Dough Dough and Clementine Dream each controlled matters on the front end as heavy favorites to win races in the Bobby Weiss series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. There were two Weiss divisions held for three and four-year-old fillies and mares on the trot, each carrying a purse of $15,000. Dough Dough (CR Excalibur-Rising Dough), trained by Gail Wrubel and driven by Mike Simons, won his second straight Weiss race, this one coming in 1:55:4. Clementine Dream (Infinitif-Catch Fortuna), with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Mark Harder, won his split in 1:55:3. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Week in Review Although the weather wasn’t always balmy in the past week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, at least it was dry on live racing nights. That led to our first week of exclusively fast tracks, and, as you might imagine, the action had a little extra spice because of it. There were a lot of thrilling races and some extraordinary performances, the best of which we’ll now honor by handing out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: DOVUTO HANOVER Saturday night marked the first time this season that we’ve had a Preferred race on the pacing side, and the $25,000 purse brought out an excellent field of six. Among those, Sparky Mark and Blatantly Good had already established themselves at Pocono with three condition wins between them in the meet, and, with inside posts, figured to be strong contenders. Add in Dovuto Hanover, who came in with wins in two of his last three against tough company at The Meadowlands, and it figured to be quite the battle. It’s always nice when a race lives up to the expectations. Sparky Mark went out and set the pace, but faced a stiff first-over test from Blatantly Good on the back stretch. Dovuto Hanover, the 4-5 favorite from the Darran Cassar barn, followed the cover of Blatantly Good on the outside before kicking out three-wide on the final turn. That meant all three horses were in prime spots at the top of the stretch, setting up a thrilling battle. For a moment, it appeared that Sparky Mark would cling to his lead all the way home, as Dovuto Hanover’s momentum seemed to be stilled. Yet driver Tyler Buter coaxed a sudden burst of energy from the favorite, and the 4-year-old gelding came up in the nick of time by a nose in 1:50:4. Great horse, great finish, and a great representation of how the Preferred pacers will compete at Pocono in the upcoming season. Other top pacers this week include: Drive All Night (Anthony Napolitano, Rene Allard), the veteran pacer who scored his second straight $15,000 claiming victory on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:51:3; Donna Party (Brett Miller-Kent Sherman), a mare who scored her third straight win in a tight claiming handicap battle on Wednesday in 1:53; and Cypress Hill Suds (George Napolitano Jr., Lou Pena), who picked up a win against the $10,000 claiming mares on Wednesday, her second straight victory, in a career-best 1:52:3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: FIRST AQUA There hasn’t been a trotter on the Pocono grounds anywhere near as dominant so far in the meet as this seven-year-old gelding. Arriving from Freehold on March 25, he immediately scorched a claiming group by seven lengths in 1:53:3. He followed that up by moving up in class the following week to handle the $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap group, again by a comfortable margin, in 1:54. By that time the secret was out, and First Aqua was claimed from that race. He went from one hot trainer (Gilberto Garcia-Herrera) to another (Rene Allard) in the exchange, but he kept George Napolitano Jr. as his driver to face off with that same top claiming group on Wednesday night as a heavy 1-5 favorite. First Aqua made the same swooping move to take over the lead on the front stretch as he did in his previous two wins. This time out he got a decent challenge from pocket horse Maravich, but he was more than up to that challenge, holding him off to win by a length-and-a-quarter. And although the margin of victory was the smallest of his winning streak, the time of 1:53:2 set a new career mark for First Aqua. That proves he’s still getting better, which is a scary thought for his future competition to entertain. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Smokin Dabra (Brett Miller, Brewer Adams), who rolled on the front end on Tuesday night to his second straight $10,000 claiming victory, this one in 1:54:4; P L Fantastic (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who took a huge step up in class and won his second straight condition trot at Pocono and his third straight overall, posting a winning time of 1:53:1; and My Leap Of Faith (Simon Allard, Brian Seidel), who rallied late for a condition win on Wednesday night in 1:54:4. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: LATE NIGHT JOKE Driver Andrew McCarthy has a way with the long shots, and he showed it by rallying this claiming pacer to an improbable victory Saturday night at 35-1 for a $73.60 win payout on a $2 ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MARCUS MILLER Young drivers sometimes struggle to find a place at Pocono, but Miller showed this week that he belongs, scoring driving doubles on Sunday and Tuesday. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: BREWER ADAMS He’s been a consistent force for several seasons at Pocono, and Adams scored big this week with five training wins, including doubles on Sunday and Tuesday. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs
Driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller continue to dominate the Bobby Weiss series for distaff trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as their mares Take The Money and Perfect Alliance, stayed unbeaten in 2014 with easy victories on Wednesday night. There were three Weiss divisions for three and four-year-old fillies and mares on the trot contested on Wednesday, each carrying a purse of $15,000. Take The Money (Donato Hanover-Repititions) got away with soft fractions on the engine and coasted to the victory in her split by five lengths in 1:56:2, making her four-for-four in 2014. Perfect Alliance (Credit Winner-Yalta Hanover) then moved to seven-for-seven on the year with a romping victory in her division by four lengths in a scorching 1:53. In the other Weiss division, Dough Dough (CR Excalibur-Rising Dough), trained by Gail Wrubel and driven by Mike Simons, cashed in on the front end in 1:56:4. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Week in Review March 29-April 4, 2014 We saw a little bit of everything this past week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There was persistent rain on Saturday night, a wintry mix that made a real mess on Sunday night, and then, finally, some springlike weather on Tuesday and Wednesday. The one constant was excellent racing the entire week through, which we’re about to highlight with our Weekly Awards. Pacer of the Week - BLATANTLY GOOD Saturday night marked the beginning of our second week of racing, which meant that horses that won their first time out in the meet would get a chance to establish themselves as more than just one-week wonders. One of those horses was Blatantly Good, a 10-year-old stallion from the barn of trainer PJ Fraley, whose first start of the ’14 campaign at Pocono resulted in a sizzling condition victory in 1:49:4. Coming off that, he moved up a notch in the condition wars on Saturday night to face off with a group of non-winners of $20,000 in the last five starts. As if the tough foes he was facing in the race weren’t enough of a collective obstacle, he also had to deal with seriously sloppy racing conditions that made it a tough night for favorites on the whole. Several horses battled for the early lead, leaving Blatantly Good far back in the back. But driver Brett Miller never panicked and brought him to the outside to begin picking off horses on the back stretch. With one sweeping move around the final turn, the standout stallion blew by his competition on his way to a win going away. The winning time of 1:53:4 was obviously affected by the track condition, but it was nonetheless another impressive victory for this stellar veteran. Other top pacers this week include: Donna Party (Brett Miller, Kent Sherman), who stepped up to a tougher group of claiming handicap mares on Wednesday night and still won her second straight, this one coming in 1:52:3; So Take That (Tyler Buter, William Adamczyk), who moved to two-for-two on the meet with a first-over grind to victory in 1:52:2 on Saturday night against our highest claiming group; and Leaveumlady (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), a mare who won her second straight condition on Wednesday, stepping up in class for the victory in a career-best 1:51:1. Trotter of the Week - DAYLON MIRACLE This 5-year-old mare from the barn of trainer William Bercury had an incredible hot streak earlier this season at The Meadows. In February and March, she rolled to four consecutive victories. Those races were all against her own gender, however, which might have led to some skepticism about her chances when she faced the toughest male trotters at Pocono. On March 22 at MSPD, she took on Modern Family, one of the top older trotters in the country, and battled him all the way before coming up just short in 3rd. Without that star in Saturday night’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap field at Pocono, the fans were on board Daylon Miracle, making her the even-money favorite. It was just a matter of going out and delivering. It wasn’t easy, as the mare had to grind it out first-over to get by Tober, the race pacesetter. In the stretch, Coraggioso, who had been placed perfectly in the pocket, closed to try to steal the win. But Daylon Miracle answered the challenge, digging in for the victory by three-quarters of a length. The winning time of 1:56:1, skewed by the sloppy track, doesn’t reflect the outstanding effort of this distinguished distaffer. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Extracurricular (Simon Allard, Marty Fine), who delivered a thrilling condition win on Wednesday night, his second straight, and matched a career-best of 1:54:3 in the process; First Aqua (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who moved up in class to beat the top claiming handicap group on the grounds in 1:54, giving him two straight impressive wins to start the meet; and Wind Of The North (Mike Simons, Clifton Green), who moved to two-for-two on the meet with a condition in on Wednesday night in 1:54:2. Long shot of the Week - CEE PEE PANIC In a $20,000 claimer on Saturday night, this gelding, with Tyler Buter in the bike, came swooping through the slop in the stretch for a win at 30-1, paying off $62.80 on a $2 win ticket. Driver of the Week - BRETT MILLER Miller is making Pocono his permanent home so far in the meet, and it’s paying off. On Saturday night, he had his best night yet by reeling off four victories. Trainer of the Week - WILLIAM ADAMCZYK Adamczyk sent out just two horses on Saturday night, but they were both winners, one of whom was out long shot of the week, Cee Pee Panic. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs
A group of seven went postward in Thursday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters, and despite a first-over trip Strong Hope proved to be much the best. The Joe Agostino-trained Strong Hope was fourth away for driver Trevor Henry while Action Image Hall and M Douglas took turns on the lead through panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:28.2. Henry Wheeled first-over on the way to the mid-way point with Strong Hope, and despite the rugged trip the seven-year-old son of CR Excalibur-Spring Lane Joanie drew clear to win by 3-1/2 lengths over Jetcrest in 1:59.3. Action Image Hall rounded out the Triactor ticket. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Strong Hope racked up his second win of the season for Agostino and partner Bert Harris of Whitby, Ontario. The 21-time winner has stashed away more than $436,000 in career earnings. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
As a 12-1 shot, In Your Room not only upended a field of condition trotters on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs but she also matched a world record in the process. The race, a condition for non-winners of $25,000 in the last five starts, carried a purse of $21,000. Leaving from post position #2 in a field of seven, In Your Room (CR Excalibur-Chris Image), a five year-old mare trained by Gail Wrubel, found a spot on the inside not too far off the scorching pace set by Money On My Mind. Other horses faltered in the chase, but In Your Room stayed close enough to rally under the urging of Mike Simons in the stretch and upend the very game Money On My Mind by three-quarters of a length. Smoother Rode finished 3rd. The winning time of 1:51:4 matched the track and world record for aged trotting mares on a 5/8-mile oval. That mark was set earlier this season at Pocono by Beatgoeson Hanover. In Your Room, owned by Classico Stables, won for the seventh time in 25 races this season. It was her 15th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $185,302. Jim Beviglia
Mymomsablizzard has been a winning machine over the past couple of seasons and she continued her winning ways on Friday night at Saratoga. The defending Horse of the Year at the Spa won in the local Open Two two weeks back and scored an impressive victory at Monticello last week. On Friday night, Austin Siegelman moved Mymomsablizzard (CR Excalibur) to the early lead in the $18,000 feature and they would never look back. The Allan Johnson trained mare won for the eighth time of the year with her score that came in 1:56.2. Slugfest (Jim Devaux) battled gamely before finishing second while Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) closed for third. Mymomsablizzard was a rare favorite to win on the night as some big tickets were punched with several longshots prevailing in the first half of the card. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur) continued his sensational freshman season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters took center stage on the fifteen race card. JS Trotting Bob was acquired by the KJ Stables of Baldwinsville, NY a little over a month ago and has since gone four-for-four after his Friday night romp at the Spa in the $90,863 Sire Stakes race. Jim Morrill Jr was in town to pilot the freshman trotter for trainer Tracy Brainard and sat patiently in midpack before unleashing his attack heading to the three quarter pole. The race’s 1-9 betting favorite, JS Trotting Bob prevailed in 2:00.3 over an off track that followed a day full of rain. The two year old standout is now seven for eight in his young career and will head into the Night of Champions as the two year old colt to beat. The other $90,863 Sire Stakes race went to Jim Doherty’s Mister Anson (Conway Hall), who benefited from a disqualification of first place finisher Cash Me Out. It was the first career victory for Mister Anson who may have punched his ticket to the Sire Stakes final with the win. Live racing continues on Saturday at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
BATAVIA, NY ---- JS Trotting Bob established a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old colt trotters Monday afternoon by going wire-to-wire in 1:58.2 over a fast track in a $50,506 division of the New York Sires Stakes. That eclipsed the old mark of 1:58.4 set by Dejarmbro in 2010. Morrill Jr. then made it a clean sweep in the Sires Stakes as he guided Flyhawk El Durado to an easy 4-1/2 victory over General Bill Brown in 2:01.3 in the second $50,506 leg. Morrill Jr. finished with six winners on the Labor Day afternoon. While JS Trotting Bob ($3.20) set the new track record, he did have some anxious moments down the stretch. After posting fractions of 29.4, 59.1 and 1:29.0, he had to hold off an impressive late charge by Cash Me Out (Michael McGivern) who managed to close in within a half-length at the wire but had to settle for second. Daley Lovin (Dan Daley) was third. Morrill Jr. said of close finish, "My colt wasn't all in...he's still green. He stops then starts again." Fortunately for JS Trotting Bob, he had enough withstand the late challenge and score his sixth win in seven career starts. JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur-CR Mimosa) is owned by Ken Jacob's, KJ Stables and trained by Arnold Marks. The win put his earnings to $110,312 on the season. Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) went gate-to-wire in notching his fourth win in seven appearances. He posted some leisurely fractions of 30.1, 1:01.4 to the half. But midway down the backstretch, General Bill Brown made a big brush and caught the attention of Flyhawk El Durado ($3.40). But that threat was quickly rebuffed by the winner and General Bill Brown had to settle for second while Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) took the show spot. Lukas Hall (Cat Manzi), sent off at 1-1, was sitting the garden spot around the final turn behind Flyhawk El Durado but broke stride and lost any hope. With the victory Flyhawk El Durado increased his winnings to $145,822 for owner Martin Scharf. Mark Ford trained the winner. In the $12,700 Excelsior Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, Winbak Glory ($9.10) and Cat Manzi went the fastest mile in the four divisions with a 2:00.4. Royal Max ($6.90) and John Stark Jr. posted a victory in 2:01.3 in the second division while in the third leg HS Merlin (Dan Daley) pulled the shocker with a $18.80 win in 2:03. Finally in the fourth and final division, Morrill Jr. cruised with Crazolo ($2.30) in 2:01.4. Haste (Jim McNeight) used a seasonal best of 1:57.4 to register a surprising $26.00 victory in the $8,500 Open Trot. The $3,000 Guaranteed Pick-4, which begins in the third race, returns on Wednesday night when racing resumes with a 12-race card slated for 6:30 p.m. The entire program will be telecast live on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas. The feature will be the seventh race as the Filly and Mare Open Pace will be contested for $8,500. Real Joy and driver Shawn McDonough are the 5-2 morning line favorite scoring from the six post. For more information including upcoming promotions, news and race replays, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing . by Brian J. Mazurek
BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Labor Day is known as the unofficial end of summer and Batavia Downs is going to celebrate the holiday in a huge way with some exciting New York Sires Stakes and Excelsior Series action along with great promotions Monday afternoon. The highlight of the 13-race card that begins at 1:15 p.m. are two $50,000 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Besides attracting some up and coming freshmen trotting stars, it also brings in some top-notch drivers including Jim Morrill Jr., Cat Manzi and former Western New York regulars Jeff Gregory and John Stark Jr. There will also be four $12,600 legs of the Excelsior Series for the 2-year-old trotting colts and the weekly $8,500 Open Trot. The first race $50,000 Sires Stakes will be the opener on the program with JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur-CR Mimosa) heading the select field of five. JS Trotting Bob is fresh off a victory in a $141,787 division of the Sires Stakes in 1:59 at Yonkers Raceway on August 20th. It was his first start in the Sires Stakes after competing in the Excelsior and handled the tougher challenge. JS Trotting Bob also has posted a 1:56.3 mark at Vernon Downs on August 8th in the Excelsior Series and comes to town on a two-race win streak. JS Trotting Bob has been installed as the 6-5 favorite with Morrill Jr. scheduled to be in the sulky. He has won five-of-six career races and $82,059 in earnings and will score from the four spot. His main competition should come from Daley Lovin. He has a victory in a $53,562 leg in a Sires Stakes race at Vernon Downs on August 8th in 1:56.3 and placed third behind JS Trotting Bob, when forced to race first-over, at Yonkers on August 20th. Dan Daley trains and drives the Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis colt who has bankrolled $58,443 thus far in 2013. The seventh race will also have a field of five going for the $50,000 Sires Stakes purse. Flyhawk El Durado is the 2-1 morning line choice out of the two-hole with Morrill in the bike. Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) took the victory in a $141,787 Sires Stakes event at Yonkers on August 20th in 1:59.4 and has won three races in six career appearances. He has $120,669 in the bank and is conditioned by Mark Ford. Lukas Hall (Conway Hall-Goddess Of War) has two Sires Stakes victories this season and will start from the three spot for Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi. Lukas Hall, 3-1 on the morning line, scored a 1:55 win at Vernon Downs on August 8th and also scored at Tioga Downs in 1:56.3 on July 26th. He has been in the money in five of six starts and has $79,895 in winnings. There will also be great food specials all day long with a 'Buy 1, Get 1 Free' chicken BBQ buffet for $9.95 (with coupon) in the clubhouse from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be $1 Sahlen hot dogs, sodas and draft beer offered in the Paddock Room beginning at noon. For more information on the Labor Day activities or to view race replays, upcoming promotions or read the latest news, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek
Mike Simons and In Your Room captured the $16,000 open trot on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Simons and In Your Room got away third from post position number three as Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) the 1-2 betting favorite cut through fractions of 27, 56, and 1:24.1. Around the final turn, Simons and In Your Room found themselves four lengths off the lead with Cold Certified controlling the race over a pocket sitting Fox Valley Smarty (Corey Braden). Down the stretch, Simons pulled In Your Room to the outside and she responded trotting a final quarter in 28.4 to get up for a length and three quarter victory in 1:53.4. The win was the sixth of the year in twenty seasonal starts for the 5-year old daughter of CR Excalibur – Chris Image for the Classico Stables and trainer Gail Wrubel. Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) hung on for second, while Fox Valley Smarty was third to round out the 3-5-6 trifecta good for $92.00. Fern Paquet Jr. recorded a driving triple on the night’s ten race card, while Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Corey Braden each posted doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 25th with a special post time of 1:00pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . by Dustin Ross
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 20, 2013--New York Sire Stakes hit town Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $283,574 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. With the event attracting just a dozen, it meant a pair of divisions going for a cool $141,787 each. That fun factoid suited driver Jim Morrill Jr. just fine, since he won 'em both. The first event saw 3-10 favorite Crazzycrazzy (Brian Sears) wanting nothing to do with the doings. He was off-stride behind the gate, caught the field, then broke again. That left second choice J's Trotting Bob ($8.10)--leaving from post position No. 2--to his own devices. Taking over from 57-1 shot General Bill Brown (Tyler Raymer) right at a :29.3 opening quarter-mile, simple sub-stations of 1:00.2, 1:30.31, and 1:59 left him 2¾ lengths to the good at the wire. Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) rallied into second, with a first-up Daley Lovin' (Dan Daley), General Bill Brown and My Friend Charlie (Chris Lems) rounding out the payees. "Bob," a CR Excalibur gelding owned by Ken Jacob's KJ Stables and trained by Arnie Marks, is now 5-for-6 this season after a successful sire stakes debut. The exacta paid $41.20, with the triple returning $88.50. Morrill and third choice, pole-sitting Flyhawk El Durado ($11.60), rallied from a loose pocket in the second event...which again saw a Sears escort jump it off. Credit Fashion, the slight second choice, lost it in the first turn. He did catch back trotting as tepid 6-5 choice Lukas Hall (Jeff Gregory) made the lead around the eventual winner. Lukas Hall (:29.3, 1:00.1) then surrendered the lead to a big third-quarter move from Credit Fashion, who found a 1:30.4 next station and had two lengths turning for home. However, he could not close the sale, with Flyhawk El Durado chasing him down the passing lane. "El Durado" won by a half-length in 1:59.4. Credit Fashion saved second, with Lukas Hall, Consumer Rate (Cat Manzi) and Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) settling for the remainder. Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, has won half of his six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.80, with the triple returning $72. Thursday night's features the $289,775 NYSS Jim Meagher Pace for frosh colts and geldings. Three ($96,025, $96,025 and $97,725) events, going as races 3,4 and 6 are on the agenda. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker
VERNON, NY—Lukas Hall converted a pocket trip into a 1:55 track record victory during the second division of Thursday night’s $106,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs. With Jeff Gregory doing the teaming for trainer Kevin Mc Dermott in Thursday’s $52,562 10th race, Lukas Hall drafted along in second place behind the mile-cutting favorite Crazzycrazzy until the stretch drive, where he came on in a :29-second final quarter to post a career-best win-clocking, that lowered the former Vernon standard for freshman colt trotters by 2/5ths-of-a-second. The previous mark had been established by Manofmanymissions in 2010. It was the second win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in five starts for the quick-striding bay son of Conway Hall-Goddess Of War, who is owned by former New York Jets standout Wayne Chrebet and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Two NYSS wins in succession have raised the capable colt’s career earnings to $62,881. Thursday’s other NYSS divisional winner was Daley Lovin’, who also came from behind to record a career-best 1:56.3 victory in the $53,562 sixth race. Trainer Dan Daley drove the homebred son of Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis for his wife Ann-Mari Daley and Jlrl LLC. It was the first score (coupled with two third-place tallies) in four outings for the lifetime winner of $41,429. With noted NYSS pilot Jim Morrill, Jr. handling the lines in race four, a division of Thursday’s $63,900 Excelsior Series for NY-bred freshman male members of the diagonal gait, JS Trotting Bob became Vernon’s fastest 2-year-old trotting gelding of 2013 after posting a 1:56.3 victory in the fourth race, that was just one second off the track’s 60-year standard for his category. It marked the fourth tally in five starts for the bay son of CR Excalibur-Cr Mimosa, who is trained by Arnie Marks and owned by the Kj LLC Stables. Thursday’s other Excelsior series winners were Wild And Crazy Guy (Crazed-My Baby’s Momma) in 1:57.2, Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) in 1:57.4), Winbak Glory (Malabar Man-Mink’s Glory) in 1:59.2 and General Bill Brown (Crazed-Dusty Girl) in 1:59.3. Thursday’s swiftest score was a career-best 1:50.3 victory for Let’s Go Higher in the $10,000 seventh race, the week’s Open contest for female pacers. Morrill, Jr., who collected three wins during the evening’s 13-race card, did the steering for trainer Hedi Rohr and owner Jesse J. De Long. DOWNS DOINGS Lukas Hall’s performance is the ninth Vernon record that has been tied or lowered during the track’s 60th season… The Traylor Racing Stable’s Cash Me Out is unbeaten after three career starts… Wild And Crazy Guy, Daley Lovin’ and General Bill Brown all collected their first pari-mutuel wins on Thursday night…Vernon’s annual “Corntastic Weekend” continues with Friday night’s corn-husking contest… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.
Flashy Lady beat the boys to pull off the mild upset in Friday night’s Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Brandon Simpson trains and drives the mare who started from the rail but got away fourth in the $18,000 feature. The race’s favorite tired on the front end after setting fast fractions in the early going and Flashy Lady (CR Excalibur) took advantage. The eight year old trotter fought gamely throughout her first over journey and got up to win a photo in 1:56.1. Victory Tax (Shawn Gray) finished a close second while On The Tab (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Flashy Lady, who moved her career bankroll to over the quarter million dollar mark with the victory, returned $19.00 to win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with action starting at 7:05pm. Mike Sardella
Harness racing driver Jean-Pierre Dubois scored a double yesterday at Marseille-Borely, continuing his remarkable driving return in France.
The productive harness racing trotter Leah's Ex flashed fast foot at the finish of Saturday night's $6,200 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs and ended up equaling her lifetime win-mark with a 1:54.3 score.
In Your Room and harness racing driver Mike Simons took home the $16,000 open handicap trot on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number three in a field of seven, Simons settled in third as the field went to the quarter in 27.4 with the favorite, Spice It Up Lindy pressing to the front.
Harness racing's largest standarbred nursery Winbak Farm was founded in 1991 by Joe and JoAnn Thomson. The farm was originally Winfield Farms, home of the legendary Thoroughbred, Northern Dancer. The name Winbak is derived from the 'Win' in Winfield and B A K for each of Joe and JoAnn's children (Bradley, Ashlee and Kimberly).