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Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (July 22). Movie Town (Tyler Buter) comes flying late to steal the $34,866 first division. Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) controlled the early fractions. She hit the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :58.4. Lolas Gold (Dexter Dunn) went first-over and pressured Coconut as they hit three-quarters in 1:27.1. As they hit the stretch Roll With Angel went three-wide to take a short lead in mid-stretch. Movie Town ($10.60), who is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Jeffrey Stafford, hit the stretch like he had a rocketwas strapped to her and blew right by to win in 1:56.2. Roll With Angel had to settle for second as Coconut Beach held on for third. Movie Town is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-New Hollywood. It was her first career win. So Rude (Matt Kakaley) captured the $35.566 second division. Merga Hanover (Yannick Gingras) took the lead hitting the first quarter in :26.4. Galleria Gal (Dexter Dunn) took control just before going past the stands for the first time. She hit the half first in :56.0 and was first to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Racine Belle (Jason Bartlett) went first-over and challenged Galleria Girl around the final turn. Racine Belle then took over at the top of the stretch. So Rude So Rude ($7.00), who is trained by Scott Di Domenico for owners Geoffrey Lyons and Glenn Goller, was second-over as they went around the last turn. As they reached the stretch she would slingshot right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Merga Hanover came up late to finish second. Racine Belle held on for third. So Rude is a 2-year-old filly by So Surreal-I Am A Snob. It was her second career win in four lifetime starts. Turnthefrownaround (Dexter Dunn) is victorious in the $35,566 third division. Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Tipperary Hill (Wally Hennessey) went on by at the top of the stretch. Cash Roll then re-claimed the lead with a lap to go. She led the way to the half in :57.1 and to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Turnthefrownaround ($7.90), who is owned by Craig Henderson and trained by Chris Ryder, went first-over before the three-quarter mark. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and breezed home to win her first career race in 1:53.3. Hidden Cove (Marcus Miller) was second best. Hen Party (Yannick Gingras) was third. Turnthefrownaround Turnthefrowaround is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout. Wally Hennessey drove five winners on the day. He got his wins with Believe In Angels ($10.20), Americanprimetime ($4.60), Kitty Hoyne ($6.70), Lady Boss ($2.80), and Lilly Hammer ($4.30). Dexter Dunn recorded four winners on the day. His other wins came with Lookatmyart ($5.90), Dragon Roll ($9.20), and Herecomesmagotta. The will be no live racing this Friday (July 26) because of the George Thoroughgood concert. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 27) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

Motown N (Jeff Long) and Dreams Beachboy (Wally Hennesey) each notched wins as Tioga Downs ran two $9,000 harness racing features for pacers on Sunday (July 21). In the first feature Motown N ($9.60) put up all the fractions (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.1, 1:52.0) to be an easy gate-to wire winner. Owned by Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata, the 7-year-old gelding by Bettor's Edge was never threatened. He beat out second place finisher Sporty Redout (Fern Paquet Jr.) by five and a quarter lengths. Rockintouch was third best. Motown N won for the first time in 2019. He now owns 12 career victories. Dreams Beachboy ($3.40) held on to win the second feature. Legal Power (Fern Paquet Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.3. Dreams Beachboy would soon take control leading to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Dreams Beachboy, who is owned by Crawford Farms racing and trained by Gates Brunet, held off a late rally by Stick With Cramer (Andy Santeramo) to win in 1:51.3. Stick With Cramer would have to settle for second. Jay Jay (Renaldo Morales III) finished third. Dreams Beachboy is a 7-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. He got his third win of the season. He now has 28 career victories. Dreams Beachboy Joe Skowyra trained five winners on the afternoon. He won three times with driver Mike Merton. They won with Mr Big Bucks $2.80, Time Out I'm Tired ($3.00), and The Spy ($6.10). He teamed up with Mike Simons to get wins with Freak On A Leash ($18.60), and Hugh Hefner N ($6.70. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Monday Matinee (July 22) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshman pacing fillies. Post time for the 13 race card is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Nichols, NY--Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow- the CKG Billings Harness Diving Series- moved on to Tioga Downs for a trotting contest on Sunday afternoon, July 21 and when the judges hung the official sign "Easy Dave" Russo surprised his competition guiding longshot Osprey Vision to a 1:57.4 triumph over the even -money favorite, Starsaboveallerage, driven Steve "You're Never Too Oldford. With the temperature hovering in the mid-90's Russo sent his charge to the lead from the three=hole and played hardball with Cashaholic and Billings newcomer "Florida Jeff" Schaefer, parking them by the quarter in :28.1 and past the half in :57.2 with neither driver yielding. Obviously feeling that Cashaholic would keep him locked-in, Tony "the Capo" Verruso who was third along thew pylons, wheeled Glided In The Wind three-deep hoping to circle the leaders. But as they trotted by the third stanza there were three horses across the track and it appeared at that point Staraboveallerage, who was getting a two-hole journey, would be the strong when the field headed for home. In the deep stretch Glide In The Wind faded as did Cashaholic while Osprey Vision hung gamely to the lead and although Starsaboveallerage was gaining he ran out of race track as Russo's trotter clung to a head victory. It was the fourth seasonal vriumph for the 10-year-old altered son of Ken Warkentin which raised his career earnings to over $235,000. Sent off at odds of over 23-1 Osprey Vision paid $48.40. And although Russo is now primarily a trainer still it was his 34th career driving victory..   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Nicholas, NY - Tioga Downs will present a Monday matinee card featuring New York's finest 2-year-old pacing fillies. The entries for the New York Sires Stakes numbered twenty necessitating three divisions, each with a purse in the $35,000 range.   The theme for the stakes is a tale of two fillies from opposite ends of the pedigree spectrum that have yet to taste defeat in their brief careers and both may continue on that course as they drew into different divisions on Monday.   Merga Hanover is an American Ideal filly bred in the purple and demanded a bid of $150,000 from the partnership of noted owners Tom & Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and Bill Donovan. They placed her in the Ron Burke stable and she's been perfect thus far with wins in a pair of Gaitway qualifiers before a Meadowlands overnight and a NYSS win at Yonkers. She'll begin from post 3 in the seventh race on Monday with regular pilot Yannick Gingras slated to drive.   Cash Roll on the other hand hails from more humble parentage, costing her owner Louis Palumbo but $9,000 at auction and races out of the Rich Ringler barn. Not only has the Roll With Joe lass won all three of her purse starts, Cash Roll has not been headed by a rival at any call. Scott Zeron will call the shots from the sulky seat Monday, as he has in her prior state restricted wins. She'll leave from post 6 in the ninth race.   Post time for the Monday card is 1:00 pm.        

YONKERS, N.Y. – Lord Cromwell has proven to be a talented trotter, amassing 16 wins from 57 starts and earning $396,626 to date for harness racing owners and breeders Irving and Carolyn Atherton. The 5-year-old scored his first victory in the $46,000 Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway last week (July 13) and seeks to double up tonight (July 20).  The Atherton’s are thankful each time their Chapter Seven son steps on the track after nearly losing their homebred as a 2-year-old. Lord Cromwell always made a good impression as a young horse. Out of the Athertons’ mare Oh Oh It’s Magic, who won the 2007 Empire Breeders’ Classic Final and earned $392,202, the Athertons and trainer Ed Hart sung praises about Lord Cromwell as he trained well.  “When he was born, he looked the part. When he was a yearling, Ed Hart said he thought he was going to be a really, really good horse,” Irving Atherton recalled. “Your trainer tells you as a 2-year-old he’s training in 2:04 on a five-eighths track and then he calls back the next day and says, ‘I couldn’t get him to go 2:30.’ It’s really just not a good feeling.” Hart and the Athertons consulted several vets, but none could determine what, if anything, was wrong with Lord Cromwell. Finally, the Athertons sent Lord Cromwell to a clinic in Pennsylvania, where a discovery was made. “We found out that he had severely infected testicles. As soon as they saw him, they saw the enlargement and they took x-rays and they said they had to geld him right on the spot,” Atherton said. “They thought within 24 or 48 hours, he would have died on us.” After flirting with death, Lord Cromwell still made four starts as a 2-year-old and won two divisions of the $6,700 New York Excelsior B Series. However, it was at 3 that Lord Cromwell began to shine.  Lord Cromwell impressed in his training and scored a 1:56 qualifying win at the Meadowlands April 15, 2017. Hart and the Athertons entered Lord Cromwell in the Dexter Cup eliminations two weeks later. With John Campbell in the sulky, he was dismissed at odds of 7-1, but posted a wire-to-wire 3-length victory. Lord Cromwell returned the following week to score a 5¼-length win in the $143,737 final in a stakes record 1:55.0. “We got the highest pleasure from John Campbell, he thought he was a Hambletonian horse,” Atherton recalled. “He did what he had to do and he still has the track record for the Dexter.” Ineligible for the Hambletonian, Lord Cromwell raced on the New York circuit at 3, winning a leg of the New York Sire Stakes at Saratoga and the Landmark at Goshen. He finished third from post seven in the $225,000 NYSS Final. Last year, Lord Cromwell made the Final of the Graduate Trotting Series and raced in the conditioned and Open ranks at Yonkers, Pocono Downs, and the Meadowlands. Now at 5, the gelding is getting even better. Lord Cromwell won his seasonal debut in a $23,000 overnight at Yonkers March 15 and finished third in a local Open Handicap Trot next out March 30. He was on the board in two $29,000 races at the Hilltop before a string of four losses sent him to a $12,500 overnight at Pocono, where he recorded at lifetime mark of 1:53 May 28. Lord Cromwell went back-to-back at Pocono for $14,000 June 8 before returning to Yonkers. He worked his way back up the conditions and made it to the $46,000 Open last week. With the benefit of starting from post one, Lord Cromwell rode a pocket trip behind Will Take Charge and collared that rival in the stretch to score a neck win in 1:53.3. “He was super, he was just superb. He got a nice pocket trip. It was terrific,” Atherton said. “It’s a pleasure to watch him. I know he gives 100 percent every time he’s out there. “It’s a fantastic feeling,” Atherton continued. “The greatest places in the world to win races are Yonkers and the Meadowlands. He’s just a good horse. He’s a pleasure to watch race because he’s always trying and we’re as thrilled as anybody can be. We have a nice horse to watch and we know that anytime he steps onto the track, he’s got a chance because he’s not a quitter.” Despite his impressive record, Lord Cromwell is on the smaller side and is a light horse. He sometimes requires time off to recover from hard races and is lightly raced, with just 57 starts in his 3 years on the track. “He’s a very, very bad eater. He probably should have another 100 or 200 pounds on him, but he’s very fussy,” Atherton said. “We have this special food that Ed Hart gets from California. That’s why he’s not heavily raced because he has to get some time off. He gives everything he’s got. He’s not a big guy, he’s not tiny, but he’s not a big horse. Just  nice, good-hearted, and he wants to win.” Lord Cromwell drew post six for his repeat bid in the featured trot and will have Larry Stalbaum in the sulky. Will Take Charge drew immediately to Lord Cromwell’s outside and Eye Ofa Tiger As will start from post eight. New Heaven, who won two straight races on the lead before finishing sixth while coming from off the pace in last week’s Open, will start from post three. In Secret will start from post five off a front-stepping score from post seven last out. In My Dreams, Trotting Grace, and Melady’s Monet complete the lineup. “The race is a difficult race to handicap because I think Will Take Charge will leave again and my feeling is the horse who didn’t leave last week, New Heaven, he might leave because he’s got the three hole. There is some speed in there. Larry Stalbaum is going to have to drive a smart race,” Atherton said. Whatever the result tonight, Atherton is just happy to have Lord Cromwell on the track. “I’ve been in this game a long, long time,” he said. “You know the ups and downs and now you’ve got to enjoy the ups. We’ve had a lot of ups in our life.” Saturday night’s card also features the $46,000 Open Handicap Pace and the $37,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace.  For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) wins the $59,800 first harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 19). Gimapanzee ($2.10) hit the first quarter in :28.1. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) followed in the pocket the whole trip. Gimapanzee hit the half in :56.2. Cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.3 and then found another gear to win by over four lengths in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Mr Vicktor had to settle for second money. Livinonthedash finished a distant third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. He is three for three this season. He now is a perfect 12 for 12 in his career. Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) wins the $60,900 second division. Lucky Weekend (Brian Sears) went to the first quarter first in :28.4. Cavill Hanover ($7.90) took over the lead after they went by the stands for the first time hitting the half in :58.2. He led to three-quarters in 1:26.2. Cavill Hanover, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Wolfgang A Stable Inc., and Borje Nasstrom, held off a late charge by second place finisher Lucky Weekend to win in 1:55.2. Quiksilver Bluechip (Wally Hennessey) was third best. Cavill Hanover is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He won for the second time this season. He now owns five career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 20) with a 10 race card starting an hour later than usual at 7:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

American JJ (Michael Miller) charges late to capture the $6,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 19). Spoiler Alert (Adam Cappizano) took control as they reached the first quarter in :27.3. Someway Same Hall (Howard Parker) then gained the lead before hitting the half in :56.3. He continued to lead to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Spoiler Alert regained the lead in the stretch. American JJ ($16.20), who is owned by Lewis and Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, was seventh at the half. He went to fifth after three-quarters. He flew down the stretch to blow right by and win in1:55.4. Tournament (Claude Huckabone III) finished second with Spoiler Alert settling for third. American JJ is a 6-year-old gelding by Jailhouse.. It was his fourth win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Howard Parker drove four winners on the night with John MacDonald taking three horses to the winner's circle. Parker won with Squee Hanover ($3.20), Irish Kate ($15.00), Fox Valley Photog ($14.80), and Painite ($18.00). MacDonald got his wins with Well Spoken Lady ($2.20), Northern Express ($5.70), and Nomad ($6.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Saturday (July 20) starting an hour later than usual at 7:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019--Favored Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan $5.80) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (July 19th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. As she did a week ago, Feelin' Red Hot went up and over her inside harness racing foes. In this case, that was all six of 'em, as assigned eight-holer Betterb Chevron N came up ill. Feelin' Red Hot worked around Twinkle (Brent Holland), rating things much more realistically (:27.2, :56.1, 1:23.1) than last week before taking off. She opened three lengths at the three-quarters and five lengths of the final turn before whipping Twinkle by a half-dozen in a season's-best 1:51.3. Third went to Annabeth (Mark MacDonald), with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. For Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her eighth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40, the triple returned $372 and the superfecta paid $1,631. Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, the Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "He may not win every time but I know he's going to empty his tank and give it his all," harness racing driver Ray Fisher Jr. said after Lougazi went from last to first again to capture the $13,000 Class A-Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (July 19).   Lougazi had plenty of fire power as he covered the mile in a seasonal best 1:57.4 over the good track, beating Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) by 3-/4 lengths. Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) took the show spot. It was Lougazi's second straight come from behind win in the Class A-Open Trot.   Sitting in seventh and nine lengths back at the opening quarter, Lougazi followed the live cover provided by Wheels A Turning. In the stretch, he was on high octane as all the remainder of the field could do is watch.   "I just sit back with him," Fisher Jr. said of being patient with Lougazi. "The first time I drove him last year at Batavia, I got itchy with him and it didn't work out well. But tonight, everything was perfect for him."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the fourth win in 18 starts for Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The 5-year-old gelding has now produced $43,500 in earnings in 2019 and $!47,989 lifetime.   Artacus (Davis Jr.) answered the bell in the $20,000 Opportunity Knocks Series finale by wiring the field in a seasonal best 1:55.4.   Starting from the rail, Artacus ($9.30) immediately sped to the lead and put up some spunky fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Turning for home, Artacus enjoyed a four length edge and was able to take the 1-3/4 length dialed down win over a hard charging Rock The Dream (Fisher Jr.). Well Well Well (Denny Bucceri) took the show position.   Artacus captures title in Opportunity Knock Series   Owned and trained by Sabrina Shaw, the 9-year-old gelded Artacus (Artiscape-Pumped) has now won four times in 16 appearances, pushing his seasonal earnings to $22,095 and $195,049 lifetime.   Glow Boat (McNeight III) took the $10,000 Opportunity Knocks consolation event with a 3/4 length score over No Talking (Fisher Jr.) in 1:56.3. Glow Boat returned $7.70 to his backers.   Davis Jr. finished the evening with three wins in the bike while Kevin Cummings had two victories. Shaw had a training double.   The 2019 season will conclude on Saturday night with a 12-race program scheduled for 6 p.m. Buffalo Raceway's simulcasting center will be closed from Monday, July 22 through Tuesday, August 20 due to the Erie County Fair. It will reopen on Wednesday, August 21.   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, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019-Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, Yonkers Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual. This post-time alteration is for one night only.   For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

Shake That House (Brian Sears) did just that as he set the harness racing track record for 3-year-old pacing colts in 1:47.4 at Vernon Downs (July 18). It was during the $58,700 first of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Major March (Jason Bartlett) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.1 and the half in :54.0. Shake that House ($2.30) went first over just before the half and zoomed right by to take over as they headed around the final turn. He hit three-quarters in 1:20.2. It was a :26.2 third quarter. Shake That House, who is is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Northfork Racing Stable, made the turn for home and breezed to a last quarter of :27.2 to easily set the track record for sophomore colts in 1:47.4. He beat the mark of 1:48.4 that was set by Courtly Choice last season. He was just one-fifth of a second off the overall track record. Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) finished second. Major March was third best. Shake That House is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was his sixth win of seven starts this season. He now has nine career victories. Trainer Chris Oakes swept both divisions of the NYSS as American Mercury (Tyler Buter) won the $59,800 second division. American Mercury ($2.90) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter. He controlled all the fractions (:26.4, :56.0, 1:23.3, 1:49.4). He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chris Pompey, and Scott Bice. Second Place finisher World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) tried to make a run in the stretch but never got close to American Mercury. Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) finished third.                                                                       --Fotowon photo                                               American Mercury is a 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal. He is five for seven this season. He now has seven career victories but none faster than tonight's 1:49.4. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Friday (July 19) with a special starting time of 7:10 p.m. Saturday (July 20) will also start at 7:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Yonkers, NY--Like fine wine Joe Faraldo just keeps getting better. The driving barrister scored yet another harness racing victory with his old warhorse Tough Get Going when they bottomed-out the field with an impressive 2:00 wire-to-wire victory in the $8000 NAADA Trot at Yonkers Raceway tonight (July 18). "His wonderful ability of leaving like a runner sure helps when we're looking for a good position and tonight he grabbed the lead on the first turn and we were pretty comfortable after that," Faraldo said via phone after the race. After starting from the five hole Faraldo sent his charge to the lead and they had command even before the first turn and they led their competition by the first stanza in :29. Snug on the lead Tough Get Going led the field by the halfway point in 1:00.2 but at that point David Glasser hustled Eyore Haover up alongside Faraldo's charge and the two then raced side by side up the backstretch. As they approached the three quarters Hannah Miller-who was getting a two-hole journey- moved Jacks To Open tighter on Faraldo's back . "Hannah's horse was fresh and with Glasser on the limb I backed into Hannah to keep her in behind me as long as I could. She did shake loose at the top of the stretch but it was too late," Faraldo added. At the wire Tough Get Going rambled home a 1-1/2 length winner over Jacks To Open. Eyore Hanover hung on for the show dough in the non-wagering event. For Smokin' Joe it was his 150th driving victory   by John Manzi for NAADA    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Bourbon Express and Saylor were the $51,000 divisional harness racing winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night (July 17) as each of the freshman went in 1:59.2 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway.   In the opening bracket, Bourbon Express ($4.70) beat Barn Holden by 1-1/2 lengths while in the second division, Saylor ($31.40) captured a four length score over Redneckerthenyou.   "He handled the track like an old trotter," winning driver Jason Bartlett said of Bourbon Express. "I stepped on the gas with him off the gate then again in the stretch. If someone tried to stay with Bourbon Express, they probably would have tipped over."   Scoring from the four post, Bourbon Express shot right off the gate and posted splits of :30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1. Heading for home, Barn Holden (Kevin Cummings) was in position to challenge Bourbon Express but failed to get any closer than a 1-1/2 lengths at the wire. Hobbs (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected the third place check.   Co-owned by Salvatore Vullo, James DeArmond and trainer Jessica Okusko, it was the second win in three tries for Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha). The victory upped his seasonal earnings to $45,600.   A break behind the starting gate by the heavily favored Berkery J and Sing Me A Lalabye completely changed the complexion of the second bracket and Saylor took advantage of it.   Following the pace-setting Book Seven, Saylor popped the pocket at the top of the lane and strolled off to the easy victory. Redneckerthenyou (Dan Daley) took second while Book Seven (Andy Miller), who jumped it off in the stretch, regrouped in time to take third.   "It happens to two year olds," winning driver Doug Ackerman said of the two breaking horses at the starting gate. He added, "Saylor was keen to go tonight and wanted to race. He did everything that was asked of him and responded each time."   Trained and owned by Ackerman, Saylor (Chapter Seven-Creme De Cocoa) broke his maiden with the triumph and moved his seasonal bankroll to $31,548.   Saylor   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Maximus Da Savage ($4.50) toured the Hamburg oval in 2:01.2 while Bropain (Mickey McGivern) pulled a mild $12.80 upset in 2:02.4.   Crazy For CJ took the $6,800 Excelsior B division for Claude Huckabone III as he raced to a popular $3.50 win in 2:03.1.   Bartlett completed the evening with a triple.   The final weekend of action on the 2019 season at Buffalo Raceway begins on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated. The finale will be on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card set.   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

The Royal Poze (RC Royalty) has put together a strong stretch over the last couple months in the winners of two but not more than five class for New York sired harness racing trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Andy Sardella trainee had a solid season in 2018 as a three year old but has really put it all together of late. On Wednesday night, The Royal Poze drew the rail in the $9,000 featured race for trotters and driver Frank Coppola Jr. was aggressive with him from the get-go. The race's 9-5 second-choice in the wagering, The Royal Poze breezed past the favored Pappagiorgio (Jimmy Devaux) heading to the quarter en route to the front-end. First over longshot Squirely Girly (Jordan Derue) rushed up to approach the leader heading to three quarters but The Royal Poze was up to the task, holding off the two-pronged challenge from Squirely Girly and Pappgiorgio in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:58.1. Squirely Girly finished second while Pappagiorgio settled for third. The victory was the fifth in ten starts in the '19 campaign for The Royal Poze who paid $5.60 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $78 and $270, respectively. Live racing resumes on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post.   Mike Sardella

With no Open Trot on the docket, the $12,500 Winners Over for trotters served as the Tuesday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The track's defending Trotter of the Year Ulster (Glidemaster) got his year started a bit late and after kicking off his 2019 campaign this spring hasn't been quite as strong as he was in his award-winning season. Ulster was the race's 6-5 betting favorite as he drew the rail for his try in the Tuesday feature. Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) made his debut in the local Winners Over just one week after recording an impressive 1:55.1 victory in his first Spa start. The Melissa Beckwith trainee flashed speed on Tuesday and wound up in the pocket behind Ulster who set quick fractions on the front end. After getting a half in 57 seconds, Ulster clicked off three quarters in 1:25.4 and was pushed to the limit around the final turn. Mister Muscle cruised up the passing lane to secure the lead and held off the late charge from longshot Justice Jet (Brett Crawford) to stop the timer in 1:55.1 for the second consecutive week. Justice Jet was the runner-up while Ulster had to settle for third. Mister Muscle paid $8.40 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta with 13-1 shot Justice Jet that returned $87.50. The triple with the favorite third came back $343. Live racing continues on Wednesday at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post.   Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 16, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening (July 16th) hosted the humid $156,600 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies. Three, $52,200 races comprised the event. There wasn't much out of the ordinary in the first division. Death-and-taxes Love a Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.20) sat off some ambitious fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.4), before moving to the lead and drawing off. From post position No. 3 (in one notch after a defection), she whipped I'lldotitmyself (Scott Zeron) by 3¾ lengths in 1:57.2. C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) and Seeking Royalty (Jordan Stratton), 1-2 through those quick early intervals, wound up third and fourth, respectively. For Love a Good Story, a daughter of Chapter Seven co-owned by Pinske Stables & Kentuckiana Racing Stable and trained by Julie Miller, it was her third (NYSS) win in as many seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $32.80, the triple returned $80,50 the superfecta paid $573. "She's just so good," driver Miller said. "She made it look easy." Love a Good Story                                  --Mike Lizzi photo Tuesday night's second sire stakes rendition saw a determined Munster (Stratton, $5.80) hold off a second pocket-pull of Sorprese (Dan Daley). From post No. 5, the former went the distance (:28.4, :58.1, 1:27.3, maiden-breaking 1:57.4), defeating that rival by a length-and-three-quarters. Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) was third as the 6-5 favorite, with Olympic Glory (Andy Miller) rounding out the gimmick numbers. "It was the first time I'd driven her, but she showed she could leave, so I left," Stratton said. "Then she dug in." For second choice Munster, a Chapter Seven miss trained by Per Engblom for co-owners Black Horse Racing and Wiesman Farms, it was that first win in a pair of season/life tries. The exacta paid $57, the triple returned $199.50 and the superfecta paid $2,422. It took until the final statebred soiree for the gauntlet to be thrown down. Odds-on HypnoticAM (Brian Sears, $2.70) vaulted up and over her six inside rivals--the outside foe was scratched--then had her way in a gapped-out group (:28, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:56.1). The final distance between Hypnotic AM and bridesmaid Really Blue Chip (Anthony MacDonald) was 5¾ lengths, while the time was a new track record for the her weight class (Plunge Blue Chip-1:56.2 in '17). Destiny Blue Chip (Svanstedt, part of entry) was third, For Hypnotic AM, a homebred Chapter Seven ma'am trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., she's started out 2-for-2 after another blowout NYSS win (in identical times). The exacta paid $24.20, the triple returned $50 and no superfecta wagering due to the presence of a coupled entry. "Those Melanders do a helluva job," Sears said. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Saturday night (July 27th), with the Milt Taylor Trot for 3-year-old colts/geldings (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

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