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WILKES-BARRE PA - Fear The Dragon used a huge backstretch spurt to flash by divisional leader Huntsville nearing the 3/4, then went on to easily defeat last year's harness racing freshman champ by 2½ lengths in 1:49.1 while winning one of three divisions of the $148,492 second leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver David Miller held the victorious son of Dragon Again in reserve early in fifth, with the 1-9 Huntsville tucking third early then coming out soon off the first turn to brush to the lead past the wire. Huntsville looked a little sideways late on the turn at the 54.4 half, and that's when Miller made his move with Fear The Dragon.   The wind aided horses down the backstretch at Pocono Sunday, and when Miller tipped Fear The Dragon out he sent him up to the leader full throttle, with the third quarter officially timed in 27.3 and the Dragon, officially four lengths out at the half, knocking almost a second off that fraction to make the front easily late backstretch and open a clear margin. Huntsville gave pursuit but could not find any extra steps to get him closer, and Miller guided the winner under the line in hand to take a new mark and send his earnings to $276,298 for trainer Brian Brown.   Fear The Dragon     Owner Emerald Highlands Farm now has a colt (who defeated Huntsville at Philly last year) dead-square in the sophomore spotlight with Huntsville and another Brian Brown trainee, Downbytheseaside - and they also have the only double Sires winner in this division as well as the fastest winner at Pocono this year.   Trainer Jimmy Takter sent out the winners in the other two Sire Stakes divisions, both Somebeachsomewhere colts posting clockings of 1:50.3. Ocean Colony salvaged some pride for the chalkplayers in winning his division, with the 1-5 favorite coming out of the two-hole midturn for driver Yannick Gingras and then going by strong pacesetter Eddard Hanover midstretch, winning on his own by ¾ of a length for the ownership of Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, and MKatz ALibfeld SGoldband.   Ocean Colony     Blood Line sprung a 12-1 surprise in his Sires division, with driver Mark MacDonald sending the colt directly to the lead despite the outside post seven and then guiding home in 54.4 to take a new lifetime mark of. Favored Filibuster Hanover pulled outside late on the backstretch and narrowed in on the leader, but Blood Line was tough on the engine and resisted the first leg Sires winner by a half-length for trainer JTakter and owners Diamond Creek Racing.   Blood Line     There were also a pair of $25,000 winners-over events for top older pacers on the Sunday card. In the event for pacing mares, the McArdle distaff Nike Franco N posted her second straight triumph, brushing to the lead in front of the stands and then stepping her last half in 54.4 - 26.4 to earn a new mark and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $402,743 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, and owner Richard Poillucci.   Nike Franco N     In a trotting contest, Rubber Duck and Melady's Monet received the same win pool backing to the dollar, and their second half duel was just as close, with the first-over Rubber Duck, a son of Muscle Mass, grinding on very gamely to inch away late from the pacesetting Melady's Monet, getting a half-length decision in 1:53 for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Richard Johnson, and owners Blair and Ema Corbeil.   Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana stopped by the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for a special Sunday meet and greet with fans. After the signing, he toured the paddock, met and had pictures taken with drivers and other horsemen, and rode in the starting gate.   PHHA / Pocono  

May 21, 2017 - Three-year-old trotting colt Rosberg won the first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season at Flamboro Downs on Sunday and was immediately promoted to the head of the class in harness racing trainer Julie Walker's stable. "He is now; if he wasn't, he is now," said the Carlisle resident with a laugh. Rosberg and driver Louis-Philippe Roy left smartly from Post 2 in the first $64,800 Gold Series division and had opened up a 10 length lead by the quarter-mile mark, which they reached in :29. The pair continued to sail along well ahead of the field through a :57.4 half and 1:27.3 three-quarters, and although favourite Tycoon Seelster mounted an impressive late charge, Rosberg and Roy reached the finish line one length the best in 1:58. Tycoon Seelster settled for second and Resita finished third. "The reason I came to Flamboro is because he's a handy horse, and it showed," explained Walker. "He likes to trot a half, and some of the horses don't that are faster, so it worked out good." Walker shares ownership of the son of Manofmanymissions with Ronald Piers of Georgetown and Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke, ON. A two-time Grassroots winner as a freshman, Rosberg now boasts a lifetime record of four wins, two seconds and one third in nine starts for earnings of $115,200. "He's done everything right, right from day one," said Walker. "He can go on any size of track, that's the nicest thing about him." Rosberg The second Gold Series division went to Dream Massive and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON. Starting from Post 3, the pair sat behind pacesetter Scene A Magician through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.2 before reaching up at the wire to record the half-length victory in 1:58.1. Scene A Magician finished second and Mister Muscle completed the top three. Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON conditions Dream Massive for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH and the trainer is looking forward to another productive season with the Muscle Mass colt. At two, Dream Massive was a Gold Series winner in early August and finished third in the season ending Super Final in October. "It's kind of an open division I think, so hopefully we can have some fun with him this summer," said Steacy of the three-year-old trotting colt class. Dream Massive The final Gold Series contest went to On First, who went gate-to-wire from Post 6 for driver Trevor Henry. The 1:58.1 victory was the Holiday Road gelding's first, coming in his fifth lifetime start. Shannon Henry conditions On First and the Henry's, who call Arthur home, share ownership of the trotter with David Darocy of Windsor and James Fleming of Bayfield, ON. Speedycrest finished second and favourite Lmc Mass Gem was third. On First Also featured on Flamboro Downs' Confederation Cup program were three Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON teamed up to win two. Both Southwind General and Frontier Seelster delivered impressive front end performances in their sophomore debuts, halting the teletimer in 1:54.3 and 154:4, respectively. "I am hoping they're going to be Golds," said Darling of his victorious pacing colts. "They are both nice big horses, great strides on them, and we'll just see how they mature." Sunday's win, which saw him best Heza Big Dealer and Beach Volley Ball by three and one-half lengths, was Southwind General's second lifetime. The Sportswriter son also made a victorious debut in the Grassroots program last season before moving up to the Gold Series and earning $53,850 through seven freshman starts. Frontier Seelster hit the wire four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Rodeo Sports and co-favourite Osborne Seelster. Sunday marked the Artistic Fella son's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and was his third lifetime victory in six starts. Darling also sent out a starter in the other $18,450 Grassroots division, with Jamieson guiding The Dark Shadow to a fifth-place result behind Blackjack Seelster, Makasi, Dial The Bossman and Vintage Grand. Blackjack Seelster hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 1:55.2, giving driver Louis-Philippe Roy his second Ontario Sires Stakes win of the evening. Trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC shares ownership of Artistic Fella son Blackjack Seelster with Thomas Kyron of Toronto and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. In the evening's finale, the $176,000 Confederation Cup, Trevor Henry returned to the winner's circle with a triumphant steer aboard elimination winner Western Fame. The pair led the field from start to finish, rolling through fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.4 before holding off a charging Check Six for the 1:51.4 win. The other elimination winner, Sintra, finished third. Henry engineered the win for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. Western Fame The three-year-old trotting colts return to Gold Series action on June 27 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the three-year-old pacing colts make their second Grassroots start at Mohawk on June 22. Ontario Sires Stakes action will return to Flamboro Downs on Sept. 2 with the fifth Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting colts. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

Bidding is now open on APG's Solid Earth harness racing Dispersal Sale which is being conducted online via APG's Online Auction System. The sale feature 40 of Kevin & Kay Seymour's outstanding mares, and will run through until 5pm this Sunday. Bidders can register online via a two part process, as follows: Step 1 Register as a user on APG's Online Auction System by clicking here.  This will provide you with a User ID and Password which will remain with you for life. Step 2 Log in with your User ID and Password, and then click on the "Register To Bid" link at the top of the screen to request permission to bid at the Solid Earth Dispersal Sale.  This is where you will be asked to request a credit limit and select a payment method and provide some basic information to allow APG to process your credit application. How The Auction Works The auction works similar to a typical eBay style auction, with a few minor variations.  Some key features are as follows: All lots in the auction have reserve prices.  Whilst you will not be able to see the reserves, the system will clearly show you whether or not the reserve has been met, via a line of text that will be displayed underneath the current leading bid.   All lots are subject to GST, which will be added onto the final bid price.  For example, if you bid $10,000 for a horse and are the successful bidder, your final charge for the horse will be $11,000 ($10,000 + GST).   The system allows you to enter a maximum bid amount, and then automatically works on your behalf to try to purchase the horse for you at the minimum possible price. For example, if the current bid price is $5,000 but you are prepared to go to $20,000 for the horse, then you can submit a bid of $20,000, but the system will initially only bid $5,500 on your behalf (as that is the minimum bid required to make you the leading bidder). If, later in the auction, someone else logs in and lodges a maximum bid of say $9,000, the system will immediately bid $9,500 on your behalf, so that you maintain your status as the leading bidder. The system will continue to bid on your behalf (in response to other people lodging bids) right up to your maximum limit of $20,000.   If a bid is received in the final 5 minutes of the auction, the auction (for that particular lot) will remain open for a further period of 5 minutes to give the other bidder an opportunity to respond.  This process will continue until there are no further bids over a 5 minute period. To view the catalogue, register and commence bidding, please click here, or for further information, please contact APG on (03) 5275 1999. by APG Media

A very good crowd and a sizeable southern buyer contingent produced a pleasing harness racing Autumn Sale result at Karaka culminating in a turnover of $811,160 at an average of $7,374.  The main show was always  going to be the weanlings and it seemed everyone had come for one or more of the youngsters,  including  quite a few Yearling Sales ‘pin-hookers’. Of the 113 weanlings offered on the day, 103 sold, 40 to the South Island, a clearance of 91%. Top price of $35,000 was paid for the sister to Isaiah, by Art Major from E J Becks and the highest priced colt at $25,000 was the  Sunshine Beach from Presidential Affair, making him a half to Maczaffair (2017 WA Oaks). Woodlands Stud and Alabar who between them offered the majority of the weanlings both reported they were more than pleased with the result. Especially so the interest in their first season progeny by He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach and Sweet Lou. Buyers obviously liked what they saw and responded positively in the ring to the progeny of all three of them. It was very evident from the amount of inspection on the Open Day on  Saturday afternoon  and on Sunday morning that the buyers were  keen to get a close look at as many as they could. Certainly the whole weanling sale concept is very well accepted now and buyers appreciate that both studs do a really conscientious job of rearing the horse’s and are genuine sellers. That positive atmosphere of buyer confidence prevailed throughout the sale. Of the 9 broodmares offered 6 sold including Gentle Audrey in foal to Bettor’s Delight for $13,500 and the empty mare Czanyi, who is a half-sister to De Lovely sold on the day for $10,000. For full results click here. The following lots were unsold at the Auckland Weanling and All Age Sale yesterday. Pedigrees and photos are at Should you wish to purchase any of these lots please phone Peter Lagan on 0274 338 255 or email   Lot Reserve 1 $3,000 5 $2,000 8 $4,000 29 $1,000 39 $15,000 42 $15,000 56 $7,000 58 $2,000 65 $3,000 86 $8,000 105 $4,000 114 $10,000 119 $2,000

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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- Harness racing world champion Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller, $3.10) was as odds-on advertised Saturday night (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's lone $40,000 elimination for the 27th Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds. Starting from the second tier in the nine-to-get-to-eight foray, Downbytheseaside found himself three-wide at the half in a race that had much more movement than expected. Last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace winner, Summer Side (Ray Schnittker), made the first lead, stuffing Stealth Bomber (Brent Holland) in behind before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. However, Stealth Bomber wanted to no part of the pocket. That one made the lead, with last season's New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) and 'Seaside' in hot pursuit. Downbytheseaside fronted the fray right at the :55.4 intermission, than continued toward a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Stealth Bomber then moved again, vacating a three-hole in front of Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). Downbytheseaside opened a coupled of lengths in and out of the final turn, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.2. Miso Fast snapped Stealth Bomber for second, with Summer Side and Mac's Jackpot (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the payees. Funknwaffles tired to sixth, with Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague) and rank outsider Rollin' About (Brent Holland) also earning invites to next Saturday night's (May 27th) $300,000 final. Heaven's Gait (Jordan Stratton) made a filthy break passing the three-quarters, winding up last and not making the finale. For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his second win in as many season starts (career 10-for-15). The exacta paid $$7.70, the triple returned $57 and the superfecta paid $341.50. "I was pleased with the race," Miller said. "I had to use him some early and ran in a bit in the turns, but we can work on that before the final." Downbytheseaside Miller began his evening drilling seven inside rivals (:28.4, :59.1, 1:27.4, 1:55.1) with Agent Q ($6.80) in the first of two, $20,000 elims for the Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). Last season's NYSS frosh champ, even-money choice Tequila Monday (Sears), wound up second from second-over, with Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) a first-up third. Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube), at 50-1 the longest shot on the board, was fourth. That quartet returns for next Saturday night's $140,770 final. "Handy," was Miller's succinct description of his date. For second choice Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Racing and Robert Muscara, she's now 2-for-2 this season. Agent Q The second elimination for the Lismore, complete with no show wagering, saw the reason for same--3-10 favorite Ain't Three OK (Sears)--jump it off in the first turn and trail throughout. Pole-sitting Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $21.60) went the distance (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27, 1:55.2), whipping Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan) by 2¼ lengths in a two-speed number. Warrawee Sunshine (Miller) was a ground-saving third as the 29-1 longshot, with Caviart Cherie (McCarthy) fourth and back for the final. For third choice 'Betty,' a Bettor's Delight miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve Salerno and Bruce Potter, it was her second win three '17 tries. The exacta paid $149, with the triple returning $965. "This filly has a quick turn of speed, but she has the manners of an older horse," Marohn said. "I never even saw what happened with Brian's (Sears') horse (Ain't Three OK), but mine was very comfortable." Big City Betty The open draw for both stakes finals takes place Monday afternoon (May 22nd). Saturday night's pair of $55,000 Open Handicaps were won by... - Trot, Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $19.60) in 1:55.3; Red Hot Herbie - Pace, Mach it So (Holland, $7.90) in 1:51.2. Mach it So Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Broadway Donna outlasted Dayson after a stirring stretch duel to capture the first leg of the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 6-5 favorite Dayson, who bled after failing one week ago in his Graduate prep, was sailing along on the lead with Lasix added as Broadway Donna inched closer racing on the rim after vacating the five hole just after the half. The pair were on even terms at the head of the stretch as Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover, continued to wear down the leader before going on to a half-length win in 1:52.1. Tight Lines was third. Broadway Donna, the 2016 Breeders Crown champion, returned $5.60 to win as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering with David Miller in the sulky for trainer Jim Campbell. "That's what she's going to do for the rest of the year," said winning owner Jules Siegel (Fashion Farms). Broadway Donna 'LYONS' ROARS: The betting public wasn't deterred by the fact that Lyons Snyder had gone off stride in both of his starts this year, and they were rewarded for their loyalty. The 4-year-old son of Well Said was bet down to 4-5 and went right down the road in a $17,500 conditioned pace. The time for the mile was an eye-popping 1:48.3, which equaled the sport's seasonal best, which was established by Rock N' Roll World at Hoosier Park on May 12. Lyons Snyder paid $3.80 to win for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. A LITTLE MORE: Clear Vision gunned down Dealt A Winner nearing the wire to take the Preferred Pace in 1:49. ... Wagering was vigorous as all-source betting totaled $2,880,980. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Clear Vision GIANT JACKPOT SUPER HIGH FIVE HIT AT BIG M One lucky patron at the Meadowlands’ owned off-track wagering facility Winners at Bayonne walked off with a monster score in Saturday night’s fifth race. That lucky bettor had the correct combination of 9-10-5-3-4 in the Big M’s 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five and walked away with a payoff of $43,641.50. The race winner, Preparty, paid $10.40 to win.   By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Rockin Ron, hung for his lungs through wildfire fractions of 25.4 and 53.1 in the Van Rose Memorial on Kentucky Derby Day at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, found a pace and a trip that was much more to his liking on Preakness Saturday, parlaying a pocket trip into a 1:50.3 victory in the $25,000 pacing harness racing feature at the Downs.   Eric Goodell, notching his third sulky success of the night and second for trainer Ron Burke, was away briskly from the rail with the winning Real Desire gelding, stretching out the hot Major Uptrend to a bit past a 27.2 quarter before yielding the front. Just after the 56.1 half, Barimah A, who won the Van Rose closing off the scalding pace, came first-over, and he and Major Uptrend fought tooth-and-nail through a 26.4 third quarter, with Rockin Ron having the best seat in the horses to watch the unfolding action.   After the field turned into the stretch, Rockin Ron, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and RTC Stables, had the opportunity to used the famed Pocono Pike, but Major Uptrend was proving his usual game self in the lane, and Rockin Ron got the lead only deep in the stretch, winning by a neck over Major Uptrend, who now is only 5 feet away (two necks and a head) from having an 11-race win streak. Boston Red Rocks, the 6-5 favorite, rallied from second-over to be third, another neck back, with Barimah A holding well to finish just a half-length behind him and a length off first place overall.   Rockin Ron     In the $20,000 co-feature pace, one of the all-time great "Pocono lovers," Luck Be Withyou, posted the fastest clocking of the season at the mountain oval, 1:49.3, going wire-to-wire for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner John Craig. The son of Western Ideal has won 14 of 21 career starts at Pocono, including the Breeders Crown Final at 2, the Franklin Final at 4, and the Van Rose and the Franklin Consolation at 5, in the latter setting his lifetime mark of 1:47.3. Of his $1,329,741 lifetime bankroll, $690,250 of it has been earned over the famed brick-red surface.   The "Luck"-y victory was one of six of the night for George Napolitano Jr., the track's current and all-time leading driver. One race that wasn't won by either George Nap or Goodell, though, was the race right after the feature, which was won by the other half of the "Detroit Erics," Eric Carlson (who like Goodell is a former Michigan driving leader). Carlson rallied trotter Cinnabar Hall off a fast pace to win in a career best 1:54.4, paying to his scattered backers $118.40 to win - just behind the seasonal high of $119.20 returned by Threeupthreedown on April 2.   George Napolitano Jr. did get a seventh winner on the Saturday card at Pocono. Each of his seven wins came for a different trainer.   Sunday night at Pocono, the top-ranked colt in the sport's "glamour division," the three-year-old pacer Huntsville, will face a tough foe in Fear The Dragon in one of three divisions of the second leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for this division. Huntsville comes off an awesome seasonal debut, where he won by 10 lengths in 1:50.4 at The Meadows in the first Sires leg, on a 44-degree day with a "sloppy +2" track surface; Fear The Dragon, the Brian Brown stablemate of another top sophomore in Downbytheseaside, won the same day in 1:52.1.   PHHA / Pocono

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 20 - The finals of the S.B.O.A. Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies highlighted the harness racing portion of Fireworks and Family Fun Night Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A large crowd flooded Mohawk to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend. Despite cool and windy conditions, excitement filled both the grandstand and paddock for the evening's festivities. The first on-track feature was the $130,130 S.B.O.A. Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in race-two. Magic Presto lived up to her 1/5 billing by scoring a 2¾ lengths victory in a career-best 1:54.3. Trevor Henry guided the Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee to the stakes victory. Magic Presto was sent to the front and held a narrow lead at the opening-quarter. Henry allowed post-ten starter Holiday Promise to clear, but quickly circled around to retake the lead heading to the half. Magic Presto proceeded to post fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1, before trotting home in :27.2 for the victory. Gravitator finished second, while Royal Witch was third. "I think she was a little sharper this week," said Norman after Magic Presto's triumph. "It was kind of a strange race and a funny night with the wind, but she was very good." Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David Mc Duffee and Little E LLC, Magic Presto now has two wins in three starts this season to give her six victories overall in her career. The S.B.O.A. victory pushes the Kadabra filly's career earnings to over $470,000. Norman noted that Magic Presto will return to Mohawk on June 8th for an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event before returning to the Meadowlands for Grand Circuit action. Magic Presto paid $2.50 to win. Magic Presto A pair of Casie Coleman trainees were the story in race-eight's $132,130 pacing filly final, but it was the underdog of the two that stole the show. Fade and driver Travis Cullen came through at 10-1 for a 1:53.1 score. The daughter of Shadow Play had won her elimination a week ago, but received little buzz due to her stablemate Windy Sport's dominating 1:51.3 victory in her preliminary. Windy Sport, who was 1/5, and driver Louis Philippe Roy cut the mile with Fade following in the two-hole. Dancing Shadows K came first up to battle with the heavy-favourite on the far turn and Windy Sport was feeling pressure at three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Windy Sport couldn't deliver another large performance and gave way to her rivals. Fade was able to shoot up the rail and Soiree Seelster charged home on the far outside to set up a great finish. At the wire, Fade secured to the victory by a neck. Windy Sport finished third. Fade had the driving services of Cullen for the first time Saturday and the duo immediately connected. "He did a great job," said Coleman about Cullen. "Obviously Windy Sport was 1/5 and he got the two-hole trip behind her and couldn't have driven any better. He got the perfect ground saving trip and got her up in time for the money." A daughter of Shadow Play, Fade is trained by Coleman for owners West Wins Stable and Calhoun Racing Ltd. Her S.B.O.A. score gives her two wins in four starts this season and three victories in her career. Fade's career earnings now sit at $225,752. She paid $22.10 to win. Fade Also on Saturday, the red-hot seven-year-old pacer Fool Me Once jumped up to the Preferred and scored a strong 1:50.4 victory. Since moving into the Moreau barn and onto the WEG Circuit, Fool Me Once has now won three starts in a row for owner Brad Grant. His latest victory gives him 35 career visits to the winner's circle and pushes his career earnings to over $963,000. Fool Me Once paid $4 to win. Fool Me Once A tremendous fireworks display entertained the fans following the races to cap off a fantastic evening of racing and festivities. Live racing resumes Monday night at 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 20, 2017 -- Topville Cadillac found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Saturday, May 20. Topville Cadillac responded to a bump in class to score in 1:50.2 to establish a new lifetime best after scoring last week in the Open pace. In an abbreviated field of six, Topville Cadillac left alertly from post three to grab a pocket seat behind the betting favorite, American Girl and Trace Tetrick. Can't Touch This and John DeLong were next in line third while Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were following intently in fourth. American Girl carved out fractions of :26.1 and :54.4 while the field remained in straight alignment down the backside. DeLong tipped Can't Touch This to the outside to make her bid at the leader and Sam Widger and Aux D Lox Bluegrass quickly grabbed the cover at the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.4. American Girl was able to hold off Can't Touch This but her biggest threat was still in the pocket. Wrenn utilized the Hoosier Park passing lane and Topville Cadillac used a :27.1 quarter to win in a tight, three-horse photo. American Girl held on gamely for second place honors while Can't Touch This rounded out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Topville Cadillac returned $18.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Alvin Miller, the four-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave recorded her third win from six seasonal outings. A former Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Topville Cadillac has now amassed $230,659 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Topville Cadillac Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 23 with a 14-race card featuring the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. I Know My Chip Open Trot   For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist    

A filly purchased for less than $1000 at a Shepparton harness racing dispersal sale has netted 25-year-old Armstrong trainer Leroy O’Brien his biggest thrill in the trots. Imprincessgemma (Village Jolt-Melody Stride) didn’t even fetch four figures at the Shepparton sale, O’Brien explaining he paid “$900 plus GST” for the filly. Tonight she won the $50,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic 2YO Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, netting O’Brien and his mum, co-owner Sharryn, $25,000. “This was really special,” O’Brien said. “This one we owned ourselves, this was only her second lifetime win. She is really special to us. She’s named after my niece by my Mum. She really is one of our favourites.” Driven by Kerryn Manning tonight, Imprincessgemma took the lead early off Hakuna and once in front never looked like losing. She paced a 1:54.8 mile rate, her last half-mile split up in 28.8 and 28.4secs. “She carried herself well (at the sale),” O’Brien said when asked what had caught his eye at Shepparton. “Melody Stride was from the Stride family and Village Jolt was a fairly new sire when we purchased her. She was just very cheap and I thought she was definitely worth a go. “Me and my dad (Danny) actually went up there to buy a trotting mare in foal, but it went a little bit too dear. I had an eye for her (Imprincessgemma), so I had to ring mum to transfer some money so I could buy her. I had no money but I liked the horse.” O’Brien is positive he wants to make a full-time go of the trots. “I really do. I’m a plumber by trade, but I’ve done my time with the business and put that aside to have a real good go with the horses. There’s nothing better than waking up and working with them. I love them to bits. I really want to make it in the future and have a real good crack at it while I can. And I’ll give it 110 per cent, that’s for sure.” O’Brien also adds that the trots operation is very much a family project. “My mum gets up at daylight and gets out there with her nighty on, she loves it. It’s a massive team effort. Dad does a great job too and my girlfriend Kristy helps out along the lines too. I’ve got massive support from my family.” Manning was full of merit for O’Brien post-race. “She’s a lovely horse to drive and Leroy does a great job with his horses. He knows them very well and he’s got a good head on his shoulders,” she said. O’Brien returned the praise. “I put Kerryn on tonight because I wanted to put the best on to give her every chance. And you can’t beat Kerryn Manning.” Meanwhile, in the Group 1 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic trotting finals Wobelee (Down Under Muscles-Tupenny Bit) and Viksun (Fling It-Summerline) won the male and female divisions respectively. Wobelee is trained by Alison Alford and was driven by husband Chris, whose fans tonight donned #Puppet6000 t-shirts to celebrate Alford’s recent 6000th winner in the gig. “I’m very proud of this little fella,” Alford said. “He’s normally really well-mannered but he went for a little bit of a canter in the score-up, which scared me, but once he found the front he was going to be hard to beat.” Wobelee rated 2:00.8 to score by 6.5m over Whizzbang Dan, with Chissy in third. Viksun won the fillies’ final in 2:01.2 for trainer Billy Muscat and driver Michael Muscat. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Orange Agent capped an extraordinary three weeks of harness racing with a dominant win in the Benstud Queen Of The Pacific completing her clean sweep of the Mares Triple Crown. In Chris Alford’s hands the five-year-old American Ideal mare was again in a class of her own, sweeping to the front early in the $100,000 feature and being unchallenged amid a class group of challengers. “She’s just a perfect racehorse,” Alford said of The Orange Agent, who is trained by New Zealand’s Brian Hughes. “Great to drive, just does everything that you ask.” In fact, she was in such a class of her own Alford said the $1.04 favourite almost drifted off in the night’s feature. “She was just jogging around the home turn tonight,” he said. “She just sort of switched off a little bit when she got away, but once she found the front she was going to be very hard to beat. “If she had something to run with her tonight she would have won as easy as she did last week, but she just got a little lost in front. She’s beaten Grand Circuit horses before and wouldn’t disgrace herself in the really good races.” The victory came on the back of success in the Alabar sponsored Group 3 titles Make Mine Cullen and Angelique Club Cup, a succession of three victories in three weeks that ranged from 1720m through to tonight’s 2760m staying test. Not for the first time it was the New Zealand visitors who departed with a big chunk of the change from tonight’s racing, with My Field Marshall winning a survival of the fittest in the $75,000 4YO and 5YO Championship. The Tim Butt trained five-year-old is facing a crucial campaign according to driver Anthony Butt and tonight’s bold showing, when he come with a well-timed burst to mow down a tiring field, was encouraging reaffirmation of the Art Major entire’s elite talent. “Tim’s hoping he’s going to turn into a Grand Circuit horse,” Anthony Butt said. “This is perhaps going to be the make or break for him, he’s had some health issues over the past. He’s got the ability, it’s just getting his health right and Tim’s done a great job so far of doing that.” Tonight’s Group 2 was a certainly a fitness test, with the interchanging frontrunners running a record 41.7-second lead time. While Dont Hold Back, Egodan, Spare Me Days and Mattgregor all contributed to that early pace, Butt was happy to wait at the tail of the field. “Tonight they set it up for him and he was good enough to capitalise,” Butt said. “It was working out really good. I thought there were plenty of horses in no man’s land, I thought there was going to be a bit of speed with no real dominant horse in the race.” My Field Marshall hooked on to the back of Burnaholeinmypocket in the final lap, advancing steadily while Kerryn Manning placed Mr Mojito brilliantly to pinch a break on the field. At 200m to go some 20m separated My Field Marshall from a tiring Mr Mojito and by 100m that margin had halved, with the Kiwi clipping brave Mattgregor and third-placed Mr Mojito in the dying stages to take the honours. “He’s just a lovely horse, he can do anything. He can lead, he’s very adaptable, he can sit in the field, he’s a high speed horse.” And more wins are likely to come. “Tim just took him along quietly this year. He’s doing all his races now at a tough level, he has to race against the best and you don’t always win,” Butt said. “He’ll have a wee campaign over here and he should be a nice horse in the spring again. I think they are going to move on to the Len Smith Mile, it’s just a matter of how they get there. I think they are going to stay down here for a race in between. While he keeps going like that he will stay on.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

WASHINGTON, PA, May 20, 2017 -- They couldn't collar Sortie in Saturday's harness racing $146.628 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows -- literally. The Hambletonian hopeful, one of the most promising freshmen of 2016, had been racing with a Cornell Collar to help his breathing. Moments before Saturday's race, however, trainer Noel Daley was informed that Cornell Collars can't be used in Pennsylvania, and the device had to be removed. It didn't seem to bother Sortie, who raced beautifully in his seasonal debut, jogging off to victory for Andrew McCarthy in 1:53.1, fastest this year for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighths-mile track and a life mark. The event known as the Super Bowl was contested over three divisions, with Andy M and Common Parlance also taking splits. Daley said he added the Cornell Collar for Sortie, who won a Breeders Crown elimination and finished third in the final, after a vet's diagnosis. "They said everything looked good on him, he just had a short epiglottis," Daley said. "So rather than do surgery, we just put the Cornell Collar on him. I didn't realize until five minutes before he raced that they're illegal here. "I did an interview the other day where I mentioned the collar -- I guess that's how they knew we used it. I have to watch what I say to you fellas." In the Super Bowl, the son of Explosive Matter-Win B moved first over from third and drew off smartly, downing Giveitgasandgo by 3-1/2 lengths. High Glider was third. McCarthy indicated Sortie did not experience labored or noisy breathing during the race. Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza and Sortie Stable campaign Sortie, who pushed his career bankroll to $146,493. Daley indicated Sortie, a $65,000 yearling acquisition, will race primarily in Pennsylvania and New Jersey early in the season. Sortie Andy M pulled the pocket down the backside for Aaron Merriman and quickly put away the leader, Monteverdi. Though he tired late, the son of Andover Hall-All In The Muscles held off Gustavo Fring by 1/2 length in a career-fastest 1:54.1, with Stealth Hanover fourth-placed-third. "I didn't want to have to race him that hard," Merriman said, "but this horse really impressed me today. I never got the plugs out. He was getting a little bit tired late, but he's supposed to. That's as fast as he's ever been by a couple seconds." Chris Beaver trains Andy M, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings, for Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Andy M Common Parlance performed well in the PA Stallion Series at 2, but this was his first shot at the big boys. After grabbing the early lead and enduring a slight shuffle, he poured through the Lightning Lane to score for Mike Wilder in a career-fastest 1:54.4. Brown Bear was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Brand New Key completed the ticket. "We'll keep going with him in this series," said Joseph Skowyra, who trains the Crazed-Angevine gelding for Wade Wyatt and Francis DiMondi, Jr. "He's a nice, sound horse, well behaved, and he's fast." Common Parlance In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Knocking Around made it three straight when he survived a 26.3 opening panel and triumphed in 1:50, fastest of his career. The first-over Lincoln James raced well for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with Dapper Dude third. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 7-year-old Western Terror-So Completely gelding, who now has banked $312,473, for trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. Knocking Around Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

May 20, 2017 - US harness racing export Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) captured the HKH Prins Daniels (400,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) in a rousing finish for driver Tommi Kylliainen, trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club-Finland. The Wonder was timed in 1.10kr and recorded his eighth career win in 37 starts for 2,779,556SEK earned. Off at 12/1 the happy winner(s) bested Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) at 4/1 and 43/1 Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), the latter trained by Jerry Riordan. The winning Workout Wonder last raced in the USA in April 2016 when then trained by Noel Daley. He’ll likely have earned an Elitloppet start. Workout Wonder The confirmed Elite starters per Elitloppet 2017 website are: Bold Eagle, Timoko, Propulsion, Up and Quick, Resolve, DD’s Hitman, Dante Boko, Elian Web, Spring Erom, Cruzado Dela Noche  Takethem. Thomas H. Hicks

USA’s Steve Oldford won the first of two harness racing USA vs. IT amateur trotting events at Follonica Italy over their 1400 meter course. The first event was raced over 1600 meters autostart distance for €3,850 purse and Oldford’s Ralph Malph KYU (7g Uronometro-Edizone As-Friendly Facer) roughed it to the front around the final bend and went on to an easy 1.15.3kr victory. Scott Woogen of the USA was second driving Prinzy Bee Power. Oldford finished second in the next amateur race (purse €5,060, distance 2200 meters autostart) behind Polpettine, four lengths off the winning Rabat dei Greppi. Non-amateur races on the good card were named after CKG Billings, Florida Amateur Drivers Club, Capital District Amateur Drivers and the United States Trotting Association. Thanks to all for conducting a fine event.       2 16.05 - PR. TROFEO ITALIA-USA I PROVA - invito gentl E 3.850 - mt 1600 - Trio     1° 7 RALPH MALPH KYU   S.Oldford 15.3         2° 2 PRINZY BEE POWER   S.Woogen 15.7         3° 3 SBIRULINO GRAD   M.Gradi 15.8         4° 4 RARA DEIMAR   G.F.Kersbaum 15.9         5° 6 TIBET DEI GREPPI   N.Del Rosso 16.6         6° 1 RADAMES EGRAL   J.Pennacchio 16.7         7° 5 O*MAGIS EPI   D.Spriggs 17.3           8 TIBERIO ALEX   D.Orsini R.P.                     4 17.00 - PR. TROFEO ITALIA-USA II PROVA - invito gentl E 5.060 - mt 2200 - Trio     1° 8 RABAT DEI GREPPI   N.Del Rosso 15.8         2° 4 POLPETTINE   S.Oldford 16.2         3° 6 RAJAH PETRAL   St.Baldi 16.4         4° 3 NOODLES BIEFFE   D.Spriggs 16.7         5° 5 RENOIR GRAD   M.Gradi 16.8         6° 2 RIENDA SUELTA   R.Frassinelli 17.1         7° 7 TOMORROW ZS   J.Pennacchio 19.0           1 OBAOBA   S.Woogen R.P.         Thomas H. Hicks  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G gave notice Friday night at the Meadowlands that the road to the Hambletonian Oaks goes through her as she crushed seven overmatched foes in a division of the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.2. The Jimmy Takter trainee was more than prepared for her seasonal debut as driver Yannick Gingras put the daughter of Muscle Hill on the lead just after the quarter. Racing unpressured, the winner of 10-of-12 lifetime starts opened up an insurmountable edge after pocket-sitting Ice Attraction broke at the head of the stretch. She then sprinted home in :27.2, paying $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Dream Baby Dream was second with Southwind Prius third. "She was really good," said Gingras. "I couldn't be any happier with her. She was as good as I expected her to be. I'm crossing my fingers she stays healthy and let her talent do the rest." Ariana G Glitzey Gal ($7.40 to win, 1:52.3 for the mile, David Miller driving, trainer Nifty Norman) and Colorful Jasmine ($2.40, 1:54.1, Corey Callahan, Thomas Cancelliere) were victorious in the other two NJSS filly divisions. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill lowered his lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds, impressively taking one of three NJSS divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by David Miller, the son of Muscle Hill stopped the clock in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in two seasonal starts. He returned $2.40 as the 1-5 public choice. Every Way Out ($2.10, Dylan Davis) and Long Tom ($3.80, Marcus Melander) won the other sophomore colt and gelding divisions in identical clockings of 1:52.1. Both were driven by Tim Tetrick. JL Cruze CHALK TALK: Seven favorites scored on the card, bringing the total over the last three programs to 18 winning chalks from 32 races (56%). ... David Miller piloted four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,475,077. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with the Graduate for 4-year-old trotters, featuring Dayson and Broadway Donna. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

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