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Schenectady, NY --- The Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund (FUND) is pleased to announce an increase to the Breeders’ Awards given through the New York Sire Stakes harness racing program. This season, the FUND approved an additional $100,000 from handles at harness tracks across New York. The FUND’s Board of Directors have made the decision to direct this funding to breeders of 2-year-old New York resident Standardbreds. These breeders invest in the New York Sire Stakes program at the highest level by raising and keeping their mares in New York State. This increase brings the total award payout to 2-year-old and 3-year-old breeders in 2017 to an estimated $1.1 million. The Breeders’ Awards program provides rewards for each level of NYSS racing: Sire Stakes, Excelsior Series and County Fairs, and are split into two categories, Resident and Non-Resident. The Non-Resident Based Awards reward breeders whose horses perform well at all levels of the New York Sire Stakes Racing program. The Residency Bonus Awards reward breeders who keep their mares in New York State, thereby contributing to the New York State economy and agricultural markets. “There are so many who play a part in the ongoing prosperity of harness racing in New York, but the role of breeders cannot be diminished. Without them, this sport could not flourish,” said Michael Kimelman, Board Trustee, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. “With this additional funding going to the breeders who support the program at the highest level by keeping their horses in New York, we’re recognizing the impact they continue to have on the industry.” The New York Sire Stakes was the first program of its kind developed in North America, featuring 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The first stakes races were held in 1961. The program has since become a model for state-bred racing programs. With the passage of the Laverne Law in 1964, the FUND began receiving a percentage of the industry’s betting handle to manage the Sire Stakes program. The New York Sire Stakes season runs through October with the finals for both trotters and pacers to be held at Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 14. The County Fair Series races are held concurrent with the season with the finals in Saratoga on Sept. 15. For complete racing schedules, visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Jason Politi, Baker Public Relations, Inc. 

Batavia, NY---Ake Svanstedt has not raced often at Batavia Downs, but he will be well represented there in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on Wednesday (July 26) as his four starters are all morning line favorites as five divisions (races two through six) of harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies vie for a total of $108,600 in purses on opening night.   In what looks to be the fastest of the divisions (sixth race), Svanstedt’s 8-5 early favorite Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato) is undefeated in two starts this year, winning by open lengths in each outing. After going gate to wire at Buffalo Raceway in 2:00 and setting a new track record for age, sex and gait, she came right back with a mirror effort at Yonkers Raceway in a lifetime best 1:59 by nine lengths. Svanstedt will do the driving from post one. Her main rival will be Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven-No Pictures Please) who has also gone two for two this year and also both on the front end. In her last start at Yonkers she set a lifetime standard of 1:59.2 in handy fashion and comes in looking to extend her streak. Trained by Linda Toscano, the 2-1 Lima Novelty will leave from post two and will be driven once again by Jason Bartlett. In the first division Svanstedt will drive Fury Road (Muscle Mass-Bar Ballad) from post two and is listed as the 2-1 favorite. Fury Road chased Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel) at Yonkers last week in a near track record time of 1:57.3. Finishing second by only two lengths, Fury Road comes into this race tight and confident and should be tough to beat. Despite drawing post seven, Electro Pump (Muscles Yankee-Cardio Pump) will be the one to try and is the only filly in this race that has a win this year. In her only lifetime start, Electro Pump eked out a nose decision at Yonkers in 2:00.4 and may have to step that up a bit to get the job done here. Mark Macdonald picks up the lines for trainer Casie Coleman and is listed at 4-1. The second division features Nifty Norman’s Lucky Rainbow (Credit Winner-Lady Rainbow) who is listed as the 2-1 track handicapper’s selection. Lucky Winner was an easy four-length victor in her last start at Yonkers and is the lone filly to hit the win column in this race. With post one and her front-running style, driver Jeff Gregory should make his 2017 homecoming a winning one. Missus Mia Wallace (Credit Winner-Upscale) put in a stellar effort at the Meadowlands in the Kindergarten series over a sloppy track, finishing fourth in a mile that went 1:56.3. She will be making her first start on a half-mile track and much depends on how she handles that. Trainer Homer Hochstetler has Jim Morrill Jr. up and they are listed at 3-1 from post five. Svanstedt has the 2-1 choice in the third division with Natalie Hanover (Chapter Seven-Nanticoke Hanover) from post two. After winning her first lifetime start at Buffalo, she couldn’t catch a strong Lima Novelty at Yonkers last week, but put up a great effort in defeat. With the inside post and not much early speed in the race, Natalie Hanover should pretty much get her way in here. Oooteeny (Credit Winner-Lindys Head Nurse) trotted a perfect mile at Buffalo winning gate to wire in 2:03.4 with a 1:01.1 back half. Last week she held her own chasing a runaway winner and was race timed three seconds faster than her first start. If she continues to improve, driver Mark Macdonald could give the favorite some stiff competition. Jim Campbell trains Oooteeny who will leave from post seven at 3-1.  And in the fourth division, Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky-Ava Marion) rounds out Svanstedt’s quartet and is once again favored at 2-1 from post five. She has two wins in two starts this year and is in against a field that is collectively winless. She can leave and that may be the best strategy here in what could be a catch-me-if-you-can outing for her.   White Cheetah (Muscle Mass-Wheely Quick) had to deal with post seven and a lot of road trouble at Yonkers last week but still put in a solid effort, finishing second to Plunge Blue Chip. She moves inside to post three and gets Mark Macdonald again who got along well with her. That all makes this Paul Kelley trained filly a solid competitor in this race at 4-1. There are also four divisions of the Excelsior A series that go for $15,000 each in races seven to ten and the card opens with a $6,800 Excelsior B event in race one. Post time for the 13-race card is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 7000 club Jason Bartlett, as he won four New York Sire Stakes races on the 13 race harness racing program. By virtue of his Sheppard Elimination win, the public betting made Persist Blue Chip (PP2) the favorite. After a brisk 28.4 opening stanza, Matt Kakely slowed the pace to a 59.1 half, the tempo at the ¾ was a leisurely 1:28.3 from then on it was all cruise control. He went on to score a wire to wire win in a lifetime best of 1:58.1 over Carolina Magic by a scant nose. The son of Roll With Joe - Real Reflection is owned by Burke, Martin, Switala and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $27,750 contest Delightful Joe left first and fast from the gate, once the field settled in down the back side Matt Kakaley used the same tactic as in his first win and went down the road to play catch me if you can with Topville Olympian and had the lead first over at the ¼ in 29.0. The bay son of American Ideal - Our Sophia was at the half in 59 and had 2 lengths on the field, the margin was cut to 1 length at the ¾ pole in 1:28.0 Delightful Joe was in perfect position throughout but to no avail as Topville Olympian threw down a LQ of 28 to take a new lifetime mark of in 1:56. He is owned by Menary and Billy & Anthony Timmins of Great Britain. Jason Bartlett notched his second win on the card with Casual Cool, a winner in Sire Stakes company last start at Buffalo, he was content to let the dust settle on the front end while Rock Lights showed the field through fractions of 28.3, 58:1, 1:27.3, at this point Casual Cool was in the outer flow and gaining ground on the outside to win by 2 lengths in 1:56, tying his lifetime best. The $165,000 son of American Ideal - Sight To See, is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. In one of the afternoons more impressive performances, Jimtastic, was making his pari-mutuel debt from the rail for trainer Andrew Harris. The son of Art Major - Jimmy The Terror was dominant in his qualifier at Mohawk, winning by 8 in 1:57.3, he was equally impressive today, scoring in 1:57.1 for Jason Bartlett over Real Rayenbow. Aces In Heaven, ($4.40) took no prisoners as he soundly defeated his Excelsior A rivals in 1:57.1, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was trained and driven to victory by John MacDonald, he was bred by Crawford Farms LLC. It was an afternoon of doubles, trainers Linda Toscano, Ron Burke and Andrew Harris each had a pair of winners, Matt Kakaley also had a driving double and Winbak Farms has 2 winners on the breeding side. In the breeding shed Sires, American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Betterthancheddar each has two sons visit the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

The third stop of the New York Sire Stakes Circuit will visit Monticello Raceway on Monday July 24, on hand will be the cream of the crop for New York Bred two Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings. The Monday afternoon harness racing card of 13 races, features 4 divisions of regular NYSS - $27,750, 4 Excelsior A's - $15,000 and 1 split of the Excelsior B class. Sheppard Elimination winner Persist Blue Chip will start from the two hole for trainer Ron Burke, the Roll With Joe - Real Reflection colt will be driven by Matt Kakaley in the first heat of Sire Stakes in the 3rd race. The Monticello Raceway connection, Robert Lounsbury will send Rolling Sea into the fray, he comes into the race sporting a 2-race win streak. The Roll With Joe colt is owned by William Damberg and Margaret Olmstead. Asiago Romano (PP3) also figures to be a threat. Topville Olympian (PP2) will look to get on the winning trail in this company, The American Ideal - Our Sophia freshman cut the mile last week at Buffalo and was just nosed out in 1:56, Matt Kakaley will driving. Delightful Joe, is well versed on the half mile oval, and comes into the race in razor sharp form, he was 2nd in his first NYSS event last week, he is trained by Monica Krist, and will start from post 5 for driver Bill Dobson. Paprike Blue Chip will start from post position 3, for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stable - Crawford Farms and VIP Internet Stable. Rumble comes into the race undefeated in 2 starts, post position 8 may thwart his effort. Third division, race 6 showcases a field a speedy sidewinders, Casual Cool (PP3) was victorious last week at Buffalo in 1:56, the $165,000 American Ideal - Sight To See colt is owned by Ken Jacobs and is trained by Linda Toscano, Jason Bartlett will drive. Perry Simser is loaded for bear with Jersey Jim, he sports a speed badge of 1:56.3 taken in his prior start at Saratoga winner this year. The Artiscape - Jersey Pearl offspring will be driven by Monticello Raceway leading dash winner Jim DeVaux. Final heat of Sire Stakes, race 7 features Sammy's Lighting (PP8) the son of Roll With Joe earned his first Sire Stake blanket last week at Buffalo by his 1:58 win. Paul Jessop is the trainer and part owner along with Our Three Sons Stable LLC, Jim Morrill Jr. will be in the bike. Mr. Profeta and Real Rayenbow also figure strongly. The lone Excelsior B contest will go behind the gate with only 4 starters. Post time is 12:50. Shawn Wiles  

The sensational harness racing filly Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was at it again on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Steven Pratt-trained filly was the 3-5 betting favorite in the $91,550 New York Sire Stake for three year old trotters. Regular reinsman Jeff Gregory sat behind her as she looked to go move her record to eight for nine in 2017. Gregory was patient with the odds-on favorite sitting fourth while major danger Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) carved out the fractions. Barn Bella powered up first over but never got too close to Celebrity Ruth until mid-stretch. At that point, the superstar filly surged past the leader to take over and win in 1:55. Celebrity Ruth had to settle for second while Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) earned the show spot in the featured trot for sophomore fillies. Barn Bella has now scored 14 victories in her 18 career starts en route to almost $430,000 in earnings. Southwind Tesla (Chapter Seven) recorded her first NY Sire Stakes win on Thursday as Jordan Stratton piloted the Rene Dion-trained filly to a wire-to-wire score in 1:55.2. The earnings from the win in Thursday's $89,950 race more than doubled the career bankroll for the Ontario-based trotting filly. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (July 18th) played host to the $159,500 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Trot for harness racing 2-year-fillies. Six divisions, ranging in value from $26,000-$27,000, went postward. The results were quite formful, as in five favorites (four at odds-on) and one second choice. The evening fastest femme was 'Super,' as in Supergirl Riley (Scott Zeron, $3), who took the final ($27,000) event in 1:57.3...a tick off Barn Bella's local track record for this sorority. From the pole, she led through intervals of :30.1, 1:00.1 and 1:28.4. Supergirl Riley defeated Fury Road (Ake Svanstedt) by two lengths, with Eunice (Jason Bartlett) third. For Supergirl Riley, a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Erv Miller for co-owners Paymaq Racing, George Coleman and Harvey Eisman, she's won both of her career starts. The exacta paid $6, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $29 and the superfecta (Big Checkmate [Donald Dupont]) paid $254. "She trained down really good and has done all we've asked," Miller said. "She's always been very quiet, but Scott (Zeron) said she seemed a bit keyed up tonight." Svanstedt, as trainer/driver, won consecutive ($26,000 and $27,000) sire stakes divisions with Lucky Ava ($5) in 2:00 and Plunge Blue Chip ($2.50) by 8¾ lengths in 1:59. Both lasses made it two wins in as many statebred starts. "Ava," a daughter of Lucky Chucky, co-owned by Svanstedt (with Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting), won her two-move effort by 4¼ lengths. Ooteeny (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Ithinkthat'smine (Chris Lems) third. The exacta paid $18.20, with the triple returning $49. Plunge Blue Chip, a Muscle Mass miss, is co-owned by his trainer/driver and (breeder). Blue Chip Bloodstock). White Cheetah (MacDonald), Money Dew (Mark Whitcroft) and purse-debuting Michando (Brent Holland) chased home the winner for gimmick purses. The exacta paid $32, the triple returned $187.50 and the superfecta paid $856. The evening's other Hamilton events, each worth $26,500, were taken by... --Electro Pump (by Muscles Yankee); co-owners West Wins Stables,McKinlay Fielding/trainer Casie Coleman/driver MacDonald; (first-start) 2:00.4/$7.50; --Lucky Rainbow (by Credit Winner); owner Pinske Stables/trainer Nifty Norman/driver Jeff Gregory; (maiden-breaking) 2:01/$2.30; --Lima Novelty (by Chapter Seven); owner Ken Jacobs/trainer Linda Toscano/driver Bartlett; (life-best 1:59.2)/$2.90. The event again honored the memory of the longtime Executive Secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York, one of the Empire State's true movers and shakers who also happened to be one of its finest people. Bruce's brothers, Scott and Keith, joined friends and other family to make winner's circle presentations. Frank Drucker

It was clear that the Monticello track record for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings was in jeopardy, on paper any three of the New York Sire Stakes heats had the power and ability of breaking the record. By the end of the day, all three divisions, either broke, tied or reset the record. The action got started right away in the first race, first division of the regular Sire Stakes, Money Macintosh left from the rail in the short field of five, and had the lead at the first stanza in 28.2, not content to sit the pocket Jordan Stratton pulled Lord Cromwell and re-took lead before the half ½ in 57.3. Going down the backside Money Macintosh and Texican were both first over and in high gear, breathing down the Lords back and tripping the timer at 1:27.3. Money Macintosh had two lengths on the field as they turned for home, and won by the same margin in a track record of 1:56.1. The mark of 1:56.1 erased the mark set by Habitat of 1:56.3. The Credit Winner - Apple Plush filly was trained and driven by team Miller for owners Story Inc. of Township NJ. It was the first win of the year for Money Macintosh, Dexter Cup winner Lord Cromwell tired in deep stretch and finished 3rd. The sharp looking son of Chapter Seven, Neon Lights and Brian Sears let Cresurrey show the way briefly, but by the ¼ mile pole Neon Lights was on the move first over and had the lead and showed the field thru panels of 28.2, 57.1 1:26.3 to win by two lengths over Arch Credit (Jordan Stratton) and Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) in 1:56.1, tying the track record set six races prior for 3 YOTC's. The 1/5 betting favorite Guardian Angel AS made a break at the start and lost all chances, but rallied to make up a ton of ground and held on gamely to finish fourth. The win was Neon Lights first NYSS trip to the winner's circle in 2017, for trainer George Ducharme, and paid $26.40 to win. The race of the day came in race eight, final heat of the regular Sire Stakes, Eye OFA Tiger AS was seeking his fourth-straight win, the son of Chapter Seven, went down the road and lead at every station 28.1, 58.0, 1:27 and scored a scant neck wire to wire victory over a tough Stick With Kid to re-established a new track record of 1:56. Eye OFA Tiger AS is trained by Anette Lorentzon and was driven into the record books by Jason Bartlett and returned $3.20. The Walner looking clone has now earned over $90,000 for owners ACL Stuteri and Kjell Johansson Aces and Eights finished 3rd The Excelsior A series saw Zacks Zoomer win by a head in 1:57.3, narrowly defeating Winneress for the Marcus Miller - Erv Miller team. Big Man EV gave Andy Miller his second win of the afternoon in 1:57.2, besting Sweetchap by a scant head for his second win of 2017. Southwind Cruze (Chapter Seven) scored in 1:59.2 for Team Miller, giving them the hat trick. In Excelsior B competition Deepwell (Conway Hall) won by 2 lengths in 1:59.4 - $15.00, for trainer Ed Hart and driver Jordan Stratton and Too Much Man held off Barn Winner for driver Paul Long in 1:58.2, for his 4th win of the year. Chapter Seven had three sons entering the winners circle, total handle on the 13-race card was $520,133, Pick 5 carryover for tomorrows card is $1,520.00. The next Sire Stakes are 2-Year-Old Colt Pacers on July 24th. By Shawn Wiles  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 17, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (July 18th) plays host to a bevy of young harness racing ladies, comprising the $159,500 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Trot for 2-year-fillies. The event again honors the memory of the longtime Executive Secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York, one of the Empire State's true movers and shakers who also happened to be one of its finest people. There are no shortage of first-season females hitting town, as in six divisions (races 5 through 10) during the dozen-race card. First post is the usual 7:10 PM. The groupings go for anywhere from $26,000-$27,000, depending upon number of starters. The road to the winner's circle in a fair amount of these divisions seemingly goes though co-owner/trainer/driver Ã…ke Svanstedt. Lucky Ava drew outside her six rivals in the third division. The daughter of Lucky Chucky, co-owned by Svanstedt (with Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting), went the distance (2:01.3) in her Buffalo bow. Svanstedt and Plunge Blue Chip (post 5) loom a short price in the fourth event. The Muscle Mass miss, co-owned (with breeder Blue Chip Bloodstock), threw down a two-minute gauntlet in her purse debut, also in a New York Sire Stakes event at Hamburg. Svanstedt teams with Natalie Hanover (post 7) from the outside venue in the penultimate Hamilton event. As with her stablemates, 'Natalie' shuffled off to Buffalo and won (2:04) at first (NYSS) asking. The Chapter Seven miss is co-owned by Svanstedt-Nasstrom Stable, Van Camp Trotting, Anders Olsson and Lars Berg. The stable's lone first-out non-winner, Fury Road, starts from post No..2 in the evening's final statebred event. The daughter of Muscle Mass, owned by Knuttson Trotting, finished a solid second in her debut. Not every early-season standout is sent out by Svanstedt. Ooteeny (Mark MacDonald, post 3) landed in the third NYSS event fresh off a 31-1 Buffalo bedazzler (2:03.4). The daughter of Credit Winner is trained by Jim Campbell for owner Runthetable Stables. Lima Novelty (Jason Bartlett, post 3), the lass who picked off Fury Road in western New York (2:01.3), found her way into the evening's fifth foray. This Chapter Seven lass is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- In what looked to be a showdown between three previous winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers, Betterthangraduate turned it into a blow out by destroying her competition in 1:57.1, the fastest of the three $36,000 (approx.) harness racing divisions at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 16).   Betterthangraduate had to battle Walk From Heaven and Twin B Peaches who each had successful debuts in Vernon Down on July 7. But only one was going to come out with bragging rights and that was Betterthangraduate (Chris Lems) who easily beat Twin B Peaches by a comfortable 3-1/2 lengths.   In the other two legs ,Ubettergo Go was sent off at 1-to-9 odds and she responded like a heavy favorite should by romping to an easy two length victory over American Myth in 1:57.2 while Another Lawsuit got a perfect trip and pounced on the opportunity late to nip the pace-setting Kim's The Best by a neck in 1:57.3.   Fresh off a 1:55 victory in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs, Betterthangraduate made it two straight victories with a gate-to-wire journey around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval. With fractions of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:28.2, Bettergraduate only received a minor challenge in the last panel from Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson) but it wasn't nearly enough. Princess Dalia (Marcus Miller) took the show position.   Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate) has now won twice in three career starts for trainer Ron Burke, putting $35,658 in the bank. She is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, Pete Collura and Weaver Bruscemi.   Ubettergo Go is also undefeated in her two New York Sire Stakes races. She had no issues in trouncing the field that was scratched down to five due as Classy Chris and Azreal As It Gets were excused due to illness.   With fractions of 29.8, 59.4 and 1:29.4, Ubettergo Go ($2.10) breezed to the wire while American Myth (Dan Rawlings) and Pleasant Beauty (Marcus Miller) finished in second and third respectively.   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) increased her seasonal bankroll to $31,858.   Another Lawsuit (Jim Morrill Jr.) sprung a $14.00 surprise in the opening division as she made a last gasp effort from the pocket to push past the pace-setting Kim's The Best. Sand Artist (Marcus Miller) took the third place check.   Owned by Carl Stackheim and trained by Nicholas DeVita, it was the first win in two starts for Another Lawsuit (American Ideal-Court Stenographer).   In the Excelsior A Series, KJ's Bekah zoomed around the track in 1:58.2 to register the $3.00 victory for Jamieson to highlight the three $15,000 classifications. Never Walk Alone produced a huge $66.50 upset in 2:00.0 with Chris Lems in the sulky while KJ's Justine (Brett Miller) notched a popular $2.30 decision in 2:00.1.   Jericho Diva (Monti) produced the fastest time in the Excelsior B Series with a 1:58.2 time and returned $2.70 for the win. Surreal Feeling uncorked a $22.00 shocker in 2:00.2 for Marcus Miller while Pasta Blue Chip (Jamieson) took the final $6,600 bracket with a 2:00.1 trip that returned $3.50.   Jamieson finished the afternoon with three wins with Lems, Monti and Marcus Miller getting doubles. Toscano and MacIntosh had a pair of training victories.   There was a mishap during the Excelsior A Series, the fourth race on the card. Drivers Larry Stalbaum and Morrill Jr. were involved with both being taken off their remaining rides on the card. Only Stalbaum was taken to the Erie County Medical Center to be evaluated. The filly pacers Eazy Spreezy and Tell Me A Joke both appeared to be uninjured.   The final week of the 2017 season will begin on Wednesday night with 10 races scheduled. There's a $882 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 14, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night's (July 14th) hosted the $170,499 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for the harness racing 3-year-old fillies. The lasses were condensed into a trio of moist $56,833 divisions. Fresh-Lasix, fooled-very-few Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, $2.50) handily won the first get-together. In play from post position No. 6, last season's statebred frosh champ and this season's Lismore champ threw down the fastest gauntlet (:28., 56.4, 1:25, 1:53.4) of the sire stakes evening. Tequila Monday defeated her pocket shadow, World Apart (Jason Bartlett) by 2¾ lengths, with Carly Girl (George Brennan) third. For Tequila Monday, a daughter of American Ideal trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $5.80, with the triple returning $18.40. Tequila Monday Sears doubled-up his sire stakes pleasure a race later. He and Ann Hill ($25.40) were the beneficiaries when 1-4 choice Obvious Blue Chip (Bartlett) 'fell down' on an open, but ultimately too quick (:26.4, :56.4, 1:25.2) lead. Ann Hill, from No. 4, slid out to race second-over, then rallied through the lane. She defeated Queen Josephine (Matt Kakaley) by a length in 1:55.4, a tick off her life best. Planet Rock (Dan Dube) third. 'Obvious' faded to fifth. For Ann Hill, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by (trainer) Richie Silverman and Neal Oksenberg, it was her second win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $151.50, with the triple returning $2,218 "We purchased her after last season and pointed her for the sire stakes," Silverman said. "She's a beautiful filly, not a killer but very handy. I'm lucky to have her." Ann Hill Friday night's statebred finale saw second choice Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald, $5.80) finish what she started (:28, :58, 1:26.2, 1:54.4), winning by a half-length. From post No. 6, she fought off a prolonged bid of even-money Roaring to Go (Brett Miller) for a fourth consecutive victory. Touchamatic (Brennan) was a wide-off-the-final-turn third. For Clear Idea, an American Ideal miss co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh and Hutt Racing, it was her sixth win in a dozen '17 tries. The exacta paid $12.40, with the triple returning $42.60. "She's just been getting better and better with each start," MacDonald said. "She went a big mile at Vernon (NYSS, 1:52) last month and hasn't turned in a bad race since." Clear Idea New York Sire Stakes continue here Tuesday night (July 18th), with the $160,000 Bruce Hamilton Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Friday night's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by favored Medusa (Kakaley, $5.90) in 1:53.1. A reminder A reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway’s matinee soiree this Sunday (July 16th), with a 12:30 PM first post. It’s the first of eight consecutive Sundays. It’s another 12-race, all-trot extravaganza, with races 2 (post time 12:55 PM) through 5 (2:25 PM) of the ‘French’ theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. The $68,000 Open Handicap goes as the second race with a robust dozen, featuring world champion Resolve (Ake Svanstedt, post 8).    The remaining July Sundays (23rd & 30th) are set for 12:30 PM and 11:30 AM, respectively. August Sunday post times are TBA. The ‘New York, New York Double’ is also back this Sunday, including Belmont’s 3rd race (post time 2:37 PM) and Yonkers’ 7th race (post time 3:05 PM). Program pages accompany this release. Final post for Sunday is scheduled for 4:45 PM. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2-year-old filly pacers in the New York Sire Stakes have just one day of competition under their belts this season, that coming on July 7 at Vernon Downs when four brackets were run. But the harness racing action will heat up again for the freshmen females at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 16) with all previous division winners entered.   The third division, scheduled for the fifth race, is loaded as three of the four winners will square off for a purse of $35,000 (approx.). Twin B Peaches, Walk From Heaven and Betterthangraduate all captured their respective divisions at Vernon. The other winner, Ubettergo Go, will compete in the second leg, scheduled for the third race on the 11-race card that is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.   Twin B Peaches (Betterthancheddar-Beach Bound) is a perfect 2-for-2 in her young pari-mutuel career including an eye-opening 1:52.0 victory at Vernon on July 7th. This $30,000 Harrisburg sale mare is the 3-to-1 morning line choice for Jody Jamieson after drawing the seven post.   Walk From Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Walk Of Shame) got three three spot and is fresh off a Sire Stakes win in 1:53.2 at Vernon Downs. Brett Miller is slated to steer the 4-to-1 choice.   Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate) went 1:55.0 in her Sire Stakes debut at Vernon and will have the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the five post. She is a $52,000 purchase last year at the Harrisburg Sales.   Others in the division include Silk Reed (John Cummings Jr.), Heaven's Diva (Drew Monti), Wisdom Tree (Dan Rawlings) and Princess Dalia (Marcus Miller).   The Sire Stakes will kick off in the second race with seven damsels looking to get into the win column for the first time. There are two high-priced pacers seeking the photo opportunity as Kim's The Best, a $50,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales and Checkered Past, a $75,000 buy at the Harrisburg Sales. They'll start from the one and two posts respectively with Jamieson handling Kim's The Best (Betterthancheddar-Kim's Caper) and Checkered Past (American Ideal-Character Flaw) having Cummings Jr. in control.   The remainder of the field includes Sand Artist (Marcus Miller), Another Lawsuit (Morrill Jr.), Line Dancer (Brett Miller) and Make Music K (Drew Monti).   Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink) is the 2-to-1 early choice in the other Sire Stakes race, scheduled as the third event on the program. She romped to a four length win in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs in 1:53.0 and will have Jamieson, who posted a four-bagger Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway, in the sulky. But Ubettergo Go will be facing some stiff and high-priced competition on Sunday.   Classy Chris (Art Major - Rocknroll Wishes) brought $75,000 in the Harrisburg Sales, American Myth garnered $65,000 and Better Speed (Betterthancheddar-Misty Speed) $50,000 at Lexington. Classy Chris will have Morrill Jr. in the bike, American Myth (American Ideal-Mythical) will be steered by Rawlings and Better Speed gets Brett Miller.   Also in the race are The Band K (Monti), Azreal As It Gets (Lems) and Pleasant Beauty (Marcus Miller).   There will also be racing in both the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

As Monticello Raceway announcer Howard Oil would say "they're coming from everywhere" that's what race Secretary Eric Warner thought when he opened the box for the harness racing 3 Year old Trotting Colts for Monday July 17. He had 52 entries in the box, forming 3 regular division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) 3 heats of the Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 2 Excelsior B's ($6,000) in total racing for purses in excess of $175,000. Dexter Cup winner Lord Cromwell will get the action started in the first race on the card, he will start from post 3 in the 6 horse field. The Ed Hart trained son of Chapter Seven - Oh Oh Its Magical already has $110,000 on his card this year and a mark of 1:55 taken in his Dexter Cup victory. Dunbar Hill has the fastest lifetime mark of the group 1:54.1 taken at an overnight at Mohawk, this will be his test in Sire Stakes company. Texican and Royal Casanova are moving up from the Excelsior A class and trying their luck in the big league. The second division on paper looks to be the race of the day, with the track record jeopardy, the record is 1:56.3 set in 2015 by Habitat. Swedish trainer Anette Lorentzon brings the razor sharp Guardian Angel AS to the contest, an easy 8 length NYSS winner last week at Buffalo in 1:57.1 and a 12 length romp at Yonkers in 1:56.3, 2 starts prior. The Archangel - Provide As filly has 5 wins and a 2nd in 7 starts this year and $77,000 in earnings. Optimist Blue Chip has visited the winners circle 5 times already this year, his last win came at Saratoga in 1:55 2 weeks ago for trainer Buzzy Sholty. A winner earlier in the year in the Excelsior A's, this will be his first attempt at the regular Sire Stakes. Bruce Aldrich Jr. will be in the bike. Race 8 features Eye OFA Tiger AS, the interesting home bred son of Chapter Seven - Seven Cascade - Mack Lobell, is owned by ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. She will be driven by Jason Bartlett and will start from post 2, she sports a 3 race win steak, and his start was a NYSS win at Buffalo in 1:57.2. The consistent Stick With Me Kid (PP4) with Brian Sears will also be in the fray for trainer George Ducharme. The first Excelsior A heat come in race 3, DW's Revenge (PP7) has 2 wins in this class thus far this year, a 5 time winner this year, recent Hall of Famer inductee Brian Sears will be in the bike. Race 7, pits 3 A class winners in the same dash, Sweetchap (PP3), Patton (PP6) and morning line favorite Big Man EV (PP4). The last spilt of the A class, comes in race 10, Southwind Cruze and Andy Miller from the rail are the 5/2 morning line favorite by virtue of his 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes in this class. In the 2nd race, the uniquely colored New York Chrome, will start from post position 4 in the 7 horse field, in the Excelsior B class. The son of Deweychetumnhowe was a winner last year at Monticello and took his 2 year old mark of 2:01.3. The chestnut gelding won in the same fraternity 2 starts ago at Buffalo. Post Time for the 13 race card is 12:50 By: Shawn Wiles

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The harness racing spotlight was supposed to be on the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 12) but someone forgot to tell that to Sarah Cola. She stole the headlines by breaking the track record for aged (5+) pacing mares with a 1:54.1 victory over Voltina in an $8,200 optional claimer.   Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sarah Cola snapped the old mark held by Majic Laughter (2014), Case Solved (2014) and Deliciouslynaughty (2017) of 1:54.2.   "I left out of the gate and was trying to be in good position to get a piece at the end," said Jamieson of pulling the $24.20 upset with Sarah Cola. "The track was lighting fast and with the high humidity, it helped out as well."   Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham and Giuseppe Micchia, the 5-year-old mare Sarah Cola (No Pan Intended-Saramotion) captured her third straight win and pushed her seasonal earnings to $23,040.   In the featured Sire Stakes, Casual Cool, a $165,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Sales last season, returned his first dividend on the investment by rallying late to nip Topville Olympian by a nose in 1:56.0. It was the fastest time of the three $35,000 (approx.) divisions and just a fifth of a second off the track standard of 1:55.4 set in 2013 by He's Watching.   Ghost Dance (Michael Saftic) captured his leg with a hard-charging win over Delightful Joe in 1:57.3 while Sammy's Lightning thundered around the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:58.0 and posted the mild $12.00 upset.   Casual Cool (Chris Lems) used a 56.2 final half-mile to track down the pace-setting Topville Olympian (Jamieson) and register the rather surprising $23.00 victory. Rock Lights (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third.   "He's a little green but running on the outside for a half mile, that was a big mile for him in his first start. He's going to be a good one," Lems said of Casual Cool, owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano.   Earlier, Ghost Dance ($6.60) was three-wide down the lane and got past Delightful Joe (Billy Dobson) to pull off the 3/4-length decision. Major Sugar Rush (Ray Schnittker) rounded out the top three.   "Once we straightened out in the stretch, I knew we had a chance," Saftic said of Ghost Dance.   Owned by the Millar Farms and trained by Eric Adams, Ghost Dance (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) has now won his first two pari-mutuel starts.   In the opener, Sammy's Lightning (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the fractions and held off all challengers in the drive to the wire to take the victory. Cheese Melt (Daniel Dube) was second and I Soar Him First (Mickey McNichol) was third.   "I was a little cautious with him around the turns but with the slow fractions, I figured we have enough in the tank," Morrill Jr. said of the 304/-length win by Sammy's Lightning.   In the Excelsior A Series, Rootin Tootin (Jamieson) went coast-to-coast in 1:59.1 and scored the popular $2.80 victory. Jamieson then made it a clean sweep with a 1:59.2 journey aboard Dewar N Jack ($11.80).   It was a match race in the lone $6,200 Excelsior B Series race, a non-betting affair, as Too Much Duncan (Schnittker) beat Thor De Vie (Larry Stalbaum) in 2:02.0.   Jamieson finished the evening with four victories with Stalbaum notching a triple. Trainer Blake MacIntosh posted two wins.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - It's not exactly chivalrous, but it is 'Ladies Second'. After the state's harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings went at it earlier in the week, Yonkers Raceway hosts Friday night's (July 14th) $140,799 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for the divas. The lasses dealt themselves blackjack, with 21 of 'em neatly organized into a trio of $56,833 divisions. They go as races 5,6 and 7 during the dozen-race card, with the usual first post of 7:10 PM. Friday night's opening sire stakes event highlights the return of Lismore champ Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, post 6). Last season's 'put up' (after a disqualification) NYSS frosh filly champ is 4-for-8 thus far this season ($159,337), including wins in elims for both the Fan Hanover (Mohawk) and James Lynch Memorial (Pocono). She does enter here off a rare poor effort, backpedaling to eighth (as the 6-5 choice) in the $300,000 final of the Lynch. The daughter of American Ideal is trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. World Apart (Jason Bartlett, post 4) is back with statebreds after winning her division of the Geers at Tioga, while Artrageous (Brett Miller, post 7) owns a NYSS win at Saratoga. The second Watson event obviously goes through pole-sitting Obvious Blue Chip (Bartlett) as she goes for a third consecutive sire stakes victory. The Roll with Joe lass, co-owned by NLG Racing & Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, has won three of her four '17 tries. Playing Favorites (Brett Miller, post 6) can't be glossed over since she, too, has a pair of NYSS wins. Meanwhile, Planet Rock (Dan Dube, post 7), twice second in sire stakes competition this season, is looking to regain some of her $200,000 frosh form. Friday night's statebred finale finds Roaring to Go (Miller, post 3) in essentially the same boat as Planet Rock, as in trying to recapture her youth. The Art Major ma'am, who crossed the line first in last season's divisional title but was set down (to second) for a pylon violation, is winless in seven starts this season. She chased home Tequila Monday is her lone 2017 NYSS appearance to date. New York Sire Stakes continue here Tuesday night (July 18th), with the $160,000 Bruce Hamilton Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Frank Drucker

Monticello Raceway kicked off its 2017 New York Sire Stakes season on Tuesday afternoon July 11 with harness racing 3 year old trotting fillies on the marque, and saw drivers Jason Bartlett and Trond Smedshammer each have a driving double. Barn Bella, the leading money winning 3 year old trotting filly in the nation was featured in the first race from the rail and Mamora Bay starting from the 6 hole. As the gate left Barn Bella was content to sit in the 3 hole as Jim Morrill and Heels on Wheels cut the mile through fractions of 29.4, 59.3, at the half Jeff Gregory tipped the 2/5 favorite to the outside and slowly began her overland route, the field passed the ¾ in 1:28.2. At the top of the stretch Mamora was mounting her challenge and ranging into contention, but the diminutive daughter of Conway Hall - Bravissma continued her even speed and held off Heels On Wheels and Mamora Bay to score her 7th win of the year in 1:57.1, LQ 28.2. The win gave Barn Bella in excess of $182,000 on her card thus far in the young 2017 season for owners Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables LLC. In the 2nd division of Sire Stakes competition, favorite Celebrity Ruth ($2.60) did not disappoint her backers, the Archangel - Celebrity Obsession filly left from post 2 and was never headed, scoring a wire to wire win in 1:57.3, trotting her LQ in 28.4, skipping away by 5 lengths over 2nd place finisher Sevally, who mounted a threat in the last turn, but became rough gaited and lost all momentum. The win gave Celebrity Ruth her second Sire Stakes win of the year for owners White Birch Farm, in 6 starts she has 3 wins and 3 thirds with earnings in excess of $120,000. Excelsior A The favorite Seventh Heaven ($3.50) scored a wire to wire win for  trainer Linda Toscano in 1:57.1, the Chapter Seven - Porque filly is owned by Richard Balog and was driven to victory by Jason Bartlett. Jason Bartlett scored his 2nd win of the afternoon with Hotel Royale Starting from PP8. The daughter of RC Royalty - Dream Ticket left the gate strongly and found a tuck in the 4 hole, she then came first over at the half to prevail by a head in 2:00.2. She is trained by George Ducharme for owner KJ Stables LLC of Baldwinsville, NY. Chapter Review ($19.00) (Chapter Seven - Love Me Two) won in 2:00.1 for trainer Paul Kelly and driven by Mark McDonald. The local connection, Comfort To A Fool finished 2nd Gary Messenger/Jim Taggart. Excelsior B Barn Sis took a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4, the 18-1 longshot who looked sharp warming up, was driven by (P) driver Cole Wimmer, the Credit Winner - Baby Im Bad filly, made a bold move at the 5/8ths pole and grinded out an impressive win over ANJA for winning owners Morrisville College. Creditover ($6.00) broke her maiden, the Credit Winner - Andover filly she was idling 3rd until the 5/8 marker and then pulled first over to take the lead from pace setter Royal Heiress who finished 2nd, to score in 2:01 for winning owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport NY. The win gave Trond Smedshammer his 2nd training and driving win of the afternoon. NYSS 3 year old trotting colts and gelding are next on the Sire Stake calendar on Monday July 17, a total of $543,000 was wagered on today card. By Shawn Wiles

HAMBURG, NY --- While Buffalo Raceway begins its final two weeks of the 2017 racing season on Wednesday night (July 12), many entered in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will just be starting their year and their careers as well.   With 17 freshmen pacers entered in the three divisions worth $35,000 (approx.), eight are getting their first taste of pari-mutuel racing. The other nine have just a total of 12 starts between them with three getting wins.   It may be a lot to ask of these inexperienced fellas but they'll still be gunning at the track record of 1:55.4 set in 2013 by He's Watching.   The Sire Stakes will go off as the first, fifth and seventh races on the 12-race program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt returns to Buffalo Raceway for the Sire Stakes. He had a memorable trip on June 30 with his 2-year-old filly trotters winning three times including Plunge Blue Chip who set the track record with a 2:00.0 journey in her first start.   He's hoping for the same kind of luck on Wednesday as he'll be bringing in first time starters Liveonthephone (Art Major-Cinergy Hanover) and the $52,000 Harrisburg sale purchase Love Yourself (Rock N Roll Heaven-Armbro Bianca). They will be racing in the fifth and seventh races respectively.   The first division features five boys led by Cheese Melt (Betterthancheddar-So So Lucky), a $57,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales last season. He'll start from the rail for Daniel Dube. Cheese Melt has two starts under his belt with a third place finish at Mohawk on July 4.   Asiago Blue Chip (Bettertahncheddar-Nova Ruby) has a pair of 1:55.4 qualifier wins at Vernon Downs and drew the two post for driver Chris Lems.   I Soar Him First (So Surreal-Barry Blue Chip) is the lone competitor in the opener that has a pari-mutuel victory, that coming at Tioga Downs on July 4 in 1:55.4. Trainer/driver Mickey McNichol will guide him from the five post.   Others in the field include Cross My Mind (Michael Saftic) and Sammy's Lightning (Jim Morrill Jr.).   The second leg features driver/trainer Ray Schnittker's Major Sugar Rush (Art Major-Sugarcoated), a $75,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales. Starting from the four post, Major Sugar Rush has a pair of qualifiers at the Meadowlands that went in 1:55.4 and 1:56.4.   The major danger should be Ghost Dance, a length winner in his last start Mohawk in a throttled down 1:55.2. Saftic will steer Ghost Dancer (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) from the five post.   Back To Motown (Drew Monti), Liveonthephone (Svanstedt), Delightful Joe (Billy Dobson) and So So Incredible (Jay Randall) round out the second division.   The top-priced 2-year-old pacer in the Sire Stakes comes in the final division where Casual Cool, a $165,000 Harrisburg Sales purchase, is entered for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Casual Cool (American Ideal-Sight To See) will be looking to start making a return on the investment by beginning in his first race from the two spot with Lems.   Others ready to take on the challenge include Firewater Jake (Monti), Love Yourself (Svanstedt), Topville Olympian (Jody Jamieson), Daamericansky (Daniel Dube) and Rock Lights (Morrill Jr.)   There's also action in the Excelsior A Series on the main program while an Excelsior B Series race will go off at 4:30 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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