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New York's future harness racing stars were on display at Vernon Downs again on Friday night, competing in State Fair match-ups for 2-year-old filly trotters and freshmen female pacers that totaled $192,926 in prize money.

The Tuesday night (August 9) harness racing card at Saratoga Casino & Raceway was highlighted by five divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Late Closer series for 3 year old pacing fillies. Arlington Ave posted the fastest time of the evening, going in 1:55.3 over a fast track.

It was another round for the statebred 3-year-old fillies Thursday night (August 4) , with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $255,913 Joe Goldstein Trot. A total of seven harness racing divisions--included three off the card--went at it.

Quietly and without much fanfare Stell R Time trotted the fastest of the New York Sire Stakes late closer trots for sophomore fillies at Monticello Raceway when harness racing driver Jordan Stratton reined the daughter of Dream Vacation to a 1:59:4 triumph in the first of four New York Sire Stakes late closer trots on July18.

Seven harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Late Closers for three year old colt and gelding trotters served as co-features on the 15-race Wednesday night program (July 13) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The trotting-heavy card was highlighted by a victory from Glorious Winner (Credit Winner).

Kelly's Noah put forth a career best effort in Saturday night's (July 9) open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The track's defending Horse of the Year was making just his third start of the harness racing season when driver Kim Crawford put the star pacer on the lead in the $18,000 feature.

Saturday night marked the return of defending harness racing 'Horse of the Year' Kelly's Noah at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The James Harvey trainee earned the track's top honor last year by dominating the open pace.

In a feat rarely, if ever, accomplished in harness racing history, the Friday night program at Saratoga Casino and Raceway featured two 14 year old trotters making trips to the winner's circle. Both Breeze Hill Will and Riverofglory are by sire King Conch, who must have had some longevity in his bloodlines, and both have set track records for 14 yr olds at the Spa this season.

Linda Goldstein broke her maiden in the first race of the Wednesday evening card (April 27) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The 3 year old trotter wired the field from post position three and notched a winning time of 2:01.4.

Pembroke Prayer got the best of the favorites in the $16,500 harness racing open trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Friday night. Co-owned by Mark Ford and William Varney and trained by Ford, Pembroke Prayer (Like A Prayer) has had an extremely strong six year old season which saw him win for the 12th time in it on Friday night.

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