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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Roll With Joe mare Obvious Blue Chip, a winner despite being parked the mile at Saratoga on Friday, came right back to triumph in the $14,000 distaff pacing feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard got away third with the career winner of $511,324, then quarter-moved to command and did not get too taxing a middle half. This moderation left Obvious Blue Chip with plenty in the tank for the last quarter, which she stepped in :26.2 while taking a new mark of 1:50 flat, 1¼ lengths ahead of a game pocketsitting Shes Pukka N. Simon's brother Rene, the leading trainer at The Downs, conditions the winner for NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski. Simon Allard and George Napolitano Jr. each drove four winners on the Tuesday Pocono card. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs   Pocono Downs Week In Review This past week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was filled with stakes action once again. We featured both Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings (Sunday) and two-year-old trotting fillies (Monday.) In addition, we enjoyed another round of the Great Northeast Open series on Saturday night, this time with the Open pacers taking a center stage. A busy week to be sure, and one that provides us with many candidates for this edition of the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: AFLAME HANOVER This three-year-old colt from the barn of Linda Schadel has been tearing it up of late in condition paces. And that’s understandable, considering the kind of competition he faced earlier in the year. Facing extremely long odds in both the North America Cup in Canada and the Max Hempt Memorial Pace at Pocono, Aflame Hanover snuck in for fourth-place finishes in both, managing to get his handlers pretty substantial payback in the process. When he returned to overnight racing, he was ready to flex his muscle. First up was a victory at Pocono on July 29 over non-winners of two. Then he headed over to Harrah’s at Philadelphia for a victory over non-winners of three. His quest for three in a row brought him back to Pocono on Sunday night, where he went off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of eight non-winners of four for a purse of $15,000. Leaving from post position #2, Aflame Hanover swooped Rickybobbyinthehaus to take the lead on the first turn. From there, there were really no anxious moments. Driver Andrew McCarthy rated the pace at a solid level, so that Aflame Hanover didn’t overexert himself but also so that nobody could put a real challenge to him with a first-over move. In the home stretch, the colt solidified his lead, holding off the closing A Bettor Beach to pick up the win by 2 ¼ lengths. The winning time of 1:51:2 on a track listed in good condition was a new career-mark for Aflame Hanover, who just keeps getting stronger each time out. Other top pacers this week include: T’s Electric (Tyler Buter, Emily Bost) who picked up his third straight claiming handicap win on Sunday night, getting it done in the slop in 1:53:4; Backstreet Shadow (Pat Berry, Ron Burke), who followed up three wins in a row elsewhere by shipping in and capturing Saturday night’s division of the Great Northeast Open Series pace in 1:49:2 in the slop; and Derecho (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who moved up in class to win his second straight condition pace on Saturday night, this one in 1:52:4 in the sloppy conditions. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: VERY VERY FAST Whoever named this trotter must have had a very good premonition of what was to come in his racing career. Now aged 10, Very Very Fast has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, back on July 14 at Pocono, the gelding set a career-best with at Pocono with a win in 1:52:2. A few weeks later, he stepped up into the $21,500 condition trotting group and managed another victory, this one in 1:53:2. Last week he very nearly missed capturing an Open Handicap trot at Tioga, finishing second from an outside post. He returned to Pocono on Sunday night to once again face off with the $21,500 condition trotters. And it was a stout field he faced. In fact, despite all his recent success at Pocono, Very Very Fast went off as a 7-2 third choice. Leaving from post position #2 in a field of eight, he was sent immediately to the front end by driver Tim Tetrick in the sloppy conditions. Even though he was rated well, however, the 6-5 favorite Scirocco Rob seemed to be a major threat as he lurked in the pocket for much of the mile. In the stretch, Tetrick asked Very Very Fast for more juice and the veteran provided it. When Scirocco Rob tried to respond, he went off-stride. There was still the matter of Pappy Go Go, who was closing very well out three-wide in the lane. But Very Very Fast held him off to win it by a half-length, posting a mile of 1:54 in the off-going. That gives him three top-flight condition wins at Pocono in a little more than a month’s time, once again living up to that speedy name of his. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Bill’s Man (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), who followed up a win at Tioga with a condition victory on Sunday night in 1:54:1; Zlatan (Tim Tetrick, Vincent Fusco Jr.) who shipped in to pick up a tough condition win on Sunday night in 1:55:4; and Sister Sledge (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), the budding superstar two-year-old filly who stayed unbeaten in her career after five races with a Sire Stakes win on Monday in 1:56:1. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: SHARP ACTION MONEY There were a lot of live long-shot winners this week, but this pacer driven by Tom Jackson topped them all, winning a condition on Saturday night at 44-1 for a $91.80 payout on a $2 wager. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MATT KAKALEY Kakaley loved the stakes action on Sunday night with two wins apiece in the Sire Stakes and Stallion Series, with one of the Sire Stakes victories coming aboard 44-1 long shot Tell Them Lou. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: PER ENGBLOM During Monday’s stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies, Engblom managed a Stallion series victory with Rebecca Clark and a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win with Queen Of The Hill. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me atjbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs will host the 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) when the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) return for their fifth of nine 2019 stops and the two harness racing divisions that will compete for a combined $107,000 in purses look to be very competitive races. The first leg (carded as race four) goes for $53,000 and has Cash Roll (Roll With Joe-Rockonomics) installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Cash Roll has won three of five starts this year, two of which were in NYSS action, and currently sits second in points and fourth in earnings. She took her lifetime mark of 1:56 last month at Yonkers in a gate to wire, 4-¼ length romp in the mud. She has outstanding gate speed and loves to cut the mile and after drawing post one for this race, must have her driver Scott Zeron feeling really good about their chances. Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) has a similar career path to Cash Roll. She also has three wins to her credit, two in the NYSS, is third in earnings and fourth in points and also likes to be on or near the lead. The only variant to her schedule this week is she picks up Matt Kakaley to drive and he knows the Batavia oval very well. Kakaley and Merga Hanover will leave from post six. If the front end pace between those two gets hectic, The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover) will be close to pick up the pieces. The Fun Marshall didn't get her year off to as fast a start of her opponents, but she certainly made a statement on July 11. After sitting a garden spot trip, she closed sharply down the lane to score a lifetime best victory of 1:55.4 at Yonkers over a sloppy track. The Fun Marshall starts from post two with Billy Davis Jr. in tow. In the second $54,000 division, Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) brings a stellar resume to post and has been recognized as the favorite by the track handicapper at 5-2 as a result. Racine Bell is the top money earner among her peers and is also tied for the top in points. She has three wins in six starts, hasn't missed the board all year and comes into this race off a career best tying 1:56.1 win at Yonkers. Her regular driver Jason Bartlett will be in town to drive once again and they will start from post seven for this event. Turnthefrownaround (Roll WIth Joe-Knockout Pout) is the second choice at 3-1 but appears to be a real wild card. Although she has the fastest win time of this group this year from a 1:53.3 victory over the 5/8th's mile track at Tioga Downs, she has also made two breaks at Monticello and Yonkers which are both half-milers. She will be on a half Wednesday at Batavia and will have to mind her manners to succeed. Matt Kakaley has been assigned the drive and he start that task from post five. Major Battle (Art Major-Savhorsrideacowboy) makes her first NYSS start but recent form shows her potential. Although she has exhibited gate speed in her first lifetime start, her last start shows her strong closing ability after she got away eighth by 15-lengths at Mohawk and paced the final five-eighths of a mile parked-out and closing to finish second in 1:53.3. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the drive and the pair will start from post four. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excel "A" series on the card. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Roll With Joe gelding Benji's Best, who snapped Atta Boy Dan's five-race winning streak in the top claiming handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Saturday, handled the jump to the $21,500 conditioned company this Saturday, winning despite a first-over trip in 1:50.4. Anthony Napolitano, who had four wins on the night as did his brother George, was fifth as Another Daily Copy took the field to the quarter in :27, then yielded to Soho Wallstreet A, who fronted the group to the half in :54.4. Benji's Best moved first-over and gained steadily to a 1:23.3 three-quarters, then continued his relentless grind, made the lead in the stretch, then held off the Pocono Pike charge of Another Daily Copy by a head, with Soho Wallstreet A staying on for third. It was the fourth straight victory for Benji's Best, who was claimed for $25,000 on July 27 by the partnership of Ameer Najor and trainer Dan Maier, was passed up when offered for $30,000 last week, and now has earned $20,750 in his two starts for Team Najor-Maier and $150,769 lifetime. Atta Boy Dan bounced right back from having his winning streak snapped, winning in the $20,000 claiming handicap pacing event in 1:49.4. Despite being outside past the 3/8 in making the lead from the outside post six for Anthony Napolitano, Atta Boy Dan had enough left late to withstand inside-shooting longshot Lucbobski, with Pembroke Wildcat third behind the ten-year-old Western Terror gelding. Atta Boy Dan now has 12 victories in 23 seasonal starts, with earnings of $132,815 in 2019; his lifetime stats show 64 career triumphs and a bankroll of $876,417. He won on Saturday for owner/trainer Antonia Storer, but he was claimed from his ninth straight start (three of them for Storer), for the tenth time this meet for the local record $40,000, and for the twelfth time since he came in from The Meadows in May. His next start will be for Clifford Grundy, his third stint for that ownership. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

After a relatively slow start to his career, and a few 'hard luck' stretches, 5-year-old pacer Geez Joe is starting to find his stride.    He has established himself as a major force in the Preferred ranks at The Meadowlands, and is looking for even bigger things in 2019.   "He's taking a short break right now," said regular driver Marcus Miller. "We're hoping he can take a swing at some of the open stakes this year." His last race was a grinding first over win at The Meadowlands on January 19th.   The gelded son of Roll with Joe - Beach Bretta made his career debut on July 8th, 2016 in a New York Excelsior Event at Saratoga, finishing a disappointing 8th vs. a then budding John Butenschoen superstar Funknwaffles, who went on to win as the heavy favorite. He ended his freshman campaign on a better note, hitting the board in two of his last three.   Armed with a new trainer and a bit more maturity, Geez Joe broke his maiden in his very first start as a sophomore, winning an overnight event at Harrah's Philly in 1:55. After a few more confidence building wins against overnight company, Geez Joe enjoyed his first stakes win of his career - a New York Excelsior triumph on June 18th at Vernon in 1:51.2.   He went on to win the Excelsior Final on October 18th at Vernon - overcoming a troubled start and post position eight to take down the lion's share of the $45,000 purse.   He followed that with a grinding third place finish against top sophomore pacer Filibuster Hanover in the Pegasus at Hoosier Park. He completed his 3-year-old season proving he belonged with the top pacers in his age group, with a third in the Hap Hanson Progress Pace elimination, and a fifth in the final against Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.   After it was all said and done, Geez Joe completed the seasonal campaign with eight wins out of twenty-three starts, and earnings just under $145,000.   His 4-year-old campaign saw him notch another speed mark (1:48.1), as well as duplicate his eight win season from the year prior.   Driver Marcus Miller describes Geez Joe as big and strong. "He's funny. When you first step on the track, you'd think he's going to be grabby but he's really laid back," Miller said.   Miller feels we have yet to see the best Geez Joe has to offer. "He gave us hints all along," Miller explained. "Some big miles at age three - At four, a couple of wins from impossible spots at Batavia and Pocono. Then obviously, he caught everyone's eye in December at The Meadowlands."   Geez Joe was bred by Winbak Farms in Chesapeake City, MD. Winbak is currently second this season in the standings in both winners (117) and earnings ($1,506,227).   by Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Geez Joe was back at his favorite track, and for a third straight start he was victorious at the Meadowlands, this time taking the Friday night harness racing feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, in 1:48.3. The Erv Miller trainee beat non-winners of $8,500 on November 17 by seven lengths in a lifetime-best 1:48.1 before following that up with a 1-length win facing non-winners of $15,000 in 1:49 one week later. A trip to Maryland’s Rosecroft Raceway would follow on Dec. 2, and things did not go well in the $100,000 Potomac, as Geez Joe went off stride just after the start. Then, it was time for a Big M return. Driver Marcus Miller had Geez Joe on the go from the start, and the pair hit the quarter in :27.3. Tact Tate N, the 9-5 second choice, popped out of the four-hole soon thereafter and rushed to the top as the half was reached in :54.4. K Ryan Bluechip, who was so impressive a week ago in taking his second straight at the Big M, now came calling first over, but could never get on even terms with the leader as three-quarters went in 1:22. Tact Tate N was good, but Geez Joe was better. In deep stretch, Marcus Miller found room along the pylons, and Geez Joe responded with some explosive pace to win by 1¾ lengths over Tact Tate N. K Ryan Bluechip was third. The winner, a 4-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta, scored as the 4-5 public choice and returned $3.80 to his backers. He’s won eight of 24 starts this season, while lifetime, he has 16 victories in 52 tries and a bankroll of $213,558 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. NO RACING SATURDAY: With the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium, there will be no live racing at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Dec. 15. Live racing resumes Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: It was another night for the chalk players, as after post-time favorites went eight-for-10 on Thursday (Dec. 13), six more public choices scored on the 12-race Friday card. … Andy McCarthy won three times on the program, upping his meet-leading driver win total to 34. McCarthy and his family are now heading to their homeland of Australia for a long vacation. McCarthy said he’ll be back in February or March. … All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,125,258. … Favorites won more than usual, but that did not stop those holding winning Pick-5 ($801.95), Pick-4 ($460.40) and Survivor Pick-10 ($6,955) tickets from cashing nice payoffs. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Batavia, NY --- For the third week in a row and the fourth time in the last five outings, Roll With Faith dominated the Downs damsels by winning the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19). Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) watched from last while Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead and led the group to the quarter in :28.1. But Cumming's passive status ended before the three-eighths pole when he pulled Roll With Faith and started the long trek up the outside. Roll With Faith caught up with Little Joke up the backside in the midst of a speedy :27.4 third panel and the two began to battle from there. The pair went stride for stride around the last turn and into the stretch when both Davis and Cummings really started to work their mounts. They continued to shadow each other until halfway down the stretch when Roll With Faith got stout and pulled away to a length victory in 1:54.1. Roll With Faith ($7.30) has earned $60,309 this year on the strength of her now 11 wins for owners Finish Line Investors, Lawrence Willer and John Mungillo, who also trains the mare. In the $8,000 fillies and mares Open II pace, Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) also got away last and stayed there until the three-quarters when Monti drove up the middle of the pack and then found room in the last turn where he swung three deep and flew past everyone to win in 1:56. It was the fourth win of 2018 for Classy Lane Rose ($23.80) who is owned by Carl Monti. Darrin Monti trains the winner. Ray Fisher Jr. was the leading reinsman at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, winning five races on the card. He scored with Odysseus (1:54.3, $2.70), Fox Valley Lena (1:55.4, $7.10), No Talking (1:56.1, $14.00), Ali De Vie (1:58.4, $8.90) and Lake Shark (1:57, $9.40). After tonight's races, Fisher sits in fourth place for the meet in the dash driving title competition with 28 wins. He trails Kevin Cummings and Drew Monti who are tied for first with 55 wins each and Billy Davis Jr. who is a solid third with 42 victories of his own. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21) when eight divisions of the $320,000 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) consolation races will be held. Also the richest standardbred of all time, Foiled Again will be racing in his seventh and final appearance at the Downs as he makes his way towards retirement at the end of the year. Post time for the first non-betting NYSS event is 5:20 p.m. Post time for the first betting race on the card is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It is most certainly crunch time this Sunday with the third and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. These harness racing horses must perform at their best in order to secure points to be one of the eight finalists in the $30,000 finals on a special night, Thursday, August 9. The first division is the third race for the horses and the morning line favorite is Dance With Joe from post three. This five-year-old son of Roll With Joe was razor sharp in his last start, winning the second leg of the series with true grit and stamina. He was challenged early in the mile and would not give up the lead for driver Pascal Berube and went on to win in 1:55.3. That was his fourth triumph of the year at H3R and now Dance With Joe is tied with Kinnder Jackson, also with four wins, as the two winningest horses at H3R this season. Dance With Joe starts from post three and has won four of his last five starts for trainer Christine Davignon and owner Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martin. Last year's three-year-old champion, Wildriverbumblebee, goes from post four and hopefully trainer Francis Richard will have this son of Sportswriter ready for action. He tried to lead from start to finish in his last start in the Invitational pace but spit out the bit at the top of the stretch and finished seventh for driver Stephane Brosseau. C L Sportaction is another major contender from post six for driver Jonathan Lachance. In his last start in the series he was parked first-over from the start, held his ground for most of the mile and then finished a tired fourth. The mares are in the spotlight in the eighth race where seven of the eight starters have all won at least one race in their last three starts. The big question will be how HP Sissy (post five) will do for driver Stephane Brosseau. This top mare by Up The Credit won $141,000 last year with nine triumphs, including the Breeders Cup final at H3R and in the top classes at Yonkers Raceway. HP Sissy was a big winner before coming to Quebec. She had won at Pocono Downs in 1:53.1. Bred and co-owned by Claude Hamel with Michel Damphousse, she is now in the capable hands of trainer Jean Tourigny who is a bit distressed with his mare, who finished third in a photo in her last start in the series. "I am worried about her," Tourigny explained. "Because her breathing is not good and she is way over stressed. "I do not know how she will behave on Sunday. If she is less stressful and breathing a lot better we will find out. We need to race Sunday and make sure she is eligible to the final. "I am at a loss of how to get her better for the future," Tourigny added. Another top mare who also needs a big performance on Sunday is Queen Elsa, the two-year-old champion at H3R. She starts from post two for driver Stephane Gendron, but in her last start she was on the outside and could not gain ground, finishing fifth. There are three return winners in the race, Skyfall Sena (post three), Art De Gagnee (post four) and Wild River Swan (post one), who all won their last start. Skyfall Sena was a 1:57.4 victor by a nose against Imagine Speed (post eight) in the series. Art De Gagnee won just last week with a lifetime mark of 1:56.2 for driver Pierre Luc Roy while Wild River Swan (post one), who is the full younger sister to Wildriverbumblebee, is coming of a 1:58.2 triumph on the Quebec Fair Circuit. First race post time is 12:50 pm. You can get a free race program by visiting, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Next Tuesday, first race post time at the Hippodrome 3R will be pushed ahead to 7:15 pm due to a motorcycle event taking place. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHESTER PA - Hot trainer Gareth Dowse can do little wrong these days - he took over the care of Obvious Blue Chip, New York Sire Stakes champion and harness racing winner of $379G at three but a puzzlement in two starts at four, found her key, then saw her go out and overcome post eight and a 29-day break from the races with a 1:51.1 victory in the $17,000 fillies and mares pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon. Tim Tetrick had little trouble reaching the top despite the outer draw and rattled off fractions of 27.1, 55.3, and 1:24 with the Roll With Joe mare. In the stretch, it looked like pocketsitter Pass Line Bluechip could be a threat, but Tetrick just chirped to his horse and lifted the lines once, as Obvious Blue Chip obviously knew what to do, winning by 1½ lengths and boosting her earnings to $423,409 for the NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski. Tetrick was also behind Wild Bill, the full brother to top stakes horse Huntsville ($1.7M) and a colt who had shown much promise before his two-year-old season ended after four starts. Making his first purse start in nearly eleven months, Wild Bill was victorious in a lifetime best 1:51.4 - but it was far from an easy victory. Wild Bill was settled into third early from post seven as Artifact Hanover took advantage of the rail and was sent down the road by Corey Callahan, with Tetrick putting Wild Bill into play down the back. The two were virtually inseparable from before the ¾ pole, and in the stretch one could imagine seeing mirror images - Tetrick and Callahan wearing similar green-and-yellow colors, both horses with sulkies with yellow wheel disks, and the red of post position one's saddle pad not that variegated from the pink of post seven's. It was only in the shadow of the wire that Wild Bill finally laid claim to victory, getting by his stubborn rival by a neck. Ray Schnittker is trainer and owner of the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore, and his future road will be an interesting one. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Roll With Sparky won the Tioga Downs Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($10,000) on a special July fourth harness racing matinee. Roll With Sparky ($3.80) went to the lead and controlled all the fractions (:27.1, :57.0, 1:24.0, 1:52.1). Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) followed the whole way. She would make a run at the lead in the stretch but Roll With Sparky had plenty in the tank to win with ease. Miss Irish Rose A finished second. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) was third best. Roll With Sparky is a 4-year-old mare by Roll With Joe. Trained and driven by John MacDonald for owners James Graham, Lee Winters, and Paul Tandlmeyer, it was her fourth win this season and 16th career victory. MC Attagirl (Fern Paquet Jr.) wins seventh in a row with a victory in the Fillies And Mares Open 3 ($7,900). MC Attagirl ($10.80) went to the lead and controlled the early fractions (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.4). Checkered Past (Jim Meittinis) pressured her all around the last turn taking the lead at the top of the stretch. MC Attagirl answered back by pulling away in deep stretch to win in 1:52.4. Rockin Desire came up to finish second. Calbay (Dan Harvey) picked up third place. MC Attagirl is a 4 year-old mare by Proper Respect. Owned and trained by Edgar Clarke, she now has eight wins on the season. It was the 10th time she reached the winner's circle in her career. Tioga Downs will have no racing on Friday (July 6). Live racing returns on Saturday (July 7) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 26, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (June 26th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $158,000 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three consecutive divisions-worth $53,000, $52,000 and $53,000, respectively-comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller. Tuesday was the first sire stakes event for the frosh, the majority of whom were making their purse debuts. The opening division proved quite formful, as the two choices 'ran' 1-2.. Odds-on World on Edge (Matt Kakaley, $3.80), from post position No. 2, took over passing a :28.4 opening quarter-mile, then finished it off from there (:58.2, 1:28.3, 1:57.1). He defeated KJ Leo (George Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with 36-1 outsider Hurrikane Kingklee (Dan Dube), Covered Bridge (Brian Sears) and Starship Trooper (Tim Tetrick) grabbing the minors. For World on Edge, a son of Roll with Joe co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Joe DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Adriano Sorella, it was his parimutuel debut. The exacta paid $7.60, the triple retuned $68 and the superfecta paid $297. The evening's second grouping was an unfair fight as Melodie's Major (Tyler Buter, $7.60) tickled the teletimer in a event's-fastest 1:55.3. From post No. 5, he two-moved around Bean (Jason Bartlett) before a flat 30-second quarter, then gave nothing else a chance (:59.2, 1:27.3 in between). Melodie's Major widened to four lengths in and out of the final turn, lost Bean-who eventually broke in the lane-then defeated slight 2-1 favorite Bicorne Hanover (Kakaley) by eight lengths. Third went to Jojo's Place (Corey Callahan), recovering from a nasty break at the start, with slow-starting Jet Rock (Brian Sears) and Hestons Blue Chip (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For third choice Melodie's Major, an Art Major colt owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he was another making his career purse bow. The exacta paid $19.20, the triple retuned $63 and the superfecta paid $297 (no a typo, same payout as previous race). "I didn't even ask him," Buter said. "I drove him twice in (Pocono) qualifiers and he impressed me. "I think I'm going to stay with him." The evening's final get-together saw Major Blake (Tim Tetrick, $5.90), from post No. 3, complete his appointed rounds (:29, :58.4, 1:27.4, 1:56). The final margin was 2½ lengths. Jack Nation (Mark MacDonald) rallied for second, with Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) third. Shanghai Bobby (Bartlett), pocketed as the 3-5 choice, but apparently wasn't crazy about it. He vacated passing three-quarters to challenge, was rebuffed and backpedaled to fourth. Blissful Road (Buter) was fifth. For second choice Major Blake, a son Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Sam Schillaci, Matthew Bencic and Howard Berke, he, too, was another first starter. The exacta paid $50.50, the triple retuned $369.50 and the superfecta paid $454. The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Tuesday's (July 3rd) Hugh Grant Trot (2-year-old fillies, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Roll With Sparky (John MacDonald) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($8,000) on Friday night (June 15) at Vernon Downs. Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) led the group into a first quarter of :27.3. Roll With Sparky ($6.80) who is owned by James Graham, Lee Winters with Paul Tandlmayer and trained by MacDonald, took over the lead just before the half and put up all the rest of the numbers (:56.2, 1:24.1, 1:52.2). Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) came charging late in the stretch but had to settle for second. Delilah De Vie (Claude Huckabone Jr. was third. Roll With Sparky is a 4-year-old mare by Roll With Joe. It was her second win of the season and career victory number 12. MacDonald also won on the night with Drea's Good Powow ($6.20). Claude Huckabone III also had two wins on the night. He won with Heart Crusher ($6.80) and Marquesa Seelster ($5.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a nine race card on Saturday (6-16) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Four $15,000 events for the "rising younger set" were the features on a Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Both of the pacing events were restricted to males. In the first, Pembroke Joey proved most photogenic in a three-way picture as he lowered his mark to 1:53. Driver Tyler Buter got the Roll With Joe gelding into the pocket, then sat a two-hole trip behind pacesetting His Excellence. In a long stretch battle, Pembroke Joey used the Pocono Pike and got a nose up very late; the same margin separated second-place His Excellence over David Himself, who gained ground inside the winner and just missed taking it all deep in the Pike. Mark Ford conditions the winner and co-owns him with Bill Varney. The second pacing event's contentiousness was reflected in the fact that the favorite in the eight-horse field was 7-2, and the finish was also close, with three in the picture at the wire. Taking the major portion of the purse was the Western Ideal gelding Winston, equaling his mark of 1:52.1 for driver Tom Jackson, trainer John Butenschoen and Crawford Farms Racing. Jackson worked out a pocket trip with the winner, took the lead in the Pocono Pike midstretch, then withstood a hard-charging Terror Atthe Beach by a nose, with first-over Instructor only a neck off the top two. One of the trotting headliners saw the Federal Flex mare Passthecrownaround go a big mile on the engine after two early moves, ringing up a new mark of 1:55.4. George Napolitano Jr. kept his charge on the bit throughout, and the pair was 1¾ lengths clear on the money for trainer Mike Watson and owner Clifford Grundy. In the second trot, sister-in-law and brother-in-law trainers were 1-2, as the Cantab Hall gelding Haveitalltogether, trained by Julie Miller, caught the Erv Miller pupil Keystone Apache to win going away while tying his lifetime best of 1:55.1. Driver Eric Carlson, who had three wins on the night, kept Haveitalltogether well-placed throughout the mile, and he was strongest to the line for the Pinske Stable, the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Eddie Gran. Top event for the older set was a $14,000 pace for mares, taken by the Always A Virgin mare Itty Bitty, who equaled her lifetime mark of 1:51.1. Driver Simon Allard got the winner of $126,367 away nicely from post eight to tuck third, pulled her out at headstretch, and took the measure of pacesetting Juxta Cowgirl by a neck for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Evan Katz, J. Robert Darrow, and A Harris Racing LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Tasmania’s star three-year-old Ignatius obliterated the Penrith track-record on Thursday night with a sensational harness racing victory in his heat of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge. The Roll With Joe-Ashkalini gelding, owned by Lyrae Grahan and trained by James Rattray, made it seven straight wins this season with an astonishing 14.7-metre victory, returning a mile rate of 1:53.6. “The run was something special, to run those times around Penrith after he had done all the work in the death was pretty amazing,” said a highly impressed James. “He travelled sensationally in the run and it was just a matter of allowing him a little more rein inside the 400-metre pole he just accelerated beyond belief and left them standing, he was full of running in the home stretch and I eased him down near the post, he was never fully extended and still smashed the track record.” Blake Fitzpatrick and Jim Douglas combined to bring about the demise of odds-on favourite The Bus ($1.60)  with Bracken Sky in Heat Two of the Series, but a sobering thought for connections, the time recorded was an incredible three seconds slower than the Tassie champ. “He’s now won 12 of 13 starts and I will be talking with Todd and Lyrae about what the future holds, at the moment though we are just concentrating on and looking forward to the Final of the Breeders Challenge, then it’s more than likely we will tackle the Breeders Crown,” said an excited trainer. “He’s flying at the moment and its great to know everyone at home gets a thrill out of him winning as well, as they did when Beautide was at his peak.” By Shane Yates

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The betting fans knew that Dance With Joe would not let them down as the 2/5 favorite in the feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday and he did a fancy three-wide two-step to get the job done. This was the start of Tuesday night racing at H3R this season. The seventh race feature started off with Hot Rock Star and driver Guy Gagnon taking the quick early lead with Matt's Phil (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. By the half mile marker in :57.1, Hot Rock Star was pressured on the outside by El Torero and driver Denis Audet with Fortune Fella (Stephane Brosseau) second over and third over in the field was Simard and Dance With Joe. At the three-quarters, Simard swung Dance With Joe three-wide and and just about cleared the field on the final turn as Fortune Fella was also in hot pursuit. As they started down the stretch, Simard got Dance With Joe to kick in just a little more and they went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Fortune Fella, an 18-1 long shot, was second with El Torero third at 9-1. It was the second straight win this year for Dance With Joe. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe is trained by Christine Davignon and owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. He paid $2.80 to win. The fastest mile on the twi-light evening card was impressively scored by Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Gendron in the 6th race pace. They were parked out first-over from the half mile pole against pacesetter Code Word (Stephane Brosseau), getting the lead by the three-quarters and pulling away from the field to win in 1:55. Guy Gagnon was the only horsemen on the card to score a double. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will host its first Tuesday evening card of the season May 29 and popular harness racing drivers Guy Gagnon and Richard Simard will be joining the colony for this evening. First race post time is new for this season at 6:30 pm. Guy Gagnon has drives in seven of the eight races while Richard Simard has three drives. Both drivers have been competing regularly at Rideau Carleton Raceway, where Louis-Phillipe Roy is the leading driver with Gagnon second and both Richard Simard and H3R's own Stephane Brosseau are tied for fourth place. At H3R, Brosseau is having a great start to the race meet with 14 wins in the first five days of the season. His "batting average" or UDRL is a very impressive .530. Brosseau has drives in six of the races Tuesday evening. The main event Tuesday takes place in the seventh race pace where Dance With Joe will take on the red hot Appleby Hanover. Dance With Joe and driver Jocelyn Gendron start from post five and returns from Rideau off a 1:54.4 triumph, his first of the season in four starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe had a perfect trip in that mile for trainer Christine Davignon. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Appleby Hanover returns to race on just two days rest. He raced at H3R on Sunday and now starts from post eight on Tuesday night for driver Tyler Jones. The young reinsman has gotten along very well with Appleby Hanover as they are going for their third straight win. Two weeks ago, Appleby Hanover scored in 1:58.1 for Jones, but last week was something special. Sitting a two-hole trip to Sea Donkey, Jones pulled Appleby Hanover first-over in the backstretch the second time, collared the race leader by the three-quarters, cleared to the lead on the final turn and went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.1. It was a lifetime mark for Appleby Hanover, a five-year-old gelding by Well Said. He is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. For a free race program for Tuesday evening, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Roll With Sparky (Shawn McDonough) would capture the fillies and mares harness racing featured pace ($7,500) on Thursday night (October 6). Roll With Sparky (Roll With Joe) would control all the fractions :26.3, :56.1, 1:23.4, 1:51.3. Owned by Paul Tandimeyer, Lee Winters, and trainer Jim Graham, the 3 year-old filly would hold off a late charge by the favorite Love To Roll (John MacDonald) to win with ease. Love To Roll (Rocknroll Hanover) would settle for second best. Bye Bye Michelle (Chris Lems) finished third. Roll With Sparky ($7.10) would have a career best time to get win number nine of the season and pick-up career victory number 11. Leading driver John MacDonald would pick up wins number 156 and 157 at Vernon Downs this season. He would first win with ABC Crown Me Queen (ABC Garland) in 1:55.4, paying $4.00. Win two came with Strike A Chord (McArdle) taking the mile in 1:53.3. She would pay $2.90 for the victory. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (October 6) with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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