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MANALAPAN, NJ – October 3, 2013 – Chocolate Delight is a ribbon-winning show horse and now a stakes winner, too. He rallied with a three-wide move on the last turn to win the $20,000 New Jersey Futurity for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The gelded son of Chocolatier trotted the mile in a career best of 1:59.3 with Jim Meittinis driving for trainer Oyvind Hegdal.  Chocolate Delight, who now has three wins and two seconds in 10 starts this year, splits his time between the racetrack and the show ring.  Twelve-year-old Victoria Hegdal of New Egypt, NJ has earned ribbons with the trotter, who is trained by her father and owned by her mother, Camilia. Winbak Blondie by Muscles Yankee, who cut the fractions, was second by a length and three-quarters and Dagget by Chocolatier was third by two and three-quarter lengths. Chocolate Delight has $22,825 in earnings this year and $31,885 lifetime.  Chocolate Delight, who was second by a neck in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres, will skip the second leg and be pointed toward the third leg and final, according to Oyvind Hegdal.  The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  A pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals are on tap this weekend at Freehold Raceway. On Friday afternoon, in a non-wagering event, two-year-old trotting fillies are in the spotlight.  The five finalists, in post position order, are Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], Revergreen [Revenue], Muscle Pump Queen [Muscles Yankee], I’ll Bring Dessert [Chocolatier] and Worldrecordsweeper [Muscles Yankee]. The final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings is the ninth race on Saturday.  Seven are scheduled to race.  In post position order, they are: Always There [Western Ideal], Sky Is The Limit [Western Ideal, Troon [Rocknroll Hanover], Rockaholic [Rocknroll Hanover], Rocnrolwilneverdie [Rocknroll Hanover], Ima Giggity Fool [Cam’s Card Shark] and Ahdoughnolum [Rocknroll Hanover].  -Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 1, 2013 – A mix of four colts and two fillies are set to go postward in the $20,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old trotters on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired trotters.  This year’s field includes three by Muscles Yankee, two by Chocolatier and one by Revenue in the third race feature. Dagget, who won the opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres last week, will bid for his second in a row for the team of driver Tyler Butenschoen and his father, trainer John Butenschoen.  The Chocolatier gelding has four wins, one second and one third in 17 starts.  Unraced at two, he has banked $31,395 this year, making him the richest of the six starters.  He campaigns for William Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI and Jean Goehlen of Aurora, IL.  He is rated 4-1 in the morning line from post five. Winbak Blondie is the slight 2-1 morning line favorite.  The daughter of Muscles Yankee will leave from post two with Mark MacDonald at the lines for trainer Rick Zeron. Winbak Blondie has two wins in nine starts this year, all in Canada.  The filly has earned $8,352 for the Rick Zeron Stables, Scott Zeron Inc and Hutt Racing Stable. The field for the $20,000 New Jersey Futurity [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds]: Connie Keeper, Muscles Yankee, Jim Marshall III, Christopher Freck, 5-1;  Winbak Blondie, Muscles Yankee, Mark MacDonald, Rick Zeron, 2-1; Power Wheel, Muscles Yankee, Anthony Morgan, Gary Cameron II, 3-1; Fandango Tornado, Revenue, Vincent Ginsburg, James Porter, 8-1; Dagget, Chocolatier, Tyler Butenschoen, John Butenschoen, 4-1 and Chocolate Delight, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Oyvind Hegdal, 6-1. Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ -Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 20, 2013 – Choco Sun led a Chocolatier sweep of the top three spots of the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres and Super Classic won the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Trot on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Choco Sun, driven by Jim Meittinis and trained by Oriano Torstensson, captured the Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:59.3, finishing a nose ahead of Chocolate Day and a length and a quarter in front of Holiday Spirit. All three are sons of Chocolatier. The seventh race longshot, Choco Sun paid $54.20 to win, picking up his second straight victory. He has been first or second in four of five starts, banking more than $21,000 for Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway. Muscle On In, the betting favorite, broke stride, finished seventh and was placed eighth on a disqualification. Super Classic, a son of Muscles Yankee, romped to a six and a quarter length tally over Dagget [Chocolatier] and Bouncer [Muscles Yankee] was nine and a quarter back in third in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters. The Jim Doherty trainee, driven by Eric Abbatiello, trotted the mile in 2:00.2. William Augustine of Hammonton, NJ owns Super Classic, who picked up his second straight win and pushed his career bankroll to $73,953 with three wins, one second and four thirds in 22 starts. The Charles Smith, contested before the betting card, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. In a three-horse $7,000 division of the Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, also took place off the betting card, Worldrecordsweeper [Muscles Yankee] finished a neck ahead of I’ll Bring Dessert [Chocolatier] in 2:03.1 Muscle Pump Queen [Muscles Yankee] was third by 15 ¼ lengths. Kevin Oscarsson drove Worldrecordsweeper, who is trained by Jim Oscarsson and owned by Jokikunnan Tila Oy of Finland. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 19, 2013--Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $235,887 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $78,629 each, made up the event. Division leader Maud Blue Chip (Tyler Buter) did nothing to hurt her resume, airing at 2-5 in the first grouping. In play from post position No. 4, she never had any angst through fractions of :30.2, 1:00.4, 1:31.2 and 2:00.3. "Maud" held pocket-sitting Crediama (Trond Smedshammer) at bay by a length-and-a-half. It was another 4½ lengths back to Sky to the Max (Gates Brunet), while second- and third-choices Beauty of Gray (Jim Meittinis) and Annie's List (Jason Bartlett) both broke. For Maud Blue Chip, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by Chuck Sylvester for co-owners David McDuffee, Melvin Hartman and Little E LLC, it was her fifth win (fourth consecutive) in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $7.90, with the triple returning $31.60. It was another two-speed number in the second event, with outside entities L Dee's Scripture (Bartlett) whipping 11-10 fave Exotic Form (Dan Daley) Starting outside her six rivals, L Dee's Scripture sashayed through sub-stations of :30.3, 1:01.1, 1:31.4 and 2:01.1. The margin was a length, with How Bout Cash (Dan Dube) recovering from an early misstep to snatch third--beaten 6½ lengths. For "Scripture," a Credit Winner lass trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Larry Dumain and Carlo Lattinelli, she returned $11.60 (third choice) for her third win in a half-dozen '13 tries. The exacta paid $28.40, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta (Low Valley Dream [Steve Smith] was fourth) paid $976. The final event saw Market Rally (John Cummings Jr.)--who won at 100-1 here last month--have a few more bettin' buddies this time around. From the pole as the 3-5 favorite, she took over from Flyhawk Falina (Daley) after a :29.4 opening quarter-mile. Market Rally then won as she pleased (:59.4, 1:29.3, 2:00). The final distance at the wire was 4¾ lengths over Share My Secret (Smedshammer), with "Falina" fading to third. For Market Rally, a Cash Hall miss co-owned by (trainer) Megan Wilson and Johnny Yoder, she returned $3.20 for her third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $40.80. New York Sire Stakes continue Friday night, with the $227,488 Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts/geldings. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions is set for Saturday, Sept. 28. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2013 - Muscle On In has been installed as the slight 3-1 morning line favorite in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.. The son of Muscle Hill, driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Chris Ryder, drew post seven. The colt has two wins in seven starts, including an Arden division and last week's third leg of the Green Acres. He has banked nearly $20,000 for Ryder and partners Robert Mondilo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Second choice in the morning line is the Revenue gelding Angels Ransom, trained and driven by Roland Mallar, listed at 7-2 from post three. Angels Ransom won the opening leg of the Green Acres and finished second in his last two starts. He has finished in-the-money in four of eight starts for owner Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME. The Green Acres field [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]: Holiday Spirit, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1; Skates N Plates, Revenue, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid, 8-1; Angels Ransom, Revenue, Roland Mallar, Roland Mallar, 8-1; Celebrity Spitfire, Muscles Yankee, Eric Abbatiello, Susanne Strandqvist, 10-1; Choco Sun, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Orjan Torstensson, 6-1; Chocolate Day, Chocolatier, Marcus Johansson, Julie Miller, 9-2; Muscle On It, Muscle Hill, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 3-1 and Time N Tide, Chocolatier, Steven Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1. Chocolate Day and Time N Tide are coupled in the wagering. Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi, who suffered a fracture pelvis in a racing accident at Freehold Raceway on September 6 and went into rehab on September 11, is scheduled to be released and head home on Friday, September 20, 2013, according to his wife, Ellen. Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final, a non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters which drew three entrants. Super Classic, owned by William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ, has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. Eric Abbatiello will drive for trainer Jim Doherty. The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen. The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The Charles Smith Final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m. Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I'll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

Tioga Downs’ 2013 racing season came to a finish on Saturday night (September 14) with 2-year old pacers in the Reynolds Stakes, and yet another open pace victory by 2013 pacer of the year at Tioga Downs, Eastend Eddie. Two divisions of 2-year old colt and gelding pacers in the Reynolds Stakes were captured by Stratos Hanover – Andy Miller (1:54.1) for trainer Joe Holloway, and Beat The Drum – Jim Meittinis (1:53.3) for Staffan Lind. The fillies also drew two divisions in the Reynolds, and were taken by: Ali Blue – Jimmy Takter (1:53.4) also trained by Jimmy Takter, and Instant Respect – Jimmy Takter (1:54.1) to complete the Takter sweep of the Reynolds filly pace. In the $16,000 open handicap pace, Eastend Eddie continued his dominating ways and even did it against free for all pacer, Hurrikane Kingcole, who was shipped in to Tioga Downs for closing night by trainer John Mc Dermott. Driver Matt Kakaley settled Eastend Eddie in fifth as Aaron Byron hustled Hurrikane Kingcole to the front, but was unable to clear until past the opening quarter in 26.4. From there Byron tried to rate the 4-year old son of Cam’s Card Shark on the front getting by the half mile mark in 54.2. Down the backside Eastend Eddie was underway from the back of the pack by Kakaley and by three quarters in 1:22.1, Kingcole was under attack on the front end as Andy Miller had pulled the pocket with Panesthetic. Around the final turn it was apparent that Hurrikane Kingcole had enough and Eastend Eddie was charging three wide eating up ground with every stride. In deep stretch Eastend Eddie had put the field away once again to win by two lengths in 1:51.2. It was the tenth win of the season, nine of which have come at Tioga Downs for Eastend Eddie who was named the 2013 pacer of the year at Tioga Downs making it two years in a row for the Ron Burke trainee. The 2013 year end awards were given out on Saturday night at Tioga Downs wrapping up its eighth racing season and the 2013 driver of the year was: Jimmy Marohn Jr (76 wins) for the second consecutive year, trainer of the year: Jamie Paquet (24 wins), trotter of the year: Aruba Vacation, and pacer of the year: Eastend Eddie (2nd consecutive year). Tioga Downs would like to thank all of its fans and horsemen for their support in making 2013 another successful year of harness racing in Nichols, NY. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . Dustin Ross

For You Almostfree and Aaron Byron took home the featured $16,000 open trot on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number three in a field of eight, Byron got For You Almostfree away sixth as Neighsay Hanover (Jim Meittinis) took the field by the opening quarter in 27.1. As the field went by the three eighth’s mile mark of the race, Howard Parker brushed Cold Certified to the front but paid a steep price for the move as they got to the half mile in 55.1. Down the backside, Speculation (Mike Merton) moved first over with For You Almostfree following second over cover. The field passed the three quarter station in 1:24.1 as Cold Certified was feeling the effects of the opening half and was beginning to fade. Byron tipped For You Almostfree three wide around the last turn and he responded opening up with ease to win by more than four lengths in 1:54.1. In Your Room (Mike Simons) trotted home late to be second, while longshot Surface Tension (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished third. John McDermott trains the 5-year old son of Glidemaster – Pizza Dolce who won for the seventh time in twenty seven seasonal outings, good for earnings of more than $113,000. Corey Braden, Rod Allen, and Mike Simons each posted driving doubles on the night’s ten race card. Tioga Downs wraps up its 2013 racing season on Saturday, September 14th with a post time of 6:50pm, featuring two divisions of the Reynolds Stakes for 2-year old filly pacers and two divisions for 2-year old colt and gelding pacers. Tioga Downs will also have the finale of the 2013 Horseplay Car Giveaway, fireworks following live racing, and many giveaways during the racing program. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . by Dustin Ross for Tioga Downs          

Tioga Downs held two divisions of NYSS for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and five divisions of excelsior stakes on Sunday afternoon. In the first $66,043 division of the NYSS, Modest Prince and Mike Simons got away second as Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) cut through fractions 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.2. Around the final turn, Crazy About Pat was still in command and in the stretch Simons tipped Modest Prince to the outside and got up to win in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 by a length and a quarter. The 3-year old son of RC Royalty - In To Me is owned by Richard Gutnick and is trained by Linda Toscano. Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) hung on for second, while Rolls Blue Chip (Aaron Byron) was third. In the second $66,043 NYSS division, Jim Morrill Jr. opted to take Tirade Hanover from post position number eight over EL Rocket (Jim Marohn Jr.) post six. When the field hit the quarter pole in 27.3, Morrill was on top with Tirade Hanover while Marohn settled in second with El Rocket. Morrill then cut through fractions of 57.4 and 1:27 before asking Tirade Hanover for trot in the final quarter mile of the race. Down the stretch Marohn tipped El Rocket to the outside, but was unable to get by Tirade Hanover and those two finished first and second a quarter length apart at the wire in 1:55. The win was the fourth in nine seasonal starts for the 3-year old son of Crazed - Teagarden Hanover for trainer Tyler Raymer. Tioga Downs also held five divisions of NYSS excelsior stakes which were won by: Jelectric - Jim Marohn Jr. (1:58.2), Bromance Hanover - Mike Simons (1:56.4), Prove Up - Marcus Johansson (1:56.3), Golden Tate - Mike Simons (1:56.3), and Brookroaddonnie - Mike Simons (1:56.1). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Thursday, September 12 with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . Dustin Ross  

Speculation and driver Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night’s $16,000 open handicap trot at Tioga Downs, one of four wins on the card for Jim Meittinis. Leaving from post position number four after the field was scratched down to five, Meittinis got away last as Waiting On A Woman (Jim Marohn Jr.) took the field to the quarter in 27.2. Marohn and Waiting On A Woman continued to lead the field by the half mile mark in 55.3 as Fox Valley Smarty (Corey Braden) was parked out in second. Down the backside, Waiting On A Woman was still in command as Meittinis got underway from last and moved Speculation into second over position behind Fox Valley Smarty as the field reached three quarters in 1:23.3. Just past the three quarter mile mark of the race, Waiting On A Woman made a break on the lead leaving Gaelic And Garlic (Fern Paquet Jr.) in control of the race with Speculation making a three wide move around the final turn. In the stretch, Gaelic And Garlic was clinging to a short lead, but a closing Speculation would not be denied and got up to win by a nose in 1:55.1. The win was the fourth of the year for the 7-year old son of Pistols N Spurs – Mathers Cunchita, who is trained by Robert Bath. With the win, Speculation increased his seasonal earnings to more than $78,000 for owner Cozette Mcavoy of Pennsylvania. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, September 8 with a post time of 1:30pm, featuring two divisions of NYSS for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . Dustin Ross

Prairie Lee and Jim Meittinis captured Friday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1 open pace for trainer Mike Deters. Leaving from post position number one in a field of seven, Prairie Lee settled in fourth as Fiesta Camcun (Corey Braden) gave the cold shoulder to Brownsville Bomber (Fern Paquet Jr.) past the quarter in 26.4. The two continued their disagreement neck and neck by the half mile mark of the race in 54.4 and as the field reached three quarters Brownsville Bomber began to pack it in as Fiesta Camcun tripped three quarters in 1:22.1. Jimmy Marohn Jr. slipped to the outside from the two hole and went three wide around Brownsville Bomber which allowed Meittinis to continue up the inside behind Fiesta Camcun. As the field entered the stretch, Hot List was beginning to fade on the outside and Meittinis squeezed Prairie Lee out in close quarters and got up to nip Fiesta Camcun on the line in 1:51.2. The mile established a new lifetime best for the 4-year old daughter of Spy Hard – Taylors Lady who is shared in ownership by Laurie Lee Poulin and Mike Deters. The win was the fifth of the year in fourteen seasonal starts for Prairie Lee, and with the win she increased her seasonal earnings to more than $35,000. Tioga Downs’ leading driver, Jimmy Marohn Jr., Jim Meittinis, and Aaron Byron all posted driving doubles on the night’s ten race card. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, September 7th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . Dustin Ross

For You Almostfree and Aaron Byron captured Saturday night's $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs for the 5-year old stallions Saturday. It was his sixth victory of the year. Leaving from post position number three in a field of seven, Byron moved For You Almostfree to the front and took control from Cold Certified at the quarter in 28.4. From there Byron controlled the half mile mark in 57.4 as Jimmy Marohn Jr. sent Waiting On A Woman with a strong first over brush and was neck and neck with the leader by three quarters in 1:26.1. Around the final turn, Byron had repelled the challenge from Marohn, but Cold Certified (Jim Meittinis) had got to the outside and was coming three wide off the final turn. In the stretch Byron asked For You Almostfree for more and he responded hanging on to win by a length in 1:55.3. Cold Cetified (Jim Meittinis) got up for second, while Waiting On A Woman (Jim Marohn Jr.) hung tough for third. It was the sixth win of the year for the 5-year old son of Glidemaster - Pizza Dolce for the ownership group of JET Dream Stable, Pucila, Klee Racing, and Cohen. Tioga Downs' leading driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. increased his lead with a driving triple on the night's ten race card, while Aaron Byron and Corey Braden each recorded doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Monday, September 2nd with a post time of 1:30pm featuring the Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, and the final round of the Drivers' Championship. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . by Dustin Ross  

Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) posted a 10-1 upset victory in the Friday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1 at Tioga Downs. Byron and Little Santamonica got away fourth in a field of six from post position number one as Prairie Lee (Jim Meittinis) moved to the front by an opening quarter in 27.4. As the field went by the half mile mark of the race in 56.2, Keith Kamann moved last week’s winner, Hot List, first over and battled Prairie Lee down the backside and the duo went by three quarters in 1:23.3. Around the final turn, Byron tipped Little Santamonica three wide off Kamann’s helmet and surged to the front in the stretch holding off a late charge by Brownsville Bomber (Fern Paquet Jr.) to win by a quarter length in 1:52.2. The mile equaled the lifetime mark for the 5-year old daughter of Little Steven – Tonianne N for Kelly Dawn Hope, and trainer Jordan Hope. Fern Paquet Jr. and Aaron Byron each posted driving triples on the night’s nine race card.   Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, August 31st with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at . by Dustin Ross


BATAVIA, N.Y. -- It was a 'Daley Double' in the New York Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Batavia Downs Friday night. Trainer/driver Dan Daley registered two victories on the evening, guiding Flyhawk Fallina and Exotic Form to the winner's circle to highlight the Sire Stakes action. In the third and final division, Beauty Of Gray ($3.20) with Jim Meittinis in the bike recorded the popular victory in front of the Batavia Downs fans. In the first division worth $34,577, it was a matter of survival. Flyhawk Fallina ($5.90) shot to the lead off the gate, managing to escape the chaos of four breaking horses. She won going basically unchallenged from gate-to-wire in in 2:01.3. Fashionable Apple (Jim Morrill Jr.), the only other starter not to break, finished 3-1/4 lengths behind in second while the heavily-favored Maud Blue Chip (Cat Manzi) regrouped after the miscue and finished third. Flyhawk Fallina now has two victories, all in Sire Stakes competition, in five career starts for owners J. Pennacchio, A. Daley and M.F. White. It moved her earnings to $53,530 on the season. Flyhawk Fallina is a Cash Hall filly out of Nowerland Nanette, Daley made in two straight Sire Stakes wins in the $35,277 second division as he steered Exotic Form ($13.00) to a head victory over the pace-setting Crediama (Jim Marohn Jr.) in 2:00.3. It was the fastest time of the night in the Sires Stakes. Crediama set the fractions of 30.3, 1:00.3, 1:30.1 over the fast track but couldn't hang on as Exotic Form went to the passing lane and got up just before the wire. Ruby Ruby Who (Jeff Gregory) took the show position. Exotic Form, a Malabar Man filly out of Form Fitting, scored her first victory of her career and increased her bankroll to $28,601 for Winbak Farms. In the final division, worth $35,277, Beauty Of Gray took the lead from Gammy's Girl just before the quarter pole and breezed home from there. Gammy's Girl (Manzi) was two lengths back and took second while Seeyouincourt (Eric Mollor) rallied for show. It was the first career win in two starts for Beauty Of Gray for trainer/owner Tommy Andersson of Sweden. The Conway Hall filly from Armbro Sparkle has made $26,554 in two career appearances. In the $12,800 Excelsior Series, it was bombs away in the first division as Thoughtfilly ($46.40) notched the win for Jim Morrill Jr. in 2:02.1. Sweet Jesse T ($3.20) went the mile in 2:03 for trainer/driver Gates Brunet to take the second division while Emiliana ($4.50) took the final division in 2:03 with Chris Long in the sulky. In overnight action, Cowgirl Hall, currently the Downs track record holder for 3-year-old trotting fillies lowered the aged mark for mares when she went wire-to-wire in 1:57 for trainer/driver Gates Brunet. Racing returns on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. with a 13-race card. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace with a field of seven set to go to the post. Naked News, last week's winner, will score from the three hole and is the 3-1 morning line favorite with Jim McNeight in the sulky. Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) is the next choice at 5-2 out of the seven spot. For all the latest news, information, promotional schedule and race replays, go to . by Brian J. Mazurek  

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- The New York Sire Stakes arrives at Batavia Downs for the first time this season and it will feature two-year-old trotting fillies who will go for over $100,000 split into three divisions on Friday night. Post time for the 12-race program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. There will also be three $12,800 divisions of the Excelsior Series as well for the two-year-old filly trotters.   The group of talented freshmen trotters will also bring in an array of driving stars to Batavia Downs including Hall of Famer Cat Manzi and Jim Morrill Jr. Also making their way to town will be the likes of Gates Brunet, Jim Marohn Jr., Steve Smith, Jim Meittinis, and former Western New York regulars Ray Schnittker and Jeff Gregory   Manzi has won 14,770 races in his career, making him the third all-time dash-winning driver in North America. He also has earnings of nearly $158 million, placing him fourth all-time in North America. Manzi is a member of the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. He has 175 victories thus far in 2013 and over $2 million in winnings. Manzi is scheduled for seven drives on Friday.   Morrill Jr. will be in the sulky nine times Friday night and loves the home cooking of Western New York. At Buffalo Raceway this season, he won 58 of 183 races, posting a 31.7 win percentage. His UDRS at Buffalo was an astounding .461 and earned $538,623. This season nationally, Morrill Jr. is 20th in victories with 260 and 10th in earnings with over $4.1 million. He's fifth in North America in UDRS with a .382 mark. Morrill Jr. won the 2006 Batavia Downs driving title with a record 177 victories, a mark that still hasn't been challenged.   The first race on the card will be a $34,577 division of the Sire Stakes. Flyhawk Falina has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in the field of six and scores from the two post for driver/trainer Dan Daley. Flyhawk Falina is a Cash Hall filly out of Nowerland Nanette and has posted a wire-to-wire win in the Sires Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on July 3rd. She has been in the money in three out of four career starts and has earned $36,764.   The fourth race on the program has a field of seven going postward in the Sire Stakes and will feature local favorite Crediama who is owned by the Purple Haze Stable LLC of nearby Fairport, N.Y.  Crediama is tagged the 4-1 morning line second choice. She won her last time out, winning by a nose over Beauty Of Gray at Tioga Downs in 1:57.4 on August 3.  Crediama is a Credit Winner filly out of Mama B.   Ruby Ruby Who is a major danger. She enters with first and second place finishes in her last two starts in the Sire Stakes. Jeff Gregory will be aboard the 3-1 favorite.   The final division of the Sire Stakes will be seventh race and it looks very competitive. The favorite is Avalicious (3-1) who starts out of the five spot. She turned in a 1:58.2 time at Tioga Downs, finishing a game third last time out and will be driven by Chris Lems.   The main threat could come from the rail where Beauty Of Gray will start for driver Jim Mettinis. As mentioned earlier, Beauty Of Gray was nosed out by Crediama last time out and is the 4-1 second choice. Another contender lurking is out of the seven spot. That's where Share My Secret starts. She scored a victory in 1:59.3 at Tioga Downs on August 3rd and sits at 7-2. With expected nice weather on Friday and the racing strip being lightning fast during the first three weeks of the season, the track record of 1:59.0 set by Dreamy Dawn in 2010 could be in jeopardy.   In the three Excelsior Series, also for two-year-old filly trotters, Brookside Lily in the third race, and both Jesse T and Trish in the sixth race all come to town riding two-race winning streaks.    Driver/trainer Ray Schnittker delivers Baby Shaq in the ninth race, the final Excelsior race of the night, and is the 5-2 favorite from the seven post. Baby Shaq has already competed in both the Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series but is looking for her first win. For more information on all the upcoming Sire Stakes coming to Batavia Downs, the promotional schedule, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek  

Three divisions of NYSS for 2-year old filly trotters highlighted an eleven race card on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Leading the way for the filly trotters was Crediama (Jim Marohn Jr.) in the third and final division of the night. Leaving from post position number four in a field of seven, Marohn put Crediama on the front end and put up all the fractions of 29.1, 59, and 1:28 before turning for home. Deep in the stretch it looked as though Beauty Of Gray (Jim Meittinis) may collar the leader on the wire, but Crediama fought tough and survived a photo to score her maiden victory in 1:57.4. Trond Smedshammer trains the 2-year old daughter of Credit Winner – Mama B for the Purple Haze Stable of Fairport, NY. Other division winners included: Share My Secret (Jim Marohn Jr.) – 1:59.3 for Trond Smedshammer: Conway Hall – Lawn Tennis, and Annies List (Andy Miller) – 1:58 for Julie Miller: Conway Hall – Ann’s Promise. Tioga also held four divisions of Excelsior stakes, winners included: Brookside Lily (Sean Bier) – 2:00.4, Caroline Street (Jim Meittinis) – 2:02, Trish (Cat Manzi) – 2:01.4, and Sweet Jesse T (Cat Manzi) – 2:00.   Aruba Vacation and Fern Paquet Jr. captured Saturday night’s $16,000 open handicap trot in 1:54.4 for trainer Guy Howard, and with the victory vaulted his career earnings to more than $500,000 for the homebred son of Dream Vacation – Dixie Hit.   Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 4th with a post time of 1:30pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . by Dustin Ross  

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