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WILKES-BARRE, PA - No sophomore harness racing trotting filly came through their first two Bobby Weiss Series preliminaries with a pair of wins - Trip Sevens, the only first-round winner entered Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, looked en route to victory but made a break before midstretch, enabling the Credit Winner filly Etra De Vie to take a new mark of 1:56.4. Etra De Vie was put in the early pocket by driver Matt Kakaley behind the heavily-favored Trip Sevens, then tipped out for the stretch drive. The leader still had the better part of two lengths when she lost her composure, letting Etra De Vie get by and hold off Kayla's Playmate by a length for trainer Jenny Melander and Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. ETRA DE VIE REPLAY   Kalaley had a second Weiss victory when the Southwind Frank miss Frankly My Dear posted her first win in 2021, an engine victory in 1:57.1. Second in the Matron and third in a Bluegrass division last year, Frankly My Dear may be peaking at a good time for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. FRANKLY MY DEAR REPLAY   Fastest winner in the three $17,500 Weiss events was the Creatine filly Alpine, whose 1:55.3 triumph not only gave her a career best time but also matched Trip Sevens's first round win for fastest mile in this division of the series. Andy Miller drove the winner, second to Trip Sevens last week, for trainer/wife Julie Miller and Diamond Creek Racing. ALPINE REPLAY   A horse who figures to only improve is the Always B Miki sophomore colt Billy Clyde, who won his seasonal debut for driver Mark MacDonald in 1:53 - :27, stepping home in :54.3 to withstand a game Rest Assured by a half-length. A 1:52.2 winner in a qualifier at The Meadowlands at two, Billy Clyde held his own against some tough horses as a freshman and may make a quick stepup to higher-caliber foes at three for trainer Ray Schnittker, co-owner with Dr. John Egloff. Fastest mile on the card was turned in by the Art Major four-year-old gelding Cigar Smoking Tony, who certainly was smoking on the front end for driver Jason Bartlett, pacing home in :54.4 - :27 to lower his mark to 1:51 for trainer Jose Godinez and owners Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. Matt Kakaley and George Napolitano Jr. both had three winners on the card. One Eight Hundred, the three-year-old who caught everybody's eye when he won his seasonal debut at Pocono in 1:50.2 - still the fastest mile of the year by a sophomore - with a last quarter of :26.1, returns for a division of the third and final preliminary leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing colts here Saturday. First post time will be at 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A pair of Always B Miki sophomore harness racing pacing fillies, So Irresistible and Incaseyoudidntknow, came right back to run their Bobby Weiss Series records to 2-for-2 with tallies in their respective $17,500 second preliminary legs Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. So Irresistible came with an uncovered sweep on the second turn to grab command early in the backstretch, pacing out her own back half in :54.3 to stop the timer at 1:53, a length ahead of 35-1 shot Beach Crazy. Scott Zeron was again behind the Bruce Saunders trainee as she remained perfect in three seasonal starts for owners Charles and Julie Nash. SO IRRESISTIBLE REPLAY   Incaseyoudidntknow became the fifth nose winner within a span of nine races at Pocono when she outdueled 28-1 shot Carrington after that one had gotten to equal terms with her in the Pocono Pike, with another first-week winner, Milieu Hanover, settling for third in the 1:53.1 mile. Marcus Miller, a three-time winner on the day, kept the career winner of 6-of-7 starts alive late to win for trainer Les Givens and owners James Magno and Joseph Fonte. INCASEYOUDIDNTKNOW REPLAY   The Weiss subtheme of "chalk defeats longshot" also played out in the other series cut, as the Roll With Joe filly Roll On Mama made a successful debut for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. The 8-5 chalk defeated 15-1 shot Baci Baci by 1½ lengths in taking a new mark of 1:53.1 under the guidance of George Napolitano Jr. ROLL ON MAMA REPLAY   Also deserving mention is Toronto, another Always B Miki offspring, a sophomore colt out of double champion See You At Peelers. Toronto sped his individual back half in :54.2 brushing to the lead heading to the three-quarters for driver Tyler Buter and then breaking his maiden in 1:52.2 in just his second lifetime start. Robert Cleary conditions this talented individual for Royal Wire Products Inc. Anthony Napolitano was star driver of the day with four visits to Pocono's Victory Lane. Tuesday's 12:30 card will feature the second Weiss prelim round for sophomore trotting fillies, going in three $17,500 divisions. The only one of the first week's three winners coming back on Tuesday, the Chapter Seven miss Trip Sevens, could be very tough to deny in her tenth race cut. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs    

WILKES-BARRE PA - The impressive Top Me Off is now 2-for-2 in the Bobby Weiss Trotting Series for sophomore trotting males after winning in 1:57.1 over a "good" track Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Hoolie N Hector joining him with two Weiss wins after a 1:57.4 clocking in his division, all four of which carried a purse of $17,500. The Bar Hopping ridgling Top Me Off showed his maneuverability in this week's Weiss event, for after racing in front in his previous two 2021 starts trainer/driver Todd Schadel raced him in the pocket behind his fair circuit foe of last year, Killer Instinct. Come the stretch, though, Schadel right-lined his three-year-old, and he went right on by for his ninth win in 19 lifetime starts. Todd's wife Christine owns the swift youngster along with Rick and Regina Beinhauer. TOP ME OFF REPLAY   The Muscles Yankee gelding Hoolie N Hector was let go at 19-1 when he won last week, but this time the crowd sent him off as the favorite, and the trotter rewarded their insight, sweeping wide on the final turn for Anthony Napolitano to win going away over the off going for trainer Andrew Adamczyk and owner Joseph Meaney.   HOOLIE N HECTOR REPLAY   Fastest Weiss winner on the card was the Credit Winner gelding Credit Con, and technically you could say that he too is undefeated in the series - and the season - since his 1:57 victory came in his first start in seven months minus a day. Tyler Buter coaxed enough out of the 11-1 shot to record the triumph and a new mark for trainer Todd Buter and owner Lee Sitto.   CREDIT CON REPLAY   Ceffyl Dwr got a big second quarter breather on the lead, and then scooted home in successive quarters of :29 to win his Weiss section in 1:57.1. Named after a "water horse" in Welsh folklore, Ceffyl Dwr may have had an "advantage" over the wet going as he posted a lifetime best for driver Jackie Ingrassia and trainer/husband Frank Ingrassia; Jackie also shares in the ownership of the Andover Hall colt with Donna Franchetti and Thomas Doran.   CEFFYL DWR REPLAY   George Napolitano Jr. followed up a five-bagger on the Saturday card with four more victories on Sunday. Weiss Series competition carries on during the Monday afternoon card at Pocono, with three sections carded for the second prelim for pacing fillies, and the middle contest matching first-week winners So Irresistible and Milieu Hanover is perhaps the most competitive. Post time for the Monday card at the Downs is 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From PHHA/Pocono  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Straight Talk and Mad Man Hill are now 2-for-2 in the Bobby Weiss Series for sophomore pacing males after four $17,500 second round harness racing prelims were held Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Straight Talk was one of two Sweet Lou-sired winners trained by Ron Burke to take Weiss divisions; the colt left the field behind with a :26.4 third split under the direction of Matt Kakaley en route to taking a lifetime best of 1:51.4 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. STRAIGHT TALK REPLAY   The other Burke Brigade member to win was the gelding Emblaze Hanover, who bounced back from a break in the first leg to also reduce his mark to 1:51.4 for driver Joe Bongiorno and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. EMBLAZE HANOVER REPLAY   The Somebeachsomewhere colt Mad Man Hill, the only Weiss chalk to get home first, is perfect after two trips behind the gate this year as he came home in :55.4 to tie his mark of 1:52.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr., who had five winners on the card, trainer Chris Ryder, and owner Tom Hill. MAD MAN HILL REPLAY   The fastest Weiss winner was the American Ideal colt Trevor's Ace, who lowered his speed badge by four seconds as he impressed in 1:51 for driver Jason Bartlett, trainer Jean Drolet, and the ownership of Stephen Schneider, Bill Siegel, and Marthe Drolet. TREVOR'S ACE REPLAY   Babes Dig Me recorded the fastest mile of the season at Pocono when he posted a lifetime 1:49.4 best as he joined up with trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Eric Provost after a claim. Jim Pantaleano sent the pacer zooming to the lead late on the backstretch around hard-used frontenders and had no problem in the latter stages. Another non-Weiss race deserves mention because it created some unusual numeric situations. Rockin Inthe Hills, who had been placed first at a $174.00 win mutuel two starts back, again didn't get much respect in his first start after a claim by trainer Dan Maier - and he came up the inside to win in 1:51.2 and return $51.80, becoming the first horse to pay $50+ twice this year. Also, the four-year-old American Rebel became the largest-priced claim in Pocono history, as owner William Emmons gave $50,000 to lead him back to the barn after the race. In all, twelve claims during the card produced $316,000 changing hands, sending the seasonal claiming total over $5 million via 275 transactions. (This was card 24.) The trotting males take over the Weiss spotlight for Sunday's twilight card, with four $17,500 divisions of their second preliminary round. Post time Sunday is 5 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted its first Tuesday harness racing card of the year, with the spotlight on three $17,500 divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for three-year-old trotting fillies. And all three divisions finished the same way - with the red, black, and white colors of two-time Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn going under the wire first with the winner. Dunn combined with trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership grouping of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing in two of the successes. The first came with the Muscle Hill miss Eazy Pass, who raced second-over, then made a "nifty" move to the inside off the far turn and came up the Pocono Pike to post a maiden victory in 1:56. EAZY PASS REPLAY   The team also enjoyed success with the Cantab Hall filly Rebel Girl, who swept to the lead entering the far turn and reduced her mark to 1:56.2 in her initial outing of 2021. REBEL GIRL REPLAY   The fastest of Dunn's three Weiss successes (he had a total of four over the entire card) was behind the Chapter Seven miss Trip Sevens, who moved to the lead early and was under little duress afterwards in lowering her speed standard to 1:55.3. Trainer Blake MacIntosh co-owns the winner with Steve Heimbecker and Mortgage Boys Stable. TRIP SEVENS REPLAY   Pocono will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, featuring the second preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for sophomore pacing colts - with the entrants likely to enjoy the fact that One Eight Hundred, a devastating 1:50.2 - :26.1 winner in the first prelim, will be missing from the entrants. First post Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Harness racing driver Marcus Miller, trainer Les Givens, and sire Always B Miki all had three winners on the Monday afternoon card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and their intersection was the sophomore pacing filly Incaseyoudidntknow, whose 1:52.4 victory was the fastest of four divisions in the first preliminary of Bobby Weiss Series action for her group. In her first start of the year, Incaseyoudidntknow went to the top, yielded, then came back raw nearing the three-quarters, going to the lead in the stretch en route to a lifetime best. Now 5-for-6 in her promising career, soon owners James Magno and Joe Fonte may accumulate enough to buy her an apostrophe. IINCASEYOUDIDNTKNOW REPLAY   The other two successful daughters of Always B Miki in the Weiss had been 1-2 in a race at The Meadowlands in their previous start. Always B Dancing, second last time, had the faster win on this day, cutting a moderate pace under the rating of Dexter Dunn and then stepping home in :27.2 to take a new speed badge of 1:53.1 for trainer Nancy Takter and the ownership of J L Benson Stables Inc., R.B.H. Ventures Inc., and Edward Lynskey. ALWAYS BE DANCING REPLAY   So Irresistible notched her second straight victory, parlaying a pocket journey for driver Scott Zeron into a 1:54 triumph. The sophomore miss is now 4-for-7 lifetime for trainer Bruce Saunders and owners Charles and Julie Nash. SO IRRESISTIBLE REPLAY   The non-Always B Miki to win was a daughter of Betting Line, Milieu Hanover, who gave Marcus Miller a second Weiss success on the day while recording a new mark of 1:53.3. The two-move winner is now perfect in two starts since moving to the care of trainer Nicholas Devita, whose Devita Racing Stable Inc. co-owns her with David Hamm and Christopher Giaccio. MILIEU HANOVER REPLAY   Anthony Napolitano also had three driving wins on the card - ironically, two of them the other two winners for Les Givens. Pocono will race its first Tuesday card of the season at 12:30 p.m., with three divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for three-year-old filly trotters topping the bill of fare. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Throughout the preliminary events of Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacing males at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the motto has been "The post means the most." And so it continued in the $30,000 series Championship event on Saturday night, as Turbo Hill drew inside his archrival Sports Legend and went on to defeat him by ¾ of a length in a lifetime best 1:51. The pair did not draw in together in the first prelim. In the second, Turbo Hill drew inside Sports Legend and controlled the pace; the reverse was true last week, when Sports Legend prevailed. In the Championship, driver George Napolitano Jr. looked to his right, saw Sports Legend, and gave his horse double-time leaving instructions, controlling the pace and forcing Sports Legend in behind him late in the :27 opener. After a soft :56.1 half, the victorious son of American Ideal hit a higher gear, reaching the three-quarters in 1:23.1, with Sports Legend right on his back, and that one moved outside late on the far turn, auguring for another classic battle. But it's been the pacesetter who's won all of their confrontations, and that trend continued, with Turbo Hill withstanding the game potential pocket rocket by ¾ of a length. Turbo Hill thus righted himself after he lost his six race winning streak last week - he's now 7-for-9 this year, and 9-for-11 lifetime, for trainer Hunter Oakes, and owner Tom Hill, who probably stayed up until 3 a.m. Sunday in his home in England to watch his budding star win again. Team Napolitano / Oakes were the powers behind the veteran Rocknroll Hanover gelding Scott Rocks, a veteran Pocono lover (the nine-year-old took his 1:48 mark here at six), who was a length winner in the $21,500 featured fast-class pace, clocked in 1:50.4. The winner of $862,049, owned by Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey, raced out to the pocket early, was able to slip out when favored Tiger Thompson N brushed to the lead nearing the ¾, then powered home in classic fashion to withstand the large charge of Mariner Seelster. Hunter Oakes was in the sulky when the American Ideal gelding Hitman Hill equaled his own 1:50.1 clocking, the fastest time of the year at Pocono, in winning a $17,500 pace. The coast-to-coast winner is trained by Hunter's father Chris (Homicide Hunter), while Tom Hill, who shares ownership in the winner of $385,656 with Northfork Racing Stable, may have extended his TV viewing by about 40 minutes After the features, the story of the night was the Allard brothers, driver Simon and trainer Rene, teaming for five victories. Rene, leading trainer here five of the last six years, increased his lead in the 2019 standings, while the quintuple boosted Simon into second in sulky wins this season behind perennial leader George Napolitano Jr. 15 more horses changed homes via the claiming box Saturday, and $246,250 changed hands to acquire those horses; the season totals at Pocono are now 112 claims and $1,894,250 paid via those claims. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA –Cardiff had to go the dreaded “tuck-then-first-over” journey in the $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for pacing fillies and mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday, but the Sportswriter harness racing mare showed rare pluck in grinding raw for the last 5/8 and still getting the decision in a lifetime best 1:51.1. Cardiff, who had a first and two seconds in her Weiss prelims, tucked midpack from post eight for driver Simon Allard, as a pair of horses on a three-race win streak, 2-5 favorite Ghostwriter and Girl’s Got Rhythm, argued through a smoking 26.2 quarter, with the latter claiming the top at that point. Cardiff was again on the move under the wire the first time as Girl’s Got Rhythm led the field to the half in 54.4, then cut into the pacesetter’s advantage by the 1:22.3 3/4s, with the chalk lurking in the pocket. Turning for home it looked like the trip was starting to wear on Cardiff, as Ghosttothepost went to the Pocono Pike to try to catch Girl’s Got Rhythm. But Cardiff dug deep into her talent pool and gamely paced on to be 1½ lengths ahead at the wire, with Ghosttothepost next, a neck ahead of Girl’s Got Rhythm. Simon’s brother Rene trains the courageous winner for Allard Racing Inc. and Carmen Carson. Also on the Tuesday card were three $15,000 final preliminary round divisions of the Weiss Series for trotting males, and the Credit Winner four-year-old My Lindy Winner established himself as the likely Weiss Championship favorite by sweeping his three prelims, here scoring in 1:55.3 to reman undefeated in six seasonal starts. Though the Rob Harmon trainee won his other two prelims by six and four lengths, this half length victory over pacesetter Dover Dony may have been the most impressive of the trio, as Jim Morrill Jr. sent the horse uncovered from third at the 5/8, and his trotter responded by gaining into a 28.1 last quarter and finishing a measured winner. The Conway Hall gelding Hammer Creek must like suspense, as he had two wins in the Weiss prelims, but in both victories his winning margin was only a nose, on Tuesday over the wild-charging Livinonthedash in 1:55.3. Eric Carlson came uncovered at the 3/4, went to the lead in the stretch, then withstood the flying Livinonthedash for trainer Kenneth Hess Jr. and owner Richard Ciesielski. Lightfootedlegend, like his stablemate in the Erv Miller barn Livinonthedash, made his first start in the Weiss, and the Mr Cantab gelding broke his maiden in fine style, coming out on the far turn and catching pacesetting Higgs Boson by ¾ of a length in 1:56.3. Marcus Miller guided the four-year-old for the Ervin Miller Stable Inc, Ronald Michelon, and Harvey Eisman. Despite the good performances, the two Weiss debutants for the Millers did not finish in the top nine preliminary pointwinners (although they may make a $15,000 consolation, depending on how many and who declares in). The unofficial top nine pointwinners heading for next Monday’s $30,000 Weiss Championship in this group are: 1. My Lindy Winner, 2. Hammer Creek, 3. Higgs Boson, 4. Chapter And Ruth, 5. Dover Dony, 6. Got No Money Honey, 7. Keystone Thunder, 8. Loving Life, and 9. Teardown This Wall, with Flammable tenth and the pair of Brandywine Battle and London Hanover tied for eleventh in the shaping up of the “AEs” and the consolation PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

Trenton, NJ — American Admiral may not know it, but he is in the midst of trying to prove if he’s ready to fight some bigger harness racing battles down the road. The 3-year-old colt pacer is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a $15,000 division of Saturday’s (April 20) Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Since he has only been working with the horse since January, trainer Andrew Harris is unsure of how extensively he will stake him this year. “We’re playing it by ear,” said Harris, who made American Admiral eligible for the Reynolds and Art Rooney Pace. “It all depends on how he continues to mature. If he goes through this series and shows he can go with those type of horses like Turbo Hill, then yeah, we’re going to go that route. As of right now we’re going to play it by ear. We don’t know what we’ve got, we don’t know what the bottom is yet. If he continues to improve maybe we’ve got ourselves a New York Sires Stakes horse that’s got some possibilities. Or maybe we just have an Excelsior Series type horse. We’re kind of using this series to tell us what we’ve got.” The early reviews have been positive. At the recommendation of Harris, American Admiral was purchased by the Flemings (William, Ian and James) for $34,000 at the Standardbred Mixed Sale at Harrisburg in November. He was trained by Tony Alagna last year and had a first, second and third while earning $19,890 in 10 starts. Harris knew nothing about the horse, but thought he would provide the most bang for the buck among those up for sale. “They called me up and said they wanted to have a nice little horse to race for next year,” the trainer said. “There were a lot of horses I thought we might have to over-pay for. This one kind of came in under the radar. I saw he raced at Yonkers and Yonkers is primarily where I race anyway so I thought he might just be in the price range. He ended up going a little cheaper than what I thought I’d have to give for him.” As for what he liked about American Admiral, Harris said, “His breeding was impeccable. He wasn’t overly-sized but he was a little muscle horse and those are the types of horses I kind of like for Yonkers. I didn’t know what to expect. We just kind of got lucky. So far it’s all working out.” It is indeed. American Admiral has hit the board four times in five races, having taken two firsts, a second and third for $19,640 in purse money. After the purchase, Harris put the horse out in the field and never looked at him for six weeks. “I didn’t even jog him,” he said. “I needed to let him grow up and let him mature. If he did have any aches and pains they would heal out in the field. I just let him get freshened up. We just started fresh and started off the chalkboard. We made adjustments to his training as he needed something, but we started with (knowing) nothing. We slowly added certain things here or there but I didn’t know what he had before. I never looked or asked.” Harris brought the horse back on Jan. 1 and began working on him, and then eased him back into racing. He is fairly well behaved in the barn, but “He’s a little stud colt so he lets you know that he’s there. He’s not over rambunctious or anything like that but you have to watch him a little bit. He wants to play but his play is a little aggressive. He’s a nice horse, but you don’t want to get caught sleeping around him.” He is keeping folks wide awake on the track as of late. As American Admiral’s confidence grew, Harris began putting him into play a bit more. The strategy seems to be working, as the horse has won his last two races. “He’s just developing into kind of a nice little horse that I don’t know where his bottom is quite just yet,” he said. “I don’t have super high expectations for the horse but I think he’s going to be a nice little horse. He’s got a big engine and he wants to go. But you have to race him the right way.” Just what way is that? “We try to teach him to stay off the helmet a little bit until it’s time to press the go button,” Harris continued. “He’s just come to the point where we can use him now. He’s ready, he’s tight now. He wasn’t tight when we were starting. I brought him back a little bit slower than I usually do. Now his confidence is right and he looks like a totally different animal. He’s happy and strong. “And every driver that sat on him likes him. George (Napolitano Jr.) sat on him the other night and said ‘Wow, can this thing fly for a piece.’ That’s the type of horse you want. He takes care of himself for the mile right now as long as we don’t over-drive him too early in the race. He’s got as good of a move as anyone in that series.” Harris feels American Admiral is the best horse in his division in the Bobby Weiss, but knows that the final will be a different story. “I think Sports Legend and Turbo Hill are the two horses to beat in the whole series,” Harris said. “We kind of got lucky, we avoided them this week, so it will be interesting to see how we face up against them.” However it comes out will go a long way in determining where the American Admiral fleet ends up next. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE PA - The ABC Garland mare I M Fishin won her third straight harness racing preliminary in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting mares Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the fastest of the three $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final prelim in a lifetime best 1:56.1. Anthony Napolitano, the meet's leading driver, moved I M Fishin out of third early to gain command in front of the stands, then powered home with the mare in 57.3 - 28.1 to win by a neck. Via Lattea IT, the white mare, had to settle again for a second - her third in three Weiss starts - while Corrupt was third behind the winner, trained by Jody Riedel for Super Mile LLC. The other two Tuesday Weiss winners both stopped the timer in 1:56.4 to record new marks. The Chapter Seven mare Myrna Myrna also moved to command in the homestretch the first time and went on to a 2¼ length victory for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Scott Betts, and owner Timothy Betts, while the Muscle Massive filly One Fine Lady lowered her lifetime tab over three seconds in overcoming a first-over journey for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Aaron Lambert, the latter co-owner with Kenneth Tucci and Kenneth Schwartz. In unofficial standings (please check with the Pocono Race Office for the official list) calculated immediately after the races, the top ten pointwinners in the preliminaries, in order, are: I M Fishin, Myrna Myrna, Ms American Muscle, Corrupt, Baby Wants, Miss Ruby, One Fine Lady, Puma Blue Chip, Dewitonemoretime, and Via Lattea IT. The top horses declaring in will race for $30,000 in their Weiss Championship during the evening portion of the doubleheader of racing on Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4; if enough horses declare in, there will be a $15,000 consolation event held during the afternoon racing that day. Narcian Jewel rallied all the way up the deep Pocono Pike from last at headstretch to take a $14,000 co-feature for pacing distaffs in a lifetime best 1:51.4. The Shadow Play mare laid off a contentious pace, then had the most blast in the last sixteenth to tally for driver Pat Berry, trainer Frank Petrelli, and Wish Me Luck Stables LLC. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Kimberlee and Sharen Hanover both became three-time winners in the preliminaries of the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacing mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday, as the track hosted two $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final Weiss preliminary. Kimberlee is 3-for-3 in the Weiss, and 4-for-4 in 2018, after a ¾-length victory in her prelim, which was timed in 1:55. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly won the first Weiss week, skipped the second, and now has victories last week and this. Driver Marcus Miller sent Kimberlee to the lead after the first quarter, and the sophomore came home in 57 to win for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Asa Sjoberg. The four-year-old Well Said mare Sharen Hanover, second in the Weiss first round and then entrusted to the care of trainer Rene Allard, remained undefeated in three starts for Rene and driver/brother Simon after posting a crackling 1:52.2 mile, a lifetime mark. The opposition tried to make it hard for "Sharen" as Jewels Forreal refused to let her get the top early, and after she took the pocket Carly Girl came with a quick quarter-move, leaving Sharen Hanover in the undesirable third-inside spot. But the fast distaff patiently awaited the famed Pocono Pike, then showed a big stretch burst to be an easy winner for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Jewels Forreal photoed Carly Girl for major minor honors. In unofficial standings (please check with the Pocono Race Office for the official list) calculated immediately after the races, the top ten pointwinners in the preliminaries, in order, are: Sharen Hanover, Kimberlee, Miss Hill, Line Dancer, Unnreal, Pretty Angel Eyes, Carly Girl, Jewels Forreal, Sweetest Devotion, and Sing Along. The top horses declaring in will race for $30,000 in their Weiss Championship during the evening portion of the doubleheader of racing on Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4; if enough horses declare in, there will be a $15,000 consolation event held during the afternoon racing that day. The Allard brothers also triumphed in a $14,000 claiming handicap pace for mares, with the Stonebridge Regal mare Strawb's Chippie N posted her second straight wire-to-wire win since being claimed by Team Allard, in this victory lowering her lifetime mark over three seconds to 1:52.3. But there won't be a third straight win from the mare for the ownership of Allard Racing Inc. and Ameer Major - there were four claims in the seven-horse field, including the 1-2-3 finishers. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Chas Hanover became the only three-time harness racing winner in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, taking his $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of 1:56.4. Driver George Napolitano Jr and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who also saw their pacing male I Soar Him First get a third prelim Weiss win the previous night, had their Cantab Hall gelding win by a neck over Stormont Manpower, a Weiss winners last week, with two other Weiss victors, Presidente Zette and Perfect Chapter AS, next in line. Chas Hanover stepped home in 57.2 to complete a 1:56.4 mile. Garcia-Herrera is also the outright owner of Chas Hanover, now a four-time winners in five seasonal starts. In the other division of this Weiss fourth round prelim, Law Of Attraction, who had been second in each of his three previous Weiss outings, headed down the road for driver Jim Marohn Jr., stopping the timer in 1:56 with his 1¾ length victory. Trainer Rob Harmon is in charge of the preparation of the Deweycheatumnhowe four-year-old gelding for Harmon Racing Stable LLC, B Kleinberg Racing LLC, and Lawrence Kittenplan. Favored Archibald, who broke in his first leg then won his next two, resorted back to his misbehaving here and finished back. In unofficial standings (please check with the Pocono Race Office for the official list) calculated immediately after the races, the top ten pointwinners in the preliminaries, in order, are: Chas Hanover, (tie) Law Of Attraction and Stormont Manpower, Archibald, Presidente Zette, Meadowbranch Ricky, Photo Bomber, Tougher Than Ever, Perfect Chapter AS, and Higgs Boson. The top horses declaring in will race for $30,000 in their Weiss Championship during the evening portion of the doubleheader of racing on Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4; if enough horses declare in, there will be a $15,000 consolation event held during the afternoon racing that day. Art Scene, who came within a nose of defeating 2017 Pacer of the Year Downbytheseaside in last year's Messenger Pace, posted the fastest win time of the year in taking a $17,000 conditioned event in 1:49.3, a new mark, going wire-to-wire while winning by 4½ lengths. Simon Allard was in the sulky behind the son of American Ideal for trainer/brother Rene and the ownership that acquired him before this campaign: B&I Stables LLC, Allard Racing Inc., and Donald Mac Rae. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - I Soar Him First became the only competitor to go 3-for-3 in the initial preliminaries of the four harness racing events in the Bobby Weiss Series, taking his $15,000 division of the pacing males sector in 1:51.4 Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. George Napolitano Jr. sent the sophomore So Surreal gelding to the top before the 27.3 quarter, then got a huge breather to the 56.4 half. From there it was "catch me if you can," and with back numbers of 55 - 27.2, nobody could catch I Soar Him First as he won by three lengths in a personal best of 1:51.4 for owner-trainer Gilbert Garcia Herrera. Saturday's other $15,000 third round prelim went to the Foreclosure N four-year-old gelding Riggle Wealth, as he sped to a lifetime mark of 1:50.3. Trapped inside and flying late in the first two weeks, Riggle Wealth and driver Jim Morrill Jr. left no room for bad luck here, getting away fifth off the gate in a six-horse field, but then motoring to the top after traffic settled, posting splits of 27 and 55.1. Coming off the second curve, pocketsitting Otaro Hanover, a winner in his first Weiss start last week and carrying a six race win streak into the contest, helmetbumped Morrill and then went offstride in the close quarters, making the job for Riggle Wealth, who himself had a four race winning streak before he came to Pocono, much easier. The winner hit the ¾ in 1:23 and then tacked on the 27.3 kicker for a 2¼ length victory for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phil Collura. Heavenly Sound, who had also won his first two Weiss prelims in this section, took the week off. The brothers Napolitano accounted for the $17,500 subfeatures, for older horses. In the trot, Sir John F stormed his third panel in 27.4 in moving to the lead, then held off the horse on his back, Majestic Mistress - driven by Anthony Napolitano - by a half-length while taking a new mark of 1:53.1. The son of Donato Hanover was "George Nap"'s fourth winner of the night, and Sir John F completed a double started by I Soar Him First for owner-trainer Gil Garcia Herrera, who co-owns the trotter with Michi Yvette Abday. "Anthony Nap" visited Victory Lane in the very next race, the subfeature pace, as Chevals Clivesdale, an altered son of The Globe, sat a pocket trip behind $1.6M winner Dancin Yankee, then gained into a 27.2 last quarter to win by a neck in 1:50.3. Jose Godinez conditions the winner for Blindswitch Racing Stable, Good Friends Racing Stable, and Santo Farina. George Napolitano Jr. wound up winning six races on the Saturday Pocono card, three of them for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, including with the featured "horse" I Soar Him First.   In fact, the track's top four drivers won the first 13 races on Saturday: Anthony Napolitano (1st) won three, Simon Allard (2nd) two, George Nap (now 3rd) the six, and Jim Morrill Jr. (fourth) two.   The only partycrasher came in the last race, when Austin Siegelman came up the inside with Johnny Q, to the mutuel tune of $54.20. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Ms American Muscle and I M Fishin became two-time harness racing winners in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing their $15,000 divisions of the third preliminary leg at the mountain track over off going on Tuesday. I M Fishin made a break in her first Weiss outing yet recovered for third, and in her next two series starts she has not been catchable. This week Anthony Napolitano sent her to the lead at the 3/16 around Miss Ruby (who had a win-break pattern, opposite to that of the winner), and the ABC Garland mare proved too strong for the opposition, defeating Miss Ruby by four lengths in 1:58.2 over a "good +2" track in mid-30s weather for trainer Jody Riedel and Super Mile LLC. While I M Fishin was a well-supported favorite, the Donato Hanover filly Ms American Muscle caught the crowd by surprise, returning a $39.60 mutuel, the fans more influenced by last week's miscue than by her win two starts ago. This week Marcus Miller kept her third-in, pulled her out at headstretch, and surged by the tired pacesetter Corrupt by a neck in 2:00.2. Jenny Melander conditions the late-charging miss for owner John Devito. In the third Weiss section, Puma Blue Chip broke her maiden in 1:58.2, making a big sweeping move down the backstretch for driver Tom Jackson to move close to pacesetting One Fine Lady, then getting by her late to take a neck decision. The Chapter Seven filly is conditioned by Agostino Abbatiello for the Durazzano Stable. In addition to bringing home the two-time Weiss winners, Anthony Napolitano and Marcus Miller also had the distinction of bringing in $50+ longshots - Pocono's second such "doubling up" in three cards. Body Slam used pocket rocket tactics to take the second for Napolitano at $53.80, while in the ninth Miller brought Heavens Dancer from far back to light up the board at $60.80. And both winners were coming off of victories in their previous starts! PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - Sharen Hanover and Kimberlee both recorded their second victories in the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacing females on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where earlier in the dank evening Eric Carlson recorded his 3000th driving victory. The Well Said mare Sharen Hanover is now perfect in two starts for the brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, as she quarter-moved to command and went on to win her $15,000 division of the series' third preliminary leg. Three lengths clear at the end of a 1:55.3 mile in "sloppy +2" conditions, the mare appears to be peaking at just the right time for owner Geoffrey Mounds. In the other section, the Rock N Roll Hanover filly Kimberlee, who won in the first round and then sat out last week, raced just off a contested pace, then caught the series' only double winner in the first two prelims, Miss Hill, by a half-length in 1:55.4. Marcus Miller was in the sulky behind the winner, now undefeated in three seasonal starts, for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the ownership of Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Asa Sjoberg. Eric Carlson, starting the night with 2999 career sulky successes, got the wait for his milestone over quickly, guiding Call Me Richard to a safe victory in the night's opener. The 42-year-old Carlson, a Detroit leader before "coming East" some years ago and establishing himself as a talented catch-driver, then wasted no time setting out on the road to 4000, making a big sweeping move with Western Bayama to take the night's eighth event. PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Archibald has stamped himself as the trotter to beat in the Bobby Weiss Series section for diamondgaited males, taking a new mark of 1:55.1 in his $15,000 third preliminary round harness racing action Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The four-year-old altered son of Archangel has had to go first-over in all three of his Weiss starts - the first week he made a break while challenging, while during the second he proved his superiority by reducing his mark to 1:55.3. That number was again lowered on a very cool night Sunday, with trainer/driver Fern Paquet Jr. sitting outside of pacesetting Law Of Attraction, then overpowering that one the last half of the stretch to win by a length for breeder/owner Michael Sherman Jr. Chas Hanover, one of two double winners in previous Weiss contests, could not go with the cover of the winner the last 3/8 and wound up fourth. Perfect Chapter AS, who like Archibald made a break while motoring uncovered in his first series start, atoned for last week's error with a big sweep from the back of the field, winning by four lengths for driver Marcus Miller while reducing his speed standard to 1:56.3. The Chapter Seven four-year-old gelding is trained by Anette Lorentzon for ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johannson. The other double Weiss winner in this group, Meadowbranch Ricky, had been able to hold off the late surge of Stormont Manpower last week; on Sunday, Stormont Manpower was a bit closer at headstretch, and he was able to catch the pacesetting "Ricky" by three-quarters of a length while reducing his record to 1:57. Second in his first two series starts, the winning altered son of Kadabra made the third time a charm for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Robert Bresnahan Jr., and owner Robert Bresnahan. McCarthy, who had four winners on the card, also led the longshot brigade on Sunday, bringing home City Hall first in the twelfth race while returning $79.80 as a pocket rocket. Two races earlier, Jim Morrill Jr. had used similar tactics with Drinkin Again, getting the nod to the mutuel tune of $51.40. PHHA / Pocono

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