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Bettor's Delight colt Smooth Deal was sensational in winning the first harness racing heat of the Breckon Farms Young Guns series at Alexandra Park tonight. Driven aggressively by trainer Mark Purdon the showy two-year-old headed forward off the mobile gate and finally made the lead with a lap to go. You could tell at the 400m Purdon had a handful of horse and when his major opposition and favourite Perfect Stride paced roughly at the turn the race was all but over and Smooth Deal cruised to the line still full of running.  The time for the mobile 1700m was 2-02.9 which equated to an impressive mile rate of 1-56.3 with the last 800m cut out in 56.5 and the final quarter in 27.1 seconds. Smooth Deal is by champion sire Bettor's Delight from the In The Pocket mare Linda Grace. Bred and sold by Woodlands Stud, Smooth Deal was a $230,000 yearling at last year's Australasian Classic Sale selling as Lot 57 and purchased by Jean Feiss and what a judge Jean Feiss is proving to be. Some years ago she went to six figures at an Australian sale - not usual then - to buy an Art Major colt. His name was Vincent. She topped the NZ sale two years ago paying over $200,000 for a colt known as Jesse Duke - a Group One winner as a two year old. The next year she came back and paid another top price $230,000 for the best colt in the sale, named Smooth Deal. Bettor's Delight showed once again how dominant he is as a sire with the first and third placing sired by him and the second placing was by Woodlands Stud new stallion Sweet Lou, but from a Bettor's Delight mare. Smooth Deal is the fourth foal and fourth winner (all by Bettor's Delight) from the In The Pocket mare Linda Grace, a super record for any mare and makes Linda Grace now, one of the best producing mares in New Zealand. Her first foal is the Group One winning race mare Linda Lovegrace (1:51.4 placed with earnings of $265,433) who incidentally has a first foal entered in the inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019. Entered by Breckon Farms, this Somebeachsomewhere colt from Linda Lovegrace named Lovesomewhere, is sure to be a most sort after yearling. Somebeachsomewhere (now deceased) is one of the world's greatest producing sires. With only seven crops racing in North America he is rewriting the record book with outstanding numbers. He is already the sire of over $110 million in progeny earnings in North America with average earnings per live foal of an astounding $139,441. Yes that is right, every foal born of racing age has an average earning record of $139,441, simply hard to believe. Somebeachsomewhere (by Mach Three) is the current leading sire of three-year-olds in North America with progeny earnings of $8,643,963. The next best producing sire is American Ideal with earnings of $4,314,519. Somebeachsomewhere has double the earnings of the next best producing sire. Here is the list of leading three-year-old sires in North America for 2018 as at the 14th of December;                                                      Starters Sire in 2018 Money ==== ======== ===== SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 107 $8,643,963 AMERICAN IDEAL 84 $4,314,519 BETTORS DELIGHT 90 $3,838,824 SHADOW PLAY 83 $3,628,952 SPORTSWRITER 110 $3,409,798 MACH THREE 84 $3,292,133 ART MAJOR 78 $3,148,482 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 70 $2,861,999 WELL SAID 75 $2,423,241 A ROCKNROLL DANCE 56 $2,005,508 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 59 $1,974,872 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 35 $1,900,758 PET ROCK 74 $1,885,744 ROCKIN IMAGE 75 $1,821,298 DRAGON AGAIN 60 $1,683,899 IM GORGEOUS 15 $1,264,305 ROLL WITH JOE 48 $1,175,035 SO SURREAL 36 $1,045,256 MCARDLE 43 $1,019,792 BIG BAD JOHN 39 $916,737 For a full catalogue reference of this Somebeachsomewhere colt Lot 47 Lovesomewhere click here.  Her second foal is another Group placed mare called Gina Grace who has raced in three Countries, New Zealand and Australia and now in North America. Gina Grace paced a winning time of 1:51.8 in Australia and has won $320,825 to date still racing in North America. Her third foal is the gelding (He) Bettor Step Aside 1:54.5 ($59,000) Harnesslink Media   Smooth Deal winning the first two-year-old race in New Zealand for 2018/2019   BRECKON FARMS YOUNG GUNS SERIES (HEAT 1) MOBILE PACE, $23,500, 2YO, 1700m    (Qualifying Time: 2-13.4)   For 2-year-old pacers. Preferential Barrier Draw Based on: Sex (fillies drawn inside colts and geldings) using the track grid. Refer series conditions. Video  Weather: Fine     Track: Fast      Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 8 Smooth Deal 8 fr 12,500.00 2/2 2-02.9   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 4 Double Or Nothing 4 fr 4,000.00 6/5 2-03.7 3.70 D J Butcher R W Green 3 1 Perfect Stride 1 fr 2,000.00 1/1 2-03.8 4.50 Z E Butcher R W Green 4 9 Mach Da Vinci 9 fr 1,500.00 3/3 2-03.9 4.90 J I Dickie P T Court 5 3 Prince Of Pleasure 3 fr 1,000.00 4/4 2-04.1 6.10 A G Herlihy MNZM A G Herlihy MNZM 6 6 Stavros The Terror 6 fr 500.00 7/7 2-04.6 8.40 J R Dunn P T Court 7 7 Sir Tiger 7 fr 500.00 8/8 2-04.6 8.40 A P T Poutama R W Green 8 10 Eagle Watch 10 fr 500.00 10/9 2-05.2 11.40 T W Mitchell M G Berger 9 2 Art Christian 2 fr 500.00 9/10 2-05.7 13.80 L G Hollis L G Hollis & S M Robertson 10 5 Jeremy Wells 5 fr 500.00 5/6 2-10.0 35.60 T M Williams J D Harrington $23,500.00         Divs: $3.40. $1.50. $2.70. $1.20. Quinella $24.20. Trifecta $107.10. TAB Double[races-3,4]:(1,8) $4.70. TAB Conc.:(1,4) $6.70. First4 $326.30. Margins: 3 3/4 lengths, 3/4 length, neck Times: Mile Rate: 1-56.3 Last 800m: 56.5 Last 400m: 27.1 Placed Horses:       Smooth Deal 2016 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Linda Grace   (by In The Pocket)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss    Breeder: Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd    Double Or Nothing 2016 2 B g Sweet Lou - Love A Gamble   (by Bettor's Delight)    Trainer: R W Green, Pukekohe    Owner: Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Ltd, R G Fleming, Mrs S B Fleming, N McAlister, R S Best    Breeder: Ms A Van Der Beek    Perfect Stride 2016 2 B c Bettor's Delight - Chicago Blues   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: R W Green, Pukekohe    Owner: E & M Stride Corp.    Breeder: F J Price,Mrs K V Price,F R Price,Mrs H L Price  

The 71st Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 13-15, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition.  The sale was topped by former Ohio 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Berazzled at $76,000.  The daughter of Charley Barley, now an Open Pacer, earned over $90,000 this year en route to lifetime earnings of nearly $400,000. Consigned by Marion Beachy and Kerry O’Keefe to dissolve the partnership, Beachy prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to keep the beautiful black mare. As usual, Spring Haven Farm was agent for a strong consignment of racehorses and had the second highest seller in Dragonology at $54,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes competitor and consolation winner, trained by Ron Burke, was purchased by Dynasty Racing of Michigan. Spring Haven (agent) also offered Rock N Jo Z, a classy $30,000 conditioned claimer from the Brian Brown Stable. He was purchased by Ed Dobrowolski of MI for $40,000. The tall, handsome, Indiana-bred trotting gelding Mystical Motor attracted a lot of attention, with Bruce Soulsby getting the nod at $35,000. Trained by Sally Gilbert and consigned by Move On Stable, the son of Swan For All was a consistent performer in the conditioned classes at Hoosier Park. The yearling session on the first day yielded plenty of fireworks with Boundless Dragon lighting up the board at $52,000. Consigned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, Trogdon bought out his partners on the stunning, dark daughter of Dragon Again. The handsome Somebeachsomewhere colt Gingras Beach, also consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, created quite the stir at the sale and on social media with his being named after the illustrious driver Yannick Gingras. Burke Racing Stable, LLC appropriately won the bidding war for the rights to train this popular pacer. Top yearling trotter honors went to the lovely Wishing Stone daughter Laurels Dream at $37,000. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm (agent), the half-sister to winners in excess of $600,000 was purchased by Allen Schmidthorst of Ohio for $37,000. Also of note was a pair of strikingly beautiful yearlings by the exciting first-crop sire Nob Hill High. Consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency, Dr. Lyndsay, named after promising vet student Lyndsay Hagemeyer, and Stanford Court, were both purchased by Brian Brown (agent) for $35,000. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled on February 12-13. Questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

Round The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) has been nothing shy of sensational since being acquired by owner-trainer John Macdonald at the beginning of October. The three year old filly went three-for-three at Vernon Downs with Macdonald in the sulky before coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel towards the end of last month. Jay Randall picked up the drive and sat behind Round The Beach as she scored convincingly in 1:53.4 in her Spa debut. The filly secured her sixth consecutive victory last weekend when her trainer piloted the rising star to victory despite a step up in class. This Friday night, Round The Beach was vaulted into the Fillies and Mares Open for the first time and was tasked with taking on some terrific mares. Randall was aggressive in the early going and moved Round The Beach to the top in a first quarter clocked in 27.2. The filly traveled unopposed throughout the middle half and after checking in at three quarters in 1:25.1 stepped on the gas when met with the challenge of pocket-sitter Betabcool N (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Meanwhile, the race's odds-on favorite Seventimesavirgin (Billy Dobson) began working closer while trying to pull off a last-to-first move in the feature. Round The Beach again proved up to the task as she extended her win streak to seven since the move to the Macdonald barn, wiring the field in 1:54.1 in the $18,000 Friday feature. Round The Beach, who paid $9.30 in her Open score, kept reinsman Jay Randall red hot. The Saratoga veteran piloted four winners on Thursday afternoon and has had a terrific 2018 as a whole. Betabcool N was the runner-up in the feature while the favored Seventimesavirgin had to settle for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Harrisburg, PA — Gallie Bythe Beach, a 7-year-old pacing mare in foal to Always B Miki, was the top seller Thursday (Nov. 8) during the first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale. She was purchased for $280,000 by Hanover Shoe Farms. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Galleria, the stakes-winning Gallie Bythe Beach earned $749,898 during her career in harness racing. She retired in 2016. Her dam was a Dan Patch Award-winner in 1998 and 1999 and added an O’Brien Award in 2000. The family also includes mares Gallic Sea and Gallie Beach, who joined Gallie Bythe Beach on Thursday’s top-sellers list. Gallic Sea, a full sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, was purchased by Shmuel Farhi for $157,000, which was the day’s third-highest price. The 4-year-old mare is in foal to Always B Miki. Gallie Beach, a 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere out of stakes-winner Western Gallie, sold for $110,000 to Fair Winds Farm. She also is in foal to Always B Miki. Her dam is a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach. Gallie Beach’s price tied for the day’s fourth highest. Coming in at No. 2 on Thursday was 3-year-old trotting filly Danish Girl, who was purchased for $170,000 by Karen Carroll. Danish Girl is a daughter of Credit Winner out of Steamy Windows and a half-sister to undefeated Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. She is in foal to Muscle Mass. Rounding out the top five at $110,000 was 4-year-old pacing mare Kate Is Well Said. The mare is a daughter of Well Said out of stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. Kate Is Well Said is in foal to Captaintreacherous. One other mare, 4-year-old trotter Pure Kemp, reached six figures. She was purchased for $100,000 by agent Bjorn “Bernie” Noren. Pure Kemp is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Ally Hall. The family includes O’Brien Award-winner Amigo Hall. Pure Kemp is in foal to Walner. All of the six-figure sellers were consigned by Preferred Equine. Among stallion shares sold Thursday, two shares in Muscle Hill were purchased for $150,000 and $135,000 by Steve Stewart and Fair Winds Farm, respectively. Both shares were consigned by Preferred Equine. One Chapter Seven stallion share sold for $140,000 to Steve Jones and one Captaintreacherous share sold for $125,000 to Tim Klemencic. The Chapter Seven share was consigned by Steiner Stock Farm and the Captaintreacherous share was consigned by Preferred Equine. A stallion share for pacer Lazarus N sold for $50,000 to Urie Byler. The share was donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation by Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. Lazarus N will stand at Deo Volente for the 2019 breeding season. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with the second session of the mixed sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete results visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hanover Shoe Farms, along with Brad Grant and Wendy Samelman, are pleased to announce that 2017 2 year old colt Pacer of the year, Stay Hungry, will join their stallion roster in 2019. A son of super sire Somebeachsomewhere out of the 2 million-dollar winning mare My Little Dragon, Stay Hungry won the Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old on way to his award-wining season. This year at 3, he won the first 2 legs of harness racing's Triple Crown while taking a record of 1:47.3 and amassing over 1.3 million dollars in career earnings. Called by Tony Alagna, trainer of super sire Captaintreacherous and Promising stallion Artspeak, the most correct yearling he ever purchased, Stay Hungry will stand in Pennsylvania for an introductory stud fee of 6,000. Shares are available in this promising stallion. Please contact Jim Simpson (717) 637-8931 for further information. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dreams Beachboy made it two straight over The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono's oval, and four wins while not missing the board in his last eight starts, with a 1:51.2 victory in the $21,500 pacing feature on Saturday night. The track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., worked out a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Sprinter N, while the latter, after getting to the quarter in 26.4, belied his name by resting to the half in 56.2. Down the backstretch first-over Music Is Art made life tougher on the leader, necessitating a 1:23.3 breaking of the beam at the ¾ pole, and the extra expenditure of energy helped set up the late rally of Dreams Beachboy, who won by a half-length over the tough Music Is Art, with Sprinter N another neck back in third. Trainer Deborah Burnet is 2-for-2 at Pocono this year, both with the victorious winner of $242,784, for Crawford Farms Racing. George Napolitano Jr.'s brother Anthony won the co-featured $16,000 claiming handicap pace, the night's opener, with the Bettor's Delight gelding The Onlyest One in 1:52.4. The winner visited Victory Lane for the twelfth time this season, backing out to follow cover from his third-in position, then catching pacesetting That Man Of Mine and pocketsitting Wick N by a neck, with the last two-named deadheating for the deuce. Laurie Patistas owns and trains The Onlyest One. There are only six more cards left in the 2018 Pocono Downs season: the following Sundays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, as Mondays will go dark for the remaining seasonal action, which concludes November 17. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

CHESTER, PA - The up-and-coming horses in the "non-winners of five races lifetime" classification were featured at Harrah's Philadelphia this afternoon (and into the twilight, complementing the first day of the Breeders Cup), with a pair of $16,000 contests. The first was for distaff pacers, and it fell to the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Zutopia in 1:53.3. George Napolitano Jr. sent the sophomore to the top in a 27.2 quarter, then yielded to the favorite Sarpa Hanover as she brushed to command early, hitting the middle splits in 56.3 and 1:24.4, at the latter station being joined by first-over Danikova. Through the stretch Napolitano used the inside space to rally Zutopia, with her biggest stretch challenge coming from Painted Lady, who also shot the inside then had to alter outside and finished swiftly between horses to come up a length shy. Danikova was third, a half-length behind Painted Lady and a half-length ahead of Sarpa Hanover. Zutopia, now a 5-time winner this year, is trained by Tom Cancelliere for his brother John. The track lightning had been turned on by the time the second feature, which was for trotters, went gateward, and Exarch justified the fans' 2-5 favoritism of him with a win in 1:56.2, but he had to be good late to answer a challenge for pocketsitting Armageddon Seelster. The latter was actually on top early before yielding to the chalk in 28.4, and the favorite then put up middle clockings of 59 and 1:27.4. With the relative easy fractions under the guidance of Tony Morgan, it looked like Exarch might be all but home, but Armageddon Seelster gave him a good argument through the lane before finishing second, a neck back. Ron Burke conditions the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In a $14,500 conditioned pacers for more seasoned pacing females, Gold Orchid N remained undefeated in four U.S. starts, lowering her Stateside mark to 1:51.2. The daughter of Bettor's Delight got away second and left a huge hole most of the way as pacesetter Diamondtoothgertie set fractions of 27.4, 56, and 1:23.4, but driver Dexter Dunn had the four-year-old Kiwi mare in high gear at the last-named station, quickly overhauled the pacesetter on the turn, and drew off to a 4½ length victory over Brazuca, who raced inside and had a head on the wire over Nike Franco N, who had gapped throughout the race but was flying late. Gold Orchid N now has six wins in but 21 career starts, with more successes likely in the near future. She is owned by BAMQ Inc., which consists of Barry Freeman, Andrew Steiger, and trainer Mark Harder (the Q is a question mark). Not only did Milady Denver A provide the biggest price of the afternoon when she took the twelfth contest at a $56.60 mutuel for driver Pat Berry, she also provided Guatemala native Fredi Herrera his first-ever training victory. With only six starts since he got his license, all with the winner, Herrera now sports a 372% profit ratio for his backers. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Racing his most impressive mile of the season, Dorsoduro Hanover stormed to the lead and continued to draw off to a 4 ¼-length win in 1:49.4 on the "sloppy" surface of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 27 in the $530,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Final. It was a wild shuffle from the start as This Is The Plan left best early, only to be hunted down while struggling in a :26.1 first quarter. The pace was forced early as American History took a shot on the outside as Thinkbig Dreambig challenged to get a strong position and Grand Teton was poised to move. The :53.4 half was burning some horseflesh, so Matt Kakaley steered Dorsoduro Hanover around them all, taking the lead on his outside brush and blasting through three-quarters in 1:21.3. The other giant move was coming down for Lather Up, who went three-wide to pass the early battling group. Once on the engine, however, Dorsoduro Hanover used all six cylinders to repel all others except Lather Up, who was relentlessly forging down the stretch, though futilely, after Dorsoduro Hanover. The smashing victory, a sub-1:50 mile in the muck, was far ahead of Lather Up, who took second passing a tired, stuffed-on-the-inside This Is The Plan. Shnitzledosomethin managed to get fourth. Ron Burke trains the sophomore colt by Somebeachsomewhere--Deep Valley Miss (by Artsplace). Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel and Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five own Dorsoduro Hanover. Hanover Shoe Farms bred the winner. It was the 10th win in 18 starts this season for Dorsoduro Hanover, who paid $6.00 to win. by Frank Cotolo, For The Breeders Crown

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere harness racing mare Call Me Queen Be, a million-dollar winner in stakes company before the end of her three-year-old season, continues to be productive in her older form, as the five-year-old raised her lifetime intake to $1,346,835 with a 1:51.1 victory in the $30,000 Mares Open pace Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eric Carlson put Call Me Queen Be on the early lead and got Lispatty in behind her before favored Lakeisha Hall came on a brush at the 26.3 quarter. Lakeisha Hall got a 56.1 breather to the half on the 45-degree night, but the price of pacing went up as Lispatty came at the leader first-up, actually getting a head advantage at the 1:23.4 3/4s. Call Me Queen Be was perfectly-placed off the protracted front-end duel, and in the stretch surged by the front combatants to a 2¼ length victory. Call me Queen Be was the 2016 Breeders Crown three-year-old pacing filly champion, and this triumph, the fourth in her last six starts, may be a deciding factor for trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham - three-year-old and older performers have to declare in Tuesday for Saturday's 2018 Breeders Crown eliminations right here at Pocono, a day after supplemental nominations and entries for two-year-olds are due. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship Night is Saturday, October 27. Another horse who may have punched his ticket for a Crown starting berth is Muscle Diamond, who in the $21,500 featured trot got the lead nearing the 27 quarter under George Napolitano Jr.'s handling, went a very un-Crown like 57.4 to the half, then threw a 27.4 and then a 27.3 in finishing quarters to complete a 1:53.1 package on the cool night. A six-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Brett Bittle and co-owned by him along with Dan Bittle and the Charles Kellers III and IV, Muscle Diamond also would bring valuable Breeders Crown experience to the table - he finished second in his two-year-old event at The Meadowlands in 2014, beaten only a half-length by Pinkman, and then in 2015 at Woodbine he was only 1¼ lengths off stablemates The Bank and Pinkman in taking third. Muscle Diamond, who has won four of his last seven, took his mark of 1:50.1 earlier this year, and he now has earnings of $745,199. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had five winners on the Sunday Pocono card, adding to the three he posted last night - and went honors even for the weekend with his brother Anthony, who captured seven races on Saturday and added another on the Sunday program. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - A special Monday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia featured $200,000 worth of stakes action in John Simpson Sr. events for three-year-old colts, with horses of both gaits contesting three divisions. First to the track were the pacers, with the Somebeachsomewhere gelding No Easy Day finding the race living up to his name but still prevailing in 1:51.1. Driver David Miller quarter-moved with the winner past early leader Lyons Steel going to the 26.3 opener, then got a rest on the lead to a 56 half. Soon afterwards Shadow Cat began a long grinding challenge that lasted past the 1:22.4 3/4s and all the way to the wire, with Lyons Steel coming up the inside to threaten, but No Easy Day held his ground gamely, a half length to the good of Lyons Steel and ¾ of a length ahead of the resilient Shadow Cat, in winning for trainer Ron Burke and owner Thomas Dillon. Driver Miller and trainer Burke reteamed successfully in the second Simpson stakes section with another altered son of Somebeachsomewhere, Wheels On Fire, who won for the ninth time in 15 seasonal starts for owner W.J. Donovan. Miller put Wheels On Fire behind Canadian invader Talbotcreekwhiskey, who strung the field out with early numbers of 26.4 and 54.1 then battled with first-up Wild Bill to a 1:22 ¾. Through the stretch the main battle came down to Wheels On Fire and Macadoodledoo, a fellow 8-5 choice who went wide from second-over, with the winner getting a neck decision in 1:50.4. Somebeachsomewhere's completed a siring sweep of the Simpson pacing action when the gelding Terror Atthe Beach got a nifty steer by driver George Napolitano Jr. to win the third cut in 1:51. Sitting third-inside while Winston set fractions of 26.4 and 55 and then was joined by first-over favorite Rockapelo down the back, Terror Atthe Beach was able to slip out third-over behind JK Wildfire as the pocket horse collapsed to the 1:23.1 ¾, then kept digging in through the lane, just nailing Rockapelo on the line by a nose, with JK Wildfire in third and Winston in fourth within a length on the money. Trainer Chris Oakes, fresh off making a place in history with Homicide Hunter on Saturday at Lexington, conditions the winner of $110,335 for Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor (also a big winner at Lexington), and Edwin Gold. On the trot, Mississippi Storm was the first feature horse to Harrah's winners circle, taking a new mark of 1:53.2 while winning in stakes company for the third straight time. The Cantab Hall gelding was limbed most of the 27.2 quarter to gain control for driver Andrew McCarthy, strolled to a 57.1 half, shook off outside pressure past the 1:24.2 quarter, then stayed in command against late inside closers to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Lindy's Big Bang, who photoed Scirocco Rob for the deuce. Tom Fanning conditions the winner of $171,946 for owner Joseph Smith. Driver Eric Carlson continued his amazing streak of bringing in longshot winners, especially trotters, when he roared through the stretch with Chucky De Vie as the Charlie De Vie colt took a new mark of 1:55. Carlson worked out a second-over trip from last, tipped wide at headstretch, and came his last quarter in 28 to win a four-across-the-track finish by a half length for trainer Hermann Heitmann (the original developer of Foiled Again) and the ownership of Joie De Vie Farm LLC and Paul Nigito. Carlson has now had five of the last eleven $50+ winners at Philly (all but one trotters) and three of the last four, and he began his current defy-the-tote-board run by guiding trotters Bold Goddess ($116.20) and Rentier ($81.00) home in successive races on September 5. The third division went to New York Sire Stakes champion Helpisontheway, who engaged in a long and bitter struggle with pacesetting Rich And Miserable before emerging a neck the better in 1:53.1. Tim Tetrick moved the victorious son of Chapter Seven uncovered from midpack at the 3/8 and reached the leader after he had notched early fractions of 27.1 and 57.1. The battle was on through a pair of 28 quarters the rest of the way, with Helpisontheway going by late to run his 2018 record to 14-8-4-0-$485,808 and his lifetime bankroll to $522,194 for trainer Linda Toscano and the ownership of the Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC, and Little E LLC (the last-named of which perhaps not needing a plane after his day to remember on Sunday at Lexington). From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 5, 2018- A first-up Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr., $12.20) held sway Friday night (Oct. 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Showing no inclination to leave at all from assigned post position No. 2, Keystone Wanda in fact left a chasmic hole for Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) to plotz in front of her. They, and everyone else, saw pole-assigned, 6-5 choice Frost Damage Blues (Jordan Stratton) lead through early intervals of :27.2 and :56.2. The seemed comfy when Keystone Wanda moved from third, engaging the leader in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters. Despite that bring just a 28-second third substation, the leader was in trouble. It was Keystone Wanda-in her 200th career start-going by early in the lane as Agent Q (Eric Goodell) was doing her third from third-over. The former whipped the latter by a diminishing head in 1:53. Lispatty, stuck behind a stopping leader, did get third, with a second-over Magic Forces (George Brennan) and Medusa (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. Frost Damage Blues backpedaled to last among the octet. For Keystone Wanda, a third-choice, 8-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere owned (and Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, it was her seventh win in 29 seasonal starts The exacta paid $37, the triple returned $309 and the superfecta paid $1,387. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere mare Dr J's Kiss, sixth at the ¾ pole, swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and went right on by in taking the $17,000 featured distaff pace on Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52.4. Driver Simon Allard, guiding the Joe Pavia Jr. trainee for the first time, followed third-over in a 27.1 backstretch flow that took its toll on both pacesetting favorite Jewels Forreal and first-over Dolphin Island, then swung three-wide behind second-over Rob Them Blind in the middle of the far turn and wider yet off the final curve. Rob Them Blind made the lead in the stretch but couldn't withstand the late rush of Dr J's Kiss, as she won by a length while breaking the six-figure barrier in lifetime earnings for co-owners Pavia, Steven Held, and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Yuge, three-wide most of the first bend and not on top until coming off that bend, maintained control through the rest of the mile to win the day's $16,000 top trot in 1:55.3. Yuge raised his lifetime bankroll to $127,969 for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, co-owner with Ed Lohmeyer Jr. and Dr. Patty Hogan, completing a win for veterinarians in both the Wednesday Philly features. As for driver George Napolitano Jr., the win was one of three on the day for him, including the card's only two favorites - in the first race and the last race. Racing resumes tomorrow at 12:25 p.m., but Philly's Friday card will begin at 6:30 p.m. After the usual Sunday action beginning at 2:05 p.m., there will be a special live card on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 at 12:25 p.m., with over $200,000 in stakes action in the John Simpson Sr. series, with three-year-old colts of both gaits each contesting three divisions. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2018 -- Pocketed by Winston early, Wheels On Fire got his revenge late when he blew by Winston to score in L51, fastest division in Saturday's $75,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three splits, with No Easy Day and Shadow Cat taking the other divisions. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a Keystone Classic double with Wheels On Fire and No Easy Day. Wheels On Fire dueled with Winston from the gate but retreated to the two hole for Mike Wilder. "He's a big horse, and he's pretty aggressive," Wilder said. "But once I got him settled down in the hole, he was great. In the last turn, I thought he couldn't lose. When I pulled him, he just exploded. He's very athletic for the size of him." In the lane, the Somebeachsomewhere-Ab Fab gelding roared by outside to down Winston by a length, with another Burke trainee, Aleppo Hanover, third. Bill Donovan campaigns Wheels On Fire, who won for the eighth time in 18 career starts. No Easy Day worked out a similar pocket trip before out-kicking his stablemate, Go West Go Fast. In the stretch and defeating him by 2 lengths in 1:51.2. Yupper completed the ticket. Before getting his picture taken, No Easy Day had to survive an inquiry for a possible pylon violation. "He won from last on Adios Day in 1:50, so the option to take back was there if it looked a little crazy getting away," said winning driver Tony Hall. "But there was kind of an even flow, so it looked like I could get away quickly. He had a lot of go." Thomas Dillon owns No Easy Day, a Somebeachsomewhere-Wish All You Want gelding. Shadow Cat was unhurried early, but when he tipped off the live cover of Kwik Talkin for Aaron Merriman, he was much the best, prevailing by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Daddyofemall rallied for second while Kwik Talkin was third. "He's big and gangly and doesn't steer the best," Merriman said. "He got a little bit green when he got by his cover. He doesn't have that knockout punch yet, but he has a lot of ability." John Butenschoen conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Shady Past gelding, who completed the Keystone Classic sweep for his daddy and extended his career bankroll to $123,574 for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo notched a facile 1:50.4 victory -- his 15th this year -- for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding now boasts career earnings of $350,350. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $78,698 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Alexa’s Power proved to be the strong horse Wednesday as she overpowered pacesetter Strong Opinion at the top of the stretch to capture the 48th annual $230,7000 Jugette at Delaware, Ohio. The classic grand circuit event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies saw the 19th race feature began with betting favorite Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras going off-stride at the start of the race and was never in contention. Strong Opinion and driver Chris Page go right to the front from post one with Alexa’s Power and driver Tim Tetrick grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Tim Tetrick came out from the inside in post two and sit there as no one was coming from behind to force him to go on as they went to the half in :55.2. E Dee’s Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) at 62-1 odds, filled the gap behind Strong Opinion. Going to the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Strong Opinion was still in command with Alexa’s Power stalking them on the outside. Then in the stretch, Alexa’s Power and Tetrick wore down Strong Opinion and went on to win by one length in 1:51.2. E Dee’s Well Said came on for second place with Strong Opinion third. “I had about 100 ideas flowing through my head behind the starting gate,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I saw Yannick’s (Gingras) horse (Youaremycandygirl) make a misstep and I didn’t want to fall too far back so we went to the two-hole and figured to outmuscle most of them from there. “She really raced her butt off today,” Tetrick said. “She was just super.” Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Alexa’s Power. She is trained by Jim Campbell and owned and bred by Jeffery and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. She paid $3.80 to win. “This is my first Jugette,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “It’s so exciting. We’ve had a really good year with Alexa all season, Timmy has driven her since her first qualifier. We have had a lot of fun and this win is the best.” Jim Campbell did say that they had made an equipment change on Alexa’s Power, adding a pull-down bridle that she was using for the first time today. This year’s Jugette was named in Memory of Hall of Fame Communicator, Laverne A. Hill. To see the 2018 Jugette replay go to https://youtu.be/emEv23NX-io On Thursday is the $627,000 Little Brown Jug for the colts with two elimination divisions followed by heats until one horse has won twice. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Lexington, KY - The best of harness racing in the Bluegrass will be on display Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, at The Red Mile when the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals. The 10-race card gets underway at 3 p.m. (EDT) and is the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair that will run from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon's 10-race race card features the eight divisional KYSS championship races, worth $250,000 each, as well as a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The fields were set after three preliminary legs were contested over the past three weeks at The Red Mile. The opening quartet of KYSS finals are for the 2 year olds. The first-year male trotters kick off the championships (Race 3) and the field of 10 include four preliminary winners, including two-time victors Forecast (son of Cantab Hall, post 1) and Super Schissel (Uncle Peter, post 4). Also in the race are prelim winners Lindy’s Crazy Hall (Cantab Hall, post 7) and Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill, post 3), who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. Among the 2-year-old filly trotters (Race 5), Taylor Swiftly (Trixton, post 5) has created nothing but bad blood between her and her rivals by being mean and sweeping all three preliminaries. The 2-year-old filly pacer Beautyonthebeach swept her three opening rounds and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere may be tough to beat in that divisional final (Race 4) as she landed post 1. The road to division honors among the freshman male pacers (Race 6) appears to go through Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous who has been most impressive while capturing all three of his prelims. Only two 3 year olds who won KYSS finals last year at two are back to defend their title. One of those is the filly trotter Top Expectations, who was two-for-two in this year's opening two legs. The daughter of Cantab Hall drew post 1 in this year's final (Race 7). The 3-year-old filly pacer Band Stand is the other returning champion, but this year the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance may have her work cut out for her as she finished eighth in the point standings after a second, sixth and fourth in the prelims. Band Stand starts from post 4 in this year's final (Race 8) with the role of favorite likely going to Dance Blue (Race 3), a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who won both her opening rounds in open-lengths fashion. Race 9 is the $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. Tactical Landing, a son of Muscle Hill who last month captured his Hambletonian elimination and finished third in the $1 million final, starts from post 1 after a third and first in the KYSS preliminaries. Wolfgang, a son of My MVP and a leg-one winner who is Tactical Landing's stablemate in the barn of trainer Jimmy Takter, starts from post 4. Classichap, a son of Chapter Seven who raced and won his only KYSS appearance in leg 3 last Monday night, starts from post 3. The sophomore male pacers close out the championship card in Race 10. American History (post 6), a son of American Ideal, is two-for-two in this year's KYSS and is one of three Tony Alagna trainees going postward (Rush To Judgement, post 1) and Legal Power (post 4). Grand Teton (post 3), a son of A Rocknroll Dance who won the first KYSS leg, is one of three Takter trainees in the race, along with Thinkbig Dreambig (post 5) and Decoy (post 8). The eight KYSS finals encompass an "all stakes" 20-cent Pick 8 wager with a guaranteed $10,000 pool in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 8 has a low takeout rate of only 15 percent. The wager will feature a mandatory payout, so the entire net pool will be paid for the most winners if nobody selects all eight winners. Admission is free and the Fayette County fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program gets underway with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. Saturday night's (post time 7 p.m.) 10-race card features three $50,000 KYSS consolations, including races for 3-year-old filly trotters, 2-year-old colt trotters and 2-year-old filly pacers. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes

Lexington KY - Saturday night at The Red Mile brought with it the third leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year old pacers as they make their last stand toward point accumulation for the $2 million finals on September 16. The KYSS covered the first five races on the card on a night that saw the track listed as good after afternoon showers. The pacing colts kicked the card off and the result was an upset when Major Deception (Brett Miller) scored in 1:51.3 at odds of 15-1. Miller put the Captaintreacherous colt from Loving Caroline into play early, released Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they neared the 56 half then slid out for the drive through the 26.3 final quarter to win over the closing 45-1 Pyro (Andy McCarthy) and Bettor's Wish in a photo. Race favorite Hurrikane Emperor was carried very, very wide off the last turn then rallied for fourth. Tony Alagna trains the winner for In The Gym & Martha Frank Stables, Rob LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco. He was a $130,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale buy from Diamond Creek Farms. Captain Trevor continued the Captaintreacherous parade to the winner's circle and completed a sweep of the three KYSS preliminary legs with a front end 1:52.3 win for Andy McCarthy. Sent out from post 7, he cleared stablemate US Captain just past the 27.4 quarter, rated a 57 half as Can't Beach That (Dunn) ranged up gradually through a 28 third panel then moved away from that rival with a 27.3 closing quarter for the "W". American Mercury (B. Miller) closed well to get up for third. Captain Trevor was a $75,000 Harrisburg purchase for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. Bay's Stable and Riverview Breeding sold the colt as a yearling at the auction. Blood Money (McCarthy) won the third colt division from off the pace in 1:52.3. Race favorite Magic Joe Lindy (Dube) was forced to pay a heavy price to get the early lead from Egomania, stretched out through a sub 27 second quarter to clear in 55.1 then faced a hard rush from Caviart Rockland as Blood Money enjoyed a perfect second over trip. Once in the stretch, McCarthy fanned his mount wide to take over then held the late charging Waterway (B. Miller )off for the win. Yacht Week (Christian Lind) rallied up for third at 99-1. Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing owns the homebred son of Sweet Lou from Blood Diamond who was winning for the second time in the series. Beautyonthebeach completed a Daily Double sweep for driver Brett Miller and a personal sweep of the series legs with an effortless 1:52.1 front end domination of the second race field of fillies. Bet down to 1-5, Beautyonthebeach bounded along on an easy lead, shook off token pressure from Edge Of Eternity (Cameron McCown) then sprinted off in a 27.1 end to the mile. Louphoria (Dexter Dunn) was a good second and Hurrikanekrazylady (Dan Dube) won a tight photo for third. Jim Avritt, Jr bred and owns Beautyonthebeach while Gregg McNair trains the Somebeachsomewhere filly from Precocious Beauty. Dexter Dunn put a winning steer on Summer Charm for trainer Ron Burke and owner Tom Dillon to capture the second filly stake. After leading the field around the first turn, Dunn released race favorite Blue Ivy (Dube) for a few steps then retook just past the 28.3 opening split. From there, he rated the Bettor's Delight filly from Lover Of Art kindly, called on her as they spun around the second turn to an open a lead that carried them to the wire in 1:53.4. Blue Ivy cut into that margin but fell short to settle for place while Margret Hill (McCown) closed it up a bit late for the show. Brittany Farms bred the $60,000 Lexington Yearling Sale purchase. The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. Live racing resumes tomorrow night with the 3 year old trotters and pacers going forth in their last leg of the KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

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