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Cherry Peep (Conway Hall) continued her winning ways on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amy Dowd-trained filly prevailed for the third time in her last four starts while competing in one of the $11,000 harness racing co-features for New York sired trotters. Driver Jay Randall was aggressive in the early going with Cherry Peep as he moved her out to the lead heading to the opening quarter, bypassing the race's favorite en route to the front-end. Once she got there, Cherry Peep was game, rebuffing the first-over challenge of a longshot before drawing away at the head of the stretch. The public's 2-5 betting favorite Notmeitsyou (Phil Fluet) never got close to the eventual winner who stopped the timer in 1:59.3 and wound up second-best. Cherry Peep now has three wins in six starts since being acquired by Dowd last month. Absolut Uncertenty (Muscles Yankee) went coast-to-coast in one of the other divisions of Thursday's co-features as he served as one of two winners on the card for trainer John Berger. Absolut Uncertenty's win came in 1:59.3 which serves as a new lifetime mark for the three year old trotter. Berger teamed up with leading driver Billy Dobson again later in the card for a win with pacer Our Art And Heaven who sprung the upset at odds of 9-1. The third co-feature on the matinee program was won by John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) who overcame her outside post to secure her fifth victory of the season. Miss Muscle was dismissed at odds of 11-1 in her Thursday score. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga and will feature a pick-five carryover of $1,281.41. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Trainer Rene Allard scored a pair of wins with the two trotters he brought to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Volare (Conway Hall) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory score as the fastest of the winners of three co-features for New York sired trotters on the chilly afternoon at the Spa. Allard brought Volare to town as the trotter looked to shake what had been some second and third-itis over the past couple of months. Leading driver Billy Dobson wasted little time moving the race's favorite out to the early lead and once the four year old got there, he had no trouble coasting to victory in 1:57.3. Volare's win came in one of the three $11,000 co-features and was the fastest among them on the matinee card. Allard's other victory came with Haveitalltogether (Cantab Hall) who toughed it out first over in a $9,000 event for young trotters. Volare was the by far the fastest of the three winners of the Wednesday co-features but John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) and Notmeitsyou (Chapter Seven) also secured victories in the $11,000 trio of features on the matinee card. Miss Muscle went coast-to-coast for Stark as the three year old filly continued her solid sophomore campaign with what was her fourth victory of the '18 season. Miss Muscle stopped the timer in 2:00.1 as her race's 2-1 favorite. The third co-feature went the way of Notmeitsyou who lived up to the hype as a 1-5 betting favorite on Wednesday as the three year old drew away late to prevail in 1:58. It was the second win for Notmeitsyou in as many weeks in the $11,000 co-feature as the sophomore continues what has been a terrific run since coming to Saratoga in September for trainer-driver Phil Fluet. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

There were five divisions of the first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series contested on Monday's matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Each division went for a purse of $10,000 and was comprised of trotters five years old and younger with lifetime earnings of less than $40,000 ($50,000 for fillies and mares.) Barn Star (Conway Hall) was the fastest among the leg one winners of the series as trainer-driver Phil Fluet, who acquired the three year old trotter recently, piloted him to a first-over win in 1:57.1. The sophomore debuted for new connections off a 1:57.1 victory at Batavia and matched that effort on Monday afternoon while the public's 2-5 betting favorite. Invader Silver Buckeye went coast-to-coast in his local debut on Monday as he cruised to victory in a career-best 1:57.4 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike. The Rene Allard-trained Silver Buckeye took advantage of a couple of his rivals making breaks in the mile en route to his score in the first leg of the series. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson. Maureen Salino's Bonamassa (Brett Crawford) and Melissa Beckwith's Coach Cummings (Mark Beckwith) were mirror images of each other in the series' first division as they pulled off upsets. Both sophomores stopped the timer in 1:59.3 and did so as longshot winners while dismissed at odds of 13-1. The final division of the day went to Shortie Joe who toughed it out first-over for trainer-driver John Stark Jr. Shortie Joe prevailed in his third start at the Spa following runner-up finishes in his first two local races. Leg two of the Derue Memorial Trot will take place on Sunday afternoon with the $38,200 Final being contested the following Sunday, October 21st. Live racing resumes on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Syaratoga Raceway  

The 1.1/1 Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) extended her undefeated career to 10 on Saturday at Kincsem Park in the Pecs DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 2500 meters autostart). Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to the 1.18kr victory over the extended distance, racing in the pocket on lap one before surging to the front and drawing off from rivals. 8.3/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Third was 5/1 Hercules Flevo (4g Quite Easy). The day’s featured Mardus DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.17.4kr timed and 5.4/1 Urania RG (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). Sandor Varga teamed the winner that bested 14/1 Trencsen (6m Ata Star LO-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Istvan Papp and Szacharin (7f Vanito) for Sandor Kolozsi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Batavia, NY---Thrilling stretch drives with close finishes were the order of the day at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 8) when the 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings visited the Genesee County oval to compete in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the $109,000 in available purses. Thunder (Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna) won the first $54,500 division with a big brush from behind. JNR Express (Jim Morrill Jr.) cut a decent first quarter before slowing the half forcing Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) to pull first up with Thunder (Kevin Cummings) following right behind. JNR Express and Chip Chip Conway hooked up and went at it toe to toe from the five eighths all around the last turn with Thunder drafting behind. Thunder tipped three deep at the head of the lane and ran down Chip Chip Conway in deep stretch to win in 1:58.3. "I had to get after him to get him started; he was a little lazy. But he was good once he got started. He's a nice going trotter" said Cummings after the race. It was the second straight win and a new lifetime mark for Thunder ($9.60) who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Jeremy Day and the VIP Internet Stable. John Butenschoen trains the winner. Thunder was bred by Walnut Hall Limited. Cavill Hanover (Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl) took the second $54,500 split after a very hard fought battle to the wire. Horns For Three (Kevin Cummings) went right to the front and Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) dropped in right in behind him. With the field single file to the half, Cummings backed it off considerably forcing Cavill Hanover to pull and challenge just pass that station. Drawing alongside the leader by the three quarters, Cavill Hanover and Horns For Three were now hooked up in a match race. The two trotted like a mirror image around the final bend, down the stretch and all the way to the wire where Cavill Hanover just got the advantage and won in 1:59.3, with a snappy back half of :57.4. Svanstedt was complimentary of both his horse as well as Horns For Three. "My horse went good, but the horse we beat went good too. The race was very competitive." Cavill Hanover ($3.90) has now won three out of his last four races for his connections, Little E, Vanersol Inc. and Wolfgang A Stable. His driver Ake Svanstedt also does the training. Cavill Hanover was bred at Hanover Shoe Farm. There were also three $15,000 Excel "A" races on the card. Lucky June Bug (Lucky Chucky-Ebbtide Hall) trotted in 2:00 flat and registered a new lifetime mark for driver John Macdonald and trainer Stanley Zombick Jr. Lucky June Bug ($9.30) is owned by Michael Pozefsky, William Pozefsky and Myron Eckstein. Sam Stoltzfus Jr. bred the winner. Lights Come On (Chapter Seven-Starlit Eyes) won in 2:02.4 and took a new lifetime mark as directed by Drew Monti for trainer Anette Lorentzen. Lights Come On ($3.10) is owned by ACL Stuteri AB, Theodore Gewertz and Anette Lorentzen. Winbak Farm was the breeder. Jason's Camden (Muscle Mass-Palm Beach Chic) went wire to wire in 2:00.3 for team Orange Crush: Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller. Jason's Camden ($2.90) is owned by the Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E, who also bred the colt. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Robin Bakker teamed Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) to victory in today’s 123rd edition of the Deutches Traber Derby (purse 215,633 euro with 102,816 euro to the winner, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters). Paul Hagoort trains the winner of now five career wins in eight starts that Joseph Vanduffel owns. This 7/10 favorite, bred by Jean Huls, was timed in 1.12.3kr as he defeated Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) with Rick Ebbinge driving for trainer Hagoort and Running Stable that was off at 4.3/1. The 8.3/1 Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way) took third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and 12/1 Chapter One (3g Donato Hanover-C’est Facile) was fourth for Michael Nimczyk. This one was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and the dam C’est Facile (2009 f In Dix Huit-Crysta’s Image) showed promise racing briefly in the USA and is a half-sister to the sensational Brigham Dream and Crys Dream. The excellent undercard included first the Askania Derby for a 15,000 euro purse and raced over 1609 meters autostart. The 1.10l5kr timed victory went to Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover0Color Schemes) with trainer Dion P. Tesselaar driving for owner Marion A. Jaul. Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) was a game second for Michael Nimczyk and SJs Junior C (7g SJs Photo-Freiha Hailant) took the third check for Stefan Schoonhoven. The winning Gilda Newport now has career earnings of 11.931 euro. The 20,000 euro purse Deutches Traber Derby Consolation (B) was raced over 1900 meters autostart and went to 1.10.9kr timed Great Gatsby As (3m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) with  the legendary Heinz Wewering up for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Leendert G. Gerrits. Cesare W (3m Dream Vacation-New Hanke Hall) took second for Kurt Roeges and Nashua (3m Brioni-Camarque) was third for trainer Christian Lindhardt at the lines. The 70,000 euro purse Super Trot Cup (2500 meters autostart) went to 9/8/1 Bijou Bourbon HM (6f Sam Bourbon-Venzy Way) with owner Marc Elian up for trainer Conrad Lugauer. Tyrolean Dream (g Dream Vacation-Super Dream) was second for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Wieserhof. Touch Of Wind Bi (5f Varenne-Catch The Wind) got up to earn third narrowly with Rick Ebbinge up. Several other winner of note on a program that saw Hunterton Farm and Diamond Creek Farm sponsor conditioned races, included the Spielbank Berlin Derby (four year old mares, 8,000 euro purse, 1900 meters autostart) with that victory to Charlotte Newport (4f Abano As-Color Schemes) for driver Michael Nimczyk. Thomas Holterman trains this half-sister to Gilda Newport that won earlier today. The 25,000 euro purse Kaffee Derby Maturity (four year old males, 1900 meters autostart) saw Tsunami Diamant (4m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) score at 2.8/1 for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, to defeat Portland (4m Ganymede) for Bjorn Goop and Mac Smily (4m Brioni) with Christian Lindhardt aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Batavia, NY---Three $36,567 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies were contested under rainy conditions on opening night at Batavia Downs Monday evening (July 23), but the weather didn't deter the girls from going some impressive miles throughout the night. Conway Kellyanne (Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold) won the fastest heat and she did it very convincingly. After dropping in third off the gate, Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) pulled past the eighth pole and rolled up the outside to take the lead from Safe Word (Jeff Gregory) at the quarter. She cleared, hit the pylons and the race was basically over. Conway Kellyanne continued to lead unchallenged until the top of the stretch when Safe Word pulled the pocket to make a rush. But the attempt was to no avail as Conway Kellyanne opened up three at the wire in an easy 1:59.4 victory. Conway Kellyanne ($4.20) is owned by Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms and G & B Racing and is trained by her driver, Charlie Norris. The first division was won by Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) who was parked to the quarter in :30.2 before taking the lead, but when she cleared it was for good. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. grabbed leather in the middle half maintaining an open length advantage. Around the last turn Quincy Blue Chip was given her head and she stepped the final panel in :29.1, drawing off to a two length win in 2:01.2. Quincy Blue chip ($2.70) is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and is trained by Garth Dowse. And the final split was taken by Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie) in a thrilling finish. Water Lily Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) went down the road, hitting the half in 1:00 over the off track with the heavily favored Amal Hall (Andy Miller) right on her back. After passing the three-eighths, Liquorstoreblues (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled from fourth and Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) followed along. As they rolled up, Amal Hall pulled from second in front of both of them and the outside group moved forward. When these three hit the head of the lane they fanned across the track. It was Amal Hall on the pylons, Liquorstoreblues in the middle and Winndevie three-wide and farthest back. Amal Hall looked like she was the best but Winndevie flew past Liquorstoreblues and caught the leader right at the wire to win in 2:00.1. Winndevie ($6.20) is now undefeated lifetime after scoring her third win in a row for Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable and trainer Trond Smedshammer. There were also three divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series on Monday. The first leg was won by Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner-Mariah De Vie) in a lifetime best 2:01.3. Lifetime Credit was driven by John Stark Jr. for owner by Robert Messing and trainer Maureen Salino. The second division went to Beautiful Brenda (Credit Winner-Yankeedoodlecandy) who registered her first lifetime win in 2:03.3. Beautiful Brenda ($4.10) was driven by Scott Zeron for owners Rick, Joe and Johnny Stable, The Camel Club Stable and Bettola Stables Inc. Rick Zeron trains the winner. And the final grouping was bested by Jumalay Mass (Muscle Mass-Acoustic Hanover) who also went a lifetime best 2:02.4. Owned by Erv Miller, Joe Faraldo and George Golemes and trained by Erv Miller, Jumalay Mass returned $3.40. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (July 25) at 5 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The first post Derby trotting program was Saturday at Kincsem Park and the young trotting mare Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) remained unbeaten with her ninth consecutive victory, this time in the Bizakmas DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart).  The 1.2/1 favorite led all the way for driver Andrea Fazekas, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. She was timed in a rated for her 18 victory as she defeated Une Dame and Asterix Evo. Longines was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster. Team Fazekas/Horvath scored again in the Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) as 3.3/1 Vola Gatto (4f Beissinger Hanover-Il Gato-Valley Guardian) scored in 1.19.9kr with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Bagameri. Violetta (4f Racino) and Zsozsoker trailed the winner that raced on the outer throughout before powering to the lead mid-stretch and holding off the late rush of Violetta. The co-featured Ceres DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 1.6/1 favorite Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with trainer Veljko Mazsity up for breeder/owner Hico Versenyistallo. Urania RC (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was second for Sandor Varga and Henrik Ibsen AT was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Friday ((July 20). Each division raced for a purse of $37,966. Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) wins first division of the NYSS. JNR Express (Jim Marohn Jr) jumped out to the lead hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :59.3. Cavill Hanover ($8.20) took control on the backstretch. Trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Vanersol Inc., and Wolgang A Stable inc., he would lead them to three-quarters in 1:27.3 and win going away in a lifetime best of 1:56.4. JNR Express held for second. Kredit Karma (Brian Sears) finished third. Cavill Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl. He is now two for two in his young career. Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is impressive in the second division of the NYSS. Brady Bunch (Andy Miller) controlled all the early fractions (:29.0, :59.0, 1:27.3). Gimpanzee ($3.40) went first-over from third before the three-quarter mark. Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., and SRF Stable, he wore down second place finisher Brady Bunch to win easily in 1:56.1. Chapter Fashion (Mike Simons) was third best. Gimpanzee is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows. He used a career best time to go two for two in his career. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggert Jr.) is an upset winner in the third division of the NYSS. Leap Year Lucky (Dan Daley) led the trotters to a first quarter of :28.4 and to the half in :59.4. Winning Habit (Andy Miller) took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.2. Chip Chip Conway ($22.40) was third heading to three-quarters. Owned by Ken Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger, he charged late down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Our White Night (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late to finish second. Winning Habit settled for third. Chip Chip Conway is a 2-year-old gelding by Conway Hall-Get Chipped. It was his second win in four lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (July 20) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting colts and geldings will take place at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 20). All divisions will race for a purse of $37,966 each. The morning line favorite for the first division is Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl is trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Vanersol Inc., and Wolfgang A Stable Inc. He is one for one in his young career. His victory came at a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750). The second morning line choice in the first division is Skyway Kon Man (Trond Smedshammer) at 3-1. The 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. He finished third at a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750) in his only career start. In the second division the morning line choice is the Jimmy Takter trained Keystone Cash (Josert Fonseca) at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Keystone Cola is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor, and Order By Stable. He has a win and a second in two career start. His victory was in the NYSS race at Monticello ($27,750). Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is the second morning line choice in the second division at 3-1. Marcus Melander trains for owners Courant Inc., and SRF Stable. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750) in his only start. The 2-1 morning line favorite in the final division of the NYSS is Captain Krupnik (Ake Svanstedt). Owned by Lars Berg and Svanstedt (trainer), the 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Salt Hill Brigid was second in his only career start. It was during a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750). The second morning line choice in the third division is Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) at 3-1. The freshman gelding by Conway Hall-Get Chipped has one win in three career starts. He is owned by Ken Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 20) starts at 6:15. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 3, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night , with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $156,900 Hugh Grant Trot for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions-worth $38,700, $39,400, $39,400 and $39,400, respectively-comprised the event. The opening division saw a sire stakes-repeating Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.30) grind Liquorstoreblues (Jason Bartlett) into submission early in the lane. From post position No. 3, she edged away by a couple of lengths (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.4, life-best 1:59.4). Hot Chapter (Andy Miller) extricated herself from the pocket to get second, with Liquorstoreblues fading to third. Somermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) was fourth, as the other two ladies misbehaved early. For Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, she's now won both of her career starts. The exacta paid $7.50, the triple retuned $16 and the superfecta paid $41.80. "She is really good, gets around a half perfectly and does everything right," Smedshammer said, adding Winndevie is only statebred-staked this season. The evening's second grouping had favored Safe Word (Jeff Gregory, $5.20) barely last on the lead (:30.1, 1:01.3, 1:31.3, maiden-breaking 2:00.4). From post No. 3, she held sway by a diminishing head. With Out a Doubt (Miller) sat a loose pocket, moved inside and missed. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) was third, with Exotic Diamond (George Brennan) fifth-placed-fourth after another's lane transgression. For Safe Word, a Credit Winner miss co-owned by her driver/trainer, William Richardson, Martin Garey & Henry Wieseneck, it was first win in a pair of career tries. The exacta paid $49, the triple retuned $214.50 and the superfecta paid $340.50. "I really like her,' Gregory said. "She's getting better every week." The evening's third get-together saw four of the seven lasses blow up in the first turn. The two wagering choices were unscathed, however, as Quincy Blue Chip (Brian Sears, $4.30) went the distance (:31.2, 1:02.1, 1:32.2, first purse-start 2:01). From post No. 5, she worked around Sensibility (Zeron), then whipped her by a length-and-a-half. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick), one of early jumpers, recovered well to challenge first-up. She did tire to third, however, with Pittstop Beki (Daley) fourth. For Quincy Blue Chip, a homebred daughter of Chapter Seven owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her aforementioned initial race for money. The exacta paid $12.80, the triple retuned $43.40 and the superfecta paid $399.50. The evening's final foray, another one dotted with dancers, authored the lone surprise. It was 19-1 Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris, $40.20) finished what she started (:29.4, :58.1, 1:28.4, 1:58.1) in a night's fastest/first career win. From post No. 6, she left around 2-5 choice Amal Hall (Miller), then rebuffed her early advances. Conway Kellyanne defeated Amal Hall by three-quarters of a length. Water Lily Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) was third, with It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) fourth. For fourth choice Conway Kellyanne, a daughter of (who else?) Conway Hall trained by her driver for co-owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing, she's now for a couple this season. The exacta paid $75, the triple retuned $325.50 and the superfecta paid $1,320. "We made some changes and closed her up a bit," Norris said. "A very nice filly." The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Friday's (July 3rd) $162,000 Clyde Hirt Pace (2-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Harness racing driver Claude Huckabone Jr captured his 2000th career victory winning the featured trot ($9,000) with Barn Bella at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 29). Barn Bella ($3.40) went straight to the front and controlled all the fractions (:26.4, :54.4, 1:23.1, 1:52.0). Owned by Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt. Barn Bella was beaten in the stretch last week but this week she had plenty in the tank winning by six lengths. Buff (Joe Nasimos) finished second with Muscles Jared (Howard Okusko Jr.) getting third money. Barn Bella is a 4-year-old mare by Conway Hall. It was her first win of 2018 and career victory number 19. Claude Huckabone Jr. is a long time regular at Vernon Downs. It was fitting he got his 2000th win at the Miracle Mile on the last race of the evening. Lew's Big Guy (Michael Miller) pays $226.50 to win. Heels On Wheels (Gates Brunet) fired out of the gate and controlled all the early fractions (:29.1, 1:00.0, 1:29.1). Lew's Big Guy was four lengths back after three-quarters. Owned by Judy Harris and trainer Lewis Miller, he blew by in the stretch to win going away in 1:59.1. Finishing second was Elsas Ruby (Truman Gale) with Heels On Wheels holding on for third. The $2.00 exacta paid $2,131.00. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 30) with a nine race card starting at 6:10. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

SARATOGA, NY - He doesn't drive often but "Jungle Jim" Hathaway visited the winner circle in his first seasonal drive when the Ballston Spa resident bided his time with EJ's Last Dance with his sites set on catching Tough Get Going before the race was completed. And they did. At the wire they were a two lengths to the good in a 1:58.4 clocking at Saratoga Harness on Friday, (June 15) in the $6000 CKG Billings trot. For Hathaway it was his first driving victory since 2015. Eight trotters lined-up behind the mobile gate and when the wings folded four horses went for the lead but it was Tough Get Going ("Smokin' Joe" Faraldo) who was the strong horse and had command in the stiff :28 first quarter. "Smokin' Joe kept the pedal to the metal and they were three lengths in front at the half as the timer flashed :57.2.At this point the eventual winner, who started from the pole position, was third along the pylons and looking to move up. As Tough Get Going passed the third stanza the lead had opened to five lengths. But as he rounded the final turn his strides shortened and "Jungle Jim" hurried EJ's Last Dance alongside the leader and when they headed down the short stretch Jim Hathaway had victory in site as his trotter gained command and went on to a two length triumph. 18-1 longshot,Tough Get Going, held on for second while Justice Jet, second choice in the wagering, rallied from far back to finish a close third for "Bullet Bob" Davis. Aventure ("Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli) went off as the favorite but he flattened-out and finished fourth. EJ's Last Dance, a 6-year-old Conway Hall mare,is owned by Scheigert Racing Stable and trained by Amanda Kelley. Sent away at odds of over 8-1 the trotter paid $18.40. Next Billings action will be at Scioto Downs on Tuesday, June 19. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

A terrific trotting card Saturday at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by four groupe contests, the first being the Prix de la Ville de Plouescat (Gr. III, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European).  The Gr. II co-featured Prix Louis Jariel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) produced an easy score timed in 1.10.6kr for 1.1/1 Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. The 2.2/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin for Louis Baudron, the breeder/owner/trainer. 3.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Naume du Pommereux) was third driven by trainer Sylvain Roger and owner/breeder Noel Lolic. Well-regarded Davidson du Pont was scratched. The Prix du Quercy (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) resulted in an easy 1.13.9kr victory for 3.2/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password-Intense Action).Breeder Jean Philippe Dubois teamed the winner for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The 1.6/1 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred this one. 4.8/1Cicero Noa (6gMandarino Blue) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The day’s Q+ was the Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.5/1 Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia FI) with Franck Nivard up for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and its trainer Gennaro Casillo. 2.4/1 Cobra Ar Carac (6g Kaiser Soze) was a game second for Anthony Barrier and third went to 11/1 Boccador (7g Prince Gede) for Matthieu Abrivard. 70/1 As des Jacquets and 43/1 Quincy Frontline completed the top five, Fleche Bourbon kept her win streak intact (six straight in an undefeated career to date) scoring in 1.14.3kr in the Gr. III Prix d’Istres (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The three year old daughter of Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) now has earnings of €110,250 in her brief career. She was off as the even-money favorite and bested 8/1 Fashion Queen (3f Pablo As) with Eric Raffin up, for trainer Philippe Allaire, and 86.1 Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash) reined by her trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. 53/1 Full Option (3f Fast Photo) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Allaire. The Gr. II featured Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, International) went to the great mare and 1.3/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) that was bred and is owned by Ecurie Yvan Bernard and handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Race time was 1.12.3kr and Belina recorded her 19th victory in 56 career starts for €1,660,430 earned. The 2.7/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was a good second for J-Ph Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 20/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede0Nostalgique Sacha) with Gabriele Gelormini up. 76/1 Akim du Cap Vert was fourth. The June 8 Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed and 9/1 Caline de Fleur (6f Mago de la Merite-Maika du Maninay) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The 4.3/1 Class Action (6f Scipion du Goutier) was second for driver/trainer/owner Charles Dreux, and 3.2/1 Brisbane du Bourg (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 51.1 Venus du Rosay and 7.4/1 Romi Mms were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A top racing card took place Saturday at Kincsem Park and it began with the Tokaj DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The 1.1/1 favorite Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won her eighth straight in HU and same for the career with Gyorgy Horvath aboard. She scored again in gate to wire fashion time din 1.17.9kr for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. 14.5/1 Vezuvian (4m Racino-Igizgyongy-Valley Guardian) was second for Balint Nyilasi  ahead of 29/1 Very Nice Photo (5f SJs Photo-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) and Emese Veer. The feature event this day was the Dr. Josef Vecsekloy Handicap (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters handicap, two heats and a raceoff if needed). Heat one was won by rallying 1.17.4kr timed Titan Ville (5g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) with trainer Imre Fazekas up for Zsolt Zsalek. Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) set the pace only to weaken late yielding to his rival. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L-Eperges-Witsends Speedy) was third for Istvan Papp. The 2.7/1 Time To Say Goodbye (6m, Maximus Lindy) led gate to wire to win heat two of the Dr. Vecsekloy with Lajos Marton piloting a front end rated journey timed in 1.20.8kr that held off the furioud rally by 2.9/1 Titan Ville and Imre Fazekas. 11.7/1 Salidhamidzic (7m Wall Street Banker-Heliken-Awesome Goal) was third for Viktoia Meneth. The raceoff of the Dr. Josef Vecsekloy Handicap (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) set a modest match race pace and sprint home for the 1.23.2kr verdict (last 200 meters at 1.11.5ke rate) for driver/trainer Lajos Marton. Titan Ville (6f Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) was a game second for Imre Fazekas after a win and second in the heats. Today’s co-featured Nemzeti DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) produced a 1.19.3kr timed victory for 2.9/1 Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face). Tibor Hajnal trains and rive the winner that defeated 3.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) that almost recovered a 40 meter penalty with Imre Fazekas driving. 3.5/1 odds and also 40 meter handicapped White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was home third. The Butterfly DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.18.7kre timed and 20 meter handicapped 4.7/1 odds Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) with Sandor Varga up. Vincenzo Villani owns the winner that Jozsef Rutkai trains. 3/2 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was second for Emese Veer and third was 5.7/1 Unika Vil (5f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Andras Gaspar. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Goshen, NY - The two year old trotter, The Chutzpah Kid, raced to a 209.1 victory in his first ever race experience at Goshen Historic Track's matinee on Sunday, June 10.  Trained and driven by Chuck Connor, Jr., the son of Conway Hall, is owned by Alan Schwartz, President of the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association and a leading amateur driver, with over 600 driving wins to his credit. Alan's wife, Alicia, remarked, "this is fun, so far." In other "baby" races (2 year olds), Joseph Chindano, Sr., sent his two Heston Blue Chip colts to the gate, Send a Note and Hot Seat, in a competition that saw Send A Note, reined by Joseph Chindano, Sr., victorious. In a wire to wire victory, Send A Note was challenged during the last quarter when Jordon Stratton pulled Rock America, but was unable to catch him. In another two year old competition, Jordan Stratton reined pacer Hurrikane Norakane to a 2:03.1 victory following a 2:07.4 second place finish last week. Joseph Chindano, Sr. marked a second victory with his Roll With Joe filly, Qing Qong Blue Chip driven by Michael Petrelli. And in the open competition, cheers and congratulations to Marianna Monaco who enjoyed her first driving win behind veteran 9 year old trotter, Baltimore As. Cathy Gearwar of Benson, Vermont rode her 5 year old Armbro Hall to a 2:06.1 under saddle victory. Armbro Hall is trained by Peter Gearwar and owned by Cathy and Peter Gearwar. Dubbed "Senior Day", there were gift bags, giveways, 50's music, and cheers for the babies who might one day make harness racing history. Matinees continue on June 17. Grand Circuit Racing on June 29 and 30, and July 1 and 2. Post time at 1:00 P.M. by Geri Schwarz, for Goshen Historic Track

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