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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   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   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   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   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  

Batavia, NY --- The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will be racing at Batavia Downs tonight, Friday night (September 21) which is the next stop of his farewell tour as he heads to retirement at the end of the year. Foiled Again's lifetime win count is now at 103 races and he comes to Batavia on a three-race win streak having won at the Greenville Fair, the Windsor Fair and most recently at Freehold Raceway. This past week he made an appearance at the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio and went a training mile in front of the crowd on Jugette Day in preparation for his race at The Downs on Friday. The 14-year-old Foiled Again will compete in race eight at Batavia which is an Open II event going for $10,000 and the estimated post time for that race is 9 p.m. The visit was made possible through his owners Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and JJK Stables. Having raced at Batavia Downs six times in his career, Foiled Again has a five win and one second record. His first appearance was in 2009 when he won his first of three Robert J. Kane Memorial paces, which is Batavia Down's signature stake. He also won two Opens and finished second in a third. In an interview earlier this summer, trainer Ron Burke expressed his feelings about racing Foiled Again at Batavia Downs. "Of course Foiled will be coming to Batavia this year; Batavia is always on his list. One of the best memories we ever had of his career was his win in the 2016 Kane Memorial there. We were all at the Lexington sale watching the race on a monitor outside. We knew that was probably going to be his last stake ever. And when he came flying from the back of the pack after they kept him parked out the whole mile to swoop the field and win, we were all screaming and cheering. We were literally all crying, it was special for us." Jim Morrill Jr. will be in the bike behind the pacing legend this week to see if he can make his last visit at Batavia a winning one. Foiled Again is just part of one of the biggest nights of racing ever held at Batavia Downs. The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolation races will also be held with eight divisions going to post for the $320,000 in purse money available. The first NYSS race is non-betting with a 5:20 p.m. post time. Then NYSS events are in race one, two, three, five, six seven and 10. Post time for the first betting race is 6 p.m. The early Pick-5 wager (which runs from race one through race five) includes four of the NYSS consolation events and has a guaranteed pool of $3,000 for Friday. It is part of the USTA Strategic Wagering pool and race pages can be downloaded for free from Trackmaster and the USTA through this link. ( The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 on Friday is also the USTA Play of the Day on the Harness Racing Fan Zone. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old trotting fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 22) to compete for a combined $119,300 in purses that was distributed between two heats. Not everything went the way participating punters thought but one thing was for certain: Scott Zeron came to play. In the first $59,100 division, post time favorite Repentance (Chapter Seven-Swan Hot Mama) lived up to her billing. With Fury Road taking early control, driver Scott Zeron took Repentance to the pylons and tracked the proceedings from there until the group hit the half in :59 flat. Repentance pulled first up in front of the stands and incrementally advanced towards the leader from there, up the backside and around the last turn when she finally drew even at the head of the stretch. From there, Repentance trotted away from the pack under no urging whatsoever from Zeron to win by two lengths in 1:57.3. "I knew she could come first over so I didn't hesitate to pull where I did. She trotted handily parked and had a lot finishing. She raced well" said Zeron after the race. It was the third win of the year for Repentance ($4.10) pushing her earnings to $77,559 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Newly elected Hall Of Fame member Linda Toscano trains the winner. The second division carried a purse of $60,200 and some of the bettors may have made as much through the windows as some of the check-getters in the race as White Cheetah (Muscle Mass-Wheely Quick) blew up the tote board at 36-1. Heavy post time favorite Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) made a break just as the gate opened, leaving Natalie Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) loose on the lead and White Cheetah (Jim Morrill Jr.) tucked in second behind for the ride. Then at the eighth pole, the second betting choice Tribute To Seven (Drew Monti) who was third made a break as well, leaving Natalie Hanover and White Cheetah sitting one-two, a gapped five-lengths on the field. Nothing much changed from the quarter to the top of the stretch but then it happened quickly. Morrill pulled White Cheetah and in a couple strides she went right by Natalie Hanover ending up a one-length wrapped-up winner in 1:59.1. "When I saw the break, I went with Plan "A" all the way; I dropped in second and took my best shot. I drove her once before and knew she could trot and when I pulled her I had a lot of horse" Morrill said. White Cheetah ($74.00) got her third win of the year but it was first NYSS victory. The winner's share pushed her bankroll for 2018 to $63,165 for owners Paul Kelley Racing Stable, Joe Sbrocco and Stable 45. Paul Kelley conditions the winner. White Cheetah's large win mutuel prompted a $498 Exacta, $7,681 Trifecta and $12,210 Super. Scott Zeron had a huge outing at Batavia, grabbing five races on the card. Besides winning with Repentance, he also won all three divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior "A" series with A Gift For You (Credit Winner-Soprano Hanover) who is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme, Sevenbuyeleven (Chapter Seven-Muscleini) who is also owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano and Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) who is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme. Zeron's fifth win was in Excelsior "B" action with Good Luck Ginny (Lucky Chucky-Classical Ginny) who is owned by Phillip Hale and David Dewhurst , who also trains the winner. Good Luck Ginny finished in a dead-heat with Financial Impact (Muscle Mass-Steuben Miss) who was driven by Drew Monti for owner Marie Houghtaling and trainer Ron Houghtaling. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at a soggy Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). In the first division of the NYSS ($35,866, Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nips Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led them to a first quarter of :30.1, Amal Hall then took control leading them to a half of 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the half . Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she took over second before the three-quarter. Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to capture the mile in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Amal Hall had to settle for second best with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third. Winndevie is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four for four in her young career. Meittinis drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Persistent Bettor ($6.00) and Royalpine Princess ($3.50). Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford) led to a first quarter in :28.3. Sweet Chapter (Rick Zeron) blew by just after the first quarter and easily led the group to the half in :57.4 and was the first one to three-quarters in 1:26.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.00) was six lengths back after three-quarters. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she just flew down the stretch to win in 1:56.1. With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) came on late to finish second with Thanks For Leaving (Jeff Gregory) finishing third. Quincy Blue Chip is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse. It was her third win in four career starts. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) was impressive in NYSS debut, winning the third division ($36,566). Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) controlled the first half of the race (:28.1, :58.3). Woodside Charm ($3.30) followed in the pocket until the middle of the backstretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she brushed to the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2 and breezed in the stretch winning in 1:55.2. She was just 1/5 of a second off the track record . Stella Jane (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second. Sensibility (Mike Simons) was third best. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She is now two for two in her career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (August 4) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, NY --- Purpose Blue Chip broke the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night in easily taking his $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:56.2 mile over the fast track. He snapped the old standard of 1:56.4 set in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other $59,100 leg for the sophomore male sidewinders, Don had little issues in putting away five rivals in 1:58.0.   A precautionary move by trainer/driver Dan Daley may have paved the way for Purpose Blue Chip to score the win and break the track record. "We had a break last time in the EBC finals (at Vernon Downs) so we put trotting hobbles on him as a precaution since this was his first time on a half-mile track." The move worked.   With Troller and Yuge both breaking early in the race, Purpose Blue Chip ($11.00) was handed the front end and eagerly took advantage of it. With splits of :29.3, :59.0 and 1:28.0, there was no looking back in the stretch as Purpose Blue Chip rolled to the 1-3/4 length victory over Tito (Marcus Miller) while Yuge (Jim Morrill Jr.) regrouped in time to place third.   "He was in cruise control the final quarter of a mile," Daley said of Purpose Blue Chip. "He had plenty of trot left in the end."   Co-owned by Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was the first victory in four tries this season for Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip). The win upped his seasonal earnings to $31,411 and $107,429 lifetime.   In the other division of the Sire Stakes, Don proved to be the best with a solid 1-1/2 front-running victory over Lindsey's Pride. After a minor battle for the lead at the onset of the race, Don never looked back in posting the win.   "He was an absolute professional," driver Jim Morrill Jr. said of Don after the race. "I eased him around the first turn but after that, he knew what I wanted from him before I even asked."   With good fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29.1. Don ($3.60) used a :28.3 final panel to hold off any late threats that might have developed. Lindsey's Pride (Miller) held on for second with Seven Iron (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking the third place position.   "I just showed him the whip down the backstretch the final time but otherwise, it was just a hand ride," Morrill Jr. said.   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable LLC and Little E LLC, Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is trained by Julie Miller. It was the second win in five starts in 2018 for Don, boosting his bankroll this season to $87,613 and $149,698 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, Daley on got driving/training double as L Dees Courageous ($9.10) took a division with a 1:57.4 time.   The other bracket went to Lunar Credit ($7.90) as Scott Zeron steered him to the 1:58.2 decision.   The lone $6,600 Excelsior B Series event went to Time Is Fleeting ($3.60) with Morrill Jr. guiding the winner home in 2:01.4.   Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. each completed the evening with three victories.   Racing will resume on Friday night with a 10-race program scheduled for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's not a lot of experience in the two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters that invade Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 6) but it's a chance for the fellas to kick start their careers and get a nice pay check.   There are a pair of races that will feature just six competitors in each event, both worth $59,100. The sophomores involved have an average of 11 starts between them in their young careers, combining for 19 victories total.   In the first division, slated for the second race, Seven Iron was installed as the 2-to-1 choice with Ray Fisher Jr. scheduled to drive.   Seven Iron (Chapter Seven-Beyond Blue), is a 3-year-old colt that is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. He was in the money 11 of 13 tries last season and put $157,931 in the bank.   He finished a strong third in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on May 11, losing by a half length in 1:54.3 to Don. Then on May 18 at Vernon, Seven Iron, who'll start from the four post, captured an elimination of the Empire Breeders Crown Series at Vernon in 1:54.2.   Things didn't go well, however, in the EBC Finals for Seven Iron as he finished in seventh place, 12-3/4 lengths in back of the winner Six Pack.   Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) is also in the field and will start from the five hole with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.   Tabbed at 3-to-1 in the morning line, the colt had an impressive second place finish in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final at Freehold Raceway on May 5 in 1:56.2 and took second place in the $24,852 EBC consolation at Vernon in his last outing on May 28.   The remainder of the first division includes Lindsey's Pride (Marcus Miller), Credicone (Trond Smedshammer), Got No Money Honey (Drew Monti) and Clive Bigsby (Scott Zeron).   The second division is scheduled for the fourth race and features Perlucky, owned by the Purple Haze Stables of nearby Fairport, N.Y. and trained by Smedhammer. The colt is the morning line 2-to-1 pick with Smedshammer scheduled to take the reins starting from the four post.   Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper) should love the long stretch at Buffalo Raceway as he's shown a willingness to gobble up ground late in his two previous outings. While not winning, Perlucky made up 13 lengths in a second place finish in the $133,800 Dexter Cup Championship at Freehold on May 5 then closed 8-1/4 lengths to take third in the NYSS at Vernon on May 11.   Yuge (Muscle Max-Miss Fidget) is the second choice at 3-to-1 with Morrill Jr. slated to hop on the bike. The gelding arrives fresh off a length victory in a $15,000 conditioned event at Pocono Downs on May 29 in 1:54.1.   The rest of the field includes Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), Tito (Miller), Troller (Monti) and Handsome Devil (Zeron).   The track record for 3-year-old colts is 1:56.4 established by Cash Me Out in 2014 while Gural Hanover holds the gelding mark of 1:56.1 set in 2014. Gural Hanover's time is also the all-time trotting standard at Buffalo Raceway that was recently tied by Chelseas Chance on June 1.   The 12-race card will get underway at 5 p.m. with a pair of $15,000 legs of the Excelsior A Series to be contested along with a $6,600 race in the Excelsior B Series.   For more information including the latest news,upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replay, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

The 2017 2-year-old filly pacer of the year, Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras), rebounded from a sixth place finish in her 2018 debut last week to win a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 3). She won the third division of three divisions that ran Sunday afternoon. All three divisions competed for a purse of $40,600. Youaremycandygirl ($2.90) controlled the race from the start. She went to the first quarter in :27.4. Painted Lady (Scott Zeron) was content to follow her with a pocket trip. Youaremycandygirl led them to the half in :57.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Painted Lady popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and pressured the leader. Gingras asked Youaremycandygirl for more in the stretch and she responded to win in 1:51.1. Painted Lady settled for second. Solitary (Marcus Miller) finished third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke. She is now one for two as a sophomore filly. She now has 10 wins in her career in just 13 starts. Tell Me A Joke (Jim Morrill Jr.) held on to win the the first division of the NYSS. Tell Me A Joke ($12.80) went right to the lead. The betting favorite I'm Trigger Happy (Scott Zeron) tried to challenge for the lead but backed off and settle for the pocket trip. Tell Me A Joke controlled all the fractions (:28.0, :57.1, 1:24.3, 1:53.2). As they reached the end of the backstretch Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr.) pressured Tell Me A Joke all the way around the final turn. As they reached the stretch I'm Trigger Happy was trapped in the pocket. She squeezed into an opening on the inside but it was too late and she had to settle for second. Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) charged late and fininished third. Tell Me A Joke is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. She is owned by H A Taylor, S J Taylor and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. Trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her third career win. All her wins have come as a 3-year-old. Ubettergo Go (Mark MacDonald) very impressive in the second division of the NYSS. Ubettergo Go ($4.90) took the sophomore fillies in to the first quarter in :26.4. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) followed in the pocket. After hitting the half in :55.1. Pelican Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took up the chase first over and was second after Ubettergo Go hit three-quarters in 1:22.0. As they hit the top of the stretch it looked like the only one with a chance to beat Ubettergo Go was Wisdom Tree (Scott Zeron). MacDonald said go and Ubettergo Go simply flew in the stretch winning going away in an eye-popping career best time of 1:50.0. Wisdom Tree was second and Pelican Blue Chip held on for third. Ubettergo Go is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. Owned Tony Basile, Reginald Pettipas, Ozzie Mackay and trainer Blake Macintosh, it was her second win this year and career victory number five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 8) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to John Horne, for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Badlands Delight the past three weeks managed to get just a taste of the pie with second and third place finishes.   But on Wednesday night (May 23) in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,200 Open II Pace for the ladies, she was able to collect the biggest slice of the purse with a convincing 1-1/4 length victory over Hey Kobe in a seasonal best 1:55.0 over the fast track.   Starting from the rail, Badlands Delight and driver Jim Morrill Jr. made sure they weren't going to lose the advantageous draw as they reach in quarter pole in :28,0, parking out Double Down Jo along the way.   With middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.0, the pace-setting Badlands Delight ($7.60) got into high gear around the final turn and opened up a two length edge and never looked back. Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) won the battle for the minor spoils with a second place finish while Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) was third.   Owned by Samuel Smith and trained by Gerry Sarama, the 6-year-old mare Badlands Delight (Badlands Hanover-Colada Blue Chip) has now been victorious three times in 16 appearances in 2018. The win pushed her seasonal earnings to $24,692 and $106,872 lifetime.   There were a trio of 14-year-olds who found the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's 12-race program.   Leading the way was the 14-year-old mare Quicksilvercandy A ($2.20) who registered her 12th win in 15 tries this season with a 1:56.0 decision in a $8,400 optional claimer. She has finished no worse than second this year.   Quicksilvercandy A (Ray Fisher Jr.) is now tied for the top spot in the United States for the most victories in 2018 with Walks Of Life who also has 12 wins but with three more starts.   The other 'old-timers' to win were Wynsum Magic ($7.00) and Rush Rules ($12.20).   Morrill Jr. and Fisher Jr. each completed the evening with three victories each while John Cummings Jr. added a double. Ryan Swift and Gerry Sarama each conditioned two winners.   Racing will resume on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Hightstown, NJ --- Harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. got career win No. 7,000 on Sunday night (May 13) when he drove Indy Ingot to victory in the 13th race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Indy Ingot, trained by Joe Pavia Jr., won by one length in 1:54.3. The 53-year-old Morrill set his career high for wins with 404 in 2012 and career high for purses with $8.21 million in 2009. He ranks No. 21 in harness racing history for purses, with $101.3 million. Morrill led all drivers with 500 or more starts in driver’s rating in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He finished second in 2007, 2012 and 2016. Among his notable wins are three Breeders Crown finals -- with See You At Peelers, Won The West and Yellow Diamond -- the 2004 Meadowlands Pace with Holborn Hanover and the 2012 Yonkers Trot with Archangel. A native of Massachusetts, where he played junior hockey prior to his career in harness racing, Morrill now lives in upstate New York. He ranks fourth in wins at Pocono this year. Son of the late trainer-driver Jim Morrill Sr., Morrill Jr. began his driving career in 1984.   by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager   Additional to article   Ken's story mentioned that Holborn Hanover won the Meadowlands Pace in 2004. Two years later, Holborn would become the first horse to go a world record 1:46.4 in a race, with George Brennan driving him that day.1:46.4 in a race held up (tied three times) as the world record for a race until Always B Miki went 1:46 at Lexington in 2016, which also eclipsed Cambest's T1:46.1.   Jim's fastest time is just a tick slower than the former race record, 1:47, achieved in guiding Won The West to a Breeders Crown victory.   Morrill finished in the North American top half-dozen drivers in UDR every year between 2012-2016.   The USTA changed the "top category" of drivers in the UDR competition from 300+ to 500+ drives in 1982. When Morrill won his first title in 2006, his .521 was the highest figure ever in the "500+" category (only fellow New England Walter Case Jr. had cracked .500 before, .505 in 1998).   Prior to the change to "500+," the last figure in the "top category" to top Morrill's 2006 figure of .521 was C.J. Osborn's .566 in 1979.   Morrill's .521 in the 500+ UDR category was eclipsed only this past season when yet another son of New England, Drew Campbell, posted a .523 figure.   Morrill has won the Pocono UDR title three times -- 2009, 2010, and 2012.

The first race at Batavia Downs Friday night (Sept. 8) may have only been a $6,500 Excelsior B pace for first-year fillies, but to one harness racing participant of the race it was a once in a lifetime milestone. After finishing second with Fast Date in 1:57.2, Jim Morrill Jr. surpassed the $100 million dollar mark in career earnings. That places him 22nd on the list among all harness drivers in the history of the sport. Morrill got his start in the business working for his father at Foxboro Park. The elder Morrill, an accomplished driver himself, always had a small stable there and he laid the groundwork for his son and helped him hone his skills. Jim Morrill Jr. got his first driving start in 1984 and from there he was on his way. "My father meant everything to my career. He set down everything to get me going when he was still driving and put me on every horse in the barn. I didn't really know what I was doing at the time and would drive one bad here or there and if the owner complained about it, he told them to take their horse to somebody else. And then he'd come back to me and tell me "you cost me another horse you little whelp." The family's operation was eventually moved to Maryland and Rosecroft Raceway where the number of horses in the barn grew. Besides driving his father's stock, Morrill started getting a lot of catch drives and soon was finding himself in demand. Rosecroft used to take six-weeks off during Christmas each year and Morrill didn't want to sit idle, so in 1990 he went to New York and started driving for Ray Schnittker and George Anthony at Yonkers Raceway. He soon found a lot of success there as well and decided that move would be permanent. Morrill recalls his most memorable races as being the 2004 Meadowlands Pace where Holborn Hanover was a 58-1 upset winner in 1:49, equaling the stake mark and the 2009 Jugette where Showherthemoney made a break in her elimination before coming back to win that race and the final as well three races later. Jim Morrill Jr. left the New York metropolitan area in 2005 and relocated his business and family to western New York. "I have never regretted moving to the Batavia-Buffalo circuit, we love it here. My wife's sister and mother live near us and when I'm on the road she has her family now instead of being up in New Jersey by herself. The New York Sires Stakes has been great for me as well as the overnight starts and we're just gearing up for the next however-many years to come." In 2006 at Batavia Downs, Morrill set the all-time driving standard for the track with 177 wins and a UDR of .537 for one meet. For his career to date, Jim Morrill Jr. now has had 37,332 starts with 6,902 wins, 5,692 seconds and 4,753 thirds with $100,046,554 in earnings. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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