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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 nysirestakes.com 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

The 2016 New York Sire Stakes Season at Monticello Raceway concluded this afternoon with harness racing 3 year old filly trotters bidding the swan song for the states healthy Sire Stake Program. It was an afternoon where the first turn was the nemesis of many of the female trotters on the card, as many of the fillies made miscues in the first turn. The first division of Sire Stakes, race 4, went for a purse of $61,300. The bettors chalk Non Stick, starting from the rail for driver Daniel Dube made a break in the middle of the first turn, Jim Morrill Jr. driving the fractious Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty - Good Common Cents) from post position 6, eased her away from the gate and seized the opportunity, went for, and took the lead after Non Sticks miscue and wired the field to win by 2 lengths in 1:56.1, tying the track record, set by Gerri's Joy in 2007. Goosebump Hanover is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva, Crawford Farms and J. Di Scala. The win puts the filly over $130,000 in her 3 year old campaign. Race 6, was the 2nd heat of the Sire Stakes, saw Earn Your Wings, the Credit Winner ½ sister to the incomparable Mission Brief, win in 1:57.1 As the gate left, the heavy favorite Fad Finance, coming off on impressive win at Saratoga Raceway in 1:54.1, left from PP 7 and tucked in 3rd, going down the backside. Sweet Ashley T and Earn Your Wings were sitting 1 - 2, just before the ¼ pole, Jason Bartlett pulled Earn Your Wings to the outside and took the lead. Going to the half Fad Finance took the lead, passing that stanza in 58:2, the order remained unchanged until the top of the lane and Bartlett had Earn Your Wings on the move, opting to the outside, rather that the passing lane and hand drove the blue blooded filly to score in 1:57 by ¾ lengths and returned $4.80 to her backers. The Credit Winer- Southwind Serene filly is trained by female Swedish trainer Anette Lorentzon for owner SRF stable of Delray Beach Florida. Other winners on the card were, Love Crazy Love, (Crazed - Love U Overandover) who won a virtual walk over, as she was the lone horse trotting after the first turn, for trainer - driver Gates Brunet in 1:59.4, with a $25.60 win mutual. I Will Take Credit, entered the winners circle for trainer Erv Miller, trotting the mile in 1:59.1, The Credit Winer filly was driven by Charles Norris. Financial Focus, (Crazed - Pearls Last Chance) won in 1:59.2 for Phil Fluet. Over Joyed (Conway Hall - RC Biscuit) score in 2:01.4 for trainer George Ducharme. LTS Sandie (Conway Hall - Rejoycing) won in 1:58.4 for John Stark. Live Racing continues this week with its abbreviated Labor Day Weekend schedule of racing Tuesday - Thursday with post time of 12:50. Shawn Wiles

On Tuesday September 6, the New York Sire Stakes will make its last stop at Monticello Raceway for the year, as harness racing 3 year old trotting fillies will close out the Sire Stakes Season. $180,000 will be split into seven heats of Sire Stakes, 2 Regular Sire Stake's, going to post for $61,300 in each dash, 3 heats of the Excelsior A Class, each dash racing for $15,000 and 2 spilts of the Excelsior B's going for $6,000. Non Stick starting from the rail, has been installed at the 9/5 morning line favorite in the 4th race, first division of Sire Stakes. The daughter of Lucky Chucky is trained and co-owned by Ake Svanstedt and Little E LLC and will be driven by Daniel Dube. She a 4 time winner in this company, with over $230,000 earnings this year. She will be followed by Goosebump Hanover (PP6), who also won a Sire Stake event at Batavia and was a winner in the Tompkins stakes at Tioga Downs in July. Wendy's Girl, who has climbed through the ranks of the Excelsior A series, will take her first shot in elite company. The daughter of Lucky Chucky has reeled of 5 wins in her last 6 starts, her last start was an impressive win at Saratoga in 1:57. The second division has a pair of blue bloods, Earn Your Wings (PP3), the (Credit Winner - Southwind Serena) is a 3 year old half-sister to fastest 2 year old trotter of all time and 2 time Dan Patch Award winner, Mission Brief. She is trained by the Anette Lorentzon, a native of Sweden. The $260,000 yearling purchase will be driven by Jason Bartlett for owners SRF Stable of Delray Beach Florida. The filly took her lifetime mark of 1:54.4 earlier in the season at Vernon Downs, she has 1 win and 3 seconds in this company. The other Blue pedigree in the race is Monarchs Sequel (PP1) (RC Royalty- Armbro Monarch) She will be driven by Mark MacDonald for owner Al J Libfeld, of Pickering Ontario. Fad Finance has been installed the 5-2 favorite by virtue of her 4 Sire Stake wins this year and has amassed over $200,000 in this year's campaign. Regular driver Jim Morrill will drive the Credit Winner lass from post 7 for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Post time for the 12 race card is 12:50. By Shawn Wiles           All emails from Empire Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

Batavia, NY --- Two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings went postward at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 3) to compete for their share of the $110,000 purses up for grabs and one of the winners made track history. Pointomygranson (American Ideal-Sangaal) went to the front and took a lead he would never relinquish en route to a five-length victory in 1:53.2 in his $55,500 division. That time was a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. Marcus Miller rushed Pointomygranson off the gate and set unchallenged fractional times of :28.2 and :58. At that point, Jim Morrill Jr. had the heavily favored Funknwaffles rolling up on the outside trying to catch the leader. But when Miller saw him coming past five-eighths, he asked his horse for more and then hung on as Pointomygranson accelerated. Pointomygranson would not let the challenger get anywhere close to him up the backside and when they hit the stretch, he was pulling away with every stride and Miller was sitting chilly behind him. He paced his last quarter in :27 flat under wraps. "He was real strong in the race, I couldn't have been happier with him" said Marcus Miller. "It was the first time I drove him but they told me he would be good tonight and he was!" It was the second NYSS win of the year for Pointomygranson ($7.00) and it pushed his earnings to $63,229 for owner Gold Standard Equine LLC. The winner is trained by Chris Ryder. It was bombs away in the first $55,500 split when 30-1 Americanfirewater (American Ideal-Lucky Turn) pulled a major upset. 1-4 favorite Miso Fast (Jim Morrill Jr.) had things his own way on the front end with the field in single-file behind him, cutting even fractions of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.3. But just when things were looking anticlimactic, Drew Monti pulled Americanfirewater from the three hole and shot up alongside the leader in quick fashion. Miso Fast and Americanfirewater then tore around the far turn, matching strides as they went. At the top of the lane it was anyone's race and after both colts were driven hard to the wire, Americanfirewater wanted it more and won by a length in 1:56.2, which was a new lifetime mark. "When he came out of the hole, I knew he had a real shot. He was super aggressive today and you could tell right away" said Drew Monti. It was the first lifetime win for Americanfirewater ($62.50) and the winner's share boosted his annual income to $54,739 for owner Rock & Roll Stable Inc. Americanfirewater is trained by Rick Dane Jr. There were also two $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A series on the card. In the first division, Rollin About (Roll With Joe-Flitabout) was a wire to wire winner for driver Marcus Miller in 1:56.4 for owners Anthony Lombardi, D Van Witzenburg and George Golemes. The winner paid $8.20. The second division went to Percy's Z Tam and Pat Lachance in 1:56.2 on the strength of a three-wide move at three-quarters. Percy's Z Tam ($9.70) is owned by Z Tam Stable LLC, M & M Harness Racing LLC, Royal Flush Stable LLC and Pat LaChance, who also trains him. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Sept. 5) with a special Labor Day matinee card featuring the annual driver's bike race, which will be held after the seventh race.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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