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Harness racing at Yonkers Raceway bid adieu to August Monday night, hosting $165,375 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   The event, neatly divided into a trio of $55,125 divisions, honored the memory of a certified mover and shaker (as well as a fairly decent soul) in the state's racing and breeding program. Bruce's family was on hand for winner's circle presentations, which were dutifully given to... First division-Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore, $8.60), from post position No. 6, rallied from sixth turning for home to pick off sire-stakes debuting Mark MacDonald) by a head in 1:54.2. Bosser's Joy (Jason Bartlett) finished third, beaten a neck. For third choice Devil Child, a daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Homer Hochstetler, James Michaels and South of the Tracks Racing, it was her fourth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $109, with the triple returning $680. "She's had a tough season, bad posts and some bad luck," Whittemore said of Devil Child. "This was a good win for her." Second division-Odds-on Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras, $2.70) methodically disposed of her six foes, essentially going the distance-from post No, 5-in 1:52.1. The margin was a length-and-a-half, with Luck Be a Lindy (Scott Zeron) second and Heart Major (Brian Sears) third. For "Sassa," a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and Larry Karr, she's now 4-for-12 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $4.90, with the triple returning $14.60. "Much better the last couple of starts," was Gingras' assessment of career winner of more than $700,000. Third division-Pole-sitting Bedroomconfessions ( Brian Sears, $13.80) was gifted with the passing lane, and she passed, whipping pace-setting Band of Angels (Gingras) by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1. Divine Caroline (Dave Miller), as the 6-5 choice, was another who pulled pocket and flattened, settling for third. Second choice Mosquito Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.) broke leaving. For Bedroomconfessions, an American Ideal lass co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by trainer Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her third win in 12 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $72, with the triple returning $169. Frank Drucker

Vernon, N.Y. -- Despite being outsprinted early by all six of his harness racing rivals, Cascata ($14.20) kicked cover from fourth-over off the far turn, circling the field for a 1:52 victory in Sunday (August 30) afternoon's featured $7,000 top-level conditioned pace at Vernon Downs.   Frank Milby settled the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding well off dueling leaders Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone, Jr.) and Smile a Little (Austin Siegelman), who battled stoutly through a :54.1 half mile. Outer flow developed behind Smile a Little at Race's midpoint, with Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) chasing from second-over. Tundra (Truman Gale) and Cascata angled third- and fourth-over respectively, and they would both benefit from clear trips off the pressured pace. While Oh My Joepa was first to make a three-wide bid at a 1:23 three-quarter mark, he would ultimately be outkicked by Cascata in mid-stretch after himself collaring the dueling pacesetters. Cascata drew away minimally in the final yards, defeating Oh My Joepa by three-quarters of a length while Tundra stayed on to finish third after he was bothered in mid-stretch by a breaking Melvyn (Roman Lopez).   Dustin Ingraham trains Cascata for Elizabeth Zimmerman.   The afternoon's program also saw six trotters compete in a non-wagering Racing Under Saddle event, and the patient Emma Wahlberg prevailed aboard Sweetie's Secret. Brett Crawford trains the 7-year-old Yankee Glide mare who angled off the pegs on the far turn, pushing clear of a tiring My Friend Charlie in upper stretch before ultimately reeling in Funny Photo, who made a costly break in the final yards after taking charge in the third quarter. Sweetie's Secret won by two lengths in 2:00.4 over Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran), while Alarming Quick (Ashley Eldred) made a mild bid to take third while well detached from the top pair.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 4) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Bigtown Hero, who already has two appearances on the harness racing sport's all-time list of "horse who have hit the 3/4s in 1:20 or better," missed by a tick becoming the only horse ever with three such appearances, winning the $24,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night.   Bigtown Hero, an altered son of American Ideal, certainly didn't have it easy, either -- he was outside with cover until favored Bandolito cleared Bushwacker past a 26 opener, then rolled up raw to grab the top early on the second turn, en route to hitting the half in 53.1.   Driver Simon Allard, sulkysitting for trainer/brother/Pocono leader Rene, opened up lengths on Bandolito down the backstretch, with Bushwacker taking other crack outside, but both were well-behind when the timer tripped at 1:20.1 with a quarter to ago. Bandolito ate fractionally into the winner's lead late, but was still shy of him by 3/4 of a length at the finish, with Quick Jolt coming from the clouds for third, a half length behind Bandolito and a length ahead of Bushwacker.   Allard Racing Inc. and Yves Sarrazin own the speed merchant, who hit the 3/4 in 1:19.4 last September 20 here en route to taking his mark of 1:47.3, and then on November 8 posted the fastest half (52.2) and 3/4s (1:19.1) in 5/8-mile track history before tiring in a race where Mach It So beat State Treasurer in 1:48. Both of these miles were also at Pocono.   Also at Pocono Saturday were a pair of $24,000 trots. Wind Of The North, an altered son of Cantab Hall who equaled a division world record of 1:51 here last year, needed only 1:53.3 Saturday to report home first for trainer Daryl Bier, co-owner with Joann Dombeck; in the other division the Andover Hall filly Sistas, 3-for-3 in Stallion Series competition, handled a big class rise, a predominantly male field, and a predominantly older field in 1:55 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owners Albert and Michelle Crawford. (Napolitano, who had 100 wins in July, won three times here Saturday to put him at 98 for August, with sessions at both Philly and Pocono tomorrow possibly letting him achieve a rare "consecutive double century" of winners; the win with Sistas was also his 500th in 2015.)   FINISHING LINES -- The Sunday August 30 card of tomorrow/today is the last Sunday action for the year at The Downs ... Next Saturday night Pocono will be hosting the $1.7M Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Night, with $350,000 Championship races for the four classes of sophomores, plus consolations and other features.   Pocono / PHHA  

Tonight at Ballarat in the second Australasian Breeders Crown semi final for three year old fillies, Australian harness racing fans got their first look at New Zealands best three year filly in The Orange Agent who has been in stunning form all season. Starting from barrier four after a scratching, The Orange Agent and regular pilot Maurice McKendry were caught four wide into the first corner but Maurice continued to press on and reached the front after 400 metres. From that point on it was just a matter of what she would win by as Maurice dropped the speed appreciably after the early burn. Passing the 800 metres Maurice upped the tempo and scooted the quarter down the back in 27.6 with Start Dreaming and Barry Purdon looming up outside The Orange Agent passing the 400 metres mark. Maurice gave her a bit more reign and she brushed home in a brilliant 26.9 to win comfortably from a very game Start Dreaming with Soho Tokyo holding on well for third after breezing the whole race. It was the daughter of American Ideal 15th win at just start 21 and took her earning to $371,512. The Orange Agent paced the 2200 metres in 2:42.4, a mile rate of 1:58.8 with electric closing sectionals of 54.5 and 26.9. Tonights race was a perfect lead in for The Orange Agent heading into nexts week Breeders Crown final and she will be terribly hard to beat regardless of where she draws. The two obvious dangers are Ameretto, who won the first semi final in impressive fashion and Start Dreaming who has been placed behind The Orange Agent several times this season already. Harnesslink Media

Shes A Castoff (Current Cast) went back to back in the co-feature on Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Kim Crawford trains and drives the four year old mare who made her local debut this season after a dominant three year old campaign in the State of Maine in 2014. Crawford moved Shes A Castoff out to the early lead in Thursday's $8,300 co-feature for trotters that are winners of two but not more than four lifetime. The mare never faced an anxious moment in wiring the field in 2:00 after setting a lifetime mark of 1:58 last week. It completed a driving double for the veteran Crawford who piloted In The Huddle (American Ideal) to his maiden win earlier on the card for conditioner Kevin Gould. Chris Marino's Gianni (Mark Beckwith) scored in the other $8,300 co-featured trot as the big favorite cruised on the lead to match his career best 1:57.1 win time. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.                                             Melissa Simser    

Seafood Missy (American Ideal) scored first over in career best fashion on Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to complete a double for trainer-driver Brian Cross. The three year old pacing filly has been competing in Excelsior Series races for much of the summer and following a pair of breaks, qualified before competing in Wednesday's $8,900 conditional pace for fillies and mares. First over on the race's favorite Status Warrior (Chuck Connor Jr), Seafood Missy kept plugging away before dueling the leader into defeat. The fourth win of the season for the filly came in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. Cross also piloted trotter Maggie's Brand (Cr Excalibur) to a first over score earlier in the night in the $8,250 NY Sired trot. Cross trains and co-owns Maggie's Brand who matched her career mark with a 2:00.3 score on Wednesday. Live racing continues at the Spa on Thursday with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Melissa Simser  

As the day started, on Tuesday August 11, the harness racing track was listed as fast with sunny skies with a slight head wind in the stretch as the first group of 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies went to post. After a deluge during the 7th race, the judges called for a rain delay, the track was then downgraded to sloppy. Three races later after the sun came out again the track was upgraded to good. In spite of the adverse weather conditions, Brian Sears went on to have a stellar afternoon, winning 6 of the cards 13 races, local trainer Ed Hart also harnessed 3 winners on the afternoon. The Sears win streak started in the first race, as they often do, in the first division of the New York Sires Stakes, going for a purse of $35,866 The initial small field of 6 was whittled down to 5 as Amazon Ideal was scratched. American Ivy was first out from the gate, in the middle of the first turn she made a break but driver mark MacDonald quickly got her back on stride to take the lead past the ¼ in 28:4 and the ½ 58:4. No Clouds Bluechip grabbed the lead down the back side and took her contemporaries to the ¾ in 1:28:3. American Ivy was tiring and Dime A Dance was charging hard, but Sear and No Clouds Blue scored a measured win in 1:56:3, the fastest mile of the afternoon, giving trainer John Berger a special Birthday present. The daughter of American Ideal garnered her 2nd win of her young career. After winning the first 2 races Sears scored with the 1-5 favorite Time On My Hands (PP1) in race 5. Soft Idea had the lead at the quarter, with Time On My Hands parked, she then cleared and stayed there the rest of the mile, tripping the timer at 29.0, 58:1, 1:28:2 to win in 1:57:2 for trainer Chris Ryder. The daughter of American Ideal gave Sears his 3rd win of the card. Soft Ideal (PP6) was a fast closing 2nd for Jim Morrill Jr. the winner returned $3.50 for win for owners Robinson, Mondillo, Cheatham and the BFJ Stable. Prior to the 8th race, the Judges called for a rain delay and the track was downgraded to sloppy. Vino and Formaggio took the lead as the gate sprung, Killing Em Softly also left hard but was rough gaited, Jim Morrill settled her down and she dropped in the 3 hole. Vino and Formaggio was in control and showed the lead with fractions of 29 , 59, at the 5/8 pole Morrill came first over with the now composed Killing Em Softly to range into contention, as the pair sweep past the ¾ in 1:29. Vino and Formaggio was not to be denied as the Art Major colt won his first pari mutual win in 1:57:1 over a sloppy track. Brian garnered his 6th win of the afternoon, winning by 6 lengths, giving Trainer Ed Hart a hat trick. Excelsior A - $15,000 Rolling Going Home (PP3) gave Brain Sears wins in both half of the daily double, the sharp looking Roll With Joe filly took the overland route to score a new lifetime mark of 1:57:4 for owner Ross Bonafield of West Edmeston NY and trainer Ray Van Dreason, returning $6.00. In the 6th race Ed Hart started his own win skein as Family Roll Call scored in a wire to wire win in 1:58:4. The Roll With Joe filly is owned by Winbak Farms, giving Sears win #4. Major Millie tried in vain to catch Family Roll Call, even with her last quarter in 28, she settled for 2nd money. Last division of the "B" class saw Roll of Dream take the lead followed by Angels Rockn Pink, the pair raced in tandem to the 5/8's marker. Scott Zeron came first over with LYRA, Roll of Dream still had the lead taking the field past the ¾ in 1:29. At the top of the lane LYRA who at this point had taken a lot of air, raced tough to score a gritty win in 1:57:2 for trainer Jean Drolet. She was driven by Scot Zeron to take her 3rd win a row in this company. Excelsior B - $6,800 Boniello scored in the first division (Race 4) of the Excelsior B series for trainer Roland Mallar in 1:58. Mike Simmons drove the Roll With Joe offspring for winning owner Anatolia Racing Stable of Hopewell Junction NY, winning by 4 lengths to get the better of the favorite Rocknroll Shamayin. The Sears/Hart combination was successful as Seafood Linda (PP 5) scored her second consecutive win in this company in 1:58:2 ($4.70) After an auspicious start where she made a quick miscue going off stride, the filly quickly regained her composure and minded her manners to eventually overtake Milky Way Rae and Glow Boat. The win was Sears 5th visit to the winners and the 2nd for Ed Hart. The Daughters of Blue Chip Farms Stallion, Roll with Joe won 4 races, American Ideal sired 2 winners for the afternoon, and Art Major and Rock N Roll Heaven each had 1 daughter in the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

The beautiful evening at Ocean Downs opened with four early non-wagering events starting with the harness racing 2 YO filly trotters.   Bold Dresser (Explosive Matter-Pretty In Plaid) made it to the winners circle for the second time this summer in MD Standardbred Fund events for driver-trainer Oyvind Hegdal and owner Glat Kosher Racing trotting her mile in 2:01.1. Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder. Frank Milby driving Tiara (RC Royalty-Panarail) was on the move at the ¾ pole but was unable to catch Bold Dresser in time.   The colt/gelding trot was up next, with most of the freshmen acting up, Kent County (Deweycheatumnhowe-Duchess Of Kent) made a very strong showing on the track winning by almost 24 lengths in 2:01.2. Frank Milby got the driving assignment from trainer and co-owners Robert Shahan and Donald Marine. The breeder was Frederick Hertrich III. After an early break Roger Hammer was able to get High Octane (Donato Hanover-Gaytanes) back on stride to finish second.   In the first division of filly pacers, Breadcrumb Income (Nuclear Breeze-Rose Royce) charged down the stretch for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. to nip Use Your Noodle (Artzina-Lo Gophobia) at the wire in 2:00. Richard Hans is the breeder, owner and trainer of Breadcrumb Income.   The second division of filly pacers produced a stakes and track record when Corey Callahan pulled Freeze Out (American Ideal-Mr Deli's Filly) going up the backside to take the lead and hold off a strong challenge by Miss Read (Shadow Play-Yahoos) with Vic Kirby in the bike. Time for the mile was 1:55.3. Erv Miller trains for owners Paymaq Racing and Leland Mathias, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The wagering card opened with the first division of colt/gelding pacers. Not content to sit third, driver Corey Callahan shot Power To Perform (Artzina-Shake Rattle Run) to the front before the half and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:57.4 over Canthelpbutwin (Artzina-Native Canadian). Kyle Morre trains for owner Donald Marine. The breeder was Winbak Farm.   The Erv Miller-Corey Callahan connection proved successful once again in the final stake of the night the second division of colt/gelding pacers. Redneck Rally (American Ideal-Ms Harrington) took the lead from Lissilas (Rocknroll Hanover-Lismorebella) at the head of the stretch wining by two and a half lengths in 1:56.2 for owners Anthony Lombardi , Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger and breeder Winbak Farm. Corey Callahan picked up 4 wins for the night, 3 stakes and one overnight.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes continue Thursday night with 8 divisions of 3 year olds starting with non-wagering events at 6 pm. The Maryland Horse Industry Board will be in attendance making some winner circle presentations.   By Cheri Stambaugh

A winning streak will come to an end in the race three trotting feature on Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Charlottetown Driving Park First race post time is 7 pm for the 13-dash card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The $1,450 event might as well be called a preview for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown coming up in October as the best three-year-old trotters on the East Coast are set to do battle. JK Blaze has been perfect so far in 2015 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford while Paymenowpaymelater takes her two-for-two unbeaten 2015 season to the table for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Add Atlantic Breeders Crown champion Tyne Valley (William Roloson) from post 1 and Summerside Raceway track record holder Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) to the mix and it could be anyone's race in the eight horse field. A red hot pacer will look to start a new winning streak in the Thursday night pacing feature. The Big Bite has drawn post 4 in the race 12 Preferred 2 for a purse of $2,200 with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for trainer Thane Arsenault and owners Jack Arsenault, Donna McIver and Edward Blaisdell of P.E.I. and Deborah Wilson of Nova Scotia. The six-year-old son of Shark Gesture has two straight wins in 1:58 before being nosed out in his latest start in a blistering 1:55.3 to Forever Paradise. The Big Bite has dodged that foe this week and gains the support of race analyst Les MacIsaac. "He seems to be peaking at the right time with Old Home Week approaching," MacIsaac said of The Big Bite. "He currently offers a not worse than second record from his last three starts and gets home consistently in 28 seconds. He could be sitting on a big one." Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes) shows some sharp race lines from post 3 while brothers Vincent and Gary Poulton send out Tempo Seelster from post 1 and Cabo Pan Lucas from post 5. The ultra- consistent Cabo Pan Lucas has 11 top three finishes from just 13 starts so far in 2015 and has the services of Danny MacDonald in the bike. Newcomer Blue Chip Sunshine has post 7 in the feature with Gilles Barrieau for owners Milton Young of Newfoundland and trainer Mick Dunn. The American Ideal six-year-old has all ready taken a mark of 1:55.1 this year over the half-mile oval at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. The field also includes Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Jersey Joe (Gary Chappell) and J Rs Hurricane (Corey MacPherson). Lee A. Drake

The mutuel payouts may have been small, but the purses were spread around in the 3-year-old filly pacing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2). A different sire, driver and trainer won each leg of the series as they represented the best New York State has to offer for this sex and gait. In the first $39,200 division, Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) left the gate and took a methodic path to the front in 27.4. Leading the single-file group and still unchallenged to the half, Morrill kept a tight grip on the filly with an eye on closing out the deal. When they rolled towards three-quarters, Morrill popped the plugs and Mosquito Blue Chip responded in kind, quickly pulling away to a four-length advantage. With Morrill stretched out like he was in a recliner, the pair scurried home in 28.2 with no one even close, to win in 1:54.2. "She felt like her old self today." "She was on cruise control the entire mile" said driver Jim Morrill Jr. of the filly who is now two-for-two lifetime at Batavia Downs. Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover) was sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite and paid $2.30 for the win. Paul Jessop trains and co-owns the filly with Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio. As most expected in the second $39,900 leg, Band Of Angels (Matt Kakaley) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller) left from post three and four respectively and got away 1-2 before sauntering to a pedestrian 29-second first quarter. With the rest of the field still in post-position order behind the two favorites, Kakaley continued to grab leather in an even slower 29.4 second panel. From there it was all Band Of Angels who was given her head and quickly opened up a five-length lead before Kakaley lowered the lines and stored the whip. Band Of Angels ($2.50) paced the back half in 56.2, winning in 1:55.1 with Moremercy Bluechip closing ground on the wrapped-up winner to finish second. After the race, winning driver Matt Kakaley pointed out "She did it as easily as a horse could do it and had plenty left coming down the stretch". Band Of Angels (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) is conditioned by North America's leading trainer, Ron Burke for owner W.J. Donovan. The final $39,900 split featured a speed duel between two unrelenting contestants and it started as soon as the gate pulled away. As the field headed into the first turn, they were spread three-wide across the track; Jag Out (Andy Miller) on the pylons, Nippy W Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the middle and Artiawitchtoyou (Doug McNair) out widest of all. Off the turn, Nippy W Hanover settled in second but Artiawitchtoyou opted to go on. As she drew next to Jag Out at the quarter in 27.1, it was clear the leader had no intentions of giving up that spot. As they contentiously passed the half in 55 flat, Jag Out and Artiawitchtoyou were seemingly pacing in tandem heading into the third turn, but then Artiawitchtoyou had taken all the air she could and by the 1:24.3 three-quarter split, started to show the effects. As she started to fade off, Jag Out continued to drive on to an impressive two-length victory in the fastest time of the day (1:53.4). The winner paid $8.00. "She was awesome! I know we went fast early but she's that good" said driver Andy Miller about the speed duel between his charge and Artiawitchtoyou. Jag Out (American Ideal-Impertinent) is trained by Erv Miller, who co-owns her with Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms LLC. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card for $30,000 in purses. The first went to Yes You Can (If I Can Dream-Cantbuymehappiness) went gate to wire in 1:56.2 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Heidi Rohr. Yes You Can, who paid $2.40 is owned by the Holland Racing Stable. The second division was won by Hey Kobe (Bettor's Delight-American West) who also led the entire mile for driver Mark Macdonald and trainer Marthe Drolet. Hey Kobe is owned by Stephen Schneider and William Siegel. The winner returned $4.00. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. notched four victories on the card with Kevin Cummings adding two more wins to his meet-leading total. Racing resumes on Wednesday at Batavia Downs when two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward for a total of $110,000 in purses. Post time is set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Nichols, N.Y. -- After working clear of Elite Awards with just over a circuit to go, Fireyourguns ($2.60) narrowly held off a late charge from that same rival--and two others--to capture Sunday (August 2) afternoon's $12,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Aaron Byron floated forward with the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding, clearing pacesetters Elite Awards (Corey Braden) and Eastend Eddie (Jim Marohn, Jr.) just after a :27.1 initial quarter. Fireyourguns then travelled with an uncontested lead through middle sectionals of :55.3 and 1:23.3, but faced a pair of stern challenges on the far turn when Elite Awards pulled the pocket and Eastend Eddie was carried three-wide off the corner. Those two charged valiantly upon straightening for home, as did Electrofire (Mike Simons), who fanned four-wide in the final 150 yards. Fireyourguns, though all-out, narrowly held off his trio of pursuers, prevailing in 1:51.3 over fast going.   Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.   In addition to his win with Fireyourguns, Byron teamed up with Galex ($18.00, 1:53.2) and Dragon Fever ($9.20, 1:53.1) to lead all drivers with three wins on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 7) evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, August 1, 2015 — He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude’s The Man captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, 2 lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third. Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title. M&L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude’s The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art’s Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Callahan said he wanted to get the colt into the race early from post 2. “On these speed-favoring tracks, you can’t circle them from last,” Callahan said. “You can’t get away seventh, be third over and have a shot. I wanted to get away as close as possible, and fourth is where I ended up.” Although Dude’s The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination last week. “I thought My Hero Ron was just okay last week,” Callahan said. “I came at him last week with Yankee Bounty and almost got him, so I was pretty confident being first up with that horse on the lead.” Of greater concern was the winner’s persistent battle with shadows. Okusko said she added a Daisy roll and a Pelling pacifier during the week to keep the colt more focused, but their impact was limited. “I was trying to talk him over the shadows and hold onto him,” Callahan said. “Around the last turn, clouds came over. Someone was looking out for me in the last turn. The clouds covered the sun, and he paced right home.” Another potential problem for Dude’s The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner’s bumper, didn’t finish strongly. “At the top of the stretch I thought I had a shot,” said Brian Brown, who trains Lost For Words. “He scoped with blood, so he may need more Lasix. Any time a horse bleeds, he’s in trouble.” Okusko said Dude’s The Man may be pointed to the Cane Pace and also remains eligible to the Battle of the Brandywine, the Little Brown Jug and several stakes at the Red Mile. “He’s from a great family, and he has great conformation,” she said. “He’s really come into himself. This was the first time he raced on a five-eighths, and he got around it great.” ADIOS NOTES. Elimination winners National Seelster, Cooperstown and My Hero Ron finished 8th, 4th and 5th, respectively . . . Rock N’ Roll World took the $50,000 Adios Consolation for David Miller, trainer Kelly Stackowicz and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing . . . Lyonssomewhere collected a front-end victory in 1:49.2 in the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Memorial Pace. Andy Miller drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound . . . Last Saturday, the Ron Burke stable set a PR with 24 horses entered (22 actually raced), most ever for a single program at a single track. The stable shattered that mark Saturday when they raced 29. Although Burke had to settle for second and fourth in the Adios, he notched seven wins on the 17-race program. Evan Pattak

Nichols, N.Y. -- Jim Morrill, Jr. continued his success on the New York Sire Stakes circuit on Friday (July 31) evening at Tioga Downs, prevailing in five of the evening's 10 races. Among his wins was a $56,500 New York Sire Stakes split for 2-year-old pacing fillies, in which Soft Idea ($3.00) kicked clear in upper stretch after staving off mild pressure on the far turn.   Soft Idea, a daughter of American Ideal and Walk Softly, was relaxed in the early stages, brushing from fourth to clear Wishy Washy Girl (Ray Schnittker) after a :27.4 first quarter. Once making the lead with a circuit to go, Soft Idea pulled the pace back through middle fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.1 before Mother of Art (Mike Simons) applied mild first-over pressure through the far turn. Soft Idea kicked clear off the far turn, opening up 4-3/4 lengths on her rivals for a 1:54.2 triumph. Mother of Art held second, while Art Critic (Aaron Byron) emerged from traffic to take third.   Linda Toscano trains Soft Idea for the South Mountain Stables, the Bay's Stable, the Radio Racing Stable, and Little E, LLC.   The other featured New York Sire Stakes event on the evening saw No Clouds Bluechip ($4.30) claim the winner's share of a $55,500 purse. Mike Simons secured the pocket with the daughter of Roll With Joe and B J's Sunshine, drafting behind American Ivy (Mark MacDonald) through sectionals of :27.1, :57.3, and 1:25.2. Boxed on the far turn by the first-over Killing Em Softly (Morrill), No Clouds Bluechip found room at the top of the stretch when Killing Em Softly broke stride, edging off the pegs and sprinting to the lead in mid-stretch. No Clouds Bluechip also prevailed in 1:54.2, defeating American Ivy by three-quarters of a length. Vino and Formaggio (Chris Lems) held third off a ground-saving trip.   John Berger trains No Clouds Bluechip for Richard and Farrell Carney, along with Barbara Berger.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 1) evening, with a 12-race card due to begin at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

It was the 2015 debut for multi-stakes winner McWicked in the featured event at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (July 26), an open pace going for a purse of $30,000. After back-to-back qualifiers at The Meadowlands, the now 4-year-old son of McArdle was coming off of a memorable 3-year-old campaign, including capturing the Breeder's Crown in late November. The favorite coming in however was The Jerry Taylor Invitational winner Great Vintage. The 30-time winner took 2 of his last 3 coming in, with the latest victory overcoming the 8 hole against open company at Yonkers. Great Vintage (Scott Zeron) wasted no time getting into gear, leaving aggressively from post 4 securing the front end. The 7-year-old son of American Ideal set fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:22.1. McWicked (Dave Miller) took back at the start from post 7, taking up third over position. In the stretch, Great Vintage was able to get away, building an insurmountable lead, holding off the fast closing McWicked by two lengths in the end. The final time was 1:50.1. Great Vintage is now 5 for 8 in the win column this season, for the owning group of Takter, Fielding, Anderberg, and Falk. In other news, millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller) overcame a second tier starting spot to prevail in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $24,000. The 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar was able to grind first over to narrowly defeat the front stepping My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr.), winning by a head in 1:54.3. Favorite DW's NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) overcame an early break to finish third. It was the 35th career win for Sevruga, who is owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Julie Miller. Michael Bozich

He’s Watching, one of harness racing’s most brilliant performers of recent times, has been retired. The son of American Ideal went an unbeaten eight for eight as a two-year-old, blazing a succession of track and world records on his way to being voted USTA Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year. His career defining performance came as a three-year-old in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace where he cruised home in 25.3 in the hands of Tim Tetrick to win by 2½ lengths in a sensational 1:46.4. This sublime victory matched the all-age world record, made him the fastest ever three-year-old at the Meadowlands and the youngest ever winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Being a 13th June foal, he had remarkably only turned three twenty-nine days earlier. 2015 has seen the four-year-old He’s Watching get close to racing only to have his season frustrated and ultimately ended by injury. He’s Watching retires with $1,129,215 in earnings, five track records and two world records to his name. A great career no doubt – but one that promised so much more. Trained by David Menary, he was raced by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero of Ontario along with the Muscara Racing Trust of Pennsylvania. A stud career now beckons for the horse who one of his owners described as “strutting into the parade ring with a look that said - who wants to fight me today?” Very few could. He's Watching He's Watching set a new world record for a 2-year-old pacer on a 5/8 mile track with a 1:50 win in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 9. He's Watching was driven by Jim Morrill, Jr The Meadowlands Pace  

Meshugana Miss (Crazed) prevailed for the second consecutive Thursday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to complete a double on the card for her connections. Chuck Connor Jr. piloted the Janice Connor-trained three year old to a wire-to-wire score in Thursday's $8,250 feature for NY Sired young trotters. Meshugana Miss cruised to victory last week after a pocket ride but didn't waste any time in the Thursday feature coasting out to the early lead from her inside post. The sophomore trotter went the distance in 2:00.3 to match the lifetime mark she set in last week's start. It was the second straight win on the afternoon for Meshugana Miss's connections as Chuck Connor Jr and trainer Janice Connor scored a convincing victory with two year old pacer No Shame Blue Chip (American Ideal) who broke his maiden in 1:58 earlier in the day. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Melissa Simser  

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