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The Saturday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the $23,000 Three Year Old Minnesota-Sired Pace, which was split into two divisions. The $11,500 fillies division sported a field of seven sophomore distaffers, headlined by A Little Rusty (Gerald Longo) who was the clear favorite in the wagering (1-1) after turning in a very impressive victory last time out, winning by more than five lengths to post a maiden win in 1:56.2. Trinitysfancyfilly (Brian Detgen) was also getting plenty of attention, as she was the runner-up for divisional honors last season as a freshman filly pacer. The public sent her off as the 2-1 second choice, and she sped away from the gate from post one to take the lead and control the pace. The fractions were quite sensible with Trinitysfancyfilly leading the parade through the first three panels (:29, :59, and 1:28.1) while A Little Rusty had gotten away in third before launching a first-over attack going into the final turn, and The Boss' Wife (Nick Roland) was stalking in the pocket. Trinitysfancyfilly led them into the lane, and was game to the wire, but A Little Rusty had just enough momentum to forge past right on the money - getting up to post a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 for two wins in a row, with The Boss' Wife home in third. A Little Rusty ($4.00) is by The Village Rusty from the Sportsmaster mare Fox Valley Topless. The winner is owned and trained by Wendy Haberburg. Gerald Longo also won the $11,500 colts & geldings division with his own Fancy Schmacy gelding Stay Humble N Kind, delivering as the 2-1 second choice ($6.00) and picking up his second win in a row with a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 as he just out-kicked race favorite SB Bodacious (Rick Magee) to the wire in a thrilling finish. Completing a Hat-Trick on the program for Longo, was Bunkerhill Jill ($10.40) in the nightcap, pacing to a new career best of 1:54.2 for owner/trainer Gene Miller. One lucky patron was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 wager as the only ticket, taking down a Jackpot of $12,783.92. The winning sequence was 3-9-2-9-3 and the odds of those winners were: 4-5, 20-1, 9-2, 22-1, and 4-1. The Pick-5 Jackpot starts over on Sunday, June 23 with first post at 6:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel and Racetrack

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was another Saturday night at the Meadowlands where most of the regular harness racing drivers were out of town, and Pat Berry took full advantage, guiding Backstreet Shadow to a lifetime-best - and Meadowlands' season's-fastest - 1:47.4 clocking in the featured $30,000 Preferred for 4-year-olds on the pace. With many of the Big M drivers at Pocono Downs, Berry had the Scott DiDomenico trainee in a perfect position second-over following Albergo Hanover as 3-5 favorite Always A Prince hit three-quarters in 1:20.1. All Berry had to do at that point was tip off his cover, and he did just that during the stretch drive, before rolling to a three-quarter length victory over a fast-closing American History. Always A Prince held on for third. Backstreet Shadow, a son of Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie, gave notice in his last race that another big effort might be on the way. On June 9 at Tioga Downs, he won a division of the Graduate Series in a then lifetime-best 1:49.1. The winner paid $13.20 as the third choice in the wagering, and has now won five-of-12 starts this year for owner William Hartt. Lifetime, he's won 12-of-29 outings and banked $262,146. A LITTLE MORE: Vinny Ginsburg and Eric Abbatiello led the driver's colony with three winners each. Berry and Steve Smith both visited victory lane twice. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5, which saw a total pool of $56,304, had no winning favorites during its sequence, but was still havable as the longest price of the five was $14.40, which led to a payout of $3,263. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $116,410. ... All-source handle totaled $2,461,122. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 22, 2019-Hard-knocking Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $3.20) did not have to work that hard Saturday night (June 22st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 co-featured Open Handicap Trot...becoming a harness racing career millionaire along the way. Winning the 3-thru-6 draw among the half-dozen, the odds-on number strolled around the surroundings (:28, 57.3, 1:26, 1:54), the mile matching a season's-best effort. Pole-assigned In Secret (George Brennan) could not match strides from the pocket, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. A ground-saving Smalltownthrowdown (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third, with a returning Melady's Monet (Eric Goodell) and Chasin' Dreams (Jason Bartlett) picking off the lesser loot. Trotting Grace (Brent Holland) was outrun. For Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts (life 24-for-85, $1,006,228). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.70, the triple returned $33.80 and the superfecta paid $91.50. Stratton then doubled his pleasure in the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace, overcoming losing the 4-thru-8 getaway with a third-up Micky Gee N ($20). With no choice but to spectate early, Micky Gee N saw 3-2 choice Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) lead through spiffy intervals of :25.4, 55 seconds flat and 1:22.2. Getting numbers to 'run at,' Micky Gee N closed crisply, getting the better of Classy Dragon (Joe Bongiorno) late. That one attacked the favorite, eventually winning the battle but losing the war. Micky Gee N prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.4, with 45-1 rank outsider Proven Desire (Marohn Jr.) third. Dr. J Hanover (Brent Holland) and Toatsmygoats (Brennan) came away with the remainder, while Rock Diamonds N tired to seventh among the octet. Micky Gee N                                           -- Katy Gazzini photo For fifth choice Micky Gee N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by William Hartt and trained Lance Hudson, it was his fifth win in a dozen '19 tries. The exacta paid $159.50, the triple returned $1,153 and the superfecta paid $5,546.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) captures the featured harness racing pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 22). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) charged out of the gate and led to a first quarter of :27.4. Bay Rum (Howard Parker) went first-over and took the lead before hitting the halfway mark in :56.0. He still led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, moved to the outside at the top of the stretch. He would battle back and forth with Bay Rum down the stretch. Sgt Papa Daddy was too strong in deep stretch to win in 1:52.2. Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) came flying late to finish second. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) took third. Sgt Papa Daddy is a 5-year-old gelding by Rockin Image. It was win number six in 2019. He went to the winner's circle for the 26th time in his career. John MacDonald, Howard Parker, and Roman Lopez each drove three winners on the night. MacDonald got his other wins with Deaks Sweetie Pie ($4.20), and Northern Express ($2.90). Parker won with Ameriore ($5.20), Chatelroll ($3.20), and Golden Brit ($4.40). Lopez finished first with Quiet Heiress ($12.40), White Mountain Top ($13.00), and Samson J ($4.40). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 28) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The power-packed Sun Stakes Saturday eliminations harness racing card was held Saturday night (June 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the top finishers in their elims advancing to next Saturday (June 29) and the $2,000,000+ Sun Stakes Saturday Championship card. A $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacers was also on the Saturday Pocono card.   BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR-ALL PACE ELIMINATIONS ($35,000 each; top four from each elimination, with the fifth-place finisher with the most 2019 earnings, advancing to next Saturday's $500,000 Franklin Championship) Western Fame worked his way to the top, kept first-over favorite Highalator hung out, then went on to withstand pocketsitter This Is The Plan by three-quarters of a length in the first Franklin contest in 1:48.1, equaling the fastest mile of the year on a 5/8-mile track. The son of Western Ideal, an early-season sensation in the Levy Series, was making his first purse start in seven weeks, but set fractions of :26.2, :54.1, and 1:21 for driver Dan Dube, then fired home in :27.1 to raise his seasonal earnings to $466,300 and his lifetime bankroll over $1.5 million for trainer Rene Allard and the ownership of Go Fast Stable, Stephen Klunowski, B & I Stables LLC, and Gil Short. Beckham Z's Tam and Duplicated N were third and fourth to advance to the Championship. In the second elimination, odds-on favorite and defending Franklin champion McWicked went first-over and got past pacesetter Lather Up on the far turn, but in a rare sight McWicked was passed in the stretch, as Lather Up fought back gamely in the lane and was able to win in 1:50.1. Lather Up fights back to win                             Curtis Salonick photo Lather Up made two speed moves during and just past a :26.4 quarter; he then backed off the tempo to :56.1 at the half, but still McWicked was able to gain an advantage on the pacesetter soon past the 1:23.3 three-quarters. But Lather Up, a son of I'm Gorgeous trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Gary and Barbara Iles, dug in deep for more power at driver Montrell Teague's urging and regained the lead, holding a neck advantage at the wire. Springsteen, in the 2018 Lynch winner's seasonal bow, had to back out and go four-wide in the lane, coming on late for second, a half length ahead of McWicked, with Miso Fast and Dorsuduro Hanover claiming the last spots in the Franklin Championship.   EARL BEAL 3YO OPEN TROT ELIMINATIONS ($25,000 each; top four from each elimination, with the fifth-place finisher with the most 2019 earnings, advancing to next Saturday's $500,000 Beal Championship) Greenshoe continued to prove that he may be harness racing's next superstar as he came uncovered in a :55.2 back half and trotted off effortlessly for a 1:52.3 victory, part of a "Green" sweep of the Beal eliminations for trainer Marcus Melander. The son of Father Patrick (who holds the 1:50.2 divisional world record) got away fourth in early fractions of :27.4 and :57.1, starting up raw near the half for driver Brian Sears and going right past pacesetting Osterc passing the 1:25 three-quarters. Greenshoe won by 3¼ eased-up lengths over 2-3 finishers Osterc and Marseille, with Goes Down Smooth and Reign Of Honor dead-heating for fourth and both going through to next week. Greenshoe remained undefeated after three seasonal starts for Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granquist, and Morten Langli. Green Manalishi S was ready to go in his first purse start of 2019, closing for victory in a career best 1:52.1 in the first Beal cut. White Tiger headed right down the road, setting early numbers of :27.1 and :55.4, but he could not handle the first-over move of Summit In Sight past the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Tim Tetrick had Green Manalishi S on that one's back, and gained through the last quarter to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Summit In Sight, with Swandre The Giant, the 7-5 chalk, escaping from the shuffle behind White Tiger to rally for third and Wittyville closing for fourth and advancing. Green Manalishi S, a son of Muscle Hill, now has 6 wins and 5 seconds in 11 lifetime starts for Melander and owners Courant Inc.   MAX C. HEMPT 3YO C&G PACE ELIMINATIONS ($25,000 each; top three from each elimination advancing to next Saturday's $500,000 Hempt Championship) The first elimination went to the American Ideal colt Shake That House, who set a lifetime mark of 1:49. Driver Brian Sears kept the ¾ brother to stablemate and Breeders Crown winner Split The House just off the early :26 battle between favored (7-5 vs. the winner's 3-2) Aflame Hanover and Air Force Hanover, then brushed past that rival and led to the half in :53.4. Aflame Hanover came back for more past the 5/8 and battled to the 1:21.4 three-quarters, but Shake That House shook off that one's challenge, then withstood Air Force Hanover coming up the Pocono Pike by a length, with Aflame Hanover holding for third. Chris Oakes conditions the winner of 7 of 13 lifetime starts for Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnson, and Northfork Racing Stable. Proof showed himself to be back in top form in the second Hempt elimination, as the A Rocknroll Dance colt won handily in 1:48.1, equaling the fastest mile of the year on a 5/8-mile track and a lifetime best. Proof                                                          --Curtis Salonick photo Proof was placed third by David Miller as Lyons Nighthawk and Captain Malicious sat 1-2 through fractions of :26.1, :54.1, and 1:21, with Proof in gear before the three-quarter pole and by the leader shortly afterwards, drawing off for a three length win. Brassy Hanover came up the inside to be second, 1¼ lengths ahead of Lyons Night Hawk but not close to Proof, the 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion who is trained by Brian Brown for Diamond Creek Racing and who has now won half his 16 career starts. Captain Victorious hung Escape The Beach through hard fractions of :26, :53.2, and 1:21.1, then had enough to power off to a two length win in 1:48.3 in the other section. Yannick Gingras knew what he had in the Ron Burke trainee and drove accordingly, and the son of Captaintreacherous was more than equal to the task, holding off pocketsitter Hurrikane Emperor by two lengths, with Highland Beachlover rallying for third. The Captain V Stable owns the winner, who knocked 2 3/5 lengths off his lifetime mark with his first 2019 visit to Victory Lane.   JAMES LYNCH 3YO FILLY PACE ELIMINATIONS ($20,000 each; top three from each elimination advancing to next Saturday's $300,000 Lynch Championship) Tall Drink Hanover profited from a pocket trip, then closed into a :27 kicker to take her Lynch elim in 1:50, equaling her mark. The daughter of Captaintreacherous left sharply for command, put St Somewhere in behind her, then yielded to the brush of favored Philly Hanover past the :27 quarter. Andrew McCarthy was content to keep "Tall Drink" in the two-hole behind the pacesetter through midsplits of :55.1 and 1:23, then had her in gear coming out of the hole headstretch and paced a big last eighth to pass the leader by a length, with St Somewhere a distant third. A winner of 9 of 15 starts lifetime, the winner is trained by Tony Alagna for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC. Alagna came right back in the second elim with Odds On St Lucie, the Sweet Lou miss out of a full sister to Captaintreacherous, who is perfect in two 2019 starts and has won five in a row dating back to last year. Odds On St Lucie and driver Dexter Dunn made two early moves before and after the :27 quarter, then surrendered control to favored Zero Tolerance before the :54.2 half. The winner kept close past the 1:22 three-quarters and through the turn, then used the Pocono Pike to be a winner in 1:49.4, a lifetime mark, finishing a half length clear of 25-1 closer Blue Ivy, with Zero Tolerance lasting for third to advance. Odds On St Lucie is owned by Odds On Racing. The third Lynch elim featured glamour fillies Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign, but it proved to be the slowest of the three, as the fastest 2YO ever, Warrawee Ubeaut, was able to get strolling mid-fractions while Treacherous Reign had to go first-over, then roared home in :26 for a 1:50.2 win. Warrawee Ubeaut                                                 --Curtis Salonick photo Another daughter of Sweet Lou, Warrawee Ubeaut quarter-moved to the top just past the :27.1 opener, then relaxed under Yannick Gingras' guidance and posted numbers of :56.3 and 1:24.3, the latter split with Treacherous Reign coming uncovered from fourth. Through the stretch pocketsitting Stonebridge Soul proved the biggest threat to the controlling winner, coming up the inside to get within ¾ of a length, with Treacherous Reign holding of Trillions Hanover to advance. Warrawee Ubeaut is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   $30,000 GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES - open pace None Bettor A took early command, set the pace, then held off 60-1 shot This Is The Plan in 1:49.2 to take his second Great Northeast Open Series pace and continue his winning streak to seven for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and the ownership of Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC. Dexter Dunn guided the Bettor's Delight gelding to the lead at the :27 quarter, put up middle times of :55 and 1:22.3, then was threatened up the inside by This Is The Plan but held together gamely by a neck; Courtly Choice, gapping third-inside on the turn, came back on for the show spot.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured harness racing Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 23). Prairie Fortune ($6.40) charged to the front and led the group to a :28.2 first quarter. He led to the half in :58.0. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) followed in the pocket. As they reached the back stretch Taco Tuesday (Mike Simons) went first-over and put on the pressure. Prairie Fortune, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, led to three-quarters in 1:26.0. He would put away Taco Tuesday at the top of the stretch. Prairie Fortune cruised to the victory in 1:54.1. Dragin The wagon was second best with Taco Tuesday settling for third money. Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. It was his fourth win in 2019. He now owns 51 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessy drove five winners on the card. He got his wins with Geronimo Fame ($2.70), My Cousin Vinnie ($3.50), Bazaar Bazaar ($14.60), Celebrity Lover ($6.10), and Campbellini ($3.90). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 23) with 12 races starting at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Hudson Phil (Shanghai Phil) became the first harness racing horse at Saratoga Casino Hotel to win the Open Pace four times in 2019 when he went coast-to-coast on Saturday night with Jay Randall in the sulky. Trainer Jackie Greene has taken home three consecutive Pacer of the Year awards with her Artful Way who is again enjoying a strong '19 campaign but on Saturday evening, it was Artful Way's stablemate who took the lead among local Open pacers after recording his fourth victory in the $15,000 feature this year. Assigned the outside post in the field of seven, Hudson Phil powered out to the lead in a first quarter of a snappy 26.4 but really never faced a solid threat before checking in at three quarters in 1:23.4. When the race's pocket-sitter made a break turning for home, the lead became insurmountable for Hudson Phil who opened up before winning by two and a half lengths in 1:52. Kiwi Tintin N (Jimmy Devaux) came on to finish second while veteran pacer Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) earned the show spot. The exacta and triple paid $21.00 and $56.00 led by the race's even money favorite Hudson Phil whose win was the 16th of his career in just his 49th lifetime start. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12 Noon first post.   Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Adonis Bay ($4.60) flexed his muscles in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 22) with a length decision over Manceiver in 1:54 over the fast harness racing track. It was the second consecutive pace-setting victory for Adonis Bay (Jim Morrill Jr.).   In the co-featured $12,000 Class A-Open Trot, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) went three-wide in the final quarter mile and was able to creep past the favored BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) late to register the $18.80 upset in 1:58.   Adonis Bay is finding the front end to his liking. Zooming off the starting gate, he was able to set comfortable fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3 and had more than enough as the closers had no answers on the perfect evening for racing. Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) skimmed the pylons and took second while Western Conquest (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Owned by Michael Gentner and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the third win in 19 attempts for Adonis Bay (If I Can Dream-Kiss Me I'm Lucky). The triumph increased the 7-year-old gelding's earnings to $40,850 this season and $261,755 in his career.   Wheels A Turning, also a winner of two straight, was able get in perfect position in the final panel and edge past BZ Glide in the lane, posting the length victory. Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) held on for third pace.   BZ Glide, cutting the mile with splits of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:27.2 was soften up to the third quarter pole as Southern Palms looked to trot on by. That attempt failed however leaving BZ Glide to try and fend off the challenge of Wheel A Turning in the lane. He put up a valiant effort but the 5-year-old mare Wheels A Turning was able to squeeze on by for the score.   Wheels A Turning rallies to capture Class A-Open trot.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the sixth win in 14 tries for Wheels A Turning (Cantab Free-Free Wheeling). The victory upped her 2019 bankroll to $37,500 and $192,902 lifetime.   There were a pair of $10,000 Class A paces on the program. In the first leg, Stratocaster (Morrill Jr.) used a :56.3 back half in collecting a 2-1/2 length victory over Lucky Nadotremblay (Shawn McDonough) in 1:55.4, returning $4.50 for the win.   The other bracket saw Lots Of Lovin (Fisher Jr.) go from seventh and last to first in the stretch and spring the $43.60 shocker in nipping Im So Handsome (Cummings) by a head in a seasonal best of 1:55.   Racing will resume on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. with a 15-race program set. There will be a two $57,600 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters along with a trio of $15,000 Excelsior A events and one $6,700 Excelsior B race. There's also a $616 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 22, 2019 -- Waiting patiently behind the leaders as they engaged in a suicidal dual, The Meadows newcomer Carolina Beach blazed through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:49.1 -- matching the harness racing track record -- in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. When Southwind Amazon engaged the leader, Windsong Leo, the pair battled throughout a blistering 26 third quarter. Carolina Beach, meanwhile, sat third, waiting for Aaron Merriman to release him. The 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding easily overtook the weary leaders, downing Windsong Leo by 2-3/4 lengths, with Southwind Amazon third. The time equaled the track mark for older gelding pacers held jointly by Atta Boy Dan, Escape The News and Reggiano. The victory capped a dream week for Merriman, owner Renee Bercury and trainer Bill Bercury, who teamed to win three featured races including Monday's with Barn Girl and Tuesday's with Touchamatic. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Chester, PA -- Street Boy ($13.00) parlayed a pocket trip to harness racing victory in Saturday's (June 22) featured $17,000 upper-level conditioned pace at Harrah's Philadelphia, grinding down Rockapelo en route to a 1:51.3 score. Simon Allard gunned the 4-year-old American Ideal straight to the front from post five, and the pair drilled a :26.1 first quarter before yielding to Rockapelo (Victor Kirby) with a circuit to go. After Rockapelo kept the pace strong through a :54.1 half, Allard angled Street Boy out up the backstretch to avoid being boxed by 8-5 favorite My Delight (Eric Carlson). Street Boy advanced in the breeze to claim a narrow lead from Rockapelo past three-quarters in 1:22.1, but would have to work to put his inside rival away. Turning for home, Street Boy had dismissed of Rockapelo, but My Delight loomed a closer threat. Undeterred, Street Boy held his ground, pacing strongly to a 1-1/2 length victory. My Delight was second, and Western Delight N (Troy Beyer) emerged from traffic to finish third. Trevor Stafford trains eight-time winner Street Boy for Rene Allard. Stoebe, Dark Pool win Billings Trot Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe captured her first driving win this year in a $12,000 C.K.G. Billings event, teaming up with Vinny Ginsburg's Dark Pool ($8.80) to narrowly collar Fiji in 1:56.3.                                              --Melissa Willhouse/World Wide Racing Photos With 8-5 favorite Noble Warrawee (Bob Hechkoff) off stride before the start, Stoebe was able to float Dark Pool into third to stalk Fiji (Scott Woogen) and Dunn Dealin (Matt Zucarrello) through splits of :28.2 and :58.2. Midway up the backstretch, Stoebe found a seam to split the first-over Powerful Yield (Mike Polansky) and the pocket-sitting Dunn Dealin before surging after Fiji nearing three-quarters in 1:27. After Dark Pool seized the lead at head-stretch and dug in to beat Fiji to the winning post by a neck, Polansky -- driver of third-place finisher Powerful Yield -- claimed foul against Stoebe, citing interference on the backstretch. The claim was disallowed, and Stoebe earned her sixth career driving win. Dark Pool, a 14-time winner, is a 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding trained by Paul Fusco. Jackpot Hi-5 carryover keeps growing The carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 ballooned to $18,338.73 after Always A Rocket ($78.80, Victor Kirby) sprung a 38-1 upset in the afternoon's fifth race and 87-1 shot Dalton Did It (Eric Carlson) finished second. No players correctly selected the 4-9-2-5-6 combination, resulting in an increased carryover for Sunday afternoon's (June 23) fifth race. The 20-cent wager requires players to select the top five finishers, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, with post time scheduled for 12:40 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies took place on a perfect Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The sky was clear, breeze light, harness racing track fast and temperature in the 70's when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 10:00am. Panem (Andy Mc Carthy) took the opener in 158.2, 29.1 after taking control from eventual third place finisher Winnerano (Trond Smedshammer) on the way to the 1:00.3 half then opening up a long lead before coasting in. Spoiled Princess (Brian Sears) closed to be second. The winner, a daughter of Father Patrick, is an Adam Bowden homebred via his Diamond Creek moniker and is trained by Nancy and Marcus Johansson. Race two was inherited by Violet Stride (Tim Tetrick) who was sitting a nice pocket to Jula Champagne (Yannick Gingras) when that rival jumped off stride just into the home stretch. Violet Stride never lifted her nose then trotted straight and true to a 1:59 record over Woodside Datendiva (Marcus Miller) and a strong stretch trotting Centa Hanover (Ake Svanstedt). Violet Stride is owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia who paid $280,000 at the Lexington Selected yearling Sale (LSYS) for the Trixton lass, bred by Kentuckiana Farms and Jorgen Jahare, Jr. Mark Harder is the trainer. Al Libfeld's impressive Muscle Hill homebred filly Ms Savannah Belle (Gingras) rolled by the filed from far back to get up in the shadow of the wire in 1:57 / 29.3 in the third. Bank Wise AS IT (Tetrick) set honest fractions throughout, faced a stretch challenge from Solsbury Hill (Scott Zeron) then succumbed to both rivals grudgingly. Per Engbloom trains the winner. Julia C (David Miller), a full sister to 2018 Goodtimes winner Wolfgang, led all the way and took a 1:58.1 record in this morning's 4th race. She faced no pressure and trotted home in 29 flat to seal the deal over the closing pair of Munster (Tetrick) and Creature Of Habit. Bred by Art & Leah Zubrod's Fair Island Farm who retain a share of the ownership with partners Brixton Medical Inc and Hatfield Stables, Julia C is trained by Engbloom. Hypnotic AM (Sears) and Hello Tomorrow (Gingras) threw down in a stretch battle in race five. After taking over early, Yannick relinquished the lead to Sears just before the 59.2 half with Hypnotic AM then sprinting to an open lead through a 27.4 third panel. Once straightened up, Gingras flipped Hello Tomorrow out for the drive and the fillies traded blows right to the wire with Hypnotic AM prevailing under careful Sears handling in 1:55.4. Marcus Melander trains the winner, A Courant, Inc. (Anders Strom) homebred. Word Of Honor took a 1:57.2 record for Team Miller (trainer Julie and driver Andy) when she sat quietly behind Sequin (Zeron) as that rival sailed along on the lead, then slid up the inside for the win. Thankful For You (Corey Callahan) got up over Sequin for the place. Word Of Honor is a daughter of Father Patrick, bred and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Trotting colt races commenced with the seventh where Fire N Fury (Tetrick) was a front stepping 2:01.1 winner over pocket rider Startrick (Josert Fonseca) and Ballcapsnbluejeans (Callahan). Marcus Melander trains the Explosive Matter colt, a $22,000 LSYS buy for Stall TZ. Celebrity Farms is the breeder. The Melander barn came right back with Rome Pays Off (Mattias Melander) who led at every call and won easily in 1:59 /29.1. Beyond Kronos (Tetrick) made a good impression in his maiden voyage to be second for trainer Jim Campbell and El Ideal (Svanstedt) took third. This Muscle Hill colt was a $155,000 Harrisburg sale purchase by Lennart Agren as SRF Stable. Brian Sears tamed Hayek this morning, holding the EL Titan snugly in the pocket behind even fractions set by Hennessey AM (Christian Lind), then easing past that rival through a 28.4 end to the 1:56.2 mile with something left. Big Oil (Andy Miller) raced well to get up for the place over Hennessey AM. Another Melander pupil, Hayek is owned by Courant, Inc who paid breeder Kostas Diakoloukas $70,000 for the colt in Lexington. Melander made four straight when Fly Eagle Fly (Sears) led all the way for a 1:59.1 win over Saxon (Tetrick) and Fear The Tiger (Marcus Miller). Fly Eagle Fly is a son of International star Bold Eagle bred in Italy and bought from the Lexington sale by Pontone, Gutnick, Lozito and Deo Volente Farms for $145,000. Sermon scored for Gingras and Engbloom in 1:58 under confident handling. Yannick mover the Muscle Hill colt to the top at the 59.2 half then held sway under no urging over Sheena Soldier (Zeron) and Kasha V (Dan Dube).Sermon is a Diamond Creek Farm/ Mel Hartman bred sold in Lexington for $115,000 to Consus Racing Inc and Longbridge Trotting. Ake Svanstedt won with the sharp EL Titan colt Moon Bridge with a late rally to get up over King Slayer (Gingras) in 1:58 / 29. I Have A Dream (C. Lind) was third. The winner is a homebred for Overseas Farm and Janne Korpi.' The pacing fillies got underway after the break with a pair by Captaintreacherous hitting the wire together in 1:54.3. After Never Ever Forget and Dexter Dunn sailed along on a clear lead past the 1:25.3 three quarters, Tim Tetrick got Rocknificent into gear and made a strong wide rally in the stretch to just miss. Tony Alagna trains the winner for AlagnaInTheGym, VJ Stable, Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco who gave $85,000 at Lexington. AM Bloodstock is the breeder. Three six figure yearling fillies by "The Captain" finished across the track the 14th with Caviart Jane (Zeron) holding Shebesailin (Gingras) and Baby Your the Best (D. Miller) at bay in 1:53.1 / 27.2 after setting all the fractions. The winner is a White Birch bred sold in Lexington to Cavirat Farms for $100,000, trained in the Johansson barn. Real Long Hanover (Dunn) took the same route to victory as her stable mate and continued the Captaintreacherous reign of terror as she led by many throughout then held on for the 1:54.3 / 28.4 win over JK Finendandy (Zeron). Alagna owns the filly with Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing who paid $50,000 at Harrisburg for the Hanover bred. Lottery Winner (Zeron) set all the fractions before facing a stern challenge from Chief Mate (Andy McCarthy) and dug in tenaciously to hold that rival off in stretch scrap for the 1:53.2 / 27.2 win. This $185,000 LSYS Bettor's Delight colt comes from the Johansson barn where he is trained for owners Joyce McClelland, Hatfield Stable, R A W Equine and the Ric Flair Stable. Kentuckiana Farms is the breeder. Territory (Gingras) took the 17th in 1:53.2 / 28.4, benefitting greatly when It's Showtime rolled off stride while on the lead as the field turned into the stretch. Territory took the baton then held on grimly for the win over Captain Groovy (Mark MacDonald). Per Engbloom trains the Diamond Creek homebred Sweet Lou half-brother to the great Pure Country. The last of the 18 baby races went to the Well Said colt Lake Charles (MacDonald) in 1:54.3 over Captain Barbosa (McCarthy). Lake Charles sat up close through even fractions before tipping out in the stretch to take the lead then dug in to hold rivals on both sides at bay. Ray Schnittker trains and owns the $35,000 Harrisburg yearling with Egloff, Hempt and Arnold. Vieux Carre is the breeder. Today's results are available on The Meadowlands website. Racing starts at 7:15 tonight highlighted by the "Wiener Dog" races in between the live races. Nick Salvi  

YONKERS, N.Y. – Since Trotting Grace arrived on the east coast this spring, she’s quickly made a name for herself harness racing in the top conditions at Yonkers Raceway. The 4-year-old is 2-for-5 at the Hilltop and has a pair of runner-up finishes. Her last outing resulted in a victory in her Open Handicap debut, but trainer Travis Alexander thinks the mare is still improving. “I think her best races are yet to come,” the trainer said. “I don’t think we’ve seen the bottom yet.” Trotting Grace spent the first two years of her career racing in the barn of Steven Searle in Illinois and Indiana. She won five races and finished second in the $135,000 Fox Valley Flan Series Final at 2. At 3, Trotting Grace earned another seven victories, including five straight in stakes company.  Trotting Grace moved to the barn of Walter Haynes early in 2019 before shipping east for her first start with Alexander May 3. The Cassis daughter’s ownership group, comprised of Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Adam Friedland, sent the mare to Alexander with their eyes on the lucrative purses at Yonkers. “She was a very good-looking mare and she was clean-gaited,” Alexander recalled of Trotting Grace’s arrival in the barn. “That’s the first thing I noticed; she’s very good-gaited. She can get around the turns so well. That’s what helps her so much, she handles those turns beautifully. That just goes along with her good gait.” Although Trotting Grace finished sixth in her Yonkers debut in a $23,000 overnight, Alexander was encouraged. The start proved to be a learning experience for both the mare and her new trainer. “I was very happy to have a chance to see what she could do. As soon as they sent her out, we actually put her in the box before she arrived in the barn. She raced OK, she came first-over, needed a headpole, little things. We got to know her a little better,” Alexander said. Trotting Grace finished second in the same class the following week after riding the pocket. She was the runner up again May 24 after pouncing on longshot leader Warrawee Shipshape on the third turn and getting caught late by 1-2 favorite Winning Shadow in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race.   Trotting Grace broke through in her next start with Brent Holland in the bike, scoring a dominating 4-length victory on the front end at the $29,000 level June 8. She took advantage of an inside draw last week (June 15) to post a front-stepping win in the $44,000 Open Handicap Trot over Smalltownthrowdown in a lifetime mark of 1:54.1. The victories improved Trotting Grace’s record to 15-for-43 with $249,591 earned.  “I think that first start, she had to figure out the half and from there, she got it down,” Alexander said. “After that, she really started to click in our program. Getting better, and better, and better. Her last two starts, she was good. I feel that she’s improving. “With the rail last week, I knew we’d be up close. I didn’t know we’d be on the front, but it just worked out,” he continued. “Brent did a great job rating a nice mile and it couldn’t have worked out any better. She responded and that’s what good horses do, they respond when you give them the trip.” Trotting Grace will start from post five in the $44,000 Open Handicap Trot Saturday night (June 22). Brent Holland will be back in the bike and the pair are 9-2 on the morning line. Alexander feels Trotting Grace is continuing to improve and thinks Holland has played a key role in managing her energy on the track. “She trained very well (Wednesday). So, we’re taking it a race at a time,” he said. “She jogs and we train her a mile-and-a-half Wednesday for Saturday. She’s actually pretty calm and relaxed at the farm, not overly aggressive. At Yonkers, she gets pretty keyed-up. In the post parade, she can get pretty warm. Brent has done a great job getting her to relax in the race and it’s worked out pretty well.” The field for this week’s trotting feature also includes In Secret, who returns to the Open after a runner-up finish in the Preferred trot last out June 15 and is the 5-2 morning line favorite from an assigned post one. Smalltownthrowdown drew post four for Jim Marohn, Jr. and Rene Allard while Will Take Charge, the Open victor two weeks ago who was handicapped by post seven last week, moves inside to post three; the pair are each 3-1 on the morning line.  Ten-year-old Melady’s Monet returns off about a month’s freshening and will start from post two. Chasin’ Dreams, third in last week’s feature, completes the field from post six. “It’s post five in a six-horse field, so it’s not as bad. It’s going to be very interesting to see because I don’t know how Brent is going to approach it,” Alexander said. “There’s a lot of speed on the inside of her, but she can race off the pace, she can race off a helmet. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried that this week.  “I’m not going to tell him what to do,” Alexander continued. “The owners, they like to go forward, they like to race and be aggressive. Sometimes you think everybody’s leaving and nobody leaves. It’s so hard to know how it’s all going to play out.” Saturday night’s card also features the weekly $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Atlanta and Fiftydallarbill were the impressive winners of the fourth and final leg of the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The finals for both pacers and trotters take place on July 6 at the Big M. Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner who trotted the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history a week ago with a 1:50.2 clocking in the Armbro Flight, opted to come from off the pace in her Graduate division. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip picked up live cover from Muscle M Up down the backstretch after racing eighth and last to the opening quarter, tipped with an eighth of a mile to go, and stormed past the field to score by 1¼ lengths over a fast-closing Plunge Blue Chip. Crystal Fashion was third. "I kind of wanted to race her off a helmet tonight," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "I wanted to see what she would do. I was confident. There was never an anxious moment." Atlanta, who is trained by Ron Burke, trotted the mile in 1:50.4 and returned $2.40 to her backers as the 1-5 public choice while staying perfect in five 2019 starts. In the other Graduate division, Fiftydallarbill worked out a perfect pocket trip behind even-money favorite Six Pack and charged by his rival nearing the wire to record a neck victory. Phaetosive was third. Driver Corey Callahan likely won the race during the initial quarter, extending Six Pack through an opening split of :27.4. "I was trying to make him work a little bit into that first turn," said Callahan. In mid-stretch, Callahan tipped the son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick out of the pocket with an eighth to go and wore down Six Pack to record his 18th lifetime win in 42 starts. "I thought we were going to get by," said Callahan, who was fortunate to pick up this drive. "I really lucked out. He's gone through a couple of drivers but I really didn't have a horse for this class, so it worked out well for me." Fiftydallarbill paid $8.00 as the second choice in the wagering for trainer Katricia Adams. His final clocking of 1:50.2 equaled Greenshoe (May 31) and Atlanta (last Saturday) for the fastest trotting mile of the year in the spot. A LITTLE MORE: Caviart Ally was no doubt glad to not have to face Shartin N (whom she went up against in each of her last three starts) and took it out on her foes in the third leg of the Rainbow Blue Series, stopping the clock in a lifetime-best equaling 1:48.3 while 1¾ lengths in front of Apple Bottom Jeans. The Brett Pelling trainee, who was driven by Andy McCarthy, returned $3.40 as the 3-5 favorite. ... Speaking of favorites, eight visited victory lane during the course of the 13-race card. ... One sharp player wagering into the Twin Spires hub had the only ticket to survive six legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $8,960. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $115,221. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,337,789. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 22, 2019--Indiana's top three-year-old pacing colts and fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 to square off in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and did so in impressive fashion. The evening's 14-race card featured three $34,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Feherty and Peter Wrenn kicked off the action packed evening and delivered as the heavy post time favorite, scoring in 1:50.1 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Feherty tipped out from behind the pace-setting Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger late in the lane and paced strong to the wire to record his third consecutive victory. "I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "It's a long season and we've taken our time with him. He's still very green but he's figuring things out with every start. He raced great tonight, I was very happy with him." Unraced at two, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Cambeth has now won four of five lifetime starts and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Feherty has amassed $42,850 in lifetime purse earnings and is owned in partnership by Dana Parham and Eleven Star Stables. The three-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Mike Oosting and Fully A Virgin who got up in the final strides of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3. Slightly dismissed at odds of 7-1, Oosting opted for a trip off the pace. Turning for home, Fully A Virgin tipped off cover and utilized a :26.3 closing kick to get the win by a head in a four-horse photo. Trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., Fully A Virgin recorded her second win of the season from seven trips behind the gate and established a new lifetime best in the process. With the win, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Full of Gold pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark for owner, breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. In the very next race, Little Rocket Man, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, continued his winning ways to score in 1:50.1 by nearly two lengths for trainer Missy Essig. Little Rocket made a powerful move down the backside and then dug in gamely nearing the wire to record his second consecutive win and establish a new lifetime mark. "Roger Cullipher trained him this winter and deserves a lot of credit for this colt," Essig noted after the win. "When we started the season we weren't sure if he was going to be a stakes colt but we knew he was a nice horse. He loves his job and takes really good care of himself. He has a great attitude and that will take him a long way." With the win, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal improved his lifetime stats to 9-7-0-1. Unraced as a two-year-old, Little Rocket Man has now earned $50,130 for his owners Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman. Following suit, Play For Pay and Brandon Bates used similar front-running tactics to score in the second and final division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Bates sent the Michael Arnold trainee to the front and she was able to hold off the heavy favorite, Rockin Nola and Joey Putnam, to get the win by three-parts of a length. The 1:51.3 was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. Trained by Michael Arnold, Play For Pay recorded her second win of the season from eight starts and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Play For Pay and Brandon Bates                      --Linscott Photography The daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Fox Valley Ivy has now won four of 21 lifetime outings. Owned by Ira Steinberg, Play For Pay has accumulated $90,815 in lifetime purse earnings. Fresh off a decisive win last week, Egomania turned in another gritty performance to take home top honors in the final division for three-year-old pacing colts. With regular pilot John DeLong in the bike, Egomania went gate to wire and held off all challengers to score in 1:50.2. Trained by Brian Brown, Egomania recorded his third consecutive victory and fourth win from five starts this season. "I knew I wanted to be up close," DeLong noted after the victory. "He's very versatile and always has been but he's really grown up from two to three. He covers a lot of ground and this year he's really got the will and wants to win." Egomania                                                                     --Linscott Photography Sired by Always A Virgin, Egomania is owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera. With the win, Egomania pushed his lifetime bankroll to $262,725. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, June 22 with a twelve race card featuring a $20,000 Open Trot and $20,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares. In conjunction with the live racing action, Harrah's Hoosier Park will play host to the $35,000 Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge. For more information on the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge, upcoming entertainment, or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Alex The Great (John MacDonald) takes the featured harness racing trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 21). Alex The Great ($5.40) jumped out of the gate and went to the lead with American JJ (Michael Miller) following in the pocket, as they hit the first quarter in :28.0. Alex The Great controlled the race to the half in :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:26.0. Alex The Great, who is owned by Glenn Schnackeberg and Kellie Dickie while trained by Timothy Dickie, continued to lead as they reached the stretch. American JJ got out of the pocket and gave chase but Alex The Great was too strong to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.1. American JJ settled for second best. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third. Alex The Great is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He won for the third time this season. It was career victory number nine. John MacDonald, Jimmy Whittemore, and Claude Huckabone Jr. each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald got his other win with Cash Crazy Express ($2.70). Whittemore won with Princess Gazella ($3.30), and Love Live Laugh ($6.80). Huckabone Jr. teamed up with trainer Jeff Sorenson to win with Story Time Hanover ($12.00), and Heart Crusher ($9.00). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 22) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Gigi From Figi wins the filies & mares featured harness racing pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 21). Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) put up all the early fractions (:27.0, :55.1, 1:23.2). Gigi From Figi ($4.60), who is owned by trainer Mike Deters with L. Barnett and J Spindler, followed in second the whole trip. As they reached the stretch she came flying out of the pocket. She took the lead but and dug down deep to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Marvalous Jet (Mike Merton) and third place finisher Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) to win in 1:52.0. Gigi From Figi is a 5-year-old mare by Ponder. It was her seventh win this season. She now owns 16 career victories. Fern Paquet Jr. drove three winners on the night. He got his wins with Workin For Peanuts ($8.30), Studio City ($4.20), and Check Mach ($7.40). Mike Merton and Wally Hennessey each have drove 32 winners to lead all drivers. Jim Taggart Jr is currently in third pace with 18 victories. Fern Paquet Jr (17), and Andy Santeramo (16),round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Saturday (June 22) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com     John Horne for Tioga Downs.

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