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MILTON, June 6, 2019 - Trainer Brian Brown finished second in last year's Pepsi North America Cup with now four-year-old star Done Well and the Ohio-based conditioner is back to take another stab his second victory in Canada's signature race with Air Force Hanover and Workin Ona Mystery in this Saturday's harness racing eliminations. "I guess you'd say I'm kind of excited about coming up," said Brown, who won the 2017 Pepsi North America Cup with Fear The Dragon. "My post positions weren't great, but I still think we've got a good chance with both getting into the final. I think we're coming in better shape than I came into it last year with Done Well." In the first elimination Brown sends Air Force Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere colt racing for Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Donovan. The earner of over $200,000 enters the "Cup" eliminations off two-weeks rest following a third-place finish from post-eight in the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. "Our goal was to get the best trip we could and the most money we could," Brown said. "David [Miller] had intentions of leaving [but] when the two or three from the inside left hard, he decided to take him off. "Last year the horse would get really aggressive and for [David] to start him up and try to leave and be able to take him off, sit last--very relaxed and comfortable--was a plus for him. And then when he did move him, he was three or four wide [in the] last turn and still came home in :27.1--that's a pretty good last quarter at Yonkers. We were thrilled with the way we raced and we knew going into it we were in a bad spot." Brown has no concern about his horse being ready for Saturday's elimination. "He did train a mile in [1]:55 [Monday] pretty handily, so I'm not worried about him going in short. Sure you'd rather race the week before but that's not how it worked out." As a two-year-old, Air Force Hanover won three races from 12 starts and set a mark of 1:51 in a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile. The next week, in a division of International Stallion Stakes, he broke at the start and charged first over before faltering in a 1:49.3 mile. Of his four starts this year, he has two wins--one being a two-move victory in 1:50.1 at Pocono--and no miscues. "He's grown a lot," Brown said. "He was a June foal and has matured so much more--even more than my other two, Workin Ona Mystery and Proof. So far I think he's above what I even expected; how he's matured and handling himself. Air Force Hanover will start from post-six in the first elimination, Race 3, with Yannick Gingras catching the drive since regular-pilot David Miller opted to drive De Los Cielos Deo for trainer Ron Burke. "David made his decision. Sure you're disappointed [for] a driver you named [and] they choose off," Brown said. "That's his decision--we're fine with it--and we pick up Yannick. I mean, how can you be disappointed when we get Yannick. And it's hard to get Yannick--it used to be [with] Takter's barn and Burke's barn, very rarely did you get a chance to get Yannick. "I think he can leave and still put him in somewhere. So it's going to be up to Yannick. He's in charge; he'll figure it out." Brown's other Cup contender, Workin Ona Mystery, has only eight starts on his record entering the elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous did not make his debut until August 29 due to an early injury. "He had hurt a foot," Brown said. "He actually did it in the stall--he stuck his foot through the stall gate and when he pulled it back he ran one of the wire tines into his foot. Of course, it got infected. It took him quite a while to come out of it. His groom never gave up on him--she kept working when other people said the horse would not race last year. She kept working and got the horse pretty good and as soon as he got to the races, he showed he was a really nice horse." Workin Ona Mystery won in his first start, coming from off the pace to break his maiden with a 1:52.4 mile at Scioto. He then only lost one race from his six starts last year when he pulled first over in the Breeders Crown elimination but faded to sixth in the stretch. "That's probably more of what he has going for him is natural ability," Brown said. "Timmy [Tetrick] has been working with us and the horse to try and get him [manageable]. Like you'd be sitting in the hole and you'd have to take a hold of him and his head would want to go up. Well then he would get the brush in his knees and get out of balance, and sometimes Timmy would have to pull him quicker than he should have or maybe a bit quicker than he wanted. We got a tie down and cable head halter on him, and we finally got it set--with Timmy's help--to where I think he's pretty good now; I think he'll handle even better now." Since shutting down in October, Workin Ona Mystery has retained his freshman form and returned to the races with two starts, both victories. "He didn't get a lot bigger and stronger," Brown said. "Maybe he got a little taller. Today I just looked at him and I thought maybe he had gained some weight lately. He's always been a little on the taller, lankier side--not a real powerful horse. But today I thought he had actually gained some weight." Equaling his lifetime best of 1:49.3 in his most recent start, Workin Ona Mystery has not raced since May 19 as he heads to the Cup. However, he did pace a tightening mile on May 29 in a qualifier at Hoosier. "We could have raced him that week at Chester but decided not to ship him out there. That's why he wound up at Hoosier last week to qualify. He went a pretty good qualifier off a quarter in :30; he paced the last three-quarters in [1]:22.3. He trained light yesterday, so I think he's ready to go." Tim Tetrick, who drove Workin Ona Mystery for all his stakes starts, will sit behind. The pair will start from the outermost post in the nine-horse field for the second elimination, Race 8. "You never want the nine hole because you don't know the price you're going to have to pay to get into position out of the gate," Brown said. "But he has the speed that he can use that. Again, I leave that up to Timmy and he'll figure it out. He does race well from behind, too, so it's not like he has to be on the front." Saturday night's 12-race program starts at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) and features eliminations for the Fan Hanover--carded as Races 5 and 6--as well as a $35,000 prep for the Roses Are Red, Race 10.   By Ray Cotolo

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 20, 2019--Air Force Hanover, who won the faster of last weekend's two harness racing elimination races, finds himself stuck behind the eight-ball for Yonkers Raceway's 29th Art Rooney Pace. The $300,000 event, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, goes as Saturday night's (May 25th) 10th race, with the dozen-race card offering its usual first post of 6:50 PM. Air Force Hanover, despite going the distance this past Saturday (1:52.4), did not overly impress his trainer. "He wasn't as good as I wanted him to be," Brian Brown said. "He did the same thing (2017 Rooney and Messenger winner) Downbytheseaside did when he was here (Yonkers). "He'd open up a lead and start waiting for someone, and (Air Force Hanover) did it, too. "I'm not saying he's going open up a lead from an eight-hole, because they are some good horses inside of him, but we're going to use an eye hood with some holes in it this time around. Hopefully, it makes him more aggressive without being out of control," Brown said. Air Force Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by County Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo & W. J. Donovan, has a pair of wins in three seasonal starts. Dave Miller again has the assignment. Last week's other $40,000 elim winner Bettor's Wish, landed post position No. 6, with Dexter Dunn driving for co-owner/trainer Chris Ryder. The son of Bettor's Delight went down the road in 1:53.2. The field for the Rooney is as such...1-Captain Malicious (Mark MacDonald), 2-Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno), 3-Branquinho (Tyler Buter), 4-Buddy Hill (Brian Sears), 5-Price Hanover (Dan Dube), 6-Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn), 7-Blood Money (Scott Zeron), 8-Air Force Hanover (Dave Miller), The companion event, the 15th Lismore for soph pacing fillies, goes for $109,234 as the ninth race. It drew out this way...1-Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland), 2-Rock N McRoll (Dube), 3-Queen of the Pride (Jordan Stratton), 4-As Time Goes By (George Brennan), 5-Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 6-Privacy Hanover (Bartlett also listed), 7-Rockn' Philly (Tim Tetrick), 8-Annie Hill (Sears). This story shall be updated.   Frank Drucker  Director of Publicity

LEBANON, OH - A pair of elimination heats for next week's $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for Ohio-sired three-year-old pacing colts were contested on Saturday (April 13) at Miami Valley Raceway. Two of the biggest and most successful harness racing stables in the sport were well represented and each won a division. Brian Brown advanced all three of his entrants to the final with a win and two second place finishers. Ron Burke qualified just one of his four, but that one was an impressive winner. Driver Chris Page was in the sulky hitched to both winners, one for Brown and one for Burke. Dislocator copped the first split in 1:51.1, turning back High On Paydaze (Brett Miller), Yankee Boots (Dan Noble) and Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith). In seven starts as a two-year-old, the son of Big Bad John produced a 2-2-2 scoreboard with earnings of $113,116. Both the winner and runnerup hail from the Brown barns at the Delaware (OH) county fair and were making their first starts after two qualifiers at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida, where they wintered. High On Paydaze won five of seven freshman starts including the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship, a race in which Dislocator finished third last September. "Dislocator was a nice colt last year," said Page in the winner's circle, "and he seems to have grown a little and matured quite a bit over the winter. He seems to have it all together now." Seattle Hanover found a seem in the lane to triumph in the second Hackett division for the Burke Brigade. The Dragon Again gelding just nipped Smackitwithahammer (Cameron McCown) by a head in 1:51.3. Also advancing to the final next week were Ohio Vintage (Dan Noble), Bombay Hanover (Brett Miller) and See You In Tuscanny (Kyle Ater), who qualified for the nine-horse championship tilt as the fastest fifth place finisher. It was just the second career win for Seattle Hanover, although the colt has earned over $60,000 already. "When Ronnie puts a horse in to race, I know it is ready to rock," Page often says. "It's a pleasure to be in this situation, driving good horses for great trainers." Granite (Brett Miller) was a repeat winner in the weekly $25,000 Open I Pace, scoring in 1:50.2 over 28-1 longshot Sadiq Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith). It was the fourth seasonal victory for Granite in 13 tries and pushed his earnings to over $78,000 already this season and over $435,000 lifetime. The six-year-old altered son of Real Desire is owned by The Panhellenic Stable and trained by Ken Rucker.   Gregg Keidel

Harness racing trainer Brian Brown captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2018, sending 104 youngsters postward in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, finals and consolations. Brown’s hefty assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters—which he conditions at Delaware, OH during the spring and summer months and in south Florida during the wintertime—earned $1,075,850 from 18 wins, 20 seconds and ten third-place finishes.  It was fitting for Brown, who was the runner-up to 2017 Kaltenbach winning trainer Chris Beaver. This year, it was New Jersey-based trainer Ronnie Burke who finished second among all OSS conditioners, with $953,150 in earnings from 78 starters with 11 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds.  Chris Beaver was third in the OSS training standings, with 65 starters who finished first ten times, along with 9 second-place and 14 third-place finishers who earned $491,250. Urbana, OH-based trainer Kimberly Daily finished fourth with $283,450 earned in OSS events from 38 starters, seven winners, three second-place finishers and seven third-place check getters.  Canadian conditioners Jason McGinnis and Robert McIntosh were fifth and six respectively in the OSS final trainers’ tally. McGinnis sent 25 horses postward with seven wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds for earnings of $259,100, while McIntosh had four wins and one second in five starts for earnings of $207,500. Sixteen trainers had OSS contestants who posted earnings of $100,000 or more with six conditioners training winners who earned $200,000 or higher. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., captured the 2018 Kaltenbach Award for leading driving in OSS competition for the second time in his career, having earned the honor in 2015.  Wrenn, Jr., notched $987,500 in OSS earnings from steering 96 starters to 21 wins, 16 seconds and 12 third-place finishes.  North America’s leading driver and record setter Aaron Merriman finished second with 19 wins, 15 seconds and 16 thirds in 99 starts with earnings of $963,900 for his efforts.  Last year’s Kaltenbach winner, Chris Page, finished third this year with 16 wins, 18 seconds and ten thirds from 93 starters who earned $937,100 in OSS events. Danny Noble picked up fourth place honors in the OSS driver standings, with 15 wins, five seconds and 11 thirds form 67 starters who earned $523,750, while Tony Hall’s mounts earned $437,700 from six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 46 tries.   Ryan Stahl was the only other driver to pilot the winners of more than $400,00 with $433,950 earned from seven wins, eight seconds and eight thirds in 60 starts. Of the 73 drivers who participated in the 2018 OSS events, 60 garnered at least one check with 17 driving the winners of $100,000 or more, while a full 12 drove horses who earned $200,000 or more. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies.  In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times.  Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories—Sam “Chip” Noble, III and Dave Rankin. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988—named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers—and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events.                                       Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in action                                             Brian Brown   Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2018           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.     $987,500 2018 Brian Brown $1,075,850   Chris Page     $849,100       2017 Chris Beaver $782,200 Chris Page $1,482,300 2016 Jim Dailey $908,300 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. $858,350         2015       Martin Wollam      $490,500 Chris Page $743,650 2014 Ron Burke $428,750 Dan Noble 416,500 2013 Jim Dailey 319,850 Kayne Kauffman 204,268 2012 Martin Wollam 205,413 Ryan Stahl 300,532 2011 Martin Wollam 149,997 Ryan Stahl 219,647 2010 Jim Arledge Jr. 160,240 Dan Noble 238,173 2009 Jim Dailey 247,380 Sam Noble III 255,500 2008 Jim Dailey 205,400 Ryan Stahl 383,311 2007 Michael Medors 209,025 Brett Miller 584,800 2006 Virgil Morgan Jr. 332,700 Brett Miller 667,800 2005 Virgil Morgan Jr. 416,600 Brett Miller 629,140 2004 Virgil Morgan Jr. 310,255 David Hawk 399,011 2003 Virgil Morgan Jr. 318,167 Brett Miller 565,802 2002 Michael Medors 315,369 David Hawk 655,600 2001 Michael Medors 283,225 David Hawk 643,650 2000 Virgil Morgan Jr. 266,225 David Hawk 459,100 1999 Virgil Morgan Jr. 213,495 David Miller 543,869 1998 Sam Noble III 174,257 David Miller 463,002 1997 Jeff Cox 138,597 David Miller 401,277 1996 Jim Arledge Jr. 140,437 David Miller 466,335 1995 Tom Brinkerhoff 162,605 David Miller 537,739 1994 Ron Potter 132,431 David Miller 339,179 1993 Sam Noble III 164,139 David Miller 288,852 1992 Doug Hinklin 194,168 Ray Paver Jr. 293,334 1991 Debbie Paver 154,726 Dave Rankin 264,384 1990 Dave Rankin 172,972 Sam Noble III 223,955 1989 Steve Brannan 156,136 Joe Adamsky 185,303 1988 Beth Dailey 135,230   Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes

LEXINGTON, KY--Trainer Brian Brown, along with Jeff Gillis, bagged two victories each in the five divisions of the $367,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Brown's Captaintreacherous colt Workin Ona Mystery remained unbeaten in his fourth pari-mutual outing with a 1:50.3 performance in the fourth Bluegrass division. Blood Money made the lead early with Tim Tetrick putting Workin Ona Mystery into the pocket. Passing the quarter in :27.3, Workin Ona Mystery promptly popped pocket and circled to the top before hitting the half in :56.1. Fabrice Hanover attempted a pursuit first over heading into the final turn but continued to chase as Workin Ona Mystery paced to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Blood Money tipped out of the pocket into the stretch and chased the leader alongside Artie's Ideal firing through the pylons. Workin Ona Mystery accelerated into the final sixteenth and widened his margin heading to the wire as Artie's Ideal edged Blood Money for second. Compiling $69,400 in earnings for owners James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers LLC, Workin Ona Mystery returned $3.00 to win. Air Force Hanover took his competition wire to wire and gave Brown his second Bluegrass winner on the night in the third division of the Bluegrass timed in 1:51. Driver David Miller sent the Brian Brown-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere to the front with Waterway securing the pocket and No Mas Amor positioned third. Past the quarter in :27.4, Air Force Hanover maintained a hot clip to the half as Mangogh, from fourth, moved first over through the :55.4 clocking. Mangogh gained ground first over but remained two lengths off Air Force Hanover by three-quarters in 1:24.1. Air Force Hanover continued on the lead through the stretch as Mangogh forced the pace but finished second ahead of Waterway third and Can't Beach That sweeping into fourth. Winning his third race in nine starts, Air Force Hanover, owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Donovan, pushed his career bankroll to $103,888. He paid $4.20 to win. Lyons Night Hawk, one of two winners for trainer Jeff Gillis, advanced first over to the top rounding the final turn and maintained control from rivals barreling into competition late to take the first division of the Bluegrass in 1:50.2. Dancin Lou dashed for the lead with Buddy Hill away second and Rock Candy, the 3-5 favorite, third. Rock Candy edged off the rail and brushed for the lead past the :27.3 opening quarter with Captain Trevor following suit and eventually clearing command to the half. Positioned fifth, Lyons Night Hawk moved first over through a :55 half with Sugar Factory on his back. The son of Sweet Lou marched towards pacesetter Captain Trevor and slid by to the top past the 1:23.4 third-quarter. Rock Candy tipped out of the pocket and lunged through a seam towards the pylons to finish a neck back in second while Sugar Factory, kicking three wide into the stretch, settled for third. Captain Trevor held fourth. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Night Hawk won his second race from nine starts, earning $136,071. Tim Tetrick drove the $8.00 winner. Gillis and Tetrick took the following division as Lyons Johnnyjnr pushed through the inside to pull a 21-1 upset in 1:52.1. Captain Victorious took command with Lyons Johnnyjnr away second and Loutenant sitting third. Proof, the 1-9 favorite, paced sixth past the :28 opening quarter before sliding off the cones in search for cover. American Mercury, positioned fifth, flushed first over and carried the two-wide flow towards the pacesetter through a :57.4 half. American Mercury dug into Captain Victorious rounding the final turn. Proof, second over, gapped cover slightly while Lyons Johnnyjnr paced tightly in the pocket by three-quarters in 1:25.3. Captain Victorious remained on the front through the stretch but Lyons Johnnyjnr, with a slight opening, crept to the lead at the pylons in the final strides to win. Captain Victorious held second from Loutenant, rallying from off the rail, in third and Proof, with a belated stretch bid, settling for fourth. Returning $45.00 to win, Lyons Johnnyjnr, a colt by Well Said, won his second race in nine starts, collecting $108,718 for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Surging off cover, Covered Bridge collared pacesetter and 4-5 favorite Love Me Some Lou in the final sixteenth to take the last division of the Bluegrass colt pace in 1:52. Odds On Boca Raton led early with Bicorne Hanover circling to the front and Love Me Some Lou moving first over from third. Love Me Some Lou brushed to the lead after a :28.1 opening quarter and took the field to the half in :56.2 while Cub Fan began a first-over bid with Covered Bridge on cover. Cub Fan drew closer to Love Me Some Lou moving around the final turn as Covered Bridge mounted his move to three-quarters. By that station in 1:25.3, Cub Fan quickly gave way into the stretch and driver David Miller unleashed Covered Bridge towards the center of the track, swooping by Love Me Some Lou to win. Black Smile, from last, closed for third while Bicorne Hanover took fourth. Owned by David Smith and James Giannuzzi, Covered Bridge, an American Ideal gelding, won his third race from 11 starts, earning $116,259. Jessica Okusko conditions the $9.60 winner. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile on Sunday, Sept. 29 with the first matinee card of the meeting. The program features sophomores in stakes action as the filly trotters compete in three divisions of the $206,000 Cantab Hall Bluegrass Stakes (sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms & Brittany Farms), the colt trotters in two splits of the $242,000 Explosive Matter Bluegrass Stakes (sponsored by the Explosive Matter Syndicate & Hanover Shoe Farms) and the colt pacers contest in two divisions of the $183,000 Somebeachsomewhere Bluegrass Stakes (sponsored by the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate & Hanover Shoe Farms). First-race post Sunday is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Delaware, Ohio based trainer Brian Brown was holding all the cards in the $120,900 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers taking three of the top four places, including the top two finishers, Carmen Ohio and High Reward. When the starting gate released the field of eight, driver Ryan Stahl sent Carmen Ohio for the lead from post #1. Stablemate High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was also sent for the lead, but had to overcome post 6. Carmen Ohio and High Reward traded the lead through the opening quarters of :28 2/5 and :59 1/5. Stahl quickened the pace in the third quarter in :1:27 3/5. Wrenn popped out of the pocket and tried to collar the leader but came up a neck short in 1:55 1/5. The Panderosa filly is owned by Milton Leeman, Steve Manning, Brent Meizlish & William Calvert. Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) took the third spot from another Brown trainee Ni Me Bonita (Dan Noble). In the $12,800 OBC Aged Pace, Docdor Friskie and Tyler Smith led gate to wire to win by a length over the pocket sitting Barley Up (Chris Page) in a stakes record 1:51 4/5. Docdor Friskie is the 5-year-old Feelin Friskie gelding is owned by Miller Racing Stable of Greenville, OH. In My Dream (Brady Galliers) took the fastest of the three divisions of the $15,000 Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt trotters in a lifetime best 1:55 1/5. In My Dream is a Winning Fireworks gelding owned by Galliers Racing of Defiance, OH. Secret Pro (Hugh Beatty) and Fleet Cessna (Dan Noble) took the other two divisions in 1:57 1/5 and 1:57 respectively. The pair of divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old filly trotters were also contested. Infrontandforgetit (Dan Noble) scored in 1:56 1/5. In the second division, Cindi Hall (Aaron Merriman) was placed the winner after Kellie's MVP (Ray Paver) was disqualified for interference in the first turn. Stephen Oldford representing the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association won the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship. Oldford drove Arch Hanover to a 1:57 score over H-And-N Dho Hailey (Mariah Wright) and Badger Quinn (Alesha Binkley). The Fouts Memorial brings together representatives from amateur drivers clubs from across the country. The Billings Amateur Trot divisions went to I'll Tell You What (Richard Roach) and Sebiskit Bluegrass (Joey Putnam) in matching 1:59 2/5 miles. Monday's 14 race card will start at 3:00 PM, with the simulcast program on the air at 2:30 PM. Monday features $101,700 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotting fillies and a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (races 8-11).   Jay Wolf

Harness racing driver trainer Brian Brown harnessed four of five Ohio Sires Stakes winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies on a balmy and rainy Friday night, Aug. 10, at Scioto Downs. Brown harnessed the winners of all three $40,000 OSS divisions for freshmen pacing colts, beginning with Disloator, who took a front-stepping journey to score his maiden victory in 1:53.3 with Chris Page at the lines. The son of Big Bad John, who was making just his fourth lifetime start, finished half a length in front of stablemate Smackitwithahammer (Ryan Stahl) a 19-1 longshot, while 3-1 Easeondowntheroad (Dan Noble) notched third-place honors. Bred by Midland Acres, Dislocator, who left the gait at odds of 5-1, now has $36,640 in earnings for owners Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Stable. High On Paydaze continued his winning ways for Brown and company, with a near perfect, wire-to-wire route to win the second OSS colt division in a torrential downpour in 1:54.1 at odds of 2-1. Page steered this son of Nob Hill High to his fourth career victory in as many starts, holding off his hard-trying, 6-5 stablemate Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length, with another Brown trainee, the 8-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. High On Paydaze has now swept the first three OSS legs for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, amassing $78,400 thus far for his connections. Brown then bridled up 9-5 Final Offer and 2-1 Carmen Ohio in the first $50,000 OSS division for fillies. The former prevailed by three-quarters of a length over the latter with Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith), third at 7-1. The daughter of Rockin Amadeus followed the leading Carmen Ohio throughout most of the mile before besting her stablemate in the final yards in 1:55.2. It was the first career win for Final Offer, who is owned by Country Club Acres, Aws Stable and Joe Sbrocco. Bred by Michael Dixon and Harold & Harold Lee Bauder, Final Offer now has $31,300 in her coffers. Finally, Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., teamed up to capture the second $50,000 OSS filly division with High Reward, a Yankee Cruiser lass owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services. High Reward, the 7-1 choice, also enjoyed a front-end trip in her maiden victory, clocked in 1:53.1, after previously finishing second and fourth respectively in legs one and two. She finished nearly two lengths in front of 8-5 favorite Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman), with Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) third, some 2¼ lengths back. Bred by Steve Jones, High Reward upped her career earnings to $50,075. That triumph also gave driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., his fifth consecutive win on the program. The final OSS contest for pacing colts saw 6-1 Doo Wop West score in 1:53.2 in his first OSS venture. The Western Vintage gelding, who is trained by Dirk Simpson for Lawrence Crawford, was given a careful steer by Aaron Merriman to finish 2½ lengths in front of 23-1 Van Diesel (Trevor Smith) at the wire, with 2-5 favorite Rose Run Ulysses (Danny Noble) finishing third. Bred by White Birch Farm, Doo Wop West now has two wins in three career starts and $23,400 in earnings. Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, Aug. 11 at Northfield Park, with three $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The $400,000 Milstein Memorial is also on the evening's program, featuring North America Cup and Ohio Sires Stakes winner Lather Up. Kimberly Rinker

Brian Brown is ready to get a renewed look at a refreshed Done Well, who returns to harness racing action for the first time in three weeks as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's first of two eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Done Well, who was second to Lather Up in mid-June's North America Cup, got time off following a fourth-place finish in the consolation division of the Max C. Hempt Memorial on June 30. The colt led midway through the race, but had been wide around the first turn from post eight in a :25.3 opening quarter and reached the half in :53.2. He nearly held for second place, missing by only one-quarter length. A week earlier in his Hempt elimination, Done Well raced uncovered on the outside in a :53.1 closing half-mile, challenging eventual winner Lather Up for the lead before missing a spot in the final by a neck. In his remaining seven career starts, Done Well has five wins and two seconds. "He's really only had one bad race, and he kind of had a reason," Brown said. "He just needed a break after that last race. We just gave him a little rest, tried to freshen him back up, and we'll give it a try again Saturday. "I haven't lost confidence in him, but he's got to come back again and show that he can go with those. We trained him today (Wednesday) and he trained good. He had a week off after the Hempt consolation and this is his third training back. I didn't over-train him, just trained him enough. I hope he's tight. If he makes the final he should be even tighter." Brown won last year's Adios with Fear The Dragon and is trying to become the first trainer since Brett Pelling in 2004 (Timesareachanging) and 2005 (Village Jolt) to win the event for 3-year-old pacers in consecutive years. Brown trains Done Well for owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. Done Well, who won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at The Meadows on the day of last year's eliminations for the Adios, will start his elim Saturday from post seven with driver Tim Tetrick. The eight-horse field also includes American History, the 7-2 second choice from post three, and Wes Delight, the 9-2 third choice from post eight. In the second elimination, Meadowlands Pace runner-up Dorsoduro Hanover is the 2-1 favorite. The first four finishers in each $25,000 elimination and the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings return for the final. The connections of elimination winners will select their post positions for the final, with the selection order determined by draw. All other post positions will be determined by a draw on Tuesday (July 24). "It's not where I'd want to be," Brown said about Done Well's elimination post. "I'd like to be the four or five, but at The Meadows I'm not sure the seven isn't better than the rail. It's a slanted gate so it's a little easier to get out of there. That's Timmy's decision on what happens there." Done Well is a son of Well Said out of Dagnabit Hanover and was purchased for $45,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale. He was undefeated in four races at age 2, but saw his season cut short by injury. In the spring he was slowed by a lung abscess, which delayed his start to this year's campaign. "I would have liked to race more last year to get him more seasoned and we would have found out more about him, but I don't think it's a big detour this year," Brown said. "The bigger problem was the abscess. He knew how to be a racehorse when he came back this year; the abscess is what set us back and hurt us the most (coming into this season)." Racing at The Meadows on Saturday begins at 1:05 p.m. (EDT). The Adios eliminations are races 12 and 13. Following are the fields. Race 12/Elimination 1 Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Summer Travel-David Miller-Andrew Harris-10/1 2-No Easy Day-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8/1 3-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-7/2 4-Shadow Cat-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-6/1 5-Bambino Joe-Aaron Merriman-Greg Wright Jr.-10/1 6-Gd Western Joe-Dave Palone-Ron Burke-8/1 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-5/2 8-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-9/2 Race 13/Elimination 2 Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Springsteen-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-6/1 2-Larry Karr-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4/1 3-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-2/1 4-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-10/1 5-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-9/2 6-Odds On Lauderdale-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna-8/1 7-Western Beachboy-Jim Pantaleano-Christen Pantaleano-10/1 8-Babes Dig Me-David Miller-Tony Alagna-8/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2018 -- Done Well and Dorsoduro Hanover have been installed as the 5-2 and 2-1 morning line favorites, respectively, in Saturday's eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Done Well was second in the final of the North America Cup but followed that up with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Max Hempt. He'll go from post 7 in the first elimination for Tim Tetrick and trainer Brian Brown. Dorsoduro Hanover turned in a huge performance from post 10 to grab second in the Meadowlands Pace final in his most recent outing. The Ron Burke trainee leaves from post 3 in the second elimination with Matt Kakaley piloting. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the final. Elimination winners will choose their post positions for the final -- their selection order will be determined by draw -- with all other post positions determined by random draw on Tuesday, July 24. The Adios final headlines a blockbuster Saturday, June 28 card that also features five other Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios Day program begins at noon. The eliminations go as races 12 and 13. Here are the fields in post position order with trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 10-1 2. No Easy Day Burke/Kakaley 8-1 3. American History Tony Alagna/Yannick Gingras 7-2 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Brett Miller 6-1 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 10-1 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Dave Palone 8-1 7. Done Well Brown/Tetrick 5-2 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Corey Callahan 9-2 Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Rene Allard/Simon Allard 6-1 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 4-1 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 2-1 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 10-1 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 9-2 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Andrew McCarthy 8-1 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 10-1 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/David Miller 8-1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

It was another busy week of harness racing stakes action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All-Stars, and Stallion Series racing all holding court. Our two top horses this week, however, battled for the honors on Monday night, which featured nothing but overnight racing. It just goes to show you that every night is witness to something special at Pocono, as this edition of the Weekly Awards makes plain. PACER OF THE WEEK: FUTURE LIFE Sometimes a winning streak is only as impressive as whom you beat. In the case of Future Life, she came into a $15,000-$20,000 claiming handicap pace for mares on Monday night having picked up a victory in her previous race against lower claiming competition. The nine-year-old mare trained by Andrew Adamczyk had churned out a come-from-behind win on July 9 in 1:53.0. But the field that she faced on Monday night included five of eight horses who had won their previous start, including Unbeamlievable, who had been the dominant force in the division. Future Life started from post position #2 in a field of eight at long odds of 16-1, likely because of the move up in class. As a horse who doesn't mind coming from off the pace, driver Tyler Buter kept her out of the early battle for the lead, which was eventually won by Unbeamlievable. The mare began her journey on the back stretch by making a third-over move, meaning that she had a lot of traffic to overcome on her way to the front. In the stretch, Buter tipped Future Life out four-wide to get a clear look at Unbeamlievable, who was still battling away on the front end. The momentum that Future Life gathered proved too much for the favorite, as she blew by to win it by a half-length in 1:53.4. That gives the mare five wins on the year and two in a row, and in neither of the last two races was she favored. She'll probably get more betting attention next time around. Other top pacers this week include: De Los Cielos Deo (Dave Palone, Ron Burke), a two-year-old colt who moved to two-for-two in his young career with a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory on Saturday night in 1:52.4; Ginger Tree Cash (George Napolitano Jr., Robert Bath), who moved up in condition to win his second straight on Saturday, this one in 1:52.0; and Warrawee UBeaut (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), who captured the second straight win to start her career on Tuesday night and did so in 1:52.1, the fastest time of four divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for two-year-old pacing fillies. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: PAT MATTERS This three-year-old filly trained by Paul Kelley didn't race as a freshman. At the start of her career this year, she had issues staying flat in her races, which was odd because of how sharp she was in qualifiers. On June 24, she finally found her form under the lights, picking up her maiden victory in 1:59.2 on a sloppy track. Pat Matters followed that up with an impressive second place finish on July 2, with only an extremely fast mile from Urban Legend beating her. On Monday night, Pat Matters took on a group of non-winners of two trotting fillies and mares as a 4-5 favorite. It was a pretty solid field she faced in this one, including several horses that were coming off sharp efforts in Stallion Series races. Leaving from post position #5 in a field of nine, the filly fired early to the front end. Driver Matt Kakaley then chose to stay in the pocket with Pat Matters when Strength Of A Woman made a play for the lead on the front stretch. Strength Of A Woman and Pat Matters stayed one-two in the order for most of the mile until the home stretch rolled around. That's when Kakaley asked for more from Pat Matters, who immediately swooped on by to pick up the victory by two lengths in a new career mark of 1:56.1. The filly seems to have put those breaking problems well behind her, which means that she could be ready for more rugged competition in the near future. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Crosbys Clam Bake (Pat Berry, Randy Bendis), who scored a condition victory in the slop on Saturday night in 1:55.4; Homicide Hunter (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), who continued his dominance in the Great Northeast Open Series on Sunday night with a win in 1:52.2, his fourth consecutive victory; and Magic Vacation (John Kakaley, Travis Alexander), who handled a condition field on Sunday night in a career-best 1:54.2. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: PYRO Even stakes races can provide long shot winners, as this two-year-old colt driven by Pat Berry proved when he scored a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win on Saturday at 29-1, paying off $60.20 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: COREY CALLAHAN Callahan had a big night on Sunday during the Stallion series for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, winning three of the six divisions. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: BRIAN BROWN Brown always seems to make his presence felt come stakes time, and he did it again on Saturday night by sending out two winners in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for two-year-old male pacers. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Back-to-back nights of Ohio Sires Stakes action is slated to commence on July 16 & 17 at Northfield Park. Leg two of the four-round series continues for Ohio-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings (July 16) and 2-year-old pacing fillies (July 17) at the Cleveland half-miler. All the freshman Leg 1 winners of this series are returning to wage war among their laterally-gaited constituents. A total of 34 pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park gate in four divisions on Monday night, July 16, while 25 fillies will battle in three divisions on Tuesday night, July 17. Post time each evening is 6 pm, ET. Of the male youngsters, eight are sired by Pet Rock, with five each by Dragon Again and Western Vintage. McArdle has sire four of the competitors; Big Bad John three; and Yankee Cruiser, two. The stallions Believeinbruiser, Cheyenne Rei, Mister Big, Nob Hill High, Pine Valley, Rockin Amadeus and We Will See are represented by one foal each among the colts and geldings. The stallions McArdle and Dragon Again each sired four of the filly combatants; Big Bad John and Pet Rock sired three each, and The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser sired two distaffs each. Allamerican Native, Art Official, Beachtrea, Feelin Friskie, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage and Woodstock are represented by one foal each in the filly divisions. The pacing colts went postward in OSS Leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4. Returning to try for his second career victory in as many tries is the Kim Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses, a chestnut altered son by Western Vintage, who won his first OSS leg in 1:52.2 for Danny Noble. Owned by Dailey in partnership with Carl & Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses was bred by the Rose Run Farm and will start from post six in the first division (Race 5) with Noble in the bike. Authentic Hanover won his first OSS leg in 1:53.3 with Tyler Smith driving for trainer Dustin Arledge, who owns the bay Western Vintage colt with Hutchinson Hms and MJ Thompson. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Authentic Hanover starts from post four in the second OSS division (Race 7). High On Paydaze won OSS Leg one in 1:53.1 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Brian Brown, and that same combination will go postward from post two in the third OSS division (Race 9). This bay colt by Nob Hill High is owned by breeder Scott Hagemeyer, R. A. Mondillo and D. E. Robinson. Gold Digger King will try to best High On Paydaze in this same event (Race 9), leaving from post six with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This altered Pet Rock youngster is trained by Scott Mogan for breeder-owner Linda Van Camp and won his OSS Leg one in a snappy 1:52.4 with Kauffman piloting. See You In Tuscany hails from the powerful Canadian team of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald, who won their first OSS leg in 1:53. This bay colt by We Will See was bred by Mark Maroletti and is owned by Thestable Tuscany Group. He'll start from the rail in the fourth and final OSS division for freshman pacing colts (Race 11). In the distaff division, each of the OSS Leg one winners plied their wares on July 6 at Scioto Downs. Queen Of The Pride hopes to make another trip to the winner's circle from post one in the second OSS division (Race 6) on Tuesday night (July 17). Trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, this bay McArdle lass--who was bred by Ohioan Brad Wallace--posted a 1:54 clocking with Tony Hall at the lines that steamy evening at Scioto Downs. Carmen Ohio won her Leg one division in 1:55.2 for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Brian Brown. This daughter by The Panderosa is owned by breeder M. Leeman, along with partners S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. She's just outside of Queen Of The Pride, starting from post three in the second division (Race 6) with Stahl at the lines. Lofty Beach posted a 1:55 clocking in Leg one for driver Aaron Merriman, who returns to drive the black daughter of Beachtrea from post position four in the third OSS division (Race 9). Scott McEney conditions Lofty Beach--who was bred by Spring Haven Farm--for Canadian owner Bradley Grant. Twinsburg, a winner of her Leg one division in 1:54.4, will have to try to best Lofty Beach from post seven in this same third division (Race 9). The Canadian duo of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony McDonald will look to visit the winner's circle a second time with this bay daughter of McArdle, who was bred by Steve Stewart and is owned by Brock O'Brien. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The first four of five divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were conducted in lovely weather, with a slight stretch headbreeze, but there was a 180-degree shift in the direction and intensity of the wind, and the addition of rain from the heavens, when the "featured division" of the Sires, containing three of the five winners in recent PA All-Stars action here, went postward. And the adverse weather seemed to have absolutely no effect on the prohibitive favorite De Los Cielos Deo ("from the heavens of God"), a Captaintreacherous - Lisjune colt who won by 3¾ lengths in 1:52.4. The unfolding of the race was interesting. Four of the seven contestants left quickly into a headwind, with the Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo pacing three-wide to the 1/8 under the guidance of Dave Palone, then moving to the top just past the 27.3 quarter. He was quickly confronted by his stablemate No Mas Amor, who seemed fated to racing first-over if he didn't make something happen, and driver Anthony Napolitano did, going around his stablemate before a 54.3 half - coming his own second panel in the vicinity of 26.3 with the tailwind. No Mas Amor backed things off into the now-headwind to reach the ¾ in 1:24, but De Los Cielos Deo was right on his back then out on the far turn, and despite bearing out slightly at headstretch, the winner finished powerfully in drawing off. Ehrmantraut stayed close most of the way and was second, 2¼ lengths clear of Duddie's Lot, who photoed No Mas Amor for third. But they were all way behind De Los Cielos Deo, undefeated in two purse starts and four trips gateward, who has as good a right as anyone to consider himself numero uno among the babies right now for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Brian Brown started a consecutive stakes double with the Sombeachsomewhere - Allamerican Cognac colt Air Force Hanover, recording a personal best of 1:52, a season's record for all freshmen on 5/8-mile ovals. Air Force Hanover, an even-money favorite to main foe Captain Malicious at 7-5, actually outleft his lefthand rival, but Captain Malicious came blasting through from the inner spot, forcing tucks in a monstrous opening quarter of 25.3, with the winner into the two-hole, where he stayed during moderated middle splits of 54.3 and 1:23.1. Driver Simon Allard tipped Air Force Hanover out at headstretch, and while the pacesetter held gamely, the pocket rocket had enough firepower to get a head up on the money. He is owned by Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and William Donovan. Proof remained undefeated - in two purse races and four lines overall - with a well-earned victory in 1:52.2, a new mark and a season's record for about 18 minutes until his Team Brown stablemate broke it. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. had to go the overland route from midpack with the son of A Rocknroll Dance - Ginger And Fred at the 5/8, but the pair made the lead in the lane and dug in to withstand Bring The Thunder, who followed tightly on his back, by a half-length. Diamond Creek Racing owns the successful favorite. After opening his career with three straight "2"s on his charted lines, Captain Victorious was finally able to make the breakthrough in his Sire Stakes division with a 1:53 victory. Marcus Miller hustled the son of Captaintreacherous - Belclaire right to the top despite the outside post seven, then yielded to favored Blood Money at the 26.4 quarter. Captain Victorious sat behind a long battle between the leader and first-over Semi Tough in a 56.2 back half, went to the Pocono Pike, and rallied for a length victory over the tough Semi Tough, who photoed the previously-unbeaten Blood Money for second. Julie Miller conditions the victorious freshman for the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Jean Goehlen, and Caroll Huffman. Two longshot colts were separated by a nose at the end of their division, and their names are as related as their proximity at the finish, as Pyro edged Aflame Hanover to take a mark of 1:54. Pyro was still sixth and inside early in the stretch, but as the front horses softened a bit, Pat Berry was able to circle his live horse out to four-wide and just caught Aflame Hanover in the shadow of the wire; favored Lyons Night Hawk, after a troubled trip, was another ¾ of a length back in third. Pyro is a Sweet Lou colt out of Whetstone Hanover who started a Sires double for trainer Ron Burke, and he is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, Phillip Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

ANDERSON, IN -Egomania turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, on Thursday, July 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Scoring in 1:51.4 with John DeLong in the bike, Egomania recorded his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park and made a clean sweep of the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The 1:51.4 clocking established a national season's mark for two-year-old pacing colts on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the rookie pacer. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Egomania away from the gate firing but Elliot Deaton and elimination winner Tellmeaboutit were a step quicker to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Egomania settled in second but not for long, DeLong gave him the green light and he was back out and firing approaching the half in :56. Egomania led the field through the third split in 1:24.3 with Alway's Close and Trace Tetrick beginning the first-over attack approaching the final turn. Tellmeaboutit tipped from the pocket late in the lane but Egomania was able to put him away and hold off an impressive late rally from Outloud and Peter Wrenn to get the win by a head. Meadowbrook Crown and Sam Widger utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Egomania returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He's been nice all winter," said Shane Bowermaster, who handles the training duties for the Indiana contingent of the Brian Brown stable. "But after his qualifier, we knew we had a nice colt. He's really laid back, versatile, and easy on himself." Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera, Egomania has now amassed $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude is now two for two in 2018. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 13 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

WILKES-BARRE PA - OK: you just had many great horses race at your track on the previous card in the $2,120,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships Night. So what can you possibly do for a followup the next night, Sunday, July 1? Well, here's what The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is doing - it has scheduled five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old colt pacers. The top pacing colt trainers of the last few years all have multiple entries in the stakes sessions - Ron Burke has seven in, Brian Brown five, Ray Schnittker four. Despite the fact that raceday is the first day of July, the collective fields already have ten horses who have won in 1:56 or better, including six who have gone 1:54 or less (baby races and pari-mutuels treated equally throughout). There are eight horses in the All-Stars who have already twice crossed the wire first, including three who have beaten 1:55 in each of their two victories: Semi Tough (race 3, PP1, Burke), Blood Money (race 5, PP7, Jimmy Takter), and Captain Malicious (race 7, PP7, Schnittker). And that listing doesn't even include the fastest two-year-old of 2018 at the time of this writing, De Los Cielos Deo. This member of the Burke Brigade, on June 18 over the Gaitway mile track, won in 1:52.3 while coming his own last three-quarters in an astounding 1:21.3, in his second lifetime start (he won the first, but "only" in 1:56.4 - 27). De Los Cielos Deo, a name which is a Spanish/Latin hybrid meaning "from the heavens of God," does have un infierno de une mala posicion (a hell of a bad position) drawing the 8-ball, just outside of his fellow son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Malicious, in the seventh race, the last of the five All-Stars divisions. That's how you follow up a $2M+ card featuring the stars of today - load up the next card with the stars of tomorrow. FINISHING LINES -- Pocono will have a sixth $30,000 race on Sunday night, a Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for pacing mares. Caviart Ally, who won in the GNOS last week from the rail at Philly and paid $72.20 to win, finds the other two series winners starting from more difficult spots: L A Delight from post six and Tequila Monday from post eight. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Columbus, OH - Despite a threatening night of thunder, lightning, high winds and showers, owner Bruce Trogdon couldn't have been happier June 9, when Cinnamack and Bounding Dragon finished first and second in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts at Scioto Downs.   "I was so happy to see both of them leading down the stretch," noted Trogdon. "Of course I was hoping my horse (Cinnamack) would get up for the win, but I was just so happy for both of them, as they are both out of two of my best mares."   Bounding Dragon had led throughout most of the mile for Josh Sutton, but in the late stretch Chris Page steered Cinnamack up the inside to nail down his fourth victory in five starts this year in 1:50.4 by a head over his rival--equaling his lifetime best score. The bay son by McArdle is out of the unraced Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to World Champion Fear The Dragon p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). To date he's earned $95,600 for Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio.   "I raised both of these youngsters, so it's always a great feeling to see both of them perform so well," Trogdon stressed.   Conditioned by Brian Brown, Cinnamack left the gate at odds of 2-1, as did rival Bounding Dragon. Sectionline Biguy (6-1) notched show honors with Tyler Smith at the lines.   "I also have a super-looking yearling who is a full brother to Fear The Dragon," Trogdon offered. That youngster's name is Dragon Roars Again.   Cinnamack is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam, and has a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466), and half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Officials) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,599).   In the second $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore side-wheelers, Kimberly Dailey harnessed 9-5 Rockathon to a 1:51.1 victory with Danny Noble at the lines. The altered son by Pet Rock, who is owned in partnership by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, picked up his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts, upping his lifetime bankroll to $186,012.   Rockathon wrestled the lead away from 21-1 longshot Parklane Official just past the :27.2 opening panel, and went on to lead at every post, before brushing home in a brisk :27.4 to win by a 1¼ lengths over the hard-trying 1-2 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 9-1 JoJo's Pet Rock (Simon Allard) another seven lengths back in third.   Rockathon is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa dam Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4F ($20,221) and is a half-brother to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p,4,1:51f ($293,382); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p,2,1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance p,3, 1:56.2f ($39,289).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action.   by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

MILTON, ON - June 7, 2018 - There was a time trainer Brian Brown stopped and stared at the Pepsi North America Cup trophy and wondered what it would feel like to hold it aloft. Now that he's done that, he's hoping this time will be twice as nice. It was just over 20 years ago when Brown walked through the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand and eyed the ornate trophy associated with one of standardbred racing's highest profile events. "It's a race you dream of winning," said the Ohio native, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug's hometown. "But it takes a lot of things to make it happen and it takes a total team effort. It's a great feeling to say that you've won it." In 2017, a pair of Brown's sensational sophomore pacing stars, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, each enjoyed stellar campaigns. It was the former who delivered the trainer his coveted North America Cup crown. A son of Dragon Again, Fear the Dragon rallied stoutly down the lane to win the $1 million race by three-quarters of a length in 1:48.2. Downbytheseaside, who led by a head at the stretch call, held for third to give Brown the top and bottom ends of the Trifecta. At season's end, the duo earned $2.95 million (US) between them, playing a big part in Brown earning Trainer of the Year Award honours in the United States, as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He was also voted USHWA's Good Guy Award winner for 'consistent, intelligent cooperation with the sport's media.' Now, he's hoping good guys can finish first in the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. Brown has three horses - Done Well, Whos Better and Venom - set to contest this Saturday evening's Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park, all seeking a shot at a spot in the six-figure final to be contested at the Milton oval on June 16. His best chance for a return trip to the winner's circle could be the aptly named Done Well, an undefeated son of Well Said, only the second horse in history to win pacing's Big 3 - The Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. The bay colt, to be driven by Tim Tetrick in the second of three Cup eliminations this Saturday night, heads into the race off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts. The sharp victory came after almost 10 months away from racing action. "He's coming into the race well," said Brown, of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. "I would have liked to have had one more race in him, but that just didn't happen. He's a very nice horse. Unfortunately, he had to deal with an injury that occurred in Florida last August and it set him back. He was just getting rolling, so it was disappointing. But he's doing everything right and so easy. Timmy (Tetrick) isn't worried about him." Whos Better, a one-time winner from 13 starts, also has one second and six thirds for Brown. The gelded son of Bettors Delight, a sire of 22 millionaires, Living Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee and Canadian Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee, has tackled some top competition over his career. Last October, Whos Better finished eighth in a Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. The bay heads into his elimination off a runner-up effort in a Pennsylvania All-Stars division on May 28. David Miller will drive again for owners Country Club Inc., Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan. "He's come back this year, had some solid starts and put up pretty good times," said Brown. "He had throat surgery, but he's come back well. He's a pretty-laid back horse now. He wasn't that way before he had him gelded. He was a tough horse to be around and a tough horse on himself." Venom, a son of the legendary Rock N Roll Heaven, a world champion at both two and three, voted Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-old of the Year, will look to get over the sting of an eighth-place finish as the mutuel favourite at Vernon Downs on May 28. Prior to that result, the bay colt, owned by Frank Bellino and Sons LLC, had won three straight after finishing second in his career bow on April 22 at Miami Valley. Miller gets the call in the third and final elim. "We're not sure what happened after that race at Vernon," offered Brown. "He was very distressed after the race, so we did everything we could think of to find out what it was. Everything checked out okay and he was fine. He trained so well yesterday. We trained all three of them together and they were all within a quarter of a length of each other." With three chances to make it to the big dance and a second Cup trophy opportunity, Brown is looking forward to returning to familiar ground this Saturday. No need to ask if he'd like a repeat of last year's result. "That would be nice for sure," said Brown. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications          

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