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There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters on Thursday afternoon (June 8) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of roughly $37,000. In the first division, The Pinske and Kentuckiana Racing Stable's Overdraft Volo (Andy Miller) won her sophomore debut. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Tagliabue achieved pocket position early, using the passing lane to score a one-length victory in 1:55.3. Princess Aurora (Yannick Gingras) finished second, while Hot Mess Hanover (Dave Miller) was third. It was Overdraft Volo's fourth career win. The victory puts her earnings over $160,000. Division two saw Treviso (Charlie Norris) remain unbeaten on the season (3 for 3). The daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela brushed to the front just past the quarter. She was engaged at 5/8ths by Broadway Idole (Dave Miller), but was up to the task, winning by a head in 1:54. Cool Cates (Andy McCarthy) finished second, while Broadway Idole held third. It was the 8th career win for Treviso out of 14 starts. The win put her earnings over $200,000. She is owned by Klis Brothers Racing and Carrie Norris. In the third division, Jimmy Takter trainee That's All Moni lived up to the 3/5 billing. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Pine Chip brushed past the quarter, surviving a challenge from The Erm (Charlie Norris), before delivering a one length win in 1:53.4. The clocking was just two-fifths of a second off the track record. Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan) finished second, while The Erm settled for third. It was the 6th career win for That's All Moni (Tim Tetrick) out of 13 starts. She is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Division four went to Caviart Farm's Caviart Wonder (Andy McCarthy). The daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done sat off the tempo for the first 5/8ths, before grinding past for the win in a lifetime's best 1:54.1. Vodka N Lindy (Dave Miller ) finished second, while Can't I (Tim Tetrick) rallied mildly for third. It was the 3rd straight win for the Noel Daley trainee, and the 5th of her career in start 13. Michael Bozich

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) races for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Thursday Afternoon (June 1st) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just under $50,000. Fear The Dragon (Dave Miller) was razor sharp in the first division. The son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon sat patiently to the half, before unleashing an uncovered offensive at the 5/8ths pole. The Brian Brown trainee then came home in :27 seconds to overtake pace-setter Ocean Colony (Tim Tetrick) to win by a length, in 1:49.1. The clocking equaled his lifetime best. Ozone Blue Chip finished third. It was the fourth straight win for Fear The Dragon, who remained undefeated (4 for 4) on the season. He is owned by Emerald Highland Farms. Division two saw Summer Side (Tim Tetrick) make good on his even-money status. The son of Well Said brushed past the quarter, and was able to maintain his one length advantage across the wire. The mile was timed in 1:50.2. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) finished second, while Machiavelli (Dave Miller) was third. It was the first win of the season for the Ray Schnittker trainee, who was coming off of a solid second place finish to Downbytheseaside in the Rooney Final at Yonkers. He is also part-owned by Howard Taylor. 2016 Breeders' Crown champion Hunstville (Tim Tetrick) took no prisoners in the third and final division. Eleven days after being handed a rare defeat, the son of Somebeachsomewhere took his frustrations out, winning by 7 lengths in 1:49, equaling his lifetime's finest. Bobby Weiss Series Champion Highalator (George Napolitano Jr) finished second, while Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron) settled for third. It was the ninth career win out of fourteen starts for the Ray Shnittker trainee, and his second of the season. He is also owned by Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steve Arnold. Michael Bozich

Mossdale Conner, Lady Shadow win Invites

After beginning his career in Europe, trotter Tuonoblu Rex has made himself at home in North America. The 5-year-old harness racing stallion is 3-for-3 since his arrival in the U.S. and will try to extend his win streak in Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Maxie Lee is one of three stakes-level invitational events at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, along with the $150,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers and the $150,000 Ben Stafford Jr. for older male pacers. The day's first race is 12:40 p.m. and the invites are races 10 through 12 on the 14-race card. Tuonoblu Rex leads a strong contingent of foreign-born newcomers in the featured races. New Zealand-bred Nike Franco is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Lady Shadow in the Betsy Ross and New Zealand-bred stablemate Christen Me is the 7-2 second choice behind Somewhere In LA in the Stafford. The third choice in the Stafford is another New Zealand-bred newcomer, Mossdale Conner, who is unbeaten in three U.S. starts. The Betsy Ross also features the first meeting between Dan Patch Award winners Lady Shadow and Pure Country. Tuonoblu Rex, owned by Holland's Cees Faber under Stable Why Not, was a Group 3 winner in Europe at age 3 and came to the States with six wins in 14 races and $189,918 in purses. He joined the stable of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller at the end of November and won his North American debut by a half-length over Crazy Wow in 1:52.1 on April 21 in the Preferred at the Meadowlands. After failing to make the field for the Cutler Memorial because of earnings, Tuonoblu Rex won two conditioned races by a total of nine lengths. His most recent victory was a 1:53 score at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 18. He will start the Maxie Lee from post seven and is 7-2 on the morning line. Crazy Wow, from post five, is the 2-1 favorite and JL Cruze, from post one, is the 3-1 second choice. "I'm excited that they think enough of the horse to invite him," Julie Miller said. "It's a little disappointing with the seven hole, but it is what it is. Andy says the horse is versatile, so I just hope he can figure out a nice trip with him and do some good. "I'd hate to see where the race unfolds and we're locked in or we're too far back; those scenarios can happen easily on a five-eighths-mile track (such as Harrah's Philadelphia). I just would like to see him get a chance to race. Hopefully he's as good as he's shown us in his first few starts." Tuonoblu Rex, born in Italy, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the Lindy Lane mare Eternity Rex. His second dam, CR Kay Suzie, was 1995 Horse of the Year and is in the Hall of Fame as a racehorse. His third dam, Country Kay Sue, is in the Hall of Fame as a broodmare. His connections have staked Tuonoblu Rex to a number of top events including the Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, John Cashman Memorial, and TVG Series. "The whole purpose of sending him to the USA was to see what he is, so we put him in everything," Miller said. "He's going to decide his fate. The worst scenario is that he's an open (level) trotter. That's not a bad gig. But if he can step up and go with the top horses in the U.S., that would be fantastic." While races in the U.S. are normally a mile in distance and speed oriented, races in Europe are often at distances greater than a mile with the focus more on endurance. So while Team Miller has learned a lot about Tuonoblu Rex, there is still more to discover about his potential in racing in North America. "That's the biggest thing; not knowing what you have because of the difference in racing," Miller said. "He's used to grinding it out, but slower quarters. This is a different ballgame. But he's flashed 0:27 quarters so I'm hoping he can do that a couple times in a mile, not just once. "When Andy and I train him here, you're dictating what happens; you're taking a lot of variables out. But I'm impressed with his manners. He keeps a professional demeanor about himself. He knows the difference between jogging, training, and racing. He's manageable. He's really mature mentally. He definitely knows he's a stud and he likes to nicker and be vocal, but when it's business time he puts on his game face." Regardless of Sunday's outcome, Miller is looking forward to watching Tuonoblu Rex's attempt to make his mark in North America. "The owners are flying over here from Holland. It's an exciting time," Miller said. "I'm just appreciative that they thought enough of Andy and I to give us a chance to race the horse this summer." Following is the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - JL Cruze - Crazed - David Miller - Eric Ell - 3/1 2 - Taco Tuesday - Cantab Hall - Jason Bartlett - Andrew Harris - 6/1 3 - Charmed Life - Majestic Son - Simon Allard - Rene Allard - 12/1 4 - Springbank Sam N - Sundon - Jordan Stratton - Peter Tritton - 15/1 5 - Crazy Wow - Crazed - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 2/1 6 - Odds On Amethyst - Muscle Hill - Patrick Hudon - Patrick Hudon - 20/1 7 - Tuonoblu Rex - Cantab Hall - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 7/2 8 - Melady's Monet - Revenue S - Brett Miller - Kevin McDermott - 12/1   Following is the Betsy Ross Mares Invitational field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 15/1 2 - Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 7/2 3 - Nike Franco N - McArdle - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney - King - 3/1 4 - Mackenzie A - Rock N Roll Heaven - Jordan Stratton - Peter Tritton - 6/1 5 - Medusa - Bettor's Delight - Tony Hall - Randy Bendis - 20/1 6 - Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - Yannick Gingras - Ronald Adams - 2/1 7 - Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - Andy McCarthy - Mark Harder - 20/1 8 - Cousin Mary - Camluck - David Miller - Andrew Harris - 7/1   Following is the Ben Stafford Jr. Invitational field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Missile J - American Ideal - Jonathan Roberts - Scott DiDomenico - 6/1 2 - Rock N' Roll World - Rocknroll Hanover - John DeLong - Jeff Cullipher - 7/1 3 - Christen Me N - Christian Cullen - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King - 7/2 4 - Mossdale Conner N - Bettor's Delight - Jordan Stratton - Peter Tritton - 9/2 5 - Jins Shark - Four Starzzz Shark - Brett Miller - Isaac Waxman - 15/1 6 - All Bets Off - Bettor's Delight - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 7/1 7 - Somewhere In LA - Somebeachsomewhere - Jason Bartlett - Richard Banca - 5/2 8 - Great Vintage - American Ideal - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 Ken Weingartner

The 2017 edition of the Betsy Ross Mares Pacing Invitational features a classy group of harness racing aged distaffers, as they vie for a $150,000 purse on Sunday, May 28th at Harrah's Philadelphia. The race features the first ever meeting between Diamond Creek Racing's Pure Country and dominant older mare Lady Shadow. Pure Country, who finished second in her 4-year-old debut last start at Yonkers, won 10 races of 21 starts a year ago, with earnings over $1 million. It was good enough for a Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old pacing filly. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana was also a Breeder's Crown Champion at age two. Originally, her 4-year-old debut was set for the Chip Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, but was unable to compete due to sickness. Pure Country will start from post two on Sunday. Lady Shadow wasted little time continuing her dominance in 2017. The multiple O'Brien Award winner equaled the track record in 1:50.3 at Miami Valley in her seasonal debut in the Chip Noble Memorial. The 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella ended last year's season by winning the Breeder's Crown and the TVG Free For All for mares in impressive fashion. In her career, she has won 29 of 56 races with earnings over $1.6 million. She draws post 7 for Sunday's affair. Drawing post 1 is another millionaire mare Sassa Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven had a big 3-year-old season, including victories in the Jugette and Courageous Lady among others. Her 4-year-old season was a bit of a dissapointment, however, she closed the season strong with door-knocking efforts against Lady Shadow to close out the campaign. She is making her third start of the season for Trainer Ron Burke. Richard Poillucci's Nike Franco N starts from post position 3. The 7-year-old New Zealander was a multiple group one winner down under before coming to North America in August of last year. The McArdle daughter was 7 of 14 in the win column in 2016 and all ready has 2 wins this season. Another product of Australasia Mackenzie A will start from post position number 4. The Peter Tritton pupil made her North American debut at Yonkers in February. The 5-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven won 8 times before coming stateside, including the Group 2 Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. She is coming off of a win in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final at Yonkers. Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack's Medusa will start from post position number 5. The second place finisher in the Blue Chip Matchmaker will look to add to her sizable win total. She has notched 28 victories in 81 career starts. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical has victories over many of these throughout her career. Emilio and Maria Rosati's Blue Moon Stride will start from post 7. The 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Classic Star broke through in last year's Missletoe Shalee at The Meadowlands, with an eye-opening 1:49.2 performance. The New Jersey Sire Stakes Standout is making her fourth start of the season. The ultra-sharp Cousin Mary will start from post position number 8. The 4-year-old daughter of Camluck-Chianti Seelster swept the Bobby Weiss Series at Pocono, after completing the sweep of the Petticoat Series at Yonkers. She has won 11 of 13 starts this year. Her latest was a qualifier over the Harrah's Philly oval, in which she paced the last half in an effortless :56. The final time was 1:54.1. The Betsy Ross is part of an all-star card coming up on Sunday, May 28th at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for aged trotters and the Ben Stafford Jr. Memorial for aged pacers are also on the program. Post Time is 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

One of the most anticipated races of the afternoon on Sunday, May 28th at Harrah's Philadelphia is the Ben Stafford Jr. Memorial for harness racing aged pacers. Stafford, a popular local horsemen who raced predominantly in Delaware and Harrah's Philly, passed away in July of 2016. He was 45 years old. Stafford won 693 races in his career as a driver, including Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Badlands Jenna, Good Bet, Badlands Art, Mudslide and Scout Hanover. The invitational itself will feature accomplished millionaire pacers All Bets Off and Great Vintage, Tattersalls Mixed Sales topper Rock N Roll World, Levy standouts Missile J and Somewhere in LA, the red hot Canadian invader Jin's Shark, and wonders from down under Christen Me N and Mossdale Connor N. All Bets Off has an endless resume. The Ron Burke trainee has amassed over $2 million in career earnings, with plenty of high profile stakes wins in his portfolio. Aiming to be the richest son of Bettor's Delight, the connections decided against retirement in favor of the racetrack in 2017. He was headed to Hickory Lane Farm to be a stallion in Ohio, but the owners and the farm mutually agreed to terminate the agreement. He ended 2016 with a win in the inaugural Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. Millionaire pacer Great Vintage looks to rebound from a tough spot at Yonkers on Saturday (May 20) where a tough trip and bad post took its toll. The brother of $2 million dollar earner Vintage Master won this very event in 2015, a year after returning back from a knee injury. Rock N Roll World was the sales topper at the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands, going for $165,000 to Tom Pollack. The purchase payed immediate dividends, as the 5-year-old son of Worldly Beauty paced the fastest mile thus far in 2017, a winning effort in 1:48.3 at Hoosier Park. The Jeff Cullipher trainee is staked to the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin, Canadian Pacing Derby, William Haughton Memorial, and Jim Ewart Memorial. Two of the major players in the lucrative George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers have been invited. Somewhere In LA and Missile J both had terrific runs leading up to the final, where they finished second and fourth respectively. Somewhere in LA, a 2016 Harrisburg Sales purchase, eclipsed the $1 million plateau in career earnings last month. He leads all horses in earnings so far this season with just under $350,000 bankrolled. Missile J is fourth in that category, with just under $200,000 earned. The Scott Di Domenico trainee was purchased for 115,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale by the duo of Brian Carsey and John McGill. The 4-year-old's biggest win to date was the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers last season. Richard Poilucci's wonder from down under Christen Me N will return to the scene of his North American debut. It was a winning effort over the Harrah's Philly oval in 1:51 last Sunday. He finished a fast closing third at The Meadowlands last night (Saturday) in a 1:49.1 clocking. Christen Me N is an eleven time group one winner down under, and was the 2015 New Zealand harness horse of the year. Canadian invader Jins Shark has been red hot as of late. The Isaac Waxman trainee paced the first sub 1:50 mile of the year in Canada on April 29th at Mohawk. He has gone on to impressive victories against the top Canadian free-for-allers since. Jins Shark is owned by Aaron Waxman and Liv with Autism Stables. Perhaps a bit overshadowed by Christen Me N is another force from the southern hemisphere, Mossdale Connor N. He has looked super impressive since arriving to the United States, winning three straight including an effortless 1:51.4 (:26.3 last qtr) in his most recent effort at Yonkers. The 7-year-old pupil of Peter Tritton won 13 races in New Zealand, including the group one Taylor Mile before being sold to the current connections. Also on the all-star card next Sunday (May 28th) at Harrah's Philadelphia is the Maxie Lee Memorial for aged trotters, and the Betsy Ross for aged mare pacers. Post Time is 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

Three millionaires, one soon-to-be millionaire, and a quartet of sharp harness racing upstarts comprise the 2017 Maxie Lee field for Aged Trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, May 28th. It is one of three invitationals on the day's program, each going for a purse of $150,000. The leading money earner in the field is the 5-year-old Crazy Wow. The son of Crazed-Topcat Hall won over $1 million dollars as a 3-year-old, which included wins in The Colonial at Pocono and The Bluegrass at The Red Mile. Although the Ron Burke trainee had only one win as a 4-year-old, he finished the campaign strong with a narrow defeat in the TVG Free For All at The Meadowlands. So far this season, he has a pair of second place finishes, with his most recent being in The Arthur Cutler Memorial. The Cutler winner (Resolve), will compete in the Elitloppet at Solvalla Raceway in Sweden. Rene Allard trainee Charmed Life and Kevin Mc Dermott pupil Melady's Monet are also a part of harness racing's millionaire club. Charmed Life is riding a wave of sharp form. Her most recent start was a win in the Miami Valley Distaff, which spoiled the debut of 2016 Dan Patch/O'Brien Award winner Hannelore Hanover. Melady's Monet has also had a sharp beginning to his campaign. The 8-year-old gelded son of Revenue S-Keystone Melady has four wins in seven starts this season, only being worse than second once. Melady's Monet leads the potential Maxie Lee field in career wins with 44. 2015 Dan Patch winner JL Cruze will also be a part of the star-studded lineup. JL Cruze was the first trotter to clock a 1:49.4 over a mile track. Part owner Ken Wood, who owns a drilling company, began drilling in Africa 11 years ago with the hopes of getting people clean drinking water in impoverished areas. Much of JL Cruze's 2015 earnings were used for the cause. The 6-year-old gelded son of Crazed-Topcat Hall is less than $84,000 from the $1 million mark in career earnings. His most recent effort was a third place finish in The Cutler at The Big M. Canadian invader Odds On Amethyst will bring his sharp form to the Chester oval for the Maxie Lee. The 6-year-old gelded son of Muscle Hill-Mystical Sunshine has won 7 straight races on the WEG circuit, mainly against preferred types. The Pat Hudon trainee is not the only sporting sharpness however. Peter Tritton student Springback Sam N and Andrew Harris trainee Taco Tuesday fit the bills as well. The former is coming off of three narrow defeats facing the top rank at Yonkers, while the latter has won 4 of his last 6 against Open competition. The wild card is European newcomer Tuonoblu Rex. The America sired, Italian Bred son of Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex won his stateside debut in impressive fashion. He followed that up with an in-hand 1:53.1 win at Pocono, and a similar effort in 1:53 at Harrah's Philly. The Julie Miller trainee, who won a Grade 3 race at Paris's Vincennes Racecourse as a 3-year-old, has 9 wins in 17 career starts. The Maxie Lee Memorial Trot is named after long-time horsemen Maxie Lee. A native of North Carolina, Lee made a name for himself as a trainer and driver in the Philadelphia area at Liberty Bell and Brandywine. He had back-to-back Delaware Valley Harness Horse of the Year winners in the mid-1970s with Black Gamecock and Valley Ken. In 1990, Lee became the first African-American with a starter in the Hambletonian, with the Peter Haughton winner Backstreet Guy. Michael Bozich

The wait was finally over. The long-awaited debut of The Wonder from Down Under happened Sunday, in front of a sizable and vocal harness racing crowd at Harrah's Philadelphia. Christen Me N, the eleven time group one winner, and New Zealand's 2015 harness horse of the year, qualified impressively two weeks ago over the Philly oval. He did so in a 1:53.4 clocking, under minimal urging. Today's test was a non-winners of $21,100 in their last 5 starts, going for a purse of $17,500. His debut wasn't without drama however, as the 9-year-old gelded son of Christian Cullen-Splendid Dreams interfered with Scott Rocks before the start, causing a recall. Trainer Jo Ann Looney-King took little time to ponder an equipment change for his next start. "We probably wont be putting anymore murphy blinds on him for starters," Looney-King said after the race. As the wings folded, Christen Me N (Tim Tetrick) settled into an early fifth, as Always At My Place (Joe Bongiorno) was sent hard to the lead. As they approached 3/8ths, the 32-time winner edged to the outside, where he traveled uncovered to the 5/8ths marker. The Josh Green trainee Poisonous (Brett Miller) angled off the cones from the 3 hole, towing Christian Me N into striking range. Tetrick bailed on cover at the 1/8thpole, sweeping past for the victory under minimal urging in a time of 1:51 flat. The official margin of victory was a head. Poisonous fought gamely for place, while Scott Rocks (George Napolitano Jr) was third. He paid $6.20 to win. Christen Me N "Tim (Tetrick) loves him at this point, and we are pleased," Looney-King continued. "When you get a horse from the other side of the world, there is a certain amount of uncertainty, so now we can continue on." As far as the future is concerned, the husband/wife team are excited. "We are looking forward to having a lot of fun with him and butting heads with the big boys in the future." The future may arrive in two weeks time, as Christian Me N has been invited to the Ben Stafford Jr. Memorial for aged pacers, which will take place on Sunday, May 28th at Harrah's Philadelphia. The purse for that event is $150,000. Michael Bozich

It was a Breeders' Crown rivalry renewed on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The first three finishers of last year's 2-year-old filly pace were making their sophomore debuts in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at the harness racing Chester oval, with each of the four events going for a purse of roughly $40,000. The first division featured the marquee match-up between Someomensomewhere (2016 BC winner) and Agent Q (2016 BC runner-up). It was Agent Q (Dave Miller) getting the first call off the wings, with Someomensomewhere settling into fourth. Agent Q released Ron Burke trainee Sapphire Beach (Yannick Gingras) to sit pocket, while Someomensomewhere abandoned her pylon spot to grind first-over. As the field departed three-quarters, Sapphire Beach carried Agent Q to the passing lane, where she exploded down the lane to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. The fractions were :27, :56, and 1:24. The overall clocking was just 1/5th of a second off of her lifetime best. Sapphire Breeze held third. Agent Q is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Bob Muscara, and is trained by Aaron Lambert. Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) made her sophomore debut a winning one for the conglomerate of Takter, Fielding, Brixton Medical, and Katz. The third place finisher in 'Crown 16' was able to hold off a determined upset bid from V String (Andy McCarthy), who surged off cover to take the lead in the stretch. Idyllic Beach sat pocket behind the speed of Miss Jones (Corey Callahan), who barely carried the race-favorite to the passing lane. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rallied up the pylons to win by a length in the end, stopping the timer in 1:52.3. She is trained by Jimmy Takter. In other Sire Stakes action, Mike Hall trainee Watch What You Say won her fourth straight to stay undefeated on the season. The daughter of Well Said was able to complete a long, uncovered grind to cross the wire first in a time of 1:54.1, a new mark. She is owned by CTC Stables, Bradley Grant, and Howard Taylor. She was driven by Brett Miller. Nifty Norman trainee Inverse Hanover rallied off of cover to take the final division in 1:53.4. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere remained perfect on the season (3/3) for owners White Birch Farm and the Pinske Stables. Hall of Famer Dave Miller drove. Michael Bozich

Freehold, NJ --- Last season’s three richest 2-year-old female pacers -- Idyllic Beach, Someomensomewhere and Agent Q -- will make their harness racing seasonal debuts Thursday (May 11) when Harrah’s Philadelphia hosts the first round of action in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series for 3-year-old female pacers. Idyllic Beach was the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer after capturing eight of 14 races and earning $647,678, second to only colt Huntsville among all 2-year-olds. Someomensomewhere was the Breeders Crown winner and Agent Q was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion. Someomensomewhere and Agent Q meet in the first of Thursday’s four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions while Idyllic Beach is in the third division. Idyllic Beach and Someomensomewhere are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. Idyllic Beach hit the board in all 14 of her starts last year and her wins included the She’s A Great Lady and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes in addition to a division of the International Stallion Stakes. Someomensomewhere was trained by Erv Miller last year. She won four of 14 races and earned $486,380 for then-owners Nick Surick Stable and KDM Stables. In addition to winning the Breeders Crown her victories included the Kindergarten Series championship and a division of the International Stallion. She is now owned by Diamond Creek Racing and A B M Stable. Takter also sends out Somesleazetoplease in the fourth Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division. “There are quite a few good fillies,” Takter said. “I don’t think anyone really stands out, but it’s a deep group. The fillies I have are nice fillies so hopefully they can stay with them.” Idyllic Beach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the O’Brien Award-winning Idyllic, heads to her opening day assignment off two qualifiers. She finished second both times. She is the 2-1 morning line favorite in her division and is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. “She qualified good,” Takter said. “She was maybe a touch flat her last qualifier, but we’ve been qualifying with an open bridle and she maybe didn’t pay attention like she normally does. It’s her first start of the year. They’re going to need a couple starts to get their feet right. But I expect her to be right there.” Someomensomewhere won once in six races on five-eighths-mile tracks last year, but excelled on the big tracks at Lexington and the Meadowlands, posting three wins and two seconds in five starts. Harrah’s Philadelphia is a five-eighths-mile oval. She is the 5-2 choice from post one Thursday, with Agent Q at 3-1 from post five. “It’s going to be interesting on a five-eighths track,” Takter said about Someomensomewhere, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Omen Hanover. “She’s kind of had a little problem in the turns in the past. We’ve been working on that. Hopefully we can get her so she can go shorter turns. I’m happy with how she’s progressing.” Somesleazetoplease, a homebred half-sister to Takter’s two-time Dan Patch Award-winner See You At Peelers, finished second twice in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series last season and finished her campaign with a win at Philly. It was her only victory in seven races. She has raced once this year, finishing second to 4-year-old Twinkle at the Meadowlands. “She raced really good,” Takter said. “She closed very good (in :26.4). She’s coming back very nice. She was on and off last year. But by the same token she was very immature in a lot of ways. It looks like this year she is a little stronger.” Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige trained by Aaron Lambert for owners Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara, won three of 10 races last year and never finished worse than second. She missed by a nose from post 10 in the Breeders Crown and also finished second in the She’s A Great Lady. Click here for Thursday’s complete Harrah’s Philadelphia card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

Mister Daytona N is now a perfect two-for-two in North America. The 5-year-old pacing son of American Ideal used a well-timed move to dispose of 7 other harness racing rivals in Sunday's feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, a non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts. Starting from post 5, the Brewer Adams trainee settled in mid-pack, well off the deliberate speed of Dream Out Loud N (Brett Miller). He set fractions of :26.1, :54.4, and 1:23. "He is a very cool little guy, great to drive,"  said Driver Andy McCarthy.  "Feels like you are driving a supercharged Mini Cooper. I think he has the potential to go places." The final time was 1:51.2, a lifetime achievement for the winner. Mister Daytona N (Andy McCarthy) has now won 17 races in 23 career starts. He is owned by Albert Abdala III. In other action, Randy Bendis pupil Bilbo Hanover (George Napolitano Jr) and Bill Mac Kenzie trainee Trading Up won their respective divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 starts on the pace. Bilbo Hanover brushed to the front, and opened up to win by 4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:51.2 to win for the 23rd time. Trading Up grinded persistently to wear down favorite Arque Hanover to win his division in a clocking of 1:51. Driver Tim Tetrick led all drivers on the day with 4 wins, while Corey Callahan, Brett Miller, and George Napolitano Jr each had driving doubles. Live racing returns on Wednesday, with a post time of 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

Eleven time Australian group one winner Christen Me made his stateside harness racing debut a winning one Tuesday morning in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Driver Tim Tetrick came away third, patiently drafting until just past the half. The 2015 New Zealand horse of the year brushed on the backside, and was able to secure the victory in a qualifying time of 1:53.4.   "Chris is staked heavily but we need to get his lines and get him in an overnight for starters", said Trainer Jim King Jr. "He's not only fast but hes highly intelligent. Glad to have this qualifying monkey off our backs and of course he qualified with lasix," King continued. "We are thrilled with him and Nike (Franco) too..Hoping we can get in gear now and get owner Rich Pollucci some money back."   In 68 starts down under, Christen Me won 32 times, was second on 21 occasions and won nearly $2.5 million.   Michael Bozich

Beautiful weather and a great crowd made for an exciting day of harness racing on Sunday (April 30) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The featured event of the day was race eight, a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts, going for a purse of $17,500. The heavy favorite going in was Ron Burke Trainee Always At My Place (Yannick Gingras). The 6-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin was coming off of even efforts in the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. He finished second in his most recent effort at the Hilltop against established aged pacer Santa Fe Beachboy. The race-favorite got away in mid-pack position early, beginning a long-uncovered grind just shy of the half. A duel ensued with the red-hot Bettor Memories (Dave Miller), who brushed to the lead past the quarter. A 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight, Bettor Memories began to pull away at the top of the stretch to win by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:50.4 for his second straight win. He is owned by Gus Dovi, and trained by Nifty Norman. Longshot Gallic Beach (Jonathon Roberts) finished second, while Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) was flying late to be third. The winner paid $6.20. Always At My Place tailed off to finish fourth. In other action, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trainee Dojea Solo (George Napolitano Jr) overcame post 8 to win one of two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 races on the pace. The 5-year-old gelded son of Palone Ranger used the pocket trip to his advantage, out finishing the grinding Jeneral Patton (Dave Miller) and the leader El Bloombito (Tim Tetrick) in the final strides. The mile was completed in 1:51.2. He paid $26.80 to win. The second division was taken by Mister Daytona A (Andy McCarthy). The 5-year-old was making his North American Debut, after winning 15 of 21 starts in Australia. He overcame a long-uncovered trip to defeat Ron Burke pupil Voracity (Yannick Gingras) in 1:51.4. He is owned by Albert Abdala III, and trained by Brewer Adams. Harrah's Philadelphia races live every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with a first post of 12:40 PM. Harrah's is also racing live this Saturday (Derby Day) with a 12:40 PM Start. Michael Bozich

The Sunday harness racing action at Harrah's Philadelphia was centered around upper-conditioned level pacers, featuring two divisions of both non-winners of $21,500 in their last 5 starts and non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5, going for purse monies of $17,500 and $15,000 respectively. The first division of the non-winners of $21,500 went to the Ron Burke trainee Rock N' Roll World (Yannick Gingras). The 5-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was able to clear the lead before the quarter, before yielding to Blaise MM Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). After a slight second quarter rating (28.2), Rene Allard Trainee Crafty Master (Simon Allard) floated out first-over, but was unable to make serious headway. As they turned for home, Rock N' Roll World used the passing lane to get up in time over Blaise MM Hanover (2nd) and a closing Fashion Bythebeach (3rd), stopping the clock in 1:51, a seasonal mark. Rock N' Roll World is owned by Burke Racing, M1 Stable, Larry Karr, and Silva Stable 45. The second division went to the upset minded Mattamerican (Dave Miller). The 6-year-old son of Allamerican Native was able to use the cover of Validus Deo (Yannick Gingras) to get into position, before unleashing a sweeping move in the stretch to score by a head in 1:52.1. Second place finisher Hall Bro (Brett Miller) had powered his way to the front past the quarter, but came up just a head short. Dojea Solo (George Napolitano Jr.) settled for third. It was the second straight win for the Andrew Harris trainee, who payed $24.00 to win, keying a $130 exacta payoff. He is owned by Rob Key. Robbins Nest Farm's Gallic Beach sprung the upset in the first of two divisions of the Non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 races. The John Wilkerson charge went right to the front and set a deliberate pace (:26.4, :55, 1:22) before stopping the clock in 1:50.2. That clocking was tied for the fastest of the day with Bettor Memories (Dave Miller) victory in the second division. Bettor Memories enjoyed a pocket journey behind the speed of Katies Rocker (Andy McCarthy) before powering away to win by 5 lengths in the end. The 4-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight is owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman. Drivers Tim Tetrick, Dave Miller, and George Napolitano Jr. each had three wins on the program. Trainers Ron Burke and Matias Ruiz each had two. Live racing returns Wednesday, with a first post of 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

Mother Nature was kind to the suburban Philadelphia area on Thursday (April 20th) afternoon. The rain held off long enough to provide a delightful mix of sun, light wind, and comfortable temperatures for the 14-race harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. The featured event was a trot for non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts, positioned as race 5 on the program. In a wide-open wagering board, the slight favorite was Blair and Erna Corbeil's Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno). The 5-year-old son of Muscle Mass was coming off of a break from an outside post in an upper-conditioned level event at Yonkers. He performed solidly in his two outings before the miscue. The versatile Rich Johnson trainee settled into an early sixth shy of the quarter, as hall of fame driver Dave Miller fired Skates N Plates sharply off the wings. The 6-year-old Andrew Harris charge set deliberate fractions of :27, :55. and 1:24, enjoying an uncontested lead for most of the mile.   In the mean time, the $3.7 million dollar earner Market Share (Tim Tetrick) was progressing mildly first-over, after finding a good early spot just off the speed. Rubber Duck was able to latch-on to that cover at race's midpoint. Bongiorno sent the lukewarm public choice 3 wide at the eighth, and was able to storm past the leader willingly to win by 3 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:52.2. It was the first seasonal victory for Rubber Duck, and his 9th career triumph out of 51 starts. Skates N Plates finished second, while My Love Bi (Napolitano Jr.), who sat a loose pocket for a majority of the mile, settled for third. In other action, Craparotta and Berry Racing's Glenferrie Dreamer (Pat Berry) sprung the upset (7-1) in the very next race, a trot for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 starts. He defeated the heavily-favored Crosby's Clam Bake, who was sent out at odds of 1-5. He finished third after setting the tempo. Glenferrie Dreamer, who is trained by Traci Berry, set a lifetime mark of 1:52.4 with his 21st victory. On the pacing side, 3-year-old filly pacer Dr J's Kiss continues to impress since her arrival from South Florida. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere turned heads in her local debut last week, coming from off the pace to score in 1:53.2 in-hand in a race for fillies which have never won 3 starts . She faced similar competition on Thursday, and as expected, was the heavy favorite. The result was similar. The Joe Pavia Jr. trainee quarter-brushed on this occasion, and once again was the easiest of winners in 1:53.3. "She's been handling like a real professional," said Driver Dave Miller. "She's been very strong both races. I don't know the reason, but she's come back very good this year." When asked what the future plans were for this potential filly star, Miller said the Sire Stakes in May are a good possibility. Live racing continues Friday afternoon, with a first post of 12:40 PM. Harrah's Philly races live every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with that 12:40 EST start time. Michael Bozich

Barimah A's overall lack of strong early speed was a non-factor in the featured event on Sunday (April 9, 2017) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 7-year-old harness racing gelding by Bettor's Delight was making his third start for Trainer Scott Di Domenico, in what figured to be his toughest test to date, a pace for non-winners of $20,500 in their last 5 races. Starting from post 8, Barimah A lumbered up wide of leavers Bettor Memories (Dave Miller) and Bushwacker (Brett Miller), but eventually got the lead after being parked the quarter (:26.2). After Driver Tim Tetrick rated the half (:55.1 / :29) a fresh challenger emerged in the form of Blaise MM Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). The 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding pulled to within a head of the leader, tripping three-quarters in 1:23.1. The duel continued until the eighth-pole, when Barimah A edged away to win by one length, stopping the clock in 1:50.4. Blaise MM Hanover settled for second, while Bushwacker finished third. It was the gelding's 16th career win, and 4th of the season. "He raced really well I thought," said Di Domenico. "It looked like he was going to get collared in the last turn, but fought off the competition which was really good." Barimah A is owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Adam Friedland. He paid $4.00. There were also two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 races. The first division (race 4) was taken by Joe Trice's Hall Bro (Brett Miller). The gelded son of Blissfull Hall was driven aggressively past the quarter. He brushed to the lead and held on gamely for the win in a day's fastest 1:50.1 for his 30th career win. He is trained by Brewer Adams. Hall Bro returned a handsome $18.20 to his pari-mutuel supporters. The second division (race 8) went to Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots (George Napolitano Jr). The 7 year old gelded son of Shanghai Phil made the top before yielding to the speed of Trading Up (Dave Miller). As the outer flow started to labor, The Andrew Harris trainee abandoned his pocket position and out dueled the leader to win by a head in 1:50.3. He paid $2.80. Both division winners went over the $300,000 mark in career earnings with their respective victories. Live racing continues Wednesday with a post time of 12:40. There is no live racing on Easter Sunday (April 16th). Michael Bozich

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