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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2019 -- The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows continues to climb. After yet another carryover, Monday's jackpot stands at $62,961.50. The Meadows offers the Super Hi-5 on the final race of each live program. First post for Monday's 13-race card is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2019 -- Amelias Courage A stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Harness Racing Pace at The Meadows. Amelia's Courage A was making her fifth domestic start since owner Thomas Mattingly and trainer Richard Perfido imported her from Australia, and she showed just how well she's adjusted. When Dan Rawlings pointed her inside, the 5-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dreamer shot past Touchamatic and scored in a career-best 1:51.3. Dark Force rallied for second, beaten a neck, while McDazzle finished third. With the win, Amelia's Courage A boasts a lifetime bankroll of $122,540. Mike Wilder collected four victories on the 13-race card -- including a pair for trainer Jason Robinson -- giving him eight over the past two programs. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the card features a $55,771.46 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5. First post for the 13-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak,  for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2019 -- Casey T pulled off a 7-1 upset when she used the Lightning Lane to outkick Kenziesky Hanover and capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Casey T and Dan Rawlings grabbed the early lead but released Kenziesky Hanover to take advantage of the pocket trip. Casey T was strongest in the lane, downing the rallying Rose Run Reanna by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:55.4. Kenziesky Hanover saved show. Tyler Stillings trains Casey T, a 6-year-old daughter of Madison River-Gia who boosted her career bankroll to $157,629, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Stillings and Rags To Riches teamed for three victories on the 13-race card while Stillings added to his big day with a driving win. In Wednesday's subfeature, an $11,200 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Blue Ivy turned in a sparkling performance for owner Renee Bercury and trainer Bill Bercury, winning in a swift 1:51.3. Blue Ivy was hammered down to 1-9 in the wagering and responded with a 7-1/4-length victory. Aaron Merriman piloted the 3-year-old filly, who now boasts $172,335 in lifetime earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $24,811.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA - The betting favorites did not let the crowd down during the two $16,000 harness racing features on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. First up was the contest for pacing males, and the crowd naturally went to the American Ideal sophomore colt Artie's Ideal, who had finished third, beaten only a neck, in his Little Brown Jug elimination, and was second in the New York Sire Stakes final to Hickfromfrenchlick. And Artie's Ideal did not disappoint from the pole, going coast-to-coast in 1:52.2 with a 1¾ length margin over Smackitwithahammer at the wire. The father/son team of driver Marcus and trainer Erv Miller saw the three-year-old boost his bankroll to $345,078 lifetime for Bay Pond Racing Stable. In the trotting section, the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Yankees Beast was sent off at the public's choice off of several good races at this level, although the occasional break made their support a bit lighter. But Yankees Beast was not a beast but a gentleman on this day, coming a long way uncovered and still grinding down the game pacesetting Trixar, who himself had been hung almost 3/8 to make the top, by a length in 1:56.2. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner Anna Kristina Lorentzon. Drivers Tetrick and Dexter Dunn were joined by trainer Mark Harder in having thee visits to Victory Lane on the Wednesday card.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - George Napolitano Jr., not long removed from achieving his 10,000th career driving victory, posted another milestone at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Monday twilight harness racing card, guiding Follow Your Heart to a 1:53.3 initial pari-mutuel victory to notch his 5000th lifetime driving success over the red 5/8-mile oval in northeast Pennsylvania. Just as he did with Motown N 16 days ago to get his overall win #10,000, Napolitano moved early for the lead with the favored Follow Your Heart, and the Rock N Roll Heaven freshman gelding kept control from there, coming home in :55.3 while lowering his mark over 4 seconds. The freshman is trained by Aaron Lambert, who is also co-owner with Ron Coyne Stables Inc., Blair Corbeil, and David Linker. Follow Your Heart trained by Aaron Lambert (in photo) Napolitano is well on his way to his 13th championship in the driving win category at the Pocono oval. In North American terms, Napolitano became the 18th driver to reach five figures in sulky wins, and he ranks 11th among active drivers. George also is sitting in third place among all North American drivers in 2019.     PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2019 -- When You Dance moved relentlessly first over, wore down the leader late and captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. When You Dance was third down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him after Go West Go Fast, who was racing off a layoff but dueled evenly with the challenger until-mid stretch. When You Dance edged away and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Enoch by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Go West Go Fast saved show. Christen Pantaleano owns and trains When You Dance, a 4-year-old Mach Three-Armbro Dancer gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $163,047. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins on the 12-race card while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features an $11,525.29 carryover in the final-race Super-Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - Tight Lines blew away a talented harness racing field in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, recording a 1:54.1 victory with a :56.3 back half despite 50o temperatures and a sloppy surface. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory was behind the innermost of the leavers and put foes in behind him to a :27.3 quarter, then got a :30 breather in the second stanza. From there the sprint was on, and the altered son of Yankee Glide was in complete control in the latter stages, winning by 4½ lengths over pocketsitter Joey Bats. Tight Lines has now won a third of his eighteen seasonal starts and has amassed $522,076 lifetime for Jeff Gregory Inc., Jesmeral Stable, and William Richardson. There was a trio of $17,000 co-features for younger horses trying to earn their way up the condition ladder. In the single trotting event, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Nextroundsonme got to the half in slow time even over the off going while on the lead, then stepped home in :57.1 to complete a 1:57.4 victory, defeating pocketsitting Conman Crown by 1½ lengths. George Napolitano Jr. drove the victorious three-year-old for trainer Jenny Melander and Belmar Racing And Breeding LLC. The first of the pacing co-features was for females, and Blue Ivy proved worthy of heavy mutuel backing with an easy 2½ length victory over two-holer Coral Bella in 1:53.1, coming her last half in :56.1 and her last quarter in :28 after moving to the lead past the quarter. The winner is a three-year-old Captaintreacherous miss who was driven by Tyler Buter for trainer Chris Oakes and the partnership of Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, and Chuck Pompey. In the division for male pacers, the sophomore Somebeachsomewhere gelding Quatrain Blue Chip moved to the lead in front of the stands, opened up a big lead with a :27.3 third quarter in the muck, and came home comfortably for a 1:53 triumph, 2¼ lengths to the good of JK Musicman. Trainer Chris Oakes completed a sweep of the pacing co-features with the three-year-old, who won a division of the Simpson Stakes at Philly three starts back, for owners Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay; the victory completed a driving triple for George Napolitano Jr., top among the sulkysitters on the night.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Muscle Mass mare Supergirl Riley made an early move to the lead and trotted on strongly to take the $17,500 trotting harness racing feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning in 1:52.3. Fresh off a 1:51.3 lifetime best at Lexington, Supergirl Riley was kept midpack early by driver Simon Allard, then moved at the quarter and grabbed the lead as the field neared the wire the first time. A final quarter of :28.1 was sufficient to keep the nearest challenger, the first-over Hill Of A Horse, 2¼ lengths at bay; the latter photoed out pocketsitter The Lionking As for place. Pocono's leading trainer, Rene Allard, trains the winner of three of her last four, who boosted her lifetime earnings to $457,713 for Allard Racing Inc., John Lengacher, and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. There were three $17,000 co-features for horses looking to climb the class ladder. Two of the races were for pacers; in the contest for males, the Captaintreacherous sophomore gelding Seafarer was the last choice in the field of five and last at headstretch, but he closed solidly to nose out JK Musicman while taking a new mark of 1:50.4. Driver Marcus Miller got the timing just right with the winner of three of his last five for trainer/father Erv Miller and the ownership of Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Tanah Merah Farms LLC. Marcus and Erv Miller came right back in the next race, the co-feature for pacing females, with another Captaintreacherous sophomore, Alli Nui, who also set a lifetime best with a 1:50.3 mile. Alli Nui sat behind pacesetting favorite Bestseller Hanover, moved out in the stretch to get the lead, then withstood the late kick of Blue Ivy by 1½ lengths for Ervin Miller Stable Inc., Hannah Miller, Nick Surick Stable LLC, and Louis Willinger. In the trotting contest, Macmorris Hanover was outside early and not able to clear to the lead until almost the second turn, yet he still had enough to hold off favored Fade Into You by 1½ lengths in 1:55.2 for driver Pat Lachance. The Cantab Hall sophomore gelding has now been victorious in two of his last three starts for trainer Bob Baggitt Jr. and owners Ben Mudry, Douglas Millard, Timothy Murray, and Howard Taylor.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - George Napolitano Jr. became the 18th North American driver to tally 10,000 driving victories on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when he guided Motown N to a hard-earned harness racing victory in the evening's ninth race. Motown N tucked third early, then used one of Napolitano's signature moves, a brush off the first turn, to make his way to the lead, but not until being parked the entire second quarter. Once on top, Motown N and Napolitano were in control, with "George Nap" rocking the horse home to a two length victory over Redbank Blaze A - driven by George's brother Anthony. Motown N did not recognize the milestone achieved by his driver, as he was under full steam right back to the paddock after the mile. But George was brought to the winners circle after "dropping off" the horse to join family, friends, and Pocono management to celebrate the major achievement. George Napolitano Jr. currently ranks 11th among active North American drivers in victories, and he is well on his way to taking his 13th seasonal crown at The Downs, and his eighth straight. George also has ten UDR titles at Pocono, and he was the winningest trainer here in five seasons. The win behind Motown N was his 4,982nd victory at Pocono since his first victory success in 2000. George won the North American dashwinning title in 2010, and this year he currently sits third in the standings. George's brother Anthony guided Luis Alberto N to a 1:50.1 victory in the $17,500 featured pace on the card. Anythingforlove A had laid down very hot fractions of :25.4, :53.2, and 1:21 and still held well in the stretch, but despite a speed-favoring track those giant fractions did take a toll, and Luis Alberto N came on steadily the last 3/8 to post a 1¼ lengths over the game pacesetter while posting a North American mile mark. Jose Godinez trains the Kiwi import for the ownership of Blindswitch Racing Stable and Dolne Farm Services LLC.   PHHA / Pocono

CHESTER PA - "Hometown" filly Philly Hanover made a strong move for harness racing driver Dexter Dunn down the backstretch of the $17,000 pacing features for fillies and mares on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, then paced off by herself to a 7½ length victory in 1:51.2. Sweet Cherry took over the early lead from Ilana Z Tam, and then in turn past the :27.2 quarter was passed by Anytime N, looking for her fourth straight win. Anytime N took the field past a :55.2 half, when Dunn moved Philly Hanover to the outside and paced right past the leader to the 1:23.3 three-quarters. The outer tiers became all clogged out up on the far turn, so the battle for place came down to a battle between early forward factors Ilana Z Tam and Sweet Cherry, with the former claiming second by a neck. It was the sixth victory of the year for Philly Hanover, who now has a seasonal bankroll of $170,814 and lifetime earnings of $282,229. Ron Coyne Jr. trains the sophomore for Ron Coyne Stables Inc. and Blair Corbeil. There were two $16,000 co-features, one for pacing distaffs and one for trotters. On the pace, another daughter of Captaintreacherous, the sophomore miss Catch A Secret, may not quite be on a level with her stablemates, two-year-old Lyons Sentinel and free-for-aller Shartin N, but the Jim King Jr. trainee is developing into a nice horse of her own, winning for the third time in her last four starts, here in a lifetime best 1:54. Tim Tetrick was in the sulky for owners Ben Mudry, Brad Maxwell, Dr. Fred Kruselnicki, and Kenneth Freidel. On the trot, the Cantab Hall sophomore colt Consus Victory is now three-for-three since being teamed with driver Vinnie Ginsburg, on Friday making the lead at the quarter and controlling the field from there in hanging up a 1:55.4 clocking. Jonas Czernyson trains the improving sophomore for the Consus Racing Stable Inc.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Favorites tasted defeat in all four harness racing divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6) at Harrah's Philadelphia, and all four winners took new lifetime marks. Blank Stare ($19.00) took top honors among 14 freshman male pacers, dueling down prohibitive favorite Lake Charles for a 1:52.4 victory in the first of two $49,700 divisions of the Bret Hanover. Corey Callahan angled the gelded son of Bolt The Duer and Hypnotize first-over from fourth as Pennsylvania Stallion Series standout Lake Charles (Jason Bartlett) rated a comfortable :57.2 half mile. Up the backstretch, Blank Stare accelerated to force a quickening pace, sticking a nose in front past three-quarters in 1:24.4 before dueling for the entirety of the far turn. Off the home corner, Blank Stare asserted and pushed clear of Lake Charles by 1-1/2 lengths, while Diamond Head (Austin Siegelman) finished third. John Butenschoen trains three-time winner Blank Stare for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, James Crawford IV and the In Over My Head Stable. The second Bret Hanover division saw Save Me A Dance ($31.20) and George Napolitano Jr. employ similar first-over tactics to grind down odds-on favorite Cigars And Port (Bartlett) on approach to the final turn. The Heston Blue Chip-Dance Hall Girl colt then outlasted a late rally from the second-over JK Lucky Charms (Eric Goodell) by a half length to win in 1:54.2. Alota Chips (Marcus Miller) lifted from third-over to narrowly miss the runner-up spot. Save Me A Dance gave Napolitano one of two stakes wins on the card, and was the second half of a stakes double for owner Robert Key and trainer Andrew Harris. Key and Harris also prevailed in the first $60,000 division of the Super Bowl for juvenile male trotters, when Sky Castles ($6.60, Bartlett) dug in through the far turn to parry a first-over challenge from 6-5 choice Loyal Fox Hanover (Victor Kirby) before sprinting away to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Hopeusteponalego (Marcus Schoen) finished a farther 3-3/4 lengths behind in third. It was the second career win for the son of Conway Hall and Sand Piper. Sky Castles was a dominant winner                  --Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos Napolitano completed his stakes double in the second Super Bowl split with Hell Patrol ($10.40). The Yankee Glide-Day At The Spa gelding followed live second-over cover up the backstretch and vaulted three-wide to the lead just after pacesetter Barley (Kirby) broke stride nearing the top of the stretch. Hell Patrol lifted late to reel in 1-2 favorite Saxon (Bartlett) -- who inherited the lead from the pocket -- by a half length in 1:57.1. Kyrie Deo rallied from third-over to take third. Marcus Melander trains two-time winner Hell Patrol for Courant Inc. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Oct. 9), with a 12-race card due to begin at 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - The fall stakes season at Harrah's Philadelphia began on Sunday with four $30,000 divisions of the John Simpson Memorial Stake for three-year-old harness racing colts on both gaits. Longtime Yonkers stalwart Jason Bartlett came to Philly on Sunday and won four races, three of them in stakes company. Two of the stakes triumphs came on the trot, including the fastest winner of the quartet, the Trixton colt Alternative Fact, who lowered his mark to 1:53.3 while notching his fourth straight win. Alternative Fact parked favored Explosivebreakaway a long way before yielding the lead, then rallied from the pocket to record a 1¼ length win over the pacesetter for trainer Ray Schnittker, who is also co-owner with Steven Arnold and Joe Sbrocco. In this race Steuben Hanover was interfered with just before the start and had all money wagered on him refunded. Bartlett also won with the Muscle Hill colt Summit In Sight in 1:54.3, going a long uncovered route and still having enough to defeat Nextroundsonme, who had vacated the pocket to follow him into the stretch, by a length. Julie Miller is the conditioner of Summit In Sight, who topped six figures in lifetime earnings with the win for Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. The other two trotting stakes were taken by George Brennan, who has combined with "fellow shipper" Bartlett to win 635 races at Yonkers this year as the 1-2 drivers at the Hilltop. The faster of Brennan's winners was the Muscle Mass gelding Cavill Hanover, who rallied past favored pacesetter Hatikvah by 1¼ lengths while taking a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner of $190,815 for the ownership of Little E LLC, Wolfgang A Stable Inc., and Börje Näsström. Muscle Massive, Muscle Mass's full brother, sired the other of Brennan's victors, the colt Mass Fortune K, who brushed to the lead in front of the stands then withstood pocketsitter Captain Krupnik by 1½ lengths while equaling his lifetime mark of 1:54.1. Norm Parker trains the winner, who went over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for owner Robert Key. The fastest of the four Simpson Stakes pacing winners was the Roll With Joe gelding Rollwithpapajoe, who also exceeded $200,000 in his career bankroll with a 1:50 engine score that featured back fractions of :54.1 - :26.3. The time was a lifetime best for the Joe Bongiorno-driven sophomore, trained by his sister Jennifer for Barbara Bongiorno Stable LLC, Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos. Second in the fast mile was Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show, who was 3½ lengths behind the winner and a neck ahead of Aflame Hanover, whose Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolation victory was faster than the time of Championship winner Southwind Ozzi. Another horse with national credentials, New York Sire Stakes final winner Hickfromfrenchlink, was the second successful trainer/driver teaming of Jason Bartlett and Ray Schnittker during the stakes-laden card, as the So Surreal colt notched his sixth straight win in a 1:50.3 - 54.2 mile that saw second-place Respect Our Flag 3¼ lengths in arrears at the wire. Hickfromfrenchlick, named for basketball star Larry Bird, bumped his earnings to $541,927 in a career that has seen him take 13 of 19 starts. The other two pacing colt stakes section were taken by driver George Napolitano Jr. "George Nap" started the card by teaming with trainer Tom Cancelliere, owner/brother John, and the Sweet Lou colt Love Me Some Lou, who despite having only one race in 37 days and having to go raw, withstood Seafarer by a neck to push his winnings to $231,452. Napolitano also drove the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Quatrain Blue Chip, who came clear up the inside from the pocket and fended off the late charge of Lyons Night Hawk by 1¼ lengths in 1:52. Chris Oakes conditions the winner for Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. Exactly one week ago, George Napolitano Jr. was dumped to the Harrah's oval when a horse of his made a break and hooked wheels. As Napolitano pointed his vehicle towards Pocono for nighttime action after notching three successes on the Sunday afternoon card at Philly, he had won 26 races in the interim, 13 at each track.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Somebeachsomewhere gelding The Wall gave a solid harness racing performance in the $14,500 featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, stopping the timer in 1:51.1. Each of the four panels on the timer reflected :27.4 quarters, but The Wall did not pace each of his own four splits in that figure. He was fourth, four lengths off, approaching the end of the first turn when Tony Morgan sent him on a quarter move, and the pair had cleared near the second turn. But The Wall did pace identical :27.4s coming home, holding off a late charge from Annihilation in going under the wire lengths in charge. Nick Surick trains the winner of $449,486 for J L Benson Stables Inc. Twin B Jays went right to the lead and was never usurped from that position in taking a $14,000 co-featured pace in 1:53.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Andrew Harris, and the ownership of Princeton Farms Inc. and Madalyn Henry. The sophomore Betterthancheddar gelding has a 6-2-3-1 record since coming south of the border to Pennsylvania and has already rung up $25,170 stateside. Father Nuno, the two-year-old full brother to Captaintreacherous, held off a son of Captaintreacherous, All Hands On Deck, to record his second career victory in 1:53.4; he previously won a PA Sire Stakes at The Meadows in 1:52.4. David Miller drove the son of Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure to the triumph for the Cancelliere brothers, trainer Tom and owner John; Miller topped the local colony on the day with four winning drives.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Class relief enabled Yonkers invader Ballerat Boomerang ($10.80) to sustain a first-over bid en route to a 1:50.3 victory in the Sunday afternoon (Sept. 15) harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   On the undercard, George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with five wins, capped by a 1:49.2 mile from Dealt A Winner ($3.20) in the sub-feature. The 6-year-old If I Can Dream gelding was unhurried early by Pat Berry, settling in midfield while K Ryan Bluechip (Tony Morgan) and Daamericansky (Austin Siegelman) disputed a :26.3 first quarter. With nine-sixteenths to go, Berry angled Ballerat Boomerang first-over, and he advanced steadily into a :55.2 half mile before pushing clear of K Ryan Bluechip up the backstretch. Ballerat Boomerang tried to accelerate away up the far side by way of a :27 third sectional, but K Ryan Bluechip maintained a close pocket through the final turn before angling out in upper stretch. Ballerat Boomerang held his ground to the winning post, notching the 44th win of his career by three-quarters of a length over K Ryan Bluechip. Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) circled around a stalled Little Ben (Daniel Dube) off the far turn to claim third. Nick Surick trains Ballerat Boomerang for the Engel Stable of Illinois and the J L Benson Stables. In the sub-featured $14,500 conditioned pace, Dealt A Winner overcame the back row by way of an early and lively flow to post a dominant 7-1/2 length victory over Alotbettor N. Napolitano drove the Mark Silva trainee to the 19th win of his career. Dealt A Winner's win keyed a 9-4-5-2-6 combination in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $257.82 to multiple bettors. The carryover for Wednesday's (Sept. 18) fifth race has grown to $24,142.29. First post for Wednesday's 13-race card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2019 -- French Moni earned the lion's share of the francs with a front-end victory in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. French Moni grabbed the lead for Jim Pantaleano in a contested 27.2 opening panel and had to repel the first-over challenge of Try Try Again, the 1-2 favorite. The 5-year-old son of Love You-Touch Of Money slowed appreciably in the lane, getting the last quarter in 31. But that was good enough to down My Indiana by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55.3, with Joey third. Scott Betts trains French Moni, who extended his career bankroll to $111,019, for Timothy Betts and Stephen Moss. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features four Pennsylvania Sires Stake championships -- each worth $253,000 -- for 3-year-olds. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA - The Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Nextroundsonme was well-prepared off a 33-day layoff by harness racing trainer Jenny Melander, moving well through the last quarter to take a 1:56.1 victory in the $16,000 trotting feature on a special Labor Day Monday afternoon of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr. reserved the five-time winner in third as Our White Knight put up fractions of :28, :58, and 1:26.2. When Nextroundsonme came out on the far turn and trotted up to the front end, neither the pacesetter nor pocketsitting favorite Vic's Winner could offer much resistance, and Nextroundsonme proved a two-length winner over an oncoming Rock My Muscles for Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. There were also a pair of $15,000 handicap paces for the top-priced claimers on the ground. In the first, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Ideal Rocky came grinding uncovered from sixth not much past the quarter, but eventually wore down pacesetting Rockin Rio by a half-length in 1:53.2 for driver Vinnie Ginsburg and trainer Matias Ruiz, the latter also co-owner with J. Louis Mascola and J. J. Macola. The other fell to the Western Paradise gelding Abner The Great, unbeaten in two recent local outings after fronting his field and leaving closest rival Fernado 3¾ lengths behind in 1:51.3 for driver Joe Nongiorno, trainer/sister Jennifer Bongiorno, and owner Patrick O'Brien. FINISHING LINES - The veteran Wiggle It Jiggleit goes behind the qualifying gate for the third time in his comeback on Tuesday morning. On Sunday, the age focus shifts to the babies, as Harrah's Philadelphia will proudly host the Championships and consolations of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-olds.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

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