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Pompano Beach, FL…December 22, 2015…Richard Silverman’s Cashahallic, a neck shy of the winner’s circle last week, was not to be denied this time around as he conquered seven harness racing rivals to score a handy 1:55.1 win in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot over Pompano Park’s oval, officially rated “sloppy” due to torrential rains just minutes earlier. The seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall, again handled by regular pilot Aaron Byron, pinned a two length defeat on the late charging My Revenuer, driven by Rick Plano, with the favorite, Auspicious Hanover, third for Kevin Wallis. Pounce Hanover finished fourth in the octet while Rainbow Gold picked up the final award. When the Hummer sped away at the start, both Pounce Hanover and Cashahallic showed alacrity leaving with My Revenuer also in the mix and Auspicious Hanover leaving and wending his way into fourth after beginning from the outside eight post. Around the opening bend, Cashahallic assumed command and took the field through an opening panel in :27.1 before gliding over to the half in :57.4. On the backside, Byron let out a notch and sent Cashahallic through a :28.2 third panel, putting a damper on any threats developing while reaching the third station in 1:26.1. From there, the issue was never in doubt as Auspicious Hanover and My Revenuer could not get closer than two lengths to the winner with the latter earning place honors in the photo. After the event, driver Aaron Byron said, “Richie’s horse (Cashahallic) is such a consistently good trotter. I think he’s been 1-2-3 in about half of his lifetime starts so you know he’s going to give you the best he’s got each start. “Since the track was off tonight because of the rain, I thought I’d try him on the front end to keep the mud out of his eyes. I think he likes being in the thick of the action because I won with him a few starts ago practically wire-to-wire. “It worked out very well and that second quarter (:30.3) helped his cause a ton.” The win—Cashahallic’s 23rd lifetime—pushed his 2015 scorecard to 7-5-6 in 32 starts, good for $66,273. He’s closing in on $300,000 lifetime--$293,320 to be precise. As the 3 to 1 second choice in the wagering, Cashahallic paid $8.60 to win. That win, incidentally, capped a “natural” daily double as the Byron-Silverman duo teamed up to score in the race prior with Ms Casey Mac, a three year-old daughter of Neutralize. Carding front end panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:26.1, Ms Casey Mac fought off the stiff challenge of Sue’s Night Out (Brad Kramer) to score by a head in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark despite the “off” track, annihilating her previous mark of 1:58.2 over the Windsor, Maine half mile oval. Marion (Gilles Barrieau) was five lengths back in third. For Ms Casey Mac, it was her eighth win of the year in 16 starts, pushing her 2015 bounty to $56,962. She paid $7.40 to win as the second choice in the win pool. Pompano’s co-feature trot, the $9,000 Winner’s Over, was won by the 12 to 1 outsider Winding Hill, driven by John MacDonald for owner-trainer Dennis Whittemore. This four year-old son of Here Comes Herbie, fifth early on, blitzed his rivals with a backstretch blast, taking the lead three-eighths out and romping home a length-and-a-half the best in 1:56.1. Jessie’s Promise, with Mark O’Mara driving, finished second after chasing the winner the entire last lap while Bold Strike, prominent early, finished third for Wally Hennessey. Sailer Eddie finished fourth while Saint Patty’s Doll picked up the nickel in the field scratched down to eight. Winding Hill won for the fifth time this year in 24 starts, pushing his bankroll for the year to $40,225. He’s banked $98,335 lifetime. As fifth choice, Winding Hill paid $27.20 to win. Also of note is the winning streak of the claiming pacer Cherokee Ranger, now at five. The four year-old gelded son of Palone Ranger, now trained by Francis Tambolleo for owner Lesbia Luz Perez de Luna after being claimed last week, made a sweeping four wide backstretch move to the front and romped home a seven length winner in 1:53.3 for Jason Dillander for his 11th win of the year. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Cherokee Ranger paid $3.40 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a 14 race card and a special early post time of 7:00 p.m. The track has added a second Pentafecta and an additional Pick-4 to the program with the Wednesday Pick-5 pool guaranteed at $20,000, including a carry-over of $3,553. The initial Pick-4 (races six through nine) has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Gimme The Cash (Cash Hall) got the money in the harness racing co-feature for New York Sired Trotters on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Angus MacDonald trains and drives the four year old mare who scored in the $11,250 trot on a warm December evening in Saratoga. The Vernon Downs invader shook loose in the stretch after getting away third in the race's early going to trot past his rivals and secure the victory in 1:58.2. Gimme The Cash returned $12.40 to win while besting Luck Of Macrea (Frank Coppola Jr) who was second and the favored Tango Pirate (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who faded late to finish third. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

DOVER, Del. --- War Cry Hall took the lead on the last turn on the way to a 1:53.2 win in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Dover Downs. Meanwhile Bullett Blue strikes at 90-1. Harness racing driver George Dennis drives a grand slam. RBH Ventures' War Cry Hall came at leader Tough Mac on the final turn and then rolled right by in the lane to notch his 12th win of the campaign with Ross Wolfenden driving for trainer Jim King. The triumph was the second straight and third in five starts for the Cash Hall-Winners Only six-year-old gelding. He has now earned $118,890 this year. Ashes Cash (Vic Kirby), a winner last week, came on fast in the stretch to take second-place. Hemi Seelster (Brett Miller) was third. It was Ross Wolfenden's second win on the card. Earlier, Bullitt Blue, owned and trained by veteran Howard Birney, became the longest-price payoff of the meet as Sean Bier guided the Cams Fortune-Blue For You homebred to a 90-1 victory in a 2,3&4-Year-Old pace. The 1:54.2 second career win was his first in more than a month. I'm So Striking returned to the winner's circle for the first time this meet chalking up a 1:54.1 life-time victory in a $12,000 conditioned trot. An altered son of I'm Striking. I'm So Striking-Ringside Katie is trained and driven by Eddie Dennis for Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable. The six-year-old has earned $273,553 in his career. Five Towns (Corey Callahan) and Cashontherocs (Allan Davis) were second and third respectively. Ragazzo Dolce is currently king of the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap trotters. The Muscles Yankee-Bella Dolce four-year-old gelding reined by Jim Morand, won for the fourth consecutive start scoring a 1:55.1 triumph for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Aventure (B.Miller) was second. Vimy Ridge (A.Davis) was third, ending his four-race win streak. George Dennis had a big night recording four winning drives. Jim Morand, trainer Eddie Dennis and owners E&K Stable had two wins apiece. PL HOOFHEARTED, LAUGHING MATTERS LEAD $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER PL Hoofhearted is the lone winner last time as a field of eight meet in a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace for 4&5-year-olds on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Marcus Miller put Curran Racing’s PL Hoofhearted right on the lead and sped to a 1:53.2 victory in last Thursday’s feature. PT Stable claimed Laughing Matters two starts back and makes his second start for its new owner with Art Stafford Jr. driving. Movie Sequel was overmatched last time starting from the rail, but now gets a better post position and driver Corey Callahan. Toby Lynch owned, trained and driven Major Bucks makes his career debut in a claiming race but must overcome starting from post 8. The other starters are Troy Tribbet’s Big Secret with Jonathan Roberts driving, Mike West and Danny Walsh’s Militia Man drew post 1 with Allan Davis driving. Angela Coombs’ Regal Hope with Vic Kirby and Kathleen Brewer’s Jackson Brady handled by Ross Wolfenden return to the claiming ranks. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- Ashes Cash came from far back to score a 1:54 victory in the Wednesday $14,000 Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. 2.Meet leading driver Corey Callahan added four more wins to his first-place total now at 48 after 18 racing-days meanwhile the 11th race was called a "no contest." In the feature, Callahan moved Ashes Cash to the outside and came fast in the lane to beat Bluebird Reverend (George Dennis) and Hemi Seelster (Ross Wolfenden) to the finish line in a 1:54. The time equaling the lifetime mark for the Cash Hall-Ashameg gelding. It was the Leigh Raymer-owned and trained five-year-old's eighth win of the season lifting his earnings to $43,495. Blue Reverend, a top Indiana stakes performer and Hemi Seelster, who raced in major events in Ontario, finished second and third respectively. Machuca guided by Allan Davis for owner- trainer Bob Shahan's Machuca, one of two three-year-olds in the race, to victory in 1:57.3 to win the co-feature $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. The victory was the fourth of the campaign for the Yankee Glide-Tail Of Night gelding. Someway Same Hall (Art Stafford Jr.) was second with Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent) third. In the 12th race, a Filly and Mare pace, Hotwire (Tony Morgan) suddenly went down at the 3/8th pole causing confusion with the seven other horses in the race. With the Starting Car and Track Ambulance rushing to help were on the track. When the field turned down the homestretch heading for the crowded finish line, the race was called a "No Contest" and all wagers on the event were re-reimbursed. Both horse and driver were reported ok. Jim Morand drove three winners, Sean Bier, Allan Davis and trainers Doug Lewis and owner-trainer Harry Marsh had two wins each. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Cashahallic, knocking at the door in this top class the last two weeks, finally broke that door down on Monday night and won the $10,000 Open Trot at  the harness racing meeting at Pompano Park in 1:55. The seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall, owned and trained by Richard Silverman, got a picture perfect drive from Aaron Byron as he made a quarter move to the top and led the rest of the journey, pinning a 1 ½ length defeat on Pounce Hanover (Ed Hensley) with Uriel (Kevin Wallis) another nose back in third. Shes All In and Ill Tell You What picked up the minors in the septet. As the gate sprung, Pounce Hanover left with alacrity along with Cashahallic with Count Speed into the fray early, only to lose his composure at the opening marker in :28.1. Shortly after, Byron sent Cashahallic pouncing to the front himself and clocked fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.4, feeling only minimal pressure from Uriel around the final bend. In the lane, Cashahallic was never in danger, strutting home a handy winner in 1:55. In a post-race interview, driver Byron said, this horse has been giving hints the last couple of starts and I thought I'd try him on the front end this week since he won that way a few starts ago. He's handy so he brushed to the top easily and that was that. For Cashahallic, it was his sixth success of the year in 30 starts, pushing his seasonal bounty to $57,773. He banked $284,820 lifetime to go along with his Meadowlands mark of 1:54. As the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Cashahallic paid $3.80 to his many backers John Berry

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 16, 2015 -- The lone 3-year-old in the field, Barn Girl took it to her elders Tuesday at The Meadows when she captured the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Barn Girl quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone but was under serious siege around the final turn. The daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie found another gear, clicking off the final quarter in 28.1 to score in 1:55.1. Mistress Valentine was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Whata Donato third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her career bankroll to $217,716, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. Tony Hall collected four wins and Palone three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) set a lifetime mark in winning Sunday's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Jim Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter to a first over score in the $18,000 feature just two weeks after winning his first career Open at the Spa. Cash Me Out stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:54.4 to record his fourth victory of the season. The four year old trotter bested Can I Say (Bruce Aldrich Jr), the race's lone lady, who was the runner up and Slugfest (Jay Randall) who held on for third. Cash Me Out returned $7.80 to win and led an exacta that paid $27 and a triple that returned $100. Cash Me Out is owned by Traylor Racing LLC, of Ballston Spa, NY. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) set a lifetime mark as he outclosed his rivals to win the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Jim Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter and swung him three wide around the final turn before reeling in track record holder Bourbon Bay (John Cummings Jr) in the final furlong. It was the first win in the $18,000 Open for Cash Me Out who set a new mark of 1:55.1 on Sunday. Bourbon Bay, who set the track record two weeks ago with a dazzling 1:53 romp in his local debut, had to settle for second this week while longshot Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out, who returned $20.80 to win in his upset score, moved his career earnings to over the $400,000 mark with his score in the trotting feature. The exacta paid $92.50 while the triple returned $741. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 17, 2015 -- Odds-on Luminosity (George Brennan, $2.80) and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $21.20) shared the Saturday night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing $40,000 Open Handicaps. Luminosity, starting from post position No. 6 (in one notch after a scratch) in the marquee trot, took away any suspense early, He easily worked around Cashontherocs (Jason Bartlett), then completed the requisite route (:27.3, :57.2, 1:26, 1:55.2). The final margin was 2½ lengths over a from-last Zooming (Tyler Buter), who skimmed the cones. Cashonontherocs was third with a two-move Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) and Uva Hanover (Jordan Stratton) also earning pay envelopes. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 13th win in 30 seasonal starts (five wins in last seven tries). The exacta paid $11.40, with the triple returning $46.60. The weekly featured pace saw an early scrum between Moonliteonthebeach (Bartlett), E Z Noah (Mark MacDonald) and a parked-out Great Vintage (Dan Dube). That led to brisk numbers (:26.1, :54.3) on a brisk night, which was not the way to do business. As Great Vintage was retreating toward a 1:23.1 three-quarters, Mach's Beach Boy--three-hole from post No. 4--left the cones. The move may have pushed 11-10 choice Take it Back Terry (Brennan) wide as E Z Noah was about done on the lead. Mach's Beach Boy owned a length advantage into the lane, then whipped by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:51.4. Dream Out Loud N (Buter), Moonliteonthebeach and Sapphire City (Stratton) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Mach's Beach Boy, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding trained for his driver for Ontario co-owners Dan Mogridge and Jeffrey Oborne, it was his 10th win in 33 '15 tries. The exacta paid $81.50, the triple returning $289 and the superfecta paid $995. Props to Lachance, who drove four winners (mutuels of $24, $3.50, $21.20 and $133.50) during the dozen-race card. Note that since no one took down Saturday night's Pick 5 (due in large part to Lachance), Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $5,249.99 ($10,000 guaranteed pool, 50-cent-base wager, program pages available at www.yonkersraceway.com). Frank Drucker

Pompano Beach, FL…October 17, 2015…Oho Diamond, the new owner of the track record for harness racing four year-old trotting mares, and Cashahallic, the victor in last week’s Open trot, are set to lock horns on Sunday night at Pompano Park in this week’s edition of the Open Handicap Trot. Oho Diamond, the excellent four year-old daughter of Ken Warkentin, stopped the timer in 1:53.3 on opening night, eclipsing Peace Corp’s 1:54.2 standard set in 1990. Trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner Dan Clements, Oho Diamond is seeking her 12th win of the year and looks to add to her season bounty of $88,333, by far the best of her career. She will start from post nine in her field with Mike Micallef expected to be in the bike. Cashahallic, the property of trainer Richard Silverman, looked very sharp in winning last week’s open, making a quarter move to the top and securing the win in 1:55.3. Aaron Byron is scheduled to drive this seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall again on Sunday night and will be leaving from post position eight. Elin, Back To Space, Verdi, My Revenuer, Escuela, Tug River Dylan and Dominum Deo complete the “million dollar winning” field. The companion Open pace features Lyons Johnny, Audrey’s Dream and Northern Companion—1-2-3 in last week’s event—along with Whogoesfirst, Raji’s Blue Line, Sir Jake’s Z Tam, King Royalty and Thebestofjoel. Lyons Johnny went a huge first over journey in his last start to eke by Audrey’s Dream in the very last stride in 1:51. Owned by the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny will have the driving services of trainer Mike Micallef. Audrey’s Dream, meanwhile, will be driven by Ed Hensley, part of the Hensley racing team with Ashleigh as the trainer. Dorothy Zarza’s Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr, has been showing his usual stout lake kick in recent events and looms as the danger off of an expected lively pace. Corey Braden will be back in the sulky again. Sunday’s card also features a $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-4, covering races six through nine. Also of note, the Florida Amateur Driving Club will be making a presentation to the Go For The Greens Foundation, an organization which takes an active role in the fight against breast cancer. F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs said, “You know, many of us are so immersed in our own little world and then, in an instant, that world is turned upside down when the doctor confronts you with the word ‘cancer.’ “This is our Club’s way of saying, ‘We haven’t forgotten those who are fighting the fight and we’ll continue to do all we can to support the ‘race for a cure.’” The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated close to $140,000 to worthy charitable causes since its inception. Post time is 7:30 with the F.A.D.C. special presentation taking place after the first race. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

Vernon, N.Y. -- Taking advantage of a pocket trip off a pressured third quarter, Hold On Tightly ($12.60) slid through an opening at the pegs to just take Friday (September 25) evening's harness racing featured $7,000 upper-level conditioned trot at Vernon Downs.   Greg Merton left with the 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding and was able to duck into the pocket to track pacesetter Keystone Thomas (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through a :28.1 initial quarter. On the backstretch, Keystone Thomas faced pressure from the first-over Yankee Manny (Chris Lems), and the latter would go on to force a :28.3 third quarter while gaining to within half a length.   As the pace picked up, Hold On Tightly found himself boxed by A Lister (John MacDonald) on approach to the top of the stretch, and Fleetwood Hall (Roman Lopez) was gearing up for a four-wide stretch bid. Keystone Thomas eventually dismissed Yankee Manny in upper stretch, but was engulfed in the final yards not only by Fleetwood Hall, but also by Hold On Tightly, who found a seam up the inside to just prevail in 1:55.4. Runner-up Fleetwood Hall just missed by a nose, while Keystone Thomas checked in a gamely beaten third.   Edgar "Sparky" Clarke trains Hold On Tightly for Timothy Lopez.   Chris Lems led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race program.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 26) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

Latham, NY---62 well-bred yearlings, including 58 eligible to the lucrative New York Sire Stakes, went up for auction Sunday (Sept. 20) at the annual harness racing Morrisville College Yearling Sale at the Nancy Sears Stowell Equine Arena located on the college campus. A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. start time for breakfast and to get a good look at the next generation of stars from 17 top sires in the sport before finalizing their short lists and heading into the sales arena. When everything was said and done, 48 trotters and 14 pacers produced a sales total of just under $1 million with an average price per horse of $15,540. That number is up a substantial 43% from last year’s average bid of $10,715 and a 60% increase over the average price of the last five years combined. Speculation at the sale was the smaller group of higher caliber yearlings drove the prices up. The sale topper (as well as highest priced trotter) was hip number 24, Royal Pinot (RC Royalty-Graduation Party) who was consigned by Crawford Farms. The filly was purchased for $55,000 by Burke Racing LLC The second highest bid of $40,000 was realized for hip number 68, Texican (Cash Hall-Hot Chili Girl) who was consigned by Lakeview Equine. The trotting colt was purchased by Wanda Polisseni of Fairport, NY. On the pacing side, hip number 42, Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover), who was also consigned by Lakeview Equine, drew a final bid of $24,000 from Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY. Chapter Seven yearlings brought the highest average price of the sale at $24,667, just ahead of Conway Hall who commanded $24,200. RC Royalty, who had the highest number of yearlings in the sale (21), was third at $18,190. The seven-horse consignment from Crawford Farms brought the highest average price of $21,143. Lakeview Equine who offered 15 head averaged $17,767 and the Morrisville College Equine Institute, who had the largest consignment of 18, realized $17,500 per horse. A complete listing of all hip number bids and other searchable information can be found at this link. (http://morrisvillesale.com/results/index.cgi ) Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway took a Saturday night stakes siesta, ceding the marquee to the overnight harness racing occupants. Luminosity (George Brennan, $3.50) and Crombie A (Brent Holland, $6.80) won their respective $48,000 Open Handicaps for trotters and pacers. Luminosity, as the 3-4 choice, had the identical, unimpeded assigned eight-hole path to the lead that Krispy Apple did in Friday night's distaff derby. Here, Luminosity controlled the crowd through intervals of :28.1, :56.4, 1:25.2 and 1:54. The margin, a length-and-a-half entering the lane, was a length-and-three-quarters at the end. Chasing from the pocket was pole-sitting For You Almostfree (Jason Bartlett), with UVA Hanover (Jordan Stratton) a three-hole third. Watkins (Pat Lachance) and Not Afraid (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 11th win in 2 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.40, with the triple returning $152.50. As for Crombie A, who won the 1-thru-7 draw in the weekly pacing feature, he worked out a second-over trip to snap the leading, 9-10 choice Somewhere in LA (Dube) by a half-length in 1:51.1. The latter kept the ball rolling (:26.3, :54.4, 1:23), taking a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. Eight-hole-assigned Take it Back Terry (Brennan) flew home to snatch third, with Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) and a pocketed Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. For second choice Crombie A, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Life Sign co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh and Albert Abdala, he's now 7-for-10- this season. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $134. Crombie A owns a share the (1:50.1) all-age track record, taken in late July. Nest Saturday, it's New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds. Frank Drucker

Vernon, N.Y. -- Employing a first-over bid through the far turn, Barn Girl ($2.20) delivered as the prohibitive harness racing favourite in her $45,000 New York Excelsior Series final, one of four to headline Saturday (September 19) evening's program at Vernon Downs.   The 3-year-old trotting daughter of Cash Hall and Turquoise Sweetie earned her 14th career win in the first Excelsior event of the evening, angling first-over just as Miss B'ville J (Jim Morrill, Jr.) took the lead through a :57.3 half. Barn Girl progressed steadily through the far turn, making ground in the second flight through a :28.2 third quarter before collaring Miss B'ville J in deep stretch for a 1:54.2 triumph. Jeff Gregory drove Barn Girl for trainer Howard Okusko, Sr. and owners Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt, and the Out in the Country Stable.   Andy Ray ($9.10) took top honours among 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings in their Excelsior final, placed second-over by Andy Miller behind the live cover of 4-5 faavourite Crazshana (Trond Smedshammer) before kicking cover to narrowly prevail in 1:54.1. Erv Miller trains the gelded son of Crazed and Crown N Lindy for Paymaq Racing, Ronald Michelon, and Harvey Eisman.   The 3-year-old filly pace saw Matt Kakaley slid second-over with Hey Kobe ($5.40) to track a live B Stern through a :55.2 half, only to be left uncovered on the far turn and sustain a bid to a deep-stretch lead. The daughter of Bettor's Delight and American West was able to wear down B Stern through a :27 final quarter for a 1:51.2 triumph. Jean Drolet trains Hey Kobe for Stephen Schneider and William Siegel.   In the 3-year-old pace for colts and geldings, Masterson ($3.50, part of entry) emerged late from a tracking trip, drawing clear for a 1:50 win to extend his win streak to five. Tracy Brainard trains the gelded son of Bettor's Delight and Tug River Princess for Blue Chip Bloodstock, and Jim Morrill, Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.   Morrill also captured two of the evening's four $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolations, teaming up with Fashion Creditor (3-year-old colt trot, 1:53.2) and Penji Hanover (3-year-old colt pace, 1:49.4). Also victorious were My Lucky Word (3-year-old filly trot, 1:56.2, Corey Callahan) and Luck Be a Lindy (3-year-old filly pace, 1:51, Gregory).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (September 23) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

After three straight wins against fillies and mares, Cowgirl Hall took on the boys in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows -- and she showed them her heels. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall stalked Major Athens from the pocket, then blew by for Dave Palone in the Lightning Lane to score handily in 1:53.2. Tall Cotton, the winner's stablemate, rallied from last for second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Major Athens saved show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who won for the 24th time over the past two seasons and extended her career bankroll to $772,428, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Palone piloted four winners -- three for Burke -- on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak              

Harness racing driver Trond Smedshammer and his horse Buen Camino will hope to finish Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters the same way they start it -- No. 1. Buen Camino drew post one for the Yonkers Trot and will try to use the advantageous starting position, from which horses win at a 20.3-percent rate at Yonkers, to upset powerful entries from the stables of trainers Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke. Buen Camino, who is trained by Smedshammer, is 6-1 on the morning line. Takter's entry of French Laundry, who drew post two, and Pinkman, from post seven, is the even-money favorite in the race. Burke's entry of Yonkers Trot elimination winners Habitat, from post five, and Crazy Wow, post six, is 6-5. The Yonkers Trot is the second leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman, who finished second to Crazy Wow in his elimination, won the first jewel, the Hambletonian Stakes, on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. It is the first time the Hambletonian winner is competing in the Yonkers Trot since Glidemaster capped the sport's most recent Trotting Triple Crown sweep by winning the event in 2006. The final leg of this year's Trotting Triple Crown is the Kentucky Futurity, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile in Lexington. In addition to the Yonkers Trot, Yonkers on Saturday hosts the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, which is the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner, who won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, will start the Messenger from post five with Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Mark Silva. Post time is 7:10 p.m. for the first race. The Yonkers Trot is race six, at 8:50 p.m. approximately, and the Messenger is race eight, at 9:30 p.m. approximately. Buen Camino finished third in his Yonkers Trot elimination, behind Crazy Wow and Pinkman. He also started from post No. 1 in the elimination. "The draw couldn't have been better," said Smedshammer, who won the Trotting Triple Crown with Windsong's Legacy in 2004. "Obviously, a couple of those horses (in the Yonkers Trot) have a little more power. He's going to have to get lucky with a trip, but he certainly can get a nice piece of it from the rail. "He'll have to be better than he was last week. I think he can be. I thought he was better in his last two starts than he was in the elimination. We'll see if we can get him on his toes a little more for the final. But it would be a little bit of a shocker if he could pull it off." Buen Camino, owned by Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables, entered his Yonkers Trot elimination off New York Sire Stakes victories at Yonkers and Saratoga. The triumphs followed a lengthy layoff because of sickness and ulcers. "It was a little bit of a rough time for him in midsummer, but he's bouncing back now," Smedshammer said. Buen Camino, a son of stallion Cash Hall out of the mare Baby Bella, has posted three wins, two second-place finishes and a third in seven races this season. His only off-the-board finish came on a big track, at Vernon, and his two runner-up efforts -- to Habitat and Workout Wonder -- were by a head and a nose, respectively. For his career, Buen Camino has won seven of 14 starts and finished among the top three a total of 12 times, earning $296,021 in the process. He was third in last year's New York Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters at Yonkers, behind Crazy Wow and Wings Of Royalty. He has three lifetime victories on Yonkers' half-mile oval. "I don't know if he can go with them on a big track; a small track, that's his advantage," Smedshammer said. "Anything can happen on any race on a half. At least I have a horse that's used to a half and is quick out of the gate and quick around the turns." Pinkman, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, heads to the Yonkers Trot with 14 career wins in 19 starts. He has earned $1.74 million lifetime, thanks in part to victories this year in the Hambletonian, Beal Memorial, and Zweig Memorial. His stablemate, French Laundry, has won 10 of 22 career races and earned $443,017. He was the 2014 Kindergarten Classic champion. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, brings a three-race win streak to the Yonkers Trot final. His victories this year include the Colonial and Empire Breeders Classic. He has won 11 of 21 lifetime races and earned $795,465. Habitat, who won this year's Dexter Cup and last year's Wellwood Memorial and Matron Stakes, has captured 13 of 26 career starts and earned $854,841. Following is the field in post order for the Yonkers Trot with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Buen Camino, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 6-1 2. French Laundry, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter, 1-1 3. Southwind Mozart, Daniel Dube, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 4. Billy Flynn, Jason Bartlett, Staffan Lind, 20-1 5. Habitat, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 6-5 6. Crazy Wow, George Brennan, Ron Burke, 6-5 7. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 1-1 8. Workout Wonder, Mark MacDonald, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

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