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CHESTER, PA - Two-year-old fillies on both gaits contested three $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the favorites winning all of the trots and none of the paces. George Brennan guided two of the trio of trotting winners. First up was the Donato Hanover- Glide About miss American Kosmos, who raised her career record to three-for-four while reducing her mark to 1:55.3. The winner, sent off the 6-5 chalk, sat far off the runaway pacesetter Scirocco Donnahill, then gradually reeled that one in for a 3¾ length tally for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and David Goodrow. The other two triumphant trotters proved worthy of 1-5 favoritism, including Brennan's second winner Magical Beliefs, who lowered her mark to 1:56.4. The daughter of Cantab Hall - Frisky Magic trotted past the leading Sigilwig past the half, opened a big lead, then maintained a 2½ length margin on the shuffled closer Mimi'spearloflindy, giving her four wins and four seconds in eight career starts, with earnings of $166,686 (she was second in the PA Sires final). Linda Toscano conditioned the consistent miss for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables, and R-And-I Farms LLC. First visitor to the Harrah's winners circle on Thursday was the six-time winner Sonnet Grace, whom owner/trainer/driver Rod Allen sent to the front and improved on her position from there, winning by 4½ lengths in 1:55.1, last half 57.1, for a personal best. The impeccably-bred daughter of Muscle Massive - I Believe, a granddaughter of synonymous-with-baby-trot-speed CR Kay Suzie, now has earnings totaling $125,397. Form took a holiday of the pacing side, with the biggest upset A Beach Cowgirl, whom Corey Callahan piloted to a 1:53.4 lifetime best while paying $83.20. The Somebeachsomewhere - Limestone Cowgirl miss took advantage of a pocket journey, withstanding closing Renaissance Lady K by ¾ of a length for trainer Brett Bittle, co-owner with Dan Bittle and the Charles Kellers, III and IV. Somebeachsomewhere sired a second surprise winner - a surprise to most everyone but the morning linemaker, who had tabbed Stonebridge Soul, whose dam is Rock N Soul, as the one to beat, then saw her generate a $13.40 win payoff after a two length wire-to-wire win while taking a new mark of 1:52.2. If ever an early favorite were to be overlooked, it might have been this race at this track, as Philly Hanover and Rockin Philly wound up the first two choices, but Stonebridge Soul proved the best for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Chris Ryder, and the ownership of Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo. Down Under wonder Dexter Dunn, fitting very nicely in the tough local driving colony, was behind the third pacing winner, the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover, who won in 1:53.1. Dunn let the winner roll on the engine in quick numbers, then kept her together in the lane to win by a neck over What A Fox in a finish that saw all six fillies within two lengths of each other at the wire (Trillions Hanover, the big favorite, broke early but recovered for fourth). Nifty Norman trains the winner of four-of-seven for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Liberty Bell series two-year-old action continues tomorrow at Philly, with the colts turning out in the same proportions as their filly counterparts, with three divisions of each gait going gateward. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Real Desire mare Eclipse Me N continued to show that she has the winning knack as she was victorious in the $17,500 mares pacing harness racing feature on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Simon Allard, sulkysitting for trainer/brother Rene, worked out a fine second-over trip with Eclipse Me N, coming her own last half in 54.4 to be a length clear of pocketsitter Monica Gallagher at the end of the 1:51 journey. A winner of four of her last seven starts and an eight-time winner in 2018 for owners Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae, Eclipse Me N now has earnings of $84,460 for the season and $167,619 lifetime. George Napolitano Jr. guided home six winners on the Tuesday card at Pocono, giving him 18 for the four-day racing week here (4 1/2 a night average). Combining his Pocono wins with a five-bagger at Philly Friday and a triple there Sunday, Napolitano had 26 victories over a five-day period, which now puts him ahead of Dan Noble for third place in North America behind Aaron Merriman and Ron Wrenn Jr. His sixth winner on Tuesday, Critical Mass in the last race, was a pari-mutuel shocker, returning $50.00 for a $2 ticket; earlier George had guided Colorful Jamie to a $25.80 tally. If a fan had bet $2 to win on each  of "George Nap"'s fourteen Tuesday drives, the fan would have received a $90.00 return -- a profit of 221%. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The harness racing meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., was named on four horses on the overnight sheet for the $14,000 distaff claiming handicap pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday night. They were the 5-2 early choice, and a 4-1 shot, a 5-1 shot, and a 6-1 shot on the morning line. He took the longest shot of the four at 6-1, Intoview, then swept from seventh down the backstretch to reach the wire first in 1:53, a length to the good of Tataria. Sea's Ideal and Unbeamlieveable fought for the early lead well past the 26.3 marker on a track rated "sloppy," with the former finally able to clear to the lead, only to have favored LK's Nancy Lee start up uncovered at her by the 55.3 half. "George Nap" swung Intoview three-wide from fourth-over late on the backstretch, got cover from Tataria in the three-path on the far turn, then swung even wider and, after Tataria had made the stretch lead, was able to get by the gritty rival for the decision. A daughter of Mach Three, Intoview won her second straight race for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen. Napolitano continued his recent hot form with three winners, giving him 20 visits to Victory Lane since last Friday, racing Saturday-Sunday-Monday at Pocono and Friday-Sunday at Harrah's Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Muscle Diamond launched three-wide down the backstretch and trotted a 27.3 third quarter to clear to the lead before the ¾, going on to win in 1:52.2 to take the $21,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night. Tyler Buter kept the son of Muscle Hill off of hotly-contested fractions, then launched him midbackstretch and had no further problems in the three length victory. Brett Bittle conditions the winner of $734,449 lifetime, and he is also a co-owner along with the Charles Kellers III and IV and also Dan Bittle. In the $17,500 the Crazed gelding Crazshana made the top handily, rated the half to 57, then sprinted home in 55.3 to be clear of his field at the end of the 1:52.3 mile. The Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained horse, who boosted his earnings to $101,450 this season and $437,849 lifetime, is owned by Bamond Racing LLC, and he also was part of a 17-winner weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday, including Philly) for driver George Napolitano Jr. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Stars Align A was able to steal off to a big lead by going in 26.4 down the backstretch in the $21,500 pacing feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then held together to fend off the late-charging Music Is Art to win by ¾ of a length in a personal best 1:50.4 The victorious son of Art Major took advantage of post two in the field of seven and went to the front, where he was joined by his fellow 8-5 shot Bettor's Edge nearing the 26.3 quarter. Bettor's Edge went on to work up to command in front of the stands, but he took the second turn badly and slowed drastically, forcing the entire field around him just past the 55.4 half. Driver Simon Allard got Stars Align A in high gear quickly past the trouble and to the lead, then tried to put as much distance as possible between his horse and the field, and had an advantage of four lengths at the 1:22.3 3/4s. That lead shrunk on the far turn and through the stretch, with Music Is Art leading the charge, but Stars Align A had enough left to raise his U.S. win percentage to 50% after a pair of starts after going 15-for-29 (52%) before his recent importation. Simon's brother Rene conditions the winner of $152,313 for Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, Bruce Soulsby, and Alan Weisenberg. Rene Allard is Pocono's leading trainer; his driving counterpart, George Napolitano Jr., continued his incredible form on Saturday nights with eight victories on the card, including one with the American Ideal gelding Ideal Kiss in 1:50 to take the $20,000 claiming handicap pace co-feature. "George Nap" pointed Ideal Kiss towards the top, as he has in all of his four starts for trainer Hunter Oakes and the Northfork Racing Stable, and the pacer again showed "1"s all the way across his charted line, winning by 2¾ lengths. Since being claimed by Oakes/Northfolk on August 11, Ideal Kiss has earned $40,000 by winning the high-level Pocono claim four starts in a row. He now has overall yearly earnings of $90,930, garnered mostly in his nine seasonal victories, and a $175,630 career bankroll. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

CHESTER, PA - Two natives of New Zealand, born just 300 miles apart but who have spent most of the last decade 6000 miles apart, combined for a visit to the winner's circle in the Harrah's Philadelphia winners circle Friday, as the Roll With Joe sophomore filly Believe In Me, trained by Brett Pelling and driven by Dexter Dunn, won the $16,000 feature distaff pace in a career best 1:51.2. Dunn spotted third early with Believe In Me, but past the 27.1 quarter he was out and rolling with his filly, making the lead well before the 55 half. Race favorite Special Kay Deo, who defeated Believe In Me two weeks ago, came first-over down the back, but her bid stalled before the 1:22.4 3/4s, and Dunn kept the winner rolling through the lane to win by 2¾ lengths. She is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Paoli PA, only 20 miles away from Harrah's. Driver Dunn and trainer Pelling have a more interesting - and spread-out -- geographical "relationship." Both were born on the south island of New Zealand - Dunn is from Christchurch, centrally-located on the east coast of the island, while Pelling was born in Mataura at the southern tip, but only 320 miles apart. When Pelling was enjoying his success in North America and was based in New Jersey, they were separated by 8936 miles; when just over a dozen years ago Pelling "retired" to Australia, the country "next door" to New Zealand, they were still separated by over 3000 miles, as Pelling lived in Perth, on the West Coast of Aussieland. But on Friday the pair of native Kiwis were back together winning the feature in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. In the $14,500 co-feature for pacing distaffs, Diamondtoothgertie posted her third win in four starts since going to the care of trainer Richard Johnson, taking a new mark of 1:51.3. Tony Morgan, who went over $130 million in career earnings earlier on the card and who is now about 650 races behind Heinz Wewering for second place on the all-time world list for driving victories with 16,863 (Dave Palone has 18,471), guided the victorious daughter of Sportswriter for D'Elegance Stable IX, Joseph Gandolfo, NR Holdings LLC, and Anthony Fiscetti. At press time (after the 11th race), driver George Napolitano Jr. had five winners, for five different trainers. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia      

CHESTER, PA - The Deweycheatumnhowe gelding In Secret, glad to be away from the likes of Homicide Hunter, Guardian Angel AS, and Marion Marauder and in the $18,000 featured trot on Thursday at Harrah's Philadelphia, showed his appreciation by taking a new mark of 1:52.3. Yannick Gingras let Gold Medal Swan and Tyson argue through and past the 27.3 opening quarter, then moved quickly to gain the lead at the 3/8 and went on to the half in 55.4. There was not a serious outer flow to the 1:24.1 3/4s, and In Secret was able to open up some space into the stretch, then stayed clear of a resurgent Gold Medal Swan by 2¼ lengths, with Tyson holding for third. The six-year-old Ron Burke trainee continues to work on his second straight $200,000+ season: he now has a bankroll of $222,001 this year and $594,882 lifetime for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables Inc., and Lawrence Karr. The $14,500 co-featured trot was taken in strong wire-to-wire fashion by the Chapter Seven mare Chapter Too, who reduced her lifetime best to 1:53.4. George Napolitano Jr. had Chapter Too on the point before the 27.4 opener, rated the half to 57.1, then came home unthreatened in 56.3 - 28 for her eighth seasonal victory, raising her 2018 earnings to $107,925 and her lifetime accumulation to $253,333. Jenny Melander trains the winner for Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA – Three-year-old fillies were featured in $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, with three divisions for trotters and two for pacers. 3YO TROTTING FILLIES Bella Glos, who made a break as the favorite in the recent PA Stallion Series final, recovered in fine fashion Wednesday, taking a new mark of 1:54. Some late first turn confusion caused by a breaker had four horses in a field of six parked at the ¼ and one in the infield, but driver Yannick Gingras kept the Cantab Hall filly out of most of the trouble, made the lead passing the stands the first time, and came home in 56.3 - 27.4 to be four lengths clear at the wire. Jimmy Takter trains the new member of the Six Figure Earnings Club for Black Horse Racing. Follow Streak, who won that Stallion Series finale, made it three straight wins and seven victories in ten seasonal starts as she went wire-to-wire in 1:55.4. The Donato Hanover miss was two lengths clear at the wire as she moved her lifetime bankroll to $142,391 for Team Orange Crush, trainer Julie and driver/husband Andy Miller, and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain. A hard rain started to fall as the horses warmed up for the final division, but the moisture didn't seem to bother Hey Blondie, as she gave Cantab Hall a stakes siring double with a win in 1:54.4. Last week Hey Blondie couldn't catch S M S Princess in the PA Sire Stakes consolation, this week she turned the tables by rallying from the pocket for driver Andrew McCarthy into a 56.2 half to go by the pacesetter by a half length, raising her earnings to $439,535. Chuck Sylvester trains the winner for Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Paul Bordogna, and David McDuffee. 3YO PACING FILLIES Alexa's Power and Sidewalk Dancer were the heavy favorites in their sidewheeling stakes division, and they put on a good battle in the last 1/16, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Alexa's Power able to gain out of the pocket in a 27.2 last quarter to catch the pacesetter by a head while taking a new mark of 1:50.3. The Jim Campbell-trained filly, a winner of $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder, was driven by Tim Tetrick - who had gone in 1:50.1 with 3PF Put On A Show in 2010, a clocking Alexa's Power didn't miss by much. The rainstorm mentioned above didn't last long (the sun was out during the next race, but it had dome just enough to turned the track "sloppy" for the second section. In that event Yannick Gingras completed a stakes double as the Well Said filly Strong Opinion, like Follow Streak a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolation winner, followed up with another pacesetting effort, then held off the strong-closing Scuola Hanover by a neck in 1:52.3. Ron Burke conditions the winner of $259,448 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Jack Piatt II; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. FINISHING LINES - Veteran horseman Ross Croghan registered his 2000th training win in the USTA computer, which has kept training statistics since 1992, when I'm Trigger Happy won the fourth race here today. Winning at a 17.6% rate over the years, the Croghan barn has produced almost $44 million in racetrack earnings, winning just over $9 million in 2007-2008. Newer fans may not know that Croghan was also quite a driver in his day before he decided to focus on training, and had 1822 sulky successes in a North American career starting in 1977, with his best driving year seeing him win 230 times in 1992. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Driver Matt Kakaley won four races on the Tuesday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including two of the three $15,000 featured events, one on the trot and two on the pace - with both pacers getting their first victories of the year. Rain came to the mountain oval late on the Tuesday card, with the track downgraded to "good" by the time Kakaley teamed with the trotting gelding Mikey Likes It to take a three-horse photo over Unforgetable and Justlikehim in 1:57, a lifetime mark. The altered son of Mutineer had been second in all three of his recent starts, all at Pocono and all at 2-1 or less, but the crowd kept faith in him by sending him off the favorite, and he kept on grinding gamely late after gaining uncovered to tally for trainer Jean Drolet and owner Nancy Deluca. You don't see many winners of $342,912 in a "nw 4 races or $40,000 lifetime class," but the Somebeachsomewhere filly Majorsspeciallady fit the bill by having previously won only two races - most of her money was earned at two, when she was second to Youaremycandygirl in the Breeders Crown and on the board in 10 of 11 starts. 2018 had been less kind to Majorsspecialaldy as she continued to battle top fillies, but the class drop here was just the tonic for her, winning for the first time in 364 days while taking a new mark of 1:52.1 before the rain came and the track was rated "fast." Kakaley and the winner got parked past the 3/8 for command in the pace for distaffs, but she still had enough to withstand That's Amazing by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Driver Tyler Buter, recently a late-night longshot special, had three $15+ winners in the first four races on the Tuesday card, including a 1:51 victory with Highland Beach Boy in the division of the featured class for male pacers. The sophomore gelding gave sire Somebeachsomewhere a sweep of the pacing features, and he ended a 304-day winless drought by quarter-moving for Buter and holding off potential pocket rocket Spolieronthebeach by a half-length while taking a new mark for trainer Pat Lachance, co-owner with M & M Harness Racing LLC, Royal Flush Stables LLC, and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Summertime fled The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a hurry - it was 59 degrees when the races started on Saturday evening -- but the change in temperature made no difference to the American Ideal gelding Ideal Kiss, who won for the fifth time in his last six starts when he won the $20,000 claiming handicap pacing feature in 1:50.4 over "good" going. Ideal Kiss made the lead before the first turn for driver George Napolitano Jr. despite beginning from the outside post seven, "and he improved his position from there," responding to mild stretch rocking to keep pocketsitting Big N Bad at bay by 1¼ lengths at the finish. The win was the third of the night for "George Nap," giving him 16 over the last five Pocono cards, and his second of the evening teaming with trainer Hunter Oakes. Northfork Racing Stable the owner of the winner of $170,630, with almost half of that, $80,930, won in just over eight months this year. Music Is Art and JJ Flynn accounted for the $17,500 co-featured conditioned paces, though their styles of racing - and margins of victory - couldn't have been more different. First up was Music Is Art, a son of Art Major who swept four-wide on the far turn from third-over, then - aided by some tight quarters in traffic inside of him spinning for home - drew away by seven lengths in 1:52.1. The winning race favorite, who raised his earnings to $162,240, was guided by Anthony Napolitano as he won for trainer Mike Deters and owner Rick Berks. In the other division, driver Marcus Miller had the Western Ideal gelding JJ Flynn in high gear from the start, cutting all the pace then holding off pocketsitter Feeling Cam Lucky by a neck in 1:51.2. Now with a career bankroll of $326,608, JJ Flynn is trained by Josh Green, who is a co-owner of the winner with Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran III. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - Shebang N, guided by "countryman" Dexter Dunn, won the $16,000 distaff pacing feature on a special Friday evening card at Harrah's Philadelphia, gaining into a 27.4 last quarter to win in 1:53.2 in weather that forced three short delays in the races due to hard rain and lightning. Dunn and the victorious daughter of Mach Three went up to the lead shortly out of the first turn, then yielded to race favorite Rob Them Blind. Shebang N was content to sit until the stretch sprint, then showed sharp acceleration to get by the favorite by a neck for trainer Nifty Norman and the Robert Cooper Stables LLC. The victory was the fourth in a row for Shebang N, and her driver Dexter Dunn has also been hot as well at Philly. After not getting the best of stock upon returning to the southeast Pennsylvania oval (he won two races here in 2011) and not tasting success in his first 20 local drives, the 29-year-old New Zealander certainly has turned things around -- his win in the feature was his seventh in 19 starts here since that unremarkable beginning. In the $14,500 co-featured pace for distaffs, the Artzina mare Use Your Noodle and driver Victor Kirby also found a pocket trip the route to the winners circle, catching millionaire pacesetter Regil Elektra to also win by a head in 1:52.1, last quarter 28 in the off going. Use Your Noodle, trained by DeShawn Sample for Nanticoke Racing Inc., Henry Faragalli III, Arthur Feeney, and Trevor Johnson, now has earned $285,315. In a $14,000 trot, the Muscle Hill colt Fleet Admiral, a full brother to Ariana G, was handled patiently by driver Josert Fonseca, moving from midpack at the ¼ and grinding his way to the lead by the half, then stepping home safe from his opposition in a 1:55.2 mile. Fleet Admiral has now won three in a row for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and the S R F Stable. The Liberty Bell stakes series returns on the Sunday card, which begins at 2:05 p.m., as will the remainder of the cards raced on Sunday through meet's end on December 16. Three-year-old colts of both gaits will contest half of the 14 races set for Sunday in Liberty Bell series racing, with four divisions for the pacers and three for the trotters. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - Tarot, who was claimed for $12,500 late in May, and the $375,000+ career winner Valley Of Sin both brushed to the lead past the quarter and went on to win their respective $14,500 divisions of the featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Taurus Dream gelding Tarot kept Skeezix out past a 27.4 quarter, then reclaimed command for driver Eric Carlson and passed the middle poles in 56.4 and 1:25 en route to a 1:53.4 victory. Since being haltered on May 25 by owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen and trainer Gilbert Garcia- Herrera, Tarot has notched three wins and a second, and has earned $22,500 of his $159,245 career bankroll. Valley Of Sin was aided a bit when the two favorites, Lovely Lynnly and Crazy About Pat, were offstride before the 3/16, allowing driver Andrew McCarthy to send the winning Yankee Glide ridgling Valley Of Sin past early leader Turn The Paige, who had passed the first quarter in 28.1, and then got a breather to the 58.2 half. Valley Of Sin then dipped into his reserve of class and held off the first-over Bands Houdini past the 1:26.4 3/4s and to the wire in 1:55.2 for owner John Ducharme and trainer Syl King Jr. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, posted four winners on the afternoon. Post time on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia will be at a special time of 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, the last card of the local racing week switches to a 2:05 p.m. post time, a time which will be in effect on all racing Sundays until the end of the meet on December 16. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - I'm Trigger Happy, happy to not have to face recent foes Youaremycandygirl and Kissin In The Sand in the $17,000 distaff featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, worked her way to the front early and scored impressively in 1:51.4. Driver Corey Callahan, finishing a consecutive driving double, sent the Art Major sophomore filly to the point before the 27 quarter, then maintained command past the middle poles of 55.3 and 1:23.4. In the stretch, second choice Big City Betty tried to rally from the pocket, but the favored frontstepper still had a 28 last quarter in her to win by ¾ of a length for trainer Ross Croghan and the Let It Ride Stables Inc. Driver Eric Carlson, behind Big City Betty, had to settle for second in the feature, but earlier he had put together a very memorable consecutive double of his own, guiding Bold Goddess to her maiden win at a win price of $116.20, and then coming right back with another longest shot on the board, Rentier, who paid $81.00 for a $2 win ticket. With the victories, Carlson tied Brett Miller for the meet lead in $50+ wins (4) and $100+ wins (2). Bold Goddess's $116.20 mutuel also equaled the biggest payoff of the year at Philly, set three days ago by Lookinforadventure ... who was driven by Brett Miller! From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Rockstar Angel A, to the lead in a 26.2 demanding opening quarter and then in the pocket as the pace continued on at high speed, was able to produce enough of a late move to hold off second-over Monica Gallagher by a neck in 1:51 in winning the $17,500 featured distaff pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night. Eric Goodell hustled the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover off the gate to the lead, then yielded past the quarter to Skinny Dipper, who streaked on to a wicked half in 53.4. Gina Grace A came up to pressure the leader through the 1:22 ¾ clocking, and when the top two tired, the two on their backs - Rockstar Angel A on the inside, Monica Gallagher on the outside - fought for the major honor, with Rockstar Angel A taking a new mark in the photo victory. Chris Oakes is the trainer of the winner of $182,492, a six-time winner in 20 starts this season, for the Northfork Racing Stable. George Napolitano Jr. visited Victory Lane four times on the Tuesday card, bringing his weekly total at Pocono to 13 and including Philly to 21. In the last month (August 5 - September 4) he has 96 wins - 58 at Pocono and 38 at Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Down

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Putting aside the cooling night and sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Monday evening, the $13,000 featured pace boiled down to a classic harness racing confrontation - a pair of horses who had been first or second in their last three starts, each against each other; the first choice and second choice; the pacesetter and the pocketsitter; and to add a local touch, two very talented brothers in the sulky. The two horses hit the wire in virtual unison, and the photo showed that Delco Papa Bear, the second choice, and driver Anthony Napolitano had rallied from the pocket to just catch frontstepping favorite Aston Hill Dave, driven by Anthony's brother George, by a nose on the end of the 1:52.3 mile. The Dali gelding Delco Papa Bear had gained into 55.4 - 27.4 back fractions to just get the job done over his tough foe for trainer Carmine Fusco and J M F Racing LLC while evening their recent rivalry at two triumphs apiece. The weather turned ugly just after the first race, but the show had to go on. Fortunately, the wet weather came to the area a day after Sunday's $1.5M top-notch card had spotlighted Homicide Hunter setting a world record for a 1¼ mile trot, 2:22.2 (mile rate 1:53.4), and top three-year-olds Dorsoduro Hanover and Crystal Fashion take dramatic photo victories in their respective Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA -- $320,000 was on the line Monday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia as the track hosted eight $40,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships for two- and three-year-olds of the various classes. This is the tenth anniversary year of the Stallion Series, designed to give Pennsylvania-sired horses who were still developing or perhaps just below the top-line colts a chance to earn good money. The program began with two-year-olds in 2009; since the program did not exist when the three-year-olds of 2009 first had to pay in, their Stallion Series action began a year later. STALLION SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS -- TWO YEAR-OLDS TROTTING FILLIES - The Explosive Matter - Nan's Conway filly Navarone Hanover was reserved off a hot pace by driver Tim Tetrick, rallied three-wide on the far turn, then trotted off to an easy two-length victory in 1:57, giving her a new speed badge. This filly has been a model of consistency for trainer Bob Baggitt Jr. and owner Christine Baggitt, with four wins and two seconds in six starts. Southwind Storm, who won in all four of her prelims and would have been only the third StS entrants to complete a sweep of the prelims and Championship, got caught first-over in the fast pace and couldn't contend in the last quarter. TROTTING COLTS - 62-year-old Ray Paver, who we older writers still want to call "Jr." after seeing his dad race for so many years at Lebanon and Latonia, recorded his first local victory since August 18, 2010 (Kash's Cantab) as he ran the recent record of the Muscle Massive - Sister Kate colt Kate's Massive to five for six by winning in 1:55.4, a new record and only a tick off the stake mark of Two AM. Kate's Massive went up to challenge the fractious speedball Final Claim down the back , and when that foe made a break on the far turn, the way home was easy for Kate's Massive, 3 ¾ lengths clear for Paver, who is also the trainer, and owner Harry Horowitz. PACING FILLIES - The Somebeachsomewhere - Tulu Hanover filly Trillions Hanover was the fastest winner in the last preliminary round at 1:52.4, and today she lowered that personal best by a tick as she was a two-length winner. Brett Miller moved the victress, now 6-4-2-0 in her brief career, to the lead in front of the stands, and she came home in 55.2 - 27.1 while well in command. Tom Fanning conditions Trillions Hanover for Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stable LLC, and J L Benson Stables Inc. PACING COLTS - Captain Panko completed a Somebeachsomewhere sweep of the freshman pacing sections when he gamely held off Sweet Troy (twentieth in the pointstandings, but nonetheless the betting favorite) by a neck in 1:53.4. Starting from post eight, Captain Panko and Corey Callahan were wide early and on top at the ¼, but then had the chalk come at him at the 5/8 and gain a short advantage the rest of the backstretch and into the turn. But the Captain refused to give way and held gamely to the finish to win for trainer John Butenschoen and the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc. and William Wiswell. STALLION SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS -- THREE-YEAR-OLDS TROTTING FILLIES - The Stallion Series sophomore filly ranks would be the last to yield a pointleader going on to be a Championship winner, but the Donato Hanover miss Follow Streak stepped up to be the first to wear that mantle, as she left her field four lengths behind in 1:55.1. Perfect in three Stallion Series start to tie for the points lead entering the final, Follow Streak roared uncovered down the backstretch to the lead before the ¾ for driver Andy Miller, then won easily for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain. TROTTING COLTS - Two of the three Team Orange Crush coupled entrants who were sent off at 1-9 waged a strong battle through the stretch, and in the end the Cantab Hall gelding Max's Beast made the most of his pocket trip for Yannick Gingras, catching Im Your Captain, piloted by Andy Miller and parked a long way for the lead, by a head in 1:53.3, a lifetime best in a mile featuring a 56.2 back half. Max's Beast is on quite a form roll, with five wins and a pair of seconds in his last seven trips to the gate, for trainer Julie Miller, completing an Orange Crush sweep of the StS three-year-old trot events, and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Harvey Eisman. PACING FILLIES - In 2016 and 2017 only the 3PF division produced a pointleader who became a StS champion; this year's winner, Real Fine, also accomplished that double, joining her sophomore filly mate Follow Streak in the 2018 double achievement. Both driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke got their second Stallion Series championship of the afternoon (Burke would win both sophomore pacer), as Real Fine, forced to take the pocket early by a hard-leaving Zuluwarriorhanover, was able to outgun that filly up the inside, winning by ¾ of a length in a personal best of 1:52.1. Burke Racing Stable Inc., Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stables own the successful daughter of Bettor's Delight, now a winner in half of her fourteen 2018 starts, including three Stallion Series prelims. PACING COLTS - Go West Go Fast was hustled right to the top by driver Matt Kakaley, set the pace while withstanding a stiff first-over challenge from Bobby K Hill, then went on with fortitude to beat the drifting-out favored potential pocket rocket Terror Atthe Beach by a nose in 1:51.3. The triumphant son of Western Ideal now shows four wins in his last eight starts for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Frank Baldachino; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. FINISHING LINES -- Yannick Gingras was the only StS driving doubler; Ron Burke (both 3YO paces) and Julie Miller (both 3YO trots) had training doubles (Gingras winning once for each of them) ... Brett Miller and Tim Tetrick each had a win to raise their lifetime Stallion Series win total to seven, and both thus joining Dave Palone as the winningest drivers in the series ... Matt Kakaley was the only driver to win on all three cards of the Pennsylvania Labor Day Championship Weekend (2YO SS Championship on Saturday at The Meadows, 3YO SS Championships on Sunday at Pocono, and in the Stallion Series Championships here today) ... The Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes horses were in action this afternoon at Bloomsburg; their Championship card will be on Saturday, October 6 at The Meadows. by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

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