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The Harness Racing Museum thanks the donors and bidders for a successful auction. The following breedings not receiving appropriate bids, as well as newly received services, are still available. Interested parties, who have not booked their mares, are urged to contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com. Some stallions have more than one breeding available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS. DE -Dream Away IL - Yankee Skyscaper IN - Allthatgltrsisgold, Panspacificflight MD - CHARLIE DEVIE, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie NY - CONWAY COURT, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Village Jove OH - BREAK THE BANK K, COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy ON - Angus Hall, Classic Card Shark PA - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest From the Harness Racing Museum

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fourth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 11) in the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 12) card at Yonkers will see three $50,000 divisions in the fourth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The Ron Burke Stable continued to dominate Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series this past Saturday night (April 5). Burke trained the winners in all but one of the evening's four $50,000 divisions. Leading the Burke brigade once again was Foiled Again, who remained unbeaten in three series starts. He and driver Yannick Gingras went the distance, though not without having to work for it. Drawing outside his six rivals, Foiled Again went around pole-sitting P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) before a :27 opening quarter-mile. From there, the match race was on. After a :55.4 half, these two separated themselves from the overmatched quintet. Foiled Again found three-quarters in 1:24, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. Then, P H Supercam took his shot. He dove inside and closed ground, but could not reach. Foiled Again prevailed by a head in 1:52. Rock On Moe (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third as the 66-1 rank outsider. For Foiled Again, a 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,105,968 (79-for-201). Burke co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Burke's other Levy winners were Easy Again in 1:53.1 and Bettor's Edge in 1:52.2. Like Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge is also a perfect three-for-three in the series and they share the points lead in the Levy with 225 each. Easy Again has a pair of series scores and is in fourth place with 187 points. Summertime Lea and Yagonnakissmeornot won their respective divisions this past Friday night (April 4) in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for mares, the second score for each in the series. Yagonnakissmeornot moved into a first place tie in the standings with Angel's Delight, each with 200 points. Summertime Lea is third at 187 points. Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, is now five-for-nine this season with career earnings just under $400,000. For Summertime Lea, a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, it was her second win in three seasonal/series starts. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 96; 2. George Brennan - 94.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 58; 4. Daniel Dube - 30; 5. Brian Sears - 29. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 180.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 69; 3. Rene Allard - 30; 4t. Joe Holloway - 20; 4t. Kevin Carr - 20. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 55.5; 2t. Burke Racing - 46.3; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 46.3; 4. Brad Grant - 20.5; 5. Joe Pennacchio - 20. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with the final preliminary leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy next weekend. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 26. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 4, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier proving ground for Open Mare pacers. Three soggy $40,000 divisions went postward.   The first event saw former New York Sire Stakes standout Summertime Lea (George Brennan, $2.40, part of odds-on entry) take it the house (:29.2, :58.4, 1:26.4, 1:55.1). Leaving from post position No. 3, she went around pole-sitting Ramalama (Matt Kakaley), then was pestered a stubborn, first-up Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson). The former held the latter at bay, winning by three-quarters of a length. Ramalama, the winner's wagering buddy Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) and Regil Elektra (Ron Pierce) completed the cashers. For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, it was her second win in three seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $34.20, with the triple returning $74.20. "She obviously can leave the gate, which works to her advantage," Brennan said. "When she won (the first week), it was her first start of the season and you never know what to expect, but she has impressed me." Like Summertime Lea, Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) notched a second series victory. Away alertly from post No. 4, she leaped over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), then laid down the law through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3. "Yagonna" widened to a pair of lengths into the lane before winning by that same margin. Angel's Delight-she also twice a winner in the Matchmaker and making a first start for new connections-rallied into second from a loose three-hole, with Krispy Apple, Charisma Hanover (Gingras) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For tepid wagering favorite Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 5-for-9 this season (career earnings just under $400,000) The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $520. The third division went to a solid, two-move Anndrovette (Tetrick, $7.40). Caught wide after starting outside her seven rivals, she found a four-hole as 11-10 choice Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for the lead (:28, :57.4). Anndrovette caught a break down the backside when pocket-sitting longshot Cheyenne Miriam (Brennan) began to tire. That allowed the double-millionairess an impromptu rest stop by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. "Vegas" owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but Anndrovette ducked in and went by. The margin was a half-length in 1:55.3. Royal Cee Cee N (Pierce), Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) and Cheyenne Miriam grabbed the minor moolah. "It's taken her a couple of starts to get her winning attitude back, but I never lost faith," Tetrick said. "I was able to get a breather with her, the other mare (Ideal in Vegas) tired a bit and mine is just so big and strong." For second choice Anndrovette, a 7-year-old daughter of Riverboat King trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her first win in three season/series starts. The exacta paid $30.60, the triple returned $95 and the superfecta paid $520. Friday's $38,000 Open Trot was won by a cone-skimming Backstreet Hanover (Carlson, $37), who beat the boys in 1:57.2 The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with four, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 21, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward. The first event saw Angel's Delight (George Brennan, $16.40) pop from a perfect second-over trip in 1:53.2. Leaving from post position No. 5, she watched as Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick) take over from Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube), then deal with Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras). After fractions of :27.4, :56.4, 1:24.3, Angel's Delight was ready to move. She whipped Rocklamation-part of a 2-5 favored entry--by a length, with Shelliscape another length back in third. "I saw her race last week, and when Matt (Kakaley) tipped her wide in the lane, she just took off," Brennan said. "It was the same thing here. "She'd been racing, while the other ones are just starting back, so maybe that was an advantage. Those other mares-it never takes them long to be ready. It's going to be a good series, and I certainly wouldn't discount mine " For third choice Angel's Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was her fifth win (with four seconds) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $82.50. Brennan doubled his pleasure in the second division, when former New York Stakes champ Summertime Lea ($4.40) won the draw and the race (:27.1; :56.3; 1:25, 1:53.4) in down-the-road fashion. Season-debuting "Lea"-the season-debuting half of the 6-5 favored entry--lasted by a neck over a charging Ramalama (Kakaley), with Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) third. Swinging Beauty (Gingras), parimutuelly partnered with the winner, was a weak first-over fifth. Anndrovette (Tetrick), making her 2014 bow, never left the cones and finished fourth. For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Frank Baldachino, it was her 17th win in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $68.50. The event third division was its best, with odds-on choice Somwherovrarainbow (Sears, $3.80) going first-up to hold off her rivals in 1:52.4. Trying to leave from post No. 6, she landed in a four-hole as Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce) laid down the law through a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and a :57.2 half. "Somwher" was then out and moving, engaging the leader through a 1:25 three-quarters. She put Royal Cee Cee N away mid-stretch then held off both the horse on her back (Krispy Apple [Tetrick]) and a pocket-sitting Charisma Hanover (Gingras). The margin was scant nose over Krispy Apple, with "Charisma" a shorter schnoz back in third. For "Rainbow," a 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Joe Holloway for co-owners Diamond Creek Racing and Ted Gewertz, she's now 2-for-2 this season and up over $900,000 for her career. It was a far cry from the lass who stopped on a dime the last time she was here, last October's elimination for the Lady Maud Pace. "She's bigger, she's stronger and I'm just happy to have her," Holloway said. "There's not much half-mile experience with her, so I changed the equipment a bit, and she was very good." The final Matchmaker grouping was nothing more than a public workout for 1-4 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $2.50). Sent right to the lead from post No. 4, she had nary an anxious moment though intervals of :27.3, 56.4; 1:25.1 and 1:52.4. The final margin was 4¼ lengths over Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett), with Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald) a pocket third and Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) fourth. or "Yagonna," a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven 14 tries. The exacta paid $13, the triple returned $38.60 and the superfecta paid $155. "She'd make anybody look good," Dube said. "She does it all on her own and doesn't know where the end of the mile is." Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Lorenzo Dream (Sears, $19) in a season's-best 1:55.2, also the fast local mile of 2014. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series begins Saturday night, with five, $50,000 division, (races 2.4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway                      

The Harness Racing Museum would like to thank all of the donors and bidders for a successful stallion breeding auction. Due to several newly received services, as well as some breedings that did not receive appropriate bids, the following is a list of stallions that are still available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS.   Delaware - Cr Commando, Dream Away Illinois - Yankee Skyscaper Indiana - Allthatgltrsisgold, GUCCIO, Panspacificflight Maryland - CHARLIE DE VIE, FOUR STARZ ROBRO, GROTON HALL, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie New York - Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King Ohio - COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy, Valley Victor, Woodstock Ontario - Angus Hall, Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Classic Card Shark Pennsylvania - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest   In addition, the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a newly acquired breeding to GUCCIO as part of our stallion breeding auction. This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to be full and closed very shortly.   The world champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4,1:51.1f ($1,021,809) begins stud duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season.   Income raised by the stallion auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Some stallions have more than one breeding available.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person.   From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern.   This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*)   Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum    

DOVER, Del. ---- More than 300 horsemen, legislators and friends of harness racing turned out for the 17th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at Modern Maturity in Dover, Del. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The annual DSOA meeting at mid-day preceded the awards-dinner and its early evening cocktail hour. As usual, the popular Heather Vitale served as Mistress of Ceremony and presented videos of award winning horses plus colorful, fun-filled videos of high spots of her weekly "Post Parade" programs on WBOC TV. The highlights of the 2013 racing seasons featured top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. A silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a Not-for Profit organization which provides a residence and care for retired horses, was held in conjunction with the banquet. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list included Congressman John Carney; State Senators Dave Lawsom and Gary Simpson and State Legislative Representatives; Michael Barbieri, Don Blakey (who gave the pre-meal blessing), Gerald Brady, William Carson, Ronald Gray, John Kowalko, Bobby Outten, Michael Ramone, Danny Short, Jeff Spiegelman and Dave Wilson and former State Senator Nancy Cook, a longtime strong supporter of racing in the First State. Among those in attendance were Delaware Harness Racing Commission representatives, Beth Steele (Chair) and commission members Stephanie Liguori, Patricia Wagner and interim administrator, Mike Davis. Also present were USTA District Directors, Jim Boese, Russell MacKinnon and Dr. William Moffett, Introduced were the DSOA board of directors - President Andy Markano, Brenda Bramble, 1st vice president, Dr. William Moffett, 2nd vice president, Dr. William Moffett,, treasurer, Frank Diliberti, secretary, Frannie West and Sal DiMario, executive director and his staff, Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson. Other directors include, Frank Deliberti, George Dennis, Russell McKinnon, George Teague, Max Walton, Valerie Warnick, and directors emeritus, Dan Camac and Ralph Holloway. Also among the dignitaries were members of the media. DSOA 2013 award winners: The 3rd annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to harness driver Allan Davis, one of the sport's rising stars. Davis drove winners of around $600,000 in purses in 2012 and that figure mounted to $3,2-million in 2013. The James T. Case Jr. 1,000 Scholarship in memory of the longtime DSOA President was presented to Erica Brittingham, attending Del. Tech &U Community College majoring in Physical Education. Again this year, the DSOA gave out a total of $6,000 in Scholarship awards. The recipients of awards are Brent Ashley, Virginia Tech majoring in Dairy Animal Science; Amber Callahan, De. Tech & Community College major in Agriculture Business Management;; Brooke Gannon, a Nursing major at Wesley College; Kierston Gray, Wor-Wic Community College Major/Secondary Education/Counseling; Morgan Jewel, Wesley College, Education Major and Wade Z. Marsh, Duke University, major in Religious Studies & Divinity.. DSOA Horses Honored 2-Year-Olds: Trotters - (colt) Whichwayrightrleft (filly); Kelsey's Command; Pacers - (colt) Casino Bags Carlo, (filly) Seboomook Fool Yah 3-Year-Olds: Trotters - (colt) Triple Command, (filly) Starlit Eyes Pacers - (colt) Hot Roddy, (filly) Bags Of Stars DSOA Horses of the Meet - Dover Downs Horse of the Meet - Nova Artist Trotter of the Meet - Awsome Valley Claimer of the Meet - Lislea Miles Harrington Raceway Horse of the Year - People Are Crazy Trotter of the Year- Can Do Claimer of the Year - Lislea Miles The DSOA Special Appreciation Award was presented to Delaware representative Danny Short, a member of the Delaware Firefighters Hall of Fame, and Heroic Fireman of the Year Award A highly successful silent auction of harness memorabilia to benefit Horse Lovers United under the supervision of its founder, Lorraine Truitt, was supported for the care for horses whose racing careers had ended. A number of door prizes were also handed out. Marv Bachrad  

I Luv The Nitelife heads into Saturday’s American National 3-year-old filly pace fresh off her stunning victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore distaff pace on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. The venerable daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trounced her competition soundly in 1:50 by nearly four lengths. “She’s been at Odds On Acres since last Wednesday and she’s just jogged lightly all week,” said her trainer Chris Ryder. “She came out of her Breeders Crown win in really fine shape, and just seems to enjoy life.” Harnessed by Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young of Florida, I Luv The Nitelife has been driven by Tim Tetrick in all of her pari-mutuel starts this season. This familiar scenario follows closely on the heels of 2010 champion Put On A Show—who had these same connections and credentials. I Luv The Nitelife—with her Breeders Crown victory—erased her stablemate’s combined record earnings from her freshman and sophomore season($1,893,475), with her $1,907,867 totals. On Monday of this week, the Young’s cleverly challenged the connections of North America’s top male pacer, Captaintreacherous, to a match race on The Meadowlands’ opening night, on Nov. 23 at the East Rutherford, NJ one mile oval. All of the money from the race would go to charity,with the winning horse’s charity receiving 60% of the purse. “It’s a great idea the Young’s have come up with, and it’s for charity,” Ryder said. “It’s a great opportunity for both of these outstanding 3-year-olds, and a fantastic promotion for harness racing. It’s a win-win situation overall.” I Luv The Nitelife had a 31-day layoff and a pair of qualifiers between her double-heat Jugette victory at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept.18 and her Breeders Crown victory, and now has had 21 days since that last triumph at Pocono Downs. “She wasn’t eligible to anything at Lexington, and our main goal was to win the Jug and the Breeders Crown,” said Ryder. I Luv The Nitelife posted back-to-back miles of 1:51 and 1:51.2 in the Jugette, setting a world record of 3:42.2 for a combined two heats. “I wasn’t concerned about her racing the two heats; I was confident she could handle that,” Ryder noted. If she wins on Saturday night, I Luv The Nitelife has a chance to become just the fourth 3-year-old pacing filly in harness racing history to be honored with a Horse of the Year trophy, joining Rainbow Blue (2004), Bunny Lake (2001) and Fan Hanover (1981). A $60,000 yearling purchase by the Young’s at the 2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, I Luv The Nitelife now has 12 consecutive victories to her credit this year, with one third place finish in 13 trips postward this season. Her lone loss came at The Meadowlands on June 1 in a $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stake. Since then, her career has been a dream-come-true for her connections. “She’s a great horse, and great horses do great things,” said trainer Chris Ryder after her Breeders Crown victory. “Yes, there was a longtime in between races, but we just couldn’t find any suitable ones for her, so we qualified her.” This year I Luv The Nitelife also won the $205,608 Simcoe Stakesat Mohawk in 1:50, the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono in a career best 1:48.4,the $125,000 Miss New Jersey final (in 1:49) and elimination (in 1:50.3), the $184,250 Mistletoe Shallee (in 1:50), the $300,000 Lynch elimination (in1:50.1) and final (in 1:50) at Pocono, and the $384,044 Fan Hanover elim (in1:50.4) and final (in 1:49.1) in early June. No slouch as a freshman, I Luv The Nitelife earned $689,530 from four wins, four seconds and one third in ten 2-year-old starts, and was named Canada’s top freshman pacing filly, honored with that nation’s prestigious O’Brien Award. She’s slated to start in the Nadia Lobell after her start in the American National. Ryder said the star distaff takes all the traveling and racing in stride. “She sleeps a lot and is just kind of a plain-jane filly,” he stressed. “She’s never any trouble; in fact, you’d never know she was in the barn.” I Luv The Nitelife is the second daughter out of the $67,482-winning Camluck mare Lisjune, an 11-race winner who took a mark of1:50.4 at age four. Her granddam is the Abercrombie mare Lisheen p,3,1:52.3 ($518,405), who also produced Lisjune’s half-sister, the worldchampion Lis Mara (by Cambest) p,4,1:47.3 ($2,141,661); Lisagain (by DragonAgain) p, 4, 1:49.1F ($635,218); Lis Deo (by The Panderosa) p,2,1:50.2($353,755); Mr Dennis (by Dragon Again) p,3,1:51.1 ($152,410); Odds On Santi (by Jate Lobell) p,4,1:54.2 ($56,049); and Lislea  (by Cam Fella) p,Q1:52.3($28,849), etc. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Hammonton, NJ – It only took two tries for Bill Augustine to drive his way back to the winner’s circle after a 21-year drought.  At Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 11), in just his second start in the GSY Summer Pacing Series, the man they call ‘Wild Bill’ charged down the lane and caught the favorite at the wire to win by a short neck.    Steering a $5,000 –claiming pacer named Hickory Louie, the blueberry farmer who had all but hung-up is helmet and colors some 20-years prior, was able to relive the fun and excitement of driving a Standardbred to victory in 1:55.3f.   The race replay is attached   Before immersing himself in the demanding process of commercial Blueberry agriculture, Bill trained and drove horses at Liberty Bell, Brandywine, Freehold and The Meadowlands.  From 1979 through 1995 Augustine amassed 472 driving starts and earned nearly $200,000 in purses.  With 39 pari-mutuel wins to his credit, his last trip to the winner’s circle was August 23, 1992 with Wanna’s Fame at Yonkers Raceway.   Fast forward a few decades and Bill jumped back into Harness Racing with both feet as a co-owner of 2012 Hambletonian winner and Dan Patch champion Market Share.  But for the energetic Augustine, sitting in the clubhouse was just not enough.    “I have been eager to get back in the sulky, and the amateur series was the perfect opportunity” noted Augustine.  “I have been jogging and training some of my young stakes horses, but the real action is out on the track.  I get to have some fun and promote the sport at the same time.”   Augustine first sat behind the 9-year-old altered son of Lislea at Pocono Downs on Tuesday, September 3 in the sixth leg of the GSY amateur driving series.  The horse’s gracious, yet game owner, Nancy Fugere of Westbrookville, NY, told her new driver, “this horse can really leave—just go out there and feed him racetrack!”    Bill politely conformed, but unfortunately got parked every step of the way and finished seventh.  But that did not deter any of the connections of Hickory Louie.   The horse’s trainer, Bob Lounsbury, one of the top conditioners at Monticello, was guided by Fugere’s judgment.  Not only is she the horse’s owner, but she is also the shipper, caretaker, and the Lounsbury stable assistant trainer.  She said, “Let’s try him again at Chester, he will be better.”    Fugere knows a little something about taking chances and winning horse races.  She is the same gal who owns and rubs Tracy’s Song, the winningest horse in North America this year with 21 victories—so far.  A former transportation executive in NYC, Fugere (pronounced Foo-szair) owns seven horses in the Lounsbury stable, and added that “we have 14 in the barn and another 6 or 7 at the farm.”   “We are always racing and training” exclaimed the hardworking Fugere, whose Lounsbury stable is the leading UDRS (.488, 300-499 starts) stable in North America with 124 wins.  “There is no secret to our barn’s success.  Bob [Lounsbury] jogs these horses at a 2:30 clip, five miles every single day, in the heat, the rain, the ice, the snow, the sleet, the hail, the whatever.  We get NO days off!”   Just like the horses in the Lounsbury stable, Augustine and Fugere hit the ground running at the track formerly known as Chester.  She checked the horse up and instructed Bill to, “leave with him, and don’t look back.”  Knowing the favorite (Monica Banca and Ruthless Ace) was outside of him with the assigned eight hole, Wild Bill opined that “if I can take a little of the sting out of [Banca] in the first turn, and then sit a two-hole trip, she will take me right to the wire.”   More often than not, drivers’ plans change just as the wings of the starting gate start to fold.  This was not one of those times—Augustine’s scheme worked perfectly.  Bill and Hickory Louie were able sit in the garden spot and get up to win by a close neck at the finish wire.    Augustine “needed a win in the last leg to earn a berth in the final,” noted the GSY series organizer, Dave Yarock.  Evidently Bill has secured his spot and is now tied for eighth in the GSY points standings.  The final will be held on the popular Open Space Pace Day (Sept. 21) at Freehold Raceway for a purse of $7,500.  Nancy Fugere plans on bringing Hickory Louie to the afternoon delight for the finale.  Augustine, of Winners Circle Blueberries fame, will be there too—with a shiny new helmet to go with his seasoned determination.   by Chris Tully, marketing manager, Winners Circle Blueberries  

Social Scene and driver George Brennan blistered to a 1:52.2 track record performance in their division of the $155,000 NY Sires States at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, September 11 and in doing so their time erased the former mark of 1:52.3 set last year on August 28 by Romantic Moment and Yannick Gingras. It was perfect day for making speed with high humidity, bright sunshine and the temperature in the mid-90’s. Racing fans were offered a solid 13-racecard with three divisions in the NYSS and four $12,700 splits in the Excelsior Series, all for sophomore pacing fillies. And My Shiyen’s 1:56.1triumph for Jimmy Morrill, Jr. in an Excelsior split was the ‘slowest’ of the seven events. Incredibly, four the filly’s races went in 1:54.4 or faster. But in spite of the all speedy miles registered the day belonged to Casie Coleman-trained Social Scene when she paced through fractions of:28.3,:56.3, 1:24 and finished in 1:52.2. After Jason Bartlett and JK Black Beauty grabbed the early lead Brennan made a quarter pole move to the front and once Social Scene was on top Brennan let her ramble. She had three lengths at the half; seven lengths at the three quarters ; and finished five lengths in front of runner-up Springforth , driven by Bruce Aldrich, Jr. JK Black Beauty held on for third money. Brennan was asked in the winner’s circle why he opened up so much daylight on the field. “She’s been having throat problems and I kept her rolling and didn’t want to shut her off,” he said.” She’s a real nice filly and she went a big trip here today.” The daughter of American Ideal-On The Catwalk scored her sixth victory in 11 starts and raised her bankroll to over $160,000 for owners West Wind Stable, Steve Calhoun and Mac T. Nichol. She paid $4.10 for win. The day got underway with the series top campaigner Summertime Lea and driver Jimmy Morrill, Jr. cruising to a very easy 1:54.1 triumph in the first NYSS division . Sent off at odds of 1-9, Morrill sent Summertime Lea to the lead and they were never in doubt as Lislea-Donna Summer filly easily paced through fractions of :28.1; :57.2; 1:26.2 and finished 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Free Time with George Brennan aboard. Brussels Hanover finished third for Bruce Aldrich, Jr. “It worked out good for us today because she had an easy trip going onto the final, “Morrill said of Summertime Lea whom he figures will be at the top of her game in her $225,000 NYSS finale at Yonkers Raceway on September 28. “She wanted to go more but I tried not to let her.” Brennan, who began his illustrious career at the Mighty M, also won another NYSS split when he guided Cheyenne Miriam to a 1:54.3 victory. In that wide open event four fillies were sent off at odds of 3-1 or less with Cheyenne Miriam sent away co-favored at 2-1. She left from the four-hole and Brennan settled her in along the pylons in third position and reveled in the fast early fast speed set by Pat Lachance and Sir Lehigh Z Tam. It wasn’t until the field headed up the backside that Brennan decided to make a move and when he did Cheyenne Miriam zipped to the front and coasted home an easy two length winner over the Jason Bartlett-driven Bettor Think Twice. Third place went to Park N Orchard with Marcus Miller in the pilot’s seat. “The speed cleared. They came back to me and we just jogged, “Brennan said, about his easy journey with Cheyenne Miriam and then added, “She’s a good one.” It was the filly’s 10th win in19 starts and the victory raised her seasonal earnings to over $219,000. The Cheyenne Gang, LLC are the lessees of the daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Alibacca. She paid $6.50 for win. It took speed to win the four Excelsior Series races as well. Morrill won two, both trained by Jean Drolet. His first triumph for Drolet was with Trevor’s BeBe ($2.10), a $4000 yearling purchase at the Morrisville Sale, in 1:54.4. Co-owner Bill Siegel, on hand for the winner’s circle presentation, was asked why his filly wasn’t racing in the Sire Stakes instead of the Excelsior Series to which he replied: “We didn’t pay much for her and (we) didn’t realize that she is as good as she is. She’s really come on of late.” Morrill also scored with My Shiyen in 1:56.1for Drolet and also won an overnight race making it four wins on the card for the talented reinsman. Other Excelsior Series winners included; Know It All ($8.10) in 1:55.1 for John Stark, Jr., and Aria J ($7.00) in 1: 55.2 for Mark MacDonald by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

Racing fans won’t have to wait long to see  the Summertime Lea, arguably the best sophomore pacing filly in the New York Sire Stakes program this season, when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. jumps up behind her in the first race on the strong  Monticello Raceway program of Wednesday, September 11. A total purse of over $155,000 is split in the divisions with just five fillies in Summertime Lea’s  split. The other divisions each for around $52,000 are carded as races five and eight on the 13-race program and  because of just 17 entrants, the luck leans toward the owners as the other two fields have just six in each one and nearly all starters that afternoon  will get money. The interesting undercard features four $12,700 splits of 3 year old pacing fillies in the Excelsior Series. But Summertime Lea seems to be the cream of this years filly crop. Already with seven wins in10 starts the daughter of  Lislea-Donna Summer has bankrolled  over $215,000 this year for owners, the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Buscemi, P.A. Baldachino  and E. Smith. And last year Summeftime Lea won  eight of nine starts and amassed purses of  over $294,000.  She’ll start from the five hole on Wednesday. In the second $52,000 division Sir Lehigh Z Tam gets the odds-maker’s nod from post two. The daughter of  Art Major-Moss Blue Chip,  a 1:52.3 winner of over $109,00 this year,  comes into the contest off a 1:54.3 triumph  in the NYSS at Tioga Downs and will be driven by Pat Lachance. However, the may have a tussle from  the Bobby Siegelman-trained Cheyenne Miriam, a nine time  winner of $193,000 this year with a 1:53 mark taken at the Big M earlier this year. Monticello native, George Brennan will drive the daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Ailbecca when they start from post four. The Melissa Beckwith trained Springforth is the early favorite in the final $52,000 NYSS split. The meet’s leading driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. got the mount behind the seven- time winner of  $139,000 this year. Her best effort was  a stunning 1:532 mile while winning a NYSS leg at Batavia Downs  on August 21. Arguably the best filly in the four Excelsior legs appears to be  Venus Delight who has 10 wins in 14 starts while never testing any of the NYSS fillies. She’s won most of her Excelsior Series starts and had already bankrolled  over $82,000. She’ll be driven by Jimmy Morrill, Jr. from post five in race six. The four Excelsior events will be in races two, four, six and 11. First post will be at 12:50 pm. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- "She has a good brush and when she comes, she comes with authority." And who is "she"? She is Social Scene and that was driver George Brennan's understatement after to guided Social Scene to an impressive victory to highlight the action in three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Batavia Downs Wednesday night. Social Scene ($3.60) was sitting fourth behind pace-setting Cheyenne Miriam (Simon Allard) through a leisurely half of :59.0 in the second division worth $42,679. Social Scene (American Ideal-On The Catwalk) and Brennan had enough of the stroll the seven fillies were on. The duo came first over and used an unreal 26.2 three-quarter panel to knock out the field and finished with a 54.1 second half to romp to a nearly nine length win. American In Paris (Jim Morrill Jr.) took second and Cheyenne Miriam held on for third. "She's pretty one-dimensional, she has zero finish so I figured we had to go," Brennan said of the rocket-like move Social Scene showed. Social Scene now has five wins in nine starts in 2013 and jacked her seasonal earnings to $140,188. Summertime Lea ($2.30) was seriously tested in the $41,579 first division of the Sire Stakes but prevailed by a half-length over a stubborn Winbak Heavenly in 1:53.0 over the fast track. Winbak Heavenly played hard ball with Summertime Lea to quarter pole before the winner arrived there in 27.0. "I knew they (Winbak Heavenly and Jim Marohn Jr.) weren't going to let me go in one step;" Morrill said of the first quarter tussle. From there, Summertime Lea set the fractions of 56.1, 1:25.0 and came home in 28.0 to hold off the late threat from Winbak Heavenly. JK Black Beauty (Greg Merton) finished in third. "They almost got me in the end," Morrill said of the close finish with Winbak Heavenly. Summertime Lea, the 1-9 favorite, had just raced on Saturday in the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono. Morrill said the short rest might have been a factor but added, "She gives 150 percent every time." It was the 14th win in 18 starts for Summertime Lea (Lislea-Donna Summer) and now has earned $168,651 this season and $463,504 lifetime. North America's leading trainer Ron Burke conditioned the winner. In the third division worth $41,879, Springforth (Artiscape-Spring Morning) went wire-to-wire for driver Ray Fisher Jr.in a lifetime best of 1:53.2 and easily held off the challenges of runner up Bettor Think Twice (Cat Manzi) and Happy Apples (Jim Marohn Jr.). Springforth, trained by Melissa Beckwith, set sail from the two hole and posted fractions of 27.3, 57.2 and 1:25.1 to score her seventh win of the season in 14 starts. It also increased her season winnings to $116,192. In the $12,700 Excelsior Series for the 3-year-old filly pacers, Trevor's Bebe ($2.80) and John Cummings Jr. won the first division in 1:54.4, Bettor Buns ($3.00) and Jim Morrill Jr. won the second leg in 1:57.3 and Know It All ($19.80) and John Stark Jr. won the final leg in 1:53.4. A 12-race card will be presented Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information including news, race results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek  

Summertime Lea leads NYSS starters at Batavia Downs Batavia, NY --- The old saying goes, "you save the best for last." At Batavia Downs this Wednesday night, it will be "the best goes first" as the New York Sires Stakes arrives for the 3-year-old pacing fillies. And with some of the best 3-year-old pacing fillies racing, it has attracted some of the best drivers from the east coast. The star-studded line-up will include 'The Minister of Speed' George Brennan along with Hall of Famer Cat Manzi, Jim Morrill, Jr., Jeff Gregory, Simon Allard and Jim Marohn, Jr. Of the three divisions worth around $42,000 each, the first race on the program is definitely loaded. The fans won't want to miss it as the action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. The field only has six fillies but they have combined for more than $1 million in career earnings, led by 4-5 favorite Summertime Lea and Jim Morrill, Jr. Summertime Lea, who still shares the 2-year-old pacing filly track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set last season, has put up some eye-popping numbers in 2013. A winner of five of eight this season and 13 of 17 lifetime, Summertime Lea (Lislea-Donna Summer) has victories in her sophomore campaign of 1:56.4 at Buffalo Raceway, 1:52.2 at Saratoga Raceway and a lifetime best of 1:50.4 at Vernon Downs on June 22. Her last start was this past Saturday where she finished sixth in the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono Downs. Summertime Lea paced the mile in 1:50, starting out of the eight hole. She has career earnings of $442,564. The main threat could come from the rail where Winbak Heavenly and Jim Marohn, Jr. will come in riding a two-race win streak. Winbak Heavenly (3-1) had the benefit of a start over the Batavia Downs surface last Wednesday in the Fillies and Mares Open II where she scored a two length win in 1:55.1. Before that, she took a $75,000 division of the Sire Stakes at Saratoga in 1:53.2. Winbak Heavenly (American Ideal-Heavenly Signal) is a winner six times this season and has $79,373 in the bank. Also in the rugged field are Brussels Hanover (Brennan), JK Black Beauty (Greg Merton), Sir Lehigh Z Tam (Gregory) and My Shiyen (John Cummings, Jr.). Brussels Hanover has $208,285 in career winnings and JK Black Beauty has $145,136. The fifth race is the second division of the Sire Stakes and it is led by Cheyenne Miriam and driver Simon Allard. She'll be starting from the rail and has improved tremendously this season. The Bettor's Delight filly out of Alibecca failed to make a dime in two starts in 2012, but this season has bankrolled $164,652 and has a 1:54.4 Sire Stakes victory at Yonkers on July 2. Social Scene will have Brennan in the sulky and should be the major danger to Cheyenne Miriam. Social Scene has four victories in eight appearances thus far and $118,848 in the bank. She's posted a 1:51.2 win at Tioga Downs and a 1:52 victory at Yonkers on July 2. The seventh race in the final leg of the Sire Stakes and is the most wide-open affair to say the least. The Ron Burke-trained I Got To Boogie (Morrill) arrives from Mohawk where she has a 1:52.2 win to her credit. She's a Bettor's Delight filly out of Ideal Coast and is the 3-1 morning line favorite from the five spot. Bettor Think Twice (Cat Manzi) will score from the three post and has two victories in eight attempts. The Bettor's Delight filly should provide the main competition to I Got To Boogie. There are also three $12,700 Excelsior Series races on the program for the pacing fillies and the usual $8,500 Open Pace for Fillies and Mares as well. The guaranteed $3,000 Pick-4 starts in the third race and with a outstanding card on tap and the card being broadcast on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding counties, the pool should eclipse the minimum. Program pages for the Pick-4 sequence are available courtesy of Trackmaster at http://www.trackmaster.com/usta/. For more information on North America's oldest lighted harness track, including statistics, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek  

The New York Sire Stakes came to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night as three year old pacing fillies were featured. There were three divisions of the NYSS for sophomore fillies on the card and it was Summertime Lea (Lislea) who stole the show. The Ron Burke trainee moved her career record to 13 for 16 with a front running score in the $74,125 battle for fillies. Jim Marohn Jr piloted the standout to her 1:52.2 romp on Saturday night. Marohn also sat behind Winbak Heavenly (American Ideal) as she pulled off the biggest upset of the stakes races. Winbak Heavenly survived a tight win photo to prevail in 1:53.2 at odds of 12-1. Springforth (Artiscape) overcame some traffic trouble to prevail in her NYSS race in 1:54.2 for the track’s leading trainer Melissa Beckwith with Mark Beckwith in the driver’s seat. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella

Today's phrase that pays is "Sire Stakes-A-Palooza," with Yonkers Raceway hosting three harness racing New York Sire Stakes divisions for statebreds this week.

The New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) makes a stop at Vernon Downs on Saturday night, June 22. Eighteen harness racing three year old pacing fillies and $133,000 split into two equal parts and will go as the sixth and seventh races.

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