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YONKERS, NY - For the past few years, Duane Marfisi has enjoyed life in New Zealand as an assistant trainer to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, who operate one of the most successful stables in Australasia. Although Marfisi was an accomplished trainer in North America before moving Down Under, working with stars like Adore Me and Lazarus alongside great horsemen showed him he still had room to improve. “Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are most brilliant horsemen,” Marfisi said. “Just when you think you can’t learn any more, you keep on learning. I was second trainer for them the last two-and-a-half years. I was on the road with some great horses. Adore Me and Lazarus, Smolda. The whole team.” Training and racing standardbreds in New Zealand and Australia is markedly different than in the United States. Horses are prepped to race longer distances, contend from standing starts, and medication regulations are stricter. Dealing with these and other factors gave Marfisi a new outlook on the game. “It rekindled my spirit for the horses. Everything was new to me: the standing starts and the distance racing,” he explained. “To be able to go the distances in the time they do - they’ll go a 2-mile run in 3:54, which is astonishing. The truth of the matter is, their medication rules are by far superior to here. It’s just basically good horsemanship.” While he speaks fondly of his time in New Zealand, Marfisi returned to his home in Ontario, Canada just before Christmas. His wife, Janet, accepted a coveted position at the University of Guelph. “She actually didn’t think I was going to return with her to be honest. But I did, and here we are,” he joked. Marfisi has eight horses in training now. Among them is Our Sky Major, a 7-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer who made the journey across the Pacific a few months prior to Marfisi. The former Barry Purdon pupil won five group 1 stakes in Australasia and placed in another five. The son of Art Major out of the In The Pocket mare Sky Beauty is 17-for-61 in his career and sports earnings of $658,865. “The horse is very, very intelligent. He’s a class act. He’s a great-gaited horse, he’s very, very fast,” Marfisi said. Despite his impressive resume, Our Sky Major’s 2016 season wasn’t up to par with prior years. The pacer earned just one victory and $25,523. A change was needed and owners Trevor Casey and John Lohman had a plan. “The owner approached me when he heard I was coming back about shipping the horse over here because they believed he had a bleeding problem his last season in Australia,” Marfisi explained. Our Sky Major shipped from Australia to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport via stops in China and Alaska, finally arriving Oct. 23. He spent time at Blairwood Farm in New Jersey to recover from the long journey before vanning to Canada in early November where serious training could begin. “He had six good weeks of jogging and six good weeks of fast work training miles and he handled it very well,” Marfisi detailed. “He had a couple qualifiers, a fast work behind the gate. He had done everything I asked. I was a little dodgy about racing him and I qualified him another time because racing that hard, you have to be fit and ready.” In his North American debut at Woodbine Racetrack Feb. 18, Our Sky Major, the whip on his tail, made a determined march to the lead past a :56.1 half in a conditioned event. Under a good hold from driver Doug McNair, Our Sky Major powered his way through a :26.3 third panel and turned into the stretch on a 1 1/2-length advantage. A single slap of the wheel disc at the eighth pole encouraged Our Sky Major to open another length-and-a-half. He stopped the clock in 1:50.2, punching a ticket to Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Pacing Series in the process. “After his first start, he forced me to pay him into the Levy,” Marfisi said. “I was hoping he’d get up to the Preferred and then go down there, but after his first start it was pretty amazing, so we just went ahead.” Marfisi’s confidence in Our Sky Major faced an immediate test two weeks later. Up a notch in class and sent off as the race’s odds-on favorite, Our Sky Major finished a disheartening fifth, beaten 4 lengths. The bleeding issues that crippled his 2016 season had resurfaced. “His second start, I was very, very disappointed. I went in there very confident. I thought he was better than he was in his first start,” Marfisi lamented. “He did bleed his last start for me. His wind was shut off a bit which caused him to bleed. It just bummed me a bit because I expected him to win.” When Our Sky Major starts in Saturday night’s $50,000 first division of the Levy Series first leg, he’ll race on lasix for the first time. After drawing post position seven, he’s a 20-1 outsider on the morning line and will be in the hands of Mark MacDonald for the first time. Still, Marfisi looks for his horse to earn valuable points in the series. If he gets enough to make even the Levy Consolation slated for April 22, Marfisi will be happy. “I would have liked to have drawn good, but you never know. It’s tough over at Yonkers. You’re usually trying to get some cover. It’s hard  to explain to drivers over here that for horses from Australasia, a good trip is usually first-up. They’re used to racing like that just on the outside. I would really be happy that he paces home and passes some horses to grab a slice. That would make me thrilled to death.” While the outside post position is a concern, the track configuration isn’t. Unlike some horses who race at Yonkers for the first time, Our Sky Major has experience on small tracks. “There’s a lot of tracks in Australasia that are very interesting. They have sort of triangle turns,” Marfisi said. “I would say Yonkers will be a good surface for him. He can really fly when you ask him to go. When he won the (Harness Jewel 4-Year-Old Emerald), he went the last quarter in 24-and-change. You don’t see many horses who can do that kind of last quarter.” Regardless of the outcome, Marfisi is happy to have a horse capable of racing in the Levy and other top events this season. He’s optimistic about what the future holds. “I was excited that the owner wanted to send him. We paid him up into a lot of the big dances and we’re hoping for the best. I don’ t know if he’s that type yet; he has to prove it. The open horses here are extraordinary. You have to have a lot of talent.” Our Sky Major will face seven rivals in his division of the Levy Series first leg, including Caviart Luca, who’s 5-for-7 at Yonkers this season for trainer Ron Burke, and Rich Banca’s Blood Brother, who’s consistently hit the board in Preferred and Open company at Yonkers. Three other Levy divisions Saturday night feature full fields, including Santa Fe Beachboy and McWicked in division two and Mach It So and Provocativeprincen in division three. Defending champion Bit Of A Legend faces Somewhere In L A and Wakizaschi Hanover in division four. First post time is 7:10 p.m. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

Our Sky Major (formerly Sky Major) has won his first race in Canada – just a couple of months after he and trainer Duane Marfisi arrived in back in his homeland of Canada. The 6-year-old Art Major - Sky Beauty (by In The Pocket), who was the 4/5 favourite, won on debut in the hands of Doug McNair on Sunday (NZ time) in two degree temperatures - in 1:50.2. Starting from the outside arm (nine of nine) Our Sky Major N hit the lead down the back straight and then left his eight opponents to it winning by one-and-three quarter lengths from five-to-one shot Carraco Hanover (6) and Sylvain Filion. There was five-and-a-quarter lengths back to 10-to-one prospect Sportsmanship (1) and Andrew Macdonald in third. His sectionals were 12.4, 26.3, 56.1, 1:22.4, 1:50.2. The $16,000 Mobile Mile was for pacers who have not won in Canada in their last five starts and earned $9,000 or less - or for pacers who haven't won in their last 10 starts and have earned $18,000 or less. Marfisi, who was stable foreman at Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s barn in Rolleston for three seasons was as he put it: ‘ absolutely rapt’. “I am very pleased with his progress and the win just capped it all off. He was a wee bit afraid of the snow when he first saw it piled up. “I tip my hat to Barry Purdon. It's easy to work with a horse that has been educated perfectly. He is one of the most intelligent horses I have ever worked with!” Marfisi said. Marfisi said Sky Major went into the race after winning his second qualifier by 18 lengths, pacing the mile in 1:56. “In his first trial he was second to another former Kiwi, Brilliant Strike, who is trained by another former New Zealander, Tony O'Sullivan. "The big horse ate up as fast as he raced. Trevor (Casey) and I went over the stakes and we have staked him to a lot of great aged pacing races. It's exciting to think you have a player!" said Marfisi, who has trained more than 300 winners in Canada. He said Sky Major flew over on October 23 and went straight to Blairwood Farms for a fortnight before being shipped to a former employee of his for his jog prep. "I arrived on December 15 and started to apply the 'Allstars' fast-work program and it has worked a treat. 'Sky' is still a tad fat, and a bit blown up over the back, so better things are still to come," Marfisi said. Credit must go to Trev for flying him over and giving me a chance. It is not a cheap investment. Sky Major is owned by ‘New Zealand’s man-of-the-moment’, Trevor Casey and John Lohman. Casey said he always had faith in Sky Major. “When and when Duane was going back to Canada it was a no brainer to ask him if he would train him for us. John I originally owned an 18 per cent share each and when syndicate wanted to sell him we brought the other 64 per cent. “We the sent him over in hope he would capture his former form that saw him win several Group One races here and in Australia,” Casey said. “It wasn’t a cheap exercise but we both had faith in him,” he added. Casey said he got to know Marfisi when he worked for the ‘All Stars Stable’ and soon learnt to tresp-ect his worldly knowledge. “He is a nice guy with so much standardbred knowledge. We sat down and mapped out a few series that we staked him for. “Perhaps the Meadowlands one day, but at this very early stage we are enjoying the ride and taking it one day at a time with him,” said Christchurch-based Casey Casey will have two starters in Saturday night’s prestigious 50th Miracle Mile in Sydney – New Zealand Cup winner Lazarus and Our Waikiki Beach. He was obviously delighted with the Canadian result but hinted Lazarus would not be following Sky Major to the Northern Hemisphere. “Probably not because Mark said there were p-lenty of nice stakes and big races for him down here. There’s plenty of money on offer Down Under including another New Zealand Cup and possibly an Interdominion. “Another reason he would stay ‘Down Under’ would be because he has a lucrative stud career here when he retires,” Casey said. Sky Major won 15 of his 52 starts in New Zealand and placed 18 times for $796,486 in stakes. His Group One wins were: The New Zealand 4yo Messenger beating Tiger Tara and Ohoka Punter in April 2015; Three Jewels crowns at two, three and four years of age, and in Australia he nailed the 2015 Chariots Of Fire as well as numerous other Group and Listed placings. Marfisi came to New Zealand in early 2014 because his wife, Janet, had gained a position at the Christchurch Hospital. Until then he had worked with horses in Ontario for many years. In fact he had a star of the tracks some years ago with Dali who had the misfortune to be born in the same crop as Somebeachsomewhere. That didn't stop Dali from winning major events at the Meadowlands as well as in Ontario. when establishing himself as the fastest juvenile in the world. His landmark victory was in the Woodrow Wilson at two a huge performance and he held the world record on a 1000m track at three when Somebeachsomewhere stole all the glory. But Dali still won $C1.4m and took a mark of 1.48.,2 before being retired to stud. Marfisi worked with the leading horsemen in Canada before setting up on his own and spent about 20 years training around 25 horses in Ontario. and try and get one who could take you all the way. “Dali (Real Artist) was a great horse but he was just born the wrong year," said Marfisi. His win on Saturday night (Canada time) can be viewed here:   Duane Ranger

Well it is not easy to say goodbye to all the thrills I have had working at harness racing's number one barn The All Stars. The highlight is quite hard to sort out. Lazarus's Cup win is an obvious one but Adore Me's Cup Day was great too and it was an especial thrill for me when I got the opportunity to go over for the Miracle Mile Day in Sydney. Not only was it a great occasion but we had such a great result that day. Have Faith In Me I always rated as a very special horse from his early days so there was that as well. I have often been asked what sets Mark and Natalie's operation apart.  There are the obvious things like how they develop a horse to the peak of its potential and the organisation and dedication that goes into it all. The special aspect for me is in their hands.  They can just seem to sense through feel how a horse is doing, and if there is a problem working out a solution.  They might not be able to tell you how they know but they just do.  I mean the results just this year have been sensational, you can only stand and wonder. If I was any help in that I am proud of what I have been able to do but it is what they are able to do that counts most.  I don't think many people outside the game could have any idea how hard they work and just how many aspects there are to running a big stable having that sort of success. What can I take home from the All Stars operation ? Well Sky Major is already on a Purdon/Rasmussen regime back in Canada. I will be preparing him for Trevor Casey there and he is doing fine so far but training him the All Stars way will be a bit different up there. I am that impressed with their methods that I will be using them instead of the ones I have used up there previously and I had my fair share of success doing it that way. New Zealand racing? It has a lot going for it but I cannot understand the handicapping system and how it is badly designed for breeders and people who want to race their horses in New Zealand. I thought that would be the aim but it isn't really.  It virtually forces people to sell horses to Australia or at least persuade them that is the best outcome and we are becoming just an export industry.  I wouldn't have thought that was the best outcome for promoting the sport here.  It has to affect the standard of racing and if that doesn't hold up there isn't going to be much new blood coming into the game and there are smaller foal crops anyway. You might notice a lot of horses sold to North America now are mares. That is no surprise. At home the sexes are kept separate for handicapping purposes. So a good mare never has to run against the colts and has plenty of race opportunities while the open class mares don't get many chances here like they do in America. I thought maybe something like that would help in New Zealand. I still like the North American handicapping by the stable too. In those claimers you can put your horse at its right level or you can have a go at the higher staked claimers if you think you have a shot. You don't get that freedom here. But the racing is good especially on Cup Day and Jewels Day, another of my favourites. I still haven't decided what the racing future holds for me up there. I have been offered horses already and I still have a lot of connections up there who want me to train bigger numbers because we had a bit of luck with our claimers before. But at this stage I am still assessing things. Janet has a job she has always wanted at the University of Ontario and I will have to contribute my share! We both have family there too and that is a factor in looking further north. Will we be back? I hope so. We both loved it here and I enjoyed the racing and the people in it.  We worked hard but we had a lot of fun too.  We certainly have not counted out coming back and from my point of view I have to say it is hard to leave a stable like All Stars. Thanks to all who have helped and a Merry Xmas and happy New Year to you all from us both.  You live in a great country. Duane and Janet Marfisi Courtesy of The Allstars site

The foreman at All Stars Racing Stables is the Canadian Duane Marfisi. Every so often he gives us his views on things at the most successful barn in new Zealand and the following is his latest offering.                                                                                     ***** Harness racing is not always what you expect it to be. On December 11 I thought we might win five up here. I was disappointed. We ran a lot of placings but we were kept to one win. Fortunately things got better from there. We have a team of 20 up here now. I start feeding up at 4.30 Tim and Shaun are here at 5 and the ground staff begin at 5.30. We work the team, clean up the barn and gear, set out the feed and stroll out about 12 to feed ourselves and re-energise. We are back at 1 to fetch the team out of the paddocks and start the second shift. We equisage most of them, putting them in the water walker for 40 minutes, brush bandage and fluff them so we are tired at the end of the day. But we are passionate about our work, we strive to win. Leading into the 18th December meet our master horseman joined us. It is a great pleasure to work with Mark Purdon. He is quiet, genuine and by far the best horseman I have had contact with. When I make that statement you have to to understand that I have placed myself with some great horseman over the years. Bill Robinson in the 1990's travelling the grand circuit and watching Brett Pelling and Kiwis dominate the next decade. Bill O'Donnell and John Campbell I was associated with in the 1980's and later with the likes of Tim Tetrick and Jody Jamieson. I was also fortunate enough to spend time with Stanley Dancer in his "last hurrah" , not to mention all the other great "behind the scenes" horsemen. So I do know what I am talking about. I love this life, its not work, its a passion. To wake up in the morning and do something you love is gold. The beauty of this game is to keep your mouth shut, keep your eyes open and ask questions. Most experienced horsemen are willing to share their knowledge. So now we head to the December 31st Premier meeting. Believe me these aching bones are going to try and win some races! Good luck to you all and remember to take a wee bit of time to enjoy Christmas and stay healthy and happy from then on. Duane Marfisi  -  All Stars Racing Stables

Duane Marfisi recently sat down with Dave McCarthy to give his views on claiming races and how they form a big part of the harness racing industry in North America. "Yes Janet and I race All Star Angus with Mark and Natalie but as you would expect I raced a lot of horses back home (Canada) and in fact it was a good sideline business for us. In North America the handicapping is done by owners through Claiming Races.  I am surprised they have not been more popular here because if you know what you are doing you can do pretty well out of it. $60,000 a year and more was not out of the question when I was operating there and we never went above the $40,000 claimers when buying and usually much lower. It puts you to the test and they don't all work out One of my very best friends in Canada, Mike Beaver, a guy I really miss when being over here, and I worked together. Mike was an all round horseman. He had been everything from a cowboy to an equestrian teacher who took youngsters through to some high grade trophies in Ohio State Fairs. He is a guy of many parts is Mike.  We would sort a horse and it would spend some time with Mike mixing with all the other breeds of horses he had and freshen up. We then trained them up and raced them in claiming races. Because we were not wanting just to hang on to them we would line up time after time and it was good money. If they were claimed we would move on and sometimes claim them back later when they got out of their grade. It was business and a good one for us. I miss it in racing here and I don't think the Kiwis appreciate how well the system works. I understand people here have a more personal relationships with their horses and fear that maybe someone will turn their horse into a star but it doesn't really work like that. You dohave to know what you are doing both when you are buying and training and setting them and sometimes you have to drop them down from the grade you bought them from. You can still get out of it. If they don't make it in $20,000 claimers you go to the $15,000 or so and if you can win the stake makes up for the claiming value loss. So it is a pretty good deal all round. David McCarthy Reproduced with permission of All Stars Racing Stables   -   Check site here

The All Stars barn, as Mark and Natalie regularly remind us is only as successful as it is due to the great staff they have. Just lately a couple of team have announced they are moving on and as the foreman Duane Marfisi explains it is never easy to replace good staff.  "It is always difficult when you lose good staff and with Brian and Lauren heading back to Australia soon after making a good contribution for us and with Maree (Price) retiring, we have been looking around for some replacements." "I use an international horse website and decided to put an ad on that." "it was surprising how many hits we got and quite a few people from the other side of the world are showing interest in joining us." "We have had family down from Canada and been showing them around the South Island so I only got back to work on Monday but we are well into it now with the older horses and the younger ones." "I rate the two year olds this year overall as better than last year." "I am not saying there is another Waikiki Beach or Dream About Me there but in overall quality they have impressed me." "I have driven quite a few I like and one of them is Motu Meteor a close relation to Motu Premier who is going along great", Duane said. With the way the All Stars two year olds performed last season, that is not good news for rival trainers David McCarthy - All Stars Racing Stables    -  Check site here

Harness racing can be trying at times as anyone who has been in the industry for any length of time will be able to tell you. One who knows this better than most at the moment is owner of the year, Trevor Casey For all his recent success Trevor is experiencing a few bumps in the road trying to keep Escapee's new campaign on track The plan had as its immediate aim the Dominion Handicap in November. The plan is up in the air at the moment but that doesn't mean that she won't be racing this season Its just that she won't be racing from the All Stars barn. Mark and Duane Marfisi knew that Escapee would need special handling during her comeback but with the big spring team getting ready for racing, the extra time required to put into Escapee was just not available at the All Stars barn. As a result, Escapee is to be tried in in a different environment. Never an easy horse to train, Escapee has had a long absence after having a foal but after a very promising start this time in at the All Stars barn, she has caused problems for Duane. "When she gets upset she just takes off and one day when we had a gear problem I had trouble pulling her up on the straight track." "She just never came back to me" Duane said. Mark trialled her a few days later but she pulled very hard and he recommended a different approach to owner, Trevor Casey. " Mark thought that since he wouldn't be home at Rolleston for several weeks yet, that a move away from All Stars might help, " Trevor told Harnnesslink today. "After consulting with Mark, I have moved Escapee to Ken Barron's barn." " Blair (Orange) is there and he handled Escapee a lot when he worked at All Stars. " He has driven her and knows her so it seemed a logical move." " She is off to the trials at Ashburton on Tuesday so we will all be a lot wiser after that," Trevor said. Escapee has always been a high class race mare and would certainly add another dimension to the trotting features in New Zealand if she made a successful comeback to the track. Harnesslink Media

The former harness racing trotting queen Escapee is back in full work. The former age group trotting queen was retired to stud in 2013 but she is now to attempt a comeback aimed principally at the Group 1 Dominion Handicap in November at Addington Raceway. She has been in work for some time at Rolleston under the direct eye of the All Star foreman Duane Marfisi who has taken a keen interest in her comeback which is a strong sign she can regain her peak form for owner Trevor Casey. Escapee had a filly foal in her absence to Muscle Hill but she is still only seven and at her best would be a match for nearly any open trotter about. Escapee was first or second in 20 of her 34 starts to date (11 wins) and has already won over $270,000. "It seemed worthwhile when you considered everything."  "She had a suspensory problem when I retired her but she is well over that and much more settled than she used to be now as an older mare as well." "She is still the only trotter around who has beaten Stent more times than he has beaten her." She has not been overraced and is still quite young as trotters go." " She is not that far away from the trials but if we have any problems with her I won't risk her, she can go straight back in the broodmare paddock," Trevor said Trevor's star trotter Stent is keeping his passport in the draw this year as far as North America goes. Invited to an  US$1,000,000 International trot at Yonkers on October 10th, Trevor has had to decline the invitation this year. " Stent has had a good break and there is just not enough time to get him ready for such a challenging race." "We would be taking on the best in the world and you can't do that on a rushed preparation." " I told the North Americans that if he continues this season to race as well as he did last season then we would love to come up and match him with the best next year," Trevor said Harnesslink Media

Duane Marfisi  has not been that long in New Zealand and he is already off to Australia. He left All Stars on Thursday to look after FOLLOW THE STARS and LINDA LOVEGRACE who  went earlier in the day and it is a measure of the regard in which he is held that there was no hesitation in the assignment. Not that Duane lacks qualifications. In fact he must be the best credentialled stablehand in Australasia. Many with his background might be looking for higher honours and recognition but Duane can't fault life as he has it now. He came here about six months ago because his wife, Janet, had gained a position at the Christchurch Hospital.  Until then Duane had worked with horses in Ontario for many years. In fact he had a star of the tracks some years ago with Dali who had the misfortune to be born in the same crop as Somebeachsomewhere. That didn't stop Dali from winning major events at the Meadowlands as well as in Ontario. when establishing himself as the fastest juvenile in the world. His landmark victory was in the Woodrow Wilson at two a huge performance and he held the world record on a 1000m track at three when Somebeachsomewhere stole all the glory. But Dali still won $C1.4m and took a mark of 1.48.,2 before being retired to stud.  Duane can't get over the changes in training here compared to Canada. "I think they treat them more as horses here than in Canada. I like the variety here too, the different tracks and different distances. We go a mile at home and that is pretty much it. That also makes a difference to the way we train them. We work them up in generally the same way but there are quite major differences." "We couldn't put horses in paddocks up there in winter of course. It does me good to seem them getting out in the paddocks here in midwinter." Duane worked with the leading horsemen in Canada before setting up on his own and spent about 20 years training around 25 horses in Ontario. He was well trained and rarely eased off the workload during the day. "I'd go around the studs each year and look over the yearlings much as here and try and get one who could take you all the way. Dali (Real Artist) was a great horse but he was just born the wrong year." It tells you a lot about the sort of guy Duane is that the former trainer of a champion is just as happy looking after the stars of All Stars without any airs, graces or feeling of superiority. One of his strengths is his people skills, getting on with all the staff with a quiet manner and strong work ethic. "I don't really miss that pressure you have with a top horse or a leading stable. I watch Mark and Natalie on the phone so much of the day and I  know all about that. I am happy just working with the horses" But surely Duane might think once more about his own stable ? "My ideal is to buy a place close by here and have maybe four horses to work when I go home. That is as far as I would want to go. I have done all the rest" "We love it here. The family is a long way away but everything else is just great" It hasn't taken long for Duane and Janet to get involved in one area however. Along with Mark and Natalie they have shares in All Star Angus a young trotter in the stable.  Dave McCarthy (All Stars Racing Stables)

The Duane Marfisi trained Ive Got Bono impressed at the Mohawk harness racing Qualifiers today (Monday April 12). The 3-year-old bay colt recorded the quickest mile time (1:55.2) of the day.

Templeton horseman Michael House's reputation as a quality preparer of early 2-year-olds was evident again at yesterday's (Monday) 'Ready To Run' Video Trials held in Ashburton. The Templeton horseman produced one of the the quickest juveniles of the day when Amazing Art returned 55.2 (800m) and 25.8 (400m) harness racing sectionals.

Sauble Hill Farms. Ever hear of it? I didn't think so. It's a picturesque property nestled along the mighty Saugeen River in the Municipality of Chatsworth, in Grey County, in Mid-Western Ontario, Canada.

Dali obliterated the track and stakes record with a 1:48.2 victory in the $249,113 Matron Three-Year-Old Colt Final and becomes the sport's newest millionaire on a Spring-like Monday, Dec. 15 at Dover Downs.

It looks like it’s going to be a perfect summer night for racing on Saturday, July 5 * and what better way to enjoy it than by coming to Mohawk to watch the second leg of the Summertime Pacing Series?

Though the Roses Are Red and Armbro Flight stakes finals are the highlight of Saturday night’s race card at Mohawk, there’s plenty more action to be enjoyed as the $18,000 first leg of the Summertime Pacing Series gets underway that evening.

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