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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring livestreams of two New York Sire Stakes county fair harness racing events this season. The first will take place on opening day of the Hemlock Little World's Fair in Livingston County on Tuesday, July 16, followed by the Wayne County Fair in Palmyra on Monday, Aug. 12. Anyone with a smartphone or connection to the internet can watch the New York Sire Stakes races with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. and post time at noon for both locations. A broadcast team will be positioned around the racetrack providing live updates, interviews and commentary that even those in attendance can watch for insider information. At Hemlock, Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, will be a featured guest providing commentary throughout the broadcast. Hemlock Fair President Mark Shero will join Young in the broadcast booth to call the races. "The Hemlock Fair is the first of our 20 racing fairs in the state to offer livestreaming for harness racing," Young said. "Never before have fairgoers had the opportunity to take in the action while sitting in the grandstand or while watching the races remotely on their smartphone. We are excited to partner with both fairs on this exciting opportunity to reach new fans and provide live coverage to owners who aren't able to travel with their horses. We hope the added commentary will encourage people to learn more about the Sire Stakes program and harness racing." The New York Sire Stakes County Fair series features non-pari-mutuel harness racing open to eligible 2 and 3 year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The events provide young horses with the opportunity to earn as they learn, while bringing the community together for a series of races. Live streaming coverage for both the Hemlock Little World Fair and Wayne County Fair can be seen via the New York Sire Stakes website at nysirestakes.com. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund: The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair races. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations      

SCHECNECTADY, N.Y. -- New York Sire Stakes participants are notified that a new race secretary has been named for Boonville-Oneida County Fair, taking place on July 23, 2019. Brenda Wilmot has been named the new race secretary for the Boonville-Oneida County Fair and can be reached out 518-409-2949. All entries for the July 18 draw, excluding RUS, can continue to be made via the NY County Fair Entry Hotline at 518-388-0964. Please direct any questions you may have regarding this change to the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund at 518-388-0178 or info@nysirestakes.com. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They may be just beginning their harness racing careers but a pair of talented and undefeated colts are set to square off in the fifth race at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 10) as two $52,000 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the freshman male pacers are slated.   Sandy's Bolt and Groovy Joe are ready to collide in an early career showdown as they both arrive with two impressive victories in the Sire Stakes.   Coming off a 6-1/2 length victory in the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 1, Sandy's Bolt (Bolt The Duer-White Sand) also had a 3/4-length decision at Yonkers on June 20. Tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice, Sandy's Bolt drew the four post with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive.   Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) has yet to taste defeat as well and is fresh off a two length victory in 1:56.4 at Monticello. He was also successful in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on June 20 with a solid 1-3/4 length win in 1:56.4. He's the second choice at 3-1 and will score from the two hole for Matt Kakaley.   Not to be overlooked is Linus (Roll With Joe-Jet Wash), a runner up to Sandy's Bolt at Monticello is his lone career start. Starting from the three spot, Jim Morrill Jr. gets the nod in the sulky.   Major Asset (Mike Simons) gets the rail and has a victory in the Excelsior A Series along with a third place finish in the NYSS at Monticello.   The remainder of the field includes Shvaiko (Drew Monti) and American Rebel (Mark MacDonald).   The second division will go off as the seventh race and all the entrants are in search of their maiden win. While they may not have been as successful as their counterparts in the first division thus far, the price they were purchased for at the sales say their owners have plenty of faith in their abilities.   Ideal Artillery (American Ideal-Shelliscape) is owned by local connections of Howard and Michael Ouriel of Rochester. A $70,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Sale, Ideal Artillery did get a third place finish behind Sandy's Bolt at Monticello on July 1. He'll start from the five post with Drew Monti aboard.   Oreo Dream Xtreme (American Ideal-Spotlight On) was a $60,000 buy at the Lexington Sales. Getting the four spot on the starting grid with Bartlett, Oreo Dream Xtreme has a second and third place finish in both his NYSS efforts.   Major On The Beach (Art Major-One For The Road), the morning line favorite at 2-1, will begin off the rail for Kakaley. This $50,000 Lexington Sale purchase has a third place finish at Monticello Raceway in the NYSS on July 1.   The rest of the participants include Play Therapy (Morrill Jr.), Steuben Moose (Billy Davis Jr.) and Teton Sunset (MacDonald).   The track record for 2-year-old colt pacers is 1:54.2 established last year by Melodies Major while the gelding standard is 1:56.3 set by Roadside Delight way back in 2010.   There will be a pair of $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series on the 12-race program along with a $6,500 leg of the Excelsior B Series. Post time is 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Tioga Downs welcomes four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (July 4). In the first division ($26,500) the 9-5 morning line favorite is Really Blue Chip (Marcus Miller). Owned by Thestable Really Bluechip and trained by Scott Di Domenico, the filly by Credit Winner-Muscles won a leg of the NYSS at Buffalo in her only start. The second choice at 2-1 is Without A Warning (Scott Zeron). The filly by RC Royalty-Concentration is owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme. She was second in the NYSS at Buffalo in her first start. The morning line favorite in the second division ($26,500) is Love A good Story (Troy Beyer) at 6-5. The filly by Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin won her only start in a leg of the NYSS at Buffalo. She is owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable and trained by Julie Miller. Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) is the second morning line choice at 9-2. The filly by Chapter Seven-Ava Marion is owned by Little E LLC., Knuttson Trotting Inc., and trainer Svanstedt. She will be making her first start on Thursday. In the third division ($27,000) the Blake Macintosh trained Hushabye (Brian Sears) is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The filly by Chapter Seven-Banbury Cross is owned by Macintosh, S L Heimbecker, Mortgage Boys Stable, and Hushabye Stables. She is one for one with a NYSS win at Buffalo. The second choice at 3-1 is Senorita Rita (Scott Zeron), who is participating in her first career race. The filly by Chapter Seven-Lindys Head Nurse is trained by Linda Toscano for owner Kenneth Jacobs. In the final division ($26,500), the 7-5 morning line choice is Sorprese (Dan Daley). The filly by Conway Hall-Isabella Gal bested the field in the NYSS at Buffalo in her only start. She is trained by Daley for owners James Crawford IV, Ann Mari Daley and Crawford Farms Racing. The co-second choice at 4-1 is Illdoitmyself (Scott Zeron). The filly by Chapter Seven-Domello is owned by Van Camp Trotting Corp., James Walker, and trainer Rick Zeron. She was second best in the NYSS at Buffalo. The other 4-1 morning line choice is Smooth Affair (Tyler Buter). The Chris Oakes trained filly by Conway Hall-Identity is owned by Northfolk Racing Stable. She has a second place finish is two starts this season. The 15 race card gets underway at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The New York Sire Stakes continues to march through Buffalo Raceway and the harness racing 2-year-old filly pacers will get their opportunity to strut their stuff in a pair of $54,000 divisions on Wednesday night (July 3).   The contests are set as the fourth and sixth events on the 12-race program that begins at 5 p.m. With warm, muggy conditions expected, they could be firing at the track record for their classification which is 1:56.2 set in 2016 by She's A Millionair.   Most of the babies will be in action for just the second time in their young careers but three have already tasted victory.   So Rude (So Surreal-A Am A Snob) tops the field in the first division and will score from the six post for Matt Kakaley. She made her debut on June 24 at Monticello Raceway and registered a 3/4 length win in 1:57.3 in the New York Sire Stakes. So Rude covered the final panel in :27.4 in rallying for the victory and with the long Buffalo Raceway home stretch on the horizon, she should be a serious factor late.   Precious Alexis (Art Major-Put On A Display) will start from the eight post and gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. She lost a heart-breaking neck decision in her first try at Monticello Raceway to Hidden Cove in the NYSS.   Sugaronthebeach (Kevin Cummings), The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.), Kitty Hoyne (Jimmy Whittemore) and American Chance (Jonathan Drury) are entered and each have started in the Sire Stakes in their career debuts.   Spreckles (Drew Monti) arrives fresh off her maiden victory in the Excelsior A Series at Monticello in 1:59.0. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) rounds out the full field of eight.   The other bracket has Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) tabbed as the 3-1 favorite from the seven post with Cummings in the bike. She collected her first career win back on June 7 in a maiden race by 3-1/4 lengths at Vernon Downs in 1:56.1. She then travel to Monticello on June 24 where she suffered a tough 1-1/2 setback to Cash Roll in the Sire Stakes.   The highly competitive field also includes the Scott Di Domenico entry of Bolt Of Speed (Kakaley) and Bottle Of Red (Monti) along with Rare Jimstone (Morrill Jr.), Galleria Gal (Buter), Movie Town (Drury), Roll With Angel (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Jackie's Express (Whittemore).   The day's action will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. with a non-betting race in the Excelsior B Series while a $15,000 division in the Excelsior A Series opens the program in the first.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing freshmen trotting colts and geldings on Sunday (June 30). Both divisions will race for a purse of $55,000. In the first division the top morning line choice at 3-1 is Saylor (Jim Marohn Jr). Owned and trained by D.R. Ackerman, he is a colt by Chapter Seven-Creme De Cocoa. The second choice at 7-2 is Hobbs (Tyler Buter), who is a gelding by Credit Winner-Cruella De Ville. He is owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell. the third choice at 4-1 is Barn Holden (Jim Meittinis). He is a colt by Conway Hall-Barn Babe, who is owned by Purple Haze Stables, Out In The Country Stable with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt In the second division the 9-5 morning line favorite is Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer). He is a colt by Chapter Seven-Crediama. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. The second morning line choice at 4-1 is Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt). The colt by Chapter Seven-Overnight is owned by Melby Gard Inc. and trained by Svanstedt. The third choice at 6-1 is Take The Credit (Andy Miller). Owned by Brixton Medical Inc. and trained by Svanstedt, he is a colt by Credit Winner-Love Tactics. The 15 race card on Sunday (June 30) starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www,tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2-year-old filly trotters arrive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 26) for the New York Sire Stakes and for most of the harness racing entrants, it's the first time they'll face the starting gate with money on the line.   With 26 freshmen entered in the four $26,000 (approx.) divisions, only four have had a pari-mutual start. The ladies will be searching for their maiden victory and a nice paycheck that goes along with it in the first start of their careers.   The sires of the damsels will be looking for bragging rights as well as Conway Hall and Chapter Seven each have seven offspring entered.   While they may be short on experience, there's a few that were big purchases last year at both the Lexington and Harrisburg sales.   Leading the way in the first division is Rasta Blue Chip (Here Comes Herbie-Winning Jonlin). The Gareth Dowse trainee was a $30,000 purchase at Lexington and the 3-1 morning line choice drew the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.   The remainder of the field includes Starrystarrynight (Scott Zeron), Soprese (Dan Daley), Seeking Royalty (John Calabrese), Bradylicious (Tyler Buter) and C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet).   The second bracket will feature the 2-1 pick in Charlotte Chaplin (Chapter Seven-Anklets Aweigh). She was a $65,000 buy at the Harrisburg sale and will score from the rail for driver Scott Zeron.   Others involved include Tipsy Gypsy (Buter), Forever N Ever (Charlie Norris), Tapupu (Fluet), Hushabye (Morrill Jr.) and Seducedbycredit (Ray Fisher Jr.).   The third division, scheduled as the sixth race, has a couple of high priced sidewinders. Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) was sold for $90,000 at the Lexington sale and gets the six post. Andy Miller will guide her for trainer Julie Miller.   Reciprocalbluechip (Chapter Seven-Fricton) went for $65,000 at Lexington and will fire off the gate from the four spot for driver/trainer Norris.   The leg will also feature Without A Warning (Zeron), Evanna (Drew Monti), Askmenoquestions (Fluet), Destined To Dream (Morrill Jr.) and Smooth Affair (Buter).   The last division, set for the eighth race, has Illdoitmyself (Chapter Seven-Dornello) as the 3-1 choice beginning from the two hole for Zeron. Trained by Rick Zeron, Illdoitmyself made up 15 lengths with a quarter mile to go in a qualifier at Pocono on June 12 and captured in the victory by 3/4 lengths in 1:58.4.   Other involved will be Lady Jeter (Daley), Dw's Aubrey (Morrill Jr.), Mama's Gift (Jimmy Whittemore), Tupelo Honey (Ed Lohmeyer), Really Blue Chip (Anthony MacDonald and Sweet Sofie T (Norris).   The track record for the 2-year-old trotting fillies is 1:59 set by Amal Hall last season. Ironically, Amal Hall tied the 3-year-old distaff trotting mark on Sunday with a 1:57 in a Excelsior A race.   The 13-race program begins at 5 p.m. and will also feature a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A events and one $6,800 Excelsior B race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, N.Y. – Champion trotter Gimpanzee will bring his undefeated record to Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening (June 25) in a division of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The Dan Patch Award winning 2-year-old of 2018 will take to the track in a non-wagering split of the NYSS at approximately 6:10 p.m. Gimpanzee went 9-for-9 as a freshman, capturing victories in NYSS at Monticello, Tioga, Saratoga, Vernon, and two legs at Yonkers before scoring a 1:56.3 win in the $225,000 NYSS Final at the Hilltop September 22. The Chapter Seven son then posted consecutive 1:54.4 victories in the Breeders’ Crown Elimination and $600,000 Final at Pocono Downs October 19 and 27, respectively, to take divisional honors and give trainer Marcus Melander his first Breeders’ Crown win. “We turned him out after the Breeders’ Crown for a month, roughly. We brought him in early December and started training him,” Melander said. “He filled out very, very good. He didn’t grow so much, he’s not the biggest horse, but he filled out really nice. He definitely showed some speed now this year as well. He’s been having a lot of qualifiers and just one start so far, but I think he’s developed good.” Despite his impressive record on the racetrack and his Champion title, Gimpanzee keeps a low profile at Melander’s farm. However, one of Gimpanzee’s greatest assets is understanding when it’s time to race. “He’s very lazy. He’s like a 10-year-old gelding, he’s been like that his whole life,” Melander said. “He has no hurry at all. He’s a very nice horse to be around, but when he trains, you don’t think that he’s undefeated in 10 starts and made almost $700,000. You don’t feel that when you train him at home, but then he’s a totally different horse when he goes to the track. “When we train him down, he always feels good, he’s just lazy. But as soon as you bring him to the Meadowlands to train or qualify, he really knows what’s going on,” Melander continued. “I think that’s a good personality to have. He doesn’t get too excited at home, he does his work and he knows when it’s time to race.” Gimpanzee returned to the track April 27 in a Meadowlands trial, finishing fifth while individually timed in 1:58.3. He returned May 4 to win a qualifier in 1:55 and Melander pointed Gimpanzee to his first target, the Empire Breeders’ Classic eliminations at Vernon Downs. However, after only nine trotters declared for the $215,200 stakes, the race went straight to the final and Melander was forced to qualify Gimpanzee again May 18. “I just want to race him, but when he went to the Empire Breeders’ Classic, there was no eliminations needed for that race,” Melander said. “I didn’t plan that; I planned that he was going to race in there, so I maybe should have raced him at Vernon the week before in the Sire Stakes. Then the Sire Stakes went to Monticello and Buffalo and I didn’t want to bring him there.”  After tuning up in another qualifier in 1:53.0 with a :27.1 final quarter, Gimpanzee traveled to Vernon for the Empire Breeders’ Classic. He relaxed in third 3 ¾ lengths behind Mt Viktor early before driver Brian Sears mounted a first-over challenge nearing the half. Gimpanzee inched closer to Mr Viktor around the final turn and took the lead straightening away. With Sears motionless in the bike, Gimpanzee extended his advantage to 3 ¼ lengths to win in 1:54.0 at odds of 1-20. “It was good. He had qualified good going into that race, but you don’t know; it’s horse racing,” Melander said. “He was very good that day. He raced off the pace and he won easily. Brian was happy with him and it was a good first start. “For him, (the trip) doesn’t matter, honestly,” Melander continued. “He loves his work, it doesn’t matter where he comes from. Of course, on those bigger tracks, it doesn’t matter where you come from, but those half-miles, it’s easier if you go to the lead.” Gimpanzee’s Empire Breeders’ Classic win extended the colt’s undefeated streak to 10 and boosted his earnings to $695,730 for Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. With Courant owning Melander’s other two top Hambletonian hopefuls, Greenshoe and Green Manalishi, who each won eliminations of the Beal at Pocono Downs June 22, Melander doesn’t feel extra pressure to keep Gimpanzee’s record perfect. “My other horses are really good. Greenshoe is super-fast, he’s maybe a better horse, or at least faster than (Gimpanzee),” Melander said. “We try to keep them apart as much as we can here in the beginning. They’ll race each other in a lot of races later in the fall, but if we can keep them separated in the beginning, that’s great. “If I raced (Gimpanzee) in New York all year, he’d probably stay undefeated, but I’m not going to do that because he is more than just a New York Sire Stakes horse,” Melander continued. “But we wanted to start him out there in the New York circuit and we’re going to race him against those other colts late summer. Maybe start with one race before the ‘Hambo’ and then we have all of those other races all fall.” The deciding factor in Melander’s choice to bring Gimpanzee to Yonkers Tuesday was NYSS points. The colt hasn’t started in any NYSS events yet this year after bypassing legs at Vernon, Monticello, and Buffalo and needs victories in the series to get into the rich Sire Stakes final this fall.  “It’s really important for Gimpanzee to get some points for the New York final in September,” Melander said. “They go for a lot of money and we haven’t raced in any Sire Stakes so far, so we need some points. Yonkers is a track he goes around very good, so that’s why we’re racing him there.” Gimpanzee tuned up with a 1:53.4 qualifier at the Meadowlands June 15. He will start from post six with Brian Sears in the bike and will face five rivals in his $54,833 spit of the NYSS Tuesday evening: Chip Chip Conway, Cavill Hanover, Kredit Karma, Big Money Honey, and Lucky Weekend. Melander is confident. “I don’t see why I shouldn’t be,” he said. “It’s horses that he beat before and should beat again. Of course, he got the six hole all the way out, but for him, it’s a field he should beat. I’m confident. He’s been training good since the qualifier. If everything is right and he doesn’t make a break or anything, he should have a good start in there.” Tuesday’s 12-race wagering card includes two other divisions of the NYSS. First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

On Monday June 24, harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies will visit Monticello Raceway, for the majority of the entries this will mark their first pari mutual start. Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes will be contested, each with a purse of $26,500, two heats of the Excelsior A ($15,000) and a lone heat of the Excelsior B ($6,800) Hidden Cove, will start from PP 3 for the Erv Miller stable, the son of American Ideal won his second Q in 1:56 - LQ 27.4, Marcus Miller will drive. Bolt Of Speed (Matt Kakaley) has also been impressive thus far in his young career for trainer Scott Domenico, a winner his first qualifier in 1:56.3 and followed it up with a second place finish the following week. The median sale price for the starters in this event is $23,875. Race 7, second division of Sire Stakes, Fashion Hill has been installed as the morning line favorite after his last start where the American Ideal colt cut the mile to win in 1:55.2 - LQ 27.4 for trainer Robert Clearly and owner Tom Hill. Dexter Dunn will visit Monticello Raceway for the first time in his career as he will drive Turnthefrownaround, the son of Roll With Joe will start from post position 5 for trainer Chris Ryder, he finished second to Fashion Hill last week in a Qualifier event. Sugaronthebeach will start from post 2, the son of Roll With Joe is owned by Crawford Farms of Syracuse, NY and trained by John Butenschoen and will be driven by Jason Bartlett. Sugaronthebeach finished second last start out in a Q event at Harrahs's, pacing his mile in 1:58.2. Bolt of Beauty (PP3) will look to keep his winning streak alive in the 3rd heat for trainer Erv Miller, the son of Bolt The Duer won both of the qualifiers, the most recent effort coming at Harrahs were he scored in 1:56.1 with regular driver Marcus Miller at the helm. Roll With Amy (C. Callahan) is the second choice, the son of Roll With Joe will start from post 2 for trainer John Buthenschoem, he to coming off a Q win at Harrahs in 1:57.2. The average price for the starters in this race is $18,100. This final dash has 4 colts that have already crossed the wire first, Cash Roll has been perfect this season winning all 3 of his Q's at Harrington Raceway, the fastest mile was 1:56.4. Richard Ringle trains the son of Roll With Joe and will start from post 6 with Jim Morril Jr. In the bike. Racine Bell (So Surreal) is trained by David Dewhurst for owners Chris & Dale Lawton of Verona, NY, he earned his speed badge of 1:56.1 at Vernon Downs on June 7. Jason Bartlett will drive and will start from the rail Post time for the 9 race card is 12:50 By: Shawn Wiles  

SCHECNECTADY, N.Y. -- New York Sire Stakes participants are notified that they may be subject to breath analyzer tests at non-pari-mutuel harness racing meets this year, including all County Fair events at fair tracks in New York, and County Fair, Excelsior and Landmark events at Goshen July 4 through 7. The testing and penalties will follow United States Trotting Association rules, which include disqualifying any offending drivers for the remainder of the program. In addition, the conditions of the New York County Fair Program provide that any person taking a horse into the track, including grooms and trainers, will be subject to testing. Anyone who refuses to submit to a test or whose test results detect alcohol or prohibited substances as detailed in USTA Rule 5.12 and 5.13, will be barred from handling any horse on the track for the remainder of the day. References for further information:    United States Trotting Association Rule Book (Page 20)   New York Sire Stakes County Fair Book (Page 27) Please direct any questions you may have to the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund at 518-388-0178 or info@nysirestakes.com.   Jason Politi Baker Public Relations  

YONKERS, N.Y. – Twenty-nine two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their harness racing pari-mutuel debuts in four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Thursday night (June 20) at Yonkers Raceway. Among the roster of freshman is Oreo Dream Extreme, an American Ideal son bred by Michelle and Al Crawford. Seeing the babies finally hit the track is thrilling, Michelle said. “It’s exhilarating. You have a checklist,” she said. “They sold, they sold well – check. They got into the right hands and are going to have a real shot – check. They made it all the way to qualifiers – check – and they made the races. You want the owners and the trainers to have a good experience so they come back to the well.” The Crawfords have invested heavily into the breeding side of the game in recent years; they bred 47 mares last year, 65 this year, and have 71 back in foal for 2020. It is a calculated move to fill a void in the spot. “When you look at the business as a whole, you really have a shortage of good horses. We felt that we would step up and be one of those breeders that would provide the market with quality horses that would go to the sales,” Crawford said. “The numbers have been historically down; however, when you have the mares that we have acquired at this point, it’s very, very exciting to see them go to the market.” Oreo Dream Xtreme’s dam is Spotlight On, a Western Terror daughter out of Southwind Laurel. After winning seven races and earning $83,967 on the track for John Butenschoen and John MacDonald, Spotlight On joined the growing broodmare band at Crawford Farms. The Crawfords were attracted to her family, which produced one of the sport’s recent stars.  Spotlight On is a half sister to The Art Museum, the dam of 2014 Champion 2-year-old Artspeak.  “Somebody tipped me off on that breeding,” Crawford said. “I thought she could have thrown anything.” The Crawfords matched Spotlight On with American Ideal, the sire who produced one of their most successful New York breds to date, Funknwaffles. Crawford loved the match and as a result, had a penchant for Oreo Dream Xtreme from the beginning. Crawford even let her son Max name the colt after his favorite ice cream flavor. “I liked him because I am a huge fan of American Ideal. I have an affection for American Ideal,” Crawford said. “(Oreo Dream Xtreme) just really had a good personality all the way around. Nothing was crazy or different about him, he was just one that I really wanted to see. He wasn’t huge and I don’t like huge for New York. Funknwaffles, by American Ideal, is lightly-built. He’s not necessarily the same build, but he’s a medium-sized horse.” The Crawfords offered Oreo Dream Xtreme at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and were thrilled when the colt hammered down for $60,000 to John Butenschoen. The trainer put an ownership group together, which included offering a piece back to Crawford Farms Racing. The partnership also includes James Crawford, Happy Hour Racing, and Richard Preziotti. “John is great. John supports our farm quite a bit. He really, really liked this colt; we loved the colt and we’ve always said we would support a trainer who supports us by taking a piece of the horses that go through the sale,” Crawford said. “I think it’s good business. They take the time to look at our horses and bid on our horses. We really believe in what we take to the market, so we’re always happy to stay in on them. “It was exciting because I really hate to see my babies go,” she continued. “Sometimes, I get ‘no, you can’t stay in’ and that’s tough, but it’s just the way it goes.”  About nine months after the sale, Oreo Dream Xtreme will make his debut in a $38,650 division of the New York Sire Stakes Thursday night. The colt drew post two and is a 9-2 morning line chance with Corey Callahan programmed to drive.  Oreo Dream Xtreme enters off a pair of third place finishes in qualifiers at Pocono Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia in which he paced 2:01.0 and 1:56.3, respectively. Oreo Dream Xtreme posted a final quarter of :27.4 in both trials. “He seems to be doing everything right, and that’s all you can ask for. You start to hear more and more and he’s promising; he’s a nice little colt,” Crawford said. “I don’t think anyone can tell you what their bottom is until they hit the track. And you have to hope that the horse is going to get around a half. He did well on a five-eighths when he qualified, but at the end of the day, you don’t really know what their bottom is until they’re out there competing. “I think in the first few Sire Stakes you start to figure out who is going to stand out, if they’re going to stay in the Sire Stakes, what the competition is like,” she continued. “You just hope that based on the qualifying miles they’ve put in already that they’re going to be competitive. So, fingers crossed.” First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

  HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After two straight weeks of seeing the 3-year-old male pacers and trotters compete in New York Sire Stakes action, the harness racing ladies will get their chance at Buffalo Raceway this Wednesday night (June 19).   There's two divisions for the sophomore filly pacers with each leg carrying a purse of $57,000 (approx.) that will make up the early daily double on the 12-race card. The program will get started at 5 p.m. Besides a nice pay day, they'll be gunning for the track record of 1:53.3 established in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   Also, driver Tyler Buter returns again and will try to continue make Buffalo Raceway his personal playground on Wednesday nights. He's had 18 starts at the Hamburg half-mile oval and has won six of them, earning $117,896 in purses.   Each bracket has a competitor who had stellar 2-year-old campaign that racing fans will be keeping a watchful eye on.   The opening event features Prescient Hanover who put $444,668 in the bank in 2018. She was a winner of the $391,250 Three Diamonds Finals at The Meadowlands in 1:50.3 and took a third place finish in the $600,000 Breeders Crown event at Pocono, losing by just a half length.   It's been a slow start for the Gregg McNair trainee thus far in 2019 as Prescient Hanover (Art Major-Precious Beauty) has yet to hit the board in two starts at Woodbine and Vernon Downs. Doug McNair will guide her from the four post and is tabbed the 7-5 morning line choice.   Buter will drive Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustorio) from the five post and is the second choice at 4-1.   Brooklyn Lilacs, trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, took a $85,250 leg of the NYSS on May 14 at Yonkers Raceway with a 1:55.2 effort. After being scratched sick out of an event at Yonkers on May 18, Brooklyn Lilacs has had two tries since then in the Sire Stakes, mustering a third place finish on June 10 at Tioga Downs.   The rest of the field includes Crazy Cute (Ray Fisher Jr.), Heavens Challenge (Jim Morrill Jr.) and JK American Beauty (Matt Kakaley).   So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) is the headliner in the second division. With $278,321 in career earnings in just 14 starts, So Awesome gets the services of Buter out of the four hole at 4-1.   Winless in five tries thus far in 2019, So Awesome has been close however in Sire Stake races with a pair of second place finishes and a third.   The favorite at 2-1 is DD Delicious (Art Major-D D Delightful) who'll score from the two post with Matt Kakaley in the bike.   D D Delicious, unraced as a 2-year-old, has been in the money in all five her outings this season including a head win over So Awesome in 1:54.1 at Tioga on June 10 in her last attempt.   The remainder of the lineup includes Meghan Lynn (Morrill Jr.), Boogie Roll (Drew Monti), Hurrikane Norakane (McNair) and Feel Me Again (Billy Davis Jr.).   The will be a $15,000 contest in the Excelsior A Series and one in the $6,600 Excelsior B classification.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

Tioga Downs ran three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 16). Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) won the first division ($38,900). Hickfromfrenchlick ($3.60) led to a first quarter in :27.2. Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) took over as they went by the stands for the first time leading to the half in :56.0. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico, made his move before hitting three quarters in 1:21.1. As they reached the stretch second place finisher, Respect Our Flag (Tyler Buter) and third place finisher, Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) gave chase but Hickfromfrenchlick was too strong and won in 1:51.3. It equaled his career best time. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was his third win this season. He now has seven career victories. Buddy Hill (Jason Bartlett) was an easy winner in the the second division ($38,200). Live Lucky (Wally Hennessey) led the group to a first quarter of :26.3. Buddy Hill would then take over leading to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Buddy Hill, who is owned by Tom Hill and trained by Marcus Melander, was in total control as they reached the stretch. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) came charging late but settled for second as Buddy Hill won in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Live Lucky finished third. Buddy Hill is a 3-year-old colt by Roll With Joe. It was his first win as a sophomore. He now has two career victories. Major March (Jason Bartlett) captures the third division ($38,900). Major March ($15.40) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Big favorite, American History (Tyler Buter) took over with one lap to go. He led to the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.0. Major March, who is owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Linda Toscano, followed in the pocket. As they reached the stretch he would fly out of the pocket and go right by to win in 1:52.3. Rollwithpapajoe (Wally Hennessey) came up to finish second with American History holding on for third. Major March is a 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his third trip to the winner's circle this season. He now has four career wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 21) witha 10 race card starting at 6:15p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs        

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Series is set to begin Thursday, June 20, at the Chenango County Fair in Afton. The County Fair Harness Racing Finals, scheduled for September 5 at Monticello Raceway, will be contested for $10,000 purses in each of the eight divisions. The full schedule of race dates can be viewed here. Horsemen should note that declarations close for Afton on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Entries for all NYSS County Fair Events will now be made through the NY County Fair Entry Hotline at 518-388-0964 or online through the USTA. If you are entering online, be sure to add the fair tracks to your account in advance. Entries for ALL OVERNIGHT events, including at Afton, should be made by calling the fair race secretary directly. This number is included with information on each fair in the NYSS 2019 County Fair Schedule Book. Horsemen should also note that the draw schedule for the season will follow a new four-day box, as opposed to the historical three-day box. Careful attention should be paid to draw dates. The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Series consists of 20 non-pari-mutuel harness racing events open to eligible 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The events provide young horses with the opportunity to earn as they learn, while bringing the community together for a series of races. "I am excited to kick off this year's New York Sire Stakes County Fair Season at Afton next week and see the debut of many of our young New York-bred horses. We look forward to this time of year each summer and are so proud to partner with the individual county fairs to bring these events to their towns," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "We love having the opportunity to introduce harness racing to new audiences at the fairs and hopefully spark an interest in the sport for years to come." Select County Fair Series race dates will also include Racing Under Saddle (RUS) exhibitions. RUS is a hybrid between harness and Thoroughbred racing where riders race atop Standardbreds at a trot. RUS NY was formed in 2014 to increase interest in the sport and showcase the versatility of the Standardbred breed. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters will take center stage at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 12) with two divisions each worth $58,000 (approx.) being up for grabs. Post time for the 13-race card is 5 p.m.   The first race finds fourth of the six entrants all finishing in the money this year in Sire Stakes competition but none able to reach the winner's circle. The other division has two participants with a victory including the red-hot Mr Vicktor who arrives with a pair of scores in the NYSS and a second place finish the $215,200 Empire Breeders Crown race.   The boys will be chasing the Buffalo Raceway track records of 1:56.1 established by Gural Hanover for the geldings in 2014 and the colt mark of 1:56.2 set in 2016 by Purpose Blue Chip.   The first leg has One White Knight (Crazed-Psychotherapist) as the morning line favorite at 2-1 as he'll score from the two post for Jim Morrill Jr. With three consecutive second place finishes including one on June 3 in the NYSS at Monticello Raceway, Our White Knight did take third in the Night Of Champions in the 2-year-old finale last season. Trained by Edwin Gannon Jr., he is the top money earner entered this week with a lifetime bankroll of $160,514.   Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) drew the six post and will get the services of Tyler Buter. Sitting out as a 2-year-old old, Livinonthedash has four victories in seven tries in his rookie season and is the 3-1 second choice.   The remainder of the first division includes Horns For Three (Kevin Cummings), Powerscourt (Michael McGivern), Lights Come On (Billy Davis Jr.) and Chip Chip Conway (Jimmy Taggart Jr),   All eyes will be on the 8-5 favorite Mr Vicktor in the second division, scheduled as the fifth race. Drawing the rail with Buter in the bike, the front-stepping Mr Vicktor (RC Royalty-Hawaiian Vicky) has four wins in five tries this season including two victories on the NYSS circuit. His last start was a wire-to-wire job in 1:57.1 at Monticello. The Jennifer Lappe-trainee has already amassed $113,632 in earnings this year.   Travel Winner hits the Buffalo Raceway track fresh off a NYSS win in 1:58.2 at Monticello Raceway on June 3. Travis Henry gets the driving assignment for trainer R. Nifty Norman. Travel Winner (Credit Winner-Travelin Supergirl) starts from the two post and is the second choice at 3-1.   Rounding out the field will be Big Money Honey (Mike Simons), Quiksilvr Bluechip (Davis Jr.), Captain Krupnik (Cummings), Kredit Karma (Morrill Jr.) and JNR Express (Drew Monti).   Besides Sire Stakes action, there will be two $15,000 Excelsior Series A races and a pair of $6,600 Excelsior B Series events.   There's a $1,744 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Tioga Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (June 10). DD Delicious (Jim Morrill Jr) came flying late to capture the first division with a stake of $57,600. So Awesome (Tim Tetrick) was the big favorite and went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of 28.1. She controlled the pace as they hit the half in :57.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) would make the first move. She came first-over from third and started to pressure So Awesome as they headed for the last turn . So Awesome maintained a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.0. The two fillies remained side by side all around the final turn. DD Delicious ($13.40), who is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables and trained by Travis Alexander, followed in the pocket the whole trip. In mid-stretch she found an opening on the inside and turned on the after burners to slip by and pick up the win in 1:54.1. So Awesome had to settle for second with the late charging Hurrikane Norakane (David Miller) getting third. DD Delicious is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. It was her third win in five starts this season. She did not race as a freshman. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) cruises to easy win in NYSS second division ($56,500). Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) set the pace and carved out all the early fractions (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24.0). Zero Tolerance ($2.10), who is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, patiently followed in second. She took over around the final turn. As she hit the stretch, the filly found another gear and won by over 10 lengths in 1:53.2. My Lady Dude (Scott Zeron) came up to finish second. Brooklyn Lilacs had to settle for third. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. It was her third win as a sophomore. She now owns 10 career victories. Zero Tolerance Scot Zeron drove three winners on the day. He got his wins with Haydens Little Man ($4.40), American Sombrero ($6.50), and Chase You ($3.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 14). Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs              

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