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Two year old colt and gelding trotters were featured at Saratoga Casino Hotel as part of the New York Sire Stakes on Tuesday night. The track record for freshman geldings fell when the longshot in a four-horse race lit up the board in historic fashion. Trainer Jim Campbell brought driver Greg Merton to town to pilot Hobbs (Credit Winner-Cruella De Ville-Yankee Glide) who had finished second or third four times in his seven career tries. Hobbs was winless coming into the evening and though he squared off against just three rivals, his opponents each came in with strong resumes. After an early break by the race's favorite in the $75,350 division for freshman high-steppers, Hobbs wound up in the pocket spot behind Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who had won three of his six starts in NYSS competition in 2019. Hobbs popped the pocket around the final turn and won the battle in the stretch, stopping the timer in 1:57.3. The win time serves as a new track record for a two year old gelding trotter at Saratoga, a mark previously held by Clive Bigsby (Jim Morrill Jr) who scored in 1:58 in a Sire Stakes race in the '17 campaign. Though Hobbs broke the record for two year old gelding trotters on Tuesday, the fastest freshman of the night was Trond Smedshammer's Chaptiama (Chapter Seven-Crediama-Credit Winner) who cruised through a dazzling wire-to-wire effort in 1:56 to record the first win of his young career. After settling for second-best three times in his first five lifetime starts, Chaptiama wasn't going to take no for an answer and wound up a decisive winner at odds of 2-1 for Smedshammer. Beerthirty K (Mike Simons) was the runner-up in the $76,750 division of NYSS while the favored Berkery J (Jason Bartlett) had to settle for third. While his 1:56 was much faster than Hobbs' winning time, Chaptiama's clocking didn't serve as a track record as the fastest two year old colt in Spa history is Gimpanzee who set a mark of 1:55.4 as a freshman trotting colt last season. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Driver Jay Randall had a renaissance year of sorts last year at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the veteran reinsman has picked up right where he left off this season. On Wednesday's card, the 58 year old Randall piloted back-to-back winners and four on the night. Jay drove winners in two of the three $9,000 co-features for New York sired trotters and both for trainer Bob Gale. Randall moved first over with the Gale-trained Frank Hanover (Credit Winner) approaching the half on his race's favorite Aerial Flight (Jimmy Devaux). Those two slugged it out for nearly a half mile before Frank Hanover emerged victorious in 2:00. The three year old trotter had finished second in three consecutive starts at Saratoga before recording his fourth victory of the season on Wednesday night. The win was the second straight on the card for Randall who guided John Podres' Hot Tip (Mystery Chase) to victory in a conditional pace. Jay's third winner of the night came when he piloted the Brett Derue-trained It Aint The Whisky (Explosive Matter) to a front-running score. It wasn't until the Wednesday finale when Randall completed his grand slam guiding Gale's RC's Lady Royale (RC Royalty) to an upset in the $9,000 nightcap. RC's Lady Royale parlayed her pocket ride to victory and sprung the upset at odds of 25-1. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Winndevie captures the $118,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 8). She was driven by Jason Bartlett. Sensibility (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :26.2. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best but went on a break right near the first quarter mark. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder), who was the 2018 2-year-old trotter of the year, took over the lead heading for the back stretch. She hit the half in :56.1 and was first to three-quarters in 1:25.3. Winndevie ($15.40), who is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, was fourth at the halfway mark. She then went first-over heading around the last turn. She then joined Woodside Charm as they hit three-quarters. When they reached the stretch it was all Winndevie as she powered home to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. Sensibility finished second with Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) getting third money. Quincy Blue Chip recovered from her early break and finished fourth. Woodside Charm, who was seven for seven as a freshman, is winless in her two starts as a sophomore. Winndevie is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season and her ninth career victory. George Ducharme trained three winners on the evening. He got his wins with The Fixer ($2.30), Hannah Dreamgirl ($11.20), and Crysalline ($4.20). There is no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 9) due to the Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle concert. Live racing returns on Saturday (August 10) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) takes the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 2). Alex The Great (John MacDonald) went to the lead and controlled all the early fractions (:26.4, :57.0, 1:26.3). First Call ($7.10), who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Connie Hochstetler, and Allen Schwartz, went first over just before the three-quarter mark. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) found an opening by the pylons but First Call was not to be denied and she won in 1:55.3. Only Passing Thru finished second. Bill's Man (John Butenschoen) came on late to finish third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. She won for the fourth time this season and now owns 12 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He combined with trainer Jody Weidman for wins with Mr French ($42.20), and East To Cincy ($5.30). His other two wins came with Expo ($4.60), and Gimme The Cash ($14.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 3) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne, for for Vernon Downs

World Champion racehorse and sire Crazed, who stood at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario the last two years, has been sold to Newport Breeding (Peter and Jesse ter Borgh) of The Netherlands. Crazed is expected to stand at stud in Sweden in 2019. Crazed, himself a winner of $1,063,059, has sired the winners of more than $23-million. He has produced 47 trotters with sub-1:55 records and 55 $100,000-plus earners during his career in North America. He is the sire of a pair of millionaires in World Champion Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) and JL Cruze 4,1:49.4 ($1,340,452) and three others whose earnings surpass $850,000. In Europe, Crazed has multiple stakes winners including Tumble Dust, with earnings of nearly 5,000,000 SEK ($530,000 U.S.) and a record of 1:53.2. From the Crazed Syndicate  

Winter Mint (Credit Winner) was the fastest among the winners of the $11,000 co-features at Saratoga Casino Hotel on the Thursday afternoon program. The Perry Simser trainee was the public's 1-2 betting favorite in his division of the three co-features for New York sired trotters. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Winter Mint and kept that one close to the action early on before cutting him loose first over. The four year old trotted away to prevail in 1:58.2, the fastest win time of the three co-features. Winter Mint's victory was the second in his last four starts and second of the season. While Winter Mint was a big favorite on Thursday, Lasa Dida Lady (Deweycheatumnhowe) was a big longshot when she went last to first to pull off the upset at 21-1. John Stark Jr. trains and drives Lasa Dida Lady who swooped the group, taking advantage of some traffic trouble for the race's favorite en route to recording her eighth win of the season. She stopped the timer in 2:00.2 in the Thursday co-feature score. Stark had the runners-up in the other two $11,000 trotting events on the card with his Miss Muscle and Jeter's Way finishing second-best. Cherry Peep (Conway Hall) parlayed her pocket ride to victory in the final of three co-features on the day as the Amy Dowd trainee sat patiently throughout before pouncing in the stretch and stopping the timer in 1:59.1 with Jay Randall in the sulky. Cherry Peep's win was her first in three starts since moving to the Dowd stable. She bested Jeter's Way en route to her fifth victory of 2018. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Driver Jimmy Devaux picked up right where he left off on Sunday afternoon when he piloted three winners on Thursday's card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Devaux, who won five races on Sunday's matinee, completed a Thursday hat trick in the co-feature while piloting Credit List (Credit Winner). The Dave Dewhurst-trained trotter scored in leg two of the recently concluded Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series as he went coast-to-coast with Devaux in the sulky. In that start, Credit List sprung the upset when dismissed at odds of 10-1. In Thursday's $10,000 co-feature for New York sired trotters, the sophomore high-stepper was the public's betting favorite. Backed to the tune of even money, Credit List never had an anxious moment en route to victory in 1:59.2. Devaux, who piloted three winners on Thursday and now has eight victories in the last two race cards at the Spa, currently sits in second-place in the local driver standings and has closed the gap between he and leading reinsman Billy Dobson in recent weeks. The other co-feature was won on Thursday by All Night Credit (Credit Winner) who bumped his career earnings to over the $100,000 mark with a victory that saw him go wire-to-wire in 2:00 for trainer Alicia Gray and driver Shawn Gray. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Sunday's matinee program featured the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series harnes racing final at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $38,200 Final was contested by eight trotters who earned points while competing in the two legs of the series on the previous two Sunday afternoons. With no horse winning both legs of the series, the Final appeared wide open. In fact, the race's favorite Missus Mia Wallace (Credit Winner) was in by draw as she was one of several trotters who were tied in points heading into the Final. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Missus Mia Wallace to a leg two victory for trainer Homer Hochstetler and the three year old filly was the 2-5 betting favorite on Sunday as she looked to score in the Final. Cruising out to an easy lead, Missus Mia Wallace coasted through a first half in 59 seconds and remained relatively unopposed until the top of the stretch. The pocket-sitting Notmeitsyou (Phil Fluet) was the runner-up in both legs of the series leading into Sunday's Final and popped the two-hole with authority while trying to reel in the leader. Missus Mia Wallace, though, would not be denied as she prevailed in 1:58.4 on a chilly autumn afternoon in Saratoga. Notmeitsyou wound up second-best for the fourth consecutive start while leg two winner Minne Cheatum (Jimmy Devaux) had to settle for the show spot. Missus Mia Wallace becomes the sixth winner of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series which began back in 2013, joining the list of previous winners that consists of Jelectric, The Lindy Treaty, Showmeyourguns, Aberforth and Dressed To Impress. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway 

Crapaud, PE - The 2018 edition of the Atlantic Classic was held Friday (October 5) at the Crapaud Exhibition Grounds and the harness racing yearling sale was another record-setting day. The sale topper was a Credit Winner colt purchased by Donna Van Meer of Ontario for $ 26,000. This was an Atlantic record for a Trotter. This handsome colt was consigned by Meridian Farms of Milton PEI. The top selling Pacer was a Malicious colt purchased by Peter Smith of Stratford, PEI for $ 24, 500. This colt was consigned by Allan McNeil of Windsor , Nova Scotia. The top selling Pacing filly was also purchased by Peter Smith for $18,500 , and was consigned by Blair Campbell of North Wiltshire, PEI. "The trot prices reflected the tremendous support of the regional trot stakes program by Meridian Farms," stated Sale Manager Wayne Pike. "The top selling Trot filly was Dusty Lane Manney selling for $8,000 to AL McNeil of Nova Scotia . The consignor was Ronnie and Dianne Gass of Dusty Lane Farms of Cornwall PEI". For complete results go to www.peiharnessracing.com. From Lee Drake for the Atlantic Classic Sale    

There were eight Finals of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series contested on the Sunday harness racing matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two trainers each won two of the Finals that went for purses of $55,000. Chris Oakes emerged victorious in two of the afternoon's co-features as his trainees prevailed in the Excelsior Final for three year old pacing fillies and two year old pacing colts. Oakes' Special Kay Deo (American Ideal) drew the rail and the sophomore filly was piloted by Tyler Buter. Special Kay Deo pulled off the mild upset when she parlayed her pocket ride to victory in 1:53.2, the fastest clocking for any of Sunday's Excelsior winners. Oakes' Cal (American Ideal) also sat the pocket before prevailing on Sunday as the two year old gelding scored in 1:54.3 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Erv Miller trained two of the Excelsior Final winners as his Michando (Muscle Mass) pulled off the matinee's biggest upset. Marcus Miller piloted the three year old trotting filly who was dismissed at odds of 39-1. Michando was yet another to spring the pocket en route to a Sunday Excelsior score, stopping the timer in 1:57.1. Miller's Heavens Challenge (Rock N Roll Heaven) scored the win in the two year old filly pace Final as Jim Morrill Jr. sat behind the freshman as she prevailed in 1:54.4 while upsetting at odds of 9-1. Maureen Salino's Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the two year old filly trot Final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the two year old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears. The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4. The three year old colt and gelding trot went the way of Nows The Moment (Credit Winner) who overcame a slow start before scoring in 1:57 with Shane Taggart in the sulky. The Allison Mac Donald trainee's win was his seventh on the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28) and ended up making a big impression on the track's record book. In the first $58,000 division, Winning Shadow (Credit WInner-Sheena's Shadow) came into the race off a new lifetime mark taken at the Poconos last week and at the end of the day not only bested that, he also broke two long standing Batavia Downs track records. Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) went right for the lead and held it mostly uncontested for the rest of the mile. Simons cut some lively fractions going to the quarter in :27.2, the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3 at which point it was clear a track record was well in reach. At that last station the pocket-sitting Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett) started to pull and take his best shot at the leader. Coming with him second-over was Cruising In Style (Jim Morrill Jr.) who quickly found himself three-deep leaving Voss Volo (Andy Miller) on the pylons behind the leader. Heading into the lane, these horses were three across the track, trying to advance behind Winning Shadow. But Simons was line-driving down the lane and Winning Shadow crossed the wire with authority by a length in 1:53.4. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Winning Shadow, a new track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings and a new all-time track trotting record breaking the previous standard of 1:54.3 set by Archangel in 2012 and tied by his son, Top Flight Angel in 2017. "Coming into the race I was very confident, but scoring down he was a little more aggressive than he usually is and I was a little worried about that. But he handled himself well; he's maturing fast. He had plenty left, he just keeps getting better and Jake (Huff) has done a great job with him" said Simons after the race. Winning Shadow ($10.80) is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, is trained by Jake Huff and was bred by James Wilhite Jr. A lightning storm rolled in just before the second $58,000 split, but it didn't detract from the performance of I'm The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) who was the easiest of winners after moving into NYSS action for the first time from the Excelsior "A" ranks. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer) was quickest off the gate but that lead was not held for long. I'm The Muscle (Jason Bartlett) who had gotten away fourth, was out and rolling past the three-eighths and took command in front of the stands by the half. Under a tight hold by Bartlett, I'm The Muscle opened up a three-length advantage that he maintained up the backstretch and around the far turn. Heading into the stretch, Bartlett was just a passenger as I'm The Muscle rambled off to a four length lead and won for fun in 1:55.2, which tied his lifetime mark set just last week. I'm The Muscle ($2.60) scored his fifth consecutive win and the first of his career in NYSS action. Owned by Rheau Viau and trained by Rene Allard, I'm The Muscle was bred by Blair and Erna Corbiel. There were also two Excelsior "A" races on the card. Troller (Muscle Mass-Pearls Last Chance) went gate to wire in 1:57. Troller ($4.30) was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for owner/trainer Paul Kelley and was bred by Bonnie Woodward. And Crime Fighter (Chapter Seven-Southwind Cocoa) closed late and just got up to win in 1:58.1. Crime FIghter ($6.60) is owned by Richard Gutnik, William Augustine, Joseph Lozito Jr. and T L P Stables. Gutnik and Augustine bred the winner. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- The sixth of eight stops by the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs this year occurs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 29) when 10 top Empire State-bred 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will compete in two divisions for the $116,000 of prize money available for distribution. The NYSS events go as race one and seven. There are also two Excelsior "A" contests that go in race two and five. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. The first $58,000 division is a wide open affair with little separating the field. Cruising In Style (Muscle Mass-Sos Respect) has yet to win a NYSS race but has raced well in other events this year. He has a win at Yonkers in 1:55.1 (which is his lifetime mark) in June and finished a respectable fourth at the Meadowlands in the $50,000 Drazin Stake on Hambo day in 1:51.4 after cutting the mile. He is the top money winner in this division and should be able to leave in here, should they so desire. Jim Morrill Jr. is up for the second straight start for trainer Andrew Harris and has been made the morning line favorite at 2-1 from post five. Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass-Northern Flare) finally draws inside after eight straight weeks of outside posts, On The Ropes (Chapter Seven-Rs Giggles) looks to improve off three straight third place finishes in NYSS action and Voss Volo (Credit Winner-Silver Springs) has the fastest seasonal mark of these but looks to get back the consistency he displayed earlier this year. The second $58,000 split has I'm The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) listed as the 9-5 favorite and he comes in streaking. I'm The Muscle started the year racing overnights at Rideau Carlton before transferring to the stable of Rene Allard in mid-July. Since then he has won four straight races including two Excel "A" events before taking a lifetime mark of 1:55.2 at Yonkers in his last outing. However this will be the first time this gelding has faced the top level NYSS competition, but he still figures to be a formidable foe. Jason Bartlett is in town to drive and will start from post one. Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) has earned $116,466 this year on the strength of two NYSS victories but has also finished second in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final and the Empire Breeders Cup consolation. Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl) hasn't missed a check all year before getting parked out in his last start, fading late and Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip) has two NYSS wins this year and seems versatile enough to leave or sit. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Buff (Credit Winner) cruised to victory in the Tuesday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Jackie Greene trainee went wire-to-wire in the $14,500 Open Trot. Buff won back to back Opens in July and after not factoring in his two most recent starts was offensive minded in the early going on Tuesday, powering out to the lead in a 27.1 first quarter. The five year old never got much of a breather, trotting a half in 56.2 before checking in at three quarters in 1:25.2. Never facing a serious challenge, Buff had plenty left for the stretch run and drew away late before stopping the timer in 1:54.3. The win time not only served as a seasonal mark for Buff but matched the fastest time for any trotter this season at Saratoga. Previously, Tropical Storm Bi and New York Sire Stakes star The Veteran recorded victories in 1:54.3. Buff, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, was the 4-5 public choice on Tuesday night as he registered his third win of the season in the local Open and eighth overall. Longshot Dragin The Wagon (Phil Fluet) sat the pocket in the feature and finished second while Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) came from last to earn the show spot. Buff won ten races in 2017 and is on pace to have an even bigger campaign in '18 for trainer Jackie Greene who currently sits fourth in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies take center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). Unbeaten Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) is the morning line favorite in the first division of the NYSS ($35,866) at 8-5. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, all her wins were legs of the NYSS. The 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie, got her wins at Monticello ($26,750), Yonkers ($38,700), and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The 2-1 second choice is Amal Hall (Marcus Miller). Trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stables, Dumain Haven Farm, and Andy Miller Stables Inc., she has two wins and two seconds in her four starts. She is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Arabella Hall. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($27,250) and Buffalo ($35,166). Amal Hall lost by a neck to Winndevie the last time out at Batavia Downs. In the second division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 2-1. The 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse, has two wins and a second in three starts. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The second choice at 3-1 is Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford). Owned by Paul and trainer Shawn Warner, she has one win, two seconds, and two thirds in five lifetime starts. Liquorstoreblues is a 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Blueridge Yankee. In the third division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) at 9-5. Owned and trained by Yoder, she won in a romp in her only career start at Hoosier Park. She is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) is the 2-1 second morning line choice. The 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold, has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). She is trained by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms Inc., and G&B Racing . The 12 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) easily wins the the Vernon Downs featured trot ($5,500) on Thursday (July 26). It's Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to a first quarter in :28.1. First Call ($6.20) who is trained by Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, went first over from third and blew right by and controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1, 1:55.0). Its Chocolate Time finished second with Deaks Sweetie Pie (Adam Capizzano) getting third money. First Call is a 3-year-old filly by credit winner. She won for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in her career. Pinky The Intern (Leon Cable) Is victorious in the Vernon Amateur Driver Club race ($3,500). Famous C (Vladimir Melnichenko) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:28.2) Pinky The Intern ($3.70) followed in the pocket all the way until just after three-quarters. Owned by Anthony Chiniara and trained by Cable, she popped out of the pocket and flew right by to win in 1:58.1. Son of Liberty (Homer Hochstetler) was a distant second with Little Big Rigs (Tony Ciuffeltelli) finishing third. Pinky The Intern is a 6-year-old mare by Pilgrims Taj. It was her second straight win and her 14th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 28) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday due to Wynonna and the Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

CHESTER, PA - Bill's Man, who equaled a divisional track record the last time he raced at Harrah's Philadelphia - though the record only lasted three days - came back to the southeast Pennsylvania oval Thursday and won the $18,000 trotting feature in 1:53.1. The victorious four-year-old Credit Winner entire had to go uncovered from entering the second turn against tough foe Moonshiner Hanover, who put up early fractions of 27.1 and 56.2. Bill's Man had joined him before the 1:24.3 ¾ and the two were in a virtual "match race" most of the last quarter, with Bill's Man edging clear by a length for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and the ownership of Crawford Farms Racing, M And L Of Delaware LLC, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. The last time Bill's Man raced here, he won in 1:52.1, equaling the Philly standard previously set by two pretty good trotters named Chapter Seven and Father Patrick. That was on a Thursday; that Sunday Guardian Angel AS further reduced the mark to 1:52 (and himself has since come back to reduce his own Phl standard to 1:50.4). But they don't pay anything extra for records, and Bill's Man has won $662,074 for his owning triumvirate. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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