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Valentowner waited patiently in the pocket, then roared through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows at a healthy 5-1.

Valentowner made a triumphant return to The Meadows' pacing elite Wednesday when he brushed wide and late to capture the $22,500 Preferred. A harness racing fixture in the track's top pace for years, Valentowner had retreated in recent months to conditioned races.

Popular harness racing pacing mare Southwind Prairie is set to bid adieu to the racetrack when she makes her final career start in race ten on Wednesday night (Nov. 30) at Batavia Downs Casino.

Returning to The Meadows' top trot after sharpening his harness racing game in a conditioned race, Rembrandt Spur made up 6-3/4 lengths late to capture Wednesday's (November 10) $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot.

Sir Caviar, who has dominated The Meadows' elite trotting ranks throughout the year, made it look easy again Saturday with a decisive front-end harness racing victory in the $22,500 Preferred Handicap.

Last year, Migisi pulled off a 32-1 shocker in capturing her Pennsylvania Stallion Series final. Monday (September 12) at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, it was deja vu all over again, as the 27-1 Migisi took the $40,000 Stallion Series harness racing championship for 3-year-old filly trotters - her first win of the year - at a juicy 27-1.

Defying her 30-1 odds, Temple Blue Chip patiently stalked the leader and charged late to capture a division of Wednesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series harness racing event at The Meadows in a stake-record 1:57.4.

Despite fronting a brutal opening quarter in 26.3, Sir Caviar had just enough left to capture Friday's harness racing $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, his seventh win in 11 starts this year. Sir Caviar dueled for the early lead with Our Rail Fantasy before pocketing that rival.

When former stablemates Bambino Hall and Big Rigs met in a Hambletonian elimination, the results were disastrous; they locked wheels late and finished out of the money. But as often happens in harness racing, their fortunes turned quickly.

Greg Grismore was no slouch at football and could have taken up College offers to play gridiron when he left high school but now more than two decades later the 41-year-old is glad he took on a harness racing career that was bestowed upon him by his late father, Mark.

In Sunday afternoon's (June 5) $16,500 Open Handicap pace at Tioga Downs, Storyeum and Ed Hensley left from post position four in a harness racing field of seven and settled in the pocket behind 2-5 favorite He's Gorgeous (Greg Merton). However, Hensley was not happy with the pocket trip and moved Storyeum right back to the front through fractions of 56, and 1:24.3.

Trotslikethewind shipped in to Tioga Downs on Saturday night and left with the lion's share of the $16,500 purse in the Open Handicap trot. Greg Grismore got away fifth with Trotslikethewind as heavy harness racing favorite Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) cut through fractions of 27.3 and 58.

Tye Loy shipped into town with newcomer Sand Windsor on Friday night and took home the featured $16,500 Fillies and Mares open handicap pace. Leaving from the rail Sand Windsor worked out a perfect second over cover trip and tipped three wide as the field passed three quarters in 1:24.4.

Tioga Downs kicked off its sixth season of live racing on Saturday night in front of a crowd of eager harness racing fans in the Southern Tier. More than 11,000 showed up during the day to enjoy simulcast action of the 137th Kentucky Derby and the launch of the 2011 race season.

BV's Sister worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then shot the sloppy Lightning Lane to score a narrow harness racing victory in Tuesday's (May 3) $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After Greg Grismore hustled BV's Sister away from the gate from post 3, she settled in behind Caviar Forthe Lady, who was strong enough to carry her to the Lightning Lane.

American Rage raged through the stretch on Tuesday (March 22) at The Meadows to capture a harness racing division of the Dennis Sheehan Memorial Pace in 1:54.4, fastest this year by a sophomore colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Border Fighting took the other $15,000 second-leg split, giving him two consecutive victories in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings.

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