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Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) wins the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 16). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) went to the first quarter in :26.3. She was pressured all the way around the first turn by Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker). First Call finally shook off Spoiler Alert as she was first to the half in :54.4. Majestic Fire ($3.40) was fifth at the half and came first over as First Call hit three-quarters in 1:25.0. Majestic Fire, who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, went to the front in the stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:54.3. First Call held on for third. Majestic Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. It was his sixth win this season. He now owns 12 career victories. Gates Brunet drove two winners on the night. He trained and drove Gracie Lane ($6.70) to her first lifetime victory His other win came with the R. Nifty Norman trained Spoiled Princess ($2.30). Miriam Toland the 74-year-old phenom proved once again she can mix it up with the guys as she took Fleetwood Hall to victory in the mud and the rain. Fleetwood Hall ($12.40) was parked for over half the race and gutted out a win holding off a late charge by Lugar (Jimmy Whittemore). Toland works out daily and is fit as a forty year-old. It is a pleasure to watch her perform on the racetrack. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 17) featuring the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit stakes. There will also be two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts and gelding as well as a $5,000 guaranteed pick four. Free Zweig hats with a purchase of a live Vernon Downs program while supplies last. The 12 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

With the New York Sire Stakes season having kicked off this week, a couple of three year old trotting fillies who competed in harness racing stakes competition last season and may be prepping to do the same in 2019 prevailed at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Bob Gale is based out of central New York but often competes at Saratoga and on Wednesday, his RC's Lady Royale (RC Royalty) drew the rail for her try in a $7,500 trotting event for New York sired high-steppers. Having finished a fast second on Sunday afternoon at the Spa, RC's Lady Royale was the public's 1-5 betting favorite as she went coast-to-coast on Wednesday with Jay Randall in tow. The filly who earned over $15,000 as a freshman in '18 has come back strong to begin her '19 campaign set a lifetime mark with her score in 1:59.3 and appears poised for a solid season in Excelsior Series competition. Somermusic'chapter (Chapter Seven) raced in the Sire Stakes last season and though the Dan Daley trainee was winless as a freshman, she did earn over $17,500 in just seven starts. With lasix added and hopples off, Somermusic'chapter made her sophomore debut on Wednesday and driver Gerry Mattison was in to drive for Daley. The three year old filly powered up first-over and cruised past her race's favorite before drawing away to break her maiden in 2:00.2 to kick off her season in style. The first installment of the NYSS at Saratoga will take place on May 26th with the three year old trotting fillies competing at the Spa on Sunday June 9th. Melissa Simser

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  

HAMBURG, NY --- Purpose Blue Chip broke the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night in easily taking his $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:56.2 mile over the fast track. He snapped the old standard of 1:56.4 set in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other $59,100 leg for the sophomore male sidewinders, Don had little issues in putting away five rivals in 1:58.0.   A precautionary move by trainer/driver Dan Daley may have paved the way for Purpose Blue Chip to score the win and break the track record. "We had a break last time in the EBC finals (at Vernon Downs) so we put trotting hobbles on him as a precaution since this was his first time on a half-mile track." The move worked.   With Troller and Yuge both breaking early in the race, Purpose Blue Chip ($11.00) was handed the front end and eagerly took advantage of it. With splits of :29.3, :59.0 and 1:28.0, there was no looking back in the stretch as Purpose Blue Chip rolled to the 1-3/4 length victory over Tito (Marcus Miller) while Yuge (Jim Morrill Jr.) regrouped in time to place third.   "He was in cruise control the final quarter of a mile," Daley said of Purpose Blue Chip. "He had plenty of trot left in the end."   Co-owned by Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was the first victory in four tries this season for Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $31,411 and $107,429 lifetime.   In the other division of the Sire Stakes, Don proved to be the best with a solid 1-1/2 front-running victory over Lindsey's Pride. After a minor battle for the lead at the onset of the race, Don never looked back in posting the win.   "He was an absolute professional," driver Jim Morrill Jr. said of Don after the race. "I eased him around the first turn but after that, he knew what I wanted from him before I even asked."   With good fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29.1. Don ($3.60) used a :28.3 final panel to hold off any late threats that might have developed. Lindsey's Pride (Miller) held on for second with Seven Iron (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking the third place position.   "I just showed him the whip down the backstretch the final time but otherwise, it was just a hand ride," Morrill Jr. said.   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable LLC and Little E LLC, Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is trained by Julie Miller. It was the second win in five starts in 2018 for Don, boosting his bankroll this season to $87,613 and $149,698 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, Daley on got driving/training double as L Dees Courageous ($9.10) took a division with a 1:57.4 time.   The other bracket went to Lunar Credit ($7.90) as Scott Zeron steered him to the 1:58.2 decision.   The lone $6,600 Excelsior B Series event went to Time Is Fleeting ($3.60) with Morrill Jr. guiding the winner home in 2:01.4.   Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each completed the evening with three victories.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a 10-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   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

Bob N Tony (Dan Daley) charges late to win the featured trot ($7000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 1). Golden Kronos (Jimmy Whittemore) laid down all the early fractions (:28.0, :58.0, 1:26.4). Bob N Tony ($28.40), who is owned by Jennifer Signor and trained by Jason Signor, flew by in the stretch to win in 1:55.4. Foundonabeach (John MacDonald) finished second with Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) getting the third spot. Bob N Tony is a 10-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was the fifth win for him this season and his 29th career victory. Daley had two more wins on the night. He also won with L Dees Courageous ($2.20) and Babylon's Bridge ($2.80). All Charged Up (John MacDonald) wins the co-feature fillies and mares pace ($7,000). All Charged Up ($2.60) put down all the fractions (:27.2, :56.4, 1:24.2, 1:52.3) to win in gate-to-wire fashion. Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) fired late to finish second. Marquessa Seelster (Claude Huckabone III) was third. All Charged Up is a 7-year-old mare by Ponder. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, she picked up her seventh win of the season. It was the 39th time in her career she visited the winner's circle. MacDonald also had wins with Drea's Good Powow ($2.70) and Rockin Desire ($4.00). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (June 2) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to John Horne, for Vernon Downs.  

Pompano Beach, FL...April 16, 2018...Rock On Moe, deftly handled byharness racing trainer / driver Dan Daley, conquered six worthy opponents and the elements to score a 1:52.3 win in Pompano Park's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 15). The 10 year-old Rocknroll Hanover warrior, despite the adverse weather conditions of heavy rain and wind, stopped the timer in 1:52.3 in holding off the late surging Panocchio and Wally Hennessey by a neck. Dee's Rocketman, driven by Andy Santeramo, finished third while Doo Wop Hanover, actually closing fastest of all in the late stages, finished fourth while Drachan Hanover picked up the nickel. At the outset, there were several leavers both inside and outside of Rock On Moe (post 5) with driver Dan Daley sending his charge out looking and finding a spot mid-pack as Hollywood Sign A (post 7) surged through the sloppy going and out-sprinting Panocchio (post 4) through an opening panel in a sizzler--:26.1--with Doo Wop Hanover (post 3), in somewhat of a surprise, showing some gate speed and winding up in third in front of Rock On Moe. With a half in :56.2, things began to heat up again on the backside as Daley sent Rock On Moe first up, denting an official third panel of :27.2 and reaching the saddle-pad of the leader past the third station in 1:23.4 with Panocchio in a bind with no where to go. Once they straightened away, Rock On Moe took command with authority and opened up a two length lead before Panocchio found a seam and began closing in--the latter's rally falling a neck short on the wire. In a post race interview, trainer-driver Daley related, "He's just a classy, good 'ol horse that tries every time he goes behind the gate. The sloppy conditions didn't bother him--nothing does. He's won several times on off tracks so I wasn't concerned about that at all. He's not afraid to go first up, either. As I said, he's just a rugged racehorse and, after he raced so good last week, I was looking forward to tonight. He performed right up to expectations!" Owned by Jirl LLc, Rock On Moe won for the 39th time during his career stretching 185 starts, good for $641,870--$11,250 this semester in his first three starts of 2018. Off as fourth choice at 5 to 1, Rock On Moe paid $12.80 to win. In the "better for the bettor" department, the Rock On Moe win enabled one fortunate player to cash a 50 cent Pick-6 ticket to the tune of $18,263,80. Also, the track's Super Hi-5 finale was hit when one unique ticket was sold on the 9-7-6-10-5 combination--that 20 cent ticket worth $9,650.38. Racing continues of Monday night with first post scheduled for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Deerfield Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) held its 27th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame banquet Friday evening, March 2 with three new members inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Royal Fiesta Ballroom. There were 14 awards given out with the three Hall of Fame inductees the highlight of the evening. Induction recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry. The inductees were owner, trainer and driver, Dan Daley of Vero Beach, long time trainer/driver Warren Harp of Bell, and renowned second trainer, Odell Thompson, of Lauderdale Lakes. "What a special honor this is tonight for all my years working in harness racing," Said Warren Harp. "I could not be prouder with this award and am especially thankful to the Florida USHWA Chapter." "It is so great to get this special honor," said Dan Daley, "And to have my family with me tonight made it all the better." "I was just about speechless when I went to the podium to get my trophy," said Odell Thompson. "I could not thank enough people to have helped me throughout my career and who have been my friends for so many years. It's a blessing I will never forget." Elected to the Communicators Corner of the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame was renowned author, owner and publicist Victoria Howard, of Boca Raton. "This is one of the biggest thrills of my lifetime," Howard said. "I could not be happier. I love writing about racing, owning and breeding race horses, everything about harness racing. It has been in my blood for most of my life and I could not think of doing anything else but being in this great sport." The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers went for the second time to trainer Kim Sears of Osteen. Kim could not make the dinner but her trophy was accepted by horsewoman Donna Richardson and former USHWA national Chairman of the Board, Chris Tully. The current president of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA, Tully was also the events special auctioneer for the evening. Florida Chapter treasurer, Thomas H. Hicks, was the Emcee for the evening presentations. All money raised from the silent auction, live auction and program journal go to support the Allen J Finkelson Scholarship Fund and the Aime Choquette Sunshine Fund. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, was presented for the first time to trainer-driver Jason MacDougall of Astor. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport went to Elizabeth Hennessey Schaut of Pompano Beach. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport was presented to Kathy Breedlove of Pompano Beach. The Peter Haughton Award, which goes to an upcoming young driver at the Pompano Park meet went to 23-year-old James "JD" Yoder of Bell. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2017 was presented for the first time to Marianne and Maggie Audley of Gold Star Farm in Bell. The Florida USHWA Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime trainer/driver Tom Merriman of Delray Beach and caretaker, racetrack maintenance man, Emmitt Davis of Pompano Beach. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year's winner was Joanie Uszak from the Mike Murphy Stable, who has been grooming horses for nearly 60 years. "It was a superb event tonight," said Florida USHWA Chapter president, Steve Wolf. "Everyone had such a great time with family and friends and those who won awards I know were well earned and will cherish them always. We even had a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for Ann-Mari Daley's mom, Cookie Fedun, the long-time horsemen's valet at Pompano Park, who was celebrating her 89th birthday. It's all made for a fun-filled evening." From the Florida Chapter USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the States Harness Writers Associations' president, Steven Wolf, has announced the Hall of Fame inductees for 2018 and the annual award winners for the 2017 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association's 27th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Royal Fiesta Catering Ballroom in Deerfield Beach. Elected to the chapter's Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are owner, trainer and driver, Dan Daley of Vero Beach, trainer/driver Warren Harp of Bell, and renowned second trainer, Odell Thompson, of Lauderdale Lakes. Elected to the Communicators Corner of the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame is renowned author, owner and publicist Victoria Howard, of Boca Raton. The William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers goes for the second time to trainer Kim Sears of Osteen. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, goes for the first time to trainer-driver Jason MacDougall of Astor. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport goes to Elizabeth Hennessey Schaut of Pompano Beach. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport goes to Kathy Breedlove of Pompano Beach. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizes an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year is amateur driving champion Dein Spriggs of Jupiter. The Peter Haughton Award, which goes to an upcoming young driver at the Pompano Park meet goes to James "JD" Yoder of Bell. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2017 goes for the first time to Marianne and Maggie Audley of Gold Star Farm in Bell. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to FSBOA President and amateur driver Joe Pennacchio of Delray Beach. The Florida USHWA Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime trainer/driver Tom Merriman of Delray Beach and caretaker, racetrack maintenance man, Emmitt Davis of Pompano Beach. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year's winner is Joanie Uszak from the Mike Murphy Stable, who has been grooming horses for nearly 60 years. Tickets are $80 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:30 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. There is free parking at Royal Fiesta Catering, located in the Cove off Hillsboro Blvd at 1680 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757 or email From the Florida Chapter USHWA

Freehold, NJ --- Smalltownthrowdown is ready for a small-track harness racing showdown. The Dan Daley-trained 3-year-old is among nine horses entered in Saturday’s (Aug. 27) $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination at Yonkers Raceway. The gelding has raced four times this season on half-mile tracks, such as Yonkers, and won three. He heads to the elimination off back-to-back victories on half-mile ovals in New York Sire Stakes action. Smalltownthrowdown will start the elimination from post two with Daley driving and is 9-2 on the morning line, the third choice behind Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder at 5-2 and Lagerfeld at 4-1. The top eight finishers advance to the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final Sept. 3 at Yonkers. The winner of the Yonkers Trot, which follows the Hambletonian as the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, will receive an invitation to the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Oct. 15. “His game is a half-mile track,” said Daley, who trains Smalltownthrowdown for wife Ann-Mari, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner, and Richard Lombardo. “He seems to trot that (size) track as good as anywhere. A big track doesn’t really pick him up. “To step up against these horses, I don’t know. But he’s been super sharp, so we figured we’d take a shot.” Smalltownthrowdown, his name inspired by a country song, is a son of stallion Cash Hall out of the mare Ann’s Promise. He was purchased for $21,000 at the 2014 SUNY Morrisville Sale under the name Branchport. His half-sister Annies List was a multiple winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and earned $260,083 lifetime. “He was my favorite pick at Morrisville,” Daley said. “He’s a Cash Hall. Not many are high on them, but I’ve been lucky with them. He just had a great look. I knew his sister was a really good filly the year before.” Smalltownthrowdown was winless in his first eight races last year, although he hit the board six times including a second-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes championship at Yonkers. He then won back-to-back races, including the Simpson Memorial Stakes at Vernon Downs, to finish the season. This year, the gelding has won five of 12 races and pushed his career earnings to $278,760. He won in a career-best 1:54.4 on Aug. 9 at Saratoga in a division of the New York Sire Stakes and followed up with a 1:56.2 triumph in the NYSS at Monticello on Monday. “It took him a little while to learn to be controllable and do everything right, but he’s turned out to be a nice horse,” Daley said. “He was really sharp at Monticello, so we put him in here and hope we can get some money.” The field for the Yonkers Trot elimination, in post order, is Iron Mine Bucky, Smalltownthrowdown, Marion Marauder, Lagerfeld, Steed, Cufflink Hanover, Celebrity Express, Hititoutofthepark, and trailer Gleaming Memory. Marion Marauder, trained by Paula Wellwood, is bidding to add the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown to his list of accomplishments. The third jewel, the Kentucky Futurity, is Oct. 9 at Lexington’s Red Mile, but Marion Marauder is not eligible to the event. Supplemental entries, though, are permitted. There have been eight trotters to complete the Triple Crown sweep. The most recent was Glidemaster in 2006. Below are the post positions: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Iron Mine Bucky - Explosive Matter - George Dennis-Greg Haverstick-7/1 2. Smalltownthrowdown - Cash Hall - Dan Daley-Dan Daley-9/2  3. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/2  4. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 5. Steed - Muscle Hill - Brian Sears-Richard Johnson-15/1 6. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - Jason Bartlett-Chris Oakes-5/1 7. Celebrity Express - Andover Hall - John Campbell-Staffan Lind-20/1 8. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-12/1 9. Gleaming Memory - Muscle Massive - Ake Svanstedt-Thomas Milici-15/1 Saturday’s card at Yonkers also includes the $118,574 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old fillies, which finds Staffan Lind’s Celebrity Eventsy as the 3-2 morning line favorite, and the $109,050 Lady Maud for 3-year-old female pacers, where Newborn Sassy is the even-money choice. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- While there has been no betting at Goshen Historic Track for decades, Royal Bachelor, racing from post 7 in the $15,000 Excelsior Trot for harness racing 3-year-olds on Saturday (July 2) might otherwise be the "Bet of the Day." The gelded son of RC Royalty and the mare Becca J has won three of his last four starts, one of them a career-best 1:55.2 in an overnite event at Vernon Downs on June 18. A trip to Buffalo Raceway on June 26 for a New York Sire Stake race put an end to the winning streak, but trainer Dan Daley believes the fourth place finish was a matter of footwear. "He wears flip flops (shoes) up front and he really didn't get ahold of it (the track) real good," said Daley. "He was just kind of flat. But he's an alright horse, he got hurt this winter (suspensory ligament in his right hind) and came back a little late, but he's holding up and he seems to be showing up, so I think he'll be alright." Daley is not concerned about the outside post for the horse co-owned by his wife Ann-Mari with Michael White and James Crawford IV. "He's pretty quick off the switch if I decide to send him out of there," Daley says. "But he's nice and ratable, too, you can haul him back and go whenever you want to go." While Royal Bachelor had no wins last season as a 2-year old, he did win $36,864 in eight starts on his $16,000 purchase price as a yearling at the Morrisville Sale with help from some impressive second place finishes. "He came around the end of last year (with second place finishes in a New York Sire Stakes consolation and also in the Simpson Stake)," says Daley. "We spent the winter sounding him up and now we baby him. He never gets heavy work, but he's not the kind of horse that needs it anyway, so that's OK. Knock on wood, it's holding. He's very manageable, as much as he's quick out of the gate, he's not stupid about it. He's good to drive, sits in a hole perfect, does anything you ask him to do." Hall of Fame drivers will also compete on Sunday (July 3) in the annual tribute race to the late Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry, whose leadership and dedication to both Historic Track and the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have helped those venues endure and thrive. The race is sponsored by their sons, Elbridge and Peter. This year the race takes a twist as amateur driver Hannah Miller will be living the dream when she lines up to compete against the likes of John Campbell, Bill O'Donnell and David Miller this weekend. It's not the Hambletonian or Little Brown Jug-yet -but the driving talent is world class. The race features all Hall of Fame drivers, with Hannah Miller subbing for Dave Palone, who had to scratch because of travel limitations from the Cleveland Trotting Classic at Northfield Park on Saturday (July 2) night. Miller will be honored Sunday (July 3) night as the Harness Racing Museum's and Hall of Fame's top amateur driver by virtue of being the top contributor to the Museum, waiving her driving fees to maintain her amateur status. "It's an honor just to be asked. It was absolutely not expected and it's a great feeling," said the 24-year-old graduate of the University of Central Florida. "I've driven in some qualifiers and some regular races, but nothing like this. It is a great feeling to be out there with these types of drivers. I've driven mostly in amateur races, but with this race, you know you're safe, they are complete professionals." The daughter of former Trainer of the Year Erv Miller and sister of top driver Marcus Miller, Hannah has been watching the drivers she'll be competing against for a very long time and also hopes to meet some horse crazy girls who may have visions of driving racehorses. "I've been watching them all compete since I was born and now to be able to go out there is just an honor," she said. "Definitely, I hope I can inspire some girls out there, wouldn't that be great?" The race will go off at about 2:45 p.m. as race 7. Drivers will greet fans and sign photos behind the grandstand after the race. Post time for the race card is 1 p.m. Racing concludes on Monday (July 4) with New York County fair races. There will be special gift card drawings for neighbors within walking distance of Historic Track who received entry cards delivered to their homes on a door tag with the help of a U.S. Trotting Association Fair Marketing grant. Post time is 1 p.m. The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, adjacent to Historic Track at 240 Main Street in Goshen, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend; admission is always free. Induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame will take place Sunday (July 3) evening. Limited tickets are still available, please call (845) 294-6330 before noon on Saturday (July 2) to make arrangements. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cherry Royal Ruby put in the fastest time of the five divisions ($109,800) of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 29) as she romped to an easy 6-1/2 length victory in 2:02.1.   Despite the eye-opening performance by Cherry Royal Ruby, it was well off the track record for her classification of 2:00.2 set in 2009 by Munis Bluechip.   There was a dead heat in the fifth division as Scarey Karie and Run For Royalty couldn't be separated by a photo in 2:04.0.   Maewegonow ($3.70) took her division with a win in 2:03.3, Mighty Surf got the perfect gate-to-wire journey from driver Kevin Cummings to notch a $27.00 surprise in 2:04.4 while Heels On Wheels used a last panel of 29.1 to dispose of the field in her bracket in 2:04.0.   It was a good night for the sires Conway Hall and Rc Royalty as each had offspring win two divisions with Prayer I Am and Deweycheatumnhowe having one winner apiece.   The most impressive on the picture perfect night was Cherry Royal Ruby (Rc Royalty-Nowerland Kristen). After putting up an opening half mile of 1:03.1, driver Dan Daley stepped on the gas with her on the back half, going in 59.0 including a 28.2 final panel.   Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) finished in second with Royal Pine (Matt Kakaley) taking the show spot.   Cherry Royal Ruby ($3.30) is co-owned by the Cherry Hill Farm and Todd Van Alstyne and is trained by Daley.   Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) and Run For Royalty (Kakaley) were fortunate to be involved in the win photo.   It first appeared that Barn Bella (Chuck Huckabone Jr.) was going to catch the front-running Speedy Prayer but broke stride coming off the final turn. Speedy Prayer (Kevin Cummings) looked home free but jumped it off midway down the lane.   Those miscues put Scarey Karie ($2.60) and Run For Royalty ($3.30) on top but the they hit the wire deadlocked in 2:04.0. Mamora Bay took third for driver Sam Schillaci.   Scarey Karie (Conway Hall-Alabama Hotel) is owned by Michael Woodward and is trained by Fluet.   Run For Royalty (Rc Royalty-Feegee) is owned by Simo Jalava and is conditioned by Jenny Melander.   In the opening division, Mighty Surf ($27.00) zoomed to the lead and avoided trouble with the breakers on the opening turn to score the front-running 2-3/4 length victory over Creditover in 2:04.4. Busy Doing Nothing (Mark Etsell) took the show position.   Mighty Surf (Prayer I Am-Big Surfer) is owned by Roy Dobbins and is trained by Dennis Laterza.   Heels On Wheels ($8.40) and Kakaley made a first-over move down the backstretch and that proved to difference to dispose of Dazzlash (Trond Smedshammer) and Deweybelievenhowe (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 2:04.4.   Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Heels On Wheels (Conway Hall-Go Go Dancer) is conditioned by Ron Burke.   A big brush heading to the three-quarter pole gave Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) a commanding edge and never looked back in registering a throttled down 1-1/4 length nod over Shecheatedondewey (Kakaley) in 2:03.3. Deli-Delight (Mike Simons) placed third.   Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo) is co-owned by Carrie Norris and Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A races, Onyx Blue Chip ($7.30) took the first division in 2:06.3 with Ray Schnittker board while Jenny's Dew Drop went wire-to-wire and posted a $22.40 upset for John Cummings Jr. in 2:04.4.   Ms McGillicuddys (Kevin Cummings) was victorious in the non-betting $6,200 Excelsior B series as she covered the mile in 2:13.1.   Racing will resume on Friday evening with 10 races slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. ---Smalltownthrowdown threw down the gauntlet early and held on late to win his $61,300 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year-old trotting colt and geldings in a track record 1:56.2 at steamy Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 26).   The previous record for 3-year-old trotting colts was 1:56.4 established in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other division, The Royal Harry led every step of the mile and beat Crazycat by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:59.4 over the fast track.   Smalltownthrowdown opened up a commanding six length lead to the quarter pole and was cruising, maintaining a two length cushion turning for home the final time.   But after putting up splits of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.0, Smalltownthrowdown ended up beckoning for the finish line and held on for a diminishing half length victory over the never-say-die Drazzmatazz (Francisco Del Cid). Do The Deal (Ake Svanstedt) managed to take third.   "He's good on a half-mile track," driver Dan Daley said of Smalltownthrowdown. "The main thing was getting around the turns here and getting to the lead. That was key."   The relieved Daley smiled when asked about the close finish saying, "He flattened out a little bit in the end but he got the job done."   It was the third victory in eight starts this season for Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Me Out-Ann's Promise) and moved the Daley-trainee's earnings to $73,108 in 2016 and $195,073 lifetime.   The Royal Harry also went to the winner's circle in coast-to-coast fashion in the first division with a relatively comfortable decision over Crazycat (Drew Monti).   Setting fractions of 28.4, 59.2 and 1:30.0, The Royal Harry seemed worry-free in the stretch run but driver Svanstedt said there was an anxious moment. "I thought he was going to break stride in the lane but he got himself back before he did."   Crazycat made a brief rally in passing lane and settled for second while A Jersey Contract (Jim Morrill Jr.) took third.   Co-owned by Michael and William Pozefsky and trained by Svanstedt, The Royal Harry (RC Royalty-Wilsonator) now has two victories in four attempts in 2016. The win sent his seasonal earnings to $65,624 and $79,254 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Reasinforpleasin ($6.60) turned in the fastest time with 2:01.2 with Kevin Cummings in the sulky while Morrill Jr. guided Boxall ($4.60) to a 2:01.3 victory.   Chargin Cadet (Ray Schnittker) took a $6,500 division of the Excelsior B Series with a 2:03.1 time and Thanks For Playin (Chris Lems) got the job done in 2:03.3 in the other leg.   Robert Davis took both divisions of the C.K.G Billings Amateur Driving Series as he steered Christina Victory ($3.50) and Goddess's Justin ($5.30) to wins.   Morrill Jr. finished with a double as well while Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin had two victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 12 race card set. The New York Sire Stakes returns once again with the 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighting the program.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Both aided by live cover through the far turn, Asset Management ($11.80) and Table Games ($22.40) charged past 8-5 favourite The Filly Princess in the final yards of Friday (August 28) evening's $7,000 top-level conditioned distaff pace at Vernon Downs--and they hit the line together for a shared harness racing victory.   As The Filly Princess mounted a first-over rally into a soft :57.2 half mile, Table Games chased second-over from the back of the pack, and Asset Management angled third-over on approach to the far turn after she was briefly shuffled to last. With clear sailing on the far turn and the live cover of The Filly Princess cutting into Purity's lead through a 1:25.4 three-quarter sectional, the eventual joint winners kicked cover at head-stretch, both storming home to a dead-heat 1:53.2 win. Mid-stretch leader The Filly Princess gave way in the final yards, only defeated by half a length.   Dan Daley drove Asset Management, a 7-year-old Western Hanover mare, for trainer Allie Berube and owners J & M Racing, while Frank Davis handled the driving duties of Table Games for trainer Paul Minckler and owner Edmund Namiotka, Jr.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 29) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

The mountains were alive this weekend, as Monticello Raceway held its annual Fireworks display, much to the delight of the large crowd.  The 10 race harness racing card featured 5 New York Sire Stake events for 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies, each split raced for $21,800, 2 - Division A Excelsior’s ($15,000) and 1 - Excelsior’s B ($6,800). The heavy holiday traffic pushed back the original post time of 5:30 to 6:00.  Also on hand for the evening was the Monticello Raceway Memorabilia Face Book group who were present for a winners circle presentation in the 6th race, brought out of storage for the event, was the original and grand NYC OTB Classic trophy. For the majority of the fillies this was their first Pari Mutuel start, and their first start under the lights.  The fillies that mind their manners fared very well during the card. The first race of the evening an Excelsior’s B event, saw Dan Daley guide the RC Royalty lass I’ve Got Spirit to a wire to wire win in 2:05:3 for owners Daley, Crawford and White. The heavy favorite, Stick of Butter made an early break and was out of contention.  In race 3, first heat of the Excelsior A, trainer George Ducharme, picked up his 1st of 2 wins on the card.  She was the best on paper and lived up to her form as driver Chris Lems steered Lindylicious to victory in 2:02:3 (LQ 29:2) The daughter of Credit Winner was content to sit the pocket after Barn Doll made a strong move to take the lead past the ¼ pole, after benefiting from the perfect trip, she won by a neck.  Race 4 showcased the impressive Pink Power, owned by Albert & Michelle Crawford, unfortunately the fractious filly made a start before the gate left and was never in contention.  The easy going, regal looking filly, Royal Encore and Trond Smedshammer made the best of Pink Powers miscue and grabbed the lead and stayed there until the top of the lane, until Charlie Norris’s filly, who was on her best behavior and minded her manners scooted home a winner in 2:01.  Race 6 almost saw a track record as Winning Princess crushed her foes.  Driver Jim Morrill made a big move with the filly past the quarter mile marker and didn’t look back, she has 12 lengths on the filed as she passed the ¾ maker in a swift 1:29:1, she tripped the tele timer in a National Season record of 2:00:3. The George Ducharme and Chris Lems combo teamed up again in race 9 with Swinging Royalty.  The confidant RC Royalty filly scored in 2:02. Vernon horseman were on their game this evening, Dan Daley won the 1st race, and he would have had a double on the card, but was set down due to a Eurorail violation in the 7th race with Mai Tai Monkey.  Gates Brunet won the 5th race, a non-winners event with Panamanian Hanover, and then capped off the evenings last event with Love Crazy Love, the Crazed filly is owned by Crawford Farms and Ted Gewertz. George Ducharme has the best night of all, so far this season he has been very successful at the Mighty M and tonight was not any different has we won 2 events and got checks for 4 out of his 6 starters. After the conclusion of the evening card, race goers were treated to Monticello Raceways annual Fireworks, fans both young and old enjoyed the 25 minute show. By Shawn Wiles

When owner Michael White first met harness racing trainer Dan Daley there was a horse in Daley's stable named Life Sizzles. White so admired the hard-knocking pacer, who raced through age 11 and amassed nearly $930,000 in purses despite never winning a race worth more than $40,000, he decided to buy one of the stallion's first-sired sons. White admits it was a decision fueled by emotion, but it has resulted in more excitement than he could have ever imagined. And who knows, the best might be yet to come. On Thursday night, White's purchase - Sonofa Sizzle - will try to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt brings a three-race win streak into the final, a streak that includes his victory in December's $100,000 DSBF championship for 2-year-olds. For his career, Sonofa Sizzle has won six of 12 races and earned $135,516. All six of his victories have come in his most recent nine starts, with the remaining three races during that span resulting in second-place finishes. In January, he was honored by the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association as the best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014. "We've been absolutely thrilled," said White, who purchased Sonofa Sizzle privately from breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. "Just to get to the races is an accomplishment. To get to the races and compete at this level, it's unbelievable. You don't get this a lot. "This horse doesn't have to do anything else to make me very proud and very happy that I made the decision I did. Not that I don't want him to go on, and he has the ability to do great things. He'll get a chance to compete and see how far he can go. Every time you ask him to do something, he does it. It's been a very enjoyable journey." It is a journey that began with Life Sizzles and includes the family of 2014 Horse of the Year winner JK She'salady, although there was no way for White to know how all the pieces would fall into place when he acquired Sonofa Sizzle in February 2013. "I never owned him, but I really appreciated him," White said about Life Sizzles, who as a 3-year-old prior to joining Daley's stable beat Real Desire in an elimination of the 2001 North America Cup and bested Peruvian Hanover in a Progress Pace elim. "He was a classy veteran who would try every week. He never wanted to go on vacation. If you turned him out, he would just roll around for five minutes and want to come back in to work. The horse lived to race. I just thought he was so special I wanted to give him a shot (as a sire)." It's proved to be a shot well worth taking. Sonofa Sizzle is out of the mare JK Lady Like and his second dam is Presidential Lady, the mother of JK She'salady as well as now 4-year-old stakes-star JK Endofanera. Daley broke Sonofa Sizzle and trained him through the early part of his 2-year-old campaign before the horse was shipped from New York to Delaware for the DSBF series. He finished second in the $100,000 final at Harrington in October and won the championship at Dover in December. The Dover victory is White's favorite race so far. Sonofa Sizzle was seventh, trailing the leader by eight lengths, after three-quarters of a mile. David Miller moved the colt on the final turn and Sonofa Sizzle responded with a :27.2 final quarter to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1. "When I'm tired or feeling down or depressed I'll pull that race up," White said. "I still don't know how he wins from where he was in that final turn. David Miller told me he thought he waited too long and was too far away. To me, that last three-eighths of a mile, I'm amazed at how much ground he covered. "I never thought he was going to get there. To have seen that was phenomenal." The race was special for another reason as White's older brother, Jerry, who introduced him to harness racing in his youth while living on Long Island, was in attendance. "There was no happier moment in horse racing than to have my horse win the final and have my brother in the picture with me," White said. "It kind of was a full circle. He got me started and I got to pay him back by getting him a winner's circle photo of the Delaware final. It's pretty cool. It was a very happy picture to send him." Sonofa Sizzle, racing in the stable of trainer Josh Green this year, is 2-for-2 in 2015 with both wins coming in preliminary rounds of the DSBF series. His most recent triumph came in a career-best 1:51.2. Following the DSBF at Dover, the colt is staked to a number of top races including the Art Rooney Pace in late May, Messenger Stakes in early September and Little Brown Jug in mid-September. He also has the Progress Pace on his schedule in November. "We have to be careful with not overdoing it," White said. "He's going to be on a 'show us' schedule, if you know what I'm talking about. He's going to finish and stay in Delaware for a few weeks and train back calmly. Dan's moving the barn from Florida to New York at the end of April, beginning of May. We'll ship him from Delaware to New York and get him prepared for the Rooney. "If he trains well and looks like he's ready to go, we'll enter him in the Rooney. But this horse owes me absolutely nothing. I just look forward to every time he goes out there." For now, White is focused on the eight-horse DSBF final, which also includes Smoking Joey (2-1 morning line), K J Ben (6-1), Seboomook Katahdin (8-1), and Byby Landon (9-1). Sonofa Sizzle and driver Vic Kirby will start from post five. "The horses this year in this division are phenomenal," White said. "I think it says a lot for Delaware breeding that so many of them are doing really well. You can't take anything away from his competition. The Delaware breeders should be very proud of their product. I hope all the sires get more breedings and the breeders do even better. "You look across those eight horses that are starting and you could be proud of every one of them. And I am. I'm proud of mine, but I'm proud of the competition. It's a good race and it's a pleasure to compete with really good horses. That's good for everybody." White, who works as a business coach and trainer, finds harness racing to be a healthy diversion from his job. "I find it to be very relaxing," White said. "I do a lot of traveling and I coach a lot of professionals. To be able to go down in the wintertime to the training center on Saturday and just watch the horses train and clear my head really helps. And in the summertime being able to go to New York and watch the horses. To me, it's the greatest thing in the world. I'm thankful that I have the ability to do it." And he's thankful for the thrills provided by Sonofa Sizzle. "This horse has a bit of a personality," White said. "Everyone says he's real easy to drive, you just have to let him know what you want. He's still so young. If he ever figures out the ability he has, who knows what he could be. "Sometimes things come together. You never know how they're going to work. Harness racing is one of those things that you have to do for love before you do it for money. This is one of those times when you get something special, and special doesn't mean having to be the best, but special in the fact we have this opportunity. "I'm looking forward to seeing where the colt takes us." By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Vernon Downs held harness racing Finals in eight divisions of the New York Excelsior "A" Series on Saturday night with purses totaling $360,000.   The 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were first up and provided an 11-1 upset with Commissioner Daley (Conway Hall-Irish Washerwoman) storming through the stretch once he got into the clear and rolling right past Genius At Work late to win in a final time of 1:55.2.   Commissioner Daley is owned by Ann-Mari Daley of Lake Worth, Florida and Michael White of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Dan Daley is the trainer-driver.   2-year-old trotting fillies were up next and, as opposed to the first of the eight Finals, this one went according to form as 3-5 favorite Barn Girl (Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie) took the lead in mid-stretch and held off a strong closing kick from Morcredit Bluechip to score a victory in 1:57.   Barn Girl is owned by Steven and Nancy Pratt of Corfu, New York. The trainer is Howard Okusko and she was driven to victory by Jeff Gregory on Saturday night.   Freshman trotting colts & geldings provided the most exciting stretch drive of the night as part of a 5-1 entry, Progression (Credit Winner-Ens Curious), came through an opening on the inside left when the favored Crazshana drifted out in the lane. Progression's final time was 1:57.4.   Progression is owned by Leigh Raymer, who also trains, of Delaware, Stephen Moss of Pennsylvania, Harold and Helane Solomon of New York. Mark MacDonald was the driver on Saturday night.   The sophomore pacing filly race was won in gate-to-wire fashion by Expose (Artiscape-Good News Lady). She took the lead immediately and never was headed again as she triumphed in 1:52.4   Expose is owned by Linwood Higgins of Scarborough, Maine and Stake Your Claim Stable of Seacaucus, New Jersey. Linda Toscano trains and Jim Morrill Jr. was the winning driver.   Archetto Hanover (Bettor's Delight-Arts Masterpiece) took the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace after rallying past the favored Murder He Wrote at the top of the stretch. He went on to win by a length in a final time of 1:51.4   Archetto Hanover is owned by Paymaq Racing of Illinois, Greg Gillis of Ontario, Canada, and Louis Willinger of Kentucky. The trainer is Erv Miller and the winning driver was Marcus Miller.   2-year-old pacing colts and geldings might have provided one of the more impressive wins of the night from Artistic Major (Art Major-Western Dancer). Artistic Major (Brent Holland) made the lead at the top of the stretch and powered away to win by four lengths in a time of 1:52.4.   Artistic Major is owned by David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio of Ohio and Steve Elliott of New Jersey. Steve Elliott doubles as the trainer.   Freshman pacing fillies followed that and Rock Me Gently (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cam Swifty) prevailed in what turned into a clustered finish with multiple horses ending up close together. The final time was 1:55.   Rock Me Gently is owned by Old Block Stables Inc. and Kenneth Klein of New York and The Fra Stable LLC of New Jersey. The trainer is Steve Elliott.   The final Final of the Excelsior "A" Series on Saturday night was 3-year-old trotting fillies and the winner was Dreamsteeler (Cash Hall-Dream Street) with Jim Morrill Jr. driving. She took the lead right away and cruised to an easy victory by nine lengths in a final time of 1:56.3   Dreamsteeler is owned by Andrew Herzog of Monticello, New York and Tracy Brainard is the trainer.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with an 11-race program. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

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