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Dover, DE - Tight Lines equals a track record and captures the Open Trot at Dover Downs Tuesday night. JL Cruze blasted off the gait and appeared to intimidate the field as he was allowed to set fractions of 26.3, 55.2 and 1:23.1. Joey Bats, the even odds race favorite, settled in the pocket.  The field remained in single file until Tight Lines was hustled off the rail and raced 1st up for driver Corey Callahan nearing the three quarter pole.   Tight Lines pressured Jl Cruze to a 27.4 third quarter. Tight Lines cleared and took the lead at the top of the stretch.   Jack Vernon followed 2nd over.  Race favorite Joey Bats remained trapped on the rail and was screaming for room in the stretch.  Sheez On A Cruz, the full sister to Jl Cruze made an early break.  Jammin Jack, Home’N Dry and Muscle Diamond were all in futile chase and could not gain on the leader. JL Cruze, the pacesetter, tired and finished 7th.  His full sister Sheez On A Cruz was 8th. At the finish, Tight Lines prevailed for his 2nd consecutive win by one and three quarter lengths.  He was sent off at odds of 9/5. The 7-year-old Yankee Glide sired trotter equalled a track record of 1:51.2 for aged, altered trotters at Dover Downs.  He was bred by P.E, P.F and J.F. Spears.   Tight Lines is owned by Jeff Gregory, Jesmeral Stables and W.H. Richardson and trained by Jeff Gregory. The race favorite, Joey Batts found room late and finished 2nd for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Andrew Harris. Jack Vernon finished 3rd for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dylan Davis. Tim Tetrick won 4 races and Corey Callahan won 3 races on the card. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Tight Lines took the overland route and won the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Home’N Dry and race favorite Joey Bats provided the early speed over a sloppy track. Jack Vernon made a break after the start.  Blue Bird Jesse got away 3rd. Tight Lines was able to drop in 4th near the quarter pole. Bluebird Rambo settled in the fifth position. Home’N Dry cut the race fractions of 27.2, 56  and 1:24. Joey Bats accepted the pocket trip.   Tight Lines rushed 1st over and the mare, She’s On A Cuze was towed into a 2nd over trip on the rim down the backstretch. Tight Lines and Corey Callahan were able to wear down the pace setter Home’N Dry and Tyler Davis past the ¾ pole.  They trotted a 28 flat 3rd quarter. Joey Bats, the race favorite with Andrew McCarthy, in the bike, angled off the rail and took dead aim on Tight Lines in the stretch.   Unfortunately, Joey Bats went off stride near the 7/8th marker. Sheez On A Cruz passed Joey Bats nearing the wire and finished 2nd. Joey Bats survived a Judges Inquiry for a violation of the breaking rule and finished 3rd. Tight Lines won by two and a quarter lengths at odds of 7/2 in 1:52.2.   He is owned and trained by Jeff Gregory with the Jesmeral Stables and W.H. Richardson. The mare, Sheez On A Cruze finished 2nd for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. Major Occasion N looks to repeat in the Mares Open Pace in Wednesday’s 11th race Mares Open Pace. First race post time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

It was a patient drive by Ross Wolfenden aboard Tight Lines as they were able to maneuver through the wind, rain and snow, and won by a well measured length at Dover Downs on Tuesday. There was plenty of movement in the race, despite the poor weather conditions.  Home N Dry and driver Tyler Davis, left quickly and forced Cruising In Style and driver Corey Callahan to settle for the pocket. Home N Dry cut fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.3.  Bluebird Jesse and Tim Tetrick were parked the mile as the 8/5 second choice in the wagering and tired.  Faithfulandtrue pulled at the ½ and pressured Home N Dry through a  28.2. 3rd quarter. Nearing the ¾  marker,Jack Parker Jr came off the rail and trotted three wide in the turn. Tight Lines, who was fifth most of the mile, tipped 4 wide.  Both trotters dueled down the lane.  Tight Lines proved to be the best and won by a measured length in 1:55.1 as the 7/5 race favorite.   Tight Lines is owned by Gregory,Jesmeral Stable and WH Richardson. The trotter was driven by Ross Wolfenden for trainer Jeff Gregory. This is now the 6th lifetime victory in the slop for the 7 year old son of Yankee Glide. Royal Becca J finished 2nd for driver Jack Parker Jr. and trainer Carol Jamieson- Parker. Home’N Dry  finished 3rd for driver Tyler Davis and trainer Brian Malone. Wiggle It Jiggleit is scheduled to race in the 12 race Open/Preferred Pace on Thursday night January 9. Post Time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Tight Lines wins the Open Trot in the slop at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Tight Lines and driver Ross Wolfenden, for trainer Jeff Gregory, left alertly and allowed Jack Vernon to reach the front at the quarter pole.  Ross Wolfenden retook the lead and cut fractions of :27.4,  :56.4 and 1:25.1, stopping the teletimer in 153.4.   Royal Becca J braved the wind and rain to race first up down the backstretch pressuring Tight Lines.  The team trotting a :28.2 third quarter.  Tight Lines, the 1-5 race favorite, proved to be too much and pulled away in the stretch to win in hand. Tight Lines is owned by Jeff Gregory and W.H. Richardson. Jack Vernon and driver Victor Kirby, for trainer Dylan Davis, sat the pocket and finished 2nd. Royal Becca J, for driver Jack Parker Jr. and trained by his wife Carol Jamieson-Parker, finished a game third. Harrington Raceway’s leading driver, Art Stafford Jr.  won four races on the Dover Downs card. Post time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

CHESTER, PA - Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory swept the $16,000 featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon with P L Ketchup and Turville Hanover - and almost everything else was taken by the track's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, who won seven times during the harness racing program's thirteen races. The Kadabra gelding P L Ketchup was coming off a sick scratch, and in his last 45 starts over the last two years had three wins and eleven seconds, but all systems were "go" as the trotter switched to Gregory's barn and promptly took a new mark of 1:53.3. P L Ketchup went splits of :27.3, :56.2, and 1:24 that gave him a big advantage over his foes, and when the two favorites, Hatkivah and Steuben Hanover, tried to advance in the stretch, "Ketchup" held off their late charges, with Steuben Hanover ¾ of a length back in second and Hatkivah another half-length behind in third. The Jesmeral Stable's acquisition immediately returned a good dividend on their investment. Gregory came back in the trainer/driver role with the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Turville Hanover, guiding that one to his sixth win of the year after not racing at two. Turville Hanover made the front nearing the quarter, set a moderate half, then came home in :57.3 to complete a 1:56.2 victory by 3¼ lengths over Remarkable De Vie. Jeff Gregory Inc. co-owns the winner with Stuart Morgan and Steven Finkelstein. Tim Tetrick was on fire from the opening bell, winning the first three races on the card, and then added races nine through twelve to get to his seven-bagger. Tetrick now leads George Napolitano Jr. 271-238 at the top of the 2019 drivers win column, and looks to be in good position to win his sixth dash title at Harrah's. Napolitano has won seven crowns- in fact, they are the only two drivers since the inaugural year of the racetrack (2006) to be Philly dashwinning champions; Cat Manzi took the title in that first meet. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Glide gelding Tight Lines enjoyed not having to go first-over against the likes of Hannelore Hanover and Rich And Miserable, as he had to in the Great Northeast Series Final in his last start, winning in 1:53.1 in the $18,000 harness racing featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory got away third with Tight Lines in the :28.1 opener, then brushed to the lead in front of the stands, hitting the midpoles in :56.1 and 1:25 before drawing away to a 2¾ length victory over Armageddon Seelster. Owned by Jeff Gregory Inc., Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, Tight Lines joined the Half-Million Dollar Club with the victory, raising his lifetime earnings to $506,246. Fans watching the live Philly racing might have thought they were watching the Little Brown Jug card at Delaware OH at times, as twelve of the fourteen horses who led at the half at Harrah's went on to victory. It looked like that total of twelve would be reduced by one in the $14,500 co-featured trot, as first-over Jack Vernon went past pacesetting Crazy About Pat nearing the three-quarters, but the latter was able to keep the outside challenger on the rim throughout the turn, then fought back in the stretch to earn a 1:55.1 victory. George Napolitano Jr. held the Crazed gelding together for Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the meet's leading trainer, and owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Crazy About Pat went over $900,000 lifetime with his 43rd career win, with his lifetime bankroll now at $903,855. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The two heavy favorites, Moonshiner Hanover and Tight Lines, battled through the heavy rain in the $18,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, with Moonshiner Hanover reversing the crowd's final opinion by edging his rival by ¾ of a length in 1:53.1. George Napolitano Jr. got away third from post two with the son of Andover Hall, while Tight Lines and Jeff Gregory, starting from the difficult post eight, had to take a tuck fifth with many leavers inside him. "George Nap" moved his trotter to the lead in front of the stands, with Gregory taking his charge up first-over nearing turn two, and by the backstretch the race was on, with it soon becoming apparent that one of the drivers would win for the third time on the afternoon. Tight Lines battled valiantly the rest of the way, but the early positional edge may have given Moonshiner Hanover enough to withstand his troublesome foe to the wire. Chris Beaver conditions the winner of $583,417, and he also co-owns him with Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. It was the pacer Undertaker who sounded the death knell for the accumulating Jackpot Hi-5 pool, as the 9-1 shot edged out 1-2 favorite Western Dynasty N in the final steps of the fifth race. Following behind were 7-2 second choice BB's Harley, 34-1 shot Skyway Billy, and Vodka Is Terror, the longest shot in the field of nine at 54-1, with the 3-2-5-7-8 combination used on only one 20-cent ticket - whose lucky holder took down a windfall of $35,989.90. Sunday will feature one of the best cards of the year at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the $100,000 Betsy Ross Mares Pace, the $100,000 Maxie Lee Trot, and the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace bringing many of the best Open performers to the riverside oval. Also on the card is the star of the glamour division, Captain Crunch, in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts; six divisions of their Stallion Series counterparts top a special live Memorial Day Monday card, with both sets of races set for a 12:40 post. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

Empire Casino at Yonkers Raceway's publicity department has been pretty busy as of late, scoring harness racing stories nearly every week in the newspapers and on television news. Headed by Nicholas (Nick) & Lence Nicholas along with assistance from the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, the pr staff at Yonkers have been doing an excellent job and today's article is wonderful for our sport and tracks throughout the industry should be making the same efforts to get great positive stories about our industry. Click below for the latest story on the track. https://www.lohud.com/story/sports/2018/09/24/reins-hand-enthusiasm-high-driving-horse-yonkers-raceway/1205135002/

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 9, 2018-Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $4.80) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory, $8.10) shared the Saturday night (June 9th) spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Favored Somewhere in L A, remanded behind the eight-ball in week's adult pace, was parked past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to make the lead. He did so around Always at My Place (George Brennan), with Soho Wallstreet A (Eric Goodell) away third. Somewhere in L A found a :56.1 intermission before invading Barimah A (Brent Holland) moved from fifth. The one had an eventful effort, looking around while on a line, then seemingly stalled before getting in gear again. Meanwhile, the leader remained so in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, the advantage a length entering the lane. Always at My Place was able to extricate himself from the cones, but missed a in 'Somewhere's' season's-best 1:52. Barimah A was a good third, with Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) and Theartofconfusion A (Dan Dube) grabbing the remainder. For Somewhere in L A, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, the triple returned $88 and the superfecta paid $454.50. The weekly trotting feature had a different look early when 9-10 choice Seasoned Saint (Bartlett) broke before the start and wound up a 'did not finish,' appearing injured. Bluebird Jesse (Holland) made the lead (:28, :57.4), pocketing 82-1 bombardier Fearless Man (Goodell). Tight Lines, away third from post position No. 4, moved to the leader down the backside the second time. He was the new at the 1:25.3 three-quarters, widening to a length-and-three-quarters in and out of the final turn. From there, Tight Lines closed the sale, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:54...fastest local trot mile of the season. Bluebird Jesse easily held second, with Andy Ray (Dube), Uva Hanover (Brian Sears) and DW's NY Yank (Brennan) relegated to the minors. For second choice Tight Lines, a 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, it was his first board finish in four '18 tries. The exacta paid $42.20, the triple returned $234.50 and the superfecta paid $2,099. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY. – Tight Lines returns to Yonkers Raceway in the $44,000 Open Handicap Trot, carded as race 8 Saturday night (June 9). Booted by his sweep of the Yonkers Raceway/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series and a win in a Yonkers Open Handicap last fall, Tight Lines won 10 of 25 starts last year and banked $223,270. The gelding has earned $337,226 in his career for owners Jeff Gregory, Jesmeral Stable, and William Richardson. Gregory credits Tight Lines’ attitude and desire to work for his success. “He’s an overachiever. He likes what he’s doing, and we had a little luck last year placing him in spots where he fit well, so it maximized his earning potential. He had a big year,” Gregory said. “He likes what he’s doing, he tries his hardest all the time. A lot of horses don’t do that for you. He enjoys his job. You’re not forcing him to do anything, he’s enjoying what he’s doing.” Although Gregory initially intended to race Tight Lines into the winter, hoping to take advantage of softer company in the off season, an onslaught of winter weather and the toils of a long 2017 campaign took their toll. Gregory decided to give the trotter a break rather than struggle through a winter campaign. Tight Lines went to the sidelines after finishing sixth in a local Open January 21. “We just ran into such a bad winter. It was a nightmare trying to keep him going, keep him sharp, and keep him sound during the winter,” Gregory said. “The conditions just didn’t feel like it was worth it for all the work we had put into him.” Tight Lines spent two months in the field and another two months training back. Now 5 years old, the gelded son of Yankee Glide matured physically and came back fresh. “It seems like every year he’s gotten a little bigger and filled out a little more. He’s more of a man now than a boy,” Gregory said. “He continues to get bigger and bigger every year. He’s an athletic horse and he’s a really kind horse. He’s really nice to be around, he loves people, he loves the other horses. He’s really very easy to get along with.” After Tight Lines won a May 22 qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia by 12 ¾ lengths in 1:55.2, Gregory looked for a suitable starting point for the trotter’s summer campaign. With earnings from a win in the $40,000 Open Trot at Yonkers December 3 still on his card, Tight Lines only fit the open class and Gregory opted to race in the $30,000 Open Series at Pocono Downs June 3. In addition to the deep field assembled, including 2017 Yonkers International Trot participant In Secret, Tight Lines faced testing conditions in his return as evening rains left the track sloppy. Still, Tight Lines tracked cover second-over and closed with a :28.4 final quarter to finish fourth beaten 1 ½ lengths. “It rained really hard up there and the track was real muddy, it was quite a heavy track,” said Gregory, who also drives Tight Lines in all his races. “He held his own and I think if he’d have had one start under his belt, he would have finished second. He just got nipped for second, but he probably just needed another tightener.” Although Tight Lines led at every call of the three preliminary legs and the final of the Bonus Trotting Series last year, Gregory has since found the trotter prefers to race off cover, just as he did in his return. Tight Lines won three straight races from off the pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia last fall and Gregory hasn’t sent him to the lead off the gate since. “He actually does like to follow horses. Last year, I raced him at Chester and he got on a roll there, he was coming from behind every week and really loved passing horses,” Gregory said. “When he was in the series, he was the chalk every week and he didn’t really have to be on the front, it just seemed like I could avoid a lot of trouble if I was up there. Now that he’s in with some better horses, they can leave just as good as he can, if not better. The option of just sending him to the front every week is out the door.”   With a race under his belt, Tight Lines returns to the Yonkers trotting feature as a 3-1 morning line second choice from post four Saturday night. Seasoned Saint is the race’s 5-2 favorite from post six off a runner-up finish to DW’s NY Yank last out May 26. Bluebird Jesse, winner of the 2018 renewal of the Bonus Trotting Series is 7-1 from post five while DW’s NY Yank is a 6-1 shot from the assigned post eight. Deweycolorintheline, Andy Ray, Uva Hanover, and Fearless Man complete the field of eight. “I expect him to race ok. He likes Yonkers, he really likes it everywhere. The track doesn’t matter. He usually does what he can no matter what,” Gregory said. Saturday night’s 10-race program also features a $44,000 Open Handicap Pace in race six. First post time Saturday night at Yonkers is 6:50 p.m. View entries for the card by clicking here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Point Somewherelse enjoys a special place in Jeff Gregory's stable, and not solely because the stallion is Gregory's only pacer. Point Somewherelse was bred by Bill Weaver, a Hall of Fame breeder and owner who passed away two years ago, and Gregory drove the horse's dam, Don't Point At, during her final season of harness racing in 2013. A year later, Gregory decided to cut back on catch driving and return to training horses after a 20-year hiatus from that side of the sport. The first horse he raced from his reconstituted training stable was a Bill Weaver-owned trotting filly. Gregory and Weaver also teamed up with trotter Tight Lines, who has raced at the top levels at Yonkers Raceway. "It was kind of nice for me to come across another horse of Bill Weaver's because we had such a good history together as friends and business partners," Gregory said. "He's missed by a lot of people. "Bill didn't have many pacers; (Don't Point At) was one of the few pacers he had. She was an open (level) mare at Yonkers, a really hard-knocking mare." Point Somewherelse, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, races next in Tuesday's $63,400 Sagamore Hill Series championship at Yonkers. The stallion has won four of six races this year, including two preliminary rounds of the Sagamore Hill. He will start Tuesday's final from post five with Gregory in the sulky. Other two-time winners in the preliminary rounds of the series were Mach N Cheese, Obscene Blue Chip, and Sometimesawinner. The Kevin Switzer-trained Sometimesawinner, driven by George Brennan, is unbeaten in three races this year and the Sagamore Hill's 5-2 morning-line favorite. Point Somewherelse is the 7-2 second choice. Racing begins at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday and the Sagamore Hill final is race No. 7 on Yonkers' 10-race card. "Post five isn't the end of the world," Gregory said. "It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse. If things shake out his way, if he gets any sort of a decent trip, he's just as good as the rest of the horses. But it's a tough race for sure. There are other horses in the race just as good as he is. It's kind of an evenly matched field, so it could go any which way." As a 2-year-old, Point Somewherelse won a division of the Liberty Bell Series and finished third in the John Simpson Memorial. He was purchased by Steve Finkelstein's Jesmeral Stable in May of his 3-year-old season from the stable of trainer Noel Daley, who also trained the stallion's dam, Don't Point At. For his career, Point Somewherelse has won seven of 27 races and earned $130,426 in purses. "We bought him early summer last year thinking we might have a good 3-year-old for the stakes," Gregory said. "He just wasn't quite good enough for the top horses. The 3-year-olds are so tough; you've got to have a great horse to compete. "We thought the competition might be a little softer (this) spring. We were hoping to get lucky and find a softer spot. Knock on wood, it's worked out so far, but it's never easy. He seems to get around Yonkers well and Steve Finkelstein lives five minutes from there. Hopefully the horse is going to be a good overnight horse for him for five or six years and whack out a little money." Gregory, who is based in central New Jersey, has an 18-horse stable, with 17 trotters. Of his trotters, seven are 2-year-olds and four are 3-year-olds. Over the past two seasons, Gregory has won 46 races and $1.16 million in purses as a trainer and won 100 races and $2.86 million as a driver. For his career, the 51-year-old Gregory has 6,860 driving wins. "I got super lucky and got great owners," Gregory said. "They're all experienced owners and they know the ups and downs of the business. They give me the time I need with the horses and don't pressure me. And I've got a great staff. (Assistant trainer) Roni Newhart is excellent. She takes a lot of pressure off me. It helps me enjoy the business knowing I have reliable people. It puts your mind at ease." Gregory, who won the 2005 Hambletonian Oaks with Jalopy and captured a Breeders Crown in 2011 with Chapter Seven, enjoys working with trotters. "It seems that's how we do our best work," Gregory said. "I think we have a small edge because I can train them and drive them. I get used to them. We're not switching drivers every week. It's great if you can get a top catch-driver every week, but it just doesn't happen unless you've got the best horse in the country. "I'm enjoying this side of the business again. I like, and my owners like, taking a shot and dreaming on a young horse. Hopefully we can continue doing that. Hopefully it keeps working out." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 3, 2017—Rank outsider Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory, $62.50) was the ground-saving harness racing star Sunday morning (Dec. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. With just a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, before the seven ‘French’ trots. In play from post position No. 5, Tight Lines actually surrendered an early pocket to lone lass Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras), as both sat behind just-over-even-money favorite Melady’s Monet (Jason Bartlett). Meanwhile, Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) found himself in no man’s land and rushed up to prompt early intervals of :27.3 and :56.4. Going toward the 1:25.4 three-quarters, Rubber Duck was retreating. Melady’s Monet, meanwhile, owned a length lead into the lane before Charmed Life pulled pocket. The lady went past ‘Melady,’ but a cone-skimming Tight Lines went past both of ‘em. Tight Lines defeated Charmed Life by a half-length in 1:55.1. Melady’s Monet faded to third. The minors went to DW’s NY Yank (Jordan Stratton) and Muscles on Fire (Brent Holland). For Tight Lines, a 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, it was his 10th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $164.50, with the triple returning $530. Those sagacious handicappers who unearthed Tight Lines and Taco Tuesday (Dan Dube, $41.80) in the $26,000, second-race trot took home a season-high $1,279 daily double (last Sunday’s early double paid $1,162), This ‘New York, New York Double’ saw a winning combination of 4-Dream Pauline (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 3-Gruden (Yonkers’ 5th race) returned $13.30 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $4,927. Sunday matinees, along with the ‘New York, New York Double,’ conclude Dec. 17th (post time TBA). It’s the final program of the season. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Dec. 4th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,036.97. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), wins a leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3 year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 10), for a purse of $117,600. It was the start of corntastic weekend at the Miracle Mile with free corn but but she was the "Bella" of the ball on this night. Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) would charge out to the early lead, but Barn Bella (Conway Hall) wouldn't wait and takeover before the quarter. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, she would control all the fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:26.0, 1:53.2. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), would follow and stay close. Once they got to the top of the stretch Celebrity Ruth (second) would attempt to make a run at Barn Bella ($2.30), but the 3 year-old filly would put it in another gear and win in the end by two lengths. Amber Ella (Jim Marohn Jr.) would finish third. Barn Bella has now won 10 of the 11 starts as a sophomore trotter. Her last time at Vernon Downs she won the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250). She has now captured five legs of the NYSS. Her only blemish was a fourth place finish at Buffalo (NYSS) after going on a break. Jimmy Whittemore would win three races on the card. He would win with Hustleonhome ($13.60), Northern BB ($8.20), and Love Live Laugh ($8.10). Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 11) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45. Corntastic weekend continues at the Miracle Mile on both Friday and Saturday. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

The sensational harness racing filly Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was at it again on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Steven Pratt-trained filly was the 3-5 betting favorite in the $91,550 New York Sire Stake for three year old trotters. Regular reinsman Jeff Gregory sat behind her as she looked to go move her record to eight for nine in 2017. Gregory was patient with the odds-on favorite sitting fourth while major danger Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) carved out the fractions. Barn Bella powered up first over but never got too close to Celebrity Ruth until mid-stretch. At that point, the superstar filly surged past the leader to take over and win in 1:55. Celebrity Ruth had to settle for second while Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) earned the show spot in the featured trot for sophomore fillies. Barn Bella has now scored 14 victories in her 18 career starts en route to almost $430,000 in earnings. Southwind Tesla (Chapter Seven) recorded her first NY Sire Stakes win on Thursday as Jordan Stratton piloted the Rene Dion-trained filly to a wire-to-wire score in 1:55.2. The earnings from the win in Thursday's $89,950 race more than doubled the career bankroll for the Ontario-based trotting filly. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - "It ain't a fit night out for man or beast." Such were the words of W. C. Fields many decades ago, repeated Tuesday evening (Apr. 25th) before, during and after the $100,000 harness racing final of Yonkers Raceway's YR/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. The all-card wind-driven rain didn't deter one man (Jeff Gregory) and one beast (Tight Lines, $2.40), who made short work of their rivals over the gooey going. The race wasn't officially over after the draw, but even those that weren't behind the eight-ball were in fact behind the eight-ball. From the pylons, Tight Lines deferred to a couple of early leavers before taking over from Golden Son (Jason Bartlett) From there, the only entrant to sweep all three preliminary legs hydroplaned his way to happiness (:28.1, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:56.1). The final margin was 3¼ lengths over Pridecrest (Dave Miller), with Golden Son third. The minors went to Hillosophical (Tyler Buter) and Ameliosi (Yannick Gingras), while an out-the-mile Triumphant's Chip (Dan Dube), Windsong Magic (Brian Sears) and Steed (Joe Bongiorno) completed the order. For Tight Lines, a 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, is was his fifth win (all at odds-on) in as many seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.20, the triple returned $45.40 and the superfecta paid $290.50. "The weather didn't play a part in my strategy." Gregory said. "I figured a few of the others would take a shot leaving and I wasn't going to stand mine on his head in the first turn. I thought I'd be able to get to the front at some point. "I paid him into some stakes for 4-year-olds, including the Graduate and Hambletonian Maturity," Gregory said. "He's going to have to step up his game to go with those trotters. If not, he stays here (Yonkers)." As per the conditions of the series, a $10,000 bonus was awarded to the winner by the SOA of New York. A $35,000 series consolation was won by Showmeyourguns (Jordan Stratton, $2.40, part of entry) in 1:58.2. Frank Drucker

FREEHOLD, NJ – September 17, 2016 – It was a beautiful day for Freehold Raceways fifth annual Open Space Pace celebration.  The twelve race harness racing card featured two Lou Babic stake finals for two-year-old pacers.  The New Jersey sire If I Can Dream showcased his offspring in both finals. The two-year-old colt pacers kicked the day off in the second non-betting race off the regular scheduled card.  Everyway Out had his way again today, keeping his perfect record untainted in the $62,000 Lou Babic Final.  Tetrick sent his colt out of the gate to take the lead and hold off a late charging Deo Galileo in the stretch for the win in 1:56.3.  Trained by Dylan Davis this makes seven wins in seven starts with $154,155 lifetime earnings.  Firefox Hanover came in third. The seventh race was the Lou Babic Final for two-year-old filly pacers with a purse of $57,000.  Jeff Gregory moved his filly Designated Drinker just past the quarter and sailed home virtually unchallenged in 1:58.2.  Misqued finished second while Maiden Dream with driver Jim Marohn Jr. rounded out the trifecta to finish third.  The Chris Lems trainee Designated Drinker takes win number two on the season boosting her lifetime earnings to $78,820. Freehold will continue its New Jersey Stakes schedule on Thursday, September 22, 2016 with a 12:30 pm post time. Courtney Stafford

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