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YONKERS, N.Y. – Trainer Erv Miller entered three colts in the eliminations of the MGM Springfield Stakes (formerly the Lawrence B Sheppard) eliminations: Carrythetorchman, Crystal Beach, and Not Today. All three made the $104,250 final, set for Monday night (July 13) at Yonkers Raceway; Carrythetorchman by virtue of a victory and Not Today with a fourth in the second elimination and Crystal Beach with a third-place finish behind American Courage in the first elimination. With Carrythetorchman unbeaten in two baby races and his first pari-mutuel start, he leads the pack against the race’s 8-5 morning line favorite American Courage. By American Ideal out of the Astreos mare Kattimon, Carrythetorchman is a half to Classic Pro, a winner of two Ontario Sire Stakes legs and an earner of over $500,000 to date, and a full to Grand Circuit winner and New York Sire Stakes standout Devil Child. Carrythetorchman was a $70,000 buy from the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for Miller and owners Ronald Michelon and War Horse Stable. “He’s a good conformation horse. You might want one a little bigger for the big stuff, but for New York, I thought he was about the right size for getting around the half,” Miller said. “So far, he’s proven that. He doesn’t wear any boots and just gets around the half-mile track real easy.” Although Miller says Carrythetorchman showed class from the beginning of his training, the colt began to develop a bad habit while training in Florida over the winter and into the spring as he dealt with minor foot trouble. “Early on, he was really good. Then he went through a phase and I think it was more his feet than anything just had him where he wasn’t happy with what he was doing,” Miller said. “He wasn’t easy to keep under control when they jogged. He’d switch back and forth from the pace to the trot and we got that under control by leaving the hopples on him all the time.  “He was really fussy on the track at one time, but now he doesn’t do anything wrong,” Miller continued. “Since we got him close, a couple weeks before qualifying, he gotten over everything and it seemed like he was way better.” With that hiccup behind them, Miller shipped Carrythetorchman and the rest of his stable from Florida to Pennsylvania’s Wingate Farm uncertain when the horses would be able to qualify. With efforts to contain the coronavirus closing racetracks across North America, Wingate improvised, like many training centers throughout the country. “With COVID-19, it was just one of those things that we had to come up with a new solution. We couldn’t go anywhere to get qualified, so we came up with the next best plan,” Miller said. “I saw it coming when we left Florida, PA is shut down, things aren’t moving, so we better see if we can get our farm OK’d to qualify. That worked out good. We had a couple weeks of qualifiers that got things going.” Carrythetorchman was one of the horses who benefited, qualifying at home over the five-eighths mile track at Wingate June 15. He led his field of four gate-to-wire, stopping the clock in 1:59.2 with a :28 final quarter.  Nine days later, Miller was able to ship to Pocono Downs for a second baby race. Carrythetorchman left from post eight and utilized a :28.2 last quarter to power away from the field to win by 10 3/4 lengths in 1:57.  “He did really well. Because of training and knowing what kind of horse he was, we wanted to get a little faster mile in him there that day than what he did (at the farm) and expose him a little more. We did that and he just handled it really well,” Miller said. Carrythetorchman debuted July 6 at Yonkers, 20 minutes after American Courage posted a blowout 7 1/4-length win in the first MGM Springfield Stakes elimination in 1:55.2. Carrythetorchman left in between horses and glided to the front reaching the backstretch the first time. Driver Scott Zeron was simply a passenger as Carrythetorchman cruised home a 1 1/2-length winner in 1:55.4. Carrythetorchman drew post position three in the MGM Springfield Stakes Final and at 9-5, is the second choice on the morning line. American Courage will start from post four with Matt Kakaley as the 8-5 morning line favorite. “(American Courage) looked really sharp in his qualifier for this race, too. We just have to see how it plays out,” said Miller, who wasn’t sure what will happen when the two unbeaten colts face each other Monday night. Crystal Beach drew post two in the final and is a 20-1 morning line after finishing 9 lengths behind American Courage last week. Crystal Beach left hard from post five in his elimination, but was denied the lead by Major Makeover and was forced to take back into third heading to the quarter. With Crystal Beach keen in the hole, driver Marcus Miller angled to the outside turning into the stretch the first time and brushed to the top before being forced to yield again as American Courage forged to the lead at 1-5. “(Crystal Beach) really raced well the other day, but he was moved a lot, so it’s hard to tell how much he will go when he gets a nicer trip, maybe not used up quite as hard,” Miller said. “He’s also a very handy horse and gets around a half really good.” Crystal Beach was a $36,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Miller and Tanah Merah Farm. Crystal Beach impressed training down and won his first baby race by 7 3/4 lengths at Wingate June 15 before finishing second behind Carrythetorchman June 24 at Pocono ahead of his debut in the Springfield elimination. “He’s been a really nice horse. He’s always trained like just a top, top colt. When you’re getting ready to race them, sometimes you don’t get quite what you expect or quite as much as you thought they trained like,” Miller said. “His biggest attribute is he’s just so handy, he’s very handy on a half-mile racetrack.” Not Today is also 20-1 on the morning line after drawing post six and will employ the driving services of Jason Bartlett. A $77,000 purchase as the Harrisburg Sale last fall, Not Today is owned by Anderson, Willinger, and Golemes.  Not Today was second behind Crystal Beach June 15, but won his trial at Pocono June 24 by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:58.4. He finished seventh 10 lengths behind American Courage in an overnight at Pocono June 30 before his fourth-place effort in the Springfield elimination last week. “He’s a little but more of an immature horse, not quite as mature as the other two, but he’s a little bigger, stronger horse. Hopefully at some point, he’ll catch up to the other guys a little bit,” Miller said. Town Gossip, Victory Move, Coalition Hanover, and Major Makeover complete the lineup for the MGM Springfield Stakes Final, carded as the fourth of eight races Monday night. “I think it’s a nice race to have. With everything going on, it’s nice for the 2-year-olds to be able to race for $100,000 right now,” Miller said. “With all the COVID-19, all the races being cut, and schedules being redone, it’s nice to still have this race.” The amended Yonkers Raceway calendar will see live harness racing conducted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights until July 17. Beginning the week of July 20, the schedule will add Saturday nights as the track returns to its normal five night per week schedule through Dec. 19. First post time is 7:05 p.m. The complete revised racing calendar is available online here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series for Two-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers highlight Monday night's 15 race program at MGM Northfield Park. Sixty-three freshmen pacers make up seven divisions while fifty-four filly pacers battle in six divisions. The colt and gelding entries are led by two Mike Polhamus trained pacers. Brighter Days, by Woodstock, was a winner at Eldorado Scioto Downs on July 6 in in 1:55. Polhamus also has Twig, the sone of Mr. Apples. Twig has a mark of 1:55.2 at Scioto Downs in his win on July 2. Two county fair winners are also entered in the seven divisions. Grey Phanton by Western Terror was a winner at Paulding in 2:01 and is trained by Elpidio Bernardi Jr. The other winner is Imagine It, by If I Can Dream, trained by Kent Wilcox. Imagine It's win was at Marion in 2:03. Another one to keep an eye on is Speak Well, a Next Generation participant at Scioto Downs, was a qualifying winner I 1:56.2Q at Scioto Downs for trainer Clarence Foulk. Several other colts and geldings have impressive qualifying wins. Pan's Pro was a qualifying winner at Scioto Downs in 1:58. Dive Bar, went 1:56.2 in winning a qualifier at Scioto Downs. The fillies are led by the undefeated Apple Soozy, for trainer Dan O'Mara. Apple Soozy, by Mr Apples, is 2 for 2 this season with the fastest at Hoosier Park in 1:55. Two county winners will also go on the filly side. Forever Missy, by McArdle, trained by Cory Deyermand and has a win at Cortland in 2:02.4 and Smothastenesewisky, the daughter of Nob Hill High and trained by Brian Haynes was a winner at the Circleville County Fair and has a qualifying win in 1:56.2Q at Scioto Downs Six others have qualifying wins on their records. Sheryl's She Shed, by Racing Hill, was a qualifying winner for trainer Brian Brown in 1:58.1. Grace Of Art has a win in a qualifier at Northfield. She was a winner in 1:58.4Q for trainer Jeff Cox. Deedee Didit was a qualifying winner at Scioto Downs in 1:58.1. She will be up against another qualifying winner in Dragon's Last. Dragon's Last has a qualifying win at Northfield going 1:59.4. Lady Warrior collected a qualifying win at Scioto Downs also, winning in 1:59.2. Western Rosie rounds out the list of winners in qualifiers. She was a winner at Scioto Downs in 1:57.3. Deyermand also has Bearcreekhoney entered on Monday night. Bearcreekhoney is coming off a 4th place finish in $150,000 The Next Generation at Scioto Downs. The races get underway Monday night at Northfield with a first race post of 6:00pm. By Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Columbus, MN - Keep On Rocking A delivered another big performance at Running Aces on the Sunday afternoon (July 12) harness racing card when he made easy work of an abbreviated field to pick up his third straight victory at the top Open Handicap level since arriving in the upper midwest in mid June as one of the top horses on the roster of Owner/Trainer Chris Scicluna.   The 8 year old Australian import by Rocknroll Hanover dominated this week's top pace with a sharp effort from gate-to-wire in 1:52.4 as he and driver Pat Berry fired to the lead from post five and then registered moderate early fractions of :27.4 and :57.   Berry then proceeded to step on the gas pedal with the leader just past the midway point, keeping everybody in chase mode with a solid final half mile in :55.4 to record a 1-3/4 length tally and eclipse the quarter-million dollar mark ($252,992) in career earnings with his 27th lifetime win. He was the heavy favorite in the wagering, and returned $2.80 for every $2.00 investment.   Heza Real Diamond (Nick Roland) rode the pocket and held gamely for second while Royale Big Guy (Mooney Svendsen) secured the third position throughout.   Also featured on the Sunday program were three divisions of the Minnesota-Sired sophomore trotters, with SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright, $6.00) turning in a career best 1:57.2 mile in the $11,500 'A' division over Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland) who was just a half length back at the wire.   The $6,900 'B' division went to Double My Decker (Pat Berry, $2.20) in 2:02.1 for her sixth career win, while SB My Boy Gideon (Gerald Longo, $4.40) was placed as the winner in the $4,600 'C' division after Beautiful Beast (Mooney Svendsen) was disqualified for a lapped on break at the wire. The mile was registered in 1:58.3 while SB My Boy Gideon trotted in 1:58.4.   Driver Pat Berry led the day on Sunday with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Lemoyne ('Mooney') Svendsen registered a triple and both Gerald Longo and Darrel Wright each picked up a driving double.   Trainers Justin Anfinson and Ulf Holm-Johansen were the leaders on the day with two winners apiece.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, July 14, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $8,169.96.   by Darin Gange, for Running Aces

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will continue its live streaming coverage of Ohio county fair races with two days of racing from the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio July 13 and July 14. Live coverage of both race cards in Ohio Colt Racing Association will be shown on the OHHA Facebook page and the OHHA YouTube channel. Post time is 5:00 PM for both days. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. Race programs for both days are available at https://www.ohha.com/ohiofairracing.html. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

HARRISBURG, PA -- Pennsylvania horsemen are reminded that the double draw for Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing during the Thursday-Friday 2-day event at Silver Springs Ranch in northeastern Pennsylvania will take place Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.   Horsemen may enter through the online system, or can call their entries in to 610-513-7957.   More state fair circuit information is being finalized and should be distributed within the next couple of days.   From the PHHA, MSOA and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Trainers Ron Burke and Nancy Takter each accounted for two $30,000  harness racing divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing colts during a Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Burke sending out the fastest two winners and Takter harnessing victorious sons of Always B Miki. Fulsome, a colt by Betting Line - Triple V Hanover, was much better in his second purse start to break his maiden and win the fastest of the five All-Stars sections. Moved to the lead in the second quarter by driver Yannick Gingras, the pair came their last split in :27.3 to post a 1:52.2 victory, two lengths clear of Capt Jack Hanover. William Donovan, Thomas Dillon, Purnel & Libby, and Joe Sbrocco co-own the Burke trainee.   The Brigade sent out the 1-2 finishers in the first All-Stars race, as the Sweet Lou - Lucy's Pearl colt Lou's Pearlman followed the cover of fellow 6-5 shot and stablemate Summa Cum Laude late on the backstretch, then finished out his own back half in :54.4 - :27.1 to defeat his barnmate by a half-length in a career best 1:52.4. A winner in the first prelim of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes as well, Lou's Pearlman was driven by Joe Bongiorno in his All-Stars triumph for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Elizabeth Novak, and Howard Taylor.   The Takter-trained Always A Miki squared off against fellow PA Sires winner Bayfield Beach in his division, but after Always A Miki got away with a :57.4 half, there was no catching him in the :55.3 - :27.2 back fractions, completing this mile in 1:53.2 after winning his Sires event a full second faster. The Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt defeated Bayfield Beach by 1¾ lengths; mention should also be mentioned of 59-1 shot Whole Lotta Lou, who came uncovered from seventh and held for third. Dexter Dunn had sulky duty behind the winner for owners Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables.   The Always B Miki - Katie Said colt Monterey Jack made his purse debut a winning one for Nancy Takter, getting a 58.3 half after forcing a lineup from the rail, then jetting home in :55.3 - :27.2 for a new mark of 1:54.1, 3¾ lengths ahead of Batterup Hanover. Yannick Gingras, getting a Sire Stakes victory for both doubling trainers, drove "Jack" to the easy win for Black Horse Racing, Caviart Farms, and John Fielding.   In the other All-Stars event, the Captaintreacherous - Calgary Hanover gelding Chase H Hanover also used the rail to force an early lineup, then sprinted home in :55.1 - :27.1 to take a mark of 1:53.2, 1¾ lengths ahead of Straight Talk. Scott Cox conditions the David Miller-driven winner for himself and co-owner Jason Ash.   The two-year-olds have come to establish their form quickly in Pennsylvania - all five winners were sent off as the posttime betting favorite. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

What Cheer, IA -- Nine fields of 3-year-old and aged harness racing pacers competed on Sunday (July 12), the final day of the Keokuk County Fair.   The card began with two divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and two divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies vying for the State Representative David Maxwell blanket.   Top 3-year-old gelding Slippin The Clutch won the first colt race. Drawing to the outside in post position five, Slippin The Clutch was hung out until the quarter when he was able to take the front and grab the rail. Will Roland drove the son of Iowa sire Millionaire Cam to a 1:57.2 victory for owners Jay Delong, Jeff Carey, and Rick & CD Huffman. Trained by Curtis Carey, Slippin The Clutch has five wins in five starts in 2020.   The second division of pacing colts went to CD Huffman and Larry Mather's 3-year-old colt Always Hotspeed. Pacing a 2:02.1 mile with Chad Svendson in the bike, the son of Real Desire is trained by Joel McDanel.   The fastest division of 3-year-old pacing fillies went to Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann. The Lettherockbegin filly led gate-to-wire in a speedy 1:59.3 mile. This was Jennie Ann's third win this year, and her second fastest mile following a 1:58.3 performance at West Liberty a few weeks ago.   Shining Jewels made it two in a row taking the other division of 3-year-old pacing fillies after a win in Humboldt last week. The daughter of Real Desire knocked two seconds off last week's win clocking a 2:00.2 mile. Trained by Elvin Zimmerman, Shining Jewels was driven by Samuel Zimmerman and owned by Aimes Racing.   The feature race of the day was the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace for colts and geldings. Two of Iowa's top horses, Minnie VInnie and Roland N Rock, both drew first tier post positions setting up a battle for the boys. Eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Roland N Rock took advantage of post position two to capture the early lead. The 5-year-old son of Millionaire Cam, Minnie Vinnie, dropped into the two hole coming into the first turn and didn't challenge until the half. The two raced wheel to wheel with Duane Roland driving Roland N Rock on the inside and Will Roland piloting Minnie Vinnie in hot pursuit. Minnie Vinnie inched ahead into the final turn and brought it home down the stretch to win in 1:59.   The mare division of the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace went to Edmund Krapp's filly Red N Hotallover. The daughter of Ryan N Hanover paced a 1:59.1 mile with James Gould taking the reins. Red N Hotallover has won four of her last five starts.   A colt and a filly division of 3-year-old non-winners of $3,000 in 2020 pacers followed. Trained and driven by Mark Mintun, Robert Lem's Yankee Skyscaper gelding Yankee On The Move shaved four seconds off his personal best earning a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Duane and Connie Roland's Sportsmaster filly Sporty Fox made her way to the winner's circle for the first time this year in a 2:06 mile with Cory Larson driving.   The final race of the last day of the Keokuk County Fair was for non-winners of $2,500 or maiden pacers. Somewherebeautiful entered with $2,300 on her card and drew the rail with Duane Roland driving. Winning in a flawless gate-to-wire performance, the 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly finished in 2:01.3 for owners Duane and Roger Roland.   Iowa racing action resumes next Saturday (July 18) and Sunday (July 19) with the second round of the Iowa Sires Stakes contested at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30pm.   by Gretchen Roland, Iowa Harness Horse Association    

Chester, PA -- Over a year after winning his previous Harrah's Philadelphia appearance, former Indiana harness racing standout Shnitzledosomethin ($4.00) once again proved dominant at the riverside oval by way of a 1:50.4 victory in Sunday afternoon's (July 12) featured $14,400 top-level pace. Corey Callahan sent the 5-year-old son of Fred And Ginger to a clear lead over Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) through a sharp :26.2 first quarter, but was able to pull the pace back to a :55.4 half before facing a stern first-over challenge from Gratian Hanover (George Brennan) up the far side. Shnitzledosomethin responded well to outside pressure, using a :27 third split to dismiss Gratian Hanover and subsequently opening up 4-1/4 lengths of clearance on Ideal Feeling for a facile 1:50.4 win. Bettor Memories (Dexter Dunn) lifted wide off third-over cover to finish third. Dylan Davis trains Shnitzledosomethin for Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Richard Lombardo. The 17-time winner now has prevailed in two of his three Harrah's Philadelphia starts to date, with his lone defeat being a third-place finish in an Open event last June. George Brennan and Tim Tetrick led all drivers with four wins on the 14-race card, while Davis' two training wins were matched by Ron Burke and Jim King Jr. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, now standing at $8,895.55 when racing returns on Wednesday afternoon (July 15). Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Tioga Downs played host to two hanress racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday (July 12). Both divisions raced for a purse of $59,000. Hen Party (Andrew McCarthy) rolls to easy win in the first division of the NYSS. The Fun Marshall (Mitchell Cushing) went straight to the lead but was quickly passed by Alleyesonme AS (Scott Zeron). Alleyesonme AS led to the first quarter in :27.3. Hen Party ($2.70) came first-over from third and grabbed the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. She led to the half in :55.1. She used a :28.4 third quarter to hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made the turn for home the only one with a shot was second place finisher, Alleyesonme AS but she couldn't get close and Hen Party breezed home in a lifetime best time of 1:52.0. Rapunzel Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) finished a distant third.   Hen Party is a 3-year-old filly by Roll With Joe. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Tony Alagna, she won for the second time this season. She has five career victories. Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) flew out of the gate and went straight to the lead. She hit the first quarter in :27.0. The filly went :28.4 in the second quarter to hit the half first in :55.4. As they reached the backstretch So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) came first up and put on the pressure. Racine Bell held on to a slight lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1. So Rude wrestled the lead away as they reached the stretch. Merga Hanover ($41.20) popped out of the pocket going three-wide in mid-stretch and blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.1. So Rude held for second with Dragon Roll (Jim Morrill Jr.) coming up to get third.   Merga Hanover is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She is trained by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, WJ Donovan, Thomas and Scott Dillon. It was her first win this season. She now owns seven career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 17) starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

There were double features on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as both the Open Trot and Open Pace were part of the thirteen card harness racing matinee. Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) last recorded an Open win at Saratoga in March of 2015. The veteran trotter has been a staple out of the Kyle Spagnola stable for years and has competed at numerous tracks throughout the northeast over that time. Now at the age of twelve, Waiting On A Woman is back in Open company and was coming off a third-place finish in last week's feature when he started from post two on Sunday afternoon. Dismissed at odds of 8-1 in the six-horse co-feature, Waiting On A Woman marched out to the early lead and felt no pressure in lap one going down to the half in a leisurely 59.2. At that point, the veteran had plenty left to cruise through a final lap in 55.4 while drawing away to win by more than five lengths in 1:55.1. nbsp; Waiting On A Woman paid $18.60 to win and bested last week's Open winner and runner-up Gemologist (Jordan Derue) and Volare (Billy Dobson) who ran two-three in this week's installment of the $8,500 Open Trot. The exacta and triple returned $45 and $114, respectively. Waiting On A Woman is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. The other co-feature on Sunday was the $8,500 Open Pace which saw Hudson Phil finally shake his seconditis to record an Open win. The Jackie Greene trainee was an eight-time Open winner in 2019 but finished up his campaign with runner-up tries in three of his final four starts. His '20 season began in June with three more second-place finishes. This week, reinsman Shawn Gray put Hudson Phil on the front-end, taking the lead just before the quarter pole. The five year old would not have to settle for second-best this week as he dug in to win in 1:53.3 holding off a late charge from Deetzy (Jay Randall) who ended up finishing second. Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum), the winner of two straight Opens heading into Sunday, went a big mile before having to settle for third.   Hudson Phil, who is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables of Queensbury, NY, was the 4-5 betting favorite in the co-feature and led an exacta and triple that paid $12.40 and $57, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12 Noon. There will be a $2,855 carryover in the Pick Five pool with the Pick Five beginning in race one on Wednesday afternoon's card. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Columbus, MN - The Saturday afternoon (July 11) harness racing card at Running Aces featured two fields of sophomore Minnesota-Sired pacers, each going for a purse of $10,500. The colts and geldings division appeared on paper to be a re-match between last year's two year old male champion pacer Bunkerhill Phil (Dean Magee) and relative newcomer to Running Aces Its A Marcs World (Nick Roland) - who spent his freshman campaign on the fair track circuit in Iowa. These two have quickly become top rivals among the male sophomore pacers this season, first meeting up on June 27 in a $13,000 Minnesota-Sired event where It's a Marcs World converted a pocket trip into a 3 length tally (1:57.1) over pace-setter Bunkerhill Phil. They met up again in a $6,000 three year old Open pace on July 3 where Bunkerhil Phil turned the tables on his rival by surging past It's a Marcs World by a neck right at the wire in 1:55.3 to take a career mark. This week the dynamic duo were the headliners in the Minnesota-Sired sophomore colts and geldings pace, with Bunkerhill Phil drawing post five (9-5) and It's a Marcs World starting from gate position seven as the heavy 3-5 favorite. It's a Marcs World served notice immediately that he was at the top of his game today, surging from the outside of the gate to secure an immediate lead over The Dak Attack (Brady Jenson). The early fractions were moderate (:29.1, :59.2) while It's a Marcs World maintained a two length margin over the field. Bunkerhill Phil got away fifth, then launched a first-over move in the middle stages to take over second and drop in behind his chief rival. Heading into the far turn Roland asked for a bit more pace from the leader, and he responded in a big way - throwing down a third panel in :27.2 and sending Bunkerhill Phil and Magee into full-on chase mode. It's a Marcs World ($3.20) kept on firing and kicked home with another sharp :27.3 panel to register a final half in an eye-opening :55 seconds and leave Bunkerhill Phil reeling in second while beaten by 5-1/2 lengths. The final time was 1:54.2 and established a new career mark for the gelded son of Marced Card, owned by Duane Roland and trained by Jessica Johnson. Nothinbutagoodtime (Darrell Wright) rounded out the top three. The sophomore filly pacing event went to Its Pacific Time (Rick Magee), who impressively wired the field from post eight in a career best 1:56 to deliver as the heavy (1-5) favorite. Huftalookatdatfany (Nick Roland) was clearly second best on the day and Catchmeinadream (Mooney Svendsen) was a clear third. The winner is a daughter of It's That Time out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling, she has now recorded ten career wins in seventeen outings for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel Mc Danel. Driver Nick Roland led the program with four winners for a Grand Slam, while Dean Magee recorded a driving Hat-Trick with three winners. Trainer Jessica Johnson picked up a double on the program. Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday (July 12) with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and features a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 pool of $7,057.79 by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2020 -- Exploiting a pocket trip, Rocknificent spoiled the sophomore debut of Dan Patch Award winner Lyons Sentinel by outkicking her to the wire in Saturday's $210,932 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Drama Act and Party Girl Hill Taking the other splits. The action-packed harness racing card featured 16 races -- all stakes splits for 2- and 3-year-old filly pacers -- featured a number of budding stars. But the most intriguing story line was Lyons Sentinel's season kickoff, which was delayed by COVID-19 disruptions. She looked sharp in three qualifiers, but on Saturday's sloppy-but-drying surface, she couldn't hold off Rocknificent, who prevailed by a length in 1:50.4. Shouldabeenatd completed the ticket.   The win by Rocknificent, a Captaintreacherous daughter of Dan Patch awardee Rocklamation who banked $285.006 at 2, wasn't much of an upset. In fact, players expected it, sending her off at 3-5 versus 3-2 odds for Lyon's Sentinel. "It was always going to come down to a sprint," said winning driver Scott Zeron. "I was happy my horse was able to win and not have to do any work. She's an extremely intelligent horse who puts herself in great positions all the time. She has a really quick turn of speed. So even chasing a great horse like that, it becomes a foot race at the end. I'm always confident that she has the quicker foot." Linda Toscano trains Rocknificent for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. Jim, King, Jr., who conditions Lyons Sentinel, was far from disappointed with her performance. "It was her first time out, and trip beat her," King said. "You can't be upset with that. I don't think there's any shame in her game." Drama Act took to the track when it was at its sloppiest, and she relished the off going, powering to a front-end victory in 1:50.4 with a back half in 54.3. Alexis's Beach finished second, beaten 2-1/2 lengths, with Blazin Grace third.   "She paced the back half in 52.3 last week at Hoosier, so we know she's got it in her," said Krista Harmon, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act for The Ok Corral. "As long we stay healthy and sound, I think we'll be there at the end of the year. You look at her and you don't see a 1:50 mile coming out of this little butterball, but it's in there." $190,283 PASS -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Saturday's program also featured the Sand Tart, a PASS for freshman filly pacers, with the splits going to Grace Hill, Continualou and Let 'Er Buck. Grace Hill got to perform after the track's upgrade to fast, and the daughter of Always B Miki-Western Silk took full advantage, roaring to the point with a quarter-pole move for Dexter Dunn and winning her second straight PASS split, this one in 1:52.4. Dancethenightaway was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Marsala Hanover earned show. "She has a long stride and does her work pretty easy," Dunn said. "She went in 1:52 today and felt like she was doing it pretty easy. She has a good future." Nifty Norman conditions Grace Hill for Tom Hill. Continualou was sitting second near the three-quarters when Chris Page confidently pulled the pocket with her. The daughter of Sweet Lou-Continual Velocity cruised by, breaking her maiden in 1:54.2. When Uptown Hanover and Ocean's Apart rounded out the ticket, it gave trainer Ron Burke a 1-2-3 sweep of this split. "I realize how old I'm getting when I'm starting to drive the moms of these things, "Page said. "I drove her mom -- had like three lungs -- and I think she passed that on to her baby. She felt pretty good and I thought, well, we'll give her a shot. The sky's the limit for her." $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers The Bethinator notched the fastest victory, winning in 1:51.3 for Dave Palone and trainer Brett Pelling, while Enduring Hope provided the tote board fireworks, upsetting at 26-1 for Tim Tetrick and conditioner Tom Fanning. Also victorious were Ashtini, Girl On The Beach and Alexa Skye. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Lady Newton and Fighting Evil each scored in 1:54 to share stake honors. Blonde Onthe Beach, Darby Hanover and Podium Girl took the other divisions. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the 15-race card features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3) and a $2,713.47 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Love a Good Story (Andy Miller) writes another chapter in her book with a win in the $114,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) race for sophomore trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 11). It was Munster (Tyler Buter) with the early lead. Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) took over and led to a first quarter of :26.3. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) then took control as they headed for the backstretch. Destiny Blue Chip (John MacDonald) came first over and put the pressure on. No Mas Drama maintained a short lead hitting the half in :56.0. The two kept side by side going around the final turn. No Mas Drama hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. Love A Good Story ($3.30) moved second over third as they went around the final turn. As they made the turn for home, she went three-wide and looked like she was shot out of a cannon as she rushed to the front. Reba Blue Chip was blocked in as they headed to the final turn. Once she got an opening it was too late and she had to settle for second as Love A Good Story won in a lifetime best of 152.1 Munster finished third.   Love a Good Story is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. It was her second win this season and ninth career victory. She is trained by Julie Miller for owners Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. Howard Parker drove five winners on the card. He combined with trainer George Ducharme to get wins with Ltmeatcake Hanover ($3.10), Greyscale ($8.30), and Charlotte Chaplin ($3.80). His other wins came with Golden Brit ($4.10), and The Dough Man $11.60). Driver Leon Bailey and trainer Misty Carey combined for three wins as well. They were in the winner’s circle for Mister Livan N ($8.70), Tempster Hanover ($6.90), and Hit The Road Joe ($5.30). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 12-race card on Thursday (July 16) with a post time of 4:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) captures the $8,000 open handicap pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 11). Jins Shark (Jim Taggart Jr,) was the first out of the gate. Harry Terror ($9.90) took over and hit the first quarter in :27.3 and went to the half in :56.3. Reggiano (Renaldo Morales III) was first to make a move going first-over but couldn't get any closer than a length away. Harry Terror led to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Harry Terror went to cruise control as the reached the stretch. Jins Shark made a great effort in deep stretch but fell short and settled for second as Harry Terror crossed the finish line first in 1:53.0. Kotare Yael N (Corey Braden) finished third.   Harry Terror is a 6-year-old gelding by Western Terror. It was his fourth win of the season. He now has 20 career victories. My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) takes the $8,000 open handicap trot. BJ Lorado (Jim Meittinis) went straight to the lead and led to the first quarter in :28.1. He used a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :57.1. My Lindy Winner ($3.20) made his move going first-over down the backstretch. He was the first to three-quarters in 1:25.1. My Lindy Winner started to open up as they made the turn for home. The last one with a chance was second place finisher Beguin Dugoutier (Corey Braden) but My Lindy Winner was much the best and won going away in 1:54.1. BJ Lorado held on for third.   My Lindy Winner is 5-year-old horse by Credit Winner. It was his third win this season. He now owns 11 career victories. Mike Merton drove four winners on the night. His other wins came with A Yankee Feeln ($5.30), Alway'syourway ($6.10), and Just Don't Wait ($26.60). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 12) with an 11-race card starting at 1 p.m. They will feature two division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Dowms

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The rainy weather couldn't cool off the red hot Daylight Rush ($5.40) at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) as he notched a 3-/4 length harness racing victory over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace.   In his last six starts since June 6, Daylight Rush has three wins and three second place finishes. The win on Saturday gave him two straight and three out of his last four.   Class Six stomped out the early fractions on the sloppy track with splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.4 but they eventually took its toll on the pace setter.   Percy's Z Team made the first over move and powered to the top while Daylight Rush with driver David McNeight, III came along for the ride as Pick Six retreated.   In the drive to the finish line, Daylight Rush had too much punch for Percy's Z Tam and moved away to the triumph. Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) closed late for the show position.   Owned by Cassandra Johnson and trained by McNeight III, it was the third score in eight outings for the 7-year-old gelded Daylight Rush (Art Colony-Pass With Caution). The victory has pushed his 2020 winnings to $22,850 and $244,334 in his career.   Thor De Vie (McNeight III) has climbed up the ladder with perfection after rolling to an easy 1-1/2 length victory over Utah Beach in the sub-featured $10,000 Class A pace in 1:57.2.   With wins in the Class B and C in his last two appearances, Thor De Vie made the natural progression to the A bracket and found little trouble in finding the winner's circle once again.   After relinquishing the lead briefly to Sizzling Summer, Thor De Vie roared back to the top and posted splits of :28.4, :59.0 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Utah Beach (Cummings) made a belated bid but came up well short. In Runaway Bay N (Dan Yetman) finished in third.   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Trandlmayer, it was the third win in five attempts this season for the 5-year-old gelded Thor De Vie (So Surreal-Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory upped his seasonal bankroll to $13,168 and $249,130 lifetime.   The final week of the 2020 season kicks off on Wednesday night with a 13-race program slated for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Ten harness racing divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested Saturday night, July 11 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charlie May captured the first of four $40,000 OSS contests for 2-year-old pacing colts for driver Danny Noble as the 1-9 favorite in 1:54.2. It was the second career victory for the brown son of McArdle in as many lifetime starts. Trained by Steve Carter, Charlie May now has $95,000 in career earnings for breeder-owner Don Tiger. Barnard Hanover, a 16-1 longshot, was second for Chris Page, while Brett Miller steered I'm Sorry Man to a third place finish at 5-1 odds. Lady Arthur took the first of four $40,000 OSS races for freshman pacing fillies in 1:53.2 in a wire-to-wire performance for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., besting rival Summer Touch (Chris Page) by a neck. Disaronno Hill (Brett Miller) was third. Lady Arthur is a daughter by Arthur Blue Chip and the victory was the first of her career in two starts. She now has $22,738 in career earnings for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore, who owns the filly in partnership with the RG McGroup and Serge Savard. Yanks Dugout captured the first of two $50,000 OSS events for 3-year-old trotting colts, besting four rivals in 1:54.2 and holding off a late charge by It's Academic (Chris Page) by a head. It was the second victory in the series for the son of Triumphant Caviar who is trained by Edward Miller and was driven by Kurt Sugg for owners Ivan and Duke Sugg, who also bred the youngster. Yanks Dugout now has $75,150 in his career coffers. Stonefire US (Dewayne Minor) nabbing third-place honors. Laughagain Hanover got a perfect steer by Peter Wrenn to capture the second OSS division for freshmen pacing colts, stopping the timer in 1:54.3. The son of McArdle, who is trained by Laura Searway, left the gate as the 9-5 favorite and notched his second lifetime win in as many tries. Hill Yeah was second at 3-1 for Chris Page, while 3-1 Jackie Moon was third for Josh Sutton. Owned by Michael Cimaglio, W. Richardson and R Cimaglio, Laughagain Hanover has $2,248 in career earnings. Winella Hanover took a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 en route to her victory in the second OSS for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Driven by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke, the daughter of Racing Hill notched her third straight triumph in as many tries. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J. Mellilo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, Winella Hanover now has $99,800 in her career bankroll. Action Uncle captured the second OSS for 3-year-old trotting colts via a front-end trip for driver Brett Miller in 1:54.4. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the son of Uncle Peter notched his third straight OSS triumph for owners Cart Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. The 1-9 favorite upped his seasonal earnings to $80,500 with four wins in as many tries. Wading Boots was second for Chris page, while Doubleyellowline got up for third for Dan Noble. Hardt At Work prevailed in the third OSS divison for 2-year-old pacing colts, tripping the timer in 1:55.1. The son of Manhardt is conditioned and was driven by Mike Micallef for Brett Boyd Racing and Anthony Formosa. Rockin Airway was second for Kayne Kauffman, while Caviart Sargent was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Hardt At Work is now two for two in his brief career and sports a bankroll of $23,750. Leave Her Wild exploded in the final yards to win the third OSS contest for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:55.1. Driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., for trainer-owner Danielle Snyder, the daughter by Domethatagain picked up her second straight victory in as many tries, upping her career earnins to $23,400. Pinknperfect was second for Chris Page, while She Knows It all nailed down show honors for Brett Miller. Odds on Pick Six cpatured the final OSS for 2-year-old pacing fillies in a commanding 1:54.2 for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Melanie Wrenn. The daughter of Racing Hill picked up her first career win for Odds On Racing as the 2-5 favorite, besting Home Team (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 52-1 Rose Run Warner (Trevor Smith). Odds On Pick Six now has $57,500 in career earnings. Sentimental captured the final Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:56.1 with Tyler Smith driving for trainer John Ackley and the CT Stables of Washington Court House, Ohio. This bay filly is by Ohio sire The Panderosa and now has two wins in as many career starts. Bred by Marvin Raber of Berlin, Ohio, Sentimental sports a bankroll of $23,750. Lady Sconset was second for Derek Watiker with Rocking The Blues third for Danny Noble. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

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