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Major Secret, a Group winner in three States and one of the best performed sons of supersire Art Major, will stand at one of South Australia’s best known breeding establishments, Allenby Lodge Stud for proprietors Steve and Teresa Norman this season. His service fee is $1,500 including GST. Major Secret was a top racehorse from a juvenile through to cup class, winning in Group and Listed company from two to seven years. From only 53 starts he recorded 22 wins and 15 placings, for earnings of $464,872 – an impressive total for a brief career. He ran second in the $54,000 Southern Cross 2YO Final at only his second start and won the $50,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart in one of his final outings before succumbing to a fetlock injury. As a two-year-old Major Secret won five of his nine starts, highlighted by a win in the $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, defeating Hectorjayjay, Messini and co. His other successes at 2 included a heat of the Australian Breeders Crown (5th in the final) and heats of the Vicbred and Southern Cross. At three he crowned his career with a world record-breaking win in the $200,000 NSW Derby, covering the 2400 metres journey in 2:52.4, a mile rate of 1:55.6 while leaving Bling It On, Isaiah and Major Crocker in his wake. He also picked up another Vicbred heat and finished third in a Victoria Derby heat. Following a nine month let-up, Major Secret made a clean sweep of the time-honoured Central Victorian Championship before embarking on a highly successful open age career. Possessed of strength and stamina, the entire showed his liking for long distances, winning the $70,000 Horsham Cup in a 1:55.7 rate over 2700 metres to smash the track record by an amazing 2.4 seconds, the Geelong Cup (2570m), the Italian Cup (2240m) at Melton and Tasmania Cup (2579m). A magnificent individual, Major Secret is also quality young horse bred on a classic cross of blood – that of Art Major his sire and Safely Kept his maternal sire. Art Major, sire of Major Secret, is Australia’s leading sire and broodmare sire of two-year-olds. A champion pacer himself, with a record of 1:48.8, Art Major was the USA and Canada 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year and Aged Pacing Male of the Year and ran up a then record tally of $3,273,217 to the end of his four-year-old racing. On his dam’s side, Major Secret belongs to a family which has distinguished itself by the number of fine juveniles it has produced. His own dam, Secret Life (1:58.6), a winner at Moonee Valley and Gloucester Park, has thrown seven winners from seven foals, five of whom took records of better than 2:00, including a crack racemare in Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921), Vanderley (1:54.2) and Perfect Life (1:58). Secret Life is also the grand-dam of the Southern Cross Final winners That’s Perfect (1:56.6) and Perfect Look (1:53), the Melton winner Striking Beauty (1:54.7), and others in Seaside Beauty (1:55.7), Paintball (1:54.4) and Stay And Play (1:55.5). Secret Life ranked as a half-sister to the Southern Cross winners Lovelist 1:53.2 ($222,889)  Punch Line (1:54.2) and Royal Crime 1:55.7 ($100,753), being out of Lifeline, by Classic Garry from the broodmare gem Larrakeyah Lady (by Windshield Wiper). Larrakeyah Lady, a Group 1 winner herself, became the dam of nine individual winners including the A. G. Hunter Cup and SA Cup winner Safe And Sound ($990,006), Gold Rocket ($393,387), Massarua ($282,692) and The Good Times ($201,024), all top performers. Rocknroll Magic, a Vicbred and Breeders Crown champion, Exciteusinthecity, Starburst Girl, Ample Power and a capable young pacer in Ride High are a line up of smart performers from the same family as Major Secret. The Larrakeyah Lady tribe is one of the most highly prized in Australia today. Major Secret is a young stallion with the bloodlines, racing performance and conformation to commend him to the most discriminating breeder anywhere in Australia and his acquisition by Allenby Lodge ranks as one of the greatest boosts to the SA breeding scene for many years. Peter Wharton

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for freshman pacers comprised the first five races on Saturday night at The Red Mile. Each division, three for the boys and a pair for the girls went for a purse of $30,000. Local horseman Jim Avritt of Lebanon, KY was on hand to watch his pair of talented homebred fillies sweep both divisions of the first leg for the father son trainer-driver team of Gregg and Doug McNair. Mr. Averitt's wondrous evening began with the Somebeachsomewhere first foal from his World Champion multiple Grand Circuit stakes winning mare Precocious Beauty, Beauthonthebeach win the opener in 1:53 in a forwardly placed effort. After unpressed early fractions, a threat came in the form of the previously unbeaten Margret Hill (David Miller) who rolled up on Beautyonthebeach around the final bend but was rebuffed with a 26.4 final stanza by the winner. The team came right back with Prescient Beauty, an Art Major full sister to the aforementioned Precocious Beauty going virtually the same trip and taking the same 1:53 record. Comfortable throughout, Prescient Beauty warded off the strong close of another unbeaten Brian Brown pupil in Edge Of Eternity (D. Miller) with minimal urging through the 27.1 end of the mile while winning for the third time in four outings. Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) became another stakes winning credit for Captaintreacherous who is enjoying a remarkable start to his career as a sire with a 20-1 upset score in 1:51.2 in the first colt split for trainer Tony Alagna. McCarthy set the colt up beautifully with a quick start, securing a pocket trip behind honest fractions set by Yacht Week who dueled with Blacklight around the second turn then drifted off the rail allowing a clear path for Captain Trevor who held off the furious rally of Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) through the 27.1 final quarter. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing own the winner, a $75,000 Harrisburg purchase from breeders Bay's Stable and Riverview Racing. Blood Money (Jordan Stratton), a son of another exciting first crop sire in Sweet Lou, won the second colt split in 1:51.3. Stratton worked out a lovely second over ride then fanned off the cover with plenty through the 26.3 final quarter to get by Egomania (D. Miller) and US Captain (McNair). It is the third win in four outings for owner/breeder Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing. Jimmy Takter trains the winner. Hall of Fame driver David Miller broke through in the last colt division to win the fastest of the night's stakes with Can't Beach That in 1:50.4. Miller moved the Somebeachsomewhere colt to the front just past the 55.2 half, survived last turn pressure from Major Deception (Zeron) then just lasted over the late-flying Hurrikane Emperor (Stratton) who simply ran out of racetrack. The winner is trained in the Nifty Norman barn for Pinske Stables, Mel Segal and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Bred by Mr. Segal, the colt is an $80,000 Lexington Selected Sale graduate. Racing resumes tomorrow night at 7:00 pm with seven divisions of the 3-year-old KYSS Leg #1 featuring Hambletonian heat winner Tactical Landing and Milstein Pace winner Thinkbig Dreambig. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Two year old pacing colts taking part in the New York Sire Stakes were featured on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions of the $80,000+ Sire Stakes for freshman colts and in the first division, what looked like it would be a battle of the titans between the undefeated Melodies Major and the super-fast superstar Major Blake never came to fruition. The Sam Schillaci-trained Major Blake was a late scratch due to sickness which made Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious-Die Laughing) a 1-9 favorite as the freshman looked to build on a beginning to his career that yielded four wins in four tries. On Tuesday night, Tyler Buter once again piloted the Mark Ford trainee and moved the star pacer out to the early lead in his $81,750 division of the NYSS. Though Melodies Major had his way on the front end, the freshman came up empty and longshot Reigning Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven- Little Miss K- Artsplace) came from well off the pace to prevail in career-best fashion. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the freshman to the 1:54.2 victory for trainer Brett Pelling. Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) was the runner-up for the second consecutive start while World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) earned the show spot. The heavily backed Melodies Major faded sharply late and ended up last. Reigning Deo returned $24.40 to win in recording his second victory in just three career starts. The other division of the NYSS for two year old pacing colts and geldings went the way of Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover-The Panderosa) who pulled off the mild upset as he and driver Matt Kakaley went wire-to-wire in 1:54.3. Bicorne Hanover is now a two-time winner in the New York Sire Stakes this season as the Ron Burke trainee took advantage of post position one to wire the field. Returning $11.40 to win, Bicorne Hanover bested longshot runner-up KJ Leo (Scott Zeron) and co-favored Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr) who earned the show spot. The 1:54.3 clocking served as a lifetime mark for the freshman pacer. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga with live racing starting at 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY---With $105,000 up for grabs in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night, 10 of the best state-bred 2-year-old pacing fillies were on hand to compete in two divisions for the spoils and both winners put in career best efforts to get the job done. So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) lived up to her name in the first $52,500 division as she led the race at every station of the mile. So Awesome (Jim Morrill Jr.) got away second momentarily before pulling past the eighth and taking the front by the quarter. With the field in single file behind, Morrill grabbed leather and had So Awesome set a pedestrian :58 half before picking up the pace in the third panel with a crisp :28.4. It was then JK American Beauty (Daniel Dube) pulled the pocket and came after at the leader. JK American Beauty accelerated into the final turn got almost even with So Awesome around that bend. But Morrill fed So Awesome some line and she switched gears and paced away to the wire, finishing a wrapped-up winner in 1:55, which was a new lifetime mark for the filly. "She had good position and when I got her to the front she did all the work. I was just a passenger the whole mile" said Morrill after the race. So Awesome ($3.00) now has three wins in five lifetime starts and $96,615 in earnings for owner William Hartt. Scott Di Domenico trains the winner. The second $52,500 split saw Hurrikane Norakane (Art Major-Western Heat) win decisively off of a strong front-end effort. Taking the lead when the gate opened, Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube) was immediately pressured by Gia's Surreal (John Macdonald) who tried to leave and then lost the hole. With post time favorite Brooklyn Lilacs (Jim Morrill Jr.) sitting second behind the her, Hurrikane Norakane held Gia's Surreal at bay to the half in :56.3 and Gia's Surreal kept Brooklyn Lilacs locked in until almost the three-quarters when she finally faded. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, Brooklyn Lilacs pulled at the apex of the far turn and tried to get to Hurrikane Norakane. But the filly in front would have none of that. Hurrikane Norakane opened up a quick three-length lead while Dube sat like a statue and won in 1:55.1, which was another lifetime mark this night. "I thought she was the best from the rail and that's why I went down the road with her. I never even popped the plugs" Dube recounted in the winner's circle. Now with her first NYSS win, Hurrikane Norakane ($6.70) has put $73,300 in the bank so far this year for owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno. John Mc Dermott trains the winner. There were also two divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series on the card. Dorothy's Legacy (Art Major-Put On A Display) was a gate to wire winner in 1:58.1 for driver Daniel Dube in the first division. Dorothy's Legacy ($7.20) is owned by R. B. H. Ventures Inc., Capital Call and Joe Sbrocco and is trained by Kevin Mc Dermott. The second set was bested by Sun Viser (Heston Blue Chip-Beach Bonnet) who upset the field when he came first-over at three-quarters and pulled away to a two-length victory in 1:57.2, which was a new lifetime mark. Sun Viser ($38.80) is owned by Triple D Stables and is trained by Scott Di Domenico. Di Domenico ended up with a training triple on Wednesday's card. Besides the aforementioned So Awesome and Sun Viser, he also sent Joe's Girl (Roll With Joe-Donna's Girl) to the winner's circle after a 1:57.1, career best effort in Excel "B" action for owners Triple D Stables and JFE Enterprise. Jim Morrill Jr. drove. Overall in New York bred action, Daniel Dube had a driving triple while Jim Morrill Jr. captured two wins. 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

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Melodies Major has been nothing but spectacular thus far in his brief career and he continued to sparkle on Wednesday night (July 18) at Buffalo Raceway by toppling the 2-year-old pacing colt record with a 1:54.2 victory over Jack Nation in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the freshman pacers.   Cruising to an easy 3-3/4 length win in his $53,500 division, Melodies Major ($2.10) crushed the old mark of 1:55.4 set in 2013 by He's Watching.   In the other NYSS leg, Bicorne Hanover went gate-to-wire in 1:56.3 and held off Jojo's Place by three-quarters of a length.   But is was Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) who stole the show. Driver Tyler Buter said after the race, "I drove him with two fingers. He's such a pleasure to drive. When I asked him to go, he just went faster."   Getting splits of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.0, Melodies Major never was asked for more in the lane as Buter tucked away the whip and enjoyed the view of the Buffalo Raceway home stretch. Despite being in cruise control, he still put up a :28.2 last panel. Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr.) took second while Covered Bridge (Mike Simons) nailed the show position.   Melodies Major is a perfect 3-for-3 in his brief career and has two track records now with the first coming at Monticello on July 4 with a 1:54.3 clocking. Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, Melodies Major has put $80,000 in the bank already in 2018.   Bicorne Hanover (Kevin Cummings) took advantage of the inside draw and wired the field in a solid 1:56.3.   Leaving from the rail, Bicorne Hanover established fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:28.0. Jojo's Place (Jason Bartlett) made a valiant charge at the end but came up three quarters of a length short at the line. Bean (Scott Coulter) took third place.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, James Martin and William Switala, Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) is trained by Ron Burke. It was the first victory in three starts this season for Bicorne Hanover, now a winner of $44,110 in 2018.   Murrow Boy (Drew Monti) was the fastest in the $15,000 Excelsior A Series races with a 1:55.4 time, returning a healthy $17.00 to his backers. Mark Witha K ($6.20) took the other leg with a 1:59.0 victory for Morrill Jr.   Morrill Jr., who completed the evening with a driving triple, captured the $6,400 Excelsior B event with a 1:58.4 win aboard Baby Maker Hanover ($5.10)   Cummings had a double in the bike while trainer Russell Bratt notched a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a nine race program scheduled and the 2018 season will come to a close on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 10-race program set.   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. --- 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

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - David Miller flashed a wide smile as he guided Courtly Choice to the winner's circle after winning the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The monkey was off the Hall of Famer's back. After 19 failed efforts, Miller finally owned a harness racing victory in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Courtly Choice rallied to win the Pace by 1¼ lengths on Saturday night. "That was sweet," Miller said. "Really sweet." The Pace was an obvious omission on Miller's glittering resume. "The Buckeye" is second on the sport's all-time money list with $222 million in the bank. His best previous Pace finish was a second with Always B Miki in 2014. The sweetness of the moment spread in many directions, including trainer Blake MacIntosh, who also savored the victory in his Pace debut. "I believed in this horse," said McIntosh, the former assistant to Casie Coleman. "He just had some back luck earlier in the year." And it was a winning gamble for the ownership group that ponied up $61,690 to enter last week's eliminations. The faith of Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms was rewarded with the $350,915 first-prize check. Most importantly, it was moment of redemption for Courtly Choice, who failed to make the finals in the North America Cup and the Hempt. The colt served notice his moment was at hand with a sharp first-up victory in last week's Pace elimination. And then he finally put it all together for the richest victory of his career. The race seemed primed for a 57-1 upset when a dead-game Dorsoduro Hanover, handled by Matt Kakaley, battled his way to the front at the top of the lane. But Courtly Choice was tracking his every move and angled wide under Miller's urging to score the victory. "The trip worked out good," Miller said. "The couple of horses I thought would leave from the outside left. I was able to get Matt in front of me and nobody else moved. On the last turn, I was real happy with my spot." The time was 1:47 1/5 on the warm evening. Courtly Choice paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.80 as the 6-5 favorite. Dorsoduro Hanover returned $28.20 and $8.80. Stay Hungry paid $3.20 to show as the best finisher among trainer Tony Alagna's trio in the race. Jimmy Freight, the other supplement, was fourth followed by Thinkbig Dreambig, Nutcracker Sweet, This Is The Plan, Babes Dig Me, Hayden Hanover and American History. by Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands

When trainer Blake MacIntosh prepared Courtly Choice for his return to action this season, he sensed the 3-year-old pacer was more professional and focused. Since then, Courtly Choice has seemed determined to prove MacIntosh correct. The colt, with the exception of two luckless starts, has landed in the winner's circle every time out this year and heads to Saturday's $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands Racetrack as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "He just wants to win this year," MacIntosh said. "Even training down he was a totally different horse. As a 2-year-old he was looking all over the place and was real lazy. He's really matured a lot." The Meadowlands Pace is part of a card with the $471,100 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, $191,800 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, $189,750 Golden Girls for older female pacers, two $181,000 divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, two $128,500 divisions of the Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, and two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Seven of the top nine horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll will be in action: No. 1 Hannelore Hanover (Miss Versatility), No. 2 Shartin N (Golden Girls), No. 5 McWicked (Haughton), No. 6 Manchego (Miller), No. 7 Ariana G (Maturity), No. 8 Kissin In The Sand (Mistletoe Shalee), and No. 9 Wolfgang (Dancer). Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EDT). Courtly Choice, a son of Art Major out of Hall of Fame broodmare Lady Ashlee Ann, won two of 12 races and earned $53,351 last year. In his fourth career start, he equaled the track record at Saratoga with a 1:53.1 mile in a division of the New York Sire Stakes, but a tough trip in his next outing launched a six-race stretch in which he failed to hit the board. "The next week (after Saratoga) he got his feelings a little bit hurt, he got parked, and he was sour for a couple starts," MacIntosh said. "He's just really matured. His feelings don't get hurt now; he wants to go and he wants to win races." Last weekend, Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry each won his elimination for the Meadowlands Pace, with Courtly Choice winning in 1:48.2 and Stay Hungry in 1:49. Stay Hungry, the 2017 O'Brien Award-winner as Canada's best 2-year-old male pacer, was made the 3-1 second choice. Courtly Choice's elimination victory was made possible by MacIntosh and the colt's fellow owners -- Joe Thomson, Daniel Plouffe, Steve Heimbecker, and Joe Intine -- paying in the neighborhood of $60,000 to enter the horse in the race because he was not previously staked to the event. MacIntosh said the decision to pay the supplement was made after seeing North America Cup champion Lather Up and Dan Patch Award-winner Lost In Time would miss the race. "I looked at the field and thought we had a good shot at this," MacIntosh said. "I texted Daniel Plouffe and said it's too bad we're not paid in and he said let's do it. He was all for it. I called the other partners and we all agreed to go ahead and do it." Courtly Choice has won five of seven starts this year, earning $120,245. His only losses came in two previous eliminations, the first for the Pepsi North America Cup and the other for the Max C. Hempt Memorial. He failed to advance to the final in both races, undone by hooking wheels with a rival in the Cup and unable to rally from an eighth-place start in the Hempt. He won each event's consolation race the following week. Now he will get his chance in a final. "I think he's a nice horse and deserves to be the favorite," MacIntosh said. Stay Hungry's win in his Meadowlands Pace elimination was his first victory since winning his North America Cup elimination in June. He finished fourth in the Cup final, after which he was found to be sick, and then was third in his elimination of the Hempt and fourth in the final. "He's come back well," said Tony Alagna, who trains Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths-mile racing (in the Hempt) isn't really his forte. I thought he was a little short in the North America Cup, I thought he should have been at least second to Lather Up, but he scoped with some mucous that night. We've been really working hard on that and everything came together (in his Meadowlands Pace elimination)." Stay Hungry, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of My Little Dragon, has won eight of 15 career races and earned $684,384. He is owned by Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman and is one of three Pace finalists for Alagna, with American History and Babes Dig Me. Alagna won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous. Following is the field for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-3/1 2-This Is The Plan-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder-15/1 3-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-5/1 4-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Andrew Harris-9/2 5-Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-5/2 6-Nutcracker Sweet-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter-15/1 7-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8/1 8-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-12/1 9-Babes Dig Me-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 10-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 Elimination winners Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice drew for posts one through six. The remaining horses were then placed in an open draw. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice were the harness racing winners of the $50,000 eliminations for next week's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. "(The trip) worked out great and he got the job done," said Doug McNair, who guided Stay Hungry to victory in the first elim. "The trips have not worked out 100 percent for him." Until Saturday night, that is. McNair was content to race Stay Hungry from off the pace, sitting fifth at the quarter before picking up live cover from 37-1 shot Ideal Feeling after the half, where even-money favorite Nutcracker Sweet had the lead in :55.1. Ideal Feeling continued to make progress on the rim passing three-quarters. After the field straightened away in the stretch, McNair tipped the son of Somebeachsomewhere off his cover, and Stay Hungry did the rest. He cruised to the wire, a three-quarter length winner over the pocket-sitting Hayden Hanover. Thinkbig Dreambig closed well for third, while Nutcracker Sweet and This Is The Plan finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to qualify for next week's $701,830 final. "He's come back well," said trainer Tony Alagna of Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths mile racing is really not his forte (he finished fourth at Pocono in the Hempt). Everything came together tonight." As the 2-1 second choice, Stay Hungry paid $6.40 to win. He competed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49. Two races later, Courtly Choice, supplemented to the event by his connections for $61,690, sat third as 4-5 favorite Jimmy Freight (the other supplemental entrant) cut out fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.2. David Miller moved his horse off the rail at the five-eighths and inched closer to the leader around the far turn and still had work to do at the head of the stretch. But he was up to the task. Courtly Choice eased past Jimmy Freight in deep stretch and had more than enough to hold off the late rally of the pocket-sitting American History, who finished three-quarters of a length back in second. Jimmy Freight and Dorsoduro Hanover finished in a dead-heat for third while Babes Dig Me claimed the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. "I actually got away where I expected to," said David Miller. "He felt really strong. I asked him and he paced really hard. He's got big lungs and can carry his speed." "From last year to this year, he's really matured," said winning trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He loves to race now." As the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Courtly Choice returned $6.00 to his backers. The son of Art Major hit the wire in a lifetime-best 1:48.2. A LITTLE MORE:  No one hit the 50-Cent Pick-5, meaning that for the first time since January, the wager will have a carryover. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the pool total exceeded $250,000. … Speaking of carryovers, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $276,939. This Friday, July 13, the JSH5 will have a mandatory payout, meaning that to cash, one does not have to hold the only ticket with the winning combination. … For the second consecutive race card after a nearly two-month drought, the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool went past the $100,000 mark, as a total of $108,123 was poured into the pot. … The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 was tough, with three early races going to a pair of 16-1 shots and a 26-1 chance. In the end, only one player survived six legs, and he or she cashed in for $12,491. … All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,513,366. … Racing resumes Friday at the Big M at 7:15 p.m. … Next Saturday has an early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event is the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. That morning, at 11 a.m., a new era in Big M history will be ushered in as sports betting will be available. The field for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, an open event for 3-year-olds, with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds. The Pace takes place on Saturday, July 14 and has an approximate post time of 9:45 p.m. PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 3-1 2. This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 15-1 3. American History by American Ideal (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 4. Jimmy Freight by Sportswriter - (Louis-Philippe Roy, Andrew Harris), 9-2 5. Courtly Choice by Art Major - (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 5-2 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - (No Driver, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 7. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. Thinkbig Dreambig by Bettor's Delight - (Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 9. Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 30-1 10. Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) takes the Vernon Downs Open Pace ($8,000) on Saturday night (July 7). Major Leaguer ($3.00) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in 26.3. Owned and trained by Whittemore, he would easily lead to the half in :55.3 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:23.3. Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) went first over and battled him the whole length of the stretch. Then big long-shot Gypsy Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.) fired late but fell short to the gutsy Major Leaguer, who finished the mile in 1:51.3. Gypsy Leather settled for second money. Redhot Romeo finished third. Major Leaguer is a 4-year-old gelding by Art Major. It was his fourth win of the season and his 20th career victory. Whittemore added two more driving wins to his total on the night. His other wins came with Royal Garden N ($4.80) and Skip Jive ($10.40). Leon Bailey and John MacDonald each had driving doubles. Bailey won with Alway Flash-N ($4.50) and Fuzzylegsandall ($7.40). MacDonald went to the winner's circle with Northern Express ($7.10) and Northeaster ($4.00). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (July12) at 6:10 p.m. The 10 race card features three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

On a hot, sticky afternoon, Monticello Raceway hosted a special July 4th Sire Stake card, although the famous Monticello Raceway fireworks are scheduled for Friday July 6th at 10pm, Melodies Major put on his own fireworks show in the last race of the day in the 2nd division of Sire Stakes worth $54,500. Major Blake (PP4) was the first away from the gate going into the first turn, Tyler Buter carefully floated the co-favorite Melodies Major, starting from post position 7, away from the gate and around the first turn. Major Blake had not choice to relinquish the lead as Melodies Major brushed past him and got the lead on the outside at the ¼ in 28.2. Melodies Major paced his second quarter in 29 and steamed his way to the half in 57.2. Major Blake was right on Tyler Buters helmet the entire mile, the positions remain unchanged as they hit the ¾ in 1:26.2. The robust son of Art Major - Hilarious, looked like a man amongst boys down the lane and unleashed a 28.1 final stanza for an easy win in 1:54.3, eclipsing the former track record for of 1:55:2, set by Freedomformysoul in 2014. The Mark Ford trained freshman is owned by Martin Scharf and now has 2 Sire Stakes blankets in his tack trunk in 2 starts and has earnings of $53,250. Major Blake held on for second, followed by JoJo's Place who garnered the show position. The afternoons second Sire Stake ($55,500) event came in race 4, Shanghai Bobby left hard from the 6 hole and powered his way to the front and got the lead just past the ¼. He was followed by Covered Bridge, the pair had lengths on the field as they toured past the half way mark in 58.3. Jack Nation followed live cover at the half, as Shanghai Bobby was getting leg weary at the ¾ marker. Jack Nation was now ranging into contention at the 5/8 pole and at the top of the lane had 3 on the field. Although tiring, Jack Nation, just held on for the photo over Covered Bridge (Jim Marohn Jr.) in 1:57. A bridesmaid, no more Jack Nation notched his first career win, the son of American Ideal is trained by Blake Macintosh and was driven for the win by Mark MacDonald. The card offered 3 - $15,000 Excelsior A's heats, Crawford Farms and Northfork Racing Stable saw their well-bred $150,000 yearling CAL (American Ideal - Hulas Z Tam) bull his way to a wire to wire win in 1:58.2, giving Jason Bartlett his second win early in the card. So It Goes (Mike Simons) was second. Light Wind, was extended to the ¼ but made the front and reeled off fractions of 30.2, 1:01, 1:30.4 to win by 2 in 2:00.1. giving Bartlett his 3rd win of the day. The son of Art Major is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and Howard Taylor and was trained by Gareth Dowse, Scott The Great (James Devaux) was second. The front-end speed held up for most of the day as Jordan Stratton followed the winning strategy and guided Queenace Blue Chip (Art Major - Blackjack Princess) to the winner's circle in 1:59.0 for his maiden win. Queenace Blue Chip is trained by Julie Miller. In Excelsior B action, Its Rigged (Jim Marohn Jr.) was content to sit the pocket while Cheyenne Ryan Lee cut the mile by open lengths. Its Rigged had enough in the tank to overtake the pacesetter and won his heat in 1:58.4 for trainer DR Ackerman, the son of Riggins is owned by the Last Hurrah Stable of Pine Bush NY. The trotting bred Baby Maker Hanover (Jason Bartlett) who is by Crazed, out of a Donato Hanover mare won his division in 1:59.3 for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock and Seth Rosenberg. Tom Grossman and Blue Chip Farms and enjoyed a banner July 4th, owner Tom Grossman had 3 winners on the Sire Stake laden card and his Stallions ruled the afternoon as Art Major had 4 winners and American Ideal had a pair. Next up on the sire Stakes Schedule is 2 Year Old Trotting Colt on July 9th, with post time at 12:50 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY - On Wednesday July 4th, Monticello Raceway will host 2-Year-Old Pacing Colts vying for purses in excess of $140,000. The current crop of New York Sired 2-Year-Old Pacing Colts caused quite a stir after their first Sire Stake start at Yonkers Raceway last week, pacing miles that would seem normal at the end of their 2-year-old campaign, but unheard for their 2 year old Sire Stake debut. Sire, Art Major enjoyed a stellar night as 2 of his sons, Melodies Major and Major Blake, both put in outstanding performances. As luck or un luck would have it, both colts drew in the same division. Art Major has 4 sons in the first division of Sire Stakes in race 4, racing for a purse of $55,500. Jack Nation (Mark Mac Donald) starting from post position 5 has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The son of Art Major was second behind Major Blake at Yonkers in his last start for trainer Blake Macintosh and is seeking his first lifetime win. Shanghai Bobby is the co-favorite and will score from post 6 with Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Gareth Dowse. The son of Art Major won his first baby race at Pocono Down ins 1:56.1 and finished 4th in his first Sire Stakes and was timed in 1:57. The home town horse in the field is KJ Leo (PP7), trained by longtime Monticello Raceway horseman Gary Messenger, he was a game second last week at Yonkers, Jim Taggart Jr. will drive the altered son of Art Major. If the erratic Bean(PP2) pays attention to business he should get a nice trip. The second heats of Sire Stakes will have gamblers scratching their head trying to separate this well this well-matched field of sidewinders. Major Blake's (PP4) charted lines show 1's across the page, a winner of his 2 baby races in Ohio, the son of Art Major turned a lot heads last week at Yonkers winning his division in 1:56.1, pacing his LQ in 28.1 for trainer Sam Schillaci, leading Yonkers driver Jason Bartlett gets the driving assignment. Mark Ford brings his favorite son of Art Major, Melodies Major (PP7) to the fray for longtime patron Martin Scharf of Gallo Blue Chip fame. It will be the first time of many, that Melodies Major and Major Blake will face off. Melodies Major won his heat of Sire Stakes by a city block last time out at Yonkers in 1:55.3, regular driver Tyler Buter will drive. As trainers continue to gauge their colts, the program also features 3 Excelsior A races (3,5 and 7) each division racing for $15,000 and 2 heats of the Excelsior B class offering a purse of $6,500, races 1 and 2. Excelsior winners from Yonkers in the prior week are also in to go (PP2) Linda Toscano - Scott Zeron, Light Wind (PP6) (Gareth Dowse - Jason Bartlett) and Alex Tye (Amber Buter - Tyler Buter)(PP8) are both up in class after a win in the B class last week. The track record for 2YOPC is 1:55:2, set by Freedomformysoul in 2014, the weather man is calling for threatening skies and temperatures in the mid 80's. Post time is 12:50 for the 8-race card. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Plainville, MA---Following fast fractions and live cover on a humid afternoon that hit 92 degrees, Quick Shot beat the heat, an outside post and six rivals in taking the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap feature pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 2). BJ's Guy (Eddie Davis, Jr.) left with authority and sped the field to the quarter in :25.2. With no one feeling frisky enough to pull into that fraction heading to the half, Drew Campbell stepped up and pulled Quick Shot from fifth and eventually flushed Vegas Dream (David Ingraham) who then escorted him up the backside. As the group tripped three-quarters in 1:22.2, BJ's Guy succumbed to the pace while Vegas Dream, Quick Shot and Soho Jackman A (Chris Long) were flying three-wide and pacing in unison around the last turn . Vegas Dream had the lead in the pylon path but was passed in short order by Quick Shot and Soho Jackman A who were now both set to battle down the lane. Quick Shot gained a small advantage and despite the best effort of Soho Jackman A, he could not get by the classy Quick Shot in the stretch and he won by a length in 1:51, which tied his season's best outing of last week. It was the sixth win of the year for Quick Shot ($4.20) who has now earned $59,860 for owner Kathleen Brewer. The 6-year-old gelded son of Art Major is trained by John Bowman. The $12,500 final of the "2007 Sox" $10,000 claiming series was won by Sports Lightning (Mitchell Cushing) who pulled just past the quarter and toughed-out a first over trip to overtake the front-running Dr. C Z Tam (Greg Merton) in the stretch and win by a length in 1:52.3, which was a new seasonal mark. Sports Lightning ($4.20) is owned by William Emmons and is trained by Jim Nickerson. Drew Campbell led all drivers with three wins on the card while Mitchell Cushing and Nick Graffam had two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (July 3) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 29, 2018-Magic Forces (George Brennan, $3.80) quarter-moved to paydirt Friday night (June 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Odds-on from an assigned pole, Magic Forces was away third. She then zipped past Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), taking over just before a 27-secone opening quarter-mile. When Sell a Bit N backing away and only serious challenger Medusa (Brian Sears) having to work from first-over, Magic Forces had few issues finishing it off (:56, 1:23.2, 1:51...smashing the track record for her 4-year-old mare weight class). The previous number in the clubhouse (1:51.3) was shared by Rocklamation (2012), Venus Delight ('14), Cinamony ('15, twice) and Tessa Seelster ('16). Magic Forces whipped Medusa by 2¼ angst-free lengths. Bronze Over N (Brent Holland) closed for third, with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Sell a Bit N settling for the minors. The win was one of a Brennan quartet during the 10-race card. For Magic Forces, an aforementioned 4-year-old lass (daughter of Art Major) owned by Frank Poerio Jr. and trained by Ron Burke, it was her fifth win in in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta (inside two assignees) paid $11, the triple returned $43 and the superfecta paid $125.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 26, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (June 26th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $158,000 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three consecutive divisions-worth $53,000, $52,000 and $53,000, respectively-comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller. Tuesday was the first sire stakes event for the frosh, the majority of whom were making their purse debuts. The opening division proved quite formful, as the two choices 'ran' 1-2.. Odds-on World on Edge (Matt Kakaley, $3.80), from post position No. 2, took over passing a :28.4 opening quarter-mile, then finished it off from there (:58.2, 1:28.3, 1:57.1). He defeated KJ Leo (George Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with 36-1 outsider Hurrikane Kingklee (Dan Dube), Covered Bridge (Brian Sears) and Starship Trooper (Tim Tetrick) grabbing the minors. For World on Edge, a son of Roll with Joe co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Joe DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Adriano Sorella, it was his parimutuel debut. The exacta paid $7.60, the triple retuned $68 and the superfecta paid $297. The evening's second grouping was an unfair fight as Melodie's Major (Tyler Buter, $7.60) tickled the teletimer in a event's-fastest 1:55.3. From post No. 5, he two-moved around Bean (Jason Bartlett) before a flat 30-second quarter, then gave nothing else a chance (:59.2, 1:27.3 in between). Melodie's Major widened to four lengths in and out of the final turn, lost Bean-who eventually broke in the lane-then defeated slight 2-1 favorite Bicorne Hanover (Kakaley) by eight lengths. Third went to Jojo's Place (Corey Callahan), recovering from a nasty break at the start, with slow-starting Jet Rock (Brian Sears) and Hestons Blue Chip (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For third choice Melodie's Major, an Art Major colt owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he was another making his career purse bow. The exacta paid $19.20, the triple retuned $63 and the superfecta paid $297 (no a typo, same payout as previous race). "I didn't even ask him," Buter said. "I drove him twice in (Pocono) qualifiers and he impressed me. "I think I'm going to stay with him." The evening's final get-together saw Major Blake (Tim Tetrick, $5.90), from post No. 3, complete his appointed rounds (:29, :58.4, 1:27.4, 1:56). The final margin was 2½ lengths. Jack Nation (Mark MacDonald) rallied for second, with Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) third. Shanghai Bobby (Bartlett), pocketed as the 3-5 choice, but apparently wasn't crazy about it. He vacated passing three-quarters to challenge, was rebuffed and backpedaled to fourth. Blissful Road (Buter) was fifth. For second choice Major Blake, a son Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Sam Schillaci, Matthew Bencic and Howard Berke, he, too, was another first starter. The exacta paid $50.50, the triple retuned $369.50 and the superfecta paid $454. The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Tuesday's (July 3rd) Hugh Grant Trot (2-year-old fillies, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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