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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, the Erv Miller-trained Trolley worked out a perfect pocket trip on the way to gunning down a heavy favorite in the Friday night conditioned harness racing trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Trolley left nothing to chance this time around, blasting to the lead just after the quarter and taking the Big M Friday night feature for a second straight week. The 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride left the gate and was parked around the first turn. He was then urged to the lead by driver Marcus Miller just after the quarter and was permitted to rate the middle half in :57, leaving more than enough gas in his tank to win for the 10th time in just 23 lifetime starts. The pocket-sitting Opulent Yankee raced well for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Misslarose was third. Trolley, who finished second to 1-5 shot Southwind Frank in the $500,000 Beal Memorial in 2016, has now earned just over $280,000 for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. As the 3-5 public choice, Trolley paid $3.20 to win after trotting the mile in 1:52.1. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Andy McCarthy kept up his winning ways, scoring three times on the program to increase his meet-leading win total to 24. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was a hit with the bettors, as the pool total of $85,439 proves. ... One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to correctly select the winner of the first eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $11,664. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,799,373. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2018 -- Trailing by 6 lengths at the three-quarters, My Cherry Pie turned on the jets in the lane and pulled off a 7-1 upset in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Making her Meadows debut for trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Vicki Gordon and Liz Flohr, was content to sit in and let Ready Any time front a comfortable 58.1 half. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-CR Ms American Pie found another gear and edged Ready Any Time by a head in 1:56.1. Expose Yourself finished third. My Cherry Pie extended her career bankroll to $143,666. Dave Palone, trainer Spencer Kahrig and Wilder each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-trot Sunday (Nov. 4th) matinee saw a second-over Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton, $19.60) winning the featured $44,000 Open Handicap. The six-horse feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. Trying to leave from assigned post position No. 5, Lean Hanover could not match strides early before retreating into a four-hole. It was Gruden (Jason Bartlett, five winners during the 10-race card) vaulting over his quintet of inside rivals. He went past DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) and led through early intervals of :28 and :57.4. Polester Sortie (Brian Sears), as the tepid 3-2 favorite, then moved from third with Lean Hanover hitching a ride behind that one. Sortie drew even with Gruden in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters before being dismissed. Gruden owned a length lead off the final turn, but the walls were closing in. Lean Hanover rolled right by, defeating a third-over Jack Vernon (Dan Dube) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:55.4. Gruden faded to third, with DW's NY Yank and Sortie relegated to the minor moolah. Bioness (Eric Goodell) misbehaved early and was outrun. For fourth choice Lean Hanover, a 5-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned (as P C Wellwood Enterprises) by (trainer) Paula Wellwood and Karen Carroll, it was his fifth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $159, the triple returned $748 and the superfecta paid $1,433. The winner was third as an odds-on favorite in his previous try. Sunday's version of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a chalky winning combination of 1-Big Muddy (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 3-Undici (Yonkers' 3rd race), returning $6.40 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $3,560. Sunday afternoon's 10-race, all-sources handle was $1,092,113. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 18th (post time TBA). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Nov. 5th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,406.29 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 5 through 9 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Monday‘s program may be downloaded at http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/mon_program.pdf. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

Tomorrow’s excellent card at Paris-Vincennes includes the Gr. III Prix des Cevennes (purse 110,000€, 2850 meters) with a solid field that has Traders and Uza Josselyn at the head of that class. The program also includes the Prix du Dorat for 85,000€ and two 70,000€ events, the Prix de Soulac that has Abydos du Vivier at the start and the monte Prix de Bellerive lead by early favorite Full Of Charm. This Julien Dubois trainee has three wins in the last six outings. On November 1st at Torino is the Orsi Mangelli with two eliminations led by Zlatan and Zabul FI in the first and Mister F Daag and Ze’Maria in the second. The Mangelli Final raced for 396,000€over 1600 meters autostart. The Mangelli Filly is also on the program, this one racing for 88,000€for the three year-old fillies. Aged performers will contest the GP Delle Nazioni for 154,000€, this one raced over 2100 meters autostart with Dijon and driver/trainer Romain Derieux up. Action in Italy of interest took place at Milano on October 26 with two events for the two year-olds. The Prix Meocxx OK (purse 10,010€, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 2.2/1 In Your Dreams (2f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady) that surged late along the pegs to win for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Alex Mede SM (2m Ganymede-Non Plus SM) was a close second for driver Roberto Vecchione and trainer Holger Ehlert. Third was the Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed Atene Trebi (2f Rotary OK-Pourbara Dany). Several raced later the 78 year-old legendary J-P Dubois returned with 1.15.8kr timed and 1.7/1 odds Best Of All (2f Muscle Hill-Beltane Hanover), a filly he owns and Yves Boireau trains. Antonietta Ama (2f Varenne-Principessa Ama) was second for the Vecchione/Ehlert team and third was Avasinis Jet (2f Ken Warkentin-Romanza Jet) reined by Roio Filippo and trainer Tiberio Cecere. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink        

CHESTER, PA - The hard-hitting Donato Hanover gelding Tyson recorded his second triumph in his last three starts in winning the $18,000 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, making every pole a winning one in 1:54. Driver Andrew McCarthy got Tyson to the lead passing the 28 quarter, then set middle fractions of 57.2 and 1:25.3, with Crazy About Pat in the pocket and Casa Palmera moving first-over from third before the latter call. In the lane the sharp winner maintained a 1¾ length margin over Crazy About Pat, with Casa Palmera another two lengths in third. Tyson won for the ninth time in 2018, pushing his earnings this year to $116,625 and $213,800 lifetime. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Tyson, the 3-5 favorite, and he co-owns him with Frank Canzone. In the $14,500 "Trottin' Thursday" co-feature at Harrah's, Rock Of Cashel was a 3 1/4 length winner in 1:54.2 winner for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Mark Harder, and owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. The veteran son of Majestic Son, now a career winner of $598,228, retucked in the pocket down the backstretch behind pacesetting favorite Make It A Double, then easily passed that one in the lane for his third victory in his last four trips behind the gate. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

McKenzie's Star (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the first of two featured trot races ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 5). Hanrahan (Jeff Long) led to the first quarter in :27.3. Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) took over and led the group to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.2. McKenzie's Star ($9.70) was fifth after three-quarters. Owned by Allie Howard and trained by Joe Skowyra, she made a three-wide move in the stretch to run down second place finisher Gimme The Cash to score the victory in 1:56.0. Hanrahan was third best. McKenzie's Star is an 8-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win of the season. She now has 32 career victories. John MacDonald had two other driving wins on the night. He got his other wins with Kissesfromheaven ($6.60) and Mean Leen ($9.70). If Not Why Not (Roman Lopez) takes the other featured trot ($6,000). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front to hit the first quarter in :27.4. If Not Why Not ($8.50) took over by the top of the back stretch. Owned by Michael Polansky and trained by Margaret Spagnola, he led the way to the half in :57.4 and cruised to three-quarters in 1:27.1. Cash N Chrome looked poised to make a run at him in the stretch but If Not Why Not was too strong and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Cash N Chrome settled for second money. Flamingo Pete (Jennifer Lappe) finished third. If Not Why Not is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his second win this season and his seventh career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 6) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.

CHESTER, PA - Deep Impact and Impacter, half-brothers out of the Yankee Glide mare Glide Power, may have close genetic backgrounds, but the routes they took in winning the twin $14,500 featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday couldn't have been more different. The Donato Hanover five-year-old gelding Deep Impact was first to race, and driver George Napolitano Jr. pointed the classdropper right to the front, getting the quarter in 27.3, then resting to a 58.2 half before reigniting the speed. Deep Impact reached the ¾ in 1:26.1 en route to a 1:55 victory, three lengths clear at the finish, for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and the Van Camp Trotting Corporation. A year younger than his half-brother, Impacter had no straight shot on the lead to Victory Lane. Trainer/driver Vince Copeland tucked the altered son of Muscle Hill third in a 27 opener, kept him in past a 56.2 half, then backed him out to third-over position well before the 1:25.2 ¾ clocking. When the horses in front of him didn't gain quickly through the turn, Copeland sent Impacter four-wide into the lane, and he got to the wire first in 1:55.4, ¾ of a length ahead of Shady Mccoy, for owner David D. Miller. The Friday card at Philly will be an evening one, starting at 6:30 p.m. After the usual Sunday action beginning at 2:05 p.m., there will be a special live card on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 at 12:25 p.m., with over $200,000 in stakes action in the John Simpson Sr. series, with three-year-old colts of both gaits each contesting three divisions. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

American Kronos was slowed a bit getting to the harness races, but quick to make a good impression. It might come as little surprise; she was viewed favorably since the time she was born. A 2-year-old female trotter, American Kronos was bred in Italy at Antonio Carraretto's Allevamento Kronos farm. Her sire Donato Hanover was 2007 Horse of the Year and dam Glide About was a New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and three-quarter sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Maven. In addition to American Kronos, Glide About's offspring include Treasure Kronos, a mare who won a Swedish Breeders Crown championship at age 3 and the prestigious Criterium Continental in France at 4. Standardbred bloodstock agent Perry Soderberg saw American Kronos a week after her birth and she was subsequently purchased privately as part of a package with now 3-year-old male trotter Zephyr Kronos by a group that includes Canadian breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Libfeld/Katz breeding partnership has received three consecutive O'Brien Awards for Breeder of the Year in Canada and a Dan Patch Award as Breeder of the Year in the U.S. in 2016. "For the last two or three years, Perry Soderberg has gone to Europe in the early spring on our behalf looking for mares and families that we thought would be good additions for our breeding program," Katz said. "One of his regular stops is Antonio's farm. He saw (American Kronos) when she was a week old. That's all she was when he saw her and he really liked her. "She has a great pedigree. She has a license to be a top individual. I think you see Europeans coming here and buying our bloodstock and there is no reason why we can't go over there and buy some of their bloodstock and bring it over here. I think it's clearly becoming a two-way street. And it's productive going both ways." American Kronos' development was hindered by transportation issues, but the Julie Miller-trained filly has won three of four races since debuting in August. Each of her victories was by a minimum of 2-1/4 lengths and her mark of 1:55.3 is among the season's best by a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. On Thursday, American Kronos is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the second of three Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will be driven by George Brennan, who guided American Kronos to her 1:55.3 victory in a division of the Liberty Bell Series on Sept. 20 at Philly. "Julie has kept her on a slower program, but she has certainly developed into a very, very nice filly," said Katz, who owns American Kronos with Libfeld and David Goodrow. "Julie has done a terrific job mapping out her program to make her life as easy as possible and let her continue developing. "She's performing very nicely and hopefully she will finish out the year that way and make a nice 3-year-old. That was the game plan all along and Julie has executed the plan perfectly. She deserves all the credit in the world." American Kronos' wins in addition to the Liberty Bell came in a conditioned race in her career debut and in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series. Her only loss came when she went off stride in a division of the Keystone Classic. "She just didn't handle the track that day at all," Katz said of the lone miscue. "Otherwise, she's done everything very nicely." Said Miller, "We just took our time training her down. She has really developed and matured these last few months. We're very pleased with her progress." American Kronos is eligible to next month's International Stallion Stakes and Breeders Crown. She also is eligible to the Kindergarten Series. Katz said the connections are taking a wait-and-see approach to the filly's schedule. "We've tried to avoid mixing it up with the big girls to this point," Katz said. "We'll take it step by step. All the options are on the table, but we'll just go race by race and make our decisions as we go." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER, PA - Two-year-old fillies on both gaits contested three $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the favorites winning all of the trots and none of the paces. George Brennan guided two of the trio of trotting winners. First up was the Donato Hanover- Glide About miss American Kosmos, who raised her career record to three-for-four while reducing her mark to 1:55.3. The winner, sent off the 6-5 chalk, sat far off the runaway pacesetter Scirocco Donnahill, then gradually reeled that one in for a 3¾ length tally for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and David Goodrow. The other two triumphant trotters proved worthy of 1-5 favoritism, including Brennan's second winner Magical Beliefs, who lowered her mark to 1:56.4. The daughter of Cantab Hall - Frisky Magic trotted past the leading Sigilwig past the half, opened a big lead, then maintained a 2½ length margin on the shuffled closer Mimi'spearloflindy, giving her four wins and four seconds in eight career starts, with earnings of $166,686 (she was second in the PA Sires final). Linda Toscano conditioned the consistent miss for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables, and R-And-I Farms LLC. First visitor to the Harrah's winners circle on Thursday was the six-time winner Sonnet Grace, whom owner/trainer/driver Rod Allen sent to the front and improved on her position from there, winning by 4½ lengths in 1:55.1, last half 57.1, for a personal best. The impeccably-bred daughter of Muscle Massive - I Believe, a granddaughter of synonymous-with-baby-trot-speed CR Kay Suzie, now has earnings totaling $125,397. Form took a holiday of the pacing side, with the biggest upset A Beach Cowgirl, whom Corey Callahan piloted to a 1:53.4 lifetime best while paying $83.20. The Somebeachsomewhere - Limestone Cowgirl miss took advantage of a pocket journey, withstanding closing Renaissance Lady K by ¾ of a length for trainer Brett Bittle, co-owner with Dan Bittle and the Charles Kellers, III and IV. Somebeachsomewhere sired a second surprise winner - a surprise to most everyone but the morning linemaker, who had tabbed Stonebridge Soul, whose dam is Rock N Soul, as the one to beat, then saw her generate a $13.40 win payoff after a two length wire-to-wire win while taking a new mark of 1:52.2. If ever an early favorite were to be overlooked, it might have been this race at this track, as Philly Hanover and Rockin Philly wound up the first two choices, but Stonebridge Soul proved the best for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Chris Ryder, and the ownership of Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo. Down Under wonder Dexter Dunn, fitting very nicely in the tough local driving colony, was behind the third pacing winner, the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover, who won in 1:53.1. Dunn let the winner roll on the engine in quick numbers, then kept her together in the lane to win by a neck over What A Fox in a finish that saw all six fillies within two lengths of each other at the wire (Trillions Hanover, the big favorite, broke early but recovered for fourth). Nifty Norman trains the winner of four-of-seven for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Liberty Bell series two-year-old action continues tomorrow at Philly, with the colts turning out in the same proportions as their filly counterparts, with three divisions of each gait going gateward. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA – Three-year-old fillies were featured in $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, with three divisions for trotters and two for pacers. 3YO TROTTING FILLIES Bella Glos, who made a break as the favorite in the recent PA Stallion Series final, recovered in fine fashion Wednesday, taking a new mark of 1:54. Some late first turn confusion caused by a breaker had four horses in a field of six parked at the ¼ and one in the infield, but driver Yannick Gingras kept the Cantab Hall filly out of most of the trouble, made the lead passing the stands the first time, and came home in 56.3 - 27.4 to be four lengths clear at the wire. Jimmy Takter trains the new member of the Six Figure Earnings Club for Black Horse Racing. Follow Streak, who won that Stallion Series finale, made it three straight wins and seven victories in ten seasonal starts as she went wire-to-wire in 1:55.4. The Donato Hanover miss was two lengths clear at the wire as she moved her lifetime bankroll to $142,391 for Team Orange Crush, trainer Julie and driver/husband Andy Miller, and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain. A hard rain started to fall as the horses warmed up for the final division, but the moisture didn't seem to bother Hey Blondie, as she gave Cantab Hall a stakes siring double with a win in 1:54.4. Last week Hey Blondie couldn't catch S M S Princess in the PA Sire Stakes consolation, this week she turned the tables by rallying from the pocket for driver Andrew McCarthy into a 56.2 half to go by the pacesetter by a half length, raising her earnings to $439,535. Chuck Sylvester trains the winner for Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Paul Bordogna, and David McDuffee. 3YO PACING FILLIES Alexa's Power and Sidewalk Dancer were the heavy favorites in their sidewheeling stakes division, and they put on a good battle in the last 1/16, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Alexa's Power able to gain out of the pocket in a 27.2 last quarter to catch the pacesetter by a head while taking a new mark of 1:50.3. The Jim Campbell-trained filly, a winner of $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder, was driven by Tim Tetrick - who had gone in 1:50.1 with 3PF Put On A Show in 2010, a clocking Alexa's Power didn't miss by much. The rainstorm mentioned above didn't last long (the sun was out during the next race, but it had dome just enough to turned the track "sloppy" for the second section. In that event Yannick Gingras completed a stakes double as the Well Said filly Strong Opinion, like Follow Streak a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolation winner, followed up with another pacesetting effort, then held off the strong-closing Scuola Hanover by a neck in 1:52.3. Ron Burke conditions the winner of $259,448 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Jack Piatt II; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. FINISHING LINES - Veteran horseman Ross Croghan registered his 2000th training win in the USTA computer, which has kept training statistics since 1992, when I'm Trigger Happy won the fourth race here today. Winning at a 17.6% rate over the years, the Croghan barn has produced almost $44 million in racetrack earnings, winning just over $9 million in 2007-2008. Newer fans may not know that Croghan was also quite a driver in his day before he decided to focus on training, and had 1822 sulky successes in a North American career starting in 1977, with his best driving year seeing him win 230 times in 1992. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

BLOOMSBURG, PA - "Considering that this harness racing track was 3-4 feet underwater about three weeks ago, the horsemen can't say enough to praise John Brokenshire and his crew at Bloomsburg for the outstanding job that has been done here." That was said by PHHA president (and winner of the meet's first race) Sam Beegle after the northeast Pennsylvania oval and attendant areas had been worked back into masterful shape by Brokenshire, only in his second year in charge of the racing at Bloomsburg, and his co-workers, producing three track records and five 2:00 miles during the two-day "Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes meet" at the fairgrounds on Monday and Tuesday. The Dave Brickell Stable, with Brickell as trainer/driver and co-owner with Mitchell York, produced the two outstanding performances of the meet. The first came during the Monday two-year-old racing, when the Well Said - Chantal Hall pacing miss Crew Sock Hanover toured the Bloomsburg oval in 1:58 - which is the fastest time ever produced by her age, sex, and gait at any Pennsylvania fair; the old mark of 1:58.2, co-held by Ellen Hanover (2004) and Bell on Wheels (2009), both at Bloomsburg, was bid a fond adieu by the winner, now undefeated in eight fair outings and victorious nine times overall. And all this from the people who two years ago brought you Camera Lady, winningest two-year-old in North America with 15 trips to Victory Lane. And all this from the people who last year brought you Venier Hanover, who as a freshman set eight track records while the dominant force on the Keystone twicearounds. Another offspring of Well Said, the gelding started off slowly this year but recently has been ablaze, taking his sixth straight start, in 1:55.1, reducing Alastor Hanover's 2006 local 3PC standard of 1:56.4 dramatically. The third track record notched at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds came from the Muscle Massive - Missing Dough two-year-old trotting filly Touch Of Dough, who a race after Crew Sock Hanover reduced her mark by six full seconds to 2:01, a time also a fifth quicker than the 2006 local performance of Shesfastandfurious. Touch Of Dough has now won five of her last six starts for driver Eric Neal, trainer/father Randy Neal, and Beal Racing Stable LLC. Fastest trotting mile of the meet overall came from the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Show Me The Magic, a four-time fair winner who completed the mile in 2:00.1 for driver Tony Schadel and his dad, trainer/owner Bruce Schadel. The other 2:00 performers during the meet were the Western Terror - Tootsie J two-year-old pacing colt Way To Close, home in 1:58.3, a new mark, for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine; the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore pacing filly Keystone Diamond, here overcoming the second tier to tally in 1:59.1 to become a winner of five straight in the fair "A" class, also trained and driven by Todd Schadel and owned by him in partnership with Dr. John Egloff; and the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Legendary Ron, who went in 1:59.3 in the "B" class of the three-year-old colt pace for Todd's brother Tony Schadel, whose wife Linda is trainer and co-owner. Todd Schadel and Roger Hammer each drove four winners during the two-day stand to tie atop the sulkysitters category; Schadel sent out five winners from his barn (Roger drove the other winner) to come out ahead in the conditioners derby. The fair circuit will now go west for one final time, racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville next Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th in a two-day "Sire Stakes meet," before ending its season "over east" during the fairs at Gratz on Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th and then at Bloomsburg on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association

WATTSBURG, PA - As they have been for much of the summer on the state fair circuit, the harness racing fillies, especially the trotting fillies, provided the majority of the notable achievements during the two-day meet Tuesday and Wednesday at the Erie County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town. An alteration in the Wattsburg record books was needed on Wednesday, three-year-old day, after the Donato Hanover filly Worldly Hanover ran her fair record to 2 for 2 after trotting a 2:04.4 mile, lowering the 2014 mark established by Static Electricity from 2:05.2. Harold Brocklehurst trains and drove the talented miss for Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams, and to give some perspective on the quality of her clocking, Worldly Hanover went as fast as the "A" pacing filly division did, when the Ponder filly Amusing Dragon won for driver Aaron Johnston, trainer Gary Johnston, and owner Dr. William Solomon. One of the oldest military strategies in the books is "Divide and conquer," and that's just what General Roger Hammer did in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks: he sent his Cirrus De Vie out at Indiana yesterday and finished second to the streaking Venier Hanover, then came to Wattsburg on Wednesday and won with his other high-class sophomore colt, Marvalous Falcon, posting the meet's fastest time, 2:01.4, in winning for breeder-owner-trainer-driver Hammer. During Tuesday's racing for two-year-olds, the fillies went faster than the colts on both the pace and the trot. On the pace, the Well Said - Treat Me Good filly Sure R Lookin Good ran her fair record to 4-3-1-0 with a 2:03.3 triumph for driver Eric Neal, trainer Robert Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky; the colt pace went in 2:04.3. On the diagonally-gaited side, Eric Neal came right back with the Muscle Massive - Missing Dough filly Touch Of Dough taking 2:09 to run her recent tally to four wins in her last five races for trainer Randal Neal and the Neal Racing Stables LLC; the baby colt heats did not produce a mile faster than that. The meet awards for leading driver and trainer were settled in a manner that may be unique in harness annals. Going into the last two heats on Wednesday, Eric Neal had four victories, and Aaron Johnston had two - and in both of the end-card heats, a horse Aaron was listed on was scratched. But since he was listed on both horses in the first, scheduled to be a two-horse contest, Johnston kept the drive behind walkover Urban Resort. Then, going into the last race, with the drivers score Eric Neal 4 - Aaron Johnston 3 and the trainers score Gary Johnston 3 -- Cory Kreiser 2, another two-horse field was cut in half by scratches - with Gary Johnston's trainee scratched, and Aaron picking up the drive on the remaining entrant, Flying Monkey ... trained by Cory Kreiser. After that walkover, Eric Neal and Aaron Johnston ended up with four winning drives, and Cory Kreiser and Gary Johnston wound up with three winning pupils. (There will likely be differing viewpoints on walkovers in the next discussion among Team Johnston.) Not missing a beat, the Pennsylvania fair circuit will be in action on Thursday and Friday at Stoneboro, with first post at 11 a.m. (The street address in the PA Fair Harness Guide is in error; plug your GPS with Mercer Road in Stoneboro to get where you need to.) From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association

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

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