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Columbus, OH --- Although his behavior is certainly not deceitful, dishonorable or underhanded, harness racing New York Sire Stakes champion Devious Man does have a mischievous glint in his eye, which warrants special surveillance and lends credence to his name. “He’s a horse with lots of personality, that’s for sure,” said Julie Miller, the colt’s conditioner. “He’s a character; always nickering around the barn. He already knows he is a talented horse and he wants the attention from everyone else for it.” Owned Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Stroy Inc., Devious Man is a newly turned 3-year-old son of Credit Winner-Miss Garland. Selected by the Millers and purchased for $62,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, the colt is the 12h foal out of his prolific dam and is a half sibling to Goodlookngirl (Giant Hit, $154,088), Celebrity Shark (Dream Vacation, $139,528), Broken Record (Muscles Yankee, $134,858) and the multiple Dan Patch Award winner, O’Brien Award winner, world champion and 2005 Hambletonian victor Vivid Photo (S J’s Photo, $3.27 million). “He stood out to us right from the beginning,” Miller said. “We were prepared to go higher for him, but were happy to get him for what we paid. We were surprised though with this pedigree and the fact he is a half-brother to a Hambletonian winner. He was a little on the smaller side and the mare is older, so maybe that is why, but he was very nicely gaited from the beginning.” From his sole season of racing, Devious Man has amassed a record of 12-7-1-1 and banked $308,233. The colt commenced his career on June 30, 2016 at Monticello Raceway in a $22,200 New York Sire Stakes event. He lost by a mere neck. He then broke his maiden in his next trip to the post on July 13 at Buffalo Raceway in the same company prior to finishing third on the same circuit at Vernon Downs. Devious Man’s next engagement was the Peter Haughton Memorial where he was fourth in his $20,000 elimination and fifth in the $294,450 final on Aug. 6 at The Meadowlands. His journey in the final, however, was quite eventful and impressive despite the fact he broke behind the gate. After spotting the field a ton of real estate, Devious Man, who was steered by regular pilot Andy Miller, gobbled up ground to finish extremely well once he returned to trotting. “That was one of those things where he didn’t mind his manners,” Miller said. “He got hot going to the gate and did not keep his mind on what he was doing, which with him you need to keep him focused. He’s the kind of horse that will pay more attention to the birds flying around than his business. But Andy and I were really pleased with how he performed in the race once he was back on stride. That was quite a big move he made to finish where he did.” After the miscue in the Haughton, Devious Man returned to the Empire State for his New York Sire Stakes schedule where he reeled off five consecutive triumphs, including the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final on Sept. 24 at Yonkers Raceway with ease. He then traveled to the Bluegrass State where he earned his sixth win in a row by capturing his $56,000 division of the International Stallion Stake on Oct. 6 at Red Mile by a hard fought neck over the talented Simply Volo from the John Butenschoen barn. Devious Man’s next engagement would be a $20,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown, but he failed to make the final after an eighth place finish behind Walner. Sent off as the public’s third selection behind Dan Patch Award winner and world champion Walner, the colt certainly had a valid reason for the worst finish in his young career. “He displaced his palate that night so he had a breathing problem,” Miller said. “He did not hit What The Hill’s wheel (the second place finisher) but he got on that line and veered in when it happened. Fortunately, it was not a serious enough problem that required anything other than some extra care, but it was unfortunate it happened on that night.” Although he was scheduled to compete in the $147,100 Matron Stake at Dover Downs on Nov. 3 to conclude his freshman campaign, Devious Man was scratched shortly before that race. It was not related, however, to the breathing issue he endured in the Breeders Crown elimination. “He ended up ripping his right front shoe off on the ship down to Dover and drove a nail up into his hoof wall,” Miller said. “It’s not the first time he’s done that, but this time was more serious and it wasn’t something we could fix right away so he could race. That is when we just turned him out for the winter. “He can be a handful and you have to watch him all the time, but it’s only because he is such a good-feeling horse. He is very playful; but he loves to trot. Even when he’s out there bucking and rearing, he comes right back down into his gait.” As to what Devious Man’s 2017 campaign consists of, expect to view him on the New York circuit and select open stakes engagements, which could include the Hambletonian. The Millers finished third in the trotting classic last year with Sutton. “I am very happy with how he came back in,” Miller said. “He put on weight and grew taller. He looks great, but now you have to hope his mind matured as much as the rest of him. This is a horse that needs to mind his manners and be kept to his task. He has talent, but he needs to learn to stick to his business when he’s out there. Andy was always very happy with him last year and said he always had something left in the tank, which is what you want. “We will follow the same plan with him as we did last year. People say you should always stick to what the horse does best. This horse got over all those different New York surfaces and then transferred that form to the Red Mile. That is another thing you want to see. “We know Walner is definitely the big horse in this division and he will be tough to beat, but we think we have a nice horse. “The Hambletonian for him? We will see how it goes, but getting there is in the family.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Latham, NY---On Sunday (Nov. 13), the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and the United States Trotting Association held their annual New York Sire Stakes and District 8 awards banquet in Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The biggest names in Empire State racing that gathered to fete the accomplishments of their stars began the evening with a cocktail party sponsored by the District 8 member tracks (including Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello Casino & Raceway, Saratoga Casino & Hotel, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs) before being seated for dinner and the awards presentations. The big announcement of the night was that 2-year-old trotting colt Walner was named the District 8 Horse of the Year. Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny 1:51.3, $484,037) is owned by Ken Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano and driven in all of his starts by Tim Tetrick. Jacobs purchased Walner at the 2015 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $90,000 and placed under the tutelage of his longtime trainer Linda Toscano. Since then, the New York bred colt has developed into the top 2-year-old male trotter in North America. Having won seven of his eight starts in 2016, Walner was not shy to make headlines. After winning two NYSS events over the summer, Walner won the $280,000 International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile in October, setting a world record of 1:51.3 for 2-year-old trotting colts, breaking the old standard of 1:52.2 set by Southwind Frank in 2015. Three weeks later, he won the $600,000 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands in 1:53, trotting away from the field by 4-½ lengths. This performance was a track and stake record for 2-year-old trotting colts. Then, to put an exclamation mark on his season, Walner was victorious in the $200,600 Kindergarten Classic final at the Meadowlands in 1:53.2 by an overwhelming seven lengths.  Walner’s achievements during his freshman campaign were both dominant and record breaking and have firmly entrenched him as the early favorite in the 2017 Hambletonian. There were some outstanding seasons put together by those awarded for their performances in the New York Sire Stakes this year including some who impacted the Grand Circuit as well. Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall-Ann’s Promise) was named the NYSS 3-year-old trotting colt of the year. After winning five legs of the NYSS during the year, Smalltownthrowdown was crowned the division champion after taking the final at Yonkers Raceway. On Saturday (Sept. 3), Smalltownthrowdown competed in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot and was beaten only a head by Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder, who would go on to become the trotting Triple Crown winner. Smalltownthrowdown had seven wins in 16 starts and earned $446,263 in purses for his efforts. His seasonal (and lifetime) mark of 1:54.4 was taken at Saratoga Raceway. Non Stick (Lucky Chucky-Meucci Madness) was named the NYSS 3-year-old trotting filly of the year. After being crowned champion of the 2-year-old trotting filly division last year on the strength of an undefeated season, Non Stick repeated as 3-year-old champion this year after winning four NYSS events over the summer. The highlight of 2016 for her came at Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 19) when she won the $225,000 Empire Breeders Classic wire to wire from post eight in 1:54, which was a new lifetime mark. Non Stick won six starts in 12 attempts and banked $363,787 in those outings. Jim Morrill Jr. repeated as NYSS Driver of the Year after he posted a 28-26-26 record off of 144 starts, which equated to a .355 UDR. His drives earned his owners just under $1.65 million in purses. Ron Burke repeated as NYSS Trainer of the Year while campaigning 25 horses on the circuit. His students won 20 races and earned checks 70% of the time. Those added up to $1.26 in earnings for their owners. Winbak Farm was once again Breeder of the Year as 24 of their get started 84 times and earned just over $1 million, getting purse checks 73% of the time. Here is a complete list of all the award winners. 2016 USTA DISTRICT 8 CHAMPIONS 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Barn Bella Owners: Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt & Purple Haze Stables LLC   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Planet Rock Owners: Kenneth Jacobs   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Fad Finance Owners: Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg & Rojan Stables   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER No Clouds Bluechip Owners: Richard Carney, Farrell Carney & Barbara Berger   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER Walner Owner: Kenneth Jacobs   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Funknwaffles Owners: Crawford Farms Racing & Susan Oakes   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER Smalltownthrowdown Owners: Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner & Richard Lombardo   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Missile J Owners: KJ Stables LLC & Purple Haze Stable LLC   COUNTY FAIR DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Mark Whitcroft RISING STAR AWARD: Joseph Chindano Jr. PARI-MUTUEL DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Jim Morrill Jr. TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Linda Toscano   2016 NEW YORK SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Barn Bella Conway Hall — Bravissima Owners: Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt & Purple Haze Stables LLC Breeder: Morrisville Col Fdn Inc. Trainer: Steven Pratt Driver: Jeff Gregory NYSS Earnings: $200,287   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Tequila Monday American Ideal — Margarita Monday Owners: Susan Oakes & Chuck Pompey Breeder: Winbak Farm Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brian Sears NYSS Earnings: $176,206   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Non Stick Lucky Chucky — Meucci Madness Owners: Ake Svanstedt Inc. & Little E LLC Breeders: Michael Andrew & Steve Stewart Trainer: Ake Svanstedt Driver: Ake Svanstedt NYSS Earnings: $231,907   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Wishy Washy Girl Roll With Joe — Wish All You Want Owners: Michael Cimaglio & Stephen Demeter Breeders: Scott Dillon & Thomas Dillon Trainer: Tracy Brainard Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $172,329   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Devious Man Credit Winner — Miss Garland Owner: Stroy Inc Breeder: Winbak Farm Trainer: Julie Miller Driver: Andy Miller NYSS Earnings: $264,647   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Funknwaffles American Ideal — Hatsoff Hanover Owners: Crawford Farms Racing & Susan Oakes Breeder: David McDuffee Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $234,785   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Smalltownthrowdown Cash Hall — Ann’s Promise Owners: Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner & Richard Lombardo Breeder: David Firmstone Trainer: Dan Daley Driver: Dan Daley NYSS Earnings: $304,447   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Roll Away Joe Roll With Joe — Chatelaine Owners: Howard Taylor, Stephen Demeter & Thomas Lazzaro Breeder: Twinbrook Limited Trainer: Tracy Brainard Driver: Jason Bartlett NYSS Earnings: $312,382   BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Winbak Farm TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Ron Burke DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Jim Morrill Jr.   2016 NYSS CONSOLATION WINNERS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Teasin N Pleasin CR Excalibur – Brontease Owners: Edward Reich, Thomas Corelli & Fred Corelli Breeder: Winbak Farm Trainer: Thomas Corelli Driver: Jeff Gregory NYSS Earnings: $63,296   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Zette Starlet Credit Winner – Scottish Starlet Owner: Cozette McAvoy Breeder: William Donovan Trainer: Cozette McAvoy Driver: Charlie Norris NYSS Earnings: $54,280   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Major Millie Art Major – Gravity Owner: SSG Stables Breeder: Flintlock Farm Inc Trainer: Steve Elliott Driver: John MacDonald NYSS Earnings: $58,650   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Top Flight Angel Archangel – Top Photo Owner: Legendary Standardbred Farm Breeder: Alan Hainsworth Trainer: Megan Wilson Driver: John Cummings Jr NYSS Earnings: $28,756   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Royal Bachelor RC Royalty – Becca J Owners: Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV & Michael White Breeder: Kenneth Jacobs Trainer: Dan Daley Driver: Dan Daley NYSS Earnings: $50,800   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE JK Heaven Sent Rock N Roll Heaven – JK Owhatanite Owners: Michi Abday, Barbara & Donald Arnstine Breeder: 3 Brothers Stables Trainer: Gilbert Garcia-Herrera Driver: John MacDonald NYSS Earnings: $41,850   2016 NEW YORK-BRED EXCELSIOR CHAMPIONS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Royal Oaks RC Royalty — Mystical Oaks Owners: Jessica Okusko & Ronald LaClair Breeder: Dunroven Stud LLC Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Stephane Bouchard NYSS Earnings: $41,250   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Pirinea’s Princess Roll With Joe — Chant-A-Nuka Owner: Latz A Luck Stable Breeder: Joseph Pirinea Trainer: Dennis Laterza Driver: Stephane Bouchard NYSS Earnings: $49,100   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Wendy’s Girl Lucky Chucky — East Creek Wendy Owners: Howard Taylor & Edwin Gold Breeder: East Creek Stable Trainer: Tracy Brainard Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $64,950   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Ghost Runner Art Major — Spirit Of The West Owners: Dr. Scott Leaf, Deborah Mackenzie, Gerald Fielding & Tom Jackson Breeder: Stonegate Standardbred Farms Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller NYSS Earnings: $43,050   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Barn Winner Credit Winner — Hallmarker T Owners: Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt & Out In The Country Stable Breeders: Moni Market Breeders & Jeffery Ruch Trainer: Steven Pratt Driver: Jeff Gregory NYSS Earnings: $45,000   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Percy’s Z Tam American Ideal — Mintjulep Bluechip Owners: Pat Lachance, Z Tam Stbs LLC, M&M Harness Rcg LLC & Royal Flush Stb LLC Breeder: Michael Parisi Trainer/ Driver: Pat Lachance NYSS Earnings: $58,650   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Just For Today Credit Winner — Brandnewgirlfriend Owners: Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco & Hatfield Stables Breeder: Valley High Stable Trainer: Paul Kelley Driver: Matt Kakaley NYSS Earnings: $46,800   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Endeavor American Ideal — Jett Diamond Owner: Helene Fillion Breeder: Barbara Muschera Trainer: Pat Lachance Driver: John MacDonald NYSS Earnings: $41,850   BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Winbak Farm TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Erv Miller DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Jim Morrill Jr.   2016 NEW YORK COUNTY FAIR CHAMPIONS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Too Cool To Fool Conway Hall—Travelin Deal Owner: Angela Jackson Breeders: Matthew Gartland & Beryl Taylor Trainer: David Dewhurst Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $9,550   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Bonita Island Artiscape — Malita Island Owner: Robert Gale Breeder: White Birch Farm Trainer: Robert Gale Driver: Truman Gale NYSS Earnings: $7,943   3 -YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT KZ Crazee Crazed — Lindy’s Almond Joy Owner: Beth Smith Breeder: Lindy Farms Of Conn Trainer: Cheryl Whitcroft Driver: Mark Whitcroft NYSS Earnings: $10,527   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Niche Blue Chip Art Major — PW Spare Owners: Elizabeth & Dyce Spalluto, Veronica Dylo & David Widzinski Breeder: Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. Trainer: Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. Driver: Drew Monti NYSS Earnings: $10,365   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT DW’s Revenge Archangel — Princess Maddie Owner: Sally Cartier Breeder: WD LaPage Stable Trainer: Sally Cartier Driver: Mark Whitcroft NYSS Earnings: $11,520   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Napper Tandy Art Major — Cammara Owner: Donald Cosgrove Breeder: Donald Cosgrove Trainer: Angus MacDonald Driver: Chris Lems NYSS Earnings: $11,025   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Trooper Jim Conway Hall — Alpine Goal Owners: Heather & Barry White Breeder: Barry White Trainer: Barry White Driver: Truman Gale NYSS Earnings: $12,617   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Midnite Pass Kenneth J — The Company Store Owner: Gary Cartier Breeders: Michelle & Albert Crawford Trainer: Sally Cartier Driver: Mark Whitcroft NYSS Earnings: $17,367   BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Steuben Farms TRAINER OF THE YEAR: David Dewhurst DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Mark Whitcroft   RACING UNDER SADDLE   CHAMPION Vanessa Karlewicz riding Admirable Hanover   HIGH POINT HORSE Jeanie Marie Rider: Heather Reese Trainer: Jennifer Sansone Owner: Mo Choo Inc. & Jonathan Klee Racing   TRAINER OF THE YEAR Michael Miller   By Tim Bojarski 

Two consolations for two year old trotters took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday evening as several New York Sire Stakes horses wrapped up their harness racing stakes campaign. Top Flight Angel (Archangel) and Teasin N Pleasin (Cr Excalibur) emerged victorious, each setting a lifetime mark on Thursday in their $50,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations. Top Flight Angel and driver John Cummings Jr. closed up the passing lane to edge out the favored Another Chapter (Jim Morrill Jr) in the colt and gelding final. The Megan Wilson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 in what was the second victory in his freshman campaign. Jeff Gregory picked up the catch drive behind the Tom Corelli-trained Teasin N Pleasin who secured the win in the two year old filly consolation. The freshman highstepper scored for the fifth time in eight 2016 tries and did so in a career best 1:59. There were also four Excelsior Series Finals for two year olds which each went for a purse of $45,000. Percy's Z Tam (American Ideal) and trainer-driver Pat Lachance scored in the colt and gelding pace final while Barn Winner (Credit Winner) and Jeff Gregory scored in the trot final for colts and geldings. The filly finals were both won by reinsman Stephane Bouchard as Royal Oaks (Rc Royalty) bested the freshman trotting fillies and Pirinhea's Princess went last to first in the two year old filly pace final. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 24, 2016 - The Empire's harness racing best of the best converged upon Yonkers Raceway Saturday night for the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions. Eight, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes finals, each sponsored by a prominent breeding farm, feature the best 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits in the 27th NOC edition. The freshmen (and freshwomen) played out as such... (Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace) - Roaring To Go (catch driver Jason Bartlett), pocketed and a bit wobbly-gaited late, crossed the line first in 1:55. The wobbles didn't do her in, but the cutting the cones did. She was set down to second for leaving the course in the final turn, promoting 6-5 favorite Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, $4.50) to the win. The latter, last after an early, eight-hole break, was relentless, closing from a dozen lengths back at the half to miss a head before eventually being put up. Robin J (John Campbell) sat and was a best-of-the-rest third. Tequila Monday, a daughter of American Ideal, trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, has won four of her five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.40, with the triple (three wagering choices returning $41. (Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace) - Odds-on Funknwaffles (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.70) won this "match race" with second choice Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3, a track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. It was 10 lengths back to Twin B Cowboy (Tim Tetrick), with 140-1 shot What's Goin' On (Mark MacDonald) fourth. Funknwaffles, a son of American Ideal co-owned by Ms. Oakes & Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenschoen, has been just about perfect (9 starts, 8 wins, 1 second) this season ($257,284). The exacta paid $4, the triple returned $29.60 and the superfecta paid $266. "He's an overachiever," Morrill Jr. said. "May not much to look at, but this was a tremendous mile on a cool evening." (Majestic View Farms International 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot) - He was the best in the division coming in, and Devious Man (Andy Miller, $3.20) was the going out. Working his way to the lead just before the half, he finished of his rounds in 1:58. Stick with Me Kid (Sears) chased after yielding, beaten a length-and-three quarters, with Such an Angel (Campbell) a first-up third. For Devious Man, a son of Credit Winner owned (as part of Stroy Inc.) by trainer Julie Miller, he's won six of his 10 '16 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.20, with the triple returning $23.40. "He just zips around these small tracks," Andy Miller said. "He was getting a little tired around the last turn, but he's figured out how to win." (Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot) - Despite 22 days off and a scratched-sick in between, odds-on Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, $3.20) held sway. She defeated an out-a-long-way Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) by length in a division track-record 1:57.2. Heels on Wheels (Kakaley) was third. Barn Bella, a Conway Hall miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, has won six of her nine first-season starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.70, with the triple returning $22. "She was sick before her last scheduled start (here)," Gregory said. "Steve (Pratt) didn't want to qualify her because she's been racing regularly before that. He and Claude Huckabone Jr., who drove her earlier in the season, did a very good job with her, because she was a project when she first started." The 3-year-olds are summarily summarized… (Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Trot) – Last season’s division champ, Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt, $4.80), defending her title in wire-to-wire, 1:56.4 fashion. Swinging Royalty (Brian Sears) was a pocket second, beaten a length, with 111-1 proposition Straight A Student (Mark MacDonald) closing for third. Non Stick, a daughter of  Lucky Chucky trained by her co-owner (with Little E LLC) and driver, has won six of her 10 seasonal starts ($345,907) and 12-for-16 in her career. The exacta paid $42.20, with the triple returning $841. Fad Finance (Jim Morrill Jr.), as the 3-4 choice, had a brutal strip, trying to leave, only getting a (three-hole) seat when a rival broke and eventually finishing an empty fifth. (Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace) – Wishy Washy Girl (Morrill Jr., $6) finished what she started, two lengths better than frosh champ Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley) in a life-best 1:53.3. American Ivy (Andy Miller) was a loose pocket third. No Clouds Bluechip (Sears), the 11-10 fave, was a weak first-over and backpedaled to last. Wishy Washy Girl, a daughter of Roll with Joe trained by Tracy Brainard for co-owners Steven Demeter and Michael Cimaglio, is now 4-for-14 this season. The exacta paid $24.20, with the triple returning $129. (Blue Chip Farms, 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace) – Slight favorite Roll Away Joe (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) never had an anxious moment, whipping second choice Bottom Deals (Tim Tetrick) by 2½ lengths in 1:52.3. Craftship (Scott Zeron) picked of the rest for third. Art Rooney Pace winner Missile J (Sears) tried it uncovered, gave way readily and finished last. Roll Away Joe, a Roll with Joe gelding trained by Brainard for co-owners Demeter, Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro, has won six of his 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.80, with the triple returning $57. (Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot) – Small-priced Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, $2.80) needed some coaxing, but finished it off in 1:56.1. Dayson (Sears) was a good, two-move, eight-hole second–beaten a length—with Dante (Svanstedt) a pocket third and The Royal Harry (MacDonald) fourth. For ‘Smalltown,’ a Cash Hall gelding trained by his driver for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner and Richard Lombardo, it was his seventh win in 15 seasonal starts ($446,263). The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $33.20 and the superfecta (four wagering choices in order) paid $110. “He had issues with a pus pocket the last time he raced (Yonkers),” Dan Daley said. “I know it had to be stinging him a bit, so that’s why I had to keep after him.” Daley said Smalltownthrowdown would be in the Harrisburg sale. “He’s going to make someone some money, but I have partners and we need the money to buy more babies.” Saturday night’s pair of $45,000 Open Handicaps were won by.. --Pace, Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4.30) in 1:52.1, and --Trot, Allerage Star (Andy Miller, $5.60) in 1:54.2. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Post positions have been drawn for Saturday's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with Yonkers Raceway again hosting the Empire State's richest night of harness racing. Eight, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes finals, each sponsored by a prominent breeding farm, feature the best 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Here's a hot-off-the-presses thumbnail of the divisions, which go as the first eight in the baker's dozen worth of races. First post is the usual 7:10 PM. 1st race (Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace) - These races aren't handicapped, but this one certainly appears that way. Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick, post 7) and the late-starting Tequila Monday (Dave Miller, post 8) are arguably the best the class her to offer, with the latter setting the local track record (1:53.1) for frosh lasses. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller, post 5) was a 1:53.2 winner here. 2nd race (Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Trot) - Last season's division champ, Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt, post 2), has enjoyed another solid summer, though she does enter off a break in her latest try. Fad Finance (Jim Morrill Jr., post 5) has hit the board in 10 of her 11 '16 tries, Both these ladies have earned more than $200,000 this season. 3rd race (Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace) - Funknwaffles (Morrill Jr., post 4) has been nearly perfect, with seven wins and a second in eight tries ($144,784), while Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, post 2) is 5-for-7 (both are 2-for-2 here). Pointomygranson (Marcus Miller, post 8) has a pair of open-lengths wins leading to this race. 4th race (Majestic View Farms International 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot) - Julie and Andy Miller have a potent pair in Devious Man (Andy Miller, post 4) and Money Macintosh (Brian Sears, post 7), a combined 9-for-17 this season. Despite common ownership, they go uncoupled (the horses, not the Millers). Zack's Zoomer (Marcus Miller, post 5) has a win and a pair off seconds since adding the straps. 5th race (Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace) - As evenly-matched a final as the Night of Champions offers, with Wishy Washy Girl (Morrill Jr., post 4) the one entering off a win. Last season's frosh champ, Dime a Dance (Kakaley, post 5), has 10 board finishes in her dozen seasonal tries, while Soft Idea (Scott Zeron, post 3) has a pair of wins here. 6th race (Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot) - Division points leader Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci, post 5) has been the money all season (8 starts, 5 wins [2 here], 2 seconds, 1 third), Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, post 3), a scratched-sick in her last scheduled start (here), is 5-for-8 and won her last three races in open-distance fashion. Amber Ella (John Campbell, post 8) has learned her job lately, having won her last four tries. 7th race (Blue Chip Farms, 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace) - Art Rooney Pace winner Missile J (Tetrick, post 3), unraced at 2, enters 8-for-18 with more than $313,000 in the till. Roll Away Joe (Morrill Jr, post 5) has banked more than $200,000, stringing together four consecutive wins at one point. Manny (Brett Miller, post 6) gets a barn change entering the final. 8th race (Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot) - Yonkers Trot runner-up Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, post 2) blitzed his statebred rivals here in his subsequent start. He has six wins and more than $333,000 in reserve this season, Dante (Svanstedt, post 4) has been oh so consistent this season (9 wins, 4 wins, 3 seconds), while Dayson (Sears, post 8) is 8-for-13 this summer, though he ran like a deer here in his latest appearance. Here are the full fields;     RACE 1 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: WINBAK FARM PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 7:10 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Pudge`s Pastime  American Ideal-  Won Night Stand   8   1   0  0  Q1:56.0S  $10323     Ray Van Dreason             2  Robin J  Roll With Joe-  Mommy Robin Q   9   6   1  2  1:54.0F  $189157   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             3  Artrageous  Art Major-  In Deep Thought   9   2   3  2  1:55.4H  $84005   Jim Morrill Jr  Andrew Stafford             4  Lady Of Heaven  Rock N Roll Heaven-  You`re Likeadream   9   0   0  3  -  $23547   Mark Macdonald  Bruce Saunders             5  Roaring To Go  Art Major-  Lionness Hanover   9   4   2  0  1:53.2H  $117136   Brett Miller  Kevin Lare             6  Rollingndiamonds  Roll With Joe-  Diamondsfrmichelle   8   0   2  3  Q2:00.2F  $18772   Brett Miller  John Hallett             7  Planet Rock  Rock N Roll Heaven-  Villa Hanover   8   7   0  1  1:52.0S  $189651   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             8  Tequila Monday  American Ideal-  Margarita Monday   4   3   1  0  1:53.1H  $76706   David Miller  Chris Oakes         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 2 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: ALLERAGE FARM TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 7:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Lindylicious L  22   2   1  2  1:58.4H  $80303   Mark Macdonald  Gilbert Garcia-Herrera             2  Non Stick   9   5   0  1  1:54.0S  $233407   Ake Svanstedt  Ake Svanstedt             3  Swinging Royalty   14   3   5  5  1:54.1S  $167389   Brian Sears  George Ducharme             4  Open Access L  15   4   2  1  1:54.1S  $102398   Tim Tetrick  Robert Baggitt Jr             5  Fad Finance   11   5   3  2  1:54.1H  $217156   Jim Morrill Jr  Trond Smedshammer             6  Straight A Student   12   2   6  0  1:58.0H  $93924   Mark Macdonald  Paul Kelley             7  Goosebump Hanover L  12   3   2  3  1:55.2F  $131341   Jim Morrill Jr  Ron Burke             8  Earn Your Wings   11   4   4  1  1:54.4S  $167180   Jason Bartlett  Anette Lorentzon         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 3 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: GENESEE VALLEY FARM PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 7:50 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Americanfirewater  American Ideal-  Lucky Turn   9   1   2  3  1:56.2H  $58654   George Brennan  Rick Dane Jr             2  Miso Fast  Roll With Joe-  Sakura Hanover   7   5   1  0  1:53.1F  $117981   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke             3  Barry Hanover  Rock N Roll Heaven-  Beachbunny Hanover   8   1   0  0  1:54.4H  $31430   Jason Bartlett  Judith Blaun             4  Funknwaffles  American Ideal-  Hatsoff Hanover   8   7   1  0  1:52.1S  $144784   Jim Morrill Jr  John Butenschoen             5  Twin B Cowboy  Roll With Joe-  Twin B Intimate   9   1   2  1  1:53.4S  $27903   George Brennan  Dr. Ian Moore             6  Willie Joe Hill  American Ideal-  Ruthless Hill   8   0   3  5  -  $66363   Pat Lachance  Pat Lachance             7  What`s Goin On  Roll With Joe-  Shipps Xclamation   8   1   2  0  1:56.4H  $62217   Mark Macdonald  Mark Harder             8  Pointomygranson  American Ideal-Sangaal   8   3   1  0  1:53.2H  $87699   Marcus Miller  Chris Ryder         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 4 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: MAJESTIC VIEW FARMS INTERNATIONAL TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:10 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Stick With Me Kid  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Chelsea Hall   8   1   4  1  1:56.2S  $77426   Brian Sears  George Ducharme             2  Such An Angel  Credit Winner-  Michelle`s Angel   8   4   1  0  1:56.1S  $115895   John Campbell  Paul Kelley             3  Neon Lights  Chapter Seven-  Flourescent   7   0   2  0  Q2:00.0S  $35806   Jason Bartlett  George Ducharme             4  Devious Man  Credit Winner-  Miss Garland   9   5   1  1  1:55.3F  $167733   Andy Miller  Julie Miller             5  Zack`s Zoomer  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Passageway   6   2   2  0  1:58.1H  $71265   Marcus Miller  Erv Miller             6  Meetmeinthemiddle  Chapter Seven-  Promising Deal   8   0   0  5  Q2:00.1F  $37474   Jim Morrill Jr  Edward Hart             7  Money Macintosh  Credit Winner-  Apple Plush   8   4   2  1  1:56.2F  $122829   Brian Sears  Julie Miller             8  Royal Casanova  Rc Royalty-  Mischief Lady   8   0   2  2  -  $42099   John Campbell  Bruce Borden         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 5 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: CAMEO HILL FARM PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  American Ivy   12   2   1  2  Q1:52.4M  $99096   Andy Miller  Julie Miller             2  No Clouds Bluechip   13   4   2  2  1:50.1F  $240432   Brett Miller  John Berger             3  Soft Idea L  11   3   0  2  1:54.3H  $145519   Scott Zeron  Linda Toscano             4  Wishy Washy Girl L  13   3   3  1  1:54.1F  $82328   Jim Morrill Jr  Tracy Brainard             5  Dime A Dance   12   4   3  2  1:53.1F  $181260   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke             6  Angels Rockn Pink L  12   2   5  2  1:52.1F  $121799   Mark Macdonald  Chris Oakes             7  Mother Of Art   11   2   2  1  1:53.4H  $71297   George Brennan  Ron Burke             8  Time On My Hands L  11   4   1  2  1:53.2H  $151621   Daniel Dube  Chris Ryder         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 6 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: CRAWFORD FARMS LLC TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:50 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Mighty Surf  Prayer I Am-Big Surfer   8   4   0  0  1:57.0F  $72228   Scott Zeron  Dennis A Laterza             2  Flyhawk Charm  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Final Time   6   3   0  1  2:00.3S  $56207   Jason Bartlett  Joseph Flynn             3  Barn Bella  Conway Hall-Bravissima   8   5   0  0  1:55.2F  $89311   Jeff Gregory  Steven Pratt             4  Heels On Wheels  Conway Hall-  Go Go Dancer   8   2   3  3  2:01.0H  $71250   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke             5  Mamora Bay  Chapter Seven-Giulie Bi   8   5   2  1  1:58.2H  $126121   Sam Schillaci  Sam Schillaci             6  Maewegonow  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Mauresmo   6   1   3  2  2:03.3H  $48933   Charlie Norris  Charlie Norris             7  Scarey Karie  Conway Hall-  Alabama Hotel   7   2   2  1  Q2:00.0S  $51525   Phil Fluet  Phil Fluet             8  Amber Ella  Chapter Seven-Blushed   5   4   0  1  1:57.1S  $88636   John Campbell  Linda Toscano         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 7 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: BLUECHIP FARMS LLC PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 9:10 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Bottom Deals L  11   2   2  1  1:49.2S  $84293   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             2  Craftship   12   1   5  2  1:53.2H  $131544   Scott Zeron  Tony Alagna             3  Missile J L  18   8   2  2  1:51.0M  $313902   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             4  Artmagic L  11   1   4  3  1:55.1H  $136517   George Brennan  Trond Smedshammer             5  Roll Away Joe L  16   5   1  4  1:51.3F  $209181   Jim Morrill Jr  Tracy Brainard             6  Manny   11   1   2  0  1:54.2H  $90505   Brett Miller  Brewer Adams             7  Talk Show L  11   3   1  1  Q1:51.1M  $90762   Jim Morrill Jr  Tracy Brainard             8  Fine Diamond   15   4   4  3  1:53.3H  $143337   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 8 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: MORRISVILLE COLLEGE EQUINE INSTITUTE TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 9:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Master Class   13   2   4  3  1:54.4F  $80343   Jordan Stratton  Anette Lorentzon             2  Smalltownthrowdown L  15   6   4  1  1:54.4H  $333763   Dan Daley  Dan Daley             3  Sir Royson   12   3   2  0  1:54.0F  $94928   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             4  Dante   9   4   3  0  1:52.2S  $294534   Ake Svanstedt  Ake Svanstedt             5  Drazzmatazz L  11   1   3  4  1:55.4F  $73548   Mark Macdonald  Terry Morgan             6  The Royal Harry   11   5   2  0  1:54.4F  $181206   Mark Macdonald  Ake Svanstedt             7  A Jersey Contract   14   3   1  3  1:57.4H  $92770   Brian Sears  Maureen Salino             8  Dayson   13   8   0  0  1:51.2M  $230583   Brian Sears  Ron Burke         Frank Drucker

There will be double entries taken for New York Sire Stakes and NYSS harness racing Consolations at Yonkers on Tuesday September 20th by 9:00 am. The top 8 point earning horses entered will draw into the NYSS final and the next group of 8 point earners will be drawn into the consolations at Saratoga for Sept. 29th . Any horse entered at Yonkers on Tuesday September 20th that needs to re-qualify for the 2-year-old NYSS consolation at Saratoga will have until the actual Saratoga post position draw on Friday, September 23th by 4:00pm to do so. You do not need to re-enter your horse. If there are not at least 6 entries in a consolation it will be cancelled.  All Excelsior Finals will follow regular draw schedules at the respective tracks. Please view individual track condition sheets for entry to the Excelsior Finals Final point standings can be found on homepage of Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

Vernon, N.Y. -- New York-sired 3-year-olds were in the spotlight on Saturday (September 17) evening at Vernon Downs, as a quartet of $45,000 Excelsior Series finals and a quartet of $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation events headlined the 15-race harness racing card.   Helene Filion's Endeavor ($11.60, part of entry) sprung a mild upset in the $45,000 Excelsior final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings (race 10), yielding and retaking at race's midpoint to overpower odds-on favorite Fresh Cut (Marcus Miller) before drawing clear to a 7-1/4 length over the mildly rallying Brigadoon (Matt Kakaley) and Acting Out (Fern Paquet, Jr.) in 1:49.3. John MacDonald drove the American Ideal gelding for trainer Pat Lachance. Fresh Cut faded to finish sixth following his early push forward to clear after a sizzling :25 first quarter.   In the Excelsior for trotting colts and geldings (race 9), Just For Today ($9.50) sustained steady first-over gains to wear down odds-on Credevie (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in deep stretch, posting a 1:54.2 win in rein to Matt Kakaley. Paul Kelley trains the Credit WInner colt for the Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, and the Hatfield Stables.   Wendy's Girl ($3.90) brushed from midfield on the first turn to seize command and edge clear in the straight to beat her distaff Excelsior (race 4) trotting foes by a widening four lengths, posting a 1:54.3 mile time to defeat the John Stark-trained pair of Hullaba Lulu (MacDonald) and LTs Sandie (Stark). Morrill drove Wendy's Girl, a daughter of Lucky Chucky, for trainer Tracy Brainard and owners Howard Taylor and Ed Gold   Ghost Runner ($2.90) was tops among Excelsior pacing fillies (race 8), controlling the pace and edging clear by 4-1/4 lengths to best stablemate Rolling Going Gone (Morrill) in 1:51.1. Erv Miller trains both fillies, and Marcus Miller was aboard the victorious daughter of Art Major for the partnership of Leaf, MacKenzie, Fielding, and Jackson.   In her $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation (race 5), 3-year-old trotting filly Zette Starlet ($57.00) posted a major upset via a pocket trip, collaring Sweet Ashley T in 1:54.4. Charlie Norris drove the Credit Winner filly for owner-trainer Cozette McAvoy.   Major Millie ($26.80, MacDonald) similarly upset in the 3-year-old filly pace (race 6), emerging late to best second-over Rock Me Baby by a length in 1:51.2 after clearing, yielding, and ending up shuffled into midfield through the far turn. Steve Elliott trains the Art Major filly for the S S G Stables.   Rock N Roll Heaven gelding JK Heaven Sent ($5.30, MacDonald) pounced from the pocket to take the Sire Stakes consolation for pacing colts and geldings (race 11), finding room in upper stretch and drawing clear of Nox Vegas Bluechip by three lengths in 1:50.3 for trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and owners Michi Abday and Barbara and Donald Arnstine.   In the colt-and-gelding trot consolation (race 12), Royal Bachelor ($8.60) carried a first-over move off the far turn to reel in Thats a Bad Boy by a length in 1:55.1. Trainer Dan Daley drove the RC Royalty gelding for owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford, IV, and Michael White.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (September 22) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Nichols, N.Y. - Just over a month removed from her 5-1/2 length win in the Geers Stakes, harness racing owner Kenneth Jacobs's Planet Rock ($13.80) proved victorious again at Tioga Downs, sustaining first-over progress and parrying two late-charging 2-year-old pacing fillies in a $110,200 New York Sire Stakes event on Friday (September 16) evening. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Villa Hanover was forced to abort a leave attempt as Artrageous (Jim Morrill, Jr.) led a :26.2 stampede through the first quarter. John Campbell would put Planet Rock in play with a circuit to go, advancing first-over to the clubhouse turn while 3-10 favorite Tequila Monday (David Miller) slipstreamed live cover through middle splits of :57 and 1:24.3. Planet Rock would succeed in dueling down Artrageous off the far turn, but she wasn't home free upon cornering. Tequila Monday--who drifted to the four-path after fanning off cover--quickly righted the ship and charged boldly, as did Robin J (Mike Simons) after finding room to vacate the pocket. Still, Planet Rock ultimately prevailed, driven out to hold sway by a neck in 1:52.3. Tequila Monday and Robin J finished second and third respectively, while Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) stayed on for fourth. Linda Toscano trains Planet Rock, who earned her seventh career win in just eight starts. In the sub-featured $13,500 Open 1 Trot, Dragin the Wagon ($8.10) made every yard a winning one en route to a 1:53.3 triumph. The 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding sprinted to the fore to evade a host of leavers to the first turn, and held clear of a belated rally from Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis), who emerged off third-over cover to take second. Aaron Byron drove the 31-time winner for owner James Cantelon and trainer Jeff Byron. An 11-race Closing Night card awaits on Saturday (September 17); first post is slated for 6:30 p.m., with full coverage on the Tioga Downs Racing Network to commence at 6:05 p.m. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 15, 2016 - The final downstate New York Sire Stakes leg of the season was contested Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $146,823 Jim Crawford Pace for the harness racing 2-year-old colts/geldings. Three, $48,941 divisions comprised the event. The opening group had division leader Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, $4.80) winning as he pleased. From post position No. 4, he had an open lead around the oval (:28.4, :58.3, 1:27.3, 1:55.3). Pole-sitting, 11-10 favorite Rock the Boat (Jordan Stratton) saved second from the loosest of pockets-beaten fourth lengths-with Goose Mountain (Dan Dube) third. Miso Fast, a Roll with Joe colt co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables, it was his fifth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.20, with the triple returning $41. Thursday night's second sire stakes event was a beat down administered by 1-4 choice Funknwaffles (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.50). Starting outside his five rivals, he was keen early, away third and just about running up the back of Scott Zeron (driving Serious Major). After What's Goin' On (Mark MacDonald) carried the early (:27.2) water, Funknwaffles took over and did so effortlessly (:54.4, 1:23.4, 1:54.3). From six lengths at the half, the final margin (over What's Goin' On) was 5¾ lengths. Twin B Cowboy (George Brennan) was third. Funknwaffles, a American Ideal gelding co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing & Susan Oakes and trained by John Butenschoen, he's now 7-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $6.10, with the triple returning $20.20. The evening's final statebred jaunt was another waltz around Westchester, this one by 1-5 choice Pointomygranson (Marcus Miller, $2.40) In play from post No. 3, he completed his compulsories without incident (:28.3, :57.4, 1:26.4, 1:54.4). The margin here was 'only' 2¾ lengths, with Chip Walther (Brent Holland) second and Willie Joe Hill (Pat Lachance) third. Pointomygranson, an American Ideal gelding owned by Gold Standard Equine and trained by Chris Ryder, it was his third win in eight '16 tries. The exacta paid $26, with the triple returning $43.20. Saturday, Sept. 24th, the Raceway is home to the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, richest night of racing in the state. Eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals-for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits-go postward. Those races are to be drawn Tuesday morning, Sept. 20th. Frank Drucker

Nichols, N.Y. -- Friday (September 16) evening's harness racing program at Tioga Downs will feature a probable preview of the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies, as eight precocious distaffers will square off in a lone $110,200 Sire Stakes event as the centerpiece of a 15-race card.   Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey's Tequila Monday will look to remain undefeated after a pair of dominant wins at Harrah's Philadelphia and an 8-3/4 length domination in her lone Sire Stakes effort at Yonkers last week. David Miller retains the driving duties on the daughter of American Ideal and Margarita Monday, and the pair will start from post 7 for trainer Chris Oakes as the 3-1 morning line second choice.   Among the seven fillies looking to hand Tequila Monday her first career defeat are six-time winners Planet Rock and Robin J, both from the Linda Toscano stable. Planet Rock, the 5-2 morning line favorite from post 6, began her career with six straight wins, including a 1:53.1 victory in her Geers Stakes division at Tioga on August 12. John Campbell assumes the lines on the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Villa Hanover.   Planet Rock's stablemate Robin J was a no-match second to Tequila Monday at Yonkers last week, but won six of seven prior events including, like Planet Rock, a Geers Stakes division over the local oval. Mike Simons is slated to drive the daughter of Roll With Joe and Mommy Robin Q from post 3 as the 4-1 third choice.   In addition to top New York-sired 2-year-old pacing fillies, Tioga Downs will play host to the Maine-Endwell (NY) Little League baseball team, as they will be honored at the races for their Little League World Series title in a special ceremony following the evening's third race. Post time for the penultimate card of the 2016 season is 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Batavia, NY---As the 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings mark the final New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) stop of the year at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 14), some of the harness racing entrants will be looking to solidify their spot in the $1.8 million Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 24). But stablemates Devious Man and Money Macintosh from the Julie Miller stable have already advanced as the top two point-earners in the series and can concentrate solely on the $107,000 in purse money available this week. Devious Man (Credit Winner-Miss Garland) has won three consecutive NYSS events after making a break in the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands on August 6. He won in the mud at both Yonkers Raceway and Tioga Downs, the latter setting his lifetime mark of 1:55.3. And then the following week won again back at Yonkers in 1:58.3. He's a very handy horse winning from both the front end and from behind. In all, Devious Man has four wins this year, all in NYSS action and $140,983 in earnings. $125,397 of that total was made in the NYSS and makes him the highest money earner for his age, gait and gender. He is also the second highest point-earner (237) for his category. Andy Miller will make an infrequent stop at the Genesee County oval to drive Devious Man for his wife Julie Miller from post 6 and has been made the prohibitive morning line favorite at 1-1 in the first $53,500 division. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe-Chelsea Hall) has only one win to his credit this year, but it was an impressive outing in the NYSS at Vernon Downs on July 21. He pulled from off the pace and trotted away to victory in 1:56.2, which was his career best. Chris Lems sat behind him for that start and trainer George Ducharme has him up again here. Looking to add to his $64,051 in earnings and points to his total for the final, Stick With Me Kid has drawn post one, is the second choice at 7-2 and looks to be the stiffest competition for the favorite. In the second $53,500 split, Julie Miller's Money Macintosh (Credit Winner-Apple Plush) is almost a mirror image of Devious Man. He is coming in off two straight wins at Tioga and Yonkers and has four victories on the year, all in NYSS races. His lifetime mark of 1:56.2 was taken at Tioga Downs and he hasn't missed the board all year. Money Macintosh has won $122,829 in 2016, all of which was made in NYSS races. That puts him second in that category behind Devious Man, although he tops the list for points earned (262) in his category. Andy Miller will also team Money Macintosh from post six and has been made the early choice at 2-1. Such An Angel (Credit Winner-Michelle's Angel) sits third in points for the final and will no doubt use this start as a tune up. After winning three-straight NYSS events at Vernon Downs, Saratoga Raceway and Yonkers, Such An Angel encountered some road trouble in his last two and finished off the board. With an inside draw and his gate speed, this is a good spot for the colt to rebound. Trainer Paul Kelley again has the services of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and will see Such An Angel depart from post three at 5-2. Zack's Zoomer (Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway) currently sits seventh in points and needs a good outing to seal the deal. Although he has only won one NYSS event this year, he has finished a solid second in his last two outings from post four and looks to be rounding into form at just the right time. Marcus Miller will steer Zack's Zoomer for trainer Erv Miller and leave from post one at 3-1. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excel A series on the card that is slated to begin at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 12, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for the harness racing 2-year-old fillies. The first ($48,941) grouping saw division leader Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci, $3) win a stretch-length battle with Run for Royalty (John Campbell) in 2:00.2. 'Mamora,' from post position No. 5, had planned to race off-the-pace, but the requisite number of misbehaving young ladies kept improving her position. She stalked Run for Royalty in what turned out to be a match race, then wore her rival down by a head. It was some 22 lengths back to Billie Blue (Brian Sears), who jumped it off as the first leader before recovering enough to get the bottom of the ticket. Mamora Bay, a daughter of Chapter Seven trained by her driver for owner Peter Barbato, has won five of her eight starts (2-for-2 here, board-placed in all eight). The exacta paid $10.40, with the triple returning $15.60. "The best thing about here is her will to win," Schillaci said. "Even tonight, in the lane, she made a bad step. Many horses would have gone off-stride, but she just trotted right through it." Monday night's second ($48,941) statebred event was a rout for Amber Ella (Campbell, $2.40), who won her fourth consecutive (sire stakes) outing, this won by 11 widening lengths (2:02.1). Leaving from post No. 2, 'Ella' took over from an early breaker, then opened as she pleased. Netflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) minded her manners and held second over a early-jumping Shechatedondewey (Matt Kakaley). Amber Ella, a Chapter Seven miss trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stables Enviro and Camelot, she has those fours win in five '16 tries. The exacta paid $44.20, with the triple returning $237.50. "She just learning as she goes," Campbell said. "Getting better each and every start." The evening's final ($49,841) NYSS event was given a different appearance when probable prohibitive, pole-sitting favorite Barn Bella was scratched-sick. That, plus another defection, left a field of five, taken the distance by Teasin' N Pleasin' (Larry Stalbaum, $5) in 2:00.3. Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) was a pocked second, with 3-4 choice Heels on Wheels (Kakaley) a loomed-but-flattened third. For 'Teasin,' a daughter of CR Excalibur co-owned by (trainer) Tom Corelli, Fred Corelli and Edward Reich, she's now 4-for-7 this season (first NYSS win, three in Excelsiors) The exacta paid $24.20, with triple wagering cancelled. Sire stakes continue here Thursday night, with the $146,823 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace (2YO colts/geldings). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---Horses trained by Tracy Brainard and driven by Jim Morrill Jr. have been tough to beat over the years and Saturday night (Sept. 10) at Batavia Downs was no exception. That dynamic harness racing duo swept both 3-year-old pacing filly divisions of the New York Sires Stakes and claimed the winner's share of $119,300 in purses. In the first $60,200 division, Milky Way Rae (American Ideal-Aurora Borealus) was used early and late before grinding out a victory down the lane. Milky Way Rae left for the lead but was pursued from the outside by American Ivy (Dan Daley) through a :27.3 quarter. By the three-eighths America Ivy had taken a seat third allowing the leader a breather and a :56 half. But before Milky Way Rae could get too comfortable, No Clouds Bluechip (Kevin Cummings) had pulled from fourth with Dime A Dance (Drew Monti) right behind her. As the trio paced by three-quarters in 1:25, No Clouds Bluechip stalled and Dime A Dance went three-wide around her in the last turn. Starting with a two-length deficit at the top of the stretch, Dime A Dance put on a ferocious drive and took it to the leader, but Milky Way Rae fended off the challenge to win by a nose in 1:54.4. "The race shaped up good for her because she likes to rock on the front" said Morrill. "I thought she could go in 1:52 tonight on this track but it didn't come to that." It was the fifth win of the year for Milky Way Rae ($13.20) and it boosted her 2016 earnings to $86,674 for owner Fortunate One LLC. The second $59,100 leg saw Wishy Washy Girl (Roll With Joe-Wish All you Want) trip-out for the win and give the Morrill/Brainard team their second winner's circle presentation. Wishy Washy Girl left and dropped in second behind Time On My Hands (Ray Fisher Jr.) who was rolling from the pylons. But despite the two being ahead of the field by a good ten lengths, Morrill pulled and tried to go to the front, cutting the quarter in :27. However Fisher would have none of that and he pushed his filly on and made Morrill see-saw his back into the hole. Between the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.4, Art Critic (Drew Monti) pulled and drew alongside Wishy Washy Girl. At the same time, Fisher was highly animated in urging on the front-running Time On My Hands who was clearly running out of gas. This locked in Wishy Washy Girl who was raging with pace until the top of the lane. When the passing lane finally opened up, Morrill popped Wishy Washy Girl through the opening and sped to an instant two-length lead and won in 1:54.4. "She was good but she would have been a lot better if they went 1:22 to three-quarters" Morrill explained. "That's why I came out of the two-hole at the quarter, because when they go too slow she's tough to hold. She was crawling over that horse around the last turn; she was very good." The win gave Wishy Washy Girl three for the year and the purse enriched her bank account to $82,328 for owners Michael Cimaglio and Stephen Demeter. There were also two divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior A series on the card. Ghost Runner (Art Major-Spirit Of The West) was an easy wire to wire winner in 1:54.1 for Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Erv Miller. Ghost runner ($2.30) is owned by Dr. Scott Leaf, Deborah Mackenzie, Gerald Fielding and Tom Jackson. The Morrill/Miller combo also took the second division with Rolling Going Gone (Roll With Joe-Long Gone) in 1:58, and once again wire to wire. Rolling Going Gone ($2.30) is owned by Ross Bonafield. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. ended the night winning five races.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 9, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire for the harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $83,937 divisions comprised the event. The opening octet was led by Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, $10.20), getting a measure of satisfaction after a Yonkers Trot 'just-miss.' From post position No. 7, he gave nothing else a chance (:28.1, :58, 1:26.4, 1:55.3) in a mile that was actually three-fifths of a second faster than Marion Marauder's effort six nights ago. 'Smalltown's' work night was made easier when 2-5 choice Dayson (Jim Morrill Jr.) broke in Turn 2 after working his way into a pocket. The eventual winner opened four lengths in the lane before defeating pocket-inheriting Dante (Ake Svanstedt) by 4¾ lengths. Master Class (Jordan Stratton) was third. For second choice Smalltownthrowdown, a Cash Hall gelding trained by his driver for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner and Richard Lombardo, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $52.50, with the triple returning $211.50. Svanstedt, a bridesmaid in the first event, teamed with slight choice The Royal Harry ($6.80) to win the second division in 1:57. Leaving into a two-hole from post No. 6, he stalked Dog Gone Lucky (Tyler Buter) early (:28.2, :58.2). The Royal Harry then vacated the cones, taking over by the 1:27.2 three-quarters. He had three lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by a length-and-a-quarter. Daley was second this time around with Royal Bachelor, while Drazzmatazz (Mark MacDonald) was third. For The Royal Harry, an RC Royalty colt trained by his driver for co-owners William Pozefsky and Michael Polansky, he's now 5-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $88, with the triple returning $472. Friday night's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.80), the 6-year-old setting a new track record 1:50.3) for her 'aged' group. Sire stakes continue here Monday night, with the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2YO fillies). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---The seventh of eight harness racing sessions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) stops at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 10) and this week it will be the 3-year-old pacing fillies who will participate in two divisions, going for $119,300 in available purses. This will be the last stop for the second-year distaff side-wheelers who are trying to position themselves for the NYSS Night of Champions finals at Yonkers Raceway on September 24. The first $60,200 division features No Clouds Bluechip (Roll With Joe-B J's Sunshine) who comes in fresh off a big win in the $239,225 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga Downs. After winning her elimination in 1:53 wire to wire, No Clouds Bluechip came from off the pace in the final to annihilate her competition, winning in 1:50.1 by five lengths. No Clouds Bluechip is a four-time winner this year and has amassed $233,208 in earnings for her efforts and currently sits sixth in points for the final. Trainer John Berger has tabbed Batavia's leading driver, Kevin Cummings to steer and has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite from post two. The race's second choice, Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe-Hat Dance Hanover) raced at Batavia Downs on one other occasion. Just short of a year ago, the filly scorched the Genesee County oval in 1:52.4 and set a new track and world record for 2-year-old pacing fillies over a half-mile track. This year, Dime A Dance has matched her wins from 2015 but not her mark or earnings. Most recently she won two straight NYSS events before qualifying for the EBC final at Tioga. Unfortunately in that race, she drew post nine and made an untimely break at the quarter and was never in contention after that. Dime A Dance has four wins on the year and $166,210 in the bank. She is also the top point earning filly in her division and is a lock for the NYSS final. Dime A Dance drew post five and has been made 7-2 on the early line. Trainer Ron Burke has called upon Drew Monti to sit in the bike for this event. In the second $59,100 split, Time On My Hands (American Ideal-Bewitching Jewell) looks like the one to beat on the strength of her body of work. She's a three-time NYSS winner and took her lifetime mark of 1:53.2 in a leg at Saratoga Raceway. Her most recent outing was in the $109,050 Lady Maud at Yonkers where she got away last and was chasing a :56.2 closing half. She did finish fifth and paced home in a snappy :27.4 final quarter. In 2016, Time On My Hands has four wins and $146,893 in assets. She is currently second in points and has qualified for the final as well. Time On My Hands has drawn post one and will team with Ray Fisher Jr. for trainer Chris Ryder. Wishy Washy Girl (Roll With Joe-Wish All You Want) cut blazing fractions in the EBC but paid the price in the end. She finished sixth, but it was not unexpected with a 1:21.3 three-quarters. Prior to that under more moderate rating, she has been a handy filly since entering the Brainard stable. Although her lifetime mark is 1:54.1 at Pocono Downs, she just missed going wire to wire in 1:51.3 in the EBC elimination two starts back where she finished third by a half-length. Wishy Washy Girl has won two races this year but neither were in Sire Stake action. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the lines for the fourth straight time behind Wishy Washy Girl as assigned by trainer Tracy Brainard and the pair will depart from post five listed at 7-2. There are also two divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races on the card that will go postward at 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 8, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes resumed downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $143,224 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for the harness racing 2-year-old-fillies. With just nine young ladies at the prom, the event went as one, five-horse wagering group and one $70,912, four-horse non-bettor. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller) popped pocket in the early event, disposing of early (:28.3, :59.1) leader Artrageous (Jim Morrill Jr.), then finishing it off (1:26.1, life-best 1:53.2). The final margin was 3¾ lengths, with Artrageous holding second over Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick). Sky Fulla Star (Mark MacDonald) was outrun. Roaring to Go, a daughter of Art Major owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, has won half of her eight first-season starts. The on-the-card ($72,312) quintet was, essentially, a walkover Actually, it was a paceover, with odds-on Tequila Monday (Dave Miller, $3.60) winning her sire stakes debut down the road (:28, :56.2, 1:25, life-best 1:53.1) by 8¾ lengths. Robin J (Tetrick) lost contact with the winner in the lane but saved second over Lady of Heaven (Mark MacDonald). For Tequila Monday, an American Ideal lass trained by Chris Oakes for his wife, Susan, and Chuck Pompey, she's now 3-for-3 in her young career. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.60. "So far, so good," Miller said. "She handled this track better than she did down at Philly." Sire stakes continue here Friday night, with the $167,874 Dick McGuire Trot (3YO colts/geldings), and Monday night, the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2YO fillies). Frank Drucker

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