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Plainville, MA --- The third harness racing leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders was held at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 17) with $113,750 in purses up for grabs. In the first of two divisions of 2-year-old male pacers, Mullinax (American Ideal-Up Front Kellie Jo) made his presence known while winning in a big way. Mullinax (Scott Zeron) got away third as the undefeated Call Me Maverick (Mike Stevenson) set fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26.1 with the field in single file behind. Entering the far turn, Maui (Shawn Gray) pulled from second and took his best shot at the leader as they headed into the stretch, but it was Mullinax who tipped three-high around both and paced furiously to the wire to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.4. The winning time was a new track and stake record for a 2-year-old pacing gelding.   It was the fifth win of the year for Mullinax ($4.00) who is owned by William Varney and trained by Mark Ford. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford bred the winner. The second set of first-year side-wheelers saw Beantown Bruschi (Dragon Again-Wondrous Grace) overcome a late miscue to take the win. Beantown Bruschi (Mitchell Cushing) also sat third while Edelman (Ron Cushing) played hardball with post time favorite Dancing Lew (Bruce Ranger) to the quarter in :27.1. Dancing Lew took that trip to the half where he pulled and brought Beantown Bruschi (Mitchell Cushing) and Bumpah Stickah (Jim Hardy) with him. Rounding the far turn they fanned three across when Beantown Bruschi made a break, appearing to leave Dancing Lew and Bumpah Stickah to decide the winner. But Cushing gathered Beantown Bruschi together and steadied him down the stretch where he caught the leaders at the line in 1:54.3, which was a new lifetime mark. It was two wins in a row for Beantown Bruschi ($10.60), owner/breeder Michael Goldberg Racing and trainer Jeff Lieberman. The 2-year-old colt and gelding trot was basically a walk-over by Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) after three horses broke by the quarter. Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) trotted on the point with a loose lead to the half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.1 while Tbtwelve (Steve Smith) and In The Cards (Nick Graffam) tried to stay close. But when they turned for home Incommunicado had opened up a three length lead and bolted to an eventual 8-1/4 length victory in 1:57.3. The win was the second straight in the MASS for Incommunicado ($2.80) and owners Knutsson Trotting, Little E, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz. The Moni Maker Stable bred Incommunicado who was an $80,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale in 2019. The first-year pacing fillies were up next and So Amazing (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) was in complete control while putting on a dominating show. After taking the lead immediately off the gate, So amazing (Bruce Ranger) maintained a quick pace while working through challenges from Ideally Sweet (Steve Smith) to the half, Purameri (Nick Graffam) at the three-quarters and then holding off deep stretch challenges from trippers Rightfully Mine (Scott Zeron) and Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) to win by a 3/4 of a length in 1:53.1. So Amazing ($20.80) scored her first MASS win along with a new lifetime mark for owners/breeders Nancy and Domenic Longobardi and trainer George Ducharme. Lastly the freshman filly trotters took the track and Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) scored off a late closing kick. Me Too Baby (Matty Athearn) went to the front while Moni For Lindy (Scott Zeron) followed in second as they rounded the first turn. At the three-eighths pole, Royal Envy (Shawn Gray) pulled and advanced only to third, where he hung for most of the next half mile. As the trotters approached the three-quarters, Moni For Lindy tipped out and took the lead from Me Too Baby while Royal Envy was still floating on the rim about four lengths behind. When they hit the stretch Moni For Lindy looked like she was home, but Royal Envy finally found his footing and trotted up a storm to the wire, beating Moni for Lindy by 1/2 length in 1:58. Royal Envy ($4.80) scored his third straight MASS win for owners/breeders Al Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme also trains this filly. Live racing at Plainridge Park featuring the third leg of the 3-year-old Massachusetts Sire Stakes will convene on Monday (Oct. 19) at 2 p.m. The $720,000 (est.) MASS finals will be held on Monday (Oct. 26) at The Ridge with post time for the first race also at 2 p.m.    By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Even though it was a bye week for the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, the younger harness racing horses still took center stage on Sunday (Oct. 11) at Plainridge Park. This was quite evident in the $15,000 feature trot won by Blue Knight who did it in track record time. Final Dream (Bruce Ranger) and Just Dreamin (Nick Graffam) argued for the lead and got away one-two at the quarter in :27.3. But that order was short lived as Blue Knight (Drew Monti) pulled from third at the top of the stretch and grabbed control of the race in front of the grandstand. From there Blue Knight burned up the backstretch in :27.3, opening up a four length lead by the three quarters that he stretched to six by the top of the stretch. Blue Knight continued to trot strong down the lane all alone and hit the light in 1:54.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner and also a new track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. It was the third win in a row and fifth win of the season for Blue Knight ($3.00) who is owned and trained by G Richard Mason Jr.     In the $14,000 condition for 4-year-old and under trotters, Mimi’s Moni (Drew Monti) went off at 1-9 and didn’t disappoint her backers. Leaving from post three, Mimi’s Moni took the lead past the quarter and never looked back. She led the rest of the race by 1-3/4 lengths and trotted home under no urging by the same margin in 1:56.2. It was the second straight win and fifth in eight starts this year for Mimi’s Moni ($2.10) who is owned by Greathorse and trained by Domenico Cecere. After scoring five driving wins at Batavia Downs last night, Drew Monti continued his hot hand with a Grand Slam at Plainridge on Sunday. In the nine races he drove on the 10 race card, Monti never missed the board scoring four wins, three seconds and two thirds. That gave him a Universal Driver Rating of .704 for the afternoon. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 12) with post time at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- They started side by side and they ended up the same way as the photo finish camera couldn't separate them. After one and one half laps of Plainridge Park, 3-year-old harness racing fillies Kitty Hoyne and Odds On Algorithm ended up in a dead-heat in the $15,000 distaff conditioned pacing feature on Friday afternoon (Oct. 9).  Kitty Hoyne (Nick Graffam) left from post five and wrangled the lead away from Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ranger) at the quarter while Odds On Algorithm (Shawn Gray) started the race from post six and settled on the pylons fifth, during that same period. Positions remained unchanged until the half when all the fun began.  Odds On Algorithm pulled first over and made her way towards the leader, drawing within a length at the three-quarters. From there the two mares displayed sidewheeler synchronicity; pacing stride for stride like a mirror image, around the last turn and into the lane. Graffam and Gray were both rocking and line-driving to the wire but neither Kitty Hoyne or Odds On Algorithm could get the advantage and they hit the wire together in 1:53.1. It was the second win in the last three starts for Kitty Hoyne ($3.60), her owner Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Marissa Chadbourne and two straight wins for Odds On Algorithm ($2.20) who is owned by the Green Machine Stable and trainer Alicia Gray.  The secondary feature was a $10,000 fillies and mares event and it went to Age Is A Number (Drew Monti) who led at every station before turning for home and kicking away to a three-length win in 1:54.4. Age Is A Number ($12.00) is owned by Marc Reynolds and Richard Cortese and is trained by Jimmy Nickerson.  Driver Jim Hardy and trainer Jolene Andrews teamed up to win three races on Friday, making each the leader in their category for victories on Friday. Driver Drew Monti and trainer Jimmy Nickerson also combined efforts to score two winners while driver Nick Graffam doubled on the card as well.  Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 11) with post time at 2 p.m.    By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- It was round two for the 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders in the Massachusetts sire Stakes at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 4) and Wyatt J shone the brightest for the second week in a row in the $28,000 harness racing division for pacing colts and geldings. Teamed with driver Jason Bartlett for the first time, the heavily bet Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) left sharply and cut the quarter in :26.1 and from there called the shots for the rest of the mile. With little pressure to deal with, Wyatt J hit the half in :56, the three-quarters in 1:24.1 and then started to open up around the last turn. With the race well in hand, Bartlett line drove Wyatt J to the wire in 1:51.3 on top by 2-3/4 lengths. The time broke the MASS stake record for 3-year-old pacing geldings and was a new lifetime mark for the winner; both marks were set by Wyatt J just last week. It was also the sixth win in a row for Wyatt J ($2.10) who is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred the winner. The filly pacers went for $28,500 and Ry's Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) bounced back from a narrow defeat last week. Opening up a two length lead by the quarter, Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) paced alone until the five-eighth's when I Am Wonder Woman (Jason Bartlett) and She's A Fireball (Ron Cushing) rolled up the rim and Sara Tancredi (Nick Graffam) who was tripping out, started some pressure that would continue to the wire. The two outside horses fanned wide of the leader at the top of the lane while Sara Tancredi advanced along the pylons. With four horses across the track within a length of each other, Ry's Red Rocket continued to dig in and eventually hung on to a neck advantage in 1:54.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Ry's Red Rocket ($4.60) who is owned and bred by Linwood Higgins and is trained by Gretchen Athearn. The two trot divisions were owned by trainer George Ducharme and owner Ray Campbell Jr. who won both. The colts and geldings went for $28,500 and Double Dealing (RC Royalty-Heather Spur) got his second consecutive stake win. Dazzling Lindy (Mitchell Cushing) led the race to the half before Double Dealing (Shawn Gray) pulled the pocket past the half and took control before the five-eighths. From there Double Dealing opened up a gapped lead and pulled away to a two-length margin of victory in 1:56.4. Double Dealing ($2.60) registered his sixth win of 2020. The $27,500 filly trot was a non-betting event and was a runaway win for Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) who was not challenged at all. Without A Warning (Jason Bartlett) went right to the front and after posting quarters of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27, hit the top of the stretch up by three lengths and jogged to the wire in front by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:55. Without A Warning scored her fourth win of the year and now has $166,912 in earnings this year. The MASS 2-year-olds will contest their second session at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 5) with post time at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A fourth Massachusetts Sire Stake record was broken during only the second day of competition when the 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders hit the harness racing track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), getting the series off to its fastest start ever. And all five division winners on Monday also took new lifetime marks. In the $28,500 division for freshman male pacers, Dancing Lew (Rocknroll Dance-Love Rocks) hit the sticks fifth tracking the heavily favored Mullinax (Scott Zeron) who flashed to the front. Bruce Ranger pulled Dancing Lew in front of the stands and motored up towards the leader around the second turn. From there he got within a length of Mullinax but couldn't advance further as they hit the top of the stretch. But when they straightened out in the lane, Dancing Lew swelled up and paced right by Mullinax and won by 1/2 length in 1:54. The time was a new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer. It was the second straight win for Dancing Lew ($16.20) who is owned by Anthony Sivik Jr., Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standarbreds, who also bred the winner. Kevin Switzer is the trainer. The trotting colts and geldings went for $29,000 and New York Sire Stake finalist Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) grabbed the winner's share. For the bulk of the race it was a two-horse competition. Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) took the lead and Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) tucked in second. Positions remained unchanged until the 7/8th's pole when Incommunicado moved into the two-path and took direct aim at Beantown Madness. The two trotters battled all the way to the wire where Incommunicado got the advantage and won by 1/2 length in 1:56.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Incommunicado Incommunicado ($3.40) grabbed his second win of the year for owners Knuttson Trotting, Little E, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner who was bred by the Moni Maker Stable. The freshmen filly pacers put on quite a show in their $29,000 division with another NYSS finalist, Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah), getting the job done. Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) grabbed the lead by the quarter and then controlled the pace with Rightfully Mine (Scott Zeron) and Purameri (Drew Monti) sitting second and third. After getting to the half in :57.2, Purameri hit the gas and motored up the outside to pace alongside Suzie Blue Chip around the last turn. At the top of the stretch Purameri lost her momentum and Suzie Blue Chip drifted off the pylons allowing Rightfully Mine room to shoot the gap and win by a neck in 1:54.1, which was a career best time for the winner. Rightfully Mine Rightfully Mine ($4.00) scored her second win of the year for owners Anthony Scussel and Monique Cohen, who also bred the winner. Sheena Mcelhiney is the trainer. The trotting fillies went in two $13,750 divisions of five horses each. In the first split, Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) sat second behind the heavy 1-9 favorite Moni For Lindy (Scott Zeron) until the top of the lane where driver Shawn Gray tipped and brushed her down the stretch and right past Moni For Lindy at the wire in 1:58.1. It was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Royal Envy Royal Envy ($26.00) is owned and was bred by Alfred Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. The second division saw Matty Athearn send Me Too Baby (Muscle Hill-Baby Shaq) off the gate to the front where he opened up a four-length lead at the quarter. They maintained a gapped advantage at every station before cruising home a winner in a career best tying 1:58.2. Me Too Baby Me Too Baby ($2.80) has now won two races in a row for owner/breeder Thomas Dillon and trainer Gretchen Athearn. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 4) with the second leg of the 3-year-olds and on Monday (Oct. 5) when the 2-year-olds reconvene. Post time for both days is 2 p.m. Regular racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 1) with post time also at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- On Sunday (Sept. 13) Plainridge Park hosted the second harness racing leg of the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters and both races featured horses who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting later this month. The Nauset pace was won by Bumpah Stickah (Jim Hardy) who took a first-over path from third, cleared and opened up 4-3/4 lengths at the top of the stretch and then held off a fast closing Winning Line (Mitchell Cushing) at the wire to win in 1:55.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Bumpah Stickah ($28.40) is owned by David Thibault, Paul Vacca, Ed Nowak Jr. and Jim Hardy. Jolene Andrews trains the winner.    The Wood End trot was won by Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) who followed Moni For Lindy (Drew Monti) for three-quarters of the mile before tipping out and taking the lead off the last turn and then trotted away to win by five lengths in 1:56.1, which was also a new lifetime mark. The Michael Goldberg Racing Stable owns Beantown Madness ($15.20) who scored his fifth win out of six lifetime starts this year for trainer George Ducharme. Both Bumpah Stickah and Beantown Madness are Massachusetts-bred and are eligible to compete in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27). Driver Shawn Gray remained red hot at The Ridge scoring four more wins on Sunday. Drew Monti won three on the card while Jim Hardy took two. Trainers Domenico Cecere and George Ducharme both sent two horses to the winner’s enclosure. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 14) with post time at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After drawing three consecutive outside posts, Paternity Suit A found himself starting third from the pylons and made it pay as he won the $15,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 7). Driver Drew Monti pushed away the gate with Paternity Suit A and grabbed the lead immediately and with the harness racing field in single file behind him, backed the half down to :55.3. As the field motored up the backside, last week's feature winner Tom Me Gun N (Shawn Gray) pulled first over into the breeze and mounted a challenge against the leader. Tom Me Gun N got to within a length of Paternity Suit A around the last turn but when they hit the top of the stretch, Monti tapped the bike twice and Paternity Suit A swelled up and pulled away to a 4-3/4 length lead at the wire and won in 1:50.3.  It was the fourth win in the last six starts for Paternity Suit A ($6.00) who is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski.  The second fastest mile of the day was posted by Avatartist in the $12,000 upper level condition pace who won after taking a bit of air. Mitchell Cushing pulled Avatartist first over from fourth at the half and motored up the outer rim in a 1:22 three-quarters. From there, he continued to wear down the front running Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) in the lane and tripped the beam 1-1/4 lengths ahead in 1:50.4. It was the fourth win of the year for Avatartist ($6.60) and trainer Mark Eaton who co-owns with Bob McHugh, Robert Griffin and Russell Young.  Bruce Ranger had a huge day in the bike, scoring a grand slam on the card.  He won with Chocolate Xplosion (1:56.3, $8.00), Bag Pipe Major (1:51.3, $2.80), Dancing Lew (1:54.4, $2.40) and Rancousy (1:52, $13.40).    With that effort, Ranger moved into a second place tie for the dash driving lead with Shawn Gray with 36 wins, five behind the leading Drew Monti and one ahead of the fourth place Mitchell Cushing.  Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 10) with post time at 2 p.m.  By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- You might say Major Leaguer "rounded the bases" as he led at every station of the mile en route to scoring an upset victory in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 24). Shawn Gray rousted Major Leaguer off the gate and flew to the front, posting fractions of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:22.3 at the three-quarters. Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) was outside that third panel and pushed the :27.2 split and continued to prompt the front runner to the top of the stretch. There, Major Leaguer was on his own and in full flight while turning away a late bid from the pocket-sitting Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.1, tying his lifetime mark. It was the fourth win in the last six starts for Major Leaguer ($34.00) who is owned by Jimmy Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne. Later in the $12,000 upper level condition pace, JK Will Power (Mitchell Cushing) left from post six and was parked out the entire mile in swift fractions, yet he swelled up around the last turn and pushed on down the lane to win by a length in 1:50.4 in a very impressive effort. It was the fifth win of the year for JK Will Power ($3.40) and owner Michael Goldberg Racing. Jeff Lieberman trains the winner. JK Will Power Drew Monti led all drivers on Monday with three wins followed by Bruce Ranger who had two. On the training side, Domenico Cecere and Melissa Beckwith both sent two from their barn for pictures. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Aug. 27) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Royalty Again (Drew Monti) turned a first-over outside grind into a hard earned harness racing victory in the $12,000 feature pace for 4-year-old and under fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20). Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ranger) took an early lead going to the quarter but then Mary Goodnight (Shawn Gray) made a quick move to take control at the top past the half. As soon as she got the lead, Royalty Again (Drew Monti) pulled from third and was outside to push the issue as the race moved up the backside. At the five-eighths pole, Royalty Again pulled alongside Mary Goodnight and the two tussled toe-to-toe around the far turn and into the stretch. Three pylons down the lane, Royalty Again gained control of the race and under heavy urging from Monti, held off the fast closing Rockin Ellie and After The Lovin (Jim Hardy) to win by a neck in 1:53.2, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the second win in the last three starts for Royalty Again ($12.40) who is owned by Richard Knight and trained by Randy Bickmore. There were also a pair of $10,000 conditioned events for fillies and mares on the card of 11 Thursday. In the first, American Arrow (Mitchell Cushing) took the lead before the half and controlled the rest of the mile. She snapped off a fast :27.3 third quarter to put some distance between her and the field and then coasted home in :28.4 to a 3-3/4 length, 1:52.1 win, which was a new lifetime mark. With that effort, American Arrow also set a new track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Plainridge Park. It was the third win in the last four starts for American Arrow ($7.60) who is owned by George Zitone, Joann Zitone and Heather Zitone and is trained by Melissa Beckwith. The second saw Mcnugget (Bruce Ranger) get away fourth behind Lifestory Hanover (Drew Monti) before pulling second-over past the half following Shes A Fireball (Ron Cushing), who carried her to the top of the lane. From there Ranger tipped Mcnugget off the cover and paced away to the wire by 1-1/2 lengths to win in 1:54, which was another new lifetime mark. Mcnugget ($4.00) has now won two out of her last three starts for owner Just Enough and Mike Girouard, who also trains the filly. Mitchell Cushing, Shawn Gray and Kevin Switzer Jr. all had driving doubles and trainers Melissa Beckwith and Randy Bickmore did the same on the conditioning side. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 21) with post time at 4 p.m.     By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

As the country looks to progress in the COVID-19 reopening phase, more jurisdictions are giving race tracks the green light to start or resume their horse racing meets, albeit with restrictions to keep a second wave of coronavirus cases from happening. On Wednesday, the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced that Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley received permission from the Alameda County Health Department to resume racing next Thursday (May 14). On Thursday, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced that racing can resume as of June 14, with Indiana Grand Racing and Casino set to officially unveil the date for its opening day sometime next week, according to a track press release. It’s possible the Indiana Grand may allow fans to watch racing as soon as July 4. Last week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gave the state’s tracks the OK to resume racing. On Wednesday, Charles Town Races confirmed it will restart racing next Thursday. Charles Town halted its meet on March 24. I miss the team, the entire team at the track. It’s been lonely and trying months, but I promise you better times are ahead of us right now,” said Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Vice President of Racing and Sports Operations Erich Zimmy said in a video statement posted Wednesday on Twitter. Mountaineer Park, West Virginia’s other horse track, will start its meet on May 31. Santa Anita Hopeful to Resume Next Week More tracks may soon receive permission to resume racing, including Santa Anita Park. The southern California track suspended its meet on March 27 after receiving an order from the Los Angeles County Health Department to comply with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. Newsome initially gave that order on March 19, but racing continued at the track as questions circulated whether racing could be considered an essential business. The Stronach Group (TSG), owners of the track, stopped allowing fans to at the track on March 13. Even as Santa Anita and Golden Gate, also owned by Stronach, stopped racing, Newsom’s order was not universally applied by every county health department in California. That allowed Los Alamitos Race Course, located just 23 miles south of Santa Anita, to continue holding races because it is located in Orange County. Santa Anita last gave an update about its situation to the TOC last week. At that time, Aidan Butler, TSG’s executive director for California racing, told the owners the track was prepping for a May 15 reopening but that was contingent partially on the county letting its stay-home order expire on that date. Massachusetts Commission Extends Delay Indefinitely While some states are allowing their tracks to move forward with reopening plans, other states are still pushing their reopening schedules further into the year. On Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 5-0 to extend indefinitely the suspension of harness racing at Plainridge Park Casino. Previously, the plan had been to allow racing activities to start at the track, located about 25 miles southwest of Boston, on June 1. However, in a memo to the commission, state Director of Racing Dr. Alexandra Lightbrown said that neither she nor Chris McErlean, the vice president of racing for Plainfield-owner Penn National Gaming, felt a June 1 opening was realistic considering the state’s current stay-home order has been extended to May 18. Lightbrown said that she and McErlean will review a reopening plan the state plans to release on May 18 and use that information to put together a plan for the harness track. The Harness Horsemen of New England have raised concerns about the extended delays, noting that racing – although not harness racing – is going on in several other states. In particular, the group opposes any plan that would tie the resumption of racing to the reopening of the track’s casino. However, Commissioner Gayle Cameron supported extending the postponement, noting it will be a challenge to reopen the track in a manner that’s safe for everyone. “Doesn’t mean an insurmountable challenge, but it will be a challenge,” she told her colleagues Thursday. “And I know that’s difficult for the horsemen and women to hear because they would love to get back to their livelihoods sooner rather than later. I certainly understand that, but safety is a key piece.” By Steve Bittenbender  Reprinted with permission of Casino.org

Plainville, MA --- Eight divisions of Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) finalists went postward to compete for the $800,000 up for grabs at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 28) in what turned out to be some of the best championship races the state harness racing series has ever seen. Trainer George Ducharme had an outstanding day winning four MASS stakes with two seconds and one third out of the eight starters he sent to post. Driver Shawn Gray led all his peers in the series by winning three stakes and five races total during the afternoon. Here is a summary of the championship day of racing in Massachusetts.   $100,000 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding champion: Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) There was never any doubt in the mile for Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) who grabbed the lead and ran away with the race. After trotting fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.2 well in hand, Parker came off the last turn and extended his lead to six at the top of the stretch before coming to the wire a wrapped-up winner in 1:55.4. The time matched Life Is A Feast's lifetime mark and also tied the MASS stake and Plainridge Park track records for 2-year-old trotting geldings. Life Is A Feast ($3.00) scored his fifth win of the year, all at Plainridge Park, for owners Al Ross and Paul Fontaine and the MASS champion has now earned $113,475 in only nine starts during his freshman campaign. Karen Carroll bred Life Is A Feast. Ross and Fontaine were also part owners of Life Is A Feast's sire, Royalty For Life, who won the 2013 Hambletonian.   $100,000 2-year-old trotting filly champion: Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) RFL's M London (Jim Hardy) took a quick lead but soon gave it up to the 1-9 favorite Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) who pulled at the eighth pole and hurried to the front by the quarter in :28.4. The field stayed in single file to the half before Sophia's Express (Jimmy Whittemore) came first over and tried to move forward. After passing three-quarters in 1:28.2 it was clear the competition was not going to catch Without A Warning as she rounded the last turn with a strong lead that she held to the wire where she won by 3-¾ lengths in 1:58. Without A Warning ($2.10) remained undefeated in the MASS with her fourth straight win in the series and it pushed her earnings to $186,160 in her first year on the track for owner/breeder Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains Without A Warning.   $100,000 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding champion: Finnbar (Real Desire-Unbeachable) Favorites R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) and Han Solo (Kevin Switzer) took turns with the lead, twice by the quarter in :26.3 and one more time at the half in :55.2. There R Maddy Blue Chip finally settled on the front heading up the backstretch. Finnbar (Ivan Davies) who had been drafting fourth, pulled first over at the five eighths and made his way to the front on the outside. He hooked up with the leader and it became a match race for the next quarter mile. R Maddy Blue Chip and Finnbar paced side by side around the last turn and into the stretch where Finnbar swelled up and opened up a tow-length lead. Davies kept Finnbar to his task and paced strong to the wire, winning by 1-¾ lengths in 1:54.4. The win was the third of the year and a new lifetime mark for Finnbar ($14.40) who has now earned $75,670 this year for owner Nancy Longobardi and trainer Ivan Davies. Steve O'Toole bred the winner.   $100,000 2-year-old pacing filly champion: Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady) Ry's Red Rocket (Matt Athearn) took control of the race and set fractions of :28.1 and :57.1 to the half with no movement behind her. Then at the five-eighths marker, 1-9 favorite Odds On Orlando (Drew Monti) pulled first-over and came alongside the leader where a real battle ensued. Ry's Red Rocket would not relent and Odds On Orlando could not get by. The two tangled around the last turn and traded leads in the process. But as they made their way into the head of the stretch, Odds On Orlando took the lead for good and ended up one-half length in front under the wire in 1:54.4. The time was the fourth consecutive new lifetime mark taken by Odd On Orlando. Sweeping her MASS division to become champion and pushing her bankroll to $112,416 during her month in Massachusetts, Odds On Orlando ($2.20) is owned by Odds On Racing and trained by Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando.   $100,000 3-year-old trotting colt and gelding champion: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) flew off the wings and took a four-length lead before they hit the quarter in :27.4. The Fixer (Howard Parker) and Jake G's Champion (Shawn Gray) settled in second and third with the rest of the field having trouble coping with the pace. Positions remained unchanged from there as Simple Kaos stopped the clock in :55.3 and 1:25.1. When they turned for home Simple Kaos was on cruise control and won by 1-¾ lengths in 1:54.4. With The Fixer finishing second and Jake G's Champion finishing third, trainer George Ducharme swept the board in this division. It was the fourth win of the year, all in the MASS, for Simple Kaos ($2.40) who is now a two-time MASS champion. On the strength of the final win, Simple Kaos has now earned $126,070 is 2019 and $249,820 lifetime for owners the George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson, who bred the gelding. Ducharme also trains the winner.   $100,000 3-year-old trotting filly champion: Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) After Mother Teresa (Drew Monti) made a break at the start, Ev's Girl (Andy Miller) became the commander of fractions, taking the lead ahead of Just Dreamin (Mike Stevenson) and Crystalline (Shawn Gray). After a handy :57.1 half, Gray pulled Crystalline at the five-eighths, drew alongside Ev's Girl in the turn and then trotted away from the field in the stretch. Under a line drive, Crystalline opened up a 6-¼ length lead at the wire where she won in 1:55.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for Crystalline and a new MASS stake record for 3-year-old trotting fillies. It was the seventh win of the year for Crystalline ($4.40) who on the strength of her MASS competition ran her earnings up to $134,025 this year and $171,186 lifetime for breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner.   $100,000 3-year-old pacing colt and gelding champion: CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) Levi (Scott Renz) and Hollywood Deemon (Drew Campbell) left hard and pushed a swift quarter of :26.2 before the dust settled. Levi ended up on top and kept that position until the half in :55. That's where Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) came flying on the outside, took the lead and opened up a four-length advantage heading into the last turn. But the race was far from over. CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) was pacing up a storm on the outside after tipping from mid-pack and caught Victorias Maverick in the last turn. The two hooked up at the top of the stretch and paced stride for stride all the way to the wire where CBF Bantam got a narrow advantage and won by a neck in 1:53.3. It was the ninth win of the year for CBF Bantam ($3.60) and pushed his winnings to $148,765 this year and $189,952 lifetime for owners Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps, who also bred the winner. David Crochere trains the winner.   $100,000 3-year-old pacing filly champion: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) In the lone non-betting event of the day, Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) took command of the race at the start and controlled the pace the entire way. After cutting fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:28 to the three-quarters, Karan's Choice saw Secure The Boarder (Ivan Davies) draw near around the last turn trying to mount an attack. But the leader switched gears and turned back the challenge heading into the lane. Hardy gave Karan's Choice her head and let her stride-out down the stretch where she pulled away to a 6-¼ length win in 1:56.4. It was the fourth straight win in the MASS for Karan's Choice who is now a two-time MASS champion. On the strength of her eighth win of the year, Karan's Choice has now earned $129,624 in 2019 and $253,968 lifetime for owner Al Ross, who also bred the filly. Driver Jim Hardy also trains Karan's Choice.     By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A stormy day and sloppy track was the backdrop for harness racing in Massachusetts on Friday (Oct. 11) but Nows The Moment made the most of it, taking full advantage of a strong front-end bias the conditions provided and coasted to an easy win in the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at Plainridge Park. Driver Mike Stevenson fired Nows The Moment off the gate and took command before the quarter in :27.1. With the field widely gapped behind him, Nows The Moment continued to dictate the fractions at the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. At that station Nows The Moment opened up a two-length lead that he extended to 3-1/2 under the wire where he won in 1:54.1. It was the third straight win, second win in a row at Plainridge and seventh win overall for the year for Nows The Moment ($3.60) who has now inflated his bankroll to $83,573 for owner Sonya Mac Donald. Allison Mac Donald trains the winner. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trot, Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) didn't mind the weather and remained undefeated while destroying the field in a romp. After leaving in :26.4 in the slop, Monti backed down Whiskey Lindy to a moderate :56.3 half before stepping on the gas and smoking to the three-quarters in :28.4. From there he was all alone and opened up a 7-1/4 length lead under no urging at all to win in 1:55.3. It was the fifth straight win in only five starts this year for Whiskey Lindy ($3.00) who is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and trained by Domenico Cecere. Monti scored a driving double on the day along with Drew Campbell and Wally Watson. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 13) with post time set for 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The second leg of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) got underway on Sunday (Oct. 6) at Plainridge Park with the second-year class competing in four harness racing divisions. 3-year-old trotting filly Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) stole the show as she set a new stake record for her group in her $38,500 contest. Crystalline (Shawn Gray) got away fourth and watched as Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) flew to the quarter in :27.4. Gray pulled the 2-5 Crystalline past that station and rushed to the front midway through the second turn. The field bunched up on the backside with Mother Teresa (Drew Monti) coming first-over with Just Dreamin (Mike Stevenson) behind her and Ev's Girl on the pylons just a length off. After they hit the three-quarters in 1:26 flat, Crystalline opened up a length lead over the competition and as she made her way through the last turn, continued to extend the gap. Heading down the stretch Gray was a mere passenger as Crystalline just cruised home to a 3-3/4 length win in 1:55.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for Crystalline and it also broke the MASS stake record of 1:56.1 that was set by this filly just last week. It was the second straight MASS win and sixth win of the year for Crystalline ($2.80) who has now earned $74,575 for owner Ray Campbell Jr., who also bred the filly. George Ducharme trains the winner. There were no surprises in the three other divisions either as the favored horses finished on top.   MASS $39,200 trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings Driver Jimmy Whittemore left strong from post six with Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) and then had his way with the field. He cut fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.3 while Jake G's Champion (Shawn Gray), The Fixer (Howard Parker) and RFL's Lord Command (Jim Hardy) tried to mount an assault. But Simple Kaos was just too good and pulled away in the lane to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4. After scoring his second win of the stake, Simple Kaos ($3.20) has now earned $56,820 this year for owners the George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson. Ducharme trains the gelding that was bred by Larson.   MASS $39,200 pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings Sent off at 1-9, CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) settled in fifth while Levi (Scott Renz) took the field to the quarter in :28. Driver Shawn Gray then pulled CBF Bantam and took the lead while passing the stands before the half. The pace increased up the backside and so did the heat, as Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) came calling during the :28.4 third quarter and got within a length of the leader around the far turn. The race headed into the stretch with Victorias Maverick and Levi both in hot pursuit and gaining ground, but CBF Bantam would not relent and won by a half-length in 1:55.1. CBF Bantam ($2.10) remains perfect in the MASS this year and has pushed his earnings to $79,223 as a result for owners Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps, who also bred the gelding. David Crochere trains the winner.   MASS $37,800 pace for 3-year-old fillies The lone non-betting event of the day saw driver Jim Hardy push Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) off the gate to take an early lead. He then stacked up the field by backing off the half to 1:00.1 and then let Karan's Choice sprint home in back to back quarters of :28.3 and :28.1 to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57 flat. Karan's Choice is now two for two in MASS action and has banked $60,724 for owner Al Ross, who also bred the filly. Driver Jim Hardy also trains Karan's Choice. The second leg of the MASS for all 2-year-old performers will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). There is one non-betting race with a post time of 1:30 p.m. and then four more events carded as race one through four on the regular pari-mutuel program. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Patience was a virtue for Nick Graffam on Friday afternoon (Sept. 20) as he waited until the right time to shake free and win the $12,000 conditioned trotting harness racing feature at Plainridge Park. Count On Rosey (Todd O'Dea) and Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) took turns on the lead before and after the first quarter that went in :27.4. Once seated on the point, Hs Marcia looked strong through subsequent panels of :56.1 and 1:26 flat. By that last station, Graffam pulled Happy Hooligan off the pylons and started a forward march. Although still 2-1/2 lengths off the lead, Happy Hooligan continued to work and methodically shortened the distance between himself and Hs Marcia. Heading into the lane, Graffam continued to drive and Happy Hooligan continued to gain ground and eventually nipped Hs Marcia at the wire by a neck in 1:57.1. Happy Hooligan ($6.80) scored his third win of the year for owner Francis Healy and Natalie Michaud. Mike Graffam trains the winner. Graffam also scored a driving double with Shorething Fashion ($4.20) in the $10,500 conditioned trot after tripping-out behind Namesmuscle (Mark Athearn) who led the entire race until they hit the stretch. It was the third win in a row and fourth in the last fifth for Shorething Fashion and owners Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh. Mike Eaton trains the winner. Drew Monti led all drivers on Friday with three wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 23) at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Not only did Fargo Hanover score her fifth win of the year in the $12,000 conditioned feature for 5-year-old and younger fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 15), she did it in style with a lifetime best effort for the mile. Driver Shawn Gray got away third with Fargo Hanover and tracked the leading Artspell (Mitchell Cushing) past the quarter from there in :27.1. But as the race approached the half Gray pulled right line and Fargo Hanover moved outside, rolled up the rim and took the lead past that station before settling in for the rest of the mile. As the race went up the backstretch, She's A Maverick (John Nason), who followed Fargo Hanover on the outside, drew alongside the leader and that set up a hearty challenge to the finish. The two girls were pacing together by three-quarters in 1:23.4 and then around the turn when Fargo Hanover got an advantage at the top of the stretch that she would extend to 2-1/4 lengths at the wire where she won in 1:52.4, which was a new lifetime mark by 1-1/5 seconds. Fargo Hanover ($6.00) is owned by Elizabeth and Dyce Spalluto and is trained by Alicia Gray. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 16) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Shartin, the champion harness racing daughter of Yirribee Pacing Stud sire Tintin In America, hoisted new track records at Plainridge Park's five furlong track when she captured the $US100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace on Sunday (July 28). Her time of 1:49.1 was 0.2 inside the 14-year-old all-time standard set by Maltese Artist in 2005 and 0.8 inside the aged pacing mare's record set by Youaremycandygirl set three races earlier. Sent straight to the top, Shartin reached the quarter in 26.6, the half in 55.2 and the three-quarters in 1:22.2 before careering away to win untouched by 1-3/4 lengths. It was her 10th win on end and her 11th for the year and increased her 2019 stake tally to $US655,765, making her easily the richest standardbred in North America for the year. She boasts lifetime earnings of $US1,785,118. Meanwhile, Million Dollar Cam, Tintin In America's studmate, received a significant boost to his stocks when Romero, a three-year-old gelding bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud who stand his sire, took out a NSW Breeders Challenge Regional heat at Bathurst in a career-best 1:56.6. Our Mista Kalle, who completed a hat trick at Bunbury in 1:59, and Kiss Cam (Redcliffe), were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. Million Dollar Cam has left 82 individual winners in Australia to date for progeny earnings of almost $3.4 million, an average of $25,275 per starter. He is the sire of 42 winners this season. By Peter Wharton                      

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