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There is a new track record for harness racing two year old pacing fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel after Linda Toscano's Heart Of Mine (Roll With Joe-Acquavella-Western Ideal) paced to a 1:53.2 victory in her $70,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes on Monday afternoon. In a race with two fillies that were sub 2-1 odds in the wagering sitting one-two throughout three quarters of the mile, Heart Of Mine powered up and past those rivals around the final turn before pacing away to score impressively and break her maiden. Heart Of Mine was a distant second in her previous start to stalwart Test Of Faith but sprung the mild upset on Monday after her one big brush was plenty to best her rivals. Jim Marohn Jr. piloted the now record-setting freshman filly, who is owned by Fred Wallace, Bay's Stb, Radio Rcg Stb and Camelot Stb., to her first career win in on an afternoon that was dominated by the 38 year old reinsman. Heart Of Mine Marohn also sat behind the winner of the other $70,300 Sire Stakes event as Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie-Cam's Card Shark) went coast-to-coast as her race's heavy favorite en route to her fourth win in five career stakes tries. Brett Pelling trains Test Of Faith who scored decisively on Monday, drawing away to prevail in 1:53.4 and give Marohn a sweep of the co-featured Sire Stakes races and three winners on the card. Test Of Faith, who was backed to odds of 1-9, moved her career earnings to over the $145,000 mark in just five starts for owners Melvin Segal, Eddie Gran and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Test Of Faith The previous track record for two year old pacing fillies belonged to So Awesome who scored a stakes victory in 1:53.3 in 2018 with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Tuesday afternoon starting at 12 Noon and then takes place on Wednesday evening when NY Sire Stakes action is once again featured. First post on Wednesday is set for 7:15pm. Mike Sardella

Vernon Downs played host to the Harry M. Zweig Memorial races on Friday (August 21). The $160,140 Zweig for 3-year-old trotting fillies and the $330,000 Zweig for 3-year-old open class for trotters. Also, included on the 15-race harness racing card was two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen trotting colts & geldings. Ramona Hill (Andrew McCarthy) is supreme in the Harry M. Zweig Memorial for fillies. The Hambletonian Oaks winner, Sorella (Dexter Dunn) went on a break right at the start. Ramona Hill ($2.40) easily took the lead heading for the first quarter followed by Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears), Fortune Starlet (Walley Hennessey), and Tricky Sister (Jason Bartlett). Ramona Hill hit the first quarter in :28.0. She was firmly in control using a :28.3 second quarter to coast to the half in :56.3. The order was unchanged with a third panel of :28.0. Ramona Hill led easy as could be to three-quarters in 1:24.3. As they made the turn for home Hypnotic AM was all-out with the chase but McCarthy never moved a muscle and Ramona Hill glided to an easy win in 1:52.0. Hypnotic AM had to settle for second money. Tricky Sister moved up to finish third. Ramona Hill Ramona Hill is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Hill. The Hambletonian winner is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Crawford Farms Racing, and In The Gym Partners. She is four for five as a sophomore and 10 for 12 in her career. Ready For Moni (Matt Kakaley) sets track record in the Harry M. Zweig Memorial open class for 3-year-old trotters. King Alphonso (Dexter Dunn) left the gate first bu Big Oil (Andy Miller) gained control just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. As they reached the backstretch Back Of The Neck (Scott Zeron) was the first to make a move going first-over to lead to the half in :56.0. Ready For Moni ($3.30) followed the move second over and swooped to the lead as they headed for the final turn. He was strong on the lead using a :27.1 third quarter to get to three-quarters in 1:23.1. As they reached the stretch second place finisher Back Of The Neck gave it everything he had in the chase. Ready For Moni had a lot in the tank and easily won setting a track record for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:51.1. King Alphonso was a distant third. Ready For Moni Ready For Moni is a 3-year-old colt by Ready Cash. He is trained by Nancy Takter for owners John Fielding, Herb Liverman, Lindy Farm Of Conn, and Bud Hatfield. It was his third win this season with his only loss of the year to Ramona Hill in the Hambletonian. He now has seven career victories none faster than tonight's win. Ambassador Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) and Ahundreddollarbill (Jason Bartlett) each nab NYSS wins. Unbeaten Ambassador Hanover ($3.10) wins the $51,300 first division. Ambassador Hanover went straight to the front but Black Tie Bash (Brian Sears) took over the top spot and led to the first quarter in :28.0. He slowed things down using a :30.1 second quarter to hit the half in :58.1. He continued on the lead and hit three-quarters first in 1:26.1. As they made the turn for home Ambassador Hanover popped out of the pocket and came charging at Black Tie Bash in the stretch. The two were slugging it out it all the way down the stretch and were joined by a late bid from Dee's Red Delicious (Corey Callshan), who came flying three-wide in deep stretch forcing a three-way photo finish with Ambassador Hanover picking up the win in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Dee's Red Delicious finished second. Black Tie Bash had to settle for third. Ambassador Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Angel Eyes Hanover. He is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor, Order By Stable, and trainer Svanstedt. He is a perfect four for four life time. Ambassador Hanover Ahundreddollarbill ($2.80) takes the $52,200 second division. Incommunicado (Ake Svanstedt) charges to the front and put up the early fractions (:28.0, :57.0). Ahundreddollarbill made his move first-over from fourth going around the final turn. Incommunicado remained in front hitting three-quarters first in 1:26.2. Ahundreddollarbill flew to the front as they made the turn for home. The colt just cruised down the stretch to win easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Special Prosecutor (Brian Sears) came up to finish second. Incommunicado held on for third. Ahundreddollarbill is a colt by Chapter Seven-Swinging Royalty. He is trained by Dan Daley for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Ann-Mari Daley, and James Crawford IV. He is now two for four in his young career. Ahundreddollarbill Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 22) with a 13-race card starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

American Courage remained undefeated in his young harness racing career scoring in 1:54.2 in New York Sire Stakes action at Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night. American Courage is now a perfect 7 for 7 with four consecutive wins in New York Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts, taking the $70,300 second race division. Driver Matt Kakaley moved to the lead approaching the first quarter and held sway to a half-length victory over I'll Drink To That with Sexy Blue Chip four and one-quarter lengths further back in third.   The son of American Ideal now has three wins at Yonkers Raceway, having taken the MGM Springfield Stakes Elimination and Final last month. The $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final will be at Yonkers Saturday September 12 as part of the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions with eight division finals. There was a non-betting $69,000 New York Sire Stakes division before the card and Sauvignon Blue Chip led at every point to a 1:54.4 victory. Tyler Buter guided the son of Art Major to his first lifetime win for trainer and co-owner David Dziengiel. Live racing resumes at Yonkers Thursday with a 7:12pm first post. Racing is currently being conducted four nights a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. by Alex Dadoyan for Yonkers Raceway

Vernon Downs played host to three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (August 15). Destined To Dance (Tyler Buter) outduels Dream Chapter (Mark MacDonald) to win the $33,600 first division. Me Three (Brian Sears) got the first call but the lead was short lived when Dream Chapter took over and led to the first quarter in :26.4. Dream Chapter continued to lead to the half in :57.1. That's when Destined To Dance ($3.10) made her move first-over from fourth. She took the lead but could not clear going around the final turn. Destined to Dance led to three-quarters in 1:25.4. The battle began as they reached the stretch. Destined to Dance and Dream Chapter were shoulder-to-shoulder battling back and forth neither one were giving an inch. Destined to Dance used one last surge to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Dream Chapter had to settle for second. Me Three finished third.   Destined To Dance is a filly by Chapter Seven-Go Go Dancer. John Butenschoen trains for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Heritage Standardbreds, and Rich Preziotti. She has won four straight NYSS races. Aela Jamieson (Andy Miller) rallies late to take the $34,200 second division. Tranquility K (Larry Stalbaum) stormed to the front and led to the first quarter in :28.0. Insured AM S (Brian Sears) took control right after the quarter. She used a :29.3 second quarter to lead to the half in :57.3. The first to make a move was Avant Garde (Ake Svanstedt) as they headed for the final turn. Insured AM S held on to a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:27.3. Aela Jamieson ($5.40) was second-over fourth as they made the turn for home. She came three-wide down the stretch and blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:56.2. Insured AM S held on for second. Tranquility K was third best.   Aela Jamieson is a filly by Chapter Seven-Blk Thai Optional. Julie Miller trains for owners Andy Miller Stable, Dumain Haven Farm, and Little E LLC. It was her first career win in three lifetime starts. Iteration (Brian Sears) captures the $33,600 third division. Iteration ($3.00) darted right out to the front with main rival Splash Blue Chip (Ake Stanstedt) following in the pocket. Iteration led to the first quarter in :27.1. She slowed things down using a :31.0 second quarter to hit the half in :58.1. She continued to control the race hitting three-quarters in 1:28.0. As they reached the stretch Splash Blue Chip popped out of the pocket and gave everything she had but had to settle for second as Iteration won in a lifetime best of 1:55.2. Moni For Lindy (Mark MacDonald) was third best.   Iteration is a filly by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows. She is a full sister to two-time NYSS champion Gimpanzee. She is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. It was her second win in three lifetime starts. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 21) featuring the Zweig Memorial starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs welcomes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies on Saturday (August 15). The John Butenschoen trained Destined To Dance (Tyler Buter) should be the big favorite in the $33,600 first division. The filly by Chapter Seven-Go Go is three for three on the NYSS circuit. She has claimed wins at Saratoga, Yonkers, and Batavia. Her top contender should be Broad Strokes (Chapter Seven-Lady Marian). The filly is one for two in her career with a NYSS win at Batavia. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. The top choice in the $34,200 second division is the Marcus Melander trained Insured AM S (Brian Sears). She is one for two in her career. The Chapter Seven-Blur Muscles filly captured a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers. Her chief rival should be the Maureen Salino trained Credit Income (John Stark Jr.). The Credit Winner-Income Devie filly has a win and two seconds in three career starts. Splash Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) and Iteration (Brian Sears) will be the major contenders in the $33,600 third division. Splash Blue Chip (E L Titan-Dunk The Donato) is trained by Svanstedt. She has a NYSS win at Saratoga and a second-place finish at Yonkers in two lifetime starts. The Marcus Melander trained Iteration (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) is one for two in her career. She finished a close second to Splash Blue Chip at Saratoga. The 15-race card starts at 3 p.m. For more information goes to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

YONKERS, NY - Yonkers Raceway hosted two harness racing divisions of New York Sire Stakes races for three-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday evening and the rail was the place to start from in both divisions. In the first division, a $73,100 four horse race held before the wagering card, Love A Good Story relinquished the lead early from post position one to No Mas Drama, but then brushed by that rival and drew away to a length and a half score in 1:55.2. Love A Good Story is a daughter of Chapter Seven and remains a perfect four for four in New York Sire Stakes action for Andy and Julie Miller and the ownership group of Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Chapter Seven continues to lead the way for trotting sires in this year's New York Sire Stakes, with 83 wins in 184 starters and surpassed earnings of more than $1 million in the series. In the second division, race two on the card, Without A Warning was bet down to 2-5 favoritism from post one and was an easy two and three-quarter length winner in 1:55.1. Scott Zeron drove the daughter of RC Royalty to victory for trainer George Ducharme and owner Raymond W J Campbell Jr.   The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions will be Saturday September 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Yonkers continues a four-day racing schedule, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a first post of 7:12pm. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

There were two $70,300 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding harness racing trotters contested on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Driver Jason Bartlett has thrived in his limited starts at Saratoga this season and Monday was no different as the talented reinsman piloted three winners on the card. Bartlett sat behind the Dan Daley-trained Ahundreddollarbill (Chapter Seven-Swinging Royalty-RC Royalty) for the first time and as the freshman moved first-over, the race's favorite went off stride. Ahundreddollarbill powered away from the rest of the field to win in 1:57.4 to break his maiden and spring the upset at odds of 12-1.   Ahundreddollarbill was the fastest Sire Stakes trotter of the day as the other division was won by Ake Svanstendt's Ambassador Hanover (Chapter Seven-Angel Eyes Hanover-Cantab Hall) in 1:59.1. Ambassador Hanover moved his career record to three-for-three when he went coast-to-coast as the 4-5 betting favorite in his division on Monday. Bartlett, who had the Monday hat trick, finished second to Ambassador Hanover with Steel (Chapter Seven) for trainer Julie Miller while Sevenshadesofgrey (Corey Callahan) earned the show spot. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga on Wednesday evening when two year old filly pacers come to town.   Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs played host to the New York Sire Stakes 2 and 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 9) and the perfect weather brought out some exceptional performances. Outstanding 2-year-old colt American Courage (American Ideal-Nola Fool Bluechip) remained undefeated when he won his $50,400 NYSS division. After starting a bit off the gate, American Courage tucked in fifth momentarily before driver Matt Kakaley pulled and advanced him to third at the quarter behind the leading Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller). But just past the three-eighths, Kakaley had him out and rolling again and this time right to the front. American Courage cleared and took the lead by the five-eighths pole and really dug in from there. Kakaley sat chilly as American Courage opened up four lengths at the three-quarters, six lengths by the top of the stretch and then jogged home by 10 open lengths, wrapped up in 1:54.2. "The gate got going a little fast and got away from us. I just wanted to get away clean and get around the track," said Kakaley. "This is a serious colt." American Courage ($2.10) remains perfect, now winning six of six lifetime starts for owner Fiddler's Creek Stable who also bred the winner. Travis Alexander is the trainer. The other $50,400 2-year-old division went to Town Gossip (American Ideal-Fibbertigibbet) who led at every station from post one. Jim Morrill Jr. backed down the half to a pedestrian :59 before stepping on the gas and letting Town Gossip accelerate away from the field. After hitting the three-quarters in 1:28.1, Town Gossip turned for home and opened up a 5-1/4 length lead at the wire for a 1:57.1 win. It was the second NYSS win of the year for Town Gossip ($3.00) who is owned by Robert Weinstein. Jennifer Bongiorno trains the $25,000 Lexington Selected acquisition who was bred by Winbak Farm. The sophomore set saw it's best performance come in the second $55,000 split when the 3-year-old colt Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) went coast to coast in the fastest mile of the day. Matt Kakaley rushed Groovy Joe off the gate and out-muscled Save Me A Dance (Jason Bartlett) for the lead at the quarter in :27. The race proceeded in single file to the half and past the five eighths before anyone decided to pull on the leader. Splash Brother (Tyler Buter) tipped from last midway up the backstretch and tried to push the issue but came up short in the last turn. Groovy Joe was clear in the lane by two lengths with only the pocket sitting Save Me A Dance with a chance at him. He did close strong down the lane but Groovy Joe hung on to win by 1/2 length in 1:52. It was the second NYSS win this year for Groovy Joe ($4.30) who is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Blake Macintosh, Ozzie Mackay and Hoofbid Racing. Blake Macintosh also trains the winner who was a $17,000 Goshen Yearling sale purchase that was bred by Winbak Farm. The first $54,000 3-year-old division was won by Major Betts (Art Major-Southwind Johanne) for driver Dexter Dunn who made his first ever driving appearance at Batavia Downs. Major Betts took the lead and cut fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:25.4 before his first challenge of the race came from Blank Stare (Corey Callahan) who pulled within a length of him at that third station. Major Betts successfully rebuffed that attack and headed down the lane on top by a length. But as he drifted just off the pylons, the pocket sitting Ideal Perception (Jason Bartlett) shot up the cones to take his best shot. Major Betts still had pace and stood his ground to win by a head in 1:53.3. It was the third straight NYSS victory for Major Betts ($2.10) and owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Deena Frost. Mark Harder also trains the colt who was bred by Southwind Farms and sold at the Lexington Selected sale for $70,000. There were seven $15,000 divisions of Excelsior A and four $6,600 divisions of Excelsior B races Sunday as well and those results can be found at this link. (https://racing.ustrotting.com/chart.aspx#636946) Matt Kakaley, Jason Bartlett and Drew Monti all had hat tricks on the all-stake card with Tyler Buter and Jim Morrill Jr. each scoring two wins as well. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- A marathon 15-race card will be held at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 9) when the New York Sire Stakes roll into town for the second and final time this summer. Four NYSS harness racing divisions of 2 and 3-year-old male pacers headline with an undercard featuring 11 Excelsior Series legs that all tolled offer $341,200 in purse money. Nine 3-year-olds will go to post in two NYSS divisions and will feature some very fast horses. The first $54,000 leg has Major Betts (Art Major-Southwind Johanne) listed as the morning line favorite and for good reason. Major Betts took a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at Tioga Downs in a NYSS event in June before competing in the $636,650 Meadowlands Pace in July. In that stake he drew post eight, got away tenth and chased a 1:47.2 mile in vain. The following week he jogged in 1:51.1 in another NYSS race at Yonkers. Dexter Dunn is scheduled to make his first-ever driving appearance at Batavia Downs to drive Major Betts for trainer Mark Harder. The other three horses in the short field of four have all been race timed under 1:50 this year but will definitely have their hands full on Sunday. Blank Stare (Bolt The Duer-Hypnotize) took his mark of 1:50.1 in a NYSS race at Tioga, Genius Man (Art Major-Unred Hanover) has won his last two starts and Ideal Perception (American Ideal-Southwind Siren) has not missed a check in NYSS action this year. Blank Stare gets Corey Callahan for trainer John Butenshoen, Genius Man has Marcus Miller up for Erv Miller and Ideal Perception will have Jason Bartlett driving for Andrew Harris. The second $55,000 split features three closely spotted starters. Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated) is a winner of three out of five races this year including one NYSS victory and his 1:48.2 lifetime mark at the Meadowlands in June. That is the fastest mile paced by a 3-year-old gelding so far in 2020. Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) who won six NYSS races last year at two before finishing second in the final. In three tries this year he has only one win, but it was a lifetime best effort of 1:48.4 at Vernon Downs. Save Me A Dance (Heston Blue Chip-Dance Hall Girl) has three consecutive second place finishes in NYSS action after winning his seasonal debut at the Meadowlands in 1:51.1. Tyler Buter drives Splash Brother for trainer Ray Schnittker, Matt Kakaley will steer Groovy Joe for Blake McIntosh and Jason Bartlett will team Save Me A Dance for Andrew Harris. 12 2-year-olds will also compete in NYSS action in two $50,400 splits and this division features one of the top freshman horses in North America. American Courage (American Ideal-Nola Fool Bluechip) is undefeated coming in to Batavia, going five for five this year and including two NYSS wins. He also won the $154,250 MGM Springfield Stake at Yonkers. He took his lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in his last start at Tioga Downs and that win pushed his earnings to $119,908. To date he is the fastest 2-year-old pacing colt, the richest overall 2-year-old pacer and the third winningest overall 2-year-old pacer in North America. Matt Kakaley will drive American Courage for trainer Travis Alexander. Trying to take their best shot to beat him is Carrythetorchman (American Ideal-Kattimon) who won a preliminary leg of the MGM Springfield at Yonkers and has finished second in two NYSS events and Sauvignon Bluechip (Art Major-Some Girls Do) who tripped-out behind American Courage last week to finish second at Tioga. Marcus Miller will drive Carrythetorchman for trainer Erv Miller and Tyler Buter will team Sauvignon Bluechip for trainer David Dziengiel. The other 2-year-old leg has two competitors getting some relief from chasing American Courage, but who will now face off against each other. Town Gossip (American Ideal-Fibbertigibbet) has raced American Courage three times this year and finished second behind him twice. He did win his only start when not facing him in a NYSS race at Tioga where he went wire to wire in convincing fashion. King James Express (Art Major-More Diamonds) tripped-out and won his first NYSS event at Saratoga before drawing in with American Courage at Tioga and getting a rough overland trip where he was parked over half the mile. Jim Morrill Jr. will drive Town Gossip for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and Jason Bartlett will be behind King James Express for Mark Harder. There are also seven $15,000 Excelsior A races carded along with four $6,600 Excelsior B races. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes has announced changes to its schedule affecting the Excelsior Finals and the remaining NYSS two divisions scheduled to race at Monticello Raceway. The full revised schedule can be found here. The Excelsior Finals will now be held Friday, Sept. 11 at Tioga Downs, instead of Sept. 19 as previously scheduled. This is one day before the NYSS Finals at Yonkers. Protocols for the finals at Yonkers have not yet been determined and horsemen that may have horses competing on both nights should know we will take the challenges of this scheduling change into consideration. Other events included in scheduling changes: 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Monday, Aug. 24 at Monticello moved to Saratoga (same date) 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Monday, Aug. 31 at Monticello moved to Friday, Sept. 4 at Vernon Downs To receive the latest updates from The New York Sire Stakes, you are encouraged to register for the newly implemented NYSS Text Alert System, which sends updates directly to your phone. To receive updates from NYSS via text message: TEXT "NYSS" to 31996. International Numbers TEXT "NYSS INT" to (833) 498-1158. From the New York Sire Stakes

There were two divisions of New York Sire Stakes action for three year old harness racing colt and gelding trotters contested on Wednesday evening at Saratoga Casino Hotel and two horses who have been winning machines in Stakes action continued their winning ways.  The fastest of the $74,500 divisions of the NYSS went the way of the Jim Campbell-trained Hobbs (Credit Winner-Crulla De Ville-Yankee Glide) who scored his fourth consecutive victory with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Hobbs powered out to the early lead on Wednesday and never looked back, stopping the timer in 1:56 to continue what has already been a monster sophomore campaign for the talented gelding.   His race's 4-5 betting favorite, Hobbs was tested briefly in the stretch by rival Barn Holden (Mark Macdonald) who finished second to keep his streak alive of hitting the board in all seven starts on the campaign. Take The Credit (Trond Smedshammer) finished third. Hobbs is owned by Runthetable Stables of Montvale, NJ. The other division went to Trond Smedshammer's Chaptiama (Chapter Seven-Crediama-Credit Winner) who continued his winning ways with a decisive wire-to-wire score as the 2-5 betting favorite in his division. Smedshammer got a comfortable first half for Chaptiama who went untested in a first lap in 59.1 before the super sophomore trotted his back half in 57 seconds en route to a 1:56.1 score. It was the third victory in a row and third on the season for Chaptiama who earned over $182,000 as a freshman in '19 and is poised to match or surpass that number in what has been a terrific start to his 2020 campaign.   Chaptiama, who is owned by Purple Haze Stables of Fairport, NY, bested runner-up Ballcapsnbluejeans (Mark Macdonald) who had to settle for second and Beerthirty K (Tyler Buter) who came up third best. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee featuring more NY Sire Stakes action as two year old colt and gelding trotters come to town. First post time is set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Yonkers, NY - Starting this week, the 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Yonkers Raceway will carry a $7,500 guaranteed pool on Mondays and Tuesdays. The pick 5 begins in race five each night. Monday's Pick 5 at Yonkers features two $77,300 New York Sire Stakes harness racing divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. In the eighth race, the fourth leg of the Pick 5 wager, Hen Party looks to remain perfect in NYSS action. Hen Party, a daughter of Roll With Joe for the Crawford Farms and trainer Tony Alagna has already won sire stakes legs at Yonkers, Tioga and Vernon. Andrew McCarthy is in the bike once again and is the 9-5 morning line favorite from post five. Yonkers is currently racing four nights a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with first post at 7:12pm by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway    

Tioga Downs hosted two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Saturday (August 1). I'll Drink To That (Jim Morrill Jr.) wins the $53,100 first division. Major Bean (Jason Bartlett) went straight to the front. Sexy Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Major Bean went back to the front as they headed for the stands for the first time. He led to the half in :57.3. I'll Drink To That ($14.60) made his move going first-over down the backstretch. He led to three-quarters in 1:24.4. I'll Drink To That continued to lead as they made the turn for home. Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller) came flying as they hit the stretch but I'll Drink To That was too strong to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Carrythetorchman had to settle for second. Sexy Blue Chip finished third.   I'll Drink To That is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Margarita Monday. Trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Lawrence Minowitz, Robert Mondillo, and Oompa's Farm. American Courage (Matt Kakaley) remains unbeaten with easy with in the $52,200 second division. Major Makover (Wally Hennessey) held a slight lead hitting the first quarter first in :27.0. Sauvignon Bluechip (Tyler Buter) took over the lead right after the first quarter but that was short lived when American Courage ($2.70) came flying by and took the lead with a lap to go. He hit the half in :56.0. Garrett's Drama (Jimmy Whittemore) came first-over to challenge as they reached the backstretch. American Courage cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they headed down the stretch it was all American Courage winning easily in a lifetime best of 1:51.3 Sauvignon Bluechip was second best. Major Makover finished third.   American Courage is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip. He is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC and trained by Travis Alexander. He is now five for five in his young career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 2) with a 13-race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes makes its first of two stops at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2) and will feature both 2 and 3-year-old trotting filly divisions.  There are 16 freshman fillies divided into two divisions, each going for $52,200.  The first group features No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) who has one NYSS win in only one lifetime start. After qualifying handily at the Meadowlands in 1:56.4, No Pay No Way took a come from behind win at Yonkers on July 21 in a state-bred race, banking the bulk of the $$48,866 purse after the win in 2:00.  Scott Zeron will be in the bike for trainer Rick Zeron.  Titans Hope (E L Titan-Fiery Manes) made an impressive first start at Yonkers, finishing third after a mid-mile move. A change in barn and driver seemed to step her up from her qualifier and she looks to continue improving in here. Jason Bartlett drives for trainer Andrew Harris. Also in the race is Credit Income (Credit Winner-Income De VIe) who won an Excel A outing in 2:01 at Saratoga Raceway on July 8 before stepping up to a top level, second place finish at Yonkers where she trotted in 1:59.2.  John Stark Jr. drives for trainer Maureen Salino. The second division has Destined To Dance (Chapter Seven-Go Go Dancer) starting from post seven and looking for her third consecutive win on the year. This filly has won gate to wire at Saratoga on July 8 in 1:59.4 and from off the pace at Yonkers on July 21 in her lifetime best 1:58.3.  Tyler Buter will steer again for trainer John Butenschoen.  Just Joshing (Chapter Seven-Jodi’s Jayme) has two consecutive wins in Excel A company and both were very impressive. She takes the next step here and looks to be a formidable force against the top group this week for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller.  Elize B (Chapter Seven-Legal Lady) made a stellar debut after cutting the mile and just getting beat in 1:59.2 at Saratoga. She made a break in her next outing at Yonkers from post seven and looks to make amends for that misstep. Scott and Rick Zeron are also the driver/trainer team on this filly.  There are only nine entrants in the sophomore soiree that will also go in two groups for $54,000 and $55,000 respectively.  The first division has four starters who are winless this year but who also show a lot of potential.  Destiny Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Chasin Clouds Away) was caught up in a torrid 1:53 mile at Tioga Downs on June 21, chasing Love A Good Story who is in the other division. In her last start at Vernon Downs, she was parked out for over three-quarters of the mile before tiring in the last turn in a race that went in 1:52.1. She is now in a short field that looks like she should be able to make use of those tighteners.  Ake Svanstedt both trains and drives.  Starystarrynight (Conway Hall-Makes Me Crazy) has won three times last year but has still not found the winner’s circle in 2020. After winning her qualifier on June 15 at Yonkers, Starrystarrynight has been racing overnight condition races at Harrah’s Philly where she was recently race timed in 1:55.2. Now back facing her own age and gender, she should be well prepped for a top effort in her first stake start this year.  Billy Davis Jr. drives for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.  Island Lily (Chapter Seven-Up Front Hotsey) showed good early work this year before finishing fourth in an Excel A event. After a month layoff, she qualified in a lifetime best time of 1:56.4 by 3-1/2 lengths at Pocono. She steps up to the top level here but comes in looking the part. Tom Jackson drives for trainer Fred Grant. The second $55,000 leg is stacked with three of the top five point-getters in this division. Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) has won both of her NYSS outings this year taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.1 at Vernon Downs on July 11. She also finished second to Hypnotic Am in the $207,250 Empire Breeders Classic and most recently competed in the $253,500 Del Miller at the Meadowlands against Hambletonian hopeful Ramona Hill who won it in 1:50.3.   Team Orange Crush handles Love A Good Story with Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller. No Mas Drama (Muscles Yankee-Massive Drama) hasn’t missed a check all year until an impossible trip in the Del Miller where she found herself 10th at the quarter chasing a 1:50.3 mile and Munster (Chapter Seven-Richesse Oblige S) has also cashed in four starts behind the gate. However both are still looking for win number one of the year. Jim Morrill Jr. Drives No Mas Drama for trainer Jenn Bongiorno and Tyler Buter will team Munster for Per Engblom. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. Black Is Back in season's best at Batavia Downs The first Open I pace of the year saw Black Is Back impose his will on a field of seven, going gate to wire handily to capture the $10,000 feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (July 31). Driver Dave McNeight III seated the field after taking a quick point position with Black Is Back and then went to the quarter in :28.3 and the half in :57.4. It was there that Class Six (Renaldo Morales III) pulled first-over and made his way up the outside. Class Six got to within a length of Black Is Back at the three-quarters before hanging there around the last turn. And that was as close as he would get as Black Is Back rebuffed the challenge and paced away to a 2-1/4 length win in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the 32nd lifetime win in only 110 starts for Black Is Back ($3.90) who is owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. does the training. The $9,000 Open II saw a raw speed duel between Under Paid (Denny Bucceri) and Atlantis (Jim Morrill Jr.) who left from post seven and eight respectively. Under Paid got the lead and parked out Atlantis for three quarters of a mile while going fast fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:25. When Atlantis understandably tired in the last turn, Don McWhite (Billy Davis Jr.), who had the perfect pocket trip, tipped out and looked to go by the leader. But the leader wasn't done and Under Paid finished strong to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.2. It was the second win in a row for Under Paid ($13.00) who is owned by Jennifer Rogowski and trained by Mike Ohol. Shawn McDonough's stable had one big night at the Downs on Friday. Horses he trains made seven starts and scored four wins, one second and two thirds. Of those seven starters, McDonough drove six of them. He won three, had one second and two thirds. This all equates to McDonough having a Universal Trainer Rating of .746 and a Universal Driver Rating of .703 for the night. Statistically, that is one of the best dual performances ever recorded at the Genesee County track. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a special Sunday (Aug. 2) matinee card featuring all New York Sire Stake races. Post time Sunday is 1:15 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old colts & geldings on Saturday (August 1). Both divisions will race for a purse of $53,100. The Mark Harder trained Southwind Petyr (Tyler Buter) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The colt by American Ideal-Southwind Paris will make his career debut after an impressive qualifier in 1:55.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. His main rivals will be Major Bean (Jason Bartlett) and Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller). Major Bean (Art Major-Lismorebella) is trained by Blake Macintosh. The colt has two seconds in three starts including a second place finish in the NYSS at Saratoga. Carrythetorchman (American Ideal-Kattimon) has a win in three career starts. Trained by Erv Miller, he also had a second place finish at Saratoga. Unbeaten American Courage (Matt Kakaley) should be the big favorite in the second division. American Courage (American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip) is four for four including a win in the MGM Springfield Stakes final at Yonkers. The colt trained by Travis Alexander also has a win in the NYSS at Saratoga. The Mark Harder trained King James Express (Jason Bartlett) should be the major rival. The gelding by Art Major-More Diamonds won a leg of the NYSS at Saratoga. He is one for two lifetime. The 15-race card starts at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Yonkers, NY - Sire Art Major had two harness racing pacers in Tuesday night's New York Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers and both came away victorious. In the $75,900 first division, Major Betts led all the way to a two and a half length score in 1:51.1. Dexter Dunn was the winning driver for trainer Mark Harder and owners Jannuzzelli, Harder and Frost.   Major Betts started in the Meadowlands Pace Final in his last race but the return to NYSS action got him back to the winner's circle. In the $77,300 second division, Genius Man got up by a nose in an eventful stretch battle in 1:52.3. Save Me A Dance was second with Splash Brother a neck back in third.   Marcus Miller drove the Art Major gelding to victory for trainer Erv Miller and owners Michelon and Plouffe. Racing at Yonkers Raceway continues Thursday and Friday night this week, first race is 7:12pm by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

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