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Coraggioso, the New York Sire Stakes trotting champion of 2012, has been retired, according to owners Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro. "I have one true regret about Coraggioso's career...I never got to call one of his races. If I had called them I may have run out of superlatives. It would have been very difficult to come up with new words for a horse that wins 21 times!" said Durkin, who called eight Hambletonians and who retired as the New York Racing Association track announcer in 2014. Spadaro, former deputy executive director of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund, had owned and bred trotters for years until Roosevelt Raceway closed in 1988. After his retirement eight years ago, Spadaro re-entered the harness industry and partnered with Durkin purchasing the mare, Electra Hanover (Lindy Lane) in 2010 for $12,000. Included in that deal was the foal she was carrying as well as a S.J. Caviar yearling colt. The owners met with mixed results early in their venture, but found a true star in Electra Hanover's fifth foal and their first home-bred whom Durkin named "Coraggioso," the Italian word for "courageous." The colt more than lived up to his moniker. Coraggioso capped his three-year-old season, which included victories in the Historic and the Tompkins-Geers Stakes, by winning the $225,000 NYSS trotting colt championship at Yonkers Raceway. The multiple stakes winning half-mile track specialist continued his winning ways as a four and five year old winning multiple times from the assigned 8-post in Yonkers Raceway Open Trot Handicap races before being sidelined by an injury sustained in August of 2014. Coraggioso raced 50-times with an outstanding record of 21-10-6 and taking a record of 1:52.4 in his five-year old campaign. "He proved that he belongs in the breeding shed and we feel Ohio is the state that offers the most promise for his next career, said Spadaro." Final plans for Coraggioso's retirement are being finalized and will be announced soon. For further contact call: Joe Spadaro - 518 744-5144 Tom Durkin - 516 655-6525      

Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward on opening night (7-27) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs and as a result the first record of the season just missed being broken. The track proved lightning fast as three of the four divisions set lifetime marks. Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Ship) took full advantage of an early break by favored Winning Princess (Jim Morrill Jr.) to wire the field and post a 1:59.1 victory, which was only one-fifth of a second off the track record set by Dreamy Dawn in 2010. Charlie Norris, who both trains and drives the filly, left sharp and set even fractions en route to an easy three and one-half length decision. The winning time was a new lifetime mark and the second win in three starts this year for Posterity, who paid $7.00. Posterity is owned by Carrie Norris, Janine Zito and Jerry Buck Sprinkle. In the first division, Lima Playtime (Credit Winner-Pacific Legacy) was an easy coast to coast winner who led the field by open lengths the whole race. Driver Rick Zeron seemed to have a gas pedal at his disposal after they passed three-quarters in 1:32.1; that's when the mare sped away from the group to come home in an impressive 28.3 and take a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. The even-money favorite returned $4.20. Zeron trains and co-owns Lima Playtime with Millar Farms, James Walker and Paul Fisher. The second division saw a dominant winner displaced due to interference by her coupled entry. Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) and Jim Morrill Jr. wasted no time getting the lead before setting speedy fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29.4 into the far turn. The entry on the ticket, Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) and Gates Brunet pulled off the rail from third to take a shot at the leader. But shortly after that move, she made a break and interfered with trailing horses. After the heavily favored Goosebump Hanover pulled away to an easy five-length victory, the inquiry sign went up, and the winner came down due to the interference by the coupled horse. Second place finisher, Credit To Thelimit (Credit Winner-Prize Angie) and driver Sam Schillaci were then declared the winner ($23.80). Credit To Thelimit is also trained by Schillaci for owners Matthew Bencic, Peter Barbato, Sam Bova and Jodi Schillaci. In the final split, Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) proved last week's win was no fluke as she set a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4 while registering a four-length decision over her six competitors. Lindylicious (Credit Winner-Scrumptious Lindy) flew off the wings for Chris Lems and went right to the front before leading for almost three-quarters of the race. But when the field was headed up the backside, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Dizzy Broad from third and appeared to fly past Lindylicious to take the lead. From that point on the only thing in question was how much the filly would win by. Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley, returned $9.10 to her backers. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card and the both also proved to be career best efforts for the winners. Take The Cash (Cash Hall-Take The Lid Off) driven by Jim Morrill Jr. scored her first career victory in 2:01.4 and returned $4.60. Take The Cash is trained by Perry Simser, who co- owns the filly with Clifford Morcom, Richard Kaplan and Salvatore Corcione. In the second leg, Barn Diva (Conway Hall-Misty Ridge) captured her second straight career win while also stopping the timer in 2:01.4. The winner, who returned $4.30, is trained and co-owned by Steve Pratt with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stable. Racing resumes Wednesday night (7-29) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY---As the western New York harness racing scene switches back to the oldest lighted harness track in America on Monday (July 27), Batavia Downs wasted no time welcoming back the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) to its schedule. The series makes the first of eight stops at the Genesee County oval with a group of lightly-raced state bred 2-year-old trotting fillies who will compete in four divisions, vying for purses totaling $109,500. The first leg is led by Dolly Drama PV (Lucky Chucky-Massive Drama) from the Mark Harder stable. This filly has made two starts this year, finishing third and first respectively while banking $16,241. Last week at Buffalo Raceway, she left sharply to gain early position and then trotted home in a snappy 29.4 to win by two-lengths in a lifetime best 2:03.4. Dolly Drama PV is 5-2, leaves from post two and will be driven by local favorite Jeff Gregory. The royally bred Pampered Winner (Credit Winner-Pampered Princess) ships in from the Meadowlands to make her first NYSS start for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. After qualifying three times at the iconic New Jersey track, she made her first lifetime start there in a juvenile overnight event where she finished five and one-half lengths off the pace in 1:59.3. Pampered Winner is the track handicapper's selection at 2-1. The second split features Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) who won the fastest (2:01.4) of four divisions at Buffalo last week for the top money-earning trainer in North America, Ron Burke. After getting away second, she went to the front past the quarter and then led the rest of the way for an easy one and one-half length victory. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the lines for this week's outing. Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) made an unfortunate break at the start of her race last week that took her completely out of contention. That, after posting a win through disqualification at Monticello Raceway in an Excelsior A level race the week before. Steel Wheels, who is trained and driven by Gates Brunet, is coupled as a betting interest with Goosebump Hanover and they go postward as the morning line favorites at 2-1. Royal Encore (RC Royalty-Spin The Planet) sat out last week after posting a solid second-place finish at Monticello on July 3. Now ready to make her second lifetime start, Royal Encore looks to improve for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer. They leave from post four and are listed at 5-2. Ron Burke's Winning Princess (Credit Winner-Cabaret Princess) is the 2-1 early choice in the third division and looks to get back to her winning ways. She made a break at Buffalo last week that she couldn't overcome after posting two convincing wins prior. In those starts she was victorious in 2:00.2 and 2:00.3 by a combined 10 lengths. Jim Morrill Jr. is back in the bike for the third consecutive time. Winning Princess starts from post 2, and is coupled as a betting interest with Starlingmoon (Prayer I Am-Meadow Dion) who leaves from post 7 with Brett Miller aboard. Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Chip) looks to pose the greatest threat to the favorite after having scored a first and second place finish in NYSS action this year. Charlie Norris both trains and drives Posterity who leaves from post three as the 5-2 second choice. In the final leg, Lindylicious (Credit Winner-Scrumptious) is moving up from Excelsior A action after two solid wins over that group to take on the top level trotters here. Her 2:01.2 win at Buffalo last week was actually faster than the fastest NYSS leg which was won by Goosebump Hanover (2:01.4). She has proven to be a versatile performer; racing both on top and from off the pace, and her gate speed will suit her well this week as she leaves from post six. George Ducharme, who won the 2013 Hambletonian with Royalty For Life, conditions Lindylicious and her regular driver Chris Lems is back up for the ride. They are rated as a 5-1 shot to win. Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) is coming off a NYSS win in her first lifetime start at Buffalo last week. It was a convincing victory, but also the slowest of the quartet that day (2:05.1). Western New York's leading driver, Kevin Cummings, will be aboard the 5-2 handicapper's choice for the second time. Love Crazy Love (Crazed-Love U Overandover) drew the rail for the second straight week and has one win in NYSS action this year for trainer-driver Gates Brunet. She is a solid competitor that is listed at 3-1 morning line. There are also two divisions of Excelsior A action that offer $30,000 in purses and two divisions of Excelsior B horses that will go after their share of $13,500. Post time for the first race is 6:35 p.m. Opening night at Batavia Downs also features free programs and free magnetic schedules to all fans attending the races live. (While supplies last) For more information on all the events at Batavia Downs this year, log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com . There you can get full race schedules, entries, results as well as watch all the race replays immediately after each race is declared official. Live streaming video of all the races is available by becoming a member of Bataviabets.com . By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

After spotting the field 16 lengths at the quarter pole, things certainly looked bleak for Dayson to keep his unbeaten streak alive. But that huge head start wasn't enough to stop the determined Dayson as he mounted an amazing comeback and somehow score a length victory in the second $52,501 division New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 22).   It was the third consecutive Sires Stakes victory for Dayson (Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus) in three lifetime starts. He covered the mile in 2:02.2 over the fast track.   In the first leg, Allerage Echo found little trouble in romping to an impressive five length decision in 2:03.3.   But the story of the night was Dayson.   Driver Jeff Gregory said of the adventurous trip and giving the field an early advantage due to a break at the start. "He was a little fumbly around the turns but I knew he had the speed to get back into the race."   Gremlin Wilson (John Cummings Jr.) set the tempo with splits of 30.0, 1:02, and 1:33.0 but figured the charge from the back of the pack was developing. Chargin Cadet (Jordan Stratton) and Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) looked like the main contenders at the half. But the big-hearted Dayson regrouped and chipped away at the pack, finally getting within two lengths with a final panel to go.   Using a 28.4 final quarter mile, Dayson ($2.70) had plenty left in the tank and zoomed on by for the incredible victory over Chargin Cadet. Smalltownthrowdown took the show spot.   Co-owner Amy Butler said of Dayson's performance. "That was the first time he faced traffic at the start but I knew he had the speed to come back. I knew at the top of the stretch he was going to win." Dayson is also owned by Margaret Butler and trained by Howard Okusko.   A winner now of $64,806 in his three starts, Dayson is the Butler's first Sire Stakes horse ever. "This is just an awesome feeling," Amy Butler said in the winner's circle. "We are going to continue on with him in the Sire Stakes." Next stop is Batavia Downs on Wednesday, August 5.   Allerage Echo (Conway Hall-Echonomical) had no issues in going coast-to-coast in the opener, registering an easy five length victory. Crown Point (Dan Daley) placed a distant second with Rose Run Ransom (John Plutino) taking third.   "He's a nice horse," driver Chris Lems said of Allerage Echo ($5.80). "He was push button. He had a lot left at the wire and I never popped the plugs."   Allerage Echo went right to the lead and had times of 33.0, 1:03.0 and 1:34.3 in romping to the 2:03.3 final time.   Owner Ken Jacobs said of Allerage Echo, a horse he just acquired two weeks ago. "I told George (Ducharme) that he's a real good horse. He changed the rigging some and it has made a difference. George has been training him on a half-mile track and once we got around that first turn, I felt pretty good."   It was the first victory in three attempts for Allerage Echo, now a winner of $30,611 in 2015.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races, Nono Lindy (Gregory) had the fastest time by posting a 2:03.2 time. Nono Lindy paid $4.80 for the victory.   Cashuz ($3.40) took a division with Cummings Jr. in the sulky in 2:03.4 while Do What You Dream ($3.40) went 2:04 for Lems in 2:04.0.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series events went to Radical Way (Gregory) in 2:06.0 while Thanks For Playin had a $47.60 upset victory for Lems in 2:08.3.   Lems and Gregory each finished the night with a 'hat-trick'.   Ugly Betty returned to her winning ways in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open II pace by using a 1:55.1 clocking to beat Kisses N Kicks by 1-3/4 lengths. Jim Morrill Jr., who also had three wins on the night, was in the sulky with Ugly Betty ($3.60).   The final week of racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 10-race program set for 6:35 p.m.   For more information inlcuding the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The final installment of the New York Sire Stakes starts the closing week of the 2015 harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 22).   The last day of racing at the Hamburg half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds is Sunday, June 26.   The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters will compete in two divisions with each carrying a purse of over $51,000. While the fields may be small, it doesn't mean that they are short on talent.   A select field of four go to the gate in the opener. Rose Run Ransom (Crazed-Bring It On Lindy) is the early even money choice for driver John Plutino from the three post. After breaking at the start in his last outing, Rose Run Ransom rebounded nicely and finished a solid second in the $37,556 Sire Stakes race at Yonkers on July 13.   Uncle Dan (Conway Hall-Risk Seeker) could be the main threat after winning a $15,000 Excelsior 'A' race at Yonkers on July 13 in 2:02.2. Jim Morrill Jr. gets the call on Uncle Dan and is tagged at 9-2 in the morning line from the four post.   The second division has a definite Western New York flavor as the unbeaten Dayson (Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus) headlines the field. He has been perfect in all four races, two of which were in Sire Stakes and the other two in qualifiers.   Dayson, locally owned by Margaret Butler of Cattaraugus N.Y. and Amy Butler of West Valley, N.Y., won by 2-1/4 lengths at Yonkers on July 13 and took a 1-1/2 length decision on 2:00.1 at Saratoga on July 2, both $37,556 Sire Stake events.   He's been over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile track as well, notching a 17 length victory in 2:05 in a 'baby' race on June 16. The Howard Okusko-trained Dayson will have Jeff Gregory in the sulky for the first time and drew the two post as the heavy 3-5 morning line choice.   Former Western New York regular John Cummings Jr. brings in Gremlin Wilson (Sand Vic-Savanah Montana). They set the pace in their last start in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on July 13 before stalling out in the stretch to finish third.   Chargin Cadet (Conway Hall-Arabella Hall), a $75,000 Harrisburg Sales purchase last year, has been nibbling for a victory taking third in a pair of Sire Stakes races for trainer and former Western New Yorker Ray Schnittker. He'll get the services of Jordan Stratton in the sulky from the five post.   The Dan Daley entry of Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall-Ana's Promise) and Royal Bachelor (RC Royalty-Becca) get the one and three spot respectively but need to be on their best behavior at the start. Both Smalltownthrowdown (Daley) and Royal Bachelor (Morrill Jr.) were each off stride in the beginning of their tries which put a damper of their chances.   There will also be three divisions of the Excelsior 'A' series on the 12-race card along with two Excelsior 'B' division races. Post time is 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

Young Ladies on Parade" was the theme at the harness racing meeting on Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $48,941 per, comprised the event. Soft Ideal (Jim Morrill Jr.) couldn't even wait for the wagering to begin, winning both the draw and the non-betting event. The daughter of American Ideal sat patiently pocketed, then ducked inside. She whipped pace-setting American Ivy (Brian Sears) by a length-and-three-quarters in a life-best 1:56.2. Dime a Dance (George Brennan) was third. For Soft Ideal, trained by Linda Toscano for co-owners The Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable (a Harvey Nagler production), Little E LLC and South Mountain Stables, it was her second (NYSS) win in three tries. The second sire stakes event saw odds-on Vino and Formaggio (Jason Bartlett) stuff Killing 'Em Softly (Brennan, $6.40) in behind early, only to watch her ease past late. The second choice, from post position No.4 after an inside scratch, whipped the favorite by a length in 1:57.3. Rockin' Date (Matt Kakaley) was third. For Killing 'Em Softly, an American Ideal miss trained by Casie Coleman for co-owners Andrew Harris and West Wins Stable, it was her second (NYSS) win in as many starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with triple wagering cancelled due a short (five-horse) field. The evening's final statebred event saw No Clouds Bluechip (Sears, $12.60) try to leave, take back, then go first-up to first home in maiden-breaking/night's-fastest 1:56. From post No. 3, she went over a tiring Wishy Washy Girl (Bartlett), then widen to win by 2¼ lengths. Mother of Art (Kakaley) was second, with Penpal (Pat Lachance) third. Wishy Washy Girl tired to fourth, while 9-10 favorite Freeze Out (Marcus Miller) was a non-factor sixth. For fourth choice "No Clouds," a daughter of Roll With Joe trained by John Berger for co-owners Barbara Berger and Richard & Farrell Carney, she's now 1-for-4 to begin her career. The exacta paid $71, with the triple returning $361. The Raceway's live season continues Tuesday afternoon (first post 1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (post time 7:10 PM) Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Wings Of Royalty had the fastest time of the two $59,100 divisions in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-colt and gelding trotters Sunday afternoon as he toured Buffalo Raceway's half-mile oval in 1:57.2 at the harness racing meeting on Sunday afternoon (July 19).   Workout Wonder, eligible for the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands in early August, may have taken another step in that direction by coasting to a 1:58.3 victory over the fast track in the other leg.   The times, however, were well short of the track mark of 1:56.4 established in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the first division, driver Chris Lems had the rail with Wings Of Royalty ($2.80) but couldn't protect pylon position as Gabe The Bear Dean fired out from the five spot to cease the early advantage.   "I knew Ray (Schnittker) was going to leave with Gabe The Bear Dean so I just thought I'd let him go and I'd drop into the two spot," Lems said. It proved to be the right choice. Wings Of Royalty retook the lead before the quarter pole and never looked back from there.   Setting fractions of 30.0, 59.2 and 1:29.4, a 28.3 final panel was more than enough to hold off the challenge of Military Blue (Mike Simons) and third place finisher Andy Ray (Daniel Dube).   Owned by Raymond Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme, Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparking Cider) has two victories in seven tries this season and increased his bankroll to $76,877 and $204,487 lifetime.   Buen Camino was expected to be a main threat in the Sire Stakes opener but was scratched.   Workout Wonder (Conway Hall-Dear Abs) kept his Hambletonian dreams alive after posting relatively easy victory against a field that was cut down to four due to the scratches of Fashion Creditor and Insomniac.   Dube went right to the lead with Workout Wonder ($3.30) and used soft fractions of 30.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.2. Then they clicked off a blistering last quarter of 28.1 to turn back Royal Deceptor and salt away the victory.   "I kind of held him back around that last turn, but once we straightened out in the stretch, he took off," Dube said of Workout Wonder's fast last split.   About his strategy with Workout Wonder when going against just three others, Dube said, "I had a lot of confidence in him and just wanted to get him in front. I never even pulled the plugs."   Royal Deceptor (Michael McGivern) finished in second place while Maestro Blue Chip (Trond Smedshammer) took third.   Trained by Ake Svanstedt and owned by All Laid Out Stable, Inc., the win was the second in five outings for Workout Wonder, earning him $83,216 in 2015 and $94,818 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, Commentary ($3.70) went the mile in 1:59.3 for Aaron Byron while Smedshammer steered Crazshana ($3.90) to the decision in 1:59.2.   Mark MacDonald drove The African to a popular $3.00 win in the first division of $6,500 Excelsior 'B' series while Patronus ($7.10) took the second leg in 2:01.3 for Mike Simons.   Drew Monti had a driving triple of the steamy afternoon.   Buffalo Raceway starts its last week of the 2015 season on Wednesday night with a 12-race card scheduled for 5 p.m.   The New York Sire Stakes will be back with the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters ready to duke it out.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J Mazurek

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sons of Art Major prevailed in two of three $37,267 New York Sire Stakes events for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday (July 17) evening at Tioga Downs.   Talk Show ($2.70) set the speed standard for the evening in the first split, carded as race 5 on the 12-dash card. Scott Zeron brushed out of third with the son of Art Major and Lush Limbaugh, pushing clear after a :26.4 initial quarter and subsequently staving off a stern first-over challenge from Major Hill (Jim Taggart, Jr.). After repelling that challenge, Talk Show sprinted clear of pocket rival Roll With Fred (Jim Morrill, Jr.) for a 2-1/2 length triumph, turning in a 1:52.3 mile over fast going.   Steve Elliott trains Talk Show for the Pegasis Investment Group, the Team S Racing Stable, and the Barbara Bongiorno Stable.   Travel Playlist ($12.00, out of Village Madonna) was the second Art Major son to capture a co-featured Sire Stakes event, showing a potent late turn of foot to beat odds-on favorite Skip Jive from a pocket trip. Andy Miller found racing room in upper stretch with the race's third choice, and Travel Playlist accelerated to a 1:53.4 victory as soon as he was availed a clear lane.   Erv Miller trains Travel Playlist for owner Ronald Michelon.   The final New York Sire Stakes race of the evening went to Joe Larry N Curly ($2.90), a 1:53.1 winner off an aggressive middle move. Jim Morrill, Jr. vacated midfield with a circuit to go, brushing the son of Roll With Joe and Life's Image to a clear lead after a :56 half mile. At the top of the stretch, he edged clear of pocket rival Fine Diamond (Aaron Byron), holding sway from a late-rallying Bottom Deals (Scott Zeron) to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1.   Trainer Mark Harder co-owns Joe Larry N Curly with Joseph Jannuzzelli and Dawn Colucci.   Mach It a Par makes it three straight   The evening's $12,000 Mares Open Pace saw Mach It a Par ($3.20) employ her patented stretch kick once again, rallying off a second-over trip to beat Shutthefrontdoor (Scott Zeron) in 1:53.1 for her third consecutive victory. Owner Dan Clements drove the 5-year-old Mach Three mare, and Ronnie Morales, III handles the training duties.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 18) evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Something has got to give in the first $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway for the harness racing 3-year-old trotters on Sunday afternoon as five of the six entrants are coming in off a victory in their last start.   Who will keep their streak alive?   Scheduled as the second event on the 12-race program slated to begin at 1:05 p.m., there's a lot of intrigue in this field when the boys take to the Hamburg half-mile oval.   The race will feature a battle between Wings Of Royalty and Buen Camino who finished second and third respectively in last year's New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt and gelding final at Yonkers behind champion Crazy Wow.   Both Wings Of Royalty and Buen Camino seem to be rounding into mid-season form entering Sunday's clash.   Wings Of Royalty (Chris Lems) has been in the money five times in his last six starts. But that last try was a victory as he trotted in 1:54.1 over the Vernon Downs surface on July 11, winning by 1-1/4 lengths. Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) has won $47,777 this season and $174,449 and drew the rail.   Buen Camino (Cash Hall-Baby Bella), when last seen, was taking a 2-1/2 length win in 1:54.3 at Tioga Downs on June 28 in Sire Stakes competition. Driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer is the 2-1 morning line favorite with Buen Camino, a winner of $58,949 in 2015 and $209,285 lifetime. They'll score from the three post.   Military Blue (Mike Simons), Royal Lad (Mark MacDonald) and Andy Ray (Daniel Dube) are also arriving with a victory in their last outings. Military Blue won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2 at Tioga Downs on July 11, Royal Lad posted 3/4 length score in 1:57.2 victory on July 10 at Vernon Downs while Andy Ray had a 1-1/4 edge in 1:58.1 at Goshen on July 5.   Gabe The Bear Dean (Ray Schnittker), the only non-winner in his last try, was second in an Excelsior 'A' at Goshen in July 5 so expect him to involved in the mix as well.   Royal Deceptor leads the field in the second $51,900 division, slated as the fourth race. He went gate-to-wire in 1:57.4 at Goshen in a non-betting Excelsior 'A' race. Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty-Art Of Deception) has won five times in eight starts this season and gets the services of Michael McGivern in the sulky from the four post.   Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) started out the season on a promising note, winning twice and finishing second in another race. But things went south the past three outings as he has been out of the money. Maestro Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey) hopes the rail will help this time out and has been tagged the 2-1 morning line choice.   The sophomores will be aiming at the track mark of 1:56.4 set by Cash Me Out in 2014.   There are a pair of $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races on the program along with two $6,600 Excelsior 'B' battles.   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

Goosebump Hanover had to battle to get to the lead but that was the only battle she faced the rest of the way in going wire-to-wire in 2:01.4 over the fast track to highlight the action in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing  meeting at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 15).   It was the fastest of four divisions worth over $27,000 each but well off the track record of 2:00.2 set by Munis Bluechip back in 2009.   Go Mary Go (2:02.1) just kept right on going and never looked back to take her division while Dolly Drama PV (2:03.2), and Dizzy Broad (2:05.3) also found their way to the winner's circle on a picture perfect evening.   After Goosebump Hanover ($8.20) was challenged to the lead by Swing Royalty, it was all fresh air after that as she never was threatened to the finish line. Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) was 1-1/2 lengths behind at the wire with Threehundredlindys (Jim Morrill Jr.) taking the show spot.   "She was a little touchy at first," Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Kevin Cummings said of Goosebump Hanover's trip. "She settled in good after that but I had to ask her a little in the stretch. She was pretty much in hand at the finish."   Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Stables, Crawford Farms and J. DiScala, it was the first win in two career starts for Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents).   It was also a gate-to-wire victory for Go Mary Go in the Sire Stakes opener. Driver Ray Schnittker scored a front-running win on on July 3 at Monticello Raceway and used the same tactic to get the job this week.   Go Mary Go put up fractions of 29.4, 1:01.2 and 1:32.3 in posting the head victory 2:02.1 over Posterity (Charlie Norris) while Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) finished in third.   "I'm impressed with her gate speed," Schnittker said of Go Mary Go (RC Royalty-Michelle's Way), now 2-for-2 in her young career with both victories coming on a half-mile surface. She is trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker, Hero Stables, T. Gerwertz and DM Pepin.   Dolly Drama PV (Lucky Chucky-Massive Drama) won the battle of attrition in notching a huge $153.50 stunner for driver Jeff Gregory. She was the only trotting filly not to break stride in the race and that was the difference in going the mile in 2:03.2.   "She handled the turns perfectly," Gregory said. "Also, (trainer) Mark Harder put an open bridle on her and I think that really made a big difference."   Bundle Of Energy (Schnittker) recovered after a break at the start to take second place while Playtime Lima (Rick Zeron) was third.   It was the first career win for Dolly Drama PV, owned by Peter Paul Venturini.   Cummings made it a driving double in the Sire Stakes with a victory aboard Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) in 2:05.3.   Using a first over journey down the backstretch the final time, Dizzy Broad ($7.50) took advantage of a break by the pace-setting I Will Take Credit near the three-quarter pole and was able to hang on for the victory.   "I had to keep her mind on things in the stretch," Cummings said of the late going with Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley.   I Will Take Credit (Daley) regrouped in time to finish second while Crazyasclassic (John Cummings Jr.) took the show position.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series races, Outside Court ($11.40) scored for Gregory in 2:03.4 while Lindylicious ($2.60) trotted the mile in 2:01.2 for Lems.   Linda's Choice ($8.80) was victorious in 2:05.2 in the $6,600 Excelsior 'B' Series with Gregory in the bike while Lucky Lana took the non-betting race for Norris in 2:05.3.   Racing will continue on Friday night with a 13-race card scheduled for 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J Mazurek

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It's 'Ladies Night' at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday (July 15) as the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies are in the spotlight in four $27,500 divisions.   The 13-race card, which starts at 5 p.m., has 12 events featuring the filly and mares including Excelsior 'A' and 'B' competition along with overnight races for the distaffers.   With 11 track records already in the books in 2015 at Buffalo Raceway, the ladies will be gunning for another on the Hamburg half-mile oval mark. The time for which they'll be shooting for is 2:00.2 established in 2009 by Munis Bluechip.   Of the four Sire Stake divisions, the most intriguing is the third leg, scheduled as the sixth race. All the entrants except two were at least $25,000 purchases at either the Lexington, Morrisville or Harrisburg Sales. The lone exceptions are Winning Princess and LTS Sandie and ironically both are the two top morning line choices.   The field is headed by the 8-5 morning line favorite Winning Princess who has been turning heads in her brief career.   The Ron Burke-trained Winning Princess (Credit Winner-Cabaret Hanover) is 2-for-2 thus far with a 5-3/4 length win in Sire Stakes competition at Monticello Raceway in her last appearance on July 3, going the mile in 2:00.3.   She opened her career with an impressive four length victory at Vernon Downs in a conditioned trot on June 18 in 2:00.2. That was after she put a 27-length hurt on the field in a qualifier there on June 5 in 2:01.0. Winning Princess gets the services of leading New York Sire Stakes driver Jim Morrill Jr.   LTS Sandie (Conway Hall-Rejoycing) drew the two post and is the 7-2 choice for John Stark Jr. She was a game third losing by1-1/2 lengths to Posterity at Monticello on July 3 in Sire Stakes action.   Lima Playtime (Credit Winner-Pacific Legacy) had an impressive non-betting prep at Mohawk on July 7, going the mile in 2:00 and winning by four lengths. A $77,000 purchase at Lexington, Lima Playtime gets the pylons with Rick Zeron in the bike.   In the first Sire Stakes race, the opener on the card, Go Mary Go has been installed as the 3-1 choice for Ray Schnittker. Go Mary Go (RC Royalty-Michelle's Way) went gate-to-wire in taking a Sire Stakes event at Monticello in 2:02.1 and trotting off by 1-1/2 lengths. She was purchase for $45,000 last year at the Harrisburg Sales.   The main threat should come from Posterity, a winner already in the Sire Stakes for Charlie Norris. Some late kick down the lane sent Posterity to a length win at Monticello on July 3 in 2:01.2 so she'll be loving the long Buffalo Raceway stretch.   The second division, set for the third race, it a wide-open affair. All eight starters are looking to hit the wire first in a pari mutuel start. There are two fillies (I Will Take Credit and Martini Lindy) who posted wins in qualifiers while Steel Wheels got her photo taken via a disqualification.   Every Day Hanover (Credit Winner-Emmamazing) gets the slight 3-1 morning line nod as she will score from the rail with Morrill Jr. in the sulky. She comes in Harrah's Philadelphia for the Burke Stables with a pair of decent qualifiers.   Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) draws the eight post but won via disqualification on July 3 in a $15,000 Excelsior Series race at Vernon Downs on July 3. Her time was 2:02.4 and will be handled once again by Gates Brunet.   In the fourth and final leg, slated as the seventh, Swinging Royalty (RC Royalty - Swing Anna Cash) looks like the one to catch. She has been perfect in three charted races with the last being a 5-1/4 victory in her first pari mutuel start. She crushed the field in 2:02.1 at Monticello on July 3. Chris Lems, who won three races at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday, will handle the driving duties and they are the 2-1 choices from the three post.   The Burke coupled entry of Love Crazy Love (Crazed-Love U Overandover) and Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) looks extremely dangerous. They drew the one and two posts respectively and will open at 3-1.   Love Crazy Love (Brunet) closed fast for a half length victory in the Sire Stakes at Monticello on July 3, tripping the timer in 2:03. Goosebump Hanover, after breaking at the start Monticello on July 3, re-qualified nicely on July 7 at Pocono Downs and lost by a nose in 2:00.1.   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

Statebreds returned downstate on Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway when the track hosted the $149,524 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Four divisions comprised the event, which played out rather formfully. Odds-on number Andrew Goldstein (Kim Crawford, $3.50) did his damage in the opening ($36,856) division. Pocketed from post position No. 4, he rolled right over Gremlin Wilson (John Cummings Jr.), then widened to win by four lengths in a maiden-breaking 2:00.4. Second went to Rose Run Ransom (John Plutino), with "Gremlin" lasting for third. For Andrew Goldstein, an RC Royalty gelding trained by his driver for owner Steven Goldstein, he's now  1-for-2 to begin his career. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $14.20, with the triple returning $58. "We're just trying to uphold the Goldstein name," the chauffeur said the of connections who've enjoyed a fair amount of success with Crawford-trained and driven/Goldstein-surnamed trotters. Brian Sears doubled his fun, winning the second and third events ($37,556 each) with popular numbers Dayson ($3.10) and Reve Royale ($3.40). The former, a Conway Hall gelding, strolled from post No. 5. He whipped a steppy Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) by 2¼ lengths in 2:01 for a second consecutive NYSS/career victory. The Perfect Lindy (Mark MacDonald) was third. Dayson is trained by Howard Okusko for co-owners Margaret and Amy Butler. The exacta paid $12, with the triple returning $79. Reve Royale, a son of RC Royalty leaving from post No. 4, was patiently pocketed before getting his marching orders. He rolled home by four lengths in 2:01 for a second consecutive NYSS/career victory. Cupid (Trond Smedshammer) cut the early portion of the mile and held second, with Dante (Ake Svandstedt) third. Reve Royale is trained by George Ducharme for co-owners Paul Fontaine (in attendance), Raymond Campbell Jr. and Alfred Ross. The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $140. "We think he has a lot of talent and a good turn of speed," Ducharme said. "We're just trying to teach him as we go along." The evening's final ($37,556) sire stakes division saw second choice Credevie (Smedshammer, $6), from post No. 7, leave for a seat then prevail from second-over in a night's-fastest (and maiden-breaking) 2:00.3. Southern Palms (Marcus Miller) chased the winner home, beaten three-quarters of a length in a parimutuel debut, with Chargin' Cadet (Ray Schnittker) third. Allerage Echo (Sears) was a non-threatening fourth as the 17-10 favorite. Credevie, a Credit Winner gelding trained by Smedshammer for owner Purple Haze Stables, is now 1-for-2 to begin his career. The Raceway's live season continues with a "French-centric" Tuesday matinee (post time 1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- To say the track record of 1:59 for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at Buffalo Raceway is vulnerable on Sunday afternoon (July 12) is an understatement.   With warm weather and a fast track expected, the sophomore filly trotters will be taking dead aim on the mark established by Glowngold in 2014 when they hit the Buffalo Raceway half-mile surface for the New York Sire Stakes.   Post time for the 13-race program is 1:05 p.m.   Local favorite Barn Doll is the leading candidate to wipe out the mark. Barn Doll (Conway Hall-Headintheclouds) set the track record at Saratoga on June 4th with a 1:55.3 time over the half-time track and headlines the first division, set for the third race.   Scoring from the five post for driver Jeff Gregory, Barn Doll has been installed as the heavy even money morning line favorite. She's a winner of over $400,000 in just 15 career starts and looks to make it six straight victories.   Barn Doll won impressively in the $248,275 Empire Breeders Crown on June 21 at Vernon Downs in 1:52.1. She is co-owned locally by Steven and Nancy Pratt of Corfu, N.Y. and the Purple Haze Stables of Fairport, N.Y. Barn Doll is 5-for-6 in 2015 with $193,074 in the bank. She also has been either first or second in 14-of-15 career appearances.   If a challenger is going to defeat Barn Doll, it could be Summers Windsong (RC Royalty-O Dana O) who lost by a nose in 1:58.1 on July 5 at Goshen in an Excelsior 'A' Series race. Ray Schnittker trains and drives the filly and will guide her from the two post.   The second division, scheduled as the seventh race, looks wide open with Jewels In Hock with Hall of Fame driver John Campbell in the sulky getting a 4-1 morning line. She won by a nose in 1:58.1 at Goshen on July 5, edging out Summers Windsong.   Campbell, who hasn't raced at Buffalo Raceway since 1992, hasn't won here since 1990. He hopes to break the 25-year drought with a win off the rail with Jewels In Hock (Credit Winner-Jewels Galore). She is the top money winner in the field with $86,770 in the bank.   Lady Winona (Credit Winner-Ladylind) looks to be rounding into form after a sharp three-length win on July 4 in 1:54.1 at the Meadowlands. Starting from the four spot, Lady Winona will have Andy Miller in the bike for trainer Julie Miller. They are sitting at 2-1 in the morning line.   A horse to watch out for is Northern Obsession who starts from the seven post for driver Greg Merton. She has handle half-mile tracks very well with a win a Freehold and three narrow losses at Yonkers and Saratoga. Northern Obsession (Conway Hall-Northernpossession) is 5-1 on the morning line.   There will also be two $15,000 Excelsior Series 'A' races on the matinee card along with a pair of $6,660 Excelsior 'B' Series events.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Time On My Hands (American Ideal) broke the track record for two year old filly pacers on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. There were three divisions of the $49,000+ New York Sire Stakes for freshman fillies and the Chris Ryder-trained Time On My Hands was the star of the show. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the youngster to the early lead before being met with the late challenge of Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe) and driver Billy Dobson. Time On My Hands powered away in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:54.2, two fifths of a second better than the previous track record that belonged to four different fillies, most recently Band Of Angels when the two year olds came to town to compete in NYSS action last year. Morrill also piloted freshman American Ivy (American Ideal) to victory in her $49,841 division of the stakes for trainer Joe Holloway. American Ivy stopped the clock in 1:56.1 in her first Sire Stakes try. The third division was won by Gotmyreddressontnit (Roll With Joe) who moved her record to two-for-two following a front running win with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The Janice Connor owned and trained filly won her debut last week at Buffalo and on Friday stayed undefeated behind an impressive score in 1:54.4. Morrill piloted five winners on the night. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- With a few starts, if any, on their racing lines thus far in their young harness racing careers, it's safe to say when the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers step onto the track at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 8), most of them will be unknown to the fans. But the names that will be in the bikes behind the youngsters in the New York Sire Stakes, well, they should be very familiar.. It's a homecoming of sorts for some of the drivers coming to town for action on Wednesday. The old gang includes Billy Dobson, Jeff Gregory, Jim Morrill Jr., Sam Schillaci, Matt Kakaley and Ken Holliday. They all found great success during their time on the Western New York circuit but have since moved on to greener pastures. They come back to battle Buffalo Raceway's current king, Kevin Cummings, who is far and away the leading driver on the grounds with 188 victories. The strong 12-race card gets underway at 5 p.m. And while familiar faces will been seen around the Hamburg half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds, there are 14 colts and geldings entered in the two Sire Stakes race, each with a purse of $54,500. Only one has broken his maiden, that being Skip Jive, so the other 13 are looking to meet track photographer Steve Roth in the winner's circle.. The gentlemen will be gunning for the track records for their divisions of 1:55.4 for the 2-year-old colts set by He's Watching in 2013 and a 1:56.1 on the gelding side established by Roadside Delight in 2010. Buffalo Raceway has had nine track records either broken or tied in 2015 and with good weather and a fast track expected, anything is possible. The first Sire Stakes event is the second race and features Fast N Furious (Art Major-Yankee Luck) who'll score from the rail for trainer/driver Gregory, a native of nearby Churchville, N.Y. A $47,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Sales, he finished a respectable second 3-3/4 lengths behind Skip Jive on June 29 at Monticello. Brigadoon (American Ideal-Armbro Agakhan) draws the two post and after three sparkling qualifiers at Saratoga. He finished third at Monticello in Sire Stakes action on June 29. Brigadoon was a $20,000 buy at the Harrisburg and gets the early morning line nod at 5-2. He is trained by Cheryl McGivern, will have the services of Dobson in the sulky. Red Roll (Roll With Joe-Red Carpet Queen) has local connections. He was a $37,000 buy at Harrisburg and is owned by John O. Sixt of nearby Chaffee, N.Y.and is trained by Judith Blaun. Cummings gets the call on Red Roll, a second place finisher in his last start on June 29 at Monticello. The second division of the Sire Stakes is the third race and there could be some reflection of the old days behind the starting gate as Morrill Jr, Holliday,Dobson, Kakaley, Gregory and Cummings all get together. The only non-regular, however, is Mark MacDonald and he could be the one to beat with Skip Jive. Winning on June 29 in the Sire Stakes at Monticello, Skip Jive (Rock N Roll Heaven-Dancinwiththestarz) pulled away for a 3-3/4 length decision over Fast N Victorious in 1:57.1. Unfortunately the Paul Kelly-trained Skip Jive, the only horse in the Sire Stakes with a pari-mutuel win thus far, drew the seven post. Fine Diamond, conditioned by Ron Burke, was a $50,000 acquisition at the Lexington Sales and gets the three post for Kakaley. The 3-1 morning line choice has been third in his two qualifiers and one pari-mutuel race but seeks to break the rut against the field of seven. Joes On A Roll starts from the advantageous two spot and looks extremely dangerous for Holliday. He put on a show in a qualifier at Northfield Park on July 2, winning by a throttled down six lengths in a sizzling 1:57.1. Owned by the Black Magic Racing Stable and trained by Todd Luther, Joes On A Roll (Roll With Joe-Lovely Lady) is the second choice at 4-1. There will also be two $15,000 Excelsior Series 'A' divisions races along with a $6,600 event in the 'B' classification. The first race on the card should be quite interesting as three current track record holders collide in the $10,500 Open Trot. Entered are Winkys Pride (all-aged mare and aged mare +5), Lutetium (aged +5 gelding) and BZ Glide (3-YO gelding) and were assigned the five, six and seventh posts respectively. For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, race replays, upcoming promotions and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

The mountains were alive this weekend, as Monticello Raceway held its annual Fireworks display, much to the delight of the large crowd.  The 10 race harness racing card featured 5 New York Sire Stake events for 2 Year Old Trotting Fillies, each split raced for $21,800, 2 - Division A Excelsior’s ($15,000) and 1 - Excelsior’s B ($6,800). The heavy holiday traffic pushed back the original post time of 5:30 to 6:00.  Also on hand for the evening was the Monticello Raceway Memorabilia Face Book group who were present for a winners circle presentation in the 6th race, brought out of storage for the event, was the original and grand NYC OTB Classic trophy. For the majority of the fillies this was their first Pari Mutuel start, and their first start under the lights.  The fillies that mind their manners fared very well during the card. The first race of the evening an Excelsior’s B event, saw Dan Daley guide the RC Royalty lass I’ve Got Spirit to a wire to wire win in 2:05:3 for owners Daley, Crawford and White. The heavy favorite, Stick of Butter made an early break and was out of contention.  In race 3, first heat of the Excelsior A, trainer George Ducharme, picked up his 1st of 2 wins on the card.  She was the best on paper and lived up to her form as driver Chris Lems steered Lindylicious to victory in 2:02:3 (LQ 29:2) The daughter of Credit Winner was content to sit the pocket after Barn Doll made a strong move to take the lead past the ¼ pole, after benefiting from the perfect trip, she won by a neck.  Race 4 showcased the impressive Pink Power, owned by Albert & Michelle Crawford, unfortunately the fractious filly made a start before the gate left and was never in contention.  The easy going, regal looking filly, Royal Encore and Trond Smedshammer made the best of Pink Powers miscue and grabbed the lead and stayed there until the top of the lane, until Charlie Norris’s filly, who was on her best behavior and minded her manners scooted home a winner in 2:01.  Race 6 almost saw a track record as Winning Princess crushed her foes.  Driver Jim Morrill made a big move with the filly past the quarter mile marker and didn’t look back, she has 12 lengths on the filed as she passed the ¾ maker in a swift 1:29:1, she tripped the tele timer in a National Season record of 2:00:3. The George Ducharme and Chris Lems combo teamed up again in race 9 with Swinging Royalty.  The confidant RC Royalty filly scored in 2:02. Vernon horseman were on their game this evening, Dan Daley won the 1st race, and he would have had a double on the card, but was set down due to a Eurorail violation in the 7th race with Mai Tai Monkey.  Gates Brunet won the 5th race, a non-winners event with Panamanian Hanover, and then capped off the evenings last event with Love Crazy Love, the Crazed filly is owned by Crawford Farms and Ted Gewertz. George Ducharme has the best night of all, so far this season he has been very successful at the Mighty M and tonight was not any different has we won 2 events and got checks for 4 out of his 6 starters. After the conclusion of the evening card, race goers were treated to Monticello Raceways annual Fireworks, fans both young and old enjoyed the 25 minute show. By Shawn Wiles

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