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YONKERS, NY, - Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Aug. 24th) hosted the $156,000 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $52,000 each, comprised the event. The opening group offered minimal suspense, as 1-5 favorite Major Blake (Jason Bartlett, $2.40) had an open lead virtually from the outset. From post position No. 3, he rolled through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:26.2 and 1:55. Major Blake disposed of a loosely-pocketed World on Edge (Matt Kakaley) by a couple of lengths, with Chatelroll (Jordan Stratton) a wide and rallying third. Buddy Hill (Dexter Dunn) wound up a first-up fourth. For Major Blake, an Art Major colt co-owned by (trainer Sam Schillaci, Howard Berke and Matthew Bencic, it was his third win in four seasonal/NYSS starts. The exacta paid $8.60, the triple returned $27.20 and the superfecta paid $86.50. The second go-round saw Sheppard Pace winner Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker, $5.20) stalk pole-sitting 13-10 fave Melodie's Major (Tyler Buter), then make up some distance to get him and get away (:28.2, :56.4, 1:24.2, life-best 1:53.3). From post No 2, Hickfromfrenchlick had to chase from 2¼ lengths off the final turn before winning by a half-length. Cup Fan (Marcus Miller) and Covered Bridge (Jordan Stratton) were third and fourth, respectively. For second choice Hickfromfrenchlick, a son of So Surreal co-owned by his trainer/driver, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico, he's now 3-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $9.60, the triple returned $29.60 and the superfecta paid $117.50. The third and final sire stakes get-together was won by polester Artie's Ideal (Miller, $14). After stuffing Rock America (catch-driver George Brennan) in behind early, 'Artie' rated it well (:28, :58, 1:27, 1:55.1). He put away both a first-up Bicorne Hanover (Kakaley) and a second-over, 4-5 choice Reigning Deo (Stratton). Artie's Ideal defeated Reigning Deo by a length-and-a-half, with Bicorne Hanover third and Jet Rock (Jim Marohn Jr.) recovering from an early break to finish fourth. For third choice Artie's Ideal, a son of American Ideal owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, it was his second win in four '18 tries (2-for-3 in statebred ranks). The exacta paid $36, the triple returned $83.50 and the superfecta paid $211.50. Friday night's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $14.80) in 1:52.2. Saturday night (Aug. 25th), the Raceway offers a pair of $40,000 elimination races for the 63rd Messenger Stakes, second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. PICK 5 GUARANTTED AT $10,000 SATURDAY A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening's (Aug. 25th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,500.54 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA -Checkered Past turned the tables on Dr J's Kiss in the $17,000 featured pace for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, rallying smartly from the pocket to lower her lifetime mark to 1:52.3. Last week Checkered Past, coming off a 21-day layoff and stuck with the outside post seven, set the pace in this class, but couldn't hold off Dr J's Kiss, who rallied off cover. This week the victorious daughter of American Ideal pushed her archrival to a 27.1 quarter before yielding to sit the golden trip behind her through middle fractions of 57 and 1:24.2, then moved out nearing headstretch under Andrew McCarthy's guidance and paced past her rival, leaving her 1¾ lengths back at the finish. Peter Foley trains the winner of $128,823 for All Star Racing Inc. For driver McCarthy, again this year a serious candidate for the year-end Rising Star Award, the feature victory was one of six on the Wednesday card; in his last three appearances at Philly, he's had 14 triumphs. And he's not doing so bad "on the road" either, winning the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga on Sunday with Western Fame, longest shot on the board, helping to run his seven-day calendar tally total to 19. If you're trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and your colt Fleet Admiral has made breaks early in all three of his starts so far, what do you do? You let him get away sixth ahead of a breaker in a field of seven, you pull on the right line late on the first turn, and you let him take it from there. And that's what the Muscle Hill - Cantab It All full brother to All The Time and Ariana G did, rambling up to the lead, and holding on well in the stretch to lower his mark to 1:54.4. The blossoming sophomore, who had posted a win and a second despite the three-time early unruliness, may be finally coming around for owner Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and the S R F Stable. The Pennsylvania-sired two-year-old pacing filly group takes over the Philly spotlight the next two days for their final preliminary rounds. The Stallion Series group goes in four divisions on Thursday, while there will be two sections of Sire Stakes action the following day. No filly was able to win in all three of the prelims to date, but each card will feature two double winners: May Bride Hanover and Skater Chick on Thursday, and Warrawee Ubeaut and Treacherous Reign on Friday. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Mister Daytona N (American Ideal) made his local debut on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as trainer-driver Mike Simons brought the six year old to town to compete in the $14,500 Open Pace. Mister Daytona N, who has been a regular at Yonkers this season, flashed some uncharacteristic early speed in his debut at the Spa as Simons marched him out to the early lead in the feature. After putting up a first quarter in 27.2, Mister Daytona N slowed things down significantly before reaching the half in 57.2. From there, the talented invader accelerated and never stopped. With veteran local star Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) closing in heading to three quarters, Simons stepped on the gas and Mister Daytona N responded. All the while, Deetzy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) got the pocket ride and those three pacers drew away turning for home before Mister Daytona N stopped the timer in 1:51.4 to win by a length and a half. Deetzy was the runner-up in the Open while the favored Artful Way had to settle for the show spot. Mister Daytona N, who was the public's second choice in the wagering at odds of 9-5, paced his final half in 54.2 highlighted by a 26.4 last quarter en route to what was his fourth win of the season. The exacta paid $29.80 while the triple returned $104 in the Saturday feature. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Sally Fletcher A (American Ideal) was offensive minded from the get-go in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bruce Aldrich Jr. powered the Jose Godinez-trained distaffer out to the early lead in the $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open and the speedy mare never stopped. After posting a sizzling first quarter in 26.3 over the sloppy going, Sally Fletcher A did get a second quarter breather before reaching the half in 56.3. The seven year old distaffer then went pedal to the metal in the third panel as the race's favorite came calling first-over. Sally Fletcher A posted a 27.2 third quarter before pacing off to win in 1:52.2, matching the fastest time of the year for a lady pacer at the Spa. The track's top mare in 2018 is Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr) and that Paul Zabielski trainee nearly overcame her outside post on Friday as she finished second in the feature. Longshot Stylish Beachwhere (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Sally Fletcher A was the second-choice in the wagering while going off at odds of 2-1. The exacta with Spreester second paid $30.60 while the triple returned $189. The win was the second in the local feature in the career of Sally Fletcher A who also scored in a December installment of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 11, 2018-Veteran Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald, $9) finished what he started Saturday night (Aug. 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Using his usual gate speed, Great Vintage-from post position No. 5-threw down intervals of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.2 and 1:52.2. He held off a first-up McErlean (Brent Holland) by a head, with 3-2 favorite Always at My Place (George Brennan a second-over third. Pacing Major N (Austin Siegelman) and Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett) came away with the minors, while logical would-be favorite Evenin 'of Pleasure was scratched-sick. For third choice Great Vintage, a 10-year-old son of American Ideal owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg & Goran Falk and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his fifth win in 13 seasonal starts (career 45-for-161, earnings over $1.26 million). The exacta paid $102.50, the triple returned $402 and the superfecta paid $636. It was one of MacDonald's four wins during the 11-race card. Sunday's (Aug. 12th) matinee has a first post of 12:40 PM, with races 1 through 4 of the overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' theme. The 'New York, New York Double' is comprised of Saratoga's first race and Yonkers' third. Post times are 1 PM and 1:40 PM, respectively. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Sunday afternoon’s (Aug. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,979.96 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (if 11 or less races, the gimmick is the last five races on the card). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Sunday‘s program may be downloaded at http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/sun_program.pdf First post Sunday is 12:40 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

East Rutherford, NJ- August 4, 2018 - Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras went wire-to-wire to win the $96,600 Shady Daisy Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies in a stakes and track record time of 1:48 2/5 by a nose in the second race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Youraremycandygirl was first to the lead in :26.2, with Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) and Believe In Me ( David Miller) behind her. That trio led the field to the :54 half. By the five eighths mile marker, Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick) was off the rail from fifth and moved to the outside of Youaremycandygirl by the 1:21 2/5 three quarters. Turning for home, the leader was challenged on the outside by Kissin In the Sand, who came off the rail from second when Alexa's Power was nearing the lead in third on the outside. Kissin in The Sand and Zeron surged on the outside to get alongside Youaremycandygirl, but could not catch her and finished second by a nose. Alexa's Power was third outside of her. "My filly was loaded with pace and Scotty (Zeron on Kissin In the Sand) was driving on his, so I felt confident," said Gingras. "But she just refused quit, so she gave me a good battle. With my filly, everything that could have gone wrong early in the year, went wrong healthwise. But now it seems like she's healthy and last week at The Meadows (winning the Adioo Volo) she was really, really good, and she was great today." The winner returned $5.40 $2.40 $2.10. With second place finisher Kissin In the Sand ($2.10 $2.10), the exacta was $9.40 and with third place finisher Alexa's Power (2.80, the trifecta was worth $26.60). It was the fourth win in eight starts this year for Youaremycandygirl, who is owned by W.J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL and trained by Ron Burke. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

Spreester (American Ideal) has been a force all year long in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In fact, the Paul Zabielski trainee may well be the front-runner for Horse of the Year in 2018 at the Spa. The seven year old harness racing mare, though, has gone through a bit of a cold streak, by her standards, of late. Often a beaten favorite this year, Spreester has certainly done her share of winning and on Friday was looking to score in the $14,500 feature for the eighth time of the season. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. flashed early speed with the star distaffer who was part of a 26.4 first quarter. While a first-over Stylish Beachwhere (Wally Hennessey) wore down the race's front-runner, Spreester slid out approaching three quarters taking dead aim on Stylish Beachwhere as that longshot looked to spring the upset. Spreester, who was the 8-5 betting favorite on Friday, got up in the final strides to record her eighth Open score of the season at the Spa, stopping the timer in 1:52.4. Stylish Beachwhere was a strong second while Keene Olivia (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. It was the 46thwin in the career of Spreester whose lifetime earnings are closing in on $750,000. She paid $5.30 to win on Friday and led an exacta and triple that returned $43 and $173.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY---$105,000 is up for grabs with only 10 entrants on hand to compete for it in two divisions as the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies rolls into Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 1). The NYSS events are carded as race one and seven with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) will lead the way in the first $52,500, 5-horse division and has some impressive early career stats to back her. She has two lifetime wins in four lifetime starts and both were in NYSS action. Oddly enough they were both scored at Yonkers Raceway and both timed in 1:55.3. As a result of her work, So Awesome has put $70,365 on her card thus far making her the richest, fastest and winningest filly entered here. So Awesome also ranks second in points and earnings in her age, gait and gender group overall in the state-bred series. So Awesome is trained by Scott Di Domenico and will be leaving from post two with driver Jim Morrill Jr. JK American Beauty (American Ideal-JK Black Beauty) has yet to win a NYSS race, but she hasn't been off the board either. With a second and two thirds to her credit, she has continued to learn each week while finishing well in all her starts. The filly is almost certain to get another good trip here from inside and could break her maiden if things go right. JK American Beauty will be driven from post one by Daniel Dube for trainer Nancy Johansson. Looking to get back on track in the second $52,500 five-horse split is Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock n Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) who won her first two NYSS events, but got disqualified in the second after pacing erratically at the three-quarters. She had over two weeks off after that race and then qualified impressively at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.1 by eight lengths. This will be her first start back since that outing and her current form appears to bode well for her chances in this race. Trainer Joe Holloway has Jim Morrill Jr. back in the bike for Brooklyn Lilacs third NYSS start and they will start from post three. Hurrikane Norakane (Art Major-Western Heat) appears to be the formidable foe. After getting her first NYSS win through the disqualification of Brooklyn Lilacs three starts back, she experienced a very rough trip at Tioga Downs the next week getting parked-out the better part of the mile. But she bounced back well in her last start which was back at Yonkers where she finished a strong second to top point-getter St. Somewhere in 1:53.4. Now finding herself right back in a week later in a short field, Hurrikane Norakane looks to put herself in the spotlight. Hurrikane Norakane has post one for driver Daniel Dube and trainer John Mc Dermott. There are also two $15,000 divisions of the Excel "A" series on the card. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the NewYork Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (7-29). In the third division of the NYSS ($35,866), Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) won for the fourth time in four lifetime starts. Melodies Major ($2.50) jumped out of the gate took the lead and never looked back (:27.2, :57.0, 1:24.3, 1:53.1). Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he easily held off a charge from Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr) to win in a lifetime best mark. Jack Nation was second best to Melodies Major for the third time in four starts. Rockin Jimmy Brown (Marcus Miller) was third. Melodies Major is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Hilarious. All four of his wins have been in legs of the NYSS. In the first division of the NYSS (36,566), Major Blake (Tim Tetrick) was much the best. Major Blacke ($6.50) put in the fastest mile of the day. Owned by Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke and trainer Sam Schillaci, he made every split a winning one (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:51.4). Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) followed all the way to finish second. Reigning Deo (David Miller) was third best. Major Blake is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life. He put in the fastest mile of his life. He now has two wins and one second in his career. His second place finish came to Melodies Major. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was upset winner in the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). In the most exciting race of the three, Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) laid down all the early fractions (:28.2, :58.2, 1:26.3). Arties Ideal ($12.00) was third at the half, went first over just before the three-quarter mark and ran down Buddy Hill in a great stretch drive to win in 1:54.1. Buddy Hill had to settle for second money while Jet Rock (Mike Simons) finished third. Arties Ideal is a 2year-old colt by American Ideal-Midnight Art. Owned by Bay Pond racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, he was a winner in his first lifetime start. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 3) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2018 -- Trainer Tony Alagna has a shot to win his second blanket of Adios orchids in three years -- two shots, actually, as he'll send out both American History and Babes Dig Me in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Alagna captured the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill. His hopefuls for this year's 52nd edition are Adios elimination winner American History -- the 5-2 morning line favorite -- who goes from post 4 with Yannick Gingras up, and Babes Dig Me leaving from post 9 for Jim Pantaleano. The blockbuster Adios Day card features five Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios as well as three rich pool guarantees totaling $35,000. First post is 12 noon, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. American History, a son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch, was bred and sold at auction for $150,000 by Brittany Farms, which later bought back an interest in him from Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Among his credentials are a second-place finish in a Meadowlands Pace elimination and a show finish in an elim for the North America Cup. However, the colt has been burned a number of times vying for the front in killer early fractions. In his Adios elimination, Gingras changed tactics, ducking before brushing to the point at the quarter. American History responded eagerly to the trip, opening a daylight lead before Gingras geared him down late. "His best trip, the best trip for most horses, is to leave, sit and come with cover," Alagna says. "He has quick speed and can carry it a long way. As long as he doesn't have to scorch out fractions that are too unkind for him, he can do it from any trip." As one of two elimination winners, Alagna had his choice of post positions for the final -- once the connections of the other elim winner, Hitman Hill, won a draw for first choice and selected post 3. Although post 5 is the "winningest" slot at The Meadows, Alagna opted for post 4 at Gingras' recommendation. "I always defer to the driver," Alagna says. "That's where Yannick wants to be. He feels it gives him the most options." As for Babes Dig Me, who finished fourth in his Adios elim after leaving aggressively from post 8, Alagna is realistic about the chances of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Babe campaigned by Bradley Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners. "From that post, it's tough to expect a whole lot," he says. "He can definitely leave for position, but so can a lot of others. It's a matter of, do we really want to be that hard on a horse two weeks in a row?" Here's the field for the Adios in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1-Summer Travel-David Miller-Andrew Harris-20/1 2-Gd Western Joe-Dave Palone-Ron Burke-20/1 3-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-7/2 4-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-5/2 5-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3/1 6-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-9/2 7-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-15/1 8-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-9/2 9-Babes Dig Me-Jim Pantaleano-Tony Alagna-20/1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 24, 2018-Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (July 24th) hosted the $159,000 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies, the division's second local go-round in 18 nights. A pair of divisions-worth $78,800 and $80,200, respectively-comprised the event, which offered minimal suspense. The opening group saw So Awesome (Tim Tetrick, $2.70) make the lead from post position No. 4 (in one notch after a program scratch) and never, ever have a thought of giving it up (:28.4, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.3). The lead was 2¾ lengths off the final turn, widening to 3¾ lengths at the wire. American Marilyn (Jason Bartlett) chased from a loose pocket, with JK American Beauty (Brian Sears), Topville Angelina (Marcus Miller) and Crazy Cute (Jordan Stratton) coming away the remainder. For So Awesome, a daughter of So Surreal owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was her second win in four seasonal starts...both here in statebreds and both in the identical (1:55.3) time. The exacta paid $6.80, the triple returned $31.80 and the superfecta (four wagering choices in order) paid $83. "She's fast and she just gets over this track so well," Tetrick said. Tuesday night's second and final division had the death-and-taxes St. Somewhere (Yannick Gingras, $2.10) withstand a spirited challenge from 27-1 shot Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube) before opening up late. All told, she went the distance from post No. 5 (:28.2, :57.3; 1:26.1; 1:53.4), the final time just three ticks off the local division record (Tequila Monday's 1:53.1 in 2016). Hurrikane Norakane was a solid second, beaten three lengths, with Gia's Surreal (Bartlett), Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) and Ladybeluckytonite (Tetrick) completing the payees. For St. Somewhere, an American Ideal miss co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her third (consecutive NYSS) win in four '18 tries. The exacta paid $14.80, the triple returned $34 and the superfecta paid $75.50. St. Somewhere, as with So Awesome, won both of her local Empire tries. "I just let her take me around the track," Gingras said. "There wasn't much to it." New York Sire Stakes return here Friday night (July 27th) in the $173,500 Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 21, 2018-Veteran Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald, $6.60) had to work for the lead and that worked for him Saturday night (July 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Using his usual gate speed, Great Vintage-from post position No. 5-had an early impediment in Barimah A (Brent Holland). Forced wide around that one, Great Vintage then continued to the lead, taking over from Robbie Burns N (Greg Merton) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. Once he fronted the fray, Great Vintage finished it off (:56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.4). Second went to a stubborn 17-10 fave Always at My Place (George Brennan), who was also compromised when an out-again Barimah A moved first-up and was his obligatory hard-to-steer self. Barimah A eventually went back in-again-leaving Always at My Place to take up the chase. Great Vintage, with a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, defeated Always at My Place by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Robbie Burns N was a pocket third, with Run Oneover N (Jim Marohn Jr.) and that Barimah A rounding out the payees. For second choice Great Vintage, a 10-year-old son of American Ideal owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg & Goran Falk and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his fourth win in 11 seasonal starts (career 44-for-159, earnings over $1.24 million). The exacta paid $22, the triple returned $68.50 and the superfecta paid $281. Sunday's (July 22nd) matinee has a first post of 12:30 PM, with races 1 through 4 of the overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' theme. The 'New York, New York Double' is comprised of Saratoga's third race and Yonkers' fifth. Post times are 2:07 PM and 2:20 PM, respectively. . by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway has seen 10 track records either tied or broken during the 2018 season and when the 2-year-old colt and geldings step onto the racing surface Wednesday night (July 18) in a pair of $53,500 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), a pair of long-standing marks could be in serious jeopardy.   The oldest record currently listed is for 2-year-old geldings of 1:56.3 established in 2010 by Roadside Delight while the colt's barrier of 1:55.4 was set in 2013 by He's Watching. With near perfect weather conditions in the forecast, another editing of the record book is possible.   One entrant is already in possession of a track standard at Monticello and that is Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) who will appear in the opener on the 10-race card. He's a perfect 2-for-2 in his brief career including a record time of 1:54.3 at Monticello on July 4. That time erased the previous barrier of 1:55.2 clocked by Freedomformysoul in 2014.   Melodies Major, who has captured both his Sire Stakes races, drew the two post and is the even money morning line favorite with Tyler Buter getting the call in the sulky. Melodies Major has yet to trail in any of his pari-mutual starts and has amassed $53,250 already.   His main competition could come from Jack Nation, a winner last time out in the NYSS on July 4 at Monticello in 1:57.0. Drawing the rail with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike, Jack Nation (American Ideal-Ladyjack) was 12 lengths behind at one point but closed like a train to pull off the half-length score over Covered Bridge (American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses).   The field of six also includes KJ Leo (Jason Bartlett), Keystone Dakota (Kevin Cummings), Covered Bridge (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Rock American (Scott Coulter).   The second division, slated for the back half of the early daily double, looks to be a wide-open event with Bicorne Hanover getting the slight 2-to-1 morning line edge from the pylons. Cummings will steer the Ron Burke-trained freshman colt. Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) has a second and fourth place finish in his two Sire Stakes appearances.   Jojo's Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) hopes to get out of a third place rut. Conditioned by John Butenschoen, he's had two show finishes in his pair of NYSS outings and will get the services of Bartlett out of the four spot.   Completing the field will be Shanghai Bobby (Morrill Jr.), Bean (Coulter), P Zonka (Drew Monti) and Jet Rock (Marohn Jr.).   There are also a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series races on the program and a $6,400 leg of the Excelsior B Series. First post is 5 p.m.   It's the last week of action in 2018 at Buffalo Raceway. For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) took center stage at the Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (July 15). St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) charged late to win the third division ($36,566). Zero Tolerance (David Miller) charged out of the gate and controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). St Somewhere ($2.90) who is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable & P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby with Weaver Bruscemi, followed in the pocket until almost mid-stretch, fired like he had a jet pack on and got by just before the wire in 1:52.2. She missed the track record for 2-year-old filly pacers by two fifths of a second. Zero Tolerance settled for second. Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) was third. St Somewhere is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-Somstreetsomewhere. It was her second win in three lifetime starts. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) holds on to capture first division of NYSS ($35,866). Prescient Beauty ($2.80) made every pole a winning one (:28.1, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:54.1). Owned by James Avritt Sr. and trained by Gregg McNair, she looked like she was going to breeze in the stretch but Crazy Cute (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late but just fell short to finish second. Ladybeluckytonite was third. Prescient Beauty is a 2-year-old by Art Major-Precious Beauty. She is two for two in her young career. The 1:54.1 is her fastest. Long shot Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter) fires late to capture the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Sun Viser (Tim Tetrick) went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of :28.0 and half of :57.3. Gia's Surreal (Doug McNair) flew by on the backstretch and led them to three-quarters in 1:25.3. She look like she was poised to win. Boogie Roll ($27.40) was fifth after the three-quarter mark. Owned by Joe Lee, Diamond Pride, Sholty Racing, I Goldfarb and trained by Buzzy Sholty, she went three widein the stretch and went on by to win her first career race in 1:54.0. Gia's Surreal settled for second. JK American Beauty (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Boogie Roll is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Boogie Woogie Flu. Tioga Downs returns to live racing when they host NYSS freshman trotting colts on Friday (July 20) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Now they are even. After Classic American N ($3.90) suffered a heart breaking nose setback last week to Western Conquest in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Pace, he returned the favor on Saturday night (July 14) by pinning a demoralizing head loss on the hard charging Western Conquest in 1:56.0.   For the second consecutive week, the Open Pace was reduced to four entrants with Best Ears and Sir Ziggy's Z Tam both scratched due to illness. So that left a quartet to battle it out over the good track.   This time around, Classic American N got the upper hand early and set the tempo as Western Conquest had to give chase. With fractions of :28.4, :58.0 and 1:27.2, it ended up being a repeat of last Saturday's race between the two.   In the lane, Classic American N (Billy Davis Jr.) managed to stay in front as Western Conquest made a late surge but ran out of real estate. Focus Power (Drew Monti) took the show position.   Co-owned by the Nick Surick Stable LLC and the J L Benson Stables, Inc. and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the fourth win in 21 starts for Classic American N (American Ideal-Classic Vicolo). The victory increased his seasonal bankroll to $32,270 and $271,455 in his career.   Ray Fisher Jr. had four trips to the winner's circle with Davis Jr. getting three and Monti a pair. Trainer Russell Bratt had three victories.   Buffalo Raceway will start its final week of racing this year on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated. It will be the last appearance in 2018 for the New York Sire Stakes at the Hamburg half-mile oval with the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in action.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "That was crazy. Horses aren't supposed to go that fast here," driver Brett Miller said after Hitman Hill annihilated the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old gelded pacers with a 1:51.4 mile on Sunday (July 8) in winning his $39,000 (approx.) division of the New York Sire Stakes. The previous standard was 1:53.1 established in 2016 by Missile J.   Other winners were Rootin Tootin ($2.90) who posted a 3/4-length victory in 1:53.4 while Trump Nation ($3.00) notched a 3/4-length win in 1:54.0 on the crystal clear afternoon.   Things didn't go the way Miller had hoped at the start with Hitman Hill. "I wanted to get to the lead and go from there but they (Rockapelo and Topville Olympian) were just going too fast so I had to drop into third."   After watching splits of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:24.2, Miller guided Hitman Hill to the outside with a panel to race and used a :27.0 last quarter to secure the victory in record time. Topville Olympian (James MacDonald) took second with Rockapelo (Jim Morrill Jr.) securing the third place check.   Co-owned by Tim Hill and the Northfork Racing Stable., it was the second win in seven tries in 2018 for Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker). The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $115,870 and $262,403 in his brief 14-race career.   Rootin Tootin used the passing lane to gain the lead and managed to hold off a late rally by Twin B Tuffenuff (Miller) to post the victory in the opening leg. My Delight took the show position.   With My Delight (Scott Zeron) setting the pace with fractions of :28.0, :57.0, and 1:26.1, Rootin Tootin eventually shook free from third and poured it on with a :27.2 last frame.   Morrill Jr. said of Rootin Tootin, "He doesn't like the front end so I took him back. He gets lazy on the front end. But when we found racing room in the stretch, he sprinted to the line. It all worked out well."   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Fred Brayford and Robert MacNeil, it was the third victory in seven starts this year for Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe, Wild Retreat). The 3-year-old colt has earned $49,195 in 2018 and $113,041 lifetime.   Trump Nation, the winner Rooney Pace earlier this season at Yonkers, never got to the lead until past the opening quarter marker and hung on late to beat Real Surreal (MacDonald) in the final division.   "I wanted to follow the four (Real Surreal) but that didn't work out so I had to go," Bartlett said of making the big brush to the top early.   With fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.3, Trump Nation needed every moment in going :27.2 in the lane to hold of the late charges of Real Surreal (MacDonald) and Major Authority (Morrill Jr.). "He dug in when he had to," Bartlett said of Trump Nation..   The 3-year-old colt is co-owned by the Crawford Racing Stable and Evan Katz. Trained by Chris Oakes, Trump Nation (Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N) has produced $209,346 in winning this year and $259,656 lifetime.   Driver/trainer Ray Schnittker took both the $15,000 Excelsior A race and the $6,500 Excelsior B event.   Schnittker registered a $14,20 surprise with Major Sugar Rush in 1:54.1 in the "A" race and then captured the "B" bracket as Damion Diesel Hahn cruised to a $9.30 score in 1:55.4.   Bartlett, Morrill Jr. Schnittker and Ray Fisher Jr. each had doubles on the program while Oakes and Schnittker had two training victories.   Racing will return on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 14-race program scheduled. The card will be highlighted by the New York Sire Stakes with the 2-year-old filly trotters ready to compete.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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