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WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 - Victimized by brutal trips in his last two starts, Dorsoduro Hanover finally got the journey he needed and pounced on the opportunity to win Saturday's $400,000 harness racing final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows.   American History, who won an elimination of the 52nd edition of the Adios, raced well first over to finish second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Hitman Hill, the other elimination winner, could not improve position in the Lightning Lane and settled for show.   Dorsoduro Hanover gave The Meadows-based trainer Ron Burke, perennially the sport's leading conditioner, his first blanket of Adios orchids as the head of his stable, although he was assistant for his father, Mickey, when their horse, May June Character, won the 2007 Adios.   A Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding who cost $100,000 as a yearling, Dorsoduro Hanover was roughed up from post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace final and again in is Adios elimination but still managed to finish second each time.   It seemed likely that he was only a good trip away from a signature victory . . . and Matt Kakaley provided it for him giving him a 28.3 second-panel refresher after a 26.3 opening-quarter burst to the lead.   "We got a big breather there in the second quarter," Kakaley said. "I knew he would be tough off that . . . if he didn't win with that trip, something was wrong. I'm happy for the horse. He's showing everybody that he's a top colt."   American History took up the chase before the half and pursued the winner gamely but was all out late to preserve his place finish.   "He raced phenomenal. I couldn't be more happy with how he raced," said his trainer, Tony Alagna. "We knew Matt had the fractions his way, but even around the last turn, we had a shot to win the whole thing. He hung tough to be second."   Once Dorsoduro Hanover crossed the wire, a jubilant Burke and members of his staff sprinted from the paddock to the winners' circle, eschewing the golf cart that customarily provides transport. Burke, however, indicated the wins in 2007 and 2018 were equally important to him.   "We have a big crew, and to me, that's what it's about: doing it together," Burke said. "We probably spent about $10 million chasing this, and we finally got one. It's a great feeling to enjoy it with our staff and our core group."   In that core group are the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover, who now has earned $575,803 for them: Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnell & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Wingfield Five.   Burke said Dorsoduro Hanover will be pointed to the Carl Milstein at Northfield.   ADIOS NOTES: Burke entered 26 horses on the 16-race Adios Day card, not a record for him but still a heckuva lot better than average. Burke ended the day with seven wins — also a heckuva lot better than average — including four by Kakaley, two by Yannick Gingras and one by Dave Palone. . . For the second straight year, James Witherite – who also works as a race analyst, race charter, copy editor and jazz organist – found time to entertain the crowd as Adios Day bugler.   by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

East Rutherford, NJ - This Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Fashion Farms, final edition, got off with a bang this morning with the Father Patrick filly Sister's Promise coming from mid-pack to win in 1:58.1 / 27.4 for Tim Tetrick. Biding their time as Amazato (Trond Smedshammer) led the field by the half in 1:00.2 and 1:30.2 three panels, when Tetrick fanned Sister's Promise wide in the stretch she sailed by under her own power to win by 3½ lengths over that rival, her last quarter timed in 27.2. Linda Toscano trains the winner for Brittany Farms who paid $120,000 for her at Harrisburg and Fred Hertrich, III is the breeder. Aldebaranwalkabout (Andy Miller) survived the furious close of White Tiger (Anthony McDonald) to win the third in 1:56.2. Left with a long lead after a few broke behind him, the winner passed the three quarters alone in 1:28 while White Tiger was maneuvered around traffic, trotting an individual 27.1 home to just miss. Aldebaran Park bred and owns the winning son of Muscle Hill. The enigmatic Greenshoe made another strong impression this morning with an absolutely effortless 1:55.1 jaunt for Brian Sears, trotting home alone in 27 flat with the driver motionless. With Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations unnecessary, this served as a prep for the $422,350 stake on Hambletonian Day. The Father Patrick colt, a $330,000 Lexington Select buy for Anders Strom as Courant, INC was bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. Donald DuPont won with Roy Dobbins homebred Muscle Hill filly Misscheckmatehill in 2:00. 3, holding Bride (DR Ackerman) at bay through the stretch. Another impressive homebred kicked off the pacing races as the 3 Brothers Stable's JK Mardi Says zipped around the oval all by herself in 1:55.2 for Scott Zeron. Left to a long lead throughout the 1:00.1 half and 1:28.1 three panels, the Somebeachsomewhere filly sprinted home in 27.1 on her own. Nancy Johansson trains her. In the season finale for BWTB the Sweet Lou half-brother to Vintage Master and Great Vintage Division Bell (Josert Fonseca) took a 1:53.4 record for owner/breeders Christina Takter and John Fielding. Jimmy Takter is, of course, the trainer. The day closed with Pure Country, the "Grande Dame" of Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farms zooming around the course in 1:51.3 / 26.1 for Brian Sears as she prepares for the Lady Liberty and the second half of the 2018 campaign. It was just a year ago that trainer Jimmy Takter qualified her in an amazing 1:48 flat which launched the now 5-year-old champion into another Dan Patch award winning season, making her the only female in Standardbred history to win that prestigious award at ages 2,3 and 4. It looks like she's raced herself back into contention for one more shot at the title. Live racing returns tonight when the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations highlight the 12 race card. It's also Seafood Fest with a variety of purveyors offering their culinary delights for you dining pleasure. Post time is 7:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The first four of five divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were conducted in lovely weather, with a slight stretch headbreeze, but there was a 180-degree shift in the direction and intensity of the wind, and the addition of rain from the heavens, when the "featured division" of the Sires, containing three of the five winners in recent PA All-Stars action here, went postward. And the adverse weather seemed to have absolutely no effect on the prohibitive favorite De Los Cielos Deo ("from the heavens of God"), a Captaintreacherous - Lisjune colt who won by 3¾ lengths in 1:52.4. The unfolding of the race was interesting. Four of the seven contestants left quickly into a headwind, with the Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo pacing three-wide to the 1/8 under the guidance of Dave Palone, then moving to the top just past the 27.3 quarter. He was quickly confronted by his stablemate No Mas Amor, who seemed fated to racing first-over if he didn't make something happen, and driver Anthony Napolitano did, going around his stablemate before a 54.3 half - coming his own second panel in the vicinity of 26.3 with the tailwind. No Mas Amor backed things off into the now-headwind to reach the ¾ in 1:24, but De Los Cielos Deo was right on his back then out on the far turn, and despite bearing out slightly at headstretch, the winner finished powerfully in drawing off. Ehrmantraut stayed close most of the way and was second, 2¼ lengths clear of Duddie's Lot, who photoed No Mas Amor for third. But they were all way behind De Los Cielos Deo, undefeated in two purse starts and four trips gateward, who has as good a right as anyone to consider himself numero uno among the babies right now for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Brian Brown started a consecutive stakes double with the Sombeachsomewhere - Allamerican Cognac colt Air Force Hanover, recording a personal best of 1:52, a season's record for all freshmen on 5/8-mile ovals. Air Force Hanover, an even-money favorite to main foe Captain Malicious at 7-5, actually outleft his lefthand rival, but Captain Malicious came blasting through from the inner spot, forcing tucks in a monstrous opening quarter of 25.3, with the winner into the two-hole, where he stayed during moderated middle splits of 54.3 and 1:23.1. Driver Simon Allard tipped Air Force Hanover out at headstretch, and while the pacesetter held gamely, the pocket rocket had enough firepower to get a head up on the money. He is owned by Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and William Donovan. Proof remained undefeated - in two purse races and four lines overall - with a well-earned victory in 1:52.2, a new mark and a season's record for about 18 minutes until his Team Brown stablemate broke it. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. had to go the overland route from midpack with the son of A Rocknroll Dance - Ginger And Fred at the 5/8, but the pair made the lead in the lane and dug in to withstand Bring The Thunder, who followed tightly on his back, by a half-length. Diamond Creek Racing owns the successful favorite. After opening his career with three straight "2"s on his charted lines, Captain Victorious was finally able to make the breakthrough in his Sire Stakes division with a 1:53 victory. Marcus Miller hustled the son of Captaintreacherous - Belclaire right to the top despite the outside post seven, then yielded to favored Blood Money at the 26.4 quarter. Captain Victorious sat behind a long battle between the leader and first-over Semi Tough in a 56.2 back half, went to the Pocono Pike, and rallied for a length victory over the tough Semi Tough, who photoed the previously-unbeaten Blood Money for second. Julie Miller conditions the victorious freshman for the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Jean Goehlen, and Caroll Huffman. Two longshot colts were separated by a nose at the end of their division, and their names are as related as their proximity at the finish, as Pyro edged Aflame Hanover to take a mark of 1:54. Pyro was still sixth and inside early in the stretch, but as the front horses softened a bit, Pat Berry was able to circle his live horse out to four-wide and just caught Aflame Hanover in the shadow of the wire; favored Lyons Night Hawk, after a troubled trip, was another ¾ of a length back in third. Pyro is a Sweet Lou colt out of Whetstone Hanover who started a Sires double for trainer Ron Burke, and he is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, Phillip Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - Destiny Hanover, holding on bravely after having to come first-over, just withstood the inside charge of Belle's Delight to be victorious in the $16,000 distaff pacing feature Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver Tim Tetrick started his Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly on the first-over route nearing the half and gained on Dolphin Island, who had rushed to the lead nearing the 26.3 opener then had gotten a breather to the 55.4 half. Destiny Hanover had gained ground but still had not caught up with Dolphin Island, who passed the ¾ pole in 1:23.3, nor would she until nearing midstretch, when the pacesetting favorite tired some. But Destiny Hanover then had to stay game to hold off the passing lane move of Belle's Delight, doing so by a nose in 1:53.2. Jake Leamon guides the winning filly, whose career started but two months ago but has seen her amass four victories in seven starts including a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory, for David Van Dusen, Michael Cimaglio, and Stephen Demeter. There were also a pair of $14,500 pacing events for seasoned fast-class distaffs. In the first, the occasionally-difficult Nerida Franco N had both her best manners and best speed, rolling on the engine in 26.3, 55, and 1:22.2, then holding off a late charge from On Your Six by a neck in 1:51. Allan Davis was behind the Lis Mara mare, now a winner of $185,405 for trainer Michael Hall, who is also the co-owner with David Hamm. After the second co-feature, Tim Tetrick had as many wins on the afternoon (four, in ten drives for 40%) as did the trailing post nine for the meet (four, in 103 starts, 4%) when he guided the Roll With Joe mare Obvious Blue Chip off cover from the treacherous trailing spot for her to get home in 1:51. Tetrick managed to get to third-over, saw the two horses in front of him get to the rail by midturn as the pacesetter fell back, then paced down the center of the track to catch Valuable Art, who had cleared on her raw bid, by a half-length. Hot trainer Gareth Dowse conditions the winner of $430,659 for the NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski. The wagering public was not fooled by the challenging starting spot, as they sent off Obvious Blue Chip as the even money favorite. Tetrick wound up the day with five sulky successes. In the last ten cards during which he has participated at Philly, he has won 29 races in 148 starts (20%), including four triples, two quadruples, and Friday's quintuple. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Featured at the start of the racing week at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon were a pair of $16,000 conditioned events, one on each gait. The pacers were up first, and their race was taken by the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore colt I'm A Big Deal in 1:51.3. A Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner in 1:50.2 on May 19, I'm A Big Deal was sent right to the front by driver George Napolitano Jr. and held sway the rest of the way, with No Easy Day making it no easy day for the winner of $119,594 in the stretch, but the "Big Deal" still had enough to tally by 1¼ lengths. Chris Ryder trains the colt, and he co-owns him with Craig Henderson and Robert Mondillo. On the trotting side, Scirocco Rob, third in the recent Beal Consolation, enjoyed the downturn in opposition, posting a new mark of 1:53 for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. The altered son of Explosive Matter, coming first-over, was resisted the length of the 27.3 third quarter by pacesetting Im Your Captain, but through the last quarter the winner of $158,210 asserted his superiority, clear by 6½ lengths over Im Your Captain at the wire. Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. are the owners of the talented sophomore. Leading driver Tim Tetrick continued his recent hot form, bringing four horses home first in the Wednesday afternoon sunshine. From PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice were the harness racing winners of the $50,000 eliminations for next week's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. "(The trip) worked out great and he got the job done," said Doug McNair, who guided Stay Hungry to victory in the first elim. "The trips have not worked out 100 percent for him." Until Saturday night, that is. McNair was content to race Stay Hungry from off the pace, sitting fifth at the quarter before picking up live cover from 37-1 shot Ideal Feeling after the half, where even-money favorite Nutcracker Sweet had the lead in :55.1. Ideal Feeling continued to make progress on the rim passing three-quarters. After the field straightened away in the stretch, McNair tipped the son of Somebeachsomewhere off his cover, and Stay Hungry did the rest. He cruised to the wire, a three-quarter length winner over the pocket-sitting Hayden Hanover. Thinkbig Dreambig closed well for third, while Nutcracker Sweet and This Is The Plan finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to qualify for next week's $701,830 final. "He's come back well," said trainer Tony Alagna of Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths mile racing is really not his forte (he finished fourth at Pocono in the Hempt). Everything came together tonight." As the 2-1 second choice, Stay Hungry paid $6.40 to win. He competed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49. Two races later, Courtly Choice, supplemented to the event by his connections for $61,690, sat third as 4-5 favorite Jimmy Freight (the other supplemental entrant) cut out fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.2. David Miller moved his horse off the rail at the five-eighths and inched closer to the leader around the far turn and still had work to do at the head of the stretch. But he was up to the task. Courtly Choice eased past Jimmy Freight in deep stretch and had more than enough to hold off the late rally of the pocket-sitting American History, who finished three-quarters of a length back in second. Jimmy Freight and Dorsoduro Hanover finished in a dead-heat for third while Babes Dig Me claimed the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. "I actually got away where I expected to," said David Miller. "He felt really strong. I asked him and he paced really hard. He's got big lungs and can carry his speed." "From last year to this year, he's really matured," said winning trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He loves to race now." As the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Courtly Choice returned $6.00 to his backers. The son of Art Major hit the wire in a lifetime-best 1:48.2. A LITTLE MORE:  No one hit the 50-Cent Pick-5, meaning that for the first time since January, the wager will have a carryover. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the pool total exceeded $250,000. … Speaking of carryovers, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $276,939. This Friday, July 13, the JSH5 will have a mandatory payout, meaning that to cash, one does not have to hold the only ticket with the winning combination. … For the second consecutive race card after a nearly two-month drought, the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool went past the $100,000 mark, as a total of $108,123 was poured into the pot. … The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 was tough, with three early races going to a pair of 16-1 shots and a 26-1 chance. In the end, only one player survived six legs, and he or she cashed in for $12,491. … All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,513,366. … Racing resumes Friday at the Big M at 7:15 p.m. … Next Saturday has an early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event is the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. That morning, at 11 a.m., a new era in Big M history will be ushered in as sports betting will be available. The field for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, an open event for 3-year-olds, with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds. The Pace takes place on Saturday, July 14 and has an approximate post time of 9:45 p.m. PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 3-1 2. This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 15-1 3. American History by American Ideal (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 4. Jimmy Freight by Sportswriter - (Louis-Philippe Roy, Andrew Harris), 9-2 5. Courtly Choice by Art Major - (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 5-2 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - (No Driver, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 7. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. Thinkbig Dreambig by Bettor's Delight - (Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 9. Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 30-1 10. Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2018 -- Bestseller Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut each stopped the timer in 1:52.4 -- fastest miles this year by harness racing freshman filly pacers on a five-eighths-mile track -- to highlight Saturday's $182,962 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with She's Allright taking the other split. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for a Sand Tart double with Warrawee Ubeaut and She's Allright. A $130,000 yearling acquisition, Bestseller Hanover launched her career with a front-end 1:53.1 victory at Woodbine Mohawk, but that was only a warm-up for Saturday's performance. She vaulted to the lead from post 7 for Dave Palone and jogged home, defeating Art Lecture by 2-1/4 lengths. Louphoria earned show. "She's done everything right from the start," said Eric Adams, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror for Miller Farms. "She was a little quirky at first, throwing her head a lot. She was a little bit hesitant when we started with her, but once she got the hang of it, it was two fingers all the time. She has all the big stake races in Canada and whatever we can get to down here." Warrawee Ubeaut was just as impressive, quarter-poling to the lead in her career debut and downing her stablemate, Sylph Hanover, by 3 lengths. Philly Hanover rallied for show. "She can get a little warm here and there, so we just wanted to make sure she'd keep her head on straight," Gingras said. "She was perfectly behaved today. She has a wealth of ability. She could be a real top horse." Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva, Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC campaign Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories. She's Allright was more than all right in her initial career start, scoring on the front end in 1:53. Rockn Philly was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Sweet Chrome completed the ticket. "She's out of a very good family," Burke said of the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover. "Those are the kind that you expect sometimes will step it up. She's good gaited and an honest little horse." She's Allright races for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek and Collura. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Phoenix Warrior N made it two straight with a facile front-end triumph in 1:50.1 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Scott Betts and owners Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. The first-over Reggiano was second, beaten 2 lengths, with Stride Of Pride third. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $298,913. Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows        

When a teenage John Fodera began owning racehorses 57 years ago, he had no idea where it would lead him. But over the ensuing years, his involvement has brought him to the winner's circle in many of harness racing's great events, including the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Little Brown Jug and Metro Pace. He will try again this year to add the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace to the list. Fodera, a Staten Island resident who has attended races at the Meadowlands since opening night in 1976, is a partner on three horses in Saturday's eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace. All three -- American History, Babes Dig Me and Captain Deo -- are trained by Tony Alagna. Those three horses are among five Alagna hopefuls in the elims, with O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry and Odds On Lauderdale joining the group. The eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace, which is for 3-year-old pacers, are part of a Saturday card at the Big M that includes the $250,000 finals of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EDT). The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are races six and eight. The Graduate Series finals are races five and 10. "I've been in the business since I was 16 years old," the 73-year-old Fodera said. "It goes back a long, long time. The majority of years I was in the claiming business, and I did well. I prided myself on watching all the races. I didn't even know what the yearling business was all about back then. "Little by little I got involved (with yearlings) and this is where we are now. It's been fun in the game. It's been really good; I can't complain at all." Fodera got started owning horses with a $2,500 claimer named Sir Carlith that he bought with his cousin, Jim McGovern. He developed friendships with a number of owners over the years at the Meadowlands, including Brittany Farms' George Segal and Myron Bell, who helped get Fodera started with yearlings and stakes races. Since then, Fodera has been a partner on numerous stakes-winners including Luckyisasluckydoes, Yankee Skyscaper, Boulder Creek, Mr Feelgood, Tell All, Shake It Cerry, and Artspeak. Tell All was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2007 as well as a Dan Patch Award winner. Shake It Cerry was Trotter of the Year in 2014 while Boulder Creek and Artspeak were divisional champions. As for Fodera's Meadowlands Pace horses, American History heads to his elimination off a 1:47 mile in a conditioned race last week at the Meadowlands. The time was one-fifth of a second off the world record for a 3-year-old pacer. For his career, the son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch has won five of 10 races and earned $100,243 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, which includes Fodera. The colt finished last season with a third-place finish behind Lost In Time and Stay Hungry in the Governor's Cup. This year, he was third in his elimination of the North America Cup and 10th in the final. American History, the No. 1-ranked horse in Meadowlands analyst Dave Little's final Road to the Meadowlands Pace, is in the second of the two eliminations, with supplemental entries Courtly Choice and Jimmy Freight plus Fashiononthebeach, Babes Dig Me, Odds On Lauderdale, Grand Teton and Dorsoduro Hanover. American History and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post one. "We were very high on him last year," Fodera said about American History. "Tony took his time with him, that's why he only had five starts. We started real late at the end of the Lexington meet and he showed he had a lot of talent. And it's come to the fore. "I thought he went a giant mile in the North America Cup elim; parked three deep to the quarter in (:26.1), and leading before getting beat by three-quarters of a length. The week after, he was as flat as could be. He couldn't beat anybody. He just didn't go. No excuses. We gave him a week off and he came back and trained great before last Friday. We're confident he will put in a very respectful mile here. I think it's going to be some race." Babes Dig Me, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Babe, has won two of 15 lifetime races and earned $122,974 for owners Brad Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners, which includes Fodera. The colt was third in the Art Rooney Pace and second to Courtly Choice in the consolation division of the North America Cup. Captain Deo is in the first Meadowlands Pace elimination, with Ideal Feeling, Hayden Hanover, This Is The Plan, Nutcracker Sweet, Stay Hungry, and Thinkbig Dreambig. Captain Deo, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Beauty, has won two of 10 career races and $30,307 for owners Alagna Racing, Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, and Captain Deo Partners. Elimination winners draw for posts one through six for the final. "I think the eliminations will be very exciting," said Fodera, who retired in 2017 as principal at St. Peter's Boys High School on Staten Island and now serves as the school's president. "It will be a great night." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere mare Skinny Dipper, who dead-heated for the win in her last harness racing outing, again put the photo-finish camera to work at the end of the $17,500 distaff pacing feature Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono - and this time the picture showed Skinny Dipper an outright winner by a neck in 1:51. Driver Eric Carlson had secured the lead with Skinny Dipper before the 27.1 quarter, then got a breather to the half in 56.1, with Juxta Cowgirl tucked in just behind the frontstepper. Positions remained unchanged at the 1:23.2 3/4s (favored OK Heavenly couldn't make enough of a dent first-over before fading), and in the stretch Carlson got his mare to finish out her last half in 54.4, holding off the charge of the potential pocket rocket "Cowgirl" in the close finish. This was the third win in the last four starts for Skinny Dipper, despite her stepping up in class with every trip to the gate. She is trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stable Inc., and she now has earned $263,344. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Columbus, MN - The Sunday evening (July 1) harness racing program at Running Aces featured the $13,000 Open handicap Pace for horses & geldings, with a deeply talented field of 8 squaring off behind the gate.   Last week's winner Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged hard from the gate to an early lead, but was quickly confronted by Hawk's Red Chief(Dean Magee), with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) dropping in third and Stevensville (Rick Magee) floating away in fourth. Hawk's Red Chief had the call at the 27.1 quarter, but Stevensville got out and rolling just before the 3/8 juncture and quickly paced to the front of affairs, to register the half in 56.4.   Besinthebusiness was sent first-over and created the outer flow down the backside, with Bettor's Promise (Williams Hernandez) second-over and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) in the third-over position.   Stevensville was never headed after taking command, and the outer flow eventually deteriorated, providing racing room for Firedrake as they straightened for home, Firedrake powered home strong, but was unable to catch Stevensville tonight, as he paced home gamely in 28.0 to stop the timer in 1:52.2.   Stevensville is a 7 year old Stallion by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show. He is owned by Jana Lee Rucker and trained by Rick Magee. Tonight's tally was the third win of the season in 10 starts for the career winner of $526,179.   Also on Sunday night, we hosted the Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trotters. The $10,200 class-A division went to Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) in an ultra-impressive gate-to-wire score by 6 3/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:57.2 for trainer Brian Detgen and owner Jasmine Horvat.   Bringoverthemoney paid $2.80 as the heavy favorite. The $6,800 class-B division went to SB Fine and Dandy (James Yoder) in 1:59, also a new lifetime mark. SB Fine and dandy is owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Also of note on Sunday, the classy 10 year old trotting Stallion Tamarind (Gerald Longo) picked up his first win of the season in 3 starts, in a $5,600 conditioned event as he stopped the timer in 1:56.3 to record his 62nd lifetime victory and push his career earnings to $935,344. Tamarind ($2.40) is owned by Set The Pace Racing, LLc and trained by Jenni King.   Drivers Dean Magee and James Yoder each completed a Hat-Trick on the night, with Rick Magee turning in a driving double.   The Tuesday evening (July 2) Late Pick-4 wager is Guaranteed at $7,500.00, and the 20 cent Pick 5 wager has a carryover of $1,601.03. Post Time on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Kissin In The Sand raced on the outside for much of the way before rallying in the stretch to get past Youaremycandygirl in deep stretch and win Saturday's (June 30) $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers by a neck in 1:49.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Alexa's Power was third. Kissin In The Sand started from post nine and got parked on the outside as Youaremycandygirl got the lead from post two. Youaremycandygirl hit the opening quarter in :26 and then battled with Kissin In The Sand as they reached the half in :53.2 and three-quarters in 1:20.3. As the horses came around the final turn, Kissin In The Sand moved to the pylons behind Youaremycandygirl, but she wasn't finished fighting. After straightening up in the stretch, Kissin In The Sand returned to the outside and was able to pass Youaremycandygirl in the final moments. The time was one-fifth of a second off the stakes record. "How the heck did she win that race?" a smiling trainer Nancy Johansson said as she posed for the win photo. "Nobody wants to sit parked the whole way," winning driver Scott Zeron said. "I felt like I was going against the other best horse in the race and it was a battle between the two of us. "I had a decision in the first turn, I thought maybe I would be able to get in but I felt I was really going to have to wrestle her to do it and Yannick could have stolen the race at that point. I made the decision to go to the front. When I ducked her back in on the last turn she picked the bit back up, which surprised me. When I angled her back over in the lane she really was game." Kissin In The Sand, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Kiss Me Kate, has won three of five races this year and 10 of 19 in her career. She has earned $495,545 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Kissin In The Sand went off at odds of 4-1 and paid $10.20 to win. The Lynch Memorial is named in honor of James M. Lynch, who served in positions from steward to racing secretary to director of racing to general manager during a career that took him to tracks around the country. He was the director of racing at Pennsylvania's Liberty Bell for all 23 years of its existence. He also was a horse owner and director of the U.S. Trotting Association. He passed away in 2000. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It what was the most thrilling finish of the year at the Meadowlands, Highalator outlasted a stubborn Bettor's Edge by the smallest of noses in the Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Western Joe was third. Driver Eric Abbatiello asked Highalator for early speed, and the Jenny Bier trainee responded big time, reaching the quarter in :26.2 while parked out. As the cadence slowed, Jennifer Lappe put Bettor's Edge in play, moving the veteran three wide at three-eighths to go up after the leader, who hit the half in :55.2. The battle was now on. Highalator was at the rail with Bettor's Edge right alongside as the duo dueled nose-to-nose past the five-eighths and three-quarters (1:21.3) before Highalator gained a length lead at the head of the stretch. The pair continued to go at it as Bettor's Edge inched closer through the lane and when he took one last lunge at the wire, it appeared he may have gotten there in time. But he just missed. Apparently, Abbatiello thought he got caught. He had taken Highalator back to the paddock and had to be summoned to the winner's circle after his number was posted after the judges took several minutes to examine the photo. The winning time of 1:48 was a lifetime best for Highalator, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, who won at the Big M on June 2 in 1:48.1. He's now won seven-of-17 starts this year and 19-of-38 overall. He has lifetime earnings of $233,218 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. As the 4-5 favorite, Highalator paid $3.80 to win. MONEY MAKIN' MILLENNIALS: New Jersey residents Aaron Staluzzi of Wayne ($2,500), Dennis J. McKeon III ($1,500) of Keansburg and Eric Pollari of Morris Plains ($1,000) were the big winners in the Big M's free-to-enter handicapping contest for patrons 18-30 years of age. The $5,000 in prize money was sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller drove four winners on the card while Abbatiello had three. ... The hot temperatures led to a lightning-fast track that produced eight lifetime-best miles and one lifetime-best equaling effort. ... One lucky player was sharp enough to survive eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 and collected $10,813. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $272,052. ... All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $1,975,759. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Saturday's card gets underway at 6:35 p.m. and features eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

While Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured the return of defending Horse of the Year Artful Way, it was a different returnee who wound up prevailing in the $14,500 feature. Somewhere Fancy (Somebeachsomewhere) has been competing at a high level at Yonkers for much of this season and was assigned post five in a six-horse Saturday Open. Billy Dobson piloted the Rene Allard trainee and powered him out to early lead. Part of a speed duel in the early going, Somewhere Fancy set sizzling fractions of 26.3 and 54.4 in the first half. Facing just mild pressure, Somewhere Fancy stepped on the gas and kicked away from his rivals after posting three quarters in 1:23 and cruised to victory in 1:51.1. Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) toughed it out first over and wound up as the runner-up in the Open Pace for the second consecutive week while Lachie Maguire N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way, who was coming from last and got caught very wide in the final half, never wound up being a factor as the race's even money favorite. Somewhere Fancy, who has competed locally in the past, returned $6.20 to win in his first score in the local Open. The exacta and triple paid $40.60 and $116, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

MILTON, ON - June 22, 2018 - The classy Sandbetweenurtoes registered her first harness racing win of 2018 in impressive fashion Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old winner of more than $1 million powered to a 1:49.3 victory in this week's edition of the $30,000 Mares Preferred. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sandbetweenurtoes made a second-quarter rush to the lead from fourth and led a field of six by the half in :54.4. Jamieson kept the foot down on the Richard Moreau trained pacing mare and smoked a :27.3 third-quarter to lead by four lengths turning for home. Sandbetweenurtoes wasn't going to be denied her first win of the season and paced home in :27.1 for the sub-1:50 score. Witch Dali, also from the Moreau barn, charged through rivals to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length. American Sara and P L Hurricane finished third and fourth, respectively. Owned by Brad Grant, Sandbetweenurtoes was making her fifth start of the season Friday and was coming in off a third-place finish, her best result of the season. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won 12 of 30 starts and banked over $243,000 last season en route to winning an O'Brien Award. Friday's victory increases Sandbetweenurtoes career numbers to 34 wins and $1,047,782 earned. She paid $6.40 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an 11-race card highlighted by a trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHESTER PA - The fastest two-year-old trotter and pacer over a 5/8-mile track in 2018, based on reported records at the start of the day, both were on display during the morning session for two-year-olds Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The fastest pacer to date is a filly: Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artiscape mare She's A Fan, who secured the pocket early from post eight, then smoked home in 55.2 to win by 14¾ lengths in 1:54.3, knocking 1/5 off the previous seasonal standard held by colts Captain Mailcious and Union Station. Sylph Hanover was one of four successful teamings for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras; the latter added a fifth victory for another trainer. On the trotting side, pedigree alone could have pointed you to Fashion Possessed, who went wire-to-wire on an open-length lead to win in 1:58.1. The Possess The Will colt is out of the Chocolatier mare Sweet Love, whose own dam is Amour Angus, a full sister to four champions, Conway Hall, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, and Emilie Cas El, the last-named the dam of Hambletonian winner Trixton. Fashion Possessed's trainer Jim Campbell matched Ron Burke by sending out four successful babies, with David Miller handling two of them plus winning with two others. Fastest trotting filly was the Explosive Matter - French Doll miss Spring In Paris, 17¾ lengths clear of the opposition in 2:00 for Gingras (that fifth win) and trainer Steve LeBlanc. Among the pacing boys, 1:55.4 miles were turned in by Milano Hanover (Western Ideal - Monte Carlo Madam) for Gingras / Burke and Mangogh, another son of Western Ideal out of My Little Artist, with Andrew McCarthy in the sulky for conditioner Bruce Saunders. With baby races on the betting card tomorrow (Wednesday) at Harrah's, the fair season opening tomorrow, and Sire Stakes pari-mutuel action for freshmen commencing on July 3, this is likely the last morning session here to be reported on, barring some sort of giant mile, but the early sessions have pointed to several horses who seem to have the ability to be stars in the near future. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Manalapan, NJ --- Trainer Scott DiDomenico got his first look at a new addition to his stable during Monday's (June 18) qualifiers for 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm while trainer Ron Burke got his final look at a number of horses that will soon begin their racing careers. Both were pleased. DiDomenico's newcomer was 2-year-old female pacer So Awesome, who won her qualifier in 1:56.4 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. So Awesome was purchased by Bill Hartt on June 13 following a qualifying win at Saratoga in 1:57.4 for former owner-trainer Tony Ciuffetelli. So Awesome is a daughter of So Surreal out of Teddy Ballgirl. "She looks like she's pretty good," DiDomenico said. "To this point it looks like she's got a shot to be special. We haven't done much with her, but everything she's done has been professional. So far so good. Hopefully I don't mess her up. It was a good first step." Burke had eight winners among the 11 races for the 2-year-olds. Three from the Burke Brigade picked up their second wins of the three-week qualifying sessions at Gaitway -- male pacers De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough as well as female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut. De Los Cielos Deo, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, won in 1:52.3. Purchased for $140,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, he is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. Semi Tough, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Jan It Jackson, won by 12 lengths in 1:53.4. The colt, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:54.3. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. Burke's remaining winners among 2-year-olds were male pacer Warrawee Unique, female pacer Typhoon, male trotter Cheap Tricks, and female trotters Atonement and Fade Into You. Warrawee Unique, by Sweet Lou out of Queen Fourteen, won in 1:54. Purchased for $160,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, she is owned by Burke Racing, Crawford Farms, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes 2010 Metro Pace winner Mystician and Ontario stars Camystic and Lucks Mistress. Typhoon, by A Rocknroll Dance out of Hallie Gallie, won in 1:57.2. She was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Bill Donovan. Typhoon's second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Galleria, who is the dam of stakes-winners Gallie Bythe Beach and Western Gallie. Cheap Tricks, by Trixton out of Maud Blue Chip, won in 1:58.1 for owners Burke Racing, Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was purchased for $65,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Fade Into You, by Cantab Hall out of Fortunes Of Fables, won in 1:56.4. She is owned by Burke Racing, Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi and was purchased for $65,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her family includes stakes-winners Flawless Bluestone and Feed Your Head. Atonement, by Father Patrick out of Swan Hot Mama, won in 2:00. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm, she is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Repentance. Her family also includes stakes-winner Swan For All and Swan In A Million. "For our better ones, this was it," Burke said about the qualifiers. "They might start in an overnight, but a lot of them will go to stakes right off this. "De Los Cielos Deo is probably as good a colt as we've had in a long time. I also thought Semi Tough was very impressive today and Fade Into You, (Warrawee) Ubeaut and (Warrawee) Unique were very good too. For Unique, that was good. His first start (a sixth-place finish) was disappointing; that was totally out of character. We've always thought he was just a step below De Los, and even here they were starting to think it was a tossup. We're thrilled." The day's remaining two winners among 2-year-olds came from the stable of trainer Julie Miller, who won with female trotter Ev's Girl and male trotter No Drama Please. Ev's Girl, by Crazed out of Lindys Lullaby, won in 1:58.4. She is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC and was purchased for $29,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She also won a qualifier on June 4. No Drama Please, by Trixton out of Female Drama, won in 1:57.4. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and was purchased for $54,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Trainer Tom Fanning, who like Burke, DiDomenico and Miller is based at Gaitway, sent out his entire group of four 2-year-olds for their debuts on Monday, with female pacer Trillions Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Tutu Hanover) losing by a nose to Typhoon and female pacer Unspoken Promise (Somebeachsomewhere-Pucker Up) losing by a neck to So Awesome after leading for nearly the entire mile with Andy Miller in the sulky. "They all went good," Fanning said. "We don't train them in (1):56 before these races, they all went about (2):01. They all paced good. Andy really liked Unspoken Promise. She opened up by like seven (lengths) and got lost on the lead. She was kind of waiting for someone to come up on her. "We'll probably go to (Harrah's Philadelphia) next week (to qualify) and then they'll go in a race depending on how they come out of it. There's not a lot of stress here, a little bit of a home-court advantage. It's just another day for them." Food and refreshments were provided during the three weeks of qualifying at Gaitway Farm by sponsors Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

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