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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Severely shuffled after securing a good early seat, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-year-old Captaintreacherous-Better B Lucky gelding through a narrow seam, which he negotiated successfully to edge Border Control A by a head in 1:52.3. Winning Is Sweet was a close-up third.   Bill Rhoades trains Butter Bay Hanover for Tom Mucci. In the other co-feature, also a $20,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Western Tyrant made a quarter-pole move stand up, prevailing in 1:52.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. It was the second straight win for the 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $191,446.   Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a pair of Keystone Classics valued at $179,800 for 2-year-olds. On the wagering front, the card offers an $18,626 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 1, 2020 -- Blue Ivy shrugged off the challenge of her  harness racing stablemate, Touchamatic, and rolled to victory in Tuesday's $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Blue Ivy sped to the lead from post 6 in a demanding 26.3, a quarter that might have left her vulnerable. But when Touchamatic moved uncovered from third, Blue Ivy found more for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in a career-fastest 1:50.2. Pace Baby Pace rallied for second, beaten 1/2 length, while Touchamatic saved show.   Bill Bercury trains Blue Ivy, a 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue who won for the sixth time this year and lifted her lifetime bankroll to $247,110, for Renee Bercury. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a $5,762.28 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows                    

MILTON, ON - August 29, 2020 -- Party Girl Hill remained unbeaten with another sterling harness racing effort, this time in the $400,000 Fan Hanover Final (presented by SBOA) on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. It was Lady Lou who took command early, with the daughter of Sweet Lou taking her rivals through an opening quarter in :26.3. Karma Seelster settled in second with Party Girl Hill and Lauras Love sitting third and fourth, respectively. Just ahead of the half-mile mark, Doug McNair called on Party Girl to seize advantage and the duo did so with ease, reaching the half in :54.4. Party Girl Hill and Lady Lou were still one-two after three-quarters, as a confident McNair kept the daughter of Captaintreacherous to task. Peaky Sneaky, second choice on the toteboard, continued her outside bid as the field straightened for home, but it was to no avail, as Party Girl Hill strode to the wire a sharp 2 ¾-length winner. Sweet Lou nosed out Peaky Sneaky for the runner-up spot, while Karma Seelster was fourth. Party Girl stopped the teletimer in 1:49.2 for breeder-owner Tom Hill and trainer Chantal Mitchell. She paid $3.70 for the win. "I just kind of rolled her along a little more this week," said McNair. "She can just carry her speed so far. Obviously, you can tell tonight... she paced right through to the wire. I was really happy with her." It was the eighth win in as many starts for the bay filly who was unraced as a two-year-old. She made her debut on June 12 at The Meadowlands and romped to an 11 ¾-length score in 1:50.2 as the 1-5 favourite. Last week, Party Girl Hill, in her first effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park, took her Fan Hanover elimination by a half-length in 1:50-flat. by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning Sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. This week we include the list of average earnings of the top 20 stallions that show an interesting comparison. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. Captaintreacherous makes the top this week with his father Somebeachsomewhere close behind. Worthy mention this week is Always B Miki who has sired the fastest two-year-old this year in Perfect Sting (From Shebestingin 1:47 by Bettors Delight) who is now unbeaten in four starts, his most recent at The Red Mile in a $40,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes race in 1:49.2. These statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 28th August 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 63 110 28 $992,693 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 79 116 34 $984,544 AMERICAN IDEAL 57 113 26 $756,462 BETTING LINE 73 119 24 $650,469 SHADOW PLAY 38 91 15 $638,869 BETTORS DELIGHT 43 121 12 $601,737 WELL SAID 47 71 21 $596,998 ART MAJOR 39 69 12 $559,002 SWEET LOU 41 84 13 $516,449 ALWAYS B MIKI 46 112 15 $513,260 RACING HILL 52 93 19 $503,930 SPORTSWRITER 63 137 22 $481,271 ROLL WITH JOE 44 71 17 $451,954 SUNSHINE BEACH 48 143 14 $426,381 MCARDLE 29 48 9 $372,492 JK ENDOFANERA 50 88 21 $339,089 PET ROCK 51 83 23 $335,536 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 54 102 25 $319,730 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 42 102 6 $302,416 SO SURREAL 31 57 11 $236,567 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Leading Sires by Average Earnings - 2 Year Old Pace (2020)   Sire 2018 Foals Starters in 2020 Money Average per Starter ==== ===== ======== ===== =========== SHADOW PLAY 91 38 $638,869 $16,812 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 110 63 $992,693 $15,757 BIG JIM 47 10 $156,594 $15,659 ART MAJOR 69 39 $559,002 $14,333 BETTORS DELIGHT 121 43 $601,737 $13,993 AMERICAN IDEAL 113 57 $756,462 $13,271 MR APPLES 19 12 $158,086 $13,173 MCARDLE 48 29 $372,492 $12,844 WELL SAID 71 47 $596,998 $12,702 SWEET LOU 84 41 $516,449 $12,596 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 116 79 $984,544 $12,462 BRING ON THE BEACH 15 8 $97,598 $12,199 ALWAYS B MIKI 112 46 $513,260 $11,157 CONTROL THE MOMENT 44 18 $187,807 $10,433 ROLL WITH JOE 71 44 $451,954 $10,271 WESTERN VINTAGE 17 9 $87,303 $9,700 RACING HILL 93 52 $503,930 $9,690 BETTING LINE 119 73 $650,469 $8,910 SUNSHINE BEACH 144 48 $426,381 $8,882 ROCKIN AMADEUS 37 20 $160,931 $8,046 Harnesslink Media

Party Girl Hill has given owner Tom Hill reason to celebrate. Unraced at age 2 because of a stress fracture, the 3-year-old female pacer is 6-for-6 in 2020 as she prepares for a Fan Hanover elimination on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Chris Ryder-trainee has won all but one start by at least 1-1/4 lengths, including an 11-3/4 length romp in her debut June 12 at The Meadowlands. She won her most recent race, a sire stakes division at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:49. It was her third consecutive sub-1:50 win on a five-eighths-mile track and the fastest mile on a five-eighths oval by a 3-year-old filly pacer in four years, only two-fifths of a second off the world record. “I don’t know how fast she can go,” Hill said. “I don’t know where the bottom is. She’s a freak.” Hill bred Party Girl Hill, a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Look Cheap. Party Girl Hill trained well as a 2-year-old but was injured just prior to qualifying. “There was no surgery, we just had to give her the time to heal,” Hill said. “She was training like an absolute monster. If we didn’t have to quit with her, there’s no doubt she would have been a top-class 2-year-old.” Hill, who lives in England and will turn 70 next month, is no stranger to good horses. He owned two-time O’Brien Award winning trotter Caprice Hill, Breeders Crown champion Racing Hill, millionaire Western Silk, and North America Cup and Breeders Crown runner-up Art Colony. But Party Girl Hill is something different. “She’s the best horse I’ve ever been fortunate enough to own,” Hill said. “She’s just in a different sphere. We knew last year she was a tremendously fast horse, and a good horse. If I said I knew she would be as good as she is, I’d be telling you lies, but she had blistering speed and she was intelligent. Whatever you want to do, she will do it. “Chris says she’s easy on herself, nothing bothers her. She travels good, she sleeps good, she eats good, and after a race you wouldn’t think she had one. She can race from the front, she can do it from behind, she can get parked out; it doesn’t matter. She’s the full package. That’s what makes a champion, when you get all those things coming together.” Party Girl Hill faces seven rivals Saturday in the second of two Fan Hanover eliminations. Doug McNair is listed to drive the filly, who will start from post two. The top-five finishers from each elim will advance to the final. Party Girl Hill had been entered previously to race Thursday in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but will be scratched. “I’m just hoping she carries on and stays healthy,” Hill said. “When she’s on her game, I don’t think there is a 3-year-old filly that can go with her. If she stays healthy, I think she can be a big contender for Horse of the Year. She’s just a special horse. She’s a gift from God.” by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The $215,461 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts was conducted during the Sunday twilight harness racing card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and as far as divisional supremecy is concerned - well, that's nowhere near to being established yet. The Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt Always A Miki now has two Sire Stakes victories, and is 3-for-4 lifetime, after tying for the night's fastest stakes performer at 1:51.1 and earning a new mark. The Nancy Takter trainee was sent to the front near the quarter by driver Dexter Dunn and controlled things from there, seeing off closing pocketsitter Chase H Hanover by three-quarters of a length with back fractions of :55.2 - 27.3 for the ownership of Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables.   Also victorious in 1:51.1 for a lifetime best was the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who also took his second stakes win - only his first was in a Stallion Series event in his debut. The rapidly-developing baby, who will probably need a win in the final prelim at The Meadows on August 29 to make his Championship event here on Saturday, September 5, blazed his own back numbers of :54.2 - 26.4 to catch pacesetter The Legend Hanover by a half-length for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Polie Mallar, and owners Alan Johnston and John Craig.   Lou's Pearlman had been undefeated in four lifetime starts including two Sire Stakes wins coming into his section, but after setting the pace he tired, allowing the Betting Line - All Tucked Up colt Abuckabett Hanover to earn a 1:51.2 maiden mark by utilizing the famed Pocono Pike and finishing 1¼ lengths ahead of Capt Jack Hanover. "Team Ramona Hill," driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna, combined with owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara, and Alagna And Inthegym for this victory.   At least there is a PA Stallion Series competitor who is 3-for-3 in his series after Sunday's six $20,000 StS cuts for this group. That would be the Captaintreacherous - Bittorsweet Terror colt Bazooka Hanover, who controlled the pace and won in 1:53, a best win time for him. David Miller drove for trainer Blake MacIntosh and owner Steve Heimbecker, who have the unusual distinction of having a horse who has won three times in a series and has paid, in order of victory, $3.60, $119.80, and $4.20. David Miller and MacIntosh had another Stallion Series win with the Somebeachsomewhere - Perfect Carets gelding Perfectboy Hanover, a maiden no longer after a 1:52 victory. Perfectboy Hanover got better as the mile went on, coming home in :54.4 - :27.1 in triumphing for owners Fred Brayford, Ridgeway Racing, Knot Xzachallie Stable, and trainer MacIntosh. Dexter Dunn added two Stallion Series wins to his Sire Stakes triumph, including the fastest StS victory with the Betting Line colt - Thirty X colt Rifleman, who lowered his mark to 1:51.2. The Chris Ryder trainee came off a 25-day layoff to record his second straight win, both in the Stallions, for owners Robert Mondillo and Craig Henderson. Dunn also reteamed with his Sire Stakes "partner," trainer Nancy Takter, to win in the Stallion Series with the first-time starter One Eight Hundred in 1:53.1. A colt by Somebeachsomewhere - Economy Terror (who still holds the Sire Stakes Championship record for sophomore fillies eight years after she set it), One Eight Hundred had to tuck from the outside post eight then come up raw, but still flashed home in :54.3- :26.4 to win by the smallest margin of the stakes events, a head, over Mad Man Hill for co-owners Takter and Brixton Medical Inc. The longest-priced stakes winner won by the biggest margin, as the Betting Line - Ideal Nectarine gelding Bet Ninteen ended his 1:52.3 maiden victory four lengths to the good for driver Marcus Miller, also a Sires winner, trainer/father Erv Miller, and owned D R Van Witzenburg. Numbers geeks buzzed that Bet Ninteen almost exactly matched his name in the wagering, as he went off at 18.90-1. Captaintreacherous joined Somebeachsomewhere and Betting Line with double StS sire credits when Captain Fancy, out of the champion mare Fancy Filly, won his second career start while taking a maiden mark of 1:53.1, his own last quarter in :27.3. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Bill Mac Kenzie and the ownership of Vincent Ali Jr., Alma Iafelice, and Ted Gewertz. PA-sired stakes action for freshman trotting fillies will be featured on the Monday Pocono card, along with a Rainbow Pick-5 carryover approaching $130,000. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - August 11, 2020 - Notorious Pink completed the harness racing sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening to give trainer Tony Alagna his third consecutive title in the event. A field of nine two-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $80,500 final of the Whenuwishuponastar and dominance is a perfect word to describe the last three weeks and years of the event. Notorious Pink was sent off as the 1/5 favourite after a pair of wire-to-wire wins in the preliminary leg. Driver Bob McClure, who celebrated a milestone Tuesday, changed tactics this week, getting away fifth while a group of rivals flashed early speed in search of a spot at the front. Adashious Hanover made the front at an opening-quarter of :26.4, allowed Extrilla Hanover to clear and then removed to lead up to the half in :55.1. Notorious Pink got her cue to go from McClure and confidently advanced first-up to within a head of the lead at three-quarters in 1:24. The Alagna trainee claimed the lead at the head of the lane and made no mistakes by kicking home in :27.2 for a career-best 1:51.2 victory. Postscript rallied from third-over to finish third by 3 1/2 lengths, while Spellcheck Hanover and Lady Midnight completed the Superfecta. "Tonight was definitely her best (race), but the first week I called on her to win and she showed me gears that nobody expected or I didn't anyways and the next week I won by as little as I could and put her to sleep," said McClure of Notorious Pink's series sweep. "This week when she had a target...she was digging in that last turn and I was coming as slow as I could and she wanted to get around them. "She just paced right through the wire like it was not even work, so she's pretty impressive." A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Notorious Pink is now undefeated in four starts and has earned $65,450. She is a $35,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate and is owned by Alagna And Grant, Big Als Stables, Riverview Racing and Fodera And Head Stable. Notorious Pink's win gives trainer Alagna his third straight Whenuwishuponastar Series victory. All three series titles have come with daughters of the legendary Captaintreacherous, who Alagna campaigned. Next up for Notorious Pink is a trip to Lexington for the Kentucky Sires Stakes. She is eligible to the Shes A Great Lady, which takes place on September 26 at Mohawk Park. Tuesday evening's card also saw driver Bob McClure surpass $25 million in career earnings. The 2019 Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner took the evening's second-race with three-year-old pacing filly Preeminence to reach the milestone. "It's a real nice feather in your cap," said McClure of the milestone. "It's a testament to a lot of people that got me here too, so I'm grateful." McClure reaches $25 million during his 12th season of driving and has surpassed the $5 million mark in each of the last two seasons, including a career high $5.9 million in 2019. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Through quick fractions and minimal movement, Tony Alagna trainee Reflect With Me persevered and powered past stablemate Lady Lou to win the $90,525 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   Driver Andrew McCarthy positioned the 1-9 Captaintreacherous filly in fourth while Peaky Sneaky shot to the front and took the field past the quarter in :26. Lady Lou drafted behind the pacesetter, with New Year sitting behind the top two in third.   Peaky Sneaky raced uncontested to a :54.1 half and maintained her speed as McCarthy cued Reflect With Me to make her move into the final turn. Reflect With Me gradually gained ground, grabbing brief cover from pocket-popping Lady Lou by three-quarters in 1:22, and had one target remaining moving through the stretch. Reflect With Me reeled in her stablemate into the final sixteenth, sliding to a neck victory over Lady Lou, with New Year finishing third and Rock Star Melinda fourth.       Undefeated in four starts this year and winning her ninth race from 15 overall, Reflect With Me expanded her bankroll to $670,385 for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owner Brad Grant.   Reflect With Me returned $2.10 to win.   by Ray Cotolo, for the Hambletonian Society

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2020 -- Blue Ivy made it two straight harness racing wins when she roared through the Lightning Lane and captured Wednesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Play For Pay led the field through mid-stretch, but when Aaron Merriman angled Blue Ivy inside, the 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue was the stronger mare, scoring in 1:50.3 to match her career best. Always Giggling rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Play For Pay saved show.   Bill Bercury trains Blue Ivy, who won for the fifth time in six 2020 starts and boosted her career bankroll to $239,010, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone collected six wins on the 15-race card while Aaron Merriman and trainer Tim Twaddle each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features a $4,135.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

MILTON, ON - August 3, 2020 - Captainofrocknroll cruised to a coast-to-coast harness racing victory in Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of scratches brought the field for the second round down from 11 to eight. Trainer Casie Coleman-Herlihy's students made up more than a third of the field and didn't disappoint by taking three of the top four spots. The Captaintreacherous colt Captainofrocknroll left from the centre of the gate to grab the early-lead for driver Bob McClure. The $50,000 Harrisburg graduate cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:25.4, before pacing home in :27.2 while holding off stablemate Twin B Edge by half a length for a 1:53.1 score. Island Beach Boy, who won a first leg division, finished third, while Coleman Herlihy's third starter Amazing Bet was fourth. Captainofrocknroll is now two for two at Mohawk Park and two for three overall. His only loss was runner-up finish in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division on July 22 at The Meadows. Robert Hamather is the owner-breeder of Captainofrocknroll, who is the first foal from former Mares Preferred competitor Rock N Roll Xample ($370,055). The rookie pacing colt has now earned $31,116. He paid $3.40 to win. Coleman-Herlihy appears loaded with talent for next week's $88,500 final. Her trainee Dean B Hanover skipped Monday's second leg after scoring a 1:52.1 victory in last week's opening round. The Dream Maker Series final takes place next Monday (August 10). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for two-year-old pacing fillies headlines the action. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

WASHINGTON, PA, July 31, 2020 -- It was only three weeks ago that bettors dismissed Catch The Fire at 63-1 in his Meadowlands Pace harness racing elimination. Today, he's the 3-1 morning line favorite to win Saturday's $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, and it will offer a Super Hi-5 wager with a 20-cent minimum and a $50,000 guarantee. Moreover, while the Super Hi-5 jackpot typically is paid only if there is a unique winning ticket, the payout for the Adios Super Hi-5 jackpot is mandatory, meaning that all winning ticketholders will share the bounty. The card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM, with advance wagering available Friday. The reversal of Catch The Fire's public perception seems somehow fitting in this topsy-turvy, COVID-19-distorted year, but it's attributable to two solid reasons. First is the horse's outstanding performance in his Adios elimination, which he won with a game 1:49.3 front-end performance for Mike Wilder, trainer John Ackley and owner Charlie Taylor's CT Stables. The second, of course, is the loss of presumptive Adios favorite Papi Rob Hanover, an early divisional leader, who's out for at least the balance of this year with a fractured coffin bone. But even as a yearling, the son of Captaintreacherous out of the Bettor's Delight mare Dream Outloud garnered little respect, bringing a modest $15,000 at Lexington. "We had just bought one for $40,000, and I thought Catch The Fire would bring $75,000 to $100,000, which we couldn't afford," Ackley recalls. "So I went for a sandwich. When I came back, Charlie told me he bought him for $15,000. I couldn't believe it. I went back to look at him again to see if I'd missed something. He is a tad on the small side, but you couldn't find a knock on his conformation." At 2, Catch The Fire more than justified the investment, winning the Kentucky Sires Stake championship and banking $258,547. Ackley, who's based at Ohio's Fayette County Fairgrounds, made harness racing his second career after putting in 20 years as a forklift operator. He's enjoyed success with Ohio-breds, although perhaps his best colt, a Pennsylvania-bred named Lex Vegas, was injured in a highway accident and didn't come back the same. Catch The Fire, who is eligible for most of the season's major stakes, clearly is Ackley's best shot at national impact. "I've known he was special since about the fifth day I had the harness on him," Ackley says. "We're proud to have one that can race at this level and be competitive." The horse also gives Wilder perhaps his best shot at Adios orchids. Wilder has been a top driver at The Meadows for years and has amassed more than 8,300 career victories, but his best Adios final finishes have been a trio of fourths with Basil Hanover, Tarpaulin Hanover and last year with Wild Wild Western. "It's always a thrill to get in the final," Wilder says. "This is our premier race at The Meadows and one of the premier races in our sport. It's a great thing to be part of it. "This horse shows up every time I race him. His strengths? Everything. He doesn't have to have the lead. He can come from the back. I can get caught in a bad spot, and he still can perform well. His versatility makes my job very easy." In addition to the Super Hi-5, the program offers two total-pool carryovers: $2,441.84 in the Early Pick 4 (race 3), $1,908.78 in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). The powerhouse card also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. Here's the field with post positions, trainers, drivers and morning line odds: $375,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids 1. Later Dudes Brian Brown David Miller 8-1 2. Capt Midnight Tony Alagna Andrew McCarthy 4-1 3. Catch The Fire John Ackley Mike Wilder 3-1 4. The Greek Freak Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 5-1 5. No Lou Zing Nancy Takter Josert Fonseca 7-1 6. Sweet Truth Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 12-1 7. Chief Mate Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 20-1 8. Captain Barbossa Tony Alagna Brian Sears 6-1 9. Elver Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 10-1 by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 24, 2020 -- Reflect With Me ventured to Harrah's Hoosier Park for the first time in her illustrious harness racing career and made her Hoosier Park debut a winning on Friday, July 24 as she captured the featured event of the evening, the $100,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in an eye-catching 1:48.2, Reflect With Me destroyed the previous track record for three-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park, established a new lifetime mark and also recorded the season's fastest time for a three-year-old pacing filly with the win. The mile also marked the second consecutive night a national season's record was established at Harrah's Hoosier Park. With regular pilot Andrew McCarthy in the sulky, Reflect With Me left just enough from post four to grab a pocket seat behind Priceless and Brandon Bates who left alertly from post five. Priceless appeared relaxed on the front as she dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :55. As the field approached the final turn, Trace Tetrick had Lady Lou out and attacking from first-over and the pace began to quicken with a three-quarter clocking in 1:21.4. Priceless was able to put away Lady Lou but Reflect With Me was winding up in the pocket. McCarthy found late racing room and the top two fillies were matching strides down the lane. Using a: 26.1 final quarter, Reflect With Me was able to stick a head in front of a very game Priceless to get the win. Genie Rockwell and Marlin Fry utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. Sent off at odds of 1-5, Reflect With Me returned $2.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "I respect Priceless a lot and knew we wanted to stay close to her," McCarthy noted after the victory. "I was hoping for room in the stretch. This filly is so speedy; she'll sit you back in your seat when you ask her to go." "She's got extreme speed," he continued. "She just wants to win." With the win, the 2019 Breeders Crown winner remains undefeated in three starts to kick-off her sophomore campaign. For her career, Reflect With Me has won eight of 14 races, missed the board only once, and amassed $625,122. Trained by Tony Alagna, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Remember When is owned in partnership by Brittany Farms LLC and Bradley Grant. Brittany Farms also bred the filly. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 25 with a 14-race card featuring two $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff    

On Wednesday, July 22nd, The Meadows five-eighths mile harness racing track hosted four $54,000 divisions of the Albatross Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and five $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The Empire Stallions (Betting Line, Captaintreacherous and Somebeachsomewhere) won seven of the nine races – sweeping all five of Stallion Series events. In the Albatross Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second division, the smart Betting Line colt Fulsome left hard from post 4, Fulsome showing great gate speed to be first up on the outside at the quarter pole. The colt was then able to sweep by taking the lead and never looked back taking a new lifetime mark winning in 1:52.1. Fulsome, out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare, is trained by USA top conditioner Ron Burke and was driven by Yannick Gingras. The win boosted his earnings to $42,232 in just three lifetime starts. The fourth $54,000 Albatross division was won by The Legend Hanover who quickly grabbed the lead in a :27 first quarter and led every step of the way to win impressively in 1:52. By Somebeachsomewhere and out of a Sportswriter mare, “The Legend” was driven by Chris Page for trainer Brian Brown. First crop sire Betting Line, who, after only four weeks of 2-year-old racing, has an incredible 82 starters from 119 foals already this season, saw three of his sons victorious in the Stallion Series divisions. Batterup Hanover (out of a Somebeachsomewhere mare) won his second in three starts taking a new lifetime mark of 1:54.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder. Dunn & Ryder also combined with Rifleman who dominated his rivals winning convincingly by eight metres in 1:53.3. Rifleman’s dam is by another Empire alumni in Rocknroll Hanover. Driver Brian Sears piloted Twin B Edge to a Betting Line quinella. Twin B Edge made his move at the top of the stretch and cruised home to win by nearly two lengths in 1:52.4 over Get Along, also by Betting Line. This was the first lifetime win for the Casie Coleman-Herlihy trained colt who is out of a Rock N Roll Heaven mare. Whichwaytothebeach (Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty - Art Major) zipped to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and prevailed in a sizzling 1:51.4 – setting a new 2YO stakes record.  Trained by Roland Mallar, this was Whichwaytothebeach’s first lifetime victory. The Captaintreacherous colt Bazooka Hanover’s performance in his Stallion Series division was quite exciting from post 9. Bazooka Hanover made several moves for driver David Miller during the race to be fifth at the head of the stretch. He then sprinted past his challengers to cross the line first in a new lifetime record of 1:54.1. “The 9 hole? That’s not an easy spot, especially for two-year-olds is it?” Miller said. “He really went a good race, even with the tough trip.” This was the second Stallion Series win for Bazooka Hanover who was is trained by Blake Mcintosh. His dam is the Western Terror mare Bittorsweet Terror. Fulsome The Legend Hanover Batterup Hanover Rifleman Twin B Edge Whichwaytothebeach Bazooka Hanover   Harnesslink Media

Hightstown, NJ - When Reflect With Me races in Friday's (July 24) $100,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old female harness racing pacers, she is likely to be something she has not been in her most recent starts - the favorite. Reflect With Me brings a three-race win streak to Harrah's Hoosier Park for the Nadia Lobell. She closed 2019 with a victory in the Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly pacers at odds of 27-1 and opened this season with a win in a conditioned race at 7-1. Last weekend at The Meadowlands, she captured the Mistletoe Shalee Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Lyons Sentinel at 8-1. She starts Friday's Nadia Lobell from post four in a seven-filly field, with Andy McCarthy driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Reflect With Me is the 7-5 favorite on the morning line. "She's been terrific," McCarthy said. "Tony has done a great job getting her to where she's really slick gaited now. When we first started back, there were a couple small issues, she was running in a little bit, but he's fixed her up that way now. She might not be the strongest filly in the country, but she is probably one of the fastest, that's for sure." Reflect With Me's 1:49 win in the Mistletoe Shalee is the season's fastest time for a 3-year-old filly pacer. She has paced her final quarter mile in :25.1 and :25.2 in her two starts this year. "She can do it any way you want, but I do think she's better if you try to trip her out a little bit," McCarthy said. "I definitely think she's better off the pace than toughing it out, she's got such high speed that it just works out better for her that way. She's not going to bully her way around the racetrack, but if she's close at the head of the stretch she's got a good chance of out-sprinting them." Reflect With Me is a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Remember When. She is owned by breeder Brittany Farms and Brad Grant. For her career, Reflect With Me has won seven of 13 races, missed the board only once, and earned $575,122. In addition to last year's Breeders Crown, her victories in 2019 included divisions of the Champlain Stakes and Eternal Camnation. "I had quite a bit of faith in her coming back this year," McCarthy said. "I figured she would come back good, it was just a matter of how good the others ones came back. I think every filly is going to get her turn this year. I think it's pretty exciting." Priceless, the 2019 Indiana Sire Stakes champion trained and driven by Brandon Bates, is the 3-1 second choice in the Nadia Lobell. Priceless finished fourth in the Mistletoe Shalee. Gai Waterhouse, making her seasonal debut, is 9-2 for trainer Domenico Cecere and driver Michael Oosting. She was the 2019 Kentucky Sire Stakes champ. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) at Hoosier Park. The Nadia Lobell is race No. 7, with an estimated 8:18 p.m. post time. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Howard Taylor's horses are keeping him up at night, but only for the best of reasons. Taylor, a longtime owner who has experienced his share of success over the years, is enjoying a month to remember and hoping the good times continue as the calendar advances. Among Taylor's July highlights: Trotting mare Atlanta winning the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial over rival Manchego, 3-year-old pacing colt Tall Dark Stranger capturing the Meadowlands Pace after a dramatic stretch duel with rival Papi Rob Hanover, 3-year-old trotting colt Back Of The Neck winning consecutive stakes to stamp himself a prime contender for the Hambletonian, and a sparkling debut from 2-year-old female pacer Somethingbeautiful, who is a half-sister to Taylor's stakes-winner Shnitzledosomethin. "I can't even believe it, it's like everywhere I look," said Taylor, who this year is third in purses among North American owners. "It's almost an embarrassment of riches; I'm on Cloud Nine. "I don't want to go to sleep at night because I'm afraid that when I get up it will be a dream." This weekend, Taylor will watch Captain Groovy compete in the first of three seven-horse eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old pacers at The Meadows. The top-three finishers in each elim advance to the Aug. 1 final. Captain Groovy, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Mark MacDonald, will start from post six in his elimination. The race includes The Greek Freak, who brings a three-race win streak to the event, and Meadowlands Pace finalist Roll With JR. Last year, Captain Groovy started his campaign with four consecutive wins -- three in divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series and the other in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars. He was winless in his remaining five races, with three coming on the Grand Circuit, but was third in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. Captain Groovy opened this season with consecutive victories in conditioned races, including a 1:48 score over older horses on June 20 at The Meadowlands. That time is tied for second fastest among all 3-year-old pacers this year. He then finished second in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia and fourth in a PASS split last week at The Meadows. "Last year, he started out like some sort of a monster," Taylor said. "Ray did the right thing, he put him in the Stallion Series to get him some education and not stretch him out expecting he would be real good at the end of the year. Then he sort of flattened out, but when he went to Lexington he raced real well. "We turned him out sort of fresh, and when we brought him back this year, I couldn't believe how good he was. The second start, he came first up against some good older horses and blew them away. I was in shock. I'm just hoping it's not a repeat of last year. I don't know what to think about that horse. He's made me a liar every day, both ways." Captain Groovy is a son of Captaintreacherous and first foal out of Lets Groove Tonite. He sold for $90,000 at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale and in addition to Taylor is owned by Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. Taylor has never owned an Adios winner, with his best finish of second coming in 2010 with Versado. Captain Groovy's driver, MacDonald, won the Adios in 2012 with Bolt The Duer. "(Captain Groovy) has got the speed to go with anyone," Taylor said. "I'm hoping for the best. When he's on, he's as good as any. I'm hoping this is a good week." The second elimination of the Adios features Meadowlands Pace runner-up Papi Rob Hanover as well as Pace finalist Captain Barbossa and recent PASS division winners Sea Of Life and No Lou Zing, who has won three consecutive starts since a second-place finish in his seasonal debut. In the third elim, 2019 Ohio Sire Stakes champion and world-record-holder Elver Hanover will look to rebound from his first loss in 11 career races against a field that includes 2020 New Jersey Sire Stakes champ Rockin The Aces and Meadowlands Pace finalists Capt Midnight and Catch The Fire. Racing begins at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at The Meadows. The $25,000 Adios eliminations are races five, eight and nine. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two of the hottest trainers in harness racing each sent out a two-year-old pacing filly who together produced a great stretch duel Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as Notorious Pink from the Tony Alagna stable made her debut a successful one by edging the Nancy Takter barn's JK Alwaysbalady by a head in 1:53.4. Tim Tetrick sent Notorious Pink (Captaintreacherous - She's a Hot Mess) to the lead at the eighth pole around her favored rival, reaching the first station in a leisurely :29.3. Yannick Gingras decided to put JK Alwaysbalady (by Horses of the Year Always B Miki and JK She'salady), a 1:52.1 winner in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company in her last start, on the lead in front of the stands, increasing the tempo to :57.3 and leaving all but the pocketsitter in their wake. The positions remained unchanged past a 1:26 three-quarters and to headstretch, where Tetrick pulled Notorious Pink out and gained a head advantage by midstretch. But that's all she would ever lead by, as the pacesetter dug in tenaciously, and was just outsprinted in the :27.4 dash home. Notorious Pink, who had had a 1:55 - :26.4 qualifier at Gaitway before this race, offers lots of promise for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Steven Head, John Fodera, and Riverview Racing LLC.   A freshman son of Captaintreacherous went even faster later on the card, when Crunch Hanover (dam: Code One Hanover) was along in time over Lindysalwaysthinkn in 1:53. Lindysalwaysthinkn wouldn't surrender the lead when challenged by the winner, so Scott Zeron took the pocket and waited to take another shot in the stretch. Nearing the wire Crunch Hanover went on to take a half-length decision over the pacesetter for trainer Linda Toscano and the partnership of Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables, R-And-I Farms, and Bay's Stable.   The sophomore trotting Kadabra filly P L Notsonice, coming off a second in a division of an Ontario Sure Stakes Gold event, made short work of her opposition while taking a new mark of 1:54. Driver Renaldo Morales III sent the Joe Skowyra-trained distaff on a big move early and secured control of the throttle, then was unchallenged in a :56.3 back half, winning by 9½ lengths after the four previous races had been decided by a nose, a head, and two necks. P L Notsonice, third in the Peaceful Way final last year, is co-owned by Morales and Prince Lee Acres.   From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

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