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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It was all systems go for Glider Man Saturday afternoon in the $2,350 Open harness racing trot as the gelding cruised to victory over a sloppy track at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. David Dowling engineered the front-end victory in 2:01.3 over a track with a three-second variant for conditioner Jennifer Doyle, who co-owns the Yankee Glide five-year-old with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Cheeky Little Mix (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second while race favourite Mile Hill Willie (Kenny Arsenault) recovered from a break in stride to finish third. Miss Kabana was victorious in the $2,250 featured pace in line to Vincent Poulton for co-owner and trainer Gary Poulton and co-owners Gail MacDonald and Trevor Warren of Charlottetown. Time of the mile was 2:00.1. Marc Campbell continued his lead in the driving standings as he tripled up on the Saturday card. The Winsloe driver won with Paythelinebluechip (2:01.4) for trainer Jay Noye, La Vie En Rose (2:01.4) for her third straight from the Stacey Lund barn and with Howmac Blaze (2:01.4) in the afternoon finale for trainer Michelle Myers. Arsenault doubled up as a trainer-driver in maiden breaking scores with Lock Her Up (2:00.1) and Whozat (2:04.4). For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores        

CHESTER, PA - Developing younger horses were featured in a trio of $11,200 harness racing features at Harrah's Philadelphia during an afternoon where the track went from "good" to "fast" as the moisture in the surface was worked away. The fact that the track was still rated "good" for his race didn't bother the Western Ideal sophomore gelding Full Send at all, as he powered out of the pocket for driver Montrell Teague to easily catch pacesetting favorite Rockin The Blaze in 1:50.2 in the single pacing feature. One of the star performers in a tough three-year-old pacing colt division along the Pennsylvania Fair circuit this past year, Full Send set a new mark while taking his eighth win of the year for trainer Eli Scott Jr. and Chesapeake Equine Clinic Inc.   In the first of the two trotting headliners, held when the track was still "good", the Muscle Hill sophomore filly Zoe F raced off to a big lead down the backstretch and had open distance on her opponents to the wire while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:56.2 (taken over an "off" track at Pocono). Andrew McCarthy was in the sulky for trainer Francisco Del Cid, who is also the co-owner with Whiskey Trail Stables Inc. The track rating had been upgraded to "fast" by the time the other trotting headliner went to the gate. That race was taken by Andela, who made the lead, let the favored Bang Bang Boinga go to the lead before the half to trail behind her, then came out in the stretch to catch the pacesetter in 1:55.2, lowering her fastest clocking ever. The three-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, whose second dam is the champion CR Kay Suzie, was driven and is trained by Rod Allen, and owned by Rod Allen Inc. For the third straight day (all of which involved some moisture), the track was not kind to pacesetters. Tim Tetrick was the winningest driver of the day with four tallies, and none of his winners were closer than fourth or within three lengths of the lead at the three-quarters, usually the road to nowhere at Philly but lately a preferred route to the winners circle. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

LEXINGTON, KY--The Monday (Sept. 21) card at The Red Mile featured eight $50,000 finals of the Kentucky Commonwealth--a division for freshmen and sophomores of each sex and gait. Of the eight finals, the betting favorites managed to deliver in all but one. Trainer-driver Verlin Yoder vaulted Miss Vet Hanover out of the pocket into the stretch to post the lone upset in the final of the afternoon's Commonwealth events, the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. At the start, 9-5 favorite Hey There Delilah broke stride with 3-1 second-choice Adirondack soon going into a gallop as the field entered the first turn. Princessa pushed to lead the field by the quarter in :28.3 with Miss Vet Hanover situated in the pocket. The field rolled in line to a :57.1 half and towards three-quarters in 1:26.2, setting up for a stretch-drive sprint. Yoder angled Miss Vet Hanover from the pocket and inched towards Princessa through the stretch as Argyle gained ground to the center of the track and Shape Of Beauty surged through a seam at the pylons. Miss Vet Hanover continued to dig into Princessa, who then gave way in the final strides of a 1:54.1 mile. Shape Of Beauty finished third with Argyle taking fourth. Returning $15.40 to win, Miss Vet Hanover has now banked $35,960 for owner Verlin Yoder following her maiden-breaking score. Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. bred the Yankee Glide filly. Driver Andrew McCarthy set sail with Sail By, motoring to the front early and crushing her rivals to win the Three-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:50.4 while giving trainer Tony Alagna his first of three victories in the Commonwealth finals. Sent the 2-5 favorite, Sail By bolted to the lead from post 6, clearing Alleyesonme As to a :26.2. She kept her competition chasing while strolling through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2 before opening her lead into the stretch. Pristine Beauty circled Alleyesonme As as they tired to the inside and chased the winner Sail By to finish second, seven-and-a-quarter lengths behind. Pure Decadence rallied for third. Bred and owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Sail By won her fifth race from eight starts this season and her seventh from 18 overall, earning $87,680. The Captaintreacherous filly paid $2.60 to win. Scott Zeron later steered Captain Video, taking the Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace with the Tony Alagna trainee in 1:49.4. Floating to the lead after a :28 first quarter, Captain Video pocketed stablemate Major Risky moving for the backstretch and maintained his speed towards a :55.4 half. Starship edged first over from third circling the final turn with Mancrush in tow towards three-quarters in 1:23.1. Mancrush kicked off his cover into the stretch and stormed after Captain Video, who then repelled the late challenger to win by a neck. Major Risky finished third with Lottery Winner closing for fourth. Bred by Riverview Breeding LLC, Visionary Breeders LLC and Joseph Di Scala Jr., Captain Video competes for owners Riverview Racing LLC, Alagna Racing LLC and Joseph Di Scala Jr. The Captaintreacherous colt scored his fifth win from six starts this season and his seventh from 13 overall, pushing his bankroll to $49,700. He paid $3.00 to win. Driver Joe Bongiorno protected the lead with 1-5 favorite Lady Midnight to score a decisive victory in the Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and complete Alagna's afternoon hat trick. Circling by early leader Classicist after a :28 opening quarter, Lady Midnight kept her speed going to a :55.4 half as Beachblanketlindy mounted a first-over bid moving to the far turn. Beachblanketlady cruised closer to Lady Midnight as she decelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.1 but began spinning her wheels into the stretch as Lady Midnight sprinted away. The Captaintreacherous filly widened her lead in progress to a 1:51.4 score over stablemate Odds On Roxette rallying for second. Odds On Badd Bunny closed down the center of the track for third. Now a four-time winner from seven starts, Lady Midnight has banked $58,715 for owners and breeders Brittany Farms LLC and Marvin Katz along with co-owner Lynn Katz. She paid $2.40 to win. Almanac sat mid-pack through most of the mile before driver Andrew McCarthy let the A Rocknroll Dance colt loose and run down pacesetter Winner Is Coming to win the Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace. Winner Is Coming cleared command from Beach Party by the quarter in :27.4 with Tarkio racing third and Almanac fourth. The field continued single file to the half in :56.3 and by three-quarters in 1:24.2, where McCarthy began to roll Alamanc. Through the stretch the Brian Brown trainee narrowed on Winner Is Coming's lead to land a head in front at the finish of a 1:51.2 mile. Beach Party gave chase in third with Red Right Hand taking fourth. Bred and owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Almanac won his third race from six starts, earning $46,123. He paid $3.00 to win. Odds-on favorite Molto Bene ranged towards the top, inherited control when the tempo setter lost stride and from there strode to a 1:53.2 victory in the Three-Year-Old Filly Trot. Aperfectcrystal took control to a :27.3 first quarter, but yielded for the pocket up the backstretch when Graceful Winner rushed out of third to the front before a :56 half. Driver Dexter Dunn pulled Molto Bene from fourth rounding the final turn as Graceful Winner broke stride, leaving Aperfectcrystal back on the lead. By three-quarters in 1:25.4, Molto Bene matched strides with Aperfectcrystal, who then started to gallop straightening for the finish. Molto Bene cruised on the lead to the finish with Watayankee two-and-three-quarter lengths behind closing for second. Fortune Telln Lady, off a pocket trip, took third. A Father Patrick filly bred by Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee and Marvin Katz, Molto Bene competes for owner Frederick Hertrich III. She collected her third win from nine starts this season and her fifth from 20 overall--earning $73,419--and paid $2.40 to win. Even-money choice Media Mogul swept to the front approaching the half and cruised to a 1:54.4 victory in the Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot. Positioned third to a :28.1 first quarter, driver Scott Zeron zipped Media Mogul off the pylons and to the lead heading to a :56.4 half. Pocket-sitter Six O'Clock News began to lose ground on the leader into the final turn, prompting Lockbox to pull first over nearing three-quarters in 1:25.3. But Media Mogul widened his lead to three lengths entering the stretch with Flemsteen rallying from fifth to finish second, three-and-three-quarter lengths behind the winner, in a photo with Lockbox. Owned by W. Donovan, Thomas Dillon, Purnel & Libby LLC and Joe Sbrocco, Media Mogul won his second race from seven starts, earning $68,044. The Muscle Hill colt--bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz--paid $4.00 to win. Sermon emerged from a pocket trip and ripped to the finish to post a 1:53.4 victory in the Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot. Cupid Hanover cruised to the lead from post 8 heading to a :28.1 quarter, but faced pressure into the backstretch when Awesomedabra marched uncovered from fourth to the front. Approaching a :55.1 half, Awesomedabra broke stride, sliding to the center of the course before regaining his gait into the final turn. Meanwhile Cupid Hanover raced unchallenged to three-quarters in 1:24.4 until Sermon tipped out for the drive to the finish. Driver Kasper Forget sent the Muscle Hill gelding after the lead at the head of the lane and drew clear to win by four-and-a-quarter lengths over Generous Pour rallying for second, with Cupid Hanover faltering to third. Competing for owners Consus Racing Stable Inc. and Longbridge Trotting Inc., Sermon won his third race from 11 starts, earning $50,545. Per Engblom trains the $4.80 winner bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC and Melvin Hartman. The regular meet at The Red Mile concludes Tuesday (Sept. 22) with races scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Racing will resume at The Red Mile on Friday (Oct. 2) to start the six-day Grand Circuit meet, culminating to Kentucky Futurity Day on Sunday (Oct. 11). Racing begins each day of the Grand Circuit meeting also at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

CHESTER, PA - The sophomore Yankee Glide colt Hell Patrol may have gotten Team Melander off to a flying start on Hambletonian weekend, taking a new mark of 1:54 while winning the $12,800 Friday harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. Mattias Melander sent the winner up into a second-over position behind the parked Trixar, then moved three-wide before the far turn, and despite the wide journey Hell Patrol proved to have more than enough to catch pacesetting Rock Party by 1¾ lengths, with pocketsitter Arclight Hanover third and the game parked-the-mile Trixar lasting for fourth. Mattias Melander's brother Marcus conditions the improving winner for Courant Inc. The fastest mile of the card came in the very first race, where the American Ideal gelding JK Musicman set the pace, then was able to withstand the persistent Anythingforlove A by a neck in 1:50.3, just a tick behind his lifetime best, with a last quarter of :27.1. George Napolitano Jr. guided the winner for trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. Napolitano won six times on the day to vault him past Tim Tetrick 59-54 for the local drivers' derby lead; Garcia-Owen harnessed four winners and now is second at Philly behind Ron Burke, 27-23. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - TW Lauxmont, taking a big step up in class upon coming to Harrah's Philadelphia from Pocono, nonetheless made it two straight harness racing victories in winning the $13,600 featured trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer/driver Tom Jackson put the victorious altered son of Oh So White in play early, securing a pocket tuck behind favored Grapple Hanover, who overcame the outside post eight to put up fractions of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:24.4. At the last-named station the pacesetter was joined by first-over Macmorris Hanover, who battled hard and went to the lead in the stretch, only to see Jackson rally up the inside with TW Lauxmont to take a neck victory over him in 1:54.3, just a tick behind the mark he set at Pocono for owner LCT Stable. There were also a pair of $11,600 trots for the fast-class seasoned performers in the sub-feature category, In one, the Yankee Glide gelding Max imitated TW Lauxmont by winning just a fifth shy of a recent recordtaking Pocono mile while winning in 1:53.3 staying safe over Tight Lines late in 1:53.3. Yannick Gingras drove the winner, who led from the quarter onward, as he raised his bankroll to $199,600 for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino. The other subfeature trot saw the Muscle Mass gelding Clive Bigsby lower his record to 1:52.4 in posting his second straight win. "Clive" grabbed the early lead, yielded it to Winning Shadow to sit the pocket, then wheeled out an eighth of a mile from home and easily overtook the leader for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Jim Campbell, and Runthetable Stables while raising his lifetime earnings to $283,450. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Boots N Chains overcame a first-over trip to win the $12,800 harness racing feature for high-priced claiming trotters Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a race where the top seven finishers were within two lengths of each other at the wire. The Yankee Glide gelding Boots N Chains plugged along relentlessly out in the air, proving to have enough to defeat closer CR Blazin Beauty by a half-length in 1:55.2, with favored pacesetter Striking Encore just another neck behind. Daniel Dube drove the career winner of $365,976 for trainer Brandon Todd and owner Belrose Standard LLC.   The Tuesday card also features four $10,400 events for two-year-olds, with David Miller victorious in both pacing features - although he had to share one. In the pacing colt contest, Miller had the impeccably-bred (Always B Miki - Shebestingin) baby Perfect Sting on the lead in his purse bow, with the Sweet Lou - Faster Faster colt Myboysweetmax coming at him from the pocket late, and at the end of the 1:53 mile, the camera could not separate the two, with both taking new marks. Perfect Sting is trained by Joe Holloway for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms, while Mysweetboymax was driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Sam DePinto and owners Robert and Brandon Horowitz. Miller actually had an easier time in the filly pace, with the pocketsitting Somebeachsomewhere - Fit To Frame miss Fire Start Hanover able to go by pacesetter Odds On Whitney by 1½ lengths in 1:53 - even though Fire Start Hanover was 17-1 and Odds On Whitney was 1-9. Trainer Nifty Norman saw his pupil break her maiden and take a new mark for the Pinske Stables, David Hoese, and Lawrence Means. On the trotting side, driver Kakaley and trainer Norman, also winners on the pace, tasted additional victory. Kakaley, top driver on the card with four wins, won the filly event with the Father Patrick - Noble Miss filly Diffident, who rolled on the engine to a 6½ length victory in her purse debut while posting a new record of 1:57.2 for trainer Ã…ke Svanstedt and the S R F Stable. The colt winner had an even bigger margin - over twice as much, with the Cantab Hall - Jolie De Vie gelding Jack Fire leaving his rivals 14 lengths in arrears at the end of a 1:56.3 mile. Jack Fire overcame the outside post nine to run his record to 3-2-1-0 and take a new mark for Nifty Norman and the partnership of the Pinske Stables and Curly Tall Curly Small.  From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Milligan’s School (7m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) took today’s Arjangs Stora Sprinterlopp (purse to winner 500,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Arjang in Sweden, completing the course in 1.09.9kr for driver Ulf Eriksson. Stall TZ owns this one and Stefan Melander is the trainer. He recorded his second 2020 win in eight starts and he has a career slate of 25-15-7 in 93 appearances for life earnings of 11,385,616SEK. Milligan’s School was off at 4.96/1 odds. He was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio. Gigant Invalley (10m Gigant Neo-Fachi-JR Broline) was second for Gunnar Austevoll and third went to Sorbet (9m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Milligan’s School  On the card was also the Hall Of Fame Bronsdivision (110,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Vagabond Bi (6g Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) scored for Ulf Ohlsson and ttrainer David Persson. Randemar RD (6g Love You) and Enzo AM (6g Scarlet Knight) trailed the winner. ATG, Maharajah files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The aptly named harness racing trotter, Ice O Late, had no issues being quarantined during the pandemic and has emerged as the horse to beat at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Ice O Late headlines the third race Preferred Trot at H3R and comes into the race off an impressive 2:01 triumph last week in his first start of the 2020 season. With Francis Picard in the sulky for trainer and co-owner Luc Chouinard, Ice O Late closed from fifth place last week to win with ease by three and one-quarter lengths. He starts from post three on Sunday. Chouinard co-owns Ice O Late, an eight-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide with Daniel Lamarre. Hoping to pull off an upset will be Rideau Carleton invader, Keepall (post 5), Holiday Party (post 4) and Voodoo Man (post 2). The first two-year-old pari-mutuel race takes place Sunday with the second race pace for colts and fillies. Too Soon BG, a son of Betterthancheddar, has won both of his early "baby" races, the fastest last week in 2:04.2 with Francis Picard in the sulky. Too Soon BG was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and is trained by Eric Milot. Another standout is Platine Alpha from post three. She is sired by Control The Moment, trained by Sylvain Tremblay and will be driven by Carol Voyer. Platine Alpha was bred and is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and was second last week to Too Soon BG. The top mares at H3R go at it again in the Preferred Pace, the sixth race on the program. Last week's return winner, Sieras Rose, is handicapped with post 8 and starts alongside rival Sophies Cam (post 7). Other contenders include Uptown Woman (post 3) and Uno Cincuenta (post 4). Post time for the Sunday afternoon card is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took the Gr. I Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli at Roma Capannelle (purse 180,180€, 2100 meters autostart, four-year olds and up) clocked in 1.13.9kr. This Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined campaigner sat the pocket and rallied to a close victory in the lane over pacesetter Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM-Yankee Glide) with Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert. Third was the Ehlert trainee Sharon Gar (9f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Gar) handled by VP Dell-Annunnziata. Replay   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUHLnuaf0p8           Vivid Wise As On the same June 29 Capannelle card was the Gr. I Grad Premio Tino Triossi (purse 180,180€, 2100 meters autostart, 2100 meters autostart, four year old females) and 1.12.5kr timed Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK-Varenne) scored for Andrea Guzzinati. Four lengths back was Alrajah One (4m Maharajah-Mariu!-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei up and third was Arnas Cam (4f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne) for Santo Mollo. The Pr Flamingo OK (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart) at Torino saw Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) score in a quick 1.09.4kr (mile rate 1:51.66) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. He defeated Showmar and Vanvitelli. The winners’ pedigree follows. Gaet files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, purse 170,000€, 11 starters) today at Cagnes sur Mer was raced with video, with wagering and with fans and the 1.8/1 favorite Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) scored, timed in 1.09.7kr (1:52.16) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the now four-time winner in France and his life earnings reached 774,636€. The race time was well off the 1.08.9kr race record jointly held by Readly Express and Bold Eagle. The 4.5/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrama) was second with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skyttem. 12/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore) rallied late for third after being trapped on the pegs with Gabriele Gelormini up. The 9/2 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky) was fourth and 6.4/1 Looking Superb finished fifth ahead of the other two check earners Uza Josselyn and Bahia Quesnot. Former Elitloppet winner Dijon was a miscue dq. Une de Mai won this classic five times; Ourasi plus Timoko are four-time winners. The last USA winner was Moni Maker in 2000 with Jimmy Takter driving. The seven other USA winners include Peace Corps and Express Ride. Vivid Wise As Race Replay:  https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-03-08/0601/5 LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Glide gelding Max was very strong on the front end in winning the $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday, completing a 1:54 victory by coming home in :27.4 in 38-degree temperatures. Max headed right to the lead in front of Infiniti As under the command of Yannick Gingras, but it looked as if he might have to surrender the lead after the :27.4 quarter to the brushing Rubber Duck, the classy veteran who was seeking his fourth straight triumph. However, Infiniti As made a break before the finish line the first time, allowing Rubber Duck to take the pocket behind Max as he went on to splits of :57.1 and 1:26.1, towards the latter call coming under pressure from the mare Kenziesky Hanover. Kenziesky Hanover and Max went at it head-to-head through the stretch, with Rubber Duck making it a competing threesome up the inside, but Max proved the best over Kenziesky Hanover by ¾ of a length in the brisk finisher, with Rubber Duck another neck back in third. Ron Burke trains the winner, who went over six figures in 2019 earnings with the victory, for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino. P L Ketchup posted hot fractions in the $17,000 co-featured trot, but he could not hold off the late kick of the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Yankee Beast, who won his second straight by ¼ lengths while posting a new lifetime best of 1:55.4. Marcus Miller drove the fast-closing three-year-old for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owner Anna Kristina Lorentzon. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had three winners on the afternoon, as did trainer Christie Collins. Also, driver Pat Berry scored career victory #3999 when he won with Sortie Hanover; he's listed on seven horses tonight at The Meadowlands in pursuit of the milestone 4000th win, and if it eludes him there, Berry listed on nine horses here Friday afternoon. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

The colt division of the GP Mipaaf (purse 407,000€, 2100 meters autostart) in Napoli, Italy saw a 1.14.3kr clocked victory by Bristol CR (2m Owen CR- Rapsidia CR-Yankee Slide) with a front end score. Banderas Bi (2m Ganymede-Isa Grandi-Toss Out) was second and Barberesco Grif (2m Conway Hall-Maura Grif-Varenne) was third. Buena Suerte Bi (2f Yankee Glide-No Ifs Here) took this day’s PR Mipaaf Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) clocked in 1.14.9kr and reined by V.P. Dell’Annunziata for trainer Tiberio Cecere. The winner raced on the front as she recorded her fifth victory in seven starts in this her two-year old season. Betta Indal (2f Varenne-Isabeau Volo) was second with Rene Legati up with third to Brezzapura Ferm (2f Ganymede-Ozge Ferm-Fast Photo) home third for Gior, D;Allessandro Jr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - The crowd settled on the right favorite in a well-matched, hard-to-handicap $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, as the Yankee Glide gelding Max held off a late charge by the mare Kenziesky Hanover by ¾ of a length in 1:54.3. Yannick Gingras hustled the winner away quickly and forced Kenziesky Hanover to tuck behind him, then yielded to the $900,000 winner Top Flight Angel past a :27.3 quarter. Top Flight Angel guided the field to the half in :57, then increased the tempo to 1:25.2 at the three-quarters, with Cruising In Style coming first-over and Kenziesky Hanover slipping out behind that one's cover. Through the stretch Max slipped up the inside and Kenziesky Hanover tipped wide, with both widely-separated foes giving their all, but Max took the advantage midlane and kept it to the wire. The Ron Burke trainee is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC along with Frank Baldachino. The heavy favorite Hill Of A Horse looked to be in good position nearing the far turn of the $17,000 co-featured trot, advancing second-over behind cover, but it certainly didn't hurt him when the leader, third-over, and fourth-over all made breaks on the final curve. The victorious altered son of Muscle Hill overhauled his cover, Mystical Wynn, by 2¼ lengths in 1:55.2, posting his tenth lifetime win in but 28 starts for driver Marcus Miller, trainer/father Erv Miller, and Andray Farms. Drivers Gingras and George Napolitano Jr. each won three times during the Thursday afternoon action. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 22, 2019 -- Parked the opening five-eighths following an unruly pre-race harness racing performance, Keystone Blade nevertheless found more for Kelly "Sky" Walker and sprang an 18-1 upset in Friday's $25,000 Midwestern Championship of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. The event, styled as the Delvin Miller Memorial Gold Cup, was contested at 1-1/4 miles over a "good" surface. Keystone Blade was visibly unhappy while scoring down, tossing his head and trying to shrug off those attempting to adjust his equipment. With those changes made, however, Walker and Keystone Blade set sail after the early leader, 3-2 favorites Jazmin "The Little Flower" Arnold and Celebrity Pegasus, a task complicated by the break of Alesha "The Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley (Body Of Work) in front of them. Walker and Keystone Blade finally cleared their rivals and went on to down Arnold and Celebrity Pegasus by 1-3/4 lengths in 2:30. "Tiny" Tim Miller (Song In My Heart) and "Chicago" George Bonomo (Tartufo Lindy) completed the ticket. Keystone Blade now has banked $148,022 for Walker, who also trains the 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Keystone Brittany gelding for Kelly Walker Stable. In the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace, K Ryan Bluechip survived a demanding three-wide opening quarter and scored in 1:51.4 for Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. With the victory, the 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding soared over $500,000 in career earnings. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $49,290.29 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, the card offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $3,760.10 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Vivid Wise As Wins Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent November 7, 2019 The Italian invader and 8.6/1 outsider Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) rallied to take today’s Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse 100,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The race time was 1.10.7kr off quick early fractions (1.06.4kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.6kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 remaining). The winner, teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl) made a three wide brush to the lead early and then was covered by the pacesetting Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) that held on for second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/breeder/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Vivid Wise As victory increased his life earnings to 651,736€.  The 3.3/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenelle) was third with David Thomain the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Philippe Allaire. The 54/1 Fric du Chene finished fourth. The 3.6/1 Falcau de Laurma was sixth; 9/2 Vitruvio was seventh (this a Gocciadoro trainee with Andrea Guzzinati up)l and 10/1 Mister F. Daag was a dq. The winner’s pedigree, all American bred and a 15% plus inbreeding coefficient, is shown in photo. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Glide gelding Tight Lines enjoyed not having to go first-over against the likes of Hannelore Hanover and Rich And Miserable, as he had to in the Great Northeast Series Final in his last start, winning in 1:53.1 in the $18,000 harness racing featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory got away third with Tight Lines in the :28.1 opener, then brushed to the lead in front of the stands, hitting the midpoles in :56.1 and 1:25 before drawing away to a 2¾ length victory over Armageddon Seelster. Owned by Jeff Gregory Inc., Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, Tight Lines joined the Half-Million Dollar Club with the victory, raising his lifetime earnings to $506,246. Fans watching the live Philly racing might have thought they were watching the Little Brown Jug card at Delaware OH at times, as twelve of the fourteen horses who led at the half at Harrah's went on to victory. It looked like that total of twelve would be reduced by one in the $14,500 co-featured trot, as first-over Jack Vernon went past pacesetting Crazy About Pat nearing the three-quarters, but the latter was able to keep the outside challenger on the rim throughout the turn, then fought back in the stretch to earn a 1:55.1 victory. George Napolitano Jr. held the Crazed gelding together for Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the meet's leading trainer, and owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Crazy About Pat went over $900,000 lifetime with his 43rd career win, with his lifetime bankroll now at $903,855. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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