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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

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2019 -- Bluebird Recon let Summer Travel do the heavy lifting, then blew by him in the lane to spring a 14-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Summer Travel reached the point from post 8, he needed a 26.3 opening panel to get there. He was strong enough to discourage any backside challengers but could not hold off the pocket-sitting Bluebird Recon, who roared past for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and downed Summer Travel by three-quarter lengths in 1:51.2. Macadoodledoo completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Net Ten Eom-Colette gelding, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dave Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. After a Labor Day break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Driver Daniel Dube and harness racing assistant trainer Mickey Burke had but one plan going into the $200,000 Prix d'Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, go to the front no matter what. And that is exactly what Dube did and This Is The Plan was up to the task as the four-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere wired the field and rewrote the all-age track record with an amazing 1:49.1 triumph. This Is The Plan's only challenge came from rival Jimmy Freight (Louis Philippe Roy), who after a :26.2 first quarter, came first-over and challenged This Is The Plan to the half in :54.4 with The Downtown Bus (Doug McNair) second over and Done Well (Bob McClure) sitting the pocket trip. The tempo quickened going down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:21.2, but This Is The Plan was in full control for Dube. McNair came three-wide on the final turn with The Downtown Bus too little too late as This Is The Plan was the strong horse down the stretch, winning by three lengths. The Downtown Bus was second with Jimmy Freight third. The time of the race, 1:49.1, is the fastest half mile track time ever registered in Canada and was just one-fifth of a second from the World Record (Cam's Valentino, Northfield Park 2018 in 1:49). The previous Canadian record of 1:49.2 was held by This Is The Plan's sire, Somebeachsomewhere in 2008, who set the record 11 years, one day from today. The previous all-age track record at H3R was co-held by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) at 1:50.3, both taking place in the Prix d'Ete. Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, was very pleased with the race. "I am so happy to have won today," Dube said. "And to have all my family and friends here makes it extra special. That was a big mile today, 1:49.1 for my horse. He was so good. My plan was to get to the lead right away and he responded so well." Trained by Ron Burke, it was the third Prix d'Ete that his stable has won (All Bets Off 2015) and (Rockin Ron 2016). This Is The Plan is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, J and T Silva, Purnel & Libb and Larry Karr. It was his second win this year and he paid $4.60 to win as the betting favorite. "We have been very fortunate over the years that the miles have gone our way in the Prix d'Ete," said Mickey Burke. It was our plan all along to go to the front and see what happens and it worked out for us. I thought we looked really good at the start, getting one-two on the rail. "Today's mile really shocked me," Burke said. "I looked at the program last night and saw 1:50.3 and thought that record may stick around for a while. I was pretty wrong. I can't say enough how great this horse is." Driver Louis Philippe Roy was red-hot in the sulky Sunday as he won five of the first six races on the program. There were also seven lifetime marks taken on the 12-race card. The Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers was also on the program and the colts battled in the 9th race for a purse of $10,000 and it sorta was over after the start. Driver Pascal Berube and race favorite Ashleysbest shot out to the early lead and they never looked back, holding the field at bay as they cut fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3 as Ashelysbest and Berube scored by four and three-quarter lengths in 1:52.4, tying the track record for three-year-olds. Angers Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was second with GA Speed Gaby (Bob McClure) third. It was a lifetime mark for the son of Shanghai Phil, tying the record of Duc D'Orleans set in 2013. Ashleysbest is trained by Sylvain Cote and owned and bred by Marc Hebert of Masham. He paid $5.00 to win in scoring his seventh win in eleven lifetime starts. The first of two $7,500 division of the Breeders Cup Series Friday for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the closest finish of the afternoon as 20-1 long shot Olis Spirit and driver Louis Philippe Roy closed well from the back of the back to nip HP Xandau (Stephane Brosseau) by a long nose in 1:58.3. Akita Bayama (Justin Filion) was also in the photo, third by only a head. It was the maiden victory thus a lifetime mark for Olis Spirit, a daughter of Power Park, trained and owned by Lois Russell of Crabtree. She paid $42.80 to win. Then in the second filly division, the seventh race, it was a real dogfight early on between Espirit Dequipe (Tyler Jones) on the inside and Better Now (LPR) parked on the outside and they fought that way to the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :56. Then in the backstretch, Daniel Dube making a bold three-wide move with Moneymakehersmile and cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion with Audi Bayama was closing in on the leader and was four-wide at the three-quarters, cleared to be first-over by the top of the stretch, and collared Moneymakehersmile in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. D Gs Airystars (Jonathan Lachance) made a break at the start and rebounded to finish third. It was a lifetime mark for Audi Bayama and the second win in just three starts this season for the filly by Sportswriter. Her time was just one-fifth of a second from the track record of 1:55.1. She is trained by Yves Filion and owned by Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. Audi Bayama paid $6.90 to win. Track Notes: Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2019 -- Trainer Ron Burke will send four harness racing freshman filly pacers into Tuesday's $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but the two most promising of the quartet, Sweet Ace and Shouldabeenatd -- are behind the 8 ball, so to speak, stuck with extreme outside post positions. Known as The Meadow Cheer, the stake goes as races 7 and 8, with first post at 1:05 PM. Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, picked up Sweet Ace for $20,000 at Lexington, an unexpected bargain for a daughter of Sweet Lou-One Ace Too Many. "I saw her in the field and knew I wanted to have her," Burke says. "She seems to have high speed, and she seems to do whatever you want her to do. She's working on being a very good horse." Sweet Ace has a PASS victory to her credit and missed another by a head. She rallied for an Arden Downs win in a swift 1:50.4; none of the fillies she'll face Tuesday has gone as fast. She'll leave from post 8 with Dexter Dunn. "Dexter has done a good job of not putting her in bad spots," Burke says. Shouldabeenatd has been nearly as fast as her stablemate, but she's presented Burke with something of a rigging challenge. "She's very, very fast but steers a little funny," Burke says. "We basically have all the equipment on her that you can have on a horse so that she'll steer a little better. She seems to be better if she's forwardly placed but not on the lead. I think she's a little better following, but you don't want to be too far behind because of her steering issues." The homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakeart Pass, who races for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, also has a PASS win to her credit. She'll go from post 8 with Yannick Gingras. Burke also will be represented by Primrose (race 7, post 2) and Dance Club (race 8, post 4). Matt Kakaley has the call on both. Monday's card at The Meadows, first post 1:05 PM, features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Looksgoodinaromper established a new harness racing world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in one of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park on Friday night, Aug. 9. Piloted by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke, the freshman daughter of Pet Rock simply cruised in wire-to-wire fashion through panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.2 en route to her second career victory in four lifetime starts, upping her earnings to $66,300. Sent off at odds of 1-2, Lookslgoodinaromper was 8¼ lengths in front of 35-1 longshot Sara Jane (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) at the wire, while 14-1 PJ's Legacy (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper's record eclipsed the old mark set by Riley Roo of 1:53.2 in a 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes event. This speedy bay filly had finished third in OSS Leg One on July 3 at Northfield and second by a nose to Artful Dancer on July 19 at Scioto Downs, clocked in 1:52.2. Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don't Blame Her p, 10, 1:51.2s ($830,555). McMarkle Sparkle did not disappoint her connections, capturing the other OSS contested for 2-year-old pacing fillies handily in 1:53.3 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The McArdle lass, who now has $68,050 for owners Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio, also used gate-to-wire tactics to nab her second OSS contest. This sturdy-build homebred had captured Leg One on July 5 at Northfield in 1:54.3 before finishing second in Leg Two on July 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:53. McMarkle Sparkle, the even-money favorite, finished a full 7½ lengths ahead of 4-1 Rockmatic (Tony Hall) with 15-1 Shesrockingwichita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nabbing third-place honors. McMarkle Sparkle is the seventh foal out of the Towner's Big Guy broodmare T's Ladies Nite p, 3, 1:51s ($56,535) and is a half-sister to Alwaysagoodthing p, 4, 1:52.3f ($98,525) and It's a Deal p, 4, 1:57.2h ($21,429)--both by Metropolitan. Trainer Ronnie Burke also harnessed It's Academic to win the first of three $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting colts and geldings. The son of Uncle Peter trotted to a commanding 1:58 effort with Chris Page at the lines, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of favorite Action Uncle (Brett Miller) with 11-1 Dream Creation (Kurt Sugg) finishing third. It's Academic won Leg One in 1:58.4 and Leg Two in 1:57.3 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. He has $68,400 in lifetime earnings from four wins in five lifetime starts is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). Exhibit Class had taken the first OSS trotting division in a front-stepping 1:57.2 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. The son of Triumphant Caviar had won Leg One in 1:58.1 and now has $58,458 in career earnings. He finished six lengths in front of Breakout The Gold (Tyler Smith) with Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) third. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the final OSS contest for freshman trotting colts with 6-1 Attache', using a well-timed, inside move up the rail to prevail by a nose at the wire over 3-1 Hearcomescharlie B (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57.3. Big Box Hanover was third for driver Danny Noble. The son of Broadway Hall is owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Mary McLoughlin, Steve Carter and Steven Zeehandelar and is out of the American Winner mare Patti Page. Attache now has $41,250 in career earnings and is a half-brother to 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes winner Patti's Main Man (by Manofmanymission) 3, 1:55.1f ($119,511) and also to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424) and to Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1:54.3f ($282,311), etc. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 3, 2019 -- Windsong Leo had to battle for the lead through a demanding 26.2 opening panel, but he faced nary a serious challenge thereafter, rolling home in a career-best 1:49.3 in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Windsong Leo wrested early supremacy from Carolina Beach, Dave Palone gave him a 29 second-quarter breather. That was all the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding needed, as he downed Carolina Beach by 1-3/4 lengths, with Summer Travel third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who lifted his career bankroll to $486,500, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke collected four wins on the 13-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $792.70 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

East Rutherford, NJ -- Mission Accepted and driver Yannick Gingras converted on a perfect pocket trip to capture the $60,000 Vincennes Trot on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old by Manofmanymissions scored in a 1:50.2 clocking, his fastest in 16 career victories.   Mission Accepted left strongly from the start and cleared the lead before the :26.4 opening panel. Gingras allowed Lindy The Great to secure the top on the backstretch, and that one carved out middle fractions of :54 and 1:22.1 in front of a stalled outer tier.   Mission Accepted rallied from the pocket into the stretch and drew off from former Hambletonian winner Pinkman, who had to settle for second. World champion Homicide Hunter put in a solid late rally, just missing the place spot and settling for third.   Ron Burke trains Mission Accepted for owners Knox Services Inc. and David Willis. Sent off as a 5-1 offering, Mission Accepted returned $12.60.   Favorite Rich And Miserable made a break early in the race and was no factor.   Of note, the first- and third-place finishers -- both trained by Ron Burke -- raced without shoes in the Vincennes.   by Jay Bergman

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Cruiser mare Baron Remy, who had equaled a world record at Northfield Park two starts ago, came to Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon and promptly took the $18,000 featured pace in 1:51. Come-from-behind horses had not been fairing well at Philly this week, but driver Brian Sears, seeing many horses out for early spots, had Baron Remy, who drew the outside of the eight-horse field, near the back with cover for most of the mile. He then got her in gear behind the second-over cover of Sidewalk Dancer when first-over Scuola Hanover cleared to the lead before the  three-quarters. The four-year-old had plenty of work still to do at the top of the stretch, but she turned on the afterburners and won going away by 1¾ lengths over Keene Olivia, who came clear to the inside, with Sidewalk Dancer third and Scuola Hanover fourth. Baron Remy, whose 1:50.3 mile at Northfield equaled the half-mile track standard for four-year-old pacing mares, has earned the bulk of her $556,232 in Ohio, where she was the Sire Stakes champion at three - in fact, in winning for the 12th time in 36 career starts, the Ron Burke trainee notched her first win away from the Buckeye State in her 14th attempt. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr own the sharp mare. Sears also included the $17,000 co-featured distaff pace among his four triumphs on the day, guiding heavy favorite Philly Hanover to an easy win in 1:52.1. Moved to the front early, the victorious daughter of Captaintreacherous did not look like a horse who had had only one start in the last 34 days, coming home in :55.4 with Sears quietly sulkysitting for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the partnership of Blair Corbeil and Ron Coyne Stables Inc. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With less than three weeks currently separating us from the 2019 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race at the Hippodrome 3R, it is a reminder that only the highest eight money winning horses this year will make it to the final. With a purse of $200,000C, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races of the season restricted to just four-year-old pacers. Taking a look at the horses that could be coming to Quebec on August 18, we also note there are some important races remaining to come by then, but all in all, few of them are reserved just for four-year-olds. The list below was last updated on Thursday, August 1 as per the USA earnings of the 29 horses remaining eligible to the Prix D'Ete. 1. This Is The Plan (Burke Racing) $498,097 2. Jimmy Freight (Richard Moreau) $172,454 3. The Downtown Bus (Jeff Gillis) $129,408 4. Done Well (Burke Racing) $119,914 5. Turbo Hill (Hunter Oaks) $117,150 6. Courtly Choice (Blake Macintosh) $105,100 7. Skyway Quinton (Travis Alexander) $89,000 8. Casimir Richie P (Ian Moore) $68,192 9. Hayden Hanover (Julie Miller) $66,950 10.Shnitzledosomethin (Dylan Davis) $56,850 11.Hitman Hill (Chris Oaks) $55,080 12.Trump Nation (Andrew Harris) $51,975 13.Dragonology (Nick Surick) $49,465 14.Pretty Handsome (Andrew McCabe) $49,329 15.Simple Kinda Man (Allard Racing) $43,450 16.Thinkbig Dreambig (Nancy Johansson) $41,815 17.Thor De Vie (Ed Hart) $41,365 18.Pedro Hanover (Corey Giles) $34,721 19.American History (Tony Alagna) $33,661 20.Talbotcreekwhiskey (Luc Blais) $24,557 21.Topville Olympian (Chris Oakes) $23,440 22.Springsteen (Allard Racing) $17,250 23.Rush To Judgement (Dave Menary) $10,696 The remaining six horses, Bounding Dragon, Kwik Talking, Stock, Nutcracker Sweet, Ghost Dance and Minnie Vinnie are eligible but all have earnings of under $10,000 each. The horses in the final that finish sixth through eighth will each receive $1,000C. This weekend many of the Prix D'Ete contenders are coming in major stakes races and special overnight events at the Meadowlands on Saturday. They include Courtly Choice, Done Well, Hayden Hanover, Shnitzledosomethin, This Is The Plan and Trump Nation. Both The Downtown Bus and Turbo Hill are in the four-year-old Open at Yonkers Raceway, while Hitman Hill and Dragonology race at Pocono Downs. The entry box closed at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 14 and the draw of post positions will take place at a special breakfast at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday morning, August 15. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2016, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. From the Quebec Jockey Club

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The incomparable Ron Burke raised the training dash-win bar to new heights Friday night at the Meadowlands, as the 49-year-old Washington, PA native became the first conditioner in harness racing history to record 10,000 career victories. "It's cool," said Burke. "The next guy is probably 10 years away from doing it. It's never been done before and I'm very proud of our whole crew, my whole family." Burke won three times on the Friday twilight program at his home track - the Meadows in Meadow Lands, PA - to raise his win total to 9,999, setting the stage for the big one at the Big M. In an elimination for the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Crucial, a daughter of Father Patrick-Jolene Jolene, gave Burke the victory that raised his lifetime win total to five figures by scoring in 1:54.3 and paying $6.00 for the stable's go-to driver, Yannick Gingras. "Ten years ago, I wasn't so sure we'd get here, but five years ago, maybe I thought we'd get to this point," said Burke. "We were just starting to take off then, and the addition of (owner) Mark Weaver made a big difference. It gave us someone who acquires horses all day, every day. We used to sit together at the Meadows and watch races and we could tell we were pretty good together and we wanted to go to the next level." Mission accomplished. Crucial and driver Yannick Gingras It's a pretty sound bet that Burke will stay at the top of both the dash-win and money-earnings lists for some time to come. Virgil Morgan, Jr. currently sits second in wins with just over 6,400, and the now-retired Jimmy Takter is second in earnings at $130 million. Burke's horses have earned $222 million. "It all started when my dad sold the family business selling cars in 1981. We had two horses then. Now, I have about 300 and about 70 people on my staff," said Burke. "I became the face of Burke Racing 11 years ago. There are so many of us. I put a lot of time into it but I could not have done it by myself. I thought by now I'd slow down, but I don't have any feel for when that will happen. I love what I'm doing, I love racing and the sport seems to be doing well." Maybe that's true, just not quite as well as Ron Burke is doing. CHALK TALK: Nine favorites scored on the 14-race program, setting up small payouts on the 50-Cent Pick-5 ($70.40) and Pick-4 ($13.05). Of the five losing chalks, three went off at odds of 2-1 while one was 5-2. A LITTLE MORE: Burke's home track might be in Western Pennsylvania, but he loves the East Rutherford mile oval. "The Meadowlands is still the greatest place," said Mr. 10,000. ... It figures that on a big night for Burke that Gingras would excel. The Big M's leading driver scored four times on the card. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $2,434,672. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. For thr results of tonight's card click here. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

CHESTER PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras each had three wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second preliminary round harness racing action for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday afternoon on a hot day at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the pair combining twice, including with the fastest divisional winner, Sister Sledge. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors miss Sister Sledge won a Sire Stakes in his first purse start, then caught the eye of many when she followed by winning a Pennsylvania All-Stars division in 1:53.4 - the fastest time of the year by any baby trotter, regardless of sex or size of track. On Friday Gingras let her work her way to the top past a :28 opener, get a :58 rest to the half, pick up the pace to 1:26.4 at the three-quarters, then scooted home with her in :28.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, holding off Sherry Lyns Lady, also a PaSS winner earlier, by a confident length. Sister Sledge won thee qualifiers before her three purse victories, and has already earned $53,020 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, along with #1 status in this section to date. The other Gingras-Burke team victory was with the debutante Crucial, another daughter of Father Patrick out of Jolene Jolene, who also raced on the lead, then was extended through the stretch by Word Of Honor. The latter popped out of the pocket at headstretch and fought hard only to miss by a nose, though Crucial was only under mild encouragement in her bow. The successful freshman, who had prepped with two winning qualifiers, is owned by much of the same team as Sister Sledge: Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, W J Donovan, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The third member of the Burke Brigade to get home first was the Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy filly Sans Defaut, who had by far the toughest trip of the three, yet still was successful in 1:57 to follow up an All-Stars victory with another stakes triumph. Sans Defaut ("flawless" in French) was spotted fourth before the quarter by driver Matt Kakaley, then had to come first-over, but she grinded to the stretch lead, then held off 30-1 shot Decoy by ¾ of a length. The bulk of her ownership is a group of which you have already read quite a bit - Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. Gingras' third Sire Stakes success came behind the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel filly Queen Of The Hill, another two-time PaSS winner after leaving swiftly and controlling the tempo, then winning by 4¼ lengths while lowering her speed mark to 1:57.1, last half :58.1. Per Engblom trains the talented juvenile for owner Al Libfeld. The other stakes division produced a $64.40 upsetter in the Muscle Hill - Kadealia filly Sorella, a breaker in her purse bow, but here flat and coming her own last half in :57.2 to win in 1:58, two lengths clear of the opposition. Crawford Farms Racing, who was co-owner on an earlier Sires winner, partners with Elmer Fannin on this filly   In anticipation of the extremely high heat index forecast for Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia announces that the card already drawn and finalized for Sunday will now be raced on Monday afternoon, with a post time of 12:25 p.m.   The Jackpot Hi-5 pool carryover will be at $47,222.38 for the Monday card's race five.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trainer Ron Burke, who won three of four $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contests for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, came back to add two more when four harness racing divisions of All-Star freshman male pacers went postward Sunday. Tying for Sunday's fastest All-Star performer was the Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle's Jackpot colt Mac's Big Boy, who was the first horse to show off the gate, but tucked and fell back as far as fifth down the back, got room deep in the Pocono Pike and squeezed through under Matt Kakaley's guidance to win for the first time in a purse race in 1:53. Lyons Music, who was to the winner's right in the Pike, ducking inside the pacesetter, was outdashed by ¾ of a length to the wire, with closer Tell Them Lou another neck back in third. Mac's Big Boy, who had won a Gaitway qualifier in 1:55.3, is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Wingfield Five LLC. Also recording a 1:53 victory was the Captaintreacherous - Dream Outloud colt Catch The Fire, who made two speed moves to control the pace for driver Mike Wilder, then sprinted home in 27 for a two length victory over Patriot Nation. A winner of two qualifiers and his purse debut before finishing second in a PA Sire stake in his last start, Catch The Fire posted his fastest time ever for trainer John Ackley and the CT Stables LLC. There wasn't much ability difference showing among the four All-Star winners, as the other two stepped home first in 1:53.1. The other Burke Brigade winner was Cattlewash, who sat in the pocket behind Team Best, who like the winner had had two qualifying wins and then a fast victory in his purse bows This time it was the Somebeachsomewhere - Road Bet colt Cattlewash who had the most kick late, gaining into a :27 last quarter to put away his game foe by a half length. Cattlewash, who had won the fastest Sire Stakes opener in 1:52.1 and who was the first Burke favorite in his quintet of weekend winners, is owned by W J Donovan. The other 1:53.1 winner was the Captaintreacherous - Lets Groove Tonite colt Captain Groovy, who ironically won his purse debut in a Stallion Series race with a time of 1:52, faster than any Sire stakes division. Here Captain Groovy took control of the situation early and really was not threatened in winning by two lengths over Caliber for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Ray Schnittker, the latter co-owner with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold. The $21,500 fast-class trot saw the Credit Winner gelding Such An Angel take a new mark of 1:51.3, which also equaled the fastest local trotting effort of the year as well as the divisional season's record, posted twice by Rich And Miserable. Such An Angel didn't look back in this contest, stepping home in 27.3 to leave behind a talented field while raising his earnings to $327,568 for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Hunter Oakes, and owner Sam Caruso Jr.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trainer Ron Burke sent out winners in three of the four $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars competition at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. Harness racing driver Simon Allard drove two of the successful freshman fillies for Burke, including the fastest winner, Shouldabeenatd, whose 1:52.3 winning time was a North American season's record. Allard left with the Sweet Lou - Breakheart Pass filly then let Lyons Sentinel go to the top before the :27.2 quarter; that one in turn gave way to favored Firefly in front of the stands, and she went on to the half in :56, with Shouldabeenatd coming back for more first-over and battling the leader to the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Neither of the frontenders gave an inch around the turn and into the stretch, where Lyons Sentinel joined them in the Pocono Pike. Shouldabeenatd showed tenacity late in putting up a head decision over Lyons Sentinel, with Firefly fading slightly late to be another length back. The winner, who had a 1:54.1 qualifying win at The Meadowlands and was second in her purse bow, is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The former season's record of 1:53.2 had been equaled by another Burke/Allard combination earlier, when the A Rocknroll Dance - Liscaramore miss Dance Club notched her first purse win after a 1:57 Gaitway offtrack qualifier. Dance Club, who had a 1:57 sloppy track win in a Gaitway qualifier, made two early moves then sat in the two-hole while All In Fun and favored Wayside dueled on the front end, then cleared in the lane and paced off to a 1 3/4 length victory over All In Fun for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills. Mike Simons was in the sulky for Burke when the Somebeachsomewhere - Palazzo Princess distaff Sailaja Deo took her All-Stars event in 1:56 in her purse debut, coming after a 1:55 qualifying win at Gaitway. Simons had Sailaja Deo in the pocket behind pacesetting favorite Silver Tail, shifted outside when first-over Blood Red got by the pacesetter late on the turn, then ducked back inside and caught Blood Red by a head for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, Lawrence Karr, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. None of the Burke winners was favored by the Pocono faithful, but the fourth divisional winner, the Captaintreacherous - Cashaway filly Lyons Monatize, did reward the crowd's backing her as she won by the largest margin, 2½ lengths, in 1:55.1 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. The Gareth Dowse trainee stepped home in :27.4 with no pressure to take her initial purse start (she had won a Pocono qualifier in the same time as this victory) for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. In a $21,500 fast-class co-featured pace, Soho Wallstreet A had three wins in this class showing in his lines, yet he still got away at 5-1, then rallied from the pocket to post a 1:50.2 triumph. Pat Berry guided the Four Starzzz Shark gelding, now a winner of $331,613, for trainer Scott Di Domenico and J G Racing Stable. Morrill and Burke both recorded five victories on the night, combining with Always At My Place and Mystery Island after the All-Stars races had been completed. Burke Racing Stable LLC owns a share of all of the Burke quintet. PHHA / Pocono

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