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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

Budapes, HU - The 20.5/1 Victory Knick (6g Conway Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for trainer/driver Emil Csordas to score a 1.14.3kr timed victory in the Lovaselet Sprinter Kupa (purse 2 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team just got up to best front runner 12.1 Paolendry Like (9g Enjoy Lavec-Volteure Bi-Peres Bi) with Marko Slavic driving. 21.3/1 Tars Stars (7m Persugill-Ten Stars Vita-Ata Star L) gained third for driver Janko Sagaj and SLO trainer Igor Sezderac. Favorites in the wagering were next to the line, 1.8/1 Part Two and 2.4/1 Underpaid Hanover, the later starting from post eight. The undercard was highlighted by a win for 1.9/1 Salt Lake City (7m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) in the Amatorverseny Handicap (purse 400,000 Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Andrea Nagyvary teamed the winner timed in 1.17.8kr, a horse she co-owns and Imre Fazekas trains. The Hitaleze DIJ (purse 600,000, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.14.8kr quick timed and 1.2/1 favorite Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) with trainer Veljko Mazsity aboard. Henrik Ibsen AT and Unique Vil trailed this winner. The Allyhills Hico DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 1.9/1 Ricky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) score a 1.16.4kr victory with Andrea Fazekas up for trainer Balazs Juhasz. At Madinina Martinique racing Saturday included the Prix des Manquiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters) with the 1.23.1 kr victory on the turf earned by Vlatore des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) with Alexandre Faivre driving for owner/trainer J.L. Langeron. Usly de Visais and Typhon du Plantis were next to the line. Also on the combined trot/gallop card was the Prix de Bananiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters). Boycott (7g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) was victorious timed in 1.22 for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. Bavarois du Varlet and Argan de Vandel were second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - The trotters take center stage at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon with four return winners in the eighth race feature. Yet, the 5/2 morning line favorite is not a return winner. That honoree is Commissioner Daley, who starts from post five for co-owner, trainer and driver Guy Gagnon. Returning to H3R from Rideau Carlton, Commissioner Daley is having a superb season. The six-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall already sports seven wins, the fastest a 1:57 triumph at Rideau. Two starts back he was able to lead from start to finish in 1:58.2. His main competition will come from Jamigo in post three for driver Danuel LaFlamme. Returning from a long stint in the USA, Jamigo was on a roll at H3R winning three of four starts before leaving Quebec for owner/trainer Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. In his last start in the USA, Jamigo was able to post a nose victory in 1:57.2, his fastest winning time this year. Four Starz Speed is always a major threat whenever he races. The "old man" of the field at age 12, still can show his heels to his younger rivals. Hailing from the Maguire Stable, Four Starz Speed starts from post four with Kevin Maguire driving. Last week he was second in the Invitational and three starts back he was a winner in 1:59. Both Tuscans Memory (post six) and KFB Amigo Cool (post eight) are return winners moving up in class to take on the best trotters at H3R. Rounding out the nine-horse field are Artemis Duharas (post one), K Rkadbra (post two), Dance Hall George (post seven) and Federal Strike (post nine). First race post time Sunday at 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It's not often that you see a much older trotter that can still show his heels to younger rivals, especially in the Invitational ranks, but that is the case when it comes to Four Starz Speed at the Hippodrome 3R. Come this Sunday, the 12-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall will seek his eighth victory of the year at H3R, starting from post seven for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire in the 7th race Invitational Trot. Last week was win number seven for Four Starz Speed, who was able to lead from start to finish for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, winning by three open lengths in 1:59. He is listed as the 7/2 third choice in the morning line. Owned by the Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie, doing well, winning races and making money has been the standard year-in-year out for Four Starz Speed. Last year, at age 11, he posted an impressive 13 wins with earnings of $54,784. He already has bankrolled $39,889 this year with his seven wins, seven second and two third place finishes in just 20 starts and could well surpass his earnings from last year. Career-wise, Four Starz Speed has won $831,887. But once again it will not be an easy walk-in-the-park for Four Starz Speed faces some stiff competition, especially from Unabating. From the barn of Guy Gagnon and owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, Unabating had five wins and five seconds in his 14 starts this year. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the race. A nine-year-old gelding by Broadway Hall, Unabating ships back to H3R after back to back second place finishes at Rideau Carlton and prior to that, he had won the Invitational Trot at H3R, also in 1:59. Guy Gagnon will do the driving from post four. The lone mare in the field, Torches Angel, goes from post five for driver Pierre Luc Roy. She was second to Four Starz Speed last week. Sports Authority, who had the long shot hopes of Trois-Rivieres behind him in the Prix D'Ete last week, but finished last in the race, is back in the eighth race to headline the Invitational Pace. He starts from post six and is the 5/2 favorite in the race. Moving up in class for the first time in the Invitational is Tidewater Tomahawk off the strength of two strong wins against lesser. He starts from the rail for driver Daniel Mondou. Track Notes: There is also an extra distance race in the sixth Sunday for pacers, as a large field of eleven starters will go at one and one-half miles, three laps around the H3R half mile oval. Driver Stephane Brosseau, needs just one win to reach the 3,000-win career mark, but most likely that will come at the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit on Saturday, but Brosseau will still be honored Sunday at H3R for his special achievement. Coming up on Sunday, September 3, will be the Quebec-Bred Championship Day with four $65,000 finals for three-year-old's and four $55,000 finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers. It is annually the richest day of race at H3R during the season with total purses on the program of more than C$500,000. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), wins a leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3 year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 10), for a purse of $117,600. It was the start of corntastic weekend at the Miracle Mile with free corn but but she was the "Bella" of the ball on this night. Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) would charge out to the early lead, but Barn Bella (Conway Hall) wouldn't wait and takeover before the quarter. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, she would control all the fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:26.0, 1:53.2. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), would follow and stay close. Once they got to the top of the stretch Celebrity Ruth (second) would attempt to make a run at Barn Bella ($2.30), but the 3 year-old filly would put it in another gear and win in the end by two lengths. Amber Ella (Jim Marohn Jr.) would finish third. Barn Bella has now won 10 of the 11 starts as a sophomore trotter. Her last time at Vernon Downs she won the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250). She has now captured five legs of the NYSS. Her only blemish was a fourth place finish at Buffalo (NYSS) after going on a break. Jimmy Whittemore would win three races on the card. He would win with Hustleonhome ($13.60), Northern BB ($8.20), and Love Live Laugh ($8.10). Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 11) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45. Corntastic weekend continues at the Miracle Mile on both Friday and Saturday. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

The sensational harness racing filly Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was at it again on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Steven Pratt-trained filly was the 3-5 betting favorite in the $91,550 New York Sire Stake for three year old trotters. Regular reinsman Jeff Gregory sat behind her as she looked to go move her record to eight for nine in 2017. Gregory was patient with the odds-on favorite sitting fourth while major danger Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) carved out the fractions. Barn Bella powered up first over but never got too close to Celebrity Ruth until mid-stretch. At that point, the superstar filly surged past the leader to take over and win in 1:55. Celebrity Ruth had to settle for second while Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) earned the show spot in the featured trot for sophomore fillies. Barn Bella has now scored 14 victories in her 18 career starts en route to almost $430,000 in earnings. Southwind Tesla (Chapter Seven) recorded her first NY Sire Stakes win on Thursday as Jordan Stratton piloted the Rene Dion-trained filly to a wire-to-wire score in 1:55.2. The earnings from the win in Thursday's $89,950 race more than doubled the career bankroll for the Ontario-based trotting filly. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Uncle Dan (Conway Hall) set a new lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old trotter has thrived since moving to the barn of trainer Jaymes Mcassey in late May. After prevailing in the first start out of his new barn on 5/25, Uncle Dan had hit the board three more times in four starts heading into Thursday's try in the $9,300 feature for New York sired trotters. Starting from the inside post, Uncle Dan moved out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:57.4, lowering his previous career mark by better than two seconds. Billy Dobson piloted the race's 9-5 second choice in the wagering. Take The Cash (Jim Devaux) was the race's favorite and came up second best while Thanks For Playin (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time scheduled for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

June 23, 2017 - Uno Italia (4m Conway Hall-Italia Uno-Varenne) scored an easy harness racing victory in the Prix Ubatuba Oaks (purse €13,200, 1650 meters autostart) at Milano on Friday. Lorenzo Baldi teamed the winner of this four year old event that was timed in a sharp 1.10.9kr (mile rate 1:54.08) as Uno Italia was victorious by open lengths. Uisconsis Vol (4m Napoleon-Georgia EK-Bon Vivant) was second ahead of Ulberto (4m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue-Esotico Prad). Thomas H. Hicks

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Barn Bella returns to Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (June 25) in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters and she'll be seeking redemption at the half-mile harness racing oval.   Last year's 2-year-old Sire Stakes champion, Barn Bella broke stride turning for home at Buffalo Raceway and finished out of the money. a rare occurrence in her brief 15-race career. But it's been more feast than famine for Barn Bella as she has won 12 times. In her other three attempts, she has been totally off the board.   "This will be her toughest race of the year on Sunday with the tight turns," Barn Bella's co-owner and trainer Steven Pratt of Corfu, N.Y. said. "Buffalo Raceway is my home track and I support them. I've adjusted a few things on her for a half mile track and don't anticipate any problems come Sunday."   Drawing the four hole, Barn Bella (Conway Hall-Bravissima) is tabbed as the heavy 3-to-5 morning line pick in the first division worth $58,000. Jeff Gregory, a native of nearby Churchville, N.Y., will handle the driving duties. It is scheduled as the fifth on the 10-race card that begins at 12:30 p.m.   Barn Bella, a winner of $350,005 lifetime, arrives on a 10-race win streak including a 1:51.3 mile victory in the $228,250 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs last week. That mark tied the track record set by Check Me Out.   "She had a brutal race last week at Vernon," Pratt said. "She got parked in 26.1 to the first quarter but still trotted home in 27.0. I would say 99 percent of other horses couldn't have done that."   The bad news for others is the fact Pratt believes she'll only get better. "She's just a monster. She's as game as any that I've had including Barn Doll. There's no bottom on her. (Drivers) Jeff Gregory and Jimmy Taggart Jr. each said after Barn Bella's last races that 'there is still plenty left in the tank.'"   With the impressive credentials thus far, Pratt said he along with co-owners Nancy Pratt and The Purple Haze Stables have been offered 'big money' for Barn Bella but there's currently a 'not for sale' sign on her.   "I am content with her and I am enjoying this. She's so easy going, quiet and relaxed." He added, "Barn Bella doesn't train, she just jogs. She knows what to do when she gets behind that starting gate though. It's all business with her."   Pratt stated that Barn Bella will stay on the New York Sire Stakes circuit for the rest of the year but they might supplement her in the Breeder's Crown in October. "That's a pretty big nut to supplement her into that but I truly believe she's one of the top three filly trotters in the country."   The rest of the field trying to spoil the homecoming of Barn Bella includes Maewegonow (Charlie Norris), Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci), Reverend Nanny (John Cummings Jr.) and Mighty Surf (Jim Morrill Jr.).   The second division, slated as the seventh race, will carry a purse of $59,100. It appears to be a wide-open event with Amber Ella (Jason Bartlett) getting the slight nod off the rail at 2-to-1.   Amber Ella (Chapter Seven-Blushed) finished a distant fourth behind Barn Bella in the Empire Breeder's Classic last week at Vernon Downs. She did win four races in eight tries in 2016, piling up $139,193 in earnings. Amber Ella has yet to find the winner's circle in three chances this year, but does have a pair of second place finishes.   Billie Blue (Conway Hall-Lightfoot) starts from the six spot and is a 3-to-1 pick on the morning line with driver Chris Lems. She's won twice in five appearances thus far in 2017 including a 1:55.4 effort last week at Vernon Downs.   Others ready to do battle in the leg are Deli-Delite (Drew Monti), Scarey Karie (Phil Fleut), Chapter Too (Jeff Gregory) and Heels On Wheels (Morrill Jr.).   The card will also have a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series races and a $6,600 Excelsior B Series contest.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - This season the top trotting ranks seem to switch out every week with a new star emerging at the Hippodrome 3R. And it could be another new face in the limelight come Tuesday evening in the sixth race Invitational. Returning from victory lane last week is Commissioner Daley for trainer, driver and co-owner, Guy Gagnon. The six-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall starts from post three and is seeking his sixth win of the season. Currently on a two-race win streak, Commissioner Daley was able to wire the field last week and barley hold off Caroluzzo to win by a head. The prior week he also led from start to finish at Rideau Carlton with a 1:57.4 triumph. Caroluzzo, who starts from post six for driver Stephane Gendron, had left hard from post five last week and got a perfect trip right behind Commissioner Daley, but could not pass him at the wire. He has won the Invitational earlier this season for trainer Daniel Martin and is the slight morning line favorite Tuesday evening. The closely matched race also features the 2017 debut of Capteur De Reve for trainer Maxime Velaye. The three-year-old colt by Muscle Mass was last year's Quebec-Bred Series Champion at age 2 and is taking on older horses for the first time. Capteur De Reve is prepping for the upcoming Breeders Cup Series at H3R that begins in July. He has qualified twice, finishing second by a head in 2:02.4 and then winning last week in 2:02.4 at Rideau Carlton and could be poised for a big effort. It is not often that three-year-old's take on older horses in their seasonal debut. Both Rocky Boy (post four) and Four Starz Speed (post 5) have won the Invitational at H3R this season and Theregoesthegroom (post 2), an 11-time winner in 2017, is making just his second start this season and will be a factor in the race for trainer, driver and co-owner, Denis Filion. Both the third and fifth race trots Tuesday feature a large number of three-year-old trotters getting ready for the Breeders Cup Series at H3R starting Tuesday, July 4. Each of the three preliminary legs race for $7,500 per division and the finals on September 3 go for $65,000 per division. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's been all or nothing for Studio City this season as the harness racing 8-year-old gelding either wins or is out of the money. But for the second straight week, Studio City ($8.70) has been something as he now has posted back-to-back victories at Buffalo Raceway with a 1-1/2 length decision over Jim Dandy in a seasonal best 1:58.2 over the fast track in the $10,000 Open Trot.   It was the third win of the campaign in eight appearances for Studio City (Conway Hall-Yagot Prestige).   It was a mad scramble to the lead as BZ Glide, Winkys Pride and Osprey Vision all battled for supremacy to the first quarter. When things calmed down, BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was able to set the splits while Winkys Pride and Osprey Vision tucked in second and third respectively.   There was plenty of movement approaching the half as Kahoku was first over while Studio City followed the live cover to the three-quarter marker in 1:28.3.   Fanning out five wide for the drive to the wire, Studio City (Kevin Cummings) was by far the fastest with a 29.4 last panel. He was able to register the 1-1/2 length win over a rallying Jim Dandy (Jim McNeight Jr.) with BZ Glide holding on for the show spot.   Co-owned by Dr. Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison, Studio City is trained by Lisa Lederhouse. The triumph pushed his seasonal winnings $14,760 and $283,470.   Cummings, Drew Monti and Ray Fisher Jr. all had triples in the sulky with Larry Stalbaum adding a double. Trainer Bob Gruber III had a pair of victories.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with 12 races on tap at a special 7 p.m. post time which will enable fans to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park. There's a $584 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays,results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Scarey Karie (Conway Hall) prevailed in the $9,950 harness racing co-feature on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Phil Fluet trains and drives the filly who was fresh off a second place finish in a $40,000+ New York Sire Stakes try in her last start. On Thursday, Fluet moved the odds-on favorite out to the early lead, a lead she would never surrender. The sophomore stopped the timer in 1:58.1 for a new lifetime mark in the co-feature for New York sired trotters. In just twelve career starts, Fluet's Scarey Karie now has four wins and four seconds en route to more than $72,000 in earnings. Starlingmoon (Stephane Bouchard) pulled off the upset for the second straight week in the other co-feature as the Andy Byler-trained trotter came from well off the pace to prevail in a career best 1:58.2 at odds of 10-1. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

The New York Sire Stakes champion from a year ago is back in search of a repeat as the lucrative NYSS season kicks off Sunday evening at Tioga Downs with three divisions for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. Each sports a purse of over $40,000. A Steven Pratt trainee, Barn Bella (post position 3, 2-1 on the morning line, Jeff Gregory driving) won the NYSS Final last September at Yonkers Raceway to complete a season in which she won six-of-nine races and banked just over $200,000. The daughter of Conway Hall has prepped for Sunday's fifth race by winning her first three starts of 2017, the most recent at Tioga on May 20 in a sparkling 1:54. "I struggled with her in her first two starts (last year)," said Pratt. "On a half-mile track she wanted to run in, but we put a Murphy Blind on her that did not let her see to the side. After that, she was good to go. She (went off stride) in all three of her losses. She only beat herself. I think she's the best New York Sire Stakes filly." One race earlier, trainer Staffan Lind sends out 5-2 second choice Sunshine Delight, a daughter of Credit Winner. Lind's 25-year-old son Christian, who got his 'A' driving license just last week, will be in the sulky from post 7. "I expect good things from her this season," said Staffan. "She's a versatile horse. She can leave or race from off the pace. She's laid back, almost lazy, but she always does what you want her to do." Sunshine Delight was an easy winner in her seasonal debut at Pocono Downs in 1:55.2 after making the lead at the half. She then finished second at Pocono coming from well off the pace in her last start on May 16. The 2-1 favorite from post 2 in that dash is the Trond Smedshammer trained and driven Celebrity Ruth, a daughter of Archangel. Unraced at 2, she is off her first career victory in three tries, a superb 1:54 clocking at the Meadowlands on May 19. In race 9, the third and final NYSS division finds the John Butenschoen-trained Northern Courtney as the 2-1 choice. The Deweycheatumnhowe product leaves from post 4 with Mike Simons in the driver's seat. "Last year, she was physically and mentally immature," said Butenschoen of his student, who failed to hit the board in any of her three 2016 outings. "But this year she came back and qualified well in Florida. She broke in her first start at Philadelphia but since then I watched her a little bit. I put her in a non-winners of three at Pocono to get some education (she won in 1:55.4). Then, we found a nice little spot for her in a series at Tioga (on May 6 and 20, she won both races)." Northern Courtney's main foe looks to be Chapter Heaven, a Rick Zeron trainee who will be handled by Rick's son, Scott. The Chapter Seven product will start at 3-1 from post position 5. Post time for the first race at Tioga is 6:50 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

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