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Batavia, NY --- The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will be racing at Batavia Downs tonight, Friday night (September 21) which is the next stop of his farewell tour as he heads to retirement at the end of the year. Foiled Again's lifetime win count is now at 103 races and he comes to Batavia on a three-race win streak having won at the Greenville Fair, the Windsor Fair and most recently at Freehold Raceway. This past week he made an appearance at the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio and went a training mile in front of the crowd on Jugette Day in preparation for his race at The Downs on Friday. The 14-year-old Foiled Again will compete in race eight at Batavia which is an Open II event going for $10,000 and the estimated post time for that race is 9 p.m. The visit was made possible through his owners Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and JJK Stables. Having raced at Batavia Downs six times in his career, Foiled Again has a five win and one second record. His first appearance was in 2009 when he won his first of three Robert J. Kane Memorial paces, which is Batavia Down's signature stake. He also won two Opens and finished second in a third. In an interview earlier this summer, trainer Ron Burke expressed his feelings about racing Foiled Again at Batavia Downs. "Of course Foiled will be coming to Batavia this year; Batavia is always on his list. One of the best memories we ever had of his career was his win in the 2016 Kane Memorial there. We were all at the Lexington sale watching the race on a monitor outside. We knew that was probably going to be his last stake ever. And when he came flying from the back of the pack after they kept him parked out the whole mile to swoop the field and win, we were all screaming and cheering. We were literally all crying, it was special for us." Jim Morrill Jr. will be in the bike behind the pacing legend this week to see if he can make his last visit at Batavia a winning one. Foiled Again is just part of one of the biggest nights of racing ever held at Batavia Downs. The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolation races will also be held with eight divisions going to post for the $320,000 in purse money available. The first NYSS race is non-betting with a 5:20 p.m. post time. Then NYSS events are in race one, two, three, five, six seven and 10. Post time for the first betting race is 6 p.m. The early Pick-5 wager (which runs from race one through race five) includes four of the NYSS consolation events and has a guaranteed pool of $3,000 for Friday. It is part of the USTA Strategic Wagering pool and race pages can be downloaded for free from Trackmaster and the USTA through this link. (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com) The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 on Friday is also the USTA Play of the Day on the Harness Racing Fan Zone. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair featured the $101,700 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters. In the second $50,850 division, Impinktoo and Kayne Kauffman took the lead before the ¼ mile pole and cruised to a 2 1/2 length win in 1:55 4/5. Sesame (Ryan Stahl) and Non Smoker (Dan Noble) rounded off the top three. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has earned $401,610 in her career for William Walters, Joe McLead and RTK Racing. Impinktoo is trained by Ron Burke. Risky Deal with trainer Crist Hershberger in the bike edged California Love (Aaron Merriman) by a neck in the first division. The Break The Bank K lass scored for the fifth time this season in a lifetime best 1:56. To Russia (Ryan Stahl) rounded out the trifecta. Risky Deal owned by Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, Kentucky. The Monday undercard featured six divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Dancin Dragon (Dan Noble) took the fastest of the three $15,000 colt divisions with his 1:53 win over Mcwiz (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock On Creek (Ryan Stahl). The Dragon Again gelding is owned by trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and breeder Mark Marroletti. The other sophomore colt paces went to Long Train Runnin (Chris Page) in 1:53 2/5, Bambino Joe (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53 2/5 and Medoland Brutus (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55 1/5. The two filly divisions were won by Our Miss Reese (Hugh Beatty) in 1:56 2/5 and Bringhomethemail (Dan Noble) in 1:57 1/5. Tuesday's 13 race card will start at 1:00 PM. The simulcast show will begin at 12:30 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Fans at the Delaware County Fair will get a couple of unique opportunities to see, and possibly sit behind, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, as a part of the gelding's "Farewell Tour." With more than $7.5 million in career earnings and 103 career wins, the 14-year-old Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing. Fans can "meet and greet" the champion on Wednesday (10:00 - 11:30 AM) and Thursday (10:00 - 12:00 PM) in the Little Brown Jug Barn. On Wednesday afternoon, trainer Ron Burke will train Foiled Again during the Jugette day card in preparation for his next start (September 21 at Batavia Downs). Foiled Again and one lucky bidder will lead the post parade for the first heat of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday. Bidding will be conducted during the Pre-Jug Party charity auction Wednesday evening. Patrons not in attendance can bid by visiting www.wedocharityauctions.net/PreJugParty. Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi (Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi) and JJK Stables (Joe and Kevin Koury).   Jay Wolf

Youaremycandygirl, winner of fifteen of 22 career races, headlines a field of eight filly pacers in the $230,700 Jugette on Wednesday, September 19th at the Delaware County Fair. The fillies will race one heat to determine the Jugette champion. The daughter of American Ideal owns a lifetime mark of 1:48 2/5 and has earned $1,263,536. The Ron Burke trainee will leave from post #3 and will be piloted by Yannick Gingras for owner W. J. Donovan. She was the 207 Breeders Crown champion and in 2018 won the $270,425 Empire Breeders Classic and the $96,600 Shady Daisy. The main challenge to Youaremycandygirl should come from Alexa's Power from post #5. The Somebeachsomewhere lass has earned $405,195 for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The ultra-consistent Alexa's Power has finished on the board in 11 straight races and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. Post time for the Wednesday card at the Delaware County Fair will be 11:00 AM. The simulcast program will start at 10:30 AM. Post positions for the $230,700 Jugette PP - Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Strong Opinion (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 2. Sansovina Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 3. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. E Dee's Well Said (Jim Pantaleano/Christen Pantaleano) 5. Alexa's Power (Trace Tetrick/Jim Campbell) 6. Sidewalk Dancer (Scott Zeron/Chris Oakes) 7. Solitary (Brett Miller/Nick Surick) 8. Aldine Hanover (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) by Jau Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug    

FREEHOLD, N.J. — Soon to be Hall of Fame member, Foiled Again, was the star of the Open Space Pace at  Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. The Open Space Pace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate the horse, New Jersey’s official state animal, and to promote open space in the nation’s most densely populated state. The Open Space Pace raises funds in support of non-profit organizations and the CentraState Healthcare System. The day began with a parade of horses from the Monmouth County Hall of Records to Freehold Raceway. New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer was the Grand Marshal. Dancer is the son of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member, trainer, driver, Stanley Dancer.  Foiled Again was the headliner in the first race and he did not disappoint — winning for the 103rd time in his career. It was the same place he had won his very first race, in his debut at age 2, 12 years ago. Foiled Again has now banked more than $7.59 million. Despite being parked out for the one mile race, Foiled Again and driver George Brennan won in 1:53.4. The 14-year-old gelding is on a farewell tour across North America. Standardbreds must retire from racing once they turn 15. After the race Foiled Again met with his fans and posed for photos, lots and lots of photos. There was also a petting zoo, educational exhibits, 12 more live harness races, vendor tables, food trucks and more.   Throughout the day, the Open Space Pace awarded seven one-thousand-dollar college scholarships, the winners of which were determined by random draw. Several charities were also presented with a $1,000 check. By Lillian Schupe, for Tapinto.net

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

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce that Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making a visit to Mohawk Park on Saturday, December 22 for the penultimate stop on his farewell tour. A career-winner of more than $7.5 million, Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing before retirement. The connections of the 14-year-old gelding have taken the opportunity to showcase the legendary pacer to racing fans across North America. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Mark Weaver & Mike Bruscemi (Weaver Bruscemi LLC) and Joe & Kevin Koury (Jjk Stables LLC). Fans in attendance on December 22 will have the opportunity to see Foiled Again compete in a race. His visit to Mohawk Park is currently scheduled as the second-last start of his career before he races for a final-time on New Year's Eve (December 31) at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. Foiled Again has won 102 of 319 career starts. The legendary pacer has made 17 starts during his career at Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack, recording five wins and 13 top-three finishes. Mohawk Park has been an important location during the career of Foiled Again. The Ron Burke trainee raced in five consecutive editions of the historic Canadian Pacing Derby from 2011 to 2015, winning the 2012 edition. His victory in the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1, 2012 will go down as the richest win of his career. Foiled Again's lengthy list of accomplishments include multiple Dan Patch Awards, an O'Brien Award and victories in the Breeders Crown (2013), TVG Free-For-All (2013), Ben Franklin (2013) and Molson Pace (2011, 2012). More details regarding Foiled Again's visit to Mohawk Park will be released in the coming weeks. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 13, 2018 -- He's battling back from an injury that forces many horses to retire, but if Atta Boy Dan wins Saturday at The Meadows, he'll achieve a significant milestone -- $700,000 in career earnings. He'll go from post 5 in race 8, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace, with Mike Wilder aboard. Since Atta Boy Dan enters the contest with a lifetime bankroll of $693,802, only a win will get him to $700,000. First post is 1:05 PM. A 9-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding, Atta Boy Dan sold for a more-than-respectable $70,000 as a yearling but had limited stakes success, winning a PA Stallion Series split and earning checks in other events. After Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC acquired him privately in 2013, he began putting together his sparkling resume. "We got him as part of a package deal," recalls trainer Ron Burke. "He turned out to be worth more than the rest of the package combined." In 2015-16, he won 26 races and more than $450,000. He took his mark of 1:48.4 at Pocono in 2015. That same year, he won at The Meadows in 1:49.1, fastest ever by an older gelding. (He shares that mark with Escape The News and Reggiano.) But sometime after his Jan. 23, 2017 victory at The Meadows, disaster struck in the form of a broken coffin joint. He managed only four more starts last year and five so far this year. "With that coffin joint bad, it's had for him to push off," Burke says. "He's had numerous flare-ups, so we've had to shut him down a number of times. I would never race him lame. I'd like to be able to give him eight or nine starts in a row and get a better feel for him. Right now he's a little overweight, so we're letting him race himself into shape." Although he's without a win since that Jan. 23 victory last year, Atta Boy Dan has shown some promising signs, including two seconds and a third in his most recent outings, beaten no more than 3/4 lengths. Burke indicates he has no plans to instruct Wilder to take it easy on the gallant gelding. "He's raced a couple weeks in a row now, and he's starting to get it back," Burke says. "I think he can still rough it." Saturday's card offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7 -- as well as a $1,864 jackpot in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

ANDERSON, IN --September 11, 2018--Measuredperfection was able to measure off her competition to pull the slight upset and capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 11. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Measuredperfection used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight, three horse photo for win in 1:56.2 and with it, snap the seven-race, undefeated streak of Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller. Measuredperfection was sent away from the gate from post five to grab the early lead in :28.1 while Kissesforall and Verlin Yoder quickly grabbed a pocket seat. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Miller pointed the heavy post time favorite, Grand Swan, to the front but she would have to work for position. Measuredperfection eventually relinquished the lead and Grand Swan led the field through middle splits of :57.2 and 1:27.3. The field began to tighten rounding the final turn and Sam Widger had Kota's Swan on the attack applying pressure to the leader first-over. Grand Swan was able to put away Kota's Swan but the biggest threat was still behind her. Utilizing the inside passing lane, Macomber Jr. found late racing room and Measuredperfection found a :28.2 final panel to put a nose in front. Grand Swan was forced to settle for second place honors while Kissesforall utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the betting publics' second choice, Measuredperfection returned $10.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "We changed her shoes so she was getting a hold of the track better tonight," Macomber Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "That was an ideal trip for her but she is a very honest filly, she will do anything you ask her to do." Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated recorded her fourth win from nine seasonal outings. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, J&T Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Measuredperfection pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win. The victory was also one of four driving wins on the evening's 11-race card for Ricky Macomber Jr. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 12 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Ron Burke is hoping to see a change in Hannelore Hanover for Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot final. Mike Keeling is hoping to see no change in Marion Marauder. Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada, enters the C$651,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park off three consecutive third-place finishes after beginning her campaign with six straight wins. She was beaten by 2-3/4 lengths by Ariana G in her Maple Leaf Trot elimination. A 6-year-old mare, Hannelore Hanover is one of three mares in the final, with 4-year-old Ariana G and 5-year-old Emoticon Hanover. Hannelore Hanover won last year's Maple Leaf Trot and is trying to become the first repeat winner of the event since San Pail, who captured three consecutive trophies in 2009 through 2011. Hannelore Hanover, who has won 42 of 67 career races and $2.75 million, will start from post seven with regular driver Yannick Gingras and is 4-1 on the morning line. She is one of only two horses returning from last year's race. Warrawee Roo is the other. "My horse hasn't been good; I need a big turnaround," said Burke, who trains Hannelore Hanover and owns the mare with the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "We haven't gotten a handle on it yet. She's gone through little lulls before in her career and we've always figured it out. She's a good horse. We'll figure it out. She'll come back around. It's just that I want her to be back by Saturday and I don't know yet what it's going to be. "Post seven doesn't bother me. She can put herself in position, but she needs to be better. End of story." Marion Marauder, trained by the Canadian-based husband-and-wife team of Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood and owned by Devin Keeling and Jean Wellwood, won his Maple Leaf Trot elimination by a length over Dancer Hall in 1:53.1. He will start the final from post three with regular driver Scott Zeron and is the 3-1 morning-line favorite. "He's having a great week," Mike Keeling said. "He's happy, he's sharp, he's healthy. The weather has been up and down, and that always scares you. We've had some extreme heat and now we've chilled right off. But we can only control what we can control and we're really pleased with how he's going into it." Following Marion Marauder's elimination, Zeron said in the winner's circle he let his horse "coast" to the finish. "It was not a stressful race for him," Keeling said, adding with a laugh, "It was probably more stressful for us to watch than it was for the horse. Scott is so relaxed with him. "He came out of the race fantastic. When you don't have to go to the bottom of the well just to win an elimination it certainly bodes well going into a final." Marion Marauder's appearance in the elimination was the 5-year-old stallion's first race in Canada since an eighth-place finish in last year's Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, when he failed to advance to the final. He has competed in Canada only five times in 30 starts since winning the Goodtimes Stakes at age 3. "He doesn't get to perform as much at home," Keeling said. "It means a lot to win at home. It would be kind of special to do that. This is a great race with a great history. I think only great horses have ever won it. It's a race that means a lot historically and personally. It's not an easy race to win. None of the top ones are, but this one seems really difficult. "This is a really good bunch of trotters. There's early speed, late speed, everything in there. It's interesting for sure." Ariana G, a two-time Dan Patch and O'Brien awards-winner, won her Maple Leaf Trot elimination in 1:52.4 by a neck over Will Take Charge. She is one of two horses in the race for trainer Jimmy Takter, with 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman. Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park also includes the C$600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, where New Zealand-bred sensation Lazarus is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). The Canadian Pacing Derby is race eight, set for 9:45 p.m., and will air on TSN GO during a 9:30-10 p.m. broadcast. The Maple Leaf Trot is race 10, with a 10:35 p.m. post time. Following is the field in post-position order for the Maple Leaf Trot. The connections of elimination winners selected their starting spots. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Crazy Wow-Jody Jamieson-Marcus Melander-10/1 2-Dancer Hall-Sylvain Filion-Paul Reid-5/1 3-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Mike Keeling-3/1 4-Ariana G-David Miller-Jimmy Takter-9/2 5-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-7/2 6-Warrawee Roo-James MacDonald-Luc Blais-10/1 7-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4/1 8-Emoticon Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais-12/1 9-Guardian Angel AS-Brett Miller-Anette Lorentzon-12/1 10-Pinkman-Andy McCarthy-Jimmy Takter-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Windsong Leo paced home for his seventh straight win Monday (August 20) in Northfield Park's eighth race, the $19,000 Open Pace. The six year-old gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. He is trained by Ron Burke. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Windsong Leo started from post eight. He sat back and let his rivals post sizzling fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:22.3. Page moved Windsong Leo on the backstretch, and prevailing by a nose in a stretch duel, stopping the timer at 1:51.1. Monday's triumph increased Windson Leo's (Jereme's Jet-Goldie-Jenna's Beach Boy) lifetime earnings to $334,250. He returned $15.00 to win. The impressive seven consecutive victories started in New York at Yonkers Raceway, posting wins on June 9, June 17 and June 30. Windsong Leo then scored on July 14 and July 23 at The Meadows before his August 6 and August 20 triumphs at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70's, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track record of 1:50.3 will be in jeopardy Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete pace for four-year-old's. The record was first set in the first revival of the Prix D'Ete in 2014 by Sunfire Blue Chip. It was then equaled in the 2015 Prix D'Ete by All Bets Off. There are eight starters in the 10th race feature and the early favorites are the entry from the Ron Burke Stable of Eddard Hanover (post one) and Filibuster Hanover (post three) could be the one to do it. Eddard Hanover has H3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in the bike. In his last start he not only won at Pocono Downs in 1:51.1, and had a :27.3 last quarter mile. Filibuster Hanover gets the driving services of Canada's leading reinsman, Louis Philippe Roy. Filibuster Hanover was a game third place finisher in the Sam McKee Memorial that was won by Western Joe. He is the richest competitor in the field with lifetime earnings of $1,269,000. Western Joe would have been the race favorite if not for drawing the far outside post eight. This son of Western Ideal sports nine wins on the year and will be driven by Doug McNair. Western Joe is seeking his third straight win as he won the Sam McKee Memorial and the prior week took a lifetime mark of 1:47.3 at the Meadowlands. Completing the field that have a shot at breaking the track record include Miso Fast (Daniel Dube) post seven, Blood Line (Trevor Henry) post five, Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) post two, Modern Reflection (Pascal Berube) post five and American Wiggle (Guy Gagnon) in post four. Only driver Ricky Macomber has never driven at H3R before. Trevor Henry won the Prix D'Ete last year with Western Fame. Trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter, have each won the Prix D'Ete twice over the past four years. Burke with All Bets Off (2015) and Rockin Ron (2016). Takter won with Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and Western Fame (2017). Of the eight drivers in the race, five are from Quebec and seven are from Canada with Ricky Macomber the only driver from the USA. The only return winners in the field are Eddard Hanover and Western Joe. It is the first time this season that Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy) will be driven by someone other than Yannick Gingras. Post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Whether you are a driver in the race, the trainer of a horse in the race or just an armchair harness racing quarterback, the race scenarios for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers is a tough one to handicap. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. It was in 2011 that the Quebec Jockey Club was formed and purchased the Hippodrome 3R and the Prix D'Ete was brought back as a four-year-old only pace and the first revival was held in 2014. In the past four editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Last year's Prix D'Ete saw the Jimmy Takter Stable win for the second time (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. For 2018, ten entered the Prix D'Ete with Hurricane Beach and Wildriverbumblebee eliminated as the race conditions only allow the first eight highest money winners in 2018. The Ron Burke Stable faired very well in the post position draw for 10th race feature on Sunday. The entry of Eddard Hanover (post 1) and Filibuster Hanover (post 3) loom the morning line favorites at odds of 5/2. Eddard Hanover has H3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in the sulky. In his last start he won at Pocono Downs in 1:51.1, his first win of the year for the gelded son of Dragon Again. He has great gate speed to insure either cutting the mile or getting a pocket-trip. Eddard Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Lawrence Karr and Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC. Million-dollar winner Filibuster Hanover drew post three and will be driven by Canada's leading driver and local favorite, Louis Philippe Roy. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has $1.269 million in career earnings, $408,000 of that won this year. He can handle a half mile oval as he won the Confederation Cup earlier this year and has a record of 1:48.3 taken at Harrah's Philadelphia. Filibuster Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Di Scale, Jr., T Silva Stables and Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC. Second choice at 3-1 in the field is Western Joe, who drew the far outside post 8. This son of Western Ideal is in peak form for trainer Chris Choate, having just won the $260,000 Sam McKee Memorial in 2:02 (1 1/8th mile) and prior to that won at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best 1:47.3. Western Joe has nine wins this. He will be driven by Doug McNair, who has driven him in the past, Western Joe likes coming from off the pace and shows the gate speed to overcome his bad post position. He was bred and is co-owned by Anthony Ruggeri of Mamaroneck, NY with Richard Tosies of Hamilton, NJ. Miso Fast at odds of 7/2 also, drew poorly for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and starts from post seven for Trois-Riviere native Daniel Dube in the sulky. This son of Roll With Joe has $789,000 in earning, did not fare well in the Sam McKee, but also has the early speed to try and find cover. He is owned by Winchester Baye Acres of Lancaster, OH. Beckhams Z Tam has shipped in from Indiana for trainer Jamie Rucker Macomber and husband/driver Ricky. This Breeders Crown winner last year drew post two which is a perfect spot for him to get into the flow of the race. He is listed at odds of 4-1 and two starts back took a lifetime mark at Hoosier Park in 1:49. Sired by Always A Virgin, Beckhams Z Tam is owned by the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. Blood Line is at 5-1 for trainer Jimmy Takter, who, like Burke, is going for his third Prix D'Ete win. Last year he scored with Western Fame, driven by Trevor Henry. Takter has gotten Henry to come back again and drive Blood Line. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has not fared well that well this season with just one victory, a 1:49.3 lifetime mark at the Meadowlands earlier this season. But, as most know, Jimmy Takter places his horses where they can win and he would not have shipped Blood Line to Trois-Rivieres unless he was ready to go a strong mile. He is owned and was co-bred by Diamon Creek Racing, of Wellsville, PA. Rounding out the field are two trainees of Richard Moreau. They are American Wiggle (post 4) at 6-1 and Modern Reflection (post 6) at 7-1. American Wiggle will be driven by Guy Gagnon and four starts back found his winning form with a 1:49.2 lifetime mark victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Since then the American Ideal gelding had a decent second place finish and will need to find live cover to keep him in contention. He is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy with Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord. Modern Reflection has five wins this year and will have the driving services of Pascal Berube in the bike. The gelded son of Rockin Image is owned by Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON and was third in 1:50.4 last week at Mohawk Raceway. Just last month Modern Reflection posted back-to-back victories at Mohawk, the fastest in 1:51. He also shows great early gate speed when called upon. There is the field for the fifth revival of the Prix D'Ete. Now, who will win it? Also, on the race card Sunday are two $10,000 divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Play Jet Ray was a game second place finisher in the opening round of the series back in July and will be tough from post two for driver Guy Gagnon in the third race. Also, in the race is Kinnder Jackson (post 5) who has won his last two starts and six of his seven starts this season. The fillies do battle in the ninth race where Sharks Summrshandy (post 6) is the slight favorite facing All You Can Dream (post 4) and the entry from trainer Maxime Velaye of Lit De Rose (post 2) and Lune Blue (post ten). Post time is 12:50 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2018 -- Warrawee Ubeaut is a Sweet Lou half-brother to Warrawee Needy, who earned more than $1.25 million and for several years shared the record of fastest race mile ever, 1:46.4. When trainer Ron Burke saw her walk through the ring at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he knew he had to have her. "When we raced 'Lou,' Warrawee Needy was his big nemesis," Burke says. "For us, it just seemed natural that we own her." Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC gave $70,000 for the daughter of Great Memories -- and she's returning the favor. Saturday at The Meadows, Warrawee Ubeaut will try to extend her career unbeaten streak to four in the Meadow Cheer, a $180,122 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. She'll leave from post 4 in the first race with Yannick Gingras piloting. Warrawee Ubeaut has won her three starts, including two PASS splits, in cookie-cutter fashion: grab a good early seat, quarter-pole to the top, coast home in 1:52 and change. Burke knows that as the races get tougher, she won't always be able to follow that script. "I'm looking forward to the day she gets in with better horses and can race a different way," says Burke, who trains last year's freshman filly champion, Youaremycandygirl. "We all feel she can be better out of a hole. "She's eligible to every big stake. I have to start counting starts with her and make sure I don't over-race her this year. The optimal number would be 10, but she'll probably end up with more than that because I'm greedy." Burke sends four other fillies into the Meadow Cheer, including Sylph Hanover (race 3, post 3, Matt Kakaley) a Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan daughter who's finished in the money in each of her four outings. "She hit a knee last week; I don't think that's a blip on the screen for her. Her talent level is not far behind 'Ubeaut.' She's had a couple tougher trips, but she really is a top, top filly." Last Tuesday, Burke collected career training win 9,000, and he took a few minutes from his hectic schedule to reflect on that achievement. "Unless something goes wrong, 10,000 will be cool. Who could imagine that we would double our annual win total? I can't say I ever saw that coming. "The affiliation with Mark Weaver took us to the next level. His whole job is adding horses to the barn. I don't like to do that, but Mark lives for it. I never want to let any of my staff go, so we need more horses for those guys to have jobs." Burke notes that he and Hall of Fame driver David Miller have each surpassed $200 million in career purses. "I bet him that I would get to $300 million first. Then I said, 'who are we kidding? In a few years, we'll probably be looking at results from some county fair to see which of us got checks.'" The "Rockin' On The Rail" series of live concerts continues Saturday with a performance by Jukebox. Music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

HARRISBURG, PA -- Trainer Ron Burke, freshly over $200 million in career earnings, added another milestone to his huge collection when he trained the 9000th winner of his career on Tuesday night, winning with On The Virg at Northfield for the magic tally.   It helps to have the skills of a railroad conductor in trying to keep track of Burke and any national statistics he generates. Starting the day at 8994 career wins, he bagged three wins at The Meadows and one at Scioto during afternoon racing, running his tally to 8998. Victory #8999 came with Southwind Storm as she finished a sweep of her four prelims in the PA Stallion Series for 2TF with a Pocono victory.   That win came at 9:14 p.m. A check of the USTA stats exactly two hours later saw Burke still hovering at 8999, but then two late results were made "official" within the system, which is how the totals rise in PATHWAY. The milestone #9000 came at 9:41 at Northfield with On The Virg, who wasn't even favored in a "nw3500L4" class, but was 14 lengths clear of the field in 1:50 -- reaching the achievement in style.   And the night still wasn't over for Burke, as at 10:18 he won a New York Sire Stakes event at Saratoga with Bicorne Hanover, the first step on his undoubted way to 10,000 career training victories according to official records.   by Jerry Connors    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The eight finalists have been declared for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old harness racing pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The draw for post position will take place at the racetrack Tuesday evening after the fourth race on the betting program. Trainers Ron Burke and Richard Moreau, each have two horses from their stable entered in the big race. Burke has Filibuster Hanover and Eddard Hanover while Moreau has entered Modern Reflection and American Wiggle. Also entered is Western Joe for trainer Chris Choate. He has won his last two starts including the $260,000 Sam McKee Memorial against the best pacers in North America and the prior week won at the Meadowland in 1:47.3. Since the Prix D'Ete's revival at the Hippodrome 3R four years ago, the race has been won twice by Ron Burke horses and twice by Jimmy Takter trainees. Here is the field in alphabetical order with tentative drivers: American Wiggle (Tr. Richard Moreau, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Beckhams Z Tam (Tr. Jamie Macomber, Dr. Ricky Macomber) Blood Line (Tr. Jimmy Takter, Dr. Trevor Henry) Eddard Hanover (Tr. Ron Burke, Dr. Stephane Brosseau) Filibuster Hanover (Tr. Ron Burke, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Miso Fast (Tr. Virgil Morgan, Jr., Dr. Daniel Dube) Modern Reflection (Tr. Richard Moreau, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Western Joe (Tr. Chris Choate, Dr. Doug McNair) The post position draw takes place Tuesday evening at H3R after the fourth race on the betting card. Final drivers for the race will be declared by Wednesday morning. Post time for Tuesday's card is 6:30 pm and features five divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. For more information and a free program for Tuesday night, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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