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Cash Roll's young resume has been impressive, this afternoon at Monticello Raceway she extended her harness racing streak of perfection in her $26,500 Sire Stakes division. The 7-5 favorite started from post 6 with Scott Zeron aboard and cut the mile through splits of 29.2. 59.2 1:28.4, she paced her LQ in 27.4 to trip the timer in 1:56.3 ($4.30) in the fast mile of the afternoon for her second consecutive pari mutuel win. The Roll With Joe - Rockonomics lass is trained by Richard Ringler for owner Louis Palumbo of Eastchester NY, Racine Bell was second followed by Dragon Blue Tina. Content to sit the pocket while pacesetter Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) Hidden Cove was stalking until she made her move and come first over, at the ¾ pole to take the lead, she had 3 lengths on the pack and had to outbattle a fast closing Precious Alexis to win in 1:57.2. Hidden Cove (American Ideal - Sun N Sand) is trained by Erv Miller and was driving to victory by Marcus Miller, finishing third was Galleria Girl. Hidden Cove paid $2.70 In the 3rd division of Sire Stakes, the heavy 1/5 favorite Turnthefownaround left hard when the gate sprung but a make a break in the middle of the first turn and was gapped last. American Chance inherited the lead but not for long, quickly regaining his composure and gait Turnthefownaround got even with pack to get the lead parked out at the half in 1:00:2. The eventual winner So Rude sat in the 4 hole along the rail until the paddock turn and eventually tracked down Turnthefownaround to score in 1:57.3. So Rude, a daughter of So Surreal - I Am a Snob is trained by Scott Dimenico and was driven by Matt Kakeley. Marcus Miller picked up his second win of the afternoon after driving Bolt Of Beauty ($2.70) to victory in her $26,500 contest, the Bolt The Duer - Natural Luck filly is owned by Erv Miller & Tanah Merah Farms, the filly threw a left front shoe during the mile but still paced home LQ in 28.2. Roll With Angel was second followed by Movie Town in the show spot. In Excelsior A action the winners were Spreckles Corey Callahan) Art Major - Catharsis) in 1:59, American Dreamgirl, Jordan Stratton (American ideal - Good Stuff) The lone division of Excelsior B saw the Jake Huff trained American Arrow (American Ideal - Ladyjack) with Mike Simmons in the sulky win in 2:01.1.   Shawn Wiles

Plainville, MA --- The strip at the Ridge was in fine form on Monday afternoon (June 24) and the feature race was evidence of that as Bo Mach went the best mile of his life in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park to register his third consecutive harness racing win. Bo Mach (Mitchell Cushing) led the field to the quarter in a brisk :26.4 before giving up the front to Sir Pugsley (Shawn Gray) who was rolling up the outside. The new leader then received no break as an outer flow was right at him with Windsun Gotham (Jimmy Whittemore) leading the way. With the field now split in two rows with four in and four out, Windsun Gotham continued to pursue Sir Pugsley to the three-quarters in 1:23.3 while Bo Mach sat the pocket waiting to make his move. When they passed the crest of the final turn Windsun Gotham faded and Bo Mach pulled out and went right at Sir Pugsley. The two paced in stride until halfway down the lane when Bo Mach got the advantage and won by a length in 1:51.2. The fifth win of the year by Bo Mach ($5.40) was landmark to his career as he set a new lifetime mark and pushed his seasonal income to $60,600 which is also a career high for annual earnings. William Hartt owns the 4-year-old son of Mach Three-Magnify This who is trained by Lance Hudson. In the $12,000 conditioned pace co-feature, Opus Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) followed the front-running Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) the entire race before pulling off the pylons approaching the seven-eighths pole where he breezed on by to win by a length in 1:51.3, which was also a new lifetime mark. Opus Blue Chip ($3.40) is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Mitchell Cushing and Shawn Gray both had driving doubles on the card while trainer Joe Nelson had a conditioning double of his own. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta jackpot continued to grow on Monday with no winner of that bet once again. The carryover pool of $13,774 will be available in sixth race on Thursday (June 27) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski  for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Gary Simpson's Wichita Lineman ($25, Art Stafford Jr.) won his third straight race Monday, this time in the featured harness racing $20,000 Open at Harrington Raceway. Just like he did in his previous two wins, the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding received a two-hole trip, stalking pacesetter Late Main N throughout before surging to the lead in the stretch. Sicily was second, while Q's Cruise finished third. Trained by his owner, it was the 16th career win for Wichita Lineman. It was one of five victories on the card for Stafford, two of which were trained by Simpson. Tony Morgan had a driving triple. Earlier on the card, driver Kim Vincent notched his 1,500th career win in the second race aboard Rock N Roll Jet, who was a 1:54 repeat winner for trainer William Bright. Vincent has spent much of his career racing on the Delaware and Maryland circuits. Allan Davis had a driving double.   Matthew Sparacino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 24, 2019 -- Despite fronting the first quarter in a contested 26.3, Classicality retook past the quarter and won comfortably in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap harness racing trot at The Meadows. Brian Zendt handled Classicality confidently, and the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding rewarded him by scoring powerfully in 1:53.3, 2 lengths better than Dayson, who rallied from last to grab second. Barn Girl finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, who won his second straight and now boasts $674,627 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Zendt on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a carryover of $1,815.24 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Many of harness racing’s brightest stars will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday for four Grand Circuit stakes races and strong supporting events on the $2,204,000 Sun Stakes Saturday 14-race card. Here is a look at the four races, put together with an open post position draw, along with the $75,000 consolations attached to three of them, plus the $75,000 Great Northeast Open Series trotting event. $500,000 Earl Beal 3-year-old Open Trot (race 12; no consolation) Only eight horses who qualified last week dropped in; Reign Of Honor, who dead-heated for fourth to earn a spot, did not drop in for the final. Reign Of Honor will note, probably with some relief, and the rest of the field will note with some alarm that the trotters from the Marcus Melander Stable who won the Beal eliminations, Green Manalishi S and Greenshoe, drew posts one and two, respectively. Greenshoe is the best of the embarrassment of divisional riches for Melander (which includes Gimpanzee, racing at Yonkers Tuesday) right now, undefeated in three seasonal starts, including a 1:50.2 win at The Meadowlands. The son of Father Patrick, owned by Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, trotted his own last half in :54.4 in a 1:52.3 Beal elimination victory. Greenshoe may not have to flirt with his sire’s 1:50.2 world record in the division, but he seems to be still improving as he will go on Saturday from post two for driver Brian Sears. His stablemate Green Manalishi S actually won the faster Beal elimination, 1:52.1, but he came on late after a fast pace. Still, it was the seasonal debut for the Muscle Hill colt, owned by Courant Inc. He figures to be even better Saturday, and could maintain his record of never being worse than second lifetime (six wins, five seconds) as he goes from the rail for driver Tim Tetrick. $500,000 Ben Franklin FFA Pace (race 11; consolation in race five) Western Fame, the early-season sensation of the Levy Series at Yonkers, returned after a seven-week respite and immediately showed he hadn’t lost a thing, winning his Franklin elimination in 1:48.1 to tie sophomore Hempt elimination winner Proof as the fastest pacer on a five-eighth-mile track this year. The son of Western Ideal, trained by Pocono’s leading conditioner Rene Allard for Go Fast Stable, Steven Klunowski, B & I Stables, and Gil Short, has drawn post four for the Franklin, with Rene’s brother Simon driving. The other Franklin elimination saw McWicked, defending Horse of the Year and Franklin champion, as the favorite, and he did make the lead on the far turn, but then uncharacteristically tired a bit and finished third. The winner of $3,922,656 had raced only twice in the previous 42 days, and he may be more his usual resilient self this time out, with Brian Sears in the sulky for trainer Casie Coleman from post one. The winner of the McWicked elimination was the fast 4-year-old Lather Up, who set the pace then looked defeated on the turn, but came back to gain the victory. Post seven will be no help to the son of I’m Gorgeous, trainer Clyde Francis, or driver Montrell Teague. Consolation: Highalator, usually so tough at Pocono, had a very rough trip in his elimination and could not make the final; he seeks to right his ship from post five. Filibuster Hanover, who was photoed out of the final, has the advantage of the rail in the field of seven. $500,000 Max C. Hempt 3-year-old Male Pace (race 10; consolation in race eight) Proof showed a return to top form while winning his Hempt elimination in 1:48.1, tying with Western Fame as the fastest pacer on a five-eighth-mile track this season. The son of A Rocknroll Dance, trained by Brian Brown for Diamond Creek Racing, was right at the top of his class through much of 2018, and the sharp victory last week makes him the central figure in this race as he begins from post two for driver David Miller. The other two Hempt elimination winners were not very fortunate at the post draw. Shake That House drew post seven for trainer Chris Oakes and driver Brian Sears, while Captain Victorious will have to start just outside Shake That House for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Consolation: In terms of energy output last week, Escapetothebeach, who was parked through vicious fractions of :26, :53.2, and 1:21.1 and still missed by just over five lengths, has the rail and driver George Napolitano Jr. and there may be a fearsome price to be paid to get past this one. $300,000 James Lynch 3-year-old Filly Pace (race nine; consolation in race three) The Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut became the fastest 2-year-old of all-time with a 1:48.3 victory at Lexington, and last week she re-established herself as the leader of the sophomore filly class with a dominating :26 last quarter capping her 1:50.2 Lynch elimination win. The Ron Burke trainee, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, will certainly not get to set an unpressured pace here, but from post one Yannick Gingras has a good chance of working out a reasonable trip. The other elimination winners, both members of the Tony Alagna barn, went faster than Warrawee Ubeaut. Odds On St Lucie (1:49.4, post six, driver Dexter Dunn) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50, post nine, driver Andrew McCarthy) must be respected, as must another Alagna trainee, Treacherous Reign (post five, also with Dunn listed), who upset Warrawee Ubeaut in Toronto two weeks ago. Consolation: Trillions Hanover, photoed out of a Lynch final spot last week, will be a big factor from post four, as will Annie Hill, who closed in :26 last week but could not make the final, starting from just inside Trillions Hanover. $75,000 Great Northeast Open Series Trot (race six) Hannelore Hanover, 2017 Horse of the Year, has had one great start in 2019 (a 1:50.3 win at Woodbine Mohawk Park) and two sub-par ones; she looks to regain equilibrium in this contest starting from post one for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. She will find a tough opponent in Rich And Miserable (post five, trainer Todd Buter, driver Tyler Buter), who has won six races in a row, four of them at Pocono, and the most recent two here in 1:51.3, fastest miles of the year on the trot here. First post for the tremendous Sun Stakes Saturday card (which will include an appearance by all-time great quarterback Dan Marino before the races) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Click here for the complete entries for the card. PHHA / Pocono  

Anderson, Indiana - Keli Jo Bell will receive the 2019 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. She is the daughter of Barry and Toni Bell from Windsor, Illinois and grew up racing horses along the Illinois fair circuit. At 14, she raised, broke and trained her very own harness racing horse Princess Sage who went on to win the Night of Champions and be named 2016 Illinois Horse of the Year. "This mare showed me I love what I am doing and I want to continue because I love to start colts." In Kurt Becker's letter of recommendation for Keli, he said "I don't make recommendations lightly but I do recommend Keli because this would be in keeping with both his (Curt Greene's) work ethic and love of the game." Keli will attend Lakeland College as a freshman this fall and plans to obtain a degree in Animal/Equine Science. Joanna Ricci will receive the 2019 $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship, which is designed to assist graduates of HHYF programs. Entering her junior year this fall at University of Kentucky and studying Equine Science and Management, Joanna is also busy this summer working as one of the Meadowlands Marketing and Promotions interns as well as working as a vet assistant for Dr. Meri Rantakallio. Joanna said, "HHYF opened my eyes to various career possibilities and gave me a network of connections that have helped guide me. I plan to attend law school and be an advocate for our industry and help the industry that has always stood behind me. I am honored and thankful to receive the scholarship." Joanna Ricci Joanna is the daughter of Brian and Kathy Ricci of Allentown, New Jersey. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029.   From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Goshen NY - The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame will host the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday July 7, 2019 in Goshen, New York.   Congratulations are in order for the newest class of Hall of Famers: Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano and Ted Wing, and Communicators Mark Hall and Dave Little. Also being honored are the new members of the Living Horse Hall of Fame: Art Major, Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, Graceful Touch and Southwind Serena. Dr. Leroy Coggins, Charley Hinkle, Allen & Connie Skolnick, and Delinquent Account will be inducted as Harness Racing Immortals and Steve Oldford the 2019 Museum Amateur Driving Champion will be recognized for the 6th time.   SSG Gloves is the 2019 Hall of Fame Dinner Sponsor. The Museum owes special thanks and appreciation to Ed James and SSG Stable, owner of McWicked. The horse will be honored with the Delvin & Mary Lib Miller 2018 Horse of the Year Perpetual Trophy at the dinner. With so many people and horses being celebrated, we expect a large turnout for the dinner. If you have not mailed your reservation, along with the names of who will be attending, please do so at your earliest opportunity or give us a call because seats are going fast. Tables of ten are $1,250; individual tickets $150. Other activities during Hall of Fame Weekend include a memorial for Dorothy Haughton at the Harness Racing Museum from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Haughton Hall. All are welcome to stop by to see the slideshow, scrapbooks and memorabilia that celebrate the life of the first lady of harness racing. Haughton family members will be here. Foiled Again will be in Goshen for the weekend, leading the post parade at Historic Track on Saturday and Sunday and welcoming guests to the HOF dinner Sunday night from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the Walk of Fame. HOF Field Ready: Hall of Fame horsemen Wally Hennessey, David Miller, Brian Sears, Dick Stillings and Jimmy Takter, as well as the soon to be inducted Blair Burgess, Joe Holloway and Linda Toscano have accepted invitations to compete in the annual Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Memorial Trot on Sunday at Historic Track in Goshen. Following the race, the drivers will be available to meet fans and sign autographs at tables located adjacent to the grandstand. There will be racing at Historic Track from Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7. Post time is 1 p.m. daily. Admission is free for children (12 and under); adults are $5 and admission price includes a racing program. The stable area is open to visitors, to see the racehorses up close as they prepare for competition. Hall of Fame Night Silent Auction Items: A wonderful vintage weathervane, with cast iron garden stand, will be offered at auction on Hall of Fame night. Donated by Denise Michelson in memory of her father Harold Michelson, the copper trotting horse will make a wonderful addition to some lucky buyer's den or garden. Proceeds from the evening's auction will be used toward the care of the Museum's growing collection of fine art. An experience of a lifetime can be yours with a winning silent auction bid on six seats in the General Manager's suite at Yankee Stadium. The tickets are for any mutually agreed upon date in the 2019 season and come with one parking pass, and food and drink in the box. This special package is donated by Brian Cashman, son of the late Harness Racing Hall of Famer John Cashman.   Janet Terhune

YONKERS, N.Y. – Champion trotter Gimpanzee will bring his undefeated record to Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening (June 25) in a division of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The Dan Patch Award winning 2-year-old of 2018 will take to the track in a non-wagering split of the NYSS at approximately 6:10 p.m. Gimpanzee went 9-for-9 as a freshman, capturing victories in NYSS at Monticello, Tioga, Saratoga, Vernon, and two legs at Yonkers before scoring a 1:56.3 win in the $225,000 NYSS Final at the Hilltop September 22. The Chapter Seven son then posted consecutive 1:54.4 victories in the Breeders’ Crown Elimination and $600,000 Final at Pocono Downs October 19 and 27, respectively, to take divisional honors and give trainer Marcus Melander his first Breeders’ Crown win. “We turned him out after the Breeders’ Crown for a month, roughly. We brought him in early December and started training him,” Melander said. “He filled out very, very good. He didn’t grow so much, he’s not the biggest horse, but he filled out really nice. He definitely showed some speed now this year as well. He’s been having a lot of qualifiers and just one start so far, but I think he’s developed good.” Despite his impressive record on the racetrack and his Champion title, Gimpanzee keeps a low profile at Melander’s farm. However, one of Gimpanzee’s greatest assets is understanding when it’s time to race. “He’s very lazy. He’s like a 10-year-old gelding, he’s been like that his whole life,” Melander said. “He has no hurry at all. He’s a very nice horse to be around, but when he trains, you don’t think that he’s undefeated in 10 starts and made almost $700,000. You don’t feel that when you train him at home, but then he’s a totally different horse when he goes to the track. “When we train him down, he always feels good, he’s just lazy. But as soon as you bring him to the Meadowlands to train or qualify, he really knows what’s going on,” Melander continued. “I think that’s a good personality to have. He doesn’t get too excited at home, he does his work and he knows when it’s time to race.” Gimpanzee returned to the track April 27 in a Meadowlands trial, finishing fifth while individually timed in 1:58.3. He returned May 4 to win a qualifier in 1:55 and Melander pointed Gimpanzee to his first target, the Empire Breeders’ Classic eliminations at Vernon Downs. However, after only nine trotters declared for the $215,200 stakes, the race went straight to the final and Melander was forced to qualify Gimpanzee again May 18. “I just want to race him, but when he went to the Empire Breeders’ Classic, there was no eliminations needed for that race,” Melander said. “I didn’t plan that; I planned that he was going to race in there, so I maybe should have raced him at Vernon the week before in the Sire Stakes. Then the Sire Stakes went to Monticello and Buffalo and I didn’t want to bring him there.”  After tuning up in another qualifier in 1:53.0 with a :27.1 final quarter, Gimpanzee traveled to Vernon for the Empire Breeders’ Classic. He relaxed in third 3 ¾ lengths behind Mt Viktor early before driver Brian Sears mounted a first-over challenge nearing the half. Gimpanzee inched closer to Mr Viktor around the final turn and took the lead straightening away. With Sears motionless in the bike, Gimpanzee extended his advantage to 3 ¼ lengths to win in 1:54.0 at odds of 1-20. “It was good. He had qualified good going into that race, but you don’t know; it’s horse racing,” Melander said. “He was very good that day. He raced off the pace and he won easily. Brian was happy with him and it was a good first start. “For him, (the trip) doesn’t matter, honestly,” Melander continued. “He loves his work, it doesn’t matter where he comes from. Of course, on those bigger tracks, it doesn’t matter where you come from, but those half-miles, it’s easier if you go to the lead.” Gimpanzee’s Empire Breeders’ Classic win extended the colt’s undefeated streak to 10 and boosted his earnings to $695,730 for Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. With Courant owning Melander’s other two top Hambletonian hopefuls, Greenshoe and Green Manalishi, who each won eliminations of the Beal at Pocono Downs June 22, Melander doesn’t feel extra pressure to keep Gimpanzee’s record perfect. “My other horses are really good. Greenshoe is super-fast, he’s maybe a better horse, or at least faster than (Gimpanzee),” Melander said. “We try to keep them apart as much as we can here in the beginning. They’ll race each other in a lot of races later in the fall, but if we can keep them separated in the beginning, that’s great. “If I raced (Gimpanzee) in New York all year, he’d probably stay undefeated, but I’m not going to do that because he is more than just a New York Sire Stakes horse,” Melander continued. “But we wanted to start him out there in the New York circuit and we’re going to race him against those other colts late summer. Maybe start with one race before the ‘Hambo’ and then we have all of those other races all fall.” The deciding factor in Melander’s choice to bring Gimpanzee to Yonkers Tuesday was NYSS points. The colt hasn’t started in any NYSS events yet this year after bypassing legs at Vernon, Monticello, and Buffalo and needs victories in the series to get into the rich Sire Stakes final this fall.  “It’s really important for Gimpanzee to get some points for the New York final in September,” Melander said. “They go for a lot of money and we haven’t raced in any Sire Stakes so far, so we need some points. Yonkers is a track he goes around very good, so that’s why we’re racing him there.” Gimpanzee tuned up with a 1:53.4 qualifier at the Meadowlands June 15. He will start from post six with Brian Sears in the bike and will face five rivals in his $54,833 spit of the NYSS Tuesday evening: Chip Chip Conway, Cavill Hanover, Kredit Karma, Big Money Honey, and Lucky Weekend. Melander is confident. “I don’t see why I shouldn’t be,” he said. “It’s horses that he beat before and should beat again. Of course, he got the six hole all the way out, but for him, it’s a field he should beat. I’m confident. He’s been training good since the qualifier. If everything is right and he doesn’t make a break or anything, he should have a good start in there.” Tuesday’s 12-race wagering card includes two other divisions of the NYSS. 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

Minnesota Harness Racing's 2018 Champion freshman trotting gelding MD Magic is back in top form at Running Aces, and he picked up his second win of the year in six starts by capturing the $16,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Trot on Sunday night (June 23).  MD Magic (Nick Roland) started from post ten in the second tier in a bulky field of ten sophomores, and got away fifth in the early stages, while Al-Mar Humdinger (Don Harmon) and Major Al-Mar (Rick Magee) traded turns on the lead. The early fractions were honest (:29.2 and :58.4) and MD Magic was first to launch an outside bid - moving first up as they rounded for the backstretch.  MD Magic ($9.00) was pressuring Major Al-Mar at the top as they rounded the far turn and registered three-quarters in 1:29.2 and was clearly getting the best of his rival as they trotted through the lane, surging past to get 1 length clear at the wire in 2:00.1 for his eleventh career tally. Major Al-Mar was a clear second, with Al-Mar Humdinger checking in third.  MD Magic is a son of Braggart, out of the Striking Sahbra mare Magical Debut, and he has now earned $90,800 in seventeen career races for owners Set The Pace Racing, LLC and trainer Nick Roland. He was the top two year old male trotter last year and set a record in the Minnesota-Sired program with single-season earnings of $70,300.  The Sunday card was loaded with feature events, including the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot, which went to 3 year old colt trotting sensation Bordogna (Trixton-Lima Playmate-Credit Winner) who now sports three wins in a row after a sharp looking rally from the back of the pack to sweep the field in 1:55.4. Bordogna ($4.20, Steve Wiseman) is owned by Rick and Mr. Caroll Huffman, Larry Mather and Alan Eden, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.  The $17,000 Open Handicap Pace for horses and geldings featured a very talented field of ten, and the return of 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace winner Nine Ways, who was highly regarded at the windows at 3-5 from post 8 and did not disappoint his backers. Nine Ways ($3.40, Dean Magee) blasted right to the lead and was never in doubt in a sharp 1:51.4 mile, for two wins in a row. Tim Maier trains the 5 year old gelding by Delmarvelous for owner Antonia Storer. Fox Valley Nemitz (Brian Detgen) was a fast-closing second and King of The Crop (Steve Wiseman) was third.  The $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 4 year olds & up Trot went to Bragginade ($19.00, Nick Roland) who is back in top form and trotted to a career best 1:57.4 victory for his first win of the year in five starts. The Braggart gelding was the freshman state champ two years ago and has now earned $90,009 for owners Set The Pace Racing LLC and trainer Nick Roland. Jenni King trainees French Eclipse and Whatevershesgot were second and third, respectively.  Drivers Dean Magee and Nick Roland shared top honors on the night, with three wins each.  Live Racing returns to Running Aces with a twelve race program on Tuesday, June 25 - kicking off at 7:00 pm (CDT). By Darin Gagne, for Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack

The summer series for the harness racing sophmore Maryland Sire Stakes opened with two splits for the trotting fillies. Race 1 saw John Wagner tuck Pat’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) in the pocket behind Current News until the ¾ pole, catching the leader in the last few strides. Pat’s A Keeper is trained by Arlene Cameron and owned and bred by Pam Wagner, time for the mile was 1:59.3. The second division for three year old  trotting fillies went to post as race 3. With the first three finishers all trotting in 2:01 you know it was an exciting finish. Tiny Tiara cut the mile after favorite HS Judy Jetson made a break at the start. After trailing by 13 lengths at the ¼ mile HS Judy Jetson caught the field and took aim on the leader in the stretch but Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) with reinsman Frank Milby in the bike charged down the stretch to take the three horse photo. Gittin All Sexy is owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans. The first division for pacing colts & gelding saw another great photo finish. It was no surprise when Berzerker headed to the lead but Officer Wholihan (Rusty’s For Real) started creeping up from 5th to 4th to stopping the clock a nose in front in the 1:56.1 mile. Arlene Cameron picked up her second training victory on the card. Michael Torcello is the owner and Linda MacDonald is the breeder. The final stake of the night was in race 5, the second division for three year old pacing colts and geldings. Driver Montrell Teague sent Owzitgoin (Rusty’s For Real) to the front holding off a challenge by Dennis The Menace at the half and another in the stretch by Trump That Rusty, holding on by ¾ length in 1:55.4. Breakaway Racing is the owner of Owzitgoin and Nick, Corey and Joanna Callahan are the breeders. Stakes action will continue on Wednesday June 26th at Ocean Downs. By Cheri Stambaugh    

STICKNEY, IL - As summer finally came to the Chicagoland area, the harness racing action was heating up on the racetrack as leg two action for the Night of Champions races took place this past weekend at Hawthorne. Three-year-old pacers were the focus on Saturday night while three-year-old trotters took center stage on Sunday night. A pair of divisions took place on Saturday as Illinois-bred fillies were the focus in the Plum Peachy while the boys battled in a pair of divisions of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial. Race two was the first division of the Plum Peachy as a field of seven was led by Fox Valley Lolo. Getting away quickly was Valar Morghulis as she made the lead while chased by Fox Valley Torrid through the opening quarter in :28.4. Things remained the same through a half in :58.4 as Valar Morghulis led the field into the turn. First to move was Fox Valley Halsey as she ranged up to contend while Valar Morghulis passed three quarters in 1:27.0. Into the lane, Fox Valley Torrid and Casey Leonard tipped out to challenge, taking over mid-stretch and opening up for the victory in 1:53.1. Valar Morghulis held second while Fox Valley Lolo rallied late to finish third. Fox Valley Torrid is owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Rodney Freese. Race three Saturday was the first division of leg two of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial as Meyer on Fire was sent away as the favorite. Leaving from the outside for the lead was Casey Leonard and Fox Valley Triton as he cleared The Bucket to pass the quarter in :28.3. Slowing things down on the backside, Fox Valley Triton led the field through the half in :59.1 as Meyer on Fire started to move from the back of the field. On the turn, Meyer on Fire moved alongside Fox Valley Triton as the duo covered three quarters in 1:26.3. In the lane, Fox Valley Triton repelled Meyer on Fire's bid, winning in 1:53.3. Meyer on Fire held second while The Bucket finished third. Fox Valley Triton is owned by Dandy Farms Racing, FT Racing Stable, and Peter Kouchis. The fifth on Saturday was the second division of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial as Maximus was favored with Kyle Wilfong driving. Making the lead was Maximus as he cruised through the quarter in :28.4 and the half in :58.4 as Coming Up chased. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Maximus maintained his lead, holding on to win in 1:55.0. Coming Up chased the entire way around to hold second while Smash N Sagebrush was third. Maximus is owned and trained by Ken Rucker. Race seven on Saturday was the second division of leg two of the Plum Peachy as Perch as favored with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Making the lead was Lilly Von Shtupp as Perch stalked through the quarter in :28.2. Unchanged were the positions after the half in :58.0. On the turn, Wilfong tipped Perch out as she rolled to the front through three quarters in 1:26.4. Roused in the lane, Perch opened up, winning while clear in 1:53.3. Lilly Von Shtupp held second while Brienne the beauty finished third. Perch is owned by Del Insko Training Stable, Jay and Susan Garrels and trained by Jay Garrels. While Saturday was a nice evening for racing, things turned for the worse on Sunday as the three-year-old trotters faced a sloppy racetrack. Two divisions of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot were contested for the boys while a field of nine lined up in the second leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial for the females. Race two on Sunday was the first division of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial as the field of seven was led by Louscardamon with Kyle Husted driving. Leaving for the lead was Swaneelou as he cruised through a quarter in :30.3. Moving to take over on the backside was the favorite as Louscardamon passed the half in :59.3. Maintaining his lead in the turn, Louscardamon covered three quarters in 1:29.4 and was asked by Husted to go in the lane. He responded well, opening up his lead to win clearly in 1:58.1. Swaneelou held second while longshot Super Betcha rallied to finish third. Louscardamon is owned by Flacco Family Farms LLC and Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Steve Searle. Race five was the second division of leg two of the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial with a competitive field of seven. Lourhianon went favored with Luke Plano in the bike. Breaking stride at the start was Trixie's Turbo which allowed Frontier Manard to set an easy pace through a quarter in :31.2 and half in 1:01.1 as Lourhianon chased. Into the turn, Lourhianon took over while Lousraptor followed closely behind through three quarters in 1:30.2. In the lane, Casey Leonard guided Lousraptor out as he rolled by the favorite and opened up, winning in 1:57.3. Lourhianon finished second while For Trots Sakes closed for third. Lousraptor is owned by Flacco Family Farms and trained by Roshun Trigg. Race eight was the second leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial with a field of nine led by Louzotic with Kyle Husted driving. Leaving for the lead was Heidi High from the inside as Louzotic moved early to challenge. Heidi High passed the quarter in :28.4 with the lead as the favorite chased. After a half in :59.2, Heidi High maintained her lead into the turn. Lou's Paramour started to move on the outside but Heidi High still held her lead through 1:29 for three quarters. In the lane, Heidi High was roused by Juan Franco as Louzotic tried hard but she couldn't go by. Heidi High held on to win in 1:56.1 over Louzotic. Skippymalou finished third. Heidi High is owned and trained by Charles Arthur. Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago's Hometown Track, returned for live harness racing on Friday, May 3. The summer harness meet opened on Friday, May 3 and races through September 22. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit www.Hawthorneracecourse.com or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700. Jim Miller

WILKES-BARRE PA - "Claiming Night" at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has been shifted to Sunday night, and two $20,000 handicap pacing contests were the top harness racing events on the card. In the first Atta Boy Dan, long a top-level fixture at The Meadows, has shifted eastward and kept up his prowess, winning the first division of the big claimer in 1:50.2 while controlling the throttle for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Mike Watson, and owner Clifford Grundy. A winner four times in seven starts at Pocono, Atta Boy Dan has also been claimed four times for the $40,000 local record price tag, including out of this event. The other local "King of the 40 Claimers" has been the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rock The Town, who came to Pocono 0-for-2019 after twelve starts, but has since then posted a 7-4-2-1 tally, including matching his mark of 1:50.4 in this section while leading most of the way. The team behind Rock The Town Sunday was driver Tyler Buter, trainer Hunter Oakes, and the Northfork Racing Stable - but Rock The Town was claimed for $40,000 for the third time this meet, ironically going to owner Clifford Grundy, who lost Atta Boy Dan for $40,000 about two hours earlier. That ended the claiming activity for the night - in all, there were ten horses going to new barns after $282,750 changed hands, with five of the claims coming out of the two high-price paces. Sunday's money raises the total amount paid for claimers 56 cards into the meet over the $5 million mark. In the condition ranks, the ranking event was a $17,500 trot, with Blenheim established as a 1-5 favorite while dropping in class. Blenheim cut the pace after a quarter-move, but sitting on his back was Quality Kemp, a shipper from The Meadows coming in with three straight wins. That son of Muscle Hill went by the heavy chalk in the shadow of the wire, with a head advantage at the finish in 1:54, just a tick behind his mark, taken in his last race. Andy Rickert trains the sharp trotter for the Murdock Racing Stable LLC. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr. furthered his dominant position in the local ranks by guiding five horses to victory on the Sunday card. The draw for the $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday supercard this Saturday at Pocono will take place tomorrow (Monday) morning.   PHHA / Pocono

Mugshots Bro (Jailhouse Jesse) continued his recent hot harness racing streak on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Lisa Zabielski acquired the seven year old trotter just a month ago and following a second-place finish in her first start with him, Mugshots Bro has gone on to win the Open Trot three consecutive times for his new stable. On Sunday, despite being assigned the outside post in the $15,000 feature, the rising trotting star was the public's 1-2 betting favorite. Reinsman Jimmy Devaux sat back in the early going with Mugshots Bro before unleashing him heading to the half. With the track's defending Trotter of the Year Ulster (Jay Randall) carving out a first half in 57.2 while traveling unopposed, Mugshots Bro kept plugging away first-over before putting Ulster away around the final turn. Mugshots Bro drew away to win by almost three lengths in 1:55.1, just a fifth of a second shy of the lifetime mark he set two weeks ago (June 9th) in the first of what would be three straight victories in the Open Trot. Ulster was the runner-up to Mugshots Bro on Sunday for the second time in the last three weeks while Cartier Volo (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. The exacta and triple with the favorite on top paid $10.60 and $25.00, respectively. Mugshots Bro is owned by Amy Dowd, Herman Niedhammer and Herman Niedhammer Jr, all of New York. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:00 Noon.   Mike Sardella

Tyler Buter wins five races at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 23) including the featured harness racing pace ($12,000) with Prariie Panther. In the feature, Americanprimtime (Jim Taggart Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.2. Prairie Panther ($2.50) then took over control before hitting the half in :54.1. Prairie Panther, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, led to three-quarters in 1:22.1. Americanprimetime had the great pocket ride and was all set to challenge. Prairie Panther found another gear and flew to a last quarter of :27.3 to win in a career best 1:49.4. Americanprimetime settled for second best. Motown N (Jeffrey Long) finished third. Prairie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium. It was his seventh win in 12 starts this season. He now owns 28 career victories. Buter got his first win with Ponyta Boy ($2.20), who finished in a dead heat with Better Bangbang (Aaron Byron). His other wins came with Seal The Deal N ($5.30), Crius N Rock ($3.20), and CC Big Boy Sam ($6.00), Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 28) with a 10 race card featuring Geers Stakes races for 3-year-old pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Chester, PA -- After being overpowered by Highalator in a Great Northeast event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono earlier in the month, I'm A Big Deal ($3.60) got back in the harness racing win column on Sunday afternoon (June 23) at Harrah's Philadelphia with a 1:50.2 score in the $18,000 featured top-level pace. Dexter Dunn took his time with the 4-year-old Sombeachsomewhere entire, sitting well off pacesetter Ballerat Boomerang (Andy Miller) through splits of :26.4 and :55.2 before sliding I'm A Big Deal second-over up the backstretch. After Cruise Patrol (George Napolitano Jr.) forced a :26.4 third split and kept grinding closer on the far turn, Dunn switched I'm A Big Deal three-wide at head-stretch. The Chris Ryder trainee responded at once, surging clear by 1-1/2 lengths to post his fourth victory of the year and the 12th of his career. Cruise Patrol was an eclipsed second, while Perfect Bet (Andy McCarthy) emerged from traffic to take third. Craig Henderson and Robert Mondillo share ownership of I'm A Big Deal with Ryder. Simon Allard and Tim Tetrick both accounted for driving hat tricks on the 14-race card. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (June 26), with a 13-race program set to commence at 12:25 p.m. The fifth race features a $19,676.68 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- For the second straight New York Sires Stakes card at Buffalo Raceway, it was an Excelsior A Series harness racing participant who stole the spotlight.   On Sunday (June 23), it was like a public workout for Amal Hall ($2.40) in the $15,000 Excelsior A division as she tied the Buffalo Raceway 3-year-old filly trotting record of 1:57, equaling the standard set in 2018 by Fury Road. She strolled to an easy 11 length victory over Southwind Tinker (Kevin Cummings).   Amal Hall also owns the 2-year-old filly trotting mark at Buffalo Raceway after putting up a 1:59 last season.   A surprised Jason Bartlett said of Amal Hall, "I didn't even realize it was a track record. I knew we were going fast and if I knew if we were close to the record, we would have went for it. She did it easy but the main thing is we got the win."   Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Gaitway Stable and the Dumain Haven Stable. Trained by Julie Miller, it was the first score for Amal Hall on the campaign and increased her winnings to $37,589 and $161,691 lifetime.   Winndevie has been chasing Quincy Blue Chip the past three races without much luck but she finally beat her top nemesis in the first $57,600 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters.     Winndevie (Bartlett) got revenge by squeaking out a nose victory over Quincy Blue Chip in 1:58.2 over the fast track, the first over her since capturing the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting crown at Yonkers Raceway back on September 22.   In the other leg, Sensibility ($7.40) cruised out to early command and never looked back in registering a length decision over Blue Ribbon Gal in 1:57.1, just a fifth off the track record for the sophomore filly trotters.   Winndevie was able to tuck into third place as the favored Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up respectable splits of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2. With a panel to trot, Winndevie swung to the outside and just got by for the nose victory in the shadow of the wire. Hanna Dreamgirl (Scott Zeron) took the show position.   "That wasn't the trip I really I wanted.," Bartlett said of Winndevie. "I wanted to be on the back of Quincy Blue Chip but it worked out anyways."   He went on to say, "We made a couple of equipment adjustments on her for this track. She got around that last turn really good and she loves to have a target. I thought we got the win but after seeing the photo, it was closer than I thought."   Owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was the second win in five starts in 2019 for Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie). The triumph upped her seasonal earnings to $81,923 and $309,801 in her career.   Sensibility was able to take early control off the starting gate and rolled to a comfortable 1-1/2 length victory over Blue Ribbon Gal (Morrill Jr.). The favored Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) took the show position.     "She's disappointed before on the front end but today was just a culmination of her good races recently," Zeron said of Sensibility. He added, "You have to capitalize on getting to the front end here at Buffalo Raceway. I didn't know what to expect but (trainer) George Ducharme said she was as good as she's ever been."   Co-owned by the George Ducharme Stable, W.J Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, it was the first win of the season in fifth attempts for Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation. The victory moved her 2019 bankroll to $104,594 and to $180,492 lifetime.   There were two other $15,000 events in the Excelsior A Series. The first race went to Minor Obsession (Scott Zeron) who guided her to a $6.80 decision in Ev's Girl (Bartlett). In the other division, Billy Davis Jr. sent Song Chapter to a $14.40 surprise in 1:59.   In the lone $6,700 Excelsior B Series bracket, Divine Wind (Bartlett) collared the pace-setting Barn Blaze (Davis Jr.) in mid stretch and took the $7.00 score in 2:00.3.   Bartlett and Drew Monti had each a productive Sunday afternoon by posting four victories while Zeron and David McNeight III had doubles. John Mungillo and Ducharme had training doubles.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race card scheduled. The 2-year-old filly trotters will take the spotlight in the New York Sire Stakes along with action in the Excelsior A and B series.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

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