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New York Sire Stakes action took center stage on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as three year old trotting fillies were featured. There were two harness racing divisions for sophomore fillies that went for purses of $90,050 and $88,450 and driver Jim Morrill Jr. swept the co-features. Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse-Cantab Hall) was fresh off a win in the Empire Breeders Classic Final contested at Vernon Downs two weeks ago and wound up as the public's 3-5 betting favorite on Sunday coming off her score in the $209,500 race. Morrill wasted little time putting the Gareth Dowse-trained filly on the front end and once they got there, they would never look back. The talented sophomore was strong throughout and stopped the timer in 1:54, a new track record for three year old trotting fillies. Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) was a worthy adversary for the new record holder but came up second best while Lifetime Credit (John Stark Jr) finished third. Quincy Blue Chip has won four of her six races in the '19 campaign and now has career earnings of over $350,000 in just fourteen lifetime starts. Morrill also sat behind former track record holder Fad Finance when she set the previous track mark of 1:54.1 in a NYSS try in August of 2016. The winner of the $90,050 division for the three year olds prevailed despite being parked every step of the mile. Sweet Chapter (Chapter Seven- Mom's Sweetie Pie- Donerail) floated out early but with a host of leavers to her inside got hung out. Rival Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) also raced the mile parked out but fought gamely every step of the way. Stella Jane struck the lead turning for home but Jim Morrill Jr. fanned Sweet Chapter off that one's cover and they powered down the center of the track to take over before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. The win time served as a new lifetime mark for the sophomore filly who is trained by Black Macintosh. Sweet Chapter won for the second time of the season in five starts and has hit the board in each of her tries in 2019. The talented filly paid $11.80 to win in Sunday's mild upset. Stella Jane was a game second while Sensibility (Marcus Miller) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12 Noon first post.   Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The ingredients are all there for what could be one of the most anticipated harness races in recent memory at Buffalo Raceway as the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers arrive for the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday evening (June 5).   The recipe will include the NYSS 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing champion Reigning Deo. Added to the mix will be Melodies Major, the runner up to Reigning Deo last season and also the current Buffalo Raceway track record holder for 2-year-old colt pacers with a 1:54.2 time.   And If that's not enough, there will be six other rivals ready to stir the pot as they battle for $118,800, one of the largest purses ever offered at Buffalo Raceway. It will go off as the sixth race on the 12-race program that will begin at 5 p.m.   Reigning Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven-Little Miss K) has been installed as the 3-to-1 morning line choice out of the six post with Jim Morrill Jr. to handle the driving duties.   It's been close but no cigar this season for Reigning Deo as the Brett Pelling trainee has three second place finishes in his three outings. There's plenty of hope though as Reigning Deo was just a neck behind Fromthestartagain last week in Sire Stakes action at Saratoga.   Reigning Deo, a winner of $271,413 in his brief career, beat Major Melodies by 1-1/2 lengths in the Night Of Champions finals last season at Yonkers Raceway. The final time was 1:54.4.   Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) is also in search of his first win of the campaign. He'll begin the action from the three post for driver Doug McNair with a 5-to-1 morning line.   Trying to cut the mile in his only two appearances in 2019, Melodies Major has finished in third and fourth at Saratoga and Yonkers respectively. He has bankrolled $222,683 lifetime.   Western New York has been great thus far for Melodies Major. Trained by Mark Ford, he scored two NYSS victories last season, each in track record times. He made his first mark at Buffalo Raceway with a 1:54.2 and then at Batavia Downs where he toured the course in 1:54.1.   The current record standards at Buffalo Raceway are 1:52.3 for the geldings set in 2012 by Steelhead Hanover while the colt mark is 1:51.4 established in 2018 by Hitman Hill.   The one to watch out for is Fromthestartagain (So Surreal-From The Start). Drew Monti will be in the sulky and will score from the four spot at 4-to-1 odds.   Not racing as a 2-year-old old, Fromthestartagain arrives on a two-race winning streak including a neck decision over Reigning Deo at Saratoga in 1:53.0 on May 26. He has seven races under his belt with three wins and two third place finishes, good for $47,000 in earnings.   American Mercury, installed at 6-to-1 from the eight post for driver Tyler Buter, had a nose win in his last try at Saratoga in NYSS competition, covering the mile in 1:52.0.   The remainder of the field includes Price Hanover (Scott Zeron), Hurrikane Kingklee (Pat Lachance), Major March (Jason Bartlett), and A Major Omen (Billy Davis Jr.).   There will be two $15,000 Excelsior Class A events and a $6,600 Excelsior Class B race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "She's really sharp right now," said harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. after he guided Majestic Kat ($2.70) to an easy two length victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 31).   It was the second straight win for Majestic Kat who arrived back in Western New York after just registering a 2-1/4 length score at Flamboro Downs on May 26.   Morrill Jr. had a big night as well by capturing five of the nine events on the program.   When the starting gate swung open, B Z Glide and Kahoku took off while Majestic Kat toiled in third. But Morrill Jr. changed his mind about tucking in and raced to the lead instead, a decision that proved to be the right one.   "I was just being careful with her getting around the first turn. I didn't want her to break," Morrill Jr. said. "I knew I'd get to the lead eventually."   And once gaining the top, there was no looking back for Majestic Kat as she posted fractions of :28.4, :57.3 and 1:29.1. Enjoying a four length advantage at the top of the stretch, the remainder of the field were in surrender mode and tussled for the minor spoils with Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) picking up second place and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) collecting third.   Owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and the Pine Hill Racing Stable, it was the seventh win in 15 attempts for the 5-year-old mare Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda). She was now produced $47,367 in earnings this year and $206,958 in her career.   Maria Rice, who trains Majestic Kat, had a double on the night.   In the sub-featured $10,000 Class A-B Handicap trot, Ticket To Seattle ($5.90) found passage to the winner's circle with a non-threatened 3/4-length victory over Are You In. The final clocking was 1:58.0 over the fast track which equaled his lifetime mark set last season at Woodbine.   The favored Empire Earl N (Fisher Jr.) jumped out to the lead and put up fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and and 1:29.1. Ticket To Seattle in the meantime started her first over trip down the backstretch the final time and was nose to nose with Empire Earl N with a panel to go.   Ticket To Seattle (Morrill Jr.) then began to nudge away from the pace-setter and took the length nod over Are You In (Cummings) who finished in second. Empire Earl N held on for the show position.   Owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr., it was the fourth win in 17 starts for the 5-year-old mare Ticket To Seattle (Majestic Son-Travelin Supergirl. The victory took her 2019 bankroll to $20,778 and $124,864 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. when a 13-race card will be presented. There's a carryover of $2,528 in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Miss Mary Mach kept her brief unbeaten streak alive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening (May 29) by taking the featured $11,000 Class A Open pace for the harness racing filly and mares.   Making her debut at the Hamburg half-mile oval on May 22 with a half-length victory in 1:56.1, Miss Mary Mach (Jim Morrill Jr.) stepped up in class this week and had no issues in registering a 1-1/2 length decision over Sportsmuffler in 1:56.1.   Scoring from the four post, Miss Mary Mach ($5.30) was able to storm to the lead and set soft fractions of :29.1 and :59.3 to the half.   Morrill Jr. then got Miss Mary Mach into overdrive the final two panels, using a :56.3 last half to nail down the victory. Sportsmuffler (David McNeight III) took the second place position while Sarah Cola (Ray Fisher Jr.) was third.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the sixth win in 16 outings for the 4-year-old mare Miss Mary Mach (Mach Three-Mary Artman). The triumph moved her seasonal earnings to $38,432 and $73,165 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. completed the evening with a triple while trainer James Clouser Jr. collected a double.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program set. There's a $1026 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

Gimapazee (Brian Sears) wins the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($215,200) for sophomore trotting colts and geldings at Vernon Downs on a special Memorial Day matinee (May 27). He won his 3-year-old harness racing debut and is a perfect 10 for 10 in his career. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) went to the front and was followed in second by Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) with Gimpanzee ($2.10) in third. Mr Vicktor put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :57.3, 1:25.1). Gimapanzee, who is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant inc. and S R F Stable, went first over from third just before the final turn. He would be second after three-quarters and battle Mr Vicktor for the lead. He would take over in the stretch but Mr Vicktor would battle back gamely. Gimpanzee found another gear and put him away to win easily in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. Mr Vicktor would settle for second as Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) came up to finish third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) captures EBC final ($209,500) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) led the way to a first quarter of :27.3. Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) took over just after the first quarter. She would lead to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.40), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, went second over as they went around the final turn. She went three-wide at the top of the stretch and flew home to a win in 1:55.0. Sensibility (Scott Zeron) charged late to finish second. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) was third. Quincy Blue Chip                                         --Fotowon photo Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She picked up her third win of the season. She now owns seven career victories. St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) and Zero Tolerance (David Miller) each won legs of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Both divisions raced for a purse of $58.700. In the first division St Somewhere ($10.00) came charging late to nip the late rush of second place finisher, Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno) to win in 1:52.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) was third best. St Somewhere is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. It was win number two of 2019. She now owns seven career victories. In the second division Zero Tolerance ($2.10) went flying in the stretch to overtake second place finisher DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:51.3. So Awesome (Brian Sears) picked up third money. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. She is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. It was her second win this season and career win number nine. Zero Tolerance                                  -Fotowon photo David Miller won three more on the card. He got his other wins with Sports Column ($2.70), Gussy's Realdeal ($22.60), and Fool Me Again ($5.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 31) with 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kaitlyn Rae broke into the win column for the first time this season as she was able to register a half length victory over Sentimental Lady in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 Class B harness racing event for the distaff pacers. She covered the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track.   After posting 14 victories and putting over $83,000 in the bank in 2018, it's been a tough go for Kaitlyn Rae to reach the winner's circle this year. She notch four second place finishes and a third in 13 tries during the drought but finally got that elusive first win on Wednesday night (May 15).   Cruising along in fourth place as Good Lookin Woman (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up fractions of :29.0, :59,1 and 1:27.4, Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) was first over and slowly cut into the lead.   Down the lane, Kaitlyn Rae ($3.30) was able to wear down the pace-setting Good Lookin Woman and hold back the late rushes of Sentimental Lady (Drew Monti) and Carrickmannon N (Kevin Cummings) who were second and third respectively.   Owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum, Kaitlyn Rae (Cheyenne Rei-I C U Lookin) is a 10-year-old mare that has now won $17,705 this season and $422,494 lifetime. It was also her 63rd career win.   Shawn McDonough completed the night with a driving/training double while Fisher Jr. collected two wins in the bike. Marc Shuttleworth had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Friday night with an eight race card slated for 5 p.m. There's a $752 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race. There will be a 10-race program on Saturday with a special 7:15 p.m. post time in order to accommodate the running of the Preakness Stakes.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lady London ($3.90) may not have been as fast as last week but she was still pretty darn good on Wednesday night (May 8) after romping once again in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares.   Setting two new marks for the all-aged and aged (5+) distaff pacers with a 1:53.2 clocking last week, Lady London was dominate again after coasting to a 4-1/2 nod over Little Joke in 1:54.2 over the fast harness racing track.   At the start, Little Joke handed out a parking ticket to Lady London as the tandem reached the quarter pole in a rapid :27.4. But once reaching the lead, driver Billy Davis Jr. and Lady London were in command the rest of the way.   Enjoying a three length advantage turning for home, Lady London dropped a :28.3 final panel on the field to evaporate all of their hopes. Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) took the place position with Rock My World (Jim Morrill Jr.) finishing in third.   Owned by Vhf Racing LCC and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, it was the third victory in nine starts this season for Lady London (Maddam Luck-Northern Luck). The 6-year-old mare has now earned $21,588 on the campaign and $75,876 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Davis Jr. had a driving triples on the program. Trainer Gerry Sarama sent three to the winner's circle with Clevenger getting a double.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a nine-race program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Simon Allard won his third of the four $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships conducted this spring at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking Monday's rich finale for trotting males with the 1:54 winner Dover Dony. 70-1 shot Chapter And Ruth (trained by Rene Allard, who had combined with his brother Simon on their two earlier Weiss wins) shot out from PP9 right to the top for harness racing driver Tom Jackson, looping the winning son of Andover Hall, who eventually worked his way to the top before the :27.4 opener. Allard gave his charge a :57.1 breather to the half, then sent the 6-5 second choice through a :27.3 third quarter to try to put separation between himself and 3-5 favorite My Lindy Winner, who was looking for a Weiss sweep. My Lindy Winner came wide off cover late on the final turn for driver Jim Morrill Jr., and Chapter And Ruth popped out from the pocket, but Dover Dony had enough to maintain a length margin to the finish while lowering his mark 3 2/5 seconds. Chapter And Ruth, who had a Weiss prelim win (which ironically is more than the winner could say) showed determination to take second, a neck ahead of My Lindy Winner, who had been undefeated in six seasonal starts. Dover Dony had a 37-2-10-10 record before this final, but he surely picked a good time to become more photogenic for trainer Jordan Derue and owner Anthony Ciuffetelli. In the $15,000 Weiss consolation for the male trotting set, the sophomore Yankee Glide gelding Raceace set a North American season's record of 1:54.3 for his division while lowering his mark nearly three seconds. Matt Kakaley put his horse on the lead in his fourth lifetime start, and the even money favorite stepped home in :56.1 - :27.4 to keep 6-5 shot Omaha Omaha away by a head at the wire for trainer Nifty Norman and the All Laid Out Stable Inc. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- HP Sissy used a slingshot move around the clubhouse turn the final time and that big brush proved to be the right one as she captured the $11,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the harness racing filly and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 24).   Entering the event with five victories in 10 starts and only finishing out of the money in just one race, HP Sissy was surprisingly overlooked by the betting public. She posted a half length win over the heavily favored Lady London in a seasonal best 1:54.4 over the fast track and returned $14.60 to her faithful backers.   After watching You Mach Me Crazy put up fractions of :27.3 and :57.0 to the opening half, HP Sissy and driver Jim Morrill Jr. tipped three-wide midway around the third turn and left the pace-setter in her wake.   Easily clearing to the top hitting the three-quarter station, HP Sissy paced home smartly from there as Lady London (Shawn McDonough) couldn't cut into the lead. Sportsmuffler (Drew Monti) managed to take the third place position.   Owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) has won six times in 11 tries. The victory upped the 6-year-old mare's earnings to $38,583 in 2019 and $289,719 lifetime.   Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. finished the evening with triples while McDonough had a pair of winners. Trainers Jim Graham and Ryan Swift were victorious twice.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race card scheduled. There's a $768 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

We enjoyed quite the busy week of harness racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. High winds and slanting rains, Bobby Weiss Series action heating up, the fastest pacing time of the young season, and a 70-1 shot winning: All of it was part of the rich tapestry. Let's take a look back at all the wildness by handing out some Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: TURBO HILL In the three-and-four-year-old male pacers division of the Bobby Weiss series, it's hard to argue against this one as the class of the group. Yet he faced a situation on Saturday night where he wasn't favored in one of the races in the series. Hard to believe, considering that he came into the race on a five-race winning streak, two of which came at Pocono, and with a career record of seven wins in eight races for trainer and driver Hunter Oakes. Granted, Turbo Hill was a pretty prohibitive second choice at 4-5. Yet Sports Legend, who had won of three of four coming in, including a division of the Weiss in the first leg of the series, went off as the 3-5 choice. Leaving from post position #3 in a field of seven, it was Turbo Hill who got the jump, taking the lead over Sports Legend on the front stretch. And, with no pressure on the outside, Oakes was able to rate the pace in his horse's favor. At the top of the stretch, the race was pretty much a two-horse dance between the top two choices. Even though Sports Legend was attached to Turbo Hill at the top of the stretch, he couldn't gain through the lane. Instead, Turbo Hill, a four-year-old stallion, solidified his lead and came home a winner in a swift 1:51:2, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Sports Legend. These two might meet again in the final a few weeks hence, but, for now, Turbo Hill owns bragging rights. Other top pacers this week include: Hitman Hill (Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes), who tore it up for a condition victory on Saturday night in 1:50:1, the fastest pacing time of the season to date at Pocono; Soho Wallstreet A (Pat Berry, Scott DiDomenico), who handled a top field in Saturday night's featured condition pace in 1:50:3; and Major Bucks (Anthony Napolitano, William Adamczyk), who rose up the condition ladder to score his second straight win on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:51:3.   TROTTEER OF THE WEEK: HANKS TANK Sunday night brought our first off-track of the season. Heavy winds battered the horses and slanting rain poured over the track, making it a night that wasn't for the faint of heart. It also benefitted those who were able to get to the early lead, as horses coming from off the pace struggled to make up ground all night long. Hanks Tank, therefore, didn't seem to mind the conditions at all, as they very much suited his racing style. A six-year-old gelding trained by Rob Harmon, Hanks Tank was coming off a win in his previous start on April 7 in 1:55:3. He won that race on the front end, and, with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike, attempted the same kind of trip on Sunday night as he moved up in class to face the $11,000 condition group. The gelding went off as the 9-2 second choice, but he was the one sitting on the engine after winning an early speed duel with Very Very Fast. Hanks Tank then opened up a sizable advantage on the back stretch, as the rest of the field labored to get close to him. When the stretch arrived, Morrill no longer had to ask anything of his horse, and Hanks Tank was able to coast home a comfortable two-length victor. His second straight win came in a time of 1:56, which wasn't bad at all considering the sloppy track. Hanks Tank seems built for the weather, whatever it might be, when his form is as fine as it is right now. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Fire'N Woodshed (Eric Carlson, Kerry Welty), who moved to two-for-two in his career by winning a second straight condition win at Pocono on Monday, matching his debut's winning time of 1:56:3 in the process; Tyson (Andrew McCarthy, Edwin Gannon Jr.), who picked up his first win of the year in Sunday night's featured condition trot, posting a 1:55:1 mile in the slop; and Thisguyisonfire (Andrew McCarthy, Christopher Lakata), who followed up a win at Chester by scoring a condition victory on Sunday night in 1:54:3 in the slop.   LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: LEAN ON YOU This condition pacer avoided trouble caused by a breaking horse in front of him on Saturday night and, with Jim Taggart Jr. in the bike, won at 70-1, paying off $143.40 for a $2 win ticket.   DRIVER OF THE WEEK: SIMON ALLARD Simon is once again perched high in the drivers' standings at Pocono, and this week was a big one for him, with multiple wins on each card and a four-bagger on Monday.   TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JOSE GODINEZ Godinez wasted no time getting in the groove on Monday afternoon, sweeping the early Daily Double with pacers Don'tcallmefrancis and Hot Seat. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com.   Jim Beviglia

WILKES-BARRE PA – With two horses sent off at odds-on, something had to give, and 4-5 Turbo Hill forced 3-5 Sports Legend in behind him early, then sprinted home to hold him safe in 1:51.2 during one of three $15,000 contests in the second preliminary leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing pacing males on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Both crowd favorites won their first Weiss series start, and both boiled away from the gate, with Turbo Hill, starting from post three for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, insisting on early command, forcing Jim Morrill Jr. and Sports Legend, beginning from post five, to settle for the two-hole approaching the 27 first marker. Turbo Hill got a breather to the half in 56.3, was not too taxed in increasing the speed to reach the 3/4s in 1:24.4, then really turned one the afterburners with a 26.3 last quarter, leaving his archrival 1¾ lengths in his wake at the wire under highlining tactics. Turbo Hill has now won six straight and has eight victories in nine career starts for owner Tom Hill. The other two winners posted their first tallies in the Weiss Series. First up was the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Springbridge Proud, who equaled his mark of 1:54 in his second seasonal start. Anthony Napolitano utilized the Pocono Pike with the pocketsitting winner, with the three-year-old having enough acceleration to parry the late thrust of Major Escape by a length for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of Thestable Springbridge, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Adriano Sorella. Anthony Napolitano’s brother George accounted for the other division with first-time Weiss starter American Admiral, coming in off a victory at Yonkers. The American Ideal colt burst out of third on the far turn and gained into a 27.2 last quarter to earn a new speed badge of 1:52.4, ¾ of a length ahead of Division Bell for trainer Andrew Harris and owners William, Ian, and James Fleming. The $21,500 fast-class pace saw the Four Starzzz Shark gelding Soho Wallstreet A survive hard usage both early and late to post a neck victory in 1:50.3. The winner of $281,764 was parked between horses in a 26.1 quarter to claim the lead, then just kept on rocking down the road in middle splits of 53.1 and 1:21.3. The early usage took some energy out of the winner, but he was kept together by driver Pat Berry to bravely hold off Mariner Seelster by a neck, with Captain Deo just photoed out of the deuce behind Soho Wallstreet A, who is trained by Scott Di Domenico for 4 G Racing Stable. In the opening race of the evening, Hitman Hill, who was third in both the Hempt Final and the Adios Final last year after winning a preliminary, went a huge mile in his second start as a four-year-old, stopping the clock in 1:50.1, fastest mile of the young season here. The American Ideal gelding was used early, moved back out on the far turn, and generated good late speed for driver Hunter Oakes to win by 1¼ lengths for trainer Chris Oakes and the ownership of Tom Hill and Northfork Racing Stable.13 more horses were claimed for $224,750 during the Saturday night card, raising the seasonal total after fourteen cards to 78 claims, resulting in a total cash transfer of $1,349,250.   PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Barn Winner ($10.00) came back home to Buffalo Raceway a harness racing 'winner' on Friday night (April 12) by posting a length score over Southern Palms in the $13,000 Open Trot.   Campaigning at Northfield Park thus far this season, Barn Winner had a pair of second place finishes in his last three starts before shuffling back to Buffalo Raceway.   Being assigned the inside post, Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the perfect pocket journey behind the tempo-setting Southern Palms (Drew Monti). With splits of :29.4, :59.2 and 1:30.1, Southern Palms couldn't hold back the stretch drive of Barn Winner who cruised to a length win in 2:00.0 over the fast track.   Wheels A Turning (Jim Morrill Jr.), who broke around the first turn, regrouped in time to grab the third place check.   Co-owned by Tanah Merah Farms LCC and the Swift Racing Stable, Ryan Swift trained the 5-year-old gelded Barn Winner (Credit Winner-Hallmarker). The victory, his first in seven attempts, improved his seasonal winnings to $12,210 and $177,483 lifetime.   In the $10,000 Class A Trot, Lougazi, knocking on the door the past two weeks with a pair of second place finishes, got back to winner's circle with a comfortable two length win over Labatt Hanover in 1:59.1.   Getting away fourth, Lougazi started a slow and steady climb to the top just past the half mile marker, took command at the top of the stretch, and rolled to the popular $3.80 win. Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) rallied late for second while Snapshot Springs (Monti) was awarded third after Empire Earl N broke stride just before the wire.   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Swift, it was the first victory of 2019 for Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The 5-year-old gelding has now produced $11,000 in earnings this season and $115,403 in his career.   Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti all had driving doubles with Swift conditioning a pair of winners.   Racing resumes on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

WILKES-BARRE PA - Three $15,000 divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing males highlighted the harness racing card on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Jim Morrill Jr. guiding two of the winners to 1:52.3 victories. First on the track was the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Division Bell, who broke his maiden for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Morrill sent Division Bell to the lead in front of the stands, then kept the youngster rolling home in 56.1 to be 1¼ lengths ahead of R U Talkin at the finish while also setting a new mark. Sports Legend, an Ontario Gold finalist at two and three despite only notching one victory in his initial two campaigns, is making up for lost time in 2019, as the Sportswriter gelding ran his 2019 scorecard to 4-3-1-0 with a half-length success over hard-charging Pocono Pike utilizer Under Paid. Jennifer Bongiorno trains the winner for Gestion J Y Blais Inc. Turbo Hill, a four-year-old son of American Ideal, won his fifth straight race and is now 7-for-8 lifetime, with his 1:54.2 final clocking (after he stole a 58 half on the lead) sufficient to hold off Dakota Ole by 1¼ lengths. A winner in 1:51.1 here earlier in the meet, Turbo Hill was driven and is trained by Hunter Oakes for owner Tom Hill. Gilly's Boy ran his 2019 record to 3-for-3, and he also posted the fastest mile of the young season so far at the mountain oval, 1:50.3, while winning the $21,500 fast-class pacing feature. The Cam's Card Shark gelding, who also took a new mark, left alertly, yielded to favorite Stars Align A as that one cut fractions of 26.3, 55.1, and 1:22.1, then came out for the drive and passed the chalk by a half-length under the guidance of Anthony Napolitano, who had four visits to Victory Lane. Ron Burke conditions the career-sharp pacer for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. ... And then 38 minutes later, the Bettor's Delight gelding Havefaithinme N lowered the Pocono seasonal best another tick, moving to the lead after a 26.4 opener, posting middle splits of 54 and 1:21.4, then staying strong to the finish to give driver Jim Morrill Jr. a third win on the night (Tyler Buter also drove three winners). Trained by Jose Godinez for Blindswitch Racing Stable, Gary Axelrod, Good Friends Racing Stable and Santo Farina, Havefaithinme N was of course a star Down Under, winning the 2016 Miracle Mile in 1:47 5/10, at the time the fastest Australasian mile race ever, and recorded most of his $1,182,169 bankroll in the Southern Hemisphere. Once again the claiming box was a Saturday night beehive of activity at Pocono, as seasonal records were set in amount of horses claimed (17) and amount changing hands for horseflesh ($328,750). Ten days into the meet (with most of the claimers written on Saturdays), there have been 62 horses going back to different barns after their races, with the money tally now over seven figures for the meet at $1,094,500. FINISHING LINES - The Pocono horsemen's community was saddened to learn that Syl DeCample Jr. passed away recently at age 76. Only three horsemen (George Napolitano Jr., Bill Lambertus, and Bill Mullin) have won more horsemen's crowns locally than did the colorful DeCample, who was the best in driving victories three straight years (1977 through 1979), and then won both the UDR title and the training wins title in 1992 - with Syl's son Syl III succeeding his father in the trainers' category the next year. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a miscue in her last start, HP Sissy ($4.50) rebounded impressively with an easy length victory over Kaitlyn Rae in a seasonal best 1:56.0 over the sloppy track in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for the harness racing filly and mares on Friday night (April 5).   Breaking stride at the half in her last appearance on March 20, it was back to business for HP Sissy. It was a bit of a battle to get to the lead as four of the five entrants made early leave attempts. When things finally settled down just before the opening panel, driver Jim Morrill Jr. had HP Sissy on the point.   Setting fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:27.0, HP Sissy remained stout down the stretch to take the decision. Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) was second while You Mach Me Crazy (Billy Davis Jr.) captured third.   HP Sissy, now a winner five times in nine races along with three runner up finishes, is owned by Finocchario's Dream Stable and is trained by Mike Ohol. The 6-year-old mare (Up The Card-Monica Blue Chip) has earned $31,763 in 2019 and $282,899 in her career.   In the $10,000 Class A Open Trot, Keystone Apache, who also had troubles in his last start, was on his best behavior and rallied late to beat a hard-charging Lougazi by a neck in 2:01.1 to register the $20.40 upset.   Avoiding three breaking trotters through the first three quarters of the race, Keystone Apache was sitting seventh with a frame to go. Davis Jr. was able to swing Keystone Apache to the outside down the stretch and collared Empire Earl N and then held on as Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) was flying late but ran out of real estate.   Keystone Apache uses late rally to notch win in Class A Open trot    - photo Steve Roth   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD, Keystone Apache is 4-year-old horse (Explosive Matter-Found An Angel) that is conditioned by Maria Rice. The victory, his third in 10 outings, upped his seasonal earnings to $22,850 and $155,454 lifetime.   Shawn McDonough had a pair of training and driving victories while Ohol conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. There will be a $336 carryover in the Pick-5 carryover which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wheels A Turning was the lone harness racing mare in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (March 20) and she was way too much for the boys to handle as she scored a 1-1/4 length victory over Southern Palms in 1:57.4 over the fast track.   The win was the third straight in as many tries for Wheels A Turning ($5.40) since arriving from The Meadows in late February.   Drafting behind the fraction setting Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) who went splits of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:28.4, Wheels A Turning (Shawn Gray) kicked her into high gear down the stretch and had no issues to cruising to the finish line in front. Southern Palms held on for second place with Are You In (Kevin Cummings) taking third.   Co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, it was the third win in six appearances for Wheels A Turning (Mr Cantab-Free Wheeling). The 5-year-old mare, trained by James Clouser Jr., has now earned $14,190 in 2019 and $169,592 lifetime.   You Mach Me Crazy (Gray) won the battle and then the war in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares in a seasonal best 1:55.4.   In the tussle for early command, You Mach Me Crazy managed to subdue the leave attempts by Little Joke and HP Sissy. Showing the way on the front end with a :58.4 opening half, You Mach Me Crazy ($4.20) pulled away down the stretch thanks to a :28.2 last frame to post the 2-1/4 length win. Little Joke (Shawn McDonough) was the runner up while Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) arrived in time for the show position.   William Emmons is the owner You Mach Me Crazy (Mach Three-Lady Terror). The 6-year-old mare, trained by Clouser Jr., has now registered five wins in nine appearance, boosting her bankroll to $28,195 this year and $326,675 lifetime.   Making her Buffalo Raceway debut, Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) went from last to first to take the upset win in the $10,000 Class A-AA Handicap Trot in 1:59.0.   With Time Will Tell All showing the way until the three-quarter marker, Majestic Kat ($18.20) started her slow and steady climb towards the top and eventually exploded past the field in the lane. Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Call My Broker (Cummings) finished in a dead heat for second, a length behind Majestic Kat.   Co-owned by the Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing, Majestic Kat (Majestic Son-Order By Matilda) is a 5-year-old mare who is trained by Maria Rice. The victory jacked her seasonal winnings to $17,460 and to $179,051 in her career.   Cummings and Gray finished the evening with four winners each in the bike while Fisher Jr. had a double. Clouser had three training wins with Misty Carey getting two.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Batavia, NY --- It was a dark and stormy night in Genesee County as storms blew through the area on Friday night (Sept. 21). But that didn't deter the multitude of fans of Foiled Again from turning out in to witness the richest Standardbred of all time compete at Batavia Downs one last time. Prior to the eighth race, everyone in attendance gathered at the fence in anticipation of seeing one of the greatest pacers in the history of the sport. Foiled Again was in a $10,000 Open II pace that saw him start from post seven and get away fifth, where he would stay until the race approached the three-quarter pole. That's where driver Jim Morrill Jr. pulled him and tried to advance towards the leader. Although Foiled Again raced gamely pacing homes in :28.2 over an off-track, he came up two-lengths short of the win, finishing fourth in 1:53.4. After the race, Foiled Again was brought back to the winner's circle where he stood like a rock star with his caretaker Jordan Miller and his driver Jim Morrill Jr. to greet the hundreds of racing enthusiasts who ran down from all points of the grandstand and clubhouse to see him up close and take his picture. There is no doubt that Facebook accounts all over western New York will be rife with images of Foiled Again for the foreseeable future. Batavia Downs Gaming is very appreciative of Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, the JJK Stables and trainer Ron Burke for including us as a stop on the Foiled Again Farewell Tour. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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