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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2019 -- Windsong Leo continued his domination of The Meadows elite harness racing pacers with a front-end victory -- his second in a row and 12th this year -- in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Windsong Leo sprang to the lead from post 6 for Dave Palone. Despite a demanding 26.3 opening quarter, the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding had little trouble scoring in 1:50.1, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of than Bettor Than Spring. K Ryan Bluechiip completed the ticket. Ron Burke train's Windsong Leo, who triumphed for the 32nd time over the past two seasons and lifted his career bankroll to $549,860, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Trainer Ron Burke fashioned a five-bagger on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted four winners. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program offers a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $27,532.80 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $767.78 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). The Veterans Day card also features a tribute to America's servicemen and servicewomen highlighted by a match race pitting veterans of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Chester, PA -- Ron Burke trainee Larry Karr ($5.60) captured his third straight harness racing win on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 3) at Harrah's Philadelphia, cruising to a powerful 1:49.4 score in the day's featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace. Dexter Dunn sent the 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance gelding clear of Rockapelo (Tim Tetrick) through a sharp :26.2 first quarter, and the pair maintained a healthy pace thereafter. After reeling off a :54.4 half, Larry Karr used a :26.4 third sectional to extend his lead over Rockapelo to four lengths into the final turn, and he continued to edge away in the stretch. Larry Karr claimed his 17th career victory by a widening 4-1/2 lengths over Hayden Hanover (Marcus Miller), who emerged late to take runner-up honors over Rockapelo. The human Larry Karr shares ownership in the equine athlete of the same name with the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 6); first post is 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Warrawee Ubeaut had to work a bit hard to gain the front but the Sweet Lou-sired filly was again much the best in the $550,000 (US) Breeders Crown for her second consecutive harness racing Crown title. Yannick Gingras let others do the work early as he left with purpose with Warrawee Ubeaut and watched as Stonebridge Soul first sprinted to the lead and then released Treacherous Reign through a wicked :25 3/5 opening quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut then made a bold bid on the backstretch into a light wind to secure the front in :54 4/5. From there only Tall Drink Hanover made a race of it attacking at a distance from the winner through three quarters in 1:23 1/5. Gingras took nothing for granted as Warrawee Ubeaut bore out some in the homestretch keeping the Ron Burke-trained filly to task. Without question she was once again up to it in capturing her second straight Breeders Crown trophy while sprinting home in :27 1/5 final quarter. The mile was paced in 1:50 2/5 by Warrawee Ubeaut who was an overwhelming public choice at 1-5 paying $2.40 for the victory. Tall Drink Hanover kept her momentum through the homestretch to gain the place spot with Stonebridge Soul advancing late for third. Sunny Dee and Treacherous Reign completed the top five in the field. Bred in Ontario by Warrawee Farm of Rockwood, it was the 12th win on the season for Warrawee Ubeaut who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J & T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. "I talked to Ron (Burke) before the race and we didn't want to have to go hard into the wind. It didn't work that way," said Gingras. "She relaxed so good in the third quarter and I think that's what won the race for her." To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 21, 2019 -- Party At The Banks matched the harness racing track record of 1:52.3 for older mares as she moved powerfully first over and drew off late in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. One of two mares in the field, Party At The Banks found a seat fourth from post 8 before Dave Palone sent her on her way. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As quickly overpowered the leader, Whats The Word, and defeated Donatover by 4-1/2 lengths. Barn Girl, the other mare in the race, earned show. The time equaled the mark established by Cowgirl Hall in 2014. Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who lifted her career bankroll to $312,173, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $4,578.35 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Odds-on favourite Warrawee Ubeaut took command midway through the mile and scooted away from her competition under minimal encouragement on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park to take the lone $32,500 (CAD) Breeders Crown elimination for three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. Beautyonthebeach blasted to the front from post 10 while Tall Drink Hanover floated into second but then circled to the lead passing a :26.4 first quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut tracked Tall Drink Hanover to the backside and swept past the brief pacesetter before a :55.3 half. Rolling to the far turn Warrawee Ubeaut faced little pressure as she decelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Queen Of The Pride tipped first over into the final turn but stalled through the stretch as Warrwee Ubeaut sprinted to the finish while widening her lead on Tall Drink Hanover in progress to a 1:50.2 win. "She's great--there's no other words to describe her," winning driver Yannick Gingras said after the race. "She's perfect to drive and when I called upon her at the top of the stretch she was like coming out of her skin pacing so strong." Warrawee Ubeaut races for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke conditions the Sweet Lou filly who collected her 18th victory from 28 starts--her 11th from 16 this year--and earned $1,329,555. "Now we've got her pretty much dialed in that we just keep doing what we're doing," Burke said after the race. "When we were teaching her to become this mare it was a little bit harder. Sometimes she took losses that you were thinking maybe you should just roll her all out and she can hang on. But we knew it would come to the day where she would learn to do this or at least we hoped. And now she's become a complete horse." Warrawee Ubeaut returned $2.50 to win. To see the race replay, click here. The top eight finishers from the 10-horse elimination advance to the final. Sunny Dee and Treacherous Reign took byes while Warrawee Ubeaut gets to draw between posts 1 through 5 after winning the elimination. 1 Beautyonthebeach 2 Sunny Dee 3 Treacherous Reign 4 Tall Drink Hanover 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 6 Ideation Hanover 7 Philly Hanover 8 Stonebridge Soul 9 Queen Of The Pride 10 Best Seller Hanover From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2019 -- At 3, Ultimate Beachboy was such a harness racing talent that he finished second in a Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids elimination and captured the second level of the Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono. He earned $216,060 that year before falling off the charts and passing through a number of hands. He hasn't won a race in nearly three years. Yet thanks to the indulgence of his owners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, he's still at it. Saturday at The Meadows, Ultimate Beachboy, now 9, will try to launch the ultimate comeback when he leaves from post 5 in race 5, a claiming event, with Dan Charlino driving. First post is 1:05 PM. The Burke stable purchased Ultimate Beachboy, a Somebeachsomewhere-Ultimate Bet gelding who brought $57,000 as a yearling, during his sophomore campaign as an Adios hopeful. Even after his scratch from the Adios final with a sore foot, he went on to take the Battle in 1:48.3, his life mark. Following his descent through the ranks, he went for $10,000 at a 2017 Blooded Horse Sale, acquired by a trainer based at The Meadows. At long last, Fortune smiled when trainer Ron Burke saw him on the track. As Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi recalls: "Ron always liked the horse, and he asked the trainer if he could work him a trip. Ronnie said, 'If I like him, I'll buy him and give you $1,000 profit.' Unfortunately, Ron liked him, so we gave $11,000 for him. He was second in his first start back for us and hasn't made a dollar since." But his connections weren't done with Ultimate Beachboy. For such old pals, Burke maintains several long-term rehab parcels near The Meadows that Weaver jokingly calls "Fields of Dreams." "We kick them out and let them be horses," Weaver says. "We had one named Dan Carter who was there five years before he was ready to race again. We end up placing a lot of them with New Vocations or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. But if they've raced at an elite level or have a special place with us, we'll hold onto them and try them again." Burke and Weaver have performed at an elite level for quite a few years. Indeed, Burke will send out Atlanta as the morning line favorite in Saturday's Yonkers International Trot, which carries a $1 million purse. Should Ultimate Beachboy triumph Saturday, he'll earn $4,950. That's fine with Weaver. "At heart, I'm still a $10,000 claiming guy, and I think Ronnie is too," he says. "One of the most rewarding parts of this business is identifying horses that can be helped -- doesn't matter what level." On the wagering front, Saturday's card offers a $578.04 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak,  for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Oct. 9) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Ron Burke, Pete Venaglia, and Ayers Ratliff. The 2019 $1 million Yonkers International Trot is the highlight to the stakes weekend and trainer Ron Burke brings his confident Hambletonian winning mare Atlanta into the big race. She worked very well over Yonkers last week and seems to be fit and ready heading into Saturday. The pair will talk with Pete Venaglia from Yonkers Raceway as they dive into how to handicap the big race. Venaglia will help the pair decipher through some of the International contestants and how he sees the race shaping up. Grand Circuit action returns to Northfield Park on Saturday night with the $120,500 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff will talk with the pair about all the happenings at the storied facility and what fans on track can expect. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike and Mike Post Time Show  

The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (October 12) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of harness racing foes vying to become this year's champion. JK American Beauty will start from post five and has been installed the 5-2 luke-warm favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. The Nancy Johansson trainee was a major player in the New York Sires Stakes scene this year and has recently made her presence known in open stakes company along the east coast. Brett Miller has been given the driving assignment. The morning line second choice, So Awesome, has drawn post three for trainer Scott Di Domenico. She has locked horns with JK American Beauty all season in NYSS races. A win on Saturday would push her earning in excess of $500,000. Harness racing's all-time winningest driver Dave Palone has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Mark Harder each have entered two fillies in Saturday's featured event. Burke will also start She's Allright, and 10-1 contender from the rail with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., and Rose Run Uptowngal, 6-1 with Chris Page. Harder will harness Skater Chick, the 9-2 third choice for Corey Callahan, who will be making his first appearance on the Flying Turns, and Crazy Cute with Aaron Merriman, 12-1 from post six. Aaron Merriman is also listed to drive Under The Hood for trainer Nick Surick, the 15-1 longshot from post four. Below is the complete 2019 $120,500 Courageous Lady field: PP Horse Trainer Driver Morning Line 1 She's Allright Ron Burke Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 10-1 2 Skater Chick Mark Harder Corey Callahan 9-2 3 So Awesome Scott Di Domenico Dave Palone 3-1 4 Under The Hood Nick Surick Aaron Merriman* 15-1 5 JK American Beauty Nancy Johansson Brett Miller 5-2 6 Crazy Cute Mark Harder Aaron Merriman* 12-1 7 Rose Run Uptowngal Ron Burke Chris Page 6-1 *Final drivers are due 9 PM on Monday. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race nine on a 14-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with the Courageous Lady. The undercard will feature two $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals for 4-year-old-and-up Ohio-bred trotters and two divisions of "The Pace for the Cure" featuring all female drivers. "The Pace" is an effort to offer a novel event for horse racing spectators, as well as use harness racing's platform to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The first 1,500 guests that arrive starting at 6PM on Saturday will receive a Northfield Park travel tumbler. Inside each tumbler there will be cash, match play, Northfield Park merchandise or Center Stage concert tickets. Fans can also participate in the Beer Slide on the outside patio from 7-8PM and the POP-A-Shot contest from 8:30-9:30PM. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

LEXINGTON, KY--The richest racing stallion in harness history, Mcwicked added to his harness racing record-setting bankroll with a 1:47.2 victory in the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace--sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds--on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Mcwicked left the gate to secure the pocket as Dorsoduro Hanover took the front to a :26.4 first quarter. He sped through fractions of :53.2 and 1:21.1 before losing the lead into the stretch as driver Brian Sears shot Mcwicked from the pocket. The eight-year-old son of McArdle sprinted through the stretch and extended to an open-length victory over Filibuster Hanover, who launched off cover to take second. Dorsoduro Hanover held third from 9-5 favorite American History. "Everybody knows through the years I've battled foot issues with this horse," winning trainer Casie Coleman said after the race. "It's been a non-stop battle. His first start back this year he went in [1]:49 and I was like 'Wow, we're going to have a huge season' [but] then that foot blew right after his first start. I missed about a month and had to go into the Mohawk [Gold] Cup and it just messed up his early schedule but he's back on track now. "This horse does have his issue and this big track and the surface on this track--he absolutely loves it here," Coleman also said. "He's actually racing with a shoe you'd never race a horse with--a really severe bar shoe to heal up this foot he's got. I don't hide it; I put it on social media [and] everyone's seen the foot he's working with right now. He's an incredible animal." Amassing $4,753,342 from 107 starts which includes 39 victories, Mcwicked races for owner S S G Stables. Brian Sears drove the Andray Farm-bred stallion who paid $6.20 to win. Warrawee Ubeaut takes Glen Garnsey Memorial World champion Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the site of her 1:48.3 record-setting mile and exited a 1:48.3 winner in the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial—sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-9 favorite, Warrawee Ubeaut raced fifth to a :26.2 first quarter set by Beautyonthebeach, who soon yielded control to Treacherous Reign heading to the backside. Driver Yannick Gingras tipped Warrawee Ubeaut first over passing a :53.2 half and advanced towards the pacesetter approaching three-quarters in 1:21.3. Treacherous Reign folded straightening for the finish while Warrawee Ubeaut swooped to command. Queen Of The Pride snuck into contention off a pylon trip to finish second, two lengths behind, while Stonebridge Soul rallied from last at 100-1 to take third. “I’m not sure how fast she could’ve gone if I let her loose,” Gingras said after the race. “[There’re] still a lot of big races left and we are not racing the clock—we’re going to race the other horses. She’s very good right now honestly. I’d love to get her against an aged mare right now—I’m not saying she’s going to beat Shartin but I’d love to get Timmy [Tetrick] to untuck his whip anyway. “Right now [trip] doesn’t matter,” Gingras also said. “I could come first up—I just don’t want to be too far back that’s the only thing; I don’t want to run out of racetrack. I’m super confident in the filly and she’s in great form right now. A tremendous job the whole Burke Brigade did with her—in the paddock she used to be a handful [but] she’s relaxed now in the winner’s circle; a complete different filly from what we had last year.” A three-year-old filly by Sweet Lou, Warrawee Ubeaut won her 17th race from 27 starts, earning $1,283,393 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke trains the Warrawee Farm-bred filly who paid $2.20 to win. For full results and entries, click here. by Ray Cotolo, for the Red Mile

DAYTON, OH. - Dancin Yankee, one of the best Ohio-sired horses ever, triumphed for the 79th time in his illustrious career on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a $12,000 top condition event. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, now just $11,000 shy of $2 million in earnings, scored in 1:50.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Ron Burke over Town Icon (Brett Miller) and Feelnlikearockstar (Trevor Smith). The win was won of four on the card for Tyler Smith. He also guided winners Starlight AS (1:56, $11.80), Letitrock (1:51, $6.80) and Jigtime Jones (1:51, $7.00) to impressive scores. Not to be outdone, drivers Kayne Kauffman and Jeremy Smith also notched "grand slams" on the 14 race program. Kauffman won three straight from races two through four with Prince Bayard (1:52, $20.60), Rainbow Design (1:55.1, $7.00) and Sesame (1:55, $17.20) then tacked on his fourth with 12-1 longshot True To Mach (1:52.4) in the thirteenth. Jeremy Smith captured a natural hat trick in races five through seven before adding another victory in the nightcap. His winners were Starting Something (1:52.1, $4.60), M G Kid (1:52.2, $3.00), Arch O Magic (1:53.1, $6.60) and Cambassador (1:54.1, $4.80). From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 1, 2019--"She passed." That was driver Yannick Gingras' post mortem after the harness racing trotting mare Atlanta worked out over Yonkers Raceway for the first time. The world champion 4-year-old trotter went through her paces prior to Tuesday night's (Oct. 1st) regularly-scheduled program, doing so in preparation for $1 million Yonkers International Trot here a week from Saturday (Oct. 12th). "I was very happy with her," Gingras said, adding Atlanta's negotiated her mile-and-a-quarter International Trot distance "in 2:26 or so". "She did everything I wanted, especially around the turns. I made sure to buzz her around the turns." The statebred daughter of Chapter Seven, who has never raced over a half-mile oval, has seven wins and three seconds in 11 seasonal starts ($658,400). Her last purse try was a win in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto (1:51.4) about four weeks ago. Gingras and trainer Ron Burke took Atlanta to Westchester in part having learned from not-too-ancient history. "We didn't bring Hannelore Hanover here before the (2016) International, and that was a mistake," Gingras said of the fast miss who broke in the turns. "I know (the International) is going to be tough, but (Atlanta) has held her own against some very good older horses. "At the end of the day, there aren't many million-dollar races in the sport," Gingras said. "I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't want to win it." Here is the video of her work out. https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0ngsmp098hcg07/yannick%20ruff2.mp4?dl=0 Post time for the International Trot matinee card is 1 PM. Post positions for 10-horse, nine-nation field shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8th. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

LEXINGTON, KY--Elver Hanover stayed unbeaten when popping pocket to win the $80,950 first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace--sponsored by the Stay Hungry Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms--with a world-record 1:48.3 effort on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Catch The Fire led through a quarter in :27, half in :54 and three-quarters in 1:21.2 before Elver Hanover popped the pocket on the final turn and swept by to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Put To Right tipped three wide off of the winner's cover as the field entered the stretch and passed Catch The Fire for second. "[Elver Hanover] felt really really good in the hole," winning driver Yannick Gingras said after the race, "and [Catch The Fire] put up some hot fractions so I was content to sit there. When I called on him up the stretch, he was still full of pace." The son of Yankee Cruiser, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is now eight-for-eight for trainer Ron Burke and his racing stable, as well as the partnership group of Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J & T Silva and Purnel & Libby. The victory today brings the gelding's earnings above $325,000. He equaled the world record for a pacing two-year-old, set by stablemate Warrawee Ubeaut last year, and set a new mark for a two-year-old male. A win ticket returned $6.20. Captain Barbosa took the $80,950 second division by a one-length margin. A Positive Hanover went forward early and grabbed the lead as they hit the quarter in :28.1. Captain Barbosa then brushed past on the backside and led every remaining step, hitting the half in :56.3, three-quarters in 1:24.4 and crossing the line in 1:51.2 under mild urging from driver Andrew McCarthy. Opportune Hanover slid up the pylons from the backfield and snatched second from A Positive Hanover. Seeyou At Thebeach, sent the 1-5 favorite, broke stride while moving into the outer flow at the five-eighths and finished last. "Early in the [year] he was balking at the gate a little bit, and he was out of position, and I had the same trouble with him," McCarthy said after the race. "But he's getting smarter about that and I can get him a little more forwardly-placed now. He definitely wants to go to work and do his job; I think it's more the fact that he's getting into the race a little bit now that he's getting off the gate better." The Tony Alagna trainee adds a second win from ten starts to his tally, and has now earned more than $90,000 for owners Alagnafrankinthegym Stables and Robert J. The Steiner Stock Farm-bred colt paid $15.30 to win. Alagna confirmed that the Breeders Crown is a possibility for the colt. "We'll race him back next week in the Grand Circuit and see how he is," Alagna said after the race. "If he seems okay, and we're still going forward based on what else we're going to take to Canada, we'll take [him into] consideration for the Breeders Crown." Cattlewash won in the $80,950 third division after taking command in the second quarter and gliding home. Esai Hanover floated off the gate and hit the top through the first fraction in :27.1, but soon yielded command to Cattlewash. Driver Yannick Gingras managed the tempo from there, bringing the group of eight to the half in :55.1, three-quarters in 1:23.1 and finished the job in 1:50.3. Manticore came second over as the backfield got moving in the third split and rallied for second, two lengths adrift of the victor. Fortify also came past tired foes, finishing third. Father Nuno challenged first-over into the final turn but did not bother the eventual winner. Cattlewash's earnings now total just under $150,000 with his fourth win from eight outings for owner-breeder William Donovan and gave the Burke-Gingras team two wins on the day. He paid $7.40 to win. In the $81,950 fourth division, Roll With JR fended off late challenger Team Best in a wire-to-wire win. Driver Doug McNair sent the colt to the front in a :27 opening clip and was unhurried to a :55.3 half. He then repelled a first-up bid from favorite Chief Mate through three-quarters in 1:23.2 and battled to the wire for a 1:50.4 lifetime-best victory. Team Best sat in the pocket for most of the mile and had his go in the lane, finishing second behind a half length. Tell Them Lou charged from the backfield late and finished third. "[The horses] relax, and the track is second-to-none," winning trainer Jeff Cullipher said of the track after the race. "This is a really big colt, and he was able to stretch out a little bit here." He co-owns $15,000 yearling purchase with Tom Pollack. The son of Roll With Joe has now amassed more than $140,000 in earnings and won three of his nine races. The colt bred by Robert Brady, Rebecca Brady, Kenneth Jackson and Lisa Jackson paid $10.00 to win. Cullipher recalled giving Pollack free reign on making the purchase. "I was eating a sandwich and I looked up and he was buying the horse," he said. Grand Circuit action resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday, Sept. 28 with seven total Bluegrass dashes. The sophomore pacing colts compete in three divisions of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes while the three-year-old trotting colts race in two divisions of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes and the three-year-old trotting fillies race in two divisions of the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes. Racing gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Nicholas Barnsdale, for The Red Mile                      

Columbus, OH - The 13th annual U.S. Trotting Association Speaker Series, presented by the Harness Racing FanZone, at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings before the Jugette (Sept. 18) and Little Brown Jug (Sept. 19), respectively. The 2019 edition will feature some of the sport's best drivers and trainers as well as a trio of analysts and Hall of Fame all-time leading driver and current executive John Campbell. This year's lineup is: Wednesday, Sept. 18 9 a.m. - Driver Brett Miller and Trainer Scott Blackler 10 a.m. - Driver Chris Page and Trainer Ron Burke Thursday, Sept. 19 8 a.m. - Handicapping with Roger Huston, Dave Brower and Wendy Ross 9 a.m. - Trainers Tony Alagna, Casie Coleman and Bill MacKenzie 10 a.m. - Hambletonian Society President and CEO John Campbell (Schedule subject to change) From the USTA Communications Department  

Ron Burke knows the feeling of winning at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and it never gets old. Burke, the sport's leading harness racing trainer in wins and purses each of the past 10 years (and well on his way to sweeping both categories again this season), is among the winningest trainers at the fairgrounds over the past 25 years, ranking No. 6 with 30 victories. His triumphs at Delaware include two wins in the Little Brown Jug and two wins in the Jugette and he hopes to add to those totals this week. Burke sends three horses to Wednesday's $259,600 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers and with a victory would join Billy Haughton and Bob McIntosh as the only trainers to capture the race three times. The Burke Stable, overall, has three wins in the event, with Burke's father Mickey taking the 2007 edition with Western Graduate. Burke's hopefuls in the Jugette are Warrawee Ubeaut, a 2018 Dan Patch Award winner who is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the second of two $51,920 eliminations, and Sylph Hanover and She's Allright in the first elimination. In addition, Burke sends two horses, De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough, to Thursday's $640,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers. With a win, Burke would join five other trainers in a third-place tie for the most victories in the race. Haughton holds the record with six. "Western Graduate gave us our first win of a major race here, so of course that was special," Burke said. "Every time we win (one of the major races) I think it's not going to be as special as before, but it is. It's just a great place. It's a place where you have a lot of fans and they're into the racing, so it's cool. "I'm hoping we can get another one," added the trainer, whose horses have hit the board in 56.9 percent of their 172 starts at the central Ohio half-mile oval. "We have a good feel for this track. We come here Saturday and we bring all the horses and they train here. It does give you an advantage, I think, if the horses go around here and get a feel for it. For a half-mile track, they're able to go so fast here that it does kind of pick them up a little bit." Warrawee Ubeaut brings a three-race win streak to the Jugette, which, like the Little Brown Jug, contests its eliminations and final on the same day. The filly, who won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final in her most recent outing Sept. 7, has won seven of 12 races this season and hit the board in every start. Last year, she became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history, winning in 1:48.3 at Lexington's Red Mile. "It's been all right," Burke said about Warrawee Ubeaut's year to date. "I'm not as disappointed as other people. Sometimes we put her in bad spots, but it was with the goal of making her a complete racehorse. And she's become that. She's now controllable, she can race either way. "The fillies that beat her sometimes just raced great. It wasn't that she raced bad; I can think of two times she got beat a nose by horses that just raced great. The fillies this year are very good. But now she seems to be a little sharper than maybe the other ones are. She's getting better all along. She seems to be coming to where we thought she would be." Warrawee Ubeaut, who has earned $1.07 million lifetime, will start her elimination from post one with driver Yannick Gingras. "She got a great draw," Burke said. "It's a good spot. She can do multiple things from there; it really gives her options. I'm excited for her." Burke, who won the Jugette in 2015 with Sassa Hanover and 2012 with Darena Hanover (and has finished second in four other editions of the race), is hoping Sylph Hanover and She's Allright can find their best form in Wednesday's first elimination. Sylph Hanover, a multiple-stakes-winner in 2018, has won only two of 13 races this season and has not finished better than fifth in her past five starts. She last won on July 19 when she captured the Nadia Lobell Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. She's Allright, also a stakes-winner last season, has won one of 12 starts this year. "Sylph has been a disappointment," Burke said. "She has been a disaster. I brought her here and I trained her a first trip and I didn't like her at all. I trained her a second trip and she was way better after I made some changes. I still may make some changes. I think she is going to be better. I needed to spend some time with her and I think it helped. "She's Allright has been way better than her lines the last couple starts. She's had no luck. I thought, this is a place where we do good, I'll give her a shot. I know that filly is a decent filly. Maybe she's not the best filly but she will be competitive." Treacherous Reign, who beat Warrawee Ubeaut by a nose in the Fan Hanover Stakes on June 15, is the 6-5 favorite in the Jugette's first elimination. She is trained by Tony Alagna and will be driven by Dexter Dunn, starting from post four. The Jugette eliminations are races 15 and 16, with approximate post times of 3:27 p.m. (EDT) and 3:45 p.m., respectively. The top-four finishers from each division return for the $155,760 final, which is race 20, with an approximate post time of 4:57 p.m. Complete entries for the Jugette, as well as the Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters and Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters and pacers, can be found here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2019 -- In 2017 when Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi LLC was scouting harness racing prospects for Team Burke for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, he came across a handsome Somebeachsomewhere-Vysoke Tatry gelding named RJP. Weaver's group purchased him privately for $200,000 and did start him in the Adios, where he finished a respectable third to Fear The Dragon. He followed that up with a neck loss to Huntsville in the Cane Pace. But soon after a poor performance in the Little Brown Jug, RJP all but disappeared from the harness racing map. Now, thanks to an extraordinarily patient and painstaking rehabilitation, he's won four straight starts and will look to extend that streak in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, an $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. It goes as race 1, with RJP and Mike Wilder leaving from post 2. The card kicks off at 1:05 PM. Weaver indicates that RJP's owners spent more than a year trying to determine what was wrong with him before they sent him to Dr. Keith Brown, a Somerset, PA veterinarian, who diagnosed throat issues and performed surgery. RJP returned for an abbreviated 2018 season in which he was winless in 11 starts. Brown performed a second surgery and, as Weaver recalls, "took on RJP as a personal project." "Dr. Brown thought his breathing problems had become almost a mental thing and that he needed to relearn how to breathe while racing," Weaver says. "He jogged RJP out in the wilderness for eight or nine months, putting a lot of miles on him. To be honest, the owners, including me, wondered if enough was enough and if we shouldn't find a new vocation for him." Even in his July 18 qualifier, RJP -- who campaigns for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jack Piatt II and Purnel&Libby -- was up to his old tricks. "He wasn't sharp and didn't come home well," Weaver says. "Ron made a couple rigging changes, and he's been racing great." He won a low-end conditioned event on July 26 and hasn't lost since. Is he ready for the track's elite pacers, including his stablemate, Windsong Leo, who leaves from post 5? "At this point, nothing would surprise me," Weaver says. "If he wins the Breeders Crown in 2020, it wouldn't surprise me. If he's a riding horse next month, it wouldn't surprise me. He's not your typical horse. You're not able to tell which way he's going." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Harness racing's top trainer/owner combination, trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, teamed with driver Matt Kakaley to sweep the featured races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono during a Tuesday twilight card. Kakaley used "pocket rocket" tactics to take both headliners, including with the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Fanatic in a $15,000 trot. Fanatic sat behind favored Stonebridge Symba as that one set the tempo of :28.1, :58.1, and 1:26.4, with the leader getting second-half pressure from Winning America before that foe lost gait midway on the far turn. After the breaker Fanatic soon went to the outside and easily passed the pacesetter in the lane to win in 1:55.3, with Voodoo Man, who had a third-in trip, getting up for second, 1¼ lengths behind the winner. One day after Pocono hosted the 2019 Great Northeast Open Series Championships at 1¼ miles, the winner of the 2018 GNOS Mare Pace Championship, Bettorhaveanother, set a new lifetime best of 1:50.1 at the conventional mile distance, winning a $14,000 distaff pace. The victorious Bettor's Delight mare paced past Monica Gallagher midway on the first turn, then after the :26.4 quarter she relinquished the lead to Sidewalk Dancer, who took the field past the midpoles in :55.3 and 1:23. Bettorhaveanother, now a winner of $578,992, had plenty of pace after the two-hole journey, and she gained into a 27.1 final quarter to win by 1½ lengths over Sidewalk Dancer, who in turn photoed out Monica Gallagher for second. George Napolitano Jr. guided the last three winners on the card to tie his brother Anthony for the card's sulky honors with a trio of victories apiece. George and Anthony are 1-2 in the seasonlong Pocono driving win standings. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

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