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Budding freshman filly Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) picked up her third win in five career starts on Friday night, when she dominated a field of six in the $30,000 Geers Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Tioga Downs. She brushed to the top at the quarter and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:52.1 under minimal Dave Miller encouragement.  The ownership group of Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz leaned on a familiar lineage when purchasing the filly for $30,000 at The Lexington Select Sale in 2017. Her dam (Feelinglikeastar) is a full sister to Hall of Famer Rainbow Blue, who is the dam of another Joe Holloway trainee Rainbow Room (p, 1:51.2 F, $467,880). Bred by Winbak Farm, Zero Tolerance is out of sire Heston Blue Chip's (p, 1:48 F, $1,781,881) first crop. "Zero Tolerance was a great looking filly," said Winbak Yearling Manager Jimmy Ladwig. "She was very racy and I loved her." The Holloway trainee started her career with a pair of successful qualifiers at The Meadowlands, in preparation for a June 29th pari-mutuel debut against fellow freshman fillies. She went on to win in 1:51.3 (:27.1 last quarter) as the prohibitive favorite. "She came off the gate and got away 5th, and came a tremendous three-quarters," said Holloway. "She came home good but she had to because Yannick got free with St Somewhere so we had to go on, but I was very pleased with that." St Somewhere did avenge that loss, however, in the very next meeting between the two, a Sire Stakes event at Tioga. "We got caught. St Somewhere was on her back," Holloway explained. "She managed to get out and catch us at the wire but once again, it was a strong back half and a strong last quarter." Zero Tolerance's next scheduled start was another New York Sire Stakes event, this time at Yonkers, where she was scratched sick.  She was right back in the box the very next week however, for her most recent outing, an overnight affair at Harrah's Philadelphia. She was sharp on the front end that afternoon, winning in 1:53.1 under minimal urging.  Going into her race Friday night, Holloway was optimistic. "She's been training good. I know the Yonkers race was for a lot more money, and I wish I was going for that, but we stayed away from going to Canada, and stayed away from going on the half, so these types of races will get us into September." That strategy paid off as Zero Tolerance coasted to her third career triumph.  When asked what's down the road for Zero Tolerance, Holloway confirmed her first big start will be The Kentucky Stallion Management at Hoosier Park. From there, she will head to The Red Mile, followed by the Breeders Crown, and then back to The Meadowlands for the Three Diamonds Stakes.   As far as her ceiling goes, Holloway once again is optimistic. "Dave Miller called it early on. He thinks she is as good as Rainbow Room was at this time last year. So far, she hasn't proved that she isn't." by Mike Bozich, for Post TIme with Mike & Mike

WILKES-BARRE PA - It was hoped that the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, held on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, might clear up the picture of the division's pecking order ahead of the September 1 harness racing Championship at The Meadows, but instead the overall view is now as clear as the muddy red clay over which the babies raced. In what sense? Well, the most prelims won by any filly was two. None of the winners on Monday had won before in the Sire Stakes - one had not even raced in them previously, and one had yet to stay flat in the PaSS - and none of Monday's three visitors to Victory Lane are within the top ten in the pointstandings, as a total of 13 fillies posted at least one triumph in the prelims. First to go over the sloppy course Monday was the Donato Hanover filly Jezzy's Legacy, who made her initial appearance on the tote board after a race a 1:57.3 victory. Jezzy's Legacy made the front for driver George Napolitano Jr., then yielded to second choice Hanovers Best to sit in the two-hole as that one and race favorite Sonnet Grace (one of the double winners) hooked up nearing the ¾ and through the turn. Sonnet Grace had been gaining steadily, but nearing the homestretch she suddenly bore about 3¼-wide, and she could not make up the crucial lost ground. That left the race to the pacesetter and the pocketsitter, and Jezzy's Legacy gained into the 28.1 last quarter to win by a length, with Sonnet Grace rallying to be another neck back on the money. Jezzy's Legacy is trained by Ray Schnittker, who is also co-owner with Little E LLC, Steven Arnold, and Hall of Fame ballot nominee Ted Gewertz. The second division saw The Ice Dutchess, in her initial Sire Stakes race, sent off at odds-on despite the outermost post off her win in the Doherty Final, but she made a break vying for the lead nearing the 1/8. 42-1 shot Bushy Tails emerged in front early but readily surrendered the lead to the Muscle Hill filly Swizzle Sticks, who set the pace. In the lane the pocketed longshot made a good charge at the leader, but Swizzle Sticks prevailed by a half-length while taking a maiden mark of 1:57.2. Brian Sears, handling his fourth winner of the night, had the sulky duty for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jeffrey Snyder. There were a pair of previous PaSS winners in the third division in Magical Beliefs and Antonia, but the role of favorite went to the Muscle Hill filly Beautiful Sin, photoed out in the Doherty, but able to make her Sire Stakes bow successful in the quickest time of 1:56.3, saving the chalk's dignity somewhat in the stakes events. Magical Beliefs had moved early to command, with Beautiful Sin taking the first-over route under the guidance of Yannick Gingras, and the issue was in question until midstretch, where Beautiful Sin still had another gear left and drew away by 3¼ lengths; second choice Antonia fell victim to a break. Beautiful Sin is trained by Jimmy Takter for the S R F Stable. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points, but an unofficial tally of the standings after the races yielded these ten as the leading pointwinners: 1. Magical Beliefs, 2. Sonnet Grace, 3. Ma Was Right, 4. Personal Paradise, 5. Rush Lane, 6. (tie) Antonia, Fate Smiled, and Windy Corner, 9. (tie) Daria P and Hanovers Best. There is of course the possibility that one or more of the top horses may not declare in for the Championship, and the horses "on the bubble" do have the prospect of a consolation race at The Meadows if enough fillies declare in. On the night Brian Sears drove five winners and George Nap drove four. Tuesday at Pocono is the last Stallion Series preliminary, to be conducted over seven divisions. And you may think that this Sire Stakes division is hard to sort out ... PHHA / Pocono

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 13, 2018 - The first-season statebred lasses hit town Monday night (Aug. 13th), plying Yonkers Raceway's $157,000 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. 'Twas a night for the favorites over the sloppy surface. Perfect plebe Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.40) made it 5-for-5 in the opening ($52,000) event, putting away leading (:29.1, 1:00.3, 1:30.3) Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) late. Winndevie, from post position No. 3, then whipped that rival by a couple of lengths in 1:59. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick) was third. For Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner owned by Purple Haze Stable and trained by her driver, she won both of her local tries. The exacta paid $6.30, the triple returned $10.60 and the superfecta (Hot Chapter [Andy Miller]) paid $23.80. "I don't know what else to say? She's 5-for-5," Smedshammer said. Indeed. The evening's second ($53,000) division saw Amal Hall (Miller, $2.60)-from post No. 4--settle early, move the lead before the half, then barely hold off With Out a Doubt (Tim Tetrick) by a desperate nose (:28.4, :59.3; 1:28.4, life-best 1:58.4). Thanks for Leaving (catch-driver Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third, with Blue Prayer (Dan Daley) fourth. For Amal Hall, a Credit Winner miss co-owned by her driver, Gty Stable & Dumain Haven Farm and trained by Mrs. (Julie) Miller, she won three (with three seconds) in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $5.80, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $10.60 and the superfecta paid $41.80. "She's just a handy, half-mile (track) horse who does her job," Miller the driver said. The final ($52,000) sire stakes division saw the original six-pack pared to a barbershop quartet, as two of the ladies came up ill. Pole-sitting Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris, $2.90) had no issues at all (:29.1, 59.1, 1:29.4, 2:00.1). She disposed of a pocket Julamay Mass (Miller) by a length-and-a-half, while an out-the-mile Sweet Chapter (Mark MacDonald) was third. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) lagged, broke and was a distanced fourth. For Conway Kellyanne, a daughter of Conway Hall (stunner) trained by her driver for co-owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing, she's now won three of her five seasonal efforts. The exacta paid $13, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to the short field. When first/last seen here, Conway Kellyane won at a $40.20 mutuel. "She going to stay with the sire stakes," Charlie Norris said. "She fits in with them." Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2018 -- When trainer Ron Burke confided to longtime owner Mark Weaver at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale that De Los Cielos Deo was his top-rated colt in the auction, Weaver thought he had a pretty good idea what was coming. "Usually, we can't afford Ronnie's No. 1 picks," Weaver says. "We were pleasantly surprised to get him, and we're really happy now." Happy, indeed. The son of Captaintreacherous-Lisjune has won all four career starts, and in Tuesday's $188,111 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, he'll be looking to complete a sweep of PASS preliminary legs. He goes from post 4 in race 1 with Yannick Gingras at the helm. De Los Cielos Deo didn't come cheaply, as Weaver and his partners -- Mike Bruscemi (they're Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby) had to give $140,000 for the colt. "Believe it or not, we were prepared to go to about $300,000," Weaver says. "He's a half to I Luv The Nitelife, a fabulous filly who made close to $2 million, and Ronnie loved him as an individual. Anytime you can get one with that pedigree, you jump at the chance." De Los Cielos Deo has captured his four starts by a combined 8 lengths; he's won on the front, with quarter-pole moves and by stalking from the pocket. The only potential rap -- every race has been on a five-eighths-mile track. "I don't think bigger tracks will be a problem," Weaver says, "and I'm not sure he'll have to worry about a half-mile track until the Little Brown Jug." After the Sept. 1 $252,000 PASS championship at The Meadows, De Los Cielos Deo is eligible for the Metro -- "That will be his first test against the rest of the world" -- a pair at the Red Mile and the Breeders Crown. "From the day we bought him, he's probably been the most hyped horse we've had," Weaver says. "It reminds me of the Sweet Lou hype. They don't always come through, but so far, he has." Burke will send out four others in Tuesday's PASS, with Pyro (race 3, post 1, Matt Kakaley) probably the most interesting. When the mares he bred to Sweet Lou produced exclusively fillies, Burke and his partners went looking for a Sweet Lou colt and found him in Pyro, who is out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Whetstone Hanover. "We bought him for $75,000 as a weanling," Weaver says. "That's a lot more than people thought we should have paid for him." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Plainville, MA --- A relentless all-day rain wet down the track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 13) but it didn't dilute the talent that would compete over that surface. Heading the list of eye-catching performances was Artful Way, who got used both early and late before closing sharply in the lane to capture the $18,000 Open Handicap pace. Artful Way (Steve Nason) left and took the lead, but he passed that off to Starznheaven (Greg Merton) by the quarter in lieu of a garden spot trip from there until the stretch. Positions remained the same until the half when Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) pulled first up with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) on his back and started to push the issue. The top four were now in a tight pack pacing two in and two out, going up the backside and into the far turn before Thisjetsabookin faded giving Artful Way the opening he was waiting for. Starznheaven looked clear with a two-length advantage but Nason got Artful Way underway and had a full head of steam. With heavy urging from Nason, Artful Way continued to eat up ground all the way to the wire and won by a nose in 1:51.1. It was the 11th win in 24 starts for Artful Way ($6.20) and it pushed his annual income to $110,667 for owner Kellogg Racing Stables and trainer Jackie Greene. There was a pair of undercard features whose winner's efforts defied the elements. The $15,000 Winners-Over pace was won by Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) who got a pocket trip behind One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) until the three-quarter pole where he tipped three-deep around the challenging UF Rockin Dragon (Greg Merton) and opened up a seven-length lead before cruising home a wrapped-up winner in 1:52. On the strength of his fourth win, Poisonous ($3.80) has now earned $35,820 in 2018 for owner Jimmy Whittemore and his trainer, Dennis Whittemore. In the other $15,000 condition pace for non-winners of nine races lifetime, Lear Seelster (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth chasing a speedy :26.4 quarter before pulling second-over at the three-eighths, eventually going three-deep around the last turn to out-pace the front running Bamski (Jimmy Whittemore) under right-handed urging from Cushing to win in 1:53.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the fifth win of the year for Lear Seelster ($16.40) who has now earned $41,124 for owner David Glazer. Jim Nickerson trains the winning gelding. There was also a pair of 2-year-old late closer Open races on the card; one on each gait and both going for $12,500. In the Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers, Sylvia Trench (Always A Virgin-Miss Maverick) made her first Plainridge start a winning one, tripping out behind Fight Like Mike (Greg Merton) to a two-length victory in 1:57.1, which equaled her lifetime mark. Jim Hardy drove Sylvia Trench ($4.20) who is owned by Rosalie and Paul Vacca, who also trains the filly. In the Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters, Refi (Chapter Seven-Blazing Musclegirl) got away third, pulled first over and cleared the Massachusetts bred The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) at the top of the stretch to win by a length in 2:01.4. Trained and driven by Domenico Cecere, Refi ($4.80) is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. The horses weren't the only ones putting up big numbers on Monday. Several horsemen had multiple winning efforts on the day as well. Driver Mitchell Cushing teamed up with trainer Jim Nickerson and together they added four wins to each of their dash victory totals for the year. That dynamic duo found the winner's circle with the aforementioned Leer Seelster along with Siskel (1:55.1, $3.80), Star Of Terror (1:54.1, $8.00) and Sunburst Cruze (1:53.1, $4.00). Driver Steve Nason also drove two winners for trainer Jackie Greene. There was no winner of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta once again on Monday so there is a large carry over pool of $2,216.95 that will be available for the Wicked Hi-5 in the sixth race on Tuesday (Aug. 14) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Latissimus Hanover extended his domination of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series, rolling to his fourth straight series win and completing his sweep of the preliminary legs Monday at The Meadows. The $80,000 stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over four divisions, with Walleywalleyinfree, Costello and Do Ya Think taking the other splits. The $40,000 series final is set for Sept. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. With his 9-length laugher Monday, Latissimus Hanover now has a combined victory margin of 23-1/4 lengths in the series. Ray Schnittker, who trains the son of Captaintreacherous-Ladyking and owns with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Ted Gewertz, indicated he has no regrets about campaigning him in the stallion series rather than the more lucrative -- but more competitive -- sires stakes. "I just hope we can dominate the final," Schnittker joked. "His first start wasn't all that great; he was sitting last after a half that went in 59, and he didn't have much pop. So I thought we'd race him in the stallions. He's staked to everything, so later in the year, he'll have his hands full." Hammered down to 1-9. Latissimus Hanover made the front with a quarter-pole move for Tim Tetrick and jogged home in a career-best 1:52.1. Bring The Thunder and Captain Fabulous completed the ticket. Making his pari-mutuel debut, Walleywalleyinfree appeared to have trouble getting off the cones past the half. Once he picked up cover, he straightened out and drove through the stretch to score in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, trainer Chris Ryder and owner Bella Racing. Loutenant finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Lyons Night Hawk, who provided the winner's much-appreciated cover, earned show. "They told me he could get really hot, and they want to teach him to race from behind, so we were set to trip him out and race him like that," Hall said. "Past the half, he was kind of running in a little bit, and I was hoping to get through the turn before I had to move him. But it was getting tight, and I tried to ease him out. He wasn't ready to come yet." Costello spotted the leader, Lyons Johnnyjnr, x lengths at the three-quarters but powered through the lane to nail him by a neck in 1:54.2. Saronno finished third. "It looked like the leader was putting up some good fractions," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "I was first up with him last week, so I was hoping to give him a little better trip today. He's all right, that little guy." The win likely earned the son of Sweet Lou-Laughandbehappy a berth in the championship. Ron Burke conditions Costello for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday with the Tyler B, a $188,111 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

In preparation for the upcoming Cal Expo harness season, which will get underway on Saturday November 10, the backstretch will open on Saturday, September 15. The back track will open on Sunday, September 16, while the main track opens September 24. Stall space is available free of charge, click the stall application link attached. This will be the seventh season of harness racing at Cal Expo under the Watch and Wager LLC banner. Purses have been increased 8 percent over last season and there will be a minimum $40 starter fee. A strong new and returning horse incentive plan is in place as well. For more information go to or e-mail us at For the 2018-2019 Cal Expo Harness Racing STALL APPLICATION by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

  Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation are pleased to announce the four recipients of this year’s Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships. The awards, totaling $15,000, are presented annually to the offspring of harness racing participants or to individuals themselves who are actively engaged in the business. “We want to thank the 19 candidates who submitted their credentials, transcripts and reference letters,” said David Snyder, CEO of ISC, headquartered in Pikesville, MD. “The application process, which includes answering three essay questions, is quite rigorous, and our judges’ panel was impressed with the efforts put forth by these outstanding students.” Winners of 2018-19 Academic Year Awards SARAH BIRKHOLD, 24, Sarasota, FL, $5000. The second-year grad student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate, TN secured her third consecutive top prize award from HTA’s six-person selection committee. She ranked 18th out of 122 in her first-year class with a 3.94 GPA. Tuition, room and board, books and lab supplies exceed $57,000 at the highly competitive school. Sarah plans to practice in the field of equine lameness and rehabilitation and has remained actively involved in harness racing.  She interned at Scioto Downs last summer with Dr. Barry Carter (Firethorn Equine Services, Lancaster, OH) and at the county fair in Greenville, OH with Dr. Chris Gilbert (Darke County Veterinary Services). This summer she joined her father George, an owner-breeder, and her Aunt Mary, an owner, trainer and amateur driver, to watch their three and four-year-old horses compete at Hilliard and other tracks in Ohio. While at home she also has shadowed Dr. William McGinty, a partner in Sarasota Equine Associates, who specializes in infectious diseases, preventative medicine and the diagnosis and treatment of lame horses. Upon graduation, Sarah’s goal is to obtain the certifications she desires and join her mentors in working at Saratoga Equine. SYDNEY ELIZABETH TROTTO, 18, Springfield, VA, $5000. Ms. Trotto, a 4.3 GPA honors graduate of West Springfield High in Fairfax County, will be a nursing major this fall at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is the daughter of veteran trainer and Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association Vice-President Greg Trotto and his wife Debra, a teacher who met Greg at her first job as an employee of Rosecroft Raceway’s marketing department. Sydney amassed a solid academic record in largely AP and Honors coursework. She was a district and regional MVP in varsity volleyball (second team all-state), leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, member of the American Sign Language Club and its honor society, inductee into the National Honor Society and a yearbook editor. In a letter brimming with praise, her Honors US History teacher included such references as “how seldom it is [to have] a student the caliber of Sydney…a serious learner...wrote one of the finest document-based question essays I have ever read [demonstrating] hard work and intellectual ability…kind and considerate…doesn’t complain…congenial…comfortable in her own skin, and has a quiet confidence that is unusual for a student her age.” JESSICA HALLETT, 19, Margate, FL, $2500.  Jessica is a two-time recipient of the Snyder Scholarship, having been awarded a $1000 grant before she entered Ft. Lauderdale’s Nova Southeastern University last fall. Daughter of John and Michelle of the Hallett Racing Stable, Jessica has continued to be heavily involved with harness racing on weekends and during summers. She is renowned for her energy and work ethic. She paints statues, lawn jockeys and race bikes; writes regularly for Harness Link; grooms and paddocks for the Hallett, Hennessey and McNichol Stables in Florida and New York; and has accumulated certifications in First Aid, CPR and AED. (Lifeguarding is next on her to-do list during the fall or spring semester.) Jessica earned 34 credits and a 3.5 GPA her freshman year at NSU. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience. A participant in numerous extracurricular activities, Jessica was selected for the President’s 64, an elite group of student leaders who serve the NSU President and CEO in advisory and public relations capacities. KATELYNN EICK, 18, Farmingdale, NJ, $2500. Another academic superstar, Katie compiled a cumulative GPA of 5.0, graduating near the top of her Howell High School class in the Freehold Regional District. Except for two B+’s in her junior year AP US History and AP Calculus classes, there was nary a sub-A grade in her AP and Honors-laden transcript. She excelled in field hockey all four years, serving as captain and winning the Rebel Pride Award in 2017. Katie was also a member of Student Council for four years and earned induction into National Honor Society. She worked eight hours a week throughout high school as a farmhand at a horse farm. Since 2013 she has been a participant and volunteer at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer camps, rising to a teacher in that organization’s Leadership Program. Bob Heyden, a fellow HHYF volunteer and a 2013 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicator’s Corner, penned an effusive letter of recommendation, describing Katie as “knowledgeable, cooperative, reliable, attentive, sharing…[she] was special right from the start.” Katelynn is enrolled this fall at Rutgers University’s Bachelor of Science degree program, majoring in Animal Science with a focus on equine science. She is the daughter of Floyd Eick, an electrician, and Jennifer Eick, a homemaker. Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation have made 224 grants to 152 students since the scholarship fund’s inception in 1973. A total of $840,950 has been awarded. The program remains one of the cherished legacies of deceased double Hall of Famer Stan Bergstein, the longtime Executive Vice President of HTA, and International Sound founder Harold Snyder, who died in 2015. HTA Scholarship Committee members Tom Aldrich (Northfield Park), Charles Lockhart (Dover Downs), Chris McErlean (Penn Gaming), Rick Moore (Hoosier Park) and Jason Settlemoir (The Meadowlands) are deeply grateful for the financial support of ISC CEO David Snyder and his family.  Their generous endowments continue to enrich the sport and touch the lives of harness racing families.   From Harness Tracks of America  

The thrill of standing in the winner's circle with a young horse draped in the winner's cooler is something all racehorse owners want to experience, and with the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit Championships, that dream came alive for eight harness racing champions during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis on August 9. Following a hot summer of traveling to 11 different county fairs and accruing points, the top eight horses in each division of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit met on the historic one-mile clay track on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Some wins were done in dominating fashion, while others were almost too close to call. In the 2-Year-Old divisions, the Indiana stallion Tellitlikeitis was the hot name in pacing, with his first crop of foals taking home championships in their respective division. Isitlikeitlooks and trainer/driver Jeff Dever set blazing fractions to take the 2-Year-Old Colt Pace for owners Jeffery and Kathy Cranor and Brian and Jane Mast. The brown colt is out of the Bettor's Delight mare, Miss Liz and was bred by Oakwood Farms in Indiana, and posted a lifetime best of 1:54. Going 10-for-10 and undefeated in her career so far, Dojea Rita finished the Tellitlikeitis pacing sweep. The Maid's Last Work (by Dream Work) scored the 2-Year-Old Filly Pace for owners Joe Smith and Michelle Graves. The filly was bred by Dojea Stables, trained by Donna Loney and driven to the win by Charlie Conrad. Her winning time was 1:55.1. Whykatiewhy (Mr Cantab-Whybabywhy-Padre Hanover) earned the 2-Year-Old Filly Trot in 2:03.0 for owners Hen-Shaut Stable. She was bred by Double D Farm and Hoosier Standardbred Farm in Indiana, driven by Jordan Ross and trained by Robert Taylor. The Pilgrims Chuckie colt, Chickiessweetdream (Sweet Stockings, by Sweet Whiz) earned the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot for breeder Floyd Raber. Walter Haynes, Jr. took the reins for the injured trainer/owner Lester Raber, and brought the colt home in 1:59.2. The 3-Year-Old divisions showed some the diversity of the Indiana-Sired program, with four different stallions scoring wins. Canwetabemnow (Pinetucky-Beldame Hanover-SJ's Photo) scored the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship for breeder John Stoll and owner Devon Miller. The Curtis Sumpter-trainee was driven by Mike Peterson with a time of 1:57.2, winning by a nose over Mr Quaker. It was almost a dead heat between GW's Golden Dancer and Rail Desire, but the win was golden in 1:55.0 just barely. GW's Golden Dancer is by Allthatgltrsisgold (out of Dance Hall, by Blissful Hall) and was bred by Victory Hill Farms. Robert Taylor Racing Stables owns and trains the filly, with Odell Cross holding the reins. Miss U Big Mike and Mike Peterson finished by just a head in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, giving owners Funk Racing Stable and Charlie K Racing the win in 1:55.2. The colt is by He's Gorgeous and out of Ready To Rumba (by Whitefish Falls), and was bred by Irwin Kaplan of New York. In the final race of the night, Striking Encore scored a win for driver/trainer Doug Rideout in the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, finishing in 1:57.3. The filly is by Encore Encore and out of the Striking Sahbra mare, Striking Sweet Tea, and was bred by Shady Lane Meadows. Mervin Eicher is the owner. The championship races ran for a purse of $20,000, while the consolation races between horses ranked ninth through sixteenth raced earlier in the day for a purse of $8,000. "It's a lot of fun to watch these young horses continue to improve and post faster times throughout the summer," says Rachel Klotz, Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Coordinator. "Our stallions are throwing some very competitive foals right now." For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Fourth Dimension, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, will miss the remainder of this season because of a small fracture on his left knee, trainer Marcus Melander said Monday. Fourth Dimension last raced on Aug. 4 in an elimination for the Hambletonian and went off stride following the half-mile point. Melander said the colt will require four months to recover from the injury. He said no decision was made yet regarding Fourth Dimension's future. This year, Fourth Dimension was winless in four races. He finished second in his seasonal debut, then went off stride in the final turn of his elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. He went off stride again in his division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and the Hambletonian. "It's very disappointing, but there is nothing we can do about it other than give it time to heal," Melander said. "It was a very small fracture, which is probably why we didn't find it before. After (the Beal) he wasn't himself. He was fine when we trained him at home, but when he was going faster there was something bothering him more than just soreness. We went over him and couldn't find anything. Sometimes those small fractures take time before you can see them. We took him again and did a complete bone scan on him and they found it. I'm glad we found it." Fourth Dimension is a son of Chapter Seven out of Corazon Blue Chip. He was purchased for $200,000 under the name Seventh Wonder at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes Dan Patch Award winner Magician. The colt is owned by Anders Strom's Courant Inc. Last year, Fourth Dimension won eight of 11 races, setting or equaling four track records in the process. His victories included the Valley Victory Stakes, a division of the International Stallion Stakes, an elimination for the Breeders Crown, and four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. He has earned $409,195 lifetime. "We'll see what Anders wants to do," Melander said. "There should be some interest in him as a stud. He had a great year last year and he's got a great pedigree and is a good-looking horse. If he wants to stand him as a stud, he can do that; if he wants to race him next year, he can do that too. He's got options. We've got a couple months before anything needs to be decided." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Columbus, MN - On the Sunday (August 12) harness racing program at Running Aces, Gold Star Yoder became the first 2 year old stud pacer to win at the track, establishing a track record of 1:57 in his very first lifetime start.   The freshman son of Mysticism had show tremendous ability in training miles and was very impressive in his qualifying race on August 7, finishing second while pacing a final half mile in :55.3.   The 1:57 record mile is likely to be lowered quite soon by this youngster who appears to be brimming with talent. The betting public had recognized his abilities as well, sending him off as the 2-5 choice. Gold Star Yoder ($2.80), affectionately named for his part-owner and Trainer/Driver James (JD) Yoder, is also owned by Gold Star Farm.   The Yoder barn turned in yet another track record on Sunday night, when their 4 year old stud trotter Ideal Jesse (JD Yoder) turned in another impressive gate-to-wire win and stopped the clock at 1:56 to lower his very own record that he set just 8 days prior (1:56.1 on August 4).   Ideal Jesse ($3.80) is by Jailhouse Jesse, and is owned by Cheyenne Ray (Yoder). Ideal Jesse also owns the track record for 3 year old colt trotters (1:56.1), the victory on Sunday was career win number 10.   The two track record miles were part of a Grand-Slam for James Yoder, his second four-win night this week.   SB Fine And Dandy (JD Yoder) pulled the upset in the $8,500 Minnesota-Sired geldings trot, by converting a pocket trip into his third career win in a lifetime best 1:57.2.   The victory by a neck would snap a six-race winning streak for the heavy favorite Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) who had led every step of the way, until the final step. The victory pushes seasonal earnings to $15,744 for SB Fine And Dandy ($24.20), a son of Claudius Augustus, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Dekker (Rick Magee) delivered her 4th consecutive win as she continues to dominate the 3 year old Filly Division of the Minnesota-Sired trotting events.   Sent off at 1-9 as part of an entry with stablemate and runner-up Mimi Marguerite, Dekker has now won 7 of her last 8 races. Tonight's tally was a 3 1/2 length romp in a career best time of 1:58.1. Dekker ($2.20) is owned by Jesse, Eric and Benjamin De Long, and is trained by Justin Anfinson.   The 50 cent late Pick-4 wager paid $4,469.45 on Sunday night, and the 20 cent Pick-5 went un-solved. The Pick-5 carryover now stands at $13,890.15 for Tuesday night (Aug 14) along with a carryover in the 50 cent Hi-5 wager of $1,991.44. First post on Tuesday is 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Ace

Harness racing mare Dream Together (Bob McClure) charged late in the strech to steal the Joie De Vie ($141,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 12). Ariana G (Tim Tetrick) put up the first quarter time of :26.4. Yannick Gingras then charged out from third with the big favorite Hannelore Hanover. She had to put a little extra effort to get by. She led them to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they reached the top of the stretch Ariana G tried to find racing room by found none. Barn-mates Dream Together ($29.60) and Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) came flying down the stretch together. Both mares are owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais. Both would duel late in the stretch with Dream Together getting the upper hand to win in 1:53.1. Emoticon Hanover, who set a world record in this race a year ago, settled for second best. Hannelore Hanover hung on for third. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. She got a major upset victory for the second week in a row. She used late speed to win the Steele Memorial last week at the Meadowlands as well . It was her third win this season and 11th career victory. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) sets track record in the Crawford Open Trot ($186,000). I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) led the field to a first quarter of :27.1. Will Take Charge ($3.50) brushed by as they went by the stands for the first time. He would lead them to a half in :56.1. He increased his lead on the back stretch. He hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Owned Mac T Nichol and trained by Jeffrey Gillis, once he reached the top of the stretch, everyone knew the race was over. He cruised home in a last quarter of :27.4 and set the track record for aged geldings with a time of 1:51.2. I Know My Chip followed to finish second. JL Cruze (Brett Miller) was third best. Will Take Charge is a 5-year-old gelding by Kadabra. He won for the eighth time this season and he captured career victory number 20. Favorites, Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill jr.) and Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) won Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies. In the first EBC elimination, Ms Cheesman (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Then Alexis Faith ($2.80) charged by to take over, hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, Robert Darrow, and Kevin McKinlay, she held off a late run by Pueblo Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) to win in 1:52.0. Second Place finisher Pueblo Blue Chip, third place finisher Painted Lady (Tim Tetrick), and fourth place finisher Ms Cheeseman, all qualified for next weeks final. Alexis Faith is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her third win this season and ninth win in her career. In the second EBC elimination, I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) charged out to lead to a first quarter in :27.1. Youaremycandygirl ($2.10) was fourth after the first quarter. Gingras said go and she flew by before the second turn. Owned by W J Donovan, and trained by Ron Burke, she then controlled all the rest of the fractions (:56.2, 1:23.2, 1:51.0). In the order that finished after Youaremycandygirl is the rest of the qualifiers, I'm Trigger Happy, Believe In Me (David Miller), Solitary (Andy Miller), Majorette Angie (Drew Monti). Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She won for the fifth time this season and for the 14th time in her career. Here is the starting order for the EBC final for pacing fillies for an estimated $250,000 next week. (1) Alexis Faith, (2) Majorette Angie, (3) Solitary, (4) Pueblo Blue Chip, (5) I'm Trigger Happy, (6) Youaremycandygirl, (7) Painted Lady, (8) Believe In Me, (9) Ms Cheesman. American History (Yannick Gingras) and Courtly Choice (David Miller) won EBC eliminations on the boys side for 3-year-old pacers. In the first elimination for pacing colts and geldings, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :57.2, 1:23.4). Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, American History ($3.30) made his move just before the three-quarters. He took over at the top of the stretch and won in 1:51.1. Here are the rest of the qualifiers in the order then finished starting with the second place, Hitman Hill, Heavenly Sound (Jim Marohn Jr.), Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron). American History is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was win number four this season. He now has seven career victories. In the second EBC elimination, Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) went to a first quarter lead in :27.0. Courtly Choice ($2.20) buzzed by and never looked back, covering all the rest of the fractions (:55.0, 1:21.2, 1:49.0). Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac&Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms, he was followed by the rest of the qualifiers in the order they finished. Ideal Feeling, Real Surreal (Jame MacDonald), Keystone Tenacious (Mark MacDonald), Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.). Courtly Choice is 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his seventh win this season and ninth career victory. Here is the starting order for the estimated $250,000 EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. (1) Heavenly Sound, (2) Keystone Tenacious, (3) American History, (4) Mac N Cheese, (5) Courtly Choice, (6) Hitman Hill, (7) Ideal Feeling, (8) Ghost Dance, (9) Real Surreal. It will be run next Sunday (August 19). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 17) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Real Fine and Zuluwarriorhanover took their second wins in Pennsylvania Stallion Series competition for three-year-old pacing fillies during their third preliminary at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday, but it was the other divisional winner - first-time StS starter Attention Hanover - who dew most of the attention. The daughte of Somebeachsomewhere, trained by Steve Salerno and co-owned by Salerno in partnership with Dean Casaday, had been entered in the first StS prelim but was scratched sick, and since then had stuck to working her way up the conditioned ranks, taking four of her previous five starts. She then showed she was ready for the Stallion Series group, being backed out of the pocket by driver Eric Carlson to follow Sandy's Beach as that one cleared at the ¾, then outpaced her home by 1½ lengths. The victory helped Attention Hanover's chances towards making her Stallion Series Championship, but it in no way assured it, as Attention Hanover is tied for 13th according to unofficial standings compiled at the end of the stakes racing (the Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is the official keeper of PA-sired competition points). Real Fine and Zuluwarriorhanover now each have two wins and a second in three Stallion Series starts and all but cannot be dislodged from a spot in the Championship. First of the pair to win Sunday was the Bettor's Delight filly Real Fine, who set the pace, got a very stiff challenge from Dark Force on the turn, but regathered in the stretch to post a half-length triumph in 1:53.3 for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Knox Services Inc, Slaughter Racing Stable LLC, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Zuluwarriorhanover, another Somebeachsomewhere filly, allowed early traffic to settle then was brushed to the lead by driver Tim Tetrick coming off the first turn and stayed in control from there. At the wire pocketsitter Danikova was 1½ lengths behind the 1:53.2 winner, who is trained by Tom Fanning for owner David Van Wert. A pair of $21,500 events matched fast trotters in the first conducted and classy pacing mares in the second. On the trot, Boffin was forwardly-paced throughout by driver Tim Tetrick after an attempt off the pace snapped a three-race winning streak last time, moved to leading favorite Moonshiner Hanover in the stretch, and proved the better by 1½ lengths while crossing the wire first in 1:53.1. The altered son of Donato Hanover, now a winner of $517,487, is trained by Anette Lorentzon, who is also c-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Second-over Agent Q had the fractions in her favor (54.2 first half vs. 57.2 back half) in the mares pace, and her sweeping move on the far turn carried her to a stretch lead she would not surrender in the 1:51.4 mile, with Skippin By doing very well late but coming up a half-length shy. The Western Terror mare Agent Q, now an earner of $1,208,870, came out of the box smokin' in 2018, fell off-form and was given a brief respite, and now has come back to win two of her last three for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Crawford Farms LLC, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. FINISHING LINES - The largest extant carryover pool in North America horse racing was taken down Saturday night at The Downs, as the Rainbow Pick 5 rewarded the one successful bettor with $321,175.78. The imaginative player had in his ticket two horses paying over $100, Riproy ($117.00) and P L Hercules ($102.00), along with a $35.00 horse in the last race of the bet driven by the six-time defending driving champion at the mountain oval, George Napolitano Jr. With two scratches attached to the winning favorite in the first leg, the official ticket read (1,6,8)/5/2/9/7. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Chester, PA --- Driver Joe Bongiorno captured two of Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 12) three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings at Harrah's Philadelphia, teaming up with Albergo Hanover ($6.80) and Done Well ($5.60), both of whom earned new lifetime marks in their respective divisions.   In the $54,805 first division (race three), the door was opened for Bongiorno and Albergo Hanover with five-sixteenths to go, when odds-on favorite Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) broke stride after stalking second-over cover.   After pacesetter Odds On Lauderdale (Andy Miller) dismissed an outside challenge from Shadow Cat (Corey Callahan) through a blistering 1:22 three-quarter split, Albergo Hanover found clearance up the open stretch and surged to a 1:49.4 score by 1-1/2 lengths. Odds On Lauderdale held second by a neck over Larry Karr (Matt Kakaley).   Gestion J Y Blais Inc. owns Albergo Hanover, now a five-time winner in his career. For the son of Well Said, it was his fourth win in six starts for trainer Jenn Bongiorno.   Bongiorno came back in the $55,205 second division (race seven) with Pepsi North America Cup runner-up Done Well, calling all the shots en route to a 1:51 score.   The Well Said colt strode clear from post 4 and controlled splits of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4 before turning aside a first-over challenge from Aleppo Hanover (Kakaley) and keeping the late-gaining Captain Deo (Marcus Miller) 2-1/2 lengths at bay. This Is The Plan (McCarthy) circled three-wide through the far turn to take third.   James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman and Alan Keith own six-time winner Done Well.   Hayden Hanover ($6.20) rounded out the trio of Sire Stakes winners with a 1:50.1 victory in the $55,205 third division (race 11). Matt Kakaley had the son of Somebeachsomewhere in play from the outset, part of a three-way battle with Somebaddude (Marcus Miller) and Nutcracker Sweet (McCarthy) through a :26 first quarter.   After initially protecting inside position, Hayden Hanover yielded to Nutcracker Sweet with a circuit to go and rode the pocket to the open stretch, where he pounced and drew off by a length. Macadoodledoo (Callahan) rallied off the cover of Babes Dig Me (Goodell) to take second narrowly over Nutcracker Sweet.   Julie Miller trains three-time winner Hayden Hanover for the Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stable Inc., T L P Stable and Deo Volente Farms LLC.   A $30,000 Great Northeast Series event for open pacers (race nine) headlined the undercard, and Graduate final winner Donttellmeagain ($5.80) eclipsed More The Better N for the second straight week, scoring in 1:49.1 in rein to Victor Kirby.   The 4-year-old Dragon Again gelding worked clear of Rodeo Romeo (George Napolitano Jr.) after a :26.3 quarter before yielding to odds-on choice More The Better N (Callahan) with a circuit to go. As More The Better N was worn down by millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy), Donttellmeagain was able to set sail up the open stretch and draw a length clear at the winning post.   Jim King Jr. trains 17-time winner Donttellmeagain for the Paton Racing Stables Inc.   For the second straight card, multiple players had the winning 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 combination, resulting in a carryover of $1,118.61 to the fifth race on Wednesday's (Aug. 15) program. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 12, 2018--Odds-on favorite Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) dusted 'em from first-over Sunday afternoon (Aug. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot in track record time.. The weekly harness racing trotting feature went at the flat mile, directly after the four mile-and-a-quarter 'French' races. Away fifth from post position No. 4, the people's preference watched as lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) made the first lead. He then gave way to Mosinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) at the :27:1 opening quarter-mile. The one found a :56.3 intermission as Guardian Angel AS was out and moving. He engaged the leader in earnest by the 1:25.2 three-quarters, putting him away early in the lane. Guardian Angel AS widened the margin to 2¾ lengths in 1:53.4...a track record for his weight class. It was Mosinterestingman holding second, with In Secret (George Brennan), Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears) and NF Happenstance rounding out the payees. For Guardian Angel AS, a 4-year-old son of Archangel co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, the triple returned $68.50 and the superfecta paid $164.50. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 4-Take Notice (Saratoga's 1st race) and 1-Kennel Buddy (Yonkers' 3rd race), returning $12.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $6,867. The next Sunday matinee is Aug. 19th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Columbus, MN - The harness racing featured event on Saturday night (Aug 11) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot.   This weeks event drew a field of six of the best trotters around, with Preidecrest (Steve Wiseman) sent off as the 6-5 public choice while looking to extend a two race win streak.   Banker Volo had different ideas about who would reign supreme as the top trotter this week, and he gave notice immediately out of the gate that he was playing with his "A" game tonight. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) sprinted from the gate and took control, posting a sharp :27.3 quarter with Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) floating away into the pocket.   Banker Volo settled down nicely for a big second quarter breather (:57) before turning the flames back on for the :28.2 third panel and trotting strong in the stretch to hold off a fast closing Silverlode to remain a neck in front at the wire in 1:54.1 for a sparkling new track record for aged trotting stallions, eclipsing his own previous record time of 1:54.2 from last June.   For Banker Volo ($7.00) it was the fifth win in fifteen starts this year, and boosted his career bankroll to $396,248 for owner Jeralene Roland. Jenni King is the winning trainer.   The $9,000 Winner's-Over Pace went to Holdingallthecards (Dean Magee) in dramatic fashion, with a very talented field of 6 facing the starter,   Bettor's Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) was fastest from the gate from post five and Holdingallthecards got away quickly as well to secure the pocket position.   The fractions were solid, :27 and :56, and then the action began to sizzle with Bestinthebusiness (James Yoder) launching a strong first-over attack and creating an outer-flow, the field was stacked up three-by-three as they threw down a :26.4 third panel (1:22.4).   Bettors Promise was still fighting strong turning for home, with Holdingallthecards exploding from the pocket and Whatchastarinat (Steve Wiseman) who saved ground throughout was angling to the outside for a three-horse battle to the wire. Holdingallthecards was fastest to the line, getting up by a neck over Bettor's Promise, with Whatchastarinat a close third.   The teletimer showed 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever at Running Aces. Holdingallthecards ($21.40) is a 9 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, he is owned by William and Richard McIntyre of Wisconsin, and trained by Denise Maier.   This was his 47th career win, and pushed his career bank account to $496,025.   The $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old Pacing event went to Ridonkuloso who picked up his fifth win in ten starts this season.   The gelding son of Voracious Hanover went gate to wire with a very impressive mile in 1:54.3 to complete a two race win streak and upset the field at 7-1 in the wagering. Ridonkuloso is owned by Mathew Van Oterloo and trained by Brett Ballinger.   Racing returns to Running Aces on Sunday night (August 12) with first post at 6:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $11,949.88.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces  

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