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With the yearling sales just ten days away now, all the vendors at this years sales have long ago finalized all their advertising and promotion of their stock. The photos and videos are up and all the vendors can hope for is that the prospective buyers are as taken with their yearlings as they are. One way that the odd vendor can get a lift in the last ten days or so before a sale is if close relatives to their offerings make a bit of a splash on the racing scene. Last weekend the very successful broodmare Juverna had stock winning races all over Australasia which can only bode well for the sale prospects of her Majestic Son filly on the first day of this years New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch. Selling as Lot 250, The Best Moment Yet had three siblings salute the judge on both sides of the Tasman in the space of 24 hours. First up was Quite A Moment who was ultra impressive winning a $20,000 trot at Melton where she easily accounted for the very smart Maori Time and One Over Da Moon. The daughter of Quite Easy simply bolted in and it was a run that really impressed driver Ricky May. " She won that so easily the other night I think she would be more than competitive against the best trotters going around and I think Greg is considering that option," Ricky told Harnesslink earlier in the week. It was her 14th career victory and took her earnings over the $258,000 mark. Two hours later at Albion Park, Duke Of The Moment kept the momentum going when he took out the trotters handicap. The son of Monarchy was recording his 18th career victory which took his lifetime earnings to just shy of $158,000. Come Sunday in New Zealand and the icing on the cake for Juverna was the performance of her Love You daughter Moment Of Love, who brained them by eight and a half lengths at the Wairarapa meeting at the Manawatu Raceway. Grant Beckett, the vendor of The Best Moment Yet at this years sales is still shaking his head over the three progeny winning last weekend. " With the sales just around the corner, to have three winners from the mare in just one weekend was a huge thrill. " The best advertising you can ever get is the progeny winning races and to have three do it together is a great achievement." " I already thought that The Best Moment Yet would sell well because I think she is best yearling on type that Juverna has produced so the three winners is really a bonus," Grant told Harnesslink earlier today.  Grant has a second yearling from the family that he is selling on the second day of the New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch as Lot 432 A daughter of Lucky Chucky 1:50.8 ($2,099,973) who sired a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner from his first crop, the filly is named Luck Of The Moment and is from a Sundon daughter of Juverna. " She has just been a bit behind the other filly all the way through but has closed the gap just lately and has a lot of the family traits of Juverna so I have a bit of time for her," was Grant's opinion of her when talking to us today. Juverna has since produced a colt by Peak but it has already been sold. " Tim Butt was very keen to buy him so he has changed hands already and I put her back in foal to Peak." "Sunny Moment didn't have a foal this year but she is safely in foal to Andover Hall now," Grant said.  Juverna is from as good a trotting family results wise over the last twenty years as there is in the New Zealand stud book. The three winners last weekend is just a timely reminder to yearling buyers of how good this family is. Harnesslink Media

Until the late 1990s when the shuttling of stallions between hemispheres started to take off, breeders in Australasia had lagged behind their North American counterparts with no access to the latest successful stallions. However since shuttling became a part of the breeding scene, the siring charts now in both hemispheres have a lot of the same names near the top of those charts. Pacing down under has definitely caught up with it's North American cousins with regards to access to the best but until recently trotting had failed to have the same access to the very best in North America. However that has all started to change in a hurry in the last three or four years and as each subsequent breeding season goes by, trotting breeders are getting spoilt for choice with the quality of the trotting sires now available. Heading the sires available is the brilliant racehorse and now champion sire Muscle Hill 1:50.1 ($3,273,242) who has been a siring star right from the start. From his first crop he sired the brilliant Trixton 1:50.3 ($947,051) who won last years Hambletonian while from his second crop he produced the champion two year old filly Mission Brief 2- 1:50.3 ($1,599,587) who was narrowly beaten in this years Hambletonian. From his third crop this year, Muscle Hill has produced the brilliant Southwind Frank 1:52.2 ($941,811) who won eleven of his twelve starts at two. With just three crops on the track, Muscle Hill already sits third on the all age charts and it seems just a matter of time before before he assumes the mantle of leading trotting sire. Another stallion available down under who is making a slash on the siring charts in North America is Lucky Chucky 1:50.4 (2,099,973) After a good debut year last season with his first crop, Lucky Chucky broke into the top ten with his second crop, currently lying eighth after producing a couple of top two year olds. Dog Gone Lucky 1:54 ($505,841) was his flagbearer winning his last five in a row including the $216,000 Matron Trot and deadheating for first in the $490,000 Valley Victory final. Non Stick 1:56.3 ($185,448) was the other Lucky Chucky to stand up, being unbeaten in six starts. The success of his second crop didn't go un-noticed at this years yearling sales where the Lucky Chucky's sold very well. Another stallion available down under is Andover Hall 1:51.6 ($875,047) who has been an elite level sire from the time his first crop hit the track. As of today he has over $65,000,000 on his card including nine millionaires and 22 in sub 1:53. Andover Hall is still in the top half dozen on any siring chart you care to look at and continues to do an outstanding job. The leading European sires such as Love You and Ready Cash could be just as influential were it not for the issues of supply of semen which has been a bugbear for a couple of seasons now and is affecting their credibility in the marketplace. All up the trotting breeder has plenty to smile about these days and it would not be a surprise to see our trotters close the gap on their Northern Hemisphere cousins in the next few years. Harnesslink Media

Luck Of Macrea (Lucky Chucky) displayed his skills on Wednesday night as the Margaret Spagnola-trained trotter prevailed in the evening's feature for harness racing New York Sired highsteppers. The three year old trotter drew post position one for his try in the $10,500 feature and driver Frank Coppola Jr. moved the favorite out to the early lead. After enjoying a soft first half that went in 1:01, Luck Of Macrea trotted away from his rivals to score in 2:00.4. Keyhole (John Stark Jr), who got the pocket trip behind the winner, was the race's runner up while Royal Conway (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Luck Of Macrea, who was the 4-5 betting favorite, is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. The win was one of three on the card for Frank Coppola Jr. who is second in the local driver standings for the year. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Patronus (Lucky Chucky) set a lifetime mark for his new connections on Thursday evening at Saratoga Casino and Raceway while prevailing in the $10,500 feature. The three year old trotter drew post position one but got off to a slow start, getting shuffled back in the sixth horse field for New York Sired trotters. Driver Jimmy Devaux swung Patronus three wide around the final turn and he soared by rival Driving Me Lindy (Stephane Bouchard) who had to settle for second despite building an imposing lead. Patronus trotted to a career best 1:59 for Devaux and trainer Gary Levine who raced Patronus for the first time since acquiring him earlier this month. Devaux piloted three winners on the evening's ten race card. Live racing continues on Friday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Dog Gone Lucky will try to finish his season with a fifth consecutive win when he faces nine rivals in Saturday’s $489,400 Valley Victory Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The colt, who last week won his Valley Victory elimination by one length over Make Or Miss, will start the final from post five with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Chuck Sylvester. For the year, Dog Gone Lucky has won six of 13 races and earned $331,493 while finishing off the board only twice. His victories include the Matron Stakes and Kindergarten Classic championship, plus two preliminary divisions of the New York Sire Stakes series. Dog Gone Lucky is owned by Sylvester’s daughter Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and her cousin Charles Stansley. The colt was bred by Mike Stoltzfus, who is Amy’s husband, and Sam Stoltzfus Jr. Amy named the horse, a son of former Sylvester star Lucky Chucky out of the Stoltzfus’ broodmare Ebbtide Hall, in honor of her late brother Troy Sylvester. Troy, who passed away in 2009, was known by the nickname “Dog.” “He’s our family horse,” Mike Stoltzfus said. “He’s kind of special. We didn’t really expect what he’s been doing the last few starts. We thought we had a nice sire stakes horse, but he seems to have jumped up to the next level. He’s been pretty impressive. He’s beaten some pretty nice horses.” The Stoltzfus family bought Ebbtide Hall, a daughter of Cash Hall, for $8,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale’s Mixed Sale. Dog Gone Lucky was Ebbtide Hall’s first foal. “We bought her to breed to Lucky Chucky because we thought it might be a good cross for Lucky Chucky,” Stoltzfus said. “It’s worked out all right for us. He’s been a pretty good horse all along. He’s got good manners, and that means a lot. We’ve just been enjoying the ride with him.” Dog Gone Lucky is not the only Valley Victory contender from Sylvester’s stable. Waitlifter K also won his Valley Victory elimination, beating Milligan’s School by a neck at odds of 24-1, and will start the final from post three with driver Tim Tetrick. Waitlifter K, bred and owned by Bob Key, has won three of 13 races and earned $105,379. He has gone off stride three times behind the starting gate, but been competitive in his remaining races, hitting the board seven times. “I wasn’t really surprised by his win,” Sylvester said. “He’s had trouble going to the gate. If he gets off on the wrong foot, he gets pacing. He won’t make the gate if he’s on the pace. It’s either over before you start, or he’s going to be competitive. “When I saw him come to the gate on the trot (in the elimination) I knew he was leaving. And once he gets to the front he’s a good horse. Tim, once he got him out of there, he let him roll, which is OK. He needed that. He was very good last week. I was happy with him.” The Valley Victory is part of a busy weekend at the Meadowlands. Other top races Saturday include the $413,000 Governor’s Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, $173,500 Tarport Hap for 3-year-old female pacers, $144,000 Continentalvictory for 3-year-old female trotters, plus $400,000 TVG Free For All Series championships for male pacers and trotters. Elimination winners Big Top Hanover and Katies Rocker lead a field of 10 in the Governor’s Cup, which also includes Breeders Crown champion Boston Red Rocks. In the TVG championship for male trotters, 3-year-old The Bank will face seven older foes for the title. The Bank, trained by Jimmy Takter, accepted an invitation to the event as a Breeders Crown winner. On the pacing side, series points leader JK Endofanera, also trained by Takter, leads a group of six finalists. The Continentalvictory attracted only four starters, but features harness racing’s top money-earning 3-year-old female trotters: Wild Honey, with $1.11 million, and Mission Brief, with $929,317. Mission Brief defeated Wild Honey in last week’s Matron Stakes with a world-record 1:50.2 performance at Dover Downs. Wild Honey had won her two most recent previous encounters with Mission Brief, in the Breeders Crown and Kentucky Filly Futurity. For Saturday’s complete Meadowlands card, click here. Post time is 7 p.m. for the night’s first race.   by Ken Weingartner   Harness Racing Communications   USTA

Dog Gone Lucky is proving himself to be doggone good. A harness racing 2-year-old male trotter, Dog Gone Lucky heads to Thursday's $216,300 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs off a win in last weekend's Kindergarten Classic Series championship. He has won his most recent two starts and finished second by a neck to Brooklyn Hill in a stakes race at The Red Mile three races ago. Dog Gone Lucky drew post No. 1 for the Matron. Corey Callahan, Dover Downs' six-time leading driver, will be at the lines for trainer Chuck Sylvester. "He seems like he's getting a little bit better toward the end of the year," said Sylvester, who trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley. "We prepped him for the sire stakes and took our time with him. He's developed more than we thought he would." Dover Downs also hosts Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters and 2-year-old male and female pacers on Thursday. Post time is 4:30 p.m. for the day's first race. The Matron for female trotters features Kathy Parker and Womans Will, who finished 2-3 in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and Kindergarten Series championship runner-up Lookin Sharp. Stakes-winners Big Top Hanover, Ideal Rocky, and Autotune Hanover are among the eight horses in the Matron for male pacers while stakes-winner Shezarealdeal leads a field of eight female pacers. Big Top Hanover and Shezarealdeal both finished second in the Breeders Crown. Dog Gone Lucky is a son of former Sylvester star Lucky Chucky out of the mare Ebbtide Hall. He won the Kindergarten from post nine, beating fellow Sylvester-trainee Waitlifter K by two lengths in 1:54.2. Dog Gone Lucky has won four of 11 races and earned $213,343. "He leaves the gate well and he got a nice trip after he went to the front at Vernon," Sylvester said. "Some of the best colts aren't in (the Matron) so he'll be OK I think. Our plans were not to race him so early, but in these late races. If everything goes good he'll be in the Valley Victory." Waitlifter K also is in the Matron and will start from post five with driver David Miller. The colt, who has won two of 11 races and earned $95,379, is owned by Robert Key. Waitlifter K is a son of Muscles Yankee, another former Sylvester standout, out of the mare Treasure Forever. "He's a horse I just couldn't race every week, so we took our time with him," Sylvester said. "Mr. Key said it was OK to do whatever was best and to do it at our own pace. He raced very good last week and he'll be sharper this week. If all goes well, he'll be going to the Valley Victory too." Sylvester is looking forward to seeing how the horses develop over the winter. "I don't think we've over-raced them," he said. "They'll have two more starts and then get a nice rest. We'll keep our fingers crossed for next year." Among the horses joining Dog Gone Lucky and Waitlifter K in the Matron are stakes-winners Milligan's School and Love Matters. For Thursday's full card at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Vernon, N.Y. -- In addition to the annual Turn Back the Clock races and the Four One One for grey pacers, Vernon Downs hosted the harness racing finals of the Kindergarten Classic series--worth a combined $366,000--on Saturday (October 31) evening.   The $191,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old colts and geldings saw eventual winner Dog Gone Lucky ($4.80) vault clear from his post 9 dispatch, controlling a :57.2 half mile before yielding briefly to a rapidly-advancing Celebrity Express (John Campbell) before exiting the back straight. As Celebrity Express started to struggling upon exiting the far turn, Corey Callahan edged off the pegs with Dog Gone Lucky, pressing to the lead just past reaching the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Dog Gone Lucky, narrowly in front on his own accord, inherited two lengths clearance over the others when Celebrity Express broke stride off the far turn. The son of Lucky Chucky and Ebbtide Hall would hold that lead intact over a late-rallying Waitlifter K (David Miller) and Mavens Way (Ã…ke Svanstedt), prevailing in 1:54.2.   Chuck Sylvester trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley.   In the $174,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old fillies, the complexion of the race changed when both halves of the Jimmy Takter-trained 1-10 entry--Haughty and Hollywood Hill--broke stride on approach to the far turn. An extended duel between Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) and Radiant Beam (David Miller), joined at the quarter pole by Lookin Sharp (Callahan), ultimately dissolved as 91-1 outsider Wildflower ($185.50) split foes in the final sixteenth to just prevail in 1:55.4. Trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt shares ownership of the daughter of Muscle Hill and Lightning Flower with Douglas Sipple along with Mal and Janet Burroughs.   Earlier in the program, Artic Byrd ($22.40) took advantage of a ground-saving trip to take the Four One One for grey pacers, taking over late in 1:54.2 under trainer-driver Truman Gale. The pair of Turn Back The Clock races, contested clockwise at seven furlogns, went to trotter Mystical Con ($29.40, Claude Huckabone, III, 1:43.1), and pacer Sucrose Hanover ($17.40, Chris Lems, 1:39.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (November 6) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern standard time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs   Attached: Dog Gone Lucky (Corey Callahan up) and Wildflower (#7, Ã…ke Svanstedt in white cap) take their respective Kindergarten Classic finals. Fotowon photos.

Luck Of Macrea (Lucky Chucky) won the harness racing co-featured $10,500 trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The three year old trotter competed in the Jim Derue Memorial Series in recent weeks but didn't have better than a third place finish to show for it. Frank Coppola Jr. recorded his 5,000th career driving victory last week while sitting behind claiming trotter Diamond Tough for owner Mike Polansky. On Thursday, Coppola moved Polansky's Luck Of Macrea three wide around the final turn before the sophomore highstepper cruised past his rivals in the lane before setting a new lifetime mark of 1:59.4. Dismissed at odds of 7-1, Luck Of Macrea won for the third time this season. Coppola drove the Polansky-owned Turn It Up Loud (Art's Conquest) to an upset win later on the card as the pacer swooped the group in 1:53.4 while scoring at odds of 29-1. Both Luck Of Macrea and Turn It Up Loud are trained by Margaret Spagnola. Live racing continues on Friday with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Nichols, N.Y. -- Having taken her past four wins from pacesetting and pocket trips, Non Stick ($3.70) demonstrated increased versatility in her $36,566 New York Sire Stakes win at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 11) evening, sustaining a first-over bid on the backstretch en route to her 1:57.1 harness racing victory.   Lucas Wallin eased the 2-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky and Meucci Madness just off the pace, drafting behind Pampered Winner (Mark MacDonald) and Love Crazy Love (Jim Marohn, Jr.) through a soft :59 half mile before commencing a bid on the backstretch. Non Stick progressed steadily without the aid of cover, forcing a :28.4 third quarter before working to a clear lead off the far turn. After collaring Pampered Winner, Non Stick held off a late rally from Love Crazy Love, who emerged from the pocket in the final yards to miss by three-quarters of a length. Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) chased her cover to take third.   Trainer Ake Svanstedt co-owns Non Stick, now undefeated through five career races, with Little E, LLC.   Subsequent $36,566 New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies on the evening's 13-race program went to Posterity ($4.40) and Dizzy Broad ($2.70), both of whom pushed to the lead late to push their respective career win tallies to five.   Posterity, a daughter of Lucky Chucky and Vintage Chip, had no part of the early pace, saving ground on the backstretch to pass a parked and beleagured Zette Starlet (Bob Moran) before vacating the pegs and launching a strong bid on approach to the far turn. Posterity collared pacesetter Goosebump Hanover (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in upper stretch, drawing off to a 2-1/4 length win in 1:57 with trainer Charlie Norris handling the driving duties as well. Carrie Norris, Janine Zito, and Buck Sprinkle share ownership of Posterity.   Dizzy Broad likewise worked to the lead late in the mile, but took advantage of a pocket trip behind Franniegetyourgun (Mark MacDonald) before turning up the pressure with just over a quarter mile to go. The two dueled through the far turn, but Dizzy Broad kicked clear with less than a furlong to go, wearing down Franniegetyourgun and staving off an explosive late charge from Dazzling Dollars (Marohn) for a 1:56.4 score.   Jim Morrill, Jr. drove the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Broad Bahn and Portia for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Earl Smith.   The 2015 live racing season at Tioga Downs concludes on Saturday (September 12), with a 10-race card, car and television giveaways, and a fireworks spectacular on the docket. Post time is 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Twenty-one 2-year-old trotting fillies will contest three New York Sire Stakes events on Friday (September 11) evening's harness racing program at Tioga Downs, with Non Stick looking to keep her undefeated record intact.   Non Stick, one of a quartet of four-time winners on the program, has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favourite in the evening's fifth race, carrying a $36,566 purse.   The daughter of Lucky Chucky and Meucci Madness was recently a pillar-to-post winner at Yonkers, having taken her career mark of 1:56.3 at Vernon the week prior.   Lucas Wallin handles the driving duties for trainer Ake Svanstedt.   A pair of four-time winners square off in the second division, carded as race six on the 13-race card.   Posterity (9-5 ML) reeled off three straight wins before she was collared at Yonkers in her most recent race, edging clear for a 1:56 win at Vernon on August 14.   Trainer Charlie Norris will drive the daughter of Lucky Chucky and Vintage Chip.   She will have to contend with Ron Burke trainee Goosebump Hanover (7-5 ML), who comes in off three straight New York Sire Stakes victories, most recently holding sway narrowly for a 1:57.2 win at Saratoga.   Jim Morrill, Jr. is slated to drive the daughter of RC Royalty and Good Common Cents.   In the third and final division, programmed as the seventh event, Dizzy Broad (7-5 ML) seeks to extend her winning streak to three.   Ron Burke and Jim Morrill, Jr. once again team up with the daughter of Broad Bahn and Portia.   The penultimate program of the season at Tioga Downs is due to begin at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Nichols, N.Y. -- Now a six-time winner, Margaret and Amy Butler's Dayson ($2.10) drew clear at will for a 1:56 triumph in his $53,500 New York Sire Stakes event on Saturday (September 5) evening at Tioga Downs.   Jeff Gregory settled the 2-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall and Nervey's Taurus at the back of the main body of the field early on, better than just the far detached Neymar (Harry Landy), who faltered at the start. Dayson sat well off a :27.1 initial quarter before vacating the pegs at race's midpoint, working to within three lengths of 28-1 leader Credevie (Jim Marohn, Jr.) through a :57 half. On the backstretch, the Howard Okusko trainee found cover in the form of the first-over Crown Point (Dan Daley), drafting to advance easily through a 1:26.3 three-quarter split before he was left uncovered on the far turn. Just as Crown Point cleared a tiring Credevie, Dayson found another gear, sprinting off through the stretch and ultimately defeating midpack stalkers Southern Palms (Mike Simons) and Chargin Cadet (Ray Schnittker) by 10 lengths to remain undefeated.   The other $53,500 New York Sire Stakes event on the evening's program saw Dog Gone Lucky ($9.40) recover from a mild shuffle on the backstretch, rallying off the far turn to defeat odds-on pacesetter Allerage Echo (Chris Lems) by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3. Jim Meittinis drove the son of Lucky Chucky and Ebbtide Hall for owners Amy Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley as well as trainer Chuck Sylvester.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (September 7) afternoon, with a $40,000 Miss Versatility preliminary event headlining the card. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

The conditions were perfect for harness racing on a beautiful summer afternoon, the temperature was 85, the infield flag limp, the track fast, all perfect conditions for a track record at Monticello Raceway. The action started right away in the first race, going for a purse of $53,500. Allerage Echo put his name in the record books by virtue of his 1:58:1 mark. It was his 4th win in a row, for the Conway Hall - Echonomical colt, who was bred by Little E LLC. The easy going son of Conway Hall upping his careers earnings to $121,000, for winning driver Chris Lems. Credevie showed the way as the gate left for Trond Smedshammer. He was followed in hot pursuit by Smalltownthrowdown, Dan Daley tucked Smalltownthrowdown into the 2 hole after briefly being parked down the backside before the ¼ marker. The 2/5 favorite Allerage Echo made his move once Daley settled in and had the lead in a blink of an eye, parked at the ¼ in 29, he then cleared and was never heeded the rest of the mile, taking the field through fractions of 59:1, 1:29:3, Credevie made a break in the paddock turn and the contest turned into a 2 horse race. Smalltownthrowdown came first over but was not able to close the gap. Allerage Echo prevailed to win in 1:58:1 by 4 lengths, for trainer George Ducharme, who has enjoyed much success at Monticello Raceway this season in NY Sire Stake events. Owner Ken Jacobs was ecstatic in the winners circle. "We purchased the colt off a qualifier at Vernon Downs and put him the George Ducharme barn and have had great success," exclaimed Ken Jacobs "He's a beast" said winning driver Chris Lems following the win the in the winners circle, with an ear to ear smile." Race 8, 2nd heat of Sire Stake action had 6 starters. Cupid, driven by Trond Smedshammer for the Purple Haze Stable, tripped the timers in 28:3, 58:3 and 1:28:4, at this point the recent new track record that was barely dry on paper was in jeopardy of being broken. At the top of the lane Cupid was getting leg weary, Dan Daley and Crown Point who had been stalking the leader the entire mile, over took Cupid in a stirring stretch drive. The son of Crazed - Tierra broke his maiden, scoring in 1:59.0, for trainer driver Dan Daley and owners Daley, Crawford and Lombardo. Cupid hung on for second and Dog Gone Lucky was 3rd for trainer Chuck Sylvester and driver John Campbell. Excelsior A - $15,000 Race 4, first division of the A's went for a purse of $15,000. Gremlin Wilson sat the garden spot the entire mile behind pace setter HZ Royalty and driver Jeff Gregory. As the pair turned for home Gremlin Wilson, was not to be denied, using the passing lane to edge HZ Royalty in 2:00:3 for winnings owner and driver John Cummings Jr. The son of Sand Vic is trained by Megan Wilson. The last heat of the A class saw Omaha Set Up (PP4), make a bold first over move at the 5/8 marker to score a measured win over Radical Way in 2:00:4 for the Gideon Stables. The Credit Winner colt is trained by Tyler Freese and driven by Corey Braden. The 1/5 favorite Sweet Royalty made a break before the ¼ and was never a factor. Excelsior B - $6,700 Reasonforpleasin scored his 2nd win in this company for former Monticello Raceway driver Jay Randall and owners Michael Polansky in 2:01:4. The Conway Hall colt now has 2 wins in the Excelsior series under his belt. In Race 3, John Campbell was aboard Dollar Billiards. He left the gate to take the lead but in the middle of the first turn his steed made a break. Ray Schnittker aboard One Chief inherited the lead. The Lucky Chucky - Chippewa Street colt extended his lead at every stanza to win by 7 lengths in 2:02:2 for owners Schnittker, Demeter and H. Burns. Shawn Wiles

 The harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway  on Monday night hosted the $151,624 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions, worth $37,556, $37,556, $38,256 and $38,256, comprised the event. Odds-on choice Goosebump Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr., $3.30)-from post position No. 4--slipped out late, went wide and won the opening grouping in 1:59.1. Credit to Thelimit (Sam Schillaci), who actually beat the winner to the outside, settled for second, a half-length behind. Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) was third. For "Goosebump," a daughter of RC Royalty co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Joe DiScala Jr., Crawford Farms and J&T Silva Stables, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.20, with the triple returning $78. The evening's second Quaglietta event was strictly a two-lass affair, with pole-sitting Dizzy Broad (Morrill Jr., $6.90) picking off 3-5 favorite Posterity (Charlie Norris) from the pocket in a life-best/night's-fastest 1:58.1. The margin was a length-and-a-half, with Dazzling Dollars (Trond Smedshammer) a best-of-the-rest third. For Dizzy Broad, a daughter of Broad Bahn co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith Jr., she's now 3-for-5 in her first season. The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $34.80. Monday's third sire stakes event was another two-speed number, with short-price miss Non Stick (Dan Dube, $2.80) handily besting Pampered Winner (Jimmy Takter). From post No. 2, the people's preference two-moved and won by 2½ lengths in 1:59.4. Straight A Student (Mark MacDonald) was a rallying third. For Non Stick, a daughter of Lucky Chucky co-owned (as Svanstedt Racing) by (trainer) Ake Svanstedt and Little E LLC, she's a perfect 4-for-4 to begin her career. The exacta paid $11, with the triple returning $23.40. The evening's final statebred division was a maiden-breaker for Franniegetyourgun (Takter, $15.60). She sat pocketed from post No. 2, then eased past Lima Playtime (Scott Zeron) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:59.2. Lucky Kristen (Brian Sears) was third. For "Frannie," a Lucky Chucky miss trained by her driver for her driver's wife, Christina, Herbert Holland, Serafino Barone and Steve Bitlisli, is was that first win in four frosh tries. The exacta paid $110.50, with the triple returning $505. The Raceway's live season continues Tuesday with a "French-centric" matinee (first post 1 PM). Frank Drucker

Vernon, N.Y. -- Four New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies headlined Friday (August 14) evening's harness racing card at Vernon Downs, and Lucky Chucky filly Posterity ($7.30) proved most impressive among the quartet of winners.   In the $27,250 seventh race, trainer-driver Charlie Norris floated Posterity into midfield from her outside post, rating well off odds-on favourite Dizzy Broad (Jim Morrill, Jr.) through a :27.4 first quarter before charging to the fore amid a slackening :58.1 half mile. Upon reaching the end of the backstretch, Posterity was able to clear down to the pegs, turn aside a mild challenge from the first-over Credit To Thelimit (Sam Schillaci), and draw clear of her rivals through a dazzling :27.4 final quarter. Her 1:56 mile was the fastest of the four Sire Stakes splits, and she defeated runner-up Dizzy Broad by 3-1/2 lengths.   Carrie Norris, Janine Zito, and Buck Sprinkle share the ownership of Posterity.   Ãke Svanstedt recorded a Sire Stakes driving double, teaming up with Jimmy Takter trainee Pampered Winner ($13.00) in the $27,250 fourth race for his first of two co-featured wins. The royally-bred daughter of Credit Winner kicked clear off a first-over effort, holding off a late charge from Monarchs Sequel (Mark MacDonald) in 1:56.2. Svanstedt also prevailed with his own pupil Non Stick ($6.30) in the $27,750 ninth race, kicking clear from the pocket to defeat Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3.   The greatest margin of victory went to Goosebump Hanover ($6.10), who drew off for a 4-1/4 length triumph in the $ 27,250 sixth race. After brushing to the lead on the first half of the far turn, Goosebump Hanover gradually extended her advantage over Lucky Kristen (Marcus Melander) and I Will Take Credit (Dan Daley), prevailing ultimately in 1:57.2. Jim Morrill, Jr. drove the RC Royalty filly for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 15) evening. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs    

Freehold, NJ --- Tony Alagna says Lock Down Lindy’s performance in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination last weekend was “a chance to show everybody she’s the filly I thought she was last year.” The harness racing trainer hopes she shows off again in Saturday’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Lock Down Lindy won her Oaks elimination by two lengths over Wild Honey in a career-best 1:51.4 on Aug. 1. She will start the final from post No. 1, with driver Tim Tetrick, and is 3-1 on the morning line. Wild Honey, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 favorite from post two. The Hambletonian Oaks is Race No. 12 on a jammed-packed stakes card, with the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-old trotters as the centerpiece. The two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations are races eight and nine and the $1 million final is race 13. Post time for the first race is 12 noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will air coverage of the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Lock Down Lindy last year won two of seven races and earned $72,445. She won her elimination for the Merrie Annabelle Stakes at the Meadowlands and finished third in the final, behind Mission Brief and Jolene Jolene. She also finished third in a division of the Champlain Stakes, but finished her campaign by going off stride twice. This season, she has won two of 10 races, hit the board a total of seven times, and earned $112,184 for owners Mystical Marker Farms, Crawford Partners, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. She finished second to Barn Doll in the Empire Breeders Championship and third in a division of the Reynolds Memorial. She entered her Hambletonian Oaks elimination off a ninth-place finish in the Zweig Memorial’s filly division, having gone off stride at the start of the race won by Mission Brief. Lock Down Lindy is a daughter of Lucky Chucky out of the mare Love Lockdown. She was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and her family includes stakes-winners Majestic Son and Misterizi. “Everybody knows how much I liked this filly last year,” Alagna said. “She just had bad luck at the end of the season. “We’ve been racing her pretty conservatively. (In the Zweig) she just got off on the wrong foot. I thought she had a really nice shot, not to beat Mission Brief of course, but to get a good piece of the action. She tried to leave from the rail and got tangled up and made a break. (In her Oaks elimination) she had a chance to show everybody she’s the filly I thought she was last year.” With Mission Brief heading to the Hambletonian, where she will try to become the first filly to win the race since Continentalvictory in 1996, the Oaks trophy appears to be up for grabs. “It’s pretty wide open,” Alagna said. “We’ll just have to see how it works out. There’s a lot of nice fillies in there. A lot of it will depend on how things go and a trip and who has a good week. We’re just glad to be in it. Hopefully (Lock Down Lindy) will fire right back. That would be nice.” Takter will send out three Hambletonian Oaks finalists, with Sarcy and Speak To Me joining Wild Honey in the field. Takter has won the Oaks four times, with Lifetime Pursuit last year, Passionate Glide in 2006, Southwind Allaire in 2003, and Gleam in 1994. Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy, has won 12 of 18 career races, finished second on four occasions, and earned $588,488 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. She won last year’s Matron Stakes and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and captured her division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio in 1:55.2, setting the record for the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old on a half-mile track. Trainer Julie Miller has two Hambletonian Oaks finalists, Livininthefastlane and Lady Winona. Livininthefastlane finished second in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination to Spirit To Win, who died unexpectedly Monday as the result of an accident while preparing to jog. Livininthefastlane is 7-2 on the morning line and will start from post seven with Andy Miller in the sulky. She has won seven of 16 career races, finished among the top three a total of 13 times, and banked $379,481 for owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. “I was really happy,” Julie Miller said after the elimination. “We kind of have some sickness running through our barn and I was a little concerned. She probably wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked to have her, but Andy said she raced to the wire and I would hope she’s over the sickness. She has seven more days to prepare and we’ll just hope everything is right for her.” Lady Winona, who finished fourth in the elimination won by Lock Down Lindy, is 20-1 with Brian Sears driving from post four. She has won two of 18 career races and earned $81,938 for owner Stroy Inc., which is Natalia Stroy of Moscow. “She’s a nice complement to my barn,” Miller said. “She’s been doing great on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, so I thought she deserved a chance. I think she’s got good gate speed. I don’t know if she’ll be able to use it in this type of race, they’re probably a step ahead of her. But if she can get a piece of it I’ll be real happy with her.” Miller also sees a wide-open race. “Everybody’s been popping up,” she said. “It’s a tossup. It’s going to come down to who’s best that day.” Following is the field for the Hambletonian Oaks in post order, with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks-Race 12 HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Lock Down Lindy, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1 2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 3. Bright Baby Blues, David Miller, Bob Stewart, 8-1 4. Lady Winona, Brian Sears, Julie Miller, 20-1 5. Rules Of The Road, Corey Callahan, Janice Connor, 8-1 6. Classical Annie, Aaron Merriman, Jim Arledge Jr., 30-1 7. Livininthefastlane, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 7-2 8. Sarcy, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 9. Smokinmombo, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver, 12-1 10. Speak To Me, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward on opening night (7-27) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs and as a result the first record of the season just missed being broken. The track proved lightning fast as three of the four divisions set lifetime marks. Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Ship) took full advantage of an early break by favored Winning Princess (Jim Morrill Jr.) to wire the field and post a 1:59.1 victory, which was only one-fifth of a second off the track record set by Dreamy Dawn in 2010. Charlie Norris, who both trains and drives the filly, left sharp and set even fractions en route to an easy three and one-half length decision. The winning time was a new lifetime mark and the second win in three starts this year for Posterity, who paid $7.00. Posterity is owned by Carrie Norris, Janine Zito and Jerry Buck Sprinkle. In the first division, Lima Playtime (Credit Winner-Pacific Legacy) was an easy coast to coast winner who led the field by open lengths the whole race. Driver Rick Zeron seemed to have a gas pedal at his disposal after they passed three-quarters in 1:32.1; that's when the mare sped away from the group to come home in an impressive 28.3 and take a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. The even-money favorite returned $4.20. Zeron trains and co-owns Lima Playtime with Millar Farms, James Walker and Paul Fisher. The second division saw a dominant winner displaced due to interference by her coupled entry. Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) and Jim Morrill Jr. wasted no time getting the lead before setting speedy fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29.4 into the far turn. The entry on the ticket, Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) and Gates Brunet pulled off the rail from third to take a shot at the leader. But shortly after that move, she made a break and interfered with trailing horses. After the heavily favored Goosebump Hanover pulled away to an easy five-length victory, the inquiry sign went up, and the winner came down due to the interference by the coupled horse. Second place finisher, Credit To Thelimit (Credit Winner-Prize Angie) and driver Sam Schillaci were then declared the winner ($23.80). Credit To Thelimit is also trained by Schillaci for owners Matthew Bencic, Peter Barbato, Sam Bova and Jodi Schillaci. In the final split, Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) proved last week's win was no fluke as she set a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4 while registering a four-length decision over her six competitors. Lindylicious (Credit Winner-Scrumptious Lindy) flew off the wings for Chris Lems and went right to the front before leading for almost three-quarters of the race. But when the field was headed up the backside, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Dizzy Broad from third and appeared to fly past Lindylicious to take the lead. From that point on the only thing in question was how much the filly would win by. Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley, returned $9.10 to her backers. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card and the both also proved to be career best efforts for the winners. Take The Cash (Cash Hall-Take The Lid Off) driven by Jim Morrill Jr. scored her first career victory in 2:01.4 and returned $4.60. Take The Cash is trained by Perry Simser, who co- owns the filly with Clifford Morcom, Richard Kaplan and Salvatore Corcione. In the second leg, Barn Diva (Conway Hall-Misty Ridge) captured her second straight career win while also stopping the timer in 2:01.4. The winner, who returned $4.30, is trained and co-owned by Steve Pratt with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stable. Racing resumes Wednesday night (7-29) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

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