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Driver George Napolitano Jr had seven wins on the harness racing program on Thursday (Dec. 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Six of which were trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Napolitano, who is on his way to another Harrah's Philadelphia driving title, has 308 wins on the meet and over $3 million in purses. Tim Tetrick, who had 7 driving wins on last Wednesday's card, is a clear second in the drivers standings with 271 wins and over $3.4 million. Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera has 110 training wins, 19 more than Ron Burke who has 91. Garcia-Herrera has over $1 million earned in purses at the meet. Michael Bozich

Harrah's Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in cooperation with Pacing For The Cure, held its first ever Walk/Run on Sunday (November 26). The proceeds support the harness racing community fighting multiple sclerosis. Racing fans, employees, horsemen and women who participated in the event were given an official start by Starter Norton Shoemaker's starting vehicle. The event lasted approximately one hour.   Pacing for the Cure highlights the healing power of the human-horse connection. Their story begins with a Father's thirty year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and a one year old race horse namesake, Mr. Bill G, who was born to leverage his racing potential to help raise funds to support this worthy cause.. Their goal is to inspire others to follow the journey with Mr. Bill G, to create hope in finding a cure, and to believe that he was born to pace for a cure. Pacing for the Cure supports the many family, friends and communities of those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers who dedicate their time and energy to enhance the quality of their loved ones lives. For more information, visit pacingforthecure.org. Michael Bozich      

Pacing For The Cure is pleased to announce the next stop in the 2017 Tour Date schedule at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack on Sunday November 26, 2017, 10am-5pm. The event will include a walk/run around the racetrack for a ten-dollar donation, a meet and greet with the drivers before the races begin, merchandise and other great raffle items. Make your donation online at www.pacingforthecure.org/donate and bring your email receipt to the registration table. We are inviting the surrounding local community, our network of supporters, and all harness racing enthusiasts to join us for a day of fun while raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We have a special invitation for the local community, students and alumni who may be in the area celebrating with family over the holiday to join Jeff and Janine, co-founders of Pacing For The Cure, in the walk and day at the races. This year's event is in honor of William Gesek, Saint Joseph alumni, who had suffered with MS for over 30 years and recently passed away on October 4, 2017. His family would have been celebrating his 80thbirthday with him during this holiday weekend. His son Jeff, Saint Joseph alumni, and his wife, Janine, Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel alumni started Pacing For The Cure to raise awareness about the disease and honor his Father's courageous fight against MS. Please consider forming your own walk/run teams of up to ten (10) and collect your team pledges. The Pacing For The Cure walk/run and day at the races is a great way to socialize with your team, meet new friends, and enjoy the sport of harness racing while raising money to help us fight MS. Pacing For The Cure is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping people living with MS in financial need obtain necessary medical equipment and services. We also support cutting edge human immunology research to find a cure for this debilitating disease of the central nervous system. For more information about this event or if you know someone who would like to be a sponsor, please email jeff@pacingforthecure.org or contact Susan Crowley at scrowley@harrahs..com or (484) 490- 1910 at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. We look forward to seeing you at the event! Michael Bozich

Last week was filled with harness racing Stakes action at Harrah's Philadelphia, with two year old pacers and trotters competing in Divisions of the John Simpson Memorial over the weekend, with purses ranging from $30 - $35,000. Trainer Nifty Norman dominated Friday's action with three wins out of the seven divisions, including $75 winner Maria Deo in the first division for 2-yo-filly trotters. Norman went on to take the first two divisions of the filly pace on Friday, with impressive winner Reign On Me (1:53.1) and Sandy's Beach, who won via disqualification. The winner Better Than Happy was taken down for interference at three-quarters. Jake Huff trainee Azreal As It Gets (1:54.2) won the third pacing division. Other winners in the Freshman Trotting class were Looking for Zelda (1:56.1), who went the fastest of the four divisions, Perfect Summer K (1:56.3), and Weekend Wit BigD (1:58.2), who paid $84.80 to win. Driver Vic Kirby also drove Division one winner Maria Deo to her upset victory. On Sunday, the colts and geldings took front and center stage, and so did Drivers Tyler Buter and George Napolitano Jr, who each had 5 wins on the 14 race program. There were 3 divisions in the pacing class. They went to Linda Toscano Trainee Casual Cool (1:54.1), Roland Mallar student Yupper (1:53.1), and the John Butenschoen conditioned Parike Blue Chip, who's 1:51.4 clocking was the series' fastest. The trotting divisions were taken by Lynette Buter trainee I Know My Rights (1:57.4), Ake Svanstedt's Six Pack (1:55.4), and John Butenschoen charge Scirocco Rob (1:57.3). Also on the program, the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover took down a hard-earned victory in the Winners Over on Sunday in 1:50.1 for owners Tri-County Stable and Bruce Kennedy. The 5-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again was parked early, but settled into prime striking range behind the brushing Kid PK before using a passing lane move to win. He was driven by Vic Kirby. It's another big week of racing coming up at Harrah's Philly starting Wednesday. As always, Harrah's offers low takeouts on their Pick 4 (starts in race 2) and pick 5 (starts in race 6) of 15%. On Thursday, triple millionaire Market Share will be in action in race 8, an upper conditioned level trot. On Friday, the mares will be in action. Race 8 is an upper-conditioned level pace, featuring winners from a week ago Cousin Mary and Regil Elektra in a stellar field of 9. Harrah's Philly races live every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with a post time of 12:40 PM Eastern. Michael Bozich .

There were four divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 20), each going for a purse of $30,000. The first division for filly pacers went to Magic Forces (Marcus Miller). The daughter of Art Major-Magic Of Michelle went right to the top, setting fractions of :27.3, :56.1, and 1:24.1. The final time was 1:52, a lifetime mark.. The Erv Miller trainee is owned by Paymaq Racing, Ron Michelon, and Hannah Miller. Division two saw Cool Cat Racing's Perplexed take advantage of a pocket-trip to pick up the victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Monkeys Can Sing won for the sixth time in her career in start twenty-eight for Trainer Nifty Norman. She now has earnings over $95,000. World Apart (Jason Bartlett) set an extremely slow tempo on the front end to secure the victory as the heavy favorite in the third division. The daughter of Art Major-Polar Opposition had plenty left in the tank, stopping ghe clock in 1:52.2 for owners South Mountain Stables, Bay's Stable, Little E LLC, and Radio Racing Stable. She is trained by Linda Toscano. She is now a seven time winner with earnings over $265,000. Division four saw Chillin It De Vie (Marcus Miller) rallying from second-over position to win. The daughter of Well Said-Flibbertigibbet paced the mile in 1:52 for owners Joie De Vie and Winbak Farms. She is trained by Hermann Heitmann. It was her fifth career win, with career earnings now over $60,000. The first division for filly trotters went to Hot Mess Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Cantab Hall-Her Culese went right to the front, and drew off willingly in a final time of 1:53.4, just two-fifths of a second off of the track record. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Her Culese is owned by Ed Smith Estates, Dave Smith, James and Dan Giannuzzi, and is trained by Joe Pavia Jr. It was her fifth career win in start twenty-five, with over $93,000 in career earnings. Division two saw Itsgoodtobequeen (Pat Berry) looping off of cover sweeping past in 1:54.4 for owners Jon Erdner, Martin Garey, and Henry Wieseneck. Doug Hamilton was the winning trainer. The victory for the daughter of Muscle Massive-Ucalthisahoneymoon is now over $100,000 in career earnings and a six-time winner out of twenty-three starts. Divisin three was taken by Broadway Concert (Corey Callahan). The daughter of Broadway Hall-Luscious Lindy sat pocket behind EZ Passer, who made a break at the eigth pole. The John Butenschoen trainee inherited the lead, and went on to win in 1:54.3. It was her fifth career win in start nineteen for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. The fourth and final division went to Sianna Hanover (Joe Bongiorno). The daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity sat the pocket before roaring up the passing lane for the victory in a final time of 1:55.4. She is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and trained by Ron Burke. It was her fifth career win in start twenty-five, with earnings now over $166,000. Michael Bozich .

At nearly 99-1 odds, the Francisco Del Cid trainee Stealth Hanover made a break in the Hambletonian eliminations, finishing eighth, failing to make the harness racing final. After another up-the-track finish in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, the 3-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-Secret Credit began to figure it out. With the addition of trotting hopples and driver Simon Allard, things began to turn around. Stealth Hanover entered the John Simpson Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia Sunday afternoon (September 17th) on a two race win streak. The latest coming in the Liberty Bell last week at Harrah's Philadelphia, a three and three-quarters length win in a lifetime's best 1:54 clocking. This week, he was face-to-face with Hambletonian Champion Perfect Spirit (Ake Svanstedt). It was the Svanstedt's charge first race since winning the prestigious trophy back on August 5th, via disqualification. This day was indeed a different day however, as Stealth Hanover went right to the top and never looked back. He won in a track-record time of 1:52, ousting the great Pinkman's record of 1:52.2 for 3-year-old gelding trotters set in 2015. It was his fifth win of the season. Stealth Hanover is also co-owned by Mario Mazza. There were four divisions in total of the John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. The Julie Miller trainee Fly On scored another impressive victory in race two on the program. The son of Muscle Hill-Calchips Finisher drew away to win in a time of 1:53.1 for owners Arden Homestead, Gaitway Stables, and the Andy Miller Stables. It was easily a lifetime best. In a re-match of the Townsend-Ackerman at the Meadowlands, Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt) turned the tables on Two AM (Tyler Buter) in 1:53.3. The gelded son of Muscle Hill-My Favorite Chip struck the top after being parked the quarter, going on to a decisive victory for owners Melby Gard Inc. Division three went to Awol Hanover, winning for red-hot trainer Luc Blais in a lifetime's best 1:54.3. The gelded son of Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover sat pocket behind the deliberate speed of President Lindy, before edging out at the eighth pole to power by. He is owned by Determination of Canada. There were also four division of the John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers going for a purse of $30,000. The first division was won by Mark Silva trainee Mac Attack (Andy Miller). The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pirouette Hanover was a dominant front end winner, scoring in a lifetime's best 1:50.2. He is owned by Jeffrey Snyder. Division two went to Q's Cruise (Victor Kirby). The gelded son of Yankee Glide went on to his seventh win in his last nine starts with the pocket victory today. The 1:50 clocking was a lifetime's best. He is owned by trainer Jim King Jr. The win put him over the $100,000 mark in career earnings. The third division was taken by Eddard Hanover (Matt Kakaley). The gelded son of Dragon Again-Edra Hanover went to the top, and held off the pocket sitter Mac's Jackpot to secure the win. The final time was 1:52.1. He is owned by Burke Racing, Jjk Stables, Larry Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi. The fourth and final division went to Beach Boogie (Simon Allard). The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Dance Until Dawn was expertly rated by Allard, scoring in 1:52.1 for owners Allard Racing, and Jack and Ferne Frydman. The Rene Allard trainee was able to out sprint the heavily favored Donttellmeagain to win for the eighth time in his career. Michael Bozich .

The Liberty Bell Series continued on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the hrness racing 3-year-old Fillies taking front and center stage. There were five division for trotters and three divisions for pacers, each going for a purse of $30,000. The first trotting division was taken by John Butenschoen trainee Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan). The high percentage winning daughter of Cantab Hall-Pine Chip went right to the front, setting fractions of :28, :57.2, 1:26.1, and completed the mile in 1:55. She gamely held off the late bid of the pocket-sitting Sianna Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) for her 11th win in 24 starts. She pushed her earnings lifetime earnings over the $600,000 mark for owners Bill Wiswell and M & L of Delaware. Division two saw Cool Cates (Andy McCarthy) score the front-end victory. The Noel Daley charge was engaged by Hot Mess Hanover (George Napolitano Jr) at the 5/8ths mark, but was able to rebuff that bid, winning in 1:55.1. Leet Hanover finished second, while Hot Mess Hanover faded to third. It was the 6th win in 16 career starts for the daughter of Yankee Glide-Dance To Market, who is owned by All Laid Out Stables. Another gate-to-wire victory in division three, this time to Charlie Norris trainee Treviso. The daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela was able to rate the mile (:29.2, :59.4, 1:28.3, 1:56.3), mostly because two top contenders (Caviart Wonder and No Bus For Us) made breaks at the start. It was Treviso's 11th career win in 20 starts, with earnings just below $300,000. She is owned by Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris. Linda Toscano trainee Crann Tara (Tim Tetrick) made a miraculous recovery after an early break to score in division four. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Shan Richess broke around the first turn, losing nearly 10 lengths before recovering to sweep on by in 1:56.2. It was her 8th career win in 21 starts. Race favorite Itsgoodbequeen (Marcus Miller) broke at the start. Crann Tara is owned by Bill Donovan. The fifth division went to Joe Jannuzzelli's EZ Passer (Jeff Gregory). The daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad used a pocket trip to her advantage, driving up the passing lane to win in a time of 1:55.3 for Trainer Mark Harder. It was her 7th win in start 26, with earnings now over $130,000. The first pacing division went to Sweetest Emotion (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Sweet Paprika rallied strong down the stretch to sweep on by in 1:52.3 for owners Pinske Stables, Enzed Racing, and Carter Pinske. It was her 5th career win in start 25, with earnings over $85,000. Yves Sarrazin's YS Tallia (Simon Allard) was game in victory in division two. The daughter of Western Ideal-Bolero Tallia brushed powerfully to the top, and never looked back, stopping the clock in 1:53.1. It was her 5th career win in start 15, with earnings over $95,000. The third and final pacing divison was won by Nick Surick trainee Ella Christina (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Western Ideal-Arthroscopic made the front-end, but yielded the lead to race-favorite Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy). Ella Christina used the passing lane for room past the 1/8th pole, drawing off willingly in a time of 1:51.4 for owners Surick Stables, J L Benson Stables, Bill Daggett Jr, and Lawrence Vukovic. Driver Tim Tetrick had four driving wins on the program, including three in The Liberty Bell Series. Michael Bozich

The Liberty Bell Series got underway at Harrah's Philadelphia Sunday afternoon with four harness racing divisions for both the 3-year old male pacers and trotters, each going for a purse of $30,000. Division one for the pacers went to Howard Taylor and Ray Schnittker's Summer Side. The son of Well Said-Beachy Lady was able to set the tempo (27.2, 55.4, 1:24.2) going on to a one length win in 1:52.1. It was the colt's sixth career victory, and one of 5 wins on the day for Driver Tim Tetrick. Summer Side's career earnings are now over $319,000 in 21 career starts. Jim King Jr's Q's Cruise (Tim Tetrick) was impressive in victory in the second division. The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser-Modern Hanover struck the front, but yielded the lead to Jo Pa's Somebeach (Brett Miller). After drafting in the pocket, Q's Cruise took aim at the 1/8th pole, and went on to an in-hand victory in 1:51.4 for his 6th win in his last 8 starts. After a track record performance last week, Fox Hollow Farm's Boogie Shuffle (Tyler Buter) won his third straight. The gelded son of Well Said-Ciela Hanover used the passing lane to his advantage, winning a blanket finish in 1:51 for trainer Mark Harder. It was his sixth career win, with earnings now over $360,000. The fourth and final division when to Ron Burke trainee Eddard Hanover (Yannick Gingras). The gelded son of Dragon Again-The Panderosa brushed past the quarter and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:51.3. It was his 6th career win, with earnings now over $230,000. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Jjk Stables, and Larry Karr. Division one for the trotters went to John Butenschoen trainee Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan). The son of Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover won an early battle on the front end and never looked back, securing the victory in 1:54.3 for owners Harmony Oaks Racing, David J Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stables. It was his 12th career win, with earnings now over $400,000. The second division was won in gate-to-wire fashion by President Lindy (Andy Miller). The gelded son of Cantab Hall-True Diva set fractions of 28.2, 58, 1:26.4 and completed the mile in 1:55. It was the Julie Miller trainee's 4th career win, with earnings now over $64,000. He is owned by Andy Miller Stables,Lindy Racing, Gaitway Stables, and Stale Why Not. Division three went to Stealth Hanover (Simon Allard). The gelded son of Andover Hall-Secret Credit made the top, but yielded the lead to favorite Muscles Jared (Chris Lems). He vacated his pocket spot at the eighth, and went on to an impressive 2 length win in a lifetime's best 1:54. It was his 4th career win, with earnings now over $75,000. The fourth division went to Todd Buter trainee Two AM (Tyler Buter). The gelded son of Muscle Massive-Conway Hall benefited nicely from a speed duel up top, sweeping 3-wide at 3 quarters, en-route to a 5 length win in 1:53. It was his 10th career win in 15 starts, with career earnings of over $175,000. Michael Bozich

There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for harness racing 2-year-old filly pacers contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Aug.24), each going for a purse of just over $52,000.   In the first division, it was Ron Burke trainee Double A Mint (Yannick Gingras) completing a long-uncovered grind for the win. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Double Creme was put into play just after the half, moving up to challenge leader Scuola Hanover (Dave Miller) with 3/8ths to go. It was a thrilling finish, with Double A Mint ($6.20) getting up in time over longshot pocket-sitter Yankee Will Dance (Brett Miller), while Apple Hanover (Tim Tetrick) finished third. The final time was 1:53.2. It was her third career win in five starts. The freshman filly is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Dandy Farms, and Silva, Purnel & Libby.   In division two, trainer Ron Burke did it again with Strong Opinion (Matt Kakaley). The daughter of Well Said-Rough Sketch got to the top before yielding to eventual second place finisher Alexa's Power (Scott Zeron). After patiently drafting, Strong Opinion took aim at the leader at the 1/8th poll, winning a thrilling stretch drive in 1:53.3. Sarpa Hanover (Andy McCarthy) finished third. Strong Opinion ($3.60) is owned by Burke Racing, Jack Piatt II, Silva, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi.   The third and final division was the fastest of the afternoon, as the highly touted Rainbow Room (Dave Miller) had to dig in late to win. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue brushed powerfully shy of the half, and held off 4-5 co-favorite Come See The Show (Tim Tetrick) by a nose to win in 1:51.2. Majorsspeciallady (Matt Kakaley) finished third. It was the fourth career win in five starts for the talented filly, who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz. She is trained by Joe Holloway.   Michael Bozich  

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 www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or archived at www.betamerica.com/BARN. 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

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