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DAYTON, PA - Venier Hanover, last year's two-year-old terror of the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit but not really finding his form in 2018 until a couple of starts ago, picked a great time to run his current winning streak to three - he paced the fastest mile of the two-day stand at the Dayton (PA) Fairgrounds, 2:01.2, in winning Wednesday's Sue Brickell Memorial, guided by Sue's brother-in-law Dave Brickell, whose brother Dean, Sue's husband, joined him for a satisfying winner's circle scene. The gelded son of Well Said, also trained by Dave Brickell and co-owned by him with Mitchell York, had not had a bad year in 2018, winning over $12,000, before his victory skein started. But first he beat out the fastest fair pacer of the year in PA, Love Cut (1:57.2), and then last week derailed Cirrus De Vie as that foe went for his seventh straight triumph. On Wednesday, the last quarter in Venier's victory was 28.4, with the timing of the impressive win just perfect. In the other "A" cut, Cirrus De Vie got another win streak started by defeating Love Cut in 2:02.2. Trainer/driver Roger Hammer co-owns the only seven-time fair winner on the PA circuit with Vicki Fair. The fastest trot of the week also went to Team Hammer-Fair, as the Explosive Matter filly Blow Back came home first in 2:05.3. Blow Back had ended Critical Hanover's four-race win streak at Honesdale in their last start, and here at Dayton she ran her own recent record to 4 wins in 5 starts in the "A"s. Thursday's action, devoted to two-year-olds, saw the "A" pacing filly division go faster than the colts, with the Well Said miss Sure R Lookin Good living up to her name and keeping her fair record unblemished after two starts by posting a 2:03 mile. Eric Neal, having a marvelous streak of driving form, handled the quick miss for trainer Robert Krenitsky Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. The swiftest baby trotter was the Donato Hanover colt Oceanato Hanover, home first in 2:07 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine. Oceanato Hanover went 3-for-3 in "B" company before stepping up to the "A" ranks, and the rise had hardly slowed his momentum, as he is now 3-2-1-0 in the higher classification. "Oceanato" was one of five driving and training wins for Todd Schadel during the Dayton meet, putting him on top in both columns, and increasing his summerlong stranglehold on both leads. The PA fair circuit next moves to Meadville PA and the Crawford County Fair, the home track of the late Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Famer Walter "Boots" Dunn. Racing will go there next Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., a change from the originally-posted time, and at the scheduled 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA - Arden Downs, the half-mile track that was formerly a stop on the Grand Circuit, is located at the Washington County (PA) Fairgrounds, not far down the road from The Meadows, where a two-day PA Fair Sire Stakes meet was conducted at the start of this week. Monday's racing was given over to the three-year-olds, and not unexpectedly it produced the fastest mile of the meeting, a 2:00.3 victory by the Well Said gelding Choreographer. Second to Marvalous Falcon in his 2018 fair debut at Waynesburg, here he turned the tables on that foe for driver Cory Kreiser, trainer Marcus Marashian, and owner Robert Key. Early in the card winning streaks were furthered by horses who turned in 2:02.4 miles. The first was the Cantab Hall trotting gelding Willie B Worthy, who now has three straight wins on the half-mile circuit for driver Aaron Johnston and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The Delmarvalous pacing miss Marvalous Song stretched her own current win skein to four as she reported home first for Team Shaw - driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. Fastest trotter of the meet was the Donato Hanover filly Worldly Hanover, who toured the Washington layout in 2:02.3 for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst and the ownership of Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams. On Tuesday among the freshmen, best mile of the day was turned in by the Delamarvalous - Treasure Valley colt Next Shot, who won his second straight, third at the fairs, and fourth overall in 2:02.3 for Cory Kreiser, his owner, and more importantly here, his driver/trainer - because this victory gave Kreiser his fourth sulky success and third conditioning triumph of the Washington session, enabling him to take top honors on both counts. The "trotting highlight" focused on Justin Lebo, who scored his first career driving victory behind Dancin With Rose. Lebo has taken a very limited role in the sulky while training a small but successful stable up until this year, when he decided to increase his sulky efforts. Usually you don't compile a seasonal .311 UDR in 20 starts without a victory, but seven seconds and six thirds showed that Lebo was on the brink, and he made the breakthrough at Washington on Tuesday. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now moves on to Dayton in Armstrong County, where a completely new set of horses will race Wednesday (3YOs) and Thursday (2YOs), as Pennsylvania fair rules require a 3-day period from start to start. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2018 -- Trailing previously unbeaten Sonnet Grace by a length turning for home, Antonia found another gear and upset the 2-5 favorite in Tuesday's $185,836 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over four divisions, with Ma Was Right, Magical Beliefs and Nomo Volo taking the other splits. It was a big day for David Miller, who won three PASS divisions and finished second in the fourth, beaten by Nomo Volo. Sonnet Grace captured the first four starts of her career, and the granddaughter of Hall of Famer CR Kay Suzie appeared well on the way to number five. But the determined Antonia gobbled up ground and finally prevailed at the wire by a head in a career-best 1:56.4. Sky Is Mine was a ground-saving third. "I wasn't sure we would get by," Miller said. "My filly was running in and lost a little ground in the last turn. You have to be careful with her at the start, but she usually gets home pretty good. She held the gate real good today, and she put her head in front late. Gotta give her credit for that." Nifty Norman conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Tactical Caviar for Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and Pinske Stables. Ma Was Right followed cover beautifully before roaring through the stretch and scoring in a stake-fastest 1:56.3, downing the first-over Matter Of Fact by a length. Early leader Personal Paradise completed the ticket. "That's the third time I've raced her, and her trips have been pretty much the same," Miller said. "She's usually trotting pretty good at the wire. She didn't get away well from the rail today, but she's pretty strong on the end of it." Noel Daley conditions the daughter of Muscle Hill-It's Alright Ma, who has finished first or second in all five career starts, for All Laid Out Stable. Magical Beliefs and Miller were stalking Ladylilli when they pulled the pocket before the three-quarters and rolled to a comfortable 2-length victory in 1:57.1 for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. Windy Corner was third-placed-second and Lady Builder fourth-placed-third while Ladylilli, who finished second, was disqualified and placed last for leaving the course. "With that half in 57.3, I didn't know how far that horse in front of me would take me," Miller said. "So I thought I would take a shot rather than sit in and get shuffled. She was tired at the end, but she held up." Tuesday's card also featured a pair of Preferred Handicap races. In the $20,000 event for filly and mare pacers, the pocket-sitting Medusa kicked by Lakeisha Hall late and triumphed in 1:51.3 for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 7-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical with Tom Pollack. Medusa now boasts $773,553 in career earnings. Call For Justice and Dave Palone took the $18,000 trot by slipping past Wind Of The North in the Lightning Lane, snapping that rival's three-race winning streak. The 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, who prevailed in 1:53.4, extended his lifetime bankroll to $516,067 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER, PA - A big harness racing week for Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old colts at Harrah's Philadelphia started on Wednesday afternoon with six divisions of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for trotters. Trainer Domenico Cecere, head trainer for the powerful Lindy Farms and profiled in the just-delivered edition of Hof Beats magazine, conditioned the first two winners. The first was an impressive Muscle Hill - Brooklyn colt named Kings County, who was the fastest of all entrants in the six divisions going into the contest by virtue of a 1:56 morning Meadowlands outing. Here he followed the cover of Holiday Hangover, went on when that one cleared before the ¾, and outdueled him by a neck while trotted his own back half in 56.2, much of it raw, in completing a 1:57.1 package. David Miller handled the driving duties for the maiden win of Kings Court for the Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Cecere then sent out the Cantab Hall - Southwind Catlin colt Union Forces for his purse debut, and the youngster, a winner in all three of his morning races, fastest in 1:57.3, needed only 2:00.1 to take his initial pari-mutuel contest. Scott Zeron just let the colt grind away first-over, and the pair finished in 29 to be three lengths clear at the finish for Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Robert Rudolph, David Anderson, and John Fielding. The Donato Hanover - Seducer Hall gelding Faithfulandtrue remained undefeated after three starts, including two in the Stallion Series, after coming home in 57.4 on the engine while taking a new mark of 1:58. Mike Cole sat in the sulky behind the streaking freshman for trainer Joe Columbo and George& Tina Dennis Racing. Donato Hanover then added a second baby with a 2-for-2 Stallion Series record to his credit when the colt Crossfit, out of the mare Muscle Test, rallied from second-over to take a new mark of 2:00.2 in a finish that saw five competitors within a length at the finish. George Napolitano Jr. guided the Chris Beaver pupil for owner Joe Sbrocco, with the two Stallion Series wins constituting Crossfit's lifetime purse record. As soon as you see the phrase "Muscle Hill freshman gelding," you know you have a ton of potential mixed in with likely behavorial problems. The Muscle Hill - Proclaiming April gelding Final Claim had been certainly all of both prior to his Stallion Series event today, but this was the day he put it all together, setting the pace and stepping home in 57.3 to leave his field 8¼ lengths behind while winning in the stakes action's fastest time of 1:56.4, only a tick off the North American season's record. Matt Kakaley and Ron Burke, certainly on a roll in the past week (hello, Dorsoduro), teamed behind the fast winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Michelle Yanek. In the final Stallion Series event, a circle was completed as trainer Domenico Cecere of Lindy Farms, who had won the first two divisions, also took the last, as the Cantab Hall - Lindys Gone Crazy colt Lindy's Crazy Hall made his purse debut a winning one in 1:57.4. David Miller had the colt on an open lead the last half and still had three lengths in early stretch, but here came first-round StS winner Forecast - only as Forecast narrowed in he also bore wide, and that may have contributed to Lindy's Crazy Hall keeping a ½-length advantage to the finish. Lindy Farms of Connecticut is the owner of the developing youngster. Tomorrow three divisions of this section's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes group goes postward, with a pair of Muscle Hill colts, Prospect Hill and Demon On The Hill, hoping to take their PaSS records to 2-for-2.  From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2018 -- Casanova's Jewel erased a 10-length deficit following a break and roared home for an improbable victory in Monday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over six divisions, with Faithfulandtrue, Crossfit, Cantab Ed, Forecast and Heavensdor Hanover taking the other splits. Eric Goodell enjoyed a stake double behind Forecast and Heavensdor Hanover. When Casanova's Jewel misfired near the half, he figured to be getting a training trip and nothing more. But the son of Muscle Massive-True Love kept advancing for Anthony MacDonald and defeated Andovers Asset by a length to earn his maiden score in 2:00.2. Explosive Magic finished third. "He's just green, and I lost him coming out of that turn," MacDonald said. "I was surprised he caught back so quick and was level headed. He has a lot of heart, and he's a worker. That's what I love the most about our horses. The ones you like are the ones that want to do it. You can't do what he just did unless you love what you do." Andrew Harris trains Casanova's Jewel for Thestable Casanova Group. Two weeks ago in his career debut, Faithfulandtrue inherited the lead following a break and took maximum advantage, collecting his initial victory. On Monday, it was déjà vu all over again; the leader broke, Faithfulandtrue took over the point and drew off to prevail in a stake-fastest 1:58.3. Didyaseezmedoit was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Pocono Hanover completed the ticket. It was a gratifying win for driver Michael Cole owner George & Tina Dennis Racing and trainer Joseph Columbo, who described the Donato Hanover-Seducer Hall gelding as a "problem child." '"He was a little hard on us, breaking him," Columbo said. "He got a little sore on us, and we found an abscess in his groin after we gelded him, so we had to take a little bit more time coming back. So he was a little bit behind the others, but he caught right up." Crossfit found late racing room, angled to the middle of the track for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden in 2:00.4. Dudelookslikelindy finished second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with Big Bad Caviar third. "He has a lot of depth to him, but I haven't got him ironed out yet. He's kind of rough going," said Chris Beaver, who conditions the son of Donato Hanover-Muscle Test for Joe Sbrocco. "He's not 100 percent in rhythm right now. When I get him on a great big track like Lexington in the fall, he might shine there." Dave Palone and Goodell each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features the Hickory Pride, a $184,588 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Also on Tuesday, The Meadows will announce the field for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, which kicks off with eliminations Saturday. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER, PA - A pair of daughters of Donato Hanover, Seviyorum and Live Laugh Love, both trotted the Harrah's Philadelphia oval in 1:53.1 during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on the pre-holiday Tuesday card at the riverside oval, and coming away co-holders of the divisional track record for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies. Andy Miller moved Seviyorum, a winner of $325,526, out raw at the half and quickly got her in gear, clearing with a 27.4 brush down the backstretch and then duplicating the clocking the remainder of the journey to lower by a tick the local divisional standard first set by Behindclosedoors in 2010 and tied by Superstar Hanover in 2012. Julie Miller trains the member of Team Orange Crush, who also established a personal best, for Story Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable Inc. Then it was David Miller and Live Laugh Love's turn in the spotlight, as she brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand, went on at a quick clip, and maintained control from there. The Nifty Norman trainee, with two Sire Stakes wins and a second to Manchego in her 2018 state campaign, took a new speed badge and boosted her bankroll to $145,467 for Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. Phaetosive, the Explosive Matter filly who gave 2017 champion Manchego some of her strongest challenges last year, won easily in her second start of the year in 1:53.2 - a time which would have equaled the track record had not Seviyorum raced earlier (and, as it turned out, Live Laugh Love later). Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and his filly both kept their heads while there were several breakers around them in the last quarter, going on true to the wire to raise her earnings to $281,393 for Purple Haze Stables LLC. (Smedshammer/Purple Haze may have given a preview of "the next generation" earlier in the card, as the freshman Explosive Matter - Hawaiian Lea filly Matterlei was successful in her purse debut in 1:58.4.) There were also five divisions of the parallel Stallion Series competition on the only Tuesday card of the year at Philly. The winners were: Mission Revealed, a Donato Hanover filly driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Bill "Moon" Mullin, also co-owner with Howard Taylor, well clear in lowering her mark over seven seconds to 1:54.3. Follow Streak, who looked like a rerun of Sire Stakes winner Seviyorum from 16 minutes earlier, with sire Donato Hanover, driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and a backstretch brush to the lead en route to a new mark of 1:54.3 and her second Stallion Series win of the year for the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain. Bella Glos, a Cantab Hall filly who had to dig in to defeat Mighty Macko to her left and Pembroke Mystery to her right in 1:56.3, taking her second Stallion Series victory for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and Black Horse Racing. Bandol Rose, another daughter of Cantab Hall, who worked hard to get the early lead, then rolled on to a new mark of 1:55 for driver David Miller, trainer Charlie Norris, and the M T Pockets Stables. Perfect Image, a Muscle Hill distaff who provided a second Stallion Series success for the team of David Miller and Charlie Norris while lowering her mark to 1:55.1 for owner Frank Poerio Jr., racing unchallenged the last 5/8. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - Tyson followed cover two- and three-wide down the backstretch, dropped down to two-wide raw on the far turn, and caught favored Such An Angel to win the $21,500 featured trot Sunday in 1:54.2 over sloppy going at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Corey Callahan, who tied with Matt Kakaley for driving honors on the card with each getting a trio of winners, kept moving up with cover as Such An Angel carved up the pace, then found himself raw on the turn as the two horses who had been two-wide in front of him found rail spots on the curve after the pocket horse faded. The Donato Hanover gelding plowed through the muck late to get the decision, 1¾ lengths clear of Such An Angel late while boosting his earnings to $162,350. Trainer Ed Gannon Jr. is also a co-owner of Tyson with Yannick Gingras and Frank Canzone. The Art Major gelding Major Trick has climbed to the top of the Pocono claiming ladder by winning his sixth race in his last seven starts, taking the $20,000 pacing handicap feature in 1:53. Major Trick had pocket position much of the way for Jim Marohn Jr., but he suffered a momentum disadvantage coming into the stretch as Legion Of Boom, who had been three-wide from the 11/16, swept the field entering the lane and looked tough to overhaul. But Major Trick found a lightning-quick gear once free in the Pocono Pike and ran down "Boom" for a half-length win. The winner of $349,096 was trained by Mike Watson for owner Clifford Grundy - and we say "was" because Major Trick was claimed for a $30,000 tag for the fifth time in his last eight starts (Legion of Boom also changed hands for $30,000). In addition to the stormy weather, there was pari-mutuel thunder at two points throughout the night: Pat Berry took advantage of a good inside trip to win the second with Major Buddy A at $79.20, and then in race nine Bilbo Hanover withstood being outside at every call for Jim Pantaleano to get home first at the tune of $104.40. (Ironically, they also had two $50+ winners down the Turnpike today at Harrah's Philadelphia - in consecutive races.) Total $2 win payoffs added to $258.40 at Pocono on Sunday - as opposed to the combined $60.40 returned during the Sun Stakes Saturday elims at the mountain oval the night previous. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Some three-year-old trotting colts who have the Earl Beal Memorial (eliminations Saturday, June 23), the Hambletonian, and other major races on their minds will be gathering at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday (June 17) for three $30,000 divisions of their Pennsylvania All-Stars event. The first All-Stars section is race 8, and it finds Whats The Word as the early choice as he leaves from post seven for driver Corey Callahan. The Donato Hanover colt had won three straight races, including two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, after putting on the trotting hopples, and last time he was in against tough older trotters on a sloppy track and did well to be third. His main opposition is expected to come from Samo Different Day, making his second start of the year from post four for Jimmy Takter after banking $337G as a two-year-old. The race 11 section finds You Know You Do installed as the early favorite for driver Yannick Gingras despite drawing post eight. A $374G+ winner at two, You Know You Do won a Pennsylvania Sire Stake here on May 26, but has only had a qualifying mile since then, and he can expect a strong challenge from two members of the Millers' Team Orange Crush, Haveitalltogether and Max's Beast. Race 12 will be the final of the night's All-Stars events, with Donatover accorded early favoritism for Trond Smedshammer off a 1:53.1 mark and a recent Pennsylvania Sire Stakes triumph. If you're looking for a longshot in this event, how about a 15-1 shot whose driver has never lost a race and who is a full brother to Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen? That would be Brothers N Arms and Josert Fonseca (undefeated in three career drives). Another $30,000 trot on the strong Sunday Pocono card, race 10, will be a Great Northeast Open Series event, with a full field of nine. 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder (post six, Scott Zeron) has a first and a second in two seasonal starts, both in the Great Northeast. Just outside him will be Homicide Hunter (driver George Napolitano Jr.), who comes back to his "home base" after equaling the world record for older trotting geldings with a 1:50.3 triumph in the Hill Trot at Scioto last week. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER PA - A two-time divisional champion mare and a driver who is undefeated in his entire racing career dead-heated for the win in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, and came very close to the divisional world record for a trotting tie. Broadway Donna, tops in her class at two and three, was driven aggressively by Tyler Buter, spotting early then making a move after the 28 quarter to follow Lagerfeld, driven by Josert Fonseca, who had cleared to the lead in front of the stands. Broadway Donna went on to the lead before the half in 56.2, shook off the first-over bid of Fashion Creditor near the 1:25 ¾ pole, then braced for a stretch battle as Fonseca moved Lagerfeld outside for the dash to the wire. Broadway Donna held her ground staunchly even as the margin of advantage was eaten into by Lagerfeld with every step, and on the wire the pair could not be separated in 1:53.2. A check of what materials are available on this phenomenon showed a 2014 trotting dead heat in 1:53 between Crosbys Clam Bake and World Cup - also at Harrah's. Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover, is now 19 for 35 in her career, with earnings of $1,297,823 for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. Josert Foseca, now 3-for-3 lifetime, guided Lagerfeld, a son of Yankee Pride, as he equaled his mark and brought his bankroll to $718,400 for trainer Jimmy Takter and the ownership of Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. The $17,000 pacing co-feature saw Last Gunfighter circle wide off of cover on the far turn, then stride away in the lane to record a victory in 1:52 over a track that had been downgraded to "sloppy." Vinnie Ginsburg handled the son of Rocknroll Hanover as he won impressively for trainer Jake Leamon and owners David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio. From the PHHA/Chester's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, June 5, 2018 -- At 2, Donatover was so fractious that he managed only three races and a modest $2,400 bankroll. This year, the young trotter has hit the board in all five starts with a pair of victories, including a convincing win in his PA Sires Stakes opener. Donatover's newfound mannerliness will be tested in Wednesday's $110,260 Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows, where he's been installed as the morning line 7-2 second pick. The Currier & Ives goes as races 1 and 3, with Donatover leaving from the rail with Dave Palone in race 1. First post is 1:05 PM. Trainer Trond Smedshammer purchased the son of Donato Hanover-Anonyme Hanover as a yearling for $30,000 for Purple Haze Stables. A student of pedigree, Smedshammer liked what he saw in the youngster's lineage. "He wasn't an exceptionally good-looking horse, but there was something about his breeding that I liked," Smedshammer says. "If you look carefully at it, you'll see his pedigree doubles up on Amour Angus (dam of the ultra-successful Garland Hall full brothers Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Hall). Sometimes if you do that, you can get something special." He looked anything but special as a freshman, breaking stride in two of his three outings and exhibiting a headstrong approach to his schooling. "He showed some speed, but he was erratic and hot at times," Smedshammer says. "He's definitely stating to mature a little bit mentally, but even this year, he was good one race, and I couldn't hold him back the next. I've had to change bits on him. Right now, it seems we have him halfway figured out. We'll see how long it lasts before he outsmarts us again." Smedshammer knows that the rail can be a tricky starting spot for a green, willful trotter. "I'm hoping that Dave can come first over with him rather than move to the front early," he says. "With aggressive horses, it's better to keep them in a hole as long as you can and make one big, long move with them." Even if his antics are behind him, Donatover has cost himself a shot at most of the richest events for 3-year-olds. "He'll race in Pennsylvania," Smedshammer indicates. "He didn't show me enough last year or this winter to stake him to Grand Circuit races. The way I look at it, I'd rather have a good horse that's under-staked than a bad horse that's over-staked. I can't stand wasting money on stake payments -- even if it's not my money. "A good horse will always make money, even if it's as an aged horse. I'm a realist, not an optimist." by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Plainville, MA---The old saying "there are horses for courses" couldn't be proven more right than by Mambo Lindy who scored yet another decisive harness racing victory in the $15,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 24). Seeking Steven (Chris Long) appointed himself dictator of fractions as he took the front without argument from anyone off the gate. He then led the field to a modest :57.2 half before Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) pulled from fourth and started his trek to success. With little effort and looking like he knows what to do, Mambo Lindy drew alongside Seeking Steven and continued on by as they rounded the final turn. At the head of the stretch, Mambo Lindy was clear and trotting his hips off while opening up a five-length advantage at the wire to win in 1:53.4. Mambo Lindy ($2.20) has now won seven races this year, every one of them at Plainridge Park and those efforts have earned him $64,000. It was also his 21st lifetime win in only 35 starts. The 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and is trained by Frank Antonacci. In the co-featured $14,000 conditioned trot, Tag Up And Go (Greg Merton) chased down the front-running Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) from the three-eighths all the way to the wire and just got up in the final strides to win in 1:55.4. It was the seventh win of the year for Tag Up And Go ($2.80) who has now enriched his owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro with $86,660 in proceeds this year. Greg Merton and Mark Beckwith both chimed in with three driving wins on Thursday while trainer Monique Cohen also watched as three of her students entered the winner's enclosure. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon with the first race post time set for 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---After finishing second and third in new track record times in back to back weeks, Mambo Lindy got back to his harness racing winning ways taking the $17,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 10). Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) got away sixth while Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) and Black Broadway (Mark Beckwith) took turns with the lead going to the quarter, the latter winning that tussle before slowing the half to a moderate :57. Realizing the brakes were on, Merton pulled the Donato Hanover gelding first-up and started a methodical approach towards the leader. Fourth, third, second; Mambo Lindy could smell blood in the water as he drew alongside Black Broadway at the three-quarter pole and at that moment he dug-in and took off. Mambo Lindy opened up a five-length advantage by the head of the stretch and with Merton deciding his best side for the picture, Mambo Lindy cruised away to a seven-length win in 1:53.2; last quarter in a sparkling :27.2. It was the sixth win in nine starts, all at Plainridge Park, for Mambo Lindy ($4.00) and it enhanced his bank to $55,000 for owner Greathorse of Massachusetts. Frank Antonacci trains Mambo Lindy. In the co-featured $14,000 conditioned trotting event, One Swan For All (Wallace Watson) took the overland route to victory, scoring a 1:56.2 win and blowing up the tote board in the process. Owned by Joel Wheeler and trained by Lisa Watson, One Swan For All was disregarded at 23-1 and paid $49.00. It was tag-team Thursday at The Ridge as three sets of driver/trainers combined for two wins apiece. Greg Merton doubled with two Frank Antonacci charges, Mark Beckwith scored with two Elisha Lafreniere trainees and Wallace Watson won with two of Lisa Watson's students. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday with a Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta carryover of $10,976.45 in the sixth race. Post time for the first race is at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2017 -- Owner Brian Gillespie dearly wanted to compete in the 2016 Edward M. Ryan, an Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows who also was a generous philanthropist and accomplished horseman. Alas, Gillespie lacked a suitable horse. But he had good friends in Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, who, on the eve of the Ryan, offered Gillespie's Lone Wolf Stable a piece of their horse, Box Of Luck. That colt made Ryan-Gillespie family history when he captured a Ryan split. Fast forward a year. The Ryan is fast approaching, and Gillespie has no candidate for it. Brocious and Rougeaux step up again, selling Lone Wolf an interest in Tymal Advocate. On Friday at The Meadows, it was déjà vu all over again as Tymal Advocate won a Ryan division. The prospects for a Tymal Advocate victory were uncertain at best; he came into the Ryan a five-race maiden and a handful. "We contacted Brian and offered him a little piece because we know how that is with family," Rougeaux said of the Donato Hanover-Tymal Abracadabra gelding. "You want a shot to win a race named after your grandfather. But this horse is a different bird -- he's wired hot. If you can keep him pointed north, he's okay. We keep him off the track. We jog him down the roads, through the creeks, and he loves it." In the Ryan, Tymal Advocate made a decisive quarter-pole move in the slop for Brian Zendt and drew away to down Cfour Po by 4 lengths, with Raising Kerckhaert third. What A Hunk and Canale Hanover also took divisions of the $49,564 Ryan. What A Hunk moved three wide down the backside to triumph in 1:59.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Bill Daugherty, Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty. Early leader Conservator finished second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Mister Ruff earned show. Daugherty, a successful trainer at Pennsylvania's raceways and fairs, is known for plucking bargains at auctions and developing them into profitable propositions. With What A Hunk, he changed his MO. "Things are getting tougher -- I gave $22,000 for him," he said. ""I gave $27,000 for a yearling once. I'm spending a little money; I don't like to. Everybody wants to buy them for $4,000, but that doesn't always happen." $49,230 Arden Downs -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Friday's Adios Eve card also featured the Judge Joe McGraw, a $49,230 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman filly trotters, with Zoe Bi, Explosive G and Fish Is Fish winning the divisions. Zoe Bi was fastest, scoring in 1:57.4 after being parked the first three-eighths, but she had to survive a bout of what winning driver Aaron Merriman called "crankiness." "I could have got her right out of there; I was just waiting," Merriman said. "She was just extremely cranky today, and I didn't want to gear her up early. She warmed up cranky. She was lunging in the post parade, wouldn't turn. But her talent definitely overrides all that." First Class Act was 8-1/4 lengths back in second, with Keystone Carly third. Chris Beaver trains Zoe Bi, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia Bi who has won three of her four career starts, and owns with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. Explosive G had been racing off the trot, so when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent her to the front at the quarter, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Vacation's Over was temporarily out of her comfort zone. "She got a little lost there," Yoder said. "When she got her head in front, she thought it was over. I had to coax her a little bit and pull the plugs. When she got to the front, she was okay. When she gets to the front, she fights." She defeated Win Treasures by a neck in 1:59.4 while Nicole Hanover completed the ticket. Robert Hess owns Explosive G, a $47,000 yearling acquisition. Fish Is Fish unleashed an explosive three-wide move down the backside that surprised Dirk Simpson, who conditions the daughter of Andover Hall-Drinks Like A Fish for Ed Teefey. "I was a little concerned," Simpson said of his $14,000 yearling purchase. "I thought she would get a great second-over trip, and then she had to do all that work on the backside. She got a little lazy in the last turn, but when she heard a horse coming, she picked the bit up and finished well." Fish Is Fish had just enough to hold off Diamondstone Us by a neck in 1:59, with Reiza third. Friday's card also featured the $20,000 Walter "Boots" Dunn Memorial Trot, a Preferred Handicap that honored the memory of the late trainer, driver, breeder and fairs official. Call For Justice prevailed for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, one of five wins for Palone on the 15-race program. It was the 12th consecutive victory at The Meadows for the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, although losses at other tracks have been sprinkled in, who extended his career bankroll to $390,917. by Evan Paddock, for the Meadows

Plainville, MA---It's the same old story, but one his connections won't soon tire of. Mambo Lindy spotted the field seven lengths before roaring back to notch another harness racing victory at Plainridge Park as he won the $17,000 Open Handicap on Thursday (June 22). Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) got away last in the field of seven as Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) rolled down the road in :27 and :55.2 with her followers strung out behind. At that station, Tag Up And Go (Chris Long) pulled first-over and Mambo Lindy followed in step. Halfway up the backstretch Mistress Valentine got foul-gaited and broke stride, leaving the pocket-sitting Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) with the lead. Outside of him, the tiring Tag Up And Go had enough forcing Mambo Lindy to tip three-deep. When Merton made that move, Mambo Lindy was flying and took that momentum down the stretch. As Merton had already tucked the whip, Mambo Lindy cleared and drew off by three to the easiest kind of win in 1:53.3. It was the fourth straight feature trot win for Mambo Lindy ($3.40) at Plainridge Park and it expanded his bank account for the year to $32,000. The 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Hampden, Massachusetts and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Mambo Lindy is eligible to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 28) and would certainly have the home field advantage in that race as a starter. Mambo Lindy was only one highlight of Merton and Antonacci's day as both horsemen put up lofty numbers on the afternoon. Greg Merton posted another six-win day, extending his dash driving lead over Kevin Switzer to 31. Merton finished first with Only Passing Thru ($2.40, 1:55.4), World Of Lindy ($4.60, 2:00), Mambo Lindy ($3.40, 1:53.3), Northern Nandi ($9.40, 1:58.1), City Pie ($3.40, 1:53.2) and Waiting On A Woman ($4.60, 1:56). His 1:55.4 win with Only Passing Thru in the second race tied the track record for 3-year-old trotting colts set by Backstage Pass (Eddie Davis Jr.) on May 4 of this year. Merton now boasts a gaudy 86 wins for this meet, 31 ahead of his 2016 total to this point when he won a track record 229 times. If he were to keep up this pace he would end up with 314 wins at this session. Frank Antonacci started three of his Lindy Farm trainees (Only Passing Thru, World Of Lindy and Mambo Lindy) and watched as all of them bested their fields. Antonacci now has 18 training wins out of 26 starts this meet, giving him a 65% win percentage. Other horsemen with notable performances were Chris Long with a driving double and Kyle Spagnola that had a training pair of wins. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (June 23) at 4 p.m. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta carryover for Friday is $2,265.42 and that wager is available only in the sixth race.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

On The Podium (Donato Hanover) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Al Annunziata-trained trotter moved out to the early lead in the $15,000 Winners Over and never looked back. After getting a first half in 57.2, On The Podium didn't face any real pressure until the final turn when pocket sitter Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came out of the two-hole to challenge. Those two trotters stepped away from their rivals before On The Podium reached the wire first in 1:55.4 for his third victory of the season. The race's lone lady Cincinnati Miss came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his "on the board" streak alive by closing for third. On The Podium returned $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset. Aldrich has rebounded well after a scary spill on Friday night. The 2015 leading driver at Saratoga piloted three winners on Saturday evening (two for Annunziata) and followed it up with a victory in the Sunday matinee's feature. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with a Memorial Day matinee card set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---It was a dark and stormy day. But despite the wind, rain and sloppy going, Mambo Lindy delivered like the postman and won the $13,000 Open harness racing trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 25). Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) embarked on her usual mission of getting the lead, but resistance from Midnite Craze (Ivan Davies) and Trotalot (Heath Campbell) stretched that process out until the three-eighths pole this week. Once in front, Mistress Valentine took the crew past the half in :55.3 with a gapped three-length advantage. Waiting On A Woman (Fern Paquet Jr.) pulled first-over and provided draft for Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) and Trotalot. The outer-flow threesome caught the leader at the three-quarters when Mambo Lindy tipped three-deep off his cover around the last turn. He then dug in, threw his head with his stride and showed everyone who the best horse was this day. Mambo Lindy drew off to win by six open lengths with Merton sitting chilly in 1:54.2. It was the second consecutive win at Plainridge for Mambo Lindy ($3.00) and the time of 1:54.2 was a new seasonal mark. The 6-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover is owned by Greathorse of Hampden, MA and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Antonacci's stable put on a show, pulling off the training hat-trick on Thursday. Besides taking the feature with Mambo Lindy, Antonacci also sent Only Passing Through ($6.00, 1:58.1) and World Of Lindy ($7.40, 1:59.3) to the winner's enclosure for pictures. The Ridge's leading driver Greg Merton won three races on the card, a total that was matched by Ron Cushing. And Kevin Switzer Jr. captured two victories on the afternoon. Racing resumes on Friday (May 26) at Plainridge Park with post time for the first race at 4 p.m. For up to the minute information on all Massachusetts harness racing action, log onto the websites of The Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts (www.sominc.net ) and Plainridge Park Casino (www.plainridgeparkcasino.com ).   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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