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Chester, PA -- Ron Burke trainee Larry Karr ($5.60) captured his third straight harness racing win on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 3) at Harrah's Philadelphia, cruising to a powerful 1:49.4 score in the day's featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace. Dexter Dunn sent the 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance gelding clear of Rockapelo (Tim Tetrick) through a sharp :26.2 first quarter, and the pair maintained a healthy pace thereafter. After reeling off a :54.4 half, Larry Karr used a :26.4 third sectional to extend his lead over Rockapelo to four lengths into the final turn, and he continued to edge away in the stretch. Larry Karr claimed his 17th career victory by a widening 4-1/2 lengths over Hayden Hanover (Marcus Miller), who emerged late to take runner-up honors over Rockapelo. The human Larry Karr shares ownership in the equine athlete of the same name with the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 6); first post is 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Andy McCarthy was looking for his first Breeders Crown trophy when he arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Friday. By the time the weekend was completed, he had put himself among a small group of drivers to win four or more finals in a year. He set himself apart by doing it without the benefit of a favorite. McCarthy became the eighth driver with at least four Crowns in a year, joining record-holder David Miller (five in 2015), John Campbell, Yannick Gingras, Mike Lachance, Ron Pierce, Brian Sears, and Tim Tetrick. Campbell, Gingras, Pierce, and Sears accomplished the feat twice. But none sans chalk until McCarthy scored with 2-year-old filly trotter Ramona Hill (14-1), 2-year-old filly pacer Reflect With Me (27-1), pacing mare Caviart Ally (5-2), and 3-year-old male pacer Dancin Lou (5-1). "It's surreal," the 33-year-old McCarthy said. "It makes me feel pretty good about where I'm at right now. You want to give yourself a little pat on the back after hearing something like that. It's a pretty nice little niche to be in." McCarthy, a native of Australia who has raced regularly in North America since 2007, has seen his purse earnings increase annually since the start of 2013, reaching a career-best $6.56 million this season. For his career, he has won $44 million in purses and nearly 2,400 races. He got Breeders Crown triumph No. 1 in the first of the event's 12 races, capturing the 2-year-old filly trot from post 10 with Tony Alagna-trained Ramona Hill. "I was quietly confident going into the weekend; I didn't expect four, but I knew I had four or five decent chances," McCarthy said. "Ramona Hill, even though she had the 10-hole, I still considered her one of the better shots I had throughout the weekend because I know how talented she is. She wasn't herself the week before, but I knew Tony would get on top of that and have that figured out. I hold her in high regard as one of the better horses I've ever driven. I think she's that talented." McCarthy was happy to get his first trophy quickly. "It's always really nice to break the ice," he said. "Winning the first of anything, it's always nice to get that out of the way, then you can kind of relax and move on and not have that monkey on your shoulder. Just being able to concentrate on your job without any added pressure as the weekend goes on is definitely nice." He was back in the winner's circle again in the very next race with another Alagna trainee, Reflect With Me. Then on Saturday night, he again got off to a fast start when Brett Pelling-trained Caviart Ally upended her nemesis, Shartin N, in the mare pace. Caviart Ally had finished second to Shartin N on five occasions this season before winning their most recent two outings. "She's been terrific all year, I just haven't been able to get the better of Shartin until now," McCarthy said. "It does feel good. That rivalry, I think it's a good rivalry as much as any rivalry. Even though Shartin has had the better of us all year, it still is a rivalry. When people turn on that race, they're wondering how it's going to go down. I think we put on good racing. I think it's very good for racing. It's very cool to watch and even more to be a part of it." McCarthy wrapped up his four wins with Dancin Lou, trained by another Aussie import (and first-time Crown winner) Tahnee Camilleri. "That was special because I'm good friends with Tahnee," McCarthy said. "She's a special person. She's so happy and emotional. She was crying in the winner's circle and couldn't stop hugging the horse and I just love to see that. That worked out really cool. It was a lot of fun." The weekend was also cool because McCarthy's younger brother Todd, an accomplished driver in Australia, came to visit for the Breeders Crown. The two spent the week together and got to hang out in Toronto the day prior to the Breeders Crown's opening night. "I had a quiet week back home, so I thought I'd jump on a plane and come over and cheer him on," Todd said. "It's pretty awesome to be here and experience it with him. These races are so hard to win. I think that's what we're all here for, to try to win these sorts of races. To be here is pretty special. I called home and mom and dad were buzzing. It's great." Also cheering on Andy was his wife Katrina. "It was even more special having her there as well," Andy said. McCarthy was grateful to all the trainers and owners that gave him the chance to drive horses in the Breeders Crown. "Without them, none of this would be possible," McCarthy said. "Everybody always remembers these nights. As far as winning big races, this is right up there. I know there's a lot of them, but still it's nice to have at least one of those trophies on your cabinets." After a moment, he said with a laugh, "I might even have to buy a trophy cabinet now." * * * * * * McCarthy was not the only driver from Down Under to get his first Breeders Crown at Mohawk. New Zealand native Dexter Dunn, in his first full season of racing in North America, got two trophies. His first came with 2-year-old male trotter Amigo Volo for trainer Nifty Norman and the second with trotting mare Manchego for trainer Nancy Johansson. "I probably have to pinch myself a little; really, it's hard to believe," Dunn said in a winner's circle interview. "Back in New Zealand, I followed the American races, like (Hambletonian) Day and Breeders Crown, and I'd be back in New Zealand watching them on TV and now I'm here. It's pretty cool. It's very exciting. "I've been extremely lucky with the support I've gotten since I've been here. I have a lot of people to thank. It's been a great ride and I'm enjoying it thoroughly." Dunn has won 336 races and $10 million in purses this year. His earnings rank third in North America. "It's been a great year," Dunn said. "(Trainers) Chris Ryder and Nifty Norman were two of the first ones to jump on me and supported me when I got over here and got me kickstarted. Without their huge support I wouldn't be here. "I've been very fortunate this year with the horses I've gotten to sit behind. It's been a pleasure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn put on a  harness racing show in capturing the $325,000 (US) Breeders Crown for Open Mares on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a scintillating 1:51 mile. The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill won for the fifth straight time in the process as the 1-2 betting choice. Plunge Blue Chip and Ice Attraction left inside Manchego and the early skirmish saw Plunge Blue Chip take control with two-time Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover settling in second after leaving from the outside post. Dunn positioned Manchego in third and after a :26 1/5 quarter cut out by Plunge Blue Chip he sent her to the front. Manchego had control and looked a picture setting the tempo with fractions of :55 3/5 and 1:23 4/5 and upon turning for home the Nancy Johansson-trained mare hit high gear and left Plunge Blue Chip gasping for air. The rest chased in futility as Dunn checked the rear-view mirror and let her mare kick home in an impressive :27 1/5 final quarter. Emoticon Hanover would rally late for the place spot ahead of Plunge Blue Chip. Weslynn Dancer and Hannelore Hanover hit the wire together in a dead-heat for fourth. It was Manchego's seventh win in 15 starts this year for owner Black Horse Racing and the victory boost her career bankroll above the $2 million mark. Bred by Brittany Farms Manchego returned $3.10 as the public choice. "She's just exploded the last half of the season," said Dunn following the victory. "She felt great once again tonight." It was the second Breeders Crown victory for Manchego who captured the juvenile filly trot in 2017 at Hoosier Park.   From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 25, 2019 - Harness racing trotter Amigo Volo (Dexter Dunn) was never challenged in a wire-to-wire mile of 1:54.3, taking the the $600,000 (USD) Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Final on Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A quartet of trotting colts left alertly but Amigo Volo soared to the top around the first turn and led commandingly by 2 lengths to cut the first quarter in :26.4. Leading the rest of the field from second was Third Shift, with Capricornus third. The huge favorite, Real Cool Sam, was rolling in seventh through a record-breaking half of :55.3 by Amigo Volo. Third Shift struggled following as Amigo Volo raided three-quarters in 1:24, drawing away into the stretch. As Amigo Hall put 5 lengths in front of the field, Real Cool Sam's attempt to make up ground was defied by sharp-closing longshot Rome Pays Off, who nipped Chestnut Hill for second. Amigo Volo (Father Patrick--Margarita Momma) crossed the wire 4 lengths the best in 1:54.3 for trainer Richard Norman. It was Dexter Dunn's first Breeders Crown-winning drive. Bred by Kentuckiana Farms, the $42,000 yearling is owned by Pinske Stables and David Miller. Amigo Volo paid $7.10 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

The freakish Down Under reins man Dexter Dunn headlined the harness racing card on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Canada. With Dunn winning six races on the card, he simply amazed all harness racing followers. Five of his winners were Breeders Crown eliminations. The caliber of horses Dunn is sitting behind is astonishing and complements perfectly with his amazing ability of always giving the horse the best chance of reaching their maximum potential. Dunn teamed up with former Down Under trainer Chris Ryder to win one of the 3yo Colts and Gelding Breeders Crown Elimination with classy colt Bettors Wish. “You can't help but love him, he's such a cool horse”, Dunn said of Bettors Wish following the win. The Down Under duo look to have a great chance in the Final coming up next Saturday. Dexter Dunn’s other wins on the day were top trotter Millie’s Possession in the 3yo Fillies elimination, Darling Mearas S in the Open Trotting Mares elimination, exceptional trotting mare Manchego in the Open Mares elimination and Dancing Lou in the other 3yo Pacing Colts and Gelding elimination. New Zealand Harness Jewels winner qualifies in North America. Top Down Under pacer Jacks Legend qualified at Yonkers Raceway on Friday. The New Zealand bred gelding clocked a time of 1:56.1 in his qualifier around the half mile (800m) track. He is now trained by Richard Banca and was driven by Jason Bertlett. While racing in New Zealand, Jacks Legend was the winner of 10 races and over $450,000 in prize money, for Hall of Fame trainer Barry Purdon. He placed at Group level 12 times, with the highlights of his down under career being winning the 3yo Emerald Harness Jewels in a time of 1:51.8, and running 2nd in the New Zealand Cup to champion pacer Lazarus. Jacks Legend seen here winning Down Under New Zealand Great Northern Derby winner also qualified in North America. Smart Down Under pacer Raukapuka Ruler was seen winning his qualifying heat on Friday at Yonkers Raceway. He clocked a comfortable 1:56.1 around the half mile (800m) track, for trainer Peter Tritton and driver Jordan Stratton. The son of Bettor's Delight was the winner of 9 races and just short of $240,000 in prize money while racing in New Zealand and Australia. His most noticeable win being in the Group 1 Great Northern Derby in Auckland at the hands of Dexter Dunn.   Monday 14th October   Harrington Raceway DE Johnny Disco A – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $6,000   Plainridge Park MA Zinny Mach N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $12,000 Tisadream N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $12,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Mako Banner N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $8,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Luciano N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $20,000 Shecandance N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $19,000 Zach Maguire N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $14,500 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Vinny Gambini N, 3rd Warminister A   Tuesday 15th October   Harrington Raceway DE Nerida Franco N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $20,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Poppy Drayton N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $11,000 The Charging Moa N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Statesman N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $17,000 Majestic Moment N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $17,000   Wednesday 16th October   Bangor Raceway ME Milwood Faith N – Time: 1:57.0, Stake: $4,000   Thursday 17th October   Saratoga Harness NY Sea Change N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,400   Yonkers Raceway NY Galactic Galleon N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $12,500 Ima Tragedy N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $12,500   Fraser Downs CA Sell A Bit N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,000   Friday 18th October   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA English Rose N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $11,000 Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $17,000   Meadowlands NJ Princess Holly N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $9,000 La Grange A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $16,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Better Be Donna N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $22,000   Saturday 19th October   Batavia Downs NY Brunello N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $9,000   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Oh Johnny Be Good N – Time: 1:51:0, Stake: $12,500 Eliza Dushku N – Time: 1:51:1, Stake: $12,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Sammy The Bull N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $13,000 Threeofthebest – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $13,000   Meadowlands NJ Sam’s A Champ A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $16,000   Northfield Park OH Strawb’s Chippie N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $5,500   Saratoga Harness NY Lifeonthebeach A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $9,500 Crockets Cullen N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $18,000 Bettor Notbitter A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $14,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Redbank Blaze N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $11,000 Somewhereinbrooklyn N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $17,500   The Meadows PA Bit Of A Tiger N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $11,800   Vernon Downs NY The Royal Garden N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $3,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $17,000 Alluneedisfaith N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $42,000 Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $27,000   Sunday 20th October   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Bright Diamond N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $14,500   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $15,000   Previous weeks 22nd October 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 15th October 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 8th October 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 1st October 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 24th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 17th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety Carter Dalgety

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn completed a night to remember Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park by capturing both 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Breeders Crown eliminations for a six-win night. A group of 15 sophomore pacing colts were split into two $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (October 26) $600,000 final. Sent the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Wish sat second to a :27.1 opening quarter set by Cant Beach That, who yielded command as Southwind Ozzi marched to the top from third moving to the backstretch. Southwind Ozzi took the field by the half in :56.3 while Dunn angled Bettors Wish first over from third moving to the final turn. Bettors Wish drew alongside Southwind Ozzi passing three-quarters in 1:24.2 and powered past entering the stretch. Through the lane Bettors Wish expanded his lead on Southwind Ozzi as he clung to second in the 1:51 mile with Covered Bridge, De Los Cielos Deo and Bronx Seelster rounding the finalists. "You can't help but love him," Dunn said of Bettors Wish after the race. "He's such a cool horse. He's had a great year and I think tonight was probably the best he's actually felt post parading and that. I've given him some pretty hard runs too the poor wee fella and he just keeps bouncing back. It's a credit to Chris [Ryder] and the team for the job they do--he's just sublime." Collecting his 12th win from 16 starts this season and his 17th from 28 overall, Bettors Wish has amassed over $1.7 million in earnings for owners Chris Ryder, Bella Racing Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettors Wish Partners. "Coming into this week [he] had two good weeks in Kentucky and after that I thought 'Well, it's my job that he's not messed up this week,'" Ryder said after the race. "I just kept my fingers crossed for another week. It's been a great year...I just love having him; he's a beautiful horse. We actually had a bit of a hiccup with a foot this week but it came right and he's an easy keeper." Bettors Wish returned $3.00 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. Dancin Lou darted through a seam at the pylons and past tiring leaders to take the first Breeders Crown elimination. Stag Party pushed for the front heading to the first turn while 4-5 favourite Captain Crunch sat second to a :26.1 first quarter. Captain Crunch soon circled to the lead entering the backstretch while Century Farroh raced anxiously from third before angling off the pegs and brushing to command. Past the half in :55.4, Century Farroh faced first-over pressure from Air Force Hanover circling the final turn. Captain Crunch fanned three wide through a gap in cover passing three-quarters in 1:23.2 and slid past the dueling and drifting leaders into the stretch. Dancin Lou stuck towards the pylons and had a straight shot to the front in the final eighth, hitting the finish in 1:50.1. "[The trip] worked out pretty good really," Dunn said after the race. "There was a bit of action in that race. He was really good last out at Lexington but he was better tonight. We took our shot, took a bit of luck and he got around the inside there and really exploded." Owned by David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd., Dancin Lou won his 11th race from 27 starts, earning $284,756. Tahnee Camilleri conditions the Sweet Lou colt who advances to the final along with Best In Show, Captain Crunch, Fixed Idea and Semi Tough. "That was a really good field tonight--I'm just so proud of that little colt," said Camilleri, who made the decision to try Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown after his win at Lexington two weeks ago. "I'm very thankful it's panned out so far with the owners. I haven't come from a racing background and it's just been a uphill struggle to get recognized. To have a horse like this is great for my career and I'm very thankful the owners gave me a shot." Dancin Lou paid $12.20 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. Post positions for the $600,000 final will be drawn on Tuesday at a press conference. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through five. From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Harness racing reinsman Dexter Dunn cleaned up in the Mare Trot eliminations on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park to add to his big night in the Breeders Crown eliminations. A total of 15 older trotting mares were split into a pair of $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the Breeders Crown final field. Dexter Dunn found a seam late in the stretch and was able to knife through and catapult Darling Mearas S to victory in the first elimination. Darling Mearas S left alertly then yielded willingly into the first turn to Custom Cantab who cut the opening fraction in :27 3/5. David Miller put the breaks on in the short field and had Custom Cantab in control through a half in a pedestrian :57 clocking. The pace picked up as Dream Together moved to the outside on the turn followed by Hannelore Hanover and race favorite Plunge Blue Chip second and third over respectively. Custom Cantab had all of the rating required to get the job done but turning into the homestretch off the 1:26 1/5 mile the field was closing in. Dream Together was holding her ground first-over and Plunge Blue Chip had rallied wide for Ake Svanstedt and flanked Hannelore Hanover as those continued to grind up towards the leader. Yet it was Dunn who found room at the right time and Darling Mearas As, a daughter of Cantab Hall had the explosive speed necessary in the final sprint to get the job done in a 1:53 2/5 clocking. Plunge Blue Chip rallied brilliantly for second with Custom Cantab holding on for third. Hannelore Hanover and Dream Together also advance into next week's final. Supergirl Riley made a break well before the start and lost her chance at the final. Bettors were given a refund as the mare was declared a "non-starter." Darling Mearas As paid $17.40 winning for the third time in 12 starts this year for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owner-breeder Snogarps Gard of Sweden. "She got herself in good position," Dunn said. "We really got lucky half way down the stretch. Looks like we're in good shape for next week." To see the race replay, click here. Manchego got the respect one would expect from a 1-5 betting choice and had little difficulty in strolling down the road to capture the second Mares trot elimination for Dunn. It was the fourth straight victory for the 4-year-old by Muscle Hill. Only Manchego and Emoticon Hanover left in the field of eight and Manchego had control before the :27 opening quarter with Emoticon Hanover content to race in the pocket for Bob McClure. With no challengers Dunn cruised to the half in :56 4/5 and waited for challengers to come. Hey Livvy was flushed out on the final bend by Weslynn Dancer but couldn't make a dent in the leaders margin as Manchego controlled the pace through a three quarter clocking of 1:25 2/5. In the homestretch Dunn looked around to see where the competition was coming from but there was none to be found. Manchego did drift a bit off the pylons but at no point did the Nancy Johansson-trained mare need any assistance from her driver and she scored comfortably in 1:52 3/5 with a :27 1/5 final quarter. Emoticon Hanover held on for the place spot with Weslynn Dancer closing well to finish third. Ice Attraction became the third Ake Svanstedt-trained mare to qualify for the final and Highland Top Hill rounded out those advancing. Manchego won for the sixth time in 2019 and returned $2.40 as the prohibitive favorite. She's trained by Nancy Johansson for owner Black Horse Racing. "She's exceptional," said Johansson. "There's no other way to describe her." "She felt great again tonight," said Dunn referring to her consecutive world record performances at The Red Mile and Dayton. As far as the mare drifting out some. "You just let her do her thing. She was full of run at the line." To watch the race replay, click here. Post positions for the $325,000 Mare Trot final were drawn following the eliminations. Elimination winners drew for posts one through five. 1 Weslynn Dancer 2 Ice Attraction 3 Plunge Blue Chip 4 Manchego 5 Darling Mearas S 6 Hannelore Hanover 7 Highland Top Hill 8 Dream Together 9 Custom Cantab 10 Emoticon Hanover From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Sophomore harness racing trotting fillies launched the second night of Breeders Crown eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (October 26) $600,000 final. Yannick Gingras picked up where he left off a night earlier sending The Ice Dutchess to the front shortly past the quarter pole and rolling to an easy 1:53 score in the first elimination. Grimmie Hanover left alertly to gain control into the opening bend for Corey Callahan with The Ice Dutchess getting looped initially and then driving forward. Grimmie Hanover cut the quarter in :28 1/5 but yielded to The Ice Dutchess in short order and then followed from a distant pocket. Evident Beauty, the 3-2 betting choice sat third and was patient past the half in :57 flat and it wasn't until midway on the final turn as The Ice Dutchess drew clear from Grimmie Hanover that David Miller sent Evident Beauty out on the offensive followed closely by Only Take Cash. The Ice Dutchess passed three quarters in 1:24 3/5 and had a sizable advantage heading into the homestretch when Evident Beauty appeared to be closing the gap but in midstretch Evident Beauty made a miscue that she wouldn't recover from and Gingras sat idly in the bike and allowed his filly to march home in a :28 2/5 final quarter to complete the mile. Only Take Cash was a solid closing second as Winndevie with Brian Sears made up a huge amount of ground in the late stretch to finish third. Early leader Grimmie Hanover held on for fourth while Seaside Bliss closed out the qualifiers from this division. The Ice Dutchess is owned by Coyote Wynd Farms and trained by Nancy Johansson. It as the fifth win in 2019 for The Ice Dutchess who paid $8.80 for the win. "Nancy (Johansson) has got her figured out. When she's on her game she can do it any way," Gingras said of The Ice Dutchess. "We've had trouble getting her around this track," said Johansson. "I think we've found the right shoe combination." To watch the race replay, click here. Millies Possession and driver Dexter Dunn made a bold move on the backstretch to gain control and then easily held off Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry in the stretch to post a 6-1 upset in the second elimination. When Dovescry and driver Simon Allard left alertly from post two to gain control and managed to force a host of leavers into holes with Cambridge Kate taking a seat and Kentucky Futurity filly champion Beautiful Sin dropping in fourth before entering the first turn. Millies Possession got away in fifth and after When Dovescry hit the quarter in :27 flat Dunn wasted little time and sent the homebred Millies Possession and a brisk backstretch bull rush that saw her take command well before the :56 1/5 opening half clocking. Dunn kept Millies Possession engaged on the front end and had her hit three quarters in 1:24 as Ake Svanstedt and Beautiful Sin languished on the rim unable to make up ground on the leaders. It was a two-filly race in the homestretch and Dunn kept Millies Possession to her task as When Dovescry angled and drifted out through the stretch but didn't make up ground. Sweet Chapter held her ground inside and finished third ahead of a solid closing Asiago with Miss Trixton gaining the final berth. Millies Possession trotted the mile in 1:53. Millies Possession was a winner for the 11th time in 14 career starts all in 2019 for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm LLC. "She's a great filly," said Dunn following the race. "She felt good when I warmed her up. That move down the backstretch was the best she's felt all year." Millies Possession bounced back from her worst performance of the year, a seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. "She had a legitimate excuse," said Campbell for The Red Mile disappointment. "She scoped sick after the race. We got her back to New Jersey and on antibiotics and she bounced back." To watch the race replay, click here. The post positions for the $600,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. Elimination winners drew for post one through five. 1 The Ice Dutchess 2 Millies Possesion 3 Miss Trixton 4 Asiago 5 Sweet Chapter 6 When Dovescry 7 Winndevie 8 Grimmie Hanover 9 Seaside Bliss 10 Only Take Cash Dorsoduro Hanover, with Matt Kakaley in the bike, won the $34,000 Preferred for trainer Ron Burke at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday in 1:49.4, topping four others eligible to next week's Breeders Crown Open Pace. Youaremycandygirl and Courtly Choice left alertly, with the mare taking a short lead until Courtly Choice got the lead, followed by favorite Geez Joe and Dorsoduro Hanover in a first quarter of :26.1. Geez Joe took to the outside and rushed to the top, keeping the pace through a :55.1 half. Dorsoduro Hanover came out and fired first over, reaching Geez Joe around the second turn in three-quarters timed in 1:23.1. Dorsoduro Hanover plowed ahead to take command as Geez Joe was overtaken by a closing Jimmy Freight and a persistent Youaremycandy girl, crossing the wire in 1:49.4. Dorsoduro Hanover (Somebeachsome--Deer Valley Miss) was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm, is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dorsoduro Hanover paid $22.50 to win. Post positions for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace were drawn on Saturday evening. 1 Easy Lover Hanover 2 Jimmy Freight 3 American History 4 Geez Joe 5 Courtly Choice 6 Always A Prince 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 8 McWicked 9 Filibuster Hanover 10 This Is The Plan To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society            

The big news this week for New Zealand and Australian harness racing fans is that Dexter Dunn is on fire as a driver in North America. Ths week he ventured to Woodbine Mohawk Raceway in Canada for the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals worth $225,000 each. Dexter Dunn started in seven of the eight $225,000 Super Finals winning three of them and placing a third and a fourth also.. He also started in the Preferred but was unplaced in that race. New Zealand born now American based trainer Nifty Norman and Dexter Dunn were successful with Haveoneforme in the first of the $225,000 Super Finals. The 3yo trotting daughter of Kadabra gapped rivals to win in a time of 1:55.4. Haveoneforme and Dexter Dunn In the two-year-old trotting fillies Super Final Dexter Dunn drove She Rocks Kemp a daughter of Kadabra to a fast finishing third from post 10. Then it was onto the two-year-old pacing colts when Dexter Dunn drove the smart He's Watching colt Tattoo Artist to an easy victory in 1:52. Tattoo Artist and Dexter Dunn Dexter Dunn's third winner in the Super Finals was perhaps his most impressive drive. He drove the Ake Svanstedt trained two-year-old E L Titan colt Moon Bridge parked out from the half to pass the leader by a head in a sterling finish. Moon Bridge and Dexter Dunn These wins take Dunns 2019 total to 324 victories with over $9.1 million in Stake Earnings. Trainer Nifty Norman has won 99 races so far in 2019 and earned over $3 million in prize money. Down Under mare Shecandance N impressive in North American career so far. Shecandance won her third North American race on Monday at Yonkers Raceway. She paced the winning mile in a time of 1:55.1 around the half mile track for trainer Jose Godinez and driver Jason Bartlett. Her impressive North American form line sits at three wins and three seconds for six starts. While starting her racing career in New Zealand the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance placed on ten occasions winning two of them. Saying Grace N scores back to back victory’s in sizzling times. Down Under bred and formerly raced gelding Saying Grace wins at Harrahs Hoosier Park for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Sam Widger in the $20,000 Open Pace in a time of 1:49.2. It was back to back victory’s for the son of American Ideal who won the week prior in an impressive mile time of 1:48.4. Scoring back to back sub 1:50 mile rates, a great effort from the 6yo. While racing in New Zealand and Australia, Saying Grace was the winner of 13 races and just short of $160,000 in prize money. New Zealand’s fastest ever miler still on winning ways in North America. Former Down Under pacer Border Control wins at Pocono on Sunday. The 10yo gelding was sul in a time of 1:52.3 for trainer and driver Tom Jackson. The son of Bettors Delight still holds New Zealand's record for the fastest ever mile paced. The record mile of 1:50.6 was paced in the 3yo Colts and Geldings Harness Jewels Emerald at Ashburton Raceway in 2013. Border Control was the winner of 18 races and earned over $550,000 in prize money while racing Down Under. Some of his biggest wins including the New Zealand Derby and the Harness Jewels. His North American record is 103 strats for 15 wins, 16 seconds and 16 thirds for $247,237 to date. Monday 7th October   Harrington Raceway DE Sporty Spook A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $8,500 Gotta Minute N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,000 Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,500   Monticello Raceway NY Ginger Spice N – Time: 1:58.0, Stake: $3,300   Northfield Park OH He Can Fly N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Shecandance N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $16,000 Pacing Major N – Time: 2:01.2, (1 1/16 Miles)  Stake: $20,000 What’s In The Sky A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $16,000   Tuesday 8tt October   Harrington Raceway DE Sprinter N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $6,000   Monticello Raceway NY Feel The Need A – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,300   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA The Charging Moa N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $11,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Americanbootscoota A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $13,500 Soho Leviathan A – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $12,500 Solid Asa Rock A – Time: 2:02.1 (1 1/16 Miles) , Stake: $14,500   Wednesday 9th October   Batavia Downs NY Media Queen N – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $11,000   Rosecroft Raceway MD Jive Dancing A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,000   Thursday 10th October   Monticello Raceway NY Mercurio N – Time: 2:00.0, Stake: $2,500   Plainridge Park MA Massive Attack A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $4,500   Saratoga Harness NY Coveredndiamonds N – Time: 1:54.2, Stake: $6,000 Mccovey Cove N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $4,500 Sea Change N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,400   Yonkers Raceway NY Northern Assassin A – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $12,500   Friday 11th October   Batavia Downs NY Our Els Dream N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $3,300   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Gold Orchid N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $14,500   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Threeofthebest A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,000 Shards Halo N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $16,000   Woodbine Mohawk Park CA Better Be Donna N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $22,000   Saturday 12th October   Batavia Downs NY Mr Euroman N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,500   Freehold Raceway NJ Sir Ritchie N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $5,000 Bobjacks Angle A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $4,200   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Eliza Dushku N – Time: 1:52:0, Stake: $10,000 Saying Grace N – Time: 1:49:2, Stake: $20,000   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Return To Sender N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $6,500   Saratoga Harness NY Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $18,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Texas Terror N – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $11,000 Motown N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $12,500 Louis Alberto N – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $17,500 Somewhereinbrooklyn N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $14,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $22,000 Down Under Trifecta – 2nd Christen Me N, 3rd Black Chevron N Glenferrie Blade A – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $27,000     Sunday 13th October Harrah’s Philadelphia PA American Boy N – Time: 1:50.2, Stake: $18,000 Wick N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,500 Myidealson N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $7,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Border Control A – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $8,500   Carter Dalgety

New Zealand born harness racing superstar Dexter Dunn won the $69,500 Allerge Farms Fillies and Mares Open trot yesterday (6th September) at The Red Mile with Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill, setting a new mares world record for trotters of 1:49. Dunn was also the winner on two other occasions that day winning the $270,000 Tattersalls Pace 3 year old Open with Dancing Lou in a time of 1:49.4 and with Down Under trainer Chris Ryder's top pacer Bettors Wish was successful in the other division of the $270,000 Tattersalls Pace 3 year old Open. The outstanding 3yo colt out toughed and fought off the high class pacer Captain Crunch to win in a time of 1:48.4. These wins take Dunn's 2019 season wins to 314, and over $8.7 million in stake earnings. Another Down Under trainer driver combination broke champion mare Shartin's 14 race winning streak. The down under duo of trainer Brett Pelling and driver Andrew McCarthy won the $87,000 Allerge Farms Mares Open with top US mare Caviart Ally. McCarthy sat third throughout the running with the daughter of Bettors Delight while Shartin lead from the gate in her usual tactics. Hitting the half in 54.3, Caviart Ally soon made her move to sit outside Shartin and having her measure in the home stretch in a time of 1:48.3. It was driver Andrew McCarthy's 196th winner for the season and extended his stake earinings for 2019 to over $5.1 million. It was also trainer Brett Pellings 35th winner for the season and taking his prize money earned to over $1.4 million for 2019. Gold Class N impressing in North America. The New Zealand bred and formerly New Zealand trained Gold Class won at The Red Mile on Friday in a time of 1:51.1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Trent Stohler. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won half (eight) of her 16 North American starts this season. Her impressive 4 length victory stated that her future of racing in the US is bright. Gold Class was previously trained in New Zealand by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins where she was a winner in a very lightly raced down under career. Monday 30th September   Harrington Raceway DE Gotta Minute N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $12,000 Senor Macray A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $11,000 Tuapeka Trick N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500 Raksmach N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $6,000 Johnny Disco A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $5,000   Plainridge Park MA Mach Doro A – Time: 1:50.3, Stake: $14,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Chancellor Cullen N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $6,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Whats In The Sky A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $16,000 Christen Me N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $20,000     Tuesday 1st October Harrington Raceway DE Anytime N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $12,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Classy Chapel N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $17,000 Majestic Moment N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $17,000   Fryeburg ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:58.2, Stake: $2,900     Thursday 3rd October   Monticello Raceway NY Ideal Tyson A – Time: 2:00.3, Stake: $3,300   Saratoga Harness NY Eclipse Me N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Northern Assassin A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,500 Vinny Gambini N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $12,500 Our Positano N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $17,000   Fryeburg ME Ideal Legacy A – Time: 1:58.1, Stake: $3,600   Flamboro Downs CA Smooth Mara N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $7,000     Friday 4th October   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Brilliant Strike N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $12,500   The Red Mile KY Gold Class N – Time: 1:51.1, Stake: $12,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Imprincessgemma A – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $27,000 Lady Dela Renta A – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $42,000 Sudden Change N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $20,000   Fryeburg ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $2,900   Saturday 5th October   Freehold Raceway NJ Machtu N – Time: 1:56.4, Stake: $6,300   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Saying Grace N – Time: 1:48:4, Stake: $17,000   Saratoga Harness NY The Great Buzz N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $8,000 Vasari N – Time: 1:52.3, Stake: $11,000 Lord Willoughby A – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $18,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Motown N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,000 Star Commander N – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $8,500   The Meadows PA Fiery Lustre N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $9,900   Yonkers Raceway NY Mach Time N – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $17,000 San Domino A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $42,000 Military Master A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $22,000 Don Domingo N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $27,000   Fryeburg ME Millwood Faith N – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $3,500     Sunday 6th October   Harrah’s Philadelphia PA Weona Sizzler A – Time: 1:52.0, Stake: $14,500 Tact Tate N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $14,500   Saratoga Harness NY Mr Cool Seaeyre A – Time: 1:56.3, Stake: $11,000   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $15,000   Rideau Carleton Raceway CA Brigadierbronski A – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $15,000 Previous weeks 1st October 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 24th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 17th Sep 2019 - Down Under Winners with Carter Dalgety 11th Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 3rd Sep 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 27th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 20th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 12th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 5th Aug 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 29 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety 24 Jul 2019 - Down Under winners with Carter Dalgety Carter Dalgety  

LEXINGTON, KY—Driver Dexter Dunn refused to seat Manchego in the pocket and circled the Nancy Johansson trainee to the front, speeding around The Red Mile to take the $69,500 What The Hill Allerage Farms Mare Trot—sponsored by the What The Hill Syndicate and Hickory Lane Horse Farm—in a 1:49 mile, eclipsing the all-age world record for trotting females, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Hannelore Hanover hustled for the front moving to the first turn before Manchego moved to command past a :26.3 opening quarter. Manchego maintained her speed to a :53.3 half as Plunge Blue Chip floated first over from third moving to the final turn. Passing three-quarters in 1:21, Plunge Blue Chip ducked behind Manchego and tipped back outside straightening for the finish but gave chase in second as stablemate Ice Attraction finished farther behind in third. “Looks like it’s time to put away the summer suit and get the wet gear on,” Dunn said after the race as overcast skies in Lexington began to turn to drizzle following an evening of showers. “[I have to give] absolute credit to the track staff—I was actually out this morning having a cup of coffee at the bottom turn [and saw them] scraping the track and it was pretty bad. The condition they got it in right now is a credit to them. “She had been racing great all year [and in] tough company but she’s just a great mare and a pleasure to sit behind,” Dunn also said. “I was trying to slow it down as much as I could going to the half and it still popped up fast. I heard Ake get on my back around the turn before we straightened up but [Manchego] was never letting a horse pass her today; she was swelled up.” Besting the previous world record for trotting mares of 1:49.1 set earlier this year by Atlanta at the Meadowlands, Manchego—a four-year-old mare by Muscle Hill—won over a fast track before rains downgraded the surface to “good”. Black Horse Racing owns the Brittany Farms LLC-bred mare who has collected 24 victories from 39 starts and earned $1,847,980. She paid $4.00 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Treacherous Reign overpowered her harness racing competition in the $163,100 American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes  for three-year-old pacing fillies, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile as she grounded out a first-over trip to win by a length. Beautyonthebeach was sent forward from post 6, but 4-5 favorite Tall Drink Hanover quickly swooped by just after a :26.2 opening quarter. She maintained the lead to the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:22.1 but could do little to resist Treacherous Reign as the field of 11 turned for home. Driver Dexter Dunn kept the Tony Alagna trainee to task down the lane and held off Beautyonthebeach to stop the clock in 1:49.4. Queen Of The Pride had late pace and moved up for third. Tall Drink Hanover, who Alagna also trains, faded and finished seventh. "A lot of people forget that she did win the Fan Hanover, defeating Warrawee Ubeaut," Alagna said after the race. "Of course, Warrawee Ubeaut has gotten better over the course of the year, but this is a very nice filly in her own right. The other filly got used pretty good--Tall Drink Hanover--to get to the front, but she definitely didn't look like she was on her game today. Not to take anything away from this filly; she came first over the hard way at the half and got the job done." The $50,000 Lexington Select yearling purchase collected her 11th win from 26 starts, and she has now earned more than $680,000 for Alagna Racing, Big Al's Stables, Let It Ride Stables, and Dana L. The daughter of Captaintreacherous, bred by White Birch Farm, paid $12.20 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Sept. 28 with seven total Bluegrass dashes. The sophomore pacing colts compete in three divisions of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes while the three-year-old trotting colts race in two divisions of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes and the three-year-old trotting fillies race in two divisions of the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Nicholas Barnsdale, for The Red Mile  

DAYTON, OH. - Manchego not only won the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby over a talented field of older male trotters, the 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill obliterated the Hollywood Dayton Raceway track record and established a new World Record for trotting mares on a five-eighths mile oval. The 1:50.1 clocking shaved a fifth of a second off the previous best by both Mission Brief and Emoticon Hanover. Driver Dexter Dunn left the gate alertly, despite entering the Derby off a three week layoff. Manchego sped to the lead and showed her heels to the field through :26.3, :54 and 1:22.2 intervals.   Widening her lead with every stride the $1.7 million winner increased her commanding margin to nine lengths at the culmination of her record setting mile. Sent off as the second choice on the tote board, Manchego bested Fiftydallarbill (Tim Tetrick) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) and paid $5.80.   Nancy Johansson trains Manchego for owner Black Horse Racing of New Jersey.   Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) upset a field that included five millionaires to capture the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby. The 10-1 long shot topped McWicked (Brian Sears) and Western Fame (Dan Noble) by a length and a quarter in 1:48.3. Western Fame made the pace through :26.1, :53.3 and 1:20.4 splits before McWicked came calling around the final bend with Jimmy Freight in tow. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) joined the trio of combatants and it looked like anybody’s race until Jimmy Freight pulled away in deep stretch.  “I was hoping I could follow McWicked in this race and it worked out perfect,” said Zeron in the winner’s circle. “Scott DiDomenico does a great job with this horse and I’m real happy for owner Adriano Sorella, who was here tonight.”   Jimmy Freight returned a $23.20 mutuel.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

LEXINGTON, KY--Making his first foray into harness racing Grand Circuit company, Carter Pinske trainee Amigo Volo vaulted to the top entering the stretch to win in a world-record 1:52.3 when taking the third of three divisions of the $315,500 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot--sponsored by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz--on Thursday, Sept. 26 at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Ready For Moni floated to the front passing a :28 opening quarter while King Alphonso yielded for the pocket and Amigo Volo raced third. Ontopofthehill, positioned fifth, tipped first over into a :56.3 half and flushed Amigo Volo two wide into the final turn. Amigo Volo advanced to match strides with Ready For Moni passing three-quarters in 1:25.4 while King Alphonso slid from the pocket through a gap in cover straightening for the finish. Both King Alphonso and Ready For Moni lost stride through the lane as Amgio Volo strode clear of his competition, chased by Cafe Americano in second and Rome Pays Off in third. "He always showed talent down in Florida," Pinske said after the race. "He just lacked maturity. He's a little funky with his mouth; a little funky with his shoeing and stuff like that. It was one of those things where he'd train good one week and then he'd have a poor week. When we got him up north and we got him gelded, he turned into a horse then." Owned by the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller, Amigo Volo won his third race from seven starts, earning $168,646. The Father Patrick gelding was bred by Kentuckiana Farms LLC and Jorgen Jahre had Dexter Dunn in the bike and paid $14.40 to win. The prior world record for a two-year-old trotting gelding was 1:53.1 co-held by Outburst (2013) and Real Cool Sam (2019). Gangster Hanover hustled past 4-5 favorite Back Of The Neck to win the $104,500 opening Bluegrass division drawing away in a 1:52.3 mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sat fourth with Gangster Hanover while Back Of The Neck led the field to a :27.1 opening quarter with stablemate Expectations sliding into the pocket. Svanstedt floated the Father Patrick colt from the cones passing a :55.4 half and blitzed Back Of The Neck circling the final turn. Gangster Hanover struck the front past three-quarters in 1:25.4 and widened his lead through the stretch as Stonefire US, off at 97-1, rallied towards the center of the course for second. Hobbs snagged third from Back Of The Neck fading to fourth. Co-owned by Svanstedt with S R F Stables and breeder Brittany Farms (which bought into 25 percent of the colt as a yearling after the Harrisburg Sale), Gangster Hanover won his third race from five starts, earning $114,522. He paid $18.20 to win. "It's the only horse I bought at Harrisburg," George Segal of Brittany Farms said after the race. "I liked the pedigree; I liked the horse. My advisors helped me and everything worked out fine. Normally [these horses] show their best right here. [Ake Svanstedt's a] great trainer. He's got great horses that he's developed here--Six Pack among others." Dexter Dunn also drove Svanstedt trainee EL Ideal to a maiden-breaking 1:52.2 mile when taking the second division of Bluegrass. It's Academic swept to the front from the outermost post in the field of eight while EL Ideal sat second to a :27.1 first quarter. Berkery J, racing third to the backside, pulled first over and crossed over to control passing a :55.4 half before It's Academic tipped from second to retake command rounding the final turn. EL Ideal tracked the pocket-popper's move and ranged past the new leader through three-quarters in 1:25. The Muscle Hill colt maintained command through the lane while pursued by 1-2 favorite Capricornus in second. Big Oil kicked off cover for third. "He's been in some really good races as a two-year-old," Dunn said after the race. "He was a little off his game last out but Ake and Sarah said that today he felt great and he showed it. He's a big-strong guy and the big track definitely felt like it helped him a lot." Bred by Erkki Laakkonen and owned by Emp Invest Oy, EL Ideal has earned $122,682 from six starts. He paid $18.20 to win. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Friday, Sept. 27 with a nine-race card highlighted by four divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot and two divisions of the $280,500 Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Satin Dancer took her field coast-to-coast in winning the $17,500 featured trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, equaling her lifetime harness racing mark of 1:53 under the guidance of Dexter Dunn. The Big Stick Lindy five-year-old mare had favored Two AM stalking her through fractions of :27.2, :56.2, and 1:24.3, but Satin Dancer sailed on smoothly on the front end, withstanding Two AM by a length for trainer Travis Alexander. A champion in Indiana at two and three, earning just over $600,000 in his first two years of racing, Satin Dancer now has a lifetime bankroll of $727,040. A large carryover was brought into a mandatory distribution of the Rainbow Pick 5 pool (pick winners in the last five races), with the resultant jackpot up for grabs a staggering $320,237.30. Satin Dancer paid $10.60 as the fourth choice in the Rainbow Pick 5 opener, bringing the record of favorites to 0-for-10 for the night, but things stabilized somewhat thereafter with two favorites, a second choice, and a third choice winning the other Rainbow races, so that a successful 20-cent ticket on the winning 5-4-6-1-9 combination brought $1,280.94 to its backers. The big jackpot helped bring about a total handle for the Pocono card of $621,081 from its followers far and wide. There were a trio of $17,000 co-features, one for each sex of pacers and one on the trot. The American Ideal gelding Daamericansky lowered his mark to 1:49.3 in one of the paces, making the early lead in :26.3 for driver Marcus Miller, yielding to favored Quatrain Blue Chip and sitting behind the sophomore through middle splits of :55.3 and 1:22.3, and then gaining into a :27 last panel to post a length victory. Mark Silva conditions the winner of two of his last three for owner Jean Claude Dessureault. In the mares pace co-feature, the Art Professor mare Robyn Camden lowered her mark over three seconds, making two speed moves to control the pace through :26.2, :55.2, and 1:23 for driver George Napolitano Jr., then burning home in :27.1 to complete a 1:50.1 package for trainer Rene Allard. The mare is owned by Jason Osullivan of Ireland, was bred in Great Britain, and has now won 19 times in 31 Transatlantic starts. The trotting co-feature saw three-year-olds finish 1-2 ahead of their elders, as the Yankee Glide gelding Amador held off late-closing Explosivebreakway by a nose in 1:54.2 for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Joseph King. For Amador, it was his second straight win and fourth in his last seven. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

MILTON, ON - August 29, 2019 - Rookie harness racing trotting fillies stepped into the Grand Circuit spotlight for the $195,597 Champlain Stakes on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 18 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of divisions. Father Patrick filly Panem broke her maiden with a 1:55.4 score in the first split. The Nancy Johansson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn circled to the top from second going to the half and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before trotting home in :29.1 to secure the victory by a length and a half. She Rocks Kemp finished second, while Heat Wave Hanover was third. Panem had been winless in five starts entering the Champlain, but did have a pair of runner-up finishes along with a third-place effort. "She's not the easiest to drive, but if you talk to her nicely and just let do her thing, she can punch out a good mile," said Dunn about Panem. "She was getting a little bit lost on the front...so I just gave her a chirp and got her going. She's still learning, but the ability is there and she's got a nice future." Panem Panem is a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing and has now earned $62,206. She paid $9.90 to win. Panem Spoiled Princess spoiled the undefeated record of Whose Blues with a 1:55.2 victory in the second division. Dunn steered the daughter of Trixton to the victory to give the New Zealand native a sweep of Thursday's stakes. Race-favourite Whose Blues moved to the lead in the second-quarter from second, but got company quickly in the form of She Must Be Magic, who took the lead at the half in :56.4. Whose Blues angled out nearing three-quarters, which was reached in 1:25.4. Spoiled Princess and Dunn sat patiently in fourth during the opening-half, before getting underway and sitting three-lengths from the top at three-quarters. In the stretch, Spoiled Princess tracked down Whose Blues and overtook the undefeated filly to win by a length and half. Sheer Energy finished third. Spoiled Princess improved her record to three wins in six starts with the Champlain score. She has now earned $89,649 for owner/breeders Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcing Ent LLC. "To have a homebred and win this is fantastic," said McNerney. "We went easy with this horse from the beginning and didn't want to race a lot, we want to take our time and it's paid off." Spoiled Princess paid $10.30 to win. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings headlines the 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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