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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The powerful Ron Burke stable sent out 7 of the 25 two-year-old pacing fillies contesting four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest over a "sloppy" track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including all four morning line favorites. And indeed the Burke Brigade, and "former member"-now-sire Sweet Lou, effected a sweep - but the last event didn't go exactly to script, as $45.80 winner Louphoria, not the 2-5 chalk Sylph Hanover, completed the four-bagger. Louphoria, out of the mare Euphoria, was first to the lead for driver Yannick Gingras, then saw Art Lecture and then Sylph Hanover make their way to the top. They sat in that order until just before the 1:25.2 ¾ call, when Louphoria came roaring out of the three-hole and had her stablemate headed on the far turn. Gingras, who handled three of the Burke winners, seemed to be measuring off the win as Louphoria tripped the timer in 1:53, a length ahead of Blue Ivy, who came between horses late to nip Sylph Hanover for second. Louphoria was third in her Sire Stakes debut, and had shown a 1:57.4 morning win at Philly in which she had come home in 55.3, but this victory showed that she belongs in the "big leagues" of the state-bred babies for the Louphoria Stable. (Who's the Louphoria Stable? No real surprises - Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, Lawrence Karr, and Diamond Creek Racing.) Most impressive of the Burke Brigade winners was the Sweet Lou - Great Memories filly Warrawee Ubeaut, who tucked third mid-first turn for driver Yannick Gingras, then brushed to the lead in front of the stands. From there the only real question was the final time, and Warrawee Ubeaut came home in 55.1 to finish out in 1:52.1, a season's record despite the off track, knocking a tick off the mark set by St Somewhere at Tioga on Sunday. An easy winner in a Sire Stakes in her purse bow with two nice Gaitway victories before that, Warrawee Ubeaut ironically only now shows a line without a sub-27 quarter in it (28.3, 57, 1:24.2, 1:52.1 here), but Burke Racing LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC won't mind that fact a bit. 18 minutes later it was, as the noted philosopher Lawrence Berra once observed, "déjà vu all over again" for Sweet Lou, Ron Burke, Yannick Gingras, Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, 1-9 shots, and Sire Stakes winners following up with an All-Star win, as She's Allright, out of the mare Atsalrite Hanover, made the lead at the 1/8 and came home in 55.4 - 27.4 to stop the timer in 1:52.2, a personal best, while fully in control. Michelle Yanek is a partner in this impressive filly with Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Collura. Sweet Chrome started proceedings off for the Burke barn, the Sweet Lou - Camille filly taking the lead after hard usage to the 5/16, then controlling things thereafter en route to a 1:54.4 triumph over the sloppy going. Third in a Sire Stakes event in her purse bow, Sweet Chrome matched the clocking she had achieved in a Philly a.m. baby session for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and Jack Piatt III. So in summary, the Tuesday Pocono sweepers were sire Sweet Lou, trainer Ron Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. They may turn up on the radar again. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Plainville, MA-It's hard enough to beat a field of the best distaff pacers on the grounds. But when you add in a 50-minute weather delay immediately before the race, an off-track and a first-over journey, it gets that much more difficult. But Apple Bottom Jeans was up to the task as she beat all the odds to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (July 17). High winds and heavy downpours blew in just as the sixth race ended and delayed the start of the featured seventh. But the program reconvened and the gate released the field of seven with Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) taking her favored position on the point, speeding to the quarter in :26.4. Apple Bottom Jeans (Mitchell Cushing) floated out from post seven and dropped in fifth briefly, but came right back out at the three-eighths and started motoring up the rim by the time they hit the half. Although being pursued, Western Stepp maintained a two-length lead to the three-quarters and looked like the one to beat. Apple Bottom Jeans got to within one of the leader by the top of the last turn and was gaining momentum as Western Stepp started to look vulnerable under urging. When they hit the top of the lane the two mares were dead even, but Western Stepp gave way mid-stretch and Apple Bottom Jeans cruised right by her to win by two lengths in 1:53 while Cushing sat chilly with the whip under his arm. It was the 21st career win in only 51 lifetime starts for Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.00) and it pushed her 4-year bankroll to $511,828. KDK Standardbreds own the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples who is trained by Kevin Switzer. In the co-featured $12,000 "Trackmaster 85 Rating" conditioned event, Acefortyfour Alex (Mitchell Cushing) followed a pedestrian :57 half from third before pulling at that station, grinding out a parked :27 third quarter and then running down the leading Empty Gesture (Drew Campbell) to win by three lengths in 1:52.1, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the second win in a row and fourth since coming to Plainridge Park for Acefortyfour Alex ($7.20) who is owned by Charles Fernandes Jr. and trained by Dennis Laterza. Besides winning both feature races on Tuesday, Mitchell Cushing also won the first with Rock Me Threetimes ($2.80) to complete the driving hat trick and lead all drivers for victories on the card. There was no winner in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager and as a result, there will be a huge carry-over pool of $14,931 in the sixth race on Thursday (July 19) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2018 -- Prospect Hill captured his second straight stake with a persuasive 1:56.3 score, fastest in Tuesday's $184,588 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over four divisions, with White Tiger, Demon Onthe Hill and Mass Fortune K taking the other splits. A $130,000 yearling acquisition for Stroy Inc., Prospect Hill broke his maiden with a front-end score in a PA All-Stars division. In the Hickory Pride, he quarter-poled to the front for Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller and was an easy victor from there, downing early leader Amico Mio Bi by 1-3/4 lengths. The first-up Marseille finished third. "He seems to really like the front, and he really charges home strong when he's commanding the race," Andy Miller said of the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp. "But it doesn't have to be that way. His first start he followed and was really good. He'll go to the next sires stake or the Peter Haughton. We haven't decided for sure." Anthony MacDonald, who drives White Tiger and participates in the colt's ownership through Thestable White Tiger Group, notes that the Muscle Massive-Just Not Into You gelding is unusually sensitive and responsive to sounds. "He hears a lot of voices," McDonald said. "As long as you get him on a day when he hears the right one, he's real class. I wanted to keep him a constant enough gear to where he wasn't startled. Around the last turn when I called on him, I figured he had enough racetrack. He's an incredibly fast horse. He has the Peter Haughton next." He listened to his better angels Tuesday, as he brushed wide through the lane to edge Ginger Tree Skyr by a head in 1:57, with Fashion Possessed third. Andrew Harris conditions White Tiger. Demon Onthe Hill launched his career by breaking in the PA All-Stars, but he was well behaved in the Hickory Pride, saving ground and firing late to score in 1:57 for Mike Milder, trainer Marcus Melander and owner Vicky Trotting Inc. Flippen Creek finished second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, while Northern Express completed the ticket. "When he broke at Pocono last week, he just took a bad step in the last turn," Wilder said. "His connections felt he could have won in 1:56, and I don't think they were far off. He was on cruise control today. He showed a lot of manners and felt terrific." In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice vaulted over $500,000 in career earnings with a 1:53.3 victory -- his second straight -- in the Lightning Lane. Swell Chap was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with early leader Classicality third. Ron Burke trains the son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Dave Palone and Brian Zendt each piloted a pair of winners on the 13-race card.  THE MEADOWS DOUBLES WEDNESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $10,000 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, July 18 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,687.07. In addition, Wednesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 as well as a $2,534.60 jackpot in the Super High 5. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), Pick 5 (races 10-14) and Super High 5 (race 14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The television show Post Time is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month.   Post Time focuses on the harness racing industry at Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Ocean Downs. Since 1998 Post Time has consistently aired a half-hour show every week, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. Post Time showcases a variety of content from fun interviews to behind-the-scenes action to harness races.   Host and third-generation horsewoman, Heather Vitale has been with the show since its inception.   "I'm so proud of this show," said Vitale. "I never imagined it would be airing after 20 years but I'm also not surprised. This sport is full of wonderful stories about the horses and the people. It's been a perfect way to educate the public about harness racing, introduce them to the athletes and bring awareness to a sport that is so important to our economy and local agriculture."   Sponsored by The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA), and shot and edited by Faust Video Production, Post Time airs at 11:30 AM on Sundays on WBOC and is a CBS affiliate on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) peninsula. WBOC is the #1 rated station on the Delmarva peninsula.   DSOA Executive Director, Sal DiMario, said "Congratulations to Post Time on its 20th year. It is the longest continuous harness racing program in the country. We couldn't have done it without Heather, she writes, she produces, she's the on-air personality, she does it all."   Post Time has consistently put out a show each week for 20 years, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. The engaging content and enthusiastic energy of Heather Vitale and the Delaware harness racing community has made the show the most watched show during this time slot locally.   Throughout the years Post Time has won several United States Harness Writers Association's John Hervey Broadcast in Excellence Awards. Vitale, herself, was awarded the Harness Horsemen International's Clyde Hirt Media Award in 2004.   Although the television show concentrates on the local Standardbred sport, it has showcased big races and human interest stories from around the country and even the world.   The show airs every Sunday at 11:30 AM on WBOC. To see clips of Post Time Show like The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association on Facebook or subscribe to PostTimeShow on YouTube.   Everyone involved in the production of Post Time would like to give a special thanks to the DSOA board of directors who supported the idea of putting the show on the air 20 years ago. With the continued support of the DSOA board of directors, Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs, Dover Downs and our advertisers the show continues to bring awareness of our harness racing sport to homes all over Delmarva.    by Claire Armann, for Post Time  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 17, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (July 22nd) shall offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2 PM) go as those overflow-field, added-distance 'French' trots, with the 10th- race finale listed at 4 PM. Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised as the third race from Saratoga (post time 2:07 PM) and the fifth race from Yonkers (post time 2:20 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is July 29th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (July 19). Including the anticipated return of Atlanta the track record holder for all trotters at the Miracle Mile. Atlanta (Scott Zeron) will compete in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) and is installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The last time the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven took to the track at Vernon she won the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final. She trotted the fastest mile ever at Vernon Downs in a time of 1:50.3, easily beating Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass) by four and a half lengths. That is significant because Plunge Blue Chip just posted a world record time of 1:49.4 for 3-year-old trotters of either sex at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 1$) in the second of two Del Miller Memorial races ($128,500). Atlanta who istrained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant, is four for four as a sophomore. Her last time out she won a leg of the NYYS ($40,600) at Tioga Downs where she once again easily beat Plunge Blue Chip, setting the track record for 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.2. Her toughest competitor will be 3-1 morning line second choice, Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt). She is part of the Svanstedt trained entry along with Fury Road (Dan Dube). Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky) is owned by Savanstedt, Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting Corp. She has four wins in seven starts so far this season. She has won NYSS races at Yonkers ($42,975), Monticello ($30,450), and Buffalo ($29,250). In the first division of the NYSS ($60,200), the Morning line favorite is Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) at 2-1. A 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven, she is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. She has three wins in 2018. She has won the Mary Reynolds Stakes ($66,200) at the Meadowlands and a NYSS race at Buffalo ($30,450). The second Morning line choice in the second division is Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. Owned by Kjell Anderson and trained by Svanstedt. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($29,850) and Buffalo ($29,850). The nine race card starts at Venon Downs starts on Thursday (July 19) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2018 - Hempt winner Springsteen, North America Cup runner-up Done Well and Meadowlands Pace runner-up Dorsuduro Hanover lead a field of 16 into the 52nd edition of the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Eliminations are set for Saturday, July 21 first post 1:05 PM, while the final headlines a blockbuster Saturday, July 28 card that also features five other Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios Day program begins at noon. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the final. Elimination winners will choose their post positions for the final - their selection order will be determined by draw - with all other post positions determined by random draw on Tuesday, July 24. Springsteen, who hasn't had a pari-mutuel start since winning the $500,000 Hempt final on June 30, turned in a sharp July 11 qualifier, winning in 1:52 with a 26.1 final panel. Simon Allard is scheduled to drive the son of Rock N Roll Heaven-American Charm for trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc., Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh. He'll leave from the rail in the second elimination. Done Well followed up his sharp performance in the North America Cup with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Hempt. Trainer Brian Brown has given the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover a breather since then. James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman and Alan Keith campaign Done Well, who'll have the services of Tim Tetrick when he leaves from post 7 in the first elimination. Dorsoduro Hanover had a monstrous Meadowlands Pace final, overcoming post 10 and closing in 26.4 - despite his 57-1 odds - and was beaten only 1-1/4 lengths by Courtly Choice. The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding has drawn post 3 in the second elimination for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five. Matt Kakaley is listed to drive. Burke with four and Tony Alagna with three are the only trainers with multiple entrants. The eliminations will go as races 12 and 13. Here are the fields in post position order with trainers and tentative driving assignments: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 2. No Easy Day Burke/Kakaley 3. American History Alagna/Yannick Gingras 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Corey Callahan 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Gingras 7. Done Well Brown/Tetrick 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Callahan   Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Allard/Allard 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Scott Zeron 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/Brett Miller   by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

With a bold leap after winning the Haughton Memorial, McWicked has jumped from 5th place to 2nd place in this weeks Top Ten Poll.  Ariana G also climbed up the poll big time, moving from seventh place to third and Courtly Choice, who was not even in the Top Ten after winning his M'lands Pace elim two weeks ago, moved into 4th place with his Pace final victory. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 8 – 7/17/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Hannelore Hanover (34) 6tm 6-6-0-0 $233,338 349 1 2 McWicked (1) 7ph 7-5-1-0 $543,911 245 5 3 Ariana G 4tm 5-3-0-0 $346,675 215 7 4 Courtly Choice 3pc 8-6-0-0 $453,615 164 -- 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 6-4-2-0 $353,557 155 8 6 Atlanta 3tf 4-4-0-0 $147,584 153 4 7 Shartin N 5pm 15-11-1-0 $575,040 147 2 8 Lather Up 3pc 8-7-0-0 $470,665 144 3 9 Six Pack 3tc 6-5-1-0 $359,198 116 -- 10 Wolfgang 3tc 3-3-0-0 $200,415 100 9 Also: Manchego (62); Plunge Blue Chip (45); Marion Marauder (8); Crystal Fashion (5); Filibuster Hanover, Fox Valley Gemini, Phaetosive (3); Springsteen (2); Bit Of A Legend N, Donttellmeagain, Dorsoduro Hanover, Foiled Again, Sock It Away, Youaremycandygirl (1).

East Rutherford, NJ - On Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21 Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will kick off live racing with a special 8:00 pm post time. It is also Corntastic weekend at the track with over $1,000 in prize money up for grabs. Fans can enter the corn carrying, husking and eating competitions while snacking on delicious, freshly roasted Jersey corn. The Meadowlands remains at its usual 7:15 pm post on July 27, July 28 & August 3. A post time of 12 noon is scheduled for Hambletonian Day on Saturday, August 4. Racing, dining and promotion information can be found at by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

David Miller has made countless trips to the Meadowlands Racetrack winner's circle during his Hall of Fame driving career, but when he returned to that spot following Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, none counted more. Miller guided favorite Courtly Choice to victory in the $701,830 event for 3-year-old pacers, a race he dreamed of winning since arriving at the Meadowlands in the late 1990s. It took 19 tries, but as Miller soaked up the triumph following the trophy presentation and posing for photos, it was worth the wait. "It's a bit emotional," Miller said as his eyes misted with tears of joy. "I was all but thinking I was never going to get this race. I finally got it. It was cool. As a kid growing up, you watch these races and dream about being out here and winning them. It's a great feeling. I'm sure I'll enjoy it for a while." Prior to the race, Meadowlands Racetrack analyst/historian Bob "Hollywood" Heyden pointed out that Miller was the youngest driver, at age 30, in his first Meadowlands Pace drive, which came behind Cinder Lane Sam in 1995 and resulted in a fifth-place finish. Now 53, Miller was the oldest driver in the race on Saturday. "I guess patience is a virtue," Miller said, laughing. Miller's drive with Courtly Choice was his first in the Meadowlands Pace with a favorite. Prior to driving Courtly Choice, the nearest Miller came to a favorite in the race was Always B Miki, who finished second to He's Watching in 2014 at odds of 7-1 from post nine. Miller had driven only one other horse in the event at less than double-digit odds, No Pan Intended at 8-1 in 2003. "I've never had a favorite, but I've had horses that I thought I had shots with and left here with a lot of fourths and fifths," Miller said. "I was driving here and trying not to be too exciting. I kept telling myself, we haven't had much luck in it. "I just tried to play it low key and go into it as just another race and not do something like over-drive my horse or under-drive him. I was hoping things would work out for us, which they did." Miller and Courtly Choice were in sixth place for the first half of the mile race, but moved to the outside to follow Dorsoduro Hanover as the field made its way around the final turn. Dorsoduro Hanover steamed past leader American History as they straightened for home, but Courtly Choice was able to get by Dorsoduro Hanover in the stretch and win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:47.1. "I wasn't sure what Doug McNair was going to do (driving second-choice Stay Hungry)," Miller said. "I saw off the gate he was going to get me in front of him and track me. That was all right because two from the outside left and I didn't want to be, like, third over trying to run them down. "The trip actually worked out perfect, as I was hoping it would. The horse did the rest." Blake MacIntosh, who trains and co-owns Courtly Choice (as Mac And Heim Stables) with Hutt Racing Stable, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms, won the Meadowlands Pace in his first attempt, but was no less thrilled than Miller. The owners supplemented Courtly Choice to the race for $61,690 because the horse was not originally staked to the event. "You dream about winning the Meadowlands Pace when you're jogging every morning; I've won it 30 times jogging," MacIntosh said with a big smile. "It's just amazing, just amazing. I thought if we were ever going to win it, we were going to win it (Saturday) because Dave gave him the most unbelievable drive." MacIntosh bought Courtly Choice, a son of Art Major out of Lady Ashlee Ann, for $60,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. The colt is a half-brother to O'Brien Award-winner Betterthancheddar, a horse with which MacIntosh was associated while working with trainer Casie Coleman. "I looked at him at the sale and he was a twin to (Betterthancheddar)," MacIntosh said. "I fell in love with him. I don't spend big money at the sales. I got him at 60 and after the hammer fell I've never been so sick in my entire life. I was nervous as could be. But it paid off. It's unreal how it paid off for us." Miller would be the first to agree. "He's just an incredible horse," Miller said. After a pause, he laughed, and added, "He got me to win the Meadowlands Pace, so how good is he." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Amidst all of the Hall of Fame induction speeches and industry honors, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual donation Sunday (July 1) to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Museum president Larry DeVan was on hand to accept the donation from long-time chapter trailblazer and current chairman of the board John Manzi. DeVan noted, "The Harness Racing Museum is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of writers that have consistently raised thousands of dollars annually on our behalf. We are truly grateful, and appreciate the 'raise' as well!" The amount of the donation has increased to $4,000 from past years, thanks in part to a new fundraising venture, the Iron Horse Poker Run, a recent motorcycle event that brought over 120 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to Goshen's Hall of Fame. Manzi outlined the efforts of the chapter over the last several decades, and noted that, "This is our Cooperstown, and we are proud to continue to support our Hall of Fame." DeVan and Manzi were flanked by chapter secretary Janet Terhune, chapter treasurer and National president Shawn Wiles and chapter president Chris Tully. In addition to other efforts, a successful banquet and souvenir journal are the primary fundraising mechanisms which allows the benevolent organization to make annual donations to both Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, two separate and distinct entities that share the same hallowed ground and a mutual purpose of preserving and promoting harness racing. This year's banquet will be the chapter's 60th annual event and is being held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the main honoree being Frank "the elder" Antonacci of Lindy Farms. by Chris Tully for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA          

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway has seen 10 track records either tied or broken during the 2018 season and when the 2-year-old colt and geldings step onto the racing surface Wednesday night (July 18) in a pair of $53,500 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), a pair of long-standing marks could be in serious jeopardy.   The oldest record currently listed is for 2-year-old geldings of 1:56.3 established in 2010 by Roadside Delight while the colt's barrier of 1:55.4 was set in 2013 by He's Watching. With near perfect weather conditions in the forecast, another editing of the record book is possible.   One entrant is already in possession of a track standard at Monticello and that is Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) who will appear in the opener on the 10-race card. He's a perfect 2-for-2 in his brief career including a record time of 1:54.3 at Monticello on July 4. That time erased the previous barrier of 1:55.2 clocked by Freedomformysoul in 2014.   Melodies Major, who has captured both his Sire Stakes races, drew the two post and is the even money morning line favorite with Tyler Buter getting the call in the sulky. Melodies Major has yet to trail in any of his pari-mutual starts and has amassed $53,250 already.   His main competition could come from Jack Nation, a winner last time out in the NYSS on July 4 at Monticello in 1:57.0. Drawing the rail with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike, Jack Nation (American Ideal-Ladyjack) was 12 lengths behind at one point but closed like a train to pull off the half-length score over Covered Bridge (American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses).   The field of six also includes KJ Leo (Jason Bartlett), Keystone Dakota (Kevin Cummings), Covered Bridge (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Rock American (Scott Coulter).   The second division, slated for the back half of the early daily double, looks to be a wide-open event with Bicorne Hanover getting the slight 2-to-1 morning line edge from the pylons. Cummings will steer the Ron Burke-trained freshman colt. Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) has a second and fourth place finish in his two Sire Stakes appearances.   Jojo's Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) hopes to get out of a third place rut. Conditioned by John Butenschoen, he's had two show finishes in his pair of NYSS outings and will get the services of Bartlett out of the four spot.   Completing the field will be Shanghai Bobby (Morrill Jr.), Bean (Coulter), P Zonka (Drew Monti) and Jet Rock (Marohn Jr.).   There are also a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series races on the program and a $6,400 leg of the Excelsior B Series. First post is 5 p.m.   It's the last week of action in 2018 at Buffalo Raceway. For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Ocean CIty, MD - The $67,000 Maryland Sire Stake for three year old filly trotters went to post as race three with a large harness racing crowd in attendance at Ocean Downs. Crystals Pistol (Cam's Rocket) with reinsman Russell Foster in the bike took control from the gate repelling a challenge early on by Diamonds Credit (Charlie De Vie), while the favorite Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) had to contend with a lot of road trouble from some early breakers going three deep up the backside. When the clocked stopped in the 1:59.3 mile Crystals Pistol was able to hold off Gaagaa Gone by a head for owner -breeder Syl King Jr. and trainer Arlene Cameron. Race five sent the colt and gelding pacers to post for their $67,000 final. In a race where post positions changed frequently it took a three deep move up the back stretch for B T's Breeze (Nuclear Breeze) with Victor Kirby in the bike to cross the wire first in a stakes record mile of 1:54.4 for pacing geldings. Lloyd's All In (Rusty's All In) was second and Allie's Finale (Allie's Western) was up for show. B T's Breeze is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt Jr. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

East Rutherford, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14th, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and bragging rights. The BBQ categories were for best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind tasting for each tasting round. Each entry was judged on Taste (1-15 Points), Tenderness (1-10 Points) and Appearance (1-5 Points). Doreen Rinaldo, known as Dr. Dor's BBQ, defended her 2017 title and took home the $500 prize for her ribs. Rinaldo has created her own line of BBQ dry rubs which are available for purchase at Kimchi Smoke's Robert Austin took home the $500 top prize for his outstanding brisket. First time competitor, Matt Worgul of Gentle Giant Brewing Company, won for the best chicken category earning $500. Carlito's Trailer, serving great central Texas style BBQ, took home the $500 top prize for their pulled pork. Three big weekends remain in the Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet. This Friday and Saturday is Corntastic Weekend with $1,200 in prize money up for grabs. There is also a special 8 pm post time for both nights. Saturday, July 28 is the 5th annual Seafood Festival along with eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks. The meet wraps up on Saturday, August 4 with Hambletonian Day. Details for all events and promotions can be found at by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

This year's 2-year-old pacing colt division is shaping up to be one of the most exciting, with Leg One victors visiting the winner's circle in four, $40,000 Leg Two divisions on July 16 at Northfield Park. Rose Run Ulysses, a striking chestnut son by Western Vintage captured the first OSS division as the 4-5 favorite in 1:54.4 with Danny Noble at the controls, besting 7-2 rival Black Smile (Chris Page) by three-quarters of a length, with 90-1 longshot Big Pocket Teen (Josh Sutton) garnering third-place honors, nearly eight lengths back. Trained and co-owned by Kimberly Dailey, along with partners Carl & Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses had won Leg One on June 4 at Scioto Downs in a snappy 1:52.2. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, the gelding's career earnings now stand at $20,000. Authentic Hanover picked up where he left off at Scioto Downs on June 4, when he captured Leg One in 1:53.3, this time scoring his Leg Two triumph in 1:53.4 for driver Tyler Smith as the 4-5 favorite, besting 8-5 Dislocator (Chris Page) by 5¼ lengths. Petacular Rock, a 70-1 longshot, got up for third with Jack Dailey driving. The Western Vintage colt, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is owned by Hutchison Harness, M.J. Thompson and trainer Dustin Arledge and sports a $45,000 bankroll. By the time the third OSS division went postward, the heavens opened, unveiling a harsh downpour that lasted long enough for Leg One winner High On Paydaze to roll to a 1:54.2 victory with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky. The even-money homebred son of Nob Hill High finished 4¼ lengths ahead of 5-2 Gold Digger King (Kayne Kauffman)--who had also won his Leg One division on June 4 at Scioto Downs. Rock N Randy V, who finished eighth in Leg One, was a solid third at odds of 19-1 for Aaron Merriman. Owned by Scott Hagemeyer, R. A. Mondillo and D.E. Robinson, High On Paydaze upped his career earnings to $40,000. See You In Tuscany made every pole a winning one, finishing first over a sloppy track in 1:57.3 to nail down his second consecutive victory in OSS competition. Driven by Anthony MacDonald for trainer Jason McGinnis, the son of We Will See was never headed throughout the mile, and held off the hard-trying, 2-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck at the wire. Mike Wilder steered 40-1 longshot Touch Of Dragon to third place honors. See You In Tuscany, who was bred by Mark Maroletti, has $42,660 in career earnings for the Canadian-based Thestable Tuscany Group. After the first two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes for this division, Authentic Hanover, High On Paydaze Rose Run Ulysses and See You In Tuscany are the top point-getters. Horses in this series accumulate points based on where they finish in each leg, with the top nine point-earners after the four legs have been completed garnering automatic starting berths into the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept.8 at Scioto Downs. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Plainville, MA---Although Eddie Davis Jr. hasn't had as many starts at Plainridge Park this year as he's had in the past, there's no question he is still one of the craftiest reinsmen to regularly compete in the Commonwealth. One Monday (July 16) Davis illustrated that point when he scored a driving triple that included wins in both feature races. In the $16,000 Winners-Over pace, Davis directed Bet You from post four and hit the pylons while One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) left hard in :26 flat. But his passive attitude was short-lived as he rolled Bet You to the outside past the three-eighths and motored up towards the leader. In a grinding fashion, Bet You inched his way towards One To Draw To and by the 1:22.3 three-quarters was dead even with him. The two shadowed each other around far turn but by the head of the stretch, Bet You had taken the lead and extended it to two lengths. He hit the wire by himself and stopped the clock in 1:51, which equaled his seasonal mark. It was the fourth win of the year for Bet You ($3.00) who is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. And in the $12,000 conditioned undercard pace, Davis took control at the start with Attention Please and never let go. Attention Please set fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:22.3 while never letting anyone get closer than a length. Rounding the final bend and heading down the lane, Davis provided some moderate urging to keep him on task but Attention Please didn't really need it as he cruised home an easy winner in 1:51.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Attention Please ($15.40) also registered his fourth win of 2018 for owner Kathleen Brewer and trainer Timmie Griffith. Davis's also won with Rapid It Up Art (1:54, $5.20) who completed the hat trick. Once again, no one hit the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race and as a result, there is a large carry over pool of $10,931 in the sixth race on Tuesday afternoon (July 17) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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