Day At The Track
Jackson County Fairgrounds

Is Jackson County ready to host the fair?

JACKSON, MI – Jackson County Fair Manager Denise Owens has heard the rumors: Skeptics don't believe the fairgrounds will be ready to host the fair Aug. 4-10. But Owens is confident that the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park will be ready, albeit without some of the  finishing touches like landscaping. Construction crews have been busy this summer making the redesigned fairgrounds a reality. Changes for 2019 include removal of part of the harness-racing track and new spots for the midway and parking.  Construction of the new events center is underway, but it won't open until 2020. "It's going to happen," Owens said. "I had a guy call me yesterday and bet me $10 it wasn't going to happen. I said, 'Well you just march down here, right now, and give me that $10, because it's going to happen.'" Rumors that the fair might move to Michigan International Speedway aren't true, Owens said – not only because the fairgrounds will be ready, but also because MIS is hosting a race the same week.  "We are doing everything we can to make this the best experience – knowing that you're going to see a little dirt in a few places," Owens said. "Just the convenience of the layout is tremendous." Here's a look at the progress of the construction and a guide to where everything will be setup for the fair. Courtesy of Jackson County   An overview This rendering from Jackson County shows the final plan for the fairgrounds, including new parking lots and new park space.  While this will be the look for the 2020 fair, a few components aren't quite finished for August's fair, Owens said. Courtesy of Jackson County   A new midway Instead of on the south end of the property, the new midway is shaped like an upside-down U in the infield of the former harness-racing track.  In past years, this was where visitors would park. Crews are working on growing grass in this area. "We're out there watering like crazy," Owens said. "I think you will see grass, it won't look really thick and full, but people will identify it as grass."   J. Scott Park | MLive.com     J. Scott Park | MLive.com   Where to park General parking for the fair is at the old prison site on North Street, which was Michigan's first state prison from 1838 to 1934. Jackson County bought the property earlier this year for $175,000 and plans to shuttle people west on North Street to the north fair entrance.  Parking is $5, like always, but the shuttle ride is free. The shuttle stops running each night at 11 p.m., Owens said.  The area can hold more than 1,000 cars, and is larger than the infield parking space from previous years.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   County officials have wanted to move parking from the interior of the fair to the exterior for years, partly for safety reasons. It's much easier to search a person, than to search someone's whole vehicle, officials said when vying for the change. "There's very few fairs anymore that allow people to drive into the center of the fair," Owens said. "There's a lot of reasons that needs to be thought out." J. Scott Park | MLive.com   Other parking, food vendors There are new parking lots on the south side of the property, but they aren't for general admission fairgoers.  The parking lot on the southwest corner is the handicap lot, with a new entrance off Ganson Street. The lots just south of the midway will be used for vendors and vendor parking. The county owns a lot on Blackstone Street that's traditionally been used for parking, but it will be used for vendor camping space this year. Homeowners on streets surrounding the fair often allow parking on their property for a fee, as do some businesses along Ganson Street.   Walk-up ticket sales For 2019, walk-up admission is staying where it's been along Ganson Street, Owens said. Starting next year, walk-up tickets will be sold in the new American 1 Events Center. J. Scott Park | MLive.com   The new building Construction continues on the new American 1 Events Center, and will continue throughout fair week.  However, concrete pouring will be delayed until the week after the fair, due to the disruption it would cause, Owens said. It will be roped off during the fair, so attendees won't be able to take a look inside.     Courtesy of Jackson County   The $6.4 million building is on schedule, Owens said, with plans to open in March 2020. The event center is 35,000 square feet, including a 20,000-square-foot event space, a public meeting room, a concourse, a catering kitchen and office space.   Courtesy of Jackson County   The picnic area between the new American 1 Events Center and the Herman Gumper also won't open until 2020.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   Grandstand While part of the track has been torn out, the grandstand isn't going anywhere. With recent changes, the structure built in 1920 is easier to see from anywhere in the area.  Temporary fencing will go up during the fair to block it from view of fairgoers – although concert attendees will see the midway in the backdrop of the concert stage.   Temporary movie screen The county parks department recently purchased a large, blow-up movie screen, which will be utilized at the fair this year. The screen will be set up north of the midway area, and "Charlotte's Web" will play at dusk on Thursday night, Owens said. One of the vendors plans to hand out free popcorn during the movie, she said.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   The old American 1 Events Center Vendor booths are available under the grandstands and inside the old American 1 Events Center, like in previous years. A new walkway has been constructed to connect the midway with the building.   The free act This year's free act at the fair is called K9s in Flight, with dogs doing tricks like catching flying discs and leaping into pools. The free act will be stationed just south of the grandstand area.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   The beer tent The beer tent is back in 2019, being set up just south of the track and stage area. It opens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9.  This area will become a parking lot in the future, but won't be paved in time for this year's fair. Millings will be put down as a sturdy, temporary surface. Courtesy of Jackson County   Video renderings To see a video walkthrough of renderings, with what the fairgrounds are designed to look like, click here. Courtesy of Jackson County   Courtesy of Jackson County     J. Scott Park | MLive.com   For more photos of the construction progress at the fairgrounds, click here. By Taylor DesOrmeau | tdesorme@mlive.com Reprinted with permission of Expo.Mlive.com

Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association

Ohio Breeders launch new website

The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce the launch of their new harness racing website.    The adaptive and responsive internet platform will allow harness horse people to easily access information about the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale, which is slated for Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio.   This year's sale will feature over 200 yearlings by Ohio sires Pet Rock, Cash Hall, Uncle Peter, Racing Hill, Triumphant Caviar, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage, My MVP, Big Bad John, McArdle and many more.   Ohio Breeders president Randy Haines noted, "We are excited to bring this new level of information access to the breeders, owners and trainers in Ohio. Since everyone these days has their phone in their hands...we want people to find our sale yearlings at the touch of a button!"   For decades, the Ohio Select sale has been the first stop for owners and trainers to acquire top State-bred harness racing performers. This year will be no exception as the Ohio Select sale has sold hundreds of Ohio Sire Stakes winners and dozens of Super Night Champions.   Current standouts include, but are not limited to: ROSEMARY ROSE p,1:50.3f--'19 ($496,867); QUEEN OF THE PRIDE p,2,1:52.4f, 3,1:51.1f--'19 ($460,479); ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($554,643); FRASER RIDGE 4,1:52.1f ($522,479); World Champion ROCK CANDY p,3,1:50.2f--'19 ($305,626); PURE CHANCE p,3,1:54.2h--'19 ($148,896); BIG BOX HANOVER 2,1:57.4f--'19 and ELVER HANOVER p,2,1:53.3h--'19, etc.   The website includes directions and maps to the Brave Horse Center auction site and links to area hotels are posted along with an archive of sales results from previous years. In addition to the sales roster, yearling video links and a PDF digital catalog will be linked for on-line viewing, when they become available.   A social media, facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OhioHHBreeders/ is also up and running, which will feature current and former Ohio Sire Stakes winners and performers, as well as news, links and updates from farms and consignors.   The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is a cooperative of Buckeye State equine nurseries dedicated to the promotion and growth of Ohio Standardbreds, and include: Abby Stables, LTD., Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farms, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Inc., Midland Acres, Inc., Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm, Sugar Valley Farm and Winterwood Farm.   For additional information, contact Laura Nault at Ohio Harness Horse Breeders, 17605 Clarks Run Rd., Mount Sterling, OH 43143. Email: LJNault@gmail.com. By Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Assoc.

Love A Good Story

NYSS first year fillies trot into Batavia

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs will celebrate their opening night of the 2019 live harness racing season on Wednesday (July 24) by welcoming the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) as they make their first of nine stops at the Genesee County oval this year. The initial visit will bring two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies along who will compete for identical $53,000 purses. The first split that's carded as race five features the undefeated Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) who is listed as the 6-5 morning choice from post six for Team Orange Crush: Andy and Julie Miller. This filly has already taken a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 at Tioga Downs in her second career start and has won all three of all her races by open lengths. She is the top pointgetter in her bracket and has $52,600 made this year. Love A Good Story will look to add the winners share of this race to her total as well. Per Engblom's Munster (Chapter Seven-Richesse Oblige) is coming off a sparkling effort of her own at Yonkers where she went gate to wire in a career best 1:57.4. That was her first time on a half mile track and the result bodes well for her prospects at the Downs. Jordan Stratton will be at the controls from post two at 2-1. The second division in race six has a pair or performers from from the Ake Svandstedt Stable that were made morning line choice at 2-1 by the track handicapper, as a stable entry. Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) and Destiny Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Chasin Clouds Away) will leave from post one and post seven respectively. Seventimesalady is winless in two starts but not for lack of performance. She chased Love A Good Story in a fast 1:55.1 at Tioga to finish second in her first lifetime start and then got parked out for a majority of the mile from post seven at Yonkers last week before finishing third. She will be looking to get a good trip from the pylons with her trainer Svandstedt in the bike. Destiny Blue Chip is also winless in two starts but has put in two solid races trotting close to the leaders, garnering a couple of thirds for her work. Unfortunately she moves out in post from those starts but does pick up driver Jim Morrill Jr. this week who will be an asset to her as he knows the track at Batavia well. Another ready candidate is Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who has shown she likes a half -mile track. She sat a pocket trip behind Hypnotic AM at Yonkers last week and finished second in a 1:56.1 time, trotting her mile in 1:57.2. And she does have a win in the NYSS already this in her first lifetime start at Buffalo. She is in a perfect spot here to take that next step for trainer Scott Di Domenico. Really Blue Chip leaves from post five for driver Jordan Stratton. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior "A" series in races three, four and seven and two $6,700 Excelsior "B" series events in races eight and nine. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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Billings Trot at the Fowlerville Family Fair

Fowlerville, MI -- On Monday, July 22 there was a five-horse Billings Trot at the Fowlerville Family Fair in Michigan posted as the last race on a lengthy harness racing card that featured Michigan-bred colts and fillies and being not far from his home, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford not only participated but he came away with yet another driving victory when he guided Blasco to a gate to wire triumph in a 2:05 clocking over National Forces, driven by Jerry "the Jet" Mihelich. When the wings of the mobile starting gate folded Oldford sent Blasco to the front and they led the others by the first quarter in a soft 33 seconds. However, Steve picked up the pace when "Fast Freddie: Davis came calling on the outside and the trotted by the half in 1:04. Up the backside the two leaders were still heads apart until Blasco rebuffed the challenge and went on to a one length victory. Sitting a two-hole journey paid dividends for Mihelich as his Natural Forces rambled home for second money. Third place went to Stirling Boudica driven by "Michigan Miriah" Wright. The race winner, Blasco, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Oldford. Oldford, whose quickly becoming the face of amateur racing, owns many standardbreds employs many trainers and will travel almost anywhere to drive spirited steed. But in recent years he's become a member of multiple amateur racing organizations. Currently the vice president of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series Steve was recently awarded the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver if the Year Award. It was the sixth time Oldford has received that honor.. A few seasons ago Oldford was named National Amateur Driver of the Year and now with 11 wins, four seconds, nine thirds and a .416 UDR he's got a good chance at yet another national driving award this season. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Berlin, MD……….. Horsemen please note that the harness racing qualifiers scheduled for 10 am, Wednesday, July 24 at Ocean Downs have been pushed back to 6 pm- prior to the start of the Wednesday night race card at 7:05 pm. A “micro-burst” of a thunder storm cell wiped out 500 feet of perimeter fencing. Weather permitting, the Ocean Downs track crew is currently working to replace and repair the damaged fencing. Also note, that because of this event, there will be no schooling or training of horses for this day. Please contact the Ocean Downs race office for more information: 410-641-0600 x3212 or 3211.

BEDFORD PA -- The harness racing card scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Bedford (PA) Fair is now announced as cancelled due to the inclement weather in the area.   Earlier, Monday's program had been cancelled; with this announcement, the entirety of the short meet at Bedford has now been lost.   Racing on the Pennsylvania fair circuit is next scheduled for the Clearfield Fair, where a four-day meet is to begin this Sunday.     Jerry Connors Jr

Plainville, MA --- Mach Doro A took an early lead he would never relinquish and then cruised to an easy harness racing victory in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 22). Driver Ron Cushing floated Mach Doro A off the gate and took command by the quarter in :26.4. He then set unchallenged fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4 as horses behind him tried to attack, but could not. The leader then turned for home and with no urging at all paced away to a three length win in 1:50.2, which was a new lifetime mark. Mach Doro A ($3.40) scored his fifth victory of the year and pushed his earnings to $64,000 in 2019. For his career it was the 25th win in only 76 lifetime starts, pushing his bank to $321,246. The 8-year-old son of Mach Three-Three Eagles is owned by Kevin Sywyk, his driver Cushing and Frank Rinaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. There were two $10,000 divisions of the Baystate Series for Plainridge-based male pacers contested on Monday with the top four finishers of each advancing to the $12,500 final on Sunday (July 28) as part of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot card. The first division went to Rock On The Hill (Drew Monti) who came first over past the half to draw even with the leading Bamski (Drew Campbell) and then out-duel that one to the wire to win in 1:51.2. Rock On The Hill ($41.60) is owned by Alfred Lang and John Sears who also trains the horse. The second division saw Sailor Jerry (Nick Graffam) surrender the lead to Buckeye N (Mitchell Cushing) only momentarily at the quarter before retaking the lead and keeping it all the way home as he won well in hand in 1:52.1 Sailor Jerry ($3.00) is owned by Mike Graffam and Chris Hamilton. Mike Graffam is the trainer. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 25) with post time at 4 p.m. And don't forget the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff pace will be held on Sunday (July 28) with a special early post time of 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2019 -- Classic Banker stalked Classicality from the pocket, then knifed through the slop in the lane to pull off the 24-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classic Banker won last week's featured trot at 22-1, he was given even less respect at the windows Monday. But Brady Brown gave the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding the perfect trip, as the pair downed the rallying Barn Girl by a length in 1:54.1. Classicality saved show. Joe Urban owns and trains Classic Banker, who extended his career bankroll to $273,615. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the program features a $4,755.48 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. In addition, the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will take place Tuesday. The draw begins at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live!   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA - The harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia for Sunday was pushed back a day to Monday because of the high heat index, but Seeing Eye Single didn't let the day's delay bother him at all, closing for a 1:51.1 victory in the $18,000 pacing feature. The Dragon Again gelding tucked in third early for driver Corey Callahan, then was able to get outside again as Statement Made A made a powerful uncovered move to get by pacesetting favorite Mister Ohanzee A, with Winona Sizzler A and Seeing Eye Single in the clearing one's wake. The winner kicked n strongly in the last 1/8 and was along by a half-length over Statement Made A, with Winona Sizzler A another neck back in third. Ron Burke trains the winner of $391,096 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. There were also a pair of $15,000 claiming handicap paces. In the first, Rockin Rio and driver Joe Bongiorno sat a pocket trip behind favored Catch My Shadow, then overpowered that one in the lane to win by 4¾ lengths in 1:51.3. The Rockin Image gelding is now three for four since hooking up with trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Tessa Roland. In the other split, Bobbies Power Play moved outside from the two-hole and was able to overhaul favored Palomar by 1¼ lengths in a 1:52.1 clocking. The Rustler Hanover gelding, a career earner of $230,737, was making his debut after a claim for owner/trainer Mark Kesmodel, who has more UTR titles at Philly all-time than any other conditioner with three. Blood Line paced a second consecutive 1:50 mile at Philly in taking a $12,500 pace for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Per Engblom, and Diamond Creek Racing. The son of Somebeachsomewhere streaked a :26.2 third quarter to open up a huge lead and won for fun while raising his earnings to $413,508. Driver Pat Lachance scored the 2000th win of his sulky career in the second race, going wire-to-wire from post eight with Mike's Z Tam in 1:50.2. The 44-year-old Lachance, son of Hall of Famer Mike Lachance, is one of the thinning breed known as "trainer/drivers," as he also has over 1500 victories as a conditioner; he trains Mike's Z Tam as well. Pat is also one of the few drivers to win his very first purse start, with Running Horse at Windsor in October of 1995.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (July 22). Movie Town (Tyler Buter) comes flying late to steal the $34,866 first division. Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) controlled the early fractions. She hit the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :58.4. Lolas Gold (Dexter Dunn) went first-over and pressured Coconut as they hit three-quarters in 1:27.1. As they hit the stretch Roll With Angel went three-wide to take a short lead in mid-stretch. Movie Town ($10.60), who is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Jeffrey Stafford, hit the stretch like he had a rocketwas strapped to her and blew right by to win in 1:56.2. Roll With Angel had to settle for second as Coconut Beach held on for third. Movie Town is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-New Hollywood. It was her first career win. So Rude (Matt Kakaley) captured the $35.566 second division. Merga Hanover (Yannick Gingras) took the lead hitting the first quarter in :26.4. Galleria Gal (Dexter Dunn) took control just before going past the stands for the first time. She hit the half first in :56.0 and was first to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Racine Belle (Jason Bartlett) went first-over and challenged Galleria Girl around the final turn. Racine Belle then took over at the top of the stretch. So Rude So Rude ($7.00), who is trained by Scott Di Domenico for owners Geoffrey Lyons and Glenn Goller, was second-over as they went around the last turn. As they reached the stretch she would slingshot right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Merga Hanover came up late to finish second. Racine Belle held on for third. So Rude is a 2-year-old filly by So Surreal-I Am A Snob. It was her second career win in four lifetime starts. Turnthefrownaround (Dexter Dunn) is victorious in the $35,566 third division. Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Tipperary Hill (Wally Hennessey) went on by at the top of the stretch. Cash Roll then re-claimed the lead with a lap to go. She led the way to the half in :57.1 and to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Turnthefrownaround ($7.90), who is owned by Craig Henderson and trained by Chris Ryder, went first-over before the three-quarter mark. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and breezed home to win her first career race in 1:53.3. Hidden Cove (Marcus Miller) was second best. Hen Party (Yannick Gingras) was third. Turnthefrownaround Turnthefrowaround is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout. Wally Hennessey drove five winners on the day. He got his wins with Believe In Angels ($10.20), Americanprimetime ($4.60), Kitty Hoyne ($6.70), Lady Boss ($2.80), and Lilly Hammer ($4.30). Dexter Dunn recorded four winners on the day. His other wins came with Lookatmyart ($5.90), Dragon Roll ($9.20), and Herecomesmagotta. The will be no live racing this Friday (July 26) because of the George Thoroughgood concert. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 27) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

BEDFORD PA -- Horsemen are advised that the two-year-old Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes harness racing scheduled for today at the Bedford (PA) Fairgrounds has been cancelled, as the track is not raceable. A decision on tomorrow's three-year-old racing, with a scheduled post of 10:30 a.m., will be made as soon as an informed decision can be reached.     Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "We are very pleased with the numbers, especially with the live on-track handle," Director Of Operations Jon Cramer said looking back on Buffalo Raceway 2019 harness racing season that just came to a close on Saturday night (July 20).   Cramer stated, "Our live handle was up 22 percent and our export handle was up 11 percent." He said the big increases were based on several factors. "The new condition sheet was a huge success, field sizes were up while purses were distributed to many horsemen. Dave Dylo and his crew did and outstanding job with the track the entire meet. A new menu and added service in the clubhouse all contributed to a very successful season."   Billy Davis Jr. won his first driving title in the United States with 119 victories at Buffalo Raceway. He beat Kevin Cummings who finished second with 97 and Drew Monti who posted 87. Davis Jr., who owns driving championships at Clinton Raceway, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs, was the top purse earner with $749,076.   "I felt like it was consistency," Davis Jr. said the key to winning the crown was. "I would have good weeks and 'good' weeks. I got lucky and drove for some great trainers and never would've had the run I like did if it wasn't for them. The title is a nice feather in my cap and maybe it will lead to more opportunities in the future."   James Clouser Jr. made it two straight training titles as he collected 56 wins and $417,099 in purse earnings. He finished with a gaudy .417 rating. Maria Rice ended in the second place tie with Gerry Sarama as each conditioner had 50 victories. Rice's charges made $332,129 and Sarama's crew $351,874 in winnings.   James Clouser Jr.   Western Passage took "Pacer Of The Year' honors as the 4-year-old gelding started his season in the Class D level and eventually climbed to the Open Pace. Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, Western Passage (Sportswriter-Ever Western) won six times with three seconds and a third in 17 outings, earning $40,032.   Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling) was the pick for 'Trotter Of The Year' as the 5-year-old mare notched six wins in 12 tries at Buffalo Raceway, making $42,170. She is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC) and is conditioned by Clouser Jr.   During the meet, there were two milestones reached. Trainer JD Perrin hit the 1,000 career win mark on June 1 as Cheyenne Louie posted the victory in the 10th race while Davis Jr. went over the $20 million in career earnings on the July 5 program.   There were three track records broken and two tied during the season. Lady London (Billy Davis Jr.) smashed a pair of marks in one race when she toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:53.2 on May 1. That clocking set both the all-age filly/mare and aged (5+) mare pacing records.   Fashion Hill got into the history book on July 3 with a 1:55.3 time for Tyler Buter and claimed the 2-year-old filly pacer standard.   Gia Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) equaled the 3-year-old filly pacer record with a 1:53.3 which tied the mark set by Mosquito Blue Chip in 2015.   Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) tied the 3-year-old filly trotting barrier on June 23 with a 1:57 which was first produced by Fury Road in 2018. Ironically, Amal Hall still holds the 2-year-old filly trotting mark of 1:59 she established last year.   On the season, the post time favorites hit at a 41.09 percent clip.   As expected the one post garnered the most wins on the season with 177 in 735 starts while the two hole was next with 125 victories and the four position 123. The inside spot was in the money 60 percent of the time.   As for next season, Cramer said, "We are looking to continue and improve the experience here at Buffalo Raceway."   Racing will resume in January of 2020. For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- The 73rd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs gets underway on Wednesday (July 24), runs through Saturday (Dec. 14) and features the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be the richest card of racing ever presented in Western New York. Opening night post time is 6 p.m. During the 65-day season, live racing will take place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. (Sundays through August only). There will also be racing on Monday on four occasions during the meet including July 29 (5 p.m.), August 5 (5 p.m.), Labor Day Sept.2 (1:15 p.m.) and Columbus Day Oct. 14 (1:15 p.m.). And please note a special 3:15 p.m. post on Saturday (Nov.2) for Breeders Cup Day. The racing product will be as good as it gets in both stake and overnight action led by eight divisions of the NYSS that will visit the Downs on Wednesday (July 24), Sunday (July 28), Sunday (Aug. 4), Wednesday (Aug. 7), Wednesday (Aug, 14), Tuesday (Aug. 23), Wednesday (Aug. 24) and Sunday (Aug. 28). And the NYSS Night of Champions will be contested on Saturday (Sept. 14). That night will also mark the return of Batavia Downs signature stake the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace. The overnight action is sure to draw the best horses available with the announced 10-percent purse increase across the board. With that in place the Open I events on both gaits (with a minimum of six starters) will compete for $12,500, Open II for $11,000 and Open III for $10,000. Claiming races will be positively affected as well and at all levels. For example, a $25,000 claimer will go for a $11,000 purse, a $10,000 claimer will go for $8,500 and a $4,500 claimer will go for $4,900. As a result, Batavia Downs will pay out over $8 million in purse money during the 65-day meeting. Last year's leading driver Drew Monti will be back to defend his titles against the likes of Kevin Cummings, Billy Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Shawn McDonough. The Downs top trainer JD Perrin will also return to try and repeat against last year's leaders that include James Clouser Jr., Ryan Swift, Gerry Sarama and John Mungillo. All participating horsemen will find the track has been completely resurfaced with newly banked turns, proper stretch grading and all new surface material. This should ensure a lightning fast and safe track that and produce fast miles and strong competition. There have been some changes made to the betting menu this year with the addition of a late Pick-3 (on a minimum 10-race card) and a late Pick-4 (on a minimum nine-race card) giving fans two chances to play this popular wager each night. Also starting after Labor Day there will be a guaranteed Pick-5 pool offered on Wednesday in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program. This will include free downloadable program pages available for each of those nights. Betting minimums for each wager include $2 Win/Place/Show, $1 Daily Double and Exacta, 50-cent Trifecta, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 and 20-cent Superfectas. The Downs very popular Clubhouse group dining packages (minimum of 10 people) will return offering delicious buffet options, free programs, Free Play on the gaming floor and new this year, a free $2 bet for each attending member of a group. For availability and pricing check our website at www.bataviadownsgaming.com or call Mary Bucceri at 585.344.6144. Fans attending the track will again find a robust slate of promotions throughout the year. A total of 30 food, betting and prize promotions dot the 65-day schedule with something to interest everyone. Opening night features free programs (while supplies last) to everyone attending the track. Dollar Sundays run from July 28 to August 25 and feature hot dogs, draft beer and soda for only $1 from noon until the last race. Saturday (Aug. 10) is Batavia Downs Gaming Hotel Night where 10 one-night stays at the beautiful Hotel at the Downs will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Saturday (Aug. 17) is TAG Jewelry Night and a $3,500 (retail) diamond bracelet will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Saturday (Aug. 24) is Artemis Spa Night. 10 $100 spa gift certificates will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Sunday (Aug. 25) is Family Fun Day and the famous Wiener Dog Races. This is always the most attended day at the track and features the 15th annual Dachshund Dash wiener dog races sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. Ten elimination races with eight dogs in each will come down to one final to crown this year's champion. Other events that day include free pony rides, face painting, sand art, snow cones and appearances by Pringles the Clown, Jason the Juggler, Johnathan the Magician and Mr. Scribbles. Monday (Sept. 2) is the annual Labor Day Driver's Bike Race. Eight of our top drivers compete on bicycles for a quarter mile and then those bicycles are randomly given away by drawing to fans who selected the winning driver. Saturday (Sept. 14) is the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions and the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational Pace. There will also be a NYSS T-shirt give-away in conjunction with the Night of Champions. Players Club members will receive a ticket redeemable for a New York Sire Stake T-shirt after the seventh race. "Although our meet is just getting underway, our staff has been working feverishly all year with an aggressive schedule of projects to ready the Downs for the biggest meet we've ever held," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Batavia Downs. "With the New York Sire Stakes selecting us to host the Night of Champions, it was our goal to have our track and facilities in the best possible shape to provide the best conditions for visiting owners, trainers, drivers, their horses and our customers all year and I think we have done just that." By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Middletown, NY---Catalogs for the Goshen Yearling Sale that will be held at the harness racing Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY on Sunday (Sept. 8) are now available for online viewing by clicking here. The downloadable PDF file includes the complete pedigree for all horses. Consignments from Blue Chip Farm, Cameo Hills Farm, Hanover Shoe Farms and Winbak Farm make up the 109 available yearlings. A total of 52 colts and 57 fillies comprise the 32 trotters and 77 pacers available in this sale that are eligible to the lucrative sire stake programs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ontario. The 109 horse catalog is also available on the popular Equineline Sales App for iPad which is available at the iTunes App Store. The Equineline Sales Catalog is a powerful tool that any potential auction buyer will find extremely useful. This unique app loads the sales catalogs to your iPad, then allows you to write on the catalog pages, assign ratings, make conformation notes, record veterinary information, highlight catalog pages with your color selections, add your own moveable sticky notes and create your "short lists". It's a free download and available here. Printed catalogs will be mailed shortly. If you would like to request a printed copy mailed directly to you, do so by filling out the link on the website or by contacting Mark Ford directly at 973-568-3253 or at fordstable@frontiernet.net . Prospective buyers can also pick up copies of the catalog at most race tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, training facilities, at the Hambletonian and at all New York County Fair tracks racing through the end of August. Top stakes winning alumni of the Goshen Yearling Sale include Some notable stakes-winning alumni of the Goshen Yearling Sale from the last two years include Clear Idea (American Ideal-Glass Maker) 1:50.4, $513,231; Scuola Hanover (A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi) 1:50.4, $249,078; Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe-Wild Retreat) 1:49.3, $242,158; Natalie Hanover (Chapter Seven-Nanticoke Hanover) 1:54.1, $201,080; Ostro Hanover (Betterthancheddar -Ozmopolitan) 1:50.3, $169,826; Shes A Billionair (Artiscape-She's Game) 1:53.3, $167,583; Venier Hanover (Well Said-Valmctorian) 1:53.1, $157,063; Teasin N Pleasin (CR Excalibur-Brontease) 1:58, $121,745; Box Of Luck (Lucky Chucky-New DVD) 1:55.3, $115,425; and Major Blake (Art Major-Bet Your Life) 1:51.4, $112,357. The sales facility is located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY, which is within a ninety-minute drive of many major race tracks and training centers. Please check the catalog for directions, dining and lodging information. By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Standardbred Sales Co.

GOSHEN — Two lines from Elton John’s legendary song “Candle in the Wind” define a young lady that was honored during the 11-card harness racing program Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The lines are “Your candle burned out long before. Your legend ever did.” Those powerful words describe the legend and the legacy left behind by former Northridge High School teacher Crystal Brewster, who died Aug. 18, 2018, following a six-year battle with cancer. She was the granddaughter of Elkhart County Fair harness racing fixture Harley Yoder. Brewster was honored Saturday as the blanket sponsor for the eighth race was the Crystal Brewster Memorial. Harley Yoder, a member of the Indiana Harness Racing Hall of Fame, was recognized earlier in the day when the Harley J. Yoder Racing Stable was the blanket sponsor for the sixth race. “This has been an emotional day. It means a lot to have the fair president and a number of fair board members come out here to honor both Crystal and my dad,” said Dewayne Yoder, Crystal’s father and Harley’s son. “Steve Cross (harness racing announcer) read a nice tribute to Crystal. You think you are ready for this, but you are never fully ready.” Crystal was Harley’s oldest granddaughter and one of his biggest fans. Crystal attended harness racing at last year’s fair, not long before she passed away. “Crystal loved the races. She was her last year even though she was super sick. She never let on how bad she was and I don’t think any of us realized,” her sister Cory Fry said. “She was grandpa’s biggest fan. She went to her first harness race when she was six weeks old and I don’t think she ever missed one of grandpa’s races.” JESSE POPPER, driven by Alex Udell, won the Crystal Brewster Memorial Saturday. JESSE POPPER is owned and trained by Jack Myers of Bristol. Myers and Harley Yoder competed against each other for years at the fair. Myers after the win presented the blanket to Crystal’s oldest daughter Anastasia. “Anastasia may not realize it yet, but one day that blanket will mean a lot to her,” Fry added. “I have blankets that grandpa won and they mean a lot to me. When she gets older she will realize its value.” Brewster was a longtime teacher at Northridge High School in Middlebury. “I still have her former students come up to me and tell me about the impact she made in their lives,” Fry said. “She touched a lot of lives.” Crystal’s husband Ken Brewster also teaches at Northridge. “The school and the Middlebury community have been such huge supporters. I could not get through this without their support,” he said. “I try not to think about it other than trying to prepare for the milestones as they come along.” Kelsey Wagner, one of Brewster’s former students, was at the track Saturday filling in at the harness races this year for Brooke (Harvell) Gabriele, who gave birth to her and her husband Marco’s second child a week ago. Wagner kept the race program going and was in charge of presenting the blankets to the winning owners. Udell was the leading driver Saturday, taking first place in the second, fourth, fifth and eighth races. The only other driver with multiple wins Saturday was Joey Putnam in the third and 10th events. Myers had an excellent day with four winners coming from the Jack Myers Racing Stable. In addition to JESSE POPPER in the eighth, J-S MISS CARLY captured the top spot in the second, J-Z JASPER in the fourth and J-S IVAN THE GREAT in the fifth. Saturday’s card was delayed by one hour to give the crew time to work on the track conditions after overnight rains. That left some drivers pressed for time to make the trip to Hoosier Park in Anderson for a 7 p.m. first race. Probably the driver who made the longest trip to race at the fair was Derek Hooley of Atlanta, Georgia. Hooley guided SUMMIT CITY SWAN to victory in the sixth race. The horse is owned by Summit Racing Acres of Fort Wayne and trained by Byron Hooley. Jay Cross of Middlebury drove CELEBRATE WINNING to victory in the seventh race and former Goshen resident Don Each, now of Greenfield, guided ER SAM to a win in the 11th. ER SAM is owned by Eash Racing Stables, The 11th race was the Classic XXIX for three-year-old pacers with a purse of $12,500. ER SAM finished in the day’s best time of 1:55 1/5 for the mile, which according to Cross is the fastest time turned in at the fair in a number of years. It was ER SAM’s fourth win of the season and 10th of his career. The colt’s career best time is 1:50 1/5. The 10th race was the Classic XXIX for three-year-old pacers with a purse of $11,400. That race was won by TELLAWOMAN drive by Putnam. Harness Racing Summary Race One (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, MISS SMEAD (Don Eash); 2, J-S MISS RUBY (Alex Udell); 3, SLEEPING JUDY (Doug Rideout); 4, MEGABUCKS (Gerald Miller); 5, H-AND-N JEZEBEL (Joey Putnam); 6, GIRLS LIKE YOU (Matt Rheinheimer). Winning time: 2:05 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Lamar Stutzman family. Race Two (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2md Division) — 1, J-S MISS CARLY (Alex Udell); 2, WHOM SHALL I LOVE (Don Eash); 3, NAMPARA (Doug Rideout); 4, Vel Princess (Jay Cross); 5, GOLDEN IMPULSE (Gerald Miller); 6, FINALTAB SWAN (Mike Peterson). Winning time: 2:04. 4/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Dr. Weldy’s Associates. Race Three (2-year-old Colt Pace, 1st Division) — 1, POP SECRET (Joey Putnam); 2, EXCONVICT (Doug Rideout); 3, ONEMORESWAN (Don Eash); 4, SECRET FORMULA (John Kieninger Jr.); 5, JLCOMEON KETCHUP (Alex Udell). Winning time: 2:07 3/5. Purse: 3,000. Blanket sponsor: Advance Affiliates. Race Four (2-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, J-S JASPER (Alex Udell); 2, SWANCOOL TREAT (Doug Rideout); 3, TROTSTAR (Don Eash); 4, AMOS H JESSE (Mike Peterson); 5, JL CHOOCHOOTRAIN (Mike Rheinheimer); 6, JUSTDOITFORUS (Robert Wyman). Winning time: 2;11 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Paul and Kathy Webb. Race Five (2-year-old Colt Trot, 3rd Division) — 1, J-S IVAN THE GREAT (Alex Udell); 2, QUAKER’S CREDIT (Doug Rideout); 3, BLUTO RIDGE (Don Eash); 4, INDIANCREEK BEE (Jay Cross); 5, ABC CHUCKIE (Robert Wyman). Winning time: 2:05 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Race Six (3-year-old Filly Trot, at Division) — 1, SUMMIT CITY SWAN (Derek Hooley); 2, HOOSIER MACIE (Jay Cross); 3, floaturhope (Matt Rheinheimer); 4, J-S LOONEY TOON (Alex Udell); 5, MISS LEXIE (Joey Putnam); 6, ER SOPHIA (Alex Udell). Winning time: 2:02 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Harley J. Yoder Racing Stables. Race Seven (3-year-old Fill Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, CELEBRATE WINNING (Jay Cross); 2, CHUCK N DIRT (Tim Roach); 3, DC LIZZY (Mike Peterson); 4, ER BETTY (Don Eash); 5, CHESTNUT ROSE (Driver Not Available); 6, GRACEFUL DANCER (Matt Rheinheimer). Wining time: 2:05. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Race Eight (3-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division — 1, JESSE POPPER (Alex Udell); 2, J-S SWANMAN (Mike Peterson); 3, GOLDEN WHEEL (Joey Putnam); 4, GO STRIKER (Don Eash); 5, TOWNLINE BLUE BOY (Gerald Miller); 6, PIGGIE POOH PINE (John Kieninger Jr.). Winning time: 2:01 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Crystal Brewer Memorial. Race Nine (3-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, SILVER STAR TITAN (Mike Peterson); 2, J-S POWER CHIP (Alex Udell); 3, KASHA’S BOY (Don Eash); 4, DANCE HALL BRAWLER (Joey Putnam); 5, JACKPOT Tim Roach); 6, PANTE VECCHIO). Winning time: 2:05. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Loren A. Weaver, D.V.M. Race Ten (3-year-old Filly Pace, Classic Pace XXIX) — 1, TELLAWOMAN (Joey Putnam); 2, ROCKINATTHERYYMAN (Don Eash); 3, SARAH’S LILLY (Mike Peterson); 4, TIMELESS VIRGIN (Freeman Miller Jr.); 5, J-S PERFECT CACHE (Alex Udell). Winning time: 1:57 2/5. Purse: $11,400. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County Classic XXIX Filly Division. Race Eleven (3-year-old Colt Pace, Classic Pace XXIX) — 1, ER SAM (Don Eash); 2, E MODE’S DESIRE (Mike Peterson); 3, ALWAYS A LAW (Freeman Miller Jr.); 4, SHOOT TO WIN (Jay Cross); 5, GERTIE’S GORDY (Matt Rheinheimer); 6, J-S ALLNITELONG (Alex Udell). Winning time: 1:55 1/5. Purse: $12,500. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County Classic XXIX Colt Division. By Greg Keim Reprinted with permission of The Goshen News Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is conducted annually in Goshen, Indiana and is one of the largest county fairs in the country. In 2017, 202,560 guests visited the Fair during the 9 day event. The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is known for its free grandstand entertainment and concerts.  

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JACKSON, MI – Jackson County Fair Manager Denise Owens has heard the rumors: Skeptics don't believe the fairgrounds will be ready to host the fair Aug. 4-10. But Owens is confident that the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park will be ready, albeit without some of the  finishing touches like landscaping. Construction crews have been busy this summer making the redesigned fairgrounds a reality. Changes for 2019 include removal of part of the harness-racing track and new spots for the midway and parking.  Construction of the new events center is underway, but it won't open until 2020. "It's going to happen," Owens said. "I had a guy call me yesterday and bet me $10 it wasn't going to happen. I said, 'Well you just march down here, right now, and give me that $10, because it's going to happen.'" Rumors that the fair might move to Michigan International Speedway aren't true, Owens said – not only because the fairgrounds will be ready, but also because MIS is hosting a race the same week.  "We are doing everything we can to make this the best experience – knowing that you're going to see a little dirt in a few places," Owens said. "Just the convenience of the layout is tremendous." Here's a look at the progress of the construction and a guide to where everything will be setup for the fair. Courtesy of Jackson County   An overview This rendering from Jackson County shows the final plan for the fairgrounds, including new parking lots and new park space.  While this will be the look for the 2020 fair, a few components aren't quite finished for August's fair, Owens said. Courtesy of Jackson County   A new midway Instead of on the south end of the property, the new midway is shaped like an upside-down U in the infield of the former harness-racing track.  In past years, this was where visitors would park. Crews are working on growing grass in this area. "We're out there watering like crazy," Owens said. "I think you will see grass, it won't look really thick and full, but people will identify it as grass."   J. Scott Park | MLive.com     J. Scott Park | MLive.com   Where to park General parking for the fair is at the old prison site on North Street, which was Michigan's first state prison from 1838 to 1934. Jackson County bought the property earlier this year for $175,000 and plans to shuttle people west on North Street to the north fair entrance.  Parking is $5, like always, but the shuttle ride is free. The shuttle stops running each night at 11 p.m., Owens said.  The area can hold more than 1,000 cars, and is larger than the infield parking space from previous years.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   County officials have wanted to move parking from the interior of the fair to the exterior for years, partly for safety reasons. It's much easier to search a person, than to search someone's whole vehicle, officials said when vying for the change. "There's very few fairs anymore that allow people to drive into the center of the fair," Owens said. "There's a lot of reasons that needs to be thought out." J. Scott Park | MLive.com   Other parking, food vendors There are new parking lots on the south side of the property, but they aren't for general admission fairgoers.  The parking lot on the southwest corner is the handicap lot, with a new entrance off Ganson Street. The lots just south of the midway will be used for vendors and vendor parking. The county owns a lot on Blackstone Street that's traditionally been used for parking, but it will be used for vendor camping space this year. Homeowners on streets surrounding the fair often allow parking on their property for a fee, as do some businesses along Ganson Street.   Walk-up ticket sales For 2019, walk-up admission is staying where it's been along Ganson Street, Owens said. Starting next year, walk-up tickets will be sold in the new American 1 Events Center. J. Scott Park | MLive.com   The new building Construction continues on the new American 1 Events Center, and will continue throughout fair week.  However, concrete pouring will be delayed until the week after the fair, due to the disruption it would cause, Owens said. It will be roped off during the fair, so attendees won't be able to take a look inside.     Courtesy of Jackson County   The $6.4 million building is on schedule, Owens said, with plans to open in March 2020. The event center is 35,000 square feet, including a 20,000-square-foot event space, a public meeting room, a concourse, a catering kitchen and office space.   Courtesy of Jackson County   The picnic area between the new American 1 Events Center and the Herman Gumper also won't open until 2020.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   Grandstand While part of the track has been torn out, the grandstand isn't going anywhere. With recent changes, the structure built in 1920 is easier to see from anywhere in the area.  Temporary fencing will go up during the fair to block it from view of fairgoers – although concert attendees will see the midway in the backdrop of the concert stage.   Temporary movie screen The county parks department recently purchased a large, blow-up movie screen, which will be utilized at the fair this year. The screen will be set up north of the midway area, and "Charlotte's Web" will play at dusk on Thursday night, Owens said. One of the vendors plans to hand out free popcorn during the movie, she said.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   The old American 1 Events Center Vendor booths are available under the grandstands and inside the old American 1 Events Center, like in previous years. A new walkway has been constructed to connect the midway with the building.   The free act This year's free act at the fair is called K9s in Flight, with dogs doing tricks like catching flying discs and leaping into pools. The free act will be stationed just south of the grandstand area.   J. Scott Park | MLive.com   The beer tent The beer tent is back in 2019, being set up just south of the track and stage area. It opens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9.  This area will become a parking lot in the future, but won't be paved in time for this year's fair. Millings will be put down as a sturdy, temporary surface. Courtesy of Jackson County   Video renderings To see a video walkthrough of renderings, with what the fairgrounds are designed to look like, click here. Courtesy of Jackson County   Courtesy of Jackson County     J. Scott Park | MLive.com   For more photos of the construction progress at the fairgrounds, click here. By Taylor DesOrmeau | tdesorme@mlive.com Reprinted with permission of Expo.Mlive.com
The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce the launch of their new harness racing website.    The adaptive and responsive internet platform will allow harness horse people to easily access information about the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale, which is slated for Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio.   This year's sale will feature over 200 yearlings by Ohio sires Pet Rock, Cash Hall, Uncle Peter, Racing Hill, Triumphant Caviar, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage, My MVP, Big Bad John, McArdle and many more.   Ohio Breeders president Randy Haines noted, "We are excited to bring this new level of information access to the breeders, owners and trainers in Ohio. Since everyone these days has their phone in their hands...we want people to find our sale yearlings at the touch of a button!"   For decades, the Ohio Select sale has been the first stop for owners and trainers to acquire top State-bred harness racing performers. This year will be no exception as the Ohio Select sale has sold hundreds of Ohio Sire Stakes winners and dozens of Super Night Champions.   Current standouts include, but are not limited to: ROSEMARY ROSE p,1:50.3f--'19 ($496,867); QUEEN OF THE PRIDE p,2,1:52.4f, 3,1:51.1f--'19 ($460,479); ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($554,643); FRASER RIDGE 4,1:52.1f ($522,479); World Champion ROCK CANDY p,3,1:50.2f--'19 ($305,626); PURE CHANCE p,3,1:54.2h--'19 ($148,896); BIG BOX HANOVER 2,1:57.4f--'19 and ELVER HANOVER p,2,1:53.3h--'19, etc.   The website includes directions and maps to the Brave Horse Center auction site and links to area hotels are posted along with an archive of sales results from previous years. In addition to the sales roster, yearling video links and a PDF digital catalog will be linked for on-line viewing, when they become available.   A social media, facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OhioHHBreeders/ is also up and running, which will feature current and former Ohio Sire Stakes winners and performers, as well as news, links and updates from farms and consignors.   The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is a cooperative of Buckeye State equine nurseries dedicated to the promotion and growth of Ohio Standardbreds, and include: Abby Stables, LTD., Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farms, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Inc., Midland Acres, Inc., Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm, Sugar Valley Farm and Winterwood Farm.   For additional information, contact Laura Nault at Ohio Harness Horse Breeders, 17605 Clarks Run Rd., Mount Sterling, OH 43143. Email: LJNault@gmail.com. By Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Assoc.
Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs will celebrate their opening night of the 2019 live harness racing season on Wednesday (July 24) by welcoming the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) as they make their first of nine stops at the Genesee County oval this year. The initial visit will bring two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies along who will compete for identical $53,000 purses. The first split that's carded as race five features the undefeated Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) who is listed as the 6-5 morning choice from post six for Team Orange Crush: Andy and Julie Miller. This filly has already taken a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 at Tioga Downs in her second career start and has won all three of all her races by open lengths. She is the top pointgetter in her bracket and has $52,600 made this year. Love A Good Story will look to add the winners share of this race to her total as well. Per Engblom's Munster (Chapter Seven-Richesse Oblige) is coming off a sparkling effort of her own at Yonkers where she went gate to wire in a career best 1:57.4. That was her first time on a half mile track and the result bodes well for her prospects at the Downs. Jordan Stratton will be at the controls from post two at 2-1. The second division in race six has a pair or performers from from the Ake Svandstedt Stable that were made morning line choice at 2-1 by the track handicapper, as a stable entry. Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) and Destiny Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Chasin Clouds Away) will leave from post one and post seven respectively. Seventimesalady is winless in two starts but not for lack of performance. She chased Love A Good Story in a fast 1:55.1 at Tioga to finish second in her first lifetime start and then got parked out for a majority of the mile from post seven at Yonkers last week before finishing third. She will be looking to get a good trip from the pylons with her trainer Svandstedt in the bike. Destiny Blue Chip is also winless in two starts but has put in two solid races trotting close to the leaders, garnering a couple of thirds for her work. Unfortunately she moves out in post from those starts but does pick up driver Jim Morrill Jr. this week who will be an asset to her as he knows the track at Batavia well. Another ready candidate is Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who has shown she likes a half -mile track. She sat a pocket trip behind Hypnotic AM at Yonkers last week and finished second in a 1:56.1 time, trotting her mile in 1:57.2. And she does have a win in the NYSS already this in her first lifetime start at Buffalo. She is in a perfect spot here to take that next step for trainer Scott Di Domenico. Really Blue Chip leaves from post five for driver Jordan Stratton. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior "A" series in races three, four and seven and two $6,700 Excelsior "B" series events in races eight and nine. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
Fowlerville, MI -- On Monday, July 22 there was a five-horse Billings Trot at the Fowlerville Family Fair in Michigan posted as the last race on a lengthy harness racing card that featured Michigan-bred colts and fillies and being not far from his home, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford not only participated but he came away with yet another driving victory when he guided Blasco to a gate to wire triumph in a 2:05 clocking over National Forces, driven by Jerry "the Jet" Mihelich. When the wings of the mobile starting gate folded Oldford sent Blasco to the front and they led the others by the first quarter in a soft 33 seconds. However, Steve picked up the pace when "Fast Freddie: Davis came calling on the outside and the trotted by the half in 1:04. Up the backside the two leaders were still heads apart until Blasco rebuffed the challenge and went on to a one length victory. Sitting a two-hole journey paid dividends for Mihelich as his Natural Forces rambled home for second money. Third place went to Stirling Boudica driven by "Michigan Miriah" Wright. The race winner, Blasco, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Oldford. Oldford, whose quickly becoming the face of amateur racing, owns many standardbreds employs many trainers and will travel almost anywhere to drive spirited steed. But in recent years he's become a member of multiple amateur racing organizations. Currently the vice president of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series Steve was recently awarded the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver if the Year Award. It was the sixth time Oldford has received that honor.. A few seasons ago Oldford was named National Amateur Driver of the Year and now with 11 wins, four seconds, nine thirds and a .416 UDR he's got a good chance at yet another national driving award this season. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series
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