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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness racing filly in Eastern Canada will have a fresh challenger from the center of the nation on a stakes Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash presentation has a 6 P.M. first race post time featuring the Lady Slipper stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies and the Joe O'Brien Memorial stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. The card features a pair of $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold divisions for rookie fillies in races 10 and 12. Watch Me Dance headlines the final division in race 12 as the top money earning rookie filly will have Jason Hughes pinch hitting in place of regular pilot Mark Bradley, who has elected to drive post 6 starter Bettorthanbobbi. Hughes and Watch Me Dance leave from post 3 in the field fresh off a win in 1:58 her last start for trainer and co-owner Stephen Quinn and co-owners John Quinn of Charlottetown and Ozzie MacKay of Moncton, N.B. A winner of $23,218 so far this season, the filly has six top-two finishes from seven seasonal outings in her debut campaign. Mittaroniandcheese has rail control in the field of seven with Adam Merner driving the daughter of Betterthancheddar for owner Shaun MacIsaac of Charlottetown and trainer Jamie Smith. Fresh off a maiden breaking score, Mittaroniandcheese was racing the tough Ontario Sires Stakes circuit and draws into her first stakes engagement in Atlantic Canada. The other Lady Slipper Gold division in race 10 will have Streakazana mounting a top challenge from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and fractional ownership group MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown. In O'Brien Gold action for two-year-old pacing colts, Windemere Ryan and Woodmere Rollnpop will square off in an $11,000 division in race 6. Windemere Ryan will guard the rail for driver Adam Merner, trainer Melissa Rennie and owner High Five Racing Stable of Stanhope, while divisional leader Woodmere Rollnpop has post 5 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. Merner and Rennie are favoured in the other split in race 8 as Mr Kelly has post 1 as the morning line favourite in the $11,000 class. The son of Rollwithitharry will take his never worse than third record into the event for owners Marsha Knoz and Kyla and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. The card also has a number of Lady Slipper and O'Brien grassroots divisions as well as the Dave Holland 50 Years In Radio pace in race 4. Holland will join Lee Drake and Peter MacPhee on the Red Shores broadcast including a special edition of the Inside Track at 5:35pm. Stakes Mania Sunday In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - Fresh off a lifetime best performance, Woodmere Oleksiak will put her undefeated streak to the ultimate test Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on a mega-stakes program. The 11-dash Sunday card gets underway at 1 P.M. with Woodmere Oleksiak shouldered with the far outside in race 7 of the program in a $14,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing fillies. David Dowling will drive the daughter of Articulator from the Earl Watts stable for owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire, Hollis Newson of Cornwall, and Nova Scotia owners Ric McNutt and Debbie Denney as she looks to add to her $44,888 in seasonal earnings. After a pair of runner-up finishes, Woodmere Tango has post 4 in the other $14,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for sophomore fillies. Clare MacDonald will drive her trainee as she looks to add to her $38,203 in seasonal earnings for owner Morah Kerr of Greenfield, N.S. Red Dirt Boomer also has a streak on the line with five straight wins from post 5 with trainer Gilles Barrieau in the bike for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast in the first $11,000 Joe O'Brien Memorial gold division in race 4. The son of Malicious was a winner in a career best 1:55.4 his last start at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Red Dirt Rocknroll is the top choice in race 8 for an $11,000 purse with Dowling at the controls for trainer Lenny Myers who co-owns with Jack Quinn of Charlottetown. Race 5 is the lone Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division for a $15,000 purse as Red Shores Charlottetown track record holder Incredible Hally draws post 1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Calvin Larkin, Erika Bradley, Brian Fogarty and Herbie MacDonald. Mile Hill Willie is the top pick in race 3's Lady Slipper three-year-old trot division for a $9,500 purse for driver Gilles Barrieau and owner-trainer Paul Morrison. The champion son of Armbro Barrister won his last two starts with his latest in 1:59.2. The other $9,500 three-year-old trot division has Maritime Champion Gettin Messi the heavy morning line favourite from post 4 with Mike McGuigan in the seat for trainer Len McGuigan and owner Jamie Whalen of Avondale. The Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series final, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, caps off the stakes program in the race 11 finale with $15,217 at stake. Sodwana Bay will look to rebound from a narrow loss in her latest from post 6 with Barrieau back at the lines for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. A winner of 11 of 16 races this season, the daughter of No Pan Intended has never been worse than second all season. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) comes flying late to win the featured $6,000 fillies and mares pace at Vernon Downs on Wednesday (August 7). Traffic Jam (Howard Parker) went to the front just before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. Her lead was two lengths as she hit the half in :55.0. She was still in control when hitting three-quarters in 1:24.0. Unusual Clarity ($9.70), who is owned by Nicholas Gibides and trained by Paul Minckler, was fifth at the half. She found herself in fourth after three-quarters. It looked like Traffic Jam was going to cruise to an easy victory but Unusaul Clarity found another gear and went by Traffic Jam just before the finish. She equaled her lifetime best of 1:52.3. Traffic Jam had to settle for second with Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Unusual Clarity is a 4-year-old mare by Betterthancheddar. It was her eighth win this season. She now owns 13 career victories. Vernon leading driver John MacDonald had two wins on the night to give him 71 victories this season. Howard Parker is second with 58 tallies. Jimmy Whittemore is third with 51 wins. Claude Huckabone III has 26 wins so far this season for fourth place. His dad Claude Huckabone Jr. rounds out the top five with 22 trips to the winner's circle. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 8) featuring New York Sire stakes for sophomore trotting fillies. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - You Got Trumped got a first-over journey into a slow pace to overcome, but he proved to have the necessary late sprint to win the $13,000 featured pace on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:55.3. Racing over a track that was downgraded to "good +1" early in the card, You Got Trumped got away fourth for driver Matt Kakaley as favored Record Machine marched right to the front, with Bag Pipe Major right behind the leader as Record Machine went 28.2 to the quarter and a creaking 59.2 to the half. It was obvious at that point that the race would be a quickstep home, and the victorious Bettorthancheddar gelding had the fastest high gear in him, coming his own final half in 55.3 despite taking the air to post a ¾ length decision over Bag Pipe Major, who in turn photoed out Record Machine for the deuce. Andrew Harris trains the winner for Louis and Thomas Frascella and A Harris Racing LLC. The Napolitano brothers continued to have the hot hands at Pocono this racing week - George had five victories on the card and Anthony three, giving them 13 and 11 wins respectively over a trio of cards and thus combined 24 of the 39 visits to Victory Lane in the last three days, a 62% ratio. FINISHING LINES- The elite of harness racing's two-year-olds declared in today for their Breeders Crown elimination races on Friday, and on Tuesday the three-year-olds and older horses with Crown aspirations with have their draw for Saturday, should their particular section need eliminations. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship Night is Saturday, October 27. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 6, 2018-There say there's a story everywhere (hey, just buy the premise) and Yonkers Raceway proved that again Thursday night. Sometime around 5:30 in the early evening, Windsun Magnolia had the track all to herself in a good, old-fashioned walkover. The $6,100 lower-level New York Sire Stakes Excelsior event attracted her and her alone. If there's an easier way to break one's maiden, we'd be hard-pressed to find it. Windsun Magnolia, a 3-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar, entered with a career 0-for-16, with all but one of those starts coming this season. For her part, Windsun Magnolia toured the turns in 1:58 for her first victory. The event's uniqueness caught the attention of WCBS-TV (Ch. 2) sports anchor Steve Overmyer, who came out to do a story about the 'lonely' lass. Overmyer, who earlier this season did a feature-and subsequent updates-about Foiled Again's quest for his 100th career win, discussed the 'race' with driver Jim Marohn Jr. "She's pretty happy to be here," a wry Marohn Jr. said in the winner's circle, with Mother Nature raining on the parade. "I think she (Windsun Magnolia, not Mother Nature) knows what she did. "It was a lot more fun that I thought it would be." A copy of the race (hers was the first non-bettor) can be found at www.dropbox.com/sh/yphlh6ih04qoght/AAB0Eomry5woo3RS1bUtALCsa?dl=0. The WCBS-TV story may be viewed at newyork.cbslocal.com/video/category/news-local-news/3930509-one-horse-race-delivers-sure-thing-at-yonkers/ by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Three divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings went postward at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept.5) to compete for the $117,600 in purses up for grabs as well as the last chance to accrue available points to make the $225,000 final for this group. In the first $39,200 division, Ghost Dance (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) pulled the upset at 9-1 and closed hard to do it. . The heavy post time favorite Topville Olympian (Brett Miller) shot right to the front and took the field to the half in :55.3. There, Rockapelo (Jason Bartlett) pulled first up with Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron) on his back as they heaed into the turn. Rockapelo cleared quickly around the tiring Topville Olympian, whose gap then allowed Ghost Dance to drop back to the pylons behind the new leader to save ground. These two stood pat until the top of the lane where Zeron pulled Ghost Dance and paced by Rockapelo at the wire winning by a length in 1:52. "The race set up well for us and he got brave with the two-hole trip. And then he paced strong in the lane" said Zeron after the race. It was the fourth win of the year for Ghost Dance ($20.00) and it pushed his earnings to $98,002 for owner Millar Farm. Rick Zeron trains the winner. The second $39,200 split was won by Ideal Feeling (American Ideal-Feelinglikeastar) who made a statement move at the half and then stretched out from there. Ostro Hanover (Louis Roy) rushed to the front and set early splits of :27 and :56.3. But before they hit that second timer, Ideal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) was out and rolling and took the front by the time they hit the third turn and from there, the race was history. Ideal Feeling opened up a three length advantage as he hit the third quarter in 1:24 and then rounded the final bend and cruised home in :28 flat, winning by as many as he wanted in 1:52. "Last time he had the eight hole and had no chance, but he just felt like he was a great horse. I was hoping Mike (trainer Deters) would bring him up here because I thought he'd be good. He showed it today, he's a real nice horse. He left, he came first over and he won easy" Bartlett said after the race, Rick Berks owns Ideal Feeling ($7.90) who now has four wins this season and $62,791 in purses. The third $39,200 division looked to be a match race between Springsteen and Muscle Hill and it was for three eighths of a mile. But it was Mach N Cheese (Betterthancheddar-Mach You And Me) that pulled off the upset at 19-1 when they hit the wire, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) was intent on cutting the race and he got his way; leading the group to the half in a slow :57.1. Not happy with the tepid pace, Springsteen (Louis Roy) came up first with Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.) in tow. Springsteen locked up with Hitman Hill up the backside and the two tangled from there, around the last turn and down the stretch. But Mach N Cheese who had been drafting during the up-front battle, tipped three-wide in the straight and under heavy prompting from Marohn, paced by the leaders to win by a neck in 1:53.4. "It was a slow half but we picked it up pretty good up the backside and there was a really good horse on the front. But I followed the horse I needed to follow and everything just worked out for us from the top of the stretch home. He got around here very well. He's a very good half mile track horse" said Marohn in the winner's circle. Mach N Cheese ($41.00) scored his sixth win of the year for the Save The Day Stable and trainer Rob Harmon. There was one Excelsior "A" race on the card and the winner there could have competed in the top class tonight. Thor De Vie (So Surreal-Pebblebeach De Vie) was very impressive leading every step of the way and winning by four lengths in 1:52.2, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Thor De Vie ($3.30) is owned by his trainer, Jim Graham, Lee WInters, Paul Tandlmayer and Giuseppe Micchia. Batavia Downs offered a $2,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool on Wednesday and there were no winning tickets once again. As a result there is a $2,900 carryover for Friday (Sept. 7) and there will be another guaranteed pool of $6,000 for the early Pick-5 (which runs from race one to race five) that will be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program. Post time for Friday evening is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 4, 2018--New York Sire Stakes return downstate Thursday night (Sept. 6th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $168,499 Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-olds fillies. The event, remembering the publicity director at the Raceway as well as NBC Sports, goes in triplicate (races 8, 9 and 10). The ($55,833) opening division is seemingly the lightest, with Line Dancer (Jordan Stratton, post 1) retuning to statebred competition after winning an local overnight two starts ago. The daughter of Art Major, co-owned by (trainer) Ricky Bucci and Blue Meadow Farm, was a sire-stakes bridesmaid at Monti last month. Beachin' N Kissin' (Jason Bartlett, post 2), Betterthangraduate (Brett Miller, post 3) and Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr., post 5) all have recent overnight wins. The second ($55,833) Cohen event finds Solitary (Miller, post 2) returning off a closing second in this past Saturday night's (Sept. 1st) $112,904 Lady Maud. The American Ideal miss, though just 1-for-15 this season, has paid her win against the statebreds. Newsday (Stratton, post 5) owns a local NYSS win (and another 'heater' win at Monticello), while Mink Pink (Bartlett, post 3) was the scourge of the Excelsior ranks earlier in the season. Thursday night's final ($56,833) sire stakes grouping is the marquee matchup, featuring Lady Maud winner Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr., post 4). This daughter of American Ideal won that race (1:53.4) by (barely) extricating herself from the pocket. 'Alexis,' trained by Casie Coleman for co-owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J. Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinlay, is 4-for-11 this season ($226,388). Alexis Faith opposes the red-hot Wisdom Tree (Matt Kakaley, post 1), whose sire stakes resume reads five wins (including one here) and a second in six tries. The daughter of Betterthancheddar, co-owned by Tom Pollack & Jeff Cullipher and trained by Ed Hart, has won nine of her dozen '18 tries overall ($246,435). She's a month out since whipping the Catskills crowd (1:52.4) and owns a 1:49.4 life-best in the $141,200 Nadia Lobell at Hoosier. There's also a coupled-entry, Ron Burke-trained two-fer in Jewels Forreal (George Brennan, post 2) and Tell Me a Joke (Miller, post 7). Post time for the dozen-race wagering card is 6:50 PM, however those early (5:30 PM) attendees can watch a good, old-fashioned walkover. Windsun Magnolia (Jim Marohn Jr.) has the oval all to herself in a $6,100 second-level Excelsior event. Can 'Magnolia,' Marohn Jr. and track announcer John Hernan handle the pressure? Tune in next week, same bat time, same bat channel. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Ms Cheesman (Howard Okusko Jr) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (August 31). Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.3 and then to a half of :56.0. Ms Cheesman ($7.70) followed in the pocket. Owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Jessica Okusko, she popped out of the pocket just before they hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. She took over and just cruised down the stretch to win in 1:53.0. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) came up to finish second. Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) got third money. Ms Cheesman is a 3-year-old filly by Betterthancheddar. It was her fifth win this season and career victory number 6. The veteran Jay Sears wins another at Vernon Downs. In 10 drives this season, Sears has four wins and one second this season. For anyone that is a a great record. What is amazing is that Sears is 76 years old. The lovable driver is racing like he is a youngster. He guided Star Flyer ($10.60) to a gate-to-wire victory in a lifetime best of 1:58.1. Star Flyer is a 4-year-old mare by Cantab Hall. She is co-owned by Sears with David Fishman and trained by Ray Van Dreason. It was her fourth win in 11 starts this season. It was career victory number five. How can you not root for Sears? If you love harness racing all you can do is smile! Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 1) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Without question, Tom Pollack and Jeff Cullipher's filly pacer Wisdom Tree has been dominating throughout much of her sophomore season. She has won nine of twelve races as a 3-year-old, with five of those wins coming against New York Sire Stakes competition. She also has a Grand Circuit triumph to her credit. Bred by Winbak Farm, Wisdom Tree is out of the first crop of Betterthancheddar, and out of the dam Wisdom. "She (Wisdom Tree) was a half-sister of a horse I owned with Randy Bendis called Rich Wisdom," said Pollack. "We had some success with him, and he ended up getting hurt." Rich Wisdom won over $142,000 as a two-year-old. "We saw Wisdom Tree was kind of a looker out of a new sire (Betterthancheddar) and we decided to take a swing." Pollack, along with co-owner Jeff Cullipher purchased Wisdom Tree at the Lexington Select Sale for $28,000. Things didn't start well for the Jeff Cullipher trainee. After a pair of winning qualifiers, she had to wait until her 8th career start to break her maiden in a New York Sire Stakes event at Monticello. "We knew she had a ton of talent, but were concerned about her getting around the smaller ovals," Pollack said. She went on to win 2 of her next 3 starts, but finished a tough luck 7th in the NYSS Finals at Yonkers. "We drew the 8 post, and she was actually loaded with pace in the lane," said Pollack. "Her driver that night (Tim Tetrick) said she could've easily finished 2nd or 3rd if she could've stayed on her feet. She was just going too fast." As great of a 3-year-old season as she has had to this point, it didn't get off to a good beginning. "She got kind of sideways behind the gate in her first start of the season, and I thought 'oh man' here we go again," said Pollack. "Jeff (Cullipher) assured me this was different. Then she went on to catch fire." She went on to win 7 of her next 8 races, including the Nadia Lobell, a Grand Circuit event at Hoosier Park. As far as what's next, co-owner Tom Pollack maybe eying a potential Breeders Crown appearance if all goes well. "We have actually kicked around discussions of supplementing her to the Breeders Crown. We are thinking about it," said Pollack. Her next start will be at Yonkers for the last leg of the New York Sire Stakes, followed by the finals a few weeks later. She is staked to three events at Hoosier Park through October (Pegasus, Circle City, and the U.S.S Indianapolis), as well as the Matron in November at Dover Downs. Wisdom Tree's half-sister Smart Girl will be selling (Hip #239) at the upcoming Lexington Sale in October. by Mike Bozick for the Mike & Mike Show

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 28, 2018--Yonkers Raceway Monday night (July 30th) hosts the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, with the sire stakes event going as races 7 (purse $85,250) and 8 (purse $86,750), respectively. The event again honors the memory of one of the true movers and shakers (not to mention a damn fine fellow) in the state's harness program. The opening event for the big boys offers some solid resumes, the haughtiest of which belongs to Springsteen (Dave Miller, post 2). The season has been highlighted by a win in the half-million-dollar final of Pocono's Max Hempt Memorial (life-best 1:48.3). He hits town, though, after faltering first-up in the his elim of the Adios. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven, co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh. has two wins in six starts ($286,500). Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald, post 6) has plied his craft versus statebreds, with sire stakes wins at Saratoga (life-best 1:52.1). The Roll with Joe colt is co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Robert MacNeil and Fred Brayford. Topville Olympian (Brian Sears, post 5) and Twin B Tuffenuff (George Brennan, post 7) have both been bridesmaids in their last two statebred sojourns. Monday night's second and final division finds the return of Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, post 2). The son of Betterthancheddar, who wired that $300,000 event in a life-best 1:51.3, comes back after sire stakes wins at Buffalo and Saratoga. For the season, he's 5-for-8 with $238,896 in the till for co-owners Evan Katz and Crawford Racing. My Delight (Brent Holland, post 5) authored a 34-1 upset in a $23,066 division of the Reynolds here in mid-May, then won (at 14-1) a sire stakes event at Vernon (life-best 1:49.4). Ostro Hanover (Miller, post 7) tries it after a 10-1 statebred win at Saratoga. Rockapelo (Sears, post 8) has hit the board in six of his eight '18 tries, including a win (life-best 1:50.2) in his $24,000 division of Tioga's Geers. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Batavia, NY---The heavily favored Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) displayed why everyone from the track handicapper to the harness racing bettors heavily endorsed her as she dominated the field in her division of the $120,400 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (July 25). Wisdom Tree (Kevin Cummings) left for the lead but had to work hard for it; getting to the quarter in :27 flat. But once she cleared and settled in, the filly was in total control. Cummings backed the half off considerably before speeding up the proceedings up the backstretch, although no one was close enough to challenge. By the three-quarters Wisdom Tree had opened up a three-length advantage which she held as she cruised around the far turn and down the lane to win in 1:53, which was just one-fifth off the track record. Cummings said after the race "That was pretty easy once she got to the front. I backed off the second quarter to :29.1 and it was pretty much over from there. I had to get after her in the third quarter because she was starting to go to sleep on me but around the last turn when I pulled the plugs, she responded well and was looking for horses because she was off by herself for most of the mile." It was the fourth win in her last five starts and eighth win of 2018 for Wisdom Tree ($2.70) who has now carded $215,785 for the year for owners Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher. Ed Hart trains the winner. Wisdom Tree was a $28,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select yearling sale and was bred by Winbak Farm. Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie) put in as impressive an effort in her division, but she did it from behind. Getting away sixth from post seven, Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.) watched from afar as Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) sped away with a loose lead in :27.1, :56 and 1:24.1. At that last station, Morrill was finally able to get his filly off the pylons from sixth and tipped three-deep into the last bend. She went from sixth to first during the arc of the turn and sped away to a two-length lead when they straightened out to win in 1:53.4. "She was very good tonight; she's been good pretty much right along. She threw a clunker in her last start but we came to find out she was sick. So we have her healthy again and she's back. She made a big move three-wide tonight but she did the same thing at Yonkers two starts down, coming home in :27.1. Once she gets moving she's good" said Morrill. It was the second win of the year for Alexis Faith ($6.60) but first of 2018 in the NYSS. The filly is owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J. Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinlay and trained by Casie Coleman. Alexis Faith was purchased at the Lexington Select yearling sale for $55,000 and was bred by Melvin Segal. The third leg saw Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) leave from post seven and tuck fourth at the eighth pole while Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Solitary (Jim Marohn Jr.) argued for the front. But halfway up the backside, her driver Mark Macdonald had her out and rolling and took the front by the quarter in :27.2. With the field in single file, Ubettergo Go slowed the pace and forced Apothic (Drew Monti) to advance an outer flow. The field hit three-quarters in two rows with Ubettergo Go still calling the shots, but Apothic looked live and Checkered Past was ready to strike having gotten the perfect pocket trip to this point. At the head of the lane, Macdonald asked Ubettergo Go and she responded by opening up a two length lead and hitting the wire in first in 1:53.4. "She went well. That was a bruising first quarter in :27.2 but she ended up pacing away anyway. She kind of stepped over a little shadow around the last turn there and it took her mind off her work for a minute, but then she just breezed her way home. She's a real nice filly" said Macdonald. Ubettergo Go ($4.40) is owned by Blake Macintosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie Mackay and is trained by Blake Macintosh. Ubettergo Go was a $13,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase and was bred by Concord Stud and Birnam Wood Farms. There were also two $15,000 division of the Excel "A" series on the card. The first division went to KJ's Justine (American Ideal-Day Blue Chip), winning gate to wire in 1:55.4. KJ's justine ($6.10) was driven Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Ken Jacobs. The second division was won by Psychic Blue chip (Art Major-All Spirit) who also led at every station in 1:56. Psychic Blue Chip ($9.00) was driven by Ray Fisher Jr. for trainer Joseph Skowyra and owners Jeffrey Clark and Vernon Cannon.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---For the second time in as many racing days, a band of state-bred sisters will be invading Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (July 25) when the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies go postward to compete in three divisions for a total purse of $120,400. NYSS divisions go in races one, five and seven with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. Headlining the pool of 22 participants is Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) who will be competing in the $39,900 third division. This filly is not only tearing up the NYSS this year; she is also racing large on the Grand Circuit. Besides winning three New York events so far, Wisdom Tree also won the $142,000 Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park on July 6, setting a new lifetime mark and track record of 1:49.4 in the process. A week later she drew post 12 in the 1-1/8th mile $191,800 Mistletoe Shallee at the Meadowlands and finished a strong closing fourth behind the winner Kissin In The Sand after being parked out over half a mile in the distance race timed in 2:04.1. Wisdom Tree ranks high in stats among all 3-year-old pacing fillies in North America. For the year so far she is the third richest ($195,835), fourth fastest (1:49.4) and fifth winningest (seven) against all her rivals. In the NYSS she is the highest point-getter, has the most wins and has earned the most money. Trainer Ed Hart has called on Kevin Cummings to drive the 8-5 early favorite Wisdom Tree who will leave from post six. In the first $39,900 division Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink) started the year strong, winning back-to-back NYSS events. She then qualified for the $315,400 final of the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway where fast early fractions caught up to her late and saw her finish seven lengths behind the winner. She was given a 26 day rest after that start and looked fresh finishing second by a head in 1:52.2 in a NYSS event at Vernon Downs. Now after another 11 day break, she looks like the one to beat. Trainer Blake Macintosh has Mark Macdonald in the bike behind Ubettergo Go who starts from post seven at 5-2. The main competition looks to be Solitary (American Ideal-Lonesome Day) who moves up from Excel "A" action at Vernon where she finished a strong second in 1:52.1 and Apothic (Art Major-Permafrost) who paced in 1:51.3 finishing third in a NYSS race at Vernon as well. Both mares are still looking for their first NYSS win. Solitary leaves from post one for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Nick Surick and Apothic starts next to her in post two with trainer Mark Harder calling on Drew Monti to drive. The second division goes for $40,600 and has Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie) listed as the 5-2 morning line choice. Alexis Faith has yet to win a NYSS event this year after being the 2-year-old champion in 2017, but she has finished second on two occasions. Like Ubettergo Go, Alexis Faith also raced in the Fan Hanover final and fared a bit better. After cutting three-quarters of the mile and having an open lead at the head of the stretch, Alexis Faith ended up fourth by only two lengths in 1:50.4. Arguing for the purse will be Presto Blue Chip (American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter) who just got beat at Vernon in 1:52.2 in her last start in NYSS action and Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel) who took a lifetime mark of 1:51 at Tioga Downs in the $23,500 Geers Stake on June 29. Drew Monti drives Presto Blue Chip from post two for trainer Jeffrey Smith and Jewels Forreal has the services of Matt Kakaley from post six for trainer Ron Burke. There are also two $15,000 division of the Excel "A" series in races two and three and one $6,800 division of Excel "B" in race 11. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

ANDERSON, IN - Wisdom Tree returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and continued her winning ways in the featured event of the evening, the $142,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, July 6. With Sam Widger in the bike, Wisdom Tree turned in a sharp, front-running effort to stop the timer in 1:49.4 and establish a new track record for sophomore pacing fillies in the process. The previous record of 1:50.1 was established in 2016 by Rockalina and driver Mike Peterson. Widger had the heavy 3-5 favorite firing away with the wings of the gate but Ricky Macomber Jr. and Strong Opinion were a step quicker and grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in a snappy :25.3. Wisdom Tree was second but not for long. Widger gave her the green light as the field approached the half and she quickly grabbed command before the second station in :53.3. Michael Oosting and Double A Mint were next in line third and would begin the long, first-over attack just before the three-quarters in 1:21.4. The blazing speed continued but Wisdom Tree appeared strong on the front. Double A Mint was matching strides with the leader but Wisdom Tree wasn't going down without a fight. Utilizing a :28 final panel, Wisdom Tree was able to put away Double A Mint to finish a length and a half to the good. Reign on Me and LeWayne Miller utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. Wisdom Tree returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "It was a little fast to the half," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "Looking at the program, I thought we were the best in the race and she has always been strong on the front. She's a really nice filly who knows her work. She just goes out there and does her job." Trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns with Thomas Pollack, Wisdom Tree scored her third consecutive victory and seventh seasonal win from nine outings. The 1:49.4 clocking was a new lifetime best as the daughter of Betterthancheddar-Wisdom pushed her career bankroll to $241,660. Wisdom Tree will likely be pointed to the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands for her next stakes engagement. The stakes action continued a little later on in the evening with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for three-year old trotting and pacing colts. Katkin American and James Yoder followed suit to deliver as the heavy betting favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:53, Katkin American made his game winning move down the backside to finish ten lengths in front of his next closest competitor. After a track record performance in his elimination last week, Katkin American recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory for trainer Verlin Yoder and owner, breeder, Brett Boyd. Katkin American was won his last three outings by a combined 27 lengths. "We are so thankful to so many folks that helped get this horse here," Boyd said of his prodigy in the winner's circle. "It takes a lot of people to get one here and we are so thankful to everyone who helped us along the way. I trained his mother and he reminds me a lot of her. We love this colt and the Yoders have done such a great job with him." Unraced at two, the son of Guccio-Katkin has now won three of five lifetime starts. With the win, Katkin American nearly doubled his lifetime purse earnings to push his career bankroll to $62,000. On the pacing side of things, Rockinbeach and Ricky Macomber Jr. converted a pocket trip into a 1:49.4 score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Employing a :25.4 final quarter, Rockinbeach exploded to the wire to finish six lengths in front of Jeopardy and John DeLong. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Rockinbeach notched his fourth win from nine seasonal starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Miss Sandy Beach is owned by Wilbur Eash and has now amassed $168,940 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 7 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The New York Sires Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers is nearing the halfway point and Sunday afternoon (July 8) at Buffalo Raceway, precious points that are needed to reach the finals are starting to come at a premium.   A trio of races, worth approximately $39,000 each, has attracted 17 sophomores looking to solidify their spots for the finals on Saturday, September 22 at Yonkers Raceway. In the current point standings, 10 of the top 20 boys will be in action on Sunday. Along with a nice check, 50 critical points will be put into the account of the victors.   Entrants include defending 2-year-old NYSS champion Jersey Jim, 2018 Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation, current NYSS point leader My Delight and Hitman Hill, a winner of nearly $250,000 in just 13 career starts.   The first leg will feature My Delight (Betterthanchaddar-Kg Delight) who currently sits atop the points standings with 87. He hasn't missed the board in six starts this season, putting $49,599 in the bank. My Delight, who has a first, second and third place finish in NYSS competition in 2018, will begin from the four post and be driven by Scott Zeron.   The major threat could be Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe-Wild Retreat) who currently sits in second place in the points race with 55. Jim Morrill Jr. will guide Rootin Tootin from the second hole.   Others in the field include Lisburn (John MacDonald), Twin B Tuffenuff (Brett Miller) and Handsoffmychips (Jason Bartlett).   Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker) arrives coming off a third place finish the $500,000 Hempt Finals at Pocono Downs, losing by a mere head. A participant in last year's North American Cup final at Woodbine, Hitman Hill has a lifetime best of 1:49.3 at Pocono. Brett Miller will steer him from the six post.   It's a stacked field against Hitman Hill as all his foes are in the top 20 in points including Rockapelo (Morrill Jr.), Lyons Steel (Drew Monti), Topville Olympian (James MacDonald), Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron) and Rock Lights (Bartlett).   Ghost Dance was victorious in the NYSS last season at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:57.3 decision with Mike Saftic in the sulky.   The third division, scheduled as the fifth race, has reigning champion Jersey Jim (Artiscape-Jersey Pearl) entered. It's been a rather slow beginning this season for him, earning just $13,101 in seven tries this season after putting $177,483 in the bank in 2017. Things could be looking brighter however for Jersey Jim (Ray Fisher Jr.) as he comes off an impressive 4-3/4 score in 1:52.2 at Saratoga Raceway on June 30.   The main competition should come from Trump Nation (Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N), the winner of the $300,000 Rooney Finals at Yonkers on May 26 in 1:51.3. With a bankroll of $189,746 already in 2018, Trump Nation drew the rail with Bartlett slated to drive.   Other scheduled to compete in the final bracket include Major Authority (Morrill Jr.), Cross My Mind (Zeron), Real Surreal (MacDonald) and Love Yourself (Steven Rybka).   The track records for the 3-year-old pacing colts is 1:52.3 by Steelhead Hanover in 2012 and 1:53.1 for the geldings established in 2016 by Missile J.   Also on the program will be one $15,000 Excelsior A race and a $6,500 Excelsior B event.   Post time for the 12-race card is 12:30 p.m.   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

YONKERS, N.Y. – Since making her 3-year-old debut at Hoosier Park this spring, Wisdom Tree has been nearly unstoppable. The daughter of Betterthancheddar out of the Artsplace mare Wisdom posted three straight wins in overnight competition in Indiana and at Saratoga before jumping into New York Sire Stakes. In three legs so far, she’s 2-for-3 with another runner-up finish. The only blemish on Wisdom Tree’s 2018 campaign came in her first start of the year when she made an early miscue and finished seventh. “She’s a really nice filly. She’s a doll, I love her,” trainer Ed Hart said. “I think she was a little immature last year. She made the odd mistake. You could never move her too fast, you always had to be a little careful with her. She definitely matured. She’s a sweetheart in the stall, does everything right, just a classy horse.” Jeff Cullipher co owns Wisdom Tree with Tom Pollack and prepared the filly for her 3-year-old campaign before sending her east to Hart. Over the years, the relationship between Hart, Pollack, and Cullipher has proven fruitful. “I started training horses for Tom Pollack. He was also an owner with Randy Bendis and Randy sent me horses from The Meadows when they came out East to race, especially for New York Sire Stakes,” Hart said. “And then Tom branched out to Indiana with Jeff Cullipher and they race together. They do the same thing, when they come out east, they send them to me. “They always send me good horses and they’re good people to deal with. Jeff Cullipher developed this filly and trained her down. I just manage her out here and race her. It’s really nice,” Hart continued. “Jeff has a big stable out in Indiana, he’s a good guy to work with. It really is nice, it works out real well for me.” In her first start in Sire Stakes competition this year May 27 at Saratoga, Wisdom Tree raced from off the pace as the race’s 2-5 favorite Youaremycandygirl cut blistering fractions of :26.3 and :53.3. As the leader’s strides began to shorten nearling three-quarters, Wisdom Tree mounted a first-over bid. She struck the lead at the top of the stretch and powered away with a :28.2 final quarter to beat Alexis Faith by a length in 1:52.2 at odds of 8-1. “That was a pretty wild race,” Hart said. “My filly did it right, she pulled going to the half and she was coming first-over and ground that one down. She raced tough as nails, you can’t take anything away from her.” Wisdom Tree’s victory at Saratoga showed the filly has developed a new dimension this year. In 11 starts at 2, Wisdom Tree won three races, all of which came on the front end. She frequently made breaks in stride when forced to sit in a hole. Now more mentally and physically mature, Hart thinks Wisdom Tree has outgrown her breaking issues and is much more versatile. “Last year, when she was on the lead where you could steady her and keep her on her own pace, she was really good,” Hart explained. “She was never quick to come out of the hole, you could never force her into anything. This year, you can. She can leave, she can sit, she can do it all.” Wisdom Tree proved her efforts at Saratoga were no fluke as she finished second next out, pacing a 1:50.3 mile from post eight at Tioga Downs June 3. In her most recent start, Wisdom Tree posted a 4 ¼-length victory after sitting the pocket trip at Buffalo June 13. “I know Buffalo, I’ve raced there all my life and you’ve got to be really careful up there,” Hart said. “I was happy to see her get around that track and she handled it perfectly. Kevin Cummings said she never took a bad step. And there again, she left pretty quick and sat the hole and sat there nice. That was a nice trip up there for her.” Wisdom Tree will try to score her third NYSS victory of the year Thursday night at Yonkers when she starts in the third and final division of the state bred stakes in race 11. Wisdom Tree will start from post five as the 2-1 morning line favorite and will once again face Alexis Faith, the Casie Coleman trainee who finished second in a Fan Hanover elimination at Mohawk June 9. For complete entries, click here.  “I know Casie Coleman’s horse on the outside of us is a tough horse, I know she’s raced good in Canada. At that level, they’re all good, anything can happen. Hopefully we’ll get a good trip and we’ll see what happens,” Hart said. “I think Wisdom Tree is sharp. That Buffalo trip is tough. It’s a 6-hour trip each way, it’s a 2-day thing, but I think she’s sharp. She feels good.” Hart will also start Medusa in Friday night’s featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. A 6-1 chance from an assigned inside post, Medusa will face the likes of Lispatty, Sell A Bit, Newborn Sassy, and Mach It A Par.  Hart broke Medusa as a yearling, but she campaigned with a host of stables including Paul Kelley, Ron Burke, and Randy Bendis before finally coming to Hart this spring for the Matchmaker Series. She was victorious in one leg and hit the board in three others to make the final, where she finished sixth. I her last start, the 7-year-old finished second beaten a nose in the Filly and Mare Open June 15. In her career, Medusa is 32-for-109 with $732,753 earned. “I had her a long time ago as a baby and she came back to me this year,” Hart said. “She raced tough in that series. Five, six weeks in a row is a tough series. Last week, she was super, but the fractions were a little slower up front, kind of played into her a little bit. That’s a really nice mare. Big, beautiful, sound mare. Pretty much tries every week and just another good horse.” First post time Thursday and Friday at Yonkers is 6:50 p.m. For Friday’s entries, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wisdom Tree and Tell Me A Joke each have a victory this season in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers and they are the ones to beat in their respective divisions on Wednesday night (June 13) when the series arrives at Buffalo Raceway.   There will be two compact NYSS fields that will kick off the early daily double on the 10-race card. A field of four will tangle in the first leg worth $56,900 while the second division carries a purse of $58,000 for the five entrants.   In the opener, Wisdom Tree comes to town finishing first or second in five of her six starts in 2018. A winner of $53,200 already this season, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) drew the four post for driver Kevin Cummings and has been tabbed even money morning line choice.   Wisdom Tree, trained by Edward Hart, took the $59,100 NYSS bracket at Saratoga Raceway on May 27 by scoring a length triumph in 1:52.2. Last week at Tioga Downs, she finished a strong second in 1:50.3 despite starting from the eight post in a $40,600 division of the NYSS.   The main challenger could be Pelican Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven-Feathery Fame) who gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the pylons. She's earned a paycheck in her last two tries in the NYSS and could be primed for a big effort.   The other two in the field include Twin B Peaches (Mark MacDonald) and the Ron Burke-trained Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley).   Tell Me A Joke (Art Major-Camadian) headlines the second division and has been installed as an even money morning line choice as well from the four spot on the starting grid.   Morrill Jr., who'll be on the bike again with Tell Me A Joke, guided her to a gate-to-wire victory in the NYSS on June 3 at Tioga in 1:53.2, turning back Trigger Happy by a length. A winner three times in five appearances this season, Tell Me A Joke has $40,392 in the bank this season.   Jewels Forreal, another Burke trainee, drew the three post with Kakaley in the sulky. Last time out on June 3 at Tioga Downs, Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel) made up 10 lengths during the race and finished third just 1-1/2 lengths behind Tell Me A Joke. With a long stretch at Buffalo Raceway, Jewels Forreal could be a very formidable opponent.   The remainder of the field includes Checkered Past (MacDonald), Ms Cheesman (Scott Zeron) and Liplock (Nicholas Boyd).   The track record for the 3-year-old filly pacers is 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip. With five track standards either being tied or lowered last week at Buffalo Raceway, it's possible that the record book might have to be updated again.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway 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    

There were three divisions of the $59,000+ New York Sire Stakes for three year old filly pacers contested on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The award winner as the top two year old pacing filly in the country made the first start of her sophomore campaign on Sunday in a $59,100 division of the NYSS. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane-Somebeachsomewhere) won all the big races she competed in in 2017 and following three qualifiers, made her seasonal debut on Sunday at Saratoga. Matt Kakaley piloted the Ron Burke trainee who wound up going off as the public's 2-5 betting favorite. Her task was a difficult one as Youaremycandygirl squared off against last year's NYSS champion Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie-Cam's Card Shark) who drew the rail for Sunday's seasonal stakes debut. Youaremycandygirl appeared poised for an historic effort when she opened up a lead of a dozen lengths in a first half in an eye-popping 53.3! After checking in at three quarters in 1:22.2, her strides were noticeably shortening and the superstar filly faded sharply around the final turn. It was the Ed Hart-trained longshot Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom-Artsplace) who charged hard in the stretch and stopped the timer in 1:52.2 for the upset victory with Bruce Aldrich Jr in the sulky. Alexis Faith, who made a brief break early in the mile, recovered to finish second. Youaremycandygirl plummeted back late and wound up finishing last in her first try of 2018. Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think-Bettor's Delight) was an ultra-impressive winner on Sunday as Mark Macdonald piloted the Blake Macintosh trainee to a wire-to-wire score in a fast 1:52.3. Fellow Canadian invader Pueblo Blue Chip (American Ideal-Casino Miss-Cam's Card Shark) scored in her $60,200 division on Sunday behind a front-running effort in 1:54.3 with Jim Morrill Jr. in the sulky. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon as a matinee card is scheduled for the Memorial Day holiday. First time is set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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