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Chili (Credit Winner) lit up the board on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Gary Levine trainee pulled off an upset paying $92.50 in the harness racing trotting feature. Chili was just one week removed from being the even-money favorite in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters on Wednesday when he was dismissed at odds of 45-1. Driver Brett Crawford moved Chili out to the early lead before yielding to rival All Night Credit (Shawn Gray). Chili closed up the inside in the stretch and got by to win in 1:58.2 for his first victory of the year as the longest shot on the board in the feature. All Night Credit was disqualified after causing interference in the stretch and was subsequently placed fourth. Mind Your Manners (Mickey Mc Givern) wound up earning the place spot while the favorite Amazing Sevens (Frank Coppola Jr) came up third best. Chili provided his trainer Gary Levine the first half of back to back wins on the card as his Miss Neala Ridge (Billy Dobson) pulled off a mild upset in her non-winners of two lifetime trot. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Monticello, NY - Go down the road as fast and far as you can go seemed to be the tactic of the day as many of the afternoon participants of Monticello Raceway's Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts tried to follow that pattern, some were successful, others not. The first division of NYSS raced for a purse of $38,500, the short 5 horse field saw Don (Andy Miller) first away from the gate from the rail, Dan Daley and Purpose Blue Chip also left hard but were content to let Don cut the fractions and tucked in the 3 hole. Don lead the pack thru every fraction of 28.4, 58.2. Purpose Blue Chip pulled at the half and never saw the rail after that and continued grinding his way towards the leaders on the outside. Don was still on top at the ¾ in 1:27.3, by now Purpose Blue Chip was at his throat latch. At the top of the lane, Don and Purpose Blue Chip were trotting in unison but Purpose Blue Chip held on over Don by a length, a fast closing On The Ropes (Svanstedt) finished 3rd. The son of Chapter Seven notched his 3rd win of the season for owners Daley, Crawford and Lombardo. A happy Dan Daley said in the winner's circle "I put the trotting hobbles on him a month ago to help steady him out and it really worked, he can really trot the turns fast now" Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 in Excelsior B ranks. In the second division worth $39,200, 14-1 Lindsey's Pride and Marcus Miller cut the early fractions without any pressure in 29, 59.1, the 1-9 favorite The Veteran was the first to start the outer flow at the half followed by Winning Shadow. Lindsey's Pride still had the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:28.1 but The Veteran was gaining even but the effort soon stalled near the paddock turn., Winning Shadow who followed live cover fanned out in the lane and passed The Veteran to win in 1:57.4 by a diminishing length. Winning Shadow picked up his 3rd win of the year for owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva. The son of Credit Winner is trained by Jake Huff and was driven to victory by Mike Simons. Not respected by the betting public, Winning Shadow paid $27.80 to win, the 2-5 exacta was worth $58.50 The Veteran was second and Cruising In Style was third. The early trt setter Lindsey's Pride faded to 5th. In the 3rd and final division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) starting from post 5 Clive Bigsby and Scott Zeron lead at every stanza 28.3,58.0,1:27.2 with the heavy favorite Chasin Dreams sitting the pocket. Perlucky and Trond Smedshammer were content stalking the leaders in 4th. At the ¾ pole Perlucky was the first to move, the son of Lucky Chucky tried to pull up passing the paddock draw gate, Smedshammer barked at his mount to pay attention and he quickly responded and trotted home strong to win in a tight 3 horse photo in 1:57.2 over Clive Bigsby and Chasin Dreams. It was the first seasonal win for Perlucky and his owner Purple Haze Stable LLC of Fairport NY. Excelsior A The 2-5 favorite, Lunar Credit and Scott Zeron beat up the Excelsior A bunch again and picked up his 5th consecutive win for trainer George Ducharme in 1:59.1, the son of Credit Winner is owned by Little E, Geiger, Stolz and Living The Dream Racing. Im the Muscle was second, followed by Massamillion. Seven Iron ($8.50) lead from start to finish to win by 3 lengths in 1:57.4 for driver Jason Bartlett, recent Hall of Fame nominee Linda Toscano trains the son of Chapter Seven for owner Ken Jacobs. Troller (Marcus Miller) also scored a wire to wire win in 1:58, trotting the fastest last quarter of the afternoon in 28.3 for trainer Paul Kelly for his third win in a row. Excelsior B Pappagiorgio (Muscle Mass) and Dan Cappello scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1 for his 4th seasonal win. Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 Blue Chip Farms, Credit Winner led all Sires with 3 winning sons. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Buff (Credit Winner) recorded his first Open Trot score of the season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon as the Jackie Greene trainee outtrotted the favorite home in the final eighth of a mile. The Open field was reduced to five horses after a pair of scratches and when one rival broke at the start, Buff wound up in the pocket spot in the early going. The race's front-runner Crazycat (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was tested by the favored Cash Me Out (Billy Dobson) who moved first over on the leader before overpowering him past three quarters that went in 1:25.3 in the $14,500 feature. Cash Me Out took over the lead turning for home but Buff came roaring out of the pocket and trotted right past the favorite before stopping the timer in 1:55.1 to record his first victory in the local Open Trot this season. Buff, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, paid $15.80 to win while pulling off the Sunday upset while Cash Me Out had to settle for second place this week. On Thunder Road N (Wally Hennessey) came on to earn the show spot. The exacta with Buff over the favored Cash Me Out returned $41.00. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 15, 2018-Such an Angel (Brian Sears, $14.60) did it quite well Sunday afternoon (July 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, the first of four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away third from post position No. 5, Such an Angel saw lass Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett) serve as the 28-second opening act before yielding to a wide-early In Secret (George Brennan). The one's lead in the polls continued through a :57.2 half before Such an Angel moved with purpose. The challenger took over right by the 1:27 three-quarters, then opened up some overcast daylight. While this was transpiring, an out-every-step Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron), as the 1-2 favorite, continued to advance from his eight-hole impost. However, he found himself with too much work to do as Such an Angel-after a 1:55 milepost- widened to 3¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. The leader finished it off in a good-track 2:24.2...matching the distance record for a 4-year-old gelding (Hemi Seelster). Marion Marauder trimmed the final margin by a length-and-a-quarter while easily second. In Secret, Mostinterestingman (Steve Smith) and Charmed Life (Mark MacDonald) grabbed the minors. For third choice Such an Angel, a previously-mentioned 4-year-old (statebred Credit Winner) gelding owned by Sam Caruso Jr. and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.80, the triple returned $113.50 and the superfecta paid $714. Sunday's final seasonal Belmont rendition of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-Hay Field (Belmont's 3rd race) and 2-Beach Memories (Yonkers' 10th race) returned $20.20 (hindsight?) for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,673. The next Sunday matinee is July 22nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was another harness racing day at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) and there was another track record broken as Amal Hall ($3.20) did the honors this time with a hard-fought neck victory in her $36,000 (approx.) division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the 2-year-old filly trotters.   Amal Hall (Andy Miller) went the mile in 1:59.0, blowing away the previous mark of 2:00.0 set last season by Plunge Blue Chip. It was the tenth track record either broke or tied at Buffalo Raceway in 2018.   Miller swept the NYSS early daily double as he guided With Out A Doubt ($3.70) to the win in 2:00.4 while Safe Word ($5.10) captured the final bracket with a 4-3/4 length decision in 2:01.0 with Jeff Gregory in the bike.   In the opener, Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the pace while Sensibility (Scott Zeron) and Amal Hall tucked into second and third respectively. Approaching the three-quarter marker, Miller tipped Amal Hall first over and began to chip into the lead turning for home.   Eventually, Amal Hall wore down the pace-setting Quincy Blue Chip and managed to stick a neck in front at the wire for the win. Sensibility took the show position.   "When I pulled her out, she kept going faster and faster," Miller said of Amal Hall. "I am happy with her performance. She's a nice filly."   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Getty Stable and the Dumain Haven Farm, Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is trained by Julie Miller. The win was the second in three tries this season for Amal Hall who pushed her earnings to $47,058.   Miller made it two straight as he used the passing lane to give With Out A Doubt a three-quarter length score over Gobi Princess (Zeron) and Exotic Diamond (Morrill Jr.).   Summermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) set the tempo with splits of :30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 but was under siege as the field turned for home. With Out A Doubt dropped to the 'lightning lane' and was the quickest in the dash to the wire.   Co-owned by Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy and James Moran, With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) is trained by Erv Miller. The win was the first in three attempts for With Out A Doubt, now a winner of $29,140.   The final division was a stroll for Safe Word as she went right to the lead and never looked back in posting a solid 4-3/4 length triumph over Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.). It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) took the show position.   Safe Word posted splits of :30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.0 and had no threats in cruising to the finish line.   Owned by driver/trainer Gregory, William Richardson, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck, Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) has now posted two wins in three starts, earning $44,321.   Miller finished the night with three wins as he drove Song Chapter ($5.00) to a victory in a $15,000 division of the Excelsior A Series with a mile of 2:04.0. Barn Tease ($5.10) took the other leg as Claude Huckabone Jr. steered her to the decision in 2:03.2.   In the $6,600 Excelsior B events, Ms O'Reilly ($12.60) took her race for Gregory with a 2:04.4 mark while Morganslovin Dream (Daley) trotted the mile in 2:04.2 and returned $5.10 in the victory.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) easily wins the featured trot ($5,100) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (July 6). Purpose Blue Chip ($4.60) went gate-to-wire controlling all the fractions (:29.1, :58.4, 1:27.1, 1:55.1). Clive Bigsby (Jimmy Whitemore) followed in the pocket the whole way. He tried to make a late run but had to settle for second. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) finished third. Purpose Blue Chip is 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner. Trained by Dan Daley for owners A Daley, J Crawford IV, R Lombardo and D Brenner. Purpose Blue Chip won for second time this season and the third time in his career. Daley had a double double on the night. He was also the driver, trainer for winner, L Dees Courageous ($3.10). Jimmy Whittemore and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles on the night. Whittemore leads all drivers in wins at Vernon Downs this season. He won tonight with Sterling Davinci ($4.30) and Unusual Clarity ($5.00). Leon Bailey picked up wins with Williams Wish ($18.20) and Taco Tuesday ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 7) with a 10 race card starting a 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

John Butenschoen expects a good effort from Bill's Man in Saturday's $250,000 Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The only question is how good. "Some days he's a real good horse, some days he's an excellent horse," Butenschoen said. "If the real good horse shows up, we should be able to get a check. If the excellent horse shows up, we are good enough I think to win. There are times when he is absolutely fantastic and there are times that he's just a really, really good horse. It's going to depend what horse shows up. We'll see." Bill's Man was more than good in his most recent start, winning with a then track-record-equaling 1:52.1 mile at Harrah's Philadelphia on June 21. For his career, Bill's Man has won eight of 39 races, cashed a check a total of 32 times, and earned $557,229. He closed last season with a victory in the Matron Stakes. He finished second in a division of the Graduate Series on June 10 at Tioga Downs and was fourth in two prior rounds of the event. Bill's Man, a son of Credit Winner out of Silver Springs, will start from post seven with Corey Callahan driving for owners Crawford Farms Racing, M And L of Delaware, and VIP Internet Stable. He is 8-1 on the morning line. Butenschoen also sends out Don Dream in the Graduate final. He will start from post six with driver Brett Miller and is 15-1. Don Dream, a son of Donato Hanover out of Gabbys Dream, has won seven of 21 career races and earned $128,803. The gelding is owned by Crawford Farms Racing. "It's nice to be able to start the year off racing against 4-year-olds," Butenschoen said. "I think they're both coming into the race in good shape. "We've got a chance here now for two weeks to race for some really serious money before we've got to jump and tackle the open boys down the line," he added, referring to the July 14 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Big M. "I think it's a good way to get their feet wet. Bill's Man started early last year and raced all the way through the Matron, so he didn't get a whole lot of time off. So it's nice when they come back they don't have to race against horses that are a little more seasoned. It's a good springboard." Ariana G, the lone female in the Graduate trot field, is the 3-1 favorite. Yannick Gingras will drive the mare from post eight for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Saturday's card also includes the $250,000 Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old pacers and two eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the July 14 Meadowlands Pace final. Elimination winners draw for posts one through six. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EDT). The Graduate Series finals are races five and 10. The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are races six and eight. Butenschoen will be busy in the Graduate for pacers, too, with Funknwaffles starting from post six. Funkwaffles, a two-time New York Sire Stakes champ, will have Callahan driving for Crawford Farms Racing and is 10-1. For his career, Funknwaffles has won 13 of 34 races and earned $874,223. He is winless in six starts this season, but has a second-place finish behind Filibuster Hanover in a preliminary round of the Graduate. In his most recent start he was seventh in an elimination of the Ben Franklin Pace on June 23 and bypassed the Franklin consolation last week to refresh for the Graduate final. "He's been victimized in most of his starts by post positions," Butenschoen said. "He's raced extremely well but he doesn't have a lot to show for it. The one time he did get a chance to strut his stuff he was a close second to Filibuster at Tioga. He's not a very big horse, but a very game horse. We figured let them go at it hard (last week) and hopefully we're a little bit fresher. If we can work something out I think we're OK." Highalator, who has won three of his past four races, including two preferred handicaps at The Meadowlands, is the 3-1 Graduate pace favorite from post 10. David Miller will drive for co-owner/trainer Jenny Bier and fellow owners Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. Following is the Graduate Series championship field for 4-year-old trotters. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Lord Cromwell-Jim Marohn Jr.-Ed Hart-10/1 2-Dunbar Hall-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-7/2 3-Moonshiner Hanover-David Miller-Chris Beaver-9/2 4-International Moni-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere-6/1 5-Sortie-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-15/1 6-Don Dream-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-15/1 7-Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-8/1 8-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-3/1 9-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15/1 10-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 Following is the Graduate Series championship field for 4-year-old pacers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Miso Fast-Louis Roy-Virgil Morgan Jr.-7/2 2-Donttellmeagain-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-5/1 3-Western Joe-Scott Zeron-Chris Choate-9/2 4-Mac's Jackpot-Brett Miller-Jeff Smith-15/1 5-Blood Line-Andy McCarthy-Jimmy Takter-10/1 6-Funknwaffles-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-10/1 7-Maroma Beach-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 8-Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-8/1 9-Lawrencetown Beach-Doug McNair-Ron Burke-15/1 10-Highalator-David Miller-Jenny Bier-3/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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

Olle Leven is no stranger to harness racing success in the U.S. and the Monaco resident hopes to add to his accomplishments with his Swedish-born homebred trotter Midnight Express. Midnight Express, a son of 2014 Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah out of Leven's mare Truly Devoted, is among the horses competing Friday at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., on Landmark Stakes Day, which kicks off the four-day Grand Circuit meet at the half-mile oval. Midnight Express is only the second Maharajah-sired horse to race in the U.S., following Swedish-born filly Unau in 2015. Leven's previous triumphs in North America include winning the 1995 Hambletonian Oaks with Lookout Victory and capturing three Breeders Crown trophies, with Lookout Victory in 1994 and 1995 and with Dream Of Joy in 1999. Dream Of Joy received the 1999 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. "That was many years ago," Leven said with a laugh about those successes. "But never mind that. I have had it." Leven also raced Credit Winner, who was the runner-up in the 2000 Hambletonian and is one of the sport's top trotting sires, producing the earners of more than $87 million. He remains a member of the Credit Winner Syndicate. Midnight Express was foaled in Sweden, but raised at New York's Blue Chip Farm, where Credit Winner stands, before being sent to trainer Ake Svanstedt. Leven had purchased Midnight Express' dam, Brittany Farms-bred Truly Devoted, for $100,000 at the 2008 Lexington Selected Sale and, after two starts in the U.S., brought her to Sweden where she earned the equivalent of approximately $200,000 on the racetrack. Truly Devoted's family includes stakes-winning females Cherished Victory, Keystone Profile and Act Of Grace, who is the grandam of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive. Miss Marita, the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide, also is a member of the family. "I looked at Truly Devoted, I liked Truly Devoted, and we bought her," Leven said. "She was a good mare for me." Midnight Express has won three of 13 career races and earned $26,081. He heads to the $13,600 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters with two wins and two second-place finishes in his past four starts, all at Yonkers Raceway. The colt is staked to the Yonkers Trot, Matron Stakes, Carl Erskine Trot, Bluegrass Stakes, and Reynolds Memorial. "When Ake moved to the U.S., I said to myself, give my Swedish horse a chance," Leven said. "I like Midnight Express and I like to race in the United States and I wanted to use Ake because he was the absolutely best trainer in Sweden when he decided to move to the U.S., no doubt about that. "I'm pleased so far. We have raced at Yonkers this year four times; two wins, two seconds. I'm pleased. More than that, I'm very pleased." Leven, who owns two racehorses at the moment, watches Midnight Express' races on the Internet. "I can't say exactly what I like most about him," Leven said. "He's not a horse with quick speed, but he is very, very strong." It seems fitting that a son of Maharajah is racing at Historic Track during the Grand Circuit meet, which coincides with Sunday's Hall of Fame inductions at the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Among the inductees is Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, the owner of Menhammar Stuteri, which bred, raced and stands Maharajah. In addition to the Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters, Historic Track hosts seven more Landmark Stakes on Friday, with events for 2- and 3-year-old male and female pacers and trotters. Dawn Anderson's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Take A Wish is competing in the Landmark for 3-year-old female trotters. Ray Schnittker's filly trotter Check Out Trixie, a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker's two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out, is among the 2-year-olds making career debuts. Racing begins at 1 p.m. at Historic Track. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mother Nature didn't cooperate at all with the 2-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters entered in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (June 27) at Buffalo Raceway but three were able to overcome the sloppy conditions to post victories.   Horns For Three ($3.40) was the most impressive of the trio of winners in the $37,000 (appprox.) divisions with a 2:02.4 mile, by far the fastest in the Sire Stakes. Certify ($10.80) captured his leg in 2:05.2 while Xcuseme ($36.00) was triumphant with a 2:06.3 tour of the Buffalo Raceway half mile oval.   The times were well off the Buffalo Raceway track records. Those records were 1:58.4 for the freshmen colts established by Money Macintosh in 2016 and 2:01.2 for the geldings set in 2013 by The Lindy Treaty.   With a steady rain falling, Horns For Three settled down at the start and dropped into the three hole as Rap Sheet took the lead to the quarter pole in 31.0. Just before the half, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Horns For Three first over and took over command.   Reaching the stretch in front, Horns For Three trotted smartly to the wire as Jake G's Champion (Scott Zeron) couldn't get any closer than 1-3/4 lengths. Crazyforlovinyou (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   "He ran out a bit on the turns but otherwise he did really well," Cummings said of Horns For Three. He added, "It was a great mile for the sloppy conditions. I showed him the whip in the stretch but never used it. He did it with ease."   Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, Horns For Three (Credit Winner-Swoosh Hanover) is trained by Edward Hart.   In the opener, Certify battled with Charlieman for the lead to the opening marker, but once reaching the top, he never looked back in posting the half length decision over Thunder (Jason Bartlett. Charlieman (Dan Daley) ended up in third.   Certify slogged through splits of :32.0, 1:04.0 and 1:36.1 but had enough left in the tank to hold off the late bid by Thunder.   Owned and trained by Earl Sauve, it was the first victory in two starts for Certify (Credit Winner-Good Intentions).   The last division saw five of the trotters break stride at the start, thus scattering the field. Xcuseme (John Stark Jr.) inherited a 10-length lead at the quarter pole while Our White Knight (Bartlett) and Jnr Express (John MacDonald) remained on gait and fought to get back into contention.   Xcuseme, who set splits of :32.1, 1:05.1 and 1:36.4, dug in late and won by a half length as Our White Knight and Jnr Express put in game efforts but finished second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Stark Jr., Thomas McTygue, David Smith and James Gianucci, Xcuseme (RC Royalty-The Cuse) is trained by Stark Jr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Praying Angel ($6.40) won the first division for Morrill Jr. in 2:06.1 and Reel Of Fortune ($12.00) captured the second leg in 2:07.2 for driver Phil Fluet.   Speeding Moose ($7.80) registered the victory in the lone $6,400 Excelsior B Series event as Dan Daley steered him to the win in 2:11.3.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. There's a $3,578 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Monticello, NY - Practice is over and now it is for real for the trotting fillies making their first lifetime  half mile mile pari mutual start at Monticello Raceway on Monday June 25th. The large group of freshmen were on their best behavior for the most part on a beautiful afternoon. The 1-5 favorite Hot Chapter left the gate hard in the first $26,750 division and had 3 lengths on the pack at the ¼ in 31.2 and continued to stay on the front through fractions of 1:02,1:32.3 keeping the field at bay by at least 2 lengths. In the paddock turn Charlie Norris had Just Priceless in high gear and made a bold move, the daughter Muscles Yankee almost collared pace setter Hot Chapter at the top of the lane. Just Priceless threw down a 29.2 last quarter to win by 2 lengths in 2:02.4. Liquorstoreblues finished second, followed by Hot Chapter. Just Priceless is trained by Homer Hochstetler and is a daughter of Muscles Yankee, she garnered her maiden pari mutual win after winning her first 2 baby races at Vernon Downs. Scott Zeron and Sensibility tried to score a wire to wire win over the field of 6 in the second division as she trotted past the panels in 30.2, 1:01.1, 1:31.4, she had 3 lengths on the field as they trotted down the lane. Andy Miller had Amal Hall poised in perfect striking distance as she stalked the pack sitting 3rd most of the mile. Miller pulled her to the outside down the back side the second time around and she grinded out a win in 2:02.0, Sensibility finished 2nd, and Conway Kellyanne was 3rd. Amal Hall (Credit Winner) picked up her maiden win for trainer Julie Miller. The best race of the day came in the 3rd heat of NYSS racing for a purse of $27,250, Ake Svanstedt charged hard from the gate with the steady footed Water Lily Hanover as did With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) who beat Water Lily Hanover to the front end as the duo took the group thru fractions of 31.1, and 1:02.3. Dan Daley was the first to move with Somermusic'chapter before the half, the eventual race winner Exotic Diamond pulled at the half looking for cover. Daley tried for the lead against With Out A Doubt down the backside but the rally came up short and he tucked in the 2 hole before the ¾ in 1:33. Starting from PP5, Exotic Diamond took the road less travelled and took the overland route and was way out of contention but rallied for the win for driver Scott Zeron in a tight photo in 2:05.3, Somermusic'chapter finished a game second, followed by Water Lily Hanover. Buzzy Sholty was smart in giving his filly a qualifier start at over the Catskill Mountains half mile oval last week and it paid dividends this week. The RC Royalty filly is owned by Joe Lee, Diamond Pride LLC and Sholty Racing LLC. Early pacesetter With Out A Doubt faded and finished 5th. In the final Sire Stakes dash of the afternoon, Andy Miller floated away from the gate with heavy fav EV's Girl, only to make a miscue going to the ¼ pole, Blue Prayer and Dan Daley inherited the lead, taking the pack to the quarter in 31.3. Winndevie made her move past the ¼ pole, took the lead and was never headed as she trotted alone by open length's through fractions of 1:03.1, 1:33.4 to win by 2 in 2:02.3, trotting her last quarter in 28.3. Winndevie (Credit Winner) is owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC. Safe Word and Jeff Gregory finished 2nd with Hanna Dreamgirl 3rd. Blue Chip Farms Credit Winner lead all Sires with 3 winners on the card, 2 year old pacing colts are next on the Sire Stake agenda on July 4th. by:Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

CHESTER PA - Bill's Man joined the illustrious company of harness racing greats Chapter Seven and Father Patrick by tying their track record time for four-year-old trotting horses, 1:52.1, in winning the $17,000 feature on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. A record was in the works from the 1/8 pole when EI EI O refused to let Arch Credit go by for the lead, forcing the latter to tuck before the 26.1 quarter. EI EI O went on to a 54.3 half, then was pressured by first-over Top Flight Angel to the 1:23.3 3/4s, with Bill's Man in pluperfect position second-over. Top Flight Angel wrested the lead by the top of the stretch, but Corey Callahan then asked the son of Credit Winner to trot on and he did so with power, equaling the track record as well as the season's record for the division (4-up) shared by Marion Marauder and Fraser Ridge. Trainer John Butenschoen saw Bill's Man raise his earnings to $556,229 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, M&L of Delaware LLC, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. Skates N Plates, a career winner of $437,944, extended his recent regaining of form to three straight victories in taking the $14,500 top trot for the older set. George Napolitano Jr. gunned the son of Revenue S away from the outside post eight and didn't have much trouble from there, stopping the timer in 1:54.4 while two lengths clear for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. Freshman trotting colts made their pari-mutuel debut at Philly in 2018, with the Explosive Matter - Up Front Annika colt Ginger Tree Skyr trotting away in the stretch to a 4¼ length victory in 1:58.4. The winner came his own back half in 57.4 for driver David Miller, trainer Steven Cook, and the ownership of Ginger Tree Ventures LLC and Don Marean. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

MONTICELLO,NY- There's an old adage that states "good things come to those who wait" and that expression fits John Calabrese's trotting victory today (Thursday, June 21) at Monticello Raceway to a tee. "I got away fourth along the pylons and just bided my time," Calabrese said after he reined Keenan to a come-from-behind 2:00.2 triumph in the second leg of the NAADA Trotting Series at the Sullivan County oval."As the race progressed I kept moving up after the horses in front of me kept pulling (moving to the outside) and in the stretch my horse was full of trot." When the gate sprung Alan Schwartz hustled Tim Lizzi to the lead from the two-hole as Joe Faraldo found room behind the leader with Tough Get Going after a quick start from post position six. They were one-two as the field passed the first stanza in a soft :29.4 and remained that way past the half in 1:01.2 and by the three quarters in 1:30.4. Meanwhile, Calabrese and Keenan were viewing the front-end action while still some four lengths of the leader. Then midway around the final turn Faraldo moved Tough Get Going to the outside and they raced head-to-head with Tim Lizzi. However, unbeknownst to the leaders Calabrese's trotter kept moving up and was just lengths off Tim Lizzi as the field rounded the final turn. In the lane Tough Get Going was stronger than Tim Lizzi but Keenan was the strongest of all and rallied in the passing lane to a solid one-length triumph in a time of 2:00.3. "When I reached the passing lane I felt confident that Keenan could pass the leaders because he was still strong, even with his left knee-boot down around his hoof ," Calabrese said."But the classy old veteran trotter didn't flinch a bit and just kept to his work." Later Calabrese explained that Keenan's knee boot slipped down the horse's left front leg as they sometimes do. However, when something like that happens a trotter usually goes off-stride but the 10 year old Credit Winner gelding and lifetime winner of over $564,000, shrugged it off and didn't miss a beat and kept going forward as Tough Get Going headed Tim Lizzi for second money. Calabrese owns and trains the winner who paid $47.00 for win. And the trifecta of 6-7-2 returned a whopping $2221.00. by John Manzi, for NAADA

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- For harness racing driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt, things just kept getting better and better for him as the afternoon went along on Sunday (June 17) at Buffalo Raceway as he won three times in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters with the four divisions carrying a purse of approximately $30,000 each   It was a perfect progression as well for Svanstedt as each time one of his charges won, they set a new track in doing so.   In the opener, Ciao Dolce broke the old track standard for the 3-year-old filly trotters of 1:58.2 held by Fad Finance, Straight A Student and High Rise with 3-/4 length decision over Sevenbuyeleven in 1:57.3.   That barrier lasted about 15 minutes as defending 2-year-old NYSS filly trotting champion Lucky Ava posted 1-1/4 length victory over Girl Talk in 1:57.2.   After having to settle for a second place finish in the next NYSS event with Natalie Hanover, Svanstedt saved the best for last as Fury Road took her leg with a 1:57 tour around the lightning fast Buffalo Raceway half mile oval, topping White Cheetah by 3/4 lengths.   When ask about his success at Buffalo Raceway, Svanstedt, who has won six of 10 races in the past two seasons said, "It helps when you have good horses." He went on to explain, "I seem to have horses that can takes the turns here so I am not afraid to go hard into them."   Ciao Bella ($3.80) took the opening bracket with a big move heading to the third-quarter marker. She was able to wear down the fraction-setting Somebuyeleven (Scott Zeron) in the stretch to score the win. Firm To Stay (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third.   "She really picked it up down the backstretch," Svanstedt said of Ciao Bella's effort.   Owned by Kjelle Magne, it was the second win in five starts in 2018 for Ciao Bella (Credit Winner-Pizza Dolce).   The ink hadn't even dried in the record book when Lucky Ava put her name into it.   Setting fractions of :30, 1:00.0 and 1:29.1, Lucky Ava ($2.10) had to work extremely hard to hold back a determined Girl Talk (Drew Monti) in the lane. Haulin Banc (Zeron) took the show spot.   "It was a little surprised at how she had go in the end but she's a good horse," Svanstedt said of Lucky Ava.   Co-owned by Svanstedt, Little E LLC and the Van Camp Trotting Corp., it was the fourth victory in five attempts this year for Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky-Ava Marion). The score pushed her seasonal bankroll to $65,693 and $269,189 in her brief stellar career.   Fury Road ($6.80) was the fastest of the distaffer sophomore trotters as she was able to wire the field in 1:57.0. White Cheetah (Morrill Jr.) put in a game effort to place second while Tribute To Seven (Zeron) took the show position.   "She did what she had to do," Svanstedt said of Fury Road's record breaking performance.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., the victory was the second in five appearances in 2018 for Fury Road (Muscle Mass-Bar Ballad). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $44,932 this season and $189,423 in her career.   When told that was the third track record he had on the afternoon with his trainees and Fury Road, Svanstedt shrugged his shoulders and said, "Wow."   The only race in the NYSS not won by Svanstedt was earned by Lima Novelty (Zeron) in a 1:57.3.   It was a heads up move by Zeron going to the opening marker that paved the way for Lima Novelty's triumph.   When things settled down after the start, Natalie Hanover (Svanstedt) looked like she was going to control the fractions but that wasn't the case a few seconds later.   "We didn't want to be behind Natalie Hanover (Svanstedt). We wanted the top," said Zeron of playing the give-and go with Lima Novelty ($4.00).   The decision worked about great as Lima Novelty held back the challenge of Natalie Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths while Jackie Newlands (Morrill) was third.   Trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Ken Jacobs, Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) found the winner's circle for the first time in four attempts this season. The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $21,847 and $116,635 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A races, A Gift For You ($4.10) was the quickest with a 1:58.0 clocking for Zeron. Michando ($7.50) took her bracket for Marcus Miller in 1:58.3 while Kevin Cummings guided Eunice to a stunning $62.00 victory in 1:58.2.   The two $6,500 Excelsior B events went to Financial Impact as Monti steered her home in 2:02.2 while Shawn McDonough notched a popular $2.50 victory with Chasing Stardom in 2:02.0.   Racing will resume on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program scheduled for 5 p.m. with the 2-year-old filly pacers arriving to battle it out in two divisions worth $52,500 each.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 29, 2017 -- Home'n Dry (Jason Bartlett, $8.50) was anything but Sunday afternoon (Oct. 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing waterlogged $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. Away third from assigned post position No. 5, Home'n Dry did his bidding in a wind-swept deluge, but no problem. He watched as 19-10 favorite In Secret (George Brennan), remanded outside his six rivals, made the lead (:28.4, :57.1, 1:26.1). As he did in his prior effort, Home'n Dry vacated the three-hole, engaged the leader, then won going away. The margin here was 2½ lengths in a moist 1:55. In Secret was a safe second, with Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory), Centurion ATM (Dan Dube) and Sumatra (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For third choice (again) Home'n Dry, a 5-year-old Credit Winner gelding owned by J L Sadowsky LLC and trained by Robert Bresnahan, it was his seventh win (third consecutive) in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49.60, with the triple returning $155.50. This scheduled edition of the 'New York, New York Double' went south when Belmont Park cancelled its last-day-of-meet program. The gimmick wager returns Sunday, Nov. 12th, with Aqueduct as the NYRA venue.. Note post time for Yonkers that afternoon is TBA (we promise to advise). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 30th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,228.27. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Fashion Creditor (Mike Merton) would charge late and emerge with the harness racing victory during the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs Friday night (August 18). Just after the race started the big favorite Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr.) would go on a break. Wind Of The North Jeff Long) would take advantage and lead into the first quarter in :27.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) would takeover before the half. He would control the fractions hitting the half in :56.0 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. He would go on a break just after that. Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner) would take advantage of this going first over and charging down the stretch to out duel Wind Of The North (second) to win in 1:53.2. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would come up for third. Fashion Creditor ($10.20), who is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning would win for the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his career. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would win the Fillies and Mares Open 1-2 Handicap ($10,000). K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would lead to the first quarter in :26.3. However Godiva Seelster (Mickey McNichol) would take over right after the first quarter and lead all the way to the stretch. K J's Caroline ($10.20), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, would ride in the pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. She would pull out and run down Godiva Seelster (second), to win by a head in 1:51.4. Classic Carpet (Mike Simons) would finish third. K J's Caroline would get her fifth win of the season and the 36th victory of her career. There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 19) because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. Racing returns on Sunday (August 20) with a nine race card featuring the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for sophomore pacing colts & geldings ($263.100) and 3 year-old fillies ($257,850). Also the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($163,000) will be featured. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs      

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