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There were two divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Sunday afternoon. Each going for a purse of approximately $70,000. The first division was won by Chris Beaver trainee Moonshiner Hanover (Andy Miller). The son of Andover Hall wasted little time getting involved. He went to the front end setting fractions of :26.4, :56.4, and 1:24.2 en-route to a lifetime's best 1:53.3. Snowstorm Hanover (Tyler Buter) rallied for second, while Sir John F (Yannick Gingras) finished third. It was the fourth career win for Moonshiner Hanover, with career earnings of approximately $375,000. He is owned by Synerco Ventures, Bill Manes, and Chris Beaver. The second division was won by upsetter Meteoric (Andy McCarthy). The gelded son of Explosive Matter-Must Be Hot brushed to the front end, drawing off to win by over two lengths in 1:53.3. Muscles Jared (Chris Lems) finished second, while Shake It Off Lindy (Simon Allard) was third. It was the fifth career tally for the Richard Johnson trainee, with earnings now above $120,000. He is owned by Mahlon Martin and David Hoover. In other news, veteran pacer Tell Us More (George Napolitano Jr) won his tenth straight on Sunday in a $20,000 - $25,000 claiming event. There were 7 claims filed on the 7-year-old gelded son of Tell All-Liberated Leah. He was claimed for $6,000 back on January 11th at The Meadows. Since then, he has won 15 of 18 races for 7 different trainers. His new owner is Betty Tauber (Trainer: Mike Russo). Michael Bozich

There were 3 divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for the harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters on Thursday, August 10 at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of roughly $54,000. In the first division, it was S M S Princess (Ake Svanstedt) picking up her first career win. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Won an Done was given a ground-saving steer the majority of the mile, as Julie Miller trainee Strawberry Hanover set a deliberate tempo (:28.4 / :56.2 / 1:25). S M S Hanover angled out after clearing past the three-quarter poll to split rivals for the win. Megadolce (Dave Miller) closed well for second, while Strawberry Hanover (Andy Miller) was third. S M S Princess is owned by Trainer Ake Svanstedt and Stall Musse Inc. She paid $8.40 to win In the second division, Nifty Norman trainee Live Love Laugh (Dave Miller) completed a long, persistent grind to break her maiden. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Shes Gone Again engaged leader (and favorite) Follow Streak (Andy Miller) at the 5/8ths marker, clearing just over 1/8th of a mile remaining. Live Laugh Love held off a rallying Bill's Lady (Tim Tetrick) to win by a length in 1:55. Follow Streak held third. Live Laugh Love ($18.00) is owned by Melvin Hartman, Dave Mc Duffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. The third division saw Chris Beaver trainee Zoe Bi (George Napolitano Jr.) use the passing lane to her advantage. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Octavia Bi drafted in behind the speed of the favorite Seviyorum (Andy Miller) to pick up the victory in 1:56. It was a lifetime mark in her fourth career victory in five starts. Zoe Bi out closed the Jimmy Takter driven Basquiat in the final strides, while Hey Blondie (Andy McCarthy) rallied for third. Zoe Bi ($12.20) is owned by Marion Beachy, Synerco Ventures Inc., and Chris Beaver. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had four wins on the afternoon. Michael Bozich    

The temperatures were sizzling and so was the harness racing action on the racetrack this past week at Harrah's Philadelphia, where two track records fell in two straight days.   On Thursday (July 20), Julie Miller trainee Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) set a track record for older gelding trotters, scorching the surface in 1:51.4. The husband and wife team repeated the feat on Friday afternoon (July 21) in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event for 2-year-old male trotters. Met's Hall, who was a purchase for $132,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, stopped the clock in 1:55.1, defeating the previous record of 1:55.2 set a year prior by Don Dream.   The undefeated 2-year-old by Cantab Hall-Met's Inn is owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Racing Stable. His family includes 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill. The Miller dominance continued Friday as Toast Of Lindy picked up a win in PASS action for owners Andy Miller Stables, Lindy Racing, and Gaitway Stables. The trotting son of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy gamely held off the Jimmy Takter charge Storming Mist in a time of 1:56.1.   In other Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Friday afternoon, Final Dream, a $45,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, won in 1:55.3 for owners Joe Sbrocco, Lars Berg, and Trainer/Driver Ake Svanstedt. The 2-year-old trotting son of Cantab Hall-Oh Sweet Baby came up the passing lane to nip the favorite Maxus (Yannick Gingras) in the final strides.   Anthony MacDonald of the Stable.CA was excited when he saw a horse by the name of Lawmaker was up for sale. "Not many people know this, but this horse's brother, Programmer, was one of our best two-year-olds early this year. He was later sold, left thestable, and hasn't surfaced so far in 2016" MacDonald said on The Stable's website. "So we were interested when Programmer's brother Lawmaker, a big, strong, Muscle Massive trotting colt showed up in the Lexington sale catalogue. Needless to say, Lawmaker has all the tools - breeding, looks and movement - to become a good horse. Now the rest is up to him", MacDonald continued. Fast forward, the 2-year-old trotting son of Muscle Massive-Pretty Amigo has strung together two straight wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, including the victory on Friday afternoon in 1:57.2. Lawmaker now has career earnings of just under $50,000 including two wins in just three starts.   Also on the Friday afternoon card, Carribean Rose N sprung a major upset in overnight competition, a non-winners of $15,000 in the last 5 for filly and mare pacers. The 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight flew to the top from post 7, yielding the lead to American Filly beyond the quarter. The Darran Cassar trainee was able to angle out at three quarters after a brief shuffle, to draw off to win in 1:51.2 for driver Andy McCarthy and her owners, the Windermere Stables of New York. He rewarded her backers with a $59.00 mutuel.   Harrah's Philadelphia races live every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with a first post of 12:40 PM Eastern.     Michael Bozich

Julie Miller trainee Opulent Yankee set a track record for harness racing aged gelding trotters on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, scorching the surface in a sizzling 1:51.4. The race was for non-winners of $20,000 in the last five starts or Non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime going for a purse of $17,500. Starting from post 2, the 6-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee went right to the front, setting fractions of :27.2, :56.2, 1:23.1, and 1:51.4. Golden Son (George Napolitano Jr) finished second while Centurion ATM (Ake Svanstedt) completed the trifecta. Three horses shared the previous mark of 1:52. They were Likeabatoutahell, Sevruga, and Obrigado. Opulent Yankee is owned by Little E LLC, Art Geiger, and Dave Stolz, and was driven by Andy Miller. There were also eight divisions of Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on the program. Hockey Hanover (Wilbur Yoder) went the fastest of all divisions, completing a first-over grind in 1:56.4 to remain undefeated (5 for 5). The gelded son of Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover is owned by McMullen Stables, and is trained by Wilbur Yoder. Other Stallion Series winners included Muscles Fashion (1:57), Stonebridge Gamble (1:57.4), I'm Your Captain (1:57.4), Canaletto Hanover (1:57.4), Glide In The Wind (1:58.4), Fashion Will (2:00.2) and Roysons Tuffguy (2:00.2). There will be four division of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday afternoon (July 21) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Post Time is 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their Thursday line-up at 10:30 a.m. Hall of Famer John Campbell will be joining the program to reflect back on his driving career. He will also talk about his upcoming final drive on Legend's Day, July 30th at Clinton Raceway. Campbell has just been named the Chairman of the Uniform Rules Committee, and will begin serving as The President of the Hambletonian Society upon his retirement from driving. Driver Tim Tetrick will also be joining the show. The 35-year-old driving superstar will talk about his 5 wins on Saturday at The Meadowlands, including his fifth Meadowlands Pace behind Huntsville. Tetrick will also talk about probable Hambletonian favorite Walner, who went 1:50.3 in a stakes record time in a division of The Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. Helene Gregory will also stop by to talk about the National Standardbred Horse Show. The event will take place August 12th and 13th at The Horse Park of New Jersey. Running Aces announcer Darin Gagne will again be on the broadcast to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. He will review last week's racing as well as preview the upcoming week at Running Aces. You can listen live to Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America via their website at or archived at Michael Bozich

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Races for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on a muggy Thursday afternoon (July 13th) at Harrah's Philadelphia. They each went for purses of approximately $53,000. The first division was taken by Jimmy Takter trainee Pro Beach (Yannick Gingras). The 2-year-old colt by Somebeachsomewhere - Darlin's Delight used the pole position to his advantage, making the lead and rating the quarter in :28. The controlled tempo continued through the half (:57.3), but picked up dramatically closer to home. Aleppo Hanover (George Brennan) attacked first over, with Chris Ryder trainee This Is The Plan (Dave Miller) riding his coattails. In the stretch, Pro Beach held off the fast closing This Is The Plan to win by a nose in 1:53.3. It was his first career start. Suddenly Sam (Marcus Miller) finished third. Pro Beach ($3.20) is owned by Brixton Medical, Marvin Katz, and The Hatfield Stables. Division two saw Wild Bill (Scott Zeron) power past Nutcracker Sweet (Tim Tetrick) to win under wraps in 1:52.3. The son of Somebeachsomewhere - Wild West Show sat early, as Julie Miller trainee Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller) made the lead. She was immediately confronted by Nutcracker Sweet, who cleared just after the quarter. Wild Bill pounced past the half, unleashing a strong uncovered initiative to seize command at the three-quarter pole. Nutcracker Sweet was second, while Hayden Hanover finished third. Wild Bill is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker. In the third division, Done Well grinded gamely en-route to an easy victory. The son of Well Said let the speed develop in front of him early, as Jimmy Takter trainee Decoy (Dave Miller) brushed to the top. Done Well confronted the leader at the three-quarters, and went on to a willing victory in a day's fastest 1:51.2. Karpathian Kid (Marcus Miller) finished second, while Decoy held third. Done Well is owned by the conglomerate of Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Leeman, and Keith, and is trained by Brian Brown. Michael Bozich

Harrah's Philadelphia's Friday Night Summer Series continues on July 14th with the harness racing evening programs named after legendary racetracks of the Delaware Valley. Liberty Bell Park (July 14th) was located in Northeast Philadelphia, and held harness and thoroughbred racing from 1963 until 1986. Liberty Bell quickly became a premier harness track on the east coast, until it closed in 1986. Friday night, August 11th, will be named after Garden State Park which raced harness and thoroughbreds until 2001. The track was located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Garden State Park opened on July 7, 1942and in 1977 the racetrack burned down, but was rebuilt as the nation's most state-of-the-art grandstand in 1985. On September 8th, Harrah's Philly will honor the memory of Brandywine Raceway. The Wilmington, Delaware oval was a top tier 5/8 mile Harness track that formed a racing circuit with Liberty Bell Park. The track opened in 1953 and closed in 1989. Harrah's Philadelphia's start time will be 6:30 PM Eastern for each of the three Friday Nights. There will be family friendly activities, and memories geared towards the theme of the evening. Michael Bozich

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

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

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

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