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CHESTER PA – On “Trottin’ Thursday” at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the Swan For All gelding Gold Medal Swan extended his harness racing winning streak to three races, closing for a 1:54.1 victory before a storm hit the area. Driver David Miller got the winner of $180,446 fourth as 72-1 shot Tough Mac bolted from post eight to the quarter in :26.3; by the time that one had moderated the half to :56.2, Cash For Gold was out from third to go first-over, with Gold Medal Swan right on his back. Cash For Gold cleared to the lead towards the 1:24.2 three-quarters, leaving the favorite uncovered on the far turn, Cash For Gold battled on in the lane, but Gold Medal Swan kept gaining on his hard-used foe, and in the end he could dash clear by 1¾ lengths. Mark Silva owns and trains Gold Medal Swan, who has now won half of his six 2019 starts. Two-year-old trotters, all making their purse debuts, contested two $13,000 races, one each for both sexes. In the filly race, held early before the storm arrived, the Muscle Hill – Viva Las Lindy miss Hannah vacated the three-hole at the three-quarters, went to the lead in the stretch, then withstood closing favorite Sherry Lyns Lady by ¾ of a length in 1:57.2, which was a North American divisional season’s record in addition to her first winning outing.  The fleet filly had personal back fractions of :57.4 - :28.4 in winning for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller, and the ownership of Andy Miller Stable Inc., Lawrence Dumain, and Little E LLC. In the race for males, the Trixton – Lima Playmate colt Play Trix On Me came to his contest with a 2:00 qualifying win at Pocono, and he came out of it with a mark of 1:58.1 despite the arriving rain for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Gareth Dowse, and owner Matthew Dugan. The chalk winner made a quarter-move and controlled the pace, showing fine end speed of :58 - :28.3 to win by 5¾ lengths.         Another freshman winner was the pacing filly Shotgun Persuasion, dropped in against one other baby and six older foes in a “nw 1” event, and again Tim Tetrick had the winning drive. The daughter of Western Ideal – Merculese spotted midpack early, went out then back in down the backstretch to avoid gapping cover, then got clearance up the inside in the stretch. Though the first-time purse starter appeared to be attracted by the tote board in late stretch, Shotgun Persuasion still had enough late kick to get her cocked-left head to the wire first by a nose in 1:57.1 (track still “fast”) for trainer Jim King Jr. and owner Jo Ann Looney-King.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- The Jackpot Hi-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia has seen its carryover again reach five figures, as the jackpot has passed the $12,000 mark in advance of Friday's (June 21) card. After prohibitive favorite Elysium Lindy ($2.10, Yannick Gingras) keyed a 4-3-1-2-6 combination which returned $96.70 to multiple players in Thursday's fifth race, the carryover for Friday increased to $12,124.28. The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager which requires players to select the top five finishers in the fifth race daily, and the carryover is paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket. Friday's 14-race card at Harrah's Philadelphia is slated for a 12:25 p.m. Eastern start time.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

For the second consecutive Thursday afternoon, Osprey Blue Chip (American Ideal) pulled off a harness racing upset in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A recent claim by trainer Lisa Zabielski, Osprey Blue Chip prevailed in last week's (June 13th) installment of the ladies' feature by scoring at odds of 21-1. On Thursday, the five year old mare drew post four in the five-horse feature and was again dismissed by the betting public, this time at odds of 12-1. Brett Crawford again sat behind the new Zabielski stable star and got away last in the $15,000 Open for distaffers. As the favorites slugged it out, Osprey Blue Chip followed the cover of the 3-5 betting choice Betterb Chevron N (Mark Beckwith) before tipping off that cover turning for home. The longshot won the battle in the stretch, coming on to score in 1:53.4 to set a new lifetime mark while pulling off yet another upset. Betterb Chevron N finished second while Spreester (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot. For Osprey Blue Chip, it was win number six in twelve starts in 2019 with each of her last three victories coming while sent out at odds of 12-1 or higher. She paid $27.80 to win in her most recent upset score and led an exacta with the favorite second that returned $167.50. Osprey Blue Chip is owned by Bill Reepmeyer LLC of Meredith, NH. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Captain Crunch has vaulted back to the top harness racing spot in Week 8 of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farns Meadowlands Pace" after his stunning 1:47.2 score in the North America Cup. The "Big Three" of Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery will all skip the Max Hempt to prepare for The Pace.   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Captain Crunch ($1,050,806 – 1:47.2)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Rebounded in a big way in the North America Cup Final after jumping a shadow the week before in his elimination, scoring impressively after leaving the gate, coming after favorite Workin Ona Mystery, then holding off Bettor’s Wish in a dazzling performance. Johansson: “I don’t think he’s ever come alongside a horse and not won. The mile did not take a lot out of him. After the race, he was in the paddock and he felt like he was the King of the World. We are skipping the Hempt to go to the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 1st (1:47.2) 2 Bettor’s Wish ($639,556 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Raced big but came up three-quarters-of-a-length short in his quest to stay unbeaten in five starts this year in a superb NA Cup effort. Ryder: “This horse is usually very relaxed but after the recall he got a little grabby in the race. I’m going to give him an easy week and get ready for the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 2nd (1:47.3) 3 Workin Ona Mystery ($258,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   The 7-5 NA Cup favorite reached three-quarters on the point in 1:20 before settling for third, only his second career defeat in 10 starts. Brown: “He was really good. Tough trip. When you go for a million it ain’t going to be easy. We’ll try it again Meadowlands Pace night.” A rematch of the division’s Big Three is something worth looking forward to. Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3) 4 Best In Show ($96,163 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Came close to getting the final check in The Cup, finishing sixth in 1:48.2 in just his ninth career start. Toscano: “He checked a little bit at the half. He was just getting a full head of steam and then got startled. Every week for this colt has been an education. We’ll go in the (Ontario Sire Stakes) Gold next Saturday then come back for the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 6th (1:48.2) 5 Air Force Hanover ($209,638 – 1:50.1)   Y. Gingras, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Failed to qualify for the final, finished a respectable third in the consolation as the third choice to Century Farroh. Brown: “He couldn’t get all the way to the wire up there (at Mohawk). He showed some blood. He’s in the Hempt, and hopefully, we can control his bleeding with a higher dose of Lasix.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 3rd (1:50) 6 Hurrikane Emperor ($325,400 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   It was not his night at The ‘Hawk, was never close in The Cup but did kick home in :27.1 – which was the second fastest final quarter in the race – to finish eighth. McDermott: “He just wasn’t comfortable in the NA Cup. He was rough-gaited but had tons of pace late. I’m changing his shoes and he drew well for the Hempt.”  Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 8th (1:49.3) 7 De Los Cielos Deo ($217,758 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     He was a hot item at the windows, being sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, but did not live up to that billing, finishing seventh in The Cup. Burke: “Hate to make excuses, but this horse did not do well after the recall. Maybe something scared him. Normally, he would be fine. We’ll skip the Hempt and go to the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3) 8 Buddy Hill ($112,431 – 1:52)   J. Bartlett, M. Melander Tom Hill     Makes his first appearance in the Top 10 by registering a sharp win over Reigning Deo in 1:52 at Tioga for just his second lifetime victory. Melander: “We were very happy with him at Tioga. Tough half on a sloppy track. He’ll be at Yonkers next Thursday in the New York Sire Stakes. He’s staked to everything.” Last Race: 6/16 – TgD – New York Sire Stakes – 1st (1:52) 9 Caviart Rockland ($93,265 – 1:50.3)   Y. Gingras, N. Johansson Caviart Farms   Breaks into the Top 10 after finishing second in a nice try in the NA Cup Consolation after pacing home in :27. Johansson: “He raced super. Had the roles been reversed (racing from off the pace instead of on the lead) I think he would have gotten there. We have some options to get him a race before The Pace.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1) 10 Reigning Deo ($288,725 – 1:54.1Q)   A. McCarthy, B. Pelling Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, Brian Gordon   Went a First-over trip on the way to a fourth-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga in his last start. Pelling: “He just needs to be better. I need to back off and let him do his thing. He’s a sound, lovely horse but things have to go his way. He’ll race next Thursday at Yonkers.” Last Race: 6/16 – TgD – New York Sire Stakes – 4th (1:52.4)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/4 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Mea Mea Mea Southwind Ozzi WORKIN ONA MYSTERY LOVE ME SOME LOU B. Mac Kenzie B. Brown T. Cancelliere T. Tetrick T. Tetrick D. Miller PROOF Wild Wild Western Brassy Hanover Prince Of Tides Captain Malicious CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS 1:50.4 1:50.1 1:50.4 5/11 Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars PcD PcD PcD BLOOD MONEY Branquinho AIR FORCE HANOVER N. Johansson R. Schnittker B. Brown S. Zeron T. Buter G. Napolitano, Jr. ESCAPETOTHEBEACH LYONS NIGHT HAWK Highlandbeachlover Brassy Hanover Warrawee Unique SUGAR FACTORY 1:50 1:50.1 1:50.1 5/13 NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes MR MR MR Hickfromfrenchlick Major March Rollwithpapajoe R. Schnittker L. Toscano J. Bongiorno M. MacDonald J. Bartlett T. Buter American Mercury Major Blake REIGNING DEO Stone Hanover Astaire Covered Bridge 1:55 1:55 1:56 5/17 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Clintock Black Dan 1:53.2 5/18 Art Rooney Elim. Art Rooney Elim. YR YR AIR FORCE HANOVER BETTOR’S WISH B. Brown C. Ryder D. Miller D. Dunn BUDDY HILL BLOOD MONEY PRICE HANOVER Rollwithpapajoe 1:52.4 1:53.2 5/19 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes PcD PcD PcD Wild Wild Western CAPTAIN CRUNCH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY N. Parker N. Johansson B. Brown M. Wilder S. Zeron T. Tetrick CAVIART STETSON Southwind Ozzi LOVE ME SOME LOU SEMI TOUGH PROOF Highlandbeachlover 1:52 1:49.1 1:49.3 5/24 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Black Dan Clintock 1:52 5/25 Art Rooney Final YR BETTOR’S WISH C. Ryder D. Dunn   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Fresh off trotting the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history, 2018 Hambletonian winner Atlanta looks to stay unbeaten in five 2019 starts when she pulls into the Meadowlands Friday night for the fourth leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds. Atlanta, currently second in the weekly Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll, has drawn post 8 in the first of two Graduate divisions and will start out at even-money on the morning-line. Last Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Yannick Gingras-driven, Ron Burke-trained daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip won the Armbro Flight in an eye-popping 1:50.2. Six Pack, post 4 and 2-1, takes on Fiftydallarbill, post 3 and 5-2, in the second division. The Graduate Series' finals are on July 6 at the Big M. Another fabulous female on the Friday card is Caviart Ally, who will start out at 8-5 from post 2 in the third leg of the Rainbow Blue Series with Andy McCarthy in the bike. Things look easier for the Brett Pelling trainee this time around, as in her last three starts, she was defeated by No. 1 in the Top 10 poll Shartin N, who won the Roses Are Red a week ago in 1:49. "She's only had six starts this year," said Pelling. "And I'm trying to dodge Shartin a little bit if I can. No one is going to look at Caviart Ally and say the racing is getting to her. I'd almost rather race her than train her." In addition to the top-flight Friday night 13-race card, fans of the fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five have much to look forward to, as the wager's carryover stands at $113,204. Last Friday saw the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 take solid play once again, as $50,303 was poured into the pot. Despite two heavy favorites scoring during the sequence, those who cashed winning 20-Cent tickets walked away with $325. Daring bettors who played $1 tickets cashed in for $1,626. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool topped $100,000 for the sixth time in the last nine tries, as a total of $117,098 was put in play. Free program pages and expert selections for the 20-Cent Pick-4 (Friday only) and 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available by going to and Both wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout. 'HIGHA' SEE YA 'LATAR': Last Friday (June 14) at the Meadowlands, Highalator remained atop the aged pacing division by taking the third leg of the Golden Receiver Series in 1:48.3 to run his winning streak to six. Guardian Angel As impressed on the trot, taking the third leg of the Mr Muscleman Series in 1:52.1 to win his third straight. On Saturday (June 15) night, Woodbine at Mohawk Park had their race card of the year, with bettors wagering just over $3.8 million on the 15 races. The major stakes results: Goodtimes (3YOT): Pilot Discretion, 1:52.4. Armbro Flight (3upFMT): Atlanta, 1:50.2. Mohawk Gold Cup (InvP): Jimmy Freight, 1:48.1. Fan Hanover (3YOFP): Treacherous Reign, 1:48.3. North America Cup (3YOP): Captain Crunch, 1:47.2. Roses Are Red (3upFMP): Shartin N, 1:49. COUNTDOWN TO THE PACE: The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace is only two weeks away, and the top three finishers in the North America Cup - Captain Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery - are all going to be there, according to their trainers. Meadowlands Pace Night is Saturday, July 13. The eliminations are one week earlier, on July 6, when there will be a special early 6:35 p.m. post time. WIENER TAKES ALL: The second annual "Wiener Dog Derby" will take place at the Big M on Saturday (June 22). It's free to attend with free parking, and the action gets underway at 6:45 p.m. There is $1,600 in prize money up for grabs. Be aware that the only dogs allowed at the track will be dachshunds and all canines must be currently licensed and up to date on all shots, including a rabies vaccination. For complete rules, go to HORSEPLAY CAR GIVEAWAY: Every live race night from now until Aug. 2, you could win a brand-new Toyota C-HR by participating in the Big M's "Horseplay Giveaway". Just grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or official Horseplay table and if you can throw your horse into a moving car at the conclusion of the sixth race, it will give you a chance at winning a $100 betting voucher and put you in the drawing for the C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated monthly charity. The drawing for the car will take place on Aug. 2, and to win, one must be present. Meadowlands Media Relations    

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20, 2019 -- When Nitro Seelster pulled off a 13-1 upset last week against The Meadows' elite pacers, it may have been his most powerful harness racing performance since arriving here in 2014. His reward? He gets to face an even tougher bunch Saturday to prove his win was no fluke -- and he'll have to do it from post 8. That feature, a $20,000 Open Handicap, goes as race 8, with Tony Hall driving Nitro Seelster for trainer Sarah Andrews and owners Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton. First post is 1:05 PM. A 9-year-old Camluck-No Strikes Against gelding, Nitro Seelster seemed destined for greatness when he brought $150,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale. He was unraced at 2 and 3, however, and finally began to show his talent at 4 under the tutelage of the late trainer Doug Hamilton. He earned $118,583 that year -- his lifetime bankroll is $324,763 -- and took his 1:49.4 mark at Pocono. He's won 26 races, perhaps none more impressive than his victory last week. Hall moved him behind the first-over cover of Real Peace, only to have Real Peace duck back to an unexpected opening along the cones. That left Nitro Seelster uncovered -- and trying to chase down the formidable Windsong Leo on the lead. He did just that, scoring in 1:50, just a tick off his career best. Andrews says losing his cover that day may have been a blessing. "That was the best-case scenario," she says. "When you pull him, he needs a couple steps to get his feet back straight, so you have to wait a little bit. But when he has a straight shot, he knows what he's supposed to do, and he will try to win. "He's versatile, so you can do pretty much you want with him. He's probably better now than he's been the entire time I've had him." On Saturday, 'Nitro' will have to be explosive, so to speak, to repeat. Not only are Windsong Leo and Real Peace back, but he'll also have to deal with Southwind Amazon (post 7, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), who was harness racing's "winningest" horse last year with 22 victories, and Carolina Beach (post 6, Aaron Merriman), a Saratoga invader making his first start in the powerful stable of Renee and Bill Bercury. Carolina Beach is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Andrews also will be represented in the feature by Vague Traces (post 1, Brady Brown) but isn't as high on his chances. "He's coming back from a break and probably will need a couple races to get back to himself," she says. Saturday's card also features a $1,257.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

With a returning Dan Patch Award winner (Six Pack) and multiple world-record-holder (Plunge Blue Chip) among his 4-year-old trotters, it's no surprise to find harness racing trainer Ake Svanstedt with a horse tied for the points lead after three rounds of the Graduate Series. Except for the surprise. The horse is Muscle M Up. "He's a surprise. He's surprised me," Svanstedt said with a laugh about the 4-year-old stallion, who has a win and a second in his two Graduate starts. "When he came to me, he did not train so good before he qualified. But when he qualified, he was a different horse. He was a real racehorse. He wants to race. He has a good heart, very good heart." Muscle M Up has won three of four races overall this season, earning $54,000. The stallion was purchased by Knutsson Trotting Inc. at last fall's Standardbred Mixed Sale for $65,000 after campaigning for breeder-owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell. As a 2-year-old, Muscle M Up won two of three races including a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. He was limited to eight starts, winning two, at age 3. "I talked with Jim Campbell and he said he had a lot of problems when he was young," Svanstedt said. "Maybe he is older now and stronger. I think the time has helped. He feels like a good horse." Muscle M Up, a son of Muscle Hill out of stakes-winner Fashion Athena, won his first Graduate start in a career-best 1:51.2 on May 18 at The Meadowlands. On June 9, he finished second to mare Custom Cantab in a Graduate division at Tioga Downs. Custom Cantab and gelding Crystal Fashion are tied with Muscle M Up with 60 points apiece in the series. On Friday, Muscle M Up competes in the first of two $50,000 final preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. He faces a challenging task, meeting a field that includes newly minted Canadian record holder Atlanta, Crystal Fashion, Custom Cantab, Plunge Blue Chip, and 2017 Dan Patch Award winner Manchego. Atlanta, the 2018 Trotter of the Year, is unbeaten in four races this season and heads to Friday's start off a 1:50.2 win in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ron Burke-trained mare is the even-money favorite on the morning line. "This is a tougher race for him, but I think he can do a good race," Svanstedt said about Muscle M Up, who will have Andy Miller in the sulky because Svanstedt will drive mare Plunge Blue Chip. "I think he is going to race good." Plunge Blue Chip finished second to Atlanta in her elimination for the Armbro Flight Stakes but got sick the day after the race and was scratched from the final. She shares the world records for 3-year-old filly trotters on a half-mile track (1:53.1) and mile track (1:49.4). Plunge Blue Chip (Curtis Salonick Photo) "She grew a lot during the winter," Svanstedt said about the mare, who has won 17 of 27 career races and earned $1.01 million. "She is bigger and taller. She is a bigger horse. She did not grow so much between (ages) 2 and 3, but this winter she grew a lot. I'm excited to see what she can do this summer. "There are some tough horses, but she raced (1):49.4 two times last year, so she's not so bad either. She trained a lot of miles but not so fast before she qualified, so every race is going to move her forward." Svanstedt expects the same from Six Pack, improvement in every start. Six Pack, who last season became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history (1:49.1) on his way to Dan Patch honors, is in the second Graduate division, where he is the 2-1 morning-line favorite over Fiftydallarbill (5-2) and Phaetosive (4-1). Six Pack, a stallion who has won 16 of 25 career starts and $1.38 million, captured his Graduate debut at the Big M before finishing third behind Crystal Fashion and Fiftydallarbill at Tioga. The $250,000 Graduate Series finals for trotters and pacers are July 6 at The Meadowlands. Friday's card at the Big M also includes the third round of the Rainbow Blue Series for female pacers. Caviart Ally is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of six going for a purse of $40,000. Caviart Ally won the May 18 leg of the Rainbow Blue and enters Friday's race off a third-place finish in the Roses Are Red Stakes. Kissin In The Sand, the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer, is the 2-1 second choice. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) Friday. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Middletown, NY --- Monday (June 24) will be your last opportunity to consign horses to the 2019 Goshen Yearling Sale that will be held on Sunday (Sept. 8) at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. This year's harness racing sale has drawn a lot of interest and there has been a late rush of consignments in recent weeks. However Monday will be the final day to enter the sale. Since 2015, the Goshen Yearling Sale has offered high quality stock from top breeders including Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Concord Stud, Cameo Hills Farm and Boxwood Farm. The sale has grown each year in both size and popularity and has become a favorite yearling venue for New York bred horses. "Once again this year we will be able to offer an outstanding group of colts from our top consignors and that should push sales averages up across the board" said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales. "We always have a great crowd on hand and are already looking forward to a large turnout on the second Sunday of September. Our staff will do whatever it takes to make sure this year's sale is a total success for both the sellers and the buyers." The sales facility is located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY, which is within a ninety-minute drive of many major race tracks and training centers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, making it a very convenient location. It's also only eight miles away from the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and the Goshen Historic Track, making it easy to visit those historic places during your weekend. Everything you need to know about the fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale is now available on their website at where consignment forms, a catalog request portal and hotel information for local lodging all can be found. For any other inquiries please contact Mark Ford directly at 973-568-3253 (cell) or by email at . By Tim Bojarski, for Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales

Cream Ridge, NJ - 6/20/19 - Here are a few new, simple and tax-deductible ways to join Standardbred Retirement Foundation in helping these majestic animals in need:   ROUND-UP- You can round up your purchase and donate your change, take a tax-deduction and feed a horse by using the app RoundUp. You can choose a limit and stop at any time. Once you sign up it securely links your credit card or cards with payment through Stripe-the same payment processor used by Amazon, Facebook, Lyft and others. The average yearly contribution equates to $15-20 annually. Once signed on you never have to do another thing, it’s all automatic. You can download the app for iPhone, Android or create an account on the Web. Take a look at the 90 second video below that explains how it works.   DONATE YOUR CAR, HORSE TRAILER, RV OR BOAT - Call us in the office at 609-738-3255 to donate, then sit back, and wait for your tax-deductible receipt.    OTHER WAYS TO DONATE:   • Amazon Smile • iGive • Employer Matches • eBay for Charities • Good Search (Search engine) • Details Jewelry • Red Top Fly Traps    These are a few ways for you to help more horses in need. It’s truly a game changer for the horses.     Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide more information. Contact our office at 609-738-3255 or email us at Our mission would not be possible without you, so thank you again for your loyalty and support!   Tammy Cailliau Phone: 609-738-3255 Email address:

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 19, 2019--Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah's Hoosier Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 19 as they play host to the second round of the stakes action for the three-year-old harness racing competitors throughout the week. Indiana-sired sophomore trotting fillies were the featured attraction on the evening's 14-race card with two $47,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. In just her second start of the season, Grand Swan continued her winning ways to capture the opening division of the stakes action and deliver as the heavy betting favorite for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Stopping the timer in 1:54 over a track rated good, Grand Swan recorded her second win from two starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post eight, Miller took no chances and his sent his filly straight to the front. Grand Swan would have to work for position as Kota's Swan and Sam Widger also left alertly to grab the lead through the opening quarter in :27.4 before relinquishing command just before the half. Grand Swan dictated fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.1 before being joined on the outside by Morairtime and John DeLong. Employing a :27.4 final panel, Grand Swan was able to hold off Morairtime and also a late rally by Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. As the 3-5 favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting window. "I thought she might be a little short given the time off because I wasn't able to train her as fast as I would have liked but she raced tough tonight," Miller noted after the win. "It wasn't her ideal trip but she raced tough." "She likes to work and likes to train so I think with a few more starts she will be even better," he continued. "If she comes out of the race okay and everything checks out, we will probably try her in the Star Destroyer next week." The $50,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters is scheduled for June 26 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her second win of the season and tenth lifetime victory from 14 trips behind the gate. With the win, Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $235,625 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. The win was also career driving win number 998 for driver LeWayne Miller who is on the verge of reaching the 1,000 win milestone. The second division saw Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates spring the 13-1 upset and score in 1:55. Trained by Byron Hooley, Summit City Swan recorded her second consecutive win and recorded a new lifetime best. Summit City Swan pulled the 13-1 upset in the second division     --Linscott Photography Bates sent Summit City Swan away from the gate from post six to grab a pocket seat behind Kissesforall and Peter Wrenn who dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :56.3. Trace Tetrick pointed Woodside Chelsea to the front approaching the third station in 1:26.1 with Summit City Swan tracking intently from the pocket. As the leader began to tire, Bates found late racing room and Summit City Swan did her part, trotting home in :28.3 to get the victory. Sophia Lia and John DeLong rallied gamely for second while Savannah's Lucy and Todd Warren also closed well for third. Summit City Swan returned $29.80 at the betting windows. "She's one of those borderline fillies," Hooley noted after the win. "She's always been a nice filly but I wasn't sure if she was a top stakes filly. I knew she was capable and could be competitive if it worked out for her, I just wasn't sure if she could go with the rest of them." "She's been racing well. She is eating well and looks good so I thought we would give it a shot tonight. She's a really nice filly to be around and very easy to work with." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Earls Miss Muffit recorded her fourth win from ten seasonal outings. Summit City Swan now sports a lifetime bankroll of $82,033 for owners Summit Pacing Acres LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, June 20 with two $48,000 divisions for the three-year-old colt trotters. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9.For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- JK American Beauty and So Awesome took the main harness racing events in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 19) at Buffalo Raceway but it was Gia's Surreal in the $15,000 Excelsior Class A Series who stole the show.   Driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and conditioned by local trainer Jim Graham, Gia's Surreal tied the Buffalo Raceway track record with a 1:53.3 time over the fast surface. It equaled the 3-year-old filly pacer standard set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   Gaining the top in opening quarter in :28.1, Gia's Surreal ($3.50) saw that advantage quickly evaporate as Chase You (Tyler Buter) used a big brush to take over command. Hitting the three quarter pole in a blistering 1:24.2, Gia's Surreal managed to regain the lead and take the neck victory over Chase You who ended up being a tough luck second. Love Americanstyle (Billy Davis Jr.) finished in third.   Owned by Graham, Lee Winters, Tom Mariano and E. Peron, it was the fourth win in seven tries for Gia's Surreal (So Surreal-Nancy Irene). The victory upped her season earnings to $28,460 and $83,656 lifetime.   JK American Beauty had the fastest time in the two $57,000 (approx.) divisions of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:54.1 clocking, topping Prescient Beauty by a length. JK American Beauty has fastest time in Sire Stakes.   Tracking Heavens Challenge through three panels, JK American Beauty (Matt Kakaley) found some late kick and held off the charge of Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) and Crazy Cute (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took second and third respectively.   "This was the first time I drove her," Kakaley said of JK American Beauty ($6.70). "I didn't know what to expect but she did grab the track in the long stretch and got up in time."   Owned by the 3 Brothers Stable and conditioned by Nancy Johansson, it was the second win in six outings for JK American Beauty (American Ideal-Jk Black Beauty). The victory upped her seasonal bankroll to $51,664 and $178,359 in her career.   So Awesome ($8.40) took the second leg with a 1:54.2 trip over the Hamburg half-mile oval, beating DD Delicious by a head. Hurrikane Norakane (McNair) took the show position.   Sitting fourth on the outside with a frame to go, So Awesome (Buter) uncorked a final quarter of :27.4 to get the photo opportunity.   So Awesome goes :27.4 in final panel to collect NYSS win.   Just like Kakaley in the opener, it was the first time Buter got aboard So Awesome. "I was told she was perfect to drive and she was. She took the turns good and did what she was asked to do."   Owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott DiDomenico, So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) got her initial win of the season after five previous attempts. The victory sent her 2019 winnings to $73,681 and $307,121 lifetime.   In the lone $6,600 Excelsior B race, Sulky Queen ($10.60) snagged the victory with a 1:55.1 tour over the Buffalo Raceway strip for Buter.   David McNeight III, Morrill Jr. and Buter each completed the evening with doubles. Milo Zdjelar Jr. had a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue this weekend with a 13-race card set for 6 p.m. on Saturday night then the final matinee of the season comes on Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. post.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcomong promotions and simulcast schedule, go to     By Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Carol Jamieson Parker's Dark Dutchess ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) and Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) completed a sweep of her 3-year-old filly Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 harness racing eliminations Wednesday with a 2:00.4 win. Dark Duchess, a He's Spooky filly, overcame an early break in stride near the quarter-mile to regroup and make the lead approaching the half-mile and she would never relent in her victory over Miss Popeye and Bella's Party Punk. Embrace The Grind was victorious via a 2:01 front end score over Just As Striking and Rich N Royal. The Keystone Activator gelding has won 10 of 13 career starts for his owner/trainer. Disco Soliel (Rod Allen) won the first of two non-wagering events, this one for fillies. Owned by Rod Allen for trainer Carlo Poliseno, the CR Commando filly was a 2:02.2 winner over Cierra's Choice and Royal Locket. It was her eighth career win. Meanwhile, Bay Pond Racing's Dr Grinch (Jeff Fout) was a wire-to-wire winner in the second non-wagering division, this one for colts and geldings. The Giant Hit gelding held off all comers on the front and was a half-length winner over Go Jetem and Phantom Feet. The top eight point earners from the 3-year-old DSBF events will return to compete in $100,000 finals on July 25. Allan Davis won four races, while Jon Roberts won three. Ross Wolfenden and Montrell Teague each had two.   Matthew Sparacino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2019 -- Miss Stunner and It's Academic, a pair of Uncle Peter freshman trotters making their career debuts for harness racing trainer Ron Burke Wednesday at The Meadows, not only scored handily but also became the season's fastest 2-year-olds in their respective divisions on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone guided both youngsters to victory. Miss Stunner moved powerfully first over from fourth and drew away from the field, triumphing by 6 lengths in 1:59. Saratoga Gia and Alittlebitofsugar completed the ticket. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby campaign the daughter of Pilgrims Stunner. The journey of It's Academic was nearly a carbon copy, as the son of Annapolis moved first over from fourth and blew away the field by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Willing Spirit and Town Victor were second and third, respectively. It's Academic competes for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. It's Academic Palone garnered five wins, Burke four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,257.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Northfield, OH -- A deep and accomplished harness racing field of the sport's best Open trotters have tentatively accepted invitations to MGM Northfield Park's premier trotting event, the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic next Saturday (June 29). Marion Marauder, winner of the 2018 Cleveland Trotting Classic, is expected to defend his title for trainer Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion and winner of over $3.1-million in purses, will likely face-off against 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman and his $2.8-million career bankroll next weekend at Northfield. Two-time Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover, who sports a lifetime bankroll of over $1.5-million; Homicide Hunter, with a lifetime mark of 1:48.4, a Breeders Crown win and $1.7-million in earnings; and multiple stakes winner Plunge Blue Chip with her $1,000,000 bankroll, are also expected to head to Northeast Ohio. Guardian Angel AS, victorious in his last three starts, including the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia, is also pointed to Cleveland for trainer Annette Lorentzon. Weslynn Dancer, who has collected over $187,452 in purses this season, will head to Northfield off a place finish in the $192,000 Armbro Flight Final at Woodbine/Mohawk Park, outside Toronto. Also coming in from Canada is Musical Rhythm, who is riding a six-race winning streak against Open company at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. The draw for the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic is set for Tuesday morning, June 25, entries for the invitation only event will not be finalized until then. First race post time is 6:00 on Cleveland Trotting Classic night. The undercard features multiple divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers and the Finals of Northfield's Spring Late Closers.   By Ayers Ratliff for MGM Northfield Park

Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted three winners on the Wednesday harness racing card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Aldrich, who became a Saratoga regular several years back, continues to drive at several tracks but hasn't been in his strongest stretch over the first few months of the racing season in 2019. The track's leading driver in '15, Aldrich has been one of the top catch-drivers in New York State over the past decade and the 51 year old reinsman had a big day on Wednesday at the Spa. Aldrich swept the early double and went on to drive three winners on the matinee program. Two of Aldrich's victories came with Janice Connor trainees as the out-of-town conditioner saw a pair of her trotters score on the afternoon card. Connor's Yonkers Hanover (Credit Winner) and Dew Can Dew (Deweycheatumnhowe) each broke their maiden on Wednesday with Aldrich at the controls. Yonkers Hanover trotted to victory in 2:02 to record his first career win in just his third lifetime start. Dew Can Dew is a bit more of a veteran and though she was a maiden coming into her Wednesday's try did have career earnings of close to $28,000 led by a strong freshman campaign in New York Sire Stakes Excelsior competition. The sophomore filly made a break after the start on Wednesday but her race's odds-on favorite, Dew Can Dew rallied to prevail in 2:00.4 and lose her maiden status while competing for a purse of $7,250. Comprising the third portion of the Aldrich Wednesday hat trick was freshman pacer Han Solo (Mister Big) who scored in his lifetime debut for trainer Monique Cohen. After two winning qualifiers, Han Solo was impressive prevailing in 1:58.2 in his first career start. Despite a bit of a slow couple of months, Aldrich still sits in sixth in the local driver standings in 2019 and may be poised for a hot streak. Live racing continues on Thursday at Saratoga with a 12:00 Noon first post.   Mike Sardella

CHESTER PA - Ghost Pine could not be caught in a 1:50.3 harness racing victory in the $14,500 featured pace Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the season's first local race for freshmen producing a season's record-tying 1:54.4 win for Adriano Hanover. A son of Badlands Hanover, Ghost Pine tucked third behind outside post leavers Control Tower and Letschasethedreamn in a :26.4 first quarter, then brushed to command in front of the stands for driver Pat Berry and hit the half in :55. Favored Boogie Shuffle couldn't make much of an impact before or after the 1:22.3 three-quarters, but the two leavers behind the winner came at him hard in the lane, Control Power to his right and Letschasethedreamn to his left. It took the photo finish to determine that Ghost Pine held on for a neck triumph over Control Tower, just ahead of Letschasethedreamn. The win was the fastest of the season and the 35th in the career of Ghost Pine, who boosted his earnings to $387,674. Ron Coyne Jr. trains the veteran for owners Blair Corbeil and Mike Mcallister. The first pari-mutuel race for two-year-olds in 2019 at Philly was held Wednesday, with the $13,000 contest for male pacers won by Adriano Hanover in 1:54.4 as noted, equaling the North American season's record clocking achieved by two colts at Philly during yesterday's qualifying races, Major Betts and All Hands On Deck. Adriano Hanover did not have an easy trip, tucking fourth for driver Tim Tetrick and then having to go first-over against favored pacesetter Southwind Dredge, but the youngster showed real talent while coming home in identical 27.2 back quarters to finish a length ahead of the favorite. Adriano Hanover surely has the pedigree to be a top racer - he is a son of Western Ideal out of A And G'sconfusion, a 2YO champion, world recordsetter, and winner of almost $1.5M. Jim King Jr. trains the promising baby for Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. A second two-year-old pacing colt won on the card - trainer Chris Oakes entered the freshman Hunter Hill in against older horses in a "4YO and under nw 1 race" event, and the colt came from ten lengths behind at the three-quarters under the cool handling of Tim Tetrick to win in 1:55, a neck to the good of Keystone Maxim, with an individual last quarter of :27.3. The Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Ali Blue, whose granddam produced millionaire Fashion Delight, was within a fifth of the season's record in taking a mark for the ownership group of Northfork Racing Stable, John Craig, and breeder Tom Hill.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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