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Batavia, NY --- For the third week in a row and the fourth time in the last five outings, Roll With Faith dominated the Downs damsels by winning the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19). Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) watched from last while Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead and led the group to the quarter in :28.1. But Cumming's passive status ended before the three-eighths pole when he pulled Roll With Faith and started the long trek up the outside. Roll With Faith caught up with Little Joke up the backside in the midst of a speedy :27.4 third panel and the two began to battle from there. The pair went stride for stride around the last turn and into the stretch when both Davis and Cummings really started to work their mounts. They continued to shadow each other until halfway down the stretch when Roll With Faith got stout and pulled away to a length victory in 1:54.1. Roll With Faith ($7.30) has earned $60,309 this year on the strength of her now 11 wins for owners Finish Line Investors, Lawrence Willer and John Mungillo, who also trains the mare. In the $8,000 fillies and mares Open II pace, Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) also got away last and stayed there until the three-quarters when Monti drove up the middle of the pack and then found room in the last turn where he swung three deep and flew past everyone to win in 1:56. It was the fourth win of 2018 for Classy Lane Rose ($23.80) who is owned by Carl Monti. Darrin Monti trains the winner. Ray Fisher Jr. was the leading reinsman at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, winning five races on the card. He scored with Odysseus (1:54.3, $2.70), Fox Valley Lena (1:55.4, $7.10), No Talking (1:56.1, $14.00), Ali De Vie (1:58.4, $8.90) and Lake Shark (1:57, $9.40). After tonight's races, Fisher sits in fourth place for the meet in the dash driving title competition with 28 wins. He trails Kevin Cummings and Drew Monti who are tied for first with 55 wins each and Billy Davis Jr. who is a solid third with 42 victories of his own. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21) when eight divisions of the $320,000 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) consolation races will be held. Also the richest standardbred of all time, Foiled Again will be racing in his seventh and final appearance at the Downs as he makes his way towards retirement at the end of the year. Post time for the first non-betting NYSS event is 5:20 p.m. Post time for the first betting race on the card is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- She hasn't visited the winner's circle since her first start here a month ago, but Seventimesavirgin got familiar with that area again after she won the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19). Seventimesavirgin (Shane Taggart) got away fourth as Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) and Shesjustadelight N (Mitchell Cushing) took turns at the lead by the quarter in :27.4. From there Shesjustadelight N led the ladies past the half and to the three-quarters where Taggart had Seventimesavirgin rolling on the outside and took over the race. Seventimesavirgin went right by the leader in the final turn and when she got back to the pins Taggart popped the plugs, tucked the whip and sat chilly while his mare paced home a wrapped-up winner by three lengths in 1:51.3. It was the fourth win in 16 starts this year for Seventimesavirgin ($5.20) who now has $57,500 on the card for owner Jesse De Long and trainer Jim Nickerson. In the co-featured $12,000 fillies and mares non-winners event, Stonebridge Honey (Drew Campbell) tripped-out behind Our Royal Majesty (Wally Watson) until Campbell pulled her coming off the last turn where she blew by the leader and drew off by three to win in 1:54.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Stonebridge Honey ($4.60) who is owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Elisha Lafreniere. Plainridge Park's leading dash driver Drew Campbell was as hot as this summer on Wednesday, winning five races at The Ridge. Campbell scored with Mia's first Time (1:55, $4.20), Angel Or Terror (1:53, $3.00), Stonebridge Honey, Superbowl Party (1:52.3, $5.60) and Weddle By Weddle (1:54, $7.40). Campbell drove in 11 races and never missed the board. With five wins, one second and five thirds, he posted a .657 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the day. Campbell continues to sit in first place now with 120 wins for the meet, ahead of Greg Merton (95), Shawn Gray (92) and Mitchell Cushing (72), who had a driving double on Wednesday. Part of the reason Campbell had a big day was he was driving for trainer Elisha Lafreniere whose barn was on a roll. Lafreniere sent three of her students to the winner's circle including Stonebridge Honey, Angel Or Terror and Weddle By Weddle. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 20) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

HARRINGTON, DE - Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) elimination winners for 2-year-old trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 2:00.2 triumph. The Keystone Activator gelding headed the first division for male trotters with a commanding front-end romp over Just As Striking and Say Gesundheit. Trained by Glassmeyer, the freshman is 2-for-2 in his career. In the remaining division for male trotters, Mike and Linda English's Phantom Feet ($6, Ross Wolfenden) triumphed over Go Jetem and Dr Grinch in 2:04.3. Trained by John Wilkeson, the He's Spooky gelding led from start to finish in first career start. The lone filly division went to Sarah and John Swart Jr.'s Royal Locket ($14.40, Corey Callahan), who prevailed in wire-to-wire fashion in 2:04.4 over Dark Dutchess and She's Spooky. A daughter of Yankee Royalty, "Royal" notched her first career victory for trainer Nick Callahan. In the $11,000 overnight feature, the Open II Trot, Rosemary Smutz's Man Of Muscle ($10, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:57.2 winner over Donnie Darko and Sunset Mike. Mike Cole had four wins on the card. Victor Kirby won three. Live racing resumes Monday September 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

It's been three years since Wiggle It Jiggleit's memorable Little Brown Jug win at the Delaware County Fair, but the race remains a topic of conversation whenever fans approach driver Montrell Teague. And that's more than OK with Teague, who will try for a second Jug trophy Thursday with one of the event's favorites, Lather Up. "I don't mind," Teague said with a laugh. "The first thing they say is you've got a good shot at doing it this year too but congratulations on the last one because it's probably the best one I've ever seen. That always makes me feel good." Teague said he's watched the replay of Wiggle It Jiggleit's victory over Lost For Words a number of times. Wiggle It Jiggleit raced alongside Lost For Words for nearly five-eighths of a mile, fell behind coming off the last turn, and then rallied in the final strides to win by a nose. "I get emotional every time," Teague said. "It was a super, unreal, kind of race. I don't know if any other horse could have done what he did. It's too tough for just a normal horse." The 27-year-old Teague, who was the second-youngest driver to win the Little Brown Jug, will try to find his way to the winner's circle again with Lather Up. The colt, who is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Gary and Barbara Iles, heads to the Jug with 10 wins in 12 starts this season. His victories include the North America Cup in June and the Ohio Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 8, where he broke his own track record at Scioto Downs with a 1:49.3 mile despite a rain-soaked surface. "It always feels good (to come to Delaware), especially when you've got a shot to win," Teague said. "Even if I'm not in the race, I usually like to come out anyway, hang around and see everybody, because it's a great atmosphere. But it's always a plus to have a horse in it." The Little Brown Jug, which features eliminations and final on the same day, is for 3-year-old pacers and is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Lather Up is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two eliminations and will start from post one. The top-four finishers from each elimination advance to the winner-take-all final later in the afternoon. Post positions for the final will be drawn based on finishing positions in the eliminations. "At least we've got a good place to start," Teague said. "You can't beat the rail. Anything can happen, but he leaves good, so that makes you feel better. His last two starts were as good as I've ever seen him." The second elimination includes Stay Hungry, who will become the first Pacing Triple Crown winner in 15 years with a victory in the Jug, as well as Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice and Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover. Courtly Choice, who was supplemented to the race for $45,000, is the 2-1 favorite from post one while Stay Hungry is 5-2 from post four and Dorsoduro Hanover is 4-1 from post five. Dorsoduro Hanover is the richest 3-year-old pacer of the season, with $687,362 in purses. Lather Up is next, followed by Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry. The group is separated by less than $38,000. They have yet to meet in the same race this year. "There are no slouches," Teague said. "All of them are making the money. We've gone different paths, but everyone is just as good as the other one, I think. "It all leads to the Jug." Here are the fields for the $102,720 Little Brown Jug eliminations. The purse for the final will be $436,560. First elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 2. This Is The Plan-Andrew McCarthy-Chris Ryder-8/1 3. Babes Dig Me-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/1 4. Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-7/2 5. Key Advisor-Chris Page-Tony Alagna-15/1 6. Nutcracker Sweet-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-6/1 7. Wes Delight- Yannick Gingras-Chris Oakes-12/1 Second elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-2/1 2. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10/1 3. Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-6/1 4. Stay Hungry- Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 5. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 6. Decoy-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-15/1 NOTES: David Miller leads active drivers with four Little Brown Jug wins. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance share the record, with five each. Miller is the leading driver in the history of the Delaware County Fair, entering this year with 222 wins...Yannick Gingras has two wins in the Jug, including last year with Filibuster Hanover. The last driver to win in consecutive years was Ron Pierce in 1998-99... Teague is the only other driver in this year's event with a win...The youngest driver to win a Pacing Triple Crown was George Sholty (at age 33) with Romeo Hanover in 1966. Doug McNair is 28. Ron Burke won last year's Little Brown Jug with Filibuster Hanover and the 2014 edition with Limelight Beach. The last trainer to win in consecutive years was Casie Coleman in 2012-13...Billy Haughton has the record for training wins with six, followed by Stanley Dancer with four. Five trainers are tied with three...Clyde Francis won the 2015 Jug with Wiggle It Jiggleit...Jimmy Takter won the 2006 Jug with Mr Feelgood. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 19, 2018- Brian Sears, he of the recent 10,000 career harness racing win plateau, was the subject of Tuesday (Sept. 18th) profile by News 12 Westchester. Sports anchor/reporter Pete Ruf spent a Yonkers Raceway evening with Sears. They discussed his career (Sears', not Ruf's), starting with learning his craft from his father, Jay, through the early years in upstate New York, his countless stakes victories, Hall of Fame induction and remaining among the sport's premier drivers. The story can be viewed by clicking here. A note of appreciation to Ruf and News 12 for their continued interest in the Raceway side of Yonkers Raceway. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit harness racing action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at Delaware with the $230,700 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $82,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $40,918 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $39,318 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Thursday (Sept. 20) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $107,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters, the $48,218 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters and the $40,418 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 21) with the $200,000 Caesars Classic for Open trotters, the $236,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $172,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, and the $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 22) with the C$890,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$590,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$255,000 Milton for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Saturday, with the finals of four major stakes, led by the $512,050 Canadian Trotting Classic. It was a hoof-to-hoof heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Crystal Fashion was a 1:52.1 winner in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018 and the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Met's Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in the second spot once Met's Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Met's Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favorite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 910.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 862.5; 3. David Miller - 571.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 409; 5. Jordan Stratton - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 712.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 664; 3. Tony Alagna - 464; 4. Jim Campbell - 296; 5. Erv Miller - 267. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 209; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 158.2; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 151.9; 4. Brittany Farms - 149.9; 5. Brad Grant - 124.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a pair of Grand Circuit events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses and Harrah's Philadelphia will contest John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, will be taking a behind the scenes look at The Little Brown Jug Thursday morning (September 20) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Brower, who is part of the broadcast team; Jason Settlemoir, the Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer; and Missy Rothfuss, the Outrider at the Delaware, Ohio oval. Brower, who is also a member of the Meadowlands broadcast team, took over for the late Sam McKee as part of the Little Brown Jug broadcast in 2017. Brower will talk about what goes on behind the scenes during the telecast. Settlemoir, General Manager at The Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, will join the program to talk about his role on the Little Brown Jug team, which includes Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer. Rothfuss, who is also the Outrider at The Meadows, will talk about her responsibilities on the race track, which includes keeping the horses, horsemen and horsewomen safe. She will touch on all aspects of outriding, as well as her personal feelings on what it means to work the Little Brown Jug. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight the 2018 season, as it came to a close last weekend. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 19, 2018- Yonkers Raceway is offering these horsemen reminders... --Horses for Saturday's (Sept. 22nd) eight New York Night of Champions races are due in the paddock detention area no later than 4 PM Friday (Sept. 21st). Paddock opens at 12 Noon and the track itself shall be available, if needed. --There's a double draw Thursday (Sept. 20th) for the race cards of Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (Sept. 25th and 26th), Note the special Wednesday card replaces the program of Friday night, cancelled due to detenting. --Entry box for both days closes at 3:30 PM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA - The Bettor's Delight mare Lifetime Trust worked out a perfect second-over trip for driver George Brennan, in for an afternoon's harness racing work at Harrah's Philadelphia, then tipped wide and proceeded on to an in-hand 1:53 win in the $17,000 feature for distaff pacers on Wednesday at the suburban Philadelphia oval. The winner of $168,415 was away fourth for Brennan as race favorite Reign On Me took over the lead from Big City Betty nearing the 27.4 quarter. Just before the 56.2 half, Brunhilda moved first-over from third, with the winner right on her bumper through the 1:24 3/4s and around the turn before being tipped wide by Brennan. The final margin was only a length over Big City Betty, Reign On Me, and Brunhilda, noses apart in that order at the wire, but the victory was measured from midstretch as Lifetime Trust won for trainer Richard Ringler and the Ringler Stable LLC. Thursday at Harrah's, two-year-old fillies on both gaits will contest three $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series. Many of the entrants are well-known to area fans, who have seen them in Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action throughout the summer, both live and via simulcast. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

To enhance the end-of-season options for racehorse owners and breeders, the Standardbred Horse Sales Company will continue to accept entries to its annual Mixed Sale in Harrisburg until October 22, 2018 for inclusion in a supplement catalog. The supplement will be printed and distributed at the sale, made available for download online from our Black Book website (http://theblackbook.com/catalog-search.php), and become an update for our iPad catalog from Equineline.com. The Standardbred Horse Sales Company staff and management appreciates the support of our consignors and customers in this effort, and looks forward to a successful sale. From Paul F. Spears, Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

Tioga Downs will end their very successful 2018 harness racing season on Saturday (September 22) with a special 5:30 p.m. post time. There will be special presentations for the top driver and trainer for 2018 as well as the season's top trotter and pacer. Tioga Downs will also be giving away a 2018 Toyota Corolla as part of the horseplay car giveaway promotion that runs all season long. Patrons will have one more opportunity to qualify for a chance to win the car on this night as well. The card features 13 races followed by fireworks to end the season. The next to last day of live racing is on Friday (September 21) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. Friday will be the last fan appreciation day of the season that features 10 ounce draft beers, soda, hot dogs, popcorn and the Tioga Downs racing program for $1.00 each. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

ANDERSON, IN -September 18, 2018- Grand Circuit harness racing action will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the third time this season on Friday, September 21 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in all of North America. With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $120,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make the return to her home state for the first time this season to headline a field of ten in Hoosier Park's premier trotting event, the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic. The six-year-old Indiana-sired daughter of Swan for All will look to become the first horse in history to score consecutive victories in the Caesars Trotting Classic as she was victorious in the 2016 edition in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover has won six of 10 starts this season with lifetime purse earnings approaching the $3 million mark. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post four with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. The $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between the aged pacing stars of 2018. The 2018 Dan Patch Stakes winner Lazarus N will return to Indiana to square off against eight other rivals including divisional leader, McWicked. After making his U.S. debut at Hoosier Park and defeating McWicked in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Aug. 10, Lazarus N was second to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 1. Lazarus N will start from post six for trainer Jimmy Takter while McWicked has drawn post three for trainer Casie Coleman. "From top to bottom a 14-race card that can only be described as terrific," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore noted. "Mix in the fact that we will be witnessing the rubber match between Lazarus and McWicked and the return of the Indiana trotting heroine Hannelore Hanover and you have an evening of harness racing that all of us at Hoosier Park could not be more proud to present." Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta will be available in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, slated as the eleventh race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta in the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the twelfth race on the program, both as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, the first 1,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur beginning at 11 am will receive a free Caesars Trotting Classic hat. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $5,000 Grand Circuit Grand Prize Challenge on November 10. In conjunction with the racing action, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host "Community Night at the Races" in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment, carnival fare and giveaways. Guests of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are also invited to donate $5 to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation to receive $5 in casino cash on Friday. The goal is to raise funds to provide the HHYF to further their mission to provide young people and their families with information and experiences with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of fans and participants. The popular harness racing podcast 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' will join in the racing festivities as they host a live remote at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Hoosier Park racing trivia, and more. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please click here. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Delaware, OH - The $129,706 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters highlighted the Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. Delaware's all-time leading driver David Miller made his presence known early this week when he piloted Pattis Main Man to victory in the first division. Pattis Main Man led gate-to-wire, but had to hold off a late rush by the bettor's choice, Wittyville (Chris Page) by a neck in 1:56 3/5. The freshman son of Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Mike Sowers of McArthur, Ohio. Pattis Main Man was bred by Midland Acres and has five wins on the season. Never Say Uncle (Aaron Merriman) and Rose Run Urban (Peter Wrenn) completed the superfecta. With the win, David Miller increased his all-time win total at Delaware to 224. In the second $64,853 division, Kayne Kauffman used a patient drive with Cumberland Gap to win in 1:57 1/5. When the gate wing opened, Oh So Pine (Dan Noble) and Cumberland Gap battled for the early lead. The eventual winner yielded to Oh So Pine through the opening fractions of :28 2/5 and :58 2/5. Cumberland Gap took the lead just before the ¾ mile pole in 1:27 3/5. Oh So Pine tried to rally one more time in the lane but came up a ½ length short. Cumberland Gap won for the sixth time in 11 seasonal starts for owner/trainer Renee Bauslaugh of Delaware, Ohio and breeder Charles Stillings of DeLeon Springs, Florida. The final time equaled the Wishing Stone colt's lifetime mark. The 20 race Jugette Day card on Wednesday will kick off at 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Real Desire mare Eclipse Me N continued to show that she has the winning knack as she was victorious in the $17,500 mares pacing harness racing feature on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Simon Allard, sulkysitting for trainer/brother Rene, worked out a fine second-over trip with Eclipse Me N, coming her own last half in 54.4 to be a length clear of pocketsitter Monica Gallagher at the end of the 1:51 journey. A winner of four of her last seven starts and an eight-time winner in 2018 for owners Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae, Eclipse Me N now has earnings of $84,460 for the season and $167,619 lifetime. George Napolitano Jr. guided home six winners on the Tuesday card at Pocono, giving him 18 for the four-day racing week here (4 1/2 a night average). Combining his Pocono wins with a five-bagger at Philly Friday and a triple there Sunday, Napolitano had 26 victories over a five-day period, which now puts him ahead of Dan Noble for third place in North America behind Aaron Merriman and Ron Wrenn Jr. His sixth winner on Tuesday, Critical Mass in the last race, was a pari-mutuel shocker, returning $50.00 for a $2 ticket; earlier George had guided Colorful Jamie to a $25.80 tally. If a fan had bet $2 to win on each  of "George Nap"'s fourteen Tuesday drives, the fan would have received a $90.00 return -- a profit of 221%. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

We are now just about a month away from the 2018 Breeders Crown, to be hosted by none other than The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Excitement is definitely building for that monumental event. But that doesn't mean everything else stops. Overnight racing at Pocono continues to hurtle forward, with each new week bringing us a fresh batch of excellent performances. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the finest efforts from the past week of racing as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: MAROMA BEACH Stepping up in class is never easy to do, but that's especially true when you have reached the upper rungs on the condition ladder. At that point, taking a jump into a higher condition means you will be going up against the toughest horses on the grounds. That was the predicament that faced Maroma Beach, a four-year-old gelding trained by Ron Burke. He was coming off a victory gate to wire in his previous start on September 1 in a career-best 1:50. That was the good news. The bad news was that the earlier victory came against a $12,500 condition pacing group, and on Saturday night, the opposition would come in the form of a $17,500 class. That meant Maroma Beach skipped a class to make the move up and face that field, and that was reflected in the odds, as he went off at 13-1. Still, driver Pat Berry was aggressive, sending the gelding to the lead from an outside post and setting swift fractions. Throughout the race, Maroma Beach kept a solid advantage, preventing anyone from putting too much pressure on him. In the lane, he was able to dig in and come home strong, finishing a half-length in front of fellow long shot Seel The Deal N in 1:50.4. Maybe Maroma Beach will move up again following that second straight victory. One thing is for sure: He'll have less people doubting his ability to do it next time around. Other top pacers this week include: Persistent Threat A (George Napolitano Jr, Gilbert Garcia-Owen), who rolled to a win in a condition pace in 1:49.3, a new career-best and the fastest pacing time this week at Pocono; Bettor N Blue (Eric Carlson, Gilbert Garcia-Owen), whose victory on Saturday night in 1:51.4 was his second straight claiming handicap win at Pocono and his third straight overall; and Eclipse Me N (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who captured Tuesday night's featured condition pace for mares in 1:51. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: MUSCLE DIAMOND In the $21,500 featured condition trot on Sunday night, the field was stacked. Among the entries: Fraser Ridge, winner of four consecutive races; What's The Word, a three-year-old who had barely missed behind the superstar Crystal Fashion in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships; and Dayson, who was coming off his first victory of the year and was the 8-5 betting favorite. Muscle Diamond's record was propped up by two wins at The Meadowlands, with both of his victories coming in faster times than anybody else in the field could manage. Muscle Diamond, a six-year-old stallion trained by Brett Bittle, left from post position #4 in a field of seven. He sat back in the pack early and then appeared to be content to follow cover for a while on the back stretch. But driver Tyler Buter coaxed him into action, and with a sudden burst of speed, he went three-wide around Fraser Ridge and kept right on rolling past the pacesetter Dayson. By the time the field reached the three-quarter pole, he had opened up a sizable lead. Considering the powerful late kick of Muscle Diamond, you knew that lead was going to be tough to overcome. He kept the field at bay all the way around the final turn and through the stretch, winning by three comfortable lengths over Dayson. The win proved that he could handle the 5/8-mile oval at Pocono as well as he could the one-mile jaunt at The Meadowlands. And his winning time of 1:52.2 was the fastest trotting mark of the week at Pocono. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Ostrich Blue Chip, a mare who picked up a condition win on Saturday night in a new career-best mark of 1:52.3; Sciroccco Imsosmart (Tyler Buter, John Butenschoen), who handled a tough condition group on Sunday night in 1:55.2; and Boxing Gloves (Marcus Miller, Erv Miller), who stepped up in class to win his second straight condition trot on Tuesday night in 1:55.4, a new career mark. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: CAJOLE HANOVER With trainer Joe Poliseno in the bike, this condition trotter opened up Sunday night's racing with a surprise at 22-1, paying off $46.40 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MARCUS MILLER Known for coaxing home long shots at Pocono, Miller was at it again on Tuesday night, scoring with 19-1 shot Boxing Gloves among his three victories on the evening. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: GILBERT GARCIA-OWEN Garcia-Owen immediately made an impact this past week after switching to a training role, picking up three victories on the Saturday night program. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

HARRINGTON, DE - Artrageous ($4.80, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:52.2 winner Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $15,000 Mares Open. Owned by Bonnie Benson, J Johannsen, Art Stafford, and H Case, it was the 4-year-old Art Major mare's 11th win of her career. Artrageous set all the fractions and held off Shesarocker and On Your Six for the win. Artrageous was a top filly at 3 and banked more than $112,000 as a sophomore competing on the New York Sires Stakes circuit. Victor Kirby, the meet's leading driver, had four wins on the card. Stafford Jr. and Russell Foster each had three. DSBF 2-year-old trotters will complete their first leg to headline the Wednesday program. Post time is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

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