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Tioga Downs will welcome three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes NYSS) for trotting colts and geldings on Friday (June 15). The first division ($39,900) will feature the sophomore debut of Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears). The 2-1 morning line favorite hasn't raced since his win in the Valley Victory final ($464,650) at the Meadowlands on 11-25-17. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. He won eight of eleven starts as a 2-year-old, amassing almost $400,000 a season ago. The second morning line choice at 5-2 is Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick). The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven has won a leg of the NYSS and a finished fourth at the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) earlier this year at Vernon Downs. Linda Toscano trains the colt owned by Camelot Stable, The Bay's Stable, and Little E LLC. The second division ($40,600) morning line favorite is Tito (Marcus Miller) at 5-2. Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis WIllinger, while trained by Erv Miller. The 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass is looking for his first win of 2018. He won four races as a freshman trotter. The second choice for the second division is Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), who won his first race of the season during a leg of the NYSS on 6-6-18 at Buffalo. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is trained by Dan Dailey for owners A. Dailey, J. Crawford IV, R Lombardo, and D. Brenner. He is the second choice at 3-1 even though he beat the morning line favorite (Tito) his last time out at Buffalo going gate-to-wire. The third division ($39,900) features morning line favorite Don (Jim Morrill Jr.). Trained by Julie Miller and owned by Andy Miller Stable and Little E LLC, the 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner has won two legs of the NYSS this season. He picked up those wins at Vernon Downs (May 11) and Buffalo Raceway (June 6). The second favorite is Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) at 3-1. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven didn't race as a two-year-old and even though he is winless in three starts, he was impressive in the EBC final at Vernon Downs. He charged late in the stretch and finished second to Six Pack by half a length. Owned by Dreamville Stable and trained by Paula Wellwood, he will go for his first win of his career at the five-eighths mile oval in Nichols, NY. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 15) starts at 6:15. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                            

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon was on a tear at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, winning five of the nine races on the program. Gagnon started off like a rocket, winning the first race with Missionoftheheart in 2:01.3, then the second race with Mrs Dragonfire in 2:00. In the third race, the mares division of the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters, it was all Y S Suzanne and Guy Gagnon for his third straight win on the night. Lucky Promesses and trainer/driver Jerome Lombart were able to out leave Y S Suzanne and take early command of the lead, but Gagnon wanted his mare back on top and they were by the opening quarter mile in :29. From that point on, Y S Suzanne and Gagnon led to the half in :59.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3 before Lombart pulled the pocked going into the final turn and nearly caught up with Y S Suzanne at the top of the stretch. But Y S Suzanne kicked in another gear and went on to win by one length in 2:00.2. Lucky Promesses was second with EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. The Future Stars Champion in Quebec at age 2, Y S Suzanne is now 5. She is a daughter of Angus Hall, trained by Blake Curran and owned by Jason Jamieson and Blake Curran of Perth, Ontarion. It was her fourth win this year and she paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. Gagnon then scored his fourth winner of the night in the sixth race with Yoshi in a lifetime best 2:00.2. The seventh race was the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series and surprising to the wagering crowd, last year's three-year-old champion, Capteur De Reve and driver Pierre Luc Roy were the winners at odds of 8-1, but what a race it was. Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion left and got the lead away from Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) as they went to the opening quarter in :28.4. Then by the half mile in 1:00.3, it was Captuer De Reve and Roy coming first-over. Captuer De Reve was able to grind his way and collar Kinnder Dangerous at the three-quarters in 1:31.2 as Berube took Holiday Party three wide around the final turn. Kinnder Dangerous was back on top as they started down the stretch and battled Capteur De Reve head and head right to the finish and with a final surge, Capteur De Reve won by a neck in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was just one length back in third place. It was the first win in three starts for Capteur De Reve. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid an amazing $18.10 to win. Gagnon then picked up his fifth winner of the night in the eighth race with Beachrunner AM in 1:56.1. Gagnon is now tied with driver Stephane Brosseau as the only two drivers this season to score five winners on a program. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

WILKES-BARRE PA - LMC Mass Gem overcame a double jump in class, post eight, a sloppy track, and being parked 3/8 of a mile before getting the top, surmounting the adversity to post a 1¼-length 1:56.3 triumph in the $17,500 featured trot over a sloppy track Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Muscle Mass gelding is certainly in the winning grove right now, having taken two straight, three of his last four, and seven of fifteen 2018 starts. Here he defeated Crosbys Clam Bake, who also brushed off covering extra real estate to photo out favored sophomore Whats The Word, facing elders after two straight in the Sire Stakes. Simon Allard, a five-time winner on the night, guided the winner of $215,805 for trainer/brother Rene, the meet leader who added three to his total Sunday, and the partnership of Bruce Soulsby, VIP Internet Stable LLC, Kapildeo Singh, and Earl Hill Jr. Three $17,000 co-features sported two fields of trotters and one of pacers. The first trot was taken by the Glidemaster gelding Joey Pro, who had an explosive last 1/8 to see him come from fifth to take a 2 1/2 length victory in 1:57.1 for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer John Hallett, and owner Mark Wamp. In the other, the brothers Allard combined with another son of sire Muscle Mass, the gelding Zagster, who raced to command at the ¾, then held off a late charge by Critical Mass to take a photo victory, also in 1:57.1. Zagster has now won $165,489 for Allard Racing Inc. and Kapildeo Singh. In the pacing contest, Xpert Bayama grabbed the lead quickly for driver Matt Kakaley, then scooted home in 56 to complete a 1:54.2 victory while 2¼ lengths to the good. The victorious altered son of Up The Credit has won three of his last five for trainer Ron Burke and the omnipresent duo of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Out of town conditioner George Ducharme often brings some of his young horses to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete, most times early in the year before the start of Sire Stakes season. On Thursday afternoon, Ducharme brought his The Veteran (Muscle Mass) to town to compete in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters. The Veteran finished third in last year's New York Sire Stakes Final on the Night on Champions in October and prevailed in his most recent start heading into Thursday's tilt as he set a lifetime mark winning in 1:51.2 at Vernon Downs in the Empire Breeders Classic Consolation. Frank Coppola Jr. catch-drove the three year old trotter on Thursday and sat back patiently with the public's 1-9 betting favorite before making a late move around the final turn. The Veteran made it look easy and cruised to victory in 1:57.2 to move his trainer's record to four wins and a second in just six local starts at the Spa in 2018. The Veteran is poised to make another run at the New York Sire Stakes and will begin that campaign in the coming weeks. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Top purse events on the Tuesday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were a trio of $15,000 events for "nw 4 races" company, two on the trot and one for male pacers. First up was a trotting field, from which Yuge came away with a new mark of 1:54.1. Tom Jackson moved the Muscle Mass gelding to command in front of the stands and stayed in control from there for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, co-owner with Dr. Patricia Hogan and Ed Lohmeyer Jr. The pacing event came between the two trots; the sidewheeling event was won by the American Ideal gelding A Farmboys Success, who went wire-to-wire while clocking a personal best of 1:52.2. Clear much of the last quarter, A Farmboys Success saw his lead diminish rapidly late as Happy Trio extricated himself from a bad shuffle and swept wide, but his late surge came up a neck shy against the victorious Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the second trot, the Muscle Massive mare Striking Volo completed a "sweep" of new lifetime marks in the features when she reported home first in 1:57.1. Anthony Napolitano got away last with the winner, but had her moving at the quarter and she gained with every stride thereafter, grinding to a confident neck win over Celebrity Apollo for trainer Jody Riedel and Super Mile LLC as the only successful favorite in the tri-features. Top contest for older performers was a $14,000 pace for mares, which saw Juslikeaqueen never see the rail, be three-wide at two points, and still come on to defeat deep-Pocono Pike-shooting Shady Stella by a neck in 1:51.3. Driver Simon Allard got a second-over trip behind a wild pace and was able to rally the daughter of Palone Ranger to post a gritty victory for trainer/owner Antonia Storer. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite not being able to be a snowbird and spend the winter in Florida, trainer Maxime Velaye says the top trotter in his harness racing stable, Capteur De Reve, is ready for the 2018 season and makes his debut Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Last year Capteur De Reve was the champion three-year-old cot trotter of the year in Quebec. He posted four wins on the season, including an eye-popping 1:55 lifetime mark in winning a $95,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He also captured the $65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R. "Neither of us got to spend the winter in Florida," trainer Maxime Velaye laughed. "We spent a nice winter at the farm in Mirabel. He (Capteur De Rebe) did grow and really filled out this winter and now he looks amazing. "I think he will have a great season," Velaya explained. "He has made just 21 starts lifetime over the past two seasons and that makes room for him to continue to improve. He is the kind of horse that is still learning and gets more mature every year." On Sunday, Capteur De Rebe faces a tough task in his 2018 debut. He has the far outside post eight in the 9th race Invitational-Handicapped trot and will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy. His competition includes Rocky Boy, the 5/2 favorite from post five for driver Marc Belanger. In his last start at H3R, Rocky Boy and Belanger cruised the half mile oval with a 1:57 score that tied his lifetime mark and is the fastest trotting mile so far this season. In post seven is lone mare in the field, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won her last two starts at H3R and three of her last four starts. Other return winners in the field include Caroluzzo (post one) and Neon Lights (post nine). "I look for him (Capteur De Reve) to be lucky with his post tomorrow," laughed Velaye. "We know we would get the eight post because of his good earnings in his last five starts. I want him to race good and finish strong in the last quarter." The top pacers are in action in the seventh race where Rainbow Palace, again the lone mare in the field of nine, starts from post seven and is coming off a super strong win in her last start. She will be driven by Francis Picard and on May 13 was able to wire the field in 1:55 for her first win in three starts. Rainbow Palace will have it tough having to go against return winners HP Patriote (post two), Onyx VA (post four) and Mister Big Top (post five). There will be a major announcement Sunday from the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R about a special upcoming event on Sunday, June 24. First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program just visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Vernon, NY - A sampling of top Hambletonian prospects will lead the charge to Monday's $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting finals at Vernon Downs as part of the Memorial Day matinee card beginning at 1:05 pm. The imposing Muscle Mass colt Six Pack (PP#2) equaled Market Share's track record of 1:52.1 in last week's elimination race and needed every bit of that strong effort to get past Helpisontheway by just a half-length on the wire for the win. He's won both of his seasonal starts at Vernon and heads into the $223,673 final (race 8) in top form for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt who owns the colt in partnership with Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC, Stall Kalmar and Lars Berg. Trainer Linda Toscano sends out a pair of leading contenders, both sired by her 2012 Horse of the Year Chapter Seven. The aforementioned Helpisontheway (PP#3 Tim Tetrick) did much of the work before succumbing very late to Six Pack. He's owned by the trainer (as Camelot Stables) and The Bay's Stable. Local owner Ken Jacobs will watch his colt Seven Iron (PP #4 David Miller) who won the second EBC elimination. He's a rock solid trotter who gives an honest effort every time he puts his nose on the gate, was a Grand Circuit winner at The Red Mile and second in the Kindergarten final last season. The route to the $238,613 EBC filly final (race 9) winners circle appears to go through Atlanta, not the city but Rick Zeron's wicked fast Chapter Seven filly. She absolutely cruised to victory in 1:53.1, fastest of three elimination divisions for driver Scott Zeron and appeared to have plenty left. Atlanta will leave from post 4 as she carries the hopes of HA Taylor, Holland Racing and Brad Grant who own her in partnership with trainer Rick Zeron. Svanstedt manages the other two elim winners in Natalie Hanover and Plunge Blue Chip (Svanstedt) who start from the inside most posts respectively on Monday. Plunge Blue Chip was the state's top freshman filly trotter last season and also won the Grand Circuit stake Goldsmith Maid final, earning more than $400,000 at two for the trainer and his partners Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tomas Andersson. Natalie Hanover (Mark MacDonald) took a lifetime mark with her 1:54.1 score last week and seeks her biggest payday for Van Camp Trotting Corp, Anders Olsson, Lars Berg and Bjorn Nasstrom. The supporting card includes consolations for both EBC finals and a $120,000 New York Sires stake divided into three divisions, it's the first battle of the year for the state bred 3-year-old colt pacers. Vernon and the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative have joined to offer a $3,000 guaranteed pool on a Pick 4 wager on races 6-9 that includes both EBC finals. Free program pages for the races included in the wager will be available on the web. From the press box at Vernon Downs    

Trainer Paul Kelley unveiled a trio of young filly trotters on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The top flight conditioner focuses mainly on young horses and thus hadn't had any of his trainees compete at the Spa thus far this season before Thursday's matinee card. Kelley's Byway (Muscle Mass) got his day started win a victory when the three year old filly went coast to coast in 1:59.3 to break her maiden with Billy Dobson in the sulky. The meet's leading driver also piloted Kelley's Fast Love (Chapter Seven) to a wire-to-wire win when she cruised to a 1:59.4 score to break her maiden. Kelley looked for the Thursday hat trick when his The Russian Spy (Credit Winner) competed in a $7,500 non-winners of two race lifetime or $25,000 lifetime trot. The Kelley stable moved to three-for-three on the day when The Russian Spy jogged by open lengths in 1:57.3. Kelley has his group of young trotters prepped and ready for New York Sire Stakes season which has just gotten underway. The first NY Sire Stakes to be contested at Saratoga will be on Sunday afternoon (May 27th) when three year old pacing fillies are featured on the fifteen-race program. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Kentuckiana Farms is pleased to announce that Muscle Mass’s book for 2018 is now full and closed. We would like to thank all harness racing breeders for their interest and support in Muscle Mass.  In 2017 Muscle Mass dominated the New York Sire Stakes program with his first NYeligible 2YOs hitting the track. The Muscle Mass 2YOs out-earned their nearest competitor (Chapter Seven) by over $650,000 - lead by Matron and Goldsmith Maid Elim and Final winner Plunge Blue Chip 2,1:53.1m ($404,690) and Kindergarten Classic Final winner Tito 2,1:55.0m ($239,963).  Bob Brady 502-863-3070    Ken Jackson 859-335-0928

Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) continued his harness racing hot streak in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Richie Silverman-trained trotter has proven to be dynamic and versatile since joining the Open ranks a few months back. On Sunday, the five year old flashed early speed and yielded to the race's favorite Consolidator (Billy Dobson). Consolidator came to town fresh off a win in last week's Open Trot at Yonkers. The Rene Allared-trained Consolidator set the fractions and braced for a late rush from Up The Alley as those two gave themselves separation around the final turn. Up The Alley trotted past the invading favorite in the stretch and secured his third Open Trot victory of the season as he stopped the timer in 1:55.2. Consolidator was a clear second in her local debut while Twisted Pretzel (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot in the $18,000 Sunday feature. Up The Alley, who was piloted to the Open score by Mark Beckwith, was the race's 8-5 second choice in the wagering. The exacta with the favorite second paid $9.80 while the triple returned $24.40. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Dynamic Edge (Mike Simons) captured the harness racing featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday night (September 15). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would lay down all the early fractions, :27.3, :57.0, 1:25.1. Dynamic Edge (Muscle Mass) who is owned and trained by Mark Ford, would go first-over and take the lead at the top of the stretch and hold off the late rush of Picture This (Tom Jackson) to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. Picture This would have to settle for second with Theraputic (Mike Merton) finishing third. Dynamic Edge ($18.60) would notch his sixth win of the season and 11th career victory. Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) would win the fillies and mares feature ($10,000). Little Santamonica (Little Steven) would go gate-to-wire hitting all the fractions :26.4, :56.1, 1:24.1, 1:52.1. Owned by Courtney Crawford and trained by Jordan Hope the 9 year-old mare would win for the 13th time this season and the 58th time in her career. Truth And Liberty (Austin Siegelman) would come on late to finish second. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart) would settle for third. Tioga Downs returns to live action with closing night on Saturday (September 16). The 11 race card which features NYSS sophomore pacing colts and geldings with a post time of 6:50 p.m. Firework follows the live racing For more information go to John Horne for Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 11, 2017-- Plunge Blue Chip and harness racing trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, returned to town Monday night (Sept. 11th), having missed 29 days with a scratch-sick in between. She was quite healthy, which in turn made her rivals very ill. Perfect 'Plunge' expunged Barn Bella from Yonkers Raceway's track records, highlighting the $157,000 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions--at $52,000, $52,000 and $53,00, respectively--comprised the event, with the starlet also serving as the opening act. Away third from post position No. 2, Plunge Blue Chip watched as Perfect Summer K (Brian Sears) gave her backers an early (:29, :59) thrill. Moving toward the 1:28.1 three-quarters, 'Plunge' engaged the leader, who offered no resistance. Plunge Blue Chip slapped a six-pack of lengths entering the lane, gearing down to win by 9¾ lengths in that new Westchester standard of 1:56.2…a full second faster than ‘Bella’ from a season ago. A Thing Goin' On (Brett Miller) was second, with Sevenbuyeleven (Jordan Stratton) third. For Plunge Blue Chip, a Muscle Mass miss co-owned by her driver/trainer and (breeder) Blue Chip Bloodstock, she's now 5-for-5 to begin her career. The exacta paid $4.70, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $25.80. "She had a cough (reason for Monticello NYSS scratch) and the time off before this race helped her," Svanstedt said. Driver/trainer doubled-up in the second statebred soiree, but at least this was a fair fight. Lucky Ava, from post No. 5, went the distance (:30.1, 1:00.3, 1:29.4, life-best 1:59.2) She held off pocket-sitting Setntheworldonfire (Andy McCarthy) by three-quarters of a length. White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald) was a first-up third. For 'Ava,' a Lucky Chucky lass co-owned by Svanstedt, Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.80, with the triple returning $32 (the six starters finished in ascending wagering order). The final Quaglietta contest saw odds-on Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller, $3.90) dispose of her six inside foes in a down-the-road (:28, :58.1, 1:28.4, 1:58), win-by-2¾-lengths efforts Fury Road (McCarthy) chased the winner around the oval, with Lucky Rainbow (Brian Sears) third. For 'Riley,' a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Erv Miller for co-owners Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman and George Golemes, it was her fourth win in seven '17 tries. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $59.50. This race completed a very popular all-odds-on Pick 5, which returned a season-low $22.12 for every correct 50-cent wager. Frank Drucker

Plainville, MA---Although there were two Open Handicap trots on the Thursday afternoon (Aug. 17) harness racing card at Plainridge Park, the best performance of the day came from a mid-level conditioned contest. And the one constant no matter what race was run; Greg Merton remains on fire. In the first $15,000 Open trot, Seeking Steven moved up in class for the third week in a row yet extended his winning streak, all while being let go at 11-1 by the bettors. Guiltywithanexcuse (Jim Hardy) was cutting the mile with little resistance until Black Broadway (Greg Merton) pulled at the half, bringing Seeking Steven (Chris Long) and Bloodstockshalltab (Jim Whittemore) with him. After the two tiers tripped the three-quarters in 1:26.1, Seeking Steven tipped three-wide at the top of the far turn and with Long bouncing up and down like he was sitting on a spring, Seeking Steven flew down the lane and held off a fast closing Bloodstockshalltab to win by a neck in 1:56.1. It was the third straight win for Seeking Steven ($22.20), two of which were at Plainridge Park. The 5-year-old son of Muscle Mass is owned by Arthur Mergenhagen and is trained by Dan Hennessey. In the co-featured $14,000 Open trot, Buff executed a personal best effort while easily putting away his six competitors. Buff (Greg Merton) got away second behind Dial A Chic (Joe DiStephano) and their positions remained stagnant through quarters timed in :26.4, :56.2 and 1:25.2. At that point Buff pulled and trotted alongside the fading leader through the turn. By the time they hit the head of the stretch, Buff had opened up a three-length advantage and with no serious bids behind him, trotted home a winner in 1:54.4. Buff ($4.20) scored his eighth win of the season and the 1:54.4 time also gave him a new lifetime mark. He has now earned $54,901 in 2017 for his owners Bill Reepmeyer, the Jackie Rousse Stable LLC, Frank Witz and Jill Witz. The winner is trained by Jackie Greene. But the fastest trot of the day came in the first race where early-season Plainridge Open winner Tag Up And Go dropped in class and toyed with the field, getting him closer to his third $100,000+ earnings year. Tag Up And Go (Greg Merton) sat a loose third while Tuscanelle (Jim Hardy) took the race to the half in a speedy :55.4. Merton sat and waited until the five-eighths pole when he yanked the right line and put his horse in gear. Tag Up And Go trotted around Maximus Deo (Pat Curtain) and then drew alongside Tuscanelle and those two drew off around the last turn. But when they hit the straight, Tag Up And Go got up and went; down the lane with Merton sitting stoic, to a very impressive five-length win in 1:53.4. It was the sixth win of the year for Tag Up And Go ($2.40) and a new seasonal mark. The win pushed his bank for the year to $79,660 for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro. Monique Cohen trains Tag Up And Go. Driver Greg Merton keeps rolling merrily along at The Ridge as he chalked-up another six-win afternoon. There were smiles all around as the following horses had their pictures taken with "Mass-Merton": Tag Up And Go (1:53.4, $2.40), Olivia's Z Tam (1:53.3, $3.20), Fire N Diamonds (1:55, $7.00), Well Wishers (1:54.2, $5.60), Buff (1:54.4, $4.20) and Paparazzi Prince (1:54, $8.80) Merton now has 140 wins for the meet, more than double the number of his nearest competitor. He also continues to perform at an extremely high level in every driving category including a .450 UDR, 31% win and 61% in the money percentages. Not to be overlooked in the day's proceedings, Chris Long had a driving double while conditioners Monique Cohen and Jackie Greene each sent two students to the winner's enclosure. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon with post time set for 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

The Big Muscle and harness racing trainer driver Joe Nassimos) would come flying late to steal the featured trot ($5,100) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (August 4). Gottalottacredit (John MacDonald) controlled all the early fractions :27.4, :58.1, 1:28.1, but would die out in the stretch. The Big Muscle (Muscle Mass) who is owned by Brian Bain and Pamela Miller and trained by Nassimos would end up in a blanket finish with She's Uncorked (Chris Lems) and Williams Wish (Leon Bailey). The Big Muscle ($8.80) would win by a neck in the end in 1:57.3. It was the fourth win of the season for the 5 year-old gelding. She's Uncorked, would settle for second and Williams Wish finished third. Leading driver John MacDonald followed up his six wins from Thursday night with three more wins on Friday. He would win with On The Tab ($3.80), Divination ($56.50), and Ozzymandias ($6.40). Vernon Downs returns with a 10 race card on Saturday (August 5) staring at 6:45. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It has been said in harness racing that a young trotter is better off building up stamina, strength and be sure of foot, and that the speed will soon follow. That analogy will again be put to the test at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening with the second round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. In the opening round of the series last week, the old proverb came true for 76-year-old owner and driver Rosaire Renaud as his newest star of the stable, Y A Muscle Mass, beat eight rivals and will try it again on Tuesday. Last week Y A Muscle Mass and Renaud went right to the lead and never looked back, winning by three-quarters of a length in a slow time of 2:09.4 over a fast track. But there is no prize money for speed, only for those that stays on gait and cross the finish line first. That's what Y A Muscle Mass did last week. The son of Muscle Mass goes from the rail on Tuesday for trainer Manon Renaud and provided his minds his manners and stays on-stride, can win again. His rivals have good speed but were unable to stay on-stride last week and are back to try again. Nobodynosjustice (Stephane Brosseau) was the favorite last week and won already this season in 2:02.2. But he failed to stay trotting at the start last week and was up the track. Nobodynosjustice goes from post six. Yankee Photo starts from post five and last week he did stay on gait, but was sent first-over by driver Pascal Berube against Y A Muscle Mass and could not get to him and was third. SG Goliath King goes from post three and last week was a game second to Y A Muscle Mass. The fillies drew ten entries and according to the rules of the Quebec Racing Commission, must split into two fields of five that will be held as non-wagering races during the Tuesday program. The first division takes place after the third race and is headed by Luckys Dream (post four) and Stand For Justice (post one). The second division goes after the fifth race and features last week's return winner, Precieuse CC, who starts from post five. Last week this daughter of Angus Hall was able to lead from post eight for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil, take a tuck in third place and then brush to the lead in the backstretch, going on to win by two open lengths in 2:06, the last quarter in a very impressive :29.4. Also in the race is Yves Filion's Magic Lady, who starts from post two. She was the betting favorite last week, followed Precieuse CC in the backstretch, but could not catch her, finishing second. There is another competitive field set for the Invitational Trot Tuesday in the ninth race. Four Starz Speed (post 4) returns off his wire-to-wire victory for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. Also back is Unabating, who was the race favorite last week, but suffered broken equipment and was never in the hunt. Caroluzzo returns after a week's rest, but drew post eight for driver Stephane Gendron. Rideau Carlton invader, Ghirardelli Lindy, brings his two-race win streak to H3R, as does Dance Hall George (post one), who is moving up the ranks to the top trot. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Before coming to the Hippodrome 3R back on June 20, the three-year-old trotting filly, HP Run Like Mom, was winless in seven starts, never even finishing in the top three. The daughter of Kadabra then moved into the barn of trainer Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Run Like Mom with Michel Damphousse, and the switch to racing at H3R has resulted with five straight wins. Tuesday evening was the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old filly and colt trotters. There were three divisions, all non-wagering races due to short fields. HP Run Like Mom was in the first non-wagering division and driver Stephane Brosseau wasted no time going right to the lead and holding the field at bay by five lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Then HP Run Like Mom switched into high gear, pulling away from the field to lead by ten lengths at the half mile in :59.3, then 24 lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 and cruised home to win by the length of the stretch, 25 and one-half lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:59.4. Lindas Jewell (Mario Lachance) was a distance second with Southern Queen (Mario Charron) third. The time of the race was just two fifths of a second from tying the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies. "She (HP Run Like Mom) was a normal filly as a youngster," Claude Hamel said. "As a yearling, she gave us a fright with a shoulder injury but that healed up well. "So, we then we sent her as a two-year-old to Toronto to Benoit Baillargeon to train since she was eligible for the stakes there," Hamel explained. "Benoit considered her to be special, but she only qualified once at age 2 and we were disappointed. Then at age three, she showed some speed on occasion, one mile in 1:58.4, the last quarter in :28.4, but still not good. It was then that Benoit advised us to bring her back to Quebec and that was the right decision. Jean (Tourigny) took her on and the results have been instantaneous," Hamel said. "Five straight wins, new record of 1:59.4. I think now we will consider sending her to a few stakes in Ontario while we wait for the final here on September 3." The second non-wagering division for colts saw Capteur De Reve post his first win of the 2017 season for driver Pierre Luc Roy with a hard-fought victory over undefeated Kinnder Danerous (Justin Filion) in 1:59.4. It was Bastiano and driver Stephane Gendron going to the early lead with Kinnder Dangerous sitting the pocket trip through a :29.3 first quarter and then backed it down to the half mile in 1:01. That forced driver Pierre Luc Roy come first-over with Capteur De Reve, who collared Bastiano by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 with Filion then moving three-wide on the final turn with Kinnder Dangerous. All three-horses then made it a dash to the wire with Capteur De Reve the strong horse, winning by a neck over Kinnder Dangerous with Batiano third. Sired by Muscle Mass, Capteur De Reve was the series champion last year. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the colt. In the second filly division, it was the team of driver Pierre Luc Roy and trainer Maxime Velaye returning to the winner's circle, this time with Affirmee. Affirmee shot out to the early lead with Taurus P V (Jocelyn Gendron) following right on their heels as those two horses pulled away from the field by 15 lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They raced that way past the half mile and the three-quarters with Affirmee pulling away at the finish to win by five open lengths in 2:04.1. Taurus V P was second with Magestic M (Kevin Maguire) third. It was the second straight win for Affirmee, a daughter of Angus Hall, who was also bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable. The opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting fillies and colts got underway Tuesday. In the first division for fillies, it was Precieuse CC and trainer/d river Claude Beausoleil coming first-over against pacesetter Luckys Dream (Jerome Lombart), taking command at the three-quarters and winning by two lengths in 2:06 over race favorite Magic Lady (Yves Filion) with Justice Rules (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the maiden victory for Precieuse CC, a filly by Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Counoyer of Chicoutimi. She paid $20.80 to win. Owner, trainer and driver Rosaire Renaud of Mirabel at age 76, made his first drive of the 2017 a winning one with a big upset score in the colt division with Y A Muscle Mass. Leading from start to finish, Renaud and Y A Muscle Mass was able to hold off SG Goliath King (Sylvain Grenier) by three-quarters of a length to win in 2:09.4. Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) was third. Sire by Muscle Mass, Y A Muscle Mass was overlooked by the bettors and went off at odds of 22-1, paying $46.20 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau was the top driver of the night, winning four races on the program. It is the first time he has achieved that feat this season. Brosseau widened his lead in the driving standings over Stephane Gendron, 29 to 24. Four Starz Speed, the "old man" of the field in the Invitational Trot Tuesday, showed his heels to his younger rivals, leading from start to finish for driver/trainer Kevin Maguire in 1:59.4, paying $8.70 to win. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 12:30 pm. Featured will be the opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

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