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Batavia, NY-- He's three-for-three at the current meet and continues to win at will. Lutetium wired his foes on Friday night (Aug. 14) in the $10,000 Open trot feature at Batavia Downs. Once again leaving from the widest post in the draw (7), Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) made quick work of taking the lead before setting-down for the mile. However this week his main rival BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) decided to leave as well and tucked in third for the trip. The field was led to a soft half in: 58 when the tempo picked up on the backside. Lutetium tripped the three-quarters in 1:26.3 with BZ Glide on the outside, closing in for the chase. As the race hit the top of the stretch, Lutetium's 2-length advantage was dwindling and continued to do so as the sparring pair drove to the wire. But when they hit, the 8-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner mustered just enough to gut out a head victory over the fast closing BZ Glide. It was the seventh win in 21 starts for Lutetium ($7.60) and pushed his earnings to $48,331 for owner Colleen Girdlestone and trainer Mark Laidlaw. Five drivers were seeing double on Friday as Kevin Cummings, Shawn Gray, Dave McNeight III, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jim McNeight all scored two wins on the card. Shawn Gray, Jim McNeight and Carl Smith also tallied a pair as trainers. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 15) with post time set for 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski  Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Four New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies headlined Friday (August 14) evening's harness racing card at Vernon Downs, and Lucky Chucky filly Posterity ($7.30) proved most impressive among the quartet of winners.   In the $27,250 seventh race, trainer-driver Charlie Norris floated Posterity into midfield from her outside post, rating well off odds-on favourite Dizzy Broad (Jim Morrill, Jr.) through a :27.4 first quarter before charging to the fore amid a slackening :58.1 half mile. Upon reaching the end of the backstretch, Posterity was able to clear down to the pegs, turn aside a mild challenge from the first-over Credit To Thelimit (Sam Schillaci), and draw clear of her rivals through a dazzling :27.4 final quarter. Her 1:56 mile was the fastest of the four Sire Stakes splits, and she defeated runner-up Dizzy Broad by 3-1/2 lengths.   Carrie Norris, Janine Zito, and Buck Sprinkle share the ownership of Posterity.   Ãke Svanstedt recorded a Sire Stakes driving double, teaming up with Jimmy Takter trainee Pampered Winner ($13.00) in the $27,250 fourth race for his first of two co-featured wins. The royally-bred daughter of Credit Winner kicked clear off a first-over effort, holding off a late charge from Monarchs Sequel (Mark MacDonald) in 1:56.2. Svanstedt also prevailed with his own pupil Non Stick ($6.30) in the $27,750 ninth race, kicking clear from the pocket to defeat Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3.   The greatest margin of victory went to Goosebump Hanover ($6.10), who drew off for a 4-1/4 length triumph in the $ 27,250 sixth race. After brushing to the lead on the first half of the far turn, Goosebump Hanover gradually extended her advantage over Lucky Kristen (Marcus Melander) and I Will Take Credit (Dan Daley), prevailing ultimately in 1:57.2. Jim Morrill, Jr. drove the RC Royalty filly for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 15) evening. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs    

The harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night hosted the $168,374 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The event, honoring the memory of a legendary sports publicist, went in two, $84,187 events. The opening division was won by Barn Girl (Jeff Gregory, $5.60) in a snappy 1:56.4. Unhurried from post position No. 2, she saw pole-sitting Nunkeri (Mark MacDonald) contend with a second move from 9-10 choice Lady Winona (Andy Miller). Nunkeri owned a short lead into the lane, but Barn Girl-who had chased Lady Winona before falling into a vacant pocket-ducked inside and went by. She beat "Winona" by a 1¾ lengths, with Nunkeri an easily-better-than-the-rest third. "She was very good in Excelsiors (lower-level statebred races), so they wanted to try her in sire stakes," Gregory said of Barn Girl. "She's turned into one of the better one in this group." For second choice Barn Girl, a daughter of Cash Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Out in the Country Stable, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with triple returning $28. Thursday night's second sire stakes event saw Jewels in Hock (Jim Morrill Jr., $4.60) hold off a troubled-trip, 1-2 favorite in last season's freshman champ Barn Doll (Gregory). The final margin was a length in 1:57.3. First leader Waiting Room (Miller) held third. In play from post No. 4, Jewels in Hock retook from Waiting Room as Barn Doll, in search of a ninth consecutive victory, was caught wide early. She eventually found a five-hole before moving again first-up. For second choice "Jewels," a Credit Winner miss trained by Linda Toscano for owner Ken Jacobs' KJ Stables, she's now 7-for-14 this season. The exacta paid $9.50, with the triple returning $45.20. "She's given us a lot of headaches with her equipment," Toscano said. "John (Campbell, who drove her exclusively earlier in the season) wanted her rigged one way, while Jimmy (Morrill Jr.) wanted her another way." We eventually (and lovingly, we'd guess) told Jimmy to shut up and we're leaving her the way she was with John, and it's seemed to work out." The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday (first post both nights 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---More spectacular weather greeted a full house of harness racing fans at Batavia Downs on Friday night (July31) and the faithful were treated to extraordinary performances by both man and beast. The man was 20-year-old Drew Monti, who put on a driving clinic scoring five victories on the card. He won with Feets Of Magic ($4.00), I'm The Cash Man ($15.80), Ooga Booga ($7.80), Greg's Girl ($10.40) and Big Baller ($5.70). But winning wasn't the whole story. Monti had a total of eight drives and never missed the board. Besides the already mentioned victories, he had two seconds and a third which gave him an amazing UDR of .805 for the program. The beast was definitely Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) who regained old form and put forth a monstrous effort in winning the Friday night feature, $10,000 Open trot. Leaving with the car when the race began, Lutetium was on top before track announcer Joe Zambito could articulate it. He then took his followers through fractions of 28.2, 57 and 1:26.2 before trotting away from the group by three-lengths in 1:56 flat. That time was one-fifth off the track record for aged trotting geldings, which Lutetium co-holds with Second Hand News. The effort was so dominant that no other horse in the race got close enough to make a bid. It was the fifth win in 19 starts this year for Lutetium and it raised his annual income to $38,581 for owner Colleen Girdlestone. Mark Laidlaw trains the altered son of Credit Winner who paid $7.40. Other notable performances included Downs defending driving champion Kevin Cummings scoring a hat trick and trainer Darrin Monti who also registered three winners on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night with post time set at 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward on opening night (7-27) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs and as a result the first record of the season just missed being broken. The track proved lightning fast as three of the four divisions set lifetime marks. Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Ship) took full advantage of an early break by favored Winning Princess (Jim Morrill Jr.) to wire the field and post a 1:59.1 victory, which was only one-fifth of a second off the track record set by Dreamy Dawn in 2010. Charlie Norris, who both trains and drives the filly, left sharp and set even fractions en route to an easy three and one-half length decision. The winning time was a new lifetime mark and the second win in three starts this year for Posterity, who paid $7.00. Posterity is owned by Carrie Norris, Janine Zito and Jerry Buck Sprinkle. In the first division, Lima Playtime (Credit Winner-Pacific Legacy) was an easy coast to coast winner who led the field by open lengths the whole race. Driver Rick Zeron seemed to have a gas pedal at his disposal after they passed three-quarters in 1:32.1; that's when the mare sped away from the group to come home in an impressive 28.3 and take a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. The even-money favorite returned $4.20. Zeron trains and co-owns Lima Playtime with Millar Farms, James Walker and Paul Fisher. The second division saw a dominant winner displaced due to interference by her coupled entry. Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) and Jim Morrill Jr. wasted no time getting the lead before setting speedy fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29.4 into the far turn. The entry on the ticket, Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) and Gates Brunet pulled off the rail from third to take a shot at the leader. But shortly after that move, she made a break and interfered with trailing horses. After the heavily favored Goosebump Hanover pulled away to an easy five-length victory, the inquiry sign went up, and the winner came down due to the interference by the coupled horse. Second place finisher, Credit To Thelimit (Credit Winner-Prize Angie) and driver Sam Schillaci were then declared the winner ($23.80). Credit To Thelimit is also trained by Schillaci for owners Matthew Bencic, Peter Barbato, Sam Bova and Jodi Schillaci. In the final split, Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) proved last week's win was no fluke as she set a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4 while registering a four-length decision over her six competitors. Lindylicious (Credit Winner-Scrumptious Lindy) flew off the wings for Chris Lems and went right to the front before leading for almost three-quarters of the race. But when the field was headed up the backside, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Dizzy Broad from third and appeared to fly past Lindylicious to take the lead. From that point on the only thing in question was how much the filly would win by. Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley, returned $9.10 to her backers. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card and the both also proved to be career best efforts for the winners. Take The Cash (Cash Hall-Take The Lid Off) driven by Jim Morrill Jr. scored her first career victory in 2:01.4 and returned $4.60. Take The Cash is trained by Perry Simser, who co- owns the filly with Clifford Morcom, Richard Kaplan and Salvatore Corcione. In the second leg, Barn Diva (Conway Hall-Misty Ridge) captured her second straight career win while also stopping the timer in 2:01.4. The winner, who returned $4.30, is trained and co-owned by Steve Pratt with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stable. Racing resumes Wednesday night (7-29) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

July 22, 2015 - Today’s Enghien Quinte+ (€4.9 million jackpot) was the Prix du Medoc (€65,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters European eligibles) and the open-lengths 1.14kr winner was second-favorite 1.3/1 odds Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo). Jorgen Westholm trains this one for Nortronic KB of Sweden.  1.1/1 favorite H.M. Monocerus (8f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Geir Nordbotten of Norway. 12/1 Ufena Nonantaise (7f Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) was third for Eric Raffin. Enghien’s Prix de Crespieres (€44,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters) was a 1.16.4kr victory for Auroire Sautonne (5f Ready Cash-Galaxie de Sautonne) with trainer Tonyt LeBeller driving for owner Ecurie de Suatonne. This 4.6/a odds winner defeated 3/2 favorite Athena de l’Abbaye (5f Defi d’Aunou-Galbanella) for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie de l’Abbaye. 23/1 Australio Beco (5f Jam Pridem-High Star) was third in this close battle to the line. The Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters) went to 9/10 odds favorite Akido (5g Love You-Isba) with trainer Franck Nivard up for owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson ahead of 10.6/1 Attila du Gaboreau (5m Mercenaire-Iola du Gabereau) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 2.6/1 Alsonn de Gucz (5m Baccarat du Pont-Gitana de Bellouet) with trainer J-M Bazire driving. Time of race was 1.17.3kr over the extended distance. Thomas H. Hicks  

A field of eight pacers will assemble for the Thursday evening feature at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and it promises to be a lively opening quarter. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash program. Windemere Eric is the classifier's choice in the race 11 feature with a $1.700 purse. Gary Chappell trains, drives and owns the six-year-old son of Articulator and will leave from the outer post 7 with plenty of early speed promised to his inside. The hard leaving Minor Wisdom has post 6 for driver Brad Smith and owner-trainer Kristina McCourt of Summerside fresh off of a fourth place finish in 1:57 where she cut opening fractions of 27.4 and 56.4 in Summerside. Leading Camdidate has rail control with Ken Murphy in the bike for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell, while Beckenbauer is second choice from post 5 with Ryan Perrot subbing in for regular driver Jason Hughes, who is competing in stakes races in Truro Thursday. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Leading Camdidate in the feature event. "A good late kick and rail control can be a dangerous combination and that's just what this guy has so we'll treat him as the one to beat," MacIsaac said of Leading Camdidate. Other entries include Prince Adam (Mark McKinnon), Sinners In Heaven (Terry Gallant), Whitesand Artist (Neil Bambrick) and Balanchine (Ron Matheson). Two trot classes populate the evening program in races 3 and 5. The race 3 trot has the veteran trotter Neal favoured from post 7 with co-owner and trainer Brian Andrew in the bike for co-owner William Andrew of Calgary. The seven-year-old son of Credit Winner drops out of the Open trot will look to capitalize on his backclass to land in the winner's circle and bolster his $280,883 in lifetime earnings. Other top choices in the $1,350 affair include Hopedale Dora (Joey Pineau) and Kims Pjs (Lenny Myers). Race 5 has a $1,550 purse on the lines with Majian Dilion getting the faith of the classifier and drawing post 1 for trainer-driver Jim Ripley and owner Marylea Ripley of Amherst, N.S. JK Queen (Doug MacGregor) and Money Show (Brian Andrew) are the next choices. Nicholas Oakes

Credit Fashion crossed the finish line faster than any four-year-old trotting horse in the history of harness racing at Northfield Park when he won a $7,000 conditioned race in 1:53.3 on Monday (July 20). The clocking breaks the 1:56.3 former record by Patio Pete (Walter Case Jr.) in 2001. Martin Yoder of Kidron, Ohio owns Credit Fashion. Jeff Hochstetler is his trainer and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Credit Fashion (Credit Winner-Whata Softie-Self Possessed) started from post two. He led his competition through fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:25 and 1:53.3. There was never an anxious moment for the winner, who bested his competition by 11¼-lengths. Credit Fashion now has two wins in three starts this year. Monday's victory represents his sixth score in 14 career races and bolstered his bankroll to $304,137. He was the race favorite and returned $3.20 to win. Ayres Ratliff

Barn Doll and Jewels In Hock went about their business as expected on Sunday afternoon (July 12) in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway but it was High Rise who did the unexpected by setting a new track record.   While Barn Doll and Jewels In Hock figured to challenge the 1:59.0 mark set by Glowngold in 2014, it was High Rise (Chris Lems) who smashed the mark for the sophomore filly trotters with a 1:58.2 time over the fast Hamburg half-mile oval in a division of the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series.   "That was a track record?" Lems asked when he returned to the winner's circle after the victory.   When he was told it was, a big smile broke out on his face and he just shook his head in disbelief.   He then said of High Rise, "She's a nice horse and she always gives her best and she gave her best today."   High Rise ($12.80) beat Nunkeri (John Campbell) by a length while Barn Girl (Jeff Gregory) finished third.   Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Decharme, High Rise (Conway Hall-RC Biscuit) has now won six times in eight appearances this season pushing her seasonal earnings to $28,800.   The heavily-favored Barn Doll ($2.10) took her $61,300 division of the Sire Stakes in 1:59.0 which tied the track standard before High Rise came along.   Waiting Room (Andy Miller) set the tempo with splits of 30.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2 but Barn Doll had a first over trip and eventually wore down the front-runner, pulling away by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire.   Summers Windsong (Ray Schnittker) took the show spot.   "She had no real problems," Jeff Gregory said of his trip with Barn Doll, now a winner of six straight races. "I kind of babied her around the turns but she was strong as usual."   Trainer and co-owner Steve Pratt said of Barn Doll, "She's gonna get a couple of weeks off now. She's been racing hard the past few weeks so she deserves a break."   Wanda Polisseni of the Purple Haze Stables LLC, who co-owns Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) along with Nancy Pratt, stated, "She needs a break. It's a long season."   Polisseni admitted she was nervous as usual about Barn Doll but felt good with Gregory in the sulky. "I always worry about my horses, all of my babies, when they race. But I love Jeff Gregory...he's my guy."   Barn Doll, now a winner of 13 of 16 lifetime starts, has pushed her seasonal earnings to $234,724 and $437,861 lifetime.   John Campbell took Jewels In Hock ($2.70) wire-to-wire in his $60,200 division of the Sire Stakes in 2:00.1.   It was Campbell's first drive at Buffalo Raceway since 1992 and the Hall Of Famer's first win here since 1990. She beat Lady Winona by two lengths while Zanna Blu (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show spot.   Campbell said of Jewels In Hock's mile tour, "She controlled the race from the inside and did it all on her own."   She posted comfortable fractions of 29.1, 1:00.3 and 1:31.3 en route to the win.   When asked about returning to Buffalo Raceway after a 23-year absence, Campbell stated, "It's nice to be back and get a win. It's been a long time. I didn't race at Saratoga since 1988 and I went back there this year."   Campbell saw Jewels In Hock's owner Ken Jacobs in the winner's circle and said with a big grin, "Hey, this is a great place to meet up."   Jacobs said afterwards of getting Campbell to Western New York to drive Jewels In Hock. "I told I'd fly him up, that he's got the rail, he won't be going against Barn Doll and the purse is over $60,000." The sales pitch worked.   Campbell has now been aboard Jewels In Hock in her past six races and has four wins, a second and third place finish.   "You put him behind a trotter, that's why he's a Hall Of Famer," Jacobs said of Campbell.   Jewels In Hock (Credit Winner-Jewels Galore) now has five victories in 11 tries this season. She is trained by Linda Toscano has put in $117,770 in the bank in 2015 and $130,700 lifetime.   In the other $15,000 Excelsior Series 'A' division, Wanna Get Lucky ($5.20) scored for Lems in 2:00.2. Lems finished the day with a triple.   There was a local flavor with the winners in the $6,600 Excelsior B Series. John Cummings Jr. returned home and took Sweet Hana T to a surprising $13.60 win while former Buffalo Raceway regular Ray Schnittker took Kaliska to a popular $3.70 decision in 2:02.2.   Schnittker said after his victory, "It's always good to come home and get a win."   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. The New York Sire Stakes returns once again as the 2-year-old filly trotter invade along with the Excelsior A and B series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J Mazurek

Eskimo Joe (Credit Winner) went back to back on Thursday afternoon at  the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the three year old trotter went wire-to-wire to win his fourth race of the season. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Heidi Rohr-trained Eskimo Joe to a convincing win in 1:59.1 over a track labeled "good". Eskimo Joe set his lifetime mark of 1:58.2 in his previous start a few weeks back after racing very well in the Excelsior Series of the New York Sire Stakes this spring. On Thursday, he was the 2-5 betting favorite in the $11,250 Winners of 2 but not more than 4 lifetime for New York Sired trotters. It was the fourth victory in seven tries in the sophomore campaign of Eskimo Joe who gave Aldrich one of his three winners on the card. Live harness racing continues on Friday night with a fifteen races comprised in large part by NY Sire Stakes two year old pacing fillies. There are thirteen races on the wagering portion of the program as well as two non-betting events which will begin at 6:10pm. Melissa Simser

Freshmen colts and geldings hit town over the next few harness racing programs, with Yonkers Raceway hosting open stakes pacers and sire stakes trotters. Saturday night, a pair of $25,000 eliminations (races 6 and 8) for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old lads. The first four in each elim get invited back (provided they ask politely) for next Saturday's (July 18) $107,500 final. Among the promising frosh in the opening event are Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter, post 3), a $120,000 son of Art Major, and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube, post 5), a $107,000 Rock N Roll Heaven colt with a pair of seconds to begin his career. The second elim for the Sheppard finds two entrants already with wins included in their resumes. Joe Larry N Curly (George Brennan, post 4) steps out of New York Sire Stakes competition after a blowout 1:56.3 win at Monticello, while Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker, post 6) threw down a 1:57.3 gauntlet in a division of the Landmark at Goshen. Monday night, statebreds return with the $149,524 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for first-season colts/geldings. Four divisions (races 2,7,9 and 10) comprise the event. The best in the opening ($36,856) division might be Andrew Goldstein (Kim Crawford, post 5). The RC Royalty gelding was a pocket second in his Saratoga sire stakes debut. The second ($37,556) event offers a pair of upstate NYSS winners in Dayson (Jimmy Whittemore, post 5) and Master Class (John Campbell, post 6). The former is a Conway Hall gelding trained by Howard Okusko, while the latter-who won at 35-1-is a Credit Winner colt trained by Anette Lorentzon. Monday's third ($37,556) grouping also features a couple of statebred winners. Reve Royale (Brian Sears, post 4), a son of RC Royalty trained by George Ducharme, and Dog Gone Lucky (Buter, post 5), a Credit Winner colt trained by Chuck Sylvester. The final ($37,556) division includes Chargin' Credit (Schnittker, post 4) and Credevie (Trond Smedshammer, post 7), both off in-the-money efforts in statebred competition. The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Hunch players who wagered on Gimme The Loot capitalized when Bobby Krivelin drove the 10 year old Credit Winner gelding to 2:01 victory in the NAADA Trot at the harness racing meeting at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, July 9. And those with winning tickets on Gimme The Loot were saying just that when they went to the mutuel windows for the $35.60 payoff. Overlooked from post position six and sent off at odds of over 16-1, Krivelin drove Gimme The Loot like he was the odds-on favorite in the race when he sent the veteran trotter to the lead and parked all comers. Among those on the limb was the 3-5 favorite Bluebird Kidsqueen driven by Dave Offenberg. Also getting fresh air on the outside behind Offenberg was second choice, Casanova Lindy and driver Hannah Miller. It was clear that Krivelin wanted to be on the lead and his trotter responded well rebuffing all challenges. Casanova Lindy started from the seven-hole, never saw the pylons and although he had to go the long mile he still was strong enough to make up three lengths in the stretch to finish just one length behind the winner. Third place went to Typical Newyorker in rein to Alan Schwartz. "The public made Offenberg's horse the hot favorite but I knew the one to beat was Hannah Miller because I chased her and Casanova Lindy home and finished second to her last Sunday at Goshen," Krivelin said in the winners circle after his victory. "I was inside of her (Hannah) today and I wanted to be on the lead. As it worked out she had road trouble and couldn't get a clear shot at me early on." "But her horse went a big trip on the outside the entire mile." Owned by the Hero Stables of Goshen, NY and trained by Krivelin, Gimme The Loot notched his third seasonal triumph. For Krivelin who was USHWA's Amateur Driver of The Year last season, it was his seventh seasonal driving victory and 174th of his amateur career. Later that afternoon at the Afton (NY) Fair (some 75 miles from Monticello) there was a Billings Trot carded and immediately after her second place finish at Monticello Raceway in the NAADA Trot "Hurricane Hannah" drove for one and half hours to Afton, NY to participate in Billings contest there. In the short five- horse field at Afton Hannah had the four-hole with Pembroke Snapshot, a trotter with whom she won with at Monticello Raceway earlier this year. Over the Afton Agricultural Fair's double-oval Miller and Pembroke Snapshot defeated Drill Sergeant Sam and Tony "the Capo" Verruso in a time of 2:08. Third place went to Mighty Moe and driver "Bullet Bob" Davis. The winner is owned by the Nick Surick Stable and the JL Benson Stable and trained by Surick. It was the fourth seasonal triumph for Pembroke Snapshot and the 21st driving victory this season for Ms. Miller. And let it not be said that "Hurricane Hannah" doesn't dance every dance. Besides competing in the Billings Series she also participates in the NAADA Trotting Series, the Catskill Club's pacing events, and the GSY Series at the Meadowlands. After her second place finish at the Mighty M on Thursday and her victory at Afton later in the day, the 23 year old now has a phenomenal .500 UDR on the strength of 21 wins, 12 seconds and 10 thirds in 2015 John Manzi

Harness racing two year old trotting colts and geldings were featured on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the New York Sire Stakes were in town. There were four divisions of the $36,000+ per division stakes for freshman trotters and there were some impressive performances. George Ducharme's Reve Royale (RC Royalty) was the fastest among stakes winners on the card drawing off late to win in a strong 1:59.4. Chris Lems piloted the two year old trotter to back to back commanding victories in qualifiers at Vernon Downs before guiding him to victory in his lifetime debut on Thursday. Dayson (Conway Hall) was another convincing winner in his $37,556 division of the NYSS as driver Jimmy Whittemore moved the Howard Okusko trainee to the early lead and they never looked back. Highlighted by a final half in 58 seconds flat, Dayson scored in 2:00.1 as the race's 8-5 favorite. John Campbell was in town and went two-for-two piloting the Anette Lorentzon-trained freshman Master Class (Credit Winner) to an upset win at odds of 35-1 and Chuck Sylvester's Dog Gone Lucky (Lucky Chucky) to victory as his race's even money favorite. The Hall of Famer Campbell is now three-for-three this season driving at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella      

Three-year-old trotting fillies Barn Doll ($4.30) and Katniss ($8.50) employed similar tactics toward victory in their $12,500 Empire Breeders Classic eliminations at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 14) afternoon, taking charge at the halfway stage and holding clear late in decisive fashion. In the first elimination (race 6), Jeff Gregory rated Barn Doll well off a :26.2 first quarter, moving the Conway Hall filly out from fourth on the backstretch to slipstream Jewels in Hock (John Campbell) on the backstretch before working clear after a :55.4 half. Barn Doll opened up at head-stretch, ultimately edging clear to a 2-1/2 length score in 1:52.1 over Jewels in Hock. Lock Down Lindy (Tim Tetrick) rallied off stalled cover to take third, while Allerage Belle (Andy Miller) faded to fourth.   Trainer Steven Pratt co-owns Barn Doll with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stables, LLC.   The second elimination saw Katniss secure the pocket behind Zanna Blu (Tetrick) through a :27 first quarter before Daniel Dubé brushed the Credit Winner filly to the lead en route to a :56.1 half mile.   As Zanna Blu faded off the far turn, Katniss accelerated clear, holding a two-length margin over a late-chasing Lady Winona (Andy Miller) for a 1:53 triumph. Stirling Debutant (Gregory) rallied late to be third, while Zanna Blu was a tired fourth.   Ake Svanstedt trains Katniss for owner Mario Mazza.   Of the two fifth-place finishers, Counsellor As drew into next Sunday's (June 21) $248,275 final along with the top four finishers from each elimination. The trotting fillies will share the spotlight with the 11 colts and geldings who entered and advanced automatically to their $255,325 final without requiring eliminations.   Earlier in the afternoon, JK Panache ($8.40) made all the pace in the $10,000 Open Pace, holding clear of a late rally from Hunchie (Tetrick) for a 1:49.2 win. Chris Lems drove the 6-year-old Art Major gelding for owners Philip Hale and David Dewhurst (the latter handles the training duties). Odds-on favorite Golden Receiver was left far back of the main body of the field after breaking stride at race's outset.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (June 19) evening, with first post at the Miracle Mile scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Vernon, N.Y. -- With a sizable harness racing crowd on hand for the annual camel and ostrich races, Lutetium ($18.60) parlayed a pocket trip into a 1:53.2 upset victory in Saturday (June 13) evening's $10,000 Open Trot at Vernon Downs.   Jimmy Whittemore secured the pocket with the 8-year-old Credit Winner gelding, out-sprinted only by 6-5 favorite Detroit Rapper (Greg Merton) through a :27.4 first quarter. Lutetium was the beneficiary of a middle-half duel, as A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) applied steady pressure to Detroit Rapper, softening the favorite up on the far turn. While A Penny Earned had nothing left at the top of the stretch and began to fade, Lutetium was able to wedge out of the pocket and push clear of the tiring pacesetter in mid-stretch. Lutetium prevailed ultimately by 1-1/4 lengths, holding clear of a late-closing War Hero (Fern Paquet, Jr.). March Awareness (John MacDonald) rallied from last to take third.   Mark Laidlaw trains Lutetium for owner Colleen Girdlestone.   While checking in at the rear of the field with A Penny Earned in the featured event, driver Chris Lems bagged five winners on the 11-race program, teaming up with David Dewhurst trainees Pounce K ($4.70, 1:54.2), Semper Fit ($5.90, 1:57.3), and Ideal Tan ($5.40, 1:55) in addition to George Ducharme trainees High Rise ($3.20, 1:55.4) and Lucky Ten K ($2.40, 1:57.4).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 14) afternoon, with the first of 14 races due off at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Scarborough, Maine (June 13, 2015) - Fans at Scarborough Downs would have been forgiven if they thought they had been caught in a time warp on Saturday (6/13) as a couple of kingpins from the 1980's came center stage on a perfect late spring evening to show the young fellas a thing or two about harness racing. With both a feature class trot and pace co-headlining the strong card, Don Richards, the 82 year old stalwart whose name has been associated with many, if not most, of the biggest events ever staged in state of Maine harness racing sent two top campaigners to the post. Retired from driving for two seasons now, the perennial fan favorite and winner of over 4200 career dashes named fellow state of Maine standout Ruel Goodblood, Jr., the winner of nearly 4500 races himself, to catch drive. And when the dust had settled, the veteran campaigners claimed victories in both top-level events. Whata Winner, a brand new addition to the Richards roster took the pike route to score his 30th career win, stopping the tele-timer in a blistering 1:57.4. The classy Credit Winner trotter co-owned by Thomas Dillon of Anson, Maine and Terrax, Inc of Longwood, Florida added to his imposing $700K-plus career bankroll with the zippy win which clocked just 3/5th-second off the track record. Not to be out down by his accomplished new stablemate, Destination Moon N blasted off to an early lead secured by a blistering .27 opening panel before deftly holding the field at bay in a jam packed photo finish which featured 5 horses all with in 1-3/4 lengths at the wire. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA, the Grinfromeartoear gelding recorded one of the fastest miles ever registered at the Downs, stopping the clock in 1:53.4, and like his stablemate falling just 3/5th-second shy of equalling the existing track record. As summer heats up and with accomplished top-level talent flocking to Maine this season, track records across the state appear in serious jeopardy indeed. And with Richards and Goodblood once again making serious noise at the height of the class ladders, the young guns would be well advised to take notice. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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