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Plainville, MA --- A pair of $8,500 races topped the harness racing card at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and the winner of each found victory by small margins. In the mid-level condition event for distaff pacers Rockin Ruby N (Nick Graffam) cut the mile and walked to the half in :58 flat. Having enough of that, Jaded Dream (Mitchell Cushing) and Bye Bye Felicia (Drew Monti) pulled out by the half and applied heavy pressure from there to the head of the lane. When they straightened out for home, Rockin Ruby N maintained a length advantage but Bye Bye Felicia was flying at her on the outside and closing with every stride. However Rockin Ruby N held her lead to the wire to win in 1:53.4, with a swift :55.4 back half. It was the fifth win in 24 starts this year for Rockin Ruby N ($7.20) and 29th win in North America, now with over $270,000 in earnings. Rockin Ruby N is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by Artie Brewer II. Four races later it was a non-winners event for the 5-year-old and under set that saw Lyons Beachboy (Drew Monti) take an early lead before finding Stroman (Mitchell Cushing) at his side by the half. These two then paced stride for stride to three-quarters in 1:24.4 when Stroman took over the front on the outside and looked to be in good shape. But Monti kept working Lyons Beachboy down the stretch and he was game and responded well to came back to win by a nose in 1:54. It was the second straight win and fourth of the year for Lyons Beachboy ($7.60) and his connections Lases Racing. Jaymes Mcassey trains the winner. Shawn Gray scored a natural Hat Trick in races two through four and ended up leading all drivers for wins on the card as a result. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow. With no winners once again in races six or nine, the carryover pool for race six at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 19) will be a record $46,238. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Yonkers Raceway regular Rock Diamonds N brought his "A" game to Plainridge Park on Monday (July 15) and dominated the harness racing field in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap en route to scoring the fastest win of his short North American career. Driver Ron Cushing floated Rock Diamonds N on the outside during a brisk :26.1 first quarter cut by Class Six (Drew Campbell) before motoring up to the lead in front of the grandstand. As soon as he seated, Bet You (Jay Randall) pulled first over and pushed the issue with the leader to the three quarters in 1:22.2, but the party was over from there. Rock Diamonds N rebuffed that challenge and opened up a two-length gap between himself and the rest of the field. After a quick tap and a set of high lines, Cushing let Rock Diamonds N pace away down the lane to win by two in 1:50.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the sixth win in 12 North American starts for Rock Diamonds N ($4.20) who has now earned $55,485 for owners Kevin Sywyk, his driver Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. The secondary feature was a $12,000 upper-level conditioned pacing event that saw Lindy Beach regain his old form. Warrawee Nonsuch (Shawn Gray) cut the mile and looked strong doing it in :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2. But Lindy Beach (Drew Monti) who had gotten away ninth, rallied from last following third-over outside cover to the top of the final turn where he tipped three-deep and exploded past the field by the top of the stretch. That's where he drew even with Warrawee Nonsuch before going right on by to win by a neck in 1:51.4, which was a new seasonal mark. Lindy Beach It was the first win of 2019 for Lindy Beach ($24.40) who is owned by the Lindy Racing Stable and trained by Domenico Cecere. Mitchell Cushing led all drivers with three wins on the card. Seemingly the hardest ticket to cash in the business, the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta did not have a unique winning ticket once again on Monday and as such, there is another record high carryover pool of $41,733 for the sixth race on Thursday (July 18) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Two harness racing drivers posted big numbers and won most of the races at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 11). Mitchell Cushing won five races in 10 driving starts including a natural Grand Slam in races three to six, and scored in the day's feature race while Drew Monti won four races in seven starts and took the secondary feature in the process. Cushing's biggest win of the day came in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares despite being assigned post eight with the heavily favored Write Me A Song. Cushing left the gate and floated Write Me A Song on the outside for a quarter mile while the rest of the field seated before rushing to the top in front of the grandstand to take command. The mare then paced by the half and to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 with a two-length advantage and no one able to mount a challenge. Write Me A Song spun out of the far turn and headed for home with a three length advantage and Cushing sitting chilly to win handily in 1:51.2 while Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), Spreester (Jim Hardy), Velocity McSweets (Shawn Gray) argued neck and neck for place and show. It was the sixth win in 15 starts this year for Write Me A Song ($2.20) who now has $80,850 on the card for owner William Hartt. Lance Hudson trains the winner. Write Me A Song is eligible to the inaugural edition of the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace that will be held at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28). Cushing rounded out his driving pentafecta with HS Marcia (1:56.2, $14.20), Golden Idol (1:52.4, $5.20), Cams Candy Girl (1:54, $16.40) and Cash Vaughn (1:55, $10.80). Cushing's Thursday performance vaulted him back into sole possession of first place in the dash win race for the meet now with 79 wins, two ahead of the second place Shawn Gray. Monti's marquee win came in the $10,000 conditioned event for 5-year-olds and under with Magic Joe Lindy who overcame post nine. Magic Joe Lindy left the gate and found himself on the rim until he cleared in front of the grandstand. After taking the lead he opened up a two length margin before backing the half off to a tepid :56 with no one in pursuit to that point. Still in single file up the backside, the field couldn't make up any ground on the leader as Magic Joe Lindy was just cruising in 1:24 when he headed into the final bend. There Passport To Art (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and tried to make a bid coming into the lane but it was too little, too late as Monti had Magic Joe Lindy wrapped up and pacing away to 1:52.1 win. Coming off two New York Sire Stake engagements, Magic Joe Lindy ($3.60) scored his second win of the year at Plainridge Park for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trainer Domenico Cecere. Monti's Grand Slam also included Shesells Seashells (1:54.2, $4.20), Plus One (1:53.2, $2.40) and Lyons Beachboy (1:53.1, $5.60). The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow at Plainridge Park as no unique winning ticket was sold on Thursday. So when live racing resumes at the Ridge on Friday (July 12) the carryover pool for the sixth race will be $35,967. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.     By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- With having only four starts over the last 18 months coming into today's race, Mambo Lindy looked like he did during his career best 2017 harness racing season after he won the $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot in convincing fashion at Plainridge Raceway. Mambo Lindy (Drew Monti) left from post seven and tucked in third while Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) shot to the lead. After the race hit the quarter in :27, Monti rolled Mambo Lindy up the rim and drew alongside Nows The Moment past the half. The pair squared off as they straightened up the backstretch and matched strides in a swift :27.2 third panel. As they motored around the last turn, Nows The Moment took back the lead by one-half length and it looked like he may have put his challenger behind him for good. But Mambo Lindy swelled up at the head of the stretch and started trotting up a storm. Under a mere line drive, Mambo Lindy forged his way by Nows The Moment and opened up a length lead at the wire to win in 1:53.1. The time was a new seasonal mark for Mambo Lindy ($4.60) and his fastest win time since September 30, 2017 when he trotted his career best 1:51.4 at Lexington. It was the 25th lifetime win in only 48 starts for the 8-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Rum Boogie who has now earned $245,660 for his owner Greathorse. Mambo Lindy is trained by Domenico Cecere. Matty "Ice" Athearn and Mitchell Cushing both had driving doubles during Friday afternoon while Gretchen Athearn led all trainers with two wins of her own. The Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool continues to grow with no unique winners in either the sixth or ninth race once again on Friday. So when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 8) the carryover pool for the sixth race Pentafecta will be a track record $29,477. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- A $10,000 conditioned race for the 5-year-old and under group on each gait topped the Thursday (July 4) holiday card at Plainridge Park and the respective winners registered career-best harnss racing efforts in victory. In the $10,000 trot, Refi (Drew Monti) remained undefeated this year after getting his third straight win in gate to wire fashion. Refi opened up a two-length advantage on the point and then went :27.4, :57.1 and 1:26 before turning for home and stretching out to a six-length lead under no urging at all to win in 1:54.4, besting his previous career record of 1:56.1. A 3-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Blazing Musclegirl, Refi ($7.80) is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere trains the winner. Then in the $10,000 pace, Pokerface Bluechip (Mitchell Cushing) also went start to finish on the front while setting fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.1 before smoking a final panel in :27.3 to score an easy one-length win in 1:51.4. The time was also a new lifetime mark, smashing his old one by two and 2/5th's seconds. Now boasting $36,540 on the card for the year, Pokerface Bluechip ($3.40) is owned by William Hartt and is trained by Lance Hudson. Mitchell Cushing and Drew Monti both had three wins on the card to lead all drivers on Thursday, however Shawn Gray and Drew Campbell became very close during the afternoon as they were both involved in two dead heats with each other during the proceedings. The first came in the third race where Stroman (Gray) and Downwyn Shark (Campbell) could not be separated by the camera for place and the second was in the 10th race when Northern Sportsman (Gray) and Makin' A Move (Campbell) hit the wire simultaneously for the win. The ever-growing Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta pool continues to grow as no one could select the winning combination in either the sixth or ninth race again today. As a result, there will be a $27,699 carryover pool for the sixth race on Friday (July 5) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race on Friday is 4 p.m.     By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Plainridge top harness racing driver Shawn Gray has been on a roll of late after Mitchell Cushing tied him for the dash driving lead over a week ago. Since then he's opened up a six-win gap and on Monday afternoon (July 1) he put an exclamation mark on it with five more wins, including victories in the day's top two classes at Plainridge Park. In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace, Gray and Sir Pugsley got their revenge over Mach Doro A who got up to beat him in late strides last week in the feature race at The Ridge. This week he was able to hold off a similar rush at the wire to claim the victory. Sir Pugsley grabbed the lead past the eighth pole and settled down to the pylons with a two-length advantage at the quarter in :27. Pacing smartly passed the stands, Sir Pugsley's first challenge courtesy off Tisadream N (Drew Monti) who came first up to engage the leader at the half in :55.3. Maintaining a constant three-quarter-length lead, Sir Pugsley held Tisadream N on the rim to the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and then into the final turn. There Opus Blue Chip (Drew Campbell), who had been drafting second-over, tipped three-deep and was followed by Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) who had been last most of the race. When the group straightened out for home, Mach Doro A looked the fleetest of foot and was barreling down the center of the track. But Sir Pugsley had the jump and was able to hang on by a nose at the wire and win in 1:51.4 which tied his season's best effort. It was the second win in 14 starts this year for Sir Pugsley ($17.20) who has now earned $35,095 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Marc Reynolds. Earlier in the card Gray scored with Betterlatethannever in the $12,000 upper-level conditioned pace in his first start back in his old barn off a claim. Betterlatethannever got away fifth from the gate while Lindy Beach (Drew Monti) barked out the fractions on the front. With the race in two rows in a :54.4 half, Warrawee Nonsuch (Mitchell Cushing) was advancing first over up the backside with Betterlatethannever on his back. Positions remained unchanged from there to the top of the stretch where Betterlatethannever tipped three-wide around Warrawee Nonsuch and flew down the stretch under a subtle line drive from Gray to win by two-lengths in 1:51.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Betterlatethannever It was the 36th win in only 88 lifetime starts for Betterlatethannever ($4.40) who is owned by Nickerson Racing and David Glazer. Jimmy Nickerson trains both Sir Puglsey and Betterlatethannever. Gray rounded out his driving pentafecta with Lone Survivor (1:53.2, $3.80), Superbowl Party (1:53.3, $14.20) and Hide Me Away (1:54.3, $6.80). Gray is not only the current leading dash driver at Plainridge Park, he is also the fourth leading percentage driver in North America with a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .363. Shawn Gray                     --Tim Bojarski photo After Mitchell Cushing added two wins to his total for the meet on Monday as well, Gray remains the meet leader by a nine-win margin of 73 to 64. Speaking of pentafectas, Plainridge Park started out the day with a record pentafecta carryover pool of $21,026 in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 wager. After there were no winners there, and no winners again in the ninth, the day ended with another record carryover pool of $24,921 which will be available for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race on Thursday (July 4) when live racing resumes. Post time for the first race Thursday is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- In a race that saw four horse make lead changes during the mile, Mayfair Johnny B made the one that counted the most as he won the $14,000 Winners-Over featured harness racing trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 28). Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) got the best start and the front and took the group to the quarter in :27. But three horses were already rolling up the outside and Make It A Double (Mark Athearn) grabbed the lead going into turn-two. Immediately, the second-over Mambo Lindy (Patrizio Ancora) came up alongside his former cover and overtook Make It A Double mid-way up the backside. Mambo Lindy would then stay in charge for the next quarter mile. With the field still in two rows Mayfair Johnny B (Jay Randall), who had been rolling along sixth and watching all the early action, pulled before the three-quarters and made his way around tiring and breaking horses eventually ending up second as the field was coming out of the final turn. When they straightened out for home, Mayfair Johnny B trotted right on by Mambo Lindy but still had one hurdle to clear. Nows The Moment who had the initial lead of the race, was back in the hunt and driving hard to the wire and gaining ground. But his lunge was too little too late as Mayfair Johnny B hung on to win by a length in 1:54, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the fourth win of the year for the lightly regarded Mayfair Johnny B ($22.00) who is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stable. Jackie Greene is the trainer. Driver Shawn Gray was as hot as the weather on Friday as he registered a Grand Slam on the card. He won with Jackpot Hill ($1:56.1, $11.60), Stroman (1:55.1, $3.40), Fargo Hanover (1:55.1, $2.40) and All Night Credit (1:57.3, $39.20). Two of Gray's four winners (Fargo Hanover and All Night Credit) were trained by Alicia Gray who led all trainers on the card for conditioning wins. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 1) there will be a record jackpot for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. The carry over pool will be $17,909, the largest ever carry over for this bet since its inception at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.     By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A pair $10,000 non-winner harness racing events for the 5-year-old and under set -- one on the trot and one on the pace -- headlined the 10-race card at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and the respective winners of each race put in career best efforts in victory. In the $10,000 trotting division, Lindy's Crazy Hall (Drew Monti) went off the definitive favorite and he never gave his backers a tense moment the entire race. After scooting off to a two-length lead by the quarter in :27.3, Monti backed off the middle half to :58.2 while holding a charge by Simple Kaos (Shawn Gray) at bay during that time. But around the last turn Lindy's Crazy Hall was given his head and he got down to business; trotting home without any urging in a swift :28.3 to win by three open lengths in 1:54.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner who had just set that standard at Harrah's Philadelphia last week. It was the second win in three starts this year for Lindy's Crazy Hall ($3.20) and the fifth of his career. The 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Lindys Gone Crazy is owned by the Lindy Farms of Connecticut and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The $10,000 co-featured pace went to the odds-on 1-5 favorite JM's Delight (Greg Merton) who tucked in second behind Pokerface Bluechip (Mitchell Cushing) to the quarter before taking the front as the race passed the stands going to the half. Once settled in and straightened up the backside, JM's Delight really got his motor in gear. With Pokerface Bluechip on his tail keeping him honest, JM's Delight proceeded to scorch the final two quarters in :28 and :27.2 and turned his length advantage at three-quarters into two and a half at the wire where he won in 1:52 flat, which was also a new lifetime mark. JM's Delight ($2.60) scored his fourth win of the year for Greg Merton, who also owns and trains the 3-year-old gelded son of Bettors Delight-Dreaming Aliina. JM's Delight Drew Monti led all drivers on the card for wins Thursday, taking three on the day. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow. With no winners once again on Thursday, the carryover pool for the sixth race on Friday will be $16,680. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The strip at the Ridge was in fine form on Monday afternoon (June 24) and the feature race was evidence of that as Bo Mach went the best mile of his life in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park to register his third consecutive harness racing win. Bo Mach (Mitchell Cushing) led the field to the quarter in a brisk :26.4 before giving up the front to Sir Pugsley (Shawn Gray) who was rolling up the outside. The new leader then received no break as an outer flow was right at him with Windsun Gotham (Jimmy Whittemore) leading the way. With the field now split in two rows with four in and four out, Windsun Gotham continued to pursue Sir Pugsley to the three-quarters in 1:23.3 while Bo Mach sat the pocket waiting to make his move. When they passed the crest of the final turn Windsun Gotham faded and Bo Mach pulled out and went right at Sir Pugsley. The two paced in stride until halfway down the lane when Bo Mach got the advantage and won by a length in 1:51.2. The fifth win of the year by Bo Mach ($5.40) was landmark to his career as he set a new lifetime mark and pushed his seasonal income to $60,600 which is also a career high for annual earnings. William Hartt owns the 4-year-old son of Mach Three-Magnify This who is trained by Lance Hudson. In the $12,000 conditioned pace co-feature, Opus Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) followed the front-running Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) the entire race before pulling off the pylons approaching the seven-eighths pole where he breezed on by to win by a length in 1:51.3, which was also a new lifetime mark. Opus Blue Chip ($3.40) is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Mitchell Cushing and Shawn Gray both had driving doubles on the card while trainer Joe Nelson had a conditioning double of his own. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta jackpot continued to grow on Monday with no winner of that bet once again. The carryover pool of $13,774 will be available in sixth race on Thursday (June 27) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski  for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA ---- Coming off a career year for harness racing wins and earnings in 2018, Make It A Double has already surpassed the victory total of last year and is well on his way towards the bank after winning the $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 21). Leaving from post five, Make It A Double (Mark Athearn) rolled to the front, opened up a two-length advantage and did not allow anyone closer to him than that for the rest of the mile. Athearn guided his trotter to the quarter in :28, the half in :57.3 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 before turning for home with a three-length advantage. From there with his tail flagged and his head thrown in time with his gait, Make It A Double coasted unchallenged down the lane and won in 1:54.4, which tied his seasonal mark. It was the fifth win in nine starts this season for Make It A Double ($5.80) who has now earned $37,810 in 2019 for owner William Phipps. Gretchen Athearn trains the winner. The second fastest diagonal event on the trot-heavy Friday card was the $8,500 mid-level condition race that saw Coco Lindy (Drew Monti) pull first-over at the half before clearing and opening up a three-length lead by the top of the stretch. From there Coco Lindy stayed tough and held off a strong brush by both Run And Tell Pap (Mitchell Cushing) and Wind And A Prayer (Mike Stevenson) at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55.4. It was the 49th lifetime win for Coco Lindy ($4.60) who now boasts $543,088 in career earnings. Greathorse owns the 12-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Nutty Butty who is trained by Domenico Cecere. Drew Monti led all drivers with three wins on the card while trainers Gretchen Athearn, Domenico Cecere and Mike Giourard were the winningest trainers with two victories apiece. There were no winners of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta again on Friday so the carryover pool for that bet in the sixth race on Monday (June 24) will be $10,344 when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- It was deja vu all over again for Con Air Hall who, for the second week in a row, came from off the pace over a sloppy track to score another harness racing win in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 20). Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) got away third while Count On Rosey (Mike Stevenson) and Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) settled in first and second on the point. But as the race passed the quarter, Cushing pulled out and took the lead from them in front of the stands. With no rest for the weary, Pembroke Mystery (Heath Campbell) came right at Con Air Hall at the half and pushed the issue all the way to the three quarter pole. As soon as the third split went by, Pembroke Mystery hit the wall and Con Air Hall started to open up. Before the race even turned for home, Con Air Hall had a widening four-length lead and there were no serious challenges in sight behind him. With the whip tucked, Cushing sat wet and chilly as Con Air Hall trotted home to a wrapped-up seven-length victory in 1:56.2. It was the second win in a row and third win of the year for Con Air Hall ($8.60) who is owned by Mark Ford. Elisha Lafreniere trains the winner. Drew Campbell was the hot driver on Thursday as he won four races on the card. Campbell scored with Carson Hill (1:55.4, $9.00), Miss Daisy Duke (1:57.2, $4.00), Meetmeatthedance (1:55.2, $22.40) and Life Isa Shortwalk (1:55, $4.40). Not to be outdone, Mitchell Cushing had a driving Hat Trick while Jim Hardy had a double. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover pool continues to grow and is now up to $6,198 and will be available for that bet in the sixth race on Friday (June 21) when live racing at Plainridge Park resumes. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After a one year hiatus, Grand Circuit harness racing will return to New England when Plainridge Park hosts the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot for 3-year-old and older trotters. And new for 2019 will be the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares. Both races will be contested on Sunday (July 28) and are presented by Plainridge Park Casino and the Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE). With the final sustaining payments having been made on Friday (March 15), the list of eligibles for the 2019 edition of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is complete and includes a total of 24 trotters comprised of 23 horses and geldings and one mare. Among the group of possible entrants are two Hambletonian winners, six millionaires, the world's record holder for the gait and a roster of top notch trotting talent that could headline at any track in North America. Horses that are likely to start include 2016 Hambletonian winner, trotting Triple Crown winner and Dan Patch Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder (Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover 1:51.2, $3,140,880), 2015 Hambletonian winner and Dan Patch Trotter of the Year Pinkman (Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster 1:51, $2,795,539) and the fastest trotter in the history of the sport Homicide Hunter (Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer 1:48.4, $1,730,177). The first edition of this stake was held in 2017 when JL Cruze (Crazed-Topcat Hall 1:49.4, $1,354,202) and Andrew McCarthy toured the Plainridge Park oval in a track record time of 1:51.2 to upset the field at 60-1. Although JL Cruze is not nominated to this year's race, his track record still stands and it will be in the cross-hairs of this stellar field in July. The inaugural $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace has drawn 24 mares and could prove to be a powerhouse race considering the horses that are eligible. The field is led by the 2018 Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year Shartin N (Tintin In America-Bagdarin 1:48.2, $1,635,728), the 2018 Dan Patch 3-year-old pacing filly award recipient Kissin In The Sand (Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate 1:47.4, $1,096,945), the 2017 Dan Patch 2-year-old pacing filly award recipient Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane 1:48.2, $1,469,938) and Bettor Joy N (Bettors Delight-Joyfulbelle 1:50.4, $226,917). The track record for older pacing mares at Plainridge Park is held by Shesjustadelight N who scorched the five-eighths mile oval in 1:51 back in 2016. Clearly there is sufficient firepower within this group of side-wheeling lasses to lower that mark in the first edition of this exciting new stake. A complete list of all 24 eligibles to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot can be found by clicking here. (https://www.hambletonian.com/uploads/8/2/8/3/82831928/spirit_of_mass_2019.pdf)   A complete list of all 24 eligibles to the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace can be found by clicking here. (https://www.hambletonian.com/uploads/8/2/8/3/82831928/clara_barton_2019.pdf)   For more information on live harness racing at Plainridge Park and both of these stakes please log onto www.plainridgeparkcasino.com and www.hhane.com.   By Tim Bojarski for Plainridge Park and the HHANE

Plainville, MA --- Tisadream N took on all comers for the enitre mile yet hung tough to the wire to win the featured $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Monday (June 17) afternoon. Leaving from the rail, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the initial lead until Sir Puglsey (Shawn Gray) hustled up on the outside to grab the front before the quarter in :26.4. However not content to take the trip, Monti pulled right line and went back to the top in front of the stands and then settled back to the cones. But the outer flow immediately came at him with Bet You (Nick Graffam) leading the way, bringing Opus Blue Chip (Mike Stevenson) and Pickled Preacher (Jay Randall) with him. Bet You engaged Tisadream N at the half and paced stride for stride with him up the backside in a quick :27.1 third quarter, then around the far turn and into the stretch where Opus Blue Chip tipped three deep and Pickled Preacher went four-out. Now four across the track, the pack paced down the lane with everyone having a shot. But Monti asked for more and he got it from Tisadream N who paced stoutly to the wire to win by a length in 1:51.4. It was the third win in nine starts this year and second win in a row for Tisadream N ($4.40) who tied his lifetime mark of 1:51.4 set just last week. The 6-year-old son of Bettors Delight-Dreamy Atom is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski and is trained by Scott Rollins. Monti also won the co-featured $12,000 upper conditioned pace with Betterlatethannever who went from worst to first in short order. Betterlatethannever got away last from post nine and stayed in that position until the five-eighths pole where Monti tipped out to follow live cover to the top of the turn. There he swung five-deep heading into the stretch and barreled down the lane to out-duel My Mind Is Madeup (Jim Hardy) to the wire by a neck in 1:52.2. The winning time equaled his seasonal best. Betterlatethannever Just claimed last week for $15,000, Betterlatethannever ($10.80) paid instant dividends for new owner Clark Davis and trainer Benson Merrill. Drew Monti completed the natural Hat Trick in races five, six and seven with Warrawee Nonsuch (1:51.4, $22.80) to lead all drivers on Monday for wins. On a couple of betting notes, there was an instant jackpot payout in the eighth race superfecta. The 5-2-7-3 combination returned $24,395.80 for a $2 wager. And there is another Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover pool of $3,656 for the sixth race on Thursday (June 20) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The feature harness race at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 14) was the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot and Sortie Hanover made a bold move to capture the winner's share. Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left from post seven and took an early lead. But he soon surrendered that spot to Lindy The Great (Drew Monti) who recovered from an early break to rally to the front by the half in :56.4. Positions remained unchanged until midway up the back straight when Drew Campbell pulled Sortie Hanover from fourth and blew right by the three horses ahead of him to clear and take the lead by three-quarters in 1:25.3. From there Campbell just high-lined his horse and Sortie Hanover did the rest; trotting home first by four lengths in 1:55. Sortie Hanover ($12.00) got his fifth win of the year and a new lifetime mark for owner Mark Ford and Elisha Lafreniere, who trains the winner. The first race wasn't the feature trot, but it was the fastest. In the $8,500 mid-level condition event, Mayfair Johnny B (Jay Randall) pulled second over from fifth at the half, tipped three-deep at the three-quarters, overtook the leading Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) in the last turn and then trotted home in :28.4, opening up a 13-length lead in the process to win in 1:54.1. An 11-time winner in 2018, Mayfair Johnny B ($4.20) registered his third win of 2019 and a new seasonal mark for owner Kellogg Racing Stable and trainer Jackie Greene. Stealing the show among all drivers on Friday was Mitchell Cushing who won five of the 11 races on the card. He scored with Run And Tell Pap (1:56.2, $10.60), Neverdie (1:56.2, $3.00), Northern Breakout (1:56.3, $12.60), Katkin And Coke (1:58.2, $2.40) and Tango Glider (1:59.4, $31.40). Cushing has been on a tear this week at The Ridge, winning four races on Monday, four more on Thursday and then capped off the week today with five more tallies. As a result of the 13 wins, Cushing is now only two wins behind Shawn Gray (57-55) for the meet's driving lead. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (June 17) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After matching his lifetime mark in an April win at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Con Air Hall had not been able to come close to that harness racing performance in the months since. But that all changed on Thursday (June 13) when the 6-year-old got his game back on track and romped in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park. Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) dropped in second behind Count On Rosie (Todd O'Dea) and smartly sat there until the five-eighths pole when Cushing pulled right leather and popped the pocket. Now under a full head of steam, Con Air Hall marched right by Count On Rosie and slid back to the pylons while opening up a two-length advantage past the three-quarters in 1:27.1. As the race swept around the last turn Count On Rosie faded, Spark A Dream (Shawn Gray) made a break and the only horse close enough with a shot was Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) who tried her best to pursue but came up short as Con Air Hall was on cruise control and trotted to the wire on top by three in 1:56.4 over the sloppy-rated track. It was the second win of the year for Con Air Hall ($11.20) who is owned by Mark Ford and trained by Elisha Lafreniere. Mitchell Cushing remains the hottest driver on the grounds at Plainridge over this past week. After registering a Grand Slam on Monday (June 10), Cushing came right back and won four more races during Thursday afternoon. Besides winning the feature with Con Air Hall, Cushing also had his picture taken with Neon Sky N (1:53, $10.00), Cruiserwillwin (1:54.3, $18.20) and Beverly Hill Billy (1:55.3, $7.60). Drivers Shawn Gray and Drew Campbell each doubled on the card and as a result, the driving leader board has gotten crowded at the top. Gray is the current pace-setter with 57 wins, Cushing is second with 50 and Campbell is third with 37. There was a huge carry over pool in the Wicked-Hi 5 pentafecta wager today and it was hit in the ninth race. The winning combination of 3-6-7-4-1 returned a whopping $18,923.24 for a 20-cent bet. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (June 14) with an 11-race, trot-heavy card featuring the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for the diagonal gaited. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plianville, MA --- As had been the case in his last two harness racing wins at Plainridge Park, Mach Doro A once again performed like a man against boys in winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap feature pace on Monday afternoon (June 10). Leaving from post seven, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) flew to the front to set up shop and once there unchallenged, backed off the fractions to :27 and :56.2. By the time Bet You (Mitchell Cushing) pulled first-up to try and push the pace, Mach Doro A was on his way home. With his driver snugly holding two hands full of leather, Mach Doro A ripped-off back to back quarters of :27 and :27.3 to fly home in :54.3 unencumbered with a three-length victory in 1:51, which was a new lifetime best. It was the third win in the last four starts and fourth win of the year for Mach Doro A ($2.60) who is owned by Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi GIbbs trains the winner. The next race on the card was a $12,000 upper-level conditioned event that went to Windsun Gotham (Mitchell Cushing) who pulled first-over past three-eighths and drew alongside the frontrunning Cruzing HIll (Drew Campbell) on the backstretch. From there the two tussled to the three-quarters and around the final bend before Windsun Gotham took the lead and then held off a late charge from Gillys Boy (Jay Randall) and Rockin Cougar (Nick Graffam) to win by a length in 1:52.1. Windsun Gotham It was the second win in a row for Windsun Gotham ($2.80) who is owned by Rick Howles and trained by Eric Beach. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (June 13) and it will feature a $14,169 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the sixth race. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

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