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American Courage remained undefeated in his young harness racing career scoring in 1:54.2 in New York Sire Stakes action at Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night. American Courage is now a perfect 7 for 7 with four consecutive wins in New York Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts, taking the $70,300 second race division. Driver Matt Kakaley moved to the lead approaching the first quarter and held sway to a half-length victory over I'll Drink To That with Sexy Blue Chip four and one-quarter lengths further back in third.   The son of American Ideal now has three wins at Yonkers Raceway, having taken the MGM Springfield Stakes Elimination and Final last month. The $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final will be at Yonkers Saturday September 12 as part of the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions with eight division finals. There was a non-betting $69,000 New York Sire Stakes division before the card and Sauvignon Blue Chip led at every point to a 1:54.4 victory. Tyler Buter guided the son of Art Major to his first lifetime win for trainer and co-owner David Dziengiel. Live racing resumes at Yonkers Thursday with a 7:12pm first post. Racing is currently being conducted four nights a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. by Alex Dadoyan for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 18, 2020 -- Touchamatic moved powerfully first over and rolled on to a convincing harness racing win in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Touchamatic was away third, and when Aaron Merriman tipped her off the cones, she gobbled up the leader, Amelia's Courage A, and scored in 1:51.3. Always Giggling rallied from last for second, 1/2 length back, while Camera Lady shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Bill Bercury trains the 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch who now boasts 33 wins in 100 lifetime starts and earnings of $477,954, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 15-race program features a $16,576.67 carryover in the final race Super Hi-5 and an $853.81 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Tioga Downs hosted two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Saturday (August 1). I'll Drink To That (Jim Morrill Jr.) wins the $53,100 first division. Major Bean (Jason Bartlett) went straight to the front. Sexy Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Major Bean went back to the front as they headed for the stands for the first time. He led to the half in :57.3. I'll Drink To That ($14.60) made his move going first-over down the backstretch. He led to three-quarters in 1:24.4. I'll Drink To That continued to lead as they made the turn for home. Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller) came flying as they hit the stretch but I'll Drink To That was too strong to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Carrythetorchman had to settle for second. Sexy Blue Chip finished third.   I'll Drink To That is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Margarita Monday. Trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Lawrence Minowitz, Robert Mondillo, and Oompa's Farm. American Courage (Matt Kakaley) remains unbeaten with easy with in the $52,200 second division. Major Makover (Wally Hennessey) held a slight lead hitting the first quarter first in :27.0. Sauvignon Bluechip (Tyler Buter) took over the lead right after the first quarter but that was short lived when American Courage ($2.70) came flying by and took the lead with a lap to go. He hit the half in :56.0. Garrett's Drama (Jimmy Whittemore) came first-over to challenge as they reached the backstretch. American Courage cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they headed down the stretch it was all American Courage winning easily in a lifetime best of 1:51.3 Sauvignon Bluechip was second best. Major Makover finished third.   American Courage is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip. He is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC and trained by Travis Alexander. He is now five for five in his young career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 2) with a 13-race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.

There were three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding harness racing pacers contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday night. The overwhelming favorite among the freshman pacers heading into the evening was American Courage (American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip- Art Major) who was the dominant force in the recently completed Springfield Pace at Yonkers Raceway. The Travis Alexander trainee went two-for-two in the series highlighted by a career-best 1:53.3 victory in the $104,250 Final. The good-looking freshman came into Wednesday's try in the $47,967 division of the NYSS with an undefeated three-for-three record and was subsequently the betting public's 1-9 favorite as he looked to remain unbeaten. Driver Matt Kakaley wasted little time getting American Courage to the early lead and they never looked back winning decisively in 1:54.3 over a track labeled 'good.'   American Courage already has earnings of more than $93,000 and looks poised to have an even bigger summer as the Sire Stakes season progresses. American Courage is owned by the Fiddler's Creek Stables of West Bloomfield, MI. Town Gossip (American Ideal-Flibbertigibbet-Albert Albert) was the runner-up to American Courage in his first two career starts in the Springfield Series but on Wednesday broke his maiden in front of driver Joe Bongiorno. Town Gossip was his race's odds-on favorite as he cruised to the front-end and drew away late to prevail in 1:56.1. Owned by Robert Weinstein of Bellmore, NY, Town Gossip earned the winner's share of the $48,867 purse in his division of the NYSS on Wednesday. The talented gelding is trained by Jenn Bongiorno.   The third and final division for the freshman pacing colts went the way of King James Express (Art Major-More Diamonds- Dragon Again) who parlayed his pocket ride to victory with Jason Bartlett at the controls. The Mark Harder-trained freshman drew the rail and sat the two-hole to the race's favorite Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller) and when Bartlett gave King James Express his cue around the final turn, the gelding stormed past the favorite before stopping the timer in 1:56.3 to record his first career victory in just his second lifetime start. King James Express is owned by Harder, Frost, Carleton and Lockhart.   Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY - American Courage made a decisive brush to the lead approaching the first quarter and held off the pocket sitting Town Gossip to prevail in the $104,250 MGM Springfield Stakes at Yonkers Raceway Monday by a half length in 1:53.3. American Courage remains unbeaten in four lifetime harness racing starts for trainer Travis Alexander, driver Matt Kakaley and the Fiddler's Creek Stables of West Bloomfield, Michigan.His time of 1:53.3 was a lifetime mark.   The two year old colt by American Ideal is the first foal out of the Art Major mare Nota Fool Bluechip. The heavy favorite in the race, American Courage paid $2.40 to win. Crystal Beach was six and three quarter lengths back in third. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, N.Y. – Trainer Erv Miller entered three colts in the eliminations of the MGM Springfield Stakes (formerly the Lawrence B Sheppard) eliminations: Carrythetorchman, Crystal Beach, and Not Today. All three made the $104,250 final, set for Monday night (July 13) at Yonkers Raceway; Carrythetorchman by virtue of a victory and Not Today with a fourth in the second elimination and Crystal Beach with a third-place finish behind American Courage in the first elimination. With Carrythetorchman unbeaten in two baby races and his first pari-mutuel start, he leads the pack against the race’s 8-5 morning line favorite American Courage. By American Ideal out of the Astreos mare Kattimon, Carrythetorchman is a half to Classic Pro, a winner of two Ontario Sire Stakes legs and an earner of over $500,000 to date, and a full to Grand Circuit winner and New York Sire Stakes standout Devil Child. Carrythetorchman was a $70,000 buy from the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for Miller and owners Ronald Michelon and War Horse Stable. “He’s a good conformation horse. You might want one a little bigger for the big stuff, but for New York, I thought he was about the right size for getting around the half,” Miller said. “So far, he’s proven that. He doesn’t wear any boots and just gets around the half-mile track real easy.” Although Miller says Carrythetorchman showed class from the beginning of his training, the colt began to develop a bad habit while training in Florida over the winter and into the spring as he dealt with minor foot trouble. “Early on, he was really good. Then he went through a phase and I think it was more his feet than anything just had him where he wasn’t happy with what he was doing,” Miller said. “He wasn’t easy to keep under control when they jogged. He’d switch back and forth from the pace to the trot and we got that under control by leaving the hopples on him all the time.  “He was really fussy on the track at one time, but now he doesn’t do anything wrong,” Miller continued. “Since we got him close, a couple weeks before qualifying, he gotten over everything and it seemed like he was way better.” With that hiccup behind them, Miller shipped Carrythetorchman and the rest of his stable from Florida to Pennsylvania’s Wingate Farm uncertain when the horses would be able to qualify. With efforts to contain the coronavirus closing racetracks across North America, Wingate improvised, like many training centers throughout the country. “With COVID-19, it was just one of those things that we had to come up with a new solution. We couldn’t go anywhere to get qualified, so we came up with the next best plan,” Miller said. “I saw it coming when we left Florida, PA is shut down, things aren’t moving, so we better see if we can get our farm OK’d to qualify. That worked out good. We had a couple weeks of qualifiers that got things going.” Carrythetorchman was one of the horses who benefited, qualifying at home over the five-eighths mile track at Wingate June 15. He led his field of four gate-to-wire, stopping the clock in 1:59.2 with a :28 final quarter.  Nine days later, Miller was able to ship to Pocono Downs for a second baby race. Carrythetorchman left from post eight and utilized a :28.2 last quarter to power away from the field to win by 10 3/4 lengths in 1:57.  “He did really well. Because of training and knowing what kind of horse he was, we wanted to get a little faster mile in him there that day than what he did (at the farm) and expose him a little more. We did that and he just handled it really well,” Miller said. Carrythetorchman debuted July 6 at Yonkers, 20 minutes after American Courage posted a blowout 7 1/4-length win in the first MGM Springfield Stakes elimination in 1:55.2. Carrythetorchman left in between horses and glided to the front reaching the backstretch the first time. Driver Scott Zeron was simply a passenger as Carrythetorchman cruised home a 1 1/2-length winner in 1:55.4. Carrythetorchman drew post position three in the MGM Springfield Stakes Final and at 9-5, is the second choice on the morning line. American Courage will start from post four with Matt Kakaley as the 8-5 morning line favorite. “(American Courage) looked really sharp in his qualifier for this race, too. We just have to see how it plays out,” said Miller, who wasn’t sure what will happen when the two unbeaten colts face each other Monday night. Crystal Beach drew post two in the final and is a 20-1 morning line after finishing 9 lengths behind American Courage last week. Crystal Beach left hard from post five in his elimination, but was denied the lead by Major Makeover and was forced to take back into third heading to the quarter. With Crystal Beach keen in the hole, driver Marcus Miller angled to the outside turning into the stretch the first time and brushed to the top before being forced to yield again as American Courage forged to the lead at 1-5. “(Crystal Beach) really raced well the other day, but he was moved a lot, so it’s hard to tell how much he will go when he gets a nicer trip, maybe not used up quite as hard,” Miller said. “He’s also a very handy horse and gets around a half really good.” Crystal Beach was a $36,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Miller and Tanah Merah Farm. Crystal Beach impressed training down and won his first baby race by 7 3/4 lengths at Wingate June 15 before finishing second behind Carrythetorchman June 24 at Pocono ahead of his debut in the Springfield elimination. “He’s been a really nice horse. He’s always trained like just a top, top colt. When you’re getting ready to race them, sometimes you don’t get quite what you expect or quite as much as you thought they trained like,” Miller said. “His biggest attribute is he’s just so handy, he’s very handy on a half-mile racetrack.” Not Today is also 20-1 on the morning line after drawing post six and will employ the driving services of Jason Bartlett. A $77,000 purchase as the Harrisburg Sale last fall, Not Today is owned by Anderson, Willinger, and Golemes.  Not Today was second behind Crystal Beach June 15, but won his trial at Pocono June 24 by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:58.4. He finished seventh 10 lengths behind American Courage in an overnight at Pocono June 30 before his fourth-place effort in the Springfield elimination last week. “He’s a little but more of an immature horse, not quite as mature as the other two, but he’s a little bigger, stronger horse. Hopefully at some point, he’ll catch up to the other guys a little bit,” Miller said. Town Gossip, Victory Move, Coalition Hanover, and Major Makeover complete the lineup for the MGM Springfield Stakes Final, carded as the fourth of eight races Monday night. “I think it’s a nice race to have. With everything going on, it’s nice for the 2-year-olds to be able to race for $100,000 right now,” Miller said. “With all the COVID-19, all the races being cut, and schedules being redone, it’s nice to still have this race.” The amended Yonkers Raceway calendar will see live harness racing conducted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights until July 17. Beginning the week of July 20, the schedule will add Saturday nights as the track returns to its normal five night per week schedule through Dec. 19. First post time is 7:05 p.m. The complete revised racing calendar is available online here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Tioga Downs played host to two hanress racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday (July 12). Both divisions raced for a purse of $59,000. Hen Party (Andrew McCarthy) rolls to easy win in the first division of the NYSS. The Fun Marshall (Mitchell Cushing) went straight to the lead but was quickly passed by Alleyesonme AS (Scott Zeron). Alleyesonme AS led to the first quarter in :27.3. Hen Party ($2.70) came first-over from third and grabbed the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. She led to the half in :55.1. She used a :28.4 third quarter to hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made the turn for home the only one with a shot was second place finisher, Alleyesonme AS but she couldn't get close and Hen Party breezed home in a lifetime best time of 1:52.0. Rapunzel Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) finished a distant third.   Hen Party is a 3-year-old filly by Roll With Joe. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Tony Alagna, she won for the second time this season. She has five career victories. Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) flew out of the gate and went straight to the lead. She hit the first quarter in :27.0. The filly went :28.4 in the second quarter to hit the half first in :55.4. As they reached the backstretch So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) came first up and put on the pressure. Racine Bell held on to a slight lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1. So Rude wrestled the lead away as they reached the stretch. Merga Hanover ($41.20) popped out of the pocket going three-wide in mid-stretch and blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.1. So Rude held for second with Dragon Roll (Jim Morrill Jr.) coming up to get third.   Merga Hanover is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She is trained by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, WJ Donovan, Thomas and Scott Dillon. It was her first win this season. She now owns seven career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 17) starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Yonkers Raceway featured two elimination races for the first two-year-old stakes of the harness racing season, the MGM Springfield Stakes, on Monday night. In the first elimination, American Courage brushed to the lead approaching the half and was an easy seven and one-quarter length winner in 1:55.2 over Town Gossip with Crystal Beach third and Major Makover fourth.   The 1-5 favorite, American Courage paid $2.70 to win. The son of American Ideal was driven to victory by Matt Kakaley for trainer Travis Alexander and the Fiddler's Creek Stables of West Bloomfield, Michigan. In the second elimination, Carrythetorchman took control of the race from the start and led wire to wire to a 1:55.4 victory. Coalition Hanover was a length a half back in second with Victory Move third and Not Today fourth.   Carrythetorchman, also a son of American Ideal, also paid $2.70 to win and was driven to victory by Scott Zeron for trainer Erv Miller and owners Ronald Michelon of Northbrook, Illinois and War Horse Stables of Malvern, Pennsylvania. The top four finishers in each elimination return for the $104,250 MGM Springfield Stakes Final next Monday July 13 at Yonkers Raceway by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

Bontz N (American Ideal) continued her win streak in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday as she changed tactics to score her fourth consecutive victory in the local feature. Trainer Gary Levine thrived in 2019 after acquiring Bontz N who has enjoyed as good of a '20 campaign as could be. Thursday was the fifth start of the season for the nine year old mare who was assigned the outside post in the $8,500 feature. Bontz N came into the race on a three-race win streak, which dated back to March, with all three of those wins coming in wire-to-wire fashion. In Thursday's feature, driver Shawn Gray was forced to come from off the pace with the race's 2-1 betting favorite but the closing style suited Bontz N just fine as she put the swoop to the group before stopping the timer in 1:54.1 to record her fourth win in as many tries. The final time served as a new seasonal mark for the standout distaffer who has become the lady to beat this season at the Spa. Thats Incredible (Billy Dobson) came charging hard in the stretch to finish second while Jewels Forreal (Mark Beckwith) closed to be third. Bontz N paid $6.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $27.20 and $136, respectively. Live racing resumes on Sunday at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. There will be a $3,885 carryover in the Pick Five pool with the Pick Five beginning in the afternoon's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two-year-olds were in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with American Courage fastest in the pacing contests in 1:54.1, while trotting speed honors were shared by Bacardi and Above The Clouds at 1:58.1. Both of the trotting winners needed the photo finish camera to confirm their victories. The Southwind Frank - Strawberry Wine colt Bacardi raced in the pocket behind favored Sevenshadesofgrey, then methodically wore down the frontrunner to post a half-length victory for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. shares ownership of the winner with All-Wright Racing LLC, the Engel Stable of IL LLC, and the Rock And Roll Stable Inc. Three baby filly trotters were right on the wire together in a contest taken by the Explosive Matter - Miss Michelle H miss Above The Clouds, who was game to the wire despite an uncovered journey to defeat Pocono Pike rusher Fox Valley Liza and pacesetter Myreanna for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and the Bay Pond Racing Stable. The American Ideal - Nota Fool Bluechip colt American Courage was well-placed off a backstretch duel, then swept around his field on the far turn en route to a six length victory. Matt Kakaley was in charge of the quick colt for trainer Travis Alexander and the Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC. Kakaley had the hot hands on the Tuesday card with four winners, only one of which was favored. In one race, after a foe was disqualified for going inside the pylons in the stretch, Diamondbeach and Kakaley lit up the tote board with a $54.20 win payoff, giving Matt the local lead with three $50+ "bombers" at Pocono this season. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Tioga Downs will welcome three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 28). In the $38,233 first division the horse to beat is the Ray Schnittker trained Splash Brother (Tyler Buter). The 3-year-old gelding by So Surreal is two for two this season after being winless as a freshman. He put in an eye popping 1:48.2 mile his last time out at the Meadowlands. His main rivals will be Major Betts (Dextor Dunn) and Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley). Major Betts (Art Major), who is trained by Mark Harder, will make his 2020 debut on Sunday. He has four wins and has earned over $130,000. Blake Macintosh trains Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe). The 3-year-colt is winless in two starts as a sophomore after seven wins and 10 starts as a freshman. He has earned over $230,000 in his career. The top choice in the $38,233 second division is the John Buteschoen trained Blank Stare (Corey Callahan). The Roll With Joe gelding has four career victories and has amassed over $50,000 in earnings. He is one for one in 2020 with an easy win at Pocono Downs. Always On The Hunt (Mark MacDonald is one for one in 2020 and should be a top rival after earning a win at Tioga Downs last Sunday. The 3-year-old colt by American Ideal is trained by Ray Scnittker and has two lifetime wins. Reagan Blue Chip (Brian Sears) should a top contender. The 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal did not race as a feshman but is one for three with two seconds in 2020. He is trained by Casie Coleman Herlichy. Freedom Warrior (Dexter Dunn) has five career wins and earnings of nearly $150,000). The gelding is trained by Kevin Lare. The top contenders in the $38,934 third division appears to be JK Last Chance (Wally Hennessey), Ideal Perception (Brian Sears), Cigars And Ports (Mark MacDonald) American Rebel (Tyler Buter),and Save Me A Dance (Jason Bartlett). This appears to be the most competitive of the three divisions. JK Last Chance (So Surreal) had an impressive win at Tioga Downs last Sunday in his first career start. Jim McDonald trains the gelding. Ideal Perception (American Ideal) is trained by Casie Coleman Herlichy. He is winless in 2020 but had four wins as a freshman. He has earned over $60,000 in his career. Cigars And Ports (So Surreal) is the top money earner in this group with over $190,000 in the bank. Trained by Ray Schniitker, he won the NYSS final as a freshman. The colt has three career victories. American Rebel (American Ideal) is trained by Rob Harmon. The colt had five wins as a freshman including a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 at Tioga Downs. He owns five wins and earnings of over $140,000. Save Me A Dance (Heston Blue Chip) is coming off an impressive win in his 3-year-old debut at the Meadowlands. He has four career wins and has earned over $110,000 in his career. The colt is trained by Andrew Harris. The 13-race card on Sunday (June 28) starts at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mr Euroman N ($10.60) made his 2020 harness racing seasonal debut a successful one with a gate-to-wire win over Andy's Ideal in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (March 14).   The score by Mr Euroman N capped a stellar night for driver Billy Davis Jr. as Buffalo Raceway's leading driver put together a five-win evening while trainer Maria Rice and co-owners Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock enjoyed three victories on the 13-race program.   Starting from the rail, Mr Euroman N stomped out to the early advantage and posted fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27.2 over the fast track. In the stretch, Mr Euroman N found no takers and was in cruise control hitting the wire in 1:56.0. Andy's Ideal (Kyle Cummings) was second with Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) grabbing the show spot.   Mr Euroman N (Art Major-Little Big Sister), an 8-year-old gelding, saw his career winnings move to $164,055.   In the first of two $10,000 Class A paces, Drunkonaplane (Davis Jr.) made a big three-wide brush heading to the three-quarter marker and flew home a winner in 1:57.0. He beat Jim's Great (Kevin Cummings) by a diminishing neck while Myell's Rockstar (Shawn McDonough) was third.   Drunkonaplane ($3.60) is co-owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock. Trained by Rice, it was the third win in 10 tries for the 6-year-old gelded Drunkonaplane (Rock N Roll Heaven-Ali Badali). He has now earned $16,218 this season and $151,821 lifetime.   It was a cavalry charge down the stretch in the second division with a photo needed to decide the winner. In the end, Percy's Z Tam ($9.20) and driver Kevin Cummings held on by a nose in 1:56.4 with Blue On Black (McDonough) and Santana Beach (Aaron Byron) settling for the disappointing second and third place positions respectively.   Owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old gelded Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal-Mintjulep Bluechip) has now scored three victories in eighth starts this year. The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $15,890 and $201,286 in his career.   Aaron Byron and Kevin Cummings had driving doubles on the evening.   Racing will continue on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There will be a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Just A Passenger (Chris Page) was crowned harness racing champion of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Tuesday (March 10) at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Quick N Balanced (Trace Tetrick) and Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.1. The winning 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo endured a first-over journey pressuring front stepper Feel Invincible AS (Dan Noble) through the middle half mile before finally clearing past the three-quarters and sailing to a comfortable three length victory. The triumph in the $25,000 event was the sixth of Just A Passenger's career, but fourth of 2020 for the Burke Brigade. A $25,000 Open Handicap Trot was also contested with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) continuing his domination of the weekly feature. Following a week off, the recent Australian import extended his win streak to four despite starting from an assigned difficult No. 9 post position. Racing fourth most of the mile, the 3-5 favorite swung three-wide around the final bend and scored handily in 1:52.4. Party At The Banks (Page) followed the winning 6-year-old gelding throughout but couldn't collar him in the stretch. No Whip Chip (Noble) made a first-over bid during the third stanza but had to settle for third in the end. Junior Haynes trains Majestic Player A for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Fans were treated to an endurance test and a dash on Tuesday as well. In the 1-1/4 mile race for mid-range condition pacers it was Manny (Noble) getting up in the final 50 yards to beat Dont Say Goodby (Tetrick) and Anoche (Kauffman) in 2:25.3. Trainer Peter Redder and partner Wilfong Racing own the 7-year-old son of American Ideal who now has 22 wins in 140 career efforts. The 5/8ths mile dash for $8000 claimers produced a major upset when That's Some Plan (Kauffman) held off New Patrol (Shawn Barker II) and Khan Blue Chip (Page) in 1:09.4. The 9-year-old Somebeachsomewhere son paid $43.80 for his first win in five 2020 tries. Dennis Putnam trains the dash victor for the Paradise Racing Stable. From Miami Valley Raceway  

Americanprimetime (American Ideal) recorded his second consecutive victory in the Open Pace on Saturday evening at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rick Dane Jr trainee broke the lengthy local win streak of rival Crockets Cullen N last Saturday (February 29) when he went coast-to-coast in the $15,000 Open. This weekend, with Jimmy Devaux once again in the sulky, Americanprimetime was the public's top choice in the feature when bet down to odds of 3-5. The favorite wasted little time powering out to the lead and once he got there, he proved to be tough as nails. Americanprimetime paced his first half in 56.3 before being confronted by Crockets Cullen N who suffered his first defeat in his last eleven tries when he was the runner-up to Americanprimetime this week. The journey got the best of Crockets Cullen N on Saturday and the Spa's defending Pacer of the Year faded from the scene around the final turn as Americanprimetime drew away. Going back-to-back, Americanprimetime stopped the timer in 1:52 for the fastest time of the young meet at Saratoga. Betterlatethnnever (Jay Randall) sat the pocket to the winner before finishing second while Topville Olympian (Phil Fluet) came on to earn the show spot for the second straight week in the local feature. The exacta and triple in the Open paid $27.80 and $146.50, respectively. Americanprimetime is owned by the Rock&Roll Stable of Chicago, IL. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon beginning at noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The harness racing driving brothers Anthony and George Napolitano Jr. certainly held the hot hands during Wednesday morning's qualifying session at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and each teamed well with a specific trainer - Anthony guided four Jose Godinez trainees to victory, with four horses conditioned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera brought home first by George. Two of the "ANap"-Godinez horses took the primary spotlight, as they defeated free-for-all horses Western Fame and Springsteen, both members of Team Allard. Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Final winner and a winner in morning action here last week, had to settle for second, 3¾ lengths behind the two-moving Havefaithinme N, who tripped the timer in a solid 1:52, last half :55, for the ownership of Blindswitch Racing Stable, Gary Axelrod, Good Friends Racing Stable, and Santo Farina. And if the nine-year-old Havefaithinme N's name rings a certain bell, that's because it should - the altered son of Bettor's Delight is a career winner of $1.3 million, and in 2016 he paced what was at the time the fastest mile in Australasian harness history, 1:47 5/10, in winning the Miracle Mile over the Menangle Park 7/8-mile oval. Springsteen, now five and the winner of the 2018 Hempt Memorial right here at Pocono, closed determinedly from far back, but his :55.1-:27.1 bid home came up a head shy of the American Ideal mare Sally Fletcher A, who also made two moves controlling the tempo in a 1:54.4, with Blindswitch Racing Stable doubling up in the Wednesday morning "features." The most impressive of the George Nap - Garcia-Herrera horses was the $900,000+-winning Lispatty, who stepped home in :55.2 - :27.2 as the McArdle mare toured the Pocono oval in 1:53 for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. FINISHING LINES - After Saturday's card at 5 p.m., Pocono switches post times in March to its standard 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. on most other racing days, primarily Monday and Tuesday. There will be racing Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m., and then the first Monday card of the year on the 2nd at 4 p.m., with three cards a week in vogue throughout the end of March. Racing is going into the second month of the 2020 season at the Down at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and horsemen racing at the track in Northeast PA should be aware of opening times for the Paddock and stable gate area.  Going forward, the stable gate will open one and a half hours prior to first Lasix, and the Paddock one hour prior to first Lasix.  Post Times for March are 7:00PM on Saturday and Sunday, and 4:00PM on Monday, with the addition of Tuesday at 4:00PM in April. Also, the Ship-in barn will open Monday, March 2, and training for the rest of the season will take place out of the ship-in barn. Any questions, please contact Paddock Judge Luann Sensenbach at 570.831.2125. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, had his first two foals arrive in New York this past week. The first foal ever to be sired by In The Arsenal arrived late in the evening on Wednesday, February 19, a colt out of the ultra tough racemare Natural Woman N p,1:52f ($570,886). The handsome and strapping young lad was foaled at Crawford Farms of Durhamville, NY. The second In The Arsenal foal arrived the very next day, born on Thursday, February 20. This foal was a beautiful filly out of the impeccably bred and 100% producing mare Docdor Valentia. She a Western Hanover daughter of World Champion & Hall of Fame mare Eternal Camnation p,1:49.2 ($3,748,574). The filly was foaled out at Pine Hill Stables of Cohocton, NY. Standing his second season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York, In The Arsenal's stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

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