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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

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured the fireworks a day before the Labor Day holiday, as over $1 million was up for grabs in the Championship events of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-olds. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS $252,000 for each Championships  -- 25th anniversary year of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (started in 1994) TROTTING FILLIES Phaetosive made her 1-20 backers wait until the stretch before beginning her high speed, but once in her favorite part of the track the daughter of Explosive Matter lived up to her sire's name, kicking home sharply for the decision in 1:52.3 - faster than the 1:52.4 previous PaSS final male standard of Father Patrick which would be tied earlier in the evening by Crystal Fashion (Check Me Out became the program's fastest-ever Championship trotting winner when she won in 1:51.3). Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer was content to keep his filly midpack as Live Laugh Love made the top just past the 27.1 quarter, then followed Seviyorum as that one moved uncovered just past the 56.1 half. Phaetosive stayed right behind her excellent cover to the lane, swung wide, and finished strongly to hold off a late-shaking-free Courtney Hanover by a length, with Lily Stride, who rallied up the inside in the stretch and may have had a nose in front midstretch, just photoed for the deuce. The pride of the Purple Haze Stables LLC continued adding to her impressive credentials - five wins in seven starts this year, good for $397,864, and 9-for-14 lifetime, with a total accumulation of $657,717. No doubt she'll be back up against Manchego, Atlanta, Plunge Blue Chip et al. soon. PACING FILLIES Kissin In The Sand had to take less air at Pocono than she did when she won the Lynch Championship here in June - she only got parked almost to the half here, instead of being out almost the whole mile, in making the PaSS Championship lead then keeping it to the wire to win her Sires final, equaling her Lynch clocking and her mark in 1:49.3. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere saw a great many foes leaving inside her from his PP7 starting spot, having cover past the 26.1 quarter to the 3/8 then asked to go on by driver Scott Zeron to get the lead shortly before the 54.1 half. Outside challenger Sidewalk Dancer began to melt back past the 1:21.3 quarter, and in the lane it turned out to be 31-1 shot Parisian Blue Chip, who tied for ninth in the points and got in by having slightly more SS money, then was parked to the 3/8 to gain command before yielding for the pocket, who rallied inside in the stretch, extending Kissin In The Sand, who dug down deep as usual and held on by a half-length. Kissin In The Sand is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stables, who saw their prize filly improve her statistics to 7-for-10 and $570,381 this year and 14-for-24 and $801,556 lifetime. For driver Zeron, the win gave him a PaSS championship in both the 2YO and 3YO ranks, as he TROTTING COLTS In Crystal Fashion's last seven victories, six of them have been by a length or less - and none of them was this second-over then wide grind in the Championship, catching pacesetter Whats The Word by a nose in 1:52.4. Whats The Word was sent by the top by Simon Allard and laid down fractions of 27, 56.2, and 1:24.2; Crystal Fashion was able to fashion a second-over trip for driver Tim Tetrick behind stablemate Patent Leather, but still was two lengths out near headstretch. But the gutty Cantab Hall gelding doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "end of the mile," and he gained foot-by-foot to just prove more photogenic on the money. Crystal Fashion, trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms LLC has eight wins and $652,182 this year, and a lifetime bankroll of $813,474. His 1:52.4 clocking equaled Father Patrick's PaSS final standard, and he became the first pointwinner to take a 3YO Championship since 2016, and the first in the 3TC ranks since Magic Tonight in 2012. PACING COLTS The favorites went 0-4 in the two-year-old ranks of the PaSS Championship the day before at The Meadows; Dorsoduro Hanover, who won his biggest race of the year, The Adios, at The Meadows, brought the chalk to 4-4 in the Pocono PaSS 3YO Championships - but it was by the barest of margins over a strong-finishing Hayden Hanover. Hayden Hanover was the first horse to get a call in the contest, but then yielded to Done Well nearing the 26.2 quarter; Done Well in turn ceded the lead to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dorsoduro Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley en route to the 54.2 half. This Is The Plan, a 49-1 shot, went first-over and just wouldn't go away, not by the 1:22 and not coming through the stretch. This posed traffic problems for Hayden Hanover, stuck third on the rail, but Andy Miller did a masterful job weaving first out to get clearance then just inside Dorsoduro to lower that one's margin with every late step, coming up short by a nose. Dorsoduro Hanover ran his 2018 bankroll to $687,362 with his seventh win of the year for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC; and the Winfield Five LLC. Dorsoduro joined Crystal Fashion as pointleaders who won their Championship; Matt Kakaley joined Scott Zeron as winners in the PaSS finales on both Saturday and Sunday, after taking the 2PF with Sylph Hanover (also for Burke) at The Meadows. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 1, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo and Prospect Hill rolled through their respective Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions and were looking to complete sweeps in Saturday's $253,000 championships at The Meadows. Instead of coronation, they got comeuppance, upset by Proof in the colt and gelding pacers division and Osterc in the colt and gelding trotting division. The Meadows hosted all four PASS $253,000 freshman championships, with the distaff titles going to Sylph Hanover and Windy Corner. The exciting card turned into a celebration of long shots, as the favorites went 0-8 in the championships and $50,000 consolations. De Los Cielos Deo had been the most impressive PASS performer, winning his preliminary legs by a combined 9 lengths en route to a five-race career unbeaten streak. When he powered past the 16-1 Proof at the quarter and held that lead turning for home, it appeared he would pad his streak. But Proof, a Diamond Creek Racing homebred son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred, is no slouch, finishing first or second in his first five starts. He kicked by De Los Cielos Deo for Scott Zeron and downed him by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:51, with Semi Tough third. "I didn't expect to get that good a trip from post 7," said winning trainer Brian Brown. "We were the only one who really left. It turned out perfect for us. That's why Scott is driving. I wasn't at all confident in the stretch. That's an awfully good horse you're trying to get around. My horse today was just better." Brown said Proof, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, likely would be pointed to the Metro Pace. Osterc entered the championship in fine form, with three straight PASS victories, but his chances appeared limited from post 9. Indeed, when Prospect Hill was stalking from the pocket into the final turn, it appeared only a matter of time before he gobbled up the leader. But the favorite made an unforced break, and Osterc and Yannick Gingras were able to hold off White Tiger by a head in 1:56.4 to claim the crown. Demon Onthe Hill completed the ticket. "I've felt him better than I did in the warm-up today. He got a little bumpy a few times, but his attitude is just phenomenal," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions the son of Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshoecomes, who now boasts a bankroll of $226,401. "That's why he keeps winning. These 2-year-olds -- they keep on surprising me all the time." Christina Takter and Goran Falk own Osterc, who was named for Thomaz Osterc, a member of Takter's staff who, Takter says, was treated for, and recovered from, a serious illness and is now back performing his duties. Takter said he hasn't decided on the colt's next race. In the other championships: $253,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers. Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign dominated the preliminaries; when they sat 1-2 at the three-quarters, it looked as if the titans would duel once again. But 13-1 Sylph Hanover sustained a long first-over bid for Matt Kakaley and edged the rallying Philly Hanover by a neck in 1:51.4. Warrawee Ubeaut saved show. "We changed her style a little bit to race from the back," said Ron Burke, who trains Sylph Hanover and Warrawee Beaut. "I think today that was the move because the front end's not holding, so you're racing against a variance on the lead. She came first in a long way two starts ago here and won, so she has it in her. The owners did a good job with her. They picked her out; we just bought into her." Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli campaign the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan, who's eligible for the She's A Great Lady and the Kentucky Standardbred and now has earned $207,072 $253,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters At 12-1, Windy Corner made her first-over move stand up, triumphing in 1:55.3 for Marcus Miller, trainer Erv Miller and owners Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Magical Beliefs closed well for second, beaten a neck, with Fate Smiled third. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll was winless in PASS preliminary legs, but Marcus Miller said she had shown him that she could compete at that level. "I wouldn't say I was surprised, although the way the race set up definitely surprised me," he said. "I always knew she had go, and she's been getting better all the time. Early on, we were real conservative with her, teaching her the right way to race. I think it set her up to be able to make that move down the backside today and carry it. The last sixteenth or so was anxious, but she was very game." Her bankroll now stands at $173,389. PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The consolations went to 9-5E Mass Fortune K (colt and gelding trot), 9-2 Art Lecture (filly pace), 28-1 Fade Into You (filly trot) and 5-1 Captain Malicious (colt and gelding pace) . . . Saturday's upset bug also bit Windsong Leo who was seeking his eighth straight win in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace but finished fourth after a rough trip from post 8. The victory in 1:50.3 went to Phoenix Warrior N for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Steven Moss. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo has been a freight train rolling through the Pennsylvania Sires Stake 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing division, sweeping all four preliminary legs en route to a perfect 5-5 record. So all he has to do is show up to claim Saturday's championship at The Meadows, right? Not so fast, my friend, says trainer Jim King, Jr., whose Crimson And Chrome will try to pull off the major upset. "I'm not asking them to write me a check before we get there, but he has a legitimate chance," King says. The Meadows will host all four PASS freshman championships, each carrying a purse of $253,000, as well as $50,000 consolations for each division. In all, nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs. First post is 1:05 PM Crimson And Chrome leaves from post 5 in race 10 and will have the services of Tim Tetrick, whose Tim Tetrick LLC owns the son of Sweet Lou-McSauna. De Los Cielos Deo goes from post 3 with Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The name De Los Cielos Deo is a Spanish-Latin mash-up that can be translated as "from the heavens of God." While that's not exactly his pedigree -- he's a son of Captain Treacherous-Lisjune -- he's looked divine indeed, winning his PASS splits by a combined 9 lengths and banking $113,257. The statistics for Crimson And Chrome aren't nearly as gaudy, though he has won three straight, including a pair of PASS splits. "He got off to a slow start, but he looks the part," King says. "Things have to go correctly for him; he has to be in position to do it. He won't overpower De Los Cielos Deo, but they don't want to be waiting for him because he's a late charger and he'll be a'comin'." Although Crimson And Chrome is eligible to the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Keystone Classic, he's not paid in to the rich late-season stakes, so the PASS championship represents his best remaining earnings opportunity. "We don't get carried away with our 2-year-old staking," King says. "We're looking for good 3-year-olds. He's showed enough that we'll plan a good schedule for him next year." The De Los Cielos Deo-Crimson And Chrome match-up is one of a number in the championships that pit offspring from the first crops of Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou. In fact, those two, along with the late Somebeachsomewhere and A Rocknroll Dance, produced all 18 finalists in Saturday's two championship paces. Ultimately, King says, that concentration could benefit other stallions that may attract buyers looking for bargains. ""We don't generally pay a lot for colts," he says. "We can't go in just looking for 'Captains' and 'Lous.' They'll be the sale-toppers, so we have to go looking for others." King won't have to look very far for at least two youngsters. Tetrick already has two full brothers to Crimson And Chrome on the ground. In addition to the championships, Saturday's card features a power-packed $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (race 11) in which Windsong Leo shoots for his eighth straight win. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding must overcome post 8 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Julie Miller endured some difficult moments with trotters Met's Hall and Prospect Hill during the winter and spring, but in the past two months the trainer's trepidation has turned to jubilation. Met's Hall, who struggled with health woes, heads to Saturday's C$169,183 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park off a win in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot and a second-place finish in the Hambletonian. Unraced prior to mid-July, the colt's $456,773 in purses rank 10th among all horses in North America despite tying for the second-fewest starts (six) of any horse in the top 50. "He was a bit of a challenge," Miller said. "We had to iron out some kinks on his road back. He's a little bit behind the curve, not starting as early as most of the others, but I couldn't be any happier with how he is racing. We just have to hope it continues. He's just fought through his issues and he loves to race." Prospect Hill, who battled maturity issues, heads to Saturday's $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadows with a five-race win streak since a third-place debut. He is the sport's fourth-richest 2-year-old male trotter, with $130,167, and tied for the fifth fastest, with a mark of 1:55. Coupled with stablemate Klutzy in the PaSS final, Prospect Hill is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "He's been a pleasant surprise," Miller said. "He always had talent and ability, but would kind of lose focus and act like a typical juvenile out there on the track. He's got a refined body and nice gait, but he wasn't always thinking about trotting; he was all boy out there. But he's blossomed into a nice horse and done well." Met's Hall, owned by Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable, came into 2018 with high expectations after winning five of 11 races last year and finishing second in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, but was plagued by soundness issues. Miller consulted with numerous veterinarians and revamped the colt's training program to get him back on track. "I'm very fortunate," Miller said. "I had three or four of the top vets in the country give me guidance. Andy and I kept talking about his training regimen. We put him in the (swimming) pool and changed up how we do things with a trotter. We had to try other things and it seemed to work." Met's Hall, with Andy Miller in the sulky, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's Simcoe Stakes, which is the final prep for the Canadian Trotting Classic (eliminations Sept. 8; final Sept. 15). The 11-horse field also includes You Know You Do (7-2), Lawmaker (9-2) and Alarm Detector (5-1). The race is part of a Woodbine Mohawk Park card that includes the Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot. For his career, Met's Hall has won seven of 17 races and earned $723,908. The son of Cantab Hall-Met's Inn finished second to Atlanta in the Hambletonian before winning in a career-best 1:52 in the Zweig, where he led gate-to-wire and fought off a challenge from Six Pack before holding off Manchego by a nose. "We really targeted the Hambletonian with him," Miller said. "To get second, we were very pleased. And to race in the Zweig and hold off Six Pack and Manchego that last quarter, I was really proud of him. I don't think he prefers to race on the front, but he can. I think he's more of a grinder. But it's however the race unfolds." Prospect Hill, a son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, was purchased for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. He finished third to Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em in his debut, but has since won five in a row -- a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars followed by four divisions of the sire stakes. His most recent victory was by a neck, but the rest were by at least one length. "He leaves the gate so effortlessly," Miller said. "Andy said he's really comfortable on the front. I'm just happy he doesn't seem to have to exert a lot so far to race at this level. "And when a horse has come at him, he's responded well. Twice he's done that. I'm glad that he's game and gutsy. Instead of throwing in the towel, he wanted to put his head back in front and win. You like to think you teach them that, but I think it's all on their own. They have to want it and he wants it." The Meadows hosts all four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-olds. On Sunday, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosts the four PaSS finals for 3-year-olds. Morning-line favorites at Pocono are Phaetosive in the female trot, Kissin In The Sand in the female pace, Crystal Fashion in the male trot, and Dorsoduro Hanover in the male pace. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2018 -- Nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs Saturday at The Meadows when the track hosts all four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes freshman championships as well as a consolation in each division. The championships go for $253,000 apiece, with each consolation worth $50,000. The championships go as races 6, 8, 9 and 10. First post is 1:05 PM. Each championship offers storylines aplenty. Here are some of the most compelling. $253,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (Race 6) Rod Allen's Sonnet Grace looked unbeatable early in the series, winning the first two legs. Despite racing well in the next two legs, she finished second and third. Moreover, the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe has drawn post 9, suggesting that the door might be open. Among those who might waltz right through is All Laid Out Stable's Ma Was Right, who is both Pennsylvania and Kentucky eligible. The daughter of Muscle Hill-It's Alright Ma enters the championship off a Kentucky Sires Stake victory, but she's not assured of a spot in the KYSS final. Trainer Noel Daley has been walking a fine line, trying to reach both championships while not over-racing the youngster. "She's a pretty hardy filly, but we weren't quite sure how we should work it," Daley says. "We were able to skip the last leg in Pennsylvania because she had enough points for the final. We'll do the same in Kentucky. She has a first and a fourth, so we're taking a shot that she'll get in the final. "The only thing I tell her drivers is not to put her on the front end. She's better chasing them down." $253,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (Race 8) Treacherous Reign and Warrawee Ubeaut have dominated, but Treacherous Reign appeared to gain the edge when she snapped her rival's career unbeaten streak on Aug. 18. In the championship, the daughter of Captain Treacherous-Scandalous Hanover will enjoy a decided post position advantage; she goes from post 5 (Andrew McCarthy) while Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras), a daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories, must overcome post 8 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Says Tony Alagna, who trains Treacherous Reign for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham: "The 5 hole gives you a lot of options. You can leave or take off the gate and not be too far out of it. I never tell drivers what to do. Too many things can change behind the gate. Decisions have to be split second." Some will see this potential duel as another skirmish in the battle between Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou, a pair of promising stallions duking it out with their first crops. Alagna says that's not his view, at least not entirely. "Since I trained 'Captain,' I'd like to see him do well, just like Ronnie wants Sweet Lou to do well. But the main focus is trying to win the race." For the record, the two championship paces Saturday feature seven Sweet Lous, four Captains and five by the late Somebeachsomewhere. The other two are by A Rocknroll Dance, meaning that four stallions account for all 18 finalists. By contrast, finalists in the trotting championships represent eight stallions. $253,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot (Race 9) The Hills are alive -- Prospect Hill and Demon Onthe Hill, that is. Prospect Hill (Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, post 4, David Miller) is looking to complete a PASS sweep for Trainer Julie Miller and Stroy Inc. She's part of an entry with Klutzy. Demon Onthe Hill (Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall, post 3, Brian Sears) would be positioned to do the same but for a nose loss in the final preliminary leg. He's conditioned by Marcus Melander for Vicky Trotting Inc. Other contenders include White Tiger (Muscle Massive-Just Not Into You, post 8, Anthony MacDonald), who races for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Thestable White Tiger Group, and Osterc (Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes, post 9, Gingras), who won his last three PASS legs for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. This appears to be the most competitive championship. $253,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace (Race 10) De Los Cielos Deo (Captain Treacherous-Lisjune, post 3, Gingras) has done it all. He's undefeated after five starts, swept the PASS preliminary legs by a combined margin of 9 lengths and banked $113,257. This could be more coronation than victory. Burke trains him for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Also on Saturday, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

STONEBORO, PA -- Horsemen racing at the Stoneboro (PA) Fair on Thursday and Friday should note that the 2018 PA Fair Harness Guide contains the wrong address: you can find the fairgrounds at 2381 Mercer Road, Stoneboro PA 16153.   From PHHA / Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2018 -- Heavy favorites Kissin In The Sand and Alexa's Power were easy victors in Friday's Romola Hanover, a $160,238 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at The Meadows. The pair advanced to the $252,000 PASS championship for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers, which is set for Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Kissin In The Sand, arguably the national leader in her division, had to work hard from post 6 for the early lead. But when Dave Palone gave her a 29.1 second-quarter breather, she was refreshed and ready to blaze the back half in 54.3. She scored in 1:51, 3-1/2 lengths better than the first-over Parisian Blue Chip, with Double A Mint third. "This year, she's pretty laid back. Last year, she could be a pain," said Nancy Johansson, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate for Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. "She wanted to do everything her way. This year, we've come to an agreement: I let her get her way sometimes, she lets me get my way sometimes. I think she was pretty much well in hand today. She looks like she's coming into the final nice and strong." Kissin In The Sand, who extended her career bankroll to $675,056, now has finished first or second in all nine starts this year. The journey of Alexa's Power to the front from post 7 was even more arduous, as she couldn't cross over until the three-eighths. But she was untouchable thereafter, defeating Apple Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sansovina Hanover earned show. "That was a pretty tough first quarter, but she's been pretty good lately," said Campbell of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $359,835. "We've been thrilled with her this year. She puts in a great effort every time." $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Friday's card also featured a pair of $20,000 PA Stallion Series splits, which were taken by Cult Icon and Real Fine. Cult Icon proved once again that she loves passing horses, as she moved for Palone from fifth at the three-eighths and had little trouble overtaking the leader, Danikova, en route to a 1:52.4 victory, her fourth straight. Danikova persevered for second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Belle's Delight completed the ticket. "I don't think it would have mattered how I drove her," Palone said. "She is so sharp. She let me know she was wanting to race at the quarter pole. I just moved her back to the front, and she was on her own from there." Trent Stohler conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon, who now boasts $123,516 in career earnings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stables and Stately Gaits Stable. Mike Wilder worked out a cozy pocket trip for Real Fine, whose chances were further abetted by the early break of the 1-2 favorite, Attention Hanover. She roared past the leader, Miss Hill, in the stretch to down her by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1, with Ana Hanover third. "She's pretty much push button," Wilder said. "She gives you 100 percent. The favorite ran -- that helped. But you know what? She was right on her toes, and she raced super." Ron Burke trains Real Fine, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch, for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  

CHESTER, PA - On Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, both Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign performed as expected in their final round preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies, both winning in 1:51.3 to have people looking forward to their $252,000 Championship battle at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, September 1. Treacherous Reign was up first, and she showed gameness in her victory. 50-1 shot Stonebridge Soul went right out to the top despite the outside post eight, having the lead to the 27.2 quarter before Andrew McCarthy moved Treacherous Reign to the lead well before the 56.1 half. The victorious daughter of Captaintreacherous - Scandalous Hanover was able to hold first-over She's Allright at bay through and past a 1:23.2 3/4s. but there was one more battle - to her left - to be won. The longshot Stonebridge Soul had never disengaged after surrendering the lead early, and in fact she was clawing back at the winner inch by inch through the lane. But Treacherous Reign downed her game rival by a neck to go 3-for-3 in her Sires prelims, including an upset of Warrawee Ubeaut in her previous start, and the winner of four of five lifetime starts may be peaking at an opportune time for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parnham. The connections on Warrawee Ubeaut have said they looked forward to the time when she could "race off of a helmet" and not have to move to the lead early because of her credentials and overwhelming support. In this race driver Yannick Gingras showed no thought of starting quickly with the daughter of Sweet Lou - Great Memories, settling fifth early in a 26.3 initial panel. At the 55.4 half she was given her cue to go, and go she did, with a 26.4 individual third quarter carrying her right up to the lead, and she widened her advantage to 3¾ lengths at the wire while reducing her mark. After starting her career with three wins including two in Sires competition, Warrawee Ubeaut went a faster pace than she ever had in his last race, and Treacherous Reign caught her on the money by a half-length. But Warrawee Ubeaut, now also 4-for-5 in her career, showed no ill effects from the defeat here today for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. (As for Gingras, he was off to the airport to catch a flight to Toronto, where Manchego was to take on Atlanta in their big head-to-head confrontation.) The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these horses as the leading pointwinners: 1. Warrawee Ubeaut, 2. Treacherous Reign, 3. Rockin Philly, 4. Bestseller Hanover, 5. Sylph Hanover, 6. She's Allright, 7. (tie) Stonebridge Soul and Sweeter Lulu, 9. Sweet Chrome, 10. Art Lecture. Like Warrawee Ubeaut, Sylph Hanover and She's Allright are part of the Burke Brigade. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- With her victories in the Lynch final and the Mistletoe Shalee, Kissin In The Sand soared to the top of the 3-year-old filly pacing division. On Friday at The Meadows, she'll try to lock up a berth in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. In Friday's PASS, a $160,238 stake known as the Romola Hanover, she'll go from post 6 in race 8, with Dave Palone driving for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Special post time for the twilight card is 5:30 PM. Kissin In The sand has finished first or second in all eight starts this year, lifting her career bankroll to $634,997. She's tied for fourth in PASS standings; with nine of the Top 10 in PASS points competing in the Romola Hanover, it might not be a day at the beach for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate. Speaking of days at the beach, that's pretty much how she's been prepping for the stake. Johansson is a proponent of interval training, which involves brief, intense bursts of speed followed by long, slow jogs. The workouts take place on the straight, in deep sand, and can last an hour. Trainers who use interval training say it builds foundation while increasing the capacity for quicker, faster brushes. "About 95 percent of European trainers use it," Johansson says. "Speed is tough on the joints, and this allows you to work the heart without having to go very quickly. We're very diligent about checking heart rates after training, and she always has a very low heart rate." Johansson believes Kissin In The Sand is well positioned to finish the season strongly and win the divisional Dan Patch award. "I think that's everybody's goal, although now that she's at the top, everybody's coming after her," she says. "I see no reason why she couldn't do it. She's been super all year, and she's gad good breaks between her tough races." Johansson indicated she's had preliminary discussions with Katz about the direction for Kissin In The Sand once this season ends. "Marvin is a successful breeder, and she would do great in the breeding shed. But if she can make money on the track, that option is still there. She'd be competitive with aged mares. A lot of them will be bred, so there may be fewer of them next year." The card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly pacers and many fan-centric activities. As part of the "Corks and Kegs Weekend," fans may enjoy a variety of specialties from food trucks on the apron. Nearby, fans 12 and older can participate in a virtual reality exhibit that will give them the experience of driving a Standardbred. Radio station 93.7 FM The Fan will broadcast live from the track and kick off the program with a match race between on-air personalities Joe Starkey and Chris Mueller. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer "Family Fun Night" festivities that include a bounce house, a stilt walker, a face painter and a balloon artist. In addition, the MSOA will invite fans to play Plinko, and eight of the track's regular drivers will compete in a "Pony Hop Charity Challenge," with all prize money donated to the drivers' designated charities. For more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. Drivers and their charities include: Mike Wilder -- Pacing for the Cure Dave Palone -- Standardbred Retirement Foundation Jeremy Indof -- American Cancer Society Dan Rawlings-- Asperger and Autism Network Jim Pantaleano -- Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Brady Brown -- St Jude Hospital Shawn Johnston -- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania Wilbur Yoder -- New Vocations by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind trainers and owners that the entry deadline for the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships and consolations for 2-year-olds is Tuesday, Aug. 28, 9 AM. Each of the four championships offers a purse of $252,000 while the consolations go for $50,000 apiece. The top nine point-earners among those who enter while comprise the championship fields, with the next nine in the consolations. Six-hour detention applies to horses in the championships only. For more information, please contact the race office, 724.225.9897. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2018 -- Crystal Fashion rebounded nicely from his tough beat as the Hambletonian favorite, putting away the field with a powerful first over bid and sprinting off to a 5-length victory in 1:53 -- a track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters -- in Wednesday's $167,288 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Lawmaker took the other split in the event known as the Hickory Smoke. Crystal Fashion won his Hambletonian elimination but was parked throughout the final, losing by only 1-1/4 lengths. Following that maximum effort, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms decided to skip the Zweig to give Crystal Fashion more time to recover and earn PASS points in the Hickory Smoke. That strategy paid off Wednesday as the son of Cantab Hall-Window Willow, the 1-9 favorite, exploded from third down the backside for Tim Tetrick, put away Scirocco Rob and erased the previous record of 1:53.2 set by Lady's Dude. Scirocco Rob was a clear second, with early leader Hill Street third. "Anytime you come out of a two-heat race, you're always concerned with how they'll bounce back," Campbell said. "But he looked as good as he's ever been. He seems to like (first-over trips). He's a pretty laid-back horse, and he likes just riding up there." The win lifted Crystal Fashion's lifetime bankroll to $686,974 and propelled him into the $252,000 PASS championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. Lawmaker lacked the points to reach the championship, but his win was impressive nonetheless. He zipped to the point from post 7 for Anthony MacDonald and rolled home in 1:53.4, 8-3/4 lengths ahead of the rallying Exarch, with Can't Afford It third. A key point in the race came at the quarter, where MacDonald and Lawmaker wouldn't release Can't Afford It in his bid for the lead. "I wouldn't have let my mother go at that point," MacDonald said. "We'd had everything our own way. Obviously, it was a tremendous heartbreak when he broke stride in the Hambletonian, but he bounced back. When he was younger and green, he'd wait for them on the front end. He was all business today. I never even pulled the ear plugs." Andrew Harris trains the son of Muscle Massive-Pretty Amigo, who now boasts $286,247 in career earnings, for Thestable Lawmaker group. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters The stallion series stake belonged to trainer Julie Miller, who swept the two divisions with Max's Beast and Toast Of Lindy. Max's Beast outkicked his entry-mate, Im Your Captain, in the stretch and downed him by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. The first-over Rich And Miserable completed the ticket. "We followed the right horse, and he responded," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "He's been on the front many times, and I was okay with cutting it. But the best horse came at us, so we sat behind him and beat him." With the win, the son of Cantab Hall-Contender Hanover has banked $113,552 for Andy Miller Stable and Harvey Eisman. Andy Miller had the honors aboard Toast Of Lindy, but those honors nearly turned disastrous when Stonebridge Gamble made a dangerous break on the lead entering the final turn. Toast Of Lindy was trapped in the pocket with nowhere to go. But Tyler Buter was able to guide Stonebridge Gamble safely off the course, leaving the Lightning Lane to Toast Of Lindy. The son of Cantab Hall Bellini Lindy poured through to score in 1:56.4, a neck better than the hard-used Spartan. Hillation earned show. "That was the trip I was looking for until that horse on the front stopped," Andy Miller said "Luckily, he got out of the way, and I was able to go forward." Toast Of Lindy extended his career bankroll to $135,613 for Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- the Romola Hanover, a $160,238 PASS, and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post for the special twilight card is 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2018 -- Nearly scratched after tying up Monday, Phaetosive turned in a gritty first-over performance that carried her to victory in Tuesday's $165,038 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over two divisions, with Miss Jubilee Hill taking the other split. Following her second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks, Phaetosive was recovering nicely. Trond Smedshammer, who trains and drives the daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton, reported over the weekend that she was training well. That all changed Monday morning. "She tied up pretty bad," Smedshammer said. "She was supposed to come here yesterday afternoon, but I decided to get her loosened up and turn her out in the paddock until midnight. We put her on the truck at 4 AM and shipped up. "If she didn't feel normal warming up, I planned to scratch her. She felt okay, but she wasn't herself in the race. It's a big relief right now. I think I aged two years in one day." Even at less than full strength, Phaetosive engaged Hey Blondie down the backside and finally lunged ahead of the game leader at the wire, defeating her by a neck in 1:54 over a "good" surface. The victory lifted her career bankroll north of $500,000 and propelled Phaetosive into the $252,000 PASS championship Sept. 2 at Pocono. Even with a win Tuesday, Miss Jubilee Hill couldn't reach the final; she hadn't garnered a PASS point all season. But the daughter of Muscle Hill-Miss Majestic earned a fat check and a lot of respect when she followed the live cover of 2-5 favorite Seviyorum and blew by in the lane to score in 1:55.1 for Tim Tetrick and owner/trainer Mark Steacy. Megadolce rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while Seviyorum saved show. "They said she's a little goofy behind the gate, and she was -- she seems claustrophobic and changes her gait," Tetrick said. "But I got to follow good cover, and she cleared and held off the others." $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Tuesday's card also featured three divisions of this event, with wins going to Bella Glos, Follow Streak and Worldly Hanover. Bella Glos was the fastest winner, collecting a front-end victory in1:55.3, 1/2 length better than the fast-closing Msnaughtyashill. Front Circle rallied for show. "I just wanted to keep her out of trouble, not do anything too quick," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I thought I had the best horse. When she was able to get her own numbers, I never thought she was in any trouble at any time." Jimmy Takter trains Bella Glos, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Global Desire, for Black Horse Racing. Follow Streak attacked Mighty Macko first over, cleared near the three-quarters and went on to a comfortable 3/4-length victory over Perfect Image in 1:56.2. First Class Act completed the ticket. "She seems a little better when she's chasing horses. She likes to pass them," said Andy Miller, who piloted the daughter of Donato Hanover-Streak -- now a $100,000 performer -- for trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable and Lawrence Dumain. "She has a couple other stakes for PA breds, but I'm not sure where we'll go after the stallion series final." Worldly Hanover gave Bryce Brocklehurst his first career stakes victory when she moved smartly down the backside and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Fish Is Fish to defeat her by a neck in 1:59.2. Rainbowinthewest rallied for show. "I thought she was competitive in here," Brocklehurst said. "She doesn't have a lot of gate speed, but she has a lot of kick on the end of it. She'll keep racing here, maybe go to a couple fairs." Harold Brocklehurst conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Wherley for Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Divas Image made it two straight -- and four of the last five -- with a front-end triumph for Tetrick, trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and owners Joe Bongiorno, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro and J&T Silva Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $518,917. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday with a pair of events for sophomore colt and gelding trotters -- the Hickory Smoke, a $167,288 PASS, and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. Reaching the Hambletonian is gratifying. Winning your Hambletonian elimination and going off the favorite in the final is a major thrill. Getting parked every step in that final — and still losing by only 1-1/4 lengths — is the pits. That’s what Crystal Fashion, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms endured. Yet they’ve climbed out of the pit and regrouped, and they’ll lead the field in Wednesday’s Hickory Smoke, a $167,288 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, at The Meadows. Crystal Fashion leaves from the rail in the first race, with Tim Tetrick aboard. Wednesday’s card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Campbell didn’t allow himself the luxury of time off following the bitter Hambletonian defeat. “When you win the first heat, you’re all pumped up and hoping for the best,” he says. “It’s all very exciting to be in that race, and when you win one of the divisions, it gets you fired up. But we’ve continued to race at a number of tracks. This is the time of year you want to be busy.” Crystal Fashion, however, did enjoy a breather. “I didn’t think two heats would bother him, but he was obviously much better in the first heat that he was in the second. We gave him lots of time to come back from it. He seems good now, and he doesn’t require a lot of training. “We could have gone to the Zweig with him, but Jules and I decided to give him an extra few days and get some points for the sires stake final.” The Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding, who has banked $645,252 for Fashion Farms, currently is tied for third in PASS points. With only five others in the Top 15 in the Hickory Smoke, Crystal Fashion seems a likely finalist. Campbell also will send out Muscle M Up (race 4, post 6, Tetrick), a Muscle Hill-Fashion Athena colt making his PASS debut. “Early on, we thought he was our best 2-year-old,” Campbell says. “”But there’s a dark cloud over him. At first he was more immature than anything else. Then he bled. Then he got sick a couple times. He’s had a good week, but he doesn’t have a lot of racing under his belt.” by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well each locked up a berth in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers by winning a split in Monday's final preliminary leg, a $162,012 event known as the Tarport Effrat, at The Meadows. The $252,000 final is set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. The winner of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows, Dorsoduro Hanover entered the Tarport Effrat in second place in PASS standings and so wasn't under pressure to win. Nevertheless, he unveiled a new wrinkle. After a series of tough trips vying for the early lead, he ducked for Matt Kakaley, getting away last in the six-horse field. "They were stepping out of there pretty hard, and my horse races good no matter where he's at," Kakaley said. "I wasn't worried about sitting last when they were going 26 to the quarter. If they had gone slow early, I would have stepped him out of there." The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding followed the live cover of Wes Delight, then peeled wide and downed him by 3/4 lengths in 1:50.2, with Macadoodledoo third. Ron Burke trains Dorsoduro Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $560,862, for Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel&Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five. In contrast, Done Well was on the PASS bubble, having competed in only one leg before Monday. While he won that, he needed points, big time, to nail down a spot in the final Tim Tetrick and the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover took matters into their own hands, vaulting to the point and holding off the late challenge of Shadow Cat to defeat him by a neck in 1:51.1. A rallying Larry Karr completed the ticket. "I think he had some health issues," Tetrick said. "He raced good in his Adios elimination, and then in the final he was atrocious. The last two races, he's come back. He toughed it out today. I always thought he was better chasing, but in that spot, I have to do what I have to do." Done Well now has banked $371,762 for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith. $60,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers While the stallion series event was Monday's subfeature, it provided much of the excitement, including: a Brett Miller sweep (two for trainer Chris Oakes), all in the Lightning Lane; a stake record-matching victory in 1:50.3 by Terror Atthe Beach, an improbable 55-1 upset by PC's Expresso, who spotted the field perhaps 15 lengths after breaking at the gate. Terror Atthe Beach equaled the record of Spider Man Hanover by stalking Winston and blowing by in the stretch to score for Oakes and owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. Aleppo Hanover closed well for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Winston saved show. "Chris told me the horse has speed but is not a 1:49 pacer, so if you land on the front, try to give him a breather," Miller said. "I don't know the horse, but he sure felt like he likes the two hole." PC's Expresso had been competing primarily in overnights, but when he improved with the recent addition of Lasix, trainer Paul Kennedy and owners Paint Creek Farms and Robyn Kennedy decided to roll the dice on the stake. "The stake was there, and there was no overnight for him, so I just put him in. I've wasted $200 on plenty of other things," Kennedy said. "I figured our only chance of getting a check was to stay flat, but he raced good." The son of Western Ideal-Palazzo Princess caught the field following the miscue, saved ground along the inside and made up 4 lengths in the stretch to score in 1:53.2, a neck better than Daddyofemall. No Easy Day earned show. A Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Oakes for Tom Hill, Bobby K Hill captured the other split with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him 1-1/4 lengths past heavy favorite Go West Go Fast in 1:51.3, with Yupper third. "Chris told me this one would be better if I could give him a trip," Miller said. "In the last turn, I didn't think I would have enough time to catch the leader. But when he saw daylight, he was gone." Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows when the program features a pair of events for sophomore filly trotters: a $165,139 PASS known as the Meadow Bright and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. Phaetosive Headlines PASS Tuesday  Her win in a Delvin Miller Memorial division and second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks vaulted Phaetosive to the very elite of the 3-year-old filly trotter division. For all that, she’ll need a big performance in Tuesday’s $165,038 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows to guarantee a berth in the PASS championship. Phaetosive leaves from post 4 in race 9 with trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer aboard. Tuesday’s card also includes a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Phaetosive won her Oaks elimination and was sent off the favorite in the final but fell by a length to superstar Manchego. “I kind of knew what had to happen to beat Manchego, and none of that happened,” Smedshammer says. “I thought Manchego might have to work a little bit more to get to the front, and I wanted to come first over and be head to head at the top of the stretch. We came home in 26.2 and couldn’t make up the ground.” It was a gallant performance nonetheless for the daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton, and it lifted her career bankroll to $489,858 for owner Purple Haze Stables. But in the PASS, medical issues have limited her to one leg, which she won. “She was in to go at Pocono (in the PA All-Stars) when I had to scratch her because of breathing problems,” Smedshammer says. “Her epiglottis was entrapped, and they were able to free it manually, without surgery. I’m very grateful they tried the conservative route first — it worked. If she’d needed surgery, she would have missed the Oaks and everything.” With eight qualifying for the $252,000 PASS championship Sept. 1 at The Meadows, Phaetosive is tied for ninth with 35 points. Moreover, five fillies ranked ahead of or tied with her also are in Tuesday’s stake, known as the Meadows Bright. Phaetosive doesn’t necessarily have to win to make the final, but she needs a large infusion of points. “She had a couple days off after the Oaks, but she’s been following a normal schedule since then. The Oaks didn’t take any more out of her than any other race.” Phaetosive is eligible for the Elegant Image, several at the Red Mile and the Breeders Crown. No matter the outcome in the PASS and her late-season stakes, Smedshammer intends to bring her back next year. “I think she’ll be great to race at 4,” he says. “She’s a big, strong filly who hasn’t been raced hard at 2 or 3. She should have a great future as an older mare.” by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were three divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night.ectively, the three miles were the three fastest produced by baby male trotters in North America this year on a 5/8-mile track. And one of those harness racing miles tied a world record. All three races came down to stretch duels between two contenders, and all three times the odds-on favorite came up shy by a neck. Taken collectively, the three miles were the three fastest produced by baby male trotters in North America this year on a 5/8-mile track. And there's one more "three" in the background - the Muscle Hill - Louise Kemp colt Prospect Hill, after winning in all four of the prelim legs, could now become only the third two-year-old trotting colt on record in the 25-year history of the PA Sires to sweep the prelims and then take his Championship, joining Stormin Norman and Billy Flynn. That date with destiny is at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, September 1. At Pocono on Sunday, Prospect Hill made the lead at the 28 quarter, then proceeded to the half in 57, just as Green Manalishi S charged to him in his uncovered attack. The two colts were both sent off at 4-5, with "Manalishi" having $58 more support (between the two of them they had 86% of the win pool), and the two were virtually inseparable on the racetrack as well the last half (the ¾ time was 1:26), with Prospect Hill going a little bit better late to win in 1:55, a season's record for his division. Prospect Hill has now won five stakes races in his last five starts, adding on a Pennsylvania All-Stars division to his four PaSS wins, for driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and the ownership of Stroy Inc. Just 18 minutes earlier, the other 1:55 winner was the Muscle Massive - Just Not Into You gelding White Tiger, and that clocking was not only a season's record, and a Pocono track record (old mark = 1:55.1, It Really Matters, 2013), but it also equaled the world record for two-year-old trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track, giving all three Pennsylvania tracks a share of this mark, as Correctamundo first achieved the feat in 2009 at The Meadows and was matched by Mississippi Storm at Harrah's Philadelphia last season. The Andrew Harris trainee, now a two-time Sires winner, followed the cover of favorite Gerry, then relentlessly pursued him until gaining the late advantage, becoming the best four-legged advertisement imaginable for driver/entrepreneur Anthony MacDonald and Thestable White Tiger Group. In the third division, Demon On the Hill was trying to join Prospect Hill as a four-time Sires prelim winner, but instead it was the Cantab Hall - Oh Oh Hereshecomes colt Osterc who joined him as a three-time prelim victor after a 1:55.2 mile. Osterc brushed to the lead down the backstretch for driver Yannick Gingras while simultaneously getting a 30.1 breather, and Demon Onthe Hill, chasing him, could not quite reach in the 28.4 last quarter. Osterc ran his lifetime record to 4-for-5 after winning his third straight Sire Stakes start for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these ten as the leading pointwinners: 1. Prospect Hill, 2. Demon Onthe Hill, 3. Osterc, 4. White Tiger, 5. (tie) Flippen Creek and Stonebridge Symba, 7. Fashion Possessed, 8. Ginger Tree Skyr, 9. Klutzy, 10. Mass Fortune K. Monday evening's feature at The Downs will be six divisions of the last Stallion Series prelim for the baby diamondgaited colt, with the final field for their Championship (Philly, Labor Day Monday) currently far from being decided. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2018 -- It took Albergo Hanover 19 career starts to make it to his first stake, but he debuted with a splash, jogging in 1:49.4 in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake. On Monday, he'll try to repeat and secure a spot in the PASS championship in the $162,012 Tarport Effrat, the final preliminary leg for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. The son of Well Said-Allamerican Celeb leaves from post 5 in race 8 with regular pilot Joe Bongiorno. First post is 1:05 PM. A modest $17,000 yearling acquisition, Albergo Hanover was racing in overnights in Canada when owner Gestion JY Blais Inc. sent him to trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. "They wanted to see if he could get around Yonkers," she says. "He's a little guy, but he was perfect. I recommended to the owner that they take a shot at the Aug. 12 sires stake leg. I had a feeling some of the better colts would be at the Carl Milstein that night. He was so, so good. The minute he reached the stretch, we knew he was a winner. He finished with his ear plugs in." Albergo Hanover boasts a three-race winning streak that easily could have been five but for a July 16 mishap at Yonkers where a hopple broke and settled on a hind leg. Joe Bongiorno was able to keep the colt upright and avert disaster. "Luck was definitely on our side that night," Jennifer Bongiorno says. "Luck got him back safe." When he first arrived at Yonkers, Albergo Hanover was prone to stud-like behavior that, Bongiorno says, he since has outgrown. "When I was walking a mare past him in the paddock, he had a meltdown, jumping up and down like he was trying to escape," she says. "We had to give him three baths that day. He's perfect in the paddock now, but we still leave the track with him immediately. We don't want to chance anything. "He likes to let people know he's there, so he's a little bit vocal -- especially around our other stallions. Evenin Of Pleasure will yell, Rubber Duck will yell, and Albergo will yell louder than all of them." Albergo Hanover currently is tied for seventh in PASS points; with eight qualifying for the $252,000 championship at Pocono on Sept. 2, he'll need a strong performance to cement a berth. While lightly staked the rest of the season, he's eligible for the Simcoe and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Monday's card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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