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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2019 -- Goes Down Smooth and Klutzy each won a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split Wednesday at The Meadows, nailing down berths in the championship for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Sept. 7, The Meadows will host all four PASS $250,000 championships -- and all four $50,000 consolations -- for 3-year-olds. Goes Down Smooth was the dominant performer in the Super Bowl, as the $167,002 stake is known. The 1-5 favorite quarter-poled to the top for Matt Kakaley and drew off to an insurmountable lead. The Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding scored in a career-best 1:53, 7-3/4 lengths better than Macmorris Hanover, with Ginger Tree Skyr third. "He's getting better all the time," Kakaley said. "He's smarter. He lets me do whatever I want with him now. He used to get a little hot leaving, but he's been a gentleman lately." Ron Burke trains the winner, who now has banked $193,804, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, Joseph Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. At 2, Klutzy showed intermittent flashes of brilliance that suggested he might become one of the tops of his division. But winning driver Andy Miller acknowledged that Klutzy's talent has been intermittent this year as well. "I wouldn't say he's disappointed us, but he hasn't stepped up as much as I thought he might," Miller said. "But he's done okay. He had quite a bit of go today, and I thought they were tired on the front, so I thought I had a good shot." The son of Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover was sharp in the Super Bowl, moving first over to overtake Final Claim and down him by a length in 1:54.3, a life mark. Explosive Form completed the ticket. Julie Miller trains Klutzy, who extended his career bankroll to $179,262, for Stroy, Inc. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Faithfulandtrue and Kate's Massive each took a division of the subfeature, and each had to work hard for the winner's check. Faithfulandtrue made the point with a quarter-pole move but had to resist late pressure from Consus Victory to score in 1:54.4, a career best, for Mike Cole, trainer Joseph Columbo and owner George & Tina Dennis Racing. Crossfit earned show. "When he races like that, he usually doesn't let anybody get to him, but I had to chase him today," Cole said. "But he fought him off. He's matured a lot lately and turned into a racehorse." He indicated the Donato Hanover-Seducer Hall gelding likely would be turned out. Kate's Massive had to take a seat after an abortive try for the lead from post 8, then was forced to come first over down the backside. He had just enough left in the tank to prevail in 1:55.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ray Paver and owner Harry Horowitz. Stonebridge Symba was second, beaten a head, with Ragtime Hanover third. "We knew the eight hole would be a tough spot, that they would all be looking to line up behind him," Palone said. "He fought for me when I moved him from third. He's a nice colt. I'd like to try him without hopples one of these times." Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday twilight card that features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $170.058 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is sponsoring "First Responders Night' to honor the region's first responders and provide them and their families with an entertaining night at the races. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID may receive free wagering vouchers and race programs while those whose names are drawn in a lottery will participate in a match race. First post Friday is 5:30 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, PA - In the fourth and final preliminary round for the Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old pacing fillies Wednsday at Harrah's Philadelphia, Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover both visited victory lane for the third time - after both of them finished second to the other in the one prelim they did not win. First to parade back was the Artspeak - A Pippin Hanover miss Aplomp Hanover, already a five-time winner on the campaign, with an Arden Downs division victory on her resume as well. In Wednesday's contest, Aplomp Hanover went to the lead in front of the stands for the first time and held the advantage from there, withstanding the inside charge of Love For Sail by a neck in 1:54.4. Allan Davis drove the consistent filly for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Captaintreacherous sired the three other Stallion Series winners of the afternoon, including the 1:55 winner Arden Hanover, who had an arduous trip in getting home first - making the top, yielding, then having to come back on in the last 3/16 for driver Dexter Dunn to defeat the previously-unbeaten Alexis's Beach by a half-length. Arden Hanover (dam Allamerican Coed) posted her third straight triumph for trainer Mark Harder, who is also co-owner with Joseph Jannuzzeli. The Party's Rockin looked on her way to join "Aplomp" and "Arden" as three-time StS winners, but the favorite made a break while on the lead nearing headstretch. Real Long Hanover (dam Rockin Everyway) proved to have the best late rally, outfooting Anthem by 1¼ lengths in 1:55 to take her second Stallion Series win in succession. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner for trainer Tony Alagna and Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC. The final division had no multiple winners, but it proved to be the fastest of the four, and its winner, Culture Shock, won by the largest margin, 3¼ lengths. Anthony Morgan sent the filly to the front before the half and went on to win over closer Speaking Of Coffee in 1:54.2, the faster victory for the filly who is now undefeated after two starts. Joe Holloway trains Culture Shock (dam Sawyer) for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission is the official tallier of the points earned in the Stallion Series and the Sire Stakes, but a quick, unofficial calculation performed after the last race revealed the following nine horses with the most points: 1. (tie) Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover; 3. The Party's Rockin; 4. Real Long Hanover; 5. Shotgun Persuasion; 6. Speaking Of Coffee; 7. Keystone Eureka; 8. Sweet Camille; 9. Alexis's Beach. Each Stallion Series division will have its $40,000 Championship at Pocono on Monday, September 9. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2019 -- The Party's Rockin powered to the lead at the quarter and scored geared down in a career-best 1:52.4, fastest in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Real Long Hanover, Sweet Camille and Arden Hanover captured the other divisions. Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder teamed for a stake double with The Party's Rockin and Arden Hanover. Once The Party's Rockin reached the point, she drew away steadily to down the pocket-sitting Keystone Eureka by 4-3/4 lengths, with Don't Speak third. It was the second stallion series victory for Matthew Dugan's daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo. "This filly has a lot of high speed. I liked her the first time I sat behind her," Buter said. "She's right on the verge of being a sires stake filly. She'd be very competitive in that group." Off the board in all three previous starts, Real Long Hanover zipped to the front from post 7, took advantage of some early confusion towards the back of the pack and sprinted to victory in 1:53.2, 3/4 lengths better than Dream Dancing. Coral Reef Hanover earned show. "Last time she was here, she wasn't on her game. She didn't feel that good," said winning driver Dexter Dunn. "She didn't have to be on the front today, but she really felt like she wanted to tear into it." Tony Alagna trains Real Long Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rockin Everyway, for Alagna Racing, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing. Real Long Hanover Facing a long, arduous first-over trek, Sweet Camille found a path back to the cones for a breather that helped her rally again and break her maiden in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder. Early leader Windfall Profits finished second, 1/2 length back, while Anthem completed the ticket. "It's always nice to get back to the rail -- especially after you've had to do the work first up with a horse that's a little bit green," said Wilder of the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. "I'm not sure she needed that, but it sure helped out. It got her right back on the bit nice." Ron Burke conditions Camille for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III. In the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Meme Hanover sprang a 14-1 upset for Jason Merriman and owner/trainer Kris Rickert. The 5-year-old Explosive Matter-Migisi gelding prevailed in a career-fastest 1:54.1 and lifted his lifetime bankroll to $144,986. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers as well as a $722.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted three divisions of the $168,480 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Tony Alagna accounted for two divisions with Treacherous Reign (1:49.4) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50.2), while last year's divisional champion Warrawee Ubeaut posted her second Sire Stakes win while posting a 1:50 mile. First up was Treacherous Reign, who started her season with four straight wins, including the Fan Hanover final on June 15, but had not won in four starts after that victory. Here driver Dexter Dunn put the Captaintreacherous filly on the lead before the :27 quarter, posted midrace splits of :55.4 and 1:22.3, then guided her home in 27.1, two lengths clear of pocketsitting Beach Bar. The winner of $482,797 is conditioned by Alagna for Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. Warrawee Ubeaut also had a hot start to her 2019, with four victories in her first five starts including a Sire Stakes division in the first prelim, but like Treacherous Reign she came into Sunday having not won in four straight races. Yannick Gingras got the daughter of Sweet Lou away second behind Stonebridge Soul before the :26.2 quarter, then moved her to command before the :55 half. Warrawee Ubeaut got a breather to the 1:23.3 three-quarters , then needed to turn on the afterburners with Stonebridge Soul on her back, and "Ubeaut" responded with a 26.2 last quarter which kept the pocketsitter 1 1/2 lengths in arrears to the wire. The Ron Burke-trained winner of $917,174 looked sharp for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. Alagna got his second Sire Stakes win with another daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover, who had beaten both of the other PaSS winners in the Shady Daisy Pace at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. Here Tall Drink Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy pressed on to the lead passing the 27 quarter, got a short rest while reaching the half in :56.1, and then proceeded to throw a pair of 27.3 back quarters at her opponents, which put her 1½ lengths ahead on second-place Rockin Philly at the wire and 2½ lengths better than Philly Hanover, previously the only double Sire Stakes winner, in third. Tall Drink Hanover has now amassed $545,677 and has won three straight for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC, and she also took a new mark with the victory. Fastest of four winners in the $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series was the Sweet Lou filly Sweet Cherry, who left quickly from the outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick and set the pace, then stepped home in :55.1 to earn a new mark of 1:51.3, two lengths ahead of A Beach Cowgirl. Jim King Jr. trains the winner for Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. The Sweet Lou sophomore Alkippe posted her second Stallion Series win of the campaign when she shot up the Pocono Pike to post a 1:54.4 win, catching favored pacesetter Tee's Sweet Ryde by a half-length for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Linda Toscano, and Enviro Stables LTD. Andrew McCarthy joined Gingras as a winning driver in both the Sire Stakes and Stallion Series when JK Mardi Says also took her second StS win, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly coming off cover to reduce her mark to 1:51.4. JK Mardi Says was 2¾ lengths clear of What A Fox in triumphing for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. In the final Stallion Series section, Annie Hill looked like she was going to be the only three-time winner in the PA-sired competitions when she came up the inside from the pocket to grab the stretch lead, but Marcus Miller swung the Captaintreacherous filly Michelon's Filly wide for the drive, and that one closed furiously to get past Annie Hill by a half-length. Michelon's Filly, who won for the first time this season, also reduced her mark by winning in 1:51.4 for trainer Erv Miller and owner/namesake Ronald Michelon, partner with Michael Anderson. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - There were six $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday, and in defiance of the usual concept of "avoid first-over," five of the winners went the uncovered route en route to victory. Red-hot driver Tim Tetrick won three of the six Stallion Series divisions en route to racking up seven total victories on the day, and he guided the fastest winner, the Explosive Matter - Afterimage colt Overserved, who lowered his mark to 1:57.1 though first-up. The George Ducharme trainee nevertheless powered off by 2¾ lengths over Swipe Right for owners W J Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco, and Jim Winske. Tetrick was also in charge of the next two fastest winners, both of whom were breaking their maidens and both of whom are trained by Jim Campbell. Going 1:57.3 was the Father Patrick - Muscle Amour gelding Saxon, the only non-first-over StS winner as he went on the engine and posted the biggest end margin of the sextet, 4¼ lengths over pocketsitter Kyrie Deo, for the Runthetable Stables; just a tick behind Saxon's time was the Muscle Hill - Oyster Kronos colt Beyond Kronos, coming home 2½ lengths ahead of Don Grigio for his first purse win for owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder . Hall Of Fame driver David Miller, who would have stolen the show most other days with four sulky successes of his own, was behind the Cantab Hall - Scream And Shout gelding Rock Party, who also broke his maiden in a 1:58.3 triumph, 1¼ lengths ahead of Hopeusteponalego, for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Charles Rowe. Another Hall Of Famer, trainer/co-owner Chuck Sylvester, sent out the Andover Hall - Lady Luck Hanover gelding Loyal Fox Hanover, who lowered his mark to 1:58.3 in winning by two lengths over Matter Of Focus under the guidance of Victor Kirby; Sylvester's partners on the baby are Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. The other StS winner was the longest-priced one at $17.60, the Sebastian K S - Mauresmo gelding Roger Rabbit, who made the stretch lead then held off closer Daytona Dreamin by 1½ lengths while taking a 1:59 maiden mark for trainer Trish Adams and owner John Barnard. The Stallion Series races were a microcosm of the unusual positioning bias at Philly all day Thursday - four winners raced on the engine, and the other ten all came first-over! From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania-sired stakes competition for two-year-old pacing fillies, with three divisions of a Sire Stakes event worth $184,240, and five divisions of Stallion Series action worth $20,000 each. In the tenth race Sire Stakes division, Sweet Ace, the fastest two-year-old of 2019 regardless of gender or size of track, will start from post six for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Jason Melillo. At The Meadows last Saturday afternoon on the big Adios card, the daughter of Sweet Lou - One Ace Too Many laid off of spirited fractions, then came on in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:50.4 in an Arden Downs division, her second straight victory after triumphing in the first round of the Sire Stakes. And showing how tough competition in Pennsylvania is, Sweet Ace is not even the morning line favorite in her race. That honor was given to JK First Lady, a daughter of Western Ideal out of 2014 Horse of the Year JK She'salady, who also was trained by "First Lady"'s trainer Nancy Johansson. Starting from the rail for driver Yannick Gingras, Johansson and 3 Brothers Stables, JK First Lady comes off two straight victories in the Kindergarten Series at the Meadowlands, the latter in 1:51.3 - :26.2. The other two first round Sire Stakes winners start side-by-side in the fifth race PaSS division. Shouldabeenatd (Sweet Lou - Breakheart Pass), who set most of the pace in the Sweet Ace race and had taken her Sire Stakes start in 1:52.2, begins from post two for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke, while post three finds Lyons Sentinel (Captaintreacherous - Tulu Hanover) going for driver David Miller and trainer Jim King Jr. after a Sires triumph in 1:53. The Stallion Series action sees all four first round winners returning for the Pocono contest. Two of them will meet each other in the ninth race StS section: Aplomp Hanover (post one, driver David Miller), who followed up her Stallion Series win with a triumph in an Arden Downs division, and The Party's Rockin (post six, driver Tyler Buter), who scored a 14-1 upset in the first round. The other winners both begin from post position five for trainer Jim King Jr.: Lyons Sweetjen in race four and Shotgun Persuasion in race eight. First of the fourteen races set for Pocono on Sunday evening is scheduled for 7 p.m. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

WILKES-BARRE PA - None of the first preliminary winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts was able to repeat in the PASS second prelims, conducted over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, during a big harness racing card which also featured Pennsylvania Stallion Series and Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) competition. PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES Explosive Breakaway, a full brother to Phaetosive, pushed favored Osterc to a :28 quarter then yielded for the pocket, and thus put himself in position to capitalize when Osterc made a break late on the far turn, going on to victory in 1:54.2. Summit In Sight, who had come uncovered from far back to challenge Osterc, got a brief lead when that rival broke, but the victorious Explosive Matter gelding had clear sailing up the inside and gained into the :56.2 back half to win by 2¾ lengths over Summit In Sight. Tom Jackson guided the winner for trainer Fred Grant, who shares ownership in the improving sophomore with Janice Rubin, Steve Katz, and Murray Brown. The fastest Sire Stakes winner on Sunday had the distinction of breaking his maiden with the victory, as the Muscle Hill colt Marseille parked the favored Gerry early, yielded to sit the pocket, then outtrotted him home by a half-length in a 1:53.3 mile, with his own last quarter :27.4 in the slop. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt had Marseille ready at first asking for Ãke Svanstedt Inc., Order By Stable, and Howard Taylor. Marseille - Curtis Salonick Photo White Tiger, a Muscle Massive gelding who was just a head off in second in his PaSS Championship last year and who tied the world record for his division at 1:55 here last season, won the third division of the Sire Stakes in 1:55.3 to remain undefeated in two seasonal starts. The Muscle Massive gelding quarter-moved and got a slow half of :58.4, then increased the tempo and withstood the late charge of pylonhugging Macmorris Hanover by ¾ of a length. David Miller drove the Andrew Harris trainee to his fifth lifetime win for Thestable White Tiger Group. PENNSYLVANIA STALLION SERIES Most impressive of the Stallion Series winners was last year's StS Champion, Kate's Massive, who has two StS victories this year and is perfect in three 2019 outings after a 1:54.4 triumph. Dave Palone, the world's all-time winningest driver, was lured from western Pennsylvania just to drive this colt for trainer Kelly Paver, and the journey to Pocono proved worthwhile, as the Muscle Massive colt quarter-moved to control the throttle, then came home in 28.3 under mild encouragement to win by a half length for owner Harry Horowitz. Lapped By Lindy joined Kate's Massive as a double Stallion Series winner, making the lead past the quarter and then being just able to withstand a big late charge by Night Hall by a nose while lowering his speed record to 1:55. Andy Miller drove the Muscle Hill gelding for trainer/wife Julie and the partnership of Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Andy Miller Stable Inc., and George Green. The Cantab Hall gelding Nextroundsonme was given a well-judged steer by Marcus Miller, then came on after a fast pace to catch favored Sheer Muscle while taking a new mark of 1:55 in another Stallion Series division. Jenny Melander trains the sophomore for Belmar Racing&Breeding LLC. Trainer Andrew Harris, who won a Sire Stakes section with White Tiger, added a Stallion Series victory when 19-1 shot Blue And Bold came off of cover to track down Mass Fortune K by three parts of a length in 1:56.1 for the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr. After opening the year with two victories in his first three starts and then dropping three straight, Blue And Bold showed he may again be on the upside for A Harris Racing LLC and April Campbell. The Andover Hall colt Finally Found Away opened the card with a victory in his seasonal bow, lowering his mark three seconds to 1:57. Pacesetter Lazzaro made a break at headstretch, with left the door open for pocketsitting Finally Found Away, and the sophomore took advantage of the luck to win by 1½ lengths for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Bob Stewart, and Bluestone Farms LLC. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES In the $30,000 GNOS mares pace, Tequila Monday rebounded from a defeat at Philly after opening the year with six straight victories, winning in 1:50.2. The American Ideal mare was sent to the front by driver Tyler Buter and put up fractions of :26.2, :55.1, and 1:23, then, with the outer tiers stalling, found her only stretch challenge coming from pocketsitter Apple Bottom Jeans, and the winner of $853,462 withstood that one's charge by ¾ of a length. Hunter Oakes trains Tequila Monday, the leader so far in her division's GNOS pointstandings, for Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. In the $30,000 open trot, Crystal Fashion, the Beal Trot Championship winner here last year and the PA Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year, had an easy time of it, defeating Muscle Diamond by 2¼ lengths in 1:53. Tim Tetrick guided the Cantab Hall gelding to the lead in front of the grandstand, and the winner of $1,277,509 powered home in :56 to notch his first win of the year after a closing fourth in his 2019 debut (a GNOS race) and a half-length defeat in a Graduate leg. Jim Campbell trains the rock-solid winner for Fashion Farms LLC. PHHA / Pocono

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 - Hall of Famer David Miller guided two-year-old pacing fillies May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick to their third Pennsylvania Stallion Series victories on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each their third straight triumph after skipping the first leg, and he may have a hard decision to make as to which filly to guide in the group's Championship race here on Labor Day Monday. Skater Chick, a daughter of Sweet Lou - Ram Rocker, had to do some fancy skating down the backstretch for Miller during her win. She was positioned second-over behind Serena Said, who had had steering issues throughout, and when that filly bore out a path just past the 5/8, Miller guided his filly right through two-wide to go up and tackle the pacesetting Unspoken Promise. From there, Skater Chick had relatively clear sailing, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Alkippe, who came up the inside to catch Unspoken Promise for second, in 1:54.2. Skater Chick is trained by Mark Harder for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste, and Garth Bechtel. In no way did the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover have it easy in taking her third straight Stallion Series contest. Miller took a 4-tuck early with his charge, then grinded up uncovered and was able to seize a small lead on the far turn, which she extended into the stretch. That jump was good enough to keep her clear of Michelon's Filly, who had been hampered by dull cover but came flying late to reduce the winner's advantage to a half-length at the end of the 1:53.1 mile. Nifty Norman conditions the streaking freshman, who had the fastest mile in StS prelim competition with a 1:52.3 win at The Meadows, for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Trillions Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Tulu Hanover, went straight to the lead in her Stallion Series cut, got to the half in a relatively slow 57.4 half-mile under Brett Miller's guidance, then scurried home in 55 - 27 to winning by an easy 4½ lengths in 1:52.4, fastest of all the Thursday divisions and a personal best. Trillions Hanover became a winner in an StS contest for the second straight time for trainer Tom Fanning and the ownership of Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stables LLC, and the J L Benson Stable Inc. The Somebeachsomewhere - Foxy Lady miss What A Fox benefited from the red-hot hands of driver Andrew McCarthy to post an upset in her division, holding off 1-5 favorite Darn Tootn Hanover by a neck to take a maiden mark of 1:54.4. McCarthy sent his filly first-over down the backstretch, grinded to the lead shortly after turning for home, then held off the steady late rush of the favorite, who came from sixth at the ¾ pole, to triumph for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. 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 (ties broken by money won): 1. (tie) May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick, 3, Trillions Hanover, 4. Rock N McRoll, 5. Sweet Cherry, 6. Margret Hill, 7. Unspoken Promise, 8. Michelon's Filly, 9. Able Hanover, 10. Another Beach Day. Sire Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies go in two divisions of their finally preliminary round on Friday's card at Philly. Double winners Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign drew into separate divisions, and seem likely to be the crowd's choices as they go postward. From the PHHA Harrah's Philadelphia

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

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Hall of Fame driver David Miller won five of the six divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Miller was victorious in the first five Stallion Series contests, opening the stakes competition with the Muscle Hill - Brooklyn colt Kings County, who stepped his last half in a very impressive 56.2 to take a race mark of 1:56.4 by 11¼ lengths. A winner in his only other Stallion Series start, Kings County is trained by Domenico Cecere for Lindy Farms Of Connecticut. Next up was the Cantab Hall - Defiant Donato colt Cantab Fashion, who went his last half in 57.3 to take a maiden mark of 1:57 while 10¼ lengths of his field for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. Cantab Fashion had made a break in his only other purse start, also in the Stallion Series. Miller, Cecere, and Lindy Farms united again in the winners circle in the next cut with the Cantab Hall - Southwind Catlin colt Union Forces, who won by "only seven" lengths. A winner in the Stallion Series in his only other purse start, Union Forces is co-owned by Lindy with Robert Rudolph, David Anderson, and John Fielding. Aldebaranwalkbout, who had made a break in a Sire Stakes in his only start for a purse, enjoyed the drop to the Stallion Series level, showing his heels to the field by 13¾ lengths in the fastest time of the six stakes races, 1:55.2. Jonas Czernyson conditions the promising son of Muscle Hill - Aldebaran Turnpike for Aldebaran Park Inc. In his fifth win, Miller's horse, the Cantab Hall - We've Got it All gelding Loving Life, did not even cross the wire first, as although rallying he didn't appear to have enough to catch the frontstepping Final Claim. But in deep stretch Final Claim lost his gait, and with Loving Life only a neck back of the galloping winner at the wire, he was elevated upward in the 1:57.2 mile. Nifty Norman trains Loving Life, second and fourth in his other two Stallion Series starts but a maiden no longer, for the Pinske Stables and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc. The purple-and-white colors of Miller could be found on the lead in the last division with Zandover for almost ¾ of the mile, but then Kate's Massive swept by the tired pacesetter, ending any dreams of a 6-for-6 stakes night. Kate's Massive, a Muscle Massive - Sister Kate colt driven by Charlie Norris for trainer Ray Paver and owners Harry and Iris Horowitz, held off Explosivebreakway, a full brother to Phaetosive, by a half-length at the end of the 1:57 mile, with the 4-for-6 pacer who has won three in a row taking a new mark. 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. Faithfulandtrue; 2. Crossfit; 3. Forecast; 4. Cantab Ed; 5. Kate's Massive over 6. Ntl Guard Hanover, both with the same points but Kate's Massive getting the edge on the tiebreaker of money. Similarly, next there is a five-way "tie" in points among Dudelookslikealindy, Final Claim, Kings County, Living Life, and Union Forces, but Kings County and Union Forces get the 8-9 placing because their two wins earned them the most series money, and they will either get in if somebody defects or will "shake" for the final Championship spot on the 8-wide Philly track. From the PAHH/Pocono Downs

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

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2018 -- Rock N McRoll zipped to the front, held off the late challenge of Trillions Hanover and scored in 1:53.2, fastest in Wednesday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Skater Chick, Unspoken Promise and May Bride Hanover also taking splits. Tony Hall fashioned a stake double behind Skater Chick and May Bride Hanover. It was just the second career start for Rock N McRoll; she didn't she the lead at all in her career debut. But she responded well when Dave Palone asked her for early speed, and she dug in late to hold off Trillions Hanover by a neck. Pretty N Fast completed the ticket. "I think she'll find her way into the sires stakes program," Palone said. "She just was a little behind. I love the way some of the trainers set them up with a start or two until they get feeling good about themselves before they throw them to the wolves. This filly is not short on ability or attitude." Linda Toscano trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-McGibson for Cherry Creek Stables, Camelot Stable, Little E and Enviro Stables. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Hammered down to 1-9, Skater Chick extended her winning streak to three by moving three wide down the backside and prevailing under wraps in 1:53.3, matching her career best. Able Hanover was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Typhoon third. "She has a lot of ability, but she's still a little green," Hall said of the daughter of Sweet Lou-Ram Rocker. "She was kind of in and out, so I figured it would be better just to get out rather than fight with going between horses. She was good." Mark Harder conditions Skater Chick for Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Garth Bechtel. Unspoken Promise wasn't quite sure what she was being asked to do, but ultimately, she straightened out and dashed through the Lightning Lane to overtake the pace-setter, Sweet Cherry, by a neck in 1:54.4. Dark Rhapsody earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Pucker Up for trainer Tom Fanning and owners Howard Taylor and Fanning Racing LLC. "She was a little snaky going down in through there," Pantaleano said. "She's had a little issue running in and getting on the right line; that's why I took her inside. She needs a little more practice. She has some go. She has some skills for sure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features The Meadow Cheer, a $180,862 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Southwind Storm thundered through her Pennsylvania Stallion Series' four preliminary legs undefeated, as the Muscle Hill - Say What filly completed the quarter by winning one of the seven two-year-old trotting filly divisions over "sloppy" going Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pat Berry hustled the Ron Burke trainee to an open length margin during a 27.2 opening quarter and set sail on the lead, and the winner maintained her advantage all the way to the wire, although Southwind Percy charged at her during the last quarter and fell short by only a nose at the end of the 1:58.4 mile. Southwind Storm is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Two fillies became two-time StS prelim winners while triumphing. First in that twosome was the Possess The Will - Raising Rachel miss Fashion Rachel, who built up a huge lead then coasted home to be 2½ lengths clear at the wire in 1:58 to equal her mark and post the fastest divisional clocking. Her connections - driver Mike Simons, trainer Jim Campbell, and the Fashion Farms LLC of newly-installed Hall of Famer Jules Siegel -- had a double on the night, as the Muscle Hill - I'm On Cloud Nine filly Cloud Nine Fashion remained undefeated in three purse starts by making her first Stallion Series effort a winning one in 1:58.4, making a giant recovery from an early miscue to catch When Dovescry by a nose. The other series doubler also topped a two-win night for the Team Orange Crush of trainer/wife Julie and driver/husband Andy Miller: Cardinale, who lowered her mark to 1:58.4. The Cantab Hall - Mississippi Beauty filly gained command before the quarter and went on to defeat Navarone Hanover, the only other miss with two StS prelim triumphs in to go Tuesday (Fast Reaction sat out the final prelim), by 1¼ lengths for the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Willow Oak Ranch, and Odonnell Equine LLC. By the way, Cardinale was the second choice and the only non-chalk to win in the seven races - those who say "two-year-old trotting fillies" with a sneer can stand in the corner, reading the program from this night. The Millers' other winner was PA stakes debutante American Kronos, a Donato Hanover - Glide About filly who brushed to the lead by going her own third quarter in 28.2, finishing out in 1:58.3 to tie her race mark and remained undefeated in two purse contests for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and D. David Goodrow. The other two stakes siring credits went to Cantab Hall, giving him three on the night. One was Fraulein Blucher, whose dam was Frau Blucher, one of only two horses to win $500,000 strictly in PA Sire Stakes competition (the other was Wild Honey). Fraulein Bucker scored her first purse triumph in 1:59.1, a half-length ahead of Paint The Corners for driver Anthony Napolitano, trainer Nancy Johansson, and the ownership of Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC and the Rojan Stables. Biggest margin of victory was the 3¼ lengths Mimi'spearloflindy had on her competition at the end of her maiden victory in 1:59.1. Brian Sears was in the sulky behind the Cantab Hall - Lindy's Showgirl distaff for trainer Marcus Melander and Holly Lane Stud East LLC. 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. Southwind Storm, 2. Navarone Hanover, 3. Fast Reaction, 4. Paint The Corners, 5. (tie) Chanel De Vie and Southwind Percy, 7. Wildfire Seeslter, 8. (tie) Cardinale and Fashion Rachel, 10. (tie) I'mallthatmatters and Lollipop Lindy. There is of course the possibility that one or more of the top horses may not declare in for the Championship, and the horses "on the bubble" do have the prospect of a consolation race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Labor Day if enough fillies declare in. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Latissimus Hanover extended his domination of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series, rolling to his fourth straight series win and completing his sweep of the preliminary legs Monday at The Meadows. The $80,000 stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over four divisions, with Walleywalleyinfree, Costello and Do Ya Think taking the other splits. The $40,000 series final is set for Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. With his 9-length laugher Monday, Latissimus Hanover now has a combined victory margin of 23-1/4 lengths in the series. Ray Schnittker, who trains the son of Captaintreacherous-Ladyking and owns with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Ted Gewertz, indicated he has no regrets about campaigning him in the stallion series rather than the more lucrative -- but more competitive -- sires stakes. "I just hope we can dominate the final," Schnittker joked. "His first start wasn't all that great; he was sitting last after a half that went in 59, and he didn't have much pop. So I thought we'd race him in the stallions. He's staked to everything, so later in the year, he'll have his hands full." Hammered down to 1-9. Latissimus Hanover made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick and jogged home in a career-best 1:52.1. Bring The Thunder and Captain Fabulous completed the ticket. Making his pari-mutuel debut, Walleywalleyinfree appeared to have trouble getting off the cones past the half. Once he picked up cover, he straightened out and drove through the stretch to score in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, trainer Chris Ryder and owner Bella Racing. Loutenant finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Lyons Night Hawk, who provided the winner's much-appreciated cover, earned show. "They told me he could get really hot, and they want to teach him to race from behind, so we were set to trip him out and race him like that," Hall said. "Past the half, he was kind of running in a little bit, and I was hoping to get through the turn before I had to move him. But it was getting tight, and I tried to ease him out. He wasn't ready to come yet." Costello spotted the leader, Lyons Johnnyjnr, x lengths at the three-quarters but powered through the lane to nail him by a neck in 1:54.2. Saronno finished third. "It looked like the leader was putting up some good fractions," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "I was first up with him last week, so I was hoping to give him a little better trip today. He's all right, that little guy." The win likely earned the son of Sweet Lou-Laughandbehappy a berth in the championship. Ron Burke conditions Costello for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday with the Tyler B, a $188,111 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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