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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

MAY 19, 2019 - A few raindrops did not put a damper on the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season opener Sunday, as the province's top three-year-old colts impressed harness racing fans gathered at Flamboro Downs for the Dundas oval's signature Confederation Cup program. Both the trotting and pacing colts opened their sophomore season Sunday, with the trotters competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions and the pacers duelling in five Grassroots races. Only For Justice set the tempo for the evening in the first race, cruising along on the front end to a 1:56.3 Gold Series victory. Fan favourite, and last year's division champion, Forbidden Trade was three lengths back in second and Archway was well back in third. "That's a big mile here tonight, a real fast back half," said driver Chris Christoforou. "He's very good gaited and good on the turns, he's a nice horse." Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou piloted Only For Justice to the win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win came in the Justice Hall son's first start of the season and was his second lifetime victory in Gold Series action. The gelding also captured a Gold event on the half-mile track at Grand River Raceway as a two-year-old. "Last year, I'm not sure, but I think he might have had the season record on a half-mile track for a two-year-old gelding," said Christoforou, referring to Only For Justice's 1:57.3 score at Grand River Raceway. "I'd like to see him progress through the year, see what happens. He's got a good gait and he's very easy to manoeuver, he does what you want... so far, so good." The second $72,267 Gold division went to Magical Journey and driver Stephen Byron, who hit the wire one-half length ahead of Northern Cavalier and driver Michiel Vanderkemp, matching Only For Justice's 1:56.3 clocking. Jumpshot and driver Daniel Dube rounded out the top three, all of whom took advantage of an early break by favourite Dream Nation. "He raced great," said Matt Bax, who shares ownership of Magical Journey with his father, trainer John Bax, Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. "We knew that he was really good in the turns, and he's good off the wings, so Steve was going to probably try to get him closer to the front - half-mile racing, if you have that ability you're going to go for it - and Steve gave him a great drive." The win was the second of the season and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Kadabra son Magical Journey, who made three Gold Series starts and three Grassroots starts at two. "At the end of the year he was really starting to figure it out, when we put him away he was strong, so that's translated into this year," said Campbellville resident Bax. "He's a little taller, a little stronger, a little smarter, a little bit of everything." The third Gold division went to Southwind Avenger, who battled to a one length victory over pacesetter Cool Clifford, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. JMR Pinarello was well behind the leaders in third. Trevor Henry crafted the win, from the outside Post 8, for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The E L Titan son also won a division of the season opener at two and never finished worse than third in six Gold Series starts during his freshman campaign. Henry also captured the first $22,800 Grassroots division, guiding sophomore pacing colt Sportsline to his fourth straight victory for trainer Jim Watt of Clinton and Harry Parrott of Goderich, ON. The fan favourites cruised along on the front end to a 1:51.4 victory, four lengths ahead of Moonshine Kisses. Gambling Terror was third. The other Grassroots divisions went to Priceless Beach in 1:54.3, Sugartown in 1:52.2, Missile Seelster in 1:55.4 and Better Than Cash in 1:55.2. The Ontario Sires Stakes colts served as the opening act for the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, featuring nine of the best four-year-old pacers in North America. In the main event, Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn reprised their successful front-end trip from the elimination and claimed the historic Cup with a 1:50.2 clocking for trainer Ron Burke of Fredericktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA, Jandt Silva Purnel and Libb of Delray Beach, FL and Wingfield Brothers LLC of Kenton, OH. Last season's OSS champion Jimmy Freight finished second and the other elimination winner, and Done Well's stablemate, Dorsoduro Hanover was third. The sophomore trotting colts will continue their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold season on June 24 and the pacing colts will compete in their second Grassroots event on June 27, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The provincial program makes two more stops at Flamboro Downs in the fall, with the three-year-old pacing fillies and the two-year-old trotting fillies wrapping up their Gold season on Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, respectively. Complete results for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0519flmdn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing

HAMILTON, May 17, 2019 - The eyes of harness racing will be locked on Flamboro Downs this Sunday evening for the 41st edition of the Confederation Cup. The $188,500 event for four-year-old pacers is the highlight of an 11-race card with $538,551 in purses up for grabs. The field for this year's Confederation Cup is arguably the deepest since the race became an event for four-year-olds in 2015. Trainer Ron Burke has won three of the last four editions of the Confederation Cup and enters with a strong one-two punch of eliminations winners Done Well and Dorsoduro Hanover. Done Well (PP5, Dexter Dunn) turned many heads with a stunning 1:51.4 elimination victory over a 'Sloppy' track that was listed two-seconds off. The gelded son of Well Said is one for two this season and sports career numbers of eight wins and nearly $500,000 in earnings over 23 starts. Dorsoduro Hanover (PP1, Matt Kakaley) won a wild and much-talked about second elimination for the Burke brigade. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is the richest horse in this year's event with over $1.3 million in career earnings. The list of accomplishments for Dorsoduro Hanover includes victories in the Breeders Crown, Adios Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and a Dan Patch award. The field for the Confederation Cup also includes O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight (PP2, Louis Philippe Roy). The Richard Moreau trainee overcame a post-eight starting spot in his elimination to make the final with a fourth-place finish. Jimmy Freight was last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion and is an 18-time winner with over $1 million in career earnings. Sunday's Confederation Cup undercard is the start of the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a trio of Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and five Grassroots divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings scheduled. Fans attending the Confederation Cup will have an opportunity to win a share of a racehorse. Flamboro Downs is once again teaming with TheStable.ca to giveaway five shares of a racehorse. The track will cover the training expenses of those five shares for the remainder of 2019. Post time for Sunday's card is 6:55 p.m. The Confederation Cup has been carded as Race 10. The full field for the $188,500 Confederation Cup is listed below. 1. Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 2. Jimmy Freight (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) 3. Pretty Handsome (Jonathan Drury/Andrew McCabe) 4. American History (Sylvain Filion/Tony Alagna) 5. Done Well (Dexter Dunn/Ron Burke) 6. The Downtown Bus (Doug McNair/Jeff Gillis) 7. Rockin Speed (Billy Davis Jr/Jared Seekman) 8. This Is The Plan (Joe Bongiorno/Ron Burke) 9. Ghost Dance (Randy Waples/Nick Gallucci) E: Courtly Choice (David Miller/Blake MacIntosh)   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

When Purnel Jones Jr. and his wife Libby were looking to partner with other people to buy horses several years ago, Jones called renowned owner Mark Weaver for advice. Instead, Jones ended up with an invitation. Life has not been the same since. Purnel and Libby, who at the time were recently retired after selling their regional oil-and-gas business, were asked if they wanted to join the ownership groups involved with horses trained by Ron Burke, harness racing's leading conditioner for the past 10 years in a row. Burke Racing and Weaver, with his longtime racing colleague Mike Bruscemi, are two-time winners of the sport's Owner of the Year Award. "The first thing I thought of when we were fortunate enough to retire was how I could get back into the business," said Purnel, who followed his father into the sport and had a license to train and drive horses before stepping away from racing to focus on business. "I called Mark Weaver, who I've known for about 10 years, to ask him to point me in the right direction. He said there was a spot opening up in the ownership group and that I was welcomed if I wanted to get in. It was a no-brainer for me. My goodness gracious, you can't beat those guys. They're smart. It's not by accident that Burke and Weaver are so successful, that I can say." In 2018, the Joneses were among the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut, who both were Breeders Crown champions and divisional Dan Patch Award honorees, as well as a third Breeders Crown winner, Percy Bluechip, and stakes-winners Baron Remy and This Is The Plan. "I can't even imagine having a year like that again," Purnel said. "You talk about fun and traveling to the races, it was fantastic. I'm hoping for continued success, but to hope for that (kind of success again) is a little excessive. But you can't rule out anything with Ronnie. He has a great eye for the horses." On Sunday, the Joneses will watch three of their horses compete in the C$188,500 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers at Flamboro Downs. Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well were elimination winners last weekend. Those two Burke trainees are joined by stablemate This Is The Plan in the nine-horse field. Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn, who captured their elim in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite from post five while Dorsoduro Hanover, with regular driver Matt Kakaley, is the 5-2 second choice from post one. Dorsoduro Hanover won his elimination, also over a sloppy track, in 1:53.4. The other owners on Done Well are Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva, and Wingfield Brothers. The group owning Dorsoduro Hanover is the same, with the exception of Wingfield Five rather than Wingfield Brothers. This Is The Plan, who finished fifth in his elimination and starts from post eight, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "I thought Done Well was off the hook," Purnel said. "I don't know how much the track changed between the time he raced and Dorsoduro Hanover raced, but you certainly can't be disappointed with (Dorsoduro Hanover's) race either. He's as tough as nails. "We're all excited to see what happens." Done Well                  ---Norm Files photo Among the Burke trio's competition is Jimmy Freight, who earned the O'Brien Award in Canada for last year's best 3-year-old male pacer. He finished fourth in the elimination won by Dorsoduro Hanover after starting from post eight, a spot that has produced only four winners in 185 pacing races this year. Jimmy Freight and driver Louis Philippe Roy will start Sunday from post two. He is 3-1 on the morning line. "I wasn't that much excited when I saw the draw for the elims, being in my mind in the toughest division and starting from the far outside, but one more time Jimmy didn't disappoint," Roy said. "I'm a little more excited about the draw for the final, I think we're among the three or four horses with the best shot to win. "I haven't seen much difference with (Jimmy Freight) between (ages) 3 and 4," the driver added. "He was and still is the perfect horse on the track, you can do whatever you want with him, smart and perfectly gaited." Jimmy Freight                                        ---Mike Lizzi photo Racing begins at 6:55 p.m. Sunday at Flamboro Downs. Following is the field for the Confederation Cup, which is race 10. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 2-Jimmy Freight-Louis Philippe Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 3-Pretty Handsome-Jonathan Drury-Andrew McCabe-15/1 4-American History-Sylvain Filion-Tony Alagna-12/1 5-Done Well-Dexter Dunn-Ron Burke-7/5 6-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-7/1 7-Rockin Speed-Billy Davis Jr.-Jared Seekman-15/1 8-This Is The Plan-Joe Bongiorno-Ron Burke-20/1 9-Ghost Dance-Randy Waples-Nick Gallucci-4/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two names that have been near the top of the driver standings at the Meadowlands since the start of the current meeting in mid-October belong to a pair of harness racing drivers from "Down Under", New Zealand-native Dexter Dunn and Australian Andy McCarthy. Horsemen from that region of the globe have had an impact over the years at the Big M. Ross Croghan, Noel Daley, Mark Harder, Nifty Norman, Brett Pelling and Chris Ryder. Be they "Kiwis" or "Aussies", these trainers have done their share of winning at the mile oval. Ryder uses Dunn, 29, on many of his horses, and among them is the talented 3-year-old colt Bettor's Wish, who is currently seventh in the weekly "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" poll put out every week by the Big M's media relations department. "He's a family friend from New Zealand," said Ryder of Dunn. "But he's not driving just because I know the guy. He's driving because he's capable. I thought he might have trouble hooking on here when he arrived (about a year ago), but his talent and personality have overcome that." The stats back up what Ryder says, as Dunn has won 86 times from 587 starts at the Meadowlands since the meet began. And thus far in 2019, Dunn sits second in the Big M standings with 65 wins, a total surpassed only by Yannick Gingras' 96. As for McCarthy, he was the leading driver at the Meadowlands until he went on an extended vacation earlier this year to his homeland. For the meeting, he's won 50 races from 355 starts. "Is Andy my primary driver?" asked Brett Pelling. "I would say that. He's driving my best horse, Caviart Ally, and when you have a good horse, it puts you in the limelight." McCarthy guided Caviart Ally to a hard-fought victory in 1:50 over a star-laden Preferred for pacing fillies and mares field Saturday (May 11) night, an evening that saw the 33-year-old win the first three races on the card and four of the first five. He also drives Pelling's Reigning Deo, currently ninth in the RTTCFMP. "I want someone who is focused," said Pelling. "And Andy and Dexter know enough to be focused. Dexter is a great talent, and if Andy wasn't available, would I use Dexter? All day long." Pelling also spoke about the sense of community felt by those who hail from Australia or New Zealand: "We are here together. The Down Under people know Down Under people. And that means something." BROWER HITS BIG: Dave Brower of the Meadowlands' award-winning TV production had a night to remember Saturday (May 11), as he gave his followers a hit for the ages. After the nightly segment when Brower gave out his Pick-4 ticket for on-track and simulcast players, favorites won the first (Highalator) and final legs of Brower's $32 play, but what happened in between is what made the payoff special. Somebaddude paid $100.00 to win in the second leg while 10-1 chance On Duty scored in the third. After Albergo Hanover won the final leg (Race 11), Brower's followers collected $2,028.15, good for a profit of $1,996.15. The total Pick-4 pool was a typically strong $102,125 on Saturday and as always, free program pages for this week's 50-Cent Pick-4 - as well as the Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) - are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. SUPER HIGH-FIVE HIT: Despite the 6-5 favorite winning the race, one lucky player betting into the Oregon Express hub walked away with a huge score nonetheless Saturday (May 11) night. The 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, with the two longest shots in the field finishing second and fifth, yielded only one ticket with the winning combination of 2-3-1-10-9, and was good for a return of $33,010.24. This Friday (May 17), the carryover for the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 5) stands at $91,214. PREAKNESS UP NEXT: The 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course is the featured simulcast event on Saturday (May 18) at the Meadowlands. Post time for the first of 14 races at Pimlico is 10:30 a.m. The Preakness, for 3-year-olds at a mile and three-sixteenths, is Race 13 on the card and has a post time of 6:48 p.m. BEERFEST ON TAP: On Saturday (May 18), the Meadowlands will host its fourth annual "Beerfest". The event, which is rain or shine, has three tiers of ticket pricing. For a $75 VIP ticket, you get admission, VIP lounge access, a special VIP food buffet, a tasting glass, exclusive VIP tastings and one additional hour of sampling. Only 200 VIP tickets will be sold. A $35 General Admission ticket ($45 if purchased day of) includes admission, a tasting glass and a four-hour sampling. Those with VIP tickets will be admitted at 4:30 p.m. while GA customers can go in at 5:30 p.m. The event ends at 9:30 p.m.   Dave Little

New Zealand Bred Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) defeated Mother Nature and eight other harness racing foes in Sunday's Feature at Harrah's Philadelphia.   It was a Great Northeast Open Series event for male pacers, going for a purse of $30,000.   The Josh Parker trainee was able to sit patiently in the pocket behind the speed of millionaire Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who set fractions of :26.3, :55.3, and 1:23.2. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick), who started from post 8, challenged the leader at the half after finding an early seat.   The battle set up for the fresh legs of Tiger Thompson N, who closed up the passing to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.3. He has now won four of his last five races. Filibuster Hanover held second, while Donttellmeagain finished third.   Tiger Thompson N ($16.20) is owned by the group of Nanticoke Racing, Stephen Messick, Prestige Stables, and Trainer Josh Parker.   There were multiple winning tickets in the Jackpot Hi 5, prompting a carryover into Wednesday's fifth race of $26,288.41.     by Mike Bozich for Harrah's Philadelphia

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands were held under mostly sunny skies (the short sleeved colors made their first appearance of the season), negligible wind and temperatures in the 60's, with the track rated fast as they began at 10:00am. Trotting fillies opened the card with the good pair of Evident Beauty (David Miller) and Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras) crossing the wire together in hand, the mile in 1:58.4/28.2. Both were making their second start, Red Mile Grand Circuit winner Evident Beauty appeared flawless for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine while Beautiful Sin looked healthy after sustaining a serious tendon laceration that ended her freshman season prematurely. Greenshoe clearly holds great promise with his remarkable speed but often authored his own undoing last season via his anxious temperament. Today was another triumph for the connections as Greenshoe looked more comfortable going to the gate, driver Brian Sears was able to settle the colt in third through slow fractions then got the response he wanted when the colt ground up uncovered and wore down a good colt in Super Schissel (Gingras) through a 27.1 end to a 1:55.1 mile. Great things may well be in store for owner Anders Strom (Courant Inc) and trainer Marcus Melander if they're able to continue to harness the power of the enigmatic Father Patrick colt. Ake Svanstedt unveiled the Swedish star Darling Mearas S this morning as the career winner of over three quarters of a million dollars led at every call then held pocket sitter Pat Matters (Matt Kakley) at bay in hand, the mile in 1:56.1/27.4. Darling Mearas has been made eligible to the top US stakes for mare trotters by owners Snogarps Stable. With a stretch headwind beginning to pick up, The Veteran was a 1:53.4 winner this morning for his new connections, the Paul Kelley Stable. Mark MacDonald held the powerful 4-year-old Muscle Mass horse in third as Manchego (Scott Zeron) set fast fractions while appearing somewhat fresh before rolling off stride on the final bend. Mac Donald has The Veteran marching up uncovered by then and he held off Ice Attracion (Svanstedt) comfortably. Trainer Kelley owns him with SRF Stable, Winske and Michaels. Odds On St Lucie (Matt Krueger) closed nicely to get the 1:54.3/27.4 win today over stable mate Wicked N Wonderful (Dexter Dunn) and Petticoat winner Catch An Ace (D. Miller). Tony Alagna trains the winner for Odds On Racing. Western Joe (Zeron) is making his way back to the wars and took another step forward with a 1:52.2/27.3 win from the pocket this morning over Limelight Beach (D. Miller). He's had two good Q's back now for trainer Chris Choate and owners Anthony Ruggeri & Joe Tosies. Sophomore colt pacers capped the card and Bettors Wish was an impressive out of the pocket winner for Dexter Dunn in 1:52.4/27.3 clearing pacesetter Captain McKee (Tim Tetrick) by a couple at the end. Trainer Chris Ryder owns the sharp Bettor's Delight colt with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Ken Solomon. The results are available on the web. Live racing resumes tonight around 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi

Chester, PA -- A week after being narrowly defeated by Cruise Patrol in the final yards, Daniel Warrington and Donald Hawk's Rollinlikethunder ($3.80) braved an uncovered journey and sloppy going en route to a 1:52 win in Sunday's (May 5) featured $18,000 top-level conditioned harness racing pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Unable to find a seat on the first turn, Art Stafford Jr. eased the 4-year-old Roll With Joe gelding to the back of the field of six through a :27.2 first quarter clicked off by leader Robbie Burns N (Dexter Dunn). With a circuit to go, Rollinlikethunder -- who remained in the two-path -- began his ascent in the breeze, working to within four lengths of the lead through a :55.3 half but unable to find cover.   Up the backstretch, Rollinlikethunder directly engaged Robbie Burns N through a :28 third-quarter duel before going on to claim a narrow lead at head-stretch. After putting the pacesetter away off the corner, Rollinlikethunder was driven clear to his fourth seasonal win by 1-3/4 lengths, while Dubious Claim (Tim Tetrick) hooked three-wide from the pocket to just collar the all-out Robbie Burns N for second.   Eli Scott Jr. trains 11-time winner Rollinlikethunder.   In the first of two $17,000 upper-winners paces on the undercard, Hayden Hanover ($5.20) captured his second win in as many starts this season by way of a pillar-to-post 1:52.3 score. Andy Miller drove the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for trainer Andy Miller.   The second sub-featured event saw Sweet Sun Daze ($12.20) and David Miller ride the pocket to a 1:54 win for owner-trainer Arty Foster Jr., angling out at the top of the stretch to reel in a softened Drinkin Again.   Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to grow   Punters will have the chance to take down a $19,505 carryover in Wednesday afternoon's (May 8) Jackpot Hi-5, scheduled for the fifth of 12 races on the card. The 20-cent wager requires players to select the top five finishers in the race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket.   Post time on Wednesday is 12:25 p.m.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media   Attached: Rollinlikethunder passed all five of his rivals en route to a 1:52 win in Sunday's featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos.

CHESTER PA - Warrawee Ubeaut, the harness racing filly who became the fastest two-year-old of all time when she won in 1:48.3 en route to her 2018 divisional championship, makes her seasonal debut Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in what will also be the first 2019 racing in the rich Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program. There will be two $83,240 divisions of Sire Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies, while their Stallion Series counterparts will contest $20,000 in each of five divisions. The Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut, to start from post seven in her Sire Stakes section for driver Yannick Gingras and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, is one of six fillies trainer Ron Burke has entered in the Sire Stakes, and he'll have three going in each division. Warrawee Ubeaut, who also was the richest freshman in 2018 North American harness racing with $646,995 in earnings, won her Breeders Crown event last year, one of her seven victories on the campaign; another was the historic world record at Lexington, where she came home in :53.2. Warrawee Ubeaut has had two qualifying preps at The Meadowlands for her sophomore campaign, both times winning in 1:53.2. The champion's main rival in this event may be the Somebeachsomewhere filly Stonebridge Soul, who won her last two starts as a freshman in stakes company, then returned last week for trainer Chris Ryder and driver Dexter Dunn by winning at Philly in 1:53.1, with twin :27.3s coming home. Taking a shot at "the big girls" is another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Trillions Hanover, the winner of her 2018 Stallion Series Championship and also victorious in her first start of the year in 1:52.3 at The Meadowlands for trainer Tom Fanning. In the second Sire Stakes division, starting from the rail will be Sylph Hanover, another Burke trainee who was a 13-1 upset winner in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship last season in 1:51.4. Matt Kakaley is the regular driver of the Somebeachsomewhere filly for Burke Racing LLC, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli, and he was in the sulky when "Sylph" added the Matron Pace to her list of credits towards the end of her two-year-old campaign. Sylph Hanover faces no fewer than four horses coming off of a victory. Three of them are undefeated in their 2019 campaigns; the other, Pretty N Fast, added her third straight victory in a late-closing final at The Meadows last time, and she also hails from the productive Burke barn. The Sire Stakes events will go in races eight and twelve; the five Stallion Series events will face the gate in races three, seven, nine, eleven, and thirteen. Though currently in the lower division of the program, the Stallion Series fillies have already won 24 races among them this year, and some are only now finding their top form. Post time for Friday's card at Philly is 12:25. There will be live racing on both Saturday and Sunday at 12:40; the Saturday card is a special Kentucky Derby Day card that will feature opening round action of the 2019 Great Northeast Open Series.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - George Napolitano Jr., the winningest harness racing driver at Harrah's Philadelphia five years running, and New Zealand star Dexter Dunn dominated the competition over a "sloppy" surface during a special Friday evening card at Harrah's Philadelphia, each winning five races. For Dunn, it was his first five-bagger on one card in North America; Napolitano is the Philly track recordholder with his ten victories during the performance of November 11, 2009. The two horsemen split the $16,000 feature events on the card. In a contest for trotters, Napolitano recorded his lone non-frontstepping triumph, rallying the Guccio gelding Northern Credit to victory in 1:56.4 while catching Navarone Hanover, who had made a big backstretch move to command, by a head. Mike Terripolli trains the winner for owners Gary Mosher and Nichole White-Matson. Dunn made a pace-controlling move in front of the stands with the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Stonebridge Soul, then scooted her home in :55.1 despite the off going to take the pacing distaff headliner in 1:53.1. 1¼ lengths back was Rockn Philly, like the winner making her seasonal debut, and both fillies are likely to be back on the Philly track next Friday afternoon when the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes starts its 2019 campaign. Stonebridge Soul is trainer by Chris Ryder for Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo, and she boosted her lifetime earnings to $124,790. The American Ideal mare American Express N made her North American debut a successful one in the $14,500 pace for fast-class mare, teaming with "countrymate" Dunn for a 1:53 victory by 1¾ lengths over Empress Deo. Trainer Aaron Lambert, also co-owner of the winner with Kenneth Tucci, saw immediate dividends with the import, and more may soon be on the way for them based on the sharp form she showed. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Sophomore pacing males with stakes ambitions were in the spotlight on Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a pair of $16,000 "nw 5 races" events complemented by two $14,000 "nw 3 races" contests. Just Plain Loco proved strong early and strongest late, making two moves to win the first of the $16,000 splits in a personal best of 1:53.2. David Miller had sulky duty behind the Well Said gelding for harness racing trainer Tom Fanning and owners Paul Lang and Falcon Racing LLC. In the other feature cut, the Sweet Lou colt Love Me Some Lou was extended further than many 1-9 shots are, with a game Annihilation charging at him in back fractions of 55.4 - 27.2, but Love Me Some Lou won his seasonal debut in 1:52.2. David Miller had sulky duties behind the Tom Cancelliere-trained third-place finisher in the Breeders Crown; Tom's brother John is the owner. In one of the $14,000 classes, the Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station was put on the lead by driver Corey Callahan and made every pole a winning one while lowering his mark to 1:52.3. Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables team up behind the winner along with a pair of July Hall of Fame inductees, co-owner Ted Gewertz and trainer Joe Holloway. In the other subfeature section, the Sweet Lou gelding Skip To My Lou had to go first-over into a 54.2 final half for driver Dexter Dunn, but he didn't seem to have any problem with the journey, winning nicely in 1:52.1 to equal his mark. The hot Robert Cleary barn guides the fortunes of the winner for Royal Wire Products Inc. Trainer Marcus Melander, the 2018 Rising Star Award winner, teamed up with a pair of former Rising Star winners to break the maiden status of two nice three-year-old trotting fillies who took new marks. Miss Trixton (Trixton - Possess The Magic) was guided by Yannick Gingras (2003 Rising Star winner) to a 1:55.1 victory for Order By Stable, and then Matter Of Fact (Explosive Matter - Chips N Caviar, from the "Winky" family) fronted her field in 1:55.2 for Tim Tetrick, who won the Rising Star in 2007, and Vicky Trotting Inc.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA – The Jim Campbell stable was certainly primed for the Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as four of its members won their a.m. events, all owned by Fashion Farms. Last year’s million-dollar winner Crystal Fashion, now four, went his own third quarter in 27.4 to sweep his field in 1:57 for driver Tim Tetrick. The Cantab Hall gelding had won a qualifier a tick slower last week. Two three-year-old trotting fillies won for Campbell. An intriguing one is Millie’s Possession, a daughter of Possess The Will out of Fashion Athena, a $300,000+ winner who won in 1:53.2 at two. Millie’s Possession did not race at two, and went in 2:03.1 in her first line last week, but today she came home in 28.3 for Dexter Dunn to win in 1:56.2. Her likely stakes compatriot is the Donato Hanover miss Jazzy Fashion, home in 1:57.1 for David Miller  Miller also handled the fourth winner for Campbell, the Chapter Seven sophomore gelding Chapter Fashion, who opened a big lead and reported home first in 1:56.1. Other qualifiers of note: --        The Heston Blue Chip filly Zero Tolerance, second in the Breeders Crown and Three Diamonds last year, who came his own last split in 27.2 to win in 1:53.1, with Miller up for trainer Joe Holloway; --       Another sophomore pacing filly, the Somebeachsomewhere distaff Trillions Hanover, who caught New York Sire Stakes champion Money Shot Hanover at the end of a 1:54.3 mile for Miller (he had four wins on the day) and trainer Tom Fanning;  --      The Muscle Hill colt Prospect Hill, at one point a winner of seven of eight in his freshman form before tailing off at the end of the year, looking good with a 1:57 wire-to-wire win for Andy and Julie Miller; ·        And the Mach Three mare Shebang N, winner of her last five starts in 2018, and today rallying from the two-hole in 1:53.4 for Dexter Dunn and trainer Nifty Norman.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - When harness racing driver Dexter Dunn left New Zealand to try his driving luck stateside, he didn't necessarily think he'd be seeing an old flame. Such is the romance of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker...where even the two- and four-legged can become an item. In the case of Dunn, his 'old flame' is Bettor Joy N, who did a pretty fair job racing in the long shadow cast by her stablemate, defending series champion Shartin N. Bettor Joy N, who landed post position No. 5 in Saturday night's $401,600 final for Free-For-All ladies, enters off three consecutive preliminary-round wins. For the season, the 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight has won four of her six races ($85,030) for co-owners Jo Ann Looney-King, Richard Poillucci & Tim Tetrick (aka Shartin N's date) and trainer Jim King Jr. Shartin N is directly outside in post No. 6, looking to become the first mare to win this series twice. "I drove her as a 3- and 4-year-old and she did a good job," Dunn said of Bettor Joy N. "She made about $200,000 racing against some good mares (fillies). "She had the speed and the attitude, and obviously, was very good in the heats here (Yonkers). Dunn laughed the laugh of someone asked a rhetorically-inane question of how long it took him to accept this catch-drive from the trainer. "Not very. "I've seen her races and spoken with Tim (Tetrick) about her, and he's been pleased. This is going to be her toughest test, since she hasn't had to race Shartin (N). Tetrick drove Bettor Joy N through the prelims. As for starting directly inside of Shartin N in the final, "I haven't really thought about it and probably won't until later in the week. "You try and have a plan, but once the gates opens, it doesn't always go that way," Dunn said. "I'm just happy to have a shot at it." The 11th Matchmakers goes as race No. 9 during Yonkers' dozen-race card Along with the $662,800 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (11th race), they are by far 2019's richest North American harness races to date. Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. The Matchmaker draw... 1-Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), 2-Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan), 3-Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), 4-Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett), 5-Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn), 6-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 7-Ideal Lifestyle A (Driver TBA), 8-Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.). All the ladies race uncoupled. Saturday's card shall be finalized Thursday afternoon (Apr. 18th). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 15, 2019-After five preliminary rounds, post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's harness racing finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both go this Saturday night (Apr. 20th), worth $401,600 and $662,800, respectively, by far 2019's richest North American races to date. Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM, with the co-features presented as race 9 (Matchmaker) and 11 (Levy). The 11th edition of the Matchmaker autodrew as such for the Free-For-All pacing mares... 1-Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), 2-Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan), 3-Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), 4-Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett), 5-Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn), 6-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 7-Ideal Lifestyle A (Driver TBA), 8-Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.). Shartin N is the defending champ. It's the 32nd Levy, a Free-For-All for the boys again honoring the memory of the Hall of Fame Founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The roster reads as such... 1-Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno), 2-More the Better N (Scott Zeron), 3-JJ Flynn (Tetrick), 4-The Downtown Bus (Tetrick also listed), 5-Western Fame (Dan Dube), 6-Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy), 7-The Wall (Andy Miller), 8-Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland). Dube goes for a Levy hat trick, having won (with trainer Rene Allard) the last couple with the now-retired Keystone Velocity. All 16 finalists race uncoupled. Saturday's card also includes series consolations, going for $75,000 (Matchmaker, 8th race) and $100,000 (Levy, 10th race), along with a pair of $50,000 events for Levy eligibles (races 4 and 6).   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

Chester, PA -- Entering from a string of respectable efforts from off the pace in Open company at Dover Downs, a change of tactics proved beneficial for Tiger Thompson N ($3.20) in his Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing debut on Sunday afternoon (April 14), as he delivered a crushing 7-3/4 length blow to his rivals in the featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   "He's been finishing off really well; his last quarters have been really strong," said driver Dexter Dunn of the 6-year-old Big Jim gelding who could only muster a third-place finish in his previous effort at Dover after being hemmed in.   In his local debut, Dunn angled Tiger Thompson N out from third early to brush clear of Bettorever (Tony Morgan) after a sharp :26.3 initial quarter. After clearing with a circuit to go, Tiger Thompson N controlled middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.2 before drawing off in earnest through the final turn to lead by six at head-stretch. Ultimately, Tiger Thompson N capped his lifetime-best 1:50.3 mile with a :28.1 closing split and plenty of energy in reserve.   "He still had the plugs in; he was doing it pretty easily," Dunn said of Tiger Thompson N's local debut. "He went a strong mile today on the front and hopefully he can keep that form up."   Jack Roger (David Miller) circled a collapsing second flight to take second at 23-1, while Dash Of Danger (Kyle Husted) emerged from last at the top of the stretch to finish third.   Trainer Josh Parker acquired Tiger Thompson N in November along with co-owners Nanticoke Racing Inc., Stephen Messick and the Prestige Stable. So far, the eight-time winner has won three times for his American connections.   For Dunn, the featured win was the cornerstone of a driving hat trick: the New Zealand national also teamed up with Final Justice ($13.00, 1:54.3) and Zampara ($21.00, 1:53.3).   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (April 17), with first post set for 12:25 p.m. Eastern and a $4,507.07 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in race five.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

East Rutherford, NJ – Many of the sport’s stars assembled at The Meadowlands for qualifiers on an overcast, windless Saturday morning over a track that may have been slightly dulled by overnight rains with the temperature at 10am in the mid 60’s. The card began with the Grand Circuit stakes winning Father Patrick filly Special Honor (Andy Miller) closing through the stretch to edge mile cutter Fate Smiled (Matt Kakaley) in 1:54.4 / 27.2. Can’t Touch It (Scott Zeron) held safe for third and Goldsmith Maid winner Sonnet Grace (Yannick Gingras) fourth in a conservative effort. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own the winner, trained by Julie Miller. Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has a sharp looking prospect in the 3-year-old Muscle Hill colt Guaranteed (Tim Tetrick) who won his second qualifier in as many tries this morning by closing furiously under no urging into a 27.2 end of a 1:54.4 mile to nip Halliama (Trond Smedshammer) and Summit In Sight (A. Miller). The winner, unraced at two, was a $125,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale (LSYS) purchase by Michael and William Pozefsky and Myron Eckstein from breeders Tommy B. Andersson and Courant AB. Matter Of Fact (Marcus Melander) who led throughout and the closing French Café (A. Miller) went under the wire together in 1:55.4 / 28.1 in race three with the latter prevailing by a nose. Golden Tricks (Ake Svanstedt) was third. French Café is another daughter of Father Patrick, a Katz & Libfeld homebred again stabled in the Julie Miller barn. Miss Trixton scored for Melander from just off the pace in 1:55.3 / 27.4 over Trix Are For Kids (Corey Callahan). The winner is a Trixton filly from million dollar winner Possess The Magic, a $105,000 LSYS purchase for the Order By Stable from breeder Hanover Shoe Farm. Last year’s International Trot winner Cruzado Dela Noche (Mattias Melander) was sharp in his 2019 bow leading all the way and trotting a 26.3 final quarter to hold off Top Flight Angel (A. Miller) in 1:53.3. Yes Mickey completed the three horse field. All three of these top trotters are eligible to the May 4 Cutler Memorial, the first major stake of the 2019 Meadowlands season. World record holder Ice Attraction (Andy McCarthy) is back for another season versus the top mare trotters and got her year underway with a front stepping 1:55.4 / 27.4 effort under her own power. Muscle M Up (Sarah Svanstedt) outmuscled EL Platinum and her husband Ake for the place with a nice stretch move. All three are trained in the Svanstedt barn and Ake owns the winner with Sipple, Burroughs and Little E. Dan Patch award winning 2-year-old pacing filly Warrawee Ubeaut (Gingras) got her sophomore season off to a great start as the fastest freshman in harness racing history by virtue of her 1:48.3 Red Mile win last fall scored from second over in 1:53.2 with her final quarter in the 26 second range. Stonebridge Soul (Dexter Dunn) went well to be second with She’s Allright (Kakaley) third. Warrawee Ubeaut is from the first crop of Sweet Lou and was a $70,000 LSYS buy Burke, Collura, Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver & Bruscemi from breeder Warrawee Farm. Yannick and Burke came right back with the good American Ideal soph filly pacer St Somewhere for a 1:53.4 / 27.2 decision over stablemate Sylph Hanover (Kakaley) and Fool Me Again (Dave Miller) who closed with good pace for third. St Somehwere shares her ownership group with Warrawee Ubeaut who bought her from breeder Crawford Farms in Lexington for $55,000. Kissin In The Sand was absolutely vicious in her return this morning, loping along through even fractions before dragging Scott Zeron home in 26.3 for a 1:51.2 mile. The Dan Patch 3-year-old filly pace champ won by open lengths over her nemesis from last season Youaremycandygirl (Gingras) who was reserved early and not asked by the driver. Kissin In The Sand is trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield. Captain Victorious (A. Miller) closed to a 1:52.1 / 26 win for the Millers, besting Caviart Rockland (Zeron) and Sugar Factory (D. Miller) in a race where all six looked good. The $40,000 (LSYS) White Birch Farm product races for Andy Miller Stable, Goehlen and Huffman. Love Me Some Lou (D. Miller) was a 1:52.2 / 26.4 winner for the Cancelliere brothers Tom (trainer) and John (owner). The Sweet Lou $95,000 LSYS buy sat just off the pace and roared by when asked. Blood Money (Zeron) and De Los Cielos Deo (Gingras) were next across the line. Spring Haven Farm bred the winner. The twelfth and final qualifier was easily the best race of the Meadowlands season to date, pari-mutuel or not and Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) emerged from the packet to go by the front running Delta Winner (D. Miller) in a 26.2 end to a 1:51.1 mile. The winner races out of the Ron Burke barn. Results and eventually race replays are available on The Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at 7:15 with the World Harness Handicapping Championship taking place in the building. Walk-up registrations will be available until 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 201.842.5015 or go to this link.   Nick Salvi

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