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HARRINGTON, DE - George Teague Jr.'s Daiymir ($5, Montrell Teague) registered his second straight win Monday in the $15,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:51. The Mr. Wiggles 4-year-old stallion reeled in stretch leader and race favorite Options Are A Dream late for a narrow win. Trained by Clyde Francis, it was his fourth win of the season. The same connections teamed up for a win one race earlier, with GWT ($3.20). Driver Montrell Teague won three consecutive races, as his aunt Brenda Teague's Delaware Chrome ($2.80) was victorious in the third race. Mike Cole, Jim Morand and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. Joe Columbo had a training double. George and Tina Dennis and Nanticoke Racing each had an owner's double. The 4th race was named in memory of popular long-time Delaware horsemen J.D. Dennis. Dennis raced horses for over 60 years along with his wife Nellie, and has two sons (George and Eddie) who are both long time horsemen currently racing in Delaware. Dennis also has another son, J.D. Dennis Jr., and two daughters, Ellen Lee McReynolds and Sandra Robertson. Dennis was also a former board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues on Monday through Wednesday until October 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Many of the top Delaware sired 2-year-old horses were showcased Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events highlighted a 15-race program. The first final was for male pacers as Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($2.20, Victor Kirby) was a commanding 1:53.4 winner over Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt. The Roddy's Bags Again-Shake Away gelding recorded his second career win in a lifetime best via a wire-to-wire by open lengths. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was his second win in five lifetime starts. A major upset occurred in the male trotting final when previously unbeaten Embrace The Grind made a break at the start and E&K Stable, Earl and Lois Walters and Paul Williamson's Just As Striking ($55.60, Eddie Dennis) capitalized and was able to cruise to a 2:01.4 win over Say Geseundheit and Rich N Royal. A son of Anders Bluestone-Ringside Katie, it was the first career win for Just As Striking, who is trained by his driver. George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff ($2.60, Montrell Teague) won the filly pacing final in a new lifetime best of 1:55.2. The home bred (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) was aggressive from post position two and never relented in her front end win over Vistamista and Roddy's At It Again. A minor upset was sprung in the filly trotting final as Rod Allen's Disco Soliel ($21.40, Allen) was a 2:01.4 winner. The Cr Commando-Cr Penny Lane filly held off Cierra's Choice and Dark Dutchess for her first career win in her second lifetime start. She is trained by her owner/driver. Three $15,000 consolation events were also held for DSBF horses. Carolina Shag ($3.60, Mike Cole) won the filly pace for owner Forrest Bartlett and trainer Kevin Lare. Breakaway Racing's Gettinziggywitit ($3.40, Corey Callahan) prevailed in the trotting consolation for trainer Nick Callahan. Tim Hundertpfund's Awiggleandagiggle ($7.20, Allan Davis) won the male pace consolation for trainer Joe Hunderptfund. Cole had four winners on the card, while Montrell Teague had three. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing pacing fillies were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 15-race program was dominated by driver Victor Kirby who recorded one of his five wins in the first $20,000 DSBF division, as Jason and Tim Skinner's In And Out Again ($4.40, Kirby) was a 1:59 winner over Miss Giggles and Little Miss Pat T. The Roddy's Bags Again filly overcame some traffic issues throughout the mile to score an easy win, the first of her career for trainer and co-owner Jason Skinner. The second division saw a repeat elim winner in George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff ($5.40, Montrell Teague), who prevailed in 1:56.4 over Vista Mista and Lynx's Lazy Lady. Trained by Clyde Francis, it was the second win in four career starts for the daughter of Southwind Lynx. Teague drove the final divisional winner for his aunt Brenda Teague as Anneke ($7) notched her first career victory over Roddy's At It Again and Golden Wigglet in 1:56.1. The Southwind Lynx filly saved ground throughout and emerged down the passing lane late for the win for her owner/trainer. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 3, when all DSBF 2-year-old finals will be contested. In the $15,000 Mares Open, Kaitlyn N ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) continued to assert herself as a top mare on the circuit, with her third straight triumph in 1:52.1 for trainer and co/owner Josh Parker. Nanticoke Racing and Barry Spedden are also partners on the 5-year-old American Ideal mare who is approaching $100,000 in seasonal earnings. Artrageous was second with On Your Six third. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

It's been three years since Wiggle It Jiggleit's memorable Little Brown Jug win at the Delaware County Fair, but the race remains a topic of conversation whenever fans approach driver Montrell Teague. And that's more than OK with Teague, who will try for a second Jug trophy Thursday with one of the event's favorites, Lather Up. "I don't mind," Teague said with a laugh. "The first thing they say is you've got a good shot at doing it this year too but congratulations on the last one because it's probably the best one I've ever seen. That always makes me feel good." Teague said he's watched the replay of Wiggle It Jiggleit's victory over Lost For Words a number of times. Wiggle It Jiggleit raced alongside Lost For Words for nearly five-eighths of a mile, fell behind coming off the last turn, and then rallied in the final strides to win by a nose. "I get emotional every time," Teague said. "It was a super, unreal, kind of race. I don't know if any other horse could have done what he did. It's too tough for just a normal horse." The 27-year-old Teague, who was the second-youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug, will try to find his way to the winner's circle again with Lather Up. The colt, who is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Gary and Barbara Iles, heads to the Jug with 10 wins in 12 starts this season. His victories include the North America Cup in June and the Ohio Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 8, where he broke his own track record at Scioto Downs with a 1:49.3 mile despite a rain-soaked surface. "It always feels good (to come to Delaware), especially when you've got a shot to win," Teague said. "Even if I'm not in the race, I usually like to come out anyway, hang around and see everybody, because it's a great atmosphere. But it's always a plus to have a horse in it." The Little Brown Jug, which features eliminations and final on the same day, is for 3-year-old pacers and is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Lather Up is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two eliminations and will start from post one. The top-four finishers from each elimination advance to the winner-take-all final later in the afternoon. Post positions for the final will be drawn based on finishing positions in the eliminations. "At least we've got a good place to start," Teague said. "You can't beat the rail. Anything can happen, but he leaves good, so that makes you feel better. His last two starts were as good as I've ever seen him." The second elimination includes Stay Hungry, who will become the first Pacing Triple Crown winner in 15 years with a victory in the Jug, as well as Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice and Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover. Courtly Choice, who was supplemented to the race for $45,000, is the 2-1 favorite from post one while Stay Hungry is 5-2 from post four and Dorsoduro Hanover is 4-1 from post five. Dorsoduro Hanover is the richest 3-year-old pacer of the season, with $687,362 in purses. Lather Up is next, followed by Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry. The group is separated by less than $38,000. They have yet to meet in the same race this year. "There are no slouches," Teague said. "All of them are making the money. We've gone different paths, but everyone is just as good as the other one, I think. "It all leads to the Jug." Here are the fields for the $102,720 Little Brown Jug eliminations. The purse for the final will be $436,560. First elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 2. This Is The Plan-Andrew McCarthy-Chris Ryder-8/1 3. Babes Dig Me-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/1 4. Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-7/2 5. Key Advisor-Chris Page-Tony Alagna-15/1 6. Nutcracker Sweet-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-6/1 7. Wes Delight- Yannick Gingras-Chris Oakes-12/1 Second elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-2/1 2. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10/1 3. Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-6/1 4. Stay Hungry- Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 5. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 6. Decoy-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-15/1 NOTES: David Miller leads active drivers with four Little Brown Jug wins. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance share the record, with five each. Miller is the leading driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair, entering this year with 222 wins...Yannick Gingras has two wins in the Jug, including last year with Filibuster Hanover. The last driver to win in consecutive years was Ron Pierce in 1998-99... Teague is the only other driver in this year's event with a win...The youngest driver to win a Pacing Triple Crown was George Sholty (at age 33) with Romeo Hanover in 1966. Doug McNair is 28. Ron Burke won last year's Little Brown Jug with Filibuster Hanover and the 2014 edition with Limelight Beach. The last trainer to win in consecutive years was Casie Coleman in 2012-13...Billy Haughton has the record for training wins with six, followed by Stanley Dancer with four. Five trainers are tied with three...Clyde Francis won the 2015 Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit...Jimmy Takter won the 2006 Jug with Mr Feelgood. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Delaware, OH - Ohio-bred champion Lather Up and supplemental entry Courtly Choice, drew the coveted rail positions in their eliminations for the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 20th at the Delaware County Fair. Lather Up is a homebred son of I'm Gorgeous and has won $738,965 for Gary and Barbara Iles. He has won 14 of 19 career starts including the $760,000 North America Cup and the $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final. Lather Up will be driven by Montrell Teague and is trained by Clyde Francis, the same connections that won the 2015 Little Brown Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Courtly Choice has won nine starts this season and has banked more than $700,000 lifetime. The bay son of Art Major is owned by Huff Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice is conditioned by Blake MacIntosh and driven by the four-time Jug champion David Miller. Courtly Choice was not Jug eligible, but thanks to his win in the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace his connections could pay the $45,000 supplemental payment. Drawing post #4 in the second elimination is Stay Hungry, who is looking to become the 11th horse to win pacing's "Triple Crown." It has been 15 years since No Pan Intended accomplished this feat. The Sombeachsomewhere - My Little Dragon colt has won $1.1 million, including the $281,000 Cane Pace and the $500,000 Messenger Stake. Stay Hungry is owned by Bradley Grant and the Estate of Irwin Samelman, trained by Tony Alagna and will be piloted by Doug McNair. The first four finishers in the $102,720 eliminations will return for the second heat. The winner of the $436,560 final heat will be declared the 73rd Jug champion. The complete Little Brown Jug field and announced drivers: $102,720 - 1st Elimination (first four finishers return for second heat) PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Lather Up (Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis) 2. This Is The Plan (Andrew McCarthy/Chris Ryder) 3. Babes Dig Me (Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna) 4. Done Well (Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown) 5. Key Advisor (Chris Page/Tony Alagna) 6. Nutcracker Sweet (Jordan Stratton/Jimmy Takter) 7. Wes Delight (Yannick Gingras/Chris Oakes) $102,720 - 2nd Elimination (first four finishers return for second heat) PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Courtly Choice (David Miller/Blake MacIntosh) 2. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller/Julie Miller) 3. Hitman Hill (Brett Miller/Chris Oakes) 4. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair/Tony Alagna) 5. Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 6. Decoy (Jimmy Takter/Jimmy Takter) $436,560 - 2nd Heat Post time for the Thursday card will be 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 13) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Montrell Teague, driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice; Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack; Michelle Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight and Jeremy Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th career win. Teague, driver of Lather Up, will discuss the great Ohio Sire Stakes Champion that will step up once again to face the top three-year-olds. Teague, who drove 2016 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, will discuss his chances and how he feels Lather Up will be able to handle the heats in Delaware, Ohio. Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice, told the USTA's Ken Weingartner on Tuesday "we'll head to the Jug next" week. We will discuss how he feels the colt has been training leading up to the race and how he thinks he will handle the heats next Thursday. Courtly Choice paid a $45,000 supplemental entry fee. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight, will talk about their recent purchase as they get ready for Delaware, Ohio. The Crawford's had another colt, Winston, staked to the Jug, but weren't sure that he was ready to make the lead. So they invested in Wes Delight who has made over $300,000 in 2018. Crawford will talk about their past Jug experiences and what draws them into the excitement of the race. Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th win, will join the program to talk about his milestone victory.  He will talk about his career so far and discuss where his career may be headed going forward. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Trainers Ronnie Burke and Brian Brown both had a fantastic Super Night at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8, despite the chilly conditions and non-stop pouring rain. A healthy crowd was on hand to witness $2.2 million in purses awarded to eight victorious Ohio-breds. Burke took home three of the eight $275,000 Championships, beginning with Wittyville, a freshman Manofmanymissions colt, who is out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl, in the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot. Owned by Burke Racing, breeder Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville picked up his second career win in six starts--upping his lifetime earnings to $176,010 with his 1:57 front-stepping victory. Leaving the gate at 10-1 odds, Wittyville and driver Chris Page bested second-place finisher 5-2 Lane of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by 3½ lengths, with another Burke trainee, 6-1 Dylan The Great (Matt Kakaley) notching show honors. Burke next harnessed the Yankee Cruiser filly Baron Remy to capture the $275,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship in a healthy 1:52 as the 5-2 choice. Chris Page was in the sulky behind Baron Remy, who is out of the Shady Character mare Riley Character, and who was also on the front end the entire mile for owners Burke Racing, Silva, Purnell & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Baron Racing Stable, Baron Remy was 2½ lengths ahead of 25-1 longshot Believe In Waco (Aaron Merriman) at the wire, with 16-1 Smiley Dragon (Trace Tetrick) getting up for third. Baron Remy's seasonal earnings now stand at $233,370 from three wins, five seconds and a third in 13 starts, while her career bankroll is a bulging $329,434 from six wins, five seconds and three thirds in 20 lifetime trips postward. Impinktoo gave Burke his third Championship crown when the Manofmanymissions-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall daughter cruised to a 1:55.4 clocking at 3-1 odds with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Owned by Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing, Impinktoo used come-from-behind tactics to get the job done, snaring her second win of the season and fifth lifetime victory after overtaking the leading 8-1 Spunky Bottom Girl (Tyler Smith), with 5-1 Sesame grabbing third with David Miller in the sulky. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, this latest triumph upped her career earnings to $276,185 and her 2018 account now stands at $209,145. Canadian-based trainer and co-owner Robert McIntosh couldn't have been happier when his Only Take Cash won the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:57. This daughter by Cash Hall-Armbro Affair-Garland Lobell got a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman, taking the lead at the quarter and never looking back to grab lifetime win seven in eight tries as the public's favorite. Princess Of Pink (Tony Hall), a 36-1 longshot, was second, 5½ lengths back of the winner, while 17-1 Spirit Bell (Ryan Stahl) was third. Only Take Cash had won every Ohio Sires Stakes leg except for her first, when she finished a game second to Vivi D. This homebred's career earnings now stand at $240,190 for owners McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, Canada. Frank Chick's travel to Ohio from Harrington, DE was well-worth the trip as his Queen Of The Pride captured the $275,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:54.2 as the 2-1 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Kevin Lare, this bay daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover-Western Ideal made every pole a winning one--pushing her lifetime earnings to $225,522. She was bred by Brad Wallace of Hickory Lane Farm fame. Carmen Ohio came from near last for Ryan Stahl to grab second at 20-1 odds, while 7-1 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Trainer Brian Brown trained both fillies, as well as fourth-place finisher, 21-1 choice Mi Nina Bonita (David Miller). High On Paydaze seems to have a penchant for the slop, and Super Night was no different, as the Nob Hill High youngster cruised to a 1:53.2 clocking in the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts. David Miller guided the 7-2 High On Paydaze, weaving his way through horses before prevailing at the end by a length over stablemate 7-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) It was a clean sweep for Brian Brown, who trains the homebred winner for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, as well as Rocky Candy and third-place finisher, 13-1 Dislocator (Chris Page), fourth-place finisher 6-1 Smackitwithahammer (Trace Tetrick) and fifth-place finisher 75-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl). The victory was High On Paydaze's fifth lifetime in six starts and pushed his earnings to $220,700. He had captured his first three Ohio Sires Stakes legs over similarly muddy surfaces but was third in Leg 4 over a dry track. The speedy bay colt is out of The Panderosa broodmare Myell. The stars aligned for a group of Indiana connections in the $275,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship when 2-5 Two O B Wonkenobi scored in 1:56.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by the Hoosier State-based partnership of Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche, the Dejarmbro gelding is conditioned by Indiana-based trainer Ernie Gaskin and was bred by Indiana breeding farm Pond-A-Acres. Two O B Wonkenobi was never headed throughout the one-mile test, staving off a late challenge by 5-1 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and third-place finisher 14-1 Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman). His seasonal bankroll stands tall at $245,545, while lifetime he's amassed $275,565 from nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 21 starts. Last, but definitely not least, Lather Up put the finishing touches on a star-studded program by pacing to a wire-to-wire triumph handily in a sizzling 1:49.3 under wraps for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis as the 1-9 favorite. Owned and bred by the Harrington, DE couple of Gary and Barbara Iles, the son of I'm Gorgeous grabbed season victory ten and lifetime win 14. Winner of the $1 million North America Cup earlier this season, Lather Up has $728,965 in his lifetime coffers. The hard-trying 13- Rockathon was second for David Miller, 5½ lengths behind the winner, while 12-1 Seeing Eye Single took home show money with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the bike. From 14 starters--the most of any trainers in the Championships--trainer Brian Brown had nine horses finish in the money (one win, three seconds, two thirds, two fourths and one fifth), while conditioner Ronnie Burke had eight starters (three wins, two thirds and one fifth). Manofmanymissions was the only stallion with two winners in this year's Championships, while broodmare sire Garland Lobell also had two winners. The Ohio Sires Stakes continue with $60,000 Championships for veteran pacers and trotters, 4-year-olds and up on Oct. 6 at Northfield and $60,000 Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies on Oct. 13 at Northfield. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.20, Montrell Teague) equaled the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts at Harrington Raceway Monday with a 1:51.4 triumph in an $11,000 Open II event. The No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt set all the fractions and was an easy winner over Dialamara and Q's Cruise in achieving his 16th career win in 22 starts. Trained by Leager, the mark tied the record set by Bags To Riches in 2017. Slick Tony has now banked more than $335,000 in his career. Later on the card, Slick Tony's half-brother, 2-year-old Son of A Lynx would win his second straight race in 1:57.1. A son of Southwind Lynx, he is also owned and trained by Leager. Teague and Russell Foster each had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker, Barry Spedden and Prestige Stables' Robbie Burns N ($3.40, Montrell Teague) made his harness racing Delaware debut a winning one Monday with a 1:51.2 win in the $15,000 Open pace at Harrington Raceway. It was one of four wins on the card for driver Teague who joined Victor Kirby with a grand slam. Trained by co-owner Parker, Robbie Burns was the beneficiary of a pocket trip behind pacesetter Blazing Bobby Sox. Robbie Burns finished with a flourish in the stretch to prevail. Blazing Bobby Sox was second, while Q's Cruise was third. A son of Live or Die, it was the fifth win of the season for Robbie Burns N, who had been competing in New York and Pennsylvania most of the summer after his arrival from New Zealand. One race earlier, venerable pacer Special T Rocks (Art Stafford Jr.), recorded his 54th career win in his 190th career start with a 1:52.1 triumph in an $11,000 conditioned pace. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding staved off a fierce charge from 3-year-old Slick Tony to pick up his second straight win for trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owners Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno. by Matt Sparachino, for Harrington Raceway    

Trenton, NJ --- Goldberg reminds driver Montrell Teague of two Team Teague stars when it comes to mannerisms. Now he will find out how closely he resembles them in major harness racing stakes action. Goldberg, a homebred 2-year-old male pacer, will prep for next month’s Metro Pace by competing in Saturday’s first of three C$92,127 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. Teague, who bred and owns Goldberg, also has the colt staked to the Matron and Governor’s Cup, not to mention the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund. “This is going to be one of his first true tests,” Teague said about Goldberg, a son of Mr Wigglesout of Chausettes Blanche, who has a win and a third in two starts. “I staked him pretty good. I hope he’s as good (as the competition). You never know what’s going to show up, but I’m going to give him every opportunity.” Teague and his dad, George Teague Jr., see early similarities between Goldberg and two Teague Stable standouts -- 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and this year’s North America Cup champion Lather Up. “He’s a pretty classy horse,” Montrell said. “He reminds me of how we started out with Wiggle It Jiggleit, the first year when he was just two fingers (to drive) and never got tired and had tons of speed. He’s pretty much the spitting image almost. I don’t know if he’s going to be as good as him, but he’s been showing signs of being like him so far. “Dad thinks very highly of him. He thinks he’s got some attributes that (Wiggle It Jiggleit) had and Lather Up had. When he started racing, I thought the same. I think he’s a pretty talented horse.” Montrell bred Goldberg after buying Chausettes Blanche online for $1,000. He remembered racing against her, noting that, “She usually came from off the pace and she was just a classy horse. It looked like she was in hand every single time. Sean Bier had her and he really loved that horse.” The mare won $329,250 racing primarily in Delaware. Although George did not recall her, he gave a thumbs-up to the purchase. The previous owners were unsuccessful in breeding the mare, but she caught with Mr Wiggles in “a one-shot deal,” Teague said. Unfortunately, the mare passed away before she could produce another foal. When it came to naming her colt, Teague got his idea off Facebook. He saw Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms was naming foals and asking people for suggestions with the theme of wrestlers. Thoughts of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg -- whose surname was his ring name -- sprung to Teague’s mind. “It’s weird how everything works,” Teague said. “Everybody was chiming in, but nobody said Goldberg and he was my favorite wrestler when I was younger. So I just went with the same theme she did. It was random. If I wasn’t on Facebook I probably would have had something more to do with the mom or dad.” Goldberg, who is trained by Montrell’s aunt, Brenda Teague, debuted on July 31 when he won a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:54.3. On Aug. 10, he finished a dead-heat third in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs. He led from the start before losing by one-quarter length. “He flipped his palate in his last race at Tioga, so we didn’t really think anything of it,” Montrell said. “We didn’t lose hope. We knew how good he was when he was training down. We gave him the benefit of the doubt. He had to have an excuse somewhere, and he did.” Teague is now ready to see exactly where Goldberg stands among the division’s big boys. Goldberg is the 3-1 second choice in his Nassagaweya division behind 8-5 morning-line favorite Captain Crunch, who is 2-for-2 for trainer Nancy Johansson. Dream Maker Series champ Captain Ahab, trained by Tony Alagna, is the 3-5 choice in the second division and Casie Coleman’s Canadian-record-holder Stag Party is 9-5 in the third. “This will be a conditioner for the Metro and all the other big ones to see who is the top 2-year-old,” Teague said. “Training down he’s got unbelievable speed, but you never know who you’re going to go up against. You can think you’ve got the best one, and hope you’ve got the best one, but until it comes down to race time you never know. “I’m excited, though. Dad is excited too and really thinks highly of him. He knows a lot more than I do, so I trust his opinion.” For complete entries for the Saturday card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, click here. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Columbus, OH - Lather Up and Bounding Dragon each captured a $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 18 in fourth round OSS action at Eldorado Scioto Downs.   By virtue of their victories, the third in the series for Bounding Dragon and the second for Lather Up, both have securing a starting berth in the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs.   Lather Up, a son of I'm Gorgeous trained by Clyde Francis for breeders/owners Gary & Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE, stormed to a 1:50.2 clocking in his division for driver Montrell Teague.   This dark bay colt sat third until just past the :27.1 first quarter, then pulled first and took control of the race on the front end, snapping off a :27 second quarter and a :28 third quarter, before posting a :28.1 final panel to finish 3 and ½ lengths ahead of gutsy 5-1 rival Sectionline Bigry (Aaron Merriman). Dragonology, a 38-1 longshot, finished third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   Lather Up left the gate at 1-9 odds for his connections and upped his career earnings to $601,465. He had previously won leg one in 1:50 at Miami Valley and later captured the $1 million America Cup at Woodbine in a blistering 1:48.1. He also won a Hempt elim in 1:49 at The Poconos and an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on Aug. 4 in a heart-stopping 1:49.4.   Bounding Dragon, a son of Dragon Again, had already won legs one (in 1:53) and three (in 1:51.1) of this series, and added his 1:51.1 posting in this leg four triumph to his credentials as the 4-5 favorite. He also has a second-place finish in leg three for trainer Mike Roth and owners Alan Keith of Johnstown, OH and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH.   Driver Danny Noble had Bounding Dragon on the front end from nearly start to finish, pacing through panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.3, before turning in a :28.3 last brush to hold off 8-1 rival Seeing Eye Single (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant head. Drew The Dragon and Aaron Merriman notched show honors at 5-1 odds.   Bounding Dragon, who has OSS earnings of $80,000 this season and career earnings of $201,509 is the leading point earner in the series, with 179.   Rockathon sits second in the standings with 121 points, while Lather Up is third with 102 and Seeing Eye Single is fourth with 87 points. Cinnamack sits fifth with 70 points, with Sectionline Bigry sixth (58 points) and Slick Mick and Rockn Motion are seventh and eighth with 53 points each. JoJo's Pet Rock is set in ninth with 41 points. The next highest point earners are Letsallrock, with 31 points and Sip And A Bite, with 26 points.   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues with two $50,000 Leg Four divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Monday night, Aug. 20 at Northfield Park.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

North America Cup champion Lather Up headlines a deep and diverse field in Northfield Park's premier event, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial on Saturday night, August 11. The race, a three year-old Open by invitation only, has attracted a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. Ohio-sired Lather Up has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Jimmy Freight drew the rail and is the 3-1 second choice. He ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. Jimmy Freight is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Dorsoduro Hanover drew post-5 and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh). Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. The 2018 $400,000 Milstein Memorial field: POST HORSE DRIVER TRAINER M/L 1 Jimmy Freight Louis Roy Andrew Harris 3-1 2 Lather Up Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 2-1 3 Thinkbig Dreambig Jordan Stratton Jimmy Takter 12-1 4 Springteen Rene Allard David Miller 6-1 5 Dorsoduro Hanover Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 4-1 6 Minnie Vinnie Aaron Merriman Curtis Carey 15-1 7 Slick Tony Russell Foster George Leager 20-1 8 Always A Prince Trace Tetrick Tyler George 10-1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock, took over as Chairman of Northfield Park upon his father's passing until earlier this year when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980's. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January, 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard "The Carl Milstein Memorial is our richest and most prestigious race of the year," stated Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, "but the rest of the card is loaded with exceptional racing as well." This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $700,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for four year-old-and-up Ohio Sired Pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers, and three $19,000 Open events. Superfecta wagering will be available on Saturday's featured 11th race event with a $20,000 guaranteed pool. It is also the fourth leg of the Pick-4, which has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330-467-4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron to sample some award winning fare. Making their return appearance to the Northfield Apron is Cleveland's award winning Barrio's food truck. Cleveland's Scene Magazine readers voted Barrio as the best food truck in northeast Ohio. Joining Barrio is the Addicted Coffee truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. Live music by Unknown Reason also will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. Attendees can also enter drawings that will take place throughout the evening. The drawings are FREE to enter and we will be giving away betting vouchers, gift cards, 55" SmartTV, amusement park tickets, and the Grand Prize of up to $2,000 in our Cases of Cash game. Plus, try your luck at our Putting Challenge, where you can win more cash and prizes from 7 - 8 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

A field of eight of the sports best three-year-old colts and geldings have RSVP'd "Yes" to compete in harness racing's richest Invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night, August 11. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. They will all converge on the Northeast Ohio oval on Saturday in Northfield's premier event of the season. Headlining the field of eight is Ohio-sired Lather Up, champion of the $1,000,000 (Canadian funds) North America Cup at suburban Toronto's Woodbine/Mohawk Park in June. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Fresh off of a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. Springsteen, winner of the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono on June 30, enters the Milstein off an impressive score in New York Sires Stakes competition at Yonkers Raceway in his most recent outing. Rene Allard conditions the career earner of $522,048. Jimmy Freight ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. He is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Always A Prince will race outside of Indiana for the first time when he lines up behind the Northfield Park staring gate. A winner of 11 of 13 career starts, Always A Prince crushed the field by over seven lengths in an Indiana Sires Stakes Final in his most recent outing at Hoosier Park on August 1. Multiple Delaware stakes winner Slick Tony will step into Grand Circuit company for the first time in Saturday's Milstein. 80-year-old owner/trainer/breeder George Leager and his wife Nola paid only $500 for Slick Tony's dam, Queen Kathy. Slick Tony has rewarded the Leagers with 15 victories in 19 lifetime starts, and nearly $300,000 in earnings. Making the longest voyage to Northfield is Iowa fair stakes legend Minnie Vinnie. A winner of 18 of 23 career starts, Minnie Vinnie had a profitable voyage east earlier this year when he finished second in the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Rounding out the Milstein field is the late-blooming Thinkbig Dreambig. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the winner of over $125,000 in just nine lifetime starts. The powerful field has combined to win 87 races and $2,769,468 in purse earnings. They certainly arrive at Northfield in top form, as seven out the eight horses in the field were victorious in their most recent efforts. The Carl Milstein Memorial post-position draw will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7. It will be race 11 on a 16-race program that will also include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace for veteran Ohio-breds and multiple divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. First race post time is 6:00 (Eastern), with the Milstein scheduled for an approximate 10:00 start. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Lazarus N, with a :25.3 last quarter mile for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras, was able to beat North America Cup winner Lather Up, by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:48.3 in his USA qualifying win Saturday morning at the Meadowland. It was Lather Up and driver Montrell Teague who left from post seven to take the early lead over Lazarus N in :28.2. The field then raced in alignment past the half mile in :55.3 and then the action began to heat up. Approaching the three-quarter mile marker, Gingras came first-over with Lazarus N and brushed right by Lather Up in 1:23. As they came down the stretch, Teague tried to urge Lather Up to come back against Lazarus N, but Lazarus N proved to be the strong horse as Lather Up could gain no ground on the winner. Blood Line (Andrew McCarthy) was third. The last half mile was also super impressive in :53 flat. "I couldn't be any happier with him," said Yannick as he dashed off to catch a flight to The Meadows for today's Adios stake. "He's very easy on himself and had tons of pace." Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, KY, Lazarus is the richest Standardbred of all time down under. The son of Bettor's Delight came to the USA from New Zealand, seeking to break the world record of Always N Miki of 1:46 and then become a duel hemisphere stallion, serving stud both in North America and Australasia. Lazarus N by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Ocean City, MD - Two divisions each of Maryland Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes for harness racing trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings were contested at Ocean Downs on Monday July 9th. The card opened with the first division of filly trotters going to the gate. Pilot Russell Foster tucked Baby I'm Worth It (Explosive Matter) in the pocket behind Boo Boo Baa Baa (Googoo Gaagaa) and Corey Callahan catching the leader in an exciting stretch duel in the 1:59.3 mile. Arlene Cameron is the trainer-owner and breeder of Baby I'm Worth It. In the first split for pacing colts and geldings, driver Montrell Teague and the gelding Own It ( Roddy's Bags Again) did in fact 'own it' when they went gate to wire stopping the clock in 1:55.2. Toms Titanium charged down the stretch to get second. Josh Green trains for Bay Pond Racing Stable and breeder Winbak Farm. The trotting fillies were back on the track in race three. The Callahan brothers, driver Corey and trainer Shaun, returned to the winners circle after a week's absence when Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) minded her manners after an unusual misstep last week. Corey and Gaagaa Gone held off heavy pressure from Crystal's Pistol (Cam's Rocket) in the last quarter. Corey Callahan also owns and bred the winner. Favorite Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) gave driver Russell Foster his second trip to the winners circle. Foster was not content with getting away third and took over the lead before the half, ending the mile 3¾ lengths ahead of Jeff Fout and America First (Roddy's Bags Again). George Leager bred, trains and owns Slick Tony who is nearing the quarter million dollar mark in earings. The Maryland Sire Stakes return on Sunday July 15th and Monday July 16th with the $67,000 Finals at Ocean Downs. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

WILKES-BARRE PA - A "Who's Who" of the free-for-all pacers, three-year-old trotters, and three-year-old pacers both male and female were gathered together at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, trying to perform well in elimination races and qualify for next Saturday's $2,000,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships race card. The expected rain thankfully never came, but there was a frontstretch headwind. FRANKLIN PACE (FFA p) Heaven Rocks A proved best in a cavalry charge to the wire, sweeping off cover to reduce his Stateside mark to 1:49.3 in the first of three $30,000 Franklin elims. Check Six moved to the lead after the 26.1 opener, got to the midpoint in 54.1, then was challenged by first-over Western Fame to the 1:22 ¾ pole. Heaven Rocks A tipped three-wide midturn, was (as has been his norm) a bit hard to keep on a maximum course late on the turn, but then showed determination to withstand late-charging Donttellmeagain by a neck, with Western Fame holding stoutly for third and a Franklin final spot. Ross Croghan trains the winner of $414,145, and driver David Miller co-owns him with the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham. McWicked made winning look McEasy despite a first-over journey, winning handily for driver Brian Sears in 1:48.3. Mach It So set the early pace of 26 and 54.2, then had to contend with the inexorable McGrind of the winner. McWicked took the lead shortly after the 1:21.2 ¾, then finished out in 27.1, 2¾ lengths ahead of Rockin Ron, who split horses late to just get second over longshot Mac's Jackpot, who photoed Mach It So for advancement to next week's Championship. Casie Coleman conditions the veteran son of McArdle, who now is at $2,394,362 in career earnings, for S S G Stables. Sintra, sitting third headstretch, ducked far inside for the stretch drive and did get to the wire first in 1:48.4 in his Franklin elim, but he went inside the pylons in doing so and was placed third, elevating All Bets Off, who missed a nose after setting much of the pace (54.2, 1:21), to the big share of the purse. Filibuster Hanover, sitting in the pocket after taking the early lead (26.1) then yielding and to All Bets Off's immediate left through the lane, was third placed second to halt his undefeated 2018 season, with Sintra's placement back to third still enough to get him through to the Championship. All Bets Off, who sat a world record here three years ago that still stands, was another successful teaming for Team Kakaley/Burke, nudging his earnings up to $2,990,054 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and the Panhellenic Stable Corporation. BEAL TROT (3YO Open trot) Manchego kept her career record perfect after 15 starts, but in taking on "the boys" in her $25,000 Beal Trot elim she was extended further than she had ever been before, holding off a game Crystal Fashion by a nose while equaling her career best of 1:52.4. Yannick Gingras kept the filly in midpack until traffic settled late on the first turn, then got her in gear before the 26.4 quarter, brushed to the lead, and got relatively soft middle fractions of 56 and 1:24.4. But through the stretch Crystal Fashion, who had ducked inside from second-over an 1/8 of a mile out, gained steadily, with Gingras chasing after the super filly late to maintain the victory and The Streak, in only her third race of the year. Jimmy Takter trains the winning daughter of Muscle Hill, who now has earnings of $929,688 for the ownership of Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Ohio champion Mission Accepted proved he was the real deal against Grand Circuit stock by taking the first of the Beal eliminations in 1:53.2. Those who had backed the Manofmanymissions colt to 4-5 had a few anxious moments down the back as their choice significantly gapped the cover of Patent Leather, who went his third split in 26.4 to clear pacesetter Whats The Word. But driver Ryan Stahl got more out of Mission Accepted and gained on the turn, then dove down into an open Pocono Pike, trotting away late for a 1¼ length tally over Patent Leather, with Lawmaker, forwardly-placed throughout, taking third. The winner, perfect in four starts this year and the OhSS Final victor at two, now has a bankroll of $268,300 for trainer Jeff Conger, who is also the co-owner with Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. Six Pack started from post six in his Beal elim, then recorded all "1"s across his charted line, withstanding a late Pocono Pike rush from Evaluate by ¾ of a length to win in 1:53.3. Trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt put the New York star right on the lead, and after a 29.3 second quarter breather the son of Muscle Mass flew home in 56 - 27.4.   Evaluate (at .90 odds to Six Pack's .80*), in the pocket, raced strongly in the lane to maintain second, with Fashionwoodchopper showing grit to hold on for third and advancement after having to go first-over. Six Pack now shows earnings of $345,055 for Ã…ke Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, and Stall Kalmar FF. HEMPT PACE (3YO c/g pace) They saved the best for last on Sun Stakes Saturday elimination night, as the I'm Gorgeous colt Lather Up brought to mind another recent good horse (Wiggle something or other) by making the lead past the ¼, then coming home in 53.1 in hand late for driver Montrell Teague to freeze the timer in 1:49 in his $25,000 Hempt elimination. After the 26.2 opener put down by Nutcracker Suite, Lather Up, three-wide just past the 1/8, raced up to grab command, got a huge breather with a 55.4 half, and then asserted his divisional dominance with the brilliant last half, winning by 2¼ lengths over Nutcracker Suite, with Wes Delight edging Well Done to move on to the Championship. But someone will have to go a big mile in seven days time to defeat Lather Up, trained by Clyde Francis and moving his bankroll to $544,765 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles, who saw their pride and joy remain undefeated in seven seasonal starts and add a seasonal record to his ever-growing resume. Dorsoduro Hanover made a swift move to the lead before the 5/8 in the first of the Hempt elims, then held on gamely over the late charge of Springsteen by a neck, with forwardly-placed This Is The Plan, looped for the lead down the back, coming back to be another neck off the 1:49.4 winner to complete the trio to advance. The victorious Somebeachsomewhere gelding took a new lifetime mark and set a season's record (so it only lasted 55 minutes ...), running his 2018 record to 4-for-5 this season while taking his earnings to $172,668. Matt Kakaley handled sulky duties for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stables LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC; and the Wingfield Five. Hitman Hill paid a 26.2 price to get the lead before the quarter, put down 54.4 and 1:22.1 middle splits, then lasted to the wire by a head over inside charger Shnitzledosomethin in 1:49.3, a personal best and a tick better than Dorsoduro Hanover divisional season's record. Stay Hungry, who found all sorts of trouble, out to the quarter before tucking from PP8, then checking when the first-over broke before the ¾, rallied stoutly for third to advance. Hitman Hill is a son of American Ideal who was guided by Brett Miller for trainer Chris Oakes, and the ownership of Tom Hill and Northfork Racing Stable. LYNCH PACE (3YO filly pace) Youaremycandygirl, looking more like her 2017 championship self, took the first $20,000 Lynch elimination on the engine in 1:51.3. Yannick Gingras was out to the 27.1 quarter to make the lead behind the daughter of American Ideal, then tripped the timer at the half in 56.2 before Alexa's Power moved up to challenge. The 6-5 second choice pacesetter (the first non-favorite to win in the eliminations after five straight chalk) and the 1-2* first-over battled to and past the 1:23.2 3/4s, with Alexa's Power dropping in the pocket at headstretch and second-over Double A Mint coming quickly in the lane. The "Candygirl" (named after a line in a song by the "group" The Archies) held off Double A Mint by a neck, with Alexa's Power and Hypnotic Tale next in line. Ron Burke conditions the winner of $925,915, 2-for-4 this year and 11-for-15 lifetime, for owner W. J. Donovan. Kissin In The Sand left to the early lead, let Sidewalk Dancer go by at the half, then surged in the Pocono Pike midstretch to catch that rival by a half length in 1:51.1 in the other Lynch elim. Sidewalk Dancer was out the whole way in the 26.4 quarter and almost to the half in 55 before clearing the winning favorite, went to the ¾ in 1:23.1, but succumbed to the pocket rocket late, with I'm Trigger Happy, Sansovina Hanover, and Serene Stride (the faster 5th-place finisher) going on to the Championship. Kissin In The Sand was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Nancy Johansson, and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has earnings of $345,545 for owners Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stables. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES (top older pacers) Why did he include a $30,000 race, the Great Northeast event, in this wrapup? How about because the winner, Bettor's Edge, equaled the fastest mile of the year on a 5/8-mile track in North America by winning in 1:48.2? How about because the fractions were 25.1, 53.3, and 1:20, and the nine-year-old winner set most of the pace? Rodeo Romeo got past Bettor's Edge after the astounding quarter, but then the winner of $2,133,382 was out and retaking for Scott Zeron in front of the stands and "got a rest" to the half. Then Highalator came first-over and got a small advantage late backstretch through the smoking 3/4s, but the winner held him off, then withstood the Pocono Pike late move of Rodeo Romeo to tally by a ½ length for trainer Jennifer Lappe, also the co-owner with Robert Santagata; Highalator was only a neck further back in third. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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