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Miss Flora (Corey Braden) comes flying late to steal the $9,000 featured trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (September 1). Campbellini (Wally Hennessey) took control right out of the gate. He put in a first quarter of :27.2 with the half in :56.4. Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) came first-over on the backstretch and pressured Campbellini to the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3. Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) squeezed through an opening in the stretch to sneak past Campbellini. Miss Flora ($13.60), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault. found an opening and went wide down the stretch. She looked like her tail was on fire as she came flying in deep stretch to nip second place finisher Rose Run Rudi in 1:54.2. Campbellini had to settle for third. Miss Flora is a 7-year-old mare by SJ's Caviar. It was her fifth win this season. She has 26 career victories. Wally Hennessey drove three winners on the day. He got wins with Rocknroll Captain ($5.20), Fashion Dragon ($5.10), and L Dees Courageous ($3.60). Mike Merton, Aaron Byron, and Mike Simons each had driving doubles on the afternoon. Merton had wins with Whip N Neigh Neigh ($6.70), and BJ Lorado ($4.40). Byron got his victories with Court's N Session ($13.60), and Phoenician ($13.80). Simons won the last two races of the day with Eldorado Of Gold S ($5.50), and Cayenne Victory ($2.60). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Labor Day matinee (September 2) featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for pacing colt & geldings. The 12 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Northern Dali (Corey Braden) is victorious in fillies and mares featured pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 24). Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) went to the front and carved out all the early fractions (:27.1, :57.0, 1:24.4) Northern Dali ($12.40) who is owned by JP Houle Stables and trained by Gaston Lareau, took the lead in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Oneida Blue Chip (Mike Simons), to win in 1:53.2. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) got third money. Northern Dali is a 6-year-old mare by Dali. It was her seventh win this season. She now owns 37 career victories Andy Santeramo won four races on the night. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($4.10), Court's N Session $7.60), Metro Glide ($7.30), and Lugar ($46.60). The driver wins title remains wide open. Jim Taggart Jr. now leads with 51 wins. Mike Merton, Jim Meittinis, and Aaron Byron are all tied for second with 49 victories. Santeramo finds himself in fifth with 44 wins. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 25) with a 12 race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...March 29, 2017...Yes You Can, cannily driven by Corey Braden, found a seam turning for home, swung widest of all, and collared the favored Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in the final stride to pull off a 28 to 1 harness racing upset in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for Mares on Wednesday night (March 29). The winning margin was officially a neck after the 1:52.2 journey with Machin Marley (John MacDonald) third, 1¼ lengths away after a garden trip. OK Heavenly finished fourth while Goldstar Rockette picked up the minor award in the field of nine. At the outset, Godiva Seelster, leaving from the outside post nine, was hustled out of the gate to join the fray early as Machin Marley, post 5, also left the gate with alacrity to settle up close after relenting to Godiva Seelster for the garden spot. Yes You Can, leaving from the rail, was away alertly forcing Goldstar Rockette to take a seat behind her in fourth. With Godiva Seelster forced into an opening panel in a swift :26.2, Hennessey was able to give his charge a breather reaching the half in :56.2 but things began to heat up on the backside as an outer flow developed with Southwind Trini joining the top three past the third station in 1:23.4 with Yes You Can sitting chilly fourth on the inside. In the lane, Braden found that aforementioned seam, sent Yes You Can to the far outside gnawing away at Godiva Seelster, finally getting the edge in the final stride on the strength of her :28 finale. After the race, driver Corey Braden said, "Tony (trainer Dinges) said she can turn it on in the lane but doesn't like a first over trip. "Coming from Open 3 company in most recent start, I just sat chilly hoping for something to develop in the lane. "I wasn't about to pull on the backside on a mare like Godiva (Seelster), so I just was, as I said, hoping. "When we turned for home, I had a little room and my mare responded. "She was surprisingly good and drawing the rail really helped her cause tonight." Trained by Dinges for Holland Racing Stable, Yes You Can won for the second time this season in nine starts with her 1:52.2 clocking a seasonal best. She's banked $12,376 this year and $166,399 lifetime. As the eighth choice on the tote-board at 28 to 1, Yes You Can paid $59.60 to her faithful. Also on Wednesday night, the Florida bred 11 year-old trotter What About Brian, broke a 50 race losing streak by skimming the pylons in route to a 1:57.4 win for driver Jim Meitinnis, who was in the bike for owner Laurie Poulin. The gelded son of Arapa Victory, trained by Mike Deters, scored his first win since December 12, 2015 and returned a mutual of $42.80--the most generous $2 payout of his career--keying a 20 cent Superfecta payoff of $4,024.26 for the winning 2-5-6-7 combination. The win was a milestone of sorts for What About Brian--his 25th in a career stretching 214 starts--sending his career bankroll to $134,426. Racing continues on Sunday night with the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace the featured event. Drachan Hanover will attempt to repeat his sharp victory of a week ago with Sing For Me George, Heart Felt, Pointsman, Alta Jerome N and Scott Rocks all looking for the spoils. The track will also have a Pick-6 carryover, as well. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Nichols, N.Y. -- Charlene Long's Oh No Three O ($6.60) took advantage of the prevalent stalker-closer bias that developed early on Saturday (June 4) night's 10-race harness racing card at Tioga Downs, striking from second-over to capture the featured $9,000 Open 2 Trot.   Jeffrey Long pointed the 9-year-old second-over on the clubhouse turn, following live cover provided by Write That Down (Dan Clements) into a stout pace set by Brandos Muscle Man (Mike Merton). As Write That Down engaged Brandos Muscle Man in a final-turn duel following three-quarters of a mile in 1:24.4, Oh No Three O swung three-wide, sprinting off in deep stretch to a two-length win. Pocket Trip (Fern Paquet, Jr.) emerged from heavy traffic to just take second in the last yards, while a game Brandos Muscle Man saved third following his pressured journey.   Paul Long trains Oh No Three O for owner-breeder Charlene Long.   Corey Braden led all drivers with a grand slam on the 10-race card, rallying from off the pace with Blueridge Empire ($18.20, 1:58.1) and Swan For Dee ($14.60, 1:59.3), pouncing from the pocket with Red Zeppelin ($31.80, 1:56), and threading through up the pegs with Sweetasmusic ($7.80, 1:57.3).   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, resulting in a $327.60 carryover in the wager which spans the first five races of Sunday (June 5) afternoon's card. Post time for the first of 13 races is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

While favorites K J's Caroline ($4.20) and Its Payday Friday ($3.40) held sway on the lead in their respective $9,000 featured events on Saturday (May 14) evening at Tioga Downs, it was Shesgotthebeat ($32.40) who stole the show, springing a 15-1 upset to sweep her preliminary legs of the Gail's Diner Late Closing Series for the harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies.   The first $7,500 division of the Gail's Diner preliminary saw first-round winners Shesgotthebeat and Heavenly Bet square off, with 1-9 favorite Heavenly Bet (Scott Coulter) doing the heavy lifting through the middle half. After drafting intently, Jim Meittinis angled Shesgotthebeat off the pegs at head-stretch, dueling to a length victory in 1:55.1 over good going. Heavenly Bet was a vanquished favorite in the end, yet still 3-1/2 lengths clear of Ghost Runner (Tom Jackson), who chased in vain for third.   Shesgotthebeat, a 3-year-old daughter of American Ideal, is trained by Edward Hart for the Seafood Delight Stable, Kristie Leigh Farm, Inc., and Joseph Betro.   The other Gail's Diner division saw Stirling Electra ($10.80) duel with Winners Over (Dan Clements) for the entirety of the far turn, gutting out a half-length 1:57.3 victory under Corey Braden. Trainer Jennifer Davis co-owns the Roll With Joe filly with Joyce Nowicki.   In the co-featured $9,000 top-level trot and distaff pace, Its Payday Friday and K J's Caroline proved victorious while favored. Its Payday Friday, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding, held the first-over Prairie Fortune at bay for a 1:55.3 score. Owner Dan Clements handled the driving duties for trainer Ronnie Morales. The top mares pace saw K J's Caroline make all the pace, edging clear of Asset Management for a four-length triumph in 1:55.1. Jim Taggart, Jr. drove the 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare for trainer Gary Messenger.   The 50¢ Pick 5 was not hit, resulting in a $323 carryover to Sunday (May 15) afternoon's card. The first of 13 races is due off at 1:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- A first-over bid into a fast pace would be enough for Bound For Fame in Friday (August 14) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs, as he was able to overpower his five rivals for a 1:54.3 harness racing victory.   Corey Braden settled the 8-year-old S J's Photo gelding just off the pace, drafting from midfield through a :56.2 middle half before making his move out of fourth on the backstretch. As pacesetter Jailhouse Jessica (Jim Marohn, Jr.) opened up on the backstretch, Bound For Fame wore down odds-on favourite Spice It Up Lindy (Mike Simons), ultimately working clear in the final sixteenth. Bound For Fame expanded his lead to 1-1/4 lengths, prevailing easily in 1:54.3 over Jailhouse Jessica. Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) rallied through traffic from the back of the pack to save third.   Mike Forte trains Bound For Fame for Rags to Riches of PA, LLC and Mark Goldberg.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (August 16) afternoon, with an all-stakes program kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

A large crowd turned out at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening for Independence Day festivities, and Bourbon Bay bounced back from a defeat two weeks ago to capture the featured $12,000 Open Trot.   The 4-year-old Sand Vic gelding worked clear of March Awareness (Richard Simard) on the first turn, controlling the terms through a :56.3 initial half while under no pressure.   On the backstretch, lessee/driver John Cummings, Jr. asked Bourbon Bay for a bit more trot, and the response was instant.   Bourbon Bay accelerated through a :28.1 third quarter, drawing clear of his foes off the far turn.   He ultimately amassed 2-1/2 lengths of clearance on his rivals, defeating them in 1:54.2   Grey Ice (Corey Braden) made a late push off the pegs to just take second, while March Awareness tired while chasing, checking in third.   Megan Wilson trains Bourbon Bay, who is now an 18-time winner in 37 career races.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, earning his second hat trick in as many nights.   He was victorious aboard You the One ($21.80, 1:58), Sweet Kix ($56.00, 1:57.4), and Six Bax ($3.50, 1:55.1).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (July 5) afternoon, with the first of 11 races slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

NEW KENT, VA --- Skeet Thunder rebounded from a pair of recent breaks that resulted in respective fifth and eighth place finishes by capturing the $7,000 final leg of the Parkers Memorial Trotting Series Thursday at Colonial Downs. The 4 year old Sos Lunar Eclipse gelding earned a first leg victory in 1:58 3/5 two weeks ago but stumbled in the second series leg and a "winner over" race this past Saturday. Corey Braden took over driving duties for trainer Richard Bertrand Thursday, who had been in the sulky for Skeet Thunder's last three starts. Braden, who is leading reinsman at the ten day old meet, trotted fifth among the nine horse field at the three quarters mark, then went three wide heading into the straightaway. Skeet Thunder passed the prior leaders including front stepper I Concur who broke stride, then faced My Heidi who came up from behind. Skeet Thunder prevailed in a lifetime best 1:56 4/5, two lengths ahead of Jane Dunavant's My Heidi. The winner is co-owned by Doug Flores and Richard Bertrand. Colonial Downs returns to action Saturday with a ten race card. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT, VA ---- 10/1/14) ---- Wishingonadragon came outside in the turn then passed three front steppers in deep stretch en route to a well strategized victory Wednesday in the $7,750 Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association (VHHA) Pacing Series finale at Colonial Downs. The three year old Dragon Again filly scored a first leg division win September 17th in 1:55 4/5 then finished third in last week's second leg. Reinsman Corey Braden directed Wishingonadragon from the rail Wednesday against nine other finalists and immediately settled into mid-pack. Americanautomation went directly to the front and triggered early panels of :26 3/5, :55 3/5 and 1:24.0 before running out of gas. The eventual winner, who is owned and trained by Stacy McLenaghan, grabbed cover outside behind Bold and Brave as the field straightened out for home. The duo met betting choice River Runs Deep in mid-stretch and at the finish, Wishingonadragon was 1¼ lengths better in a lifetime best 1:52 3/5. River Runs Deep, who had a first leg division win, was second while Bold And Brave took third. Highland Hellion and St. Lads Kingpin each scored third leg division wins in the Horace Martin & Barbara Perry Memorial Pacing Series, which was contested at a one and one-quarter miles distance. The former wired the field in 2:23 3/5 while the latter got to the winner's circle for the first time in five tries this fall in 2:25 1/5. Colonial Downs hosts a ten race program Thursday at 1:00 PM. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT,VA) - Nuclear Attraction scored a wire to wire victory in Sunday's $5,500 winner's over pacing feature at Colonial Downs and shaved a full second off the 1:49 4/4 previous best he authored a week ago. The 4 year old Nuclear Breeze gelding faced four other foes including Smile A Little, who was fresh off a new life mark of 1:49 3/5 he set last Sunday as well. Corey Braden, who earned his fourth win of the day aboard Nuclear Attraction, gained control of the field early and never looked back. After early fractions of :26 2/5, :53 3/5 and 1:21.0, he stopped the clock in 1:48 4/5 on a warm and sunny day, 2¾ lengths over runner-up Smile A Little. Nuclear Attraction is trained by Brian Malone for Orville Harmon of Mappsville, Virginia. In a trio of starts at Philadelphia between July 23rd and August 28th, he finished 8th in all three, losing respectively by 16, 11 and 21 lengths. He is 2-for-2 in Virginia, both in sub 1:50.0 times. Colonial Downs is dark Monday & Tuesday. Live racing returns on Wednesday with a ten race card beginning at 1:00 PM. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT, VA) - By winning Saturday's harness racing featured event in wire-to-wire fashion, Vertigo Hanover has yet to see the back end of a pacer in his trio of victories during the early stages of the Colonial Downs fall harness meet. The 8 year old The Panderosa gelding has led every step of the way in each of the three, but a step up in class Saturday made the effort much more interesting than the prior pair. Vertigo Hanover earned 5 ½ and 3 ¾ length wins last week in a C-2 conditioned pace but the move to a C-1 Handicap Saturday resulted in a photo at the wire with fast closing Mobil Big John. A head separated the winner and runner-up. After early fractions of :28 1/5, :57.0 and 1:24 3/5, driver Chuck Perry encountered Corey Braden's Mobil Big John in mid-stretch and the duo battled in the final one-eighth. After his C-2 triumphs in 1:52.0 and 1:52.0 respectively, Vertigo Hanover crossed in 1:52 2/5 Saturday and gave trainer/owner Henry Lewis his 5th win in 8 starts this year with the consistent pacer. Colonial Downs presents an 11 race card on Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM. An $18 Family 'n Friends 4-pack coupon for Sunday's races is at colonialdowns.com. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT, VA --- 9/14/14) ---- Colonial Downs' 17th annual harness racing season will kick off this Wednesday September 17th at the home of the "one turn mile" with a ten race card beginning at 1:00 PM. Draws for both the Wednesday & Thursday programs took place this weekend. Featured races are a pair of late closer series that boast two divisions each. The Horace Martin Memorial Pacing Series' first leg will be contested at a 7/8ths mile distance and has nine horse fields in each division. Herman Hagerman's McBlack, based on five straight "in the money" finishes at The Red Mile, is favored in race four while Stacey McLenaghan's Hale Street is top early choice in the seventh race. The second "Martin" leg, scheduled for September 24th, will be at a one mile distance while the third and final legs will be contested at 1 1/4 miles. The VHHA Pacing Series has a pair of six horse fields that will vie in the fifth and sixth race. George Antrhop's Daggy is top pick early while McLenaghan's Wishingonadragon is favored late. The future VHHA legs will all be at the mile distance. Corey Braden and Frank Milby, last year's second and third leading reinsmen at the New Kent meet, return to Virginia and have nine and seven drives respectively on Wednesday. Jeff Nisonger, fifth in the '13 standings has six drives in the opener as does Chuck Perry. Trainer George Anthrop populates Wednesday's card in grand fashion with nine horses in to go while returnees Gerry Longo and Herman Hagerman, along with newcomer David Lake, have five in each. The Colonial meet will continue thru October 26th with racing slated every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM. General admission is $3 and kids 12 and under are free. The 4th floor Turf Club Dining Room will be open on weekends. Opening weekend features two unique promotions --- one participatory while the other, not quite so. On Saturday, September 20th, the VHHA (Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association) will select the name of eight fans in attendance to become one day "horse owners". Those fans will return the following day as "owners" and get to keep the amount of purse money their respective horse earns in a $3,000 race. They will also tour the barn area, meet their trainer and driver, and enjoy a lunch for 2 in the VHHA Sky Suite. This promotion will continue every Saturday thru October 18th. The Sunday September 21st card will feature popular ostrich and camel races, which had become a Father's Day tradition at Colonial Downs in the 2012 and 2013 summer thoroughbred meets. In keeping with a standardbred theme, ostriches will also have a sulky of sorts attached to them for the event. The camel race will be after the 5th harness race and the ostrich race will be after 8th harness race. Kids will be invited to run in a 100 yard dash on the track after the races and will actually line up behind the starter's car. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

Sustaining a first-over push to the fore before holding off the late-charging Pan Luis Obispo, Dirty Girty ($17.60) proved a 1:52 upset winner in Friday (August 29) evening's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs.   The four-year-old Western Terror mare tracked pacesetters Inittowinafortune (Aaron Byron) and De Vins Girl (John Cummings, Jr.) through a :56 half mile before commencing her first-over bid on the backstretch.   After nudging 2-1 second choice Inittowinafortune along through a :27.2 third quarter, Dirty Girty turned up the pressure, taking the lead off the far turn and edging clear to a two-length margin in upper stretch.   She dug in late to stave off the hard-closing 4-5 favorite Pan Luis Obispo (Jim Meittinis), with the ground-saving Southwind Trini (Corey Braden) staying on for third.   Mike Merton handled the driving duties aboard Dirty Girty for owner-trainer James Clouser, Jr.   Racing returns to Tioga on Saturday (August 30) evening, with first post slated for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs 

Pouncing from the pocket on the approach to the far turn, Keith Pippi's Traverse Seelster ($3.30) recorded the fastest mile ever at Tioga Downs for an older trotting gelding, taking Saturday (August 23) evening's $15,000 Open Trot in 1:52.4.   Brandon Simpson settled into the pocket with the six-year-old Angus Hall gelding, drafting behind Lutetium (John Cummings, Jr.) through a :56.2 half before making his two-wide push with five-sixteenths to go.   Traverse Seelster responded at once, kicking clear to a three-length lead on the far turn. Through the stretch, he was chased home by Twin B Spike Man (Mike Simons), but last week's Open winner could only muster a second-place finish, closing to within a length and a half. Spice It Up Lindy (Jim Meittinis) rallied from last in the field of five to take third. Oh No Three O (Corey Braden) was a non-threatening fourth, and early pacesetter Lutetium faded to last after giving way.   Amber Buter trains Traverse Seelster, whose 1:52.4 mile bested Tac's Delight prior record for older trotting geldings by a fifth of a second. The overall track record for trotters stands at 1:52.3, most recently achieved by Obrigado.   Sunday (August 24) afternoon's 13-race card kicks off at 1:30 p.m. EDT, with freshman trotters taking center stage in a quartet of Kindergarten Classic preliminaries.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

Sweeping three-wide on the backstretch to pounce on a pressured pace, Pan Luis Obispo ($6.00) drew off for a 4-1/4 length win in Friday (August 15) evening's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Vinny Ginsburg kept the four-year-old No Pan Intended mare well off a :54.2 first-half battle between Inittowinafortune (Aaron Byron) and Keystone Wanda (Corey Braden), moving a closer second-over on the backstretch before making a three-wide push past the fading Keystone Wanda. Pan Luis Obispo continued into the lead at the apex of the far turn, taking over from a softened up Inittowinafortune past a 1:22.3 three-quarter split. She drew clear of her six rivals at will through the stretch, keeping pocket rival Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) 4-1/4 lengths at bay for a 1:51.2 triumph. Cloris Hanover (Brandon Simpson) was an even--but all-out--third off her ground-saving trip.   Robert Bresnahan trains Pan Luis Obispo for winning owner Robert Bresnahan, Jr.   While only able to muster a second-place finish in the featured event, leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. registered a Friday night grand slam, winning with R U Ideal (1:54.1), O Narutac Rockette (1:54.4), Wallstreet Hanover (1:58.4), and Winbak Heavenly (1:53.2).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Saturday (August 16) evening, with first post slated for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Freedomformysoul established a new Monticello Raceway track record for freshmen pacing colts when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. drove the son of If I Can Dream to a 1:55.2 triumph in their division of the $110,000 NY Sire Stakes. The victory erased the former standard of 1:55.3 set by Share The Delight during 2007. Coming into the race off a stunning 1:53.3 track record last week at Saratoga Raceway Freedomformysoul was understandably the overwhelming betting favorite and Morrill used the front-end route for an easy victory over Rockntouch and driver Yannick Gingras. After getting looped on the first turn by Mikado Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) Morrill wheeled his colt back to the lead and they passed the first stanza in a stiff :28.0 and then paced the second quarter in :28.2 reaching the halfway point in :56.2. From there it was catch me if you can, and no one could. "I got to the half faster than I wanted to, so I didn't even pull the (ear) plugs." Morrill admitted after the race. "He's one of the best 2 year olds I've ever driven. He's the real deal." Owned by the Freedomformysoul Stable and trained by Nancy Johansson the son of If I Ca Dream paid $2.30 for win. Southwind Masimo won a division of the NYSS in 1:55.4 for Patrick Lachance. That final time was abetted by speed duel for the lead between We Think Alike (Ray Schnittker) and Old Man Cleary (Yannick Gingras) with early fractions of :27.1, :56.2. Lachance had Southwind Masimo out after the half and they swept to the front up the backside and were all by themselves at the wire some 11-lengths ahead of K Ryan Blue Chip and driver Joe Pavia, Jr. "They were playing hardball up front which worked out good for me," Lachance said in the winners circle when he stopped for a photograph. Southwind Masimo is owned in Canada by Hudson Standardbred Stable and Conrad Leber and trained by Lachance. The winner paid $27.60 for win. In yet another NYSS split Americanprimetime, sent off at odds of over 78-1, lit up the tote board and paid $161.50 for win when Tyler Buter drove him to victory in a time of 1:57. They rallied from five lengths back at the top of the lane to collar Ultimate G, driven by Jason Bartlett. Americanprime time is owned by the Rock N Roll Stable and trained by Rick Dane, Jr. Jason Bartlett won a pair of $110,000 NYSS splits. His first was with Twin B Stingray in 1:56.4 pacing a :28- second final stanza en route to victory. And they needed every bit of that to hold-off Bet You and driver Yannick Gingras by a head. Twin B Stingray is owned by J & T Silva Racing Stable and C C Stables and trained by Aaron Lambert. He paid $20.20 for win Bartlett's other sire stakes victory came with My Spirit Soars in1:57.2 for owner Daniel Van Wart. After putting My Spirit Soars on the lead, Corey Braden made a quarter pole move with odds-on favorite JD He's Da Bomb and Bartlett let them take command before the half. From there Bartlett bided his time and in the lane rallied My Spirit Soars to a head victory over Berkley and Scott Zeron. "I didn't want to go with him (Corey Braden) when he came at me near the half so I let him go. If I didn't my colt would probably not have gotten a check (piece of the purse)," Bartlett admitted. Trained by Tom Fanning, My Spirit Soars paid $5.90 for win. Excelsior Series winners and their drivers included: Can't It Be Me (2:00-Bruce Aldrich, Jr.); Southwind Rex (1:58.4-Jeff Gregory); Spiritintheclouds (2:00.3-Mickey McGivern); Artistic Major (1:59.2-Brent Holland) and Hayden's Little Man (1:59.3- Phil Fluet) by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

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