle in races 5, 11, and 12, while the males will face off in races 6, 8, and 10.   PHHA / Pocono    

Shane Tritton thinks this Chariots Of Fire will linger in his mind as the one that got away. In racing you have to turn the page quickly, but Tritton is adamant his third and fourth placings (Salty Robyn and Anything For Love) in last Saturday night’s Chariots Of Fire could have been so much better. He thinks Salty Robyn could have beaten the Kiwi champ Lazarus. Tritton felt leading and holding the front on Anything For Love was the best way to drive the emerging pacer to either win or run a placing. And he very publicly said as much via twitter and the media before the race. So he watched in surprise and frustration as driver Andy McCarthy found the lead easily on Anything For Love then couldn’t restrain quickly enough to surrender the front to Lazarus. “I asked Andy what happened to the plan and he said the horse settled quite well and that he felt Mark Purdon was about to really pressure him on Lazarus so he took the trail as he thought it was his best chance of being in the finish,” Tritton said. “I disagreed and it’s just not the way we drive our horses. We go there to win rather than looking for easier runs to get minor placings. “It was a frustrating night. If Anything For Love held the lead after a fairy comfy 26.8sec first quarter, I think he would run a heck of a race and at least finished top three. “And it also would’ve made Lazarus work a lot harder than he did with Salty Robyn camped right on him.” In contrast, Salty Robyn was forced to sit parked in the 1min49sec mile and ran a mighty third, just 4.6m from the winner. Anything For Love was another 2.4m away in third spot. To make matters worse, NSWHRC officials told Tritton that Salty Robyn was “in the mix for a Miracle Mile invite,” but certainly not guaranteed. So Tritton will now back him up in one of the qualifying sprints at Menangle this Saturday night. “I will enter Anything For Love as well, but they not give him a run because he’s only a C2. I hope gets in,” he said. “With Salty Robyn, I think another race and possibly three runs in three weeks will actually be good for him if he does enough next week to make the Miracle Mile field. “As good as he went the other night, I know he can do better. I thought I had him spot on, but I think he was just a little short of that.” Adam Hamilton

East Rutherford, N.J. - While odds-on favorite Ashley's Husband failed to make any impression by way of his first-over bid in Saturday (November 26) night's $17,500 featured harness racing pacing event at The Meadowlands, the Muscara Racing Trust's Mr Hasani N ($23.20) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip to just gather in pacesetter Bullet Bob for a 1:50.3 upset score. Andy McCarthy nestled the 8-year-old Christian Cullen gelding in the pocket behind Bullet Bob (Scott Zeron) on the first turn, and the pair drafted through early splits of :27.3 and :56.2 before the pace picked up. Mr Hasani N kept up strongly with the accelerating Bullet Bob through a :27.1 third sectional while Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) only could muster gradual uncovered gains from his midpack stalking spot. In mid-stretch, Mr Hasani N switched off the pegs and pushed to the fore entirely at will, using a :26.3 last quarter to defeat Bullet Bob by half a length. Ashley's Husband refused to regress in the straight and managed third place. Darren Cassar trains Mr Hasani N, now a 39-time winner. In the night's $17,500 "Dash for the G-Notes" final for first-level pacers, Stimulus Plan ($10.20) made all the pace and dueled gamely to repel a strong first-over challenge from even-money favorite Card Shock (David Miller) for a 1:52 triumph. Vinny Ginsburg drove the 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding for trainer Robert Ginsburg, Jr. Total handle for Saturday's 13-race program was $2,196,939. As the last-race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five was not hit by a single player, the carryover mounts to $46,999 heading to next Friday's card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, N.J. - After a traffic-troubled Breeders Crown elimination two weeks ago, Lindy Farms' Imagine Dragon ($8.00) used a sustained middle move to take charge amid a fast pace before edging away to a 1:50.4 victory in Friday (November 4) evening's harness racing $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands. The 4-year-old Dragon Again mare slipstreamed the live cover of 8-5 favorite Icommandmyspirit (Corey Callahan) on approach to the backstretch before continuing her push to the fore into a :54 first half mile. From that point, Imagine Dragon repelled a mild first-over challenge from Exhilarated (Scott Zeron) before accelerating away off the far turn. Ultimately, Imagine Dragon used a :27.4 closing sectional to evade the late-emerging Lyons River Pride (Steve Smith) by 2-1/4 lengths, while Icommandmyspirit held third while one-paced from the pocket. "It's really nice to see Imagine Dragon continue in top form after having no luck in her Breeders Crown elimination," said trainer Frank Antonacci of the eight-time winner. "Unfortunately, she tied up badly in the beginning of the season, and that kept her from reaching her real potential this year. It's nice to see her come around now." For driver Andy McCarthy, the featured win was one of three on the night--he also teamed up with Kona Kid ($7.00, 1:53.2) and Stitch in Time ($28.20, 1:56) to lead all drivers. The evening's trotting feature, a $15,000 conditioned event, saw Lady's Dude ($9.40) take advantage of a pocket trip behind odds-on favorite Rock of Cashel and vault clear after a mid-stretch move, drawing off decisively by 5-1/4 lengths en route to a 1:52.2 victory. Jim Marohn, Jr. drove the 5-year-old Victory Sam gelding for trainer Ron Burke. Rock of Cashel (Scott Zeron) just held second from the ground-saving Aldebaran Eagle (McCarthy), who saved third once room availed in deep stretch. The C.K.G. Billings series for amateur drivers made a stop at the Big M in the night's first event, and Sky Hanover ($2.80) proved dominant following her sweeping four-wide move off the far turn to put eight lengths on the field. Sarah Svanstedt drove the 4-year-old Donato Hanover mare to a 1:55.4 victory for trainer Ã…ke Svanstedt. Total all-sources handle for the 12-race card was $2,185,999. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday (November 5) evening, with a quartet of Kindergarten Classic finals headlining the 13-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Racing Media  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Keystone Velocity, the lowest-priced yearling from the last crop of champion harness racing sire Western Hanover, continued to raise his profit ratio further into the stratosphere by winning the $20,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night.   Keystone Velocity, starting from the rail in the field of seven, left swiftly despite a six-week layoff and utilized track geometry to maximum effect for driver Andrew McCarthy, as the pair hung $2.5M-winner Clear Vision out on the rim through splits of 26, 53.4, and 1:21.1, with Southwind Amazon keeping the pocket shut behind the pacesetter. Around the final turn Clear Vision fell back, and Southwind Amazon took his shot in the Pocono Pike, but Keystone Velocity had more than enough to the wire, winning by a length over the potential pocket rocket in 1:48.4 for new trainer Barry Probber.   Owner Lauretta Galm haltered Keystone Velocity for $3000 when he sold at Harrisburg in November 2009, and sometimes it's just a matter of timing - the next year Keystone Velocity's dam Venus Killean produced 2015 older pacing mare champion and $1M winner Venus Delight. (By the way, the highest price given for one of the last crop of "Western" was the $140,000 paid for the daughter of $2.6M winner Loyal Opposition, Royal Opportunity - who earned less than $6000 on the racetrack, and her two foals never got to the races. To be fair, the second highest-priced yearling, at $130,000, was Jug winner, millionaire, and emerging sire Big Bad John.)   Keystone Velocity has always shown high speed since his colt days, but a variety of situations has kept him away from the track for long periods of time - this was only his 81st career start, 18 of which are now wins. And the $3000 yearling boosted his bankroll to $474,721 for Galm, his only registered ever since his purchase as a yearling.   FINISHING LINES - The $320,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships will be held during the next two racing cards at the Downs, with four divisions of three-year-olds divided by sex and gait headlining the Sunday card starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by the two-year-olds on the Monday card, which starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday starting time at Pocono for the rest of the season.   PHHA / Pocono  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - My Happiness E P emerged from a tough spot before exploding home in the stretch to take the featured $40,000 fifth leg of the Miss Versatility for free for all trotting mares at the Meadowlands Friday night, kicking off the track's abbreviated two-week September harness racing schedule. The 8-year-old daughter of Credit Winner came back from more two months on the shelf to score in a conditioned event on September 3 at Pocono Downs, which prepared her to take on a tough Big M field that included 2-1 second choice Jewels In Hock, who had raced well against division giant Hannelore Hanover in her three previous starts. The post time favorite, 6-5 chance Charmed Life, reached the lead in :28 and was permitted to march on the front end through fractions of :56 and 1:23.2. Charmed Life was clear by a length and half at the head of the stretch, but My Happiness E P, who appeared to have no shot racing in fifth at three-quarters in a dull second-over flow, tipped off cover and sprinted home in :27 to get up by a head in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Barn Doll got up for second with Charmed Life hanging on for third. My Happiness E P, the 5-1 fourth choice in the wagering, paid $12.80 in winning for the second time this year in seven starts for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ake Svanstedt and owners Pal Granlund and Thomas Grini. HOT HAND ANDY: Andy Miller led the driver colony with four winners on the program, among them 2-year-old colt trotter Fly On, who scored in 1:56 in the third leg of the Kindergarten Classic for freshmen colts and geldings. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WILKES-BARRE PA - Super Manning posted a mild harness racing upset ($16.80) in the $15,500 featured conditioned trot Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while Star Cover was a $51.20 shocker in the companion featured pace.   Super Manning, a gelded son of Diamond Goal trained by Matias Ruiz for Joe P Racing LLC, left a step belatedly from post eight in the nine-horse field but quickly got in gear and got a three-tuck before the 27.2 quarter. Driver Eric Carlson had plenty of horse in front of him and elected to pull out with Super Manning and grab the lead in front of the stands, passing the middle poles in 56.2 and 1:25.3.   The two favorites, Rock Of Cashel and A List Lindy, looked like closers on the form, and indeed they were trotting a three-wide storm on the far turn, but Super Manning still had a 28.4 last quarter in him and stayed clear, winning in 1:54.2 by two lengths over favored Rock Of Cashel, who photoed A List Lindy for the deuce. Super Manning now has career earnings of $530,649.   Driver Andrew McCarthy is not quite in the Marcus Miller category of bringing home surprise winners, but if he's not #2 in that fine art in eastern Pennsylvania he's awfully close, further proof being his upset victory in the top pacing event with Star Cover. Though a winner of two of his last three starts at Pocono, the altered son of Royal Mattjesty had tired on the lead in his last start at Yonkers, and tonight's class was higher than the ones he had conquered in the recent past; thus his longshot status.   Bur McCarthy was in the right place at the right time if first-over is ever the "right place," as he came raw on pacesetter Idealbeach Hanover, who had gone a monstrous 25.3 quarter, passed the half in 54.3, and then had to deal with the winner, who despite his name was racing without cover. McCarthy got him by the pacesetter at the 1:22¾ pole, then held off the horse on his back, Fan Of Terror, by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.2, with favored Sweet Rock, sitting in the pocket, was shuffled when the pacesetter tired, then rallied strongly for third. By then, though, Star Cover, trained by Brewer Adams for owner Joseph Trice, had things in hand, lighting up the board.   Earlier in the year at Pocono, McCarthy had an evening with two $50+ winners, and down the Turnpike at Philly he has had four such scores this season, tying him for the top there with Pat Berry and Tony Morgan. He is also the only driver to have two horses pay over $100 to win at Philly this year.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Waiting On A Woman ($13.40) waited until past a fast half to make his move in the $18,000 featured trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then rushed to the lead down the backstretch and went on to a 1:53 harness racing victory.   Driver Andrew McCarthy was midpack with the altered son of Northern Bailey early while favored Luminosity finally got to the lead, but paid the price of a 55.4 clocking to make to the top. McCarthy revved his charge up, and the pair trotted their own third quarter in 27.1 to make the lead that they would never surrender, holding off the fast-closing Rock Of Cashel by a length, with another closer, the misnamed (at least for tonight) Upfront Billy, was third; Luminosity faded to off-the-board status after her early hard usage.   Kyle Spagnola, with five local wins and a Pocono UTR hovering around .350, conditions the winner of 54 races and $419,859 lifetime for owner Michael Polansky.   PHHA / Pocono

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