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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

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

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