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The two divisions of the co-featured races for New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel saw very different harness racing results on Wednesday as a favorite and a long shot prevailed. For the second consecutive week, John Stark Jr's It's My Party (Chapter Seven) dominated the competition and rolled to a convincing win in her $10,700 race for trotters. It's My Party went wire-to-wire for the second straight Wednesday afternoon and did it this week in 1:57.3 over a track labeled 'good.' The win was the sixth of the season for the three year old trotting filly and the third in her last four starts. The even money favorite in her division of the co-featured races, It's My Party never suffered an anxious moment before reporting home a length and a half winner. The other division went for a purse of $10,000 and was won in upset fashion after a disqualification resulted in Frank Hanover (Credit Winner) securing his fifth victory of the season. Vernon Downs invader Give Angel Credit hit the wire first but had interfered with a rival in the stretch before being disqualified and subsequently being placed third. Bob Gale's Frank Hanover had Frank Coppola Jr. piloting for the first time as he was placed first at odds of 28-1. In the mile clocked in 2:01.2, Frank Hanover paid $58.50 to win. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

CHESTER, PA - The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn't have to move out of third until the ¾ for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW's NY Yank going wide early and surging to the lead before a :27.2 quarter. Mississippi Storm had been looped in the early action, but he stayed on and went to the lead in front of the stands, getting a bit of a breather with middle fractions of :57 and 1:26.2. But it was nearing the latter station that Ooh Rah made his move, and he closed determinedly to get past the pacesetting chalk by a neck, raising his lifetime earnings to $210,055 for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, co-owner with Donald La Montagne. In a co-featured $14,500 trotting contest, driver Pat Lachance also reported home first, here with the Italian import Sylvesteramericait, who never looked back from the rail in putting up a winning clocking of 1:54.3 Bob Baggitt Jr. trains the Varenne gelding, now a winner of $297,007 on both sides of the Atlantic, for owner Christine Baggitt. Lachance and George Napolitano Jr. tied for the day's honors with three driving victories apiece. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Wanda Polisseni is the type of person who, in her own words, prefers to fly under the harness racing radar. But after her Winndevie won last month's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, providing Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables with its first trophy, that became a little more difficult. Not that Polisseni has any complaints. "I was surprised at the number of people that congratulated me and follow my horses; I'm very appreciative," Polisseni said. "I'm not infatuated with the winner's circle. That's not what I'm all about. But I fully appreciate it. Winning a race like the Breeders Crown makes it all worth it. "There are so many people that have been in (the sport) so much longer than I have and I'd like to see these other people win too. I feel like I've had more than my share of blessings and good fortune. I just love to see my horses race, no matter where they end up, as long as they're healthy and happy." Winndevie returns to the races Thursday in the $176,150 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs. In fact, all four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions - with Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, and Warrawee Ubeaut joining Winndevie in that group - will be in action in the Matron events for sophomore pacers and trotters. Trained by Trond Smedshammer and driven by Brian Sears, Winndevie is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry, who was second in the Breeders Crown, as well as Crown third- and fourth-place finishers The Ice Dutchess and Only Take Cash, not to mention Elegantimage Stakes winner Evident Beauty. Winndevie, by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie, has won six of 14 races this year and hit the board a total of 13 times. Her earnings of $559,804 lead all 3-year-old filly trotters. For her career, Winndevie has won 12 of 21 starts, including the 2018 New York Sire Stakes championship, and $787,682. Her trip to the Breeders Crown was her first Grand Circuit appearance after spending her career to that point on the New York circuit. Polisseni called the filly's Breeders Crown triumph at Woodbine Mohawk Park, "really a very nice surprise." It is probably fitting because her arrival in Smedshammer's stable was a surprise as well. Polisseni thought she had completed her shopping for yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale two Novembers ago until she looked over her list of purchases and realized she did not get a Credit Winner-sired filly. So, after a review of the remaining possibilities, she bought Winndevie (then named Hello Dolly De Vie) for $45,000 on the final day of the yearling auction. "I never told Trond I was going to buy her," Polisseni said, laughing at the circumstances surrounding the purchase. "I knew I wanted a Credit Winner filly and she was the best one that I liked that day. I liked the way she looked on the floor, the way she moved, and the video. I loved her. She's a beautiful filly. "I put her on the truck to go down to Trond's (stable). It was a surprise to him. But he's told me many times in the winner's circle that he's so glad I bought her." Polisseni, who lives in upstate New York, got her start as a harness racing owner about 15 years ago. Smedshammer has trained her horses for a decade. Her Purple Haze Stables has ranked among the top 10 in earnings for owners on multiple occasions, including in 2018 and 2019. "I feel really blessed with the success that I've had and having Trond as a trainer," Polisseni said. "He's the best. He knows how I want my horses treated and it's always the horse comes first. I never have to worry with Trond, there is no stress. That makes the racing so much more fun. "(The Breeders Crown) was all for Trond. That's how I felt. I wanted him to get all the attention and accolades. I was thrilled." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba-Mind Wise As-Lemon Dra) was the 41.3/1 upset winner of today’s Gr. II International C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro (400,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.3kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Magnus Dahlen trainee to his third 2019 victory in seven starts. The win was his ninth career victory in 35 starts now for 2,110,949SEK in life earnings. 63/1 Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot-Arnaquer) was second for driver Kim Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. T he 1.71/1 favorite Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) finished third after being an early leader and then sitting the pocket for pilot Wim Paal and trainer Jerry Riordan. Rajesh Face and Mack Dragon completed the top five. Lopp 10. Starttid 18:20 C.L. Müllers Memorial 2019 (Gr II Int) - STL Gulddivisionen, Försök 1 i Meeting 8 (Final Solvalla 26 december) Mörk anmälan. 3-åriga och äldre lägst 900.001 kr. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. 2640 m. Autostart.333 Pris: 400.000-200.000-92.000-42.000-22.000-12.000-8.000 (7 priser) Plac Häs Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 7 VELVET GIO (IT) Ohlsson Ulf (Dahlén Magnus) 7/2640     12,3a 2 10 ANGLE OF ATTACK Eriksson Kim (Bergh Robert) 10/2640     12,5a 3 8 RINGOSTARR TREB* (IT) Paal Wilhelm (Riordan Jerry) 8/2640     12,5a 4 9 RAJESH FACE Kolgjini Lutfi (Kolgjini Adrian) 9/2640     12,6a 5 5 MACK DRAGAN Jepson Carl Johan (Wilhelmsson Morgan) 5/2640     12,7a 6 6 RACING MANGE Lövgren Joakim 6/2640     12,8a 7 11 PASTORE BOB Untersteiner Johan 11/2640     13,0a 0 3 RECKLESS Söderkvist Stefan (Goop Björn) 3/2640     13,1a   0 1 USAIN HENNA Andersson Oskar J (Westholm Jörgen) 1/2640     13,3a   0 2 HARD TIMES (NO) Widell Kaj (Åsebö Ola) 2/2640     13,6a   0 4 SPEEDY FACE Kolgjini Adrian 4/2640     19,3ag   Earlier on the card was the Final Breeders Course (Two Year Olds, Gr. II International) 2019 with victory to 3.8/1 Kuyt F. Boko (2m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.13.6kr. Robin Bakker teamed the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Stable Why Not. He is undefeated in three starts now for 734,932SEK in life earnings. Pucks Bounce (2m Scarlet Knight-Komigen Pippi-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson, ahead of A Good Point (2m Maharajah-Romantic Love-Super Arnie) with Kevin Oscarsson aboard. Several other winners of interest were on the Jagersro program: Niky Flax (6g Love You-Stay With Us-Andover Hall), 1.11.6kr in Silver Division for Johan Untersteiner Dominic Wibb (3g Bold Eagle-Spicy Chocolate-Chocolatier), 1.14.3kr in the Mustaschkampen, his third victory in five lifetime starts Giant Shadow (6g RC Royalty-Turnpike Trophy-Turnpike Taylor), 1.13.2kr in the Securitas Klass I, with Carl Johan Jepson up for Bjorn Goop, his 21st win in 24 starts with seven in a row Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne). 1.13.8kr in the Jagersro Stora Montepris, for jockey Henriette Larsen for trainer Jerry Riordan, her 27th career win in 97 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Brian Sears guided race-favorite Winndevie to a late-charging harness racing win in the $655,000 (CAD) Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday. The winning mile went in 1:53. Bet down early, Sears was in no hurry to leave quickly with Winndevie as Only Take Cash and When Dovescry sped to line up first and second with The Ice Dutchess following. Only Take Cash cut the first quarter in :26.2 as Asiago broke and galloped on the outside. Only Take Cash was overtaken by When Dovescry, who herself was passed in the shuffle by The Ice Dutchess as the half went in :56.3. Taking to the outside, the Joie De Vie LLC-bred Winndevie began to make up serious ground, going strongly after The Ice Dutchess to three-quarters in 1:25.3. From there, Winndevie was urged on by Sears and got to the wire first in full command of the field. Trained by Trond Smedshammer, Winndevie won in 1:53. When Dovescry took second and The Ice Dutchess held on for third. Winndevie is owned by Purple Haze Stables. The Credit Winner--Vida De Vie was a top performer in the New York Sires Stakes season. With this win, Winndevie has earned a little more than $865,000. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

Royal Lady (Credit Winner) was the runner-up in back-to-back tries in the winners of two but not more than five race lifetime condition at Saratoga Casino Hotel to wrap up the month of September. Since the calendar turned to October, though, the story has been much different for the Melissa Beckwith-trained trotter as she has found the winning way. Royal Lady parlayed pocket trips to wins in successive starts in October leading up to Wednesday's try in a $10,700 co-feature for New York sired trotters. Driver Mark Beckwith didn't want another two-hole trip with Royal Lady and subsequently marched on to the lead in the early going with the race's 1-2 betting favorite. The sophomore filly had her way on the engine but was met with the challenge of Song Chapter (Billy Dobson) in the stretch. Song Chapter got the pocket trip behind the favorite before taking her shot in the stretch. Royal Lady held on to win a photo over Song Chapter in a mile clocked in 1:58.1. The victory was the third in a row and fourth on the season for Royal Lady. The other co-feature saw Sassy Massy (Muscle Mass) spring a mild upset. The Cheryl Whitcroft-trained trotter won in 1:58.4 just one week after setting a lifetime mark of 1:58.3 against similar competition. Sassy Massy was driven to victory by Mark Whitcroft. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon featuring a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000. The Pick Five begins in the matinee's first race and is a 50 cent minimum wager. First post time is set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

CHESTER, PA - Favored Fashion Creditor sat well-placed off a hot early pace, made his move on the far turn, then drew off to a 4 1/4 length victory in 1:54.1 in the $18,000 harness racing feature on "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia. Sylvesteramerica IT, Cash For Gold, and Cruising In Style were three-across the track in a :27.3 first quarter, and second choice Cruising In Style did not clear to the lead until almost the 3/8, and he passed the half in a taxing :55.4, with Rubber Duck first-over and Fashion Creditor behind him. Rubber Duck tucked into an open pocket later down the backstretch, with Fashion Creditor going on uncovered to challenge the pacesetter by the 1:24.3 three-quarters and then go by him around the turn. Rubber Duck, who had backed out to follow the winner on the turn and who loomed boldly nearing headstretch, made a break at that point, and Fashion Creditor was home free from there, with Cruising In Style lasting for second over a shuffled-then-closing Sylvesteramerica IT. Pat Berry handled the veteran Credit Winner gelding for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. The seven-year-old pushed his lifetime earnings to $657,102. In a $14,500 co-featured trot, the Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah was moved by driver Art Stafford Jr. from fourth off the first turn to the lead in front of the grandstand, then trotted on nicely to record a 1:54 victory. The winner of $194,395, owned by trainer Kathleen La Montagne in partnership with Donald La Montagne, was not threatened in the second half of the mile and won by 2¼ lengths over pocketsitter Filled Donut. The winning drivers in the featured races, Pat Berry and Art Stafford Jr., also led the driving colony for the day with three victories each. For full results and entries click here. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Harness racing trotter Halliama (Conway Hall) continued his dominance of the winners of two but not more than five class at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Alek Chartrand trains and drives the three year old trotter who recorded his fourth consecutive victory when competing in the $9,000 co-feature on Wednesday. Faced with racing against Lucky June Bug (Frank Coppola Jr) who came into the day on a six-race win streak, Halliama beat that one to the punch in the early going and wound up on the front-end as an even money shot in the wagering. Halliama went coast-to-coast for Chartrand in 1:57.4, a time that was fastest of the three $9,000 events for New York sired trotters on the afternoon program. Lucky June Bug wound up first over on the winner and ended up as the third-place finisher as pocket sitter Song Chapter (Jimmy Devaux) was the runner-up. For Halliama, who spent a portion of his summer competing in the Excelsior A division of the New York Sire Stakes, the win was his sixth in fourteen tries in 2019. The other $9,000 co-features were won by Southwind Falcon (Conway Hall) and Royal Lady (Credit Winner). Southwind Falcon extended his win streak to five with a first-over score as his race's overwhelming favorite. Ron Harp trains and drives the three year old who had little difficulty extending his streak on Wednesday as he proved a decisive winner in 1:59.1 over a track labeled 'good'. Royal Lady closed up the passing lane before getting up in the final stride to prevail in 1:59.3 with Mark Beckwith driving for trainer Melissa Beckwith. Royal Lady was the runner-up in back-to-back tries before coming on to score on Wednesday. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, foir Saratoga Raceway

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 21). First Call ($5.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She would lead to the half in :57.1. Rose Run Sydney (John MacDonald) went first over and put on the pressure. First Call lead was down to a half length at the three-quarter pole. First Call, who is Trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, shook loose as they made the turn for home. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but had to settle for second as First Call won easily in 1:54.3. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) got third money. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her seventh win this season. She now has 15 career victories. John MacDonald and Dylan Huckabone-Miller each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald teamed up with trainer Jessica Okusko to win with Jackie's Express ($2.20), and Hennessey ($4.20). Huckabone-Miller teamed up with trainer Claude Huckabone III to get victories with Nubble Light ($7.70), and Private Performanc ($5.10). Both pacers were owned by Go Where The Money Is Stable. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 harness racing featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 7). American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2 and to the half in :57.3. First Call ($5.30) came first over just before the half. She battled American JJ shoulder to shoulder all the way around the final turn. First Call led by a head as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.2. First Call, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, continued to battle as they made the turn for home. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) found an opening on the inside as Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) came flying late on the outside. First call gutted it out and got the win in 1:55.0. Only Passing Thru finished second with Winning Princess getting third money. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her sixth win this season. She now has 14 career victories. Hochstetler, Claude Huckabone Jr., and Howard Parker each drove two winners on the night. Hochstetler got his other win with Bluffton ($6.30). Huckabone Jr. won with All Heart I Am ($3.50), and Ideal Delight ($17.60). Parker had victories with The Fixer ($2.80), and Expo ($11.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 5, 2019 - It was the Sweet 16th and final downstate Empire visit of the season Thursday night (Sept. 5th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $161,500 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. All of 10 lasses entered, so a pair of $80,750 quintets comprised the event. The opener immediately had a different look when 1-10 favorite Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) jumped it off. That left pole-sitting Sensibility (Scott Zeron, $11.60) to her own devices, and she finished what she started (:28.4, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:56.2). Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) chased around the oval, missing a neck, with Pilgrim's Lass (Jim Marohn Jr.) third. For Sensibility, a daughter of Muscle Mass co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme, W J Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, it was his second win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $54.50, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered to the abbreviated number of starters. The second sire stakes event saw Winndevie (Bartlett, $2.30) get stung early by Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) before making the lead and drawing out. From post position No. 5, she had no issues (:28.1, :58, 1:26.2, 1:55), the final margin 4½ length. Sweet Chapter finished more than seven lengths ahead of Gobi Princess (Jordan Stratton). For Winndevie, a Credit Winner miss owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was her fourth win in 10 '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.40, again with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered due to insufficient participants. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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  

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